February 7, 2016

Luxury Products Worth Shelling Out For

I absolutely love finding a good deal. I also love sharing those deals with you guys. I think there are so many incredible products out there that work so well that don't cost an arm and a leg. Drugstore skincare and cosmetics have come a long way over the past decade. That being said, every so often I like to treat myself and splurge on products that I absolutely know I love and that work 100% of the time for me. Even more fun is when a brand introduces me to a luxe product that I may not have purchased for myself due to price alone, or not being able to justify the cost due to not knowing enough about the product.

I thought it might be a fun follow up to my last post about budget finds, to show you guys a few of my favorite "luxury" items and why I love them. I'll be sure to let you know whether or not I purchased them myself, or if they were provided to me from the brand, just for transparency's sake.

Without further ado...

Let's start with YSL Touche Eclat. Look. There are many many other "concealer pens" out there that mimic the Touche Eclat, but that's where there's no comparison. This isn't a concealer pen so much as it is a radiance pen. Yes, it helps conceal under eye circles and even out skin tone, but it provides a finish so beautiful, smooth, and creamy that I just have not been able to find elsewhere. That goes for drugstore AND department store products. Are there good options out there that are more affordable? Yes, of course. But a true dupe just does not exist. I was introduced to this product when I worked as a YSL Counter Manager, and have repurchased many replacements since then. They have an impressive shade range (I'm no. 2 Ivory and sometimes no. 1 Radiance if I want more of a porcelain doll look to my skin). Anytime you see a ".5" after the number, it has a bit more of a yellow or warm tone to it. So if you hate pinkiness to your complexion products, make sure you choose one with a ".5" after it. Also available at Sephora, YSL, Barney's and Sak's.

Okay this one. THISSSS ONE. I've had some really incredible skincare sent to me since the blog has gained momentum (thank you to everyone who reads this lil thing!) and for the most part, I've been really happy with what I've received. However, this bad boy was sent to me about a month ago, and I really wanted to use it for at least a couple weeks to see how my skin responded. I feel I should preface by saying I don't have many fine lines or wrinkles (thanks, Mom!) but don't write me off just yet. What I'm lacking in wrinkles, I make up for in gigantic pores and uneven texture. We can't win 'em all. Enter StriVectin Multi-Action Restorative Cream. When I first received this, I have to admit, I thought to myself "hmm, another anti-aging skin cream...we'll see how you do...." Well, I stand before you humbled. This cream, I'm convinced, has completely changed the texture, tone, and brightness of my complexion. The consistency is almost a whipped, airy feel, which is a welcomed texture to us oily-skinned gals. It doesn't feel heavy at all on the skin, making it an ideal daily and nightly moisturizer for me. The first morning I woke up after using this, I had NO greasiness to my face (which usually happens on my nose, forehead and chin) but my face also didn't feel tight or dry. After a few days of using this, I decided to incorporate the other skincare product provided to me from StriVectin (the Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner) a while back that I was liking on it's own just fine. Let me tell you something: when used in conjunction with this face cream, the results are amplified tenfold. It's as if they were made for each other. Kind of like the Beyonce and Jay-Z of skincare products. Here's where things get kind of backwards and took me a bit to get used to. You use the Restorative Cream first, and then you apply the Pore Refiner as the last step to your regimen. This seemed strange to me as it seemed like the thicker cream should go on top, but questioning StriVectin on skincare advice is kind of like questioning Donald Trump on how to get the best comb-over. You just trust the experts. It's almost like the Pore Refiner seals in the Restorative Cream. I can't tell you the difference this has made in the size and texture of my pores, especially on my forehead. I feel like my forehead is so smooth I could challenge my 7-month old to a skin-off (those exist right??) I scooched myself over to the StriVectin website and saw that (GASP!) they are offering a FREE deluxe sample of the Multi-Action Restorative Cream (7ml) with any $50 purchase with code: FREEMA. I would be remiss not to mention their Auto Replenishment program also, as it saves you 20% with each order. So do yourself a favor, head over to their site, sign up as an Inner Circle member (it's free), pick something out for $50, then pop FREEMA in at checkout to get a sample of this stuff! You can thank me later.

