New Favorite Drugstore Everyday Foundation

Foundation is more of what I’m calling it. Technically this product is considered a “tint”, so something more like a tinted moisturizer. However I think the applicator indicates it is to be used more like a foundation. I wouldn’t personally use this the same as I’d use a BB Cream.

The product I’m talking about is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. Long ago I used to use Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. I liked that for a while, but eventually moved on to try other foundations. As far as drugstore goes I’d say Neutrogena overall is one of the best.

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I found samples of the Hydro Boost Tint in a magazine about a month ago and I couldn’t get over how smooth my face felt when I had it on; what’s better than that is when I washed it off I could still feel the same smoothness. It improves your skin’s texture through you wearing the makeup. I thought that was pretty amazing. I’m assuming that’s what they are talking about when they claim “moisturizes and plumps skin for 24 hours”. Supposedly there’s Hyaluronic acid in it, however it seems like Hyaluronic acid is in a lot of things these days and I wouldn’t buy something for that. A lot of companies know that that’s a buzzword and while it may include a small amount of Hyaluronic Acid it may be just enough so they can label it. That being said, whatever mix of ingredients with whatever percentage of Hyaluronic acid is in this product I do like it. It really moisturizes your skin and it definitely looks smoother and healthier.

Let’s talk coverage. This is where it starts to show that it’s a tint. It’s light to medium I’d say. You can apply a few coats, but definitely let it dry a bit between coats. I don’t mind it being on the lighter side, if it’s for everyday you won’t want something heavy, especially with the warmer months approaching.

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My number one complaint with this foundation/tint is the packaging. Once I opened it in the store I considered not buying it. It’s got a wand, something similar to a concealer wand except thicker. For concealer that’s great. You’ll be doing smaller, more precise areas, however I’d venture to say the majority of people will be wearing this product on their entire face. It’s not practical. I didn’t want to put the wand directly on my skin because even if your face is clean it’s not the most sanitary to stick the wand back in. However, painting my foundation brush with a wand just felt awkward and silly, not to mention that it took time to get enough product. The way this bottle is designed there’s a narrow tube that leads to the rest of the bottle so there’s no way of bending the wand to get additional foundation. 20170418_141347.jpgI should also mention this product is not runny or very liquidy, it’s closer to a whipped consistency, so you can’t shake or turn the bottle to get the product to come to you. What this boils down to is that you don’t have full access to the product which you’ve purchased. This isn’t a $40 bottle of foundation, it was $14.99, however if you pay for it I believe you should be able to use it to its entirety or at least as close to its entirety as possible. I think it was cheap of Neutrogena and unnecessary. For that reason I may not repurchase this, but I do love the formula.

 

 

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My Dollar Shave Club Experience

There’s a post going around the internet on a woman who joined the Dollar Shave Club. I too joined, but I never thought to weigh in because I felt a bit funny since it’s mostly geared for men. I was happy to see I wasn’t the only one and I thought I’d tell you my experience using DSC.

*Before I get started, even though any sponsored posts on my blog will be clearly marked I wanted to go out of my way to say since it’s not a usual topic, that this is not sponsored by DSC. It’s just that good.

I’d seen ads for Dollar Shave Club all over. The name attracted me…anything involving “dollar” gives you the impression you’ll be saving money. Unfortunately there are a lot of bad razors out there. Really cheap, razor lightweights on the market. I wouldn’t so much care if they were cheap and I’d use them and toss them out, but they also made shaving unpleasant. Thankfully I wouldn’t consider myself hairy, but sometimes I’d have to go over the same area a few times to get a good shave. We all can agree men’s razors are much better.

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Dollar Shave Club’s razors are even another step above. These things are a work of art. Shaving is totally painless, hairs don’t grab and get right down to the skin. There are a couple different kinds of razors (I got the 6 blade.) They allow you to try any of them for $1 for the first month.(FREE SHIPPING TOO) They send you 4 razors, that are to replaced every weeks, so you have a new razor for every week of the month. Since I’m not shaving a man’s beard everyday I definitely can stretch that and get a longer life out of them.

