Favorite travel size products

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday decided to share our top ten travel products but I just can’t do that. I have way more than 10 so I’m going to share what I’ll be buying and taking on upcoming trips. I have a 3 day weekend trip in August and then in the winter I’ll be going south for about 8 days so I’m in planning mode.

Let’s first start with what travel size treasures I’m taking for my 3 day weekend trip (I’m sure more will be added though). There aren’t a lot of mini cosmetics around but you can easily find travel sizes of skincare and haircare. My best sources for these small products are subscription boxes like IPSY and Glossybox. I also watch Sephora’s emails carefully because they often have codes for deluxe samples that are great for travel or to stick in your purse. Even though I don’t travel that often I like to be able to try new things by using samples.  — Marcia

Travel minis

Travel minis

SKINCARE:

1) ADVENTURESS SWIPES* are great to stick in my purse. They are the size of my palm and thin enough that they take up almost no space. My favorite is the YouVee Sunscreen Swipes which you can open, use, close, use later. They won’t last for more than a day but it’s a great day trip product. (A box of 24 is $33)

There are three types of swipes:

Naturally Liberating Cleanser Swipes are a fragrance free creamy cleanser that will leave your skin hydrated.

Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are anti-aging and contain a number of good for your skin ingredients.

YouVee Sunscreen Swipes are SPF30 and are invaluable. This is a great way to refresh your sunscreen. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.7% Sunscreen, Titanium Dioxide 6.5% Sunscreen.

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

2.  ALGENIST SKINCARE products are fabulous. I use a lot of different types of skincare and Algenist is one of my very favorite brands. I’ve gotten travel sizes through Sephora points and codes and on the Algenist website where they have 17 different travel sizes for sale. They also have travel kits and I’ve purchased those. Three of my favorites that will be coming on both my trips – Retinol & Lifting Serum ($33 mini that’s twice the size of mine), Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($40 for the mini that’s twice the size of mine) and Complete Eye Renewal Balm.

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

3.  KLORANE SMOOTHING AND RELAXING PATCHES FOR EYES were in a recent IPSY bag. Since my weekend trip is a wedding I’m bringing one of these to use the afternoon of the wedding so I’ll look more refreshed. I have other options like the eye patches from ToGoSpa that I love but for this trip the very thin Klorane will slip into a pocket of my purse easily.

Klorane Eye Contour patches

Klorane Eye Contour patches

4.  SUPERGOOP EVERYDAY SUNSCREEN was also in one of my IPSY bags and I was so excited. I’ve gone through several of these in the past. When it comes to samples in those subscriptions, when they send a brand like SUPERGOOP it’s A-OK with me. This size is perfect for a 3 days trip. I’ll put this on in the morning and then keep my Adventuress YouVee Swipes with me during the day.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

HAIRCARE:

5.  LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER are samples I received not that long ago with a Sephora code. I’d been wanting to try Living Proof and the code came at the right time. There were 12 nice size samples in the package. I’ve been testing it and one packet has lasted me through 3 shampoos and there’s probably enough for 2 more. I’m very impressed with Living Proof and now I see what the fuss is all about.

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

6.  AMIKA PERK UP DRY SHAMPOO is something I’ve actually given away in the past but when I recently got this in an Ipsy bag I realized I needed it. It’s going on my winter trip to refresh my hair when I get up too late to wash.

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

7.  CONAIR TRAVEL SIZE DETANGE BRUSH* is my favorite travel companion. Now that I’ve learned how great wet brushes are I want one on every trip. It’s a compact size brush that works great for me after I wash my hair or on dry hair. Love this baby!

Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangle Brush

COSMETICS

8.  COVER FX ILLUMINATING PRIMER was a code sample from Sephora. I’d been dying to try it and I’m so glad I had something I wanted to buy when the code was available. This is a terrific, unfragranced, primer that will be perfect under my foundation at night for the parties I’ll be at.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

9. LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER is one of my favorite primers so having this travel size from my LORAC Pro eyeshadow palette is wonderful. I know my eyeshadow primers aren’t that big but the way I overpack pack, I need to make space.

