Ok special treat for you guys today!
I have a guest reviewer for the new Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder! You may recall I blogged about this a few weeks ago if you missed it have a click over here to view my original post!
I didn’t pick this up for myself but I was seriously curious which is why I’m happy that Adina had commented and said she got it! We arranged to have her review it since she purchased it and I’m happy to say I’m currently lemming this thanks to Adina fab review and FOTD using it! It really have a nice flawless appearance to her skin! I think it’d make a great finishing powder or for more fuller coverage if you desire!
Adina’s skin type is normal with some oily bits in the T-Zone Area and of course like me dryer in the winter months!
Without further babble from me here’s Adina’s review on the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder!
Hello out there blog-reading beauties. Adina (a.k.a Krasevayadancer) here doing a guest post review on the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder with Brush which is currently only being offered on QVC. I know I have been tempted to purchase this ever since I happened to catch glimpses of the product on QVC. The lemming became too strong for me to handle and I gave in to those little voices telling me to make the purchase about 1 week ago.I picked up this little baby in the light color option (while I am pale, i am luckily not ghostly enough for the porcelain option)
What it claims to do: A face-perfecting powder and brush duo. The powder contains a hydrating blend of vitamins and antioxidants. The built in shaver allows for the convenience of a pressed powder with the radiant finish of a loose one. The super-sized brush deposits perfect amount of powder every time. The revolutionary anti-aging powder formula provides a brighter look to your skin and contains Gogi berry, a powerful antioxidant. The formula is also infused with encapsulated water to refresh the skin on contact and provide a hydrated look that won’t accentuate lines and wrinkles.
-From the QVC website
Packaging and Application- General Comments
The packaging is wonderfully sturdy and holds well in the hand. The inside lid contains a mirror which makes it quite handy as well.
I love love love how this product comes as a pressed powder that you “shave” into loose powder by twisting the compact. This minimizes the mess you get with loose powders. You get the wonderfully sheer glowy effects of loose powder without the mess you get when you use loose powder- count me a fan!
How it wears and general thoughts on the product.
Does this baby do all that it claims to do- reduce wrinkles, hydrate, and give me a flawless glow. My answer is a resounding YES! My face looks refreshed with a light dewy glow. Coverage is enough for me to get away with a couple of swipes and I am done.
Adina looking flawless with the powder on!
Is it worth the nearly $60 price tag- I would say so. For that price you get a wonderfully soft full coverage face brush and a great powder for all of you ladies who just need some light coverage and a wonderfully flawless face!
Hope you enjoyed my review. Let me know who else is using and loving this!
Honestly I want this for the brush alone hehe! That’s some seriously chunky brush it comes with! The Muse likey!
Thanks for the review Adina and for creating the warm, squishy glow of lemminginess!
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Glammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmourize yourself with Smashbox Glambox!
$68 USD nabs you a parcel of goodies. I’m not really in for it as I’ve lost my love for Smashbox lately however the box does contain a nice dose of cosmetics for your buck!
Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Eyeshadow Quad in Supernatural
Fusion Soft Lights Palette in Natural Glow
Half Moon Brush
Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Bronze
Liner Brush #21
Lip Enhancing Gloss in Bare
Lip Enhancing Gloss in Aura
It’s supposely $184 USD worth of stuff! I haven’t added it up but I don’t think it’s that much! Maybe $130 USD as all of this stuff isn’t full size!
Looks like a nice little set if you’re a Smashbox fan!
It’s available now from Nordstrom!
There also happens to be a GWP (Gift with Purchase) if you buy this! So you’ll get:
Cream Eye Liner Duo in Midnight Brown and Cavier
Eyeshadow in Taupe Two
Mini Lip Gloss in Beauty
Mini Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Indeed for $68 USD you’re raking in on the loot!
Many of you are already in the know about what’s coming up in the Spring but I thought I’d do a bit of a Spring Round Up of the Collections that are popping up with a little commentary about each!
Do share your own thoughts and tell me how you’re feeling about these collections!
NARS was one of the first Spring Collections I seen pop on the scene with it’s Shanghai Lily Collection. It also happens to have set the theme for this year’s Collections with it’s bold look. As beautiful as the collection is it leaves me with a bit of a question mark hanging over my head as it’s not in keeping with my general look of Spring! The colors are very bold and dark reminding me of a Fall Collection rather then the light feeling of Spring. The star of the collection for me would be the newest eyeshadow in Abyssina which is soft pearl shimmer.
Overall, I really do love the look of the collection but it loses some of it’s appeal when the weather begins to warm up and I’m looking for a softer look! If they released this for the Fall I’m positive I’d be all over it like white on rice however this fails to wow me at the moment! I’ll definately pick up Abyssina but the rest I can do without until the colder weather sets in and the feel of Spring has left the air!
Smashbox hits another foul ball with it’s Green Room Collection. It consists of tons of bronzey shades and again it appears they confused seasons here. This look reminds me of a more Summer feel with it’s warmer, golden colors! Last Spring we got a rather nice surprise with the Tokidoki Collection however this too wasn’t worth your time. Aside from the gorgeous Tokidoki themed packaging the actual product and colors were a bit too sheer for my lighting thus this year we ended up with another dud. The Green Room Collection fails on all accounts for me and I can’t pick out a single item out of the collection that intrigues me. This one is can be skipped on all accounts.
