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Sunkissed VoxBox Review: Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!}

Hey loves!

So some quick product reviews of the goods I received in my Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox, starting with the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 – HOLY MOUTHFUL OF A NAME!

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I have received plenty of samples of BB Creams, high end and drugstore brands, but so far I haven’t found one that I have wanted to rave about or actually buy, and unfortunately, the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} falls into that group too, but hear me out before you opt to pass on it too. I was bummed honestly, I had some high hopes for it, as I’m a fan of the Olay brand (for the most part) and have used many of their products in the past before switching to my current regimen.

You do get a hefty amount of product at 2.5 fl oz in a standard easy squeeze tube and all for $12.99, which is practically a steal. The Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} does have a light and fresh floral fragrance to it with hints of that sunscreen scent, so fair warning to those against scented facial products. The scent isn’t bad at all in my opinion and does fade fairly quickly, but upon first application you definitely get quite a bit of it.

So the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} has six claims and I figure it would be best to take them one by one…

• Refreshes skin instantly – True! When applied to your skin it instantly has that quenching freshening feeling.
• Brightens for a radiant glow – Kind of! The cream has a slight sheen to it (no shimmer or glitter or any of that nonsense that I absolutely abhor in moisturizers) and maybe with continued successful use, its ingredients may help in that natural healthy skin glow.
• Evens tone with a splash of sheer color – Not really! On the coverage scale Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} at a 2 out of 10, and that’s pushing it. It simply doesn’t have the coverage to even out anything more than very minor tone imperfections.
• Hydrates for 24 hours – True, I think! It does have long-lasting hydration, though I never actually tested out for longer than about 12 hours/ day before washing my face and using my night products.
• Smoothes for softer feeling skin – True! Though this should be true for any moisturizer.
• Protects against UV damage with SPF 15 – Obviously true! Though I wish it had a higher SPF than a measly 15 honestly.

Okay and now for the main reason I didn’t love the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} >I had a poor reaction to it. It’s rare for me to have a bad reaction to products, sensitive is not a word I’d use to describe my skin usually, but something in the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} made my skin breakout after a few days of use, which then resulted in me having to rehab my skin back to normal.

I attempted to give it another try, but my skin started reacting the same way and I abandoned the Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} for the sake of my skin hating me again. Due to this I can’t judge it on any long-term benefits or claims.

I will say that it should be suitable to all skin types, as it does sink in fairly well, but I’d offer a word of caution to combination or oily skin gals as it seems like the type of produce that could potentially slip right off your face.

A major negative to me is their range: fair/light and light/medium and that’s it?! Even though I fall into the latter, it really excludes a large group of the market there.

So that’s my take… will you be trying it out?


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What’s in the bag: MyGlam March 2012 Bag

Sorry for the delay, I in fact got my March MyGlam bag and March Birchbox on the same day (early last week). So onto what was in this months MyGlam bag, which was an”okay” bag in my opinion.

The Goodies:

The March “bag” is quite cute this time, very appropriate for spring time and is coated on the inside, so it would make a great makeup bag. Easily cleanable if anything were to spill. 

Pur-lisse Pur-Lip Comfort Daily Lip Nourisher

Quick Take: FULL SIZE, Lip conditioning balm in a squeezy lip tube, seems nourishing but NOT a fan of the taste.

 DermStore $25 Gift Card

Quick Take: Certainly useful but you must purchase at least $50 or more, expires in May.

MyGlam Classic Crease Brush & Case

Quick Take: Decent crease brush, similar to the Sonia Kashuk small multi-purpose brush, will be useful.

Keracolor Color Enhancing Leave-In Treatment

Quick Take:  Not useful to me as I do not color my hair, ever – will be giving the sample away.

Murad Eye Lift Perfector  and Pur-lisse Pur-Protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer

Quick Take: Have yet to try out the Murad Eye Lift Protector, but guessing it is just another temporary eye left moisturizer/treatment.  The Pur-lisse Pur-Protect SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer is a very nice and non-greasy SPF moisturizer. Smells like a low-odor sunblock and worked will under make-up.