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Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation “Fails”

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

When I did my review of the Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder and Magic B.B. Cream, I mentioned doing a post on my “Foundation Graveyard” – about all of the other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have been fails – so here it is! As someone with very fair skin that’s also sensitive and prone to breakouts, I’ve always found it a struggle to find a foundation that is actually light enough to match my skin-tone (even the lightest shade is still not light enough) and that won’t irritate my skin. I have typically stuck with my BareMinerals Original mineral powder in “Fair C10”, but find that a powder foundation can be too dry for a Canadian winter.

Here is a quick run-down on why all of these liquid foundations were fails:

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in “Natural Ivory 20” – WAY too dark. And orange. It looks soo much more orangey on the skin than in the bottle, almost as if some strange chemical reaction happened as soon as it made contact with the air. I was so disappointed because you can’t get Neutrogena makeup in Canada and I picked this up while I was in Florida visiting my Dad. It had gotten rave reviews,  but sadly the colour range was not meant to include us pale girls 😦
  • Revlon Nearly Naked in “110 Ivory” – Out of all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried, Revlon does tend to have the best colour range and is usually the closest match I can find. Although the Nearly Naked started off as a pretty good match, it seriously oxidized during the day to get increasingly darker and more warm-toned (I’m cool toned). I also wasn’t fussy over the finish of this one. It was too sheer, emphasized fine lines, and didn’t have much staying power.
  • Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Bare” – The Stila Tinted Moisturizer is very popular. A Sephora SA colour matched me for this one. As you can see from the swatch below it was WAY too yellow and probably the worst of the bunch in terms of a colour match.
  • Revlon Photo Ready in “001 Ivory” – I actually really loved the way this one looked on my skin. The problem: it doesn’t last AT ALL. It was a very close colour match, had a beautiful natural finish, and is oil and fragrance free. But literally within an hour it was totally breaking down and looking patchy.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Porcelain” – I got this one after reading that the MUA for True Blood used it on actress Deborah Ann Woll who plays Jessica. That girl is PALE! I mean, she’s even a vampire. I thought – well, if it’s light enough for her… Sadly, the Laura Mercier foundations are all very yellow toned. This one is way too yellow and oxidized like crazy to just get darker and darker as the day went on. Even though it’s oil free, it also did not get on well with my skin and caused some clogged pores. Total fail.
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15 – I really really loved this foundation even though I had to finally admit it wasn’t the greatest colour match. It looked amazing and made my skin feel so soft. I spent a half hour with a MAC SA who tested out the NC15s from EVERY liquid foundation they made on me. They were all too dark except this one. Like the Nearly Naked, it would start off as a good match but then oxidize throughout the day. It was also too moisturizing for my skin and did start to cause some clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin in “110 Ivory” – The best colour match of them all (nearly perfect), the Colorstay was the only one that did not oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day. It’s also, as the name suggests, very long wearing. I can see why this makes a lot of peoples’ favourites list. The downside: it’s  difficult to remove. After wearing it regularly (I used almost the entire bottle) I was noticing a lot of clogged pores and breakouts.
L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

If you’re a cool-toned (pink undertone) fair skinned girl like me, I hope this helps you out knowing some foundations you may want to skip. My next post will be about the liquid foundation I have found that ISN’T a fail…stay tuned!

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MAC Store Shopping in Toronto

Okay, while visiting Toronto I *may* have gone to the MAC store 3 times.

MAC Fix+ Travel Size; Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4; Eye Shadows (Pro Palette Refills); Power Point Eye Pencil in Duck; Lip Pencils in Whirl and Oak; Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

MAC Fix+ Travel Size; Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4; Eye Shadows (Pro Palette Refills); Power Point Eye Pencil in Duck; Lip Pencils in Whirl and Oak; Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

Trip number one was the first day I arrived. It was -30 degrees Celsius with the wind chill and nearly zero percent humidity. My skin immediately felt super dry, so a quick stop at the MAC store for some Fix+ was essential.  This hydrating spray or “aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals” saved me!