Moving on to hair care! I feel like there are SO many incredible high-end shampoos and conditioners I could recommend, so for the sake of simplicity, I chose an item that is a game-changer for me. Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends. This product is an absolute must have for people who are trying to grow out their hair, and anyone with dry, brittle or split ends. Let me just clarify first, that nothing replaces a good old fashioned trim from a professional when your ends are truly splitting (you can't mistake split ends, if you have 'em, you know). However, if you're like me and your ends are dry and parched from heat styling and trying to stretch my trims as long as possible to get some growth on my hair, then you need this stuff. It comes in a small squeeze bottle because it will last you forevvvvver and the tiniest bit goes a long way. Really. Don't overdo it on this stuff or it will weigh your hair down. And don't think "oh I'll just apply it as a mask to my whole head of hair!" Nah, fam. It's only for your ends. Apply to literally just your ends...as in...no further up than half an inch...when your hair is damp. You can either proceed to blow drying, or you can twist hair up into a loose bun and secure with an ouchless elastic or scrunchy (please though, don't wear the scrunchy out in public. I don't care how many magazines say they're making a comeback #JustNo).

Here's another skincare item that I discovered on my own. Always purchased with my own scrill (le sigh). Clarins Face Treatment Oils are sooooo luxurious. The really neat thing about them, other than the fact that they seriously treat the actual skin instead of just making it soft temporarily, is that there is a formula for each skin type. I typically use the "Lotus" formula, but I'm also a fan of Blue Orchid. These are truly incredible and so lush in the dryer weather. I can't even begin to tell you how lovely the scents are either. Coming from an Aveda background, I fell in love with these at first sniff. Here's a little tip: head over to your local Nordstrom and have one of the Clarins counter gals give you a free sample. It's super easy to "drop" into their little glass sample jars. A little bit goes a long way.

I realllllly geeked out over this next one. Again, not given to me, purchased with my own money. Similar to the hair care topic, there are quite a few luxury or department store foundations that I'm gaga over, but this little miracle in a bottle is my newest obsession. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. This entire line, if you're not familiar, has complexion products totally nailed. They are killing it in almost every foundation, concealer, and powder they crank out. However, the Custom Cover Drops are truly revolutionary because they can take any old foundation, drugstore or department store, and totally customize it to your needs. These are straight pigment. Ultimate coverage with little to no weight whatsoever. The size of the bottle is really small because you really are going drop by drop as needed. These are NOT designed to be used on their own. You're supposed to use them with other beauty products. They way I like to use mine (I'm color N10) is I first apply my foundation or CC cream to the palm of my hand, then I drop the desired number of drops directly on top of it, then I mix it with my finger until it's totally blended. I then apply with either my BeautyBlender, or my Morphe M439 brush. Another reason these drops are so cool, is not only can you totally adjust your coverage, but if you have multiple foundations that you love that are too light come Spring and Summer when you have a tan, you can buy a deeper color and use it to darken your foundation to match your tanned skin without going out and buying new foundations. Paradoxically you can do the same if you have foundations that are too dark and you need to lighten up with a lighter drop shade. You get the idea. They basically turn us into mad cosmetics scientists! Head over to Sephora to play around with these, figure out your shade, and then you can always order on the Cover FX website and receive 15% off when you sign up for emails!

I'll keep it at these 5 superstars (for now) so as to not overwhelm your wallets! What are some of your favorite higher-end products? Have you tried any of these?
February 4, 2016

Let's Talk About Lipstick's Budget Finds

Let's Talk About Lipstick's Budget Finds

This is kind of a mish mash of items but variety is the spice of life, right? RIGHT? Right. I have a handful of super affordable things that I have been using almost daily lately. Things that have been contributing to my "mom uniform" as I so lovingly call it. Well....if I'm being honest, most days my "mom uniform" consists of really unflattering sweat pants (the kind you wouldn't be caught DEAD in in public), a shirt that is stained with baby food, baby snot, baby spit, etc., no bra because....no doi...hair in a really fugly ponytail that makes me look like a preteen from the early 90s (you know the look) and a totally bare face. But when I have to head out of the house, these are the things I've been wearing/using/loving almost daily lately and they're totally wallet-friendly! Let's go clockwise starting with....

