January 31, 2010

Review: Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Products.

Hey everyone!

So, I just wanted to do a quick review on some of the new Physician's Formula products. On a local haul, I picked up the new Physician's Formula Healthy Wear Tinted Moisturizer and Powder Foundation.

Alrighty, so, the big point with the Healthy Wear products are that they contain SPF 50. That's right, SPF 50. So, as soon as I saw this, this NC15 shopper knew what he needed. Anyway, both products retail for $14-$16 pending on where you get them. I got the Powder Foundation in Translucent Light, the lightest neutral-warm color, and I got the Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory to Fair, the lightest color.

Starting with the powder, it's a very light, buildable, light to medium coverage powder. It's not very dry, which I love, and it's excellent over something like a sheer or light foundation to get the extra bit of coverage while setting your foundation. The compact is adorable and comes with a sponge, which I didn't try to use. Do I like it? Yes. :D

The Tinted Moisturizer is a light to light-medium coverage, which is surprising due to the nature of a tinted moisturizer. It's a little on the thick side and not the easiest to blend, but when it dries, it does dry to a dewy finish. The product itself isn't bad, however, the color was the worst part. As I said before, I had this in Ivory to Fair, however, if I had to place the color, it was probably NC 30 in MAC. I bought the Tinted Moisturizer not the Bronzing Powder, right? Yeah, so, this ended up going back.

Overall, I'd highly recommend the powder foundation and I wouldn't tell someone not to buy the tinted moisturizer, unless their fair-skinned, which is pretty likely of a Physician's Formula shopper, so, they should try and fix this.

I hope this helps everyone! You know Summer is around the corner. :]

Josh <3

January 27, 2010

Brightening my day...

Hey everyone!

So, I just wanted to mention my top 5 favorite eye brightening products at the moment. Of course, I'm sure this list will change as I try products, but here's how it goes for the moment, in no particular order:

1. Almay Bright Eyes Concealer/Eye Shadow Base
What a multitasking product! This creamy concealer not only brightens the undereye, works as an eyeshadow base (Not as good as my ELF Mineral Primer!), and supposedly brightens your eyes with White Tea extract over usage.

2. Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner - 071 - Pure White
So, we all know the trick about white eyeliner on our waterline, and this just happens to be my favorite pencil for doing this! It's creamy, blendable, and doesn't irritate my eyes like some other pencils do.

3. Nars Blush in Albatross
And here come the questions -- What is a blush doing on this list? Well, Albatross is more of a goldy highlighter than a blush, so, it works perfectly to apply right to the inner part of your eyes to brighten up your mornings!

4. ELF Studio Creme Liner - Ivory
So, I picked up this in my last ELF order along with the Midnight liner, which is supposed to be a deep blue liner, but is more like a waste of money. ANYWAY, this liner is pefect to use on your waterline to get that glistening undereye we all want...however, it can clump up if you use too much, so, be careful!

5. Wet 'n' Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow - 130 - Pixie
To be honest, I'm quite amazed! Pixie is the fleshtoned color you see in the front of the picture and it's probably a product I reach for 4-5 times a week. For a mere $2.99, it takes my eyes from dull and drab to bright and glowing. I love using this for an all around liner with my Lash Blast Luxe Mascara in Black Royal for a very natural, yet long lash look. This is also probably my favorite product on this list.

There you have it! Pick up one of these and never spend another morning looking like you didn't sleep a wink - even if you actually didn't!

Josh <3

January 25, 2010

Tarte 40% Off Sale!

Hey guys!

There is an amazing sale going on right now on Tarte's website. They have sooo many awesome products and they're all forty percent off right now. It's a great time to indulge in some of their famous cheek stains or their awesome shadow palettes. Enter code LUCKYWEEK3 at checkout for the discount. Offer ends February 1st.

Happy Shopping !!!



