Boscia BB Cream

5 Nov

I got a sample of this BB Cream with an order from Sephora quite a while ago. I finally decided to try it out last week. I was hesitant because it’s supposed to be one of those self-adjusting shades and honestly I’m a little leery of those.

What it is:
An oil-free, skin-perfecting “Blemish Balm” that creates a flawless finish as it moisturizes and nourishes the skin.

What it is formulated to do:
– Oil-free botanical formula to promote skin elasticity and reduce the look of fine lines
– Features SPF 27 sun protection
– Comes in one universal lustrous shade

B.B. Cream is the ultimate multifunctional treatment. The gentle botanical formula creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. It helps to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skintone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals imperfections. The self-adjusting shade warms to complement most skintones for sheer, flawless coverage. Designed to repair damage and protect skin from future damage without irritation, it’s packed with antioxidants and physical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum sun protection rated to SPF 27 and PA++. The PA system is a grade of UVA protection that provides superior defense against the rays that cause collagen damage and photo-aging of the skin.

My first impression – the formula was definitely not what I was expecting. When I first opened the package some liquid came out – like the product had seperated.  I don’ t know if it was because I had the sample for a while or if thats they way it normally is. I had to mix it together in my hands before I could apply it and it felt pretty watery and was hard to mix.  When I put the cream on my face it looked quite dark but it did lighten up a bit. I wouldn’t say it matched my skin tone – it gave me a yellowish cast that made me feel jaundiced.  Based on that sample it isn’t a product I would spend my money on.

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Review

29 Oct

With my last Sephora order I chose a sample of the Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation. Normally I don’t have much luck with foundation samples because I have very pale skin and most of the time they only send one color. This sample included 4 colors and the lightest color was actually a pretty good match for me.

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Smashbox description:

Light Technology completely evens out skin for a totally natural, luminous finish. (Think gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections.)

Created in our studios, this HD formula was developed to keep up with advancing photo technology by giving you flawless coverage that’s undetectable to the naked eye.

•    Works with all undertones
•    Buildable sheer-to-medium coverage
•    Long-wearing
•    Moisturizing
•    Sweat and humidity resistant

The foundation comes in 10 shades. What I liked about it was that it felt light and natural on the skin, looked sheer, but still provided decent coverage.  This would be the perfect weekday makeup for me – when tinted moisturizer doesn’t have enough coverage but a full foundation feels like too much.

It blended VERY well. Normally I apply with a Beauty Blender or use my fingers and blend it out with the blender afterwards. After I applied the Smashbox foundation I didn’t even feel the need to go over it with the blender (but I did out of habit).

Did I mention that it has SPF? Well it does which is a big selling point for me because I am fanatical about wearing sunscreen.

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation can be purchased from the Smashbox website for $42.

I think its worth the investment if a medium/sheer coverage, everyday, natural-looking foundation is what you are looking for.

The Search Is Over! I found my HG lipgloss!

23 Oct

Many, many years ago, I happened to find THE PERFECT COLOR of lipgloss at the drugstore (It was Maybelline Shine Seduction in Spiced Potion). I’m not exaggerating. I recommended it to almost everyone I did makeup for – it flattered pretty much everyone. Unfortunately the product line  was discontinued and I have spent years and many $ searching for a replacement. I can’t even hazard a guess as to how many other lip glosses I have gone through since then (Check out the picture at the top of my blog and imagine a whole bunch more).  They were ether too brown, too pale, too pink, too coral. ..None of them were the perfect peachy pinky MLBB (My lips but better) color that this gloss had been.

Last week I was Goggling lipgloss swatches when I came across the Vapour Organic Beauty site. (This was after I had already ordered 2 Clinique chubby sticks from Sephora!) Of course I had to browse the lipglosses and there were several I thought that might be similar but you can never tell over a computer monitor. The great thing about the site is that they offer a sample kit on their site. For $15 you can try 5 different product samples. (And you also get a coupon for $10 off if you buy a full size product within the next 60 days). I ended up ordering 2 glosses and 3 lipsticks.  When the samples arrived yesterday I tried one of the glosses  immediately and squealed with delight because I found my MLBB shade!

