Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Of Reasons Why I Love | Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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  1. Simplicity. Five drops (recommended 2-3, but I go a bit overboard) of this each night is the only thing I apply after cleansing my skin. I rub it in my hands and pat/massage it into my skin.
  2. Results the next morning. Most products I have tried that claim fast results tend to be a gimmick, but not this one. If I have a pimple starting to get irritated the night before, it is vastly reduced in size the next morning. 
  3. Somewhat Natural. One of the key ingredients is Squalane, which is a kind of lipid (fat) that is molecularly very similar to our own skin's lipid, making it a strong candidate for moisturizing our skin. However, squalene is found from shark liver, so if you're looking for something cruelty-free, look for olive oil as a key ingredient instead.
  4. Cult Classic. Sure, there's a certain strength to resisting a hype, but it's just satisfying to know that thousands of others out there love it as much as I do. 
  5. You get your money's worth. Although this facial oil retails at a hefty price of $46 per 1.0 fluid ounce, it is totally worth the splurge for me. My skin was a mess before this; I constantly broke out, which turned to acne scars, had dry patches, and much more. My skin's not perfect now, but there's a noticeable reduction in my acne and my skin tone is just overall much more even.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Of Everyday Makeup

  1. (Primer) - I wish I could say that this is something I apply every single day, but alas, I am one lazy human. But when I do apply this, it really makes a difference to making my makeup last longer. I find the Smashbox primer minimizes my pores, but the Hourglass one fights shine a lot longer. 
  2. Concealer - I picked up the Collection Lasting Collection concealer on a trip to London while I was studying abroad last semester. Unfortunately, it's really hard to hunt down in the states. However, I've heard glowing reviews about how Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer is a dupe for the Nars Creamy Concealer, which we all know is a much coveted product.
  3. Foundation - This MAC one is a new addition to my arsenal. This takes less than a minute to apply with a fluffy powder brush. It gives amazing coverage for a powder and doesn't leave that powdery residue on the face. If you have dry skin, be sure to really moisturize before using this. Since it has oil control properties, it's really going to draw out those dry patches.
  4. Brows- Currently, I'm loving the Benefit one. It has a waxy texture as well as a sturdy spool-y brush to really blend the color so it doesn't look like I drew a bunch of lines in as my eyebrows.  But honestly, I think I'm using it because sharpening the pencil and watching it shrink gives me a strangely desired satisfaction. 
  5. Eyeliner - Yet another loved item I picked up from London. But you can find the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner on Amazon, just for a heftier price than walking into Superdrug in London. But I guess if you calculate in the airfare to London...Regardless, this eyeliner has a thicker nib than most, which for me, makes the process of applying it ten times faster. The end is still pointed for precision and this jet black color has incredible lasting power. 
  6. Mascara - I treated myself to a Tarte advent calendar this past Christmas and uncovered these two treasures. I never really considered primer for my lashes before, but this stuff gives loads of definition to my sparse lashes. Then I add two coats of the Tarte mascara. Usually, I prefer waterproof mascara since it holds a curl better. But it'd be a shame if I didn't use the spoils from my calendar, plus, waterproof mascara is such a hassle to wash off.
  7. Lips - This changes everyday, but this Sheseido one in Fantasia is a current favorite. I've been loving plum shades a lot more this season, but this shows up a lot more pink in the picture. But since the weather's picking up, I should probably reach for some pink shades anyway.
  8. Blush - Rose gold has been all the rage lately and Benefit's Rockateur is not an exception. I love the slight shimmer this adds to my cheeks and the rose gold blends the perfect amount of warmth into my dulled winter face.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Of Introductions

  1. My name is Brenda, but many of my friends call me Brendi/Brendy. 
  2. I overthink everything, making me an incredibly indecisive person.
  3. I planned this blogpost far too many times before finally sitting down to write it.
  4. I'm happiest when I'm walking along a warm beach with my toes in the sand, listening to the sound of the waves.
  5. My self confidence is very low, so I struggle with being happy with who I am.
  6. I am not a morning person.
  7. I obsessively watch an unhealthy amount of YouTube.
  8. Winter is my least favorite season, therefore I am substantially glad that spring has arrived
  9. This is my second year studying at New York University. 
  10. The future scares me.