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Thursday, April 10, 2014

NYX HD Studio Primer Review

NYX HD Studio Primer Review






From the Brand:  Designed to be paired with our HD Studio Foundation, this water-based makeup primer fills in pores, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and mattifies the complexion for a seamless finish. It also ensures the durability of your makeup, which will last for hours even under the harshest lighting.


Retails for:  $17.00


Where to Buy:  Select Target stores, Ulta stores and Ulta.com, www.nyxcosmetics.com, CherryCulture.com


My Thoughts:  I'm not a fan of this primer personally.  It goes on white and doesn't absorb into my skin well, leaving a slightly chalky pale cast to my face.  It doesn't do much more than a moisturizer for helping my makeup lay "flat" on the skin and not sink into pores/lines/etc, and it also didn't work to extend the life of my makeup past what I'd expect normally.  I was really disappointed, since a lot of the NYX products look like dupes for the high end Makeup Forever brand, and many are honestly very comparable for a much more affordable price.  I absolutely LOVE the Makeup Forever HD primer, and I was really praying this would be a dupe for it.  Sadly, it wasn't.

Have you tried this before?  What's your experience been with it?  I'd love to hear back from others to see how it did for their skin.


Final Verdict:  This one goes in the "busts" bucket under the sink.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set Review

e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set Review






From the Brand:  Wish you could have a product for your makeup like Hairspray is for your hair? Well…keep your makeup staying in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold with our new Makeup Mist and Set. The invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C and E. The lightweight, comfortable and alcohol free formula improves makeup wearability and prevents color from running or fading.


Retails for:  $3.00


Where to Buy:  Target, Walmart, EyesLipsFace.com, and Drugstore.com


My Thoughts:  I don't think this has the same setting power and last effect as the MAC Fix+, but this is a decent comparison.  You really get what you pay for a lot of the time with products, and e.l.f. can be hit or miss with it's lower end products.  This is a nice refreshing facial spray, with vitamins and minerals to recharge your skin especially after a day of travel or when the dry air is sucking the moisture from your skin. It doesn't disturb the makeup on your face already and absorbs pretty quickly.
I didn't notice my makeup lasting any longer with this spray over the top afterwards, but I didn't notice it looking worse either.  It's a good product to use to dampen your brush with when foiling eyeshadows, but again, it doesn't give the same long lasting power of either the MAC Fix+ or even eyedrops.  It's comparable to using water to dampen the brush for foiling.



Final Verdict:  For just a few bucks, this is a great option to toss in your purse when you're flying or for the winter to perk up your skin and add a quick shot of moisture without having to put on actual moisturizer.  


**Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  As with all my articles, the opinions expressed herein are fully my own.  For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.


Monday, March 31, 2014

MAC Studio Finish Concealer Review

MAC Studio Finish Concealer Review







MAC Studio Finish Concealer Review

From the Brand:  A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-acnegenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains silica to help absorb the skin's oils. Concealer has broad spectrum SPF 35 protection and is available in a wide range of colours. It can be applied with a medium to firm fiber brush (try the 242 Shader Brush), a latex sponge, or the fingertips.


Retails for:  $18.00


Where to Buy:  MAC counters at department stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macys as well as MAC boutique stores and MACCosmetics.com


My Thoughts:  Yet another product I was turned onto by the amazing Pixiwoo sisters, and I love this concealer!  If you've been reading my blog for the last year (yikes!  It's been that long already?!) you'll know it's taken me a long time to come around to the whole MAC bandwagon.  I admit freely that I had a very negative view of them at the beginning of my career, influenced by the consumer views that all makeup artists work for MAC or use only MAC products, but I've been slowly branching out into their line to get an educated experience instead of just letting my personal opinion color my professional one.

This is the third concealer that I'm reviewing (you can read my reviews of the MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer here), but it's the very first concealer I tried by them back in a haul I did last March

I actually use this concealer the least, even though I see them use it all the time with Pixiwoo.  It's a great drier finish concealer that's perfect for concealing breakouts, which I rarely have.   I guess that's a really good thing though when you think about it!  I've tried it under my eyes, and I prefer either the Benefit Fake Up! or MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer instead, as those are both very hydrating formulas that my dry under eyes need.  I like using a buffing style brush to apply this and buff it over areas that need extra coverage on my face, or it also works well to cover veins and redness on my eyelids or sculpt my brows.  Those I use a traditional concealer brush with for a nice thin layer and a crisp edge, but for general redness like around my nose or over a breakout the buffing method works best.




Final Verdict:  Fabulous versatile concealer perfect for redness or breakouts, but I'd avoid it for undereyes.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Mascara Review

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Mascara Review



Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Mascara Review

From the Brand:

Take your lashes to the extreme with this ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies for an intensified look proven to increase lash volume by 752% instantly!
Product Performance: Take your sultry, flashy lashes to the extreme with this amped up, ultra-black mascara that lengthens, curls and magnifies lashes for an intensified look proven to increase lash volume by 752% instantly! Powered by tarte’s proprietary triple black complex, this longwear, vitamin-infused formula emphasizes length and volume while conditioning lashes for a dramatic look that won’t dry out, flake or budge. The custom-engineered, dual-molded brush boosts even the skinniest lashes for an exaggerated, voluminous look. First, the shorter, denser side of the brush delivers the optimal amount of mascara to volumize and coat each lash perfectly, then the longer, firmer side of the brush lengthens and separates for maximum volume without clumping.
Powered By: Provitamin B5: vitamin B derivative that helps treat and thicken lashes. Beeswax: a protective barrier between the skin and the environment that has been known to naturally stimulate collagen production. Mineral pigments: soothe and soften lashes.



Retails for:  $23.00


Where to Buy:  Tartecosmetics.com, Ulta stores and Ulta.com, Sephora stores and Sephora.com


My Thoughts:  This mascara sure has a lot to "say" about how amazing it is at volumizing.  But since this is my review, this is what I have to say about how it really works.  First, I can't believe it's taken me this long to even do a review on it since I've had it forever.  I got it back in October as part of my Tarte Kit from QVC.  I had to go back and look through my list of reviews to really convince myself that I hadn't done one yet.  So sorry about that!  Hopefully you haven't been patiently waiting all this time!

This mascara has a really unique dual sided brush that claims to volumize on one side and then comb through to separate on the other side.  I find that the volumizing side does a really great job of adding a lot of volume with one coat.  The separation side was ok, but it's kind of hard to tell the difference.  The wand itself has two colors, but once it's coated in mascara, it's impossible to see.  On the separation side the plastic bristles are only marginally longer and spaced too far apart in my opinion to really give great definition.




Final Verdict:  Gives great volume, and I really like it but not as much as their Gifted mascara or their Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

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