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Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss

About the gloss itself – it smells like makeup rather than scented and flavored like other glosses. That might bother some people but it didn’t bother me.  The gloss has a nice subtle shimmer to it and the color is sheer but still quite visible. The texture is smooth and feels more like an oil (not the best descriptor but can’t think of something better) rather than a sticky gloss.  It has plumping in the name but to be honest I didn’t notice a plumping effect. That being said I already have quite full lips to begin with and plumping had never been a factor in my purchase.

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Flirt Swatch

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Flirt Elixir Plumping Lipgloss

Halloween Makeup

16 Oct

Halloween is almost here – so in the spirit of things I thought I would post links to some Halloween makeup tutorials. (I would do them myself but to be quite honest I just don’t have the time right now.). Here is a round up of some of my favorites:

Walking Dead Zombie Tutorial

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Gothic Vampire (Female)

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Skeleton

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Blue Mermaid 

( I actually did Mermaid Makeup for an underwater photo shoot – unfortunately I don’t have time to do the tutorial- its also quite different if you don’t have to waterproof everything) if you want to add some scales you can take a piece of fishnet stocking and stretch it over your face while stippling another color over top – either a darker blue, silver, or white

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Witch Makeup

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Killer Clown

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Are there any other Halloween Makeup looks you would like to see?

 

 

 

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep with Your Makeup On

10 Jun

Some friends and I were discussing how long it takes us to get ready to go to bed. I was surprised by how many people admitted that they sleep with their makeup on. Just the thought makes me cringe. Even in university when I would stay out until all hours of the night and come home ready to sleep through the next day at a MINIMUM I always washed my face and brushed my teeth.

I know this is a bit of a reversal – normally I’m telling you how to apply makeup but now I’m telling you to take it off! Sure the occasional night of passing out in bed with your makeup on probably won’t do any major damage but you don’t want to make a habit out of it and this is why:

  • First of all – you have sebum in your pores and the job of your sebum is to moisturize and protect your skin while removing dead skin cells and irritants. When you leave your makeup on the makeup can clog your pores so that  your skin can’t exfoliate itself (which leads to dull looking skin) and may cause the sebum to build up under the skin and cause….acne.

Lets say that you sleep with your makeup on and you have been lucky enough to avoid acne  – is it still important to take off your makeup? It sure is!

  • At a MINIMUM you need to take of any eye makeup every night. Not only is leaving mascara on your lashes bad for them (it will make them much more likely to fall out), it increases the risk of transfer into your eye (sometimes from your makeup rubbing on your pillow) which can cause irritation and infection. Not fun.
  • Makeup attracts dirt, grime, grease, bacteria and pollutants (aka free-radicals – heard of those?) and can trap them against the skin. While the damage this does may not be immediately obvious, the free radicals will damage your skin at a cellular level (wrinkles anyone?)
  • Last but not least the makeup will rub off your skin on to your pillow and unless you use a fresh pillowcase every night, you are rubbing your face in all that grime, pollutants etc while you sleep. EW!

So there it is – my lecture on why you need to wash your face every night.  If you aren’t sure what kind of cleanser to use there is a great list here  with lots of inexpensive drugstore products included :

Beautypedia Best Cleansers

Drugstore Dupe

9 May

I had hoped to do my concealer review this week but the pictures didn’t turn out well and I decided I needed to try them all again – so hopefully I’ll have it for you next week.

Instead I’m going to be doing a drugstore dupe post.

A few weeks ago when I was in Sephora I decided I wanted to try a new lip color. Something different from the coral/pinks I tend to gravitate towards. I ended up buying a NARS  Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover.

