Saturday, August 23, 2014

My Favorite Under Eye Concealers

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Favorite Concealers

It's my turn to share a beauty collection with the rest of The Beauty Spotlight Team, and today in honor of my lack of sleep, I'm selecting my concealers. It is a bit scary how many concealers I own, I really didn't realize the true number (pretty close to 30) until putting together this post!

So, after much debate, here are my 10 favorites. Mostly super highly pigmented, because that's how I roll. (And you would too if you were 7 months pregnant, had a 3 year old and also got phone calls all night long from work.)

My Favorite Under Eye Concealers

1. Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil: Check out my review. This is really pigmented, creamy and you just need to draw it on and blend. It covers anything you would ever need covered.

2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye: Check out my review. Also very pigmented, but this concealer is a bit thick, so I usually mix it into other products or dilute it with a bit of eye cream. It won't crease after using it all day long and covers up everything!

3. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer: Check out my review. Super easy to blend and it comes in a ton of shades, I liked this one so much that it delayed finishing my concealer review series a few years ago! I just wanted to use Full Cover every day.

4. Smashbox High Definition Concealer: I haven't reviewed this one yet, I bought it about 2 months ago and I've found it to be very similar to the MUFE Full Cover, but slightly more pigmented.

5. Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer: Check out my review. Also very pigmented, lots of different depth and tone options, it blends really easily as well.

6. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes: Another concealer that I bought a few months ago and still need to review, this one is a bit lighter in coverage (I'd consider it a 6 or 7 on a scale up to 10), but it is so hydrating that it is also like an eye cream. It is really great on days that I haven't gotten much sleep and have bigger bags under my eyes, it will not sink into any little areas.

7. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer: I keep mentioning this concealer but I don't have a full post devoted to it! I've bought it 4 times now, and yes, it really is worth that high price tag. I think it is a little less pigmented than the IT Cosmetics, but easier to blend in seamlessly.

8. CoverGirl TruBlend Fixstick Concealer: I know I have a review around here somewhere, I just can't find it! This is pretty similar to the Urban Decay concealer stick, but a little less pigmented. It blends in flawlessly with just a few pats of your finger, which I love! It is great for using to contour.

9. Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer: Really easy to use, this stick is very pigmented and won't budge.

10. NYX Dark Circle Concealer: This has a little bit of a peach leaning, so it helps color correct under eye circles while covering them up!

What are your favorite concealers? I'm always looking for a new one!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Red, Red, Go Away? L'Oreal BB Magic Anti-Redness Review

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Yes, that really is a green BB cream. And I tried it. And kind of liked it.

The whole idea behind this product is color correction. Yes, using green (and yellow, though that doesn't work as well as green) on your face will "cancel" any redness. (Read more about color correction makeup.)

I do have some redness, I have rosacea and I have good days and bad days. I'm hesitant to seek anything "more" for my rosacea since I'm about 30 weeks pregnant, and when I'm not pregnant I'm under great control. Instead, I'm going to suck it up and see what happens after I deliver. So, I'm all about color correction!

The great thing about color correcting is that it cancels out your problem color, and in return you get to use a lot less traditional coverage product, whether that is concealer, foundation or regular BB Cream. It's great! However, you really should only color correct in the problem areas. It's pretty easy to turn your whole face green!

L'Oreal BB Magic Anti-Redness Primer

The interesting thing about this color corrector is that the light lotion comes out of the tube green, but as you rub it in, it turns into a more skin tone color (yes, it is much too dark to be a good color match for me). However, it still color corrects! It is magic.

So, I put a small pump of this green lotion on the back of my hand, then lightly dot it where I have redness. I rub it around and it becomes more skin toned, and my redness goes away. Because it is a bit darker than my skin, I cover it up with something else (usually foundation or concealer, but whatever I'm using that day works). My redness is gone for the rest of the day. It's pretty good for larger areas that need to be corrected, I would stick with a thicker correcting concealer for smaller problem areas.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish Review

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Murad Skin Smoothing Polish Review

I don't feature very many facial scrubs on 15 Minute Beauty. I'm super picky about them, have you noticed? I used to loooooove to scrub my face with a scrub, almost any face scrub would do. I'd rub until I was red and smooth, I loved it!

