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Budget Beauty Monday – Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 Review

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 31, 2011

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!! Let’s face it. After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house. So I figure Monday on should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm for Budget Beauty Monday. You may recall I mentioned that I picked up the lip balm from Walgreens during a buy one, get one 50% off Neutrogena sale.  The other item I picked up during that sale was the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55.  While I don’t usually use drugstore foundation, I was very intrigued by the sheer amount of SPF in this item.  I figured that worse case scenario I could always use this product during the summer when I’m doing yardwork or hanging out by the pool.  Did I really just say “when I’m doing yardwork”???  God it sucks to get old!

From Neutrogena – “Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 blends easily to give you a flawless, natural look, while helping to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Silky, lightweight formula gives you buildable coverage and provides the most powerful level of UVA-UVB protection available in a foundation without feeling heavy or greasy.”

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 comes in 8 shades: Classic Ivory, Natural Ivory, Buff, Nude, Soft Beige, Natural Beige, Fresh Beige, and Warm Beige.  It comes housed in a dual-compact similar to the Physicians Formula compacts with the foundation and mirror in the top compact and the application sponge in the bottom compact.  One black application sponge is included.

When this Healthy Skin Compact was first being spotted, I saw a lot of complaints around the internet by beauty addicts complaining that the shades seemed rather dark.  I have to agree.  I normally wear medium foundations in most lines, but here I went with Buff.  It is the 3rd shade in the line.  Very fair toned beauty addicts may not be able to use this product due to lack of shades.  At the same time, the darkest shade in this line didn’t seem too dark.  A lot of dark toned beauty addicts will thus be in the same boat as fair toned beauties as far as lack of shade choices.

Neutrogena boasts that Healthy Skin Compact Makeup is lightweight, non-greasy product.  I completely agree.  When I applied this product it felt like I had nothing on.  It wasn’t even slightly greasy.

Neutrogena also claims that this is a buildable product.  I don’t know about that one. When I first put Healthy Skin on it appeared to be more of a tinted moisturizer than a foundation.  It was very sheer, but it was slightly buildable.  I swiped this across my face a few times and you could definitely see that it was building, but it just didn’t seem to be built up enough to offer full coverage.  Does that make sense?  Thanks to the lovely winter weather and some nasty winter wind that I was subjected to this weekend, I have a little bit of redness on my cheeks.  Healthy Skin could not completely cover-up the redness, but my Bare Escentuals Foundation and Smashbox Halo Foundation were both able to completely cover the redness without any concealer.  If you have imperfections that you want to hide with your foundation, I don’t think you’ll be able to do that with Healthy Skin.

On the other hand, during the summer my skin always seems to be nicer than during the winter, which I’m sure is the case for most people.  I’m far less likely to have to worry about covering up redness due to wind during the summer so Healthy Skin may fare better for me during the warmer months.  I guess we’ll have to try it out when winter finally leaves.  And on the same note, if you’re like me and think that you would be more likely to use this product during the summer months, the darkness of the shades may not be as big of an issue.  I personally change the shades of my foundation during the summer to compliment my tan, especially since I try to keep my face out of the sun.  White face with a tan body is not the prettiest picture!

The worse part about Neutrogena Healthy Skin is that it settles into fine lines and pores.  I am very blessed and thank God everyday that I do not have large pores.  Unfortunately, my Mom does.  When I saw that this product was settling into the lines on my hands when I was doing the swatches for this post I had her put Healthy Skin on to see the effect on her pores.  It was not pretty.  It was as if a magnifying glass was on her pores.  The product settled into and drew a bunch of attention to her pores.  If you have larger pores, I wouldn’t recommend this product.  Using a face primer underneath helped, but it wasn’t a complete fix.

Overall, I was underwhelmed by the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55.  The coverage was minimal and it sunk into fine lines and pores.  The only saving grace here is the SPF 55.  For that reason alone I will hold onto this product and use it on those summer days when I wouldn’t normally use make-up.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 is priced at $12.99 – $14.99 (depending on where you’re shopping).

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but again, sorry about the poor quality in the swatch pictures.  They were taken on my iPhone both outside and inside.  Chicago has been pretty dreary lately with no sunshine.  The good news is that I finally got my new computer!  The bad news is that I am now waiting for my photo software to be delivered.  Hopefully it will be here soon.

Have you tried the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55?  Love it?  Hate it?  Let us know!


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Where Are You Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes???

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 31, 2011

I’m finally on my computer today!  Are you in one of the 29 states that is supposed to be hit by the monster storm?  Meteorologists in Chicago are predicting the Apocalypse.  We’re supposed to start getting snow this evening and then get hit with a monster storm that may leave a couple of feet of snow tomorrow and Wednesday.  So since the end of the world is coming, I spent most of this morning running around getting must-have supplies.  That included food shopping at Jewel and a stop at Walgreens to see if they finally have the Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes.  Nope, they didn’t. 

All of the Walgreens around me have completed their beauty section remodels and have the new Wet N Wild permanent fixtures up.  There is even a glorious spot for the 8 Pan Palettes on the wall, but sadly, no palettes yet.  The Walgreens employees had no idea when they would be getting the palettes in so I guess I’ll just have to keep popping in to check.

