Trying out the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Perfecting Foundation Stick

This week’s foundation is from Kristofer Buckle and came to me in the Vanity Collection Volume 2 that I just purchased.  Incidentally the 35% off sale for the kits runs through July 31st, 2020 if you are interested in giving any of them a go. (That code is EXCLUSIVE35, they also have a buy one get one sale with the vanity kits with code BOGO so that might be worth a try depending on what products you are interested in)

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I am thinking of ordering the Volume 1 kit with the foundation in one shade lighter for the winter months before the sale ends actually, because I really liked the foundation stick.

But before I get into my opinions, let’s hear from the product page what should be expected.

The priming core is the center bit I’m guessing

Prime, blur and cover in one step. This 3-in-1 foundation stick primes skin, provides buildable coverage and has a soft focus effect. Triplicity® glides on effortlessly, covering imperfections while its priming core helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Versatile foundation provides seamless coverage with a natural matte finish. Not dry or cakey, this foundation stick perfects skin in just one swipe.

  • 3-in-1 foundation formula
  • Priming core helps smooth the look of fine lines, wrinkles & pores
  • Optical blurring ingredients provide a soft focus effect
  • Buildable coverage with a natural matte finish

Okay, so I opened the stick and it is a pretty fat foundation stick.  Holding it kind of reminded me of the glue sticks they used to give us in art class in elementary school.  I remember the kid next to me taking a bite out of his actually.  I thought it strange then and still do. 

There was no eating of the foundation stick at my house, just in case you were wondering.

As with all foundations, I tried it first with no primer.  The foundation glided across the skin easily.  Some of the stick formulas can be a little harder than others which is why sometimes I use the brush on the tube.  That way the skin doesn’t pull during application.  This didn’t pull at all. I added my stripes and used my favorite foundation brush (the 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools, I seriously love this brush) to blend it in. Incidentally Bdellium Tools is having a 20% off sale for their studio collection. The sale runs through July 24th and the promo code is SUMMER20. (I don’t make anything off the code if you use it, but I do make a small commision if you use the link below when making a purchase. Feel free to get to the site without the link but they are great tools)

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start of the day

The foundation fairly melted into my skin and looked great.  It was not cakey or mask like and it felt super light on my skin.  It actually had the same feel on the skin as a really light moisturizer. That’s how it felt when I was blending it in. There was nothing stiff or waxy about it at all. And it kind of felt as though it was absorbed rather than just placed on top. 

It’s not a sensation I tend to associate with foundations. I have to say I really liked wearing it.  If you are concerned about foundation sitting on your skin, this might be something to check out, because it really didn’t feel like makeup.

But it worked like it.  I had a nice smooth base to work from with the foundation.  And I didn’t need to reach for the concealer after applying it which I appreciated. I should also point out that this week our air conditioner went out so not only was heat an issue but I slept very poorly all week. (Nothing wat touching the bags under my eyes.) I know it says buildable coverage, but I really didn’t see the need to build it up any further.  A light application was all I needed to make my skin look great so I didn’t see the need to waste the product by seeing how much I could slather on. I simply didn’t need a second application.Plus given the heat, I kept my makeup light this week.

End of the day

But foundation is a support system, not to be worn alone.  This went well with the products I layered on top of them.  I’m not too fond of the blush I chose for this week, but it didn’t have issues with the foundation.  I did try it with a blush I knew I liked and the issues were clearly not from the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation.

But how does it wear?

Well, actually. 

I didn’t have any settling in the fine lines or any separation issues around my nose or mouth.  I did find that mid day I had to reapply powder in my t-zone. But a pat or two and I was good to go.  And considering the temps have been in triple digits lately with 90% + humidity and a walk to the mailbox causes sweat to roll down the hair line at 9 in the morning, I can’t really say that any product would escape unscathed.  As all this had was a shine in my t-zone, I am quite pleased with it.  I will say that their shade range isn’t as broad as it could be, but the one I picked up really suited my skin tone.

While my first trial was without a primer (all of these pics were taken on the day I used no primer), on successive days I did use a primer (the Touch in Sol Pores No More primer was in this week’s Make Up Bag).  While the foundation works well without the primer.  It works a lot better with the primer.  I ended up putting the primer under it and found I liked my skin much better with the primer backing up the foundation.

 I very much enjoyed using this product and I will definitely be keeping it around. Of the stick formulas I’ve tried, I think it is my favorite. It beat both the Anastasia Beverly Hills and the Revolution formulas, both of which I ranked high. I think I even like it better than my former top pick from NARS. It is a really good formula for my skin. (Normal leaning to oily in the summer especially in the t-zone).

I will be dipping back into their summer sales before they are through so I can stock up.  I know the Vanity Kit, EXCLUSIVE35 code is good until July 31st. I’m not sure how long the BOGO code is good for, but the sale is going on as I write this.  While this Triplicity Foundation Stick is definitely worth the full price, getting it with other products on sale is not a bad thing either and I for one will be taking advantage.


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BoxyCharm Unboxing: July 2020

It seems like subscription boxes are finally starting to come in.  For a little while there I thought all of July would arrive in August.  Admittedly, I still haven’t gotten any tracking information on my Boxy Premium so August is still a possibility.  But the regular box did arrive.  For those curious the regular Boxycharm Base box is $25 per month and inside you should receive five full sized items. 

I’ll be honest, this month was not that exciting.  I found myself looking at the items and being somewhat disappointed in the box as a whole.  But let’s get into what arrived in the box shall we?

The first item was the one I chose way back on the choice day for the Boxy Base box.  My choice was the 111 Skin MAC Y2 Pollution Defense Booster (retail $135).  I have had an interesting time with 111 Skin (pronounced, I believe one eleven skin for those wondering) products. 

Some I really like, some I like, but wouldn’t choose over other products due to their really high price. In other words, their products tend to be good on the whole, but not all of them can justify their price tag. It will be interesting to see which one this will be.

This product is supposed to protect against blue light pollution (ie from computer screens).  I’ve never tried it before, but as a writer I spend a lot of time typing away at my computer so perhaps I will notice a difference.  Admittedly, I’m not entirely sure how you test for that.  So I’ll have to do a little research before I use it so I know what signs to look for when I try it out.

The second item in my box this month was the Hourglass Arch Brow Micro sculpting pencil (retail $28). Hourglass is a good brand and I am always up to try a new brow product.  It is nice that it is in here and I do like this product. I think it is great that it has a spoolie on one end so I don’t have to reach for another brush and can just use this. That is a really helpful trait for a brow pencil, especially when I am traveling. Not that I’m doing much traveling these days, but still it is nice.

