Category Archives: Foundation

Thumbs Up: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is the first Nars foundation I’ve tried. I have used the tinted moisturizer(I like it) and I’ve used the Radiant Creamy Concealer(I like it) but I can’t compare it to Sheer Matte or Sheer Glow. Continue reading Thumbs Up: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

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Seasons Change. Does Your Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

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Today’s #BuryMeMondays question is influenced by some tweets I saw yesterday from Krissy(@Krissy90220) entrepreneur and blogger at Addicted To All Things Pretty and Brown Girl Friendly. Now, I know it feels like Spring and Summer are never coming back depending on where you live, but I want to know, do you change your foundation as the seasons change? Continue reading Seasons Change. Does Your Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

What Was Your First Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

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My first foundation was a Cover Girl one in Soft Sable. I have no idea how good or how bad it looked but I remember using it, eventually hitting pan and purchasing it again. Not long after that I bought a pink Caboodles organizer and my dad let me order things from an Avon rep he knew. That foundation got the ball rolling for me when it came to makeup. I probably looked like a fool but there aren’t any pictures so I’ll pretend I was cute. 😉 Continue reading What Was Your First Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

Not a Dupe: Earth Theraputics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge

Earth Theraputics Sponge vs Beautyblender

So let’s get this out of the way. Is the Earth Theraputics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge a Beautyblender dupe? No. The shape and feel is close, but this product isn’t going to hold up to the cleaning that is required of it. I used this two or three days in a row and it started to show wear pretty quickly. I took into account my nails could’ve nicked the sponge during washing, however, the tip of sponge ended up with a tiny hole in it. Since the tip doesn’t get as much use as the bottom I assume the hole came from washing and handling it. I haven’t had this type of problem with my Beautyblender. Continue reading Not a Dupe: Earth Theraputics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge

How Do You Apply Your Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

It’s 2015! *throws confetti* For the new year I’m going to start a Monday Question of the Day. It’ll be posted on the blog and my social media accounts(Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest). It shouldn’t be anything too controversial. I’m just looking for a way to interact with you. It will even have a hashtag #BuryMeMondays. So use the hashtag with your answer or photo so we’ll all be able to keep up. So on to the inaugural question.

HOW DO YOU APPLY YOUR FOUNDATION?

Some swear by BeautyBlenders and other sponges for foundation application. Some love a stippling brush. Others like a flat foundation brush or a powder brush. And let’s not forget the people who use their hands. So how do you do it? Leave a comment below and if you want take a photo of your tool of choice. Be sure to use the hashtag #BuryMeMondays. 🙂

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FOTD: A Bold Summer Look Re-creation

FULL DISCLOSURE: Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator and Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo were gifted to me.

I was hanging around on Youtube and decided search for some Nars videos and ran across this one:

In this video head artist, Cindy Rodriguez, used some of the products from Nars Cosmetics’ Summer 2014 Adult Swim Collection to create a look around a bold lip. I decided to recreate the look with a few tweaks since I don’t own everything from Adult Swim.

Bold Lip Nars Summer 2014  Re-creation
Products I used for this look are below.

I feel good about it. Obviously the artist in the video didn’t wing out the eye. I did that just to add more drama because my eye looked a bit plain without it. I’ll be getting some swatches up of Lost Coast and 413 BLKR soon so you can see them upclose. I’ll also put what I used below. Let me know what you think.

Are you big on recreating the looks you see or do you just do what you want?

Products used:

Face

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – 177

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer – Ebony Bronze

NARS Blush – Desire

NARS Iluminator – 413 BLKR

Eyes

NARS Eyeshadow Duo – Lost Coast

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen eyeliner – Black

Lips

NARS Lipstick – Funny Face (swatches here)

 

Started From A Sample Now We’re Here: NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with samples. On the one hand they’re great for trying out products and if they suck you don’t have to live with buyer’s remorse. On the other hand if you love it you have to deal with the urge to run out and buy it. I ended up having to deal with the latter scenario because I was on a no-buy when I began to use my NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer.

Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime
Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer $34 (photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

The Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer was a 100 point perk from Sephora I received in March when I ordered a couple of Nars Matte Multiples from Sephora.com. The full size is $34 dollars so it’s not cheap but I think it’s worth it. Obviously, I didn’t use it immediately because here it is nearly July and I’m just now talking about it. That’s another thing about samples, sometimes they’re easy to forget and they languish somewhere never to be seen again. Luckily, that didn’t happen with this primer.

“NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex captures light, instantly optimizing its reflection. Everyday dullness and signs of fatigue fade as skin is infused with vitality. Advanced Optical Technology optically elevates skin’s natural contours, adding shape and definition. Skin looks luminous all day, in any source of light. Light Optimizing Primer glides right on and absorbs instantly, smoothing and evening skin’s surface. ” (from Sephora.com)

The various times I wore this primer I found myself not needing to blot as much as I did with other primers. I think my skin is on the extreme end of oily and it’s pretty annoying.  I kept checking my face wondering if I was truly seeing what I was seeing, a face that wasn’t an oil slick, and I wasn’t mistaken.

Since this is billed as a light optimizing primer I wasn’t surprised to see some glitter on my face after rubbing the primer into my skin. The E.L.F. Radiant Glow primer(reviewed here) gave a similar finish, but the amount of Nars primer I squeezed it out was easier to control so I didn’t experience glitter overkill.  Another thing about the Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer vs the Radiant Glow is that this one readily absorbed into my skin while the e.l.f. one just sat on my face.

With a $34 price tag I know this isn’t for everyone, but I think this primer is going to replace the other ones I’ve been using. Sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge on the stuff that works.

I couldn’t resist. LOL

Have you tried the Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer?

Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer is available at Sephora, department stores, Nars Boutiques, and narscosmetics.com.

A Little Bit of Contour and Highlight

I have this dream of beating my face to the high heavens and slaying all comers with my contouring and highlighting. However, I have a long way to go.

Why yes that is my satin scarf. lol Can you see my contouring attempt though? :-)
Why yes that is my satin scarf. lol Can you see my contouring attempt though? 🙂

Today was just practice. I think it turned out well. I used a light hand this time so we’ll see what happens if I go a little harder.

Are you good at contouring and highlighting?

Products Used:

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 177

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette No. 4

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

NARS Albatross Blush

NARS Desire Blush

MAC Blunt Blush

 

Make A Beauty Resolution for 2014

2013 will be coming to a close in a couple of weeks. Someone has probably asked you about your New Year’s resolution or they will be asking very soon. Our answers will range from mundane to exceptional. And I hope when 2014 comes to a close we’ll look back proudly on the accomplishments that were set into motion at the end of 2013. But what about a beauty resolution? Have you thought about making one for yourself?

2014 could be the year you watch Youtube videos until you get that contouring thing right. Or you could branch out and try a brand(drugstore or high-end) you usually pass up when you’re browsing. This could be the year you tackle one of your beauty fears like getting professionally waxed. You could even resolve to set aside time to pamper yourself or *gasp* limit your purchases.

"Girl what? Limit my purchases?
“Girl what? Limit my purchases?

The sky is really the limit with this and you don’t have to tell anyone unless you want to. This is really about making a conscious effort to not get a beauty rut and take care of yourself. I think most of us know what we need/want to do, but we just have to give ourselves the freedom to do it and put in the effort.

One of the things I’d like to do is find a less pink nude lipstick to wear as an alternative to the pinkish nude Nars Dolce Vita. I’m very fond of the beigey nude look and I’d like to see if it I can pull it off. There’s always the possibility that I can’t, but I have to give it a shot right? And that’s what I’m talking about, going out on your own limb for beauty.

So do you have beauty resolution?

My Sephora Color IQ Experience

A few of my Color IQ foundation options.
A few of my Color IQ foundation options.

I was in my Sephora in JcPenney today to pick up a black lipstick(there will be photos oh yes there will be photos)and one of the workers was helping a customer at their Color IQ station. I decided to check it out so I could see what colors the machine would say are right for me.

The woman who helped me, Desiree, took a photo of my forehead, cheek, and jawline with a little handheld camera placed directly on my face. It reminded me of a Wii remote or Playstation Move controller. It took no longer than a minute to get my foundation options and I found out that I am “1Y12”. Desiree even sent it to my email which was really great.

Now here’s the rub. On Sephora.com there’s an option to get your color match based on what you already use. I used this a few months ago. I’ve been wearing Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 178 and when I put that in the Color IQ it said I’m “1Y14”.

I’m not really sweating the difference. Desiree said the lighting could’ve had an effect on the machine and I wasn’t expecting 100% accuracy. I also like the shade I use. I was just looking for options and hoping that I was wearing a shade that is close to my recommended shade.

If you’re in the market for a foundation and plan on shopping at Sephora this is wonderful option to take advantage of. It can take a lot of guesswork out of finding the right foundation shade for you. And with most of the store’s options right there you can make an informed choice based on prices /or formula.