Smooth Your Complexion With Face Makeup That Won’t Weigh You Down In the Summer

L’Oreal’s Magic Smooth Souffle ($15.99 USD) creates a flawless, silky, even-toned finish. Apply it daily to achieve smooth, poreless perfection. Available in 12 different shades, Magic Smooth Soufflé is versatile enough to beautify every skin type.

What I think:  I love this foundation! The texture is smooth and silky when applied, and it covers so well. I set it with a little powder and it stays all day!  You can find this at drugstores and mass market retailers near you. 

Hissyfit Saving Face Foundation ($29.00 USD) — Put your best face forward. Saving Face Foundation | Highlight is a dual-purpose formula that acts as a foundation and a highlight, providing buildable yet flawless coverage plus SPF 50. Using your foundation shade, Saving Face evens skin tone and creates a flawless canvas, while your highlight shade conceals and adds dimension for that confident look you deserve. For normal to dry skin types.

Hissyfit Saving Face Buffing Powder ($25.00 USD) A perfect finish begins here. This lightweight product is formulated to complement saving face foundation | highlight and is rich in antioxidants and pure botanical extracts like green tea, aloe, and jojoba to condition the skin for a perfectly polished look. For all skin types.

What I think: The SPF 50 in this foundation makes it perfect for the summer (and any time of the year).  It is very light going on, but really evens the skin tone and covers imperfections.  I tried it in light, and it was a little bit orange for me.  I would need a more neutral shade to perfectly match my skin.  There are 15 shades, so I’m sure there is something that I will like.  Visit www.hissyfit.com to learn more and to purchase. 

I love the powder.  It sets my makeup, but it doesn’t look like I have anything on, it blends in so perfectly.  This comes in 8 shades.  I have the fair and it is perfect for my skin tone.  

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Light As Air SPF 18 ($38.00 USD) ultra light and natural skin foundation for a velvet, shine-free finish. SPF 18.  Features include; highly blendable & lightweight texture, silicone coated pigments for a velvet feel & soft focus finish, balancing benefits to help keep the skin perfectly matte for an even, shine free complexion and unique long-wear technology for all day staying power.

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Blushwear Creme Cheek Colour ($23.00 USD) — Formulated with antioxidants vitamins A, C and E this cream to powder formula enhances the complexion and the contours of the face while brightening, conditioning and protecting against free radical damage. Packaged in a slim compact with mirror, this sensational formulation is great for on-the-go use. Available in 3 shades Pomegranate (berry red), Guava (coral), and Paw Paw (terracotta).

What I think:  The foundation covers well but is so light, it doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup.  The SPF 18 is a nice feature.  I apply this foundation, a little powder, cream blush and I am off.  I usually don’t need concealer with this.

The cream blush is fab, too.  Always a winner all year long, cream blush is easy to apply and stays all day — and this one is no exception.  It also gives a lit-from-within glow.  Visit www.jemmakidd.com to purchase.

Smashbox Cosmetics In Bloom Collection

Smashbox Cosmetics In Bloom Collection

I love spring makeup because of its ability to freshen and brighten my pale winter skin. The colors this season are romantic and much softer than the bold winter hues.

A fab collection that embodies the new lovely spring colors is the In Bloom collection from Smashbox Cosmetics. The look on the spring runways were delicate and girly –from radiant, lit-from-within skin to hazy, neutral eyes and glossy nude pouts. With light, luminous looks for eyes, cheeks, lips and skin, In Bloom is your ultimate spring beauty update.

The In Bloom Collection includes:

IN BLOOM EYE SHADOW PALETTE & BRUSH ($48.00 USD value $180.00 )-ballet pink, lavender grey, golden pink, warm taupe, bone, soft violet, marine blue, shimmering copper, moss, nude — Spring beauty is in full bloom with this ten shade palette of ultra-luxe shimmers and wearable mattes, arranged vertically in duos for effortless customization. Apply with the included eye shadow brush for a flawless finish.

CREAM CHEEK DUO in BLUSHING/PEONY ($26.00 USD) -soft pink/bright pink — This duo of creamy, rose shades offers a sheer natural flush to cheeks and lips anytime, anywhere. Wear alone or pair together for a rush of custom color. Apply with fingertips or a Foundation Brush and blend.

SOFT FOCUS POWDER EYE LINER ($22.00 USD each) -heather grey or dark brown — This innovative powder formula creates a soft smoldering look in seconds. Before using, shake well and tap off any excess powder before lining the lashline.

LIMITLESS LONG WEAR LIP GLOSS WITH SPF 15 ($21.00 USD each)-Timeless (soft pink) or Endless Kiss(coral pink) — Get juicy color and long-lasting shine with added pout protection from SPF 15. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this unique formula benefits and boosts lips. Apply to bare lips or layer over your favorite Smashbox lipstick for gorgeous color and shine that lasts up to six hours.

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT LUMINIZING POWDER ($20.00 USD) -shimmering soft nude — Inspired by top-selling Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion, this soft shimmering powder highlights and brightens for a radiant glow. Apply to inner corners of eyes, down the bridge of nose, above brows and to the tops of cheekbones with the targeted applicator. It can also be mixed with body lotion and applied to arms, legs and décolleté for a subtle shimmer.

I have tested the Timeless lip gloss and the cheek duo. Both products give beautiful color. The lip gloss is sheer and so pretty on. It is a bit sticky, but does last a long time and is moisturizing on dry lips. I also love that it includes SPF, which is perfect for sunny spring and summer days.  The cheek duo looks brighter in the pan then on the face. It is so soft and pretty on. I love the glow that cream blush gives, plus you can put it on your lips for a pretty monochromatic look.

WHERE TO FIND IT: Smashbox.com, Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, Ulta, Nordstrom, Beauty.com, and select Macy’s — Enjoy!

Try the New and Revolutionary Cosmetics Company Ellis Faas

Cool new makeup company alert!  Ellis Faas brand was created by famous Dutch makeup artist Ellis Faas. She has worked for influential cosmetics companies such as Clinique, Lancome and MAC. In 2007 Ellis began working on her own makeup company, and its revolutionary cosmetic holder.

The Ellis Holder is really cool. Here’s a great description of the holder from the Ellis Faas website:

“The Holder is a lightweight container that fits a maximum of eight Ellis Faas products – and it is completely up to you to decide which ones you want to carry around. You simply “load” the Holder, placing the Skin Veil foundation in the middle and six pens around it. The indicators on the back of the pens show you which product is what, and by turning the base of the Holder, the pens come up and down individually to make it easy to take them out. The lid contains a mirror and holds a space to put the compact powder and sponge, or your shopping list, your pills, or whatever.”

When closed, the container looks like a bullet thermos and the pens itself look like silver bullets. They are so cool and very easy to use. I have tried the Creamy Lips liquid lipstick, Creamy Eyes, and the Blush. The Creamy Eyes and Lips have a brush applicator and the Blush has a little sponge. They are all easy to apply and can be blended with a brush or fingers for a soft look. All of the products are fairly long-lasting, too. And the eye shadow doesn’t crease, which is a plus!   

Check out the website to learn more about the products at www.ellisfaas.com. To purchase in the United States, you can visit Bergdorf Goodman.