Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NYX Baked Blush in Chiffon Review

Hey everyone; I hope you're all doing well! Today I'm bringing to you all a review on the NYX Baked Blush in the shade Chiffon. There are 12 shades that retail for $6.99 at Ulta and Ulta.com. Without further ado, let's get straight into the review!
Chiffon is a gorgeous light to medium tone bronzy, peachy, pinky, shimmery shade that works wonderfully for the summer time. It's not so shimmery that it looks obnoxious; it has fine shimmers in it that make the skin look like it's glowing. The blush has a nice pigment to it, but not so much that you have to be careful with how much to apply. This has definitely become my go-to blush for everyday. Ulta has 40% off right now on NYX products, so if you'd like to try out this color or some other colors, these blushes are around $4 for now! 

If you're afraid of how shimmery this is, don't be! It may not look like much as a swatch, but on the cheeks, it translates amazingly and doesn't have disco ball glitter. I hope this helped some of you out, and please go check this out at Ulta this week while there's still a %40 off. Thanks so much for reading!
Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Best Mascara Ever: MAC Opulash Mascara Review

Hello all! I'm here today with the promised review on the best mascara that I've ever tried. That mascara would have to be the MAC Opulash. Let's get into the review!

This is by far my favorite style of brush because it grips every lash and coats them to perfection. This particular tube of mascara is kind of old and dried up, but I don't use it anymore as of right now. I haven't had the chance to go and purchase a new one, but the Maybelline Colossal Volum' mascara that I just did a review on is perfect and easily accessible right now. The formula is a bit on the drier side, but it isn't so dry that it's flaky; this is truly the most perfect formula I've ever come across. This mascara volumizes and lengthens to the extreme! When I wear this, my lashes almost hit my eyebrows, which is crazy awesome. It never clumps and you don't have to worry about getting the waterproof version because the regular version can last through sweat, oil and tears. Even after twelve hours, the mascara still looks perfect and my curl hasn't dropped one bit. There're no smudges or flakes. This is my absolute number 1 mascara, so if you're looking to try it, I highly recommend it!
I hope this review helped out some of you! Apparently, I'm on a mascara reviewing roll with these posts. Anyway, thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Maybelline The Colossal Voum' Express Mascara Review

Hey everyone! Here is the update that I promised on the new Maybelline the Colossal Volum' Express Mascara. I've been using this mascara for only a few days, but it's an amazing mascara!

As you can tell from the picture above, the brush is quite large. There are a good number of bristles and it's a standard brush in the sense that it's not made of plastic. The big brush can cause issues if you have a smaller eye space or if you want to apply this on your lower lashes. I haven't had any issues with smearing, smudging or flaking, which I consider a win because it's been almost 100 degrees here. It's amazing for length and volume; it pushes my lashes up and holds them there without drooping. The formula is slightly more wet than some other mascaras, but not so wet tht your lashes will stick and clump together. There is a faint rose scent that apparently all Maybelline mascaras have. I may do a comparison of this mascara and the Falsies Flared, which I loved as well. This one though, I feel is way better than the Falsies Flared. I love how this brush is straight and the fact that it holds up throughout the day. All in all, this mascara is the second best mascara I've ever tried. I'll do a post on my most favorite mascara next.
I hope this short review helped some of you out! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Thursday, June 19, 2014

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara Review

Hello everyone; I hope you're all doing well! A few days ago, I decided to try out a new mascara, just because I was tired of the Maybelline Falsies Flared. I went to Ulta with the hopes of trying out and loving the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. I bought the waterproof version because some reviews said that it could smudge or flake easily. Well, they were right. Even with the waterproof version, it smudged on me like no tomorrow. It was great in volumizing and lengthening, but it just smudged too easily. I would have raccoon eyes within 30 minutes of applying it, and that's staying inside in an air conditioned and cool environment. I loved the definition it gave my lashes and it was probably the closest dupe to the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes. The tarte mascara had issues with smudging on me as well. I just picked up the Maybelline Colossal Volume, so I'll probably put up a review of that within the week.
Thank you all so much for reading and I hope this helped out some of you!
Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eylure Pre-Glued Lashes Review

