Sorry my posts are so spontaneous with the times I post them. I started a new job, in addition to my current job at Pottery Barn. I am now the Counter Brand Manager/Makeup Artist for Shiseido Cosmetics and Skincare at Nordstrom.
I start my job shadow tomorrow, but I am in a lot of training, so I don't have a whole lot of time lately to post, but I try to almost every day.
I am sure I will be featuring some Shiseido, along with some other new brands pretty soon.
Ok... back to my current blush and blush brush:
My current blush I am using just about everyday is this Jordana Coral Sandy Beach 38 Blush Powder.
I do own NARS Super Orgasm, but it has some serious gold flaking that is better for a night look.
This Jordana powder is the perfect shade of coral for any skin type! Literally! You can layer it on as dark or light as you want. It gives the perfect shade for looking healthy and fresh.
The downside to this blush is the short life it has. The color is so pretty, but you have to layer on more than you think you want for it to last longer since it fades throughout the day (even with a primer and foundation).
It is extremely inexpensive at $2.49 HERE
Moving on to my current blush brush:
The Bobbi Brown Blush Brush..... this brush is fantastic! I don't regret buying it at all, but I am sure that a cheaper blush brush would do the trick as well.
I like that the bristles on this brush are soft but compact so I have control where the blush is going. I am always spot on with my blush application because this brush blends the blush onto the cheeks so well.
The brush is not too long or short. It's the perfect length for application, and it does not shed.
It can also be used as a contour brush as well. I started to use it as such, but I like to use a smaller brush to get right into the hollow of my face.
It is a good quality brush but a little expensive at $50 HERE
*** I am not affiliated in any way with other people mentioned or products
mentioned. This is my own personal opinion on this purchased item***
You never know how a piece of makeup is going to look until you get it home and try it on.
There are always going to be those pieces where you regret buying them. Certain things don't always work for everyone's skin type, color or preference. While these may work for others, they certainly didn't work for me!!!
Sunday Riley Modern Lip Color in French Nude 108
The color is gorgeous! The packaging is high-quality. Really nice and solid.
The problem with this lipstick is the texture. I felt as though I was trying to apply dried up wall spackle to my lips. You have to push really hard to get anything to transfer to your lips, and the formula was soooo DRY! No moisture at all! Because of that, the color hardly shows up. It was almost a chalky texture.
This lip color was a total bummer for me since it costs just as much as a Giorgio Armani lipstick (which I LOVE).
I tried it, and decided to give it another go..... it did not change my mind. Super disappointing since this lipstick cost $32!!!
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Fuschia Fever 140
I decided to go out of my box, and try a really fun and bright lip color. I have seen other bloggers with my same skin tone and hair color use a really bright shade such as this one.
The color has way too many blue tones in it to look good on me. The color is way too much of a contrast on my fair skin tone, and platinum blonde hair. I felt as though I had stepped into the eighties full of big frizzy hair and neon.
It did not help that my parents saw me and told me that it had looked like I had just stepped out of the circus. Yeah, not good.
Makeup sure is a trial and error. Good thing this was only a few dollars. Maybe I will save it for costume makeup.....
M.A.C. Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation 30ml
This was the foundation I owned before I got really into learning all about makeup. I just figured all foundation was equal, and since mineral makeup was good, I just bought it.
As you can see in the picture, the formula separates dry pieces. That is about how it is on the skin. The formula is very dry and once again, like the Sunday Riley lipstick, you are basically just applying spackle. It is actually probably a really good foundation for people with super oily skin, but I have combination skin that is more dry than oily, so it just caked on the dry parts of my face.
It has been discontinued through MAC and they have come out with a new formula into a mineralize foundation compact for $33.
I will continue buying my Makeup Forever HD Foundation since I know and love the formula.
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
This has a dual purpose. One purpose works great and one doesn't.
It is great as a lash gel, especially for people with eyelash extensions, because it is water-based, and holds in those pesky strays all day. It also extends the life of your extensions by at least 2 weeks longer than usual.
The bad side is for use as a brow gel. Once I stopped getting extensions, I decided to use it as a brow gel ( I would never use it for both at the same time for hygienic purposes) but it just feels like you stuck water on your eyebrows. It just sits on them in super wet clumps and does nothing to shape your eyebrows.
At $2.99 it served it's purpose for eyelashes.
NARS Night Series Eyeshadow Palette
The colors are so pretty and look like they would be fantastic. NARS is usually one of my favorites when it comes to cosmetics.
This palette failed miserably. The two middle colors are like big sparkly flakes that do not transfer to your brush to apply at all! I had to dig my brush in hard, and it still did not coat my brush.
I tried the really pretty burgundy color in the top right corner, and it just looks black on the skin. No red tones whatsoever. The green in the bottom left corner also show up more charcoal than green.
I dislike this palette the most out of any other ones I have owned. I believe I bought this at a super bargain. I don't remember how much, but definitely will NOT be buying this again!
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Stick in Pale 002
I bought this to use as an under-eye and nose highlighter, and as a concealer for my neck and chest (since they tend to naturally be lighter than my face and the rest of my body for some reason).
The color is nice. Kind of sheer and not full-coverage like I think it is supposed to be.
After a little while, the formula gets stuck in the wrinkles under my eyes, the pores on my upper cheeks, and the bumps on my nose. It is not an attractive look at all!
I have tried it several times hoping that I can make it work, and it never will. I can say that I almost hate this product. I hear the foundation is pretty good, but I definitely will not be purchasing this concealer again, and it was a bit expensive for drugstore concealer if I remember correctly.
Pür Minerals Blush in Roselite 0.14oz
I had purchased this blush when I decided I was going to start applying and learning the art of makeup. I had purchased the 4-in-1 compact, and LOVED the way it made my face look, so I got the blush and bronzer.
The bronzer is ok. Not the best, but not the worst. The blush comes in a pretty small compact. The color is a really pretty soft pink tone. The color is pretty sheer, but still gives a really minimal pretty look.
The main problem with this blush is the smell!!! It started not too long after I purchased it. I researched it, and it wasn't just mine. It was a huge complaint of this blush! It's a super strong moldy rotting makeup talc smell. I used a brush I didn't care about, because it made the brush smell rancid.
I could smell it during and after application. It's not a smell you want to have on you and in your brushes. I thought I could handle it, but I just can't because of how strong the smell is.
It is a shame since this little tiny compact cost a huge $16!
So there you have it! Hopefully this will help if you are thinking of purchasing any of these products, so you can make an informed decision. Like I said before, some of these might work for you, but I just listed the reasons why they didn't work for me.
The next post like this (I am not sure when I will do it) will involve hair products I regret buying........
Let me know if you have any suggestions for posts for me. I am going to be doing tutorials in the future sometime, but suggestions or ideas for posts are always fun to get.