Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Total Grabs & Not So Fab: Foundations & Concealers

The year is almost over, can you believe it? It has gone by extremely fast in my opinion.

Alright, so I'll finally get to the topic of this blog. As a makeup artist, I always have to try different products especially when I have clients that ask about different items they can by from drugstores to high end products. I took the time out this year to look at products YouTube Guru's raved about and some products that I never even heard of. I must admit, I did enjoy a lot of my drugstore products more than the high end products. All great products aren't expensive! Woohoo! Let's get to it.

NOT SO FAB: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (6/10 Rating) ($27.00)
Don't kill me for this, because I know some people absolutely love this foundation, and it is some people's holy grail. Truth be told, it wasn't all that great to me. I felt like everyone has raved about this product, but I wasn't satisfied with it. I tried wearing it for a week and it has never given me a flawless face. I'm not into foundation that looks cakey or feels heavy on my face. This product does give full coverage, it's long lasting, variety of shades, and great pigmentation. The cons for me is that it is too pricey, it causes breakouts, and very heavy. Definitely not a foundation for the summer time, but that's just my opinion.

TOTAL GRAB: Revlon ColorStay Foundation (9/10 Rating) ($10.00)
This is quite similar to the Mac Studio Fix Fluid but better and this is also a products some people raved about. I have oily/combination skin and this has been one of my favorites to wear especially during the summer time when I'm extremely oily in my t-zone. This foundation has full coverage, not very heavy feeling on the face, variety of shades, great pigmentation, and affordable. I love how it is just the right amount of coverage. The cons on this foundation is that it dries really fast, so you have to blend while applying.

NOT SO FAB: Pur Minerals Disappearing Act Concealer (5/10) ($22.00)
A random product and not one that I was pleased with. I don't feel like this product hides blemishes but while this lacks in coverage, it can be used as a highlighter. Medium weight, very creamy, and easy to apply. The cons are not many shades, they have unnatural tones, not enough coverage, and too pricey for what it's worth.

TOTAL GRAB: MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer (9.5/10) ($18.00)
Must agree that this product is long lasting, provides enough coverage, very easy to apply, and blends in very well. My holy grail from 2013! A concealer that doesn't crease on me! Mac did a great thing with this product, they have many shades for every complexion, and this also a great highlighter. The only con to this is that some tones can be too pink or too yellow.

NOT SO FAB: Revlon PhotoReady Foundation (6/10) ($12.00)
I was so disappointed after trying this product out. Literally, I am in love with their PhotoReady Primer, but this foundation was terrible. For one this foundation is too shiny with shimmer. If I am going to do a photoshoot, I wouldn't suggest this product at all. This foundation does provide many shades, full coverage with good pigmentation, and inexpensive. The cons... well it is too shimmery, not for a day to day wear, and not long lasting at all.

TOTAL GRAB: Makeup Forever HD Foundation (10/10) ($42.00)
Although this is a really expensive foundation, it goes on the face flawlessly. I cannot think of any cons to this product other than it being expensive. Behind the camera and on a day to day wear, this foundation looks incredible. MUFE provided many shades and in between shades for all skin types. I barely need any oil sheets to clean my t-zone during the day, it's very refreshing on the face, because it hardly feels like you have anything on. My friend, to me, this is perfect. #MYHOLYGRAIL

NOT SO FAB: NYX Concealer Jar ($5.00)
These aren't really concealers in my opinion, I think these are more so color correctors. You get what you pay for with this product. They did not work to well for me because they seem to be rich in color, but faded when applied to the skin. The pigmentation is completely off. Pros is that it is easy to blend and affordable. Cons unsatisfying pigmentation and lack of shades to call these concealers.

These are my total grabs and not so fabs for Foundations and Concealers. Below I'll list a few total grabs and not so fab below if you're interested. Please let me know what your total grab and not so fabs are from 2013!

