Monday, October 20, 2014

The Best BB and CC Creams

The Best BB and CC Creams

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The Best BB & CC Creams

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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?

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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!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Beauty Reads

Prime Beauty checks out a few Holiday Collections and finds The Marc Jacobs Beauty Sky-Liner 7 Pc. Petite Highliner Collection--the perfect gift for the beauty enthusiast but she won't give it up!

With all of the gorgeous and luxurious beauty oils on the market, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has found four more to love from : African Botanics, Sisley, Aesop and evanhealy!!

The holidays can be a stressful time, but you still want your nails to look good! Nail polish strips (like Sally Hansen Salon Effects) are a great way to get a fabulous mani in minutes. Check out Jessika's Tips & Tricks for Applying Nail Polish Strips (and Making Them Last!) over on polish insomniac!

1. Smell good. 2. Get gorgeous lips. 3. Support Breast Cancer Awareness. How can you do all three? Check out Beauty Info Zone's review of Coach, Origins, and Smashbox BCA limited edition goodies!

15 Minute Beauty is in the mood for pink! Is it October, is it the baby girl she's expecting any day, or maybe just a really pretty pink lippie? She created an easy every day look tutorial, inspired by the pink lip crayon.

Check out Carrie from eyeliner on a cat's review of aroma M Camellia Perfume and an interview with its creator, Maria McElroy. This is one GORGEOUS floral fragrance you'll not want to miss!

Contour and highlight might not be the most "exciting" part about makeup, but it adds so much to the face without seeming obvious! Sunny from Mostly Sunny gave Burberry Trench Sheer Eye Shadow and Earthy Blush Light Glow a go to see if they are the perfect candidates for the job!

Phyrra shares one of the prettiest palettes for Fall, the Anastasia Tamanna Palette. See her review, comparison and tutorial!

The Painted Rogue NEEDS YOU! :-D She's trying to put together the best ever Ultimate Pocket Guide to Pink Lipsticks and, while she has a lot of lipsticks, it's your suggestions that will make this guide as complete as possible. Come on over and share your favourite MLBB lipstick!

Perilously Pale shares a review of her favourite pieces from the NARS Laced With Edge Holiday 2014 Collection. The Lip Glosses!

How about some fun and spooky bath treats for your tub? Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes out LUSH's Halloween bath collection! Cute stuff!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Review and Swatches, Easy Daily Look Tutorial

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Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Review

Burt's Bee Lip Crayon has just been released, and I have to admit that I'm pretty obsessed! There are 6 shades, they're all moisturizing and have a creamy, matte finish. I love that they're well pigmented, but they have just enough translucency to make them very easy to wear and flattering.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon Swatch Picture

Burt's Bees does have a Lip Shade Finder to help you pick a great color, but I think it's pretty easy to just grab a few shades that fit a look you want, whether that's a red lippie, a vampy lip or something pretty natural and subtle. All of the shades that I've tried are universally flattering and will work no matter what your skin tone.

The Lip Crayons are smooth and creamy, I found that they feel pretty hydrating on my lips and are easy to apply without much extra work needed. I've found that they stick around for hours, without needing reapplication. You can very easily layer them with a gloss or balm to vary the color and finish, there's actually an entire page of Lip Look Tips on the Burt's Bees website, though I admit I haven't experimented with that yet. I've been pretty happy with just the Lip Crayon alone!

I decided to start with the pretty pink of Carolina Coast. I wanted a pretty, wearable look that was just right for every day. It's a look I would wear while running errands (which is what I did on Monday with this look), I could wear it to work or a 4 year old birthday party. Which is what I'm doing this weekend.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

I started with a lid that was already prepped with shadow primer, Tarte's Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick. I used the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette to create this look. First I used a fluffy shadow brush to put a wash of Skimp all over my lid up to the brow bone. It is a light ivory/nude shade with a satin finish. Next I used a crease brush to apply Frisk, a warm matte grey, into my crease and just a little bit into the outer corner of my eye.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

I then used my beloved Elizabeth Arden Smoky Liner in black to line my upper lash line, and I did put a little bit in the waterline of my lower lash line as well. I used the Sephora #11 Smudge Brush to smudge both lines just a little bit, creating a softer look.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

Next It was time for lashes and brows! My lashes are suffering a bit without my lash serum (it isn't pregnancy safe), but I've gotten pretty good results with curling my lashes, using Urban Decay's Perversion Lash Primer and then Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Next, I filled in my brows a bit with IT Cosmetics Your Brows but Better pencil.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

To add a little emphasis to my brow, I trace a quick line of Too Faced Instant Attitude Brow Lift above and below my brows. It doesn't need to be perfect, I smudge it out quickly with my finger just to make my brow look more polished.

Next it was time to add concealer. Note that on this day I did use a bit more than usual. Why? I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant (meaning, I don't sleep well!) and in addition, I was on call the night before! I was getting phone calls from work. So, I needed a little extra help to look awake.

You can see the outline of where I spread my concealer, which was Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. Under my eyes it was spread out in a triangle under my eyes, and up into the inner corner of the eye. I also included some around the nostrils to cover up redness, and then a little in the middle of my forehead and center of my chin as a subtle highlight. I blended it in really well using my BeautyBlender sponge.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

Since I'm going for a subtle, pink glowy look, I added just a little pink blush, Too Faced's Sweetheart Flush Blush in Something About Berry. I applied this shimmery pink blush just to the apples of my cheeks.

I finished up the look with Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Carolina Coast. I'm really loving this color! It's pink but also pretty neutral and I think the depth works really well for my pale skin.

Glowy and Easy makeup look tutorial

Fall has finally started here in Michigan, and since this was just a day of running errands this is the rest of my look! Sweater: Victoria's Secret (size down, I'm easily hiding my 8 1/2 month belly in a size large!), Leggings: Old Navy, Boots: Tory Burch, Purse: YSL (old, but similar here and here).

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt's Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Makeup Wars: Must Have Makeup Palettes

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1. Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palettes in Soul: I own 2 of these palettes, and I swear that I've taken pics and will eventually post them, but I really do love them. I bought them just before my birthday in August, and I use them 3 or 4 days a week! I know they got mixed reviews by other bloggers, but for me they're perfect. I'm a big fan of Stila's formula, I like having so many shimmery neutrals together, and the mirror is huge, which is really great for travel!

2. Too Faced Country Palette: I somehow haven't yet posted my pictures of the Country and Rock n Roll Palettes. I use both palettes together, the Country Palette seems to be difficult for me to use without New Romantic in the Rock n Roll palette.

3. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection (my Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Review): This is one of my default every day palettes. Birthday Suit is an amazing neutral for me, If I'm pressed for time I immediately reach for it and just do a simple wash of color over my entire lid.

4. Too Faced Rock n Roll Palette

5. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette: This is my favorite of the 3 Naked Palettes. I think it is the most wearable by people of all skin tones.

6. Urban Decay Naked2 Basics: This is the newest Naked Basics, and it was created to really pair up with Naked2. I don't think you need both Basics palettes, so if you have Basics 1, then I'd skip it.

7. Too Faced Everything Nice Set: I'm always a sucker for the Too Faced Holiday sets and this is my favorite so far this year! Watch for a review soon!

8. Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set: This is the Tarte Sephora exclusive and it's pretty amazing! A lot of neutral shadows and fun extras that come in easy to travel with sizes.

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