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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.

The Only and Best Bronzer You’ll Ever Need

Guerlain the best bronzer

It’s officially summer.  Time to bring out the sunscreen, the self-tanner and of course the bronzer.  I have brown skin, so I don’t need the self-tanner.  But the sunscreen and bronzer I can definitely live with.  There are so many out there that even me, a beauty expert can’t decide which to choose.  And every year there is always a new one, a limited edition one and then there’s ones that are liquid or powder.  I could go on about them being shimmery, matte or even a little bit of both.  And yes I do get shinier during the summer, but I don’t wanna wear my powder that helps keep me matte.  I want something that’ll give me that summer glow.  But also won’t add to my shiny problem.

Guerlain terracotta bronzer light in blond #2

That’s why I’m happy to say I found a bronzer that gives me that glow I’ve always wanted, but also keeps my shine at bay.  It is the guerlain terracotta light number two in blond.  This series of bronzers have a multitude of colors.  These bronzers have a mixture of matte and shimmer to them and complementary colors that go together to give you that summer glow.

There is four colors to choose from in this collection.  Ranging from light blond to dark brunette.  I chose blond number two which is the lighter one.  I didn’t want to look to bronzed up, because my oily skin is a factor I have to consider.  Plus I was going to use it all for my face, so I wanted a more natural glow and if I chose the darker one it would probably not look that great once my oils on my face started coming out after a few hours.

The way that I applied it on my face is the “3” application.  You start from the center of your forehead and literally do the number three on either side of your face.  That way your skin gets a nice glow all over and add some on your nose and chin to even out.  For a little more color I add more on my cheeks to finish the look. If you want a more sculpted look, add to jawline and cheeks.

Personally I am new to using a bronzer on myself.  But for many years I effortlessly applied them to my customers who were new to using one or just upgrading from another one that they didn’t like anymore or suit their color.  When looking for a bronzer, ask for help because sometimes it can get bit tricky picking the right color for yourself.  I know they can get a little bit on the orange side and that’s why guerlain has an array of bronzers to choose from.  I mean alot to choose from and that’s why they are probably the best bronzers that I’ve ever come across.  They too have ones that have a more pink hue for women who are fair and ones that have a more deeper colors that aren’t necessarily orange but more of a deep tan tone.

Good luck on your journey to finding that perfect bronzer and if you already have then apply and have a great summer.  Until next week my beauties have a good week!

This entry was posted on June 24, 2017, in Makeup.

My Pixi Story: All About Eyes

eyemakeup review

I started getting curious about the pixi beauty line when I kept seeing everywhere. And I mean everywhere! Online, tv ads, being promoted on tv, magazines etc. So when I finished my eye cream, I decided to try their eye cream out. I heard great things about their skincare line, especially their cleansers, toners and their makeup. I now have added to my collection the eye pencil and an eye palette that I had won on twitter when they were having a contest.

Now if you don’t’ know much about this line, it started in London from a woman of 4 kids who needed her makeup and skincare routine to be simple and quick. So her skincare line is packed with healthy ingredients and makeup are colorful, but also safe for the skin. This post will be reviewing my experience with these three items.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Matte Khaki

This pencil was one of the items I received in the contest I won on twitter. And it honestly surprised me. It reminds of the marc Jacobs pencil, but this one I can actually wear. I love the way it glides on so easily and seamlessly. It’s true to color and even on my skin tone the color wore well. And boy does it stay on all day. You don’t have to worry about this one coming off, because even with my oily eyelids, it stayed on all day without reapplying. I love this pencil and the color is perfect for the summer. Plus it’s safe for the eye area, including for sensitive eyes.

Pixi Mesmerizing Eye Palette in Amethyst Aura

This was the second item I won in the contest and I’m not sure if everyone got the same palette color or not, but l lucked out with getting my fave color in the palette. The mixed the colors soft and vibrant so you can choose if you want a softer look or brighter look. I like it. The softer colors didn’t really show much so I won’t be using much of those colors except as a base. But the brighter colors showed up really well on my skin tone. Because of my oily eyelids, they didn’t last that long, maybe a few hours like a lot I’ve used. But they wore well with an eyelid primer and stayed on all day. It is a bit of a hit and miss with me on the palette, so if I was ever to buy eyeshadows from this brand, I would buy the single pots instead. But they were safe for my eyes and I like the colors in the palette.

eyemakeup review

Pixi 24 Eye Elixir

For the most part, its refreshing and cooling on the eye area. The roller ball idea isn’t new, but it does help with the puffiness and dark circles. There is cucumber and raspberry extract to help tone and even out the skin tone. I have used it awhile and it does feel nice and soaks into the skin nicely. I honestly cant’ see much of a difference and my eye area looks ok. Overall, this eye serum is ok. I have used better and I have used worse. Some of the ingredients that is good for you are at the bottom of the list which usually means there isn’t a lot of it. But it does the job and I will continue to use it.

 

So there is my review on these 3 products I have use. Come back next week for more fun and reviews and tips. Have a good day beauties!

 

This entry was posted on May 23, 2017, in Makeup.

Keeping My Face Shine Free

powder review

 

I’ve used powders ever since I started using makeup. It has been a necessary staple in my makeup bag, as I am constantly using it to keep my skin looking fresh and less oily. It’s probably the easiest thing you can do to keep oily skin at bay. For me, I’ve used a lot of different products to figure out what would best keep me shine free.
For me, it’s less is more kind of deal. I’ve used primers, balm, pore minimizers an all I did was keep piling on the product on my face and at the end of the day I sometimes felt like I was wearing a mask or I just look like I didn’t put anything to keep me shine free. Don’t get me wrong, I still use a primer or pore minimizer on special occasions, but on a day to day look where I just need a touch up and go on breaks at work or before I go out to dinner, I just use blotting paper and powder. Yep, that’s it. No secrets, no tricks, just two items. Today I am writing about the two great powders that I am currently using.

Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in Amber

This powder gives you a natural, matte look. It comes with a brush and sponge so you have a choice of natural or fuller coverage. They say it’s for all skin types, but I couldn’t see normal/dry skin wearing it, because even for my combination/ oily skin its very matte looking. If someone with drier skin uses this, definitely moisturize and add a highlighter on top to get that dewy look. I put on a brighter blush then usual to keep my skin looking fresh. By mid-day when I do my usual blotting and powder, it really looked pretty good and I didn’t have to do much, just around my nose area. I like that it’s doing its job, but when summer comes around, I’m sure it will definitely hold up and keep me shine free.

Smashbox Halo Hydrating perfecting powder in Light-Medium

This is my second time using this powder and I love how you can shave a little bit at a time to get only the amount you need. I think because of this, for me it lasts a long time. I mean I use it 2-3 a day, so if it lasts a long time for me, that’s a good thing. It really helps when you have to carry it everywhere like me and you don’t have to worry about it messing your make-up bag.
This is one of the few powders that can be worn on any skin type. Smashbox really went all out on this one and loaded it up with skin friendly ingredients. With minerals, amino acids, pure gold and a peptide to hydrate the skin, this powder won’t make you look matte or lifeless. It feels light on the skin and it gives me a nice matte look, but also a bit of a glow. When the weather is a bit cooler I will definitely use this, but I’ll see how my skin is during this summer.
It is tricky when you have oily skin. You have to go with what works. For me, it’s pretty simple, but for others it may not. Give the product a couple of weeks before saying it works or not. Your skin will let you know one way or another if it loves the product or absolutely hates it. Until next week, have a good day my beauties!

This entry was posted on April 7, 2017, in Makeup.