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Showing posts with label benefit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label benefit. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Skinny on Blushes: What Types and What Work!

Blush is slowly becoming one of my favorite beauty products.  Being as pasty pale as I am normally, blush gives me the color I am so lacking.  Plus, when put on properly, it adds so much to the angles of your face.  Honestly, you can have model-worthy cheekbones with the perfect pink tone.  Oh, I should also mention, you can also create drool-worthy cleavage with a good blush too.  (Hey, I do what I have to....ha.)

Thanks to my pal over at Vintage Makeup who, after reading my Skinny on Concealers post, kindly suggested I do a similar blush post and I am soooo glad she did  (thanks so much lady!!).  I may not be a professional makeup artist BUT man, do I know a lot about blushes.  (Some good and some bad.)  So, for those that aren't aware, there are four different types of blushes: loose powder, pressed powder, cream, liquid (aka gel, in some areas) and pencils/stick.  (Of course, if you count highlighters and bronzers there'd be seven but, to me, these aren't blushes.).  All five are designed to give your cheeks that perfect warm hue but some do the job better than others.  Here's a list of my personal faves, broken down by type:

Loose Powder Blush: Avon Smooth Minerals Blush

It's no surprise that I am a huge fan of Avon products.  Their products are actually really great and no where else can you find a mineral blush for under $12.  It's unbelievable!!  This blush is great because it goes on smooth, doesn't make your skin oily and is very long lasting.
Pros:
Inexpensive
Long-lasting
Colors are all nice and subtle
Doesn't cause your skin to become greasy or oily

Cons:
Must be ordered either online or through an Avon rep


Pressed Powder: Illamasqua Powder Blush
So, this was a toss up for me.  When I think powder blush, I would always say NARS with no hesitation.  However, my allegiance seems to have changed since trying this brand.  Illamasqua makes a FABULOUS powder blush.  For the money, the blush colors are extremely pigmented and they feel virtually weightless on your cheeks.  Another thing is that they last a long time, both on your skin and in the palette.  Trust me when I say a little goes a long way.
Pros:
Fantastic colors (Hussy is my FAVE)
Extremely pigmented
Long-lasting on your skin
Virtually weightless 
Glides on very smooth 
Very blendable

Cons:
Price could be a factor for some
Not available in Canada (well, not in Vancouver, anyway)


Cream Blush: Estee Lauder Signature Satin Cream Blush

It still surprises me that I've yet to RAVE about this product in a post.  Seriously, for years this was my go-to blush.  Does it help that my mom worked with Estee Lauder, oh probably, but seriously, this blush glides on sooo smooth and doesn't settle in your lines or skin imperfections.  Plus, it's not overly creamy.  By this I mean there is no stickiness once it's on your skin.  
Pros:
Amazing price for the quality
Long lasting on your skin
Doesn't settle in pores so it makes skin look younger
Intense color so a little goes a long way
Doesn't make your skin oily so though it's made for drier skin, can work on anyone

Cons:
Not enough colors 


Liquid Blush: Benefit Posie Tint Cheek Stain

How I lived as long as I have without this product still amazes me.  I first discovered Benefit High Beam and, after I realized how great it was, I branched out to other products.  Like the Posie Tint for example.  This liquid dries in an instant and adds a sheer pink tint to your cheeks (or lips).  Best part of this blush is how long it lasts.  Seriously, I apply this in the morning and when I take it off at night (some 14 hours later) it still looks fabulous.  
Pros:
Water resistent
Extremely long lasting
Very dramatic color
Easily applied (even if you're not a blush pro)
Dries instantly
Looks very natural

Cons:
Should you use too much, it can stain your fingers a little
Can be hard to spread if you apply too much 


Stick Blush: Joe Fresh Style Cheek Tint

Did you know that this blush stick is only $4...YES, I know.  $4!!!  Hence why this had to appear on my faves list.  Not only is the price good, but the product is remarkably good too.  The colors are very pigmented and they are very easy to bend into the skin.

Pros:
Easy to apply
Can be used on lips as well
Doesn't make skin oily 
Have a wide range of colors

Cons:
Can be sticky when applying
Cheap quality (you get what you pay for)

Blushes (like everything else) are a very personal choice and what might work for me may not work for you.  I highly suggest trying out all the different types of blushes and find the one that works best for you.  I will say that with all the different types and brands out there, you're bound to find your go-to product!

XO

Monday, July 18, 2011

FOTD: The Work Appropriate Black Smoky Eye

NOTE TO SELF:  Never attempt to apply a black eyeshadow before going to work.  Or, ensure you double check the eyeshadow you've grabbed before you apply it.

