Saturday, November 24, 2012

Foundation and Concealing Acne with MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Video

I've had a pretty miserable run of breakouts in the past month, quite out of the blue. It felt somewhat triggered by using Amazing Cosmetics concealer without reading the ingredients (mineral oil at the top) which caused several blemishes, then I got a cold and everything spazzed out even more. So I decided I couldn't wait until the Sephora Friends and Family sale and bought MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer - I just didn't have anything that matched me well enough for face concealing.


(video link here)

I've been enjoying the shade match on shade #1, it's definitely usable with a touch of blending in surrounding skin. Since I have several spots and quite a lot of redness around my nose from the cold, I figured I'd film a video showing how I use it to conceal and applying foundation after.

I also featured the brushes I've been using - two Coastal Scents synthetic brushes for concealer and a Real Techniques Buffing Brush for my powder foundation. All working quite nicely lately, and at a good price!

Products used:
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer #1
  • LORAC Oil Free Wet/Dry Powder in WD1

Brushes used:
  • Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush (#BR-110) - turns out this is what they recently emailed about being back in stock!
  • Coastal Scents Synthetic Deluxe Crease Brush (#BR-104)
  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Rest of my face:
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Lemon Drop
  • Tarte smoulderEYES pencil in Violet Ash
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Purple Haze (discontinued)
  • Maybelline Ultra Brow Brush-on Color in Light Brown (in crease)
  • Too Faced duo Skinny Dip (lighter shade)
  • Anastasia Brow Duality (shimmery side, brow highlight)
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
  • Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Light (under eyes)
  • bareMinerals Multi Tasking Face in Well Rested to set concealer
  • Illamasqua blush in Lover
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara (sample)
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Brownberry

Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Everyday Lips with Very Pale Skin, Brown Nudes

I covered Cool Pinks earlier, now here's my favorite brown toned nudes.


And just what is my definition of Very Pale Skin? I am around NC10, MAC Matchmaster 1.0 is a very good match, for spot concealing on my face Amazing Cosmetics concealer in Fair (except that it made me break out like nobody's business) and MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer in #1 are near perfect.

One thing I found tough when shopping for lipsticks was how different it may be on my skintone compared to others. What might be nude or light on my favorite blogger, it's medium toned and slightly dark or too bright and bold. There's certainly room for deeper, brighter, bolder lips - but I usually focus on eyes and the lips are just a complement. So here's what I found works for my skintone and coloring as an "everyday" light to mid-tone lipsticks!


Here's my bare lips for reference. I have quite a few lip freckles, so it's easy to determine what level of coverage a lip color has.

Maybelline Nearly There, Revlon Creme Brulee

Maybelline Colorsensational Nearly There is a peach brown with small silver (?) shimmer. It's more of a traditional lipstick texture compared to the rest of my items, more pigmentation with less slip and potential for gloppiness. It's not frosty, but the shimmer gives a good dimension to the lips.

Maybelline Nearly There

Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee is sheer caramel tone with small warm shimmer of some sort. It's not too thick, quite glossy finish that can be built up a bit without getting too messy.

Revlon Creme Brulee

L'Oreal Fairst Nude, Sheer Linen; MAC Can't Get Enough






L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse in Sheer Linen is from a relatively new line, it's more similar to Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butters than the other line of Balms from L'Oreal. More pigmentation (than the Balms) but plenty of slip. The texture is thinner than Lip Butters (which helps in building up color) but pigmentation does seem to vary with shade, Sheer Linen is a warm light brown toned nude that is, oddly enough, somewhat sheer.

L'Oreal Sheer Linen

Last up in my brown nudes, MAC Sheen Supreme Can't Get Enough. As you can see from the swatches on my arm above, it can be a little too soft and layer too much product on. It's more pigmented than the previous two, feels fairly moisturizing and I do like the sweet vanilla scent MAC lip products have to be honest! It's a peachy brown nude with small silver shimmer.

MAC Can't Get Enough

Saturday, November 17, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss Project Runway Collection - The Mystic's Shine


Now, as you all know, I've been pretty much obsessed with the Laura Mercier Lip Glaces due to their magical powers to keep my lips from peeling - so I've mostly ignored glosses of late. But when I saw this in the Project Runway display, I couldn't resist grabbing it. It's a dense iridescent purple pink shimmer in clear base. I was worried it would be too sheer to show the shimmer on the lips but it does show up well.


I took these pictures with my new lighting at night which has daylight temperature and is very bright, more sparkles would show up with a flash.


Here's the gloss over bare lips, at different angles you can see the flashes of purple/pink. Very pretty!

MAC Glamour Daze Tutorial, A Natural Flirt Ready to Party Video

Hi everyone, I'm mostly back to functional state with a backup computer, whew! Here's a look I filmed back in late October shortly after buying my two shadows from the Glamour Daze collection at MAC that sold out near immediately.

