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November 21, 2012 at 12:42 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

November Beauty Review

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

Now that Michigan’s icy winter weather has officially settled in, my skin has zero color. I didn’t have much to begin with, but at least you could differentiate me from a piece of printer paper. Just in time for the holidays, I’m as pasty white as they come, so my new beauty regimen requires that I find a way to add a warm, suitable-for-winter glow to my face. Hence, I’ve been hitting the beauty aisle at my local Target.

e.l.f. Golden BronzerREVIEW: e.l.f. Golden Bronzer

Cheap. Very Subtle Color. Pretty Packaging. Not Orange.

The first product I purchased was from e.l.f., called Golden Bronzer. e.l.f. stands for eyes lips face, and the company has received rave reviews from money-conscious shoppers since its launch. Products start at just $1, and the price, combined with pretty packaging, is what drew me to e.l.f. in the first place. The Golden Bronzer, for instance, cost only $3 and came in a sleek, satiny black compact with mirror.

It pains me to say this, because I had such high hopes for this product, but I was somewhat disappointed. The bronzer came in a square with four different shades that you combine on your brush, so I thought the effect would be one of subtle, sun-kissed brightness. In all, though, there was very little color when I applied the powder to my cheeks. On a brighter note, the color I did manage to achieve was not even slightly orange, which is a plus for bronzer. My recommendation is this: if you want to try this popular line, it might be worth the $3 you’ll spend. You can find e.l.f. in Target as well as online.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush REVIEW: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush

Simple Round Container. Smooth and Creamy. Easy To Use. Very Flattering.LOVE THIS!

After the bronzer disappointment, I decided to try an entirely different route altogether. I purchased blush, which I haven’t done since I was in high school 15 years ago. For this selection, I went with Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine.

Here’s the first thing you should know about Dream Bouncy: it comes in a round container with no fluff or frill, and I absolutely love it. It’s smooth and creamy, easy to manipulate with a brush or finger and goes on very evenly. Those women who are slightly makeup-challenged, like myself, can achieve nearly perfect results without even trying. And shockingly enough, the color was just right for my skin (I have underlying yellow tones). I can’t say enough good about this product, which comes in many different shades and costs less than $7. If you’re in the market for blush, this is definitely one to try.

Maybelline Super Stay 10 Stain Gloss REVIEW: Maybelline Super Stay 10 Stain Gloss

Very Nice Color. Rich and Shiny. Doesn't Dry Out Your Lips. No Cakey Feel. BUT Fell Short of 10 Hour Stay Promise - By a Lot.

Having found the perfect cheek color, I decided to try for the same success with my lips. I was sufficiently impressed with Maybelline that I opted for their Super Stay 10 Stain Gloss in Plum. Unfortunately, I didn’t have quite the same results. This stain is supposed to stay in place for 10 hours, but I’m not sure if mine made it to two. The color is lovely – rich and shiny – so that’s one area in which it excels. It also didn’t dry my lips out or make them cakey the way other long-lasting lipwear has done in the past, so this is high-point number two. But let me say this: if you decide to try the Super Stay, don’t plan on reaching the full 10 hours as expected.

Photo Credit: DeaVanesium

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