Posts Tagged ‘ Moisturizer ’

Makeup Awesomeness, x2.

There are certain things in my stash that pair up so wonderfully that I decided to make a series of posts to share this with you guys.  It’s like chocolate and peanut butter, wine and cheese or pizza and beer..these things are nice on their own but once you’ve had them combined it becomes hard to go back.

First up I have something that I can thank for making my skin look really great.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer plus Coastal Scents Baby Buki


I got these things without the intent to review them because there were already so many thorough reviews floating around. This is the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer and the Coastal Scents Synthetic Domed Mini Kabuki  Brush.


I picked up Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer after reading lots of positive things about it and I’m thrilled that I did.  It’s more like a sheer foundation than any tinted moisturizer I’ve used before. I used to use Tinted Moisturizer to add an extra level of coverage under my foundation but it never did much aside from keeping my skin looking dewy. Now I use this after a light application of Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Creme. My skin is oily so I don’t need much moisturizer underneath this and luckily this isn’t too moisturizing to get along with my skin. I then dust some mineral foundation over everything and I’m good to go. I was experimenting with different application methods (fingers, paddle style foundation brush) until I got my Coastal Scents brushes in the mail.

I ordered the Synthetic Domed Mini Kabuki from Coastal Scents thinking it would be a good way to apply concealer under my eyes and to apply mineral foundation around my eyes, nose and mouth because of it’s (teensy) size. It’s about the size of my thumb! I used it to apply the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer on a whim and I fell in love with how well it applied and made my skin look. I have to be careful with how I apply things because I have combination skin that tends to get very oily but the parts that are dry get flaky as well. If I just rub foundation or whatever on my skin without care it will emphasize dryness and look flaky (even with exfoliating.) The combination of this little brush and this tinted moisturizer makes my skin look healthy and glowing while covering most of what I want under wraps. I’ll add undereye concealer and a little mineral foundation over it to set and finish and it’ll look fantastic! Now that I’ve used them together I can’t imagine putting the Tinted Moisturizer on any other way and I want backups of this brush- Luckily it’s not expensive!

If you’re skin is anything like mine then I highly recommend trying these two together.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, $42  at Sephora

Coastal Scents Synthetic Domed Mini Kabuki $5.95  at Coastal Scents Website



Skincare Review- Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream

I’m sitting here with red and purple dye soaking into my hair as I write this. I may post about hair next b/c I found something neat I want to share with you all!

Onto the Skincare goodness-

Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream is like no moisturizer I have ever used. I have only tried one or maybe two higher-end moisturizers, for the most part I stick to drugstore brands such as Aveeno and Neutrogena.

I was surpised when I first got my fingers into this.  It feels cool to the touch, unlike any cream I have reached for in the past.  I realized that because of it’s coolness, it is the ideal moisturizer for summer but I needed to test it out a bit before I could say it’d be ideal year-round.

I think that arm swatch looks kinda gross but it shows how gel-like it is. I’ve been  applying this after showering and also after any time I wash my face. My skin usually gets very tight and dry after cleansing so moisturizer is necessary but when I was applying enough cream to make it feel nice and not dry it was also feeling greasy from the product. I don’t think it’s always been so noticeable but it was enough lately that I felt I should try something new. I’m really impressed with this stuff and glad I don’t need to keep looking. It feels lightweight and refreshing when applied but even when I put on more than I needed it didn’t feel greasy at all. It makes my skin feel silky, smooth, and gives a good canvas for makeup application. I would venture to say that if you tend towards having oily-type skin that this is a really great pick for moisturizer and could carry you into the drier months. If you have normal skin this would probably also work year-round for you. If you have combination skin, this could possibly work all the time too but it depends on how dry your dry spots are and if you have dry to very dry skin this may be great in the summer but you will probably end up needing something heavier in the winter. Because of my combination skin I am waiting to see how it works out when I need a little extra moisture to keep my skin looking and feeling hydrated.

I would purchase this moisturizer again and I am curious to try more skincare items from Garnier as I am partial to their hair products.  This is a great value in the approximately$ 8-12 USD range and is available at Walmart, Walgreens, etc.

Have you tried Refreshing Gel Cream or other products in the Moisture Rescue line?  Do you have another moisturizer that you find works really great?  Let us know-leave a comment!