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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector




There's been such hype about BB cream (Beauty/Blemish Balm Cream) YEARS before Garnier came out with this. I'm not going to blab on about the history of BB Cream itself,  because this post would be twice as long as it is now. But Garnier just came out with their own brand, and now I'm able to get my hands on some just by walking in Walgreens, because I've had such a hard time finding it in the small town that I live in.




Well I (excitedly) bought some and tried it out.





It claims that it instantly renews, brightens, evens, & hydrates.
It is supposed to contain SPF 15, so you'll have some protection against sun rays.
It also contains vitamin C & mineral pigments.

On the box it states:
  • Dermatologist tested for safety
  • Non-comedogenic --- won't clog pores
  • Gentle to skin
  • Non-greasy

There are only 2 shades (that I saw so far) One for Light-Medium skin, which is what I used & then there is Medium to dark. They blend very well & match to most people's skin tones like those smart shade foundations, hence why they don't have a million different shades.


Well here it goes!
(yes my nails look terrible shh!)

It's about the consistency of a tinted moisturizer or a light coverage foundation. It's smooth and looks thick, but when you apply it, it melts into the skin and blends into your skin tone. It's not heavy at all, so you can wear this under your makeup, or alone by itself. It also smells fairly nice to those of you wondering what it might smell like. It's similar to a light floral scent.


 This isn't blended in on my hand, but just to show you the texture and consistency of it.


It does the job fairly well. My skin definitely feels smooth afterwards and it does gives it a dewy finish, so be careful for those with oily-prone skin. It's not greasy at all, it just gives a light shine when applied. Try using a powder to matify if you need to.

  • It definitely got rid of  the discoloration by my nose (which almost strangely looks like a mustache LOL.) and the corners of my mouth.
  •  It also decreased the redness from the pimples on my cheeks and forehead.
  • It diminished my summer freckles, not completely, but I noticed they weren't as prominent.
  • It evened out my tone, so my face looks more refreshed.


I'm going to show you a before and after picture, a pair under camera flash & a pair under natural lighting.


With camera flash
Yuck, my skin looks horrible. You can thank mother nature for her monthly gift!
The only makeup I am wearing is liquid eyeliner and mascara. No face makeup what so ever on either picture. No photoshop either.

*May I mind you I only applied one thin layer, so I was pretty impressed with the job it did.*
 Here, you can see the discoloration has disappeared by my nose and mouth and the pimples are less visible. The redness on my nose has disappeared as well. You can see the dewy finish by looking right in between my brows, so like I've said before, be careful if you have oily skin and try powdering it afterwards if wearing it alone.

Because it's not supposed to be a dramatic change, I will point out to you where the discoloration change occurs.


Natural Light
The left picture looks more orangey because my phone was not adjusting to the light properly, but I haven't altered them in any way!




All in all, I think it's pretty good for what it says it does. Since I don't like wearing a whole lot of face makeup, this would be something I would resort to because it's very lightweight & doesn't clog up my pores, but still gives good coverage. I would give it an 8 out of a 10.

Hope you guys like my post & comment if you have any questions!


Love, Ash!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stila's "In The Garden" Palette

I'm a little late on this blog post because I've been so busy with work and other things, but I finally had some time to post this! I've had this palette since February & I've been loving it ever since.
So here it goes!


First of all. let me say I like the packaging. It's very spring-like. Simple and cute.




I like the fact that it's simple on the outside, and when you open it, you get all these fun different colors. It's like a nice surprise when you open it.


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I love all the earthy tones & pop of colors you get. The name of the palette goes great with these shades. They are all very pigmented and can be easily blended out.



With Flash

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Without flash

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It also comes with a lookbook that gives you ideas on how to use the shades.



I'm going to swatch and name off each color and give it a brief description.

I am light-medium skin tone
All shades are worn with a primer underneath.



First one is "Chinois" It's a beautiful off-white shade that's great for blending and highlighting the brow bone and inner corners. Very creamy looking when swatched. (however it IS a pressed powder!)






Next is "Breeze"
A pretty shimmering beige color that is suitable for all skin tones. It is one of my favorite shades in here because it is so versatile with any other eyeshadow color.




"Bark"
A beautiful shimmery taupe color. I love this color for contouring the crease and lower lash line.It's a nice touch of softness but still has a bit of edge to it. It's basically a a few shades darker than "breeze."



"Freesia"
It is a dark blue shadow with violet tones. Probably not one of my favorites, because I have so many of these shades of blue. Also, it seems a little dull & sheer when I apply it. It would be good for a smokey eye, but I don't see myself reaching for it so much as a spring look.




"Rosette"
Really beautiful magenta-violet color. I love this pop of color that was added in the palette. I'm sure it represents the beautiful pink flowers in gardens. I think this shade is great when paired with the green shades in this palette for a nice contrast.





