Lancome Teint Idole Ultra VoxBox

Influenster hooked me up with a great box filled with Lancome makeup. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Lancome makeup so I was happy to try it out. When I first got an email saying I was getting this , I thought it was just a foundation. Then clicked the video and saw I was getting 3 more products.  I was super excited … and sort of stalked my mailman waiting for it to come. ( One day I ran after him! haha)

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I was sent a foundation, concealer, lip lacquer, & highlighter. You can find these products at Sephora as well as other stores that carry Lancome.

 

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Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation SPF 15 $47

This foundation is like liquid photoshop.  My skin looked flawless all day. It evened out my skin tone and I didn’t need to use a lot of the product. I would go by the mirror and get a glance and be like “Oh ..hey girl!” haha

There are 35 shades to choose from. Its oil-free, gives a medium to full coverage (buildable) , gives your skin a matte finish, & stays on all day. I am a little bummed because when I received it I think I could have went up a shade it was a little light. Then  I went on vacation & now the color doesn’t match. I will have to wait until next Winter or find a pale friend to give it to.

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer $31

I wasn’t a huge fan of this concealer because it was on the thicker side but it did a nice job. This is really pigmented and is gives full coverage. A little product goes a long way.  It was so so with blending into the skin and it also got a little tacky. If I were to buy this I think this would be good for special occasions or if you have dark circles.  I prefer a concealer with light-medium coverage.

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Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid $23

This was my favorite of the products I received because the coloring was perfect & it gave me a natural glow.  I received Lumieres De Bronze which is an amber bronze color. Its a creme highlighter that blends into the skin nicely and gives your skin a nice shimmer in just one click. The only thing I didn’t like it that with a click a lot of product came out , so click lightly .  I liked the doe foot applicator and light weight formula. I used this mostly on my cheekbones.  The small size makes ideal for travelling ( whether you are going on vacation or just to have in a make up bag)

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Le Métallique Metallic Lip Lacquer Mirrored Nude $22

I didn’t care for this color on my lips alone. It looked like I hate a glazed powdered donut. I ended up applying it on top on my lipstick on the middle of my lips for dimension. The lacquer is infused with exclusive plexi-gloss polymers and metallic pearls which gives a 3D shine . I liked it much better that way. While wearing alone I noticed it felt a little tacky but it was also moisturizing.

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Inside my Winter BeautyCon Box

I was very lucky and won a beautycon box. Check them out on instagram , that is how I came across the giveaway.  I did win this back in January… I know super late sharing! Also considering this is a Winter box and its almost Spring lol

 

I was really excited to see what was inside. I like the packaging, does anyone else hoard boxes like these? Im currently using this one to store beauty samples in. haha

I liked the silver polka dot tissue paper , so cute.

About the BeautyCon Box:  This is a beauty subscription box that sends out a box every season, unlike others that do it monthly.  The box is also mostly filled with full sized high-end beauty brands. It costs $29 per box. The box I received the value is around $139!

 

Inside

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I haven’t tried everything just yet because I have so many products I am trying to use up at the moment I don’t want to add more the the madness. I will try an update in a separate post or add back on here. Also check my instagram , I post a lot on there.

Artist Couture Illuminati Diamond Glow Highlighter

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If you want your cheeks to pop, this is the highlighter for you! I never heard of the brand until recently. I saw a video tutorial on instagram and she used this as I was waiting for my box to arrive. I was surprised & happy to see it in this box so I could try it out. Its a nice shimmery gold powder. As I applied it to my cheeks , my eyes got big and started to sparkle.  This is the best highlighter I’ve used. I almost wear this daily. It adds a nice sunkissed glow to my cheeks . I also apply it under my brow.

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Tapered Highlighting Brush #522 $24

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I’ve never heard of Luxie beauty before but glad I have now. I’ve been using this to apply the Artist Couture highlighter. iTs soft, feels good in my hand while using it. I really like the pink & rose gold combo.

 

Colourpop x BeautyCon lippie Stix $5

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Have you heard of colourpop? I feel like 2016 I heard about it a lot but I never tried it. Now I’m mad I didn’t try it sooner. This color is a box exclusive. When I saw the shade I was unsure about it. Its definitely not a shade I would have chose for myself. This is one of the reasons I like beauty subscription boxes.  Its a neutral shade that feel nice and creamy/buttery on the lips. It also smells a bit like caramels.  I heard its similar to the shade cookie that colourpop has, if your like the shade.

