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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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free

For those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while, knows that probably 99% of my reviews and buys are on drugstore beauty products. But I’ve been wanting to step up my game a bit, so I’ve made a few investments in recent months on some higher-end products, like the Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder  and the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Blush Palette.  My most recent purchase is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free.

With warmer weather on the way, I’ve been on the hunt for something new to try in terms of bases and I thought now would be the perfect time to finally try out the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which almost everyone seems to love.

According to the Sephora website:

A perfect blend of skincare and makeup that helps control oil-breakthrough and gives skin a sheer hint of color for a healthy, natural glow.

What it does: This lightweight formula provides ideal protection from the sun’s harmful, damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen. It also controls oil-breakthrough with hydration to prevent dryness and soften and ease fine, dry lines. An antioxidant complex of vitamins C and E acts as a free radical scavenger to protect the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment, all while extremely long-wearing color stays true and wears evenly in a natural, semi-matte finish. Non-comedogenic and dermatologist- and allergy-tested to minimize the risk of irritation, it is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive ones.

Initially, I purchased the LM Tinted Moisturizer for normal skin in the shade Bisque (matched up with Sephora’s Colour IQ). It was an OK match, but I felt like I could go with something a bit darker. Also, I found the formula a tad bit too dewy for my liking. So I went back to Sephora and the sales associate helped to colour match me to the LM Oil-free version in the shade Ochre — a much better colour match as it was slightly darker and more yellow-toned.

I love this formula. It’s lightweight AND provides just enough coverage to even out my skintone, without making me look like I’m wearing a heavy base. The oil-free formula is not completely matte — it leaves me with a semi-dewy finish that I really really like because it almost mimics the way the texture of my skin looks without any makeup on; just more even toned.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in Ochre

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in Ochre

I’ve tried this on with a primer and without; honestly I prefer it without a primer underneath — weird huh? But awesome because it can save me a step! I’ve tried applying this with a Beauty Blender sponge and a foundation buffing brush — both give pretty much the same finish. Application is pretty quick — blends easily and seamlessly.

Although this is oil-free, by no means would I call this a matte formula (of which most tinted moisturizers aren’t designed to be anyway). In comparison with the orginal LM tinted moisturizer for normal skin I purchased, the LM oil-free is only slightly less dewy, but still much better for my combo skin. I find that setting my T-Zone with the LM Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder or my Revlon Nearly Naked pressed powder is enough to get me through about 5 hours until I have to touch up again.

As far as lasting power, I would say the LM is pretty typical of a tinted moisturizer — doesn’t hold up like a true foundation would. But that’s not a big deal to me… by the time I get home from work all I want to do is just remove my makeup anyway — 8-9 hours of any makeup on my skin, I’m ready to get out the Bioderma!

Overall, I am really happy with this product. My most expensive face base purchased yet — $56 Cdn — I think I made a great investment. I should also note that the size of this is 50ml as opposed to the standard 30ml you typically get with foundations, tinted moisturizers, etc. So, a bit of a bonus and validation for the price!

I would probably repurchase this product, but I’m hoping to make the tube last because dishing out another $56 any time soon on this would be a bit cray!

So far I’m in love with the two products from LM that I have… already doing some research on what LM product I want to purchase next!

I give the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this product?  Like or dislike?

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Rimmel BB Cream Radiance

Spring is here! Finally! We are slowly thawing out of the deep freeze of winter and this makes me very happy. Along with sunnier, fresher weather comes my craving to switch to a lighter coverage in makeup. Push aside the foundations… tinted moisturizers and BB creams will most likely be making their way onto my skin more often now as the weather warms up.

My newest BB cream try is the Rimmel BB Cream Radiance.

According to the Rimmel website:

Wake up your skin and give it a healthy glow with this 9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup!

This BB Cream primes, smoothes and gives a radiant finish. Awakens tired skin and brightens the skin with vitamin C complex. Conceals and helps minimise the appearance of pores. Provides natural looking coverage and moisturises for 24 hours.

What I like about BB creams/tinted moisturizers is that they can still give decent coverage but leaves my skin still looking like my skin. I actually find this formula has a thicker consistency than most BB creams/tinted moisturizers I own and it provides coverage most similar to a light-medium coverage foundation.

This formula leaves my skin more even-toned, cancelling out any redness I have (i.e. around the nose, forehead and cheeks). The finish is defintely one that is dewy and radiant — but bordering on greasy looking.  Not good. On intial application, I find that this tends to feel a bit tacky. I find after about 5 minutes as it settles onto my face, the result is glowy looking skin but still a little tacky.

One downside is that there are only two colour shades – Light and Medium (I have Medium). As with most Rimmel face bases, their colour selection is not the widest in variety, but I’ve lucked out in a few Rimmel bases, finding some pretty decent matches to my skintone. I also found that this BB cream tends to oxidize a little bit after it sets. But in the end, the shade isn’t a great match for my skintone — it leaves a bit of a grey/white-cast which is not a great finish for me (or for anyone for that matter).

I’ve applied this with my fingers and also with a buffing brush — both methods are fine; I prefer using the brush however, as it gives a more even and seamless coverage.

Would I repurchase?  Probably not. This BB cream is just not for me.  However, I think those with drier skin may get on quite well with this BB cream as the texture is quite moisturizing; those with oilier skintypes may not like this too much. Me, having combo skin, I find that the finish is dewy, but moreso on the greasy looking side. And again, the colour alone is just not a great match for me.

In my opinion, I think someone with a normal to dry skintype might find this OK. And those with a more light-medium skintone as opposed to a medium skintone might be a better colour match too.

I purchased this at Shoppers Drug Mart for $5.99 Cdn (on sale). This is an OK option if you have normal to dry skin and you’re looking for something less heavy to wear on the skin but still gives decent coverage.

I give the Rimmel BB Cream Radiance: a SHOULDER SHRUG.

Have you tried this BB cream?  Like or dislike?

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