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Monday, March 19, 2018

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil vs. NYX Hydratouch Oil Primer Review and Swatches

The newest thing in face primers is primer OIL. I first started noticing this trend last year and I expect more makeup companies to come out with their own in the future. I purchased three popular brands of face primer oil. I'll be reviewing them this week for you. Two popular ones, that are often compared are Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer Oil and NYX Hydratouch Oil Primer. With Smashbox having a price tag of $42 many say NYX at $14 is a dupe. I've tested both of them for a couple of weeks now on my dry skin and below are my thoughts. Let me know your thoughts.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil - Supersweet
You guys may remember my review of Smashbox's Primerizer Primer in January. I loved it. Well, I love Smashbox's Primer Oil EVEN MORE. It is really good! I've never used a primer that makes foundation apply so beautifully and you use LESS FOUNDATION. The results are amazing. Let me give you a little background. This primer is Vegan, Cruelty Free, Non-Acnegenic, and Dermatologist Tested. It contains 15 lipid-rich plant extracts and essential oils including moisturizing jojoba & calming chamomile. Smashbox states this primer oil reduces the appearance of dry, fine lines (it does). They state it instantly absorbs & adds radiance (it does). They also state it preps the skin for makeup and moisturizes for seamless makeup application (it does).  You only need a couple of drops of this primer oil. Remember oil spreads. Too much and you're going to be a slick mess. So a little goes a long way. Work the primer oil into your skin and let it sit for a few minutes to absorb. This oil doesn't completely dry down, but as it absorbs into the skin your face will feel really soft. Apply your foundation. I use liquid foundation (Too Faced, NARS, Tarte) and I found that the best result was by using a Beautyblender. Using a brush was ok, but using a sponge made my results beautiful. I tried this primer oil with all 3 foundations and all the results looked SO BEAUTIFUL! I can't tell you enough how amazing the results were. As I bounced the foundation into my skin, my foundation looked like my skin. It didn't look like it was atop my skin. I didn't experience transfer. The makeup didn't break up. I didn't look an oily mess. Smashbox gives you 1 fl oz of oil. With using only a couple of drops, this will last a really long time. It's also important to note (and I'm going to start including this in my reviews), that this primer oil is good for 24 mos! Two years! This worked great for my DRY SKIN! But what I concluded, was I don't think this would work well for OILY SKIN TYPES and I was right! On Smashbox's website it states, "This product is NOT IDEAL FOR OILY SKIN". I would even say, not for Combination either. This will work best for DRY & NORMAL SKIN TYPES. I would recommend the Smashbox Primerizer for Oily and Combination Skin Types. I know I'm all over the place, but I love this primer so I can't contain myself. Smashbox says you can use this as a moisturizer, but I wouldn't. It's a primer. It makes foundation look beautiful and that's it. It has a light airy scent. It doesn't smell like oil (so that's good). It does feel like an oil, that's why you don't need much. The dropper is long (the bottle is long), but it doesn't pick up much oil (but again, you don't need much oil). I was very impressed and think you'll love it.

NYX HYDRATOUCH Oil Primer - Bittersweet
A lot of bloggers and YouTubers have been comparing and contrasting the NYX primer oil with the Smashbox primer oil. Some have stated the NYX is a DUPE! I have to disagree. Initially I thought it was a dupe. I applied a couple of drops. It worked into the skin really well and absorbed to a point into the skin. I applied my makeup and everything looked beautiful. When I looked at my skin closely, the oil and my foundation started separating. The NYX primer didn't give me the cohesiveness that the Smashbox primer oil gave me, nor did my makeup look as polished as when I applied the Smashbox primer oil. Just as with the Smashbox, I tested the NYX on all 3 foundations (Too Faced, NARS, Tarte). It was the same problem over and over. Just oiliness seeping through and foundation separating. I just purchased the new Tarte foundation (hydrating & matte). The NYX primer made the Tarte hydrating foundation look an oily mess. I'm bringing this up, because if you use a foundation that promotes hydration, illumination, radiance etc, this NYX primer will present some problems for you. The Smashbox primer oil worked well with the new Tarte Hydrating Foundation. I wasn't impressed with the results I achieved with the NYX Hydratouch primer oil and I wouldn't repurchase. The dropper works much better on the NYX. The NYX oil also has a light airy scent. But again, I didn't like my results. The NYX primer oil also has skin loving ingredients such as jojoba and rice oil. A lot of people love it, but I couldn't get it to work for me. NYX gives you .67 fl oz and the primer oil is good for 12 mos (1 year).


