Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quick Tips for Beautiful Skin

At a young age, my sister Carla would often tell me to moisturize my face ESPECIALLY my under eyes.  I have always had lines under my eyes and as I have gotten older (GULP) I can see these lines have started to branch out and are trying to make friends with my ears!

I did start caring for my face at a younger age, (THANKS SIS!) and when I am doing makeup on someone I often get questions in regards to my skincare regimen and also my makeup.  I think the most important message to convey to people is that makeup is not magic!  Someone who has years of neglecting their skin cannot expect to have flawless looking skin.

I have compiled a series of questions that I often get asked and am going to give you my honest advice and tips I have picked up along my journey.

1.  Why does my makeup enhance my lines or dry patches?

Most of the time, when makeup is enhancing imperfections and looks dry it typically means that the person is not moisturizing enough, is using the wrong type of foundation for their skin type and needs to focus on making some adjustments to their regimen.  I would recommend a heavier moisturizer at night and a great eye cream.  I really enjoy the Cetaphyl cream because it's thick and is great for any skin type.  During the davit's best to use a moisturizer with a SPF to protect your skin from sun damage.  Don't skip out on the sunscreen on gloomy days because even on cloudy days the sun can impact your skin.

2.  What is the best way to select foundation?

One of the most common mistakes women make is choosing the wrong shade in foundation.  It's
essential to know whether your skin has golden, olive, pink or red undertones.  Some examples of women with golden undertones would be Penelope Cruz, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.  Olive undertones would be Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria.  Women with red undertones tend to be women of color and some examples are Iman, Kelly Rowland, and Lupita Nyong'o.  Pink undertones would be fair skin women such as Reese Whitherspoon, Scarlette Johansen, and Michelle Williams.  Picking out a foundation at a drug store is difficult because you're not able to sample the makeup prior to buying it but being able to identify your undertone will help in guiding your selection.

When deciding what shade is best for you, apply the foundation to you want to consider the following, if your face is lighter than your neck test your foundation on your neck because you want to match your face to your neck.  If your neck happens to be lighter, yes this could happen, then be sure to blend your foundation down to your neck to even your skin tone out.

3.  If my skin is dry can I wear powder foundation?

Applying powder to dry skin is going to enhance the dryness and the imperfections in the skin.  Addressing our skin's needs will definitely improve the overall appearance of your skin but it's best to use a product that will hydrate the skin and add luminosity.

4.  What can I do to keep my skin looking healthy?

ALWAYS wear a moisturizer with sunscreen during the day.  Protect your sun from the sun, definitely consider wearing hats to protect yourself from sun damage.  Drink lots of water and hydrate your skin with a thicker moisturizer during the night.  Exfoliate regularly- 1 to 2 times a week.  Exfoliating more than 2 times a week can actually be harmful to your skin.  Let your skin breath.  If you don't have to wear makeup..skip it.

I hope this helps and has answered some of your questions!

Monday, June 16, 2014

MAC's Kelly Yum Yum

I am a complete nut when it comes to MAC's Candy Yum Yum.  I absolutely love how neon pink it is. When I heard that Kelly Osborne was coming out with Kelly Yum Yum I knew I needed this in my life!  I was able to get my hands on Kelly Yum Yum and I must say that it's not as in your face as Candy Yum Yum but it is still very pigmented and gorgeous!

Quick Observations

- Kelly Yum Yum is a creamier texture.  Candy Yum Yum is a bit dry and can look patchy without a liner and primer.
- Kelly Yum Yum is a bright and vivid pink and Candy Yum Yum is a neon pink.  Kelly Yum Yum is not as bold as Candy Yum Yum and seems to be a bit more wearable.
- Both colors wear beautifully and stain the lips.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dior Addict Fluid Stick #373 Rieuse

Dior Addict Fluid Stick is an unique product.  It's the consistency of a gloss and has some pigmentation but dries in a tacky glue like texture.  It doesn't feel horrible on the lips but definitely isn't your typical gloss. When your first apply the gloss you get a sheer wash of color and it dries quickly to a tacky texture.  Once it
dries a little, I apply a second coat to intensify the color.  If you apply a second coat immediately after the first, the product gathers at the inner center of your lips and looks goopy and thick.  I do like this product and think that once you figure out the technique to apply it, you'll love it.  I have also noticed that as it settles, the color fades and isn't as bright.  Overall, I would give this product a B+.   It does wear nicely and stays on even when you're drinking and eating.  As I mentioned, the color tends to fade but you'll still have product on your lips.

