Showing posts with label foundation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foundation. Show all posts

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My Foundation Routine

Today I'm going to be sharing my foundation routine with you!

The key to smooth, flawless foundation is exfoliation! I got the Exuviance Rejuvenating Bionic Scrub from Ulta as a large sample. Wow, it's amazing! It is quite expensive ($36) but I think I will invest in the full size when I run out. I use this every other evening. It has done wonders for my skin, and it helps my foundation apply so smoothly!

I have very fair skin with a lot of facial redness. I like to use MAC Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Neutralize after my moisturizer and before my foundation. It helps to calm the redness and offers SPF 35, which I love! I did a full review on this product, click HERE.


MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC15) has quickly become a Holy Grail for me. I would call it a medium buildable to full coverage foundation with a matte finish. It is perfect for oily/combination skin like mine. The color NC15 is a great match for my skin, and the extra yellow in the foundation helps to counteract my facial redness. I am super pale, but have warm undertones on my neck, chest and the rest of my body, so this one is perfect. The last time I was at MAC the MUA told me that they have a new shade, NC5, which is alabaster white. So any of you ladies that find NC15 too dark, then check out NC5!

I use the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki to buff my foundation into the skin -- another Holy Grail! Please click HERE for a more indepth look at the F80.


Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (Fair) is perfect for under the eyes! I have under eye circles, but they aren't terribly bad. This is the only conealer I use for this area. While I really like this product, I'm still looking for my Holy Grail... do you have any suggestions?

MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NC20) I use for blemishes or defining underneath my eyebrow, which I do on occasion. Great concealer!

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer is the only true FULL coverage drugstore concealer that I've found. It is similar to Dermablend. This stuff is amazing, and is only $6! My only complaint is the color selection. Light is a smidge too light for me and the next color is way too dark. I use this when I my skin is really acting up.

Here's a pic of Hard Candy Glamophlage fully covering one of my tattoos... this is stuff is hardcore!


To me, powder is powder... I don't feel the need to spend a million dollars just to powder my face. Lately I have been loving Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (001 Transparent). It was $5 at Ulta and has lasted me forever. After it is finished I think I'm going to try the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural because I've heard such great things. I apply this with a MAC 129SE or Real Techniques Blush Brush.
Ok ladies and gents... that's my foundation routine! I hope you found it helpful! Let me know in the comments below if you have found a great undereye concealer... one that doesn't settle into fine lines!

What's your Holy Grail foundation?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cargo Liquid Foundation Review

Let me begin by saying that although I love the packaging, it was a total pain in the ass to photograph! That's the best shot I could get, which isn't saying much.

Cargo Liquid Foundation is $36 for 1.36 oz, making it about $26/oz. I think that is a pretty reasonable price considering Nars is $44/oz, Estee Lauder Double Wear is $36/oz, and MAC Studio Fix Fluid is pretty comparable at $27/oz.

Back to the packaging... when I was first handed this by an artist at Ulta I was a bit turned off by its appearance. If I'm going to be paying high end prices, I would like it to look like a high end product. After taking the product home I fell head over heels in love with this packaging! I honestly wish all foundation came in pouches. Not only is it extremely hygienic but the product doesn't dry out. You don't waste any product because you control exactly how much comes out.

Cargo claims that it is a medium coverage and it is suitable for all skin types. Well here's what I say... It is a buildable light to medium coverage at the most. It does a great job of evening out my face and covering any redness that I have. I do not think that it would be appropriate for ladies that have a lot of acne/scars/hyperpigmentation and need a fuller coverage foundation. It blends and melts right into the skin and looks like I'm not wearing anything. I love how light it is -- doesn't feel like you are wearing foundation. I am typically an NC20 in MAC Studio Fix Powder and Cargo's F-20 is a PERFECT match to my skin. This foundation seems like it was made for me. I know that everyone will not be so lucky, but that is one of the reasons I love this foundation and will continue to repurchase.

I have combination skin that is usually oily with occasional bouts of dryness, but I typically don't suffer from acne unless it's hormonal. With that said, when my skin is oily this foundation definitely needs to be set with a powder. It has a semi-matte finish which is appropriate for all skin types. When my skin is dry it does tend to look a little cakey in those areas -- as does just about any foundation. So make sure to properly moisturize!

After applying, the product does not have any visible color changes due to oxidation, and it wears for about 7-8 hours when set with a powder. My favorite one to use is Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I did purchase the Carge Blu-Ray Powder but I'm not a huge fan.

Overall I really love this foundation but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. If your needs are similar to mine and you want a natural, light-medium coverage foundation, with a semi-matte finish then you should pick up Cargo Liquid Foundation!

This product can be purchased at Ulta or Sephora.

I give this product an  A-!!!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation Review

I've been trying out this foundation for last couple weeks so that I could give an accurate review, and I am really pleased with the product! Here's my two cents on Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation!

I didn't find a 100% match to my skintone but I ended up going with 150 Buff, which was one of their lightest shades. Unfortunately it was slightly grey colored -- but this is a common problem with fair drugstore foundations. Luckily this was the only con I found with the product. Although I did wear this foundation on its own for the sake of the review, I ended up mixing it with a more pinky foundation that I had to make the perfect shade.

It is important to note that there are two different kinds of Revlon Colorstay: one for oily skin and one for dry skin. I purchased the one for oily skin skin because it has a matte finish; I still recommend using powder because it didn't fully set without it. I would say that it has medium to full coverage and is definitely buildable. It went on smoothly and evenly, but the drying time was pretty short -- so you have to work fast! Revlon claims that it lasts 24 hours, but I wear foundation for a maximum of 8 hours so I can't really confirm or dispute that assertion. When worn over a primer this foundation was still going strong 8 hours later. Because of the matte finish, make sure that your skin is moisturized prior to applying because it can appear a little cakey. Ladies with dry skin, proceed with caution.

I wish that it came with a pump, but that won't keep me from repurchasing when I run out. I like to apply it with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush because it helped to sheer out the coverage and really buff it into the skin. Overall I am extremely pleased with my purchase and you can't beat the price! I think I paid $9.97. If you are in the market for a foundation try Revlon Colorstay and let me know what you think!