Top 4 Favorite Liquid Foundations

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I’ve been in transition mode with my makeup drawer due to the weather warming up. I’m happy to announce that since coming back from my birthday vacation in Miami, I’ve got a nice lil tan and my color has returned to my face lol. 

::Breaks out favorite dark foundations!!::

Now the following foundations (pictured above) are ones that I use pretty regularly, some more than others. I’ll give you a detailed description and what I like about each and also reveal my top two favs! Keep reading to get the scoop.

YSL Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation

Why I love it: This is by far my favorite foundation. I love that it gives you this dewy, bronzy glow and feels really nice on the skin. It’s lightweight and also contains SPF 19. I apply this foundation using either my fingers or a foundation brush. By using my fingers it really warms up the foundation into my skin to create a flawless, light finish. 

Coverage: Medium, buildable coverage. Great for spot touch ups on any dark blemishes as well. 

Price: $55 at Sephora, Nordstrom, & Saks Fifth Avenue

*Note: Because I have a combination/oily skin type, I do use a sheer setting powder lightly on my t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) because I don’t want to look overly dewy (or in my case, overly oily).

Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

Why I love it: Talk about ultra-lightweight! This technology in this foundation is really unique, which is what drew me to it in the first place. The Maestro foundation requires you to shake the bottle first, and apply the foundation using the dropper inside, onto your fingertip and applied immediately. Because the consistency of it is so light, you have a short time period to apply it to your skin. It’s recommended that you use your fingertips instead of a brush because of the short time span before it dries. I love that it leaves my skin feeling like silk!

Coverage: Light to medium coverage (great for natural looks)

Price: $62 at Nordstrom & Saks Fifth Avenue

Note: If you’re looking for a heavier coverage, then this foundation is not for you. It’s very light and natural making it perfect for the summer season giving you a “no makeup feel.”  

Yep, you guessed it! These two are my top two favs! Now, on to the next two…

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation

Why I love it: This is my second “dewy” option to the YSL Touche Éclat. This foundation is best applied with a foundation brush using a patting motion on the cheekbones, nose, chin, and forehead to really concentrate on the dewy areas of the face. D&G is all about enhancing your natural beauty. It’s moisturizing and comes in 15 shades. 

Coverage: Medium, buildable coverage. 

Price: $59 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores & Sephora

Note: The only con is that the color range is not very friendly towards women with a darker skin tone. After my complexion (Golden Honey), there was only one shade darker (Soft Sable).

Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Why I love it: This is a great, affordable foundation! I love it because it gives you a nice light coverage that still makes your skin look seamless. It creates a luminous, demi-matte finish for you girls who prefer to stay away from the dewy finish but don’t want something totally matte. 

Coverage: Light to medium coverage (buildable)

Price: $39 at Sephora, Urban Decay website, and Ulta

Note: I like that this foundation is available in both warm and cool undertones. The color range is available in 18 shades! So there’s something for everyone! For my full review (pics included), check out a previous post HERE

What shades do I wear? 

YSL Touche Éclat: B70
Giorgio Armani Maestro: 10 

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous: Golden Honey 170
Urban Decay NAKED SKIN: 9.0

Have you ladies tried any of these foundations? What do you personally look for when choosing a liquid foundation? 


NARS Summer 2013 Color Collection

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I love color, especially when wearing a really bold lip! It’s funny because I used to wear really bright colored eyeshadows in college and once I graduated, my makeup routine became pretty minimal (mostly do a former job with strict makeup policies). 

Spring and summer are always perfect times to branch out and refresh your makeup routine. So when I saw NARS Cosmetics new Summer 2013 Color Collection, I regained my excitement. Buuut, I will also admit that as much as I love color, some of those NARS eyeshadow duos can be so intimidating! Most likely I would learn towards one color more than the other, and the duo never really gets used … as a duo at least. 

Watch this brief tutorial on how to get the NARS Summertime look created by their lead makeup artist.

I love the combination of mixing a soft yellow eye with a lilac, pink lip and soft cheeks. And for those that like a little drama, that clean cat eye is the finishing touch. It’s fresh, youthful, and fun!  Here are the products that were used to create this look:

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Fashion Rebel Duo Eyeshadow in Dandelion & African Violet; $34

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(L to R: Puerto Vallarta Multiple in Shimmering Tangerine, $39; Paris Follies Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Pink Flamingo, $26; Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Iridescent Lilac (limited edition), $25) 

Check out the rest of the Summer 2013 Color Collection below:

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Euphrate Single Eyeshadow in Frosted Mint Steel, $24

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(L to R: Tolede Lipstick in Pink Rose, $24; Barrow Street Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Seafoam Green, $24;  Madness Nail Polish in Electric Orange (Limited Edition), $19)

**photos courtesy of NARS Cosmetics


The collection is available beginning April 15 on narscosmetics.com . What do you think? Do you see anything new that you would like to try? 

