Stay Shine-Free And Glowing This Summer With LORAC!

LORAC Cosmetics is currently one of my favorite brands.  Their color cosmetics are gorgeous and have great staying power.

I was recently sent products to test for my honest opinion that are keeping me fresh and glowing this summer.  They are:

LORAC TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder

LORAC TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder ($32 USD) — Discover your inner glowing goddess with LORAC Los Angeles TANtalizing Buildable Bronzing Powder. Highly pigmented and formulated to offer long-lasting, natural-looking warmth for radiant skin from sun up to sundown. Featuring finishes and hues in matte, satin, high-shine, warm, and cool, there’s a sun-kissed color for every shade of skin.

What I think:  The color above is called Pool Party and it is a light color with a matte finish.  I’m letting my (faux) tan fade away, so this is perfect for lighter skin.  It is warm toned and really pretty on.  I can see myself wearing this in the cooler months when I am pasty white and need some warmth.  It blends really well, too.

These come in 5 shades with different finishes, so if you like a shimmery bronzer — I like both matte and shimmer — there is one for you!

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Loose Powder

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Loose Powder ($32 USD) — This innovative formula contains natural peppermint and brightens, absorbs oils, and keeps your skin cool and shine-free throughout the day. The silky texture of the finely milled formula applies smoothly and evenly, and helps makeup stay fresh all day by instantly blurring pores and imperfections.

What I think:  I use a setting powder every day, so I was excited to try these powders.  This applies smoothly and doesn’t settle into pores or lines.  I like how it goes on clear and it is not cakey and doesn’t discolor my makeup.  It sets my face and helps the makeup last!

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Pressed Powder

LORAC PRO Blurring Translucent Pressed Powder ($32 USD) — This formula is the same as the loose powder, but in pressed form.  Because this paraben-free, weightless formula is translucent, it works on every skin tone and refreshes makeup throughout the day by absorbing excess oils without looking chalky.

What I think:  I love to throw this one in my purse.  Since it is solid, it doesn’t make a mess and is so easy to take out and refresh my makeup. Like the loose powder it applies seamlessly and looks like I don’t have any powder on!

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain

LORAC Alter Ego Hydrating Lip Stain ($19 USD) — This sexy and playful stain coat your lips in highly-pigmented color and hydrates with nourishing Jojoba Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and Mango Seed Butter for all day pigment, shine and hydration. Embrace your every identity and dress up your lips with LORAC.

What I think:  These lippies are so hydrating, I think they are somewhere between a stain and a tinted lip balm.  They are very pigmented and look like a cream lipstick on, but last a longtime and feel amazing on. They are available in 10 gorgeous shades.  The one shown is Activist, a pretty berry shade.

LORAC products are available at loraccosmetics.com

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favorite LORAC product?  I know they have new Pro Satin Lip Colors and POREfection Complexion Pens that I hope to try.  Here are my reviews of LORAC’s Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean collections.

Dr. Sun Rx and Jessica Robertson Beauty Collection

Jessica Robertson Collection
Jessica Robertson Collection

Spring is here! Time to put away the sweaters and boots and break out the lighter (and smaller) clothing! While slipping on that new bathing suit may be daunting, there’s nothing a few new beauty products can’t do to make you feel like the sun goddess you really are. Let the creators of Podz and Dr. Sun Rx help you look bronzed, sun-kissed and ready to make heads turn with their top favorite picks all endorsed by Jessica Robertson (of Duck Dynasty Fame) from their new exciting line of beauty products!

Jessica’s bronzer’s and moisturizers will give you glowing skin!  I found the bronzers and self tanners are buildable and do not streak.  Use the American Love moisturizer after any sun exposure or to lock in moisture after a shower or bath.

Jessica Robertson Bronzer
Jessica Robertson Bronzer

Jessica Robertson Bronzer Jessica Robertson Collection Facial Bronzing Powder ($20 USD) – Keep your tan luminous and your skin glowing with this 3-in-1 bronzer that has just the right amount of color and moisture in its unique formula.  This tinted powder providing a smooth, never splotchy application. The natural tint works for all skin types and is ideal for enhancing a skin tone or strengthening and prolonging a tan.

Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss
Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss

Jessica Robertson Lip Gloss ($7 USD) Look polished even while sunning and swimming with pout-perfecting lip glosses. Available in 6 luscious colors: Cherry Red, Berry, Nude, Peach Mango, Iced Mocha and Cotton Candy.

My favorites are Nude and Cotton Candy.  They are pretty on and very moisturizing!  I shared some of the brighter colors with my friends and they loved them, too.  The color is creamy and saturated.

You can purchase this awesome products at www.drsuncosmetics.com or your favorite local tanning salon.

Glow On With beautyADDICTS

beautyADDICTS has a great system to give your face a glowing summer look without the glitter that is only age-appropriate for the very young.  Here is what they suggest:

First start with a bronzer that is a versatile shade and does not have an abundance of “shimmer”. Hydra SUNRays Bronzing Powder ($28.00 USD) provides buildable coverage in one flawless shade and is formulated with pure pearl powder to stimulate cell renewal. Packed with healthy ingredients such as green tea and Vitamins A, C, D and B5, it contains amino acids that help to exfoliate dead skin cells and bring forth a natural, fresh glow.  Apply HydraSUNRays Bronzing Powder to the cheeks, nose, forehead, ears and neck for an even look.

To complete your sun-kissed complexion you have to subtlely highlight those areas of the face that need a heathy “shine”. If you haven’t tried GlimmerSHEERS ($28.00 USD) then you have never experienced such a multipurpose product that leaves skin looking and feeling radiant and healthy. Each GlimmerSHEERS compact holds two unique formulas in complimentary shades. The Sheer formula is loaded with Jojoba Oil to fight wrinkles and hydrate and enhance glowing skin while the Glimmer formula contains Green Tea for ultimate anti-oxidant protection and stimulates collagen and elastin production for a sun-kissed, elegant sheen. 

Pro Tip: Apply HydraSUNRays Bronzing Powder and GlimmerSHEERS with a flawless makeup sponge like beautyblender.  Moisten your Beautyblender and apply product along the brow bone, cheekbone, décolleté or down the bridge of the nose for a contouring effect.

What I think:  This is the perfect easy summer duo. The matte bronzer is perfect for a natural looking summer glow or a great contour powder.  The S on top highlights and gives face even more dimension.  One color or texture (all matte, all glowy) can make the face appear one-dimensional.  This duo imparts the perfect, healthy look of the sun, without damaging the skin!  

BeautyADDICTS HydraSUNRays Bronzing Powder and GlimmerSHEERS retail for $28 each at a salon near you and is available online at www.beautyaddicts.com.

Create A Beautiful Complexion With New Products From Physicians Formula

Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Powder ($13.95 USD) — Ultra-smooth, perfecting powder in a complementary palette of color blends together to even out skin tone with a flawless radiance.  Vibrant pink heart gives cheeks a healthy pop of color.  Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.  The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.

What I think: First of all, I enjoy the soft violet scent. Violet is one of my favorite floral fragrances and this one is not strong — which is perfect for the powder. The powder also gives a nice soft glow and is pretty alone or over foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Mineral Wear™ Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer ($10.95 USD) — In one simple step, this versatile primer color-corrects imperfections, smoothes skin texture, fills in fine lines and boosts makeup’s staying power. Ultra-convenient twist-pen with attached brush applicator allows for easy blending and effortless application. Available in Nude, Pink Highlighter and Green.

What I think: I really love the green primer, because it color corrects the red from my complexion. It goes on incredibly smooth and is great under makeup. My skin does not turn green when I use it, so don’t worry about that. The nude  is fantastic for evening out skintone and the pink is a pretty highlighter for cheekbones and under the eyebrow.

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Sun Stones ($14.95 USD) — Luminous bronzing Sun Stones provide an instant and lasting tan-boost that blends and builds easily to your desired level of bronze. Indescent bronze and gold blend together for a gorgeous and glowing bronze effect.  Unique Sun Stones provide the soft, smooth look of a loose powder without the mess. It comes in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark.

