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What’s In My Travel Bag? (Packing for France – TSA Approved Liquids)

 

I am leaving for France this week on a two week wine and beauty trip with my friend, Myrna, and her company, Roux Wine Tours. I decided early on that I would only be taking a carry-on and a large tote/purse so I don’t have to heave luggage through the streets of Paris and on trains! In an effort to keep everything compact and simple, I’ve been rummaging through my beauty collection to see what travel sizes I have on-hand and what I really need to purchase.

If you’ve traveled at all in the United States, you are likely aware of the TSA’s ban on liquids over a certain size. The rule is 3-1-1, which means no liquids more than 3 oz., in 1 quart-sized clear bag, for 1 person. The quart-sized bag I’m using today came with my London Fog Carry On, and it has a loop to strap into the case. I was pretty excited to find that included with my luggage, so I didn’t have to purchase one. So, here are a few tips and a peek into what’s in my travel bag and packing for France.

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Top Row from Left to Right:

1. Using an old empty Korres moisturizer container (1.35oz) and a beauty spoon, I transferred my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm into the container for easy transport. I always save the sturdy containers for traveling when I’m finished with a product. Good ones to keep are glass pots and the LUSH fresh facemasks pots! In this situation, I transferred it because the regular Emma Hardie packaging is over the approved limit for size and is quite bulky to travel with. Plus, this is plenty enough product to get me through 2 weeks. (For my review of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, click here).

2. Travel size Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet  (0.33oz) as my moisturizer. I love this stuff! It has a great mousse-gel texture and just quenches skin’s thirst using a blend of grape water, grape seed extract, and shea butter extract. (I actually purchased this kit from Sephora, which includes the sorbet, the serum, and the spray.)

3. Regular size (2.2 oz) Women’s Mitchum 48 Hour Protection in Shower Fresh. Because, sweat and body odor. Nobody wants that.

4. Weleda Skin Food (2.5oz), available at Target, as my in-flight skin saver. I have not tried this yet, so I’m really hoping it works. Since this is a long-haul flight and air cabins contain a 80% deficit in the proper humidity for skin, it’s necessary to moisturize in-flight. Because I already have such dry skin, I’m taking Skin Food since it is super thick and nourishing (or is supposed to be!) I’ll certainly update you as to my feelings on this product!

5. Shampoo & Conditioner. First, I bought a set of these cute little polka dot travel containers at Target to put my products in. You can find those here. I’ll let you know if they leak or not. Next, I simply transferred my current shampoo and conditioner into the bottles, and packed them up. Right now, I am using Proganix AntiFade Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner. I’ve only been using it a few weeks, and so far I really like it. It is sulfate free color protection, and I like that it claims to protect against UV damage. You can find them at Ulta, Walgreens, and CVS. Here are the links if you want to check them out: shampoo and conditioner.

6. For my in-flight skincare regimen (on flights over 4 hours), I like to use a hydrating facemask to lock in moisture. Obviously, a clay mask would be quite conspicuous, so I opt for one that goes on clear and can be used as a sleeping mask. Because of its size, I chose the Nuxe Masque Crème Fraiche de Beaute for 24 hour rehydration. I got this in my Glossybox, and you can actually purchase it from their website, here. I love this mask so much! It’s one of my favorites for hydration.

7. Of course, I cannot travel without a micellar cleansing water, so I used a smaller bottle to use for some of my Bioderma. I have the 500 mL size at home, so that is not only against the 3-1-1 TSA rules, but also it’s just way too bulky to travel with anyway. I will be restocking on this when I’m in Paris. It’s the only place you can get the travel-sized Bioderma, so that will replace this little dinky bottle for future travel. (If you’re interested on some different micellar waters, have a look here.)

Bottom Row Left to Right:

1. Perfume samples. I didn’t want to pack a large bottle of perfume, and I’m actually running super low on all my favorites at the moment, so I couldn’t decant them into my Travelo. Since I have so many samples on stand-by, I opted for three sample sizes : Oscar de la Renta’s Coralina, Tocca’s Bianca, and Joya’s Composition No.1 mini-rollerball.

2. Navy Pots: Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes it is easier and more convenient on space to decant some of your liquids, creams, and gels into smaller containers. I thought the set I purchase from Target came with a good selection of container sizes, so here we have 2 small pots.

