Friday, July 20, 2012

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Review


This fell into my possession after I became convinced that I needed it for months, unwilling to acknowledge anything that indicated otherwise. I wasn't attracted to it for the HD trend but because it received great reviews. I even convinced myself to buy the "HD Complexion Starter Kit" the platinum package deal of this foundation. I was expecting the best but from the start I have had a love/hate relationship with this and it hurts! Im not someone who has an eminence collection of high-end products so vast that I am deadened to their sense of luxury. The few that I have I cherish, I worry when they get lost and I beat myself up with they get damaged. To have something in my high end collection that is not perfect is devastating.  
Normally I am no good at reviews, I tend to want to say, put simply, 'it's pretty and I like it', only in a overly complex, round-about way, with fancy words and photos that are relevant to the content only in my head, among all the chaos I completely forget to include the parts that people actually want to know, you know, the parts that make my review relatively helpful. However sometimes I feel they just have to be done! This post was bordering on ridiculously long, so I condensed it into boring bullet form for your convenience. Will resume normal formatting next post! 

  • Application- I can use any brush under the sun or just fingers, it is impossible to get a bad application with such a silky foundation, it practically blends itself. 
  • Texture-  A light weight, smooth (possibly silicon?) texture. It's slippery and smooths across the face easily, which also conserves product.  
  • Finish-   The epitome of a "second skin" foundation, It's not really visible on the skin and doesn't give off a 'makeup-y' impression. I'd say a Satin finish, definitely not matte.   
  • Buildable-  Easy to sheer out or build up without looking cakey. Yay!
  • Looks great in photos- As a horribly un-photogenic person I need all the help I can get, and as a pale person I can also tell you that it is extremely difficult to insure that your entire face doesn't get washed away by flash. MUFE has a complex, technical mumbo-jumbo type of explanation for why this looks good in photos, just know that those claims are true. 

Still Confused: 

  • Color Match: With a selection of 26 shades, I still had to go back to Sephora three times before I finally settled on color 120. For some reason makeup artists want to make me two shades darker and orange. Maybe it's not the fault of the foundation but im still worried I will never get a perfect color match. 

  • Wear-  The biggest problem I have with this foundation! Without a primer, put nicely, this looks very dewy after about three hours, by the end of the day it will practically slide off of my face. By the way, I am not even an oily skin type, im normal, For most foundations I dont even use primer. With primer this lasts all day but still gets dewy. Oily skin types beware! 
  • Sticks to dry patches- In the winter my skin gets dry and this looks awful. So not suitable for dry skin types either, in my opinion. 
  • Coverage- The most confusing aspect of this foundation when I was reading reviews on it before I purchased. Some say full coverage, some say light, I say both. It oddly covers some things fully and other things lightly.  
    • Full coverage: Redness and uneven skin-tone. 
    • Light-Medium Coverage: Acne scaring, hyper-pigmentation, and dark spots
  • Cost- Can't complain too much about the cost of a luxury product, but the fact that it doesn't preform well makes me feel completely justified in my complaints. $42 for three hours of wear! 

HD Complexion Starter Kit: 
It comes with The foundation (full sized, any shade), 0.5oz HD Microperfecting Primer, 0.17 HD Microfinish Powder, and Kabuki Brush. Since this was the first liquid foundation I ever bought I thought that I would need all of these things, but your normal primer and powder will likely work fine with this foundation. This costs $79.00. The foundation alone costs $42.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

How to remove glitter or gel nail polish


How to remove glitter or gel nail polish, with very little effort and damage to your nails. 

First things first, your list of materials includes the usual nail polish remover, however for gel nail polish removal you may need a remover that has a higher acetone content than usual. You'll also need cotton rounds (or squares, or balls, or ninja stars, whatever shape you usually buy), and the only unconventional material you will be needing is aluminum foil, which shouldn't be too hard to acquire as it is an oddly conventional unconventional item

Ninja star cotton and you're ready to battle the glitter dragons! 

Oh, and that is the proper attire for this technique.

Ninjas and glitter dragons aside: Just soak your cotton in nail polish remover, place in on your nail, cover your finger with foil, and wait. Waiting time will differ, for glitter you typically wont need to wait more than 5 minutes, but for gel you may need to wait up to 15 minutes.

 While you are waiting, enjoy your sexy new cyberman fingers, if anyone asks just tell them you have been upgraded. 

Slide your finger out of the foil and there should be little to no glitter polish left. If there is it'll be softened and easily removed. With gel there will likely be polish left, however it should also be softened and you can remove it usually by scraping it off.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fourth of July NOTD


This is a Fourth of July inspired nail art perfect for those who are particularly unskilled at nail art. Just because you cant draw stars and stripes perfectly onto your nails (or you dont own a white nail polish for some reason) doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the patriotic festivities! 

I used the same technique as I did for these nails. I thought the metallic stippling would be reminiscent of fireworks, at least in the abstract, and gold and silver just happen to work harmoniously within the holiday's color palette.

Navy blue is perfect for this, not only is it a flag color but it also acts as the night sky backdrop to my makeshift fireworks. I used both silver and gold metallic finish nail polish to create the firework effect. The red unfortunately doesnt coincide with the fireworks theme but I had to throw it in there to prevent the nails from looking Christmas-y. Overall It's not bad for my first themed nail art, I feel festive!