Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio The Correctors

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Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio The Correctors contains and retails for $34.00. This was part of their new Set & Illuminate line of baked trios for Summer 2012. There were three compacts included in this release: Corrector, Bronzer and Illuminator. All three products are still available at Stila counters and online. I’ve tried all three but today I am reviewing The Correctors.

I have to say that I am head over heels in love with Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio The Correctors! The concept behind this compact is really cool (OMG a gimmicky beauty product that works!). The baked palette contains lavender, green and peach shades that you shave by turning the plastic dial and then combine when you pick up the powder with your brush. This makes carrying around the product a breeze because you don’t have to worry about a messy powder. The trio blends well together to set my make up and provide some minor color correcting. I’ve worn this on top of my foundation for flawless all day wear and I’ve also set it on top of my BB/CC creams for a very pretty, naturally gorgeous look. For a baked powder it’s very silky smooth. It blends into your skin effortlessly, looking natural and never ashy. The Correctors trio hides pores like NOTHING else I’ve tried before. My pores just disappear! The Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio The Correctors is a matte formula so no tacky shimmah shimmah here chic as making this perfect for those with aging skin.

For those of you not familiar with color theory and how it works with cosmetics here’s a breakdown of what each color in the compact does:

  • Peach – brightens and illuminates
  • Green – minimizes redness
  • Lavender – counteracts sallow undertones

Nothing is perfect and I do have some gripes about this product. The size and weight of the compact can make it a bit of a pain to carry around in a smaller purse. It doesn’t come with it’s own powder puff either so be prepared to carry around a brush/puff with you. I’m not too crazy about the price either as I tend to go through this fairly quickly with daily use and I replace this about ever 2-3 months.

I’ve been using the Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio The Correctors for over two years now and when all is said and done highly recommend the Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio in The Correctors (aka Set & Correct) to anyone looking for a universal setting powder with color correcting properties. This product will provide some color correcting issues, hide pores and set your make up for perfect finish. What’s really not to love?


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Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

ebblog benefit they're real push-up Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner is their latest edition to the “They’re Real” line. It contains .04 oz of product and it retails for $24.00. The Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner has not yet been released. It is expected to hit Benefit’s site on June 27th, 2014 and Benefit counters/retailers shortly after. I had completely sworn off Benefit Cosmetics new “gimmicky” releases. I’m not going to lie, the marketing behind Benefit’s latest release totally sold me on buying the They’re Real Push-Up Liner. I’ve seen it in a few YouTube videos, I saw Benefit’s “police” themed ads for it, I TOTALLY succumbed to the “hype” surrounding They’re Real Push-Up Liner. What can I say? I am human. Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner is a rather interesting liner. This is NOT your typical liner pen. It is pen shaped with a rubber “AccuFlex” tip that is designed to “hug the lash line” and deposit just the right amount of black eyeliner. The actual eyeliner housed inside the pen is a gel liner (and not liquid!). To dispense the product there is a twist dispenser located at the bottom of They’re Real Push-Up Liner. To use it you only need to twist it “once” and then rest the AccuFlex tip on the base of your lashes and slowly guide along your lashline. You can start from your inner or outer corner.

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The AccuFlex Tip from Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner

While applying Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner sounds simple enough, there is a bit of a learning curve. Finding the right way to apply this liner will vary by person. The AccuFlex tip is comfortable and it doesn’t drag across my lids. The gel liner is VERY dry, when applying this across my lashline I did have to touch up the spots where I had some gaps in the liner when wearing the They’re Real alone. When wore over a powder/cream shadow it was almost IMPOSSIBLE to apply, the gel liner is so dry it would not apply at all on top of any shadow product. It became a dry, chunky mess. Once set on my bare eye, I found the liner to be budge proof and on my eyes water proof. It wore for a good 8 hours without any noticeable fading on my oily eyelids and then started to fade around hour 9 or so. They’re Real Push-Up Liner was easy to remove and it did not stain the skin. While it excels at making a nice thick line and winger liner on bare skin it is almost impossible to create a thinner, more natural looking line along the lashline.

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In this swatch you can see how dry the liner is. This is swatched on bare skin.

