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Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Major Development in Foundation Application!

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I guess it was only a matter of time. I mean, I use this one to clean my face, this one to clean my body, this one for my teeth, and now this one to apply my foundation!

What It Is: DOLL 10 blendSMART Rotating Makeup Brush System ($59.97 @ qvc.com) – The first and only automatic makeup brush that offers a flawlessly, even makeup application. With its patent pending design, Doll 10 blendSMART rotates 360 degrees to deliver 190 revolutions per minute for complete, even and natural looking coverage in a snap. Perfect for beginners and professional artists alike.

Your box comes with:

  • BlendSMART Rotating Foundation Brush
  • Universal Foundation Brush Head #1
  • CR123A 3V lithium battery

Want to find out my thoughts? Click after the jump!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Is Bare Escentuals Complexion Rescue for You?

I’m not quite sure if the brilliance lies solely with BARE ESCENTUALS new Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($29/1.18oz), the Smoothing Face Brush ($28) or if it’s the combo of the two.

First, let me break down this Gel Cream for you.

What it is: A versatile gel cream that combines skincare benefits and naturally radiant coverage in one. 

  • Mineral-based formulation that combines the best of a BB, a CC, and a tinted moisturizer to provide increased skin hydration after just one week 
  • Features SPF 30 sun protection 
  • 10 shades available

So what’s my take? Click after the jump to find out!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Q's Answered on the Most Game-Changing Product of 2015

I had a few questions emailed to me from readers after this feature the other day on the hows and whats of COVER FX’s Custom Cover Drops so I wanted to address them here. When it comes to HOW to apply it, I consider this product kind of an at-home beauty experiment; a DIY, if you so please, in the sense that you should apply it however is comfortable for you.

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Here are a few different ways I’ve tried: above I'm showing a drop next to some plain sunscreen on a tray I use to mix paints on when I’m crafting. On a side note, literally hours after I took this photo, I got Beauty Blender’s Sur.face Pro, which is great because it’s made just for mixing makeup! Now I have a tray for each.

So you can mix your Custom Cover Drops with your product on a tray or add the drop/s to a product in your hand, or if you’re mixing it with a primer, I’ve also put a squirt of product and a few drops on the back of my hand and then mixed them together with the brand's Liquid Foundation Brush ($38). But I nixed that after I started thinking about how the products might just be sinking into the back of my hand so I switched back to mixing on the tray.

So I guess it’s up to you on HOW you want to mix the drops and a face product together.

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The other question I received was with WHAT can you mix it with? I’d say 99% of your face products! Like I’ve been mixing a few drops with products I’ve been trying in the past few weeks - Cover FX’s Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment ($38/1oz), Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65/1oz @ murad.com and ulta.com) and Tarte’s Maracuja Neck Treatment ($49/1.7oz @ tartecosmetics.com and sephora.com). And the pigment drops blend in beautifully and tints them all my shade!

If you have any other questions about Cover FX’s new Custom Cover Drops, I’ll be having a Twitter Party tomorrow, Friday, March 20th from 3pm to 4pm EST, just to talk about them! Join the chat by using the hashtag #dropportunity and looking forward to talking to you then! And I'll be giving away some bottles of the Custom Cover Drops.

Read more about the new launch @ coverfx.com and all their other products @ coverfx.com

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Goes with Everything!

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How awesome is new makeup technology? Well we have some here with COVER FX’s new Custom Cover Drops and they literally made it to go with everything…

It goes with Darla …

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It goes with a craft project I’m working on …

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But what Custom Cover Drops goes best with are any of your face products. It's pure concentrated pigments made to custom color any of your existing face products. And you control the coverage! 

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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.

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