Makeup Monday : Concealer

I’m all about concealers! For about 3 years it was pretty much all I used because I couldn’t be bothered with foundation (let alone a full face of makeup). Below are my current favorites.

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Although quite pricey at $42 a pop, I will forever be a fan of the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (Medium Beige).

PROS :
light weight
full coverage
no scent
doesn’t clog pores
doesn’t crease
doesn’t settle into fine lines
large shade range
a little goes a long way
lasts all day once set with powder
available in travel size

CONS :
price

OVERALL :
If you haven’t already tried this concealer (or brand), I highly recommend heading to Sephora to test it out. It has been my go-to for nearly 10 years! I remember buying my first tube when it was their only product, now the brand had expanded to primers, include color-correctors and powders.

At first I was hesitant about dropping $42 on concealer, but after trying it out I’m a believer. The coverage is well, amazing, ha. A pea sized amount is more than enough to cover my undereyes and spot treat problem areas. I sometimes just use this and go without foundation. Should you need another layer to cover a stubborn blemish, acne spots or discoloration, it is build-able and doesn’t look at all cake-y once set.

Additionally, Amazing Cosmetics is sometimes featured on Haute Look for a steal. That’s definitely the time I like to stock up. You can also pick up the “to go” (travel sized) version for $28.

 

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If you’re looking for a drugstore alternative to the high end concealers (like the one I mentioned above), these Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer (Light, Medium and Brightener) are your best bet at $9 each.

PROS :
affordable
widely available
light weight
build-able
no scent
doesn’t clog pores

CONS :
applicator can get grimy
doesn’t last all day
cap is prone to cracking/not staying on
limited shade range
needs to be set with powder

OVERALL :
I’ve only used these for a little over a year and I’m quite impressed! For the price you’re getting a quality product.

It’s smooth, blends wonderfully with your fingers or a damp beauty blender. While it’s not a full coverage concealer, it can be layered to achieve that. I do find it’s longevity to be an issue especially during warmer weather.

The medium shade is the perfect match for my skin tone and sometimes I use it alone as foundation for days I don’t need a full face of makeup. I use the Brightener on days when I haven’t gotten much sleep and I find it does help to make me look less like a zombie.

My only real gripe would be the flimsy cap and sponge applicator. While it claims it’s resistant to dirt, germs and such (and I haven’t had an issue with smell or breakouts), I do understand why some would rather take it off entirely. Also, I only use the sponge to apply product not blend it out. Normally, I just use my fingers or a beauty blender.

In regards to claims of diminishing fine lines and puffiness, I feel that all depends on your skin/complexion. I’ll be 38 soon and after using it for a year I haven’t noticed much difference with my fine lines or puffiness so I wouldn’t put too much stock in these claims.

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Kat Von D Beauty

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to the folks behind @katvondbeauty, @katvond and @sephora for making good on their word regarding the (missing) signed inserts in the Shade and Light Obsession Collector’s set (see my previous post).

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Not only did I receive the signed artwork insert, included was a note from the brand PLUS a full size Everlasting Liquid lipstick (in Lolita) and Tattoo Liner (in Trooper). That’s quite generous and it is very much appreciated!

So, if you ordered the set back in October, don’t fret! They’ll make it up to you!

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Long Hair Don’t Care

When it comes to my hair I’m very low maintenance. I keep it long enough to throw up in a bun when I’m at home tending to the little monsters.  Basically, I just shampoo my roots, condition the ends, comb, part (location depends on my mood) and let it air dry. I hardly use any product unless it’s the Husband’s hair gel to tame stray hairs and leave-in conditioner for my ends.  I haven’t colored it in about 4 years which means I’ve quite a few grey strands here and there, which I don’t mind at all.

I also cut my own hair. Yep, I do!  Last night, I tried out the ‘pony tail method’ (this one) and I’m happy to say it gave me the long face framing layers I wanted to achieve.

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From the back it essentially looks like a v-cut shape. Since my hair is straight and fine, I need the layers for movement and volume when I do style/curl it.

Overall, I cut about 3″ off all around. My longest layer is still just above my waist and the shortest is just below my shoulders (not including my grown out bangs).

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Sure, it’s risky to give yourself a haircut but I figured since mine is long enough that if I did end up with a disaster, it could still be salvaged with a trim to a salon. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that but if you were trying this method for the first time I’d definitely start off with cutting a minimal amount to make sure you like the results.

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Makeup Monday : Moisturizer

Kicking off the first installment Makeup Monday with a must have product every one needs – a great moisturizer!

Over the years I’ve tried quite a few different products from drugstore to high end. For a long while I was a die hard fan of Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar. It was (and possibly still is) a great product and one I would definitely recommend. The only negative I found was the price point and scent. I stopped using it when I got pregnant with my first because I found it too overpowering during that time.

For the past six years or so I’ve consistently used  the Olay line. Specifically (and usually) the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF15 in Sensitive.

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Call me old school (or an old lady, ha), but I love this stuff! In fact, my mom introduced me to this when I was a teenager as it was something she loved as well.

PROS :
– moisturizing
– easily absorbed
– affordable and widely available
– SPF 15 or 30
– has vitamin E and aloe
– light weight, non-greasy formula
– clean, light and pleasant scent
– available for normal and sensitive skin
– doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts

CONS :
– no pump
– not available in travel size

OVERALL :
Olay Complete works well for my skin. As I’ve gotten older (and with pregnancy/breastfeeding hormonal changes) my skin has changed from very oily to normal/dry and this has kept it smooth and supple. What’s more, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. The scent goes away once you’ve worked the product into your skin. I use about a quarter size dollop every morning right after my shower and in the evenings after I’ve washed my face.

While I’m always willing to try new and different moisturizers, this is one product I’ll always have on hand.

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Makeup Mondays

I’m a beauty/makeup addict from way back. One of my first purchases was a Bare Minerals kit back when it was still referred to as Bare Escentuals. I believe that was around 2003? In any case, with that purchase I inevitably fell down the rabbit hole that is the high end beauty and makeup industry.

Since then I’ve tried and tested numerous products from moisturizers to lip plumpers, to bronzes and setting sprays. I’ve watched countless YouTube tutorials and viewed dozens of swatches. Over the years I’ve learned which ones work the best for my skin, style and routine.

I thought it would be fun to do weekly highlights of my tried and true beauty and makeup products here. There may be a few of you who, like me, love to try new brands and maybe discover old favorites. I think it would be a great way to not only showcase my favorite products but, to review them as well.

I’ll begin Monday, November 14th.  Follow along here or on my IG @_beatnikbeauty. Let me know if you’re doing this, too!

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