 

There are a lot of great products to try, but a few that I have tried are their famous Shave Butter( Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter) and Mint Cedarwood Body Cleanser (Wanderer Awakening Mint Cedarwood Body Cleanser) . I’m actually out of the full sized Shave Butter, but let me tell you a little bit about it. First off it has a very light smell, the consistency of conditioner and ingredients like Pacific Sea Algae to soothe your skin. There’s no comparison between that and your standard shaving cream or any shave butter I’ve tried. The Mint Cedarwood Body Cleanser I took a gamble on, I knew there was the possibility it could smell too masculine, but that’s what dads, brothers, and boyfriends are for, just give it to one of them. Luckily it smells refreshing and in my opinion it could definitely qualify as a unisex scent.It doesn’t dry my skin out and even though it’s scented it isn’t too harsh.

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I really love this company and being a part of the club. It removes having to coordinate the purchase of shaving items. You know you’ll be getting quality and it comes when you want it (you can adjust the frequency of your order) right to your doorstep. I wouldn’t say shaving is an activity I enjoy, but I’m the closest to that I’ve ever been.

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DSC’s February Publication

 

Review: Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash

You know that feeling when you washed your face with bar soap? (Hopefully you don’t) That tight, almost tacky feeling that leaves your skin not feeling like skin. That is what this product left my face feeling like.

It lathers well, it smells nice, but it really stripped my skin. After I wash my face with this it just has that feeling that there’s no oil or any sign of moisture. I’m reaching for the toner before I even finish washing. I do find that the stripping does cause breakouts for me because it just is too strong. Supposedly there is a cooling sensation this face wash is supposed to give off which I haven’t felt yet, but for me that’s not a huge drawback.

I found this kind of unusual considering the brand is for people that have really overtaxed skin that needs help. I also own the Pure Cloud Cream from Skyn which I can say is terrific.

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When you lather this face wash into the lovely lather I mentioned earlier it feels very smooth, a little thick, there’s a sheen to the product resembles a heavy duty hand soap.

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I’m already halfway through the tube so I’ll use the product up for the heck of it, but I don’t see my opinion of it changing.

 

 

Review: clariSEA Deep Pore Lavender Detox Charcoal Cleanser

I first found this brand when using their Deep Pore Detox Exfoliating Charcoal Mask. It’s a powdery exfoliant that you pour out, you have the option to add it to a cleanser or use it on its own and mixing it with water. I liked that I could control the amount of exfoliation I got by being able to mix it myself, but I also just really liked the product. It did a great job of exfoliating my face and had only a few ingredients.

I was looking online and I happened to stumble across a great deal for the Deep Pore Lavender Detox Charcoal Cleanser. It was from the same brand (clariSEA) and had again, very few ingredients, some of theme being the same as the exfoliating mask. It was an easy decision.

When it arrived I opened the package and was ready to use it. The consistency is pretty gooey, kind of sticky. It has a definite lavender smell. When I actually went to wash my face with it it seemed a little difficult to completely remove, it felt like remnants of the wash was still on my face. I didn’t feel like it exfoliated my skin that well or cleansed it that great for that matter.

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Over the next few times I used it I tried to find how to use it to get good results, convinced I was doing something wrong. I left it on for 10 minutes, then washed it off, the time after that I cleansed and washed it off right after, I used it a few days in a row, then reduced it to only twice a week. It didn’t matter what I did, it didn’t cleanse my skin well. It didn’t exfoliate it, it just left my skin dry. I can’t say that it made my skin break out further, but it didn’t do it any favors either. I considered the fact that it does contain salicylic acid, but it is a low strength and I usually respond very well to that. I’m not quite sure what went wrong with this product, but I have to say I’m a bit disappointed and don’t see a point in using it anymore if it’s not working. I would definitely try this brand again because I believe they have good products, but I most likely wouldn’t get a cleanser again.

Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer

This is the concealer to my current favorite foundation.I had high hopes going in because of how much I love the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation. Did I get lucky enough to find exactly what I had been hoping for?

Well… the truth is half and half. I will say that Tarte did an excellent job of making the formula thick enough to be recognized as a concealer without losing its identity as being from the Rainforest of the Sea collection.

The coverage is amazing and it goes on like a dream. It’s smooth, hydrating (perfect for under the eyes) and looks natural. Sometimes concealers can be a little too strong, we get it, you want to cover up, but you also compromise the look of skin looking like skin. This is a great balance between being able to  conceal and still seeing the texture and look of your own skin.

The applicator is one of my favorite things about this product. It’s thick, kind of chunky and is able to hold a lot of concealer. This is ideal for when you are in a rush; with a lot of other concealers the applicator is quite thin, so you end up making many skinny lines. In one swipe or applying a dot or two I can have the entirety of my under eye area taken care of. It’s nice to have something in your routine that you don’t have to think about and this is one of those things. It doesn’t have to be precise and it goes so quickly it will feel like you skipped a step.

