Does Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum Really Glow?

cindy crawford glowing serumIf you are a regular reader of Be Electrifying, you may have already read the review on my initial purchase of the 7 piece youth enhancing system. If you are not a regular reader, you can sign up on the right side of this page.

I wanted to give the glowing serum it’s own review, as I feel it deserves it.

Although I did not recommend that you purchase the entire kit, there are different products from it that I do like, and the serum is one of them.

After you cleanse your face and apply your preferred moisturizer, you then apply the glowing serum (be sure the moisturizer is completely dry).

Once the serum is dry, you can then apply your make-up (if you wear it). I noticed an immediate difference in the look of my skin after applying the Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum. It’s hard to explain, but it does give your face a “glow”.

I wear Bare Minerals make-up, and I love the Mineral Veil Powder. I began wearing it long before trying the Meaningful Beauty product line. Although I use the glowing serum, I still love the look of the Mineral Veil, so I apply it after I am completely done with my make-up, and it complements the glowing serum perfect. I will continue to use both products for a flawless look.

If you want to try out the entire Meaningful Beauty product line, obviously the choice is yours, but I hardly ever use the same product brand for all of my face care needs. I find something from one brand that I like, and I stick with it.

For this reason, I am a huge Amazon lover. I purchase almost all of my beauty products there. Unfortunately, at the time of this post, the Glowing Serum is not available to purchase on Amazon.

You can however purchase the Mineral Veil. Be careful that you don’t accidentally purchase the illuminating mineral veil unless you really want a shine!


Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Cream – Real Review

If you are expecting a review of Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Cream, you are going to get just that, but please read through the entire post as it may not be what you are expecting.

meaningful beauty lifting eye creamAbout a month ago, I began using the entire Meaningful Beauty system (you can read the full review here). Included in my 7 Piece Kit was the Lifting Eye Cream which I was very excited about. I had been seeing the infomercials on television for over a year, and I finally jumped in and purchased.

I am beginning to get fine lines around my eyes that are more pronounced when I smile, and it really makes me self conscious, so needless to say, I was really hoping to reduce the appearance of these unsightly visitors.

I applied the eye cream religiously twice a day for nearly a month. Now, I am a realist, so I did not expect to look like I was 20 again, but I did expect some sign that the product was working.

Unfortunately, I did not take before and after photos, but I can say without a doubt that this product has done nothing to reduce the look of the “wrinkles” around my eyes. I plan to continue using the product on one eye, and have purchased a new eye cream that I am using on the other. I want to see if it will show anything different in month 2 compared to this new eye cream that I have read really great reviews about.

I am not prepared to share the new eye cream with you just yet, but stay tuned because I will be posting about it soon enough. You can sign up for my newsletter, and I will email you the minute I post a new review.

This blog is about honesty, and I always try to offer you the best advice on the beauty products that in my experience have worked, and even the ones that have not. In this case, my Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Cream review is one that I would not recommend you go out and purchase just yet. I am determined to find one that works so that you can enjoy the benefits without spending too much time, money and energy to find a good product.

Until next time, stay happy, healthy and beautiful!

 

 

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Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford – One Month In

It has been one full month since I began my review of the Meaningful Beauty system by Cindy Crawford, and I hope that you read this in full before making your decision whether to purchase or not.

I originally posted on March 10, 2017 on my initial impression of the product with a promise to give an honest review as I always do.

First, let me remind you that I am not new to trying out new face products, specifically when it comes to anti-aging creams and moisturizers. I am in my early 40’s, so keeping up with my aging skin is one of my top priorities.

Moving On to My Review

Cindy Crawford Product LineI purchased the 7 piece youth enhancing system, however, I did not use all of the products on day one. The only way to truly test something on it’s own is to space out how and when you use each step.

I began with the skin softening cleanser, pore refining toner, and Creme de Serum. My initial reaction was that my face did feel softer to the touch. I went with this routine for a few days, and I then added the Lifting eye cream.

