Review: Laneige BB Cushion

Once again Infuenster was kind enough to tag me for a promo that they were teaming up with Target for. Target is revamping their beauty departments while also bringing in new, fresh products. #FindItAtTarget is the campaign that they launched to help people discover all of the new lines they were bringing in. Laneige is one of those new lines.

I was beyond lucky and received the Laneige BB Cushion in three colors (light, medium, dark). The packaging for them is lovely. The box they come in has a beautiful glossy pattern printed on it which is repeated on the foil packaging of the included refill.

The compact itself is has a nice weight too it, but it's not overly heavy. It is sleek with its all white look and only the brand name and BB Cushion printed on the top. The push button is nice and easily opens the compact to reveal a mirror and makeup sponge. Flipping open the sponge holder reveals the actual foundation. 

I personally tested the Laneige BB Cushion in Light, as it matched my skin the closest. The foundation itself is unique and interesting. It's like a soft, springy, moistened sponge or as they call it, a cushion. What I loved about this foundation is the SPF 50+, which is almost unheard of in most foundations. The texture, application, skin color correcting and scent were all spot on for me. It was easy to apply with the application puff that is included and blended in nicely. It left my face feeling soft and giving off a lovely dewy glow. I enjoy that I was able to reapply it as needed, without feeling like I was adding bulk to my face.

My one compliant and the constant issue I run into with all of the BB lines I have tried...color. Even their light was not light enough for me. Sadly it pulled out the yellow/orange undertones in my skin. I wish that Laneige offered a lighter, more neutral color because I would buy it up in a heartbeat. I love this foundation that much. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that when my skin color changes during the summer that I'll be able to use the color, because I think it will be an amazing summer foundation. 

I did pass out the Medium and Dark to some beauty gurus that I know and they absolutely raved about it. They loved the texture and how it felt on. They also agreed that it didn't feel bulky in any way what-so-ever. Plus the colors matched the two of them perfectly!

Here's what they say about the product: 

So in the end I really love this product, even if it isn't a perfect match for my skin color. The SPF 50+ is an amazing feature to this product, as is the fact that you can reapply it throughout the day without bulky buildup. The price, $34, does seem a bit high, especially for Target, but with them expanding their product line, it's nice to a wider range of offerings and prices. Also, all of the colors comes with a refill, so there's actually two packages of color in each box. That alone makes the price worth it. I'm going to keep trying the light color as the summer progresses in hopes of it working for me. I'll also be keeping my fingers crossed that Laneige comes out with a lighter color.
This product was sent to me by Influenster to review for Target. All thoughts are my own. 

Review: Ponds BB+ Cream

About a month ago I was lucky enough to be chosen by Influenster to participate in trying a new product from Ponds. They were putting out a BB cream called Ponds BB+. I have to say, upon receiving the box I was blown away by the packaging and presentation. The box they came displayed in is something I will enjoy using for years to come.

I was sent two foundations to try for myself, one in Light and the other in Medium. The medium shade will never get touched by me as I am very fair skinned. I was excited to try the light shade because I have been trying to find the perfect BB cream that works for not only my skin type, but also my coloring. So I eagerly tried the light shade BB+ on a day that I was spending outside in a park. I figured what better place to try a new foundation that has SPF 15 in it!?

Sadly to say that's where my excitement tapered off. I wasn't a fan of the coverage it gave and it left my face feeling tacky/sticky to the touch. I ended up putting a loose powder over top to help take away the stickiness. Once in natural daylight it was easy to see that it was not a match for my skin tone. The color had quickly oxidized on me and was leaning orange.

By mid day the foundation had already started melting off of my chin and cheeks. It was also feeling tacky again and looked to have oxidized even more. This is a common issue with my combination skin that starts dry and ends oily.

I so hoped that this would be a product that worked for me, but it didn't. This is an all to common issue for BB creams that I have come across. They tend to have a limited color range and companies don't seem to understand that one or two colors does not fit all. Perhaps if Ponds comes out with a lighter shade I will try it, but even then I would be hesitant.

Here's what Ponds says about their product:

Flawless in Seconds, + More Even Tone in 2 Weeks! 
POND'S® Luminous Finish BB+ was created with Tone Perfecting Complex. It works by targeting the source of dark spots on skin’s surface – visibly fading them for a difference you can see. It also delivers a special pigment system designed to blend flawlessly into a variety of skin tones and immediately conceal imperfections with natural-looking coverage.
Available in Light and Medium.

At night, remove all traces of makeup with Luminous Clean™ Wet Cleansing Towelettes.
Essential Features
  • Superior* Coverage of Imperfections
  • Superior* Visible Dark Spot Reduction
  • Superior* Non-Greasy Feel, with a Matte Finish
  • Broad spectrum SPF 15 sun protection
  • Non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Hypoallergenic

Be sure to check out the giveaway that Pond's is hosting on their Facebook page!

This product was sent to me by Influenster to review for Ponds. All thoughts are my own. 

Something new for the dishes

Something awesome came in the mail from Influenster the other day. I was lucky enough to be chosen to try out a new product from Palmolive. Now when I found out I was going to be testing something new from them I was excited, but also figured it would be a great sample sized product. But no, Palmolive went above and beyond and I was greeted with this:

Three full sized bottles of their new Fresh Infusions. I received Lemon Thyme, Lime Basil and Ginger White Tea. So Far I am loving the Ginger White Tea, but that may change when I do my dishes later. The bottles are very nice, with pretty photos of what the scent is. 

Dare I say it, I'm actually excited to do dishes! 

Check back soon for a full review on these bad boys!

Closing out 2012

As I watch 2012 come to a close, I can't say that I am all that sad. It's been a year of adjustments and a lot more self doubt than I care for. But it hasn't been all bad. I have taken some major steps in a direction that I have been tiptoeing towards for months, years even.

So while 2012 might be quietly making its exit in my life, 2013 is waiting to start with a bang. Why is that you might ask? Well that's because I have taken a huge leap and am excited with where it's going.

I have started another blog, one that revolves around my love of all things nail polish. It's about time, seeing as I have a very large love of all things nail lacquer. But that alone is not the big jump. The big jump is that after 6 months of making nail polish of my own, I am going to launch a shop. I am going to sell my nail polish!

If you would like to join me on this journey, please join me over at Emerald & Ash. I will not only share my polish collection, but also the polishes I have made and that I plan to sell.

Running my own shop and making something I truly love has been something I have dreamed about for years. So I am beyond excited. I hope to be able to still blog over here, but it will probably be slow while I work on my shop and getting everything up and running.

2013 is already looking to be full of excitement and new things and I hope that you will join me in this new endeavor.

I also hope that you have a wonderful new year and that it brings you all of the things you have been hoping for.

Promo: SquareHue

I blogged last week about SquareHue which is a monthly subscription box for nail polish. I also talked about the fact that they were doing a special $14.99 promo that you would be locked into for the life of your subscription. Well that promo ended on the 8th and the price went to $21 (which still isn't an awful deal), but the wonderful people over at SquareHue have given me a promo code that will give you the chance to get your subscription for the $14.99.

So if you want to get the box...but waited too long you're in luck! The promo is good till December 24th. So don't wait too long.

So go now and enter in the code: DECBLOGGER05 (it is case sensitive). 

Also...their January collection is called the Arctic Collection. So looking forward to it! So go sign up now so you can get it!