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Review – Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

30 Dec

Birchbox introduced me to many amazing products this year, and the Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid is one of them.  I actually wished this sample was bigger, that’s how much I enjoyed this moisturizer.

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$21.00 USD for 2 Fl Oz of product

From Birchbox:

We’ll admit it: Our case of wanderlust shows no signs of abating. We could, however, do without the dulling effects travel (and stress and dry weather and…) has on our complexions. That’s why we never go anywhere without this intensely rejuvenating face cream. It’s packed with antioxidants and humectants to hydrate and revitalize skin, so that even at our most jet-lagged we’re still rocking a radiant complexion.

HOW TO USE

Gently massage onto face and neck after cleansing. Use as often as needed. For a more intensive treatment, apply liberally and let absorb into skin for 10–15 minutes. Remove excess with warm, moist washcloth.

My Thoughts:

I never had to use it as a mask, my skin has been pretty okay so far.

However, I loved this as a moisturizer.  This was my daytime moisturizer.  It absorbed beautifully and created a nice canvas for additional product application. Whenever my skin started to feel drier, I reached for this and my skin was back to normal or better.

I used to most often after camping and other outdoor activity.  It worked so well.

I’m really impressed with hyaluronic acid!  I think this ingredient works amazingly to hydrate skin.

Will I purchase?

Possibly, or I will look for another hyaluronic acid product.  However, I don’t think this is too expensive to buy and use when your skin really needs it.

Have you tried Air Repair or another hyaluronic acid moisturizer?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

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December Sephora Play! Unboxing

23 Dec

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6 products!  I thought this was a very generous month from Sephora.  I’m super excited for all these!

Bobbi Brown Mascara

Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray

Elizabeth and James Perfume

Make-Up Forever Primer

Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot

Sephora Lipstain!

I cannot wait to try that Hydrating Shot from Drybar.  What a cool concept!

Have you tried any of these?

Do you like them?

Thanks for reading!!!  and Happy Holidays!

~Anna

Review – Budget friendly L’Oreal Magic Nude foundation

19 Dec

Foundation. It now comes in so many forms.  BB, CC, tinted moisturizer, liquid, powder, mineral, now even clay!

They can cost you a couple dollars or $50.00.

L’Oreal’s Magic Nude will cost you around $12-18 USD.

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I think I paid around $12.00 for this drugstore foundation, and I’m having a really hard finding it online to link at the moment.  I’m seeing it at Walmart for $18.99, and it’s sold out everywhere else.

From L’Oreal:

Nude Magic is a light-weight daily use foundation that gives your skin that perfect nude glamorous finish with a magic, feathery texture. It leaves your skin even and perfectly radiant with zero imperfections. Available in 6 shades.

Nude Magic contains light oils for perfect coverage and a velvety touch. It boasts of an airy, lighter-than-water formula that spreads 2x more than regular foundations giving your skin room to breathe and yet giving it a flawless finish.

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Pictured above: Light Ivory

My thoughts:

I really like this drugstore foundation and I really hope that it doesn’t get discontinued.

This is really light weight and it dries to a powder like consistency.  I’ve used this in both summer and winter, and my skin gets super oily in the super and super dry in the winter.  I know, it has no idea what it wants to be.  Thus, sometimes I’ve been known to have a summer and winter foundation because of whacky skin.  L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder though, it works for all seasons for me.

It’s light weight, which makes is easily buildable.  You can even mix it with your favorite moisturizer to create your own tinted moisturizer.  Also, this has 18 SPF!  So much more than the usual 8 or something equally weak and weird.

The best part about this foundation is that it just sort of looks like your own skin.

I can’t really find anything negative to say about this.  It works that well for me.  Other than only having 6 shades, there is no real downside.

Would I repurchase this?  Absolutely!

Have you tried L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation?   Do you like it?

Thank you for reading!

~Anna

My favorite products of 2016!!!

16 Dec

Hello Lovelies!  Welcome to Friday and the weekend!!!  Also, 9 days until Christmas, excited?

I was debating whether to include items I discovered prior to 2016, but still use and love them OR only include new to me products of 2016.

