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.”

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Halloween Makeup Ideas

Creating a Halloween costume with regular makeup and clothing may seem like a difficult task, but it is actually quite simple to accomplish. The following tips will teach you how to create a suitable look without worrying about making a trip to the costume store.

Vampire Makeup

1.) Modern Vampire – The modern version of a vampire, such as the one depicted in Twilight or True Blood, requires very little prep and costuming. You can wear anything that you have lying around the house, but you will probably look more vampire-like if you dress in dark colors. To achieve the pale skin that is the hallmark of a vampire, simply use a white cream based foundation. Apply it evenly across your face and neck, and then set the foundation by using a loose powder that is at least two shades lighter than your skin tone. If you want to create the impression that you have just drained a victim of their blood, you can temporarily stain your lips and teeth with red food coloring.

2.) Bearded Man – This costume is an easy one for almost any woman to pull off. Simply put on some men’s clothing, and if you have long hair, pull it back and put it up inside of a hat. Keep in mind that men’s dress clothing tends to be more masculine looking than every day wear. In other words, wearing a tie is a great idea. If you are wearing a hat, however, make sure that it is dressy enough to go with the tie. Next, take a black eyebrow pencil and drawn in the beard by making short marks. Take your time during this process to ensure that it does not end up looking patchy or uneven. Once you have drawn the entire beard or goatee, you will need to put some loose translucent powder on top of it to keep the makeup from running or becoming easily smudged. The same technique can also be used to draw in a mustache.

3.) Death – To look like Death or simply a dead person, begin by utilizing the same white cream based foundation that is used in the creation of the modern vampire. Next, take some blue eye shadow and blend a small amount of it into the cream underneath your eyes. After this has been finished, take a black eyebrow pencil and lightly fill in the rest of the area just beneath your eyes. You can also use the pencil to highlight your cheekbones and other prominent features with some light shading. By doing this, your face will take on a more sunken, dead like appearance. Finally, top the entire makeup by brushing a loose powder on top to set the cream. Always select a color that is at least two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to help maintain the deathly pallor. Wearing all black is imperative with this costume, and if you happen to have an old cloak or cape from a previous Halloween, then you should definitely use it.

Regardless of which costume you choose, you will be able to surprise people with the quality of your economically and easily put together Halloween creation.

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bareMinerals SPF 15 Original Foundation Review

This is a guest review of bareMinerals Foundation.

I’ve worn foundation since my parents said I was old enough to wear makeup. Unfortunately, I never found a foundation I liked enough to stick with until five years ago. The first time I used bareMinerals SPF 15 Original Foundation I fell in love. It’s easy to love this foundation because it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a foundation, whether I knew it at the time or not.

Bare Minerals Foundation Review

My skin is clear but it tends to go oily after a while. What I disliked about other foundations I used is that the thick consistency of the liquid foundations made my skin look cracked and thick after a few hours. I looked like a beauty pageant contestant with 15 pounds of makeup on my face. Powder foundations tended to make my skin look uncovered, which was fine most of the time. However, I tend to break out a little once a month and my powder foundations did nothing to cover that up.

The first time I wore bareMinerals I fell in love. My face looked flawless yet it also looked like I had no makeup on. The best part was that my face looked the same way eight hours later as I was headed home from a long day out and about. Despite the summer heat in Florida, the humidity, and the fact that I spent the day outside shopping and sweating my face still looked immaculate. The foundation also made my shininess and oily t-zone look less oily. I felt that my previous makeup brands enhanced the oiliness of my skin by the end of the day.

To make me love this foundation even more is the fact that it’s all natural and has no harsh chemicals. I already have good skin so I didn’t notice a change in my skin from using bareMinerals, but I do know others who use the same makeup who have noticed fewer breakouts and improved skin since they began using it. It’s easy to put on and it lasts all day long. It even keeps my skin looking good when I go swimming and get my face wet. I love the fact that I don’t have to worry that my face will look rough at the end of a beach day or a pool day with my kids because I literally have to use my gentle face cleanser at night to remove the makeup from my face. It’s just that good.

When you apply this light powder foundation you don’t expect it’s going to do much for your skin, but the immediate coverage is astounding. Add to that the fact that it is light and leaves you looking flawless but fresh and it’s the perfect foundation. I’ve been using bareMinerals for five years and I cannot find anything to complain about. Some people say I’m silly to pay so much for makeup, but I don’t consider the price high at all considering I get four months out of one little container and I wear it on a daily basis.

Buy it at Sephora

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