Monday, February 2, 2015

Adrien: Things In My Sephora Cart.

It would be more fun if this was "things I bought at Sephora" post but austerity measures are now in place and I have to be more careful about what I buy.  Generally when I'm interested in a beauty product I'll add it to my online cart so I don’t forget about it. This stresses Sephora right out and they send me passive-aggresive emails about how maybe I forgot that I meant to buy a bunch of stuff that’s in my basket? Just a gentle reminder? MAYBE GO AHEAD AND BUY THAT STUFF BECAUSE IT’S THROWING OFF OUR INVENTORY. I mean, when you have time.

So needy, Sephora. Anyway, sometimes I just like to put things in there for later consideration, you know? Here’s what’s hanging out right now:

CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

This cleansing balm has a cult following and I am kind of over my DHC cleansing oil. It's fine, but I want to try the balm and see if it's really as amazing as everyone thinks it is. I'm so fickle. 

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Marianne has been using this Tarte mascara and her lashes look incredible. I'm hoping if I use it my lashes will also look incredible but I think she just has incredible lashes to start with and what can you do. 

Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector 

I'm going to start in on a regimen soon that includes a retinol product, so I thought I should get more serious about my sunscreen. This one by Shiseido gets good reviews, though I do remember a commenter last summer who recommended some interesting Japanese sunscreens. I can't find the post, so if you're reading this, link me again, please! 

Benefit Erase Paste

I have a sample of Benefit Erase Paste that I recently started using again and this stuff is really quite nice for dark circles. Why have I never just bought it? I should just buy it. I am a concealer junkie, y'all.

That's it! If you have opinions on this stuff please to comment. 


  1. I have tried that Tarte mascara and it makes my lashes look amazing.
    Not so amazing? It's not waterproof and makes a mess when rain, snow, sweat, my general facial greasiness happens.
    My sister swear by it and has no problems with it, though.

  2. Oooh! I just did a quick google search and apparently there is a waterproof version called Lights, Camera, Splashes.
    Off to to order!

  3. LOVE erase paste. A little goes a long way so it lasts forever.

  4. "This stresses Sephora right out and they send me passive-aggresive emails."

    This so much. Also pop-ups asking for my email... when I'm already on your site right now! It's like going to see your mum and her saying, "You never visit." I'm right here! Calm down, mum/stores.

  5. Japanese sunscreens....was it me? I think I suggested the Biore pink sport one; but you thought it would be too dry? (and indeed, in winter, it would be, even for a non-dry person- it's one of those sweat-proof summer one ones)
    honestly they're all pretty good-you can't even compare them to US sunscreens, they're just not the same at all.

    And in a way, if it's not summer and you're not exposed in that way, you don't need a sunscreen-sunscreen; just start looking into Korean and Japanese bb and ccs creams and foundations and powders- they ALL have spf- and serious spf too ( I just bought a Missha ccbb cream (yup) and Missha cashmere style loose powder- beautiful, silky, pore-masking, non-drying, gorgeous- I bought it for all that- then I saw it had an SPF of 45!)
    Anyway, what's your skin type again? I'll do a little research for you

    1. Thanks! I think it was Biore and they all had too much alcohol, which is a bummer. My skin is pretty dry and I'm going to be using retinol, so I need a good SPF all the time, pretty much.

    2. ok, noted, I'll take a look around and see if anything interesting/pertinant pops up and will keep you posted :)

  6. Here you go young lady- I looked up stuff that you could order right off Amazon: (fyi totally not affiliated, just very enthusiastic about Japanese and Korean products)

    I was already into them before I moved here, but now that I have access to so many different brands, I can confirm; there is a definite standard of excellence, and you don't have to pay a lot to get it. (although you can if you want to- some stuff is very expensive, especially Korean)

    (I've used the Shiseido Urban one- I actually didn't love it- (I'd go with the blue and yellow line if you really want) and/but these are just as good or better and waaay cheaper. (plus half of them are Shiseido anyway, Shi's other lines)

    Don't let the small sizes fool you- a drop goes a long way, and a little bottle lasts forever. I live by the beach and slather the stuff on every time I get wet, shower or ocean, and only went through 1.5 bottles of Biore pink from May to October, so...(I use something different on my body though)


    or regular:


    Tinted: I've seen this in the local drugstore, but I've never tried it-( I wouldn't worry about the "beige" color if you are: generally the bbs and tinted sunscreens only come in 1 or 2 shades- even if they look a bit too dark in the tube, they adjust to your skin. And sunscreens even more so because it balances out/you don't get a white cast.)

    and like I said- look into all the Korean bbs and ccs and powders to put over your sunscreen. IMO they behave exactly like foundations, but also have (pretty amazing) skin care properties as a bonus, and they almost all have spf, broad spectrum, and high numbers.

    Not done yet ;)

    ....and because this is the way to properly get off Japanese sunscreen- a really good, and inexpensive oil cleanser (have you ever used an oil cleanser? Totally brilliant. - 1 or 2 pumps whisks every trace of ss and makeup- even wp mascara etc- off in less than 2 minutes. You don't even need a washcloth or cotton- just wash your face with it and rinse it off.)

    I use the Softymo White- it smells like oranges, I love it.

    If you're interested, get this while you're at it: (to be used after cleansing, before serums, creams etc) The Japanese call this "lotion" but US would probably call it a tonic...but it's not a useless-if-pleasant type tonic- it actually does something. Once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. There are all different kinds within the Hada Labo line (and most brands carry lotion) - this is the standard one.

    I could go on and on, I'll stop there lol

    Enjoy! Let us know if you try or like anything ! :)

    1. Wow, thank you so much! I feel like I should re-post this all in a blog entry (with your permission) just so your research doesn't get lost in the comments. email me: amblus at gmail dot com