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!!!***

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Summer Beauty Essentials

Hey Guys! Its finally summertime so obviously you’ll be spending a lot more of your days in the sun, by the pool, at the beach, etc. And since your daily routine is changing, so should your beauty routine! Here are some products that I love for creating quick, easy, and long-wearing summer beauty looks.

A great moisturizer and sunscreen are both extra important when your skin will be exposed to direct sunlight. But since I don’t like to layer a ton of products on my face, especially when it is hot, its extra convenient to have both things in one product. For this I like to use the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer, which is organic and contains anti aging antioxidants; plus it smells great! If you feel like you need more spf protection, but don’t want to use a higher spf sunscreen from the drugstore that might cause issues for your skin, I would invest in the DiorSnow UV Sheild SPF 50.

For summer face makeup, I like to use products that will give me a flawless face that lasts without looking or feeling like a have a lot of makeup on. This may sound like a tall order, but using a medium to full coverage foundation that can be sheered out, I like NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, is probably your best bet. This can be done by mixing together your foundation and moisturizer, or by using a dampened beauty blender sponge to apply a sheer layer all over your face and adding more only where you need. (Beauty Smarties : I know what you’re thinking. A medium to full coverage foundation is recommended, but the title of the recommended foundation is Nars SHEER glow. Yes. That is contradicting, but even though Nars markets this foundation as sheer, which it can be when applied with a light hand or a damp sponge, it is actually more of a medium coverage foundation when applied “normally”, and can be built up to a full coverage. Its versatility is what makes it so popular! ) 

The Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer is a cream/gel golden highlighter infused with argan oil. Its great summer staple because you can use it just about any way you could ever want or need. Here are just a few ways it can be applied :

Under or mixed in with foundation

As a highlighter for cheekbones

As a highlighter for the entire body

As a cream eyeshadow

For cheeks, long-wearing cream products are the way to go! I like the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer which is a sheer light tan bronzer with a slight gold sheen. Its doesn’t get muddy or orange, and blends very well. I also like the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint in Peony because it looks very natural and mimics a slight sunburn while still looking like a natural pretty glow from within. I like to apply both of these products with a kabuki foundation brush.

Just like cheeks, long-wearing eye products are great for summer. The Maybelline Color Tattoos are great cream eyeshadows that can be used as a base or alone. I especially like the shade Bold Gold for this time of year. I also love the Tarte emphasEYES eyeliner, especially the shade Bronze, because they are made with amazonian clay and are waterproof. You don’t have to use a waterproof mascara if you’re not planning on swimming, but a great mascara that you trust not to smudge is essential for the hotter months; I like the Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara.

TIP : If you’re fair skinned like me, the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Crayon is an amazing product to cover discoloration as well as brighten. On my more natural days, I like to apply this to my entire eye area ( lid, brow bone, inner corner, and under eye area ). If you have darker skin, let me know if you have found a product like this!!!!

Summer is one of the most important times to protect your lips because they will be facing sun exposure a lot more than any other time of year. Unless you want dry, cracked, and sunburned lips, make sure you keep them moisturized and protected. Here are some options :

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment is great because it is smoothing, non-sticky, gives your lips a sheer wash of red, AND protects your lips with SPF 15.

Nivea Lip Butters are ultra luxurious and moisturizing. I like the Raspberry Rose Kiss flavor because it gives my lips a soft pink highlight, and smells like raspberry shortcake!

MAC Plush Glasses dont offer much moisture or protection, but they are super sheer and long wearing which makes them great when you want just a little something extra to enhance your natural summer beauty. The shade Fullfilled is an awesome summer nude.

 

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Revlon ColorStay Comparison + more !

Hey Everyone! Today I am going to compare and review the two formulas of the Revlon ColorStay foundations. I first tried the Revlon ColorStay foundation in the Combination/Oily formula after seeing a lot of positive reviews on some of my favorite blogs. I immediately fell in love with it and use it still sometimes in place of some of my high end long-wearing foundations such as the Make Up Forever Matte Velvet Plus or Lancome Teint Idole Ultra. To me this foundation gives the same coverage as the high end ones just mentioned, without feeling heavy as they sometimes do. After trying the ColorStay, I decided to try the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme foundation and ended up adding it to my Worst Foundations Ever list; linked here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-59 , due to the terrible consistency and finish on the skin.

Just recently I saw a YouTube video on MakeupByTiffanyD ‘s channel where she said how much she loved the Revlon ColorStay foundation in the Normal/Dry Skin formula. She said that it looked like true skin whereas the Combination/Oily formula looked “foundationy” and fake. I tend to always agree with her opinions, but in this case… here’s what I think:

 

*I have shade 110 Ivory in both formulas*

Revlon ColorStay Makeup Normal/Dry : This foundation has a medium consistency in thickness and offers medium to full coverage. On the skin, it feels relatively light and has a slight baby powder scent that dissipates. This formula is a bit lighter and cooler in color than the other and has a slightly powdered finish on the skin (which I do not care for). Although it does not contain any SPF, it can leave a white cast in photos under poor lighting. I was able to wear this foundation throughout the day and night without my skin getting too oily or too dry while maintaing the flawless coverage and minimal to no touchups.

