Three fabulous summer finds for hair, skin, and lips

When I am out and about on a summer day, I need three things:  something cute to keep my hair up and out of my face, a sheer foundation with SPF protection to keep my skin looking great, and a kick-butt lip gloss to brighten my look.  Here’s my trio of fun, fashionable, and fantastic summer must-haves we were sent that I love for this season.

Three summer must haves:  Lumene BB Cream, Scunci Bun Wrap, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss in Azalea

Three summer must haves: Lumene BB Cream, Scunci Bun Wrap, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lip gloss in Azalea

Since I have long hair, I am always searching for something cute when it gets hot and I need to get my hair up off my neck.  A hair accessory as tiny as the Scunci Bun Wrap suddenly becomes essential.

Scunci Bun Wrap

Scunci Bun Wrap

Wrap your style!

Wrap your style!

being a bun head with my Scunci

being a bun head with my Scunci

Could that blue with white polka dot print be any more adorable?  It looks totally picnic ready.  The Scunci Bun Wrap is actually a wire encased in a pretty, gauzy fabric.  It easily wraps around any ponytail or bun and looks fabulous, even if you are as klutsy as me with hair.  These cute little wraps are found in drugstores like Walgreens or Walmart.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in 01 Light

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in 01 Light

As you can see, the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in Light is actually more of a medium shade…unfortunately I don’t think those of you with very pale skin will be able to use this.  (It only comes in two shades, Light and Medium.)  But for the rest of us — hooray!  It luminizes, evens skin tone, and protects from UV rays.  I also find it to be incredibly forgiving.  I slap this on using my fingers and it looks great every time.  It is awesome.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

swatch of Azalea

swatch of Azalea

The new Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss ($20) lives up to its name – this really is some legendary lip gloss.  If you are a lip gloss girl, get yourself several of these STAT.  The formula is incredibly moisturizing and silky, and it lasts longer than any other typical lip gloss I have tried.  I think the shade Azalea is the quintessential summer color.  Azalea is a bright melon pink that is very flattering and so wearable.  It keeps its shine and has a great slip without any stickiness whatsoever.  Be Legendary Lip Gloss comes in 16 different shades, but my recommendation is to make Azalea your first one!

wearing Lumene BB Cream and Smashbox Azalea

wearing Lumene BB Cream and Smashbox Azalea

My Scunci Bun Wrap, Lumene BB Cream, and Smashbox Azalea Lip Gloss make up my summer superhero trio.  What products make your list?  – Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

Face Stockholm’s unique BB Natural Beauty Balm

courtesy of facestockholm.com

courtesy of facestockholm.com

I am in love with 2 things – Face Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm with SPF 30 and their statement “Everything you want to BB!”. Cleverness gets me all the time but what makes me stick around is quality. Face Stockholm sent this BB Cream ($38) for review and I was immediately attracted to it because it’s different than any others in my collection.

FACE Stockholm Natural Beauty Balm

FACE Stockholm Natural Beauty Balm

This is a compact BB Cream while others are in squeeze tubes. Depending on your skintone this will be different things to different people. It only comes in 2 shades (light and dark) which is the only downfall of the product if you are looking to wear it as a foundation. But even with just two shades there are so many other benefits that it is a wonderful BB Cream.

In actuality BB Creams weren’t truly developed to be foundations but in the US it seems that most are tinted enough to take care of the category. Face Stockholm intends this to hydrate, prime, conceal, and correct. For me it hits all these high points and more.

 

Face Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm

Face Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm

Hydrate: This contains vitamin E which provides moisture plus antioxidants. It also uses Spilanthes Flower Extract in order to help relax our fine lines.

Prime: You can use this as your primer if you want. It wears well under other foundations and is your SPF and hydration system. It contains SPF 30 (Titanium and Zinc Oxides provide UVA/UVB sun protection). face stockhom bb back box

Conceal: Use this as a spot concealer, especially under your eyes.

Correct: I love this as my foundation and find that it imparts a very healthy glow while providing a good amount of coverage to my skin. I wear this in Fair which is said to be for fair and light skin tones.

Face Stockholm Natural Beauty Balm

Face Stockholm Natural Beauty Balm in Fair #1

The Natural Beauty Balm is very creamy and easy to apply. I’ve used my fingers many times but my favorite application method is a fluffy foundation brush. The one I use most is by Urban Decay (Optical Blurring Brush). For me a traditional flat foundation brush doesn’t give it the softness that a fluffier one does, plus I like using a synthetic brush with a cream product. Looking over Face Stockholm’s brushes I’d choose the Contouring Brush #31 to use with this.

Contouring brush #31

Contouring brush #31

I’ve been wearing this for almost 10 months so I’ve experienced it in every season. When it was bitter cold this winter I found it to be comforting and to give me plenty of coverage. In the warm weather it doesn’t melt away on me which is what I love most about it.

