Sunday, June 26, 2016

La Roche- Posay Anthelios Clear Touch Dry Sunscreen

Sweat, sun and oil make for a greasy face this time of year along with clogged pores and breakouts. Adding sunscreen to the mix doesn't always help. More SPFs for oily skins have come along in the past  years and this one from La Roche-Posay is super matte.

Anthelios Clear Touch Dry Sunscreen is oil free, lightweight and very mattifying while also packing SPF 60. It goes on easily with a dry, powder like finish and sops up oil as it goes on. It can be used on bare skin , under makeup and for touch ups when the shine starts back up. It instantly mattes , meaning you can apply and reapply without worrying about build up or acne flaring up from too much product.

The formula has the brand's patented Cell Ox Shield XL for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection along with perlite and silica to absorb oils. They do a good job as this works like a primer to keep oil at bay for awhile. By midday , under makeup, I needed a light touch up like any other  day but many SPF's wouldn't give me that without another primer as well.

It's rare for me to find a sunscreen I can wear on my nose and chin all day , and this is exactly what La Roche-Posay was aiming for, putting  out a product that even the oiliest will use , one they say has been tested in extreme humidity and 98.6 degree temps. In other words, New Jersey.

La Roche- Posay Anthelios Clear Touch Dry Sunscreen is $ 19.99 for 1.7 oz

Sunday, June 19, 2016


My beautiful girl passed away. It was  quick and I can't believe she is gone. She got sick so fast and now she's left us with a gaping hole .  She was more amazing than words could say.  She was my best friend, what my day, my everything, revolved around.

I need time and so no new posts for awhile . I may pop in, something to do and all, but it will be sporadic for awhile.  Thank you.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cover Girl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks

A matte lipstick that isn't truly totally matte is my kind of matte. I like at least a little satin finish , I just can't do all the way matte.

Katy Perry's Katy Kat Mattes for Cover Girl have just enough of a satin finish while being mainly matte . These new lipsticks have full coverage , go on easily and feel good on lips with light hydration and no dry feeling.

My favorite is the nude shade Sphynx. It's a medium nude that's hard to go wrong with.  Also shown are Coral Cat ,a rich medium coral and  Pink Paws  a light/medium pink . All are very wearable and have been getting plenty of time in the rotation over here.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

MAC In Abundance Plushglass

MAC's In Abundance Plushglass from Blue Nectar is an easy, go to Summer shade.

This pinky coral gives sheer color that I call tutti frutti . It's not bold but not quiet either and gives you a nice pop of color .  It's a shade that should perk up paler complexions and complement tanned ones .  Grab, swipe and go for a perfect lip, what more could we ask from a  warm weather lippie?

MAC In Abundance is available now for $ 20

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Fiona Stiles Beauty Radiant Aqua Eye Veil Eyeshadow

I've finally had a chance to get a look at and test some of the new Fiona Stiles line that's exclusive to Ulta.

Her name isn't new to me, I know she's a top makeup artist although I am not as family with her work as some others. Of course I'm always ready to dive in to a new brand and it was easy to see that this looked worthwhile to say the least.

My first impression before the makeup even, was the packaging. No skimping here. It's heavy metal and glass with magnetic closures on the lipstick. These look and feel luxe.

The actual product ? It's pretty good too. I've tried the Matte and Luminous Foundations, lipsticks and these Radiant Aqua Eye Veil shadows.

With my ridic makeup melt, any shadow listed as waterproof, long wear etc gets my attention. These go on creamy and blend well but set to a dry,  almost stain like, stay put finish. They did not budge even on my oily eyelids all day. There was some light fading but for the most part they held on and up. Definitely Summer proof.

Shown are shades Hudson ( deep bronze)  and Hyperion ( pink tinged light beige)

Fiona Stiles Beauty is available Ulta .

Radiant Aqua Veil Eye Veil is $22

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen For Face & Body

Clinique was my first high end sunscreen a couple decades or more back. Anyone remember their clear gel  in the brand's traditional green color tube they had ? It was very good back then and Clinique may have been one of the first makeup brands to have their own sunscreen.

There have been a few iterations since and this season they have launched Mineral Sunscreens for Face and Body. These are broad spectrum with titanium and zinc oxides and what Clinique calls " Invisible Shield Technology" to protect against UVA and UVB.

The Face SPF is a thin liquid that has no fragrance . It's not tacky or sticky and will work for all skin types including oily as it has no heaviness or residue. It's also listed as being friendly to sensitive skin . Just rub it in, and apply makeup , primer or use as is.

