Sonofa…I Got Mugged!

…or at least my eyebrows did!

I stopped tweezing my eyebrows over two years ago.  I used to be a tweezaholic in high school and college.  Fortunately, my eyebrows mostly grew back.  Mostly.  There were a few patches of skin left, but since my eyebrows are on the fuller side, it is nothing that an eyebrow pencil, or wax, can’t fill.  (If I knew how to use one.)  That doesn’t mean that I don’t need touch ups.  I do, but my experience has taught me not to trust brow techs.  So, I hold out for long stretches of time, while allowing myself to look a little feral.  The last time I got my eyebrows down, the eastern european woman left me looking like Cruella Deville

The fact is eyebrow techs do not show restraint.  They see my long sabertoothe overgrown hairs and they get to work.  I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS tell them what I want.  ‘Do not leave me with thin eyebrows.  I want them to remain full.  Just clean up the bottom and trim sparingly.’  It goes in one ear and it goes out the other.  They nod and say of course.  Then they get to work and hairs are flying everywhere.  Whether it is threading, tweezing or waxing, it does not matter.  They are there to subjugate the forest above my eyes.

So, today, I decided on a whim to get my eyebrows cleaned up and I said exactly that I wanted.  I saw the brow tech and saw she had thick drawn on eyebrows, arty but full, not necessarily all her own.  But I thought, ‘yes!, a woman who appreciates fuller eyebrows.’  Nope.  Did not matter.  Once she started she could not stop.

Now, it is not all her fault.  I could have said something as I felt the whirl of hairs fluttering down my face and the snips.  This is where it becomes my fault.  I become a long stretched out cat being stroked when any spa, or grooming activity, is being done.  I just relax and enjoy it.  Part of my brain is sounding a klaxon alert, but my Id does not care, I am waaaaaaaaay to comfortable and drunk from the soothing sensations to say anything to stop her.  One of these days, I am going to go in for a little clean up of the brows and hair trim and I am going to walk out bald and with no eyebrows.  Mark my words…*

So when she showed me the first eyebrow, I already knew it was too late.  I said “Perfect!” What was a I going to do? Stop her and look like the Hunchbrow of Notredame? Be an asshole and start shrieking?  Now, here is where it gets weird.  Whenever I get my eyebrows done, people LOVE IT.  This is where it all comes down to different tastes.  I love full eyebrows and I love them on me.  I wish my eyebrows were thicker and longer than what they are.  But most people, particularly those not into “editorial looks” love thin, short, defined eyebrows, whether it works on their face or not.  I don’t get it and never will.  I guess people must think I look like a feral beast out on the street or something….but I am ok with that because, and here is the key, I LIKE MY FERAL EYEBROWS.  NO ONE ELSE HAS TO LIKE THEM, AS LONG AS I DO.  You know, kind of like when you are really attracted to a guy that just doesn’t get the same attention as other dudes who look really, really pretty?  But he is the hottest thing ever to you?  Yeah….

Anyways, my eyebrows have been plucked, cropped, and shortened…I hope they grow back quickly.  I feel older and more ordinary now.  I wouldn’t be surprised if my new tweezed eyebrows made me look 10 years older…Part of me wants to go all out and just Nair it and go eyebrowless…then I remember I have a meeting next week with someone new…I really just want to Nair it and start all over and at least get the novel experience of going eyebrowless, while making up some extreme story about how my eyebrows were yanked off…oh well.

I don’t know if I will post what my eyebrows look like now.  But I cropped a year old closeup pic when my eyebrows were in its natural state, where you can see their natural feralness.

