March Beauty Review
By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Looking Good Blog Series
I have previously reviewed the Bare Minerals product line and let you know just how enraptured I am with it. But because of the price, I’ve tried to supplement certain products with drug store stand-bys. The one item I won’t mess with?
REVIEW: Bare Minerals Foundation
The one makeup essential I am absolutely loyal to.
My foundation; it’s either Bare Minerals or nothing at this point, because I’m afraid to return to those chemical-laden products I used to wear. And the Bare Minerals blend matches my skin perfectly, so I won’t compromise.
REVIEW: Milani Baked Blush
Disaster! Clown-like Color AND Caused Break Outs.
But I did stray with cheek color and purchased a Milani Baked Blush compact from my local drug store. I’m sorry to say that it yielded disastrous results. First and foremost, I broke out everywhere, particularly along my cheekbone. I had large, angry-looking pimples that took quite some time to heal. And the color made me look like a clown. I may have purchased a blend that’s too dark for my skin, but I simply selected a color similar to one I really liked from the Bare Minerals line. With Milani, however, this color was dark and dramatic, not subtle and pretty. Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend this line to anyone. And the price (around $10) makes me wish I would’ve just saved for the $25 one from Bare Minerals.
REVIEW: CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm
Crayon Shaped Balm Makes Perfect Application Simple. Not Very Shiny, but Good Base Layer for Gloss. Main Complaint? Doesn't Last Long.
A new drug store cosmetic I have really enjoyed is the CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm. The tube looks sleek from the outside, but inside the balm itself resembles a crayon. This is actually perfect for contouring to lips. And although there isn’t much shine, it provides the perfect base layer for a glossy top coat. I purchased a light pink shade – number 205 – that gives me just the right color for my business meetings. My only complaint is the balm doesn’t stay on very long, but at least it doesn’t dry my lips. Expect to pay around $6 for this, available from any retail box store, with a selection of many different colors.
REVIEW: Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Gloss
Stays in Place for Hours. No Sticky or Dry Feel. Pricy, But It Will Last You For Awhile.
Staying on the theme of lips, I have to take you back to Bare Minerals for a moment. Even if you don’t use the entire product line, I recommend you at least try their Pretty Amazing lip gloss line. I’ve never used gloss like this before. Not only does it stay in place for many hours – a huge feat for me, because my lips tend to absorb lip gloss faster than I can put it on – but you’ll feel no sense of stickiness or dryness. I purchased this product in the color Confidence, which is a little dark, so I only wear it when I go out in the evenings. But it’s beautiful, with a slick shine and overall pleasant feel. You’ll pay $17 for a tube, but I imagine it’ll last a good long time, so you won’t have to worry about purchasing again for a while. And you’ll enjoy selecting from the many different colors in this line.
L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
My Dry Breaking Hair is Finally Manageable! Softer and Fuller, This Product's Done Wonders For My Hair's Overall Health. A Bargain.
My hair is breaking at the ends a lot this winter. I’m pretty concerned, because I want it to grow, but that’ll never happen if it continues to break. So, in my quest to find something that will stop this, I stumbled upon L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm at my local drug store. While this product is not a miracle worker – my ends are still breaking – it has done wonders for the overall health of my tresses. They are at once more manageable, softer and fuller than ever. And the breaking is not as bad as it was. Total Repair claims to repair up to one year of damage in just one use, if applied after washing with Total Repair 5 Shampoo. I haven’t yet purchased the shampoo, but I plan to just see if the combined products stop my breaking altogether. At roughly $7 for an 8.5-ounce jar, Total Repair is a bargain, and I recommend it to anyone with dry or damaged locks.