Saturday, July 20, 2013

Best Acne Skincare Products: Clinique Acne Solutions Cleanser + Toner

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a great weekend! I know I already have a post up on my skincare, it's simple and quick, with prescription topical creams. I'll link that at the end of this post if you would like to take a look. Anyway, I've changed up my morning routine a bit, and my skin has cleared up greatly in just the past three days. These products that I have re-incorporated into my morning routine have helped me through bad breakouts in the past; what I'll be talking about today is the Clinique Acne Solutions Cleanser and Toner.
 
When I had first tried out some products from this line, it was probably in 8th grade. I had bought the bar cleanser, moisturizer and spot treatment from a Macy's counter in my mall. After using the products for a few weeks, I noticed two things: one, the bar cleanser was horrible, it left my face feeling like there was some kind of weird residue and left behind this disgusting scent, and two, the products were not working! The second part was what caused me to change my mind, and return the products, thus staining the Acne Solutions line in my mind.
 
What caused me to try products from the line again was spurred on by my horrid acne breakouts last summer. The breakouts started near the end of the school year and I just could not figure out the reason, so I went to my last resort: ProActiv. After buying ProActiv and using it for a while, I realized another two things: one, the cleanser, toner, and treatment smelled HORRIBLE, and two, it wasn't working! So then, I gave up ProActiv and searched for acne curing products, and finally, when I was browsing on Sephora.com one day, I came across a trial set of the Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Kit.
 
I remembered the name of the line, and then also recalled that the only product in that kit that I had tried was the moisturizer. Realizing this, and the price ($35) which was quite good for full travel sizes, I thought, 'Why not?' My acne was so bad at the time that I went to buy the kit with the mentality that my acne couldn't get any worse because it was already so bad. Needless to say, that kit saved my skin, it took a little less than a month, but it cleared my skin up, the breakouts were less frequent, and a few times I didn't even breakout near that time of the month! After using that for a year, I noticed that my skin was acting up again at the end of this school year and beginning of this summer.
 
I consulted a dermatologist, and when I got my topical creams and got a new mild cleanser, I stopped using the Acne Solutions just out of the ease of which I could use just the cleanser and be done with my morning routine. Night time, though, I was told not to use my usual Clinique because it would be too harsh with my topical creams; therefore, I stopped using the old routine completely.
 
Keeping on my new routine for three months, I noticed that my skin wasn't getting any better on the third month, and that it was possibly getting worse. I contemplated using the Acne Solutions cleanser and toner again in the mornings before using Aczone, and finally bit the bullet and did about three days ago. I only used the cleanser and toner because I had run out of the moisturizer, and I knew that probably wouldn't react well anyway with Aczone.
 
So now, my morning routine is the Acne Solutions cleanser, toner, Aczone, and same Neutrogena moisturizer. My skin has been reacting so much better this way, and I still do use the Cerave cleanser at night and then follow with Epiduo and Aczone and moisturizer, but this morning routine change seems to have bettered my skin immensely.
 
Well, that's pretty much all, I just wanted to share how well the Clinique Acne Solutions cleanser and toner worked for me, even after adding the Aczone. I know this is super long-winded, but I hope that maybe this helped out some of you who are dealing with acne. Thank you all so much for reading!

As promised, here is the link to my other skincare post: http://cuttingedgebeauty1.blogspot.com/2013/07/true-to-yourself-thrusday-my-acne.html

                                              Until Next Time,

                                                   Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lancôme Color Design + Seasonal Effects Eyeshadows Review + Swatches

Hello everyone! Today I have for you a review and swatches on the Lancôme Color Design as well as their Season Effects Eyeshadows. Are they worth it? Let's find out!