BioBELLE Botanic Fiber sheet mask #AfterParty $5

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Do you love sheet masks? I cant get enough of them! This one smelled fruity , and not in an artificial way either. The fit was ok, it stayed on for the whole 20 minutes. When I took it off my skin felt soft, smooth, hydrated.

Garnier Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water

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I haven’t used this yet but have heard good things. It is a multipurpose cleanser that helps take off make up, cleanses the skin, and refreshes without drying out your skin.

 

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

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I wasn’t expecting the green formula tube. You wash your face and leave your face damp. Add some of the treatment to your fingertips and for 30 seconds rub onto face in circular motions. It does have a tingling/burn sensation but goes away quickly. My face was left a little pink which went away within 5 minutes. My skin felt really soft & clean. It did feel a little tight and dry so make sure to add your serum & moisturizers right away. I don’t think this is something I would buy in the future. I will continue to use and see if anything changes.

L’oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer & Feline Mascara

 

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I have so much mascara so I haven’t opened these yet. The primer is supposed to help condition lashes over time. It also helps create a boosting effect, building volume & length. I saw it has good reviews and is about $5.99

Masacara- about $7.99 It promises instant volume & fullness.

Rimmel London The only one lipstick in Call Me Crazy

This lipstick is really bright. It feels great on the lips and smells just like candy. It goes on smoothly but with this color one slight move and your lips will look wonky. I’m not sure if Im a huge fan of this color either. It has an orange hue to it. Maybe with the right outfit and other makeup it would look better.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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This bronzer maybe to dark for my pale skin tone. Someone mentioned that I could use it as a shadow. I will still try it out eventually. Most likely in the Summer when I am not as pale. Its a deluxe sample so perfect to throw in my bag.

Skinvolve Body Karate Cream retail $40

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I’ve never heard of this brand before. It’s blended with Pure Caffeine and Argan Oil to moisturize, improve skin texture and tone.  I opened it to see how it smelled and wasn’t a fan at all. I put it on after my shower on my legs and it really didn’t do a great job at moisturizing or hydrating my skin. It did absorb quickly and didn’t leave skin greasy but it’s not a product I would recommend or purchase.

 

This box is worth it in my opinion. 11 products high end/ drugstore brands for as little as $2.63 for each product. Have you tried any of these products?

 

Inside my Twinkle Voxbox

A box full of goodies from Influenster is always like Christmas!

I was lucky enough to receive the Twinkle voxbox filled with 8 products! From beauty, body, to food. Yum!

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Are you on Influenster yet? It’s completely free to join. You get products absolutely free for your feedback. You can even win great prizes if you complete all your tasks when you receive a box/product.  Sign up here

Aquation daily moisturizing lotion

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This lotion is enriched with 3 ceramides, hyaluronic acid, & marine algae to help banish dry skin. It is clinically proven to hydrate for 24 hours for noticeably softer, healthy skin.It’s also Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic. Paraben free. Petrolatum free.

I’ve never heard of this brand before. I applied this everyday when I got out of the shower. The first thing I liked is no fragrance…nothing at all. Which is nice because then I don’t have to smell to many scents in the mornings. Sometimes I get migraines and smells are a trigger. I don’t have to worry about it fighting with my perfume or mist.

It does leave my skin looking and feeling healthy. Its lightweight and it absorbs quickly into the skin. It didn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy. I don’t suffer from dry skin but in the Winter , any extra help is always needed. I’m a fan. You can find it at Walmart.

Not Your mother’s Clean Freak Unscented Dry Shampoo

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What I liked about this dry shampoo is it didn’t leave any residue in my dark brown hair. Which can sometimes be an issie with dry shampoos. I don’t need a white spot or grey, dull looking hair. I don’t wash my hair every day , since it gets greasy and my hair doesn’t look as great. Dry shampoo over the past 1-2 years has really changed it for me. The scent is nice and does help extend another day without washing.

Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets

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Love to bake or cook? The pre-cut parchment paper is pack to lay flat. No curling or rolling. These were so easy to use and easy to tear apart if you need a smaller piece. The best part is they made baking and cleaning a breeze. My cookies easily slid off  with no help needed. Clean up I just threw it away, wiped the pan and done. I will be buying these for when I cook and bake. I also used these when I cooked bacon in the oven & meatballs. I also liked that I could use them multiple times. I had a smaller cookie sheet so had use the sheet multiple times as well with the cookie sheet. Had no issues .

