boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray

Make up setting sprays are not necessarily essential, but I’ve tried out my fair share and the ones that do help with the longevity of my makeup is quite exciting.  Most recently, I’ve been trying out the boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray.

On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A setting spray that locks makeup in place while visibly minimizing shine and pore size with the power of white charcoal.

Solutions for:
– Pores
– Dryness
– Oiliness

If you want to know more…
The White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray provides continuous oil control for hydrated skin, all-day makeup wear, and a matte finish. The fine mist sets makeup as it simultaneously treats the skin with a blend of effective botanical ingredients known for their absorbent properties. Binchotan white charcoal controls excess oil, detoxifies the pores, and balances the skin’s moisture content. Artichoke leaf extract and black tea visibly minimize the appearance of enlarged pores instantly and over time by increasing skin elasticity and brightening the pore wall. Vitamin-rich, antioxidant black tea also works to protect skin against free radical damage.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Now, if you know anything about charcoal as an ingredient in cosmetic products, one of its’ main appeals is it’s ability to mattify, which helps to lock things into place and help to control any excess oil that may pop up throughout the day. This spray doesn’t mattify too much it still leaves a natural-skin finish (on me anyway).

I have been trying out the “sample” size ($15 Cdn) where I found in the Sephora AISLE OF DOOM (you know).  By the time you read this, I’ll have finished the bottle – with everyday use, I say I got about 2-3 weeks worth of application on this smaller version.

First off, you have to shake this bottle up really really well to make sure the charcoal and liquid are mixed thoroughly.  Otherwise, upon spritz, you’ll find some white dots of the product on your face and you don’t want that (if that happens, I just used my beauty blender to tap it into my skin, no worries).

The mist is quite fine and about 3-4 spritzes is more than enough to set my makeup. I fan my face a bit and about 10 seconds later, I take my beauty blender and gently tap the moisture in to further set my face.

Anyway – performance?  Yes, this makeup setting spray did help to make my makeup last longer throughout my day. I think the cult favourite, Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray is still my favourite, but this is not a bad option.

I give the boscia White Charcoal MakeUp Setting Spray: a THUMBS UP

Anyone try this?  Like or dislike?

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

To some of you reading this, this might be “just another NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review”.  But to those who aren’t familiar with this foundation, you might find this helpful! In all honesty, I blame all of the YouTube beauty gurus that I follow – this foundation seems to always be on everyone’s list of favourites, so I had to see what the hype was all about myself!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli (Medium 3)

I’ve tried many foundations – mostly drugstore and a few high-end. This NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is the most expensive foundation I have purchased to date ($58 Cdn for 30 ml). But with the 15% off VIB discount this past spring, I actually don’t feel that guilty about it!

Sephora says:

What it is:
A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage.

What it does:
This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.

What else you need to know:
Suitable for normal, normal-to-dry, dry, and very dry skin types.

The shade I purchased was Stromboli (for medium skintones with olive undertones). I’d say this is a near to perfect match for me; a little on the light side but nothing that a bit of bronzer can’t fix.  The NARS Sheer Glow foundation range has a very good selection of shades, from very light to very deep – this is also why a lot of people like this foundation because in terms of colour-matching, you’re bound to find a shade that works for you.

I’ve tried applying this with my fingers, a buffing brush and a beauty blender.  The application with the beauty blender was the best for me – it left me with a light-medium coverage, very natural looking with a semi-matte finish. As far as “sheer” goes, I would disagree; this definitely provides a good amount of coverage. The formula is neither too thick or too thin – it’s easy to blend out and doesn’t set that quickly so you have time to work with it.

I found that as I wore this foundation throughout the day, it actually looked better – more natural and skin-like.  They say this foundation is suitable for normal all the way to very dry skin types, however, me having combination skin, I didn’t find this to slip off my skin or anything like that. Set with a powder and I was fine – wear time a good 7 hours, I’d say (that’s typically with a primer underneath).

Overall, I like the natural, yet medium coverage this foundation gives me. For the price point, I can’t say that it’s totally worth it, but I have been reaching for it over a few of the more affordable foundations I typically use like the L’oreal True Match Lumi.  I really like how it wears throughout the day – stays put, decent coverage, while looking natural.

I like this foundation, but I can’t say I love it (as much as everyone else seems to). I will definitely keep using it – nothing to complain about really. For that price, I intend on using up every single drop!

I give the NARS Sheer Glow foundation: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this foundation?  Like or dislike?

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Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face

A couple months ago, I had the best time in Mexico for my sister’s wedding.  Having a weeks worth of amazing sunshine on my body all day, everyday was exactly what I needed to uplift me from the Canadian winter blues. Being back home now for about 2 months, my tan has faded – sad!  I know that summer is right around the corner, but I miss that glow.  So I did some research and stumbled upon the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for face:

As per the Sephora website:

What it is:
A skin booster to be mixed with your day and night cream for a radiant, sunkissed glow.

What it is formulated to do:
Three drops to sunkissed skin. This is the first ever self-tanning innovation from the Clarins laboratories. From sunkissed to sun-drenched, simply mix with your regular day or night cream to gradually develop natural-looking, beautifully bronzed skin. Golden Glow Booster’s 99.8 percent natural formula combines natural DHA and erythrulose with aloe vera extract to help preserve skin’s softness while giving your complexion a healthy-looking glow.

What else you need to know:
Golden Glow Booster must be mixed with moisturizer—never use straight from the bottle. Do not add formula to moisturizer container.

Research results:
In a satisfaction test on 61 women after 10 days of use:
– 83% reported a natural-looking glow
– 90% reported an even glow
– 86% reported a streak-free glow

I’ve been using this, on and off over the last month or so, mixed with my nighttime moisturizer.  I apply 3 drops of this scent-less tint to my moisturizer, blend well on the back of my hand and apply evenly all over my face and neck.  This is a liquid formula and only slightly thins out my moisturizer.

I can’t say for sure that this is giving me any extra colour over the time I’ve been using it, however, it definitely has imparted some radiance on my face. I usually exfoliate on a daily basis so that might be one of the reasons as to why I’m not necessarily seeing that ‘self-tanning’ property that this product claims to have. I may have to start mixing this in with my daytime moisturizer to reap the benefits of the gradual tanning claim.

In any case, I actually do like this product and will continue to use it.  I think now that I am more my normal skintone now and use this in the a.m. AND p.m. I may get more obvious results. In that case, I’ll probably re-purchase this product once I run out of this supply so I have one on hand come fall/winter season to maintain a healthy glow.

I purchased this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $31 Cdn.

I give the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for face: a HIGH FIVE.

Have you tried this product?  Like or dislike?

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