Revlon ColorStay Makeup Combination/Oily : This foundation has a medium consistency in thickness and offers medium to full coverage as well. It feels light on the skin and has a slight “foundation” scent. I would describe this foundation as being a “skin stain” due to the way it blends flawlessly into the skin and disappears. It contains an SPF of 6 but does not leave a white cast in photos. Like it’s sister formula, with average skin it does not settle into fine lines or pores (I have enlarged pores from acne/scarring and it does not settle). It controls oil better than the normal/dry formula and is slightly warmer and more tan/yellow in color. I feel that this formula lasts longer and is an overall better foundation.

 

 

 

 

Mascara Reviews and Pictures!

Hey Ya’ll! This post features the mascaras that I have purchased and gotten samples of from the past year or so. And no I don’t use year old mascara! I simply have kept them for the purpose of reviewing later. 🙂 Here We Go :

Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara – has a medium sized tapered bristle brush and is medium wet in the consistency. It is great for lengthening as well as volumizing. It does not smudge and lasts all day on top and bottom lashes. $16.00 at Sephora. One of my favorites. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara – has a medium sized bristle brush with a slightly tapered tip. It is a wet formula, has great staying power, and is volumizing as well as lengthening. $16.00 at Sephora.

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval bristle flexing brush and a very wet gel-mouse formula. $6.99 at Ulta. 

Maybelline One By One Volum’ Express – has a medium sized oval rubber flexing brush and a medium wet consistency. It provides average volumization. $7.99 at Ulta.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – has a small spiraled bristle brush and a semi-wet formula. This mascara clumps easily and I highly dislike it. $5.49 at Ulta.

Loreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara – has a medium-large bristle brush and a wet consistency. I prefer using this mascara over a dry mascara to add extra volume, rather than on its own. When used by itself it can clump and smudge. $8.99 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion – has a thick medium sized  rubber brush and a flat top. It’s a medium-dry mascara and adds a good amount of length and volume. $9.49 at Ulta.

Covergirl Lash Blast Volume – has a thick medium sized rubber brush with a flat top and a medium consistency. It is a holy grail mascara for me and add tons of length and volume when worn lightly or built up. $8.99 at Ulta.

Origins Underwear for Lashes – has a tapered spiraled bristle brush. It is essentially a lash primer that claims to add volume by attaching white fibers to the ends of your lashes. I don’t feel that this product works well at all, and is just a messy unnecessary extra step.   $16.00 at Origins.

Origins Full Story Lush-Lash Mascara – has a small-medium bristle brush and a wet consistency. This mascara clumps and smudges horribly; especially when paired with the Origins Underwear for Lashes. $15.00 at Origins.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara – has a thick medium sized bristle brush and a medium-dry formula. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras because it add the most incredible amount of volume and thickness to the lashes and is smudge proof. $18.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Benefit They’re Real – has a medium extra spikey plastic brush with added spikes to the tip. It is a medium-wet formula and is also one of my favorites. It quickly adds volume and length to your lashes and when applied heavily, it can look like you are wearing natural looking false lashes. $23.00 at Sephora and Ulta.

Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow – has a medium sized slightly tapered bristle brush and a medium consistency. This mascara is volumizing but frequently flakes and smudges. $18.50 at Ulta.

The Balm What’s Your Type “The Body Builder” Mascara – has a small bristle brush and a very wet formula. It is volumzing, but clumps and makes your lashes look messy and goopey. $19.00 at thebalm.com .

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes – has a very tapered bristle brush and a wet-medium formula. It adds mega volume and length and last all day and night.

BEST FOUNDATIONS EVER!

Hey guys! This post is all about foundations that I love. You should first know that I have very fair normal skin with acne scaring and occasional breakouts. These are in numerical order with number one being the best. If you like this post and want to see the worst foundations ever, click here : https://beautybysarahmarie.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/worst-foundations-ever/

Here we go!

5. Clinique Even Better: This foundation has a staying power like no other. Its hard to describe without actually trying it, but it is like an illuminating stain. It is super blend-able and smooth, but once it sets it stays and the coverage is medium. I wish the shade range was a bit better (the very fair is still quite tan) but thats my only complaint, and even then I can easily make it work with some bronzer down my neck. This foundation claims that it “evens and corrects”; I haven’t noticed any significant improvement, but it definitely doesn’t make anything worse.SPF 15, ($27)

4. Make Up For Ever HD: I love the shade range available for this product (actually all MUFE products) and the smooth finish it offers which is mainly a matte finish with a hint of satin. This foundation has medium-buildable coverage, photographs beautifully and has great staying power. Your skin looks extremely healthy and flawless when wearing this, yet I find that sometimes concealer is needed for any scars. ($42)

3. NARS Sheer Glow: Let me first say that the application of this foundation is key, I like to apply it with a beauty blender sponge. I’m not sure what NARS was thinking, but I would not call this foundation sheer OR glowy, so if that is what it luring you in know that it is medium coverage with a matte/satin finish. That being said, I was lured in by the shade range for fair skin, and that part is amazing. This foundation one of my all time favorites! ($44)

2. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr: This is the best long-wearing foundation I have ever tried. It is perfect for special occasions when you need to look flawless for a long time. I specifically use this for special occasions because it is a little bit heavier than I would like to wear day to day, and the price is on the higher side ($45). But if you work or go to school long hours and want to invest in a high end foundation, this one is it. The shade range is great and the finish is a nice matte/satin and the coverage is medium-buildable. SPF 15.

