Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Breathable Foundation and Breathable Concealer Review


I received samples of Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Breathable Foundation ($7.99 USD) and Concealer ($5.99 USD) for my honest review.  Here is some info on the foundation:

The lightest long-lasting formula available on the mass market. This special formula builds and blends with ease to ensure a flawless canvas with every application. Formula & Benefits: 25HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, SPF 18 to protect skin, built-in ergonomic cushion applicator.
Available in 16 skin-true shades: 081 Fair Ivory, 100 Ivory, 101 Classic Ivory, 102 Light Nude, 103 True Ivory, 200 Soft Beige, 201 Classic Beige, 203 True Beige, 300 Sand, 302 Golden Honey, 303 True Nude, 400 Natural Beige, 402 Bronze, 502 Noisette, 503 Mocha, 504 Deep Mocha
Here’s a look at the foundation applicator:
It’s a large doe foot wand applicator that is flexible and cushiony. I use it to dot or stripe the foundation on my face and then I blend in with a brush or sponge.
The swatch on the left is the concealer in the shade 200 Light.  It’s a little dark for me know, but will work really well for the summer time.  Next to it is the foundation in 100 Ivory, then 101 Classic Ivory.  They both work really well on my skin.
I like the foundation a lot, it is very light on and looks really natural.  It can be built up for more coverage and really does last all day.  I do feel that it is not caked on and is breathable.  I’m not really into full coverage foundations (I have pretty good skin for my age), so I will be wearing this often!
The concealer squeezes out of the tube in a stream, can be applied with the sponge or with a brush or fingers.  Here’s the info on the concealer:
The formula is transfer and sweat resistant so it lasts when you need it most. Best part? It doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy.  Formula & Benefits: Cushion applicator, 25 HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, Ultra-smooth breathable formula.
Available in six skin-true shades : 001 Light Ivory, 100 Fair, 200 Light, 300 Medium, 400 Medium Dark, 600 Dark
This covers well, I almost think it’s a little more full coverage than the foundation! It lasts all day and will be perfect when it is hot and humid in the summer!
Have you tried either of these products?  What do you think?

New IT Cosmetics Products for Beautiful Skin

I’ve recently received amazing new Fall products from IT Cosmetics for my honest review.  And that was so exciting!  I’m going to break the review up over a couple of posts (and will include a couple in my favorites this week!)

The following products really help with complexion issues.  They include an amazing new cleanser, products to help with redness (yes, please!) and products to cover and help clear acne:

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser ($28 USD) — is your skin-loving cleanser and serum in one game-changing product! This breakthrough one-step skincare solution gently cleanses and moisturizes while leaving your skin feeling soft, refreshed and perfectly balanced.

What I think: This is a gentle cleanser that is safe for sensitive skin and it is  ophthalmologist-tested which is perfect for my eyes, that react to everything! It removes all of my makeup and leaves skin really soft and smooth.  I also love this before makeup in the morning.  I don’t need much hydration after this, so I don’t have to wear layers of skincare before my makeup.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream ($32 USD) — is your color-infused skincare that starts its life as a hydrating, skin-calming cream and cancels redness from view—all while delivering long-wearing, color-correcting full coverage. Rich in anti-aging peptides, colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed collagen, aloe and avocado, it helps camouflage any red-toned skin discolorations including rosacea, broken capillaries, blemishes, skin irritations, sun damage, scars, age spots and more.

What I think: This is such an interesting product.  It is a moisturizer, concealer and foundation in one.  I love this in the morning.  I use it alone on my skin in the morning on casual days, and I might use a little concealer, foundation and/or powder on days I want more coverage.  I like that it also calms my skin!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Powder
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Powder ($38 USD) — this talc-free powder is ideal for even the most sensitive skin and delivers buildable, tone-correcting full coverage that won’t settle into lines or pores—and instantly reduces the look of redness, rosacea, discoloration and any imperfections. Infused with anti-aging colloidal oatmeal, aloe, cucumber, chamomile, avocado, chrysin, turmeric, collagen and peptides, it’s truly your skin-soothing essential for airbrushing away the look of redness!

