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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation & CG Lipstick


Hi dolls! So today I went to Target, originally to get laundry detergent and JUST laundry detergent, but of course my legs took me to the makeup section and I came home with laundry detergent…..and Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation in “Natural Buff” (230) and CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Divine”. I am wearing both items in the pic above, and I posted a video talking a little more about them.

Now first off, let me start of by saying, I LOVE BOTH! I know it may be premature to love the foundation right away, since a fair test run for me is a few days/different environments/weather conditions, etc. but the coverage for a drugstore foundation???! It is AMAZING (at least in my opinion), and it was only like $6! Can’t beat that. I like it a lot better than Revlon foundations, for one, I absolutely hate the way Revlon makeup smells. It just bothers me so I can’t stand their foundations for very long. But the scent of the Maybelline Foundation is so light, and almost floral. If you are sensitive to scents and generally lean towards fragrance free makeup, check this out because it doesn’t have a strong smell at all.

I bought the shade Natural Buff (230) and it’s a tad bit dark on me, but nothing noticeable, if anything I kinda like it because it gives me a nice faux tan and I like that it sort of adds warmth. BUT this particular shade is a bit yellow, almost too yellow; but in the bottle it looks neutral, no yellow undertones. If anything my MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC35 is way more yellow than the Maybelline Foundation but it looked a bit too yellow on me. So I think I will try a shade lighter just to compare. But I definitely want to keep this one for when I get a bit darker in the summer, and because I can always lighten it up a bit by thinning it out with a mixing medium or mixing it with another foundation.

See how it’s a smidge darker but sorta gives warmth?
Natural Light:

Messy side bun:

Next up- is the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Divine” and it’s just that-divine! I love, love, love this lipstick! It totally stuck out to me when I was roaming down the aisle so I brought it home and so happy I did! I was a bit worried because they didn’t have any testers, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it’s just a gorgeous berry color, these pics do not do it any justice! And I think it goes well with any complexion, any skintone- it’s just that amazing. I also provided similar purplish pink lipstick swatches for comparison. I’d say it closest to MAC lipstick in “Up the Amp”…but like 2 times cheaper!

MAC Quite Cute Collection (Lippies)

I love, love, love, lipsticks! Doesn’t matter what brand, or what, it’s the one thing I end up buying in every collection that comes out. The MAC Quite Cute collection was no different! I already had Saint Germain from a previous collection awhile back, so I ended up getting only the lipsticks that are sold out already on the MAC website, and nothing else from the collection: Candy Yum-Yum (matte), Quite Cute (cremesheen), and Playing Koi (satin).

Candy Yum-Yum: Is a super bright matte fuchsia pink color. Even though it has a matte finish, it’s not drying (Ruby Woo anyone?). It doesn’t even feel like it’s matte when you first apply it on, when it’s dry it still feels comfortable but can start to feather, so I suggest applying a tiny bit of chapstick before application. In comparison to other lipsticks similar in color from other collections, Candy Yum-Yum is lighter and more of a true pink than Immodest Mattene lipstick, and Show Orchid. I’d say it’s closest to Petals & Peacocks, but Petals & Peacocks is a tinge darker and has shine.

Quite Cute: Is a pale lavender, almost has a soft blue undertone to it and looks almost like a whitish blue in pictures. It’s a cremesheen finish. I think this is great for mixing/layering with other lipstick colors because it gives a nice wash of color.

Playing Koi: Is a neutral color, almost nude, but a wash of peach which is a nice change from the normal nude lippie. Even though the finish is satin, it has a creamy consistency to it, that I would have thought it was a cremesheen at first. It can still wash certain skintones out, but paired with a nice lipgloss and/or lip liner I think it can easily be pulled off. This is definitely a lippie I want to experiment with and make different combos.

Saint Germain: One of my all time favorites, it’s a soft (but brighter) pink than “Snob” and I love this lipstick because paired with any lipgloss, it always just looks amazing, I loved it so much I ended up buying a backup when I originally bought this.

natural light
 Cute headband my friend Reno gave me!

Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Palettes

I know I am behind on these awesome Wet N Wild palettes, but better late than never right? I saw a few people do gorgeous looks with these palettes and I was curious to see just how good they could possibly be- and boy are they really pigmented! I was amazed how bright and pretty the colors were. And they are $5 each palette! ONE MAC e/s pan refill costs more than that…and that’s just for one color! I found these at Rite-Aid (which had all the colors), Target had only Lust and Vanity.

6 yummy shades are in each palette, the 3 eyeshadows on the left side are all matte, and the other 3 on the right side, are all shimmery shades. Comes with a tiny brush and applicator.

