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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Really Get Your Makeup Done in 5 Minutes

The secret to getting your makeup look done and out the door in 5 minutes is to use multi-taskers like ones that are tinted. Since you don’t have to be as precise with tinted versions, time is on your side. Here are some in each category you should cover in order to at least look polished.  

First up is a Tinted Moisturizer or tinted BB Cream. They can be applied with your fingers or a sponge and not only are they usually available in quite a few shades but they give just a hint of tint so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. And some even come with a built-in SPF, so you’re saving a few extra seconds on your routine right there! Here are some I recommend:  

1. PIXI BEAUTY H2O Skintint $24/1.18oz @

2. BEAUTY ADDICTS Mineral SheerTINT $32/1.25oz @

3. MAYBELLINE Dream Pure BB 8-IN-1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector $8.99/1oz @ and <--- this is a good one too if you are prone to acne.

4. TOO FACED Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 $34/1.5oz @ and

Just remember that if you do choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen, make sure you apply some before one of these. 


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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Is This One Really BIGGER Than A BB Cream?

I’ve kinda been expecting someone to come out with the next multi-tasking makeup for the face i.e. the next phase of BB or CC creams and this 'Big Easy' Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector from BENEFIT COSMETICS seems to be it. So what does it do? Well, it’s a multi-multi-tasker – controls oil, balances moisture, fights off free radicals, protects skin from the sun with a broad spectrum SPF 35, is able to self-adjust to match your skin tone, and it washes the dishes… ok kidding about that last one but I really think these products that do so many things are spoiling us beauty lovers in a major way! But I’m not complaining. I just need to keep expectations in order when I’m trying out non-multi-tasking products.


So how does this one stack up? I’m really liking the formula a lot. It comes outta the tube looking like a foundation but it goes on pretty sheer and is buildable. They say it, “melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder … “ and I couldn’t agree more. You know that feeling when you’re wearing foundation? Well this one absolutely doesn’t not fall into that category and I can’t think of the last time I actually didn’t feel when I was wearing it.


This comes in six shades but remember it is self-adjusting, so most should be able to match their tone. I’m not sure why the darkest shade is really not that dark so for right now those with darker tones that will miss out on this one but I’m guessing there is a good reason.

And as much as I love Benefit’s packaging, I really think they need to cut down on the boxes and inserts as it really is a waste of materials for something that just ends up going in the trash.

$38/1.18oz @

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The 3 Best Multitasking Beauty Products of 2013

We’ve all read about the best multi-taskers there are out there when it comes to beauty but most of the lists I’ve seen list products that maybe take care of two or three things, not truly multi. So here are some that really are MULTI!!


1. PUREOLOGY Colour Fanatic ($24/6.7oz @ – where do I start?? This 100% Vegan product protects against heat, environmental damage and color fading, controls frizz and is a great leave-in conditioner, among other things; 21 things specifically.

2. TARTE BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($34/1oz @ – it’s a face primer, so it makes your foundation or tinted moisturizer last longer; it’s tinted so ixnay what I said previously! No extra color needed (comes in 4 shades). This one includes anti-aging ingredients in the formula; has UVA/UVB blocker of SPF 30. No pitiful 15 here, baby, and it’s quite moisturizing.

3. JOSIE MARAN Argan Balm ($42/4.6oz @ – I adore a balm because of their multi-tasking-ness (yes, that’s a new word!). And this one is no exception and it is heavy in the argan oil. Use it on cuticles, to defrizz hair, dry spots on the skin, lips and I even use it on my heels before I go to bed. 

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Another Day, Another BB Cream

Orlane-BB-Cream-SFP25-Anti-As BB Creams continue to be all the rage among others now using the alphabet in their titles, I’m slowly warming up to them, the more I try. One moving to the top of the list is ORLANE BB Crème SPF 25 Anti-Fatigue Absolute Sunscreen ($70/1oz @

I am kind of shallow when testing these. I mean, the main thing I look for is the sun protection and if the tinted color these come in is off or takes forever to adjust/sink in.

Since this one comes in one universal shade, I was skeptical, of course, but this one seems to not only adjust to my tone rather quickly but it really evens out the tone nicely.

Since this is called an Anti-Fatigue product, it also helps protect against the aging process by treating wrinkles and sun spots. An added bonus but then again, this is a BB Crème, so I would expect nothing less. 



Thursday, June 13, 2013

Another BB Cream? This One Means Business!

Kiehls-Skin-Tone-Correcting-&-Beautifying-BB-Cream-SPF-50Now that every beauty line has a BB Cream in theirs, you just have to weed through the masses to pick out the best one for you. Up until now, this one has been it for me, but I think this is the next best one. It’s KIEHL’S BB Cream – Actively Correcting and Beautifying with SPF 50 ($37/1.35oz @ Yup, SPF 50!! Love that as I don’t think you can overload on the sun protection these days.

The formula is incredibly lightweight, buildable, and while they call it a BB, it acts more like a CC. With this one you get the coverage of a BB but also the correction like a CC. Got it?

It seems that tinted moisturizers turn out to be too pinky for my tone from the addition of spf but the one I tried Fair/Medium doesn’t seem to be, phew. And like a lot of Kiehl’s products, this one comes without a lot of things: parabens, fragrance, silicone and mineral oil and is really great for those with sensitive skin as I’ve heard some of these packed-to-the-hilt super creams can be a little irritating. Available in 4 shades.

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Makeup Helper Must Haves

Spring-Basic-Makeup-Must-HavesWhat are your go-to products for highlighting or un-highlighting areas on the face or helping it last throughout the day/night? Here are some I’ve been using and love.

To Make Eyes Pop - PIXI BEAUTY Extra Eye Bright Liner ($17 @ – this super thin waterproof liner is meant to be worn on the water line or inner rim of the bottom lid. The pale white/pink/lavender color really brightens up any eye look.

To Highlight - ESTEE LAUDER Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée in Heatwave ($40 @ -  highlight your cheeks, under the brows and even the décolletage with this new one from their Bronze Goddess Collection. Gorg.

My Go-To BB Cream - TARTE BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($34/1oz @ – sunscreen (check), longevity (check), slight tint (check), nourishing ingredients (check). Available in 4 shades.

Banish Under-eye Circles - ORLANE Highlight Care Brush ($40 @ – I’d put this one up against this cult favorite any day! If you’re going to rock the Spring look, dark circles and rough under eyes won’t cut it. Get your glow on with this one.

Hold On Eye Shadow - SENNA COSMETICS Totally Transforming Eyeshadow Primer ($24 @ – there’s nothing worse than your eye shadow sliding off your lids from the heat, so this season, vow to wear an eye shadow primer every time. This one contains antioxidants and peptides and available in three shades.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This BB Cream Converted Me!

Vichy-ProEVEN-Mineral-BB-Cream-Skin-Perfecting-BEauty-Balm-with-SPF-20I’ve kind of shied away from the bb creams that have been all the rage the last year until this one flew past my desk. It’s VICHY ProEVEN All-in-One Flawless Mineral BB Cream and wow, I’m really impressed. The few that I’ve tried seemed too chalky but I’m glad I gave this one a shot. This is a multi-tasker and you all know how much I love those! It’s like a combo of tinted moisturizer/concealer/anti-ager/SPF 20, all in one. And this one claims to transform your skin’s texture just from using it daily, but we’ll see. I just know what it does for me on a daily basis, which is what I like. Available in Llight and Medium for $32.50/1.35oz @

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