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MOTD: Simple, Dewy Makeup

IMG_4890 after photoshopQuick little makeup of the day that I decided to do after taking photos for my upcoming post reviewing the bareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation. That post will be up on Monday if you’re interested.

I recently got some new products from Sephora (which I posted here) and decided to make a post where I used them. The new additions to my collection are the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

I wanted to go with a fresh, soft, dewy look today. Since I live in Florida I don’t really experience the insanity of dry skin when it gets cold, but my skin does react a little bit because of the constant change in temperature. To fight against this, I have been going for a glowy, minimal look lately.

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For my foundation, I used the bareMinerals Bare Skin foundation in the shade 01, Bare Porcelain, which is a great match for my fair skin. I don’t want to drone on about this foundation too much because I have an entire post on it coming up soon!

I next covered up my dark circles with the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, which is the lightest shade. I set this and my foundation with my Rimmel Stay Matte translucent powder. I only added this to my T zone and under eye area to avoid mattifying the dewy effect of the foundation. To finish off the face, I added a bit of my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in the shade Magic to the apples of my cheeks.

On the eyes, I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden to prime my eyelids. I just used the sample package that came with my Naked 3 pallete. After priming, I went in with the Naked 3 and blended the color Nooner slightly into the crease. I then went in with Burnout on the inner half of the lid and the smallest amount of Mugshot on the outter corner. I then added a tiny bit of Dust into the inner corner to add some shine to the look.

After the shadows, I created a thin line along my lash line with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. This liner makes a super thin line insanely simple. If you want to see my first impression on this liner, click here. I added some of my Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara to finish off the eyes.

For my brows (which are in serious need of maintenance, forgive me) I used the Revlon Brow Fantasy pencil and gel in Dark Brown. Once I gather all of my thoughts on this, I am thinking about doing an entire review on the product.

I topped the look off with a quick swipe of the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in the shade Honey. This lip product adds the perfect amount of tint to my look but feels amazing like a balm.

So that was it! My MOTD for a winter day in Florida. Keeping it simple (as always) and, currently, dewy. Let me know below what your favorite products were for an everyday look in January!

Mini Sephora Haul and First Impressions

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All of these products are ones that are super hyped up on the Internet. Personally, I am one of those people that tends to be skeptical of over-hyped products, but on this trip I went in with the mindset of blogging and seeing if these products were really worth it. I initially set out to get the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to do a Worth the Hype post on it but soon decided to pick up a few more and do a first impressions post instead.

Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

Probably one of the most talked about cleansing oils online recently has been this one from Boscia. On the way out of Sephora, they had a sample portion that was tucked on the little shelves near the register (those things always get me). Since I had been wanting to try this product for a while, I decided I could test it out for $10.00. Since this is just a sample size, it only contains 1.7 fl oz but I felt like that was perfect just in case I didn’t turn out to be a fan. Unfortunately for my wallet, I love it. I was used to using the Garnier Cleansing Oil but I always felt like it left my face just a bit too greasy after using and didn’t fully remove my makeup. With this Boscia product, I do feel the cooling effect and it really feels nice on my skin after a long day. I also can tell a difference with the makeup removal too. On a super lazy day, this doubles as a face cleanser as well. So far I am really enjoying it and am already considering repurchasing.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

If there is one concealer that has so much talk surrounding it, it has to be this one. As I’ve said before, I struggle with covering my super dark circles all the time. I have very fair skin (this concealer is in the lightest shade, Chantilly) which means that I have a really tough time finding shades that are light enough but still provide high coverage. With this product, I think that it covers more than any drugstore concealer I’ve used. It does set pretty quickly so you have to work one eye at a time, but it truly does provide the coverage I need. The shade is actually slightly lighter than my skin so it provides a bit of a highlight which I normally can’t get from a concealer. After setting it, I notice that it doesn’t stray or crease all day long. After putting it on initially, it does seem a bit stark but once it settles, it covers my dark circles fabulously.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

When I went into Sephora, I asked the sales woman to tell me her thoughts on the Kat Von D liner. I knew I was already going to make the purchase but I wanted to see what she would suggest for me and if she felt that this was the best product. After seeing her swatch it on her hand, it came out blacker than black and dried instantly. The finish wasn’t a dry matte, but rather a natural looking line. Once I got it home and tried it out, it creates a super thin and precise line. The brush tip does take a bit of time to get used to but once you do, it creates the perfect cat-eye flick.

So those are all my recent Sephora purchases! While sometimes products that have a ton of hype surrounding them fail, these all were successful purchases.

 

Neutral Eyes for the New Year

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For most people, New Years Eve means bold makeup and going out all evening. For me though, I work most of the night on New Year’s Eve this year so my makeup look is going to be a quick and easy look that I can throw on before I go out. My daily look is generally something very similar to this but I just thought I would share my look in case some if you were planning on staying in with friends this year!

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For this look I used the Naked 3 palette which I got for Christmas. I started out by priming the lids with Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. Then I applied Mugshot all over the lid. Even though this shade is a bit dark it is the exact shade of bronze that I was looking for. I then blended Nooner into the crease and into the outer corner. I applied Factory into the outer corner and then blended it well into the other shades. I topped the easy look off with Dust all over the lid and Burnout on the inner half of the lid.

