Beuaty Find - BECCA First Light Priming Filter

BECCA First Light Priming Filter

BECCA is upping it's already great "glow makeup" game with their new BECCA First Light Priming Filter.

This is a primer/skincare hybrid that brightens skin and instantly makes skin look alive, awake and glowing.  It's a lightweight, hydrating canvas for all-day makeup that contains their Cool Light technology which uses translucent, cool violet light to even out all complexions.  BECCA First Light Priming Filter also contains Mineral-rich spring water, prickly pear flower, Ginger and sodium hyaluronate capture moisture, hydrate and revive skin, and energize the complexion. 

BECCA First Light Priming Filter looks violet in the bottle, but goes on sheer and clear.  I loved how silky and lightweight it felt on my skin, and the fresh, light citrus scent is lovely and disappears quickly.

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I also love their BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, (which is slightly thicker and creamier in consistency and illuminates the skin with very fine micro glitter), but the BECCA First Light Priming Filter is for when you want to smooth out skin with an illuminating glow.

BECCA First Light Priming Filter blended seamlessly and transparently on my skin.  I loved how healthy and fresh my skin looked when I wore it either on it's own with just some concealer, or under foundation/BB Cream.  I also like using the BECCA First Light Priming Filter as a base layer and then applying a layer of the Backlight Priming Filter, or just spot applying Backlight Priming Filter on my cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, etc. for a highlighting effect.

BECCA First Light Priming Filter is another keeper for the makeup kit! - RLB

Purchase Here: BECCA First Light Priming Filter™ 1 oz/ 30 mL

*This product was provided courtesy of BECCA PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

I love starting a new year with a beauty discovery that will be part of my makeup collection FOREVER.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer is a lightweight cream concealer that combines soft focus blurring with incredible coverage.  It's rare to have a concealer that practically feels weightless on the skin still have such high coverage.  Collagen-boosting peptides and hyaluronic acid reduce the appearances of wrinkles and pores by helping plump the look of skin. It also contains a skin protective cocktail of Vitamins A, C, and E.

Hazelnut (shown, above) was the perfect match for me.  There are 16 shades in all, which will work for all skin tones.. I applied the concealer with a concealer brush and dabbing motion (I also liked the results using a beautyblender  micro. mini ).  The concealer applied smoothly and was buildable from light coverage to complete coverage to cover up dark circles, small spots, hyper pigmentation, etc.  

The concealer was weightless, hydrating and blended into my skin seamlessly, (so if you have dry skin around the eyes or fine lines, this will not settle in at all).  It looked fresh from morning to night with no caking or flaking, smudging or wearing off.  It worked well under translucent powder, but since it has a matte finish, I only used the powder over it occasionally when I wanted more staying power for photos, etc.

Genius concealer!  Note: This is also a must have product for makeup artists. - RLB
*This product was provided courtesy of NARS PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator 

Need 10 minutes of peace and relaxation at the end of a long day - along with zapping a few pimples while you're at it?

Then Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator is perfect for you.  After cleansing skin, this new light therapy mask is slipped on your face via two wire frames that fit over the ears like glasses. Once the mask is on, I only had to push the on button on the attached remote and let it work! The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator is lightweight, travel friendly can be reused for 30 daily sessions.

Here's how the Light therapy technology in the Light Therapy Acne Mask  works.  Light Therapy been used by dermatologists in their offices for over a decade. LED lights work by gently penetrating the skin at various depths to stimulate the skin’s physiology. Blue light targets acne-causing bacteria while red light reduces acne inflammation..

The best thing about the mask design is that I could sit back and relax, lay down for a nap or do things around the house during my 10 minute session. (The mask is made of a plastic material with a open eye panel and inner sunglasses so it's easy to see). I tested it over a week in which I had 2 small breakouts on my forehead and cheek.  The mask didn't feel uncomfortable in any way, and the lights were not too warm on cold on my skin.  In fact, it was very pleasant and relaxing.

After 2 sessions (using 2x day) my pimples were smaller and flatter.  I continued to use during the week and they did disappear.  I liked to use this 3 days a week for one 10 min daily session in conjunction with my regular skin care regime in order to fend off monthly breakouts, and was very pleased that I didn't get them.  I felt my skin looked more toned and my t zone also improved.

If you've been struggling with acne breakouts or don't like how long your pimples take to clear up using topical products, Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator could be just what the "doctor" ordered! - RLB

Purchase HereNeutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask and Activator