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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





Beautycounter Lip Sheer Review

Danielle Bisbano - Monday, January 20, 2014

I have a confession to make.  I have been almost silent about the first color cosmetic product in the Beautycounter line even though it has been out for months.  Even though I am a makeup artist and even though I love it.  Even though I use it and even though, like everything else in the line, it is amazing.  I have been quiet because, well, it's not cheap.  We all have budgets, I get it.  But then Christy Coleman (Beautycounter's celebrity makeup artist) said that you can also use the Lip Sheers as a blush and I thought, "hmmmmmm".  It took me forever to remember to do it (no idea why) but, oh my, was she right.  Not only can you use it as a blush, it is actually quite fantastic.  It has amazing staying power and beautiful color.  So now that you can multitask with one beautifully packaged, non-toxic, vanilla scented wonder . . .  I'm telling you about it!  

A little 411 on these babies.  Six shades in all: Petal, Twig, Coral, Rose, Currant and Plum (in order per the pic above).  Here is the breakdown:

Petal: Beautifully soft, light pink.  Very sheer.  Perfect for non-lipstick wearers or when you want a truly soft wash of natural color.

Twig: Have you spent the better part of your teenage and adult life searching for the perfect nude lip color?  Me, too.  The search is over.  You're welcome. 

Coral: Can't really elaborate on the shade all that much . . . "coral" is a perfectly perfect description.

Rose: Deeper pink than Petal. Very romantic and pretty.

Currant: Lovely reddish-brown.  More intense shade.  Classic. Not as red as the picture.

Plum: Beautiful purple-toned red.  Lovely.

These shades were formulated to look good on every skin tone so you just have to pick the one you like the best.  The shades most suited as a blush are Coral, Rose, Currant and Plum.  The darker the shade, the more staying power in general.  In fact, Currant and Plum most definitely have a stain factor to them.  They are also my personal favorites as blushes, Plum being my number one.  I am a big fan of a flushed cheek look and Plum really does the trick.

The texture of the Lip Sheers is kind of hard to describe.  They are their own little enigma.  They are not really a lipstick or a lip balm or a lip stain or a lip gloss.  They are kind of just the best parts of all of those things.  They go on like butter.  Seriously.  They smell like vanilla and feel beautifully soft on your lips.  The packaging makes you feel kinda sorta super special when you put it on, too.  All fancy like.  See???

(Twig pictured here)

Currant and Plum are especially versatile.  One coat will give you a sheer wash of color.  A second coat right on top of that adds intensity and impact.  Top any of these shades off with the Beautycounter Lip Shine ($24) and you will add gloss and a slight shimmer, giving you yet another completely different look. 

Locals can borrow one from me if you want to try before you buy!  The Beautycounter Lip Sheers are $28 each.  If you want to get yourself the perfect nude color (Twig), the perfect day to evening color (Plum) and the gloss, try The Quintessential Collection for $75.  Want it all?  The Complete Collection retails for $175.

Now you know!

 The Real Girl



New Jordana Stain is the Balm

Danielle Bisbano - Sunday, September 15, 2013

The next time you go to Walgreens to stock up on your fave Jordana mascara, you are going to see that they revamped the whole line!  I'll give you the lowdown on the new mascara formulas later. Right now, there are more important things to talk about.  Like their new Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain.  In a word?  Wowza.  These things are amazing.  Part lipstick, part lip balm, part stain and all the best parts!  They go on super smooth and pack quite a punch as a stain.  This is me wearing Cranberry Crush; my favorite shade for fall:

My favorite thing about these little guys is their versatility.  You can apply a full coat for rich, intense color or pat on and blend with your fingertips for a soft wash of color.  Or you can just use it as a stain.  Put it on, wait a minute, wipe it off and top with clear lip balm or gloss.

I don't have a whole lot to complain about with these little miracle crayons.  I will say that not all shades are true to color.  Sweet Pink seems like a soft pink but it goes on just about as bright as Tropical Frenzy.  Terra Crave also wears much redder than the tube looks. I haven't had these long enough to comment on the packaging.  The product twists up and I am not entirely confident about how well the mechanics will hold up but for $2.99 you literally can't lose.

My favorite shades are Nude Chic (a cool-toned neutral with a hint of shimmer), Tropical Craze (a pure hot pink for when you're in the mood for a bright) and Honey Love (a neutral warm brownish-pink). Rock’n’Rouge is also a phenomenal shade of red but you know me and red lipstick.  It takes a miracle to make it out the door with it on.  Oh, yeah, Cranberry Crush is pretty awesome, too.

Here is a picture of MOST of the shades:

Honey Love and Nude Chic are missing because I already gave them away.  I like to share!  Interesting side point; these are paraben-free. At least they are making an effort!  Here is the link to the product page.

 So, there you have it.  Off to Walgreens you go . . .

The Real Girl



REAL Head Shots (finally!)

Danielle Bisbano - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It has been a long time coming but I finally made a plan to get some real deal photos done for my website.  As a consumer, I always prefer when I can actually see who I am considering working with.  I figure my clients might feel that way, too!

Liz (hair), Heather (massage) and I (makeup) had so much fun working with Amy at Olivia Greene Photography.  It was brutally hot  and humid out but I must say that everyone's airbrush makeup held up beautifully.  See why everyone wants this stuff?!  You can check out the rest of the images here.

We will be choosing our images from these photos that Amy picked.  Look for updates to my site very soon and let me know what you think!

The Real Girl

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray

Danielle Bisbano - Friday, March 15, 2013

 The claim? “Your makeup will last twice as long”. The truth? Um, yes, yes it will.

Skindinavia is not a new product. I originally purchased it solely for my kit because, naturally, I want every makeup application I do to stay on and look fresh for as long as possible. As I do with all my products, I tried it on myself first. Wow. Just wow. This stuff is amazing. To have my makeup look as fresh at the end of the day as it did in the beginning makes me one happy girl.

So you all know I’m a little nutty about natural products, right? You should also know that, rather than be a ginormous hypocrite, I have told you that you DO have to pick your battles. Some products you just kinda can’t be without. This is one of them. On the Skin Deep database it’s a 5, right in the middle. I can live with that. This product, though, I just cannot live without.

It comes in several different formulas; the original formula, one for oily skin, and a bridal formula. At $29 for a 4 oz. bottle or $39 for an 8 oz. bottle, they are a little pricey but well worth it. They give you more bank for your buck from the makeup you already bought and they make you feel like a million bucks for much longer and, admit it, can you really put a price tag on that?

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