Lancome Teint Miracle foundation review

 

image from nordstrom.com

I haven’t written a foundation review in quite a while even though I promised I’d share all of my foundations with you. I’m rectifying that with Lancome Teint Miracle, one of my favorites.

When Teint Miracle was introduced there was a lot of talk about it but it seems like there is always something new coming out to push aside your favorites and make you want something else. No matter what else has come out, this still remains one I pull out often.

My first pictures show you 3 of the foundations in my current rotation. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation reviewed here and Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle foundation reviewed here. I wanted to show the differences in colors that I pick out and feel comfortable wearing. Lancome Teint Miracle is the one I feel matches me the best.

Lancome Teint Miracle, MAC Pro Longwear, Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle

Lancome, MAC, PTR

Lancome, MAC, PTR

Lancome Teint Miracle is described as “lift from within makeup”. It comes in 16 shades and costs $37.  I, obviously, wear very fair foundation shades and my shade is Ivoire IN

swatch of Ivoire 1N from lancome-usa.com

Here’s what Lancome-USA.com has to say about the foundation:

Light emanates from the most beautiful skin. Now, reproduce it.

With Aura-Inside™ technology, Lancôme invents its 1st foundation that recreates the true natural light of perfect skin. Its unique weightless texture provides perfect buildable coverage with a bare sensation. Instantly, complexion appears lit-from-within, visibly flawless.

With 10 years of research, and 7 international patents pending, this ultra lightweight formula enriched with soothing rose extract, unifies the skin for a flawless complexion, while giving 18 hours of hydration.
Buildable/Moderate Coverage

True-to-Skin Natural Finish
Suitable for sensitive skin. Oil-free. Fragrance-free. Non-comedogenic. Dermatologist-tested.

Here’s what I have to say about the foundation:

Lancome Teint Miracle is the first Lancome foundation that I’ve liked enough to buy. What drew me to it were the raves from people online about the beautiful finish it has. But what made me buy it is how it looked on my skin. I was lucky enough to get a friendly salesperson at Nordstrom who made me generous samples of two shades so that I could see if the foundation worked for me and which shade would be best. I chose Ivoire 1N since it was the most neutral and matched the best.

The consistency is a very thin liquid but don’t let that fool you. The pigmentation in it is great and you need such a small amount. The picture below shows one pump which is really too much for my entire face.

Lancome Teint Miracle Ivoire 1N swatch

The coverage starts out medium but you could build it if you wanted. I don’t like to put too much on though since it can pool up around my nose or glasses if I have too much on.  It has a slightly dewy look with a teeny bit of shimmer to it. It’s not glitter and no one will notice it, but there is a little shimmer that helps lighten your look.  It just gives a healthy glow. Best of all this has no fragrance which is something uber important to me personally.

Even though Lancome Teint Miracle isn’t the new gal on the block, it’s still the gal you need to introduce yourself to. I think you could be very good friends. — Marcia

Side by Side: Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

If you aren’t familiar with Reviva Labs it’s time that Beauty Info Zone changes that. Reviva has been producing skincare treatments for 38 years using natural ingredients. They are dedicated to bringing the most effective treatments to you at the best price possible. These are often found in health food stores because of their purity and they are also used in professional skin care salons where they began. My (Marcia) first experience with Reviva was at my favorite health food store. This was the brand that was most recommended when I shopped there.

Beauty Info Zone has been working with Reviva Labs and testing out several products which we are both thrilled with. Not only are the products effective but the price is perfect for all of our readers. Our first review is a Side by Side for their Makeup Primer ($19.50 for 1 fl oz).

