Try A New Foundation This Fall For A Flawless Face!

Fall is not only the time to try the new warmer shades of eye color or deeper shade of lipstick, it seems to be the time that many fab cosmetic companies are releasing new foundations.

I have received a few great ones for review.  They have mostly been liquid or cream — since summer is over it is time for more coverage and these products do provide them. Try a new one today!

If you love liquid foundation, try:

tarte maracuja miracle foundation 12-hour broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen

tarte maracuja miracle foundation 12-hour broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen ($42 USD) — Thanks to the miracle of maracuja, this long wearing, waterproof pure foundation rich in Vitamin C and available in 10 shades, goes on seamlessly and instantly restores skin’s natural luster for a firmer, brighter, smoother complexion. Maracuja has also been known to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation of the skin making this foundation perfect for all skin types and ideal for sensitive, dehydrated, dry or aging skin. The combination of Vitamins A, E and mineral pigments hydrates and preserves skin. tarte’s maracuja miracle is housed in a soft-finish recyclable glass bottle that boasts a sustainable bamboo cap making it our most eco-chic foundation ever.

What I think: This foundation goes on very smoothly and gives full-coverage. I love the glow it gives my skin without making it shiny.  It lasted all day, plus it has  sunscreen and great skincare ingredients!  Purchase at www.tartecosmetics.com.

Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation

Yves Rocher Pure Light Foundation ($22 USD on Sale for $12.10) – Light and luminous foundation with second skin effect!  For the very first time, Yves Rocher Botanical Beauty Research has introduced radiance boosting Rice extract in a new foundation. Each time you use it, your skin regains vitality and radiance, becoming softer and more luminous.   Its ultra-fresh light moisturizing texture is easy to apply uniformly. It provides maximum comfort for a sensation of no makeup and impeccable natural coverage. The skin’s texture is visibly smoothed and the complexion is uniform.

What I think:  This is a lighter foundation that covers like a tinted moisturizer.  It does feel great on the skin and gives a nice glowThis is for the lady who likes their makeup to feel barely there! Visit www.yvesrocherusa.com to learn more.

Or.. try a cream foundation…

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen ($45 USD) — Laura Mercier’s latest innovation: her bestselling Tinted Moisturizer formula with SPF 20 protection, now in a convenient compact.  This lightweight, SPF-rich formula leaves a dewy, sheer-to-moderate finish for flawless skin—wherever you go. Available in a range of shades for all skin types, this lightweight formula moisturizes and hydrates the complexion, softening fine lines and providing buildable coverage with a hint of color to impart a healthy and natural look. This expert formula applies evenly, does not oxidize, and visibly brightens and evens skintone by diminishing dark spots and imperfections. Broad spectrum SPF 20 provides UVA and UVB protection.

This product is non-comedogenic, allergy- and dermatalogically tested and is appropriate for sensitive skin. This non-greasy formula does not contain fragrance or talc. The compact comes with a luxurious, high-grade sponge that was custom-designed with a density and thickness to compliment the formula. The sponge is anti-copper treated to preserve cleanliness and prevent discoloration. Each compact shade matches the original shades of Laura Mercier’s classic Tinted Moisturizer.

What I think – This is a very nice foundation that can be applied lighter or heavier for change in coverage where you need it.  It is a little dry, but blended well it looks fantastic on.  The finish is matte, which is perfect for every day wear. Visit www.sephora.com to purchase.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation ($56 USD) – This 2-in-1 foundation glides on smoothly with a creamy feel and sets to a luminous, powdery finish. The nutrient-rich formula helps soothe redness and keeps skin hydrated and supple. Provides even, natural coverage for a radiant, flawless appearance.

What I think — I am in love with this foundation!  It is so easy to apply – very creamy. The finish is full-coverage, but very natural.  The enclosed sponge works well and it is easy to take with you.  Purchase at www.ybskin.com.

Enjoy!

