Saturday, February 23, 2013

REVIEW: L’Oreal Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream

I received a tube of the L’Oreal Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in the shade 814 Medium for reviewing purposes from SheSpeaks.  Out of all the B.B. Creams on the market the only one I have dabbled into has been the Garnier, which I have enjoyed.  Soon after the B.B. craze spread throughout the drugstore and out of all the brands out there (not those released this year) the one I have heard the most about was the L’Oreal.  Because of the things I have heard I was looking forward to giving this a try.

The product is packaged in a sleek thin tube that contains 1.0 fl oz of product.  The tube has a twist cap which is easy to maneuver.  Prices range store to store, but typically it retails anywhere between $10.99 - $7.96 (the lower price being Wal-Mart, the more expensive being drugstore pricing).

The look of the B.B. cream when squirted onto your hand looks unlike the other B.B. creams out there.  This one is white with little bead-like things in it. When you apply the cream to your face the little beads (which contain the pigment) “burst” and the color is applied to your face.  The texture of the cream is drier than the Garnier (that I use) and “absorbs” into your face a lot faster.

The packaging claims the B.B. Cream provides four beautifying actions: primes, perfects, hydrates and corrects.  I found it did correct the tone of my face although I didn’t feel it hydrated my face.  Lately, I’ve had a few drier patches on my face (due to my acne treatment and using my Clarasonic) and it accentuated those areas – whereas the rest of my face where I’m typically oily it didn’t make me look crazy oily.

Coverage wise, I’d say this is very sheer – and if I wanted to stretch that I’d say it’s a light coverage.  It did not cover my acne spots; it did not cover any discolorations on my face (dark spots).  It did cover up some of the slight redness I have on my face and it did make my skin one shade (outside of dark spots and acne spots).

I did find that when taking photos with this B.B. cream on my face it does provide a significant white-cast.  Looking at my face in person you would not be able to tell there was anything on my skin but in photographs my face is significantly whiter.

This can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid,, and  As always check your stores availability because all pharmacy/retail locations carry different products geared towards their different audiences.

I found this B.B. cream to be decent. It’s not a product I would run out to replenish if I used it all up – I think my heart lays with Garnier in the B.B. cream department.  The product did a good job neutralizing the color of my face but I would definitely need to use a concealer with this.  Not sure how this would stand up during the summer or on a muggy day – of course with it being so cold where I live I cannot accurately judge that portion of it.  I’d give this a thumbs up.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

I received my replacement Clarasonic!


Well, that was a happy day about 3 or more weeks ago!  My new replacement Clarasonic finally arrived.  My Clarasonic that I had (and received from the LUUUX shop) wouldn’t charge.  It continued to make this god-awful pulsating sound and was pulsating so much that it was “crawling” across my counter and eventually falling onto the floor, into the sink, etc.  I submitted an e-mail request to Clarasonic to inquire about what their policy was, especially if a device was not a year old.  I submitted that request right around Christmas so I wasn’t expecting to hear back anytime soon since many businesses tend to close shop around that time of the year since half the work-force is usually on vacation.

I did hear back via e-mail and received a huge list of questions to answer and some trouble shooting tips.  So I replied back and waited … and waited and didn’t hear anything. So like two weeks later I called customer service and after being on hold over 20 minutes I got a live person, who I advised I submitted a claim online and he said he would initiate one and get me a new device out as soon as possible.  After providing all necessary information, about a week later the device was shipped to me from Washington – which took another week to arrive.

I was told I could keep the brush head on my dead Clarasonic.  Upon receipt of my replacement device there were 2 additional brush heads in each box.  SCORE!  In case you aren’t aware Clarasonic brush heads are a little pricy (generally $25/ea) so I was happy to see two of them because these will last me a little while.

After charging up my device for the full 24-hours it works like a charm and has become an almost daily part of my skincare routine.  I’ve noticed significant change in my skin and I love it.  Of course that means it brings some of the hidden pimples that were below the surface TO the surface, but that’s expected with any exfoliating.

Overall I am happy with my replacement and am appreciative of the Clarasonic warranty policy.

Do you have a Clarasonic?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Received my L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

I was invited to take part in a review of the L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream by SheSpeaks.  I opted into the program and received my BB Cream last week.  I was quite excited to try this because out of the drug store BB Creams out there (not including the Garnier) the L’Oreal is the one that many people rave about, particularly for those with combo/oily skin.  I requested the shade medium because typically when it comes to BB Creams medium is typically the proper shade for my skin tone.  The L’Oreal BB Cream is supposed to prime, perfect, hydrate and correct skintone. 

I am going to be using this and posting a full review with my thoughts on the product in the next week or two.  So keep an eye open for that!

Have you tried the L’Oreal BB Cream?  If so, what were your thoughts?