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Marcia’s Side:

My favorite thing about the Makeup Primer is the consistency. It’s a gel formula that feels very light on my skin. Too often with a primer I feel like if I smile that my face is going to crack. I don’t want thickness on my face. I want my skin to look smooth and my pores to look diminished. I get that with Reviva’s Makeup Primer without having to put up with a thick formula. This is a silicone primer (dimethicone is the second ingredient) which doesn’t work with everyone’s skin but I don’t have a problem with it. The ingredient list helps me know that not only am I making my foundation look better but I’m doing good things for my skin at the same time. This contains COQ10 (protective anti-oxidant), Olive Oil, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A, and squalene. It’s nice to have a way to fill in those fine lines and look refreshed at the same time. — MarciaLisa’s Side:

Well, I am rather obsessive about primers.  I am the kind of person who can come up with a list of my ‘Top Ten Primers’ and feel bad that I had to leave about six others off the list!  I have to say, this primer from Reviva has totally impressed me and is now one of my favorite primers of all time.  As Marcia mentioned, it has silicone, but it isn’t super thick.  I find that it works best if I apply the primer and then let it sit for about three minutes.  It has  a slightly wet texture at first that will collide with your concealer and foundation application. If you wait a few minutes it dries down to a beautiful finish that makes your concealer and foundation apply and wear perfectly.  It does everything a primer should do:  make your skin super smooth, help your concealer and foundation apply evenly, and make them last longer.  I am a huge fan of this primer, so if you are in the market for a new one and don’t have problems with silicone, this is definitely one to check out.  – Lisa

REVIVA LABS products are available on their website as well as at Health Food Stores.

Tan Towel Giveaway winner plus an announcement

Hi all you lovely BIZ readers,

Beauty Info Zone is updating the blog so you will soon see a new look to our home page. We are so excited about it and hope you enjoy the new look. We’ll be hosting a giveaway starting January 1, 2012 to celebrate so come back then. (Oops, come back every day but you know what we mean!)

If by chance something goes awry in the switch, know we’ll be back.

And now for the winner of the Holiday Glow Kit by Tan Towel: KAREN MILLER.  It was her Twitter post that was the winning number. Congratulations Karen. We will email you to get your address and forward it to Tan Towels who generously donated the prize.

Thanks to all who entered and to all our followers,

Marcia and Lisa

Find your perfect scent with iScentify at Lisa Hoffman Beauty, plus a Tuscan Fig review

Finding the perfect fragrance has never been easy for me.  I wore Estee Lauder Pleasures for years and years because at least it smelled good…and it seemed to difficult to find another perfect perfume.   I finally grew up and branched out in the fragrance area, but it’s still a challenge to find things I really, really like.  Discovering the iScentify scent finder on the Lisa Hoffman website was a real ‘aha!’ moment for me – using this tool helps you find exactly which scents of hers are perfect for your personal preferences.  It’s really genius, you have to check it out!

On the website, there are sliders that appear for each category above, and you move them to the levels that are right for you.  So, for example, I do like some soft floral in my fragrance, so I moved that slider to the ‘some’ level.  Fruity floral went to ‘plenty’, because I am a total coconut fiend.  Green and Citrus were ‘doesn’t matter’, Floriental was ‘I don’t want any’ because my body chemistry often doesn’t respond well to heavier notes.  Woody and Watery were both ‘doesn’t matter’, and Gourmand was a big ‘plenty’, I love foody scents.  Finally I put Powdery at the ‘some’ level.  My perfect match?  Tuscan Fig.  I got the Variations Set, which I had previously reviewed here for the Tunisian Neroli scent .  Actually I reviewed the duo set ($52), it also comes in a 4 vial set ($95). 

Lisa Hoffman Variations

It’s a great concept that works, you layer variations of a scent throughout the day to create different fragrances based on your changing olfactory sensitivities.

The Variations Set comes in a beautiful pouch that is perfect for throwing in your purse. 

I put the Morning scent on before I leave for work, take the pouch in my purse, and put the Day Time scent on while I am there.  After I get home, I put the Evening scent on, then an hour before bed I apply the Bedtime scent.  It’s easy to do, the scents come in these little roller ball applicators.

