Boscia B.B. Cream

B.B. Creams piqued my interest because of their multitasking capability claims. A recent article in Real Simple that highlighted this new type of face product and decided to try Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA ++.

A B.B. Cream is a beauty balm that primes the skin for other products, but also act as a foundation, serum, sunscreen, and moisturizer. Sounds too good to be true, right?

The Boscia B.B. Cream was fun to try but I don’t think I will be repurchasing this particular product. I would however, give another B.B. Cream a try because I like the idea of this product. The Boscia B.B. Cream was supposed to create a “lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms and soothes the skin.” Honestly, I’m not sure that it accomplished any of those things. It dried too quickly, therefore it was difficult to get an even application. The color was a bit too dark for my skin and looked very unnatural. Finally, the product was difficult  to remove from my skin.

Have you tried any B.B. Creams? What was your experience with them?

Philosophy Makeup Optional

I have decided to start 2011 off with a new skincare routine/regimen. This was a pretty big decision for me! I am trying to finish up all the products I currently own in the next 2.5 weeks. It will feel good to start fresh & I would encourage others to try my strategy out too if it sounds like something you might be interested in.

As a side note, I just wanted to say that I have been most faithful to Burt’s Bees and Neutrogena over the years but have tried so many (including: Cetaphil, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Noxzema, Biore, Korres, Murad, Kiss My Face, Burt’s,  Alba, The Body Shop, Etc.) The brand that I am turning to for my 2011 skincare is Philosophy. There is so much buzz about this brand — I want to experience what it is all about! Oprah named Hope in a Jar one of her 25 favorite things of 2010. I purchased the kit pictured below at Sephora, it is called the Philosophy Makeup Optional Skin kit.

My expectations for the products within are really high! The kit comes with Purity face cleanser, Hope in a Jar moisturizer, 3 face peels, a serum and a cream for the eyes/lips. I am so excited to try out these products! The skin regimen will commence with the new year & I will review the products shortly thereafter.

My hopes for the new skincare regimen: less breakouts, diminish acne scars, some overall firming, and pretty skin that is makeup optional. I will let you know how it goes – join me if you like! :)

x0 Katie

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol.III NYC Palette

Everything about this palette makes me happy. The packaging aesthetically pleasing and functional, the products within are awesome, and it is portable. Urban Decay palette are fabulous! I received this as a gift and loved it!  [Rating: 4.5/5]

The NYC theme of the package is trendy, bright & cute. It also feels like it is made well so it should hold up for a long time.

The top opens up to display a pop-up NYC scene, with the Brooklyn Bridge, a yellow taxi, the Empire State Building, etc. In the back of the scene is a great mirror. Lights are scattered about to display the awesome image.

Inside the palette, there are 16 Urban Decay eyeshadows. As you know from a previous post ( I love Urban Decay eye products. This palette contains Perversion, Uzi, Loaded, Kush, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Last Call, Rockstar, Money, Haight, Maui Wowie (personal favorite), Smog, Bordello, Radium, Snatch, Suspect, and Psychedelic Sister. In addition, there are two 24/7 Glide On eye pencils and one mini primer tube of Primer Potion (*This is the one downside – I wish it had a full-size tube of primer potion because there is definitely not enough of it in a mini tube for this palette!).

I LOVE this palette! It is limited edition and at $54.00 a great buy! You definitely get what you pay for: great colors, awesome quality makeup & cute packaging.

x0 Katie

Review: BareMinerals Original SPF Foundation


BareMinerals Original SPF Foundation was a huge disappointment! With BareMinerals counters and stores popping up all over, I decided to give the product a trial run. I purchased the starter kit at Sephora and was less than impressed with half of the products within it. As I mentioned in a previous post on primers, I was most dissatisfied with Bare Minerals Prime Time – However, the BareMinerals original foundations (within the starter kit were similarly disappointing.

After using the BareMinerals products on my skin – Prime Time, Foundation, Warmth All Over Face Color and the Mineral Veil – I noticed that my chin was beginning to turn red and breakout. And I am going to be honest, it was not just a little blemish that I could overlook — it was a horrifying breakout that made me not want to leave the house. It was also quite painful! I attempted to conceal the blemishes with the BareMinerals Foundation and the BareMinerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush and it hurt!

Since I wanted a true sense of the BareMinerals products I continued to use them while omitting one product at a time. I noticed that my complexion improved significantly when I stopped using Prime Time. (I discarded it!) However, my skin was still not looking great with the foundation, warmth and mineral veil. After doing some research on the BareMinerals website, I decided to purchase one more face product before giving up on the brand. I opted to try another foundation. Thankfully, the BareMinerals Matte SPF Foundation was awesome. I realized that the original foundation was also a culprit in the (temporary) destruction of my complexion!

