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Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner Review, Photos


Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner

Sooth and Hydrate Your Skin!

One way I like to refresh and hydrate my skin is by using Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner ($15.95 for 6.4 oz./190 ml.).  It is a milky liquid that, according to Paula herself, is supposed to “calm your skin, providing a radiant appearance as it works to prevent signs of aging.  [It] helps fortify skin against environmental damage with skin repairing ingredients, soothing plant extracts, and a careful blend of potent antioxidants.  It works especially well for extra sensitive skin and rosacea.”

Presently, I have combination skin (dry cheeks and neck/oily T-zone) that becomes slightly drier during fall/winter and slightly oilier during spring/summer.  I experience minor breakouts and have mild to moderate rosacea.

This is the second product I use in my skin care routine, right after cleansing my face with Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser.  I use this to remove any last traces of makeup I may have missed and the milky texture, which is different from most clear toners, lightly moisturizes my skin-never making it look or feel oily or greasy.  It helps to slightly calm my rosacea and it feels very refreshing on a warm day.  On days when my skin does not feel as dry, this product adds just the right amount of moisture  to skip using a separate moisturizer, and go straight to my antioxidant serum.

This is just one of several well formulated toners from Paula’s Choice.  She has one for every skin type, targeted to fit your needs.

It is important to note all of Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, contain no added dyes, and are not tested on animals.  On the website, you can also view the sources of published research which support the company’s claims of their products.  You can also find a plethora of information and reviews on thousands of cosmetics and skin care products.

If you have always liked the idea of a toner, but always felt as if they were drying on your skin, then this one is definitely worth a try.



The Final LAB Report for Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner


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Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

It’s Bad in That Good Kind of Way!

When it comes to cream eyeshadows, Maybelline has created some of the best on the market, and Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow (≈ $6.99 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is a favorite of mine.  It is a medium, metallic bronze with multi-colored micro-shimmer.  It has a smooth, creamy texture, opaque pigmentation; it applied evenly, and blended seamlessly.

Once applied, Color Tattoos set quickly, but not so quickly that you cannot blend the edges, if you wish to.  Once set, they do not budge!  I did not test this for 24 hours (it’s never a good idea to wear makeup that long), but it was still going strong after 12 hours of wear-no fading or creasing (no eyeshadow primer).  I found Bad to the Bronze to be water resistant and was best removed with eye makeup remover.

At this price point you might expect Color Tattoos to come in plastic containers.  However, they are housed in hefty, glass jars with plastic lids.  The only downside to their packaging is the sticker with the shade name is on the lid and not on the jar itself.  It is not a big issue, but, hey, it’s my job to point out ALL the pros and cons of any product!

This is a great, long-wearing eyeshadow that can be used as a base to intensify other shadows, or can easily be used to add a wash of color across your lid.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)



The Final LAB Report for Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow


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