Entries Tagged as 'Tinted Moisturizer'

The Sun Has Arrived! Stay Protected and Beautiful


As the sun starts to show his beautiful face longer and brighter in these warmer months, so should we! Sunshine provides the body with essential vitamin D, but there is a way to spend time in the sun and get your vitamin D safely. Wear sunscreen! We have compiled a list of our favorite sunscreens, some are tinted, some oil-free, and some for your lips, take your pick!

1) Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free. This tinted moisturizer has SPF20 and comes in 10 different shades. Tinted moisturizer is the perfect way to stay protected against the sun, but not give up your foundation. Tinted moisturizer is also a great product to use if you simply need to balance out your skin tone and do not need the coverage of a full foundation. Suggested retail: $42 at Sephora.com.

2)  La Roche-Posay La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Face Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. This one of the very few sunscreens I have found that leaves a matte finish and does not contribute to oil production on the face. With an SPF 60, this sunscreen is ideal for full sun exposure and can be applied under your makeup. Suggested retail: $29.95 at CVS.com.

3) Dr. Jart + Premium Beauty Balm SPF45 PA+++. A Beauty Balm is a moisturizer, brightener, primer, and treatment serum that is full of antioxidant bio-peptides. Over time, this BB cream will also increase the skin’s firmness and help achieve a more even complexion. This is basically a home run, all-in-one product. Not only does it do all of these wonderful things for you skin, but it’s also a broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen. Incredible! Suggested retail:$39 at Sephora.com.

4) Baby Blanket Tender Scalps Spray. Don’t forget your head! I fix my hair way off to the side with a very prominent part. If  you’re like me, your part is the perfect and unexpected place for sun damage to occur! Now, you don’t have to sacrifice you fresh blow out because you have a play date in the park on a sunny afternoon! Protect your scalp by using a sunscreen spray made specifically for hair and scalp. This sunscreen has broad spectrum SPF 45, is super gentle (it’s made for babies’ heads!) and the bottle is small enough to keep in your purse. Suggested retail: $5.99 at ToysRUs.com.

5) Banana Boat Sport Performance Lip Balm SPF 50. The lips are the most sensitive spot on the face and also one of the spots most prone to sunburn because we don’t typically think to put sunscreen on our lips. This lip balm is a broad spectrum SPF 50 and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes (don’t forget to reapply). The best part? It tastes like lip balm, not sunscreen! Suggested retail: $2.79 at Drugstore.com.


The sun is here so get out and enjoy it! First, protect your beautiful skin so it will stay that way. I hope you find these options useful and please remember to get to your dermatologist to ‘get your spots checked’ every year (source: skincancer.org).





What We’re Loving: Erno Laszlo Regular Normalizer Shake-It


The Erno Laszlo Regular Normalizer Shake-It is something so different, I could not wait to try this! What is it? Essentially it is 3/4 toner and 1/4 foundation. It has the coverage level of a tinted moisturizer and the application of a toner. It works like a toner, to help control oil, but helps eliminates the extra step of applying foundation and gives the matte finish of a powder. There are so many products on the market (albeit, bad ones!) that contribute to oil and acne, but this does just the opposite. You might discover it helps improve you skin’s appearance because you will need to put fewer products on to cover your imperfections which will better allow your skin to breathe! You will also find yourself needing to apply powder less often to keep shine at bay.



Shake to mix treatment and color, saturate cotton ball. Stroke over face and chin (it will feel wet). Avoid eyes. Allow to dry, smooth out with fingertips. Apply a second coat if additional coverage is desired. Follow with powder or foundation for additional coverage.


Follow the rest of your makeup routine like always, only apply this for foundation instead of your normal liquid/cream/powder. If you need to apply concealer, do it after applying the Normalizer. This Normalizer Shake-It is monumental and for those of us with oily skin, this is what we have been waiting for. Even for those of us without oily skin, it is nice to have a product that offers some coverage and will actually help control the oil through the day. I hope you love it as much as I do!

You can find the Erno Laszlo Regular Normalizer Shake-It at Saks Fifth Avenue. Suggested Retail: $48.






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Give Me 5 Minutes! The Perfect 5 Minute Face


So you only have 5 minutes to do your makeup? No problem! I will show you what exact products you need and how to apply them. Give yourself 5 minutes to amp up your morning routine and feel fabulous before you take on the day.


The products:

1. Primer. I recommend the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. Available at Barneys and Sephora. Suggested Retail: $52.

