Sunday, 7 February 2016

And Again

Still with the no title posts...

Value sets just keep luring me in, but very seldom am I excited to use every item they contain. So here are a few more kits I purchased mainly for one product.

Clinique Pretty Wow, Pretty Now

This is a recent acquisition. When I realised how much I loved their cheek pop/blush pop in 'Cola Pop' I knew I had to get more. This set came with 'Heather Pop' and was $39.50USD while the blushes individually are $22USD. It also came with a crazy gift with purchase when I got it from Nordstrom so basically I had to have it.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pop 'Heather Pop'
Clinique Pretty Wow, Pretty Now Set

Bite Beauty Discovery Set

I think I told myself that there were a lot of things in this set that I wanted to try but honesty I really wanted to get my hands on the Agave Lip Mask. I've seen such polar reviews on that product that I wasn't prepared to fork over the $26USD for a full size. The Discovery set was $55USD but it came with three full sized products that totalled $70USD on their own (the Agave lip mask wasn't one of them). Anytime you see one of these kits at Sephora get it.

#ShamelessPlug they're some awesome Bite Beauty products available in The Marketplace.

Bite Beauty Discovery Set

Butter London Backstage Basics

Butter London is available locally from Urban Corner Beauty, Lanterns Mall. At the time I purchased this set (April 2014) they sold the individual polished for $39.45BDS. This set was $139.85BDS. *wince* While I'm only fond of one of the three Butter London polishes that I have ever tried, I'm still glad I purchased this kit because it allowed me to try the Nail Foundation. It's by far the best Butter London product I've ever used. The nail file that comes with the kit ain't too shabby either.

Butter London Backstage Basics
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Butter London Backstage Basics

Ole Henriksen Merry & Bright Duo

Y'all already know of my love for the Truth Serum Collagen Booster so this was just me getting a back up. A 1 oz bottle retails for $48USD but you can get deluxe sample sizes in various sets from Sephora. This duo was $24USD.

Ole Henriksen Merry & Bright Duo packaging

Becca Glow To Go Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights

The highlighter craze started a while ago. While I'm not the biggest fan of cream/liquid colour products for the face this set was too good to pass up. And I did it all for 'Opal'. I gave the 'Champagne Gold' one to Heidi and she said she loves it.

Becca Glow To Go Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights packaging
Becca Glow To Go Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights 'Opal'

I hope the coming week will be a great one for you!

Friday, 5 February 2016

(Second) First Impression: Bioderma Sensibio Sensitive Skin

Late 2014 and all of last year micellar waters were a hot topic. The most sought after of which was Bioderma. Originally only available in the UK, it's now accessible in the US via Beautylish. In standard beauty investigator fashion I had to try it to see what all the hype was about.

Bioderma Sensibio Sensitive Skin

I passed up the opportunity to purchase Bioderma at IMATS NY last year but when Beautylish offered this great Black Friday deal I couldn't resist. One 500 ml bottle retails for 19.95USD. A 250 ml is $12.95USD. This deal was you pay $39.90USD for two 500 ml pump top bottles and get one 250 ml free. Beautylish also offers free shipping withing the US on orders over $35USD. A win all around. 

It seems like the big draw to using this type of product is the convenience of removing all your makeup without having to wash your face with soap and water. Right on the bottle it says "non-rinse". Well, from my makeup remover wipe comparison posts you know that ain't my speed but I can see how that would appeal to people.

I titled this post a second 'first impression' because I used a sample of this product prior to buying the full size. Beautylish included samples of the Bioderma for Sensitive Skin and Combination/Oily skin types when I purchased the Wayne Goss Anniversary Brush Set.

skincare sample empties

I was impressed from the first use. It was a day during a #LipSwatchWeek and I had applied Estee Lauder Double Wear as my foundation. Sometimes I would use a cream or oil based remover instead of a makeup remover wipe. That day the cream remover was just making a mess; the Double Wear proved a lil too tough for it. In comes Bioderma to save the day. I used about three quarters of the sample in one go but it thoroughly got the job done.

Many beauty vloggers/bloggers I've seen rave about this use it solely for removing eye makeup. That makes a lot of sense. If you continually use this all over the face to remove makeup it would go pretty quickly. That may or may not bother you depending on how you feel about the price. The price is a determining factor since there are now cheaper alternatives on the market from Garnier and Simple. I have seen reviews though that say the Simple counterpart is not as gentle on the eyes. In the same vein there are also more expensive ones from Koh Gen Do, Lancome and plenty others.

How you use this type of product will determine if it's a solid purchase for you or not. I remember my first go round with this type of thing was the M.A.C Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser that I bought in 2012 for $77BDS.

M.A.C Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser
posted on our Facebook page December 30, 2012
"See Dis and Leff It: I honestly can't tell you what this does that witch hazel doesn't. (Product purchased from M.A.C Cave Shepherd, $77)"

Back then I thought these were to be used as toners and as you can see from the caption, I wasn't convinced it was worth the money. Now I know better. I would recommend this type of Bioderma for people with sensitive skin who are looking to cleanse their face without using anything harsh. Especially for the camp that as adopted the trend of only washing their face with soap and water at night; opting to use another method on mornings to remove whatever skincare they applied overnight. 

I will be sticking to using makeup remover wipes and oil cleansers to initially remove my makeup but I will follow up with Bioderma to get rid of any stubborn eye makeup like extra pigmented mascara or those Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencils

Bioderma Sensibio Sensitive Skin

From the site


Sensibio H2O is the 1st and only dermatological micellar water perfectly compatible with the skin: its fatty acid esters, the constituent elements of micelles, are similar to the phospholipids of the skin cell membranes
and naturally help rebuild the skin's hydrolipidic film.


Morning and/or evening – 7 days a week
Soak a cotton pad with Sensibio H2O.
Gently cleanse and/or remove make-up from your face and eyes.
Re-apply until the cotton pad becomes clean.
Lightly dab your face with a clean cotton towel.