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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #082

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul:  Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense – 2 new shades that finally launched!  Guerlain Giant Bronzer, three Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows

Weekend plans:  Organizing!!  Enjoy the weather a little bit!

Mascara you can’t live without:  Chanel Exceptionnel

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan doing what he loves more than ANYTHING:  swimming!

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Tarte Summer 2011 Collection


Tarte Summer 2011 Collection

Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder ($28.00)

  • Bronze

Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner Duo ($18.00) (QVC Exclusive)

  • Golden, Plum (March 2011)
  • Black, Brown (May 2011)
  • Navy, Turquoise (July 2011)
  • Bronze, Plum, Green (August 2011)

Amazonian Clay Waterproof Shadow Pots ($22.00) (QVC Exclusive)

  • Beach Bronze
  • Moss
  • Slate
  • Seashell Pink
  • Shimmering Plum

emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner Pots ($22.00)

  • Brown
  • Black
  • Indigo
  • Plum
  • Bronze

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Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer Review, Photos

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer
Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer ($40.00 for 1.7 oz.) is designed to provide a “hint of coverage” for “natural-looking skin” in a gel-based formula. The oil-free variation is for those with oilier skin (they have a regular version along with an Extra version for drier skin).

My skin isn’t oily, but I liked the finish and coverage of the foundation, though the shade I tested ended up being far too dark to wear out in public! I tried the Medium Tint (I’m MAC NC25), but I would definitely be suited for Light-to-Medium, just because this is significantly darker than my natural complexion. I have heard from a few artists at the counter that these seem to run a little dark, so you might want to grab a couple of samples to ensure you get the right shade.

It has a very lightweight feel but provides sheer to light coverage; it had enough coverage to even out the unevenness in my cheeks while still having the feel and overall finish of a tinted moisturizer (soft, natural). It actually has more of a semi-natural finish–a little more matte than the average “natural” finish I would say. For a tinted moisturizer, this wears nicely; a solid eight hours of wear without oiliness or fade in coverage. The texture is thick enough that it doesn’t run but thin enough that it spreads easily over the skin (I used fingers to apply, as I would a moisturizer).

Alone, it’s not moisturizing enough for drier skin (my skin felt a little parched by four hours if I wore it alone), but it is meant for oilier skin types, so it seems like the moisturization is on target for oily skin types. If you use your regular moisturizer prior, then you shouldn’t have any issues. On the other hand, if you do have dry skin but want a two-in-one product, then I’d recommend the Extra Tinted Balm instead.

I tried to think of something I didn’t like about this product, and there was nothing that came to mind. Of course, I immediately noticed the shade wasn’t a match for my skin tone, but the formula and product I have no complaints with! Since I do have drier skin, I won’t be skipping my morning moisturizer before this, but maybe I’ll try the regular version and see if that’s enough for me.

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer Review, Photos

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush ($21.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “peachy apricot” and can be used as both an eyeshadow and blush. It’s more of a medium-dark coral-pink with very subtle gold micro-shimmer and a pearly sheen. The powder is incredibly soft–very silky and smooth–but doesn’t look powdery on at all (sometimes really soft powders can also be powdery). I was able to get good color payoff with ease; it gives a flushed look in one swipe but can be built up to something more intense with a little more product. The payoff is nicely balanced between natural and bold without being too sheer or so pigmented that you have to take care in applying it. When I tested it (over foundation, set with powder–all part of my normal routine), it wore for eight hours without fading.

The blush is on the larger side, too, at 0.30 oz. (many blushes are 0.20 oz. or less) and is housed in a cardobard palette that comes inside a sleeve (which has the same design as the actual compact). Inside, there is a small mirror framed by a football field. Though cardboard may get dinged here and there from anything in your bag with sharp corners and the like, it’s a lot less prone to scratches and breakage than plastic–and if you drop this from four feet, the cardboard absorbs more of the impact.

theBalm Shadow/Blush Frat Boy
Frat Boy
Frat Boy
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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