Once I decided that my face was getting used to the products, I began using the Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment.

Here is Where the Real Review Begins

Until I reached my mid 30’s, I suffered from mild acne breakouts. They finally subsided at that time to where I would only get a pimple or two every now and again. If I didn’t know any better, I would say that the minute the Ultra Lifting and Filling treatment touched my skin, it created a plethora of pimples on my face.

I stopped using the Ultra Lifting and Filling treatment, and added the Antioxidant Day Cream in the morning, and then used the Creme de Serum at night. It is my experience that the Antioxidant Day Cream with SPF 20 had the same affect on my skin – pimples. In all fairness, I will say that I have always had trouble wearing any type of sunscreen on my face due to acne breakouts.

Needless to say, I went back to the original routine of the cleanser, toner, and Creme de Serum (I used the Creme de Serum for both daytime and nighttime moisturizing).

What Happened After a Full Month of Using the Meaningful Beauty System?

I am now a month into using the product, and my face has cleared up, so it is fair to say that my breakouts were not due to the product. If you suffer from mild to moderate acne and are considering using an acne product, you can click here to read why we chose Proactive over X Out.

I still have hope for the Lifting Eye Cream, which has not affected my skin in any way up to this point. And I mean that literally. It had no bad affects, and also had not shown any improvement on the fine lines beginning around my eyes. My initial thought is that it is too soon to notice any difference with wrinkles, so I will continue to use the under eye cream until it is gone and will report back of I find anything worthwhile to share.

Lucky for me (and you), I am reviewing a new eye cream for the fine lines around my eyes, and I am going to test it one one eye while using the Meaningful Beauty Lifting Eye Cream on the other.

You will want to stay tuned for these results because I have a feeling it will be worth your time to read. You can sign up to our newsletter by entering your details at the top right of this page, and we will notify you as soon as we post new reviews and updates.

Until then, stay happy, stay beautiful, and spend your money on products that actually work. To date, my favorite face cream is Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. When I find one better, you can best believe you will be the first to know. 

 

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X Out Review and a Proactiv Update – Actual Results

It has been over a year now since I wrote about my daughter’s experience with X Out. X Out is an acne product by the same makers of Proactive, and targets teens due to it’s simplicity of use (at least that’s my opinion). It is a one step acne treatment, so the process is less time consuming making it more likely that a teenager will stick with a routine.

My daughter is 16 years old (15 when I wrote the original review), and has suffered with mild acne since she reached puberty at age 12.

I wanted to write a new review of X Out, as things have changed with how her skin was reacting to the product. It seemed like her acne was getting worse again, and trust me when I say that she is vigilant with her skin care routine.

She wears a little make-up, and this is only to cover up her acne. It upsets me like crazy, as she is such a beautiful young lady, and it hurts my heart knowing how much this bothers her.

A few months back, I started noticing her skin was flaring up again, and I asked if she had been washing consistently(which I pretty much knew she had), and she said yes. I asked her if she would be willing to give Proactiv another try, as I had ordered it for her at the early age of 12 or 13.

Now that she is a bit older, I was confident that she would use the product as directed, all 3 steps, twice a day. She agreed.

recipt for ProactivSo I ordered it. You can see my receipt to the left, as I order almost everything from Amazon anymore. I don’t like ordering from Guthy Renker due to the auto-shipments, so I simply order what I need, when I need it from Amazon.

I always try to show you a receipt because there are so many people reviewing products that they have never even tried. So there you go!

One Month Review of Proactive vs our Original X Out Review

As you can see from the receipt we received the order at our home on February 14, 2017 (Happy Valentine’s Day). Since then, I have noticed a drastic change in her skin. I am not going to tell you that her face is completely clear, but I am going to say that her skin tone is different, and her skin is smoother with much less acne on her face.

There is no question in my mind that Proactive is to thank for this. I truly believe that regardless of what product you use, whether for acne or not, or what your age is, using a 3 step product vs. just 1 step is important.


