Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - Monistat - Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
annieup 5/3/2011 7:54:00 AM
After about five hours of having makeup on, I took a glimpse at a department store mirror and was disgusted at how my makeup looked like an oil slick. My foundation was always perfect and I so wasn't use to it looking like that. I thought to myself "OMG, wtf is going on".....Then I remembered rushing my makeup application that morning and forgetting to apply my chafing powder-gel. I've been using this product for the last year and it delivers. There is a HUGE difference when I don't use it. That particular experience made me realize how amazing this product is and I never want to go with out it. Even on days where I'm not wearing foundation, it just gives my skin a smooth finish and closes and large looking pores.
This was the first time I tried a cream product for blush. I saw this product at the pro store and fell in love. This cream as a blush looks so beautiful on my NW45 skintone. It looks like I'm really glowing from within as oppose to blush just sitting on top of my face. This product adds a special touch to a dull face.
I recently purchased this brush and it has moved into my "top 10 brushes" category. I own about 60/65 brushes. This brush is PERFECT for spot concealing my dark spots from acne scarring. I also use this brush everyday for blending concealer around my eyebrows (for shaping purposes and to make it pop). The brush is very thin which gives me precise application. It's also great for applying eye shadow bases, creams and paintpots, etc..etc... Truly a multi purposes brush. I'm actually going to pick up another one since I use this everyday. The price of the brush was $28.50 btw
As a fan of Iman's Stick Foundation, I figured I'd give the Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup a try. At first, I didn't like it for the summer because of the slight shimmers I noticed in it. It almost seemed like bronzer or Nars Taj Mahal was mixed into the foundation. Thought it was too much for the summer as my skin was extra oily. I didn't want anything on my face to even rhyme with the word shimmer. I recently circled back to this foundation and I'm glad I did. I really like it. I'm loving the slight bronzy glow it gave me. The coverage is AWESOME. Usually, I'd have to go back a second time to cover my dark spots but once times a charm with this foundation. It comes out of the tupe like a mousse as opposed to a liquid. And Like the name says, it does add a radiance type of "alive" look to my face......made me feel like a goddess. For reference, I wear an NW45 in MAC (which is slightly too red). I'm an Earth 3 in the Luxury Radiance Foundation. Great two in one foundation when you want a glow-bronze effect to your face. I call this "out the door makeup in 5minutes".......It also photographs wonderfully. I recommend using this foundation when your skin is exfoliated well. I gave it four lippies because if your skin is in bad shape, it showcases/highlights small bumps. A little goes along way when applying to those areas. I've also noticed if I put to much, i notice a "gold" type of shimmer so practice and play around with this foundation
I'm a fan of this stick foundation. I love stick foundations because it's easy to travel with. The color is great to blend in with fingers. It's very light and feels as if there is nothing on my face. Doesn't feel heavy. The coverage is medium and buildable. I apply the foundation to dark spots and areas that need coverage and then just blend. This allows my natural skin to show through giving it such a natural appearance for everyday. For reference, I am inbetween a NC50-NW45 in Mac foundations. (NW44 would be perfect). The Almond looked a tad bit too dark for my complextion. I guess due to the neutral tone. It worked well around the perimeter but not too well for the rest of the face. So I purchased the Chestnut and it was perfect. I've been breaking out lately but I'm not too sure if I could blame it on this foundation or not. This foundation is about $44
This foundation is great. I'm one of those people who like to perfect a canvas which takes preference over eyeshadows and whatnot. This foundation gives a nice matte finish and dries very quickly. It gives my face some sort of glow that I can't describe. It looks super natural, even after putting an additional layer of coverage. Medium coverage....PERFECT for oily skin. And there's no foundation residue on my cell phone. Like honestly, I'd be surprised if I see one bad review on it. (A bad review wd have to come from someone with extremely dry skin)......I haven't left it on to see if it really last 15 hours but it certainly does last 12 hours for sure. At the end of the day, I usually use a baby wipe to wipe fdn off before washing and there is usually not too much makeup on it. When I used a wipe to take off this longwear fdn, there's makeup all over the wipe. And it actually rinses off at the end of the day. Usually, I'd have no makeup left after sweating it off. That's proof that it does last. I'm also glad it has a pump. I left a picture in my profile labeled "Mac Longwear Fdn" to show you how natural it looks. Update: Oct 1, 2010 Unfortunately, my beloved foundation has a few draw backs for me now. First is the color. NW45 seems a bit too dark for me and after a few hours, the color seems to change. The NW50 just looks too pasty on me. Mixing them together just doesn't work. Still looks a lil wierd. I wish there was a larger color selection. Perhaps me mixing NW45 and NW43 (if there were one) may work. And NW44 would be perfect but that doesn't exist. Also, I notice that when I take pictures, there's a grey-white cast. So I'm a lil hesitant to take pictures w/ a flash in this foundation. The picture I posted with this foundation was in day light, no flash and after first applying. This could be avoided with some major blending and bronzer/powder. The coverage is more so medium. like, it doesn't cover all the dark spots i have on the side of my face. But going heavier with this foundation isn't a good idea because it'll look cakey due to all of the oil absorbing properties. Overall, I think it's still a good foundation that everyone with oily skin should try. Especially if you want a natural looking coverge that last all day. I took off a lippy and will put it back on when Mac adds more shades.
