Confessions of a Make up junkie!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Forever Repurchased: Skincare

I don't know if you've noticed, but I love trying out new products. I just can't resist when a new product comes out full of promises in a pretty packaging. So with my experiences I have gathered some intel on what products work, which you should splurge on and which are those that you should save your money. And you know what? I am such a nice person that I am going to share some of my discoveries.  Yup! You heard right. In this post I am going to talk about products that I will keep repurchasing as long as they continue to make it. 

Are you ready? 'Cause I am about to drop some serious knowledge.

Lancome Bright Expert

I seriously can not imagine my life without this serum. In just a matter of days, blemish scars just vanished and it gives my skin such a healthy glow. It also has some moisturizing properties which I appreciate on hot summer days when I just don't want to layer a cream on top of my skin. It leaves skin so soft and has SPF! What I do is that on humid or hot days I put this on my skin first after cleansing. Then I use a bb cream, tinted moisturizer or my MAC primer+powder combo and I'm good to go! This one is great under makeup because skin drinks it up, making it soft and supple and just ready for your makeup application. It doesn't build up or make me break out. Perfection!!

On normal days, however, my skin tends to be dry (with an oily nose. I know. WTF) so I need to layer a lightweight moisturizer anyway. All in all, I will continue to purchase this. I love it!!

Clinique turnaround concentrate Radiance renewer

This does what the Lancome Bright Expert does except it can't be layered under makeup. Yes, I am obsessed with skin brightening products. If is promises brightening, radiance, glow, etc, I will most likely buy it. I use it when I'm lounging around in my house, but mostly before I go to bed. It's super gentle, moisturizing and best of all, I wake up the next morning with brighter more even toned skin!! I can use it on its own but also, I use it under a moisturizer when I need extra hydration. I fell in love with this and it has a spot in my collection forever as well.

Lancome High Resolution refill 3x anti-wrinkle cream

Holy Jesus Christ! I LOVE THIS!! Words can not describe the wonder of this moisturizer. It wears magnificent under makeup and just provides the most perfect hydration for any skin type! The best part? It has anti-wrinkle agents AND SPF!! It may be pricey, but it's worth every penny! Not to mention it will last you a year. Not kidding. A little goes a long way and the jar is pretty generous. I love how skin feels right after I use this. Especially when I wear my MAC studio finish powder foundation. It's perfection in a jar. 

Neutrogena Fresh foaming cleanser

Seriously? The best makeup dissolving cleanser out there. I have tried luxury brand makeup removers and this one works just as well for a fraction of the cost. It doesn't dry out my skin and it makes it feel fresh. I always go back to this one when I stray away to try other brands. The great thing about this one is that it's super accessible! You can find it in any drugstore and even supermarkets! Epic win!!

Neutrogena Makeup remover cleansing towelettes

Yet another easily accessible product from Neutrogena. These towelettes are perfect for removing eye makeup without irritating your eyes. I am a contact lens wearer and I approve! It removes even waterproof makeup so easily it's borderline ridiculous.  You can also use it to remove makeup from your entire face when you're too lazy to do a cleansing routine after a night of partying. Don't spend your money on anything else for removing your eye makeup or overall makeup. This is the ultimate one. No joke. 

Proactiv Refining Mask

The active ingredient in this mask is sulfur. Let me tell you something. This makes blemishes almost disappear overnight. Even though I rarely get acne, I have to have a bottle around just in case. It's the only thing I trust to work. Fo' shizzle.

Aaaaand that's about it when it comes to skincare. As I stated before, I am always using new products but these are the ones I will always have in stock that I know I love and works for me. Next I will post up a Forever Repurchased: Makeup. That'll be interesting... ;)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Urban Decay Makeup! A review

I know, I know. It's been a long time since I posted something new. But I have a great excuse, I swear. No really. I spent my summer vacation working and doing a hospital rotation practice so that I didn't have to do it over the semester. And also, I've been testing out tons of new products! I can't wait to share my thoughts! See? If that's not a great excuse, I don't know what is.

