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August 27, 2010

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation

WHERE TO BUY: Drugstores
PRICE: Around $13.99 (Price varies)

- Medium, buildable coverage
- Has pump-bottle packaging
- Affordable and easy to find
- Has SPF 20 for sun protection

- Sparkly
- SPF doesn't make it very photo-friendly


This foundation got a lot of hype when it first came out. With a name like "photo ready," it almost seemed like a drugstore dupe for the popular, but expensive, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation.

The packaging... awesome. The pump bottle makes retrieval quick, clean, and sanitary. If only more drugstore foundations came with this kind of bottle.

The foundation itself feels light and blends easily. The coverage is medium, but it's pretty buildable. Adding more doesn't make your face look thick or cakey. So far, so good. But here's the part that kills me..

THE SPARKLES. Oh so many sparkles. Small pieces of them, all over my face. I normally stay away from shimmer because it tends to accentuate my acne scars. If you look closely in the above photo, you'll be able to see the little glitters. Someone uploaded a sparkling picture of Edward Cullen on the makeupalley review page for this. Although it's an exaggeration, it did make me laugh.

The SPF 20 is a good thing and a bad thing. Sun protection is always good for your skin. However, this is called PHOTO ready. You'd think that would mean that it's good for pictures. SPF is known to make your face look lighter in flash photography, so this photo ready foundation is probably not the best for photos. Sounds weird, I know.

Overall, it's a nice foundation, just not for me. It might work better for people without any major skin issues. If you don't mind sparkles.. I say give it a chance :)

Blended into my hand.

August 02, 2010

*Closed* $25 Gift Card Giveaway for!

Today is a special day for my blog because I'm hosting my first ever giveaway! This is a thank you to all of my followers and I would really appreciate it if you entered. You have nothing to lose! :)

Many of you may know of SkinCareRx, which is an online retailer that sells a wide variety of clinical skincare products from brands like Clarisonic, Obagi, Dermalogica, and more. Recently, they have joined forces with a sister site called to carry all of your favorite cosmetics.

Too Faced is one of the brands available on Apothica, and they carry some of my favorite products. I use the chocolate soleil bronzer almost everyday and it's amazing for a natural, sun-kissed glow without shimmer. Their retractable kabuki is also one of the softest brushes I've ever felt and I always carry it in my purse for on-the-go touch ups. Apothica carries many other brands you may be familiar with, including Smashbox, Cargo, Stila, and more.

Apothica is offering my followers the chance to win a $25 gift card that can be used at,, or All three websites place your items in one cart, making it easy to purchase both your essential skincare items and your favorite cosmetics.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post with a list of the following things you have done:

1) Provide your email address and tell me that you'd like to be entered. (Worth 1 entry)
2) Become a fan of SkinCareRx on FaceBook. (Worth 1 entry)
3) Follow SkinCareRx on Twitter. (Worth 1 entry)
4) Subscribe to SkinCareRx's newsletter at the bottom of their website (Worth 2 entries)
5) Write a blog post about this giveaway and a specific makeup brand available on Apothica - Minimum 100 words with the word "cosmetic" linking to (Worth 3 entries)

The winner will be chosen by random. This contest will end on August 21.