Face Stockholm BB blended onto hand

Face Stockholm light BB blended onto hand in the dead of winter

I already had a love affair going with Face Stockholm so to be able to use their BB Natural Beauty Balm with SPF 30 just adds to the infatuation. If I took a recent picture of this you’d see how much it’s been used and will continue to be used.

Face Stockholm did right – yet again! — Marcia

(sent for review consideration)

Ingredients:

Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Trimethylsiloxyphenyl Dimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxyde, Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone, Squalane, Oryzanol, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Perfecting BB Cream is now available (plus we have a giveaway)

You all know about BB Creams. There’s no getting around them anymore. So many brands make them but they are not all created equal. RoC took a long time to come out with their version since they wanted it to be perfect, RoC is a skincare company after all and we are proud to be Roc Ambassadors. roc bb cream

RoC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Perfecting BB Cream uses the ingredients that are important to RoC. This anti-aging product has Broad Spectrum SPF 25 along with all the other ingredients that they are proud to use like RoC Retinol. The company wasn’t going to bring out a product that they couldn’t be proud to have their name on. Both Marcia and Lisa have used this product and are sharing their thoughts. Be sure to read to the end for a chance to be one of two winners of this great BB Cream.

MARCIA’S VIEWS:

I probably shouldn’t be the one that goes first on today’s Side by Side review since I have such mixed feelings about the Multi-Complexion BB Cream. I love it on one hand and am angry at it on the other hand.

Roc Multi-Corrextion 5-in-1 Perfecting BB Cream

Roc Multi-Corrextion 5-in-1 Perfecting BB Cream

I love it because it uses the ingredients that are so important in our skincare. (list at the bottom) It’s infused with Roc Retinol and has SPF 25.  It’s meant to hydrate, even out skin coloring, protect from the sun and make your skin look smooth. What more can we ask of it?

Roc BB Cream swatched on Marcia

Roc BB Cream swatched on Marcia

whoops, shade doesn't work!!

whoops, shade doesn’t work!!

I am angry at it though because it only comes in one color and that color is too dark for me. The finish is great when it’s on my skin but the color makes it impossible for me to wear. I’m usually the lightest or second lightest shade in face products. My feeling is that if this shade works for you that you’re going to love it. I hope that RoC takes notice and introduces this in other shades to match more skintones.

LISA’S VIEWS:

Lucky for me, my skin is a few shades darker than Marcia’s so I think the color is perfect.

RoC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Perfecting BB Cream

RoC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Perfecting BB Cream

RoC BB Cream applicator

RoC BB Cream applicator

It comes in a terrific airless pump that ensures the efficacy of the all those skin-perfecting ingredients like the RoC Retinol  and SPF 25. That means that while you instantly get a more even and brighter skin tone you are also fighting fine lines and wrinkles. Gotta love multi-tasking!

RoC BB Cream

RoC BB Cream

RoC BB Cream

RoC BB Cream sheered out a bit

The coverage is a little more sheer than what a full coverage gal like me wants, but once I start faux-tanning for the summer this is going to be great. It has ‘color adapting technology’, so while it’s a little too dark for lighter shades like Marcia and too light for dark skin tones, it will work great for everyone else on the skin tone spectrum. Those who want brighter, more even toned skin will be very happy with this BB Cream.

GIVEAWAY: RoC has graciously offered a giveaway to two different US residents of  RoC Multi-Correxion 5-in-1 Perfecting BB Cream. The giveaway goes through 4/21/14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. We will be asking winners to provide their address (no PO boxes) and phone number for delivery.

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Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7%…Purpose: Sunscreen, Octisalate 3%…Purpose: Sunscreen, Titanium Dioxide 6.6%…Sunscreen. Inactive: Water, Isopropyl Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-75 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isotearyl Palmitate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Polysilicone-11, Methylparaben, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Silica, Propylparaben, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ethylparaben, BHT, Erythorbic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Retinol, Arginine, Ammonium Polyacryloldimethyl Taurate, Fragrance, Lauroyl Lysine, Iron Oxides.

Active Ingredient

Active Ingredients

Inactive ingredients

Inactive ingredients

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Christina Choi BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Christina Choi

The gorgeous Christina Choi

Normally, I am not really a ‘BB’ kind of girl. I need some coverage for my skin imperfections and most BB creams I try just don’t have enough for me. But I really like the BB Cream that Christina Choi sent to test. It does everything a BB cream is supposed to do plus it does a great job of camouflaging all those areas I don’t want everyone to see.