Hello everyone; I hope you're all doing well! Today I'm bringing to you a review on the very first false lashes that I've ever tried. I picked up these Eylure pre-glued lashes from Ulta last week to use for a photoshoot. That was my very first venture into buying false lashes, so I figured that self-adhesive lashes would be the best bet. Without further ado, let's get into the review.
Eylure Eylure
I have both the 117 (left) and the 070 (right) style. I apologize for the stock photos, which came from Ulta.com, but I've already used my lashes and any picture I take of them wouldn't do them justice. I decided to cut both sets into half lashes, that way I could put them on the outside corner of my eye for some thickness and a fluttery effect. I ended up wearing the 070 because they looked more natural. I did have to trim down the length a bit, but not too much. The 117 are definitely thicker and more dramatic than the 070, which are more natural. The only problem I found with these was the fact that since it came pre-glued, the band was quite thick. I was fine with that for the shoot because it looked like I already had eyeliner on my lid, but otherwise, I think I'll try an eyelash glue next time.
These lashes held on tightly to my lash line and never once lifted up. Removing them was easy and painless as well. I gently peeled them off and that was all it took. A huge negative for me was the extra band of glue that both sets of lashes came with. I tried to get the extra band of glue onto the lashes and it did not work whatsoever. The lashes became almost stuck together and mangled. To reuse these, I recommend peeling off the remaining glue on the lashes and then using a liquid lash glue.
All in all, this was a good product to try out for beginners who are looking to attempt using false lashes for the first time. It was easy to use and hassle free. I hope this helped out some of you who are looking to try false lashes! Thanks so much for reading!
Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Worst Top Coat EVER!

Hello everyone! I've come to bring you a review on the worst top coat I've ever used in my life. This top coat has made my nail polish peel and chip faster than anything else. I feel that as a beauty blogger, it's my duty to inform you all of both good and bad products. So, let's get straight into the review!
This top coat is called the Salon Perfect Top Coat. I have used this on top of various brands of nail polish, such as OPI, Wet n' Wild, Essie, etc... The only things good about this top coat is that it's super fast drying and that it doesn't contain those three bad ingredients. Unfortunately, the bad outnumber the good in this case. This top coat has made my nail polish peel off within one single day, not even a full 24 hours. I usually paint my nails after my shower, and by the next day, I already have chips in my polish. Not only does it not protect the lacquer, it can cause the entire polish to peel off in one step. If I so much as poke at the polish that has miraculously been hanging on for two days, it will peel of it the perfect shape of my nail.
Using nail polish with this top coat has proven to be more difficult and less longer lasting than if I used a polish without any top coat at all. It's astounding how very badly this top coat performs. I bought this on a whim, when I was in dire need of a top coat and saw this at my local Wal-Mart for a reasonable price. When I do use this top coat, my nails need touching up after less than 24 hours. And in those less than 24 hours, my nails seem to look as though they have been through a week's worth of wear.
I hope this post helped out some of you in knowing what not to buy when looking for a quality top coat. Please do stay away from this one, it seems to be anything but a top coat. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments! Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Sunday, June 1, 2014

MAC Party Line Lipstick Review

Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing to you a review on the MAC Party Line lipstick. I've been wanting this lipstick for a while, and I've been avidly using it since. Here's a picture of the ingredients below:

It's a lovely mid to deep tone of pinkish red. It's a cremesheen finish, which means that it has a bit of gloss and shine to it. Vibrant and bold once built up, but neutral and wearable when applied thinly. I read some reviews before buying this, and almost every reviewer had complaints of this migrating outside of the lip line. For me though, I've never had this issue; it wears for up to six hours without a need for touching up. Those six hours can only be achieved with no eating or drinking, though. I can safely say that this in no way migrates, smears, or feathers outside of the lip line. there's a delicious vanilla aroma to this lipstick, as is apparent with all of MAC's lip products.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this! Please do go and pick up this lipstick if the color interests you; it's a truly amazing color that would work well with any and every skin tone.