Lancôme Color Design Single Eyeshadow

  •  Off the Rack (Metallic)

 
All right, let's start with the singles that I have then, this shadow is a light pink duo chrome metallic that comes off as a beautiful shimmery sheen. It looks pink in certain lights and can look blue/purple in others. I find that if I put this over a black base, it truly turns that blue/purple color. The staying power of this eyeshadow is astounding! I have worn it without eye primer before and it lasted me a whole school day, which for me, is unheard of due to my extremely oily eyelids. This shadow contains 1.2 g and retails for around $17, so definitely a pretty hefty price tag on a shadow.
  • Mochaccino (Matte)

 
Also in the Color Design line, this shadow is a deep, cool matte brown. As you can tell in the swatch, sometimes this shadow doesn't show up well on the skin, but when applied to the eyes with a brush, it can come off as way too excessive and dark if applied too heavily. With this product, it's difficult to be exact with it and make it seem perfect and I've also tried this out as a contour color multiple times and the same can be said for the face, apply just a little to heavy and it's extremely unforgiving. I also think it made me break out when I used it as a contour, and I've used this for the brows as well with less than satisfactory results. This could very well be a regret purchase for me. The amount and price are the same as above.

Seasonal Effects Eyeshadow:

  • Filgree (Shimmer), Kitten Heel (Shimmer), Click (Shimmer), The New Black (Metallic)

L-R (Swatches): Filgree, Kitten Heel, Click, The New Black
 I got this little quad as a gift with purchase at my Lancôme counter; it comes with four shades, three shimmer and one metallic. Filgree is a light champagne golden color, which I find is very flattering either as a light wash on the lid or the browbone or inner corner, but definitely not as a heavily packed on shade on the eyelid, due to how it can look a bit too frosty. Kitten Heel is an interresting shade; it has pinkish undertones, but a deeply embedded golden shimmer sheen and flecks; I find this color to be the most unique. Click is a medium toned, cool toned taupe brown with more of a satin finish, which makes it quite comparable to MAC Satin Taupe. Although the black shadow is labeled as metallic, I only see the glitter/glimmer of it in the pan, and when it's on the skin or eye, the glitter specs don't show up at all, which is disappointing to me beacuse I though it was a unique color, not all the same as the other black shadows of every makeup brand. You can purchase all these shades individually as singles.
 
Are these shadows worth their high price tag? My answer is, maybe; it ultimately comes down to shade or palette that you pick, so that way you know if you're going to get good use out of it. Those are just my opinions, reviews, and swatches of the Lancôme Color Design and Seasonal Effects Eyeshadows. I hope this helped out some of you, and have a wonderful day everyone! Thanks for reading!
 
                                            Until Next Time,
 
                                                    Cutting Edge Beauty

Monday, July 15, 2013

Grail or Fail: Skin79 Orange BB Cream

Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well! Today I'm going to be starting a new series called 'Grail or Fail'! In this series, I'm going to be writing about products in my collection that I either think are my 'Holy Grail' products, or 'Fail' products that just didn't work out for me. Keep in mind though, I'm not intending to talk down on anything I consider a 'fail', it's simply that they didn't work out for me personally. With that out of the way, let's jump into the very first thing I have for you today!
 
So, is the Skin79 Orange BB Cream a grail or fail? Let's find out!
 
The Skin79 Orange BB Cream, aka, the Skin79 Super Plus Triple Functions BB Vital Cream, goodness, that's a mouthful! Anyway, I've had this sample of the BB cream since last December; it came with my Skin79 Hot Pink BB cream, which I already have a review type post up on along with another BB cream, so if you would like to look at that, I'll link it at the end of this review.
 
 
I really hadn't thought about trying this out until this summer, mostly due to the fear of breaking out. I'm on topical creams from the dermatologist right now, and I also have a post up on my simple skin care routine right now and I'll link that below as well. Now, back to the BB cream, despite the small sample size, this has quite a few uses, I believe I can squeeze a few more uses out of this before it's totally gone, but I don't know if I will be keeping it around long enough to do so.
 
Here's why: I'm not completely sure if this BB cream breaks me out, but I feel that it irritates the tops of my cheekbones and adds more pimples there, for some reason. I do know that one of the ingredients is Argan Oil, which my skin was fine with a couple of years ago, but hates now. I'm not sure that it's that specific ingredient that's making me break out or something else. It does have a light almost herbal/citrus scent that doesn't linger and eventually vanishes. There are some ups for this product though, that make me want to keep using it despite my concerns.
 