I'm surprised this brush didn't get more reviews. This is a great brush for applying crease color to smaller eye lids like mine. I love detail so this brush helps me obtain precision and definition to the eye area. Very High Quality brush. I own two now and if I ever lost them, I'd definitely purchase again
Makeup Brushes -Sigma - F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki (was SS197)
annieup 6/16/2010 6:56:00 AM
This is my favorite foundation brush. It's now called the F80 Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush. I own four of these brushes and feel it works better than the MAC 187 because it's denser. I stipple foundation on my face with this brush. I also use it to buff and blend. I have an obsession with makeup brushes and this is by far my HG. With the quality and effective nature of this brush, I'd pay more than $16 for it.
For the beauty whore that I am, if I had to choose only 5 makeup products/tools that I had to use for a "makeover" or at a beauty island, this blending sponge would definitely be on the list. I absolutely love the finish I got when using this tool. I couldn't stop looking in the mirror because the results of it's blending property was almost surreal. I'd never thought anything would be as good/better than my MAC 187. This sponge blends the product perfectly in my skin and it doesn't look like I'm wearing makeup. I apply my liquid foundation on my face first, then use the blending sponge to stipple the product into my skin. Remember to bounce off the skin. I'm addicted to bouncing it on my face. Results?????? Flawless. Use Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Soap to clean the sponge. I clean it after every use. I once used it to apply my foundation, powder and blush and was looking like a barbie doll. No Streaks. Now the question is, why was mine $15 and everyone elses $10? I think Target made a mistake on my purchase.
Makeup Brushes -Make Up For Ever - foundation brush 35N
annieup 9/26/2009 4:56:00 PM
I absolutely love this brush. There is a large brush area which helps me apply my foundation easier. I stipple this on my skin and don't have any streaking problems. Compared to Macs #189 foundation brush, this brush is superior. I feel as if I can do less work when applying my liquid foundation.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
annieup 2/23/2009 11:21:00 PM
I like this foundation. It makes my skin look really natural and youthful. I love the glow it gives me. It works well with my Mac 187 stippling brush as well as a regular foundation brush. If you like that Matte look, this foundation may not be for you. This product has more of a glowy look by mid and end of the day. I have oily skin and I touch up with a light touch of powder 6-8hours later. Sometimes, I don't at all. I prefer the youthful-glowy look. This foundation makes me feel as if I don't have any makeup on. Very light. So far, it's one of the best foundations for me. I don't seem to breakout from the product like I do when trying the others.
I love serendipity. It's so pretty with the milani cocomo lip liner as well. this is definately a keeper and is very similar to MAC's Oh Baby.
I love the phillips Milk of Magnesia. Once a week, after washing, I exfoliate the skin lightly with baking soda. Then I steam my skin for about 7 minutes using a pot of boiling water. then i use the MOM on my skin and set for 30minutes. I have very oily-combo skin and MOM helps me stay pimple free. it's the best ---I also read somewhere that Beyonce uses it and the model Iman suggested it as a facial mask also. This is the best product for oily skin