Multi-Tasking Hydrating Mists

I’ve stocked up on a ton of facial mists myself over the years, usually finding them at Asian markets, Asian brands on eBay, or in New-York-City style pharmacies (think Evian, Avene, La Roche Posay…now FAR more accessible!)

Many mists these days, though, aren’t just for cooling, refreshing, or soothing.  Nowadays they are designed as much to protect you from the elements as they are for instant, feeling great at the time.

Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Multi Protection Hydrating Mist (that’s a mouthful!) protects the skin from UV pollution and oxidation, boasts an SPF of 30, and hydrates with a “lighter than air” feel – a nice addition to refreshing, don’t you think?  It isn’t here in the USA as far as I can tell…but you can find it in the UK at Boots, for one.  For a review, you can check out ReallyRee’s here.

For another multi-tasking variation on mists,Wander’s Glow Getter Mist promises non-comedogenic moisturizing, antibacterial soothing and healing, plus a radiant , dullness-busting, dewiness.  Yep, this rose-scented spray actually serves as a bit of a highlighter, how about that?  So not only do you feel refreshed, but you most certainly look it (provided you are wanting that all-over-glow it provides – with or without makeup underneath. Oilier skin types may not, but I haven’t seen too many reviews just yet to determine that!)

Last but definitely not least (since the brand has quite a cult following already for its masks!) is GlamGlow’s Glowsetter setting spray.  Per Sephora’s description: “This instant makeup finisher is infused with TEAOXI® complex (green tea, white tea, and red tea) paired with charged waters and caffeine to hydrate, energize, and smooth in a weightless fine mist. Inspired by Hollywood skin—always sexy, never shiny—this setting spray is the perfect makeup companion, finishing your look with a soft, cloud-like mist so your glow goes everywhere with you, no matter what.” Fan of the brand?  Eager to try it?


Smashbox Studio Skin 24-Hour Concealer

Athletes know the struggle is real… I don’t wear much on my skin beyond actual skincare products (which I layer on) – it won’t work for my lifestyle and I honestly don’t want to look like two different people between daytime, and when I get ready for bed.  Natural is key for me, but so is staying power when I do need something.

Smashbox already has a 24-hour waterproof concealer – the 24 Hour Spot Concealer – so I’m not totally sure if this is replacing it or what (both are the same price, $25.)  Studio Skin 24 Hour Concealer (you can also get it here) is the newest to the lineup and referred to as a “magic wand” by artists at the Smashbox L.A. studio.  What a lot of people didn’t like about the Spot Concealer was the applicator – it often leaked when closing (though there are specific instructions about how to wipe the wand down) – so maybe this is a step up.  Still, while the benefits seem close, housing aside, it doesn’t appear to be a replacement.

Smashbox image

Smashbox image

The product is designed to stay put, hide imperfections, and maintain a moisturizing effect that won’t settle into lines.  It’s medium to full coverage, sweat, humidity, AND transfer resistant (hallelujah), oil free, and light diffusing – that’s quite a list of “bragging rights,” and one that anyone who is active – or dealing with summer – will appreciate.  Thoughts on this guy?


Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer

It goes without saying that we all want clear, even, smooth skin…and some days, our epidermis (apparently on strike) isn’t…AT ALL…in accord.  The market is over-saturated with products, many of which are indeed “HG’s (holy grails.)  You may remember Tarte’s Rainforest Of The Sea water-based fluid foundation from August, 2015…well…

This new Rainforest Of The Sea Aquacealer is a super hydrating, full coverage, anti-aging concealing serum formulated with pigments suspended in a water / conditioning serum hybrid base.  It is “4 times lighter” than like products out there, another lovely benefit for those of us who want clear radiance without heavy weight. I usually opt for a tinted moisturizer designed with athletes in mind, as I want sheer, skin tone evening, and water resistant…but this looks pretty amazing (and it comes with a brush, which is always nice!)

At $29.50, it doesn’t seem “too much” given that it does rather a lot with just a tiny drop.  There’s a great video to go along with the description here, and worth watching for the before and afters.  

Touch In Sol Chroma Powder Tint

Seeing as I have an obsession with all thing Asian skincare and color… I happened to see that this brand is now being carried at Sephora. photo photo

This particular item, Touch In Sol Chroma Powder Lip Tint, while touted by the Company, is not yet online, but it should be coming shortly… photo photo

It isn’t quite a liquid lip product, so much as it is a powder that melts into the lips for a pigmented, long-wearing, moisturizing color – definitely an innovative formulation.

It’s tricky to track down online as of the moment, but this video at least gives a better visual in the way of color payoff etc.

