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Beautycounter Tint Skin Review

Danielle Bisbano - Sunday, November 16, 2014

I really want to keep this review short and to the point.  I adore words, so this could be hard.  I also really adore this makeup, which makes me not want to shut up.  But here goes.

Tint Skin is Beautycounter’s new, and totally amazing, complexion coverage.  Maybe it’s a tinted moisturizer, maybe it’s a BB cream, maybe it’s a CC cream, maybe it’s a foundation.  I pretty sure I don’t really know and I am positive that I don’t care.  Call it what you want.  I call it brilliant.

This product is the brainchild of Beautycounter’s celebrity makeup artist, and my non-toxic makeup hero, Christy Coleman.  (Here is a link to Beautycounter’s YouTube channel where you can see Christy in action and get some awesome makeup tips!)  Tint Skin was years in the making and all that time has seriously paid off.  Never did I ever imagine loving this product so much but it is literally the best complexion makeup I have ever used.  I am happy that my friends and family and clients have taken my word for it and given it a try because they all feel the same way.  It is just that good.  Your skin actually looks better the longer you have it on.

One of the best things about this product is its versatility.  I thin layer will even out the skin beautifully and then you can apply more to areas that need more coverage.  You will still want to use the (also amazing) Touchup Skin Concealer Pen under your eyes but you really can get away with only using the Tint Skin everywhere else.  Plus the fact that a little goes a LONG way with this stuff.  I still end up squeezing out too much all the time.  It is also a great value at $38.  You are getting 1.35 oz. of product vs. the typical one ounce size for most foundations that also sport a higher price tag. 

Beautycounter has launched two brushes to apply this with.  The Retractable Complexion Coverage Brush and the Flat Complexion Brush.  Personally, I have always preferred a flat brush.  However, after trying all of the brushes and sponges in my kit, I have found that for the Tint Skin, using my fingers is actually my favorite way to apply. 

If you don't want to take my word for it, read what Self Magazine and Harpers Bazaar have to say about this non-toxic wonder.

Here are the shades, shown on the inside of my arm .  In the cooler months, I am Linen (second from the bottom), but if I have a tan I am Sand (third from bottom) or a mixture of Sand and Linen.

 Shades shown above, from top to bottom; Chestnut, Tan, Golden, Honey, Sand, Linen, Porcelain.

 Here is a little cheat sheet to help you choose your shade:

Do yourself a favor and try this gem on your beautiful mug.  Your skin will thank you, you will look absolutely flawless and you will be saving yourself from a boatload of nasty chemicals in the other brands you may be using.  It is a no-brainer.  Trust me.

 The Real Girl





Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara

Danielle Bisbano - Friday, June 21, 2013


It just so happens that mascara is one of those products that is not easy to make “healthy”.  Dr. Hauschka makes a great one if you are willing to shell out a few extra bucks for it but if you are looking to save some money or, if you’re like me and you need five for your kit, one of my favorites is just $2.99 and it is great.
Jordana Best Lash Extreme doesn’t come with a bunch of claims.  None, really, since there is actually no packaging to speak of; just a clear plastic seal around the tube.  You have to discover for yourself what it does.  I kind of like that.  Going in not expecting anything as opposed to outrageous claims and ridiculous photos of airbrushed models sporting fake lashes.  Case in point: look at this ad for a Dior mascara.  I’m sorry but a mascara ad sporting a photo with lashes THIS fake should come with an asterisk, a disclaimer AND an LOL! 


Call me crazy but doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose?  It’s like a shampoo ad where the model is wearing a wig.  False advertising much?  Anyway …
I think this mascara was the first Jordana item I ever bought.  It makes sense because there was some reason why I went back to buy practically everything else in the line.  It is that good.
This mascara makes your lashes long and thick with just one coat.  It’s not considered waterproof, at least it doesn’t say so on the tube but my own test says it sure is.  Smear some on the back of your hand and then try to rinse it off.  Not happening.  Yet it doesn’t feel hard and stiff like most waterproof mascaras.  The brush that comes with it works well but sometimes dispenses a little too much product so you may have to wipe some excess off first.  I like it even more when I use one of the disposable brushes in my kit. 

I did a before and after picture for you!  Top pic is my nothing special lashes with no mascara.  Bottom is after one coat of Best Lash.  Not bad, right?


Of all the cosmetics we use, mascara has the shortest shelf-life so don’t waste your money on “designer” mascara.  All you are really paying for is their fancy, phony ads.  Try this instead and you can ensure that your mascara is nice and fresh for a fraction of the cost.  Beauty steals like this just have to be shared! 

Jordana is only available online or at Walgreens or Kmart!

The Real Girl

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How to find your favorite makeup-part three

Danielle Bisbano - Monday, October 01, 2012

 We’ve already discussed two ways to find your favorite beauty products: online reviews and makeup tutorials. For the third and final installment we will discuss the tried and true avenue of magazines. Flip through any fashion magazine and you are going to find something about cosmetics and skin care in it. With Allure, however, it’s really what they do. Every month this magazine is jam-packed with makeup tips and reviews leading up to their yearly Best of Beauty issue. This is a special issue that they have been doing for 15 years and features editor and reader reviews on hundreds of products. They review everything; foundations, eye shadows, nail polishes, moisturizers, sunscreens and everything in between. Granted, just because someone else likes a product (or even a certain shade of it) doesn’t mean that you will, or should, like it too. However, this yearly list can be a great starting point to research some products that you may be interested in. We learned how to do that in part one, remember?

Hopefully, you have found these tips informative. It’s not easy navigating through the mass of products and promises that bombard us at every turn. You have to do your homework and use your common sense to make educated decisions. Online reviews, makeup tutorials and beauty magazines can help you along the way. In the end, though, all that matters is what you like and what works for you.

Just remember that when you find your can’t-live-without beauty product, by all means tell me about it!

The Real Girl

How to find your favorite makeup-part two

Danielle Bisbano - Saturday, September 01, 2012

In part two of how to find your favorite makeup, we are going to explore the benefits of video tutorials. Videos can be a wonderful way to learn of new products and techniques that you may not have known about before. They tend to merge with products reviews simply because it comes naturally to rave about an item that you really like, especially while you are using it. Since anyone, literally anyone, can post a makeup tutorial video, common sense comes in handy here. Don’t listen to someone who obviously knows nothing about makeup. Stick with the professionals and/or the more well-known artists and enthusiasts because, chances are, they are popular for a reason.

The Makeup Geek, Marlena, really knows her stuff. Here is a sample video about how to conceal under eye circles. These videos are great because they are professional quality and she always lists the products she uses so you can see them in action. The tutorials are grouped topically which makes it easier to find what you are looking for. She focuses almost entirely one makeup with some hair tutorials here and there. Just by browsing through some of the videos you may learn about a new product to do further research on. This is how I first heard of INGLOT which is a line I don’t know how I ever lived without! The Makeup Geek eye shadows are also excellent. Thanks, Marlena!

I’m sure there are plenty of other videos out there that can teach you a thing or two so feel free to browse but please, proceed with caution. Not every makeup enthusiast with a video camera and a YouTube account is an expert.

In part three of the series we’ll weigh the pros and cons of yet another avenue of evaluating makeup purchases. Magazines.

The Real Girl

(photo credit: St. Pierre Photography)

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