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Lots of new releases from Vichy at the moment–these aren’t even all of them! (Stay tuned for a review of their new hydrating serum) Continue reading VICHY // IDEALIA BB CREAM, EYE CREAM & NIGHT DETOX



There’s a new BB on the scene…Estée Lauder’s Double Wear All-Day Glow.

Riffing off of their beloved foundation, Double Wear, they have now translated their long-lasting formula into a long-wearing BB.

I personally, absolutely hate wearing foundation on a day-to-day basis, and wear tinted moisturizer everyday unless I am going to a big event–so I want what I’m using to be pigmented and long-wearing. I just hate the feeling of something covering up my skin, so this is right up my alley.

I was a bit skeptical at first that this product would be thick like their Double Wear (it does what it says though) and not very breathable–the consistency of this BB was already thicker than my usual Dior Hydralife–but it actually feels very light on the skin, much like my tinted moisturizer.

It is very creamy, and does require a fair amount of the product to cover your whole face. However, it is pigmented enough to give good coverage and leaves a healthy, luminous finish.

The cream is infused with the healing and correcting powers of Vitamins E and C–I cannot attest to these working as I haven’t used them long enough–and of course, SPF 30.

I still needed powder for my nose in the afternoon, but this is normal for me. It looks like skin while perfecting and evening so it works for me. There are several shades available which is actually unusual for BB’s (normally they come in 1 or 2 shades),  My only gripe is that you do need more of the product and the bottle is small and quite expensive (Dior = 1.7 oz for $45.00, Estée = 1 oz for $45.00). But! The Dior only comes in two shades.

So: if you need a bigger shade range and a long-wearing, pigmented tinted moisturizer, this is your gal!


Honest to god, if I had remotely good skin I would hit the treadmill completely bare faced. However this is not Neverland and I have blotchy, acne-prone skin that ain’t so pretty. And while working out with makeup probably isn’t the greatest for your skin, no one wants to workout surrounded by potentially hot (and fit) guys and modelesque ‘why-are-you-even-at-the-gym’ girls sans your usual ‘face’.

I don’t go all out with coverage, but I do like to attempt to even out the tone–I use Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Cream all over. This stuff has the texture of a thin moisturizer and looks super natural, however it’s ‘universal’ shade is borderline too dark for me, so some blending down the neck is required. I set it with Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder, which claims to actually get rid of blackheads–it absorbs oil (and sweat, for that matter) like it ain’t nobodies business. I usually like a little bronzer–Nars Laguna is a cult classic and makes me feel just that little bit more Angelina Jolie circa Tomb Raider.

I actually tried wearing eyebrow gel to the gym once but when the most of it ended up smeared across my towel I realized that I wasn’t taking that chance again. I simply brush them out and hope for the best.

For me, I like some definition around my eyes, even for a workout. A little brown kohl along my lash line and a good dose of mascara gives me just enough voom for a trip to the gym.

That being said, everyone has a different idea of ‘gym makeup’, per say. I definitely think, unless you’re totally comfortable with your naked face/occasionally a model in fashion week, that you should more or less do a lighter version of your everyday look. If I look decent, I’ll workout longer– it’s a confidence thing. There’s this stunning redhead at my gym that wears nothing but a dark red lip to workout, and looks amazing every time I see her. If anything, what you wear on your face at the gym should make you feel your best–if you’ve devoted the time to work on your body, you should feel amazing.

–Anna Raponi


BB creams. You hear about these balms practically on the daily, and more recently, cc creams as well. Since they hit the western market a few years ago (they started off in Asia as an all-in-cream for women who just had plastic surgery on their face), people have been raving for these multipurpose bases. And though I’m not a loyal wearer, I can see why. The convenience of a sunblock with coverage and hydration is too good. And with the pricey primers, foundations, concealers, serums and face creams these days, these things are the perfect fit for both the no-fuss and thrifty woman.

These BB’s have been available in both the drugstores and the high-end makeup stores for well over a year now. Which is why I was slightly confused that Kiehl’s only joined the skin-perfecting Congo line this spring. But hey, better late than never. This beauty balm promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores, luminosity, 24 hour hydration and enough coverage to both even your skin tone and hide minor blemishes. Oh, and it has a sun protection factor of a whopping 50 and is infused with vitamin C.

Okay, so let me tell you how ALL these wonderful features played out on my skin. The texture was much like of a sunscreen, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing… not too heavy, but definitely smelled like sunblock. It goes on very smoothly, however it looked really light immediately following application. It settled out with my skin tone soon after– I assumed this was its “skin tone correcting” magic at work. Why? Because it really did cover my red patches on my lower cheeks! As for blemishes, well, the majority of my zits went uncovered– however I would get similar results using a high coverage foundation all the same, so, I can’t really complain. My face did have that certain brightness that I’ve found most BB creams provide, which I absolutely love. But like most BB cream’s, these things aren’t the best with oil control. And that is simply a factor I can’t ignore when I’m staring my shiny complexion in the face. I have to set this one with a powder and touch up with blotting papers throughout the day. Like I said before,  I would do the same with a foundation, so I guess we’re even. Also, I hate to end on a rough note, because this stuff is a solid 4/5, but it only comes in two shades (light and medium)– the light one surprisingly was not too dark for me. I believe these things are those kind that adjust to your skin tone (or at least claim to).

I’d say this beauty balm (or any BB in general) would work great for the no-nonsense girl/guy that has normal/dry/comination skin and doesn’t have too much to hide– if you fall into this category, I’m extremely jealous.

Anna Raponi