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recos from regina : olay total effects 7-in-one cc cream

As I get older one of my skin concerns is fighting any signs of aging.

Aging?? Me?? Yes, my youthful looking self is concerned with my skin as I am getting older. It is bound to happen after all! Now when I look in the mirror up close, I am beginning to see fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles under my eyes.

To address these concerns many women like myself have, Olay came out with Total Effects 7 in One Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream. This product promises instant skin perfecting coverage and correction to reduce the appearance of darkness under the eyes – it certainly had my attention.

What caught my eye right away that it had a built-in brush applicator. The applicator is a click brush so as you click it, the CC cream is dispensed. The bristles were soft enough that it didn’t bother my skin as I was using it to apply the cream, and it blended very well into my skin.

The end result: the product moisturized under my eyes to help the dryness around it, and while I didn’t find it reduced the appearance of dark circles, it helped brighten up my under-eye area and it helped even out my skintone.

Olay Total Effects 7 in One Dark Circle Minimizing CC Cream can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall Drug Stores for $32.99.

Disclosure: Press samples featured.

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stephanie-isms: summer flings …

Whoops – it’s August 1, 2014. Where has summer gone? Better yet … where has my blogging gone? Ha!

I have been enjoying way too much of the summer and even more so … I’ve been having enjoying a steady rotation of good products to keep me looking breezy, beachy and pretty. Since we have hit the halfway mark … I thought it would be good to share my current summer loves …

Secret Refresh Body Spray in Citrus Breeze: a glistening, body complete with a bit of a afterglow from active movement (beach v-ball anyone?) is fabulous … but complete with stick to match … er … not so much. This citrusy scented body spray from Secret’s new Destinations collection is the perfect quick fix when you go from the beach to patio party. It delivers 48-hours of door protection … the perfect escape.

Philips Satin Soft Epilator: as a longtime fan of epilators, I’m in love with my new SatinSoft epilator which can be used wet or dry. Quick and easy to use, it leaves my legs smooth for at least 7 days before I feel even the slight peek of stubble. Compact and tiny, it’s also my ideal mate for travel. Bonus: comes with a dry brush to exfoliate the legs before removal!

Foreo Mini Luna: days spent out in the sun and hanging out can take a beating on my complexion regardless of SPF and the widest brim hat, so I’ve been treating my skin to this Ah-Mah-Zing deep-cleansing facial brush. My skin looks brighter and smoother with just a minute each morning and night. Two speeds for the most optimal cleanse. The best part: I’ve charged it once since I received it in June 2014 and it hasn’t lost any power since. Available at Murale!

Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Rio: when the weather’s warm, I try to wear as little possible on the face, so a great lip gloss is the perfect “quick” makeup look. This Cargo treat is high shine and long wear which is exactly what you are looking for in summertime lips. Rio is also a great summer colour, a hint of orange which is a great switch up from pink.

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle: again with the lips! If the agenda for the day is more meetings (on the patio) over wings and beer (on the patio), then I’ll opt for this pigmented and creamy colour. Red always makes a statement.

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Kitten: against my summer tan, I’m enjoying using this metallic sheen over the eyes all by itself.  The right amount of sparkle, I’d pair this with a hint of a black line.  Kitten is the perfect peachy pink nude for the eye.

Anastasia Pro Pencil + DipBrow Pomade: this is a one-two punch for the brows. I’m not one to do completely different brows, but instead prefer to give them a natural fill but still polished. With these two products I can achieve that look easily. The Pro Pencil is great for priming the eyes before shadow too. Bonus: Anastasia is coming back to Murale! It’s also available at Sephora!

Almay Smart  Shade CC Luminous Primer: when the temperature is right, I can make do without foundation or powder, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want my skin to look even. I’ve been using the primer before I head out the door. My skin looks brighter and healthier instantly. Plus it has SPF! (Yay!)

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet: you know that refreshing feeling of applying a cool, rich face cream after a day out and how it makes the skin feel relaxed and pampered. Well, this cream is it except it’s lightweight and mattifying so you can wear it before bed AND in the morning throughout the whooooole day. Um. Yes please!

NARS Nail Polish in Zakynthos+Shameless Red: a good mani-pedi during sandals+tank top season is essential. NARS has a new set of polishes available this August, that will not only look great now … but transition well into Fall 2014.   Zakynthos is my go-to neutral and Shameless Red is my “accent”.  All the new colours to come are fabulous, but what sets NARS new polishes apart from the rest : THE BRUSH! I love the rounded flat brush – its made painting nails mistake proof!

Urban Decay’s Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace: again with the lips! But for a good reason. A statement red lip is always in season, hot or cold. In honour of the classic cult favourite movie, PULP FICTION, Urban Decay released the perfect creamy red bringing to life Mrs. Mia Wallace. How can a red lip not look awesome with the perfect white tank and and denim short combo?

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musings from morgan : mary kay CC cream

I shared my first BB cream experience a few months back right here. I tried my first BB cream this blog, and today I bring you my first CC cream experience!

With summer on its way and life being busy as ever, I welcomed the opportunity to try a product that was lighter, had SPF coverage (SPF 15) and evened out my skin tone. Summer calls for simpler beauty routines and even more diligence on the skincare front, and Mary Kay’s CC Cream fit the bill for a product that could tackle both of those things.

The cream comes in a tube with a pump attached for easy dispensing. It’s a very lightweight cream that offers sheer coverage – it really means it when it says it’s a complexion corrector. Count on it to even out your skintone, but don’t expect it to cover up major blemishes. I used it with concealer on key problem areas to test the level of coverage and got the below results.

Not bad, eh? I’ve worn it out a few times on weekends when I’m feeling lazy and looking to go very basic with my makeup, and haven’t found it bothers my combination skin which is another bonus. I’ll know for sure how it reacts to my oily t-zone once the 30 degree weather comes along, but for mild temperatures I don’t find it makes my skin more oily (but it’s not like it’s a product that will eliminate oil).

It comes in four shades, which may not seem like much but since it’s lightweight/sheer, an exact match isn’t necessary – just pick the closest one. It retails for $22.00, and for an all-in-one product that will come in handy over the summer, it’s worth checking out.

Do you use CC creams? How do you like yours compared to a BB cream or regular foundation?

Disclosure: These products were sent to BlushPretty.com for editorial consideration. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

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