Friday, September 28, 2012

L'oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: First Impressions


If you are as sick of hearing about BB Creams as much as I am then maybe I can tempt you with some Magic (that should totally be the name of this product)! The newest edition to L'oreal's "Magic" line is a so called "BB Cream", which apparently has no skin care benefits (how does that work?), but I had to give it a fair chance. Will I become a victim of a Magikoopa? because this color palette is making me a little uneasy...

Primes (and smooths), Perfects (hide flaws), Hydrates (all day), and Corrects (evens).

This starts out as a white grainy liquid texture. When you begin to rub it in it claims to "adjust" (With Magic!) to your skin tone, however mine turned orange ( I probably need the shade 'fair' instead of 'light'). Beware, you do not have a huge amount of time to blend before it starts to dry to a powdery texture.

It gives a light coverage, more than you'd expect from a BB cream, covering redness and uneven skintone perfectly but not pigmentation. The color adjusting thing might be a little tricky, making your skin look patchy (like mine did), but I think as long as you are careful to apply evenly all over then it shouldn't be a huge deal. 

That orange patch is the actual color of the foundation when then light itsn't washing it out. I found it quite dark to be considered the "light" shade. 

To my surprise this gives a semi-matte finish. Not something I expected from a product that claims to be moisturizing 'all day' and a matte finish with light coverage just doesn't look right to me. Also this finish might be a negative for someone with dry skin, it seemed to look a little flakey in drier areas. However I preferred this less shiny finish on my skin type. 

Because of the semi-matte finish this wore very well. It wore for hours without looking greasy, just as long as my usual foundation with no fading. Im very impressed.

My Conclusion:
Im not sure why this is called a BB cream. Where are the skincare benefits?  I mean it doesn't even have spf! It seems more like a light foundation to me; It's already the same price as a foundation but for the money I'd personally buy something with more coverage, so this product is a little useless in my eyes.  It's not even comparable to a tinted moisturizer because it doesn't appear to be moisturizing. However for my normal skin and oily skins, I think this is the better option, definitely wore better than Maybelline BB Cream. If I was going to purchase a BB Cream I would choose this one.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

OPI Germany Collection: My Very First Knockwurst


My nails are officially out of retirement! They've finally stopped breaking and peeling from the nail challenge and yesterday I got tons of new exciting nail products! I did not go to Ulta for nail products but I somehow ended up with about five... this is the only thing I got from the OPI Germany Collection however, because most of the shades seemed like nothing I'd wear or something I already have. But I still had to mention it, my one lonely fall collection color is "My Very First Knockwurst". 

The light was washing it out a but, Its less beige and more pink in real life. 

The first time I go to seriously paint my nails in a month and nothing was going my way! I made a mess around the edges and couldnt find my nail polish remover, streaked practically every nail, and wasn't patient enough to let it dry resulting in a few wobbly patches, not to mention my topcoat somehow dried out and wrecked one of my nails.  

A good pinky nude has been on my shopping list for quite some time, so just gonna give myself a little mental high five for actually picking up something I needed. This is more interesting than your classic pink nude because it's a little more toned down, it's not the vibrant pastel pink nude that is commonly seen which I actually feel makes it a little more flattering on my skin tone. 

I own a few nudes that are frustratingly sheer, so I can appreciate that this is opaque in two coats. However I have a little trouble with streaking, which I find is a problem with a lot of lighter OPI shades, but it's tolerable. The formula is, as always, very liquid but not too watery and it does smooth itself out very nicely.

