Living in a Primer Wonderland-Too Faced Primed & Poreless

Image via Sephora.com

Image via Sephora.com

Poreless?  Poreless?  That just sounds so odd to me.  I’ve been in the makeup game long enough to go years without wearing some sort of primer, and guess what?  My skin was quite acceptable to the naked eye.

However, now we are inundated with samples of primer.  Don’t get me wrong, primer is great, but not every primer is great looking, or great for you!  I have triend my fare share of primers, and since I am an oily girl, I like to think I’ve put them all through the ringer.

Right now, I want to talk about one primer in particular; Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin.  Seriously, could they have picked a longer name?  I have restarted a sort of love affair with Too Faced products as of late.  Too Faced has always captured me with their packaging, and who can resist a line of makeup that smells like chocolate?  When I went to the Macy’s Fragrance and Cosmetics Gala, I purchased La Belle Carousel, and received a bag of samples, and Primed & Poreless was one of them.

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I have worn this primer a hand full of times now, and I can honestly say that it has worked for my oil slicked face.  I wore this primer in unintentionally high stress/sweat situations, and it held up.  I am so used to blotting my face after a while, and when I blotted, my makeup had barely moved, and there was a huge reduction in oil.

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Upon application, (I applied with my fingers, but there are other more sanitary ways of applying.) Primed and Poreless settled nicely into my skin, and when I applied foundation on top of it, it did not oxidize.  I have used primers that have changed the whole look and formula of the foundation that I applied on top of it, and that is not what a good primer is supposed to do.  The formula is not thick and slippery, it is almost a velvety consistency.  Very lightweight and not noticeable once you rub it in.

The other benefit of Too Faced Primed & Poreless is that it did not clog my pores.  My face is really sensitive, and I did not get any additional breakouts caused by this primer.  It did not seem to clog my pores.

I will without a doubt purchase Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin again because it worked well without wrecking my skin in the process.

If you would like to purchase Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer for Sensitive Skin you can find it on TooFaced.com and Sephora.com retail price is $30.

Do you have a primer that you swear by?  Let me know, I’d love to try it!

Macy’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Gala-Just Me and My Girlfriends

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Yesterday I received a text from one of my friends that she purchased a few tickets for the Macy’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Gala.  It is an after hours VIP event held by Macy’s to showcase the beauty department.  With not much else to do on a Sunday evening, I absolutely wanted to go.

So I put on my finest sequined jean jacket, and did a half pony-a la PRE Ariana Grande, (Dear everyone, please stop saying she made up this hairdo.) and got in the car to meet with my friends.

Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory before the Macy's event. L-R: Brigette, Me, Atheana and Yadira

Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory before the Macy’s event.
L-R: Brigette, Me, Atheana and Yadira

The event was from 7-10 pm and you had to have a ticket to get in.  Upon arrival, the greeters were handing out goodie bags of beauty samples and raffle tickets.

The beauty department at my Macy’s seems slightly on the small side, so it was really congested in certain areas, and kind of hard to navigate to see all of the brands/products that my Macy’s had stocked.  I had to walk the department a few times to even decide on anything I wanted to purchase.

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Shiseido was providing free facials, and Urban Decay was doing makeovers.  The fragrance department seemed to be the real hit of the night.  Lots of people buying perfume sets.

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My friend Brigette getting her makeup done at Urban Decay

Swatches of course.

Swatches of course

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Macy’s carried Inglot.  I thought that was a brand I could only find online.

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The rest of the store was roped off, so you couldn’t make purchases from any other departments.

I only purchased a few items because to be honest, Macy’s is not really the first place that I go to for my beauty needs.  I much prefer Nordstrom, because their beauty department is larger, more organized, and I feel like they are a little more updated in their image.  I attended an after hours Nordstrom event last year before Christmas, and it was nicer and better executed than last night’s event at Macy’s.

I am really happy I was able to attend the Macy’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Gala, because it was a fun night out with my friends, and I got a couple of great beauty buys along the way.

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By the end of the night, these girls shopped ’til they dropped.

I love these kind of events around the holiday.

Have you gone to any events like this as a kick off to the holidays?

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara-Almost Better Than Falsies, Almost

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I am a mascara fiend!  I want long lashes, and I want them now, no matter how many coats it takes!  I have naturally long lashes, but I like to get them as long as possible without looking too spidery.

I decided to try out L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, because the brush looks really different.

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I tried it out today before I applied my liner, and I can say at first the formula of this mascara is really wet, but given time to dry a little, it adheres to lashes nicely.  When I apply my mascara daily, I usually use two or three different brands/types of mascaras to achieve the look I want, but with Voluminous Butterfly, it’s the only mascara I need in one sitting.  It makes my lashes REALLY long, and they held a curl nicely with the help of a lash curler.

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Now for the drawbacks:  While my lashes look super long with this mascara on, they almost look like that gross Younique Mascara all of those people are peddling on Instagram and Facebook, which I am not a fan of.  However, that could be remedied with the help of a good lash comb.  I also had quite a bit of fallout from the mascara throughout the day, some landing on my face, and some in my eye.

I will use Voluminous Butterfly Mascara for the next few days to figure out how to get the best use out of it, because I do feel that the brush and formula are really nice.

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Yep, that’s a cat on my sensible Fall sweater. G’night!

Do you have a Holy Grail drugstore mascara?  Do you think that a mascara’s brush or formula matters more?

