Indeed Labs Hydraluron

5.30.2013

I can't begin to talk about this product without first saying a HUGE thank you to Lily Pebbles from What I Heart Today for sending this product over from the UK so that I could try it. I'm super grateful for her kindness and without it, I'd been serum-less and sad! So thank you Lily, I really appreciate it!

Now, down to brass tacks. I love me some Caudalie S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum. We've established that. I've gone through 1.5 bottles to date. Love the results. Now, here sits Hydraluron, a beloved product of some of my very favorite British beauty bloggers (*cough* Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup, I love you *cough*). What was that? Did you guys hear something? Yeah... me neither. We've also established that I'm currently worshiping at the skin care altar of one Caroline Hirons, so does it surprise you to hear that she steadfastly recommends this product too?  Of course not, I'm a sheep! Baaaa. Tell me what skin care to buy, please. Baa.


The makers, Indeed Labs, claim the ultra-high-grade hyluronic acid in this serum can attract 1,000 times its weight in water. I have no clue what that means besides hydration and soft skin. I know I've said that Caudalie's S.O.S serum gave me some of the softest skin I've ever felt on my face when used after Biologique Recherche P50V, but I dare say this product squeaks ahead. Given the much smaller price tag, this would be my recommendation between the two. However, if you're in the states and have no way of purchasing this product, the only hydrating serum recommendation I can stand behind right now is the S.O.S serum. Which is expensive. Wahh wahh. Sorry!

So... how many things from Caroline Hiron's skin care routine have I adopted into my own... let's count:
  1. Emma Hard Amazing Face Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm
  2. Biologique Recherche P50V
  3. Indeed Labs Hydraluron
Yup, that confirms it. I am a mindless drone.

Once again, I compel you to learn from the master herself, my skin care sensei, Caroline Hirons:

Zara Leather Sandal - Nude

5.29.2013

Excuse me while I quote vintage Britney, "Oops, I did it again..."

You may recognize these Zara heels from a previous post... but... they are different, I swear! It's totally rational to need the same exact shoe in both a nude and black version! Honest! Don't look at me like that! *looks up shopping addition inpatient facilities*

Jonathan Green Rootine Dry Shampoo

5.28.2013

Dry shampoo can be a total savior, or it can leave a dusty, unattractive white cast in your hair that can best be described as the hair of a low budget community theater's elderly character portrayed by someone in their 20s. Lord help us all. Not to mention, which I can regretfully tell you from experience, white powder dry shampoos (like my beloved blow "faux dry") totally give off flashback during flash photography. So excuse me while I run and untag a few pictures on Facebook. Ugh.

And now I bet you're sitting there thinking, "Well, then why don't you use a spray dry shampoo?" To be blunt, I think they suck. I have yet to find one that really works at absorbing oils and find powders to be FAR more effective and long-lasting. Which brings us to the product at hand, Jonathan's Green Rootine, a brush-on colored dry shampoo I have been using for years.

It's easy. Good -- I'm lazy! It's colored. Yes -- no gray hair! It's effective. Yes -- no greasy hair! It's long lasting. Yes -- still no greasy hair!


The only downsides with this product are that the brown color is quite warm (which may not work for all brunettes), it's not readily available in many locations (I always buy online from random places now, but it used to be in ULTA), and the texture it leaves in your hair (slightly gritty). I quite like the warmth it adds to my hair, so I'm fine in that regard. In response to the texture issue -- yeah, it makes your hair a little gritty, but you're more fickle than the Princess and the Pea if you want a weightless, color-free dry shampoo that eats up all grease and leaves hair shiny and silky on the 3rd or 4th day after showering. I don't think those exist. If you found one. Tell me, tell everyone, tell the world.. lord knows we are all looking.

I find this incredibly easy to use and typically brush it through the stupid baby hairs that surround my face at my hairline and tend to get greasy within 0.5 seconds of showering. What? I'm not bitter! I brush a little down my part (watch out and don't make your part turn orange where your skin is!), a little around the crown, and day 3 hair feels like day 1.5.

If you've experienced some of the same problems as I have with dry shampoo, why not test and see if any of the Green Rootine color options work for you? All natural ingredients, too! Can't argue with that!

