January Beauty Army Part II
Yesterday I introduced you to Beauty Army, and talked a bit about the differences between BA and Birchbox, which both Sarah and I sampled last year. Today, part II of the review, with moisturizer, serum, perfume, and eye shadow.
Enspri Sheer Ceramide & Beyond Moisture
Enspri and I started off on a good foot. I used the $39 Sheer Ceramide which is a serum, on face after washing. Then I applied the $38.50 Moisturizer. I did this twice a day for two days. My skin felt great, really moisturized and soft…until the third morning. I woke up with several blemishes, which is pretty unusual for me these days (I credit Nuxe dry oil, which I discovered as a Birchbox sample, for keeping my skin pimple-free). It’s entirely possible that this was just a coincidence and I would have broken out no matter what. But I wasn’t willing to keep applying this to my skin to see what would happen. Boo.
Ineke Hothouse Flower – $95
This scent from perfumer Ineke is very natural smelling. The main note is Gardenia, and it really smells like you went outside, picked a gardenia, and rubbed it on your wrists. I’m on the fence about whether I’ll continue wearing this scent–it’s a little too floral for my taste–but if you’d describe your style as natural and earthy, I bet this would be a good fit for you.
To end, my favorite product in the box this month–loose pigment eye shadow from Whip Hand Cosmetics. I’ve never used loose pigment eye shadow before. It’s exactly what it sounds like–instead of being packed into a compact, it’s loose in a little bottle. Doing a little research online, I wasn’t able to figure out what the benefit of using a loose powder instead of a packed powder is (feel free to address this in the comments if you know). I liked this product a lot. It was easy to work with and the shade I received–Green Beret–was just beautiful. A soft green with some gold shimmer in it.
Unfortunately the photo of my eyes shut did not turn out, but you can still see the green peeking out from the corners of my eyes in the photo above. In this shot, I applied Green Beret to the lids, Too Faced Blonde Ambition (Firefly is similar) in the crease and just above it, and then MAC Shroom on the brow bone. Also joining the party is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner in Mildew and Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Mascara in black. I’m very happy with the Whip Hand Green Beret eye shadow, and I’ll definitely be using it in the future. Check out the Whip Hand Cosmetics website to see their full assortment of makeup–don’t these products look fun?