Thursday, September 27, 2012

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Review


Lately, I've been all about trying new foundations. I've been enjoying the one I'm currently using (Maybelline Superstay) but I wanted to try some new ones, and see if theres something out there that I enjoy even more. L'Oreal's True Match Lumi has always appealed to me, I mean who wouldn't want luminous radiant skin, just by using foundation? I purchased it in the shade N3, natural buff, which oddly enough is a bit too dark for my skin tone.

What L'Oreal Claims: True Match™ Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup combines 3 powerful ingredients that work to improve your complexion the more you wear them. 40% pure water for all-day hydration. Antioxidants and Vitamins C and E for improved clarity and skin tone. And Liquid Light Technology for an instant, luminous glow. Isn’t it Time You Met your Match?

The foundation itself is very liquid-y and light feeling. Already after seeing the texture I had a bad feeling about the coverage I was going to get from it.

After reading multiple reviews on this foundation, I decided that it would have a nice, medium coverage. Oh was I wrong. It has a super light coverage that didn't even cover up my redness, never mind my acne scarring and acne! Now I didn't except it to do all that, but I atleast expected something out of it. It has a bit more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, but definitely not a light/medium coverage. If you have dry skin, beware as well because It accentuates any dry patches.

Since I don't want to completely bash this foundation, I will say that it looks nice if you use a boat load of concealer and setting powder. After doing so, It looked quite nice and radiant. I might even say that I liked how it looked.

Using foundation alone, no setting powder or concealer.
You can see redness, and blemishes with no improvement.

Foundation with setting powder and concealer

As for wear, my skin doesn't tend to get super oily throughout the day, due to my acne treatments and what not. It is actually somewhat dry now. But, after wearing this foundation for eight hours, my forehead has never been so shiny. I was almost in disbelief how shiny it was, and kept trying to tell myself it was the "Luminous" part of it, LOL. As I said, I even used a medium coverage setting powder, which is great at controlling oil and I still had this mess on my forehead at the end of the day.

L'Oreal also claims that this will help improve skin tone and complexion over time. I havn't noticed that at all, but then again I've only been using it a week. It's possible it could help, but I can't see it doing that much.

When it comes to packaging, I'm in love! It's rare to find a drugstore foundation with a pump, and this one has it! To be honest, that was part of the appeal to me, along with the super luxiourious looking glass bottle with metallic letters on it. Its definitely an eye catching foundation.

To be honest, I'm not even sure who to recommend this foundation to, because no matter your skin type, you'll most likely get oily from this. I guess you could say if you only need a light coverage foundation for a short period of time, you'd enjoy the nice luminous finish you get from this. Otherwise, leave it.

Price: $12.99 USD at major drugstores and mass retailers.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Palette Review and Swatches

It may come as a surprise to you that I'm one of the few that doesn't own one of the two Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I've always wanted one, but haven't been able to afford one of them. That being said, I've been on the lookout for a cheaper alternative and finally found it in the Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Palette!


Personally, I've always been a huge fan of Physician's Formula. I think they have great quality products for even better prices. Their eyeshadows are one of my favorite, super pigmented and beautiful consistency.

The palette comes with a strange, slanted sponge tip applicator that I think is most likely useless, but could be good for lining the eyes.

The Nude Palette contains nine different shades of shadows, all cool-toned neutrals and ranging from light shimmering ivory, to a deep black. It has some gorgeous taupe shades and even a light pink for endless looks.


In terms of packaging, just look at this palette! Its so gorgeous! I love the lace overlay, its beautiful and was what really caught my eye about it. So looking at it, it's eye catching, but the layout of the shadows? Not so much. I think keeping all the shadows in one row may look lovely, but it's definitely not practical. Using the smaller shadows can prove to be a challenge as you don't want to get them all over the other shadows next to them. I wish this palette was divided in a better way, because I hate having to use tiny crease brushes and such to pick up the colors.



I'm so happy to say that the pigmentation on these is fantastic. I've seen other reviews on this palette saying that the pigmentation just wasn't there, but I'm very impressed. The shadows are buttery smooth to the touch and have great color pay off. They blend like a dream and its really easy to sheer them out or keep them dark for a dramatic look. This palette is super versatile, which is one of my favorite things about it. I've been wearing different looks with this everyday, and It's perfect for a natural look for work, or a smokey dramatic eye for going out.


