Whatever you do, don't call the new Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm ($6) a lip gloss. While it may look like one, once you swipe it on, you'll realize that it's got the consistency of a hydrating lip conditioner. The formula has avocado oil and vitamin E to deliver on the promise of softer lips. As far as the color payoff, you'll get the perfect touch of tint with a sheer finish, almost like a glossy stain. We're throwing a few shades in the beach bag for poolside use because unlike with a gloss, we don't have to worry about it melting in the sun. Plus, it's available in 10 shades, ranging from apricot to plum.
Often, women look to their mothers to see how they will age, and if Goldie Hawn is any indication, Kate Hudson has nothing to worry about. Both stars work hard for their glowing complexions, but they each have differing approaches when it comes to skin care. Kate, a global brand ambassador for Almay, keeps it simple, while her mother loves to experiment. Discover Goldie's nighttime beauty routine, stories of Kate's early years as an aspiring makeup artist, and their plans for Mother's Day when you keep reading
Kate Hudson is the ultimate California girl with a beauty routine to match: simple and easy. "That's why Almay and I are a good fit," says Kate, who is a spokeswoman for the beauty brand. "I don't like fussy makeup on a day-to-day basis. The reality is I've got five to 10 minutes to get myself ready for the day, to take Ryder [her son] to school, or to start my workday. So for me it's a quick base, a cheek, mascara, and a lip gloss."
Her new favorite product is the line's Intense I-Color Liquid Shadow + Color Primer ($8, available next month at drugstores nationwide). "I wear these all the time," Kate says. "I like easy makeup — anything that goes on easy that you can continue to apply throughout the day and anything you can put it your purse and it's not too fussy."
For Kate, the most beautiful women she's known are the ones "who are focused on their mental and physical health, their joy center, and understanding and balancing their lives." She explains, "I think that's when you see most women at their most beautiful, especially when women are emanating happiness."
And happiness will be all about the family's holiday traditions this month. "Ryder loves the Advent calendars," she says. "And I have this little log cabin Advent calendar that opens and there are all these little animals." With that anticipation and all the cookie-baking and hot chocolate she has planned, it sounds like there's lots of joy ahead for the Hudson-Bellamy household this season.
What do you think? Is this a good match, or do celebrity spokespeople even matter when you're buying makeup?
I had such high hopes for this blush when I tried it a couple of years ago . . . the packaging was innovative at the time and I thought it would give pretty, sheer color to my cheeks. Plus, I love cream, gel, and liquid blushes. I tried this blush in a soft peach shade and was SO disappointed. It was super-watery and you could hardly see the color on my face. And I'm very pale-skinned; even light colors are usually very noticeable. But this blush was beyond sheer. Even after I reapplied a couple of times, it didn't really do anything for me. It was so watery that it almost seemed to disappear or rub off as I tried to blend it in.
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Almay Pure Blends Makeup ($12) is part of Almay's recently launched eco-friendly line. I'm usually a little bit cautious about drugstore stuff that says it's "natural," especially when it comes to skin care, because it sometimes means essential oils that irritate my skin, but reader longhornlass04 has had a great experience with this one. She says:
"I actually bought this on clearance, because I think they just updated the packaging. I'm big on spending very little on foundation if I've never tried it before. I got nervous when I first put it on, because I sometimes have a reaction to lavender, and the smell is lavender-heavy. However, my skin didn't flare up and it left it even-toned. After a week or so of using it, I noticed my pores began to look smaller. Wasn't expecting that. It's also very dewy, which I love on my combination skin. I just brush a little mineral powder on my t-zone and it's pitch perfect."
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I have been using this eyeliner since it first came out. The color is perfect because I have very green eyes and it makes them even more green. The last time I visited my parents my mom actually asked if I was wearing green contacts! It glides on very smoothly, smudges easily, lasts all day, and washes off well at night. All in all, this is a keeper.
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If you're a regular Bella reader, then you'll know that I'm all about the multitasking products. Reader Supercoolnat really likes her Almay Bright Eyes Duo Eye Base and Concealer ($9), which works to mask undereye circles, as well as prime the lids for makeup. Here's what she had to say about it:
While I've successfully used other concealers for other parts of my face, I've never been satisfied with how they work under my eyes. They usually emphasize the unevenness rather than hide it — until this one! It's easy to use, and really does lighten under my eyes without emphasizing the uneven skin texture. I also like that it is liquid rather than cream, which lets me put a light layer without pulling on my skin or getting caked on.
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If you've stopped by the drugstore lately, you've probably noticed Almay's newer line of eco-friendly products. Reader Tbrokemyheart16 purchased the Pure Blends Eye Shadow ($7.50) when her Target had two packaged together on special. What did she think? Find out below:
I have these in four different colors: Stone, Apricot, Steel, and Lavender. They aren't insanely pigmented, so they can be very wearable, but if needed you can build them up for higher intensity. Steel and Stone are a lot alike, yet still different. Apricot is a very nice neutral for my skin tone. Lavender is a nice color that will complement pretty much everyone. I definitely want to get more of these. They are inexpensive and well worth the price.
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