The Body SPF is a thicker formula that has an immediate whitish caste that disappears once rubbed in. It too, has no fragrance and a light feel on with no residue or tackiness or fragrance.

Clinique SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face, $26.00
Clinique SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face, $26.00
Clinique SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Body, $32.00

Sunday, June 5, 2016

MAC Tender Talk Lip Balm

It's been well documented on here how much I love tinted lip balms ( but I think most of us do) and old favorites have often been from MAC (  The old tube TLCs , Tendertones and Suntints)  and that brings us to their new Tender Talk Lip Balms.

These come in the tube type that also houses Huggable lipsticks but with a holographic  effect on the metal when it hits the light.

The balms are super creamy and moisturizing with no sticky feeling and have a decent bit of tint along with a slight vanilla scent. Sheer but more than barely there.  That tint by the way is personalized, as these are color changing  according to your skin chemistry. After the color has worn, the moisture stays and these decently though ,not super long, for a balm.

Color wise the one that looked the most different on me than the tube is Pretty Me Up ( first on left) which is a pale peachy coral in the tube but leaned more peachy pink on my lips. The others stayed close to the tube color .  Also shown are Side Dish and Teddy Pink.

Mark these as a must. You've got to have at least one. Summer and the living is easy and all.......

Shade list:

  • Candy Wrapped (sheer pink)
  • Pretty Me Up (sheer coral)
  • Play With Me (sheer red)
  • Teddy Pink (sheer bright pink)
  • Side Dish (sheer plum)
MAC Tender Talk Lip Balm is $ 20 and available June 9th in the permanent collection.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Cover Girl New Clean Matte Powder & Foundation

It's matte season. The dewpoint has already been super high here and that means even more shiny skin for us oilier gals.

Cover Girl has new Clean Matte Oil Control ( new look and updated formula) ready to go in foundation and pressed powder.

The foundation is light feeling  and light/ medium coverage . It helps cover pores nicely, and while matte, it isn't chalky or  dry. It sets to a perfected , soft finish. It lasted well for most of the day except the T Zone. No surprise there. I had a fair amount of breakdown by noon on my nose.

Of course that's where the powder touch up can come in. This is a seriously matte powder and on the drier side. It instantly totally mattes but adds only a little coverage . It also feels light on skin, not cakey and while dry sets nicely over the foundation , whether the new CG or another .

Shade wise these light, the  505 Ivory is truly light and the other I have 525 Buff Beige is actually perfect for my skintone which is fair but not the palest. The powders are 510 Classic Ivory and 525, and again 525 is just right for me . Once I get a little more color I would probably need to go even darker.  So pale gals know you should be able to find a match here.  I haven't seen the full shade list, so can't speak to how dark the shade choice goes.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows

Available on June 6th - new Legendary Brows from Charlotte Tilbury. 

Brows can be one of the hardest things to get right, I think. Or at least on me they are. I have decent brows but when I want to make them better, filled in so many pencils just look too dark or overdone .  This sounds like it could solve that problem. 

This new formula has a lightweight Sculpt Gel formula  and uses Charlotte's Miracle Precision Brow Brush.  

According to the brand "The Miracle Precision Brow Brush acts like a natural compass that captures even the smallest of baby hairs - coating, shading and grooming your way to perfect brows. It never misses a hair for instant and maximum definition.
·     The lightweight Sculpt and Shade Gel formula shades, sculpts and adds structure to brows, without making them look ‘penciled in’ or ‘stuck down.’

The shades coordinate with the All In One Brow Lift pencil - Brigitte Shade 1, Linda Shade 2, Cara Shade 3, Sculpting Gel.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows are $27 at

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Votre Vu Lingerie Pur Les Yeux / Eyelid Smoother

Something called Lingerie Pour Les Yeux sounds very interesting , doesn't it ? Lingerie for the eyes, hmm.

Votre Vu's concealer primer by that name is an eyelid base but also a concealer, or at least it is for me. I've been using it under the eyes and like it. It's a thicker, harder product not super creamy or greasy but is very smooth  and easy to blend.  As a base it will help hold shadow on longer or  cover any discoloration on your lids. 

It has great coverage along with are anti aging ingredients like vitamin E, beeswax, and hibiscus extract  . 

There are two shades light and medium, medium shown. It's deep  for me but I can wear it and I am paler. Under eyes often are a bit darker though, so it worls for me.  Medium should work for a lot of skintones but not the darkest .

Votre Vu Lingerie Pur Les Yeux is $ 29 at