June Favorites (2013)

Hey Beauties!

Here are the things making my list for the month of June.

Kusmi makes some of the best tea I’ve ever tasted. BB Detox is supposed to help your skin glow with a shot of grapefruit. I don’t know about all of that (I’ve been drinking it for months with no noticeable change to my skin due to the tea), but it is so good! It’s refreshing and perfect either hot or cold. I have a cup a day. Love it.

When I started doing peels for The Skin Regime, I realized how ‘thin’ my skin could get. During a mishap that we shall not talk about (the burn man… the BURN), I did some damage to one side of my face. One of my friends gifted me with this expensive little miracle, and it made SUCH a difference. I was able to repair the damaged portion of my face within 3-5 days, with no residual scarring. Barring any tragedy, I may never have to use it again (I’m much more careful now). Here’s hoping.

This stuff is a lifesaver! Since starting The Skin Regime, I’ve learned a lot about why you should NOT pick (especially with those peels). I’ve had much fewer breakouts (like one pimple… maybe two a month), and I’ve been using this stuff to take care of them. I scar with benzoyl peroxide, and this has tea tree oil in it (which I use anyway), and yarrow oil to deal with discolorations. Plus, I can dab a little on, let it dry, and put foundation over it, and you’d never know it was there. It creates a barrier between the offending pimple and makeup, and works all day without me looking like a dork wearing zit cream.

Whew… THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. If you’re looking for full coverage that does not move, this foundation has me sold six ways from Sunday. It’s insanely effective. When I did Alakazia’s show, I wore this with the Hourglass Primer, and sported a perfectly flawless foundation for 9-12 hours. No joke. I can’t say enough about this foundation. And even with the full coverage and amazing setting power, you don’t look like a flat canvas. The finish of this foundation is ‘radiant’ — even for us oily girls. And if a little oil manages to seep through… no worries. It just adds to the overall glow on your face. I can see this being a problem for drier skins, so a healthy dose of moisturizer is recommended for you beauties. But oily girls will love this. It’s freakin’ amazing.

 
And if you really want to take that natural (not shiny) radiance to the next level, dust a bit of the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder over it. It has absolutely no shimmer, but still works to make the face look as bright and alive as possible. It comes in four shades (plus a highlighting powder). The shade in 01 matches my skin perfectly, so this powder would work better as a matte bronzer for fair skinned beauties.  

Chanel Blush in In Love is not new… but it remains one of my favorite peachy blushes of all time. I’ve been using it so much lately, that I wonder what caused me to set it aside in the first place. It’s a perfect compliment to a ‘fresh’ makeup… it livens up any look without making me look too ‘done.’ I’m so glad this wasn’t a limited edition color. I feel like this is one of the best blush colors that Chanel makes, to suit a wide range of skin tones.

Keeping with Chanel… I feel like they have finally mastered mascara. Volume de Chanel is the best mascara they’ve ever made. Period. It’s amazing. I’m on my second tube (and I rarely repeat buy mascara) and I’m more in love with it than ever. I hope they keep this around forever (and maybe even do away with some of their earlier attempts). It’s that good.

This has easily become my favorite Burberry lipstick of late. Golden Peach is so flattering… I can put it on without a mirror and go on about my life. It’s completely effortless. It’s been getting tons of play lately, especially since my schedule has picked up and I can no longer dedicate a significant amount of time to doing my face on a regular basis. I can put this on as a final touch, and run out the door looking like I spent more time than a little bit getting it right.

That’s it! Those are my favorites for June. Ciao for now!

Product Review: Eve Lom Dynaspot

This is spot on.

I am a huge fan of Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask, but I’ve not really tried any of her other products. Any samples that I get tend to go to my Baby Sister (she loves Eve Lom). So I was intrigued when the product called Dynaspot landed in front of me.

 

This rather small tube is full of a clay-like concentration of salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and yarrow root oil (which is supposed to help with discoloration). It promises to dry out pimples, and address any resulting hyper-pigmentation. Since I have issues with both… I’m hoping that it delivers on its promise.

I put it to use right away…

That is so gross. I’m sorry ya’ll. Ignore that picture if it’s too much for you. But you  know… full disclosure and all that. I just started using it last night… and this morning all the inflammation was gone. I put on a little more today… and masked it with my “homemade concealer”… and it worked like a dream. So far, so good.

You can find out more about Eve Lom Dynaspot HERE.

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Giveaway: Rodial and a whole bunch of Samples!

Hey Guys,

Now is as good a time as any for another giveaway. I wanted to give away the Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum (it actually works), and thought that I’d toss in a bunch of samples for good measure.

In addition the full sized serum, there are a bunch of Armani goodies, a little Eve Lom, Ren, Hourglass Primer (excellent stuff), Caudalie and Zelens!

Now, I’m gonna take all of that stuff, and pop it into this bag…
Sound good?
Now, you guys know the drill. You have to be a public subscriber to qualify. If I can’t see you, then I can’t enter you. You can amp your chances by following me @shahadakarim and @habibibody on Twitter. You can also gain additional entries by liking the Adventures In Makeup page on Facebook, and the Habibi Bath & Body page. 
Every follow counts as an additional entry. It helps tremendously if you leave your email address in the comments box, so that I don’t have a hard time tracking down the winner. 
THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MAY 31st. 
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Favorite Things 2012: Shahada’s Little Helpers

I thought I’d start the ‘Favorite Things’ series with some of the things that I truly feel have helped this temperamental skin of mine. Through detoxing and messing around with this face for no freakin’ reason… several things have come to my rescue.

The EVE LOM Rescue Mask is amazing.  My sister actually introduced me to it when my skin was really at its worst with the detox. The camphor in it (it smells like medicine) really went to work on my skin, and it looked better every time I used it. I went through my first jar pretty quickly (I probably  used too much), and immediately went out and bought another jar. This is excellent stuff. I love it.
Coral Actives makes a spot treatment with 6% dose of Benzoyl Peroxide. Since my detox meant an inhuman amount of cystic pimples, this stuff quickly became my best friend. It’s powerful stuff, so I had to use it very sparingly. I’d put it on before bed, and wake up to find my pimple sizes reduced  by half. Now I use it whenever I get a minor flareup, and it takes care of the problem right away. This stuff made a believer out of me. Love it.
I’ve been using the REN Bio Retinoid Anti Ageing Concentrate for a while. I use it at night as the final installment in my skin care routine, and it has consistently delivered. I always wake up looking refresed, brighter and a with a more even skin tone.

This stuff is GOLD. I mix Sunday Riley Good Genes with everything: cleansers, masks, moisturizers. I even ‘layer’ it under a drawing mask to really push the serum into my skin. This is the ultimate booster. Ever since I discovered it, I’ve been a true believer. Good Genes is Good Stuff.

Sisleya Eye & Lip Contour became a staple when I started taking hydration seriously, especially around my eyes. Since I have oily skin, I never really paid attention to ‘extra’ hydration. This is a pricey formula, but I find it highly effective. Plus, a little goes a really long way. My little jar has lasted me a year. Seriously.

That’s it! Those are my favorite ‘helpers’ for 2012.  Ciao for now!