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Hide Blemishes, Conceal Tattoos with Smart Cover Camouflage Makeup

smart cover productsSmart Cover make-up is more than just cover-up — it is a concealing system. A crafty collection of crèmes and sticks, Smart Cover is the perfect combination to turn your face into a clear palette.

I love how the process starts with a Moisture Primer Lotion, which preps your skin for the Concealing Crème and creates an invisible layer of moisture. The next step is the concealing crème, which covers everything — and I mean EVERYTHING. No blemish, mark, spot, wrinkle, or even tattoo is a match for this crème. This cover-up can be used anywhere on your body to cover bruises and those dreaded stretch marks.

My favorite Smart Cover products are the beauty sticks. The Vitamin Beauty Stick provides much needed moisture and nutrients for the sensitive skin around your eyes and lips. The Smart Cover Stick is the best under eye cover-up I have ever used. I have always struggled to find a product to cover the circles under my eyes and this stick did the job flawlessly. It really brightened up my whole face.

Check out how these products worked on covering up Kristin’s tattoo (although the color didn’t quite match exactly).

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Smart Cover concealers are waterproof and smudge resistant. It is a real heavy-duty make-up system that lasts long and really covers. You can snag your own Smart Cover-Up Kit for $29.75  at the Smart Cover website.

Photos: Chelsea Pech/BeautyXpose
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes

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Put Your Best Face Forward With Daniel Chinchilla Beauty Perfecting Mineral Fluid

chinchillapicThere aren’t many beauty items I consider must-haves for each and every day, but, as I’ve mentioned before, I (usually) don’t leave home without foundation. When I’m putting something on my face every day, I want to make sure it’s something I can feel good about.

The newest addition to my organic foundation arsenal is Daniel Chinchilla Beauty Perfecting Mineral Fluid. The product is paraben free and uses chamomile and vitamin extracts to soothe sensitive skin.

My first impression after pumping the first dot of the product onto my fingers was that this foundation is astonishingly similar to the Almay Pure Blends formulation. It spreads like a tinted moisturizer, but it works for me because I always look for lighter coverage, especially as we segue into the warmer spring and summer months.

However, over the past few weeks I have noticed the ingredients in the Almay foundation are separating, which doesn’t happen with the Daniel Chinchilla formula. The one thing that caught me off guard with this foundation is that it does not come in the standard shades that I’m used to. I’m normally a buff beige girl, but for this product I’m using a shade called N4 Christy.

If there’s any confusion about what shade you should purchase, Daniel Chinchilla offers an email consultation with an artist. The Beauty Perfecting Mineral Fluid can be purchased online for $22 here.

Photos: Daniel Chinchilla; Pamela King/BeautyXpose
Disclaimer: Product furnished complimentary for review purposes

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Natural Beauty: Almay Pure Blends

Looking for ways to look your best — naturally? Look no further. Through reviews of all-natural and organic products and investigations into cosmetic ingredients, our Natural Beauty column will help you make more informed decisions about your beauty purchases.

almay pure blends foundationEver since I began my quest to find the best all-natural and organic cosmetics, I have jumped from product to product, always looking for something newer, better, safer. My last foray into the makeup aisle was no exception. I went to the store armed with information from Skin Deep, the Environmental Working Group‘s cosmetic safety database, about some brands of mascara and foundation, my basic makeup needs. Since coming across this database two years ago, my beauty purchasing habits have been forever altered. Skin Deep ranks cosmetics on a scale from one to 10, one being no hazard and 10 being very hazardous, based on the ingredients in the product and any health impacts to which those ingredients could be linked. I try to buy products that are rated as low as possible, preferably three or lower.

As a result of my research, I planned to buy products from the Almay Pure Blends line. The mascara and foundation tubes boast that they are 97 percent natural, and the foundation is rated three out of 10 on Skin Deep, which indicates a moderate hazard. However, some of the ingredients, such as sodium borate, have been linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

almay pure blends coverAs far as quality goes, they are decent. For me, they get the job done, but I can see how the products might not hold up to other customers’ expectations. The foundation formula is a little thin, but it leaves my face looking fresh and dewy. I would describe it as more of a tinted moisturizer, so it’s probably not ideal for those looking for more substantial coverage. I usually set it with some loose powder for a more matte finish.

