Saturday, July 26, 2014

L'oreal Visible Lift Blur foundation and blushes

L'oreal has introduced these new items to their Visible Lift line. From left is the foundation in shade 203 Nude Beige, the blush in shade 501 Soft Peach, and the blush in shade 502 Soft Pink. These are new and I didn't see many shades available yet so I picked up the foundation in shade 203 Nude Beige. In MAC cosmetics I am shade NC25, and I would say shade 203 Nude Beige is a pretty close match. Now, I haven't worn the foundation and I can't write a review on it yet, but I will keep you posted, as I am excited to try this foundation, which claims to blur imperfections while delivering your skin with powerful anti aging ingredients. I have tried both of the blushes and I do like them

L'oreal Visible Lift shade 501 Soft Peach is a doll-like baby pink/coral. I think it looks slightly pinker though. I apply it after foundation but before my setting powder and it gives the most effotless flushed look. It isn't too pigmented so you have to use a little more of this one than you do with shade 502. As you can see in the swatches below, the soft pink one doesn't seem to look like there is any product on the hand once it is blended. If you want a natural look this is great because you can't overdo the application. Shade 502 in Soft Pink is actually a very hot pink blush. Although it looks subtler in the packaging, I assure you that it is hot pink and you have to be use this product almost sparingly because it is very pigmented. Once blended it gives the skin a nice and dewy satin finish on the cheeks, but like I mentioned before, start off with the smallest amount because this one is much more pigmented than shade 501.

Now time for the foundation swatches in shade 203 Nude Beige. It has a very nice creamy texture and seems to blend out well. I can't tell wether this will have good coverage because of the unique consistency. I am looking forward to trying it for work tomorrow. Let's see how this lasts on a 7 and a half hour shift.
Below swatched.
Above blended and below swatched and slightly blended once again.
Any thought on these?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Makeup and outfit of the day

I have been wanting to do a "makeup of the day" post for a while, but I haven't had a chance to do a proper make up look with good pictures. I am going to dinner with my lovely boyfriend and thought I'd share this look. Hopefully you aren't too annoyed by the massive amount of selfies. I'm wearing the Rimmel stay matte foundation, Milani's blush in Carolina,  Milani's lipstick in fruit punch, L'oreal's voluminous mascara, Wet n Wild's h20 liquid liner in black, NYX's HD eyeshadow primer, and for eyeshadow I used the NYX Box of Shadows. I'm wearing a hot pink shirt from Ross, Levi jeans, and sandals I bought at Ross as well. For acessories I am wearing a Michael Kors watch and a hot pink quilted flap bag.

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Milani individual eyeshadows

I spotted these at my local drugstore about a week ago on a display and I could tell these were going to sell out fast. I love Milani eyeshadows and blushes and figured I would try these out. They are very pigmented, and they go on great with and without an eyeshadow primer. These colors remind me of my Naked eyeshadow palette. You get a lot of product for your money (0.05 oz). They last a really long time, but I do recommend wearing an eyeshadow primer if you want the color to stay vibrant through out the day/night. Love these, hopefully these become a permanent addition to the Milani cosmetic line!
From left to right, 07 Bella White, 28 Bella Chiffon, 16 Bella Champagne, 22 Bella Gold, 12 Bella Black.

Above without flash and below with flash.

New Covergirl + Olay Facelift Effect firming foundation and Covergirl + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I though it was Saturdau because I don't have school today, but I do have work all weekend. It seems like I can't ever catch a break. I have bought so many goodies from Ulta, Walgreens, and MAC, and I want to share them with you, but I haven't had time to actually try most of them out. Hopefully once Agusut arrives I have a little more time for myself. I'll be working full time, but I won't have school until September. I've been looking for ways to promote my blog, but I realy don't know where or how to start. I would love to blog more often and interact with makeup junkies like myself, haha. I am no makeup artist, but I do enjoy spending uncanny amounts of time on youtube watching makeup tutorials. If you have any tips on how I can promote my blog or simply want to share your thoughts on my review, feel free to comment below! Thank you for reading.
Let me begin by saying that I am not that familar with Covergirl products, much less their foundations or concealers. The only Covergirl product I own is probably the Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 foundation, which is pretty good. The packaging is pretty but also bulky. The foundation retails for $16.99 and the concealer retails for $11.99.

