Thursday, January 5, 2017

Do They Work: Urban Decay Setting Sprays

Hi everyone; I hope you're all doing well. I'm back today with a review of the Urban Decay All Nighter and De-Slick setting sprays. As someone with extremely oily skin, I'm used to my makeup getting greasy and sliding around in a few hours. The caveat with me though, is that I don't like to use setting powders. I have acne, and I've found that lots of setting powers would break me out because there's too much silica or talc in them. One example is the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder which I've done a review on here.

Thus, I turned to setting sprays in the hopes that it'll cure my oily skin woes. Ulta was having the Urban Decay setting sprays for 40% off for one day only during the holidays so I picked up De-Slick and All Nighter to try out. Here are my thoughts:

De-Slick: 


This one is aimed for oily skin and claims to control oil and keep the skin matte. Here are the claims on the back of the box:



I'm sad to say that this didn't do much if anything to control my oil. I've been testing it out during December, so it's not particularly hot or humid, and yet, my skin was still excessively oily. Another thing that disappointed me with this particular setting spray was that I think it was causing breakouts. Every time I took my makeup off, I would have one or two new breakouts that weren't the result of any other products.

To those who are sensitive to scents, I would like to warn you that there is a definite fragrance to these setting sprays. It dissipates after spraying, but it's definitely there. I wanted to love this, but it just didn't do much for me at all.

Here are the ingredients:



All Nighter: 


This one is simply aimed at keeping the makeup on the skin and looking fresh. Here are the claims on the back of the box:



I actually liked this one better than De-Slick! I felt that this setting spray kept my face looking more matte and more fresh. I will say that this one doesn't take away the cake-y look. If you have a dry patch and are wanting to use this to make it less apparent, this doesn't help much in that department. I am curious to see how this works to take away the powder-y look when I use just bareMinerals all over my face as my foundation. Usually, my oils take care of that and make my skin look natural after a few hours, but I do want to test that out and see how it would work with setting the makeup and taking away the powder-y layered look. 

Here's the ingredients list: 



I conclude that the All Nighter DOES work, while the De-Slick sadly falls short for me. The ingredients list on both of these are quite similar, though, so it's curious that the All Nighter works for me while the De-Slick doesn't.

Let me know if you've tried these or other setting sprays and what you thought in the comments! 

Thanks for Reading, 

             CuttingEdgeBeauty

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 Makeup Favorites Round-Up

Hello everyone; I hope you're all doing well and are having a wonderful New Year!! One of my top resolutions for 2017 is to be more consistent with blogging because I do love everything about beauty and I want to share all the new products, tips, and tricks with every single one of you. For anyone new, I'm so happy to have you here and thanks so much for joining in on my beauty obsession.

Now, onto the actual post. 2016 was a good year filled with so many challenges, especially this past semester at college. That being said, I still found time to discover some amazing products that will stay with me this year. Let's jump right in!

Face:

  • bareMinerals Complexion Rescue: This is marketed and described as a BB, CC and tinted moisturizer rolled into one product. I would say that this feels more like a tinted moisturizer than anything else to me. This gives sheer to light coverage and looks extremely smooth and natural on the skin. Having oily skin, this does give me quite an oily t-zone, but I can deal with that by using mattifying powders and primers. The important thing is that while this doesn't cover anything major on my skin, it lends itself well to be a sheer base where afterwards I can apply heavier concealer to cover up my acne. I'm following Lisa Eldridge's technique almost every single day now and this is a brilliant start to my base.  I have this in the shade Buttercream 03, which is a light with yellow undertone = absolutely me on a description!

  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: The best all-in-one concealer I've ever found. It's simply a dream to work with, being so delightfully creamy and giving full coverage at the same time. I use this to cover up my blemishes and no matter how large or painful my breakout is, I can count on this concealer to help me cover it up. Lately though, I've been mixing it with the CoverFx Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation to do pinpoint concealing via Lisa Eldridge's technique, which I mentioned above. This concealer is quickly becoming, if it hasn't already become, a cult classic. Thus, I don't think anymore has to be said. 