January 24, 2010

Product Rave: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study

On a recent trip to MAC, I picked up their paint pot in Bare Study. It reminded me a bit of Stila's Kitten Smudge Pot that I have been wanting, so I decided to give it a try. The price was pretty good at $16.50. I have to say that I am SO glad that I decided to try this. Since I purchased Bare Study, I have worn it almost every single day as a base for my shadows. It goes on sheer and slightly shimmery. It gives a beautiful look to any eye look that I want to create. Best of all, Bare Study keeps my shadow on all day with no smudging or creasing. It's not the best base for matte shadows because of the slightly shimmery finish. I would say that's best left for Urban Decay's Primer Potion. Either way, Bare Study is my current favorite eye product. I can't wait to try more paint pots from MAC :)



January 18, 2010

What a Steal! Sally Girl Baked Eyeshadows.

Hey everyone! :]

I went to Sally's this last weekend to renew my Club Card and pick up the Palladio Rice Powder. While I was there, I remember seeing a few reviews on MakeupAlley for the Sally Girl Baked Eyeshadows.

If you're not familiar, Sally Girl is Sally Beauty's 99cent makeup line you'll find at checkout (89 cents if you're a club card member!). Anyway, it's all makeup you'd normally buy if you're a big fan of Wet'n'Wild products to say the least...not that I'm knocking Wet'n'Wild because I've liked some of their stuff.

So yeah...to the point, Josh...here's a picture of one of the eyeshadows:

I'm not sure what color that is, but they offer about 8-10 different colors. I picked up two, one in a silver and one is a turquoise-green. They're about the size of a dime and the compact itself isn't much bigger than a quarter, but they're totally worth it. I can't say they're the best quality eyeshadow on the market, but they're pretty good, especially for under $1. Also, I didn't experience any fallout when applying this.

I wore the silver yesterday, and simply with a swipe of my Foiled Again Shadow Stick by Hard Candy underneath, the color lasted 8+ hours (I can't vouch for any longer because I went to bed.).

So, I suggest you run to Sally Beauty and pick up a few of these to try. :D

Josh <3

January 17, 2010

Review - Rimmel's The Max Volume Flash Mascara.

Hey everyone!

So, I've been giving ANOTHER mascara a try. This time around it's Rimmel's The Max Volume Flash.

So, I got this Mascara at Walgreens, or work for me, when they were having Rimmel Eye Cosmetics for 50% off, so, it was less than $4 at the time. So, it's a very cheap mascara when you buy it at the right time, otherwise, it retails for about $6-$8. The first thing everyone notices about the mascara is the bright pink and gold tube, tacky to some, adorable to me. :D

This mascara promises up to 14x the volume. I have mine in Extreme Black and it is a very deep black, which I like. The brush is a very big wire brush, similar to Maybelline's Full and Soft, however, the spacing of the bristles is bigger and therefore there are less bristles. This formula is very shiny and moderately wet, so, it's surprisingly not very thick, like most volumizing formulas.

What kind of results do I get with this? I get thick, long, dark lashes. This mascara surprisingly doesn't clump on the first coat, but with additional coats, it can, and it seems to weigh my lashes down later in the day. So, I doubt I'd buy it again, but I'll gladly use it up for now since it's not a bad mascara. If you have shorter, curly lashes or you curl your lashes, I feel like this mascara would be great for you.

I hope this helps!

Josh <3

January 11, 2010

Great Product, Amazing Price.

Hey everyone!

Just spreading the word on one of my favorite new eyeliners - Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eye Liner.

So, this is nothing more than your typical liquid pen eyeliner...not. For a mere $1.99, you can take your eyes to the boldest rimmed look with ease. This is currently made in only black and brown, both of which I have and love. It's so easy to use and definitely gives my eyes the perfect intense look. What else makes this pen so special? The eyeliner doesn't budge after it dries in about 10 seconds -- What more is there to ask? I've had both of my pens for about two months now and they're still completely useable unlike some other liquid pens I've heard of (Revlon ColorStay perhaps?)

So, all I can say is rush to your local Walgreens and pick one of these up! You'll find this and other great Jordana products next to the Cosmetic Register. For $1.99, what do you have to lose?


Josh <3

January 8, 2010

Current Beauty Faves !

