NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review and Demo

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Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation

Review Time!  Finally, I have my review of the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now, really testing it out. So if you wanna know my thoughts on the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, just keep reading below.

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All About Color Correcting + Demo

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Good Evening! Tonight I have a post all about color correcting. We’re going to talk all about what color does what and I’ll show you how I use color correction for my rosacea on pale skin.

Let’s start with the color wheel. Remember this thing from art class? Color correcting is based on that same color wheel, using complementary colors. For example, green is direct across from red on the color wheel making them complementary colors of one another, therefore green will neutralize red. photo color correct 6_zpsx4wo2ysh.jpg It’s been over 10 years since I was in Art class so that’s the best explanation I can give you on color theory but essentially two shades across from one another on the color wheel will neutralize one another.

So let’s apply this to makeup and addressing those unwanted tones in our skin. Most of what we do in makeup is straight from Art 101, but today, I want to focus on Color Correcting 101.

Types of Color Correctors:

Color Correctors are found in various forms and formulas from high-end brands to drugstore.

For a subtle all over color correcting, a primer would be ideal.

If you need a more concentrated correction, go for a more concealer like formula. You can find these in a cream, stick, or liquid. These tend to be very pigmented and used for spot correcting.

You can mix the more concentrated correctors in with a primer as well to correct all over.

If a shade is too pigmented for your skin tone which can happen and you can have a hard time covering the corrector with a lighter coverage foundation, you can dilute it by mixing in a bit of your regular concealer.

When and Where to Apply:

I recommend always applying any color correcting concealer before you do your foundation or regular concealer. Obviously, if it is a correcting primer you would apply it first as you would any primer.

Colors:
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Starting with green. Like I said, green neutralize red. So, if you have a lot of redness in your skin that you want to take down, go for a primer with a green base. You can also use a more pigmented green corrector around blemishes and broken blood vessels in a thin layer to help conceal it.

Green correctors can come in a variety of shades, most common is a minty green. For lighter skin tones, go for a lighter green and deeper skin tones a deeper or brighter green.
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Yellow correctors are used for purple tones and brightening a dull complexion. It’s a great option to brighten if you have an olive undertone and a deeper skin tone. Like Kim K’s makeup artist uses the banana powder to highlight and brighten.

On fair skin, yellow can read as sickly.
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On the other hand, a lavender or blue corrector can balance out sallowness or yellow tones in the skin. It can also brighten a dull complexion. Lavender and blue correctors can really enhance a porcelain skin tone but can come off as gray on a deeper skin.
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A pink corrector can be used to combat dark circles on a fair skin tone and be used more universally as a highlighter on cooler skin tones where as yellow would be more ideal for a warm skin tone.
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Peach, salmon and orange correctors are great for canceling out those panda eyes. I know dark circles are a pain to hide.  Picking which undereye corrector to go with can be tricky because there is a lot to consider like; skin tone, how bad the dark circles are, and how the product will sit on the undereye.

Generally, the deeper the pigmentation of the dark circle, the brighter or more orange the corrector should be. Even red can be used in some cases.

Sadly there is no universally undereye corrector that will work for everyone.

Orange is also ideal for deep skin tones to correct dark spots.

Other Products on the Market:

Palettes like these below are great for MUA’s to have in their kit because they can be used on a number of issues but the average person most likely will only need one or two of the colors for correction. However, if you are unsure what to use, pick up an inexpensive one and experiment and see what works on your skin. We are all different and have different concerns.

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Another great type of product to try out if you aren’t sure what to do, or just want to address all the issues in one go without and don’t want to fuss with cream products is a mosaic corrective powder. I love te one from e.l.f. and NYX has a nice one too that has some illumination to it which most of them do. The e.l.f. one is completely matte, though. There are also primers like the one from Stila that claims to address multiple concerns. These won’t be miracle works but they can help out. For deeper skin tones be careful and go for one without the pastel lavenders and blue tones as they will look ashy. The Guerlain one with the pinks and peaches would be better suited for deeper tones. I believe Physician’s Formula has something similar.

