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Monday, October 06, 2014

What I’m Loving Right … Now!

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From L to R clockwise:

Nail Love - CUCCIO Colour Nail Lacquer in Java Va Voom and Cream & Sugar from the Café Cuccio Winter Colour Collection - $8.50 @ hbbeautybar.com - a really great quality nude is seasonless and this Java Va Voom one is the perfect shade of coffee with 2 creams in it and when you need a little extra zhoosh on tips or toes, Cream & Sugar is a darker nude with tiny flecks of multi-colored sparkle.

Cheek Love - BENEFIT Majorette - $28 @ benefitcosmetics.com and macys.com – and blush that gives you that sexy flush is never out(it) of season and this pinky-peach, cream-to-powder one will give you an instant boost. Wear it alone of under other blushes. And I love the slight tangerine scent to it!

Primer Love - NYX 'Honey Dew Me Up' Primer - $17 @ ulta.com – it’s certainly no secret that I love honey and seek products out that contain it, this one that uses it in a primer surprised me. First it’s in the gel form and it has tiny gold flecks that help with overall radiance. Ok I guess! What really impressed me is the way it felt while applying it and after applying it. Unlike most face primers, this one didn’t instantly disappear into my skin and actually did make it feel a tad dewy until it set. My skin really felt soft, smoothed out and “prepped” for the next step, which is an overall first. Big recommendation.  

Face Love - PACIFICA ‘Perfect Lotus’ Universal Powder - $16 @ pacificabeauty.com and beauty.com – this buildable pressed mineral powder really brightened up my complexion and I was really surprised how universal the Light shade was! It blended in nicely and didn’t sit on top of any lines in my face.

Fragrance Love - CARVEN L’eau de Toilette - $79/1.7, $104/3.3oz only @ saks.com – I’ve become quite the eau de parfum snob in that I feel I’m sort of wasting my time by choosing an eau de toilette as that scent is not as concentrated as a parfum version. Well this one may change my mind.
Aside from the lovely fresh, grassy, and totally feminine fragrance this one imparts, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s the more concentrated version as it certainly wears like one! This release is considered the “younger sister” of the Le Parfum that came out in 2013 as they share the same bottle design and some of the same composition like sweet pea, freesia, white hyacinth and white woods, among others, this one is considered the “sweeter,” of the two.

Zit Love - COVER FX Blemish Treatment Concealer - $38/2.5g @ coverfx.com – I’m always so hesitant to put any makeup on a blemish for fear of making it worse but thanks to CFX, they want to take that fear away. The formula contains 10% Salicylic Acid to treat and Babchi Seed Extract to increase cell renewal. Check out the other new products in the blemish treatment collection.

More Nail Love - MILANI Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Mauving Forward $3.99 @   milanicosmetics.com – I’m finding myself not quite ready to jump into the fall just yet but am inching my way towards it with this shade of purply-mauve. 

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Laura Mercier VS IT Cosmetics – Who Wins?

It's a foundation showdown between Laura Mercier and IT Cosmetics! Two that seem to be very similar but one may have something a little extra, so who will take it? See the details on each below!

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First up -- 

LAURA MERCIER Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48/1oz @ sephora.com and lauramercier.com)

What It Is: A 12-hour wear, oil-free foundation that blurs the appearance of imperfections for a smoother-looking complexion. What it does:Laura Mercier’s lightweight foundation leaves skin with a natural-looking matte finish. It works on all skin types, visibly evening skintone and minimizing the appearance of pores. Infused with Hydro-Brilliant Technology, featuring reflective waters and natural silica that create brilliant color-true shades, it is humidity-proof, sweat-proof, and water-resistant for longer, carefree wear. Available in 24 shades. 

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Is This One Really BIGGER Than A BB Cream?

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I’ve kinda been expecting someone to come out with the next multi-tasking makeup for the face i.e. the next phase of BB or CC creams and this 'Big Easy' Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector from BENEFIT COSMETICS seems to be it. So what does it do? Well, it’s a multi-multi-tasker – controls oil, balances moisture, fights off free radicals, protects skin from the sun with a broad spectrum SPF 35, is able to self-adjust to match your skin tone, and it washes the dishes… ok kidding about that last one but I really think these products that do so many things are spoiling us beauty lovers in a major way! But I’m not complaining. I just need to keep expectations in order when I’m trying out non-multi-tasking products.