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All this is just peachy, but there is one thing I’ll mention about this that I wasn’t that excited about. The smell. It’s not even that it’s strong, which it is, it’s the nature of the smell. It comes off as something derived from chemicals. It reminds me of Wite-Out or something similar. I’m not sure what’s causing that smell and why it is present in the concealer and not the foundation, but it is not exactly pleasant.

I’m not sure if it’s the shape of the bottle or what, but it does seem like you get a better deal than with the skinnier tubes of concealer.

Bottom line:I like the performance, but not the smell. How important is the smell of something for you?

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Styled by Hrush Palette Review

This palette’s release was perfectly timed. It’s late summer and all the colors perfectly compliment sun-kissed skin. It’s limited edition so that brings an extra bit of excitement.

Who’s Hrush? She’s probably most well known for being one of the makeup artists of the Kardashians. After doing a little reading up on her I really admire her take on makeup itself, as she promotes on her site: I consider each face as an open canvas, I am a strong believer that makeup is art. Every face is beautiful in its own unique way. Absolutely.

To the palette! The colors remind me of a sunset. They are warm golds, peaches and browns. Then there’s a wine color that really sets it apart from all others.

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If you’re familiar with Tarte and follow their palettes the first eyeshadow Bliss reminds me a lot of the highlighter from the Swamp Queen Palette called Gator Wings. Bliss is a little more intense and a little more yellow. It’s a beautiful yellow light gold.

Smitten is a warm beige gold it’s got a really nice sheen to it, applies very smoothly.

Royal is in my opinion the color that makes the whole palette. It is a deep burgundy wine color, but that description doesn’t do it justice. It is a color I haven’t seen anywhere else. I can’t wait to incorporate it into everything I’ll wear in the upcoming weeks.

Pinch just goes over the line of being a light cantaloupe matte shade. At a glance it looks matte, but there is a little something in there to make it sort of a dull pearl finish.

Kitty is a really nice matte cocoa brown. Great subtle crease color.

Vamp‘s a cool, ashy light brown (think a color you’d see used as a brow powder)

Last, but certainly not least is the blush, Cheeky. It’s a coral, but definitely more on the orange side of coral. It makes for the perfect pop of unexpected color on the face. It appears to suit any skin tone which is another plus.

Luckily all six shadows and blush is only $30. Not a bad deal! It’s Tarte quality mixed with Hrush’s style.

 

 

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base Review

For a good two, to three years now this has been the eyeshadow primer I use. I have slightly hooded eyes, so the primer I use had better be good.

If you’re doomed for easy creasing like me you should consider this product for the following reasons.

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It’s light and airy. I love the consistency of the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base. It goes on extremely smooth so there’s no unnecessary tugging on the eyelids.

It dries fast without being drying. This point might tie into the previous one, but it’s enough to mention on its own. I’ve tried other eyeshadow bases which get downright crumbly as you try to apply them. Forget about following with eyeshadow if the base doesn’t even make the cut.

It lasts the whole day. For those of you wondering why even invest in a primer for your eyes when there’s foundation or concealer, it’s because those fade, smudge and as the hours tick by won’t be able to compare.

Did it make my eyeshadow pop more? Well I’ll say that it does what all bases should do. It creates a barrier between the skin and the makeup. It looks different than if I just applied it on a bare lid, but I wouldn’t say it does the job any better than its competitors. It does what they all do as far as that’s concerned.

I was originally going to do this post comparing this product to  Urban Decay Primer Potion, but I decided I really wanted to make this focusing on the Nars Eyeshadow Base. However, since we’re on the subject, I still have to go with Nars. UD Primer Potion has a couple good things going for it:

  • Offers more than one color
  • Need less of it

I know it’s a nice feature to have somewhat of a color corrector built in your primer, but I don’t mind taking an extra step, and if I’m going in with a shadow directly after it won’t sway me either way.

Urban Decay is definitely stronger, if that makes sense. You need very little of Primer Potion and it’ll take you a long way. I find myself needing about a little less than double of the Nars Base to accomplish what would be the same thing.

What really sold me about the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base was the texture. Even if I have to use more I like the silkiness. Defining the product as a whole its simple, clean and professional.