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Review – Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer

4 Nov

 Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer gets great reviews.  Is it weird that I am completely surprised at how much people like this?

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What sets this primer apart from the competition, is that it claims to treat and prevent blemishes.

From jourcosmetics.com

Product Description

Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

This oil free mattifying anti-blemish primer, formulated
with Salicylic Acid, penetrates into skin to help treat existing blemishes, prevent development of new acne, and minimize the appearance of pores. Aloe, Vitamin E, Ginseng & Gingko Biloba Extract help calm redness and reduce inflammation, promoting a shine-free, even complexion.  30 mL / 1.0 fl oz

Oil Free.  Hypoallergenic.  Paraben Free.  Silicone Free.  Fragrance Free.  Dermatologist tested.

My thoughts

This doesn’t prime.  Sort of problem since it’s supposed to be a primer.

It may work as a treatment, but if you are looking for a flawless look, you will need an actual primer.

Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer sank right into my skin.  So the foundation, sort of sank right in too.  I didn’t get the primed effect I have come to expect from Smashbox.

Also, I think this broke me out.   This also surprised me since I already use a salicylic acid toner, so my skin didn’t need to purge anything.

Would I purchase?

No.  There are better primers out there on the market.

Have you used the Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer? 

~Anna

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Review – L’ORÉAL Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream!

17 Feb

1.5 steps to easy perfect skin!

I bought the  L’ORÉAL  Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in January.  I used it enough now to do a full review.  Here are my first impressions, in case you care and/or missed it :-).

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What is it?

From L’Oreal –

Meet the Magic all-in-one skin BB cream, with Beautifying Beads; encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamins C&E. This mullti-tasking skin beautifier delivers 4 beautifying actions in 1: hydrates, corrects, evens and perfects. Instantly transforms to your perfect shade for a flawless, bare skin finish. Over time, more beautiful skin

How does it perform?

Hydrates? Sort of.

Corrects? YES

Evens and perfects?  YES

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As you can see, right out of the bottle it is very white.

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Here it is blended in, without and with flash.

As you can see, it blends it really easily and completely.  I am rather pale and I am using the Fair color.  It finishes sort of glowy.  It comes out more shimmery in pictures than it is in real life.

What will it cover?  

Pores

Redness, including blemishes.  I was actually surprised how well it covers and diffuses redness.

My personal thoughts –

I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I do.  I find myself reaching for it almost every day.

I don’t feel the need to use anything else in addition to this.  This makes m skin look pretty good and I don’t feel like I am wearing make up.

It diffuses and blurs any imperfections.  LOVE.

I will repurchase this because it’s  a great value and really delivers what it promises.

Some hints –

L’ORÉAL  Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream works better when used over a moisturizer especially if your skin is on the dry side like mine.

If you over apply, it will look cakey.  Really cakey.  Less is more.

It dries really quickly!  So once you have it on your skin, apply and distribute fast.

If you have drier skin near your eyes, be careful about bringing the cream too close.  It may not provide enough moisture.   I work around this by applying my eye cream liberally.

The drying may not be an issue once we are out of the arctic winter.  In which case, it will probably be amazing on my oily forehead 🙂

 

Korean Make-Up Obsession – Continues

4 Feb

Hello Dears!

As you may remember, I have been craving some Korean cosmetics.  The Koreans not only launched this  BB and CC craze, but they are stepping up their game.  And creating make-up that is crazy multifunctional.  We are talking major make-up science.

I posted here about some online retailers that carry Korean products in the US and for the US market.  If you are in the glorious Europe, I have no clue about your access to these creations.

On Friday, instead of buying 1 product, I got a sample pack of 12 (TWELVE!!!!) BB and CC Creams.

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12 samples for $6.38 USD Click here to get you some.

This is coming to me from Korea, so I have no idea how long the shipping will be.  It could be up to a month, but I hope it is quicker.

Cosmetic Love is an awesome site!  SOOOO  many products.

Have you tried the Asian beauty products yet?

~Anna

New purchase – L’oreal BB Cream

6 Jan

I had a $5.00 off coupon from Ulta for spending  some bucks on Ulta Christmas presents, so I got myself a BB cream from L’oreal.  It’s called Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream and it was $10.99 before coupon.

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I haven’t used much of it yet, but preliminary observations this is very matte.  It may be better suited for summer use, at least for my skin.

Have you tried this?  Did you like it?

~Anna

Contour Guide

15 Nov

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How to contour – easy cheat sheet

23 Oct

Found this on Tumblr http://glass-vault.tumblr.com/post/64353452085

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I wish we could find a cheat sheet that tells you which bronzer/contour color to use! 🙂

~Anna

Best BB Cream For Your Skin

16 Oct

BB and CC creams are ALL the rage right now.  Woman in Korea have been using them for years but the cosmetic trend in the US has just started to pick up over the last few years.