The two main problems I experienced with the BareMinerals Original SPF Foundation: it  made my typically labeled “normal” skin very oily; it led to breakouts on my chin and some blemishes on my forehead. For these reasons, I would not recommend this product to anyone. However, I would definitely advise opting for the Matte version of their foundation if you are thinking of trying it. Just a heads up, the Matte Foundation is slightly more expensive than the original version (+$3.00 USD). Both are quite pricey though!

My advice: avoid BareMinerals Original SPF Foundation! If you MUST try BareMinerals, go with the matte version. If you decide to skip BareMinerals altogether I think Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Powder Foundation is a fabulous (+ much more affordable) alternative!

x0 Katie

Review: Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow


I LOVE this eyeshadow! At $20.00 a piece it seems expensive but it is so incredibly worth it!

Initially, I encountered the Stardust eyeshadow when I received a sample with a purchase. I really liked the way it looked alone on my eyelid. The sample included two colors – Retrograde and Space Cowboy. Although I liked both of the eyeshadows, I selected Retrograde to purchase because it is a gorgeous shade of purple with an intense iridescent sparkle.

There are so many great features about this product:

  • Super sparkly! Your glitterly lids will not go unnoticed!
  • Very little fallout -the sparkle adheres effectively to the eyelid which is such a great aspect of the eyeshadow
  • Nicely packaged! It is classy, edgy and fun to pop open.
  • The color lasts without creasing – to keep it on extra long apply Urban Decay Primer Potion prior to your application of the eyeshadow (Urban Decay Primer Potion is a cult classic + favorite, and yet another fabulous eye product from Urban Decay!)
  • It is moderately accessible – Sephora,, Ulta, etc.
  • The Eyeshadow comes in a nice range of colors – all contain iridescent sparkle
  • It is wearable! Perfect for nighttime, the weekend but can also be worn for work
  • A little bit of eyeshadow provides a lot of color & sparkle so it is definitely worth investing in! :)

I have been enjoying applying Stardust Eyeshadow in Retrograde on top of my Maybelline Eye Studio Color Gleam Cream Eyeshadow in Pedal to the Metal (the silver metallic color works best).  Here are some ideas for wearing Retrograde Stardust Eyeshadow:

  • Apply it alone on the eyelids for a subtle wash of color and a great glittery effect
  • Apply it on top of Primer Potion or cream eyeshadow – this will help to make the color pop & make your eyeshadow last longer
  • Use it to create a purple smokey eye
  • Do a neutral look on the lid and use Retrograde to line your eyes
  • Wet your brush before you apply it all over your lids to create a sexy sense of drama (*personal favorite*)

I adored the Retrograde Stardust Eyeshadow so much that I had to purchase another color – I bought Diamond Dog last week. So far, I am loving that as well! I would definitely give the other shades a try as well!

x0 Katie

Review: Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her ($96 Value)

Hands down, the Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is THE BEST fragrance option at Sephora! Although, the Collector’s Edition Fragrance Sampler for Her, $75 is pretty awesome too!) Anyway, I have been waiting for this set to come out since last year! The Sampler includes a voucher (a coupon) for a full sized perfume, 12 tiny fragrance samples (a mix of eau de parfum and eau de toilette – I am partial to the eau de parfums), and 1 refillable rollerball (that you can fill with any fragrance for on-the-go). The idea is to try out the 12 fragrances, select your favorite one, and use the voucher to purchase the full sized fragrance at no extra cost. Basically, it is like a free perfume trial, so awesome! This is a great gift option because it provides the recipient with an opportunity to purchase a fragrance of her choice, and also with an excuse to go to Sephora! :)

This set includes little samples of: Dior Addict 2, Versace Bright Crystal, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Dolce & Gabbana Rose the One, DKNY Be Delicious, Philosophy Amazing Grace, Prada Infusion d’Iris, and Givenchy Very Irresistable Givenchy.

At $50, this is a great item to purchase online because you get free shipping, and 3 free samples with every online order. Honestly, don’t put too much emphasis on the samples though. The samples usually prove to be disappointingly tiny and worthless!  In most cases I can barely experience a product because I am simply not provided with enough of it.

Keep in mind, the Sephora Deluxe Fragrance Sampler is limited edition, so if you want it get it now!

x0 Katie