*Actually, this did happen about five years ago.  I was contemplating getting a short bob, but decided to get a “Lob” instead, longer bob with bangs.  I had come in with a few pictures of the “Lob” a day before the cut.  I came in for my cut and I was soothed into getting a super short bob, but the stylist ended up giving me an asymmetrical butch cut.  It was her way of trying to clean up a cut (super short bob) that was not meant for my bone structure or hairtype.  My hair went bye bye.  She had clearly taken off more than I had initially agreed to, but boy did it feel GREAT!!!!  Of course, when I looked in the mirror, I was like whoah – ugh…then I walked out of their feeling very unfeminine…and oddly very powerful.  Like I felt really unattractive, but at the same time super powerful.  Like if someone were to have given me stink eye, I would have kicked their ass, and felt great about it, powerful.

PS – I am not a long hair snob.  I like short hair.  I just do not have the features for short hair….short is not a good look when you do not have a small head with small, delicate OR super defined features…However, my short hair phase was the “funnest” hair phase I ever had.  My hand was always in my hair, ruffling it up like feathers.  And washing my hair?  Forget about it.  I did it every day because it was fun and easy.  When my hair is shoulder length and longer, it takes FOREVER to dry and my hair becomes too dry from overwashing.  Right now, my scalp is saying FREE ME…but my recollection of the awkward growing out phase is saying HELL NO.

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Cream Blushes: Bobbi Brown Lips and Cheek Rouges

I like blushes.  There isn’t much to say.  I have tried Bobbi Brown foundations , concealers and lipsticks and they are not a good color match.  Bobbi Brown likes subdued and toned down neutral pinks, mauves and dusty roses.   These are the types of colors I avoid because they enhance my sallowness.  However, Bobbi Brown does have a few shades that I like. 

1. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Creamy Color for Lips and Cheeks in Honeyed Tea and Pink Truffle, 0.24 oz for $20.00

Pink Truffle is a classic Bobbi Brown color she likes to reiterate to death – neutral pink rose – in eyeshadows, lips and cheeks.  Frankly, this was an accident and it is going back.  I don’t know why I picked this up.  Blah.

Honeyed Tea, on the otherhand, is a great muted sienna color that Sephora describes as a honeyed beige.  I like this color alot and it actually works well with my tan and I think it will work well when I lose my color in the winter. 

Overall, the formulation is easily sheered and you only need a tiny amount for color impact.  I like the little tubes and it makes it gym bag or cosmetic bag ready.

2. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Chocolate Cherry, 0.13 oz for $25.00

This color is a deep, reddish-brown plum shade.  It is a dark, super saturated color that needs to be sheered out.  I can see this easily applied as a heavy lip because of it’s saturated color.  You only need a tiny amount to blend across cheeks for a windburned look in the dead of winter.  I like it very sheered, otherwise it is too heavy.  This color has enough pigment in it to be used on darker skintones, like ebony shades.  I purchased this AGES AGO, which is why it is in the old packaging and not the new pot with fliptop mirror, which would have been nice.  I don’t think I will ever finish this sucker.  It’s a lot of product. 

I have not used either of these products on my lips so I can’t comment on how it feels. 

Here are some swatches.

Pink Truffle is a muted rose color compared to Chocolate Cherry, even though they look a little similar.  I had to REALLY sheer out the Chocolate Cherry to bring down the strong color, otherwise it would look like a lipstick.  There is a strong purple base to this shade that Pink Truffle does not have.

I compared Bobbi Brown’s Chocolate Cherry shade to Edward Bess’ Lip and Cheek Rouge in After SunsetChocolate Cherry has a distinct purpley-red base, compared to Edward Bess’ After Sunset.

I haven’t seen Chocolate Cherry in a while, since it’s been stashed in a clear acrylic box with most of my other blushes in a drawer.  But I think I will have to bring it out for the fall.  Especially since this fall is all about the dark plummy (reddish-purple) lip.  I may even try it out as a lip stain.

Fall Gym Class Days: Backpacks!

