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Happy Valentine’s Day! Plus stocking up on a few favorites

This week just flew by at blazing speed! I hope your week was fabulous. Now I want to wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day, whether with your love one or just to yourself. :wave May your day be extra special!

I want to share this with you:

 wpid-2015-02-14-15-26-36_deco.jpgA card from my sweet daughter. So touching and beautiful!  :heart

And I want to show two of my favorite skin care products that I stocked up on in the last week – the La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution and The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil. These are both in my current skincare regimen. The LRP retails for $19.99 each but I bought them from Ebay for $28 for four. The Face Shop retails for $13 each but I bought them from a 3rd party seller on Amazon for $19.33 for two. My wallet is always happy when I find great deals to be had on the things I need to buy. :D

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution, 6.76 fl oz

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution, 6.76 fl oz

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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, 150ml

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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, 150ml

And on that note, I bid you an awesome weekend! :D

 

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Testing: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation

I’m a big big fan of base makeup, especially liquid foundations. I think a great base makes your skin look really even and flawless. I am comfortable stepping out with just my base foundation and a pretty lipstick. Yeah, the most effortless look is what I go for.

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation

A foundation I’m currently testing is Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation in Macadamia. I’ve tried a few of Laura Mercier’s foundations but none made an impression and the shades were always off somehow. I just gave up. Then last week, I was at Sephora and saw the Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation and wanted to give it a go. I was matched to the shade Macadamia, which is described as “light with warm underones”. I wore it for 2 days and I am loving it! There is enough for at least 2 more wear sessions and it will go on my Wishlist.

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Swatch on back of hand – shade Macadamia

I will describe the formula as a bit running, light to medium coverage and works very well for my dry, combination skin. It is lovely and comfortable to wear and lasts all day on me. I have tried applying it with a beauty blender and a stippling brush and both way works well though I prefer the stippling brush just a tad more. It is very easy to blend using the brush though if you dot it all over your face first, you’ll have to work fast or it will start to dry up. I apply a light layer all over and add another layer to my upper checks where I have brown spots.

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Left: Bare face with sunscreen. Right: With foundation only. 

The shade, Macadamia, is a great match for my skin at this time. I prefer foundations that even out the skin tone more than trying to cover up every imperfection on my face. This would be an everyday wear foundation as it is light, as opposed to the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation I also love (will review soon) and is heavier. I also prefer this to the Givenchy Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance. The Givenchy offers lighter coverage and the shade match isn’t as good as Laura Mercier’s.

I definitely recommend trying this foundation as it is very comfortable to wear and is buildable.

Have you try Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation yet?

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Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015!

Wow! It’s been a fast 2014 and we’re at the end of it folks.

With the arrival of 2015, I wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year! As always, may everyone be healthy and happy. :D

Welcome 2015! The year of the Sheep! ^O^

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LOTD – 12.29.2014

I hoped everyone had an awesome Holiday with their families and love ones! I can’t believe 2014 is almost over! Literally!

Life has been crazy and busy but I love it. Today, I want to share a LOTD with you. I am loving shopping in my own stash and rediscovering a bunch of products that I am liking better than my first impressions.

Base and Checks:

Hourglass N28 Primer

Face Atelier Ultra foundation in #5 Sepia

Sheseido UV Protective Compact Foundation in Light Ochre

Laneige Skin Veil Base SPF26 in Light Peach for highlight

MAC powder blush in Dollymix

Diorskin Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond

Eyes and Brow:

CK Onne Brow Pencil + Gel Duo in 400 Crafty Raven

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Demolition

Lips:

Milani Anti-Feathering lipliner in 01 Transparent

Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in #356 Cherie Bow