I chose the new to me, because my list would otherwise be HUGE.

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After I made my selections and took the picture, I was happy to see a good mix of high end and drugstore products!

Poor Klorane didn’t make it into the group shot because I used it up!  And I don’t have a replacement because I have been trying to love the Simple wipes.

Also, I will list a couple of almosts and why they ultimately didn’t make the list.

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Drugstore brand and this pot is HUGE.  It’s not even a pot, it’s a bucket of moisturizer.  My previous review is on the link.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour.  This is really new to me, and I haven’t even done a review yet, but I love this. I’ve been using it almost every day since I received it in my Sephora Play.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi.  I bought this a while ago, and forgot about it.  Two weeks ago I found it in my collection, and I decided I really like it.  Review coming soon.

Etude House Wonder Pore. Not quite drug store, not quite high end.  In a league of it’s own – the Korean cosmetic brand.  Here is my review.

Kat Von D Tattoo Eye Liner I just found this in my eye liner stash.  It’s amazing.  Possibly the best liquid liner I’ve ever used.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water. I’m so into this still.  Here is my review.

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel.  Awesome product. You get to dye your eye brows at home. Here is my review

Anastasia Brow Wiz  I’m a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, and this is another awesome product from the line.  This is a recent purchase for me.

Klorane waterproof eye make-up remover.  This is the best eye make-up remover I have ever used.  Here is my review.

I hope you enjoyed my list! What are your favorites of the year?

Thanks for reading!!!

~Anna

Budget Friendly Make-Up Look For the Corporate Dwellers

1 Dec

I seldom do make-up look posts, but I sort of liked how this turned out.  I work in super corporate America, so I have to pretty tame with my look.

Here is what I used:

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I used a good mix of drugstore and higher end brands.

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E.L.F. setting spray.  You can read a prior review here.

NYX shadow pallette in Love in Rio.  I never did a full review of this, but mentioned it briefly in an Ipsy reveal.  If you guys want to see a full review, let me know 🙂

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation.  I haven’t reviewed this at all!  I can’t believe it.  I will post a full review soonish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills eye brow duo

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Cargo blush

and the finished look:

I’m totally showing of my hair too, because I was kinda feeling it.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

~Anna

Sephora Play! November Reveal

23 Nov

Unlike Ipsy or Birchbox, which have some level of customization, I don’t believe Play! varies much from customer to customer.  At any rate, I don’t see a lot of these reveals for Play!, so I don’t feel like this is totally useless.  If you aren’t familiar with Sephora Play!, it’s a monthly beauty box subscription for $10.00 USD a month plus tax.

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Maison Margiela perfume sample.  I always like to get perfume samples because I love changing up my scents.

Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Shadow – LOVE THIS ALREADY

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Sephora including their own brand in the subscription. I do like the Sephora brand, but I don’t know if I want to see it as part of the boxes.

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Review – Dr. Jart+ UV Sun Fluid

27 Sep

I received the Dr. Jart UV Sun Fluid in my August Birchbox.  I’m usually very wary of sun screen products because they normally break me out.  I was a bit skeptical of this, even though I have previously heard good things.  However, I decided to try it for SCIENCE and BEAUTY!

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 This retails at Sephora for $34.00 for 3.4 fl oz.

Here’s what the product blurb says:

What it is:
A sunscreen with a fresh feeling that protects from UV rays and fine dust.

What it is formulated to do:
This formula provides powerful sun protection and a cationic shield that blocks fine dust to protect the skin. By utilizing the characteristics of magnets that repel each other, it is designed to have the same electrical charge as fine dust in order to form a protective skin barrier. Cypress water and seaweed extract purify the skin while soothing and moisturizing. The liquid gel formulation is moist without being sticky to impart immediate moisture for a refreshing burst of hydration.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates

My thoughts

I’m not really sure about this all magnet science happening here, sounds a little like Dr. Who, which I am okay with…

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(it’s all about the 10th Doctor, no?  I mean there is not even a question here.  There is some internal debate about Donna and Rose though)

Benefits:

It didn’t break me out

It melts easily into the skin

Not greasy

Has no obnoxious scent

A little goes a long way

Cons:

It costs $34.00

Would I purchase?

