Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

I received a sample foil of the new Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream in Light to Medium recently, and because I was feeling kind of blah but not blah enough to break out my foundation, I ripped the sucker open to slap it on my face. This is the first product I have written about that I did not bother to research before slapping it on my face – crazy. I felt like living on the edge, I guess. I had no idea what kind of marketing or claims were associated with this product other than that it is new, it is from Olay, and it is listed as a BB Cream.

Here’s what the Olay site has to say:

Finish your daily beauty regimen with the all-in-one solution with 6 skin-perfecting benefits:

• Refreshes skin instantly
• Brightens for a radiant glow
• Evens tone with a splash of sheer color
• Hydrates for 24 hours
• Smoothes for softer feeling skin
• Protects against UV damage with SPF 15
• Infused with essence of honeysuckle and white tea

As far as my experience (which, again, occurred before I checked the product out) – the contents of the foil packet felt light on the pads of my fingers and was easy to apply – smoothing it on and blending it out was easy with just my fingers thanks to the light consistency. Though it looked pretty opaque when squeezed from the packet onto my fingers, I found that it was actually quite sheer as I applied it to my face. Using my lighted mirror as well as varying mirrors and levels of lighting, I tried (and failed, fortunately!) to see any lines where the color was showing or off – although I did not see any harsh lines, this did pull a warmer on me than my skin actually is.

Although the Fresh Effects BB Cream’s packaging says that it is, well, a BB Cream, it then indicates that it is a, “skin perfecting tinted moisturizer.” The distinction is important – although a lot of popular Western brands are trying to cash in on the BB cream market, most offerings are not really BB Creams, and are typically just tinted moisturizers with the addition of sunscreen – meaning they are not actually alternatives to foundations and so forth. This product, though it felt nice going on, is entirely too thin to be a true BB Cream.

The first trait of this product that struck me, though, was not how light it felt, how easily it applied, or how sheer it was – it was the scent. As it turns out, Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream really means, “Olay heavily perfumed BB Cream.” If you are familiar with the fragrance used in Olay’s Quench line of body washes, lotions, etc. — it is that scent, or something very close to it. I’m indifferent to the scent as a body product but for the love of cats why would you add that to a face product and not warn people? Not thrilled with that aspect at all, especially as I started sneezing shortly after putting it on. I do not have any known allergies (unknown-unknowns, etc) to anything in this stuff, but I abhor strongly scented products that are designed to linger on my face (i.e., moisturizer, foundation, etc).

Because I only had a foil pack, I don’t have any pictures for you, so we’ll live with a stock photo.

Now, to tackle the claims:

Refreshes skin instantly – The fact that it feels moisturizing is quite nice, and that may be what they mean – but something like this should not be applied onto anything but freshly washed skin that shouldn’t already need refreshing.
Brightens for a radiant glow – I do not feel that it brightened my complexion but it does leave a dewy finish, but doesn’t appear to be shimmery like some products boasting radiance have.
Evens tone with a splash of sheer color – The product does have sheer color, but if you have anything other than light splotchiness, you may want something heavier duty like a Korean BB Cream or straight-up foundation because this is little more than a tinted moisturizer.
Hydrates for 24 hours – Nope. Not in the winter, anyway. Beyond that, do not forget that this, and products like it, are cosmetics. Wash your face before bed!
Smoothes for softer feeling skin – Immediately after applying, my skin did feel slightly softer than before I applied, but otherwise my skin felt normal throughout the day.
Protects against UV damage with SPF 15 – It is true that this product contains sunscreen, but like any sunscreen it is recommended that you reapply. Don’t be that person reapplying tinted moisturizer without removing the old layer, okay? It will not be flattering.
Infused with essence of honeysuckle and white tea – Great, I like both of those things – unfortunately neither of those were what the smell is. White tea has antioxidants, but I can’t imagine the concentration in this product is high enough to combat a thing.

This is by no means a bad product, but it is important to recognize it for what it is – a tinted moisturizer, not an actual BB Cream. If scented facial products do not bother you, Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream is available online and at drugstores for between $10-14. Between the dewy finish (not cute for me, I have some pores that were a little obvious) and the smell that I just could not get past, I washed it off when I got home and will not be purchasing a full sized tube.

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Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue

Confession: I am a lip balm fiend.

