Hi! Thank you :)
I would recommend Loreal True Match foundations for you! They seperate their shades based on undertones so it makes finding the right undertone a lot easier. They have C (cool/pink), W (warm/yellow) and N (neutral, no strong yellow or pink undertones) options. Since you use MAC you might be confused because NC’s are yellow and NW’s are pink but MAC does things sort of backwards. I’d recommend a N or W shade for you since olive skin tones tend to be more green/neutral/yellow.
Loreal True Match is also a great drugstore foundation in general, it’s light weight with a semi matte finish so it can really work for all skin types. They also make a Lumi version thats a little more creamy and luminous if you have more dry skin or want a more dewy finish.
I think it’s good to invest a bit in a good neutral eyeshadow palette! Sometimes as beginners you buy whats more affordable that may not be the best of quality eyeshadows making it hard to blend and apply, making your job harder than it has to be! So already not having the best of skills with makeup and adding poor quality makeup in the mix is a recipe for disaster. Not saying drugstore eyeshadow is bad but it’s nice to start with training wheels aka easy to work with eyeshadows. Good quality eyeshadows will be creamy and easy to blend! Plus a lot of times with high end palettes you get a value deal so a palette with 9 shadows for $35 comes out to around $3 a shadow. But if you’re on a tight budget i’d recommend the Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette or NYX’s cosmetics eyeshadow palettes!
Try Too Faced palettes, they are semi affordable at $36 each and come in quite a few palette variations!
Also, as a beginner i’d recommend investing in good brushes! Same reason as before, good quality brushes will make applying and blending out makeup much easier! I recommend brushes from Sigma, Sedona Lace, Real Techniques (sold at Walmart, Walgreens and Ulta). These are all more on the affordable side and they all make great brush kits!
Hi guys! I thought this would be a fun post and I wanted to see if any of you guys have tried these products to give me a little feedback. Always check the notes to see what fellow makeup lovers have to say! :)
These are a few things i’ve been dying to try, adding to my shopping cart then shamefully exiting the page…
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation $55. Not to be confused with their No Foundation Foundation Serum, different products but look similar! A foundation thats meant to look completely natural, never cakey and look like you’re not wearing foundation? Yes please.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder $44. I absolutely love grey, taupe bronzers for contouring so this sculpting powder seems right up my alley.
Fresh Flower Power Value Set $48. Comes with their Rose Water Toner, Rose Face Mask, Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream and Sugar Tinted Lip Balm in Tulip (new shade). I already love Fresh skin care and their Sugar Tinted Lip Balms so i’m dying to try the new shade Tulip and try out some more skin care.
Milani Bella Eyes Gel to Powder Single Shadows $5.99. So many gorgeous shades from neutrals to color! Should be hitting stores this month!
Try primers like
- Benefit Porefessional $31
- Hourglass Mineral Viel $72 (ouch, I know but it’s an amazing primer!)
- Rimmel Stay Matte Primer $6
- NYX Angel Viel $16
All these products are mattifying and prolong the wear of makeup but are more on the silky side to glide over the skin and smooth out the surface to look more flawless and poreless! :)
Thanks boo! :)
Check out the question I answered recently on good, basic eye creams here.
Oh no this might be a long post because i’m very passionate about skin care LOL
Being the skin care addict I am I like to use quite a few products for my night time routine. In the day time I keep it simple with a light cleanser and moisturizer but at night I want to thoroughly clean my skin removing makeup and treat my skin. You don’t have to use all the products i’m going to mention but choosing one or a few to incorporate into your skin care routine is ideal.
Taking Off the Makeup
For a night time routine you want to give your skin a good cleanse if you’ve been wearing makeup wearing makeup all day! Washing your skin once for a minute or so won’t remove all the makeup and properly cleanse your skin resulting in break outs, clogged pores, etc. Try using a cleansing oil, makeup wipes, using a cream cleanser first, or just double cleansing (washing your skin twice) with the cleanser you already use. Cleansing oils are fabulous at breaking down your makeup and can be used for eye makeup and face makeup. They are moisturizing and gentle so you won’t dry out your skin like some double cleansing or makeup wipes can do.
Cleansing the Skin
Choosing a cleanser really all depends on your skin type and skin needs but a gentle, milky cleanser is always a safe bet! It will cleanse the skin without stripping, drying out or irritating the skin. I know us oily skin and acne prone gals think we should use a stripping, acne medicated cleanser but sometimes giving your skin a break to let heal is what it needs so it’s always good to have a great, basic cleanser. Try products like
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser $10
- CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser $12
- Philosophy Purity Cleanser $23
- Fresh Soy Cleanser $15 - $38
- First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser $20
Exfoliating the Skin
Exfoliating can completely change your skin. I exfoliate once a week sometimes more depending on the method of exfoliation used. Exfoliating with a face scrub, cleansing brush (like the clarisonic), chemical peels, chemical exfoliants, etc remove the dead, dull layers of the skin so your skin will be more radiant, smooth and beautiful! Exfoliating helps keep your pores tight and small by keeping them clean so no dirt and dead skin cloggs them up. Exfoliating also helps all your skin care sink in and be more effective since no dead skin is in the way! Your skin’s texture and tone will become more smooth and even over time. I can’t emphasize enough the important of exfoliating! lol
Treating the Skin
Personally, I find using some sort of concentrated serum or oil essential to skin health. Serums and oils have high concentrations of ingredients to help with acne, aging, dark spots, dry skin, oily skin, skin’s radiance, skin’s texture, etc. There are so many serums and oils for different skin issues. I love oils and serums aimed to be brightening and resurfacing so I can have smooth, radiant skin. However you might want to do some research on serums and oils for specific skin problems you have to get one more targeted for your skin. You don’t use oils and serums together, you normally use one or the other under your moisturizer so you don’t need both! I have two I use on and off.
Some serums and oils I love are
- Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil/Concentrate $46
- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum $62
- Pai Rose Hip Oil $36
- The Body Shop Vitamin E Over Night Serum $26
Moisturizing the Skin
I have a more in-depth post on moisturizers for different skin types, day and night, etc which you can find here. But basically, moisturizing is very important! It will keep your skin healthy and firm as you age and keep your skin balanced so it won’t be overly dry or overly oily. A thicker, rich night cream or thick moisturizer is always good!
Personally, I love layering mascaras for the most dramatic look!
I like to use lengthening mascara first to get my lashes long, then go in with a more volumizing mascara to add thickness and drama.
Some of my favorite, holy grail mascaras are
- Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara $3 at Walgreens, K Mart and online (volumizing, super black)
- Maybelline Falses Mascara $6 (lengthening and volumizing)
- Loreal Telescopic $9 (super lengthening)
- Maybelline Illegal Lengths $7 (lengthening and volumizing, has lash fibers for added length)
- Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara $26 (lengthening and volumizing)
You might also want to try lash primers! Lash primers go on white and coat the lashes so once you apply mascara over them your lashes look thicker and longer. Something like Loreal Double Extend Mascara (has primer on one side and mascara on the other) or Makeup Forever Lash Fibers :)