Beauty Wishlist

May 1, 2013

Beauty Wishlist

1. Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream / 2. NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder / 3. Laura Mercier Secret Finish / 4. Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder / 5. Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum / 6. Josie Maran Argan Oil / 7. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone / 8. Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Oil Capsules / 9. Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalizing Mask

This isn’t a beauty blog, but I’ve become quite a beauty product junkie in the last two years. Keeping my shopping resolutions in mind, I have to remember to not overspend, as I’ve been known to drop quite a few pennies on all sorts of cosmetics and skincare products. These wishlist collages help me visualize my wishlist and often force me to assess and narrow down my choices.

With summer coming up (finally, finally!), I’m looking to cut down on makeup. I have hyperpigmentation and acne marks that are taking a long while to heal, so I always feel the need to cover them up before stepping out of the house. I hear vitamin C is great for fading marks and just evening skin tone out overall, so I’ve been looking to add it in some way into my routine. I have the Ole Henriksen serum at home right now so I will try and finish that one up before looking into other options, but the Philosophy powder and the Mario Badescu serum both look interesting and have great reviews. Many reviews for both products mention using L-ascorbic acid instead but I don’t trust my chemistry skills enough to do that.

I would still feel more comfortable wearing a little bit of makeup for the time being, and while I’ve been consistently wearing the NARS tinted moisturizer, the newly-released BB cream from Clarins caught my eye. I’ll have to see if I can get a sample of it at one of the counters. The new NARS loose powder is also quite attractive, but I still have a lot of Laura Mercier powder left. With summer comes the need to glow, and so the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector has been really high on my wishlist.

Have you tried any of these products?


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  • http://fogandforest.blogspot.com/ Fog & Forest

    In the last 8 months I’ve become slightly obsessed with skincare. I still enjoy makeup, but I’m suddenly much more interested in learning how to take care of my skin rather than covering it up. The Enzyme mask is on my wishlist, too, as is the MB Rose & Herb toner. I’ve also heard incredible things about what Rosehip Oil can do for hyperpigmentation, which I plan to test out for myself soon.

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      Yes! That’s the idea, but it’s been so hard to get my skin to clear up, it’s at times discouraging. The Enzyme mask I’ve gotten a sample of and it’s great. I have dry flaky skin in some areas and this mask really helped them. I’m a big fan of Mario Badescu products.
      I’ve tried using rosehip oil but I was looking for something I could wear during daytime as well. It seemed to help a little bit with hydration and redness, in any case! Definitely worth a try.

  • Catherine M.

    Ta wishlist est géniale! J’aimerais beaucoup essayer la crème de finition de Laura Mercier!

    En passant, je tiens présentement un concours sur mon blog (4e article), si tu veux y participer!

    Bonne journée xx
    TropTopTendance.com

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      Merci! J’ai testé la crème de Laura Merci chez Sephora il y a quelques semaines, et je ne suis pas sure qu’elle soit si efficace. En fait, mon but était de rafraîchir mon maquillage en fin de journée en l’appliquant sur les zones plus sèches, étant donné que les critiques mentionnaient que c’était bon pour ça. Je crois que le même effet pourrait être reproduit avec un fluide hydratant léger!

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  • Daphne

    Mario Badescu just had a sale on Gilt, and I bought the Vitamin C Serum and his Seaweed Night Cream (http://www.mariobadescu.com/seaweed-night-cream). The Vitamin C Serum is great. I have acne prone skin and old marks, and this serum has already delivered results in my 5 uses. Marks have significantly reduced in appearance, and my skin looks fresher. The night cream is luxurious – but don’t be scared if you have oily skin, like me. It delivers enough moisture overnight so that your sebaceous glands reduce activity during the day. Meaning, my skin is less oily during daylight hours. I also use Murad’s Essential C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (full Murad Essential C suite here: http://www.murad.com/environmental-shield-vitamin-c-skincare?XID=P:38000&u1=1a358248-6bf4-436d-a87c-b83f32164f7e.p264&c3=565514&gclid=CITgx72qqb0CFYFQOgodaQQArw). Great protection and dose of Vitamin C. I used to use the powder boost, and have a bunch left – I found it cumbersome at best. I would add it to moisturizer, and my morning routine felt like I was in a science lab. I may give it another whirl now that you remind me of it – I have a bit left. Thanks for sharing these products!

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      I did purchase the Vitamin C Serum shortly after writing this post and it was, for a while, the best thing in my skincare routine. It really did hydrate and brighten my face, all the while taking care of my hyperpigmentation marks. You have to be really mindful of the shelf life of 6 months though — I went a little beyond that and the serum started doing more harm than good. I would suggest using generous amount every time as to not let the serum go to waste. I had to throw away half of the bottle, much to my dismay! It worked well enough that I would purchase it again, but I decided to go back on my words and try mixing ingredients from scratch. I might report back on that eventually! Do you think you could make a serum with the Philosophy powder that you could mix every couple of days (instead of every day)?

      Thanks for the Murad recommendation — I just found a trial size tube of that very same moisturizer in my undying stash of samples. I should put it to good use!