Dupe Star

I have been gone for quite some time and I am so sorry. It’s just that I’ve been on a very important mission. One that distracted me from writing about anything else. My favorite product in the entire world- the best primer, the best sheer foundation, the best touch up liquid powder, my go to the store or gym and have practically perfect skin- had been discontinued and I only had my one tube left, and it was going, quickly. To be honest, it wasn’t entirely discontinued…stateside yes, across the pond, this fabulous product was still easily found. But, alas, I was not going to the UK anytime soon (or distant future for that matter). And I did not know anyone who would be travelling in that direction either. So what is a girl to do?

My tube of Boots No7 True Identity Foundation in Light was quickly disappearing, and despite my best efforts to keep this product for as long as possible, I knew that I needed to find a replacement…n before I ran out! And of course, one that I would love just as much. One that was also affordable (No7 True Identity only set me back about $13.00 for a tube). I travelled from store to store…looking at prestige as well as mass products and everything in between. I went on various blogs to find out what bloggers were recommending. I searched Ulta’s website, Sephora’s too. I even asked Google. Nada. 

My mission became exhausting. I asked beauty advisors in stores if they knew a good dupe for my No7 True Identity. But everything they recommended were products I had already tried. I needed a new product. Finally, on a whim of sorts, and really because I was exhausted from searching, I came across mixed reviews for a Physician’s Formula product, specifically, the Super CC Color-Correction + Care All Over Blur Primer Stick SPF 30. All the positive reviews were things that I knew I wanted my primer to do…provide me with a little coverage, but more about evening skin tone and removing any visible redness as well as reduce the appearance of my pores and fine lines. The negative reviews were mainly due to skin type, as oily skins were not fond of this product. I am not oily, so I thought, let’s give this one a try.

Since I no longer live near an Ulta or Sephora, I went into my local CVS. But, wouldn’t it be my luck that the one product I wanted to try was sold out? My head dropped in disappointment and frustration. But as I picked my head up, my eyes wandered over…next to the empty space was a similar product…maybe even more of what I was looking for, Super CC Color-Correction + Care All Over Blur CC Cream SPF 30. It didn’t say primer (but neither did thecc-cream-pf No7 True Identity Foundation), so I was even more intrigued. What the heck, I need a replacement and I’m tired, (no exhausted) of searching. So, in my hands it went and I made my purchase.

I’ve been using this product for about 3 weeks now, and it is my new go to primer. I love it so much that I am now using more of Physician’s Formula products (I’ll share some of those on another day). It does everything it says it will. I even like the color more that the No7 True Identity, as it is more flesh toned. It is sheer, provides a bit of color correction to my skin, and does the impossible of minimizing my pores and making my fine lines less noticeable. The consistency is a bit more preferred as well, since it has more of a lotion consistency than powder finish, but both were loaded with dimethicone. So I see why someone with an oiler skin wouldn’t like the feel of this product, however, I never felt oily nor did I get oily throughout the day from this product.  The price point is a bit higher…roughly $15 for a 1.0 oz tube. But I can get over that. The one drawback for me however, is the smell. While I don’t mind a scent to products, I want to like that scent and maple syrup is not a scent that I would ever want in a beauty product. However, that smell does dissipate after a few minutes, so I easily got over it. Some of the reviews I read on Ulta’s website did comment on the smell, but it was a positive review, so go figure. If you like what I think is maple syrup, then you would love this product!

I love to use this as a primer as my makeup absolutely lasts all day with out any wear off or creasing in fine lines. I can also wear it alone for when I am just running errands and want to look more presentable. For the times that I want to look more presentable with just a smidge more coverage, I’ll use a powder over and it is the best no makeup makeup look.

I have finally found a dupe and it’s a star!

 

Have you tried Physician’s Formula Super CC Color-Correction + Care All Over Blur Cream SPF 30? Do you love it? Not your favorite? Share with a comment below!

 

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My Skin Is In Love

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I’ve been acting like an over obsessed teenage girl recently. It all started while visiting a Pharmaca store in the Bay area. Taking a look around in the beauty department a cute clear raspberry red glass dropper filled with oil was flirting with me. I mean, it was there just taunting me wanting me to give it a try. And of course I did. The scent of rose was subtly intoxicating. The oil melted into my skin leaving a healthy glow behind. The price was under $20…but I didn’t need it. I already have the Wholly Hemp Moisturizer that I loved and my skin loved too. So, 1000-roses-moroccan-beauty-oil-pair (2)there stayed the Andalou Moroccan Beauty Oil.

