Archive for June, 2012

June 24, 2012

The Tale of the Makeup Counters

So, let me ask you all… how often do you go to your local beauty counters and try make-up before you buy it? I know I’m guilty of this. I love going in and having them apply makeup for me. Then, if I love it, I buy it and replicate the look at home.

Photo from The Daily Cookie

Well…. leave it to Good Morning America to test this natural buying process by looking into how many germs are living on all those testers.  We all know the germs are there, we just pretend not to think about it. With as much as we spend on our makeup, we do like to try it before we buy it. And, if you’re like me, I hate returning makeup. I always feel like they judge me for bringing back perfectly good makeup that they then have to toss out (or do whatever they do with it besides sell it).

Anyway, so GMA tested makeup products at a variety of locations (10 stores in 2 states) and lo and behold they found gross, gross things on 20% of the products. That’s 1 in 5 items. Think about that number. That means if you try on a mascara, a lipstick, two eyeshadows and a blush, at least one of those products probably has something on it. I know what you’re thinking, well you never directly touch the makeup, you use their wands or a sponge or something besides your finger. You may do this properly, but I’m sure there are people who don’t care about germs and will stick there finger right on in there and test it. Leaving you to contend with their germs.

What exactly is on these testers, you ask? They found a significant growth amounts of mold, yeast or fecal matter. Gross, right? While the GMA report say there’s really nothing to worry about, as long as you don’t have an open cut, this is still gross. And for people like me with really sensitive skin, this is kind of terrifying.

They do have suggestions on how to eliminate or at least reduce the amount of mold, yeast, fecal matter, etc you are applying to yourself when you test:

1) Research the makeup you want online before you go to the store, so your choices are narrowed and you don’t have to try as many.

2) Be wary of even disposable wands because you never know how many people double-dip the samples.

3) Stay away from open jars of lip gloss, moisturizer and foundations, because people may have dipped their fingers into them -and hands are hotbeds of germs.

4) When testing eyeshadow and eyeliner, use a disposable applicator and test it on your hand, not your eyes.

5) To test a new foundation, apply it to your neck, away from your face and lips.

6) Ask the salesperson to sterilize lipstick tubes with alcohol before you try them. Our “GMA” tests showed that kills the bacteria.

7) To try a new lipstick shade, apply it to the pad of your finger, not anywhere near your mouth.

8) Test concealer on your inner wrist, not your face, where the lighter coloring will usually match your under-eye area.

9) Never test mascara from a used tester bottle. Ask the clerk to open a fresh tester and give you a disposable wand. Dip each wand only once, to avoid contaminating the sample for the next customer. If a new tester isn’t an option, don’t test at all. Instead, ask the salesperson to describe the mascara to you.

10) Many stores now have a “buy and try” policy, where you can purchase cosmetics, take them home to try on, and then get a full refund if you’re not happy.

(List from Good Morning America – check out the article there too)

So good luck next time you are out buying makeup, and beware of those little germs waiting for you to test out that new pretty color.

What do you think of GMA’s findings? Are you surprised? Not surprised? Will it make you think twice about trying on makeup in store?

June 22, 2012

Just Another Outfit Post…

Jacket: Forever 21 … Dress: Free People … Shorts(White): Lux … Shoes: Steve Madden

June 20, 2012

Polyvore: Outdoor Chic

Outdoor Chic
June 20, 2012

Ding-Dong, Birchbox Calling!

So, I started subscribing to Birchbox last month and was super excited when I received my email saying my box had shipped. The day that I saw it would be arriving, I kept refreshing the Track A Package page of USPS begging the postman to hurry up and deliver it faster. Finally around 4pm it had arrived. So pretty and pink it was, I ripped into it.

For $10 I was not let down. Even the inside of the packing box was cute with little stamped world landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Tower Bridge, Arc de Triomphe and more. Here’s my box:

Here is the description card of what was included:

Going down the list:

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June 19, 2012

Missoni + Havaianas: Perfect Summer Match

As I was browsing through my recent Nordstrom catalog, I came across a very lovely pair of flip-flops that caught my eye. It’s a pair of Havaianas flip-flops designed by Missoni. Amazing, right?

