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Sofia Vergara – “I don’t believe in a natural look.”

Latin bombshell Sofia Vergara was on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar August 2013 issue. In the issue she says something very interesting when asked if it’s exhausting to look the way she More »

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Real Techniques Brushes – Review

I became a fan of the Pixiwoo sisters about two years ago. I started watching their makeup tutorials and they always managed to somehow wow me with their techniques. When I found More »

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RiRi Woo – Swatches, Review & Comparison

When I first heard Rihanna was going to be releasing a collection with M.A.C Cosmetics I was beyond excited. Not only is M.A.C one of my favorite makeup brands but Rihanna is More »

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Borghese Fango Active Mud Face and Body – Review

If you may or may not know, I was recently a winner of a giveaway hosted by pursiko.com. I was the third prize winner and ended up receiving a Borguese gift set. More »

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Skincare Routine

I am a firm believer of taking care of your skin and being comfortable in what you have. I have oily, acne prone sensitive skin and I’ve grown to accept it. There’s More »

Sofia Vergara – “I don’t believe in a natural look.”

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Latin bombshell Sofia Vergara was on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar August 2013 issue. In the issue she says something very interesting when asked if it’s exhausting to look the way she looks. I believe that what she says it’s true. We all need a little bit of something.

Is it ever a bit exhausting, being a bombshell 24 hours a day? She shakes her head. “No. I’m Latin; I do it no matter what. It’s automatic. I shower, do hair and makeup. For me, it’s like shaving. I don’t believe in a natural look. Lipstick brightens your face! Unless you’re Gisele Bündchen or 19, you need something,” she explains. “Most of my girlfriends are very good with it because they’re Latin, but some of the Americans, I give them lipstick like, ‘Put it on!’”

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Real Techniques Brushes – Review

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I became a fan of the Pixiwoo sisters about two years ago. I started watching their makeup tutorials and they always managed to somehow wow me with their techniques. When I found out Samantha Chapman partnered with Eco Tools to create a makeup brush line of her own, I knew I had to try them out.

I currently own six of the Real Technique Brushes, these include: Powder Brush, Expect Face Brush, Stippling Brush, Kabuki Brush, Setting Brush and the Shading Brush. Today, I will be reviewing these for you.

Left to right; Powder Brush, Expect Face Brush, Stippling Brush, Kabuki Brush, Setting Brush, Shading Brush.

Left to right; Powder Brush, Expect Face Brush, Stippling Brush, Kabuki Brush, Setting Brush, Shading Brush.

As you can tell by the above picture the brushes have different handle colors. Each of these colors represent what the brush is mainly used for. The orange handle represents face brushes, pink represents setting brushes and purple represents eye brushes. What makes these brushes more versatile than other brushes is the fact that these are made from taklon bristles. Taklon bristles can be used with powders, creams or liquids without damaging the brush itself. When I washed the brushes for the first time I didn’t experience any shedding or bleeding from any of the brushes.

Powder Brush: Description says, “Evenly apply powders and mineral foundations for smooth, high-definition results.” I would have to agree with the statement. This brush does an amazing job at applying powders evenly. I usually tend to use this brush with my M.A.C Studio Fix Powder plus Foundation and don’t seem to ever have trouble with application. It is very soft and fluffy. The only problem I would have with this brush is that is is a bit big. It compares in size to M.A.C’s 134 Brush. When I ordered the brush it came in it’s plastic packaging that held the brush together, once out of the packaging it was able to expand to it’s size. It’s a little big but it does the job.

Expect Face Brush: Description says, “Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation.” This brush reminds me of the flat top kabuki’s that Sigma Beauty is known for. The brush itself is very densely packed it just doesn’t have that flat top shape. When it comes to applying liquid foundation I prefer this. The slight angular shape of this brush is magic. It’s a good size made to apply foundation without making it a chore and gives that airbrush finish that flap top kabukis give but this one can get in between your nose, which is huge plus! The problem with flat top kabukis is that they can’t reach where this one can. Because the hair are so dense, cleaning this can be a chore, just like any other tightly packed brush. Tip: Spray a bit of M.A.C Fix+ (or any like liquids) for a smoother application.

Stippling Brush: Description says, “This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup.” The description says it all. This is my favorite Real Techniques brush. I am a huge fan of M.A.C’s 130 brush and 187 brush, this brush happens to be in between those two. It is not as small and densely packed as the 130 but it’s not as big sparse as the 187. If the 130 and 187 had a baby, the Real Techniques Stippling Brush would be it, hands down. It gives great coverage and it very soft.

