I’ve been a faithful user of MAC Studio Fix powder for years now, and despite the fact that it’s been my go-to foundation (read: comfort zone) for awhile, I have to admit — I do need to have it on me at all times for frequent touch-ups throughout the day. So when a MAC foundation promises a whopping 15 hours of coverage “in any environmental condition,” naturally I’m going to be intrigued — flawless coverage that I don’t have to worry about checking up on every couple of hours? Sounds almost too good to be true.
Normally I like to stray away from liquid foundations precisely because they tend to not last long enough or appear too heavy on my combination skin, but the Longwear formula seeks to fight against most common liquid foundation shortcomings. The impressive promise of 15-hour coverage has yet to be tested to its limit (I’ll have to wait for a day that I actually need makeup on for 15 hours at once!), but at the very least seems to provide crease-free coverage that doesn’t budge or start to settle in fine lines or corners like my powder foundation often does by the time my afternoon coffee break rolls around. Plus, with a “natural” finish, it isn’t overly heavy and matte or, on the flip side, too dewy or shiny, and the medium coverage gives me a smooth base without appearing or feeling cakey. So far I’m impressed, but I’ve yet to test out this “marathon” makeup formula in more trying weather conditions!Â Read more
Despite the sad natural state of my nails, I’ve always loved trying to make them look as pretty as possible (no matter how futile my efforts) — acrylics, flattering polish shades, various “treatments” that hardly made much visible difference, etc. The truth is, my nails are already brittle to begin with, and my recent obsession with disguising their less-than-healthy surface with the latest trendy shade has now given them a slight yellowish tinge too. Gross, I know… but I’m not the only one who suffers from discolored, chip-prone nails! Enter Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat, available at Sephora, which works to provide protein-rich protection to help grow tough, beautiful nails that will be less likely to break or peel. The best part? The pink tint helps filter out the yellow appearance of nails, so your tips look healthier and cleaner without having to pay for a manicure! Even if your nails don’t need serious protection like mine do, the gel coat is great for perfecting the look of a French manicure by disguising discoloration and making your polish stay put longer!Â Read more
Sure I could’ve cleaned up the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics products in this picture before snapping it. But that would defeat the purpose of this beauty review…because this is must-have makeup, which means I really do use them. What you see here is Youngblood’s Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder in Translucent (bottom), Ultimate Concealer in Medium, and Pressed Individual Eye Shadows in Orca (top) and Jewel (the teal color.)
Eye shadows: The highlighter is “Orca” and the contour “Jewel.” (On the lid you would wear more of a nude/natural color.) I have hazel eyes, so Jewel really makes my eyes pop. It also creates more of a smoky eye look, as well. I can say that at first when I saw Jewel I was nervous because I immediately had a flashback to a bad 80’s blue eye shadow experience. Thankfully, this teal colored shadow is gorgeous. If Youngblood’s Ultimate Concealer is applied first to your eye area, these shadows won’t crease. Read more
I don’t know about your beauty regime, but I’ve spent most of the season taking advantage of my summer tan and going the “bronzed goddess” route — chocolate shadow, golden highlighter, bronzer, nude lips — with the occasional monochromatic smokey eye for those more dramatic nights out. As a result, as much as I love amped-up neutrals and sparkly skin tones, my makeup look is starving for some hardcore color. As wild as it looks, I’m totally loving the watercolor inspiration trend for fall — multi-toned and gradient shadow, candy colors that pop despite the impending dreary weather, and rainbow shades that a conservative gal would normally steer clear from!
