Foundation Wars…Part 2

After trying out so many foundations over the years and not getting the results that I wanted, I decided that drugstore and mid-range foundations might not be for me. So I went to Sephora and picked up a few samples of higher end foundations, and thankfully the SA who helped me out knew exactly what she was doing. *waves at Pearl!* She picked the right shades for me, and that is a SA first! I’m pleased with her suggestions, and when I go back to purchase some more items, I will make sure to work with her again. :)

Today’s contenders:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 510 Suede

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup in 070

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B80

These will be in order from least liked to most liked! Okay, let’s get started!

 

First up: Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup (070)

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Without flash…

 

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With flash…

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Pros: It blends in pretty smoothly, and you don’t need a lot of it when applying to your whole face. The color (without flash) when applied matches fairly well with my skin.

Cons: This formula is a little thicker than I’d thought it would be. When I tried to pour it out of the sample bottle, well, it wouldn’t actually pour out. I had to squeeze the bottle a few times to get enough of it onto my hand to test out. Also, I was not pleased with the fact that as soon as I frowned once, you could see lines on my forehead. My face looked fairly flawless in natural light – until I frowned. That’s not good. Another thing that I didn’t care for was that it still left a bit of a cast when using flash.

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Ignore the tired expression…

As you can see, there are more cons than pros. :(

 

Next up: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H (510 Suede)

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Pros: It’s definitely lighter in texture than the Diorskin Nude, and it also blends very easily into my skin. I had no problems with getting this one out of the bottle! It looked even, and close to my own skin. Not cakey.

Cons: Transfers easily, but that can be handled by using a powder after application. I don’t think that this will actually last for 24 hours, even with powder.

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And I saved the best for last: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat w/ SPF 19 (B80)

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Pros: Everything. It’s super lightweight, and I didn’t feel like I was even wearing any foundation, which is always a plus for me. It’s like my skin, but even better. It claims to have a luminous effect, and I can agree that this will give you that look. I love looking dewy as opposed to matte, but that’s just me. This one did not settle into the fine lines, which I can appreciate. Flawless finish.

Cons: None as far as I’m concerned! :)

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Obviously the YSL was my favorite of the three. And true to form, I would end up liking the most expensive one. *sigh* It’s the story of my life! But I will definitely be going back to purchase this one and probably the Lancome, as I rather liked that one as well. I’m so happy to have finally found something that works well for me! The Great Foundation Search is over! I’ll be right back…I have to go and do a happy dance now. :)

Foundation Wars Part 1

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is really hard for me to find a foundation shade that works well for me. Really hard. So, I picked up a few more to try out, with the hope that one of these would work. One of them. Something. Anything!!

The contenders for this round:

Maybelline FIT Me in both 355 and 360

L’Oreal True Match in Cappuccino (Neutral)

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How did they fare? The FIT Me in 355 was a tad bit too light, while the 360 was too dark. If there were a color in-between the two, it would probably have worked a little better. The True Match in Cappucino worked fairly well, but it still wasn’t a match. One thing that I noticed about both brands is that they left a slightly greyish cast on my face when taking photos with flash. I don’t know if that’s happened with anyone else, but that’s an automatic disqualification as far as I’m concerned. Needless to say, close, but no cigar.

On to the next one!

Get It Together!!!

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I needed to take a brief hiatus in order to take care of some things (nothing bad! lol), but I am getting back to it! There are plenty of posts that I need to put together, so look for them soon! Thanks for being patient with me. (((hugs for everyone!)))

DIY Coconut Oil & Honey Conditioner…Semi-Fail?

My DIY life is still full of the fail, I see. Everything was going so well! But I’m out of my favorite conditioner at the moment (Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey and Shea Butter Mask), and I’m waiting awhile to stock up again, as I want to buy it in bulk. And it’s made in Japan, so yeah, shipping fees will be out the wazoo! But it’s totally worth it! So what did I do in the meantime? I mixed up some hair goods!

And it didn’t work out so well.

What I used:

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Tbsp honey

A liberal portion of regular conditioner…just because.

Now, I thought that I’d taken photos of this, but apparently I didn’t, because I can’t find any of them anywhere! But the consistency was that of a slightly runny conditioner, and when I applied it the first time, it seemed to make my curly new growth just pop! I was excited, because the front section of my hair doesn’t really like to do that on its own! Fine hair problems, yes? I rinsed it out, pulled my hair back to air dry, and went on about my business. My hair was just fine.

The second time that I used it was a different story altogether, and there are plenty of things that could have contributed to this being a semi-fail for me. First of all, I wash my hair every two days. Three at the most. If I go any longer than that, my hair will rebel. It will not respond to ANYTHING. Moisture, oil, a comb, life, you name it, my hair doesn’t care about it. But when it’s under the water and is all clean? It loves me again. My hair is a living entity with its own mind – and it has an attitude. So, of course, I went to use the DIY conditioner again on day three. Big mistake. I couldn’t even get a comb through my hair, not even while under the water in the shower. It was so tangled, and then it was so dry – it felt like straw! And then I remembered…coconut oil.

There’s a reason that I don’t use coconut oil in my hair unless it’s one of the last few ingredients in a product. My hair doesn’t really respond well to it at all. Plus, I was using it a few days apart, as opposed to a week or so. Coconut oil = protein. I’d just put my hair under protein overload, so of course it rebelled. Of course it did.

The lesson? Don’t use coconut oil so closely together, unless you have a good moisturizing plan in place. Don’t be like me. ;)

Lashes Galore!

