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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating TintI've been loving the Maybelline Dream Velvet Matte foundation for a couple of years now. It has been the only foundation I could use that wouldn't cause me to break out or dry out my skin. But I've always been on the lookout for something better. The Dream Velvet hasn't been hydrating enough in the winter months, and it didn't go on well if I used one of my moisturizers. So I've been spritzing water on my face just to keep it hydrated.

The Dream Velvet also gives a very ethereal look to the face. Very smoothing, yet very luminous. I kind of wanted something that I could use for that "no makeup" look. On days that I didn't want to glam up but I didn't want to look like a total zombie either. Something that looked more natural. Maybe something less heavy that allowed some of my skin to show through. I also wanted something that played well with my face creams so that my face doesn't feel so dry and tight.

Neutrogena recently came out with a new "foundation" to go along with their Hydro Boost line of skin care. It is called Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. I took a look at the ingredients for it. Much like the Maybelline foundation I love, there weren't too many ingredients, and nothing bad that jumped out at me. So I thought it might have a chance at working for me.

It has an applicator wand, much like the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation. Not the best way to get foundation out of a bottle. I smeared a bunch of the "tint" on my face and spread it around with the Urban Decay Optical Blurring brush. It seemed to blend nicely and easily. And it definitely looked more "natural" than the Maybelline Dream Velvet. Throughout the day, my face felt comfortable and hydrated. It doesn't cover flaws as well as the Dream Velvet. But I guess that's why they call it a "tint" instead of  a foundation. It is fairly light coverage. Although, I suppose I could apply more if needed. I usually spritz my foundation brush with a little water to get the foundation to spread better. But if I didn't do that, I might get a little thicker coverage.

It is perfect for a "no-makeup" look. I find myself just blending this on, applying concealer, quickly doing brows, and then a quick nude lip. Sometimes I swipe a little mascara on and maybe a little blush. And there's my no-makeup look. Why would anyone want a no-makeup look? Isn't the point of makeup to look like you have it on? I do the no-makeup look mostly to add some layer of UV protection on my face (since I'm allergic to most sunscreens) and to cover up some dark circles and blemishes. I sometimes use a small amount of blush to give my face a little color. And a little mascara to give my eyes some lift. My natural lip color is a dull almost greyish color. So I like to use a little lip color so my lips don't look like a dead person's lips.

The Hydro Boost Tint also works well with the only two face creams that I know don't break me out. That's definitely an improvement from Maybelline's Dream Velvet. I still spritz my face with water, mostly out of habit. But I may not have to do that if I can use moisturizer under my makeup!

I don't know if I will ever need to use the Dream Velvet again. If I want more coverage, I think I could just build up the Hydro Boost Tint. And for luminosity, I just use a highlighter.

If you do decide to try this Tint, it may help you to know that the color of the foundation in the bottle may appear lighter in the bottle than it appears on your face. I originally purchased the Tint in the color Honey, which seemed to match my skin color, judging from the way it looked inside the bottle. However, it definitely shows up darker on my face. So I sent out an got one color lighter, the Natural Beige. This color looked really pale from inside the bottle. But when I applied it to my face, it seemed to match perfectly. My skin color is a golden medium in the winter, and a peachy-tan in the summer. The Natural Beige works perfectly for me, now that it's winter. But I will keep the Honey one for the summer.

For now, I have found my new HG foundation. It is considerably more expensive than the Maybelline one that I've been using. But if it works better for me, then it's worth it.

Update 2/9/2018

I am totally spoiled by this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint. It provides so much moisture to my wintery dry skin that I cannot even use moisturizer underneath without my face feeling sticky. And I no longer need to spritz my face with water all day long to keep it hydrated. I can't believe how well this foundation works to keep my skin hydrated. And it doesn't even cause any breakouts for me.

Yes, the coverage is light, but it is enough to tone down my dark spots, veins on my cheeks, and just smooth out the skin and pores in general. I do put an extra layer over my dark spots, which are mostly on my cheekbones. The extra layer of foundation also helps with sun protection. Since I am allergic to most sunscreens, I rely mostly hats and foundation to protect my face from sun damage.

The light natural coverage I get from this foundation has made me go with the no-makeup look more often. It didn't work as well with the previous foundation I used to use (Maybelline Dream Velvet). The Dream Velvet foundation had a little too much luminous coverage to look really natural. It looked a little weird to wear the Dream Velvet without blush, eye shadow, mascara, etc. With the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint, I feel like I am almost bare-facing it out there, but with some smoothing and a little sun protection. It feels good to be able to go run errands and not have to get all glammed up every time.

Dark Brown Faux Leather Jacket with Hood

My husband surprised me this Christmas with a beautiful dark brown faux leather jacket. I look forward to going out just to wear this jacket. It is a very dark ashy brown. He said it looks like real leather. But here in the Seattle area, I don't like to wear real leather. Polyurethane works better because of the amount of rain we get. And I love that this jacket has a hood. Keeps my hair from getting that drowned rat look when I'm out running errands in the rain.

