Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation from Maybelline. 

When it comes to makeup, I can be fickle. Have a looksie at my lipstick supply. I try so many different things and the products collect until I toss some in fear of making a TLC hoarders’ show. True, I have some standbys like my skincare and my new fav full coverage makeup, Beyond Perfecting. However I will always have the curiosity to try something new. Perhaps I like playing Russian roulette with my skin or maybe I am just a true Gemini. Either way, I was recently curious to try this:



What I told myself was that I wanted a lightweight foundation on the days I didn’t feel like full coverage. I already had a go-to powder from Clinique and bb cream (from Tarte), but this lightweight moussey matte tube had me curious. A makeup that hydrates and mattifies? Well that’s just crazy talk. 

I first went with Pure Beige because the only tester color, Natural Beige 75 was sold out at one location. Pure Beige was a tad light so I brought myself over to the Ulta in Clifton, NJ and luckily they had Natural Beige. Here’s how it looks:

Disregard the bad lighting. 

I likey. I likey a lot. It feels a lot like an old foundation color tint from Clinique called Moisture Tint. How I miss that product. 

Let’s look at ingredients:



Ah yes, sodium hyaluronate. That seals moisture in. Plus water is the first ingredient. 

But what does Ulta.com say about it?:



As you can see it is for normal to combo skin so  I guess super oily types are not invited. Sorry. 

Now when I try a new foundation here are my concerns:

  1. Will it make me break-out?
  2. Will it activate my manageable Rosacea?
  3. Will it last throughout the day?

Answers: 1. No, 2. No, and 3.Sort of

No bumps or redness by the end of day 1 and the color lasted long enough for a light tint. 

*Currently Ulta has a buy one get one half promo so I got this and their new mascara plus used a 3.50 off 10 coupon. Both together came to around 12. 

Who should try this?

  • Normal to combo types
  • Those who like a no-makeup look (yet want to look fresh)
  • Beauty on a budget folks
  • People who feel the need to try new things. (Me). 
  • Who can’t let well enough alone. (Me)

This velvet makeup feels good on the skin and certainly does not disappoint. I will keep you posted if a delayed breakout happens. I know you’ll be at the edge of your seats waiting to hear. Or not.

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Burt’s Bees New Lipstick: It’s the Bees Knees!

It’s about time that Burt graduated to a real lipstick. It started with lip balms, then lip tints, then lip crayons, and now grown-up lipsticks. Hallelujah! Welcome to the present Burt’s Bees. 

These lipsticks are 100% natural. That’s right my crunchy friends, you can now wear a natural lipstick at a reasonable price. Personally, I’m not obsessed with using natural products. I’m actually drinking Diet Coke as I write this post. I may as well be doing lines of Sweet N’Low. #BadExample

Let’s have a look:



* Picture from Ulta.com

Of the 12 colors I own three: Lily Lake, Brimming Berry, and Magenta Rush. (Sunset Cruise and Fuschia Flood were returned because they were a bit light. Oh yes, and these colors aren’t as dark as they seem so keep that in mind.)





Magenta Rush is deep pink. It’s a better choice for those who can’t wear the Fuschia Flood color. Lily Lake is a beautiful mauve lip tone, perfect for every day. Brimming Berry is a Berry red and it has gotten me the most compliments. 

Let’s talk pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Very moisturizing
  • Pretty pigments
  • Low price ($8.99 without any coupons)
  • 100% Natural

Cons:

  • Not a long lasting lipstick
  • Still more like a highly pigmented balm as opposed to a traditional lipstick 
  • Packaging is bulky and weird.

It’s what’s inside that counts:

*From Ulta.com

Ulta coupon hack: Buy 1 of these lipsticks at $8.99 with an Essence of Beauty Lipliner at 1.49 and use the 5 dollar off a 10.00 purchase coupon. I kinda did that a few times 🙊. 

As I mentioned earlier, these colors appear dark but go on a little lighter. That being said, if you are like me you’ll want to choose the three colors I selected. You know, if you have moderately fair olive skin, dark hair, an addiction to Diet Coke, and a talent to make any situation awkward. Or just maybe the first two in that list. 

Till next time!

Smooches 💋



Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer = 1 Amazing Product

Every so often I churn out a blog post for the 7 followers I think I have. One is actually my mom, so really I should be saying 6. Anyway, if you follow this blog you may remember that  I posted on this foundation when it first came out. I compared it against Stila’s foundation/concealer combo. The Clinique version won, hands down. Despite its victory, I got away from using it on the daily. (Btw that’s  an expression that I’m 20 years too late for.) But it really is an amazing foundation and this post will review the reasons why. 



Picture: Clinique.com

First, let’s look at some customers wearing Beyond Perfecting in various shade levels:





And me, wearing my new favorite shade, 6.5 Buttermilk:



I generally use this foundation under my eyes, and in the tzone. The picture on the right is a full application that I used on stage. 

Pros:

I really love how long this foundation lasts. Most foundations evaporate and become a distant memory by the end of the day. This stuff holds on.  Also, I have super sensitive/breakout prone skin. This foundation does not make me break out and it despite it’s thick texture it does not clog my pores. 🙌 Lately, I am just wearing this product without additional concealer. First I apply the product under my eyes, touch up the tzone, and them go back under my eyes. No more doubling up on concealer (although corrector is never a bad idea). 

Cons:

It comes in a glass bottle and it is not easy to travel with. It’s also somewhat impossible to pour a little out into a travel case. 

My shade is a 6.5 which is the PERFECT shade for moderately fair olive/peach skin. I just pray they don’t ever discontinue it. Are you reading this, Clinique? It’s so hard to find a good match for olive skin. Don’t ever discontinue this shade. Please. With a cherry on top, etc. 

This fabulous 2 in 1 products retails for 27.00 for a full ounce. The trick is to build up the coverage a little bit at a time. A little goes a lonnnng way. Oh, and it’s oil and fragrance free too. Perfect!

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

(Still here? Here is a picture after wearing for 10 hours. It’s faded under my eyes a bit, and the dressing room lighting is bad but you get the idea. All I will need is a touch-up under the eyes)