The fragrance is soft and not overwhelming.  You smell really good, but it’s subtle and won’t offend the other people standing with you in an elevator.

The Tuscan Fig fragrance is a combination of vanilla bean, honeysuckle, coconut wood, and gardenia.  Based on my iScentify picks, you can see why this would be the perfect scent for me!  And each vial is a slight variation of that combination of notes.

The Morning version has more notes of honeysuckle and freesia that make it a fresher scent.

The Daytime version has more vanilla and coconut, it’s a warmer scent that inspires hugs from other people. 

For Evening, I smell more of the amber and sandalwood, it’s definitely a sexier version.

And then for Bedtime, it’s the same base scent but with more soft powder and vanilla.  It’s so cozy and perfect for snuggling and falling asleep.

I absolutely love each one of the variations and use them all equally.  Once I run out, I can buy refills on the website.  There are also other products to check out, like scented jewelry and candles.  But absolutely check out the website just to play with the iScentify feature, it’s lots of fun!  – Lisa

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows – the “call it love” review!

My heart skipped a beat. My breathing became rapid. My eyes glazed over. And why is that? I found L’Oreal Color Infaillible Eyeshadows! I’ve read about them on non-US blogs but they haven’t quite made it into the US unless you are lucky enough to find them at a Harmon’s Drugs inside Bed, Bath & Beyond. Mine though came from Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and I couldn’t wait to write about these eyeshadows.

L'Oreal Infaillible eyeshadows

If you know anything about the Infallible Eyeshadows, they are being compared to Armani’s Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows. I’ve previously reviewed several of the Armani so I was eager to see the difference between a $32 Armani and a $10 L’Oreal.

Shoppers Drug Mart didn’t have all of the colors in stock when I was there and the two that I thought I wanted most weren’t available. My eye though instantly went to the green shade, Permanent Kaki (009) and I knew that I wasn’t going home without it. I also picked out All Night Blue (006) and Burning Black (013). There was no tester of Burning Black but it looked fascinating – a reddish black. BTW there seems to be two spellings for these: Color Infaillible and also Infallible without a second “I”.

When I was searching for these eyeshadows online the first site I came to was L’Oreal’s Australian site which shows 9 of these shadows but I have seen from other websites that there are more than these 9. According to a picture on Nouveau Cheap there appear to be 12 shades ($8.79) and the packaging is somewhat different than I purchased in Canada.

The description is quite similar to Armani’s though not exact. Considering that L’Oreal owns Armani I’m not surprised.

Infallible Eyeshadows contain ultra concentrated colour pigments, for an intense colour finish. Additional binders (oils) coat and magnify the colour pigments revealing beautiful shimmer and maximized colour. The colour adheres to the eyelid as durably and comfortably as a second skin and lasts for up to 24hrs.

With a formulation that lies between the comfort of a cream and the ease of application of a powder, infallible eyeshadow melts gently from the fingertips to the eye lid on application. The result is a luxurious, velvety texture.

Now let’s talk about what I’ve found!! They both have that same hybrid texture, not quite a cream, not a powder.

Permanent Kaki (Khaki on some sites) – I wouldn’t describe this as a khaki shade, it’s a much brighter green than khaki normally is. It’s the most metallic of my three when worn.

Permanent Kaki swatch

Permanent Kaki worn

All Night Blue – This is a deep navy that’s absolutely gorgeous. It can be blended down but it’s still going to be dark. I love this particular kind of navy. It works beautifully as an eyeliner.

All Night Blue

All Night Blue

Burning Black – I’ve seen this described as deep blackened plum with some red shimmer. On my eyes I see more black than plum but in certain lights (and if blended a lot) I do see a dark plum. This too makes an outstanding eyeliner.

Burning Black

Burning Black swatch

Burning Black showing more purple

How does L’Oreal Infalliable compare to Armani Eyes to Kill Intense?