Yesterday I was at the drugstore looking at the Covergirl  Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm and wondering how similar it was. Curiosity got the better of me and I ended up going home with the Jam color.  Looking at the 2 packages side by side I never would have guessed they would be almost exactly the same color (our drugstore didn’t have testers so I had to guess based on the cap color)…

 

But as you can see it’s almost impossible to tell them apart at first glance.

 

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(Covergirl on the top, Nars on the bottom)

 

So what are the differences? Well first of all NARS is a bit thicker and has a bit more shimmer to it. I would even venture to say it’s closer to a lip stick than a gloss. That being said, once they are on your lips it’s VERY hard to tell the difference between the 2 products.  The Cover Girl Gloss Balm is a bit larger and the pencil shaft is made of plastic (I think the NARS is wood).It has a silver bit at the bottom that you can twist to move the gloss up when it starts to get low. To be honest I don’t know if there is a way to get the NARS gloss up – if there is I haven’t found it yet. I suspect you have to use a sharpener (I dislike sharpeners – they have mangled my pencils more than once).

The one drawback with the Covergirl gloss stick was that there was no tester – but that could have just been at our local store. All things considered I would choose the Cover Girl over the NARS because it is a very comparable product at a cheaper price point.

What is all the Fuss About BB Creams?

11 Mar

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you have undoubtedly heard the term BB cream and have seen them springing up in stores everywhere. What exactly is BB Cream?

Originally developed in Germany and named Blemish Balm, these creams became extremely popular products in Asia. As their popularity soared in Asia ( where there name was changed to Beauty Balm) it wasn’t long before the US market picked up on the trend and voila – we have BB cream.
According to Paula Begoun “BB creams are not must-have products. Essentially, the BB creams (Beauty Balms) sold in Western countries are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. In contrast, many of the BB creams sold in Asia have thicker textures and higher levels of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for sun protection, and are intended to leave a white cast on the skin. They also are often formulated with antioxidants and skin-lightening ingredients because the marketing for these products in Asia is mostly about lightening the skin.”
Basically BB creams (and their counterparts tinted moisturizers) provide sun protection, moisture and sheer coverage.  They generally contain:
  • zinc oxide or titanium dioxide
  • anti-aging ingredients
  • moisturizers
  • Ingredients that help even out skin tone
  • Light reflecting particles to give the skin a glow
  • Silicone based ingredients to smooth out the skin and act like a primer

Some BB creams have a thicker, creamier texture; some offer a bit more coverage than standard tinted moisturizers.  Finding a BB cream that will match your skin can be difficult as many of the cremes only come in 3 shades (or less).  

The best reason to consider a BB cream is if you want more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not as much coverage as your regular foundation. Honestly – for the price I’m just not sure it’s worth it. Most BB creams are double the price of tinted moisturizers or foundations.
The first BB cream that I tried was the Smashbox BB Cream. I used to buy the Smashbox tinted moisturizer and they replaced it with the BB cream. I was a little thrown by the price but decided to give it a try. I didn’t think it was amazing and the tube didn’t last me long at all. Factoring in the price I decided I wouldn’t repurchase it.
When I ran out I decided to see what other BB creams were out there.I only have the local drugstore in town to make purchases so I decided to try the Garnier BB cream. It had good reviews so I figured why not. Well – the reason not is that it only came in 3 colors and the lightest color was too dark and too orange for my skin. I also found the scent wayyyy too overpowering.
The next time I was at a Sephora they were featuring BB creams and I tried a whole assortment but I really didn’t think any of them were good enough to justify the exorbitant price. Finally the salesperson showed me the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (nope not BB Cream). It was a little bit more than I wanted to spend but when I put it on it felt fantastic (very smooth) and the color was an excellent match for my skin (It comes in 11 colors). It provided good coverage without feeling thick (I still cover my red spots with concealer but that’s it) and I’ve been using it for a month now and still have quite a bit left. A little goes a long way.
Overall its up to you, but I personally won’t waste any more money overpriced, over-hyped BB creams. I’ll stick to my tinted moisturizer thank-you-very-much.