Megali - adjective, noun - adjective 1. great or big in Greek -noun 1.. A nickname derived from my first and middle names

Sunday, May 29, 2011

COVERGIRL Review and Coupon Giveaway

I have been a BzzAgent for about two months now and I think it's great! If you aren't a BzzAgent yet, what are you waiting for?  Go (as soon as you're finished reading my blog, of course!) and sign up right on their website.  I think you'll enjoy it too and here's why:

How does BzzAgent work? Simple: we send products from top brands to everyday consumers, just like you. Then they talk about them.
  • Try popular products and services, totally free
  • Help friends discover cool new stuff by sharing opinions
  • Influence brands eager for feedback
A simple concept that's also quite cool. I currently have four active BzzCampaigns.  One of those campaigns is for the new COVERGIRL NatureLuxe line.  The freebies I received for this campaign were a sample of NatureLuxe Silk Foundation in Flax and NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Sandstone as well as several coupons to share!  My responsibility in return is to share honest feedback on the product (meaning you're not going to hear me gush just because I got it for free!)

So, what did I think?  The short version is yay foundation, nay gloss balm. 
According to COVERGIRL, 3 out of 4 professional make-up artists would recommend the NatureLuxe Collection to their clients and they are so sure you'll love NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, that if you're not satisfied with the results, they'll refund your money!

I may live in Florida, but my Dad has had skin cancer enough times to make me want to rock paler skin, so I selected one of their lighter shades Flax 310.  For the months of April and May, the shade was a fantastic match for my skin tone, but I imagine that I might want to choose a slightly darker shade for the summer months.  I found my ColorMatch and it looks like I will want to try Bamboo 315 as my face gets a little more color.  Although I use a daily moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen if I anticipate I'll be outside a while, I am thankful that NatureLuxe Silk Foundation also comes equipped with SPF - 10 isn't much, but it's extra protection and that's something!

The foundation is creamy without being greasy.  That's an advantage now that it's getting to be the delightful time of year in Florida when you sweat immediately upon leaving the house.  NatureLuxe Silk Foundation is certainly lightweight and it didn't sweat off terribly (it did come off a little on days I spent a great deal of time outside.)  And I really like the smell!  It has cucumber water and a hint of jojoba for a nice, fresh scent.  The look achieved with this product is very even and natural. The best part?  It totally helped with my undereye circles!  Seriously, my kids still don't always sleep through the night at two and four, so any help I can get with the heavy baggage I sport is greatly appreciated!  I'm 31 now and ever since Curly was born, I look in the mirror sometimes and don't recognize myself; I'm definitely starting to age.  You know how they say that makeup should enhance your natural beauty?  Or was that just my Mom and Becky on Full House when DJ started Junior High?  Anyway, this foundation brings out the Megali I used to be and it's nice to see her in the mirror again!

I don't have the same rave reviews for the NatureLuxe Gloss Balm.  First off, I don't think Sandstone 265 is the right shade for me.  It's too pink and on my lips it's a weird pink, not a pretty one.  Some of my ColorMatches that I'd rather try and are much more the norm for my makeup palette include Pinot 245 and Clove 280.  But I'm going to have to see if they have the same effects as the Sandstone; apparently some of the shades are much glittery than others.

When I think of lip balm, I think of ChapStick - waxy and moisturizing for chapped or dry lips. When I think of lip gloss, I think of a shiny, sometimes glittery finish.  The only thing the Gloss Balm got out of those things is the glitter part.  It was not the "sheer color with a hint of shine" promised.  Unfortunately, it was the glitter that kept the product from being "decadent" (again, COVERGIRL's description) thick, and moisturizing and it was much bolder than the shimmery glossiness I prefer.  I kinda felt like a tween trying their first lipstick, it was that infused with glitter!  Worse still, I could feel every piece of glitter and it felt coarse

I hate to waste things though, so I decided to resort to the old practice of using lipstick as blush.  Now, if COVERGIRL would get behind marketing the NatureLuxe Gloss Balm as a cream blush, I'd be cheering them on!   It worked beautifully and really brightened up my face.  The color was much more flattering on my cheeks than my lips and the glitter was a positive this time as it provided a dewy look.

Are you a BzzAgent too?  What products have you reviewed Please let me know what you think or ask any questions in the comments!

And as for the coupon giveaway?  Be one of the first five to comment and a coupon for $2.00 off one (1) NatureLuxe silk foundation is yours!

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