I like getting new gym bags quite frequently.  Mostly because they don’t last very long as they are not that expensive.  I usually end up ripping seams, zippers, lining…you name it, every six months or so, which is ok with me because I treat it like a fashion accessory.  I like mixing it up.  Lately, I have become very fixated with getting a slim, fashiony, non-sporty looking backpack for the gym, and casual weekends in the fall when I want to look a little “rough.”  Ok…rougher than I normally look on the weekends…   🙂

I am favoring prints and bright, or feminine, colors for the fall, without falling into the outdoors “backpacking-in-the-fall” cliche of a bright red or orange backpack.  BLAHHHHHHH……….

These are some of the backpacks I am looking at.  The Herschel Supply Company Settlement Striped Backpack from Madewell is my favorite so far.  I am hoping the taupe shade mentioned is more a pink-toned taupe…If it is a gray-taupe with black stripe, it may not be as interesting.  I can’t tell.  But it is also $90 bucks and I may feel a little required to use this bag a couple of extra seasons for the gym.  Then again, this is a cool stripe backpack.  This would definitely be recycled a couple of seasons, and maybe passed down to  the nieces when they are old enough to appreciate “vintage”…  🙂

The Duluth Scoutmaster Pack in Pink and Burgandy also look really nice, but I think these are wishful thinking because it’s $150.00.  Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Knapsack for $198.00 is also iced out for that reason…I have seen these bags in this material up close – no way am I paying that much for cheap nylon that will rip.

I like the J.Crew Fjällräven® classic Kanken backpack in Violet  which is really pretty and quaint, but the color is more spring, easter egg  redux and I want to enjoy the fall.  The price is ok at $65.00. 

This leaves me with my preferred price point for a backback I am only planning on using on going to the gym, or casual errand runs.  JanSport’s SuperBreak and Black Label Superbreak backpacks, which can be found for under $40.00 on sale.  No guilt whatsoever…and um…I kind of want two.  Probably a Aztec Print pattern and a superbright, like Electric Purple, to contrast against my oversized faded green cargo style jacket and loud bright print scarves….

Listen, I may be past my collegiate days, and I may have graduated from graduate school a few years ago, but whose to stop me from looking a little casual collegiate in the fall.  Nobody that’s who!  Thpppfffftttttttttt.  

As you get older, you start to care just a little bit less each day about staying within the lines…on whatever it is….Do what you want.  🙂

And hey, if Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen can sell a $34,000 alligator leather backpack, and make it trendy, I can rock my little JanSport SuperBreak or Herschell Supply Company backpack for under a $100 bucks….

🙂

Revisited: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation

Well, I have full face tested each of the shades and walked outside with it, as well as mixed shades, used over mineral and chemical sunscreens, and mixed with my Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers

This foundation is a mixed bag. 

First, the positives:

1. Beautiful, beautiful formulation.  It feels like nothing at all.

2. It sets quickly and melds to the skin.

3. It gives naked skin a beautiful skin-sheen glow.

4. It lasts all day and does not disintergrate, or sweat off of oily skin.

5. It layers easily over serums and chemical sunscreens.  There are no texture or shade shift issues.

Now, the bad:

1. If you do not have a (mostly) even-toned complexion, this will enhance the discoloration. This makes sense.  It is a sheer-light coverage foundation  that can be layered to deepen the veil of color, and reduce the peek through of your own undertones, but it is still a veil allowing discoloration to peek through…

2. Because this foundation has a sheer to light coverage, mineral sunscreens that leave you with a white cast, will peek through and muddle the “glow” aspect of this foundation.  You will glow alright, but it will look a bit ashen because of the peek through.  You need to use chemical sunscreens or  truly transparent mineral sunscreens.

3. Despite allowing your own undertones to peek through, this foundation actually enhances the negatives of choosing a slightly off shade.  I have many “not quite” shades, but they are masked mostly because the skin where it is applied is covered and looks uniform.  When you use a shade with an off undertone, or overtone, it is ‘quietly’ noticeable with this foundation.  What does that mean?  At first you will think, wow some of the shades are so adaptable…then as it sets on your face you start to realize there is something kind of off with your skintone.