"Nectar"
Nice matte beige color. Just as pigmented as "Chinois". I think this is a great one for blending as well as a highlight for darker skin tones.
(This one is harder to notice because it matches my skin tone.)
 


"Honey"
Warm deep gold shade. Another great pop of color that goes with every shade in the palette. This one is really pigmented and stays on the lids pretty well. It looks beautiful across the inner lower lashline.



"Sage"
What a perfect name for a perfect shade. I couldn't describe it more as well a "sage" color. haha. It's a pretty shimmery soft green shade. Pigmented, but soft on the color...if that makes any sense. This is definitely a spring time shade.





"Moss"
Dark olive shade with gold shimmer. This one is a nice earthy tone for a good smokey eye or you can keep it soft for a day time look. Very versatile. This one is very pigmented, so if you want it soft, just go light on the pressure of applying your brush in the shadow.





"Juniper"
Dark shimmer forest green. Another not-so one of my favorites in this palette. This one seems a little dull. Pretty color in the palette, but it looks almost like a dark teal color on my lids. This one, as well as "Freesia" can be used for a edgy smokey eye.



 Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in "Starfish."

Then you have the eyeliner that comes with the palette. I see that lots of people complain that it is not a black shade (like it states on the Sephora site) but it's more of a dark olive green with golden shimmer. It's similar to the "Moss" shade in the palette. What I like about it, is that there's no chunky glitter in it, it's flecks and shimmers of gold making it not look as harsh and easy on the eyes.
It glides on very nicely too.

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Here are the swatches


Without flash 

I think it's a very suitable shade for light skin colors as well as the olive & gold compliments the medium & darker skin tones making this eyeliner suitable for any skin color!


With Flash

Look at the beautiful gold flecks in it!



I also have a video on this palette if you want to go watch it, please click here! Comment, rate & subscribe to my channel if you'd like! Thanks so much for reading my review post!

Love, Ash

Friday, January 13, 2012

How Often do You Wash Your Makeup Brushes?



Believe it or not, some people don't wash their brushes; either not enough or not at all... (Yeah I know.)


How often do I need to wash my brushes?
Well I decided to make a post (even though there are thousands of posts on this subject.) just to stress it even more. It's ideal that you wash them after every use, hands down.

Why do I need to wash my makeup brushes so often?

Well for one, it's sanitary and hygienic. When you use your makeup brushes on your face, you're picking up bacteria as well as dirt and oil on your face (no matter how "clean" you face is) from that brush.  Then the bacteria accumulates over the time period of not being washed. Then when you re-apply that brush to your face the next day, that increased bacteria gets right back on your face. Disgusting right? If you don't wash your brushes regularly, your skin can break out from the bacteria and cause itchiness & irritation and even pimples. Make sure that NEVER happens.



Brushes that you use near the tear ducts and waterline of the eye should be washed after every use as well. There is more bacteria on your waterline and near your actual eye & this will prevent eye infection/styes and even conjunctivitis, otherwise known as "pink eye."



What should I use to clean my brushes?

There are plenty of methods as to cleaning brushes. For instance, you can buy pre-made brush cleaner solutions, but they can get expensive. If you are on a budget, you can create your own makeup brush cleaner.

You can use EXTRA VIRGIN (NOT light or regular) olive oil and anti-bacterial soap, Michelle Phan has a pretty decent video on generally showing you how to clean with it.

I don't own any extra virgin olive oil, so I made my own little concoction. Since the Extra virgin olive oil is supposed to condition the brushes (because the soap will dry them out), I decided to replace the oil with hair conditioner. It works just as great and my bristles are as soft as ever.
Also the olive oil helps break down the makeup in your brushes a lot faster and easier. It's all in the science ;)
 The soap (make sure you use anti-bacterial!!) help will kill the nasty bacteria and the conditioner will keep the bristles from drying out and ruining the brushes. So always make sure you have something that will keep the bristles from drying out when washing as well as bacteria-killing.


Some people use baby shampoo. Yes it is gentle, but I feel that the shampoo doesn't kill off all the bacteria on the brush, but to each their own.



How to wash my brushes?
When washing brushes, use lukewarm water. Not hot. Hot will dry out the bristles and cause the glue in the brushes to melt and the ferrule (metal part) can become loose. This can also cause bristle-loss. Try not to get water in or near the ferrule as well, so always point the brush with the bristles facing downward. Be gentle when washing brushes. 


Drying them is pretty simple. Gently squeeze the excess water with a paper towel. I use my Brush Guards but if you don't own those, then you can set them on their side on a paper towel and let air dry. NEVER dry them with the bristles pointing upward. Water will seep down into the ferrule and loosen the glue. Make sure you shape the brushes back into their normal shape so when they dry, they will look just as you bought them.





If you are interested in what Brush Guards are & how they work I'll provide a video to show you.




Well that's it for my post!

Hope you  guys are keeping your brushes clean!