Friday, June 26, 2015

Laneige Cushion Cosmetics First Impression

A couple of days ago I posted a video on my first impression of the Laneige BB Cushion & Cushion Concealer.

Spoiler: They're amazing.

I was browsing the interwebs one day and came across some articles on cushion cosmetics and how it could be a new trend coming across the pond from the Pacific. Specifically Korea. So I browsed some more and found Target had some of these brands! I originally thought about how I could possibly have missed them in the beauty aisles I frequently ravage, however, when I did go to Target I found them hiding in the aisle with the face wash & lotions.

The next day I filmed the video above. I had not even opened the boxes yet. I'm pretty sure you could tell in the video this was the case.

[After reviewing the pictures I took of these products I realized they were mostly blurry :( Sorry about that. And of course I throw out the boxes immediately and can't reshoot so unfortunately you can't see the product descriptions clearly here.]

The verdict: I love the BB cushion & concealer. They both are very full coverage yet don't feel heavy on your skin. They also both have high SPF counts. The BB is SPF 50+ and the concealer is SPF 20. Hello summer!

I think the BB specifically is more for dry to normal or combination skin types. I really don't think oily skin types would like this as it comes off dewey at first. It does tend to dry throughout the day which is actually the only negative I've found but it still holds up really well. I also realize this is most likely a problem only us really dry chicks will experience.

On the flip side, I do think the cushion concealer will work for everyone. Again, very full coverage but blends beautifully. Stays all day along with the BB cushion. And I do mean ALL. DAY. Way longer than most BB creams & concealers and less creasing.

The BB Cushion link from Target is listed below. 
Laneige BB Cushion

The Cushion Concealer is not on the Target site. After doing some research I found that this product is very new. If you're looking to try this product, I would go to your local Target store and see if they are carrying it.

If you have tried these products or want to try them, give me a shout below and tell me what you think!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ColourPop & Gerard Cosmetics Review

Check out my haul video from ColourPop & Gerard Cosmetics below and read on about my reviews after swatches and use.

First let me start by saying that both companies are cruelty free! WOO. Go ColourPop & Gerard. Major points!

Below are photos of the lipsticks I purchased from Gerard Cosmetics. Underneath each of the colors I used Laura Geller Lip Spackle on my lips to help cover my own lip color and not have it interfere with the color of the lipstick.

They were having a buy 4 lipsticks for $38 sale so I couldn't resist!

These lipsticks go on beautifully and have great pigmentation as you can see. They also last a pretty long time for regular lipsticks. I put Underground on after filming and it lasted until I ate. And I ate soup so it didn't stand a chance.

My favorite has to be Lilac Moon. It seems scary in the tube but when I put it on, I really enjoyed how it looked. Definitely different but a great pop of color for the summer and if you have tanned skin. It's the perfect amount of purple to seem actually normal on your lips!

Next, let's talk about my purchase from ColourPop Cosmetics. Below are four eyeshadows I chose to buy. I tried to go for colors I don't have currently. I picked a coral color, a true gold, a true silver & a bronze color.

The only one I have used so far on my eyes is the Birthday Girl shade which is the one in the pink tub. In this picture it looks like i really used it. The reason it looks like that is because it was so hard for me to try and get the eyeshadow on the brush. I even wet the brush with MAC's Fix+ first. It also didn't go on my eyelid so pigmented. Next time I will try applying these with my finger. I hear that is the best way.

I wasn't impressed with the formula of the silver I received which is called Swan from the Rumor Has It collection. We shall see how it applies on my eyelid. The coral shade is called Animal which I liked and the gold is called Get Lucky which seriously impressed me. It is so creamy, smooth & pigmented (you will see how much I love it in the video).

The lippie stix I bought is called Fiesta. I haven't tried it on my lips yet but at first swatch, amazing pigmentation and creaminess. It is a cream type of lippie six and the creaminess is abundant!

I also purchased a highlighter in Monster and a bronzer in Poolside. I've used both of these and am in love. The highlighter is very powerful and pink. But a beautiful pink reflection on the face. 

The bronzer I've used multiple times and is a great go to for a bronzed, not contoured, look on the face. It has a bit of shimmer but that doesn't scare me and I think it looks very nice to warm up the face. The only thing that is challenging is that it is extremely creamy. It's called a satin bronzer but the consistency seems so close to cream. This can be hard when trying to get it on the brush. Worth the challenge though.

Overall I am very pleased with both companies and like all the products I received in addition to the  choices I made in colors and consistencies. 

Bravo ColourPop & Gerard!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Let's Talk About "Baking"...

Baking your contour that is!

The new trend that has been sweeping the tubes of you and the beauty world is "baking your contour"

The rundown
  1.  Apply your contour as normal.
  2. Take a light powder (I use banana powder & disposable makeup wedges) and apply sharply from the top of your ear down to the edge of your mouth right under where your contour shadow should be.
  3. Let the powder sit as you finish your makeup.
  4. take a fluffy face brush and dust off the light powder. You will now see a sharper contour line.

This method is supposed to help with your bronzer falling too far down on your cheek and not creating that streamlined contour look you're trying to achieve. By going over the bottom of your cheek with a light powder, you're erasing any bronzer that may have fallen while also creating a deeper contrast.

My thoughts
It depends on the look you're going for. Sometimes when I do this I think it looks too dramatic. Makeup should look blended and this can have the opposite effect. Especially if you're going for more of an allover bronzed look. This particular time shown in the picture, I thought it worked great. I was also going to a wedding and wanted my makeup to be a little more structured. 

Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Get Ready With Me Video

Drum roll please... ladies and gentlemen, below I present you my very first YouTube video
::And the crowd goes wild::

This was a really interesting experience. I didn't realize you could see my whole room in the background, the music that was playing, you couldn't see half of my face, my weird putting-on-makeup faces, and so on. I swear, film yourself sometime and it is astonishing the things you do and don't know about.

I'm still debating on getting a Cannon Rebel T4i so this is taken just on my MacBook Pro and edited in iMovie. Does anyone have thoughts on cameras?

I hope you enjoy the video! Thumbs up, leave a comment or subscribe.

Let me know what type of video you would like to see next!