Because of how many products I try, it’s very rare that one really piques my interest anymore. Athena’s 7 Minute Lift is one of the few that has succeeded in doing so. After seeing its slogan “Facelift in a Jar”, I assumed this was your typical glue-like moisturizer that might produce some results after 6 grueling weeks of daily use. Not so! Ladies, if you have wrinkles, sagging skin, laugh lines, or essentially any skin you’d like firmed and smoothed, you cannot miss out on this.
Athena 7 Minute Lift is very unique as products go. First of all, it’s not a cream so much as a thick gel – it comes with a concealer brush that you use to “paint” it onto your face and smooth problem areas. The product comes with detailed instructions on doing so, and even provides a Q&A of what to do if you have any number of problems with or questions about your results.
I don’t have particularly dry skin by nature, but I dohave combination skin and I do live in the desert where the humidity is regular <5%. When I moved to Phoenix from soggy Houston, everything changed: my hair texture, my skin – everything. I switched my blotting papers for serum and tried Clinique‘s Supermoisture Makeup foundation for an extra dose of dewiness.
I have to say this foundation definitely lived up to its name. Due to my recent experience with unusually opaque tinted moisturizers, I was prepared for a super-greasy mask-like experience, but Clinique proved me wrong – a full-coverage foundation doesn’t have to feel goopy or make you look like a geisha!
Supermoisture Makeup foundation is creamy in a good way and very enjoyable to use – blendable with a natural texture that gives me a dewy, youthful finish. The coverage is full, but in a beautiful and flawless way; nothing mask-like about it! Plus, there are 17 shades, a refreshing change from the “one color fits all” attitude of tinted moisturizers. Still, I might steer clear if you have an oil problem, because it’s hydrating to the max.
I’ll admit, I overblond-ed my hair myself for years, and it seemed each time I colored my hair was bright white-yellow on the bottom and my natural dark blonde at my roots. Very Britney Spears; not very sexy. I decided to do the big change myself by tossing on a deeper base and some nice highlights with L’Oreal Couleur Experte Haircolor in #9.2, “Light Beige Blonde Creme Brulee”. Was two colors at once an undertaking? Certainly – but if you never try, you’ll never know!
I had some initial concerns, as the color on the box looks VERY warm and almost red in the undertones, yet it notes that it is a “Cooler” shade. I was also worried that applying hair color and highlights one right after another might dry my hair too much, but the box said to do it so I did it! I am nothing if not obedient.
Smashbox’s Photo Finish line of foundation primers has received amazing hype, and it just wouldn’t be Sassy Dove if I didn’t try a product with so much press. My uneven skin tone persuaded me to pick up the Color Correcting formula in Blend, which at the price seemed like the safest buy (’cause who wants to be left with a big tub of green stuff?)
First of all, the primer’s texture is fabulous. I thought it would be greasy from how oily it seemed coming out of the container, but it went on silky and felt great. It has a mild but pleasant citrus scent.
As far as color correcting goes, Photo Finish does correct redness and the dark circles under my eyes, but the effect isn’t overwhelming. I was a little concerned because its shade looked dark and sort of orange-y in the bottle, but it looked natural and pretty on my pale but warm-toned skin. Now if you have deep circles or a real zit, you’ll still need concealer/foundation, but that’s part of the point, isn’t it? Continue reading “Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer Review” »
Skincare marketing is usually dictated by a classic dichotomy: all-natural gentle organic healing vs. all-scientific new-technology active ingredient hammering. Juice Beauty’s Anti-Oxidant Serum hits the middle mark by boasting all-natural ingredients while still including the scientific goodies we love, like liposomes, peptides and collagen-rebuilding. So does it work? I bought it just so I could tell you. Aren’t I a sweetheart? (Juice Beauty also happens to be my all-time favorite skincare brand… so it may have been a teensy bit selfish. Don’t judge me.)