10.  IT COSMETICS BYE BYE CONCEALER was in a kit I bought from the IT Cosmetics website. I prefer the concealer in Fair but this one in Light is great too. I’m a huge fan of this concealer anyway so having this in my kit was a great bonus.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

11.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES MASCARA was in the same kit. I’ve named this my favorite mascara in the past and it’s still way up there. It’s the perfect size for travel.

12. URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE ON LIP PENCIL in OZONE – another IPSY delight. This clear liner means I don’t have to travel with other lip pencils and can still bring my umpteen lip colors without worry.

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

13.  TheBALM NUDE DUDE EYESHADOW in FLIRTY is a beautiful bronze sparkly dude. I get tired of shadows quickly so this will be in my bag just in case I want a change.

14.  BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER is a mini that is now available for $6.95 on the Beautylish website. When I bought my Bioderma Micellar Water my mini was a bonus and I was afraid to use it up. Now I know I can replace it since it’s not refillable and I’m doing a happy dance about that.

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

Since you can only purchase a few of the ones I’ve shown I’ve made a Beauty Set picking out 10 11 of my favorites from ULTA’s website that I’d recommend for travel too.

Beautysets - Travel mini favorites
1.  tarte Maracuja Oil travel size ($15)
2.  BeccaTravel Size Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal ($19)
3.  IT Cosmetics Travel Size CC+ Cream ($15)
4.  LORAC Travel Size TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($13)
5. tarte cosmetics How Sweet It Is lip and cheek duo (14)
6. Smashbox Mini Double Exposure Palette ($24)
7. IT Cosmetics Ulta Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5 Pc Travel Brush Set ($30) includes complexion, shadow, crease, smudger, liner/brow
8. Almay 15 count eye makeup remover pads ($1.49)
9. DermOrganic Try Me Set ($9.99) contains Conditioning Shampoo 1 fl oz, one Masque Hair Repair 1 fl oz, and one Leave-In Treatment 0.17 fl oz.
10.  AG Hair Travel Simply Dry Shampoo (8.95)
11.  WHISH Coconut On The Go Set 2 ounce coconut body wash, coconut shave cream, and coconut body butter ($20)


*starred items were sent by PR, rest are purchases;  IPSY is a referral link

 

 

 

Top Ten Sunscreens for 2015 – eyes, lips, body and face

Welcome to the 2015 version of favorite sunscreens. I’ve done both a Makeup Wars in 2013 on favorites and a Top Ten Tuesday in 2014. You’ll see some products that remain the same and some new ones. We can’t forget any part of our body and I didn’t want to forget children since I go through more sunscreen for them than I do for myself. — Marcia
1435625486_1115290AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50  A lot of Aveeno products have fragrance so when I am sent one that is fragrance free I’m over the moon. I find myself using this for my body all the time. It’s $10.99 but I often find coupons or specials for it. This has become a staple for both my husband and myself.
1435625420_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP CITY SERUM is the one I want for my face. I buy this every summer. This is fragrance free and gentle on my skin. It wears really well under foundation and provides anti-aging benefits and SPF 30.
1435625218_eyecream_510x600SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* is another product that was on last year’s list. This SPF 37 sunscreen is a great undereye protectant. The applicator makes it easy to apply and is cooling at the same time. Supergoop is really a top notch brand.
1435625098_murad-invisiblur-300x259MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD* isn’t a sunscreen per se but with SPF 30 it’s great under foundation. It gives a totally clear sunscreen protection while also blurring imperfections. There are many days I use this and not an additional SPF protect.
1435625029_algenist-tmALGENIST REPAIRING TINT RADIANCE MOISTURIZER with SPF 30* is one of the foundations that I’ve been using a lot lately. Recently a friend blogged about it and how it totally changed her skin so out it came again. I’d forgotten just how wonderful it was. It comes in 4 shades and I wear it in Light. I love getting amazing skincare benefits along with hiding my redness and sunspots.
1435624971_6062_lg_1LATHER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 LIP BALM is what I discovered after I started using the Lather Tinted Lip Balms. I like the spearmint the best but it’s great to try the 3 pack with citrus, spearmint and unscented since I need lip balm in every purse or pocket.
1435624891_balmfamily_510x6001SUPERGOOP FUSION LIP BALM SPF 30 is the one I like when I’m at the pool or splashpad with my babies. Even though I try not to be in direct sunlight, they love it. This squeeze tube comes in 2 flavors (mint and acai) with mint being my fave.
1435624812_1115092 AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50* is one of my main sunscreen for the kids. My granddaughter is 20 months old and she adores running around after her brother outside. I need sunscreen for them and this Aveeno is a pleasure to use. She doesn’t squirm when I apply it on her and it spreads easily. Bright sun or overcast days still need sunscreen and this is a great reasonably priced alternative.
1435624755_broad_spectrum_spf50_mineral_sunscreen_2015MUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SPF 50 SUNSCREEN* is new to me and from the minute it arrived I knew it was perfect for my two little loves. This has both UVA and UVB protection in a mineral base and no fragrance.
1435624704_broad_spectrum_spf50_sun_stick.jpg.pagespeed.ce.dats3hfv_sMUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SUNSCREEN STICK with SPF 50* is the one I let my grandson use. He loves rubbing the stick on himself and I finally have a way of applying sunscreen on him without a big struggle. Of course I sneak the Mustela lotion on the parts of his body he can’t reach. This is a win-win situation.


