Product Reviews – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-makeupandbeautyblog-amp-site-icon-v3-2016-32x32.jpg Product Reviews – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com 32 32 Bath & Body Works Tutti Dolci Shower Gels, Fragrance Mists, Body Creams and Creamy Body Washes Are on Sale Now for $6 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/bath-body-works-tutti-dolci/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/bath-body-works-tutti-dolci/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:00:09 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=209005 Let me tell ya…this whole counting calories thing? I’m still trying to lose the baby weight, and it’s the least fun thing in the whole entire world. It’s even less fun/more headache-inducing than being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Richmond Bridge, which is REALLY un-fun, BTW, or stepping in a pile of dog poop […]


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Tutti Dolci by Bath & Body Works

Let me tell ya…this whole counting calories thing? I’m still trying to lose the baby weight, and it’s the least fun thing in the whole entire world. It’s even less fun/more headache-inducing than being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Richmond Bridge, which is REALLY un-fun, BTW, or stepping in a pile of dog poop in a new pair of shoes.

That’s one good thing about Bath & Body Works Tutti Dolci! — no counting calories. Even though they smell like delicious dessert foods, they aren’t, which means no extra burpees. 🙂 (Side note: Burpees are the devil’s work!)

They’re baaaaaack!

I don’t know how long you’ve been into Bath & Body Works, if you’re into them at all, but if you and them go way back, you might remember the Tutti Dolci line. They’re dessert-inspired, and I think they first showed up around 10 years ago.

B&BW brings them out of retirement from time to time, and this is one of those times. They’re back, at least for now.

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Did somebody say sale??

Right meow is a good time to check ’em out because B&BW is currently running a 50% off sale on Tutti Dolci. I thought it was online-only at first, but then I called them, and they said that it’s in-store too. Everything is six bucks! The Shower Gels (regularly $12.50), Fragrance Mists (regularly $14), Body Creams ($13) and Creamy Body Washes ($14.50) are just $6 each.

Hey, sugar

I usually prefer floral and citrus scents to sweet scents. I do like some dessert scents, though, but I’m picky as hell. If they’re overwhelmingly fake and cloying, where all you can smell is, I dunno…intensely sweet buttercream, for instance (like Jessica Simpson’s Dessert Body line from years ago… Remember that?), I can’t do it.

I am a grow-@ss woman, and I don’t need to be walking around with 1) my butt crack hanging out of my jeans and 2) my skin smelling like a Toddlers & Tiaras-themed birthday party.

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I think Tutti Dolci gets it right. The products have notes of honey, praline and white mocha, but there are also lemon and citrus and musky notes that cut down on the sweetness, and make the fragrances more sophisticated (to me) and appropriate for grownups.

There are four different Tutti Dolci scents.

There’s Golden Honey Praline, which smells like two scoops of pralines and cream ice cream with hot espresso poured all over them (mmm…). It’s my favorite, by the way, and I use the Shower Gel, Body Cream and Fine Fragrance Mist, which are all warm and cozy and very rainy weather appropriate.

I also love the Pink Peony Creme scent, which smells like peonies (obvs), lilac and an extra tart key lime pie.

Then there’s Sweet Lemon Buttercup (mmm…), which smells like shortbread cookies, lemon bars, a hot cup of tea and white musk.

And White Mocha Kiss, which is the sweetest of the bunch. I think it smells like vanilla latte foam drizzled with caramel…

Side note: Are you as hungry as I am right now?

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Getting me through life right now

You know, with a baby…I’ve come to realize that my evenings are no longer my own anymore. I mean, I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but my downtime is now maybe from about 8:15 until 9:30 or so. Seriously, it took me THREE DAYS to re-watch Magic Mike on Netflix.

I’m just whining, but sometimes I have to literally give myself a little pep talk to take a shower at night because I’d rather veg out on the couch and watch TV.

But Tutti Dolci has been getting me through it. I’ve been exercising at night since El Hub started his new job, and the Tutti Dolci Golden Honey Praline Shower Gel removes the sweaty crust of the day (it’s so true, though) and rinses clean. Plus, I love the bubbles! And it doesn’t dry out my skin.

Then, after I get out of the shower, I coat myself with Tutti Dolci Golden Honey Praline Body Cream. It absorbs quickly, and it’s just moisturizing enough for the semi-humid Bay Area.