Yes, I'm sure you can figure out exactly what happened here.  I was applying my makeup, like I always do, and as I was applying my eyeshadow, I realized I had selected a color that could literally pass for black.  As you all know, once a color like that is ON your eye lid, it's very very very difficult to remove.  So, after rubbing my lids with a kleenex for a very long time (alright, slight exaggeration...more like 5 minutes) AND applying a shimmery shadow on top, I think I found the perfect smoky eye mix:


Face:
Smashbox Photofinish Color Correcting Primer (Green)
Dior Diorskin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup 010
Youngblood Fair Ultimate Concealer 
Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup in 102
Youngblood Brow Artiste in Dark (Eyebrows)

Cheeks:
Gosh Cosmetics Giant Sun Powder
E.L.F. Natural Radiance Blusher in Shy

Eyes:
E.L.F. Elements Essential Custom Eye Shadow in Dusk
Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadow in Diamond Dog (bronze sparkle)
Youngblood Eye Liner Pencil in Blackest Black
Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in Black

Lips:
Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Kiwiberry

I have to say, once applied I really do enjoy the look.  All in all I am pleasantly surprised.

XO

Monday, July 11, 2011

YAY for Blog Awards

I was recently nominated for the Top 10 Award by Catharina over at Makeup Look.  If you haven't checked out her blog before I highly recommend you do so.  Her blog is one that I read all the time because I love her youtube video channel.  She gives fabulous tutorials and tips!!!  Thanks again Catharina for the award..

So, the rules are as follows:
Link back to the person who tagged you
Nominate 10 other bloggers
List your 10 favorite beauty products 

Here is a list of my favorite (well, right now anyway) beauty products:

1.  Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo - I have tried many many many different types of dry shampoo but always go back to this one because it smells like coconut/pineapple, it does a fab job removing the excess oil from my very thick hair and it only costs about $8.99 CAN.

2.  Avon Smooth Minerals Blush in Blushing Mauve - If it's good enough for Reese Witherspoon (who supposedly wears it all the time) it's definitely good enough for me.  I love this blush because of it's gorgeous pinky rose tone and the fact that it adds the perfect amount of color without being overbearing.

3.  Smashbox Cream Liner Palette - Amazing colors right?  These liners are cream based so they go on very smooth and have great lasting power.  This palette has a price tag of about $35 CAN but I only paid $17 at the duty-free shop.

4.  LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Superstar - Sigh, once this brown trio is combined it creates a gorgeous bronze smokey eye which is perfect for daytime.  Plus, LORAC is an amazing brand.  Not only is the quality outstanding but the color will last all day, on your eyelids, without any creasing.

5.  Gosh Cosmetics Giant Sun Powder in 001 - I can NOT stop raving about this product!!!  It has literally become my go-to bronzer because it gives a great sun-kissed glow AND has gorgeous little gold flecks that seem to fall perfectly on your cheekbones.  Ladies, if you're near a Shoppers Drug Mart, go there and buy this palette...

6. MAC Cremesheen Glass in Partial to Pink - I am definitely a gloss girl and pink tones are always what I gravitate towards.  I particularly like this one because the color is perfect, it doesn't have a sticky feeling and it has a sponge applicator.  (I despise any other applicator for gloss.)

7.  Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara - I bought this on a whim as I was looking for a mascara that ACTUALLY made my lashes look huge and I am so happy I spent the money.  This one definitely lives up to the hype.  It has a huge mascara wand which separates every lash and adds a ton of volume to each and every lash, making your eyes look huge.  It's worth the money ladies.

8.  Revlon Luxurious Color Satin Eye Shadow Platinum Glimmer - Aside from bronze eye colors, my other faves are either grey or silver.  This one is fab because it combines both the grey and silver in one shadow.  Once on, it maintains its grey tone and adds a punch of glitter.  Not bad for $5.

9.  Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15 in Fair - When it comes to summer, tinted moisturizers are the way to go.  This one is great because it actually provides quite a lot of coverage but still moisturizers your face.  Also, it's one of the only ones that doesn't make me breakout in the sun.

10.  Revlon Lustrous Lipstick Creme in Pink in the Afternoon - I was cleaning out my vanity table this past week and stumbled upon this forgotten pink lipstick.  Ever since I discovered it (Tuesday) I have been wearing this non-stop.  This pink color looks fabulous on my lips because it matches my fair skin tone perfectly.  I will definitely be buying this again.

