It's my FIRST VLOG!!!
Here I reviewed several of my Beauty Library products and some December favourites. Let me just say I learned a few newbie lessons:
1. When you have 20 products to review, prepare for a 26 minute video.
2. Oh, wait. YouTube only allows 9minute and 59second videos. Crap.
3. Learn how to use iMovie and edit the hell outta your video.
4. Why does it look so fuzzy? I guess the camera built into the Macbook Pro isn't going to cut it.
5. Wear stage makeup, or you'll look like you have nothing on. In the words of my husband: "I think you needed some bronzer or more blush." Haha! Believe me, I have plenty of makeup on. It's just the video quality.
In case you didn't want to watch the video (I'm pretending not to hear you respond in the affirmative...), here's a synopsis!
I've stuck with this Beauty Library product for a long time, because it's not aerosol (ie won't clog before it's time). It has a pointed tip for easy application. It's smells wonderfully clean and lemony! Only downside is it's white, so it takes a lot of blending in my dark hair. I hope they one day do a tinted version.
It's a cooling gel consistency that doesn't leave a film on your face and does it's job! NO OIL! Love this stuff; best I've used ever.
I've used many natural (aluminum free) deodorants, and this is, by far, the best. I've tried others mainly because of the cost of this one, but I keep coming back. You get what you pay for. It's, by far, better than Tom's of Main and Clean. It smells heavenly & is so smooth and creamy.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir - $18
Absolutely LOVE this facial spritz. I has citrus oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil and flower water (among other healthy, invigorating things). It's great for your skin... and for your brain. :) I use it when I need some refreshing. It's just a great pick-me-up midday. (I also use it to set my foundation and powder while applying makeup).
Gotta love the price! I figured it would fade really quickly for $1, but it lasts ALL DAY! It's sticky, but it does it's job. I'm actually going to buy (almost) every shade. I also like the twist, click packaging.
I was pleasantly surprised with this one! I use it with my Lorac Behind the Scenes Primer, and it does last all day! It's buildable, has a strong pigment & a great base color. I'm wish the pot was just a bit bigger. It's hard to get a good amount on your finger when the opening is so small. I'm thinking I'll definitely buy some more shades.
I tried this based on a recommendation from MaskCARA and wasn't 100% sure I'd like it, but I've been pleasantly surprised! I don't use it as my only concealer, however, because I'd rather not "highlight" my blemishes, too. I mostly use it for under eyes and when I HAC. I'll probably try some other highlighters when I run out, since I'm newer to HAC-ing. (Already know that Benefit's High Beam is too shiny for me & too expensive - $26). But if I don't find anything better or with the same value, I'll definitely come back to the Dream Lumi Touch.
Merle Norman Lip Revive - $20?
Price isn't on the site - you have to go to your local store. I have the old packaging, but I really love using this stuff. It keeps lipstick from feathering and serves as a great primer. It moisturizes just the right amount for lipstick application. I sometimes try to prep my lips with balms, and it just smears every where. This stuff doesn't do that at all. The higher price is due to it containing Beta Hydroxy Acid & Salicylic Acid. I won't probably buy again, because I'm trying to weed out my products with propylene glycol and parabens.
Oh, yes... the fragrance I'm ashamed to admit I love. It doesn't smell like a teenie-bopper perfume. Promise! It contains the following: Freesia, Green Tea, Apple Blossom, Raspberry, Dewberry. I think it's the Green Tea that mutes the fruits a bit. It's not too fruity.
Lastly, I reviewed the Wakefield Dynasty books by Gilbert Morris. It's like a nerdy girl's Downton Abbey with more history. I really loved "getting to know" King Henry the VIII, Queen Elizabeth, & John Wesley. These books were published a long time ago... they're not even on his website any more. But I know they're cheap now on Amazon or at your local library. If you're a UK geek like me go check them out!