A Solid Foundation

Foundation is the key to ANY makeup look. Whether you are doing an intense smokey eye or something super simple, cakey, splotchy, runny or discolored foundation can be an instant look ruiner. Unfortunately for us, finding the perfect foundation can be a daunting, lifelong task. As with any beauty product, there are hundreds and hundreds of foundation options, all promising the same thing – flawless, pore less, youthful looking skin. A product that will wear all day without needing to be touched up, blah blah, blah. You know the advertisements. Yet product after product winds up returned, trashed or buried in the bottom of your makeup drawer never to be used again. I have fallen victim to the tortures of looking for the perfect foundation and after years and years of experimenting with more foundations than I can count, I feel that I can provide you with a comprehensive list of truly worthwhile foundations. If you are going to invest in a single high end product for your makeup bag, make it your foundation.

EsteeLauder_DoubleWearEstēe Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup is the best foundation I have EVER used. Period. It is full coverage, long wearing and stays in place all day. Oily skin is no match for this foundation. If you struggle with oily skin, I highly recommend this one. It is available in 30 different shades that are categorized by your skins natural undertones (cool, neutral and warm), so you are sure to find a color match. If you are looking for something with less coverage, the same formulation is also available in a BB cream. Retail $38.

GiorgioArmaniLuminousSilkGiorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a fan favorite. This product gets rave reviews from most everyone – as it should! A great medium to full coverage, this foundation is suitable for everyday or special occasions. It has a luminous finish that makes your skin look bright and fresh throughout the day. It is the only luminous foundation that works well with all skin types. If you are oily, you will probably need a touch-up during the day, but that is the case with most any foundation. This foundation photographs beautifully, so it is a great choice if you know pictures will be taken. Retail $62.

Tarte_AmazonianClayTarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation is the ultimate matte finish, long wearing foundation. While it is not a cream foundation, it has a much thicker consistency than a liquid, because of this I recommend using your fingers for application. Your fingers will warm up the product so that it can be smoothed evenly over the skin. This foundation will leave your skin looking velvety smooth all day long. Available in 25 shades. Retail $38.

YSL_FusionInkFoundationYSL Fusion Ink Foundation  is very unique in both design and wear. It is a medium coverage, weightless foundation designed to mimic your skin. The finish of this foundation will leave your skin looking enhanced, yet natural. The applicator that comes with this foundation helps you to apply the very thin formula without making a mess. To apply, dot the foundation with the applicator on your face and blend out with a brush. Retail $60.

Apply It or Deny It

NARS has recently released their highly anticipated new foundation, All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.

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FACTS 

Price $48.00

Size 1 FL OZ 

Pump top

20 Different Shades 

 Opinion

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the release of this product; people are very eager to try out this new, innovative formula, that essentially promises you the moon.

1) According to NARS, a single drop of this foundation will provide you with a light weight, full coverage foundation that lasts 16-hours. A SINGLE DROP. For your entire face. Let me start by telling you, you need more than one drop of this foundation to cover your entire face. I do not believe that a single drop of any foundation will get the job done.

2) I found that it was virtually impossible to blend out this product (using a brush) evenly on my skin because of how quickly it was drying. The quick dry effect caused my skin to appear blotchy and uneven once I was finished applying (you know, the opposite of what foundation is supposed to do). I attempted to fill in the unfinished areas with a BeautyBlender, but found that too much product was absorbed and not enough transferred to my face. The instructions on the box tell you to use your fingers, but I found that achieving even application was virtually impossible using that method (or any method, really).

3) NARS states this product is suitable for all skin types, but I found that it not only accentuated dry spots and fine lines, but it also got very shiny throughout the day. I would not recommend this product for people with dry skin or oily skin…

I think that NARS got a little bit ahead of themselves making all of these promises about this product. Weightless Long-wear Technology and flexible polymers sounds new and exciting, but what I got was an underwhelming foundation that did not live up to my expectations. Overall I say DENY IT. Save your $48.

February Favorites


Just in time for sandal season, the perfect red. Essie Forever Yummy

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MAC Nightingale Lip Pencil. Get it before it is too late! This beauty is limited edition and needs to be a part of your lip color collection. It is a wonderful deep berry tone that will pair with both red and purple lipsticks.

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Arrojo Gentle Conditioner is sulfate and sodium-chloride free and will leave your hair feeling so fresh and so clean. 

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Sleep It Off

Use your beauty sleep productively! Take advantage of the 6-8 hours of downtime you get each night by incorporating your beauty routine into your REM. Wake up to skin and hair that is recharged, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day.

HAIR

For starters, undo the daytime damage on your hair with an overnight mask. Apply the mask to dry hair prior to going to bed. To prevent the product from rubbing on your face while you sleep, put your hair up in a high bun or a braid. Wash out all of the product when you wake up in the morning and bask in the results – shiny, moisturized, touchably soft hair.

