Posts Tagged ‘product review’
Monday, July 14th, 2014
Sometimes the best products that you’ll ever use are the most obvious inventions. The new bareMINERALS Perfecting Face Brush is so neat, it begs the question, why haven’t all companies come out with brushes like this? The unique section inside the brush is what makes it great. Whatever foundation you pump into the brush stays put, instead of dripping down the brush, onto your sink, down your hand, etc. The brush is also a high quality. The bristles are soft enough that they feel great on your face, but stiff enough to retain the structure of the brush. We recommend cleaning your brushes at least once a week. However, if you’ve used some inexpensive brushes on the market, you know that the foundation causes the bristles to stiffen—leaving you with a streaky foundation look unless you clean it after every use. With the Perfecting Face Brush that doesn’t happen, so you can still wash just once a week. The one downside of this brush is also why it’s so great. Since the bristles are so dense and make it hard for the foundation to spill outside the brush, it also retains more makeup. To wash this brush, you’ll need to be thorough to ensure that all of the makeup is out. We suggest swirling the brush in your hand in soap while running it under water, then turning it upside down and running your fingers back and forth over the bristles under the water to get all the makeup out the center. At $28 this foundation brush may be more than you’re used to spending, but it’s definitely worth it.
Tip: To get a seamless look, use a circular motion to apply your foundation. You can put your concealer on first, then use the brush to blend the foundation over it.
Friday, July 4th, 2014
RoC® is a well-respected anti-aging drugstore brand, so we tried their MULTI CORREXION® 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Why is it called 5 in 1? It’s supposed to fight discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull tone, and wrinkles. Fortunately, this product turned out to be a winner in particular with sagging, skin tone, and wrinkles. The product works because of HEXINOL technology. We looked it up and found out that it has molecules that improve aging, but not what it actually is. We’re curious to know what the actual ingredients are.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Since we tried Garnier Clean + Purifying Foam Cleanser and liked it, we wanted to try the cleanser for dry skin – Garnier Clean+ Smoothing Cream Cleanser. Fortunately, our tester with dry skin liked this cleanser as much as our tester with combination skin liked the Purifying Foam Cleanser. The Smoothing Cream Cleanser is great for dry skin since it has jojoba and macadamia oils. As you may already know, oil doesn’t always mean pore clogging. Including oil in this cleanser was ingenious because the oils dissolve your makeup. Those of you with dry skin know that cleansers for dry skin are typically gentle, and unfortunately gentle on makeup removal. You’ll like how it feels to get a thorough cleansing without stripping your skin. After washing dry skin, you have to reach immediately for moisturizer before your skin starts feeling tight. Smoothing Cream Cleanser gives you more time and leaves your skin feeling comfortable. Also, when you use water you’ll get a good lather, which is pretty unique for a creamy cleanser. The scent of this product (like all Garnier products) is refreshing, but we wonder if it may be too heavily fragranced for sensitive skin.
Tip: If you have dry skin, you know how important it is to drink enough water. But you can take it a step further and eat foods that are good for your skin as well. Try stocking up on salmon and avocado. Both are helpful to skin lipid layers!
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Hair color isn’t good for your hair, but most of us still do it anyway! Fekkai has a line of products, Technician Color Care, that helps you keep your hair color fresh as long as possible. A unique add is that the products provide UV protection. UV rays fade your hair color, and just as the sun is damaging to your skin it also works against healthy hair. We tried the shampoo, conditioner, and luxe color masque. Even if you don’t color your hair, if your hair is dry you’ll like this line. Since colored hair tends to be dry, the Technician Color Care products seem to have extra moisturizers and are not stripping at all. And for when you really abuse your hair, the luxe color masque gives an intense conditioning. So why not use the luxe color masque? It’s a very intense conditioner, so if you have fine hair it may weigh down your hair too much for frequent use. In general, we thought these products were very gentle and nourishing for color-treated hair. But they can’t stop fading completely. If you want to keep your hair looking salon fresh every week, we suggest supplementing products like Fekkai Technician Color Care with color rinses or glosses.
Friday, May 30th, 2014
There aren’t many intense nighttime moisturizers that claim to relieve extreme dryness without a greasy feel. We tried Neutrogena’s Deep Moisture Night Cream, and considering the light texture, it didn’t seem like it would be enough for our tester with dry skin. On the box, it says that Deep Moisture Night Cream is clinically proven to dramatically increase skin’s moisture level in just 1 week. If you have very dry skin, this will be a unique experience for you. It’s a lighter moisturizer, but it’s just as powerful at combating dryness as a heavy cream. The more you use it, the more you’ll feel like you don’t need it. However, the first couple of days are not that impressive at all. This product really gets to work after several days of use. No more flaking and plumper skin. So in sum, if you need an immediate quick fix this product isn’t the best choice. But if you’re willing to wait a week or longer, you’ll see an amazing improvement in your skin. To see more of our posts about Neutrogena, click here.
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
If you have curly hair, then you most likely have a collection of products under your sink. Companies are continually releasing new products to achieve the elusive frizz free, perfect curls. We tried Curl Keeper by Curly Hair Solutions. The fact that it’s silicone-free (a prime ingredient in fighting frizz) is interesting. But what is truly unexpected about this product is the texture. This is not a gel or a cream, it’s more like putting water on your hair. This is important to remember so you don’t pour too much on your hand. So does it provide that perfect curl with no product build up? Since it’s so light, it doesn’t weight your curls down at all. It’s also great at fighting frizz. This product would probably be better in a spray bottle, so we suggest using this as a spray to get even distribution of product. If you have very thick hair and like the weight of a strong gel to control your hair, you won’t like this product by itself. Instead, use this product for touch ups.
Tip: Traveling? Don’t take up precious space in your luggage with a huge diffuser. Get a mitt diffuser (it’s less than $5 at Sally Beauty Supply) which barely takes up any space in your bag and will fit just about any blow dryer. That way you can dry your curls properly – and save space!
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Wrinkles. Lines. Pores. L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur promises to get rid of the appearance of them all at once. So what IS this product exactly? It’s many things at once. First it has an SPF of 30, which we love about this product. Especially considering that it’s unlikely that any of us are using the sun protection we’re supposed to! But also the texture fills in your pores and lines, and then it contains ingredients that reflect light to make a blurring effect. So at the end of the day, this is a primer with sunscreen. The consistency is like a gel and cream hybrid, and of course it has a pleasant scent. Since Miracle Blur provides a matte finish, one tester with oily skin really liked it. It provides an extra layer to ensure your makeup doesn’t dissipate from the oils of your skin. It gives a general improvement in the appearance of your skin, so if you don’t like wearing makeup or if you’re going to the gym and want something more than a bare face, Miracle Blur is great to use. Since this is yet another step in skincare (Miracle Blur should be applied after moisturizer), it may be a turnoff for those who don’t want to spend more time getting ready or who don’t want too many layers of product on their skin. Our suggestion? Use it for days where you’re not wearing makeup or when you really need your makeup to be perfect and last all day.
See more of our L’Oreal posts here.
Tip: Have a problem with your makeup settling into wrinkles? Don’t bother with powder as that exacerbates the problem. Instead, use a primer, then a liquid foundation, and a makeup setting spray.