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Fit Me! Foundation

18 Mar

I am such a sucker for good advertising, and Maybelline definitely wowed me with the campaign for their new Fit Me! line of foundations. First of all, the packaging is super minimalist, and thus looks high end and fancy. I love good packaging. Second of all, they promise a foundation that doesn’t just cover-up and that really fits to your exact skin tone. I think it’s pretty sweet they have matching concealers and blush recommendations that fit along with whatever your foundation shade is.

I bought me some today in shade 130, and I’m really impressed. The product is lightweight, yet provides a good amount of coverage and smoothes over any redness/blemishes that I have. There’s also SPF 20, for maximum anti-aging effects (I”m 20, I need to start thinking about this!) Bottom line: It made my skin look great–fresh, smooth, almost dewy, and natural. For only $6.99, this may become my new foundation staple. Sorry Lorac.


Lighten up

1 Sep

As today was the first day of classes, I assume things are going to get hectic pretty damn fast. Meetings, classes, exams, papers, all-nighters, yada yada yada. This means lack of sleep. This means sleepy face. Drinking coffee will help, but it definitely won’t get rid of the bags under your eyes. Here’s how to fake awakeness with make-up!

  • Put concealer under your eyes. I cannot stress this enough. If there is one piece of make-up you put on in the morning (well, besides mascara), it should be concealer under the eyes! It makes everything pop and gets rid of the droopies. I recommend BENEFIT’s Erase Paste ($27), but really anything will do as long as it’s the right shade.

  • Load up on mascara. I’ve recently discovered that for maximum fabulosity of lashes, it really helps to apply multiple coats. Even if you think just one coat does the trick. I also recommend curling your lashes, which will brighten up your eyes loads. Right now I’m using DIOR’s Diorshow Mascara ($24).
  • Exfoliate. As I’m sure you know, exfoliating scrubs away dead skin cells and leaves your skin smooth and radiant. Everybody should exfoliate, even if you think your skin is too sensitive–I promise you can find the right fit for you. I like ST. IVES Apricot Scrub ($3). I don’t think it’s necessary to splurge on exfoliators. As long as there’s some sort of scrubby agent, it will do the trick.
  • Do not be afraid of white eyeliner. A little bit of white eyeliner on the inside corner of your eyes does wonders. If you don’t believe me, check out the picture.

White eyeliner can do magical things.

First day of classes

1 Sep

Today is my first day of classes! Yay! I’m actually really excited to start learning stuff again. It’s been a very long time. In any case, here’s what I’m wearing on my face:

  • LANCOME Teint Idole Silky Mat foundation
  • BENEFIT Stay Don’t Stray eye primer
  • BENEFIT Erase Paste concealer (puttin’ that shit under my eyes to get rid of absurd bags)
  • CLINIQUE Black Honey lips
  • CARGO eyeshadow, blush

Can this make all of our dreams come true?

20 Aug

Can you make James Franco fall in love with me?

I don’t know about all of them, but definitely some.

I’ve been intrigued by Perfékt for a while–I love the idea of effective skin care simplified. So  I checked out their Skin Perfection Gel, which promises to, well, perfekt your skin. A lofty ambition, but sounds reasonable enough. This product also says (yes, products speak) you will no longer “need to hide behind traditional foundations, primers, color correctors, or powders.”

Squeal! Wouldn’t it be amazing to have only ONE product that does EVERYTHING (moisturize, tone, cover-up, smooth, reduce redness etc etc etc)? That would make me the happiest woman alive.

So let’s see: does the Skin Perfection Gel live up to its promises?

While I won’t be giving up my foundation, moisturizer, and concealer anytime soon, this tube is full of the stuff that dreams are made of. I don’t know about you, but my dreams are made of reduced redness, smoother complexions, and healthy glows. It gives me a really luminous, air-brushed finish. It’s texture is so moussey, and it goes on like silk (a little goes a long way since it’s not diluted with water). The only problem is that because it makes my skin so smooth, I keep wanting to touch it. And we all know that fingers on the face leads to very bad things.

This gel comes in five different shades, including translucent.

Hello (almost) Flawless!

16 Aug

My on-again-off-again relationship with Benefit is currently on-again, thanks to Hello Flawless! ($34), my fav pressed powder for the summer. When it comes to powders, I’m not super choosy. To be honest, sometimes I find Covergirl or L’oreal pressed powders work just as well as the high-end stuff. The most important thing when it comes to powders is shade (you do not want a line between your face and neck) and breathability.