The bloggers I'm nominating for this award are:

Bronwen at Rubyna
Erica at Meet Makeup
Miss A at Beauty Boudoir
Gaia at The Non-Blonde 

Have fun with the posts ladies!!!  I sure did.

XO

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Do You Actually Know the Ingredients In Your Favorite Cosmetics?

I like to think I know absolutely everything about the cosmetics I purchase.  Now, do I actually read the ingredients list prior to making a purchase?  No, but come on, who does right?

Well, thanks to a news article my amazing friend, Bronwen, sent me, I know I'm going to be taking a much closer look.

To summarize, the article explains that many of the beauty products we use today contain a number of toxic heavy metals.  This list of toxins include lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and nickel.  Of course not all of the brands tested contained huge amounts of these terrible toxins but many of them exceed Health Canada's recommended limits.  The article itself does not "out" too many product companies but it does say that of the 49 items tested all "contained nickel, 96 per cent contained lead, and 90 per cent contained beryllium".  However, there was, unfortunately, one cosmetic company that was pointed at: Benefit Cosmetics.  According to the Health Canada study,
 "Benefit Benetint lip gloss Red Tint contained the highest level of lead, at 110 ppm, which is over 10 times  higher than the limit set out in the Health Canada Draft Guidance on Heavy Metal Impurities in Cosmetics. The lip gloss also contained 70 ppm of arsenic, which is over 20 times higher than Health Canada's recommended limit of 3ppm".

Now don't get me wrong ladies, we all know that these doses won't kill us but, given the choice, do we want to risk it?  I know I'm going to be thinking about this a lot more when I'm doing my cosmetic shopping. Also, check out EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.  This amazing site has rated thousands and thousands of our favorite products on a handy number system (0-10) where 0 is a low hazard and 10 is the highest hazard.  This site, plus the news article above, really put things into perspective for me.  Going forward, I'm really going to try and buy items that are within the 5 and under range.

Happy shopping ladies!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lovely Luminescent Glow from Benefit

According to my makeup artist pal Ariella, she gets more compliments on her complexion while wearing Benefit's High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer than any other product on the market.

So, I did what any girl in her right mind would do. I bought it.

On the weekend I purchased the product from my lovely neighborhood Sephora and rushed home to try it. Now, get this...according to the box, this particular item is the makeup artist's secret to a healthy glow. (How fitting hey? It's almost like Ariella had a hand in the product's description...ha).

The box also explains to use this over makeup on your cheeks and brow bones to give off a pixie-like shimmer. (My words, not the box). I opened the box and the product is housed in a bottle that looks very similar to a nail polish container. In fact, you even apply it with a little brush. The complexion enhancer is pale pink in color and very easy to apply. Plus, it spreads very well over makeup, leaves the skin with a very soft texture AND actually makes you glow. (In a healthy yet subtle way.) Another nice thing is that you definitely don't need much so this bottle will last quite a long time.

Did I get anyone complimenting me on my complexion you ask? Ha, actually, yes I did! Can you imagine? I wore it to go grocery shopping that Sunday morning and a woman stopped me in the aisle and told me I had perfect skin. (This, my friends, was a lie as I had a huge pimple on my chin but the compliment made me feel like a million bucks).

I am really liking this product and if you're looking for a nice, subtle illuminator, I highly recommend it. Have any of you ladies tried it before? What do you think?

xo

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hmmmm....Dr. Feelgood by Benefit????

Question marks in a title are never a good sign.

Either I'm still not sure what I think about the product, the product is completely awful OR the idea that Benefit called something "Dr. Feelgood" and people still use it, has baffled me. For future reference, it's the former.

I bought this complexion balm because I'd heard AMAZING things. "Oh, Christina", people said, "you have to try it. I use it all the time and it's fantastic and blah, blah, blah..." Not only were my friends telling me good things but I needed to find a non-sticky, non-greasy primer. I think this is where I went wrong.

This is NOT a primer. You can, of course, wear it alone as it does conceal fine lines but it's meant to be used as a touch-up on top of make-up. It will, without a doubt, take away shine and does leave skin extremely smooth and silky, but my dislike for the applicator is greater than my appreciation of the product. (This is a first for me. I'm typically able to get over something as miniscule as this but for some reason, I can't.)

The applicator is so incredibly spongey that it removes your make-up with one quick swipe. If you're prone to oily patches like I am, this little issue will greatly hinder your put-together-ness.

Either way, I do enjoy the minty smell and texture of this complexion balm but wish it came with a different applicator. (I sound so nit-picky...Ha)
Let me know your thoughts. Have you tried this before? Did you like it?
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