There is also a beige toned nude in this collection that is very similar to this, but obviously beige not pink. Its called "Dont Pretzel my Buttons" However it struck me as very similar to a shade I got from the Holland Collection last season called "Did you ear about Van Gogh" 

This is not really a color I expected to see in a fall collection but after I put it on I understood.  It's subtle grey undertone dulls it down making it look more fall appropriate and actually I think it will look better on me when my skin gets paler. So I think i'll be wearing this tons this fall and recommend it to anyone looking for a nice pink nude.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: First Impressions


The times of not being able to sample drug store products are over, If you want to test something out chances are you can find a sample within the confines of your favorite magazine.
I must be subscribed to just about every fashion and beauty magazine there is, when new issues arrive each month it's the one thing that can brighten my day, I can spend hours admiring their pages of beautiful photos, but now, Im ashamed to say, the moment these magazines arrive I quickly flip through them hunting for the latest product samples. I still read them of course, but the initial Halmark moment between us is ruined by my behavior, which is comparable only to that of Black Friday shoppers. 
Too my surprise i've been getting a lot of decently sized samples. Not long ago foundation samples were enough for one swatch, which I found practically useless. Now I have a few BB cream samples with more than enough to use of my whole face, so I decided to put them to good use and do a few First Impressions. 

If your are unfamiliar with the latest BBcream trend thingy, you should know that this term is just the latest re-marketing of the product previously know as a 'tinted moisturizer' (at least in the western world).
These BBcreams are supposed to be jammed with much more skin care than a tinted moisturizer, but those claims are debatable, you know how the marketing game works.

This is a gel liquidy texture, a bit runnier than a cream. I found that it's more like a moisturizer than a foundation and I preferred to use my hands to rub it in. Also just like a moisturizer it kind of absorbed into my skin after a minute. 

Coverage is much like a tinted moisturizer but emphasis more on the moisturizer and less on the tint. It's a light coverage but I actually find it quite nice. It evens out skin tone well, takes down redness, smooths over pores, and doesn't stick to dry patches, all while being completely invisible on the skin. 

Nice Natural Coverage and Finish
This does not have a 'finish' per-say. I found it to feel like freshly moisturized skin, a bit shiny looking. 

Now here is where it started to go downhill for me, I actually liked the way it looked when freshly applied, but only an hour in I was beginning to get antsy about the look and feel. I don't consider myself to have oily skin but it's not dry either, It's now apparent that my skin just doesn't need another moisturizer. Also I had to make a brief run to the post office and it was 90 degrees outside, after that It felt so greasy it was uncomfortable, obviously this does not hold up well to those conditions, making it completely impractical for my life unfortunately. 

This is the cringe moment. Freshly applied to just 5 hours later. My face looked greasy anywhere the light hit it, including areas I dont get oily. Sidenote: I dont know if my skin was red from the heat or I had a blush accident but lets not talk about it. 

My Conclusion:
This doesn't work for me, I can handle the coverage but not the wear. I think this would be great for people who have dry, dehydrated, or dull skin, but the moisture and luminosity will kill anyone with normal to oily skin. 
I really wanted to like this, I wanted to jump on the BB cream bandwagon, use a nice light fresh face product, and find something to take the place of my beloved, long discontinued, Clinique tinted moisturizer. It's a shame because the packaging is so adorable, but onto the next one I suppose! Next im giving my First Impressions on the L'oreal BBcream, see you then. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Kate Moss Lipsticks Review


It seems I have some 'splaining to do, One day I felt incomplete and I decided that maybe I just needed a little more lipstick in my life. How does this differ from how I normally feel? That's irrelevant! So I went on a drugstore lipstick buying extravaganza and im not bragging but it was beautiful. Onto the part that concerns you, I've decided to review each brand in a series sort of thing, in the end i'll post which one I think is the 'best drug store lipstick', and obviously links so everyone can decide for themselves. Long story short, be prepared to be bombarded with lipstick posts!
 I apologize in advance for any incoherent content, a few hours ago I was on a sugar high from a soda and donut binge (I highly discourage this behavior (also that combination)), and im still finding it hard to concentrate.

