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Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

I’ve been keeping something from you beauties for a while now, and I just couldn’t live with it anymore. Meet one of my main squeezes – the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation weekly, sometimes daily, for a few months now, and I just realized I was too busy applying it all the time to actually write up a review.

I’m typically not much of a foundation girl; I’m more of an alphabet cream kind of girl. BB Creams and CC Creams are my jam. But true to its name, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation offers airy coverage that can be built up to a heavy cover with a light feel. The foundation never cakes, flakes or leaves my skin ravaged at the end of the day.

Charlotte Tilbury

And if I wasn’t convinced of my love already, I always get buttloads of compliments on my skin when I wear this, which is always the true test of a good foundation. Can others tell the difference (hopefully positive) in your skin?

Charlotte Tilbury

And while we’re on the Charlotte Tilbury train, let’s quickly discuss their KISSING Lipstick. I have the shade Coachella Coral, and I haven’t made up my mind about it yet. I love the formulation and the wear the lipstick wears, but it’s a bit of an odd shade for Winter. I think the shade will grow on me as the weather warms, but I would buy another shade in a heartbeat.

So, moral of the story? I’m loving my Charlotte Tilbury products and I can’t wait to try out more. And while you’re at it, treat yo self and pick up some goodies for yourself.

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury products lately?

Photos: beautyXposé; Diclosure

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

This has been my year of foundation (and BB, CC creams and tinted moisturizers … you get the picture). I’ve broadened my horizons further than I ever imagined possible. I’ve tried more formulas and brands than ever before, and I have to say that I’m loving the range of options that have opened up to me.

One such new brand is Osmosis Colour. I was a bit skeptical of the CC Cream at first because it comes out white with what appears to be little beads of color. I thought there was no way it could blend to match my skin, but I was wrong. It was a great color match with surprisingly good coverage for a CC cream.

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

Osmosis Colour CC Cream

In the spirit of total honesty, it’s not the longest-lasting CC cream out there, but I like its lightweight formula, even, buildable coverage and the fact that it’s fragrance free. While some products feel like they’re clogging your pores, I barely even noticed I was wearing this throughout the day. A bottle will set you back $38, which is a bit more than I normally like to spend on a CC cream, but not totally absurd price-wise. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can purchase here.

What is your favorite CC cream?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

pur minerals

Pür Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact

When I think of a compact, images of pressed powder normally come to mind, not liquid foundation. So when I got the chance to test out the Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact, I was too intrigued to say no. Plus, who doesn’t love to test out foundation?

pur minerals

pur minerals

pur minerals

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this foundation so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it offered great coverage – not too heavy and not too light – that was lighter-than-air and long-lasting. The lightest shade, “light,” was slightly too dark for my current ghostly pale, but it would be perfect for my Summer “tan.”

Bare faced on (your) left and with Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation on (your) right.

pur minerals

With a full face of makeup – Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation as the base

pur minerals

As for application – I didn’t love the little puff that it came with, but I loved the airbrushed look I achieved when paired with my beauty blender.  What doesn’t a beauty blender work with? That’s really a question for another post. And you ready for some more good news? You can snag the Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact for $30 (regularly $38) at the moment, so get shopping!

What is your favorite lighter-than-air foundation?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

Double Take: Anne and Kristin Review Bareskin Pre Brightening Serum Foundation

There’s a buzz in the beauty world that I’m sure many of you have heard about by now – bareMinerals’ first/new liquid foundation Bareskin. As beauty addicts and part time detectives, yours truly had to get to the bottom of this case and find out what all the hype is about. And as if there needed to be proof that we are basically soul sisters, we both started to review Bareskin before realizing the other was as well.



Anne’s Reaction: 

I’m super picky about my foundation, so when bareMinerals announced its new liquid Bareskin foundation, I was a tad skeptical it would meet my high expectations right off the bat.  I’ve found that a lot of foundations just look too heavy and cakey on my skin, so I’ve pretty much banished all foundations in favor of a good BB cream paired with concealer for trouble spots. But after trying out bareMinerals Bareskin Pre Brightening Serum Foundation, I am reconsidering my position altogether.