4. Using concealers with a different shade or texture will be obvious and not camouflaged.  You may need to experiment with finding the right concealer to use with this product…or better yet, use no concealer at all, save for highlighter/concealer creamy pens.

5. Mixing two or more shades creates a muddled shade, not a super power shade. 

6.  Use a strong oil cleanser or makeup remover.  This does not wash off easily.  Preferable to double cleanse.

Overall, I still love the foundation, but I will not get a shade right now.  I am between a BD40 and BD50.  This is a great foundation for those who have relatively even-toned skin, or insignificant skin discoloration, but dull skin.    It will be ideal to use a chemical sunscreen with this foundation.  Make sure that the shade match you get is very good and works with your undertones.  Since neither BD40 or BD50 match my undertone, there is a mild clash in the peek through that actually makes me look MORE uneven. 

This foundation is great for those with a relatively clear and even skintone.  But for those who need real coverage, this is not a good choice.

Hope this was helpful!

The Best Part of Vogue’s September 2012 Issue…was a Neiman Marcus Ad

Do you know what the best part of Vogue’s September 2012 issue? 

There were an outstanding “916 pages of fall fashion for all” in the issue. 

916 pages…and the best part of the issue was the Neiman Marcus ad “The Art of Fashion” shot by Eric Madigan Heck…

By far the most creative and beautifully shot pictures in this magazine…of 916 pages….

(One of these pages has inspired me to paint my small bedroom’s walls the bold color I was too initimidated to use because of it’s intensity, to go with my self-painted high gloss teal vanity table (converted cheapo small writing desk) and the practically neon large chartruese flower print wallpaper I used on the accent wall behind my vanity table.  The shade? A deep jewel-tone foresty-emerald green.)

YEAH…

I think maybe it’s time to start culling my subscriptions….time to allow some subscriptions to lapse. 

Check out the Neiman Marcus Blog here for the pics: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/blog/womens/art-fashion

Here are my (not so great) shots of the images I liked.

Best Classic ‘Girls Night In’ Movies

I am a big snuggle at home and watch a movie kind of person.   Sometimes, I like sci-fi, suspense, action-dramas, horror, and comedy movies.  Other times you need something familiar, amusing, and classic.

I may love Star Trek, but I also love my old school teen movies.  Whatever! Talk to the hand! (‘hair flip’).

Heathers

Clueless

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Jawbreaker

Mean Girls (whatever, it’s a modern “old” classic)  🙂

The Breakfast Club

Sixteen Candles

Bring It On

Grease

If some of these don’t seem familiar, then you should definitely check them out.  Hell, if you don’t enjoy them then you can at least laugh at the outdated clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and lingo. 

A Trip To Sephora

I recently went to Sephora and saw the new displays for Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact.  Now, I have always liked the idea of Laura Mercier products and her general beauty aesthetic, but I found most of her products just didn’t enhance me the way I would have liked.  I found her tinted moisturizers and foundations too moisturizing and I never found a color match.  Many of the color shades she offers are selectively flattering on certain skintones, and muted in a way that enhances my sallowness.  Green is almost universally left out.   🙂   Well, I am so glad I wandered by the  display area in Sephora because I saw a gorgeous display banner with luscious shades and beautiful compacts. 

The Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact’s are lightweight veils of color.  The tones, textures, and display ad, as well as the swatch graphics, reminded me of the reason why I love Becca Cosmetics. with its focus on soft, luminous  fleshtones.  Laura Mercier, I think, offers a more refined, yet casual, take on it, as opposed to Becca’s disheveled exotic forest/beachy ethereal, but still kind of steamy take.   I could not resist swatching every single color on my wrist just because the shades were so nice.  Frankly, at that moment I wanted to be every shade in the line from Porcelain to Mocha so I could have the pleasure of matching every shade veil. 