-These come in a pot form with the same stopper that Armani’s have. The purpose of the stopper is to keep them fresher so don’t toss it.

-There doesn’t appear to be any dupes between the darker shades. There might with the lighter shades but I didn’t pay much attention to those.

-When you look at the Armani you see a variety of color blended together to form the shade. Actually you can’t be really sure what the Armani is going to look like on your eye by what it appears to be in the pot. But with the L’Oreal what you see is what you get. That’s not a complaint, just a comment.

-L’Oreal Permanent Kaki is green whereas Armani Khaki Pulse is a truer khaki shade.

L'Oreal Permanent Kaki vs Armani Khaki Pulse

L'Oreal Kaki vs Armani Khaki

-Both brands last and last. They are said to give 24 hour wear. While I remove eye makeup every night I have worn two of the shades for 12 hours and they looked as vibrant and true at the end of the day as at the beginning.

-Both are creaseproof on me when wearing an eyeshadow base.

-My favorite brush to apply these is the MAC 217. Mine is old and quite fluffy which works in picking up the shadows and laying them down well for me.

I’m looking forward to these showing up in US drugstores. I know I’ll buy the chocolate one for sure and probably more. My heart still skips a beat when I take these out to apply them and I’m still breathless with excitement. Keep your eye open for these beautiful bargains! — Marcia

We have WINNERS!

Beauty Info Zone had several giveaways going on at the same time. Two have ended and one is still running. Don’t forget that you can enter the Tan Towel Holiday Glow kit giveaway until Saturday, Dec. 17 and you can enter the Holiday Beauty Blogger Giveaway until Friday, Dec. 16th.

Our Aveeno hair care giveaway has been won by Jen M. Congratulations Jen.

Our giveaway for the Zuca Pro Giveaway Case was huge! We had over 450 entries with all the extra possible ways to enter. The very lucky winner for that is Robin Fielder Ori. It was one of her facebook posts that won for her. Congratulations Robin for winning this amazing case. We wish we had hundreds to give out!

We’ll be emailing both Jen M and Robin to get their addresses. These two prizes were generously donated by Aveeno and Zuca and we’ll be forwarding your information to them.

Thank you all for entering. Beauty Info Zone is going to be having a giveaway again on January 1st. We want to celebrate the new year and the new look our blog — Marcia and Lisa

Whish Summer Whishes: The Perfect Self-Tanner Set?

It doesn't have to be like this...

I am picky about my self tanners.  There are many faux-tan tragedies walking the streets, and I sure don’t want to be one!!  My self tanners absolutely have to meet these three requirements:

1.  Easy application without streaking.

2.  Natural looking color.

3.  No icky scent.

Anything else is just icing on the cake. 

There are three reasons why I use self tanners:

1.  My skin looks better and younger with a faux tan.

2.  Self tanners cover up body imperfections (can you say ‘cellulite’?) and make me look thinner.

3.  I do not want to ever get skin cancer, so I stay out the sun – but I still want that ‘summer glow’.

Summer Whishes Set

The only thing I love more than a great self tanner is a self tanner set that includes everything you need from start to finish.  There are some essential steps to ensuring a perfect faux-tan, and a set that includes everything you need is always a terrific find.

  Whish Body, one of my most favorite body product lines, has a really cool self tanner set called Summer Whishes ($32) that is unlike any other set out there.

Included in this set are three products, all 3 oz size: Whish Coconut Milk Exfoliating Body Wash, SPF 15 Self Tanner, and Correcting Gel.

Marcia and I lounging at the pool!!

The Exfoliating Body Wash does three things:  exfoliates, moisturizes, and cleanses your skin.  All of these are important when preparing your skin for self-tanner.  You  need to get your skin smooth and moist for the best application results. 

Exfoliating Body Wash

What I love about this exfoliator is it also cleanses, so there is no need to use two separate products.  Sugar Cane and AHA Complex do the exfoliating, the body wash has small grains in it that scrub away dead skin cells. 

