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Why didn’t I try this before! Review – MUFE Pro- Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

8 Nov

A few months ago I was in Sephora looking for a good face powder and the sales associate there recommended the MAKEUP FOR EVER  Pro- Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation.  According to the company it can be used wet or dry but the plan was never to use it as a foundation  – only a finishing powder.

With its transforming texture, PRO FINISH is the 1st multi-use powder foundation that allows you to fully customize your finish and coverage level.
Formulated with exclusive bio-mimetic coated pigments, its breakthrough formula can be used wet or dry.

Apply it wet for a sheer semi-matte perfection or dry for a full coverage, matte result.
Created with talc lightweight formula, its texture is long lasting, has buildable coverage with no chalky effect and easily blends for a perfect professional result in just minutes.

Enriched with hydrating ingredients, PRO FINISH corrects and evens the complexion without drying our the skin.
Choose from its wide range of shades to find your perfect match.

As a finishing powder the Multi – Use powder was ok but I wasn’t wowed.  I still had an T-zone after a pretty short amount of time.  II still used it occasionally but it wasn’t my favorite product by any means.

Today I was  getting ready for work and just for the heck of it I decided I would  use  the powder wet and see what happened. I was pleasantly surprised!  It looked very natural and still did a good job evening out my complexion. If I had more time I could probably have gone over the uneven areas again for more coverage.  The best part? I went to the bathroom at 9am (did my makeup at 7) and my t zone wasn’t shiny. At 11:30 am it was starting to look a tiny bit shiny but normally by this time of day I would have an oil slick on my tzone.  It’s almost 3pm now and I still haven’t had to blot. This has NEVER happened before! I didn’t use mattifying products or powder – just the wet powder foundation!

The powder comes in 19 colors and is available at Sephora or the MAKEUP FOR EVER website.

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

These are a few of my favorite things…

1 Apr

I have a limited amount of time (baby doesn’t nap long and pre-schooler is home sick but watching tv) so I will probably split this into several posts.

Some of these I will have undoubtedly mentioned in other posts – they are my favorites after all .  I will link these products to the previous blog posts instead of regurgitating the information.

Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted Moisturizer

Several reasons I love this:

      • It’s just the right color for my pale complexion
      • It has SPF 15 (although I would love it even more if it was SPF 30)
      • It makes my face look glowy and fresh without looking greasy

Makeup For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Click here for the reasons I love this product.

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Makeup For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer

Primer

Linky here!

Makeup For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

Powder

How do I love the let me count the ways.

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion in Eden

UD

I LOVE this product so much because:

  • on my skin tone  I can use it on my dark circles as a corrector/concealer and it helps any additional concealer to stay put (but I often only use this)
  • it evens out the color on my eyelids
  • it gives my eyeshadow staying power
  • it makes my eyeshadows appear more vibrant

Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful

Tarte cheek stain

Blissful is a warm peachy pink color that looks absolutely amazing and glowy on almost everyone. Think Nars Orgasm but without the shimmer. It adds a bit of a dewy look to the complexion and blends beautifully.

Benefit High Beam

High Beam

This is my favorite highlighter by far. I like that it adds a natural glow without being obvious.  Some great places to use it (after foundation and before powder) are:

  • On the browbone just under the eyebrow
  • The inner corner of the eye near the tear duct (to helpyou look more awake)
  • On tops of the cheek bones

Stay tuned for Part 2 of These are a Few of My Favorite Things…

My Everyday Makeup Favorites

31 Dec

People often ask if makeup is better when you buy it from a department store versus a drugstore – and my answer has always been that it depends on the product. That being said drugstore brands have made great strides in the last few years in terms of quality and formulas (perhaps it’s because many drugstore brands are owned by the same parent company as the higher-end brands and would likely share resources and formulas…). But I’m getting a bit off topic.
I don’t discriminate – but I could be what you would call a “woman of loose morals” when it comes to makeup. I have a hard time sticking to one brand or product for every long. The other morning while I was getting ready for work I looked down at my makeup and realized 2 things: a) Somehow without noticing, I have been using the same products for quite a while now (maybe I DO have the ability to commit!) and b) most of my favorite products (aka the ones I use the most often) are from the drugstore. In fact…I think I have settled on a favorite lip gloss *GASP*! (Does this mean I need to change the name of my blog?).
Now we get to the part you have been waiting for…what are my favorite products? I’ll tell you!

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1) Foundation – I’ll admit this is fairly new but I’ve worn it for long enough that I am confident that it has become my favorite foundation ever (and let me tell you – I have tried many!).  Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. I picked this up 2 weeks ago at a Sephora. I was looking for something with coverage, that didn’t feel heavy, looked natural and not dry but that would last for a long time especially in my oily t-zone. So far I have found foundations that had one or more characteristic that I was looking for but never all of them. Well I can finally say I have found my HG foundation. The only con – the price. But…because it meets ALL my needs I feel it’s totally worth it. And a little goes a long long way! You have to shake the bottle and then apply a very small amount. I put 3 or 4 dots on each cheek and blend with a kabuki brush and that all I need. I don’t feel it on my skin, it covers my rosacea, it doesn’t look dry -matte, my oil doesn’t show through after a couple of hours AND it lasts for a long time (all day might be a stretch but  longer than anything else I’ve ever tried)

2) Concealer – I’ve struggled with dark circles all my life. I’m not saying this is the HG concealer for me but it is a pretty decent one and I would have no issues recommending it to people. (that being said there are lots of good drugstore concealers too – I just haven’t found one I absolutely love for MY particular issues). Laura Mercier Secret Concealer.

3) Eyeshadow – when I’m just going to work or being lazy I just sweep one color of eyeshadow on my lids and it is usually Revlon’s Satin Shadow in Nude Slip. Unfortunately I just discovered that they no longer make it and I’m almost out. I’ll have to search for a replacement. Sigh.

4)Mascara – I’m really loving Maybelline’s The Colossal Volume Express Waterproof Mascara. I haven’t had issues with any clumps, my lashes are separated (and they naturally like to clump together), long lovely looking.

5) Contour powder – I have a very round yet square face so I just like to do a tiny bit of contouring under my cheekbone and jawbone. I’ve yet to find anything I like more than Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer

6) I tend to stick to peachy colored blushes and one of the most popular for years has been NARS Orgasm. It is a very nice color BUT you can find a pretty good dupe with Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso. Its less than $10 vs $35. I also prefer it because it has less shimmer – I don’t normally want to have shimmery cheeks at work.

7) Lip Liner – I don’t always wear a lip liner but because I normally only wear gloss unless it’s a special occasion, I use this liner to fill in my whole lip so the color lasts longer (and it’s an almost perfect match to my HG lipgloss). I love Rimmel’s Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in Natural.

8) And last but not least – the reason I may need to change the name of my blog, my HG lipgloss….Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Super Natural. I love. love, love it! It’s the MLBB gloss I have been searching for. I bought 3 of them. One to keep at home with my makeup, one to keep in my purse and one to keep in my desk at work. I have never done that before with another gloss – because usually I’m so fickle.

Here is a picture of the finished result:

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normal face or….duckface!