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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!

ArtsyArchitette Influenster Sunkissed VoxBox Products 2013 Review Olay BB Cream Light Medium Swatch

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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It’s my BIRTHDAY and I’ll go to the BEACH if I want to!

Whoa… I feel like I have been M.I.A. from the blogosphere – gosh, sometimes having a job really gets in the way of blogging!

Well, guess what, I’m getting old – yeah, it’s my birthday very soon and one of my presents to myself is a mini-vacation to the BEACH!! So excited, haven’t been in a few years, plus I’m actually taking some vacation days from work! I haven’t taken any vacation days, whatsoever, since I have been working at my current job.

I’m not sure how the company will survive without me, BUT I don’t care ’cause I’ll be chillin’ at the beach!

So, since I’m obviously a make-up junkie, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ll be taking with me.

SKIN:

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50

Neutrogena SPF 15 Lip Moisturizer

MAC FIX+ Spray

Great for giving your skin a moisture boost!

MAKE-UP:

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in “Bisque” 

Great coverage and so light on the skin! Love it.

Neutrogena 3 in 1 concealer in “Buff 09” 

Lightweight concealer + Eye cream + SPF 20 = Awesomeness!

NARS Bronzer in “Laguna”

Check out my love and tips for bronzer here!

Tarte Matte Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”

Show me swatches! << Click!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in “Medium”

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish  in “Whisper of Gilt”

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in “Glorify”

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in “45 Bold Gold”

Stays put forever!! Wear it sheer or layer it up for gold painted lids! Use it subtlety on other areas to highlight and brighten.

MAC Paint Pot in “Rubenesque”

Who doesn’t love a MAC paint pot and this one is perfect for that bronzed beach look!

Top: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in “Buried Treasure”

A black-brown with gold shimmer and serious staying power. Hello waterproof!

Bottom: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Junkie”

Great way to add a pop of color at the beach without going heavy on the make-up! Waterproof!

Korres Lip Butter in “Mango” 

Great for keeping your lips soft and hydrated, with the perfect flush of coral color!

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain and Balm in “Flame”

Long-lasting color, plus a balm – perfect for sunny beach days.

FRAGRANCE:

 Jo Malone Wild Bluebell 

Keep it light and fresh! Want more on Wild Bluebell?

 HAIR:

Tresemme Climate Protection Finishing Spray

For all hair types, won’t leave white residue in your hair, works against humidity, static, wind and has a UV blocker!

SUNBLOCK!!

 

 Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Faces SPF 50 Sunblock

Oil free, waterproof, sweatproof, fragrance free, tear free, hypoallergenic – if its good for a baby’s face its good for mine!

Neutrogena Fresh Cooling  Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45

Amazing feeling on the skin in hot weather! It’s also non-greasy and waterproof, also non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores).

Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 100

Ultra sweatproof, waterproof, non-greasy, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), oil free! Resists wear-off from friction, activities, sweat and water! Of course, you need to reapply throughout the day.

 So excited for my mini-vacation!!! Did I mention it was going to be PERFECT weather 😀