* denotes sent for editorial consideration, some products have been personal purchases and repurchases. I am an Aveeno ambassador.

Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer could be your new love

algenist tm

Even with all the skincare reviews we write, we can’t help but have a few favorites and Algenist fits into the favorites category. We’ve shared a lot of Algenist skincare articles but this is the first time we’re going to share a color product from Algenist with you. Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 is a fairly new launch from Algenist and we were thrilled to each be sent a tube in our foundation shade.

This is available in 4 shades: Light, Light/Medium, Medium and Tan ($42). Since Algenist is such a powerhouse of skincare you’ve got to know that any cosmetic product they produce is going to be loaded with their skincare. Algenist’s Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 combines key microalgae ingredients to deliver great professional color and biotechnology skincare. Here are results from a test they’ve shared on their website:

Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Consumer Study Results
Results obtained following self-assessment of 100 women. Individual results may vary.

*94%  Imperfections appear minimized after 1 day of use
*90%  Instantly gives a healthy, natural and radiant finish after 1 day of use
*94%  Skin looks younger after 10 days
*94%  Improves and visibly refines skin texture after 10 days
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Marcia wears Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 in Light

Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30

Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30

We love our double duty products at Beauty Info Zone and Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 is definitely double duty if not a lot more. It contains moisturizers from Algenist along with SPF30 to protect you from the sun’s damage.

Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 INGREDIENTS

Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30  SPF INGREDIENTS

When I first tested this tinted moisturizer I was worried about the shade. It appears darker on my hand than I normally wear but once I applied it on my face, the magic began and it blended in perfectly. I use skincare under it (currently Algenist Genius White products but I’ve used others too) so it will smooth on more easily on my face.

Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 Light swatch

Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 Light swatch

blended Light swatch

blended Light swatch

The best way for me to apply this is with my fingers just like I would any moisturizer. I tried using tools and that sheered it out too much plus I felt like I was losing the wonderful skincare and sunscreen benefits that way. This is a great tinted moisturizer all year round but with summer on its way I like it even more. It gives me enough coverage to diminish the redness and dim the sunspots while at the same time blurring my skin imperfections. I still use a concealer under my eyes but that’s all I need to face the world.