  • bareMinerals Matte Foundation: This is a constant favorite and staple in my collection. Since I'm a whole lot more tan than I was last year, I went up a shade to Light. I've talked about this product in so many posts already, but really and truly, this is a great powder foundation or setting powder. Usually, if my skin is good enough, I like to wear this on its own on top of a primer and use it as both concealer and foundation. 

Cheeks:

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer: I've never really been into bronzers or contouring, but I saw Natalie Barbu using this bronzer in her back to school makeup tutorial on YouTube and I just loved how it looked on her so much that I went out and bought myself a mini one at Sephora the first chance I had. This stuff is so pigmented! Just a single tap is all you need for a contour on one side of your face. I mainly use this for contouring, rather than bronzing because, like I said, I'm still quite new to bronzer, so I try to keep myself confined to a smaller area until I get more comfortable. It's another one of those cult favorites and I can finally see why. The tone is a perfect balance of not too warm and not too cool. It can bronze up the cheeks or it can chisel out cheekbones. This will be a continued staple in my collection.

  • NARS Orgasm Blush: It's starting to look like all my favorites are cult-classics.... oops? Hahah, anyway, I fell into the hype and this blush is beautiful. I was looking for the perfect blush this summer and when this was offered with a few other NARS goodies in a 500 point perk at Sephora, I had to get it! This blush is as good as people say it is; it give such a beautiful healthy glow to the cheeks and a lovely pink-ish flush as well. The entire summer, fall, and winter of 2016, if I had any blush on my cheeks, it was this one. 


  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface: This is the blush that I wore towards the beginning of 2016 up until the summer. It's a very brightening, cool toned shade that works well to perk the skin up. It's completely matte, so I usually wear this if I want to use a highlighter. The formula is gorgeous and the shade is a great pick-me-up on a dreary winter day, so I haven't got much more to say about this except for, if you haven't tried it out yet and love matte, pink blushes, give it a go!

  • Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter: Just like bronzers, I don't have too many highlighters, so this is a staple in my collection. I love this highlighter and anytime I did use highlighter throughout the year, this is the one I chose. It's a creamy, champagne, candle-glow color that melts right into the skin. The texture is creamy and a dream to blend out. There's never any worry of a disco-ball face with this highlighter. I invite all skin tones to try this one out; if you're really pale, apply with a light hand and blend the edges thoroughly, if you're medium, apply with a less conscious hand and blend, if you're deep, apply and blend. Once you have it on, take a step back and look at that gorgeous glow!

Eyes: 

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion: This keeps the shadows on all day and is another cult-classic. It was the very first eyeshadow primer that I tried out and I still use it over other eye primers today. Nothing else has to be said about this wonderful product.

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy: This pale, glittery shadow is what I use to brighten up the inner corners of my eyes every time I put makeup on. The silver glitter in it draws me in and I love using it even on my lids for a subtle, glittery effect. 


  • Urban Decay Naked Palette: I know there's 3 Naked palettes out now, but I haven't found the need to go out and buy the other ones. I've been content to using this palette all year. My favorite shades in this palette are Sin and Sidecar. I love using any of the darker shades like Darkhorse, Creep or Hustle as a smudgy liner. 

  • Lorea'l Lineur Intense Felt-tip Liquid Liner: If I don't have a smudgy liner effect going on, then I would have usually had a winged liner for all of 2016. This liquid eyeliner is fantastic and long lasting. It goes on smoothly and stays put, as long as there's a primer underneath. I have really oily eyelids, so if I don't use a primer, it'll smudge. Everything about this liquid liner makes winged liner a breeze.

  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer: This was part of the birthday gift from Sephora and it's the absolute best eyeliner pencil that I've ever used. It stays put on the lid with the addition of an eye primer. This particular one is perfectly black and extremely creamy. It applies like a dream and works beautifully as a base for shadow to go on top for a smudgy liner look. 

