T & T: Origins, Clinique and NARS

July 20, 2011 in Beauty

It has been a little while since I have done a T & T (Tried and Tested) post, so my apologies for those of you who have been hanging out for more beauty. These posts feature products that I have bought or been given as gifts, with no correspondence with the company. This ensures that I can express my opinions honestly rather than posting elaborate sales pitches to you all. Here are a few products I’ve fallen for recently:

Origins Plantscription Serum

($97 from Mecca Cosmetica)

What is it? A plant extract based anti-aging serum.

Things that make you go mmmm!

  • The light and smooth consistency. Some serums tend to take a little while to sink into the face and become sticky before they are absorbed, but not this baby. It glides on so easily and doesn’t leave any sticky residue.
  • The smell. There is something about natural skincare that smells so refreshing.
  • The brand itself is very environmentally conscious. As well as using natural and/or organic ingredients in their products, they also use recycled materials and green sources of energy at their manufacturing facilities and continue to donate funds to support environmental projects. Bonus.

Things that make you go hmmm..

  • You probably choked over the price of this stuff (c’mon, you did didn’t you? You can tell me…) but in reality serums do cost more than their moisturiser counterparts. They are more concentrated and you need a lot less product per use to get the job done.

Verdict:   My skin is definitely glowing and has a plumpness to it, particularly when I wake up after it’s been working its magic all night. Although I can’t say that it works any anti-aging miracles as I am only 25, it definitely makes my skin smoother and dewy.

Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup

($50 from Mecca Cosmetica)

What is it? A foundation designed to correct red skin tones with SPF 15.

Things that make you go mmmm!

  • It does what it says it will do. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrated I get with foundations that promise good coverage and don’t deliver. I have mild rosacea (redness) on my face and therefore need a foundation that will neutralise the redness. Tada! This one is it.
  • Doesn’t dry out combination skin. I tend to moisturise and prime before foundation anyway, but this formula doesn’t seem to dry out the skin as others do.

Things that make you go hmmm..

  • It seems like a small bottle, but it seriously goes a long way. You only need a couple of pearl-sized pools of the product to cover your whole face and neck.

Verdict: I am just relieved to find a foundation which gives good coverage over red skin tones and doesn’t require 4 coats to do so. I can wear very little foundation and still feel confident.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage

3rd pic (please excuse the just-washed hair): I’m wearing Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup in Calming Alabaster, NARS powder blush in Orgasm, Benefit Brows a Go Go Kit, MAC Fluidline gel eyeliner in Macroviolet, Benefit BADgal Lash mascara in Black and NARS Matte Lipstick in Carthage.

($54 from Mecca Cosmetica)

What is it? A bright pink matte finish lipstick.

Things that make you go mmmm!

  • The colour. I tried for about 20 minutes to get a good shot of my wearing the colour, but the photos don’t do it justice. It is much brighter in real life. Luckily Temptalia got some great swatches (including the one above in the middle).
  • It’s long lasting. So much so that it almost stains the lips a little (some cleansing oil takes it right off though).

Things that make you go hmmm..

  • If you’re used to using a moisturising lipstick like me, then a matte one will feel strangely drying. I apply a hydrating lip balm before the lipstick to ensure that it goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel dry and flaky after a few hours.
  • It is fairly pricey for a lippie.

Verdict: To be honest, I am head over heels in love with this colour. It automatically adds some spring in my step when I apply it in the morning. The money is worth it if it puts a smile on your face.

What products have you tried and tested that you’ve fallen in love with?