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Worth the Splurge: Diorskin Forever Compact

15 Aug

Diorskin Compact

Some innovative liquid foundations have launched this year, but sometimes I prefer the convenience of a powder foundation.

One of my favorite powder foundations is the Diorskin Forever Compact. If you avoid powder foundation because you don’t like a cakey finish, you need to take a serious look at this powder. It does everything your favorite glowy liquid foundation does.

What works best with this  foundation is that it adapts to your skin, and makes it look incredibly smooth. The formula, which provides medium coverage, looks hydrated yet refined with imperfections concealed.

TIP: To build more coverage, dampen the sponge that comes with the compact.

Yes, this foundation is expensive but it seems to last forever.

Here’s what convinced me. First, it’s great for quick touch ups throughout the day. Second, the mirrored compact and velour pouch are so pretty, it’s just worth the splurge!



What I’m Loving Lately: Makeup Revolution

11 Aug

Makeup Revolution Palettes

Happy mid-week beauties!

I’m very excited to share my latest beauty crush: Makeup Revolution.

I was introduced to Makeup Revolution at a beauty event in Vancouver this summer.

Prior to the #LDBeauty event, I read about Makeup Revolution but wondered if I would ever get a chance to pick up any of their products (even though Canadians love our beauty products, we don’t always have the same access as US and UK makeup junkies). Continue reading

What’s New: Easy Ways to Contour and Highlight from Maybelline

8 Aug

New Maybelline Face Products

Did you take a break from heavy-duty contouring and embrace the nontouring (natural-looking skin) trend this summer?

If you’re wondering where the makeup world is heading with contouring, Maybelline has a few hints with some recent makeup launches.

I had a chance to take a look at a couple of new products that just may change your contouring, strobing, and powder game this fall.

Facestudio Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick

Makeup sticks or crayons continue to be popular because they’re quick, convenient, and easy to apply on the go.

The Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick is a 2-in-1 contour and highlighter stick with a blendable creamy texture.

I was excited to take a look at this contouring stick because I”m already a fan of Maybelline’s Brow Drama, an easy brow sculpting tool that tames brows as it colors.

If you’re brand new to contouring, the Master Contour V-Shape Duo stick is the way to go for for an easy, sculpted V-shaped face.

Talk about a no brainer! The back of the stick even has illustrated steps for applying the dark shade (jawline, hollows of cheeks) and the light shade (high points of face: tops of cheeks and bridge of nose).

Overall, this contouring stick is a great portable option that works for travel or work touch-ups. Depending on your skin tone and the effect you’re trying to create, you can pick up the contour stick in one or more of these shades:

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Deep

Facestudio Master Strobing Stick

Maybelline’s Master Strobing Stick is an easy alternative for the contouring process called strobing that adds dimension by illuminating certain areas of your face.

The strobing stick has a smooth, lightweight texture that easily blends to create the lit from within strobing effect.

The formula in the stick contains micro-fine pearls, and  comes in two shades: Light (pink iridescent) and Medium (peachy nude glow). I tried the Light shade and found it gave my cheekbones and brow area just the right sheen.

According to Maybelline, you can use the Master Strobing Stick in several ways:

  • Enhance cheeks by highlighting the top of cheekbones.
  • Accentuate features by spotlighting the center of the face.
  • Brighten the eye area by spotlighting the brow bone and inner corner

If you’re a sucker (like me) for products that add radiance, the Master Strobing Stick is glow-worthy.

Super Stay Better Skin Powder

Maybelline has also released Super Stay Better Skin Powder, which can complete any contouring, highlighting, or strobing look.

This skin-transforming powder contains salicylic acid, and is designed to help improve skin within three weeks. For immediate gratification, the medium coverage powder provides a smooth, matte finish without looking cakey. Continue reading

Makeup with Benefits: Almay Age Essentials Collection

4 Aug

Almary Age Essentials

When it comes to makeup with benefits like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and peptides, count me in.

Almay has recently launched their Age Essentials collection with these skin-loving ingredients and SPF, including:

  • Almay Age Essentials Makeup
  • Almay Age Essentials Concealer
  • Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment

Almay Age Essentials Makeup

I’m a hard-core powder foundation fan, but I try to be open to alternatives🙂. Almay’s foundation with built-in moisturizer is lightweight and blends well (the Light Neutral shade was a good match for my pale skin tone).

Even though the SPF 15 foundation has a matte finish, it still made my skin look moisturized all day. In fact, the foundation is designed to boost hydration immediately and over time.

Almay Age Essentials Concealer

Some multi-purpose concealers work well for one issue but are a total fail for another. For example, you may find that a concealer does a good job hiding dark circles, but it leaves buildup over the day in your lines and creases.

With its creamy texture, Almay Age Essentials Concealer with SPF 20 camouflages darkness and subtly brightens under the eyes (without creasing). The easy-to-use stick format with a slanted tip provides good coverage and comes in shades from light to medium deep.

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What’s in My Bag: Favorite Makeup Minis

1 Aug

Favorite Makeup Minis

Like many beauty bloggers, I’ve accumulated a lot of makeup🙂.

