Product Review: Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

imageSo I recently stopped using my old acne clearing products because most products on the market developed to treat acne are filled with harmful chemicals. I’m currently trying a few natural remedies, and during the transition, my skin has been breaking out like crazy. I’ve been avoiding makeup on most days, but when I’m going out too an event, I like to cover my problem areas with this new Vanish Foundation stick by Hourglass Cosmetics. I got it for free along with the matching seamless foundation brush from Infuenster to test out. The coverage is amazing! It feels lightweight, even though it does some heavy-duty concealing. Plus the triangle shape of the stick makes it easy to get on the eye area to precisely cover dark circles. I don’t like to wear foundation all over my face, so I just use it as a spot concealer. Dark spots be gone!

Watch a video I posted on Instagram that shows the product in action so you can see how great it really is.

BEAUTY WEEKLY DIGEST: Mood Changing Makeup; Skin like Angela Basset; Tattoo Lips

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What’s Your Mood? If you’re a child of the 70s-90s, you probably remember mood rings, which let the world know if you were feeling anxious, excited, nervous, tense, calm, in love and a whole host of emotions. Now, a makeup brand, Sara Hill, wants you to wear these emotions on your face with the launch of a new campaign to celebrate how makeup can help alter your mood. For those of you who don’t want your blush to turn crimson red at the sight of your crush, not to worry. The makeup itself doesn’t actually change color with your mood, the brand is simply bringing awareness to the over 40 colors of eyeshadow it has that can portray a range of emotions from happy to angry. Learn more here.

Look like Angela Basset…OK, not really. Actress Angela Basset is jumping on the opportunity to enter beauty in collaboration with “Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm.” The brand will feature skin care for deep complexions and includes two cleansers, two face creams and a serum, all of which will be available this month. The goal is to address the skin issues and concerns those with darker skin deal with so they can fell more confident when they look in the mirror.

As Jordin Sparks once put it, “You’re on my heart just like a tattoo.” Or, in this case on my lips. Make-up artist Violette Serat reviled a new lip art she worked on with MAC Cosmetics on Instagram in late June and it’s got the internet a-buzzing. The lip art features tiny tattoos of skulls, roses, lips, hearts, you name it, all over the lips. We can’t wait to see which bloggers jump on this trend (and who actually wears it out in public). View it here.

BEAUTY WEEKLY DIGEST: Kylie Jenner Gets An “F”; Flowers Inside Lipsticks; Sweat-Proof Makeup

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Kylie Jenner gets an “F” – The Better Business Bureau gave the teen entrepreneur’s Lip Kit business an F rating, which, by the way, is the lowest rating a business could possibly get. The reason: failure to resolve 133 complaints that were logged by customers that weren’t resolved. Apparently, there have been delivery issues and a bunch of other problems. Kylie responded in a professional statement saying, “I’m sick and tired of people coming for my business.” They stay coming fo’ sho’.

Botanical Lips – A new lipstick by beauty brand Kailijume is taking social media by storm with its awesomeness. According to Cosmo, “It’s mesmerizing AF to look at and makes for a pretty dope Insta pic.” The lipstick is just a clear jelly that has captivated many due to the ability to see a real teeny, tiny flower and gold flecks through its transparent formula. It has a sheer pink color that the company claims changes with the user’s body temperature. So, if you want a deep shade of pink, you better be cold AF. It retails between $25 and $30.

Because it’s necessary to look flawless when working out – Sweat Cosmetics has developed a line of cosmetics that contains SPF for women who want skin protection and to fake good skin while working out. They even offer a friendly video to help you chose you shade and even has s Olympic track star Natasha Hastings as an ambassador (her shade is #400).

Want to know what every lip color looks like on you?

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Sephora is launching a new Virtual Artist app that uses facial recognition software to allow you to test lip products sold in their stores right on your face. The software is very similar to Makeup Genius by L’Oréal Paris, and acts like a virtual mirror that automatically moves with your lips so that it actually looks like you are wearing the color.

You’ll then receive information about the product including the name, brand and price, as well as the ability to purchase directly in the app.

