Aug 262013
 

Skinn Orchid Gel TintAs I continue on my quest to find the perfect mattiying/oil controlling products, I will post them on here to keep you all up to date.  I was introduced to the Skinn cosmetics brand by my mom who tried some of the products on either QVC or HSN. She really likes what she’s purchased so far and recommended the Orchid Gel Tint for me to review.

Skinn Orchid Gel Tint Open I know this looks a bit messy. It has a unique creamy and whipped almost liquid texture that’s hard to explain. I’ll show you how it blends into the skin.

Skinn Gel Tint on hand no flashThis is without a flash

Skinn Ochid Gel Tint with flashThis is with a flash

Even though it’s called a Gel Tint, it really doesn’t have a tinted effect on the skin so any skin tone can wear it. See below how I rubbed it into my skin.

Skinn Orchid Gel Tint slightly rubbed inSkinn Gel Tint Rubbed in more

The first picture shows it swatched on my skin. The second picture shows it rubbed in a little bit.Skinn Orchid Gel Tint Rubbed inHere it is totally rubbed in.

I really like it. It feels different from other primers/mattifyers that I’ve used. I was able to make it from 8am to about 3pm without having to blot and that’s pretty impressive. It works for me about the same as the MAC Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone, it just feels different.

Aug 202013
 

Weekend Full FOTD 2I usually don’t keep the same looks but it was something about my smokey green eyes and the bold pink lip with glowing bronzed cheeks that made me do an instant replay from Saturday to Sunday.

WEekend FOTD close with flashHa ha! This picture was taken with flash. I promise in real life my lips weren’t quite that bright. Whew! The flash made them look neon as if they’d glow in the dark . LOL! :-)

Weekend FOTD Full view no flashWeekend FOTD sideviewAbove are more  pictures without a flash to give you a better idea of how it looked.  After reviewing these pictures, I just realized I didn’t do any close ups of my eyes. My bad. The picture below was the only close up picture I took. Not sure how that happened.

Weekend FOTD close up

Here’s what I used below:

Brows

  1. Elf Clear Brow Gel

Eyes

  1. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand under brows to add shape
  2. MUFE Aqua Eye Cream in #23  blended from lid to crease
  3. Coastal Scents 42 Matte Palette (fave e/s palette ever!) : White as a brow highlight, dark blue in outer crease/lid, orange above crease, yellow in inner crease, light lime green on inner lid.
  4. Kryolan Liquid Eyeliner in black upper lash line
  5. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Mildew for lower lash line
  6. Beauty Supply False lashes (Blue & White plastic container for $1). Sorry don’t remember the #.
  7. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Kalahari Sand for under eye concealer.
  8. Ben Nye Banana Powder to set under eye concealer

Face

  1. Nurturing Force as a primer (review coming soon). Learned about this product from the ladies of Magnolia Makeup.
  2. Black Opal Foundation Stick in Rich Caramel on certain spots/blemishes
  3. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in C7
  4. MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Glorify as a bronzer
  5. Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Ebony Bronzer as Check/Nose Contour
  6. NARS Albatross highlighter blush as cheek, nose, & forehead highlight
  7. Cargo Blush in Laguna on apples of cheeks for a pop of color
  8. MAC Prep and Prime loose Powder used all over before & after makeup to control oiliness and give a smooth matte finish.
  9. Urban Decay De Slick Spray Before and After makeup to control oiliness and to keep makeup on without having to touch up as much.

Lips

  1. MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum
  2. Stila Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss in Giggle

 

Jul 272013
 

I was sooooo happy to see Urban Decay Products on sale on HauteLook a couple months ago. When I logged on, I saw new Mattifying products and knew I wanted them.

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I didn’t do any research before purchasing the products. I’ve used the DeSlick spray before and I remember it doing pretty well so I ordered two of those and 1 of each of the following : DeSlick Compact Powder, DeSlick Mattifying Gel, & All Nighter Spray. When I received my order, I was excited because it came right before my birthday and was like a present. Honestly, I’d forgotten about it because unfortunately, the downside of ordering items from HauteLook is that the shipping takes weeks to get to you. The first thing that I wanted to try was the powder. After opening the box I saw this really pretty packaging and instantly fell in love. I regretted not getting 2.

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I was curious to see how it compared to MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. At first glance, they look the same, however the texture and the effect is definitely different. I’ve used all of the products except the All Nighter Spray for a couple weeks now and I’ve come to the conclusion that the Urban Decay DeSlick Powder does NOT work as well as the MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. It seems to be closer to the MAC Blot Powder.

It’s not bad and not a total bust, especially because of the pretty purple compact, but I won’t buy it again, and i was very glad I didn’t buy two. The three things I LOVE the most about MAC Prep and Prime Powder is #1 it has Corn Starch to really soak up the oil. #2 it’s jet milled & very soft which makes it easy to blend. #3 it helps to minimize the appearance of my pores. I didn’t get any of these benefits from this DeSlick Powder. I also noticed that if I apply too much, I appear ashy and can see the white powder. I don’t have this problem with the MAC Prep and Prime Powder. I actually prefer the loose version over the compact, just because it seems to keep me with a matte finish longer. The downside is the loose powder isn’t as travel friendly.