The mascara can get a little clumpy if I coat it on too thick, but I found that it comes off easily (when I want it to) rather than leaving dark circles under my eyes for days. I wouldn’t say these products are outstanding as far as performance goes, but I do feel pretty good about putting them on my face.

The Almay Pure Blends line also includes eye shadow, loose powder, lip gloss and blush. Find out more at the Almay website.

Photos: Almay

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Kelly’s New Airbrush with Fame: TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System

temptu airbrush makeup systemAfter dropping numerous hints in person and on her blog, Gouldylox Reviews, Kelly Gould was finally blessed with getting her most coveted beauty gift from her husband (Santa Lox). Read on to find out if Kelly’s new TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System lived up to her great expectations!

Having a blog is fun. I get to meet fun people and do things I may not always get to do. Turns out, it is a great tool for dropping holiday hints to my husband. And unless he had to wear a helmet as a child*, there was no way he could have missed the fact that I wanted a TEMPTU airbrush for the holidays. Especially since my banter about it bordered on obsessive.

I was craving airbrushed foundation and it is going to be a BIG TREND this year. Those two facts smushed together mean I NEED an airbrush. Which is where the whole having a blog-your-husband-reads-thing comes in handy during the holidays.

Temptu AIR Pod Foundation

TEMPTU AIR Pod Foundation

I was thrilled to unwrap the TEMPTU airbrush for Christmas. TEMPTU certainly isn’t the only airbrush on the market. But it is the only really accessible airbrush I have seen. It’s accessible because it is sold through Sephora, which in many towns is second only to Starbucks. They have a ton of foundation choices, a few blushes, bronzers and highlighters to choose from. Plus it claims to give you a flawless face, and I need that.

While on a TV shoot recently, I stopped into the 5th Ave Sephora and was lucky enough to chat with the TEMPTU rep. She color matched me and told me that she was hopeful more colors and other products would be released in 2010. That makes me happy, because it is really my only complaint with TEMPTU; four blushes do not a blush palette make for me. However, I do love the soft peach blush. It’s gorgeous. And when coupled (tripled?) with the champagne highlighter and bronzer, I am able to almost sculpt some nice cheekbones. I think this is where practice will eventually make perfect.

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I love the foundation. It’s not matte, it’s not dewy, it’s somewhere in-between. I prefer a light to medium amount of coverage and like how it looks. It takes me about one minute to put on the foundation and another two minutes to do the blush. It would take less if the design of the pods wasn’t so rounded and slippery. While I don’t look flawless, I think I could look flawless if was willing to go a little heavier on the coverage. But I also like my skin to show through a bit, so I guess I am left to compromise.

Kelly's results using TEMPTU

Results using TEMPTU

While the overall price of the unit may deter some users, I am having a hard time using the other products I need to test because I am having so much fun playing with the airbrush. My only complaint (besides lack of blush colors)? The foundation has an extended dry down time. I often find myself stippling my foundation with a liquid foundation brush to makes sure my inexperienced airbrush hand covered everything evenly and to help speed the dry down. All in all, I LOVE this. Thanks Loxy!

Have you thought about picking this up? Love the airbrushed look but are on the fence? Tell me in the comments!

*Mr. Lox did wear a helmet as a child. I am not trying to be disparaging to people who did wear helmets as children (my co-worker did as well and you know I love you.). I really just wanted to work in that he wore a helmet. He is proud of this fact and often asks why I haven’t figured out a way to incorporate this into a blog post. Ta Da, Loxy! In reality, he has a eye tumor and getting hit in the head with a ball was a constant fear of his Mom. Lucky for both of them, he was terrible at sports** and balls being thrown at him was unlikely since he didn’t play sports. However, that fact was not considered when his helmet wearing was determined. To be continued….

