I Tried Nars Tinted Moisturizer, and All I Ended Up With Was This Post…

  
‘Tis the season of tinted moisturizers, and since I’m a band wagoner, I hopped on the TM Train!  Toot toot! I have always been a heavy matte foundation girl because I fear the oil, but I thought what the heck, it’s starting to get hot outside, and who wants to walk around with a blanket of makeup on their face in 80+ weather?
Not I.

When Sephora was having their VIB Sale, I just HAD to get something, so I purchased Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Cuba.  I tried it on my hand in store, but ultimately ordered online.  
Cuba seemed like a decent match for my NC42 skin, if not just a tad dark, but I figured it would match my upcoming summertime tan.  (Yes, I plan for tans!)

So this morning before work, (I finally got a job, y’all!) I applied the tinted moisturizer with my brand new Beauty Blender and I kind of liked the result.  The coverage was light to light-medium, and it applied slightly sheer which is exactly what you want out of a tinted moisturizer.  I set with a light dusting of powder, and was on my way to take on the world…

However-

By noon, I was a complete oil slick! I could feel the tinted moisturizer sitting on top of my skin.  I dabbed, and an hour later, I had the same problem again!  

It didn’t look pretty, and it didn’t make me feel like I was wearing less makeup. 

I don’t ever take back makeup, but I will be taking back this Nars Tinted Moisturizer because it just didn’t perform the way I need it to.  

Who will this tinted moisturizer work for? Probably those with normal skin, of course!  

Do you have any recommendations for oil free tinted moisturizers?  What type of makeup do you wear in the summer months?

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation: An Oily Girl’s Dream

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I have been going insane this past week! Between a bizarre allergic reaction, and a bad cold, I haven’t been able to try any of my new products! It’s been killing me to see all of my new stuff piled on the counter.

My brother in law has been living with us for the last few months, and since he is leaving tomorrow, we went to dinner tonight.  I mustered the strength to try out some of my new stuff, and I just had to do a quick review of the Hourglass Liquid Powder Foundation.

Let me just say, if you are incredibly oily, this foundation will be your holy grail! It is EXTREMELY mattifying and oil absorbing.  I am usually really oily in my T-Zone area, and slightly oily on my cheeks over time, and this stuff kept me DRY, DRY, DRY!

Application for this foundation is easy. I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and did 1/4 of my face at a time. You have to apply this foundation in sections because it dries so quickly.  I am an NC42 for MAC’s Studio Fix, and after some research online people were recommending Honey as the nearest match.  So, sight unseen, I ordered Hourglass Immaculate in Honey from Sephora, and hoped that it would be a match for me.

When I received the foundation in the mail, I was scared because it looked rather orange out of the container, but once I applied it to my face it actually didn’t cast orange, and blended quite nicely on my skin.  Take into account that I am on the lighter side of NC42, so the shade Honey would not work for someone on the darker spectrum of NC42.

I applied one layer of the foundation to wear to dinner, and it was medium coverage.  I am sure this foundation could be buildable, but since it dries to a powder finish, I am sure I would have to play with it a little in order to make it so it doesn’t show as cakey.

After wearing this foundation for about 4 or 5 hours bundled up, and in a hot restaurant and walking around, my foundation did not budge and I had ZERO shiny-ness.  I unfortunately did not take any photos, but I will update this post with photos the next time I wear this foundation.

Final Verdict:

If you have any dry spots on your face this is not for you!  However, if you are an oily girl who hasn’t found your HG mattifying foundation, then you need to give this a shot!  At $55 a bottle, it is on the expensive side for a lot of people, but a little goes a long way, so it is worth it.  I do suggest getting color matched, and getting a sample of this foundation to try it out to see if you like the way this foundation feels on your skin.  I like it, I will continue to play around with it, and I will update this post once I get more wear out of it.

You can find Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation at Sephora.com and HourglassCosmetics.com

 

Have you tried it?  Do you like these kind of liquid to powder formulas?

Laneige BB Cushion-Can’t a Brown Girl Just Get a BB Product in Her Color?!

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I received the Laneige BB Cushion sample in my previous Target Beauty box a while back, and have been meaning to try it.

Laneige is somewhat of an expensive beauty brand for Target.  The BB Cushion runs for $34.00 which is a bit more than I would normally spend on a single cosmetic item at Target.