1. Clinique Acne Solutions: I know this might be a strange choice for the number one best foundation ever, but truthfully I’ve never found one that is better. I have been using this foundation since my sophomore year of high school and it has always been a staple in my collection. It has medium-buildable coverage and offers the most natural and flawless finish ever. I don’t think that it clears my skin like it advertises, but it definitely prevents any new acne. I never have to worry about touching up while wearing this foundation because, like my number five pick, it is sort of like a stain once it sets. The shade range is also good, thankfully they offer one for my very fair skin and the price is reasonable ($27).

Best of Beauty 2012

Hey Everyone! I recently saw a blog post on http://www.temptalia.com asking readers to vote for/nominate their favorite beauty products under certain categories. Of course I filled in the survey, but then I thought that this would be an interesting topic to post on MY blog too. So here you go! These are not all of the categories on Temptalia, but these are the ones I felt were strong winners in my opinion. Let me know what your favorites are of this year!

Best High End Brand: Laura Mercier

Best Budget Brand: Maybelline

Most Overrated Product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick 

Most Underrated Product: Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Best New Product: Loreal Color Riche Balm

Best High End Mascara: Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Best Drugstore Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe

Best Cream Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo

Best Powder Eyeshadow: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin

Best Eyeliner: N7 Liquid Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment spf 15

Best Lip Gloss: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk

Best Lipstick: MAC creamsheen lipstick in Hot Gossip

Best Highlighter: Nars highlighter in Albatross

Best Blush: MAC satin blush in Cubic

Best Bronzer: Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl

Best Concealer: Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation

Best High End Foundation: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hr

Best Drugstore Foundation: Loreal True Match

Best Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural

Best Brushes: Sigma

Best Skin Care: Origins

Best Hair Care: Organix

Best Limited Edition: MAC eyeshadow in Jaunty from the Hey Sailor Collection

 

OK, now I am just going to talk about a few products in particular from the list! Lets start with the YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick (I have the color #13). I voted this most overrated because although it is very pigmented, smooth, and glossy, i found the staying power was lacking. I’m not sure why Beauty Gurus were loving this because unless you don’t mind reapplying every hour or so, I don’t think it lives up to the hype. On the other hand the most underrated product, Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream, was not very well received by most gurus, but I found it to be absolutely fantastic! The coverage is great and it looks extremely natural. I also think it delivers the benefits advertised fairly quickly from the first use. Also, I love the fair color because its very neutral toned and matches my skin perfectly.

I was having a hard time deciding which powder eyeshadow was my favorite this year due to all of the new fun palettes that came out, when I stumbled upon the Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow and I realized that I’ve worn this shade consistently throughout the year. Its a winner for me not only because of the number of times I’ve used it, but because of its incredible versatility. I’ve used Sin as a lid color, highlighter, crease color, blending color, and probably more ways that I am just not thinking of right now.The Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk has been a Holy Grail lip gloss for me every since I got it as a free gift with purchase at Ulta towards the beginning of the year. It is a perfect plumping glossy nude with slight shimmer that looks good with literally everything!

Next I want to talk about MAC’s blush is Cubic. I got this shade after a similar limited edition one was sold out and the lady helping me recommended it as a dupe. If you are fair skinned like me, this is the most natural looking blush you’ll ever find. Its so subtle and feminine, without being bright or glowy (words you would normally WANT to describe your blush). When you look at it in the pan, it looks kind of “blah” to be honest, but once applied, its absolute magic.

Everyone who watches my videos knows that Sigma Brushes are my complete and total favorite, but the stand out of the bunch for me this year was the F84 Angled Kabuki. Its great for foundation, but does a whole bunch of other tricks too. Speaking of foundation,  Kandee Johnson recommended using the Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation as a concealer, and she couldn’t be more right. I picked it up ( I’m in the shade E10) at IMATS in August and the lady told me it was almost 60% pigment, whereas normal foundations are only about 20% pigment. How fantastic is that! Especially for a concealer! Lastly I have to mention MAC’s eyeshadow in Jaunty from their Hey Sailor collection in the summer. I was not thrilled with the collection, or any of their’s this year frankly, but this eyeshadow is a really great neutral for my skin tone. If your fair skinned try to find this on ebay. It’s worth it!

I know this was a long post today, but all the products I listed and or talked about deserved a mention. Thanks for reading and please don’t forget to tell me your favorite products.