Mixology: Under Eye Brightening Powder

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Finding a brightening powder that is actually brightening on my very pale skin is no easy task. When highlighting and contouring really became a thing and everyone was buying  banana powder to set and brighten, there was nothing that worked for my fair skin.

There are several white, HD powders that will work, but oh the flashback! Most banana powders are too dark for me and work better on people with more warm toned skin.

My skin is more pink and cool toned so the warm, yellow powders are just a no. J. Cat Beauty is one of the only brands (that I know of) that makes a soft, pink powder. Becca also makes a pink powder, but it was too dark to be used alone. The Makeup Revolution powder is stark white so using it alone was very harsh.

I decided to make a mixture that would work for me and I made my perfect shade. I use this mixture to set my concealer every single day. I get minimal creasing, it brightens, and there isn’t flashback. I love a bright under eye to make me look alive and lifted.

Since I took these pictures, I discovered the Makeup Revolution Banana Light Powder and I added some of it in as well.

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Products Used
Makeup Revolution Ghost Baking Powder
Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder in Pink Haze
J. Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Makeup Revolution Loose Baking Powder in Banana Light

These products all come with a large amount of powder so I don’t have to remix it very often. I’ve only done it once in the year that I’ve been using this combination. I mix and store it in an empty Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Jar.

Foundation Friday: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Stick

Claims
–Long-lasting coverage
–Semi-matte finish
–Infused with Argan and Sunflower Seed oils for intense moisture and seamless blendability

Price
–$5.99 at Target, Walgreens, wetnwildbeauty.com

Shade Range
–21
–My shade: Alabaster

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade match for me
–Gluten free
–Talc free
–Fragrance free
–Buildable coverage
–Cruelty free
–Vegan

Cons
–SUPER tacky so you have to set it
–Cakey
–Clung to dry patches
–Not very creamy, tugged going on

Final Thoughts
You get medium coverage with one layer and full with two. I could not get this to stay on my nose. This happens sometimes, but usually between a brush and a sponge, I can make something work. Not with this one! It looked SO cakey with and without being set with powder. It did have good coverage though, it covered all my redness with 2 layers. The first day I tried it, it made me SO oily. I looked in the mirror and my forehead was shining. I rummaged in my purse and found an oil blotting sheet and was shocked. My skin has not needed an oil blotting sheet or even gotten oily in YEARS. It was just AWFUL on my dry skin. The next time I tried it, I thought extra prep and moisturizing would help. NOPE. I love the original Photo Focus Foundation that is liquid, but this was a major FAIL.


Day 1
Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer
elf Blur Stick
Milani Prep+Set+Glow Powder
*This is my usual primer/powder combo that works well with almost every foundation I use and try*

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face
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Sorry if this is gross, but look how oily this foundation made me. I was SO shiny. My skin is dry AF and I never get oily.

Day 2
Origins GinZing Moisturizer & eye cream
Physicians Formula Rose All day Serum Primer
–Becca Hydra Mist Powder

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face
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You can see how it’s not clinging to my nose and how it just looks cakey and bad. My skin just looked like it was begging for moisture.

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Mixology: Powder Foundation

Finding a powder foundation that matches my very fair skin tone is not an easy task. You may have seen my review on the Mary Kay Mineral Powder and it was just a little bit too dark. I had another powder foundation on hand that was too dark so I decided to use those two and my Makeup Revolution Ghost Powder to make my own perfect shade.

I’m basically a cosmetic chemist now.

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Here’s what I used
–Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation in Fair Cool
Mary Kay Mineral Powder in Ivory 1
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost

Steps
1) Crushed up the Urban Decay powder using a cuticle stick
2) Dumped the MK powder in the plastic container with UD powder and started mixing in the Ghost powder to lighten it up.
3) I added white and swatched till I got it to match my skin tone.
4) Added mixture into MK packaging for convenience and stored the rest.

I now have a lifetime supply of a powder foundation that matches me perfectly!

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My powder foundation routine will be posted next week!

Foundation Friday: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

I wore this foundation in high school and college and then they changed the shade range and there was no longer a shade match for me. I wore “Shell” forever, but the “Shell” of today is HELLA dark.

Once I got into makeup and started following blogs and watching YouTube, so many people raved about this foundation. I’m over like, “I KNOW IT’S GOOD. I USED IT BEFORE YOU!” I was salty.

Estee Lauder came to their senses and expanded the shade range and when I saw there was one for me, I couldn’t add to my cart fast enough.

