These drops are total life savers. They retail for $20 a bottle, and they will transform any foundation into the right color. They also do not change the finish or the coverage of many foundations, however, with a very matte foundation (such as Kat Von D) the drops may alter the finish a little bit (but I haven’t tested it out on anything very matte yet).
I recently picked up the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in the shade Buttercup, which is just a teensy bit too dark for my skin once it oxidizes. I added two drops of the Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops and was able to create my perfect color. And although the Lightening drops are pink in tone, they did not affect the yellow undertone of my foundation.
The actual dropper is not the greatest. It blows out air bubbles with the drops, so prepare for a little bit of a mess.
If you are looking to adjust your foundation color without purchasing a new shade, then these drops will definitely work for you!
If you’re anything like me, then your wallet may be hurting a bit more than usual this first week of the new year thanks to all that holiday gift giving. I’ve made a resolution to cut back on my spending (as with all new years come and gone), but the only problem is that I spend a majority of my money on make up and beauty products. So when I saw a few YouTube beauty gurus using an “amazing” primer available for under $10, I was definitely intrigued.
The only problem? The primer was really Nivea Post Shave Balm – A men’s aftershave.
…Really? Really. And oh my goodness, it’s incredible.
After a long couple weeks of holiday partying, my makeup was just not cooperating. That is, until I started using the Post Shave Balm. Now my makeup has never gone on so smoothly or stayed on so long. Plus, my pores appear smaller, my typically oily skin has had much less shine, and best of all, my makeup looked flawless after wearing it for 10 hours. TEN HOURS!
The main reason for this amazing-ness? Glycerin.
This magical compound is one of the main ingredients in Nivea’s aftershave, and it bonds your makeup on like no other, and with chamomile and Vitamin E blended in, it also soothes your skin.
There’s no heaviness or cakeyness – just flawless, perfect skin. I’ve tried the product with both high end foundation and drug store foundation, and both work well with it.
Now, I must warn you, there is a typical “man” smell to it (as you’d expect), but it will go away before you even finish your makeup.
So, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to high end primers, give this a shot. For around $6, it’s definitely my new favorite product of 2016.
Have any other cheap alternitives to traditional (and expensive!) makeup primer? Let us know in the comments!
Summer calls for carefree days and humidity-resistant makeup. Let’s be honest, the only thing that should be melting on your face is ice cream, not your makeup. Here’s a round up of my favorite everyday summer products to keep you looking glowing and fabulous all the way into September.
Step 1: Moisturize!
You’d think the last thing you would want on your face is moisturizer during the summer, but skin can get dry even if you’re in a humid climate. I try to stay as light as I can with my moisturizer because I have oily skin, and my favorite serum to hydrate right now is Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum. It keeps my skin feeling moisturized and soft without my face feeling heavy or greasy.
A great moisturizer for those with dry skin is the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. One pump of this is instantly absorbed into dry skin, making it super soft. Plus, added SPF in your moisturizer is great for summer days. Always wear some sort of sunscreen!
If you suffer from under eye dryness like I do, try Ole Henriksen’s Total Truth Eye Creme SPF 15. It really moisturizes the under eye area, making under eye concealer go on smoother and with less settling into fine lines.
Step 2: Prime
My all time favorite summer primer is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light. I don’t know about you, but I really hate the silicone based primers on the market right now. I feel like an oil slick with a silicone based primer on. Unlike the original Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, the Light version goes on like a slightly tacky lotion but dries to a smooth texture. It really feels much lighter and less like I’m trying to clog my pores. Plus, any foundation I’ve used over this goes on like a dream!
