I've been seeing rave reviews about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer everywhere these days, so a couple weeks ago I decided to snag a tube for myself to see what the hype is all about.  This concealer is fairly new to the NARS lineup, as it was released earlier this year.


This product comes in a lip-gloss-esque tube with a long wand and doe foot sponge applicator.  I went with the second lightest shade, Vanilla, which has a slight pink undertone.


This concealer was much more creamy than I expected it to be, despite the major hint in its name.  It applies like a thick liquid, and though I usually find liquid-like concealers to be a bit dry, this one somehow warms up and melts into the skin like a cream.


NARS claims this concealer has hydrating skincare benefits and light diffusion to soften the complexion.  I can feel the hydration, and it really does actually soften the lines and finish of my skin.  In the photo below, I am wearing it under my eyes and in the corners around my nose.  A little of this goes a VERY long way and it has amazing coverage.  I especially like it under my eyes because the creamy consistency is easy to blend in (no tugging at my skin!).


Overall, I'm really happy with this product, and would recommend to anyone looking for a medium-full coverage concealer.  It wears all day on me, though I do have dry skin, and creamy products are sometimes different on oily complexions.  I've been preferring this to my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer these days... is it possible it has been dethroned?!  I'll need a little more time to tell.


The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer retails for $28 (6mL) and can be purchased wherever NARS cosmetics are sold.

What is your favorite concealer these days?
xx, Allison
I've been seeing rave reviews about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer everywhere these days, so a couple weeks ago I decided to snag a tube for myself to see what the hype is all about.  This concealer is fairly new to the NARS lineup, as it was released earlier this year.


This product comes in a lip-gloss-esque tube with a long wand and doe foot sponge applicator.  I went with the second lightest shade, Vanilla, which has a slight pink undertone.


This concealer was much more creamy than I expected it to be, despite the major hint in its name.  It applies like a thick liquid, and though I usually find liquid-like concealers to be a bit dry, this one somehow warms up and melts into the skin like a cream.


NARS claims this concealer has hydrating skincare benefits and light diffusion to soften the complexion.  I can feel the hydration, and it really does actually soften the lines and finish of my skin.  In the photo below, I am wearing it under my eyes and in the corners around my nose.  A little of this goes a VERY long way and it has amazing coverage.  I especially like it under my eyes because the creamy consistency is easy to blend in (no tugging at my skin!).


Overall, I'm really happy with this product, and would recommend to anyone looking for a medium-full coverage concealer.  It wears all day on me, though I do have dry skin, and creamy products are sometimes different on oily complexions.  I've been preferring this to my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer these days... is it possible it has been dethroned?!  I'll need a little more time to tell.


The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer retails for $28 (6mL) and can be purchased wherever NARS cosmetics are sold.

What is your favorite concealer these days?
xx, Allison
Physician's Formula has great face powders, so I was excited to try their new Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder.  This product is part of their new Super BB line that also features a cream and concealer.


I don't get excited about face powders easily-- in my eyes they are one of the more "blah" products of the makeup world.  However, I am really impressed by this one.  It has a medium to full coverage and somehow makes my skin look fantastic.  The company claims this product "provides a smoothing effect that instantly diffuses imperfections, evens out skintone and minimizes the appearance of pores."  I experience all of these when using this powder.  It isn't very often that a product actually lives up to all of its claims!


This powder comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.  I have the Light/Medium and find it is a good match for my complexion, though I do think only two color options is quite limited... surely they won't match everyone!

The powder has a slight sheen to its finish, which is hardly visible but must contribute to why it makes my skin look so great.  I've been lightly applying this on top of my Dr.Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm and the combination has perfect medium coverage.


This powder comes in white compact casing, and has a bottom compartment that includes a mirror and small brush.  I don't really ever use these sorts of things in compacts, but for people who use them on the go they can be handy.


Bonus: this product contains SPF 30!  Another reason I'm loving it for summer.  I find that this powder wears all day on my skin with no problems.  If you are looking to try a new face powder that has some coverage, I highly recommend this one! (My only complaint is that it is called a BB Powder... can we stop with the false BB naming already?!)


