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Primers: The Base that Keeps It All Together

Makeup Forever Primer Review

Do I need a primer?  Why should I use one?  What are the benefits of using one?  These questions and more were also on my mind.  And there’s no wrong answer just if you want to add another step to your daily routine or not.  Plus it’s not a necessary part of your makeup-but then again what makeup is?  In this article, I will be reviewing my current primer and tips and tricks on how to use one.

My first time ever using a primer was on my wedding day.  And it was by Smashbox of course, because who hasn’t used one from Smashbox?  It was a primer for oily skin and I bought it because I figured my makeup would have to look great.  It was one of the best decisions I made that day, not to mention marrying Mr. Right.  So as I was saying, I bought a primer for the sole reason that it would keep my makeup on all day, plus it kept my shine at bay, which is so important to me because I have such oily skin that I didn’t want to look so oily and shiny in the pictures.  That day I looked gorgeous in the pictures and after.

Fast forward to today and I can’t live without my primer especially in the summer time where my skin gets very shiny and somehow my makeup melts away with my oily skin.  My primer that I currently use keeps my makeup on longer and it doesn’t feel heavy whatsoever.

Makeup forever primer

Makeup Forever step one Matte Primer

I started using this primer when it first came out.  A lot of the time primers for oily skin have salicylic acid and I find that it tends to make my skin feel tight and uncomfortable.  This one in particular uses lactic acid which is gentle but still hopes to treat the skin throughout the day.  Some of the other ingredients like ginger, cinnamon and chicory extract help to calm the skin while also keeping it shine free all day.  It has a slight tent to it but it does not leave any color behind and it has a nice, light scent that I do love and it doesn’t linger on all day so I don’t get annoyed of it.

The end result: it works!  I love this primer and my skin loves it to.  I have tested and tried other primers when I’m done with the bottle of this one, but I can’t seem to change my mind.  I put it on after my moisturizer and before my makeup obviously!  It doesn’t feel heavy, I forget that it’s even on.  Of course my oils on my face does come out throughout the day, but when I use this primer I don’t have to use as much blotting paper and powder during the day.  And that helps me out a lot.

Tips and tricks to using a primer

  • The golden rule: use a pea size amount. It’s all you need ‘cause if you use too much it starts piling your makeup
  • Apply it after moisturizer, that way it’s closer to the makeup and it stays on longer
  • Use a brush it makes it applying easier and spreads evenly on the face
  • It’s a necessary to put it all for your face. Just where you need it
  • Get one that is appropriate for your skin. Whether its color correcting or skin type, try to find one that is close to what you need.  Because it can look funny (color correcting) or feel heavy or uncomfortable on the skin

Until next week, have a good week my beauties!

Givenchy Mascara Review

Givenhy Mascara

Other than my obsession with finding the right lip gloss or treatment, I have thing for mascara.  I know what I want it to do so I need to find that it mascara.  My latest mascara was given to me through a campaign by Canadian beauty bloggers.  It is the newest mascara by Givenchy the Noir Interdit

Over the years been in the beauty industry, you get to try on lots of different makeup and skincare.  That’s including mascara where I’ve seen them all and tried them all.  I’ve tried mascara with volume, length, definition or just natural looking lashes.  I’ve even tried brushes that are thick, thin, soft bristle and plastic like bristle.  I even had one that was vibrating.  That one was by Lancôme and years ago they came out with a mascara that the wand was softly vibrating your lashes.  It was a cool feeling, kind of ticklish but great results.

This Givenchy mascara comes out of the tube straight but can be bent at a 90° angle.  How cool is that?  I’ve never had a mascara wand that does this!  This is so cool but here I was thinking “is this going to be difficult to use?” so I had my doubts, but by the end of the first application I was hooked!  Not only is it super easy, but it gets all your lashes including those little pesky ones that you can’t seem to get.

Givenchy mascara

The wand itself looks like a handheld fan and fans out from small bristles on the outside to the big bristle on the inside.  This makes for getting all long and short lashes and easily combing the mascara through without it clumping.  Because of the comb like brush, there was no clumps left on my lashes.

It does have a slight scent and usually am allergic to it.  But I’ve been using it for the past couple days and so far I have not had a reaction.  Thank god because I would cry!  The packaging is very simple and rectangle, but the handle for me is a bit too bulky in my hand.  I have very small hands, so that’s a personal thing for me.  I’m sure a lot of women won’t have the problem, but it’s just what I observed.

As I said in the beginning of this article, I look for volume and length in the mascara.  This mascara gives you incredible length but also gives you

some volumes.  By layering it over and over again you’ll get the volume you want.  When I were throughout the day it did not flake off or smudge.  It’s long wearing and it comes off easily.  The pigments in this mascara is very bold and black which I love.

