Older Girl Beauty

Is L’Oreal Miracle Blur Just Like Avon Magix?

Lately, I’ve been seeing the commercials for the new L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur all over the place. So, when I friend of mine said she had a sample she could send me, I was all “Sure, let me see what this is all about”. And when I got it, tested it on my hand, I was all, “Wait, where have I seen this before?”. Then it came to me. This was just like my beloved Avon Magix Face Perfector that I told you guys about 2 1/2 years ago!

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Avon Magix Face Perfector bottles

Both products claim to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles (*L’Oreal claims to “erase” them). Both products leave a soft, matte finish. Both can be used alone or under foundation. Both have sunscreen – Avon has 20SPF and L’Oreal has 30SPF). Both claim to hold back shine all day (*Avon claims 10 hours).

L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Avon Magix Face Perfector

As you can see, both of them give me the same smoothing effect to the lines on my hand. The main difference I can see is the L’Oreal is a bit yellower in color and a smidge thicker than the Avon, but I do find I sometimes need to massage the Avon bottle to “mix” it before I use it. I haven’t had the L’Oreal long enough to know if that will be necessary going forward with it.

All in all, I don’t know that I would call the L’Oreal Miracle Blur a “first-of-its-kind” product since I have been telling you about a similar product for 2 1/2 years, but if you are referring to the description on the bottle of “Instant Skin Smoother”, then I suppose it is technically.

You can find the L’Oreal Miracle Blur at mass market & drugstores now for around $24.99USD for 1.18 fl oz (35 ml). You can get the Avon Magix from your local Avon representative or online for around $10 for 1 fl oz (30 ml), but they regularly have sales. (Also, you can look online at the 17 shade liquid foundation Magix line, too).

*Disclaimer: The L’Oreal Miracle Blur was sent to me by a friend, and as mentioned in the prior post, I purchased my Avon Magix for myself.

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Clairol Root Touch Up Freshens Up

updated Clairol Touch-Up Since I color my hair red, it’s super noticeable when my natural ashy brown and grey roots start growing in. Usually I just try and hide them in a ponytail (*because I am lazy). But, I can’t keep it up in pony’s all the time – not for lack of trying. ;) So, that means I have to color my roots in between my regular coloring.

Now, you already know that I use Clairol Root Touch-Up on the regular. Well, I wanted to let you know that they have updated a couple of things about it recently – the brush and the color tray (bowl), leaving the coloring part itself unchanged. The brush is now a little wider and the handle is angled a bit more for easier holding, and the end of it comes to a point that you can part your hair to get to the grays better. But, I am more impressed with the tray upgrade. The old tray was like a mini-meatloaf pan, a small rectangular shape with tall sides. It worked really well, but I always had to make sure that I was holding on to it when I dipped my brush in it, so that it didn’t tip over. This new one is shaped like a tiny, oval pet dish. Meaning, it is now oval and has rolled over sides to give it more stability. With the new design, I can dip the brush in the color, while my other hand can keep my hair parted and ready for the color application, without worrying that it’s going to tip over, because it’s not.

If you are a regular user, you should already be seeing the new Clairol Root Touch Up boxes at mass market retailers in your area now so you should be able to use’em next time. And if you haven’t tried it yet, why not?

*Disclaimer: This was provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration to check out the new designed tools, but I spend my own money on this on the regular. My hair grows fast.

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Prime Beauty’s 12 Beauty Tips for Over 40 women

prime-beauty-logo My amaze 40+ friend Cindy, over at Prime Beauty talked with several other of our fab blogger friends to put together a list of 12 beauty tips for over 40yo women.

You should head over there right now and go check it out!

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Beauty Spotlight: My Turn on a Desert Island

photo courtesy of Beau Wade Photography

photo courtesy of Beau Wade Photography

It’s my turn on the Beauty Spotlight Team Desert Island. They decided that after the week I had with AT&T disconnecting me from my site, they thought I needed to a bit to “disconnect” deliberately, alone on a sandy beach. I’m all for that. But, I’ll be damned if I am going there unprepared.

Thankfully, they are letting me take 12 things I think I’m going to need, and they have generously left me plenty of sunscreen and lip balm so I don’t have to worry about those. I tried to be a wee bit practical (*well, as practical as you can be taking beauty products to a deserted island) and even tried to multi-task a few things, too.

Without further ado, let’s check and see what I “needed” on the island:

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Dermorganics Leave-In Treatment: My hair is going to take a beating from the sun and the salt water, so I am going to keep it coated with this sweet smelling argan oil to help keep it as healthy as possible.

Tweezerman Pointed Slant tweezers: This two way tweezer allows for regular slanted grooming, but it also has a really sharp point for fine detail work, whether it be on those teeny brow hairs that show up overnight or pulling out the inevitable splinter I am sure to get while trying to construct some type of shelter.

Mario Badescu SPF 30 Moisturizer: I know that I am going to be slathering on the sunscreen, but I am still going to need to moisturizer like a fiend to keep my skin soft after getting beat by the sun & salt water. And, adding in some more sunscreen sure won’t hurt anything, either.