I have more of them than I can probably count, ranging from the classic Cherry ChapStick to the L’Oreal Color Riche LeBalm, to the fun EOS balm spheres. When Maybelline was first taking a stab at their Baby Lips line, I was actually invited to a BzzAgent campaign for them. They were decent, but I wasn’t fond of the aftertaste they left. Recently-ish, Maybelline released its medicated Baby Lips Dr Rescue line. I picked one up at Target to check out.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue packaging - front

The Baby Lips Dr Rescue is similarly-packed in comparison to its predecessors. It features a longline, clear cap (though the Dr Rescue has a label around the cap that allows the bullet to just peak through). The entire base twists to advance the product up through the tube.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue

I meant to get Pink Me Up but accidentally grabbed this shade, called Coral Crave. It is medicated with menthol, which initially turned me off of it – I love minty things, but I am not such a fan of mentholated ones. Fortunately, the menthol smell/taste does not linger more than a couple minutes, so it won its way back into favor.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue - cap off

Both on my lips and in the swatch below, the color is very very sheer. I did swatch with a light hand, but I can’t imagine it would be that much more opaque had I used more pressure or applied more coats.

Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue swatch

Here’s the back, as per usual. I actually did not pay attention to the back until I was writing this post – it says to apply not more than 3-4 times per day.
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Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue packaging - back

My lips were not chapped when I tried this product (remember that lip balm fiend part? yeah, they don’t get chapped often), so I am not able to confirm whether or not it helps in that regard – but I’ll update if I can confirm either way. (Also this is completely silly, but the name sounds reminds me of Doctor Girlfriend from the Venture Bros. and it just makes me laugh.)

Have you tried any of the Baby Lips Dr Rescue products?

Urban Decay Nail Polish Update

Here’s an update on how my Urban Decay Nail polish in Vice is wearing. Normal growth and tip wear on both hands. Minor minor chipping on my left thumb.

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Until about three hours ago, when this happened:

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Giant chunk out of my left fore-finger. This has actually been an abnormal week in that I have put even LESS stress on my hands and nails than normal. It has been less than 72 hours since application. Disappoint.

I’ve got to say – although the color is lovely, this polish is overpriced ($15/bottle) considering its mediocre quality. I’d be perfectly content if Urban Decay stuck to what they do best.

BzzAgent: Tone Body Wash

I am going to quickly preface this post – inaddition to being an Influenster, I am also a BzzAgent. The program is similar in that you sign up for free, join campaigns, receive free or discounted product(s) to review and share socially. They approach the process ethically (lying about free products irritates me, and it should irritate you too!), which is why I continue to participate in their campaigns. The BzzAgent network includes, according to their site, over 400 million shoppers and they work with clients such as L’Oreal, Schwartzkopf, Clinique, Proctor & Gamble, amongst others.

In the past I have been a part of Maybelline campaigns (when they first released Great Lash Lots of Lashes and the now-popular Baby Lips balms), Schick Hydro, Dr Scholls Massaging Gel Insoles (I was indeed gellin’), as well as others.

Tone Body Wash - Petal Soft

I was recently invited to join a campaign for Tone body wash. In the same family as Dial soaps, who I understand is also updating their body wash lines, they recently released a new scent and, ostensibly, wanted some feedback. I had only ever tried one other Tone body wash before (the, “Fruit Peel,” variety) so I didn’t have much to go on. I was on my last few uses-worth of body wash, conveniently, so I accepted.

A week or so later, this appeared! (Pardon the smartphone pictures in this post.) Their packing tape is cute – more companies need to get into this custom packing tape game.

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I hastily unboxed it, and transferred some into a pump bottle I use in the shower (because I was out of body wash at this point and was using bar soap). This body wash, Petal Soft, boasts Pink Peony and Rose Oil – it is very, very floral. It does not smell like roses to me, but I can’t speak to the peonies because I have no idea what they actually smell like.

Tone Body Wash - received from BzzAgent

As per usual, the BzzKit (that’s what the box and its contents are called!) included an informational card, and a handful of coupons. Your job is to try the product, talk about it, and distribute coupons to interested parties so they can try it, fall in love/decide they hate it (we’re being honest, remember?)/and share the info, etc.

Tone Body Wash BzzAgent Coupons

Let’s talk about the product itself, now that I’ve actually used it for a week or so. BzzAgent says,

Tone® moisturizing body washes are made with spa-inspired ingredients that transport you beyond your shower with invigorating scents, leaving you with irresistibly soft skin. You’ll fall in love with the naturally smooth feel after the first wash, while you indulge in intoxicating aromas from the whole line [which includes]

  • Petal Soft with Pink Peony & Rose Oil
  • Mango Splash with Cocoa Butter
  • Daily Detox with White Clay & Pink Jasmine
  • Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter
  • Ocean Therapy with Deep Sea Extracts & Pearl Essence
  • Fruit Peel® with Alpha-Hydroxy Fruit Acids

I’m going to table the first sentence until the next picture; we’ll come back to it. The thick, pearly pink gel is, like I said before, a very strong floral. I am personally not fond of a lot of strong florals, and I found it a little overwhelming. For someone who tends to choose milder shower scents, this was kind of a slap in the face. My body lotion is unscented so it cannot clash, but I think my perfume would if I applied it right away (I usually shower at night and the scent dissipates by morning and does not usually clash). Here’s a picture to show you what it looks like!

