Sep 082013

Where did the weekend go?  Where did August go? Before too much time goes by, I wanted to post about a few things that have been collecting on my desk. New York Fashion Week is moving through social media–I’m enjoying every minute that I can devote to it.

fashion week

So here are a few things going in my little corner of the world.

1. Congratulations to Michelle Phan for creating Em Cosmetics. It’s so wonderful to see her rise from blogger to creator.

EM Michelle Phan1

Cafe Makeup was sent an EM Cosmetics Life Palette.  This includes four separate coordinated color stories–a huge variety of color in packaging that’s roughly the size of an iPad.  This looks like it was fun to put together. I haven’t given this a proper test, so I can’t give a fully informed opinion about the quality. I do want to applaud Michelle’s success.

EM Michelle Phan4a

2.  I’m a big believer that beauty starts inside. Toward that end, I’ve given Jarrow Biotin a 4-week trial to see whether this would have an effect on my hair and nails. Each pill includes 5000 micrograms, and I took the recommended 1x/day for the past month.

Jarrow Biotin1

My results were mixed. Although my nails and brows seem to be doing really well beginning at about the 3 week mark, my skin has gotten much oilier and I’m starting to get some acne. Although studies disclaim any relation between biotin and breakouts, I’m going to cease using it at least for now.

3. Finally, I was able to score a sample of Smashbox Liquid Halo foundation ($42). Because I was working through a sample, I’m not going to do a full review.

smashbox liquid halo

I was sort of attracted to the concept of a glowy foundation. According to Smashbox, this is “the first-ever foundation with 100% Liquid Light Technology completely evens out skin for a totally natural, luminous finish. (Think gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections.)”  It also claims to be long-wearing and moisturizing.

Perhaps because of my oilier-than-usual skin (see my biotin review, above), this foundation didn’t work for my skin. I got a lot of breakthrough glow so I didn’t have good adherence all day. I found that the glowy look emphasized my pores, and it didn’t flatter the texture of my skin.  However, Allura Beauty loved this foundation, so my opinions should be taken with a grain of salt.

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  5 Responses to “This and That….”

  1. This is interesting that Biotin effected your skin. I usually don’t get capsules regularly, not even vitamins which are very contraversary among doctors if it is good or not.

  2. I can totally understand how the Liquid Halo foundation wouldn’t work well for oily skin. It’s probably best suited for dry skin like I have at the moment. I’ll have to test it when my skin goes back to being combination.

  3. I’ve been taking biotin (a different brand) for a few months, but a much smaller dose. I’d read that if you start at a too-high dose you can get cystic acne. I really wanted to avoid that so I started with 1000mcg and took them every other day for 2 weeks, then took 1 every day for 2 weeks, and now I’m up to 2 per day. No breakouts or any other side effects. My nails and my hair are growing faster.

  4. I’ve been taking biotin supplements for three months now and have noticed a definite improvement in my nails. Unfortunately, at my age, nails are one of the things that become problematic–ridges, drying out, splitting, thinning, discoloring, it’s not pretty! I never had any problems with my nails until I hit my sixties and then it was downhill from there. Since taking biotin; however, they’ve regained some flexibility, they aren’t so brittle and they rarely split. I’ve also noticed that as the old nail is growing out, the new nail coming in has a healthier color. In short, biotin has made an appreciable difference for me. As for your skin becoming oily, I should be so lucky! LOL My bone dry skin is still bone dry. I wonder if the increased oiliness you began to experience was due to hormonal fluctuations unrelated to biotin.

    I’ve been pretty busy lately and haven’t seen many of the fashion shows, but since they’re online, I’ll make some time to take a look. So far, the breakout star has been Harper Beckham. What a cutie!

  5. I suffered from the same effects as you from the Biotin – great nails, oily skin and cystic acne. That wad 2 years ago, and i miss those long nails! I am interested to see if what Jill mentioned above works, I am going to look for the lowest dose possible.

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