Monday, October 27, 2014

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Review

I have tried so hard to love this concealer, but I just can't. I have used it so many different ways, and it does not work for me. As you can see, it is almost gone, and so is my patience. Every beauty guru has raved about it, but I just can not seem to get it to cover anything. I have come to the conclusion that my dark circles are too dark, and this concealer is only meant for those who have slight discoloration and no fine lines. I picked up my concealer in the color Fair, which is a salmon pinky shade to correct the darkness. Once I pack it on (you should see how much I have to use in order to cover anything, ugh), I usually set it with a light dusting of NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Powder. Also, I wanted to mention that throughout the day, the color of the concealer changes. At first, this concealer looks ok once applied,  but after about an hour, it creases SO bad, and the color gets lighter! NOT OK with me. 
I have found a way to use up the last bit of product, and that is to only use it on my eyelid to correct and conceal there. I do not have a problem with it creasing up there, because there are not fine lines and there is not s much to conceal. 
So, if you are looking for a good concealer, I would not recommend the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, unless you have little to no darkness, and no wrinkles or fine lines.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara Review

Covergirl has mascaras galore, and I have never tried any of them until few weeks ago when I picked this one up. So far, I love the Clump Crusher mascara. Personally, I love a good wet mascara with a rubber, spiked wand, and this is exactly that. The wand is a little different, and curves to the shape of the eye, which is so great for the lower lashes. My holy grail mascara is the Benefit They're Real, it is just amazing, I could talk about it for the rest of my life, but I would have to say, this one is  good drugstore alternative. When I purchased this mascara, I did not get the waterproof version, which I would have preferred, but I picked this up because it was on sale. Usually I have to have waterproof mascara because I have problems with flaking, and this humidity often smudges mascara, but so far this one has done neither, yay! 
(Please excuse my under eyes, my sleep patterns have been crazy, and it was a rough day covering all the darkness!). 
I would definitely repurchase this mascara, but next time I will try the waterproof version! If you are looking for a new mascara I would totally try this one!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy Winged Liner Tutorial

Winged liner might be the hardest makeup process to master, and it takes a lot of time and practice to get it right. From getting the wings even, to getting the thickness to look smooth and even, winged eyeliner is no easy task. So I am going to share a few tips and tricks that will give you the perfect wing every time!
  •  The easiest was to apply winged liner is with a felt tip pen eyeliner, it makes the process SO easy, and quick. I recommend the Jordana Fabuliner, its cheap, and works wonders. Gel and liquid liners not in pen form are much harder for beginners to use. 
  • Lining tape up on the outer edge of your eyes going u to the tail of your brow, will give you a guide ensuring there will not be liner all over your face. It is not the most comfortable thing in the world but it gets the job done well. Be sure to stick the piece of tape to the back of your hand several times to get off the harsh adhesive that can pull at your eye area. 

  • Working in short strokes, and not trying to create one fluid line will help give you more control and precision. I like to start making dashed lines to start off with a basic liner, and then add the wing. 

  • Once you have created the wing, remove the tape, and apply concealer under your eyes, or complete your makeup. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

How to Wash Makeup Brushes

Washing makeup brushes is just as important as washing your face. Makeup and dirt build up in makeup brushes, causing breakouts and clogged pores on the face. Face brushes should be washed much more frequently, I disinfect them with rubbing alcohol as soon as I am done using them, and deep clean them after about seven uses. Eye brushes on the other hand, I deep clean every few weeks, but still disinfect them after each use. 
Makeup brushes should be an investment, and should last a long time. Taking proper care of your makeup brushes will make them last a long time, so you do not end up wasting tons of money on new makeup brushes all the time. 
My all time favorite makeup brush brand is Real Techniques, they are amazing quality and are a great price! 

The first step in washing your brushes is to get all the materials, these are all products you probably already have at home. Baby wash, dish soap, and extra virgin olive oil are the only things you need to wash your tools. 
If you do not have a Beauty Blender, or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, you do not need the baby wash. To wash these sponges, simply run them under the water, gently squeezing the sponge to fill it with water, then use about 1-4 pumps of baby wash onto the sponge. Keep squeezing the soap into the sponge. I usually start with one pump of soap, rinse, and then repeat until the sponge is clean. You will need to add more soap if you have a lot of makeup left over on the sponge. Once your sponge is clean, ring it out, and make sure the water runs clean through it. Then, gently wrap it in a towel, and squeeze any excess water out. To dry them, I put them over a container, so they are not laying flat, but resting over a surface. The sponge will shrink back up when it is completely dry. This may take a few days, especially if you live in a humid climate. 

For eye and face brushes, start by wetting them  down in the sink, keeping the water only on the hair, and not past the ferrule of the brush. If water get past the ferrule, it will loosen the glue and ruin your brush, be careful! By wetting the hairs of the brush down with help the soap lather easier. 

For the dish soap and olive oil mixture, I put it in  small dish, you do not need much soap. For smaller brushes, use less soap, and denser and larger face brushes require more soap. I use 1 part EVOO and 2 parts dish soap. 

Once your brush has a nice lather, rinse it off. You may have to repeat the lathering step for larger brushes, or brushes that were applying a darker color. 

Simply rince the brush, remembering to keep the water only on the brush hairs. 

After rinsing, I gently dry the brush on a clean towel. If it is a denser brush, I usually use a brush guard, and dry it pointing down in a cup. This will allow it to dry faster, and let allow all the water to escape. 

For less dense brushes, I still dry them gently on a clean towel, and then place them on  counter, with the hair over the edge. This will also keep most of the water from getting into the ferrule of the brush.