What is a BB cream?  BB creams are essentially and All-In-one product that acts as a moisturizer/foundation/sunscreen.  Some of them have skin correcting anti-aging ingredients, some have ingredients to correct redness or dark spots.  Really, they are all quite different.

As they aim to replace all your other products, sometimes you just need to layer.  If you have super dry skin you might need to apply moisturizer first.  Bad breakout? Probably need concealer or even foundation over the BB cream.

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Best For Oily Skin:
L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream ($10.95, lorealparisusa.com)

Best For Pale Skin:
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++ ($34, sephora.com); one shade

Best For Dark Skin (and Medium and Light):
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector SPF 30 ($7.44, maybelline.com)

I personally need a more medium-full coverage Foundation so I have yet to find a BB cream that can replace my go-to 100% Pure Foundation.  But if you are one of those people lucky enough to not have to wear foundation, a BB cream might be perfect for you.     -kassi

Dupe War #9 Beautyblender vs Perfectionist vs Flawless Beaute Makeup Blenders!

27 Aug

This one is probably more of a battle royale. What we are comparing is the original Beautyblender and The Sephora Perfectionist to the Flawless Beaute Makeup Blender Sponge Sample Pack.

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A few weeks ago, a charming gal from Beauty Junkees emailed us at Fairy God Mother and asked if we would be interested in reviewing the makeup sponges she is selling. We love make up applicators, and I am especially obsessed with the new sponge craze, so of course we said yes.

Full disclaimer – we didn’t purchase this product, but nevertheless we have conducted an unbiased review.

What they are: Makeup Sponges Set Includes 4 Unique Shaped Blender Makeup Sponges:

Pink Teardrop (Egg), Purple Pear, Green Spade, Blue Sculptor

Same Quality as Expensive Beauty Blenders at 1/2 the Price Highest Quality Material: Vitamin E Infused, Latex Free, Non Allergenic, Odor Free, Smooth Suede Texture

What they do:

Creates an amazing even, natural flawless finish that is difficult to achieve with other makeup sponges, brushes or fingers Works with all makeup, including creams, liquids, minerals, and powders; does not soak up excessive amounts of product like other sponges

Our review: I will admit, I was way impressed. I love the original Beautyblender, but I don’t love the price tag. I really like the Sephora Perfectionist, the price was better.

But I love Flawless Beaute even more and my wallet will love it and thank me. And then I will buy more makeup with the money I will save.

Here is why: You are getting 4 really high quality sponges in different shapes. BIG BENEFIT – you can play with the different sponges and figure out which is your favorite. There are subtle differences in each shape, so you will most likely like one or two more than the rest.

There is no difference in the application and result between any of these brands. You are still getting a really beautiful flawless finish regardless of brand name and price. So if the result is virtually the same, why the heck would you spend more $$$? Makes no sense. Unless you are a trust fund baby, in which case you are not reading our blog anyway. 😉

I was intrigued by the flat sponge, and quickly figured out it was a surprise favorite. I really like it for the stipple effect of blending in my CC cream.

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Flawless Beaute Blue Sculptor

I think this sponge would work really well with a cream blush! I normally hate cream blushes because I can never get them to blend correctly, but I’m considering getting one just to use with this sponge.

I love any of the tipped ones for concealer, and I love blending foundation with the two tear drops. I used them all wet with liquid foundations, cream concealers, and cc creams. Pretty face achieved! Boom!

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On the Left: Original Beautyblender On the Right: Flawless Beaute Pink Teardrop

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On the Left: Sephora the Perfectionist On the Right: Flawless Beaute Green Spade

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         Flawless Beaute Purple Pear

The differences: There are No differences in the application result. The Beautyblender is the only one of these sponges I have tried that actually feels different. The sponge is spongier, springier. But this is an aesthetic difference, it doesn’t affect how your make up looks.

The math: Dollar to Dollar, check this out. Beautyblender – $19.95, Sephora – $12.00, Flawless Beaute Makeup Blender Sponge Sample Pack of 4 (FOUR!!!!!) $29.97. This comes out to just under $7.50 per sponge.

So seriously, go get you some of these sponges!

Also, Beauty Junkees are giving away a set of these amazing goodies to one lucky winner.  Click here to enter contest!  The winner will be notified by us, and the prize will be shipped by Beauty Junkees.

Good luck!!!!

~Anna

What’s your undertone and how to find it

5 Aug

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New Purchase!!! Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream

12 Jun

I’m excited to jump on the bandwagon of CC and BB creams.  I bought the Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream from Juice Beauty.

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