What I Wore: 5.21.13

5.24.2013


Top: Topshop "Burnout Drop Shoulder Top" in Nude
Jeans: BDG Mid-rise Ankle Grazer Jeans from Urban Outfitters (similar)
Necklace: Babette on Etsy
Ring: Hester St. Fair
Coin Purse: Marc by Marc Jacob

Coupon Code: 20% off ASOS

20% off EVERYTHING?!?! ASOS, you tease!!
Use code: TAKE20 for 20% off your order on ASOS.


Save While Spending: 40% off Bergdorf 5F

5.23.2013

Somethings tells me any purchase in this sale might still break the bank, but I'm just going to browse... and drool.


Save While Spending: Shopbop Memorial Day Sale

Please allow me to shop vicariously through you in Shopbop's Memorial Day Sale, sticking to a budget sucks!
Now indulge me.. what did you get?!


Save While Spending: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

5.22.2013

Oh, I just love the sale season... half-yearly time at Nordstrom!


NEW IN: Makeup and Skin Care

5.21.2013

Lookin' cute ain't cheap!


Watch the video here.

What We Wore: 5.12.13

5.15.2013

Happy (belated) Mother's Day!





Blazer: Zara
Top: Zara
Jeans: Topshop "Leigh"
Shoes: Zara Mid-Heel Sandal
Bag: Clare Vivier Messenger (my blog post)
Necklace: Minoux "Tiny Bar"
Rings: SecretCharm on Etsy

The video (feat. Mom!), if you're interested:

Save While Spending: 20% off Beauty.com

5.14.2013

YESSSS!! 20% Beauty.com? Don't mind if I do!

I heard Sue Devitt is going under, so I'm finally getting the Powder Brush that Lisa Eldridge loves! 

Biologique Recherche P50V

5.12.2013

I discovered Biologique Recherche's P50V from Caroline Hirons, the skin care superwoman behind the must read carolinehirons.com. She recently sat down with Pixiwoo for an enlightening skin care-centric episode of BodyTalk that is NOT to be missed (embedded at the end of the post -- watch it, seriously!) and reminded me to order the P50V I've had on my wishlist since I began reading Caroline's blog months ago.


I've never used an exfoliating toner before, and now I don't think I could ever not use one... I know I've touted baby butt soft skin from Caudalie's Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, but pair that with this and you're left with the most supple, soft, amazing, every good skin care adjective EVER. Even though I'm only 24, and not dead and dusted by any means, this makes my skin feel incredibly younger and fresher and makeup goes on without a hitch -- no random dry bits to cling to, no icky texture, less pigmentation to conceal. Without good skin care, your makeup will never look 100% and with this, my face is becoming the perfect canvas.

BUT.

Let's talk ingredients. Caroline posted about the formula changing, but only in the EU. Why? Phenol. From what I gather, the EU has banned its use, so it appears that Biologique Recherche have created a phenol-less formula for the EU and the original formula remains in the US. The original formula leaves you with a nice sting and a terrible, long lasting smell upon application -- 2 things that Caroline says the new EU formula is missing. So does the phenol-less formula work just the same? I don't know. What I do know is that I'm not sure that I want to be putting phenol on my face after a quick google search. I don't know how safe it truly is, especially given the ban in the EU. So great. Too good to be true. It had to be. Part of me wishes that I lived in the country that had the ban so I could continue to purchase the product, but at the moment I am a little wary of repurchasing the original formula... which is painful... BECAUSE THIS IS JESUS IN A BOTTLE.

So, now taking applications for anyone who wants to switch lives in a permanent, international Freaky Friday because this shit is worth it. Until then, I think I will resort to Caroline's other favorite, Clarins' Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. But as luck would have it, even that looks hard to track down in the states...? Oh maybe I'll just try Alpha H Liquid Gold, out wait.. can't get my hands on that one easily either here in CA.

What gives?! Does the universe not want me to be properly exfoliated?!

**UPDATE!!** It looks like Rescue Rittenhouse Spa sells the phenol-less version too! I plan on comparing them! The 1970 on the bottle indicates that particular bottle contains the old formula with phenol, so don't purchase that if you want to try it out phenol-free!

 

What I Wore: 5.5.13

5.07.2013



Tank: Mossimo Supply Co. from Target
Top: Mossimo Supply Co. from Target
Sweater: Mossimo Supply Co. from Target (similar)
Jeans: Topshop "Leigh" in Black
Sandals: Sam Edelman 

Essie - First Timer

5.04.2013

You try resisting the urge to buy this polish
End of Story.

Save While Spending: Barney's Purple Card

Time to bite the bullet and buy that purse you're coveting -- Purple Card time at Barney's!