What I think:  This is a perfect companion to the correcting cream above.  It covers and gives nice bit of color too.  It’s available in three shades (so is the cream above).  They are fair to medium shades. The middle shade, Transforming Light Beige works really well on my skin tone.  The finish of this powder is in between a satin and matte.  It’s definitely not drying.  Really nice!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Moisturizer
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Moisturizer ($48 USD) — helps neutralize and soothe the look of redness while providing deep hydration, and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive and dry skin. Perfect for a.m. and p.m., your redness-relieving moisturizer also smooths the look of lines and wrinkles, and is infused with anti-aging, skin-soothing colloidal oatmeal, aloe, cucumber, chamomile extract, avocado, chrysin, turmeric, collagen and peptides. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more transformative results over time!

What I think: I haven’t used a green moisturizer before, it’s really different.  I think this is my least favorite product of the bunch, because I have lots of anti-aging moisturizers, and redness-reducing makeup that I don’t really need a cream that does both.  But it does work.  I think it’s best for the morning, when I need my redness reduced.  It has some good natural ingredients in it that does help calm my skin.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Concealer ($28 USD) — is specially created to be your revolutionary drying lotion and concealer in one, and gives you the power to say “bye bye” to the look of blemishes—and hello to the appearance of your most flawless, blemish-free complexion! Developed with plastic surgeons and perfect for oily and acne-prone skin, this color-infused skincare innovation contains full-coverage pigments to effectively conceal the look of blemishes, acne, redness and discoloration without creasing or cracking.

What I think:  I really don’t get blemishes anymore, so I gave this to my daughter.  There is an amazing range of shades of this, 7, from fair to deep.  I gave my daughter fair and light to mix how she needs.  She likes the coverage an the fact that is helps dry out the acne.  Great product for those who are self conscious about breakouts, but don’t want to make it worse while covering it.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder ($28 USD) — this skin-perfecting innovation reduces shine while helping to diffuse the appearance of blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with anti-aging peptides and hydrolyzed collagen, plus oil-absorbing zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, colloidal oatmeal, tea tree, sulfur and a gentle AHA/BHA complex, Bye Bye Breakout Powder™ goes on completely sheer and delivers a buildable, flawless finish for all skin tones—perfect alone or over your Bye Bye Breakout™ Concealer!

What I think:  A great product for those with oily and acne prone skin.  I love the healing ingredients and the face that it comes in Translucent (my fave powder shade), plus Light/Medium and Tan, which just about covers everyone.

I love IT Cosmetics and was so happy to try these!

Have you tried any of these products?  What skin issues do you have and how do you treat them.




Laura Geller Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is…Heather Z!!!

Congrats Heather, you have won the Dream Creams Concealer and Highlighter Palette in Regular/Tan and Ombre Baked Blush in Peach Blossom (w/o the brush).  I have sent you an email requesting your address.

For my other fab readers, there will be more giveaways to come!  I am looking forward to receiving and sharing some wonderful fall makeup — so keep reading!

Have a great week!




Announcing a Laura Geller Cosmetics GIVEAWAY!!!

Announcing my fab Laura Geller Giveaway.  I am giving away two products — the Dream Creams Concealer and Highlighter Palette in Regular/Tan and Ombre Baked Blush in Peach Blossom (w/o the brush).

Here are the descriptions of each product:

Laura Geller Dream Creams Concealer & Highlighter ($26.36 USD) — This palette features three stripes of buildable concealers that blur away dark under-eye circles, blemishes, and uneven skin tone, plus a matching crescent of highlighter to bring out your best features. The vitamin E-enriched formula is fortified with natural emollients that help provide smooth, even coverage.

