Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Winter Favorites

Hello everyone; I hope you are all doing well! Sorry for the lack of posts; it's not that I don't want to write anything, it's just that I'm sort of stuck right now on ideas and creativity. Anyway, today I thought it would be nice to bring you all a post on my favorite winter beauty products, so without further ado, let's jump right in!

Face: 

             1. Prime/All in One: Dr. Jart Water Fuse BB Cream

 

Beginning with the bases, I have recently brought this BB cream back out to use and one day, when I applied it by itself, it gave more coverage than usual for some reason and it didn't make my face super oily after a few hours. These new revelations are probably due to the season and how my skin's been quite dry/combination. Sometimes, I like to use this in the place of my foundation, and I've found that it does have a decent enough coverage if you layer on in the areas that need a bit more. What I also like using this as, is a primer underneath my Revlon Colorstay. I don't exactly know if Colorstay has been causing breakouts, but with this underneath it kind of gives reassurance as well as a barrier to protect the skin.

           2. Foundation: Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff for Oily/Combo Skin

 
I've raved quite a bit about this foundation, and I've also done a post with this in combination with the Dr. Jart BB Cream shown above, which I'll link to at the end of this post. One day during exam week, I decided to just use this with nothing underneath and it was AMAZING!! That day, I simply used a disposable, damp, triangle sponge and dabbed this onto my skin, without anything underneath except my acne topical medication. I also didn't put any sort of powder on top; by the time I checked it at around 1:00 p.m., it was still completely matte! None of my greasy t-zone showed through at all and all my blemishes were still completely covered. This held up for at least nine hours! As soon as I got home, I was expecting it to look oily, but it was still completely matte and gorgeous. Now that I've said all the good things, I did notice some irregularities on my skin, aka a few bumps that may or may not have already been there after I removed my makeup. So as a precaution, if I use this, I'll make sure to put the BB cream underneath as a protective barrier for my skin. All in all, this is another RAVE for this foundation!

             3. Highlight: Benefit Watt's Up

 
I already have a post up on this highlighter, comparing it with other ones that I have and I'll link that as well. I've been liking this one for some reason, and I think it's just because it's nice and subtle with a nice glow. Since my skin's been staying more matte and I haven't been using any powder products at all, I've been gravitating towards this to place on the tops of my cheekbones for a glow.
 

Eyes:

             1. Prime: Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight

 
I have a full review up on this, although it is quite old since it was one of my very first posts, but I'll link it anyway. This gives a gorgeous golden sheen and also primes the eyes. I've just been using a small amount of this on my finger tip and spreading it on my eyelid for a bit of shimmer as well as a primer for the cream shadow that I put on top of this.

            2. Cream Shadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in R.S.V.P

 
I use this right on top of the primer and together they give a beautiful pinkish, golden champagne color to the lids. Not only is the color gorgeous, but it also gives a nice shimmery sheen that isn't too overpowering. I normally don't wear eyeshadow at all anymore, but this is a fast and easy method of having something nice on the lids! This combination lasts great throughout the day and this color alone is a gorgeous pinky champagne. Benefit repackaged all of their cream shadows, so they might not look like the one I have. Although I've had it for a while, it's still creamy enough for me to swirl my finger in and collect some product and easily spread it on my eyelid for a beautiful wash of color. I have very oily eyelids, so wearing this alone would cause some major creasing, but with the primer underneath and nothing on top, it's completely fine.

Lips:

           1. Lip Color: Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

 
I have this lip butter in a post with all my favorite fall/winter lip colors which I will link. There isn't much to say about this since I've pretty much covered all the bases in the fall lip colors post, but I can say that I've been wearing this almost everyday, or every time that I actually wear makeup and go out of the house. It just gives the most beautiful pinkish reddish tinge to the lips when applied lightly. I dab it onto the lips and then blend it out with a finger. If you do happen to lick your lips, the color will remain in tact, leading me to believe that through my application process, it has somehow become a stain all by itself! The color is gorgeous and brightens up the face, not to mention the color is perfect for winter! I really want to try the Red Velvet color, but haven't been able to find that particular shade anywhere. This is quite a bright shade, but if applied and worn correctly, it has amazing staying power and color!
 
All right, and that wraps up this post! Here are the links as promised:
                    BB Cream Battle
Lip Color:   Top 7 Fall Lip Colors
 
Well, that's it! I hope that this maybe helped out some of you, as well as the links. Hope you all enjoyed reading, thank you always for your support, and have a wonderful day!
 
                                                                     Cutting Edge Beauty

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well! Today I have for you a review on the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder. I had never tried a NARS product before and was in desperate need of a powder since I was quickly running out of my bareMinerals Matte. With perfect timing, I received a $20 off of $50 email from Sephora, so I decided that it would be prime time to try out this powder, since it's quite pricey at $34. So, without further ado, let's get into my experience!

 
As you can already tell from the picture above, the famous rubberized packaging that NARS has on many if not all of their products has picked up unwanted finger marks. I don't think I actually knew what other reviewers were complaining about regarding finger prints on the packaging until now that I've experienced them for myself. Aside from packaging, this is a setting powder, so the only shade for it is 'Translucent Crystal'. This is supposed to mattify the skin as well as give a glow, and comes in both the pressed and loose form. I bought the pressed for the only reason that my bareMinerals is loose and I was quite bored with the loose powders and I had heard that the pressed has better oil control. I have very oily skin, and I had the hopes that this would control oil and give that beautiful glow that so many other reviewers have raved about.
 
