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Clearly my Intsagram is chalked full of manicure pictures. I incessantly change my nails polish. It’s become such an addiction, I actually keep nail polish remover on my nightstand. I do not have naturally nice nails. I started biting my nails when I was about 5-years-old and quit only a year ago. Any former nail biter will tell you that the constant gnawing ruins natural nails. Thankfully, I’m also addicted to QVC and discovered Perfect Formula.
Perfect Formula is a gel-based product that you use as a base coat to help strengthen your natural nails. It comes in a clear or pink shade. The pink shade is great if you don’t want to wear any nail polish. It brightens your nails and looks like an instant French manicure. It does, however, alter the color of your nail polish on occasion. For instance, if you wear a red nail polish and use the pink gel coat, you’re polish tends to look a bit more purple than red. A glass nail file is also so important! I promise you’ll notice a difference if you invest in one.
The top coat is amazing as well. I’ve never been a fan of Seche Vite because the smell is horrendous, it dries out quickly, and the warning label just isn’t normal. This helps maintain your manicure and adds a lot of shine.
If you keep a look out, QVC usually has mini-sets, so you can try out all the products. I’ve also seen the pink gel coat at Sephora. Definitely give this one a try!
A pretty nice innuendo in the title, if I do say so myself. As you’ve probably guessed, I detest the Urban Decay NAKED Palettes in comparison to this LORAC Pro Palette. I originally bought both NAKED palettes on a whim. I had things to return at Ulta and nothing else appealed to me, so I caved. They were a frosty and shimmery mess on me, so I exchanged them for this palette. I have yet to regret that decision.
C’est magnifique, no?
The first bit of the palette are great matte and iridescent shades. Perfect for highlighting, and “GOLD” can really add a pop below your crease.
The latter shades are perfect for adding depth or creating a great look for the evening.
- White, Cream, Nude, Champagne, Taupe, Gold
- Light Pink, Light Bronze, Mauve, Pewter, Sable
- Garnet, Espresso, Deep Purple, Black, Slate
This palette really has a perfect blend of matte and iridescent shadows. I’m over the super-highlighted brow bone, so it’s nice that there is an array of subtle shades. The darker shades are also highly pigmented! If you felt that the Urban Decay palettes were overrated, I suggest checking this palette out. Although, the UD palettes have sturdier packaging. I didn’t like how the original palette was warmer tones and the second was cooler. I like that one palette can do it all. This LORAC Pro Palette definitely can!
Now, I’m a girl who enjoys a great powder. I have to set my foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer, or my look just doesn’t feel complete. I don’t like the look of powder, nor do I like the feeling, so the perfect powder has to be able to set my makeup and be nearly invisible.
I often get asked how to use powder foundations. They usually come with a strange little sponge and people stew over the wet versus dry issue. I never use powder foundation with the sponge or wet. I always buff it into the face (think Bare Minerals infomercial.) I generally use the Sephora Airbrush #55 to do this.
My favorite powder foundations include:
Burberry Powder Foundation: This is the lightest powder foundation and not really suitable for people with oily skin or those looking for decent coverage. I know many people that use this as a setting powder because it is a very light powder foundation. I find that it lets your natural glow shine through.
Dolce and Gabbana Powder Foundation: I gave into this after I heard Raeview’s rave about it. I love this powder foundation, but I do feel that the packaging is bulky and you get less product than imaged. It’s still light with slightly more coverage than the Burberry. It also controls oil slightly better.
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation: I’m going to be honest, I do prefer the Burberry and the D&G powder foundations to this MUFE, but it deserves a spot on the list. It’s slightly more powdery, meaning when I get the product on my brush, it tends to fly everywhere. This doesn’t happen with the previous two. The upside is that it also far more mattifying and full-coverage. If you have oily skin, want to use a powder foundation on its own, or need additional coverage over say a tinted moisturizer, then the MUFE is for you.
Neutrogena Skinclearing Mineral Powder Foundation: I wanted to include a drugstore product on this list and I’m a huge fan of Neutrogena, especially their Skinclearing range. This is the product I always keep in my purse and it is perfect for touch-ups. This is a great product for people with sensitive skin, acne, and those on a budget.