Laura Geller Ombre Baked Blush with Brush ($29.75 USD with brush) — Featuring cascading strips of luscious color, Ombre Baked Blush is an ingenious palette that lets you sculpt a perfect flush. Choose any of the five stripes for an easy glow, or mix and match shades for a custom-blended blush.

To win, just leave a comment on my blog and I will randomly choose a winner on Monday August 6th.

Good Luck!

The New CK One Color Cosmetics Line

I love trying brand new cosmetic brands!  This Spring was the exciting launch of ck one color cosmetics, a full line-up of over 130 products that all capture the core ck one brand DNA – authentic, confident, and cool.

This line of affordable designer cosmetics continues the recent expansion of ck one into a lifestyle brand, with jeans and underwear introduced under the name in 2011.

I have got to try a few of these products and generally LOVE them.  The packaging is unique and fun and the products themselves are really cool!

Here is the description about the packaging.  I think it is interesting:

ck one color packaging design furthers the code-breaking legacy of the ck one brand with an understated pill shape that’s iconic and edgy. the modern, minimalist packaging offers simplicity in a black and white silhouette, enhanced by a playful contrast of soft touch matte and high gloss finishes for a heightened sensory experience. designed for intuitive use, product applicators feature two-sided textures and multi-functionality to encourage individual creativity.

 Some of my favorite products are:

ck one 3in1 foundation

3-IN-1 FACE MAKEUP SPF 8 ($30 USD) — this distinctive liquid synthesizes serum, primer and face makeup into one simple, lightweight formula. treated pigment technology with triple-layer amino acid that mimics skin for an effortlessly natural, radiant finish. no compromise on skin perfecting coverage. antioxidants protect skin, lasting up to 11 hours.

What I think:  A very lightweight but full-coverage makeup, which is very cool.  There are 8 shades available from very light to very dark, so something for everyone.  I wear the light which is a perfect match for my skin.  It applies very smoothly and melts into the skin.  So nice!

ck one concealer

MOUSSE CONCEALER ($20 USD) — absolute flawlessness. air-whipped concealer delivers a natural, seamless finish that fully hides blemishes and imperfections, lasting up to 9 hours.

What I think — This blends extremely well.  It only takes a few minutes to cover my under eye circles and blemishes.  To apply, I dip a concealer brush into the pot and dot on my skin, then blend.  Really great consistency, not too thick but provides full coverage.

ck one Mascara

MASCARA ($18 USD) — customize lash looks with a unique twist brush applicator. Select definition or volume with a twist of the cap in this all-in-one mascara.

What I think — Super-cool idea for mascara application.  You can twist the top of the cap to make the wand shorter or longer.  I make it short first, to thicken lashes, then I make it longer to separate and lengthen.  It only takes 2 coats on each eye to make my lashes look extremely long and thick. The only thing that I don’t love is that it flakes towards the end of the day.

ck one eye shadow quad

POWDER EYESHADOW QUAD ($28 USD) — accentuate. illuminate. define. fun and youthful hues that can easily be applied wet or dry to create looks for day or night.

What I think — This is a gorgeous eye quad.  This comes in 6 color combinations, but I have Disco, the purple palette that you see above.  It is prettier in person, though.  It has a glitter purple, a shimmer fuchsia, a matte burgundy and a pearly off-white.  You can make lovely combos with this set.

Available exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.  Enjoy!

Try A Luxe New Ellis Faas Concealer

Ellis Faas Concealers

Looking for a new concealer and would like to splurge on quality? Ellis Faas Concealer ($40.00 USD) has eight colors to choose from to ensure a match and it is full coverage and very creamy. Here is the details:

 The secret to seamless concealer coverage lies in its relation to the foundation colour: Darker skin demands more contrast between concealer and foundation, while lighter skin requires foundation and concealer that are more similar in colour. The Ellis Faas concealer accommodates these dramatic differences in the requirements of different skin tones. This concealer has a polished finish, with a formulation that offers high coverage to reduce the appearance of blemishes, pigmentation spots and dark circles. With a unique blend of ingredients such as Karité oil and rice wax, Ellis Faas concealer immediately blends into the skin for a flawless finish. Vitamins E and C in the formula hydrate and have anti-aging and regenerating properties. Ellis Faas concealer is recommended for all skin types.

