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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Maybelline Baby Skin Review!

Hey Everyone!

This post is all about the new Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. This product is essentially a primer that targets the appearance of englared pores, and is being compared to the Benefit Porefessional.

The main difference between the Maybelline Baby Skin and the Benefit Porefessional is that the Baby Skin is translucent in color, while the Porefessional is slightly tinted nude. Otherwise, both of these products are the same, in the ways that they are both heavily silicone based primers that “blur” and “erase” pores. I was not a huge fan of the Porefessional, due to the fact that I prefer more tacky, cream based primers, yet I still feel that the Porefessional is slightly better than the Baby Skin.

The Maybelline Baby Skin primer simply does not have good staying power. It tends to make dry patches and blemishes more prominent, and makes the makeup applied on top slide around. I also do not feel it does anything against the appearance of large pores.

Overall, this product deserves 1/2 a star out of 5 stars.

*This product deserves half of a star because if you have flawless skin, it does make for a smooth makeup application.

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 !!!!!

 

July Favorites

Hey Everyone!

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This month went by SO quickly for me! Here is what I ended up using the most :

Revlon Age Defying Foundation : This foundation offers light/medium coverage but feels like nothing is on your skin. It has a serum-like consistency, leaves a slightly dewy finish, and has SPF 20. I use the shade 10 Bare Buff. $12 at drugstores.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Wine : Although I am in the lightest shade range, and this shade was in the section for the deepest skin tones, I absolutely love it! It reminds me of MAC’s Frankly Scarlett, but a bit more plum-y. $4.50 at drugstores.

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara : This mascara caught my eye at the beginning of this month due to it’s rubber wand that reminded me of the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Unfortunately its no where near dupe-material like I had hoped, but this is still a decent mascara; though I don’t think I will repurchase it. $8.99 at Ulta.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer : I’ve had more problematic skin than usual this month, and have resorted back to this heavy duty, cover everything concealer. It’s seriously a life-saver. I use the shade NW20. $18 at MAC Stores or Macys.

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment : I have been loving this product this month because not only is it ultra moisturizing and luxurious, but it has SPF 15! $22.50 at Sephora.

Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish in Cafe Pink : I love the Revlon Colorstay line in general, but their nail polishes take the cake. They go on smoothly and evenly, and last forever without chipping. Cafe Pink is a gorgeous baby pink that reminds me of animal crackers! In the bottle it has a pink sheen, but it doesn’t transfer to your nails. $5 at drugstores.

Pacifica Perfume in Tahitian Gardenia : I rediscovered this perfume after getting it in an Ipsy Bag a few months ago, and have been loving it for this month. It’s exotic and fresh. $12 at Target.

Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel : I said before that my skin was more problematic than usual this past month, so in conjunction with my super concealer, I used this spot treatment to actually fight the blemishes. This product gets a 10/10 from me! $16 at Sephora.

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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Best Eyeshadows for Fair Skin

Hey Everyone! Since you all seemed to love my post on the Best Blushes for Fair Skin : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-7P , I thought I would make a little series of similar posts. This one, as you can probably tell from the title, is about eyeshadows that I think look especially great on those of us with fair skin. Like I said before, fair skinned people can get away with wearing ANY color because we are such a “blank canvas”; but these are the shades that I find are the most universally flattering regardless of skin type/undertone/etc.

Bobbi Brown Candlelight / MAC Ricepaper : These are both great brightening lid colors. Candlelight is more champagne colored, and Ricepaper is more yellow.

Bobbi Brown Bone / MAC Brule : These are both almost invisible flesh tones. Bone is slightly more pigmented.

Urban Decay Tease / MAC Haux : These are both great mauve/brown colors that look amazing in the crease. Tease is moderately more purple.

Urban Decay Naked / Bobbi Brown Wheat / MAC Wedge : These are all neutral medium/light browns that are great for crease and blending. Naked is the most neutral, Wheat is cooler, and Wedge is warmer.

MAC Folie / Urban Decay Buck / NYX Dance The Tides : These are all warm medium browns. Folie is a reddened brown, Buck is a tan brown, and Dance the Tides has a warm copper/orange tint.

MAC Cork : is a unique warm medium brown thats great for the crease and brows.

MAC Shale : is a sheer muted cool purple. I think it is one of the most underrated MAC eyeshadows, I love it!

MAC Naked Lunch : looks much better on pale skin than All That Glitters. It is basically the same peachy pink color, just taken down a few notches.

NYX Tropical : is a great coral/orange shade that doesn’t overpower your whole look.

MAC Expensive Pink : is similar to NYX Tropical, but is much more pink.

Urban Decay Sin : a great frosted silky pink, without being too pink! Looks great on the lid or as a highlight.

Urban Decay Sidecar : is a warm light taupe/brown with heavy silver sparkle.

Urban Decay Darkhorse : is a warm charcoal that isn’t too cool or dark; which makes it a GREAT option for fair skin because it isn’t overpowering.

Urban Decay Toasted / MAC Sable : These are both warm pink/browns. Toasted is slightly pinker, and Sable is slightly more red toned.

MAC Big Bounce Shadow in Count Your Assets : is a a bright cool purple. Its great as a base or on its own. Although this product is discontinued, you can look for something similar. This is just what I have.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Blue Paradise : is a great color for pale people to rock, as most people can’t! It is a medium blue base with purple duochrome.

MAC Paint Pot in Morning Frost : is a slightly cool taupe/brown. This was limited edition, but again, you can easily find something similar.

 

What are your favorites?

 

 

Summer 2013 Maybelline Color Tattoos

Hey Everyone! A few days ago I came across the Summer 2013 Limited Edition Maybelline Color Tattoos and had to pick up a few! There are eight colors in this collection and they are inspired by the sea. They are all shimmery/frosty and have varying levels of duo-chrome. The store I went to only had four colors left in stock, so if I come across the other four, I will do an additional post featuring those. Here are the ones I was able to pick up :

Blue Paradise : a cool denim blue with purple duo-chrome

Cool Crush : an icy light blue with slight pink and silver duo-chrome

Precious Pearl : a yellow cream with pink duo-chrome (very similar to MAC’s Motif eyeshadow)

Waves of White : an icy white with blue, green, and slight pink duo-chrome

You can get these at the drugstore for about $6.00 each

*Sarah’s Tips* These particular Color Tattoos are a bit more creamy than other ones I have tried, so I recommend using a primer underneath to prevent creasing.