Influenster : Bare Minerals BarePro 16hr Concealer

PROS :
nice color range
creamy
buildable
good coverage
lightweight
good for undereye area and spot concealing

CONS :
formula is a little dry
can crease around fine lines
can get streaky/patchy at 8hr mark
not much product in tube

OVERALL :

Lucky me got to try out the new BarePro concealer by Bare Minerals via Influenster. I received the color ‘Light/Medium-Neutral 05’ (which I think is a good color match of my trusty Nars concealer in ‘Custard’). I normally use ‘creamy’ concealers (in tubes or pots) so this is my first time trying a stick version.

I applied it after I moisturizing (but without primer) to see how it would perform. I found the formula to be a little dry at first swipe. Once I used it again, it went on smooth and didn’t tug my skin. However, I was able to blend it in with a bit of work. I recommend using your fingers in lieu of a beauty sponge as the warmth of your skin will help melt and evenly distribute product.

Coverage was pretty good and it is buildable without feeling heavy. It noticed it lessened the redness around my eyes and helped brighten the area. I didn’t notice any creasing, cakey-ness or fading after 4 hours BUT, around the 8 hour mark it was starting to crease where I have fine lines and there was some patchiness. 16 hours is quite a claim to make but hey, YMMV.

Overall, I like it and will continue to use it in conjunction with other concealers.

[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]

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Influenster : Hourglass Arch Brow

PROS :
stays in place
good color payoff
color is perfect, not too red
great brush

CONS :
won’t do much if you have sparse brows

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure this brow gel would benefit me as I have sparse brows but, I was pleasantly surprised. It worked better than the ABH brow gel I’ve been using to keep strands in place. The color, Soft Brunette, was a good match for me. It wasn’t too red and was just ashy enough. I don’t think it thickened my brow hairs though but again, YMMV. I liked how there are different bristle lengths to distribute product evenly.

[ I received this #complimentary from @Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]

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Jo Malone

As soon as I sampled ‘English Oak and Hazelnut’ by Jo Malone London, I knew I needed to add it to my arsenal. This is incredible! It’s clean and crisp, earthy and green, woodsy and masculine – mmm!

One of my favorite things about Jo Malone fragrances is, none of their scents are strictly for women or men. The presentation and packaging is neutral and classic. As someone who loves androgynous scents, this one is my new ride or die.

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Influenster : Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase VitaminC Peel

PROS :
easy to use
feels nice, slight tingle
nice packaging (sturdy, closed well)
citrus scent
little goes a long way

CONS :
expensive
several applications to see results

OVERALL :

Having no experience with face at-home masks or peels I was excited to the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C peel out. For the record, I have combination skin that’s prone to being sensitive. I’ve had this set for over a month and after a several applications (at night after my usual cleansing ritual), I’ve noticed a decent improvement in my skin’s tone, clarity and texture. Additionally, most importantly, my skin did not have any adverse reactions – yay!

This is advertised as a “peel” but, the first step is more of an exfoliating scrub. If you’re not into citrus scents you may not like this. The scent is noticeable but, not overpowering. There’s also a slight tingly feeling upon application of the second step but, nothing that would indicate something was amiss.

While it’s an expensive product, I feel the benefits outweigh the initial sticker shock. Plus, you don’t need to use much in order to cover an area. As a busy mom of three I can appreciate the quick – 4 minutes – process.

[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]

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Influenster : Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift

Skincare wasn’t something I was serious about until my early 20s and then all I really did was use a moisturizer with SPF. Now that I’m 38.5 (eep!), I know taking care of my skin is important. I’m not opposed to a few laugh lines here and there. What I don’t care for is the way my eyes look when I don’t get enough sleep (thanks to my little monsters). The puffiness, tiredness and overall blah-ness is not cute.

Cue Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift! This amazing cream-gel eye mask promises to visibly reduce the signs of stress, lift, de-puff and brighten your eye area. I’ve been using it daily for the past month and I’m loving it!

PROS :
lightweight
soothing
easy to apply
cooling affect
moisturizing

CONS :
expensive
can get messy
feels a little greasy
scented

OVERALL :

I don’t usually use any eye serums or wrinkle treatments in my skincare routine but, this product has totally changed my mind! I love the way it feels on my skin as I massage it in with the metal applicator. The coldness of the metal feels so good! I can see how this would help with swollen eyes.

I leave it on for about 3-5 minutes (sometimes longer) and spread/blend in the rest of the product. It absorbs well and leaves my skin feeling soft and firmer. I’ve noticed an overall reduction in my under eye puffiness especially if I use it at night. It probably won’t work for severe cases but, it may help combat the evidence of any late night shenanigans.

For 65$ it’s pretty expensive but, it’s about average cost for most dedicated eye serums. On the plus side you don’t need to use much, just a dot under each eye is fine. If you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your eye area, the Stress Positive Eye Lift is worth looking into!

[ I received this complimentary from @influenster in exchange for an honest/unbiased review. ]

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