Most Asked Beauty Question #1

Hey Everyone!

Its been SO long since I’ve posted, I know! But don’t worry because I’m back! This post will be about my Most Asked Beauty Questions from friends, family, readers, followers, etc. The answers are just my opinions based on personal experience and preference so if you disagree with anything, thats totally fine. I literally get asked these exact questions on almost a daily basis, so here we go :

1. Whats the “best” foundation?

Its really hard to answer this question for people because there are very few universally exceptional foundation that work for everyone because everyone has different preferences/needs as far as finish, coverage, price point, etc. However, my personal holy grail foundation that a recommend to just about everyone is the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It’s super versatile, and while it is not technically a foundation, it is full coverage that can be sheered out into nothing, and has a natural finish that makes dry skin and oily skin alike look its most healthy. It also has SPF50 which makes it great for everyday, and stays on all day without creasing, fading, or sinking into pores. In my opinion its perfect. The IT Cosmetics CC Cream retails for $38, and if thats more than you want to spend I would recommend the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation. You can get it at any drugstore for about $6 and it makes your skin FLAWLESS. Again, its universally great for oily and dry skin types, and leaves a slightly luminous natural finish and stays perfect on the skin all day. As far as a foundation for photography (without an SPF), I think you can’t go wrong with MAC Face and Body, $27. It can be applied as light or as heavy as you want, has a huge shade range, and always has a perfect finish.

2. What mascara do you use/Do you use anything special on your eyelashes?

I naturally have very long, thick, and dark eyelashes, and I wear mascara most days as well. So naturally I get asked quite often if I wear lash extensions, get my lashes darkened, use a special lash serum, and if I do/use a number of different lash enhancing products/treatments. The short answer is no. I am just careful to protect the lashes I am naturally blessed with by being gentle when applying/removing makeup. And the mascara I use varies, but I typically use the Maybelline Full and Soft for everyday, and the Benefit They’re Real when I really want my lashes amped up. I also enjoy the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume and Clump Crusher.

3. Do you really need a primer?

I get asked this a lot by friends who have had bad experience with using primers in the past. Common complaints are: they didn’t work, they made the problem worse, and/or it seems like an unnecessary extra step. Personally, I strongly believe in the super powers of primers. First, many people believe face primers are solely for keeping your makeup on longer; when in actuality they do this and so much more! Many people are not aware that with face primers you can smooth out your skins texture, add radiance, add moisture, add a matte finish, all depending on what type your decide to use! There are so many to choose from, including some of my favorites which are Loreal Magic Lumi primer (adds a pearlescent luminous glow that can be applied under AND over foundation), Laura Mercier Oil Free primer (makes foundation stick to your skin like a glue), and NARS Pro Prime (smoothes out skin and offers SPF15).

As far as eye primers, I believe they are a MUST. No one likes their eyeshadow to crease, fade, fallout, or in any way become displaced. My Holy Grail eye primer that I will be using forever is the Urban Decay Primer Potion (I LOVE the shade Eden because it matches my skin tone enough to use as an eye area concealer too).

*My main tip for using a primer if you’ve previous had bad luck: SHAKE IT BEFORE USE! I find that primer properties can separate in the packaging, so if you find your primer isn’t working, or is becoming more watery/oily, thats probably why.*

4. Does _____ about my foundation look ok?

This question makes my smile every time I hear it because personally I like to make sure my foundation is blended to perfection before I leave the house, its just a personal pet peeve of mine. Though I understand that most people are busy and don’t have the time, experience , or even desire to examine every inch of their face in before going out the door.

To avoid ever having a “line” of foundation around your face/jaw area, make a habit of pulling your foundation slightly down your neck every time you apply it. You can do this with a brush, a sponge, your fingers, or anything else you can use to apply foundation.

To avoid looking “cakey” , remember less is more. I find that you always looks better when your actual skin can come through a bit regardless of imperfections. A blemish popping through a bit always looks better than a thick layer of foundation thats thrown on and not properly blended. Natural looking skin is the most universally flattering.

As far as getting the right shade, I would recommend going into a store like Sephora to be professionally matched, just like a bra. Make sure to ask to see it in different lights, to make sure it really does match, even if that mean looking at it outside. Also, stores like Sephora have many brands with many different shade ranges to choose from, so you’re sure to find your perfect match.