(video link here)

As I opine in the video, limited edition collections with MAC are quite a crock. They build up a huge demand, make a small supply and sell out online and in store within a day. I don't like to contribute to the cycle, but I really wanted to try out this Extra Dimension formula. Another downside to this collection, when the formula was originally launched it was $20 for 0.07oz, this time around it's $19.50 for 0.04oz. It's almost half the size with only 50 cents less in price. Sigh, MAC.

Nevertheless, the shadows are unique to my collection and fun to use. I used A Natural Flirt all over the lid, it's a peachy shade with a slight kind of glowy shimmer. I can't really define it, but sometimes I catch it in the light looking a little pink perhaps? I also used A Natural Flirt as a cheekbone highlight over my cool pink blush Peony Petal that I picked up at a CCO/Cosmetics Company Store (outlet type store for Estee Lauder companies with around 30% off retail, often unsold limited edition products).

For my generous inner corner highlight, I used Ready to Party which is a pinky lilac with an interesting pink shimmer that also has sort of an iridescent shine. Both shadows I applied wet as they are a little sheer when applied dry.

Products used:
  • MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Ready to Party
  • MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in A Natural Flirt
  • Wet 'N Wild ColorIcon Petal Pusher palette
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Underground
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
  • MAC Peony Petal blush (old LE bought at a CCO)
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Gumdrop
On face, I am not 100% sure since I recorded this a while ago but most likely:
  • LORAC Wet/Dry Oil Free Powder in WD1 or Maybelline Fit Me in 110
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer from Undercover Pot UC-1
  • Benefit Powderflage
  • Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (discontinued) on brows
  • elf clear brow gel

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Everyday Lips with Very Pale Skin, Cool Pinks

And just what is my definition of Very Pale Skin? I am around NC10, MAC Matchmaster 1.0 is a very good match, for spot concealing on my face Amazing Cosmetics concealer in Fair (except that it made me break out like nobody's business) and MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover concealer in #1 are near perfect. 


One thing I found tough when shopping for lipsticks was how different it may be on my skintone compared to others. What might be nude or light on my favorite blogger, it's medium toned and slightly dark or too bright and bold. There's certainly room for deeper, brighter, bolder lips - but I usually focus on eyes and the lips are just a complement. So here's what I found works for my skintone and coloring as an "everyday" light to mid-tone lipsticks!

Here's my bare lips for reference. I have quite a few lip freckles, so it's easy to determine what level of coverage a lip color has.



This time, let's do cool pinks. I wear less cool colors but have been enjoying them more lately for a change of pace.

Maybelline Born With It, Revlon Gumdrop,
Revlon Primrose, Rimmel Airy Fairy

Maybelline Color Sensational Born With It seems mostly neutral, but on the lips for me it leans cool. It has some amount of small silver shimmer that can travel around a little so I'm careful when wiping off my face to wipe inwards. It's a little sheer but builds up to decent coverage. Oh, now that I zoomed in I realized that it's not just silver shimmer, it's multicolored. But unless someone is on your face with a magnifying glass, I don't think it's noticeable. :) Possibly less cool/frosty, but the shimmer is teeny tiny.


Revlon Lip Butter in Gumdrop is a fairly sheer lavender with silver shimmer. It has less color payoff than other Lip Butters I think, and depending on how pigmented your lips are it seems to come off more pink on some. For me, it pulls to the pink side of lavendar.


Last up, Revlon SuperLustrous in Primrose. This was a recent purchase, it's a cream finish and the texture is excellent. It's one of the most comfortable lipsticks I have to put on - not too thick and opaque, not to slippery, not too soft. Just right! It's a cool pink that can be layered on to be a brighter opaque light-medium pink (on me).


What are your favorite cool pink lipsticks? And what skintone are you sporting? Thanks for stopping by, I've got more of my everyday lipsticks for very pale skin to come! Warm pink nudes and my favorite lip gloss! :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

An Update about My Lack of Updates!

Hey guys! So, I've had stuff in the queue I wanted to upload and post about, but I've been having a major problem with my new laptop. As you may or may not know, I am in IT for my job and have been doing this stuff recreationally and as a job for around 17 years. So when I run into a computer problem I can't fix, I get rather frustrated/upset/angry. I've been hacking away at solving it for going on two weeks and getting nowhere. I think it's a drive failure, but I'm not 100% sure. I can't find the receipt and it's still under warranty. I'm tempted to crack it open and replace the drive myself.

Anyway. I've been avoiding dealing with it most days after work, so it's been dragging on a while now and I haven't edited the stuff I have to post. So, I do have stuff coming and I'm trying to move the editing process over to my old machine in the meantime. Thanks for visiting and hanging with me during my computer crisis. :)