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