Covergirl and Olay Foundation & Pressed Powder – A BzzAgent Product Review

These are my favorite type of product reviews – beauty products!  If you know me, you know that I love my makeup.  Love, Love, Love.  And there is no exaggeration there at all.  I am completely serious.

Warning:  The following review contains graphic photos of me without any makeup.  View at your own discretion.  Just kidding! =)

As a BzzAgent, I was accepted into the Covergirl and Olay Campaign, which means I was provided the Covergirl and Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and Pressed Powder for this review.  As always, the opinions expressed herein are my honest opinion of these products.

I started wearing makeup when I was 12.  I would sneak it to school and put on makeup in the bathroom before school started.  Nothing major, just eyeshadow and blush to begin with, but the makeup monster within was born.  From then on, I knew I was in love with makeup.  Not because I thought I needed it, but because I liked it.  I liked (and still do) the the way makeup enhances your natural features.

When I was 16, my best friend and I started wearing foundation.  We liked the Covergirl liquid foundation and pressed powder.  It had this distinctive scent that I can still remember.  I loved it.

Fast forward a few years, and my makeup skills and needs have evolved.  These days, I typically use a mineral powder foundation – I have found the mineral powder foundations to generally have a better coverage and more natural look than liquid foundations.  And it’s easier to avoid that “line” along your chin with the mineral foundations (which by the way, you shouldn’t have if you have the correct color foundation).  But I thought it would be fun to try a liquid foundation again, especially since its Covergirl.

Covergirl has teamed with Olay to produce Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation that combines foundation any hydrating serum that covers fine lines and wrinkles and helps to hydrate skin to improve it over time.  The Covergirl & Olay Pressed Powder helps to brighten skin while softening the look of imperfections in a unique formula that doesn’t look heavy or cakey.

Now, for the review.

First, a photo of me, clean face, sans makeup, with only moisturizer on my face.

Next, I applied the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation with a foundation brush.  When applying liquid foundation, I suggest starting with your forehead working from the center of the face out, then under the eyes, again from the center of the face out.  This helps to avoid that “line” I was talking about before.  There has always been the debate between using your fingers, a sponge, or a brush to apply foundation.  Here’ my take:  if you use your fingers, you are guaranteed to get an uneven application, if you use a sponge, you lose a bunch of your foundation to the sponger (it just soaks it up), not to mention sponges are known to harbor bacteria, so I prefer a foundation brush.  You can get a nice, even application of the foundation, and brushes are easily washed (and should be on a regular basis).  After the foundation, I lightly patted a thin layer of pressed powder all over my face.  Here I am with the Covergirl & Olay foundation and powder only:

To finish, I applied a little bronzer, blush, a few shades of eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and lip tint.  Here’s the finished me:

My thoughts on the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab foundation:  It applies well, has a good, thick, silky consistency, and applied very easily and evenly over my face.  It had good coverage, and the color matched my skin tone perfectly, so there was no issue the the “line.”

My thoughts on the Covergirl & Olay Pressed Powder:  I found the powder puff applicator that came with the compact to be a bit cheap, so I bought another one that was better quality and used that with the powder.  That made all the difference in the world in application.  I really like the pressed powder, it comes off onto the applicator in light layers, so application is very light and translucent.  And it finishes off the foundation very well.

My conclusions:  I think the foundation is very good quality and works very well.  For me however, it has too much coverage and is a little too thick for my needs.  The pressed powder however, has found a permanent home in my purse.  I love it for touch ups.  I would recommend both products to friends and family.

UNREAL – Candy Unjunked – A BzzAgent Product Review

Oh no!  The Hershey Wishes and Kisses lady is going to do a review on chocolate that isn’t Hershey?  Oh yes, it’s true!  I may have lots of love for Hershey and most things that come from Hershey (if you don’t know what I am talking about, check out the About section of my blog =D), but I’ll tell you a secret – my all time favorite candy is the Snickers bar.  And I’m always up for trying something new, especially if it includes chocolate. As a BzzAgent, I was given a given a coupon for a free UNREAL candy bar so I could try it and share my opinions.  As always, all the opinions here are completely honest, and my own.

Have you heard of UNREAL Candy?  UNREAL Candy is “UNJUNKED” meaning it is free from artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, preservatives, and genetically modified products.  And where did this idea come from?

The story behind UNREAL is pretty cool – to sum it up, a thirteen year old boy named Nicky had a fight with his Dad over some confiscated Halloween candy.  His Dad said the candy was bad for him, the Nicky disagreed, but did what smart kids do these days – he went online and did some research on candy.  Guess what, Dad was right! Nicky found our just how bad candy is for you – because of the unnecessary added ingredients like hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives.  Check out the entire story behind UNREAL Candy HERE.

I was lucky enough to find the candy bars on sale this week at CVS – they are Buy 1 Get 1 for $0.25. It was just a deal I could not pass up – I mean that means I could try more than one of the UNREAL Candies for this blog post.  This is what I bought at CVS with my coupon and the CVS sale (after the hubby ate one, on the way home from the store!):

My husband, Jon, and I both tried each of the candies.  These are our thoughts on each (listed from left to right in the photo above).

UNREAL 77 – Peanut Butter Cups:  I originally bought two of these, but my hubby cracked one open in the car on the way home after purchasing it, and ate them.  He liked the peanut butter cups.  I think the UNREAL 77 is comparable to the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup.  I also liked this candy.  I like the flavor of the chocolate, and I also like the peanut butter filling – it is creamier and less salty than Reeses.  I would purchase this candy again if I found it on sale.

UNREAL 8 – Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar:  This candy bar was okay.  The only thing I was on the fence about was the nougat filling.  I wasn’t a big fan of the texture or the flavor of the nougat.  Other than that, this candy bar was pretty good.  The hubby liked this candy bar.

UNREAL 41 – Candy Coated Chocolates:  These candies are comparable to Mars’ M&Ms.  They too were okay – they reminded me more of an “off-brand” M&M than anything else.  Generally, I am not an M&M eater, so I probably wouldn’t buy this for myself.  However, I do occasionally purchase candy for the office.  If this candy came in a larger package, I would buy it for the office candy jar (that sits on my desk, of course!).  The hubby was on the fence about these candies – he didn’t dislike them, but it also was not one of his favorites.

UNREAL 5 – Chocolate Caramel Nougat Bar: Both the hubby and I generally liked this candy bar.  What I said above about the nougat holds true for this candy bar as well.  Other than that, it was pretty good.  In general, I wouldn’t purchase this type of candy bar, so I probably would buy this one again.

Overall, I think the UNREAl – Candy Unjunked candies are pretty good.  And I really like that they don’t have all that added “junk” (hence the name) in them.  I would recommend you try the type of UNJUNK candy that replaces your favorite candy.  And as I mentioned in the beginning of the post, CVS currently has them on sale for Buy 1 Get 1 for $0.25.  That’s a really good deal!