Color Selection:
I may be a bit biased in this department because this is MY kinda color selection! There is a red for everyone, red reds, deep reds, pink reds, plum reds, and orange reds, not to mention some wearable pinks and the odd not so wearable purple and grey (yes grey!). It's just a color range that oozes cool, yet has something for everyone, and apparently is popular because shades are being added left and right.
I decided to get two colors, and Im thinking about getting a few more, Naturally I had to get a red # 09 and I just couldn't resist A purple # 04. I mean what are the odds I'll find a color like that in another drug store collection? Maybe on Halloween! 

I have to say I was skeptical, for the price I was expecting a decently tolerable formulation, but I got an amazing one! It's a very classic formulation that offers high pigmentation, a satin finish, and stains for lasting-power. These apply with a nice creamy texture but set as more of a satin or demi-matte finish on the lips, which is my preference.
Also, these have the most amazing fruity candy smell! They even smell better than MAC lipsticks and I do love the Vanilla. 

Application and Wear:
The formula offers enough slip to make application easy, without going over board and making it prone to smudging or migrating outside the lip line.
Wear is great because it is very staining and a satin finish. The stain keeps the color on your lips and the satin finish limits transferring or smearing. The color stays on for hours. 

The only problem I have is the purple color does stick to dry patches. Maybe because it's so dark, It's not a problem with the red color. 

Excuse me, I must take a moment and celebrate the fact that I made it through this post without crashing and ending up face down in my keyboard. Alright...
Any lipstick lover needs one of these, or all of them; Im incredibly surprised that I liked these so much, considering I almost forgot about this brand all together. By the way, Rimmel's new fall collection will feature more shades of these in Matte finishes!!! You know I'll be buying all of them.... for the price of one high-end lipstick no less.
I've never been this excited about a drug store lipstick line... or have I? You'll find out when I review the next brand!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review


I have a reputation, at least in my own head, for being overly picky about my skin products, and after being failed by numerous new and trendy foundations, I decided I was completely done with that scene. I wanted no part in gimmicks: no 'airbrush', no 'HD/PhotoReady', no 'Magic', no 'Dream', and absolutely no 'BBs' of any kind! But 'Healthy' was something I could get behind, it didn't have strenuous marketing ploys or jazzy packaging, it simply offered up itself, a foundation, SPF 20, and a few antioxidants for good measure; it was exactly what I was looking for. ("dont begin a sentence with 'but'" "dont end a sentence with a preposition" Look at me being all rebellious!) 

It's not a thick blobby consistency that is sure to clog your pores nor is it a watery runny mess that gives no coverage, it's a perfect balance a silky creamy texture that assures blend-ability and a skin-like appearance. It's does not set quickly so it remains bendable for a very long time, however it is thick enough to leave lines and streaks from improper blending.

This foundation is all about 'healthy' and 'glowing' skin, but luckily it isnt packed with shine and glitter! It's a very very subtle glow, it'd hesitate to even say dewyness (I dont want to give the oily skinned panic attacks) but it is luminous. In a way, it almost appears as if it just never completely sets, it keeps a slight creamy appearance, something that does look very healthy.

Dont worry! It's not one of those 'dewy' finishes that does the disappearing act, 6 hours in and apparently you didn't put any makeup on this morning, the coverage stays put, no fading!
Ok, it's been extremely hot and humid where I live lately (oh the horror, im getting terrible makeup and hair disaster flashbacks) and this tended to look a little too 'dewy' after a while (I powdered and primer-ed which helped!), although still it didn't fade!
In cooler weather and also with my skin being normal, I dont powder this and it wears quite well.

Dont I have it all: redness, scaring, pores, acne, freckles, well this covers them very well. It's not 'flawless' coverage because this is more of a natural but better foundation, but it gives a good medium coverage, it builds without caking, you can layer and layer this with no consequence.
This always looks good on the skin, it looks like practically nothing, especially if a very light layer is used it will be invisible on the skin and still give decent coverage. 

