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When the temperatures are soaring and I am sweating and miserable from the heat, I still want to wear my makeup. My makeup is like a second skin for me and I feel naked without it. I want a product that will cover up my imperfections, yet is breathable and will allow my summer tan to show.
The problem is, most foundations that I have tried just melt right off of my face when the weather is hot. Plus, when I apply sunscreen and moisturizer under my foundation, my skin becomes become shiny and greasy.
Thankfully I have discovered products from Miracle Skin Transformer & Hydroxatone that allow me the luxury of a full coverage foundation, anti-aging benefits, plus built in sunscreen!
They are as follows:
Miracle FACE Transformer Correcting Coverage SPF 45
Miracle FACE Transformer Correcting Coverage SPF 45 blends easily and is buildable for a customized look. Designed to hydrate, protect, firm, contour & smooth skin in a single, simple step, this complexion corrector provides your skin with an anti-oxidant rich, moisture boost while it conceals imperfections, diminishing the appearance of pores, uneven tone and discoloration. More than just minimizing fine lines, it enhances volume restoring the look of natural facial contours, leaving a radiant, quenched finish with full yet natural coverage.
I was recently in Hawaii for my son's wedding. I wore Miracle FACE Transformer Correcting Coverage SPF 45 all day, every day while I was out in the sun. I applied this amazing product to my face, neck and chest area. Not only did I look flawless all day, but my skin was being protected from the sun's harsh rays. Miracle FACE Transformer Correcting Coverage SPF 45 stayed on even after I swam in the ocean. I was amazed. I did not get sunburned at all, yet some of my family members did get sunburned pretty badly even after using regular sunscreen that had an SPF 50.
Miracle Eye Transformer Tint and Target
Miracle Eye Transformer Tint and Target delivers more than meets the eye. A perfecting color correcting eye treatment, it instantly blurs and brightens the eye area with a veil of gossamer pigment that counter the skin undertones that can result in sallowness and dark circles while it visibly reduces fine lines, wrinkles, eye bags and puffiness.
I love this product! I lost a lot of sleep on my vacation because we all got up early and went to bed late after a day of fun adventures. My eyes were getting huge circles under them. Many photos were taken on this trip and there are none of me in which you can see the circles under my eyes thanks to Miracle Eye Transformer Tint and Target. It is also very moisturizing and stays supple all day long.
Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact BB Cream SPF 40
Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact BB Cream SPF 40 is a liquid foundation meets the latest technology; An ultra-light weight, luxurious liquid foundation is enveloped in a breakthrough cushion. It delivers the perfect application, with beautifully blendable and truly customizable coverage. A fresh natural, dewy finish and feel. Smooths lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone, delivers brighter, and more radiant skin, while providing broad spectrum protection.
I used Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact BB Cream SPF 40 on the day of my son's wedding. I knew that we would be standing on the beach in the sun. I knew I would need a good sunscreen, but again, I did not want to apply a sunscreen in addition to my makeup and look all greasy and shiny for photos. I also knew I might need to touch-up my makeup because of tears *sniff* and would also want to freshen up for family photos.
The Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact BB Cream SPF 40 certainly came in handy in its lovely little compact which included a nice blending sponge, plus a mirror! I love this product because it gives me full-coverage, but also allows my tan to show through. It kept my skin looking matte and gorgeous, and best of all, it kept me from getting a sunburn on my face, neck and chest.
Me and my sweet boy on his wedding day
Enter to win! Three winners will recieve a Miracle Face Transformer Correcting Coverage SPF 45 and Miracle Eye Transformer Tint and Target in the shade of their choice ARV: $82 each.
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*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With Spring in the air and Summer around the corner, it’s time to ditch that heavy coverage foundation. Enter Burt’s Bees BB Cream ($14.99): light-weight, super hydrating and armed with SPF 15. Don’t spend another second without your must-have product for this season!
I personally never leave the house naked-faced, but when the temperatures rise, my usual heavy foundations sweat right off and look gross! I am thankful for Burt's Bees BB Cream, because with it, I can have that glow of color, moisturizer and my sunscreen all-in-one convenient product. I love Burt's Bees, and I trust it to be the best!
For more information go to: http://www.burtsbees.com/
*Product sent. All opinions are my own.
Is Your Skincare Routine Turning Into ALPHABET SOUP?
Dermatologist Decodes BB, CC, and DD Beauty Creams
As if skincare isn't confusing enough now we see another trend;"alphabet creams." BB, CC, and now DD creams first gained popularity in Korea, and have recently caught on in America. What do all those letters stand for, and what do these creams actually do? Board Certified NYC dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou decodes it all.
How BB Creams Began
BB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms. They were first developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments. The all-in-one formulation became a sensation in South Korea and then spread throughout Asia. "The average woman in Asia goes through seven different steps taking care of her skin," says Dr. Papantoniou.
