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How I Conceal Dark Circles (cream products)

Cream products are so much easier to play with. You can always turn cream into a liquid, but not the other way around. I like that you can mix shades to get the perfect one, or mix it in with your moisturizer. Not only are they less messy, you only need a little bit to get the job done. So since I recently nabbed the Ben Nye Concealer, I thought i’d put the salmon color for a test drive and I am loving it so far! I actually love the entire wheel, I occasionally use the other flesh tone colors also in the wheel as a concealer on top of the salmon color and it works great; since my MAC Studio Finish can be too yellow for me sometimes. But for this demo I used my MAC concealer in NC30.

1. I first started by applying a moisturizer (you can use a primer too, but I wanted to moisturize under my eyes a bit), I used my Borghese Curaforte Moisturizer, and applied a tiny bit and patted it under my eye area. This helps smooth the under eye area for easier application and prevents dry patches. Let it dry and seep in before applying the neutralizer (salmon color) to avoid patches of color.

2. Using a brush or a warm finger (using a warm finger helps to soften solid creams like the Ben Nye Concealer Wheel), I applied the salmon color (start small and build if necessary), starting at the inner corner and angled it down a bit, as this is the darkest part for me, and then blend the edges and pat, you don’t want to apply the color immediately under the eye so it won’t be so cakey, so you wanna gently pat the color on, out, and in. **For makeup artists or for sanitary purposes, you can also use a spatula to scoop out a little bit onto your hand and dip from there.

3. Using a brush or warm finger, apply your concealer by gently patting the color into the neutralizer and blending outer edges.

4. Lastly, set it by using a finishing powder (I used Ben Nye’s Visage Powder in Banana), and used Sigma Beauty’s stippling brush and gently pat the powder on to prevent the concealer from settling into fine lines, or getting oily/shiny later on.

Again,  this is just my routine and what works best for me right now, to conceal the dark circles under my eyes. Feel free to substitute different products, techniques, brushes, etc. I will be doing a tutorial soon on using liquid concealers with my Sephora Concealer Brush.

FYI- I did my nails myself (although it was starting to chip), used the pink nailpolish I got from Naimies (forgot the name) and used a nail dotting tool and dipped it in Milani’s Nail Art Polish in Black, then finished with Seche Vite Top Coat.


Ben Nye Cover All Concealer Wheel (SK-1)

I’ve been searching for a neutralizer, preferably a salmon colored one, as it’s best for neutralizing bluish tones such as dark under eye circles which I have. I have a MUFE concealer palette I got from one of the makeup shows but it’s just a concealer palette that has flesh colored tones, not a neutralizer palette that has a mix of colors.. I thought it would be nifty to have a neutralizer/concealer wheel just so I have more to play with in terms of mixing colors to suit whatever needs to be concealed. 
So I went with the Ben Nye Cover All Concealer Wheel in SK-1, and bought it off of eBay since Naimies sold out of it when I went last week. They are between $10.95-$15 depending on where you go and this particular concealer wheel is great for those with light/light medium skintones. Size wise, it’s a tad bit smaller than the size of your palm, they look big in pictures but they are probably the size (width wise) of a MAC blush pan refill.
I wasn’t too picky with picking out a concealer wheel, I know there are plenty out there that are great, but I absolutely loved the salmon shade (MO-2) in this wheel in particular. ***I’ll do another post using this concealer and do a tutorial soon.
Initial observations? Don’t worry if there are oil bubbles where it looks like your makeup is sweating, that’s perfectly normal when it comes to creams due to its consistency, beads of oils tend to sit on top, but the product is still good. When I first tried to swatch them, it was a little dry because my finger was cold, but if you have a warm hand, it’s softens a bit so it’s easier to apply, or you can scrape a little out with a spatula and mix it with a dab of moisturizer or primer to make it more creamier. 
Essentially you want to apply a neutralizer first (pat if using your fingers), concealer, and then your foundation. For example if you want to conceal redness, you want to use a green neutralizer to calm the redness down, then conceal; and then you can use a setting powder to set.
Tip: Neutralizers may be applied beneath or over foundation. Apply with a flat or dome brush; blend, then powder lightly before applying foundation. For intense discoloration, carefully pat on (not swipe or rub) additional layers of neutralizer.
Ben Nye Cover All Concealer Wheel in SK-1– Four classic neutralizing shades are included in this palette. Mutes redness, veins, tattoos, beard shadows and skin discolorations. About 40-100 applications. Shades: MY-2 (Mellow Yellow), MO-2 (Mellow Orange) , CC-3 (Coverette Cover Up), FS-3 (Five O’ Sharp). 
Mellow Yellow: Cover redness, three intensely pigmented shades are in this group, has a smooth consistency to neutralize and cover redness, blemishes, scars and capillaries. 
Mellow Orange: Neutralize blue-green face and body imperfections including veins, tattoos, bruises and deep under-eye discolorations.
Coverette Cover-Up: Often recommended by doctors and “Camouflage artists” to cover scar tissue, birthmarks, vitiligo and post-op skin discoloration. Blends easily to most skin tones.
Five O’Sharp Series: Conceal blue beard shadows with this series of four specialty cover-ups. May be applied beneath or over foundation tone. Very effective in concealing deep discolorations, including black eyes or intense under-eye discoloration.
Red Neutralizer Series: Specifically designed to conceal intense redness due to bruising, acne, birthmarks or capillaries. Use before base as facial corrector, or blend with other neutralizers.
Blue Neutralizer Series: Conceal blue-hued discolorations, such as veins, tattoos, bruises and deep eye circles with this unique palette.

