Friday, April 26, 2013

Fresh Face | My Dewy Skin Routine

So I'll admit it, I was definitely somewhat of a late bloomer when it came to discovering the Beauty Blender. Could a sponge shaped like a teardrop REALLY be all that amazing for applying your foundation? Well friends, the answer is a big YES! But you probably already knew that right? ;)

Not only can this little beauty tool give a flawless, airbrushed finish when applying liquid foundation... but recently I discovered that it has the same effect when used to apply a cream or liquid highlighter. And voila! My new, dewy skin foundation routine was born!  Okay so here's the formula:

Luminous foundation
 + Beauty Blender
liquid highlighter
+ MAC Fix+

= Luminous, dewy skin that's NOT greasy or shiny! Woot woot!

Since this routine is geared more towards looking radiant (not shiny), I chose to use the Loreal True Match Lumi foundation. Maybe I was a late bloomer with this product too? It reminds me of a less expensive version of the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. It's blendable, gives great coverage and it's luminous without looking like an oil slick. I've really been loving this routine and I hope you will try it out with products in your own collection :) 

Product List:

Loreal Revitalift Miracle Blur (more about this later... it really is a Miracle!)

Loreal True Match Lumi foundation - W 1-2 porcelain-light ivory and W-3 Nude Beige mixed (applied with a Beauty Blender) 

Rimmel Stay Matte powder, Nude Beige

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer, brightening shade

Revlon Age Defying concealer, light/medium

Ben Nye Cameo Powder

Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

Mac Fix+


Friday, April 19, 2013

Tropical Green & Coral Makeup | Sigma Resort Palette

Hi everyone! I'm back with a fun, bright green and coral look using the new Sigma Beauty Resort Palette! My favorite thing about this limited edition palette is the fact that it includes a well-rounded assortment of colors and pretty much everything you would need to create a look inspired by the tropics. The press release for this product says it was "created as a beauty accompaniment to your weekend getaways and summer travels..."

Coincidentally my first thought when I started playing around with this palette was that I could easily throw it in my travel makeup bag for vacations or day trips to the shore and have everything I would need to create a wide variety of vibrant looks. The gorgeous and highly-pigmented eyeshadows range from functional neutrals to playful brights. As if that weren't enough, it comes with a lovely coral blush, glamorous liquid highlighter and a double-ended eyeliner pencil. I was very impressed by the quality of the additional products in the palette and the rich turquoise and cocoa eyeliner shades are creamy, transfer easily and have some SERIOUS staying power. The Resort Palette has been one of the first spring/summer product launches that I have been truly excited about - this one has you covered from the sand dunes to dinner! The inside cover also houses a jumbo mirror, something I find note-worthy and definitely helpful when travelling. 

And now... the swatches!!

L-R: Heavenly blush, Liquid Highighter

L-R: Papaya, Moonbeam, Neela and Midori eyeshadows
Don't mind my goosebumps! ;)

L-R: Muse, Fawn, Luna and Topaz eyeshadows

L-R: Daydream and Earth Goddess from double-ended eyeliner pencil

I love the fact that Sigma has included every single color that reminds me summer and the possibilities and looks are endless! Don't forget to use the code AAM2013 and get 10% off your order from Sigma Beauty! 

Products Used for this look:
NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk
NYX retractable eyeliner in White
Sigma Resort Palette (Midori, Topaz, Luna, Heavenly blush)
MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Benefit They're Real mascara
Khroma Glimmer false lashes
Cargo Medium Matte bronzer
Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Charm
Benefit Ultra Shine lipgloss, Life on the A List

I hope you all enjoyed this peak at my favorite product of the moment and the video tutorial!  Stay tuned for more tutorials and posts this weekend!