Most Asked Beauty Question #1

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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

 

 

The Beauty Scenario Tag!

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This is the Beauty Scenario Tag! This tag is basically a questionnaire of what products you would choose if you put in these various scenarios…. let’s get started!

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep? For drugstore, I would definitely keep my Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation because its great for any occasion, has SPF, and gives a natural finish; and for high-end, I would keep my Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation because it very matte, and photographs beautifully.
2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely? I would definitely ignore the lipstick on her teeth because I would not want to embarrass her, or anyone I just met for that matter. Also, when you have lipstick on your teeth, there is really no way of knowing when it happened, so for all she knows there was no lipstick on her teeth during the interview.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful? I’m not a huge lipstick person, but the one lip product that makes me feel more put together every time I wear it, which is quite often, is the Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk. It’s a beautiful neutral nude gloss with slight pink and sparkle. It also is plumping and smells like marshmallows, which is an added bonus!

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently? I would add some dimension to my face! I had a habit of applying foundation everywhere and not adding back any color or dimension. I was basically just a blank canvas. I would also use an eyeshadow primer, my eye makeup was ALWAYS creasing.

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund. First of all,  I would never let anyone even act like they were going to cut a piece that short on my head. Also, I have a bad habit of micromanaging my hair stylist anyways so this would never happen; but if I was drugged and passed out, and the pixie cut happened, I would honestly do “B”. Then I would do “C” and make them fix it as best they could with extensions, etc.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag? This is a tough one because I usually base what I pack depending on where I am going, but if I had to pick a “do it all” palette as it says, I would bring my MAC 15 pan palette with some nudes, brow colors, some deep colors, and a few brighter and/or bolder colors. It would probably consist of : Brule, Shroom, All That Glitters, Vex, Wedge, Saddle, Haux, Espresso, Mystery, Sketch, Satin Taupe, Shale, Expensive Pink, Motif, Stars N Rockets.

7. Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe? Probably my MAC palettes, just because they are extremely personal to me, and they take a decent amount of time to “create”/fill. If not those, then I hope they didn’t touch my skincare drawers.

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs.               I would do “A” and then probably try to fix it or just buy a new one and NEVER let them borrow makeup again. It’s not nice of them to ruin your things, but to me, it’s not worth it to cause confrontation and make things awkward, even if I’m in the right.

 

The Princess Tag!

 

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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!!!***

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation!

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This post is all about the new Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation. This product claims to be a primer, concealer, and foundation all in one. Though it is moderately long lasting, and does offer a nice medium coverage, I definitely would not consider this to be in any way a primer or concealer. Though that would be a miracle product…

I would not consider this product to have any primer-like qualities because primers offer both long lasting wear AND a smooth base. Like I said above, this foundation lasts a good amount of time, but not long enough to merit the label of “primer” and it in no way offers a smooth base. If anything it settles into pores and lines bit.

Also, I would not consider this product to have concealer qualities because while it can be buildable, when applied to concentrated problem areas, as you would a “concealer”, it leaves an unnatural finish and does stay in place.

So basically, this 3-in-1 foundation, is just a foundation. You will still need a primer and concealer of your own if you want the flawless face it advertises. You can buy this product for about $8 dollars at drugstores.

Overall, I would give this product 2 out of 5 stars.

Hourglass Immaculate Foundation Review and Swatches!

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This post as all about the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. It is a mattifying, oil free foundation that offers a medium to full coverage velvet-matte finish, and is made with anti-aging phytostem edelweiss and lavandox.

If you have normal or dry skin, you better be sure that you moisturized your skin before applying this foundation. While it is amazing, and one of the best foundations I’ve ever used, it can be very drying and cling to dry patches. It’s weakness though, is also its strength. This foundation uses kaolinite clay to absorb about 75% of the oil your skin produces while wearing this foundation, which is a lot! It eliminates the need to powder, blot, touch up, or even check on your makeup throughout the day and night. This foundation will be a holy grail product to those of you with oily skin. And for those us of with normal or dry skin, just moisturize before application, and it can be a holy grail for you too.

This foundation applies best with a dense synthetic brush or a beauty blender sponge, but also applies well with a flat foundation brush or your hands. You can buy this product for $55 dollars at Sephora.

Overall, I give this foundation *5/5 stars*.

Vichy DermaFinish Review and Swatches!

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This post is all about the Vichy Laboratories DermaFinish Corrective Fluid Foundation. This foundation offers SPF 30 and claims to provide 16 hours worth of wear with a lightweight full coverage finish. It costs $30 dollars and can be purchased at CVS or http://www.vichyusa.com .

Although I had extremely high hopes, I found this product to be slightly disappointing as far as foundations are concerned. I really like its lightweight, liquidy formula and full coverage, but when applied to the entire face, it settles into and accentuates pores and lines. It also leaves uneven patches of coverage when faced with mild elements (slight sun, wind, and cold), even WITH a primer.

That being said, I absolutely LOVE this product when used as a concealer! I’m not sure if its better this way because of being applied over another foundation, or just because its being used more sparsely, but either way, its amazing. I find that the best ways to apply this as a concealer is either with a fluffy synthetic crease brush, or your ring finger.

Overall, I would give this product 1.5/5 stars as a foundation and 4/5 stars as a concealer.

Rimmel Match Perfection and Stay Matte Foundation Review and Swatches!

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In this post I will be reviewing the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. I love Rimmel foundations because they do exactly what they promise, unlike some brands who just “kind-of” deliver what is advertised.

The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation claims to be a light perfecting radiance foundation with SPF 18 that offers “traceless coverage with Advanced Smart-Tone technology  for perfectly flawless skin under any light. Enhanced with Sapphire Radiance for an illuminating glow.” I can say from experience, this foundation is truly all of those glorious things. This product is medium buildable coverage, yet melts into your skin as if it was a light moisturizer. It’s “radiance” quality creates a subtle sheen to the skin without looking shimmery, oily, or unnatural in any way. This foundation simply creates flawless, healthy looking skin that last throughout the day. If I need it to last through the day into the night, I apply a primer underneath and bring a light powder with me for any touchups. And unless I have a major blemish, I do not need to use a concealer with this product. This product costs about $5 dollars at drugstores.

Overall, this product deserves *5 out of 5* stars!

The Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation advertises a “featherlight liquid mousse that blends flawlessly for natural looking all day shine control.” The two main positive things I have to say about this product is that it leaves an absolutely matte finish to the skin, and that it is very full coverage. Though, I cannot agree that this foundation feels or looks “feather-light” at all. While it can be sheered out nicely, it still settles into pores quite a bit when used without a smoothing primer. I, myself, do not enjoy this foundation, but I feel that someone who actually has the skin that this foundation is designed for (oily/very oily skin), would enjoy this product quite a bit with proper application. This product costs about $5 at drugstores.

Overall, I give this product 2.5 out of 5 stars. *

*There are many other mattifying foundations that are much better.