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How I Color Correct:

As you may know if you have been around here for while I have lots of redness from rosacea in my skin and hyperpigmentation. I am super fair with very red undertones. My skin freckles in a heartbeat.

I don’t color correct often, typically it depends on what sort of look I am doing. Most people really don’t need to do all this crazy clown face correctly that was going viral for a while. In my experience with myself and clients, 9 times out of 10 the amount of color correction I do is minimal, usually just if they have redness, acne or dark circles.

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 I picked up this color correcting palette from Makeup Revolution just to have in my kit should I need it, so I’m going to use it on myself and show you what I do when I want perfected skin for myself.
On a side note, this isn’t the best quality palette on the market but there are tons available from high end to drugstore. L’Oreal just launched one I hear is very good.
I like to use a fluffy brush like the Deluxe Crease Brush from Real Techniques when I apply the creams from this palette and use a light hand as the product itself is somewhat greasy and doesn’t sit on the skin very well.  Less is more when it comes to color correction anyway.  photo color correct 3_zpsfgoiruoa.jpg
 Warning: Crazy eye makeup ahead. I look a bit insane in these pics because I was doing a Mardi Gras makeup to go out in so I only have my brows and half my eyeshadow done.
Here I am bare skin.. mostly, I have primed with the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Redness. (blurs great but does nothing for redness)
 photo color correct 5_zpsm1fxcscy.jpgI used a combo of the green and the pale green on all the areas of my face that tend to be the most red. I applied a thin layer and blended it out with my sponge. You can see, it does make a huge difference. Just be sure to do this before foundation and apply the foundation with a dabbing motion or else you will move the product and defeat the purpose, especially if you are spot correcting a blemish.
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Next, I went in with a little bit of lavender of the higher points of my face to brighten those areas and counteract any sallowness which the green eyeshadow can bring out in my skin. I again blended it with a dabbing motion. 
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I applied a bit of the salmon shade to my under as well. I don’t have dark circles really but for the sake of the demo, I did it.
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I was having with this look.
That’s my 2 cents on Color Correcting. Do you have any tips, tricks, questions or comments? Let me know below.

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The Draping Technique. How to Contour with Color.

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Good Afternoon Beauties, Today’s blog post is about Draping, what it is and how to do it.

First off, what dafuq is draping? Draping is a rather old makeup technique where blush is applied in a way to enhance bone structure, basically contouring with color.

Draping is how my mother taught me to apply blush when I was just starting out in makeup in fact because back then contour kits didn’t exist and contouring as we know it wasn’t really done outside of the Pro MUA game at the time. Ok, I’m aging myself here, but it just wasn’t a household thing when I was 13 or when my mom was alive. Way back in one my first blogs on contouring I spoke about using blush as contour when I was a teen.

Anyway. In this post, I’m going to give you a brief history, product recommendations and two demonstrations of how to use the draping method.

Let’s get started!

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Maybelline Loaded Bold Lipstick Review and Swatches.

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Welcome back Beauty Bees. (god, that sounded lame) Today, I have a review of the Maybelline Loaded Bolds range, I have four of the shades to show you with swatches. So let’s get started! maybelline-loaded-boldsFirst up, as you probably know from my reviews, I like to talk about the packaging. These are of the same shape and make as all of Maybelline’s lipsticks. Each collection is differentiated by the color and finish of the cap. In the Loaded Bolds case, the cap is a translucent royal blue with a silver metal bullet. Nice, sleek but nothing too fancy but they look great in a grouping on the vanity. They will get kind of messy looking with fingerprints.

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The formula I think is pretty unique. While I’m not familiar with Maybelline’s other traditional lipsticks. I can tell you these are different than any I have tried at the drugstore or from a high end line. Here’s what’s different about them, they have a very prominent silicone feel much like a face primer. I have never felt that in a lipstick before so I looked up the ingredients and the lipsticks are made with silica.  This is going to be something that is a personal preference if you think that’s a good feel on the lips or not. I don’t mind it one bit.  According to Maybelline’s website, they are a clay based formula and made with Honey Nectar to leave a creamy texture. I’m no scientist but I know silica is found in nature and in sand… so would that be the clay they are referring too? Anyway, the honey nectar does keep the lipstick from being too drying on the lips and keeps it comfortable while still being a nice creamy matte.