The foundation I purchased is in the shade Light/Medium (no number) and has pink/beige undertones. Once blended, as you will see in the pictures below, the color seems to neutralize. It has a mousse consistency that seems thick at first, but it blends easily and effortlessly.  Surprisingly, the coverage is light to medium. It’s not full coverage at first, but you can build it up. It does offer reasonable coverage, but the lasting power isn’t the best. It lasted about 6 hours without a setting powder, but it beagn sort of “melting off”. With a setting powder I found that it could last up to 8 hours. Within those 8 hours I do blot my face with some oil absorbing wipes or matiffy my powder with a pressed powder. It has a matte finish, but it doesn't look too matte, it leaves a nice natural matte/dewy like finish. The foundation does claim to have anti-aging ingredients, but I didn’t see anything prominent on the ingredient list. It does have dimethicone, which is great for filling in any pores or crevasses. Overall I don’t think I will be repurchasing this because of the price. I have a few other drugstore favorites that are relatively inexpensive. I am always open to try new products so I will continue to use on days when I don’t need too much coverage or lasting benefits.
The concealer is in shade fair/light (320). I have used the concealer about 10 times, and it's okay. I'm not super impressed with it. It has a nice creamy consistency, which makes it super blendable, but unfortunately it doesn’t offer much coverage. Maybe this is because it is labeled as an eye “de-puffer concealer”. As you can see in the pictures below, I swatched it on my hand next to a birthmark I have, and once I blended it out in efforts to show the coverage, you can’t see any significant or notable difference. Overall I would skip these two products because they aren’t something I would personally reach for. However, this might work for you and if your local drug store has a friendly return policy, I’d say give it a go.

Above the foundation. Below the foundation blended onto my hand.
Below the concealer swatched.
Below concealer blended.
Concealer blended.
Foundation swatched (outdoor natural light).Foundation blended (outside natural light).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My all time favorite products, swatches and review.

If you open my closet, you'll be surprised to see that most of the items I own are brand new with tags still on them. When I am getting dressed to go somewhere I usually tend to reach for the "old" clothes. I stick to whatever I have previously worn that I find cute and comfortable. It's not like food or makeup, clothes don't expire so I usually put off wearing my new items. I think that is why I am a skeptic and don't really like to try any new products with over the top claims. The cosmetic industry is constantly trying to renovate itself by hiring beautiful spokespeople and paying for advertiseing.  It's not likely that a cosmetic company is going to conjure up a magical formula that quickly and effectively eliminated pores, wrinkles, or discoloration. I advise anyone you to read the ingredients list on any cosmetic product that you want to try, before taking the plunge on purchasing it. I'm a savy shopper and I always try to look for reviews before trying something new. Now, I'm not saying every new product out there won't live up to its potential, but be a wise consumer. On to the review. 

I have been using Queen Helens Mint Julep Masque for 2 years on and off. I had read great reviews on it and I decide to give it a try, but I wasn't impressed the first few times. Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe I was using an excessive amount of products but I didn't see the big deal. I started using it again consecutively this year and I am happy to announce I have jumped on the bandwagon! I usually apply it all over my face after I have removed my makeup and leave it on for up to an hour. It does a great job in helping my skin look radiant and slightly helps dry up any pimples I might have.

Witch hazel is amazing! There is the original Dickinson's with hazel, which can usually be found in the first aid asile, and the one I use, pictured below, which can be found in the skincare aisle. To my understanding they are both for skin use and used to remove excess oil, but the original Dickinson's witch hazel has antiseptic purposes. This stuff is truly amazing. I use it before and after I clean my face. If you are not using a toner, I highly encourage that you do. Witch hazel is for sensitive skin and I can almost guarantee that it won't irritate your skin. I suggested it to one of my coworkers with pretty sensitive skin and she has already purchased her second bottle. The reason I think it's important that you use a toner is because your daily cleanser simply can't remove all the makeup and dust your skin collects. Even if you don't use makeup often, your face can still pick up dirt from your daily activities and even from your pillow. It's simple to use too. All you need to do is a pour a little on a cotton ball or cotton pad and watch the dirt disappear. That last line sounded like an infomercial. 

