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Beauty Review: Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder

makeupforever.jpgThe Good: Maybe it’s also due to my new night cream ritual, but applying this after my foundation and concealer seems to keep the shine away much longer than usual. It blends easily, does not cake and the color I chose (#16) has just enough pink undertones to match my skin.
The Not So Good: At $24, it is a little expensive. But the jar is large and you only need to use a small amount regularly. Also, it does not travel very well since it is a loose powder that shakes up through the jars holes and onto the powder puff. But overall, I like it and plan to keep using it daily!

Add comment November 19th, 2007 nicky

Does this sound right?

boscia.jpgI went to Sephora AGAIN yesterday to try something new for my oily t-zone area. Are you all getting sick of hearing about this yet? Haha, I hope not!
But in all seriousness, I find it weird that with all the medical and beauty advancements we have, there still is not an acceptable remedy to the shine factor. It’s funny talking with the Sephora employees who mention all these different primers and mattifyers and I’ve tried most of them with no success! And when I check the product reviews over at Makeup Alley, it seems like the majority of women experience the same problem.
So here’s my question since I am not a dermalogical genius and maybe some of you are. The Sephora gal asked about my skincare routine and after I shared she asked if I applied moisturizer after at night. Which I don’t because my thought was that more moisture would make my face even oiler after I get ready in the morning. She noticed my cheeks are dry but my t-zone gets oily after a few hours and she said moisturizing at night would help my skin achieve a moisture balance. She said the middle of the night is the most drying time for skin and if it is not properly moisturized then it may over-compensate the next day by producing more oil. Does this sound right? Regardless, I thought trying this would not hurt so I purchased Boscia’s Recharging Night Moisture. It’s a lightweight, natural, botanical-based lotion that will be good for my sensitive skin. We’ll see how it goes!

8 comments November 2nd, 2007 nicky

Have a wonderful Halloween!

vegas1.jpgNow that my technical probs have been solved (sorry for not posting yet this week) I am all back to normal! I hope you have fun doing whatever you’re doing tonight. Adrian and I will be at home passing out candy and admiring our four super cool pumpkins carved with ASU and a Sun Devil pitchfork. We’re hoping that brings us good luck for the huge game this Saturday! I am also hoping that Adrian does not break out his creepy mullet wig and scare all the little kids away. It’s sooo gross…yuck. In other news, I absolutely miss my new nephew! I am just searching for ways Adrian and I can get away for a weekend to go see him, but of course it is so busy this time of year with the holidays fast approaching. Hence the picture I wanted to share with you all. My sister-in-law says he is growing fast and being a good baby. I can’t wait to see him again! Also, I wanted you to all know about the newest weekly contest from Coutorture. This week, you can win four styling tools from Bed Head’s new product line. (And if you win, I get an extra set too. So thanks!) Enter on the sidebar to the right by submitting your email address. Until tomorrow!

8 comments October 31st, 2007 nicky

You ask, I deliver!

Okay, so here are my before and after shots during my morning makeup routine as promised in the comments section. Consider yourselves loved, since this is really testing my bravery. I am not one to leave the house without being properly “done” so this is a big step for me to show the world my naked eyes! All I have to say is thank you Lord for beauty products! Oh and my camera does not take the best close up shots so you can’t see a ton of detail (like the eyeshadow) in these pics, sorry about that!
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5 comments October 25th, 2007 nicky

Maintenance: My Eyes

eyemaintenance.jpgHere’s an overview of my normal, daily eye routine in six easy steps.
Step 1: Prime lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion and cover dark under eye circles with Benefit Boi-ing concealer in Lite.
Step 2: Apply base color in Clinique ‘Like Mink’ Eye Shadow Duo over entire lid and brow bone. Then apply darker shade above lash line and into crease.
Step 3: Line just above top lash line with Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black Brown. I draw a thin line and extend it out a little at the outer corners. Then I line my lower lashes with a thin line too.
Step 4: Using the tip of an eyeshadow sponge, I smudge a bit of the darker eye shadow into the lower lash liner to make a slightly smokey and softer effect.
Step 5: Use Benefit Brow Zings in Light to fill in my blonde brows. I only use the wax section of the compact because it seems like the powder is a little too heavy for my coloring.
Step 6: Apply a coat of mascara to upper and lower lashes. My current fave is Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black.
And that’s it! So far the products I am most devoted to are the Primer Potion, Revlon eyeliner and Brow Zings. All three are the best I have tried (and I have tried a TON) in their category. Especially wonderful is the eyeliner since you can pick it up at any drugstore and it works better than liners double its price. I regularly try different eye shadow compacts in neutral colors and have a habit of trying a new mascara formulation every time a tube runs dry. Let me know some of your beloved eye makeup products and tips in the comment section!

7 comments October 24th, 2007 nicky

Free gift alert!

nordgift.jpgNordstrom is having an awesome gift with purchase that you need to know about! A zebra makeup bag is filled with samples from Laura Mercier, Korres, Origins, Philosophy, Oscar Blandi and may more! All you have to do is spend $95 online in the beauty or fragrance department and the gift will be automatically sent with your order. Do some early Christmas shopping or stock up on your staples and get little extra for yourself too!