Cutting Edge Beauty

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Hello everyone; I hope you're all doing well on this Thursday morning! As promised, I'm brining you all a review on the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. I have been using and loving this foundation ever since I bought it a few months ago. In fact, this foundation is featured in my previous post, my Sweat-Proof Summer Foundation Routine.  My skin type is oily, sensitive, and acne prone. I can easily get spots if my skin hates a product. One of the best things about this foundation is that it doesn't contain parabens. Let's jump straight into the review!

Color. I have this in the shade 2.0. The shades that end in .0 have a yellow tone and the ones that end in .5 have a pink undertone. I have fair Asian skin that has definite yellow undertones. This foundation suits my skin perfectly.
Texture&consistency. This foundation has a very liquid and runny texture. It literally slides off the back of my hand if I tilt it even slightly. Given the texture, this product is amazingly lightweight and sits beautifully on the skin.
Application. Using a brush will work the best with this product because I've tried using fingers and it came on streaky on the face. It's an easy product to blend due to its texture and consistency, but with fingers, it's almost impossible to get a good, non-streaky smooth finish. I suggest a stippling brush or buffing brush. The stippling brush is by far my favorite method and gives the best coverage. A sponge will only soak up all the product and waste it.
Coverage. This foundation has a medium coverage that can be built to be borderline full. It has the perfect amount of coverage for everyday use without being heavy. If I have old acne scars of large. cystic acne, I do need to use a concealer and my favorite is the Almay Clear Complexion concealer.
Fragrance. There's no detectable or offensive fragrance. There might be a slight makeup smell, but it evaporates quickly and lays undetected after application.  
Lasting power. It lasts for a good while without becoming too oily or losing coverage. I would say that it's average in the oil control area, about 4-6 hours. The coverage will last until it's removed. I find that this foundation, as well as any foundation, works better when I don't use the bareMinerals powder foundation on top. I haven't found a good oil control powder that actually works and doesn't break me out yet.
Price. The price for this foundation is quite steep. It costs $39 for 1 fl. oz. This can be purchased anywhere that Urban Decay is sold.
If you're in the market for a new foundation, definitely give this one a try; it's truly amazing! Please let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you have an suggestions for an oil control powder. Thanks so much for reading!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sweat-Proof Summer Foundation Routine

Hello everyone! I apologize deeply for being gone so long. I've finally finished up school and am on summer vacation, so definitely expect more posts. I am touched by the new comments! Today, I'm bringing you all a new foundation routine that I've been using almost every single day. The foundation itself is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. This routine is simple and involves only three products that ensure a long lasting face. I have been able to use this routine with success for the past few warmer months and I have EXTREMELY oily skin.
The first step is to prime the face. I like to use the bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer in original. It has a nice smooth texture that preps the skin well and ensures that the foundation and concealer stay on all day. It can be purchased from here for $24.


The next step is to apply the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. I use the shade 2.0, which is a pretty perfect match to my skin tone. I'm going to do an in-depth foundation review on this in my next post. I like to apply this foundation with either the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or a stippling brush. It has a very liquid-y texture that covers wonderfully while remaining lightweight. It can be purchase here for $39.

 And the final step in my routine is to apply concealer to any spots that are still peaking through the foundation. I love the Almay Clear Complexion Concealer for this purpose. I have it in the shade light/medium, which can seem too dark, but blended into the skin, it looks fine. I will also do an in-depth review on this soon. This can be purchased at any drugstore, including Ulta.

I hope this post helped out some of you who were wanting a summer foundation routine that was easy and lightweight yet full coverage. Please do keep the comments coming, they make my day! Also, I had no idea that one of my posts had made it onto a Yahoo front page! Thank you all so much for reading and commenting!

