I thought I would write a quick blog entry on my current favourite beauty products to keep handy in my bag everyday.
From left to right:
Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream
Smith's Rosebud Salve
Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm
Cle de Peau concealer stick
1. Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream
This works well as a serious heavy duty cream for my normally dry chapped hands (ask Babybubblz and Rasilla - they can vouch for the sad condition of my hands when unmoisturized, haha). When I do remember to apply this cream though, it sinks in reasonably quickly and does a good job moisturizing. The cream has a very faint lemon scent, which I love, because its not strong or cloying at all unlike some creams from Bath and Body Works or L'occitane.
The tube in the picture is the travel size, which goes for about US$8 or CA$13. Pricey but worth stocking up with a coupon or this year's F&F sale.
2. Smith's Rosebud Salve
I was quite skeptical about this product, especially the salve in a tin format, because very hyped up balms have failed to meet my expectations in the past (like Burts Bees's original balm). However this was on sale at the F&F so I bought a tube to try. Now I love it! Reason being its way more sanitary than the tin format, and I think slightly more spreadable as well, since it is has to be squeezed from a tube. The rose scent is a plus, it smells like concentrated fresh roses rather than the old powder rose smell that Bourjois/Guerlain products have.
3. Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm
This was a generous donation from a friend who found the colour didn't work for her. I love this though! This is one of the balms that go on clear but change colour depending on the person. On me it shows up as a sheer rose pink colour, and looks very natural. Since I'm at school over 12 hours a day, I don't want to get lipstick / gloss stains on my water bottle, so a tinted balm like this works perfectly for me. On someone else the colour might be more subtle, but since my lips are already pigmented, this actually makes my natural lip colour brighter and less dull.
In terms of how it works as a balm, the product moisturizes well, and almost seems to 'iron' out subtle lip lines as well. Even better, it contains SPF 15!
4. Cle de Peau concealer stick
I ordered this online somewhere (I can't remember...) about a year ago so the packaging is the old type, but it has lasted me a while. I use this daily to cover any minor blemishes or redness that remains after foundation, and the coverage is pretty darn amazing. I wouldn't recommend this for undereyes (it could work but may seem heavy) as you really get the best value from using this as the 'rest of the face' concealer.
The shade I'm using is Beige and it seems to match well enough with my current skintone & foundation (I'm about an NC20 at the moment). I carry it around mostly for touch-ups if needed. I like this as an on-the-go concealer because of its texture - it contains kaolin clay so it doesn't get messed up unlike other concealers when reapplied later in the day.
Anyway, I hope you're all doing well, and don't kill yourselves if you're in school like me. Can't wait for March break!