The jacket is lined with a thin nylon fabric. It doesn't add a whole lot of warmth, but still I'm comfortable with a lightweight sweater underneath, running back and forth from my car to the store. And it is definitely warm enough to walk up and down the aisles of cold Safeway. 

I got a size small which seems to fit fine. I like that there is enough room for a light sweater underneath. This jacket falls right about to my hip bone. I am 5ft 105lbs and have a short torso. I like to wear this length of jacket. I feel like longer jackets, like anoraks, make me look short and stubby because they vertically cut off the legs and make them look shorter.

The brown color is a dark ash brown. In some lights, it almost look gray. I would've preferred a slightly warmer tone of dark brown, but I still really like this jacket. I wanted a dark brown jacket, something different than black. Maybe next year I will brave a color like teal or pink. But for now, I really love this coffee color. It goes with a couple of dark brown boots that I have.

The sleeves are a little long when my arms are down at my side, but when my elbows are bent, it goes right to my wrists. I don't mind the length of the sleeves too much. They keep my hands a little warmer. There is also a sleeve zipper that unzips at the hand and up the arm a few inches. I thought this might bother me, but it is well-placed so that it doesn't clang everything that you touch. And the zipper is great when I want to wear gloves or something on my hands.

Kids Bath Bombs with Surprise Toy Inside

Kids Bath Bombs with Toy InsideSanta knows how much kids love to play in the bath. And he also knows that bath bombs are all the rage now. They are tons of fun for anyone, especially for our 6 year old boy. So he decided to bring him a special breed of bath bombs made especially for kids by Sky Organics.

The smells are mostly fruity and sort of candy-ish. Our kids at 6 and 8 are old enough to know not to eat them, but you might want to keep an eye on younger kids. The colors are bright and vibrant. Some of the bath balls have different swirling colors that make them look like a planet. Supercool planet bombs from outer space! They do turn the bath a fun color, which doesn't seem to stain or anything. I didn't even see a ring on the bathtub from using these!

I would say they are about 2-1/2 inches in diameter, a standard size for bath bombs that I've seen all over the stores. They are made of baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, coconut oil, and fragrance. The coconut oil leaves the kids' skin silky and moisturized, even after they dry off. It helps a lot during this cold winter season, when they heaters dry up the skin. I also like the addition of epsom salt to help relax the muscles and condition the skin. Our son had just scraped his knee, and this bath bomb did not aggravate it it at all. In fact, it seemed to sooth the abrasion.

As soon as you put the bath bomb into the water, it immediately begins to fizz and release the beautiful colors into the water. We all really get a kick out of watching it fizz. The more it fizzes, the more the water turns a fun bright color. But when all the fizzing is done and the bomb has shrunk down to nothing, a surprise toy is uncovered! This was pretty exciting to see what toy each bath bomb had hiding inside it. So far, we've used 2 of the bombs, and we got a pig-like character and a turtle-like character. Both supercute and fun to collect.

These kids' bath bombs have really amped up the excitement of bath time. And I love how the baking soda and citric acid are very gentle cleansers for the kids' skin. I worry about letting them soak in a soapy bubble bath. But these bath bombs seem to be much better and gentler for their skin. I think a box of these would make a great little surprise for your bath lover. Or maybe even be a incentive for the non-lover of baths.

Update 1/21/2018

Our son has used up all 6 of the bath bombs. They were such a thrill for him that said he no longer wants to take a bath without them. Luckily, Daddy convinced him to take a bubble bath. "Oh, okay," our son grunted, concedingly. 

Needless to say, he loved these bath bombs and wants to use his allowance to buy more.

BTW, those little surprise toys ended up being little Pokemon characters. Our son was bummed that he didn't get Pikachu. He is hoping he might get them in the next box of bath bombs.

For G and PL Cable Knit Sweater

For G and PL SweaterThe Christmas holiday has been binge season for me. As a tradition, I made Christmas cookies with the kids. We even had a cookie decorating party with their friends. And of course, there are lots of treats and desserts all over all the stores during the holiday season. Needless to say, I wasn't really surprised when I stepped on the scale and found myself having gained a few extra pounds.

Getting into my Levis was quite a challenge. And then, once they're on, there's that sausage look. But I did get this nice sweater as a Christmas gift from one of my brothers. The brand is called For G and PL. Nothing all that catchy, but still memorable. When I put it on my wishlist, I didn't know what G and PL stood for. But when I received the sweater, the tag said "For Girls and Perfect Life". Cool, I get a nice sweater and a perfect life. What a perfect gift!

I got a size small, and it fits great. Even with my extra holiday weight! I am now 5ft 107lbs. As usual, I still wear shapewear underneath almost everything. Partially to smooth out the muffin top as well as for added warmth. Keeps the sweater a little cleaner on the inside, too.

