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Wednesday
Jul022008

Aqua Tan.

A new brand of self-tanner that I was introduced to this year has quickly become one of my favorites. Since Clarins did away with my favorite body milk - discontinued YEARS ago - I had yet to find another milk that was so smooth. Until now. Aqua Tan Self Tanning Milk is what I have been looking for.

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Not only does the Self Tanning Milk smoothe on and absorb quickly, it is enriched with some good for you ingredients. DHA, not matter how much I love it for it's faux-tan abilities, really dries out the skin. So ingredients that work with the DHA, not play with the pH balance of it, while being gentle and keeping the moisture in, is what is really make me love this even more.

This self-tanner is enriched with White Tea, Cucumber and Green Tea Extracts, along with it's exclusive Sacred Spring Water. The scent is nice and light - fresh almost. It does not mask the DHA smell, but rather blends with it. Really, the DHA smell is so faint and practically vanishes as the milk dries. It does take a good ten to fifteen minutes to feel totally dry (because it is so moisturizing) after applying, so take time before dressing. But once dried, there is no need to worry about staining.

Every time I have used this I have been blessed with a beautiful, streak free tan. Not a deep dark tan, but after six hours, I get a very natural looking color. Not too golden or not too olive. It is actually a perfect color for me. Though I only use this on my legs, I would not hesitate to use it anywhere else on my body, that is, if I were not such a fanatic about my other self-tanning products that work so well for me on my arms, chest or face.

I have only found this readily available online, so your best bet is to shop their site. And if you are tempted to buy anything else form the line, try the Gentle Purifying Gelee, to use in the shower or bath prior to application - it leaves my skin smooth with no harsh abrasives. 

 

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Wednesday
Jul022008

Another Gimmick - ColorOn Eye Envy.

Do you think this looks at all, well - good?

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ColorOn Eye Envy just made it's way to the Sephora website and will available at select stores later in the month. I ask why. Like a tattoo that you rub on, except it is specially designed eyeshadow. Who would have thought it? And who would have thought that Sephora would fall for such a gimmick. I just do not understand any of it.

First, I don't see the need for fancy looking zebra stripes on my eyes - or anyone's for that matter. And I cannot imagine that it is easy to get both eyes looking identical. There has got to be a lot of trial and error involved in making the application process and perfecting of the look.  That to me sounds like money down the drain. Forget the fact that everyone has different sized eyes and eyelids. It is not like you can cut them out and still expect them to look nice. What else - hmmm. Look at the different color combinations available. They are just not wearable.

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I hate to be harsh, but I trust the beauty authority of Sephora. There is a reason why they are trusted. I cannot believe that they are behind this brand.

What do you think? 

Wednesday
Jul022008

Melt-Proof Makeup from Clinique.

It is hot. There is no denying that it is Summer. With the heat and humidity and all that goes with running around in the Summer, there are those times that I need my makeup to last. And not melting or dripping down my face, please. The worst is when you can see little lines running through my bronzer. No more.

There are two foundations that are pretty much sweat proof, streak proof, and ultimately melt proof.

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Both come from Clinique with tried, tested and true claims. On the left is Almost Makeup SPF 15, and on the right is Work-Out Makeup. Both are longwearing, water-resistant formulas to help get us through the heat.

Almost Makeup SPF 15 ($19.50)
"Casual sheer makeup that is oil-free and waterproof with built-in sunscreen".
I like to think of this one as a water-resistant tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. The coverage is definitely more sheer than a regular foundation, and I am guessing that is why it is called Almost Makeup. But this makeup does more than most and it's staying power is fantastic. Almost Makeup comes in 8 shades, and even a few darker ones that blend well over a faux-tan.

Work-Out Makeup  ($20.50)
"Long-lasting makeup for all skin types. Water-resistant. Stays fresh-looking through heat, humidity, activity. Semi-matte finish".
Work-Out Makeup provides more coverage than Almost Makeup, but without being a full-on heavy duty coverage type. If you are one to wear makeup to the beach or pool, or perhaps you like a makeup to take the place of your faux-tan, then this one would be a better choice. Sadly, Work-out Makeup only comes in five shades, and the darker shades are not in the line up. This is such a shame as I really think that this makeup really suits it purpose and I know a woman or two that would really love it, if only darker tan shades were available.

To find your perfect melt proof makeup match, head on over to your favorite Clinique counter. 
 

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