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

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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 

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 

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 -,   SPF , 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