All swatched without primer

Overall, I'm highly satisfied with this palette. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a cheaper alternative to the Naked palettes, or, if you have the Naked palette, anyone who loves nude/natural shadows!

Price: $10.00 USD

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Face of the Day & Update on Where I've Been

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely day today. I thought I'd update you on the things going on in my life so I could give you a better explanation as to why I haven't been able to blog quite as much as I previously was.

I work retail. If that doesn't explain enough on it's own as to why my schedule is always changing and hectic, then let me go further. Christmas is already here in the eyes of retail, and we are running around like crazy trying to set it up. If you work retail as well, you know Christmas is the biggest and busiest time of the year and it takes a lot out of you. I've been working over night shifts and extra hours as my schedule demands to meet their needs and its been making me exhausted. On top of that, I am also currently in college. Granted, I am only taking one class at the moment but I'm putting my all into it. As many of you know its very expensive, and I think it's important that I do my best. When I'm not busy doing one of these two things, I also have my personal life to attend to as well. I've been trying to see my boyfriend as much as possible, because his schedules overwhelmed as well at the moment and any time we can make together is valuable to me.

If I was able to blog everyday, trust me I would. Even twice a day if I could, I love it just that much. But, unfortunatly that's just not realistic. I thought this post could help some of you understand where I've been, and that I'm not neglecting blogging. I've lost followers in the past few week since I haven't been posting every other day as I typically do, and I'm sorry for that. I'm very thankful for those of you that havn't unfollowed me, and realize I do have my own life that is very busy!

Just so this post didn't turn out as a bunch of talking, I decided to include a face of the day for you that I had on today! This is my basic, everyday makeup routine. When I'm unsure of how to do my makeup, I always fall back on this.


Face:
Smashbox Hydrating Primer
Maybelline 24 Hour Superstay Foundation in Natural Beige 40
Covergirl Simply Ageless Concealer
Jordana Forever Flawless Powder
Physician's Formula Cashmere Wear Bronzer in Natural
L'Oreal True Match blush in Baby Blossom
The Balm Mary LouManizer Highlighter

Eyes:
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
Covergirl Shimmering Sands Trio
L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Black
Covergirl Lash Blash Fusion Mascara in Black

Lips:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

Friday, September 14, 2012

TRESemme Nourishing Rituals Rejuvenating Mud Masque Review

Lately I've been on the hunt for a great conditioner or treatment for my over dried hair.
I've been wearing it down more, now that the weather is cooling, and I've noticed just how many split ends my hair has!
It also tends to feel very brittle, from the constant straightening I do to it.
Now don't get me wrong, I always use heat protectant and condition it, I just havn't found the product that really works great for my specific hair needs.
Last week, While at Target, I decided to take a peek down the hair care aisle and found this intriguing new product.
This was something I've never heard of before, and the fact that it was called a "Mud Masque" was what really got me.


Fortunatly, you get a lot of product for your money. 8 ounces cost only $5.00 USD.
Quite a steal!
Unfortunatly, I'm not quite sure where the term "Mud Masque" comes in. This is a simply a deep conditioner. Its a little gimmicky of them to include that if it is infact just a conditioner.
It doesn't contain anything to even do with mud. It claims to contain dead sea minerals, but I found that it also has coconut milk and panthenol (Vitamins!) Which are both great for your hair.
It also smells lovely, it reminds me of the scent of a salon!


To use this, you simply apply it after shampooing, leave it in for 3 to 5 minutes and rinse it out.
After doing so, my hair felt amazing. It was so easy to brush through, and there was virtually not a single tangle or snag in my hair.
When my hair dried, it was the softest and smoothest its been in a while, without loads of products in it.


My only disappointment in this product is the parabens. I hate when companies use them, especially with their lingering dangers.
I'm not one that's overly cautious, which is why I picked this up, but be warned if you are.