Lisa wears Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 in Medium
Algenist Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer
Anything that combines skin care science and cosmetic color is of interest to me, and Algenist Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer doesn’t disappoint.
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In terms of skin care this elegant formula has microalgae ingredients that reduce the appearance of fine lines, refines texture, and improves elasticity.  The SPF 30 keeps skin safe from further damage by the sun.
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In terms of color, it immediately covers imperfections and redness.  I like the coverage, although I do also need a concealer for under my eyes. Like Marcia, I find this works best applied with fingers. Body heat gives it a very natural look while also maintaining the color for coverage. Plus, the Medium shade is perfect for my sort of light, sort of medium skin tone. It’s a great way to multi-task, treating your skin while also getting instant gratification with an even skin tone.
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This is available at QVC ($36), Sephora, Ulta, and Algenist’s website. At the time of this review Ulta has a gwp of deluxe sample of Genius White Brightening Anti-Aging Cream. Wherever you buy it you’ll be happy you did!
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*sent for editorial consideration

Top Ten Winter Helpers

1419727169_waxelene_lip_balm_tube_0WAXELENE Lip Balm, the Petroleum Jelly Alternative – I not only have a review of this scheduled for later today (12/30/14) but I also have a giveaway for this. I have a ton of lip balms that I can recommend to you but Waxelene is different since it’s soothing and healing plus it has so many uses. It’s more than a lip balm, it’s for dry skin, diapers, chapped lips, makeup removal etc. It comes in many sizes including this lip tube. A winner at only $3.99.*
1419727088_lip-rx-kit-800x800GABRIEL RX LIP KIT containing a lip balm and a lip scrub - a review is coming up for this kit soon. It contains a lip scrub to help banish the flakies and make your lips soft and smooth to prepare for lipsticks. It also contains a great lip balm that is great under lipstick.*
1419727038_31axlo1yjel._sy300_MIRACLE OF ALOE, MIRACLE FOOT REPAIR – I have a lot of foot creams that I use for softer feet but this is my miracle foot cream. My feet were such a wreck after the harsh water of the hospital and a month without showering that I thought I’d never get them back to normal. I slathered this on twice a day and my feet are so smooth now that it’s hard to believe. I’ve bought it several times and it’s something that’s shared by my family.
1419726913_1195078AVEENO SKIN RELIEF MOISTURE REPAIR – This is a winter savior and it’s fragrance free!! It’s for the dryest of skin which is what happens to mine in the winter. Last winter’s Polar Vortex made me rush out to purchase this.
1419726840_rocgoldday30_fulRoC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE DAILY MOISTURIZIER WITH SPF 30 – A long name for an excellent product. It’s not a heavy moisturizer so your skin can breathe easily. The SPF30 is great because it’s broad spectrum.*
1419726783_fvlbodybutterLAVANILA BODY BUTTER in Fresh Vanilla Lemon – La Vanila makes this in several fragrances so you can pick the one you like best. It contains 100% pure shea & cocoa butters so it’s a great winter protectant. You’ll smell good and you’ll feel soft. Full review (and a giveaway) will be coming up.*
1419726698_lemon_hc_largeBE DELECTABLE HAND CREAM in Lemon + Cream – I love the be Delectable line and can recommend all their products. I chose the Hand Cream today because while I need a hand cream all year, I’m desperate for it in winter. It contains mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your hands and cuticles. The smell of the lemon is divine.*
1419726602_large_dnabarrierNEOVA DNA BARRIER – This is one of my favorite moisturizers for night. I love how this feels on my skin and how my skin looks when I wake up the next morning. It’s rich but doesn’t clog pores, it has no fragrance, it’s soothing and it’s wonderful. I just finished one and I’m ordering another for sure. *
1419726516_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP ANTI-AGING CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM – This turned into my favorite sunscreen. If the product that I’m using for daytime moisturizing doesn’t have sunscreen then it’s Supergoop to the rescue. No fragrance which is important to me. Gentle and non-greasy. It works great with or without makeup. I wrote about it in July and I am writing about it again at the end of December so it’s a love all year round.*
1419726422_aaa_oil_30ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL – I’ve grown to love oil on my face but they aren’t all created equal. This past summer I was testing one by Yes to Blueberries and while the price was right, I finally gave up on it since it was too heavy. An oil needs to be gently absorbed and not sit on top of your skin. Algenist does just that. You can use a few drops or mix it with a serum. Either way it’s protecting my skin this winter and helping with the dehydration that I see.
There are a lot more products that I could have included in this Top Ten list but these are the ones in my current rotation. They are all products I’m thrilled to count as winter saviors. — Marcia
See what the other Top Ten ladies want to share so you can get through this winter.


