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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Complete Physician's Formula Bronzer Overview

Bronzers Mentioned:

  • Shimmer Strip Miami Strip Healthy Glow Bronzer
  • Shimmer Strip All-in-One Custom Nude Palette
  • Nude Wear Glowing Nude Powder
  • Nude Wear Glowing Nude Bronzer
  • Beauty Balm BB Bronzer
  • Airbrushing Bronzing Veil
  • Glow-Boosting Sun Stones
  • Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder
  • Mineral Airbrushing Powder
  • Glow & Mood Boosting 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush
  • Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer
  • Glow-Boosting Season to Season Bronzer
  • Radiant Bronzing Powder

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review, Swatches & Demo: NYX Suede Collection

While taking a stroll down the aisles of ULTA the other day, I spotted NYX's newest addition - the Suede Collection. With an assortment of 8 shades for $12, this limited edition palette is full of gem tones - perfect for sultry nighttime looks for the summer, or a daytime look in the fall. While there aren't the matte or satin finish I would have imaged with a name like "suede", there are some finely milled pearls that border on metallic when layered and worn over primer, and even the occasional gold glitter! Each shadow is ultra-smooth and applies with awesome pigmentation - even without a primer - and the range of shades lends the palette to creating everything from a subtle, bronzed look, to a deep, sultry eye. For $12, I highly recommend it! Just remember: it's limited edition, so get it while you can! 

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial using these silky suede shades!

NYX Suede Collection

NYX Suede Collection | Top Row

NYX Suede Collection | Bottom Row

Friday, July 18, 2014

3-in-1 Tutorial: LORAC Pro Palette 2

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Review & Demo: Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

There's a new kid on the drugstore block! Maybelline launched a new foundation within their summer collection that promises to provide flawless coverage as it fuses to your skin for a second-skin feel.

Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation comes with .67 fl. oz. of products in a minimalistic glass bottle - I love it when brands skimp on superfluous packaging! The consistency is thinner than most liquid foundations, and comes with a tapered dipstick to dispense product. Given the consistency, I would have liked to see a pump dispenser since product has a tendency to drip and spill when using the tapered applicator. I've found the easiest way to dispense it is to apply a good amount to the back of a clean hand and use a brush to apply it to my face from there. Watch the video above for a complete demo!

Despite dispensing as a liquid, it dries to a powder with a somewhat matte/satin finish and provides medium coverage with a little bit of layering. Trying to reach a fuller coverage resulted in a streaky, powdery finish sooner than I could build up the coverage. Those who love to let natural features in their complexion, like freckles or naturally rosy cheeks, will love it! However if you are a full-coverage girl, you'll probably want to skip this one.

While there was some noticeable wear over the course of a day, I noticed it wore away without clinging to dry spots or becoming excessively shiny in others. Not terrible, but not great!

While this foundation wasn't for me (I prefer fuller coverage and more longevity), those that want to subtly even out their skin tone and have a combination or oily skin type might love this!

Did you think Maybelline's new foundation was a Dream Wonder? Tell me in the comments!

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners Pt. 2

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

You may remember my initial blog post featuring Etude House's Play 101 Liners (if not, refresh your memoryhere!). I was so enamored with the initial set of liners they provided that I just had to have more. When each one could multi-task as a liner, lippie, blush and more, how I could resist the $5.50 price tag?!

Initially I have a pretty safe set of shades to work with – lots of neutral to play it dafe for both eyes and face. This time, I decided to go for a more colorful bunch. I picked the following shades:

  • 37 – Matte pastel aqua
  • 39 – Shimmery olive green
  • 38 – Satin emerald green
  • 31 – Shimmery pewter
  • 19 – Matte fuchsia (great for the lips)
  • 18 – Matte pastel lilac (good for lips, cheeks, and eyes!)

Just like the initial batch, the quality of each of these liners is stellar! They apply smoothly, blend easily, and dry down concretely. They don't move until you say so! Shade 19 is the first one I've tried using on my lips, and I was impressed with the lasting results there as well. Like many lip liners, these aren't hydrating. But they can be used to create great barriers that prevent other lip colors from bleeding, or a long-lasting, all-over lip color that almost primes the lips. Yet another batch of pencils that deserves a long hard look from every liner-lover!

Head over to Kpoptown to check out the shade range – they even include the multiple uses each shade can provide in case you are looking for a liner for a specific purpose. Have you tried any yet?

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

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