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Ever wondered what cosmetic salespeople would say if their jobs or commissions didn’t depend on it? Just ask me, Jenn Suzuki a.k.a. Cosmetic Monster! For almost 20 years, I’ve immersed myself in the ever changing vast world of cosmetics. Please check out the About Me page  to see where I’ve been and why I’m here. I love talking about makeup and skin care, but if you need help in how to get into makeup artistry or how to get a job in cosmetics, I would love to help!

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    From Shari: What brands and products do you recommend for foundation? As I get older, I am dealing with sun spots/freckles visible on the face and would like to conceal them w/o having to cake on stuff.

    Monster Answer:
    I have the same problem with sunspots. I’ll be honest with you – to cover them completely, even with heavy makeup is really difficult. The best product I’ve found to cover them without having to layer tons of products on is Jane Iredale PurePressed Base with the Makeup Forever HD powder puff (skinny black one). You can use a peach tinted concealer like Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach to tone the larger spots before applying the powder. What I like the most about it is it has an SPF 20 (to prevent future spots), lasts all day (its water resistant) and doesn’t look like you have tons of makeup on. It also doesn’t have bismuth oxychloride which makes me itch and makes the makeup look too shiny.

    CHECK OUT MY REVIEW – There’s also a color chart to help you pick a shade.


    The best place to buy this would be either – join my circle here:

    I recommend, especially for those who haven’t used them yet because they have the BEST deals.
    1. Get 10% back in Bloom Dollars on every purchase. (I’m waiting to see if there’s a signing incentive for you).
    2. With every purchase you get a BloomBox – which has deluxe samples, samples and full sized products. The size depends on how much you spend.
    3. FREE shipping with $49 purchase or more. They also have a 365 day return policy and FREE return shipping. I did a return and it was pain free.
    4. 3 free samples with your purchase.
    5. Invite your friends – you get $10 after their first purchase. Truthfully, its a great site. The brands are a little limited, but they have my favorites: Jane Iredale and Sircuit Skin (you might want to try a few of their products – since I’ve been using it, my skin tone has improved).

    PLUS, they usually have great weekend gift with purchase events that they advertise on FACEBOOK, so be sure to LIKE them and wait for the additional GWP. Since its a holiday, I bet they’ll have a good one.
    **4th of July Promo: Get $20 off your order of $80 or more. CODE: F74F21. Ends 07/05/2011 at 11:59pm CST.

    Another thing you can do to make your skin tone more even is use a vitamin C serum (I have a blog about that I need to finish) AM and PM under your moisturizer.

    Hope that helps!

    From Jenna: Hi Cosmetic Monster! What is your opinion on Olay Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush? I have dark circles and puffiness under my eyes no matter how much sleep I get. Help!

    Monster Answer:
    I just bought the Olay Total Effects Brush a few weeks ago – and while it helps a little to counteract under eye issues, its not as fabulous as it looks on the commercials. The best superficial thing to do for dark circles (which can have a number of causes) is to use a hydrating eye cream and a peach concealer. The best combination I’ve found is Lancome Renergie Eye Multiple Action Eye Cream/Veil and Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach. You use the eye cream, pat a small amount of the veil on the darkest areas and a tiny amount of corrector. Be sure to pat pat pat – not rub. I let it sit for a few minutes then reblend before setting it with a little powder (if needed). The peach in the concealer counteracts the darkness. Another good (and cheap) concealer is the Almay Wake Up concealer – I don’t like the applicator, but the product has a peachy tone and works almost as well as the Bobbi Corrector.

  3. What products do you recommend to lighten the appearance of dark/sun spots? There has been a lot of commercials advertising products that claim to get rid of the dark spots.

    Monster Answer:
    Ahhh…spots. Truthfully, its really difficult (if not impossible) to completely erase darker (and well earned) sun/age spots. It takes YEARS to develop these deeper types of discoloration, and therefore, they require more aggressive treatments.

    Topical products that have hyroquinone or kojic acid tend to be the most effective, but are often accompanied by irritation, redness, peeling, etc. It also can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight – so unless you’re going to stay out of the sun, an alternative treatment may be in order. Other ingredients (like arbutin, vitamin C, etc.) tend to have a surface effect and can lighten superficial marks like acne scars or melasma.

    Remember that in general, it will take several months to see a significant improvement.

    Your best bet is to try using a professional topical vitamin C serum (Skinceuticals Phloretin CF) or Cellex C Advanced (they sell this at Bloom.Com if you want to earn rewards and a BloomBox) AM and PM to reverse and PREVENT further damage.

    And wear a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and a heavier duty product (I use Vertra The Shelter Foundation Face Stick) over the areas of concern. You might also want to switch to Jane Iredale PurePressed Base which has an SPF20 (see my review for a color chart) for extra protection.

  4. Are the products you recommended, okay for sensitive skin? I have been having problems with small acne and redness.

    Monster Answer:
    Sounds like we have similar skin types. I recommend using Sircuit Skin Savior cleanser in the morning to take care of any breakouts without drying the skin. Its hard to say if these products will or won’t irritate your skin – it depends what you’re sensitive to. None of these irritate my skin – but you might want to start the vitamin C once a day to start.

  5. Q. Hi Cosmetic Monster, I have recently started a new regiment using a product by Rodan and Fields Enhancements. The line I am using is called REVERSE and is a 4 part system using a micro-dermabrasion mixture as a means to lighten and reverse the effects of aging, i.e., sunspots, freckles, etc. I used it for a couple of weeks, not sure if I can tell the effects, but it did cause me to break out. This product line was pretty expensive and they are produced by the female doctor team who produced ProActive. I was wondering if you have had any experience with these products and can give your opinions and/or comments about it. Part of the problem with any of these products is that you really do need to stay out of the sun. Just one incident outside and it seems to reverse all of the time spent using the product.

    1. A. There are several minor issues that I have with the REVERSE line. The cleanser has sulfates and parabens – and for $41, there are better cleansers. The line is also based on hydroquinone as the lightening ingredient, which is one of the most effective – but can also cause irritation and has been linked to cancer.

      You may want to look at trying Conju Princess Soap (PM after makeup removal), Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator ($120 @ Nordstrom) which uses a new enzyme called Ligninase which does not cause sun sensitivity – but you should still use an SPF of at least 30 everyday. I also recommend using Jane Iredale PurePressed Base which has an SPF of 20 for additional protection.

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