Now I don’t wear flip-flops very often, or at all, not unless I’m going to a pool, but these are seriously a nice addition to a summer wardrobe. My go-to flip flops are Havaianas as I have very narrow feet and they’re the only ones I’ve found that are actually made for slim feet. The straps fit snug and you don’t feel like you’re going to slide out of them (especially with wet feet).

These come in a bit pricier than typical flip-flops as they are Missoni by Havaianas at $70 a pair, but when these two brands join forces it could be well worth the price. Typical Havaianas are around $30 so the Missoni prints do add a portion to the total cost.

What do you think?  Will you be purchasing these for your summer outings?

(Click the picture to purchase from Nordstrom.)

June 16, 2012

Just Another Outfit Post…

Yes, I dare to wear white pants.

Top: Forever 21 … Jeans: Joe’s …. Flats: Tory Burch

June 15, 2012

A Little Trip to Sephora

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to start a new skin care regimen that would protect my skin from aging and other elements that can cause wrinkles and other damage. Using the Sephora hotline I was recommended two brands, both slightly pricey for me to be willing to commit to. So when I went into my local Sephora and I simply asked for a recommendation based on my current concerns (anti-aging, very sensitive skin, slightly oily, and want full regimen) and I was taken to the Origins section.

The Origins line pride themselves on being very natural meaning good for sensitive skin. The collection they directed me to is called “A Perfect World” meant to act as a “protective bubble” against the elements and great for a twenty-something who doesn’t really have wrinkles or much damage they need to reverse, but instead just wants to prevent damage.

One of the things that they offered was a 3-piece trial set comprising of: an antioxidant cleanser with white tea, a white tea skin guardian, and an antioxidant moisturizer with white tea. This collection’s special ingredient was obviously White Tea and let me tell you it’s noticeable. These pieces all have such an amazing smell to them. I almost look forward to using them because they smell soooo good. I took the three pieces out of the box and put them in front so you can see the size for the $39.50. Considering the price of most skincare products, I thought it was a good deal.

I’ve been using them for a little over a week now and I haven’t even made a dent in any of the products. I will admit, I wish the skin guardian came with a little bit more because its only a .17oz sample. It seems a bit off compared to the size of the other two. Considering you’re supposed to use all three AM and PM, I know I’m going to run out of that one way before the cleanser and moisturizer. So far, I am happy with the products though honestly I don’t feel they’re anything special. I haven’t had any serious breakouts since using it so that’s a definite plus but my biggest concern is whether or not this was really what I was looking for. I was looking for something anti-aging that would protect my skin and there’s no SPF or Vitamin C or anything that is typically in anti-aging products in these three pieces. I probably won’t buy the full size since I really don’t feel like they’re doing anything more than a typical cleanser or moisturizer would do.

The rest of the pieces I brought home with me are samples of the Origins Modern Friction, a natural and gentle dermabrasion product. I haven’t used it yet, but its made of skin-refining rice to remove all the bad stuff from your skin. The lady suggested I use it to get rid of black heads and clogged pores.

She also gave me a sample of Origins Clear Improvement Mask. It’s a charcoal mask to clear pores as well. (My pores must have looked really bad to her.) This, like the last, I have yet to try. I didn’t want to shock my skin trying out everything all at once.

The last sample I got was Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream. I originally asked about Dr. Jart’s BB Cream since I had received a sample in May’s Birchbox but it wasn’t even enough for two uses. The salesgirl instead said she really didn’t like Dr. Jart’s and suggested I try Smashbox instead. I’ve got to admit, it’s not bad, the color matches my skin better, but I feel like it doesn’t really have any staying power. Even with layering a finishing powder over it, it doesn’t last a whole day. I’m glad this was a sample because I won’t be purchasing it.

The last item up there is Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. This is one of the items that are a must for me in my daily routine. I love this liner and if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. It’s perfect for tightlining or lining closely on your top lid. You can get an incredibly thin line with the brush and the bristles don’t break like others so even at the very end of its life you still get a perfect line.

That’s all for now. Do you all use any of these products? Love them, hate them? Have a suggestion? Share your thoughts :)

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