So that’s it! This look would be great with a super vampy lip because it is so neutral. Let me know what your New Years plans are in the comments below!

Everyday Makeup: Full Face Drugstore Look

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Today’s Face of The Day is a simple, all drugstore makeup look that is super simple and quick. For my foundation, I went back to an old-faithful, my L’oreal True Match foundation in the shade N1: Soft Ivory. I blended this in with my Real Techniques Blending Sponge, which isn’t exactly drugstore, but it is drugstore price, so I decided to count it. Next, with my Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer in the shade Ultra Light I applied this to the dark circles under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and a bit to my chin and forehead, again using the same sponge. I set all of this my Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 which is a translucent setting powder. I applied this all over with an e.l.f Kabuki Brush. The portion of this look that really tops it off is the eyes. I applied Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to The Bronze. I patted it all over my lid, focusing on the outer corner, with the e.l.f Eyeshadow Brush and blended it towards the crease with an e.l.f Blending Brush. Both of these brushes are $1 and do well with the color tattoos. I topped my eyes off with a ultra thin line of Maybelline Master Precise liner in black and a quick coat of the Maybelline Rocket Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara. For my brows, I used the e.l.f Eyebrow Kit in medium. Using an EOS balm, I moisturized my lips and topped it with my CoverGirl lipslick in demure (which unfortunately isn’t sold anymore). To finish off the look and add a shine to my face I added a touch of the CoverGirl Classic Color Blush in 570: Natural Glow with an Eco Tools Angled Brush.

So that was it! This look took me probably less than ten minutes. It is super affordable and a great everyday look. Plus, the Bad to The Bronze Color Tattoo brings out blue eyes beautifully.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

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First things first, we need to get the whole skin tone situation down before we go any further into this… I am fair. I mean, really fair. I jokingly state that I have two shades: my summer shade, “white AF”, and my winter shade, “is that a ghost or a girl?”. Needless to say, finding a foundation that works and looks amazing on such fair skin isn’t an easy task. Generally speaking, pale people tend to have pink undertones with the occasional yellow-toned girl. I find myself to be neutral and can’t use anything that comes off unnaturally yellow or pink.

I have found my holy grail. Yep, I said it. While I haven’t tried every foundation in the world, this one kicks some serious ass. The Tarte Amazonian Clay foundations had so much hype surrounding them that I knew I needed to give it a try and see if I felt as attached to this product as the seemingly rest of the free world did. I picked up the shade “Fair Sand”, which is described as fair skin with yellow undertones. Personally, this foundation blends flawlessly into my skin and doesn’t come across as “too yellow”. The girl in Ulta wanted to shade match me before I made the purchase and she agreed, this foundation was made for my lifelessly pale skin.

Beware: photo of me fresh-faced is now going to be inserted.

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As you can see, my skin is generally clear from acne, although I do suffer from time-of-the-month-mountain-on-face syndrome and I always get small pimples after I get my brows waxed (does this happen to anyone else?).  My biggest concerns are some discoloration around my chin, awful dark circles, and redness.

I have been using my Real Techniques Blending Sponge to apply the product and it seems to do the trick. I put the foundation in small dots around my face and then just stipple it out. After one very thin coat this is what my face looked like:

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When I say thin coat, this is probably a pea-sized amount of product on my face. I don’t believe I have found a foundation that compares in dark circle coverage. This foundation is a perfect match for my skin tone as well. The look, even without primer, is flawless.

The finish is very natural, due to the Amazonian Clay, and leaves my face feeling as if I am not wearing foundation at all.

Website Claims:

“Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural. This supremely blendable, buildable and full coverage formula delivers up to 12 hours of satin-matte coverage with a weightless texture. Reduce the appearance of pores, discolorations and imperfections and ensure a perfectly flawless complexion every time with this best seller.”

Final Opinion:

Okay, I couldn’t save my final opinion for the end. If you are reading this far you know that I love this foundation. The color match is flawless and with the multiple shades they offer, I think anyone would be able to find a match. The coverage is full and flawless. The claim I was worried about was the 12-Hour because I purchased this foundation specifically for my outside graduation in Florida. If you have ever been to Florida in June, you know the humidity is no joke. I wore this and felt that it stayed put throughout the sweat and lasted all evening. I prefer a satin to matte finish anyway, so this foundation was perfect for me. There are also 1.7 fl oz in this foundation which is almost unheard of. I mean seriously, that is a lot of product. As the cheap skate I am, this helped me pull the metaphorical trigger and splurge.

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In this ridiculously close shot of my face you can tell that the spots around my chin are almost completely gone and my pores are less visible. I like my freckles to still be prominent on my face because I feel like they make me feel natural and like myself so this coverage is perfect for me.

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Here is my completed face with some basic every day makeup on (all hail the concealer gods). I love this foundation and would recommend that if you have been thinking about it, as I had for months, go purchase it!

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. SPF 15. $38.00 USD.