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