  • Smaller Pot — coconut oil. I cannot do skincare without coconut oil, so I liquefied about a tablespoon, and put it into the little pot to solidify. I use it for so many things, so if you’re interested in that, I’ve done a full post here.
  • Larger Pot — my heavier overnight moisturizer, which is currently the Vichy Liftactiv Nuit. I love this moisturizer. It’s not too thick, and it sinks into your skin almost instantly. When I wake up in the morning, it’s completely obvious my skin got a heavy dose of much needed hydration.

3. Toothpaste (0.25oz). I did not get super picky here; I just picked up what was available in the travel section at Walgreens.

4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is my favorite concealer. It has great coverage, staying power, and it’s brightening. Oh, and it’s cheap! Another great UK drugstore find. (I’m still searching for an online retailer. I’ll update this post as soon as I get a viable link that will ship to the US.)

5. NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait (0.23oz). This color is a great everyday gloss that also goes over most lipsticks well for added shine. The formula is very moisturizing, but because it’s so slippery, consistent reapplication is necessary. You can find NYX at Target, CVS, and Ulta.

6. Garnier Ultra Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream (0.5oz) as my eye cream. I just started using this based on a recommendation from a friend. So far, I like it, but I haven’t been using it long enough to report on the effectiveness. It’s a jelly consistency eye gel for overnight use, and is very cooling on the skin! It contains hyaluronic acid in to boost collagen production, increase moisture, and help to slough off dead skin cells. (available at drugstores)

7. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster (0.25oz) for my serum. This another product I’ve just recently started using, but so far I like it. And again, I haven’t been using it long enough to report on effectiveness or results. It contains Vitamin C for boosting collagen production, brightening skin tone, and reducing fine lines. (This is another one I’ll get back to you on via an update right here). This product is available at Sephora.

8. Foundation. Right now I’m using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (in No.54). It comes in a TSA approved size, but the packaging was too bulky and took up too much room, so I opted to make room by decanting it into the small pot. (The foundation is available on Amazon, as it is only sold in UK drugstores.)

So, I was able to get 16 products into my 3-1-1 TSA Approved Travel Bag. Here’s the final result.

Side A of the quart-sized liquids bag.
Side A of the quart-sized liquids bag.
Side B - final pack
Side B – final pack

I hope you found this post helpful or interesting. Check back tomorrow to see what I managed to fit into this makeup bag!! If you have any travel/packing suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

travel makeup bag

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties II: Part 1 Let’s talk about skincare!

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The empties series is back with four full installments! I have learned that I go through WAAAAYYYYYY more skincare than I do any other category of product. Due to the fact that I have 18 products here, I’m going to break this post into two parts. I’ll do seven products in this post, then another eight in the next post — that doesn’t add up because one product has a total of 4 empty containers. Read on to find out.

I suppose I have so many because I have travel versions of products I use (that I know will not irritate my skin) on the go or on a trip. For example, the It’s Potent eye cream, Caudalie cleansing water, and Josie Maran Argan Oil Light lived in my everyday makeup bag in my handbag. You never know when you need to redo your whole face or take it all off — like before a workout or pre-happy hour after a long work day.

So, let’s just dive right in and get started!!

1. Angels on Bare Skin by LUSH

Available at Lush stores (or online). Ranges from $13.95-$33.95 depending on size
Available at Lush stores (or online). Ranges from $13.95-$33.95 depending on size

I have gone through 4, yes FOUR, containers of Angels on Bare Skin in the last 8 months, as this one is always in my travel bag. It’s one of those products that I will always have in rotation. Here’s why:

  • It’s all natural and fresh
  • Great for all skin types, including sensitive (yay for me and all my sensitive skin girls!)
  • Has kaolin clay, ground almonds, lavender flowers, lavender oil, and rose oil
  • Ground almonds and lavender flowers are both great for exfoliation (even after your regular cleanser. bonus!!)
  • Lavender oil smooths and calms the skin
  • Rose oil reduces redness
  • It smells heavenly, or what I imagine heaven smells like

I love using this as a cleanser on its own, or as an exfoliator after I cleanse. It always leaves my skin soft and looking super healthy. It does have a gritty sort-of mealy texture, so don’t expect a lotion, gel, or foam here. It’s more like damp brown sugar. (TIP: I keep a pack of Popsicle sticks in my bathroom for this. They’re cheap and come in handy for all types beauty maneuvering!) If you don’t have a LUSH store where you live, you can always order online.

2. Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks by LUSH

Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks, $6.95 each
Love Lettuce & BB Seaweed Fresh Facemasks, $6.95 each

These fresh face masks are available at LUSH in their refrigerated section. They are so fresh that you must keep them refrigerated. Why? They do NOT contain any preservatives, but DO have an expiration date. However, each one is 2.1 oz and usually gets me 4-6 masks. These are 2 of my 4 favorite go-to masks!

Love Lettuce

A great choice for all skin types, so definitely a winner in my book! This one also smells so good because of the lavender oil in it for soothing and calming, but it also contains ground almonds for exfoliation. It’s more dense with the ground almonds than the Angels on Bare Skin cleanser, so it really gets into the pores to wash away dead skin, scoop out dirt, and force out unnecessary oil. It also contains honey, which helps to nourish and soften skin, and seaweed, which balances oil production in the T-zone. Personally, this one is my absolute favorite LUSH mask! My skin is usually at its best when I’m using Angels on Bare Skin in tandem with this mask and coconut oil steam treatments. (If you’re curious about that, you can get that info here.) LUSH is super affordable, so at $6.95 per pot, who can say no???

BB Seaweed

I love to use BB Seaweed when my sensitive skin starts freaking out. This mask is specifically formulated for sensitive skin to calm, soothe, and moisturize. Each batch of BB Seaweed made contains seven pounds of seaweed! Seven pounds! Seaweed is known for its soothing effects, and I can attest to its almighty green power! This mask also contains finely ground almonds for ultra gentle exfoliation. In addition to that, the copious amounts of aloe vera gel and rose target sensitive spots while the honey and olive oil surge the moisture into your pores. This is one of those masks that saves me if I try a new product and have a less than favorable reaction.

3. Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer by Anatomicals

Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Patches of collagen goodness, $11, available at Glossybox.com, Asos.com, and Amazon.com
Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Patches of collagen goodness, $11, available at Glossybox.com, Asos.com, and Amazon.com

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First, let me say that I love the cheeky (and adorable) way that Anatomicals names and labels its products! Nearly every product in their line is just super catchy. I think this one is just so clever, and it makes me smile. But, I do really like this little product. Basically, they are jelly filled collagen stickers to help decrease under eye puffiness. I’ve gone so far as to wear them on my way to work after a night of intense ugly crying…and they WORKED! I kept them in the refrigerator to add a little chill to enhance the de-puffing process, and while cucumber slices always work, this is great for the girl on the go. And, it contains grape seed oil, aloe vera, collagen, green tea extract, and plum extract — all fabulous ingredients for hydration, soothing, and de-puffing. I’d say these are useful when hungover, having an existential ugly cry meltdown, during allergy season, or whenever you just haven’t had enough sleep and need to look rested. You can purchase them through Glossybox.com here for $11.00, or from Asos.com here for $11.37, or on Amazon, where they sell the full individual Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer overnight eye mask! (Seriously, I now want this overnight mask!) Here’s a little example of my trial with Puffy and her minions.

On this day, I was having allergy problems, but in the picture on the left you can tell how swollen my under eye area was. I wore these on my way to work that morning.
On this day, I was having allergy problems, but in the picture on the left you can tell how swollen my under eye area was. I wore these on my way to work that morning.

4. Glam Glow Youth Mud Facemask

Glam Glow Youth Mud Face Mask. Available at Sephora, GlamGlow.com, and Amazon.com
Glam Glow Youth Mud Face Mask. Available at Sephora, GlamGlow.com, and Amazon.com

This product is one of those cult beauty products that took off like a rocket earlier this spring. I received a free sample of the Youth Mud (there are several GlamGlow varieties from which you may choose to suit your skin type/target issue). The Youth Mud is designed for all skin types and claims to have you movie-star-camera-ready in just minutes. Yes, it’s AMAZING, and does make your skin look incredible afterwards. It lives up to the hype…almost. But first, let’s chat about the ingredients. Youth Mud contains kaolin clay, green tea extract, chamomile, marigold, cucumber, ivy, comfrey herb, lavender, and volcanic rock. The combination of these ingredients makes this mask a superstar. It exfoliates, nourishes, plumps, soothes, smooths, and gives you that all over glow, hence the name. The volcanic rock serves as the exfoliation agent while the French sea clay (kaolin) detoxifies, purifies, and leaves good natural oils in place. The herbs and tea extracts provide antioxidants to boost skin’s plumpness and revitalize it. While I absolutely love love love this mask, I did find the tingling sensation a bit harsh (but I do have pretty sensitive skin), and at $69.00 for 1.7 oz, I find it to be a tad on the pricey side for a face mask. I was able to get two masks out of this sample if that’s any indication. Therefore, I’d recommend this one wholeheartedly (a) if you have the extra cash to spend or (b) if you’re willing to splurge for an upcoming event (i.e. wedding, prom, big interview at your dream job, etc.)

5. Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $7.99, available at drug stores.
Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil, $7.99, available at drug stores.
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This packaging has taken a bit of a beating. I apologize.

When I first saw this in Walgreens, I knew I HAD to try it. I’m a huge fan of naturally occurring oils as a makeup remover (i.e. coconut oil or olive oil), and this one contains jojoba and macadamia oil. I’m OVER THE MOON about this product. It’s all of $5-7, depending on where you purchase it. When I stumble upon amazing, and yet affordable products, my inner couponer gets insanely excited. Nonetheless, this is probably the BEST product launch of the skin care year for me. So, let’s talk about the pros and cons. Cons first — I like to end things on a positive note. The packaging could use a little help. I’d pay an extra $5 for Garnier to up their game on the packaging. I love the pump, so I hope they don’t change that – EVER, but it leaks at the seal. And when I say leaks, I mean you will have cleansing oil on whatever you put it in, and you will find it EVERYWHERE! I traveled with it on a road trip and everything in my overnight kit was just soaked in this stuff. BUT, I use it every single night to take off my makeup. Two pumps takes off everything, including eye makeup, and just feels so nice on the skin. I do use my regular face wash after, though. And while this is my only empty of of this, I’m almost done with my second bottle and I have another one ready to go under my counter. I have recommended it to every girl I know because it is an insanely fabulous product. The oils not only clean your skin, but they also nourish your skin.

Jojoba oil is giving coconut oil a run for its money. It’s great at fighting acne as it dissolves the bad oil in your pores that cause breakouts. How cool is that?? (I have noticed less breakouts, especially hormonal breakouts since I started using this product.) Jojoba oil also functions as a moisturizer, antibacterial, and anti-aging oil due to its superfluous amount of natural antioxidants. Sold. On the other hand, it’s companion, the Macadamia oil, is a lesser-known oil in the beauty industry (at least to me), and its greatly known for quick absorption for deep moisturization. In addition to that, it contains a ton of good fatty acids which help in repairing skin damage from sunburn or age. Basically, it gets in quickly and fights the good fight. Sold.

I’ve spent some time on this product in this post because I believe in it. My skin loves it. It’s great for all skin types, including oily (don’t forget – like attracts like – the proper oils on oily skin is OK!). Garnier has really really nailed it here, and I truly hope they leave the formula alone because it’s brilliant, but I would like to see stronger packaging.

6. It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit

It's Potent Eye Cream by Benefit, available at Sephora, Ulta, and Benefitcosmetics.com
It’s Potent Eye Cream by Benefit, available at Sephora, Ulta, and Benefitcosmetics.com

I often find myself going back to this eye cream, specifically keeping it in my everyday makeup bag to apply just before my foundation. It’s really great at noticeably decreasing dark circles. It contains botanical extracts and a peptide complex that aids in brightening to combat dark circles. Out of all of the eye creams I’ve tried that claim to reduce dark circles, this is the ONLY one that actually performs. It’s not going to completely erase your dark circles, but it certainly does decrease them. While it is a tad on the pricey side, at $34 for 0.5 oz (which is much larger than the travel size pictured in this post) I still find it to be worth the money. It’s very light and airy in texture, and moisturizes well. I will continue to purchase this product, but since it’s not my night and day eye cream, I like the travel size for my makeup bag.