Step 3: All about that base
It was really hard picking a favorite summer foundation, and my toss up was really between Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Sephora’s own Teint Infusion. Chanel’s foundation is incredible but I’d rather put my money towards drinks on the beach than foundation during the summer. At nearly half the cost, Sephora’s Teint Infusion is an incredible foundation for the money. It’s a serum foundation and a near perfect dupe to the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation. It is in a glass bottle with a dropper, and 3-4 tiny (and I mean tiny!) drops evens out skin tone and makes your skin look naturally radiant. It’s a buildable light to medium coverage with 12 hour hydration (according to the packaging). This foundation sets to a natural finish, not too dewy and not too matte, making it perfect for both oily and dry skin types.
My all time favorite under eye concealer for any season is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind under eye concealer. I used to be absolutely obsessed with MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer but it really dried my under eye area out and my under eye area was never as “bright” as I wanted it to be. Not the case with the Age Rewind concealer. This stuff is pure magic for under $10. Easy application and great coverage. It has a weird sponge/felt? applicator that really gets a good amount of product on there. Just rub a bit of that on in an upside down triangle shape on your under eye and blend with your ring finger and bam! Perfectly bright and concealed under eyes.
If concealer tends to set in your fine lines like it does on me, set it with an under eye setting powder. My current favorite is the $3 E.L.F High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder. For $3, this stuff is absolutely incredible. It sets concealer perfectly and you don’t feel as bad when you leave it open and knock it over because of how cheap it is.
Step 4: Bronzing, contouring, and highlighting
Contouring and Highlighting has become such a huge craze in the makeup world, but personally, I’m over it. I don’t have 45 minutes to blend out my contour on the daily. For the simplest contour and bronze, I’ve become a devout believer in Chanel’s Soleil Tan de Chanel. As pricey as this is, my goodness is it worth it. Its a universal bronzing base/ Cream Bronzer that blends so flawlessly its unreal. It does look a tad bit orangey in the container but once on the skin it just melts into this beautiful, natural, I’m-a-Victoria’s-Secret-model bronze. A little goes a long way, and lighter skin tones can definitely use this. It’s super super buildable too, and will really give you a gorgeous natural bronze. I use it to very lightly contour my cheekbones by applying it in the hollows of my cheeks and bring it along my hairline and temples with my Real Techniques flat top Stippling Brush.
For highlight, I love The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer powder highlight. This stuff is amazing and gives you a perfect champagne colored highlight. This is amazing for all skin tones for a perfect highlight on the top of cheekbones, under the eyebrow, tip of nose, and Cupid’s Bow. Use a light hand though if you’re going for a natural glow. The Mary Lou-Manizer is pretty pigmented for a highlight.
Hourglass makes incredible blushes and I’ve fallen in love with nearly all of their Ambient Lighting Blushes. My favorite is in the shade Diffused Heat which is a beautiful coral-red color. The Ambient Lighting Blushes are swirled with the Ambient Lighting Powders and come in a beautiful almost tie-dye like pattern. The pigment of these blushes are great and this color will still look amazing in the middle of winter on the cheeks.
To extend the wear time of your makeup, always finish with a setting spray. My favorite is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, which is oil free and keeps your makeup looking fresher for longer.
Step 5: Finish off your face
A strong brow is all the rage right now and I’m totally obsessed with filling in my eyebrows. In my opinion, nothing does as great a job as Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz does. This stuff is seriously sent from the heavens and makes your brows on FLEEK. The double sided brow pencil has the pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other to blend out the color as you’re working it through the brows. I fill in my brows by drawing the shape underneath the brow first and blending the color into the brows. The point on the mechanical brow pencil is always pretty sharp too, which is perfect for gently drawing little lines in hair like strokes to make naturally full brows. I set my brows with NYX’s Control Freak brow gel which is one of the greatest brow gels I’ve used. This formula doesn’t flake and manages to keep my brows on fleek all day and into the night.
For summer lips, I try to look as natural as possible, and my favorite nude-pink lipstick is MAC’s Kinda Sexy. It’s a perfect matte lipstick and really isn’t that drying. Plus it’s pretty long wearing too, and really finishes off the face for a perfect natural summer look.
Have you tried any of these fabulous products? Let us know in the comments below!