Country Crock Buttery Spread

Country Crock Buttery Spread

I’ve had this before. You know what I used to love doing as a kid with country crock. Being the first one to open and they had the little dollop center. I loved eating that part…alone  (shh) or on my food.  These made my cookies delicious with that nice buttery flavor. This butter is easy to mix in or spread.

  • See the recipe here .  Super easy and you can customize to your liking.

 

Covergirl So Lashy! by blastPRO Mascara $8.99

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This was made to work on all lashes. The uniquely designed brush transforms lashes for a bold sexy look that is unique to you and lets you lashes stand out. I wasn’t sure at first but after wearing it daily , I now like it. I like applying it as you normally would any mascara but then using the ball tip to go over my lashes for some extra volume. These help darken as well as give you volume. I’m not sure if its the wand , formula, perhaps both but it can get a little clumpy. I didn’t have any issues with fall out during the day that I noticed. These definitely make you lashes noticed & bold. I love it!

 

Axe White Label Night Body Wash

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I thought this was for women but I googled it and its for men lol. I opened the bottle in the shower, poured some in my hand and saw a dark purple and was like oh lala. Then I rubbed it on me and was like,  “oh wow that’s a very manly scent.” I remember they made a product or products for women? Did that ever take off? I gave this to a friend, he said he likes the smell. It has a mix of grapefruit, lavender, cedarwood and praline scents.

Oreo Thins

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Oreos are the best. My pack came all broken, the cookie shown, the back was all smashed. It didn’t stop me from enjoying every crumb though 🙂 Oreo put a twist on their cookie and made them thin. They taste just like original oreos…just thinner and maybe a little more of a crispy texture.Try the mint flavor, they are my favorite because they taste like Girl Scout thin mint cookies.

Hills Bros Hot Cocoa Milk & Dark Chocolate

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Crafted with real sugar & European milk & dark chocolate . It makes a perfect treat for any cold day.

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for review purposes.. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

A year of couponing 

I’ve always been a saver. I couponed here and there but never really thought of it much . If I got a Sunday paper and the inserts had a coupon or two on products I used,  great. For about a year now I’ve really been learning and more aware of what you can save on.

Shampoo , Conditioner, toothpaste are always things you can get for free with the right sales & coupons.

My friend had some health issues and I needed to figure out a way to save on more groceries & personal care items for both of us.

The more I couponed and researched , the more I learned . I also started getting better deals. At first I just wanted to save on  food because we have to eat right ?

Then about a year ago, I saw a deal posted on Instagram and a super savings monster was born. Lol

It was a deal on 2 pack of garnier shampoo & conditioner. They were ringing up for $1 and I had a few $1 coupons making them FREE! I think I had 5 coupons so 5 Garnier Fructis shampoos and 5 conditioners for nothing.

What shampoo & conditioner free? I would look on Instagram for more deals and followed a few people that posted deals at stores I shop at.

Here are my favorites :

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Check out the hashtag #CVSClearance on instagram to find deals on unmarked products that you might be able to find at your store . Or you can look at #CouponCommunity as well for all stores

 

I learned that if you put a little effort each week you can get things you need for free , make money, or at a very low price.

No need to be an extreme couponer to get a stock pile. I shop at a few store each week for the best deals and pick up what I need and the good/free deals. Shoprite, Stop & Shop, CVS are my main stores. Then Target & Walgreens . All my trips are small- medium size.

I’ve not only been able to have a supply of things for myself but to give to friends or donate.

I started off with what I could get then started thing hey I need razors let me look up and see how I can grow a stock pile on that. Then make up… I started seeing people post their hauls of great deals on make up…free / cheap/ ect. I want to get those deals. Eventually I learned and was able to start a stock pile with make up too. CVS is a great place because you can use personalized coupons from their red machine & manufacturer coupons plus earn extra care bucks & beauty bucks when you join the program (it’s free) ! Target is good too because you can use their store coupon, cartwheel app, and manufacturer coupons. There are also gift card deals.

Remember to email you favorite companies and ask if they have coupons. Sometimes they will send some to you , maybe even for a free product.

I recently moved and took pictures of my stock pile . All of this stuff I mostly got for free or made money (with overage or rebate apps)

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Find out other ways to save here 

This doesn’t count all the stuff I have opened which is another story haha 🙂

Shampoo & conditioner 


Styling products , hair masks, & shampoo & cond. samples 

Toothpaste

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Mouthwash, deodorants, chapstick

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Men’s deodorant seems so easy to get for free. I donated a bag women’s and men’s deodorant in Nov.  The pile here is for my friend .I had more chapstick but have been giving them away. Good thing it’s winter and people need them .

