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.
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.
This post is all about my updated skin care routine, as of February 2014. I have been using this routine for a couple months now, and I absolutely love it. It is a lot different than my previous routines that kept to a strict step by step system. While those are great for some skin concerns, I find that my skin, as well as the majority of peoples skin, is constantly changing and needing different things to keep it healthy.
As of now, my skin type is acne-prone (mainly cystic), susceptible to dryness and irritation at times, and susceptible to concentrated oiliness at times. I have moderate to severe scaring left behind from previous breakouts, and moderately sized pores on my cheeks.
**Disclaimer* I have been doing skincare routine videos/posts for years. Just because I am using something different now does not mean that I dislike the products mentioned in previous posts. Skin changes and acclimates to things (especially mine). This is just what is working for me now. **
Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – is a thick cream with micro beads to exfoliate. It has 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, as well as glycolic acid. I think this is a great cleanser for both morning and night because it does a great job of cleansing the skin gently without over drying. It has a light medicinal fragrance, and rinses clean without leaving any residue on the skin. When my skin is being particularly good, or when it is extra sensitive and needs a break, I will only use this product for that day.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – is a dual action acne treatment that has 5.5% benzoyl peroxide, 0.4% LHA, and soothing flower extracts. It has a thin cream consistency with no fragrance. I prefer this treatment over the similar Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment because it has a higher percentage of benzoyl peroxide as well as many other better ingredients. I typically apply this in the evening only to the areas of my skin that have active blemishes due to the fact that it is extremely potent and can cause irritation to my skin if over-applied.
Proactiv+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator – is a soothing gel/mousse moisturizer with 0.5% salicylic acid. I love this product because it is extremely soothing and leaves the skin looking and feeling healthier. It has a slightly medicinal scent with notes of cucumber and citrus. I use this in the evening after cleansing or cleansing and treating.
Mario Badescu Drying Cream – is a thick, clay-like cream that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. It contains ingredients like aloe, beeswax, lemon extract, and colloidal sulfur to quickly dry blemishes, even erupted ones! I like that this product is slightly tinted to conceal problem areas as well. I typically use this product when I have a stubborn blemish that needs to be dried out.
Clinique Spot Healing Gel – is a concentrated 1.0% salicylic acid gel that is used as a spot treatment for acne blemishes. I use this product when I have a deep cystic blemish that needs a little extra help. Unfortunately this product is no longer available, so I will not ramble on about how wonderful it is.
Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer – is a gentle moisturizer that has a light milk and honey fragrance, and ingredients like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and avocado oil. Kiehls also has an identical product that contains an SPF, but I opted for this one so I can use it anytime for any occasion. I use this product every morning, and every time I apply makeup.
Dior DiorSnow UV Sheild – is a translucent SPF 50 PA+++ moisturizing cream. It has the most luxurious feeling to the skin, and has a convenient pump applicator. I usually mix this in with my Kiehls moisturizer daily, but I also apply a proper coat to my entire face and neck when I know I will be in the sun all day. This product gives fantastic sun protection.
Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream – is a thick, hydrating eye cream that has ingredients like royal jelly ( which is “made of nectar, pollen, flower parts, vitamins, minerals, and other natural ingredients. It is a very precious, mysterious substance that honeybees produce for the queen bee”), cucumber, and chamomile. It has a strong smokey campfire fragrance that could be bothersome to people, but it does not bother me much as it dissipates fairly quickly.
Vitamin E Oil – whenever I am not wearing makeup for the day, or have extra dry skin or dry patches, or want to pamper my skin, I apply vitamin e oil. It keeps my skin super soft, smooth, clear, and healthy, and I would recommend this to everyone. I use the Derma E Vitamin E Skin Oil 14,000 I.U..
Where to Buy:
Proactiv+ – http://www.proactiv.com , about $40 dollars for a three step system. My sizes are 6oz for the cleanser and 3oz for the hydrator.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $36 dollars for 1.35oz .
Mario Badescu Drying Cream can be found at Ulta for about $14 dollars for 0.5oz .
Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer can be found at : http://www.kiehls.com/Ultra-Facial-Moisturizer/351,default,pd.html?start=16&cgid=face-moisturizers , for between $18 and $38 dollars depending on the ounces you choose.
DiorSnow UV Sheild can be found at Sephora for $58 dollars for 1.3oz .
Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream can be found at drugstores like CVS and Ulta for about $18 dollars for 0.5oz .
Vitamin E Oil can be found anywhere that sells vitamins. I got mine at Sprouts market for less than $15 dollars for 2oz .