Hey Guys!

I wanted to do a post letting you guys know some of the products that I'm loving right now. I've tried soooo many products and these ten are the ones I find myself reaching for the most. Here are my current top ten beauty products:

1) Urban Decay Book Of Shadows Vol II

This palette is awesome. Urban Decay's shadows are the best of the bunch and this palette contains 16 gorgeous shades. There are countless looks you can create with this wonder. This was limited edition for holiday but if you're interested, I would try ebay. I saw several on there earlier this week.

2) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero

The PERFECT black eyeliner. This is richly pigmented, glides on like a dream, and does not smudge all day. You can buy this at Ulta or Sephora for $17.

3) Christian Dior: Diorshow mascara

I love a mascara that does it all. Diorshow lengthens, thickens, and curls all at once. This gives that wonderful false lash effect that I love. Diorshow is available at Macy's and Sephora for $24.

4) Urban Decay Primer PotionThis is one of the few beauty products that I use every single day. It's an amazing eyeshadow primer that keeps your shadow looking flawless all day. There's no creasing or smudging. I LOVE this product and will keep buying it again and again. Available at Ulta and Sephora for $17.

5) Stila Sun Bronzing Powder SPF 15 in shade 2

This is one of the most natural looking bronzers that I have tried. It adds a nice healthy glow without making you look orange. There is also a slight shimmer to it that I love. If you're not into shimmer, Stila has a matte shade available as well (shade 1). Available at Ulta and on Stila's site for $28. You can also currently snatch this from http://www.allcosmeticswholesale.com/ for just 9.99 !

6) Studio Gear Invisible Pressed Powder

I'm not usually into pressed powders. I dont like the way that they feel on my face or the fact that they can often look super cakey. However, I LOVE this product that I recently discovered from Studio Gear. It's super lightweight and natural looking, yet somehow manages to still even out the skin. Available on Studio Gear's website and at Ulta for $23.

7) Christian Dior Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup SPF 25

I did a review on this not too long ago so I wont go into too much detail. This is a great foundation for anyone who works long hours or just wants a foundation that will last throughout the day. Love it! Available at Sephora for $44.

8) NARS lipgloss in Turkish Delight

NARS has some of the best beauty products out there. Their lipglosses are no exception. I was lucky enough to get this one as a gift from Josh. The shade Turkish Delight is a universally flattering pale pink that should be in everyone's makeup collection. Available at Sephora and on the NARS site for $24.

9) Philosophy Kiss Me emollient lip ointment, Pink

I really like this gloss, which I got as a gift from my sister. It goes on very smoothly and is also quite moisturizing. It's great to wear alone or under a favorite lipstick. Available for $12 at Sephora.

10) Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Best eyelash curler on the market. You'll see a huge difference in your lashes after using this. Available at Ulta and Sephora for $17.
And there you have it. My ten fave beauty products right now. These products are all really fantastic and worth hauling :)

January 6, 2010

Review: Lancome Color Design Eyeshadows.

Hey everyone!

So, I went to my local CCO recently, and I ended up picking up some MAC of course. Besides that, I wandered over to the Lancome Company outlet as well, where they were having a pretty nice sale. So, I picked up a few of their Color Design Eye Shadow singles, which were on sale 2/$10 (Original Retail - $16.50). I only picked up two, but I already had two eyeshadows.

The colors I have are Statuesque(Intense, Matte Black), The New Black(Metallic, Black with silver glitter), Style Section (Metallic, Bright silver), and Daylight Glow (Shimmer, Goldy-white pearl). Each eyeshadow comes in it's own little container with a slide off lid, which is actually really pretty. They're an inch in diameter and probably close to the same size as a MAC eyeshadow. Here's a picture of one of the eyeshadows:

How do I feel overall about these eyeshadows? I really like them a lot. They're really pigmented, which is always the base of a good eyeshadow. Secondly, they blend really easy with the right tools, a 217 or just a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Other than that, they make good liners and last all day with minimal fading with a good base of course. Would I buy them for $16.50? Not again after this sale (I did buy Style Section for $16.50 -- I had a gift card and I'm a sucker for silver!). However, if there is a color you're in love with they have and you can't find a dupe, go for it.

