Jun 082013
 

DSCF9178I didn’t realize that I was totally out of my favorite Ponds wipes and needed more ASAP.  While on the way home from the gym earlier this week, I stopped at Kroger’s grocery store. Before leaving the store, I went down the cosmetic Aisle ( my favorite area of the store LOL!) to see if the Ponds Wipes were on sale. Unfortunately, they weren’t. :-( Since they’re about a $1 cheaper at Target, I chose to just try a less expensive product.  I noticed a new item by the Loreal skincare area.  I picked up the pack of wipes and decided to give these a try since they’re cheaper than the Ponds wipes and I didn’t feel like driving to Target.

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 They’re a good size.  Depending on how much makeup I have on, I can get a clean face with 3-4 wipes.

Clean face with Loreal wipesSee how brave I am to post a picture of me without any makeup?

So the big question is would I recommend these wipes? My answer is yes. I like them, just not as much as my Ponds or Alcone wipes.  They definitely get the job done. Most importantly, they didn’t burn my eyes even though I had a lot of eye makeup on. I do wish they were more moist and I’d prefer the fragrance to not be so strong. I also wish you got more than 20 wipes in a pack (whose idea was that?). Overall, I don’t regret purchasing them. It’s just unlikely that I’d buy them again, unless I can’t get to Target for my Ponds wipes.

Have you used the new Loreal wipes? If so, how did you like them?

 

Feb 272013
 

Loreal perfecting base I purchased the Loreal Magic Perfecting Base last month when I saw it on sale at Kroger’s grocery store.  I’ve had my eye on this primer since 2011 when I saw my friend and fellow Makeup Artist Jennifer use it for a photoshoot.  The reason I hadn’t purchased it sooner is because it was a bit pricey.  Before last month, I hadn’t seen it cheaper than about $13.  That’s a lot to me, for a drugstore primer that I haven’t used before.

Loreal Primer on Krogers shelfHere’s a picture of it on sale at Kroger’s.  I started to get 2 of them, but since I hadn’t used it before, I decided to wait and try it out first.  I ended up waiting too long to try it and by the time I went back, the sale was over. :-(  I’m not sure why it was a close out sale because the product hasn’t been discontinued.  I even checked the packaging and it was the same as the ones that were regular priced.

Loreal Primer openedHere it is opened.  I like that it’s a pale pink color.  So cute and feminine. ;-p

Loreal Primer on handHere it is on my hand.  The consisitency is similiar to a thick gel.  When rubbed into the skin, it just melts and provides a barrier between your skin and the product. It feels similar to MAC Matte gel, but a bit thicker.

Overall, it’s not a bad product, especially for less than $7.  I wouldn’t say it’s the best primer I’ve ever used in my life, but I can tell the difference between wearing it versus when I don’t wear a primer at all.  My makeup blends better and my skin is definitely smoother.  I didn’t notice that much of a difference as far as controlling oil, but I don’t think this product is even geared towards absorbing oil so I can’t hold that against it.  Again, I’ll say I can notice a difference when I wear it versus nothing, but I do have to blot a few times throughout the day. I’m proud to report it didn’t leave a white film so it’s safe for women of color to wear without appearing ashy. *whew*

Even though I do like the color ( my favorite colors are pink and purple.)  I don’t like the jar.  I’d rather squeeze or pump out my primer.  Yes, I know with jars, you’re able to get all of your money’s worth by scraping everything out, but I prefer tubes and pumps because they’re more sanitary.  Unless I find it on sale, I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Sep 052011
 
These are pictures of the Cargo Counter inside of Sears…yes Sears in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. This was the first time I’d ever seen a Cargo counter.  It was really pretty and spacious. I finally bought the famous Laguna blush.
Here’s a look I did using my brand new blush.  I took this on the ride back to the U.S. Hey, you never know what will happen at the border so I wanted to make sure I was made up. Ha ha!
Eyes:
  1. Urban Decay Primer Potion
  2. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette–Yellow on the inner lid, green on the outer lid, brown in the crease, tan as transition color, purple on bottom lash line
  3. M.A.C. Naked Pigment as Brow highlight
  4. M.A.C. Girl Boy Brow Set on Brows
  5. Lancome Oscillating Mascara
  6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencil in Zero
  7. Black Opal Heavenly Honey Foundation Stick for under eye concealer
Face:
  1. Isomers H.D. Primer
  2. Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation in 07
  3. M.A.C. Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
  4. M.A.C. Vanilla Pigment as Cheek & Nose Highlight
  5. Cargo Laguna Blush on cheeks
  6. Cover Girl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Bronzing Powder as Contour
Lips
  1. Jack Black Lip Conditioner Shea and Mint
  2. M.A.C. Ravishing Lipstick
  3. Loreal Colorburst Lipgloss in Sunset Peach

Aug 162011
 
Here’s a look I did wearing colors from my new Naked palette.

Full face view
Eyes opened 
Eyes Closed
Face
Dr. Denese Day Cream Spf 30 (the best tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used)
Isomers H.D. Primer (this stuff is amazing and kept my make-up on all day)
Black Opal Foundation Stick in Truly Topaz
Cover Girl Queen Collection Mineral Hue Powder in Brown Bronze 1
Cheeks
Highlight M.A.C. Pigment in Vanilla
Coastal Scents Sunless Body Art in Dark on cheeks
Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronze for contour
Lips
M.A.C Lipstick in CB 96 
Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in Sunset Peach
Eyes
Brows:  Girl/Boy Brow Set
Brow Highlight:  Virgin & Naked
Crease:  Buck & Gunmetal
Lid:  Sidecar, Half-Baked, & Gunmetal
Top Liner:  24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion
Bottom Liner:  Creep, Gunmetal, and Sin 
Waterline:  24/7 Pencil in Zero
Mascara:  Loreal Voluminous Million Lash

Jul 262011
 

Hands down my most requested eye look is a smokey eye.  For whatever reason the thought of doing a smokey eye scares people from doing it themselves.  I promise it’s not difficult to do.  Just remember three things:

  1. Blend
  2. Blend
  3. Blend
 
I added some color to my lips just to give this look a little something extra.  You could definitely keep the entire look soft by using a nude lip.   I’ve listed below what I used to create this look.
Eyes

  1. MAC Gentle Lentil Shadestick (the only color I used *discontinued* boo!) on the lid and lower lash line blended upward to the crease You can use your finger or a brush.  I used my MAC #217 to blend the color from my lid into the crease.  You can duplicate this look without using MAC Shadesticks.  Any stick shadow or even an eyeliner pencil will do the trick.  
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Heavenly Honey Brow highlight and under eye
  3. Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes
  4. Elf Waterproof liquid eye liner pen

Face

  1. Dr. Denese Daily Defense Matte Cream Spf 30 (You can sub your fave Tinted Moisturizer/foundation)
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Truly Topaz as a spot concealer
  3. Cover Girl Queen Collection in Brown Bronze 1
Cheeks
  1. Elf All Over Stick in Golden Peach as cheek and nose highlight
  2. Coastal Scents Sunless Body Art Bronzer in Dark on cheeks
  3. Cover Girl Queen Collection in Ebony Bronze as contour

Lips

  1. Elf Matte Lip Color in Toasted Rose
  2. NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Purple Rain
  3. Elf Glossy Gloss in Dragon Fruit