Product Review: MAC Studio Sculpt

MAC’s Well Defined Studio Sculpt Concealer & Foundation ($16.50 & $28.00, which is now part of MAC’s permanent line) is a new and innovating cream & gel based formula that glides on effortlessly onto the skin leaving a nice, natural finish.

MAC Describes it as:
“The easy squeeze tube eliminates waste; just dole out the amount needed for each application. Every drop contains uniquely formulated micronized silicone-coated pigments that keep color true, so it appears to sink into the skin without ever becoming mask-like or cakey. A cushiony gel base helps color slip onto skin for a medium-coverage silky finish. The smooth formula offers ample blending time for near mistake-proof application yet adheres flawlessly and stays in place for hours of beautiful wear.

With an ingredient list that reads like a sophisticated skin care product, this makeup clearly aims to offer significantly more than temporary benefits. Sodium hyaluronate, yeast extract and shea butter, all proven moisturizers, add hydration to keep skin looking youthful and feeling healthy. Hyperlea Rhopdopensis Leaf Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract and Tamarind Seed Extract help to improve skin’s hydration with continued use. Antioxidant vitamins C and E help defend against free radical damage, and a mixture of titanium dioxide and octinoxate give SPF 15 protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.”

Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation available in: NC15, NC20, NC25, NC30, NC35, NC37, NC40, NC42, NC44, NC45, NC50, NC55, NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW43, NW45, NW47, NW50, NW55
Suggested Retail Price $28.00 U.S./$33.50 CDN

I have never attempted to try ANY of MAC’s foundations due to my sensitive skin and MAC’s heavy formula and ingredients in some of their existing foundations. However their new Studio Sculpt is lightweight and feels like a tinted moisturizer, where it can be sheer or you can build it to your desired coverage. They say it’s water resistant, but I have not tested that as of yet, however it seems ideal for those with dry skin as it claims to hydrate your skin. However I noticed that when used by itself it can make your face look like an oil slick (aka really shiny!) and mind you I have dry skin, so my face under normal circumstances isn’t oily, so if you have oily skin- be warned! So I suggest using a finishing or setting powder to set it.

I will be posting a FOTD in my next post so that you can see the coverage of the new Studio Sculpt foundation. Even though my concealer is NC30, I ended up getting the Studio Sculpt in NW25 because it was more of a neutral shade and had lesser yellow undertones. The foundation by itself also feels a bit sticky at first, but eventually fades once dry, or once you use a powder to set. I personally enjoy the no-makeup feeling of mineral foundations.

The Studio Sculpt Concealer is in the same container as the MAC Paint Pots, at first glance it may look like it contains more product than MAC’s current Studio Finish Concealer, but it actually contains less! Even though the Studio Sculpt Foundation has SPF 15, the concealer itself does not (or at least any mention) of containing any SPF, as oppose to its predecessor the Studio Finish Concealer.

