Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV-Lotion

I LOVE this product. The product says it will lock-in moisture for 24 hours, block out dryness and protect your skin from UV rays. It does all of these things wonderfully. As far as results, it says your skin is protected from UV rays and looks and feels supple, smooth and hydrated for 24 hours. After 1 week it will maintain skin's moisture barrier. With regular use your skin is protected against external aggressors and continuously moisturized and looks healthier and stronger.

Things I love:
1. It is extremely lightweight. It is very thin but it does it's job pretty well
2. It smells fantastic, very clean and fresh. There is a little hint of apple since it has apple water extracts.
3. I love the pump, it allows for easy and equal distribution. It also twists to close so you can take it on a trip or in your purse without worrying it'll spill.
4. It has an SPF of 15 so you have some protection from the UV rays.
5. It makes my skin feel very soft and supple.
6. It makes a great under-makeup lotion.
7. It has more of a gel texture than thick lotion.

Things I don't love so much:
1. I'm used to my Arbonne FC5 day creme which is super moisturizing so this is a change

I definitely recommend this product. I found it at Target for $6.99. There is also a night creme that comes in jar for the same price. This is my favorite drugstore moisturizer I have ever used. I think you should go get it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cold Weather Essentials

Now that the weather is crisp and cold I have started using different products and have reoccuring loves. My skin gets especially dry in the cold weather season so I use different products for this reason. 

Body Butter
For me, body butter works best for my dry skin. I apply it right after I get out of the shower to lock in the moisture. My favorite's come from the Body Shop. I love the Mango and Strawberry scents. The formula does feel a little greasy but it goes away after a while. I apply it at night so when I wake up my skin is soft and moisturized but not greasy. 

Lip Balm
My lips get very dry and I have the bad habit of licking them when they feel dry which makes it worse. I can't get enough of Nivea's A Kiss of Moisture. The formula is very thick and soft. I have tried other Nivea lip products but my favorite is A Kiss of Moisture. The Milk and Honey one is nice but I find that I have to reapply it alot more often than A Kiss of Moisture. 

Salt/Sugar Scrub
In the winter it is essential to exfoliate your skin to remove the dead dry skin that builds up. By removing the dead skin you are allowing your skin to soak up the lotion or moisturizer, otherwise it will just sit on top of your skin. 

Face Exfoliator
The same goes for my face. I notice if I don't exfoliate at least once a week, my lotion doesn't absorb into my skin. It is important to use a gentler exfoliator in the colder months so it isn't so abrasive on your skin. 

Night Creme

Night time is the perfect time to put on a thick creme. It allows your skin to soak up the rich moisture for 8 hours, give or take depending on how much sleep you get :). I personally love the Arbonne


There is something about the soft flicker of a candle flame that makes me feel warm. I love the fall and winter scents and having that extra warm feeling makes it a must.

Fuzzy Socks
Fuzzy socks go perfectly with a nice hot cup of hot cocoa and a blanket by the fireplace. I wear fuzzy socks whenever I'm at home and even out (under boots of course) to keep my feet extra warm. There are so many fun prints and patterns. I find a lot of mine at Old Navy for around $5. I know Bath and Body Works, H+M, and other retailers sell them. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Haul: Wet n' Wild Cosmetics

Okay, so I feel like I should do a Black Friday haul but a lot of it was clothes except for three things so I will continue to think about it or leave a comment letting me know if you want to see!! Anywho, I stopped by Walgreen's on my way home today and I remembered seeing Walgreens ad in the newspaper and it said that Wet n' Wild cosmetics were 50% off! They are already very inexpensive to begin with so this was an amazing deal! I picked up 5 things with a total of $8.04 (including tax.) I also found a nail polish but I think the cashier forgot to ring it up because it's no where to be found on my receipt on in my bag :(. 

I have been needing a new bronzer with none or very little shimmer. The one I am currently using is Elf's Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder. The bronzer in that is very shimmery although a perfect color. The WnW one is even better. It has barely any shimmer or sparkle and is the perfect shade for my skin. It contours beautifully. The one thing though is that when you dab your brush one the powder, the powder chunks together and kind of goes all over. If you can get past that con I definitely recommended it. 

One of the next two products is everywhere in the YouTube beauty guru world. The eyeshadow in the shade Nutty. It is a very beautiful color. It has a shimmer finish with a touch of frost but it still makes for a gorgeous color. It is a light brown with silver/white shimmer. It would be perfect for a crease color for a day look or a very natural look.The other single eyeshadow I purchased was Envy. It is a shimmery army green- perfect for this season's army and military trend :). I think this color would look really nice as an all over lid color with gold liner top and bottom and full lashes. Over all these shadows are SUPER pigmented. I can't emphasize super enough. I lightly ran my finger over it to do a swatch and so much product came off (in a good way.) I really look forward to using these. 
This next product is an eyeshadow palette. It is in the color Vanity.There are 6 colors- 3 matte and 3 shimmery. My favorite color just from swatching is the shimmery white one (the second swatch from the white side). I think it will make a great highlight. I was a little disappointed in the pigmentation of the lighter colors. The matte colors seemed a little chalky to me. I will continue to use these and see if they are worthy of my every day use :) 

The last product is a lipstick. It is in the color Bare something...I threw away the wrapping and the lipstick tube doesn't have the name. It does have a number though: 902C. This is the perfect nude shade for my skin next to Revlon's Soft Nude. The formula is very creamy and it "dries" matte. I would recommend using a lip liner underneath though because after about 10-15 minutes of wearing it i noticed it started disappearing on the inner part of my lips. The swatch on my hand shows it more of a pinky but the color on my lips is the true color. 

I hope you found this post helpful :). I apologize for not posting as often as I did previously but school is consuming my free time :( I have end of the year exams coming up and teachers are cramming many assignments and tests in. I will hopefully catch up over the Winter Break. I have some interesting post ideas: Cold Weather Essentials: Beauty and other random things; a haul with nail polish and decals from Japan :); and maybe a Black Friday will be late haha. 

xoxo Kerry