7. Josie Maran Argan Oil Light

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, available at Sephora or JoseiMaranCosmetics.com
Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, available at Sephora or JoseiMaranCosmetics.com

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I tried this product after trying the Josie Maran Argan Oil, which I love, but felt to be a tad on the heavy side. If you have never used an argan oil product, it’s such an awesome oil. It can be used on your skin and on your hair! I like the the lighter texture of this oil from Josie Maran’s line. I tend to use an oil after I’ve cleansed my face thoroughly and before I apply moisturizer. Of course, you don’t need an oil and a moisturizer, but you can substitute an oil for a serum. It’s 100% argan oil so don’t let the “light” notation fool you. Light, here, refers to it’s quicker absorption rate and, as a result, less sticky feel after application. Similar to other naturally occurring oils, argan oil hydrates, decreases sebum production, and helps reduce fine lines. I keep the travel version of this in my everyday makeup bag for application just before my foundation (and along with the It’s Potent). I find it to be a great skin prep for makeup allowing my skin a hydrated smooth canvas on which to paint. The packaging is super sturdy, and it comes with a little dropper. You only need a few drops to cover your whole face so it lasts for quite some time! It ranges in price depending on what size you purchase – $16 gets you 0.5 oz (pictured); $48 for 1.7 oz; and $96 for 4 oz. I love that you don’t have to splurge to try it! Grab the 0.5 oz bottle and go for it. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Even more, Josie Maran’s line is just so giving — she seeks to empower women, give back to communities in need around the world, and really tries to create products that are both good for us and good to the Earth. Who can argue with a mission statement like that? Right now, if you head over to her site, you’ll find that 50% of the Argan Oil Hair Serum sales will be donated to the More Than Me Foundation which is currently helping to fight Ebola. Natural beauty that gives back? Count me in every time!

Please come back next week for the next installment, where I’ll walk through all the other products shown in the first photo! It’s been a skincare year for me and I hope you enjoyed this post. What was your favorite skincare product of the year? Let me know in the comments! My number one favorite that I purchased this year will be in the next post. Can you guess which one?

Until next time, Stay Glittery Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Haircare Empties! 1st quarter 2014

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Hello Beauties!

Since the beginning of the year, I have finished quite a few products. I’m going to bring you a few different posts with those empty products, so let’s start with hair products! I purchased some of these prior to January 2014, but ran out of them more recently, so I’ve decided to include them here.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, $23 (available at Aveda salons)

Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, $23 at Aveda Salons.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, $23 at Aveda Salons.

I quite like this product. It’s of a gel consistency, and goes on your hair while damp prior to blow-drying to smooth out frizzies and aid in straightening. Pretty straight forward. It smells great — you know, that lovely, just stepped out of the Aveda salon smell. I will probably repurchase this one in the future, but I’m not racing out the door to get it again.

 

 

 

 

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair, $8.99 (available at Ulta)

Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark & Deep Brown Hair, $8.99 at Ulta
Batiste Dry Shampoo for Dark & Deep Brown Hair, $8.99 at Ulta

I love dry shampoo, and this one is really great! Generally, dry shampoo tends to leave a white-ish residue on the hair that you have to rub into the hair before it disappears (kind of like putting baby powder in your hair). That’s one of the downfalls of dry shampoo in general, but Batiste has a line suited for different shades of hair to combat that issue entirely, and it works!! It smells decent, and definitely does its job! This one ranks in my top three dry shampoos, and I will be rushing to refill this one!

 

 

 

 

Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier for Fine or Flat Hair, $5.99 (available at drugstores)

Garnier Volume Extend Dry Shampoo, $5.99 at drugstores
Garnier Volume Extend Dry Shampoo, $5.99 at drugstores

I have fine and less than voluminous hair without the help of some great products, and this one just didn’t cut it for me. It smells terrible, almost like pure aerosol. I love Garnier hair products as a whole, but this one just didn’t add volume, it didn’t function well as a dry shampoo, and it went rather quickly. I was pretty disappointed because it’s so affordable!! But, I will not repurchase this one.

 

 

 

 

Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray, $5.99 (available at Ulta)

Not Your Mother's Volumizing Hairspray, $5.99 at Ulta
Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hairspray, $5.99 at Ulta

What a stinky little hairspray. I thought with “apple blossom and bamboo” on the label, my hair would smell of some amazing Japanese garden. No ma’am. As a hairspray, however, it’s nice, but not really anything to write home about. I used it all because I don’t like to waste products or money if I can keep from it, but I think if it had smelled better, I may give it another shot. Nonetheless, it is not a hairspray I’ll go back for.

 

 

 

 

 

Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment, $19.50 for 5.25oz (available at Ulta)

Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment, $19.50 at Ulta
Brocato Cloud 9 Miracle Repair Treatment, $19.50 at Ulta

I got this as a freebie at Ulta one day, and WOW! Holy gorgeous silky beautiful hair! While this is a bit pricey, I am going back for this one with bells on singing its praises. It’s actually a hair mask you use in the shower in place of conditioner. I use it about once every two weeks, and it simply makes your hair soft, silky, and treatable with other products. It’s like a breath of heaven for tired hair. Get it. I promise you will love it.