 
The texture is definitely unique, at first when I got it, it simply felt like stone or plastic. There is a slight shimmer to the product that can't be picked up on the skin or through the camera in this picture, but if you go to see it in person, it's definitely apparent. I was truly hoping to love this and for it to do magical things for my skin, but alas, it didn't. All this product did was make me oilier faster than I ever was before, and right now, my skin is pretty calm and dry because it's winter. Also, it broke me out quite badly, and I think that might be due to the silica, which is one of the first few ingredients on the list. I did go back to Sephora and exchange it for another one of my bareMinerals Matte a few days ago, so although I had high hopes for this powder, it just fell flat for me. I didn't see any brightening or glowing effect, just oilier skin and breakouts.
 
Well, those are my thoughts on the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal. I hope this helped out some of you, and if you would like to give it a try, by all means do, it just didn't work out for me! Thank you all so much for reading and all of your support!
 
                                                               Cutting Edge Beauty

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review: American Eagle Live For Her Perfume

Hello everyone, I apologize for the delay in posts once again. I'm trying to come up with good ideas for posts, and that's been slow coming lately. Today, I have for you a review on the American Eagle Live For Her Perfume, and the one I have is in rollerball form. I'm doing this post today because they're still having 40% off everything in store and online! I've tested the discount, and it works on their fragrances as well. So, without further ado, let's get straight into it!

 
I bought this about two years ago, on an impulse when I was with a few friends at a mall, but didn't use it a whole ton last year. This year though, I've been using this perfume every single day, and I've been carrying this around in my purse and reapplying every few hours. This rollerball contains .25 fl oz. and costs $14.95 at any American Eagle store or their website (I'll leave a link to this perfume in rollerball and full size form at the end of this post). This perfume is light, fresh, clean, but also carries a hint of sweetness, especially if you've been wearing it for a few hours. That being said, this is one of those perfumes that manages to smell nice enough to get compliments, but not overpowering enough to give anyone headaches. Everyone that I've worn this around has said that it smells absolutely amazing, and for the price, it's definitely worth trying out.
 
There isn't too much floral in this, which is great to keep the lightness of the scent, and it allows the underlying sweetness to shine through. Upon initial application, it smells fresh, a little bit floral, and perhaps an undertone of musk, but as it wears, it seems to get sweeter while retaining the initial scent. I think anyone of any age can wear this, as it truly is timeless, and smells much more expensive than it really is. Perfume is definitely something that's extremely personal, so I suggest you all go and at least smell it if you have an American Eagle store around you!
 
They also make 3 other scents: Me, Crush, and Vintage. I went to the store and smelled Vintage yesterday, and it mostly smells like vanilla, so definitely sweeter than this one. The other two, I haven't exactly smelled and formed an opinion on yet. Perfumes all react differently on everyone's skin, so definitely test this out on the skin, walk around, and see what you think. As for longevity, I personally love this scent, so I want to be able to immediately smell it, so I reapply about every 3-4 hours. If you don't want to carry around a rollerball, then simply put it on and leave it be, I just feel refreshed when I reapply this! 
 
AE Live For Her Rollerball : $14.95; .25 fl. oz.
AE Live For Her Full Size : $39.95; 1.7 fl. oz.
 
I hope this helped some of you out, and thank you all so much for reading and your support!
 
                                                         Cutting Edge Beauty

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Best Mascara of All Time

Hello everyone, I'm so sorry for the lack of posts, it's been so hectic! Today I have for you all a post on my favorite mascara of all time, the Bobbi Brown Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara. I had gotten this as part of my 500 point perk at Sephora, which I included in my Mini Sephora Haul. Without further ado, let's get into the review!

 
This mascara is in my opinion the best one that I've come by because of it's longevity. This product doesn't smear at all, and I can wear it throughout the day with no worries or problems. Also, the small size of the brush is perfect for getting to every lash, top and bottom, easily, without the fear of poking my eye. Sometimes, with mascaras like Benefit's They're Real, I find myself always having to take a long time applying it carefully, while this one I can swipe on easily and quickly. I'm happy to report that it doesn't clump like crazy, and if you do experience some clumping, just brush it through with the wand and it will apply evenly! Also, this does a great job of lengthening, defining, and holding a curl all day!
 
This retails for $25 at Sephora.com or any Bobbi Brown counter. I think that once I'm out of this sample, I'm not going to purchase the full size, mainly because of the cost. If I ever find a dupe for this, I will be sure to let you all know! If any of you have suggestions on your favorite mascaras, please leave me a comment!
 
Thank you all so much for reading!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Foundation Combination to Banish Shine

Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing well on this fine Saturday afternoon! I have for you all today a post on how to keep oily skin shine free without having to wear extremely heavy foundations and powders! As you all probably know by now, I have super oily skin, to the point where almost nothing will control it, and I've haven't had any luck with the Dr. Jart Water Fuse BB Cream. Now though, I'm able to get my money's worth out of the product, and with the new combination that I've discovered, it not only keeps me quite matte, but there's also a great amount of coverage, all the while feeling light on the skin. Without further ado, into the magical combination we go!
 
 
As you can probably tell from the picture above, I've definitely been using the BB cream quite religiously, so much so that it shocks me! From my previous post where I talked about my experience with the Garnier BB cream, I mentioned that my skin was acting up, and that it was most likely due to wearing the Colorstay every single day to school. Well, now I've found the best of both worlds: the coverage, lasting power, matte finish of Colorstay, the lightness, breathable, moisturizing qualities of the Dr. Jart BB cream! I've been using this combination for about 2 weeks now, and yesterday I had this on from 7:00 A.M. to around 9:00 P.M. I only blotted once, not even at school like I usually do, but I blotted after school and left my skin be. When I looked in the mirror before taking it off, I noticed that not only was I not super shiny, but that my acne spots, scars, and redness were all still completely concealed!
 
