cosmetics

My Favorite Skincare Brand Ever

Northwest Pearls: Avene Review I've tried a lot of different moisturizers and cleansers. My skin has switched from being severely oily to severely dry. At my current drier-than-the-desert state, I am in love with Avene and I don't anticipate finding anything better for a while.

I use their Clean-Ac Cleanser, Clean-Ac Hydrating Cream, Thermal Spring Water, and their Cold Cream Lip Cream. I use their cleanser and moisturizer twice a day and go between using the spring water multiple times per day to every few days. I've got the largest spring water bottle for home, and the smallest for my purse.

The only thing I wish they'd do was make their Clean-AC Hydrating Cream in a larger container. This is my favorite product by far and I use it twice a day so it'd be great to not have to buy it every two months. I know that sounds lazy, but the brand isn't available at most stores so it can be hard to get without ordering online.

With how much I love the brand I've been wanting to try some of their other products, like their sunscreen. I did get some mini-samples of the sunscreen and found that it didn't layer well with my makeup, but that was the body and face sunscreen, the just face kind may work better with makeup.

Have you tried any of their products?

Makeup Bag

Northwest Pearls: Makeup PouchMy everyday makeup is displayed on a cakestand in my room, but when I travel, I put it all in one of my makeup bags. My best friend gave me this cute Kate Spade pouch for Christmas. It's from The Strand book store in NYC. Makeup from left to right:

I also use tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder and a bareMinerals blush (the color I use is discontinued.)

What makeup do you like to use?

Jimmy Choo Illicit Perfume

Northwest Pearls: Jimmy Choo Illicit Perfume While flipping through Nordstrom's newest catalogue, I came across a Jimmy Choo perfume sample. I opened the paper to smell it.

It was heavenly. The next day I ordered the Jimmy Choo Illicit Trio.

Northwest Pearls: Jimmy Choo Illicit Perfume

I didn't care about the lotion that came in the box, I ordered the trio because it came with a "gift with purchase" of another travel-size Illicit Eau de Parfum spray. Otherwise, I would have just ordered the Jimmy Choo perfume bottle by itself. But it was a better value to order the trio instead of the perfume bottle and two rollerballs. This way I got the bottle, lotion, and two rollerballs. I'm going to put one rollerball in my travel kit, and the other in my purse. I don't anticipate using the lotion too much, I'm not usually a lotion person, I'll use Palmer's Cocoa Butter (it's amazing and smells like chocolate) on my arms and legs, and Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion on my hands.

I love how the perfume smells. It's very floral. I usually wear Vanilla Fields or Elie Saab, but I like to switch it up. Plus both are running a little low so I would have had to buy new perfume soon anyways.

The bottle is art deco and very pretty; it reminded my mom of a city skyline.

Northwest Pearls: Jimmy Choo Illicit Perfume

I can't wait to start wearing this perfume everyday!

What perfume do you like?