Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cari's Cosmetic Obsessions: SmashBox Camera Ready 5-in-1 Beauty Balm

Hello again Beauties!
I am here to give you the scoop on the new Beauty Balm‘s.  Here’s  a few main streamers for those of  you who would like to compare: Mac Prep + Prime Beauty Balm $30.00, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm $45.00 (Sephora), Boots Radiance Beauty Balm $14.00 (Target). Last but definitely not least my holy grail:  

Smashbox Camera Ready 5- in 1 Beauty Balm! $38.18 (QVC)

When I put this on I swore the sky parted the sun came out and angels actually sang! It goes without saying I think its AWESOME and AMAZING!  On the back of this  1 fl oz tube it states  :
Always be camera ready with this 5-in 1 on set secret to flawless skin.” .   
It will moisturize, prime, perfect, protect (SPF 35), and control oil.  For me it does exactly that.
It’s the only one of the three Beauty Balms mentioned that comes in four different shades: fair, light, medium and dark. (beware rant approaching) I’m a girl that detests a “one size fits most” label!  The way I see it if I’m spending my hard earned money the company should at least try to give me some variety!
Gosh darn it!!
I for one am of a darker olive complexion and I choose medium and it works well. On days that I just want sheer coverage it evens out my skin tone like my favorite Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer does.  Yet it does not leave me feeling oily or shiny in my T zone once the weather heats up (combination skin girl).  Usually during the summer I use mineral makeup to keep me shine free and in the winter I switch up to liquid formulas to keep me hydrated. On top of  all that it saves me the extra step by providing a whopping 35 SPF sun protection.  For those of us that need or want a little more coverage use this in place of your primer step for a flawless no shine face!  Ever since this Beauty Balm arrived at my doorstep I keep it in  my purse and use it every day.  If you want to see it in action tune into QVC on Monday August 22, 2011 from Midnight to 1:00am; 9-10:00 am and 6-7pm E.T.  Smashbox Beauty Balm is exclusively available through QVC until 12/6/2011

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