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Best Liquid Bronzer ✮ Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer

My Review of Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer

You must be getting tired of my over-the-top LOVE for Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculping Cream! If not, let me talk some more about it: this product, available in Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II, has singularly been my favorite product of 2016 and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Another bronzer that came close recently and, in my own mind, should be more publicized is Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer (SPF 30). This liquid formula is truly amazing and yet, there is barely nothing on this product anywhere. It’s a real shame since it’s such a wonderful one; so let me present my #2 on my list of preferred cream/liquid bronzers…

✮ This is my long overdue Review ✮

My Review of Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer

From the website

What it is:
An innovative serum designed to contour youthful definition while imparting an elegant veil of warm color and protecting with an SPF 30.

What it is formulated to do:
No Bronzer Bronzer mimics healthy skin pigment with one universally flattering shade and diffuses imperfection and sun damage with vitamin C Ester. When used as a contouring serum it accentuates youthful definition. Mix No Bronzer Bronzer with No Foundation Foundation to personalize color and achieve an endless number of shades.

-Suspension Technology: Ensures optimal delivery of active and unified application of pigment and minerals with a breathable second skin effect.
Non-Chemical Mineral-Based SPF 30 with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: Protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. 
-Vitamin C Ester: Helps to brighten the skin and address visible sun damage.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
♥ Parabens
♥ Sulfates
♥ Phthalates

Availability

At Sephora : $45CAN for 0.3oz

pros

♥ Effortless blending properties,

♥A multitasking product that can be use alone to bronze your face, or mix with your foundation to add a summer glow richness,

♥ Sunscreen feature: Loving the SPF 30 (Mineral broad spectrum sun protection),

♥ A little truly goes a very long way; Two small drops are enough to cover practically all your face,

♥ Gives a healthy glow without being shimmery or greasy looking,

♥ Doesn’t break me out!,

♥ Fragrance-free bronzer (even with the extra sunscreen protection),

Cruelty-Free (source Paula’s choice),

♥ Ideal for my complexion; It’s NOT orangey looking 😉

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cons

♥ Only one color available (suited for light to medium skin tone only),

♥ It’s a liquid formula (not a deal breaker for me but it’s worth mentioning).

final thoughts

If you are essentially searching for a natural luminous glow, this is a great bronzer to try. If you are fair-skinned like me, you will raise an eyebrow when putting a dot on the back of your hand (it’s quite dark) but to my surprise, if applied in small amount, it blends perfectly to this bronzy, radiant shade. It’s such a unique product: it adapts to your personal colouring; add a little bit more and the color becomes suitable for medium skin toned girl. Also, I can’t say enough on its blending properties and how fast it dries on the skin (no oily cheeks to report).

Price wise, it’s not bad at all considering that all is needed is two dots to cover my forehead and cheeks area.

Changing my powder contour/bronzer product combination to a cream or liquid formula made such a huge difference on my makeup. I feel that using more watery/creamy products makes me look more youthful! Even though these discoveries are quite recent, it’s definitely not just a summer fling since I don’t ever see myself going back to powder. Cream products have become my mature skin’s BFFs!

Do you have a favorite cream/liquid bronzer that I need to try ?

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bareMinerals Bareskin Concealer ✮ Review

bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Review)

bareMinerals, along with Buxom and Smashbox are companies that deserve way more exposure than what they are receiving. I notice that all my posts about these particular brands are less popular and I can’t explain why (maybe they need to use more social media tools, or they probably just don’t suck up enough to the biggest YouTubers! Just saying…). It’s really unfortunate though because these brands offer the best products and are true hidden gems in the makeup industry.

bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Review)

This review is long overdue … I’ve owned this bareMinerals Bareskin concealer for a while now, and I should have praised its benefits weeks ago.  But, the good thing about using a product for at least six months is that you can really assess the pros and cons and give your honest opinion. So keep on reading to see why this product as has become my favorite concealer!

bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Review)

From the website

What it is:
A silky-smooth, complete coverage, concealer and serum formula.