My favorite powders:
Since I tend to wear a BB cream most often, I usually grab for a powder foundation. When I’m go out for the evening and use a heavier foundation, however, I like a fine powder. My favorite setting powders tend to be loose or translucent powders.
Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder: I love this powder because they come in a range of shades. I picked a slightly darker shade to give me a bronzed look. It’s also matte, but since it is a loose powder, you won’t experience any build-up. This powder is similar to the HD powder, but without the choking hazard. It’s got that great finely-milled texture that you’d expect from a MUFE product.
Chanel Poudre Universelle Compact – Natural Finish Pressed Powder: I’m rarely a fan of translucent powders. I know they are supposed to be a neutral product, which is probably why I feel so blah about them. I quite like this version, mainly for the t-zone. On the off chance I don’t want to set my whole face with a powder, this effortlessly matches my skin and I can place it exactly where need be.
Make Up For Ever HD Powder: They’ve apparently changed the packaging of this, but I can’t get enough of it. There isn’t a makeup artist in the world that doesn’t keep this in their kit. It is made of pure silicone, so as stated, it’s a choking hazard, but a fabulous one at that. It’s perfect for setting concealer, all over coverage, or place it specifically in areas you’re concerned need some extreme oomph.
Hope this helps on your powder hunt!
LORAC launched these Baked Matte Satin Blushes, and boy, have the gotten popular! LORAC claims that the “LORAC Baked Matte Satin Blush contains a silky-smooth, highly pigmented formula that blends easily and evenly for natural, long-lasting glow.”
I totally blame these purchases on LisaLisaD1!
I originally caved and got the pink toned blush, called Exposed. That seemed to be the most popular choice and a great Spring option. As far as shade is concerned, LORAC describes this as a peachy-pink. I find that this really is a true pink. It has a substantial glow, without being too glittery or frosty.
After realizing how much I loved Exposed, I caved and got in Plush. I feel so many of us are always on the hunt for the perfect peach. I had Gina from NARS in the past and it didn’t do ‘it’ for me. I also have Tangerine from Burberry, which is beyond amazing, but it’s more on the terracotta side. I love this peach! I find that the perfect peach is a combination of a florally peach tone, mixed with a bit of bronze. If it doesn’t have that undertone of bronze, it either looks too terracotta (i.e. muddy) or too orange. This is most subtle of the blush colors, so if you want something that is easy to blend and buildable, this is for you.
Here are the swatches of Plush and Exposed. I blended it out and did a stronger swatch so you can see the diversity of this product.
I think you’ll love these! They are much easier to work with than NARS and have the most wonderful sheen. I don’t even feel the need to apply a highlighter during the day.
The La Mer Radient Concealer is officially my holy grail concealer. Did I just utter those words out loud? I believe I did.
I’m a concealer junkie. Next to eyeshadow, it’s probably my favorite thing to buy. I’ve literally tried every concealer under the sun, from Sonia Kashuk and Mabelline to Make Up For Ever and Cle de Peau. Thankfully, after testing every brand under the sun, I can stop wasting my money because for me, this is as good as it gets.
Nothing is as easy and flawless and this concealer to me. It is $70, which is the same price range as the Cle de Peau.
I think this concealer is better suited for people that have a drier under eye area. That’s not to say if you have oily skin you can’t use this. It just has a creamier consistency than say the Cle de Peau. It, however, is far less tacky than Bobbi Brown conealers and isn’t as watery as MAC Moisture Cover.
Nordstrom describes this concealer as: “This treatment cream concealer instantly smoothes and evens the skin’s appearance while adding radiance. Gemstone technology optically erases imperfections. Precious marine and plant extracts help reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness, lines, wrinkles and pores. The look of redness and discoloration is diminished. Skin stays naturally flawless all day.”
I do have to warn you that the shades are very light, I think it’s because it’s quite illumining. I use shade medium.