 

 

 

 

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray Volumizing Spray Gel, $19 for 5.1 oz (available at Ulta)

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray, $19.95 at Ulta
Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray, $19.95 at Ulta

This is my absolute favorite hair product. It’s is three products in one: volumizer, heat protectant, and gel. This is actually my second bottle, so I wholeheartedly recommend it. With my fine hair, it is almost impossible to find good volumizing products that actually create volume without leaving a stiff or sticky residue on my hair. However, Sebastian has figured it out. It smells lovely, sprays out in a nice fine mist, and works very well into damp hair. I section my hair out and pray it at the roots from nape to temple. Seriously, if you need a boost, this is your product.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little first quarter hair empties! Check back this week for skincare/bodycare empties and makeup empties! Leave me a comment below with your favorite hair products! I love finding new ones!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Concealer Run Down

Hello again! Hope your day is treating you well! I promised y’all a Concealer Run Down on Instagram and Facebook, so here we go!!

All concealers are not made equal. Each concealer serves a different purpose, and I have always used more than one concealer. Some are made for cover up to camouflage scars, spots, or those pesky little pimples. Other concealers are made to decrease the appearance of dark circles. The newest concealers on the market are brighteners and highlighters, and these have recently been my favorite!

Before we get into the individual products, just a quick run down on some color tips with concealer. Depending on what you are trying to do, a little use of the color wheel here is helpful. If the two colors are complimentary colors (directly across from each other on the color wheel), one color will balance out the other.

  • Redness — green concealer or green primers
  • Dark Circles — yellow-orange based concealers (On packaging, look for the buzz word “warm.” This depends on whether your dark circles are more blue-toned or more purple-toned. If they are blue-toned, look for orange-y concealers in a salmon-y color. However, if they are more purple-toned, then opt for yellow-based concealers.)
  • Dark Spots/Freckles — closest to skin color and one shade lighter than your foundation
  • Light Sunburn or Self Tanner mishaps — blue concealer
  • Yellow-y skin/spots — purple concealer

Today’s post won’t include any of the green, purple, or blue concealers; it will just focus on every day concealers that most people tend to buy. If you would like to see a detailed post on colorful concealers, let me know in the comments, and I’ll do what I can for you. Without further ado….Here are the swatches for each product contained in this post.

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MAC Select Cover Up, $18
MAC Select Cover Up, $18

1. MAC Select Cover Up, $18 (available at MAC counters/stores)

This is a thicker consistency yellow-based high coverage concealer designed to camouflage just about everything. It covers acne spots, dark spots, and dark circles. I personally use this one for acne spots, but I find it to be too thick and too drying for undereye circles. I love the tube packaging of it, which helps me to prolong its use. In addition, it seems pretty sanitary this way. This one has great staying power and will last all day, no reapplication necessary.

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $10.99
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $10.99

2. L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $10.99 (available at drugstores)

L’Oreal Magic Lumi is possibly one of my favorite products ever. I have repurchased it several times. It’s a light luminescent highlighting concealer with a sheer finish. Highlighting concealers are not made to conceal spots, but are more to create light around the eye socket area giving you the appearance of being more awake and possibly a little younger. I apply this one (after foundation and under-eye concealer) to the top of the cheek bone around the eye socket area going out toward the outer corner of the eye, on the brow bone, down the center of my nose, in a fanned-out pattern between my brows, and at the cupid’s bow (the top little dimple of your top lip). It has a slight shimmer to it, so it reflects light whether you put it on before or after foundation. It is easily blendable and can even be put over top powder without getting cakey. This one just makes my whole makeup look appear flawless.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, $19
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, $19

3. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19 (Boots or Superdrug, UK) or $19 (Amazon, US)

Unfortunately, this concealer isn’t readily available in the U.S., but you can order it on Amazon at a slightly inflated price. This concealer is a bit of a cult classic, and I was recently able to get my hands on one. I now understand why it is considered by many in the beauty blogosphere to be the “holy grail” of concealers. It’s affordable, creamy, is very long wearing, brightening, and is AWESOME for dark circles. It provides great coverage, whether you are using it for dark circles or blemishes, or even redness. I have been using this lately as my go-to concealer under my eyes and at the bottom corners of my nose (where I tend to stay pretty red in the fall/winter).