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | I hopped on the micellar water train and CHOO CHOO! I am sold. I was thinking "what's the big deal? Isn't it just a gentle toner?" Well...yeah, but it just works so well! I have the basic all-in-one formula (pink cap) that removes makeup/cleanses/refreshes and works for all skin types (including sensitive). They also have one that is supposed to remove waterproof mascara, but it was sold out so I grabbed the last bottle of the other kind. It's selling like hot cakes! There is no scent whatsoever. I apply it to a cotton ball after I'm finished cleansing my skin and this removes all the leftover traces of makeup and gunk left behind. I've also used it to remove any lingering eye makeup that doesn't come off with my cleansing oil. It leaves my skin feeling SO clean, but not tight or dried out. It's the perfect prep for your serums and/or moisturizers.

Linen Blend Boyfriend Tee | I officially own this bitch in like 8 colors. My favorite is this kind of periwinkle/French blue one though. These long-sleeved tees are so comfy and look so cute with jeans. They're kind of a slouchy, boxy cut which I usually stay away from, but these are somehow slimming and hide any leftover baby weight that some of us are trying desperately to shed. They go on sale in-store all the time and I usually stock up on them when they're under $10.

Shea Moisture Rose Cleansing Oil | Nothing new or noteworthy about cleansing oils (check out one of my archive posts HERE if you need some more info). This one was on Target Cartwheel so I thought I'd give her a go. I am a total sucker for anything rose scented or infused. I love it. This one smells so incredible and does a really beautiful job at removing makeup and leaving skin soft and supple and it is a must have for sensitive skin. It turns to kind of a creamy consistency when mixed with water, similar to a cream cleanser.

Wet n Wild Mega Blast Lipsticks | Another item I own about every color of. Lately I've been wearing 24 Carrot Gold which is a punchy orangey/red. Everyone needs to own the color "Cherry Picking" which is gorgeous on literally every single person in the world. They're under $2 and last forevvvvvver.

High Rise Rockstar Skinnies | I have always loved Old Navy's Rockstar fit which works so well for us gals with small waists and ghetto booties and thighs. I have these in dark washes, light washes, distressed, stretch, non-stretch, you name it, I got it. I usually wear the mid-rise style which I still love, but lately I've been really loving their high rise style. They are so flattering and look super cute with a tucked in button down.

TRESemme Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir | This is basically a dry oil that I've been spritzing in my hair after I very lightly towel blot. I only spray it from the mid-shaft down to the ends (leaving it off the roots and scalp) and MY GOOD GOD THE SMELL is like angels were crying tears of joy and caught them in a bottle. I can't even start to tell you how incredible the smell is. It blows anything coconut scented out of the water and I am the biggest coconut superfan in the world so that's saying something. It's super super super lightweight so don't be intimidated about spritzing oil onto your hair if it's fine (which mine is). It doesn't weigh it down at all. Sometimes I loosely twist it up in a loose bun and let my hair air dry, and sometimes I go right ahead and blow dry. Depends on which way the wind is blowin' me.

CoverGirl LashBlast Super Sizer Mascara | I'm on my 4th tube and I am usually a serial mascara bouncer-arounder (that's a very real thing). I'm obsessed with this one.

Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy Thickening Spray | I grabbed this on a whim and I LOVE it. Here's another one that smells sooooooo good! This one you spray into your hand and distribute it evenly from root to tip, which is kind of misleading seeing as they gave it one of those spray nozzles that typically accompanies a root lifting spray. This stuff really plumps up each strand of my hair and after blow drying it looks like I have 2 heads of hair. Last night I worked it through my damp hair and let it air dry and I woke up to the coolest beachy waves this morning!

e.l.f. HD Shimmering Powder | I had been looking for this powder in the banana color as a more economical and easy to find version of my Ben Nye Banana Powder, but as it turns out, the e.l.f. HD Banana Powder is freaking impossible to find! It's always sold out in stores at Target! So instead I thought I'd give this one a shot. It's really pretty! There is the slightest shimmer to it, no chunky glitter, but just enough oomph to give your skin a pretty, reflective finish. It sets under eye concealer really nicely. The only thing I noticed with this is it doesn't have the best staying power (you get what you pay for). But there's quite a bit in the container and a little goes a long way. So if you don't mind touching up with loose powder throughout the day, this would be a great little budget setting powder.

