With Marky home for just a couple of more weeks, I’ve been shopping a bit more than usual. More so for her as I like to stock her up(and maybe spoil her) as much as I can before she heads back to California. If we can get something here that she uses or needs, it’s by all means better for my wallet because of the lousy exchange rate. But of course, a few things slip into my shopping basket that are for ME hahaha!

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Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502 Lines and Last Night($57)

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Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502 Lines and Last Night

Man, I love this New Marc Jacobs Air Blush! I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it. The colour is a perfect peachy pink and the texture is sublime. It’s a powder that just melts into the skin and blends so easily and perfectly onto cheeks. There’s just the right amount of glow and it lasts all day. I’d love to get another, but seriously this is HUGE and how many more blushes does this blush fiend need? Don’t answer that question  😛

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RMS Unpowder, Clinique Chubby In The Nude, MAC Velvetease, Marc Jacobs Air Blush

The RMS Unpowder is something I’ve been using a lot this summer. This is the tinted version in 01, but it’s the same powder as the untinted one. It’s so fine and virtually invisible on the skin, but boy does it ever minimize pores and does a great job at setting foundation and keeping my t-zone shine free. Plus I love that it’s talc free, silicone free, perfume free and paraben free.

Clinique Chubby In The Nude($29) was a why not I’ll try it kind of purchase, and I actually really like it a lot. This is the lightest shade 02 Abundant Alabaster which isn’t very alabaster at all. If you are paler than me which at the moment I am NC20 in MAC talk, then unfortunately you won’t find a shade to match. It’s creamy, blends easily with fingers and looks natural on the skin. It’s not full coverage, but is buildable to medium coverage I’d say. And that’s why I like it because it’s NOT full coverage like most foundation sticks. Like have you swatched that new Hourglass one? HOOWEE loads of mask-like pigment baby! Not for me at all! I like using this Chubby Stick to just even out my skin tone a bit and cover up redness, and it does that perfectly for me. I do like setting it with a bit of the RMS Unpowder though, and it lasts for the day. Fast and easy!

MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil in the shade Anything Goes is AMAZING. If you can still find this in stores then grab it. Matte, comfy, so easy to apply, lasts FOREVER without drying my lips-I’ve ordered a back up already. It’s the perfect pinky red shade!

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Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502, Clinique Chubby In The Nude Abundant Alabaster, RMS Unpowder, MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil Anything Goes

See how the Marc Jacobs Air Blush just blends into the skin seamlessly? You have to try one.

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Wearing Marc Jacobs Air Blush #502, Clinique Chubby In The Nude Abundant Alabaster, MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil Anything Goes

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector Light Bisque 2
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This is a great dark circle corrector that’s creamy, which is perfect for my aging eyes.

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Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector Light Bisque 2

You don’t need a lot, so be careful when you dab it on because the doe foot pulls a LOT of product out. And I am NOT one of those crazies that puts a ton of concealer under my eyes. Personally, I just use two dots just on my darkness, and then blend with either my fingers or the tiny tip of my beauty blender and that’s it. The peachy shade does a great job at brightening up my eyes which lately I need as for some reason I haven’t been sleeping all that well.

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I repurchased the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist($58). What can I say, I like it. A lot! I love using this especially when I shower in the evening but it’s still too early to put my nighttime skincare on. I spray this on my face and it soothes my dry skin just enough that I don’t feel the need to put any serums or creams on until I go to bed a couple of hours later. It works for me.

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The Hylamide C25 Stabilized Vitamin C Booster($38) is a staple in my skincare routine, and now in Marky’s as well as she loves it and stole mine. It’s a great, affordable Vitamin C serum that works pretty well at lightening up spots and acne marks. This is a new bottle for me, plus I got another for Marky to take with her to college.

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And lastly, the Murad Clarifying Wipes($22) I repurchased to take with me on The College Road Trip #2. Yeah, we are driving Marky back to California. Again haha. You see, she’s moving into a new apartment September 1 and we are helping her AGAIN. But we’re also suckers for road trips and loved the last college road trip, so it was a unanimous decision to do it again. Although, we are going a different route this time on the way there, so that’ll be fun. I think. Is Utah fun? You tell me LOL! Anyways, I like having these wipes in my backpack to refresh my face in hot sweaty weather. Terry likes them too and will use one when I offer him one, so that’s something. And I find wiping my face when it’s hot and sweaty really makes a difference in breakouts appearing. Plus, it’s a good way to make sure you reapply sunscreen again!