Add comment October 9th, 2007 nicky

Beauty Review: Vegas test

perfekt.jpgI got to meet my new little nephew and it was love at first sight. He’s is so tiny and beautiful, I didn’t want to put him down! It was a great visit and I can’t wait to see him again… but on to some beauty updates (although I could go on forever about him). So walking around in Sin City, staying out late, and lots of activity gave my new products a test. And guess what? Again, I am not so impressed. I tried Cosmedicine’s Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion after moisturizing. It went on smoothly and absorbed quickly into my skin. However, my foundation did not slide over the product very easily, it made it seem a little sticky. I think it de-shined my face for slightly longer than normal but overall I didn’t think it was much of a success. I also bought the new Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel. The Pros? It is a color corrector, primer and pore minimizer in one and is full of antioxidants and vitamins. The Con? It costs almost $60 for a pretty small bottle. You do use a very small amount so it should last awhile and it is the best primer I’ve used so far. It does a great job at creating a great canvas for additional foundation, getting rid of the redness of my sensitive skin and shrinking my pores. If you did not need much coverage, you could just use this product alone! The last new thing I tried is Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil and I’m sad to say that I do not like it at all. I know many people love the mineral makeups but just as my sister-in-law warned me, it made my face break out in tiny blemishes. I mean, not so many that I am screaming mad, but a few small bumps that I NEVER get is enough to make me return this immediately. I’ll just stick to a different powder to set my makeup (I’m going to try Make Up For Ever’s Super Matte Loose Powder next). So all of these so-so and not-so-good results makes me think its my foundation that is not keeping the oilies at bay. Maybe I should try something different there? I’m going to research and pick out a few to review, as always I’ll let you know how it goes!

Add comment October 1st, 2007 nicky

No go.

antishine.jpgIn my never-ending quest to find a product that keeps my T-zone matte for more than 3 hours, I scooped up Smashbox’s Anti-Shine after reading pretty good reviews over at Makeup Alley. Wouldn’t you figure instead of the stellar results that many reviewers mentioned, I found the product dried to a cakey, white, powdery mess and it was impossible to blend my foundation over it? For some reason, I could not get it to blend into my skin at all and it made my pores look huge too. I put on moisturizer beforehand, used a tiny amount and smoothed it on but it just turned into grossness on me. I am off to return it to Sephora and try something else. I’ll keep you posted!

Add comment September 19th, 2007 nicky

Beauty Review: Fresh Sugar Lip Gloss

freshsugarlipgloss.jpgFor my newest loot from Sephora, I was on the hunt for a new lip gloss to try. About 8 months ago, I swore myself off lip gloss purchases after realizing I had about 17 barely used tubes in my possession. (The only new ones I received were from free gifts or coupons.) I decided my lip gloss abstinence was getting old and I really wanted to try some new brands. So I picked up Fresh’s new Sugar Lip Gloss available only at Sephora. It has Fresh’s signature pleasant, citrus taste and is by far the lightest feeling lip gloss I have ever tried. It is not tacky or sticky at all and feels very nourishing and smooth. I checked the website to get more info on the formula and it says, “Skin-smoothing humectants and moisturizers like sugar, shea butter, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and black currant seed oil, are blended with the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E.” It does give off more of an oil based sensation than a thick, creamy based feeling like many glosses have. I thought it was a nice change from the usual! I purchased the gloss in Sugar Shag, a shiny cherry red that can work for any skin tone. So far I like it and I’m looking forward to trying their other pretty shades!

Add comment September 11th, 2007 nicky

Small changes.

Back in May, I shared how I am trying to be more eco-friendly to both the environment and myself, and I thought I’d give an update on changes I’ve been successful at and things that have been a little tough for me. We’ve switched to organic produce, dairy and natural meat (hooray for having a Trader Joe’s nearby!)  I’ve been trying other organic food items like pasta, cereal, bread etc. to find ones I like too. And I’ve bought some reusable grocery bags so I can cut down on my use of paper and plastic. We’ve also completely switched all of our cleaning products to Method, which makes non-toxic, naturally based formulas. We use their liquid soaps, kitchen cleaner, glass cleaner, laundry products and bathroom cleaners. They smell great, work great and the best thing is they don’t put all those nasty chemicals down the drain, in our clothes and on our bodies. I want to get their omop, a kind of Swiffer like product that uses a washable microfiber cloth, compostable sweeping clothes and safe floor cleaner. As for toiletries, Adrian also uses their Body Wash bloq and we use Aveda hair products, which I know I’ve talked about a lot before. We also switched to natural toothpaste, which I love more than the old stuff! I am having trouble switching to more natural beauty products though. They just don’t make many that I enjoy (I tried Juice Beauty’s organic facial line and it was not for me) and it’s so much fun trying new products that I don’t want to give it up! It did make me feel kinda ill though when I checked my products and pretty much all of them have petroleum in them, yuck! And I’m not going to throw out things to replace with more organic things (like clothes) since that creates more waste than you had before. There’s been a few green based stores opening in our area (like a eco friendly version of Home Depot) and we just signed up with Lady Bug Pest Control, an environmentally responsible pest service nearby. It’s been fun so far to make small changes and take baby steps to living a more intentionally green life. We’ve learned a lot and are looking forward to more growth as we learn even more (a book I am going to check out is The Lazy Environmentalist). Let me know if you have any suggestions, comments or questions on this subject!

2 comments August 31st, 2007 nicky

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