Thursday, May 30, 2013

BB Cream Battle

Hey everyone! For today's post, I bring you all a comparison between these two beauty balms:

I know that all of you have probably tried or at least heard of BB Creams before, since there was quite a craze for them a few months back. I have had these BB Creams for a while, and if you are thinking about purchasing one or both of these, I hope this 'battle'/comparison will help you.
The one on the right, the Skin 79, I purchased on amazon for around $17 USD. The one on the left, the Dr. Jart Water fuse, I purchased at Sephora. Packaging wise, I like the Dr. Jart one way better. It comes out in a tube form while the Skin 79 one is a pump nozzle. While I like the way the Dr. Jart is dispensed, the product itself is a total fail for me. The Skin 79, while not as bad, is still another fail for me.
Left Dr. Jart, Right Skin 79(With Flash)
Why? Well, let's start with the Dr. Jart, while it doesn't have an offending odor to the product, it can sometimes be hard to apply and stick in one place. But that isn't the worst of the problems, it provides very little coverage, and can look a bit streaky at times. The worst thing about this product though, is that it makes me so oily. I have severely oily skin and within probably less than 15 minutes of applying this, I look like a grease ball. When I bought this, it was around January, and although my oily skin is stubborn and refuses to be dry even in the harsh cold of winter, my hands are usually cracked almost bleeding. I had gone into Sephora looking for a light base so that I could apply concealer where I needed it, and more or less got pushed into buying this by a Sephora sales associate. I had kept telling her that I already had an Asian BB Cream and wanted a light foundation instead, but she never even paid attention to that.
Anyway, aside from my rant, I was pushed into buying this and I've used quite a bit, but I rarely use it anymore now, or actually since I've noticed that it did nothing but made my skin way too greasy and oily. Perhaps the only good thing about it is that the color matches my skin tone pretty spot on. This is definitely one of the products I regret buying.
Left Dr. Jart, Right Skin 79 (Without Flash)
All right, now onto the Skin 79 BB Cream. As I have mentioned above, I purchased this on since I'd heard so many great things about it. This BB Cream definitely has a way stronger and more offensive scent than the Dr. Jart. I can't really describe the scent, but it smells okay the first few times and then it just started to get on my nerves. What I really hate about the scent is how in keeps lingering on my face all day and from time to time, I get a whiff of it and since it's not my favourite scent, it bothers me to no end! They claim that this is suitable for oily skin, and when I have tried it, it doesn't hold up that well at all. Also, probably the worst thing about this product is not only the scent, but the way it looks too pink on my skin sometimes. If you can see in the picture, it has a slight grey tinge and it does oxidize to match the skin tone, not perfectly, but somewhat.
It doesn't make me as oily as the Dr. Jart, but it still doesn't control oil well at all. So in the end, this is another product that I definitely regret buying.
Well, I hope this review helped someone out! I say if you have dry skin, the Dr. Jart will look amazing on you, since you don't have oil there to interfere with the glowy, dewy look of the BB Cream, and if you don't mind scents, then the Skin 79 is another candidate that you might want to test out. Also, this is purely my opinion on these products, so if you own them and love them and they work wonderful for you, then I'm super happy for you and I'm in no way bashing these brands or products!

 Until Next Time,


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer Review

Hi all! Today I bring to you a review on the Dermablend Professionals Smooth Indulgence Concealer. If you have came across or heard of Dermablend, it is most likely that you relate this brand to being high coverage. This concealer is no exception, it says that it is a medium coverage, but truly, for most, this is indeed full coverage.

Although this has high coverage, it isn't too thick or heavy, if applied correctly. On some days, I find that if just a little something goes wrong, this can look caked on and way too yellow.

The color I have this in is called Sand, and although it looks a bit dark and orange on my hand, it blends into the skin perfectly fine, especially if it's underneath a powder. This lasts all right on my skin, it is one of the very few concealers that do not lose its coverage throughout the day. It isn't a miracle product, but that may just be because I have extremely oily skin and pretty bad acne scarring.

This doesn't do anything to keep the oil at bay at all. If anything, I find that I am more oily when using this product rather than if I just went with a powder foundation. All in all, I say that if you have oily skin like me and have acne scarring, give this a try, but use a good primer underneath and a powder to top it off. I personally will probably not be purchasing this in the future.

It retails for around $22 for 0.3 ounces. For such a small amount, it's a pretty steep price, but it's lasted me at least four months, and I still have quite a bit left.

I hope this review helps some of you out there that are thinking about trying this!

                                            -Cutting Edge Beauty

Friday, May 10, 2013

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight Review

Hello all! Today, I bring to you all a review on possibly the best eyeshadow primer I have ever used.

And without futhur ado...

The Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight is the only eyeshadow primer that does not crease on me after 10 hours. There is also the regular Shadow Insurance, and I remember trying that one about a year ago and simply found it to be oily and uncooperative. Keep in mind though, that I have oily eyelids and almost everything creases on me. Too Faced has a whole line up ranging from their first Shadow Insurance to this one and many more. I find that this has a beautiful glow and shine to it when applied alone. Wearing this on its own is stunning, and perfect for me because when I get ready in the morning, I never have enough time! I'm sure most of you are the same way!
As you can see from this quick swatch, the color is a beautiful golden, shimmery hue. Blended on the eyes, this provides a wonderfully wide awake and glowing look, for any skin tone. I usually wear this with some liner on my tightlight and mascara for an everyday look and I'm all set! I strongly suggest that if you are on the market for a new eyeshadow primer, give this one a try!
                                          -Cutting Edge Beauty
Grade: A+
Repurchase: Definitely!