MAC’s Hyper Real Glow is the only highlighter I will ever need.

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Tis the season for highlighter frenzy, in the beauty community companies now are in competition to release the greatest highlighter ever. Every women needs a good glow on go. I had my eye set on the Amrzey highlighter from Anastasia Bevery Hills, but I just had a feeling not go with that one. I have this method when it comes to spending’s on makeup, if I don’t absolutely love it I purchase it, if I am still thinking about it a couple of days later then I must get it. I am quite indecisive when it comes to purchasing beauty products, it’s sucks when you buy something and its not what you expect it to be. So if I don’t get that I innate feeling I don’t get it. Makes sense right?

A couple of days ago I went into the Pro Mac Store in NYC to buy refills, I came in a hurry and wasn’t looking to purchase anything new. Until  I came across this beauty, this awesomeness of a highlighter. One swatch was all it took for me to fall in love, I should’ve swatch the other palette to see if I might like the “Get it Glowing” better. I purchased the Flash + Awe Palette, it has 3 rose gold shades. My favorite shade from this palette Flash +Awe and Rosy Glow.

It retails for $39.50 and it is worth every penny. This will be part of their permanent collection soon!

There are two palettes to choose from the 1) Flash + Awe which is rosey and cool toned. 2) Get It Glowing is more golden goddess warm toned vibes.

One little problem with this palette, the names of the shades was on the plastic protector, not paying to much attention to it, I threw it out.

The texture of these highlighters reminds me of the Becca Champange pop highlighter.  Its soft to the touch and glides on effortlessly; gives off a wet glow to the face ( hint hint– spray a little bit of fix plus on your brush before applying the highlight, giving a vibrant glow) The only difference between these two is that you get more product & shades.

 

 

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The Reason why I say that this is the only palette I will ever need is because these shades are versatile, it will compliment all skin tones because there are 3 shades to choose from each palette. As a makeup artist, this will be in my kit all the time from now on.

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What is your favorite highlighter?

Everything you need to know about a beauty blender.

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The most common question I get from my lovely clients is “Whats the best foundation brush?” My answer is always the same, get a Beauty Blender!

A Beauty blender is my best friend, and trust me it will be yours… Some of you who are well versed in the dictionary of beauty might be asking thinking to yourself, ” Well the beauty blender isn’t a new product, why are you talking about it now?”

Because to my surprise,  I’ve met countless women who are very confused when I mention the beauty blender to them, they are quite fascinated with it. A lot of women just apply foundation with there hands, which in retrospect isn’t a big deal, but if  you want a more flawless finish then you need a beauty blender. A beauty blender is versatile, it can be used for foundation, concealer, contour, bronzing, and setting powder. My mother likes to apply her foundation with those flimsy compact sponges, I explained to her that those don’t distribute foundation like the beauty blender does. Worst part is that it just eats up the foundation; even though the beauty blender does soak up foundation, but it does redistribute it when applied the right way.

Okay once you have your beauty blender what do you do with this nifty little contraption? You get it wet, I know weird but it words. You place it underneath running water then begin pumping the sponge until it grows double in size. I usually wet my beauty blender by running it underneath the water. Do not use it dry, I have made this mistake before, the results where horrendous.  In this photo I have a very dirty beauty blender that was well used.

Beauty Blender Getting Cleaned

Keeping It Clean

Cleaning your beauty blender is important, one of the best things you can do for your skin. Foundations, concealers, etc… get’s soaked into the sponge, after a couple of uses it becomes unhygienic to use. It’ especially important to clean it at least once a week if you suffer from acne or blemishes.

My little secret is to use Dr. Bronners Castile Soap! I kid you not, I always used the beauty blender soap and it did the job. But I can’t always get around to that soap on time to wash my brushes so I used my hand soap. I couldn’t believe my eyes! It worked better then the beauty blender soap.

Beauty Blender Microwave

Another quick tip for you is to put your already washed beauty blender into your microwave and to microwave it for 30 seconds.  That will kill the bacteria from within the sponge that might be hard to get out.

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Story Time:

I will never forget how my aunt  was telling her beauty blender doesn’t do the job she wants it to do. I was in disbelieve, I went to go run it underneath the water and it didn’t expand, a hard rubber sponge. No wonder she was complaining about the “Beauty Blender” . Beware there are a large amount of sellers who sell imitation beauty blenders. Just remember if it doesn’t expand then its crap, throw it out the window, in the garbage, in a fire, just throw it out! I know the price is a little steep at $20 for a small sponge, there are other companies who sell great dupes, such as Real Techniques, Sephora, Sonia Kashuk, Morphe, Loreal and etc..