February 3, 2016

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation Review

Gah! I am so much later in posting my thoughts on this foundation than I said I would. Apologies. I'll keep this relatively short as I have a bunch of things to get up on the blog for you guys.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation. It's funny, I was trying to think of the words to describe the consistency of this foundation. Then I flipped it over and read the back and was like "YES! Whipped gel! That's it!" It wasn't as airy as a mousse (which I liked...those tend to get dry on my skin) but it was somehow both much thicker than a cream foundation, but not heavy either. Immediately I could tell this would lay nicely on the skin and kind of "fill in" pores and wrinkles.

You can see how thick it is on my hand here. Almost like whipped buttercream. 

Here's my only bit of criticism: this stuff runs DARK. I picked up shade 15 Ivory and you can see how much darker it is on my skin. I could have stood to go at least a shade lighter. Keep that in mind when shopping for your color. 

I was really impressed with how smooth it came across on my hand and the coverage was truly a medium to full. I'm not sure I would say this is a true matte finish, but the satin to matte finish it left was really lovely. Very natural looking. It looked like....skin! 

Here's another shot of just how dark this color was on my hand in natural light. It actually became even darker on my skin as it oxidized and warmed up. 

All in all I actually really like the finish and coverage of the Maybelline Dream Velvet. I'd say in terms of consistency and finish, it's the polar opposite of the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion that I just tried (which had a thin consistency, dewy finish, still great coverage) but I knew that going in. This foundation gave me that smooth, porcelain doll finish that photographs incredible! I did set just under my eyes, and my t-zone, everywhere else I was able to leave as is. I would definitely re-purchase this one, however, next time I'll be sure to go a shade or two lighter. This will be a fabulous option come Spring when I've (hopefully) got a bit more color, or in the very least, a believable faux tan! Have you guys tried this yet? What are your thoughts? Did you find your regular shade ran a bit dark, too?

January 27, 2016

What to Wear on Valentine's Day

Need ideas for what to wear for a Valentine's date night? I am obsessed with every single one of these and made sure to keep them all under $100 so you can spend the rest of your hard earned cash on red wine, red meat, red lipstick....you see where I'm going here...

Top row, left to right: Burgundy Plunge Neck Dress | Fuchsia Jumpsuit | Red Capelet Dress | Striped Dress | Magenta Body Con Dress
Bottom row, left to right: Mesh Top Dress | Peach Capelet Dress | Red Cutout Maxi | V-neck Body Con | Red Cutout Sleeve Dress

I'll be on a wine and chocolate tasting getaway with my main squeeze, my brother, and his beautiful wife (courtesy of my extremely generous parents who can no longer make it) so I don't think I'll be wearing a hotsy totsy number (boooo hisssss!) Here's what I have in mind for myself since I'll want to be comfortable, relaxed, and able to eat and drink with abandon!

January 26, 2016

L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation {Rose Gold Makeup Walk Through}

I've been wanting to try this new cushion foundation ever since I heard L'Oreal was going to be coming out with one. There's nothing new about the concept, cushion foundations have been out for a while (if you want to see a high-end version of this one, check out Lancome Miracle Cushion or even Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion), but I have been a fan of L'Oreal's True Match Super Blendable and True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous foundations for years, so I was really excited to see what they'd come up with for this new formula/delivery system. If you want my super simple opinion: I freaking LOVE it. I got my shade spot on the first time around (years of trial and error) and the formula is truly impressive. I will be re-buying when I'm done with this one. I also used the beautiful rose gold packaging as inspiration to create an extremely simple rose gold eye and lip for you! When I say simple, I mean it. I mixed 2 shadows together for my entire lid and crease and brought it down into my lower lash line, skipped liner all together, and popped 2 coats of mascara on! I'll leave the specifics below! And for something totally fun and fresh, I created this lip color just for this look! Read on to see what unconventional product I used to create my peachy, rose gold lips.

