Lisa Eldridge, who was recently named as creative makeup director of Lancôme, has a series of popular makeup tutorials. She is her own best model. Her recent video on applying liquid blush inspired me to share my opinions about 2 products that she mentioned in her video: Becca Cosmetics Beach Tint and Daniel Sandler Cosmetics Watercolour Blush.
Becca Beach Tint in Guava
Becca Beach Tint is actually thicker than liquid, more like a cream. It comes in a number of fruity shades, with a subtle scent to match. My complaint is that Becca Beach Tint has a tendency to separate. I received Becca Beach Tint as a PR sample.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush is a cult favorite in the UK. You may shop it through web sites such as BeautyMART and Cult Beauty. I purchased mine when Cult Beauty had a special for free international shipping. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush is very runny. It comes in a dropper bottle: just let gravity do its work, don’t squeeze – it’s easy to overdo it. It is very pigmented and if you overdo it, you’ll look like a clown. It separates, and the bottle contains a mixing bead of the type you might find in a bottle of nail polish.
Make Up For Ever had a liquid blush that came in a pump dispenser, and I would always pump out too much. The Sephora crew member showed me how little product was needed, and she anticipated a lot of returns. MUFE apparently got the message, because it discontinued the product.
Verdict: I prefer creme blush to liquid blush. Creme blush is simple to use: apply with your fingers. I like using a moistened blending sponge like Beautyblender to soften the edges. In my stash: Stila Convertible Color in Lilium and FLOWER creme blush in Peach Blossom.
The Clarisonic is a covetable item, but many might balk at the price (over $100). Other companies have jumped in to fill the void for less expensive products.
Spa Sonic® Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher Deluxe Kit
One of the these companies is EpiCare Ltd. Its Spa Sonic® Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher Deluxe Kit consists of a unit and 5 heads. The rundown:
2 face brushes (approximately 1-1/2″ diameter)
1 sponge head (approximately 1-1/2″ diameter)
1 pumice stone head (approximately 1-1/2″ diameter)
1 body brush (approximately 3″ diameter)
I have not tried the sponge head. The face brush and the body brush have soft bristles and do a fine job of mechanical exfoliation. I use the body brush on my upper arms, chest, and upper back, but it would also be great with a moisturizing wash to exfoliate the legs before shaving. The pumice stone is rough: I prefer Microplane or the Revlon® Pedi-EXPERT™ Pedicure Kit, which is among my favorite hand, foot and nail products. I follow up on the pumice stone with a finishing file and Amlactin lotion on my heels.
While the Clarisonic is rechargeable, the Spa Sonic® uses 4 AA batteries (which come with the kit). This might be a drawback for those who don’t want battery waste.
Leave it to the master marketers at P&G to take a pink lotion (the original Oil of Olay) and build an brand with several skin care lines around the Olay name. Then there’s the cross-branding: Cover Girl & Olay and the Gillette Venus & Olay razor. Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm is a recent addition to the Cover Girl & Olay line promoted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm
I have a confession to make: I have never mastered concealer under the eyes. Many MUAs think that concealer is a basic and essential part of makeup. However, when I apply concealer, what looks good at one angle doesn’t look good at another angle. Then there’s the problem of blending.
So how do I use Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm? To cover red spots on my face. After my husband made remarks about my makeup looking like a mask, I went for a nautral look. First, I used Mally’s Skin Perfecting Tinted Liquid Face Defender to even out my skin tone. I then applied Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm over the red spots and blended it with the end of a moistened Beautyblender. Presto! Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm melds with the skin.
Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm comes in 6 shades:
Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm is widely available at supermarkets, drugstores, and big box stores. Watch out for coupons and in-store sales for discounts.