They have 4 palettes of this kind: vanity (browns), pride (blue/teal), lust (purples), and greed (smokey/neutrals). Wet N Wild also has other palettes that have 3 or 8 eyeshadows. There’s a lot of buzz that these are great dupes of some of MAC eyeshadows, I found a helpful link here that breaks what its a dupe of HERE.

I will be doing looks in the coming days from each palette to really give them a good test drive.

***The swatches below were done in ONE swipe, dry (no base, nothing). ***

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Naimies & Graftobian Haul

I’ve been feeling a bit sick the last couple days, so hopefully I can get Part II of my Luminess review up soon. Just been having those days where I am feeling like a hot mess LOL. Since Naimies is by my work, I thought i’d stop by and grab a few things. If y’all don’t know what Naimies is, it’s like a playground for the makeup/skincare/and hair obsessed! I bought a Naimie’s small tapered brush to use as a lip brush (works great with OCC Lip Tars!), got a few wedge sponges, a pink nailpolish, Ben Nye Visage Powder in “Banana” which is a setting/finishing powder that warms up your complexion and doesn’t produce a white cast like other finishing powders, I also got the Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder which has an anti-perspirant to help combat sweat shining through your makeup; after all it is theatrical makeup! It’s great for setting cream or liquid foundations, and got Orly’s Smudge Fixer nailpolish.

I also bought a few things from paintandpowder.com, they have tons of stuff for a budding makeup artist, such as mixing palettes, sponges, disposable wands, etc. as well as theater makeup. I just got a mixing palette so I have a place I can mix pigments, cream foundation or my OCC lip tars; got a spatula to scoop makeup out to keep things sanitary, a refill pan of Graftobian HD powder in “Soft Ivory”, and Graftobian HD Cream Foundation in “Buttermilk”.  I can’t wait to do a review on some of this stuff!

So you can get idea of how big it is compared to my hand…

Luminess Air Beauty (Review Part I)

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5
Price: $179 for model BC-100, one speed
Kit comes in fair, medium, dark, and tan
Also has 3 types: Satin, Matte, Ultra
Tried: Light and Medium Kit (Ultra)
Would I recommend/repurchase? Yes
Available: http://www.luminessair.com, http://www.ulta.com ;

I am breaking this review into 2 parts because I had trouble uploading my videos last night (only 1 out of 2 went thru see above), so I will try to re-do them and post them so you all can see how it works. I was REALLY excited to try Luminess Air Beauty Airbrush System ($179), and was so happy to have the opportunity to review it. I have always wanted to try airbrushing and just love the final result of airbrush makeup- where your skin just looks flawless and blemish free, but mainly because I always felt like it gives the ‘no makeup’ feeling since a few drops covers your entire face. Because I always thought that airbrush systems were pricey in general, I never bothered to look into them or buy one, but the results are totally worth it and it’s probably cheaper in the long run considering you’ll look like you have your own personal makeup artist. 😉

For my before and after pictures below, I used a mix of F3 and F6 (golden beige and sun-kissed). Using 4 drops of F3 and about 3 drops of F6.

Go here to compare the different airbrush system models.

Description: Provides light to full coverage while leaving a naturally flawless finish. In less than half the time of other beauty routines, Luminess Air minimizes pores, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and evens out skin tones for the look of perfection! The “Airbrush Look” that was once reserved for models, beauty professionals, and celebrities can now be achieved in the comfort of your own home.  No more dirty sponges, brushes, or fingers!

Sporting my Luminess Tee, wearing it backwards because its plain in the front LOL

Difference between Matte/Satin/Ultra: Matte is of course matte, no shine whatsoever, Satin gives you a more dewy look, and Ultra is a happy medium between the two, looks matte, but gives you a nice glow.

PROS: 
– Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to use, the final result is just amazing! I loved the flawless look it gave me and makes anyone look like utter perfection
– Light weight, I didn’t feel like I was wearing makeup, only 6-8 drops is needed of the airbrush foundation to cover the entire face
– Lasted for most of the day, don’t have to retouch much, still looks great even after a few hours
– Definitely cuts time in half as it’s very easy to use
– Allows you to build your desired coverage, from sheer to full
– Comes in a lot of shades, you can mix shade colors to create your perfect shade
– You can also apply eyeshadow, bronzer, and blush in airbrush form as part of your makeup routine
– Has a cute travel case so it’s great to bring on trips!
– Great for people with dry skin too, I HIGHLY recommend using a setting powder to ensure it lasts.