Cutting Edge Beauty

Friday, February 14, 2014

Best BB Cream EVER

Okay, I know that in my first review of this, I didn't give it glowing marks, but it has progressively gotten better, if you've read my update post on this. And now, this has become one of  my Holy Grail face products, right next to Revlon Colorstay. I was able to get this for an awesome price on Amazon.com, for about $20 and from a great seller that got this to me super quick! I ordered on a Friday, at nighttime, and got it on Monday; plus, this one was made in 2013, so it's fresh. I love to use this everyday with a regular, disposable, triangle, damp sponge. Using this for a while, I've noticed that this lets my skin breathe, much more so than a heavy foundation. I've gotten over the scent, which simply fades away easily now after application. I just put my bareMinerals Matte on top to set it, and I'm all set to go!
Best of all though, this has AMAZING, WONDERFUL coverage! I don't even have to use a concealer with this, and I think this covers better than Colorstay, even when they're applied the same way. I love that this has a pump, since it stays clean. I mostly like using a damp sponge because of the beautiful finish it gives the skin, as well as how it doesn't disturb the existing flakes on my cheek area. Also, using a damp sponge keeps my fingers clean, since I don't have to use them to apply the BB Cream. I always wipe the pump on the sponge after dispensing one pump, just to get an excess product and keep it clean. And in case you didn't catch that, I use one full pump, and it works wonders on my skin to conceal hyperpigmentation from post acne, any new pimples, and even out any redness. My only complaint is the oil control, but I can't say anything else bad, so I guess it's a win-win situation, even if I have to blot/touch up after 3-4 hours. My touch up routine will probably be my next post, so stay tuned for that!
Well, that's all I have to say! Oh, one last tid bit, this works amazing underneath a foundation as a base or primer as well. I've used it underneath Colorstay, and it had the BEST coverage EVER, and I didn't get oily AT ALL after 10 hours. I hope this helped out some of you, and if you have any questions, please leave them in a comment! I love to see your comments, they make my day!
                                                         Cutting Edge Beauty

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Review: Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

Tarte - Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Image Credit to Sephora.com

Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing to you yet another review on yet another powder type product. I'm sure by now you would know what it is from the title... but just in case, it's the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. Such a long name, but anyway, let's get straight into the review!

All right, to the important stuff: I really wanted to like this, and I used it for a while thinking that it worked amazingly; I had read reviews on this product being the miracle worker for oily skin, keeping people matte all day long; I had thought this was going to be the HG for me when I need to touch up. Now, all these things that I just listed are very exciting, but I didn't get any results with them. NONE. AT ALL. Instead, I was still very oily and shiny, and this powder broke me out so badly that if I used it, I would have a few new zits within either the same day or the next day. The good thing about this is that it makes the pores practically disappear. Two other good things are: absolutely not cakey, and translucent. I also heard that there's an ingredient in this that can cause breakouts since it's the one that makes the pores look like they don't exist. The overall look is quite a beautiful soft focus effect, but I don't think that it's worth the painful cystic zits that develop.

I really wanted to like this powder, but I'm glad I only bought a sample off of Amazon because otherwise I would be sorely missing my $28. My next posts are going to be positive, I promise! We're all have different skin, so even though this didn't work for me, maybe it'll work for you, it just depends on your skin, so give it a whirl if you're interested!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Review: Maybelline FIT me! Powder

Today I have for you a review on the Maybelline FIT me! Powder. I've had this powder for almost two years and have only just noticed now that it doesn't suit my skin AT ALL! I can't believe that I had liked it for such a long time without any qualms...

I use the shade 120 Classic Ivory, as you can probably tell from the picture above. I also made sure that I got the ingredients in with this shot, and from what I can tell, there aren't that many ingredients involved in this powder, but do note that talc is the first one listed.

This powder has a very nice, smooth texture and at first glance, the color is just fine, but when I actually have this on, it turns my face extremely pink! I remember wearing this powder on top of a foundation that matched my skin perfectly and then looking into the mirror at lunch time and seeing that it had completely turned my face a pinkish color. Also, I've noticed that when I wear this powder, it makes me an oil slick, so much so that it's completely not even worth it for me to keep trying to use it up. I used it with my beloved Revlon Colorstay, which has NEVER turned me oily, but with this on top, I'm an oily mess within a few hours at most.

I've heard that some people love this, some hate it, and some are indifferent, but for me, this simply didn't work out, no matter how much I wanted to like it. I hope this helped out some of you, and if you have either dry or normal skin, this could be great for you, but oily skin, I'd say beware! Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful day!

