Sample Sunday: Benefit That Gal Primer

Today’s sample was picked up at the Central Florida Beauty Bloggers meet up last month. I thank whoever put this on the swap table. 🙂

This is Benefit’s ‘That Gal’ brightening face primer…

This is such a cute sample packaging. I found it easy to use. And the amount was generous. I got 3+ uses from it.

This primer has a frosty pink color. When I put it on my face, I could see that it was going to put a pink tint to my skin. And a little goes a long ways with this primer.

It’s hard to see after I’ve rubbed it in on my hand…

Just the slightest bit of tint on the side of my thumb. Which, of course, I don’t want a really heavily pigmented primer; it’s a brightening primer. It’s to give just a hint of color.

And, that it did. I could still see the brightening effect after I applied my mineral foundation. But, I think the brightening look was just a bit too shiny for me. I don’t like a ‘dewy’ look to my face. Matte looks better on me. I don’t want to look like I have a slick sheen to my skin.

What I found that did work for me, is to use this right on the apples of my cheeks. However, since I already do have plenty of products that can do this as well, I won’t be investing in ‘That Gal’ anytime soon.

I do recommend this if you want to brighten up a sallow complexion. And, since it is a primer, it will glide on your face very smoothly.

‘That Gal’ sells for $29 in a .37 oz bottle. The way it dispenses is really cool. The tube is twisted and the primer squeezes out all these tiny holes in the top. You use your finger to swipe some of the product and pat it on your skin.

The Vanity does recommend this for those that wish to brighten up their complexion. ‘That Gal’ does deliver.

A Pleasant Surprise: Smashbox Lip Glosses

Want to see what I got as a surprise in the mail last week?

This is a mystery gifting because I do not know who got this for me. It came directly from Smashbox too. Not a clue could I find on the invoice. So, thank you, special friend. And let me go on to tell you just how sweet this gift is.

Let me show you what these goodies are as I tell you why this is the perfect beauty gift…

You know I love samples, right? This sample of Smashbox’s Photo Finish Hydrating primer is so cute, I hate to use it! But, Smashbox’s primer is what got me into using primers. This product is top-notch at the Pink Vanity. Foundation primers are pretty popular right now, but about 10 years ago, it was cutting edge stuff. And, Smashbox was one of the first.

Then, there are not just one but two lip glosses!!! Smashbox makes some of my favorite shades for glosses…

 True Lip Gloss in ‘Tempt’ is the top gloss. Lip Enhancing  Gloss in ‘Surge’ is on the bottom. Both are hot!


‘Surge’ is sure to get your heart, and your sweetie’s, pumping. This gloss is translucent but it has a lot of pigment. In the top photo, you can see all this shimmer! Love!

‘Tempt’ is the perfect shade for me when I want an all-around, ‘goes with everything I wear’ shade. I haven’t taken it out of my purse’s makeup bag since getting it. This shade gives my own lips a boost of color for a polished look.

Truly, I sure do love Smashbox! I use their brow powder and wax every single day. I have two back ups because they don’t make this duo pack anymore. Luckily, they have the brow wax sold singly and that means no more wasted brow powder!!! Their shadows, blushes and lipsticks are some of my favorite. One thing I found while prepping for this review is that I tend to hoard my Smashbox products. I love them so much I want them to last. If you don’t understand that logic, well, then it can be safe to say…you are not a hoarder. 🙂

So, do you know what works well with Smashbox glosses, especially these two I got?…

 Two of the lip pencils I already have from Smashbox!! These pencils are not new, I’ve had them and been using them for quite a long time. I’m hooked on the creamy texture and how long this product stays on my lips. The two new glosses, in ‘Surge’ and ‘Tempt’, go perfectly the Overexposure Lipstick Pencils in ‘Best Actress’ at the top and, ‘Mauve Shimmer’, shown at the bottom.

What a wonder, pleasant surprise to have these glosses and the primer sample to add to my Smashbox collection. Thank you to my secret benefactor.

Sample Saturday: L’oreal’s Magic Lumi

This idea has been brewing in my mind for a month. I am going to do a series on samples of products I have either bought, found in magazines or given to review. Since it is about samples, these won’t be full-size items. I’ll save the full reviews for when I use the product more than just once.