Next up is the Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise palette (retail $30). I don’t always have the best of luck with Ace Beaute products, so I can’t say I was terribly excited to see this here. I usually end up passing them on to someone else.  Admittedly the bulk of what I’ve tried has been eyeshadows (I find the ones I’ve tried both powdery and splotchy).  But perhaps the bronzer will be better.

The fourth item in my July Base box was the Alamar Cosmetics lip gloss in Birthday suit (retail $15).  It is listed as a universally gorgeous pink diamond dripped gloss. On the lips it is a clear gloss with a slight pink tinge that is pretty much unnoticeable. Like the other Alamar lip products I’ve tried, it is a little sticky. 

It is a nice gloss that smells of vanilla (I think for the birthday cake feel).  It’s okay, but nothing fabulous.  If I am going to buy anything from Alamar cosmetics, it would be their brushes.  Their brushes are fantastic.  Their lip products are only okay.

The fifth and final item in my bag is the Make Waves liquid metallic eyeshadow from Beauty by Popsugar (retail $23).

It didn’t look the best when I pulled it out of the box, but following the instructions, I shook it and it became less stagnant pond water esque in the tube.  The hand swatch came out okay after several swipes of the wand. That one swatch has about five brushes of product on it instead of a single swipe swatch. I’m not sure how that will translate to eye application but the color did turn out well on my hand eventually. Maybe it will do better on my eyes.

As I know, swatches aren’t always reliable.  I’ll give it a go and see how I feel about it then.  I wasn’t a fan of the regular Beauty by Popsugar shadows I tried, maybe I’ll like this one more.

I think the reason I find this a little disappointing in my bag is that a single shadow always seems like something you’d get in a $12 IPSY bag, not a Boxycharm $25 box.   I was disappointed when I received a single KVD Vegan Beauty Shadow in my Boxycharm and it is one of my favorite single shadows.  So I really think it is the single shadow appearing rather than the brand or shade.

So this month I received five products in my Boxy Charm Base Box.  Two of them I am excited by three I’m reserving judgement on.  The overall retail value of the July box was $231, which isn’t bad for a $25 box.  Admittedly, one of the items made up the bulk of the value and the rest of the items just sort of fluffed it out.  Maybe that’s why it seems slightly disappointing.  It feels like I got a lot of filler in my box.  That’s no reflection on the companies or their products, it is just a reflection of how the box felt when I opened it.

It is a sensation I have been feeling more and more with the Boxycharm base box lately.  It has me on the fence with the base box although I still like the premium one.  Or at least I have, I’ll have to see what turns up this month.  Because of the extenuating circumstances of the pandemic I’m willing to cut people a little more slack than usual as they try to readjust with their shipping and product orders, so I won’t be cancelling.  I am however starting to consider opting out of the base box and just keeping premium. For now, I’ll allow the readjustment time and hope it gets better.  Fingers crossed that the base box will arrive and be fantastic.




Workout Waffle: July 21st, 2020

My three favorite pieces of at home gym equipment (and the foot pump that makes the yoga ball small space friendly. (and yes. there are technically two yoga mats there)

Morning all, things have been interesting here.  I’ve more or less had to give up my walks outside for a little while. Its not totally unexpected, its just a bit early.  Usually the dog days of August hit and drive everyone inside for sanity’s sake.  I noticed it seemed a lot hotter than I remembered from last year, but looking over my notes I saw that I was still walking until the first week of August last year.  This year that’s a no go as we frequently hit triple digits or sit just under them. I have to say there is something I find oddly disturbing about seeing a digital thermometer read 99 degrees. I’m not entirely sure why, 100 is clearly hotter, but 99 manages to bother me more somehow.

My baby checked the weather data for me and surprise, record highs.  We are actually ten degrees warmer where I live than we usually are at this time of year. 

Because clearly that’s what this year needed, a brain melting heat wave.

After all, it’s not like anything else is going on, right?  

So indoor workouts it is, at least until the heat breaks.  So today I’m going to waffle a bit about my three favorite items in my at home workout tool kit. I should probably mention that my house was built in the late 1940s. While it is quite spacious enough for us, there aren’t buckets of extra space.  As a result I have what I like to think of as a moveable gym. It goes where there happens to be space at the moment.

The first element in this set up is my Yoga mat.  Even if your activities aren’t yoga based, I highly recommend getting one.  The first thing it does is it gives you a designated workout space. So what if you had to shift aside the couch to set up your personal gym?  While that mat is down, it is a designated space and makes it feel somehow more official. 

I know that sounds a little strange, but it really is helpful, even if only psychologically.  The mat temporarily transforms the space.  Plus, it is the same mat each workout regardless if you are in the back bedroom, living room or back porch. Using the same mat each time helps signal your brain (or at least mine) that even if this is where you ate popcorn and watched bad horror movies last night (Evil Dead in case you are wondering), now it is the place where you work out.

In addition the mat is textured to keep your feet from slipping and it keeps you from sweating on the carpet.  Which are things I generally like and find helpful during my workout.

My second piece of equipment is a yoga ball.  There are a lot of workouts you can download that use the yoga ball. It is also easily collapsible when you aren’t using it so you can easily get it out of the way if need be.  If you don’t have an electric air mattress pump hanging around your house, I recommend getting the yoga ball with the foot pump.  They look silly, but they are a life saver. I think most of them come with some sort of pump, but double check before you buy. 

I really like the yoga balls because first off, the exercises done with them tend to be low impact so tender joints like knees are protected. and they are great if you are just getting started on a workout plan. Plus, when you start out a workout sitting on a giant rubber ball, it is hard not to think of it as fun.  And seriously, how often as an adult do you get to bounce around with a giant rubberized ball? In a way that isn’t condemned by society at large?

My third item has to be my leg/arm weights.  The ones I’ve got are from ProsourceFit.  They are a soft material that just feels like a bag of sand and has adjustable Velcro straps so you can move them from your ankles to your wrists.  I have size medium in case you were wondering. 

(And no this is not sponsored, I just really like ProsourceFit. If I can’t pick something up in person I tend to order from them so their name comes up a lot when I talk about my equipment. The products are good quality and they last a really long time.  Plus, they are usually on the ball with shipping.  They tend to sell out of stuff because they seem to have a high turnover rate, although they are really good about restocking if they are out of something just wait a few days and check in and it is usually restocked. At least in my experience.  I’ve been eyeing some Kettle bells for a while now as well as a replacement yoga mat – I have two layered because they are both worn out in places and need to be replaced – so I may be placing a new order soon.)