                                                      Cutting Edge Beauty

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Product Update: Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream

Hello all! I just wanted to post a quick update on the Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream since I've been using it for a little bit longer now. I still stand by the awesome coverage and color. Now, though, I quite like the thick texture, since I've realized that I really don't need to apply that much for amazing coverage. I also tried it underneath my Revlon Colorstay as a primer, and it was AMAZIMNG! My skin stayed matte and shine free all day if I top everything off with the bareMinerals Matte Foundation. It's amazing how little I have to use of this bb cream and foundation in order to get that amazing, flawless look! So, it's definitely established that I like it as a foundation base, but what about on its own?

On its own, I must say that the coverage is still spectacular, but oil control is still dismal. I get oily within 3 hours and have to blot after 4 or take the wrath of my glaring, reflective t-zone. I'm in the process of finding a mattifier or mattifing primer so that I can wear this bb cream on its own because I feel that it's definitely better for my skin than wearing foundation on its own. I think I've finally gotten over the smell, though, it seems to fade after a while. I also really love the sun protection.

All in all, I'm seriously considering buying a dull sized tube, since I'm on my last sample sachet and find that I've been using this bb cream everyday! Thanks so much for reading, and if any of you know of a good mattifier for extremely oily skin, please leave suggestions in the comments!

                      Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream

Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing you a review of the Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream with SPF 30 PA++. I got three sample sachets of this bb cream from Lioele Texas for $1.99 plus shipping, but with your order, they let you pick out two samples and when I got my package, they gave me two extra sample sachets that was totally unexpected, but a nice surprise! I must say that shipping wise, they didn't send me a confirmation, so I went through a few loops with that, but it's worked out now. Anyway, let's get into the review.

This bb cream has an extremely thick texture, so much so that as you can see from the picture, there's literally a blob of it that's standing up by itself!

After blending it slightly, I can definitely still feel that it's a super thick texture, and very little is needed to cover the entire face because this spreads out so much that if I kept blending, it would probably cover my entire arm! The color is a bit yellow in this picture, but upon first application I had thought it to be slightly pink and dark, but it oxidized strangely enough after a few minutes to suit my skin tone perfectly. For reference, I'm quite pale with definite yellow undertones and I have extremely oily skin. When swatched on the back of my hand in direct daylight, I noticed that it looked dark orange, like a spray tan gone bad, but it seems to adjust on the face rather well. It also has amazingly great coverage and a nice solid SPF 30 with PA++, so it's great sun protection wise as well.

All right, now that I've gone over some of the good points, here are some bad ones, well just two, really: oil control and smell. The oil control on this is dismal; I can see my oil seeping through after maybe 2 hours of wear, I wasn't doing anything strenuous or crazy, just sitting at my desk doing some homework, and it's January! So, oil control is a definite downfall for this despite the amazing, flawless coverage. I find that it also feels quite heavy on the skin, which can be annoying since my Revlon Color Stay doesn't even feel as heavy as this. And then the scent, oh goodness, the scent is so overpowering and strong that you might as well forget about putting perfume or body spray or any other fragrance on because this will overpower it like crazy, so there's really no point. It's a combination of fruity and floral, which doesn't smell bad, but it's just way too strong and it lingers until I take it off.

Well, I've hit all the bases, so if there are any questions or requests, please comment and as always, thank you all for reading, and have a wonderful day!

                      Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Shopping My Stash: Maybelline Sunlit Bronze Eye Shadow Quad

Today I'm bringing to you all my thoughts on the Maybelline Sunlit Bronze Eye Shadow Quad that I've rediscovered in my collection. I've had this for a while but I haven't used it in so long, so I thought that busting it out and using it for a week would be good for me! Now onto my thoughts!

As you can probably tell from the picture above, these shadows are very shimmery and metallic, almost to the point of being glossy, which I absolutely LOVE! I'm always on the look out for shadows that look to be shimmery and glossy. The lightest shade is said to be a dupe for M.A.C.'s Femme Fi, but I've never owned that color so I wouldn't know. It is a gorgeous super shimmery, metallic cream with golden undertones. The next shade is an orangey gold, again with tons of metallic shimmer, they all have the same finish. The third is a warm, orangey, rose, copper tone. And the last is a shimmering, greyish taupe color that's supposed to be the definer shade, but it's really too light for that.
Due to the intense shimmer that these shades have, I wouldn't wear them together at the same time, at least not without a matte color in the crease or something like that. Overall, these are soft and pigmented, gorgeously shimmery, shiny, and reflective, perfect for any season.
I hope this post inspires some of you to shop your stash as well! Thanks for reading!
                       Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How To: Disinfect/Spot Clean Makeup & Brushes

Hello everyone! Today I'm bringing you a post on how to disinfect or spot clean both makeup and brushes. Let's get into it!

