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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Is This One Really BIGGER Than A BB Cream?

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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.

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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.

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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 @ benefitcosmetics.com and sephora.com

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

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Shu Uemura Makes Skin Glow Under Any Light

Next to mascara, I’d have to say foundation is my second favorite product to try out, so when I was asked to try out SHU UEMURA The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation and Lightbulb Sponge, I jumped at the chance. While there are so many different foundations to choose from out there each touting to help this or that, this one focuses on a few key traits: natural porcelain glow, high coverage, and long lasting moisture and comfort. Comfort? I don’t usually think of that word when it comes to foundation but I guess I’m glad they did!

So how does this differentiate itself from all the others? Using this foundation, the sponge and application process will help your skin look the best in can in any kind of light – sunshine, fluorescent yellow light, bar light etc. Now do you get the name? Clever, huh? 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

*NEW* Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation

There’s a lot of buzz over this next new products from SMASHBOX. It’s their Liquid Halo HD Foundation ($42/1oz @ sephora.com) and it uses light technology to give a luminous and flawless finish. How this works is that the formula contains microscopic, gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections. So kind of like the technology we have heard of that tons of foundations contain these days, but I think this is the next level of this kind of invention.

It’s for High Definition, which doesn’t mean much to me as I’m not in front of a camera, but this sheer-to-medium buildable coverage seems to even out the skin tone beautifully and really doesn’t look like I’m wearing any foundation (I tried shade #4). I should state that I’m not one of those that has a problem with looking like I’m wearing foundation by going to sheer but even if I’m going for more coverage, it really doesn’t look heavy or foundation-y. Available in 9 shades.

Is this one you will be checking out? Do tell in the comments!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

*New Review* Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect

Dolce-&-Gabbana-The-Foundation-Perfect-Luminous-Liquid-FoundationHow hard is it to find a good foundation? I mean, what do you look for in a foundation and do you try a lot of them out or have one you use just at night vs day? I tend to nest with mine and only fluctuate between maybe one or two liquids and one kind of mineral powder.

Out this month from DOLCE & GABBANA is The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation and Perfect Matte Concealer. Long gone are the days you have to worry about shiny skin from a foundation! Remember those days? The foundation is a soft matte that contains their own Matte Adapt Complex that self-corrects signs of imperfection with illuminating particles of light-reflecting mica. A thinking foundation?? While this technology is not new, I found that this one gave me light coverage and really didn’t look like I was wearing anything on my face; it just evened out my tone, which I think we are all always looking for with foundation. Available in 15 shades.

The Perfect Matte Concealer also contains the complex and is available in 6 shades. $59/1oz @ sephora.com.

Will you be adjusting your summer makeup?

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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A More Tinted Tint from Votre Vu

Votre-Vu-Love-Me-Deux-I admit that I like a little more coverage than the average tinted face moisturizer offers and I think I found it with VOTRE VU’s Love Me Deux Nourishing Moisture Tint & Concealer, from the French Accents line. The packaging is reminiscent of this one, which is muy convenient for toting it around. I mean, how many of us actually carry a concealer with us at all times? Lipstick? Yes. Face Powder? Yes. But concealer? Mmmm, not really, so when you’re giving your face the once over with the powder, dab a little concealer that’s in the cap, under your eyes for an instant perk-me-up. And the Tint has some great ingredients in it like jojoba oils, aloe vera, and honeysuckle extract as well as vitamin E and pure minerals and botanicals in the Concealer. Available in 6 shade duos for $43/25ml Tint, 1ml Concealer @ votrevu.com.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Cover FX Gets Pressed with Their Mineral Foundation

Cover-FX-Pressed-Mineral-FoundationNew from the COVER FX line is their Pressed Mineral Foundation and this is only the second press mineral foundation I have ever tried, so I guess it’s hard to make a mineral foundation powder in a press form … or am I reading too much into this?!

Anyway, I just love the coverage I get from mineral foundations and a pressed formula is much more convenient to tote around than the loose version.

And is it shallow to be in love with the application sponge? Love when a company splurges in this department!

This pressed one is a medium to full coverage and is available in 24 different shades and you can find your perfect match just by knowing what your undertones are (google it) and then use that info to find your shade: P = Pink, N = Neutral and G = Golden. I think that if there is any part of beauty that is confusing, it’s the whole, “What are your undertones?” part but once you have that down, the rest is pretty easy. $35 @ sephora.com and coverfx.com.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bare Escentuals Takes A Stab at Solid Mineral Foundation

I wonder what the BARE ESCENTUALS stats are like when it comes to their signature foundation. Like 1 in 10 women wear bareMinerals Foundation. I’m sure they have done studies but now they’ve upped the anti with their new READY SPF 20 Foundation. It’s their first foray into a solid mineral foundation and I’m liking it so far. And obviously this one is sooo much easier to tote around in your purse!