Claims
–24 hour wear
–Oil free
–Non-acnegenic
–Medium-to-full coverage
–Matte finish
–Waterproof
–Transfer resistant
–Dermatologist tested
–Fragrance free
–Cool, neutral, and warm undertones available

Price
–$42 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom 

Shade Range
–56
–My shade: 0N1 Alabaster
*some shades are online only at some retailers

Pros
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Lightweight on the skin
–Full coverage
–Long lasting
–Fragrance free
–Matte finish but can work for dry skin with proper skin prep

Cons
–Packaging :: You can by a pump separately for $10
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive
–Some shades are online only at some retailers

Final Thoughts
There’s a reason this foundation has a cult following and is loved by so many. It is full coverage and will last all.day.long. I definitely need to get the pump, otherwise it pours out and there is potential to waste product and it’s too expensive for that to happen. I have to moisturize, use a glowy/hydrating primer, and use a hydrating spray to make this work for my dry skin, but the end result is worth it. If I don’t hydrate properly, it will look like crap on my dry skin. I also like to mix this with other foundations for a little extra coverage and wear time. I usually wear something lighter for day to day, but I like this for special occasions and long days. I am so glad this foundation is back in my life.

Estee Lauder recently came out with Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup and I want to try it, but there isn’t a shade for me. I need them to expand that line and help a sister out.

Warning my fair looks fabulous like crap in these photos. I’m lazy. Sorry not sorry.

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Before & After

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Bare face :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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Shade comparisons

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Round 2: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

I originally reviewed this product in February. You can read that here. I couldn’t properly review it because the lightest shade, at the time, was HELLA dark.

Thankfully, the good folks at Makeup Revolution, got their life together and expanded the shade range. PALE PEOPLE NEED CONCEALER TOO. Ok, I’m done. On to the review…

Claims
–Lightweight
–Full coverage
–Cover blemishes, even skin tone, and counteract dark circles
–Matte finish
–Won’t settle or accentuate fine lines and pores

Price
–$7 for 0.11 oz
–$10 for 0.45 oz
Ulta and revolutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–24
–4 color correctors
–My shade: C0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Minimal creasing
–Full coverage

Cons
–Ulta exclusive
–Some shades are online only (my shade, of course!)

Final Thoughts 
I LOVE this concealer. It’s really affordable and has great coverage. I hate that my shade is online only though. I think it’s just as good, maybe even better for me, than the Tarte Shape Tape. Tarte’s products are all very yellow toned and the shade C0.5 is more pink which is perfect for me.

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Before & After

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Foundation Friday: Ulta Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Claims
–Blurring effect
–Smooth & silky texture
–Medium coverage
–Natural finish
–Applies & blends seamlessly

Price
–$14 at Ulta for 0.3 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Very fair with cool undertones

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Blends out easily
–(my) Skin friendly ingredients: hyaluronic acid, Vitamins C & E, titanium dioxide
–No parabens
–Oil free
–Convenient and quick
–Buildable coverage: medium to full
–Weightless on the skin
–Sets nicely with powder on my dry skin i.e. no cake face!
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive for a small amount
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I FREAKING LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It looks good on my dry skin and gives me full coverage in a flash. It is so quick and easy. You will want to set this because it does feel tacky and doesn’t dry down. I have several foundations so I don’t use this every day, but if I did, I think I would run out quickly. The only things I don’t like are the price and the amount. The shade I got is a perfect shade match for me and y’all know that is RARE. If you have oily skin, this will be way too emollient for you, but if you have dry skin, you’ll love it. I also love to use this to spot conceal when I don’t want to wear makeup, but need a little coverage in certain areas.

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face
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Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define Full Coverage

Claims
–Lightweight, buildable coverage
–Suits every skin type and tone
–Long lasting
–Demi-matte finish
–Won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches

Price
–$12
–Ulta, ulta.com, revloutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: F0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Oil free
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Paraben free
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage with 1 layer
–Applicator
–Glass bottle, solid packaging
–Weightless
–Didn’t cake when I set with powder
–Blends easily

Cons
–Ulta exclusive
–Select shades, including mine, are online only
–Had to dip in several times throughout application

Final Thoughts
Full coverage in a flash is the first thought that comes to mind with this product. One layer is full coverage, but I did 2 on my chin because I always need extra coverage there. I was hesitant to try this because I was scared it would be too matte for my dry skin, but the finish is perfect and worked well on my dry skin. I used a brush and a sponge and it blended easily with both. I love this and have reached for it daily since I bought it.

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face
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AM & PM

Primers: Becca First Light, Catrice Smooth & Refine
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Japonesque Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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