For the next week and a half, all I could think about was this fragrant oil that left my skin with not just a subtle intoxicating scent but a healthy glow as well. I acted like a teenage girl in love, obsessively looking the product up on line – what are the ingredients to make up this perfect oil? (There is argan oil as well as pomegranate oil, but more about that later) Who else liked this product? Is Andalou on Facebook? Like. What about Twitter? Following. Pintrest? Following. Not on Instagram…yet. With a little bit of research on Andalou.com, I found out that Andalou means ‘A Path of Light’, where Andalou was created to be a gateway between the best of nature and knowledge and a bridge from farm to bottle and botany to beauty. The formulas of Andalou have been cultivated from a diverse portfolio of ancient botanicals and modern technology. Basically the best of plants and science with a culture of giving back. In fact, with every new subscriber, Andalou donates $2 to socially responsible projects. A skincare company that also gives back? I’m down…My skin is seriously crushin’ hard for Andalou.

Two weeks go by and I find myself back in the Pharmaca store. I run (not walk) to the Andalou Naturals section. I grab the Moroccan Beauty Oil. Yes! It’s finally mine! I couldn’t wait to go home, wash my face and put this all over. And so I did.

Andalou’s Moroccan Beauty Oil was everything I dreamed it would be…light weight, yet moisturizing, leaving a wonderful dewy glow. My husband even said he liked the rose aroma he could smell as he sat next to me on the couch. Over the course of six weeks, I looked forward to my daily skincare routine, both morning and evening. My skin loves the oil as the first step of my skincare routine, followed by my Wholly Hemp moisturizer. It may seem like too much oil, but my skin just soaks it in leaving the perfect amount of glow with out any of the oily shine.

So, what makes Andalou’s Moroccan Beauty Oil so amazing? Well, first, I must mention Argan oil. The ever popular moisturizing agent helps protect skin’s hydro lipid barrier for a naturally flawless complexion. It also contains Pomegranate oil which is rich in tannins and polyphenols to tone and tighten the skin. There is also the 1000 Roses Complex which consists of rosewater and rose essential oil, which gives the oil its subtle fragrance, but also is good to soften and soothe sensitive skin. There are the Alpine Rose Stem Cells, to increase skin stem cell vitality, boost epidermal regeneration and improves the skin’s barrier function.  But wait, there is more! The Moroccan Beauty Oil also contains a Skin Soothing complex made up of Hyaluronic Acid (one of my favorite anti ageing ingredients!), Magnolia Bark, Boswelling and Date Leaf extracts which work together to provide a protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers to alleviate inflammation and inhibit skin reactivity. OMG!?! I think my skin is in LOVE!

Where has Andalou been all my life? First launched on March 11, 2011 and founded by Stacey Kelly Egide, CEO and Mark A. Egide, President. Both bring 25 years of natural beauty experience to the table. There is also the commitment of the following:
– Uses natural and Fair Traded Ingredients
– 70% certified organic content
– Non GMO verified
– Gluten Free
– Vegetarian and Vegan Ingredients
– Eco Friendly Ingredients
– No Animal Testing Policy
– All products are made with out the following: GMO’s, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Sulfates, Synthetic Colors, Dyes, Fragrances, Triclosan, PEG, MEA, TEA, DEA or Paraben Preservatives

Since using the Moroccan Oil, I have also tried a few more products from Andalou which my skin has also loved.  I may have to wait a little bit longer, but I think it’s fair to say my skin has found it’s happily ever after with Andalou.

 

No one will ever know you missed out on sleep with this brightening eye cream!

No one will ever know you missed out on sleep with this brightening eye cream!

Not only do I love the smell my skin loves the anti aging and moisturizing benefits.

Not only do I love the smell my skin loves the anti aging and moisturizing benefits.

Skin acting up? Prevent breakouts and treat current with this non drying mask/peel. I love using this monthly, ya know, around that time.

Skin acting up? Prevent breakouts and treat current with this non drying mask/peel. I love using this monthly, ya know, around that time.

Love this super gentle, gel based exfoliator. I could use this daily if I wanted but save it for once or twice per week.

Love this super gentle, gel based exfoliator. I could use this daily if I wanted but save it for once or twice per week.

My Holy Grail no makeup makeup! Love this on days I'm just doing errands or going to the park with the Kid. Also makes an amazing primer for an ultra dewy finish!

My Holy Grail no makeup makeup! Love this on days I’m just doing errands or going to the park with the Kid. Also makes an amazing primer for an ultra dewy finish!

I loved the BB Cream so much that when I saw this CC cream I couldn't resist. Similar to the previous in uses and benefits.  There is also an additional shade for darker skin.

I loved the BB Cream so much that when I saw this CC cream I couldn’t resist. Similar to the previous in uses and benefits. There is also an additional shade for darker skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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