 

 

Im almost done I promise, here is a easy to follow guide on how to use it.

Beauty blender steps

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, let me know whats your favorite makeup brush or sponge to use?

You won’t believe the power of the Maybelline Superstay Ink Liquid Lipstick

One thing worst then buying crap makeup is wasting money on crap makeup, I know we have all been there one time or another. Well waste no more because these I have found a great and affordable Liquid Lip; my struggle to find a greataffordable matte lipstick is finally over! I have purchased so many and just gave up at this point. The reason why I picked up the Maybelline Superstay Ink Liquid Lipstick was I swatched a couple of lipsticks on my hand and didn’t think much of it. The next day I noticed I still had the lipstick stains on my hand. I knew I had to buy at least one and try it out on my lips, even though these liquid lips came out last year & there are probably a ton of blogs out there talking about this product, I wanted to test it out for myself… Now you’re probably wondering what’s wrong with drugstore matte liquid lipsticks? Well if you must know, the formulas tend to be more on the drier side, causing my lips to feel dried out and the lipstick cracks away which is disgusting, who wants their lips to crack and crumble away?
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First Impressions: The packing is sleek and easy to use, it doesn’t splatter when you open the tube, which has happened with some liquid lipsticks that I have had. The applicator makes it super easy to work with. The point of the applicator is precise, making it easier to line the lips without messing up. The Liquid Lipstick is glossy in the beginning, after 3 minutes it dries down and becomes matte. It glides on smoothly; the color is opaque and saturated and is no patchy. In the beginning it appears to be wet and shiny, then It dries down matte, more of a velvety matte per se. When pressing the lips together it doesn’t have a sticky or tacky feeling. But, I must caution   you, it will transfer on your teeth within the first few minutes, so double check you teeth.
Now time for the real question, how long do they last on the lips?
Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Lipstick claims a 16-hour wear, with which I disagree with. In my experience, it lasted a good 4 hours without any fading or wearing off. After the 4thhour it started to fade away and gather in small clumps. It wasn’t terrible but manageable.
I applied the Super Stay Liquid Lipstick at 11:00am and wore it though out the day without any touch-ups. That meant eating, drinking, kissing my babies etc.. And the results? Well you can see in the photo below for yourself.

 

The second photo was taken at 8:00 pm after I gave my kids a bath, (which is more like a tsunami) and the lipstick didn’t run, safe to say it’s waterproof too. It did leave a stain after it faded away from my top lip. On the bottom lip I applied two coats (which you shouldn’t do, the more layers you add the heavier it will be).
Overall Verdict: This is an amazing Liquid Lipstick but isn’t “16 hour wear”, I would say this is 4 hour wear without fading or wearing off. It does start to crumble if you layer on the liquid lip, so watch out one swipe is more then enough. It does leaves a stain on the lips which I like because even when it does fade away the color still remains on the lips. I am going to definitely purchase more shades, ruler and dreamer look like they will be on my to-buy list soon!
They currently have 20 shades available, you can probably find them at your nearest drugstore but if not, Amazon has the full collection for $7.99. In my local drugstore you can’t find all 20 shades, which is a bummer because I love to see different options. They did recently add a couple of new nude shades and I can’t wait to try them out!

 

1.    Ruler
2.    Voyager
3.    Believer
4.    Escapist
5.    Protector
6.    Amazonian
7.    Creator
8.    Romantic
9.    Heroine
11. Driver
13. Poet
17. Lover

20. Huntress

Let me know what your favorite and most hated drugstore liquid lipstick is!

Beauty Showdown: Stila Liner vs Kat Von D Liner

 

I have spent a couple of days thinking up interesting names and titles for this new series I want create on my blog. I just couldn’t come up with a name until today, the “Beauty Showdown” series. This isn’t a new idea, it’s pretty common in the beauty industry to compare similar products and give their opinion on what’s better. So here is my take on it! 
This week’s beauty showdown is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner vs Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I have used both products and had made up my mind on which liner is better. I did run out of both products, so currently I am not using either of them, for now I use the inglot gel liner, so both are out of reach. Only one will be repurchased soon, keep on reading to find out who is the better liner! 

This week’s beauty showdown is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner vs Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I have used both products and had made up my mind on which liner is better. I did run out of both products, so currently I am not using either of them, for now I use the inglot gel liner, so both are out of reach. Only one will be repurchased soon, keep on reading to find out who is the better liner! 

