Monday, July 28, 2014

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (Moyen/Medium): Review, Swatch, Before/After

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (Moyen/Medium): Review, Swatch, Before/After
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Ask me three years ago and I wouldn't even bother with a BB cream. With my skin being extremely oily back then (and many many moons ago), it's a rather surprising change that I am gravitating towards it now more than ever. I mean most BBs I've tried back then were mostly dewy and uber hydrating, a stark contrast to what my greasy face needed. Blame summer or hormonal factor aging, either way I just want light coverage, sunscreen, and moisturizer all in one sitting. Fuzz-free is the buzzword for this old lady, haha!

Guerlain recently added BB cream to its famous Aqua-Serum line, aptly named BB+ Hydra (40ml, 1.3 fl oz, $75). In a nutshell, it's a tinted moisturizer with sun protection benefits. I'm big on serums so even if I'm still loving another foundation from Guerlain,  the Terracota Joli Teint (review here), you can tell that "want"  obviously won over "need". I want it regardless, #idontevenhavetoexplain

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (Moyen/Medium): Review, Swatch, Before/After

What the website says: "Guerlain takes a cue from its best-selling Super Aqua-Serum and its Aquacomplex, which purifies cellular water to improve circulation and restore a youthful appearance, and infuses it into Super Aqua-Serum BB+ Hydra Beauty Balm Instant Hydration SPF 25. In a single step, your skin receives instant, long-lasting hydration, your wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed and your complexion is noticeably more even. Its subtly tinted, feather-light texture protects your skin from both UV rays and dehydration while perfecting your complexion for a naturally radiant glow. It's lightly fragranced with notes of fresh rose, aqua flower, ylang ylang and jasmine."

What my oily yet maturing skin says: I was pleasantly surprised that its dewy finish didn't turn me off.  It applied smoothly and evenly like a real foundation. It didn't settle into my pores or aggravate their size as the day progressed (if you are cursed with oily skin and ravaged by craters, then you know that shine is our greatest foe!). While there were minor shine issues and I had to blot my face twice during the entire period I was wearing it (which was approximately ten hours), I still like the overall lightweight-feel and sense of inexplicable glow this BB Cream gave me. In fact, I got asked by dear patients what makeup I was wearing or was told that I look fresh. Now whether that's wholeheartedly said or merely attributed to vision problems, I seriously don't know *insert four snaps here*. Wear time is impressive, it stayed on until I was ready to remove a day's worth of hard work. Needless to say, the sunscreen component (SPF25) is cherry on top.

The only drawback which is common to all BB creams? it's available in only two shades, Light and Medium so color-correction is required if neither one suits you. Fragrance is also relative but if you're familiar with Guerlain, then you know that all their products are floral scented. 

To your enjoyment, here's moi au naturel, with Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ in Medium, and the final look (covered my eye bags with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, set with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, and drenched my lips with YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 4 Rouge in Danger). 

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (Moyen/Medium): Review, Swatch, Before/After

Intrigued with that hair? Cropped, wig, tell me what you think....

Kathryne


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Beach Bag Essentials, July Favorites, Le Metier de Beaute & More from Your Beauty Enablers! The Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup 7/27



  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: July Favorites for Keeping the Skin and Body Hydrated, Quenched and Refreshed!


  • Slashed Beauty: So you've heard a lot about Melted lipsticks, you've heard a lot about Glazed Lip Paints, but how do they hold up side by side? Check out this comparison!


  • TheFabZilla: I saw. It came. I ogled. TheFabZilla reviews the new Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set.


  • Glamorable!: Check out Anastasia's swatches of Le Metier de Beaute Limited Edition Gemini Kiss Lip Kaleidoscope.


  • Beyond Beauty Lounge : Find out if the L'oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation lives up to its claims.


  • Beauty by Miss L: Avon Art Of Change nail polish, which will change its color after you have applied top coat.


  • Color Me So Crazy: Do You Want to See the Very First Holographic Polish I Owned?


  • I Know all the Words: Looking for the perfect drugstor lipstick? Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick might just be the best yet.


  • Makeup Life and Love: Take a BITE out of beauty this week as Jamie reviews her latest rose gold beauty find...


  • Never Say Die Beauty: If you've got tough to curl lashes, check out Allison's post on


  • BeautyTidbits: Heading off to a summer beach getaway? Check out these 10 Beach Bag Essentials - all under $15!


  • Be Happy and Buy Polish: Jessica went a bit edgy and a bit pretty with one of her manicures this week.


  • Lipgloss Break: Learn more about a new rosacea treatment and enter to win a Cetaphil Gift pack.
  • Saturday, July 26, 2014

    We Bring You The Goodies! Memebox, Hourglass, NARS & More from The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 7/27


    Friday, July 25, 2014

    #FaceFriday :: Feeling Delicate

    Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (review coming soon), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Diffused Light), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Diffused Heat), Cover Fx Cream Concealer (G Light), NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow (Himalia), Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner (Jet Black), Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon (Luna)tic, Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara (deluxe sample from Sephora), Chantecaille Lip Chic (Wild Rose

    Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (review coming soon), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Diffused Light), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Diffused Heat), Cover Fx Cream Concealer (G Light), NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow (Himalia), Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner (Jet Black), Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon (Luna)tic, Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara (deluxe sample from Sephora), Chantecaille Lip Chic (Wild Rose

    Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (review coming soon), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Diffused Light), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Diffused Heat), Cover Fx Cream Concealer (G Light), NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow (Himalia), Mary Kay Gel Eyeliner (Jet Black), Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon (Luna)tic, Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara (deluxe sample from Sephora), Chantecaille Lip Chic (Wild Rose

    #FaceFriday is back my ladies! New here? it's just a fancy name for #FOTD, haha! But seriously, this is where I show you how I use/ wear majority of the products I have reviewed in the past. Beyond swatching and all, this is the exact fez you will see whether I'm at work or out and about. Today I'm feeling some kind of delicate. You know, soft hues, subdued lip color, and pearl earrings. I have linked specific reviews for your better appreciation so click away dahlings.

    Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum BB Hydra+ (review coming soon)
    Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara (deluxe sample from Sephora)

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    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Easy Smoothie: Strawberry Banana

    How to make strawberry banana smoothie, easy smoothie recipe

    In my attempt to amp up my food choices, I have been curtailing unnecessary takeouts and whatnots. Jamba Juice is unfortunately one of the badly- hit because I've been blending and smashing my own smoothie. I mean, it ain't that hard; add the fact that I want to be in total control of what I consume. So for today's Easy Recipe segment, let's beat summer heat with Strawberry Banana Smoothie!

    What you need: 5-6 strawberries (diced), 1 banana (sliced), 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 glass crushed ice, 1/4 cup water. 

    How to: Crush altogether in a blender, no-brainer.

    How to make strawberry banana smoothie, easy smoothie recipe

    You know what's weird? I can't eat yogurt but for some odd reasons, I can drink it without stomach issues (when mixed with fruits). 

    'til our next Easy Recipe zillas,

    Kathryne