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 almostthis 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 !!!!!
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?
Swatches : Bobbi Brown Candlelight, MAC Ricepaper
Swatches : Bobbi Brown Bone, MAC Brule
Swatches : Urban Decay Tease, MAC Haux
Swatches : Urban Decay Naked, Bobbi Brown Wheat, MAC Wedge
Swatches : MAC Folie, Urban Decay Buck, NYX Dance the Tides
Swatches : MAC Cork, MAC Shale, MAC Naked Lunch, NYX Tropical, MAC Expensive Pink
Swatches : Urban Decay Darkhorse, Sidecar, Sin
Swatches : Urban Decay Toasted, MAC Sable
Swatches : MAC Count Your Assets, Maybelline Blue Paradise, MAC Morning Frost
Hey Everyone! This post is all about what I’m currently using to keep my skin looking clear and healthy. First I will tell you about the step by step process of my daily routine, and below there will be a detailed review of each product mentioned. Let’s get to it!
I start my day by lightly cleansing my skin with only warm water and a washcloth.
Then I use a cotton pad to apply a small amount of the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion to my face and neck area.
I then apply a quarter size amount of the Origins Brighter By Nature SPF35 moisturizer to my face and neck area.
Finally I apply a small amount of the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream to my eye area.
First I cleanse my skin and remove my makeup by taking a quarter size amount of the Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and work it into the skin on my entire face and neck. Once the balm has been adequately worked into the skin, I take a warm/hot washcloth and remove whats left of the cleanser and makeup.
Next I take a cotton pad and a small amount of the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex, and apply it to my face and neck avoiding my eye area.
Once that has dried, I take the DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel and apply that to only spots and the areas of my skin that are currently problematic. Benzoyl peroxide can cause scarring, so I only want to apply it where it is absolutely necessary; plus we just applied glycolic acid which should help with breakouts anyways.
After the benzoyl peroxide has set, I apply the Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Moisturizer to my entire face and neck.
For the last step, I apply the Origins A Perfect World For Eyes eye cream to my under eye area. Voila!
If my skin is being particularly problematic, I take theseOptional Steps:
If my skin is extra dry – I apply a small amount of the Josie Maran Argan Oil to my skin after cleansing, or add a few drops into my moisturizer.
If I have a stubborn pimple – I apply the Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel to the problem areas.
If my skin is having a meltdown – I use the Origins Out Of Trouble Mask.
I hope this step by step routine was helpful! Now onto the reviews :
Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion : a liquid toner containing cucumber extract to fight against oil and bacteria. It has an herbal/cucumber scent and feels refreshing on the skin. If not followed by a moisturizer, it can feel a little bit tight or sticky on the skin. I have noticed that this product has helped reduce the size of my pores as well. This product is not tested on animals. $15 for 8 oz at Nordstrom ( I bought mine in Ulta, so I would check there as well ) http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mario-badescu-special-cucumber-lotion/2920700
Origins Brighter By Nature SPF35 : is a “skin tone correcting” moisturizer. It has a pleasant herbal/lemon/ginger scent and leaves the skin looking bright and healthy. I believe this product in part has helped diminish my acne scars, as well as made my skin overall healthier. It has a lightweight gel/cream formula that leaves a dewy finish; and contains Japanese Basil leaf, Cucumber, Peony, Vitamin C, and Palmaria. I highly recommend this product to everyone. $47.50 for 1.7 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/brighter-by-nature-spf-35-skin-tone-correcting-moisturizer-P297537?skuId=1375906
Origins GinZing : is a lightweight eye cream with a peach undertone to combat darkness, and a slight sheen/glow for added brightness. It has a cream to serum consistency, and little to no scent. It contains caffeine, ginseng, and magnolia extract. $30 for 0.5 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/ginzing-refreshing-eye-cream-P297511
Clinique Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm : is a makeup remover and cleaner in one that goes from a thick balm consistency to a oil/liquid consistency once rubbed into the skin. I have used this to remove everything from long wearing foundation, waterproof mascara, semi-permanant eyeliner pens, etc. and it literally removes all traces of makeup without drying out my skin. I switched to this after hearing that makeup wipes are really bad for your skin due to the high alcohol content, and have fallen in love! $28.50 for 3.8 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/take-the-day-off-cleansing-balm-P126301
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex : is a liquid clarifying toner that acts as an exfoliator by removing dead surface skin. It contains lactic acid, citric acid, witch hazel, chamomile, allantoin, aloe vera, sodium pac, vitamin C, and AHAs. It smells very acidic and slightly citric. When applied to the skin it gives a slight burning sensation, so if you have very sensitive skin I would probably not recommend this. If you can get past the burning, this product works wonders. Overtime it fights acne, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, deep cleans and shrinks pores, smooths skin, restores natural pH balances, AND protects and moisturizes the skin. Can you say Holy Grail? $40 for 8 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/glycolic-acid-10-toning-complex-clarifying-toner-P375358
DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel : is a thick, creamy gel that contains 5% benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil. It is very effective when used regularly, but it can bleach your clothes/sheets and cause excessive dryness if too much is applied. With this product, less is more. If you use too much it can actually have the opposite effect and make your skin worse. I use a dime size amount or less, only where I absolutely need it. $36 for 2 oz at Ulta. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=prod370030
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath : is a lightweight, oil free, gel-cream moisturizer. It claims to “diffuse energizing oxygen to the skin” to leave a healthy looking glow; which is does. It contains antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental factors, and has a slight powdery/herbal scent. $34 for 2 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/take-a-deep-breath-oil-free-energizing-oxygen-gel-cream-moisturizer-P311182
Origins A Perfect World For Eyes : is a serum that uses white tea to firm and moisturize the eye area. It has a herbal, lemon, ginger scent, and leaves the eye area feeling refreshed. I have notices a huge improvement of the appearance of my under eye creases and dryness after using this product. It has a pump applicator, which is nice, but it dispenses a bit too much with just one pump; you really only need about one half of a pump. $34 for 0.5 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/a-perfect-world-for-eyes-firming-moisture-treatment-with-white-tea-P297532
Josie Maran Argan Oil : is a silky oil that moisturizes, heals, and protects. It can be used on the skin, hair and nails. I also like to apply this to bites, rashes, bruises, etc. to speed up the healing process. $14 for 0.5 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/argan-oil-P218700
Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel : is a gel that contains a concentrated 1% salicylic acid to fight stubborn breakouts. If you have an open spot it can give a burning sensation, but it quickly dissipates. This is my holy grail spot treatment! $16 for 0.5 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/acne-solutions-spot-healing-gel-P188312
Origins Out Of Trouble : is a 10 minute mask that contains zinc oxide, sulfur, camphor, and salicylic acid to extract excess oil, dirt, and dead skin; as well as calm the skin. It is a thick toothpaste-like cream and smells very herbal and medicinal. When on the skin it feels very cooling and tingly. $23 for 3.4 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/out-of-trouble-10-minute-mask-to-rescue-problem-skin-P297551
Review Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Review Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel Review
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Review
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Review
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Toning Complex Review
Hey Everyone! Today I am going to share with you how I get super healthy looking and glowing skin. I am very pale and cant get very much natural sun, so I have to fake it! This technique is really quick and easy, and works for every skin type and skin problem, from acne to mature. If you want to see how to look like you’ve just spent a week on vacation, then follow these steps!
(Swatches and Pictures Below)
What I use : ** It’s totally fine to improvise, this is just what I have and what looks best on me**
Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer
Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
Clinique Even Better Foundation
*Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush
*Revlon Colorstay Concealer
*Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism
*Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer
*MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
*Urban Decay Primer Potion in Skin
*Buxom Lip Gloss in April
The first step to achieve this look is, obviously, to cleanse your skin (preferably lightly exfoliate), and then apply a good moisturizer.
Next, take your Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, or any white highlighting cream/liquid, and apply that to the tops of your cheekbones, under your eyes, your eye’s inner corner, your browbone, and your cupids bow (above your top lip).
On a palette or the back of your hand, take half the amount of the Clinique Even Better Foundation you normally use and the same amount (or slightly less) of your Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, or any golden or bronzing highlighter you have, and mix them together with a Q-Tip.
Apply this mixture with your Sigma F84 Brush to your face, excluding the areas where you already applied the white highlighter. Then, wipe off your brush (or use a clean one of the same style) and gently blend the edges of where the white highlighter and the foundation mixture meet. Voila!
Cover up any spots or discoloration with your concealer. I like the Revlon Colorstay Concealer.
Then apply a light bronzer to your cheekbones, hairline, and jawline. I like to use the Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer.
Next apply a sheer light pink blush with a slight frost, like the Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism, to the apples of your cheeks and slightly blend back.
For the eyes, apply your Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin from you lid to your crease. Then lightly pat on your MAC Barestudy Paint Pot to your lid and inner corner.
Finish off with a light pink lip gloss like the Buxom Lip Gloss in April.
Why This Works…
By mixing a golden bronze highlighter with your foundation you are adding subtle dimension to the skin. The foundation balances out the highlighter without taking away the healthy sun-kissed glow, and also without the bronze-gold sheen being too obvious.
Because we aren’t using the bronze-gold illuminizer as a true “highlighter”, the white highlighter adds another form of dimension by accentuating the desired points of the face.
You could easily achieve this same look by using your hands, but I feel that using a brush (especially the F84) makes everything blend more seamlessly.
The Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Bronzer is a mosaic of various bronze colors in the same shade range, so it adds depth; and it also has a slight sheen which adds to our glowy goal. A blush with a slight frost also adds subtle glow; I feel that light pink is the most flattering because it is youthful and soft.
As far as the eyes, using cream products can make you look healthier and more beautiful because they look the most natural. The primer potion is slightly darker than the paint pot, so again we are playing with depth and light.
Finally, I chose the Buxom lip gloss because it is sheer, has a slight sparkle, and is plumping. All of those things allude to youth and health.
Clinique Even Better Foundation, Loreal Magic Lumi Primer, Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush
Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism, Physicians Formula Light Bronzer Pearl Bronzer
Revlon Colorstay Concealer
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Buxom Lips in April
Loreal Magic Lumi Primer swatch
Clinique Even Better Foundation in Linen swatch
Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer swatch
Smashbox Prism Swatch, Physicians Formula Bronzer Swatch
Urban Decay Sin Swatch, MAC Bare Study Paint Pot swatch
Hey Everyone! Today I thought I would share an amazing product that I discovered for all skin types, but is especially great for problematic skin. I came across this product when researching detox bath recipes and such. What I ended up discovering turned out to be one of my holy grail skin products.
Calcium Bentonite Clay has been around for years mainly used in bodywraps, foot soaks, bug bite salves, etc. Recently it has become more popular is treating skin problems such as acne. I was skeptical at first, but with some additional research I found that what makes it so powerful is the fact that the clay extracts and absorbs dirt, oil, and impurities without actually being absorbed into the skin itself. This means you can expect an extremely deep pore cleanse without any residual impurites.
The calcium bentonite clay I am currently using is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, which claims to be the world’s most powerful facial. It is 100% calcium bentonite clay with no additives, fragrances, or animal products. It is also sun dried, and cruelty free! The instructions for use are to mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider and/or water and stir in a non-metal bowl until it turns into a smooth paste. Then apply a 1/4 – 1/2 inch layer to the skin and let dry between 5 and 2o minutes depending on the sensitivity of your skin; then rinse with warm water.
This product also warns that you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation, which is completely correct! It is not painful in any way, it just feels like your skin is getting pulled/squished forward towards the center of your face. It also will leave your skin a bit red for about an hour before turning back to normal. After a few hours, or the next day if you apply this mask before bed, your pores should have shrunken significantly and your face should look extremely smooth and matte. Usually the majority of any acne I have will have disappeared or at least reduced by a huge margin. I like to use this mask once every one or two weeks. I purchased mine at The Vitamin Shoppe for $4.99.
In addition to using this product for facial masks, I also like to use it in detox baths.
Approx 1 cup of Calcium Bentonite Clay (I have a large tub, use the appropriate amount for your size tub)
The juice from 1 lemon
1 bag of green tea
a pinch or two of dried lavender for aroma
** Make the water temperature as hot as you can stand and soak for about 20 minutes. Drink plenty of fluids after**
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 :
(PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)
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.
Maybelline Fit Me Blush : Light Pink, Light Rose
Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Pink
Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Rose
Maybelline Fit Me Blush Swatch : Light Pink, Light Rose
Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism
Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism
Make Up For Ever Sculpting Blush in #10
Make Up For Ever Sculpting Blush in #10
MAC Blush : Peaches, Cubic, Stunner
MAC Blush in Peaches
MAC Blush in Cubic
MAC Blush in Stunner . limited edition
MAC Blush Swatch : Peaches, Cubic, Stunner
Physicians Formula Blush and Bronzer
Physicians Formula Happy Boosting Powder in Translucent
Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl
Physicians Formula Swatch : Happy Booster in Translucent, Light Bronze Pearl
MAC Prom Princess
MAC Prom Princess
NYX Hot Pink
NYX Hot Pink
Bare Minerals Blush in Floret
Bare Minerals Blush in Floret
(left to right) MAC Prom Princess, NYX Hot pink, Bare Minerals Floret