What I think: This includes a nice little brush that works well to apply this bronzer all over for a faux tan, or where the sun naturally hits the face — forehead, nose, chin and cheekbones. The stones impart a pretty soft glow.

Visit www.physiciansformula.com to learn more and you can purchase at a drugstore or mass market relaiter near you.

New Bronzing Kit From Cargo

Voyages Bronzing Collection

A few warm spring days has got me looking towards warmer weather and sun-kissed skin! My skin is pasty and could really use some sun (fake of course, I make sure to use SPF everyday).

A good substitute for sun or sunless tanner is CARGO’s Voyages Bronzing Collection ($25.00 USD).  This includes CARGO’s Bronzer in Medium packaged in a signature tin, a Kabuki Brush, and a cute travel bag.

This is a really pretty bronzer and the brush is perfect for application, plus the whole kit fits in your purse. Very nice for traveling. CARGO is known for their fab bronzers and the look is so natural, but has a little shimmer to it.

This kit is sold exclusively at Sephora inside JC Penney. Enjoy!

Add Some Shimmer To Your Look This Summer With The Body Shop

Each season, The Body Shop introduce a perfect collection of makeup that is just right for that time of year. This summer they have released many beautiful, shimmering products that will make you look glowy and perfect for the easy days ahead of us.  

These are my favorite from the collection:

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder ($18.50) is a beautiful bronzer to give color this summer. If you are like me and pile on the sunscreen, most of your color comes from bronzers. What I love about this one is that it is a lightweight, matte powder. It boasts light-diffusing particles to provide instant radiance and help reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also contains Community Trade marula oil from Namibia helps to repair skin’s moisture barrier plus Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps to soften, condition and protect skin.

I have Shade 01 which is the lightest matte shade. There is also Shade 03 which is a shimmering shade and Shade 04 which is a dark matte shade. The matte shades are perfect when you want to get a little color, not shimmer.

Brush On Radiance ($21.00 USD) — Here’s where I like to get my very subtle shimmer. Actually, it is more of an illumination. This is a little pot of  multi-colored bead that ar light-reflective and iridescent. They give a beautiful glow. They contain Community marula nut oil to promote moisturization and hydration.

Delipscious Sheer Lip Color ($12.00 USD) – This reminds me of a product that I used to wear in my 20’s — Clinique’s Almost Lipstick. They still make that, of course, but only in Black Honey. They used to have many different shimmery colors.

This new Delipscious Sheer Lip Color is sheer and moisturizing. It also has a fruity flavor made from food-grade ingredients, including natural blueberry and pomegranate seed oils. This also contains organic, virgin, cold-pressed Community Trade coconut oil to help replenish moisture levels; Community Trade organic beeswax from Zambia to helps moisturize and condition lips; and Community Trade cocoa butter, an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, and is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Available in 7 sheer shades, Sheer Lychee, Sheer Toffee, Sheer Watermelon, Sheer Candy, Sheer Elderberry, Sheer Saffron and Sheer Pomegranate. They are all beautiful and subtle.

To purchase, visit a The Body Shop store near you or go to www.thebodyshop-usa.com.

Achieve Flawless Skin From NP Set by Napoleon Perdis

“NP Set is my spirited new makeup collection for glamour on-the-go. Think rich colors, cool trends and fix-it products that are easy to use. Are you ready to get Set?”
– Napoleon Perdis

Napoleon Perdis is an Australian makeup artist who launched this more affordable line of cosmetics in the United States at Target stores in August 2008. What’s cool is that you can try these on at the store to see if the colors and formulas work for you. I love the following two face powders products because they help me achieve a flawless face.

Pasarella Powder Foundation ($30.00 USD) — Contains pomegranate extract, shea butter and vitamins A & C and is paraben free.   This gives minimum to maximum coverage and sets liquid foundation well. The double layered compact contains a mirror and a sponge applicator which makes it easy to travel with and touch up during the day. I really like this powder foundation. I use it over concealer and it give me good coverage plus a natural look.   Available in 7 shades to match most skin tones.

