Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – “Diffused Light”

As you all probably know, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is all the rage. This is one of the few times I’ve jumped at the chance of getting right away and I’m so glad that I did. According to Sephora, the 6 available shades of the Ambient Lighting Powders are designed to create the most flattering “lighting” for your skin tone. It is “a universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light.”

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This powder is supposed to do a lot of things and the claims, as usual, are very high. The “Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Ambient’s illuminating particles are one of the first ever to exhibit both photoluminescence and color-correcting capabilities.”

At first glance (in person), the powders all appear dark and the pigments appear strange looking. Some are rosey toned and peachy toned, others are bronzey, and there was one that appeared completely white. However, upon swatching them all, all the powders disappear lightly into the skin and casts a glow that shimmer slightly. The “transparent micron-sized spheres with an entrapped diamond core—called photoluminescent technology—do not simply cloak imperfections like traditional powder, but rather, alter and refine the perceived appearance of the complexion by manipulating and filtering out harsh light. Delivering a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, skin appears softer, younger, and lit-from-within.”

To loosely translate the mumbo-jumbo, basically, this powder will flatter your skintone by creating different “lighting.” The product will diffuse the look of imperfection, blur pores and wrinkles, while reducing unflattering shadows and pigmentation. The goal of this product is to give you that perfect “lighting” the entire day. Although Hourglass claims that the 6 available shades are universal, I’d disagree. These powers are NOT all translucent; and, many, of the shades will show up in color.

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I chose the shade “Diffused Light” which is yellow in color and the most suitable for my fair, Asian skintone. It appears chalky at first, but blends beautifully and then disappears into the skin. There is shimmer; however, it’s so light that once everything is blended, you won’t notice it. This shade has a brightening effect, yet it warms up the skin nicely –giving me a fresh and alive apperance. Supposedly, the “Diffused Light [powder will] reduce redness, eliminate shine, and give skin clarity.” I would say that I agree. Although the powder itself does NOT provide any coverage, it’s like a giant eraser for your face and erases imperfections on your face, thus giving it clarity. By reducing the redness in my skin, it looks brighter and healthier will no additional foundation or concealer. The yellowy pigmentation of the powder is great for eliminating redness — in fact, any overly yellow powder will do that.

The powder does not control oil but doesn’t do anything to worsen oil production. So far, dusting this over foundations and BB creams have yielded wonderful results. The difference is subtle and you’ll feel like something is different — you just don’t know what. If anything, this is perfect for the under-eye area as well. My only complaints are that the powders are extremely dusty so don’t forget to dust off the excess before brushing it onto your face; and, I wish the compact came with a velvet pouch (for the price).

Is this absolutely necessary? No. But it makes me feel pretty and I think you’ll feel pretty too! :)

*The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles.

Made in Italy.
Retails for $45 USD.

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REVIEW: La Roche Posay Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer

My daytime moisturizer of choice is the La Roche Posay Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer. I recently switched over to this moisturizer now that we’re transitioning into somewhat warmer temperatures. Even though we’re roughly halfway through February, it seems that my t-zone has decided to get extra oily early this year; and, the humidity in Texas doesn’t help either.

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The Effaclar M Daily Mattifying Moisturizer “is a daily mattifying moisturizer to help clear sebum-clogged pores at the source with absorbing micro-spheres.” I purchased mine at Ulta and I’ve been thoroughly pleased with its performance.

Because this moisturizer helps transform oily skin, I was instantly drawn to it. If you’ve noticed, I’ve been really happy with integrating La Roche Posay products into my skincare routine. For now, I’m sticking with the Effaclar range since it’s geared towards oily-oily combination/acne-prone skins. I feel that it’s a great preventative measure to take during the day when I want to minimize oil and pores without adding a bunch of steps in before my makeup routine.

What’s great is that this product performs immediately. It absorbs quickly and gets to work: it “normalizes pores to help prevent shine” and mattifies pretty much on contact. There’s no slippery or sticky feeling afterwards — it just feels like skin. I almost feel bad going over it with my daily sunscreen, lol.