Total Grabs
NYX HD Foundation ($15.00)
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Foundation ($12.99)
Pur Mineral 4 in 1 Pressed  Mineral Foundation (27.00)
MAC Face & Body Foundation ($27.00)
Bare Minerals Matte Foundation ($27.00)

Not So Fab
Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation ($42.00)
Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation ($10.00)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation ($38.00)
IT Cosmetics Powder Foundation ($35.00)
NYX Matte But Not Flat Foundation ($8.00)


Monday, December 23, 2013

Makeup Tip Do's & Don't #2

We've all made errors doing our own makeup and sometimes what we learn could be the incorrect way of doing it. I'm going to share a few tips that I know, that may help you, or someone else that you know. Please share any tips or suggestions you may have. If you completely disagree with any of my tips or have any questions, I'd love to know. I'll also share what products I would recommend with each tip.

Tip #1 - Don't apply liquid eyeliner to your water line.

  • Liquid eyeliner could get into your eye, make your eyes blurry for about a few minutes. If you wear contacts, this will dirty your contact lens. 
  • It will smudge, smear, or become runny before drying.
  • Your water line is wet, therefore, it will most likely not stay in place, or come off during the day.
  • Recommendation: Gel Eyeliner or Kohl Pencils (E.g Urban Decay Pencil Eyeliner)
Tip #2 - Do wash your face & moisturize before applying makeup.

  • Applying makeup on a dirty face will just cause clogged pores and acne.
  • Moisturizing the face practically provides a base between your face and the makeup.
  • Moisturizing will also help keep your makeup in place.
  • Recommendation: Cetaphil Moisturizer, Clean & Clear Face Moisturizer, MAC Gel Moisturizer.

Tip #3 - Don't set your makeup with a powder foundation on top of a liquid foundation.
  • Powder foundation alone can give you good coverage.
  • If you use two foundations such as liquid than powder, the makeup will become cakey.
  • Add a setting powder on top of the liquid foundation to set it.
  • Recommendation: Ben Nye Banana Powder, Cover Girl Translucent Powder, Ben Nye Super White Translucent Powder

Tip #4 - Do moisturize your lips before applying lip products.
  • Moisturizing the lips can prevent your lips from cracking or feeling dry
  • Some lip products can be very drying such as lip liners or lipsticks, therefore, if you have a base in between you can prevent flaking and dry lips during the day.
  • Recommendation: Baby Lips Dr. Rescue, Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Chapstick
These are just some tips that I've learned along the way. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let me know below. :) Happy Holidays.

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Natural Makeup Routine: Products I'm Using

Due to the holidays, weather changes, getting prepared for LA, working, and taking care of home I had to shorten my morning makeup routine. This look takes me only about 25 minutes to do. I'll list the products below if you're interested in just using less makeup or finding a new natural look.

Products I'm currently using:

Short and pretty simple.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ideas For Holiday Makeup!

During the holiday, we all like to get dressed up and dolled up when we're visiting family, friends, or attending Christmas parties. It can be really hard to find makeup for the season or for an occasion. Here I will list different makeup products that I'm sure you will love for the season.

If your not really into makeup and just like to throw on lip gloss or lip stick, you will absolutely love U.G.L.Y Girl cosmetics lip gloss started by celebrity makeup artist DAndre Michael. I recently purchased this in November at a makeup tradeshow and immediately I fell in love after putting it on. There were 10 shades to choose from and they all seem to be the perfect shade, my absolute favorite is "Pout" because it's the perfect nude without going overboard. On top of this lovely lip gloss, it has the perfect shine, doesn't dry out your lips, nor do you have to keep reapplying. I have to say it is worth every dollar spent. 

Who likes to wear eye makeup? I do.
Ok, ok. So I'm really enjoying this Mineral Eye Shadow Palette from Motives Cosmetics for La La. This palette has 5 different shades and all natural medium to dark tones. You can create so many different looks just from this palette from day to night. I'm sure your wondering how pigmented these shadows are, right? Truth be told, they are beautifully pigmented, and looks wonderful on all skin tones. These colors do have a bit shimmer in them, just enough sparkle for the holidays.