Saturday, January 24, 2015

2014 Beauty Favorites

Hello my fellow makeup gurus!

Since I'm new to your world, I thought it would be interesting to share with you my favorites for 2014! Keeping it simple and just the essentials!

Let's get right into it....in no specific order, of course!

If you're anything like me, concealers are not the easiest products to find since they are very personalized to detailed issues you need to cover. My under eye area is particularly dry with barely visible dark circles but with the help of a primer (Hourglass), I’ve really been digging the TARTE Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. It's a full-coverage concealer that doesn't crease or flake. It's long-lasting, creamy, velvety texture that's infused with tarte’s pure maracuja oil. It's brightening, it's dewy and I love the luminous finish. As usual, to get that finished look.....a little setting powder perfects this product! I'm in the shade Light.


One of my recent discoveries for foundation is the Diorskin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup SPF 25. This baby is pricey but worth every penny! It's everything I expected and more! I've tried many foundations from liquid to compact. I have an oily t-zone (with minor acne) but dry skin as well. I've tried CoverFX Compact, MakeUp Forever Mat Velvet (Liquid) & HourGlass Mineral Veil (Liquid) but this Diorskin product is the best product as far as coverage, lightweight and long lasting! It's definitely not cakey , like other compacts can be. My flaws and lines become blurred, my skin feels so silky and a little sure goes a long way! I just love it - definite repurchase! I'm in the shade 20. I’m not really into packaging but Dior really paid attention to detail when it came to that...even with the navy blue velvet sleeve to protect this compact.

I have a hard time with eyeliners lasting all day on my eyes...no matter the primer! However, I've got to say the best one I've came across is the STILA Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. It's such an easy application, it's quick-drying and WATERPROOF! I swear the thin, marker-like tip makes it the easiest liner to use, like beginner beauty easy! But the fact that it can go on from a thin line to a bold, dramatic look makes it so versatile as a liner and the smoothness is like no other. I have no smudging or running for the entire day!! I use the shade Jet-Black shade


As for bronzer, very hard to find one that doesn't have sparkle or glitter or make me look like a brown-orange mess. I wanted subtle yet effective and dewy. I use it as a bronzer and contour with it as well. I have been loving the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base.

This bronzer is amazing! It stays on all day, much stronger staying power than powdery bronzers due to it's creamy base. The colour gives a natural sun-kissed glow that suits all skin tones. When I contour with this product it never looks overdone, always looking natural. It blends perfectly on the skin, it's silky smooth, and goes from a gel/mousse-ish/cream to a matte dry finish. This is the perfect product for dry skin types as well- I never have build up or patchiness especially since my cheeks are the dryer part on my face. I've had this product for months and there isn't even a hint of it drying out because of the inner cap and tightly closing outer cap. And did I mention there are no sparkles?! PERFECT!

Pencil liner: Urban Decay URBAN DECAY 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Perversion - matte blackest black. Since most eyeliners smudge on me this waterproof liner stays put! It slides on smooth and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that seriously won't budge. A definite keeper!

This has been a newer discovery for me only because I was hooked on the Mac eye-shadow called Bark as my brow filler, which is now discontinued. So.....now that I've finished the eyeshadow, it was time to move on to the raving ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW Pomade. It's a smudge-free, waterproof pomade that's an all-in-one brow product. It's creamy, smooth & creates clean, defined brows. It's even great for oily skin! It actually is a pretty amazing! I get why it's a raving product....well deserved! I'm in the shade Soft Brown.

Moving onto blushes....so sad to see that I've hit pan with MAC Sheertone Blush in Pink Swoon and to top it off it's DISCONTINUED! It's that perfect natural pink flush that is suitable for any skin tone. It's pigmented enough, but not clown-like. The finish is satiny - not shimmery nor powdery but a very nice versatile/subtle blush.

So sad to know it can't be repurchased but I guess it's time to move on. On the hunt now for another blush or blushes….suggestions are welcomed!

On a more positive note, one cannot live without a highlighter - impossible! MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in shade Soft and Gentle. The picture doesn’t do justice to the actual shade...it’s a beautiful peachy, pinky shade with a delicate finish. I guess that’s why they call it soft and gentle-that’s exactly the finish!

The most important thing about makeup is the setting powder...without this makeup was applied for nothing! It's not without reason why MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder was the three-time award-winning universal translucent finishing powder. It's a luxe finishing powder that sets the foundation and slightly mattifies skin without changing its natural contours. It completely evens out my complexion for a glowing, radiant look. Being translucent and talc-free, it doesn't dry my sensitive & combination skin. It’s a universal shade so it works for all skin tones. The lightweight, silky texture and ultra-fine formula gives me a flawless finish and I could never be without it..E-VER!

* A useful tip...to see if any setting powders need to be buffed out or where it may be blotchy, take a picture of your face with flash. That photo with flash will automatically show you where to buff out any blotchiness. Yes, the product is translucent, but flash will pick up on any imperfections. *

Last but not least...trying sooooo many a year, mascara has to be the most critiqued makeup product out there. It's honestly by preference and depends solely on each own eyelashes. To this day, from the moment they were on the shelves, the best mascara out there for me is the Maybelline Volum’ Express-The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in very black. My eyelashes really look thicker and longer, like I'm wearing false eyelashes! I’m not a fan of curved or spoon-shaped mascara brushes but this one makes mascara application easy and follows the shape of the eye and the fact that it's a flat-curved brush, makes all the difference. The outcome is luscious...luscious lashes. This mascara has earned itself the Holy Grail in my makeup routine!

So that's it for 2014....here's to more discoveries for 2015!

Thanks again for reading...stay tuned for the next post...all about the skin!

~xo~
Flo


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