  • Blinc Mascara Amplified: I think Blinc are known for their tubing mascaras and this one is amazing. I curl my lashes, apply a single coat of this, and my lashes are lengthened, defined, and voluminous. The best thing about this mascara? It doesn't smudge or flake AT ALL!! Because it's a tubing mascara and not one that paints the lashes, there's no way for it to smudge underneath the eyes or get into the eyes. This is amazing because no matter which mascara I used before, I would always have raccoon eyes in a few hours. If you have oily eyelids, have smudging issues, or have sensitive eyes, please try this out, it's amazing. Also, removal is so simple: just use some warm water and slide the tubes right off. This mascara has all the benefits of a waterproof formula without the painful removal.

  • Maybelline Brow Drama Scuplting Brow Mascara: I never really filled in my brows or even did anything to them until I bought this. I realize exactly was was missing now. My brows have a nice amount of thickness to them, but they're unruly. Having this to tame them and add a bit of color definition made all the difference in the world. Now I have nice brows with shape, definition, and color; the perfect frame for my face!

Lips: 

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve: This lipstick is such a flattering, cool toned pink-y mauve shade on my skin. I never realized that this type of shade would look good on my skin tone until I put it on. It seems to brighten up my olive, yellow complexion and add whiteness to my teeth. I do wish that it was shinier though. I don't wear lipstick often, but when I do, it'll most likely be this as it's perfect for everyday.

  • NARS Lipgloss in Chelsea Girls: This gloss is the perfect nude for me. It's not as opaque as a lipstick, so it doesn't wash me out. This is lovely on its own or on top of Sassy Mauve lipstick from Revlon. It has enough of a pink tone to give the face a fresh look. 

All right, if you've made it to the end here, I congratulate you! I may do a few more posts of my 2016 Skincare and Brush favorites, but we'll have to see. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below! I hope you all had a wonderful 2016 and a brilliant New Year!!! 

Thanks for Reading, 
                    CuttingEdgeBeauty

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Base Essentials

Hey everyone; I hope you're all doing well. As promised, I'm doing another post and today, I'm going to share with you all my summer foundation essentials.

1. Sunscreen: The best sunscreen that I have found is this CoTz Face sunscreen for lighter skin tones. It's a great primer that absorbs oil and protects your skin at the same time. This is a mineral sunscreen, meaning that the main ingredients consist of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. You can find this here for $19.99. I'll be doing an in-depth review on this sunscreen in a later post.




2. Foundation: The foundation that I have been wearing everyday this summer is the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. I have this in the shade Fiji and Gobi. With this foundation, I don't even need a concealer because it has such great coverage. Since it's summer right now and I do have a bit of color, I'm using Fiji by itself. I will also be doing an in-depth review on this foundation in a post coming up.



3. Powder: I've been using the Covergirl Clean Oil Control pressed powder recently. It does a decent job a controlling oil, but my skin is just so oily that nothing really keeps me matte for long. It's a good enough powder in the sense that it gives me a matte finish without looking cakey or fake. I will probably be doing a powder comparison for oil skin in an upcoming blog post, so look out for that!


As this post is simply dedicated to base makeup, I'm not going to go into blushes, bronzers, highlighters, etc.

I hope this has given you all some inspiration into formulating your best summer base. If any of you have product recommendations for oily skin, please leave them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Hi everyone! I would like to begin this post by apologizing for my long time away from blogging. I'm not going to bore you all with the details, so today, I thought I would kick off my return to blogging with a review on the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder!




You can find the small size of this powder, which is the one I have, at the Sephora check-out line for $23. This small travel size has 9.3g, or 0.33 oz of product and comes with the signature Laura Mercier velour puff. As I'm sure that the both the full and travel sizes contain the same product, I'm going to jump straight into the review.




