Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bobbi Brown Foundation Swatches

Recently I visited the Bobbi Brown counter to check out their foundations since my Mac Face and Body is running low. I was given 2 samples to take home, shade 2.5 Warm Sand in the Natural Finish Foundation and shade 2.5 Warm Sand in the Skin Foundation.
I just wanted to put up a few swatches comparing the Bobbi Brown foundations in 2.5 Warm Sand to Mac and MUFE foundations.
So here we have unblended foundations:
1. Mac StudioSculpt NC25 - 2. Mac Studio Sculpt NC30 - 3. Mac Face and Body Foundation C3
4. MUFE HD Foundation 118 - 5. MUFE HD Foundation 127
6. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation 2.5 Warm Beige - 7. Bobbi Brown Natural Finish 2.5 Warm Beige

Now here are the foundations partially blended:
1. Mac StudioSculpt NC25 - 2. Mac Studio Sculpt NC30 - 3. Mac Face and Body Foundation C3
4. MUFE HD Foundation 118 - 5. MUFE HD Foundation 127
6. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation 2.5 Warm Beige - 7. Bobbi Brown Natural Finish 2.5 Warm Beige

As you can see, the Bobbi Brown Foundations are quite a bit lighter compared to the other foundations. Due to the very different consistencies of the foundations, once properly blended most of them are good matches for my skin right now, excluding Mac Studio Sculpt NC30 and MUFE HD in 127 which are a tad bit too dark for me right now. Mac Studio Sculpt NC25 never really matched me correctly. Something about it makes me look pale and sick. The Mac Face and Body foundation in C3 when blended into my face is the most perfect match out of these foundations.

Also, Bobbi Brown's Natural Finish Foundation runs a tad bit lighter than the Skin Foundation. I don't know if you can tell in the picture. Both of the Bobbi Brown Foundations would probably suit a Mac NC25, especially since they are lighter coverage than the other swatches, they end being a better match once completely blended in.
Regardless of the colors not being a perfect match, I decided I really liked the Bobbi Brown SKIN foundation. I felt like the Natural Finish foundation gave me a bit of a powdery look.
I ended up going back to the Bobbi Brown counter and this time was matched to shade 3 Beige in the Skin Foundation. This matches me perfectly and would probably be great for someone who is in between a Mac NC25 and NC30 like I am (NC27?).

Anyway here are a few swatches with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in 3 Beige compared to Mac's ProLongwear foundation and Studio Sculpt Foundation.

I did swatches in 2 different lights.
1. Mac Pro Longwear Foundation in NC25 - 2 Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in 3 Beige - 3. Mac SS NC25

I love how the Bobbi Brown shade has a bit more golden beige tones. Even though the other 2 look similar, they are heavier coverage so once applied to the face they actually make my skin look paler, while the lighter coverage Bobbi Brown foundation blends seamlessly and provides a perfect match.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Naked Shady Lady

I've been wanting to post about 2 eyeshadow palettes I've been obsessed with the past few weeks.
First one is the much talked about Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I didn't know whether to pick the 1 or the 2, but the sales girl at Ulta advised me to pick the #2. The colors are so pigmented and perfect for me as lately I've been more into neutral eyes with just a slight pop of color. That is where the next palette comes in.

The next palette is The Balm Shady Lady Volume 3. I just love ALL the colors in this palette. I actually picked this up at Marshalls for somewhere around $15.00. Great deal!

My favorite color from this palette is "Come Hither Heather".. The 3rd one of the second row. It is a beautiful silvery taupey type color that goes great in any color combo. In the picture it looks very similar to the first color, but is decently darker in real life.

If you are looking for some new eyeshadows I definitely recomend these 2 palettes.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Top 2 Drugstore Mascaras

When it comes to mascara, I'm usually a brand whore, only buying higher end products. My Mac False Lashes mascara is running out, and I wouldn't repurchase because I wasn't that pleased with it.

Before buying any beauty product, I always check the rating on After much research, both Covergirl LashBlast Volume and Covergirl Professional Mascara had higher scores than almost all of the other drugstore mascaras. Max Factor mascaras also had high scores but I never see the brand anymore.

