For blushes I’d recommend shades like
MAC Breath Of Plum
Loreal True Match Blush in Spice Plum (they make a few shades great for deeper skin tones!)
Milani Baked Blush in Fantastico Mauve
For contour shades i’d recommend using a concealer, foundation or face powder a few shades darker than your foundation or some products like
Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Espresso
Guerlian Terracotta Bronzer in shade 8
Covergirl Queen Bronzer in Ebony Bronze
Yes it is! I love, love finishing sprays for de-caking my makeup look :)
Sometimes after we’ve finished our foundation and added powder our skin can look a bit powdery and matte. When you use a finishing spray like MAC Fix + it helps the makeup set and melt into the skin like you’ve been wearing it for a few hours already. Personally, I love my makeup after a few hours of wear because everything sort of sets and blends into the skin instead of just sitting on top of the skin. Setting spray will give you that look instantly! You can add a light layer for a bit of sheen or use quite a few sprays for a more dewy look, you can totally control the amount of sheen.
For those on a budget you can use rose water, Burts Bee’s & Boots sold at Target make some, or make your own! Rose water is a hydrating, gentle finishing spray.
There are setting sprays which help set the makeup so it lasts a bit longer and finishing sprays will help with the overall finish of the makeup look but don’t really pro long the wear of the makeup.
Some MAC blushes I think you’d like are
Melba (matte, muted pinky peach)
Prism (peachy brown)
Blushbaby (dusty rose)
I’m guessing you mean the clear plastic/acrylic ones?
Plastic/Acrylic drawers are great for storing makeup because being clear you know where everything is and you get to show off your pretty cosmetics! I don’t know about you but seeing my makeup makes me happy…
These can get pretty pricey but you can definitely find some affordable ones. The pricey ones tend to hold more makeup and are a little better quality. You can stack them on top of each other for more storage.
- Muji Acrylic Drawers
- BH Cosmetics Drawers w/ Top Organizer
- Large Drawers (Amazon)
- Small Drawers (Amazon)
- Bed Bath & Beyond Drawers
You can get the clear organizers/dividers at places like Bed Bath and Beyond, Ulta, Amazon, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Target, etc. Keep an eye out where they keep the makeup travel bags. These don’t fit much but great for putting your every day products in like lipstick, foundation, bronzer, etc and it’s easily accessible. These look great on top of the clear drawers!
Today is an amazing day! Animal testing for cosmetics in china is no longer required by law! It’s all thanks to the hard work of Activists from organizations like Be Cruelty Free China and The Humane Society International (as well as many other animal activists!)
As many of you may know (or may not know) China was the only country in the world where animal testing was required by law for cosmetic sales. What this means is companies such as L’Oreal, who stopped animal testing themselves in March 2013, and have been working with scientists in china to support alternative methods of testing. (source) may be coming to cruelty free lists near you soon. This also means that cosmetics companies that recently sold to parent companies that only test “where required by law” may be okay to buy again (hello Urban Decay and Tarte ;D)
I say “may” because companies often find loopholes and wording that makes them seem more ethical than they actually are, I will have more information on this in the future.
While this change does not mean that animal testing for cosmetics is completely banned in China, it is a huge step forward and an event to definitely celebrate!
Pictured above are animal activists from Be Cruelty Free China celebrating this announcement! =D
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!
There are a few types of primers you can use on dry skin, a silicone based primer, a hydrating primer and an illuminating primer. A silicone primer is great if you have flakey skin, an illuminating primer is great if you have dull looking skin and a hydrating primer is a great added boost of hydrating for dry skin. They all give different looks so you can choose which one works best for you :)
A silicone, silky primer is great for smoothing out the skin and gliding over any dry and flakey patches so your foundation goes on more smooth. Think of it as creating a new, smooth layer of skin over dry, flakey skin. Great if you have really flakey, patchy skin.
Some examples are
- ELF Mineral Infused Primer $6
- Maybelline Baby Skin Primer $5
- Tarte Clean Slate 12 Hr Perfecting Primer $30
- Smashbox Photofinish Primer $36
An illuminating, dewy primer will add glow to your skin because dry skin can look a little dull and dehydrated. An illuminating primer has fine shimmer that will add some radiance to the skin so it looks naturally glowing from within instead of dewy from highlighters and such. It might look a little too shimmery at first but once your foundation is over it, it will come off as a slight sheen. An illuminating primer won’t help with dry patches or add hydration so you would want to incorporate exfoliating and moisturizing in your skin care routine. Great if you want a dewy look.
Some examples are
- Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer $12
- Tarte 12 Hr Brightening Primer $29
- Hard Candy Sheer Envy Illuminating Primer (smoothing and brightening) $8
- Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer (smoothing and brightening) $34
A hydrating primer is great for some added hydration under foundation instead of using a heavy, thick moisturizer which can look greasy in the day time. Your foundation will go on more smooth and won’t look dry and parched through out the day. Won’t make any dramatic differences just lock in moisture as the day goes on.
Some examples are
- Laura Mercier Primer - Hydrating $33
- Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum $65
- Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Primer $42