5. I know I should be using a brush to apply my foundation, but do I really have to?

This answer comes down to two things: personal preference, and the type of foundation you’re using. If you are using a traditional liquid or cream foundation, I find it is much easier, quicker, and arguably better to use a brush or sponge. Though using your fingers can be just as quick and natural looking when done properly. The warmth from your fingers actually helps the foundation to “fuse” with your skin; I find that patting/pressing motions work very well. That being said, there are many different types of tools to choose from as far as shape, density, etc.; my personal favorites being the Sigma Angled Kabuki Brush and the Beauty Blender Sponge. If you’re using a powder foundation, you can use a fluffy brush, and dense kabuki brush to buff it in, or a damp sponge to press it in for optimal coverage.

6. What can I use makeup-wise to improve my look, without looking too old/young, like I’ve applied too much ,or am trying too hard?

This is another hard question I get all the time. Again, its just personal preference. Though generally speaking, it looks most flattering when your makeup is minimal and enhances your features instead of recreating them altogether. This generally means a natural base (that can be any combination of foundation, concealer, primer, powder, etc), as long as it looks like it could actually be you; as I said above, less is always more. I then would suggest enhancing your lashes with a soft brown pencil eyeliner on the top lash line, and a simple coat of mascara. You can then use a soft pink lipstick as a sheer cream blush, and then apply the same color lightly to your lips.

7. How do you do a cat-eye liner?

Honestly, I still don’t really know how I do it sometimes! In short you can use a liquid or gel eyeliner to draw a thin line along your lashes, then once you get to the outer edge, trace an upward pointing line making natural progression of the corner of your lower outer eye, then all you have to do in connect the “flick” with the think line along your lashes, and voila! There are many youtube tutorials that can explain it much better than I just did, so I would suggest looking those up. Other than that, practice makes perfect.

 

thanks! xx

 

 

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The Princess Tag!

 

Hey Everyone!

This is the Princess Tag, which is basically a list of your High-End favorites. I know that everyone has a different definition of high-end vs. low-end, so as a disclaimer, the majority of these products will be in the $30 and above price range. It would be easy to just pick the most expensive products that I have in each category, but these high end products are actually ones that are amazing enough to be worn by a princess.

Skin Prep Product : Dior Diorsnow White Reveal UV Sheild SPF 50, Sephora, $58

Primer : NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15, Sephora, $34

Foundation : Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H, Sephora, $45.50

Concealer : MAC Select Moisturecover, $18, Nordstrom

Powder : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, $30, Nordstrom

Blush : NARS Blush, $30, Sephora

Bronzer : Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer, $30, Sephora

Highlighter : Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powder, $45, Sephora

Eyeshadow Palette : Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eyeshadow Palette, $47.50, Sephora (Limited Edition)

Eyeliner : Dior Diorshow Art Pen, $30, Sephora

Mascara : Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, $27.50, Sephora

Brow Product : Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner, $24, Sephora

Lipstick : Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine, $35, Sephora

Lipgloss : Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie, $18, Sephora

***Let me know what your “princess worthy” products are in the comments!!!***

Best of Beauty 2013

Hey Everyone! I cant believe its already time for my annual Best of Beauty list! Picking this years winners was even harder than last year because so many new products and brands launched; but without further ado, heres the list!

If you want to see last years winners, click here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-1t

Best High End Brand : Hourglass Cosmetics

Best Budget Brand : Loreal

Most Overrated Product : Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner

Most Underrated Product : Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow

Best New Product : Butter London Wink Mascara

Best High End Mascara : Benefit They’re Real

Best Drugstore Mascara : Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express

Best Cream Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Best Powder Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour

Best Eyeliner : Palladio Herbal Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm : Loreal Colour Riche Balm

Best Lip Gloss : Bare Essentuals Buxom Lips

Best Lipstick : Chanel Rouge Allure

Best Highlighter : Benefit Watts Up

Best Blush : Smashbox Blush

Best Bronzer : Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, Medium/Deep

Best Concealer : MAC Select Moisturecover

Best High End Foundation : CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup

Best Drugstore Foundation : Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme

Best Powder : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Best Beauty Tool : Beauty Blender Sponge

Best Skincare Brand : Peter Thomas Roth, Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex

Best Haircare Brand : Big Sexy Hair

Best Bath and Body Brand : Lush

Best Limited Edition Collection : Too Faced Holiday 2013

Best Breakout Star : Hourglass Cosmetics

Like I did last year, I am now going to talk about a few standout products from the list! First of all, I want to talk about Hourglass Cosmetics and why I chose them for both Best High End Brand AND Best Breakout Star. I feel like this year Hourglass came out of nowhere with amazing and innovative products. Their Ambient Lighting Powders are already a guru favorite and are quickly becoming a staple in most beauty lovers collections. I think its fair to say we have never seen something quite like these powders just based on the sheer innovation, versatility, and quality. They also have an amazing range of foundations and other products that I look forward to becoming more familiar with.