Benefit’s latest gimmick is a beauty flop. There are much creamier, easier to apply gel liners out there. My pick would be Essence Gel Eyeliners which are available at a a fraction of the cost ($3.99). Will you be trying Benefit’s They’re Real Push Up Liner? What type of eyeliner do you like? Comment below! Ashley

Benefit’s The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

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Benefit’s POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is a recent addition to Benefit’s permanent line of products. It is the second product in their POREfessional line and is designed to work in tandem with their original POREfessional Primer.  The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine contains .24 OZ and retails for $30.00. This product is widely available at Benefit retailers nation wide. Benefit reccomends that you can wear this on your own in conjunction with their POREfessional primer or over your own makeup.  They also promise that the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine will give you smoother than smooth skin and that it will help you in your war on shine.

I think out of all the mid to high end beauty brands, Benefit is the most notorious when it comes to gimmicky products and POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is yet another addition to their gimmicky line of beauty products. I don’t completely dislike this product but I am not exactly thrilled with it either. POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is designed to blur the appearance of pores and to keep oily skin at bay. While this does a great job at instantly blurring imperfections and instantly mattifying it does nothing to really control oil. I find myself  as oily as ever when I use this product on it’s own and I’m not even a super oily person! Unforutnately the “blurring” effect suffers from the same lack of longevity, with my pores becoming visible within 2 hours. I was having to reapply The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine every 2-3 hours when I wore it over my foundation which is a no-no for me. My foundation/concealer generally lasts all day on me until I remove it when I use my normal face powder. I might get a little shiny on my nose around hour 7 or 8 but nothing super noticeable and that is usually only in the hotter,humid days of Summer.

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The actual product is a loose powder that has a fleshy peach tone to it. POREfessional Agent Zero Shine blends into my skin imparting no visible color or coverage and it is a very finely milled, easy to blend formula. While this is not the longest lasting product on the market in terms of blurring and oil control it is an excellent INSTANT refresher. About to take that all important selfie? Maybe a graduation photo? Apply this to places where you’ll need some touch up or instant blurring and voila! You’re picture ready. And that is where POREfessional Agent Zero Shine really “shines” (pardon the pun!). The packaging of this product is compact enough to carry and the sifter with a controlled flow will make sure you’re not spilling loose powder everywhere.

It might seem like am I am about to sing the praises of the packaging but…. The packaging stinks! The product is housed in a tube, to get the desired product out you have to twist off the cap, open the sifter, sprinkle out the desired amount into the cap, unscrew the brush which is housed on the bottom of the package and then apply to your face. By the way the brush is SO small it’s ridiculous, it is not as large it appears in Agent Zero Shine’s promotional images. Who’s face am I going to powder with this brush? Barbie’s? Also, the shape of the brush is domed, which is generally not the best for applying a loose powder and it’s pretty scratchy. There is no mirror, which to me is a must for a product that is intended for me to carry around for touch ups. While POREfessional Agent Zero Shine excels as an instant refresher the packaging makes it extremely difficult to use in a pinch. For me, I have to carry a larger, fluffier brush, sprinkle the powder onto my brush, tap my brush to make sure I don’t get powder everywhere before I even touch my face with it and then apply. And while I thank you Benefit for the sifter and the ability to close the tube off so I don’t have a powder party in my purse, the packaging on the POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is a total fail for me.

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Benefit please, please make this in a pressed form, with a mirror and a fluffy pouf.  Address the actual longevity issues and then I believe your POREfessional Agent Zero Shine  will be great. For now, there are better options at this price point that will give you the same instant results, that will last longer and are not housed in gimmicky packaging.  For me, Benefit’s POREfessional Agent Zero Shine is NOT the 007 of the makeup world. Have you tried this? What are your thought? Let me know below.


Ipsy May 2014 Bag

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Hola! My Ipsy May 2014 Bag literally just got here and I ALREADY have an opinion on it. This month’s theme is Fresh Picks, I have heard some Internet rumbling about the contents of the bag so I was a little put off and worried about my bag. I don’t check my monthly Glam Room so my Ipsy Bag contents can be somewhat of a surprise. And yes, I do have an insane amount of self control!