Covergirl LashBlast Volume
Covergirl Professional Mascara

I took before and after pictures using both Mascaras. Here are the results.

Makeup free lashes!

 2 coats of Covergirl Lashblast Volume

 2 coats of Covergirl Professional Mascara

The picture with the Covergirl Professional Mascara is a bit closer to the camera than the other. Regardless, I must say both mascaras did not flake throughout the day, nor did they smudge creating a black mess under my eye. Neither got too hard or crispy either. Both mascaras gave my lashes a super dark black color which I love.

Both mascaras definately beat out Mac False Lashes Mascara, but I must say the Covergirl Professional mascara was a bit better than the Covergirl LashBlash Volume. It actually gave my lashes more of a curl without using an eyelash curler and gave a tad bit more volume.
I definately recommend trying out these 2 mascaras.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Introducing... My Sister KELLY!

Last week I got to do my sister Kelly's makeup. I did 2 different makeup looks. A very natural everyday look and a going out look.
Now on to the photos! 

This first look doesn't look like she has much makeup on and that is the point! I just covered up her sunspots and such.

 Dun dun dunnnnnn

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Balm Time Balm Concealer Review

I purchased The Balm's Time Balm Concealer almost a year ago. I've rarely used undereye concealer because luckily I never had any serious bags or blueness, but as I'm getting older I notice my undereyes aren't as nice as they used to be. Still I usually just use my Studio Sculpt foundation to cover up the area but I've been wanting to find the perfect undereye concealer.

In the past I've tried Mac's Studio finish concealer but even with moisturizer it would flake under my eyes so I just use that for my face (which works perfectly).

I was really interested in the description of Time Balm concealer, which is described as an anti-wrinkle concealer which is even good to wear at bedtime. I did a few swatches in Sephora and loved the texture. It felt so nice and creamy. I ended up picking the shade light/medium. Mid-medium was definately too dark.

When I used this concealer with my makeup after buying it, at first I loved it although it was a bit too light for my NC30 skin. I've read a review from someone with NC35 skin who said the light-medium shade was perfect, but it looked like I had the reverse panda eyes. After wearing Time Balm Concealer a few times I started to notice it was settling into my small undereye lines baddd. I tried using more moisturizer, less moisturizer, setting the concealer with different powder and no powder, using less concealer, but it still settled into my lines, which I can't stand.

Soo all in all this concealer was pretty much a dud for me.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

HANA Titanium Ionic Flat Iron 1.5"

Not long ago I was contacted by Brian from to review the Hana Titanium Ionic Flat Iron 1.5". Of course I accepted =).

Customer service wise this company seems to be great. Brian was extremely polite in our emails. After I sent my shipping address I received the package 3 days later. I was extra excited when I opened it because not only did I see the Flat Iron and its components which included a nice travel case and heat proof mat, but I also saw other goodies such as ELF eyeshadow and a heart shaped container of soap rose petals.

Now lets move on to the nitty gritty!! The Hana Titanium Flat Iron retails for $239.99, but is currently on sale for $174.99.  
Below is a picture of the Hana Titanium Flat Iron on the heat proof mat. As you can see the plates are mirrored which I thought was fantastic. The dials light up blue and when the iron has reached your desired temperature, a red light blinks to let you know it's ready.

 Below is the top view of the iron (1.5")

Here are some Hana Titanium features:

  • World's smoothest Titanium plates

  • Tourmaline infused into the heating elements for maximum thermal protection 

  • Large Integrated Tourmaline Ceramic Heaters with Full Plate Coverage for the Most Consistent, Conditioning Far Infrared Heat Possible 

  • Mirror surface prevents scratches unlike other black coated titanium plates

  • Adjustable Temperature Dial - 5 Settings from 140-450 F for All Hair Types 

  • Beveled Edges mean Easy Curled, Flipped, Spiked or Straight Styles 

  • Smooth Grooves Keep Hair Strands Separate and Snag-Free

  • Tangle-Free Salon Quality Cord Swivels 360; Convenient Hanging Loop 

  • Energy Efficient at 38 Watts 

  • Independent On/Off Switch

  • Includes Luxe Heat Proof Storage Pouch, Heat Proof Silicone Mat, & Special Edition Tin Case 

  • Two Year Warranty

  • Before and After photos
    (My hair is more on the thick side and naturally wavy. The before images are taken right after blow drying with a flat paddle brush. FYI I had the iron setting at 370 degrees F.)