There are only three shades available (Light, Medium, Tan) which is really unfortunate for those who have an in-between skin shade.  (AKA Almost everyone.)  The information card of my sample says that Flawless Skin is just 1 step away with 5-in-1 Cushion Technology.

1) Brightens: Instantly creates the appearance of luminous skin by visibly reducing dark spots and unevennes.

2) Protects: Broad spectrum SPF 50+ blocks harmful UV rays.

3) Cools and Hydrates: Optimal mineral water moisturizes, calms, and cools upon application.

4) Prevents Shine: Regulates and prevents sebum buildup.

5) Perfects Long Lasting Coverage: Delivers ultra-smooth coverage for an all day radiant finish.

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I really like the concept of this BB Cushion.  The liquid suspended in the sponge is a perfect no-mess way to apply foundation.  My skin looks really terrible right now, and when I applied it, it actually did a fine job of covering up my bleimshes without being a thick layer of makeup on my face.  The only problem was that it just was not the right color for my face.  In the picture it looks like it matches, but to the naked eye, the shade was slightly ashy.  Since the color was not right, I did not wear it out all day, so I do not know the staying power of this BB Cushion, or if the formula would work nicely with my oily skin.

Pictured below is the state of my skin right now.  Left is before patting on Laneige BB Cushion, and Right is after.

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It covered my blemishes nicely, without hiding my actual skin which was nice.  If Laneige put out more shades, I would definitely try this product again, and purchase the full size.

Have you tried Laneige? Did it match your skintone?  Do you like the liquid suspended in the sponge?

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

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Yeah, yeah, I know I kind of dogged out Rimmel in one of my previous posts, but now I’ve changed my tune, and I am singing the praises of this Rimmel product.

I took a trip to Walgreens yesterday to browse their makeup section and not really to buy anything.  (Yeah right, but that sentence sounded good in my head.)  I decided that I was going to give Rimmel another shot, so I picked up the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation because it’s been getting a lot of attention lately.

I took my chances, and chose Shade 203 True Beige.

Yesterday evening, my husband called me on his way home from work, and told me we were going to go out to dinner, and I had absolutely no makeup on.  In a pinch, I quickly tried out my new Rimmel foundation with somewhat low expectations, but to my surprise this stuff is WONDERFUL!

It is the least expensive foundation I have purchased in a while, I believe I picked it up for $5.99.  It does have a really great mousse consistency, and while it looks really thick on my hand, it actually applies on the face quite nicely and also not as dry/matte looking as some other matte foundations.

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By the time I got home after dinner in the hot Mexican restaurant, my face had much less shine than I expected and the makeup settled beautifully on my face.  I would definitely purchase this Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation again.  This foundation held up better than I could have expected, and this is a good alternative for someone who has oily/combo skin and is on a limited budget.

Let me apologize for my terrible lighting now. Sorry 😦

Have you tried this foundation?  Do you like it?

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?

Covergirl Got Me Ready, Set, and Gorgeous

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Holy macaroni!  I am so excited about this new Covergirl foundation!  I wore this foundation today and yesterday for a full workday.  (I leave home at 6:30 AM, and get home close to 6:00 PM)

I hadn’t heard anything about this Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation until I saw it at the store the other day.  I only grabbed it because of the shape and design of the container.  (Stop it, I know you choose purchases based on these factors too!)  I am so glad I did.

I put it to the test to see how well the foundation would hold up and I am more than pleasantly surprised.  I did not apply a primer under this foundation because I wanted to see the level of oil control this product had, and I set it with CoverFX Illuminating Setting Powder. 

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This awesome foundation has some staying power!  I have a combination/oily complexion, and the only area I got remotely oily was the bridge of my nose.

This foundation feels nice and light, it didn’t make my face feel tight as some mattifying foundations tend to do.  The color was also really lovely.  It matched me perfectly without being too orange or too pink. 

“It was just right.” -Goldilocks

There are 12 shades to choose from, and Covergirl’s website says: “The built-in powder system fights against shine, pulling oil and sweat AWAY from your face instead of trapping them under your foundation”

The site says this foundation has a medium coverage, but with a one layer application, it covered quite a bit.  This might make it as my everyday foundation because it looks nice, is not too cakey or obvious, it feels light, and looks great under harsh office lighting. 

