May 23, 2013
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This versatile blush quad by Wal-mart exclusive beauty brand Hard Candy contains coordinating colors that can be mixed or worn alone. Smooth Talker is a collection of glowing 'sunset shades' with a warm golden peach, a muted grape purple, a light dusty pink, and a darker rose pink. The color that is created when all the shades are swirled together is a warm peachy pink with a hint of shimmer.
The texture of the blush is is finely milled and velvety to the touch. Although the powder is a bit chalky and sheer in color, it blends out smoothly and is buildable in layers. All of the shades in the compact have a touch of shimmer which gives that soft, flushed look.
When applied on top of foundation, the blush lasts six to seven hours with some fading. I like a more bold look on the cheeks so I usually apply a cream blush underneath to make the color look more vibrant.
The bulky cardboard box is a bit wasteful in my opinion, and it takes up a lot of room in my small makeup drawer. It also comes with a cheap brush attached to it that I kept simply because it's cute.
Smooth Talker is an almost identical dupe for Benefit's Sugar Bomb, both in pan and when applied. The texture of the powder is very similar, with Smooth Talker being a bit softer and less pigmented.
The boxed blushes as well of the rest of the Hard Candy brand is available at Wal-Mart.
If I want a glowing cheek that will last all day, then I always reach for Smooth Talker. The multi-dimensional colors are suitable for many makeup looks, and the natural finish of the blush makes it easy to wear. There are technically five unique shades in one product which makes for an exceptional drugstore deal.
What are your thoughts on blush quads?
May 17, 2013
The Mario Badescu brand is truly a skincare heaven. They offer a vast amount of products that cater to individual skin types and conditions to suit any need. The detailed website features in depth consulting, tons of helpful information, and even a 'build your own regime' service to completely customize your own personal routine. I've had a few months to test out a regime to share with you and offer my honest opinion on a few products at a time.
Meant to be a gentle daily cleanser, the gel formula removes all dirt, oil, and makeup without drying out the skin. With papaya and grapefruit extracts, the exfoliating AHAs help to prevent build-up that can cause blackheads and pimples. I started out using this cleanser every night when I washed my face before bed, however in combination with the Glycolic cleanser my skin was becoming flaky and dried out. I switched to a more mild and moisturizing cleanser from Pond's that I alternate with this one to give my skin a treat when it is getting dull. I notice that when using this product my skin feels smoother, looks fresh right after use, and doesn't break out as often.
This lathering cleanser contains Glycolic Acid (an alpha hydroxy made from sugar cane), which breaks down build-up on the skin, reduces minor discoloration, and leaves it looking radiant and feeling smooth. Other herbal ingredients that provide benefits include St John's Wort Extract to treat inflammation, Chamomile Extract to soothe, and Sage Extract to stimulate cell renewal. Since my skin can be sensitive, I used this cleanser in place of the Enzyme Gel about twice a week. It made my skin feel more smooth and look more even, despite using it so sparingly. I like to use this cleanser especially when my pores are clogged and I feel like my skin needs a deep cleaning as it is too strong for frequent use.
To me, Mario Badescu is a brand with simple yet high quality skincare products that are affordable and extremely tailored to all skin types to create beautiful looking complexion under every condition. Check them out on their website, or in person at an Ulta or Nordstrom.
What is your favorite cleanser at the moment?
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