The main reason I love this concealer is because it takes care of everything in one shot and makes life easier. It highlights, conceals, and acts as an under eye treatment due to the marine and plant extracts that are in all of La Mer’s products. I also love that it comes in a pot because I think concealer applies better if you’ve had a chance to warm it up with your finger.
I also set this concealer with the Le Metier Eye Brightening and Setting Powder or the MUFE HD powder.
If you’ve got the change to spare, I highly recommend this product.
I refer to the Le Metier de Beaute Eye Brightening and Setting Powder as “the other white powder.” Completely inappropriate? Yes. Will you become addicted to this? Yes. It’s like crack for your under eyes.
I originally heard about this from Kylie (aka beautyandtheblonde91) She told me it was like YSL’s Touche Eclat in powder form and I would have to agree, that is the perfect description! I use this product to set my concealer. All of Le Metier’s powders feel like buttaaaa. The consistency, plus its incredible ability to brighten your under eyes, means sayonara dark circles.
If Make Up For Ever HD Powder wasn’t a choking hazard and had the extra oomph to provide a bit more coverage, it would be quite similar to the product. It has that silica type feel to it, meaning that it’s a powder that won’t cause any creasing!
It comes in two shades. I use the lighter or the two, Refresh.
To conclude this first edition of “Makeup Your Mind,” run, don’t walk to get this product. It’s worth the $36 price tag and it does last a decent amount of time. I recommend ordering it online, unless you have friendly Nieman Marcus employees… which I don’t.
I gave into the Dolce and Gabbana Foundation Powder thanks to the doings of Raeview. When I got it in the mail, I was planning on seeing which is better: Burberry or D&G. Unfortunately, I soon learned that it wouldn’t be that easy. I don’t think one is better than another, but I do think that each powder has its pro’s and con’s. I specified enough categories, that I think everyone will find which powder suits them best, based on you’re own needs and wants.
First up, The Burberry Powder Foundation.
I use the shade “Trench #7,” in case you were interested.
This powder is better for people with dry to normal skin. It’s a lighter powder that lets your skin breathe. It also allows your skin’s natural glow to shine through, sans the greasy look. I say that it’s medium coverage, whereas D&G is more medium to full, only because I find the more matte the powder, the heavier the coverage appears. You may need a touch-up throughout the day if your skin leans more on the combination side. As far as packaging is concerned, Burberry wins hands down. A lot of people travel with these types of powders, or keep them in their on-the-go makeup case, so I think packaging is really important. The magnetic closure that all Burberry products feature is really nice. It also lifts up the powder tray, so you have easy access to the sponge beneath. The classic check pattern is embossed on the outside, and it’s very easy to wipe clean. It also doesn’t scratch easily. This powder does have the signature Burberry scent that seems to plague all their products. I do have to say it’s a pleasant scent, so if you don’t have a distain towards a scented product, you will love this!
Dolce and Gabbana Powder Foundation
I purchased the shade “Warm.”
The shading issue is the first point I want to bring up, the swatches are deceiving, at least on Sephora’s website. The D&G Cosmetics website is probably the most spectacular thing I’ve ever seen. I purchased mine, however, from Sephora. Online the shades seemed much darker than they do in person. I was originally going to go with Buff, but thankfully I went with Warm, which is most likely a winter shade for me. This powder is extremely matte and is much more suited for people with combination or oily skin. As stated previously, I think because of its matte nature, it appears to have a bit more coverage than Burberry and will definitely last longer for people that have that skin type. The packaging loses this battle. Although I still think it’s fabulous, it just doesn’t contend with Burberry. It’s prone to finger prints and scratches. The D&G powder doesn’t have a much of a scent, which I prefer.
Hope this helps make your decision easier
This year I wanted to approach my Top 5 Favorite Fitness Products a little differently. I wanted to choose a variety of products that would cater to everyone’s needs and budget. This is the first year that I added a book! I felt limiting my picks to just DVDs wasn’t working anymore. I’ve tried so many useless products and the point of choosing my favorites is to guide you to quality items.
