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New (to me) from Laura Geller Beauty

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Laura Geller Beauty, famous for their baked and marbled color cometics, is a brand I’ve wanted to try for a while. When I saw some of their Bake Sale collection pop up on Haute Look last month I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try a variety of LG products for just $20. I don’t think this particular kit is still available, but it looks like almost all of the products can still be purchased individually on the Laura Geller website (just in case something catches your eye). Since these only came in yesterday (Haute Look shipping = ughhh) I haven’t had much time to play with everything and form a real opinion, but I wanted to share with I picked up and some first impressions.

Spackle Tinted Makeup Primer in Ethereal – This primer is oil-free and contains crushed pearl, licorice root, and nourishing botanicals to help give your complexion a bright, opulent glow. I haven’t given it a try yet, but I’m loving the pinky tone and generous size!

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Balance n Brighten SPF 15 Baked Color Correcting Foundation in Porcelain – This marbled powder combines a fair cream shade with hints of champagne and rose which results in a beautiful match for my fair complexion. I used it today to set my foundation and concealer and it gave a flawless full-coverage finish. LG says this can be used on its own as a powder foundation as well, so I’ll give that a go too and report back.

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Blush n Brighten Baked Cheek Color in Sateen Subtle Berry – Don’t let the name fool you, there’s nothing subtle about this blush. It’s intensly pigmented and gives off a great deal of shimmer. The shade and sparkle aren’t exactly my style, but it’s definitely a good quality blush and I would be interested in trying some of the other shades from this line.

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Left: Blush n Brighten Baked Cheek Color in Sateen Subtle Berry Middle: Balance n Brighten SPF 15 Baked Color Correcting Foundation in Porcelain Right: Spackle Tinted Makeup Primer in Ethereal

Left: Blush n Brighten Baked Cheek Color in Sateen Subtle Berry
Middle: Balance n Brighten SPF 15 Baked Color Correcting Foundation in Porcelain
Right: Spackle Tinted Makeup Primer in Ethereal

Baked Eye Pie Shadow Trio in Blueberry Muffin – This is definitely the product I was least excited about, as I’m not really a fan of baked shadows, or shadows in these type of trios, or putting anything blue on my eyes. Swatching these didn’t give me much hope either, but I’ll give them a shot!

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Baked Eye Pie Shadow Trio in Blueberry Muffin swatched dry.

Baked Eye Pie Shadow Trio in Blueberry Muffin swatched dry.

Baked Eye Pie Shadow Trio in Blueberry Muffin swatched wet.

Baked Eye Pie Shadow Trio in Blueberry Muffin swatched wet.

Double-Ended Shadow and Liner Brush – The shadow end of this brush is just average, but the liner side looks thin and sturdy which will be great for filling in my brows.

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Italian Marble Lipstick in Mixed Berry – I’ve only given this lipstick a quick test run, but I can already tell it’s not going to be a favorite. The bright berry shade is nice, but it’s packed so full of glitter it almost feels gritty on the lips- no thank you!

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Overall this kit was a great value for the price and an excellent way to test out some of Laura Geller Beauty’s most famous products. I’m excited to keep giving them a try and report back on what end up being the real standouts.  Until next time, have a lovely weekend!

-LMC ♥

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New at the Drugstore: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

There have been some awesome drugstore products released lately, and it seems that one of the most highly anticipated is Maybelline’s newest companion to their popular Baby Lips line, Baby Skin! I have to admit that saying (and writing) “Baby Skin” makes me feel a little gross, but I suppose I get what they’re driving at– a primer that will make your skin look so smooth and youthful it rivals that of an infant. While I’m not sure this product magically erased 26 years off my face, it did hold its own as a good pore filler and foundation primer.

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Baby Skin is an unscented clear gel that spreads over skin easily with a slightly siliconey feel. It has less slip than something like Smashbox Photo Finish in my opinion, with a  more balmy consistency. I welcomed the balm feel on my dry skin, but this may cause those with oilier complexions to look a bit too dewy, so be careful. I found that after applying Baby Skin my foundation glided on so easily, I had to do much less blending and could get away with using less product than usual. I’ve only tested it out for a few days so far, but one of those days included a fairly intense two hour private yoga class, and after that experience I can attest that Baby Skin definitely helped my foundation to stay put through a combination of sweat and a few faceplants into my mat during some balance poses gone awry.

Overall I give Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser two thumbs up for its texture, ability to prolong foundation wear, and drugstore price point and availability. I spotted it at my local CVS for around  $7.00, and I believe it should be rolling out at other drugstores at a similar price soon. If you’ve given Baby Skin a try I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section too. Until next time…

-LMC ♥

September Favorites

As the month of September is coming to a close I’d like to share some of the beauty items I’ve been loving and using the most frequently this month. After rounding up all the products it seems I’ve been in a bit of a neutral phase, although I’m sure I’ll stray from that in October as the weather gets cooler and I bust out more of my dark vampy colors for lips and nails. Until then, here’s what’s graced my face for most of this past month:

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Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon eyeshadow trio in Enlisting For Beauty – A limited edition offering in Wet ‘n Wild’s current Tough Girl/Beauty Army collection, I can’t get enough of these gorgeous shades of brown. With two matte and one satin offering these shadows create a perfect understated eye to pair with a bold lip. What’s more, they feature the notorious high quality and saturated pigmentation we’ve come to expect from the Color Icon line of shadows.

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer – I picked up this primer based on a recommendation over at Musings of a Muse and I’ve been in love with it since day one. It does a pretty good job at canceling out redness in my skin, and does an excellent job at blurring enlarged pores. It’s a little pricey for a drugstore product, so I’d recommend looking for Revlon coupons or BOGO deals before you pick it up.

Sigma Highlighting Pencil – This product is great for giving your arches a little extra oomph using the matte pink side, or giving your inner corner or waterline some sparkle with the gold shimmery side. Rich, creamy, and pigmented, this pencil goes on smoothly and stays put all day. I can’t recommend it enough!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Airy Fairy – Frequently compared to MAC’s High Tea and Creme Cup, Airy Fair is a mauve-toned nude shade with a satin finish. Like other Rimmel Lasting Finish lipsticks, it goes on smoothly and wears well over several hours. Similar to the Wet ‘n Wild neutrals I’ve been loving, Airy Fairy is my go-to if I want to play down my lips and rock and intense eye look. It’s also perfect for casual days when I want to look put together, but not too done up.

Wet ‘n Wild Megalast Nail Color in Wet Cement – I can already tell this will be my most loved fall nail color- a smokey dark neutral, it seems to go with everything. The Megalast formula is amazing, so creamy and opaque after just one coat, and lasts for days even on my chip-prone nails. I also love the extra wide brush which makes using this polish a breeze. I’ve let my nails go naked for the past few days, but I think it’s time to do a fresh mani with Wet Cement before we head into the weekend.

Let me know in the comments section what products you’ve been loving in September!

-LMC ♥