Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Products I've Hit Pan On/Empty Products #2

Philosophy Cranberry Medley Hand Cream

I mentioned this and the set it came in as part of my November Favorites. I went through this stuff quickly, and loved it! The set came with three scents, but the Cranberry was the first I used up. It just smelled so festive and perfect for the deep winter. It had a mix of crisp fruity fragrance with warm, spicy undertones. And can we talk about the formula? Granted, Philosophy makes a lot of great formulas, but this has to be one of my favorite hand creams now. It is deeply moisturizing, but not greasy, and if you've read my Winter Skin Savers or My Favorite Fall Skincare, you know that I love any product that feels super thick and moisturizing but that your skin actually absorbs and doesn't just leave a greasy film. This definitely was one of those products. Unfortunately it was a limited edition Holiday set, but they do make the same formula year round in less festive scents.


Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup

I love this powder. It's very similar to the Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless! which I talked about in my Products I've Hit Pan On #1. Apparently I love a good versatile powder. I love a powder that is creamy and light at the same time. This is aptly named "Dual Finish", but it really could be called at least Quadruple, because it really is that versatile and there are so many ways to use it. It comes with both a powder puff and a sponge which can be used wet or dry, but you can also use it with a brush. So many options. Use the puff dry for a sheer matte finish, great for setting foundation or giving a sheer finish over moisturizer on minimal makeup days. The sponge can be used dry for a more full coverage, matte finish, or damp for more radiant full coverage. The two methods I use most are definitely with a dry brush or dry puff over foundation, and with a damp sponge over just moisturizer on days I do not want a ton of coverage. It has such a velvety, natural looking finish. It is so creamy and smooth. I have never felt a powder so buttery. It almost feels like a cream, but is a powder, and works like the most versatile of both. This stuff is so versatile in fact, that I can even use it year round, no matter what my skin is like, because there are so many ways to apply it. So much that I actually own in two shades, a winter and a summer.

tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Pink

I am really getting into cream blushes. They just look so natural and radiant, and youthful. I hit pan pretty quickly on this one, which is especially impressive because you really don't need much. I pat it on my cheeks with either my finger or a stippling brush, and just buff it out into natural glowing perfection. This formula is so blendable. It is possibly the most natural looking finish I've tried. It looks kind of shimmery in the pan, but the shimmer is so subtle when you apply it, that it really just gives you a completely naturally lit-from-within look. I haven't been using this on super made up days, or when I am doing a full on contour and highlight, but on every other day, by itself, over bronzer, mixed with a little highlighter, it is absolutely gorgeous. It also does a fantastic job of bringing life back into your face after you apply full coverage foundation, yet still looking completely natural. I will definitely be repurchasing, and possibly in more than one shade.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube-Original

We all know and love this stuff. It is an absolute necessity, a standard, a staple of anyone's makeup collection. And once you use it, you will never be happy without it again. A lot of people prime their eyes with concealer, which does definitely make your shadow last longer and stay in place without creasing, but it has nowhere near the power this does. If I prime my eyes with concealer, I will find my eyeshadow creasing or fading by the end of the day, but with this it just does not budge. It will look like you just applied it hours later (even the next day, dare I say?). It does come in a few different shades, which you can use to color correct veins or darkness on your eyelid, or to alter or intensify the color of your eyeshadow, but I still like the colorless Original the best. It also lasts forever! I use this almost every single day, and this tube took me at least a year to use up. I honestly don't even remember when I bought it it's been that long, but I definitely already have another one ready to go.

Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Volum Express Mascara

I included this in my list of My Favorite Mascaras, and I definitely still love it, and keep going through them. I won't talk too much about why I love it because you can ready why there, but let's just say I still love it, keep going through them, and keep replacing them.

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Butter

I found this body butter in a pile of bath products I was going through last month and wondered how on earth I could have a Body Shop Body Butter I didn't know about because I go through a lot of them. Well I found this one, discovered that this scent was actually another limited edition holiday scent (I think from last year?) and went through it very quickly. Their Body Butters are amazing, and how wonderful they are for that deep moisture we need in the winter especially, and I loved this scent. When I found this jar, the scent didn't sound familiar, so I went looking online and discovered it was a previous holiday scent, and then I was really disappointed becuase the scent was so good I wished I could buy more. they do make a vanilla that is very close to this, and almost as good, but this was like that vanilla with an extra hint of clove spice. I will probably be replacing it with the vanilla soon.

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