A bamboo towel: As every hitchhiker/traveler knows, a towel is one of the most important things you can have. And, if you can have one that is organic, absorbs faster than cotton AND is soft? Then you are richer than jewels – at least if you are stranded on a beach.

Mally Beauty “In The Buff” palette: Seriously, are you guys sick of me talking about this palette, yet? You had to know it was going to be on this list, esp since it includes the eyeshadow primer that locks in the color, even when I’m sweating on the beach. Plus, these colors look really good when applied wet, which is great since I am going to be surrounded by water!

Secret Clinical Waterproof Deodorant: It’s a fact that you will get sweaty and nasty on the island. Yes, I know that I am not going to be around other people, but I don’t want to smell myself. (*You *know* it’s bad when you can smell yourself, right?). Enter the clinical strength deodorant. And since I am surrounded by water, AND sweating, to have a waterproof version is ideal.

Mally Beauty Volumizing Waterproof Mascara: We all know that I am rarely without mascara on. Except I *hate* waterproof mascara – it just feels heavy on my eyes, if that makes sense. So, color me surprised when I used a tube of Mally mascara, in the pink tube, for almost 3 months before I realized it was the waterproof formula. It just didn’t feel like any waterproof formula I had tried before. And, that is why it is a no-brainer that I would include this one to go to the island with me, for sure.

Neosporin + Pain Relief: I am of a mind that Neosporin can heal almost anything short of a broken bone & even then it will do all it can to keep infection from getting in the broken skin. See? It’s tough. And, add in pain relief? Yeah, it’s a double duty helper. And, we all know that I *am* going to hurt myself in some way on this island, and I’m going to need this. Plus, if my skin starts rebelling, this can be used to help heal all kinds of eruptions that I have probably picked at and made worse, just from boredom.

Goody QuikStyle Comb: Playing in the surf is going to make my hair a tangled mess. That is where this comb, with its two rows of off-set teeth comes in. Its wide tooth style makes it super easy to detangle hair quickly, and even gets more water out of the hair at the same time. And, since I more than likely have a Scrunchie wrapped around the handle, I’m am calling that part of my comb and not a separate item in my product count. ;) You can bet that I am definitely rocking a scrunchie on the deserted island, where I am free from the ridicule that some folks heap on me and my comfy ponytail wrap!

Tweezerman Tweezermate 12x Magnifying Mirror: I know that I am going to be bored, which means what better thing to do than obsess over the finer details of my face? And, remember, I *do* have some pointy tweezers to play with, too. Of course, the mirror can be used for other things, like, seeing around corners or starting fires, but we all know I’m going to sit there, staring at myself. It’s going to happen.

Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser: I know I have told you guys about this Holy Grail eye makeup remover before, so you know there was no way I was going to this island without it. My eyes are just going to be roughed up with the salt water, so they are going to need to be soothed and this will do just that. Besides, I’m going to need to take that waterproof makeup off at some point, right?

Votre Vu Tarte D’Amande Souffle Riche Pour Le Corps: No matter how much sunscreen I am layering on, my skin is still going to be getting dried out from the sun and salt water. So, when I am laying on the beach, counting stars, I am going to have this delicious smelling, uber-rich lotion all over my body to try to keep it as supple as possible. If I’m going to have to put it on thick on the daily, I’m going to want something that I love smelling all the time. This more than takes care of that.

So, that’s what I would take and why I needed to include’em in my pack. What about you? What beauty products would you take if you were stepping away from society for a bit?

*Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration, and some of them were paid for with my hard-earned cash. Either way, my opinions are my own.

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My Best Friend is Pregnant: RoC Night Cream

So you guys know that RoC Skincare Ambassador and part of the fun of that is turning my friends and family on to RoC products. Well, it worked really well for my BFF, as it became part of her regular routine (*we are talking day cream, night cream, eye cream, resurfacing system – the works!). Then she found out she was pregnant. Now, being super cautious, we wanted to make sure that it was okay for her to continue using the Retinol based products during her pregnancy. So, I sent a question over to my friends at RoC for their opinion and this is what they said:

We recommend that she first consults her doctor before continuing any retinol regimen, since retinol is a type of Vitamin A, which in high doses during pregnancy can be harmful to an unborn child. Although there are no studies showing that Retinoids in their topical form have caused harm to pregnant women, doctors generally advise staying away from retinol during pregnancy.

As a suggested alternative, your friend can try a rich moisturizer such as the RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Night Cream, which temporarily plumps skin and helps mask fine lines. She can also try products containing anti-oxidants, which help combat the appearance of environmental damage.

So, I passed that along to my BFF and she rushed out and bought some of the RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Night Cream:
RoC Night Dana

Her exact quote when she sent me this pic? “Love love love this by RoC!!!”

So, there you have it – if you have a pregnant friend, or are pregnant yourself, and have been on a Retinol regimen, then my BFF can highly recommend making the switch over to the retinol-free RoC Night Cream.

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