**Proofreader’s note: Mr. Lox is not good at “throwing or catching” sports. He is an avid cyclist and paddle-er. He also enjoys hiking and getting ready to cycle. He is also very manly, despite proofreading a beauty blog daily.

I was given the TEMPTU airbrush by my husband and my Mom scored me some foundation. I then purchased the other color products.

Photos: TEMPTU, Gouldylox Reviews

Hands off!

The Case of the Stolen Tinted Moisturizer

Hands off!
Hands off!

How would you react if your daily tinted moisturizer (or foundation, concealer, etc.) was suddenly kidnapped, and you had to show your bare face for 24 hours? I would like to say I would not care, that I am not shallow enough to let this bother me. However, I found out this weekend that I am in fact vain, shallow and quite attached to my tinted moisturizer, when I came home from a Target run to find it kidnapped.

As is my habit, I forgot my cell phone when I went on a small Target run. Four hours later (I just can’t help walking around Target for hours), I came home to find a text message on my phone from a friend/ex-boyfriend that read, “Hi. I borrowed your concealer.”

Confused and slightly disturbed, I checked my makeup bag. My concealer was there, but my beloved tinted moisturizer was gone. Seems he doesn’t know his makeup, which I guess makes me feel a bit better about what happened next. Through some questioning, I found out that he had come to my apartment to have my roommate cover a hickey he had acquired the night before. Since my roommate isn’t as vain as I am, she doesn’t wear much makeup, and thus used mine.

Although a little disturbed why someone over 12 had a hickey or why my ex-boyfriend felt the need to use my makeup to cover it up, I wasn’t really annoyed. That is until I found out that he had in fact taken my makeup with him (didn’t want it to sweat off) and wouldn’t be able to return it to me that day. Upon learning this, I yelled, “Why did he think it was okay to steal my makeup? I am a vain person and I need that now!” (Obscenities excluded).

A few days removed from the incident, I feel a tad ashamed of being so vain, but it was like stealing a security blanket from a small child. How would you feel if your daily makeup routine was altered? Did I over-react? You tell me.

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Arm Yourself with New Conceal FX Concealer by Cover FX

conceal fx 1Cover FX has added the ultimate “concealed weapon” to its arsenal of foundations and cover up products — Conceal FX.  Now available at Sephora, Sephora.com and select Nordstrom stores in the U.S., Conceal FX offers the perfect opaque camouflage for disguising flaws ranging from everyday blemishes to vivid tattoos.

The concealer is made with rich colorants, light-diffusing mineral pigments and lightweight emollients, resulting in long-lasting coverage. According to Cover FX, potent ingredients such as Ceramides Plus, Comfort Complex, MultiPeptide Complex and Vitamins F.A.C.E. add treatment-like benefits, including wrinkle reduction, skin rejuvenation, skin firming and anti-oxidant protection.

When testing the product, Conceal FX glides on smoothly, while offering truly opaque coverage. Unlike a stick or other thicker-consistency concealers, Conceal FX feels light to the touch, and once on, it doesn’t dry out or feel heavy and cakey; it simply blends in with your foundation (we used it with Natural FX). The concealer is also water-resistant, so a little sweat won’t ruin your newly-flawless face.

A very small amount (about the size of a rice grain) will cover an area the size of a golf ball, so while the tube is small (15 ml/0.5 oz) and a bit pricey ($25), it should last a very long time.  Less is definitely more in this case; be sure to apply sparingly in areas with deeper creases (like crow’s feet), or else you may end up with “spider-webs” filled with the product.

The concealer comes in six shades, and you may want to err on choosing a color that’s a bit lighter than the name of your foundation if you use another brand.  If you’re a Cover FX junkie (like us), then this handy chart should help you find the perfect Conceal FX shade:

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Whether the goal is to hide evidence of a late night out or a bit too much fun in the sun, with Conceal FX, the result is long-lasting coverage and a flawless-looking appearance.

Photo courtesy of Cover FX

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Get Ready for Prime Time with BritePrep FX

What doesn't BritePrep FX do?

What doesn’t BritePrep FX do?