Super cute packaging! If you're unsure whether you're "cool", "neutral", or "warm" in this line, just remember this:
Warm - has a slight golden or yellowish undertone to the foundation
Cool - has a slight blueish pink undertone to the foundation
Neutral - you guessed it! A little of both. I have both pink and yellow undertones to my skin so the "neutral" range works beautifully on me. I'm color "N2 Classic Ivory".

Upon opening, you'll see a cute little round sponge with a L'Oreal Paris ribbon across it for you to slip your fingers through for application. Don't. Not only will you not get the best application, but after the first use it just isn't sanitary anymore. I will never advocate using dirty applicators anywhere on your face even if it was you that used it before. Blech. There's just no need when we have plenty of other tools to use. I used my Beauty Blender. That's really my only piece of criticism of this foundation.

Pop that out and flip open the white plastic cover, and you'll find the sanitary seal. Peel that on back to unleash the beast....

Looks kind of like something you'd find in an art supply store or maybe growing under the sea....let's go with art supply store for aesthetics shall we?

I just had to touch it. I'm one of those tactile nerds. I can't help myself. It's strangely satisfying. It's plush and squishy, kind of like if you were sponge painting and decided to touch the wet paint on the sponge, only it's not quite as thick (which was a very pleasant surprise). The color is SO GOOD! I was so stoked to see a truly neutral ivory!

Here I gently patted it onto the back of my hand so that you guys could see the finish. It's beautiful. Slight sheen without being too dewy.

Here's a totally unretouched, unfiltered (GASP!) close up of just the foundation applied to my skin with no primer. This is both artificial and natural lighting with no flash. I used my slightly dampened Beauty Blender to apply.

And here is the same lighting as above, but obviously with the flash on. Just so you guys can see how it performs on camera without a bunch of other makeup clouding your view. Please don't look at my lack of eyebrows for too long, or you may turn to stone.

I really wanted to leave my skin as free from other complexion products as possible so I used the lightest dusting of pressed HD powder on my t-zone, and a bit of NARS Orgasm on my cheeks. I didn't even use concealer! I just used the pointy end of my Beauty Blender dipped back into the L'Oreal cushion foundation and applied a second layer wherever I needed some extra coverage (under eyes, around nose, and chin). They mean it when they say this is buildable coverage. Don't let the liquidy consistency fool you, this can really be built up to get fabulous coverage, but I just could not get this to look thick and cakey which is a GOOD thing!

And now for the eyes and lips! I made you a handy little visual to show you exactly which pans of color I used from my Morphe 35O palette using lime green circles and arrows (below)! They look a bit lighter here in this image, but I used a basic eyeshadow brush and swirled the two colors together and applied all over my lid and ever so slightly into my crease. I used the same brush to bring that same color across the bottom lash line and into the corners of my eyes. I skipped liner all together, curled my lashes, and then applied two coats of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara to top and bottom lashes.

For this beautiful iridescent, peachy rose gold lip, I lined my lips with NYX Retractable Lip Liner in "Pinky Beige" and used it to fill in my lips. Then I used Tarte LipSurgence Lip Creme in "Pristine" (which is limited edition) but you could also use color "Empowered" or any warm, apricot-like pink. Now comes the fun part: remember that color we blended for our eyes? I just used my ring finger, and verrrrrry lightly swirled the same two shades together, and then lightly dabbed it on my lips over the lip cream. It created the PERFECT rose gold pout and the shimmer from the eye shadow gave the prettiest velvet-like texture! I'm going to do this all the time now with this palette to create custom lip colors and finishes! So much fun! It's like a pink velvet lip! Great for Valentine's Day. And there you have it! A whole face totally inspired from the lid of a foundation!