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So how does this one stack up? I’m really liking the formula a lot. It comes outta the tube looking like a foundation but it goes on pretty sheer and is buildable. They say it, “melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder … “ and I couldn’t agree more. You know that feeling when you’re wearing foundation? Well this one absolutely doesn’t not fall into that category and I can’t think of the last time I actually didn’t feel when I was wearing it.

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This comes in six shades but remember it is self-adjusting, so most should be able to match their tone. I’m not sure why the darkest shade is really not that dark so for right now those with darker tones that will miss out on this one but I’m guessing there is a good reason.

And as much as I love Benefit’s packaging, I really think they need to cut down on the boxes and inserts as it really is a waste of materials for something that just ends up going in the trash.

$38/1.18oz @ benefitcosmetics.com and sephora.com

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Shu Uemura Makes Skin Glow Under Any Light

Next to mascara, I’d have to say foundation is my second favorite product to try out, so when I was asked to try out SHU UEMURA The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation and Lightbulb Sponge, I jumped at the chance. While there are so many different foundations to choose from out there each touting to help this or that, this one focuses on a few key traits: natural porcelain glow, high coverage, and long lasting moisture and comfort. Comfort? I don’t usually think of that word when it comes to foundation but I guess I’m glad they did!

So how does this differentiate itself from all the others? Using this foundation, the sponge and application process will help your skin look the best in can in any kind of light – sunshine, fluorescent yellow light, bar light etc. Now do you get the name? Clever, huh? 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

*NEW* Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation

There’s a lot of buzz over this next new products from SMASHBOX. It’s their Liquid Halo HD Foundation ($42/1oz @ sephora.com) and it uses light technology to give a luminous and flawless finish. How this works is that the formula contains microscopic, gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections. So kind of like the technology we have heard of that tons of foundations contain these days, but I think this is the next level of this kind of invention.

It’s for High Definition, which doesn’t mean much to me as I’m not in front of a camera, but this sheer-to-medium buildable coverage seems to even out the skin tone beautifully and really doesn’t look like I’m wearing any foundation (I tried shade #4). I should state that I’m not one of those that has a problem with looking like I’m wearing foundation by going to sheer but even if I’m going for more coverage, it really doesn’t look heavy or foundation-y. Available in 9 shades.

Is this one you will be checking out? Do tell in the comments!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

*New Review* Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Perfect

Dolce-&-Gabbana-The-Foundation-Perfect-Luminous-Liquid-FoundationHow hard is it to find a good foundation? I mean, what do you look for in a foundation and do you try a lot of them out or have one you use just at night vs day? I tend to nest with mine and only fluctuate between maybe one or two liquids and one kind of mineral powder.

Out this month from DOLCE & GABBANA is The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation and Perfect Matte Concealer. Long gone are the days you have to worry about shiny skin from a foundation! Remember those days? The foundation is a soft matte that contains their own Matte Adapt Complex that self-corrects signs of imperfection with illuminating particles of light-reflecting mica. A thinking foundation?? While this technology is not new, I found that this one gave me light coverage and really didn’t look like I was wearing anything on my face; it just evened out my tone, which I think we are all always looking for with foundation. Available in 15 shades.

The Perfect Matte Concealer also contains the complex and is available in 6 shades. $59/1oz @ sephora.com.

Will you be adjusting your summer makeup?

