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LORAC FACE selfTANtalizer

30 Jun

This is a perfect example of why I love samples.

As you are all well aware by now, I have vitiligo, which makes my face a blotchy mess. On top of that, for some reason, although my face and body seem to tan at the same rate, the tan fades twice as fast from my face, so I end up with a golden body and a white face. This looks not so good, especially in photographs, where I endlessly look like either I have white mime makeup on OR like my head has been photoshopped on. Excellent.

The two best solutions I have found for this so far have been Caudalie’s tinted moisturizer (which kicks ass) and Too Faced’s bronzing powder (which also kicks ass). However, with me being me and all, I continue to look for the ever more effective everything, and when I got a sample packet of LORAC’s FACE selfTANtalizer (no kidding, that’s really what this stuff is called), I thought, why not?

Okay I’ll tell you why not! When I saw on the packet that it says, “FACE BRONZING GRADUAL SELF-TANNER,” I thought, “Parfait!” I tore it open, squeezed some out, smoothed it on, and immediately looked like – you know, I literally just gazed into space for several seconds trying to think of something to compare myself to that wasn’t offensive to EVERYONE and I could not. It is brown. Not light brown. Medium, chocolate-brown. And not just that – it’s pearlescent. I think maybe if I took some shimmery dark brown eye shadow and smeared it all over my face, it would achieve the same result, and I am in no way exaggerating. If I went out that way I would surely get stares and maybe even accused of insensitively mocking another race. It was that huge of a difference. There was nothing “gradual” about it and I can’t imagine any scenario in which I could pull off a shiny, shimmery brown face. I love the fact that the back instructs you to “APPLY DAILY UNTIL DESIRED LEVEL OF TANNING IS ACHIEVED.” Aaaahahahahahahaha!!!! Frankly I can’t imagine ANYONE using this and looking sane, regardless of skin color, because of the very high shimmer content. I am not a mirage! I am a human being!

FAIL, LORAC. FAIL.

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20

19 May

Those of you who know me know I am not a small person. I never have been. I was born weighing in at over 10 pounds, and I’m now 6′ tall with Amazonian hips and bountiful bosoms. I’m not fat, per se, but I am certainly “womanly,” “voluptuous,” and “curvy,” and even when I am as thin as I can get without looking sick, I’m not blowing over in a strong wind.

I recently read an article about shoes (another love of mine) and how plus size women love shoes because shoes don’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5’10” and 110 pounds or 5’2″ and 180, if you’re a size 8, you’re a size 8, and you can walk into any department store or shoe store in the world, pick out a pair in your size, and know they’re going to look fabulous. Those of us who wear larger-sized clothes (again, even at my thinnest, I am squeezing if I wear a 12) will never know the pleasure of buying off the rack. I don’t even bother with vintage clothing stores, much as I love the styles of the 40s and 50s, because they NEVER have anything in my size. To make matters worse, I am ALSO screwed in the shoe department – at a size 11, sometimes 11.5, I can’t usually buy off the rack for shoes, either. 9 times out of 1o – nay, 99 times out of 100, I will fall in love with a pair of shoes only to find out the largest they come in is a 10. And usually they don’t even have those in stock. And vintage shoes? Pahahahaha, right. Apparently women in those days maxed out at an 8, or they wore the boxes.

Now I have managed to amass quite the shoe collection in spite of (or maybe because of?) this disadvantage. I have found brands – Naturalizer, Aerosoles, Nine West – that make a large variety of shoes in my size. And I buy them with gusto and the satisfaction that I DESERVE these shoes because I am not like other women – I have to take them when and where I can find them! Still, it’s not always easy, and I can’t usually see a pair of shoes on a friend and ask where she got them, feeling I could go pick myself up a pair. Because they more than likely don’t even make them in my size.

What does that leave me with? PRODUCT. Product really and truly does not discriminate. One size blush fits all. A tube of mascara, used normally, lasts every woman the same amount of time. Lipgloss is lipgloss is lipgloss. You can have fat lips or thin lips and that lipgloss looks the same.

Okay okay okay. So getting to the point, which I am sure by now you thought I’d never do. I present you with Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 in Glow (ain’t that a mouthful).