January 23, 2016

Trend Watch: Lip Oil

Lip oil has been around for a really long time. In fact, I can remember wearing it back in the 90s (it was way less cool back then and I'm sure it was horrible for my lips but I didn't care...I was 10). I've been seeing it pop back up in luxury lines as well as drugstore lines. If you haven't tried them, they're a great alternative to gloss as they aren't sticky or goopy, and if they're tinted, they have the prettiest effect on the lips, as if you just ate a berry popsicle and then licked your lips. I sure painted you a vivid picture there, eh? Ooh la la!

Here's the roundup!

Milani Moisture Lock // Discover a revolution in lip hydration plus a healthy dose of shine! Protect your perfect pout with a first-of-its-kind lightly color-tinted oil in 8 addictively scented, kiss-quenching shades. All formulated with the all-natural healing power of Jojoba, Avocado and Tsubaki Oil. For added benefits, each shade is specially infused with nutrient-dense oils that treat specific concerns. The soft, extra plush applicator hugs the curves of your lips, locking in moisture and smoothing on shine. Flavors: Conditioning Grapeseed, Healing Lemon Honey, Moisturizing Almond Coco, Nourishing Raspberry, Protecting Pomegranate, Rejuvenating Peach Mango, Repairing Primrose, Revitalizing Grapefruit

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil // HOURGLASS No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil is an advanced anti-aging treatment for lips that combines essential oils, vitamins and three powerful active ingredients in a supremely luxurious oil blend. The botanical oils work on contact to condition lips, address dryness and chapping, and shield against environmental elements. It contains three powerful active ingredients that target the delicate lip area by helping to boost moisture levels, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and approve the appearance of lip shape, volume and softness. The treatment oil is dispensed through a 24-karat, antibacterial, gold-plated tip that creates a soothing effect on lips. The formula is enriched with 14 essential oils including bois de rose, lavender, geranium, petitgrain, lemon, rosemary, vanilla, clove, amyris, orange, ylang-ylang, eucalyptus, cedar and rose geranium, as well as lipid-rich plant oils that include hazelnut, kukui nut, rose hip, borage, olive, green tea, cherry pit, sweet almond, jojoba and evening primrose and is fortified with vitamins A, B5, C and E. 

Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil // Delicious enough to eat, this Plumping Lip Oil creates a soft cinnamon heat that delivers a natural flush minutes after application. Nourishing oils from cinnamon bark and pink pepper stimulate circulation for a natural plumping effect while peppermint oil provides a subtle warming sensation on lips. French olive oil, pure jojoba, castor seed oil, and argan oil hold five times their weight in moisture for long-lasting all-day hydration.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil // Hydrating, nourishing, and argan oil-infused, this tinted treatment starts as a cream and melts into an oil for sheer, natural-looking, never-greasy color.Who is it for: Perfect for anyone craving a portable, hydrating, and multitasking lip and cheek tint.Why is it different: This nourishing, creamy formula is infused with argan oil.How do I use it: This cream will melt to an oil for a soft flush of hydrating color when applied to the lips or the apples of the cheeks.

Ramy Lip Oil 'Rose' // A unique lip treatment specifically designed to nurture and deep condition your lips. Lip Oils are formulated with calming jojoba and almond oils that moisturize even the roughest lips to create a smooth and ideal smile. The unique formula glides on smooth and slowly penetrates the skin for an all day, super-conditioning lip regimen. Perfect to be worn alone or under/over your favorite Ramy beauty therapy lip gloss or lipstick, each luscious, sweet tasting Lip Oil works to help plump even the thinnest of lips.

Yes To Coconuts Cooling Lip Oil // An intense lip moisturizer that adds a natural shine. This lip oil provides long lasting nourishment, softness, and fits just about anywhere (talk about a triple threat!). This new lip oil will quench dry lips with decadent oils, that also cool while it moisturizes. Formulated with a plethora of oils: Virgin Coconut, Olive, and cooling Eucalyptus, your lips will be intensely moisturized and soft. Throw in an added hint of natural shine, and you will be ready for coconut kisses (under the sun!)

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil // New Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil enhances and nourishes with pure plant oils. Sheer brilliance: Clarins' newest treatment oil transforms lips from dry and damaged, to plump and luscious, while adding just a hint of color. Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil nourishes, soothes and enhances the natural way, with oils of mirabelle plum, jojoba and hazelnut, for lips that look comfortable and fuller-looking. The innovative gel-like, non-sticky texture hugs lips in two limited-edition shades that are as brilliant as the formula: Honey (01) and limited-edition Raspberry (02). 

YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil // A revolutionary lip color with a lip tint suspended in a deep conditioning oil. What it does: Coat your lips with this lip tint for a lightweight texture that instantly melts onto lips. It is infused with a blend of four essential oils for deep hydration: apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil. Its exclusive applicator envelops the lips in full color and allows for a precise and uniform application. Lightweight and non-sticky, this lip tint offers a new and luminous shine while the tint effect enhances the natural beauty of the lipsmaking it the perfect combination for youthful looking lips. Available colors: Pink About Me 8 ,Crush Me Orange 7 ,Peach Me Love 6 ,Cherry My Cherie 5 ,I Rose You 4 ,Undress Me 3 ,Oh My Gold 2 ,Drive Me Copper 1 
January 22, 2016

Flawless Complexion with Pür Minerals New Hydra Fluid Serum Foundation

I was so excited when I opened this beautiful package from Pür Minerals! I have been reading all about Spring beauty trends and how the focus is going to shift from overly caked and contoured to a more youthful, dewy canvas. The main event will be skin and getting that flawless but real finish. I'm so stoked about this for a couple reasons; I don't have a problem with a very structured, contoured complexion (hell that's what I do a lot of the time!) but while it looks great in photographs and in Instagram photos, it tends to not translate as well in real life. A lot of the time I'll get a great "after" picture for my blog or Instagram only to catch a glimpse of myself in natural light in a mirror and think "um...I don't look like a real person..." which is not a look I want to go for in my everyday life.

Pür Minerals Hydra Fluid Foundation is a serum foundation which means it is incredibly nourishing and hydrating. This super lightweight formula provides light to medium coverage with just a few drops. This would be a perfect option for dryer skin, mature skin, or anyone trying to get that "I'm not wearing any makeup" makeup look. 

The tube has the coolest glass medicinal-looking tip which not only looks great, but is very sanitary (yay!) and makes it virtually impossible to get too much product. You can very easily distribute just the right amount and build coverage as needed. 

I was pleasantly surprised with the consistency. Truth be told, I thought it would be much more liquidy than it was. I put a few drops on the back of my hand and did my "run test" to see how long it took for it to slide down. It held up really well and took at least 5-7 seconds before it started moving. Here's a photo of my face with the foundation applied all over and just a bit of under eye concealer "tapped" on with my middle finger (kind of like I'm flipping my dark circles the bird) and then just barely dusted with the lightest application of loose powder only on my T-zone. I wanted to leave the surrounding areas of my face powder-free so that my skin was really coming through. This foundation on its own leaves a truly dewy finish. I am a bit too oily to leave it that way otherwise I would be way too shiny after 20 minutes. However, if you find that regular foundations always end up looking thick or cakey no matter what you do, this would be a perfect option for you.

You're supposed to apply a few drops to the Pür Minerals Liquid Chisel Brush and then buff it into your skin using a circular motion. I didn't have that brush so I used my MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush which worked really nice. I did notice the slightest bit of oxidation on my skin after about 45 minutes BUT I didn't use a primer so that may help keep the color from deepening up. When I'm testing out foundation for the first time I like to skip primer to see how the foundation holds up and performs on its own. Today I used it with my Borghese primer underneath and I used a little less foundation and it looks much closer to my skintone and had much better staying power. 

All I did to achieve this look (besides the application of foundation, concealer under the eyes, and dusting of powder), was fill in my brows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in "Caramel". A very light wash of Milani baked blush in "Luminoso" on my cheeks was next. I then dusted my lids with the same setting powder as my face, applied a coat of Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer, 2 coats of Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, lined my lips with MAC liner in "Cherry", and then a coat of MAC "Steam Heat" from their limited edition Wash & Dry collection. Easy peasy! Such a pretty look for a Valentine's date! Just be sure to blot that lipstick off before any kissing...or....eating an entire box of chocolates by yourself on the sofa while watching Netflix...(no judgment!) 

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