She washes with the cleanser, then applies some toner to a cotton square, lets her skin dry, and finally applies the lotion.  I am so pleased with the results (she is too!) that I just placed another order. (Here is another screenshot of my receipt :))

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I might add that I am an Amazon Prime member, and will likely be forever. It is worth it’s weight in gold to me because of how often I order products on Amazon. Hey, I’m busy, so why not?

If you or someone close to you is struggling with acne, I highly recommend Proactive. But like me, order it from Amazon first (or forever), as if you order through Proactive’s website, you are automatically signed up for the auto-shipments.

Amazon has an option for subscribing to the auto-renewal as well, so just make sure when you check out that you select “One Time Purchase” instead of “Subscribe & Save”.

If you have a younger child suffering with acne (12-14), I would recommend starting with X Out. This will get them used to a daily cleansing routine, and then when you feel that they are responsible enough to do all 3 steps twice a day, then move on to the Proactive product.

I want to reinforce something that Proactive will tell you as well should your order the product. Skin treated with the product will be sensitive to UV rays, so always keep this in mind whether it be for this particular acne product, or any other that you may try.

If you are looking for a 3 step cleansing product that is not meant to treat acne, you can read about a product for us aging women that I am currently reviewing here. This review is not complete, as I have not yet had enough time to truly give an opinion, so stay tuned for my results.

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Root Concealer for Gray Hair

Suffering With Gray Hair? Me Too!

Let’s face it, we are all going to suffer from the plague of gray hair, some earlier than others, but the fact of the matter is, it’s a reality. I was blessed with my fathers genes when it comes to those blessed silver strands (but I also got his thick head of hair). I am not knocking gray hair for the population as a whole. I see women sporting silver strands that look absolutely fabulous, I am just not one of them. And men? In my opinion, men look so handsome with salt and pepper hair; just one more reason why men have it easy 😉

So How Gray am I?

Honestly, I have no idea. What I do know is that about 5 weeks after my appointment at the salon, I begin to look 10 years older just from the gray roots that appear like clockwork.

I try not to go to the salon before 6 weeks. For one, it is down-right expensive, and for two, it makes me feel like I am giving my hair a break. I have been coloring and/or highlighting my hair for 20 years, and the older I get, the more brittle it becomes.

It’s almost funny some days when my hair is acting out, I look in the mirror and see one course hair sticking straight up from the top of my head. Ok, not so funny.

So, How Do I Cover My Gray Hair Between Salon Visits?

I have tried 2 different root concealers, and I will let you in on both of them, but there is one I prefer and I’ll explain why.

Why did I give Gray Away a better review?

Gray Away was the first product that I tried for concealing my roots. It matches my hair color exactly, and as long as it is applied as instructed, it is invisible to anyone regardless of how hard they may look. It dries better than Loreal’s Root Cover Up.

I bought the Loreal product one day when I was out shopping because the store I was in did not have Gray Away. It seems to be harder to find in stores these days. It matches my hair color, so that was not the problem. What I did not like was even hours later, if I ran my fingers through my hair, the dye would come off on my hands. It literally never fully dried.

For that reason, I would recommend Gray Away as the winner for the best root concealer.

There are many other products that are recommended for covering your roots. Here are a few more (disclaimer: we have only tried the ones reviewed in this post).


 

 

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X Out Body Wash for Back Breakouts

treat back acneX Out is a product designed specifically for teens by the makers of Proactive. It is an easy option for the younger generation that may not be patient enough for a 3 step face routine.

They offer a wide range of products to treat acne, and one of my favorites is the X Out body wash.

My daughter plays high school soccer, and the conditioning is pretty intense. Throughout the summer she is on the field for a minimum of 3-4 days during mid-afternoon when the heat is at it’s highest temperature. She has a strong passion for soccer, but hates the acne that comes along with it. It begins on her shoulders, then spreads to her back, forcing her to wear T-shirts instead of a tank top that may keep her cooler.