When containers start to overflow, it’s time for a “reorg” to refresh my memory as to what I have and decide what needs to go.

During a recent organizing session, I came across a stash of makeup minis.

Instead of storing them separately (in my usual haphazard fashion), I’ve decided to pack these favorite minis in a cosmetic bag so they’re travel or work-ready.

Benefit “That Gal Brightening Face Primer”

If you want to brighten up your skin before applying foundation, Benefit’s lightweight pink primer makes skin look more awake.

Diorshow Mascara

This Dior mascara with its microfiber formula is legendary for its lash-lengthening effect. I like the thick wand for building lashes with a lot of volume.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

This unique serum defends skin against the environment and daily damage. Shiseido spent 20 years studying skin immunity before it developed a blend of ingredients that boosts the defensive functions of skin cells.

Buxom Full-on Lip Stick

I’m a big fan of all Buxom lip products. Although you can apply this lip-pumping lipstick in Brooklyn all over the lip area, I use it as a lip liner because of its creamy texture.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss

This lip gloss comes in the Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette. This shade called Bellini is a nude pink with a pearlescent finish. What can I say: it’s Bobbi Brown ❤️.
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Inspired by Fashion: Essie Gel Couture

25 Jul

Essie Gel Couture

If you’ve been curious about gel nails but not sure how to jump in, Essie has recently launched the Gel Couture collection.

I had a chance to try this two-step system, inspired by the world of couture fashion. The collection includes 42 long-wearing shades designed for pros and at home experts.

The glossy finish from Gel Couture doesn’t come from a UV lamp, but from the gel-like formula and quick-drying topcoat.

Just apply two coats of the nail polish to bare nails, then seal with one layer of the top coat. When it’s time to remove it, use your regular nail polish remover.

For improved color coverage, Essie has also introduced a curve hugging brush (called swirl-stem) which prevents the polish from dripping. The wider brush definitely helped me with a more precise application of a pastel mint shade called Zip Me Up.

The chic twisted bottle for this collection is designed to emulate the twirl of a gown on a runway.

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3 Makeup Hacks That Knock Off the Years

21 Jul

Anti-aging makeup hacks

If you’re searching for ways to look younger without going to extremes, here are a couple of easy makeup tricks to get you started.

1. Replace Black Eyeliner with Brown Eyeliner

Lining your eyes in deep black eyeliner is an instant ager, accentuating dark circles and lines. For a soft and natural-looking look, switch over to brown eyeliner.

One of my favorite eyeliners is the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner. It comes in a few shades of brown and has a creamy texture that lets you draw a straight line in a flash.

2. Apply Peachy Pink Blush to Your Cheekbones

I’m all for contour and highlighting, but it can be tricky as you age. Swipe on too much contour/highlighter makeup, and you look like a hot mess.

A pop of peachy pink color, especially in the summer, is youthful and healthy looking.

One of my favorite new blushes is the NYX Ombré Blush which blends two silky colors into one. The Sweet Spring shade in this line brightens your face and works whether you’re looking for a pink or peach to match your lip and eye makeup.
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High-Impact Color and Shine: New Maybelline Lip Launches

18 Jul


Good morning, beauties. How is your summer going so far?

This is a great time of year for new makeup releases. If you want to step up your lip game, Maybelline has introduced some new lip lines:

  • Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Jolt
  • Maybelline Lip Studio Shine Shot
  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds

I was lucky enough to have a sneak peek at these new lip launches. Overall, it looks like deep, bold colors are in so you may have to do some soul-searching to find your inner goth🙂.

No worries, though, if you’re a fan of nude shades. The latest twist on nude is a modern brown shade (à la K. Jenner).

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Color Jolt

The Lip Studio Color Jolt is a shiny lip paint that packs a powerful pop of color with eight times more pigment than a traditional gloss in every drop. The applicator is a flocked tip which helps for precise application.

You can build the creamy, long-lasting color for more vibrancy or customize your own look by layering a couple of shades.

Lip Color Jolt is available in eight shades:

  • Stripped Down (my fave)
  • Never Bare
  • Fight Me Fuschia
  • Orange Outburst
  • Talk Back Red
  • Red-dy Or Not
  • Berry Naughty
  • Violet Rebel

Maybelline New York Lip Studio Shine Shot

If glossy lips are your thing, Lip Studio Shine Shots create a mirror-like effect in a wax-free formula. Think of this gloss like a top coat for your nails: it adds a bit of shine to a matte finish and helps the color last.

The Lip Studio Shine Shots come in two shades: Glassy Shine Lip Topcoat (clear) and Prismatic Lip Topcoat (rose gold with a metallic sheen) which shines like a diamond 💎.

TIP: For a plumping effect, dot the Lip Topcoat in the middle of your lips as a 3D highlight.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational The Loaded Bolds

The Loaded Bolds is Maybelline’s boldest lipstick collection yet. The lipstick features a hyper-pigmented, runway-inspired formula that provides depth with a single stroke courtesy of non-drying Kaolin clay base.

The 12 shades in this line cover the entire color spectrum from vibrant pinks to bright berries to modern nudes (there’s even a color-popping blue):

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