What I think:  I like the texture and coverage of this concealer. I tried s202, which is a bit dark and warm for my skin tone, which is light. As I do more sunless tanning this summer, it will probably blend in better.  I would suggest that you go lighter than you think if you have light to medium skin since you need a contrast. Darker skin tones can benefit from a closer shade.   

Visit www.ellisfaas.com to purchase and to learn more. Enjoy!

Cover FX — The Big Cover Up Kit

The Big Cover Up Kit

Cover FX is known for giving women a flawless face with easy to use products. Being over 40, I am always trying to improve the appearance and texture of my skin. The Big Cover Up Kit ($75.00 USD)  gives the perfect products, brush and instructions to obtain a flawless and younger looking face!

What is It?

This complexion perfection 5 piece kit includes:

• Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum – 15 ml/0.5 fl.oz
• COVER FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation (3 shades total 12g/ 0.43oz)
• Setting FX Translucent Setting Powder – 6.5g / 0.22oz.
• #130 Foundation Brush
• How-to Instructional DVD  What Does It Do?

• Achieves total coverage of minor to major complexion imperfections, regardless of skin tone in 3 essential steps: PREP, COVER and SET.
• Creates flawless looking skin as blemishes, redness, sun damage and other complexion concerns all disappear.
• Helps you achieve the same professional results, Lee Graff achieves weekly for her patients in the CosMedic Clinic. By using The Big Cover Up kit, you are taking Lee’s 20 years of coverage expertise home with you.
• Provides products to prime, cover and set your Cover FX total coverage foundation with a professional application brush and how-to DVD.
• Proven color trios were selected to enable you to easily create and blend your perfect custom shade.
• Achieves total coverage of minor to major complexion imperfections, regardless of skin tone in 3 essential steps: PREP, COVER and SET.
• Creates flawless looking skin as blemishes, redness, sun damage and other complexion concerns all disappear.
• Helps you achieve the same professional results, Lee Graff achieves weekly for her patients in the CosMedic Clinic. By using The Big Cover Up kit, you are taking Lee’s 20 years of coverage expertise home with you.
• Provides products to prime, cover and set your Cover FX total coverage foundation with a professional application brush and how-to DVD.
• Proven color trios were selected to enable you to easily create and blend your perfect custom shade.
Skin Types
• All Skin Types
• Sensitive skin (non-comedogenic – zero irritancy score)
• Free of oil and fragrance
What I Think: The compact with the three foundation shades plus the powder on the bottom is portable and works so well to create a flawless face in minutes! The DVD instructions are helpful, but not necessary. I use the lightest shade as under eye concealer and highlighter, the medium shade as all over foundation, and the darker shade to contour. The brush is great for getting into corners of the face for highlighting and contouring. My lease favorite product is the Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer and Anti-Aging Serum as it felt a little heavy and oily on my skin. It might be great in the winter when my skin is drier.

Visit www.coverup.com to learn more and purchase this and other products by Cover FX. Enjoy!

Physican’s Mineral Wear® Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Concealer

Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Concealer


I love walking through drugstores and looking for new products from my favorite brands. I love Physician’s Formula because they always create quality cosmetics that are good for your skin and that work really well.  

Since I am always on the hunt for a fantastic concealer, I have tried the line’s Mineral Wear® Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Concealer ($8.95 USD). The description of this product is:  

  • Essential cream concealer trio provides medium coverage for any and all imperfections. There are two choices — 1. Soft Green- Color Corrects blemishes & other red imperfections. 2. Natural Light- Conceals imperfections 3. Pink Highlighter- Illuminates brow bones & temples or 1. Soft Yellow- Color Corrects dark circles & other bluish imperfections. 2. Natural Light- Conceals imperfections 3. Pink Highlighter- Illuminates brow bones & temples.
  • Light reflective pigments optically blur skin imperfections and diffuse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Ultra convenient and portable vials snap together and pull apart for easy touch-ups on the go!