If, on the other hand, I were in Redding visiting my in-laws, it wouldn’t be moisturizing enough for me. I’d say that it’s moderately moisturizing.

After that, I spray Tutti Dolci Golden Honey Fine Fragrance Mist from head to toe.

Speaking of that, does anyone else get a weird thrill from spritzing B&BW’s mists and body splashes?? I have, ever since I discovered them in college.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/neutrogena-hydro-boost-hydrating-concealer/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/neutrogena-hydro-boost-hydrating-concealer/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=208952 Hydration? Concealer? Hi, my name is Karen, and I immediately want to try anything and everything that moisturizes and hides my dark circles. It’s my lot in life, and perhaps the sole reason why I was put on this earth — to try every under-eye concealer ever made by man and woman kind. So…I wanted […]


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The new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealers ($12.99 each, available in five shades)

Hydration? Concealer? Hi, my name is Karen, and I immediately want to try anything and everything that moisturizes and hides my dark circles.

It’s my lot in life, and perhaps the sole reason why I was put on this earth — to try every under-eye concealer ever made by man and woman kind.

So…I wanted to love new Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer from Neutrogena because I’m all about their Hydro Boost Tint (seriously, it’s one of the best drugstore face products I’ve ever tried), but eh — it’s not my fave.

Like the foundation, it contains moisturizing hyaluronic acid, along with a special moisturizing core in the center of the tube.

neutrogena hydro boost hydrating concealer before and after

With concealer on the left, and wearing the shade Medium 40 on the right

I’ve used it a couple times so far… Yes, it feels and looks lightweight, so it’s not going to hang out in your fine lines or look caked-on and obvious (yay!), but the thing is…it doesn’t really cover very much. It’s SO sheer.

neutrogena hydro boost hydrating concealer swatches

Swatches from the top in Fair 10, Light 20, Light/Medium 30, Medium 40 and Deep 50

I just like my under-eye concealers to be more opaque. When I put a good amount under my eyes, my inner voice says, “MOAAAARR.” It also straight-up disappears as the day wears on.

At least it isn’t too expensive. It’s only $12.99. If you’re curious (it’s good if you think you can get away with sheer coverage), there are five shades in the line, and they’re available at drugstore and online now.

Shoes for the Coywolf

I have to buy the Coywolf some shoes…

She’s almost a year old, and every single pair of shoes I’ve put on her, she pulls off. She sits there and takes them off. Socks too.

But now that she’s walking, I wanna take her outside more to explore with me, so I gotta get her some shoes…

She does have one pair of kitty moccasins that she got as a gift for Christmas, and she kindasorta can’t take those off, but she’s almost outgrown them.

I was looking at the Carter’s website and saw these cute little kitty shoes…

Yay! They’re 50% off today!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint Is a Lovely, Lightweight Medium-Coverage Tinted Moisturizer http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/neutrogena-hydro-boost-hydrating-tint-lovely-lightweight-medium-coverage-tinted-moisturizer/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/neutrogena-hydro-boost-hydrating-tint-lovely-lightweight-medium-coverage-tinted-moisturizer/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:00:13 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=208944 Is new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint as fun as…sliding down the Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach or hiking to Wailua Falls on Kauai and frolicking in the secluded pool? Hmm…maybe! It’s fun if your idea of fun is having your foundation look completely natural. If I saw a friend, and he/she was wearing […]


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The new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tints ($14.99 each, available in 10 shades)

Is new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint as fun as…sliding down the Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach or hiking to Wailua Falls on Kauai and frolicking in the secluded pool?

Hmm…maybe! It’s fun if your idea of fun is having your foundation look completely natural.

If I saw a friend, and he/she was wearing this foundation, I don’t know if I’d be able to tell. I’d just admire how even-toned and dewy his/her skin looked. Then I’d ask their secret!

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That’s a BIG doe foot

Ultra smooth…

Hydro Boost is an oil-free tint/foundation with hydrating hyaluronic acid to plump skin for up to 24 hours, but ya know…the texture is the real special sauce. It’s fluffy, mousse-like and incredibly easy to blend. When I use the over-sized doe-foot applicator to dot it on my face, then blend it in with my fingers, it glides and creates a thin, even layer, which is then undetectable, even on my cray-cray dry skin.