For the sake of being an avid collector I did indeed purchase some of the Givenchy Denim Collection this year just because I’m so diseased but I can’t help but feel ripped off. Again, we have really dark colors for the Spring! I’m starting to get confused what Season we are heading into here! The collection has absolutely nothing to redeem itself and it consists of all dark, deep colors that I can’t even associate a Season with! I hate to say these things as I’m such a collector and fan of Givenchy but this collection leaves no lasting impression on me! Saks also happened to pop up with a new Prismissime for the Eyes which consists of colors from the Sweet and Decandent Chocolate Prismissime. It’s quite lovely and has since made it’s starring appearance on Sephora however again another disappointment. I purchased this even thought I already own the Sweet and Decandent Chocolate Prismissime palettes separately but it’s not an absolutely have to have for a few reasons. One would be the fact that again the colors are completely off Season for me and secondly if you have the original palettes you really don’t need to shell out the cash for this new palette unless you’re as sick as I am! After some confusion it’s finally been cleared up that the blue-purplish blush you may have seen as part of the Collection is an Asian Exclusive, Japan to be exact I believe so of course we got ripped off on that. I debated myself for a while whether I should have my friend get me the blush but I’ve since decided I’ve overindulged in this collection and I really don’t need more items I probably won’t even use!
Overall, the Collection is interesting but it loses points for it’s dark colors! If you’re a collector I, of course, recommend it for purchase. If you’re not, it’s safe to skip it!
After much debate I decided to get a majority of the Lavshuca Spring Collection! In keeping with the current theme Lavshuca decided to take the Fall road as well and introduce a ton of palettes that contain some bronzey, brownish looking colors with one lighter shade. Again, I’m scratching my head in confusion! A good friend of mine, Mayu, lives in Japan and isn’t so busy at the moment so I’ve had her do the Spring Collection Shopping Spree for me and I ended up getting the new Noble On Eye Palettes. Just call me curious but I have to see for myself what the drama is with these palettes. They intrigue me to say the very least. The new slim style lipshades have also piqued my interest and I’ve decided I must try these as well but if you ask me they just look like the same standard Lavshuca lipstick in new packaging but we shall see!
Overall, this too seems to be a disappointment but I’m eagerly awaiting the package which should be here soon so I can review these!
Majolica Majorca has my heart this season with their newest Majolook palettes! I cannot wait to get my hands on these! At least the colors are reminding me of Spring here with beautiful pinks, aquas, and golds! Thank you Shiseido for having a heart and gifting us with true Spring palettes! Click here to read more about MJ’s newest Collection!
Much to my utter dismay Jill Stuart’s Seductive Eye Collection totally broke my heart. How do I dislike thee, let me count the ways! Matte shadows? My god the horror! Similar to every other JS Palette released? Check. More dark colors? Sheesh. I can’t believe I’m about to admit this but I skipped on all of the newest releases from JS this year and I plan on sticking to my word about purchasing these as they were just not interesting at all! Click here to read about the Seductive Eye Collection!
I believe I’ve bored you enough with my Musings about Spring Collections! I’ll be reviewing quite a few Spring Collections soon as I purchase them!
Click Here to Read about My Impressions of the Dior Spring Collection 2008
Ahh another completely pointless product! What would life be like without them?
I purchased Smashbox O-Gloss and have been using it daily for two weeks prior to sitting down to write this review and I’m still somewhat speechless as to what to say about it.
It pretty much lacks in all departments so save your pennies and don’t bother.
First of all the texture isn’t fabulous. It’s not tacky and it’s not sticky and let me tell you it’s definately not glossy. I really can’t think of a good way to describe how it feels going on. It just feels somewhat blah! It has virtually no shiny factor to it at all and it sorta kinda dries my lips a little bit.
The gloss is clear and it’s supposed to “match” your true color and of course I wasn’t expecting much as we all know how much of drama comes with Smashbox O-Glow but it’s safe to say that there isn’t any drama with O-Gloss as it’s completely and utterly clear and doesn’t change color at all, at least it didn’t for me. When you apply O-Glow at least it turns from clear to a delicate shade of pink upon contact with your skin but I can’t claim the same for the gloss. It virtually stays clear in the tube and on your lips. I’ve gotten no color at all from it. Zip, Zero, Nada!
Have I ended up with a bad tube? It’s possible as I’ve heard other reviews stating it changes to a bubblegum pink when applied but on me I just get the same dull flesh colored lips! Mind you I’ve been playing with it daily for the past few weeks and it doesn’t change at all! I wouldn’t mind bubblegum pink at least it’s color but it’s clear on me, completely clear!
The tube is $22 USD and definately not worth it as it’s a smaller size then your standard gloss plus it doesn’t perform the way it promises. Hell, I wouldn’t mind the price so much if it actually worked.
Sorry Smashbox I have to give this one a big thumbs down!
Not worth your cash, stay clear!
Smashbox O-Glow doesn’t really work as great as I’d like it too but that hasn’t prevented me from wanting the new Smashbox O-Gloss.
I’m a glutton for punishment I guess.
Smashbox O-Glow Lipgloss Available now from Sephora and QVC
You can get the $6 version by clicking here but if you’re obsessed as the Muse you’re probably willing to shell out $22 for the Smashbox one!