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Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel Review

Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel
Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel

Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel

Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel ($38.00 for 1.0 oz.) is a moisturizer that can be used for either day or evening application. Boscia states that this moisturizer is supposed to “refine skin texture, brighten skin clarity, and minimize the look of pores instantly and over time.” According to the brand, it’s suitable to all skin types.

It’s gel-based, which means it has a thicker consistency (like a gel!) but feels very lightweight and as if you’re applying cool water against the skin. It absorbs very quickly, which is a huge plus if you’re short on time. The first time I used it was an interesting experience, because it really is a charcoal-hued gel, so it’s not quite opaque black, but it’s darker than gray (it actually does contain charcoal, which helps to absorb excess oil and detoxify). It spreads easily across the skin, but it does tint the face gray while it absorbs, but once it’s dry, it disappeared. Initially, I felt a very subtle cooling sensation, less than a tingle I’d say, that disappears soon after it starts. It hydrated well in some ways, but I did still have some drier patches on my cheeks that this just couldn’t combat. If you have more combination to oily skin, this would be more appropriate, given the ingredients Boscia calls out and the gel consistency–you definitely won’t feel like there’s a greasy layer of moisturizer on.

There’s a discernible scent of roses, charcoal, and something a little herbal. It’s not heavy, strong, nor does it linger. I smelled it mostly when I pumped it onto my fingers but almost not at all when I applied it. It’s packaged in an opaque black tub with an airless pump mechanism. I couldn’t find a way to unscrew the top (short of prying it open, but me trying to pry something over with a sharp edge is likely to result in a trip to the emergency room), so I don’t know if anything was left over, but it felt empty.

My only real problem with this was that it ran out quickly–less than a month of evening usage–and it wasn’t all that surprising once I read how much the jar contains. A lot of moisturizers contain around 1.7 fl. oz., but this one only contains 1.0 oz. That makes this much pricier than it initially appears! I felt that I needed to use as much of this product as other moisturizers, so it wasn’t one of those “a little goes a long, long way” such that you would use less of this and therefore it would last longer than other moisturizers.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Isononyl Isononanoate, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Glycolic Acid, Menthyl Lactate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisi Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Ceteth-25, Oleth-10, Charcoal Powder, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tropolone, Potassium Hydroxide

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5 Uplifting Light Blue Eyeshadows

5 Uplifting Light Blue Eyeshadows

I love a good sky blue/pastel blue eyeshadow, especially for spring, but it also can work really with more summery colors as a way to tone down some of the vibrancy of those brighter hues.

  1. Buxom Husky — light ethereal blue with a soft frosted finish
  2. MAC Styledriven — light-medium blue with a soft frosted finish
  3. Make Up For Ever #150 — pale sky blue
  4. Urban Decay Clash — vibrant sky blue with sparkle
  5. Bare Escentuals Illusion — pale pastel blue

What’s your favorite light blue eyeshadow?

Smashbox Shades of Fame Collection for Summer 2012


Smashbox Shades of Fame Collection for Summer 2012

The hottest hues for eyes and lips to create a strikingly unforgettable look. Unleash your inner screen siren with just a swipe of the perfect eye shadow and lip gloss. Smashbox Cosmetics introduces SHADES OF FAME, a summer collection featuring smoldering, bold colors guaranteed to get you noticed!

Eye Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

Create an iconic, alluring look with this palette, featuring favorite summer shades handpicked by Smashbox Cosmetics studio artists. The colors are arranged in trios to make mixing and matching effortless. Use the brighter hues to add a pop of color for daytime glam, then layer on the sultrier, darker shades to create a captivating look to flaunt during hot summer nights.

Reflection High Gloss Lip Gloss Set ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Every rising star needs the perfect pout. With this travel-sized collection of five lip glosses, you’ll have all the shades you need to get noteworthy lips, from delicate pink to bold fuchsia.

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Spadaro Noche del Fuego Eau de Parfum


Spadaro Noche del Fuego Eau de Parfum

Spadaro Noche del Fuego Eau de Parfum ($155.00 for 3.3 oz.) caught my attention because of the packaging. It looks a bit like a lantern to me! The bottle I have is sample packaging, so the real deal looks a bit different (click the link in the beginning, which will take you to a photo of what you’d get if you purchased).

Irresistible bergamot gains unexpected depth when mixed with mysterious patchouli and an exotic blend of sandalwood, vanilla and honey spiked with paprika and saffron. Black pepper, at once warm and cool—like a fire dance in the night—completes the seduction. (You can read the behind-the-scenes story here.

Fragrance is such a personal subject! There are scents we love and hate that are equally loved and hated by others. For instance, I’m not into sugary confections or spring florals when it comes to perfume. I love food-inspired scents for bath products, though. I tend to gravitate and wear more masculine scents, ones often with sandalwood, amber, vetiver, and the like somewhere in the composition.  Patchouli and I sometimes get along, so I was curious to try this scent, which has both patchouli and sandalwood in it.

Noche Del Fuego starts out with a rich burst of bergamot before the patchouli makes an appearance. And it’s distinctly marked by patchouli, and if that’s not a note that you enjoy, I’d recommend keeping away from this scent. In the background, there’s pepperiness, a little smokiness, and a subtle sweetness that makes an entrance late in the game. It’s masculine, woody, and fiery. It’s not overwhelming, though, and there’s a subdued citrus that dances in background that gives it a refreshing, clean feel.  It wears close on my skin, but it wears for eight to ten hours.  The citrus quality makes me reach for this during the summer, as I tend to opt for less heavy fragrances during the season.