Neutrogena Primer Review

Hello to all my beauty lovers out there! In this post I wanted to bring you a review on a beauty product that I have recently discovered and am absolutely loving! It is the Neutrogena Glow Primer + Serum. As with all of my reviews thus far, this is not a sponsored post.

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Truthfully I have no idea how long this has been on the market but it’s new too me. I have always had normal skin that tended to lean a bit towards dry but in the last three months or so it seemed my skin was changing yet again. I’m almost fifty and since my mid forties it seems my skin was changing every year. Over the course of the last four months I noticed my makeup did not look very good. I looked very ‘cakey’. I tried all different kinds of moisturizers, foundations, tinted moisturizers but nothing seemed to make my makeup look any better. Then I saw this Primer + Serum in the store and decided to try it. I didn’t have high hopes because most products in the beauty industry don’t always do what they promise but I figured, it has Hyaluronic Acid in it so it may be okay.

I was floored the first day I used it. I decided that instead of wearing my CeraVe, which I still love or any other kind of moisturizer under my makeup I would use only the Neutrogena Glow Primer + Serum. Good decision! My makeup looks so much better. I don’t look ‘cakey’ anymore or like I put my makeup on with a grout trowel.

These are some of the claims that Neutrogena makes for this product.

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Glow Booster moisturizing serum-to-primer hybrid to leave skin hydrated
  • Infused with purified Hyaluronic Acid to provide instant hydration
  • This priming serum completes the look of your skin with a glowing finish
  • Non-greasy formula is designed to make skin appear more plump and energized

My personal opinion on the above claims is, I can agree with everything except the last one. I don’t see my skin appearing to be any more plump but that’s not something that is really important to me. What I do see, is smoother, more hydrated skin. What I feel is again, smoother, more hydrated skin and my makeup looks so much nicer than it has.

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I hope you enjoyed this review and it was helpful to you. I have included links in my post so if you’re interested in getting this you don’t have to go hunting around on Google to find it.

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Tarte Pallet Review – Cue The Confetti

Hello to all my beauty lovers out there ! I am so excited to bring you this review on my blog. I found this little palette by accident when I was on the Sephora website looking for something completely different and it caught my eye.  Let’s get into the details of this little beauty and why I like this palette so much. Oh, and just so you know, this is not a sponsored post. Tarte doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall.

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Yes, I’m a neutrals gal and these neutrals are just stunning. The pigmentation is amazing as I would expect any Tarte shadow to be. The darker metallic and luster shades look like they would be too dark but I was amazed when I first applied the metallic bronze color into my crease, it was the perfect amount of pigment. Not too dark not too light and you can most certainly build them up if you so choose. Let’s take a look at some swatches. Forgive me, I’m not the best swatcher (is that a word?) but I try.

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As I’ve gotten older my preference has changed when it comes to makeup. For my look I believe less is more. I took a quick shot of what this palette looks like on my eye just to give you an idea of how it looks.

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These shadows blend beautifully, they are highly pigmented without any patchiness .

I also like this palette because it’s smaller and only has five colors. I have had tons of palettes in the past. For years I was sucked down the beauty of hole of wanting to have all the newest palettes that came out and most of them had anywhere from eight to fifteen colors to choose from. Then one day I guess I finally got hold of myself and realized that for me I was just wasting money because I wasn’t using all the colors in these big palettes. I gravitated to the few I really liked and just never stepped out of my comfort zone with the rest. I believe makeup should be fun but it also should be easy. I no longer want to have to hunt through a big palette and decide what colors would look good together. I love the easiness of this palette and the price is only $19.00! Can’t beat that for a Tart Palette.

URGENT! This is a limited edition palette so if you’d like one I suggest you order it now before they’re gone. Tarte had a limited edition palette years ago that I was in love with and when I went back to order another one they were all gone and selling on E-Bay for $80.00 so I wouldn’t wait too long.

I hope you enjoyed my small review of the Tart Cue The Confetti Eyeshadow Palette.

