New Purchases! Maybelline Super Stay Foundation & Master Chrome Highlighter

So your girl has done it again. However I must say the timing has been absolutely perfect, thank you Law Of Attraction!

There was another sale on at my local drugstore/pharmacy Priceline and 40% off Mayebelline cosmetics. This is about the only time I purchase drugstore cosmetics, when they come close to the same price our USA friends buy them for $14.97AUD thank you very much. I refuse to pay full price which is about $24.95AUD regularly, Australia’s makeup/cosmetics mark ups is crazy!!

I wanted to get my hands on Maybelline’s Super Stay 24H Full Coverage Foundation as it has been classified as a major dupe of the Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation. Woot woot!

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Dupe Alert!

Also! Another splurge, Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in 100 Molten Gold.

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Ooh shiny!

Reasons Why I Didn’t Need Another Highlighter

  1. My Mac Soft and Gentle highlighter still looks the same as I bought it a year or 2 ago. Okay maybe a small dent is apparent.
  2. I’ll probably never hit pan on highlighters, who does when you use so little product?

Reason Why I Bought It Anyway

  1. It’s pretty and shiny. Well that’s 2 reasons hehe.
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Another pic just because. Pretty *drools*

Anyhoo, Nikkia Joy of the wonderful YouTube beauty guru community has been raving about this highlighter and she says its pretty much the exact same product as the ABH Amrezy Highlighter. Yes, I’m sold.

I just love buying cheaper cosmetics that are dupes for the expensive counterparts.

I have yet to try these beauties but stay tuned for a video demo and review.

Have any of you tried these 2 products yet?

As always remember to love your health.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – Foundation Review

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of bringing home a new cosmetic product to try out. Okay maybe bringing home some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is a similar experience am I right?

Guess who got her hands on another foundation recently? *raises hand*

Now before you think I went out and bought a new one just because, let me explain briefly. My beloved Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are on the way out or at least the struggle to squeeze out enough drops from the dropper is becoming a lot more difficult than when I first cracked open the bottle. I’m finding the consistency to be quite thick and as it’s so hard to tell how much liquid is actually left, I think it’s almost fully out!

So luckily for me my local drugstore/pharmacy Priceline was having a Pink Dot 1/2 price sale on Chanel’s little sister brand Bourjois Paris (same company, not the same products) and I swooped in on this little guy.

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Light Beige no 53.

Containing 30mL/1fl. oz. of product this product is claimed to be Hypoallergenic. I’m a bit scepitcal as the scent of this product is very, very strong and fragrance is a known irritant of sensitive and acne prone skin types. However I won’t jump the gun yet but be warned of the scent!

I stumbled upon this foundation as it was recommended as a product that would not encourage the growth of the skin condition Malassezia better known as Fungal Acne (more on that another time).

This is a gel foundation claiming 16 hour wear with a semi matte finish that claims to instantly blend, creating a flawless complexion and with undetectable coverage. Nice.

Added Benefits Include;

Vitamin rich fruits; lychee, goji berries and pomegranate. Ooh la la, oui oui. Using this brand is turning me French.

Having used this product 3 times I can say this is a very nice foundation. The coverage is light to medium but not hugely build-able. I needed to use some concealer on my hyperpigmentation/red marks which is a little strange for me as I am so used to the full coverage of my Custom Cover Drops that I was a little surprised at first at the dewy- ness it gave me.

However, their claim to instantly blend with undetectable coverage is true and after this has had time to sink into the skin, it looks really nice.

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Natural light, no flash

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This is a foundation with a limited colour range which is so very disappointing and you should note that it does oxidize. I find the light beige isn’t an absolute perfect match. It’s just a little too olive for my skin tone however once I’m finished with the base makeup, seems to look okay and matches my decolletage (I’d rather look a little darker than paler).

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With lights, no flash

Set with powders, this foundation lasted quite well on my combination skin and I found it didn’t crack near my mouth (smile lines) and I wasn’t shiny after 6+ hours wear. Mind you, it is winter here at the moment so that may be a factor in the lasting power of this foundation.

Overall, I am happy with my purchase of $16.00AUD, regular retail price at Priceline is about $32.00AUD. Would I re-purchase? Yes I think so. As an everyday foundation this is beautiful and definitely a go to for day time makeup.

I hope you enjoyed my review on Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. I have a try on vid here.

Have you tried this one yet or do you think you might like to try it?

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Makeup Know How – Base

It seems the entire beauty industry is consumed with contouring, baking and strobing and keeping up with these new trends can be a little hard! Whether you like it or not, it has become the quintessential western way of doing your makeup and I for one have certainly jumped on the bandwagon!

There are just so many tutorials these days but many gurus and influencers forget that not everyone knows what baking is unless it’s in the kitchen!

So I thought I’d break down the makeup basics for those who might love a better explanation on makeup application. As soon as I began wearing makeup properly as a 17 year old, I had more people than I can count ask me if I was a Makeup Artist and to that I answered, I am self taught. The one important thing I learnt is that there are no rules in makeup, don’t feel pressured to do anything just because it’s the latest craze or it’s trending on Instagram.

Beauty and makeup should above all else be unique and definitively the way you express your beauty not how someone tells you how to. Take from it what you like, use what you like and work to something you find appropriate for you 😊

Today I share how to create a base and a friendly reminder to subscribe and follow for the next blog on eyes, brows and lips!

