Friday, April 24, 2015

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer Review

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Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer Review

I recently tested out MUFE's new Step 1 Smoothing Primer, along with several of their other primer formulas, which is meant to help smooth the appearance of skin's texture. I shared my thoughts on Instagram, but wanted to recap here as well!

Product Type - face primer
Scent - light, pleasant fragrance
Color - light beige
On the Face - blends easily into most complexions; grabs and holds foundation; moderately smoothing
Price - $36
Where to Buy - Sephora.com and MUFE boutiques
Final Thoughts - This is a good primer in terms of grabbing onto foundation and keeping it in place with wear. I found it worked nicely and didn't cause any reactions. This formula has more of a traditional silicone-primer feel compared to the Nourishing formula, which is more like a light lotion. This does a nice job of blurring subtle to nearly moderate skin texture issues. I actually found I liked the beige color as it blended nicely into the complexion from my experience (you will want to test ahead of time if possible to make sure it blends into yours if you have an extremely fair or incredibly deep complexion).

I think it's a great primer if your goal is to smooth out minimally uneven skin texture.

Have you tried MUFE's Step 1 primers? What did you think?

I've shared my thoughts on the MUFE Step 1 Nourishing Primer and will be sharing my thoughts on the mattifying primer in the next week or so once I finish testing.

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand for consideration. All opinions are my own.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Nourishing Primer Review

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Make Up For Ever Step 1 Nourishing Primer Review

I recently tested out MUFE's new Step 1 Nourishing Primer, which is meant to help skin remain hydrated during wear. I shared my thoughts on Instagram, but wanted to recap here as well!

Product Type - face primer
Scent - light, pleasant fragrance
Color - no color
On the Face - blends easily; grabs and holds foundation; moderately hydrating
Price - $36
Where to Buy - Sephora.com and MUFE boutiques
Final Thoughts - This is a good primer in terms of grabbing onto foundation and keeping it in place with wear. I found it worked nicely and didn't cause any reactions. For those that don't like primers with a silicone feel to them (I personally tend to use a lot of primers made primarily of silicone on clients) this has a very light, lotion-like feel. If you have extremely dry skin, this will likely not be hydrating enough to make a major difference for you. If you have moderately dry skin, with the proper skin prep/hydrating ahead of time, this may help sustain your hydration through the day. I know MUFE has released a "Hydrating" formula in their Step 1 primer range, but I haven't had the opportunity to try it out yet. For those with normal to moderately dry skin, this may make skin more comfortable throughout the day with the proper skin prep ahead of time--which is what I found.

I think it's a great primer for those that don't have textural issues with their skin and recommend it if you like a lighter feeling primer.

Have you tried MUFE's Step 1 primers? What did you think?

I'll be sharing my thoughts on a few others over the next week or so as I finish testing them.

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand for consideration. All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW butter LONDON Patent Shine 10x Initial Review

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I was recently given the opportunity to try some of butter LONDON's new Patent Shine 10x polishes. After applying the first one (to the left), I immediately snapped a shot and shared on instagram. I was so impressed with how quickly it dried I actually did so pre-clean up because I wanted to tell/show you guys 3 things.

butter LONDON Patent Shine 10x Formula Initial Review


1. This formula dries fast! It's not fast to the point where it dries and doesn't give you enough time to apply your polishes in 3 little strips, but fast enough that by the time you've finished your hand and done the second your first is set!

2. The brush in these bottles is fantastic. I feel as tough it's a little bit wider than older bottles and it's rounded at the tip, which actually makes for a nice application. It's not as wide as my hated OPI pro brushes (they're just too wide for my nail beds), but it's wider than the skinny traditional brushes. The application above is 2 coats without any clean up (which I did after snapping the pic). Not bad, right?

3. It sets to a very hard finish. I told myself I wasn't going to baby my nails at all because one of the big claims by butter LONDON for this polish is that it's got a long-lasting finish. Those of you that have followed me for some time know that I do NOT get good wear out of polish or lipstick. It just comes right off no matter what I use or how I use it. I'm on day 2 with some really heavy finger usage and I have zero chipping enough though I've even gone so far as to peel off the safety seals on things, slammed a few fingers, typed for hours, etc.

Additional thoughts:

  • Finish on Shop Girl (shown above) is not super shiny, but not matte by any means.
  • Polish self-levels well, but dries and shows some streaking. It was more obvious with 1 coat, but still visible up close with 2.
  • This formula is 7-free, which is really great.
  • Not related to the formula, but the cap is a shiny silver that will literally show EVERY smudge, fingerprint, etc. no matter how many times you wipe it. I tried cleaning it prior to taking the pic above and as you can see ... it's covered!
Overall, I'm really impressed with this formula so far, especially for people like me who don't have a lot of time to wait or their polish to dry and who work with their hands a lot. It's nice when a mani lasts more than a day!

Have you tried this formula yet? What do you think?

Currently available at Macy's, Sephora and directly from butter LONDON.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Top Beauty Splurges & Saves - Makeup Brushes & False Lashes

wayne goss brush #19 beautylish
I recently grabbed these Wayne Goss #19 brushes, which are beautifully constructed domed eye brushes. Heaven!

Do you splurge or save when it comes to makeup brushes?

I think we all have certain beauty products and tools that tend to bring out our budget-beauty sides and other products that we can't help but splurge on. 

