Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Philosophy Shelter Review

Philosophy's Shelter is described as an oil-free sunscreen with SPF 30. It is antioxidant rich and is designed to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays while also moisturizing and soothing the skin. 

This sunscreen is slightly tinted but the coverage is sheer enough so that it doesn't look like you're wearing foundation or anything too heavy. In MAC colors, I'm N30 and this sunscreen looked just fine on me (I hope). It smells a little funny which I'm not too big a fan of.

Cost: $25 for 4 oz
Where to buy: Philosophy

Directions: Apply to face and body 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply as needed. Reapply after extended sun exposure, swimming, towel drying or sweating.

My Thoughts: 
- Thick formula that is a tad difficult to spread on face when compared to my normal milky sunscreens. It's a bit thick so I usually dab it in instead of slathering it around.
- After application, my face was a tad shiny so I used a blotting sheet to get rid of the excess oil/shine. 

I really like Philosophy cosmetics but their skincare range has just got me on the fence. I wish I could love them like everyone else seems to! Given, I've only really tried their Purity Cleanser, discontinued Handmade hand cream, and this Shelter sunscreen from their skincare line but 2/3 aren't doing it for me. Maybe this is a reason to go out and try more of their products? :)

If you like Philosophy and are looking for a sunscreen, this might just be what you need. Otherwise, I'll pass since I'm more a fan of milky sunscreens for the ease of application. All in all, not much to say about Philosophy's Shelter.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DIY Vitamin C, E + Ferulic Acid Serum w/ Jojoba: Attempt #1 - Fail

Here's my first attempt a while back at making my own Vitamin C serum.

Where I purchased my ingredients and supplies (all prices are exclusive of shipping, taxes, etc):
4oz L-Ascorbic Acid (Ultrafine) @ LotionCrafter for $13.75
200g/7.06oz Sea Kelp BioFerment @ Bulk Actives for $7.10
Jojoba Oil (Desert Essence)
Distilled Water (store brand)
15g/0.53oz Ferulic Acid @ Bulk Actives for $5.45
Vitamin E (had quite a difficult time finding a pure version of this but finally found a pack of three on
Vodka (store brand)

Other supplies:
Amber colored glass dropper bottles @ Whole Foods
3 shot glasses
pH meter
measuring spoons
rubber gloves

Need to still buy:
Tiny silicone spatula?
Mini mixer!

One of many recipes from Kassy of SkinCareTalk (Many thanks!)15% Vitamin C, E + FA Serum with Jojoba 
1 tsp L-AA
1 tsp SKB
1 tsp Jojoba Oil
3 tsp Distilled Water
1/4 tsp Ferulic Acid
1/4 tsp Vitamin E Oil
1/4 tsp Vodka or Witch Hazel (vodka is best and purest though.) 

Boiling glass to sterilize.


Not the milky texture I was expecting.... You can see the clumps of the sea kelp ferment.

Goopy spread.

Nice finish though.

What a fail, haha. I stirred and stirred everything just as the recipe had called for but I couldn't get it right. Even after 3 attempts, the serum was still the same, strange, jelly texture. It's not gritty but the serum is more like a ton of jelly bits. I can't tell if it's an issue with the Sea Kelp Ferment I bought or the Ferulic Acid perhaps?

After reading and reading, the common issue seems to lie with the L-Ascorbic Acid. Not mixing it for long enough will result in a gritty texture, if I remember correctly. My concoctions aren't exactly gritty but I'll try stirring the concoction for longer later today and see how that turns out. General consensus is to stir between 10-30 minutes long. O_O

I'll be the first to admit that I think I'd rather shell out the bucks than sit and stir for 10-30 minutes with a tiny little stirring spoon every week. BUT. Since I'm not one to shell out $100 for expired serum, I DO want to make my own and will think of a better solution. Which I have found! HAHA. See adorable mini mixer here.

I purchased it yesterday after my fourth failed attempt. Can't wait to get it and my goodness, I hope it works. Till then… I'll sit and stir for 10 minutes tonight. Bah.

Will post recipe when I figure out one that works for me. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

CND Flamingo Feather

Saw that my local discounted nail polish store was stocking CND a while back and decided to pick up this perfect summer polish by CND called Flamingo Feather.  

 I like to call it "Barbie Pink" though. In my opinion, it's much more of a creamy bright pink than a flamingo pink. When I think of flamingos, I think of popping orange.

The grip on the cap is a nice change from the standard plastic caps. It's rubberized and makes for a great grip. I imagine this'll come in handy when the polish starts sticking to the edges and gets stuck to the cap.

I believe this was 3 coats. The polish didn't apply very evenly across my nails (or perhaps my nails just aren't smooth, hah) which was unfortunate but the creamy texture and milky look are definitely a win for me!

I purchased this polish at a discount for around $4-6 I believe (can't remember the exact price) so I'm okay with the fact that it's not the perfect polish but I definitely wouldn't purchase this at full price. I'm a bit disappointed with the quality since I expected more due to the high quality of their CND Shellac line but oh well. The color is perfect for summer :)

How to Wash Makeup Brushes

Hi everyone! 

Here's a quick tutorial on how to wash your makeup brushes:

I like to use baby wash to wash my makeup brushes. 

Step 1: Wet brush beneath running faucet. Try not to submerge the entire brush under water or to get it past the bristles. I have this fear that doing that will weaken the bond between the bristles and the handle.

Step 2: Run a bit of water into your palm. Swish the brush back and forth gently. You'll start seeing the buildup of makeup come out. 

Step 3: Here you can see the foaming action :)

Step 4: If your hand starts to get dirty, you may want to rinse and repeat the process from Step 1. Always gently squeeze out the excess water from the brush. You may want to give it one or two shakes but I find that just gently squeezing out the excess water with my fingers does the trick just fine.

Here you can see all the makeup brushes I just cleaned. They'll take about a day or more to dry (depending on the weather) so be sure to have some extra brushes on the side if you plan on wearing makeup within the next 24+ hours. :)

Here are the brushes the next day. All clean and dry!

Not to mention super fluffy! :)