Sunday, 6 July 2014

Review - Beauty and Makeup's 7 Biggest Mistakes in Applying Foundation

Can't figure out why your foundation doesn't look flawless?  Maybe you are making on or more of the mistakes Beauty and Makeup mentioned in 7 biggest mistakes in applying foundation.

 
Here's what I have to say about each of the mistakes:



Mistake #1 - sometimes the closest shade still is not close enough.  If it doesn't match your skin tone, don't waste your time buying it (Dont Be A Victim - How to Choose the Right Shade of Foundation or Powder offers some useful tips).

Sadly, some sales reps are just trying to get the sale and your best interest is not always their priority (read my 3 part series ERROR - That Is Not The Correct Shade For This Client  to see what I mean).



Mistake #2 - it's the only skin you have, be as gentle as possible.

Mistake #3 - to apply my foundation and powder on mornings I always try to use the light coming through my window. When I  used the light from the lightbulb it always looked heavier when I checked the mirror at work.  I would then have to wipe off the excess because I don't like heavy makeup.

Mistake #4 - I'm not a part of the 'foundation on the neck' movement but wherever you decide to apply your make up blending is critical.


Mistake #5 -  try using concealer if you want to cover any defects.

Mistake #6 - your face should never look as though it is covered in something (read The Key to Applying Everyday Make-up).

Mistake #7 - don't you dare miss this important step (read One Important Thing You Must Do When You Prep Your Face).


Hopefully you've figured out what you were doing right and what you need to start doing.


"...because your make-up should always enhance." - Nakita Squires

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Beauty Counter 'Horror' Story

Can somebody help me to understand this nonsense that happened recently at the beauty counter?

Let me set the scene:
Someone very dear to me wanted to purchase powder and I went with them to assist as needed. Her shade was out of stock and as I watched the situation unfold I became more and more puzzled.

Why would a sales rep attempt to sell a customer a darker shade of powder without testing it on them first?

Why didn't the sales rep offer the customer a mirror to see their face after the powder was applied?

Why didn't the sales rep invite the customer to go outside to view their makeup in natural light?

Why didn't the sales rep determine how much the customer was planning to spend before placing other products that they recommended on the counter for the customer to purchase?

Why was the sales rep upset when the customer decided not to purchase the powder because their face looked ashy?

Why was the sales rep upset when the customer decided not to purchase the recommended products which they never wanted in the first place?

Why did the sales rep storm off instead of recommending something from another brand?

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for beauty sales reps to be more concerned with putting the customers' Best Face Forward (BFF), and not just making a sale.

Here are some other bad experiences:

ERROR - That Is Not The Correct Shade For This Client (Part 1)





"...because your make-up should always enhance." - Nakita Squires

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Review - Allure's 10 Commandments of Mascara

Mascara has become one of my must-have products because  my natural lashes need a lot of help to make them noticeable.  It's hard to believe that I wasn't always a lover of this product but I had my reasons .

I have tried many different mascara brands over the years and these 2 made the honour roll.  They take my short lashes from zero to hero.

When all else fails there's always strip lashes.  To be honest, I've only worn these for the online make-up contests  that I entered in 2012 and 2013.   I keep promising myself that I will put them to the test and wear them when I'm going out. That promise is yet to be fulfilled, I just don't have the time needed, I'm always rushing.

Allure - The Beauty Expert shared some interesting tips.  The image below is just a teaser, click this link to get all of the details - The 10 Commandments of Mascara .

Image Source - www.allure.com


"...because your make-up should always enhance." - Nakita Squires

Monday, 26 May 2014

Review - elf Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer




elf Clear Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer is an affordable face primer ($6 on elf's website)that works .  It was no different to the other primers that I have used in the sense that both my Powder and BB Cream applied easily, had a flawless finish and lasted the entire day.

Unlike the packaging of other primers that I have used I could not see how much product was left in the bottle to know when it was running low and I needed to buy another one.  This is a very minor issue though,  all I had to do was estimate and keep a back-up handy.

This product played a little trick on me though.  Based on the packaging I expected it to be a white, opague cream; it is actually a transparent gel.

