Month: February 2014

Sigma E55

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Short, dense brushes like these are ideal for applying all over lid colors.

I have a similar model from BareMinerals that I have used for years.  It finally felt like time to trade up for a newer model.  The E55 works well for applying all over lid color whether it is a loose or pressed powder eye shadow.  Using a dense brush like this tends to prevent fallout on to cheeks, but I really can’t say that Sigma’s brush does that better or worse than other brands. 

A brush like this does not need to be very expensive to be effective.  But, I would recommend purchasing one slightly above drugstore quality to help prevent fallout.  Cheaper brushes also tend to shed bristles, which is particularly annoying when working close to the eyes. 

Jules

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Glam Glow Mask

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Readers beware, this mask comes with a big price tag.

The Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment is a mask with a big reputation.  At $69 it doesn’t come cheap, but it boasts 6 big benefits on its website and packaging:

1. Helps Restore Photo Damaged Skin & Improves Skin Texture.

2. Helps De-clog to Minimize Pores & New Skin Rejuvenation.

3. Helps Pigmentation, Moisture, Stimulation & Skin Collagen.

4. Helps Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Aging Skin & Skin Elasticity.

5. Helps the Effects of Scaring & Clearer Skin.

6. Helps Fight Follicle Bacteria & Breakouts.

More details can be found here.

I have seen excellent results from using this product.  Around the nose area you can see the mud pull impurities out as the mask dries.  The luxurious mud is a rather unattractive brown-gray color, but it gets the job done.  The morning after using this mask my skin always feels softer and appears clearer.  Discoloration and redness also tends to be diminished when I use the mask regularly.

I would repurchase this mask, but the price tag is certainly a deterrent.  Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty delivers me similar results for a fraction of the price and is sold in much larger quantities.  However, if you have the money to spend, I would definitely invest in this mask for the complex under-the-skin benefits that you may not see immediately. 

Jules

Highlighting Concealers

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Highlighting concealers have a wide variety of uses including under-eye concealing and highlighting the entire face when contouring.  Pink highlights work best for the under eye area since yellow can make you look sick.  But, the yellow tinged highlighters are ideal for contouring the best of your face.

I use Maybelline’s Dream Lumi in Radiant for under eye concealing when I want a little more light reflecting power than Pro Longwear can offer.  (This concealer is the drugstore dupe for Mac’s Prep and Prime in Radiant Rose).

Mac’s Prep and Prime in Light Boost is my go-to for full face contouring and is the yellow under-toned counterpart to Dream Lumi in Radiant.  

Both products have a user friendly brush and a twist up dispenser, which make them super easy to use for drawing on highlighting shapes all over the face.

Jules

Sigma E65

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I am a huge fan of this angled brush from Sigma. I had been searching for a super precise brush I could use for creating winged eyeliner looks with gel liner. All the drug store brushes I purchased were too thick and messy, which did not give me the control I needed to draw a clean line.

The E65 allows me or draw the perfect, precise line. Winged eyeliner has never been easier to apply. Using a brush and gel liner also seems to help guarantee that the two wings match.

-Jules

LimeCrime Lipstick in Babette

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This lipstick has received a lot of hype on the Internet. The adorable packaging may be at least partly responsible. What makeup junkie doesn’t want a sparkly unicorn on their lipstick casing?

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At first I was not convinced that the actual product quality would match the packaging’s genius. When I first wore the shade it did not go on smoothly and I did not get a long wear out of the pigment. Since I have found that smooth, moisturized lips are key to using this lipstick. With the proper base the color goes on much smoother and is more wearable. I have found that dabbing over the color with my fingertip blends the color further and really helps achieve a smoother application.  I would repurchase this lipstick if for nothing but the packaging. 

Jules

Benefit’s FakeUp

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I have a lot to say about this product. Usually, I have nothing but great things to say about Benefit products.  For some reason FakeUp caused by skin to have a terrible reaction.

The first couple of times that I used FakeUp as an under-eye concealer I loved it. It is a typical concealer, but it is surrounded by a hydrating balm.  The super rich texture allows the concealer to blend very well and it gave me full coverage for my dark circles while hydrating my fine lines.

After a few days of loving the concealer and thinking that I would convert from my MAC Pro Longwear, I woke up to a bunch of tiny bumps on my delicate under eye area.  At first I thought it was a break out, but since I hadn’t changed any other products in my routine and realized they weren’t zits I realized that it was a bad reaction.  I was so upset that the product I was starting to love really took a toll on my skin. Then the bumps lingered for 3 days which made all my makeup look bumpy and unflattering. I am so disappointed in the product.  I would not recommend this product if you have sensitive skin.

Jules

Revlon Colorburst in Showy

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Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm collection features vivid shades with strong pigmentation.

Showy is not intended for the occasional makeup wearer.  It is a bold shade that pops against any skin tone and makes a statement.  Since this product is a balm it goes on very smooth and keep lips slightly hydrated.  Most strong colors can be drying on the lips, so this balm is a good alternative.  It also is easy to apply cleanly, which is nice for those of us who have trouble keeping bright lip colors inside the lines.

Jules

Valentine’s Day Makeup Look

With Valentine’s Day coming up in a few days it’s time to start thinking about creating a romantic makeup look no matter what your plans are.

This tutorial is intended to be a bridal look, but I think it has just the right amount of softness and glam, which makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day.

xoxo,

Jules

Ulta Haul

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I was a little indulgent on my last trip to Ulta.  Having a $50 gift card certainly did cushion the blow of my total at the register.

Be on the lookout for upcoming reviews.

Here’s what I bought:

-L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

-L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition Mascara in Blackest Black

-It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Spray

-Clarasonic Luxe Cashmere Cleanse brush head

-L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Extraordinary Oil

-Real Techniques Setting Brush

-Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Showy

-Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown

Jules