The cool thing about Hello Flawless! is that, while there are only 6 shades to choose from, the color blends and adjust to your skins natural tones. I’m currently rocking Honey, which I use as a full coverage foundation, a finishing powder, a mattifier, or just about whatever I want to use it as. Très versatile. I love buildable coverage. The finish is natural, and the powder is SPF 15. Which is good, because I never put on sunscreen. (Don’t hate me.)

My main (and very important) qualm with this product: Terrible packaging. Terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. After the first week of owning this product, the compact refused to close all the way, so I had to use a rubber band to hold it shut. And then to make matters worse, I dropped it once (just once!) and it all crumbled, so now it’s a loose powder. I guess that one’s kind of my fault, but still.

The people have spoken

9 Aug

The lovely people at Jezebel asked readers what beauty products were worth spending on, and which were totally okay to pick up at the drugstore. As you can imagine, everybody had their own idea about what products were worth the extra $$. Here’s Jezebel’s summary of what readers had to say:

Foundation: Many commenters noted that foundation was one of the products they felt was worth the extra cash. As commenter Sir notes, “Foundation sits on a large part of your face all day, so you should splurge on something non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, breathable, long-lasting, comfortable and cruelty free. A good foundation will provide better, more natural-looking coverage. It’ll probably last longer too since you’ll need less product to get your degrees of coverage (light/medium/heavy).”
Department Store Favorites: Make Up Forever, Bare Minerals, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Clinique
Drug Store Favorites: L’Oreal True Match, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear, L’Oreal Bare Naturale

Lipstick/Lip Gloss: Lipstick was also worth spending extra on, according to many readers. MAC lipstick, in particular, seemed to garner quite a bit of praise. As ClassiqueMisdirection writes, “I recommend MAC because it’s the cheapest high(er) end brand with *great* pigment and it stays on so well! Even when it starts coming off, it doesn’t look gross, it just sort of fades gracefully. Plus, you can try them on before purchase unlike drugstore lipsticks.”
Department Store Favorites: MAC, NARS, Dior
Drug Store Favorites: Lip Smackers, Burt’s Bees

Eye Liner: Our readers seemed to be split on whether or not eye liner was worth spending more for, so again, it comes down to a matter of personal preference.
Department Store Favorites:MAC Fluidline, Urban Decay
Drug Store Favorites: Rimmel, Almay, Revlon Colorstay

Eye Shadow Eye shadow was another product that seemed to split down the middle: some commenters recommended picking up a department store primer, like Urban Decay’s, in order to make drugstore shadows last longer.
Department Store Favorites: MAC, NARS, Stila, Urban Decay
Drug Store Favorites: L’Oreal H.I.P., Maybelline

Mascara: When it comes to mascara, however, drugstore brands were preferred by most. “The stuff in the drugstore is pretty much identical to the stuff in the department store,” writes commenter keyamarie, “It is mostly about technique. Plus, it really should be thrown out every 3 months, and who wants to do that to a $25 tube?”
Department Store Favorites: Diorshow, Lancome Definicils, YSL Faux Cils
Drug Store Favorites: Cover Girl Lash Blast, Maybelline Full N’ Soft, L’Oreal Voluminous, Maybelline Great Lash

There were so many detailed recommendations in yesterday’s thread that it was hard to narrow it down, so I’d recommend scrolling through and reading the very thorough recommendations of your fellow readers. What it all comes down to, really, is trial and error: the benefit of department store cosmetics, for many, was the opportunity to try things on before purchasing them, though it’s also good to keep in mind that some drugstores, like Rite-Aid, offer refunds on beauty products. The one uniting thread that seemed to run through most of yesterday’s comments was the tendency for commenters to mix high and low—there are effective cosmetics in every price range, and in the end, it’s up to you to determine what’s really worth the money.

Quadruple threat: Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser

25 Jul

Tinted moisturizer is a girl's best friend.

I am always reluctant to use moisturizer — I have oily skin, so I always figured adding more oil to my face was not the best idea. Turns out, moisturizers don’t have to have oil, and they don’t have to make you shiny, and, they can actually give you coverage. Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer is really spectacular. Oil-free, lightweight, SPF, and moisturizing, there is nothing that this tube can’t do for your face. It’s a summer essential, when you need to retain moisture and protect yourself from the sun but don’t want to look slimy and disgusting.

Product: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Price: $42

Grade: A

Comments: Head of the class.