I am a spender when it comes to most makeup products to be honest, partially because I really expect a lot from my products and tools and partially because this is both a personal love and professional interest for me. I have to say though, when it comes to splurging one of the items I will splurge on with very little limitation is makeup brushes. I want them to be effective beyond belief, soft as a cloud and capable of standing up to regular use. They also need to wash and dry well.

In my kit and personal collection I have a mix of synthetic and natural hair brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes. My favorite brush brands at the moment are Wayne Goss (oh my gosh, orgasmic natural hair brushes), Hakuhodo, Revolution by Royal & Langnickel (designed by the lovely KJB) and Cozzette (by Roque Cozzette - literally some of the softest synthetics I've ever seen). I have a few other odd brushes here and there, but these are my primary brush favorites. I carefully choose and hyper-analyze every brush purchase and as a result I truly love every one!

That being said, what do I tend to get budget-picky on? I will actually buy budget-friendly false lashes like Red Cherry for single-use lashes! While I also enjoy far more expensive pairs on myself and clients now and again, there are a number of budget-friendly false lashes I really do like working with as well. Especially if the lashes are only going to be worn once and I'm going for a natural or natural-glam look, there are plenty of great options in my opinion.

What about you? What's your number 1 splurge beauty item and your number 1 budget-friendly item?


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette Review

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Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette

The famous Laura Mercier Artist's Eye palette was a huge seller when it first launched in 2013, but I was honestly surprised to see it launch two years later without any prior announcement (that I had seen anyway) earlier this month!

As expected it sold out fairly quickly and as there's a link to be alerted when it restocks I'm optimistic we may see it again! I was able to grab it when it first launched and I have to say, if you're like me and kicking yourself you missed it the first time try to find it in Sephora.

The color palette is beautiful, the textures are amazing and overall I'm a big fan. You can easily create a variety of natural looks, smoky eyes, etc. It has a very refined color palette in my opinion. The finishes are a mix of matte and shimmers, but even the shimmers aren't gaudy and filled with chunky glitter. I can see a lot of women really enjoying this as a result!

 Especially for a consumer palette, I'm impressed by how professional it feels in overall quality. Since it isn't currently available online, I suggest checking out your local sephora or calling and finding out if it will in fact be restocked.

 I recently created this look while testing it out and shared it on Instagram.





Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette Info

Price: $55

Available: Currently sold out at Sephora.com; check local Sephora boutiques.


Did you grab this palette in the recent restock? What did you think?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Mascara - Holy Grail Status?

make up for ever smoky stretch mascara review
My lashes with 2-3 quick coats of MUFE Smoky Stretch.
My lashes here are about 2x to 2.5x their normal length with this
formula.
Every now and again a mascara comes along that breathes a little life into my sad, pathetic lashes. I'm like the princess kissing billions of frogs looking for that one special mascara that will make me feel a little less lash-challenged. I often find that despite whatever claims brands make, when it comes to my lashes very few actually make a difference.

My natural lashes are very thin, sparse, short and straight--thank you half-Asian genes. Ironically, lashes are the number 1 thing I find most attractive in women--go figure! You can see a picture of my natural lashes in a previous review I did of another MUFE mascara a while back HERE.

MUFE consistently formulates some of my favorite mascaras. I don't know what they're doing differently, but we gel. When MUFE announced they'd be releasing a new lengthening mascara I was more than excited!

I'm pleased to say, this mascara lives up to its name and really gives those lashes a good deal of length. I shared my experience on instagram, but wanted to make sure those that don't follow me know just how fabulous this formula really is!

Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch Mascara Review

Shade - black
Formula - lengthening, separating
Lash Brush - silicone
On the Eye - adds length; does not clump due to silicone brush; holds curl on a moderate basis
Price - $24 retail 
Where to Buy - sephora.com/Sephora & Make Up For Ever Boutiques
My Thoughts - This is a fantastic mascara! I find it lengthens well, separates lashes and holds the curl in my lashes (I curl mine every time I wear mascara) fairly well. The formula is slightly thick and tacky, but perfect when coupled with the silicone brush that comes with this tube. I find that doing 2-3 quick coats results in a noticeable amount of additional length.

I'd also like to point out that unlike some lengthening mascaras I've worked with in the past that leaves lashes crunchy and hard, this actually left my lashes super soft and flexible--just lovely!

This is not a waterproof formula, so you'll want to coat it with a waterproof clear or black mascara if that's a concern until MUFE released the aqua version of this formula (at least I hope they release one!). 

All in all, really fabulous mascara that does exactly what it's meant to do! I'll be grabbing a few tubes of this for my kit because it is that impressive in my opinion.

Have you seen this at Sephora? What do you look for in a mascara?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand for consideration. All opinions are our own.


Monday, April 6, 2015

MAC Spring 2015 Sneak Peek - Philip Treacy and Mac is Beauty

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MAC Spring 2015 - Philip Treacy & Mac is Beauty

MAC has released a bunch of new collections in the last few weeks and I've just received a few samples from 2 of them!

As you can see, purples are big this spring. Pictured above is MAC Macroviolet fluidline, Japanese Spring cremesheen, and Notice Me lipstick.

Also pictured above is the Nude Pink highlight compact from Philip Treacy x MAC.

Keep an eye out for these in future features on Instagram and here!

Have you grabbed anything from these collections?

Available now at MACcosmetics.com.