Fresh New Makeup For Spring and Summer

It’s time to lighten and brighten up your makeup for the warmer months!  Some of the following products are new — and some just new to me — but all are lovely for the summer!

Essence Sun Club Bronzer

Essence Sun Club Bronzing Powder ($3.99 USD) — This is a gorgeous matte bronzer that can be used on face or body — it comes in a nice large compact. To apply, you can use the NEW essence powder brush ($3.49 shown above), and sweep the bronzing powder in blonde or brunette ($3.99) to the hollows of the cheek – making sure to follow through with your stroke and blend the matte color up to temples and slightly into the hairline. Also, don’t forget to brush a little on your forehead and down to the jawline.  I love me some contouring!  Also, I have the brunette and even though my skin tone is light, the color was not too dark.  If you need more color, layer.

Available at Ulta stores and www.ulta.com

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Luminous Crème Blush ($27 USD) Give cheeks a burst of color and radiance with this cream-textured blush. The oil-free formula combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing color. Wear as a cheek color or highlighter, or layer with powder blushes for extra vibrancy.

For the Spring, there are two new shades:

Plum Satin — a rose-berry shade with a hint of shimmer.

Pink Cashmere — a lively, matte carnation pink.

I have the Plum Satin, and it is so gorgeous!  Easy to blend and a beautiful light shade on.

Purchase at www.ybskin.com

IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain

Vitality Lip Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain ($20 USD) takes the place of your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and your lip stain! This truly innovative formula contains Hydra-Luxe Technology including ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to treat,  hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. It minimizes the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, this lip flush is packed with anti-oxidants including acai, green tea, white tea, and vitamins A, C, and E to fight free-radical attack.

I have tried this in Je Ne Sais Quois, a sheer pink flush shade that looks almost clear in the tube.  It feels so moisturizing on and leaves your lips a pretty pink for hours.  Finally — a moisturizing lip stain.

You can purchase this alone or in a set with one or two other colors at www.qvc.com.

If you are looking to splurge try, Ellis Faas Spring Gift Set ($85 USD). The set contains the Creamy Eyes E106, which is a lilac taupe – ideal to create a soft smokey eye. The lilac Light E304 can be used for amethyst-like sparkly highlights. And to complete our Spring Gift Set, Ellis chose the juicy, nude pink Milky Lips L207, which is a lovely combination with the eye products.

Available at www.ellisfaas.com.

Enjoy!

Stocking Stuffer Guide 2 — Lovely Lipsticks and Glosses!

Lip color is the perfect pick-me-up for all seasons, especially for the holidays.  A new lipstick or gloss can update your look with little money.  You can also stuff one of these in the stocking of someone who needs a little treat — or who loves makeup — like me (hint, hint)!

Since lip color is about more than just the shade, new beautyADDICTS BeautifullLIPS Lipstick ($18 USD) collection has it all! These 8 rich and creamy colors are infused with intense hydration so your lips are always protected and nourished with enduring beautiful coverage. Created with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and other natural ingredients, this formula also plumps with natural peptides and stimulates collagen for a firmer, smoother more voluptuous lip.  Available at www.beautyaddicts.com or at a salon near.

Aveda Shine out loud ($15 USD)  With fresh colors from nature: these translucent wet glosses bring the power of beetroot, beta carotene and berry anti-oxidants to life on lips. Each Lip Shine has a refreshing flavor that blends certified organic vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, anise and basil.

  • Golden Prism Mini Lip Shine
  • Pomelo Mini Lip Shine

The limited-edition gift sets come covered in hand-crafted lokta bark paper from Nepal.  Purchase at www.aveda.com.