I usually top this combination with my bareMinerals Matte powder foundation, and a light dusting covered up anything left unconcealed. When I do this combination, I take a pea sized amount of the BB cream, a dab of Colorstay, mix with my fingers and apply to my skin that way. If I have any noticeable or huge zits then I will take a tiny dab of the Colorstay on my finger and use that as a concealer. This is a great combination, especially since this BB cream used to make me so oily that it was practically unwearable. The colors of both of these together is also incredible, it is a perfect match and looks even more perfect with the powder foundation on top.
 
I hope this helped out some of you, and if you're having trouble with a BB cream not giving enough coverage or being too oily, then try it out with a reliable foundation and see if that works! Thank you all so much for reading, hope you enjoyed this post, and look for a new post this coming up Tuesday!
 
                                                              Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily Skin

Hello all! I apologize for the delay in posts, school has been monopolizing all of my free time! Today, I have for you a post on the Garnier BB Cream for oily skin. I picked this up at my local Wal-Mart, for around $13, including tax.

 
I don't have anymore, so I simply inserted a promotional picture of it above for reference. I returned this product last Saturday, and the only reasons being are: it was simply too dark and too pink (I had purchased the light/medium shade) and, I suspect that it was breaking me out as well. I wanted this to work for me so badly, because of its amazing coverage and super light feeling on the skin, as well as the matte finish. But, alas, I couldn't deal with the color being off so much. I would look into the mirror at school and notice that my face was extremely pink!
 
As for its claims of controlling oil, I think it does, to an extent, and then its all just the same. Also, I may have found a better combination to control oil that I'm still testing out, but if it works, that you all will definitely be the first to know! I didn't think this was going to be so pink or dark since I had seen many bloggers say that this is more yellow toned than the original. For reference, Revlon Colorstay Buff is my absolute perfect shade, and the only reason I deviated from that to try this was because my skin had been acting up and I immediately concluded that wearing such a full coverage foundation every single day was probably not a good idea, but this product wasn't a good idea either.
 
Well, that's pretty much all I had to say about this, I don't regret trying it, because if I hadn't, I would still be extremely curious. I hope this short review helps out some of you, and if you have any comments, please contact me! Thanks for reading!
 
                                                        Until Next Time
 
                                                         Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top 7 Fall Lip Colors

Hello everyone! Today I have for you all a post on my top 7 picks for fall lip colors. These are all shades that I love for the fall and even into the winter time. I don't wear lip products very often, but the times that I do, these are the ones I usually reach for.
 
 
All right, in the picture above are all my favorite lip colors and I'm going to take you into each one in depth. Let's jump into it! (By the way, these will be going in the order according to the picture above.)
 
 
First up is Juicy Tube Gloss from Lancome and this shade is In the Light. I had gotten this last year as part of a Christmas gift with a few other glosses, but this one is perfect for the fall and winter time because of it's golden color. I find this especially beautiful over a deep berry, red, or fuschia color, and paired with any of those shades gives a gorgeous golden shimmer with the color underneath!
 
 
Moving on, this is the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stain in the shade Wink of Pink. This is probably the very first product that I got that's part of the fuschia berry shade range. I've had this product for a long time and it hasn't showed any signs of losing its pigmentation or drying out, as many other reviewers had stated. Also, you could probably get this on Amazon.com for quite a bit cheaper than at your local drugstore. The staying power on this lip stain isn't anything exceptional, especially when I'm at school for some reason, but the color payoff is great and it has a nice smell, so without having much experience with other lip stains, this is the best one for me right now.
 
 
This is the Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in the shade Raspberry. It doesn't have the best payoff color wise if you take a look at the swatch on the right. While it lacks color and pigmentation, it does make up for it in moisturizing as well as adding a nice hint of color to any lipstick or stain. Although it is moisturizing, keep in mind that as a side effect of this, it does get pretty greasy and can smear around on the lips and migrate to above and below the lips, which is never good and has caused me to have breakouts on my chin before.
 
 
This is the MAC Lustreglass in Angel Wing. I had gotten this as part of a Christmas gift with other sample sized glosses from MAC and immediately took a liking to this shade. This is my most favorite lip color, for fall, winter, or any season for that matter. It looks intimidating in the tube, but it looks beautiful on the lips, giving more of a reddish tinge instead of purple. There are small flecks of golden shimmer throughout the gloss, and that ties into why I like laying the Lancome gloss over a fuschia color. This sadly was either a limited edition or discontinued color as I can't find it anywhere, so if any of you could tell me how I could get another one at a reasonable price or possibly a dupe, please let me know!
 
Everyone has probably talked and raved about these, but this is the Revlon Lipbutter in the shade Pink Truffle. This shade has a more mature atmosphere and feel to it while still keeping the glossy look. On my lips, this can appear to be more red that it actually is for some reason, but it is still a color that I enjoy for the fall and winter time. The only downside to this color is that it fades extremely fast from the lips, about an hour of wear at most and then it's gone.
 
 
This is the Revlon Lipbutter in Raspberry Pie and it was the very first lipbutter that I had ever bought. It's almost completely gone now, but that just shows how much I used and liked the product. This and the Maybelline lip stain were what really started my liking for fuschia toned lip colors. For me, this has more staying power than the Pink Truffle one, probably because this is darker and has more pigment. I would usually take a small amount and dab this onto my lips and then blend out with my fingers for a nice stained effect that isn't too striking or loud.
 
 
And finally, this is the NYX Lipliner in Cabaret. If you've seen my What's in My Everyday Makeup Bag post, then you know that I had been using this on the daily for quite a while. It's such an easy and simple product that I can use with just a lip balm underneath, draw this on and blend it out. It's a lovely mixture of red and pink, and I have never worn it at its full intensity, but I've only ever worn it sheered out. I'm excited to try it out underneath the Lancome gloss though, I have a feeling that it would give a beautiful color for any holiday parties or gatherings.
 
