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Touching Base

Oh hey, hi, and hello *waves*.

So this post is WAY over due but if you're anything like me and love trying all the bases, then I hope you'll find this helpful. 

Here's the obligatory skin type disclaimer:

  • Oily/combination
  • NC 27-30 in tone
  • Not particularly sensitive but will break out from time to time
I'm a picky broad when it comes to makeup in general and there are a few deal breakers that keep me from gettin' serious with a product: 
  • Never sets/stays tacky (if I can feel you on muh face, I don't want you)
  • When the tone of the foundation turns pink
  • Settling
  • Visible on the skin

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream

So this little guy was gettin' a helluvalot of love for a minute by the beauty community and now...can anyone hear the crickets? Nothing. 

I have the shade 530 which is a slightly yellow medium beige shade which doesn't turn overly warm/pink once applied like most BB creams. It's easy, good coverage, doesn't shift around and sets on the face after a few minutes. 

I don't know where the whole "BB cream" claim comes from because there isn't any SPF or skin benefit claims, so keep that in mind. I think this would be best suited for oilier complexions because it tends to look a little dry even on me, which is one of the reasons why I don't grab for it regularly. But for a night out this ish stays put. 

Do I love it? No. I like it. Let's put it this way, if I forgot a base while on vacation I'd pop in and grab this and feel safe with it. Get my drift? 

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow & Matte 

Honestly, the level of happiness foundation in squeeze tubes makes me should probably be concerning...but damn, what can I say? I love me a good squeezey tube. 

Remember when I said I'm picky? Well, apparently I'm high maintenance too because I LOVE mixing the two formulations of L'Oreal's Infallible foundations. 

 I have the shade 105 in the matte and shade 205. The two shades are very similar with the Pro-Matte 105 version being ever so slightly darker/warmer. 

Pro-Matte is a weee bit too matte for my liking alone and I haven't tried Pro-Glow since summer when it was just a touch too glow-y, so there's my two cents on them separately. 

I have no complaints with the lasting power, however there is a slight amount of settling around my smile lines and the shades turn just a little peachy/beige on me. I wish they were more yellow. 

Out of this whole bunch this is by far my favourite, the combination looks SO gorgeous...but, and there's a big but. It's too visible on the skin to wear during the day. So, therefore this is my booty call foundation. I love you long time when the sun goes down but I won't be seen with you during the day. 

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation

Didn't I say a few blog posts back that I wouldn't buy another foundation that comes in pipet form? 

I have the shade Warm Beige and it's the most neutral out of the bunch I'd say but turns pinker when applied. Strike one. 

I think this would look gorgeous on a normal skin type, if you're oily this will slip around and if you're dry this will cling. I agree with the "airbrush" title because it makes the skin appear very smooth, to the point where the texture of my face and neck looked different. 

One thing I can't handle is the texture. It has this dry oil type feel and it stays like that. If you like dry oils then this is for you but they make my skin crawl and I can feel this all day when I wear it. 

Shea Moisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation 

Picked this up per Emily's, from Beauty Broadcast,  recommendation. This has such a gorgeous skin like finish but with great coverage! Crazy concept, I know...let's calm down. 

I have the shade Nude, which is fine maybe a tiny bit light for me. 

I would recommend this to anyone with normal skin, maybe slightly combination/oily. If you have dry skin make sure to exfoliate because this clings like a mother. My only (big) gripe is that it stays tacky even after I set it. Whyyyyyy yew do this to meeee!? *Le sigh* 

So, if anyone has recommendations on how to make a non setting foundation work it would be greatly appreciated. I've tried everything; primers, powders, setting sprays...nada. 

Lastly, here are swatches to compare the shades: 

(L-R) Covergirl, Pro-Glow, Pro-Matte, No7, Shea Moisture

Hopefully this wasn't too much of a bore/long read. I try to keep 'em short but it never works. One day. 

Moral of this very long story, while some are rather quite good I don't think I'll be getting serious with any of them. Nothing can come close to my relationship with LM Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser...we're really serious, like holding hands in public serious. 

What are some of your favourites? I always love trying something new. 

Christmas in September with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light

Why heeellloooo! So apparently the new thing this year is to release holiday collections 4 months in advance...yay for consumerism that I fall victim to every.damn.time

Thoughts, comparisons, overview: Exfoliating Peel Pads

I don't know if acid exfoliating peels pads have always been around/popular or whether it was the skincare mecca of information, Caroline Hirons, who put them on the beauty map but whatever it was I'm all for them. 

If you don't know what acid peel pads are they are basically little cotton rounds saturated in a combination of acids that are meant to exfoliate the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, promote cell turnover, help with breakouts, and brighten the overall complexion. Sounds lovely right? 

Now this is a very basic explanation and I highly recommend you either do some extended research or take a browse through Caroline Hirons blog here because I'm no expert. 

