Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation

On my last Sephora purchase, I received three samples of foundation.  I'm always excited to try new foundations... it's kind of like the quest to find the "perfect" mascara.  Never ending, but I won't give up!  ;-)

One of the samples was Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation.  I was pleasantly surprised at the size of this sample... usually I don't feel there is enough of a sample to really tell how it covers, but this one gave ample!  The full size product is retails at Sephora for $42.00, and is available in 28 shades, so you will be sure to find one that works for your skin tone.  My particular sample came with three colors, of which I tried the lightest one (oh the joys of being transparent).  ;-)

The cream texture was a little dry, making it a little hard to work with.  Perhaps in a full size container it would be easier, but I just felt like it was a little dry.  They do recommend the Cover FX Cream Foundation Brush ($38), which may help.

The coverage it provided was wonderful.  Very even and FULL.  If you are a sheer or buildable coverage kind of gal, this is not for you.  I personally, like having a medium to full coverage, as it covers the redness in my skin better.  However, I felt like it took a lot, A LOT of work to get that even coverage.  It did last all day, with no budging.  But I did feel like my skin wasn't "breathing".  It felt a little heavy on, and although stayed in place, just gave me a very "makeup-y" feel.

Overall, I give this a 3 out of 5 stars.  The coverage is wonderful, but lacks a smooth consistency, and gives a heavier feel.

Review: Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away

I received a sample of Olay's new Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away, and was really excited to try it!  Although my skin is not oily/shiny, my chin is... so I was excited to see how this worked!

My first impression was... weird.  The cleanser is a metallic grey color, which just threw me off.  I tried to get a picture of the color for you, but it just wasn't coming out true to color.  I expected there to be a metallic smell (strictly based on the color), but was surprised that the scent was pleasing.  Fragrant, but not overpowering.

I lathered it between my hands, and it gave a small amount of creamy foam, which was nice.  But to be honest, I was still having a hard time getting past the color!  As I cleaned my face with it, it was fine.  Nothing spectacular, but certainly not bad.  The consistency was nice and I felt like it was cleansing. 

After rinsing my face off, I immediately noticed how stiff and "squeaky" my face felt.  I love a good clean to my face, but I literally felt like it has stripped all moisture off my face.  Even after moisturizing, I still felt as though my skin was dry.  Throughout the day, I kept checking my chin to see if it had made a difference in the shine.  The answer, no.  Perhaps if you use this more than one time, you will get better results (less shine), but I chose not to use this again due tot he drying factor.

Bottom line: If you have oily skin, this may be a great cleanser for you, if you can get past the metallic color.  Dry skin friends, beware.  This is not for us!

Friday, September 6, 2013

HURRY! Freebie: Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation Stick

HURRY and head here to snag a free sample of Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation Stick.  This one will go quickly!

Hautelook: Lorac

If you're a fan of Lorac eyeshadows, head on over to Hautelook to grab this palette for only $15.00!  It's not my all-time favorite as far as color selections, but there are some great shades in there that are PERFECT for the Fall.  And you can't beat the price!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cover Girl Coupons

If you get the P&G brand saver coupons, be sure to check out the September 2013 issue.  There is a $1.00 off ONE Cover Girl product, and a $2.00 off ONE Cover Girl lip product.  Pair that with your Ulta coupon of 20% off your total purchase, and you've got yourself a great deal!

Hautelook: NYX

NYX has easily become one of my favorite brands.  They are inexpensive, and the quality is just amazing.  I honestly have found very little of their products that I don't like.  I purchase 99% of my NYX products from Ulta, which currently has a 20% off your total purchase coupon... yes please!

Anyway, today Hautelook is featuring some great deals on NYX products, and you know I had to purchase a few.  Here's a look at what I got... stay tuned for a review!