Cover FX, one of our favorite foundation makers (aptly coined “The Foundation Authority”), has done it again – this time with a foundation…for your foundation.  We’re talking about a primer, of course.  But the brand’s new BritePrep FX is more than just a primer for smooth foundation application – it’s also an instant and long-term skin brightener, a wrinkle disguiser, a multi-vitamin and a great sun protector.

Just call it the Swiss Army knife of primers.

President and Co-creator Lee Graff gives her take on the primer’s numerous benefits.  “Briteprep FX represents the next step forward in primer technology. Not only does foundation makeup wear better with Briteprep FX, but skin takes on a new radiance from ingredients that lighten uneven pigmentation, add luminosity and protect from the sun.”

How does a single primer product pack such a powerful punch?  Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • BritePrep FXSkin Brightener – Dermaveil-Brite technology, a blend of mineral silica microsponges and pearlized minerals, instantly enhances skin’s glow.  Arbutin Complex, a concentrate of BioActive BearBerry Extract and ODA White, offers long-term improvements in skin’s tone, texture and pigmentation.
  • Sun Protection – A powerful, water-resistant SPF 50 protects against UVA and UVB rays.  Teprenone protects against cell and DNA breakdown during UV exposure.
  • Multi-Vitamin – F.A.C.E multivitamins (F- Fatty Acid Omega 3 lipids; A- Anti-Age active; C- Clarifying and proCollagen; E- Emollient Anti-oxidant) help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, boost collagen production and protect with anti-oxidants
  • Wrinkle Disguiser – Dermaveil-Brite also serves as a breathable skin-smoothing veil that blurs the appearance of lines and pores for a flawless-appearing texture. Peptide Complex helps repair the visible signs of photo-aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

We used BritePrep FX underneath Natural FX and Mineral FX and witnessed the results first-hand.  Upon application, the power of Dermaveil-Brite was instantly evident.  Skin looked luminescent – but without appearing “shimmery” the way highlighting cosmetics can appear.  It was also clear how much easier it was to blend on both the water-based and mineral foundations after using the primer – and we thought the foundations applied smoothly and easily before!  The foundation just seemed to go farther – a little bit went a long way.  Best of all, it felt weightless throughout the day.

As for long-term brightening and wrinkle-reducing effect, only time will tell.  But we’re ecstatic with the initial results, so anything else is like adding an extra corkscrew or toothpick to this Swiss Army knife.

Experience it for yourself!  BritePrep FX ($45/30 ml.) is available at Sephora and other select retailers.

Photo Credit:  Swiss Army Knife – Christian Kitazume; other photos courtesy of Cover FX

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One Size Fits All: New Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation

dr. perricone no foundation foundationIf the doctor tells me to do something, you can pretty much count on me to follow orders. So when a different kind of doctor recommended to use a new foundation, I obviously did as I was told.

This “doctor” I am referring to is Dr. Perricone — the founder of Perricone MD skincare products. And the orders? To use his new No Foundation Foundation – the one size fits all version of foundation.

How is it different from any other foundation out there? According to Perricone MD, “One universal shade, for all ages and skin types, No Foundation Foundation helps correct skin under-tones, while boosting skin’s natural moisture level throughout the day.”

What was that?! One universal shade, for all ages and skin types? Could such a miracle foundation actually exist? I had to give it a try.

I was very skeptical at first — how could a foundation match my impossibly pale skin as well as someone’s darker — heck, normal — skin? I have a hard enough time finding a foundation fair enough (read: white enough) to match my skin. However, my skepticism was unwarranted, and I have fallen in love with Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.

The product perfectly blended into my skin tone, Anne’s skin tone and my roommate’s skin tone (all of which are drastically different). My favorite part is that the foundation moisturizes and protects my delicate (read: easily burnt) skin with SPF 30. But like the name suggests, this is not a traditional heavy cover up for trouble spots, so if you need more coverage, another concealer is in order.  However, this is a great everyday foundation to get your skin glowing, and this wondrous foundation has now become a staple in my daily makeup routine.  I don’t go outside without it.

A 30 ml bottle of Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation retails for $50, exclusively at Sephora.