I love me some lotion, and I moisturize every day after showering. I got a generous sample size of this with my May Birchbox, and was stoked to try it. It’s a tinted, slightly sparkly moisturizer WITH SPF – what a great idea. So basically, it evens your body skin tone, protects from the sun, and gives you a nice, summery sheen. Love it! The sample was 0.5 fl. oz., and it took the entire thing to cover my body. It didn’t seem to come off on my clothes, gave me a really nice glow, and seemed to moisturize well. You may consider this a plus or a minus, depending on your proclivities, but it hasn’t much of a smell. I personally prefer lotions with a yummy, gourmet smell, but I don’t really like lotions that are too perfumey, so having no smell at all is really probably okay.

I liked this moisturizer/bronzer/suntan lotion SO much that I promptly bought a full-size bottle of it from Amazon. If you click above, you will note that it does not clearly say the size of the bottle, but since the sample size was half an ounce, I figured the full size would be quite large, especially for $34. I received the lotion yesterday and was surprised and more than a little disappointed to discover the full-sized product is – get ready – 3.38 oz. REALLY? I used half an ounce in ONE application! Please tell me if I am being crazy here, but that means there aren’t even seven full uses in this full-sized bottle! Not even a week’s worth of applications for THIRTY-FOUR DOLLARS? I mean, okay, yes, I am impressed by this lotion – its multi-functionality is unique and awesome. But $10 and ounce??? IS IT MADE OF LIQUID GOLD????

This brings me around to my opening. If you are short and thin, hey, this may last you a month. But if you’re 6′ tall and of ample body, it may be a waste of money. I’m so disappointed – even the product sphere has found a way to make me feel awkwardly large. Thanks, Sarah McNamara. Thanks a lot. :/

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Mineral Veil – Tinted

15 Feb

Hooray, another product finished!

I just emptied my first container of Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil. I have been using bareMinerals for a while and really quite like them. I was initially impressed by the claims that it was not bad for your skin and you could sleep in it (I am very lazy at bedtime, although I have gotten better), and then when I finally tried it, impressed by the coverage and breadth of product selection.

bareMinerals can be off-putting because they make it seem like you have to watch a DVD to fully grasp how to use their product. I was not originally particularly interested in a product that was so complicated to apply that I would need to have a tutorial before I could begin. Does this actually appeal to anyone? It just seems like work to me. I know how to apply makeup, I’ve been doing it for years – do I really want to shake things up now?

I finally gave in, though, and honestly, you don’t really need the video. I guess if you need heavy coverage, or if you’ve never used makeup before, the video could be very helpful and informative. Overall, though, I just use their powder and blush like any other powder and blush. The Mineral Veil, though, was a new product to me. So let’s get to it.

Mineral Veil is a “finishing powder” that you dust all over your face after you apply your foundation and blush. I never used a finishing powder before, and as I have previously mentioned, I tend to be of the “less is more” philosophy with regard to makeup (appearance-wise, at least). I have really grown to love Mineral Veil, however – it really does just give your makeup a final, polished look, and help to set everything in place. bareMinerals Mineral Veil is the only one I have tried, and it’s weightless. Originally, they only had standard Mineral Veil – a translucent powder that was unnoticeable on skin (except for its effect, of course). They now have Hydrating (tried it, didn’t notice a difference), Illuminating (tried it, didn’t like it, gives your skin a “sheen” – I prefer a matte look when made up, a dewy, moist look when not), and Tinted (read on), as well as Original.

Original is a great stand-by and I imagine works on everyone. I tried Tinted on a whim and am now sold. I am white as a sheet in the winter (10 months of rain will do that to you) and have actually used a couple different facial bronzers just to try to keep my face looking alive. I liked them (I’ll eventually get around to reviewing them), but I LOVE the Tinted Mineral Veil because it’s two-fer. If I’m already using Mineral Veil, adding a bronzer to it just helps me skip a step.

Anyhow, I feel like I am babbling here, so let me summarize: bareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil is a lightweight finishing powder with a very light, pleasant bronzing effect. It finishes your makeup but doesn’t leave you shiny or feeling heavy. You can get it in plain or SPF 25 varieties. I would definitely recommend it, and you can get it at Sephora, of course, at the Bare Escentuals website (linked above), or here at Ulta, just to shake things up.