Have you found the Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palettes at your Walgreens yet?

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Check Your Snail Mailboxes – New Bath & Body Works Coupon

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 28, 2011

Even though I just picked up a bunch of the new Bath & Body Works items, I’ve been anxiously awaiting some coupons from Bath & Body Works so that I could go and pick up even more.  What did I find in my snail mailbox this afternoon?  New coupons from Bath & Body Works!!!  There was one for 20% off your entire purchase and one for a free signature collection travel-size item of your choice.  Both are valid from January 31st thru February 27th 2011.  The Bath & Body Works gods have answered my prayers.  Island Escapes fragrance mists and body scrubs here I come!  So keep an eye out for these coupons.  Happy Shopping!

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Bare Escentuals On QVC Tomorrow

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 28, 2011

Tomorrow, January 29th, Bare Escentuals will have 2 shows on QVC. Those shows will air from 2 pm – 4 pm and 8 pm – 10 pm Central Time. If you are a BE fan and watched Leslie’s more recent visits you may have heard her talking about a Today’s Special Value. Yeah, that TSV got postponed. The Bare Minerals Skincare TSV was originally supposed to be available tomorrow, but now it will be available in March. The good news is that all of the Bare Escentuals products featured tomorrow will be special offers. You can see that some new kits and featured pricing have already been added on BE’s QVC page.  Happy Shopping!

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Bath & Body Works Groupon Deal

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 27, 2011

There is a new Bath & Body Works deal on Groupon today. It’s essentially a half off deal. You get your choice of either $20 worth of Bath & Body Works products for $10 or $30 worth of product for $15. The downside is that this offer is only good for purchases made on and not for in-store purchases.  Offer is good thru today or while supplies last.

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New Smashbox Violet Vixen Kit

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 24, 2011

While the holiday season is usually the time of year that cosmetics companies go all out with amazing kits and palettes, it seems like a lot of companies are trying to offer similar products during the rest of the year.  To that I say, bring it on!  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a lot of companies are releasing items to help make your irresistible to your Valentine!  Smashbox has just released a new kit perfect for the occasion:  the Violet Vixen Kit.

The Violet Vixen kit features Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Tempt, an Eye Shadow Quad in Charm (a quad of 4 gorgeous purple shades), a Lip Enhancing Gloss in Spellbound (a peachy-pink), and a deluxe sample of Lash DNA Mascara.

It should be of no surprise that I am loving the eye shadow quad.  Give me one purple eye shadow and I’m happy, give me 4 and I’m over the moon (although, one shade is more of a gray while the other is a bone shade, but they all tie together so well!).

Has anyone tried the Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara before?  I haven’t tried it yet.  I have to be honest, I’ve been rather turned off from Smashbox mascaras ever since I tried the Bionic Mascara.  Talk about a runny mess.  I don’t think I truly experienced “racoon eyes” until I wore Bionic.  Needless to say, I haven’t been excited to test out another Smashbox mascara since then. 

The peachy-pink Spellbound lip gloss looks like the perfect shade of this kit.  Is it me or do kits often times feature bold glosses that don’t necessarily compliment the rest of the look?  The beauty rule (even though I don’t always follow it) is toned down lips when wearing a more dramatic eye.  With this kit, you can follow that rule!

The Violet Vixen Kit is new and only available at It’s priced at $42 with a value of $89.

Are you liking the vibe from the Violet Vixen Kit?  Or are you suffering from purple overload?

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50% Off Sephora Make-Up Kits At JCPenney

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 21, 2011

I completely forgot to post this yesterday.  While I was at the mall, hoarding Bath & Body Works products, I ran over to JCPenney to see if they still had Sephora items available.  Remember, my local JCPenney does not have a permanent Sephora inside, it only has a small pop-up section during the holidays.  Surprisingly, they still had some stuff left.  All of the make-up and bath & body kits were half off.  My store still had kits from Bare Escentuals, Tokidoki, Kat Von D, Korres, Cargo, and Pacifica available.  They had the Tokidoki Glitter Eyeliner Set for $12.50, the Bare Escentuals Buxom Rock Stars for $14.99 (I can’t believe they still had these!), Korres kits ranging from $2.50 to $17.50 (these were an absolute steal in my opinion), the Tokidoki Robbery Palette for $24.50, the Kat Vod D Tattoo Chronicles Palette for $27.50, and Cargo bronzers for $2.50.  I know they had more, but that’s all I can remember.

In addition to these make-up kits, they also had a bunch of fragrance gift sets.  Those were not marked down.  It looked like they were going to try and pawn those off at full price to Valentine’s Day gift shoppers.

If you have a JCPenney nearby that doesn’t have a permanent Sephora in it you should definitely check it out.  There were some really good deals to be had.

