We received a sample of Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformers Treat & Conceal  Eye and Face Concealer to try out and it is a pretty versatile product that adds a nice skin treatment to a robust concealer.

What I love most about this concealer is that it is the only eye skin SPF that does not irritate my eyes in the least. Usually eye creams/concealers with SPF manage to make my skin raw and migrate into my eye and cause irritation. So if it did nothing else, it would earn a spot in my makeup bag just for the SPF factor.

The application is smooth and doesn’t crease. In fact, it seems to get smoother as the day goes on. Love it, love it, love it. The coverage is very sheer – if you need more substantial coverage try two thin layers. But again, it won’t cake up. The texture is thick, so you only need a little bit at a time. No worries about running out anytime soon.

Other than just on eyes you can use it on your entire face or as a spot treatment/cover. I especially like it to cover the little bit of redness under my nose – it really gives a visual boost to the nasal tip. I tried the light color, and it is very light even on my super pale skin tone, but more in an illuminating way. My Mom (slightly more yellow toned than me) found it to be great in terms of color. But if you are on the fence as to what color to choose, you should probably choose the darker color, although you might want to get both and mix them together for the right shade.

It’s great to find a concealer than both treats with great ingredients like marine collagen and chammomile and does the job to cover up pesky dark circles! We’re thrilled!

Find Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformers Treat & Conceal  Eye and Face Concealer for $36 at MiracleSkinTransformer.com!

Eye Concealer

 

 

 

ISH Rescue Ionic Pro Treatment

Update 7/10: I placed an order and Frizzy2Silky wrote me and said that ISH Rescue Ionic Pro Treatment has been discontinued and replaced with Nelsonj Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask. Both are made by the same folks, but instead of Jojoba like the ISH, the Nelson J is made with Argan Oil as the name suggests. None of us have tried it so we can’t vouch for this product either way, but we love the Nelson J line!
We’ve mentioned  previously how ISH Rescue Ionic Pro Treatment is a fantastic hair rehab product. Lyn is heading to Warren Tricomi pretty soon to get her hair colored, and after a wee bit of not seeing the inside of a salon for a good reparative treatment…well, she’s embarrassed.

So she was pretty psyched to see this great deal today at Frizzy2Silky – 4 16oz containers for $132.00 – that is 60% off! It only takes a treatment every few weeks to get movie star hair – the stuff is great.

If you are in the mood to make your hair look like it hasn’t seen a pool or the sun all summer, head over to Frizzy2Silky and pick it up!

We are firm advocates of sun screen, 365 days a year. There is no simpler aesthetic anti-aging treatment. But we know it’s a hard sell.

Yes, many people look good with a little bit of a tan. We aren’t those people (the three of us are pale enough that we don’t tan, we just burn), so standing on a sunscreen soapbox is easier for us than many. Nonetheless, it’s easier to add a little color with blush and bronzer than to be chasing youthful skin for the rest of your life, apart from skin cancer risks.

OK, I’m stepping off my soapbox now.

That being said, none of us are too happy with the sunscreens we’ve been using lately so we’ve been buying and trying a lot of new ones to find the glass slipper of sun protection. We’ll tell you about the ones we like, and today let’s start with the only one that we still like: La Mer the spf 50 UV Protecting Fluid.

La Mer Protecting Fluid is the only SPF that never stings when I put it on, which is one of my big gripes with a lot of sunscreens of late. It’s an odd mix – you want a sunscreen to be powerful enough to do its job, but you want it to be delicate on the skin, and ideally, have the added benefit of a skin treatment through the day. La Mer fits the bill there.

The other thing I look for is a good texture. Protecting Fluid is indeed a fluid, like a very, very lightweight moisturizer. It truly absorbs and doesn’t leave any weird white streaks. No greasiness even in 85 degree weather, and makeup goes on like you are just wearing a light moisturizer. I’m actually able to eliminate primer when I use this.

There is nothing bad I can say about this fantastic SPF. The price ($85) can seem like a bit of a shock, but balance that with the products you won’t need – primer, anti-aging, lightening, etc – it really works out to be pretty inexpensive. I’ve heard some complain that because of the price they are hesitant  to use the amount they should, but I think it lasts as long as cheaper SPFs even when the proper amount is used.

Find La Mer the spf 50 UV Protecting Fluid at Nordstrom for $85.

 

 

 

nuface TrinityMom, Lyn, and I all jumped on a particularly good deal we saw on the NuFace Trinity device. We’ll give periodic updates, but here is what we think of it after using it for a few days. This article started out as our thoughts after using it for a few weeks, but it got a little long so we’ll post an update soon.

First off – I planned on taking before and after pics to post, but where we are really seeing difference is not so much still faced, but rather in movement at first, which is amazing. The three of us have hyper-expressive faces (aka no poker face whatsoever), which means that a lot of the time any laxity of the skin becomes evident upon movement. Now, none of us have droopy dog faces, but a little extra crispness to the face is nice.

I have heard many good things about both the original Nuface Classic and the Nuface Trinity over the years, but recently became interested. Most home toning devices seem like smoke and mirrors to me, but Nuface seemed to have good science behind it, so we decided to give it a shot.