Baked Powder ($20.00 USD) This compact includes a  blusher (or bronzer) and highlighter and is baked so it can be used wet or dry. Ingredients includes vitamins A, C and E, jojoba oil, acai oil, Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9, and safflower & sunflower Oil and paraben free. Available in 4 shades: Bronze Set, Blush Set, Peach Set and English Pink Set. I have the Bronze set. It is nice to have a two toned bronzer and can wear the shades mixed together or one shade at a time. Really well-pigmented, but looks natural, too.

Visit www.npsetcosmetics.com to learn more and you can also purchase at Target. Enjoy!

Palladio — Natural Cosmetics at an Affordable Price

Palladio Beauty creates affordable makeup that is actually good for you. The products are enriched with herbs and vitamins and come in quite a variety of products and shades.

Some of the products I have tried are:

Herbal Lipstick ($6.00) — This vanilla-scented lipstick’s formula contains “diamond clusters” that are touted to create an irresistible look of frost and glimmer on the lips. Out of the 40 shades, I tried Precious, a rosy pink. It is shimmery, but not glittery and the color was subtle and was moisturizing too.  

Mosaic ($10.00) — is five harmonizing hues of pinks, tans and browns combined in one powder kit. They can be used individually or blended together to create a single shade to match your skin type. They can be used as an overall bronzer, blush, eye shadow or an overall face highlight. I tried Sun Kissed, a light bronzer. It is very soft and pretty, and is available in 8 kits of blush or bronzer.

One of may favorite Palladio products are the Baked Eye Shadows ($7.00 for single colors; $8.00 for trios). These are highly pigmented, shimmery and last longer than regular shadows.  They are available in 12 single shades and 8 trios. I love the glimmer and choices of colors that these shadows offer. Fun!

Visit www.palladiobeauty.com to learn more about these great products and to find a store that carries them.

Bobbi Brown’s Illuminating Bronze Collection

“Nothing says summer to me like healthy skin with a bit of shimmer. It’s gorgeous and super sexy – and who doesn’t want to look like that?”

– Bobbi Brown

I know I want to look like that! A great bronzer is the center of my summer makeup wardrobe. Bobbi Brown has come out with the Illuminating Bronze Collection. The products in this collection are:

Shimmer Brick for Body ($75.00 USD) — This oversized bronzer brick can be used on arms, legs, décolleté, or anywhere you want to glow. It features three shimmering bars of color. This can be used with Bobbi Brown’s giant All Over Body Brush ($85.00 USD), to add a little color any place you wish.

All Over Bronzing Gel SPF 15 ($28.00 USD) — Bobbi Brown has offered this gel-based bronzer before, but it now has the added benefit of sun protection. It is available in a new shade, Golden Sun, and the original shade, Desert Sun. Depending on desired effect, blend bronzer all over face or where the sun naturally hits – forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.

Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($33.00 USD) — I have this bronzer in Aruba, a light golden bronze, but it is available in 6 sunny shades. The ultra-soft and smooth pressed powder is formulated with a unique and innovative blend of sheer powder and micro pearls. This is a shimmery bronzer, but not glittery, and can be used for day or evening looks. I have been wearing it to work and have been receiving compliments on my makeup.

Visit the website at www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com to purchase a new bronzer or to find a location near you. Have fun glowing!

Pur Minerals Pur Perfection Starter Kit

Pur Perfection Starter Kit
Pur Perfection Starter Kit

Looking for to try quality mineral make-up for a reasonable price? Pick up the Pur Minerals Pur Perfection Starter Kit (35.00 USD).

This kit includes all you need for a flawless face:

Application of the 4-in-1 makeup is easy; you take the chisel brush, swirl it in the makeup then draw circles in the makeup lid. This ensures that there isn’t loose powder on the tip of the brush and that the application yields smooth skin. I brush it all over my face, and use a little extra under my eyes for concealer. Don’t forget to blend, because if not, mineral makeup can look a little powdery on and set into the pores.

After I apply the 4-in-1, I take a powder brush and dust the Mineral Glow bronzer on my temples, forehead, nose and chin. I then brush the Universal Marble Powder on the apples of my cheeks and my face looks glowing and pretty.

So if you’re looking for a new foundation, give this kit a try. You can find it at Ulta or visit the website at www.purminerals.com.