Oldie But Goodie: How To Bleach Your Eyebrows

Ok, so I posted this step by step guide a little over a year ago on how to properly bleach your own eyebrows at home. I love to experiment with color in my hair, so naturally when I went blonde two summers ago, that called for lifting the shade of my brows to be a little lighter. Bleach blonde hair paired with jet black brows were entirely too harsh for my face. 

I know some of you ladies have been itching to take your hair color to the next level in time for summer, so I thought it appropriate to make things a little easier for you. If you opt out of getting your brows colored at the salon, here is an easy step by step guide on how to do it yourself at home!

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Because I color my hair, and my eyebrows are naturally very dark, I have to bleach them from time to time to compliment my hair :) (the things girls go through lol) It takes me anywhere from 10-15 minutes to do, because I usually have to bleach them twice for the color to take (as you can see above).

I use the Jolen Creme Bleach Kit available at Walgreens for around $6. It’s gentle, doesn’t break out my skin and most of all, is easy to do at home! Here’s a step by step guide to bleaching your own brows at home:

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**BEFORE ANYTHING: Test out the bleach on a small patch of hair on your arm & wait 24 hours to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

1. Wash the eyebrow area with cold water and a gentle face wash.
2. Take the spatula and measure out about one half teaspoon of creme.

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3. Clean the spatula, and measure about a quarter teaspoon powder and place on the tray. Mix well.

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4. Apply the mixture with the spatula and completely (& carefully) cover the area of hair you want bleached.

5. Leave on for 10 minutes.
6. Gently remove with a cool damp washcloth (one you don’t mind getting stained lol)
7. If the area isn’t as bleached as you would like, reapply the mixture and apply for another 5 to 10 minutes.
8. All done! 

Some ‘Super Nasty’ Material You Might Want To Read

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Oooo get your mind out of the gutter! What nasty material did you think I was talking about? Because I’m talking about the second issue of Nasty Gal’s new publication, “Super Nasty”. 

This issue is appropriately titled, “Out There”, because according to Nasty Gal Founder and Editor, Sophia Amoruso,

"…hell, I’d like to think we’re pretty "out there". We sell clothes, sure — but at the end of the day, we’re weird. We’re not your average fashion freaks or pop-culture fangirls. We’re different."

Hmmm very Kelly Cutrone of her (if you don’t know who Kelly Cutrone is, look her up.). I love different, I can definitely relate :)

This issue is full of original articles and spreads from a group of contributing Nasty Galish photographers, stylists, models, and artists that they’ve worked with over time.

5 Cool Things I Peeped In This Issue

1. The black onesie swimsuit with the serious side boob action on page 16 is extra sexy. I’m really drawn towards the scuba inspired look of this summer’s suits. You gotta show off all that hard work from the gym some kind of way right?

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2. I spot more dope styling images from the Spring 2013 Collection. Sporty chic ensembles are the move this summer! Bonus points for using a beautiful woman of color to add a little zest to all the pretty hues blooming just in time for Spring!

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3. Beauty Tips from the Pros:

- Olive oil works just like a cuticle oil and is also a good lubricant to remove press-on nails.
-The best trick for avoiding sunburn is to not shower when you get home from the beach or pool, because the heat opens your pores and that’s when you really get red. Massage a fresh mashed-up avocado on the red/tender areas, leave on for an hour, then gently wash off with a towel and cold water. Wait until the morning to shower and you’ll be tan and not burnt. [Interesting.]  

4. Spotted some cool nail art on page 81. Dope nails of the day anyone?

5. Totally loving all of the vivid color and mixing of stripes and geometric prints on page 113! Teal lids are a fresh way to bring in the warm weather.

In the world we live in where everyone is so pressed for time, this issue may be right up your alley if you actually ENJOY reading.

While I on the other hand love an interesting article, I could flip through the issue, dogear the pretty pictures and outfits, and be just fine. Thanks for the creative, artistic vision though Nasty Gal!

To check out the full online issue, click here

Product Review: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer

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I’ve been stuck on some pretty high-end concealer favorites for a while, and now that I’m running low on those I decided to give some good ol drug store brands a shot and see if they stand up to the test!

First up, L’Oreals new True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer!