This beige cable knit sweater is a really nice shade of beige. It is a little darker than off-white but lighter and warmer-toned than taupe. It was exactly the color I was looking for when I want to wear a light neutral color without it being stark white. The true warm-beige color is a lot more pigmented than shown in this picture.

The fabric is also really soft and comfortable. It is an all-synthetic fabric, but I think that's what makes it soft and warm, without being itchy. It is fairly lightweight, without being see-through or cheap. The knit is fine and alternates between cable and ribbed patterns. There is a nice stretch to the sweater, and it gently contours the body for a slim, but not tight fit. The crew neck is pretty close-in to the neck. It is a little tight getting it over my head, but once on, the higher neck keeps me warm.

It really is the perfect everyday sweater. I wish I had one of these sweaters in every color. But this beige color is a classic color that goes with everything. Thank you little brother for this Christmas present!

Derek Heart Juniors Rib Crew Neck Pullover Sweater Grommets Details

Derek Heart Juniors Rib Crew Neck Pullover Sweater Grommets Details Derek Heart Juniors Rib Crew Neck Pullover Sweater Grommets DetailsMy husband recently ordered this Derek Heart Ribbed Knit Crew Neck sweater for me online. Today, with rainy weather in the 60s, I decided to wear it for the first time. I love it! It is such a pretty shade of red. It gives a little much-needed color to my wardrobe during our gray rainy season. And it will be a festive top during the upcoming Christmas season, too.

The silver grommets and nail heads add interest to the sweater. With them, you don't even need a necklace, they provide enough bling on their own. I like how the shiny grommets are still visible when I have my jacket on, unzipped, of course.

With the summer being over, I was sad to abandon my cute Derek Heart dresses that I wore all summer long. They were so comfy and I always got compliments on them. But I was glad to find some fall and winter Derek Heart garb. I just love Derek Heart clothing. They are so well-priced and super cute.

I also like how this sweater is made using rib knit. It gives it a nice texture. It is fairly warm and sweater-like, but it stretches very nicely. I did wear a shaping camisole under this sweater because my jeans always squish my belly fat out, and with this sweater being fitted, it would show the rolls. The shaping cami just smooths out the muffin top :-)

As with a few of the other sweaters my husband recently treated me to, this sweater is 80% rayon, which means it will shrink when washed. The instructions say to hand wash and lay flat to dry, which is what I will make sure to do. I don't think I can afford much shrinkage on this sweater. I am 5ft and 105lbs, and I got a size Medium. Other than the sleeves being a little long, I really like how it fits.

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick R49 Belly-DancingI also went ahead and wore red lips today. I just couldn't help myself! Regardless of what people say, I love to match my makeup to my outfits. This is the Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in R49 Belly-Dancing. It is one of my favorite red lipsticks because it is not overly bright. It is a slightly muted and darkened red.

The lipstick is hydrating at the same time as staying put and not transferring too much. I felt my hair brush across my lips a few times while I was out shopping today and it did not drag fine lines of lipstick across my face, like other highly pigmented lipsticks have been known to do.

This lipstick also stayed off my teeth, even with smiling, talking, and singing in the car. I'm always paranoid about that because I've had it happen to me with other brands of lipsticks, and it is really a pain when it gets on your teeth. I think this Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick is really high quality, and I'm tempted to get other colors :-)

Allison Brittney Women's Ribbed Cable Mock Neck Pullover Sweater with Keyhole

Allison Brittney Women's Ribbed Cable Mock Neck Pullover Sweater with KeyholeThis Allison Brittney Ribbed Keyhole sweater was another nice surprise I came home to after running around with the kids. It was another one of my Amazon wish list items that my husband ordered for me. How sweet of him!

This is a light-weight rib knit sweater made of rayon and polyester. The directions say to hand wash and lay flat to dry because rayon can shrink quite a bit. The fabric is really pretty, though. The rayon gives it a bit of a sheen. But rayon is notorious for clinging to the body in a way that allows bulges and folds to show through. So a shaping camisole would be a great thing to wear underneath. It is a smooth, nice-feeling fabric that is comfortable to wear.

The keyhole opening at the neck/chest area is really pretty. It gives an interesting twist to a simple mock turtle neck. It kept me warm today even though I did not wear a cami underneath. But I should have because there are a couple of belly bulges that show through the sweater. A shaping cami would have smoothed that out.

There is also a pretty gold ball button at the keyhole that adds an extra touch of elegance to this sweater. I thought this nice detail at the neck and chest would show even with a jacket on, unzipped of course. In the winter, I tend to have my jacket on all the time while running around with the kids or running errands.

There a few different colors that this sweater comes in. The color I chose, called Beige, I would call cream. I really like this color. It can go with anything, really. And if you have a warm skin-tone, it would be a great color for you, too. For cooler skin-tones, this sweater also comes in the all time classic black, as well as a pretty red.

I've never worn any clothes by Allison Brittney before, so I wasn't sure what size to get. I went with a size S, and that seemed to fit just fine. I am 5ft and 105lbs.


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