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 




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer/Treament




It's not easy to find a concealer for oily  and /or acne prone  skin.  There are more than there used to be but many concealers  are hydrating, smoothing and have anti aging properties. Good things all but not if you're acne prone/oily and need something to cover a pimple.

New Bye Bye Breakout from from IT Cosmetics delivers anti -acne medicine and helps to dry them while also concealing. Where was this was I was 25?  But hey I still get the occasional spot and currently have one on my chin.


 Bye Bye Breakout comes in what looks like a jar of drying lotion. Inside is a doe foot applicator .  This is a full coverage concealer and comes thick out  of the jar. That means you only need a very tiny dab to cover , less than what comes out on the want and it blends out very well. Wear time is good too. It stayed in place through the bulk of the workday and didn't crack .

Anti acne ingredients include  colloidal oatmeal, zinc,tea tree, sulfur, witch hazel, kaolin , glycolic and salicylic acid. Also Aloe, cucumber and licorice extract.


There are seven shades available .

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout is $ 28 and available at Ulta now.





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Chanel Road Movie Eyeshadow Quad- Fall 2017




Chanel Fall is gorgeous ( ok that's no surprise ).  The collection is front loaded with wearable neutrals with jewel tones thrown in the mix for a pop of Autumnal color.  Lucia Pica was inspired by road  trip through California and it's easy to see the inspo here. 

Road Movie is  one of the eyeshadow quads in the collection and it's a beauty.  The bronze is an everyday shade for me and the muddy tan comes close to that as well.  I don't wear green as often as I should ,  although it is a shade I love, so the rich shimmering deep green here might be just the ticket .  The last shade is  a blackened dark navy . It looks almost black in the palette but goes on more blue. This one would work well as a liner too. 


 I look at this palette and think of cool breezes and turning leaves and how it will go with  all the neutral clothing we wear come Fall- camel , hunter green, black ,charcoal.  Like most Chanel eyeshadows the pigment here is deep except for  with the lightest shade which needs building. They glide on smoothly .  The green shade is shimmery and does have fall out. 


Chanel Road Movie Eyeshadow Quad is $ 61 and available now. 










Tuesday, August 8, 2017

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cleanser




We have Confidence in our skin and eye cream ,  now we can have  IT in our cleanser.

Part of IT Cosmetics new August launches is a cleanser to not only complement their other products but also do a great, comfortable job cleaning our skin .

 Confidence In A Cleanser is  fairly thick gel cream that deeply cleanses without drying or irritating skin.   IT calls it a "cleansing serum " and that's pretty accurate .  It got all my considerable makeup off including waterproof mascara  .  My skin is on the oilier side this time of year but it didn't feel greasy on as some moisturizing cleansers can. It was just right , the balance between enough moisture to soothe skin while cleansing but also strong enough get all the gunk , oil etc. off without stripping skin.



The lather is light and you need a normal amount, about a nickel size blob .

The formula contains  a ceramide complex, colloidal oatmeal ( known for soothing ) collagen and hyaluronic acid along with the brand's Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate™ .  It is sulfate and soap free and has a light herb-ish scent.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cleanser  is $ 28 for 5 oz at Ulta and IT Cosmetics.com 









Sunday, August 6, 2017

Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon Trio Set @ Ulta

When I was in Ulta last night I spotted this very cute set of Baby Lips Balm from Maybelline. The Mom had my phone so I couldn't snap a pic but they are online as well.

The set includes three shades of Baby Lips Color Balm tucked in a flip top box.  I reviewed these previously  here . They are moisturizing with a lot of pigment. Great easy Summer color but also good going into Fall when the weather begins to cool. This is my kind of back to school supply.

Colors included are :
  • Blush Burst 
  • Sassy Scarlet
  • Strawberry Pop 

Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon Trio Set is $ 16.99 and only at Ulta

Thursday, August 3, 2017

NARS Blissful Blush - Fall 2017


I can't have enough blushes and new ones from NARS are often at the top of the list. We all know they make one of the best out there.

New in the Fall collection is this beauty,  described a shimmering raspberry . It leans a little plum to my eye and  I call it a must have .


NARS Blissful Blush is $ 30

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotion SPF 30



It's hot out there  and we have plenty of Summer to go.  That means sunscreen is a must  and the stronger the better. I don't know about where  you live, but the sun here has been stronger than ever.