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Much like the rest of the product within the Effaclar range, this moisturizer contains micro-exfoliating LHA. “Day after day skin texture is refined and your skin has a lasting matte appearance while remaining hydrated. Light, oil-free formula.” It’s still gentle and moisturizing, without feeling oily and greasy — and, best of all, it actually controls the oil production.

The texture of the moisturizer is nice and fluffy. There’s a primer-like quality to the overall feeling of the skin after application, which I like. I like that it works and doesn’t interfere with my makeup application process. I still have to blot about halfway through the day, but at least my skin looks pretty good until I do need to blot. There’s been times — with a bad moisturizer — I look super greasy, like, it’s almost about to drip off my face. Ew, I know.

If you have oily skin and you’re worried about the summer months putting your oil glands into overdrive, I suggest you give this moisturizer a try.

Key Ingredients:
Pore Targeting Technology: Minimizes pores.
Micro-Exfoliating LHA: Unclogs pores and refines skin texture.
Zinc: Neutralizes shine.
Neurosensine: Neutralizes inflammation in the skin.
Pure Vitamin C: Reinforces skin support.
Hylauronic Acid: Immediately smoothes surface wrinkles.
Madecassoside: Fills in deep wrinkles.

Made in France.
Retails for $30.95 USD.

Quick Face of the Day

Here’s a quick face of the day post for those who are curious what products are “on rotation.” I wasn’t in the mood to mess around with anything relatively new and had to get out the door quickly — so, basicially what you’ll see here are products that are ‘slap on-able.’

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Face:
1. I had added something new to my skincare routine this morning: the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector serum. So far, I really like it, but I think it’s best to apply this at night under a night cream. For now, I like it during the day for an extra oomph. Pictured here is a sample size from my Beauty Insider points.
2. I’ve had a random, stubborn spot lately that needs some intense treatment. I’ve been layering my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: Dual Action Acne Treatment to keep the acne-fighting ingredients going during the day.
3. My foundation of choice has been the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc. It’s back in rotation after I veered away to use BB creams. I forgot how much I adored this foundation.
4. The Benefit Erase Paste in Fair is my concealer lately. See the review here. You’ll also be seeing more of Benefit cosmetics since I’ve been obsessed with their products the last few weeks. This product is great for brightening up dark spots, even post-hyperpigmentation.
5. The highlighter I’ve been using is The NARS Multiple in “Luxor” and I’m so in love with this. “Luxor” is an iridescent pink that is pretty and natural, and gives the skin a hint of a glow. Love.
6. For blush, I’m using MAC’s “Melba,” which is just okay for me. On me, it’s bit more reddish orange than I’d like so I have to use a light hand. I guess I’m a pink-blush girl all the way, but this has been in my collection and it deserves some use/love.

Lips:
1. The lips have been kept simple as usual, but I’ve been in my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Rose. This is also a Beauty Insider sample and I really like it. However, I think I still prefer for my Dior balm over this one. The Rose shade is tinted so it helps when I’m in a rush.

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Not pictured — but, I’m still on my Naked Basics kick. I’ll let you know when I’m using something different! :)

REVIEW: Benefit Erase Paste

I’ve been on a MAJOR Benefit kick lately and have been interested in their products more than ever! I remember passing up many of Benefit’s products in the past because I felt they were all gimmicky and I was turned off by the packaging. However, as of late, I’ve been exploring and experimenting with many of Benefit’s hit products and I’m so happy that I did.

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My newest Benefit obsession is the Erase Paste in Fair. Now, keep in mind that this is a “brightening camouflage for the eyes and face,” so don’t be put off by the strange coloring of the product. It’s a little strange to see something pinky-peachy acting as a concealer for the face too, but it works great and I don’t have any complaints about it.

What it does:
Benefit Erase Paste is a “concentrated, creamy, blendable concealer that instantly brightens and camouflages all-in-one. It has an innovative formula which makes sure signs of stress and fatigue are a thing of the past.”

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This is great for brightening the under eye area, but not necessarily for concealing dark, dark circles. As for concealing the face — it’s great for pigmentation that appears dark, since the product will brighten it up. For fresh acne marks, it’s best to use a harder, waxier concealer underneath this one for best results. For general brightening, I found that this is a superb product because it gives your complexion a great lift without looking fake.