How is the Studio Sculpt Concealer different than the Studio Finish Concealer?
I bought the same shade (NC30) in both concealers and noticed that the Studio Finish concealer has a more yellow tinge to it while the Studio Sculpt Concealer was more neutral in color, but they look almost identical when swatched. In terms of consistency, the Studio Sculpt Concealer doesn’t feel gel-like or like a mousse like I originally thought, it actually feels just like the Studio Finish Concealer but a bit creamier and softer to the touch, like it sorta softens with the touch of your finger. The Studio Finish Concealer is a bit thicker; they both can be cakey so you don’t need a lot, a little definitely goes a long way since both are opaque and cover up blemishes or discolorations well. So I can’t really say if one is better than the other because they seem almost the same. I think I like the fact that the Studio Finish concealer has SPF 15. They both also hold up pretty well at the end of the day. [Picture in my next fotd]

Would I re-purchase?
I would re-purchase the Studio Sculpt concealer, but probably not the foundation. Simply because I don’t need that much coverage to begin with, mineral foundations work for me because they give me the right amount of coverage (and allows me to build coverage without being too cakey) and it doesn’t break me out or make me feel too oily at the end of the day. BUT the Studio Sculpt Foundation is probably the best foundation in the MAC line for people with sensitive skin like me.

Blended in…

Let’s look at the packaging:

Product Review: Lorac Double Feature Concealer Stick

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality:5 out of 5
Overall:4 out of 5
Price: $24,
Shade I bought: DF2 (Warm Medium)
Would I re-purchase: You bet your bottom dollar! YES!

What it is: A concealer, highlighter, and hygienic blender ball all in one slim stick.

What it does: LORAC Double Feature delivers red-carpet-worthy correction and perfection. Cover undereye circles and hide blemishes with this oil-, paraben-, and fragrance-free full-coverage, long-wearing concealer stick and blend in with the blender ball. Then use the paraben-free, moisture-rich liquid highlighter to lighten and brighten under eyes, highlight your cheekbones, and help diffuse fine lines.


Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Nylon-12, Barium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Bht, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Sea Salt. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
Water, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mineral Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauroyl Lysine, Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Microcrystalline Wax, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bees Wax, Tocopherol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylene Carbonate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

– All-in-one, need I say more? It has the concealer stick (which has a lot of product) so you get more bang for your buck, you have a blender ball which I love because it really does a great job at blending and I never have come across anything like it, you unscrew the bottom and you then have a highlighter too to brighten the eyes and diminish dark circles.
– No weird smell, very easy and quick to use, just apply the concealer, blend with the ball, and highlight.
– Considering you get a 3-in-1, I consider $24 to be really affordable, a MAC concealer is already $14.50 (around there), so for $10 more you get A LOT more!
– The concealer stick is really pigmented and not sheer, so you don’t need a lot because a little goes a long way.
– No parabens! The Paraben Free Princess might love this! Hi girl! :)
– Very compact and easy to carry/travel with.

– The highlighter is a bit too shimmery for my taste, you only need a dot, if it was less shimmery, it would be perfect!

Overall? This is a BRILLIANT product, it really does everything I need to conceal and hide dark circles in a jiff and it’s in a reasonable price range and the actual quality of it is awesome and very pigmented. The best part is blending with the blender ball which is just a plastic-type ball (similar to the roller balls in lipglosses), it’s not makeup itself but is soft enough to gently blend the concealer stick. I also love the packaging and how it doesn’t take up a lot of space so it’s a staple in my purse! Others have also RAVED about it, and you can read some of the reviews HERE.

Product Review: Maybelline Age Rewind Double Face Perfector Concealer

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Price: $7-$8, available at most drugstores
Color tested: “Light Medium” shade

What they say:
Conceal: cover imperfections
~ Cover adult imperfections: age spots, broken capillaries, blemishes.
~ Complete coverage, doesn’t settle into fine lines

Highlight: brighten undereyes
~ Light reflectors brighten away undereye darkness.
~ Add a luminous touch to inner corner of eyes, cheek and brow bones and bridge of nose or to contour lip.

Concealer Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Pentylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Acrylates Copolymer, Cellulose Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Tristearin, Butylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Acetylated Glycol Stearate. May Contain: CI 77891 Titanium Dioxide, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491 Iron Oxides.

Highlighter Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat., Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Magnesium Sulfate, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxystearic Acid, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Methylparaben, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Vitis Vinifera/Grape Fruit Extract, Butlyparaben, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract. May Contain: Ci 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Mica, CI 77499, Ci 77492, CI 77491 Iron Oxides.


