Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

I may be late on the BB cream band wagon but I'd figure late is better than never. I was really hesitant to try this because I had already tried another BB cream and I was NOT a fan of that one. I tried the Missha Perfect Cover in the number 21 and the color was way off. I saw this at Walgreens and thought that if I did not like it, I could always return it. It comes in two colors, light/medium and Medium/Deep. I bought medium/deep hoping it had enough yellow in it to even out my skin. For reference I'm a MAC NC35 right now and during the summer NC40.

According to the box: Instantly renews, brightens, evens and hydrates. It has Vitamin C and Mineral pigments. The box also says it's dermatologist tested for safety, won't clog pores, it's gentle on skin and it's non greasy. It does contain sunscreen SPF 15. It's a miracle all in one product with results you can see and feel instantly. Skin appears airbrushed, beautifully smooth and even. It's light weight and comfortable texture blends perfectly into skin for a sheer flawless finish.

The Pros:
  • Has SPF 15
  • Nice sheer application
  • Feels smooth on the skin upon and after application
  • Does even out the skin tone
  • Has a dewy finish
  • Good for dry to combo skin
The Cons:
  • Not for Oily skin
  • Limited Colors
  • Not for skin with yellow undertones
  • It is floral scented

 The consistency comes out a little thick on the tube, but is sheer when blended. I don't really have a bad thing to say about this BB cream but I hate it when the color selection is so limited. I think a Light, Medium, and deep would be nice but a Medium with yellow undertones would even be better. This one is more on the beige/pinky shade. You can mix it with foundation but then that defeats the purpose of this being an all in one cream. If you have great skin or have skin that needs a break from foundation due to blemishes then this is for you. I'd recommend this in the Spring and Winter months as oppose to the hot months because in my opinion it won't hold up. In my opinion this is very similar to a tinted moisturizer.

Monday, February 27, 2012

NOTD Sinful Color Tutu

This is Tutu from Sinful Colors. I really like it. It's a nice pink pastel with a little bit of shimmer. I first applied one coat of Milani base coat and then two coats of Tutu with the Milani shine coat.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Review & Swatches

I love Winter and at times I wish it would never end, but I don't like the effects it has on my skin. I end up with dry skin including really badly chapped lips and the heels of my feet can feel like cheese graters at times. I know to much info but it's true. The only thing that makes them soft is Vaseline but does not make the dryness go away. So, I've been forced to change my beauty routine from foundation, to eye shadows and applying cream blush and finding lipsticks or balms that are moisturizing. I find that the more scent and pigment something has the less moisturizing it is to my skin. I've been applying Nivea's A Kiss of Smoothness, Salma Hayek's Rose Petal Hydrating Balm reviewed here, and Blistex's Revive and Restore. I'll post a review later of Revive and Restore because it's helping my chapped lips a lot.

I purchased the colors Nourishing Nude 818 and Rose Elixir 218. Rose Elixir looked like a gorgeous color and Nude seemed like a safe color choice. I was intrigued by the world Balm on these tubes. Balm to me means moisture. According to L'oreal's website it's a tinted lipbalm with SPF 15 that provides a hint of luscious color for a full 8 hours of continuous hydration. I figured that I would review these while my lips are really dry so that I can test the full effect of the continuous hydration.

The Good:
  • The packaging is very nice, it feels like a luxe lipstick
  • The texture is that of a balm and does feel moisturizing
  • It has SPF 15
  • The colors are sheer but can be buildable
The Bad:
  • If your looking for super pigmentation these are not for you
  • The two that I have Rose Elixir and Nourishing Nude photograph the same and there really is no noticeable difference when I wear them
  • They do not last 8 hrs of continual moisturizing
There really is nothing bad to say about these because they are balms. They go on super soft and do make my lips feel super soft. They are glossy and on my lips show up like a clear glossy balm. If you compare them to the Revlon lip butters (which you should not they are totally different) and the Maybelline Baby lips the only thing about all three is that they claim to be moisturizing for your lips and between these and the Maybelline Baby Lips these stay on longer. If your looking for moisturizing and pigmentation go with the Revlon Lip butters. If your looking for a balm that gives you color go for the Baby lips, and if your looking for a super lightly tinted balm with sheer color go with this one.

Maybelline Limited Edition Spring Lipstick Swatches

I love Limited Edition drug store makeup. Maybelline has to be one of my favorites. For Spring they always come out with pastels and pretty colors. The display had some blushes, eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail polishes. The eyeshadows seem to be the baked type and according to the pic seem pretty pigmented. Unfortunatly I've had a bad experience with color payoff with Maybelline blushes and eyeshadows.

I saw these two lipsticks and they caught my eye.  I bought Tigerlily Treat 30, and Coral Carnation 10. Tigerlilly Treat is a beautiful pinky purple color on the cool toned side. When I put it on it looked more purple on my lips than pink. 

My favorite is Coral Carnation. You can see by the swatch that it looks like a reddish orange. On my lips it looked more orange. I can't wear these out yet because my lips have been severely chapped for a month UGH! I had to have them even if I'm not able to wear them just yet. I'm also hoping to purchase the two pastel nail polishes they have. Are you looking forward to any Spring Collections?