As you might imagine, the point of Bareskin is that it’s supposed to look very natural and blend with your skin to perfect the tones. The delivery system is the new gimmick here. Instead of the typical “swirl, tap, buff” application for bareminerals mineral powder foundations, you instead “shake, drop and buff,” using the Perfecting Face Brush to swirl it on to your face. And I have to admit, gimmick or not, this brush is amazing. It really blends in the product well so your skin looks super smooth.
bareMinerals Bareskin is really BB cream for all intents and purposes. After all, it is a brightening serum with SPF 20 mixed with color correcting coverage. You can build your coverage from very light with just a couple of drops to full coverage using about four to six drops. In my “after” picture here, I have full coverage so you can see how well it hides skin discolorations and sun spots while still showcasing a natural finish.
I’m surprised to admit how much I love this new foundation, and I’m going to be adding it to my regular routine.
Kristin’s Reaction:

Like Anne, I tend to reach for BB creams (or tinted moisturizers) rather than full-on foundations. Something about foundations seems so dated and unnecessary to me. I’ve been #blessed with fairly normal, healthy skin and I don’t feel the need to perfect it with full-coverage products. And while I know foundations come in all sorts of formulation and coverage ranges, I’m just a creature of habit and don’t often venture out past my tried-and-true face products. But I’m also a creature of jumping on the bandwagon and impulse purchases … which is how I ended up the proud owner of Bareskin. The lovely Gouldylox posted about Bareskin a bit ago and I was #feelingspendy when I read her post, so I zipped over to my local Sephora and snagged my own bottle.



In the spirit of total transparency, it took me a couple of wears to get as onboard with this product as I am now. With all the hype I’d heard about the product, I was expecting to look like a whole new, supermodel woman after buffing on this foundation. I know that expectation is insane, but I sometimes fall in to the trap when trying out new, hyped products. I expect them to turn me in to Heidi Klum and then get all sad panda when they don’t. You’d think I’d lear my lesson one of these times … but I digress.
I love that this product (as Anne says) feels and wears more like a BB cream than a traditional foundation. The product goes on light and has a buildable coverage. I use three drops on a good skin day and four-five on a bad skin day. I even got a little wild and crazy once and did just one drop, but I think this is better suited for a beach vacation than an average day at work. Plus, I’m really impressed (also like Anne, #greatminds) with the buffing abilities of the brush. I’m not trendy and pro enough to use brushes or sponges when applying my face makeup like most beauty bloggers, so I was a bit weary of what I would think of the brush. I actually think it’s my favorite part of the product. It helps the foundation go on smoother and creates a seamless, more natural finish. No streaks of fingertip lines here; I’m so grown up!
The only thing I don’t love about Bareskin is the finish. I prefer a slightly dewier finish than Bareskin provides, as it’s a more matte/natural finish. With that in mind, Bareskin has taken the go-to foundation/BB cream spot in my day-to-day makeup routine for the moment, and I don’t see myself changing any time soon. I really do love it!
What is your favorite foundation?
Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure
lorac porefessional foundation

LORAC Porefection Foundation Review

I was recently given the chance by the lovely people over at LORAC to test out their Porefection Foundation. I had only ever used their eyeshadows before, so I was excited to branch out and try a new product.

This foundation is oil, paraben and fragrance free. Plus it contains SPF 20. All pluses in my book. Since I’m a ghost, I tested out the color “Fair.” Without fail, I’m always the lightest color. Self awareness is key.

lorac porefessional foundation
LORAC Porefessional Foundation

I was very pleased with the pigmentation, the coverage and the lasting power of the foundation. However, this formulation doesn’t work great with my skin. I have fairly “normal” skin, but it tends to be a bit more dry than oily, especially in a few patches – between my eyes and near my nose and chin. In these areas, my skin rejects the foundation a bit, making it look a bit cakey and flakey. I think this would work better for people whose skin tends to be a bit more oily than dry.

lorac porefessional foundation
Foundation on (your) left, bare face on (your) right

And while it wasn’t the perfect match for my skin type (like I said, it was still a great match for my color), I’d recommend you at least give it a try. If it jives with your skin type, this has the potential to be a staple foundation in your makeup bag. You can read more about the foundation and purchase it online here.