While these are currently my top three items for an at home workout, I am always willing to try new things, so that may change.  Especially as my walks are down to nil until the heat breaks. I suspect this will mean a bump up in my indoor fitness as well as closer attention to my calorie intake. So that is this week’s workout waffle. 

I’ll link Prosource Fit below in case any of you out there are looking to add to your home gym.  It is an affiliate link so if you click and then buy something from them I may receive a small commission, which goes to support this channel. Even if you don’t click the link, I highly recommend checking them out.  Everything I’ve gotten from them has been quality and reasonably priced. Sometimes getting those to lines to intersect isn’t easy, and with work out gear, quality matters. Stay safe out there, or in there as the case may be.

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IPSY Ultimate Review: July 2020

Despite looking like someone sat on it, everything in my box arrived intact.

This month I felt as though I was stalking the post office when it came to subscription boxes.  Especially with IPSY.  I received the shipping notice on the 7th of the month but then nothing else.  I kept checking back and nothing was updating.  Finally, I checked in with USPS and they claimed to be waiting for it to be dropped off. They never updated. I’m pretty sure even a few days after I received my box they are still claiming to wait for it.

I know everyone else has been going through similar things this month as well as it seems nothing is really coming  in on time (with the exception of my Kristopher Buckle package which came much faster than I actually expected it to. Maybe they know something no one else does.)

But finally it arrived and I can stop trying to pull up the tracking information.  I think IPSY might have also switched delivery services as a different one from usual was listed.  But none of that is the point.  Shipping has more in common with a spin of the Wheel of Fortune game show wheel than a regulated system these days.

IPSY is a monthly beauty subscription service.  They have several tiers.  I receive the IPSY Ultimate box which includes one make  up bag, eight full sized items and four deluxe sample sized items for the price of $50.  This is the first year of this particular tier and it had been a bumpy year.  They seem to be getting better lately so lets see what this month’s long awaited bag looks like.

The bag itself is interesting.  It is square, which is a bit unusual and it is quite roomy.  The design isn’t my favorite and I don’t really like that it doesn’t have a handle on it, but it is fine.  I probably won’t be keeping it.  My mother’s church puts together toiletry and self care kits for the homeless who use their soup kitchen and they are always looking for little bags to contain the items so any bag I don’t keep ends up donated there. So even if I don’t like it, the bag won’t be wasted.

The first full sized item in my bag this moth was the AWAKE Glow Pill Super Serum (retail $39). I love serums so I am always pleased to have a new one to try out.  I believe AWAKE is a sister brand to Tarte, but I could be mistaken on that. 

Either way I have never tried this serum and look forward to testing it out.  It claims to be a light weight gel that makes skin softer and more hydrated as well as banishing fine lines, pores and dark spots.  Sounds like a tall order but I am looking forward to trying it out.

The next item in my bag this month are the Beauty For Real SHADOW STX 24-7 Eyeshadow Duo in Midnight Marathon and Ever Starstruck (retail $38). Since My IPSY box came in Friday afternoon I decided to add these and the Seraphine Botanicals Sakura + Sage Vegan Eyeshadow & Blush Palette (retail $42) to my Make up bag for the week.  I’ve never used shadow sticks before so this should be fun. They are both shimmer shades so I’d have to pair them with something else.

I kind of wish one was matte so I could make a better attempt at a single look with just the stix but I will at least get to see how they fare with other shadows.  I’ve also never tried Seraphine Botanicals before.  I know they’ve been around in IPSY bags before but somehow they never seem to end up in my bag until now.  So now I get to try them.

I am also adding the Il Makiage Brow Pen in the shade Truffles (retail $22) and the OFRA Highlighter in the shade Glazed Doughnut (retail $30) to my makeup bag this week.  While most of the items in my makeup bag this week are from the Kristopher Buckle Collection, these items will help fill in the gaps for items that didn’t come in the kit. Plus, I get to use some of the newly arrived items instead of waiting until next week. So bonus for me.

This month I also received a full sized set of 8 Hair masks from Foxybae (retail $28.95). I’m not entirely sold on the individual packaging, but I tend to really like Foxybae Hair products.  Their Flaminglow leave in conditioner is well worth picking up.So I am definitely looking forward to trying this out.

I was very pleased to see a full sized Purlisse Beauty Blue Lotus product in my box this month.  I was doubly pleased as the 4~in~1 Cleansing Milk (retail $36) is the only item in the Blue Lotus line that I haven’t tried.  It was the one element left out of my full trial of Blue Lotus and I am happy to fill in the gap.

The last full sized item in my IPSY Ultimate box this month was the CIATÉ LONDON

Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer (retail $28).  It was the item I selected, because you know I love my primers. Plus it was the best of the offered options when it came time to choose.  Incidentally for those of you who get IPSY a reminder, choice day for August’s bag is this week, July 23rd actually.  They always have choice up at 9 am EST. I love that it is a consistent time.  After the befuddlement with Boxy’s choice day this month, it is extra appreciated.

So I have yet another Ciate London product in my growing collection.  At this point I think the only categories I am missing are an eyebrow product and a bronzer.  I’ll have to check but if that is the case I may have to order them and then just do a full face of Ciate in my weekly makeup bag.

So now that we’ve covered the full sized items it is on to the four deluxe sample sizes.  These aren’t listed with prices so alas I can not offer them to you.  But I can tell you what they are.

First up is the Belif  The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb. I am always happy to have another moisturizer on hand to try, even if it is a small size.  I am almost finished with my Volition Celery Green Cream so I’m going to have to choose my next moisturizer soon anyway. 

It will have a lot to live up to as I really liked the Volition Cream. I am not sure if I’ll use the Belif moisturizer next, but I think I may choose one of the trial sizes I have stashed away.  I noticed the other day I am getting quite the collection of mini moisturizers in my skincare drawer. They usually have enough product for two weeks in them so I might try to work my way through them and see if any of them deserve a full sized month long trial.

But that is a decision for later. Moving on with IPSY I received a perfume sample from Catherine Malandrino this month.  It is in the scent Special Moments.  I’ve tried a perfume from her before so I am pleased to try another one. 

I also like that it is a good sized sample and not one of those tiny little tubes.  There is plenty for a week long trial and I am always happy to try out a new perfume.  I actually have several perfumes I need to post reviews of as well. I really need to catch up on posting those.