What I think: I use the yellow shade trio for my dark circles. The yellow cream works, but it is a bit thick for my under eye area. I do use the natural light color for under eye and blemishes and the pink highlighter for my cheeks and under my eyebrows. The fact that it is mineral makeup, makes me feel good about applying this around my eyes.  I like how you can connect the creams or just take one and stick it in your purse, like I do with the light concealer. Very handy! 

You can purchase Physician’s Formula in drugstores and mass market retailers near you. Enjoy!

Concealer for Hair? Try White Sands Porosity the Fix

White Sands Porosity the Fix

 Need to fix your tired, damaged hair instantly? Try what has been named  “makeup for hair”, White Sands Porosity The Fix.      

Product Information: For hair that has become delicate from coloring, perming, and heat styling, White Sands presents the re-launch of its revolutionary treatment Porosity The Fix ($19.00 USD). Featuring a brand new packaging design and enhanced formulation, this leave in protects tresses from future damage caused by hot tools and environmental elements by correcting the appearance of extreme dryness and damaged texture patterns.
Fashioned as “makeup for hair”, this product acts as a coveted concealer, filling in the blemishes found in each strand. This revitalizing feature instantly creates illuminating, flawless strands. The Fix will transform damaged, dry locks, revealing youthful, shiny hair.  

Based after the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, unnaturally high and low levels of porosity are the main causes of fragile and brittle locks. The Fix instantly reverses this unbalanced state, creating healthy, flawless hair through its restorative properties and unique ingredients including gentle silicones and natural oils. The formula’s light weight silicone membrane instantly “locks in” this moisture, while providing a revolutionary “Timed” Drying Process: the ratio of Cyclomethicones adjusts for drying time to provide maximum shine.
What I think: Fantastic! I apply this two ways: on damp hair as a leave in and on dry hair to instantly add shine and stop the frizzies. Plus this does not make my hair look greasy.  It also smells really pretty, like a soft perfume.  

You can purchase this at fine salons in the U.S. and Canada or visit www.whitesandsproducts.com. Enjoy!

Benefit Cosmetics Confessions of a Concealaholic

Confessions of a Concealaholic

Need a little help making your skin look flawless? Are you addicted to concealer (like me)? Benefit Confessions of a Concealaholic ($36.00) is a kit that was created to conceal and to brighten your skin.   

This set contains:
– 0.25 oz “That Gal” brightening face primer
– 2 x 0.04 oz Boi-ing industrial strength concealer in 01 Light (for fair complexions) and 02 Medium (for medium complexions) for custom concealing
– 0.11 oz Erase Paste brightening camouflage for eyes and face in No. 2 (for medium complexions)
– 0.03 oz Lemon Aid (sheer pale yellow) color correcting eyelid primer
– 0.03 oz Eye Bright (pale pink) instant eye brightener
– Concealer Brushes
– step-by-step lesson  

 This kit contains so many great products to give a flawless canvas for color cosmetics. That Gal is a fantastic primer. It’s goes on smooth and gives skin a little glow. Bo-ing is fantastic because it really covers under eye circles and blemishes and it comes in 2 shades. My favorite product is Erase Paste because it covers everything, but the one in this kit is too dark for my skin. The Lemon Aid is an effective eyelid primer and works as a shadow when you don’t have time. The Eye Bright can go in the inner corners of the eye, under the eyebrow, and my favorite — lining the lower lids. It will wake you up!  

I really recommend this kit for medium skin tones, so you can get the full benefits, but light skin can enjoy it too. Visit  www.benefitcosmetics.com to learn more and to purchase this fab concealing kit!