Why Blotting Papers should be in your Makeup Bag!

shiseido blotting paper

Blotting papers: an oily skin best friend.  They keep your skin shine free and fresh faced throughout the day.  And you fall in love with them instantly because they don’t leave anything behind, they take away all the bad yucky stuff (excess oil) and they’re quick and easy to use.  Plus, the kind of routine you want for your oily skin is a very simple one that consists of as least products on your skin to avoid breakouts and having that very heavy feeling on your skin when you’re wearing too much product.  So if you’re like me and you want to avoid reapplying primers, powders and balms to matify the skin throughout the day, blotting papers are the way to go.

These sheets of miracle came into my life in my early twenties when I discovered them at my local drugstore.  Since then I’ve used many different blotting papers from various companies, as well as products specifically made for taking away the excess oil.  But I just didn’t feel comfortable putting all that extra product on my face, neither did my face.  So I’ve always gone back to using blotting papers and there always in my makeup bag and wherever I go.  In this article I will review my current blotting paper I use.

Shiseido pureness blotting paper

Over the years I have used these blotting papers.  They are fairly expensive than the rest at about $22.00 vs.  The normal 5 to 8 dollar range that they usually go for, it is quite a splurge.  But it stands out among to rest because it comes in and beautiful, mint green package vs.  The usual little box that all blotting paper in.  Each package comes with 100 sheets and with me that will last a couple months.  Depending on the season and how shiny my skin gets throughout the day, I can use 1 to 2 sheets a day.

On one side of the sheet, there is a powder that helps to absorb excess oil which for me personally does not get left behind on my face and it is a good size of a paper to absorb all the oil in one sheet.  There is a very slight smell to it but it doesn’t get left behind on your face.  Then I use my powder to lightly touch up and I’m done.

I love using blotting papers especially these ones because of the powder on the one side.  These blotting papers come in handy for me because I only have to use one sheet while some other blotting papers I’ve had to use two in one sitting.

I personally have used products that help to absorb excess oil, but the unfortunate issue is that you have to reapply them throughout the day to maintain a shine free face.  For me, my face felt uncomfortable and weighted with all that product on my face at the end of the day.  This is my personal experience and this may not happen to you, but choose wisely and choose what makes your skin comfortable.  Until next week have a good week my beauties!

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!

Masks: They are Miracles for your Face and Eyes plus Darphin Eye Mask Review

The miracle of masks.  How can you live without these sheet masks, clay masks, hydrating masks and asks for every part of your body.  They even have masks for the smallest parts of your body like your lips or your eye area.  In this article, I will be reviewing an eye mask that I am currently using and my discovery of face masks.

I first discovered masks in my early twenties when I first entered the beauty industry.  I honestly don’t think it was going to work.  A clay mask a quick reduce my acne, make my pores look smaller and matify my skin?  Yeah right!  But I purchased it any ways, used that same night and then my world changed.

A bit dramatic I know, but when you had and still have problematic skin you’ll try anything.  I’m glad I stumbled onto masks ‘cause it’s change my world and my skin to.  Fast forward to now, where my skin has changed and now I use a hydrating mask for fall and winter and a clay mask for spring and summer.  I know my skin wouldn’t be looking its best without these face miracles.  Now I’m in my mid thirties and I’m stepping up my game.  Now I started using eye masks that helped to reduce my bags, refreshed the eye area and of course keep those pesky lines at bay.

Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask

This is my first eye mask that isn’t a patch.  It is a creamy texture that is soothing and refreshing, plus it helps to keep the wrinkles at bay.  And if you have used this line before you will be familiar of the ingredients that they use which are botanical and essential oils.  And of course they are from Paris.

I’ve used many products from this line before and was very happy with the results.  So when I started using this product I wasn’t surprised that it actually worked.  With green tea, watermelon, cucumber and

many more natural ingredients, it hydrates, it soothes and it leaves your eyes refreshed.  Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and you’re closer to brighter looking skin.

There isn’t a lot of high masks that are like this.  They tend to be the patches that you put under your eyes, which for me tends to get messy.  They can move everywhere, they have too much essence in the patch itself which leaks onto your face or even in your hair if your lying down.  I’m not saying their all bad, I’ve used to myself.  I just like how this Darphin eye mask is mess free and how easily it goes on.

So next time you wanna give yourself a spa treatment at home, don’t forget the eye mask.  Have a good week my beauties!

This entry was posted on August 26, 2017, in Skincare.

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.