CONS:
– Having to clean it after each use; I don’t mind cleaning it of course but it can get tedious, especially when you are dealing with a lot of colors or doing primer > concealer >foundation >blush, etc. You have to add a mix of water and alcohol with the bottle they provide, turn on the compressor, cover the nozzle with your finger so that it back bubbles in the makeup cup/well, then spray all the color out until it is completely clear.
– This particular model has only one setting so it may be difficult working with one speed, but I didn’t find any problems with it. (Since other models have 3 settings, one for eyes, face, and body)
– At times it can spray too much even when you are not pulling back on the trigger so hard, so sometimes it can be hard to control. Best way is to spray a little bit of color on a paper towel so you can get a feel for the amount of pressure you need.
– No cover on the makeup cup/well, I haven’t spilled yet but I can see how this can be troublesome, BUT the compressor itself has a holster so you don’t have to worry about laying it on its side and having the contents spill out.
– Foundations itself may be a tad bit pricey for some, and I am not sure how long each one lasts, might be more pricey if you have to buy 2 to mix shades. It ranges from $29-42 for 0.55oz (larger one) and around $27 (less in some places) for the smaller 0.25oz.

Overall? I LOVE IT. I think it’s a great investment, and great for makeup artists on the go for their clients, and even just beginners because it’s virtually mistake proof. I love that you can travel with it and its lightweight, and above all the results are just so amazing, you will really be pleased! I think there’s a shade to complement everyone.

Air and cosmetics products combine to provide a smooth, natural-looking finish. The illustrated instruction book and DVD offer tips and training for fantastic results with at-home convenience. Choose from Fair, Medium, Tan or Dark to precisely match your skin color.

Foundation and Blush Colors by Skin Tone:
Fair:

  • Foundations: Bloom, Golden Beige, Buff and Fawn
  • Blush: Soft Rose

Medium:

  • Ultra Foundations: Golden Beige, Buff, Fawn and Sun Kissed
  • Blush: Natural  

Tan:

  • Ultra Foundations: Fawn,  Sun Kissed, Cinnamon and Chestnut
  • Blush: Apricot

Dark:

  • Ultra Foundations: Cinnamon, Chestnut, Coffee and Chocolate
  • Blush: Plum
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Luminess Air Pro Beauty Airbrush System Includes:

  • Compressor with stylus, made of plastic and metal. Compressor measures approx. 4-1/2″L x 2-1/2″W x 3″H with 5′ cord; stylus measures approx. 5-1/2″L x 1/2″W x 2″H
  • AC adapter cord with 6′ cord
  • Airbrush cleaning bottle
  • Instruction guide
  • Instruction DVD
  • Silvertone travel case, measures approx. 11″L x 2-3/4″W x 3-1/2″H, made of vinyl, plastic, rubber and metal
  • Luminess Air 7-piece cosmetics Starter Kit includes: (4) .25 oz. Airbrush Foundation shades; .25 oz. Airbrush Bronzer; .25 oz. Airbrush Pearl Shimmer Highlighter; and .25 oz. Airbrush Blush

Product Features:

  • Complete airbrushing system – gives optimal coverage for many skin issues, giving a photo-retouched-looking finish.
  • Just one airbrush setting for foundation and allover face bronzing.
  • DVD and instructional book show you step-by-step how to use this system. 
  • Each skintone kit gives a full range of foundations to complement your skin tone. Allows for color variations as your skin color changes from a summer shade to a winter shade.
  • Airbrush bronzer – contours face (cheekbones, forehead, chin and jaw line).
  • Airbrush pearlizing shimmer – provides a flawless, luminous glow. Use on your cheekbone, down the bridge of the nose, on chin, forehead, neck, decollete and arms.
  • Blush – for a beautiful, natural-looking blush.  
  • Unit weighs under 1 pound. 
Wearing Luminess on right side of my face (your left), and bare faced on the other
 You can laugh, because I sure did haha, thank goodness for makeup!

MAC Haul

Dropped by the MAC store after work and ended up nabbing a few things, and noticed they changed their bags! They are super cute! It’s paper bags made out of recycled paper and inside of the bags, they are each colored differently. (***sidenote: I will be announcing the winner of the Sigma Make Me Up Brush Kit later today!)

I also wanted to try their ‘Sheen Supreme’ lipsticks because I LOVED their slimshine lipsticks from way back in the day (a glossy lipstick), and since it was rumored these were similar, I was curious because I was sad the slimshines were limited edition. I will do a comparison post later on the two, but right off the bat they aren’t as glossy and shiny as the original slimshines which is disappointing but they still are nice (at least some colors are such as the one I got in “Bare Again”). And oddly enough one of the Slimshines I have is “Bare” and this one is “Bare Again”, love how they tied that in!

I didn’t get much, just the Penultimate Eyeliner Pen in “Rapidblack”, 4 eyeshadow palette (I love the new design! I wish their 15 eyeshadow palette was see-thru too so you can see the eyeshadows from the outside), e/s pan refill in “Shale”, the Sheen Supreme lippie in “Bare Again” and their moisture cover concealer in NC20.

 And the nails I was rocking last week:

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