This BB cream has amazing coverage. It is so shocking to me how well this covers compared to other BB creams that I've tried. I have extremely bad acne scarring as well as active pimples and this covers them so well, it's astounding that this has so much coverage! As you can see in the swatch above, it has an extremely pale color, although not as grey as all the other Skin79 BB Creams, it's leaning towards the more beige/yellow tone, which I love. Most people will find that this is too light for them, especially with the high SPF of 50 and PA +++. My summer skin tone isn't much different from my winter one because I don't get that much sun, so this coloring works out well for me, but doesn't oxidize to a strange pink/grey tone after a few hours.
 
This product has a good matte finish that keeps my extremely oily skin at bay for a bit longer than usual, but it's nothing spectacular. I mainly enjoy this for its coverage and color. There are pros and cons with this product, and I have to say that the cons outweigh the pros on this one. It's imperative that I try and clear up my skin right now and this is my top suspect for the pimples that popped up on my cheekbone after 2 uses, so I'm going to have to label this product as a fail. I really wanted it to work out for me though because of the stunning coverage!
 
As promised, here are the links:
 
Once again, this is simply my opinion, and I don't like to be negative, but those are just my thoughts on the Skin79 Orange BB Cream and I thought that maybe this will help some of you out who are maybe thinking about buying it online but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.
 
                                                     Until Next Time,
 
                                                          Cutting Edge Beauty

Sunday, July 14, 2013

3 Tips + Products for Long Lasting Makeup! (Part 2: Eyes)

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well! Today, I'm going to do the eye makeup installment of long lasting makeup with 3 simple tips. Let's jump straight into it!

Tip # 1: Prime, Prime, Prime!

 So, obviously, the most important tip for long lasting, flawless eye makeup is to use a good primer to prevent creasing and fading. I have extremely oily eyelids and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight is the best eye primer I have ever found! I have a review up on this product. If you would like more in depth information, click this link:
http://cuttingedgebeauty1.blogspot.com/2013/05/too-faced-shadow-insurance-candlelight.html. I think the review post of this product was my very first post ever! Anyway, I love this primer, it gives a beautiful golden, shimmery tint to the eyelids and hold eyeshadows amazingly!
 

Tip # 2: Add a cream shadow to prolong wear.

 Cream eyeshadows on top of a good primer can make the entire eye look last even longer. These 3 are just the ones that I have, but you can use any long wearing cream shadow you would like. I apply these over my eye primer, and usually, if my eye primer is matte, like the Urban Decay Primer Potion, then I'll use something like MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study or Benefit Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P. If I'm using the Too Faced Candlelight eye primer, then I'll use the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, but it doesn't really matter how you layer them, if you want more shimmer, go for it and layer what ever you like! All these cream shadows crease horrible on my bare eyelid with nothing underneath, so they all need to be applied over a primer, at least in my oily eyelid case.
 

Tip # 3: Seal the line!

 Using a long wearing eyeliner is extremely important; it prevents the worry of having smudged liner all underneath and around the eye! I really like the Almay Eyeliner Crayon becuase it has amazing staying power on my upper lash line, anywhere else though, it smudges like crazy. For some reason, it holds wonderfully on my oily upper lash line and runs and smudges on my lower lash line, tighline, and waterline. Gel liners such as MAC Blacktrack Fluidline work especially well on the waterline, and lasts almost perfectly with minimal smudging for about 10 hours when topped off with an eyeshadow in the same color. Now, liquid liners are known to be long lasting, and the Sephora High Precision Eyeliner is no exception. It lasts just about the same as the Fluidline, but the product already comes with a brush tip applicator that can be difficult if not taken used to. All these 3 liners I'm showing you today are in black, but use any color you want, just as long as you know they work for you and will last.
 