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Philosophy Skin Care Review

Beauty Review

Hi everyone. For the last almost five months I’ve been using a certain skin care line and today I would like to give you a small review on it. I waited so long because I wanted to be sure I knew what I was writing about and now I can give you an honest opinion.

The skin care line I’ve been using is by Philosophy and it’s the line “Hope in a Jar” for dry skin. I also used the Eye Cream but I inadvertently threw it out before I snapped this photo.

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Thoughts on the day cream: The day cream is thin but not super thin and has some scent to it but nothing overpowering and it does go away after a little time. I did find it to be hydrating as well. It takes some time to dry down and to penetrate so if you plan on wearing this under makeup just remember you’ll have to wait until it dries down but once it does, there is no interference with makeup application.

Thoughts on the night cream: This night cream is on the thick side and doesn’t have much of a scent to it at all. There is a slight scent but you hardly do notice it. It takes a little bit of effort to get it all worked into the skin because of the thickness but it is also very hydrating.

Final thoughts. Pro’s and Con’s. I think this is a very nice line.

Pro : I like the texture of both creams and the hydration it brought to my skin.

Cons: The day cream does not have an SPF in it. This line feels overly greasy to me and takes a long time to dry down. The night cream feels like it never fully dries nor penetrates. I like waking up in the morning with a dewy feel to my skin but this night cream still feels greasy in the morning. I think the biggest con with this line though is the price. The Day Cream is $39.00 US for 2.o oz and The Night Cream $49.00 US for 2.0 oz. Both of these can be purchased at Philosophy‘s own website and through Ulta.com 

Personal Findings: I did not find either of these products to do any more or less for my skin than a drugstore brand skin care.

If you have severely dry skin you may absolutely love this line. While my skin is on the dry side it’s not terribly dry. Please remember that this is just my own experience with these products. You may absolutely love them as everyone’s skin is different.

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have used this line or plan to please tell me your experience in the comments.

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CeraVe Skin Care Review

Beauty Review

Hi everyone. Today I wanted to bring you a small review on a skin care line that can be purchased in any drug store or Walmart for a decent price . For about a year I used the CeraVe line of skin care before taking five months off to try  a different line. If you’re interested in what line I tried you can check out this post. While I enjoyed the second line I tried, I found that the CeraVe line seemed to offer me the same benefits as the higher priced line. The products I currently use in this line are the AM Cream, PM Cream and the Eye Cream . I will also be adding the Serum at a later date once I become more familiar with it.

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The AM Moisturizer is a very nice thin lotion with an SPF of 30. I find that while it does have a scent its barely noticeable and if you do detect it, it’s so slight that within minutes it’s gone. I also like that this does not feel greasy on my skin and dries down quickly in the morning I can then get straight to applying my makeup for the day. It does keep my skin moisturized throughout the day and sits nicely under my makeup without causing any shifting of my foundation. One of the other benefits I like about this day moisturizer is when I am using a drug store brand foundation it creates a nice barrier between my skin and the foundation so that the foundation doesn’t seep into my pores as much.

The PM Moisturizer has a nice thick texture to it. Not overly thick but just a nice rich texture. It seeps into my skin quite well and leaves it feeling hydrating and cool. It dries down after a while and when I wake in the morning my skin feels hydrated but not greasy. The PM moisturizer does not have any scent at all.

The Eye Repair Cream has a bit of a thick consistency and a little goes a long way. I do not find that I have to tug nor pull on my sensitive eye area in order to get this eye cream to penetrate and it has a quick dry time.

Personal Findings: While I am not under the illusion that any kind of skin cream will be a miracle in a bottle because none are, I do however like to see even a subtle difference in my skin. The two biggest changes I see in my skin with this line is the furrow lines which are the lines between your eyebrows often referred to as “11’s”are not as deep, not as noticeable and smoother. My skin texture also seems to be a bit smoother and my face also feels more hydrated.

Pricing: Pricing for these products can vary depending on where you buy from but in this post I have provided links to the items where I have found the lowest price for each. I don’t believe that something has to be expensive to be good and just because it’s good doesn’t mean it should be expensive.

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have used this line or intend to please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear your opinions.

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