Exfoliating Body Wash swatch

It has panthenol, shea butter, and coconut oil to moisturize, and it really does leave your skin super soft.  The cleansers are glycerin and oat extract, and the scent – OH MY GOSH.  Coconut lovers, rejoice!!!  It is simply divine.

SPF 15 Self Tanner

After exfoliating, it’s time to faux tan.  The SPF15 Self Tanner is loaded with tons of ingredients in addition to the stuff that makes your skin darker.  This self tanner gives a very natural color and is easy to apply.  The lotion is white with no color guide, which is my only complaint. 

SPF 15 Self Tanner swatch

Other than that it’s easy to spread, soaks in and dries quickly, and I have no problem with transference on to clothing. Since Whish is a body care company, they also loaded the formula with tons of other ingredients, like Kigelia African Fruit Extract and Coffee Arabica Extract to firm the skin, Goji Berry and Organic Pomegranate Extract to fight free radicals, shea butter and aloe to moisturize.  Oh yeah, and it also smells freaking fantastic, just like the Exfoliating Wash!  All together, it’s really a great combination that gives nice color and treats your skin.

Correcting Gel

What makes this set unique is the addition of the Correcting Gel.  This is what you use after faux tanning to continue to treat your skin and help your color last longer.  The Correcting Gel is a smooth, cool gel that also smells amazing, just like the other two products. 

Correcting Gel swatch

It helps to repair the skin and even reduce the look of scars with Manuka Honey.  It has tons of anti-oxidents to fight free radicals, like Green Tea Extract and Acai Berry.  And it moisturizes with aloe, Organic Seabuckthorn Extract, and Crambe Abyssinica Seed.   After using this, your skin is smooth beyond belief, super moisturized, and it smells like heaven.

There are lots of self-tanner sets out there with an exfoliator and a self-tanner, but the Correcting Gel makes this set stand out.  Between that and the fantastic coconut fragrance, I think Summer Whishes is real winner.  – Lisa
 
You can find Whish Body products online and at Nordstrom, among many other places.
 
EXFOLIATING BODY WASH INGREDIENTS

Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Decyl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Bambusa Arundinacea Stem (Bamboo) Powder, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin or Tangerine) Peel Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Natural Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Modifier), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange/Petitgrain) Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Hydrogenated Jojoba (Wax) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Borage (ORGANIC Starflower) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (ORGANIC Flaxseed/Linseed) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Benzyl alcohol, Citral , Geraniol , Limonene, Linalool.

SPF15 SELF TANNER INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dihydroxyacetone (Bronzer), Glycerin (Plant Derived), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Punica Granatum (ORGANIC Pomegranate) Extract, Phospholipids, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (ORGANIC Licorice) Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (ORGANIC Chamomile) Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (Plant Derived Preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (Plant Derived Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Pulmonaria Officinalis Extract, Quillaja Saponaria (Soap Bark) Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Citric Acid (Naturally Derived), Benzyl alcohol, Citral , Geraniol , Limonene, Linalool .

 Active Ingredients:  Octinoxate, Oxybenzone.

CORRECTING GEL INGREDIENTS

Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (and) Water (Aqua), Glycerin (Plant Derived), Polysorbate-20 (Plant Derived), Lonicera Carbomer, Methyl Gluceth-20, Fragrance (Parfum), Oleyl Alcohol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Menthyl Lactate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Marsh Mallow/Althea Extract, Honey (Manuka), Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Abyssinian Oil (Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil), Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort/Armoise) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (ORGANIC Acai) Fruit Extract, (ORGANIC)Lycium Chinensis Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (ORGANIC Pomegranate) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (ORGANIC Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Natural Preservative), Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract (Natural Preservative), Yellow 6 (CI#15985) Benzyl alcohol, Citral , Geraniol , Limonene, Linalool.