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($39.95) is truly a multi-tasking wonder. It works quadruple time as a primer for foundation, a skin tint, a skin strengthener, and a skin brightener. Plus, it protects the skin from sun with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It has enough coverage to be worn by itself and when paired with foundation it helps my makeup apply smoothly and increases the length of wear.

This is also a skin care product as it contains vitamin E, goji berry extract, and peptides to keep cells healthy and brighten skin tone.

I tried the Light shade, which perfectly matches my right-in-between light and medium skin. I think it would be a little too dark for anyone lighter, but would work fine for those with a medium skin tone.

Christina Choi BB Cream in Light

Christina Choi BB Cream in Light

BB Cream in Light swatched

BB Cream in Light swatched

swatch blended in

swatch blended in

Another great thing about this line is that while it offers something for all ethnicities, it is especially friendly for Asian skin. I adore Christina Choi Cosmetics eye shadow and lip gloss and now I have added the BB Cream to my list of must-haves.

Christina Choi Cosmetics has fantastic products in gorgeous shades and is absolutely worth checking out.

*sent for editorial consideration

My Christina Choi FOD

My Christina Choi FOD

Makeup Wars – heavenly foundations

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This week the Makeup War bloggers have decided to take on foundations again. It’s not a new subject for us, or any bloggers, but since we are such fickle pickles most of us change our minds more often than the typical pickle. I have a box filled (or overfilled) with foundation, BB Cream and CC Cream. Choosing which to share was actually easier than I thought since I looked at my vanity and saw 6 bottles and tubes that I’d been switching between for the last several months. So that’s what you see here (along with my laundry room!).

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

There are 3 foundations that have been in heavy rotation. These are the items I’ve used the most in January especially.

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation – I recently reviewed this and to be honest it’s been on my face almost constantly the last few weeks. I’m crazy about the finish of this foundation. It’s the fullest of the three I’m sharing but it’s not so full that it’s mask-like. It covers my imperfections beautifully and lasts wonderfully even in the harsh weather we’ve had in Michigan. I can’t get over how much I like it. I have new items to review but I don’t want to put this away.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation – I need to write a review of this soon. This is the lightest weight, sheerest of the foundations shown but some days that’s exactly what I need. You can build this up to give a fuller coverage though. It’s a beautiful luminizing finish. It comes in 6 shades and it’s only $14.99.

Lancome Teint Miracle – I’ve had this particular bottle at least 3 years but it’s just as good as ever. I know some people wouldn’t keep it that long but as a blogger I am constantly switching and testing. Yet I come back to Teint Miracle often. If I’m asked about Lancome this is what I recommend too. It’s available in an amazing 31 shades so there’s something for everyone here. When I first reviewed it (January 2012) it was available in 16 shades. They’ve since doubled the amount of shades and raised the price $6. I will most likely rebuy this with the right gwp some day.

Makeup Wars Foundations - CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

Makeup Wars Foundations – CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

My BB creams are all put away for now but 3 of the CC Creams I have are still playing a big part in my rotation. I use these often when I’m in a hurry because they contain skincare elements and SPF but I also use them because I love the finish of them.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream has been mentioned by me so often that you are probably tired of the repetition. But when something is this good, it’s worth me telling you over and over. As much as I love this brand and want to recommend it all to you, this is my absolute favorite product from them. This fickle pickle has told you other products were her favorite but this is the true favorite. When I first reviewed it was summer, now it’s winter and it’s still just as wonderful.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream is my newest CC Cream and it’s another winner. This only comes in 4 shades though. I was sent this in Fair to review but it’s still a little dark. The solution for me is to take some of my tarte maracuja concealer and mix them, about 1/3 concealer to 2/3 IllumiKate. That color works and I have this beautiful glow that has SPF 50. Look for a full review very soon on this.

Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is another favorite that works for me year round. I’ve worn this in all seasons except spring and my skin loves it in all of those seasons. The consistency is mousse-like and spreads so easily.

This fickle pickle is officially declaring these 6 products her favorite foundation picks. But don’t be surprised to hear of more later though since I have a few more products to review for you. Fickleness can be delightful!! Have you worn any of these 6? If not which would you most want to try? — Marcia

Please read what these other lovely ladies have decided to share with us. Sharing is caring!

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*some items sent for review purposes

Tarte Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation and Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer swatches

With all the great specials going on at QVC, you may be considering tarte’s Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation ($39.50 on QVC, this also includes the Balancing Act Foundation Brush) or the new Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer ($25.26 with brush on QVC).  Here’s the info on each, plus swatches.

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tarte Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation and Balancing Act Foundation Brush on QVC

What is it: Combining all the benefits of a BB cream with the coverage of a foundation, tarte’s Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation delivers medium-to-full coverage and a semi-matte finish while it moisturizes, protects, covers, corrects, and brightens.

