Bodyography Hydrating Foundation Primer

Bodyography Hydrating Foundation Primer

Goodness knows I love a good primer. Since it’s summer I am not wearing tons of makeup, but there are certain occasions – weddings, showers, special nights out – for which I need a great primer to keep my makeup in place, especially with the heat. 
Bodyography has some traditional primers as well as some very interesting primers that do even more than what a traditional primer does.
  • Extends the wear of foundation & controls oil & shine
  • Creates a uniform canvas for flawless makeup application
  • Softens fine lines & wrinkles
  • Non-comedogenic formula won’t clog pores
  • Formulated without parabens & gluten

Bodyography Hydrating Foundation Primer

Bodyography’s Foundation Primer has great ingredients, including antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and jojoba and grape seed oil. It definitely works well as a primer – it fills in lines and wrinkles and makes a smooth canvas for foundation. It also helps my foundation last longer. What I’m not too keen on is the scent. It has a definite fragrance, like roses, that isn’t my favorite. 

Bodyography Hydrating Foundation Primer

Bodyography Hydrating Foundation Primer

What are very interesting to me are the color correcting primers. I tried the Hydrating version that is clear and if it wasn’t for the fragrance I would say it’s pretty perfect. I would love to try the color correcting versions – I am really into color correction these days and I am intrigued with this concept.

I hope to be able to try the color correcting versions soon. The green should be great for those with lots of redness in their skin, and the purple should neutralize yellow areas. The peachy looking Neutral color looks like an interesting overall brightener. I am not sure how the bronzing primer would work, but it looks fascinating!!
You can find Bodyography Foundation Primer online at Bodyography.com.  – Lisa

Hello Fab! Side by Side takes a look at First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty has come to our rescue many times for dry, cracked skin – but what about color products?  Is First Aid Beauty just as FAB in that area?  Lisa and Marcia tested out the Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28), Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer ($28), and Hello Fab Mango Butter Multi Stick ($20) to see if all the raves were true.

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Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

LISA’S VIEW:

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is a lovely, lightweight combination moisturizer/primer. Much to my delight, it does have a very slight coconutty scent, nothing overwhelming but still enough to make us coconut lovers dance a happy dance. It gives skin a beautiful sheen so on low maintenance days it’s really all you need.  It’s great as a primer and provides a wonderful canvas for foundation.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The ingredients are terrific, featuring coconut water plus a host of other ‘superfoods’:

MARCIA’S VIEW:

This is actually my first real go-around with First Aid Beauty. When we’ve received products from them they’ve gone to Lisa. I’ve mostly used samples that I’ve gotten in subscription boxes. For me, everything has to pass the “sniff” test. Let’s see my opinion of these.

First Aid Beauty

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

The Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is the one product I was most eager to try out. Some of my beauty friends adore this multitasker. It provides sunscreen protection of SPF 30. Equally important is that it makes my skin look soft and luminous. I was so excited when I first used this primer because of the way it felt and looked. I totally understood why others raved about it.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Now about that “sniff test”. I find the fragrance to linger but I’m not used to scented products. The smell is delicious though and definitely a coconut one. I’m using the primer in spite of the fragrance since it’s said to tackle dryness, dullness, pores, uneven skin tone and uneven texture. First Aid Beauty is describing my skin needs with those benefits.

free from Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol

Allergy-Tested, Gluten-Free, Non-Comedogenic, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan

 

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer is available in 5 shades.

Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer (from firstaidbeauty.com)

Ultra Repair Fair: For pale, cream and fair skin
Ultra Repair Light: For beige and buff colored skin
Ultra Repair Medium: For golden, olive or honey colored skin
Ultra Repair Tan: For caramel, tanned or medium brown skin
Ultra Repair Rich: For almond, bronze or rich brown skin

The good news is that this passes the “sniff test”. The bad news is that the Light I was sent is too dark for me. But from the pictures I’m sure that Fair would work well for me.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer in Light

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer in Light

RESULTS
  • 92%
    IN A CONSUMER PERCEPTION TEST COMPLETED BY 38 PARTICIPANTS, AFTER 1 WEEK OF DAILY USE, 92% OF PEOPLE REPORTED THEIR SKIN FEELING RADIANT AND LUMINOUS THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
  • 97%
    IN A CONSUMER PERCEPTION TEST COMPLETED BY 38 PARTICIPANTS, AFTER 1 WEEK OF DAILY USE, 97% OF PEOPLE REPORTED THIS PRODUCT PROVIDES JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF COVERAGE FOR DAYTIME AND EVENING.

I really like the texture of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer since it’s mousse like. At first it sort of sits on skin but as it settles in it melds well with my skin. There are so many great ingredients in the tinted moisturizer like Colloidal Oatmeal and Allantoin (they help reduce redness as well as reduce redness and calm and soothe skin). It contains Hyaluronic Acid so I’m happy about that. I can wear the Light if I blend really well and it does cover enough to hide my skin imperfections. I need to try this in Fair though for the best look.

