Category Archives: Foundation

Affordable Alternative: @realtechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Sponge ($6.00) available at Ulta, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and other drugstores.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is legit.

I haven’t tried a bunch of beautyblender alternatives and I am a beautyblender junkie, but this is on par with that product. If someone came to me and said “$20 is too steep for a sponge.” I’d point them to Real Techniques.

 

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The Beauty Blender: Truth or Hype? #BuryMeMondays

Beauty Blender Truth or Hype

The Beauty Blender. Is it an egg-shaped beacon of light or just another makeup sponge? I happen to love mine to the point that I stopped using brushes for a long time. Others don’t see the big deal or are happy with cheaper options from other companies. Where do you fall on this spectrum? Is the Beauty Blender everything you’ve ever wanted in makeup application or a hyped up, overpriced, colored sponge?

The Original Beautyblender is available at beautyblender.com, Sephora.

Some Contouring Love: MUFE 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

Contouring is a HUGE deal. Some people swear by it(You’ve seen Instagram) while others aren’t too keen on it. It’s the new thing and an old trick all at the same time. It doesn’t really matter where you fall on it to me, I’m just here to give another option that I haven’t seen getting much love since all these contouring palettes have hit the market in the last year or so.

MUFE Camouflage Cream Palette
Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette($38) Available at Sephora

Considering many of the palettes are $40+ or some of the darker palettes have limited availability(see: only available on company websites) compared their palettes with lighter shades I think Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream palette is worth checking out. If you’re more partial to cream than powder then this one is right up your alley. It’s smaller than many of these contouring palettes so it will travel easily and you have a color correcting shade.  It may not be billed as a “contouring palette” but let’s be honest, many of these palettes are eyeshadow/concealer-like products repackaged to cash in on the craze anyway.

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette?

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette is available at Sephora.com

Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream: Chocolate and Brown Sugar

Black Radiance BB Cream Bury Me In Red Lipstick

The cold, grey, and snowy days have given way to sunny skies so I wanted to pick up some new Black Radiance BB creams in darker shades. It won’t be long before my skin starts to change so I wanted to be ahead of the game. I reviewed this product already so feel free to check it out. This comes in 6 shades(it used to be 5 more on that later). I grabbed Chocolate and Brown Sugar. Continue reading Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream: Chocolate and Brown Sugar

Thumbs Up: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is the first Nars foundation I’ve tried. I have used the tinted moisturizer(I like it) and I’ve used the Radiant Creamy Concealer(I like it) but I can’t compare it to Sheer Matte or Sheer Glow. Continue reading Thumbs Up: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Seasons Change. Does Your Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

Foundation burymemondays

Today’s #BuryMeMondays question is influenced by some tweets I saw yesterday from Krissy(@Krissy90220) entrepreneur and blogger at Addicted To All Things Pretty and Brown Girl Friendly. Now, I know it feels like Spring and Summer are never coming back depending on where you live, but I want to know, do you change your foundation as the seasons change? Continue reading Seasons Change. Does Your Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

What Was Your First Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

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My first foundation was a Cover Girl one in Soft Sable. I have no idea how good or how bad it looked but I remember using it, eventually hitting pan and purchasing it again. Not long after that I bought a pink Caboodles organizer and my dad let me order things from an Avon rep he knew. That foundation got the ball rolling for me when it came to makeup. I probably looked like a fool but there aren’t any pictures so I’ll pretend I was cute. 😉 Continue reading What Was Your First Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

Not a Dupe: Earth Theraputics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge

Earth Theraputics Sponge vs Beautyblender

So let’s get this out of the way. Is the Earth Theraputics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge a Beautyblender dupe? No. The shape and feel is close, but this product isn’t going to hold up to the cleaning that is required of it. I used this two or three days in a row and it started to show wear pretty quickly. I took into account my nails could’ve nicked the sponge during washing, however, the tip of sponge ended up with a tiny hole in it. Since the tip doesn’t get as much use as the bottom I assume the hole came from washing and handling it. I haven’t had this type of problem with my Beautyblender. Continue reading Not a Dupe: Earth Theraputics Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge

How Do You Apply Your Foundation? #BuryMeMondays

It’s 2015! *throws confetti* For the new year I’m going to start a Monday Question of the Day. It’ll be posted on the blog and my social media accounts(Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest). It shouldn’t be anything too controversial. I’m just looking for a way to interact with you. It will even have a hashtag #BuryMeMondays. So use the hashtag with your answer or photo so we’ll all be able to keep up. So on to the inaugural question.

HOW DO YOU APPLY YOUR FOUNDATION?

Some swear by BeautyBlenders and other sponges for foundation application. Some love a stippling brush. Others like a flat foundation brush or a powder brush. And let’s not forget the people who use their hands. So how do you do it? Leave a comment below and if you want take a photo of your tool of choice. Be sure to use the hashtag #BuryMeMondays. :-)

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FOTD: A Bold Summer Look Re-creation

FULL DISCLOSURE: Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator and Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo were gifted to me.

I was hanging around on Youtube and decided search for some Nars videos and ran across this one:

In this video head artist, Cindy Rodriguez, used some of the products from Nars Cosmetics’ Summer 2014 Adult Swim Collection to create a look around a bold lip. I decided to recreate the look with a few tweaks since I don’t own everything from Adult Swim.

Bold Lip Nars Summer 2014  Re-creation
Products I used for this look are below.

I feel good about it. Obviously the artist in the video didn’t wing out the eye. I did that just to add more drama because my eye looked a bit plain without it. I’ll be getting some swatches up of Lost Coast and 413 BLKR soon so you can see them upclose. I’ll also put what I used below. Let me know what you think.

Are you big on recreating the looks you see or do you just do what you want?

Products used:

Face

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – 177

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer – Ebony Bronze

NARS Blush – Desire

NARS Iluminator – 413 BLKR

Eyes

NARS Eyeshadow Duo – Lost Coast

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen eyeliner – Black

Lips

NARS Lipstick – Funny Face (swatches here)