Mac Oil Control Lotion-What is This Stuff?

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I was recently at the MAC store in town, and I asked to be matched with a new shade of Studio Fix Fluid Foundation.  I explained my skintype to the artist, which is combo/oily, and she prepped my skin with the MAC Oil Control Lotion.

I decided to purchase the new shade of Studio Fix Fluid, and the associate asked me if I also wanted to purchase the Oil Control Lotion, but I declined, as it just wasn’t in my budget.

When I got to the till, I noticed that there were $10 minis of various products, and the Oil Control Lotion happened to be one of them.

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Out of the bottle, the fomula is somewhat runny, and immediately absorbs into the skin.

I have used this lotion 3 times and I’m slightly on the fence about it.  It has a really pleasant smell, the formula is not too thick, but it absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t really do much moisturizing.  It does however really control oil.  My skin stays EXTRA MATTE with this Oil Control Lotion under my foundation and powder.  Is it a moisturizer, is it a primer?  I’m not 100% sure.

I need to play with this formula a little more to balance my skin.  With this lotion, I can feel my makeup sitting on top of my skin, and it seems to make my makeup look a little cakey.  So I think I might need to do a water spritz or finishing spray on top of my finished makeup so it has a little more natural look.

The bottle says you can use it day or night, but I would never use this at night because I like moisture on my face at night, so I will continue to try this Oil Control Lotion, but only under makeup.

Have you tried Mac Oil Control Lotion?  Do you like it?

The Siiiiiimpsons-MAC Simpsons Collection With Swatches

Real-Life Marge Simpson Model:  Kate Moukhina Makeup: Veronica Ershova Hair:  Mikhail Kravchenko Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Real-Life Marge Simpson
Model: Kate Moukhina
Makeup: Veronica Ershova
Hair: Mikhail Kravchenko
Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Before I dive right in, let’s take a minute to slow-clap for the team that created this real life Marge Simpson look.  Clap…Clap…Clap

A few weeks before San Diego Comic Con, I came across a couple of articles talking about a new Simpsons makeup collection to be released by MAC at the MAC store near the convention.  I was already expecting a special release from MAC relating to the convention, since they released MAC Archie Girls last year at the convention.

2014 marked 25 years that The Simpsons have been on the air, and MAC had the perfect idea for a tribute, a collection based loosely on the show, with Marge at the forefront.  

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Included in the collection are two shadow quads, I picked up Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad.  The colors of this quad are pretty vibrant, but they seem versatile.

Fantastic Packaging!  High Quality!

Fantastic Packaging! High Quality!

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The Simpsons 7 Lash, which I understand are the normal 7 Lash that they carry, but I ordered two pairs because I couldn’t resist the packaging.

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The Simpsons Nail Stickers, which I did not purchase because I didn’t think I would wear them.  They are cute though!

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I expected there to be a few lipsticks in this collection, but they opted to release four shades of The Simpsons Tinted Lipglass instead.   

Nacho Cheese Explosion:  Bright neon lime yellow

Grand Pumpkin:  Bright creamy orange

Red Blazer:  Bright fuschia

Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy: Electric blue violet

I purchased Red Blazer because that was the shade that appealed to me most.

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There are also two powder blushes in The Simpsons Collection in Pink Sprinkles which is a cute blue pink, and Sideshow You which is a light peach coral.  I purchased Sideshow You, and I didn’t want to dip into the pan because I would hate to mess up the Marge portrait that is stamped in the blush.

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The quality of this collection is very high, and I am really happy with the items I chose.  The packaging is visually appealing and functional.  Overall an A+ for this whole collection!  This is a limited edition set, so please purchase while supplies last!  

 

Did you purchase anything from this collection?  Were you impressed? 

Obsessive Complusive Cosmetics Unknown Pleasures-Fall 2014

I’ve already been indulging in Pumpkin Spice Lattes for the last two weeks, and I am so damn excited for Fall 2014.  Fall season starts my favorite 5 month block of the year!  I decided that I’m going to fall in line with everyone else, and see what colors I can bring to my face to reflect Fall. 

I was browsing Sephora.com today and came across Obsessive Complusive Cosmetics Unknown Pleasures-Fall 2014 line, and they are BEA-U-TI-FUL! 

The Guilty Pleasures Collection Includes 6 shades:

Covet

Covet-Matte golden buff neutral Image via Sephora.com

Covet-Matte golden buff neutral
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Lament

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Lament-matte neutral rose beige
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Manhunter

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Manhunter-metallic red-orange with golden shimmer
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Technopagan

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Technopagan-metallic blackened purple with blue pearl
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Pagan

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Pagan-matte blackened purple
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Vain

Vain-matte deep, dark indigo

Vain-matte deep, dark indigo                              Image via Sephora.com

I have my eye set on Pagan and Vain.  These two shades are so deep, rich, and beautiful.  They are dark toned, so I think I can incorporate then into an everyday look. (Obviously not office appropriate, but definitely wearable to day to day life.)

I have tried OCC lipsticks before, and while I was impressed with the pigment, I was not really impressed with the formula.  However, this can be remedied by applying corresponding lipliner, and lightly dusting the lips with powder before applying, so the lip tar doesn’t move around as much.  The formula is thick and opaque but on the sticky side when applying. 

I love how each lip tar comes with its own mini brush which makes these travel friendly.  I would like to snag these two shades and make them work for me.   

 

What Fall 2014 makeup lines are you looking forward to?