Then, one day in medical school (during our 2 week dermatology component), the doctor threw a very close up picture of skin up onto the screen. The skin had big ruts in it. They were cuts in the skin from sharp facial scrub. They mentioned the name of the scrub used (you know, the Apricot one everyone uses at some point? Yes, that one.) I went home and threw away 2 tubes of that same scrub.

Since that time, I've been incredibly picky about scrubs. I usually opt for a peel over a scrub (at least, when I'm not pregnant), and if I do let a scrub near my face, I have a lot of criteria. First, the scrub must have evenly shaped grit, that is round and not at all sharp. There needs to be quite a bit of grit, I want to know that I'm exfoliating evenly. And I want to be able to rinse it off easily.

So, it probably comes as no surprise that I've probably recommended about 5 facial scrubs total, some of which are no longer made. Well, here is number 6!

Murad's new scrub (well, Skin Smoothing Polish) is pretty great. It has just the right amount of grit, you can exfoliate evenly but the scrub is still loose enough to easily spread on your face. The grit is small, not at all sharp and very evenly sized. It's pretty much perfect. There is a little bit of a smell, but it is pleasant and it is so mild that I can't even really describe it to you. It just isn't completely unscented.

For me, this is a great scrub! It is gentle and the exfoliation is even and doesn't damage my skin when I use it. I think when using a scrub like this you still need to be careful. The goal isn't pink/red skin, it is to gently wash your face and just lightly exfoliate it. This scrub is perfect for that.

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

10 Best Natural Foundations

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10 Best Natural Foundations

With the advances being made in makeup, it is getting easier and easier to get perfect, flawless and natural looking skin, no matter how what your skin issue. I've pulled together some of my favorite foundations, they range from super light to full coverage, they come at almost every price point, but they all blend out to look very natural.

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (review): This foundation blends very easily, and you can layer it to go from a light/medium coverage up to full.

2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer (review): This is the lightest coverage of the bunch, it is super light. This is just enough coverage to even out my skin in the summer time, many of my friends use it when they're tan.

3. L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup: This foundation comes in a great variety of shades and it seems to work for almost everyone. It is a medium coverage but layers to increase the coverage easily.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation (review): This foundation is a light medium coverage, there's a bit of shimmer to make it more radiant.

5. Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation: I just started using this, and it is super easy to vary the amount of coverage with this foundation! Just use a smaller or bigger brush.

6. Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation (review): A medium to full coverage foundation, the coverage can be varied with wetting down the sponge you're applying with.

7. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (review): Similar to the Urban Decay, but I think a little lighter coverage.

8. Revlon Colorstay Foundation: This is every makeup artist's drugstore pick, at least from the interviews I conduct! It's definitely a great one to try out is you have combination or oily skin.

9. L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder (review): This is great in the summer, it is super lightweight and when you apply the liquid turns into a very light layer of powder.

10. CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup (review): This is my favorite drugstore foundation. It blends very easily for medium coverage.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

What's Your Goal? Finding Inspiration in Your Morning Shower

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What's Your Goal?  Finding Inspiration in Your Morning Shower

Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one that spends her morning shower planning things. I stand in the water and plan my day. I decide what I'll wear that day at work, running errands or hanging out with my husband and 3-year-old daughter. I plan 15 Minute Beauty posts and brainstorm ideas for my Babble posts.

I also love to think about what my plans are for the next 5-10 years. I'm currently 6 months pregnant with daughter number 2, and my husband and I have a vision of what our family life will be like when our girls are a little bit older. We have decided that because we both have somewhat flexible work schedules, we will become the family that travels together. Not all of our plans are grandiose, though we do want to travel to Europe and Australia. Our list of getaways includes short weekend trips around the Midwest such as Petosky, Michigan and across the border to Toronto. Family trips don't need to be every weekend, but we're hoping to get out of Ann Arbor every 3 months or so.

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