Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May Beauty Empties

May Beauty Empties || Musings of a Gossip

I always get soooo excited when I actually finish a product. To be honest, I waste so much money because 99% of the time, I give away a beauty product before I used it up. My friends benefit greatly because they get my leftovers...but my wallet always feels guilty! I made a promise to myself in 2018 that I was going to finish every product before I give it away. I don't have money to waste! (I admittedly have failed a few times...)

Oh dear...I truly can't believe how quickly time is flying by! By the time I realize'll be Christmas!! It's almost time to celebrate July 4th! Insane. 

Anyway...another month and another batch of of used up beauty products! I don't have too many products this month but I'll still share the deeds on how everything went...

1. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation: I’m obsessed with everything Chanel...their makeup is amazing and their skincare is as well. Despite having sensitive skin and for Chanel beauty to be heavily fragranced...for some reason it doesn’t bother my skin! It’s amazing quality! I have gone through a few bottles of the Perfection Lumiere Velvet (I wear shade 30) and it’s one of my favorites. It’s lightweight, smells amazing, keeps my face matte and is perfect to use all year long. I will definitely continue to purchase this one and I love how easily buildable it is. I also love how the small plastic bottle is easy to travel with and you don’t have to worry about it breaking! There’s only one’s $50 a bottle and it only lasts me about two months if I use it everyday. I try to buy it at Macy’s or Lord and Taylor when they offer 15% off but it’s still a pretty penny. For me, it’s totally work the price though because it’s pricey to deal with a full acne breakout! I also love the Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. You can’t go wrong with either one.

2. Avar: This cleanser is from my dermatologist and it’s my second bottle. I already filled my prescription for a third refill. Summer is brutal on my skin. (July on a NYC subway isn’t what my skin likes.) No matter how hard I try...dirt, oil, sweat, and whatever other bad stuff clogs my pores and makes me breakout. Sulfur is an old school trick to keeping your face clear. It tends to dry out my skin so I only use it every other day. It’s a must have for me. Plus it’s $20 after my insurance is billed so it’s reasonably priced and I know it works. They do offer different levels of strength but I use 10% sodium sulfacetamide and 5% sulfur. I used to use Plextion cleanser which is the same thing but for some reason the price increased to $250 with my insurance. Ask your pharmacist to help you find alternatives if one brand is too expensive.

3. Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Compact Foundation: I’m obsessed with this and use it as a setting powder. It gives my skin this flawless glowing look. I instantly think of JLo! Glowy and dewy in an amazing way. (Not sweaty at all) It also adds the slightest hint of color (I wear shade #3)...BUT major downside...I’ve only had this compact for about a month and there’s only like a three days worth left. I don’t think I’m overusing because I get SOOO many compliments and no one says I look cakey. I’m holding off on repurchasing unless I have a super crazy special event to attend. This powder also doesn’t make me break out which is a plus...but due to budget reasons, I think I’ll stick to the loose powder version. It creates the same look but has lasted me longer than a month! Have any of you tried it? I would love to know your thoughts.

4. Clindamycin 1% Gel: This is another prescription product from my dermatologist and I’m obsessed. I tried going a few months without my dermatologist prescription meds and my skin was a mess. I do prefer the lotion version over the gel version because I feel the gel makes me look more oily. So I use this product in the morning under my makeup. It helps to keep pores from getting clogged and it kills bacteria. It’s not an overnight fix but after 30 days of use, I noticed the difference.

Let's see what I can use up in June! 


Friday, May 25, 2018

QVC's TSV: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue 7-Piece Set

QVC's TSV: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue 7-Piece Set

Happy Friday loves!! I'm soooo looking forward to this long holiday weekend! We deserve 3 days off! Yay! Today I am going to chat about one of my favorite!

I don’t know about you but I’m obsessed with QVC’s makeup Today Special Values. I’m in love with QVC in general but they especially offer amazing deals when it comes to beauty. You get such amazing and sometimes exclusive pieces at such a great discounted rate. Since the Today Special Value price is already expired, I'll still link the items because it's still an amazing deal. 