I'm not going to do a section on mascaras because I haven't found one that I know doesn't smudge on me yet, but I will keep you updated on that! Also, I won't be doing a section on lips either, because truthfully, I don't wear lip products at all, and if I do, it's usually a stain, but lip products are just too much of a hassle for me.
 
Well, these are just the tips and products I trust for long lasting eye makeup.  I hope this helps some of you out; have a wonderful day!
 
                                            Until Next Time,
 
                                                 Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tips + Products for Long Lasting Makeup! (Part 1: Face)

Hey everyone! Today I'm going give some of my favorite face tips and products for a longer lasting, flawless finish.

Start with a good primer:



This is the Avon Magix Face Perfector with SPF 20. There really isn't much to say about this product, except that it is a decent primer, doesn't break me out, and holds makeup fine. But I would prefer the Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer. I like the consistency of that one much more, and it holds the makeup and keeps shine away for a much longer amount of time.

Add a long lasting base with foundation:


 
And this is the famed Revlon Colorstay Foundation, I have this in the color 180 Sand Beige. I think there's enough reviews out there about this foundation that I really don't have to say much, but it is really good, and transfer resistent. I don't think this actually breaks me out, but it might be a possibility, because I haven't worn it in so long. One tip for this though, is to either apply it with a flat or synthetic foundation brush, or your fingers, but not a damp sponge, because I find that the damp sponge actually makes this product look dewy and then in a few hours oily. I also recommend blotting in between layers, so if you do more than I layer of this, blot away the excess and then continue!

Follow up with a long lasting concealer:

 

 
All right, so this is the Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer. I also have a review post up on this:http://cuttingedgebeauty1.blogspot.com/2013/05/dermablend-smooth-indulgence-concealer.html. I really don't have a lot to say about this that I haven't already said in the review, but this is also a pretty good, long lasting concealer. It has just about little to no oil control though.
 

Wrap it up with a light coverage powder foundation:

 
The Almay Wake up Makeup powder foundation is great for dusting lightly on top of a fuller coverage look, some people complain that it has glitter, but if used sparingly it looks amazing and gives a glowing quality to the skin. This product also controls oil quite well, surprisingly. A tip for this, it comes with its own brush on the top, and you can use that brush to press on the powder to gain more coverage and less mess.
 

Add color to the cheeks:

 
Tarte has some amazing long lasting product, and the Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in Dollface is no exception! I'm sure you've heard tons and tons about this blush and color already, so I'm not going to waste your time and repeat what others have probably already said.
 
 

Finish everything off:

 
The Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing powder is great for locking in place everything on the face and finishing things off. It's translucent and goes on easily. I don't have a lot to say about this, other than that it absorbs oil quite nicely.
 
Well, those are all my long lasting makeup  tips and products for the face, stay tuned for long lasting eye makeup tips tomorrow!
 
                                                          Until Next Time,
 
                                                                  Cutting Edge Beauty

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fresh Glow Friday: Highlighter Collection + Review

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing well! For today's theme, I'm going to go over my highlighter collection and review the products as I go along (as you can tell by the title). So, let's jump right in!

Here's an overview of the products:

 
 
First up from Benefit:
 
 
This is the Watt's Up highlighter from Benefit Cosmetics! This, I would say, is the most subtle of all the highlights I'm going to be talking about today. What I have is the deluxe sample size that I got for a beauty point perk at Sephora. I've had this highlighter for quite a while, but it barely looks used, so it definitely lasts a long time, especially if you got the full size. This provides a beautiful sheen when applied to the tops of the cheekbones and under the brow, which are the only places I apply this because I have extremely oily skin. It does have a slight pinkish tint, but blends into any skin tone beautifully! It has a nice creamy texture and is probably my favorite out of all the highlights that I'm going to talk about today.
 
