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.

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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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Different Types Of Concealers For Different Types Of Skin – How To Choose

Having flawless skin a goal every woman. But unless your schedule allows to you make frequent trips to beauty parlors, maintain the right dietary and sleep balances, and pamper your skin with ample skin care routines, blemishes are sure to be spotted on your face.

Loreal Concealer

Concealers are used to mask blemishes on the skin, from acne to pimples to dark circles, and give the user a glowing appearance. No matter what a woman’s profession is, she is assessed not only by her proficiency but her appearance too. A blemish-free face speaks of a healthy woman who can be counted on for being efficient, and an unscarred face gives you an air of competency.

Due care must be taken when you are out browsing for a concealer. A golden rule that must never be broken is that you do not purchase a concealer without sampling it at the store first. Figuring out the shades can be tricky, which is why it is essential that you test a shade before purchasing it. If you use foundation, your job becomes simpler as the right concealer is but a shade or two lighter than the foundation used.

Those with dry skin may want to reach out for liquid concealers. These products can be applied either with the aid of cotton or with bare fingers. Those with oily skin will want to keep their distance from liquid concealers as they will give you a glossy appearance.

Women with oily skin must try concealer powders. When in powdered form, concealers can hold their ground even in humid conditions. Since the powder absorbs oil and other forms of moisture, you need not fret about your layer of concealer getting caked or running down your face.

Teens experiencing hormonal changes and those who are prone to pimples or acne are advised to opt for concealer sticks. The stick structure is of a different constituency than that of liquids and the concealer is evenly spread even over tough acne. Exercise caution when dabbing concealer sticks beneath the eye – you may want to rub in concealers with your fingers to avoid hurting the delicate skin beneath the eyes.

Concealer pencils are not a good option for those with sensitive skin. Pencils are what you should grab for if you have a fine scar or the defined contours of a tattoo to hide. Using pencils give you more control over the area that you wish to apply concealer on.

Concealers are also available in the forms of creams that are best applied after moisturizing the skin.

Choosing the right shade is a daunting task – you can use the blue veins visible on your inner wrists as the test zone. Apply the concealer on the blue of the veins to see if the color is shielded from view, and if the shade is the same as that of your skin. The tone of your skin will determine if you must reach out for yellow, orange or pink undertones in your concealer.

Yellow tones help ceffectively cover dark circles beneath the eyes and fine lines on the face. Those with skin of darker shades or black will want to reach out for orange-tinted products. Peachy tones are preferable for fair women, while those that are pink or white are best avoided (unless they are being combined with other shades).

Keep in mind that the layer of concealer comes after the application of foundation in the sequence of dressing up. When testing, dab the concealer along your jaw line or on the skin below your ear. Choose concealers a shade lighter than the shade of your foundation (which must be the exact same shade as your skin).

Make-up artists claim that finding the exact shade of concealers is often a task that does not seem worth the investment. Instead, you can simply purchase a foundation palette and combine two or more shades to arrive at the desired shade. When applying the concealer, you must take care that the applied part of the skin is neither darker nor lighter than the rest of the skin.

Whether or not you apply make-up frequently, it is always a good idea to know your skin tone and type, as well as be aware of the products that best suit your needs. Dark circles may be the scars of successful battles, but sometimes they serve you better when concealed. Concealers are products with long shelf life, and you can thus purchase one that serves you well, so that the product is within your reach should you need it.

 

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Laura Mercier Flawless Face Review

I have been a long time fan of Laura Mercier products. Laura Mercier is an all around quality line, but they are often are most associated with the “flawless face,” a method of creating a beautiful and smooth appearance with primer, foundation, concealer, and powder. Although I had used various combinations of Laura Mercier products in the past, and liked them quite a bit, I had never used all four flawless face steps in conjunction until now. I found that you can indeed achieve a very nice look using the product line as a whole, and I do recommend all four steps for the best results.

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Laura Mercier Flawless Face Review

Laura Mercier makes a number of different products for varying skin types and beauty needs. Since I have combination to oily skin, I tested the oil free products.  For details on learning more about choosing the exact products that will suit you best, see the brand information and links at the end of this post.

Step One: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free

Laura Mercier’s oil free primer is a lotion type of primer. I like the lotion texture over that of a silicone based gel because it doesn’t feel as heavy and it blends in nicely. Being oil free, the primer does not leave any sort of sheen on the skin, but it is not drying either. That made it perfect for my combination skin. Overall, it provides a nice, smooth base for the next step in the process–applying foundation.

Step Two: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free

I love tinted moisturizers, provided that they are oil free, have SPF protection, and provide decent coverage to cover up some of my blotchy areas where I have some hyperpigmentation. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 – Oil Free fits that bill perfectly. I seriously love this product! First and foremost, this tinted moisturizer has real tint. I got good medium coverage with the product as long as I used it over the primer, yet it still felt lightweight. Interestingly, it is more sheer when used alone, and I rather like that flexibility. It provides just enough moisture to keep my dryer areas comfortable, yet I had no issues with it on oily areas . Because I have areas of increased pigmentation, constant sunscreen use is also important to me. With SPF 20 in the form of titanium dioxide, one of my preferred sunscreens, this product is perfect for me.  One note, some people report that titanium dioxide can cause acne. I personally have never had a problem with it though, and I have regularly worn the ingredient for many years. But if you are acne prone and concerned, take a look at one of the other Laura Mercier foundations instead. There are a number of good choices.

Step Three: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is one of the products I had previously used and it remains one of my all time favorites for concealer. This two shade pan concealer can be applied with either a brush or fingertips and is best used over foundation. The concealer has a good consistency that gives it both good coverage and staying power. I like to use the darker of the two shades under my eyes, where it covers any dark circles beautifully, and I tend to blend the shades where needed to cover hyperpigmentation. It will blend in nicely and set well when you move to the final step—applying powder.

Step Four: Laura Mercier Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder

I had not previously tried Laura Mercier’s powder and was looking forward to doing so, having previously heard some rave reviews of it. The powder is indeed very nice. It is silky smooth, sets everything quite well, and leaves a beautiful matte finish. Although white in the jar, it is indeed invisible on the skin.

In the end, I really do love the Laura Mercier flawless face system. The products obviously are designed to work together, and they do so quite nicely. The ultimate look has good coverage, but doesn’t look overly made up. I recommend that anyone try the products, and especially do so if you have any problem areas where you want good coverage, yet still want a natural look.

Laura Mercier Brand Statement

Laura believes there are four steps to create a flawless face—primer, foundation, concealer, and
setting powder. Each product has been specifically developed to allow every woman to achieve
an incredibly even, smooth, yet natural-looking complexion.

For more information on Laura’s flawless philosophy and tips on how to use each product within
each step is located here: http://bit.ly/qEdysD

If you are telling others, they can get their perfect products to create their ultimate flawless face
using our flawless face finder: http://bit.ly/eOvLjf

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Laura Mercier via Glam Media. I received a sample to review as part of the program. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Laura Mercier.

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