Overall, I'm really satisfied with this product! It's both affordable and works wonders in your hair. If you're a fan of deep conditioners, definitely check this one out!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Own Renewing Skin Care Review

Hi everyone! I'm sorry I havn't posted in a few days, I've been very busy and havn't had the time. Work has become very demanding, and when I'm not working, I'm usually sleeping because I'm exhausted from work. Again, I'm sorry and I hope that I can keep up better!

Today I'm reviewing a whole product line. The line is by Own Skincare, and it is their Renewing line. Personally, I'd never heard of Own until they contacted me, but I'm so glad that they did! I was lucky enough to able to try the Refining Moisture Night Cream, Firming Silk Concentrate, Lifting Eye Cream, Rejuvenating Cleanser, and Dual Protecting Day Lotion. I've been extremely pleased with the results I've achieved using these products.


Refining Moisture Night Cream:
What Own Says: Own RENEWING is the first triple-action Night Cream with CLA Plant Technology to fight all three causes of aging. CLA renews, retexturizes, and reveals a vibrant and youthful looking complexion. Refining Moisture Night Cream restores optimal moisture and reveals radiant looking skin.

When it comes to anti aging products, I'm not even close to needing them yet. But I love this cream because it deeply moisturizes my skin. It has helped rid of my dry patches and my skin truly does look more radiant and illuminated. It has a light scent of green tea, so be warned if you have sensitive skin. All the other products in this line are unscented.
Dermatologist tested, Paraben and Sulfate free, Triple-Action Plant Techology, Luxurious, non-greasy, soothing.
Price: $25.00 / 1.7 oz


Dual Protecting Day Lotion:
What Own Says: Dual protection from inside out. Mineral sunscreen provides UV Protection while natural barely and sandalwood extracts work to strengthen and hydrate skin. Sheer coverage makes a perfect dual-protector for youthful looking skin.

I adore this lotion for day time use. My favorite thing about it is that it doesn't give the skin a white cast like many SPF products often can. I think this one will be even better in the summer, due to the SPF. Its a very light-weight, non greasy lotion and it feel luxurious on the skin. It is also fragrance free (Great for sensitive skin!) The only thing I dislike about this product is the packaging. It looks like a great concept, but the lotion is not smooth and creamy, so the pump isn't able to dispense any product. I find myself having to unscrew the top just to use it, which is very inconvenient.
Dermatologist tested, Fragrance free, Mineral UV Protection, Lightweight, non greasy.



Lifting Eye Cream:
What Own Says: Own RENEWING is the first triple-action Eye Cream with CLA Plant Technology to fight all three causes of aging. CLA renews, lifts and reveals youthful looking eyes. Helps to erase the look of wrinkles and tired skin. Lifitng Eye Cream will create smooth, firm and youthful looking eyes.

The Lifting Eye Cream is a beautiful, smooth cream that I have been using every night to make my eyes look more awake. As I mentioned, I've been working non-stop and hate the look of tired eyes. This cream really does the job to lift them and diminish the tired look. I also have seen a difference in my fine lines since using this cream. It leaves the skin soft, smooth and replenished.
Dermatologist tested, Fragrance Free, Triple-Action Plant Technology, Quick absorbing, velvet finish.
Price: $24.00 / .5 oz



Firming Silk Concentrate:
What Own Says: Own RENEWING is the first no-water Concentrate Serum with CLA Plant Technology to fight all three causes of aging. CLA renews, retexturizes, and reveals a vibrant and youthful looking complexion. Firming Silk Concentrate serum fortifies skin by creating tone and luminosity. Skin appears firm, resiliant, and radiant.

I think this is my favorite product out of the bunch. You apply it while skin is still moist from cleansing (Probably to help it absorb), on the face and neck. It leaves my skin softer than its ever been. Its also been helping even out my complexion and firm my skin. The packaging on this again, is beautiful and a lovely concept, but not practical. It is similar to a medicine dropper, making the bottle prone to spillage.
Dermatologist Tested, Fragrance Free, Triple-Action Plant Technology, Silky, Light Radiant.
Price: $24.00 / 1 oz


Rejuvenating Cleanser:
I adore this cleanser, mainly because it is so gentle. It has a light green tea scent, similar to the moisturizer from this line, which is very relaxing and nice. The cleanser itself doesn't foam that well, but it throughly removes makeup and dirt. I have found the cleanser to be very moisturizing, but it doesn't leave any residue on the skin.
Price: $15.00 / 5 ounces

Overall I've been really enjoying this product line!
I've been using it for about a week now, and already have seen dramatic results.
Although its pricey, It's absolutly worth the money!
You can see all these products (And more!) at
www.ownproducts.com!

