Sunday, September 23, 2012

L'Oreal Project Runway 2012 Limited Edition Blush Collection Review and Swatches

Call me a nerd but I still watch Project Runway. It's been on for 10 seasons which is hard to imagine that I have been watching for 10 years! Last year L'Oreal released a limited edition Project Runway collection which I was obsessed with so when I found out they were doing another collection I was all over that. This year I wasn't super impressed with most of the products so I just decided to purchase all four of the blushes because I can never have enough blush! I found them at my local Walgreens and they were buy one get one 50% off (although I don't think that sale is on anymore). 
The first two are The Mystic's Blush on the left and The Temptress' Blush on the right
The Mystic's Blush is a very light peach color and The Temptress' Blush is a deep berry wine color.
Can you even tell that I have Mystic's Blush on my arm, because I can't. The underside of my arms are pretty fair and it still doesn't show up. I tried putting this on when I was wearing foundation and I still couldn't see anything. I'll be giving that one to my porcelain skinned cousin to see if she can wear it somehow. The Temptress' Blush on the other hand is beautiful. It will be perfect for the fall and winter months.

The other two are, The Muse's Blush on the left and The Queen's Blush on the right
The Muse's Blush is a peach color and the Queen's Blush is a dusty mauve color
Both swatches show up nicely and I really like The Muse's Blush as I am partial to peach colors.

For a little recap; these blushes retail for $9.99 and contain .35oz. They all have the tendency to be a bit chalky but if you apply it using a dense blush brush (I use the Eco Tools blush brush) it helps to not get blush everywhere. These also aren't overly pigmented which I actually like because you don't have to worry about over applying. 

I don't think you need to run out and get these unless you like limited edition or you like Project Runway. The stand out blush is The Temptress' Blush and the others I think you can find similar colors for cheaper.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Ultimate Natural/Organic Foundation Review and Comparison

I love using natural and organic foundations because I want to use good ingredients when it comes to my skin. I have found that this is easier said than done. Natural foundations are often very pricey and very hard to get your hands on (mostly available online only). My goal for this post is to provide you with detailed information and opinions on five different natural foundations so that you may have a better idea of what you are looking for.
The five I have tested (from left to right), 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation with Super Fruits, Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation, Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation, Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, and Vapour Organic Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. 

I have been using these foundations for about 6 months now and have tried a variety of ways to apply them as well as tested them with primer so that I can give you the best suggestion possible. I should also mention that I have dry to combination skin and I prefer a slight dewy finish over a matte one. Let's start the review!
100 % Pure is a brand that is only available online unless you live in Northern California. They are one  of my favorite natural makeup lines and I am also a big fan of their skincare line. The Healthy Skin Foundation is a full coverage, satin finish, like the packaging suggests. I find it works best to apply this with a damp sponge or beauty blender. Since I have dry skin, using my hands or brush made the product cling to dry patches. I don't think you need a primer unless you have super oily skin because this foundation lasts all day. If you are looking for a flawless full coverage finish, this foundation is for you. This costs $32 and contains 1oz of product.
Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundations is a product you are going to hate to love. It has mineral beads suspended in Aloe Vera gel. When you pump it onto your hand it has this weird consistency that can be difficult to blend. I find using a flat foundation brush worked the best as it allowed me to really blend out the pigments. Be warned, this takes a long time to really blend but once you do, the finish is amazing. It looks so natural like you aren't wearing any foundation at all but your skin has magically become flawless. This lasts all day for me so I don't use a primer. I think this foundation would be good for both dry skin and oily skin. Jane Iredale has the widest range of colors to choose from so I think anyone can find what they are looking for. This foundation costs $48 and contains 1oz of product, the priciest of the bunch but definitely worth it. Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation can be found online or at Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus.
Juice Beauty is one of my favorite natural skin care lines so I was excited when they came out with a foundation. Their Perfecting Foundation has three color shades which is quite disappointing. I mistakenly got the middle color because on their website the lightest color looked too fair for my skin tone. This foundation made me look orange and greasy within a couple of hours and I don't even have oily skin. The coverage is OK but you'll still need concealer. For $35 and 1oz of product I definitely do not recommend this foundation. I would stick to their skincare line if you want to try anything from Juice Beauty. Their foundation is available online at their website.
The Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is probably my favorite of the group. It is so good for dry skin, it gives me a dewy look that I love and it matches my skin perfectly. I have used it on my friends for their wedding day and it worked beautifully on them. Unfortunately, I think the self-adjusting foundation is hit or miss for a lot of people so I would definitely test this before you buy. You can find it at Sephora and online which makes this the most easily accessible foundation. I use a primer with this foundation because it isn't the longest wearing foundation since it has such a dewy finish. Those with oily skin may want to avoid this all together. Using a stippling brush (I use Real Techniques) or a buffing brush would be best for application. This foundation is $42 for 1oz of product
Finally, we have Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation (apologies for mine looking so messy). I love the makeup from Vapour Organic and this foundation is no exception. I have a sample size which I'm not sure you can buy anymore but you can still get a tiny sample from them to test your color. Or, if you email them a picture of your face they can help color match. This is a stick foundation so using your hands is the best way to apply since it helps melt the product in to your skin. This has a natural satin finish but it doesn't last all day so it will get a little oily after a few hours. I think a primer is necessary and the primer they sell compliments it very nicely. I think this foundation would be ideal for those who are in school and want a quick application or those who are traveling and want to keep their liquids to a minimum. Those with oily skin may not like this foundation and even those that don't have oily skin beware, because it does transfer quite easily. The full size has the least amount of product at .34oz but is still expensive with a $34 price tag. You can find their products on their website.