Mango Butter Multi Stick

Hello Fab Mango Butter Multi Stick

The Mango Butter Multi Stick is available in Champagne, Moonlight, and Rose’. Both of us received this in Moonlight which is a beautiful very light pinky/lavender with an opalescent glow.

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Rosé

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Champagne

Hello FAB Mango Butter Multi Stick Moonlight

I was really surprised when I saw this was a cream to powder product. Almost all items like this that can be used on eyes, face, and lips are balm like. But the Multi Stick is dry to the touch. After gliding it onto the area you desire (even décolleté) just tap it lightly with your fingertips to blend. If you want more coverage you just need to layer it.

  • FREE FROM
    Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol. Allergy-Tested, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan, Nano-Free

It’s a nice stick to carry with since it’s not going to melt under normal conditions. I’ve used it mainly as a highlighter since it doesn’t show up on my lips. The Multi Stick is a nice way to combat dullness.

I’m happy that I’ve had a great experience with these First Aid Beauty products but Lisa probably won’t be since I’ll want to try more of them.

You should try these and others for a great experience of your own.

Budget buys for foundation and primer the Makeup Wars way

If you’ve been following along you know about Makeup Wars. We pick a topic and quite a few of us join in and write our posts about that. This week we’re talking foundation and primer, specifically which ones we’ve found that work well together. I’ve decided to share two favorite budget buys for this week’s Makeup Wars, ones I’ve been using the last few weeks that have been great for me. RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25HR BREATHABLE FOUNDATION and MAKEUP REVOLUTION ULTRA ALL DAY PRIME & ANTI-SHINE BALM are my choices. And great ones they are.

REVOLUTION Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm and RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

The only mass market foundation in my not so small collection is the original RIMMEL 25 HR Lasting Finish. There aren’t others that either matched my skin or that had a fragrance I could tolerate. I think it’s a great foundation but it’s a fuller coverage one than I usually wear. To the rescue: RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25HR BREATHABLE FOUNDATION.

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Delightfully the new Breathable foundation is a lighter finish that can be built up, has almost no fragrance, and has a shade that is perfect for me (Fair Ivory). It also has SPF18 and doesn’t clog pores.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

I think the applicator on this new Rimmel foundation is terrific. It’s like an overgrown lip gloss applicator that I can dab on my face so my hands don’t ever have to touch the foundation unless I want them to. I typically use one of my rounded foundation brushes (Real Techniques or PUR) to blend the dots for a beautifully smooth, long lasting finish. I’ll occasionally grab a foundation sponge (Beauty Blender or MelodySusie) when I want the lightest coverage. So far I’ve been so happy with those two methods that my fingers and hands are spotless.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation in Fair Ivory

Speaking about the fragrance, I have to just about stick my nose in it to smell it. It could be that I’m used to the original but the aroma is of no concern to my picky nose. The smooth coverage makes up for any doubts I might have originally had.

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation

At around $6 – $7 depending where you shop, this foundation deserves praise galore. I’m a picky shopper and as much as I love to browse Target and CVS I am cautious when buying foundation there. Not so with RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation, it’s a keeper.

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

RIMMEL Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable Foundation plays well with primers too. Mainly though I’ve been using Makeup Revolution’s Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm. The main reason is that I wanted something affordable that was similar to Mally’s Poreless Face Defender. Compare $10 for Revolution and $40 for Mally and you can see why I decided to try it (plus the gwp that Ulta had on at the time). While Mally remains my favorite, I’m quite impressed with the Makeup Revolution version.

It’s weightless on my face and helps my blush last without ending up in my pores. I don’t use powder on my face that often since my mirror tells me not to but the silky finish of a primer allows me to wear powder blush without it sticking to my foundation or burrowing into my pores. According to Ulta: “translucent, crystal finish catches and re-emits light, diffusing skin imperfections and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

Makeup Revolution Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic / Capric / Succinic Triglyceride, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.

I just know that if I apply the Makeup Revolution’s Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm either prior to foundation or after that my blush goes on more smoothly and sticks around. This gives me a matte finish since it absorbs oils and eliminates shine. My only complaint is that the sponge that comes with it is very thin and doesn’t apply the balm as well as I’d like it to. I recommend a sturdier sponge to use at home but to keep the sponge it comes with if you put this in your cosmetic case.

All in all I’ve got a $16 face that I’m pleased about. I can use these two together or separately and still have beauty that is totally affordable. Sure I love my highend buys but I just as happy lately with these budget babes.  —  Marcia

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Four great stocking stuffer ideas for the beauty addict!

