Terra Firma Cosmetics Micropolish Resurfacing Facial Exfoliate

Terra Firma Cosmetics Micropolish is a fine powder that can be mixed with a small amount of water or a cleanser to exfoliate the skin. I purchased my first bottle years ago, used it a few times, but didn’t care for it. At the time, my skin wasn’t clear and I didn’t like using this on acne. The product becomes milky when mixed with a little bit of water, but there are still tiny granules to rub against the skin to remove dead skin cells.

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Terra Firma describes this product as a facial exfoliate that is activated when it comes into contact with water. A unique blend of microdermabrasion and natural particles, combined with fruit acids and red wine vinegar, act to gently remove dead skin build up, accelerate cell renewal, and balance the ph of your skin. Gentle enough to be used daily by even the most sensitive of skin.

I know the importance of exfoliating and had typically depended on chemical exfoliation and my Konjac sponge. I still use them, but I wanted to do more. So, I started using this product again in early spring 2018. I loved it. I used it in the morning at least three days a week, skipping a day in between. It made my skin feel incredibly soft and smooth and helped fade my old acne spots faster. I loved it so much, I finished my first bottle. The original bottle I purchased years ago was glass. I’m not sure when Terra Firma switched over to the plastic bottle pictured here. This product would’ve made my GoodBuy 2018 list, but the powder in the new bottle isn’t as fine as the old one I had. It’s unfortunate, but the product isn’t unusable. It may be due to one ingredient that is causing the problem. Every time I use it, there is always one or two particles that are too large for a facial exfoliator. I have to pick it off and continue with my routine. It’s annoying. I inquired with the company if the formula had changed. They claim it had not, but perhaps some particles from another product got mixed in accidently. I can’t confirm if the ingredients changed because the label on my old bottle had rubbed off. If I can’t find a suitable replacement, I’ll probably repurchase because I love how this makes my skin feel. I just hope the next bottle is better. This product can be purchased on TerraFirmaCosmetics.com and retails for $21.99.

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Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stellar

 

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One of my favorite eyeshadows in my collection are the Armani Eyes to Kill hybrid shadows. They were first released about five or six years ago. There was a cool range of shades from blackened teal and blackened bronze to a fabulously rich deep gold to an icy silvery mauve pink. All gorgeous and very pigmented. A few months ago, to my dismay, I learned they were discontinued. When I saw they were replaced with these, I thought I give them a try. I’m not impressed. The original Eyes to Kill had intricate complexity, but there was some fall out during application. Armani updated that formula and made it creamier, but the complexity remained. These are basic flat colors with shimmer. Armani’s description of the product is somewhat accurate. It is a gel texture with a bouncy feel and it is shimmery. However, I don’t find it “ultra-pigmented” that is buildable as Armani states. If you scoop product out, you’ll get decent pigmentation, but that is silly. Using a brush or a finger will yield sheer coverage that is not that buildable on my skin tone. This product is okay for layering, which is how I’ve been using it. There is no fallout given the gel-like consistency, which is good given the level of shimmer. I certainly miss the old Eyes to Kill. The packaging is similar to the old glass pots. What Armani improved on was color coordinating the color with the back label. These are available where Armani products are sold and retails for $35.

  1. Eclipse (#3) is a smoky, blackened olive.
  2. Stardust (#4) is a golden bronze.
  3. Halo (#2) is a light taupe.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Medium Deep

My shade range is close to Mac’s NC45. I’ve tried multiple powders claiming to be translucent and none of them are true. They all leave me looking ashy. I’ve tried “translucent” setting powders and oil control translucent primers from IT Cosmetics to Tarte, Fyrinnae and Meow Cosmetics to no avail. To set my undereye concealer, I had been mixing my loose powder foundation with one of my translucent powders, but I found it too heavy. When I saw this product on Sephora’s website I was very excited.  Unfortunately, the powder is too dark for my undereye area. The center of my face is a bit lighter than NC45. I’ve resorted to mixing this product with the powders in my translucent graveyard. This has been working well, but hopefully more color options will be available after I finish this jar. What’s great is you get a lot of product, but it isn’t cheap (29g for $39). If you think this will work for you, take full advantage of a Sephora sale.