*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me and some sent have been repurchased.

Algenist Friends and Family Sale!

Algenist is a perennial favorite here at the BIZ – I just reviewed their Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer in my updated Top Ten Primers post.  If you want to try this primer, or the best-selling GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream, a luxurious cream that visibly strengthens fragile skin texture and softens facial contours while decreasing the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles, now is the time!

Algenist

Algenist’s Friends & Family Sale is live now and lasts until Monday, October 20th at midnight! All products on Algenist.com are 30% off until Monday, October 20 at 11:59PM PT.  – Lisa

Lisa’s new and improved top ten primers list

I wrote my original ‘Top ten primers‘ post back in 2010, a few years after my primer obsession began. Finding an excellent primer was life-altering for me because for the very first time my makeup actually lasted all day.  I’ve always had strange skin, products don’t last long on me at all – I put blush on and an hour later, it’s completely gone.  For a long time I thought there was nothing I could do about it – until I found a primer that actually made my makeup (and most happily my blush) last a whole day.  I think I bought every primer on the market for the next few years after that. I have owned and used so many different primers I am ashamed to put a number on it. 

Lisas top ten primersThis list is a long overdue update of my personal choices for the top ten primers – each one is unique, they all have their advantages, and they are all excellent.  Which primer I choose is determined by the condition of my skin that day, my skin tone, and the foundation I am going to use. (A side note – I was astounded by the price increases when I updated them!)

My top ten list is not in any particular order – these are my top favorites, but they are all equal in terms of play time they get.

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

1.  Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer ($68)

The earlier version, called The Sensual Skin Primer, was actually the primer that began my obsession.  I used it one day and could not believe how vibrant and fresh my makeup was 10 hours later. The new version is even better – I use the Normal to Oily one.  The texture has slip but it doesn’t feel extremely silicone heavy.  It dries quickly to a satin finish.  It keeps makeup on like no other.  There are some drawbacks, though – it is an expensive item, so expensive that it hurts to buy it.  I tend to use this on special occasions only to try to make it last as long as possible.  And while I love the hygienic pump bottle, it drives me crazy that I never know how much I have left.  Regardless, I will never be without a bottle – and a back up.

Grand Central Beauty Skin Perfecting Primer

2.  Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER ($68)

I like to say that the only time I have ever been wrong was that one time I thought I made a mistake.  Unfortunately, in reality I have been wrong on a few more occasions than that…and I was completely wrong about the S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER.  While it has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein, I initially thought it worked better as a serum than a primer…totally incorrect.  This is a kick ass primer.  It keeps makeup looking totally perfect for 12 hours.  Every time I use it I think, “How could I have been so wrong??”

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

3.  Reviva Labs Makeup Primer ($19.50) This is absolutely one of my favorite primers of all time.  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 helps concealer and foundation apply and wear perfectly.  It does everything a primer should do:  makes skin super smooth, allows even application of concealer and foundation, and increases longevity.  

Pur Minerals green_primer

4.  Pur Minerals Colour Correcting Foundation Primer in Green ($31):

This is the primer I reach for when I’m broken out.  The green color balances out redness from acne, broken capillaries, and rosacea.  It doesn’t make me look like an alien – the green transforms into a beautiful, even skin tone color.  Less is more with this primer. You don’t need much to neutralize redness and create a perfect canvas for foundation.

OCC Skin Primer

5.  OCC Skin Primer ($27.50):This is a really cool primer.  Not only is it great for the face, but you can also use it as a lid primer for mineral eyeshadows.  It’s unlike most primers.  You HAVE to shake the bottle before squeezing some out – and then be careful when you do, because it has a thin, liquid consistency.  Once applied, wait until it dries because it applies quite wet, but does dry down to a super smooth, satiny finish.  And boy does makeup stick to this stuff!