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The container is plastic, and not the normal shape for a foundation, which makes it look like it is smaller or has less product than your other foundations, but I promise, it’s 1 fl. oz. like the rest of your foundations.

If you don’t or can’t shell out tons of dinero for makeup, this is a great alternative to the fancy brands.  Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous is only $6.94 on their website so pick it up!  There no excuse not to!

If you have tried this foundation, let me know what you think!

Rite Aid the Rite Way-Haul Time

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Yesterday I took a trip to my local Rite Aid store on the way home after a long and busy day out.  My loving and supportive husband went into the store with me and walked around and did his own thing.  So when it came time to check out, my husband was behind me not really paying attention, until the male cashier started to talk about how expensive the makeup items were and YELLED out my total. Which of course caught my husband’s attention.  DARN CASHIER!  Sigh.  

Poor husband, bored out of his mind.

Spotted: a poor husband, bored out of his mind.

I picked up a nice lot of different products that I’ve been hearing about, and some that just caught my eye in store.  I will be reviewing most of these on their own throughout the next week as I try them.

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Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Cleansing Oil

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Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation

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Loreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

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Maybelline Lasting Drama By Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner

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Maybelline Dreamlumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

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NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Moody Blue

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Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Vamp It Up, Ravin’ Raisin, and Wine Room

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I can’t wait to try these products!  It’s going to be a fun week.

 

How often do you do drugstore hauls?  Do you like drugstore makeup?  What are some of your favorite brands and products?

Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin

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With my oily/combination skin, I always want what I can’t have, which is MATTE SKIN!

My good friend came to my house, we were exchanging makeup, and she told me that Revlon ColorStay foundation was what she had been using lately and she really liked it for her oily/combo skin. She said it did a good job keeping her matte throughout the day.

I live for other’s recommendations, especially from people who have similar skin issues and skin tone that I do, so I decided that I was going to purchase this right away.

Revlon has this to say about their ColorStay formula:

Longwearing coverage with Time Release Technology and a lightweight formula that won’t cake, fade, or rub off. Specifically made for combination or oily skin to control oil absorption and shine. Your look stays flawless throughout the day.

 

• Comfortable, shine-free finish for up to 24 hours
• 20 beautiful, longwearing shades
• Buildable to full coverage

I headed over to WalMart on another lunch break excursion, and tried to eyeball the shade that looked closest to my skin color.  I ended up choosing 310 Warm Golden in the combination/oily skin formula.  I got it home, tried it out, and realized that it was just a couple of shades too light for me. I really wanted to give this foundation a good test, so I went back to the store and picked up 360 Golden Caramel which seemed a little closer of a match for my skin.

I wore the Revlon ColorStay foundation in Golden Caramel for a few of my 12 hour days, and while it did stay put and keep me matte most of the day, it could FEEL IT on my skin.  It made my skin feel tight and heavy all day long.  This is a quality I did not like, and this alone will keep me from making this my everyday go-to foundation.  I however did not try wearing this with a primer so maybe if I did, it might feel a little better.

I know this foundation is a Holy Grail for a lot of oily girl’s like myself, and since I have only used it a couple of times, I haven’t given it enough of a chance to allow me to form an opinion one way or another.

Final Verdict:

I’m still on the fence.  I will edit if I find a way to wear this foundation comfortably.

Mini Drugstore Haul

It’s been hot as Hades here in my part of Northern California!  I work in an office building and my lunchtimes are best spent outside. Alone. In my car. Since it has been too hot for me to sit in my car for an hour at the hottest part of the day, I have been trying to find places to go so I can soak up some glorious free A/C!  Yesterday my lunch hour had me wandering around Walgreens, picking up items that I saw last night on Irene Mahmud’s YouTube Channel. She was doing her full face look, and I love her style of makeup, and plus she is brown like me, so I thought I would try to see if I could emulate her look.

My main reason for my trip to Walgreens was to pick up a couple of Maybelline and L’Oreal products from the video, but as I was perusing the cosmetic aisle of course I had to pick up a few other items.  (Of course! Insert my husband’s eyeroll here.)

Let’s just get on with my purchases.

