Friday, February 27, 2015

Foundation Friday | Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

So I feel like all of my reviews lately have been "this product is amazing" reviews.  But that's okay, right??  Well, here goes another one.  Today I'm reviewing the Bobbi Brown BB Cream with SPF 35.  This product has been a holy grail (amazing... what for it) for a few months now.  I have it in several shades (light, fair, medium).  The packaging is super lovely and easy - typical Bobbi sleek black tube, light weight, no spills - PERFECT for slapping on and going, or for a vacation when you just want the livin' to be easy.  

Now for the formula.  It's close to perfect.  The coverage is a light-medium coverage, and it has a natural dewy finish.  If you set with powder - it's a natural finish.  The lasting power is amazing on me.  My favorite time to use it is in the summer and spring, because it makes your face just look fresh and healthy.  Along with the SPF, it is indeed healthy for your skin.  It protects, and it lasts.  Now for an itty downside - it reeks of SPF.  It's basically like you are slapping coppertone on your face.  If you can get past that (because, well hey, it is a sunscreen product) then you'll love it.  

I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of Bobbi Brown.  The three products I love include this BB cream, as well as her extra repair eye cream and shimmer bricks. I've tried other foundations by her, but always ended up returning.  However, THIS will always be in my foundation drawer. 

Do you love Bobbi Brown? What are your favorites by her?

xoxo, molly :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review | Tatcha Cleansing Oil and Rice Enzyme Powder

Can we all just take a moment to oooo and ahhhh over this entire beautiful line of skincare - and this packaging? I. Die. I'm such a sucker when it comes to packaging.  If something looks gorgeous, I always fall for it, and then end up thinking did I really just pay that much for this little of something?!  But.... I have to say, this little bottle and jar certainly impressed me.  They impressed me so much, I'm not sure I can live without them.

My friend (that gets to test a lot of beauty samples) let me try these little gems.  I sampled both of these products separately.  The first product - the Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleasning Oil is a cleansing oil said to remove all traces of makeup and dirt.  Normally I use a cleansing oil to remove my makeup - so I decided to use this product just for a pre-cleanse.  I first noticed that it is more of a dry oil than a thick moisturizing one.  For me to have enough spread-ability I had to use about 7 pumps of the oil.  To me, 7 pumps is a lot.  I'm not sure if it's because the travel size oz. pump doesn't dispense that much product...? I dunno.  But if I had to use 7 pumps every time I used this, I imagine the product would disappear quickly... and I was correct.  Unfortunately I ran out of this product in about a month.  I apply the oil directly to my dry face and massage it in.  I'm careful around my eyes because since it's a dry oil, it feels a little tuggy around the eye area, and I don't want to risk loosing any eye lashes (sounds crazy I know, but hey, I don't have that many as it is!) Rinsing off is a dream. | Every | Single | Trace | of makeup is gone.  I dry my face with a white towel afterward, and I'm amazed that nothing is left behind.  WINNER in my book.  My face is left feeling clean but not tight.  Not tight, but not super nourished either (which I'm fine with). 

Now, let's talk about the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.  This product I will never EVER be without.  I don't think I have ever loved a product so much after testing it.  So, this product is a SUPER gentle exfoliator - made up of tiny rice bran granules that when water is added, create a foam.  It can also be used as a cleanser when not wearing any make up.  You take the cap off and sprinkle some into the palm of your hand, add water, and massage it into your face.  It's creamy, lathering, foaming, (insert here several other adjectives that describe something beautiful and luxurious).  After using this immediately my face is left balanced and feeling SO smooth.  Better yet, when I use this in the morning, my moisturizer following sinks in so quickly, and my skin is normal throughout the day.  Before using this I would have an oily t-zone by lunch.  Over several weeks of using this I have to say that my acne around my chin has decreased, my skin has become more balanced, and my face has just looked and felt more radiant.  Exfoliators are SO necessary in a skincare routine.  Try any gentle one today, and you'll notice the difference right away.

Tatcha . . . I'm obsessed, and you amaze me.  

I've already ordered more from this line.  You can check it out here.