Saturday, July 30, 2011

MAC, Sephora, CHANEL Haul!!

Hey guys! So I had a great time shopping down in the valley. I got a bunch of clothes for school from Forever 21, Hollister, and Abercrombie. Usually I don't shop in Hollister or Abercrombie, but they had some really cute stuff this season. I'll try to post what clothes I got too.
I also got a bunch of makeup! Which was obviously my favorite part of the trip. :) I like shopping for clothes, but not as much as makeup. Duh! So here's what I got:

Chanel VitalumiƩre Foundation in 20 Clair
Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in 20 Clair
NARS LE Blush/Bronzing Duo in Angelika/Laguna
(also in this set) NARS mini lip gloss in Angelika
MAC Lipglass in Florabundance
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Posey
MAC Lipstick in Pretty Please, Hue, Patisserie, and Saint Germain
MAC Eyeshadow Palette Refills in Shroom and Quarry

Here's a picture of the NARS blush/bronzer with flash

Without flash

So there it is! Hope you enjoyed looking :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Quest for the Perfect Foundation... Continued

So even though it's been about ten thousand years since I last posted about my foundation quest, I'm still looking. I've been using BareMinerals FOREVER. It's a great everyday foundation, but sometimes I want something else to play with! I'm going down into the valley this Friday, where they ACTUALLY HAVE makeup (cough cough Prescott, you need an Ulta/Sephora/MAC/anything) so I'm going to test, try out, find a new liquid/cream foundation! I've picked a few contenders:

CHANEL Vitalumiere
CHANEL Prolumiere (may be a little too heavy for what I want)
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
NARS Sheer Glow
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

Hopefully while I'm there, I'll do a MAC haul too.


Crest 3D Whitestrips 2-Hour Express!

I'm about to try out the Crest 2-Hour Express Whitening System! Review to follow!

Blogger Templates
Blogger Templates

Saturday, July 23, 2011

How to prevent a makeup meltdown??

I live in Arizona. It's incredibly hot, and dry, and some days I simply can't wear a full face of makeup because it melts right off. But I have some tips and tricks to beat the heat and prevent a full on makeup meltdown!

1. Prep your skin. I use the Clinique 3-Step skincare system with the Clarisonic Mia so that my skin glows, and my makeup has a fighting chance. Find a skincare system that works for you, detox your skin with a good diet and vitamins (this is my #1 secret to being acne free!), and nourish your skin with a great moisturizer. This will allow your makeup to glide on smoothly. Problem skin is especially tricky for long lasting makeup. When skin is irritated, it overproduces oil that makes the makeup slide right off of blemishes! Or, uneven texture (dry, rough, flaky skin) is also a lot of trouble, because the makeup often looks cakey. Be kind to your skin!!!
I also use a sunscreen made especially for the face by Neutrogena (no clogged pores, breakouts, etc.) to protect and prevent against sun damage. I don't want extra wrinkles, sun spots, other nastiness, or potential skin cancer because I was too lazy to slap on a little SPF.

2. Powder foundation. I know that in the world of makeup gurus, BareMinerals often gets overlooked as a legitimate foundation. There are a lot of beautiful foundations to play with. However, my HG every day foundation is BareMinerals! Their original formula even gives you a dewy glow. For whatever reason, when I look to most liquid foundations for day wear, they often get cakey as they wear, or I'll get shiny in the T-zone. I don't with BareMinerals. This stuff stays put.

3. Eyeshadow primer. I will never, ever be without the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Do I need to elaborate on this one?? My eye makeup does not budge.

4. Eyeliner melt? I hate the dreaded eyeliner melt. I adore smokey eyes, and tightline and line the water line on a daily basis. 2 products give me the coverage and durability I need.
The Clinique Brush On Cream Liner is flawless. I've never seen its intensity and long-lasting durability in another product. I put this guy in my waterline, use it for tightlining, for winged liner, and on my lashline, and it lasts all day! Seriously, incredible. I apply it with a bent liner brush. The second thing to ensure long-lasting liner is to go over that product with a powder eyeshadow. Are you thinking it'll get right in your eye if you put it on the waterline? Wrong. Simply don't overload the product on your brush, and push it right into the lashline-- not your eyeball!

5. Sadly, some things you're just going to have to reapply throughout the day. Like it's fairly inevitable that you'll have to touch up on your lipstick, liner, gloss, etc. But that's ok!! It also may be helpful to carry oil-blotting sheets ($5 at the drugstore?) in your purse to soak up some of that oil (isn't summer a bitch?). Hopefully with these tips, you'll have to touch up a little less often!

Enjoy the rest of summer!! :)

I'm back!

So it's been about two years since I posted? That sounds about right. It's been a whirlwind two years. I moved 2400 miles to a new state, had some serious issues in my life, and simply didn't have time for blogging. But I'm back, and hopefully, better than ever.

I do have a tumblr which I use as my personal blog, and so this one will still be devoted to makeup. I'm excited, because I just made an order to MAC for a few products (this one horse town doesn't have a MAC store or counter at a department store *rolls eyes*), and I purchased my first ever Ben Nye product! It's a beautiful warm, purple-gray eyeshadow that will hopefully help me create a subtle smokey eye look a la Mila Kunis.

My makeup collection is still 'young.' I'm still building my collection, but I love makeup more than ever. I am attending college this fall to become a nutritionist/dietician, but I am also (hopefully) also majoring in esthetics and/or taking makeup artist classes. When something is your true passion, you've just gotta go for it, right? Anywho, there'll be posts to come with celebrity-inspired looks, and product reviews. I recently jumped on the Clarisonic bandwagon, so I'll give my honest opinion of that, and my updated skincare system!!

That's all for now, later lovelies.