She already suffers from mild acne on her face, so the X Out products were not new to us. She has been using the face wash for a couple years, and it showed a huge improvement in her complexion. This is why I did not hesitate to buy the X Out body wash, as I was pretty sure that it would help with her back acne.

She adds some to her wash cloth, and simply washes her back just as she would with soap.


Within a couple of weeks, the acne was very minimal, and it helped to reduce the breakouts she was getting from dirt and sweat sitting on her back for several hours until she could get home to shower.

If you or someone you know plays sports, and suffers from breakouts on their back, X Out body wash is one of Be Electrifying’s favorite acne products for teens.

We have written a review on Proactive vs. X Out that you mind find helpful as well.

Meaningful Beauty Starter Kit

Meaningful Beauty Review 2017 – An Inside Look

As you know, I love to review face products. Whether it be an anti-aging cream or my favorite make-up, it is my responsibility to my readers to give you the most honest reviews possible.

Today, I am going to be talking about Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. If you haven’t seen the TV ads, you must be skipping through commercials, because the marketing company for this product is none other than Guthy-Renker, the same company that markets the Proactive product line. I have no idea what they charge for advertising, but from the looks of things, you would have to be a celebrity (no pun intended) to afford their services.

Today’s post is just an introduction to my first impression of Meaningful Beauty. I will need some time to fully review the affects from using the product (if any), however, there is one product that proved a noticeable difference on day one. We’ll get to that in a minute.

meaningful beauty proof of purchase I always like to show proof of purchase whenever possible, so here is a screenshot of my purchase receipt. Unfortunately, the date is not present, but I ordered the product on March 3, 2017, and received it on March 7, 2017. Today’s date is March 10, 2017.

Shipping Cost and Speed of Meaningful Beauty

I used the Free Option being advertised on television which gives you the choice of 3 different kits. We ordered one of the 7-piece kits, and it arrived 4 days after purchase. The link is www.meaningfulbeauty.com/free if you are interested in checking it out.

The shipping was Free, which is always a plus.

I Chose the 7-Piece Youth Enhancing System

Cindy Crawford Product LineThis kit includes:

  • Creme de Serum
  • Antioxidant Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20
  • Skin Softening Cleanser
  • Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment
  • Lifting Eye Cream – Advanced Formula

With the purchase of this kit, you are permitted 2 bonus items to make 7 pieces. For my bonus items, I chose:

  • Glowing Serum
  • Skin Softening Brush

The packaging was secure, and all items were wrapped in protective plastic. You also receive an instruction book, and a handy card explaining an “order” so-to-speak of how and when to apply the products (Day and Night Routine).

My initial review of my first order was great. However, when I logged into my profile on their website, it automatically adds you to a subscription service, which does not bother me at all. What does bother me is the cost of future shipments. I will do some research on this for future purchases if I decide I want to continue using the product, and as always, I will post my findings. I obviously cannot give a full review, as it has only been 4 days, but there was one product that stood to me from the first use.

After I used the cleanser on day one, I applied the Glowing Serum before applying my make-up. My normal procedure after cleansing is to apply my favorite foundation primer made by Bare Minerals but I decided not to, and just used the glowing serum.

If you ever wondered how the celebrities (J Lo comes to mind) get that glow along their cheeks and above their eyebrows, I now know that it is some type of glowing serum. It made my face look 10 years younger, and I am not exaggerating.

If you are a regular reader, you know that I am 42 years old, and have a passion for staying young. With that said, I am trying to keep it that way, hence all of my reviews on face products.

Even if I decide not to continue receiving the 7 piece kit, I will definitely continue to use the Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum! You can find it individually on Amazon here.

Stay tuned for our official Meaningful Beauty Review!

 

 

 

 

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Bare Minerals Matte Foundation vs. Original

Why I Decided on the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation

I have been using Bare Minerals for a short time (approx. 4 months as of the time of this post), and I quickly became an addict of their products. My first foundation purchase was their original foundation formula. It was summer time, I had a nice tan, and the original looked gorgeous on my skin.

