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December 26, 2012 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

December Beauty Review

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

This has been said a million times, but the best beauty product I’ve ever found is water. When I don’t drink enough of it, my skin feels tight and my complexion becomes ruddy. Worse, my face just doesn’t feel clean, like there are impurities sitting on the surface that can’t be scrubbed away, no matter how hard I try.

Of course, millions of cosmetics also exist to enhance natural beauty.

REVIEW: Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer

Hard Candy So Baked BronzerNice Shimmery Copper Color. Best for Contouring - NOT for All-Over Application. Sparkle-phobes - Stear Clear.

One of these is Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer, available from a number of retail locations (including Wal Mart). I bought this in the Tropics shade for around $9 but had no idea what to expect. After all, I’d never purchased a Hard Candy product before, and bronzer can be a very hit-or-miss cosmetic.

To be honest, my feelings about the So Baked Bronzer are mixed. The color, a shimmery copper, is nice, but it’s not meant for all over application. Instead, this works better as a highlighter for cheek and brow areas. I discovered this after making the mistake of applying the powder as an ordinary bronzer: on my cheeks, a dot on my chin and a smidge on my nose. After leaving my apartment, I checked my reflection in the car and was embarrassed to realize how orange I looked.  I had to quickly wipe away most of it and leave just a little on my cheeks.

Since then, I’ve begun applying the bronzer with a more careful hand. The shimmer is pretty, especially for evenings, and I can blend it for a warm glow. If you don’t like sparkle, steer clear of the So Baked Bronzer. But if you do, and are looking for a nice highlighter, this may be ideal for you.

REVIEW: Philosophy Supernatural Foundation

Philosophy Supernatural FoundationAnother Great Product from Philosophy. Not Cakey. Easy Application. Flawless, Natural-Looking Results.

The Supernatural by Philosophy is a foundation I stumbled upon while watching QVC. I have previously purchased other Philosophy products and fallen in love with them, so I was more than willing to try another. Moreover, this foundation was touted for its talc-free formula and outstanding coverage. Although I’ve never been a huge fan of foundation, I gave in and purchased The Supernatural in Sand (it comes in seven different shades).

Here is the great thing about Philosophy: the products do what they say they will, and this foundation is no exception. It provided great coverage that looked natural rather than cakey. It’s easy to use and can be applied to the entire face in just seconds. In the end, skin really does look flawless. I highly recommend The Supernatural for anyone looking at foundation.

REVIEW: Loreal HiP Studio Secrets Crystal Shadow

HiP Studio Secrets Crystal ShadowEasy Application - Blend with a Fingertip. Doesn't Form Creases. A Great Eyeshadow!

L’Oreal has been one of my mainstay cosmetic brands for years, and in the past I’ve used their lip gloss and mascara with amazing results. I expected the same when it came to their eye shadow and was happily satisfied. In particular, the company’s line of HiP Studio Secrets Crystal Shadow is wonderful. I purchased this in Precious, which is a duo with one cream shade and another copper (both are shimmery). Not only is this eye shadow incredibly easy to apply – you can even quickly blend with your fingertip – but it stays in place the entire time you have it on. Even better, you never get those creases that other brands seem to always leave. The HiP line comes in many different shades and is moderately priced at around $8 each. This is a great, great eye shadow.

REVIEW: Avon Moisture Therapy Hand Cream

Avon Moisture Therapy Hand CreamNot Pleased. Very Sticky Feeling. Did Not Improve Skin Condition.

I have known any number of women in the past who sold Avon, so I’ve been what you might call a periodic customer. One product I purchased recently was Moisture Therapy Hand Cream for extra dry skin. To put it plainly, I was not pleased with this cream. After applying, my hands felt like they were caught in a web, and I noticed no visible improvement with moisture. I don’t recommend this product, although other Avon lotions seem to be fine.

Photo Credit: Mitya Kuznetsov

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