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Swatches of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tints from the top in Classic Ivory 10, Natural Ivory 20, Buff 30, Nude 40 and Soft Beige 50

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More swatches from the top in Natural Beige 60, Honey 85, Caramel 105, Cocoa 115 and Chestnut 135

Natural coverage

Essentially, it’s a lightweight medium-coverage tinted moisturizer with the slightest of slight dewy finishes (there’s no pearl, though). You can build the coverage up to medium, but even then, it still looks natural.

Like right now, I have a dark spot on my chin from a pimple that dried out a while back, and when I wear my shade, Honey, the spot isn’t completely hidden, but it’s less visible.

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Before, with no foundation on

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And after applying Honey 85

Same goes for the uneven areas on my cheeks. Hydro Boost evens out the darker and lighter areas so that my skin looks uniform, but it doesn’t look overly uniform… You can still see my freckles and whatnot.

It also blurs my pores ever so slightly, layers well under powder, and stays intact without going patchy as the day turns to night.

The verdict

Honestly, I can’t believe this is drugstore! It performs like a premium foundation — like something from YSL or Guerlain. It’s just so good, so yeah! Get thee a bottle, and one for your BFF, because sharing is caring.

For $14.99, it’s pricey for drugstore, but overall I think it’s a bargain, and you won’t have to sell your first born (which in my case would be my cat). There are 10 shades, and you can find them all now at drugstores and online.

Foxy lady

Happy Friday, my friend! 🙂 Here’s a rose for you…

When I think of red roses, I usually think of deep, almost garnet red roses, which I do like…but, to be honest, they don’t set my world on fire.

This year for Valentine’s Day, El Hub found these lovely lipstick red roses, and I just about died! The variety is called (wait for it…) Foxy Lady! — and they’re a bright, bluish red, like somebody took a tube of MAC Russian Red Lipstick, melted it down and poured it on a dozen roses.

Foxy Lady, LOL! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!


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Benefit GALifornia Blush Will Put You in a Sunny State of Mind http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/benefit-3/benefit-galifornia-blush-will-put-sunny-state-mind/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/benefit-3/benefit-galifornia-blush-will-put-sunny-state-mind/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:00:42 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=208967 Shout-out to my fellow Californians! You know, it’s weird. I always see California portrayed in movies and videos like it’s a perpetually sunny place with palm trees and beaches and everyone’s got a tan and walks around all the time in a bikini top and sunglasses like it’s Bay Watch. For the record, it’s not […]


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Benefit GALifornia blush ($29), coming April 2017

Shout-out to my fellow Californians!

You know, it’s weird. I always see California portrayed in movies and videos like it’s a perpetually sunny place with palm trees and beaches and everyone’s got a tan and walks around all the time in a bikini top and sunglasses like it’s Bay Watch.

For the record, it’s not always like that. Right now, golden rays of sunshine are not falling upon my cheeks, skin and hair. I’m actually looking out my window, and it’s gloomy, overcast and cold. But haaay! — that’s alright, because when I wear Benefit’s new GALifornia blush, I feel like I’m in the fantasy California. 😎🌊⛱️

It’s nuanced

GALifornia, a new $29 boxed Benefit blush coming this April, is a wonderfully warm golden pink, and when I opened the 0.17-oz. pan for the first time and saw the sunny design, which is, sadly, an overspray, I thought of a bronzer from Guerlain a few years back that had a similar design.

GALifornia is gloriously nuanced in a way I don’t expect to see from Benefit. It reminds me of something from Guerlain or Hourglass.

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Swatch of Benefit GALifornia Blush

Different for Benefit

It’s infused with subtle golden pearl particles that so much more subdued than the shimmer in Coralista, Sugarbomb and Bella Bamba, all of which I like, but over the past few years, I haven’t been wearing them as much as I used to. My skin’s changed, and my pores are a little bigger than they were in my 30s.

The shimmer that Benefit usually sprinkles on their blush highlighters is…maybe a bit more sparkly than I’d like. I’d say that GALifornia’s fine pearl is closest to the pearl in Sugarbomb, but warmer and finer.

GALifornia’s pearl is more my speed now. At first, you may not even think there’s any there, but it is. And I love it!

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Wearing two layers of GALifornia on my cheeks

I don’t usually send my girlfriends who are 30 and up to Benefit for blush, but I can happily recommend GALifornia if you’re…let’s just say, not 18 anymore. LOL!

It’s like the Energizer bunny (keeps going, and going, and going, and going…)

The wear time is great too. I popped it on my cheeks at the crack of dawn today, and eight hours later it still looks fresh and beautiful.