Without further adieu…
Best Book: Clean and Lean Diet (By: James Duigan) – Usually I only recommend diet books that address more emotional issues. In my experience, a lot of women I know eat the right way, they just each too much or too little and then binge. This is one of the first “diet” books I’ve come across that explains the notion of cleaning eating in a approachable manner. If eating unprocessed food seems like a daunting task, you may want to keep in mind that Duigan is a trainer to the stars. His clientele includes: Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Elle Macpherson, and Hugh Grant. He’s also coming out with a 14 day jumpstart type book called Clean & Lean Flat Tummy Fast. It’s not due out until February ,at least here in America. (…Yeah, I wish I could get my hands on it too!) He also has a website called Bodyism that features a variety of products and supplements to aid you on your healthy-living journey.
Best Bang for Your Buck: This is Yoga - I was sent this set of DVDs, thanks to being a part of FitFluential! I wanted to include this in my favorites because it offers so much variety and for a great price. You get four DVDs for $20!! Tara Stiles is the force behind this fantastic series, many of you will be familiar with her from YouTube. This set of DVDs ultimately earned its spot on this list for their variety, amount of workouts, combination of yoga and relaxation, and great overall aesthetics. You can purchase the DVDs HERE. This is a summary and description of what you get…
DVD ONE- DAILY YOGA FOR EVERYONE Focuses on building core strength, improving balance and working toward inversions, as well as releasing tension in the shoulders, back, neck and hips to rejuvenate the mind. Includes 60 minutes of Strong Flow & 30 minutes of Relaxing Flow.
DVD TWO- BEGINNERS YOGA FOR EVERYONE Beginners will learn to move with breath and build strength and flexibility evenly in the body. It also displays how to open the hips and hamstrings while bringing more space to the body and mind. Includes 30 minutes of Beginners Flow, 15 minutes of Relaxed & Easy Going Flow, & 50 minutes of Calming Night Time Flow.
DVD THREE- AM/PM YOGA FOR EVERYONE Designed as a gentle total body flow that opens the mind, energizes and builds strength evenly in the body. Includes 5 minutes of Morning flow (in bed), 60 minutes of Energizing & Strong Flow, 15 minutes of Daily Basic Flow, & 5 minutes of Bed Time Flow (in bed)
DVD FOUR- COMPLETE YOGA LIBRARY FOR EVERYONE Provides a collection of approximately 120 poses including seated, standing, standing twists, sun salutations, back bends, inversions, arm balances and reclining.
Girl on the Go: Physique 57 Online Workouts – I’ve been doing my favorite fitness products for three years now. Physique 57 is the only company that’s made the list every year! They recently came out with online workouts, which are perfect if you are looking to add something new to your P57 routine or if you are a tech-girl always on the go. The fact that you can stream these workouts on your computer or tablet means you’ve got no excuse to not workout! They have fun workouts like Physique Cardio and F.I.T Focused Interval Training. You can find these workouts on their website.
Let’s Do This: Rip: 60 – This is for the girl who want’s a serious workout. If you aren’t into yoga or Pilates, and you want to toughen up, this set if for you! It’s 60 minutes of working out a day for 60 days! I like this program much more than P90X. P90X was too boring, aggressive, time consuming, and required unusual equipment, like a pull-up bar. Insanity is also great, but primarily focuses on cardio. Rip: 60 is a good combination of both. Another reason I love it is because it comes with all the equipment and tools needed. You don’t have to worry about destroying your house by nailing things into walls. It comes with what they call “Rip 60 straps,” which is like a suspension system. Luckily, they made it user-friendly. All you have to do is lay this strap over the top of a door frame and close the door! No screws and bolts required. It comes with nutritional help and a 60-day calendar to keep you on track. If you want more information you find it on Amazon HERE, but I bought my set at Target.
An Oldie, but a Goody: Cindy Crawford Next Challenge Workout – I can’t say enough about this DVD. I’ve had it since junior high or high school. It’s a great workout without all the frou-frou (yeah, I just used that term.) Who doesn’t love Cindy? She’s in her 40′s and still looks amazing. The proof is definitely in the pudding, and therefore I think her workouts deserve credit. I also chose this because you can find this DVD on Amazon for $10. It has a good cardio aspect to it and great toning exercises that don’t make you feel like you’re attempting CrossFit. You’re going to love this one, especially for the price.