Nuance Concealer & Brightener Duo, $10.99
Nuance Concealer & Brightener Duo, $10.99

4. Nuance by Salma Hayek Concealer & Brightener, $10.99 (available at CVS)

This is a concealer/brightener duo. I’m not 100% certain whether the stick is the concealer or brightener because it’s not clearly marked. This one gets a ton of bad reviews online, and I’m not really sure why. I use the stick as the concealer, and it’s really creamy and moisturizing. It has good coverage, but not the best I’ve ever used; however, it has great lasting power. I use the bottom portion to brighten, which unscrews to reveal a little brush. The brightener is comparable in consistency to the L’Oreal Magic Lumi, but it’s more opaque than that one and not as illuminating because it does not contain any shimmer. If you have wrinkles around your eyes, I would suggest this brightener over the L’Oreal because matte products are better for deep lines and wrinkles. At $10.99, it’s a bit pricey for what it delivers, but it is two products in one. I’m still on the fence as to whether I will repurchase this one when I finish it.

Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Roller, $12.99
Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Roller, $12.99

5. Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Roller, $12.99 (available at drugstores)

I have been using this little roller ball for a very long time. The formula is sheer and light weight, so it blends easily. I would not have ever thought that a sheer formula could cover dark circles, but this one does!! It contains a caffeine gel formula which awakens the eye area because when applied to the skin, it has anti-inflammatory properties. (Interestingly, some studies have shown that caffeine applied to the skin kills damaged cells without harming live healthy cells.) I usually apply the thin layer of this just after my foundation and right before my Lasting Perfection concealer. The duo works fantastically together! I’m quite possibly on my 7th or 8th tube of this stuff, and should they ever discontinue it, I will write a very stern letter to Garnier. Oh, and this stuff is not located in the concealer section! It’s in the skincare section.

Maybelline FIT Me Concealer, $6.99
Maybelline FIT Me Concealer, $6.99

6. Maybelline FIT Me Concealer, $6.99 (available at drugstores)

You can tell from the photo that this concealer gets a lot of love from me. The packaging has taken a real beating! Prior to getting the Lasting Perfection, I used this one as my “holy grail.” The formulas are so incredibly similar. I find the only real difference to be that the Maybelline concealer is more moisturizing than the Lasting Perfection, even though the Lasting Perfection is a thinner formula. I use this one after the Garnier on my under eye area, as well has for camouflaging spots. It’s about a shade lighter than my foundation so it works well for all over the face if you don’t have other pigmentation or discoloration concerns to address. So, if you can’t get your hands on the Lasting Perfection, the Maybelline FIT Me is a nearly equal substitute. I will definitely repurchase this one again.

Benefit Watts Up!, $30
Benefit Watts Up!, $30

7. Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter, $30 (available at Sephora and Ulta)

This little stick is very pretty. It’s definitely a higher end highlighting product, not designed to conceal. However, I find it to be a great product similar to the L’Oreal Magic Lumi. However, the formulas are completely different. This one is a cream to powder formula, so I would not recommend applying it atop of any powder. It’s creamy and easily blendable with your fingers. I use this one on the same places on my face as the Magic Lumi — center of nose, cupid’s bow, high cheekbone, brow bone, and between the brows. It’s a beautiful luminous semi-sheer champagne that matches almost all skin tones. The only downfall to this product is that it comes in only one shade. I don’t know how this would fair on really dark skin tones, but I think it’s one of those colors that simply looks good on anyone.

Rimmel ScadalEyes Waterroof Kohl Kajal, $4.99
Rimmel ScadalEyes Waterroof Kohl Kajal, $4.99

8. Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “Nude,” $4.99 (available at drugstores)

This is actually an eyeliner, but it can also function as a spot concealer. I love finding products that can function as more than what they are marketed for. This pencil is super creamy, so you can dab it onto to blemish or spot and blend gently with fingers and ta-da!! It works just as well as any other spot concealer, is super long-lasting, and at half the price, who could resist?!! It’s great for lining the bottom waterline, too! That little trick will help to make your tired eyes look more awake after a sleepless night or a night out because it makes the whites of your eyes whiter.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the concealer run down! Have you tried any of these? If so, which ones? Are there any that you absolutely love that I need to try?? If so, let me know in the comments!!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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