The Physician's Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder retails for $13.95 (8.3g) and can be found in most drugstores, as well as Drugstore.com!

What is your favorite drugstore face powder?
xx, Allison
Physician's Formula has great face powders, so I was excited to try their new Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder.  This product is part of their new Super BB line that also features a cream and concealer.


I don't get excited about face powders easily-- in my eyes they are one of the more "blah" products of the makeup world.  However, I am really impressed by this one.  It has a medium to full coverage and somehow makes my skin look fantastic.  The company claims this product "provides a smoothing effect that instantly diffuses imperfections, evens out skintone and minimizes the appearance of pores."  I experience all of these when using this powder.  It isn't very often that a product actually lives up to all of its claims!


This powder comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.  I have the Light/Medium and find it is a good match for my complexion, though I do think only two color options is quite limited... surely they won't match everyone!

The powder has a slight sheen to its finish, which is hardly visible but must contribute to why it makes my skin look so great.  I've been lightly applying this on top of my Dr.Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm and the combination has perfect medium coverage.


This powder comes in white compact casing, and has a bottom compartment that includes a mirror and small brush.  I don't really ever use these sorts of things in compacts, but for people who use them on the go they can be handy.


Bonus: this product contains SPF 30!  Another reason I'm loving it for summer.  I find that this powder wears all day on my skin with no problems.  If you are looking to try a new face powder that has some coverage, I highly recommend this one! (My only complaint is that it is called a BB Powder... can we stop with the false BB naming already?!)


The Physician's Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Powder retails for $13.95 (8.3g) and can be found in most drugstores, as well as Drugstore.com!

What is your favorite drugstore face powder?
xx, Allison
I was in Sephora the other day when my eye caught a display of Dr.Jart+ BB Creams.  I had never tried any products from this brand, and quickly looked up reviews on my phone to read the general beauty community consensus on them.  I found that this line was highly raved about, so I decided to give the Premium Beauty Balm a try.


For starters, I was thrilled to have found a true Asian BB cream in a store like Sephora.  Dr.Jart+ is a skincare brand based in Korea, developed by a dermatologist (and a team of 21 other dermatologists!) back in 2004.


The benefits of this beauty balm include firming moisture technology, anti-aging serum, SPF 45, and antioxidants.  It is supposed to even out the skin tone while brightening, firming, and hydrating.

This product is comes in a tube with a pump applicator on the end.


The consistency and finish of this product is similar to other ("real") BB creams I've tried.  It has a thick consistency that camouflages into the skin leaving a slightly dewy finish.  The color works perfectly on my complexion-- it looks a bit dark in the photo below swatched on the underside of my forearm, but my face is a shade darker, as I think is the case for most people.  Unfortunately, this product only comes in one color (as many Asian BB products do), so I would only recommend this for lighter complexions.


Here is a look at the Premium Beauty Balm on my skin.  I'm wearing no other makeup except for a touch of concealer under my eyes.  I am head over heels in love with this product!  It has been my go-to everyday "foundation" these days, as it is perfectly light for summer and contains SPF 45.  It evens out my complexion while staying invisible on my skin, and it even allows my summer freckles to show!


This product wears all day without fading, changing color, or getting oily anywhere on my face.  I cannot say enough good things about this product... I give it an A++.

One of my biggest frustrations in the makeup world these days is how frequently (and inaccurately) the term "BB" is slapped on products.  "BB" is a huge trend right now, so every company is trying to formulate a product they can use that name on to drive sales.  As a result, a lot of people have tried what they think are BB creams, when in fact they are tinted moisturizers in disguise.  I've spoken to friends who have told me they don't like BB creams, and when I ask what they've used, they name a BB product from a popular brand here in the US that actually isn't a BB cream at all.  Considering all of this, I'm thrilled that a real Asian BB cream is available in a popular cosmetics store here in the US!

The Dr.Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm retails for $39 (1.5 oz) and can be purchased through Sephora!

Have you tried any products from this line?
xx, Allison