Well, those are all my favorites! I hope you all enjoyed reading, thank you so much for your support, and please leave comments with requests so that I know what to gear my next posts for. Also, please let me know if there is a dupe for MAC's Lustreglass in Angel Wing; it's my most favorite shade and I'm sad that I can't get a hold of it anymore.
 
Until Next Time,
 
Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well today! Today I have for you a review on the Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo.

 
This dry shampoo is easily found at your local Wal-Mart and drugstores and retails for around $3-$4 at most. It comes in an aerosol can and contains quite a bit of product for the price. I've had this for about a year now, if not more and while it does smell tons better than the Tresseme Dry Shampoo, it still has a scent that not everyone will like, just because it's strong. That leads me into the scent, which is citrius-y and fruit-y. And by that I mean it is extremely strong of those scents. Performance wise, it doens't have any wow factor. I don't use it everyday, but I use it in the mornings before school sometimes, and keep in mind that all these mornings my hair has been washed the night before. To use this, I flip my hair into a deep part on one side, shield my face, and spray on the roots, then repeat on the other side and then use a wide tooth comb to brush out the top, so only two applications. I find that this method is easiest for me and therefore I won't overapply and make myself pass out from the scent.
 
I mainly use this dry shampoo to take away any oils that build up throughout the school day, and maybe to add a bit of volume.  What it is amazing at doing though, is providing a beautiful shiny finish to my hair, but keep in mind that I've never tried this when my hair wasn't washed the night before, so I don't know if it would have the same effect on second day hair. Overall, if you like the smell and want a quick pick me up that won't hurt the wallet, then this might be something you should try, but, if you want a scent that disappears and something that is like magic shampoo, then I would skip this.
 
Those are all my thoughts on this product, and I hope this helped out some of you. Thank you all so much for reading and supporting me!
 
                                                                 Until Next Time,
 
                                                                         Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mid-October Favorites

Hello everyone! Today I have a mid-October favorites post for you all. These are just the products that I've been loving, but keep in mind that since this is a mid-month favorites, I don't have that many products, but I thought I would share these with all of you anyway!

My first product is a foundation, and if you've read my What's in My Everyday Makeup Bag  post, then you've seen this product as one of my staples, and without further ado... It's the amazing Revlon Colorstay Foundation!

 
I've never used Colorstay as much as I have this month and last month, probably due to the fact that this shade, 150 Buff, is my absolute perfect match, as apposed to 180 Sand Beige that I had before. I've been wearing this foundation mixed with my Neutrogena moisturizer for sensitive skin (the one with the purple label) every single day this month, and most of last month as well. It covers wonderfully and with the moisturizer it's just absolute perfection in coverage and texture, as well as being lightweight. If any of you would like a review on this, please let me know, but I've seen tons of reviews already since this is such a popular foundation, but, if you would like my thoughts, then go ahead and request and I shall post one up!
 
The next thing I've been loving is the Ecotools Flat Foundation Brush.

 
This brush is the best thing to apply my Colorstay and moisturizer mix with. I had tried to apply the mix with just my finger and any other brush, but fingers made it streaky and hard to blend while any other brushes didn't give enough coverage and even application. I got this brush off of Amazon.com for about $4-$5 back in the summer, but that's definitely cheaper than if you were to buy this at a drugstore. Something about this brush just applies the mix magically to the skin, so that there's coverage, but no cakey look or feel can be seen! This brush has gone from sitting in my collection with the occasional use to being used every single day, and I would highly recommend this brush to anyone.
 
To set all of the makeup, I've been using the Covergirl Clean Oil Control Powder mixed with a dab of the bareMinerals Matte foundation.
 
 
The bareMinerals just evens out the tone of the color for me, while the Covergirl is more for oil control. With that being said, I don't like the bareMinerals much, but it is necessary for me to use just a tap of to balance out the color of the Covergirl powder, because it's too pink and the bareMinerals is a tad too yellow. So until I find any better setting powders that don't break me out and match my skin tone correctly, I'm going to stick with these two. If you have any suggestions for powders, please let me know as I'm on the hunt for the best oil control powder that won't break the bank.
 
And my final favorite is one that is quite monumental because I have never worn blush so much in all the years that I've been into makeup until this product came along.
 
 
This Bobbi Brown to Go palette was in my Mini Sephora Haul, it was a 500 Point Perk and while I had told of how beautiful it was in the haul, after using it for a few weeks, it is simply amazing! The main favorite of mine in the palette is the blush, in the shade Pale Pink. With my DIY Angled Blush Brush, I use this blush everyday that I wear makeup. The beautiful pink color just brightens up my face and gives a glowy look, even though it's matte. I use the shadows sometimes, and the silvery taupe color on the upper right is gorgeous, but on a day to day basis, I use the blush the most. If you would like a review on this palette, please let me know and I would be happy to post one!
 
Well, those are all of my favorites for mid-October! I hope you all enjoyed this post, and thanks to everyone who have read, followed, and commented. It truly makes my day and makes me feel overjoyed to see that I have a new follower or a new comment, so please keep it coming! I love to interact with my readers!
 
                                                           Until Next Time,
 
                                                                Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, October 12, 2013

DIY: Angled Blush Brush

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well, and I once again apologize for my absence, but I'm going to set up a new uploading schedule. I thought it would be good to have a new post up on every even day of the week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so I'm kicking off this new schedule with a new post today. Besides that, today I have for you all a simple and easy DIY on how to create your own angled blush brush. Let's jump into it!

 
I have wanted an angled blush brush for the longest time and for some reason, I've always had problems with applying blush using a regular blush brush and always had to resort to using a stippling brush. One day, I was just about to go to my local Wal-Mart and buy an angled brush, but I found the brush in the picture in one of my drawers. The brush was originally a powder brush, so it was not angled at all, and it came in a set of brushes that I got from Walgreens, but it was so scratchy and had the texture of dried, dead grass that I decided to cut it into my very own angle blush brush.
 
