Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Facial/Microdermabrasion Brushes Comparison Chart

Click picture to see full size.

I hope this chart helps you all.
I have individually reviewed most of them. The links are in the chart. 
The important thing to notice is the mechanism. Clarisonic became famous due to the results people were achieving, as a result of its mechanism, oscillation.
Clarisonic is the HG. However, it is very pricey. NutraSonic is an excellent alternative. That’s the one I have and it is wonderful. I couldn’t be happier. It actually cleans better than the Clarisonic Mia, because it’s a 2 speed, not a one speed.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Applying Mineral Makeup Wet aka Foiled

Hello everyone,

I was looking online and came across this YouTube Video by Kitcat 627 . She applies her Everyday Minerals Foundation foiled or wet, using a mixing medium as per Enkore (watch here). Basically its 1 part Glycerin to 3 parts purified water.

She states that by applying your EDM Foiled, it gives you better coverage, while using less makeup than you would if you applied it dry.

Maybe I was doing it wrong or something but I didnt get the results i was expecting with it.

  • I noticed that my makeup came off faster than when I apply it dry
  • the color was darker on my face, even when its dry, its a perfect match (this should NOT happen)
Because of those two main points, i dont apply it foiled or wet anymore. I just apply it dry.

Anyone have any comments? Why didnt the color match? Thank you! 

PS: I will be posting lists of beauty products in order very soon. I have a BUNCH of those lists. Stay tuned :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Facial Brushes aka Clarisonic, Nutra Sonic, etc

Hey everyone,


I have been getting a lot of comments on my blog posts on the various facial brushes I reviewed (Clarisonic, Pretika, Oil of Olay, Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool and Nutra Sonic) and they are actually my post popular posts, as well.


To make it easier for everyone, I am in the process of making a chart that will compare all of them side by side. Things that will be included, that I think are important in comparing the various types of facial brushes as well as potentially investing in one are price and mechanism (rotate, oscillation).


Stay Tuned.

It should be up within a few days.



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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Everyday Minerals Foundation Swatches

Hello Everyone,

I got my Everyday Minerals order in and i am so happy to let you all know that....

I HAVE FOUND A PERRRRFECT...SKIN PERFECT MATCH IN EVERYDAY MINERALS.

I love Everyday Minerals! It is soo much better than BareMinerals.

You dont need to be a makeup artist to get the flawless look,which was deemed "easy by the other brand (yea right!).

You do not need to buy only THEIR brand of products for it to work right.

It will not make you broke!

Perfect Shade:
The perfect match for NC25 skintone is Light Olive.

Detailed Description:
Warm Undertones are for those with a yellow or peachy complexion. Your skin tans well and usually does not burn. If you look at the underside of your arm, your veins may have a slight greenish tint if you can even see them at all (from EDM Website).


  • Light: Light is very light. Its about NC15 maybe NC20. On the website it says light is, "For light to medium complexions with golden undertones." Definitely not medium skintones. Its for Fair to light with golden undertones.
  • Winged Butter: I couldn't really tell which shade was best for me between Winged Butter and Light Olive. I had my sister look and after a lot of scrutinizing, light olive was better. She said this one slightly dark...and I mean slight. On Website it is described as "For light to medium complexions with yellow undertones," which is correct. 


Olive Undertones are for those with golden olive complexions. Your skin tans easily. If you look at the underside of your arm, your veins appear greenish in color and your complexion is more golden olive. You have probably found that many foundation colors end up looking ashy or pink on your skin (THANK GOD SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH! AKA I'M OLIVE!!)
  • Light Olive: Light is perfect! Its like my own skin color in a jar! I am ecstatic! Online it states, "For light complexions with yellow and olive undertones." I honestly did not know, nor was I told that I am olive skintoned...just light skinned olive. I thought Olive skintoned people were like Mediterranean, Greek, medium to dark skintones, with a hint of a green hue. NOPE! No wonder I couldnt find anything that would match me, because there is no foundation for olive skin tones, especially light skinned olive, as far as i know, other than Everyday Minerals (if you do know some drug store or department, please comment!). 
Formulations:
Some shades only come in certain formulations. I knew I was either Winged Butter or Light Olive. Winged butter comes in two different formulations (Semi Matte and Matte), whereas Light Olive (my shade), comes in only one formulation (Semi Matte).

Semi Matte: Semi-Matte Base creates a hydrating soft dewy complexion with medium to full coverage and feels creamy to the touch.Suitable for all skin types. Formulated without lake dyes and preservatives (From EDM). 

Matte: Matte Base is beautifully matte with full coverage for combination skin. Achieve a perfect canvas with silk-like minerals. Evens out skin tones, light and flawless finish.

Both state it gives full coverage, its just if you want a slightly dewy (luminescent) finish. 

I compared Winged Butter and noticed that Matte gives better coverage than Semi Matte. Dont get me wrong, both have wonderful coverage, but Matte is slightly more.

