Beauty Unbiased: January 2012

Giveaway Winner and Other Breaking News

Congratulations to Cindy for being randomly selected as the winner of Beauty Unbiased's first (but definitely not last) giveaway. You have an email awaiting you. Everyone else please make sure to add me via my new Followers button to stay up to date on beauty giveaways, events, and product reviews. And exciting news- I'll be taking you all along with me during my first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, February 9-16th! Get inspired by this photo from Stockholm Fashion Week- I'll be the one snapping away hair and makeup looks on my camera soon. 

Agnes Carlsson attends the Dagmar A/W 2012 show at Absolut Atelier on January 31, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Review

When I first read about beauty balm, the latest makeup product to hit the United States after being popular in Asia for years, I was immediately obsessed purely because of the name- Beauty Balm.  Don't you feel like jumping into a humungous tub filled with a product called beauty balm? Of course I hadn't even had a chance to try it yet and soon learned that there are many different brands releasing their own versions of beauty balm, meaning a variation in the quality of each beauty balm. The common thread to a beauty balm is that it is an all in one product that adds color while moisturizing, toning, and illuminating the skin.

Too Faced Cosmetics recently released their Tinted Beauty Balm, a "multi-benefit skin care makeup to achieve a healthy glow and improve skin's overall appearance with [a] powerful multi-mineral complex".  The beauty balm is SPF 20 as well and includes light diffusing pigments to add radiance to your skin. Too Faced has four shades of their beauty balm, which is a welcome change from the limited range of shade tones offered by other beauty balm lines.

I tested out the Nude Glow shade, which was a tad too dark for my hibernating winter white skin tone. As a free gift via a giveaway I didn't have much of a say in which shade I received. The consistency was thinner than I expected, though it went on evenly and smoothly and had a surprising amount of color when applied with my fingers. The color tint was immediately visible and left me looking a bit like I'd gotten a spray tan due to the shade being too dark. After application my face felt a bit tight, but not in a bad way instead similar to how it has felt after applying a toning facial mask. I felt like I needed a bit more moisturizer on my skin in addition to just the beauty balm, but overall I was pleased with the product. Since I haven't tried other beauty balms yet I am not able to compare which is best, but Too Faced's Tinted Beauty Balm is a pretty great place to start.

UPDATE- Too Faced Cosmetics saw my review and graciously offered to send me a Tinted Beauty Balm in the correct color for my skin tone (Cream Glow). I have been using the Too Faced Beauty Balm ever since as part of my regular makeup routine. With the right shade, the color actually blends seamlessly while still providing a good amount of coverage for troubled spots on my skin. Lighter than foundation and offering more coverage than tinted moisturizer, Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm will continue to be my go to face base into the spring.  

My Glam Bag- January 2012

Nearly two weeks after the promised delivery date, My Glam Bag for January 2012 has finally arrived. The feedback and comments from everyone on the first My Glam Bag were the only things that kept me company as the cold winter weather blew into New York...and my bag did not. Once I am annoyed at something like a late shipment it is extra hard to impress me. And My Glam's "Back to Nature" themed bag did nothing to change my feelings of ambivalence.

L to R: Concealer, conditioner,  nail polish, peel off mask
 Featuring the Freeman Cucumber Peel-off mask that (no joke) I loved when I was in middle school, Sheer Cover Duo concealer, theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish, and Wen cleansing conditioner the bag's Back to Nature theme included "cruelty-free, organic, all-natural and earthy" makeup lines.  I was excited about trying the new concealer but the Sheer Cover was too sheer for my bad boy undereye circles. I'd already tried the cucumber mask years ago and while I had fun with it then, I had no desire to reconnect with this product as an adult. The Wen cleansing conditioner is a perfect travel size and I will definitely be hanging on to it for trips to the pool and beach this summer, though it tends to be more conditioner than cleanser.

While I liked the idea of the Back to Nature bag and thought the actual cosmetic bag was adorable, I was disappointed by the actual execution. Some of the cosmetic brands in this bag seemed more drugstore buys than high end cosmetic company samples. Plus the main reason I loved the December bag was missing- where was the makeup!? Maybe I'm being too harsh or maybe others experienced similar thoughts. Let me know in the comments and one randomly selected commenter (be sure to leave your email) will be selected to test out a few of these products on January 31st. Winner will receive theBalm nail polish in Strawberry Fields Forevah, the Freeman Cucumber peel off mask, AND the cream My Glam cosmetic bag.

Psst! You May Also Want to Check Out:
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Drybar Opens in Midtown Manhattan

Featuring $40 blowouts and chic styles like Straight Up, The Cosmo, and Southern Comfort, Drybar simplifies access to affordable, gorgeous hair in New York City with the launch of their second New York City location in Midtown at Le Parker Meridien.

  Located inside Le Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown.
(119 West 56th between 6th & 7th Ave)

Opening this Thursday, January 26th.

In addition to Drybar, the new Undergound at Le Parker Meridien
will feature a brand new Gravity Fitness, the hotel's first spa - Moonshine Spa,
one of our favorite nail salons - tenoverten and Petit BluDog for healthy bites.
And of course Norma's and Burger Joint located in the lobby.

Talk about the perfect girls day!

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