Later that week I had more time and stopped into the MAC store on Queen Street where I was tempted by some beautiful lip pencils in Oak and Whirl. MAC lip pencils are my absolute favourite. Oak is a light, neutral, beige/brown that doesn’t seem to warm or too cool and that I have heard goes well with nude lipsticks.  MAC describes Whirl as “dirty rose” and it’s basically a brownish-pink shade that leans more towards the cool side.

MAC Lip Pencils in Oak and Whirl

MAC Lip Pencils in Oak and Whirl

I also picked up Twig Lipstick, which was recommended by the lovely LisaLisaD1 as a “Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shade”. My friend Kate picked out the dark and vampy Hang-Up Lipstick for me, and the SA recommended Amorous Lipstick, which I loved but they were sold out (This, obviously,  led to trip number three to another MAC store).

L-R: MAC Lipsticks in Twig (Satin), Amorous (Satin), and Hang-Up (Cremesheen)

L-R: MAC Lipsticks in Twig (Satin), Amorous (Satin), and Hang-Up (Cremesheen)

L-R: MAC Lip Pencil  in Oak, MAC Lip Pencil  in Whirl, MAC Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

L-R: MAC Lip Pencil in Oak, MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, MAC Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

Twig is a super wearable deep rosey-pink, definitely leaning towards being a brown-pink. Amorous is a cool-toned, berry red and an example of why I love having MAC SA’s pick out shades for me! Hang-Up is a dark, purpley-berry shade. It’s what I had hoped Rebel would be, but Rebel looks very fushia on me. Hang-Up stays that deep plum and I think looks great against fair skin.

On my third MAC Store visit (to find Amorous), I remembered that I wanted a Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4 to pop my favourite shadows in for travelling (I find the 12 palettes too big). The SA helped me pick out four pro pan eyeshadows, because…why not?

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper, Soba, Woodwinked, and Sketch.

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper, Soba, Woodwinked, and Sketch.

I’m probably the last person on earth to get Woodwinked. I was bummed that even though I packed my makeup in my carry-on, when I got home there was a big ding taken out of poor Woodwinked 😦

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper (Frost), Soba (Satin), Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl), and Sketch (Velvet).

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper (Frost), Soba (Satin), Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl), and Sketch (Velvet).

Finally, I asked the SA to recommend an eyeliner that would work on my lower lash line that was as light as my beloved MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl, but that was more cool-toned. I find it difficult to find eyeliner that isn’t really dark. She suggested Power Point Eye Pencil in Duck. Here it is swatched in the middle between Powersurge and Teddy Eye Kohl (which I find too dark for daytime on my lower lash line):

L-R: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl, MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck, and MAC Teddy Eye Kohl.

L-R: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl, MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck, and MAC Teddy Eye Kohl.

I didn’t realize it was water-proof, so we’ll see how I like that.

As much as I love online shopping, it’s so good to be able to get in to a store once and a while, athough it usually leads to spending way too much, lol. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my crazy shopping tales!

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What’s in My MAC Blush Palette?

Let me start by saying that I really love MAC blushes. I like that they are not as super crazy pigmented as some other blushes because when you have very fair skin, that can actually be a good thing. I find them easy to apply and build up so you don’t have that “whoa! that’s too much blush” moment. The range of colours and finishes is also pretty much unbeatable. There are sooo many great shades of MAC blushes for fair skin, but here are the six I have in my MAC blush palette:

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

Top row, L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen. Bottom row, L-R: Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