My third sample this month is the Jayjun USA Green Tea Eye Gel Patch (Set of 3). I like that there is a set of three because it lets me get an accurate opinion through multiple uses. With skin care items often you need more than one trial to see if you really like it. Otherwise its more of a first impression than anything else.

Then finally, last but not least there is something for the shower.  This month I received a sample sized packet of The Coffee Scrub in French Vanilla.  I’ve seen this floating around for several months but it has never appeared in my bag.  I’m pleased I finally get a chance to try it. 

Over all I have to say I am rather pleased with my products this month.  It is a pretty varied selection of products which I kind of like.  It is a mix of makeup, skincare, hair care and body care. Some of the items I’ve seen floating around the IPSY-verse for a while, but they have never been in my bags before. 

I suspect that they are clearing out older inventory.  I know they have a major summer sale going on right now so perhaps that will clear out all of the familiar items and bring in new selections. 

Although I have to say some of the items in my box this month weren’t ones I’ve seen in IPSY in prior months.  I can’t say there is any one item that sent me over the moon this month.  There was no real wow factor item, but they all look like good items I will be happy to give a try.  And to be honest, I’m shopping less as I’m staying in more so it’s nice to have a new variety of items to try out. I think I’m actually appreciating my subscription boxes more now that I’m not going to Ulta to try out their testers or browsing the drug store aisles.

I think that, more than the delayed postal system is why I’ve been stalking the postal service on line this month. I’ll try not to check the tracking so obsessively next month.  Possibly. No promises.


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Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask for the Friday Face Mask

Today I went with the Elemis Super Food Vital Veggie mask for my face mask. I have to say, it smells healthy from the first second you twist open the top.  It has the scent of vegetal goodness.  I put the mask onto my little silicone spatula to apply it so that if I have to add more to my face I don’t end up covering the tube in mask as I try to squeeze it. 

Then when I think I have enough on my face I close the lid to the mask, set it aside, turn on the water and then smooth out the mask onto my face.  As soon as the mask is in place I rinse the hands and brush and I don’t coat the bathroom in product.

Easy Peasy.

I have to say this little silicone spatula brush is the best $0.93 I have ever spent.  My only regret is that I didn’t get the three pack. I wanted to see how I liked it before I stocked up on back ups. The second that this spatula looks like it is approaching the end of its like, I will be replacing it. It makes masks so much less of a mess to apply.

Trying not to look like a bankrobber in my mask today. I think I succeeded admirably. Well…maybe admirably isn’t the correct word for that pic.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me wax poetical about my silicone brush. At least I don’t think you did, so to the mask.

According to the website…

Get a shot of green goodness with this treatment mask that nourishes, smoothes and brightens, for softer, smoother, more radiant skin.

Wheatgrass, Kale and Nettle replenish the skin with vital minerals and vitamins for a healthy-looking complexion. Avocado and Chia Seed Oils, naturally rich in Omega Fatty Acids 6 and 9, soften skin and lock in moisture. Vitamin C and Passionfruit Acids reveal a brighter-looking complexion. This product is Vegan Friendly, and like all ELEMIS products, it is cruelty free.

It is clear that the avocado gives it the green color, since it looks like it is the same color as an avocado smoothie.  Although I am pretty sure the other greens help with the tint.  There is a slight prickling sensation when it sits on the skin.  I’m pretty sure that can be attributed to the nettles.

Its not an uncomfortable sensation, in fact I kind of like it.  It makes me feel the mask is doing something.  It is however a very present sensation. You feel this mask on the face.  It doesn’t tighten like clay masks, but it feels prickly.  I don’t know any other way to describe it. 

I am a big fan of Elemis products.  I’ve tried quite a few and I have yet to find one that I don’t actually like.  I recently received an Elemis travel sized cleansing balm and I’ve been using it to remove my makeup every night.  I am already dreading the day it runs out.

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With the mask on I relaxed to music.  With all of our fans on in an attempt to keep the inside temperature reasonable while the outside temps soar, candles didn’t seem like a good idea today. So I put on my headphones and put on some music.

I went with Rage Against The Machine in case you were wondering.

The Renegades Album to be exact.

I found it quite soothing.

When time was up, I reluctantly turned the music off and returned to the bathroom. As you can see, the mask absorbed into some of my skin.  I think I might have layered it a little too thickly on the skin.  For me this is good news as it means I can use less and make the tube last longer. Which is extra nice, because I will be replacing it as soon as it runs out.  I’ve actually been trying to use up the masks I have so that I can whittle down my face mask collection to the masks I really love.  I’ll still try out new ones but I’m clearing out all of the just okay masks at the moment.

This mask is more than okay.  It is fantastic.  I wiped off the remaining product with a damp Makeup Eraser (it is going in the laundry this afternoon so the additional product wasn’t an issue).  This let me not strip away the nutrients seeping into my skin from the mask. 

All cleaned up and feeling good.

My skin feels amazing.  It is soft and hydrated and just feels super healthy. Which is kind of what I was looking for in a mask today. I just wanted my skin to feel good.  And it really does.  I think it looks a little better in the last photo, Sorry I forgot to snap a before the mask pic.

Needless to say this mask is staying in my collection.  If you are looking for a good hydrating mask, this might be one you want to check out.  Just be aware of the prickly sensation.  I may like it but I know it isn’t for everyone.

But alas it is now back to work for me.  My break is over.  I hope everyone has a good day and an excellent weekend. Stay safe and have fun.


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The Make Up Bag: July 17, 2020

The Make up Bag Used the week of July 11th – 17th

This week started out rough in my makeup bag.  The first component in it was a trial sized Foundation sample of Pur’s 4-in-1 Love your Selfie Foundation and Concealer.  I did not like it in the slightest.  The link will take you to the full review should you wish to check it out, but in short wearing it made my skin look worse than not wearing it.

Which is kind of the opposite effect you want your makeup to have. Or at least for me it is.

While I hate wasting product, the remaining product in this little tube is going to the trash. I tried every which way I could think of to make it work, but it is not for me.

The primer I tried with it, didn’t help.  This week’s primer was the Blur Drop Primer by Kaja.  I have never tried anything from the brand before and this was not an encouraging sign. 

Primer

The primer is clear, which isn’t actually a problem with me. Several of my favorite primers are clear. This one however was thinner than any of the others I’ve tried and didn’t really blur or fill anything. 

It was slick with no hint of stickiness so it had no real makeup gripping capabilities.  When I put makeup over it, the products all ended up looking patchy. In addition, it has a surprising perfume sort of fragrance to it which I didn’t really care for. It was a bit cloying and I’m not really sure fragrance needs to be added to a primer in general.