I like to use this around my eye area, my brow bone, and on old pigmentation that haven’t quite faded. Also, try dotting some in the inner corners of your eyes. The look is so natural.

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Erase Paste comes with a handy little spatula. Instead of using the product straight out of the pot, it’s best to scoop some out and place the product onto the back of your hand. That way it warms up a bit before applying to delicate areas of the face. But, it’s also okay to dot the product onto the face straight from the pot. I just personally found it easier to work with and blend when it had warmed up a bit.

Although the shade seems odd, it blends in perfectly into the skin. The creamy texture is smooth and not hard to work with (like some concealers). I like the unique concept of combining a concealer + brightener. After all, most of the things we are trying to conceal are darker than our skin tone — so it only makes sense to want to brighten them up without masking the pigmentation/issues under thick concealer/foundation.

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I have a newfound love for concealers AND Benefit. I’ve discovered that with the right primer and concealer, it’s not always necessary to have on foundation. It’s best for lazy days on the weekend and the whole process is so fast too.

Made in USA.
Retails for $26.00 USD.
0.15 oz.

REVIEW: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – Transparent 001

Powders don’t really interest me unless it works like a powder foundation. And, even with those, I’m picky, lol. I’ve been trying out various BB creams and I’ve noticed that they all needed to be set with powder down the t-zone. Normally, I’d use my Chanel loose powder, but lately, I’ve been reaching for my Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent 001.

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I purchased mine at Ulta because I had a $3.50 off coupon, so it was a good day to dig into some drugstore products. I’ve noticed that Tanya from Pixi2woo on YouTube had been raving about this powder, so of course, naturally, it was on my mental shopping list! It’s cheap, yet it works great from oily skins or those with oily t-zones, and that’s the best part of it all.

Although, at first, I didn’t expect much from this powder, I discovered that it applies smoothly, blends into my skin without disturbing my makeup, and keeps me shine-free for longer. I still need to blot, but that’s always the case if you’ve been reading my posts for awhile. The difference is that the shine is under control, making my face look less horrid and messy halfway through the day.

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I got my shade in Transparent 001. It doesn’t alter the shade of makeup you’re already wearing, and I don’t find it drying if I do happen to powder my entire face. Since I normally go for the dewy/natural look, I dust this powder lightly down my t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and go about my day. I highly recommend this powder for those who need oil control during the day. It’s easy to carry around — even though it doesn’t have a mirror or a proper case, lol. The packaging is quite flimsy and plastic-y, but you really can’t expect much from a product that costs $4.99.

Still — I find it more user friendly than any loose powder (which I use over foundations for special occasions).

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The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder “is an oil-absorbing pressed powder that leaves you with a flawless, shine-free complexion. Helps to minimize the appearance of large pores.” The texture is light and gets the job done without adding any weight to your makeup. It doesn’t get cakey — even as your face is beginning to produce oil throughout the day. I use any fluffy brush (natural or synthetic) to apply this product and have been happy with the results. Perhaps this will be a staple during the summer months for me! :)

Retails for $4.99.
Made in England.

Benefit Peek-A-Bright Eyes

The new Benefit Peek-A-Bright Eyes palette is my favorite this week. It’s so portable, practical, and useful for all occasions. This palette is marketed as a “six-piece eye illuminating kit,” and MAN, does it work. Perhaps it’s me being gullible, or there’s something about these shades + the Eye Bright that’s doing something magical, lol.

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In the last few posts, I’ve mentioned how I’ve been on a Benefit kick lately, and that still holds true. I picked this up while I picked up other various Benefit products (reviews and face of the day posts coming soon) and I’ve been so excited about everything. :) I know I’ve complained about their box-packaging; and, you know, it still kinda bothers me that everything is housed in cardboard boxes for the price — however, I’ve just decided to make my life easier and accept the fact that it’s just Benefit’s style.

And, hey, at least it’s nice, sturdy boxes rather than the thin, flimsy stuff. Right? Lol.

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Sephora states that “this convenient portable makeup kit” will “illuminate, highlight, and contour with three complementary shadows.” You get a base color, crease color, and a general highlight color. Along with that, you also get Benefit’s creamy brightener, Eye Bright. I would say if more neutral shades isn’t anything new to you, consider just getting the full size Eye Bright because I think that’s what’s doing the trick here.

