Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Top 3 Concealer Picks

By popular demand, I am sharing my favorite concealers today! And by popular, I mean popular! What is your favorite concealer?? It's one of the most frequent questions I get asked. Most of us have probably had all of the same issues with concealer: It settles in wrinkles, makes wrinkles look worse, doesn't cover dark circles, cover circles but makes wrinkles stand's an endless cycle! Here are my top 3 picks for all of your under eye woes! 

Make Up for Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Concealer I wanted to start with my #1 favorite concealer. I was introduced to this by a friend a couple of years ago, and have been hooked ever since. 

What I love about it: A little goes a long way. This tube will last you a very long time. It dries to a perfect matte finish (but will not leave you dry or flaky). Because it dries to a matte finish, once you set with powder it will not budge, crease, settle in lines, or move whatsoever. It also can cover even the darkest circles with just a tiny amount of product. Bonus: It's waterproof!! It will last through sweat, tears, and rainy days! Woo hoo!

I suggest: This formula dries very quickly, so I suggest you apply one eye at a time. I always set my under eyes with powder after applying concealer. The color I use is 6. I use this color year round. It is 2 to 3 shades lighter than my skin, but I prefer a very light under eye. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer I reach for this one on days I'm going for a more natural look. If I'm in hurry, but still need a little help under the eyes - this is my go to. 

What I love about it: It blends easily, has a sponge tip wand applicator, covers circles, leaves eyes moisturized without creasing or melting away. This is just a great concealer all around. 

I suggest: As always, set with a loose or pressed powder. This step will really make all the difference in getting the most out of your concealer. The color I use is Medium Custard. This seems to be a great neutral color that I can use year round.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer This is a super duty, not messin around, get the job done concealer. This is for those full glam nights and special events. 

What I love about it: This little tiny jar will last you a lifetime. It is so rich, so opaque, and just plain luxurious. Once applied you will not see any imperfections, dark circles, veins, etc. It gives you that full glam look!

I suggest: Start with the TINIEST little dab and work your way up from there. When I say a little goes a long way, I mean it with this product! This concealer does require a little bit of work. I first start with a teeny little dot on my fingertips and dab under the eyes. I can then see how much more, if any, I need. I then use a concealer brush (my favorite is this Sephora concealer brush) to gently buff it out. Last, I finish blending with a Beauty Blender sponge (make sure to wet it until it expands, squeeze out all water out, blot excess water out on a towel). They key to this concealer is to buff and blend! Set with powder (a must with this) and you are looking totally flawless! The color I use is SX06. If you have a Kevyn Aucoin counter in your area (counter locator link here), I would suggest you get color matched. It's a bit tricky trying to guess your color online. 

Note: This can also be used as a foundation for your entire face (use sparingly, blend, blend, blend)

Thanks for reading!! Please feel free to comment below with any questions! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beauteque BB Bag

There is nothing more fun than a monthly subscription of surprise beauty goodies! I love this new trend and have tried plenty of beauty subscriptions, from New Beauty Test Tube to Birch Box. I have to say Beateque is one of my favorites. It has the most unique products you won't find in any other beauty subscription. The reason? All of the products are Korean. It's super fun because chances are they are products you have never seen or even heard of. The Korean beauty industry is known for being innovative and cutting edge, so this is definitely a one of a kind beauty box. Let's check out what's inside the Beauteque BB Bag!

What's in the August bag: 

1. It all comes in the cutest little makeup bag. Awww...and look at the bow! Perfect size to throw in your purse. Every month you will get an adorable new bag!

2. Holika Holika Wonder Drawing No Smudge Liquid Liner: Define eyes with this smudge proof liner. Will not flake.

3. Hanaka V-Line Chin Patch: Collagen and Centella Asiatica firm skin and encourage a v-line shape of the chin.

4. Pure Derm Clean and Fresh Peeling Gel: This mask deep-cleans and mildly exfoliates skin for a refined finish.

5. Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream: This multitasking cream moisturizes, reduces appearance of wrinkles, and reduces acne scarring and blemishes. 

6. The Saem Perfection Concealer: Conceals blemishes for a flawless, long-lasting finish. 

7. Pure Derm Hair Mask: Restores hair to radiant condition with honey, sweet almond, olive oil, Chamolie, and Jojoba Oil.

8. Blotting Paper: Absorb oil and banish shine without compromising your makeup.

That's 8 items! Yes please! 

A little more about the subscription: You can choose between the BB Bag or the Mask Maven. The BB Bag is a mix of all different makeup products and masks (shown in my photos) and the Mask Maven is strictly masks (for face, hair, etc.). They give you tons of different payment options starting at $13 a month. Pretty sweet deal! Hope you guys enjoy!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

3 Products You Need For Perfect Nails

These are 3 nail products I have used for YEARS and the only ones I ever use when I do my own nails. I have been out of all 3 for WAY too long, so I finally ran into CVS yesterday specifically to buy these. I was using several other top/base coats I just happen to have while I was out of these. They left bubbles, chipped, and were plain awful. These are the absolute best. 

Orly Bonder - This is the BEST base coat you will ever find. Ever. Ever. Ever. What it is: a unique rubberized base coat that grips for lasting adhesion. It dries super quick to a matte finish. I truly notice a difference when I don't use this particular base coat. I also feel like it fills in ridges and imperfections in your nails for a smooth polish application.

Orly Won't Chip - This makes my polish last for a solid week. When I get my nails done at the salon my manicure is literally chipping the next day, so I say a week is pretty remarkable. What is is: a protective polymer shield that helps nail lacquer chipping and peeling. My favorite thing about it is that it doesn't bubble (my biggest nail pet peeve) and it leaves my nails looking super shiny and glossy. 

Nicole by OPI Drying Drops - I really believe these drops help my polish dry faster and prevents nicks. What it does: with just one drop, nails are dry to the touch in 60 seconds and completely dry in 5 minutes. It is formulated with soothing Jojoba and Vitamin E to treat cuticles. It leaves my nails looking soooo shiny and cuticles are super moisturized. Trust me this stuff is amazing, you won't be able to do your nails again without it.

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