What it does:
A silky smooth, complete coverage concealer and serum in one, bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer is designed to provide remarkable coverage with its ultra-light texture. It instantly reduces the appearance of dark circles, discoloration, and other imperfections for a beautifully even-toned complexion. Formulated with antioxidant Lilac Plant Stem Cells, this multitasking concealer features high-definition mineral optics to counteract shadows and give skin a brightened, lustrous finish. Hydrating humectants help nourish the undereye area, while the silky smooth texture glides effortlessly over fine lines, leaving skin looking fresh and flawless all day.
Availability
Sephora : $20US ($25CAD) for 0.20 oz

For reference …

bareMinerals Bareskin : 0.20oz ($25CAD)
Urban Decay Naked Skin : 0.16oz ($35CAD)
Too faced Born This Way : 0.23oz ($32CAD)
Nars Radiant : 0.22oz ($36CAD)
Kat Von D Lock-It : 0.22oz ($34CAD)
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea : 0.34oz ($31CAD)
 pros
✮ Super hydrating (Perfect for my dry under eye area),
✮ Blends beautifully,
✮ Doesn’t look cakey at all (The coverage is light to medium),
✮ NO CREASING (Mature skin’s dream),
✮ Stays all day (After 10 hours, my concealer is still intact),
✮ You get a ton a product since a little goes a long way (Very creamy and lightweight),
✮ Great at covering nasty zits,
✮ The price is fair considering how ultra pigmented it is,
✮ Made in the USA (I don’t buy cosmetics made in China anymore),
✮ Cruelty-Free.
 cons
✮ I don’t think it would cover very dark circles,
✮ The packaging could be way better; too much product comes out of the doe-foot applicator and the result is a messy spout,
bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Review)
✮ It’s much thinner and watery product than the usual concealer (Not a problem for me at all, but worth mentioning),
✮ Just six shades available (Ideally, I would need a shade lighter).
 final thoughts
Except for the fact that the applicator is too soft and absorbs way too much product, this is the perfect concealer! As I get older, I realized that that serum-type concealer works best on my skin. The finish looks so natural and don’t make my under eye looks like I’m 10 years older. Furthermore, its hydrating formula and its blending properties are so unparalleled that, even if it comes with some disadvantages to its resume, I’m totally in love with this formula. With only six colors available though, I would ideally prefer a lighter shade for winter months but fair (the lightest) is great for summer.
 * As a reference, my number 2 favorite concealer is Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer *

What’s your favorite concealer ?

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Makeup Reviews …The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Makeup reviews : The Good,The Bad and the Ugly

A few months ago, I fell off my chair when I read Stashy’s (Stash Matters) anticipated review of Becca’s Ombre Rouge eyeshadow palette. Truth be told, I kept telling poor Stashy over and over again that she would 100% love this palette, that the shades were unique, the packaging was sleek, etc… In summary, she just needed it, “period”!!! My passion for this palette made me shout my love from rooftops, telling the world repeatedly about this perfect product and then, there it was, her critique! Maybe I rather should say « Judgement Day », because in her own word, this perfect palette is a mere 4/10 !!! Say what???

Note: You can read my review on the Ombre Rouge palette HERE

4-stars

This post is not about Becca’s Ombre Rouge but more on different points of views in the makeup world and how to interpret reviews on a specific product. I was telling Stashy that someone who is interested in buying this specific palette would be really confused after only reading our two evaluations, and with good reasons… To make matters worse, I think that we are both very credible and honest in our criticism since we are NOT sponsored (something, I wish I would though after my last post!) and we did buy this particular item with our own money … so we speak the truth, with no hidden agenda. Furthermore, Stash and I have about the same substantial collection and we like to think that we know our stuff (in the beauty department, anyway!).

So, this discrepancy got me thinking: what should I add to my reviews so girls (or boys) all over the world would better interpret my assessments. Maybe by adding other palettes that I love to compare would be a good start! For example, if you hate KVD Shade + Light palette while I praised this palette, you would know that we may have different tastes! In each review, I always try to define my skin type or add other informations that could be really important to give my readers every possible reasons to love/hate the featured product; maybe I should add more… I could add what am I looking for in a specific product? When do I use it?

FAILED

Another point that got me thinking was, should I write about products that didn’t work for me? When I first started blogging, I was really harsh towards some products, and I remembered someone telling me that the product I crushed was her Holy Grail concealer. I felt really bad about my critique and tried to find some positive about it. The reality is that I don’t like everything!  Even though it’s always heartbreaking to write bad reviews, maybe I should write about these too! Sometimes you learn more from bad experiences… For example, last year I bought Too Faced Born This Way foundation, raved by everyone and their mothers, and for me, it’s by far the worst foundation I ever used. It would have been a 1/10, 1 being for the shade alone!!!

So again, what about the reviews that we read? How much are they crucial in our decision to buy a product or not? I would like to say that I’m not influenced by them, but I’m guilty of wanting a lot of products that my fav Blogger/YouTuber are reviewing and loving! To be honest, when I really want a product, I tend to read only good reviews!!! So, it’s the chicken or the egg dilemma….

I want to hear your thoughts on this one

Note: Stashy and I, are really good friends… This was not towards her in anyway!!!

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