Radical Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads uses AHA and BHA fruit acids to exfoliate the skin. I found these peel pads to be the gentlest of the three, almost to the point of questioning whether they did anything at all. These get glowing reviews everywhere and after going through the entire jar I'm not all that convinced. These might be a great option for sensitive skin types, but they're not for me. 60 pads for $75 dollars, I think you can get better out there to be honest. 

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel are a two step system. First you wipe step one all over your face, neck, and chest and hang out for a couple minutes and let the acids do their thing and then wipe over with step 2 to neutralise. Even though these are considered "extra strength" I don't find them too harsh nor did they cause excessive drying. The one thing that I absolutely love about these is the packaging, I wish all other brands would jump on the individually wrapped idea.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads are a hydroxy acid and peptide peel. Out of the three this is the only one you have to rinse with water. I love these and think I've gone through about 3 jars and right after I finished the Alpha Beta Peel pads I went straight back to these and I'm using them now. Out of the three I see the biggest difference in my skin. It's brighter, clearer, and just really nice...I have no complaints with my skin when I have these pads in rotation. Also, I get cystic hormonal acne on my chin every month or so and these are the only thing to actually help that. 

So there ya go, if you're looking into acid toning I hope you found this helpful. If we were going in order I would recommend PTR first and then Dr. Dennis Gross next...and then just forget about Radical's. What are your thoughts on acid toning? Also, I always love trying new skincare so any recommendations are always welcome. 

What's In My Makeup Bag: Moving & Road Trip Edition

If you haven't guessed by the title...I moved and did the whole cross country road trip, which was SO much fun (highly recommend). However, I'm sure I'm not the first person to say it but moving is a f*&$in' pain in the ass. 

The Blush Tag

I had such a fun time with the last tag I did I thought I'd do another. 

1. How many blushes do you have? 

So not including blush palettes I counted around 55...which is ridiculous, I'm completely aware of that considering I have only one face. But I want all the blush. All of it. 

2. What is your favourite blush brush?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Wayne Goss #14 brush. Wispy and soft, never applies too much and it's perfect if you're like me who is heavy handed in nearly everything you do. 

3. Cream v. Powder

99% of the time I prefer powder, I actually don't like cream product anything, but in that teeny tiny 1% I adore these Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés by BECCA. A must especially for the warmer months coming up, if you love you some glow get on these. 

4. Pink v. Peach

Oh SURPRISE I'm cheating with this one. I'm going with peachy/pink but if I had to pick I think I'd go with pink. I used to be all for the peach back in the day but 9 times out of 10 I just end up looking as if I ate twice my body weight in carrots a.k.a. orange. Not a look I intentionally go for. 

5. Drugstore vs. High end

Generally, I prefer high end blushes or at least I have better luck with them because I can swatch/test/see them in person and often you can't do that with blushes in the drugstore, or at least in the states it is. 

Now I know it doesn't ask for it but if you're looking for two great drugstore recommendations Elf blush in Berry Merry and Milani Luminoso are two great picks.

Also, two high ends that I think are worth picking up asap are Hourglass Incandescent Electra and Burberry With Love from London Blush/Highlighter.

6. Most Overrated Blush

I'm going to have to say the TooFaced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush is the most overrated blush to me. I just don't see it. It's patchy, really hard to blend, and ends up looking ruddy on me. 

7. Most underrated blush

Dear 6 lb 7 oz baby Jesus...thank you for Laura Geller blushes. I never hear about these Blush-n-Brighten blushes and forget about trying to find swatches! There are hardly any reviews out there on them and I really don't understand why.  

This blush formula is fantastic. I'd recommend getting them individually as opposed to in a blush palette because I remember a few years back I had a palette with a  few of these blushes and the formula was nowhere near the same. So, take you're pretty little behind to your nearest Ulta and pick one of these up and thank me later * insert sassy emoji *. 

8. Blush that's worth the hype

BECCA blushes hands down worth the hype. They know what they're doing when it comes to anything cheek products. New formula you better believe I'm comin' for ya. 

9. Top 5 everyone should own

Can we sense a colour theme here? I had a really hard time picking only 5 but...there's another blush tag going around where I'll include the others #noshame. 

Top Row (L-R): Hourglass Incandescent Electra, Milani Luminoso, NARS Orgasm
Bottom Row (L-R): BECCA FlowerChild, Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit 

I tag YOU! Feel free to do this tag, I'd love to read it. I hope you're having a great day and thanks for stopping by. 

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

I'm late to the party with this one. 

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector

  • Oil free
  • Instantly and completely blurs imperfections
  • Evens out skin tone and looks natural
  • SPF 20
  • Over time skin looks more radiant/firmer and pore size is reduced
First off, I love the packaging. It's one of those airless pump/tube that I wish all foundations came in. 