The DeSlick Gel worked ok. I really like the texture and how it feels on my skin. Unlike the MAC Matte Gel, it’s very light weight. Unfortunately I don’t make it past noon without having to blot so it’s not as effective as my trusty MAC Refined Skin Zone. I won’t purchase the Urban Decay DeSlick Gel anymore either.

I’m still up in the air about the DeSlick Spray. Some days it appears to make a difference, and others it doesn’t. I can’t do a fair report on it because it think the difference are due to me using other primers and Mattifying products. I’ll need to use the exact same regime over a period of time to honestly review it.

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.

Nov 092011
 

What’s the one moisturizer I can count on that has a high SPF and helps me keep a matte finish?  It’s Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream!!

It comes in two sizes 1.5oz retails for $34 and the 4oz retails for $75.  Now I know this sounds super expense however, it’s totally worth the money.  You only need a small amount so this product will last you a very long time.  My mom introduced this product to me last spring and I promise you the 4oz lasted me til this spring.  This is the amount that I usually squeeze out. 
On the left was my initial squeeze.  On the right is where I rubbed it a bit just so you can see how it spreads out.
She ordered a special value package off of QVC and it came with an eye moisturizer that doesn’t appear to be available anymore because I didn’t see it on the website. :-(
It looks like this 
I guess it was limited edition or made specifically for QVC.  Not sure if you can tell from the reflection of my flash, but there’s STILL product in here.  I’ve been using it for about a year and a half now. 
Don’t be deceived by the name. I’ll admit that I was at first.  I tend to stay away from any product that says it’s a cream.  In my mind I’m already thinking this is not meant for my skin type and I’ll be a greasy mess in 30min.  Well I’m not sure what magic Dr. Denese uses, but whatever it is causes this Day Cream to dry down to a perfect matte finish.  The product does have a bit of a tint that’s supposed to blend with your skin.  I honestly don’t feel it blends with all skin tones.  If I put on too much, it’ll show up as too light.   It does NOT provide coverage so I don’t see it as a Tinted Moisturizer, it’s just that the product has a color to it.  (Hopefully that made sense. Ha ha!) As long as I don’t use more than I showed you in the picture above, I’m fine.  This product works even better for me than M.A.C. Oil Control Lotion and most importantly, it has a SPF of 30.  That’s higher than any other moisturizers that I’ve ever used.  
In conclusion, I can honestly say that I love this brand so far.  I’ve only tried one other moisturizer which is the Hydroshield Hydrating Dream Cream
It retails for $43.50 for a 3.4 oz.
 I like it and it does have the gel consistency that I prefer but since it doesn’t have an SPF and doesn’t have the matte finish, I don’t use it as much.  I’ll use it sometimes at night, but I use it sparingly since I already have other moisturizers that I use at night and due to the price I don’t want to have to buy more right now. :-)
Nov 012011
 

A couple of months ago I did a post on my new skin care kit by Kiehls that’s for Oily Skin.  Here are my thoughts about how it worked for me.

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Moisturizer Starter Kit
I was able to notice that my skin wasn’t as oily as it would be if I didn’t use anything to help control the oil.   Did it stop me from being oily? Of course not.  It certainly worked better than most products I’ve used in the past.  I also feel it had extra help because I used my Clarisonic with it.  The Clarisonic makes everything work better for me.  
I really liked the toner because it didn’t burn but it still felt effective.  This was my favorite out of the three products.  The cleanser was okay.  Still not as good as my Coastal Scents African Black Soap, but pretty good.  I liked that it was a liquid but it would be even better if it was in a pump.  I was quite pleased that after using the cleanser, my skin didn’t feel tight and uncomfortable but still clean.  It didn’t seem to  remove make up though, so unfortunately I still had to use either my Ponds wipes or my Neutrogena Foaming Cleanser first.   The lotion was my least favorite product.  It’s not terrible and I wouldn’t say it’s not a good product, I just didn’t care of the texture.  It was a bit thicker than what I’m used to.  I also didn’t like that it didn’t have any SPF so this means I have to add yet another product to my skin care routine or use foundation with an spf. *sigh* I prefer moisturizers that are a gel-like texture not a lotion.  Due to the thickness, I only used a very small amount.  
I also didn’t like the fact that the 3 products weren’t equal in size.  The lotion was significantly larger than the cleanser, and the much smaller toner.  This means that I have a whole lot of lotion left, no toner left, and if I squeeze the tube and roll it I can get a couple of drops of the cleanser. 
With all of this being said, I guess I should answer two more questions.  
1.)  Would I buy this kit again?  No.  But I would get the toner.
2.) Would I recommend this kit? Sure.  It’s worth a try.  Most people aren’t as oily as me so for people who have normal to oily combination skin or dry and oily combination skin, this may be perfect for you.  
So in conclusion, overall it wasn’t a bad kit but I’m going back to my old faithful Coastal Scents African Black Soap.  I’ve been using a Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner in the meantime.  It’s okay but I wouldn’t buy it again.  I don’t NEED moisturizer but because I didn’t like the texture of the Kiehls lotion in this kit, I stopped using it and went back to using the Dr. Denese Daily Mattifying Cream with SPF 30.  It’s the best I’ve ever used.