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Shootin’ the Breeze on a Monday in May

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How’s your  Monday treating you?

I’m off to spend the next several hours of my life taking my exam for Evidence, which will certainly be my hardest exam (it’s 100% memorization; my other two are open book/notes, so at least I’ve got a crutch!). To help me not fall entirely into a pit of despair over exams, I’m focusing on some of the products I can’t wait to review… (and the fact that after May 10th at 5PM, law school will be over until August!)

What are your goals for the week? I’m really trying hard to stay on task and focus on studying so I can get through my finals in one piece!  I always find Spring finals so much harder to get into gear for–probably has to do with the gorgeous weather…

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The Summer Season: Pinks & Purples (April)

The Summer Season: Pinks (April)

So far, there have been nine delectable pinks to devour from the Summer Season (and definitely plenty more to take a look at!).

  1. Chanel Phoenix Rouge Allure Laque
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Pink Lipstick
  3. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo Lipstick
  4. Guerlain Giulette Rouge G Lipstick
  5. Laura Mercier Hydrangea Lipstick
  6. MAC Girl About Town Lipstick
  7. Make Up For Ever #203 Lipstick
  8. Milani Rose Hip Lipstick
  9. Smashbox Flirty Lipstick

The Summer Season: Purples (April)

Just four purple-tinged shades, but they sure are pretty.  I definitely have a few more for you to see!

  1. Dolce & Gabbana Violet Lipstick
  2. MAC Show Orchid Lipstick
  3. MAC Violetta Lipstick
  4. Tarina Tarantino Candy Jar Lipstick

What are your favorite pinks and purples to wear in the summer?

Lancome Aqua Fusion Tinted Moisturizer Review, Photos

Lancome Aqua Fusion Tinted Moisturizer

My favorite part about this tinted moisturizer is the coverage it gives. It still has an amazingly lightweight feel, but it delivers more than sheer coverage–I’d even go as far as to say light-medium (not quite medium). It covered some healing acne and post-acne marks on my face and gave me a lovely, natural finish. I also love that this moisturizer absorbs and sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave behind a dewy finish. It has a nearly matte finish, so it’s great for my oily-skinned friends, in particular.

It has a mango-ish scent–defintely fruity, but not overly sweet or tropical–and I’d say it lingers for about fifteen to twenty minutes before it fades away entirely (at least to my nose). The packaging is a slim tube, so it’s easy to apply the amount you need, plus it is travel friendly, being under 3 oz.

Even though I love, love the feel and coverage of the product, there are a few noteworthy drawbacks. If you’re pale, I don’t know if you’re going to find a good match. Surprisingly, I’m Naturel 1–the lightest shade–in Lancome’s Tinted Moisturizer. I originally tested out Sand 2, because I assumed it would work well for my medium skin tone, but it was definitely too dark on me. This is why I caution those with paler skin tones to try it at a counter first, if possible. Sand 2 would work for those who are definitely medium or medium-dark, though. I think Sand 2 might work for me after the summer, perhaps, but right now, Naturel 1 is a much better match.

I’d also prefer to see broad-spectrum protection here, because it is moisturizing enough (without being heavy or greasy) to be worn without an additional moisturizer, but since it lacks UVA protection, you’ll need to use another product to get broad-spectrum protection (like a moisturizer!). It’s not advertised as broad-spectrum, so I didn’t reduce points, but it’s certainly something I’d love to see in the future.

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