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July 5, 2013 at 2:59 PMComments: 3 Faves: 1

July Beauty Review

By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Looking Good Blog Series

I know I talk a lot about bronzers, especially this time of year, but the truth is I’m always looking for one that’s even better than the last. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that I purchased yet another bronzer I just had to try.

REVIEW:  e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer

An awesome product I would have paid much more than $3 for! Lasts all day and goes from barely-there to truly-tanned.

This one is e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Blonzer in St. Lucia color. Yes, you read correctly, you get both the blush and bronzer in one sleek, black compact and mirror. Even better, the price is only $3.

Now, onto the actual quality of this product, which can be summed up with one word: awesome. The bronzer is a rich, sun-kissed color that doesn’t look remotely orange. It can be applied lightly for a barely-there tan or with a little more force for a truly tanned look, which means you can wear it year-round. The formula applies smoothly and lasts all day, unlike many cosmetics that fade before noon. And the blush is equally great, in a shimmery peach shade that nicely compliments the bronzer. These can be worn alone or together for a natural, healthy glow that, even on sensitive skin, won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.

REVIEW:  Lancome Renergie Microlift R.A.R.E Face Cream

Love the texture and SPF coverage, hate what it did to my sensitive, acne-prone skin. Will NOT wear this one again!

As long as we’re talking about the face, I’d like to share my experience with Lancome Renergie Microlift R.A.R.E. face cream. I had great hopes for this product, which came in a trial size with a Lancome gift I received free, because Lancome is an upscale company known to produce high-quality cosmetics. But to put it bluntly, I will never again wear this cream. It did nothing except make my skin break out in large, red pimples. On the upside, the formula is wonderful, with SPF sunscreen and a rich, soft texture. It is, however, not for sensitive or acne-prone skin. Cheaper and more reliable moisturizers are available.

REVIEW:  Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Keeps lips soft while adding color.  Crayon shape makes application simple. A little pricey, but worth it. A lip balm with stay-power!

In the vein of high-end cosmetics is a product I absolutely love from Clinique. I’m talking about the Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, which is the first lip balm I’ve ever used that stays on longer than 20 minutes, keeps my lips feeling soft and subtle and provides rich, gorgeous color. This stick costs $16 but is large and will probably last quite a while. It’s shaped like a crayon, which means I can contour it to the shape of my lips with a smooth, even touch. And it’s available in a multitude of hues; I purchased Grandest Grape, which is versatile enough to be worn as a light shade or dark, provocative hue. The difference depends merely on the force of application and whether or not a top layer of gloss is worn. This is a great purchase for anyone tired of lipsticks that dry and lip glosses that fade.

REVIEW:  Tree Hut Shea Body Butter

Light, clean almond, honey scent. Smooths even the roughest skin. At $5 it's a great deal!

Last is an inexpensive body lotion from Tree Hut simply called Shea Body Butter. The scent is almond and honey, garnered from natural almond extract and honey, and smells wonderfully clean and light with just the right amount of staying power. Not only does this lotion smell wonderful, but it is rich and creamy with a formula that settles right into dry skin. I use this on my arms and legs, right out of the shower, and revel in its softness for the rest of the day. The best part is this Tree Hut lotion is made with certified organic shea butter, meaning it can smooth even the roughest of skin. My purchase came from Wal Mart, where I paid $5 for a 7-ounce jar. It was well worth the money, and I highly recommend this for anyone who uses body lotion.

lasts all day

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  • I have heard of e.l.f. and tried their lip gloss before; I will have to look into this bronzer, it sounds amazing. Great monthly beauty review, as usual! :)

  • my sister bought me a CO Bigelow Mentha shimmer tint - BARE MINT for Christmas last year and I love it, plus it tastes great!

  • Sorry I forgot to mention it is a lip gloss!

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