Concealer Battle: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage versus Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda

My long-standing holy grail concealer is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. This gem is hyped up for a reason. It’s on the dryer side of concealers which means it builds up well and has fantastic staying power. I have it in shade SC-4 and needed a lighter shade. Instead of ordering another one from Sephora, I decided to see what the drugstore had to offer. Popped over to my local Target and purchased the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda concealer palette in Light.

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The consistency of  the Sonia Kashuk concealer is a bit more emollient, and in turn, more easily spreadable and blendable. Both concealer formulas have excellent coverage but with the Laura Mercier one, I do not feel a need to set it. I do need to with the Sonia Kashuk one which is why I love that they included a powder in the palette. The additional green correction shade is nice but the skin tone shades work fine by themselves to cover any hyper-pigmentation left over from previous acne marks.

As a last note, I will say I ran out of the Hidden Agenda concealers fairly quickly while the Secret Camouflage ones will not seem to ever run out, even though I hit pan nearly a year ago. I think both are worth what you pay for them. The Laura Mercier concealer palette is priced higher, but it last longer and does not need to be set while the Sonia Kashuk one includes a powder and is it a drugstore price. It really boils down to what is more important to you.

With that being said, I’m always on the hunt for the next best drugstore concealer so if you have a great recommendation, leave it in the comments!

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Clinique Touch Base for Eyes: Great Primer for Sensitive Skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am most likely in a very unfortunate minority of the makeup wearing population. My issue? Extremely sensitive eyes. I am not quite sure if it is a full blown allergy but wearing eyeshadows causes my eyes to feel VERY heavy and irritated. The worst part is that this reaction developed only a few years ago, right when I was getting started with experimenting with different eyeshadow palettes. I have no problem wearing mascara or eyeliner. But my skin now just does not agree with eyeshadow. But alas, there is hope. And that hope is found in a glorious pot from Clinique. It is their Touch Base for Eyes. After years of trying primer after primer, once I purchased this gem my fears of never wearing eye looks again were allayed.

The shade I usually purchase is Canvas. It is a ‘nude’ shade that provides a great base for eyeshadow. When I make sure to apply it all over my eyelid, paying special attention to the lash line, it provides a barrier between my skin and eyeshadow that prevents any adverse reaction. While it may not have the crease-resistant power of other highly known primers, it is not the worst primer I have used either.

It goes without saying that this may not work for everyone in my situation. But since Clinique is known to cater to those with skin sensitives and allergies, my first thought was that it most likely could not hurt to try. If you or a close friend of yours is struggling with this problem, pick this beauty up and see if it helps.

 

 

Beach Wedding Beauty: Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Review

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I received a sample pack of this foundation in a recent Sephora order and I am glad I did. I normally steer FAR away from any foundation that contains the word ‘oil’ but I actually really enjoyed this foundation.

While I would imagine this foundation was designed with dry skin people in mind, it performed well on my skin. It gave a beautiful, natural look to my skin; it was not too oily or shiny, but also not a matte or velvet finish either. Longevity is not a marketed benefit of this foundation. Even though it did not have the longest staying power on my particular skin type, it looked great for most of my work day when I set it with powder. One claim of this base is that it has medium-to-full coverage and it does! It was a gorgeous, but not cakey, full coverage and with a makeup sponge, can be sheered out to a medium coverage. Perhaps the moisturizing qualities of the formula lend itself to a cake-less coverage. I really think Josie Maran created a wonderful foundation, if the full coverage look is something you are after.

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Regarding flash photography, it knocked it out of the park. No white cast or flashback at all. The finish of this foundation photographs beautifully whether flash is used or not. I definitely would recommend this foundation for those with dry to combination skin. While I do not think I would have worn this on my oily skin on my wedding day, if you have similar skin to mine and are interested, I would say get a sample of this and give it a shot. There are 14 shades in the range and I was able to find a perfect match for my skin color at the moment.

Even if you are not in the hunt for a wedding foundation, I really think you should give this a try. I think I will be purchasing this foundation in the full size come winter time. I am absolutely impressed with it and cannot wait to try it again.

Guerlain Maxi Lash So Volume Mascara Review

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I first received a sample size of this mascara from Sephora and fell in love with it when I was in New York (simple travel tip – bring sample/deluxe sizes of beauty products). It was AMAZING! Everyday I literally went up to my husband and exclaimed “Look at my lashes!!” After ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing about this mascara, he sneakily went out and bought me the full size of it…at $32 a tube! Which is why I really hate to say it but do not spend your money on this mascara 😦

For some reason, the full size version of this mascara is no where as good as the sample size. The sample mascara created AMAZING length and volume, fantastic separation, and was easy to apply. The full size is so incredibly dry and clumpy. And I mean clumpy!! If you apply a second coat too early, your lashes look like you did not add any additional product. And a second too late you get dry, flaky lashes. Additionally, for reasons I do not understand, the lashes on my right eye never look as “good” as the ones on my left. For $32 a tube (when I normally spend $7-ish) I expect a much better product. Hate to say it y’all but this is not HG material. If there is another high end mascara you think IS worth the price tag, let me know. I am always up for trying a luxury mascara at least once.

How to {Cheaply} Darken Foundation

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I stumbled upon this beauty trick after a product ‘fail’. As I am sure you have noticed by now if you follow me on Instagram, I am obsessed with anything bronze-y or that enhances a tan. I bought the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB in hopes that I would get a beautiful summer glow when using it. Well it didn’t. And I don’t really like it for its intended purpose. But when used as a means to darken your winter foundation shades, it’s amazing.

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You can see here that Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1N1 is my winter shade. And because I do not want to have a billion foundation bottles sitting on my vanity, I use the Bronze BB to darken the shade to suit my current skin color. Another added benefit to the BB product is that it sheers out the Double Wear a little bit, which is what I want in the spring and summer. Hope this quick tip helps save some money and let me know if you have any other foundation tricks.

Beach Wedding Beauty: Hot Honeymoon!

Flash tattoos and shimmering body oil

So you go all out glamorous for your wedding day (and rightfully so!) but what about the honeymoon? Granted you may not want to pack on the makeup during your special vacation but you still want to look cute for your new spouse. While these products I am talking about are not makeup items, they are beauty items that I brought along with me on my tropical honeymoon and loved them! My husband especially loved them and ever since our honeymoon, likes when I wear them to special events (concerts, date nights, going to the beach, etc).

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The first item I am recommending are Flash Tattoos. I bought these from Sephora and I got the Sofia style. They are temporary tattoos that look like metallic jewelry and they are so fun! I bought them just before my bachelorette party/trip and shared them with my bridesmaids too. There are plenty of tattoos included in the package and I still have not used them all. They lasted on my bridesmaids for days on end, since they all have dry skin. On my oily skin, they only seem to last for a day or two. Even so I always look forward to wearing them.

The second recommendation I have is a shimmering body oil. I was perusing through my local Ulta and stumbled upon the Physician’s Formula Illuminating Argun Oil. It can be used on your face and your body. I knew I was going to need some moisture put back into my skin since the sun makes my skin pretty dry. The argun oil is great at moisturizing and the shimmer makes your skin look even more beautiful! It is worth mentioning that for both of these items, you do not need these exact brands. The combination of the tattoos and the body oil just gives you that extra something special on your honeymoon!