Australian Gold has a new formula out this year to help keep skin from the burn. It's also reef friendly, meaning the ingredients won't damage the oceans if you happen to be sunbathing in or on a beach area. It's scary and a shame how much damage is being done to coral reefs .


According to the EWG, an estimated 25 to 60 million bottles worth of sunscreen chemicals wash off into coral reef areas each year.  When we shower, these chemicals wash off our skin and can pollute wastewater that ends up in the ocean as well.( quote  from Australian Gold).  

The brand's  new Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotion comes in SPF 30 and 50 and is free of  Oxybenzone, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes and Oils.  It uses physical SPF with ... titanium dioxide and .. % zinc oxide  and  has vitamin E , kakadu plum for vitamin C  and red algae for vitamin A and amino acids. 


It's very light feeling lotion that doesn't feel greasy and  has a slight white cast at first that goes away once you fully rub it in.  Once on , you barely know it's there and it holds up well in water ( water resistant up to 80 minutes per label). 


Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotion is $14.99; SPF30 - Ulta.com,   SPF 50-Ulta.com , CVS, Walmart)







Tuesday, August 1, 2017

L'Occitane Summer Treasures Countdown Calendar Set


Love L'Occitanes  annual Advent Calender?  Of course you do. Well  how about a Summer version to add an extra treat to each day?

Summer Treasures is a new 14 piece set all placed within little windows ( of an illustrated chateau) to open every day, week or all at once.  What a great way to begin August or  to gift to your fav back to school teen/college gal to start their year off extra special.

Contents include:

- Almond Shower Oil 1.18 fl. oz.

- Immortelle Essential Water 1 fl. oz.

- Aromachologie Shampoo 1.18 fl.oz

- Aromachologie Conditioner 1.18 fl.oz

- Verbena Body Lotion 1 oz.

- Shea Butter Lip Balm 0.1 oz.

- Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 0.33 oz.

- Verbena Shower Gel 1 oz.

- Almond Delicious Hand Cream 0.33 oz.

- Divine Youth Oil 0.13 fl. oz.

- Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 1.18 fl. oz.

- Peony Perfecting Face Cream 0.27 oz.

- Terre de Lumière Radiant Balm  0.33 oz.

- Exclusive $10 OFF $40 Offer

Sunday, July 30, 2017

L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipliner



When was the last time you looked at a lipliner at the drugstore? I have to be honest , I can't even recall when.  Lipstick , yes. Liner, not so much.  My bad because it's time to check them out with this new release from L'Oreal. 

Color Riche Matte Lipliners are richly pigmented and very creamy on lips. Despite being matte they glide on without any tugging or drag and are not dry . The set to a longwearing matte finish and  could easily be used as lipcolor on their own , adding some balm on top. 


With all the new launches just out from L'Oreal including the Infallible Paints Matte Lipcolors, these are a perfect complement to them.  They are as good or better as many higher end liners I have and use.


There are eight shades available. Shown are Matte's It , a medium nude and Matte In Manhattan , a tomato red. 


L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipliner sugg. retail is $ 8.99






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints - Metallic




More hot metallics from L'Oreal. I looked at the new eyeshadows last week now it's  lips. 

These new lip paints in the Infallible line are well pigmented and go on easily with the doe foot applicator. You get full coverage with one pass. I did need to spread them around a little with my finger to blend  them out best .  The wand tends to pick up a lot of product too, so it needs swiped off a bit on the tube lip .



They feel comfy on lips, aren't dry and are yes metallic but not super metal  , more sparkle, very pearlescent shimmer and they have a slight sheen/gloss to them.

Wear time is average, I got 2 hours  before  a good bit of fading.

 Colors shown are : Galactic Foil, Moon Lust , Liquid Venom and Smoldering Eclipse.







Sunday, July 23, 2017

CeraVe Sunscreen SPF 50


CeraVe  has  great suncare alongside their skin products .  If strong SPF is what you're looking for they have you "covered".

These are the most strong  SPF blocks I've used.  After several hours outside both in the sun and in the pool I got almost no color. I actually wanted a little color but my arms looked the same as before. They are very water resistant too ( 40 minutes on the tube).  I did reapply on  some areas but not all and got little sun and no burn. 


The cream is fairly thick and takes some rubbing in but not a lot. It has very little white cast to it and that mostly disappears into skin quickly. The brand uses Invisible Zinc which they say is micro fine .  It feels lightweight on , you barely know it's there, that makes it nice not just for pool or beach but everyday wear.

