Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

“Tanning and pantyhose are so yesterday”, states the Sally Hansen website and I couldn’t agree more!  So, when faced with the dilemma of wearing pantyhose or baring my pale, spider-veined legs to the world, I sought out leg makeup. 

It all started when, about a month ago, I bought a new dress and shoes for a fancy charity event I was attending with my Husband.  When I tried on my new purchase and proudly modeled it for my Husband, his response was “and…you’re wearing pantyhose with that dress, right?”  YIKES!  What’s a ‘pantyhose-hating, fake-tan fearing’ girl to do?

Enter “Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs” spray-on leg makeup.  It’s amazingly easy to use and gives the legs an instantly-smooth, even tone and light veil of color (just like pantyhose).  This product claims to cover freckles, veins and imprefections.  I don’t have freckles, but it defintely covered spider veins and small scars. 

It also claims to be water and transfer resistant.  It is!  How do I know this?  In order to test the wearability, I didn’t I shower for 2 days after I applied it.  I can honestly say, it lives up to it’s claim!  No rub-off on my clothes, bed sheets (or Husband, for that matter).  It stayed perfectly put until I showered.

It’s easy enough to apply, too!  Just spray the product into your hands, then apply to the legs like lotion.  It moves easily, until it dries (allow 60 seconds) – then it’s in place for the long haul. I purchased “Medium Glow” which is for light to medium skin tones (I would say more on the medium-toned side) and it gave my legs a bit of a bronzey-color.  I probably could’ve gone with the lightest shade, “Light Glow” and it would’ve looked more like ‘nude’ pantyhose.  Sally Hansen offers this product in 5 shades (look for the NEW, Enhanced Coverage version), a nice range of fair to a deep-bronzey, brown skin tone.  One word of caution, use this product only where it’s intended for – the LEGS!  Not to be used on the face!  Available at Ulta for $12.49.

Compare to – Dermablend Leg and Body Cover, $27.00

The Bottom Line – Bare legs are nice, but “Airbrush Legs” are irresistable!  

 

Yardley London English Lavender Soap

At a time when many cleansers are going liquid, it’s nice to know there’s still a good bar out there.  Yardley’s English Lavender Moisturizing Bar was given to me by a girlfriend who is a loyal fan.  After simply inhaling the lovely lavender fragrance in the car on the way home, I was sold!  But the true test came the next morning when I used the bar in the shower.  What a delight!  Not only did it have a rich, creamy lather, but my skin felt softer, too.

Of all the lavender varieties, English Lavender is recognized as the best, having a fuller, richer fragrance.  Yardley combines pure essential oils and moisture-rich ingredients for a calming, yet cleansing experience.   Best of all, the ‘hefty’ bar size lasts awhile!  $1.49 at CVS. 

Compare to-Caswell-Massey English Lavender Bath Soap, set of three for $18.00

The Bottom Line-makes a lovely gift and easy on the wallet.  If nothing else, use it as a ‘sachet’ in your lingerie drawer!

Burt’s Bees Chemical Free Sunscreen

Because I love all things Burt’s, I was excited to try this latest addition to the ‘natural sunscreen’ category.

This product boasts titanium dioxide as its active ingredient.  Titanium dioxide is a naturally-occuring physical sunblock.  It’s non-greasy formula provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

I found it a bit sticky, and it left a white film on my face.  The last time I used it, I was bike-riding for several hours in the sun, so I didn’t wear any makeup.  I would hesitate to use this sunscreen under makeup, due to the fact that it’s hard to blend and the opacity of the formula.

The fragrance is a bit strong, though a nice change from the usual too-strong, pina-colada smell that accompanies most sunscreens.

As is the case with all Burt’s Bees products, this sunscreen is paraben-free, sulfate-free, contains no petrochemicals and is phthalate-free.  Gotta love that!   $14.99 at Target

Compare to-Epicuren Zinc Sunscreen, $34.00

The Bottom Line-definitely blocks the sun’s harmful rays naturally, but best used on the body.  Not great for use on the face, or under makeup.