Le Coton

Chanel, it looks like we are entering into a very complicated relationship.

I love and trust you (I think), but $20 for cotton face wipes?

Here’s what the description says:

CHANEL brings the highest-quality cosmetic cotton pads to the U.S., lending pure luxury to a woman’s daily cleansing and toning ritual. LE COTON is an exquisitely soft tri-layer pad developed in Japan: its outer lining, made from delicate, handpicked Egyptian cotton, and its inner filling, comprised of lightly entwined, elastic Australian fibers. Combined, this ultra-absorbent, lint-free composition increases the effectiveness of CHANEL Cleansers and Toners, treating even the most sensitive skin to unparalleled gentleness. Each LE COTON pad is generously sized and delicately embossed with the world-renowned CHANEL logo.

Oh My Gah. I just CAN’T with you right now, Chanel! I’m not sure if I’m horrified or turned on. Do I need handpicked Egyptian cotton wiping off my makeup every night? Do I need unparalleled gentleness getting very familiar with every pore? Do I need lightly entwined, elastic Australian fibers caressing each stubborn blackhead I collect?  (Sidebar: what are you DOING to me, Chanel?!)

Logically, the answer should be “no”, but my inner goddess is screaming at me to buy this and try it out. Will I? Can I? SHALL I?

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It’s Not Easy Being Green…

But it’s not hard to adjust while wearing the Ahava Time to Clear Purifying mud mask.

I don’t normally DO masks, because I prefer to just cleanse and moisturize nightly. However, once in a while it’s fun to do. Also, I was bored.

Hot pink lipstick is mandatory for at-home facials

I liked the feeling of this masque. You’re supposed to leave it on for 2 minutes and then rinse, but I left it on for about 5 (see above impromptu photoshoot). The mask never gets uncomfortably hard or tingly, and washes off nicely. During, I felt like a clay pot. I smelled like 12th grade ceramics class, but it’s all good, because my skin felt soooo soft afterwards. Could it be because of the horsetail extract and jojoba oil? Ummm…probably?

Could it be because of my photoshoot? DEFINITELY YES! See, children? Good skincare is fun!

 

***Update: I’m sorry to say that I’ve broken out after using this product. If anyone needs to read a book in Braille, you can do so on my forehead. 😦

Drunken Beauty Tips

Beer. Yum! It’s not just for happy hour anymore, or in my house, for consumption while in the shower. What, doesn’t everyone?

Beer has been a longtime beauty secret weapon, if you will. The Egyptians used beer because they somehow knew that it contained all the hoppy goodness that your skin secretly needs.

And the Egyptians know what's UP.

In honor of this Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I wanted to share some beer-related beauty tips. Has anyone tried these? Let me know! I’ll be trying a few myself!

Beer & Strawberry Mask

The strawberries in this mask nourish the skin and minimizes the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads with its antioxidant properties.

How to make it:
-In a blender, mix two or three strawberries with a few drops of beer.
-Chug the rest of the beer (optional).
-Mix together until the strawberries and beer make a homogeneous mass.
-Apply to face and leave on for 20-25 minutes, or until partially dried.
Rinse with water and pat dry.

Beer, Lemon, Honey, & Olive Oil Mask

For oily-skinned hunnies.

How to make it:
-In a bowl, combine equal parts of lemon, honey, olive oil, and a few drops of beer.
-Apply mixture on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes.
-Pro Tip: Apply before  taking a shower for best results!

Beer, Almond Extract, and Egg White Mask

For anyone who wants to glow! This mask instantly revives tired (& pissed off) skin.

How to make it:
– In a bowl, lightly beat egg white and mix in a few drops of beer and almond extract.
-Apply mixture to face and leave on for 10-15 minutes, or until dried.
-Rinse and pat dry.

And that’s it! Proof that beer can give you more than just a gut and a wicked hangover.  If anyone tries these, let me know how they work out for you!

