SHISEIDOSynchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: First Impressions

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Where have I been? I guess I fell into a black hole of grad school papers and projects. However, I’m back for my seven followers (maybe just six now) and I’m here to post just for the holiday. Because nothing says “Irish” like a new foundation from Japan. For reals, I received a sample and I wanted to talk about it. 

I just started freelancing for Shiseido, and I was excited to try a sample of their newest foundation, Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20. 

I present:

  
(Photo from Sephora but this can be purchased in-person at Lord and Taylor and Macy’s)

This is a lightweight, oil-free foundation which “harmonizes” with your skin. Oh and it’s also long wearing. 
Let’s see it in action:

  (Taken around 11 am).

*Note: In the picture on the right, I added their stick concealer. It’s similar to the amazing concealer from their sister company, Cle de Peau, but it costs much less. 

Btw, my foundation shade is the third shade level in neutral. It also comes in a rose and warm undertone. 

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Did NOT break me out. No bumps, no tumor zits. Nada. Amen
  • Long lasting. This wore well until the time I took it off. A little shine started on the forehead and nose by the 7th hour. 
  • No primer necessary. But honestly, I’m not one to use primer anyway. 
  • This is going to be your holy grail foundation for the summer. I really hate that expression but I must call it as it is. 

Cons:

  • Price is 45 dollars, but a little goes a long way. It is long lasting too. Seems like you get your money’s worth. 
  • Some more shade options would be nice for deeper skin tones. 

Let’s see how it looked at the end of the day:

  

As you can see, humidity is starting to happen here in New Jersey. Hence the Jersey curls. Current look: Simba’s angry. 

The verdict: Get this foundation. Get it no matter if you are oily, combo, or dry. It’s for all skin types and let’s be real, we all sweat in the summer so this is a perfect fit for that. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

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NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer =Got You Glowing

I’m confused. I’m the girl who needs her foundation oil and fragrance free or her skin freaks out either immediately (bumps) or after a day or two (cystic acne). Yet for the last week I’ve been using a concealer made with coconut oil and nothing. has. happened. Nothing. Infact, my skin looks better and has less clogging overall. 

  

Oh, and I’m using it as foundation. Yes that’s right, it’s madness! Let’s have a look see:

  

I’m currently using shade 4 which is a touch dark but I feel so pale this winter that I don’t mind. Shade 3 is too perfect and I feel like I look anemic or I may pass out from the vapors. 

This tube of concealer is $6.00 at Ulta. A little goes a long way, so I have a feeling it’s going to last a while
I can’t tell you why this is working out for me, but it is. Maybe the cold weather is making my skin need oil? If you’re dry, try this out. If you are combo/oily keep it minimally applied. I think applying this under the eye is not enough and it is not super flattering. However, as a glowy foundation it rules. 

Check it out:

 
Makes dry skin happy! Now if only the cold would stop pissing me off. 

  
Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Ten days until Valentine’s Day!

Mood:

  
Well, that’s a bit much.

Valentine’s Day may not be tons of fun, but you know what is? 

This:

  
A new, seasonal lipstick from Kiko Milano. If that packaging isn’t adorable enough, look at the inside:

  

LOOK AT IT!!!!!

It’s heart shaped ❤️. 

This lipstick is only 7 bucks and it is the plum lipstick of Kiko Milano’s Endless Love collection. 

  

(Btw I’ve now included two old-people references in this post. The young millennials are going to be so lost.)

This super fun lippy (ew, did I just write that?) comes in 6 shades. The one I chose is Passion Plum. I love it because of the subtle gold flecks mixed in. 

Let’s see how it looks:

  

(You can see a bit of the sheen)

Pros and Cons time!

Pros:

  • Affordable 
  • Adorable packaging
  • Beautiful shade (Passion Plum)
  • Non-drying.
  • The packaging! 😍😍😍

Cons:

  • I don’t think they have a shade like this all the time 👎🏻 It’s easily the prettiest shade in the whole store. 

Happy Valentine’s Day in advance, and may we all find:

  
(Another old-people reference)

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

New Chubby Stick Foundation From Clinique!

I’ve been waiting for these to come out for some time now. Any of my makeup artist friends know that I am a fan of crayons and anything portable, also lipsticks, lipgloss, shadow palettes, ok fine. I’m a makeup addict. But what I love more than makeup is makeup that’s convenient. 

I present:

Clinique Chubby in the Nude foundation Stick

  
(Record scratching sound). Yeah, that’s the name. Can’t say it’s a winner. Not to be offensive, but don’t go googling the product by its name. It’s a little scandalous. 

My personal name I would offer for this is Fuller Foundation. But alas, I do not work for marketing. 😏

Annnnnyway, let’s look at a few swatches. 

  
(I did this quickly at Sephora. There are more shades, but this is Alabaster, Chamois, Clove and Beige. *Insert funny adjectives before each name. I kinda forgot them). #bloggeroftheyear. 

My shade is #7 which is the Capricious Chamois. That is the third shade from the lightest and it has golden undertones (but not super yellow). 

Here’s how it looks under my eyes, on my nose, and covering a blemish on my cheek. 

 Your eyes do not deceive you, that is a picture of Yanni photobombing me. It was drawn by my talented friend, Hermes Almeida. To be technical it is a picture of Yanni, Rev. Run and Prince Charles in Run DMC gear. Long story, but it’s kind of awesome. 

First Impression Pros and Cons:

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Creamy
  • Good coverage 
  • Oil free

Cons:

  • Does not fully cover undereye area but it does a decent job. 
  • The product name. That name!

Retails for 24 bucks (department store pricing) but Clinique is always a safe bet for sensitive skin so it’s worth it. 
Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

MUA Professional Brush Cleansing Balm 

Goats are the coolest. If you doubt that statement, google “baby goats” and take in all the cuteness:



And hello, goat cheese!



(Now I want goat cheese)

What you may not be aware of, is that goat’s milk makes for an excellent makeup brush cleanser. 



Yes, but don’t go to Whole Foods and drop a five dollar bottle of G-milk on your brushes. Consider this brush cleanser instead:



Picture from CVS.com

While I’m not sold on everything from MUA, I think this brush cleanser is amazing. It does the job quicker than Beauty Blender brand and it costs less. ($10.00 without coupons or sales). Plus it’s solid, so it’s easy to travel with.

 Let’s look at more from CVS.com:



How about some ingredients?



I bet your wondering how this smells. Well, definitely not like goat, goat milk, or goat cheese! It has a clean perfumed scent that just smells fresh. 

It cleans brushes in a flash, and if you have any white-haired brushes, it gets out every trace of makeup. 

It makes sense that stubborn makeup stains stand no chance against a balm made from a stubborn animal’s milk.  All of this may sound weird, but trust me. It’s not baaaaaaad

I’m lame.  

Till next time!

Smooches! 💋

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 💋