9.29.2014

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer Actually Makes Skin Look Younger

Sent for review. Contains affiliate links.

Who doesn't want a timeless face? This girl does! If your current foundation gives great color coverage but not great texture coverage, you may need to try a specialty primer. So many primers help makeup adhere to the skin better, but they don't make the skin look flawless from a texture perspective.


Tarte's new primer, Timeless Smoothing Primer helps to fix that gap. This silicone based primer fills in small imperfections while adding vitamin C for brightening, vitamin E for softening and loads of blurring agents which kick the butts of fine lines and over-sized pores.

To use this, just apply a pea sized amount to your finger. Then spread it out, starting from the center of your face and smooth out, towards the hairline. That's it. Then you apply your foundation like normal. I've been using this with a liquid foundation only. I'm not sure it's well suited for a loose powder foundation (but I don't really wear that, so I'm not sure). One other caveat -- don't use it in conjunction with a silicone based face perfector. It's too much silicone and things blend and slide strangely. Just use it with your regular liquid foundation and you'll be fine. Smooth and oh so fine.

If you have enlarged pores, fine lines or light denting in your skin, this will help give your skin a more even textured appearance. Try it yourself for $39.


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9.26.2014

Too Good To Be True? COVERGIRL + Olay Facelift Effect


I bought this. Sent for review

Every now and then I see a product that is so ludicrous, I have to buy it, just to point out how insane it is. And that is exactly what happened with this new Facelift Effect Foundation from COVERGIRL.


Available in shades befitting only a snow princess, I selected Fair and went home to see if this gave me an instant facelift. By the way, this retails for just shy of $20. TWENTY DOLLARS FOR COVERGIRL? Come on, now. Stop playing.

Here is what COVERGIRL says about this silliness:

Get luxurious, flawless coverage combined with the powerful hydrating effects of a night cream. The result? Firmer-looking skin for an instant facelift effect.

Our exclusive Olay FaceFirm technology, infused with a concentrated vitamin complex for all-day hydration and skin renewal, plumps and lifts. After just two weeks of continued use, skin’s natural firmness is improved.


I went home and applied the foundation, expecting nothing out of the ordinary. The foundation applied differently than I had expected. It's very pigmented and a little goes a long way. Once applied, it looked pretty fantastic. Score one for you, overpriced-drugstore-crazy-claim-making-product. When this foundation dries down, it feels a little different. It's slightly tacky to the touch, making it fantastic for blushes and powders to adhere to. That tackiness doesn't quite ever go away, which is a little strange. 




Even stranger is that part of what that tackiness seems to do is firm the skin. I know, crazy. But my skin physically feels slightly more firm. Not tighter or hard, but a little bit more firm. In fact, my wrinkles surrounding my eyes don't seem to quite move as much when I smile. And my cheeks look springy and juicy, like a teenager. 

I don't want to say it, because I know it can't be true, but I think this foundation actually firms the skin. I'm pretty sure this foundation actually firms the skin. 

It also wears really nicely. I'm surprised that it is still firmly in place when I get home and take off my makeup (have you tried Norwex cloths? They remove makeup without soap and are kind of genius. More on that later). So this fancy COVERGIRL wears for 10+ hours and physically firmed my face and neck? (Yes, put it on your neck. Why not? It seems to actually work.)


Wearing COVERGIRL + Olay Facelift Effect
Now, let's be honest here. This foundation isn't RAISING my wrinkles, tightening my skin or making my wrinkles disappear. It's making my face more firm and bouncy. Imagine that your face was made of jello. Wobbly, movable jello. Now imagine you've added a little bit of Knox gelatin to your jello mix. It's still jello, but the jello is firm. This foundation is like adding Knox to your face (if your face was made of jello).

I think I kind of like having a firm jello face. I'm definitely getting compliments and people are asking what I did differently. So I'll take it! And don't worry, if you decide to try it, it isn't going to make your face feel weird. I'm really sensitive to changes in how my skin feels and you may not notice it as much. Look for a sale or some coupons and try it! Let me know what you think!