Benefit b.right! Product Review

I’ve been using Benefit’s new skincare line “b.right” for about 2 weeks now, and I think it’s time I have a little review ready for you.

As I mentioned before, I was initially interested in sampling this line because a) I was desperately out of moisturizer, b) I’ve had great times with other Benefit products in the past, and c) the packaging is lovely, like anything else from Benefit.

b.right sampler, $24

The set comes with 6 pieces broken up into 3 categories of care:

Cleansing

  • Foamingly Clean Facial Wash: I loved the smell of this cleanser. It’s got a faint scent that smells just like Ralph by Ralph Lauren. It smells like a cool spring morning (picture that?!) My face felt squeaky clean after cleansing, and every morning and night I’d be like “F*ck Yes!!! I have the most amazing face in the UNIVERSSSSSSSSSSE…” Followed by a meltdown over having to brush my teeth.
    Sample size: 0.3 oz; Full size: 4.5 oz, $21. My verdict: Splurge on full-size. 
  • Refined Finish Facial Polish: This is a once a week scrub intended to exfoliate and minimize the appearance of pores. I can appreciate the exfoliation part, but at my age I’m not too worried about the size of my pores (Are they even there? Don’t know. Don’t care. Yet!) I think this product has good intentions, but I found myself being annoyed at how hard it was to get every speck of sugar/mud off my face.
    Sample size: 0.3 oz; Full size: 4.5 oz, $22. My verdict: Try the sample, but use St.Ives if you don’t like it.

Moisturizing

  • Moisture Prep Toning Lotion: I must be a heathen, because when I read the instructions for this sample kit, I scoffed at the fact that I’d need a toning lotion to put on BEFORE my moisturizer. “Uh, moisturizer is the thing you use to prime your face, idiots,” I thought to myself. Oh, how wrong I was. I used the toning lotion before putting moisturizer on one side of my face, and then applied just moisturizer on the other. It actually made a HUGE difference in my skin! The toned side was much softer and I felt downright luminous.

    Yes, "Tangled" boat scene luminous!!

    Would I normally buy toning lotion? Eh, I don’t think so. But I’m a new fan now.
    Sample size: 0.3 fl oz; Full size: 6 fl oz, $29. My verdict: At least try the sample.

  • Total Moisture Facial Cream: Provides a heavy dose of hydration. And I do mean heavy. And I do mean hydration, because after slathering on a light layer, my upper lip started beading with perspiration and I needed a drink of water. It’s nice and feels like a true moisturizer, but when layered over the toning lotion, it feels SO heavy. I might have to skip this when it gets hotter here in California.
    Sample size: 0.1 oz; Full size: 1.7 oz, $38. My verdict: Sample is good enough, especially since you’ll be using it so sparingly. 
  • Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 PA++: Is the most intimidating product in this set for me, because I’m not exactly sure what it does. I’m going to take an educated guess and say it’s just like the other moisturizer, but with SPF, therefore it’s for daily morning use. As for the PA++? It protects the skin from sun damage with UV-A and UV-B filters. Alright, then. All I do is use this in the AM instead of the Total Moisture Facial Cream.
    Sample size: 0.3 fl oz; Full size: 1.7 fl oz, $28. My verdict: Lighter than the TMFC moisturizer, so yay!

Eyes
  • It’s Potent! eye cream: Contains enough Chinese anti-aging remedies and fruit extracts to make a delicious, low-cal dessert. ONLY KIDDING, do not eat under any circumstances.

    Try this instead!

    This product is mainly intended for restoring elasticity to tired, sagging eyes. I’m still pretty young, so I can’t say I saw any kind of result using this product. However, the sample size does last forever, so that’s great. I use barely a dab.
    Sample size: 0.1 oz; Full size: 0.5 oz, $32. My verdict: Not unless you need it! 

    There it is in a nutshell! I’m off to buy refills for my favorite b.right products.

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