What are some of your recent shopping loves? Or Repurchases? And have you any ideas about things to do and see in Salt Lake City? 

Yeah, I know I said I was probably gonna start posting less… 😛 But I have some catch-up on a few things I need to get out of the way. And I’ve been sitting around the house resting from the last week in California. My legs are my main MS problem, and they get exhausted after a California trip. It takes a few days for them to feel better again. So, I’ve been blogging because that’s what I do. 😀

Did you know that you can order Murad Skincare online in Canada? I didn’t! Muradcanada.com is open for business and they have pretty cool deals. This weekend they have free shipping with the code LDAY. They also have an Auto-ship feature, where you can pick your fave skincare products and schedule them to be shipped to you as often as you like. Doing that will save you 25% off prices which is great. And for your first order you can get $20 off a $100 order when you enter in your email.

Last month I was sent some skincare samples from Murad to review. I haven’t really tried much from the line before, so I thought why not? I know a lot of people really trust and love the brand.

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Murad Skincare Samples

And they were ok? I mean they were samples, so I can’t really say if they changed my skin or anything as it wasn’t a long enough time to see any real results. But these two sample products Murad sent were my faves and I think they’re worth trying if you’re looking for some new skincare.

Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30 and Murad Age-Balancing Night Cream

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Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30, Murad Age Balancing Night Cream

Murad Essential C Day Moisture SPF 30($69) is an antioxidant-rich sunscreen with SPF30, plus it helps maintain your skin’s moisture barrier. It’s a solid moisturizer with sunscreen that doesn’t break me out and that’s a good thing! It’s a little expensive though, but if you love a good moisturizer with sunscreen, then this is worth looking into. What I’d recommend is getting this Environmental Shield Travel Set($50) that includes the Essential-C Cleanser, the Advanced Active Radiance Serum, and this Essential-C Moisture SPF 30 so you can try the Vitamin C line from Murad.

Murad Age Balancing Night Cream($85) was the other product that I liked. It’s really hydrating, with essential fatty acids and Shea Butter. It also contains Retinol to help with wrinkles and to help control occasional breakouts without drying out your skin. My skin isn’t a fan of most retinol products(too irritating) but I liked this one a lot, and will probably purchase this full sized one in the future. Again, it’s a little expensive too though. But then again, it seems like a lot of skincare is getting really expensive these days, right?

While I was in California last week, my skin did not like the extreme heat we experienced. It was 106F and we were sweating a lot with all the work we had to do in putting Marky’s bedroom together. WHY does Ikea furniture have to be so damn heavy???!! I ended up breaking out on my chin and even got a couple of spots on my neck. I haven’t broken out that badly in over a year now, and come to think of it the last time that happened was on the way back from the College Road Trip. And since I don’t usually break out-especially lately-I didn’t bring anything to deal with a major breakout. After some investigating, I decided on trying these two Murad products:

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Murad Clarifying Wipes, Murad Clarifying Mask

At first I actually bought a mask by Dr. Dennis Gross, but that did nothing for me so I exchanged it for the Murad Clarifying Mask($38). It has Kaolin and Bentonite to purify and deep-clean pores by drawing out and absorbing impurities. The Sulfur reduces breakouts, and Zinc and Licorice Extract comfort and calm irritated skin. The instructions say to leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash off, but I think it works amazingly well as an overnight spot treatment. It really does help breakouts look better overnight! It healed my chin in about 2 days without overly drying out my skin. From now on I’m taking this with me on every trip.

The Murad Clarifying Wipes($20) were awesome at cleaning my face periodically in the hot weather. I’d use them to wipe my face of any pore-clogging dirt, sweat and sunscreen. They are gentle and really refreshing too, especially when you’re hot and sweaty. Love them! I kept them in my purse during Disneyland days, and even Terry used them too and liked them. I’m going to put them in my gym bag now, and use them right after Zumba. Good stuff Murad!

What is your sure-fire acne breakout fighter? I don’t usually breakout anymore, especially since I’m getting older. But it seems that every time I go to California I experience some acne. I’m pretty sure it’s because of the heat. See? I told you I’m made for colder, Canadian weather hahaha!