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I like to have a subtle highlight effect when choosing my concealer shade. So I went with the medium/deep warm-6 color that is about a shade in a half lighter than my skin tone and has a golden undertone. 

There are a total of six concealer shades to choose from, with this color being the second to “darkest” in the selection. 

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Here is a quick swatch of what it looks like on my hand.

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When choosing a concealer, here are the top three things I look for:

1. Undertone: I look for concealer that has a golden undertone because I like the look of a highlighted area under my eyes. Anything that is too neutral looks ashy on me.

2. Consistency: I look for a concealer that goes on smooth and creamy making it easier to blend. Because I like the consistency to be creamy, I always set my concealer with a translucent powder to prevent creasing lines underneath my eyes.

3. Coverage: Concealer that actually conceals isn’t too much to ask for right? Well you would be surprised. I have dark spots (from popping pimples…which I don’t recommend you do) and semi-dark circles under my eyes, so a concealer with pigment and coverage is key.

I apply my concealer in somewhat of a triangle shape under my eyes and on any dark spots.

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Next I take my ring finger and smooth out the concealer down to my cheeks to make sure it’s blended seamlessly with my foundation. The next step (not pictured) is to lightly brush a translucent powder over the concealer to set it and prevent any creasing lines.

Be gentle when blending because the skin under your eye is very delicate. 

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You see the difference it makes with concealer on the left side and none on the right? The correct shade can instantly light up your face and give you a refreshed look!

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The L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer is definitely a great drugstore buy. It got the job done and the crayon stick makes it easy to use. Get’s a thumbs up from me! 

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Price Tag: $7.99 

Available at Target

3 Products To Quench Your Thirsty Skin

Is it cold where you’re at? Because it’s cold in the A and my skin is parched. Living in the south and basking in the glory of warm temperatures for the majority of the year has me spoiled. A girl (points to self) doesn’t even know how to act during the winter lol. 

Here are three products that have been in heavy rotation for me all winter that are definitely getting the job done!

1. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture: $65 

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This cream is heavy and very moisturizing. Like I’ve said before, I have combination/oily skin, so I apply this cream at night and also when I travel by plane. I try not to wear makeup on the plane, so I slather this on and let it penetrate into my skin adding moisture that the air circulation in the plane takes away. 

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Some of the key ingredients are Avocado, Sunflower and Olive fruit oils which enhance the skins ability to retain maximum levels of hydration for up to eight hours. My only gripe … it doesn’t have sunscreen in it (which is why i use it at night).

**Tip: use the spatula to scoop out the cream to prevent any bacteria from growing in the jar. Gross, I know. 

2. Murad Soothing Skin and Lip Care Balm: $20 

Thank the sweet heavens for this stuff! I am an avid user of chap-sticks, balms, you name it. I always have it on me! This lip balm is thick and has saved my lips many a times from becoming chapped and cracked (not cute). Not only do I use this balm during the day, I also apply it very generously every night before I go to bed so I can wake up with smooth, hydrated lips. It works and I would definitely recommend this during the winter. 

3. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve: $15 (2.5 fl oz.), $22 (5.0 fl oz. -pictured)

Another prized possession I carry with me at all times, is hand lotion. I switch it up seasonally because obviously during the summer you would use something a little lighter and visa versa for colder months. I use this lotion on my hands and feet before bed topped with a thick pair of socks, while giving myself a pedicure, or simply when my hands are just feeling extra dry. It’s very thick and very moisturizing!

What are some of your winter must-haves that keep your skin hydrated? 

Travel In Style With NARSskin Travel Set

The stress of traveling is awful when it comes to packing my beauty products, mostly hair and skincare. 

NARS just came out with some sleek travel sets for their new skincare line, created by Mr. Nars himself. Check them out below:

The Luminous Aqua Set- $140 (Includes)

 

Optimal Brightening Concentrate (Full Size)
Total Replenishing Eye Cream (Full Size)
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner (Travel Size)
Purifying Foam Cleanser (Travel Size)
Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer (Travel Size)
Travel Cosmetics Bag 

The Luminous Moisture Set- $140 (Includes)

Optimal Brightening Concentrate (Full Size)
Total Replenishing Eye Cream (Full Size)
Multi-Action Hydrating Toner (Travel Size)
Gentle Cream Cleanser (Travel Size)
Luminous Moisture Cream (Travel Size)
Travel Cosmetics Bag 

**Both sets will be available January 1, 2013 on narscosmetics.com . 

I wish these sets were available before traveling for the holidays, because I was definitely in desperate need of some travel sized skin care. But hey, it’s never too late right?

photos courtesy of NARS cosmetics