For Parents Guide: Easiest Way on how to Remove Chocolate Stains from Clothes

Every time you eat chocolate whether dark, white or milk depending on your preference, you get to enjoy its sweet experience that make you fascinated and possibly happy a whole day. Chocolate is so popular and cool and it is loved by everybody. Oftentimes, when you come home perhaps from a workplace or shopping you could opt to take some chocolates to your children back at home. When they get the chocolates normally they eat and enjoy them because of their sweet nature. Sadly, when children finish eating chocolates they normally wipe their hand on clothes rather than wash. This makes their clothes dirty and stained with chocolates, However, Grown-ups are not exception as well, sometimes you might be enjoying your chocolate and all of a sudden it falls accidentally on your clothes. Removing such chocolate stains could be a hectic if you are not aware of the easiest ways you could use to get rid of them from your clothes. Hopefully, you do not need to worry because I am going to take you through simple steps you can take while washing your clothes to free them free chocolate stains.

Easiest ways on how to remove chocolate stains from your clothes.

Here's a list of steps on how to remove chocolate stains:

  • The first step is to first put vinegar or lemon on the spot where the stain is present and leave it for approximately a period of five minutes. This will break down the particles of the stains decreasing its intensity.
  • Using a small brush such as toothbrush you scrape gently the stains immediately the five minutes after you applied vinegar are over.
  • Rinse the clothes with cold running water or just submerge it in plenty of cold water to loosen the particles from the cloth fiber and further prevent the lemon or vinegar from destroying the garment,
  • Next step is to thoroughly saturate the fabric with washing detergent or 'biological' laundry detergent. Please make sure you do not apply it roughly in order for stains to be gently removed.
  • To make the garment clean, soak it for about 15 minutes in cold water while rubbing the stains gently and consistently until they are completely gone.
  • Once the stains have been removed then you can launder it with a washing machine as usual and it will be absolutely clean.
  • However, if the stains persist then try applying commercial stain removers or enzyme based ones and leave it for about 15 minutes to dissolve the stains.
  • If the stain still remains then I would recommend you use bleaching agents like chlorine to apply to the stains. Do not let this bleaching agents stay in your clothes for more than one minute. Make sure you rinse with warm water as soon as possible.
  • When it's finally free from stains then you can launder it with washing machine, otherwise take it for dry cleaning.

Being clean is important and now that you are know how to deal with chocolate stains, then you are free to allow yourself and your children to take chocolate without any limitation because it is super easy to clean chocolate stains.

Friday, March 16, 2018

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation In Soft Beige Review

This year, I'm on a primer & foundation exploration! NYX Total Control Drop Foundation wasn't on my list to try, but I've heard so many good things about this foundation. It's only $14, so why not? I used NYX's Need Help Picking Your Shade? Selector (this foundation is offered in 30 shades ... YAAAAY!) to find my shade. I looked at the head shots and I felt Soft Beige would be a good match. It was a perfect match (I really lucked up). This is a liquid foundation that is build-able and can take you from sheer to full coverage depending on how many drops/layers you apply. The foundation is housed in a bottle and has a dropper. I used one drop per area of my face (forehead, cheeks, chin etc.). The formula is liquidity (I was a little worried at first), but as you can see from my hand swatches below it thickens & covers. I applied two layers to achieve the final look below. It did a great job blurring out my freckles, acne spots (chin) and evening my skin tone. I did NOT use concealer. I wanted to show you the effect of the foundation on it's own. I did use NYX's new Hydra Touch Primer Oil, which I will have a review of next. This foundation really held up well throughout the day, plus it never looked powdery or cakey. I think it's a great everyday foundation, when you don't want to use your more expensive one. It's a nice option. I was impressed.