Conceal: Dot small amount of coverage onto flaws and discoloration with precision tip. Gently blend out with fingertip.

Apply small amount with soft touch brush to brighten (see diagram). Gently blend out with fingertips.

PROS: I like how it’s a double-ended tube, one end to conceal (doe foot tip), another end to highlight areas of the face (brush wand) such as under the brow bone, apples of the cheeks, nose, and forehead. I personally like how it’s not in a plastic squeeze tube where it can get messy and leak out. It goes on like a dream and blends easily. It really did a good job at concealing any imperfections; in this case my under eye circles. It’s great to store in your makeup bag for touchups and if you have nice skin as it is, you can wear this alone. There is no funky smell and I love how the “highlight” portion can really give you a more bright, wide-eyed look. It also doesn’t settle into fine lines and cause creasing, which I LOVE since most concealers do this…it stays put and doesn’t feel greasy or give me a cakey “melt-y” look.

None at the moment!

How does it compare to my MAC StudioFinish Concealer? This is liquid, my MAC one is cream, so the cream one is definitely a lot thicker, but at times can get cakey if I accidentally put too much. I love how easy it was to blend the Maybelline one, and with the MAC one I have to sometimes mix it with a drop of moisturize or Fix+ spray so it’s not so ‘dry’ and so it goes on smoother. It’s definitely a good alternative for days I just want to conceal and not wear any foundation.

Has directions on the back of the package to show the areas where you can highlight:

Blend and then apply highlight:


Walgreens & AVON Haul

I think I am coming down with a cold…and that’s no bueno because I leave for NY in less than a week and it would just suck to endure a cold during a trip where i’ll be more susceptible to germs (i.e. the airplane). I have a weak immune system and I remain sick longer than others, so while the normal person takes 4 days or a week to recuperate, it takes me a month, if not longer. Not fun I tell you. Last time we had a show (my work), we went to NY and I was so sick and lost my voice; I wanted to reserve my energy so I didn’t talk at all and went on the tea and honey regimen to soothe it out, and it was such a struggle to talk to potential clients without wanting to just pass out! So I just hope I can fight it before it gets worse…

Anyway, the BF and I had Korean BBQ last night at my favorite place called “Pine Tree”, if any of you ladies live around the San Fernando Valley, you must definitely try that place out! It’s on Reseda and Roscoe and it’s good eats! We go there all the time and the manager knows us already, LOL.

We then went to Walgreens and I didn’t haul a lot, just a couple brushes and other little things…Aileen from Shades of Hue posted recently on EcoBrushes, a set of brushes designed with the environmentally friendly in mind. The handle is made out of bamboo, and I must say their bristles are SOFT! I love them! Of course I have too many brushes so I just bought the eyeshadow shading brush which I wanna use for my mineral eyeshadows because it has that silky taklon fiber feel allowing me to apply them wet. They have a wide collection of brushes so check them out! They are available at Walgreens, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, and similar places like that…

I also got a double-ended smoky eye brush, great for blending those tight spaces and for blending all over color.

Also got a Vo5 detangler/leave-in conditioner for my locks

L’Oreal has a NEW COLLECTION that’s out, the packaging is super pretty! They have new eyeshadow trios, blushes, lipsticks, and lipglosses.

Some cute Easter colored frames I got from Target for $5 each…

I also got my AVON Haul. I wanted to try their new skin smoothing powder mill, it’s basically PRESSED powder that you turn into super-fine loose powder. It has a shine-absorbing formula to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, pores and wrinkles. Great for traveling so you don’t make a mess all over the place. It has grates that shave the powder for you, just twist it like you would on a pepper shaker (same concept), and it becomes finely-milled powder!

I am going to try it later today, I tried it last night on my hand and was amazed at the difference!

It looks big in this picture, and it somewhat is in real life.

Plastic shaving grates that shave the pressed powder so you have loose powder…


My hand before, see my veins?

Look at it after! Flawless!

AVON Duo Blush (pink shimmery color):

AVON Concealer Stick in Medium at $6.00, doesn’t it look like the MAC Concealer sticks??!

MAC Concealer Stick, $15.50

Using the AVON Concealer Stick (BEFORE):


And finally here is the Physician’s Formula Tinted Moisturizer Comparison:

(BEFORE): Uneven skin tone..

AFTER (NO Primer or Overlay of foundation, just as is):

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