The moral to this story: even if you’re hesitant about trying something new, try it anyway.  I’m very much enjoying this mascara and its new brush.  So I hope this inspires you to try new things out, small changes or big changes, it’s scary at first but you’re glad that it happened.  Even if it’s just a mascara wand.  Have a good week my beauties!

Eye Makeup: the Holy Grail of Makeup, My story and a Review

estee lauder eye shadows

Eye makeup, to me this is the holy grail of makeup!  You can wear what ever colors you want not to mention there’s so many colors out there you’ll have fun trying it on.  Matte, metallic, sheer, semi- matte and you can even go all out in glitter.  The endless possibilities of doing up your eyes is an art form itself.  You can keep it simple or go glam, even paint on stars or cartoon characters.  You can even do a bigger, bolder version of the black line and pile on the mascara to give you that sexy, alluring look.  It’s all up to you the artist because there’s no limit to what you can do with eye makeup.

With me, when I started playing with makeup, I started with my eyes.  Since I didn’t have alot of money I started with mascara and black eyeliner and boy did I pile on.  When I entered the beauty industry I got more interested in doing more with my eyes.  And I have big, round brown eyes and I was encouraged by my coworkers to try on eyeshadows.  Apparently having big, round eyes is great in the beauty industry as it shows the makeup well.  And so when I decided to buy my first eyeshadows, I went big!  I went directly to lancome and bought a purple single eye shadow.  I think it was called lustre and but I remember how expensive it was ($21) when I first walked into a work with it on the women I worked with loved the new look.  That’s what solidified me into exploring more shades and  different looks.

Over the years I’ve gone through a lot of different looks, not to mention different shades (remember when orange was the rage?) My look has definitely and thankfully evolved since then.  But I’ve always come back to my simple black line and mascara or swipe on my purple eye shadow, my signature look.  That’s why when I got this palette from Estee lauder I fell in love with it.  So here is my review on this palette.

estee lauder eye shadow

Estee lauder pure color envy in envious orchid

I’m not one for palettes, especially eye palettes.  I just can never finish them all and it’s so frustrating and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way!  So I do try to be picky when I want to purchase one. And if I finish 4 out of the five colors in the palette I’ll be happy.  That’s why I chose this eye palette because it has my favorite color purple and the other colors are very versatile to work with.

They are soft in color and blend easily into each other.  You can go from a day look, easily apply the dark purple or black and get a beautiful dramatic look.  The black eye shadow in this palette is a very different texture from the rest.  It has a very smooth texture like silk and if you dip your finger into the eye shadow just a bit, the pigments is very easily transferred onto your finger.  You can definitely use it as eye shadow or as an eyeliner.

The two purples are soft and matte, while the white and gray shadows have a soft shimmer to them to add dimension to the eyes.  Overall the shadows for me are soft and muted and I don’t have any eye palette like this in my collection.  I really have enjoyed this palette because it’s a more natural, softer side of purple for me at least! Because right now i have purples that are brighter and shimmery, even glittery. This is my first attempt to look like an adult, at least sometimes.

There really is no reason not to have fun with your eye makeup.  Try every color in the rainbow, play with different looks and be open to different color combinations.  Because remember you can always wipe it off and start over again.  And when you found your signature look, work it girl!  Until next week my beauties have a good week.

This entry was posted on August 12, 2017, in Makeup.

Thank Goodness for Concealers: Review and Tips on using Concealers

Makeup Forever Concealer

What are you concealing under all that concealer?  Are you concealing a lot or little?  Imperfections?  Discoloration?  Under eye bags?  For me, my concealer has to work because I don’t have time to do touch ups throughout the day.  Plus it has to be oil free, non comedogenic and give me full coverage.

I always went for concealer because it covered my under eyes bags and my breakouts.  When my skin got a little less oily, I started wearing a light to medium coverage foundation and not too much concealer.  So I switched to an illuminating concealer because of its fluid texture.  That was short lived due to my unfortunate allergies to them.  So now, I stick to a light to medium foundation and found a concealer that is light in texture but heavy on the coverage.  Here is my review of the current concealer I am using and I’m going to give you some tips on using one.

Makeup forever –extreme camouflage cream concealer

I am a huge makeup forever fan and every time I purchased a product from this company, I have always been quite happy with them.  So when I decided to buy this concealer from them I was a little hesitant as I wasn’t sure how this would work out.  I’m used to full coverage concealers being too heavy, making my skin look shinier and possibly make me break out.  But the description and people’s feedback on this concealer about it being oil free, non comedogenic and gives great coverage was all the requirements I needed.

I wasn’t used to the concealer like this so I had my work cut out for me.  First of all, it was 1 to 2 shades lighter than I’m used to and I kept putting on too much.  So I had to work on my mixing and tried to scale it back on concealer usage and after a while I fell in love with it and now I can’t live without it.  Believe it or not this is one of the few full coverage concealer that feels absolutely light on the skin and full coverage on the face.  It has no trouble covering my under eyes circles and my breakouts to give me that flawless look.

