Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Must Haves 2012

I am totally in love with spring. It is one of my favorite times of the year and have been waiting for it for months. These are the products I will be using throughout the spring and into the beginning of the summer:

  • Physicians Formula shimmer strips bronzer in Las Vegas Strip- I am obsessed with all things Las Vegas since I am going there in May, but this is an amazing bronzer to add a little shimmer to your face. I will sometimes use the lighter colors for a highlight too. 
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface- I love the pink color for the spring time. It is just light and will last forever which is good with the warmer weather
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny- this is the best bronzer I have to contour with. I love the look it gives me
  • Urban Decay shadow in Naked- This is my best friend shade and I like to wear it alone to define the crease and make my eyes look a little bit bigger.
  • MUFE HD Foundation in 120- this is my new shade for the spring. I am a bit darker and although most people don't like to wear foundation in warmer weather I prefer the full coverage look.
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Spray- This is a staple all year. This makes my makeup last so long.
  • MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle- wonderful highlight to add a wonderful glow. It makes my skin look so dewy. 
  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in RSVP- I love this. It makes my eye look so quick and effortless. I just love these
  • Colored Eyeliner- the combination of this on the lower lash line and RSVP on my lid is beautiful. Great for a pop of color.
  • NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Golden Pink- Again I love pink for spring. This is a great shade of pink. It is bright with a bit of simmer that really makes your lips shine.
  • MAC Lip Stick in Ravishing- I bought this a few weeks ago and I am in love. This is a wonderful coral color that works so well with my skin tone. 
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in Light- This is a wonderful lightweight concealer that is perfect for the undereye area. 
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black- Best mascara ever. It makes my lashes look full and dark, but not fake. 
  • MAC Lip Stick in Vegas Volt- Another Las Vegas product that I adore. It is super bright and a little overwhelming, but if I blot and layer gloss over it, it is perfect.
  • Buxom Lip Gloss in Debbie- This is the perfect gloss to dull down Vegas Volt. It is my favorite spring time lip combo. 
These are my go to products for the spring and I adore each of them. There may be more with the new collections to come out. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March Beauty Favorites!

This month has been a good one for me. I have finally found a make up routine that works for me and I am thrilled. These are some new products I have been absolutely loving this month.

  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Light- I love this concealer. I was using Benefit's Erase Paste, but the creamy consistency to it tended to cake a little under my eyes and it slipped a little throughout the day. The Maybelline Eraser is so lightweight that it doesn't sink into the wrinkles and stays put all day. It is very pigmented and my dark circles are so much more less noticeable when I use this concealer.
  • MAC Eyeshadow in Honey Lust- I have been eying this shadow for the longest time. It is a beautiful gold-ish color with glitter in it and I absolutely love wearing it all over my lid. There is a little fallout, but I can deal with it since the color is absolutely fantastic and it feels so smooth on my lid.
  • MAC Lipglass in Julia (from the Marcel Wanders 2 collection)- This is the best pink lip gloss I have. I can't believe how beautiful and pigmented this lip gloss is. I wish it was permanent because when I use this up I know I will be extremely upset. It isn't too sticky and the shimmer in it is subtle, but is noticeable.
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle- I finally joined everyone in loving this product. I have only had it for about 2 weeks, but in that time I have fallen in love with the way this highlights my cheeks. I have a very round face and this helps when I contour my face to give the illusion of higher cheek bones and a glowing complexion. 
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface- This is the perfect pink blush for the spring. It also doesn't make me look to flush since my face is normally very red. My foundation definitely covers the redness, but the blush helps to keep it at bay by only showing this color on my cheeks.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: MakeUp Forever HD Foundation

So I was totally loving my Benefit Play Stick, but my skin was just getting super dry with the winter being so cold, so I went in search of another full coverage foundation to get me through the drier months.

My first thoughts of this foundation was how amazing the coverage really is. It covers most of the redness in my face effortlessly and blends in to my natural skin tone very well. There is not a lot needed to cover my face, only a pump and a half (the pump is my favorite packaging feature).

Throughout the day I noticed that my face stays well hydrated and is soft to the touch, when I happen to touch my face. The coverage also lasts throughout my work day even without a primer. I do use a setting spray over it though.

One downside I have noticed is that since this is an HD foundation it is meant to be great with pictures. I went on vacation recently and in the photos I looked very washed out and white. I was wearing blush and bronzer on top and it was still washing me out. I think maybe a darker shade might help with this.

All in all I love this foundation and it is my favorite for the winter time so far. I do want to keep trying other foundations in search of my holy grail foundation that is perfect for both seasons.

 I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars

Friday, March 9, 2012

February Favorites

There aren't too many favorites this month, but I figured I would still share them.

Top: Sigma Make Me Crazy Travel set, Bottom: MUFE HD Foundation, OPI Fly, MAC Satin Taupe, MAC Viva Glam V

  • Sigma Make Me Crazy Travel Brush Kit: I love this set. It has every basic brush that I need so I have the perfect base for the rest of my collection. I also LOVE the color of it. 
  • Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 117: This is amazing foundation. I am still on the hunt for the perfect one, but this is great for covering the redness in my face and I look flawless in pictures. It lasts for a long time and doesn't make me break out. It also is super moisturizing which helps since I have dry skin. 
  • OPI Fly: I love Nicki Minaj and I love this color. It was my default color all month and I love the way it looks. 
  • MAC Satin Taupe: I can't believe it took me so long to discover this shade. It is gorgeous. I love wearing it all over the lid on lazy days or blending it into the crease when I want to take a little more time with my eye look. 
  • MAC Viva Glam V: The perfect nude. It's that simple. I love it and wear it almost every day. I have debated buying a few backups just in case they decide to discontinue it. I might cry if that happens.