Sunday, February 26, 2012

On the Hunt Again

Being the weird foundation addict I am, I'm on the hunt again for the perfect foundation. I still absolutely am in love with my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation, however, even for a "light" foundation, I still find it a little too thick for an everyday use. I'm looking for something with a satin finish but with great oil control.

First up on the hunt...

Nars Sheer Glow

"This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow." via Sephora

Pros: Super lightweight, easy to blend, looks great on the skin
Cons: Can be cakey if you're not careful and not very good with oil control
Overall Impression: Great reviews on this but it just wasn't for me. I really wanted to love it but I couldn't. It's a sheer coverage but if you want to build it up, you start to look cakey. A couple hours of wear and you will start to look like an oil slick too. Or at least I did.

Moving on...

Lancome Teint Miracle

"This oil-free, fragrance-free formula with SPF 15 sunscreen is made with LancĂ´me's Aura-Inside™ technology, which recreates the true, natural light of perfect skin. Its lightweight texture enriched with soothing rose extract provides 18 hours of hydration and sheer to moderate coverage for a natural finish without a cakey effect. It creates a complexion that looks beautifully bare and lit from within." via Sephora

Pros: Lightweight, okay oil control
Cons: Power-y & cake-y looking
Overall Impression: Been only trying this out for 2 days and I can already tell I don't like it. It has great claims but I just don't see it. My skin is combination, with T zone being a little oily and cheeks having dry patches. It really accentuates the dry patches even though it's suppose to be hydrating.

So far been only trying out these two. Any recommendations? I know I sound picky but if I'm going to be spending so much on a foundation, then I better love it!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I’m embarrassed to admit how many hours I waste of my life watching beauty videos on YouTube. I know a ton of people hate watching haul videos but they’re my guilty pleasure. But of course, after watching a haul, instead of just merely living vicariously through them, I run out to the store first thing I can to buy it. Terrible, I know.

Here are a few new products that I picked up thanks to YouTube. All these products have had quite a bit of hype and some I agree with and some I don’t.

Sigma Sigmax Brushes – a lot of gurus have talked about how amazing these brushes are and I had to try them out. I’ve owned a flat top kabuki brush before and loved it but it wasn’t thick enough to apply foundation. These are AMAZING. I use the flat top one to apply my foundation and it smoothes it out beautifully. I did find that it does pick up some of my product so I end up having to use more than if I were to use my fingers – but I think that’s a given. The angled one is perfect for blush. After I started using this brush for blush, I’ve received so many compliments on how my blush looks. It applies it beautifully and even though I’ve used other angled brushes to apply previously, this one picks up just the right amount. (No photo because my brushes were really embarrassingly dirty)

Maybelline Baby Lips – Don’t buy this in Canada, or at least not at Shoppers Drug Mart. Being the loser I am, I bought these… at $7.99 or $6.99 when they are only about $2-$4 in the states. Ridiculous, I know. I also bought them at Shoppers which is even more expensive than most other drugstores. I was impressed with the color pay off with the pink one but the nude one is very sheer. They smell great but isn’t as moisturizing as I would like a lip balm to be.

Revlon Lip Butters – Soooooo much hype about these and I’m not sure if it was worth it. Yes, they are great. Great colour pay off on some of them and smoothing but no need to run out and pick up every single colour like every guru did on YouTube. I think their lipsticks are just as great and smoothing as well so not sure why there was such a big hype with these ones. Maybe it’s because it’s supposed to be lip butter and not lipstick?

Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos – AMAZING. All I have to say. Actually, I could probably go on and on about how amazing these are. Stays put all day, beautiful colours. I only have 2 of them but definitely will pick up more. I know they are suppose to be a dupe for Mac Paint Pots but I’ve never tried Mac Paint Pots so can’t really compare. But compared to other cream shadows in a pot like these ones, they are so worth it. NTS: need to run out and pick up Bad to the Bronze ASAP.

The Naked 2 Palette - My friend Annie picked this up for me because she is awesome. At first I was hesitant about keeping it because I already had the first one but I don't regret it one bit.