Saturday, June 26, 2010

Item of the Week!

Bronzing Powder
MAC Golden Bronzer

So Item of the Week is kinda late...I wanted to put it up yesterday, but it's here now!~In my quest to use items in my makeup collection, I discovered a bronzer that I bought a few months ago. I always do this with bronzers/blushes, buy them and then forget I have them. So I found my bronzer which is Mac's Golden Bronzer and have been using it all week. The bronzer is tan shade with some golden shimmer, and it's really pretty and just gives a nice bronzed look. I stopped using it in the winter months because it is VERY pigmented and with a heavy hand can look like way too much bronzer! So I use this very sparingly to avoid that look! I apply it with my SS187 and just put a little starting at my temples and the going to my cheeks. I do the "3 e" to apply. I'm sure some of you are familar with this, if not you are essentially just making a number 3 on your face with your bronzer, starting at your temple, then your cheek and then underneath to the hollow of your cheek. This will give you a nice bronzed look.

MAC has many bronzers to choose from that you can try out to match with your skin-tone. My skin is pretty fair and the Golden can be a bit dark for me. However, it is fine with a light handed application. I would ask the MAC Makeup Artist for some help on matching a shade. Or, just do some swatches of different bronzers to compare!

Also, there are many drug store bronzers that are good as well. I've used Physician's Formula Shimmer Strip as a bronzer and loved this product. I am definitely going to repurchase because I used mine up. This product is about $12 at the drug store, and it also can be used as eyeshadow. I got mine at CVS, so check it out next time you're there!

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Summer Neutrals MAC Palette

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Item of the Week!

Beauty Marked is a dark almost black/deep violet/red with shimmer. It is perfect to darken up the outer V. I've been using it all week to deepen up a neutral eye look that I wear to work. It looks great with Mac's Bronze eyeshadow that I wear in the crease. You can pair this with a light color such as Nylon on the lid.

Beauty Marked on Left-Blended out....Mac's Bronze on Right

Beauty Mark also works great to smudge under the lower lash line, or to layer it on top of a gel eyeliner to help it stay in place!

What's you favorite item of this week?

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mac To The Beach Fire Cracker Eyeshadow

I wanted to post about my favorite eye shadow from the To The Beach Collection. I know there are soo many reviews out there of this collection, so I won't go into a review of every product that I purchased. I'm sure you've seen the reviews out there! I wanted to talk about an eye shadow that I picked up with this collection.

I picked up Fire Cracker eye shadow which is a Veluxe Pearl finish. Veluxe Pearl finishes aren't my favorite because they do tend to have fall out unless you be sure to tap off your brush before applying!~Fire Cracker is an orange/red/coral color. It is very bright and pigmented so I like to counteract that with a more neutral eye. I usually wear it with nylon in the inner corner, Fire Cracker on the lid, Woodwinked in the crease, Bronze in the outer v and Beauty Marked just in the outer v. I feel like just gives a nice balance to the more bright color that is Fire Cracker.
So if you're looking for a bright summer color, then this may be the eye shadow for you!

What is your favorite summer eye shadow look?

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation

This post is going to be about Revlon Photo Ready Foundation (notice the title!) . I got this foundation a few weeks after purchasing (and loving!) Revlon Color Stay, so I thought I would give Photo Ready a try as well. I had heard a lot of good things about this foundation so I was very excited to try it. I was expecting it to be a lot like Color Stay but found out that it really is a completely different formulation. So here goes my review on this product:

I picked up Revlon Photo Ready at the Drug Store and it was around the same price as Color Stay, about $9.00. Sometimes CVS will have buy one Revlon product and get another for 50% off. But either way, $9.00 is pretty good for a drug store foundation.

Revlon Photo Ready is oil free which is good because oil free foundations really help my skin stay free of break outs. It also has SPF 20 which helps to protect your skin from the UV Rays..especially during the summer time! In addition, it also has a pump that makes application so much easier.

I really like the formulation of this product, which is very easy to blend. It has a good texture which glides on very smoothly when applying. As stated in my last post, the Revlon Color Stay I found more difficult to blend....

To apply, I like to use a combination of my fingers at first and then use my Mac 187. As you might already know if you use or have heard about this foundation, that it does have a shimmer to it. I find the shimmer to be very subtle and you can just pick it up if you are under a bright light. I don't find this to be too much shimmer at all. This foundation has about medium coverage and is not heavy at all. The staying power is not quite as good as Color Stay, but it will last throughout the day. When I wear this foundation, I do not to reapply my powder to stay more matte. With revlon Color Stay, I find that I don't need to reapply powder during the day.

However, I do really like the Photo Finish because I really gives a nice finish on my face and it looks very summery and glowy. On the down side, it doesn't really have many shades to choose from but I did find a good match. If I had to choose I would pick the Revlon Color Stay just because it has better staying power and my color is a closer match to my skin tone. But, if you'd like a nice foundation for the summer this foundation is worth a try!

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