All we're going to need is a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol, dirty brushes, tissues, and any makeup you want to disinfect!

Oh, as a side note, I got the spray bottle from a dollar store, it came with two other bottles for traveling purposes and these can be found in the beauty isle; also, I didn't think it was necessary to show pictures of tissues. It's really simple from here; just take the spray bottle, hold it a few inches away from the makeup brush and spray liberally, then swirl it around on the tissue until all the tissue is free of any color! For makeup, spray a few more inches away than you did with the brushes, just so that they get a misting of rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol should dry within a few seconds, so then your brushes and makeup will be instantly usable!
If you use a touch up powder, then it's a good idea to disinfect that as well at the end of everyday, to make sure that no bacteria is festering there. And there you go, a simple, easy, and cost-efficient way to disinfect makeup and brushes.
If you have any questions, requests, comments, please leave them below, I really would like to hear what you all have to say! Thanks for reading and hope this helped you out!
                       Cutting Edge Beauty

Saturday, January 11, 2014

5 Tips for Applying Makeup on Dry, Flaky Skin

Hello everyone! We're still in winter, so following up my exfoliation post, I thought I would show you all 5 tips on applying makeup to flaky skin. I have super dry and flaky skin on my cheeks right now and if I apply anything that has a pigment to it, like foundation or BB Cream with my fingers or a buffing brush, the flakes will go crazy!
#1. DO NOT BUFF! If you use any type of buffing brush, it's a form of micro exfoliation, meaning that it's going to bring the flakes to a head and make them extremely noticeable.
#2. Use a damp sponge. If you use a damp sponge and take the BB Cream or foundation on it and then pat it onto the skin, the flakes will stay down and none of them will become noticeable, giving you a smooth flawless finish.
#3. Use a Patting Motion with Fingers. If you're applying your base makeup with fingers, instead of rubbing in circles, pat or press it into the skin, so that the flakes won't be disturbed and become noticeable.
#4. Always Moisturize Dry Spots Before Makeup Application. I use an acne medication cream, Aczone, every morning as my all of moisturizer for the face, and in my oily areas it's enough moisture, but in my dry areas, it's not nearly enough. So, I wait about 10 minutes after that and then apply my moisturizer to any of my dry spots and I make sure to massage it into the skin.
#5. Use a Moisturizing Base Makeup. If you have combo skin like me right now where my t-zone can still get pretty oily and my cheeks are super dry, then use a more moisturizing base on the dry areas while following tips 1-4 and use a more oil controlling base on oilier areas, or if you can find a good balancing base, use it all over the face! I find that Dr. Jart Water Fuse BB Cream works well for me even in my oiler areas during this time.
You could use a primer first, but with these tips in practice, I don't think that it's necessary. These are all of my tips, and I hope you all found this helpful, so keeping it short and sweet, have a wonderful day!
                        Cutting Edge Beauty

Thursday, January 9, 2014

DIY Exfoliating Scrub For Dry, Flaky Skin

Hey everyone! Today I'm bringing to you a exfoliating scrub that you can make at home with just one ingredient: oatmeal. Oatmeal has shown to have antioxidant properties that will not only help to calm the skin, but brighten and tighten the pores as well. I've heard that some people who have had really bad acne have used this and it calmed their skin down like no other. Since it's winter right now, I'm having major problems with dryness and flaking on my cheeks so I thought this would be the best time to bring you this easy DIY!
All right, before you even start, make sure that you have a sink that has something to catch the oats in, otherwise you will have a super clogged mess on your hands! Next, take a bit of the oats and use a bit of warm water, but don't let it get too mushy, otherwise the exfoliation factor is completely lost. Take the moistened oats with your fingertips and with a gentle circling motion, rub it into the skin where it's particularly dry. The oats should not only take away any of the dryness, but it should soothe and calm any acne or irritation and has been know to fade acne scars with consistent use. You can either use this as a cleanser morning and night or as an exfoliator once in a while. Sometimes, I like to use this after I've removed all my makeup after school as an extra washing step, but since my skin is so dry, I'll be using this as an exfoliator later tonight!
I hope this post helped you guys out against any of those pesky flakes for nice smooth skin! Thank you all so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!
                         Cutting Edge Beauty