Probably.

Since this is the only facial sun screen that didn’t cause my face to look like a 12 year old after a few days of consecutive use, I would purchase to have for long outdoor days.

Have you tried the  Dr. Jart+ UV Sun Fluid?  What did you think?

Thanks reading!

~Anna

My Favorite Products of 2014

29 Dec

I discovered so many awesome products this year!
Here are my new loves!

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1) L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – I haven’t reviewed this!  I will soon, promise!

2) Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

3) Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner – I just discovered this!  Review coming soon!!!

4) Tints & Sass

5)Joico Vero K-PAK Color Intensity Semi-Permanent Hair Color – Red

6) Sexy Hair H2No

7) Curlisto

8) Coconut Oil

9)Montage Jennesse Chocolate Masque

10)Super 8 Beblesh Balm Triple Function Orange

So there you have it!  My top Favorites of 2014!  These were either sampled and bought or recommended and bought.  And I love them!

What are your favorite new products of 2014?

Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer, a winning multi-tasker?

18 Dec

The same month that Ipsy gave me LeeAni Eco, Birchbox sent their own version of a 3 in 1 product in the form of Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer.

Both of these are sold as a multi-tasking/3 in 1 type of product.  However, these two could not be any more different.

Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer promises to be a moisturizer, eye cream, and primer in one.  This is a slight difference from the LeeAni  claim of being a  toner, serum, moisturizer.

Also different – the price.  Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer will cost you $120.00 USD.

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From Birchbox:

Birchbox Breakdown

When we first encountered the iPhone, we learned that a great all-in-one product could change our lives forever. Mèreadesso brings this principle to skincare with their simple one-step moisturizer, which also functions as a toner, primer, and eye cream. With benefits ranging from redness reduction to antiaging properties, this multitasker is tailor-made to streamline your routine, all while nourishing skin with a host of natural enzymes and antioxidants.

How it Works

This aloe-based gel contains 16 botanical extracts, 8 enzymes and minerals, and over 20 antioxidants chosen for their purity and effectiveness—adding up to one powerful product. A combination of caffeine and apple and cucumber extracts contributes to the all-in-one moisturizer’s refreshing cooling and tightening sensation.

How to Use

Morning and night, after cleansing, gently apply one pump of product to your face and neck. Apply a second pump if skin is extra dry, but remember, this serum is potent: A single bottle should last 2-3 months with daily use.

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My thoughts

Cool package, even for a sample.  The opening is so tiny, you are able to really control how much product is dispensed.

Okay, so let’s break down the claims-

1) Does it moisturize?  – YES.  Very very very well.  The formula is very creamy and although it’s not thick, it is very moisturizing.

2) Does it double as an eye cream? – Yes, because of its thick consistency it makes for a really pleasant eye cream.

3) Does it prime? – Meh.  Sorta.  Here’s the deal; if you are wearing a BB cream or are going without foundation of any sort, this will provide a nice finish.  However, if you are looking to be a Pow!  Hottie! with flawless primed skin, you will need another primer.  For me, this didn’t do as good of a job preparing my face for a foundation as my beloved Smashbox does.

HOWEVER, what it does slightly do is even out your skin tone when you are wearing it.  The cream itself is slightly green tinted, so it combats the redness in your skin.  Win!

Additionally, because it is so moisturizing, it can leave you sort of dewy looking  Which is great for me, I love that.  However, it doesn’t work super well under a liquid foundation.  Also, if you are on the more oily side, you may not like to do the dew.

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Would I purchase?

Would it surprise you if I told you I’m thinking of saving my Birchbox points for this?

I think this is a great product, even if the priming aspect is lacking.  I think it would be a great summer product if you do lots of outdoorsy things.  I am picturing it during beach and camping trips.

Have you tried Mèreadesso® All-In-One Moisturizer?

What did you think?

~Anna

October Birchbox – Hello Beautyblender Score!

14 Oct

I am so in love with my Birchbox this month.  Because….I got a Beautyblender! And a cleanser!

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I think this it the most valued box I have received since I started the subscription.

What did you get?