In the picture above, you can see the gentle angle of the brush, and what I did was simply take a pair of scissors and start snipping the top of the brush, the scratchy part, over a trash can. I kept cutting the top and the sides until it looked to be angled enough. After straightening out a few bristles that were still sticking out, I also thinned out the brush a bit since it was a little too full to apply my blush with. Then, I washed it and shaped it with my fingers, and snipped off any bristles that were still sticking out, then left it out to dry overnight.
 
So far, this brush has been working well with the Bobbi Brown blush in the palette that I had gotten last weekend. It applies the blush nicely and evenly, just where I want it, and since it's custom made, I was able to take the size down to my liking so that they blush wouldn't be applied all over the place and just to the areas that I wanted it. Since making this brush, I have been wearing blush everyday and love that this simple and easy DIY allowed me the freedom to not be afraid of blush any longer.
 
I hope you all enjoyed reading this post and that some of you will try this out for yourselves if any of you have a powder or blush brush that you don't use laying around. Hopefully this was helpful and saved everyone some money! Also, thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read, comment, and follow my blog, it truly makes me so excited to see your comments, so keep them coming! Have a wonderful day!
 
                                                           Until Next Time,
 
                                                                 Cutting Edge Beauty

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mini Sephora Haul

Hello all! Today, I went to Sephora to pick up another one of my staple cleanser, and got a few free gifts, so I thought I would share my very small haul with you all.

 
As you can tell from the picture above, this haul is literally only three items, but I thought it would be fun to share this with you all because there are multiple items within the boxes. So, first of all, I got the main item I was going in to get, the Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam. It's the staple in my skincare routine.
 
 
This is the standard birthday gift that Sephora offers, which includes the Benefit They're real mascara and Watt's Up Highlighter. I haven't tried the mascara, but the highlighter I already have a sample of and love for a nice fresh candlelight glow.
 
 
Now, this I was super excited about when I got the email a few days ago, this Bobbi Brown to Go Beauty Insider gift is amazing! It is a 500 Point Perk, so if you have that many points now, I suggest you go ahead and spend it on this because I heard from a Sephora sales associate that these are going to go fast, but that could just be my location, and also since my store doesn't have any Bobbi Brown products. I haven't tried anything out yet in this set, but hopefully I will soon, the blush looks amazing and the eyeshadows look perfect for fall. I don't know anything about the mascara and eye cream, but once I try all these out, I will definitely do an update! This little compact is also perfect for traveling!
 
Well, that's all I have for you today, I hope you all are doing amazing, and as always, thank you so much for reading!
 
                                                               Until Next Time,
                                                                        
                                                                      Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, September 28, 2013

What's in My Everyday Makeup Bag

Hello everyone! Today I have for you a collaboration post with Gigi from Gigi's Kitchen all about what's in our makeup bags! My daily makeup is really simple, but I for one always enjoy watching/reading about what everyone's staple products are, so here's a look into mine.
 
All right, this is my makeup bag from Lancome, and an overview of all the products that I use on a daily basis.
 
I don't use many products everyday, mostly due to the fact that I don't have much time to do my makeup before school every morning. So, starting off with the base, these are my very first staple items. I mix the Colorstay foundation with my Neutrogena moisturizer for sensitive skin every morning. I usually just use half a pump of my moisturizer and the same amount of foundation. This combination gives me the most perfect coverage, and texture. Also, I don't use a primer anymore, instead I do my daily morning skincare routine and with this mixture it's moisturizing enough for me.

I will attempt mixing the shades together if I need to, but the one on the left, 180 Sand Beige, is a bit too dark and pink for me, so I just picked up the one on the right, 150 Buff, this weekend to see how that will work out.


I mix two powders together to not only get my perfect shade, but to also balance out the staying power. I already have a review up on the bareMinerals powder foundation if you're interested in learning more about my experience and what I thought of it: bareMinerals Review. The one on the right, the Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder for Oil Control is quite new to me, I bought it on a whim at first to mainly use it as touch ups at school, but then this year I found it to be too much of a hassle to be touching up everyday, so it has somehow snuck into my routine and now I mix it with my bareMinerals to help with the shine, especially since bareMinerals makes me so oily.

 
Once again, keep in mind that my routine is super simple and while sometimes I like to wear a little extra eyeshadow, this is all I do for eyes on a daily basis, so that I can add of if necessary, but these are my absolute staples. The black eyeshadow is one from L'oreal and it's so old that I don't even think they make it anymore, but I use that to very lightly fill in my brows, since I have found that every other color I've tried to use for my brows look like weird mud. After that, I will go in with MAC's eye kohl in 'I Get No Kick', which is just a light, shimmery champagne color that I use in the waterline to look more awake since it's not as harsh as white but matches the waterline perfectly. I will also use that in my inner corners if I feel that I need to that day.
 
Finally, I go in with my Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara. It truly is amazing, and I got this deluxe sample through the Sephora Lash Stash To Go, which I also have a post up on, but I will definitely do an update of what I think of all the mascaras now that I've tried them out. I'll save the review of this mascara for that then!
 
 
The last step in my routine is basically optional; if I feel that I want a bit more color that day, then I'll use the Fresh Sugar Lip balm and then blot off the excess. Then I'll follow up with the NYX lip liner in Cabaret, which is a deep, reddish, pink color. I will apply the lip liner lightly all over the lips, like a lipstick and then  blend it in with my finger. This combination makes a beautiful lip color that isn't too bright or loud for school, but it does add some color to my face since I don't like using a blush or bronzer on a daily basis.
 
Well, that's all that's in my makeup bag! I usually keep these products in the top drawer of my makeup storage for easy access, but I thought I would stick to the theme and put in a makeup bag for this post. Tell me what's in your makeup bag and what your daily staples are! As always, thanks so much for reading and the support.
 
