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