Learn more on their website.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Collection Makeup Look

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I’m obsessed with the new limited-edition Urban Decay Gwen Stefani makeup pallet. I created the above look using colors from the collection, which are absolutely gorgeous.

Here are the makeup details:
Eyes: blonde on the lid, danger on the crease and bathwater on inner corner
Lips: Rocksteady liner and lipstick
Cheeks: Easy from the blush palette

Review:

Eye shadow:  I was surprised at how pigmented the colors are, especially since there are a lot of muted colors in the palette. The brightest colors are deep blue and gold. There is a lovely soft pink and some purple hues that are light, but the rest of the palette actually reminds me of Urban Decay’s Naked palette with black, white and brown tones. Regardless, they are easy to blend and so versatile.

Lipstick: Many of the lip colors in the line have a matching lip liner. The liner glides on effortlessly and so does the lip color. I tested a bunch of colors on the back of my hand the night before and woke up the next morning and still saw residual color, even after I showered! These lips colors definitely have some serious staying power.

Cheeks: The cheek palette is great if you like a light flush of color. I tried to contour with it, but the colors are not contrasting enough; however, there are fabulous if you want a glow and you can deepen the colors depending on the type of brush you use and how many times you apply the product.

 

Pat McGrath Launches Limited Edition Pigmet

International makeup artist Pat McGrath is officially launching Pat McGrath Labs with its first limited edition product, GOLD 001, which will be available to the public for the first time on Thursday, October 29th at 12pm.The product will retail for $40, but beauty addicts will have to sit with computer mouse in hand as only 1,000 units will be available when the it goes live on patmcgrath.com.

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GOLD 001

Gold 001 is a pigment which features a highly malleable formula, so users can use the product in however many creative ways they would like. The formula features intense color and shine so “the resulting look is liquid-like, a gilded glaze of intense color,” McGrath explains.

McGrath encourages experimentation and fun and advises on the packaging: USE WITHOUT CAUTION Requires unrestrained play and a reckless attitude.

Consumers who purchase GOLD 001, will receive a gold foil bag that contains the pigment and its tools which includes a spatula, mixing liquid, and a second life container, all packed in couture sequins.

GOLD 001 packaging
GOLD 001 packaging

Halloween Makeup with Illamasqua

I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to finding a costume for Halloween. And then, once I find the perfect assemble, I have to worry about creating a fabulous makeup look to bring everything together in the most spooktacular way. I found some inspiration from makeup brand llamasqua, which has released how-tos for several different Halloween makeup looks to make sure your scarily glam. Check out the looks below.

Dead Drag

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A glam drag look perfect for all zombies. Highlight and contour with Skin Base Foundation in a lighter shade and create a bold brow using the Precision Gel Liner. Create the illusion of fake blood by drawing blood drips randomly around the eyes using a mixture of Pure Pigment in Berber with Sealing Gel. Top off the look using Lipstick in Box to create a bloody lip.

Dead Graphic

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A ghostly animation. Create a phantom-like base by layering Skin Base Foundation and Loose Power to lighten your complexion. Sculpt comic-style contours using Powder Eye Shadow in Pivot, Anja and apply Lipstick in Eurydice to animate the lip. Lastly use the Precision Gel Liner to outline the Cheeks, Lips, Brows and eyes to bring life to your cartoon-inspired look

Dead Skull

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Add depth to a corpse skull. Create a ghostly base using the Skin Base Foundation and contour deep cheekbones using Powder Eye Shadow in Incubus. Use the Precision Gel Liner to draw sunken eyes and dust Pure Pigment in Berber above and below the eye to set the look. Finish adding stitch-like details to the face using the Precision Ink in Abyss.

Dead Kitty

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A fierce look for those who dare. Begin by blending the Precision Gel Liner to create a deep, smoky eye base. Use the Neutral Palette to add detail to the look and blend to create a feline-shaped eye. Draw with the Precision Gel Liner to a black line extending from the tip of the nose to the bottom lip, fill in the bottom lip and add in whiskers to finish the look.