The other thing worth mentioning is the applicator.  It's a lovely sponge tip applicator and it's pear shaped.  It's great for shaping your lips and it's soft.  It isn't hard like some other applicators; flexible and it's easy to follow the outline of your lips.  I looooove this applicator.  Along with the applicator can we take some time to drool over the packaging.  It's gorgeous and unique.  I love how it looks like a lipstick.

1 Application
2 Applications


Thursday, June 5, 2014

BITE BEAUTY Cashemere Lip Cream- MOSCATO

Lately, I have been on a Bite Beauty kick!  I know, I know, I keep talking about how great these items are! Honestly, they are amazing and I am beyond in love with this product in particular.  A friend of mine gave me Bite Beauty's Cashmere Lip Cream in Moscato! OMG!!!! This color is beautiful, pigmented and dries in a matte finish but isn't flat.  This product does not feel dry on the lips and lasts a while.  As it wears off you are left with a beautiful bright stain and it wears off evenly.  

You can buy Bite Beauty products at Sephora and these bad boys will cost you $28.00 and you'll be getting .26 oz.  The brush is a flexible doe foot applicator.  It's soft and bends to apply the product evenly.  The texture of the creme is smooth and feels light.  The product is highly pigmented and buildable.  One application will give you a pretty stained look and while it's bright applying 2 coats will give you a very bright and pretty color.

I highly recommend this product and if you're in the market for something that wears long, looks and feels amazing this product is for you!  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MAC The Waterproof Brow

MAC Cosmetics: Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Deep Dark Brunette
Deep Dark Brunette
As someone who has very light and thin eyebrows, I am always looking for products that wear well during the day.  When Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with a waterproof product, I was all over it!  Recently, MAC launched a few products that claimed to be long wearing and waterproof.  As a hardcore MAC fanatic, I needed to try these products out and see if they were worth adding to my kit.

I recently wrote a blogpost on Anastasia's dipbrow pomade.  I still love the Anastasia dipbrow pomade but many of the colors are sold out and it takes some time for products to be restocked.  I need something accessible and that I can replenish without a problem.

MAC Cosmetics: Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Dirty Blonde
Dirty Blonde
I purchased the fluidline brow gelcreme in the colors in Dirty Blonde and Deep Dark Brunette.  Each fluidline retails for $16.00 and contains 0.1 oz.  This product is soo creamy and pigmented that you need very little to fill your eyebrows in.  I outline the bottom of my brow and with the brush blend up creating hair like strokes. I literally just lightly dip my brush into the product. I have been wearing the Dirty Blonde to shade in my entire brow and then apply a little bit of the Deep Dark Brunette to darker my brows.  This product wears beautifully throughout the day and I have worn it on rainy days and have not had any issue with the product fading or washing off. I have found that once this product is on it stays on without a problem. I have not worn this product in a pool but feel that it would last well as long as I didn't rub it or wash it off.

I also purchased the Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set.  These products will run you $17.00 and contain .17 oz. of product.  The brush is tiny and it applies product nicely if you have fuller eyebrows.  I attempted to use this product on myself and had a difficult time getting an even application.  Again, I have very thin eyebrows.  I have added these products to my kit and have already used them on brides and was very impressed with the shades, application and how this product alone groomed the eyebrow but also filled them in.  This product gives a beautiful and natural looking brow.  If you don't like having to fill your eyebrows in with several products then this is a product for you.  The shades I purchased were Toasted Blonde, Quiet Brunette, Bold Brunette, and Brown Ebonie.  I purchased these colors because I felt that they would be the ones I would get the most use out of.  The Toasted Blonde and the Quiet Brunette could be used for blondes and redheads and the Bold Brunette and Brown Ebonie could be used for Brunettes and Black hair.

Overall, I am very impressed with these products and am thrilled that MAC finally stepped up their game and added some new brow products to their permanent collection.  You can purchase these items online or at a Pro Store.

MAC Cosmetics: Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Quiet Brunette
Quiet Brunette
MAC Cosmetics: Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Bold Brunette
Bold Brunette 
MAC Cosmetics: Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Emphatically Blonde
Toasted Blonde
MAC Cosmetics: Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Brown Ebony
Brown Ebonie

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Bite Beauty - High Pigment Pencil

I recently was introduced to Bite Beauty products by one of my friends.  I was sent some goodies and instantly fell in love.  After receiving some items, I used up some gift cards and added some more goodies to my list.  I am going to touch on what I currently own (with the exception of the Agave mask because that is a blog post on its own!) and would love to hear your suggestions!