I am a true red lip girl, and I was so excited to see E.L.F.’s The Fairest of Them All Lip Collection from their limited edition Snow White Collection. I checked out the Ariel collection a couple of weeks ago and didn’t really see anything that interested me.  It looked a little like child play makeup, so I decided to pass.  I love the packaging of the Snow White collection and this set really caught my interest.  It features a lip stain, a shimmer gloss, and a lip balm.  I am excited to try this collection, and for $4.99 I feel like it was a good buy.

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Maybelline FitMe foundation in 315, and Maybelline FitMe concealer in Sand.  These are two of the three products that brought me on my shopping excursion in the first place.  I actually put these two products on today before spending most of the day at the beach and I am surprised to say I am really happy with this foundation and concealer.  They held up better than some of my higher end face products and for the most part stayed put all day.

The foundation had medium coverage with one layer and it made my skin look flawless, while not feeling heavy on my skin.  Shade 315 really matched my NC42 skin nicely.

I liked the color of the FitMe concealer, and it was a great thin formula for everyday wear.  It covered my dark circles nicely without emphasizing them like other thicker formulas I have tried.

I got lucky as Walgreens had Maybelline cosmetics on sale for 40% off. These two products would work wonderfully for daily wear without looking cakey.  I will definitely be repurchasing after I run out.

(I did use a primer before applying the foundation, set my concealer with Ben Nye Banana Powder, and set my face with L’Oreal TrueMatch Powder.)

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This L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder was the third item I was on the hunt for at Walgreens.  I purchased this powder in N6 and it set my foundation beautifully.  I didn’t feel like it deposited too much color when I brushed it on, so no caked on feel, which worked well for my beach day, because of course I would wear full face to the beach. I will make this my go to setting powder for my everyday full face. Also it didn’t oxidize and make me orange!  Yay!

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There’s not much to say about Jordana.  They are a no frills brand but I have used them for a long time because they are CHEAP! I only buy their lip liners because they do stay on and work well.  I buy them in colors I want to try, and if I really like how the color looks on me, then I will try to find a dupe in a higher-end brand.  For my red lip, I usually like to line in Jordana’s Auburn or Brick lip liners and apply my MAC Russian Red, or Cailyn balm in Big Apple.

I can’t help but take a trip around the cosmetics aisle when I hit a drugstore, and I usually walk out with something!  I could own all of the luxury brands in the world, and I would still pick up tried and trues from Walgreens, CVS, Target, etc.

What are some of your favorite drugstore cosmetic brands? Anything you can’t live without?

Foundation Review: CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET

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Hello and Happy Hump Day!

I have been on the hunt for a holy grail foundation for ages.  Even when I feel as if I am close, a few uses later, and it’s usually no dice.  For reference, I am an NC42 in MAC and have been for years.  My skin tone usually doesn’t change season by season, or year by year, but my needs do.

As I am getting older, I seem to want to shy away from my tried and true heavy foundations, and go for a lighter, more natural look.

I always knew that I wanted to delve into the world of CHANEL cosmetics because it is such a lovely luxury brand.  And if I’m being honest, I always wanted to own something from the brand and their cosmetics are affordable.

I did not actually go into the store to test shades for foundation so I chose my color based on what others have said online matches with their own NC42 skin. I chose the 50 Beige shade. I ordered online from chanel.com, and with my order I was able to get free gift wrapping and it was a great extra perk.

FIRST IMPRESSION:

I shook the bottle vigorously to make sure the color was mixed properly before applying to my face.  I poured a small amount of product onto the back of my hand, and it had a thin, watery consistency.  I took my index finger and dabbed product onto my face, and blended with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

The foundation blends beautifully and dries to a very matte and velvety texture.  If you are light-handed with your makeup, or are just starting out with foundations, you can finish your face with one step because this foundation dries to a gorgeous powdery finish.

I really want to like this foundation and I have only applied it twice since receiving it a week ago, but I think I need to go into the store and test other shades because I don’t feel that Beige 50 is quite my color and in fact washes me out a little.

I am able to still see my skin under the makeup for a natural look which is nice, but without the correct shade I don’t feel like I look my best in this formula.  I also think that having the correct finishing powder will make a difference.

My next CHANEL purchase (in store this time) will most likely be the Poudre Universelle Compacte, which is their natural finish pressed powder, to see if it compliments the foundation.

What is your experience with the brand?  Any suggestions for color matches?