Smashbox Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss ($21.00) is a new gloss formula from Smashbox to debut this summer season. It’s a long-wearing gloss that’s supposed to give you wear of up to six hours. The formula is also touted as being non-sticky and non-drying. It’s definitely not sticky like MAC lipglass, but the texture is fairly thick while the the doe applicator doesn’t let you apply too much gloss at all.
The gloss does have SPF 15 (7.5% Octinoxate, 3.0% Avobenzone) in it, which is always a nice benefit to have. The color range includes six shades, ranging from nudish beige to raspberry pink to deeper beige. The color I tried was Nonstop, which is a raspberryish shade. It has pretty shimmer in it, and it does give my lips some color. It kind of deepens and brightens up the natural color without being too bright. The new Limitless Lip Glosses are great if you’re looking for sheer gloss that’ll wear well for about four to six hours.
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Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($28.00 for 1 oz.) is a lightweight, tinted moisturizer. (I think the name of the product does a pretty good job of describing the product, yeah?) It’s a sheer, barely-dewy foundation that is an easy, on-the-go product. I typically use brushes/sponges to apply my foundation, but with tinted moisturizers, I tend to use my hands, as it’s the easiest method. Korres’ tinted moisturizer is incredibly thin, and it applies easily, but I find I need to apply quickly or else it dries down before I’m done.
I really liked the way the foundation makes my skin look, and I’m actually impressed that a tinted moisturizer could actually provide as much coverage as this one does. I do have post acne marks and the like, so I do have a few things I like to minimize/conceal, and Korres’ tinted moisturizer gives me a pretty even skin tone with no fuss. The product is designed to give you a medium coverage, and it definitely does so, but it feels extremely light. It feels lighter than a moisturizer, actually.
My only complaint about the tinted moisturizer is that it isn’t very moisturizing. It isn’t drying, but it doesn’t pack enough in the hydration department. I prefer to use my regular moisturizer first, let it dry, and then apply the tinted moisturizer. I have normal/combo skin, so I’m not usually super dry and rarely do I start off the day oily, so perhaps those with really oily skin would find this a great lightweight moisturizer, too.
Korres’ Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer has the benefits of SPF30 (octinoxate, avobenzone), sheer to medium coverage, quick application, quick drying time, and it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. It is also water-resistant with a “sweat-proof tint.” I’d say it’s pretty resistant, as it does almost feel like a tinted primer sometimes. I can’t say I’ve gone swimming in this yet, but it does wear well all day for me under regular conditions. For those concerned about ingredients, Korres doesn’t use parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petro-chemicals, propylene glycols, ethanoomines, GMOs, or synthetic dyes.
Availability: Sephora.com, Korres.com
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Laura Geller’s Blush-N-Brighten Blushes ($29.50 each) are AMAZING. These are baked, marbleized pigments swirled together. They’re placed into terracotta pans, baked 24 hours, and the result is a soft, shimmery powder. If you love MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes, I think you’ll love these. Possibly even more. Why more? With the two I’ve tried, they give me a lot more color than many of the ones from MAC. I’ve always ended up using MAC’s MSFs as highlighters or complements to other blushes, rather than as a straight up blush. Besides, some of the real gems from MAC’s MSF releases are discontinued/were limited edition, so these provide you with an opportunity not to get sucked in by insane eBay prices, too!
The range currently includes six shades:
- Berry Pink, berry, cream, gold
- Golden Apricot Bronze, gold, rose
- Honey Dipped Bronze, gold, copper
- Pink Grapefruit Beige, mauve, pink shmmer
- Roseberry Rose, copper, pink
- Sunswept Bronze, coral, rose
The first shade I tried was Golden Apricot, which is a swirl/composition of coppery-peachy-orange, raspberry pink, apricot pink, and paler peach/apricot shades. It’s really pretty, has micro-fine shimmer, and the color goes on well. So despite the pretty look the blush has, it will kind of all swirl together and end up in one final shade — which is very much true to the name — golden apricot. You might call it a peachy-apricot, perhaps a peachy coral in a sense. It’s definitely a blush color that’s right up my alley, though. It would most definitely be a flattering shade on warmer skin tones, but I don’t think it is so warm as to make it difficult for cooler skin tones to wear it well.