I wear the shade medium/light and it works perfectly for my skin tone (NC27ish). 

I'm apologising now because I'm middle of the road as far as my feelings go for this product. I don't love it but I don't hate it, very useful I know. 

I find that it does blur pores but it does nothing for dry spots and actually clings to them quite noticeably, so their whole claim of "one and done" I don't agree with. I have combination oily skin and I find that I can't skip out on my moisturiser which leads me to believe dryer skin types won't get on with this all that well.  

It evens out redness nicely but it won't cover up imperfections, I still have to go in with concealer. 

The lasting power is decent but I powder and wear a primer because I find that even though it's a demi-matte finish theres a point where it looks nice, still looks nice, looks questionable, and then WHAM oil, oil, and more oil. Another thing that keeps me from really enjoying this product is the fact that it creases pretty badly on me (around the chin, nose, and smile lines), which is something I can't stand in a product. 

Overall, I like it enough to not return it, which says something...but not enough to where I think I'd repurchase, which also says something haha (useless, I know). It's nice but it's not something I'd reach for over other favourites if I know I have to look my best for something. I actually feel as if it makes me look a little dull. 

I thought I'd throw in some quick thoughts and swatches of the Gwen Stefani blush palette because if it's still available and you're an NC/NW25 and below I'd recommend picking it up. 

Honestly, with the exception the Naked Palettes Urban Decay rarely interests me and that remains true with the Gwen Stefani collection. I had no interest in the eyeshadow palette and the blush palette slightly perked my interest purely because blush is my thing. But when I was able to get this for $6 (with sales/gift cards), I thought why the hell not...worse case I give it to a friend if it doesn't work out. 

Well, I'm actually really surprised that I enjoy this as much as I do. This isn't your traditional blush palette where you're able to use each blush on its own, it's more of a mixing palette to customise colours that work for you. 

It's bit odd because all the shades swatch a lot deeper than they actually apply on the skin. The only shade that I can use alone as a blush is Easy but everything else needs to be layered and mixed to show up on. 

Lo-fi makes for a nice bronzer and Angel is a soft highlight.

Cherry is nice applied on the apples of the cheeks over the top of Easy.

Hush is beautiful on top of the Cherry/Easy combination I previously mention, but it's also really nice mixed with OC (which is a shade that I thought I would absolutely hate because I really don't like duo chrome anything). 

And here is a slightly awkward selfie with everything on my face. No editing, no filters. As you can see I feel as if my face looks alright but something's missing, it's just overall kind of dull to me. 

If you can still find the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani blush palette and you're fairer than me I would highly recommend. It would look lovely on you. I'm at my absolute lightest right now and I think if I was any darker it's not going to show up. Definitely not a summer palette for me. 

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday and happy Mother's Day to all my mommies out there...including my own :) !! 

April Favourites & Fails 2016

Another month, another favourites...and a fail.

Review: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF 15

Foundations, foundations, foundations. 

Sephora VIB Rouge Haul

It's a haul!

Review: Tom Ford Summer Collection 2016

Let me start off by saying that working with natural sunlight can be a straight up pain in the ass some times. 

March Favourites 2016

I don't know about you but ever since January time has been flying by and everything just needs to SLOW down!

Review: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette

 This review is going to be short, sweet, and to the point.

The Perfect Palette Tag

I've never done a beauty tag on my blog before, so I decided since The Perfect Palette tag is my favourite one to watch/read about it would be fun to do.

Review: Tom Ford Cream Colour For Eyes

Originally I wasn't going to review these because anything that's Tom Ford and limited edition sells out during pre-order and that's just annoying...but they're surprisingly still available so I thought I'd have a quick chat about them.

February Favourites 2016

I hardly ever do "favourites" posts and I don't know why. They're probably my favourite types of videos to watch and posts to read. So here were go.

Review: Make UP Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer

I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one...I really like this concealer/corrector and here are my reasons why:

Shopping The Stash Vol. 1

We all love shopping and buying new products but honestly, for me nothing beats shopping my own stash and absolutely falling in love with products that I just felt "meh" about before. 

That's what we have goin' on this week and here are my thoughts...

Makeup Clean Up: Bronzers

Today's post is going to be short and sweet (hopefully) and all about bronzer and how I plan to scale down my collection. 

Wayne Goss #14 Brush...Basically The Blush Game Changer

 I've been searching left, right, and centre for the perfect blush brush and I think I've found it.

5 Things I'm Not So Loving Vol. 1

I've been snowed in all weekend due to a blizzard and there's only slight cabin fever in the air *eye twitches*. Californians really don't do winters well.

Anyway, who doesn't love a post about all the things that haven't been working out lately? I secretly love these kinds of posts...shhhh.

Burberry Eyeshadow Overview & Swatches

Oh hey...remember me?

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