Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer

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I have a few bronzers in my makeup collection and that’s because I can never find just the right formula.  I had been using the Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer for some time however the pump gave out on me and I couldn’t retrieve the product without getting bronzer all over my hands before leaving for work.  Also, one of the little problems I had with this bronzer is that it never seemed to go on dark in a flattering way.  It always made my face uneven and it many ways it looked dirty if I put too much on.

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So early this year I stopped in to my neighborhood ULTA and on a whim found this beautiful baby: Revolution Vivid Baked Powder in READY TO GO color.  I hadn’t seen any reviews on it and decided to try it out.  So far I really like it.  It doesn’t go on too heavy and it also has this natural highlighting element that gives a beautiful glow.  It’s also buildable.  A double application gives more than a sun kissed look. You can even use it as a highlighter on your cheekbones.   And the best part is, it’s not messy at all.

I definitely will give this product a full 4 stars.

 

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Too Faced BORN THIS WAY foundation review!

 

IMG_3071.jpgI just spent a good 30 minutes reading the bad reviews on the ULTA.com site for the Too Faced BORN THIS WAY foundation.  I really do believe that sometimes, as consumers, we forget that makeup isn’t a one-size fits all thingy.  Yes, there are products that don’t work well, but sometimes a great product might not work for everyone.  And that’s fair.  So how does it work for me?

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Here’s my experience.  Again I always point out that I have dry skin with a slight oily T zone.  Foundations don’t always sit well on my dry skin and my skin is so super sensitive that a lot of the primers on the market cause me to break out.  I have a few lines, a few wrinkles, and large pores.  I also tried this product with and without a primer.  I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: Holy Hydration! and it seemed to work well with and without the primer.

As you can see from the video, the coverage is actually very good.  Even under the eyes!

 

So here’s my bullet list of things I like and don’t like:

  • Like: The color choices.  I bought Natural Beige.  I applied the foundation with a brush.  It went on well and covered all the redness on my face.
  • Like: Smooth application.  It really does cover imperfections.
  • Sort of Like: On the product it states it’s Medium to Full coverage.  True.  One application gave me medium coverage.  Double application gave me full coverage.  But after 8 hours my foundation was wearing off.
  • With or without the primer nothing changed for me.
  • If I was giving this product 1-4 stars, 4 being the best, I would say this foundation gets a 3.5.  Only because I don’t think it’s the best all around foundation for my skin texture but still good enough for me to continue using for casual day wear.

I will be purchasing HUDA soon! Stay tune for my review.

 

 

 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: Holy Hydration!

Holy hydrating! If you follow my blog you know that my first post was about me searching for the best moisturizer for my face.  I live in NY and the winters can be brutal here on skin.  Also, I’m 54 years old and have dry skin and a T zone that is (at this point in my life) only slightly oily, so I am constantly dealing with oily moisturizers that don’t hydrate me and love to cause break outs.  Here’s what I’ll say first about the new moisturizer after having tried it for a few days, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer Cream is good on days I don’t need to wear a lot of makeup and it also works well as a nighttime moisturizer for me.   However, again, I was disappointed to find out that it made me look shiny when I did apply makeup and it also caused a few pimples on my cheeks to surface.

So now enter winter relief: Smashbox Photo Ready Primer Water.  Yass! Gurl! This is what I’d been searching for.  This what this old chick needed for a more hydrated look and feel.  This was an impulsive purchase and I’m so glad I didn’t overthink the $32 price tag for 3.9 ounces of “fancy agua”.

How I use it: Before I apply any foundation, I spritz it all over my face until I’ve dampened my entire face.  I wait for my face to air dry a bit, yet keeping it slightly moist. Then I apply my foundation with a foundation brush.   After I apply all my makeup, I spritz my face again.   It makes my face look and feel dewy.  I crave dewy people!  Because smooth and dewy skin doesn’t come easy for me.  And the scent is pleasant.  I’ve read reviews that stated there wasn’t a scent. No, there is, it’s a soft feminine (not in the Summer’s Eve way) scent. Not overbearing, and it doesn’t linger at all. It disappears.