The second shade I tried was Roseberry, which is a swirl/composition of rosy pink, a touch of raspberry, and a coppery-toned raspberry shimmer. This one looks less interesting at first glance, but it swatches beautifully. It’s a soft, rosy pink that’s not cool at all. It’s neutral-to-slightly-warm. It’s not overly intense, nor is it sheer. I find that the Blush-N-Brighten blushes are buildable in color/intensity. The shimmer is almost a soft gold sheen, but it doesn’t feel chunky at all.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed by Laura Geller’s Blush-N-Brighten blushes. The shimmer is extremely fine and soft–no chunky glitter here–and the color pigmentation is perfect. The ones I tried out included Laura Geller’s retractable brush for application, too ($35.00 each instead of $29.50), but the included brush is worth the extra $5.50. It’s ridiculously soft and dense. You won’t find one of those tossed in brushes that you’ll never use in these. Kudos to Laura Geller for that! (I’d say pick up one blush with the brush, and then you can just buy the blushes alone, since one is probably enough!)
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Smashbox’s Untamed Collection is their summer launch featuring six new products, plus four shades of their Waterproof Shadow/Liner Duos. They launched two glosses, two eyeshadow/liner trios, creamy cheek color, and a brightening pencil.
I tested out the Untamed Waterproof Shadow Liner Trio in Savage ($29.00), which features a soft, beigey-pink, deeper olive green, and a warm, shimmery brown. They’re all creamy shadows designed to use as liners, bases, or eyeshadows. They are waterproof, therefore crease-proof, too. Just be sure to prepare yourself for the size of this product, because each part of the trio is fairly small. It’s not necessarily a bad value, it’s just surprising.
Terracotta Creamy Cheek Color ($24.00) is a soft, fleshy reddish-brown color that goes on sheer and creamy. It’s easy to blend, and it looks very natural on the face. It’s definitely not an overwhelming color, and it is a nice alternative to bronzer, too.
I also tried Untamed Lip Gloss in Raw ($18.00), which is described as a deep red. I’d have to say it’s more like a semi-sheer reddish brown, over a “deep red.” I really thought I’d like this shade, but it’s not as red as I was hoping for. It looks better on my lips than I expected it, too, though, because it goes on fairly sheer and just gives my lips more of a brownish-red tint.
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Lavanila The Healthy Body Butter ($25.00 for 8 oz.) is fast becoming a staple body lotion in my household. I love the Vanilla Lavender scent best, because it works well for both daytime and night time. I think I might have a slight preference towards night time, because the lavender scent is soothing and relaxing–perfect for getting relaxed and into sleep-mode.
Although the majority of my body isn’t dry, my legs tend to get dry quickly–if I don’t moisturize them every day, they get to scaly within a week flat. I’m not the best at remembering (or bothering, because let’s face it, I can be lazy!) to put moisturize on every day, so I tend to prefer moisturizers that are richer and more hydrating, so I can get away with missing a few days here and there without suffering the lizardy consequences. The Healthy Body Butter is an extremely thick and rich body butter in a squeeze-tube form, which is definitely a huge plus. I prefer squeeze tubes for lotions, because I feel like I get more control out of it. (A lot of body butters tend to come in jars/tubs.)
It uses 100% pure shea and cocoa butters along with goji berry and kakadu plum (antioxidants). Like the rest of Lavanila’s products, it doesn’t contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes/fragrances, petro-chemicals, phthalates, or triclosan. The body butter applies easily, because you can slide and blend it even on dry skin. It dries down within five minutes, and my skin feels hydrated all day long. No greasy feeling, no sticky aftermath. Just smooth, moisturized skin that thanks me over and over again for not neglecting it.
I recommend this product for…
Anyone with a propensity towards dry skin
Anyone who loves vanilla-themed scents
Anyone who is sensitive to chemicals
Anyone who is looking for natural alternatives
All ages, skin tones, and skin types
Smashbox Mother Earth Palette ($45.00)
An eco-friendly color palette containing four eyeshadows and a blush. Smashbox Mother Earth Palette includes four certified-organic shadows and a blush housed inside a compact and sleeve made from sustainable materials. Mix and match the blendable shades to create a perfectly pigmented frame for the eyes and add a pop of the tangerine-hued blush for a flush of color on the cheeks. Being green has never been so easy! With each purchase, a tree will be planted by Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable environments through forestation throughout the world.
Availability: Exclusively at Sephora.com