As we neared winter, my tan was gone, I began noticing that I did not feel that the original foundation looked the same on my skin, as now I am pale, and I have always had combination skin.

I decided to give the Bare Minerals matte foundation a try. I was a little worried that it might be too much coverage because of the “matte” description. I could not have been more wrong. If you have never tried their foundations, the first thing to recognize is that they are powder. Bare Minerals does not offer any form of a liquid foundation.

The matte foundation gave complete coverage without looking like I have caked up makeup on my face. My skin looks just as gorgeous now as it did in the summer when I was using the original.

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Who Should Use the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation and Why?

I mentioned that I have combination skin, so if are in the same boat, you may want to give the matte a try. When I first looked into it, I learned that their matte foundation is also geared toward women who have oily skin. It absorbs oil keeping your face from having that “shine”.

The matte foundation formula is also proven to minimize the look of large pores. I have larger pores on each side of my inner face (near my nose), and this foundation actually minimized them to almost being invisible. The original foundation comes in 19 shades, and the matte comes in 20, so you should have no problem finding the right one for your skin tone. I use medium beige in the summer, but when I ordered the matte, I ordered it in Fairly Medium, and I am so happy that I did.

From now on, I will keep both the original foundation in medium beige, and the matte foundation in fairly medium so I can get the same look even when I have no hint of a tan (like right now, come on summer!)

If you have normal or dry skin, you should be fine with the original foundation unless you are trying to shoot for more coverage.

I should also note the importance of using the right foundation brush. I was reluctant to spend the money on the Bare Minerals finishing brush, but I finally understand why using the right brush is important. I chose the Beautiful Finish Brush, and it really does make all the difference.

If you are new to their products, check out our review on the Bare Minerals starter kit here.  We also provide a price comparison to get you the best deal.

 

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How to Use the Bare Minerals Starter Kit

Applying Bare Minerals Is a Science… Ok, Not Really

Bare Minerals Starter KitChances are, you have the Bare Minerals Starter Kit. If not, read this post to find out where to buy it at the most reasonable price, and what you get in your starter kit.

So, assuming you have it, you are probably in the position I was… what the heck do I do with this stuff?

Read On for Instructions on How to Use the Bare Minerals Starter Kit

I will take you step-by-step in how and when to apply the different products.

  1. Recommended to be applied on a clean face.
  2. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
  3. Allow your moisturizer to dry completely, then apply the Bare Minerals PrimeTime Primer.
  4. Let the primer dry completely. I usually dry my hair or get dressed while waiting.
  5. Take your favorite application brush, our number #1 pick is the Bare Minerals Beautiful Finish Brush. You can use any brush you have, but ultimately, when you have the extra cash, get this brush. There is something about it that makes your foundation look seamless.
  6. Next, apply the warmth all over face color. I also like the bronzer if you are a sun-tanner like I am. It works great, even in the winter.
  7. I usually apply my eyeliner, eye shadow if you wear it, brow liner, and mascara last. I know this is about Bare Minerals, but our favorite brow liner is made by IT Cosmetics. Just trust us.
  8. Last, take your application brush, and apply the mineral veil powder. I use it on my cheekbones and above my eyebrows. Try to avoid your nose unless you really want it to stand out. Do not apply this powder to your entire face. Keep in mind that where you apply it is what is going to “glow”. I know that I do not want my nose or chin glowing. The choice is yours.

Once you have followed the steps above, you will naturally want to apply your Bare Minerals products in the same fashion.

 

 

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My Bare Minerals Starter Kit Review

A Full Review, and a Price Comparison of Bare Minerals Starter Kit on Amazon

I just started wearing Bare Minerals in the summer of 2016. It was a product line I had been wanting to try, but I was so attached to the “compact foundation” I had been using for nearly 20 years, that I was comfortable, so I kept putting it off.