 

 SKIN

Keep your skin hydrated all day and all night by using a heavy night cream that will lock in moisture. Using an overnight moisturizer will ensure that you wake up with plump, even, hydrated skin. Consistently moisturizing, both day and night is the best way to maintain healthy, youthful looking skin. Note: do not use a night time cream during the day. They are typically a much thicker consistency and will not wear well under makeup.

The skin underneath your eyes is extremely thin and therefore, extremely delicate. You want to make sure that when applying an eye cream that you use a light tapping motion and do not rub or pull the skin. Tugging at your under eye will cause premature wrinkling.

Using an eye cream at night will help to reduce under eye circles and discoloration. Heavy eyes can make you look tired and age your face. A good under eye moisturizer will aid in refreshing your under eye skin, for a more awake, bright-eyed look.

Fight pesky pimples overnight by applying a spot treatment directly to the problem area. Spot treatments include active ingredients, such as Glycolic Acid that penetrate the pimple and kill irritating bacteria. Redness and swelling can be reduced by the time you wake up!

Sleeping Tip

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase has numerous benefits for your hair and skin. A silk pillowcase is more gentle on your skin; prevent unwanted creases and marks left on your face by cotton pillows by swapping for silk. Silk pillowcases are also better for your hair. Your ends will be less frayed and bed-head more tame. Give it a try.

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Cream Bronzer

Feeling a little washed out this winter? Try using a cream bronzer to bring a natural-looking summer glow back to your skin.

Cream bronzer will add color and dimension to your face, without looking chalky or discolored like many powder bronzers do. Wear a cream bronzer under foundation for subdued color, over the top of it for added visibility or on bare skin (in certain areas) for a healthy (makeup free looking) all-over glow.

Apply only to the apples of your cheeks for subtle added color or use it to contour your entire face. Somewhere in between the two extremes is an option too.

ChanelBronzerAll hail to Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel. This is the best cream bronzer. Ever. It is velvety smooth and blends out so nicely. It is also a great color that will work with a wide range of skin tones. Apply to desired areas with a damp BeautyBlender or brush.

NarsAltaiThe Matte Multiple by Nars, is pictured in the color Altai, however additional bronze tones are available in this collection. By design, these are great for quick, easy and controlled application. Simply draw directly onto your face and then blend out with fingers or a brush.

SoniaKashukThe Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer is available at Target and is a great drug store option for cream bronzer. It comes in two shades, Warm Tan (41) is pictured, but a deeper tone is also available. Apply using a damp Beauty Blender or brush.

50 Shades Of…

Red? 50 Shades of Red. That’s the name of this big movie coming out over Valentine’s day, right? Maybe not…Anyways, in honor of Valentine’s day, we are going to break down some of the best red lip looks you can find. While there might not be 50 of them, these are some of the best shades you will find.

A classic red lip is a go-to because it can be dressed up or down – a great compliment to a LBD or a white tee and jeans. Wear it on Valentine’s day, or any other day of the year for that matter! Amp up your pout with these great reds.

RubyWoo

Ruby Woo by MAC is a cult favorite. It is your classic super matte red lip.

MacDiva

If you are looking for a less traditional red, give Diva by MAC a try. While it is definitely more of an ox blood, with some brown undertones, it is certainly still a beautiful, sultry red.

BiteTannin

Tannin by Bit Beauty. The perfect red if you are looking for a satin finish that wears well through the night.

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Bite Beauty’s Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre is a great choice if you are looking for a deep pink/red color. Warning: the Cashmere Lip Cream’s can be a little difficult to control. Wear with caution.

FBOMB

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb. The name says it all – this is one fierce lip color.

KateRed

Kate Moss’s Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in 001. A deep red that wears well on your lips and won’t wear out your wallet!

January Favorites

MarcJacobs

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon. Buy one. Or even better, buy two or three! These are amazing liners. They are a gel formula and they glide on like butter. With intense pigmentation, a beautiful color range and insanely long staying power – you might just find yourself looking at your new favorite eyeliners (I know I am). My favorite is Ro(Cocoa), which is a beautiful dark bronze color. Blacquer is also awesome if you are looking for a classic black.

HangoverRX

Rough night? Don’t worry, Too Faced has you covered. The HangoveRX Replenishing Face Primer is designed to not only prime your skin prior to makeup application, but to also work underneath your makeup providing nutrients and nourishment to your face throughout the day. This primer helps bring tired, overworked or hungover skin back to life. Infused with Coconut Water and Probiotics it will replenish your skin, so you can be looking your best…no matter what! It can also be worn alone if your skin just needs a little pick-me-up.

LivingProofTextureMist

The key to a good unkept, messy, tousled head of hair ironically, is the proper set of styling tools and products. Living Proof’s Instant Texture Mist is my favorite texturizing spray at the moment. It is a light weight mist that adds just the right amount of tack to your hair so that you can create textured waves and pretty bed-head. I recommend applying this product once your hair is dry – a few squirts before curling to add grip to the hair and then a few after you have finished curling. Once complete, run your fingers through the curls to mess them up a little. Voila, beach waves.