Tone Body Wash packaging - front

I like showing you the back of packaging. The first thing you see is that, “every girl deserves flowers…” Oh? I mean, from whom? Kind of a weird thing to say on a body wash, but alright – I trust you can read, so I’ll let you read it (below), but it goes on about how irresistibly fresh it is. I wouldn’t describe this as fresh – granted, I am biased and am not a fan of strong florals to begin with but frankly it is a bit cloying and heavy. And if I don’t like it, I couldn’t possibly expect my fragrance-sensitive fiance to be a fan – he wasn’t.

Coming back to my tabled point – they suggest this product has spa-like ingredients but nowhere on the label does it list cocoa-butter, white clay, or any alpha-hydroxy acids. These seem to be ingredients of the other varieties (the Fruit Peel variety does have AHA, I tried it!) but there is nothing special about the composition of this one. It is pretty standard as body washes go.

Tone Body Wash packaging - back

While I do feel as though it softened my skin, I don’t think it did any better than anything else I have used recently (Dove or Olay body washes, etc). It is nice enough, but I will not repurchase this variety – instead, I would try something like the Soothing Oatmeal with Shea Butter. Petal Soft just wasn’t a hit with me, I’m afraid. It does perform well enough, and at a nice price-point ($3-4 at mass retailers, drugstores, online, etc) I would recommend the line but not this fragrance (unless I knew you were obsessed with florals).

You can like Tone here on Facebook, follow them on Twitter (though to date nothing has been posted).  I also encourage you to join BzzAgent if you like to try things out and have time to talk about them. Don’t just join for free stuff, you have to be active in order to be considered for campaigns!

Disclosure: This post was not sponsored, but I DID receive the Tone Body Wash in Petal Soft for free because I am a BzzAgent and I participated in the corresponding BzzCampaign. I am not paid or otherwise compensated to share–my thoughts are my own. This post also does contain one affiliate link – this means I may get a very small percentage of the sale if you decide to buy something. I will only tell you something is awesome if I can vouch for it myself.

Urban Decay Nail Polish

Urban Decay Nail Polish

Years ago, cult favorite Urban Decay had nail polish offerings. At some point, they were discontinued to the woe of many fans (and the joy of eBay scalpers). Recently, UD reintroduced the collection and each season new shades are chosen Thanks to an Urban Decay event hosted by my local Sephora (more on that another time), I received a full-sized Urban Decay nail polish for free along with this little PVC TSA-approved (oh buddy!) travel bag. This polish retails for $15 and can be purchased directly from Urban Decay or from Sephora.

Urban Decay Nail Polish in Vice - applied

Swatched here in shabby lighting, all except the ringfinger are topped with Seche Vite and and the ringfinger has the China Glaze matte topcoat. Regarding the polish itself: it is a gorgeous deep purple with almost an amber shimmer (in the bottle) that translates to shimmery purple awesome on the nails. This Urban Decay Nail Polish shade is Vice and is UD through and through.

That said, I am not the biggest fan of the formula. While it was definitely opaque in two coats, it dries too fast – like when you’re making your third stripe down the center of your nail to finish the coat, I had it, “skip” a little where it overlaps the first swipe to the side because it was already tacky from drying too quickly. My attempts to fix it without scrapping it and redoing the whole nail were in vain. Polish that dries fast is usually a blessing, but when it causes you to have to redo two nails, it is a pain. Otherwise, the formula is smooth and of a nice viscosity. On a final note, I am quite fond of the wider brushes that grace OPI and Sally Hansen brushes, so I was a little disappointed by this relatively standard-width brush.

Urban Decay Nail Polish in Vice

I can tell how jealous you are of my excellent lighting that makes my fingers look far cooler-toned than they are. I hope you can see the lettering on the cap – if not, I’ll have nicer pictures in a later post.

Urban Decay Nail Polish in Vice - Cap

Cutesy skull detailing – again, I apologize for the lighting. I was using my ancient camera. The skull has roses for eyes.

Though it is definitely a pretty shade, and though I am a Urban Decay fan, I must admit I would not buy this polish. I have a hard enough time with $10-12 for gel polish. The formula seems pretty typical for a decent polish that I can buy for (at MSRP) $5-8 each, and I just do not wear deep purples enough to make it worth it to me. Glad I got it free! Have you tried any Urban Decay Nail Polishes from the current or from previous collections? How did you like it?