Ever wonder how to get that perfect, flawless air brushed finish glow that you only seem to get when getting your makeup professionally done? Well I found a solution that is both affordable and actually works! Luminess Air! Now I am far from makeup savvy but the idea of getting flawless skin on the daily without having to pay insane prices seems like a win/win to me 😉
Happy Tuesday Loves! Figured I’d share where the start of my outfit shoots begin…with my foundation! I have searched high and low for the perfect beauty products that A) Give me proper coverage B) Hide my pores and redness C) Match my skin tone, with a slight hint of tan (what can I say I am slightly obsessed with having color year round).
Finally after years of searching…I have found my ‘must haves’ I simply can’t be without:
1) Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional: This baby is a miracle worker! Reduces redness, hides my pores and evens out my skin tone.
2) La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat: I use this twice while doing my makeup routine. First I do a thin layer as my regular moisturizer (it reduces shine and is a pore reducer) and then I use it again to mix with my foundation for a smooth finished look.
3) Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation: BEST foundation hands down. Goes on smooth, gives amazing coverage and looks practically air brushed. It comes in a variety of hues and all of them have a little tint of bronze for a tan and glowing finish.
4) Japonesque Concealer Brush: This brush is great to get coverage in all those hard to get spots…under your eyes, around your nose etc.
5) Elf Stipple Brush: I LOVE this brush and can’t believe it only cost me $3 at Target. It is the best foundation brush for liquid or cream foundation.
Happy Tuesday Loves! While I am far from a beauty expert, there are times where I become slightly make up obsessed and this weekend was one of those times. First off, I am HORRIBLE when it comes to finding the perfect beauty products for me. Foundation is my arch nemesis…every time I pick a product I always second guess and pick the wrong shade or apply it in correctly, you name it I do it. Well while spending some quality time at Ulta over the weekend I discovered this baby…NYX HD Studio Foundation and may I say this…it’s AMAZING! If a girl who barely can do your makeup is telling you this product is easy to apply, gives light to full coverage depending on what you want and won’t break the bank…then trust me on this, it’s something you MUST try <3 I’m obsessed. In order to set it throughout the day since I get oily I also got the Mineral Powder from NYX so I can not look shiny…isn’t that the worst!Now I also learned (from years of applying my makeup incorrectly) that no matter what, your foundation never changes…meaning this. Stick with your natural skin tone, just because you get tan in the summer or feel you look pale doesn’t mean you start changing shades when it comes to foundation. I’ve now spoken to tons of beauty gurus…bloggers, make up artists, estheticians and more…your base never changes, if you want color use bronzer baby! My personal favorite is the Matte Bronzer from NYX above…comes in 3 different shades and gives great beach like color! Now if you’ve never tried NYX Butter Gloss…ladies your missing out on life. It’s first off so cheap (usually $4-$6) and it gives a smooth and shiny color without leaving your lips feeling dry or sticky. This is my savior…I can apply and re-apply it all day long! Figured I may as well share my go to beauty shopping accessories…my phone because 1) I don’t purchase without coupons & 2) Retail Me Not in Ulta is your best friend. There are always coupons and I usually also type a list of products I need in the notepad on my phone so I don’t forget. My cosmetic bag is from Fendi and get ready for this…I purchased it at…Costco! Yes ladies did you know Costco sells Fendi? I was beyond thrilled when I saw they carry this makeup bag and got even more thrilled when I saw the price $115 (for the large) woot woot! Who would have thought Costco could be so fashion forward 😉 I’m off to play with more makeup…I’m attempting to learn how to do my eye makeup using all my new eye shadow shades from NYX…any suggestions? I’m the worst when it comes to doing my eyes…oops!
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I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m a girly girl, I love looking good and feeling my best, however one thing I’m not a huge fan of is being outgoing and creative with my makeup. Call me boring, call me plain but my version of awesome makeup? Whatever looks naturally…hides any blemishes and lasts all day…see, I’m so easy to please.
So I decided to share my ‘Go To’ beauty products that have survived the test of time and have been kept in my makeup rotation despite me constantly trying something different. One of my favorite products that I have grown to love is my CK One Color Pressed Powder sold exclusively at Ulta. Like I mentioned in previous posts (Ulta Holiday Fragrance Guide & Ulta One Stop Beauty Shop) Ulta is one of my favorite places to shop for everything from foundation to hair products to body lotion to anything in between. Why? Because they will literally take ANYTHING back! That means I can buy 20 different shades of foundation, bronzer and eye shadow and give back whatever doesn’t work for me, no problem…now that’s customer service!
Anyways, back to my beauty haul…So I’m in love with the whole CK One Color line of cosmetics. They are from Calvin Klein and the line is relatively new but according to the gals in Ulta and reviews on line it is a huge hit and I know why. Using the pressed powder foundation cuts down my morning routine and covers up any problem areas leaving you with flawless, smooth looking skin. In addition, it lasts a while…my first one lasted me months.
You know you love a product when it all of a sudden becomes ‘unavailable’ and then you start to panic…yup, that was me for the past 2 months while Calvin Klein was repacking and redesigning the product. The women in Ulta had me try numerous brands and products, but nothing quite worked for me like this product did….So boy was I relieved when they finally had it in stock last week! (I was so overjoyed I texted my boyfriend saying it was the best day ever..he knew my struggle with makeup although he insists I should where none…that’s men for ya lol ;))
In addition for having a love affair with the CK One Pressed Powder, I have a deep fondness for the CK One Color Brow Pencil Duo. Sometimes when you use a powder foundation your eyebrows blend in due to powder getting on them as you apply the makeup. This eyebrow duo solves that problem by having a mechanical pencil that helps darken the brows (it comes in 3 shades to match your hair color) and the other side has a gel that goes over them to refine the look. Do this once in the morning and your set for the day.
Naturally your look isn’t finished without the perfect eyelashes and lips and guess what CK One Color has one of the best nude lipsticks named ‘Naked‘ and a great mascara. Use all these products and you look instantly refreshed while still looking natural as though your not wearing any makeup!
Best part? They all come at a price that won’t break your wallet and if you don’t like them, no hassle returns at Ulta! What do you have to loose?!
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Eyebrow Duo: $22