Beauty Experiment: Mixing Serum with Foundation

Mixing Serum with Foundation

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s a growing number of serum foundations in the beauty market lately. We have Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Foundation With Comfort Serum, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation, Bare Minerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation and many more. Some of them have the word “serum” in their names for the serum-like texture and some of them actually have serums with skincare ingredients in them. And then we also have Estee Lauder’s Perfectionist Youth Infusion foundation, which actually has their Perfectionist serum’s ingredients infused with the foundation.

With all these serum + foundation thingamabobs, I smelled an experiment coming on. So I gathered a few bottles from my foundation stash and a few serums that I have, and I wanted to know: does mixing serum with foundations work? Does mixing of serum with foundation actually make the foundation better? Does it help improve our skin?

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Bloggie Wednesday: How I Started Beautyholics Anonymous

Bloggie Wednesday: How I Started Beautyholics Anonymous

Happy hump day, my lovely chickadees!

Since I’m celebrating my blog’s 8th anniversary this month (okay, technically it should have been last month but I, erm, forgot), I thought I’d share with you a personal story on how Beautyholics Anonymous was born. Long time readers will know this so please do bear with me but if you’re new to the blog, welcome!

Here’s my story.

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Finally, Finally Got To Try Out Sleek Blushes!

Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in Pink Spirit and Flame

Sleek blushes have probably been talked to death in the beauty blogosphere and YouTube-land and they’re really nothing new. You must be wondering why the heck then am I writing about them now when they’ve been out for ages? Well, these blushes are particularly special to me because
1) I’ve actually never tried any Sleek blushes before.
2) These two blushes were actually a gift from a lovely reader who sent them to me all the way from Ireland.

So even though you’ve probably seen and read a lot about these blushes, do bear with me this time because I just had to showcase them on the blog particularly because of reason #2. Plus, as a blush fiend, it just doesn’t seem right not to talk about blushes this pretty, don’t you think? 😉

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Upping My Skincare Ante With Cosmetic Skin Solutions’ Retinol 1.0 Creme

Cosmetic Skin Solutions Retinol 1.0 Creme Advanced Formula

As much as I preach about using good, anti-aging ingredients in skincare, it actually took me a long time to get into using retinol. Believe it or not, I was actually scared to use it. “Go slow with retinol“, they said. “Use in tiny quantities in case it irritates your skin“. I read up a lot on retinol and even though I know it’s not going to be bad at all (in fact, it’s a very good ingredient for your skin and has multiple benefits), somehow my brain told me it’s going to burn my skin off.

I know. CRAZY.

I decided to start small and by small, I gave La Roche-Posay’s Redermic R a go. It has 0.1% retinol and while at that time I thought that it was a lot, it’s actually very little. Still, even with such a small percentage of retinol, I was already seeing an improvement to my skin. And no, it didn’t burn my skin off. 😛

When I’m halfway through my second tube of the Redermic R, I decided it was time to up the ante on retinol. Now that I know retinol doesn’t burn my skin off (*roll eyes*), I wanted to see what a higher percentage of retinol can do to my skin. I know. Living life on the fast lane here, people.

The best place for me to look for good active skincare products is Cosmetic Skin Solutions and I picked up a bottle of their Retinol 1.0 Advanced Creme. I went from using 0.1% to 1% retinol. Oh yeah.

And you know what? I LOVE it.

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