I hope this helps! Thanks!

Josh <3

January 3, 2010

Review: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and Studio Sculpt Concealer.

Hey everyone!

So, I've been using MUFE's Face & Body foundation recently and I'm falling in love with it. Of course, I'm not a fan of really any of the powders I have to go with it, so, I wanted to pick up a new powder and then a nice concealer, since this is only light to medium at most coverage.

Off to the mall I go, running into Sephora first, I finally ended up at MAC. Here, I was approached and asked what I was looking for, where the MAC lady told me about the Studio Sculpt Concealer. It was my idea to pick up the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder because Face & Body leaves a very skinlike finish, so, I wanted a powder that wasn't totally matte.

I picked these up in both the lightest shades, Light for the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, and NC 15 for the Studio Sculpt Concealer. Here are my thoughts:
Studio Sculpt Concealer:
  • Full Coverage
  • Great when blended on with a fluffy brush
  • Looks nice for about 4 hours
  • Settles in lines
  • Not for oily skin
  • Not for spot treatment
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural:
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to apply with a Kabuki or fluffy powder brush
  • Natural Finish
  • Doesn't control oil
  • No color payoff
  • Melts away after about 4 hours
So as you can tell, I was not a fan of either of these and they went back to MAC after a few days of trial and several errors. I had really hoped to like them, however, I think I'm just not a fan of MAC face products. I've noticed more and more how sensitive my skin is and I don't think I can get them to work. Studio Fix Powder Foundation and Studio Tech really aren't for me either.

So, I continue my powder hunt, but I did pick up BeneFit's Boi-ing Concealer, so, we'll see how that works for me.

I hope this helps! Thanks!

Josh <3

January 2, 2010

LORAC is at it again!

Hey everyone! I know Sarah last updated you with a great deal from LORAC. Here's their next one, definitely worth giving a look. It's their Star Style set, which is a 5 piece set for only $25. This set includes their Aquaprime Oil-Free Foundation Primer($30 alone), an On Screen Duo ($24 alone), one of their baked eyeshadows ($24 alone), a mini Tantalizer Baked Bronzer, and the ever so cute gold bag to hold it all. This is apparently a $108 value, so, if you've been eyeing any of these items, now's the time to grab this deal up!

Josh <3

January 1, 2010

Where have I been?

Hey everyone! So, I know I disappeared for a while, but I'm back! (With a vengeance! Haha, just kidding!)

So, the holidays are now over...and of course, we all know what that means -- time to enjoy your new gifts! So, what better to share with everyone a few of the things I got for Christmas! :]

1. Make Up For Ever HD Primer No. 5 - Blue

So, I'm really liking this product a lot. It definitely does exactly what it states color correction wise, which is to brighten and even fair skin. Also, I believe this tones down the redness in my skin quite a lot. How does it do HD wise? I couldn't tell you, but I feel like it's going to be repurchased. :D

2. NARS Blush - Albatross

Sarah knew something like this would make me the happiest boy on Christmas, and she was certainly right. This blush, if you can call it that, gives me the perfect highlight of color with a nice gold sheen. Perfection for me since I don't like to add color on my face a lot. (Strange since I have so many blushes and bronzers)

3. Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation

Face & Body is probably the lightest weight liquid foundation I've ever used and provides a much lighter coverage than I'm used to, but it growing on me oh so quickly. I'm loving the formula, finding the best way to apply it, and head over heals for the finish. I've been using this for almost two weeks and it's not breaking me out either. Amazing. I definitely pick the best Christmas presents to myself. I'm going to pick up MUFE's Full Cover Concealer to probably pair with this. My three MUFE products should set me for a flawless face. :]

So, I got a few more things but those were the big ones I wanted to mention!

Let me know some of the things you got for Christmas and be sure to tell me your thoughts on them! Thanks and have a great New Year!

Josh <3 :]