Next, the Butter London Wink Mascaras are sadly not as celebrated as I feel they should be; which is why they were almost this years Most Underrated Product ( which ended up being the Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadows because they are literally the easiest and quickest cream eyeshadow to use, and I have never heard anyone talk about them)….back to the Wink Mascara….Not only does this mascara has a great wand and color range, but the colors are insanely gorgeous AND pigmented. With only two coats I can get a fully opaque purple lash.

Finally, I want to discuss the Best Foundations of the year. The Best High End Foundation, CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup (another breakout star), is the best of the year because it has one of the most natural finishes I’ve ever seen as well as feeling like there is nothing on the skin. It has an SPF of 8, a light pleasant scent, and keeps the skin healthy and clear. As for the Best Drugstore Foundation, I chose the Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme because it is extremely blendable and full coverage, which means it never looks cakey.

I hope you enjoyed this post! And make sure to let me know your favorites for the year !!!!!

 

Resort Palette Dupes!

Hey Everyone! So I know I have been raving about the Sigma Resort Palette ever since I got it at IMATS LA earlier this year, but I thought it might be helpful to do a post about possible options for dupes of the shades in this palette. If you are just interested in getting the palette itself, you can get it for a limited time at : http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Resort_Palette_p/ep007.htm

The Resort Palette costs $42.00 plus shipping, but you can all the dupes for it for only about $30.00 ! All together it’s not a HUGE difference in price, but if you are just interested in a few of the shades, it’s a good deal.

**the Sigma Resort Palette Shade will be first, followed by the corresponding dupe**

Lets start with the eyeshadows! (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Muse : a cool charcoal grey with slight silver shimmer

NYX Glam Shadow in Boomerang : a slightly deeper cool charcoal grey with silver shimmer

Fawn : a cool bronze taupe with sliver shimmer, slight glitter chunks

Essence eyeshadow in Party All Night : a metallic warm taupe with slight bronze; slightly warmer than Fawn

Luna : a golden linen with slight gold shimmer

J.Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder in 102 Vanilla : a warm frosty light vanilla highlight; not as yellow as Luna

Topaz : a very warm medium brown

NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Dance The Tides : a warm medium brown. almost identical to Topaz, very slightly darker

Papaya : a medium peach coral with slight golden shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Tropical : a medium peachy coral. almost identical to Papaya, slightly more coral

Moonbeam : a blue toned lilac purple with slight pink undertone

NYX eyeshadow in Purple : a light blue toned purple with fuchsia/pink undertone. much pinker than Moonbeam.

Neela : a bright turquoise with slight silver shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Irises : a bright turquoise blue with silver shimmer. deeper than Neela.

Midori : a bright kiwi green

Ulta Eye Shadow in Going Green : a bright lime/kiwi green. lighter and more lime toned than Midori.

Blush :

Heavenly : a muted neutral/warm coral with slight peach undertone.

** the shade papaya / NYX Tropical is very similar to the Heavenly, and could act as a dupe.

Liquid Highlighter :

Luminesce : a light yellow gold

** I could not find an affordable dupe of this product, but the shade Luna / J.Cat Beauty 102 Vanilla would offer the same effect.

Eye Pencils :

Daydream : a bright and deep turquoise

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner in Lively Turquoise : a bright aqua turquoise. more frosted than Daydream.

Earth Goddess : a warm deep brown

J.Cat Beauty Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner in 105 Bistre : a warm deep brown. almost identical to Earth Goddess.

You can get these dupes at…

ULTA :

NYX Glam Eyeshadow – $2.99 each

NYX Eyeshadow – $2.69 each

Essence Eyeshadow – $2.49 each

Ulta Eye Shadow – $6.00 each

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner – $5.99 each

 

J.CAT : ***

Shimmery Powder – $2.99 each. http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=56

Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner – $2.49 each.  http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=59