What do you think of LORAC products? Have you given this foundation a try?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

A Virtual Match: Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation Online

Prescriptives Custom Blend foundation is a completely virtual process, so we tested it out to see if you really can get a good color match online. Product was provided for review purposes, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

If you were a loyal Prescriptives fan, you probably went into mourning four years ago when the brand announced it would no longer be sold in stores. And if you relied on their Custom Blend “recipes” to perfectly match your foundation and powder to your skin color and type, you might have gone off the deep end. After all, how could they possibly match your skin color online and not in person?

After trying out the Prescriptives virtual Custom Blend service myself thanks to the folks at the brand, I found out the answer is — they can, and they do it surprisingly well.

See for yourself:

prescriptives custom blend foundation half face

I went into this experience extremely skeptical. I have one of those off-beat skin colors with a yellow undertone (instead of the more common pink undertone), which is just not found in many foundations. So I thought it would be highly unlikely a virtual representative would be able to get my color right from looking at a few pictures.  But I know when to eat my words and admit I was 100 percent wrong.

How it Works

You even get a small travel-size bottle!
You even get a small travel-size bottle!

The process itself is quick and easy.  Simply visit the  Prescriptives Custom Blend website page anytime Mon – Fri from 10 am – 7 pm ET.   To create a new Custom Blend recipe, you’ll be connected live to have a conversation with a “PX Beauty Genius.”

Ideally, you’ll have a Web cam so you can have a video chat, but if you don’t, you can still have a text-based chat. Either way, be sure to come armed with a few different pictures of your makeup-free face in different lighting (close-up in direct sunlight is the best) so you can upload them or email them to the PX Beauty Genius.

You probably have noticed that your skin color looks different in different pictures and on different screens, so with a few different pictures available, your Genius will be able to get a good idea of your skin’s undertones. You then will be able to work with your Genius to customize your foundation with your preferences:

  • Base shade, coverage, finish option (candlelight, radiant)
  • Moisturize or oil control
  • Treatment – Brighten clarify and even skin tone or firming and lifting

Once you’ve concocted your perfect recipe, you’ll get a corresponding Custom Blend ID that you can add to your shopping bag and make your purchase (the foundation is $75 plus tax and shipping).  When your foundation arrives, if you’re not satisfied, you can return it for free using the included return label to order a new, adjusted recipe.

My Custom Blend foundation from Prescriptives
My Custom Blend foundation from Prescriptives

While the virtual Custom Blend foundation is great, there are some minor improvements Prescriptives should make so the experience is a little more user friendly. For example, you have to have a desktop and/or a webcam to do a video chat; your iPad, tablet or smart phone won’t work for video chat, though you can still use them for a text chat and to send photos.

Overall, this was a really cool experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves to have control over their foundation ordering experience.

Photos: Anne Houseman/beautyXposé

Save Face, Support Skin Cancer Research With Cover FX

If you’ve ever over-imbibed in the summer sun, Cover FX wants to help you save face — both with its tinted moisturizer and brightening primer, and with a donation to fund skin cancer research.

And we at BX need to save face ourselves. I have to admit that while in recent years, I’ve been practicing safe sun, that hasn’t always been the case. But when you consider the statistics about sun protection, I have no idea why it took me so long. So, it’s time to absolve myself from my skin care sins.

To spread the word about the causes of skin cancer, through the remainder of June, Cover FX will make donations to The Skin Cancer Foundation in United States. You can contribute to the cause in three simple ways:

While many companies require a purchase to make a donation, I like that Cover FX lets you show your support with a simple click of the mouse. And if you want to make a larger donation by buying an amazing tinted moisturizer or primer — even better. Trust me — you can’t go wrong with these multi-tasking products that do their intended jobs AND protect you against the sun with built-in SPF.