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   NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is Sweet


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Morphe 9B Bronzed Babe Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

I've been blogging since 2012, and do you know I've never tried anything from Morphe Cosmetics!?! When you think of Morphe, you automatically think eye shadow palettes and makeup brushes. I think I shied away from Morphe early on, because they would release these HUGE eye shadow palettes. I was already intimidated with my eye shadow application skills, so huge eye shadow palettes made me even more nervous. HaHaHa Well, that didn't stop me from looking at other blogger's reviews on Morphe. I was always impressed with the quality of their eye shadows. Morphe just released a 9B Bronzed Babe (ULTA) eye shadow palette and you guys it's only ... are you ready? ... $12!!! This 9 pan palette is filled with oranges, browns, coppers and golds. There are 5 mattes and 4 shimmer shades. All the shades swatched really well and there was minimal fall out during application. I used Hang Ten all over the lid & crease of my eye. Road Trip deep in the crease. I applied Faux Real on the lid. I placed Sunnies in the inner corner of my eye. I lined my eyes with Beach Please. Aren't the names fun? The other names are Vacay, Now Boarding, Volcano and Midnight Dip. The shades are really pigmented. I thought they were going to be lighter, but I can definitely use these going into Spring. My lipstick is NYX Wicked in Wrath. This palette has a great mirror. The entire packaging is sturdy and heavy duty. Have you tried anything from Morphe? What do you like, not like? Let me know your thoughts in comments.

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   Morphe's 9B Bronzed Babe Eyeshadow Palette is Sweet


10 Tips in Choosing Your Wedding Gown

A wedding marks an important transition point and many people are stranded when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding gown. If you are in this situation and would appreciate some help, you will find the tips below useful. Learn how to choose the perfect wedding gown for your big day.

1. Pick a Style
There are many styles that could go well with your theme. You can find ideas in wedding magazines that share pictures of wedding dresses and attire. You can choose classic or contemporary styles, and while doing so make sure to consider your venue and season of the year, not forgetting your tastes and preferences.

2. Seek a Second Opinion
Although you will be shopping for your wedding, it also helps to invite someone else to help you in the selection process. This could be one of your relatives or friends, who will help to point out some things you might not see due to excitement and bias.

3. Do it in Time
Making rash decisions is something you don’t want to do when you are out to buy a wedding gown. That is why you should start searching early so as to get the time to sort through different designs. It happens that after choosing a gown the next day you might come across something better, so to avoid this conflict, spend a good amount of time browsing through different designs.

4. Accessories and Practicalities
You must also consider including some accessories like veils. Your choice should pick something that compliments your looks and comfort. If you are looking for something that will fit you perfectly, you can find flattering dresses at MadameBridal.com.

5. Themes and Color
Don’t forget to pick the right color. The theme of your day should inform your decision and the best way to bring this out is to ensure you pick the perfect color to match the theme of the day.

6. Seek Advice
You may not be perfect at choosing a wedding gown, so one of the things you want to do is ask for advice from someone who is experienced on matters concerning wedding. This advice will go a long way to help you ensure everything availed matches perfectly with your expectations.

7. Have an Open Mind
Each bridal consultant will give you this advice and it is important that you take it seriously. Be ready to explore and try out styles that are unique as this is one of the ways you could help to enhance the look of your big day.

8. Research
There are many things you could learn about wedding gowns that could help you make a better decision. Make sure to research about the different styles you could pick depending on your venue as well as time of year.