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sephora VIB + Ulta Beauty Haul

Hey everyone! I did some shopping when I first got the VIB 20% discount and then the $20 discount from Sephora, but have yet to actually write a post about what I got, and I also went to Ulta last Sunday and bought only two products, but I got amazing deals on my purchase using coupons, which I will let you all know about at the end of this post. Also, I didn't buy all these things at once, I've accumulated these products from three different trips. So without further ado, let's get into my purchases!
1. Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam
CLINIQUE - Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam
Photo courtesy of Sephora.com
This cleanser is a repurchase for me, and since I had the discount, I picked another one up to stock since it's the cleanser that I use everyday, morning and night. I have an in-depth post about this here along with the toner and it's featured in my updated skincare routine coming soon. Oh, and sorry about the stock photo, I just couldn't find a place to take a decent picture of this at the moment.
2. Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil
This cleansing oil is also a repurchase for me. I haven't even opened this one yet, as I'm still using up my old one. This is what I use as my first step to removing makeup; I have this featured in another post of mine here, and in my updated skincare routine coming up soon.
3. bareMinerals Matte Foundation SPF 15 in Golden Fair
Ah, another repurchase... even though I said in my review that I most likely won't be repurchasing. I've completely used up my other jar of this exact powder foundation, so I went in and exchanged the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder for this, as the NARS broke me out terribly and made me super shiny! I have a review up on the NARS powder here and the bareMinerals here. I usually like to use this on light makeup days, or over my Colorstay if I have something really special and need extreme coverage.
4. Lancôme Definicils High Definition Mascara
This mascara is also another repurchase, and I've had samples of this before, but not an actual full size since it was so expensive at almost $30, so since I got a sample set of mascaras from Sephora, which I did a post on here, it came with a voucher and I used it on this mascara. I haven't opened this new tube yet, but I know that I most likely won't be disappointed.
4. Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light
I needed a new concealer because I had run out of my Dermablend one completely, and I had been using my Revlon Colorstay as my concealer, just in places that I needed it but I was noticing that it would sometimes look a bit much, so I decided to try out this concealer and top it off with some bareMinerals and call it a day. I've read some good reviews on this, so I'm hoping it'll work out well for me. This was $9.99 at my Ulta and there were $2 off coupons on all Revlon color cosmetics at the store attached to the actual products, which I used on this as well as my $3.50 off Ulta coupon. Let me know in a comment or email if you want an in-depth review of this once I get to use it more.
5. L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream in Fair
I vaguely remember buying this before, and then having to return it because the color was so dark and orange on my skin. But, I also remembered that this BB Cream had amazing oil control. So I went over to Ulta and picked up a shade lighter than what I got last time to try it out again. I thought this would be great to pair with the Revlon concealer and then top them both off with some bareMinerals for an everyday look. At my local Ulta, this was $10.99, but I had a $2 off coupon from here and a $3.50 off coupon that Ulta sends out. Let me know in a comment or email if you want an in-depth review of this too. I might just do one anyway once I get to use this some more.
I simply looked up coupons for L'Oreal online for 2014 and came across one that I already have linked for you above. The Revlon coupons I found when I went to Ulta, which was a pleasant surprise; Almay has $2 off their color cosmetics as well in store, so I would suggest taking a look. Physician's formula has a few things on clearance, which I didn't think were too extreme, but definitely check that out as well!
I hope you all enjoyed reading this and please leave any requests or comments; I would love to hear what you all think and what products you might have picked up as well! Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Best Contour Powders