                                                          Until Next Time,
 
                                                                Cutting Edge Beauty 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Liebster Blog Award

Hey everyone! I hope you're all doing well. I've been around running errands all morning and it's been sweltering hot! I just got nominated yesterday for a Liebster Blog Award by Em, of mascarawarrior. So, without further ado, I'll get into explaining what it is, from what I've gathered from Em's blog and online!

All right, the award name itself is German, and while I have no true idea of what it means exactly, I have read that it means something nice. On Em's blog, she described it as something very much similar to a tag, it's meant for bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The rules are different for everyone, as is the meaning of this "award"!

Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person that nominated you.
2. Nominate 6-11 other bloggers that have less than 200 followers.
3. Answer the 11 questions from the blogger than nominated you.
4. Write up 11 new questions.
5. Let your nominees know about this award, either through a comment or email.

I know that my rules are very similar to Em's, but I'm just following her example, so I hope you don't mind Em! This award gives an opportunity for bloggers to connect, join, and get to know one another better. Who knows, this award could form life long friends or business partners! I would like to give a huge thank you to Em for nominating me and providing me with this opportunity!

Let's get into the Questions Em left:

QIf you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A. I would have to say England/UK. My reason for that particular place, is because I've always wanted to go there, and not to just visit, but to actually do something, whether it's going to school there or a job or an internship, anything that's productive! I would love to go there and do something that has substance.

Q. Are you an extrovert or an introvert?
A. Hm, for this, I'm going to have to say both, I like engaging with people and being outgoing sometimes, but I don't do that all the time. Sometimes I like to have time for myself and being in my own mind for a while!

Q. What are some interests of yours besides beauty and makeup?
A. I love figure skating and music, as in playing the piano, guitar, or listening to my music in general.

Q. You woke up late and have five minutes to do your makeup! What do you reach for?
A. I don't use much makeup anyway, so this is pretty easy for me. I would reach for my primer,  mineral foundation, mineral finishing powder, brow powder, bronzer to contour and blush at the same time, Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight, and mascara! I do this sort of routine all the time and it's always super fast and easy; I would also throw in my self made blotting sheets into my purse.

Q. What's your favorite type of clothing or accessory?
A. Definitely leather jackets, trench coats, blazers, and rings! I love them all, they give such a wonderful look to any outfit, and are extremely universal.

Q. What's the last thing you genuinely laughed at?
A. I was re-watching some of Ingrid's vlogmas videos from 2011 and either smiled or laughed through every single one of them.

Q. What's your favorite book, movie, song, or television show?
A. I love watching MasterChef USA and Leverage, which sadly got cancelled after the 5th season.

Q. What skill do you wish you had, or one you wish you could do better?
A. I wish I could do more of the highly advanced jumps, spins, and moves in figure skating. As well as be able to pay the piano better than I can now.

Q. If you could speak any language fluently, what would it be and why?
A. I'm going to go with Russian on this one, I can speak it fine, but not as fluently as I would like, or maybe Mandarin, which I speak pretty well.

Q. Name something off of the top of your bucket list.
A. I really don't have an answer for this...

Q. What do you usually do when you want to have fun?
A. Go figure skating with some of my fellow skater friends, hang out with some of my best friends, just things like that.

Here are my own 11 questions:
1. What's your very favorite face primer that works amazingly with your skin type?
2. If you could only have 5 makeup products for a look, what would you use?
3. What kind of fashion item(s) is/are your favorites?
4. Which store is your favorite, Sephora or Ulta?
5. What is your one holy grail skin care item?
6. Do you wear makeup everyday, or just when you have to go out of the house?
7. Have you ever been out of the country? If so, where did you go?
8. What interests do you have outside of beauty and makeup?
9. How do you often spend your free time?
10. What is your favorite season and why?
11. What is your greatest achievement so far?

Well, those are all my questions! I know a lot of them are beauty related, but what can I say? I'm obsessed!

Here are the wonderful 11 that I nominate:

1. Casual Beauty
2. MissMacBeauty 
3. Luvabelle Couture
4. Make Up and Stilettos
5. Modern Beauty Girl
6. LC's Beauty
7. BerryBloomXO
8. Beauty By Yara
9. Dream.Live.Repeat.
10. Beauty With Lilly
11. My Chocolate Mind 

And, I nominate any and all of you that want to answer these questions, which you could just answer a few in the comments if you would like, or do an entire post! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

                                                    Until Next Time,

                                                          Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Grail or Fail: bareMinerals Matte Foundation Review/Experience

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I apologize for my recent absence. Today I want to tell all of you about my experience with the bareMinerals Matte foundation. The first face makeup I ever got was a powder, so I am quite partial to powder foundations; with that said, let's get into it!


 
My mom had used bareMinerals on and off a few years ago, but she only used the original formula. When I was breaking out badly around two years ago, I decided to pull out the original bareMinerals and give it a try, even though it was in the wrong color for me. I mixed some other powder foundations to get a reasonable shade to match me, but after a few days of using the original formula, I noticed that every time my face would perspire, it would itch like crazy! Needless to say, I discontinued using the original, then I found that they had come out with the matte formula and went out to Sephora to buy it out of curiosity.
 
I use the shade Golder Fair in this formula, it's a tad too light and yellow for me if I pack it on, but otherwise it looks fine. Now, there are probably millions of reviews on this product out on the web, but I just wanted to give you a few of my thoughts on this product. It does have a SPF, but considering it's in a powder form, it isn't very high. Since it is in a loose form, it will last for an extremely long time, over a year at least with everyday use. The formula itself is light, but if you have pores, dry skin, wrinkles, or uneven skin, you will need a primer underneath this.
 