I did have a huge bump on the road with this brush though. I did makeup in the morning and decided to deep clean the brush. I had only deep cleaned this brush four times prior, I spot clean after every use. As soon as I started to cleanse with baby shampoo the hairs fell out, not just a few but the whole head. I heard from a fellow makeup artist that this happened to her with the same brush twice! I was so disappointed when I heard this because I love this brush. I went ahead and emailed Real Techniques about what happened with this brush and they sent me a replacement. If this happens to this brush in the near future I will have to think about replacing it because I am not trying to replace this brush every three months.

Kabuki Brush: Description says, “Use the 2-in-1 kabuki closed for powder, then unfold to sweep on color for high-definition results.” I really wouldn’t call this brush a kabuki because it is not as dense as I would like it to be. It is however really soft and applies powders very well. I love the fact that it can be opened and used to apply powders that way. My favorite thing about this brush is it’s drying time. Because it can be split in half and be laid flat to dry, the drying time is cut in half from other kabuki brushes.

Setting Brush: Description says, “The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter.” I tend to use this brush to highlight. I use it with M.A.C’s Extra Dimension Skinfinish’s. It doesn’t grab too much product and gives the right amount of color. To highlight I usually flip between this brush and M.A.C’s 188. It works fine for setting powder I just prefer Sonia Kashuk’s Eyeshadow Brush.

Shading Brush: Description says, “From subtle to dramatic, this brush is ideal for creating flawless high-definition results.” This is my least favorite from the brushes I own. It’s a good brush I just don’t reach for it very often. I usually use it for concealer because does blend concealer very well, but I prefer to use Sedona Lace’s Synthetic Blender EB 13 for the under eye area.

Overall: I really like these brushes. They all feel very soft and do what they are made to do. They are very inexpensive and do better work than some highter end brushes I have purchased.

You can purchase these at RealTechniques.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, Walmart.com, select Walmart locations and Amazon.com

You can sometimes find Real Technique Brushes at Ulta/Ulta.com for buy 1 get 1 half off.

RiRi Woo – Swatches, Review & Comparison

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When I first heard Rihanna was going to be releasing a collection with M.A.C Cosmetics I was beyond excited. Not only is M.A.C one of my favorite makeup brands but Rihanna is just so fresh in her makeup. There are many things That I love about her. I saw a few pictures of the upcoming collection and couldn’t wait for it to be released.

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According to some sites, this will be a four part collection. The first part of the collection is the red lipstick RiRi Woo, which is Rihanna’s take of the cult classic Ruby Woo, which was an online exclusive. Followed by another online exclusive then a fall release and finally a holiday collection.

Being a M.A.C hoarder I jumped on the opportunity to own RiRi Woo. It look me only about half an hour trying to get this lipstick on the day that it was released. The M.A.C website was absolutely being bombed by the M.A.C fans as well as the Rihanna Navy. I’m surprised it didn’t crash.

I’ve seen other reviews of RiRi Woo and they all say it’s basically the same thing as Ruby Woo, unfortunetly I do not own Ruby Woo so I wasn’t able to compare them. I do own the following; Love Goddess (S), Charmed I’m Sure (M), Viva Glam I (M), Scarlet Ibis (M) & Deeply Adored (M), So I’m able to compare to these.

RiRi Woo is the definition of a red. It’s a true red with slight blue undertones, which is a good thing, since it makes your teeth appear whiter than they truly are. I don’t own a red like this, all the reds I own either have a plum hint to them or a pinkier tone. So comparing them would honestly wouldn’t be a point to it.

The formula is a Retro Matte, it is till a matte/dry formula, I would say it is a bit more drying than Viva Glam I.

The lipstick itself wears very well, comfortable without feeling like all the moisture is being sucked out of your lips.

Natural Light: Left to right; Love Goddess (S), Charmed I'm Sure (M), Riri Woo (M), Viva Glam I (M), Scarlet Ibis (M), Deeply Adored (M).

Left to right; Love Goddess (S), Charmed I’m Sure (M), Riri Woo (RM), Viva Glam I (M), Scarlet Ibis (M), Deeply Adored (M).

Left to right; Love Goddess (S), Charmed I'm Sure (M), Riri Woo (M), Viva Glam I (M), Scarlet Ibis (M), Deeply Adored (M).

Flash: Left to right; Love Goddess (S), Charmed I’m Sure (M), Riri Woo (RM), Viva Glam I (M), Scarlet Ibis (M), Deeply Adored (M).

As you can see the comparison swatches. RiRi Woo is a must truer red than anything else I own.