What workout are you loving right now?
About a year ago I noticed a dramatic difference in my skin. My face suddenly looked like I was gearing up for a Proactiv casting call. I think it mainly has to do with an extreme amount of stress, post-graduation. Also, a change in diet from college life probably just confused my system.
I tried everything! I mean, here’s a sample: Peter Thomas Roth, Dior, La Mer, Kate Somerville, Origins, Kiehl’s, St. Ives, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Cetaphil, Caudalie, Clinque, Korres, Jurlique, Ole Henricksen… I should probably stop now.
I tried just as many foundations, concealers, and bronzers to figure out what my face was reacting to.
I never planned to do a post or video about this, so I only have before picture with makeup on, but he’s a sample of the explosion on my face.
I’m forewarning you that these pictures were taken after I did a tutorial about a year ago (notice the black hair fiasco.) I’m also wearing MUFE Mat Velvet foundation, industrial strength concealer, and powder like cement. Underneath, it was a painful mess. You could also fry an egg on my forehead.
Ok, so it doesn’t look as bad as it felt. I went into YouTube hibernation mainly because of this! I’ve always had normal, sensitive skin, and breakouts were a rarity. My skin went through two phases: extremely oily with massive breakouts, and then my skin went back to being normal, but the breakouts still hadn’t subsided.
I can’t guarantee the brands or products I use will work for your chemistry, but I can provide a few tips that will universally help.
Numero uno, and quite possibly the most important rule, too much is just that, too much. The reason my face had become so oily is because of all the acids, mainly salicylic and glycloic, which my skin rejected. Products listed for sensitive skin are great. All those products that you hear reviewers saying, “I felt like it wasn’t doing anything,” they’re actually doing more than you think… not making the situation worse.
Numero dos, scrub, hydrate, and repeat. ”Dark spot treatments” are ripping you off. The best way to get rid of post-acne is to invest in a good exfoliator and moisturizer. Get the old skin off and heal the new skin… the natural way.
Numero tres, think out of the box. You may have a sensitivity to the most random things. I am highly allergic to a lot of bronzers, hence why I was breaking out in such an unusual spot… underneath my cheekbones. NARS caused major problems, this happened to my BFF too! Bobbi Brown and Hoola bronzers are fantastic.
Numero cuatro, don’t be lazy and stick to it. The Clarisonic Mia did wonders for me, but you can’t use it once a month. Wash you makeup off every single night! I don’t care if it’s 3am, I’m scrubbing my face!
Here’s what I used to get rid of unsightly acne:
DDF – Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula
I use the Sensitive Skin Clearing Gel. This is comparable to Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap. I like the Clinique a bit better because it comes in a pump, and a little goes a long way, but this DDF is less soapy and has worked like a charm!
DDF – Aloe Toning Complex
DDF makes a variety of spray toners. I prefer to spray my toner, rather than apply it with a cotton pad. I also love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, but that costs $50 and this is a better bang for your buck. It’s very soothing, so if you have breakouts that are literally painful, this will help calm the skin!
DDF – Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
If I could get the angels to sing in this blog post, I would cue them now. This is a MUST! I tried every spot treatment known to man, from Kate Somerville, Burt’s Bees, to tons of drugstore brands. Spot treatments also made everything worse and my skin became immune to them. I love this gel because it’s clear, so you don’t look like a ridiculous mess when you go to bed and you don’t wake up with the treatment all over your pillow. It isn’t intended to be a spot treatment, but I use it as one and I also place it over areas that I know are prone to breakouts. It’s 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, which is a higher content that a lot of products, many spot treatments only contain 1.5% of certain acids. It can dry out your face and leaves you with that tight skin feeling. I therefore only use it at night and stop using it if my face feels too dry. As long as you invest in a good moisturizer it shouldn’t be a problem. I swear by this!
Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
I know this technically isn’t a moisturizer, but I use it as one anyway. I’ve been using it for years and it doesn’t affect my makeup whatsoever. I love this as my AM moisturizer.
