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product of the week: theBalm cosmetics mary-lou manizer luminizing powder/highlighter product review

Mary-Lou Manizer by theBALM Cosmetics Product Review. Makeup tips, tricks, product reviews makeup and beauty blog HUSH Beauty. hushbeautyblog.wordpress.com

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizing Powder/Highlighter, $24. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

I’ve been meaning to do a product review on the Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm Cosmetics for awhile, and it’s just about time to make a Product of the Week post, so I decided to combine the two. I received a sample size of this amazing highlighting powder with my October 2012 Birchbox shipment and as soon as I ran out I went straight to Birchbox.com to order the full-size version.

Mary-Lou Manizer by theBALM Cosmetics Product Review. Makeup tips, tricks, product reviews makeup and beauty blog HUSH Beauty. hushbeautyblog.wordpress.com

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizing Powder/Highlighter, $24. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

The Mary-Lou Manizer is my new favorite product. It is a perfect honey hue and I use it as an eyeshadow, highlighter and all-over shimmer. I love using a blending eyeshadow brush to apply it to my brow bone, and then I use it all over the face as a shimmer before I apply my blush and bronzer. If the blush/bronzer combo comes out too heavy, I dust a little bit of this luminizing powder around the edges to soften the pigments from my blush and bronzer.

Mary-Lou Manizer by theBALM Cosmetics Product Review. Makeup tips, tricks, product reviews makeup and beauty blog HUSH Beauty. hushbeautyblog.wordpress.com

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizing Powder/Highlighter, $24. Photo copyright HUSH Beauty 2012.

This versatile luminizer gives off a “soft-focus glow” wherever you apply it. It contains light-reflecting silica particles that conceal blemishes and fine lines, making it a wonderful illuminating “cover-up”. The honey color deposits a sheer shimmer, blurring imperfections. The Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm Cosmetics makes you look good in all kinds of light settings, leaving your face with a fresh glow.

Birchbox suggests to use a blush brush and sweep this luminizing powder on cheekbones, layering over foundation. You can also apply directly to bare skin for a low-maintenance beauty routine that instantly enhances your features. Birchbox also suggests to use your fingertips or a shadow brush to wear as a shadow, or adding a bit of luminizer to the bridge of your nose and/or lower lash line to illuminate your whole face.

I have never heard of theBalm Cosmetics until I received the sample size of this product in my October 2012 Birchbox shipment. The Mary-Lou Manizer is available for $24 from Birchbox.com and theBalm Cosmetics’s website. You can also buy this product from Amazon.com at the discounted price of $20.40.

product of the week: product review of too faced tinted beauty balm (b.b. cream)

Too Faced Beauty Balm in Creme Glow Product Review. Photo courtesy of Sephora. www.sephora.com

Too Faced Beauty Balm in Creme Glow ($32). Photo courtesy of Sephora.

Even though Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm is Product of the Week this week, it could easily be categorized under “What We’re Wearing” or even a HUSH Beauty Seal of Approval product since it has quickly become one of my absolute favorite staples in my daily makeup routine. This is the first beauty balm (BB cream) I have used and I just recently integrated this type of product into my daily beauty routine a few months ago. I am currently on my second tube of Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm and, unless I try a sample of some other brand of BB Cream that I absolutely adore, I don’t see myself switching up brands anytime soon.

So, of course, I decided to feature this product as Product of the Week and write a product review on Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm. BB Creams have only just recently (this year) made their appearance in Western markets. For years, women in east and southeast Asian countries like South Korea and Japan have been using BB creams (blemish balms) on their face to achieve that babydoll look of healthy, porcelain-like skin (much unlike western markets where the tanned look has been prevalent for the last few years).

BB creams have finally migrated west where they are being released by high-end brands (like Too Faced, Smashbox and Clinique) and, most recently, drugstore brands like Maybelline and Garnier. They now come in a broad spectrum of colors for a wider range of skin tones.

I tried out Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm first, and I am perfectly satisfied with it. You can wear this BB cream alone as a tinted moisturizer or layer it over primer and under foundation (which is what I do). This multi-benefit skincare product has become a staple in my daily beauty routine for plenty of reasons. First, I am constantly looking for products that will truly give me that dewy, glowing look on my face. Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm does just that and more. I don’t have to use as much foundation because this BB cream leaves a tint on your skin thanks to its light-diffusing pigments, leaving my skin smooth and radiant.

This beauty balm also boasts an anti-aging, multi-mineral complex that primes, prevents damage, promotes cell health, strengthens skin elasticity and enhances luminosity. I still use a primer (Smashbox’s Photo Finish Luminizing Primer which gives that radiant, dewy finish that I love) as a perfect base for my makeup and then I add a little bit of foundation (Urban Decay’s Naked Skin) to complete the flawless, radiant, luminous look.

The next components to this beauty balm are oil-free hydration and SPF 20 sun protection. It is also hypo-allergenic and “soothing for all skin types.”

Still not convinced? Well, if you aren’t really a fan of heavy makeup on your face, Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm is a wonderful alternative for foundation (liquid or powder form). With four glowing shades, this BB cream evens out skin tone and deposits color to blur imperfections on your face. It leaves your face feeling hydrated and refreshed, and contains good-for-you mineral ingredients like Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc, as well as Ginseng and Ginko Biloba. It also contains Vitamins A & E for nourishing and Chamomile to smooth.

You can buy Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm from Sephora, Too Faced’s website and ULTA for $32. I’m sure you can find it in other stores or other online beauty boutiques for the same price. If you happen to try it out, let me know what you think!

xoxo

product of the week: wen by chaz dean healthy hair kit review

Wen Healthy Hair Kit. Photo copyright Hush Beauty 2012.

Wen Healthy Hair Kit. Photo copyright Hush Beauty 2012.

I have been meaning to buy the Wen by Chaz Dean Healthy Hair Kit for a few months now — I’ve heard rave reviews online, from friends and even from my own hair stylist. I finally got it, and I must say, this product has dramatically changed my hair for the better.

I just ran out of my first Wen kit (it comes with a 30-day supply and really lasts about a month), so while I wait for my new shipment, I have been using a regular sulfate-free “cleansing conditioner” I found at CVS, Agadir Sulfate-Free Argan Oil Daily Moisturizing Conditioner ($15.74, CVS). I will never go back to a regular shampoo & conditioner routine.

I bought my first Wen kit from Sephora, the Healthy Hair Kit ($39.50, Sephora.com), which I am reviewing in this post (after the jump). I ordered my second kit, the Deluxe Replenishing Kit ($34.95, Wen Haircare), from Wen’s website, which is a cheaper more-bang-for-your-buck option, and I am currently waiting for it to be delivered. 

Read my review of the Wen Healthy Hair Kit and about all the products in the kit after the jump. 

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