Before and After: One layer of foundation

Color Match: (shade 30 Buff, slight pink undertone)
I took a shot in the dark, I hesitantly chose shade 30 just because 3 out of 9 is where I assumed my skin tone to be in a range, and it's actually one of the best color matches I've ever gotten with a foundation. My biggest problem is foundations being extremely yellow, I consider myself to have a neutral undertone, now you will notice this shade has a slight pink undertone ( I heard some shades are yellow also) but I prefer this over the yellow because it's a lot less noticeable (and I dont look like im dying of liver failure). It is becomming a little dark, as we move into fall I'm thinking I might even become the lightest shade, which leads me too....

Color Selection:
The only downfall I can see in this foundation is it only comes in nine shades, and of those nine it's quite difficult to choose since they all look really strange in the bottle. They have a sort of grey cast to them, no indication of undertones, and none of them appear to be all that light or dark. I think I got lucky picking my shade, I was hesitant but I just went with my instinct, I knew I would most likely be at the beginning of a shade range, so I suggest that kind of thinking when you are picking.
Im becoming a little concerned, my skin is lightening and I think I'll probably be the lightest shade in the winter, I am pale, but I do not think im the palest person in the world. I mean, if one person's skin can vary up to three shades, then it's quite concerning if there are only nine to choose from!

This is in a very simplistic glass bottle, which is kind of heavy, with a screw on mirrored lid. It does look nice, but of course it has one fatal flaw, no pump. A really large opening and its very liquidy, so yes it can make quite a mess. Product gets all over the bottle, in the lid, and all over your hands, which then gets grubby little finger prints all over the lid.

I'm not quick to pass judgement on makeup products, I am however pessimistic; I've been wearing this everyday for a few months now, in preparation for judgment day, trying to find fault in it and the truth is I just can't. I find myself in disbelief, telling myself 'this is nothing special, it can't be so perfect' but it never disappoints. Maybe it isn't perfect or special but it is a lovely everyday foundation and one of the only foundations to get my 'okay to repurchase' stamp of approval. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

How Much is My Face Worth?


Yesterday I finally got a chance actually sit down, relax, and read blogs, and 'How Much is My Face Worth' posts kept popping up. I must have read about ten, they were so intriguing, I wasn't so interested in the totals as much as I was nosy about what makeup products everyone else uses; however It did spark some curiosity about how much I actually spend on makeup, So I had to do this! 
 I did my makeup the same as the day before, before I saw these posts, as not to be biased. 

Disclaimer: I may or may not look like this in real life.
 Pictures make me look funny, or maybe normal, who knows I can't see myself. 

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation in 30 Buff - $11
I don't like to use my expensive foundations everyday so I bought this; and it turns out this looks even better than some high end ones do! I love it, and review is coming soon. 
Elf Blush in Tickled Pink - $3
This is just a basic pink blush that goes with anything. It's nothing special but it lasts surprisingly long lasting and has great color pay off. $3 well spent! 
Benefit Hoola Bronzer - $28
Bought this to contour with, im not much of a bronzer type girl. It's a little too orange for my skin-tone, but I make due. I dont really think it was a good buy for me. 
Make Up For Ever HD Primer Mini - $15ish (forgot to include in picture)
This came with my HD Foundation, but I really like this primer. It makes my makeup last longer, prevents my eyeshadow from creasing, and stops my foundation from sliding off my face. I kinda guessed as to the price though, based on the mini sizes of the other MUFE products. 
MAC Mineralize Skin-finish Natural - $29 (forgot to include in picture)
I only use this in summer but this is a serious setting powder, it stops my makeup from getting shiny for hours. I also love the finish it leaves and the smooth non-cakey texture. Maybe there are cheaper powders out there but im satisfied with this. 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette - $50
It seems as though this one killed me but Im just in the habit of using this everyday because it's convenient. I only used two shades for highlight, but I have to count it, it's the rules. I do love this and think it's absolutely worth the money.
MAC Eyeshadow in Blue Orbit - $20
Just started using this a few days ago. I get sucked into buying something every limited edition collection! But this is a beautiful lavender/periwinkle color and a nice formula, I need to use it more often. 
MAC Kohl Eyeliner in Violet Underground - $15
This is one of those things that I kinda feel guilty about, I mean this is lovely but im sure I could buy a cheaper purple eyeliner. Damn you MAC, why do you have to be so incredibly convenient! 
Maybelline Volume Express Colossal Mascara - $6
My favorite Mascara! Granted I haven't tried many high-end mascaras, but I probably wont, they aren't worth it to me when Maybelline makes such great alternatives.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in light - $7
This isn't the most pigmented concealer, but it's brightening and it doesn't fade or crease. It works well enough most days.
Smashbox Brow Tech in Brunette- $25
OK, I would NOT pay $25 for brow powder, but actually my mom gave this to me for no reason one day (it was kinda awesome),  but she has no concept of what things cost and most likely got talked into it by some sales lady, so, Win for me! 
MAC Lipstick in Please Me - $14
My last MAC purchase, Im not sure if this fits the criteria of what I was looking for (a nude?) but it was the least of all the evil the sales woman tried on me. It's the nudest lipstick I own, needless to say nudes look awful on me! On a positive note, this is a sweet color with a matte finish that lasts all day. 