2. Tinted moisturizer or foundation, depending on the level of coverage you need. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free (Available at Macy’s or Sephora. Suggested Retail: $42) or Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (Available at Sephora or at Makeup Forever Boutique. Suggested Retail: $40) if you need a bit more coverage then a tinted moisturizer gives.

3. Concealer. Chose a concealer that has a peachy/orange or yellow undertones to cover dark circles. Benefit Boi-ing (Available at Benefit Cosmetics or at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $19) or Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer & Treatment (Available at Eve Pearl. Suggested Retail: $37)  for under eye and Makeup Forever 5 Camoflage Cream Palette (Available at Sephora or any Makeup Forever Boutique. Suggested Retail: $36) for the face.

4. Cream blush. Tarte Cheek Stain in whatever color you enjoy! I love Blissful or Natural Beauty. Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $30.

5. Setting powder. Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder (Available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $30) or Trish McEvoy Translucent Finishing Powder (Available at Bloomingdales. Suggested retail: $38).

6. An eyeliner to compliment your eye color. Blue eyes: Pick one that has copper/bronze undertones with a slight iridescence like Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Pearly Brown 2L or Bronze 10L. Green eyes: pick a brown with a purple undertone like Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in Shimmering Plum 4L. Brown eyes: Pick a navy/grey shade like M·A·C In The Groove Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Navy Stain. Makeup Forever Liners available at Sephora. Suggested Retail: $18. MAC Liner available at Bloomingdales. Suggested Retail: $15.

7. Lash curler. I recommend Revlon Extra Curl lash Curler. Available at CVS. Suggested Retail: $6.99.

8. Waterproof or water resistant mascara. I love Too Faced Lash Injection (Available at Sephora. Suggested retail: $21) or Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof (Available at CVS. Suggested Retail: $5.29).


The Steps:

1. Apply primer over entire face.

2. Apply tinted moisturizer/foundation to entire face. Use a round stiff brush and apply in a circular motion until blended.

3. Apply concealer under eyes (use the eye concealer for this only), on the sides of your nose, sides of your mouth and cupid’s bow (that area where your lips form a ‘V’ on your top lip). Blend with your ring finger (it applies the perfect amount of pressure).

4. Apply cream blush to cheekbones, lips (yes, lips!) and to your eyelids (with your ring finger, like above). Blend.

5. With a powder brush, apply your chosen setting powder.

6. Run your chosen liner along your upper water line. This is the smooth surface under your upper lashes. This will take some practice! Then extend the liner up into your lash line. With your finger, smudge slightly to buff out the rough line of the liner.

7. Curl lashes by clamping down at the base and then intermittently ‘pump’ down the lash towards the tip.

8. Apply chosen mascara. DONE!


The first few times you do this, it may take more like 10 minutes, but once you are comfortable, you will be able to do it in under 5 minutes- I swear! Enjoy!





Photo is from here.

Garnier BB Cream: Unveiling Your Makeup Bag’s Next ‘Must-Have’!


Many of us have heard about the wonders of BB Creams (aka Asia’s hottest beauty secret),  but up until recently, they have been hard to come across. Enter Garnier! They have created their very own BB (Beauty Balm/Blemish Balm) Cream that promises to brighten and even out our skin while moisturizing and protecting with an SPF15 UVA/UVB sunscreen. Until recently, BB Creams typically came in one shade and you were one of the lucky ones if it matched your skin, but Garnier’s BB Cream comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. Now at our everyday drugstores and the ever amazing Target, we can get our hands on a very reasonably priced BB Cream for a suggested retail value of $11.99.


I decided to give this Cream a try and I am reporting with the utmost enthusiasm that it is amazing! I spend a small fortune on a fantastic tinted moisturizer and I must say, this Garnier BB Cream gave it a run for its money! I went about my morning routine- tinted moisturizer, concealer and powder- as normal and simply replaced my tinted moisturizer with the BB cream.  I found that while applying, it was light and easy to blend with a slightly buildable coverage. It evened out my skin beautifully and felt great on- not heavy or greasy in the slightest. I was thrilled, but the true test would be how it would wear through the day…


I applied the BB cream at 9am and by 11pm (with a few powder touch ups, like always) my face still looked and felt incredible. My skin was still evened out (I have very rosy skin!) and it was smooth to the touch without being oily or heavy. After one day of using this BB Cream, I am singing its praises! Is it possible that I found a makeup product that could actually save me money?!


Garnier has really produced an amazing cream here and has done so with a more affordable price tag then many of its competitors. My prediction? Give it some time and the Garnier BB cream will be in everyone’s makeup bag!





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