Next, from Physician's Formula:
 
 
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas Strip. I remember this as one of the very first products I ever bought when I was first starting out with makeup! And as you can tell by the picture, I've used a ton of it! Although I used to use this all the time, I've stopped using it, mostly because when applied on the skin, it gives off a very unflattering texture due to the loads and loads of shimmer. This product can be used as an eyeshadow, blush, or highlighter, and I've used it all three ways, but I must say that I'm not very fond of this anymore. There are also many other colors of the Shimmer Strips at the drugstore, but this is the only one I have and probably will ever get.
 
From Revlon, we have two, but first, the lighter, followed by the darker one:
 
 
 
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Finishing Powder in 010 Brighten. I picked this product up a couple years ago when Walgreens was having a huge sale on this line. I've mostly likely used this product the longest, although it doesn't look like that in the packaging; there's barely a dent in the product! I don't even know if this is even still sold, but I have seen it at some drugstores and Amazon.com. In the swatch , it looks very frosty and metallic, but it only appears that way if applied heavily, as is done so for swatching purposes. If you apply this with a fluffy blending brush like the 224 from MAC, or any blending brush that isn't too stiff, it looks beautiful on the cheekbones! The problem with this product though, and just like any other shimmery product, it can highlight bumps or wrinkles on the skin if applied too heavily, and can be extremely sparkly in sunlight if applied incorrectly. I still really like this product though, and maybe when school starts and winter comes around, I'll get more use out of this because of the light color of the product. This product does look like it has some pink tones to it, but unless packed on it's not too noticeable.
 
 
 
And this is the second one from Revlon, in 030 Sunkiss. I got this the same time I got the other Revlon highlighter. This product on me is definitely a bronzer or blush with some glow, but definitely not a highlighter. For you ladies out there that have darker skin, this would look beautiful on you! It isn't orange in tones, but if applied way too heavily on lighter skin, it can tend to pull orangey and strange on the skin. Truthfully, I can't really say much about this product because I really don't use it often, and the times that I have used it, I used it as either a bronzer or blush, and I feel that it might have broke me out, for reasons I do not know. So, I'd say, if you have a darker skin tone, go ahead and give this a try, you might just end up loving it!
 
Well, that wraps up my highlighter collection and my thoughts! I hope you enjoyed and that this helped out some of you! As always, thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for tomorrow's post.
 
                                                  Until Next Time,
 
                                                         Cutting Edge Beauty

Thursday, July 11, 2013

True To Yourself Thrusday: My Acne Skincare

Hello everyone! For today's post, I'm going to be discussing a topic that many, many people all over the world can relate to: acne. I am currently going to a dermatologist, and I have gotten topical prescription creams for my acne. And now, I'm going to share with you my everyday acne skin care routine, with prescriptions.


The first thing I do for both my morning and night time routine is cleanse. I use the CeraVe cleanser for normal to oily skin, as recommended by my dermatologist. In the picture it's only the sample size, but I use the huge 12 oz size everyday. I just thought that the regular size would be too big for a picture! Anyway, this is a great mild cleanser, it doesn't do anything bad to my skin, and is good for simply cleansing, nothing else, no treatments or added benefits. My derm recommended this to me because the prescription treatments I would be using are harsh and drying on the skin.


After cleansing my skin and drying off with a washcloth, I wait for my face to completely dry, which is very important. Then, if it is the day time, I apply Aczone (on the left) to my face and add a bit where neccesary on larger spots or inflamed and painful pimples. If it is night time, then I do the same cleansing process, and then apply the Epiduo (on the right) first all over my t-zone, temple, and chin area. When the cream is dry, which only takes a few seconds, I follow with Aczone only as a spot treatment. I find that this duo doesn't dry my skin out much, in fact, I still have extremely oily skin. When I first started using the Epiduo, I did have a time where pimples popped out like crazy, and then finally calmed down, and I don't think anything like that happened with Aczone, since it's quite mild, but if you would like to learn more, here are links to the websites: http://www.epiduo.com/what_is_epiduo_gel.aspx (Epiduo) http://www.aczone.com/what-makes-aczone-different.aspx (Aczone).

