In & Outs, Easter edition.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it :)
It's 9 PM and we finally stopped eating dinner. Needless to say, I can barely move after a 5 course meal consisting of lamb prepared in every way imaginable. I am Romanian and our tradition for Easter has always been lamb - lamb roast, lamb meat loaf, lamb soup... you get the idea.

Now that I'm parked on my bed for the rest of the evening, I finally got to write a quick new post. I start finals next week so I'll be missing in action from the blogosphere until the end of April, but after that I'll be back full-force, I promise!
I also finished Project 10 Pan, which means I can try out and review some new products for you guys. So hopefully after a boring spring, my blog will have a much more exciting summer.

WHAT'S IN:

- Benefit Powderflage. I picked this up as soon as I finished Project 10 pan and I am so glad that I did. This sets my under-eye concealer like a dream (I use Bobbi Brown's light peach colour corrector).

- bright pink and pastel nail polishes. I ditched the dark shades for now.

- Sebastian Shaper hairspray. My boyfriend (who is also my hairstylist) suggested this to me and I really love it. It provides light, flexible hold and it smells so great.

- bone/ivory/beige blouses

- Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation. My face has been extra oily lately and this stuff does not budge. I don't have to set it with powder, and it literally stays on my face for 12 hours. I had it on for 14 hours during my insane work day yesterday and I still managed to look normal before I washed it off of my face. It's just a pain in the butt to blend in, which is the only thing that I don't like about it.

WHAT'S OUT:

- there is a gathering of pimples going on near my chin at the moment. I dislike it very much. Again, just when everything with my skin was going well, something like this has to happen and ruin my streak.

- Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. I honestly don't know why this thing gets so much exposure in magazine and from big make-up artists. It is overpriced (I paid almost $50 for it) and doesn't affect the longevity of my foundation in any way. It makes me look too matte and leaves a white cast on my face. I'm just really disappointed. I tried applying it with a fluffy brush or with a powder-puff and to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it work? Perhaps I am doing something wrong... any setting powder I've used by MAC (Select Sheer, MSF Natural, Studio Fix powder) was superior to this.

- the new spot treatment I've been using, from the La Roche Possay "Effaclar" range. Doesn't do anything. I've only been using it for two weeks though, so maybe it takes a while to see results. I'll keep using it, but for now I am seeing no improvements and I am longing for my Mario Badescu buffering lotion and drying mask.

- running out of Mario Badescu buffering lotion for over a month now :( I can only find this in the States and I just haven't had the time to re-purchase. I also ran out of drying lotion and drying mask, both of which are great products and have worked well for my acne management. However with MB products I find that they lose their power over time, so taking a break for 1-2 months will make them work better than if you just use them consistently... if that makes any sense.


Alright, that's it for now. Have a great week and I'll catch you in a few weeks :D

- sandra


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