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The Style Page reviews liquid blushes

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 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

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.

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Sensai Designing Duo Bronzing Powder

This Designing Duo Bronzing Powder by Sensai by Kanebo is a two-color graduating bronzing powder with 24K gold and pearl.

Sensai Designing Duo Bronzing Powder

Sensai Designing Duo Bronzing Powder

At $45, it’s on the lower end of Sensai’s product line: some high-end products retail as high as $740!  Sensai may be purchased through Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

In Japan, Sensai’s parent company Kanebo has cosmetics lines at various price points, from mass-market to luxury.

Spa Sonic® Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher Deluxe Kit

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

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.

The Spa Sonic® Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher Deluxe Kit costs $70 on the Spa Sonic® web site; however I found it through (someday we’ll find it) the Costco Connection magazine for $40 (shop costco.com for the Spa Sonic® Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher Deluxe Kit – good through May 31 or while supplies last).

Disclosure: The Spa Sonic® Skin Care System Face and Body Polisher Deluxe Kit was provided to me as a PR sample.  Opinions are my own.

Cover Girl & Olay Concealer Balm

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

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:

  • Fair
  • Fair/Light
  • Light
  • Light/Medium
  • Medium
  • Medium/Deep

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.