Since I had several newer products in my makeup bag this week, I went back to my dressing table and played with some tried and true products to see what was causing the issues. After all I would hate to unfairly blame the primer.

But it was the primer. 

I ended up rotating it back out and just going with the Pore Professional by Benefit this week since I just got so frustrated with the Kaja primer. Also because I was equally frustrated with the Pur Foundation, I brought back the NYX Bare with me tinted skin veil to replace it. Benefit and NYX worked where Pur and Kaja did not. At least for me.

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My eyeshadow palette this week was from Storybook Cosmetics Fairy Tales line.  It is the Briar Rose Palette.  As I previously wrote a review of it and after checking it, found my thoughts hadn’t really changed, I let the review stand. 

I will say that when last I reached for this palette, the weather was cooler and the season was different.  I was wondering what a change in season would do to my appreciation of the palette and I have to say, it really just made me choose different colors. 

I found myself using the lighter shades more than the deeper ones (where as before Grimm and Beauty were my natural draws.) Thorn was actually a good all over the lid shade for a quick look. I really liked it. It is a very wearable palette.  While the book format is cute, it does take up a lot of space.  It is a good palette though and space hog or not, I will be reaching for it again.

This week I kept the Ciate Loose setting powder in Everyday Vacay around for another week. The jar is getting low so I am trying to use it up.  I know I have a powder to give a try next week so I will be swapping it out, but I really would like to use this up so it will be returning.  It’s a great product so it isn’t a hardship.

The pressed powder was a new one to me.  It was the Jouer Pressed Mineral powder.  It is a nice powder.  It blends well into the skin and didn’t look powdery or cakey. It was really good when midday shine appeared in the t-zone. 

This powder was very good at dealing with the shine through without making my skin feel as though I was just loading it down with powder.  It is a small, sleek design and I could easily see myself adding this to the small makeup bag in my purse for the sole purpose of mid-day mattifying.

The I heart Revolution Fixing Spray remained in my bag this week and slowly but surely I am using it up. I can’t remember when I bought it but it continues to work well and smell nice.  I’m not certain how long fixing sprays last or if they have an expiration date but since it is one of the oldest items in my dressing table I’m going to work on using it up and clearing it out.

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This week also saw the return of the Wet’n wild ultimate brow kit, which I Pared with the billion dollar brows Duo Highlight and contour stick.  I still like the wet ‘n wild powders and despise the cream highlighter that comes with the brow kit. 

I still like the bdb highlighter while hating the brow pencil that came with that kit. Si the great powders with the good highlight are a good combination. Looking over my collection, I realized I might actually have almost enough wet ‘n wild products to do a full face with the brand.  (the same can also be said about a few other brands) so I may have a few brand only weeks coming up.  I just need to fill in a few of the gaps before I do.

Until then, I still enjoy the wet ‘n wild brow powder.

I had two more returning products this week.  One was the Eyeko London FAT Liquid Eyeliner in black.  I love Eyeko liners.  I have had the regular ones, the skinny ones and the fat ones.  They all glide on smoothly and stay in place all day.  I have not had any problems with them smearing or fading throughout the day.  They don’t seep into fine lines either, which is a trait that should always be encouraged in a liquid eyeliner.

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Another long term favorite returned this week and that was the Kevyn Aucoin The Expert mascara.  It always makes my lashes longer and more defined.  It doesn’t flake or smear and it stays in place all day. And in this heat, having something that won’t run when it hits the summer sun is a fantastic product.  That being said, this morning I picked it up and thought it felt a little light. 

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I scanned back through my weekly makeup bags and realized that I have been rotating this mascara in a lot in the past couple of months.  I may have to add in a new mascara just to give it a bit of a rest. I will be very sad when it is time to pass this mascara on.

This week I had two band new to me products from Julep.  The first was the So Radiant Diamond Bronzer in medium First off I have to say I really like the packaging.  It is a nice heavy plastic with a mirror inside.  

The way it opens means the mirror stays open and is easy to use as well so it is a useful mirror. I had an interesting time with this product.  The first thing I did was to do a finger swatch on my arm to see how pigmented it was. 

The swatch barely showed up on my skin. You could tell there was powder but no pigment.  I was a little disappointed but I figured I’d push on.  So I took brush to pan and hoped for the best. 

I will say, I did not use a light hand because I saw the swatch.  Yeah, it doesn’t swatch very pigmented with a finger, but the brush picked up a whole lot.  It was really dark on my skin.  So I washed my face and started again. This time, I picked up my usual amount of pigment with the brush instead of trying to compensate for the swatch with a heavy hand. 

It applied well and blended easily into the skin.  It was comfortable to wear and lasted all day.  The bronzer worked well with my skin tone although I think I might have to go a shade lighter in the winter time.  I really liked the bronzer.  It also reaffirmed the lessons I was given when I was first learning to apply makeup.  Start light and build.  To that I would add, don’t trust the swatch.

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Also from Julep in a smaller but no less sleek and functional package was the blush I used this week. It is a pore minimizing blush in the shade Rosewood. Like the bronzer, it did not swatch well, but having learned my lesson with the bronzer, I started off light and built my look. 

This may be one of my favorite blushes.  I dipped in lightly and got color that I could either sheer out or build up to a depth I wanted.  I can’t say I noticed much in the way of pore blurring but it didn’t give me added texture so I was fine with it, especially as the color was fantastic on me. It blended like a dream and stayed all day. 

Paired with the bronzer it was a winning combination for me this week.  Again for the fall I might have to get a shade lighter in the blush, but that’s okay.  I don’t mind having multiples of this formula around at all. Both Julep products will be staying in rotation in my dressing table and will more than likely make frequent appearances in my makeup bag in the weeks to come.  I suspect I will end up ordering more products from Julep soon. In case you are interested, they are having a mega Summer clearance sale. I’ve linked it above. Not only are the prices discounted but you get an extra code on top of the discount. I’ll be looking into that this afternoon. I suspect their items will sell out quickly.

This week I also tried the Iconic London illuminator.  The only thing I’ve actually used from Iconic was a setting spray.  I really liked the setting spray. 

Liquid highlighters aren’t generally what I gravitate towards as I tend to over do it with product placement.  With this dropper though, I found it very easy to add just a little bit of product to my face.  I could use the rounded end of the dropper to just place a dot or two and then blend it in. 

In all fairness, I have to admit, I didn’t think I would like this product.  I ended up really liking it.  The gold tones of the highlighter blended well with my skin and I could easily decide how much or how little I wanted to apply.  It could be blinding or it could be subtle.  I liked that I got to choose.

