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.

 

 

 

 

Lip Gloss Collection Part 2

Hey Everyone! I have already posted my MAC lip gloss collection , linked here: http://wp.me/s2O2wx-522 ; as well as many other limited edition and specialty lip gloss collections. Here are the rest of the miscellaneous lip glosses currently in my collection.

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reds 

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Norma – a deep true red. no scent. $26 at Sephora.

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess – an orange toned fire engine red. classic lipstick scent. $14 at beabombshellcosmetics.com

Loreal Infallible Le Gloss in 340 Cherry Flash – a light slightly warm toned red with gold shimmer. sweet scent. $9.99 at Ulta.

pinks

Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss in 010 Hot Pink Rose – a cool mauve pink with shimmer. vanilla scent. $7.49 at Ulta.

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Diamond Collection in D6 – a cool hot pink with mega shimmer. slight sweet lemon scent. $18 at Sephora.

jane. Sparkle Gloss in Sparkle Pink – a hot watermelon pink. sweet scent. $9.99 for set of 3 at janecosmetics.com

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color in 105 Blush On – a cool icy medium pink. unusual sweet scent. $8.99 at Ulta.

berrys

Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked – a light berry nude. peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Sephora.

Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Vivacious – an opaque nude rose. no scent. $16 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Dare Devil – a light plum berry with shimmer. cherry dr.pepper scent. Plumping. $18 at Ulta.

Mirenesse Lip Bomb in 4 – an opaque pink rose berry. slightly cherry scent. $39 at mirenesse.com

light pinks and nudes

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Peach – a sheer true peach with shimmer. delicious fruit punch scent. $4.99 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Charisma – an opaque light pink rose. no scent. $16 at Ulta.

Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk – the perfect sandy nude with slight shimmer. slight vanilla peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Ulta.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips in April – a cool baby pink with heavy shimmer. peppermint vanilla scent. Plumping.$19 at Sephora.

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm – a peach pink nude with golden sheen. odd paint scent. #24 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Midnight Cowboy – a slightly pink nude with shimmer. peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Sephora.

How To: Natural Highlight, Contour, and Blush

Hey Everyone!

If you want to see a visual of how I apply my highlighter and blush, and contour my cheekbones, then click on the video :

While for most blush is pretty foolproof , learning how to properly highlight and contour your face can take some practice. It all depends on face shape, color, and personal preference; but these are the products I use to sculpt my face while still looking natural :

Things You Will Need : **I used powder products for this tutorial, but cream products would work as well 🙂 **

A Bronzer or A Powder Several Shade Darker Than Your Skin. I prefer to use a light bronzer for, well, bronzing; and a deeper darker matte color for contouring, but you can interchange these if needed. My favorite bronzer is Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl, and my favorite contour color is NARS Laguna.

A Highlighter. It is very important to choose a highlighter that suits your skin tone and gives a finish that you are comfortable with. The NARS Albatross is a happy medium for me between an extremely noticeable frosted highlight and a more matte hardly visible highlight shade. You can apply more or less depending on the occasion.

A Blush. Again it is very important to choose at least one blush for your collection that suits your skin flawlessly and can be a go-to color. I love to experiment with different types of colors and finishes, but my go- to blush is MAC’s Cubic. In the video above I use Make Up For Ever’s Sculpting Blush in #10.

Brushes. In the video, I show a lot of different types of options for brushes. The ones I mentioned for contouring are the Sigma F20 ( a large paddle powder brush), and the Shany Cosmetics Small Powder Brush from the 13 piece set. The Highlight brushes are the Sigma F86 (a dense tapered kabuki), and the same Shany Cosmetics Small Powder Brush. The Blush brushes are the Sigma F50 (a duo fibre), and the Shany Cosmetics Large Powder Brush also from the 13 piece set.

Best Blushes For Fair Skin

Hey Everyone! As you know I have very fair skin, think nc10, maybelline fit me 110, nars siberia, so I have come up with a list of blushes that look especially great on skin tones like mine.