Palmer’s Eventone Suncare

I can’t express how important sun protection is – whether you are training outdoors regularly, or someone who just has exposure on a regular basis.  It isn’t just about aging – pesky lines and spots – either!  It is about being preventative with you skincare so as to avoid dangerous conditions as much as possible.

I used to train (figure skating) on an outdoor rink all winter as a child – for YEARS.  I was also a rollerblader who would frequent the beach trails or 10-mile outdoor paths in one go.  We didn’t know as much at the time, and I’d not be surprised if I had forgone my sunscreen back then.  These days, I still need to be better about arms, neck, shoulders, ears (the generally exposed areas when it’s warmer), but I ALWAYS have at least 30 SPF on my face.  Even then, I could reapply more frequently, but I definitely do make an effort.  



I recently saw this new Sincere products from Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula at Target.  I love their regular Cocoa Butter (the scent reminds me of cookie batter!), so I was excited to see that SPF has been added to these.

I also love sprays because they are much easier to maneuver for the tough-to-reach spots like the back, back of neck, back of shoulders etc.

Whether or not you like THIS brand, or others, it’s worth checking out the sunscreen aisle – yes, ALL times of the year.  Your epidermis will thank you, as will your body down the line.

Clinique Nude Foundation Stick

So I’m not crazy about the name – sorry – as it just sounds off.  Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick is not yet available in the USA, but you can snag it on Canada’s Sephora site if you desperately want it now.  It should be coming to the States soon, however…  

This format has been hugely popular lately, not only with concealers, but also with contouring products, lip and cheek products and highlighters.  No surprise it is extending into full foundations too – easy to use and easy to carry matters.

Per Sephora and Clinique:
This flexible foundation offers portable perfection from full-face coverage to bare-minimum touch-ups. Creamy, moisturizing, and oil-free, this foundation stick blends easily and builds from sheer to moderate coverage with a long-wearing, natural finish. 

The shades offered include:

  • Alabaster
  • Ivory
  • Cream Chamois
  • Golden Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Vanilla
  • Beige
  • Golden
  • Amber
  • Clove

Crème de la Mer The Renewal Oil

Creme de la Mer has a relatively longstanding cult, it’s fair to say.  Not without good reason.  I recall purchasing a jar of their cream for my mother when I was in college and how big of a deal it was – the moisturizing cream was over $100 (now it’s $170 to start.) For 1 ounce.  Yes, just one…  

But…it was amazing…!

Crème de la Mer The Renewal Oil is new to the scene, priced at $240 for 1 ounce.  Per the site:

This dual-phase elixir blends Miracle Broth™ and sea-sourced actives, unleashing a wave of activity to infuse skin with youth. Collagen production improves, helping soften the look of emerging lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin. Day by day, skin’s natural barrier becomes more resilient. Miracle Broth energizes skin’s repair process. Soft and ultra-smooth, skin glows with new vitality. Aromatic and soothing, the Renewal Oil enriches everywhere it is applied, creating the possibility of infinite bespoke skincare rituals.

I’m not sure just how much a woman (or man!) is willing to spend on skincare at the end of the day…but the promise of ageless, smooth and glowing skin is so much a temptation that these cult goodies sell at an alarming rate.

Willing to indulge, or just too over the top…? 

Razzle Dazzle Red

Well…it’s holiday, vamp-style (I like it! 😉 ) at ELF.  

Razzle Dazzle Red will be added to the lineup for 2015 festivities!  You can get it now to “kick things off” for…$3.00.  Unreal.

Even if you DON’T need it, you could get it!


Quick Tip: Dot it on the apples of your cheeks for a holiday flush while you’re at it! 

Olay Snow Mushroom

Growing up I always heard how amazing Olay was – nearly everyone, it seemed, used the Active Hydrating Fluid!  I have had a few of their products over the years, and while they haven’t remained my absolute go-tos, I have never been terribly disappointed, finding that the formulas are good overall.

The newest Olay Active Botanicals Collection being offered features the Snow Mushroom, a natural source of hydration (as in, a single one can hold up to 500x its weight in water – wow!)

The Collection will feature:

I love masks and hydrating toners so I look forward to seeing these in store! 🙂

Baby Lips Gloss Update

Thanks to Budget Beauty Blog for sharing some images of these glosses, which she spotted at Walmart (so I guess they are indeed ins-tore already!)

She mentions that these were not safety-sealed…which I would agree with her on about needing to be.  Walmart gets a LOT of traffic, and I’ve noticed that people paw things a lot…so wondering why Maybelline would have allowed it.  In any case, so appreciate her sharing the photos – both are hers.