Caudalie – Vinosource Creme Sorbet Hydrante
There are two version that look quite similar to this, but I love this version because it’s specifically designed for people with sensitive skin. It’s $38, which sounds great considering how expensive Caudalie is, but in reality I don’t think that’s the best deal because it’s only 1.3 ounces. It works, I like it, but I’m not saying that I couldn’t find something to replace it. I still love all of Clinique’s moisturizing range, especially for the price.
Lancer Skincare – Polish
I’m obsessed! Dr. Lancer is the dermatologist to the stars, including Oprah. I’ve enjoyed a few of his products, but the Polish is the standout. It’s similar to Kiehl’s Microdermabrasion Scrub, but it’s better. There is a slight warming affect when you first place it on your skin. I’ve gone through the entire tube and I miss it already. As I mentioned earlier, this is so crucial to repairing your skin. Invest in a good scrub, because if the “beads” are not the right shape and made from a cheap material it can actually hurt the skin.
La Mer – The Refining Facial
This is my second runner-up, as far as scrubs are concerned. It’s also one of the few La Mer products that I enjoyed. It’s 3.4 ounces for $75, which is a hard pill to swallow. This scrub, however, contains pure diamond powder… supposedly. It has a minty smell, but you don’t get that tea tree feeling or anything like that. It’s superfine and you feel as though it isn’t doing anything, but you step out of the shower and suddenly your skin feels completely different.
I have some favorite eye creams, but we shall save that for another post.
Hope this helps!
I don’t know about you, but I use the Holiday’s as an incentive to get fit, not frumpy.
You never know who you’re going to bump into at a holiday party.
And let’s face it, those over-the-knee hooker boots look better on slimmer legs.
Last night I tried Physique 57′s new online class. They have 3 unique workouts: Physique F.I.T. Focused Interval Training, Physique Cardio, and Physique Prenatal. They also offer 2 online DVDs: the Physique 57 Classic 57 Minute Full Body workout and the Thigh and Seat Booster, which many of you will be familiar with if you own their DVD sets.
Clearly, I ordered the Physique F.I.T. You can order all the classes off their website. They cost $5, except for the Full Body DVD, which is $7. There was a surcharge, so it ended up being $5.40 (but who’s counting?) The great thing too is that you can use PayPal. I always have a few dollars left over that I couldn’t transfer into my bank account from selling things on eBay, so it’s a great way to use that money up. You are essentially renting this workout too, it only lasts for 48 hours.
The F.I.T description, according to P57:
This class, led by Physique 57 Co-Founder, Tanya Becker, features a series of sculpting exercises designed to target, tone and trim trouble spots.
Equipment Needed: Exercise ball, Light set of hand weights (3lbs)
I personally loved it! I have been in a workout rut. I’m literally so bored by working out that I end up not doing it all. When I printed out the Decemeber P57 calendar, I was so excited to see these online classes incorporated because I wanted to try something different. It definitely has classic P57 moves, but provides a new setting (you are in one of their studios in NYC) and you also get a few new unique moves.
Let me just tell you… my hips were a burnin’. I’m pretty sure I left some of the love on my love handles on the carpeting… not going to complain about that.
- The price… These 30-minute classes are $5. If you went into their studio you’d be paying between $20-45 for a single class based on your package deal.
- Travel friendly… you can do it anywhere!
- Something different… this really helped me break out of the workout rut!
- Tanya is still teaching the class… I love her! When I want to give up, she reminds me that these are your calorie burning muscles, and if you like to eat… you need to build the muscle. I eat like a man, so this is important!
- If you are traveling, you’re most likely not going to have an exercise ball or free weights, however, I think you can just substitute the items. I’d just use water bottles and roll up a towel in replacement of the ball.
- The website currently doesn’t allow you to preview the workouts. You have to depend on the descriptions (or my reviews.)
- It hurts, but hey girl… you want skinny jeans, you gotta do the work.
I haven’t closed the Physique 57 contest yet!
Want the DVD? Enter here: YouTube
What workout are you digging right now?