April 20, 2014

My BB Sandwich

Hi all, I hope you are having a great holiday weekend. I already have my Easter bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter chocolates half eaten. I also have a chocolate bunny for my nephew that I have been eyeing up. I hope it makes it through to Sunday night! HEHE

I was trying to post earlier this week but my hands have been so sore.  My arthritis has not been behaving for awhile and has been affecting my hands pretty bad which is making typing kind of tough. Grrr.  I have been trying to use my iPhone to use for talk to text but it ain’t working out so well LOL Does anyone know of a good talk to text app I can download?  If you got any ideas let me know.
Anyway...on to the post....My BB Sandwich

Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream
Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream

While I know everyone is onto CC and DD creams, I have been busting out my BB creams lately. I just like how these have more coverage than my CC/DD creams. My two favorites are the Annabelle BB Beauty Balm (Light Medium) and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream (Light Medium). Each, on their own, I find the colour a little off. The Annabelle BB Cream is slightly too yellow for my face and the Smashbox is too pink and dark for my skin tone. BUT if I mix the two, I get a perfect shade. I use about a third of the amount of the Smashbox BB to the Annabelle BB cream.  I plop the Annabelle on the back of my hand and then pinch a little of Smashbox on top of that and mix together with my finger.
Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream swatch

Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream swatch

I dot the mixture on my face and then I buff it in with my trusty flat top kabuki brush. I find that both of these offer a long lasting medium coverage while the Annabelle BB cream gives a soft glow.  The majority of my redness is covered and I just have to use a concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes. Both have some SPF in it. Annabelle BB cream 15 and the Smashbox BB cream has 35. But mixing the two with really only afford you a max SPF of 15.

Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream
                  Bare Skin      |   Annabelle/Smashbox mix

The only cons about these BB creams I can think of is that you will need to let your moisturizer really sink in and dry (if you use one). I’ve noticed that if I don’t give my moisturizer time to dry, I have some pilling when I try spreading these out. Secondly, the Smashbox BB Cream clings to my dry patches really bad. Even when I mix it with the Annabelle BB cream, I still have it cling to dry patches. You can see in the pic above that I have some noticeable dry patches on my nose, under my eyes (I had a recent reaction to some makeup wipes) and on the left side of my mouth. To counteract this I spray MAC Fix+ on my face after I have given the BB cream time to set and it seems to fix the problem.
I do need to set my face afterwards as I feel like these don’t dry completely down. They stay a little tacky. I usually use my MAC MSF Medium just for some added coverage. Overall I really like the coverage this combo provides. I just have to make sure I have no bad dry patches.
Annabelle BB Cream | Smashbox BB Cream
Finished FOTD

So that’s my BB sandwich that I am loving right now. Does anyone else mix BB, CC, or DD creams together to get a perfect combo?  

April 16, 2014

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

Again, Ipsy sent me a bag I am totally enjoying! There are some great items in this month’s bag. 

The theme this month is Beauty Rocks which includes products to turn yourself into a Rock Glam Beauty. Or in my case a toned down smokey neutral look :). I think my glam rock days are over LOL.
The bag itself is a blue square nylon bag with a turn table imprinted on it. Not really impressed with bag. It seems a little juvenile but I will use it for something.
April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag
April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag
April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag


Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Black Velvet
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Black Velvet
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size in Black Velvet    
$20 @urbandecay.com
A must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-plush version of UD’s creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, precise lines that are blacker-than-black.
Wow – so excited to see this come through our Ipsy bags. I was just thinking about getting this exact pencil. Black Velvet is a touch smoother that my Zero and Perversion pencils and touch softer in colour than Perversion. I used this today and have only noticed some fading after about 7 hours. GA-gorgeous! From the How-To picture in the Urban Decay sampler package, I can totally see someone can create a Rock Glam look with the products we got.

Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in Champagne
Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in Champagne

Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in Champagne    $12.99 @elizabethmott.com
The Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the eyeshadow is the ultimate eyeshadow that's long lasting, easy to apply, and effortlessly blends. Buildable colors will take you from subtle highlights to dramatic smokey eyes. With pop! goes the shadow, eye shadow creasing is a thing of the past. Get ready to try the eye shadow that will change your life!
I have to say I really like this shadow. It is a great lid colour. This colour reminds me of a shadow I already have. I am going to have to go shadow diving to see. But I used Champagne today and fell in love with it. I am not sure about it ‘changing my life’ but I definitely will be using it. A lot. 

dr. brandt microdermabrasion
dr. brandt microdermabrasion

dr. brandt microdermabrasion    $90 CDN @sephora.com
The dr. brandt microdermabrasion gently sweeps away dead skin cells and softens skin texture, which enables better absorption of skincare products and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne marks, and skin discolorations. A great at home alternative to professional clinical treatments. Safe to use for all skin types. For best results use with dr. brandt® skincare products.
I love getting exfoliants in my subscriptions. I enjoy checking out the different brands and I cannot wait to try this out. The price is pretty steep for the full sized version ($90 for 57g). I don’t think I have that kind of cabbage in my budget. I know it is dr. brandt but YIKES!

Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare
Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare
Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bare    $12 CDN @marykay.ca
Turn up the volume with Mary Kay At Play™ color! It’s flirtatiously fun makeup you can remix-n-match to create your own color playlist. The Mary Kay At Play™ Jelly Lip Gloss has a fun jelly texture that offers brilliant, intense shine with a sheer wash of color.
I like the colour but I hate the texture. It felt ... goopy. I put some on and tried to rub my lips together. Tried. I had to goop on more to actually do it. I might have liked it more if it came in a tube and wand but the squeezy tube thing is a no.

Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse
Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse
Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse   $17.95 USD @sexyhair.com/$19.88 @chatters.ca
The Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse helps create big volume by pumping up hair at the root. It dispenses out as a spray and turns into a mousse to give tresses tons of volume. Apply to damp hair at the root to achieve phenomenal lift or to dry hair to activate textural volume. Resists humidity and provides lift, fullness and medium hold. Great for fine/medium hair types.
I have always had good experiences with Sexy Hair products. I can’t wait to try this out. My hair can always use volume on top. I don’t know about you but I love these travel sized hair sprays to take on the go.

Some swatches for your eyeballs;

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag swatches

Overall I am happy with almost all my products especially the Black Velvet liner. The Mary Kay lipgloss fell way short for me.

How are you liking your Ipsy bag this month?

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Don't forget to check out my current giveaway for a Lorac Pro Palette!

April 12, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Beige-ing Beauty

The new Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Spring 2014 collection is finally available in Shoppers Drug Mart. Okay I finally stumble across it last week but in almost each store, the displays were so picked over that the only things I could find were the Color Show polishes, a couple Glaze blushes and the black Color Tattoo which didn’t interest me. I finally found a display that hadn't been decimated!

Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Collection

The product from the Dare to Go Nude collection that intrigued me the most were the Color Tattoos. They come in 6 shades which are limited edition. There was only four in the display.

The six shades in the collection are;
  • Pure Nude
  • Beige-ing Beauty
  • Nude Compliment
  • Sleek and Spice
  • Caramel Cool
  • Stroke of Midnight

I choose Beige-ing Beauty because it seemed different from anything I had in my stash. The others seemed to be close cousins to some of the ones I already have; Pure Nude to Barely Beige, Nude Compliment to Tough as Taupe.
Beige-ing Beauty Color Tattoo

Beige-ing Beauty looks very pretty in its little glass tub – it comes off as a golden champagne when applied. The consistency of this Color Tattoo was creamier and more emollient than my other permanent Color Tattoos but applied pretty much the same.

Unfortunately it was not very opaque and building it up just made a creamy mess. It comes off more as a shimmer/glitter overlay.

It creased on my eyelid at the 5 hour mark when I tried to get it opaque by applying layers.  The next time I tried, I applied a lighter layer and it lasted all work day but it wasn't very noticable other than the glitter.
Beige-ing Beauty Color Tattoo

Beige-ing Beauty Color Tattoo

I had hoped that this Color Tattoo would have been more opaque. I guess am going to have play around with it more to see how I can use it. Maybe overtop of other shadows to give it a little glitter pop?

Were you able to find the new Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoos? Did you have a favorite out the new Color Tattoos?