I don’t think I would like the other shades of this product.  I think the reason I liked the gold so much is that the gold tones really did blend in well with my skin. I also think that this bottle will last me a really long time.  For a good daily look I only needed one drop per cheek which I blended for a good casual look.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to keep this in my collection.

For my three lip products I chose two of my long term favorites and one liquid lip I forgot I had.  The Thrive Causemetics lip gloss in Ashley is one of my go to lip glosses.  I really like the formula and will use it until every last drop is gone.

Also in my favorites is a Nars liquid lip in the shade Paradise Garage.  It is one of my go to nude liquid lips.  I love the Nars formula.  It gets dry but it never dries down all the way so your lips never feel desiccated. 

It dries down just enough that you don’t leave glaringly obvious lip prints everywhere (although it takes a few minutes).  You do leave a few little smudges but not many, especially with the lighter shades.  With this formula the darker the shade the less it seems to dry down. At least in my experience.  I haven’t actually tried every shade.

(Top to Bottom): Paradise Garage from NARS, Thrive Causemetics Lip gloss in Ashley, and Stila in Rubino: and yes I swatched the gloss to show it isn’t as glittery as it looks in the tube. It does have some shimmer though.

Finally, I used the Stila Stay all day liquid lip in the shade Rubino.  It is a deep red shade.  When you apply it the first thing you have to do is make sure it doesn’t get on your teeth.  Somehow my first application always does. 

Then check your outlines on your lips and make sure it is exactly where you want it. Then blot to remove excess product (because this one always seems to leave a little excess product.  Check your lines (and teeth) again and then let it dry. 

Once it dries, it is going nowhere. In fact the next day you will still have a little reddish tinge to your lips no matter what form of makeup remover you use.  Lip scrubs help, but  unless you completely scrub off a layer of lip, the ghost of the shade will remain the following day.

It isn’t bad though.  I hid it under the Nars nude the next day with no problems.  Just be aware they aren’t joking when they say stay all day. It dries down really well, but after it dries down, I tend to forget I’m wearing it.  It is quite comfortable to wear and I didn’t have any problems with over drying of my lips.  This is one of those products I need to remember I have more often so I wear it instead of shoving it into a drawer and forgetting. Stila is one of those brands for me in general though. For a long time I had a lot of Stila products and then I just sort of stopped buying them. I can’t remember why though. And I did really like this lip.

So that was this week’s makeup bag for me.  There were some old favorites, and some new trials.  There were some clear and often surprising winners from the new, several of which will remain in my dressing table.  There were also a few new products that I now know to steer clear of in the future.

In my book it is often just as important to know what to scratch off the possible purchase list as it is to add more items to it. All in all, a fun and educational week for me.  I hope next week is just as much fun, although I could really do with a less problematic foundation in the next week. Because my Vanity Collection Came in from Kristopher Buckle yesterday, it features heavily in next week’s makeup bag. So if you’ve ever wondered about the brand, or have never heard of them, stay tuned.

I’ll see everyone back here this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask. Until then have an excellent Friday.




Weekly Weight: 204.8 lbs

July 17th, 2020

I have to say I’m not entirely certain I trust the weight displayed on the scale. I stepped on it first thing this morning and it flashed the weight of 290 lbs at me. While I’ll admit my food may have gotten a little off track this week (there were cupcakes), I did not believe I gained 85 lbs in one week.

So I got off the scale, double checked that I was in fact sans clothing, and not actually carrying an extra weight, and when the scale once again flashed zero at me I stepped back on. This time it told me I weighed 62 lbs.

Just as I didn’t think I gained that much in a week, I didn’t think I lost that much either. A third attempt gave me the 204.8 weight above. As did a fourth and fifth. So either the digital scale had to calibrate now that is returned to the bathroom or something is afoot.

As dealing with anything mechanical before I’ve had my coffee would generally involve the phrase ‘you like I smash with rock?’ I decided to leave it until later for inspection. I’m just going to go with I weigh less than 290 lbs and more than 62 lbs and be satisfied with that.

I won’t be breaking out the stats this week because it feels like cheating.

This week I was not all that good with food. My baby doll had to go into the office this week because he is organizing interns. There are only two of them and they share an apartment with a third who works elsewhere. One of them had a birthday and so I baked cupcakes to send in with him. He took them in but brought them right back as the third roommate apparently worked in an office that was infected with covid and was sent home. Given the living arrangements both interns are now out for two weeks as well. So we had cupcakes.

I was usually good about not eating them during the day but I did find that I tended to eat them after watching the news. So I think I’ve found my stress eating trigger point. There are no more cupcakes so hopefully it will not be an issue. To be honest it would have been smarter not to bake them to share with others, but I really like baking and it was really stress relieving to decorate them.

So I’m just going to take it as a one off because I am not going to have a dozen cupcakes in the house again for a really long time so I enjoyed them while they were here and get back to regular food as time marches forward. I don’t actually regret eating them. I regret shoving them into my mouth while glaring at the television screen, but they were good cupcakes.

And I did extra arm movements with my weights. I really do love my Prosource Fit leg/arm weights. Although I think I might have overdone it yesterday. I did my arm circles and lifts and then I got a song stuck in my head and did a chair dance while singing and waving my arms about in time to the song. I really feel it in my upper arms and shoulders today. There were a lot of over the head movements.

In case you feel like singing and arm weight dancing along, the song was No More Mr. Nice Guy By Alice Cooper.

Singing it through and moving my arms about not only gave me a good exercise but it got the song out of my head.

In case you are wondering, this is why I’m not really allowed to design soundtracks for workout videos. Not that it’s ever really come up. Although I personally like my workout play lists.

Okay well, crazy scale and all that is my weekly weight. I’m not going to do the stats since I don’t know how accurate the scale was or if something cause it to go haywire. I’ll be checking on that later but officially I’m leaving the weight at 205 lbs for another week. With luck I’ll figure out the issue by the end of the day. Wish me luck, and have an excellent Friday.


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Kristopher Buckle’s Vanity Collection Volume 2

I am a sucker for a good makeup kit. I really am. I love them in sample size and I love them in full sized. Makeup, skin care, hair care, I love them all.

I know that sounded a bit like a beauty themed Dr. Seuss book, but it happens to be true. Also this post is in no way sponsored. The links are affiliate links, so I may earn a small commission if you use them when purchasing, but I bought these products on my own and all my opinions will be honest ones.