There is a little moisture in the lotions but the stick feels more emollient( it has hyaluronic acid ) . They are oil free and have ceramides and niacinamide  for skincare. The lotions help " replenish the vital ceramides through a patented, controlled-release technology of 3 ceramides (called 1, 3 and 6-ll) that penetrates the skin’s surface and helps rebuild the barrier " according to the brand. 


Both face and body SPF 50  have 4.9% titanium dioxide and 4.7% zinc oxide. 

The SPF 50  stick has 6.9 % titanium dioxide and 4? 7 % zinc.

Price varies by store but at Target the 3oz Body Lotion is $ 13.49  and  2oz Face Lotion $ 13.59 . 





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gabrielle Chanel - The Fragrance



Gabrielle Chanel is here.  This beauty is a bouquet of white flowers and oh so pretty.

Gabrielle is front loaded with citrus ( grapefruit like) notes then  jasmine, There's soft orange blossom and tuberose from Grasse .  The tuberose to my nose is more subtle , it's a favorite note of mine so I would love even more but the floral combo is beautiful. Ylang Ylang is in there too. Sandalwood  and very light white musk  bring up the drydown.

It's very feminine scent with a clean feel alongside the floral.  It is light in it's way but has very good sillage, presence and lasts long.


While not as big and rich as we might have seen in the past from the brand, Gabrielle is nonetheless a lovely , elegant fragrance wearable any time but particularly suited to daytime.  And a spritz of Chanel to get the day started is a good thing.



Chanel Gabrielle is available  August 19 online @Chanel, September everywhere with  pre-sale online here 

1.7 oz $ 105.00
3.4 oz $ 135.00






Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Elizabeth Arden White Tea



Joining  Elizabeth Arden's perenially popular Green Tea  fragrance is new White Tea.

I have always loved the Green Tea scent and those types of fragrances in general. White Tea is similar to it in that it is light  and soft but it is also different . It's less tea , more musks and and green notes.

White  Tea begins with citrus and sage along with an aquatic note that gives it a slightly unisex feel. It's crisp and then becomes softer with rose and cool iris. As it dries down there are musks  , and  warm woods.


It's a great warm weather scent  with it's freshness and light sillage. Lasting power is light to medium   as it's an EDT  and it's the type of fragrance you can reapply midday or evening .


Elizabeth Arden White  Tea is $ 24 for 1 oz, 1.7 oz for $ 37 and $ 49 for 3.3 oz. along with body  cream , shower gel available also.





Sunday, July 16, 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Paints Metallics Eyeshadows




I am thrilled with the current metallic trend. I have always loved and used metallic colors in most of my makeup, trendy or not. Now with the look so popular that means lots more to love and try.


L'Oreal has new Infallible Paints Metallics Eyeshadows  for a molten gleam on your eyes. These shadows have great color payoff with little fallout. They are creamy and easy to blend. I've gotten  good wear time as well. With a primer shadow base,  4-5 hours, which  for me is really good. I melt off shadow very easily. If you don't you should get far better results . These seem to have a good "grip" on eyelids and don't crease/settle.


Shown are two of the five new shades- Caged ( rich taupe) and Brass Knuckles ( a gilded bronze-y gold ).



L'Oreal Infallible Paints Metallics Eyeshadows  are $ 9.99 and come in 5 shades.







Thursday, July 13, 2017

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil






Have you  explored Elizabeth Arden lately?  They've got you covered for easy, pretty Summer makeup with their new Sheer Kiss Lip Oils and Cooling Cheek Gel.  Let's take a look at the lip oils, a hot category right now.

Sheer Kiss Lip Oils are lightweight but very moisturizing sheer tints of color. The moisture lasts literally for hours with shea and mango seed butters along with oils and they don't feel tacky or sticky on lips.


The color is less lasting , not unexpected with a balm / oil type of product. They have a shine on lips , not quite a gloss but glossy-ish  and no shimmer. It's a pretty wash of color that can also be layered with lipstick or over a pencil.

For Summer, it's swipe and go kind of thing. Easy but looks  great.


I love the packaging here too, the round lucite like container with the color in the middle ( which is soft and squeezable). It makes for a little difficulty applying though. The tip is angled for your lip but it's still easier to use a finger or brush.

Keep in mind that when the cold temps roll around again these will still be  great to use. All that moisture  is just what you need when wind chills start whipping.


Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil comes in six shades for $ 19.50 each

Shown in Nude and Coral.