Tips

  • If your concealer is a shade or two lighter don’t worry it may work for you! You may have to mix it with a bit of foundation or apply powder on top of it after so it looks flawless.
  • Concealer vs. illuminator, they do the same thing but keep in mind that an illuminator is light in texture and really helps to brighten the face. So you may need to use the concealer to ensure maximum coverage just in case.
  • Use a tool of some sort. I use a brush because it blends very nicely and seamless into the skin.  Because it’s a small area you’re doing, blending the concealer is a must.  Use a brush or sponge it may be a little difficult with the fingers because it may not blend as well.  In the end it’s up to you and what you decide to use.
  • Over or under foundation. It really is your choice on this one because if you use it under foundation it’s a more natural look.  Over the foundation and you will get more coverage this way.  If you put concealer first you tend to move it around when you put your foundation after.  If you apply foundation first, then the concealer will stay where you put it.  Food for thought.
  • Under the eyes. I know sometimes concealers can crease and fall into the lines.  My suggestion is as soon as you’re done with your concealer, pat the area with powder.  I found that this has helped especially around the eye area.  Or you can use an under eye primer.

Now go and apply your concealer and make it look flawless just like you.  Until next week my beauties have a good week!

 

This entry was posted on August 5, 2017, in Makeup.

Makeover Essentials: Three Awesome Kits to Use!

makeup kits

I was introduced by this line last summer when two, excited salespeople came in to the store I work at promoting this fun and new makeup line based in California.  They were holding little gray shopping bags that I came to know were filled with makeup!

So as a beauty junkie I couldn’t pass up this amazing deal.  And this pretty grey bag was filled with three makeup kits and cleansing cloths all for $80.  Seriously, who could pass this deal up?  Plus you got a bonus bag as well.  So I got two for the price of one.  Awesome!  I did end up giving the second one away and the cleansing cloths, I ended up using all of them before doing this post.  So today I will be reviewing the three makeup kits.

eyeshadow kit

Neapolitan eye kit

In this cute eye kit there are six sets of trio eyeshadows that can easily go from nudes to glam.  The colors are versatile and obviously you can mix and match.  With the exception of the black/gray/white and the dark brown trio, the pigments are nice enough for a lot of skin tones.  On my skin tone, a lot of the colors are very natural looking.  I would have to put a lot to get them to pop or mix them with other eyes shadows or wear a primer or base that will brighten or deepen the colors.

You definitely have to use a smaller brush or eye sponge applicators that it comes with so you’re not mixing all the colors together.  Unless you want that which is cool.  But the compact itself is super slim and small that you can put it in your make-up bag and forget about it.

mini kit makeup

Purse petit mini

This kit is adorable cute and pretty much perfect for a day trip or a night out on the town with the girls.  In this tiny compact, it holds four lips, four eye colors and two deluxe eyeshadows meant for the smoky eyes.

This is a pretty awesome kit, as the lip colors are great to go from day to night look.  The eyeshadows as well are great for a day to glam look.  The two deluxe eyeshadows I don’t mind as well because I use the beige color as a base for eyes and because it has a bit of a shimmer to it, I use it as a highlighter as well.  I think this compact would have been even better if they put an actual highlighter and blush or bronzer or contour shades instead of the black and beige eyeshadows.  But I guess they were trying to put a compact together so it can be versatile.

Regardless, this compact is super small and easy to put in your small purse, you forget you have it there.  This tiny kit will definitely be very usable and definitely come in handy.

big makeup kit

Weekly essential kit

This kit literally has everything but your foundation.  Let me list what it has.  Six eyeshadows, concealer, blush, three colors for lips, setting powder, lip liner, eyeliner, mascara (not shown) because I used it all and brush and sponge for application.

The concealer, setting powder and blush were too light for me, but everything else in this kit worked out for me.  This kit for me was more a natural look for me.  I do like the idea of having something like this left at home or leave it at work so you have it there for an emergency touch up, but I couldn’t see myself bringing this with me everywhere I go because it is a bit bigger than the other kits.  It would be great for traveling for a few days or sleeping over at your friend’s house so you can minimize what your carrying in your bag.

It’s hard for any makeup company to design a kit that makes everyone happy.  But I’m glad that makeup companies make kits that are just for eyes or lips or eyebrows etc.  Once you start creating a bigger kit, I personally tend to have a hard time choosing something like that.  Because I want to make sure I can use almost everything otherwise it’s a waste of money.  At least for me.  That’s why I will stick to the smaller kits because I know I will use everything.

Until next week thank you for reading and have yourself a great week my beauties!

 

This entry was posted on July 8, 2017, in Makeup.