December 05, 2013

Hourglass - Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Chestnut Review

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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free

What it is:
A breakthrough liquid-to-powder foundation formula that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections, and delivers a long-lasting, velvet-matte finish.

What it does:
This high-tech foundation incorporates cashmere kaolinite clay, which offers exceptional oil absorption—absorbing 75 percent of its weight in sebum while retaining the skin’s natural moisture. The oil-free, humidity-proof, and water-resistant formula transforms instantly from liquid to powder creating an all-day finish that camouflages imperfections and never looks dull or flat. Immaculate’s superfine treated pigments provide unsurpassed coverage without looking cakey or mask-like, and effectively eliminate the need for powder, blotting, or constant touch-ups throughout the day.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is infused with clinical levels of two powerful antiaging ingredients—phytostem edelweiss and lavandox.

Research results:
In a four-week consumer study of 30 women with oily, acne-prone skin:
-100% reported an improvement in overall skin appearance and skin smoothness
-100% reported that the product worked without drying their skin
-83% reported a decrease in oil production and the need for touch-ups
-80% reported a visible improvement in acne scars
-70% reported a visible improvement in pore size
-63% reported a reduction in the severity of breakouts 

The Product:
Breakouts: No 
Color: Chestnut
Finish: Matte
Oxidizes: No
Pump: Yes
Staying Power: 10-12 Hours 
Scent: Mild
SPF: No
Coverage: Full
Skin type: Oily


Products used:
Brush: Real Techniques buffing brush

Additional Information:
Price: $55
Repurchase: I would repurchase this item 
Rating: Excellent


My Thoughts:
Chestnut is a perfect match for my NC50 (yellow undertones) skin tone.
The first time I tried this product, I was horrified at how my skin looked. I did not think that it would mattify my skin as much as it did.I used my regular skincare routine; light moisturizer and mattifying primer. That turned out to be a big mistake. This foundation mattified the skin so much that I actually looked dry and scaly.

The second time I tried this foundation, I used a light moisturizer and Make Up For Ever Microperfecting HD primer. It wasn't as dry and scaly, but it did look too dry.
On the third application, I used a heavy moisturizer and no primer. This was the combination that made this foundation look flawless.

This is not a foundation which can be applied right out of the bottle. This one requires extra steps to get it to look great. I have to use a heavy moisturizer before I use this foundation, and for a girl with oily skin such as myself, heavy moisturizes are not something that I wear under my foundation. You cannot build this foundation; once you apply it, that's what you get. The foundation dries to a matte powder finish, so adding more on top of that looks really bad. With one application, I do achieve full coverage.

Conclusion: This is the foundation that I have spent a lifetime looking for. It does exactly what it claims to do. For me, it did not start to break down until about 12 hours, but was gone from my t zone by then.

I received so many compliments and questions about my foundation when I wore this. I definitely cannot rave enough about this foundation. Even with its steep price tag, I would purchase this product again.



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December 03, 2013

Kiss New York - Aqua BB Balm Medium Review

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All at once, moisturize, even skintone, create flawless perfection. 

With this multi-functional and high performance beauty balm enriched with powerful brightening and youth-infused properties, you will save time with just one easy step. It naturally covers and conceals any imperfections, nourishes the skin with Vitamin B and E, and brightens your face by correcting uneven skin tone after continual use.

Multi Function:
Base, foundation, concealer, moisturize, brightening, oil control, skin regeneration, pore tightening.

My Thoughts:

I really wanted this to be my holy grail BB cream; unfortunately, that is not the case. Before I go into my actual review, let me start off by saying that it's actually not a bad product, but it has its flaws. The coverage is light to medium, which covered most of my blemishes with the exception of my under eye circles.

For my first test, the wear time was about 4 hours before it started to fade in my t-zone. The medium shade was a tad too dark for me and the color difference became very noticeable when it started to wear off on the tip of my noise.

The second time I tested this product, I mixed it with Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50. The sunscreen did correct the color and it added some much needed sun protection. It wore beautify for about 4 hours, but was completely gone from my t-zone at this point. Considering I have an oily t-zone, this was to be expected. However, since I altered the color, it didn't look like I was wearing someone else's nose.

I'm really torn with this product. It looks great when color corrected to match my skin, but for me, the perfect BB cream does not require me to color correct it.  If in the right shade for my skintone, I would definitely love this BB cream. 




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December 01, 2013

Clinique - Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Medium Deep Swatch

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What it is:
An oil-free, color-correcting, perfecting formula to create a natural glow while hydrating and protecting the skin.

What it is formulated to do:
This must-have color-correcting formula smooths the complexion and creates an ultranatural radiance. It instantly corrects a range of complexion concerns including dullness, sallowness, and redness. Perfect for wearing alone or under foundation and recommended for all skin types, the lightweight, oil-free cream moisturizes and protects with sunscreen, leaving the skin soft, fresh, and flawless.

My Thoughts:  I requested the shade "deep" and received "medium deep", which is too light for my NC50 skintone.


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Kiss New York - Aqua BB Balm Medium Dark Swatch

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All at once, moisturize, even skintone, create flawless perfection. 

With this multifunctional and high performance beauty balm enriched with powerful brightening and youth-infused properties, you will save time with just one easy step. It naturally covers and conceals any imperfections, nourishes the skin with Vitamin B and E, and brightens your face by correcting uneven skin tone after continual use.

Multi Function:
Base, foundation, concealer, moisturize, brightening, oil control, skin regeneration, pore tightening.

My Thoughts:
This shade is for someone with red undertones.  This shades does not match my NC50 (yellow undertones) skintone.