I think kits and collections are a great way to try out a brand. For those who regularly read these posts you will no doubt have heard that the Kristopher Buckle Cashmere slip lipstick in Bardot is one of my all time favorite lipsticks. The formula is smooth, but not drying and the color is perfect for everyday wear. It’s one of those lipsticks that is so comfortable you forget you are wearing it. while I have gotten that with liquid lips before, I find it really rare in a more traditional lipstick type formula.

But as much as I liked the lipstick, I hadn’t tried anything else by the brand.

So when I saw that the Kristopher Buckle kits were 35% off, I pounced.

Incidentally the sale runs through July 31st if you are interested in taking advantage of them. It is an affiliated link so using them earns me a small fee which helps support this site, but if that bothers you, just go to the site and use the code independently. It isn’t tied to me or my site and I make no money off of it. (code: EXCLUSIVE35)

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My kit came in the mail just a few minutes ago and I will be adding these items to my makeup bag for next week, so I haven’t used them yet, I was just so excited they arrived. It seems like everything is taking forever to arrive these days.

Some days I feel like I am stalking the postman.

This came very quickly. I ordered it three days ago and was sort of kicking myself for not ordering earlier. Mostly because there are several other kits included in the sale and if I liked these products enough I was thinking of stocking up. Not only are they 35% off, making this particular kit $18.85 instead of the normal $28, but they have free shipping going right now. They do have various kits and collections in the sale. They have one that is just lipsticks I believe as well. I was very much eying that one but I really wanted to try out the foundation.

In addition I wanted to let you know about the sale as well so you could snap up items you wanted. Cause I like to share.

So what was in my Vanity Collection Volume 2?

The first item is the Triplicity Perfecting Foundation stick (retail $22). It is supposed to be a soft, blendable formula. I’m sure you all know how much I love trying out new foundations by now. And I really do like stick formulas. This one is a really good size too. Hopefully it contains a lot of good product as well.

Next is the graphic gel eyeliner. If I am going to use a pencil instead of a liquid, I do tend to like gel formulas. They tend to pull less at the thin skin as well as glide on easier. I can’t wait to see if this one is up to snuff. I have to say the design of the tip looks interesting. I am resisting opening it and testing it immediately as I want my first impression to come when I use it, but it is really hard to resist.

There was a cashmere slip lipstick in this box as well. It is in the shade Casting Call (retail $14). I’ve mentioned my love of the formula above. I’m hoping this maintains the fabulocity with a different color. I have to say though I almost went with the Vanity Collection 1 box instead of the 2 because in the first kit they include the Cashmere Lip in Bardot and I know that is a shade I will use up until it is empty and I wouldn’t mind having a back up. Admittedly, I’m probably going to be buying a back up anyway.

However, this collection came with a mascara and a setting powder, two of my standard must haves. The mascara is the Grand Opening Volumizing Mascara and the Powder is a translucent setting powder (retail $24). I have to say, while I haven’t opened the powder, I did tip it on it’s side to see how much product is inside. I have to say I am impressed. Often the loose powders that come in kits tend to look only about half full. This is a seriously full container.

I’ll need to add a few things to fill out the makeup bag for next week, but I really like that the kit covers all of the basics. I am looking forward to seeing if all of the products are as good as the lipstick.

All in all I think the set (even at full price) is a really good deal. All of the products are full sized and would cost me far more than $28 if I purchased them separately.

I couldn’t find the eyeliner or the mascara listed separately on the site, but if you add up the cost of the other three elements you get $60, so I think it’s a good deal, especially for 35% off. Incidentally, they also have a sale on eyeshadow palettes (30% off, code PALETTE).

All of these items are going to be added to the upcoming Makeup bag so I’ll hold off on first impressions, but I just had to share what came in my Kristopher Buckle Vanity Collection Volume 2. Let me know if you’ve picked up any of these collections and what you think of them (or any of his products really. I haven’t seen many reviews for them, which considering how fantastic the cashmere lip is, is a crying shame). And if you go to the site (even if it isn’t through my links) don’t forget to use the code(s) to take advantage of the sale. Happy shopping.


Kristofer Buckle

This week’s Foundation Trial: Pur 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie

Pur 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Foundation and Concealer

This week in my makeup bag I used the Pur 4-in-1 Love your Selfie Longwear Foundation and Concealer as my foundation. Well, I tried. It would be more accurate to say I struggled with it and then finally conceded defeat and pulled a different foundation from my dressing table. And yes that is my Make up Eraser underneath. I had one day where I was determined to try this foundation and make it work no matter what so I put on and removed product multiple times. This was a key element to my plan.

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But we’ll get to that in a minute.

First, what is the Pur 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation and Concealer?

Well according to the website…

I had high hopes as it seemed a good shade

Redefine complexion perfection with PÜR’s groundbreaking, longwear foundation & concealer, 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer. Formulated to instantly mask blemishes and imperfections, leaving behind a natural, skin-like finish.

This multipurpose complexion miracle serves as both a foundation and concealer with a unique, dual-applicator component for quick and easy application. Conceal blemishes, dark spots and imperfections with the targeted, doe foot applicator or achieve flawless, allover coverage with the pump. Packed with skin-loving ingredients, this longwear formula helps protect skin against environmental stressors, like pollution and high energy visible blue light, for a healthier-looking complexion.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Energy Complex – A combination of ginseng, green tea and vitamin B that helps boost the skin’s natural metabolism and rejuvenate the skin’s appearance
  • Lingonberry Extract – Helps protect skin against abuse caused by high energy visible blue light
  • Polysaccahride Film – Provides a protective, breathable film on skin to help shield skin from environmental stressors, like pollution
  • Ceretin Complex – Helps smooth skin and refine skin texture and tone
  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Gluten Free
Bare freshly washed skin

I like that it is cruelty free and vegan friendly.  Although from the way it’s phrased, I am not certain if it is actually a vegan product or if they just refrain from taunting vegans on the makeup playground or share out their carrot sticks at snack time. While I am not vegan, I tend to like a lot of vegan products. I dislike vagueness, especially on a product page.

The shade was a pretty decent match for me, so I had high hopes. They were not met.

I will say, that I didn’t care for the foundation, regardless or how friendly it is to passing vegans.  I tried it without primer first and it showed every nook and cranny of every single pore on my face. My skin kind of had the orange peel effect. Quite frankly my skin looked better with just a dusting of powder than it did with the foundation.

I can even see the chicken pox scar on my cheek from my bout with the childhood ailment. It is actually one of my personal markers. Nearly every product makes it invisible, or nearly so. This Pur Foundation seemed to highlight it.