I love stocking stuffers…fun little items that I might not normally buy for myself but are wonderful little extravagances that often end up becoming staples, whether I am able to buy them year round or only during the holiday season. Here are four favorites that have come to my attention so far this season that are perfect for any beauty addict’s stocking – she will be your friend forever when she finds these on Christmas morning!

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Good Earth Beauty has fantastic products that are cruelty free, organic, natural and vegan, and they also offer 40 brands of indie other popular brands on their site, goodearthbeauty.com!  What I am loving as stocking stuffers are these adorable roll on fragrances in Pumpkin Chai Tea ($18) and Almond Cream ($18).

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Chai Tea

Good Earth Beauty Almond Cream

I can’t even choose which one I like better  Pumpkin Chai Tea smells warm and delicious with creamy pumpkin, spicy cardamom and sprinkles of sugared cinnamon, and did you know that the number one scent that turns men on is PUMPKIN??  For real!!  So wear this one out on a date when you are in the mood for some action. Almond Cream is just dreamy…it has a hint of vanilla mixed with sweet almonds, sugar cane, and fresh cream.

There are lots of other scents and many other great stocking stuffers at the Good Earth Beauty website so check it out.  Here’s a coupon code for you – BEAUTY10 – and they offer free domestic ground shipping 365 days a year!

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

If your giftee is a candle lover, please consider The Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votive Gift Set ($24). I can’t tell you how amazing these votives smell — just like Christmas!! The notes are Siberian fir, cilantro and citrus, so the fragrance is fresh, clean, and outdoorsy. I have been burning these candles ever since I got them and I have more on order because now I can’t imagine the season without them!! They are just adorable and a fabulous stocking stuffer.

Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Soy Candle Votives

I can’t have a stocking stuffer list without a primer because I think I get more excited about primer than any other kind of makeup. I know. I’m weird. Anyway, Pop Beauty has a really cool primer that makes a great stocking stuffer because it’s all about bling!  24K Face Base Radiance Blurring Primer ($16).

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

Pop Beauty 24K Face Base

This is a spray-on primer that diffuses light with micronized gold pearls while also smoothing out skin to create a great base for makeup. It has hyaluronic acid to keep in moisture and vitamin B3 to keep skin luminous. I’m loving this primer and I know the beauty addict in your life will be thrilled to find this in her stocking!

Sassy Lips Lipsticks

Ok, how adorable are these lipsticks?? These three lovelies are from the Sassy Lips Make the Moment Color Changing Lipsticks. They all turn different shades of pink depending on your body chemistry and they all have these cute little flowers inside. They make for great conversation starters!

Sassy Lips Lipstick in When You’re Playing Hard to Get

When Your Playing Hard to Get turns pink with a slight blueish tint on me, which actually makes my teeth look really white – a great side effect!

Sassy Lips in When the Party Gets Going

When the Party Gets Going turns a medium pink on me, very pretty – no yellow tint at all. If you go to the Sassy Lips website they have photos of different people wearing the lipsticks to give you an idea of someone with your skin tone and natural lip color looks like wearing each particular shade.

Sassy Lips in When Bae Looks Your Way

When Bae Looks Your Way is the deepest pink on me. In fact, this one is the least sheer of the bunch. They are all super pretty and I wear every single one.  These are lipsticks to pull out when you want attention because you will be asked questions, I can guarantee it!  And a beauty addict who find these in her stocking will truly squeal in delight.  You can find these lovely lipsticks online at www.sassylips.us .

Happy shopping, and enjoy the wonderful holiday season! – Lisa

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection is perfect for giving or getting

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

Let’s first bow down to the price of the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection! At $14.88 you are getting an amazing amount of cosmetics that you can break up into three gifts, give as one gift, or keep for yourself. Hard Candy is only available at Walmart and since this is a big time to be at Walmart I wanted you to see what you should be searching out.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

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All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection contains a contour & sculpt kit, a blush & luminizer kit, a smoky eye kit, along with an eyeshadow primer, a perfecting primer, and a setting spray. This fabulous set has just about everything you need. If I were gifting it I’d add in a mascara and a fabulous lip shade. What a perfect gift or gifts.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

This is, of course, the first thing I opened when I received this set. Smoky Eye Kit is terrific with a mix of neutrals and even a drop of purple added. These 9 shades were coordinated to give you a variety of smoked looks. 7 of the 9 are lightly shimmered while two are more satiny.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

The pigmentation in Hard Candy eyeshadows is amazingly good. I have two sets from past years that I pick over my more expensive palettes often. The colors are true to what you see in the pan. They don’t change so you know what you’re getting. The All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection also includes an eyeshadow primer so you are set for beauty.

Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit has what you need to take your face to new places. There are 6 pans in there so you can Prep, Brighten, Contour, Blend, and Illuminate all with one palette.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

There are 4 cream products and 2 powders. It’s made to help you emphasize eyes, cheekbones, and your jawline. There’s even a tutorial guide on the back that teaches you the best placement.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

The creams are for prepping, blending, contouring, and illuminating while the two lightly shimmered powders are for brightening and contouring. Some of the shades look too dark for me but the way they blend is perfect so that it’s not obvious at all.