I am not sure if this has come out in my other postings, but I have a huge attraction to “fleshtone” type shades.  A better way to describe it would be to think of the type of shades that are often used in lingerie to mimic “fleshtone.”  GORGEOUS!!!  Whether you are alabaster to ebony, there is nothing more attractive than clear, even-toned, luminous naked skin.  There is a big difference between the type of finish that still allows people to see your skin versus a true “foundation” that masks it, and makes you look “perfect” and a little mannequin-like.  I have a preference, clearly. 

I am somewhere between a Bisque and a Sand in this line.  I currently have the Bisque, but it is a little light.  On the otherhand, my experience with the Sand shade is that it comes off too dark.  Sigh…Bisque would be an ok color in the winter as I lose my tan, but dreadful in the summer.  Incidental tanning enhances the distinct color contrast in my skintone and makes most foundation shades unusable on me, either too light or orange.

One more thing, Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact reminded me of L’Oreal’s Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation, which is far more moisturizing and has more color depth to it than this product.  I really like this compact because it is NOT moisturizing.  I may just have to decide if I should exchange for darker, or stay lighter and just use it in the late fall/winter.  Once I make my decision, I will swatch this sucker for you. 

On a Sephora general note – I am so happy how blogs have changed how beauty companies and beauty retailers are selling to consumers.  Sephora now displays items in a theme from various brands.  So you can see plums from multiple brands, or dark inky mascara’s from various brands.  Now, I do not know if they are actually testing these, swatching, or just going off of brand literature, but I like how they are enhancing the shopping experience by making it more USEFUL.  When I went, they were having a free makeup class tutorial for a small group of people.  They now have a Sephora + Pantone Color IQ (only available in San Francisco and NYC) to match your skintone to a unique Pantone shade, which they cross reference against the brands they carry.  Again, I don’t know how this informaiton is aggregated.  But, again they are enhancing the shopping experience.  It is not coincidental how many of these beauty retailers have redesigned their e-commerce sites to resemble some of the best prosumer blogs out there.  I welcome all of this.  I love skincare and cosmetics, and anything that enhances my ability to sift through all the various products out there is welcome, whether from an e-tailer, a chain retailer, or a department store beauty gallery.

It is a good time to be a beauty addict! 

On another note, f you have been thinking of picking something up at Sephora, why not do so soon.  They have a VIB bonus. 

This is what I got:

Last, last thing  🙂

Have you noticed how Sephora sales consultants seem to be recommending Algenist products like crazy?  Yeah, I got curious…amd yup, Sephora (and QVC) signed an agreement to launch Solazyme’s Algenist product line in the U.S..  Those recommendation must be tied to some serious profit or revenue sharing with the companies….

Come On…It’s Green!…Sothys Clarifying Correcting Serum

1. Sothys Clarifying Corrector Serum, 1.0 oz for $51.00

I have a thing about green products.  Not “green” as in organic, but green as in the color.  No.  It is not because of Kermit the Frog.  I do like money.  But, I also love the idea of a lush, green forest.  It also reminds me of the sea for some reason too.  Green is just a powerful nature infused color that breathes vitality.  But, I do like money.  🙂

I have been interested in trying out the Sothys line for a while, but never got around to it until this summer.  I was actually going to buy the Sothys Desquaccrem but decided against it.  I wanted impact with my dollars.  A gommage cleanser wasn’t going to cut it at that price, but it does have a lot of nice reviews.  So, eventually I may get to it.

The serum is supposed to clear acne breakouts with a concentrated serum of tea tree oil and salicylic acid.  I, also, like that it has niacinamide and licorice root extract (to improve discoloration).  I originally started applying directly on to skin but I did not like the way it felt.  It feels drying (alcohol) and kind of sticky.  So I started mixing it with moisturizers and essential oils.  I know this is a clarifier but it will not really get rid of your acne.  It will clear up oil and debris from your pores, but it will not kill a zit.  I do not believe this is a repurchase.  This reminds me of a less pleasant version of Yonka Juvenil, which smells like a deep forest and feels wonderful on my skin.  Juvenil was super expensive the way I was using it.  I can’t afford it at $54.00 for 0.5 ounces.  It is a pure liquid and I can clear a bottle in about two weeks with a lot of restraint.  I just want to inhale the stuff.

