Makeup Brushes -Too Faced - Retractable Kabuki Brush
xoxMoo 8/7/2011 6:47:00 PM
This brush is fantastic. I use it to buff on Mac Studio Fix Powder + Foundation and it gives me perfect medium/full coverage. It's super soft and it doesn't shed at all. It's quite pricey but definitely worth it in my opinion.
I've used this stuff for a couple years and I like it a lot. This is probably best for normal/combination skin, as I have noticed that if my skin isn't exfoliated and moisturized really well it can really cling to dry patches (which is the case with most powders). Also it does tend to get a bit shiny a couple hours after applying it, but for me it's more of a "glowy" shine rather than a greasy shine. The coverage is awesome, it can be used for sheer all the way to full coverage depending on how much you use and what kind of brush you use to apply it. I use a really dense kabuki brush (the one from Too Faced) and I buff it into my skin and it gives me that medium/full coverage airbrushed look without looking overly powdery or cakey. It does oxidize slightly, but I find that after it oxidizes it just looks even more natural and skinlike. Overall, it's great. If you're looking for a good quality powder foundation with great coverage, this is it.
Lip Treatments -eos - Smooth Sphere Organic Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew
xoxMoo 8/1/2011 4:30:00 AM
Adorable packaging, smells great, but doesn't really do anything for your lips. If you're looking for something that's going to really moisturize or relieve chapped lips this isn't it. However, if you're just looking for a fun everyday lip balm, this is it.
This stuff is awesome. Once I got this I was shocked at how easy it was to get a perfect line. This felt tip makes it super easy and it's really long lasting. I've heard this compared a lot to the L'Oreal Lineur Intense and while they are very similar, I definitely think this one is better (it better be for how much more it costs). It is very black and not too runny or watered down like some liquid liners.
I don't even know where to begin with this stuff. Well first off, I got this in the Combination/Oily formula in Ivory. That may have been where I first went wrong. Now I'm pretty good about exfoliating and moisturizing but this foundation made my skin look like every drop of moisture or dewiness had been sucked out of it. My skin looked dull and flaky and gross. Also, I felt like this stuff was nearly impossible to blend. It dried to my skin and wouldn't budge the second I put it on there. It felt like dried paint on my face, so naturally I went to go take it off. Ohhh no. This stuff does NOT come off. I went through about 3 moist towelettes and then ended up having to scrub my face several times before this stuff would even start to come off. They're really not kidding when they say it's a long-wearing formula. Overall, this was definitely not for me. However, if you have very oily skin, need medium/full coverage, and have mastered blending (very) quickly then this might be for you.
Tinted Moisturizer -BeneFit Cosmetics - You Rebel Lite Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
xoxMoo 1/31/2011 7:13:00 PM
I'm pretty sad about this product. I wanted to like it really bad! I'm a huge fan of Benefit products, not only because I'm a sucker for cute packaging but also because they just have really nice products but this was NOT one of them. I'm not extremely pale, but I do have fair skin and this product was way too dark for me, I'd say about 3 or 4 shades, which makes me wonder what color the original must be. I tried several different ways of applying it thinking that if I could get a very thin layer and blend it really well I might be able to pull it off, but nope. It was still very greasy and orange on my skin. I also found that it actually accentuated the dry spots on my face and would kinda peel off into little balls when I was trying to blend it. Would not buy again.