Abreva Cold Sore Concealing Patch

Abreva has released clear, non-medicated concealing patch to protect and cover up cold sores. The patch allows air to penetrate, yet keeps out contaminants. Meanwhile, it can be covered with makeup for concealing the area. It wears for up to 8 hours. I gave the product a try. I didn’t have a cold sore, but I tried it out on my lip anyway.

Abreva Cold Sore Patches

The kit comes in a little bag and includes a box of patches, a mirror, and a pretty decent concealer brush. Application is easy. Just follow the steps below:

  • Wash your face with a mild soap, and use a fresh towel to pat your cold sore and the neighboring area dry.
  • Open Conceal packaging and remove the contents inside.
  • Peel back the paper tab marked in red with the number “1” (avoid touching the sticky part underneath by holding on to the small rectangular tab).
  • Continue to hold the rectangular tab and peel back the other paper tab, marked in blue with the number “2”.
  • While looking in a mirror, place the round patch over the cold sore.
  • Press down lightly on the center of the patch and hold the patch in place for 15-20 seconds to make sure it sticks to on top of your cold sore.
  • Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Voila! Conceal is in place.
  • Apply makeup on top of Conceal to ensure that the cold sore blends in with the rest of your lips.


Here is what the patch looks like before it is applied.

Abreva Patch

I put the patch over part of my bottom lip. It applied fine and was comfortable. It is quite light and flexible, so you really don’t notice it much once it is on your skin. The below photo is before I applied makeup over it.

Abreva cold sore patch application

Because the patch is smooth, applying makeup over it is easy. You can apply concealer, foundation, lip liner, lip stick, gloss, etc to it. I applied some concealer and liquid foundation and then lipstick. I think using a thicker cream to powder type foundation would cover the skin portion a bit better than using the more sheer liquid type that I used here.

Here it is with makeup over it. It covers quite well with lipstick and, while you can still see the patch, especially when taking close-ups with a high definition camera as I did, it is less noticeable than a cold sore would be.

Abreva patch with lipstick

Wearing Abreva Patch

Overall, I like the protection factor from this product and that it gives you a smoother surface to work with.

Abreva Conceal Logo

Brand Statement: Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out.

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Abreva via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Abreva.”


Getting Naturally Clean with Neutrogena Naturals

I was given an eco-friendly Bliss bag from Glam Media with a bunch of environmentally friendly items, including a set of skin care products from the Neutrogena Naturals line. Here is a look at the contents of my bag:

Neutrogena Naturals Gift

Pictured are the Neutrogena items plus some other fun and useful things such as a Babble water bottle with a built in filter, a Yoga Fan full of poses and instructions, a Crate and Barrel bamboo tool set, a loofa sponge from The Loofa Farm, and some Simple Squares snacks that I found to be both unique and tasty. This Yoga Fan is particularly useful and interesting!

Yoga Fan

The star of the show though was the Neutrogena Naturals items, which I was quite happy to test. I am covering some of them here and some on Beauty and Fashion Tech. All of the products are free of parabens and harsh chemicals. They are formulated to be primarily natural, and in many cases the packaging is also partially made from recycled materials. Since I like to use natural products when possible and often try to recommend natural items, I was quite happy to see Neutrogena offering such a line of products.

Here is a look at four of the items, with a focus on cleansing:

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser: This is a nice daily use cleanser that features Willowbark as an ingredient. It will pick up dirt and oils, without leaving you dry. It is gentle, yet it also removed makeup just fine for me. It also rinsed clean. I was quite happy with it, but it is on the light side, so I preferred it as a general cleanser more than as a makeup remover. If you want a cleanser specifically designed for makeup removal, the line also offers a Fresh Cleansing+Makeup Remover that I really liked.

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub: This is a very nice light scrub for cleansing with exfoliation. I find it perfect for light use a few times each week in between my use of heavier exfoliation items. If you have sensitive skin, this would be a good choice of scrubs to try. It also happens to smell terrific, as does almost all of the items in the Neutrogena Naturals line. The products have light, fresh scent that I can’t quite identify but that I really like. I noticed it the most in the scrub and the moisturizers.

Neutrogena Naturals Face and Body Bar: I really like glycerin soaps, and this one is especially nice because of its additions of olive and avocado oils to the soap. I love using natural oils for cleansing, and those two happen to be a couple of my favorites. It is a great way to cleanse without stripping the skin of oils while also providing some additional moisture to the product that won’t clog pores or cause acne. If you like glycerin soap, definitely check this one out!

Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm: I love this balm! I like my lip balms to be on the buttery side and thick enough to stay on without a ton of reapplication. This one fits that perfectly and it happens to include a lot of my natural favorite lip balm ingredients. For oils it has my favorites of Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil, plus Sesame and Sunflower Seed Oils. Then, it includes my two favorite butters – Shea and Cocoa butters. Anytime you put Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Olive Oil together, I am in heaven! The wax is beeswax. This balm is great for protection, but it would also be an excellent healing balm because it is more buttery than a lot of the balms out there. I really love this one!

Here is a closer look at the Neutrogena Naturals products:

Neutrogena Naturals Products

These items are an excellent way to add some natural products to your daily skin care routine. You can easily find them at drugstores, big box stores, or other major retailers.  They also are very budget friendly.

Neutrogena Naturals Logo

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer is a daily lotion that replenishes essential skin nutrients while providing continuous moisture throughout the day for healthier, younger-looking skin.  It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

NEUTROGENA® Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream replenishes essential skin nutrients and is fortified with vitamins B, C, E and anti-oxidant omega bionutrients. This nourishing cream is clinically proven to boost skin’s defense against dullness and roughness, leaving it  naturally radiant, healthier and younger looking today and in the future.  It contains no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Neutrogena via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Neutrogena.


Cook MAC Tendertones Swatches and Review

I have long been a fan of MAC Tendertones, and the new Cook MAC collection for spring has four of them. Tendertones are SFP 15 sheer pot lip balms that give just a tiny hint of color. They feel great and are one of my absolute favorite pot balms. The entire collection also includes additional products, including some fun nail polish shades.




The Cook MAC tendertones from left to right consist of a Hot and Saucy (a pretty cherry red), Purring (tangerine with pearl), Tread Gently (described by MAC as lime green with yellow pearl, but it appears completely yellow), and Hush Hush (described as gold with pearl, but it appears more gold/tan).


Cook Mac Tendertones


Here are Cook MAC swatches of the four tendertones.


Cook MAC Tendertones Swatches

I love the cherry red, and the tangerine alone. The yellow would pair nicely over any lipstick to warm it up a bit and the tan would also look nice either alone or over a number of different lipstick shades.

Disclosure: This review is based on products provided by MAC.

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