I recently tested  SkinTint FX ($42) for the first time thanks to our friends at Cover FX, and I have to say it’s a summer must-have.

This tinted moisturizer and skin treatment is the perfect sheer solution to when you want a hint of color but don’t want to wear full foundation. It’s great applied alone or with spot-treating concealer over your “trouble areas” (aka zits for me), and if you must wear foundation, you can even put it on under that, since it feels just like a smooth cream. It’s also not heavy or thick on the moisturizing end, so you won’t feel like you just dipped your face in a tub of Crisco before venturing out into balmy temps.

So don’t delay (like I did in writing up this post — whoops!), and save face with Cover FX before June ends.

SkinTint FX and BritePrep FX ($45) are available in select Sephora stores, Sephora.com, Naimies, Dermstore.com, Skinstore.com and CoverFX.com.

Photos: Cover FX

How to Choose the Right Foundation for Your Skin

Oily? Dry? Combination? Matte or dewy? Let’s not even get started on the right shade! With so many foundation choices, it’s hard to know where to start. Cosmetology expert Aleya Bamdad shares tips to finding the perfect foundation for your skin type.

By Aleya Bamdad

Photo: DivaVillage

Wearing the right foundation can help your makeup last longer and make your skin look healthier. Wearing the wrong foundation color, on the other hand, can make you look tired or even sick — your entire look will be ruined. If you need some tips on selecting the right foundation for your skin tone, keep reading for a easy to follow how to guide.

  • When going to the store to try on foundation, make sure to have clean skin so that you can easily see your natural coloring without having to remove other makeup.
  • When looking at the different types of foundations, first think of your skin type. Oil free foundations that have a matte finish are best for oily skin. Foundations that moisturize and are creamy are best for people with dry skin. If you have combination skin, get a foundation that is moisturizing, but oil free.
  • You should also decide on the kind of finish that you want the foundation to have. A matte finish will look flat and will not have any shine to it at all. A satin finish will give your skin a glow. A sheer and tinted foundation will act as a good base and cover impurities.
  • When you’re ready to try out a foundation color, apply a little to your jawline or neck because these areas are where the color will show properly best. Do not try it on your wrist or hand.
  • You should blend the makeup into your skin so that it disappears. If it doesn’t disappear and you can see where the makeup is, then try another color.
  • Once you have found a foundation that looks natural and has disappeared onto your skin, go outside to see how it looks in natural light. To do this, either carry a small mirror in your purse or check in the rear-view mirror of your car (this mirror shows everything!).
  • If you’re still unsure, many department stores provide samples so that you can go home and try it out. Getting samples is always a good idea because you will also be able to see how your skin reacts to the foundation. It also helps that the salespeople are friendly and ready to help you select the right makeup for your skin color and type.

If you don’t find the right foundation on your first try, all you have to do is  try again until you do. It may be a bit time consuming, but the rewards are worth the time.


Aleya Bamdad writes the beauty blog for a cosmetology school that has branches in New York and Florida.


Bronze up with TEMPTU’s Airbrush with Greatness

It’s no secret that for years, magazines have been airbrushing photos of already-stunning models in order to eliminate any  potential “flaws” from the final shoot. But what if you could airbrush yourself so you always have that perfect photo-finish?

That’s the concept behind the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System, which took the beauty world by storm over the past few years. One of the best kept secrets was that professional makeup artists used high-end airbrush systems to apply foundation, blush and more, and TEMPTU brought that process to the everyday makeup lover with its easy-to-use airbrush system. Now, TEMPTU has added a bronzer to its lineup, just in time for summer.

If you’re not already familiar with the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System, here’s a quick rundown. The hardware itself is comprised of a lightweight air compressor, a hose, an adapter, an airbrush cradle and, of course, the airbrush itself. That might sound like a whole lot, but when it’s all put together, you get this compact system:

The TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System

From there, you simply choose from TEMPTU’s wide variety of AIR Pods, which are mini plastic “pods” (go figure) filled with the makeup products: foundation, blush, highlighter and bronzer.