The 3 eyeshadow shades work well together, but again, aren’t anything that different from other neutral shades with shimmer in it. There are no matte shades in here, and mainly, that’s probably because shimmer will brighten any look. The dark brown shade is pretty and great for contouring the eyes or lining them; the all over base color is basically the same as my skintone; and, the pinky shade is great for a highlight — although it’s too shimmery for under the brows in my opinion.

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This set contains:
– 0.05 oz Eye Bright
– 3 x 0.03 oz Eyeshadow
– Concealer brush (for the Eye Bright)
– Contour/Liner brush

The brushes don’t do much, but the concealer brush for the Eye Bright is quite useful. I’d also like to note that I appreciate that the Eye Bright is in its own container that snaps shut. It bothers me when companies put together palettes and put the powder shadows and cream products together — because we KNOW that the cream products will dry out, duh.

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I still really like this palette because it has everything that I’ll need and I like all that comes in the palette. I’d recommend it for those who are experimenting with Benefit products since it’s a great way to try things out!

Made in USA.
Retails for $32.00 USD.

REVIEW: Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection UV Base SPF 50 PA+++

I got the Dior ‘Capture Totale’ Multi-Perfection UV Base SPF 50 PA+++ just to see what it was about, and I’m happily very satisfied with this multi-functional product. While I’m not entirely familiar with Dior skincare lines, I’ve read some good things about the Capture Totale anti-aging range.

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As you know, I’m never without any sun protection all-year-round. I was drawn to this product because of the high SPF marketed as a “UV Base.” I asked the sales associate if I could skip regular sunscreen while wearing this, and she said yes. At first, I was skeptical; but, I’m relieved to report that I can skip sunscreen and primer which cuts out two steps for me.

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The “Capture Totale age-defying skincare line acts at the level of the deepest youth-preserving cells. The light, silky UV base provides ultimate protection, unique comfort and melts instantly into the skin. Day after day, your complexion becomes more even and youthfully luminous, smoother and radiant with a perfect finish.”

There appears to be many benefits — your “skin regains firmness [while it] revitalizes the facial contours,” and “plumps the skin [as it] becomes full and regains volume and density.” The product “smoothes and illuminates [as] skin reflects light for a radiant look.”

High claims along with a high price point. I like the idea of an all-in-one before foundation, which helps my skin feel less oily during the day. While it may not seem like much that cutting out two steps can really save time, but it really does, lol.

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Packaging is sleek and nice with a good pump. The color of this product is a lightly pearlized pink tone that blends white onto the skin. While this may not be an issue for those with fiar skin tones, it may leave a white cast for those who are medium toned or darker. Blending is only easy when you’ve freshly layered moisturizer underneath, but it can feel quite dry since it dries matte on the skin. While I can’t say this has superb oil-controlling capabilities, this may not be a good option for those with drier skins either.

Once blended out, pores are concealed and redness and has calmed significantly. Blending foundation or BB cream on top is wonderful because everything just glides on. On good skin days, you can probably get away with this, some concealer, and powder. It’s a great multi-functional product and I really like how reliable it is with keeping your makeup on your face AND shielding your face from the sun.

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For the price, this is not magical but I like that it’s a primer and sunscreen in one. And, really, all these high claims about the product performing miracles is getting old, LOL. However, it does help with luminosity and the longevity of your makeup. And, more importantly, I’m quite satisfied with the sun protection — which is what counts for me. I can’t say that all the fancy anti-aging ingredients is doing anything for me though.

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Tomorrow, I plan on pairing this with my DiorSkin Nude BB Creme. I’m thinking it would be an awesome combination!

1.3 oz.
Made in France.
Retails for $65.00 USD.

REVIEW: Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – “Radiant” 310

The Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in “radiant” 310 is not a new product out on the market, but is one that I was meaning to get around to using after finishing my YSL YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.