 
And lastly, I follow up all of my creams whether it's day or night with the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin. This is usually the one with the purple label on the box and bottle! I just pump some of this out onto my fingertips after applying whatever cream and press in onto my skin starting on my cheeks. Take note that I do not rub this in, I press to make sure that the cream(s) that I applied are not moved around or diluted. This moisturizer is the only one that I've stuck with for everyday moisture, morning and night. It's moisturizing enough for the night time, but light enough for the day.
 
Well, that's really all for my acne skin care routine, easy and simple, without a whole plethora of products! I hoped that maybe my experiences with the prescription topical creams Epiduo and Aczone helped some of you out!
 
As always, thank you all so much for taking the time to read this!
 
                                            Until Next Time,
 
                                                    Cutting Edge Beauty
 
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wipe Clean Wednesday: Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Towlettes

Hello again everyone! In yesterday's post, I discussed my first step of makeup removal, using the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil. Today, I'm going to discuss the second step of my makeup removal routine, using...

 
The Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Towelettes! These have 25 towelettes per pack and retail for around $5-$6 and can be found at any drugstore as well as Ulta. I usually just wait until there's a sale at Rite Aid or Walgreens because that's where they will probably run the best sales, although Ulta sometimes does run a pretty good deal on these, they always seem to be out of stock.
 
Ingredients: Aqua (Water) (Water, Eau), Cetearyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Distearate, Benzoic Acid, Ceteareth 12, Cetyl Palmitate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tetrasodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol.
 
(Disclaimer: The ingredients were taken from Ulta.com, not from the package itself.)
 
Now, onto my thoughts of this product. I really don't hear much about this in the beauty community, but these were my very first makeup remover wipes, and I still use them to this day. I haven't found anything better, and whenever I try to branch out, the new product that I try is never as good as this. This has little to no scent, and has never broken me out. It does sting my cheeks though, if I use this alone and not as a follow-up to the Boscia Cleansing Oil. I usually don't use this around my eyes, but if I wore heavy eye makeup, then I will just swipe this after the oil cleanser to get anything left behind. That's really the purpose of these towelettes ever since I got the cleansing oil, to catch any left over makeup. I just use one towelette to swipe across my skin after using the oil cleanser and then, once I've made sure that all the makeup is off, I follow-up with my washcloth and water to rinse  off any slight residue left over from the cleansing oil and towelette.
 
Not a bad product all in all, I've stuck with it for years because I knew it didn't break me out or have a weird reaction. I consider this a staple to go along with the Boscia Oil Cleanser. I would recommend this if you're in the market for some makeup remover wipes and want one that's relatively gentle! I've also seen on the Almay website that they've changed the look of the packaging.
 
                                   Until Next Time,
 
                                         Cutting Edge Beauty
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Take it Off Tuesday: Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

Hello everyone! I'm back with another post for this week! Today I'm going to be talking about makeup removal. My first step of removal is using a cleansing oil.



I first discovered the Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil when I was looking for a cleansing oil to take off heavier makeup such as Revlon Colorstay. I knew that makeup wipes were just not cutting it, so I finally settled and bought this at Sephora for $26 plus tax. The price point is pretty steep, but the amount of product lasts quite a while.


The product comes in a pump style bottle, and as you can see, I've used quite a bit. The bottle itself contains 150 mL/5 fl oz. of product. Generally, I usually only use one full pump of this to take off my face and eye makeup.

 

Ingredients: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-20 Hexacaprylate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Dextrin Palmitate, Menthol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copper Chlorophyll, Water/Aqua/Eau, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Butylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Dipalmitate.

(Disclaimer: I got the ingredients list off of Sephpora.com, not off of the box itself.)

Now, onto my thoughts of this product. I like this for what it is. I've only ever tried one other cleansing oil before and it was the Sephora brand; that one was a disaster. It left a greasy and stick residue on my skin and therefore my washcloth. I immediately returned that one. This cleansing oil suggests that it's cooling in the name, but I really feel no cooling effect. The smell isn't offensive, but could take some getting used to. When I use this product, I make sure that my hands are clean, but dry, then I take one full pump onto my fingers and spread it across my face (dry, no water) in a cleansing motion. Then I wet my fingers and massage my face again, where oil will turn into a creamy, milky wash. And finally I just rinse it off and follow with my second step of makeup removal, which will be tomorrow's post, so stay tuned!

