Skincare Tips: How to Reduce Blemishes by Renee Rouleau

Skincare Tips: How to Reduce Blemishes by Renee Rouleau

I’m so pleased to be able to feature another video from Renée Rouleau. She is so knowledgeable and approachable as an esthetician with her own skincare line (which I’ve used over the years and been impressed–her new Luxe Mint Cleanser is the boy’s current favorite, too!).  This time, she gives us tips on reducing blemishes.  There’s something I need to take notes on!

HauteLook Sales for the Week of September 20th, 2010

Normally, I post weekly sales in our Deals section, but HauteLook is doing something very special this week: BEAUTY WEEK!  Favorites such as DDF, Stila, LORAC, and NYX will be up for grabs.   If you’re unfamiliar with HauteLook, it’s a members-only website that offers daily sales on name brands, and sometimes, it also has beauty brands from 30-60% off.

This week’s sales at HauteLook

The links above are referral links. It means that I receive a $10 credit if you make your first purchase–I get nothing if you never buy. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :)

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #044

Say Goodbye, Sunday!

Sunday’s on the way out for most of us, but there’s still time to enjoy ourselves before Monday creeps on in.   I wish I could get Dusty to come over and re-organize my pigments.  It would be LOVE!

Benefit Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer Body Balm

Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm

Benefit Bathina Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer Body Balm ($25.00 for 1.5 oz.) is a lightly floral-scented shimmering body balm. It purports to give a “shimmering, glimmering… seductive golden-pink sheen.” This is a very, very subtle product; I can’t even emphasize just how subtle and sheer and light the sheen is. I took photos of the “swatch,” but it looked like nothing was there. With a little light, I can see that there is a subtle sheen, but I don’t know of “shimmering, glimmering” is an appropriate description. It’s more glowy than shimmery, more sheen than glimmer.

Described as a “balm,” it doesn’t do much to hydrate or keep skin from losing moisture. It does as much for my skin as any highlighter would do (like a pressed one). It’s not thick or greasy, which is nice, but it’s a little time consuming to apply regardless of whether you forego the velvet pillow or not. I think ultimately this is a product that takes the concept of subtle to a whole new level, and I don’t think it’s supposed to be as sheer as it is. I wasn’t expecting big hunks of shimmer at all, but if I have to squint and flail my arms in the sunlight to see if it’s there, I think there’s a problem!

I did really like the scent–it’s kind of like this very subtle, rosy floral that almost reminds me of baby shampoo (but rosier, obviously). I like it, and I don’t find it strong, though it does linger, which is a plus–assuming you like the scent, of course! The packaging is cute and totally Benefit, and the metal tin makes it pretty durable.  The little velvet pillow applicator is a cute touch, which I imagine is supposed to make it a more luxurious experience.  Nice if you’re just applying to decolletage, but if you’re doing legs, a bit more tedious.

Honestly, when it comes to giving the body a soft, shimmering glow, Benefit’s Kitten does an infinitely better job.

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Make Up For Ever #1C Aqua Lip Liner

Make Up For Ever #1C Lip Liner

#1C is an interesting shade, because it’s described as a “light neutral beige,” but it almost looks a bit orange when you first swatch it, and then on lips, the natural rosiness of lips (even if you have lesser pigmented lips) seems to bring it down a notch. I like this shade underneath sheerer lipglosses and nude lipsticks best. I think for those with more pigmented lips, it can also help to mute the natural pigmentation of your lips in a more savory way than using concealer/foundation.

The only downside–for some, not all–is that it is a pencil liner, so it may need to be sharpened more frequently in order to get a precise edge. I didn’t have issues using the edge, and I don’t, personally, sharpen every use, to get a precise outline on my lips, but I use the slant more so than the tip itself. I don’t see it as a downside myself, but I could see those who prefer the thinner point of automatic lip liners finding fault here.

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RECOMMENDATION: Maybe not this color, but Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Liners are certainly worth a peek if you’re in the market for a long-wearing lip liner.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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