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!
 
                       Cutting Edge Beauty 

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