  • Buff (matte): MAC describes this as “soft muted pinkish-peach”. I think “muted” may be code for brown. I actually use this one for contour, not blush. I was considering MAC Harmony, but it just looked too dark for me. Buff is very, very light, and not orangey-brown, so it works well as contour/bronzer on fair skin. I also sometimes use Benefit Hoola.
  • Dollymix (sheertone shimmer): MAC describes Dollymix as “pure candy pink”. It looks a little scary, but because it is a sheertone finish, it is literally sheer and natural looking. It has more sheen than shimmer. Very pretty.
  • Peachykeen (sheertone shimmer): MAC calls this one “very baby peach”. I find it similar (not an exact dupe) to NARS Orgasm. It is more shimmery than Dollymix and the most shimmery of the six.
  • Cubic (satin): MAC’s description is “soft muted pink”. This was my first ever MAC blush and was picked out by the SA. It may not wow you in the pan, but is a very natural looking, neutral blush for fair skin.
  • Well Dressed (satin): I got this one because youtuber Tanya Burr (pixi2woo) used it in so many of her tutorials. It’s a fairly popular shade and is basically a perfect, pretty pink.
  • Melba (matte): Melba is a “soft coral-peach”. I wanted to round out my MAC palette with a coral blush.

And now for the swatches…

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

L-R: Buff, Dollymix, Peachykeen, Cubic, Well Dressed, Melba

I also added a cute little sticker to my MAC blush palette so I can easily tell it apart from my eyeshadow palettes:

MAC blush palette decorated

The classic black palettes like this are no longer available and have been replaced with new palettes with a see-through lid (which are pretty nice too!). An empty pro palette is $10.00 CND, and the blush x6  insert is $2.00 CND.  Then you can have fun collecting your pro palette pan blushes which, at $21.oo CND each, are slightly less expensive than the individually packaged blushes. If you want to go all out, you can customize your own palette all at once for $138.00 CND, or just have fun playing with MAC’s drag-and-drop virtual create your palette webpage!

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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“Day of the Dead” Make-up Look

Day of the Dead Makeup

For my Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead” party, I did a sugar-skull inspired make-up look. Here’s a quick look at the products I used:

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  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
  • MAC blackground paint pot
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • MAC greensmoke eyeshadow (not pictured)
  • NYX black eyeshadow single
  • Milani Color Statement lip liner in true red
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in milk
  • Ardell false lashes
  • any small, pointed brush

I actually didn’t use anything to make my skin paler – I just skipped any bronzer or blush and this is how pale I look (lol). I used eyeshadow primer all around and under my eyes where I painted the black circles. For all of the black areas, I used MAC blackground paint pot and MAC smolder eye kohl, and I set it with NYX black eyeshadow (any matte black shadow would do).

I used MAC greensmoke eyeshadow on my lid to give my eyes a bit more dimension. For the red scallop pattern and dots  I used the red lip liner outlined with the black eye kohl.

On my lips I used the milk Jumbo Eye Pencil and the MAC smolder eye kohl. I was surprised how well this stayed in place all night.

I made the flower headpiece myself using a headband, some Dollar Store fake flowers and a hot glue gun. It was super simple.

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Amy Winehouse Halloween Look

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An idea for a fun and easy Halloween or costume-party look. Amy Winehouse is all about the hair. Luckily, I had the right hair colour to start with. I picked up a “hair donut” from Claire’s for $9.00 CND and some extensions to wrap around it and to clip in the back of my hair for $18.50 CND.

Hair Donut from Claire's

Hair Donut from Claire’s

To get the 1960s beehive look without back-combing, I followed this youtube video tutorial.

The make-up products I used were:

  • MAC brule eyeshadow
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • Ardell 118 false lashes
  • MAC omega eyeshadow (for my crease and my Amy brows)
  • Benefit Hoola (cheek contour)
  • MAC teddy eye kohl (for the Amy beauty mark)
  • MAC angel lipstick

While I was at Claire’s I also picked up a faux flower hair pin and a faux gold chain to complete the look.

For Amy’s tattoos, I found a website TattooFun.com, that specializes in celebrity temporary tattoos. They were $19.95 CND plus shipping, but were so worth it as it really made the costume!

Amy Winehouse Temporary Tattoos from TattooFun.com

Amy Winehouse Temporary Tattoos from TattooFun.com

 

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