The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss

Estee Edit Flash Photo GlossThe Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss

The Estée Edit is supposed to be Estée’s hip-and-happening brand to appeal to younger customers. I received two tiny sample tubes of the Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss with my March haul but couldn’t be bothered with it until, well, now.

I’m glad I hadn’t wasted my time before. It’s god-awful. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried something *this* bad.

This translucent gloss goes on clear with the faintest hint of bluish-purple iridescent shimmer. Application is NOT easy – it skips and tugs, and the formula is ridiculously sticky. I did not find that it enhanced my lipcolor – and in fact, it screwed it up with the skipping and tugging.

On top of being sticky, removal is difficult. I wiped it away with a tissue but my lips were still tacky. I had to resort to micellar water. Really!?

The bluish shimmer is SUPPOSED to pick up the flash and make your smile look brighter. Spoilers: It doesn’t.

The Bottom Line

This is a positively ridiculous gimmick. The 2.5 stars on Sephora’s site speak volumes. Don’t waste your time unless you fancy the idea of throwing away $20. Wet n Wild Megaslicks gloss is higher quality at $2.

A Time and Place

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My makeup philosophy and, perhaps, mantra is, “Makeup must be fun.”

If you aren’t enjoying it, if it is a chore, then why bother?

I subscribe to two more philosophies, though:

  • Makeup is a tool to enhance and flatter.
  • Makeup is also an art form and can be whatever the hell we want.

The ideas are not mutually exclusive.

90% of the time I operate in the former camp. Flattering makeup makes me feel good. It lets me look like my best self.

The other 10% of the time, however… well, I love Too Faced Totally Fetch (available in the Too Faced Bon Bons palette). I think that says enough. It isn’t that I want to draw attention, it’s just that I happen to find hot pink eyeshadow really fun.

For me, I generally want flattering makeup to subtly enhance my features and minimize distracting flaws. It doesn’t draw attention; especially important in the corporate world, which is where I spend 50 of my waking hours per week.

If you feel empowered by getting editorial every day and looking like a holographic mermaid, do you. I would wager that more than half of the beauty community is supportive of, “Do what makes you feel awesome.”

Where I think we (and by we I mean cosmetics enthusiasts in general) get into hot water is failing to recognize the whole, “there’s a time and place,” thing.

You might feel best in full on majestic glam, but that does not mean majestic glam is appropriate for, say, many workplaces (or, if you’re in school, it might even violate your school’s dress code or image policy). The beauty community may be supportive, but your boss or CEO might not be. Your clientele might not be. A good rule of thumb is that if you have to ask yourself, “is this too much (for this occasion/event/etc)?” it probably is.

Self-expression is incredibly important, but it is also important to recognize that there is a time and place for everything. Stephanie Nicole of YouTube works in the beauty industry and recognizes this. That’s right: Even people who work in the beauty industry (for real, not as branding hype machines) understand that there is a time and place. For those of you who prefer a full face, she shared a good tutorial on a look for work, below.

Discuss: Do you consider the events of the day when it comes time to go all Bob Ross on your face?

Costco Beauty

I’ve shared a a few of my finds at Costco (like the makeup wipes I was using) but I keep coming across more Costco beauty finds that I never thought would be there. I discovered a few more recently, and I couldn’t resist sharing these steals with you.

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Moisture Surge Intense

I used a sample packet of the regular Moisture Surge just before my flight home from California in March. Between the ultra-dry air out there and the dry plane cabin, my skin was thirsty. Like all Clinique skincare, Mositure Surge/Intense is unscented. I probably wouldn’t use this as a day cream unless you either a) live in a very dry environment b) are a flight attendant or c) have pretty dry skin. Moisture Surge Intense is normally $52.50, but Costco has it for $29.

Dramatically Different Lotion+

I personally use the gel (which is not sold at Costco as far as I can tell), but the Lotion goes for the same price at usual retailers, but you can grab 2 for $40.

St Tropez

sttropezexpressThis isn’t news on this blog, but the fact that you can get St Tropez at Costco for a fraction of the cost that you would spend on it at, say, Sephora? Worth it! I’ve seen the classic mousse on their site before – it isn’t on there now, but you may be able to find it in stores. They do have a few other St Tropez items in stock online, though – like the Express formula for $26 (regularly $44) and the facial cream for $22 (regularly $30).

 

Beautyblender Two-Pack

beautyblender2 for $30 isn’t as great of a deal of the 8- or 12-packs available to the pros, but us mere mortals will take what we can get. They carry all of the silly novelty colors. Skip the red, it bleeds.

StriVectin

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The stretch mark cream turned wrinkle reducer is available in a 2 oz two-pack for $99. StriVectin has been a highly rated product for over a decade, so if you’ve been considering buying it or want to restock? This is a pretty good value (compared to $79 for one from Macy’s or Amazon).

bareMinerals Serum Foundation

bareskinThe samples I tried didn’t play nicely for me, but if you’re already happy using this, it’s worth checking to see if they carry your shade. At $22, it’s cheaper than anywhere else. Downside is that they carry a very limited shade range. I’ve seen the Original foundation here in the past, too.

The Bottom Line

By Costco’s nature, inventory does not stay the same forever. If you keep an eye on their site, though, you’ll find (as I did) a slew of products that slay their normal prestige pricing. Unlike Costco stores, Costco.com accepts all major credit cards making this inventory fairly accessible.

Also, Costco doesn’t know who I am, none of this is affiliate stuff. The Costco beauty deals are just too good to overlook.

Sephora Play June 2016

Sephora Play June 2016Sephora Play June 2016

Never having jumped on the subscription box bandwagon, in May I signed up for Sephora Play! I received my first box in mid-June, and finally have time to talk about it what I got!

Tocca Florence

I’m highly picky about fragrances. When I realized this was a floral, I nearly tossed it out without popping the cap off the vial. I decided that wasn’t fair, so I removed the stopper and…was pleasantly surprised! For the first time since the Marc Jacobs Daisy line, I’ve found a pleasant floral. That said, I’m not going to rush out and buy a full sized, $68 bottle of Florence. I will enjoy this sample vial, but juggling several bottles of perfume is not for me. I would consider buying a rollerball. If you like subtle florals and are in the market, give this a shot.

Tarteguard

I’ve always thought that the packaging for Tarte’s sunscreen was cute, but I didn’t give the product much consideration. If I was going to drop $32 on a sunscreen, I’d probably go Shiseido, Clinique, or Murad…or I’d go with a BB Cream product. So far, I’ve used Tarteguard on my hands and forearms only – where it has done a good job. I was reluctant to introduce change to my routine so soon after finding a routine that my skin is responding well to (plus I <3 my Biore one!). Furthermore, the reviews this sunscreen has received have indicated a high incidence of breakouts in relation to use. Unfortunately it isn’t going anywhere near my face anytime soon. It DOES has a faint, pretty scent that I can’t place and none of that nasty, “sunscreen smell.” For what it’s worth, a fellow, makeup-obsessed friend swears by this stuff and reports that it doubles as a good primer.

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June 2016 Favorites

June 2016 FavoritesJune 2016 Favorites
1. Stridex Pads, $5 / 2. Sensationail Polish to Gel, $8
3. Excipial, $12 / 4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Moonstone, $19

Thanks for bearing with me last month since my favorites were a bit of a mess, but I’ve got my act together just in time to share my June 2016 Favorites.

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