This broke me out. Badly. I don't know what it is that caused me to break out from this, but anytime that I wore it, it caused me to get quite a few under the skin bumps that eventually cleared away when I stopped using this powder. I was hoping that this powder would control my insanely oily skin, but it didn't hold up that much longer than my drugstore Covergirl Clean Oil Control pressed powder.




The puff is very soft and lovely against the skin, and this powder is what seems to be a cult favorite. I wanted this to work for me so much, but alas, my skin simply didn't like it.




Well, I hope that this review has helped some of you out if you're still on the fence about buying this. If you don't have acne-prone, sensitive, or extremely oily skin, you'll probably love this.

I have an entire slew of products that have been building up, as well as new skincare routine, so look out for at least two more new posts this week!

It's great to be back!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NYX Baked Blush in Chiffon Review

Hey everyone; I hope you're all doing well! Today I'm bringing to you all a review on the NYX Baked Blush in the shade Chiffon. There are 12 shades that retail for $6.99 at Ulta and Ulta.com. Without further ado, let's get straight into the review!
 
 
Chiffon is a gorgeous light to medium tone bronzy, peachy, pinky, shimmery shade that works wonderfully for the summer time. It's not so shimmery that it looks obnoxious; it has fine shimmers in it that make the skin look like it's glowing. The blush has a nice pigment to it, but not so much that you have to be careful with how much to apply. This has definitely become my go-to blush for everyday. Ulta has 40% off right now on NYX products, so if you'd like to try out this color or some other colors, these blushes are around $4 for now! 
 

 
If you're afraid of how shimmery this is, don't be! It may not look like much as a swatch, but on the cheeks, it translates amazingly and doesn't have disco ball glitter. I hope this helped some of you out, and please go check this out at Ulta this week while there's still a %40 off. Thanks so much for reading!
 
Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Best Mascara Ever: MAC Opulash Mascara Review

Hello all! I'm here today with the promised review on the best mascara that I've ever tried. That mascara would have to be the MAC Opulash. Let's get into the review!


This is by far my favorite style of brush because it grips every lash and coats them to perfection. This particular tube of mascara is kind of old and dried up, but I don't use it anymore as of right now. I haven't had the chance to go and purchase a new one, but the Maybelline Colossal Volum' mascara that I just did a review on is perfect and easily accessible right now. The formula is a bit on the drier side, but it isn't so dry that it's flaky; this is truly the most perfect formula I've ever come across. This mascara volumizes and lengthens to the extreme! When I wear this, my lashes almost hit my eyebrows, which is crazy awesome. It never clumps and you don't have to worry about getting the waterproof version because the regular version can last through sweat, oil and tears. Even after twelve hours, the mascara still looks perfect and my curl hasn't dropped one bit. There're no smudges or flakes. This is my absolute number 1 mascara, so if you're looking to try it, I highly recommend it!
 
I hope this review helped out some of you! Apparently, I'm on a mascara reviewing roll with these posts. Anyway, thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Maybelline The Colossal Voum' Express Mascara Review

Hey everyone! Here is the update that I promised on the new Maybelline the Colossal Volum' Express Mascara. I've been using this mascara for only a few days, but it's an amazing mascara!


As you can tell from the picture above, the brush is quite large. There are a good number of bristles and it's a standard brush in the sense that it's not made of plastic. The big brush can cause issues if you have a smaller eye space or if you want to apply this on your lower lashes. I haven't had any issues with smearing, smudging or flaking, which I consider a win because it's been almost 100 degrees here. It's amazing for length and volume; it pushes my lashes up and holds them there without drooping. The formula is slightly more wet than some other mascaras, but not so wet tht your lashes will stick and clump together. There is a faint rose scent that apparently all Maybelline mascaras have. I may do a comparison of this mascara and the Falsies Flared, which I loved as well. This one though, I feel is way better than the Falsies Flared. I love how this brush is straight and the fact that it holds up throughout the day. All in all, this mascara is the second best mascara I've ever tried. I'll do a post on my most favorite mascara next.
 
I hope this short review helped some of you out! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Cutting Edge Beauty