The goal is two-fold: The first is to let you know how a sample worked out for me and if it prompted me to purchase the full-size version. And, two, just to see how effective a sample can be. Is it enough to give me a good idea whether to purchase it? The rest will unfold as I move forward with the series.

Of course, please, do leave your impressions and thoughts in the comment section.

I’ll start with the newest sample I received…

This was in my current issue of ‘Elle’ magazine. What’s the first thing I do when I get a magazine in the mail? I rip out the perfume and the subscription cards.  But, it is a pleasant surprise to get a card that has a smidgen of a sample on it.

This one is L’oreal’s ‘Magic Lumi’. This is a primer/highlighter that has ‘subtle luminosity.’

I think I got robbed of part of my sample! Can you see where it has been rolled out of the top of the tab. But, there was enough left for me to try it.

Usually these sample cards have a coupon attached. This one has a $2 one for any of the Lo’real ‘Studio Secrets Magic’ collection. A $2 coupon is nicely generous.

Here’s what I discovered in sampling. The texture of this is silky. When I put it on my skin, it made it feel silky too. Never did this product feel tacky, sticky or gooey.

I tried a bit under my eyes before applying my foundation. That gave me a look of what I call a reverse raccoon look; white rings around my eyes. I didn’t use much, as you can see the sample is bitty. But anytime I use an under the eye lightener, it looks too light, thus, the white raccoon eyes.

Next, I wanted to see if I could use it on the apples of my cheeks and a small line down my nose. Here was my quandary…do I put it on before my foundation, like a primer? Or, do I put it on top of the foundation so the color shows on top?

I use a mineral powder foundation. So, I chose to put the foundation on top of the application under the eyes. Then, I used ‘Magic Lumi’ as highlights on my face AFTER putting on the foundation. This made sense as my foundation is matte and would put a kibosh on any shine the ‘Magic Lumi’ would create.

Interestingly enough, the luminator did work well with my foundation. But, ‘Magic Lumi’ gave me those white circles under my eyes. The luminating radiance on my nose and cheeks looked like I had forgotten to allow my skin moisturizer to soak in; I wasn’t glowing. I was shining. Not in a good way.

Will I purchase the full-size product? No, not at this time. Since I use only powder foundation, this didn’t really make sense for me. The luminosity didn’t look healthy on my skin. It looked shiny and that is exactly why I use a translucent powder.

What I did like was the texture. That silky feeling on my skin made it feel so soft. Do I think it works? Yes. It does exactly what it says it will do; highlight or illuminate the skin.

Have you tried L’oreal’s ‘Magic Lumi’?

Bare Minerals New Eye Primer Shadows

Being a freelancer has sooo many advantages. Like making my own schedule. Well, almost 90% of the time. I am working on getting back to a 4 day work week. I like having Fridays off because it gives me just the right amount of down time to feel like I truly had time off.

That being said, I was looking at just doing some homework tomorrow. However, I got a gift certificate from one of the companies I represent and I’m gonna spend it!!! Mall, here I come!

Last time I went to work at this mall, my eye caught this…

This display was front and center at the Bare Escentials store. Confession…I moved on from Bare Minerals when I found indie mineral makeup companies. I like supporting indie companies, especially if they are ran/owned by women. And, their product is almost always better.

But, I had to get a closer look. These are eye shadow primers that are tinted/colored. There are a total of 6 different shades. I swatched some and was wooed by the slippery, smooth application. At $18 a puny tube…

It better make me look damn hot!!!!!

I picked ‘Urban Nature’ because it had a wicked duochrome flash….wicked….

Purple? Pink? Brown? Well, yes to all…

Very petite.

And as you may have guessed, a little will go a long way. I swatched it here, with nothing else on my lid or brow…

(That is a bit of eyeliner you see. However, that is all that is left from getting ‘permanent makeup’ eyeliner. Note: This doesn’t ‘still’ permanently. But that is a whole ‘nudder post!)

I wore ‘Urban Nature’ with mineral shadows over it the following day. Not only did they stay in place all day, but it gave a cool undertone shading to the colors. I’m dense…I didn’t take a photo of the look. But, I’m shy about LOTD as I am self-conscious of the many scars I have on my face from a car accident.

So, getting back to my first point, I’m off to the mall tomorrow, gift certificate in hand, and I’m going to walk right past the Bare Escentials store. The question is…not will I walk on by but, which color do I chose this time?