The orange peel effect with just the foundation. (and yes I will be tackling my eyebrows this weekend.)

So I tried the foundation with the primer of the week.  The primer of the week was the Kaja primer.  It didn’t help the situation, but to be fair, I tried the primer under other foundations and I didn’t like it any better.  It is not my favorite primer and will soon be banished from my dressing table. 

Thinking that changing primers might help, I went for the tried and true Benefit Pore Professional.  The primer smoothed my skin and I was happy.  I applied the foundation and the Pur Foundation just looked cakey on me. 

I thought I used too much product, so I tried using less.  Then it just looked streaky and blotchy. My skin looked better with just the primer on. The Pur 4-in1 felt heavy on my skin, no matter how light an application I tried and it simply didn’t look good.  I did my best with the application and then found it settled into my fine lines after only a few hours. Other products like bronzer and powder helped sort of even things out a bit so it doesn’t look too bad, but foundation is supposed to give you a more or less clean slate to work on, not be something you use other products to battle. At least in my book.

After a few days I had to set the tube aside and return to my NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. It was quick and easy and didn’t require extra fuss.The link will take you to my full review of the NYX product.

After three hours, all spent at a desk typing

I think part of the issue with Pur is that it tries to be both a foundation and a concealer and somewhere wires get crossed and it ends up doing neither well.  Virtually the only thing I liked about this product was that it is only a trial sized tube, so I don’t feel too guilty when I chuck the remainder. 

In general, I like Pur.  Their eyeshadows are really nice. And I am fond of their cloud cream. This is actually the first product I’ve tried from them that I didn’t like. This foundation is not something I am even remotely fond of using. 

It is rare that I can’t see any good in a product.  Usually I can see that if my skin were a little drier, or a little oilier or something to that effect it might work better so I know that somewhere out there is a person the product would suit better.  If there is good in the Pur 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation and Concealer, I am just going to have to let someone else find it.  This product is definitely not for me.


La Roche-Posay- ACD

Does the Lauren B Beauty Nail Growth Serum really Work?

The Lauren B Nail growth Serum came in my June Petit Vour box and I have to say I was very eager to try it out. My nails have taken a beating this year.  I fought an ongoing battle in the garden with both bunnies and bindweed this year.  While the bunnies could be scared off with a squirt from the hose and threats regarding my grandmother’s mustard based marinade, the bind weed was immune to insults.

And empty culinary threats.

I’m pretty sure the rabbits even know that non-lethal hose is my only weapon.

But at least they still run.

The bindweed just sort of digs in deeper and holds on tight.  Even with gloves on, my nails needed some help.  So again, I was happy to give the Nail Growth Serum from Lauren B a try. But what is it?  Well according to the website…

Applicator brush

Salvation for fragile, brittle nails that refuse to grow. This sheer blend of amino acids, antioxidants, Vitamins E and C, peptides and biotin sinks in instantly to boost natural nail growth and strength. Brush it directly onto your nails before applying polish, or on bare nails once or twice a day.

Directions: Use thin applicator brush to apply directly onto the base of nails where your nail and cuticle meet (the half moon portion) allow formula to sink in for 5 min before rinsing off, applying polish, cremes etc. Best to use on clean bare nails, or over polish that is completely dried. Use once or twice a day. Pro tip: keep this product on your bed side table and apply each night before bed so you do not forget. This will also allow the formula to sink into your matrix of nail and to work. Keep container closed tight when not in use and stored in neutral environment.

I feel the need to point out that I did not read the full directions before I started applying.  I only read the first paragraph (the part before the word directions – yeah I know, I amaze myself sometimes too). 

Thumb at the start (with polish remnants)

The first thing I did was trim off the ratty bits on the ends of my nails. The parts that got dinged up in the ongoing battle with Bindweed. Without the damage, my nails tend to be rather healthy.

Hand at the start

So I applied it onto my nails and waited for it to dry a little, then applied polish. 

I do not recommend doing that.  The formula never really dries down and while the polish goes over the formula covered nail well with seemingly no problem, when you go you wash your hands (which I have been doing a LOT recently, as I’m sure we all have) at a later point in time, the nail polish sort of slides right off. Seriously, in one clean sheet.  It was most disconcerting, yet oddly intriguing at the same time.

just from hand washing

Figuring out that I might have done something wrong, I returned to the site and this time read ALL of the directions.

Yeah, either wash your hands after giving it time to sink in and then polish your nails or just apply it along the cuticles overnight.  I tried it over polish, but the formula just felt greasy and I think the polish kept it from soaking in.  Just go bare nails for this one is my suggestion.

So once I figured out how to use the product how did it perform?

Well my nails did not grow out by a mile in the past few weeks.  They do however feel stronger and less inclined to break and chip.  I ended up trimming several of them down because the tips of the nails were damaged from my gardening activities. 

I think the trimming eradicated the weakest part of the nails and the serum helped ensure that what grew back was healthier and stronger. I would call it more of a nail strengthening serum rather than a nail growth serum as I think adding the word growth creates different expectations.

My thumb at the end

Yes, stronger nails are less likely to break and therefore grow longer, so it isn’t a misnomer, I just think it is really about strength not length. 

I also think that having to pay nightly attention to my nails helped as well.  I found myself filing small dings and trimming away ragged bits nightly instead of when I sat down to do my nails (once a week). 

hand at end of the trial

The nightly attention helped them out a lot as well.  I don’t think this will be a continuous use product for me, but I could see keeping it on hand for the times when my nails do take a beating. 

As I know that occurs two times a year, once when I deal with the garden in the spring and once in the fall when I prepare the garden for winter, it would get use then. Since I trimmed and filed the dings and chips out of my nails before applying it each night, it also kept small divots from being large breaks. It forced me to take care of problems when they were small rather than leave them for the week and possible additional damage the following day.

I think if I knew I was going to an event I wanted my nails to look nice for, I might use it the two weeks prior to the event so that I could ensure I paid attention to the nails.  Do I consider this an essential item to keep around, no. Nor do I consider it some sort of miracle growth formula, but it is kind of fun to add to my at home manicure while it lasts. It was also a nice product to get in a subscription box as I don’t know if I would have ever picked this up on my own. As the subscription box was Petit Vour, I also know that this product is clean, vegan and cruelty free. While I tend to think of those elements in my skin care items, I don’t always think of them when dealing with my nails. Perhaps in the future, I will.


Cruelty-Free Beauty Box