The Almay waterproof eye makeup remover is another one of my all time favorite products. Sometimes I love to go ham on my eyes and pack on the waterproof liner, mascara, and dark eyeshadow. Removing it was tedious and my lashes used to fall out because of the harsh rubbing motions I had to do to remove everything. I have the Almay waterproof and oilfree cotton pads and liquid formula and they all work great. All I do is pour some liquid on a cotton ball and everything just melts away. It doesn't burn or sting when if it gets inside my eyes which is also a plus. I have tried almost all of the St. Ives face washes and scrubs and I love them all. This one is the blemish control one and it is my absolute favorite face wash because it's cheap, it has 2% salacylic acid (acne fighting ingredient), and it works like a charm. It's a scrub with gentle beads that help exfoliate your skin and it smells good. It tends to sell out quickly so I always stock up on it. There are many generic versions of this product but I prefer this one because it doesn't have an exaggerated scent and the texture of the beads are perfect. 

For mascara I use a multitude of different brands. I love anything by L'oreal and Maybelline.  I usually build up and layer my mascara, and the L'oreal voluminous is a classic. The brush is soft and thick. The formula is also perfect, it's not too oily and it dries fast enough. For liquid eyeliner I love the Milani infinite liquid eyeliner. It's affordable ($5-$7) and if It gets inside your eyes it doesn't sting. It's easy to apply. I don't like the brush for winging out my eyeliner because it can clump up and I find it too flimsy, but nevertheless it's a great product. 

The Wet n Wild H20 waterproof liquid eyeliner is too good for its own good. This stuff is magic. It's supe pigmented, it lasts up to 8 hours, and it just won't budge. I don't recommend using the h 20 version because it's a pain to remove. Unless you have the amazing Almay eye makeup remover I mentioned earlier, then good luck removing it . I can't stress how this formula just doesn't budge!  I swatches the liquid liner below and you can see how after trying to wash it with soap it wouldn't budge at all. Try it for yourself, you will love this and love the price more because it's about $3.29. 

The Milani lipsticks are one of the best lipsticks you will find. They cost about $4.99 and there are over 20 colors to chose from. I have been neglecting all my other lipstick this month because I am obsessed with the shade #43. I never know what I am going to wear, much less what color my eyeshadow or blush will be, and this color is great because it's such a pretty nude/mixed pink color. It just looks effortless but can help you pull of any look. It has a great scent and it's creamy and surpsingly, it doesn't dry out my lips. It lasts up to 4 hours if I don't eat anything during that time frame. 

The Rimmel Stay Matte foundation has replaced my Revlon color stay foundation. Let me tell you, I love that foundation. They are both full coverage and lasts an uncanny amount of time. I live that the Rimmel stay matte foundation doesn't settle into my pores as much as the Revlon color stay one does. It has a smooth and creamy texture. It can seem thick when you first squeeze some out of the tube but it blends beautifully. It stays true to its name and has a matte finish. It lasts a good 8 hours for me with a transulscent setting powder. Thank you Rimmel for this foundation, and I am not over exaggerating. 

The last two products are a no brainer, benzoyl peroxide and chapstick. I usually use the clean and cleat persagel 10 but it was sold out and and I opted for this Clearasil cream that has the same active ingredient, Benzoyl Peroxide 10%. I have been using this product for over 5 years and it has been so good to me and my troublesome acne prone skin. My skin has remained stable, the past year and a half, but this is and product I continue to use nightly. It's great for anyone dealing with mild to severe acne because it dries blemish up effectively.  Last product is chapstick. I use it every day especially if I am going to put on lipstick and it helps my lips stay soft regardless what lipstick I use. Thank you for reading.  Pictures and swatches below.

(Left)foundation blended and (right) foundation unblended.
My arm turned red because I tried so hard to wash off the Wet n Wild h20 eyeliner.