I am going to start with the item I am wearing at this moment which is their high pigment pencil in Syrah. It's described as a nude peach.  It's definitely a color that is soft but I find that it's more of a coral peach.  It's a beautiful color and once it wears off it stains the lips with a hazy peachy shade. I love these pencils and you'll see how much I like them in this post because I have more to share with you.  I like these pencils because they are creamy, hydrating and I like that you don't have to sharpen them.  These bad boys are a little pricey but worth the money.  At Sephora you can buy these at 24 dollars each.
Bite Beauty - High Pigment Pencil

Bite Beauty - High Pigment Pencil
Bite Beauty - High Pigment Pencil
After falling in love with their High Pigment Pencils, I quickly purchased more.  I took advantage of Sephora's VIB sale and stocked up on some new products.  The final 3 lip pencils I purchased were Bouquet, Zinfandel, and Corvina.  Bouquet is described as a Peachy Pink.  This shade looks more of a nude pink and it's opaque.  I like this color but it's quite flat and I gravitate to applying a gloss over it.  Of all of the products I purchased, this one is my least favorite. The second color I purchased was Zinfandel.  I was a little disappointed when I tried this one on because it's described as an electric coral.  When I googled for images, it looked like a beautiful orange red shade.  When I put it on, it looks like a straight up orange. Don't get me wrong, I love a good orange, but I don't need another orange in my life.  I do like this color and the quality is amazing.  The final pencil I purchased was Corvina and it's decribed as a bright coral pink.  I like this color and once again, the google images lead you to believe that it's this bright neon pink with a coral undertone.  The color is not as vivid as I was hoping for but nonetheless it's an amazing product and color.
I want to note that my disappointment is not in the product itself but rather the Google images that I found. These are beautiful and they are amazing products.

Bite Beauty - Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss LibraryI bought the Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lip gloss Set.  This item was limited edition at Sephora and it cost 49 dollars.  I purchased this to try out their glosses without committing to purchasing one.  Once again, I was not disappointed.  They are cute little glosses that have enough product to love a color and try something new.  They range from a soft  cool toned baby pink to a deep burgandy shade. These glosses smell sweet but it's not an overbearing scent.  They are creamy in texture and very hydrating.

Bite Beauty - Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo
The final 2 items I am going to share with you are their Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo.  I own both of the combos they offer.  These tiny lipsticks cost 12 dollars and are amazing because they are compact and you can travel with them anywhere.  It's a nice way to try their lip products without having to spend the full amount on a lipstick.  The shades in this option are Violet (Purple) and Palomino (Magenta Pink) is the bright option.  It has a beautiful bright pink and a gorgeous purple shade.  Both colors are pretty and are highly pigmented.  These colors will definitely stain your lips.  They don't dry on the lips and maintain their creamy texture.  The second shade is the nude option and contains the colors Lychee (nuetral pink) and Musk (pink brown).  These colors are beautiful and would look amazing on any skin tone.  These are very hydrating and are highly pigmented.  It's a great way to introduce yourself to a new brand.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Beauty Blender

I am pretty sure all of you know what a beauty blender is.  If you don't you clearly live under a rock!  I have been using the Beauty Blender for over a year and I have to be honest and say that it's the BEST sponge out in the market.  I haven't discovered anything that even came close to this sponge.

Prior to purchasing the Beauty Blender, I would use brushes and I always had to go over my foundation with a powder puff to blend out any streaks.  I did use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and I love this brush. The only issue I had was that the bristles came off after I washed it one too many times.  I wish that this brush was sold separately because it is awesome!

I love the Beauty Blender because it's easy to use and clean.  The actual sponge gives you a natural finish when you dampen your sponge you'll be able to achieve a dewy finish and you'll also get a flawless finish.  I personally bought the black Beauty Blender because I had concerns about staining and didn't want my sponges to look dirty.  I purchased a pack of 6 from Camera Ready Cosmetics for my makeup kit.  I ended up keeping one of them for my own personal use.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.  I think that it's a great tool for those who are starting to wear makeup because it is easy to use, it blends makeup out beautifully and it's easy to clean.  I know that a lot of people don't wash their brushes regularly.

Let me know you're thoughts on the Beauty Blender and let me know if you have any suggestions for dupes!