QVC's TSV: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue 7-Piece Set

Here’s what I picked up during last week’s Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue 7-Piece Collection:

1. Vio-Lit Glow Primer: This primer is brand new and I think at the moment, it may be exclusive to QVC. I actually stopped using primer on a daily bases because it was just too much product on my face. I find this primer to be a bit on the thicker side....I apply it with my fingers but I really have to work it into my skin. It's more cream feeling opposed to a more thinner lotion...It does have a violet tint to it but it goes away instantly. I like it but I think it was too much for my sensitive skin. I personally skip this step unless I am going out to a party or somewhere fancy and I need my makeup to be bullet proof. For everyday...I need to keep the whiteheads away. 

QVC's TSV: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue 7-Piece Set

2. Gen Nude Eyeshadow and Primer: I am allll about cream eyeshadows lately. I am always running late for work and I want a fast and easy makeup routine. This eyeshadow/primer can just be applied with your fingers and is perfect for an everyday Day Look.

3. Completion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream: My Mom and I bought this product as soon as it was launched a few years ago. Thank goodness this doesn't make me breakout and it has SPF 30. It's perfect for summertime. Most times I use this as a base and set it with my bareMinerals original loose powder foundation. If you like a natural light look, this is for you. I personally like the amount of coverage it provides but it's definitely not full coverage. Perfect for beachy summer days. I wear the shade ginger. 

QVC's TSV: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue 7-Piece Set

4. Original Mineral Veil Finishing Powder: Again, I love this powder because it doesn't make me breakout. I am able to use it all over my face and even under my eyes to set my concealer. It's light and won't clog your pores. It's translucent and won't change the color of your foundation. Honestly, I am sooo oily that this doesn't keep me completely matte during the day but not many things do. This is great for you acne prone beauty lovers out there.

5. Loose Bisque Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20: The older I get, the more obsessed I am becoming with SPF. I want to delay the signs of aging as much as I can. This actually doesn't look heavy under my eyes and you just need a little product and don't forget to blend! I feel like that's the trick to using need to blend blend and blend. You can also use this to cover up blemishes on your face AND you can also use it for eyeshadow. I absolutely love when you can use one product for multiple purposes. For a busy lady on the go like myself, speed and easiness is key. 

QVC's TSV: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue 7-Piece Set

6. Moxie Lipgloss in Standout: This shade is exclusive to QVC. It's a gorgeous color that makes you look naturally lovely without being overboard. I must admit, bareMinerals lipglosses aren't my favorite because I feel like they are too sticky for my taste but considering it comes in the set...I'll use it. 

7. Soft Focus & Eye Brush: I love this brush but it's another QVC exclusive. It's easy to use and I personally use it for powder, concealer, and blush. I love it for it's flexibility. I like bareMinerals brushes. They are worth the price and lately have been lasting longer than my more expensive brushes. (This is a topic though for another day.) This is a brush you can throw in your makeup bag, use it in the bathroom at work and can achieve the perfect makeup look. 

Overall, I think this set was worth the $56.94 price tag. I will use every single product and I think it's brilliant for summer. Yet again...QVC does it again. Did you buy this set?

Have a great holiday weekend all and stay safe!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

And I'm back....

Blogger from Musings of a Gossip

I’m sooooo happy to be back! Thanks to my friend Jules Bennett, I have decided to start blogging again. I love sharing my ideas, thoughts, and opinions about pretty much everything. Hahaha. 

I’ll share a little about myself...My name is Melissa (I prefer Mel) and I have been blogging on and off since 2012. I’m originally from Upstate New York but have lived in New York City for the past 8 years. I have worked in both the fashion and wedding industries for many years so I have some thick skin! 

In the past, I’ve blogged about weddings, beauty, lifestyle, fitness, relationships, book reviews and pretty much everything else under the sun. I’m absolutely obsessed with everything beauty related so be prepared to hear a lot about my skincare and makeup routines! I’ll also share deets about my latest fads, facials, laser and Botox appointments! 

I hope you all stay tuned and I hear from you!