Tuesday, July 22, 2014

La Fresh Instant Body Soother Wipes

RATING (out of 5 stars): 3 stars

COST: $9.99 for 24

THE SKINNY: After a long run, I am gross. Plain and simple. So gross that I don't even want to climb back in the car. Enter body wipes.

La Fresh Instant Body Soother Wipes are some of the ... um, well ... freshest wipes I have tried. The cooling wipes have a wonderful peppermint fragrance that smells and feels clean.

The wipes are designed to soothe skin with six oils and are part of the brand's eco-beauty line, meaning the wipes are biodegradable, compostable and made with solar energy practices. So you will feel good and feel good about using this product.

I also especially like that you can buy these wipes in a pack of 24 or pack of 18 individually-wrapped wipes (great for keeping in the car).

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: La Fresh has an impressive line of wipes for almost any situation. Save 15% off your order with code GOLAFRESH15.

-- Tested by Carrie

Monday, July 21, 2014

bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $18

THE SKINNY: I am always a little mixed on whether I actually like cream eye shadows or not. The staying power is nice, but the feel is typically too thick.

Problem solved with bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow! I love this stuff. It is a cream but is super light. And then has the feel and finish of a powder shadow. (The best of both worlds.) It works great alone (darker hues) or as a layering shadow (lighter hues).

The product is new and only has 10 colors right now, but I am seriously hoping for more. The shadow is different in that it is a BB cream base -- no primer needed here -- and contains sunscreen. bareMinerals also claims this product contains FIVE benefits:
  • 12-hour long-wearing color
  • Supercharged primer
  • Powerful brightening benefits
  • Smooths appearance of fine lines
  • Protects with SPF 15
I can vouch for three of them -- long-wearing, great primer and brightening. (We'll just have to take their word on the other two.)

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep!

CHECK IT OUT: Buy from Sephora, Ulta or direct from bareMinerals.

-- Tested by Carrie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4 stars

COST: $15

THE SKINNY: If you're looking for a red lipstick that isn't too scary and won't dry out your lips, try Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby.

The color is a deeper red that goes well with my fair skin. The gloss is thick, stays in place and moisturizes.

Lip Lustre Gloss is shimmery and a little sparkly, which makes the color feel special.

Additionally, it's made with fruity antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and E, according to the Lorac website.

The color lasts a few hours and then fades away. This lipgloss comes with a brush applicator, which you really need given how thick it is.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep. I love it.

CHECK IT OUT: Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss comes in red and four other colors.

-- Tested by Shay


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $3.29 for 10 wipes

THE SKINNY: I play tennis pretty regularly at lunch, and if I can't get in a quick shower afterward, I rely on Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths to clean up.

Unless you have uber sensitive skin, don't read the ingredients. The list reads like a mad scientists' concoction of various alcohols and other chemicals. But these wipes really do work and leave me feeling refreshed and able to return to work.

They take away sweat, cool hot skin, erase redness and leave behind an almost-showered scent. They don't leave my skin sticky or dry or irritated.

My only compliant is that the cloths aren't bigger. They're the same size as a makeup wipe, which can be a little awkward trying to wipe down larger areas. Luckily, they're a little damper than the average makeup wipe, so they do get the job done.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep.

CHECK IT OUT: Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths are available in three formulas (enliven, invigorate and restore). I don't notice much of a difference among them.

-- Tested by Shay

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream

RATING (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars

COST: $95 for a half-ounce

THE SKINNY: Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream is one of the best eye creams I've tried. The lotion is thick, creamy and cooling, and it feels wonderful against that sensitive skin around my eyes.

I saw immediate results. No dark circles. No hint of tired. I've been using it twice a day, for the most part. I can really tell a difference on the days I don't use it.

If only the cream wasn't so expensive.

Lancer uses a blend of reflective elements, caffeine and something called a "collagen-boosting peptide system." Whatever it is, it really works. I will be a sad girl when the sample runs out.

KEEP OR TOSS: Keep. I love this stuff.

CHECK IT OUT: Lancer has a whole line of skin care products available at high-end department stores. All are expensive.

-- Tested by Shay