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Battle of the Blurs

5 May


Have you done your makeup spring cleaning yet?

I recently re-organized some of my makeup and noticed how many blurring products I have. I’m all for a natural look, but sometimes even a beauty blogger needs extra help:).

Here are some of the blurring products that I use regularly. You can apply them as a primer before makeup or to areas you want to blur after applying makeup.

The battle really comes down to the type of makeup you’re wearing, the state of your skin, and how much you want to pay for this type of product.

Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother

This instant smoother is designed to blur the visible signs of aging including wrinkles, fine lines, flaws, and visible pores. The formula comes in a pink mousse which is easy to blend.

The large tube and lower price are what I like most about this product since its blurring capability rivals more expensive products.

Nanoblur Instant Skin Finisher

This skin finisher contains optical prism technology designed to give your skin a naturally airbrushed effect. When you apply Nanoblur, micro-prisms reflect light and create a smoothing effect.

The formula is thicker than other blurring products and takes a few seconds to dry on your skin. It also has a bit of a lifting sensation, and can help conceal redness and broken capillaries.

This is one of my favorite blur products; however, it is pricier than other products.

The Body Shop All-in-One Eye Primer

This eye primer is designed to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid, and enhance eye shadow color. It has a nude tint (which blends in easily) to help conceal darkness and redness around the eyes.

If you want to target only your eye area, this is worth taking a look at it. However, the other blurring products work just as well in the eye area and can be used all over the face.

Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer

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Latest Mascara Innovation: MAC Cosmetics Pro Beyond Twisted Lash

2 May

MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash

Happy Monday beauties!

Talk about a twisted obsession. I’ve always wanted to try a mascara with a small brush that lets you easily reach the roots of your lashes (especially the bottom lashes).

So when I spotted MAC’s latest mascara, Pro Beyond Twisted Lash, I just had to take it home.

After testing the mascara for a few days, I’ve discovered that this innovative mascara actually has two key benefits:

  • You can get in very close to the root of your lashes since the mascara brush is so small. The small brush lets you easily reach top, bottom, inner, and outer lashes without creating a total mess:).
  • You can twist and bend the flexible mascara wand up to a 90-degree angle for an unobstructed view of your lashes (perfect for those who wear glasses).

The formula for this mascara is lightweight which means you won’t see a lot of flakes. It’s also long-wearing (thank you MAC ❤️ ) and separates lashes effectively.

For a bit of drama, build the mascara to add more curl and lift.

I would recommend this mascara for a day or office look, especially when you’re super busy and don’t have too much time to check on your makeup.

How to Apply

Here how you use MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash:

Mastering Matte Eye Shadow: Too Faced Natural Matte

25 Apr

Too Faced Natural Matte

Happy Monday beauties!

If sparkle isn’t your thing this spring/summer, an easy way to master the matte look is with the Too Faced Natural Matte palette.

This collection of eye shadows features shades from the best-selling Natural Eyes palette in a matte format.

The creamy shadows have a silky smooth formula, the pigmentation is rich, and the colors are easy to blend!

TIP: If you want to apply a base before applying matte eye shadow, make sure it’s also a matte base!

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Makeup Hack: Turn Your Eye Shadow into Eye Liner

31 Mar

MAC Cosmetics Embark Eye Shadow

Happy mid-week beauties!

Did you know that you can turn your favorite powdered eye shadow into an eye liner?

Using an eye shadow instead of a pencil liner creates a softer, more natural look.

Applying Eye Shadow as Eye Liner

Here are three easy steps to applying powder or cake eye liner:

  1. Select an eye shadow color that helps you get the look you want. TIP: For fuller, thicker looking lashes, apply a darker eye shadow.
  2. Dip the tip of the eyeliner brush into the eye shadow. Apply wet for a dramatic effect or dry for a soft look.
  3. Starting at the outer corner of your eye, move the brush across your upper lash line inward. Remember to stay as close to your lashes as possible.

MAC Products to Use

To line my eyes, I use MAC Embark eye shadow. This matte shade is a dark brown with a tinge of burgundy.

If you have blue or hazel eyes, this shade will make your eyes pop!

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Too Faced On the Go: Sexy Lids & Lashes

24 Mar

Too Faced Lids and Lashes

Happy mid-week beauties!

I’m a big fan of Too Faced makeup, especially their eye products. That’s why I couldn’t resist one of the travel size sets Sephora offered during their last Black Friday sale.

The Too Faced Sexy Lids & Lashes set features two best-selling eye products:

  • Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer
  • Better Than Sex Mascara

Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer

This eye shadow primer provides 24-hour shadow coverage with crease and fade-proof wear. The formula is light and easily glides onto lids to create a smooth canvas for your shadow. Remember, a little goes a long way!

What I also like about this primer is that it neutralizes lid discoloration ❤️.

Better Than Sex Mascara

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Take it All Off: Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

29 Feb

Shiseido Instant Eye And Lip Makeup Remover

Good morning, beauties! I hope you had a great weekend.

I thought I’d share my favorite makeup remover with you because it’s a real lifesaver for my lashes and lips.

Shiseido Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover not only removes eye and lip makeup in a breeze (even waterproof makeup), it does it gently. This is a big deal, especially if you love your lashes (like I do).

This dermatologist and opthalmologist-tested makeup remover has skin-caring properties that protect against dehydration while removing all of your makeup. Shiseido is always coming up with innovative formulas, and this one dissolves makeup while leaving your skin clean and hydrated.

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Brighten Up Your Eyes with a Serum Concealer

25 Feb

Serum Concealers

There’s a new crop of concealers in town that just may change your makeup routine.

Concealer with serums are designed mostly for the under eye area.

If you’re looking for creamy smooth texture, concealers with serum easily blend in so you won’t tug at your skin. They also provide serious brightening properties.

Here are three concealers with serum (from left to right in the photo) that are worth checking out.

BARESKIN Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

This serum concealer is designed to provide major coverage with an ultra-light texture. The formula contains antioxidant Lilac Plant Stem Cells to give skin a brightened, lustrous finish.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

This gel-serum concealer features brightening properties and a unique domed applicator (like a cotton swab) for the sensitive under eye area.

What I like about this concealer is that it’s infused with pineapple ceramide (pineapple is well-known for its brightening properties). You can also build the coverage without adding texture. Just dip, dot, and blend.

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What I’m Loving Lately

18 Feb

Here are few beauty goodies that I’m loving lately. Have you tried any of these products or would like to try them? Let me know.

1. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

This highlight crayon from Clinique’s contouring line contains pearlized, light-reflecting pigments that I’ve always lusted after.

I use this sculpting crayon to add a luminous sheen to the top of my cheekbones or above my lips to make them look more shapely.

2. Cellex C High-Potency Serum

Vitamin C is one of the most powerful ingredients for fighting aging. Why? Vitamin C helps to produce collagen which gives elasticity to your skin.

When it comes to Vitamin C, nobody does it better than Cellex C with its concentrated levels of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

3. Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Foundation

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