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Finally a BB cream in a variety of shades! Sleek MakeUP Be Beautiful Blemish Balm review

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Sleek MakeUp’s Be Beautiful Blemish Balm

BB creams which stands for beauty balms or blemish balms have been all the rage in Asia for years and more recently made their way West.  Now you can pretty much find a BB cream from most major beauty brands.  Both drugstore level and from more high end brands.

Before I dig deep into this review, let me just explain what a BB cream is.  You know sometimes you just want to wear something really light, minimal effort that makes your skin look fresh and put together..… well that would be a job for a BB cream.  It’s basically a tinted moisturizer (which is a really sheer, lightweight foundation, with minimum pigment) that’s been spiced up.  They usually have additional properties like a primer, SPF protection and antioxidants to help heal skin.  I rarely wear foundation.  Ninety-nine percent of the time if you meet me, I’m just wearing some regular moisturizer, but sometimes I want to even out my skintone for a special event, especially if I am going to be photographed.  My biggest issue with BB creams is that still, in 2013, many companies won’t bring out a decent range of colours.  Usually they come in fair and light.  Occasionally they will include a medium.

Back to Sleek.  This brand is sold out of the UK in drugstores like Superdrug and online.  So for Christmas, I got my brother to bring me a few items so I could finally get my hands on them without having to order through their website.  Yay!  Sleek MakeUP has gained a really great reputation for being an inexpensive brand that has high quality, pigmented products.

This BB cream touts many properties.  It could be used a tinted moisturizer and it contains an SPF of 15.  It could also be used as a primer under a foundation or a concealer.  It also has multi-vitamins, anti- aging factors and protein peptides to aid in skin refreshment.  Vitamins C and E also added to help brighten and firm the skin as well as help protects the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation.  Finally it contain jojoba oil which moisturizes the skin.

Bea Beautiful Blemish Balm comes in seven…seven shades!! I can’t think of too many brands that has such a shade range.  Since BB creams have just a little bit of pigment every one can find a shade that is pretty close to their skintone.  This is a huge plus for me!  Here are the shades that they come in:

Fair, Light, Light 01, Light 02, Medium, Medium 01, Dark

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Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer is now mobile as a compact! A Creme Compact review

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Hey folks!

So one brand that has a kind of a sleeper status is Laura Mercier.  Professionals have been for years singing the praises of their foundations, including the best-selling Tinted Moisturizer.  Most tinted moisturizers aim to give sheer to light coverage, basically just to brighten the complexion and some evening of the skintone.

Laura Mercier just recently released their liquid tinted moisturizer in a convenient compact!

From PR:

Laura’s latest innovation features a lightweight crème formula that gives skin a dewy, natural-looking finish ideal for all skin types.  With SPF 20 and a hint of color, this portable compact is perfect for travel and touch ups on the go.  It’s a breakthrough for the Flawless Face!

The Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact also boasts:

  • A lightweight formula that moisturizes and hydrates the skin
  • Provides sheer to moderate, buildable coverage with a hint of color for a natural look
  • Long wearing formula (6-8 hours) ideal for active lifestyles
  • Broad spectrum SPF 20 provides UVA and UVB protection
  • Visibly evens skintone and softens fine and dry lines
  • Upon application, skin is brighter, more even-toned, and dark spots and imperfections look visibly diminished.
  • Features Vitamin C, which has skin brightening properties
  • Contains the antioxidants Vitamins C and E to help protect skin from environmental elements

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How do you save the Earth & be beautiful? eos can help!

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So April 22nd is Earth Day.  We should all, in our own little way, be doing our part in helping our planet.

When it comes to skincare, I definitely like to keep it natural and this is where eos comes in.  Evolution of smooth (eos) is a natural skincare line with mostly naturally derived products and eye-catching packaging.  I have been testing a few of their products.

First is the Everyday Hand Lotion.

eos Everyday Hand Lotion in Cucumber

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Upcoming M.A.C. collection: Primed for Perfection

All info courtesy of Specktra

Debuts April 7 in the U.S. and Canada and later on in April internationally.  Ususally appears the Tuesday before the official launch online at maccosmetics.com

Imaage courtesy of Specktra

 


M∙A∙C owns the primers category. Now we’re taking Prep + Prime further than ever. Use it under, over, during, after makeup application, and marvel at the ease with which it can accept concealer, cooperate with colour. And now, with NEW PREP + PRIME VIBRANCY EYE, Prep + Prime advances eyes, focuses potential. A lightweight, quick fix AND long-term solution for puffy, tired-looking creases and bags that targets the three main causes for dark under eye circles – pigmentation, visibly weakened capillaries and shadowing – while illuminating the eye area with optical effects for instant luminosity. Vibrancy Eye provides pick-me-up power and moisturization. One step and you’re prepped for makeup magic. A wonderful NEW shaded highlighter debuts with this collection – PREP + PRIME HIGHLIGHTER is lush and cushiony, yet lightweight – in wonderful hues that provide a sheer wash of colour to highlight, brighten and perfect. The click “pen” allows for exact application.

Updated haircare routine

So have have not been buying a lot of products as of late, but I’ve been loving a few items. I usually wash and condition every other week. The process is done in four sections.   I wear my hair in a protective style for one week then as a twist-out/bun for the next.  I definitely will be experimenting with more styles this year! So here’s what’s hot with me!!

  • Prepoo: Organic Coconut oil.  Just applied to my strands a few hours before washing.
  • Shampoo: Well I stopped using regular sulphate shampoo years ago, and I have been loving the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. My hair never feels dry with this product!

 

I use the shampoo with the tan label, image courtesy of Shea Moisture

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