Lets begin

Follow your regular skin care routine. Allow at least 30 min for moisturiser and sunscreen to penetrate the skin and kind of mesh with it to create the perfect canvas. If you’re in a hurry or just don’t have the luxury of time on your hands, then 5-10 minutes will do.

1. Primer

Primer is optional and I have never used one honestly so I can’t recommend one currently however this acts as a base for your foundation and helps foundation to ‘stick’. Not essential but handy for those with oily skin that begins breaking down your makeup as soon as you’ve applied it and helps with longevity overall.

2. Foundation

Creates a blank, smooth and flawless complexion.

Depending on the formula, different tools may be better for each.

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, G30

Apply with:

  • Fingers

Pros- product warms on your fingers = easy to blend

Cons – easy to waste product = over use & not hygienic

  • Brushes – Paddle or Round Top

Pros Β applies foundation in a more hygienic way

Cons – can exfoliate the skin with use & can create patchy looking makeup and streaky foundation

  • Beauty Sponge

ProsΒ – blends foundation into skin for blurring effect

ConsΒ – sponge can absorb too much product = waste & can be un-hygienic depending on if you’re regularly washing it after use

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Popular, Beauty Blender

3. Concealer

Use under eyes to highlight, counteract dark circles and conceal any blemishes.Β Choose a colour 2 shades lighter than your skin tone.

Pin point conceal blemishes. Pick a neutral based concealer close to your skin colour for hiding blemishes. We want to camouflage the area not highlight it further with a lighter shade.

Apply with:

  • Blend with fingers, sponge or small brush of your choice
  • Thin, paint like brush for any blemishes you wish to conceal

Side note:Β If you concealed under the eyes, now would be best to bake your under eye area and leave it on for a few minutes. Continue with the next step.

4. Cream Contour (Optional)

If using a cream contour then apply before regular face powder and set contoured areas with an ashy/cool toned coloured powder.

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Top to bottom, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Light 1 Chantilly, NYX Wonder Stick, highlight and contour stick 01 Light/Medium, L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Concealer in Porcelain

5. Face Powder

To set your work you need to lock in cream/liquid products and they help prevent shine if you’re an oily gal. The key is a little goes a long way. The more you pack on the more you start to look aged and crepey looking. If you baked your eye shadow then remember to dust it off now.

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Bottom, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, top left, Savvy by DB powder in transclucent (not very!) Australis, Banana Powder for ‘baking’

6. Powder Contour (Optional)

Use to sculpt the face, make sections of the face appear smaller/hidden or more defined and/or sharper. Use cool tones of brown or ash browns.

Apply with:

  • Tulip brush
  • Fan brush
  • Straight Edge brush
  • Contour creme stick (the product itself)

7. Bronzer

Add warmth and glow to your skin and create ‘depth’. We don’t want to have mannequin faces! The fairer your skin tone the ashier/cooler the colour should be. We don’t want dusted Cheetos on your skin. The deeper your skin tone the warmer you can go πŸ™‚

8. Blush

Add colour back into your face (after doing everything possible to remove it lol)

Apply with:

  • Fingers (mostly for creams)
  • Tulip Brush
  • Blush Brush
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Models Prefer peachy blush in Celebrity Crush

9. Highlight

Accentuates the natural points of the face the sun hits to give a dewy, fresh, glow.

Apply with:

  • Fingers (mostly for liquid and cream products)
  • Fan Brush
  • Beauty Sponge
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Left, Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light, MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish highlight

10. Finishing Spray

This is another step, much like primer that I tend to forget because I haven’t really bothered to find one that I like. Honestly, spray your face with a bit of hairspray…it does the same thing! This is probably terrible for your skin though. Try and purchase an actual ‘FinishingΒ  or Setting Spray’ like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

It helps to melt the powders used on your face to look less cakey and more dewey fresh. This shouldn’t effect your makeup if you’re prone to oil and helps with longevity.

10 steps just for the base!!! It seems like a lot, but as previously mentioned this is a get to know the basics and I want to go in depth with the process. Choose whichever steps you feel comfortable doing and which work for your every day routine.

A Little On Makeup Trends

We owe thanks to the many Drag Queens who essentially use these tricks of the trade daily and they’ve become almost a staple technique in our makeup routines.

Baking or Cooking

No we’re not talking about making cookies tonight love, just the simple art of highlighting under your eyes with a light concealer and pressing a loose or pressed translucent powder to the area and let it ‘cook’ or ‘bake’ to provide ultimate lightness.

Contouring

The contours or hollows of some places on your face can allow for sculpted looking faces with sharp and high cheek bones.

Strobing

Opposite of contouring and kind of like baking except we do this on the cupids bow, around the mouth, chin, right under the contoured bit of our cheek bones and foreheads.

Colour Correcting

Something I have only dabbled in however this is basically using red, orange and green types of cream products to counteract the colours on your face caused by being human basically. Things you want to disappear as fast as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at a party.

Red/Orange counteracts blue/purple for veins etc.

Green counteracts red for pimples, capillaries etc.

Lilac/purple can create a lightening effect and you may have seen some primers and moisturisers contain lilac pigment to achieve lighter, glowing skin. Very popular in Asian cosmetics.

If you’ve read all up until the very end then I applaud you. Here’s a virtual cookie for your efforts in sticking through this post πŸͺ

I certainly hope you’ve learned a thing or two, be sure to come back to read it again if you’re unsure of anything.

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Remember to love your health!

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