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POWDER POWER

Many people wonder whether they are suppose to wear foundation, powder, or both? It really depends on how much coverage you’re trying to get. Unless it’s a special occasion, I usually just put on powder. This is for a couple reasons: 1) I don’t want to look caked on 2) the powder I use happens to give GREAT coverage. I use MAC Studio Fix (my specific shade is NC42 which works well with tanner skins that have a yellow undertone). This powder also works well OVER foundation to help set the liquidly texture of the foundation while giving off a silky, soft finish. Also, I’ve never had the problem of a break out with this product. For those who have oily skin, this product can help cover up that issue and has great lasting power and for those who have dry skin (like me), it doesn’t make my skin flake. I put it on when I start my morning and don’t feel the need to touch up throughout the day (granted I do like to add a little bronzer/blush over the powder mid day). Beyond the quality of the product, the packaging is sleek. As I’ve said before, the key to full coverage with powder is using a large application brush rather than the sponge provided in the product. 

For those of you who like a light powder, this product is NOT for you! The coverage and lasting power is high. If you are looking for a lighter powder, I recommend trying Bare Minerals Matte. You can find it on Amazon for $10 dollars cheaper than at a department store. I have tried this product and although it is not what I am specifically looking for out of a powder, it feels as though you relatively have no powder on. The product does NOT weigh down your face and works great as a setting powder for foundation. As all Bare Minerals products, it is relatively better for your skin than most products. I recommend applying this product with a kabuki brush

HEAVY COVERAGE: MAC Studio Fix

                                                       

LIGHT COVERAGE: Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15

                                               

Do you prefer a powder with heavy or light coverage?

 

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OVERRATED VS. UNDERRATED: MASCARA EDITION

Being the makeup addict that I am, I have tried all sorts department store and drug store mascaras. I am def a sucker for a good marketing campaign.  L'Oreal Paris, CoverGirl, and Revlon have some great commercials and brand ambassadors that draw me to their product (I wonder if the celebs endorsing the products actually use them?). I’m also a sucker for glam packaging which most of the luxury mascaras dominate over the cheapo mascaras (YSL, how are you SO beautiful?). 

Although ads and packaging are fun and great, a mascaras quality is what truly matters. Everyone is generally looking for a mascara that 1)thickens 2)lengthens and 3)curls their lashes. Here is just a few I’ve tried and my thoughts:

  • Clinique High Impact Mascara- The formula was WAY too dry for me.
  • Maybelline Falsie- It clumps my lashes together and hard to get off.
  • Maybelline Great Lash- This mascara is always in magazines as a celeb/beautician fav. and is also super affordable.
  • MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash- You would think for a brand that was known to be dramatic, they would produce one quality mascara!
  • L'Oreal Paris Voluminous- It used to be my fav. but I realized it clumped my lashes more than making them voluminous.
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Waterproof- I am NOT a fan of waterproof mascaras.
  • YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils- What perfect packaging right? The whole idea behind this mascara is the “fake lash” look but doesn’t do much for thickening of lashes and focuses on lengthening. I think it is way too expensive too!
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara- I tried it because a friend suggested it and didn’t think it gave me length or volume. All this mascara gave me was a headache because it wore off super fast!
  • Lancome Hypnose-I’m a fan because it makes my lashes look even longer than they already are, but for the price? No thanks.
  • Lancome Definicils-It separates lashes well, but I would use Hypnose before Definicil.

Everyone reacts to mascaras in different ways depending on the type of lashes they have. That being said, I think it’s important to describe my lash type before sharing my picks for most overrated and underrated products. I have long, thin lashes so when I am in search of a mascara I look for one that will make my lashes more voluminous. It’s important to pick a mascara that caters to YOUR individual lash needs and NOT just by what your friend or favorite celeb wears for the best results. 

OVERRATED: DIORSHOW BY CHRISTIAN DIOR

                                    

It’s not that I don’t think this is a good mascara, it’s just that I don’t think it is worth the price. DiorShow is more about showing off the Christian Dior brand name than anything. Also, the mascara dried out fairly quick within the tube (so annoying). Although this mascara doesn’t flake or smudge, I find it useless for lash thickening. All in all, this product has been way too hyped up by magazines and the world. I just don’t get/agree with the obsession. 

UNDERRATED: LASH BLAST BY COVERGIRL

                                          

Not in a million years did I think that I would find my fav. mascara from my local CVS. CoverGirl Lash Blast mascara perfectly separates my lashes, thickens them, and gives just the right amount of curl. It is SUPER affordable and doesn’t dry up easily. The formula is wet but not runny at the same time. It doesn’t smudge and is not a pain to get off. For those of you who have the same issue as me and need a mascara that will thicken your lashes without leaving any sort of clump, this is the one! P.S I’m not a fan of the waterproof version because it is much harder to get off. If you are trying this product for the first time, make sure to get the original one (NOT the waterproof) and see if it meets your needs.

COMING SOON: 5 MUST-KNOW TIPS WHEN APPLYING YOUR MASCARA

What mascara works for YOUR lash type? 