9. Have a Budget
All your purchases should be within your budget. Don’t frustrate your effort by picking something that could stifle the budget to exclude other important items. You can easily get a good wedding gown on a small budget if you will invest your time in research.

10. Trust Your Decisions
Above all, you need to put trust in your decisions. Don’t let the comments of others discourage you in your decisions. Don't be intimidated by the progress others have made as everyone is unique and you might be moving slower than them but with time you will see the real benefits of persistence and the effort.

Choosing a wedding gown marks the start of an important transition in one’s life, and that is why you have to get it perfectly. There are many things you could look for when making this decision including color, size, and your preferences. Make sure to also consult a few people to hear what they think about your choices.

Monday, March 12, 2018

MAC x Jeremy Scott Review & Swatches

When I first saw the packaging for the MAC x Jeremy Scott Collection, I squealed in delight! I had a flashback. An 80's & 90's flashback! Cassette tapes. CDs. Boom Boxes. As a little girl, my mom had vinyl records. I loved listening to them and going with her to the record shop. I grew up purchasing cassettes. I had a Walkman with earphones and a small boombox. I would purchase colorful blank Memorex cassette tapes, wait for popular songs to come on the radio and tape them. Videos were also popular at that time! I watched MTV & Night Tracks. For me, it was all about Duran Duran! Then I went into the CD phase.  I don't have any of my cassettes anymore, but I still have cds. Below is just a sample of my collection. I thought it would be cool to work them into this review. LOL So without further adieu, let me give you my thoughts on this collection. Tell me your music story below (records, cassettes, cds, digital downloads)!

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MAC x Jeremy Scott CD - Cheek X 3 Acoustica (Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter) - Sweet
How cute is the cd packaging? I love that they have Cheeky Vol. 1 Mixtape written on it, like it was handwritten. The details for this collection are absolutely amazing. This "cd" contains a brown bronzer, pinky peach blush & champagne hued highlighter. I really love it! It's going to be great for Spring & Summer, because it gives you a fresh, sun-kissed, peachy cheek look. Everything blended beautifully. Why didn't I give this a supersweet rating? There should've been a Vol 2! This will only work for light to medium skin tones. There should be a second one with a darker bronzer and blush. MAC usually thinks of everyone. I don't know why they dropped the ball on this. Many people didn't buy it due to this reason. And MAC is known for catering to so many skin tones. Are you listening MAC?

MAC x Jeremy Scott Cassette Tape: Lip X 9 Future Emotions - Sweet
This looks and feels just like a cassette tape you guys! I'm going bonkers over this packaging! It's the same size and everything. I usually detest lip palettes, but I'm loving this one because it's small, compact and it even has a mirror. You get an assortment of 9 lip shades. Out of the nine, I only disliked two: Digging It (dark brown)...I didn't dig it. LOL and Happy Song (light pink)...not Happy! But those two colors may work for someone else. I found the formula for all to be pigmented and creamy. They're also pretty long lasting!

MAC x Jeremy Scott Boom Box: Eyeshadow X 29: Lo Fi - Bittersweet
When I first saw a picture of this, I thought it was going to be SO BIG! Like the OLD boomboxes that people carried on their shoulders LOL. I think others felt the same way. NO WORRIES! IT'S THE SIZE OF A BOOK (see below) and very slim. This boom box has 29 eyeshadows in it and it also contains a mirror.  I forgot to mention that ALL the packaging have magnetic closures. So that's good. The packaging is super cute. Love the realism of the boom box, with the speakers, record, play, fast forward and rewind buttons. There's even a depiction of a volume, balance & tone button. The formula for the eye shadows are hit & miss. You just don't have excellent quality here. I felt some were not pigmented, chalky, powdery. Others were ok. Applying them was very challenging for me. This costs too much for the shadows to be sub-par. Other than that, I was very pleased with the collection and have no regrets about purchasing these. I love the nostalgia.

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