So far, we are all very impressed. There are instant results that build over time, and it is gratifying to see results pronto! It keeps you using it even when you are tired at night. I’m really excited and love the way my jawline looks (my jawline was never fantastic.)  Lyn is thrilled with how much it improves general skin tone and underlying tightness. Mom is thrilled with everything about the NuFace and is stopping at every reflective surface to happily examine the results.

We’ll be updating you every couple of weeks or so on our thoughts. In the meantime, find NuFace Trinity here.

 

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector touts “treatment benefits of a serum with the optical diffusers of a primer”.

What I like about Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector is probably not quite its “traditional” use, but it sure works for me.

I prefer a diffusing primer to a foundation on my face, I never seem to get a good color match for my skintone. But since my dark circles are a very dark, bluish undertone to them and they really stick out with my very fair skin. I am also dark on my upper lids, so  eyeshadow primers such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer just don’t give me enough opacity for a shadow base, I need some coverage so my shadow colors are true. However, I really dislike how cakey my eyeshadows look when I use foundation on my lids.  I was surprised to see vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector addressed BOTH of these problems for me.

First, my shadow really STUCK far more than it does with any eyeshadow primer I use, and it did not get all creasy and looks FRESH hours later. The Instant Imperfection Corrector feels a little tacky after application, which was great to “lock” my eyeshadow and keep it looking fresh. I was surprised my eye looked as bright since the product is clear, yet instill managed to counteract the darkness of my upper eye area.

Second is my undereye dark circles. Normally I do a light moisturizer, wait for it to absorb, then a base, then re-apply Yves Saint Laurent Eclat throughout the day for some brightening around my eye. I am not crazy about how it fills into my lines and at some point in the day I usually give up or start all over.

But a little Miracle Skin transformer on my undereye area, I just used my trusty YSL Eclat and it did the trick! I need to use enough concealer that on close inspection it did not look like naked skin, but it did not crease in my lines. VERY NICE! I am excited to give this a try on a long day at work and see how the shadow holds up and if I need repeated concealer touchups during the day.

I can’t speak to the treatment benefits after one use, but there is a boatload of powerhouse ingredients in this: Vitamin C, ergothionene (antioxidant), lupine (brightener), Perennial plants, sesame, and grapefruit.

MY “CONS”

Some might find this a little sticky/tacky after application, I found that this dissipated as it dried down. If it really bothers you a light powder did the trick for me. It also made my powder contour/blush stick on well and look freshly applied.

I will give an update in a few weeks to see if I consider there to be benefits as a serum treatment as well. Stay tuned!

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector, $58 for one ounce available at Ulta and Nordstrom.

Disclosure: We received a sample for review.

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector

Today we received a few shades of  Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss for our review and I’ve been playing with them. They are supposed to make your smile a bit brighter and increase lip volume painlessly, unlike a lot of stingy formulas that say they do the same thing. Plus the LED light in the cap is fantastic for precise application!

We’ll be doing a full review once we’ve tried tested them out, but here is a color preview. Find these and other shades at WhiteningLightning.com.

Left to Right: Raspberry Sherbet, Sugar Mama, Coral Craze, Salmon

I love waterlining my lower lid rim with a nice bright pencil to hide my allergy-red eyes. And a nice white or even bright peach pencil sure makes your eyes look bigger, but it also looks like you obviously waterlined. Looking for a more natural option? Try Urban Decay Naked Basic 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Pencil in Crave/Venus.

Here’s the thing – I’ve tried every eye drop in the book and I have never achieved perfectly white, gleaming eyes aka Katy Perry in the..well, every video of hers. Even Twiggy had to keep putting eye drops in all day long to get her iconic look. So while waterlining is a wonderful makeup trick, the wrong color can make you look like you are trying to hide the fact that you were out drinking all night, not just that you have hay fever.

So I picked up Urban Decay Naked Basic 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Pencil in Crave/Venus at Ulta to see if it would be a more natural look, and I am thrilled with the results. Venus is a golden-cream, which is brightening, opens the eye, and covers redness on the inner rim while not looking like you are wearing anything. Because looking bright eyed and bushy tailed is always better when you don’t look like you spent 30 minutes putting on makeup to get there.

Crave is also a great dark liner – I love it for tightlining my upper lid.

All in all, this two sided liner is a great, natural looking liner that works for the office or at night. It is super-creamy and has great staying power, while coming right off with an oil based cleanser at the end of the day. And at $16, it is a great deal for a generously sized dual ended highly usable liner.

Find it at UrbanDecay.com and Ulta.com.

And yes, it goes fabulously with the Naked Palettes…

I put on a nice thick layer of each to swatch color – but the formula is ridiculously smooth:

 

I was just checking the Benefit Cosmetics website for something (does one need a reason to be on Benefit’s website?) and noticed that California Kissin’ lipgloss is on their “Last Chance” list. So if it is your lip gloss of choice you may want to stock up. And if you are looking for a replacement, you might want to try NYX Mood Lip Gloss Smile Brightener. I’ve used both and the NYX is a great dupe for California Kissin’.

NYX Smile Brightener

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