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Half Way Thru The Beautiful You, Try Something New

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 21, 2011

We’re about half way thru The Beautiful You, Try Something New QVC event.  Have you done a lot of damage?  I’ve picked up the Mally 6-Piece Bulletproof Beauty Starter Kit, the Tarte Waterproof Amazonian Clay Calming Concealer, the Tarte Achiote Cheek Tint Lip Luster Duo, and the Tarte High Shine Lip Luster Duo with Lipsurgence Technology.  There are a few other items that I’m on the fence about.

I’m really excited about the Mally kit.  I’ve only tried a few of Mally’s products, but my Mom loves Mally and uses her stuff all of the time.  This 6-piece kit was a steal at $27.24 since you are getting a bunch of full-sized products.  You get the volumizing mascara in Black, the Evercolor Automatic waterproof liner in Onyx (black), an eye shadow compact with cream-to-powder shadow base and eye shadow in Shimmering Taupe, a High Shine liquid mini lipstick in Blossom (shimmering pink), the Cancellation concealer system with cream concealer and Eyelight setting powder (your choice of shade) and a double-ended concealer brush.  The looks that Mally created on the models using this kit were really nice.  I’ve never tried her eye shadow base so I’m definitely excited to give that a go.  Her mascara was also the QVC Customer Choice award winner for best mascara last year.

How exciting is Tarte lately?  They keep releasing more and more amazing new products.  I saw Maureen Kelly demonstration of their new Waterproof Amazonian Clay Calming Concealer this morning and knew immediately that I had to pick this up.  It looked so natural on the models and it covered any flaws that they had.  Maureen promises that this concealer will not settle into fine lines around the eyes or have that cakey build up that some concealers leave you with.  This was an advance order item that won’t be shipped out until the middle of February.  I will post my review complete with swatches then.

Last week when I was browsing and came across the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, I also saw the new Tarte High Shine Lip Lusters.  I didn’t post about them right away because I had a feeling that they would be making an appearance on QVC today.  I was right!  And even better, they are available at an amazing price.  The Tarte High Shine Lip Luster Duos feature 2 of the new Lip Lusters for only $29.50!  Just one of these Lip Lusters is normally $24!  Even better is that all 6 shades are available.  Don’t you hate it when companies put together duos that consist of either colors that no one wants to buy so they try to push them out with great pricing or pair up one great shade with one crappy shade?  Here you get your choice of 3 duos:  Buff & Fever (Nude/Red), Adored & Glisten (Light Pink/Peach), and Frisky & Pouty (Bright Pink/Berry).  I picked up the Frisky & Pouty Duo.  Of course I will post a full review and swatches once they are delivered.  Oh!  And these duos are on buy more, save more.  So for each duo you pick up after your first one, you’ll get $4 off.

Even though I picked up the Lip Luster Duo, I couldn’t resist getting even more.  The presentation on the Tarte Achiote Cheek Tint Lip Luster Duo completely pulled me in.  Here you get a Lip Luster and a cute cheek tint, but it’s not the push-up tubes that we’re used to with Tarte’s cheek stains, it’s a compact.  The colors of both of these items looked so amazingly natural.  And then throw in free shipping and I was completely sold.  Here’s the thing, I think they may have screwed up with the graphics for this item because I don’t think it was supposed to have free shipping.  When I tried to order it online, a shipping charge kept popping up.  When I called the order in, the shipping charge was popping up.  I told them that I’m watching the presentation right now and it says free shipping right there on the screen.  They were extremely helpful and waved the shipping charge for me.  This kit was $28.93.  Again, steal considering the Lip Luster alone would be $24.  And, as usualy, I will post a full review and swatches when I get this order.

So that’s what I’ve picked up so far.  Have you done any damage?  Let us know!

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12 Hour Sale At

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 21, 2011

Have you been watching QVC’s The Beautiful You, Try Something New 24 hour beauty event?  I’ve already ordered a couple of items from Tarte.  I’m loving that they are offering free shipping on select products.  Let me just tell you, my wallet may be in trouble today because not only is QVC having their beauty bonanza, is having a 12 hour sale!  Starting at 9:00 am PST, save at least 30% on select items at  You can access the sale here.  There were a couple of kits that I had my eye on that I’m hoping will be included in this sale.  Happy Shopping!

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Stila Make Me Blush Set

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on January 20, 2011

Remember a few days ago when I posted about Stila’s adorable Make Me Blush palette?  Well after doing a little searching I found this even more adorable Stila Make Me Blush Set on  The Stila Make Me Blush Set not only features the Make Me Blush Palette but also 2 Stila Lip Glazes in Hugs and Kisses.  Seriously, can you just die?

Now I need another lip gloss like I need a hole in the head.  Honest to God, as I was driving home from Bath & Body Works today with 4 new lip glosses for my stash I thought, “How many lips do I have?  How am I ever going to use up all of the glosses I already have and I just picked up 4 more?!?!”  But how can you resist these cute Hugs and Kisses Lip Glazes?

The Make Me Blush Set is currently listed as not in stock, but I would have to imagine that it’s only a matter of days until it is available.  It will be available for $20.

Are you loving this Make Me Blush Set?  Would you prefer this set or would you rather just pick up the blush itself?

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