Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February Skincare Routine

I've been on a huge skincare kick lately, and have been trying a lot of new products. Here's three that i've tried in the month of February.


While I don't have major struggles with acne (at the moment) I still have some issues with leftover marks from acne and have been searching for products that will help correct without breaking the bank. I looked online and the cheapest well rated option was this corrector from the Nuance brand. Within the first few days (I used it both morning and night) I could tell a difference and I definitely noticed my marks fading. It absorbs very nicely into the skin so it's easy to wear under makeup. The one negative thing I experienced is that it made my skin quite dry after using it for a few weeks. Perhaps it was the combination of other products but I had to take a break from using it everyday. I would say if used maybe every other day or just at night instead of morning and night, this product is great. 

I've had this product for about a year but I only recently started using it everyday. Last year when I had tried it I didn't see much of a result so I put it to the side and forgot about it for a while. Because i'd finished up all of my other serums I decided to finally go back to this and finish it up before I buy a new serum. I'm going to be honest about this product--i'm indifferent. It's not good and it's not bad. I don't find it does much for my skin. I saw a lot of reviews for this oil on Sephora's website and a lot of people praised it for it's amazing hydration but I don't find its any more hydrating than other oils i've used. It's just OK. Would not repurchase this. 

This is one of those products you always see on instagram and wonder if it's really worth the hype. I first tried it last year and felt so-so about it. However, I was not using it consistently (twice a day or at least every night). I began to use it twice a day and that's when I noticed a difference. Skin felt smoother and dry patches began to disappear. It's also very gentle on the skin but works wonders when you actually use it consistently! 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review: Make Up For Ever HD Ultra HD Stick Foundation


For fans of the liquid Make Up For Ever Ultra HD version, this stick version definitely gives it a run for it's money. 

Last month I decided to pop in to the NYC Make Up For Ever store, mainly to pick up this stick foundation. I had heard amazing things but was skeptical because i'm generally not a fan of stick foundations. I find they can be a little too thick and heavy on the skin, and have a caked on appearance. I got color matched by an artist at the store and she let me know a bit about the foundation. She said it's full coverage, long lasting, and hydrating. The hydrating part I was a little worried about because of my combination skin (oily in the T-zone). However, I decided to pick it up.

My first impression of this foundation was how quick and easy it is to apply. If you're always in a rush in the morning before work, boy oh boy is this the foundation for you. It's so high coverage that you only need a few swipes around the face, buff it out with a foundation brush and you are good to go. I was extremely impressed by the convenience of it. The coverage is very high, which for me is a good thing, and I was extremely pleased with the way it felt on my skin, not cakey at all. 

The few negatives I experienced with this product, and while these negatives might not apply to everyone, specifically people with dry skin, is that I found it a little too dewy for me. However I think for people with dry skin this would be perfect. I also wasn't entirely pleased with the color the artist selected for me at the store, and I find it frustrating you cannot return used products or even exchange them at Make Up Forever (not sure if you can at Sephora but I would assume you can.) I find the color a little too orangey (I got the shade 118 Y325 Flesh) and I can really only use this if I have been self tanning, or during the summer. 

In summary I think this foundation is worth it for the coverage and the fact that it is very long lasting, and if you have dry skin I think it'll be perfect for you. 


Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Valentine's Day Treat: Lush Fresh Face Mask


Whether you're spending the night in or you have a hot date, you don't really need a reason to pamper yourself tonight, am I right? I'm currently loving (like, really loving) this treat from Lush.


While browsing Lush's website I came across a new fresh face mask called Rosy Cheeks. Really, they had me at "Rosy" but I clicked to check what it was all about. Words like "calming & soothing" popped out at me and I knew this mask would be right up my alley. My skin has been in a state this week because of that time of the month (yet another reason for me to eat chocolate besides V-day...great!) and I walked in Lush a few days ago to pick this up to see if it would calm my skin down.

To be perfectly frank, I think the girls in Lush sold this mask a little short. I asked them to tell me a little bit about it and they said it's great for "relaxing"...ok thats great and all but WILL IT SAVE MY SKIN!? It's also slightly more expensive than the other fresh face masks so I didn't really want to spend more money on something that was just relaxing...however I put it to the test that night. First impression was WOW THIS SMELLS AMAZING. Seriously, it's divine. I let it sit on my skin for about 10-15 minutes and washed it off. No instant results, my face felt a bit calmer but nothing special. It wasn't until the next morning that I saw the affects. My skin looked 100x better. Active acne that were in full rage the previous night has completely reduced if not almost disappeared, and my skin looked brighter and clearer. I decided to use the mask again the following evening because I find lush face masks gentle enough to use a few days in a row or every other day. Again I saw incredible improvement the following morning. I am completely in love with this face mask and it is my new skin rescue. A freaking plus Lush!!!!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Worth the hype? It Cosmetics CC Cream


I've seen so many rave reviews on the It Cosmetics CC Cream, that I had to put it to the test! When I saw they had a travel size at Ulta, I figured it would be perfect to try.


First of all, I love the fact that they sell a travel size version of the CC cream...I think all brands should have a travel size option because it's great to try different foundations without breaking the bank for the full size. Anyway, before I get into my review, let me start by saying that i've had a tough time with foundations recently. My skin has been oily but with dry patches in the jawline area, and foundations are breaking up on my skin pretty horrifically. I'm a makeup artist, and I can't have that. Imagine what my clients think when i'm doing their makeup with patchy foundation! Yuck!

