Would you believe one of the oldest beauty tricks in the book involves water? It’s true! Evian Facial Spray is one of those must have products you’ll spot in many, many, many makeup artist kits, and for a good reason.
You see, an extremely fine mist of water spritzed over your face after you’ve completed your makeup adds the perfect finishing touch to keep your beauty products in place. It’s a trick I’ve used for years and can definitely tell the difference when I’ve skipped this step in my makeup application routine.
Another way I love to use Evian Facial Spray is on my foundation brushes right before I apply primer and liquid foundation. Just a touch will do and I find this helps to blend out the beauty products and make them look seamless with your skin. You can also use Evian Facial Spray in the morning right before you apply your moisturizer to help make your skin look more supple. Use it throughout the day to keep your makeup feeling refreshed – I promise you your makeup won’t budge!
The fine mist is powered by pure nitrogen and I always experience an uniform application. Other facial sprays tend to come with pumps, and they can be hit or miss when it comes to an even spray on your face. One great feature about Evian Facial Spray is that the bottle is leak proof, something I have not found in any other facial mists.
While I’ve known and used Evian Facial Spray for years, I just recently learned some interesting facts about this dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic beauty tool.
Evian ®Natural Mineral Water’s journey starts as rain and snow high atop the French Alps after which it filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment just outside the town of Evian-Les-Bains, France. The water contained in the spray is tested 300 times per day to insure quality and the consistent unique mineral content—guaranteed to be the same year after year—canister to canister. No other water has the same mineral content.
Evian Facial Spray was originally introduced in France in 1962 at the request of doctors for use on burn patients. It was the first facial water spray in France and was introduced as the first facial spray in the United States in 1978.
My Final Thoughts: Evian Facial Spray is a beauty necessity with a multitude of uses. Keep it in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark location for optimal refreshing throughout the day. For more information, visit http://www.evianspray.com
Price: Varies, suggested retail as follows: Travel Size, $7.00; Three pack, $19.50; 5 oz, $12; Economy size, $17.50.
‘Tis the season for sales galore, and I certainly took advantage of many of them to restock some favorite beauty products and try out some that I’ve had my eye on for a while. One of my favorite recent Holiday season purchases was the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush, which has quickly become a brush I constantly reach for during makeup applications.
I’ve been using this brush made from synthetic fibers to apply my primer (I’m hooked on Cover FX Illuminating Primer at the moment), and then use the same brush to apply a liquid foundation.
The results are great, comparable to the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush, which is also synthetic. While I’ve been a devotee of the Good Karma brush for the past year, it is constantly shedding and for that reason is very annoying to use and wash. Priced at $24, it’s also much more expensive than the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer brush.
Side-by-side, you can see the Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Brush and Urban Decay Good Karma brush are around the same size, but don’t look very similar. While the Urban Decay brush is rounded and firmly packed, the Coastal Scents version is flat and not quite as firmly packed.
I don’t have many negative things to say about the fab Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer, but there are two concerns: 1) The brush came with a minor bit of shedding, but I think it has something to do with how the brush was constructed, because the protruding strays don’t budge, 2) The brush takes a little longer than any of my other brushes to completely dry. I’m not sure why, but it definitely needs extra time.
Looking at reviews on Coastal Scents, it seems that many others share my concerns. Great brush that sheds, but you don’t quite mind because it is such a great deal and a top notch foundation brush.
My Final Thoughts: While the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer isn’t an exact dupe for the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush and it does seem to have similar shedding issues, it’s definitely comparable and an excellent foundation brush on it’s own. This brush is worth snagging and at it’s low price of $7, worth stocking up on.
Rating: A- (minus for the shedding)
Availability: Coastalscents.com – shipping is usually around a week in my experience.
Oh, Cover FX. How I love you. How I adore every single Cover FX primer, concealer, foundation, and powder that has come my way. Cover FX has won a place in my makeup loving heart and that was recently confirmed when I tested Cover FX Blotting Powder in Medium.
As a member of the normal-to-oily skin group (with a greater tendency to be oily rather than normal), there’s nothing more essential to my makeup routine than a good setting powder.
In my travels as a makeup artist I’d meet people who could wear foundation on it’s own, which always baffled me. My skin, without some kind of a powder product to hold everything in place, equals disaster! If you are one of those individuals who can rock foundation alone, mad props!