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LOOK AIRBRUSHED: THE PERFECT FOUNDATION

I’m not personally a fan of foundation, especially on a daily basis. I think my powder gives me enough coverage (without looking caked on). That being said, there are some occasions where it’s fun to add a little more makeup on your face! I was in search for the perfect foundation. I wanted something that 1) was light 2) provided full coverage 3) matched my skin tone 4) made my skin look flawless/airbrushed. Here are a few that I went through: 

      

1. MAC Satin Finish 2. L'Oreal Paris True Match 3. Origins Stay Tuned 4. YSL Perfect Touch

When I worked at L'Oreal last summer in NYC, I got the opportunity to experiment with so many different brands and products that I had never tried before. That is when I came across my favorite foundation. Here it is: 

MY FOUNDATION OF CHOICE: GIORGIO ARMANI FACE FABRIC

                                              

This foundation feels like a mousse and blends unbelievably well with my skin. It feels SO light and easy to apply with your fingers. I know that’s probably against the makeup gurus rules, but I love using my fingers to apply makeup. It does what no brush can do for me (and is more affordable!). I love the matte finish, and the coverage is phenomenal. When I look at pictures of myself the nights I wear this foundation, I really do feel like I’ve been airbrushed. The downside of the product is that it is pricey, but because I only wear foundation on rare occasions, I still have the original bottle I got last summer in NYC! 

Do you wear foundation?

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FABO EYES: THE "CAT-EYE" LINER LOOK

I’m a huge liner girl. I think eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes pop. What’s great about liner is that you can use it to make your makeup look dramatic OR light depending on the occasion. I personally think eye liner is one of those products you DON’T have to splurge money on. I love my pencil and liquid liners and they are from drug stores. To read what my favorite pencil liner is, check out my post on how to get my smoky eye look!  For most occasions, I use liquid liner for the top of my eyes and pencil for the bottom. I like using liquid for the top because you can shape the corner of your eye better with it. My favorite is the “cat-eye” look you can get with liquid liner. This is a great way to make your eyes pop without doing over kill with eye shadows. My favorite star to do this look is none other than Lauren Conrad:

                 

So how do you know how far out to go with the liner? I found the best technique is using the end of your eyebrow and the far corner of your eye. Imagine a line connecting them and that’s the direction the liner should be pointing. I don’t recommend going too far out, but you can dramatize the length depending on the event.

This is a great way to change up the way you do your eye makeup. I feel like when people think of “cat-eye” they automatically assume heavy eye shadow. Sometimes you DON’T have to wear heavy shadow and can just use liner to give the look (once again depending on the occasion of course). The BEST eye makeup to compliment a simple cat eye look is as follows:

  • Heavy mascara: Make those lashes pop with several coats of mascara to your top lashes and a light coat to the bottom lashes.
  • Bottom liner: I start mine at the very corner, but once I reach mid eye, I begin to darken the amount of liner I use. **BEAUTY TIP** I like using black eye shadow as bottom eye liner with this look! I recommend trying it out. It gives a smolder look to the eyes.
  • Bottom shadow (OPTIONAL): Sometimes I line my bottom liner with a MAC White Frost eye shadow to add a pop since the liner on the bottom isn’t applied heavily. This still keeps the cat eye look simple. Keep in mind, the top lid SHOULD contain the heavier makeup for this look!

What YOUR favorite liner technique?

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NUDE LIPS: THE SAFE, SEXY WAY

Everyone has that lip color that they love and usually resort to when nothing else looks right. It’s that color that makes you feel confident and ready for a night on the town. My go to lip color is the neutral look with a little gloss. It goes with every outfit and compliments heavy eye makeup well. My routine is usually to do a nude lip stick and top it off with a gloss. **BEAUTY TIP** For those of you who usually just put on a little gloss before going out, I recommend you try this out! It brings the right amount of attention to the lips and accents the rest of the face well. Here is my usual lip routine:

  1. Pick my favorite neutral lipstick color: Lancome Color Design Pale Lip
  2. Apply from left to right on both bottom and top lip. 
  3. Pick my favorite neutral lip gloss color: MAC Florabundance A80
  4. Apply to the middle of bottom lip and dab lips together spreading the gloss evenly across both the bottom and top lip. This allows the gloss to feel goopy on your lips (especially important for MAC glosses because they are so thick).                                 

               

LIPSTICK: I’ve been through several MAC VIVA Glam shades, and they work great too! I wanted to experiment so I tried out a new brand, and there was  something about the pigmentation of the Lancome Color Design that I loved. I don’t like using shiny or shimmery lipsticks; I believe that is the job of the gloss (not really a fan of glitter on lips anyways). The lipstick should just provide a base coat and be matte. 

LIP GLOSS: What I love about the MAC lip gloss is how thick it is. You only have to use a little bit and it goes a long way. It stays on a long time too! The annoying thing about lip gloss is that we all want to take it with us when we go out. When we look in our purse the next morning, it’s usually gone. I hate when that happens after spending almost 20 bucks on a lip gloss. That is why I’ve learned to take a cheapo lip gloss out with me. I know the idea sounds annoying because you don’t feel like it gives the same impact as the MAC gloss, but I really think it’s the smart thing to do (after losing 10 too many). My favorite cheapo lip gloss is L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Soft Nude. It comes on very light compared to the MAC lip gloss but the color matches PERFECTLY with the Lancome lipstick I use. 

                                                                           

Favorite celebs rocking the nude lip color. You can see how the nude lip adds the perfect shine but brings the attention to other features of the face (like the eyes)!

               

SIDE NOTE: Instructional videos coming soon!

What’s YOUR go to lip color? 

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