It's time for a "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This time it's hard to say what this product is other than a base. It's the Color Me Underglow Hydrator and I love it. I've worn it as foundation, I've used it under foundation, and over foundations. I've used it as a base for highlight on the cheekbones. So for me it's very versatile.
It's time for another "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?". Which I seem to be doing a lot of recently. This is a really good one that I've been using for over a month. So let's not waste anytime.
I actually got this in the Allure Beauty Box a month or more ago. I can truthfully say that it's definitely made me want the full size, and I use it quite a bit especially when my skin can't handle any harsh acid toning or retinols. It's the Hey Honey I Peel Good. It's basically honey consistency and you rub it in a circle on your skin....I know what your thinking "oh and your "dead skin balls up"? *unimpressed*" NO! That's what so cool about it. You rub it in a circle until it becomes a very thin, oil like consistency and then you rinse it off. It doesn't ball up any skin and hand over heart there is a noticeable difference in my texture. I was super skeptical. As soon as I seen it was an AHA free peel I thought it would be something that wasn't very good. I'm happy to say I was so wrong.
Time for another "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This products has actually not been out very long, but I've heard no buzz about it at all. No buzz before it launched and no buzz afterwards. Not that I seen anyway. I can not figure out why.
This is the second time Bare Minerals has made it into this series. So I'm going to go ahead and say that their latest makeup that they've been putting out like the Invisible Bronzer and Invisible Glow. Plus their Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lips that have been out for a while, which are my absolute faves, are solid products. I'm also a huge fan of the Bareskin Concealer, talking about it several times on here.
I'm happy to add another solid product to that list. So I'm talking about the Bare Minerals Bare Pro foundation. It's still new. I've had mine for about 3 weeks I guess. I kept waiting on people to talk about it and no one did. So I will! This is a light weight, liquid formula. However, the pigment in this is unreal making it full coverage without the weighted down, pore clogging, cake-y looking, side effects from most full coverage foundations.
It's a pump packaging in a glass bottle. You get 1 oz and it runs for $34. Which I'm cool with because every, single, foundation I'm seeing these days are up around $40-$50 or more. Which I have and would pay for a very good foundaiton but still it's nice to see them sticking to the price point that I've always seen them have. There are 30 shades which in my opinion is impressive.
The pigment in this is so strong that you definitely need your correct color. I normally can make a shade slightly darker or llighter than my actual skin tone work with other foundations. This one I could've went with a bit of a darker shade because again the pigment was so potent that it was easier to tell that it wasn't going to be the exact color match. Which I fixed with bronzer and concealer in some spots. So definitely not a catastrophe like sometimes that can be.
I have used this with a stippling brush and a sponge. I recommend a brush and stippling it on to get the most coverage but using a really dense sponge like the Elf teal sponge or Morphe Sponge still worked just fine, it just caused me to use more product which I'd rather not do if I can avoid it.
So yea, there ya go. I think you should check this out. It's at Ulta and Sephora. I love it. I've not used anything else since I got it.
Below is a gallery of me wearing shade 03 Champagne
I've not been posting as regular on here as I like, I have plenty of good excuses but excuses are just that....excuses. So why you bore you with them, right? I have been making notes...per usual, of things I want to talk about. If you're ever wondering what my thoughts are on products and such then I suggest you follow my Snapchat (loveandmascara. I give LENGTHY snap stories and talk about various products. It's usually all content related 80% of the time with the other 20% being a little bit of life outside of business.
One thing I wanted to discuss was a few brands that impress me immensely but I find they're extremely underrated. I was actually working on this before hand as just a list of brands that were impressing me and my friend Rhea said I should do a post on underrated brands....so here we are. Thanks Rhea.
It's well past time for a "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. I've had a lot of skincare posts and campaigns lately and I love skincare probably more than any other "thing" or "possession" I have. I also love makeup though just as much, and sometimes that line gets a little blurred. Makeup was what started this blog and this journey so just wanted to clear that up.
This time we're gonna talk about a product that I've actually been using for months. I kept waiting for everyone to start talking about it but no one ever did really. Or not that I've seen. I've only heard it mentioned a few times here and there. It's the Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze powder bronzer. Baked powder to be exact.
It's time for another "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" installment. So this time I'm talking about Senna Cosmetics Sketch-A-Brow. I ran across this on Frends Beauty and decided to give it a try. I don't know why because I'm more of an angled brow pencil lover. This is a very thin, thin, thin, mechanical pencil that reminds you a bit of the ABH Brow Wiz.