Mix and match your shadow and liner with a coordinating bright duo, like Sephora Collection’s Colorful Duo Eyeshadow in Tropical Blue, or if full-on neon shadow isn’t your thing, go neutral on your lids while making liner pop with a colorful swipe of one (or two!) of the shades from Illamasqua’s Liquid Metal Palette! Face painting never looked so chic! Make sure not to incorporate a whole art gallery’s worth of color on your face at one time, however; it’s definitely possible to go overboard with this trend!Â Read more
Given the many steps required for a complete makeup look (you know, foundation, bronzer/blush, shadow, liner, mascara, lip gloss — the works), combined with this late summer heat, your beauty regime hardly stands a chance when it comes to braving the elements and still looking fresh by the day’s (or night’s) end. Even though I’ve recently become a serious primer addict — which definitely improves the situation — my makeup still requires some major touch-ups by the time 3 o’clock rolls around, not to mention happy hour. Think of setting sprays as your “post-application primer”… or something like that. Instead of just prepping your skin and creating a smooth canvas for you to apply your makeup, setting sprays finish off your look and give it an invisible, lightweight “veil” or seal after it’s already been applied — giving it that waterproof, crease-proof, budge-proof shield that it needs to withstand your day’s trials and tribulations (even if that only involves some pesky wind or humidity). To get you started, Make Up For Ever’s Mist & Fix is a popular favorite because it’s ultra-sheer and doesn’t make you feel like you’re wearing an addition layer on your face, but I have to say I’m especially intrigued by Urban Decay’s All Nighter, which boasts a whopping 16 hours of staying power!Â Read more
As a girl with weak, brittle, sad nails, my nail polish fetish is a bit, well… under utilized. That’s why I can totally appreciate polish that boasts nail-boosting qualities to help strengthen and protect them from breakage, not only helping me grow my nails to their long, healthy potential, but also giving me more of an excuse to paint my stumpy excuses for nails! Dr.’s Remedy brand, founded by podiatrist Dr. Cirlincione, didn’t necessarily have the most novel idea by deciding to create a polish using natural ingredients that’s free of harsh chemicals, but the fact that the brand boasts the benefits of a non-toxic, nutrient-enriched polish along with the staying power, color saturation, and variety of shades of our favorite salon brands is a pretty impressive feat!Â Read more
In the hot summer months, when you’d like your beauty regime to be as simple and lightweight as possible, sometimes it ends up being the complete opposite. The harsh sun requires some hardcore SPF, while the constant heat calls for some serious moisturizer. Then of course you need your usual concealer, foundation, powder, bronzer and what-have-you, depending on how high-maintenance your normal beauty routine, but let’s face it — summer beauty should be easy, lightweight yet pretty, and if possible, a single-step process! Enter tinted moisturizer — the perfect 3-in-one product for keeping skin soft, protected, yet also presentable!Â Read more
I have to admit, though while I’m always intrigued by NARS products for all their hype and blog-worthy praise (namely the ever-popular Orgasm blush), I don’t have many of the brand’s products. After all, I am a bit of a recessionista (not so much when it comes to makeup, but I try!), and NARS is definitely on the higher end of the beauty spectrum. However, the normally high price tag is only more reason to indulge in a value set when the opportunity arises, because they not only provide a selection of fan-favorite products for a well-worth-it bargain, but they also highlight shades and products you may not have normally tried out on their own. While the “So Famous” set, which features flattering shimmery shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks, is marketed as a “gift set,” I think it’s perfectly suitable for some self-gifting! The soft pinks are totally wearable for any season, so you can’t go wrong in caving in and splurging on this set!Â Read more
In the summer months ahead, the last thing you want for your hot-day beauty look is a heavy, powdery finish and an overall cake-y appearance. The idea of packing on foundation, powder, and blush, all topped off with a layer of sunscreen is just a sweaty-face disaster waiting to happen (in fact, it’s making my own makeup crease just thinking about it), so instead of renouncing makeup altogether, it’s time to rethink your product formulas. For summer, swap your favorite pressed powder blush for a gel-based cheek stain — the result is not only more lightweight and less drying, but it also gives your face a breather and provides a much more natural flush.Â Read more
If you haven’t heard, Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has teamed up with MAC to create a limited edition collection that launches July 8th and will be available through August. The result is perfectly MAC-appropriate with highly-saturated, peacock-inspired shades — deep navy pigment, sparkly purple and matte turquoise nails, chartreuse and fuchsia Dazzleglasses, and more. Anyone who is a fan of MAC’s less “practical” shades is bound to be a fan of this collabo, but ultra-girly followers of the clothing line alone may find these shades better suited on a blouse of printed skirt instead of on their face!Â Read more