I highly recommend this product.  It’s pricey and I’m sure one bottle will last me just under a month, but it actually works for me.  In the description on ULTA.com it recommends storing this in the fridge.  I have no idea why.  If you find out please let me know.

Happy Hydrating!
Linda

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Foundations 2017 – in memoriam.

A few days ago I stopped at Sephora and picked up a few items I’ve seen on the 2017 Best Makeup Lists.  I finally decided to try Too Faced Born This Way foundation.  I do realize how delayed this purchase is.  And I know ya’ll have moved on to HUDA and FENTY but just give me a second to catch up because when I find something I really like or think I like I stick with it for a while.

Below is what I’ve been wearing for the last year.  Not thrilling.  I’m not in love with any of them.  Not even the Mac Sculpt Studio which is actually my favorite among them all.  I love the Mac scent, maybe that’s it.

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Before I get rid of them, I figured I’d give them their just good-byes. (Graded from A-F.)

Infallible Total Coverage,  you were always a bit slimey, like mousse, but like styling gel mousse, not face mousse.  I never really liked you.  In fact, out of all the foundations I tried in 2017, you were my least favorite.  (D)

Infallible Pro-Matte, I had fun times with you.  I really like your color, consistency, and coverage BUT on cold days you made my face look like dirt that hadn’t seen water in 3 months. (C)

Infallible Pro-Glow, ooh, you my love, like Pro-Matte, had me there for a second.  Actually out of all the Infallibles, you were the one I spent the most time with.  But the glow just wasn’t enough coverage to keep me.  (C)

Revlon Youth FX, What in the world are you?  I just couldn’t get into you.  You too are a little too moussey for my taste.  You made me look pasty and pasty isn’t cute. (D)

Revlon Colorstay Foundation,  tried you twice.  Should’ve kept it a one night stand.  Reason?  Because you’re messy.  Straight up messy.  You stain my clothes.  You come in a jar.  Who comes in a jar these days?  You’re not easy to apply.  Sorry boo. (D)

Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush Effect, well, looky here.  You have potential.  On second thought, I’m not getting rid of you.  You’re not so bad.  I just need to wear a lot of moisturizer when I use you. And your little pump turns me on. (B)

Mac Studio Sculpt, love your color, consistency, and coverage.  A little goes a long way.  You’ve always worked best on days I’ve had a professional event. You’re so dependable but you cost a lot. And you’re not an everyday fling for me.  I can’t actually throw you away because I spent way too much on you.  I’m invested.  So I’ll wait it out and see how I can incorporate you into my life. (B)

Now onto new adventures, new loves, and new foundations.

Stay tuned for my Too Faced Born this Way review on a wintery, dry, bomb cycloned mature face.

 

 

 

My eyelashes have a new crush.

Remember this? Who was crazy enough to do this?

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Okay, I’ll be honest, I remember doing this very thing thinking it was the greatest hack for combing out my clumped up lashes.  What in the world was I thinking?  This is a freak accident waiting to happen.   So many things could go wrong here.  Like your Great Dane decides he needs a hug and comes up from behind, jumps on you, and oops, there goes your eyeball.  Mascara clumps would be the least of your problems.  Or worse, this is a recipe for a massive eye infection.  I was going to Google the horror stories but my imagination is doing a great job on its own.

What I don’t understand is why didn’t we question the quality of the product rather than sticking a pin a millimeter from our eyeballs?

I was told, by every beauty magazine, that Maybelline’s Great Lash is not only the best bargain but it’s also a great mascara.  Looking back, I have to disagree.  I remember having to buy a new tube every month and the damn thing would become thick really quickly.  And I was kind of brainwashed in my twenties and thirties into believing no other mascara would do.  But yet I kept buying more of this cheap pink stuff.

Well, thank goodness things have changed.