It's time for another "WIATAT". This time I want to discuss two products from Fiona Stiles. Which has now piqued my interest so much that I need every product she's EVER. PUT. OUT.
So I got the Sculpting Palette first, just on a whim while I was shopping on Ulta's website. I wanted to give it a whirl cause I'd seen Tati Glam Life Guru use some of her stuff. I was blown away with how amazing this was. I have medium to deep. I always prefer to go darker. I just do. These powders blend so amazingly well. The undertone is amazing. It's absolutely perfect for contour from light sculpting to heavier sculpting. They work with any brush and even a sponge. That's right folks. You can sculpt with powder on a sponge. A damp sponge even.
So since that was amazing I went back to get the Multidemensional Color Palette because there are 3 blushes with different finishes, a bronzer, and 2 highlight shades. Again it was amazing. The blush is SUPER pigmented. It's shades that I wouldn't typically go for but I was so sold on the Sculpting palette that I didn't care what shades were in the Face Palette. SHE COULD'VE SOLD ME A GREEN BLUSH FOR ALL I CARE. I STILL WOULD'VE BOUGHT IT. Cause I know the formula would be awesome and somehow, someway it would transform into something amazing. They have a hashtag that is "#mistakefreemakeup and they're right. I've really thought I had ruined my makeup one day with too much blush but no. No my friends, I blended it with my powder brush and it turned into, what I can only assume, is pure magic on my face. The bronzer is absolutely perfect with it's golden tone and the highlight shades even the darker one is super wearable and pigmented. Not to a strobing effect and blinding highlight mind you but a lovely sheen. More noticeable than say the Laura Mercier Highlight 01, but less intense than Becca Opal I feel. Formula wise every powder I've tried is consistent and soft and smooth not chalky or dry. I've already stated that they blend like a dream and they do no matter what tool you're using which I think is part of why I love it so much. It's not so much about your tools because the products, in this case, do the work for you. That's hardly ever the case I find.
Aside from the fact that her products are amazing she's a highly sought after makeup artist for A list celebs, photographers, and so on. What I think stands out about her work as far as a makeup artist is no matter if it's editorial work, red carpet, runway, whatever, it always has a flawless and fresh look to it somewhere in the makeup. They might have a bright blue wing but somewhere you're going to see that signature style of fresh and flawless makeup. Not necessarily "dewy", "grunge", "everyday", or "bold" but it's perfect and flawless. It's blended but sculpted, it's enhancing your natural brow shape but clean, it's natural lashes that look like falsies. Again I say, because there is no other word that comes to mind, it's flawless. Her signature is "flawless" makeup. I don't feel like she's talked about as much as she should be, and I don't feel like her products are talked about as much as they should be for sure.
I highly recommend you at least try some of her products I definitely recommend any powder for the face whether it's a blush, a bronzer, highlighter, contour, whatever it may be, I love everything she's put out for the face especially. Of course I'm going to try more of her stuff. I want to try her shadows, loose powder, foundations, all of it. Eventually, I will own the entire line, I'm just saying. You can get this on Ulta that's what I recommend you do. Get you some points it's just the best way overall.
**The picture above is from the Kiss website**
Here we are on another episode of "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?". Where I like to bring you things that I think are awesome but I'm not hearing much buzz about. So I'm not gonna waste time we're just gonna get straight into this.
You know I love false lashes. I absolutely love them from inexpensive to expensive, if they look bomb but feel even better then I'm a fan. For a while I was a mink lash fan and still am to some degree. However, faux mink became so huge in the last two years and looked just as good as the expensive mink lashes on the market. I was first turned onto the "synthetic mink" styles by Violet Voss I think they do the best and ever since then I give all "faux mink" lines a second look. I'm also a big fan of Kiss Lashes in general. If you were to text me and say "I'm at Walgreens and I want to try lashes, what lashes do I get?", I would tell you Kiss Lashes every time from the regular line or the new line either one.
They have recently (I guess) released Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection. I have Gala and Boudoir. I will be getting some other styles. Hands down Boudoir is my every day favorite. Gala is perfect for when you want just a bit more drama but it's not incredibly intense. These lashes fit amazingly well they're band is actually kinda short so they fit my eyes great. If you like the House of Lashes "Mini" line, then I think you'd like these. I can't speak to the other styles except these two for right now. I absolutely love them. I got mine off Amazon because I didn't want to go and search for them and they costed $8 for one pair. If you go on the Kiss website they are actually $6. So I will be ordering from there next unless I do see them in my local drugstore. I did note that you can order multiple packs on Amazon, I think I seen 2 for $13. So it's all in what you're comfortable with. Violet Voss lashes are about $10 a pair I believe, House of Lashes is around $9 I think, so for the quality and the price I can't believe more people aren't talking about these. They are an ABSOLUTE find! If you love lashes, or especially if you have a hard time with band length on your lashes, go check these out. This isn't sponsored in any way. I've never talked to Kiss Products before, pretty sure they don't know who I am, so from one makeup to another you won't be sorry!