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A More Tinted Tint from Votre Vu

Votre-Vu-Love-Me-Deux-I admit that I like a little more coverage than the average tinted face moisturizer offers and I think I found it with VOTRE VU’s Love Me Deux Nourishing Moisture Tint & Concealer, from the French Accents line. The packaging is reminiscent of this one, which is muy convenient for toting it around. I mean, how many of us actually carry a concealer with us at all times? Lipstick? Yes. Face Powder? Yes. But concealer? Mmmm, not really, so when you’re giving your face the once over with the powder, dab a little concealer that’s in the cap, under your eyes for an instant perk-me-up. And the Tint has some great ingredients in it like jojoba oils, aloe vera, and honeysuckle extract as well as vitamin E and pure minerals and botanicals in the Concealer. Available in 6 shade duos for $43/25ml Tint, 1ml Concealer @ votrevu.com.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Cover FX Gets Pressed with Their Mineral Foundation

Cover-FX-Pressed-Mineral-FoundationNew from the COVER FX line is their Pressed Mineral Foundation and this is only the second press mineral foundation I have ever tried, so I guess it’s hard to make a mineral foundation powder in a press form … or am I reading too much into this?!

Anyway, I just love the coverage I get from mineral foundations and a pressed formula is much more convenient to tote around than the loose version.

And is it shallow to be in love with the application sponge? Love when a company splurges in this department!

This pressed one is a medium to full coverage and is available in 24 different shades and you can find your perfect match just by knowing what your undertones are (google it) and then use that info to find your shade: P = Pink, N = Neutral and G = Golden. I think that if there is any part of beauty that is confusing, it’s the whole, “What are your undertones?” part but once you have that down, the rest is pretty easy. $35 @ sephora.com and coverfx.com.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bare Escentuals Takes A Stab at Solid Mineral Foundation

I wonder what the BARE ESCENTUALS stats are like when it comes to their signature foundation. Like 1 in 10 women wear bareMinerals Foundation. I’m sure they have done studies but now they’ve upped the anti with their new READY SPF 20 Foundation. It’s their first foray into a solid mineral foundation and I’m liking it so far. And obviously this one is sooo much easier to tote around in your purse!

The powder contains a SeaNutritive Mineral Complex, which is made up of major antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E as well as rose hip see oil. It also has a unique time-released hydration system so it won’t settle into lines and creases like some foundations can, and extra moisture is good for the skin, right?

Bare-Escentuals-bareMinerals-READY-SPF-20-Foundation-and-brushesAvailable in 20 shades for $29/14grams.

And I love, love, love (as they say on QVC) their Precision Face Brush ($28). It’s a dense brush head and comprised of synthetic bristles. I’m not sure if it’s the flat head or the width of it but it’s just perfect with this foundation. And it also comes in a travel-friendly version called the Retractable Precision Face Brush ($22).So get your travel on!

All @ bareescentuals.com.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Latest In Airbrush Makeup - Belloccio

I’ve tried a few of the lines and I really believe we’ve reached the next level when it comes to airbrush makeup and it’s called BELLOCCIO. Their system contains anti-aging moisturizers like Hyaluronic Acid and aloe (this was just a matter of time though, right?). Airbrush makeup has definitely taken off and it’s not just for the professional person as I know a few people who use it as their everyday makeup. As far as the technique goes, the only challenge is finding your perfect shade, which for the average person can be just that, a challenge. With Belloccio, they try to make it less daunting by having you choose your color palette on their site. The shade families are: Fair, Medium Tan and Dark. Not too difficult. Each color set will include 4 shades (also a bottle of white and black) that fall into that color family – cool, neutral, warm, again, whichever fall into that tone family. Try one of the shades and you may find that you have to add 3 drops of one and then 1 drop of a darker one to get your exact shade. Yes, it will take some time to get the right color but that’s kind of the fun of this kind of makeup. Because once you know your mixture, you can up or down it a little depending on the time of year.

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Items start at $49.99 and go up from there depending on if you get colors in addition to the foundations. I recommend the Starter Kit, which includes the compressor, airbrush w/hose, foundation set, blush trio pack, bronzer, their Anti-Aging Moisturizing Primer to help it last for hours, a tanning solution, a 4oz bottle of airbrush cleaner, instructional brochure and DVD, all for $179.99. Read more about the line @ belloccio.com.

And if you are still afraid of trying it out, I recommend checking out their YouTube channel here. Sometimes a nice visual is all you need, right?

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