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The “gel-based formula diffuses light” and “illuminates as it conceals,” which I found, wasn’t just boasty claims. The difference, in my opinion, between the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, is that the Maybelline DreamLumi conceals and illuminates — which allows you to skip applying actual undereye concealer. In other reviews, I’ve read complaints from people about how the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch doesn’t conceal — and, that’s because it shouldn’t be treated as an actual concealer, but rather, a product that illuminates and brightens the undereye area.

The Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer has concealer qualities — meaning, it provides a little bit of coverage and tends to be a bit more opaque than the thin consistency of the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch. Maybelline’s formula tends to run a bit thick and a little bit of product goes a long way. I like to use a small, synthetic buffing brush or concealer brush to blend the product in under my eyes.

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According to Maybelline, the DreamLumi highlighter concealer is a:

• Gel-based formula diffuses light to provide on-the-spot perfection in just one touch
• Illuminates as it conceals
• Dermatologist, Allergy Tested
• Non-comedogenic
• Suitable for sensitive skin and for all skin types

FOR BEST RESULTS — It is suggested that “to brighten face, apply over brows as well as to the inner and outer corners of eyes and blend with tip of finger,” and to “apply to sides of nose and on chin…to give your face a luminous glow.” The great thing about any kind of highlighter pen is that it’s good for sculpting and highlighting facial features — just “apply in small strokes to the cheekbones and blend.”

I’ve also heard that you can lips look fuller by outlining the lips and blending it out. I’ve also read that you can cover imperfections with the pen, but I would suggest that you skip over the bumpy textured issues and aim to cover discoloration. The brightening effect helps to diffuse the look of acne scars and post-hyperpigmentation marks as well.

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This is a great drugstore option and for under $10, this can be a staple in anyone’s makeup bag. However, I wouldn’t say that this is an exact dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch — mainly, because YSL’s product is striclty an illuminator/brightener and is NOT marketed as a concealer. Because the Maybelline DreamLumi also conceals as it brightens, I think that it’s a better dupe for the Clinique Airbrush Concealer — which also claims to illuminate and conceal.

I would recommend this product for those who don’t have severe discoloration under the eyes since this is just a mild remedy. Those with severe dark circles should try a corrector before adding concealer on top — and then, adding an illuminating product will help disguise the darkness.

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The shade I chose is in “Radiant” 310, rather than a skintone-based color. The pinkish-peachy hue counteracts darkness like shadows, without having to use a harsh salmon-colored product. One swipe under each eye is enough before blending. It doesn’t budge or affect my eye makeup by making it smudge during the day. Not only is this great for days when I’m running on little sleep; but, it’s also great just to create a healthy, rested look on weekends as well. There’s no shimmer or glimmer — just a pearlescent quality that is reflective and not dramatic. I recommend! :)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow – #25 Ash

The Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in #25 “Ash” is my current favorite for eyebrows. In the past, I’ve used eyebrow pencils, powders, and even stencils; and, I avoided trying the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow because I was afraid it was going to be hard to use.

Some of my previous eyebrow products have been MAC’s pencil in “Lingering,” MAC eyeshadows in “Charcoal Brown,” “Coquette,” or “Brun.” Recently, I’ve tried the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Chestnut, and many eons ago, I was obsessed with Anastasia eyebrow products. Although all the products I’ve mentioned are good and I still use them, I wanted to try something different (just because).

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For me, it’s important that my eyebrows look natural — meaning, it looks like hair and not drawn on eyebrows. Also, since I’m in the process of slowly (but surely) growing out my eyebrow hairs, it’s important that whatever I apply stays put. Nothing is worse than your eyebrows smudging or wearing away. The Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow caught my attention while I was reading a Korean beauty magazine, and since then, I’ve been a little obsessed with the product and feel totally differently about these kinds of eyebrow products! Let me just say, ladies and gentlemen, don’t be afraid of gel eyebrow products.

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Sephora describes this product as a “long-lasting, smudge-proof eyebrow corrector that fills, defines, and lengthens brows.” Even if you don’t have lots of eyebrow hairs — like me — this is perfect because it will still give the illusion of brows. What’s UNNATURAL is when you draw ON the skin to make it seem like you have brows — and this is the look I’ve been trying my hardest to avoid.