Disclaimer: These products was provided to me for review purposes only. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Products I Use To Fight Acne Breakouts


I'm almost certain I've told you all this before, but I've always struggled with a bit of acne. Now, I don't have a lot of it or anything serious, but I do get some painful spots quite often- about three or four at a time. I also get some smaller spots all around my face and numerous blackheads. My skin is naturally combination/oily, but from all of the acne treatments I've been using, its become very dry and sometimes to the point where it peels. For a long time now I've been trying to find products that will work for my skin in getting rid of the acne. Its embarassing when I get the spots so large that concealer can't even cover them, and it worsens around that time of the month. Luckily, I've recently stumbled across some products that seem to really be doing the trick for me. I wanted to share them with you all in case any of you struggle with the same issues and want to try some new things the help clear up your acne. Please keep in mind though, what works for my skin type may not work for everyone elses.

Nature By Canus All Natural Hydrating Facial Scrub:
I really love this scrub because it is so gentle. It's not an acne fighting cleanser or anything like that, but it is great for acne because it is so natural and gentle. The scrubs in it are so tiny that they barely exfoliate, but they do help your face feel very clean. This removes makeup very well, which can sometimes be the underlying cause of acne. I've learned that I need to wash my face, not just use makeup wipes, in order to clean everything out. This cleanser also has no colors, fragrances, phosphates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, or sls. Perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

CVS Pharmacy Brand Acne Treatment Cream:
When I use this product, I use it as a spot treatment. It contains 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, which is extremely drying. I apply this at night to a pimple, and it helps dry it up in the morning. If you use this all over your face, it will dry it out and it is not recommended for those with very sensitive skin.

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash:
I've done a full and lengthy review on this product and if you are interested in reading it, you can access it here. But to summarize it, I love this wash. I've lately been using it more as a mask in the shower, since it doesn't lather. I apply it all over my face and wait a few minutes, then rinse. This really reduces the redness in my pimples and helps them go down in size. It has a nice tingly feeling as well which feels great and lets you know that it is working.

Derma E Very Clear Problem Skin Moisturizer:
This is a recent discovery of mine at Marshalls. I've always heard great things about the Derma E brand, so when I found a moisturizer by them specifically for problem skin, I knew it was something I had to try out. It has great ingredients such as tea tree oil, chamomile and lavender. I apply it mornings and night to my face and neck. It is a little difficult to get the product to absorb well, so it takes a little bit of rubbing it in, but the results are worth it. I've found that this keeps my breakouts at bay and also helps with redness. The only two downsides I've found in this product are the smell and the price. It smells strongly medicated due to the tea tree oil, but its completely natural, so I don't think it will irritate sensitive skin. As for the price, If you were to buy this regular price, it would be about $20.00. Luckily, a jar will last about four months.

Mineral From the Dead Sea Derma Repair Acneclear Antibacterial Antioxidant Toner:
I love this stuff. Most toners you find that are aimed towards acne contain Salicylic acid, which is extremely drying when applied all over the skin. This toner's main ingredient is Triclosan, which is an antibacterial. It doesn't dry out my skin, and it destroys acne causing bacteria. It also contains many skin conditioning agents, so it keeps my skin soft. This is another pricey product at almost $20.00 a bottle, but if you really struggle with acne, its worth trying out.

As mentioned, these products are what have really been working for my skin, but I'm always looking to try out other products that work when these run out, so if you know any, let me know in the comments.
What are your favorite acne-fighting products?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This Week In A Haul!



Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral
Mary Kay Mineral Bronzer in Sandstone
Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Concealer
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Nude
Nourishing Coconut Milk Self Heating Oil
Bath and Body Works Slatkin & Co Ice Cream Shop Candle
Mint and White Scarf- Walmart
Shortsleeve Orange, Blue and White Dress- SO by Kohls
Stripe Printed Dress- SO by Kohls

Hey loves! Hope your weekend was well and you enjoyed the last days of summer! I can't even remember the last time I posted a haul on here, so I figured I would show you a few things I've picked up over the last week and have really been enjoying! Since it's the end of summer, everywhere is trying to get rid of all of their summer clothing. This is when I take full advantage of the sales, so I picked up two super cute, Summery dresses from Kohl's on clearance. I think they will both look lovely going to the beach with a cute pair of sandals and a bathing suit. I scored both for under ten dollars each! I also picked up a lovely mint and white scarf for only five dollars from Walmart. Mint is my favorite color and I knew I had to have it the moment I saw it! Now only to find the perfect outfit to pair it with!

This week, CVS was also having buy one get one half off on Physicians Formula and Maybelline, so I was able to take advantage of another great sale! I purchased the concealer because I'm currently running out of the one I've been using and am looking into new ones to find something I love. I also havn't been able to take my eyes off of the "Nude" Palette since I appeared in drugstores and I was so happy to be able to pick it up. I also picked up some other beauty goodies that I'm sure you will be hearing about in reviews and such sooner or later!

The candle I have featured I got from Bath and Body Works for half price (See, I told you I LOVE sales!) and it smells like heaven! I'll give you the short description of it so you can see exactly what I mean by heaven! "Just like the perfect ice cream sundae -- creamy vanilla, rich toffee and sweet almond blossom with a cherry on top." Even though it's one of their Summer candles, I know that I'll be able to enjoy this one all year round!

Have you hauled anything lately? Please feel free to share your own goodies and what you have picked up!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant | Review


Not too long ago, Maybelline released a new line of concealers called the "Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer." These are formulated to conceal dark circles while illuminating the eye area at the same time. I decided to get the shade "Radiant" because I have serious dark circles. I thought I could use this after my regular concealer to illuminate and conceal a bit extra, but after using this I found that it wasn't necessary. This provides great coverage of my dark circles while illuminating my whole eye area beautifully.

Product Claim:
Maybelline claims the Dream Lumi Touch Concealer is a gel-based formula concealer that diffuses light and illuminates as it conceals.

Shades:
This product comes in six different shades, honey, buff, beige, nude, ivory, and radiant. Radiant being the most illuminating out of the bunch. Radiant is an ivory shade with a bit of pink mixed in, probably to help lighten the eyes.

Packaging:
The packaging is a twist pen. Its very similar to YSL Touche Eclat. I'm not a fan of these, because I feel as if a lot of product gets wasted. It took about thirty clicks just to get the product to come out of the brush, and then when you click it afterwards when using it, sometimes too much can come out and it becomes quite wasteful. I also find that the built in brush is somewhat unhygenic, as it would be very difficult to wash it without ruining the product inside. Personally, I don't use the brush for blending purposes to avoid this issue. I just dab it on my eye area and blend with my fingers. It does a better job than the brush would be able to anyways. I also like that the packaging is in a clear tube so that you are able to see how much product you have left, although it doesn't come with much to begin with.

Consistency and Usage:
This concealer is a light and somewhat liquidy consitency, not gel at all as claimed. Its not too heavy, but it can be difficult to blend out with a brush alone. I use my fingertips, as the heat warms the product and makes it easier to spread out and blend. This product offers a medium coverage and definitely brightens my eye area up a lot, without shimmer. I have tried this for uses other than concealing my under eye area, but I don't recommend it for blemishes, scars, etc. Since its made for dark under eye circles, It doesn't cover redness or bumps. I also woudn't recommend it for anyone with very fine lines around the eye area, as it seems to settle in them.

My Overall Thoughts:
Overall, I really love this product. I find that it really conceals my under eye circles and darkness. It truly gives an illuminating effect, something I've never been able to find in any other product. I recommend this for anyone looking to brighten their dark circles, or just looking to try out a new under eye concealer.


Using Dream Lumi Concealer

Price and Availability:
$6.49-$9.00 at major retailers and drugstores.