Monday, March 30, 2015

Review -- bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I love playing with makeup, so on an given day, I'm probably wearing more than the average person.

And I'm fine with that.

But when it comes to face products like foundation, concealer, and powder, I do like to wear as little as I need to so my skin get a chance to breathe.

I'd say that light to medium coverage foundation, whether powder, liquid, or cream, is probably the most-used option in my makeup drawer, but I do love a good BB cream for a lighter look -- and when my skin is really behaving, a tinted moisturizer.

But despite the relatively simple concept, a good tinted moisturizer is pretty hard to find -- at least in my experience.

Too often, they offer way too little color so you're almost left wondering if you've applied anything to your face at all.  My favorite up until now has been the Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer, which I find has just the right amount of coverage and hydration.

When I heard that bareMinerals was coming out with their own tinted moisturizer, I knew that I had to give it a try. Their first liquid foundation, Bare Skin, has become a favorite of mine, so I was curious to see what they'd do with a lighter face product.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review -- NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

I've been interested in NARS' Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows -- which are designed for both wet and dry application -- since they came out last year, but I never got around to trying them.

So when I saw the NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette, which contains seven shadows from the permanent line and one new shade, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sample them.

But its $79 price tag was a little steep for my tastes, so it wasn't until I had a Sephora gift card burning a hole in pocket that I decided to bite the bullet.

And boy, am I glad I did -- I seriously love this palette.

Though not really for the reasons why NARS probably intends.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Review -- L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer

I have an entire drawer full of concealers.

Which is certainly more than any one person needs -- I won't argue that.

But I do like having a few different formulas in my arsenal, depending on what my needs might be on a particular day.

For example, I have an everyday under eye concealer that does a pretty good job hiding my usually mild dark circles. However, when I haven't gotten much sleep or my allergies are acting up, my circles can get much, much darker and I need a heavier formula to cover them up.

Most days, I can use one concealer to hide the discolorations on the rest of my face because it's just a little redness that needs covering up.  When I'm nursing a particularly nasty breakout, though, I want a full coverage formula that's not going to move around all day.

And some days when I'm in a rush, I want to skip foundation all together and just use a concealer on the spots that need it so I want a formula that's ideal for that.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review -- ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blushes

In the few months that I've been playing with ColourPop products, I've become a serious fan.

Not only are their Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix super affordable at just $5 a piece, the formulas of both are majorly impressive. I've had such fun playing with my eye shadows and their lipsticks and liners have become my go-to lip products so far in 2015.

(You can check out my full reviews of them here and here.)

So when I heard they were adding blushes to their product line, I just knew I had to try them.

Currently, the Super Shock Cheek Blushes are available in 20 shades -- and they're all so gorgeous that I kind of wanted to order

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review -- Maybelline Eye Studio Color Molten Eyeshadows

Lately, it seems like every time I hit the drugstore, there are intriguing, new products littering the makeup aisle.

So even I manage to make it through one trip for shampoo or toothpaste without buying anything, it's barely a few days before I'm back and giving in.  

I can't help it -- the makeup junkie in me wants to try every product in the world.

Which means even though I hadn't seen much information about Maybelline's new Eye Studio Color Molten Eyeshadows, I couldn't resist picking up a couple when I was in CVS a few weeks back. 

The premise behind these is interesting -- Maybelline describes them as a micro-gel pigment formula that melts with a liquid touch, which basically means they're kind of a powder product that becomes a cream when you touch it.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Product Alert -- bareMinerals Fresh Forward 8-Piece TSV from QVC

By now, it's probably pretty clear I have a problem when it comes to QVC's beauty TSVs.

I just cannot resist them.

Mainly because they're usually such good values and they're usually from brands that I love like Tarte and IT Cosmetics.

So this month, when I saw that the latest offering was from bareMinerals, it didn't take me long to place an order.

The Fresh Foward 8-Piece Collection will be QVC's TSV starting midnight on March 9th, but I ordered early so if you're curious about the kit, here's a rundown of what's included:

  • Original SPF15 Foundation
  • Ready Face Color Palette in The State of Bliss
  • Soft Focus Face Brush
  • Ready Eye Shadow Palette in The Fresh Beginning
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner in Steadfast Slate
  • Eye Defining Brush
  • Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Sorbet Passion
  • Makeup Organizer
You get all 8 pieces for $69.95 plus $3 s/h.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review -- YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation

I have a foundation that I love and always performs reliably for me (MUFE HD Foundation in 110, in case you're interested), but that doesn't stop me from wanting to try just about every foundation on the market, high end and drugstore.

The only time I'm not interested in a foundation is when I know it's a really poor match for my dry skin. Those I usually manage to resist (not all the time, though. Sometimes, I'll try those too for warmer months when my skin tends to be a little oily).

So basically I'm a foundation junkie.

I'm particularly intrigued by luxury brand foundations like Giorgio Armani, Chanel, and YSL because I figure that they must be pretty fabulous if they can get away with charging $60+ for them.

But while I'll throw down $40 on foundation without a thought, I do get a little bit hesitant when they start to get in the $55 and up category.

Which is why I only splurge on luxury brands once in a blue moon.

As I did when I picked up the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation a while back.

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