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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

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Review – Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base

20 Nov
I received Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in my latest Ipsy Glam Bag in the color Submissive.
This was a full size product, which I love.
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So what did I think?
How can I put this mildly…this is probably the worst eye shadow base I have ever used.
Why? It fails to base or prime.
It’s a cream based shimmer base.  Should work on its own or as a base.  Sadly, this creased so badly and within hours my makeup was gone.  Gone girl, gone!
Too bad, because the color is so pretty.  Shimmer, golden bronze.
I have not had a great luck with the brand Be a Bombshell.  The mascara I received a few months ago was a straight up fail.  Today, Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base joined its mascara cousin.
I hate throwing away makeup products, but this was just usable for me.
It didn’t work when I primed the primer either.  And really, should I even have had to do that?
Did you get Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base?
What did you think?
~Anna

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

Review – L’oreal Youth Code™ Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher™

3 Jul

I have been waiting to write this review because I’m having trouble having an opinion on this product.

  What is it?

L’oreal Youth Code™ Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher™

Loreal Pore Finisher

*photo from http://www.lorealparisusa.com

It’s supposed to smooth your skin and make-up after you apply foundation.  Sort of like the Benefit POREfressional.

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It’s got a bit of a tint, but it disappears once you apply it on your skin.

Does it work?

Honestly, I don’t know.  It sort of works.  It doesn’t give you a complete poreless look, but it does help mattify your make-up.  It does help keep the shinies away.

It’s sort of pricey at just under $25.00

Because I feel that the effects are so minimal, I forget to use it all the time.  There are weeks when I don’t pick this up at all.

Would I repurchase?  I don’t know.  Honestly, I don’t really think I would miss it if I didn’t have it.

Have you tried  L’oreal Youth Code™ Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher™?

Do you like it?

~Anna

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 🙂

 

January 2014 Empties!

3 Feb

First Empties post of the year!!!!

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E.L.F Setting Spray – a staple

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New favorite!!!!

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DermOrganics Shaping Spray.  I used the shampoo and conditioner from this as well.  I like it.  Re-purchase?  Probably.

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Living Proof.  I like the Style Extender from this line better.  Purchase full?  Probably not.

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Dr. Brandt.  Reviewed here and here.

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Arbonne shampoo and conditioner – review to come. Purchase?  Maybe….

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Sorry the writing got all faded.  NYX HD Eye Shadow Base.  Another staple.  Reviewed here.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eye Liner.  This hasn’t been reviewed.   Re-purchase?  Maybe? If you would like a full review, let me know in comments 🙂

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Eucerin hand lotion.  This held up super well in the freakish Polar Vortex that hit Chicago in December.  Worse winter ever….but I digress.  Re-purchase?  Probably.

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Proactiv Mark Fading Pads reviewed here.  I would purchase these in a heart beat.  SO IN LOVE.

Lots of samples this month, but also some actual make-up!

Hope you enjoyed this trip through my garbage HAHA.

~Anna

NYX HD Eyeshadow Base- UPDATE!

8 Jul

In case you didn’t know, the NYX HD is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Primer Potion.  You can read all about it in one our Dupe Wars posts— HERE!

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Anyway, I have been using this product for a few months now and I love it.  Over the weekend I went swimming in the afternoon so I already had makeup on.  My eyeshadow, thanks to this magic NYX sauce stayed on even after I had been in the pool for a while.  I even swam underwater a bunch and got splashed by 8yr olds.

Don’t believe me, here is the photographic evidence:Image the eyeshadow is Coastal Scents.  It was Golden yellow on the top of the lids and green on the bottom.  The green is gone as you can see, but I didn’t use the primer there.  But the yellow is staying strong.

The eyeliner is water proof.  It Urban Decay.

-kassi

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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Lighten Up! Daytime summer makeup!

11 Jun

Let’s face it (see what I did there?), unless you are graced with amazing skin (hate you), you need to change up your skin and makeup routines as the Seasons change.

Even though you feel hot, you still want to look hot.  So you don’t want to completely go makeup less.  And you want to enjoy the season.  Be all like:

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Our Beauty Regimen – Foundation Application

22 May

After our review of the 100% Pure Fondation we have had a few people ask us how we put on our makeup.  So behold!  We give you Kassi’s foundation beauty regimen!

WARNING: you are about to see me with no makeup on!!!!!

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