Love Goddess – Red pink with a satin finish
Charmed I’m Sure – Dark true red with a matte finish
Viva Glam I – Dark berry red with a matte finish
Scarlet Ibis – Bright orange red with a matte finish
Deeply Adored – Deep Scarlet with a matte finish

Borghese Fango Active Mud Face and Body – Review

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If you may or may not know, I was recently a winner of a giveaway hosted by pursiko.com. I was the third prize winner and ended up receiving a Borguese gift set. This gift set includes Borghese Bagno de Vita Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Tono Body Cream, Splendide Mani Soothing Hand Creme SPF8, Labbro Piu Paffuto Lip Plumber, Fango Active Mud for Face & Body and a carrying case. For this review I will focus just on the Active Mud for Face & Body. If anyone would like to me review any other products. Let me know.

Borghese claims:

Our exclusive mineral-enriched mud mask is sourced from Tuscany’s volcanic hills. It energizes and nourishes skin cells on the face and body. Special absorbing action unclogs pores, eliminates dead skin cells and detoxifies impurities. Skin feels comfortably hydrated, firmer and invigorated.

What it does
Italian Mud – Provides mineral nourishment and special absorbing action which rids skin of impurities.
Acqua di Vita® Complex – Revitalizes skin, reducing the signs of aging.
Natural botanicals that stimulate and improve skin tone.
Avocado and Sweet Almond Oils – Moisturize and soften skin.

This Active Mud is very thick in consistency. It was almost hard to spread the product around on my face. The instructions say to apply a generous coat on face avoiding eye and mouth area, so I see why this product would be a little on the thicker side. The mud is on the grey side with a greenish cast to it. The smell is very muddy and earthy.

Once applied, I could feel the mud working it’s magic. It kept getting tighter and tighter but not to the point where it is super uncomfortable. I could feel my impurities being sucked out of my pores.

Once 7 minutes passed by I removed the mask with warm water and a wash cloth. My skin felt a bit tight. I looked at my skin and noticed a slight brightness so it. I also noticed my pores weren’t as big as before. My skin also felt a lot smoother. I have oily skin but it doesn’t feel significantly more moisturized than any time of the day. It actually felt the same.

After a few minutes I could still feel the tightness, which can be a bit uncomfortable at times, but not where I wouldn’t want to do the mask again.

I like the mask and it does what it claims to do, besides the moisturizing part. Overall I do like this mask and could see myself purchasing the full size bottle. It retails for $35.00 for 7 oz or $66.00 for 17.6 oz. It is more on the expensive side of face masks. I guess I will have to continue using it until I run out.

Skincare Routine

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I am a firm believer of taking care of your skin and being comfortable in what you have. I have oily, acne prone sensitive skin and I’ve grown to accept it. There’s many ups and downs on having whatever skin type you have. You just have to look at it with a glass half full attitude.

In high school I never took care of my skin until I started breaking out. Then I would head to my local drugstore and buy Clean & Clear, Neutrogena or Clearasil, basically whatever would take care of my acne. If something didn’t work out, I would toss it away and try the next thing.

After some skin struggles and I decided to try Proactiv because, let’s face it, it was all over tv, magazines, online advertisements. It was everywhere and everyone seemed to use it. So I gave it a try.

I purchased Proactiv and tried it. Much to my surprise it was working! It cleared my skin but not the way I wanted it. Whenever I would forget or skip a wash, the next day my skin looked like a war zone.

Now that I’m a makeup artist I’ve learned a few things about my skin , as well as how to take care of my own skin a little better.

My skin care is pretty simple with a little added bonus here and there. Depending on whatever I’m battling against that week.

I start off my day by washing my face with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam and warm water. The reason I like this product is because I feel my skin being cleaned without that over cleaned feeling. It doesn’t feel really tight and uncomfortable.

After I’m done with the cleanser, I tone my face with Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion and a cotton ball. This toner has to be shaken to dissolved the tiny powders that help absorb oil.

This step I had to add in between because of my toner and moisturizer because I have uneven skintone from battleling blemishes over time. I add some Sephora Dark Spot Minimizing Serum on both my dark spot and acne scars. This specific dark spot corrector has been working slowly on fading my dark sports. The only thing I don’t like is the overpowering smell.

I let my serum sink into my skin for at least five minutes and then work in a small amount of Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer to seal the deal.

I follow the same skincare routine at night. Except I add Ponds’s Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser with a soft washcloth before anything if I am wearing makeup that day.

Once a week I add Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Mask to clear any leftover junk.

I hope this post was helpful in giving you so options in your skincare routine.

What’s your skincare routine?

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