Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowy lazy Sunday

Yeah, despite the blizzard here in Chicago, I had an easy Sunday. Per my usual, I slept as late as possible, took a long leisurely shower, pampered myself and did laundry. Dinner consisted of leftover spaghetti and the evening saw me curled up on the couch with a cup of herbal tea watching Sense and Sensibility. It was a very nice Sunday :-)

I tried a sample of Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask after my normal face cleanser and I was very impressed. I'm not sure I'll drop $34 at Sephora to buy the full size bottle, but the sample was nice. Here's what the product description on Sephora says about the mask:

What it is:
A groundbreaking, mineral-rich mask that peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects.

What it is formulated to do:
This jet-black, mineral-rich mask creates a unique peel-off effect that delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening results. Made with a premier-quality clay, its deep-cleansing properties draw out dirt and oil. Other natural ingredients go to work exfoliating skin and refining pores. Powerful antioxidants shrink pores, firm skin, and reduce inflammation. Once dried, the mask strips away dead skin, impurities and excess oil to reveal immediate and visible results.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Avoid eyebrows, hairline and lips. Avoid eye area by applying below orbital bone. Leave on 15-20 minutes or until completely dry. Gently peel off mask from outer edges. Rinse off any residue with warm water. Follow with moisturizer. Use once or twice a week.



Did it deliver? For me, yes. My skin felt smooth, soft and matte and my pores were noticeably smaller. I perused the reviews for this mask before using it and noticed some folks saying it was next to impossible to remove and that it caused them to break out afterward. I will agree that removal was quite cumbersome but it wasn't next to impossible. If I wake up with a pimple or two tomorrow I won't be surprised or angry because the mask states that it detoxifies and removes impurities. What that means my dears is that nasty little yuckies lurking in the innermost depths of your lower dermal layers will be brought to the surface. Hence, pimples. Don't be mad, be glad, that's the mask doing its job. Again, I liked the mask but I'm not sure I'll be dropping $34 at Sephora for it anytime soon. But if you're interested, here it is...


Though I hid out in the house today, I also did eye makeup and my nails...

Close up on the eyes
Panned out so you can see the nude lip...and ashy looking skin, lol

I primed my lids with Two Faced Shadow Insurance and dusted a sparkly lavender shadow from the ELF Beauty Encyclopedia (Sparkle Edition) on my lid. On my outer corner, I used a sparkly dark purple from the aforementioned ELF BESE. For my highlight/browbone I used Lancome's Pink Veil from the Pretty Pretty Quad. I lined my lid with L'Oreal's Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Black, dusted Pink Veil on the inner corner and first 1/3rd of my waterline and smudged the last  2/3rds of my waterline with Mabelline's Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx. On my uncurled lashes I'm wearing two coats of L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Very black. I primed my lips with Carmex Moisture Plus and went nude with Mabelline's Crazy for Coffee.

All in all, I think I did pretty good. My eyeshadow technique is getting a little better since I apply every day and I feel good about that. Next I'm going to rectify that ashiness and my dark under eye circles and acne scars. No foundation though, I hate that stuff. I think some of that ashy look is due to the new moisturizer I'm trying out. More on that later though.

On to my nails...


Per usual, my application is kinda sloppy but the color? The color is GORGEOUS! Two colors actually. I did an every other finger comparison with Barry M's Dusky Mauve and Revlon's Perplex. You know what? They're both great dupes for Chanel's Limited edition Paradoxal (click to see pictures). Do you know folks are selling Paradoxal for $40? Insanity. You'll have a difficult time finding Revlon's Perplex too since everyone knows it's a dupe for Paradoxal. I bought mine off of Ebay (two bottles for $16 and some change. Click to buy, she only has two bottles left). Or you can order Dusky Mauve from Barry M's website. Barry M is a UK brand so be prepared to pay about $5 per bottle of polish and whatever they charge for shipping. I bought mine a while back before I realized it was a dupe for Paradoxal. Also be warned that once the word gets out about BM's DM it may sell out.

That's pretty much it for my Sunday, how was yours? Feel free to do some shopping for the products I used via the hyperlinks above or the Shopstyle links below. Cheers!




PinkFrosting said...

OMG! I'm super jelly. lol
I love your shadow look! It's flawless! You look beautiful, it's hard to think you were just right in the
The ELF shadows are super pigmented.
I also love your polish color.

Can I challenge you to do a look with red and gray? for a holiday look?

and another look with at least 3 pinks incorporated in your look? :)

Chic Therapy said...

awww so pretty i like your purple lids! How are you doing hun?

Lexy of BeautyFash said...

gorgeous!! I love the sparkly purple eyes, so festive! :) And that nail polish is fab.

And THANK YOU for stopping by my blog today! All your comments made me smile :)