Archive | October, 2013

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Review

29 Oct

With my last Sephora order I chose a sample of the Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation. Normally I don’t have much luck with foundation samples because I have very pale skin and most of the time they only send one color. This sample included 4 colors and the lightest color was actually a pretty good match for me.

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Smashbox description:

Light Technology completely evens out skin for a totally natural, luminous finish. (Think gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections.)

Created in our studios, this HD formula was developed to keep up with advancing photo technology by giving you flawless coverage that’s undetectable to the naked eye.

•    Works with all undertones
•    Buildable sheer-to-medium coverage
•    Long-wearing
•    Moisturizing
•    Sweat and humidity resistant

The foundation comes in 10 shades. What I liked about it was that it felt light and natural on the skin, looked sheer, but still provided decent coverage.  This would be the perfect weekday makeup for me – when tinted moisturizer doesn’t have enough coverage but a full foundation feels like too much.

It blended VERY well. Normally I apply with a Beauty Blender or use my fingers and blend it out with the blender afterwards. After I applied the Smashbox foundation I didn’t even feel the need to go over it with the blender (but I did out of habit).

Did I mention that it has SPF? Well it does which is a big selling point for me because I am fanatical about wearing sunscreen.

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation can be purchased from the Smashbox website for $42.

I think its worth the investment if a medium/sheer coverage, everyday, natural-looking foundation is what you are looking for.

The Search Is Over! I found my HG lipgloss!

23 Oct

Many, many years ago, I happened to find THE PERFECT COLOR of lipgloss at the drugstore (It was Maybelline Shine Seduction in Spiced Potion). I’m not exaggerating. I recommended it to almost everyone I did makeup for – it flattered pretty much everyone. Unfortunately the product line  was discontinued and I have spent years and many $ searching for a replacement. I can’t even hazard a guess as to how many other lip glosses I have gone through since then (Check out the picture at the top of my blog and imagine a whole bunch more).  They were ether too brown, too pale, too pink, too coral. ..None of them were the perfect peachy pinky MLBB (My lips but better) color that this gloss had been.

Last week I was Goggling lipgloss swatches when I came across the Vapour Organic Beauty site. (This was after I had already ordered 2 Clinique chubby sticks from Sephora!) Of course I had to browse the lipglosses and there were several I thought that might be similar but you can never tell over a computer monitor. The great thing about the site is that they offer a sample kit on their site. For $15 you can try 5 different product samples. (And you also get a coupon for $10 off if you buy a full size product within the next 60 days). I ended up ordering 2 glosses and 3 lipsticks.  When the samples arrived yesterday I tried one of the glosses  immediately and squealed with delight because I found my MLBB shade!

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Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss

About the gloss itself – it smells like makeup rather than scented and flavored like other glosses. That might bother some people but it didn’t bother me.  The gloss has a nice subtle shimmer to it and the color is sheer but still quite visible. The texture is smooth and feels more like an oil (not the best descriptor but can’t think of something better) rather than a sticky gloss.  It has plumping in the name but to be honest I didn’t notice a plumping effect. That being said I already have quite full lips to begin with and plumping had never been a factor in my purchase.

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Flirt Swatch

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Flirt Elixir Plumping Lipgloss

Halloween Makeup

16 Oct

Halloween is almost here – so in the spirit of things I thought I would post links to some Halloween makeup tutorials. (I would do them myself but to be quite honest I just don’t have the time right now.). Here is a round up of some of my favorites:

Walking Dead Zombie Tutorial

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Gothic Vampire (Female)

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Skeleton

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Blue Mermaid 

( I actually did Mermaid Makeup for an underwater photo shoot – unfortunately I don’t have time to do the tutorial- its also quite different if you don’t have to waterproof everything) if you want to add some scales you can take a piece of fishnet stocking and stretch it over your face while stippling another color over top – either a darker blue, silver, or white

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Witch Makeup

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Killer Clown

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Are there any other Halloween Makeup looks you would like to see?