Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Four essentials for a night out


Packing my purse for a night out is always an afterthought. I throw the essentials — ID, debit card, phone, cash — in a clutch and I'm out the door. Recently though, I decided to stock up on a few necessities to keep in my going-out clutch. That way, I'm never without those simple essentials. What's in my clutch? Blotting papers (a) to dab off excess oil in the bathroom, gum (b) to keep my breath fresh, a rollerball perfume (c) for a quick scent boost, and a rosy pink lipgloss (d) for a fast touch-up.

Comment below and let me know what you keep in your going out clutch! PS: I don't own this adorable purple clutch, but isn't it amazing?

Monday, June 25, 2012

battle of the bronze

When it comes to sunless tanners there are dozens of options. Sprays, wipes, lotions and gels — it can all be a little overwhelming. I've been loving the ease of tanning towelettes (or wipes), so I decided to put two brands to the test. The Comodynes towelette came from my friend's Birchbox, and the L'Oreal towelette is something you can find at any drugstore. Here's how they stacked up:

L'Oreal $1.67 per towelette
Comodynes $2.25 per towelette

Scent: Both wipes claim to have a "fresh scent" rather than the typical sunless tanner smell. The Comodynes scent is  stronger and smells like a light floral perfume. The L'Oreal wipe has a light citrus-floral scent. When I first applied the products, I definitely preferred the smell of L'Oreal. However, about 20 minutes after application, the L'Oreal scent fades into that typical sunless tanner smell.

Packaging: The packaging is nearly identical for both products. The wipes are folded, and the user is instructed to gradually unfold the wipes as they're applying the product.

Staying power: Comodynes beats L'Oreal in this category, hands down. The tan was still there well after a week. My L'Oreal tan only lasted a couple of days.

Streaking: Both arms came out streak-free (woohoo!), but I've noticed subtle streaking with Comodynes in the past — especially on my legs.

The verdict: I would definitely use both of these sunless tanners again. Because I don't have time to use sunless tanner more than once every couple of weeks, I will probably repurchase the Comodynes wipes. Overall, staying power is the most important quality for me. If you're looking for a less expensive option for a night out, I would recommend using the L'Oreal wipes.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

look good after a long flight

Red-eye travel always seems like a good idea. You fly in the middle of night, sleeping when you usually would. When you wake up, you're landing at your destination. The reality of a red eye is much different, though. It takes too long to get comfortable, your neighbor decides to keep the overhead light on throughout the night and your legs are restless. Not to mention the turbulence.

After arriving in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after my last red eye, I hit the bathroom to freshen up. But I found I didn't have everything I wanted. I made a mental note (aka iPhone memo) on the things I wished I had. One of those things (c) would have been useful seven hours earlier — so I made a note of that, too. Here are six essentials I'll be sure to pack next time:

a. cleansing makeup wipes: After an overnight flight, you suddenly realize that you didn't get a chance to wash your face before going to bed. Gross. These wipes take off all the leftover makeup.
b. concealer: Now that the old stuff's off, start new. I like to add a touch of concealer under my eyes and on any problem areas. If I can choose one item of makeup to reapply, this is definitely it.
c. sleep aid: 'Nuff said.
d. dry shampoo: For some reason, airplane air makes my hair oily and disgusting. Save yourself an extra wash with this travel-size dry shampoo.
e. eye drops: They don't call it a red eye for nothing.
f. gum: Because no one likes bad breath.

What do you crave after a long flight? Leave a comment!

Monday, June 4, 2012

a review: kiehl's creamy eye treatment

I've been on a hunt for the perfect starter eye cream. I wasn't looking for a cream to prevent wrinkles — I just needed to pump some moisture back into my eye area. Enter the friendly sales associates at Kiehl's. They recommended this creamy eye treatment with avocado as the perfect compromise. When I saw the price I hesitated on making the purchase... $28.50 isn't cheap for .5 fl. oz. of product. But then I found out that you actually only need a tiny, tiny dab of lotion for both eyes. I've been using the product for a few weeks now, so I thought I'd do a mini review:

the pros:
  • As mentioned, a little product goes a long way. I'd estimate that the jar will last through the year. 
  • I've seen a small difference in my under eye area. The skin feels moisturized and soft when I use the cream consistently.
  • The treatment is made for people with sensitive skin. The key ingredients are avocado oil, beta-carotene (antioxidant found in carrots) and shea butter. 
  • I've found that makeup goes on easily over the cream if you choose to use it in the a.m. 
  • It's fragrance free! 
  • It stays put. You don't have to worry about the product migrating into your eyes. Plus, the cream is meant to be applied to the orbital bone (photos above), so it stays far enough away from the delicate areas of the eye.
the cons:
  • The cream is a little thick for my liking. However, I learned a trick at Kiehl's. You can warm the cream up by rubbing it between your fingers. It melts the lotion into a thinner consistency. 
  • As mentioned, this product doesn't erase wrinkles or diminish fine lines. If you're looking for something with anti-aging properties, this isn't the best choice.