Monday, August 21, 2017

NIA Fully Charged Serum/Moisturizer & Fake Awake Triple Action Eye Gel

StriVectin/ NIA  has some new skincare I've been checking out . The formulas use the brand's patented NIA -114 technology, which they say " strengthens the delicate moisture barrier, this potent formula amplifies the key ingredients for maximum performance while fortifying the skin and defending against future visible damage" .  

NIA Fully Charged™ Serum X Moisturizer is a combo serum and moisturizer. I like that. I am a serum fan  and like to use them alone , not layer products as that can  be too much moisture for my skin.  Fully Charged is lightweight but very hydrating.  More than I expected from a serum, making this easily an all in one , nice for busy mornings where it gives you a little  glow and smoothing . It does need some time to sink in, so let it set before makeup.

Ingredients include Hyaluronic-Amino Complex, which provides the hydration  Dragon Fruit extract  which helps with brightening , Wild Indigo extract  to fight dullness and plankton and lecithin for skin health.  Glycolic and Lactic acid are a little further down the ingredient list and add some smoothing . 

NIA Fake Awake™ Triple-Action Eye Gel is  a soothing gel cream that glides on and adds a little brightening thanks to barely there light reflecting optics that wake your eyes up. There's no major shimmer or shine, but just a boost.  Late nights need this.  It also packs anti- aging ingredients to fight lines, smooth  and depuff.  It has a cermaioc tip applicator which is cool to the touch that you can use  to apply, but I still use my fingers.  I really like this . In the morning espeically it's just enough to soothe the eye area, but not too heavy for quick makeup application over it. Hyaluronic acid provides moisture while caffeine helps with puffiness.   

NIA Fully Charged Serum Moisturizer is $ 39 
NIA Fake Awake Triple Action Eye Gel is $36

Both are available at Ulta

Friday, August 18, 2017

Shiseido Hello From Tokyo Skincare Bonus Gift

Through Aug, 27th Shiseido has a great bonus gift going on.  With a $ 75 purchase you get this super cute tote filled with a sample set of your choice. 

I chose the Boost Radiance set, since I am all about brightening. You can also pick from Clear Skin, Tighten and Firm , Fight Lines and Fight Dark Spots. Pretty much all Shiseido skincare I've ever tried has delivered so all the sets should bring some great products to try and every one includes an Ultimune Concentrate mini. 

So what to buy ? Here are three of my top picks  including suncare and a lipstick, because  a new lipstick is always good.

Rouge Rouge Lipstick is one of my favorite lipstick formulas. Semi matte  and creamy so it has no shine but isn't flat or dry . It feels good on lips , has full coverage with many shades that are easy to wear, every day colors that you can count on to look good. I'm partial to Sweet Desire  and now there are new shade additions including Desert Quartz , a  pinkened beige nude.  The lacquer look magnetic close case is a luxe touch.  $ 28

Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 34 - I  don't have to tell you it's not easy to find eye cream with built in SPF. I probably also don't have to tell you that Shiseido's suncare is that good  .  Sun Protection Eye Cream has both chemical and physical SPF 34. It's hydrating and lightweight, perfect to wind up the hottest Summer days and remember snow reflects a lot of sun too.  $ 32.50

Wetforce Sports BB SPF 50+ -  I mentioned above about how well Shiseido does suncare.  This BB is so good. Not only do you get high SPF but it has really good medium, smoothing coverage with a dewy finish that lasts. It holds up to water and sweat, activating their Wetforce technology to hold on even better when wet. I use this when I'm in the pool and it works.   $38

Ready to shop ? Head over to now.  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rimmel Insta Conceal & Contour/ Insta Conceal & Correct Palettes

Rimmel makes so many great products at super price. Now you can contour, highlight and color correct with two new palettes.

Insta Conceal & Contour comes in three shade combos ( light , medium and dark)  with three choices in each pan for all your color needs.

Insta Conceal & Correct has three color correcting shades to brighten, reduce redness and cancel darkness.

Both retail for $ 5.87 each and are available now.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Touch in Sol No Poreblem

Pore filling/reduction runs my morning. I spend so much time trying to fill these Lincoln Tunnel  pores of mine. I use primers over primers , powders and still I see more spots than smoothness.  And thru the day, same. Makeup breaks down, pores visible.  Maybe I shouldn't be, but I am self conscious about them. 

I think I have finally found a primer that truly works -Touch In Sol No Poreblem .

No Poreblem is a lightweight , fairly thin pink tinted gel/cream  that smoothes and fills really well. I spend extra time smoothing to really get into the pores and then allow it briefly to set. On goes my foundation ( matte for Summer) and a dusting of powder if I feel I need it. It doesn't feel tacky or sticky on, there's no heavy silicone feel and you only need a small amount each use.

 I use a magnifying mirror to check all this ( aren't they just the greatest and scary all at once ?)  and at last I see far less noticeable pores .  I have also noticed that midday to even end of day a quick powder touch up is all that's needed and there's very little to no wear off/separation or caking up at the nose and chin like I usually have. In fact my nose looks better later in the day than I when I first apply. Everything has had a chance to mesh and set.   

It seems to help with oil control as well. I still get shiny but not as shiny . 

 Touch in Sol No Poreblem is $18 at Sephora , Urban Outfitters