I know that bismuth oxychloride is what was in the original formula that made quite a few of users itch and even break out. This formula is free of that, but I find that I like the way the original looks better than this matte formula because this one can look extremely dry, but even as it looks extremely dry, within a few hours it will look extremely oily. This matte formula is targeted to oily skinned people, but the initial application is the only thing that is matte, other than that, you can almost always expect to be blotting away like crazy a few hours later. The oil control on the original is actually better than the one on this, it's just that I can't use it because it makes me itch insanely!
 
I'm still going to be using this up, I'm almost finished with the entire container, but I don't think I'll repurchase. I might try to find another powder foundation with better staying power and oil control. It might be due to the primer that I use, as I know that I absolutely love the Prime Time Foundation Primer in Original. Anyway, my hunt for the perfect powder with enough coverage, good coloring, and oil control continues. If any of you have any suggestions for me, please leave a comment or email me, I would love to see what powder/powder foundation all of you enjoy.
 
As always, thank you all so much for reading and have a wonderful day!
 
                                                         Until Next Time,
 
                                                               Cutting Edge Beauty

Friday, August 9, 2013

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer: Grail or Fail

Hello everyone! I know in my last post I stated that I would be doing an overview of my mom's favorite Shiseido products, well it has come to light that they may be causing a strange skin reaction for her right now, so I'm going to hold off on that for now. Today though, I have for you another Grail or Fail, this time on a more accessible and inexpensive product, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer. Let's get straight into it!

 
I heard about this primer when I was searching for a dupe of my beloved BareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer in Original. I haven't repurchased that primer in quite a while, and though I have bought it twice, it was only the small travel size, which cost $14 in itself. My powder foundation never looked better or stayed longer on my oily skin than it did with that primer, so when I ran out, I tried a few other primers and noticed that the texture was not to my liking. I did some research and came across this, from the pictures that I've seen, it has a silicone texture, just like the Prime Time.
 
 
I picked this up and tried it out for a few days, and that was last year, but I stopped using it in fear that it was breaking me out. They weren't super huge breakouts, but they were there, and my skin wasn't in the best condition already, so I discontinued the use of this. The weird thing is though, that I've never tried this with just powder foundation, and I think that's simply because my skin needs more coverage than a powder foundation can give on its own. Having said that though, I do want to try this out again with my BareMinerals Matte Powder foundation. I've never paired the two together, and am interested to see how it would work. Maybe this just works better with powder foundation, as the Prime Time did.
 
So now, onto the question, is it a Grail or a Fail? Honestly, I don't have enough conclusive data to decide that right now, but, if it behaves like the Prime Time, then this will be a major Grail, considering it's around $7 at any drugstore and Ulta. Although you only get .85 oz, you don't need much of this to cover your entire face, as it's almost a slippery texture.
 
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearyl Heptanoate, Carpylyl Glycol, Silica Silylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate
 
I don't see why this should break me out, as there aren't that many ingredients, and the ingredients that are there aren't anything that should break me out, but I'll definitely compare the Prime Time ingredients to it and see what overlaps and what doesn't. I will touch back with all of you if this is a dupe, as well as with my thoughts in the near future on this primer.
 
As always, thank you all so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!
 
                                                 Until Next Time,
 
                                                      Cutting Edge Beauty

Monday, August 5, 2013

Shiseido Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam Review

Hello everyone! Today, I have for you yet another review, on yet the same brand. I realized that looking through my skin care basket, I have this Shiseido Deep Cleansing Foam as well as three Shiseido White Lucent products, which I will most likely post a review on tomorrow. Anyway, today is all about the Deep Cleansing Foam, so without further ado, let's get into it!


All right, now, keep in mind that I haven't used this cleanser in quite a long time, maybe a year and half or even two; the reasons will be stated in this review. I heard about this cleanser when I was with my mom at the Shiseido counter at our mall. The sales lady helping my mom suggested that I gave this a try when I told her of my skin concerns, though at that time, my skin was relatively clear, and didn't have a large amount of acne scarring or acne itself. I think I finally bought this a few months later, along with Josie Maran's Argan Oil at Sephora with a gift card.

Some background into this line, Pureness is targeted to the younger, oiler, acne prone skin crowd, their prices for products aren't insane, but they're still up there and more expensive than Clinique. At Sephora, this goes for $22.50 for 3.6 oz. This is the same tube that I used for maybe over six months, so it does last a very long time.

 
The consistency is a thick, white cream with small, blue specks that are meant to be exfoliating, but I really don't feel that they do anything at all. Now, onto the reason I stopped using this: it broke me out! Really and truly, it worked amazingly at maintaining my skin for the time that I did use it, and then all of a sudden, it's like it just lost it's magic overnight. Suddenly, I was breaking out again and this did nothing to help it whatsoever, it also didn't do much for oil control either. Another thing, when you lather it up, it really does lather and foam and feel luxurious, but when you go to wash it off, it leaves the skin feeling strange, almost squeaky, and not smooth. It's almost as if there's a residue left behind. It does have a light scent, not really bothersome, but I would prefer it to have been fragrance free.
 
I haven't used this since I realized it wasn't helping with breakouts, and I still kept the bottle, hoping that maybe one day, when my skin finally calms down, I can use this again. The price is reasonable for how long this lasts, so even though it didn't work out for me, if you would like to give this a try, then by all means do!
 
Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid, PEG-8, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Sorbitol, Poloxamer 184, Beeswax, Sodium Lauryl Glycol, Carboxylate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Polyethylene, Menthol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Peony Root Extract, Rosemary Extract, Trisodium EDTA, Talc, Ethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance, Zinc Oxide, Ultramarines, Iron Oxides.
 
As always, thank you so much for reading, and I hope this helped out some of you!  Please feel free to leave a comment if you have tried this or if you want to try it. Tomorrow's post will be on three of my mom's favorite Shiseido White Lucent Products, so stay tuned for that!
 