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November 28, 2013

Smashbox - Friends and Family Sale

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25% off your entire purchase when you spend $50 or more. Use code: Holiday25.

Smashbox

Additional Information:
Use Ebates and get an additional 4% cash back.
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Black Friday - Tarte 25% Off

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25% Off your entire purchase, includes limited edition sets from the holiday 2013 collections. Valid now through 12/01/2013. Use code: turkey.

Tarte Cosmetics

Additional Information:
Use Ebates and get an additional 4% cash back.
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November 24, 2013

Tarte - Gorgeous Getaways Portable Palette

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Give the gift of color and convenience this season with Tarte's limited-edition Gorgeous Getaways portable palettes & collector's compact set. Overflowing with 16 expertly-coordinated eye shadows, 4 brand new blushes and 3 maracuja lipglosses, this one-of-kind modular box set also includes a chic portable palette compact for endless looks on the go!

The limited-edition set features:
  • 16 full size Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows inspired by magical destinations around the world
  • 4 full size Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blushes in new, limited-edition shades
  • 3 full size Maracuja Lipglosses in new, limited-edition shades
  • Portable collector's compact to take the interchangeable palettes on-the-go

To take your palettes with you in the collector's compact, simply lift the ribbon, remove the palette, and place it inside the compact.
A $433 value!

Ulta Exclusive


Taj Maha, Grand Canyon(matte), Central Park(matte), Big Ben(matte), Savvy(blush).
Grand Canyon is not very pigmented and it was really hard to swatch.

Santorini Bikini, Great Sphynx, Pacific Sunset, Belgian Chocolate, Spontaneous (blush).
Spontaneous is too light for my NC50 skin tone.


Serengeti Sand, Buckingham Palace, Rocky Mountains(matte), Bordeaux, Ambitious(blush).



Gold Coast, Eiffel Tower(matter), Space Needle(matte), Midnight In Paris(matte), Lighthearted(blush).

Lighthearted does show up on me. It adds a light wash of pink to my cheeks. 

This set comes with three lip glosses. I didn't swatch them because they add no visible color on my skin tone. It looks like I added something very greasy to my lips. I don't like these lip glosses at all; they are sticky with an unpleasant burning sensation.  I really wish this company would stop with the burning lip products.

Overall, this is a wonderful set. I really am pleased with this purchase. The eyeshadows were a dream to swatch and wear. I can actually wear 3 out of the 4 face products in this set. I would definitely purchase this again.








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Haul - Ulta

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Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Set
Mally Bulletproof Essentials
Urban Decay Naked Basics
Lorac Unzipped Palette
Philosophy Amazing Grace
Anastasia Beverly Hill Eye Covet

Elizabeth Arden Red Hot Croc Holiday Color Collection
Elizabeth Arden Coffret

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Tarte - Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette & Bracelet

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What it is: A limited-edition, exclusive blush set with an eco-chic bow bracelet. 

What it does: The perfect gift for the spontaneous blush enthusiast, this palette comes with a range of five full-size shades and a wearable eco-chic bow cuff that’s sure to be the season’s hottest accessory. This limited-edition set complements all skin types and is infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay that lasts up to 12 hours for fade-free, flawless wear. 

This set contains: - 4 x 0.158 oz Amazonian 12-hour blushes in Dollface (light pink), Dazzled (soft rose), Darling (nude melon), Crave (pink peach) - 0.158 oz Amazonian clay bronzer in Park Ave Princess - Wearable, eco-chic bow bracelet. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Phthalates What else you need to know: Amazonian clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient to facilitate better, longer, truer wear. Mineral pigments have been known to soothe and soften skin.



Swatches:
Crave -  Coral blush with a satin finish. This shows up nicely on my NC50 Skin tone.
Dazzled - Deep Rose colored blush with a satin finish. This one also shows up nicely on my skin tone.
Darling - Deep Peach blush with a matte finish. This shows up on me, but I can't say that I like it. It's powdery and it goes on with a white cast on my skintone.
Dollface - Pink blush with a satin finish. This blush does not look good on my skintone. Blue based pink blushes almost never look good on me.
Park Avenue Princess Bronzer - A picture is worth a thousand words. This shows up better on my arm than it does on my face. This is not a bronzer for my skin tone. 

Conclusion:

This palette offers a blush for almost every skin tone. For someone with a medium skin tone, it might be the perfect blush palette. Deeper skin tones may find that only two out of five products in this palette will work. For me, the palette is not a total disappointment since I really like the two shades that do work.

Would I repurchase this palette? No.
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November 23, 2013

Sephora - VIB Haul

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Formula X for Sephora Nail Polish:
Spark, TNT, Freaky Like Freud, Light Me Up Edison, Vortex, Crash, Fine Like Einstein, Outburst, Voltage, Like My Fire, Love Chemistry, Explosive, Law of Attraction, Centigrade, Cosmic, and Catalyst.

Urban Decay Vice Palette, The Tarte of Giving Collector's Set.
Makeup Forever Star Powders: Celadon 910, White/Mauve 942, White/Turquoise 944,
White/Orange 940. Dior Addict 500 Point Perk.

Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette & Bracelet, Kat Von D Spellbinding Eye Shadow Book, OCC Pro's Pick Lip Tar Set 1.0, Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette, Hourglass Opaque Rogue Lipsticks: Rose, Icon and Empress.

Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector Rose Gold, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Laura Mercier Artist Palette For Eyes, Illamasqua Nail Varnish Duo, Tarte Glamazon Lipstick Wild, OCC Lip Tars:  Strumpet and NSFW Metallic.
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