One more thing.  The liquid inside can spill out of closed cap if the bottle is sideways.  Why would I have this bottle sideways you ask?  Well, I stuff it in my gym kit.  So it spills a little green liquid inside the cap….This is not a repurchase.

Too bad, because I loved the fact that this was green.  I am not kidding,  I did.

Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Alcohol denat, Propylene glycol, PPG-1-PEG-9 lauryl glycol ether, Hydrolyzed yeast protein, Salicylic acid, Triethanolamine, Melaleuca alternafolia (Tea tree) leaf oil, Butylparaben,Glycerin, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCL, Triclosan, Phenoxyethanol, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root extract, Panthenol, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Allantoin, Ascorbyl palmitate, Limonene, Citric acid, Glyceryloleate, GLyceryl stearate, Biotin, Potassium sorbate, Methylparaben, CI 42053 (Green 3).

L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Stick Lipstick: Silky Java and Cherry Tulle

I like the idea behind this lipstick.  A vibrant but sheer lipstick that’s not a gloss. (I hate lipglosses.)  So, despite my dislike of regular L’Oreal lipsticks, I purchased two of the shades I liked the most.  Turns out one of these is a ‘my lips but better.’  YAY!!!  The other, reminded me of  what my lips look like after eating a cherry ice several hours after the fact.

1. L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Stick Lipstick in Cherry Tulle, SRP

I really liked the idea of this color, a bright, sheer cherry red, but the reality was a muted, several hours after eating a cherry icey shade.  Here is the thing about these Caresse Sticks, the shade works when it ENHANCES your lips natural undertones.  If it contrasts, it just looks like you had a slushy.  My lips are not a bright pinky- red, so this did not have the same color pop I hoped for.  This color is meh on me.  The lipstick is not meh.  I actually like this line.

2. L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Stick Lipstick in Silky Java, SRP

I hit the jackpot with this shade.  It is a warm browny-mauvey pink, which enhanced my natural muted mauve-pink lip color in all the right ways.  It was a very pretty, bright, shiny effect that looked ENHANCED natural, if you know what I mean.  It kind of reminds me of Clinique’s icon lip color “Black Honey,” less purple, more brown.  Love this shade and love the silky feel.  I am impressed L’Oreal.  Perhaps, I need to give your newer lip products more of a try.

Here are the swatches:

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Polyethylene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Jojoba Butter (Simmondsia Chinensis Butter), Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, C18 36 Acid Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, BHT, Benzyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Carmine (CI 75470)

Check out this line.  I want to check a few more shades to see if more than one shade can work. 

The Essential Oils: ‘Til Infinity and Beyond

I have never met an essential oil product I didn’t like.  (Ok.  Not true.  I met one.  Nude Skincare Replenishing Night Oil Serum.  I could not finish it.  It smelled like used dishwater and felt like a soapy, viscose water with oil left in it, like from a sink.  PASS!)  Granted, I put my money on “perceived” quality by buying up.  Something about going natural, or mostly, natural, makes me more leery of buying cheap.  Yet, I don’t hate on anything I find in Whole Foods, either.  I have a couple I will include in a budget version of this collection later on.  A few of these bottles above are just one use away from being finished.  YES!  RESTOCK IS NEAR (insert ‘crazy eyes’). 

🙂

But I am also not crazy…looking at you Amore Pacific Green Tea Seed Treatment Oil for $195!!!! Not even a full ounce!  

Anyways –

I have nary a bad thing to say about any of the items pictured above.  They have different essential oil components, although likely in the same, or similar carrier oil. 