Overall, my favorite foundations are the Josie Maran and 100% Pure. I think they give the best finish and the price is descent. Finding the right natural foundations is tricky but I hope this helped you with whatever questions you might have. Please let me know if there was something that I didn't answer.

(none of the links are affiliate links)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Night Skincare Routine-Paula's Choice Resist Line

It seems I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect skin care routine. I think I have finally found one that I can keep for a while.  A little background on my skin type; I have dry skin with the monthly hormonal breakout. I thought I was doing the right things for my skin but when I wore certain types of foundations my dry spots were so visible I would have to wash it off and use a tinted moisturizer. 

I try to use natural products because I don't like the idea of putting a lot of chemicals in to my body. Unfortunately, a lot of the natural products I tried to use didn't moisturize well enough and a lot of them contained irritating oils and fragrances that would cause little bumps on my face.
Paula's Choice was a brand I was introduced to by my mother. I was always hesitant because I knew they contained some ingredients I wasn't too fond of. On a whim I decided, what the heck, I'll go for it and I ordered most of her Resist line. The Resist line is ideal for those who have dry skin and are concerned about aging. It doesn't contain parabens, dyes, or perfumes. They use recyclable packaging and they don't test on animals. I also think the price is unbelievable; it isn't super cheap like drugstore products but I was used to spending a fortune on skincare so I think this is a bargain. So what are my thoughts on each product? Continue reading and find out...
The Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser is a cream cleanser that doesn't strip your skin but still leaves it feeling clean. It doesn't remove all traces of makeup so you may want to use a makeup remover or toner with this cleanser. It contains 6.4 fl. oz and costs $16.95
I use the Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner after I cleanse. It is a milky liquid that claims to rebuild collagen and reduces the signs of aging. I'm not sure if it actually does that but it feels really nice on my skin, doesn't sting, and removes the last traces of my makeup. This toner contains 4 fl. oz and costs $18.95.
The Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol is the standout product in my opinion. It's a light weight lotion that claims to reduce the signs of aging and contains antioxidants and collagen to repair skin. This moisturizer has saved my skin. My face is no longer is dry and I definitely think it has improved the overall appearance of my skin. It isn't greasy at all but you can definitely feel it sink in and really hydrate your skin. This moisturizer contains 1.7 fl. oz and costs $22.95.
For my treatment on most days I use the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA lotion with Salicylic Acid. I use this as my main chemical exfoliant due to my hormonal outbreaks. It doesn't prevent them completely but I have noticed that the amount has diminished and aren't as big and deep. This product contains 3.3 fl. oz and costs $19.95.
Finally, we have the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. I have acne scars and uneven skin so I wanted something that would help combat that problem. This is a liquid exfoliant and you put a dime size amount in to your palm and rub it on your face after you cleanse and tone.  It claims to brighten dull and uneven skin tone, increase firmness, and repair damage. I have definitely noticed a difference when I use this. It does sting a little but it goes away almost instantly. If you have super sensitive skin you can rinse it off after 15 minutes but I just leave it on. This contains 2 fl. oz and costs $28.95.

Overall, I give Paula's Choice products an "A" because it has done wonders for my skin. They have regular sales where you can get everything at a discount and often include free shipping. If you are unsure of what products are right for your skin type you can chat with a representative and they will recommend products and even send you samples to try free of charge. 

To find out more on these products visit Paula's Choice (not an affiliate link)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

MAC Blush in Breezy-Review and Swatches

I purchased this blush by accident. I was at my local MAC counter and as usual, it was so busy that I couldn't get anyone to help me for 15 minutes. I was looking to purchase the fall collection blush in Hidden Treasure and finally got a girl to get it for me. Unfortunately, she gave me the color Breezy instead and I didn't realize until a few days later. I like the blush enough to keep it and figured I would show a swatch anyway.
This is a sheertone shimmer blush and is described as plum with pearl. It is quite dark and is very pigmented so a light hand is necessary. I think this blush would look good all different skin tones because you can apply it sheer or build up the color. You do not need a highlight when you use this blush because the pearl shimmer definitely shoes up.

I apply this with a Sigma F50 blush because it doesn't pick up as much color
Overall I enjoy this blush and would suggest you pick it up. Now that we are moving in to fall I think this blush will look beautiful