 

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Pros: It’s longevity is great, dries within seconds, which can be annoying for some but for me this is my favorite part because I hate when eyeliner won’t dry fast enough and then the eyeliner transfers onto the crease. The consistency of the ink is dark then when it dries, it dries down matte and the color payoff is great.   
Cons: The felt tip is my only issue, the bristles on the tip frayed towards the sides, this was annoying to work with. I have done some digging around and found out that I wasn’t the only one who had this issue. So Kat Von D, if you ever stumble across this review, please create a better tip for the Tattoo liner!  
This line of liners only has two shades, Mad Max and the Trooper. She does have another line of liners, but these can’t be beat. The Tattoo Liner retails for $18 and is sold at Sephora. 
If you want to read more on this product, I did do a blog post sole on this product, check it out

 

               

 

Pros: The consistency and color payoffs are great, right off the bat the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner is great. They had a large selection of colors and the colors are vibrant and true. But throughout the time that I had it, the liner didn’t hold up as well as it should’ve. It dries within 10 seconds, which some people prefer more; dries down to a glossy finish as appose to a matte (I like matte better) 
Cons: My biggest issue with this liner was that it really isn’t water proof, I have teary eyes, throughout the day I would notice that it would crack at the outer corners of my eyes. I wish I would’ve taken a photo of this, but believe when I say it cracked and the liner broke up. Another issue was that it didn’t last me too long, the liquid dried up much faster than the Tattoo Liner…  
This product retails for $22 and can be purchased in several stores, Ulta, Sephora, Amazon and etc.. 

We  all feel the tension between these two liners, but I think its clear to see what is the better option…… drum roll please? The winner is the Kat Von D Trooper Liner! I know some might not agree but this is my expexperience between these two. 

What is your favorite eyeliner!? 

Sleek Highlighter Review- My favorite drugstore highlighter!

At this point in my life, if I buy any beauty product I have pretty high expectations of how the product should be. It’s no different when it comes to highlighter; now you’re probably wondering what is so special about a highlighter, isn’t it just shimmer? Well no, it depends on the quality, texture, consistency and etc…. My first ever highlighter was Laura Mericer baked highlighter, I can just remember it 3 years ago, purchasing my first one. I wasn’t even aware of what a highlighter was, and wasn’t too crazy about the “glow” As I picked up on my makeup skills and grew a bigger clientele I knew that I needed to search for more and better. I have bought endless drugstore highlighter that sadly got thrown away and some high end that I love. My two favorite are the Becca Cosmetics “Champange pop”” and of course my first ever Laura Mercier … 

This highlighter I will be writing about is as if I have found a diamond in the rough; the Sleek cosmetics highlighterThis isn’t a new highlighter on the market but new to my local Walgreens; this highlighter was the only product for their c finding a drugstore highlighter that works and is good quality is rare for me, I have tried out dozens from Maybelline to Loreal, they have seemed to fail me. Maybe I have already admitted defeat with the highlighter search from the drugstore, something wasn’t right until I saw this, the where already sold out of the one palette I wanted and to my knowledge they restock every ThursdaySo, guess who was there the following Thursday to pick up a new solicits palette? That’s right me of course!  I was exactly to play with this palette, more like drench myself in highlighter that night. 

 

The one issue I did have with this product is that it had said on the back do not get into eye…. That had me a little bit frightened, but nevertheless I still bought it. 
About product: There are 4 highlighter shades, 3 powders and 1 cream. The shade with the most impact is the Equinox, I am very light skinned and they do have other palettes to accommodate to darker skin tones.  
  • Hemisphere is a baked highlighter, it comes off as a lilac shade on in the palette bit swatches much lighter. At first, I thought this was the most unwearable shade since it is purple but on the skin, there is only a hint off it. I would love to use this on my inner eye corner but I am sort of scared because of that initial warning sign. So, I only apply it on my brow bone. 
  • Ecliptic is the cream highlighter, a color that I would describe as a lavender color with hint of silver reflects. The best way to apply this shade is with your fingers, to warm the product into the skin gives it a better effect/glow. This can also be used as a base for the powder highlighter but this is the shade I tend to neglect the most. Just because I am not too fond of cream highlighters. 
  
  • Equinox is another baked highlighter, a beautiful light peach color, it is the same texture as Hemisphere and I usually mix this together with Subsolar 
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  • Subsolar: is another baked highlighter with a yellow sheen to it, with the greatest opacity. If you love a blinding highlight this is one the shade for you. I love to use this as the nose highlighter, blends best along the bridge of the nose and  on the tip of the nose. 
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  • There are 3 palettes to accomadate different skin shades, light to medium to dark. 
  • You can get them at Amazon, Target, Sleek.com 


 
  • What is your favorite highlighter?