Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get the Look: Just Woke Up Waves at Houghton Bridal Fall/Winter 2015

Affiliate Links

Get the Look: Just Woke Up Waves at Houghton Bridal Fall/Winter 2015

This is not exactly the kind of look that you expect with a bridal show, but I loved how quick and simple this slightly messy style was. Obviously I wouldn't wear it while walking down the aisle, but it works great for every day life such as running errands and going out for casual meals! It was created by Oribe Lead Hairstylist Adam Markarian.


Oribe products for the wavy hair at the Houghton Bridal Fall/Winter 2015 show

What you'll need:
Oribe Foundation Mist
Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray
Large Barrel Curling Iron (shown: T3 BodyWaver 1.75" Professional Curling Iron)

How to do it:
Add texture and volume to your hair by spray Foundation Mist and then Maximista Thickening spray in to dry hair. Hit the hair with a burst from your blow dryer and rough everything up with your hands to add more volume and distribute the products.

Next, using a large barrel curling iron, add a few bends and waves in to the hair. You don't want to add curl, just a bit more wave to your natural texture. Try loosely wrapping the hair around the curling iron, without using the clamp, to get this affect. You should be concentrating on the mid-shaft of your hair, leaving the root and ends free.

Finally, set the hair and add a bit of matte finish by using the Dry Texturizing Spray throughout the hair and then spraying a light mist of Thick Dry Finishing Spray over the whole head.


Affiliate Links

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More Over on eBay: The Best Metallic Nail Polishes for Fall

the Best Metallic Nail Polishes for Fall


Today's new post over on eBay:
The Best Metallic Nail Polishes for Fall


Don't forget my other guides!

Pedicure 101: Quick and Easy Spa Pedicure At Home

Great Multi-Tasking Beauty Products

The Best Concealers For Covering Everything

Essential Makeup Brushes

All About Makeup Primers

Avoiding Shine: Tips and Tricks to Mattify Your Face

The Best BB & CC Creams

Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Alternatives to Black and Brown Eyeliners

Product Sent for Review Affiliate Links I Bought It

My Favorite Alternatives to Black and Brown Eyeliners

Today for Top 10 Tuesday we're sharing our favorite colorful eyeliner alternatives to black and brown liner. I'm definitely an eyeliner girl (I have a huge collection), and while I have my fair share of blacks and browns, I really love reaching for another color to add some depth to my eye look. I had a really hard time coming up with this list, but these are the ones that I seem to reach for most frequently. I even found a drugstore dupe in my collection for one of the discontinued Urban Decay pencils!


Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in LSD Swatch
1. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in LSD (get it here or here)
LSD is a navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle according to Sephora. I love to layer this one over a black eyeliner and smudge it out just to show off a hint of the shimmer.


Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner in Blackberry Swatch
2. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner in Blackberry (get it here)
I'm usually a huge fan of the Elizabeth Arden Smoky Liner, but they recently sent me a few of their Precision Glide Eye Liners to try out and I'm in love! They last all day, the colors are beautiful, and I can't stop wearing Blackberry.


L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in silver and gold swatches
3. L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Silver
4. L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Gold
(get them here or here)
These are by far the best applying, most vibrant metallic liners I've ever used. They do have a few tricks to using them (see my full L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner Review) such as a few tricks for properly sharpening. They're worth the trouble!


Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eye Liner in 12L Swatch
5. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 12L (get it here)
This is a super pretty blue With Green Highlights, I wear it usually as just a hint of color on my upper or lower lash line.


Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner in Sapphire Swatch
6. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eye Liner in Sapphire (get it here)
Similar to the eyeliner in Blackberry, this is a great black/brown alternative. On the eye it is hard to tell that it isn't just black, but it adds some great depth to my eyes. It really does look better than black many days!


Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Crash Swatch
7. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Crash (get it here or here)
I hadn't realized that Crash was discontinued until I was looking it up for this post! It is one of those cult colors that UD seems to release in special sets frequently. I have 2 of them (this is my back up), if you keep your eyes open it will be available! According to their "discontinued UD liner page" they recommend trying Delinquent or Rockstar as alternatives.


Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Mars Swatch
8. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Mars (get it here or here)
Another discontinued liner, I got this one in a special holiday set and really love it! It doesn't appear on their discontinued liner page like Crash does, and while I initially thought Junkie on that page would be a similar green, it's pretty different due to shimmer.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Mars dupe with CoverGirl Vivid Impact Jade Comparison Pictures
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Mars vs. CoverGirl Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Jade (buy it here or here)
But!!! I found a drugstore dupe for Mars! Check out my CoverGirl Vivid Impact Eyeliner review.


L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue Swatch
9. L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue (get them here or here)
Definitely the brightest blue liner I've ever owned! (see my full L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner Review)

CoverGirl Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Amethyst Swatch
10. CoverGirl Vivid Impact Eyeliner in Amethyst (buy it here or here)
Check out my CoverGirl Vivid Impact Eyeliner review.







Product Sent for Review Affiliate Links I Bought It

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Best BB and CC Creams

The Best BB and CC Creams

I have another new post over on eBay!

The Best BB & CC Creams



Don't forget my other guides!