The lipstick is very long wearing and wears away gracefully over a few hours. They are not kiss or food proof by any mean. They will transfer just like any other lippy.

They have a fragrance that is very synthetic smelling but goes away.

Let’s see some swatches. carpe-1Pitch Black is not the best performing shade, it’s patchy as hell in fact. I applied black liner then the lipstick to get it to look good. While I am tickled to find a black lipstick at the drugstore, from Maybelline no less. This one hard to work with but you can get it there.  Out of the four I have, this is the only dud. carpe-2Next, is Raging Rasin, a beautiful warm plum shade goes on smooth and wears great, has killer pigmentation. I love this one. carpe-3

Mauve it is a cool smoky purple shade. It some lights it comes off more of a dusty rose tone and in others a purple shade. It’s a great shade and just like Raging Rasin, it wears great, pigmented and smooth. carpeAnd lastly, I have Gone Griege. This is that perfect gray/beige shade. Again, it’s a win. Pigmented smooth and wears great. It makes a nice “Nude” if you wanna shake things up a bit. Oddly flattering.

Overall, these are great lipsticks with a creamy matte finish. Comfortable and pigmented. Maybe avoid the vampy shades as they may be patchy like the black.

The shade range is quite impressive. From the grayed out smoky shades. vibrant reds and coral oranges, vampy bolds to avant-garde navy, white, black and purples. The shades are great for all skin tones. 

The Maybelline Loaded Bolds retail for around 7 bucks and you can find them anywhere Maybelline is sold.

Have you tried these lippies? What is your favorite shade from the range?

*This post was not sponsored

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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Review + Demo

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Finally, I have a review of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. This one has been a long time coming, and spoiler alert, I have been loyally using this concealer for about 2 years now.  photo alternative-beautiful-gif-hipster-Favim.com-1572641_zpsip6yqpwj.gif

So, what’s it all about?

The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is a medium to full coverage concealer enriched with hydrating multi-action skincare benefits that help to diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and fatigue. It also uses light reflection technology to blur and perfect the skin, all while being lightweight and crease proof. photo 20161008_212340_zps8wo0uaiy.jpg

While the formula is kind of thick, think Maybelline Fit Me but with a slightly thicker consistency, on par with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Concealer. What’s unique about the Nars, however, is the light reflecting tech.  photo OVERLAY 83_zpspwouioou.png

The formula is very long wearing and I have put it to the test after using it on multiple brides, it still looked flawless by the end of the night and never creased or wore away.

The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer comes in 16 shades and one of the best shades for my pale gals out there called Chantilly. It matches perfectly to me and even highlights! A rare thing for me. Between the shade and the formula, it is one of my favorite concealers on the market. Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer gives it a good run for its money but there is just something about the Nars that keeps me coming back to it.

All in all, it’s an excellent concealer. Can you find something similar on the market but it’s still worth the hype and is a cult classic for a reason.

Here’s how the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer performs:

Here is my before, after just applying my foundation as usual.
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I light to apply the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to anywhere I want to bring forward or there is a shadow and undereye area with a thin layer. A little goes a long way and it’s very buildable.
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I prefer blending out the concealer with a damp sponge, like the Read Techniques Miricle Complexion Sponge. However, Nars recommends using fingers and probably less product.
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The formula blends out just as well with a concealer brush. I’m just not a fan of brushes for concealer and foundation.
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Once blended out you can see the amount of coverage it gave and the highlighting effect.
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Here is a close up of under the eyes before setting with powder, you can see there is minimal creasing and the skin doesn’t feel cakey or too heavy which can happen if you pile it on but that’s true for any concealer.
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And here it is after setting with the Nars Light Refecting Pressed Powder.
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Closer look. No creasing in my opinion nor any caking.
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The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is formulated without parabens and alcohol. It’s also fragrance-free and non-comedogenic and retails for $30. You can find Nars at most department stores, Sephora, Ulta, and Online.  I recommend giving this one a go.

Have yall tried it? Whatcha think?

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