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9.24.2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Is A Total Steal


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Have you tried the new Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows? The gel-like shadows contain a lot (a LOT!) of pigment and wear perfectly until you take them off. There is a small trick to applying them, which seems confusing. While I don't have all 200+ colors to show you, I do have the gorgeous Artist Palette! But first let's discuss what makes these shadows different.



Instead of brushing on the shadows with a fluffy brush, you push these shadows into place.  You'll want to start with a densely packed flat brush and push the brush into the pigments. If that doesn't quite make sense, try this. Lay the brush on the shadow. Push the brush up towards the top of the shadow. Then apply the shadow to your lid. The more you push and pat the shadow into place, the more pigmented the shades become. It's a little strange, but the colors and wear are amazing.


Want to dive in and try them without sorting through all 200 + colors? Check out the fairly new Artist Palette, available at Sephora (although in my area, it's only at the JCP Sephoras). You'll get some mattes, some iridescents, diamonds, satins and metallics. It's a great way to test drive the new shadows without picking up several of the three shade palettes. You'll get eight shades for $42, versus three shades for $44 if you go the singles route.


This palette does everything you need for fall. A little smoky, a little nude and a little pop of color. Perfection.


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9.22.2014

New Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener


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I almost never buy Almay products. And with good reason, as I almost never like any of their products (but I do like this lipgloss).


Enter Almay Smart Shade CC Concealer + Brightener. It contains two concealer shades--one slightly salmon-y, to combat purple circles and the other a flesh tone. You apply the salmon first and then cover with the flesh tone.

This idea works beautifully with Eve Pearl's Concealer, so I had high hopes.


I shouldn't have had such hopes. It's another huge fail. Maybe huge isn't the right word. I don't like how it doesn't cover the darkness under my eyes. I look tired. Perhaps if you need really minimal coverage, this might work quite well for you. I didn't work so well for me.

There is minimal coverage, it gets cakey and it doesn't look great on my skin.

Skip it and grab almost any other concealer. This is a $10 dud.


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9.20.2014

Lipstick League: What Do You Buy and Rebuy?



Question of the Week: Quick, name three makeup products that you’ve repurchased multiple times.
This is a hard one. I've probably purchased these three things more than once:

Buxom Sugar Lip Polish: still one of my favorite glosses of all time.
RevitaLash Advanced: keeps my lashes long!
Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Repairing Lotion: restored my hair after going blonde.

What do you purchase and re-purchase? I want to know!

If I don't answer your questions quickly this week, it's because Loxy and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary in Ireland! Follow our adventures on Instagram @ Gouldylox.

My Beauty Bunny - Carry groceries, office supplies or your latest beauty haul in true style. Enter to win a gorgeous Thursday Friday Tote Bag from their Nautical Collection!

Nouveau Cheap - Have you seen the Halloween 2014 Limited Edition glitters from Sinful Colors yet? If not, click right here.

Prime Beauty - shares 6 Beauty Problem Solvers that will curl your lashes, remove deodorant stains, untangle your tresses and get every last drop of product out of the tube!

Phyrra - has the Best Mascaras You Seriously Need to Try Now! Don't buy another mascara until you read this!

we heart this - Would you like to see swatches of all 30 new Milani Bella gel powder eyeshadows? (Hint: you would!)

Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber confides in us what one of her personal vulnerabilities is, and also one of her biggest beauty regrets in life.

Clumps of Mascara - puts away the beauty blogger hat for a second and gets real about some thangs.

EauMG - was curious about the Korean beauty box service, Memebox. Victoria shares her impressions of Memebox and the three Scentboxes (yes, boxes with a fragrance focus!) she ordered.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - Glitter.Gloss.Garbage unveils September’s hottest Glossybox ever! Plus you can win one!

Gouldylox Reviews - Need a new fall lippie to switch it up without the commitment? Makeup Wars has you covered! (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)


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