Total is $223

Apparently my face isn't cheap! This is actually surprising, until I sat down and wrote all of those items and costs out, I thought I used a lot of cheap makeup. I think... umm actually I don't even know what to think anymore. My total is $223, think what you will, but im just gonna keep on livin' my makeup obsessed life in blissful ignorance!

So, Am I a horrible person? Average? How Much is Your Face Worth?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Murad clarifying mask: Skincare Saturday


Apparently when I deemed this skincare Saturday I failed to mention it'd be more like "sometimes skincare Saturday", because either I suck at consistency, keeping my word, or Im just trying to make this more exciting because predictability is boring ( It's definitely the last one).
 Let's not drag this out, this is today's Skincare pick because this is simply my favorite mask... at least until I find one that will allow me to moonlight as a vigilante*, then unfortunately this will be bumped to my second favorite mask.

What does it do?
This contains %4 sulfur which is the active ingredient that helps fight acne. The reason sulfur is great for clarifying and treating acne is that it draws out impurities from skin, rather than just burning and peeling layers of skin off like salsylic acid does.
The cool thing is for those of you, who like me, have milder acne, this makes a really great spot treatment. Seriously put this on a spot for a few hours or over night and it will significantly reduce, if not clear it up completely.
Also for those with mild to no acne but far from perfect skin, this comes complete with a few more uses and benefits. As the name states it's a 'clarifying mask', it's a great acne treatment, but also just a great detox for your skin, it helps draw out oils, blackheads, and any other junk your skin collects over time, which I find makes my skin feel a lot cleaner, look much healthier, and also shrinks pores.

It's a thick clay consistency that applies creamy and dries powdery.  

The downside?
Yes it smells like sulfur, No it does not go away after you wash it off. It's a bit annoying that the scent clings to your skin but it's not that over powering.
It's expensive, it retails for $37 at Sephora. The good news is you can get a sample at sephora, encase you want to try it out first... well who doesn't.

Warning and a bit of advice. 
This is a sulfur based clay mask, which is meant to be clarifying and an acne treatment type mask. It's not one of those acne treatments that require a recovery stage where you must don floppy hats, scarves, and sunglasses to protect both your skin, identity, and the public from the sight of your face quite literally, falling off, However it is serious stuff, if used too much or if your skin is very sensitive or damaged (like sunburned) this can cause it to feel sore, dry, or peel.
I have sensitive skin and have experienced soreness from over usage but experience no ill-effects from infrequent use or use as a spot treatment.

Im going to be responsible this time and schedule this to be posted on Saturday so it's not neglected like last Saturday, when I was busy watching Doctor Who ... I mean not being predictable! Anyways, have a nice Saturday.

* Or Villain, im undecided.