Also, it doesn't leave my skin feeling like velvet like the NYX Studio Perfect Primer . That's alright though because neither did the Make Up Forever HD Primer Microperfecting Primer ($34 on Sephora's website). What matters most to me is that is does what it's supposed to.

elf you've done it again!!!!  You've earned another spot my list of products that did not disappoint.

"...because your make-up should always enhance" - Nakita Squires

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Review - MAC Mineralized Eye Cream



I have always wanted to get rid of the darkness from my under-eye area.  The darkness was not extreme but it was noticeable and I hated it.


I had grown tired of the temporary solution of using concealer and extra powder to hide it.  I have always been scared to buy products to treat the issue because they are so expensive and there was no guarantee that they would work.

MAC Mineralized Eye Cream was one of the products I selected after attending MAC Technique 2013 (Click here and here for more details).




The Sales Rep advised that it is not an instant fix, that it is supposed to work over time. The product was very expensive and it was so small. I must confess that by the time I left MAC I was overcome with doubts.  

Had I chosen wisely?

Will it really work?

Did I just waste my money?

Should I have chosen something else?

I started using this product from October 2013.  I faithfully applied it twice daily and waited patiently.  After 3 weeks I noticed that underneath my eye wasn't as dark as before.  I was so excited!!!!  This was a very encouraging sign.

It is now May 2014, 7 months have passed.  I have 1/4 of the product left and the darkness has gone.  

What a relief!


"...because your make-up should always enhance." - Nakita Squires

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A Different Way To Use Your Brow Pencil

Using the angle brush technique to fill my brows was working out quite well, it was the long sought after answer to my 'brow prayers'.

When I had used all of the product that was in the napkin, I started swiping my angle brush on the point of the brow pencil.  I would roll it out to approx 1/2" long to give me adequate swipe room.  Would you believe that the point broke off after a few days?  I really was not expecting that to happen, I think I was applying to much pressure with the brush.  Oh dear, what was I to do now?

I decided to place the broken point in a small container and flatten it with the handle of my angle brush to stop it from rolling around.  It worked like a dream.


Face - Iman Oil Blotting Powder, Brows - Milani Eye Pencil, Lips - Arista Purple Rain


I don't know why I didn't think of doing this before; I plan to continue to do this with my brow pencils until I find a better option.

So if you are like me and could never find a brow powder/cream/gel in a shade that matches your eyebrows, but you have a brow pencil, you can try this easy alternative and see how it works for you.

"...because your make-up should always enhance." - Nakita Squires

Monday, 21 April 2014

Review - Coolway True Smooth Hair Spray Part 2

(Click  here for Part 1)

Beauties, my hair looked so good after one week  that I decided to put it to the test and see how much longer the results would last.  I am happy to report that Coolway True Smooth Hair Spray did not disappoint.

I still can't believe that my hairstyle lasted for more than a week.  It looked just as good on the final day as it looked on the first day; even though I exercised regularly during that time.  

Have a look at these photos and see for yourself.  



Day 6




Day 8




Day 11

Here is the list of make-up products that I was wearing:

Face (Day 6,8,11)
  1. e.l.f Mineral Infused Face Primer
  2. Iman Perfect Response Oil Blotting Powder - Deep
  3. e.l.f Makeup Mist & Set

Brows(Day 6,8,11)
  1. Milani Easyliner Retractable Pencil for Eyes - Espresso (applied with an angle brush)
  2. Eve.Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer & Treatment - Dark/Deep

Lips
  1. Day 6 - Bath & Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss - CottonCandy
  2. Day 8 - NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss - Perfect Red
  3. Day 11 - Arista Lipstick - Purple Rain
Sadly I'm not wearing blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner or mascara,  read my post Tick! Tock! I Must Beat The Clock Pt1 to find out why.

I can't help but gush about this amazing product, which has fast become one of my favourites.  I will definitely repurchase, and I recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it. 


Don't forget to use code BeautyStat14 to receive a 10% discount on all °Coolway  purchases at www.coolwayhair.com (not including shipping revenue and  taxes). This item was provided for review courtesy of BeautyStat.com.


"...because your make-up should always enhance." - Nakita Squires