The actual bag this month is really pretty. I am getting an ECO Tools vibe from it. Here is what came in my Ipsy May 2014 Bag:

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Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub – So NOT excited about this product. I mean I’ll use it but I JUST got a similar product last month. Hello Ipsy? Are you trying to tell me something? It has a very citrusy scent that like but I’m not too sure how my skin will react to this as I am quite sensitive to citrus essence and oils.

Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 – Who doesn’t need sunscreen? Especially a one that is water resitant. It is a sealed sample and I don’t want to open it yet because I plan to take it with me to Mexico this summer. If I can’t use it I am sure someone in my family will. SPF 50 is a godsend for me and my super fair skin. I could have probably used 250 of this little tubes just for the summer… =)

eva-nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask – I really wanted to try this product out. It’s a a hair mask with Argan oil and Keravis protein. I used this last night and I L-O-V-E it! My hair is beyond soft and hydrated.I shower daily but I only wash my hair 2 maybe 3 times a week and I can definitely see using this when I wash my hair. Especially with all of the heat I use on my hair.  This size of the eva-nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask retails for $12.00. And it smells beyond good. This product made the bag for me.

Pacifica Mineral Shadows Duo #2 – Yes! I got the purple/white gold duo! I saw a friend who got this and I was beyond jealous. I was so happy to get the one I wanted. I have used Pacifica’s cosmetics line from Target before so I like the shadows. They perform as well as their other counterparts do. A great little duo for travel too.

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Olive Lips – A lip balm with formulated with olive oil and Rosemary. Who doesn’t love a lip balm? Another full size product in my bag. I read complaints about the scent but to me it really doesn’t have one. There is a faint herbal scent that I enjoy. I also have yet to try this product because I have about 50 EOS balms to get through. This little guy might also go in my travel bag for vacay this summer.

There you have it! I really, REALLY enjoyed my Ipsy May 2014  bag. I am OK with not receiving all color cosmetics all the time from Ipsy as long as it’s products that I have opted to receive on my Ipsy Match Quiz. I have said this before, Ipsy is like playing a monthly beauty poker. You gamble with $10 and sometimes you win, other times you lose, or just break even. This month I won. I got 5 useful items and found a conditioner I love. Thanks Ipsy! Do you get Ipsy? What was in your bag?

Disclaimer: All links to Ipsy provided will take you to my referral site. I get no monetary compensation when you sign up with Ipsy. Just Ispy points.


Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water

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Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water retails for $38.00/$50.00 for 200mL / 400mL. Cleansing waters have been slowly gaining in popularity here stateside but they have been a staple in other parts of the world for years. Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water is a part of their permanent skin care line and the 200mL size can be found at all Lancôme retailers/counters.

Every now and then I get an urge to try a product JUST to see if it is worth the hype. I have read a few reviews on other popular cleansing waters that are sold over seas and can be a bit hard to purchase stateside. By chance I ran into Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water at Sephora when I was on the search for a different toner because I wasn’t a fan of my old one. I ended up opting for a cleansing water as an option to cleanse my face prior to makeup application/when I am in a hurry/or for whenever my skin feels funky because I was admittedly misusing my toner as a spot cleanser/refresher. Cleansing waters are like an all in one product that removes makeup, gently cleanses and tones (somewhat)

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My preferred way to use this is with these lovely cotton rounds from Target.

Now that we are done with my mini cleansing water lecture, what do I think of Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water? I have to say that I really, really like it. I don’t think I have ever used a product like Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water. It fits my need nicely: cleansing my skin without burning, stinging or leaving a weird residue, provides spot cleansing especially between testing out products and it removes makeup like a champ.

Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water has no detectable scent and is formulated with Rose de France which soothes and Micellar Technology. BTW Micelles are made of fatty acid esters which tend to glob to makeup, dirt, pollution, etc. to help whisk away those impurities, leaving you with fresh, gently cleansed skin.

My first foray into cleansing waters has been a success! I cannot rave enough about Lancôme’s Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water. Have you tried a cleansing water yet? If so, which is your fave?