Most recently I was using a product I received in a 2017 Ipsy Subscription(I’ve since canceled this subscription because how many Argan oil products does one need?) The mascara was Lash Domination by Bare Minerals.  At first I thought it was great.  Look at that brush.

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But in time I noticed that during the day the mascara would flake and land on my cheeks and many times into my eyes and dirtied up my contact lenses a lot.

So I went searching for a mascara a week ago that would lengthen and not clump my lashes and low and behold “I think” I found it!  Stila Extreme Lash Mascara!

So far so good.  It retails for $23 and it lengthens your lashes really well.  It doesn’t clump.  And I don’t feel too made up, yet my lashes look great. So far no flakes but I’ll update this blog if anything changes.

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I don’t expect this mascara to be the end all mascara.  Like most crushes in life, there’s always something bigger and better.  Uh, I mean better 😉

For now I’ll flirt with it and see where this relationship goes.

Have a great day!
Linda

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The Invisible Woman

Being female in a particular time in history, I feel, has everything to do with who we become in our lifetime.   I know that many like to think that the key to success is in our minds, and that all it takes to make it in this world is grit, fearlessness, and ambition.  That statement is partly true.  The other half, which many people fail to see is, we live in a world where rules and ideas are implemented on behalf of us by those who sometimes don’t have our best interest at heart, or who simply don’t know who we are and therefore don’t know what we truly need and want as women.  So many of us hang on to someone else’s idea of who we should be, especially when we hit our 50’s.  Suddenly the media begins to dictate all the things 50 year-olds need to say away from.

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*Don’t use glitter eye shadow after 50!*

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If I want to wear GLITTER EYE SHADOW at 60 or 70 or 80 it’s my business.  I want to experience Rhianna’s Fenty Fabulousness too!

Why must I make myself small to make you feel comfortable?

With the exception of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Angela Bassett, the rest of us become invisible sometime in our forties.  What I mean by invisible is, we begin to see less versions of ourselves in the media.    A lot of folks (women too) seem much more interested in following the lives of the Hadid and Kardashian sisters.    No one cares about the wise and experienced middle aged YouTuber.    When you get to be my age, it begins to feel like you’re living in an alternate universe.  Where all the less experienced people are ruling the world. Oh boy, yeah, let’s not get into that right here.

I believe beauty is in the heart the way “Groove is in the Heart”.

You’re only invisible if you think you should be invisible.

Share your beauty!

Me

Linda

Will Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream Save My Dry Skin?

I hope so. My skin is in bad shape this winter. Lots of flakes on the bridge of my nose and in the corner of my eyelids and dry red itchy patches on my chin and forehead. My face literally hurts. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel moisturizer was no longer working for me.  So I went on a search for a new moisturizer.

When I turned 50, four years ago, I noticed a major difference in my skin texture.  For most of my life I had oily skin and never had a need for moisturizer.  But over time we lose collagen, lots of it.  I didn’t start using a moisturizer until I was in my 40’s and one of the biggest issues I had with any moisturizer was the occasional acne flareup.  So I’d wear it for a week or two and stopped altogether.  But now at 54, things are different. Plus my hormones have changed a whole lot due to the fact I needed a full hysterectomy three years ago because of fibroids and I am hypothyroid now for 6 years.    I find that, in the winter especially, I develop small round dry patches around my face.  So it was time to find something that would take me out of my misery.

I Googled “Best face moisturizer for dry skin” and these were the top 3 results:

With my Macy’s gift card in hand I decided to purchase the top rated product on Google which is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream. Note that there are three versions of this product.  There is a gel, a lotion, and a cream.  The cream is for super dry skin.  Here is a great article that explains the differences between the three types:  Cream vs. Lotion vs. Gel.

I’ll be trying this out for 14 days to see if I see any real change in my skin texture.

A little goes a long way with this product. The consistency is light and non-greasy. It disappears into the skin nicely and dries quickly.  It appears to be non-scented.

Tomorrow I’m going to try it on with my foundation to see how it takes. Will take notes and let you know.  In the meantime, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to send me a message or comment.

And by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Linda