5 Beauty Discoveries This Month – May Edition

Cover FX Bright Prep FX – Sounds like a Sci-Fi weapon of mass destruction doesn’t it?  So what exactly is it? It’s a brightening, anti-aging treatment and anti-UV primer all in one! We busy beauties like multi-tasking products and if I can use one product instead of three or four, I’m in! As I’ve mentioned before, this summer I will NOT be without sun protection and that is exactly what’s fabulous about this primer. It has an SPF of 50–yes, really! One product purged. It has a brightener/luminizer to perk up sallow and dull skin. Two products gone.  It has F.A.C.E multivitamins (F- Fatty Acid Omega 3 lipids; A- Anti-Age active; C- Clarifying and proCollagen; E- Emollient Anti-oxidant) to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, boost collagen production and protect with anti-oxidants. Product #3 anti-aging serum– buh bye. And then of course, it’s a primer which helps your foundation stay on longer and look smoother. Product #4 here’s your pink slip. I haven’t tested this long term to speak to anti-aging results but I sure like what I’ve experienced in the last few weeks. At $45 for a 1 oz. tube it’s not cheap, but then you’ve eliminated four products and can use just one!

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush ($25)-Make Up For Ever HD Blush combines mattifying and reflecting powders to create a softer focus effect and finish for a radiant blushing complexion. The ultra-fine texture blends easily and leaves behind a healthy, long lasting glow! It has been getting a lot of buzz so naturally, I had to try it!  Why is it on my “loving right now” list?  It’s a cream formula, extremely long wearing, available in 14 luscious colors, it’s quick and easy to apply with fingers, and imparts a nice glow. A little goes a loooong way–you need only a dot–I’m not kidding, any more than that and you’ll look like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. I chose #6 Quickie a pretty coral (big surprise), I also liked #4 Walk of Shame a bubblegum pink. All the shades are very pretty and highly pigmented. The packaging is a disappointment–housed in a pump bottle, the pump delivers too much product and you end up wasting a lot; that will probably be more bothersome to others than it is to me, but it definitely something to consider.

Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne- I must be the only blogger on earth that hadn’t tried Jo Malone. This is a nice light summer scent for those days when you want to be quiet as opposed to daring . I only had a sample of this but I managed to squeeze a good 7 days out of this fragrance.  At first squirt, the top notes reminded of a men’s fragrance but soon the floral  notes started coming through and it was really delightful. I sometimes have trouble with fragrance disappearing on me, so I loved the fact that this scent lasted all day.  Notes are grapefruit, tangerine, rosemary and vetiver, the latter keeping it from being too fluffy. 30 ml $55, 100ml $100.

Urban Decay Primer Potion – Eden – Much like the original primer potion but better. It still primes, prevents eye shadow from creasing, makes shadow last longer and deepens the pigment. Eden is improved in two important ways:

  • a new slanted tip makes getting that last bit of product out of the bottle actually do-able
  • it’s a matte yellowish shade that neutralizes redness, conceals and mattifies oily lids. Just look at the difference in Pink Sith’s lids!

Becca Glossy Lip Tint in Mimosa – this is the first Becca lip tint I’ve purchased but you can bet I’ll be getting more. The texture is really nice; creamy not sticky, applies smoothly. I like the fact that this gloss has a brush vs. doe foot and has a nice scent but no taste. It’s sheer but with good color saturation–I often find glosses to be too sheer for me– I like a side of color with my shine. Lasting power is average. The best thing about this gloss is the color and I was scared looking at it in the tube! Mimosa is a sheer coppery peach shade with just the teeniest bit of gold shimmer. It can be applied lightly for a golden peachy shade or heavier for a coppery/orange color which I like. At $23, this is not as expensive as some but certainly not cheap either. This is such a nice color for a summer bronzed look. Me likey! Stay tuned for Prime Beauty reader Ammie’s Nude but Better guest post using all Becca products!

 A few more beauty discoveries I’ve made this month in case you missed them:

Stila Smudgesticks are all that and a bag of chips

Summer bright lips with the Lipstick Queen & Stila

Two brand spankin’ new Laura Geller QVC exclusives

Three Custom Color Specialists is like a best girlfriend

Cream is always betta, especially when talkin’ blushes

Rollerball Mania! Check out the four eye rollers I reviewed to see which one passed the test

The famed Kevyn Aucoin delivers a universally flattering palette for women over 40

My friend Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed intoduces us to her favorite Canadian brands

Also check out my Frugal Friday posts for drugstore finds that really perform! 

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  1. Yay! You tried Eden, isn’t it glorious? I’m still a huge fan, but have taken another “lover” — the new Nars eye primer. I love it! The two are fighting for equal time on my lids:) Have a good Memorial Day!

  2. I’ll have to check out the Cover FX. Unfortunately the two shades of MUFE Hi Def blush didn’t work for me though I’m still curious about them.
    I agree with Laurie about the Nars primer – it’s a winner.
    .-= MarciaF´s last blog ..The ME in Mehron =-.


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