Who is it for: Anyone looking for a foundation that moisturizes, evens, and illuminates skin from within.

Why is it different: The medium-to-full-coverage formula delivers a semi-matte, natural finish while moisturizing and evening out skin tone. Infused with tarte’s multi-mineral complex, it nourishes and conditions skin while protecting with SPF 15. Optically activated particles diffuse light to illuminate skin and blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for flawless-looking skin.

Our review of the new Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation is coming up soon. In the meantime, here are some swatches:

outdoor indirect lighting

Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation outdoor indirect lighting, left to right:  Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Deep

outdoor direct lighting

Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation outdoor direct lighting, left to right:  Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Deep

Another promising new tarte product is the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer ($25.26 with Double Ended Airbrush Concealer brush on QVC).

tarte Amazonian

tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer and brush on QVC

Give imperfections the boot with this Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer. Blendable and buildable, it covers beautifully, giving you a perfectly flawless-looking complexion. Amazonian clay helps to balance any skin type–it works on oily skin by minimizing oil around pores and also works on dry skin by hydrating. The waterproof formula is ideal for 12-hour wear and features a weightless texture you’ll love. 

We are working on our review and for now here are swatches – we did not have the shade Medium to swatch:

Amazonian

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer swatches, outdoor indirect lighting, left to right:  Fair, Light, Tan, Deep

Amazonian

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer swatches, outdoor direct lighting, left to right:  Fair, Light, Tan, Deep

These are some promising products with terrific specials at QVC right now.  See you soon with our full review!  – Lisa

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen is the definition of ‘multi-tasker’

Suntegrity

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen

I thanked Suntegrity Skincare every day while on vacation this summer for sending the BIZ their 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen ($45) to test. My family and I went to the ocean for two weeks and the last thing I wanted to do was wear makeup. My Suntegrity 5 in 1 did everything I needed without the heaviness of regular cosmetics.

Suntegrity was founded by Tricia Trimble, who lost her mother to melanoma skin cancer. Tricia realized the importance of sunscreen but wasn’t happy with what she found on the market. So she worked with a chemist to create Suntegrity Skincare. Tricia says, “Suntegrity Face and Body SPF 30 products use only the best known physical block ingredient (non-nano size zinc oxide) to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and super anti-oxidants and amino acids to enhance that protection and help with skin repair. Our products use non-toxic preservatives to maintain their integrity without sacrificing safety or health.”

Suntegrity has a #1 rating from the EWG/Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, which also declared it one of the best sunscreens of 2013. But the 5 in 1 is far more than just my sunscreen…it is is my everything!

Suntegrity

I love my 5 in 1!!

The 5 in 1 is a BB cream that does the following five wonderful things:

1.  Treat

It’s full of antioxidants to fight off those nasty free radicals.

2.  Hydrate

It keeps skin soft and hydrated with aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea.

3.  Protect

It has mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 coverage using zinc oxide.

4.  Prime

It smooths skin and gets it ready for makeup if you want – although it provides enough coverage to love it on its own.

5.  Cover

It comes in three different shades including Light, Golden Light, and Medium that beautifully even out skin tone and cover imperfections.

The 5 in 1 comes in an airless opaque container that is TSA friendly. It’s a perfect container that keeps the sunscreen stable and effective.

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The airless pump and opaque container keep the sunscreen stable

The 5 in 1 works for all skin types and isn’t the least bit greasy or heavy. It smells wonderful, with a clean, citrusy scent.  You don’t need much to get perfectly primed for makeup or to get just enough coverage to look amazing without foundation. I didn’t have a sample of the Light but here’s the newest shade Golden Light.

Golden Light

5 in 1 in Golden Light

Golden Light is apparently close to the Light shade with more yellow/gold hues for ‘neutralizing redness and brightening sallow dull skin.’

Golden Light swatch

Golden Light swatch

Golden Light blended out

Golden Light blended out

Here’s the Medium shade, which is definitely more for cool skin tones.

Medium

5 in 1 in Medium

Medium

Medium swatch

Medium blended out

Medium blended out

I can wear both shades and my skin tone is neutral. I find that the shades are pretty forgiving. 5 in 1 provides more than light coverage although it’s not heavy enough to qualify as medium coverage.

The 5 in 1 is vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. It’s also free of Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Paba, Titanium Dioxide, Nano-Particles and Chemical UV Absorbers. If you have issues with chemical sunscreens this just might be exactly what you need. There are plant oils which some people can’t handle, but my skin adores the 5 in 1. It’s exactly the kind of multi-tasker that I need…and I’ll bet you need it too!  – Lisa

*pr sample

Size: 1.7 oz / 50ml

Active Ingredient: Zinc-Oxide 20%

Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Derived), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin (Algae Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Chlorella Emersonii (Red Algae) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxide