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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I […]

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

The L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation caught my eye a few months ago, and since I have fallen in love. It didn’t take much to win me over; both of these foundations do exactly what they say they will. They are […]

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation was a major release for the brand that grew out of a monopoly on the perfect eyebrow. While bigger brands, such as Bobbi Brown, Tarte, or M.A.C. offer multiple foundation options, ABH just has one stick foundation. Stick foundations have been trending in past months, and Anastasia Beverly Hills never fails to keep up with the latest.

When the ABH stick foundation first came out, it received mixed reviews. I heard more negative reviews than positive about this foundation, but I wouldn’t say it is a bad foundation. It’s moderately priced, and there’s a large shade selection. It’s a medium coverage foundation: I apply a lot of foundation, right from the stick to my face. I’ve tried applying just a few stripes then blending it in, but I think it looks better if I apply it all over my face then blend with either a brush or a beauty blender. It never becomes full coverage, but it is a nice soft matte finish.

Right after I apply this foundation, I like it. I don’t love it, it doesn’t give me flawless doll skin, but it gives me a nice base. My biggest problem is that it isn’t as long lasting as I like. It wears for approximately 4-6 hours, and then it starts to disappear. If I put it on right before dinner, it still looks good after dinner. But if I put it on at the beginning of the day, by the end of the day it has totally disappeared.

If I were to give this foundation a letter grade, I would say it’s a C. It looks good, and it doesn’t irritate my skin, the price is decent, and there are many shades. Still, it doesn’t give me that “wow factor” that I hope for with my makeup.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

I think I would like to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Sticks. Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation? What do you think of this product? Comment, follow, and check out my social media!

Maybelline Better Skin Review

Maybelline Better Skin Review

“Better Skin” is something we all want, right? “Better Skin” makeup seems like a gimmick and, let’s be real, it probably is. I doubt that any makeup will perfect your skin, but this one fights my acne and keeps my oily skin nice and matte. The […]

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

One of my current foundations is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation. It doesn’t look cakey, but it does conceal most of my skin’s imperfections.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

I was introduced to Bare Minerals a little over a year ago, when I started using the bareSkin Serum foundation. That foundation was my first foundation-love, and I’m thinking about returning to it sometime soon. Because I loved that foundation, I also tried out the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer.

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First of all, the Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer is the best tinted moisturizer I have ever used. It is so lightweight and moisturizing. It feels light on my skin, but it soaks up beautifully and looks natural, healthy, and bright. I wear it all the time with more natural looks, but if you use a full-coverage concealer and a setting powder it can be dressed up for a more dramatic look. I’m on my second tube, and I don’t plan on stopping!

The bareSkin concealer is a good product, but I probably won’t repurchase it. It’s a nice concealer, about medium coverage and lightweight. But for my blemishes and dark circles, I want something more intense. I prefer a sheer or medium base with a full coverage concealer. If I’m going for a lightweight concealer, I want it to be something I can slap on without worrying if it will crease (which might be a little bit of a fairytale, but I’m still holding out for one). This concealer does wear better if it is set. I would say this concealer is a B+ product- it does everything it’s supposed to do, but it doesn’t wow me. FullSizeRender (58).jpgIMG_8401.JPG

 

What are your favorite BareMinerals Products? Favorite concealers and tinted moisturizers?

 

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August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before […]

Pressed Powder Face Off

Pressed Powder Face Off

Setting powder is a must-have for summer makeup, and a should-have for the rest of the year. I’m a dedicated liquid foundation wearer, but I find that the final step of applying a pressed powder makes my foundation last longer and look better throughout the […]

Five Steps for Perfect Foundation

Five Steps for Perfect Foundation

Do you remember that part in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Part 1) when Harry admits to Ron that he thinks Ginny is attractive because “she’s got nice skin,” and Ron responds that Hermione has also got nice skin? That was the first time that I realized that skin is important. Most everybody seems to want nice skin, boys and girls alike (though most boys aren’t going to try to achieve a glowing complexion with makeup). My own skin has gone through many phases over the years, but I think I have finally figured out the five steps for perfect foundation.

  1. Never forget to wash your face. For the best skin possible, wash and moisturize your skin every morning and every night. There are many wonderful luxurious brands that provide top notch skin care, but if you are on a budget not to worry– brands like Neutrogena and Cetaphil offer excellent options at an affordable price. If you have acne-prone skin, there are many options on the market targeted towards your skin type. If your skin is not acne prone, I would suggest looking for a gentle cleanser. Toner is optional, but moisturizer is a must.
  2. Always Wear Sunscreen: SPF is widely available and (arguably) the most important step in any skin care routine. Not only is SPF recommended for keeping skin youthful and wrinkle-free, it is also crucial to health. Skin cancer is real: more than one member of my family has had skin cancer, and the best way to protect yourself is with daily sunscreen. Apply something with a high SPF (I like 50+) in the morning between your moisturizer and your makeup.
  3. Primer actually does make your foundation last longer: I was skeptical about makeup primer; it always seemed like a scam to make you buy more makeup. However, after getting a little experience with primer under my belt, I discovered that it actually does help. NikkieTutorials on Youtube popularized the use of Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm as a primer, and I have to say it really works. I have sampled a number of other primers, from NYX to Benefit, but I still love using the Nivea Balm. It is affordable and comfortable, and I find that it helps prevent my makeup from breaking up during the day.
  4. Invest in a Beauty Blender: It can be tempting to apply your makeup with something more readily available (like that a $3.00 sponge or your fingers) but the Beauty Blender will always make your makeup look better. I don’t think I have liked any makeup applicator as much as the Beauty Blender. Not only does it make my foundation look beautiful, but is so easy to clean. I like that the Beauty Blender can be used with all of my foundations, and that it helps blend the product into my skin without caking it on.
  5. See a doctor for problem skin. There’s a point at which makeup and skincare won’t cut it, and that’s okay. Make an appointment with a dermatologist, who will be able to prescribe medications or lend advice to your skin problems. Accutane gets a lot of press, but there are a myriad of medications for skin problems, from mild to severe. So make that appointment, because your skin will thank you later!
bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation Review

bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation Review

bareMinerals bareSkin foundation was my go-to for just shy of a year. When I first used this foundation, I loved it, though over time I didn’t like it quite as much. It has pretty sheer coverage, medium coverage if you apply more and light coverage […]