Personal hygiene razors, tampons,liners, shaving cream

Perfumes & Mists

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Lotions & soaps 


Cleansers 


Skincare 


Eyeshadows 


Mascara

Eyeliners


Lipsticks & lipgloss 

Samples of cleansers/ skincare

Blushes ( I made money on the Revlon blushes, I didn’t care if one was broken) 🙂

P.S mix rubbing alcohol when you have a broken shadow, blush, bronzer ect. Let it dry. Tada good as new 🙂

Bronzers & Face Powders

Primers, Face, Brow, ect


Eyelashes

 

Do you have tips on saving or building a stock pile? Where do you  look for deals? What about a favorite savings app?

Rodial skincare & makeup review

I’ve never heard of Rodial brand before but the founder of the brand does have another company I am familiar with, Nip + Fab. I like their glycolic dragons blood cleansing pads & plump mask.   The difference between the 2 brands is Nip + Fab is for late teens & early 30’s addressing taking care of the skin and preventing the first signs of aging lines taking you into your late 20s.

Rodial has a more sophisticated formula that addresses skin from early 30 to 40s and 50s & is packed with anti-aging ingredients.

I received a great package with some skincare & make up to try & play with.

Rodial STEMCELL super-food facial oil $80

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The formula is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, B5, C and E to maintain a healthy glow while protecting your skin. I added this to my morning routine and do notice a healthy glow after applying. It also leaves my skin soft and moisturized. Just add 2-3 drops and massage into the skin. Follow with your normal routine.

This is my favorite of the bunch. It just made my skin look healthy.

Rodial peel off freeze & smooth Snake Mask $83

 

Rodial Snake Mask

It has an anti aging ingredient, syn-ake . Which is a synthetic protein fragment that replicates part of the venom of the Malaysian Temple Viper, to help relax the muscles & reduce wrinkles. . Amino acids and liquorice brighten skin tone while enriched minerals deep cleanse and purify pores to remove excess oil, dirt and impurities.

Key Benefits:

  • Syn-Ake Dipeptide (snake-venum inspired peptide): Reduces mimic wrinkles.
  • Kaolin French Clay: Draws out impurities and excess sebum, while reducing enlarged pores.
  • Pomegrante Ellagic Tannin: Firm and tone the skin.
  • Liquorice Extract: Reduces the appearance of age and sun spots.

My thoughts:

 It was hard to squeeze out of the tube but pretty easy to spread on my face. The scent wasn’t pleasant and a little strong while applying but not as it was drying. I waited 15 minutes and peeled it off . It came off really easy and left little on my skin. My skin did look brighter immediately and even when I woke up. I’ll have to use it  more but I did like the results the first try. For the price though I don’t think its something I would get in the future just because it was annoying to squeeze out and the smell while applying wasn’t the best. 

Smokey Eye Sculpt Eyeshadow Palette $40

Rodial Eyeshadow palette

This palette has 6 neutral shades. 5 are matte & one is a shimmer/pearl. Perfect palette to take you from day to night.

Rodial eyeshadow palette

The compact is small enough to fit in your purse. The colors are pigmented.

Shade one which didn’t really show on my arm because I’m so pale ( haha) is great for a base, inner corner of eyes, or highlighter for the brow.This one does a feel a little more chalky compared to the other shade

Shade 2 is also a great base color

shade 3 is my favorite. the shimmery golden brown color. Perfect to take your look from day to night.

Shade 4 is a dusty brownish color

Shade 5 is a dark brown

Shade 6 Is a nice black

 

Instaglam Compact Deluxe banana powder $57

Rodial Banana Powder

This is a yellow toned versatile powder that suits a range of skin tones. The formula corrects surface redness and pink undertones while neutralizing blue under eye circles. This mattifying powder can both set your makeup and contour. The main function of banana powder is to act like a highlighter, to enhance your facial contours with a mattifying highlighted finish to the face.

I like putting this around my eye area. Since I’m pale you can see veins more easily and this helps neutralize the area giving me a flawless finish.

Smokey Eye Pen- black $21

Very creamy and bold. Easily glides on. Bold color.

