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.

Sydney Grace Eyeshadow

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This is a new brand for me. I’ve heard some good things about the quality of the eye shadows, specifically, the consistent quality. Great quality at such a low cost is rare. The company offers a range of finishes and types from matte, shimmer, pressed and loose pigments, loose glitter and cream eye shadows. There are also some palettes available. I love that the price per pan shadow is $5 or $6 depending on the finish.

The mattes blend very well. I always wear a primer on my lids because they are naturally oily. I experienced minor creasing at the end of the day using the pressed pigments. I didn’t have this issue with the shimmer shades. (To be honest, I’ve noticed this lately with a number of brands, so it may be a personal problem.) The matte shades are more loosely packed as compared to a Mac shadow, but not as bad as an Anastasia shadow. The shimmers and pressed pigments are very pigmented and I experienced little to no fallout. Unless you’re buying a pre-made palette, you’ll need your own empty palette to store these as they are sold by the pan.

There are some shades listed here as discontinued. However, the site lists some as “discontinuing” and may be still available for purchase until the shade sells out. One thing that annoys me is that this brand isn’t great at keeping a full stock of their shades. On several occasions, several shades I wanted were unavailable. Swatches of the shadows I’ve picked up over the past several months is are below. Individual pictures of the pans is at the end of the post.

These shades can be purchased at sydneygraceco.com.

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  1. The Greatest Gift (pressed pigment) is described as a light pink with a green shift.
  2. Dive (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green with a strong gold shift.
  3. Lucky Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a peach with a gold undertone.
  4. Somber (shimmer) is described as a medium brown with a strong gray/silver undertone.
  5. Golden Strawberry (shimmer) is described as a medium pink with brown undertone and a slight sheen.
  6. Redeemer (shimmer) is described as a medium purple with a strong blue and lavender shift.
  7. Golden Peach (pressed pigment) is described as a deep peach with golden shift.
  8. Rover (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe with a mauve undertone.
  9. Indiana Love (matte) is described as a deep blue.
  10. Underworld (shimmer) is described as a red brown with sparkle.
  11. Caramel Apple (matte, discontinued) is described as a deep red brown.
  12. Chocolate Raspberry Fudge (matte) is described as a chocolate brown with red undertones.
  13. Hot Chocolate (matte) is described as a medium deep chocolate brown.
  14. General (matte) is described as a deep army green that leans brown.
  15. Tiara (pressed pigment) is described as a taupe.
  16. Defiance (pressed pigment) is described as a deep brown with a strong green undertone.
  17. Tattle Tale (pressed pigment) is described as a burgundy with blue sparkle. If the shade is applied wet, it will leave a strong blue overlay on top of the shadow.
  18. Promenade (pressed pigment) is described as a blue green shade.
  19. Laura’s Memory (pressed pigment) is described as a copper with an orange undertone.
  20. Slayed (pressed pigment) is described as a steel blue.
  21. Deep Waters (shimmer) is described as a deep navy blue with a satin finish; however, it seems matte to me.
  22. Redeemed (matte) is described as a medium deep plum matte.
  23. Eastern Rise (matte) is described as a medium deep matte with a slight purple undertone.

 

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