Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream SPF 15

If you’re looking for a super comfortable, lightweight moisturizer with SPF protection this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream SPF 15 might just be perfect for you.

The Pro-X Olay SPF 30 moisturizer that I recently reviewed is still my current fave for daytime facial moisturizers with SPF, but I was intrigued with the concept of a gel-cream formula with SPF that Neutrogena had to offer.  SPF is one of those things that’s hard to get right in a facial moisturizer – most leave a heavy white cast and/or makes you look greasy – you know, that typical ‘sun-screeny’ feeling. The Olay one doesn’t do that and neither does this Neutrogena one – whew!


Now, if any of you have been following me for a while now, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of hyaluronic acid – this ingredient is amazing at keeping my skin hydrated, plump and moisturized.  So the idea of having a really lightweight moisturizer with really good hydration AND SPF sounded like a good deal to me!

If you’ve got oily/combo skin, you will love this moisturizer – I used this on hot, humid days and it was perfect to keep my face from feeling like I have too much on.  If you’ve got dry/normal skin, I think you’ll still enjoy the formula, but it might not be enough hydration for you if you’re really dry (especially come the winter months).

It doesn’t really have a scent to it, maybe a light fresh-like scent but nothing too strong.   I sinks in quickly into the skin and instantly provides hydration and leaves my skin plump and happy.

There are other moisturizers and an eye cream in this Neutrogena range and I wouldn’t be surprised if those product eventually make their way on to my vanity!

Have you tried this?  Like or dislike?

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Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel: Lotus

Do you ever buy something on a whim and just hope for the best?  I completely didn’t know what to expect when I bought this Sephora Cheek Gel in Lotus – the idea of a gel stain as a blusher that would presumably last a really long time on the face was one idea that perked my interest.



According to Sephora:

What it is:
A translucent, long-wearing, buildable gel stain that gives skin a natural flushed look.

What it does:
This non-sticky gel blush stain gives skin a pop of color that lasts. Infused with hibiscus extract, the formula leaves skin looking fresh for hours. Colors are sheer when first applied to skin, allowing you to build color for more intensity. A little goes a long way so you get maximum uses from a single tube.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
This product is not tested on animals.

Beauty Tip:
This gel is designed for long-lasting results. Apply with a makeup brush to avoid staining fingers. 

Right off the hop, I’ll tell you that this product is awesome! It is a very light, gel stain formula that gives me the most natural, flattering flush of colour on my cheeks.  It very much gives a translucent finish in that it’s almost like the colour is radiating from the inside-out, rather than sitting on top of my skin, if that makes any sense. This colour I chose, Lotus, is a sheer red shade that makes me look like I just finished a gym sesh – minus the sweat and stink!

As far as it being a stain – oh yes, this is definitely a stain!  I typically apply this with my finger – I put about half a pea-size amount on my middle finger and apply dots onto my cheek (one cheek at a time girls, as this formula sets super fast!).  Quickly, I blend it in either with a Beauty Blender or a small stippling brush – both work equally well, however, I like the application of the stippling blush a bit more since the Beauty Blender tends to soak up the formula a bit more (which leads me to having to apply more).  My finger is definitely stained with the colour, but with a few hand washing sessions throughout the day, eventually the colour fades.


With that said, the lasting power of this gel is AMAZING!  This literally lasts on my cheeks the entire day – even when the rest of face makeup fades, this blush is still on!

It’s a bit tricky to apply – better to start with a bit and build slowly to get the desired intensity.  With Lotus, being one of the more deeper, vibrant shades of the collection, it’s very easy to intensify. There are a few more sheer and subtle pink/peach shades that, when I swatched at Sephora, were very light and needed more product to build up the colour.  Not a bad thing, if you want a very natural, fresh look.  No matter which shade you choose though, this formula will give you a very fresh, translucent, easy, and natural glow to your cheeks and will last all day!

I think I found a new blush favourite!

Purchased at Sephora for $18 Cdn.

Have you tried this blush?  Like or dislike?

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NARS Satin Lipstick: Tolede

Slowly building on my NARS lipstick collection, I’ve added another one to my stash. My third choice in the NARS lipstick range is Tolede.

NARS Tolede

NARS Tolede

I was actually about ready to re-purchase my beloved NARS Dolce Vita lipstick (I’m almost finished the tube!) but I thought I’d try another neutral/pink shade from the range.  This shade is described as a “pink rose” and has a warm undertone. Tolede is definitely more pink on me than Dolce Vita is (which is more of a sheer, brownish pink that matches my natural lip tone quite closely).  Tolede also has more of an opaque finish than Dolce Vita, which makes it a bit more appropriate when I want a natural lip with more of a nudge of colour.

The formula is awesome. Creamy and comfortable on the lips. Lasting power is not long, but that’s to be expected with this type of formula. I will say though that once this fades, it doesn’t leave my lips dry in any way.  Wear time I’d say – about 4-5 hours with regular coffee/water sipping before it begins to fade.

The photo makes it look more of a dusty pink but this is actually a classic pink when applied.

This shade is perfect for spring and summer – still natural and it brightens up my complexion when I wear it.  If I had to give this lipstick a mood, this would be my happy lipstick!

I really don’t have anything negative to say about this lipstick – the formula, colour pay-off, and finish is what I’ve come to expect from NARS. Never disappointed!

This retails at Sephora for $35 Cdn.

I give the NARS lipstick in Tolede: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this shade?  What’s your favourite NARS lipstick?

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