TEMPTU AIR Pods: 004 Sand, 302 Gold, Bronzer


To use the pods, first you shake it up to mix the product inside (make sure the cover is still on!).  Then you remove the cover (the metallic-looking part), and use a special “poker” that’s provided to poke open a valve so the product can come out.


The TEMPTU pod poker
Poking the valve allows the product to flow through the TEMPTU system.

Then, you attach the pod to the airbrush, making sure to push a small button on the airbrush while you’re connecting them to ensure a proper fit. Then, you’re ready to roll. Simply turn on the system, pick up the airbrush (at this point just air will be coming out — no product) and depress the large button on the top of the airbrush to get the product flowing.


Depress this button to begin applying product.

You will be able to tell if the product is flowing freely by spraying directly on one small spot for a couple of seconds (I like to use the underside of my arm).


Swatches L-R: Bronzer, 004 Sand, 402 Soft Peach, 302 Gold

Once everything’s up and running, you simply start applying by keeping the airbrush about four inches away from your face, moving it over in a small circular motion so you can evenly cover yourself.

I know that sounds like a lot of steps, but trust me — when you get it down, it becomes second nature and it’s really quick. I timed myself, and I found that I can do my foundation, blush, highlighter and bronzer all around five minutes or so, leaving plenty of time to add on eye makeup and gloss afterwards.

Here’s a side-by-side of my bare face (so red!) and my face all TEMPTU-ed up:

Before TEMPTU: Red and ruddy. After TEMPTU: Fresh-faced and bronzed to perfection.


As you can see, the products are really natural looking, and not at all cake-y. I’m really picky about finding the right foundation for my dry skin, so I was shocked to see how amazing this looks! It doesn’t settle in my fine lines, it doesn’t cling to dry areas like a lot of other products do, and it doesn’t rub off either. After a full day of wear, it looked like I had just applied it. I honestly can’t think of one downside to this at all…except price, which may come as sticker shock initially…but hear me out.

The basic system (just the hardware with no products) will run you $225, and as my husband pointed out, that’s not out of the ordinary for an air compressor. If you factor that along with the fact that you plan to use this tool every single day, the cost really isn’t so bad. The AIR Pods run from $30 (blush) to $35 (bronzer and highlighters) to $55 (two pods of foundation in each pack).

In all, I can fully recommend TEMPTU’s AIRbrush Makeup System and the AIR Pods. Take a test drive yourself at Sephora, and let me know what you think!

Photos: Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose; TEMPTU
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes

Maybelline’s “Fit Me” Line

Fit Me Foundation

Brand name makeup products can work wonders, but the their high price tags can leave a huge dent in any girl’s pocket. The good news is that it is  definitely possible to find great quality products without breaking the bank. And now Maybelline’s new line of Fit Me foundations and face makeup is bringing department store quality to your local drugstore. Fit Me boasts a comprehensive array of shades for each of their products, covering all corners of the color spectrum. This collection offers the perfect fit for every girl, no matter what her shade or budget.

The anchor of this new line is the light and breathable Fit Me Foundation. This foundation’s broad color spectrum will have every girl covered in eighteen different shades. The all-natural formula goes on creamy and stays silky smooth. It even offers extra sun protection with SPF 18.  For those who prefer a matte finish Fit Me offers the same eighteen shades in fresh pressed powder. The Fit Me line keeps everything covered with six shades of lightweight concealer for blemishes and pesky under-eye circles.

To finish off your fresh-faced look Fit Me offers twelve eclectic shades of blush and three fade-proof shades of bronzer.  These bronzers are the quickest way to get that sun-kissed glow in these last winter months.

The new Fit Me line is perfect for achieving a clean and natural look. There is no cakey or fake look with these true to tone blends. With great quality and a smart price tag to match, Fit Me is one smart buy.