“Aqua Brow is a highly pigmented gel that enhances and reshapes natural brows. Its superior waterproof formula creates a strong hold while its high concentration of pigments allows for intense color payoff that will not fade. Aqua Brow’s creamy gel texture gives an even, natural result that will last all day.”

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For the price, this is an excellent product. You need the teeniest dot of product for both brows; and really, a little goes a LONG, LONG way. The squeeze tube is easy to use and doesn’t keep squeezing on its own. It is very easy to control the amount you want to release and that’s received bonus points from me: 1.) no wasted product; 2.) no goopy mess in the lid or around the opening of the tube. Winning.

“Ash” #25 is great for anyone with medium to medium-dark hair and the color can be sheered out or layered for a more pigmented, concentrated look. I apply this with the MAC angled liner/brow brush and the gel formulas glides on smoothly whether you’re going over actual brow hairs or not. It’s easy to fill in sparse areas, while trying to make up for areas where you don’t have eyebrow hairs. Because the formula is gel and not waxy, it doesn’t look clumpy on the actual eyebrow hairs. Perfection.

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This is water-resistant, sweat-proof, budge-proof, and smear-proof. Basically, once applied, your brows aren’t going anywhere — and this is excellent for hot, sweaty days, days out and about, or even rainy days. It’s an all purpose solution to having reliable brows, and no amount of super powder is going to do that! I remove my brows along with my heavy duty mascara at the end of the day with an oil-based eye makeup remover (like Lancome Bi-Facil or the Neutrogena eye makeup remover), and go over my eyes with a cleansing oil afterwards. In my opinion, with proper removal products, it is not difficult to remove. Another win.

How I apply — I squeeze a teeny, tiny dot onto the back of my hand and use my angled brow brush and swipe through the blob. I dab once onto a blank area on the back of my hand to get the product to evenly distribute along the angled bristles. Then, I gently swipe onto my brows starting at the base of the brows where I have the least amount of brow hair. Then, I swipe more product onto the brow area to fill in and bring my brows back to life. Repeat dabbing into blob when necessary.

Surprisingly, this product is easy to use. I think the product is so manageable because the gel texture is thin but not too thin. It allows you to move the color around, sheering it out for a natural look. It sets well — not too fast (where it’s hard to apply because it dries fast) and not too slow (where it has a chance to smudge because it’s too wet). I highly recommend this product for those who have thin/sparse eyebrows because the effect is extremely natural and long-lasting.

0.23 oz.
Made in France.
Retails for $20.00 USD.

Current Face Routine

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Face:
1. The Benefit ‘Hello Flawless!’ powder foundation is what I’ve been dusting all over my face on a daily basis. It’s easy to use because of the coverage and longevity of the product — once applied, I don’t have to worry about it and can carry on with my day without worrying about my face coming off, lol.
2. The Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in shade 2-pink has been a go-to of mine that has been recently promoted to being my favorite blush. Although I normally go back and forth between this blush and MAC’s “Well Dressed,” I’ve been sticking with my Giorgio Armani blush for at least the past two weeks.
3. I’ve been setting my makeup with Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray. It’s not anything I’d write home about, but I’m just in the process of using up the product. For now, it does what it’s supposed to do but I’m eager to move on from it and find something else. Good thing I got the sample size here!

Eyes:
1. Probably like the rest of the world, I’m currently obsessed with my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I’ve been using all but the black shade and have been embracing the “naked” or natural look. It’s just so easy to do and practical.
2. The Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow is a new product that I’ll be posting about soon. This has replaced ALL my brow products and I’m very happy with the results.
3. Maybelline’s Dream Lumi concealer/highlighter pen is something new I’m trying. So far, I really like it. I’ll be posting a review soon — although I’m a little late on it. I wouldn’t say it should replace the YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, and I think it’s a better alternative for the Clinique Airbrush Concealer.
4. Just a standard eyelash curler by KOJI. A great alternative for those who don’t want to spend the money on the Shu Uemura curler.

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Lashes:
1. The Shiseido Mascara Base is a product I will NEVER be without. You need this. Especially if you’ve got Asian lashes. Trust me.
2. Currently trying to use up my Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara. I really like it and will repurchase.

What are some of your favorites as of late? What’s your face routine?

As always, thanks for reading.