I did two layers using a regular old blush brush, so you don’t need any finagling or special tools. The blush does come with one of those silly square shaped brushes that Benefit always includes with their boxed blushes, but I’d probably only use it in a dire blush emergency, LOL!

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GALifornia girl!

Give it a sniff

Oh, and FYI for the gals out there who are sensitive to scents, GALifornia — *takes a deep breath* — smells like Caress body soap to me (I like it!). I don’t smell it when I’m applying or when it’s on my face, but I pick it up if I hold the box up to my nose.

The final verdict

So much yes! GALifornia is a great blush (but isn’t too “blushy”) no matter your age. If Connor were a teenager, girl, we would totally share this blush.

Latest TJ’s addiction

Found a new favorite salad at Trader Joe’s! It’s the Mexicali Salad With Chili Lime Chicken, and it’s SO good. It’s also only 380 calories, and that’s with the entire tub of tasty jalapeño Caesar dressing.

Most of the time I only use about a quarter or maybe half of the dressing because it’s so rich, and I like to add half a sliced avocado.

Ooh! One of these days I’m gonna add some lime or lemon shrimp.

Secret shopper tip: don’t just grab the salad sitting right at the front of the display, because the ones in front are usually good for only a couple days and have been in the store a while (no shame!).

Seriously, I tear those displays up! I don’t even care! 🙂 I want the freshest one.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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MAC Unsung Heroes: Cork Eye Shadow http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-unsung-heroes-cork-eye-shadow/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-unsung-heroes-cork-eye-shadow/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:16:46 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=208899 Whenever I take MAC Cork out for a spin, I hear champagne bottles popping. “POP!” If it were possible to place 1,000 butterfly kisses on a pan of brown eyeshadow, I totally would. Wait — that actually is possible. Never mind! 🙂 It’s a medium neutral golden brown with MAC’s Satin finish, and it’s part […]


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MAC Cork Eye Shadow, an Unsung Makeup Hero

Whenever I take MAC Cork out for a spin, I hear champagne bottles popping. “POP!”

If it were possible to place 1,000 butterfly kisses on a pan of brown eyeshadow, I totally would.

Wait — that actually is possible. Never mind! 🙂

It’s a medium neutral golden brown with MAC’s Satin finish, and it’s part of the permanent line.

It’s also not the only Cork at MAC. There’s Cork Brow Sculpt Pencil and a Cork Lip Pencil, too.

What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.

Cork isn’t flashy, but it’s a damned good workhorse shade. It’s one of those shadows that’s easy to miss when you’re perusing those tiered MAC shadow displays.

The Satin finish is totally key. It makes Cork a great transition shade. It can double as a matte eyeshadow and deepen the crease, and because it has a hint of shimmer, it has a little more character than a basic matte. And it’s much easier to blend.

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Cork in my crease and along my lower lash line (my lid shade is MAC Club)

Cork may fool you at first because it can really look like a straight up matte, but if look closely, you’ll see the tiniest twinkle (it’s barely there!).

I like using Cork in my crease when my lid color is a cool or neutral shade, and I think it’s GORGEOUS with blues, greens, purples and grays.

Oh, my gosh! Try it with MAC Club on your lids one of these days. That’s what I’m wearing in these pics. The two are like Shakespearean sonnets together. MAC Greensmoke too.

mac cork swatch

Cork is also my secret weapon when I look in the mirror in the morning, and my lids look more hooded than usual. The neutral-ness (?) of the brown sculpts a deeper shadow in my crease than warmer shades like MAC Soft Brown or Saddle.

By the way, it’s also darker than MAC Soba, which is another neutral brown MAC Satin eyeshadow I use a lot as a crease color. I’ll alternate between the two, but I choose Cork more often when I’m wearing a super saturated lid color because it’s easier for me to transition a bold lid shade to a more medium-toned brown like Cork (the gradient isn’t as dramatic as going to something lighter).

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Wearing Cork in my crease and along my lower lash lines

Just a warning! — on some people, Cork can turn orange. If golden browns go orange on you, swatch it at a counter first. But if you don’t live or work near a counter, also FYI, Cork is available on the MAC website as a single pan refill for $6 (you don’t get the black case, though). Stick it in an eyeshadow palette, and you’re on your merry way. 🙂

Last thing, if you’re a redhead, Cork works GREAT as a brow filler.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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