Pedicure 101: Quick and Easy Spa Pedicure At Home

Great Multi-Tasking Beauty Products

The Best Concealers For Covering Everything

Essential Makeup Brushes

All About Makeup Primers

Avoiding Shine: Tips and Tricks to Mattify Your Face

What Kind of Foundation For Aging Skin?

Product Sent for Review Affiliate Links I Bought It Myself


What Kind of Foundation For Aging Skin?


Hi Christine,
I'm sure you get a million questions, I thought I'd just try to see if this one might catch your eye. I love your blog, read it everyday and trust your opinion above all other blogs.

I have NOT been able to get an answer to this question, everyone I ask or every place I read says, "whatever." I am 56 years old and have been using pressed powder foundation for many years. My skin is combination. Since I am on the mature side, do you think a pressed powder or liquid foundation would be best for me?

Thank you SO much!
- J.

This is a question I've gotten quite a bit lately, which means it was definitely time to address this issue in a post! (AKA, ramble incoherently about foundation and my thoughts on it, in a not very organized fashion.) Keep in mind that I'm not a makeup artist (though, I do have access to this great book on makeup as you get older), though I read about beauty obsessively (obviously) and I have my own experience of aging to draw from.

I really don't think that there's a correct answer for this question. Instead, it depends a lot on how your skin has been aging and how dry/oily your combination skin is. It just takes experimentation with different products to see what works best for you. If the powder foundation is currently working, I'd stick with it. If you're having some issues with the foundation settling into fine lines or wrinkles, it might be time to consider a liquid product. And if you're having issues with your liquid, it might be time to reach for a lighter coverage formulation or consider trying out one of the new blur creams.

Typically as we age, our skin will get drier, we'll lose radiance and fine lines and wrinkles will develop. Pores also become a little more prominent. All of it is enough to make anyone want to up their foundation coverage! My goals for foundation as I've aged have been to still be able to get a natural finish, cover up issues and avoid having everything settle into pores, lines and wrinkles (which, let's face it, means you look a lot older at mid-day than you did pre-coffee in the am). And I'm trying to avoid that last bit, the settling into pores and lines. I do not want to look any older at the end of my day!

What will settle into your skin? Usually a powder is more likely to do it than a liquid. It can still happen with liquids, fuller coverage is more likely to do it than lighter coverage. If your skin has any dry areas, there are also settling issues with any dry patches, really highlighting them.

What about the whole combination skin thing? It depends on which end of the oily/dry spectrum your skin falls. In general, skin gets drier as we get older, and you'll probably be more oily in the summer and drier in the winter. That's definitely going to affect which foundation will work best for your skin as well. I've found that I can't use a powder foundation in the winter simply because I seem to have dryness around my nose and it gets highlighted by the foundation. Otherwise it isn't noticeable.


the best powder foundations
Pictured Foundations: CoverFX Pressed Mineral Foundation, IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination, Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation, CoverGirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Powder Foundation

So, kind of a recap, for powder foundation: In general, if you have a lot of wrinkles, a powder foundation would sink into them throughout the day and make them more obvious. It does the same thing for dry skin, kind of emphasizing the dryness, especially if there are any dried flaky or cracked areas. I do think that powder foundations are a good choice for oily skin, so if your face is more on the oily side with just a few dry areas it should help soak up excess oil.


liquid foundations and bb creams for older women
Pictured Foundations: Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover HD Foundation, Yves Saint Laurent Illuminating Foundation, L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup
Pictured BB&CC Creams: Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme, Kiehl's BB Cream, Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream


For liquid products: While fuller coverage products can have some of the same drawbacks as powder, most women tend to veer this way as they get older just because the lighter coverage liquid products tend to not settle into fine lines/wrinkles. As well, since skin tends to get drier as we age (something I'm looking forward to!), this helps avoid some of those same settling into dry spot issues that I mentioned.

I'm also combination, and at 37 I don't really have a lot of signs of aging (I'm a good girl with my sunscreen!) But, I am prone to dryness around my nose, so there are days that powder foundation looks terrible on me. So, I usually use liquid products. Over the last 18 months or so I've been using lighter coverage products to avoid caking and settling into my skin as well. Usually for me this is a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, and I'll sometimes mix in a little full coverage concealer to up the coverage if needed.


the best blurring creams to hide pores and fine lines
Pictured Blur Creams: Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, L'Oreal Miracle Blur

Finally, there's new player in town that we haven't even mentioned, blurring creams! Strangely enough, while it might seem like these creams are taking over the world, pretty much all of the "good" ones that I feel I can recommend are from brands owned by L'Oreal. They seem to know how to formulate these products the best, in my opinion.

These creams are meant to be worn alone, under makeup or even over makeup. The idea is that they help smooth out makeup, blur the light so your skin looks a bit more perfect... you get the idea. I think the results are pretty user dependent, but celeb makeup artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis did share her great tips for working with a blur cream in this post. I think they work best alone or under a liquid foundation, I've tried them with powders and they just seem to have too much "grab" resulting in uneven application.


I hope all of this helps! If anyone has more input, add it in the comments!

Product Sent for Review Affiliate Links I Bought It Myself