While MAC Blot Powder has been my mainstay for many years, I’ve been looking for alternatives and this one is a winner. Besides being cruelty-free and sans gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens and talc, it’s truly translucent and disappears on my skin. Cover FX Blotting Powder is also available in Light and Deep, and I found Medium to be a perfect match for my medium olive skin.
At $24, Cover FX is a couple of bucks cheaper than MAC Blot Powder, which I was honestly surprised to see priced at $26. In comparison to the much cheaper $3 version by e.l.f. Cosmetics, I have to stick with the higher end prices as I found e.l.f.’s Translucent Powder to be a little bit too pink and ashy for my preference.
My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a good pressed translucent powder, I think you’ll like Cover FX Blotting Powder as much as I love the entire Cover FX line. My shade, Medium, seems to be out of stock online, but check in Sephora stores.
Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint is seriously one of my favorite red lip colors. Here I’ve paired with with a shimmery berry eye for an unique look. You know I’ll be wearing this color throughout the Holiday season!
The last minute Holiday frenzy is officially on! Are you ready for Christmas? It seems like the past month has zipped by and I definitely have some last minute goodies to pick up. Are you in the same boat? No worries, today I have a couple of super cute kits from the Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection to show you that are easily available and guaranteed to please.
There are serveral kits available in stores at the moment, ranging in price from $5 to $15, featuring best selling Burt’s Bees products. This is a great opportunity to sample full size and deluxe sample size products from the line that you (or your gift-ee) may not have tried before.
I don’t know about you, but I never tire of presents that involve lip balm. Make it tinted lip balm and it’s a major winner. I’m loving the Burt’s Bees Kissable Colors set ($9.99), which contains 3 warm toned tinted lip balms. This set is also available in cool tones.
Burt’s Bees Hive Favorites ($4.99) is the set I’m buying in bulk. This contains a tube of the classic Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and a deluxe sample size of their Milk and Honey Body Lotion. A great deal on two great products!
My Final Thoughts: If you need to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts, keep your eyes open for Burt’s Bees!
Price: $5 – $15
Availability: Burtsbees.com, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart and other stores that carry Burt’s Bees.
We are in the final stretch of the Holiday shopping season, and if you’re in need of last minute gift ideas, secret Santa presents, and stocking stuffers, look no further than Lush Cosmetics!
Lush makes decadent bath and body products that are a guaranteed hit with anyone on your shopping list. Really, you cannot go wrong with gifts that promise relaxation, especially during the busy and chilly Holiday season! Today I have a few Lush products to show you that are perfect to give away and also to pick up for yourself.
It’s a hand-wrapped set of the Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.
Rosy Jam smells incredible, and when finished off with the Argan Oil-enhanced body conditioner, smooth, buttery skin is a guarantee and a good thing considering how cold Winter temperatures often lead to dry skin.
This set is a must have!
The zesty ginger, lavender, and lime oil scented Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt ($6.95) is so pretty I’d hardly want to use it, but you’ll have a sweetly scented and glittery bath to look forward to that will make your skin soft with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil.
Dashing Santa Bath Bomb ($5.25) is a fun treat! This citrus-scented Santa has seen better days, but what a cute and useful gift. Lush Bath Bombs are fun for all ages to enjoy.
Not only does this striking Shea Butter-based red look and feel incredible, it smells like Cola, which is a huge plus, as far as I’m concerned. There’s also Santa’s Lip Scrub ($8.95) and the duo would make an excellent gift.
My Final Thoughts: If you’re in need of last minute shopping ideas that are under $20 and sure to be a hit, head to your nearest Lush store ASAP! Their decadent (and cute!) bath and body gifts always make for fun presents.
When it comes to beauty finds that truly impress me, I want to shout their wonders to the world ASAP. That’s exactly the case with Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation. Hello, amazing foundation!
We’ve all used cakey powder foundation products that leave our skin looking less than ideal. Having experienced my share (and then some) of those kinds of foundations, I have to say it feels quite amazing to find one that works as well as this highly touted variety from Cover FX.
Not only does Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation helps my skin look like skin, it contains kaolin to absorb oil and is build-able. For more coverage, use the sponge included with the foundation, and for lighter coverage, use a powder or kabuki brush. As with all Cover FX products, this powder foundation is free from gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens and talc.
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation comes in 24 shades to accommodate a wide variety of skin tones. The shade I chose is G50, which is a step down from the G60 I was wearing the Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation. If you need help navigating the Cover FX shade system, they have an online makeup shade finder which comes in handy!