Hard Candy Primer Perfecting

By adding in the Sheer Envy Primer Perfecting you’ve got all you need prior to applying foundation. This primer helps to minimize lines and pores so you have a smoother finish. If you are breaking this kit apart then this is gift two.

The Blush & Luminizer Kit is a true beauty. Housed in metallic red it’s one terrific set.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

All the products are powders: Shimmer Blush in a glorious mauve/pink, Matte blush is a flattering neutral, Matte bronzer is a light bronzer without orange. The Luminizing Bronzer sits beautifully on top of the matte bronzer for a sweep of specialness and can also be used alone. The two Luminizers top off the set with their beauty in a light cream and gold.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

For gift 3 just add in the the Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray to make these products last throughout the day and evening.

Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray

I’m convinced this is the best buy on the market today. You can keep it in its original box and gift it to one person who’ll squeal with delight. Or you can break it apart into 3 gifts that cost you $5 apiece and thrill the recipients.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

I’m so impressed with the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection that I think gifting it as one is the way to go but then again I didn’t do well in economics in school. Which way do you want to go? Whatever you choose, go to Walmart to find this limited edition cruelty free collection before it’s gone.  —  Marcia

Love it or leave it? Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Normally I stay away adding oil to my face. I happen to have a bit of a paranoia about being shiny…my friends tease me because I constantly ask, “Is my nose shiny? Do I need to powder my nose??” So the thought of actually adding oil to my face does not sound appealing. However….the thought of adding a lovely, glowing radiance to my skin DOES sound appealing. In the interest of science and my curiosity-killed-the-cat personality, I actually couldn’t wait to try Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops ($48).

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Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops are “a makeup priming, holographic highlighting treatment oil powered by Josie’s quick-absorbing 100% Pure Argan Oil Light and pore-smoothing priming pearls for boosted elasticity, glowy radiance, and makeup-ready skin.” Essentially, it’s a highlighting oil that you can apply directly to the skin as a primer, or you can mix with moisturizer or foundation.

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

The first time I used it was a disaster. I used WAY too much. I had Moonstone Drops dripping off my face, horror show style. The second time I used one drop and it was heavenly. Just the right amount of radiance and it definitely worked as a primer, holding my foundation in place. It didn’t make my nose shiny as I had feared and yet it still gave my dry areas some much needed hydration. My skin looked beautiful – glowy, healthy, and happy.  Yes!!

I also like mixing a bit of this with my matte foundations for some depth, and on no-makeup days it’s great to mix with my moisturizer. A little bit goes a very long way, so the price isn’t bad. I give it a big thumbs up now that I know how to use it correctly!  This is a definite love, not a leave.

You can find the Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops online at sephora.com.  – Lisa

Perfectly primed with Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

I am a little weird when it comes to primers.  Ok, so that’s not my only area of weirdness…but it’s definitely one of them.  I have probably bought and tested more primers than any other cosmetic product.  My skin does not hold onto product without a good primer – blush and foundation are gone within an hour.  It’s bizarre.  A primer makes all the difference, and a great primer does even more than keep foundation and blush in place.Decorte Priming Essence

I was recently sent the Decorte Priming Essence ($65) to test, and I am going to have to go back and update my article on my top ten favorite primers to add this one (check out my top ten list HERE).  I have used this every day since I got it, and am dreading the day I run out.

Decorte is sold only at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Saks says, “Always air-light, the Priming Essence creates an endlessly even and uniform pre-surface to extend and make the most of the foundation experience. Rice emollients gently hydrate as self-optimizing color technology neutralizes redness and off-tones for a newly transparent illumination. Skin-loving infusions are embedded within. Composed from the Japanese White Birch, Shirakaba Tonic lends exceptional antioxidant activity. Its generous calming properties are known to both protect and renew. Disappears instantly.”

Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

The Priming Essence is a light primer that immediately sinks in and doesn’t leave skin sticky or tacky.  It has a opalescence that gives skin an instant glow that looks natural and wonderful.  On days when I don’t want to wear makeup, I still put this on to even my skin tone and give my skin some brightness.   On days I do wear makeup, it keeps my foundation in place all day long.  My blush lasts and lasts, and looks vibrant and fresh after 7 hours of wears.  I don’t have to powder my nose every hour, probably because of the rice powder, but it doesn’t dry out my skin at all.  It’s just wonderful.

Decorte Priming Essence

Decorte Priming Essence

So far everything I have tried from Decorte has been a total home run.  You have GOT to stop by Saks to check out this fabulous import from Japan, and if you are in need of a primer put the Priming Essence on your list pronto.  – Lisa

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