Paul and Joe Protecting Foundation Primer

6.  Paul and Joe Protective Foundation Primer ($32)

This is, by far, the strangest primer I have ever used.  And I love it.  It has an SPF of 30.  It’s also super watery – it must be properly shaken before squeezing the product out.   It has a very thin consistency that dries down to a satiny finish.  It also has super fine, really tiny microshimmers in it, which gives skin the best natural looking glow.  The primer looks really yellow, but it goes on colorless – aside from the glow.  Makeup lasts and lasts with this primer.  I find that I reach for it when I am using very matte, oil-inhibiting foundations like Clarins Truly Matte Foundation because the microshimmers counteract the flatness.

Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil

7.  Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil ($76)

I have a love-hate relationship with Cle de Peau.  Some products I adore and will buy despite the exorbitant price tag.  Other products I can’t stand, and I get offended at the price of items that do absolutely nothing for you.  This primer, however, is well worth the price.  At the same time, I get the sample sizes at the counter when I can…they are great for travel and give several weeks of use. This primer is a thick, creamy lotion.  You don’t need a lot of it – a little goes a very long way.  In fact, if you use too much you will get a distinctly white cast to your skin.  Use the right amount and it sinks into your skin nicely, leaving no white or greyish cast.  Skin is super smooth, lines are filled in, and makeup goes on beautifully and lasts all day.  Pores look smaller and it lessens oil production throughout the day.  Get a sample at the counter before investing, but I’ll bet once you try it, you’ll want the full size version.  I love this under cream foundation.

IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Primer

8.  IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum ($38)

The Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum is a thick, super hydrating primer that makes skin baby smooth.  Ingredients include caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and C, argan and jojoba oils, and avocado.  The serum is in glass jar with a dropper,  and two drops is more than enough to prime and hydrate.  It goes on slightly tacky then dries down to create a perfect canvas for makeup. This is just what I need for perfect makeup when I have dry skin.  I have gone through two bottles of this and am halfway through my third!

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti Aging Primer

9.  Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42)

This primer comes in an opaque airless pump which keeps the product integrity and effectiveness safe and sound.  It does everything a great primer should do – it reduces the look of pores, creates a satin finish for easy makeup application, and it keeps that makeup in place and reduces fading throughout the day.

Ingredients include Alguronic Acid, which ramps up the anti-aging quotient. I am thrilled that over time it actually improves my skin – but I am even more thrilled with the immediate results of perfectly primed skin. And, of course, not looking like a sad clown with melted makeup at the end of the day is a huge plus!! The Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer has a beautifully lightweight texture that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. While liquidy, it dries quickly and truly makes that beautiful canvas you need to happily play with all the rest of your cosmetics art supplies.

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

10.  Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy ($7)  So this is a bit of a cheat…it’s not a face primer, but it is such a fantastic eye primer I had to put it on the list.  If you like pigment eyeshadows, you need this.  If you have oily lids, you need this.  Heck, it’s only seven bucks…try it out!  A tiny dab makes eyeshadow not only cling to your lids for dear life, it also brings out a vibrancy you never knew the eyeshadow had in the first place.  I think of my Pixie Epoxy as liquid gold.

The biggest difference I notice between my original list from five years ago and the one I have now (beside the price increases!) is the addition of primer/serums.  Primers don’t just prime anymore, they also treat the skin.  Most people probably only need or want one, maybe two different primers.  I happen to be just a *little* obsessive about makeup, so my collection is extreme – but if you are looking for a primer, I am sure you can find something perfect for your needs on this list.

Ok ladies, what is your favorite primer?  Is there another amazing primer out there that I just have to try??  There’s always room for one more!  – Lisa

Top 10 Tuesday Sun Protection Favorites

TOP TEN TUESDAY picked an important topic this week – sunscreen. I can’t believe the number of years I didn’t use sunscreen or used it sporadically. I’m paying the consequences now with too many sunspots. As an oldie, but goodie, sunscreen wasn’t in our family vocabulary. Coppertone was put on us to protect us from the sun but it really just made me burn. Now I know better and I’m an avid fan of SPF products. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
1. SUPERGOOP CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM* – Unfortunately I’m out of this but I want to repurchase it. The serum is SPF 30+, has no fragrance and is very lightweight. I used this as my SPF and moisturizer and primer – a triple threat!