So I set off on a quest to find the right foundation that was hydrating enough for my dry jawline but matte enough for my oily T-zone. I've had mixed experiences with BB and CC creams, and while my favorite BB cream is the Garnier one, it's a little too dark for me (the lightest version!). Keeping in mind that a BB/CC cream might be a good option for my bizarre skin, I searched for something that would provide enough coverage for my leftover red marks from acne. I saw so much hype about the It Cosmetics CC cream's amazing coverage and I decided to try it. You guys, it's my new favorite. I have had ZERO issues with it patching up, leaving my face, or looking dry. My main complaint with foundations is how shiny they make my forehead and center of the chin look and I do not have that problem with this CC cream. 

I love the coverage, the fact that it's long lasting, and the color is perfect for me (got it in the shade light). All around this product is definitely worth the hype in my opinion. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

REVIEW: Les Soins de Jacynthe

I've been wanting to try a more natural approach to skincare, and was lucky enough to try this cruelty-free Québec brand from Jacynthe René. Here are my thoughts.

I was particularly excited to try this oil because I had been wanting to try a chemical-free oil that would remove all of my makeup, and this did a wonderful job. It has a very natural fragrance which I found pleasant, and I loved how gentle it was on my skin. This cleansing oil is great for acne troubled skin because it regulates sebum and does not irritate the skin. If you're searching for a natural cleansing oil that actually combats your troubled skin, this is a fantastic option.

This is a straight forward, no nonsense floral water that i've been using before applying serum. I find it hydrating and calming on my skin. I use it after exfoliating with an acid toner. Can't go wrong with this lovely product! 

This serum is meant to be applied directly after using the floral water, while the skin is still wet. I absolutely loved this serum because I felt it extremely hydrating and calming. It was very rich on the skin yet still okay to use under makeup because it does absorb well. I think of the three products I tried from Les Soins de Jacynthe, this was my favorite!

I have to say i'm extremely impressed by these products and am very anxious to try some other products from the brand. In particular the Serum Neroli & Jacynthes Exfopro (exfoliant). For all products available for purchase click here: http://jmagazine.ca/ 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

REVIEW: RACINNE SKINCARE

Racinne is a Korean skincare brand that seeks to help people love their skin no matter what age. Intrigued by this approach, I was excited to try their products. Here's my review.



My first impression of this moisturizer was how lightweight it felt on my skin. It absorbs quickly which makes it lovely for using in the AM before applying makeup. I think this product was particularly good for my skin because it targets hyper pigmentation & dark spots, which I definitely suffer from because of the acne I once suffered from. My skin has feel a lot brighter since using this product and I have to say I really love it.





















I was really excited to try this serum because I wanted something I could use in the day and night that would provide moisture but wouldn't be too heavy or greasy on my skin. This was super light and skins into the skin right away, which I loved. I loved that it gave my skin the hydration it needed and I found that when it was paired with other Racinne moisturizers, it really gives your skin the boost it needs.



















The first thing I noticed about this hydrating gel was how thick it was but how once applied to the skin, it really soaks in. It's very luxurious and although I preferred using at night time because of its rich texture, it would definitely be suitable for the day time too. Paired with the hydrating serum--this is a dream team of hydration.




















I was most excited to try this product because I once heard Lisa Eldridge recommend it. I was especially excited because it targets everything that I consider to be a "problem" with my skin: Dark spot, skin texture, uneven skin tone, etc. I use this once or twice a week and I love how it makes my skin feel. I like to use it when I feel like my skin needs a pick me up, and it's a most effective addition to my skincare routine. 



Saturday, October 31, 2015

#HALLOWEEN13 DAY 13 (THE FINALE!): BLACK SWAN REVAMPED

The finale of #Halloween13 is here! For my final look, I wanted to revamp the infamous Black Swan look. Instead of focusing on the eyes, I focused on the brows, and I love the way it came out. 


Products used to achieve this look: 
Face: Mehron Paradise Paint in White
Eyes: Loreal Infalliable eyeliner
Brows: Outlined brows with Maybelline gel liner in black, and then brushed brows upward with Makeup Forever Smoky Lash Mascara. 
Lips: Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy 

Friday, October 30, 2015

#HALLOWEEN 13 DAY 12: WICKED STEP SISTER

This Wicked Step-Sister look from Cinderella was inspired in part by the 2015 movie as well as a little John Galliano runway makeup! 


Products used to achieve this look:
Face: Cover girl 3in1 Foundation in Buff Beige
Brows: Essence Liquid Liner
Eyes: ELF palette: blacks, silvers, greys, purple. Stila Kitten in inner corner
Cheeks: Sleek Blush by 3 in Pink Lemonade
Lips: Wet n Wild Night Cap, Clear lipgloss on top 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

#HALLOWEEN13 DAY 11: GREEK GODDESS

Possibly my favorite makeup for this series, this glowy goddess look is perfect to match with your toga!


Products used to achieve this look:
Face: Cover Girl 3in1 Foundation in Buff Beige
Cheeks: Milani Bronzer in Glow
Eyes: ELF palette: golds, yellows, browns. Stila Kitten in the tearduct 
Brows: Loreal Brow Gel in medium brown
Lips: Elf Palette: Orange & gold eyeshadows over lip balm. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

#HALLOWEEN13 Day 10: WEDNESDAY ADDAMS

For this classic halloween costume choice, amp it up with some dark lips!


Products used to achieve this look: 
Face: Loreal Infallible Foundation in Shell Beige 
Brows: NYX Brow Pencil in black
Eyes: Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in Black, Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in the crease and under the eyes.
Lips: Wet n Wild Lipstick in Vamp it Up