In the picture above I'm wearing Boudoir lashes.
These are the Gala lashes. I actually wore them on Valentine's Day to celebrate with my husband. I thought I had a close up picture but apparently not. I will get one and update this post though as soon as I do. From this shot though you can see that they do give a little bit of a more dramatic and sexier look to the makeup.
So for my next installment of "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" it's: J Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder. I don't hear a lot about J Cat Beauty that much. I seen where Ulta started carrying it, so I wanted to try some things and I stumbled across their pigments or Shimmery Powders. These are $3.95 and they are amazing. I only got 3. I think there is 6.
I got shades Sienna, Auburn Red, and Lavender Pink. I use all pretty much all my pigments with a damp brush for a more intense effect. I prefer to use Mehron Mixing Liquid, which should be a whole post on it's own. Seriously if you don't have Mehron Mixing Liquid, get it. It changes the game so much. Anywho, you can use MAC Fix + or basically anytype of liquid to dampen your brush. Setting sprays or the Mehron Liquid work better I feel because pigments tend to stick to the brush better and then stick to the lid better as well because of the Glycerin in it. It acts like a bonding agent. Glycerin also acts like an oil where it absorbs quickly, but it's not an oil so thus that is where you get the "foiled" look with your pigments, shadows, or whatever, because the Glycerin keeps it looking wet without creasing.
Now that I've informed you about Glycerin and it's benefits, lets talk about these pigments. The only draw back is that these don't have a sifter so they are quite messy when you open them up. I'll happily over look that though. These look impressive on their own dry but using them wet makes a huge difference. I'm super impressed by these. I wish there were more colors actually. They're just as good if not better than MAC pigments, MUG pigments, any pigment. They're finely milled so when applied wet they don't look "crusty" or like thick layers on the lid. They great basically, and if you like pigments you should give them a try.
Hey guys, I'm hoping to start a new series called: Why Is No One Talking About It? I want it to be dedicated to awesome products flying under the radar. Whether high end or inexpensive, if it's great then I want to talk about it, especially if no one else really is.
What inspired me to do this is actually this product right here, the Elf Instant Lift Brow Pencil. I got this for $2 and the first shade I got was Neutral Brown. Then I went and got the 2 other shades: Taupe, and Black/Brown. So that's three pencils for $6 all together. My advice is start with Neutral Brown and go from there shade wise. This is a mechanical pencil with a brow brush/spooly on the other end. Much like the ABH Brow Wiz or other brow pencils for that matter.
In my opinion this is quite similar to the Brow Wiz from ABH, except the pencil or crayon itself inside is just a bit thicker than the Brow Wiz pencil or crayon. For the price though I would totally take the gamble and at least see if it's similar enough for your liking. To me I prefer pencils that are angled like the Brow Definer from ABH and the Goof Proof from Benefit. However, for $2, I'm more than happy to use this Elf one and save myself a ton of money. Which is the point of this, the product is good, the pigmentation and easy use is there, so for $2 I feel it's worth your time. I find that I can do my brows just as easily and just as quickly as I had been with other pencils, and much faster than I use a pomade or Wunderbrow. Which I do like just fine.
Like I said earlier I would start with Neutral Brown. It's not dark, it's cool toned so it won't be too warm, and it would fit everything from ashy blonde hair to dark hair like mine. Of course there are two other shades you can choose from as well. I just feel Neutral Brown is kinda a universal color or at least useable until you find your color. I can use black/brown as well but I use a light hand with it so it doesn't get too "sharpie" looking. I've not tried taupe just yet. It seems a bit more warm in my opinion though, I bought all 3 shades to have for clients and so on. You can find these at Ulta, Walmart and I guess anywhere else they sell Elf Cosmetics. It's definitely worth checking out. Ulta always has a coupon for $3.50 off $15 so you could buy something else and basically get an Elf Brow Pencil free since it's $2.
In the picture above, I used Black/Brown very lightly and I always brush out the brows to blend any product build up that's maybe too much and give the brows a "softer" look.
In the picture below I used Neutral Brown like I usually do. It's a bit easier for me to work with because the color is lighter.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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