In my early 20’s, I began using Clinique’s matte powder, and I absolutely loved it. I had a bit of trouble with my skin in my earlier days when I suffered from mild acne breakouts (you can read my review of X-Out vs. Proactive here if you too have a mild acne condition), and this foundation did a wonderful job at smoothing out my skin.

No that I am a bit older, I was looking for something that was less obvious that I was wearing makeup, and I wanted my face to look more natural, yet have a slight “glow”.

I had seen the commercials time and time again, so while shopping at the mall, I decided to go in to their boutique. I purchased the Bare Minerals starter kit, which at that time included:

  • foundation powder
  • one foundation brush
  • eyeshadow brush
  • Prime Time foundation primer
  • bronzer
  • BareSkin serum concealer
  • lip color
  • mineral veil powder
  • and of course the Bare Minerals makeup bag.

Let’s Review the Price of Bare Minerals vs. Buying it on Amazon

The prices are accurate as of the time of this post, but always check Amazon to make sure that they have not changed.

How I Use Each Product:

The Matte Foundation – Medium Beige Review

I applied the matte foundation after applying the primer, but it certainly did not look “flawless”. It was hot, and I was going to my daughter’s soccer game. I looked in the mirror in the car, and it looked like I had liquid foundation on. Needless to say, I was disappointed, but I knew that I had done something wrong.

I might add that it was the first time I had used primer under my foundation, so keep reading because this is important.

When I got home, I did a little research, and I learned that after you apply your moisturizer, you have to let it dry completely before applying the primer, and then the same thing applies with the primer – let it dry! Only then do you put on the foundation.

This foundation will last you approximately 3 months depending on how often you use it. I just replaced mine this week (December 15, 2016).

Here is a screenshot of my receipt, just so you know that I really do use Bare Minerals products.

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The Foundation Brush Review

I have to be honest, when the girl (young girl) who was helping me at the Bare Minerals Boutique began talking about all of the different brushes, I thought, now this is crazy. Why can’t you just buy a $10 brush from the drug store? Let me tell you, the foundation brush that I used to apply my foundation gave full coverage, and it was seamless. I don’t think it is something that you can really describe until you try it out for yourself. I’ll never use another foundation brush again.

bare-minerals-beautiful-finish-brushHere is the one I have. It gives complete coverage without “looking” like you have makeup on.

I don’t know how the brush is made, but I do know that whatever they did to it, they perfected it.

 

PrimeTime Bare Minerals Primer

I mentioned before that I had never used primer before, but what I will say is that I will never again go without it. It’s like when you go to your first VIP concert, you will never want to go again unless you get VIP seating. Bare Minerals has my attention with PrimeTime primer. Period.

BareSkin Concealer

This is the product I could probably live without. Not because it doesn’t work, it’s simply because I really don’t have anything that requires this type of make-up. If you have dark circles, or any other flaws that you find are still noticeable after you apply your foundation, you may want to give it a try. I gave it to my daughter who has mild acne (like I did), and she uses it every day.

The Deep End Bronzer

I have always loved bronzer, even before Bare Minerals. I love the “suntan” look even in the winter. They offer 3 shades of bronzer, I have the The Deep End, and I love it. I never wear blush, only bronzer, and will continue to use Bare Minerals.

A Review of Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder

I experimented with the mineral veil, and at first I applied it all over. That was wrong! After you have applied all of your makeup, apply the Mineral Veil powder to the areas of your face that you want a little glow to. I apply it to my cheekbones, and above my eyebrows. I would not recommend applying it to your nose. It does give your face that extra “beautification factor” (if that is even a word).

The Lip Color

While I love a matte lip color (I usually add some gloss on top), I was not happy with the color that I received in my starter kit, as I am a neutral kind of gal. The shade is more of a pink. They offer 20 shades, so I will try another because it has a very smooth look and feel to it, and it stays on!

Bare Minerals also offers a Beauty Surprise Kit which we have also written about if that is something you may be interested in.