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I received these products complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Play Beautifully with Elf Cosmetics #ElfBeautySquad

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Prism EyeShadow Palette – Sunset  $10
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This is without primer. I’m new to doing swatches , perhaps I should do with & without primer. These colors are pretty pigmented but I do have to mix them with other colors. I don’t think I could pull off just these colors because I am so pale the veins are the colors of these purples and lets just say I looked like I was up for days when I just applied one color haha. These shades are really pretty. I can see myself really using the middle 2 a lot.

Illuminating Palette $6
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4 shades to mix & match for a custom radiance that captures, diffuses, & softens the way skin reflects on your skin.
Infused with vitamin E & Argan Oil to nourish & hydrates the skin.

Use on your eyelids, cheekbones, or other areas you want to illuminate.

Moisturizing Lipstick- Marsala Blush $3
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Excuse my goosebumps.

Blush Marsala Lipstick

This lipstick is enriches with shea and vitamins A, C, & E to nourish & hydrate your lips.
This formula is so rich & creamy it just glides on your lips. Plus it stays on for a long time & keeps lips smooth & hydrated while wearing. I love this color , it enhances my natural lip.

Precision Liquid Eyeliner  $3
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Pigmented rich color that glides on smoothly. The tapered brush helps create bold or thin lines and easy to control.

This does make it a little easier to apply, goes on easy.

On the Spot Blot- mattifying blotting papers $5
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These papers are infused with translucent powder to help mattify the skin and absorb oil without disturbing you make up. Nobody wants that! Especially when you spend time to do it. It comes with a mirror so you don’t have to worry about smudging lipstick or liner. It comes with a cute little puff that has a sticky adhesive that you grab the papers with.

Haven’t used these too much but they did help absorb without messing up or smudging my make up.

Lip color remover $3

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I know many make up enthusiasts get excited when we get a new lipstick. We want to try it on right away. Sometimes it stains or lips or the color doesn’t come off right away if its long wearing. Well that is no more. This formula gently breaks downs & removes the color. All you do it apply a small amount to your finger and apply evenly over lips. I like to use circular motions ( not needed). Leave on for about 3 seconds and then remove. Its infused with aloe & jojoba to help soothe & hydrate lips. So if you you want to swatch a few lip colors, or just get off a long wearing lipstick, this is for you.

I was surprised how well it takes of lipstick. Plus it leaves lips soft.

Shadow lock eyelid primer $2

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Preps eyelids for a smoother, long lasting crease proof eyeshadow. I picked this up at the Dollar Tree ( make sure to check the make up section). Its a champagne like color that helps eye shadow stay on longer. Its crease proof, goes on smooth, & is light weight. Definitely recommend this

 

I received these products for free ( unless stated) from E.l.f cosmetics , all opinions are my own.

Enhance your glow with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends #NTGAdvocate

Have you tried Neutrogena healthy skin blends before? Well now they have a new formula, new packaging, & new shades!
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends are enriched with Vitamin C and botanical conditioners. You can blend shades together depending on the look you want.
I was so happy Crowdtap & Neutrogena sent me a palette in Pure to try out.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Blush

There are 3 shades to choose from:

Clean

Clean (Shade 10): Translucent powder designed to help control oil and shine

Pure

Pure (Shade 20): Blush designed to provide illuminating healthy color

Sunkissed

Sunkissed (Shade 30): Bronzer designed to give a natural bronzing radiance

Find your shade by going here & you will also get a $2 coupon.

Neutrogena Before After

Here is a before & after. Pure is a very flattering shade, especially for my fair skin tone.

Its easy to apply , just use as any other blush.
Lightly sweep your brush over the entire palette. Tap to remove excess powder. Apply to cheekbone going upwards towards temples.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Blush Pure

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends

It goes on nicely and enhances your natural beauty. You can go as light or build up if you want a darker color. Pure has pretty pinks & peaches which I think would look great on many skintones. It gives you a nice healthy & happy glow. There is also a very subtle shimmer when the light hits your face, giving you a youthful appearance. The blush stayed on all day without having to apply which is always a great thing. Who wants to carry extra stuff around all day? Not me.
On the Neutrogena website it retails for $11.49 , I’m sure of you go to CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Target or anywhere it is sold it might be a little cheaper.

Would I buy this in the future? Yes
Do I recommend this product? Yes! I actually want to try the other shades.

Have you tried or seen Neutrogena healthy skin blends yet?

I’m a member of the Crowdtap NEUTROGENA® rewards program, and NEUTROGENA® sent me a sample of its NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Blends