I essentially have two favorite types of blush colors that I feel compliment my skin the best. One being tanned nude colors that I apply in the contour, bronzer, and blush areas of my face; the other being extremely bright colors that I sheer out and apply to the apples of my cheeks. Tan nude colors bring color and dimension to fair skin, whereas normally there isn’t much of either; and bright colors, such as a hot pink, bring life to an otherwise bland complexion. People with a dark, tanned, or olive skin tone tend to have natural dimension to the skin, and don’t need to enhance cheekbones, natural flush, or their “sunkissed glow” quite as much as people like us do (especially since most of us fair skinned people can’t get “sun kissed” without a sun burn). That being said, I still feel that fair skinned people have a different kind of advantage in that we can choose what to highlight, contour, etc. and use any colors we want since we have such a “blank canvas”. Also, I feel that highlighter look especially fantastic, glowy,  and natural on us. Enough rambling.

While fair skinned people can pull off any cheek color with ease, here are the colors I feel look most natural and suite us best :

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Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Rose –  a light tan nude with rose undertone. great as a contour color, bronzer, and blush. matte/satin finish. could dupe for MAC Cubic. $4.99 at Ulta.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Pink – a light peach pink, slightly tan. can be a bit chalky, but still great for drugstore. satin finish. $4.99 at Ulta.

Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism – a light baby petal pink. frost finish. $29 at Ulta.

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Blush in #10 – a perfect peach pink. matte finish. $25 at Sephora.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder in Translucent – a three in one bronzer, blush, and highlight. can be used separately or swirled together for a frosty tanned pink color. different finishes. $13.99 at Ulta.

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze Pearl – the perfect bronzer for fair skin. yellow, peach, and deep toned parts create and light sunny bronze. satin finish. $13.99 at Ulta.

MAC Blush in Peaches – an orangey peach. sheertone finish. $21 at MAC.

MAC Blush in Cubic – a nude mauve. satin finish. $21 at MAC.

MAC Blush in Stunner – a nude mauve with a pink sheen. satin finish. limited edition. (try eBay)

MAC Blush in Prom Princess –  a bright berry. satin finish. limited edition. $22 at MAC while supplies last ( you could also try eBay)

NYX Eyeshadow in Hot Pink – a true hot pink. satin/frost finish. and yes you can use eyeshadow as blush 😉 $4.49 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Blush in Floret – a mauve pink. satin/glowy finish. available as part of the Face Fashion Pretty Wild kit.

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).

What I’m Brining to IMATS : The Complete Beauty Edition

Hey Everyone!

As you can probably tell, I am going to IMATS Pasadena this weekend! Last year (2012) was my very first year going and I had a fantastic time! However, before going I searched “what to bring/wear to IMATS” and “what to expect at IMATS” and shockingly found very little. So here is the complete list of what I am going to be bringing with me beauty wise :

SKIN: Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream (Fair), Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (Siberia), MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NW15), MAC Select MoistureCover Concealer (NC15), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Under Eye Illuminator, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder, Nars Albatross Highlighter, Benefit Watts Up Highlighter, MAC MSF (Light Plus), MakeupForever Blush (#10), Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl.

EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original), Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eye Palette, MAC quad (Espresso, Satin Taupe, Expensive Pink, Shale), N7 Liquid Liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil (Zero/Whiskey), Chella Brow Gel, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara,

LIPS: Ulta Lip Pencil (Rose), MAC lipstick (Glamourdaze), Loreal Color Riche Balm (Nourishing Nude).

BRUSHES: (see video)

When you get to the show you will need to wait in line to get your wristband first, then you will get into another line  which is around the other side of the building (you’ll see it). After you get in you want to head to the booth you most want to see first ( I recommend researching which companies/shows/etc will be there before arriving ) because chances are that if you skip the booth you want to go to the most because the line seems too long, you’ll end up having to wait in an even BIGGER line later. Unfortunately lines do not “die down” at IMATS. You’ll also want to research what kinds of discounts the companies are offering and make a budget for yourself.

As far as what to wear, I’ve seen it all. You want to look good obviously because you will be taking pictures and meeting people in the beauty industry, but don’t take that as an invitation to wear a prom dress! Anything from nice jeans and a t shirt to a day time dress would work perfectly. I will be wearing a blousey button down and black jeans with chunky jewelry and cute flats from C Wonder. Speaking of flats, thats exactly what you will want to wear. You will most definitely be waiting in long lines and fighting through crowds all day.

When lunch comes around, there is a nice plaza right across the street with places like PF Changs and Rubios. A bit farther than that (walking or driving is ok) is Colorado Blvd which has tons of places to eat. Just make sure to keep your wristband on!

Thats about all the tips/info I can think of besides to just have fun and take tons of pictures. If you are going and want to do a meet up you can message me or tweet me. I will be checking my twitter and posting pics all day 🙂 hope to see you there!