2. SUPERGOOP DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM* – This is what I’m using now from Supergoop. It’s actually a lightly tinted SPF cream that provides SPF 35 coverage. It comes in three shades; I have Light to Medium which is a little dark for me (see swatch below). This can also be used as a primer and sunscreen that helps even out skintone. If the color is right for you then it will give you the corrective cream coverage that is so popular with CC Creams.

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

3. SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* – How many of you forget about your eye area when thinking about sunscreen? I just assumed my regular sunscreen would be enough but it’s absolutely not. I don’t get that close to my eyes with sunscreen plus that area is so tender and prone to showing aging. This SPF 37 eye cream is a big favorite of mine and not just because it has the best applicator in town.

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

4. MELANSOL 100% NATURAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30 *- This particular SPF 30 sunscreen is not for everyone but it’s perfect for those of us with very fair skin that never tans and always burns. MelanSol makes a variety of sunscreens for those of you who have a different risk level from the sun. This SPF 30 version is great for midday application when the sun is at its peak or for high activity levels when you’ll be out in the sun for longer periods. It contains active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in its natural, cruelty free, vegan formula. I’ve found it to be hydrating and non-greasy. I love having a product that I know will have extra protection when I’m out on the water or in my yard with the little ones.

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

5. NEOVA DNA DAMAGE CONTROL *- A broad spectrum SPF 40 makes this a great choice if you want to be without foundation yet have some coverage when outside. They could call this a CC Cream since it’s described as a Color Correction cream that illuminates and brightens with a tinted, pearl finish. It comes in just one shade though with a very light tint. My skin isn’t good enough to go out in public with just this but I’ll wear it for days I’m at home alone or with a light foundation over it if I do go out. I’ve been very impressed with the Neova line and this is no exception.

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

swatches of Neova DNA spf and Supergoop CC Cream

swatches of Neova DNA SPF and Supergoop CC Cream (light to medium)

6. ALGENIST ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT UV DEFENSE FLUID SPF 50* – This is another of my old favorite sunscreens which I’ve used up. I’ve talked about it several times in posts. It contains Titanium Dioxide (2%), Zinc Oxide (17.1%) and Octinoxate (7.5%) along with the other fabulous Algenist ingredients that make this brand unique. I won’t go on about it since you can read my previous linked review other than to say, it’s great!

7. and 8. AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE LOTION SUNSCREEN* – Aveeno makes two different Protect+Hydrate Lotion Sunscreens. For your face you’ll want Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which is oil free and non-comedogenic. For your body (and face) you want Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which is very hydrating while being protective. These are both new products for 2014 along with an SPF 70 formula. Aveeno is priced right at $9.95 for a 3 oz tube and it delivers sunscreen in an advanced formula that uses their patented Colloidal Oatmeal.

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

9. and 10. B. KAMINS LIP BALM SPF 20 and VAULT RETRACTABLE LIP BALMS SPF 30 – We absolutely can’t forget our lips and here are two brands that I love using. Lisa reviewed the B Kamins so I picked it up at a local boutique, it’s actually more of a lip protectant than what we think of with a lip balm. It comes in a tube and squeezes out in an emollient balm. Vault Retractable Lip Balms are a twist on the typical balm because it was originally created for use during sports as well as other times. It takes three easy steps: PUSH the plunger (the bottom half) until the tip locks in place; TWIST the plunger to deliver the lip balm; CLICK the trigger to release the tip which closes it back up. Stick it in your pocket and it’s done. Nothing to fall off or lose. While they have a clear lip balm, it’s the tinted ones that are my favorites. There are 8 lightly tinted balms and they’ve lowered the price to $6.99 (from $9) and have free shipping.

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Now that you’ve seen my long list of 2014 favorites tell me what your favorite is. Then go visit the other lovely sunscreen buffs in the Top 10 Tuesday group. — Marcia


*products received for consideration