    Grade: A+

    I've honestly fallen in love with this Hana Titanium Ionic Flat Iron. I've been using my zebra Cortex for the past 2 years and I was satisfied with the results.. BUT after using the Hana Titanium I don't think I could go back. I was amazed at the feeling of each piece of hair going through the iron as it felt like butter! I did not have to go over any hair an extra time which I loved. It cut the time I usually take to straighten my hair in half. I also love the fact that this flat iron has mirrored plates, which means no cracks and no breaking precious pieces of hair off!! This iron is also very light weight. In the end it left my hair looking and feeling like silk. I truly can not find any cons with this product. =)

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Deliciously Forbidden

    Mac Deliciously Forbidden

    Face: Too Faced Primed and Poreless, Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation NC30, MUFE HD Powder

    Cheeks: The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer for contour and lightly on apples of cheeks, Mac Chez Chez Lame Highlighting Powder

    Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Shadows from Too Faced Natural Eye Palette (Honey Pot all over lids, Push-up lightly in outer crease, Heaven on brow bone), Mac Zoom Lash Mascara, Ardell Fashion Lashes #101

    Lips: Mac Deliciously Forbidden
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    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Too Faced Primed and Poreless/Mini Haul!

    Lately I've been trying to explore more of the shopping areas here in the south. I finally stepped foot for the first time into Ulta and goodness it smells so good in there! There were Ultas in New Jersey but Sephora was so close to me I never bothered going.
    Over the week I picked out a few things from Mac and 2 things from Ulta, including Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer which I've had my eye on.

    I was originally using Mac's Prep and Prime which I recently ran out of, and scouted out this Too Faced Primer. I am a fan of Too Faced products and did some research on this and it did receive very good reviews.

    This product feels silky smooth when applying to the face but not greasy. I like the fact that it is formulated to use alone without foundation and gives the skin a smooth silky appearance, or you can put it under powder or liquid foundation.
    Too Faced Primed and Poreless seems to cause my foundation to glide on smoother than usual, and it also seemed to blend a bit easier. I can definately feel the difference between this Primer and Mac's.

    Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

    Here are some other things I've picked up, Nyx Lip Liner Pencil in Pale Pink, Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Till Tomorrow, Mac Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Dress It Up, and Mac Mattene Lipstick in Deliciously Forbidden

    Nyx Pale Pink l/l, Mac Till Tomorrow l/c, Mac Dress It Up l/c, Mac Deliciously Forbidden l/s

    I especially love Nyx Pale Pink lipliner. The color is a beautiful pale mauve-ish pink. I've recently been wearing this all over my lips with some gloss on top.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Glamour Girl Lips with Mac Violetta

    "Glamour Girl" Lips - Overdrawing the top lip to make lips appear more seductive, one of the styles in Making Faces, by Kevyn Aucoin. I used my Mac Studio Finish Concealer in NC30 and blended over my natural lip line so it didn't appear as obvious. I then used Nyx Lipliner in Purple Rain to draw the outline of my lips. I only went a bit higher than my natural lip line so it wouldn't look totally unnatural. Last I filled in with Mac Violetta lipstick, which matches almost perfect with Nyx Purple Rain.

    Face: Mac Prep & Prime, Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation NC30, MUFE HD Powder
    Cheeks: Illamasqa Bronzing Duo Glint & Burnish, Mac Trace Gold Blush

    Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Mac Ricepaper e/s all over lid up to brow, Mac Straw Harvest e/s outer crease and lower lashline, Mac Zoom Lash Mascara, Benefit Magic Ink Eyeliner

    Lips: Mac Studio Finish Concealer, Nyx Purpe Rain lipliner, Mac Violetta l/s

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