Beauty Find - BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation

BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is one of those foundations that have a very specific purpose, and it does it very well. 

If you have normal to dry skin with good skin tone, and want a natural, buildable coverage - with a dewy finish, this is your new best friend.

The Golden Dark shade (shown, above) was a great match for me.  (There are 8 shades in all from very light to very dark, with different undertones as well).

BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation texture is quite unique.  It's almost watery and weightless coming out of the dropper (start with a small amount and add more as needed). Once I applied it was silky with the perfect amount of slip, but absorbed immediately.  I used my favorite BECCA The One Perfecting Brush to apply.

The finish was natural and smooth, but with a dewy and glowy touch that I loved.  Even on my more oily areas like my t-zone, it didn't make me look oily - just like I had a bit of glow from "the inside out".

During the day the foundation didn't flake, smudge or wear off, and kept my skin hydrated in the drier areas.(over 12+hour days).  I used with very good results both with and without a primer ( I liked to use BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector with it on warmer days).

If you need more coverage, BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is buildable and is perfectly suited to everyday wear. - RLB

Purchase Here:  BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation  

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

Drugstore Buy of the Week - CoverGirl truNaked Eyeshadow, Roses

You've have seen multiple eye shadow palettes from multiple brands featuring different takes on Nude/Neutral shades over the last year or so.

But perhaps you weren't ready to shell out lots of money for one.

If that was you, CoverGirl truNaked Eyeshadow, is the answer.

I'm reviewing the Roses (with pink gold and pink brown shades) pallete here, but if that's close to what you have, or not your thing, there are still two other palettes to consider: Nudes and Goldens (all shown, above).

Personally, it;s the Roses palette that had me most excited, since I really don't have many of these shades in my other "nude"/neutral eye shadow collection.

The first thing that impressed me was the soft, creamy texture. As a matter of fact, the texture has a feel that really does seem like there's a small amount of cream in the powder.

The shades applied beautifully on my lids. The color was silky and even, with no flaking, fall out or skipping.

The shades all worked well alone, or combined with others.  There are also a few shimmers finishes among the mattes, which I also love, to mix up my look from day to night or for special occasions.  The colors were rich and warm, and the rose pigment in each was really flattering.  Covergirl Truenaked Eyeshadow, Roses in particular will be perfect for new spring looks.

As far as tools, the included sponge applicator allowed me to apply the color on much more densely with very little work, and I also got good application from my eye shadow brush, although I had to apply it a little heavier to get the same amount of color on my lids.

CoverGirl truNaked Eyeshadow is a great way to experience the "nude" eye shadow trend - without breaking the bank, for sure! - RLB

Covergirl Truenaked Eyeshadow, Roses  shades below. *They are also listed on the back of the compact:
  • Almond
  • Champagne
  • Baby
  • Rose Gold
  • Copper Rose
  • Dusk
  • Mauvegine
  • Mousse

Purchase Here: Covergirl Truenaked Eyeshadow, Roses Approx. $11 Also available at most drugstores and mass merchants nationwide.

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

Beauty Find - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm

There are very few skin care products that will satisfy the seasoned skin care junkie - as well as the newbie starting to create their skin care regimen, but Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balmdoes..

Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm is one of Kiehl's most powerful and effective moisturizers for dry - and even very dry skin (or skin subjective to very dry conditions like long air travel or outdoor Winter activities).

During a very cold stretch of Winter weather recently, I tested Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm daily and loved the results. This rich and creamy balm is formulated with classic Kiehl's Ultra Facial Ingredients of Antarcticine and a high level of Glycerin to store and retain moisture. There's also Edelweiss flower extract, which thrives in the high altitudes of the Swiss Alps, and helps to strengthen skin’and lock in hydration. 

Since this is a balm, it had the exact consistency I was expecting.  It's thick and dense, yet still very soft and creamy in feel.  The balm is very concentrated, so I only used about a dime-sized worth.  I applied by first spreading it on my fingertips to warm it and then pressed/patted it into my face.  There's no added fragrance.  

Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm melted quickly like butter into my skin, and absorbed fully, leaving just a cushiony soft, glowing layer of moisture on my face.

I was also impressed with how long Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm moisturizing effects lasted.  When I applied in the early morning before my day began, even into the late evening, my skin was still very supple and hydrated, despite being exposed to near below-zero temperatures and/or very dry, indoor air 

If you've long suffered from dry or even very dry skin, or are constantly battling dry environments, Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm is what you need. Order one now to keep on hand all the time. - RLB

Tip:  If you have extremely dry skin problems like very red, flaky or patchy skin, try also applying a thick layer of Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm at night in place of a night cream

Purchase Here: Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm 1.7 oz.

*This product was provided courtesy of Kiehl's PR for reviewing purposes.