Fab Finds/Unfortunate Fails – August 2013 Edition By Fran

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Fab Finds/Unfortunate Fails – August 2013 Edition

A lot of interesting things have crossed my path this month so I thought I would recap the gloriously victorious as well as the preposterously pooish. Keep in mind these are just my opinions, I may thoroughly enjoy something that no one else did, or find a fantastic item that’s getting rave reviews everywhere, completely horrifying.

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Yves Rocher Pure Light – Light and Luminous Foundation – This is a super-light foundation that provides a light/medium coverage depending on the number of ‘layers’ you apply.  It is indeed luminous, it is not glittery or sparkly but ‘lit’ and looks lovely whether day or night.  It is very liquidy however, and is best applied with a beauty sponge as opposed to fingers or brush.  It contains Rice Extract which is said to improve the skins radiance.   It’s dispensed from a pump bottle so mess is minimal, it’s available in 12 shades so there’s something for everyone  and Yves Rocher has even provided either rose base or beige base colours so regardless of your undertones you should be able to find a match. It’s regularly $27 but is usually available on sale for $15 or so on the website. It has received fantastic reviews on the site itself and I….am also a fan.  Super blendable, nice finish…I’m not calling it matte or dewy…it’s neither really, but it’s a nice combination and looks ‘realistic’.  I have at least  16 foundations/BB creams on the go and I have been reaching for this one  a fair bit on foundation days.  It’s a Fab Find!

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Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara – I received this one in a subscription box a long time ago and just recently gave it a try. It is …AMAZING! Lasts all day, no smudge or fall out (at least for me) and makes my lashes look awesome. The mascara claims to make lashes longer, thicker and curvier, and it does that.  I was hesitant at first that it wasn’t water proof only ‘water resistant’ but it hasn’t been an issue thus far. All day wear without smudge/smear or little fiber drippings on my cheeks (which honestly can be an issue with all of these new fiber mascaras). It’s easy to remove with an oil based make-up remover, though a little harder to take off with a ‘cleansing water’ like Bioderma H2O Micelle Solution (which is all the rage) but eventually it does remove it as well. Jelly Pong Pong (which I LOVE saying) runs about $24, a little high for my tastes but when a splurge is allotted for in my budget I will definitely repurchase. It’s also a Fab Find!

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Avon Elements Refreshing Cleansing Wipes – These claim to be formulated with an extract of edelweiss flower and gentle cleansers to leave your skin “fresh and fabulous”.  They are sold in packs of  24 from between $6 and $8. They don’t require rinsing and don’t leave a greasy residue.  Here’s where they lose me…..they are lightly scented.  WHY?!? I don’t need my makeup remover to have a smell. I don’t.  I found the ‘light scent’ was enough to make my eyes water and the product itself made my eyes sting. My face make-up came off in a jiffy and my skin didn’t feel tight or greasy but it took a lot of effort to remove my eye makeup. On a positive note, the wipes are nice and thick and  have some texture to them, so they seem to be mildly exfoliating and good at swiping all the makeup off your face, but the formula isn’t great for mascara, liners etc and harder to remove products. They are convenient and probably handy to toss into your bag while travelling, but between the stinging scent and the lack of cleansability (yup, my word), they probably aren’t going into MY bag.

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I much prefer the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths, they run about $3 USD for 20. They have a nicer package with the plastic click top (not just the sticky tab), they are scent-free and they remove ALL traces of make-up. Sorry Avon this time it’s an Unfortunate Fail but for  a Fab Find, give the e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths a try.

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Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil – This was also a discovery from a subscription box and since I already had a ‘white’ pencil on the go, I didn’t break into this until very recently.  It’s a neutral pencil that claims to ” brighten and visibly lift your eyes when lightly applied on the brow bone, dark circles, blemishes and red spots”.  I have been using it in the corners of my eyes to open them up and brighten up the whole area.  The pencil is formulated for light skin tones (which I am).  I had been using a white….WHITE pencil from another company prior to trying the Chella Ivory Pencil and man what a difference.  It’s uber-subtle, you know it’s there, you know there’s something different but there isn’t the ‘whiteness’. There is no sparkle, glitter or shine. It’s so soft and creamy and easy to blend.  It’s not only lovely in the eye corners but I’ve been known to swipe it on red spots on the occasion and for super-light coverage it works like a charm. It runs $18 for a full-size pencil and that’s pretty pricy for me.  It’s a really nice product, that works really well. But considering there are other options out there at 1/4 the cost, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing.  I’m going to call this a Fab Find for those who are looking for an alternative or even an upgrade from their existing highlighter pencil, but are willing to pay a little (lot) extra for it.

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…and finally…CND Essentials Special Edition Solar Oil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner – I had heard for months that this oil was the holy grail of cuticle oils, but hadn’t been able to find any. Earlier this month I actually found the Special Edition at the local Beauty Shop.  Other than the summery fragrance it’s the same amazing oil  it’s always been. Let me just say…it’s amazing. It comes in a nail polish type bottle with a brush applicator and I’ve been using it every day (sometimes twice) since I got it early in the month and I’ve barely made a dent in the bottle. It’s easily absorbed, light, smells great and works like a hot darn. My cuticles are soft, smooth and even my nails look great.  I’ve been applying both on the naked nail and also when I’m polished around the cuticle.   It runs anywhere from $9-$15 for a 15ml bottle and is well worth it in my opinion.  This is definitely another Fab Find. Since I did find it locally, it’s probably easier for you to either check your local beauty shops/beauty supplies or do a Google search and see where you can get yours.

There you have it. Hopefully I’ve given you some information you didn’t have before and if nothing else, hopefully I didn’t bore you. Looking forward to what September has to offer and all the products that it will bring with it!

Until next time 🙂




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