                                                         Until Next Time,
 
                                                              Cutting Edge Beauty

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream Review: Sun Savvy Sunday

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well! Today, I have a review for you all, on the Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream SPF 38 PA +++ for Face. It's August now, and though it's nearing fall, it's still hot and sunny most days, at least where I am! Let's get into the review...

 
I discovered this sunscreen through Xteeener's, or Christine's, videos. She was talking about this product through one of her hauls from a place like TJ Maxx if I can remember, and featured it in quite a lot of videos. The thing that really caught my attention though, is the way she used this sunscreen as a primer, saying that it helped to mattify and control the oil. Having very oily skin, I was immediately intrigued, though I held off buying it until this summer. Seeing Christine have such amazing results, I finally came across this in a TJ Maxx store near me and immediately snatched it up, thinking it was already an HG for me, sadly, that isn't the case.
 
Here's why: After I bought it, I tried it out for a few days and noticed that it was breaking me out! I don't know if that will still happen, considering it was early summer when I tried this, but I would really not rather take the chance. Another thing is, it didn't even work to mattify my skin at all. I was still as oily as I usually am, if not more. There is a scent to this and it can be strong if applied heavily, and that was also another factor that tarnished this sunscreen. I was truly hoping to like it and make it my HG facial sunscreen because not only did I find it at a great price, I really trust Christine's opinion.
 
Sadly though, this did not work out for me. The consistency isn't thick, it's thin, but not to the point where it will run like crazy. Since I can't use in on my face, I found that this is an amazing sunscreen to apply on places like the hands and arms, especially if you're going out to run and you have to drive but don't want slippery hands. That's the most amazing thing about this sunscreen, it's not greasy or slippery and it's marketed as being a water resistant formula, so this is really amazing for arms, back of the hands, upper shoulders, neck, decollete, and anywhere else on the body as it dries quickly and isn't greasy. This is really beneficial if you're like me, my arms can look sort of red and sun burnt if they are exposed to the sun for as short period of time as driving to the mall in the summer.  
 
I really hope this helped out some of you who were wanting to try out this sunscreen, and hopefully if it doesn't work out, you can use it as a body sunscreen! Thank you all so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!
 
                                                    Until Next Time,
 
                                                          Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Best Acne Skincare Products: Clinique Acne Solutions Cleanser + Toner

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and having a great weekend! I know I already have a post up on my skincare, it's simple and quick, with prescription topical creams. I'll link that at the end of this post if you would like to take a look. Anyway, I've changed up my morning routine a bit, and my skin has cleared up greatly in just the past three days. These products that I have re-incorporated into my morning routine have helped me through bad breakouts in the past; what I'll be talking about today is the Clinique Acne Solutions Cleanser and Toner.
 
When I had first tried out some products from this line, it was probably in 8th grade. I had bought the bar cleanser, moisturizer and spot treatment from a Macy's counter in my mall. After using the products for a few weeks, I noticed two things: one, the bar cleanser was horrible, it left my face feeling like there was some kind of weird residue and left behind this disgusting scent, and two, the products were not working! The second part was what caused me to change my mind, and return the products, thus staining the Acne Solutions line in my mind.
 
What caused me to try products from the line again was spurred on by my horrid acne breakouts last summer. The breakouts started near the end of the school year and I just could not figure out the reason, so I went to my last resort: ProActiv. After buying ProActiv and using it for a while, I realized another two things: one, the cleanser, toner, and treatment smelled HORRIBLE, and two, it wasn't working! So then, I gave up ProActiv and searched for acne curing products, and finally, when I was browsing on Sephora.com one day, I came across a trial set of the Clinique Acne Solutions Clear Skin System Kit.
 
I remembered the name of the line, and then also recalled that the only product in that kit that I had tried was the moisturizer. Realizing this, and the price ($35) which was quite good for full travel sizes, I thought, 'Why not?' My acne was so bad at the time that I went to buy the kit with the mentality that my acne couldn't get any worse because it was already so bad. Needless to say, that kit saved my skin, it took a little less than a month, but it cleared my skin up, the breakouts were less frequent, and a few times I didn't even breakout near that time of the month! After using that for a year, I noticed that my skin was acting up again at the end of this school year and beginning of this summer.
 
I consulted a dermatologist, and when I got my topical creams and got a new mild cleanser, I stopped using the Acne Solutions just out of the ease of which I could use just the cleanser and be done with my morning routine. Night time, though, I was told not to use my usual Clinique because it would be too harsh with my topical creams; therefore, I stopped using the old routine completely.
 
Keeping on my new routine for three months, I noticed that my skin wasn't getting any better on the third month, and that it was possibly getting worse. I contemplated using the Acne Solutions cleanser and toner again in the mornings before using Aczone, and finally bit the bullet and did about three days ago. I only used the cleanser and toner because I had run out of the moisturizer, and I knew that probably wouldn't react well anyway with Aczone.
 
So now, my morning routine is the Acne Solutions cleanser, toner, Aczone, and same Neutrogena moisturizer. My skin has been reacting so much better this way, and I still do use the Cerave cleanser at night and then follow with Epiduo and Aczone and moisturizer, but this morning routine change seems to have bettered my skin immensely.
 
Well, that's pretty much all, I just wanted to share how well the Clinique Acne Solutions cleanser and toner worked for me, even after adding the Aczone. I know this is super long-winded, but I hope that maybe this helped out some of you who are dealing with acne. Thank you all so much for reading!

As promised, here is the link to my other skincare post: http://cuttingedgebeauty1.blogspot.com/2013/07/true-to-yourself-thrusday-my-acne.html

                                              Until Next Time,

                                                   Cutting Edge Beauty