     Ok, ok. Enough of that. I finally got off my lazy butt and made this post. And it's all about Urban Decay Makeup. Especially their Naked line. O.M.G. I don't want to get ahead of myself, so I'm just going to start product by product (the ones I have anyway) and tell you how I use it and what I think of them. (It may be several steps. Keep in mind I only use this on occasions so it's not an everyday thing. My everyday makeup routine, like for school or something, is more simple)

First product I use: Urban Decay Vitamin-infused Complexion Prep Spray

This spray has a stabilized form of vitamin b6 amongst other antioxidants that soothe and hydrate the skin. It helps control oil and preps your skin for makeup or treatment application. I love how refreshing it is and I can see an immediate difference on my skin. On most days I can even skip moisturizer when I use this. Mainly I skip moisturizer when I plan to use liquid foundation because I don't like to layer too much stuff on my skin. I love this stuff.

Primer: Now I can't speak for Urban decay's bb cream used as a primer (I plan to try it soon though) but I've heard it works great. However, as a primer I've been using lately Benefit's The POREfessional primer. I know, it's not an Urban Decay product but it's soooo addicting!

This primer is tinted, which is great because it won't give off a white cast on flash photography. It basically vanishes the appearance of pores, and smoothes out the skin making makeup application a breeze. Foundation glides on and looks perfect effortlessly. Plus it smells divine! It has a fruity smell I can't get enough of. I'm totally obsessed with this.

Next step? Drum roll please...
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (that's a mouthful! lol)

      Now I don't know if I've said this before, but personally I'm not a fan of liquid foundations. They're usually heavy and look fake. I had tried many before, but couldn't fall in love with anyone in particular. Until this one. It is so lightweight, it's unbelievable. The finish looks like your skin, not too matte, not too shiny. Just perfect!  The coverage is buildable, which means that those that need extra coverage can add another layer or two to acheive the look they want. I'm fine with one thin layer. It's just enough to achieve an airbrush natural look! And there are so many shades to pick from, I bet anyone can find a match. I apply this foundation with the original Beauty Blender. Perfection!!
    What I truly love about this foundation is the fact that it's not JUST foundation. It is infused with peptides that help prevent wrinkles and antioxidants to protect the skin. I love products that multitask!!

Now to set the foundation...
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder

Urban Decay - Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder
First, I love the packaging of this product. I'm a sucker for cool packaging. Not proud. Anywho, I use this with MAC's 134 large powder brush. This is such a light powder that over application seems impossible. I love that it sets the foundation without caking, looking too heavy or taking away the natural look the foundation has on its own. I use a light hand for this and it's very soft! It's great for setting bb creams as well.

Next up is Urban Decay Naked Flushed!
It's a bronzer, highlighter and blush in one convenient travel-ready compact. I adore this. I really do. It's flattering and so convenient!!

It's a long lasting trio and I just love how it looks on my skin. I think it's a universally flattering shade that anyone can pull off. Great for contouring, highlighting and achieving a perfectly blushed look. Definitely try this!!

Next up! Eyes!!
I prep my eyes for eyeshadow application with Urban Decay Primer Potion Tube. It has a similar consistency as Benefit's The Porefessional primer. It makes eyeshadows last longer and look as if you just applied it all night long. Seriously. This has a cult following for a reason. It's a great basic eye primer everyone should keep handy.
After I prep my eyes with the primer I use either the Naked Basics palette or the Naked palette. Urban Decay - Naked Basics Palette
This palette comes with 6 neutral shades that can achieve any basic eyelook and more. 5/6 of the colors are matte. One is shimmery and it is perfect for use as a highlighter. I also love the packaging on this one. It's so travel-friendly!!
Urban Decay - Naked Palette
This palette comes with a deluxe sample of the eye primer potion and a basic eyeshadow brush. The shades here are beautiful and can complement anyone's skintone. You can't go wrong with this palette. This one is also travel friendly, but not as much as the Naked Basics. 

I finish the eye look with some liquid eyeliner and mascara (neither one is from UD).

For the finishing touch I like to apply a setting spray on my face. I use Urban Decay De-slick Oil Control Makeup setting spray. Weirdly enough, I have an oily nose and this spray keeps it at bay by controlling the shine. It also sets my makeup to make sure I don't need to touch up through the night. Love love love!! 

And there it is. As you can see, I am totally in live with Urban Decay. The shades they offer have just the right undertones to suit my skintone and everything just applies so flawlessly. Can you say "obsessed"?! 

My verdict? If you are in your 20's and early 30's try this line. I guarantee you'll fall in love just as I have.