Okay, maybe not galore, but still…mini haul-ish of sorts? Maybe? Yeah, I need to stop shopping late at night. It does result in me getting packages in the mail that are packed full of goodies, though!

Enter…Madame Madeline.

This is a one-stop lash shop, seriously! Several different brands of false eyelashes, lash adhesives (latex and non-latex), lash tools, nail care, skin care, and more. And their shipping is FAST! I ordered in the middle of the night on the 2nd (a Sunday), it was processed and shipped on Monday, and I had them by Thursday morning. That made me happy! I can’t remember if I first heard of this online store through YouTube, or if I found it through someone’s blog, but I’m thankful all the same. I’ve been wanting to try Red Cherry lashes for quite some time now, and Madame Madeline sells them for $2.50 a pair. I’m not mad at it! Soooo I bought four pairs of lashes and a non-latex lash adhesive (the latex ones burn my eyes!).

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Products purchased:

Ardell Brush-On Strip Lash Adhesive (non-latex)

Red Cherry #43

Red Cherry #213 (x2!)

Red Cherry #WSP

I have only tried the #213 so far, and even though they’re a little longer than I’d anticipated, I do like them!

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These lashes are loooooong…

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I was too tired to add eyeliner to cover the lash line. Next time, y’all…next time. :)

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I had to cut them a little bit, as they were too long for my eyes, and I may have to trim them a little bit more. But I still really like them! I will post photos of the #43 and the #WSP eventually, once I get around to trying them out. I promise that I will at least wear eyeliner next time. ;)

Would I order from Madame Madeline again? Absolutely. I’m planning a future order as we speak. :D Check them out at MadameMadeline.com .

*not a sponsored post.

BzzAgent: Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

I signed up for another BzzAgent campaign recently, and received a package in the mail today containing a bottle of the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear  (Broad Spectrum SPF 20) foundation…in Nude 40.

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Okay, I know that I picked one of the shades they had available, but they were all light. Liiiiiight. I’d have to say that some of these companies, including some of the sample subscription boxes, are doing a sizeable portion of their audience a disservice. Yes, those of us with darker skin tones would love to try and review some of these foundations (and other products) for you as well, but you’re not giving us a lot of options here. Now, in all fairness to BzzAgent, I checked Neutrogena’s website, and they only offer this formula in eight shades, and none of them are even remotely dark. BzzAgent, you’re still good with me. This wasn’t your fault. But hopefully there will be more opportunities such as this one in the future, with more colors to choose from across the entire spectrum. Help us help you. ;)

This formulation has what Neutrogena calls its tone correcting complex, which is supposed to wipe out the appearance of skin imperfections, while still looking natural. The complex is a blend of Vitamins A, C, and E, along with soy, antioxidants, and light diffusing powders. The company also says that it has been clinically proven to improve texture and skin tone in four weeks.

Since I clearly wasn’t going to put this shade on my face, I tested it on my arm, and then blended it out on my hand.

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I will say that this does seem to blend pretty smoothly, and seems like it could be more of a medium coverage foundation. That’s definitely a pro in my book. But one of the cons, besides the color issue, also happens to be one of the pros – the long wear factor. After trying to remove this foundation from my arm and my hand, I have absolutely no problem with believing that this will stay on for 12 hours! I tried washing it off twice. No dice. Third time’s the charm, right? Heck naw. Then I added a scrub. Bingo…sort of. There’s still a slight film where the foundation was, and it’s driving me a little crazy! Granted, I was using soap and water (which is usually enough!), but maybe I should have used makeup remover. Actually, I would probably suggest going that route. So when you apply this foundation, make sure that you did it well, because once it’s on, it’s ON. My goodness.

Has anyone else tried this foundation? If so, did you find that it worked well for you? :)

DIY Moisturizer…With Milk?

I clearly need to make a run to the store or place an order online or something, because I realized this morning that I’d run out of facial moisturizer. Now, I could have just used Egyptian Magic (which I LOVE!), but I normally use that at night. I don’t care to use it during the day, because it just makes you walk around looking extra greasy. That’s not cute. For some reason, milk kept coming to mind, so I had to search out and see if I could find a recipe for a facial moisturizer using milk. There were several out there, but I chose the most simple (and well known) recipe of the bunch. Mainly because I had all three of the ingredients here in the house. Yay, right? So I mixed it all up, tried it out, and my skin was instantly a bit brighter. That was eight hours ago, and my skin still looks pretty fab. This one may be a keeper! Will remember this when I run out of moisturizer again. ;)

Ingredients:

1/4 C milk (lactic acid for gentle exfoliation)

2 tablespoons lemon juice (exfoliating, brightening skin, evens out skin tone)

2 tablespoons olive oil (smooth complexion, soft skin, maintain elasticity, Vitamin E, and more)

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Mix the milk and the olive oil until well blended. Then mix in the lemon juice, and that’s it! Use as the final step to your beauty routine. Make sure to keep this mixture in the refrigerator, as it does have milk as the main ingredient. Just pull it out of the fridge when you need it, shake it up, use, and put it back in the fridge when you’re done. This moisturizer should keep for a few days, and after that, the remainder should be discarded.

I will also say that this recipe yielded more than I will actually need or be able to use before it expires. If you think this will be an issue, consider halving the recipe. Don’t make more than you’ll actually use! :D

Note: If you are allergic to lemons, don’t try this. Also, if you know that you will have prolonged exposure to the sun that day, you may not want to use this moisturizer, as the lemon can cause sun sensitivity. Be safe. :)