Overall, a good product that doesn't break out my extremely oily skin. All around a good, basic, staple product for me that I will repurchase. I would recommend this to anyone looking to try a good quality cleansing oil.

                                         Until Next Time,

                                                     Cutting Edge Beauty



 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Mom's Moisturizer Monday

Hello everyone! This week, there's going to be a theme for each day, and today is all about my mom's moisturizer.

My mom has amazing skin, it looks so amazing that there was a time where we were stopped in the beauty isle of Wal-Mart and this lady asked what my mom used to keep her skin looking so beautiful and young! Well, let's jump into the secret!

 
The Olay Total Effects Night Firming Cream! My mom has used this moisturizer for about 4 years now, and I know that because that's the length of time I have been into makeup and beauty. I actually remember doing research on a moisturizer and coming up with this, and ever since my mom tried it, she's stuck with it.
 
 
As you can see, my mom's little tub of this moisturizer is almost completely gone. She uses this cream on her face and neck every morning and night, only applying it slightly lighter in the morning and a bit heavier at night for added hydration. It does have a scent, but it isn't bothersome by any means. This retails anywhere from about $18-$22 and can be found in most all drugstores and Ulta. I usually place an order for my mom on Amazon.com because it's the cheapest there at around $15.
 
My mom has noticed that her skin looks less dull, more youthful, and firm since trying this cream. The size of her pores is also reduced and the overall skin looks tighter. My mother and myself have recommended this product to other women looking to either prevent aging or to treat it.
 
Well, that's all I have for you today! I hope this helps out some of you who are reading this. Please leave a comment and tell me how I'm doing so far and what you all would like to see in the future. Another new themed blog post coming up tomorrow!
 
                               Until Next Time,
 
                                        Cutting Edge Beauty
 



Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sephora Lash Steal

Hello everyone! I am so sorry for not posting recently, preparing for the oncoming school year is starting to get hectic for me again! Anyway, let's get onto a much more interesting topic.
 
A few weeks ago, I had run out of my favorite mascara, Maybelline The Falsies Flared and needed a new one ASAP. I was looking around online on sites such as Ulta and Sephora for a mascara or mascara set that was a great deal for the money. On Sephora's front page, I came across this:
 
This Lash Stash To Go from Sephora is a spin off of their regular Lash Stash that comes out mainly during the holiday season. It comes with five high end deluxe mascara samples for only $25, as well as a voucher for one full size of the mascaras included! I placed an order on Sephora.com; it was the amazing value that made me decide that I just had to have it.  
From left to right: Lancome Definicils, Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara, Buxom Lash, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!, Benefit BADgal Lash. All of these mascaras are in the shade black or blackest black. I can't speak for all the mascaras on how they work just yet, as I haven't tried them all, but I can speak for the first two.
 
I was super excited when I saw that the Lancome mascara was included as I had tried a sample of it before and loved it, but trying it again for the past few weeks, it didn't do anything special, just painted them black and left it at that. The Korres one also fell short of my expectations, it didn't volumize what so ever, and smudged like crazy.
 
So, determined to make both these mascaras work, I layer them! First, I curl my lashes, then, I apply one coat of the Korres mascara, and then finish it off with one coat of the Lancome mascara. This routine works all right for now, but it isn't anything exceptional.
 
I am super excited to try out the other mascaras in the box though, but not before I finish up the first two that I have open. All in all, this set is an amazing value, and it isn't as much of an investment as the regular lash stash, so if you're in the market for a new mascara, I suggest giving this set a try!
 
Oh, and one last thing, if you all reading my posts could please leave a comment telling me how I'm doing and what you think of my blogging thus far, that would be greatly appreciated! Thank You!
 
              Until Next Time,
 
                          Cutting Edge Beauty