The BB Boom
BB creams started hitting U.S. store shelves in the spring of 2011. Today, almost every major beauty company has a BB cream, from drugstore brands that cost under $10 to high-end department-store lines that may be as costly as $100 or more, as well as lines that are only sold at spas or in doctors' offices. More are on the way.The NPD Group, a market research group, found that although only 2% of beauty shoppers have purchased a BB cream, nearly 4 in 5 of those who have, say they'll buy the product again.
What BB Creams Do
Many BB creams offer effective sun protection, with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, the American Academy of Dermatology's recommendation for daily use. What's more, BB creams generally contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide, physical sun blocks that have some built-in water-resistant properties, Papantoniou says.
When it comes to skin treatment, you can find BB creams that contain:
The Limitations of BB Creams
For all its benefits, if you expect a BB cream to be a miracle in a tube, you might be disappointed. Mineral based BB creams do a better job on skin pone to breakouts. The typical ones can be full of chemicals so be sure to read ingredients.
What is it? Packed to the gills with vitamins C and E, complexion corrector cream is similar to BB cream, but focuses on color correction.
What it does: Lighter than a BB cream, CC cream's primary purpose is to correct color-related skin issues, such as sallowness or redness. Like BB cream, it has SPF as well (number varies by brand).
How to use it: If you're acne-prone, have dull skin, dark spots or constant redness, CC cream is for you.
How it differs: Use CC cream to help with redness, acne, dark spots, sallowness and more. It's also lighter than BB cream!
What are they? Another addition to the alphabet cream craze are the DD creams, or "dynamic do-all super cream." They combine the power and benefits of both BB and CC creams. However, their primary focus is anti-aging.
What it does: The anti-aging specialty of the cream works to diminish wrinkles and fine lines throughout use. Additionally, DD cream will balance skin tone and protect the most sensitive areas of your skin.
How to use it: Improvements in your skin are known to come with continued use, so use often and incorporate it into your daily routine. After a month you should notice changes and others will too.
How it differs: DD cream's strongest selling point is their anti-aging benefits. Ideally it's for women who want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and have an over all even, radiant skin tone.
What interesting to note is that each category overlaps to the point where the differentiation is almost non-existent. Seems like the logical thing to do would be to use a DD cream and get all the benefits.
The upside is they are all great products that can be very beneficial for the skin. The downside is sorting through the many varieties to determine which would work better for you. (This just in: We now have a "GG" cream.)
Where do you start?
If discoloration is your primary concern then start with CC creams, because that’s their claim to fame so you will more than likely find a product that contains skin-brightening ingredients such as arbutin or daisy flower extract.
If fine lines and wrinkles are the issue, then look for an alphabet cream full of ingredients like retinol, firming peptides or adenosine. If your skin is oily, then look for an alphabet cream that controls oil and has a lightweight texture.
There is an alphabet cream out there for you and at this rate; let’s just hope that brands don’t try to exhaust the entire alphabet.
About Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou
Dr. Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Surgical and General Dermatology for adults and pediatrics. She is also a Clinical Instructor at the Mount Sinai Hospital Dermatology Department. She has authored articles in her field, and has presented research at national meetings. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care; she is a superb diagnostician, with a special interest in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention. She has a strong artistic background and applies her skill at natural symmetry and study of lines to her cosmetic patients.
Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post.
Drugstore shopping is SO IN. Did you know there’s hidden gems ALL over especially in the haircare/skincare aisle? Or, if you’re simply on a budget, I picked out the BEST items that you can find, right in your fave local drugstore!
ALL are available for under $15 at all your local CVS, Walgreens, ULTA and/or Duane Reade retailers!
- Conair Mini Velvet Touch Brush – for easy on-the-go styling!
- scunci Hair Ties – from the colorful Braided 3x Stronger to the pastel Comfy Collection and more!
- scunci Jewel Bobby Pins – get glam, FAST with these gorgeous bobby pins (a perfect accessory to pick up at the drugstore!)
- Touchback Root Touch-Up and Root Touch-Up Wand – NEVER have to leave home with your roots showing! Who knew these were available right at your CVS, Walgreens or Duane Reade (no matter where you are, there’s always a place you can get this)
- 3-in-1 Sensitive Touch Wipes, Refreshing Foam Cleanser, Waterproof Makeup Remover and Bright Now BB Cream – a COMPLETE set of the AMAZING brightening products
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own. This post may contain my affiliate links.
Can you imagine a tinted moisturizer that has the benefit of an anti-aging day cream, fights and prevents signs of aging, protects your skin from the elements, repairs past damage and conceals flaws? I would say that I have found the PERFECT beauty product!
Introducing Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream
- Repairs damage
- Evens skin tone & texture
- Firms & improves elasticity
- Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
- Creates a radiant, glowing complexion
- Balances skin tone
- Rich in antioxidants
- Protects with chemical free SPF 30 · Mineral tinted coverage
- Ultimate moisturizer
- Skin perfecting color
- Great for all skin types
- 100% improved hydration
- 96% improved dark circles and puffiness around eyes
- 88% reduction in 3D visual analysis of fine lines and wrinkles
- 88% improved skin tone and luminosity
- 75% improved elasticity of the skin