The powder contains a SeaNutritive Mineral Complex, which is made up of major antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E as well as rose hip see oil. It also has a unique time-released hydration system so it won’t settle into lines and creases like some foundations can, and extra moisture is good for the skin, right?

Bare-Escentuals-bareMinerals-READY-SPF-20-Foundation-and-brushesAvailable in 20 shades for $29/14grams.

And I love, love, love (as they say on QVC) their Precision Face Brush ($28). It’s a dense brush head and comprised of synthetic bristles. I’m not sure if it’s the flat head or the width of it but it’s just perfect with this foundation. And it also comes in a travel-friendly version called the Retractable Precision Face Brush ($22).So get your travel on!

All @ bareescentuals.com.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Latest In Airbrush Makeup - Belloccio

I’ve tried a few of the lines and I really believe we’ve reached the next level when it comes to airbrush makeup and it’s called BELLOCCIO. Their system contains anti-aging moisturizers like Hyaluronic Acid and aloe (this was just a matter of time though, right?). Airbrush makeup has definitely taken off and it’s not just for the professional person as I know a few people who use it as their everyday makeup. As far as the technique goes, the only challenge is finding your perfect shade, which for the average person can be just that, a challenge. With Belloccio, they try to make it less daunting by having you choose your color palette on their site. The shade families are: Fair, Medium Tan and Dark. Not too difficult. Each color set will include 4 shades (also a bottle of white and black) that fall into that color family – cool, neutral, warm, again, whichever fall into that tone family. Try one of the shades and you may find that you have to add 3 drops of one and then 1 drop of a darker one to get your exact shade. Yes, it will take some time to get the right color but that’s kind of the fun of this kind of makeup. Because once you know your mixture, you can up or down it a little depending on the time of year.

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Items start at $49.99 and go up from there depending on if you get colors in addition to the foundations. I recommend the Starter Kit, which includes the compressor, airbrush w/hose, foundation set, blush trio pack, bronzer, their Anti-Aging Moisturizing Primer to help it last for hours, a tanning solution, a 4oz bottle of airbrush cleaner, instructional brochure and DVD, all for $179.99. Read more about the line @ belloccio.com.

And if you are still afraid of trying it out, I recommend checking out their YouTube channel here. Sometimes a nice visual is all you need, right?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Makeup

Benefit-Cosmetics-Hello-Flawless-Oxygen-Wow-SPF-25-Brightening-MakeupDo you change your foundation from season to season or is it rather week to week? Like fragrances, I fall into the latter category. But the latest liquid I’ve been rocking is BENEFIT COSMETICSnew Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow SPF 25 Brightening Makeup. This is their foray into the foundation category and I have to say their timing is right on. What I partially mean by this is that it sucks when a brand comes out with a product, just to have it in the line. I really feel like they did their due in creating this one.

It’s described as a lightweight and brightening formula that’s oil-free and has a SPF 25 PA+++ and comes in nine different shades. They have somehow incorporated oxygen into it, as the name states, to help plump up the skin and hydrate it. Did I notice this? Not really to my naked eye.

If you are in the market for a medium coverage foundation, this would be a good one to give a whirl. And I like that it comes in a keep-the-foundation-bacteria-free pump bottle and a little goes a long way. $34/1oz @ benefitcosmetics.com.

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

Friday, March 30, 2012

Exploring Minerals with Mineral Hygenics

So how do you feel about mineral makeup? There are quite a few lines that have come out over the years and I’ve explored some of them here and even though it’s an old story at this point, I’m still intrigued by lines I come across, especially by this one here, MINERAL HYGENICS.

I really like their website and how clear they are about the ingredients inside their makeup. I mean, it is(it) all about what’s inside and what’s not(it) inside the powders. And you really need to get to know your mineral makeup, especially if you have sensitive skin because some ingredients have been known to be irritating. If you are a sensitive type, you may have some luck with this Mineral Hygenics line of foundation powders as each contains just 4 ingredients: mica, iron oxides, zinc oxides and titanium dioxide. That’s it and they break down other mineral makeup lines as well so you can see side-by-side what contains what.

Mineral-Hygenics-Mineral-MakeupSo this MH has sun protection (zinc oxides and titanium dioxide), is water resistant and lasts quite a long time on the skin.

They have some nicely priced sets to choose from as well as blushes, eye shadows and lipsticks but as usual, I tend to judge a mineral line by its powder foundations first and then the rest and I’m giving this line a thumbs up. Starter kits startat $29.99 @ mineralhygenics.com

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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