Boots No 7 Poppy King Lipstick Number Two Power  ($9.99 USD) — No7 has collaborated with lipstick legend Poppy King to create an exclusive range of lipsticks to change women’s’ views of lip color forever. Wearing lip color has a powerful effect on both the wearer and the beholder. It brightens your day and everyone around you. Poppy King designed a rose shade that is as powerfully stylish as it is pretty. The lipstick is quite  sheer but is easily buildable by dabbing on the color with feather strokes.    To finish it off? Poppy suggests layering on a slick of the accompanying lip gloss ($9.99 USD) for a shiny finish.  Purchase at www.shopbootsusa.com or Target stores.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Lip Gloss ($23 USD) — This long-lasting, non-sticky gloss delivers shimmery color. Formulated with conditioning botanicals and vitamin E to moisturize, hydrate and protect lips. Plumping shades provide noticeable results without the tingle and irritation experienced by most lip plumpers.  Available at www.ybskin.com. Enjoy!

Give The Gift Of Glam — Stocking Stuffer Guide Part 1

Looking to give a special lady the gift of beauty for the holidays?  The following products are perfect for an instant pick-me-up and make fantastic beauty stocking stuffers.

BORBA Age Defying Eye Creme Concentrate ($20.99 USD) —  What’s the first feature that gives away your age? Your eyes, of course. Wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness are the badges of a life well lived, but all too often they are mistaken for signs of worry, fatigue or even poor health. Set your sights on a brighter outlook. This luxurious BORBA Age Defying Eye Creme Concentrate can help diminish the appearance of multiple signs of aging all around the eye area.

What I think — This silky serum goes on so smoothly.  The skin around my eyes is instantly smoother and I look more awake. I use this day and night and I have really seen a difference in fine line and dark circles in just a few weeks. It smells lovely, too! Available at www.borba.com.  

Youngblood Pressed Mineral Foundation ($45 USD) — Our oil-controlling Pressed Mineral Foundation provides exceptional concealing properties, while remaining lightweight and healthy for your skin. This special formulation includes rice starch to offer a smooth, matte look with a healthy, natural glow. The elegant, sleek black compact fits easily in your purse for a quick touch-up any time.

What I think — I love this matte foundation.  It is not too dry, but it does absorb oil and not make me look shiny.  I also like that it is pressed.  Most mineral foundations are loose and are hard to carry.  This comes in a sleek compact and is easy to keep in your purse.  Purchase at www.ybskin.com.

Baked Cheek Dreams Blush and Highlighter Trio  ($31.00 USD) includes two great blushes plus a stripe of my most popular French Vanilla highlighter, in a single, take-everywhere compact that fits right in the palm of your hand!

What I think — I have this in the Neapolitan shade which includes a pink blush and a bronzer along with the vanilla color.  This gives a perfectly glowing face — sculpt your face with the bronze, brighten with the blush and highlight with the vanilla.  Available at www.laurageller.com.

Mosha Katani Sormeh ($28 USD) — Sormeh powder is a sooty black powder that has been used by women in Middle Eastern countries for centuries. L.A.-based makeup artist Mosha Katani has started selling the powder, packaging it in ruby glass bottles that come with a vial of powder and a brush. The powder, which is made from castor oil and zinc oxide, lasts all day once applied.

What I think —  This inky powder is applied to the inner rims of the eyes.  My eyes are very sensitive, and this irritates them a bit.  Use just a little so it won’t go in the eyes.  When it is on, it does stay on a long time and gives good color pay off.  Purchase at http://www.etsy.com/shop/moshakatani.

Boots No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara ($7.99 USD) — The wand’s unique 3-in-1 unique concept does it all! Use this nutrient enriched mascara to volumize and define each and every lash with a brush exclusive to Boots No7.  The wand has discs on one side to create volume, precision bristles on the other side to create definition and length to frame the lashes, and additional spiky bristles on the end of the brush to coat smaller, harder to reach lashes.

What I think – This is a great defining mascara.  I found that it gave me some length and volume, but not a lot.  If your lashes are long, this will give them definition. Available at Target, www.target.com and www.ShopBootsUSA.com.  Enjoy!