1. Thalgo Thalgodermyl Purifying Extracts, 0.5 oz for $47.00

Alright, maybe it’s not fair to call this an essential oil product considering the first few ingredients. But I like it anyways.  This is definitely more of a treatment product against acne, and oil filled pores.  I prefer to mix with with a moisturizer, or “true” essential oil product.  This is more aggressive than any of the other products in the sense that it cuts through oil, although it has not dried me out, but you feel a hint of the alcohol.  I also like the cool push-button applicator.

Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, PPG-26 Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arnica Montana (Flower Extract), Equisetum Arvense (Extract), Panax Ginseng (Root Extract), Betula Alba (Bark Extract), Laminaria Digitata (Extract), Fucus Vesiculosus (Extract), Lithothamnium Calcareum (Extract), Algae (Extract), Citrus Limonum (Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil), Lavandula Hybrida (Oil), Verbena Officinalis (Extract), Anthemis Nobilis (Flower Oil),Glycerin, Carbomer,Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid

2. Decleor Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Serum, 0.5 oz for $84.00

Priciest essential oil I have.  It is, also, the silkiest essential oil product I currently have, and it feels and smells wonderful.  It is meant for aging skin.  I use it when I want to baby my skin but also feel luxurious.  I have the old bottle and it is one use away from done.  However, the silkiest essential oil (like) product I have ever used was EmerginC’s Complexion Perfection Oil, which is super smooth and silk, and also meant for mature, drier skintypes.

Ingredients: Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Neroli Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium Oil, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Oil

3. Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum, o.5 oz for $68.00

I have mentioned this serum before.  Great oil-sucker, pore purifier.  Sometimes, I dab this on my nose before I apply moisturizer to suck up oil.  I have purchased this like three times.  It goes quickly because I use it so often.  I have tried Sundari’s Essential Oil for Oily Skin and Essential Oil for Normal-Combination Skin and it doesn’t compare as an oil-sucker, pore purifier.  Sundari’s oils’ are thinner and may only work as “moisturizers,” while Decleor has a thicker feel and does feel “coatish.”  I have also purchased the Decleor Aromessence Rose D’Orient Soothing Serum about two times, but I have not repurchased it yet, but it is a definite repurchase.  It purifies pores, not as well as the Ylang Ylang version, but it soothes the surrounding skin, which is great for irritated skin.  The Ylang Ylang will not really hydrate or soothe.

Ingredients: Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pimenta Acris (Bay) Leaf Oil, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Isoeugenol, D-Limonene

4. Pevonia Botanica Face Oil – Sensitive, 0.5 oz for $24.00

I like this product.  I use it for when my skin feels dry and irritated.  It is a thick oil.  Lower priced than the Decleor, but with similar ingredients.  I will have to check out the other face oils in this line, as well.  I haven’t done so yet.  It looks like a good value, but I am not sure if it can dethrone my Ylang Ylang and Rose D’Orient as pore purifiers.

Ingredients: Corylus Avellana (Hazel Nut) Oil,  Rosa Gallica (French Rose) Essential Oil,  Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Essential Oil,  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Essential Oil,  Tocopherol,  Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E).

5. Sundari Chamomile Eye Oil, 0.3 oz for $45.00

I would not buy this again for a number of reasons.  1) It is meant to moisturize under eye area, but this stuff gets in your eye and you see cloudy vision for a while.  2) It migrates because it is very thin and runny. 3) The main ingredient is jojoba oil and that stuff can be gotten cheaply under the Desert Essence line, which I have a large bottle of.  4) The “treatment” ingredients don’t appear to have an effect that I guess COULD justify the higher price tag.  5) I ended up using this as a facial moisturizer, which is fine.  5) This is severely overpriced.   Not a repurchase because I think this is highway robbery not because it is bad.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Perseagratissima Avocado Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol.

I hope you found this useful.  Unless you have allergies to certain ingredients, essential oil products are great.  I do not think you have to go expensive.  There are budget buys out there.  Desert Essence is a great line with a jojoba oil product that can penetrate pores, moisturize skin, wash off makeup, treat the scalp, moisturize dry ends, and a host of other things.  It is non-comedogenic and pure.  Check it out.