Hey everyone; I hope you all are enjoying the more frequent and regular posts! Today, I thought I would give you all a post about a few of my favorite contour powders, which in some instances is bronzers, but I'm including some other types of powders that can be used for contour, such as eye shadows.
I'm starting off with an actual bronzer, this is the Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess. I'm sure there's been many raves and review on this, and I'm going to say it's a rave product for me... sometimes. Now the reason for that is because this bronzer can sometimes look a bit too orange on my skin, but as a contour, it somehow is able to settle into the hollows without looking like an actual orange. It does have a bit of a golden shimmer sheen when swatched and in the pan, but it's not noticeable on the skin unless it's applied super heavily. I like to take a rounded or the angled brush that I made myself and sweep this in the  hollows of my cheeks lightly to avoid making it look either too orange or too red toned since I have extremely fair skin. Those with medium skin won't have to be so careful and those with deeper skin can probably use this as a highlighter or natural blush, which I sometimes do if I want something more natural and slightly warmer.
This is one of the more unconventional contour powders; the Maybelline quad in Chai Latte. It's been repackaged now into their new style with all of their other eye shadows, but the one I have is still in it's old packaging because I got this years ago as one of my very first eye shadow quads. This color in the quad as shown above, the lid color, is one that I've used for both contouring the eyes and face. It's a nice, neutral, cool toned taupe color that works amazingly well for contouring both the cheekbones, sides of the nose, and anywhere else on the face. Out of the other two contour powders, this one is my favorite because I've been using it longest and it has worked well for me when I have the urge to contour my face. I don't contour everyday, mostly on and off, but if I do, this is usually the first one I reach for because the color suits me well. I do the same as with the bronzer application wise, take a brush, either rounded or angled, and sweep this in the hollows of my cheeks, and this one I don't need to be as careful with. I also like to use this to contour my nose, and I use a rounded dome blending brush from Sonia Kashuk that's similar to a M.A.C. 224 to apply.
This is another eye shadow that I like to use for contour, and I think I have a review post up with this as well as swatches, so I'll link that at the end of this post for you all. This is the Lancôme Color Design eye shadow in Mochaccino and it's a matte shade. This is the darkest out of all three and the one that I have to be most careful with. It's a definite cool toned taupe brown color and if I apply too much of this, it can look very dark, unflattering, and muddy. Using this sparingly allows for a nice contour, and on medium or deeper skin tones this would be amazing and those with darker skin tones won't have to be as careful as I am due to my pale skin. I think this might have broken me out before, but I'm not sure this was the actual culprit. I must say that I reach for this the least and the other two more because this shade is much deeper and more pigmented. Again, I use the same application technique and the same brushes, but an even lighter hand than usual. I like using this more for contouring the eyes, or even for filling in the brows.
I hope this post will give you all some ideas of how truly versatile powdered makeup is, especially eye shadows. If you have a powder that's darker than your skin tone by one or two shades, that can act as a great, natural contour shade and if you have one that's way darker, then that would work great as a more intense contour, so definitely give those a try! Thank you all so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!
                                                                    Cutting Edge Beauty

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Product Update: Avon Magix Face Perfector

Hello everyone; I hope you are all doing well! Today I have for you an update on one of the products that was in one of my early posts when I had just begun blogging, the Avon Magix Face Perfector SPF 20. The reason I wanted to bring you all an update is because I've stopped using it for a while now and have seen a great improvement in my skin, so let's get into it!
I used to use this as a primer and for a while, I thought it was an awesome staple product for me and as a matter of fact, this is my second tube of this. I purchased both tubes online on Amazon because I didn't want to order from the Avon site, and the store that they had in my mall had been closed down before I got a chance to go in and pick one of these up to try. I now realize that this product feels very heavy on the skin, and was probably adding if not causing all of my breakouts and acne problems on my skin. I believe this was the culprit of my acne, and I had told my dermatologist last fall when I went for another acne check up that I had stopped using this product and we could already see good things happening with my skin. I was hoping this would control oil and give a bit of sun protection with the SPF 20, but in the end, this product just falls flat for me, and I really hate the scent.
I thought I would do a quick update for you all just in the case that someone else may be experiencing the same effects this primer has been causing on their skin. I heard that this contains ingredients that are at the top of the ingredients list that isn't friendly for the skin. I don't have the box anymore so I don't have the ingredients. As always, thank you all so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!
                                                                    Cutting Edge Beauty