Overall Foundation: Its wonderful. I just put on my moisturizer, my primer, used my MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NW20 and applied my foundation with Eco Tools Bamboo Bronzer Brush. It lasted all day, didnt settle into fine lines. Wonderful! 

I have heard that EDM'sFlat Top Kabuki Brush gives better coverage which can be achived faster, since the bristes are so dense. I tried using my E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush (with bareMinerals), since I thought it looked the same, but it sucked up all the minerals and didnt get any coverage at all. 

Here are the swatches. I am sorry if some shades are hard to see. I have outlined them in Red. 

Hope that helps.





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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Everyday Minerals

After I got so fed up with bareMinerals, I did research and fund this company, Everyday Minerals.

They are only available online, which kind of makes it difficult for some, but nonetheless I think its worth it.

Unlike the other mineral makeup brands out there, it is a one size fits all type of thing. There is one formulation which is supposed to work for all skin types and is buildable (meaning you will first start off with a sheer/light coverage and have to use a lot more product to build it up to medium or full coverage).

Comparison between bareMinerals vs Everyday Minerals:
bareMinerals:

  • One formulation (recently came out with their Matte line)
  • Coverage is buildable
  • $26.00 for Original
  • $28.00 for Matte
  • 8 Grams of Product (Original)
  • 6 Grams of Product (Matte)
  • $3.25/gram (Original)
  • $4.67/gram (Matte)
Everyday Minerals:

  • 4 formulations: Semi Matte, Matte, It, Original Glo
  • Different coverage depending on formula
  • $12.00 (all formulas)
  • 5.5 Grams of Product (all formulas)
  • $2.18/gram

Samples

I ordered the following samples:


  • Winged Butter - Semi-Matte
  • Light Olive - Semi-Matte
  • Light - Matte
  • Light - Semi-Matte
  • Winged Butter - Matte


Will post which matched me best and has good coverage once i get my order.

Have YOU tried Everyday Minerals?? Do you like it? Post your thoughts below.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

bareMinerals 8-piece Customizable Get Started Kit: Golden Medium

UPDATE 11/22/11:
bareMinerals stinks!!! I hate it. Now I know why I didn’t like it and it’s not just because I looked pink even though the "expert" matched me "correctly." It’s because doesn’t matter how much product I put into my lid, which brush I get regardless of price, I cannot get any coverage. And the funny part is, I hardly have any scars anymore, yet I am STILL having trouble concealing them. This makeup is a joke.

Furthermore, I was matched with Golden Medium which I thought was a little dark for me. Another person I know also got matched with Golden Medium and she is a NC/C40! How does that work? bareMinerals for ya!

When I told the Sephora girl that the bareMinerals counter girl told me that Light is actually a cool toned/neutral shade (meaning it has pink in it), she looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Light is actually yellow toned. 

The Sephora girl experimented: She put Golden Medium on one side of my face (using her $40 brush) and put Light on the other side. 
  • The side I had Light on, looked pink.
  • The side I had Golden Medium on, looked good, but it was a shade too dark. She said it looked okay. I believed her...
  • I still had NO COVERAGE!
Girls! Forget bareMinerals. There are soo many other mineral makeup brands out on the market that are better and cheaper, with more selection.

I recently bought some sample shades from Everyday Minerals (click to read post). 

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Product: bareMinerals 8-piece Customizable Get Started Kit: Golden Medium
Shade: Golden Medium
Price: $61 for original $63 for the Matte. I got the Matte.
Kit includes: 
  • SPF 15 Foundation in Original or Matte (size: large) 
  • 1 Original Mineral Veil (size: medium)
  • 1 Warmth All-Over Face Color (size: medium)
  • 1 Full Flawless Face Brush
  • 1 Flawless Application Face Brush
  • 1 Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
  • 1 Get Started DVD
  • Exclusive Bonus: Well-Cared For Brush Conditioning Shampoo 
My thoughts: When i first used bareMinerals about 4 years ago, I was matched with Light.I looked perfect. I was so happy that i found a color that matched my abnormally yellow skin tone, wasn't that expensive, and covered everything up. However, when i came home and the few months after, i was soo fed up with bareMinerals. Why? I could never have my makeup look like the way the girl at the bareMinerals counter did it for me. My face looked red/pink and was 2-4 shades darker than my neck. Their technique was never taught to me and therefore i couldn't get it. I thought to myself, "im a smart girl. How hard can tap,swirl, buff be?" Its hard when you do know what exactly buffing is.


I found out today, from the very nice and helpful bareMinerals counter young lady, that light actually has pink in it. it is more neutral; not warm toned. No wonder i couldn't get my makeup to look like the girl did 4years ago. Light wasnt yellow enough. Wow. You think after spending over $100 they would tell you this. 


BareMinerals Golden shades are fairly new; less than 2years old. They are for people like us, with nothing but yellow undertones. Medium Golden looked dark in the container, but it is a perfect match for my NC25 skin tone. Plus, i am kind of sick of MAC's "going to the club" look even when i lightly dust my studio fix powderon my face. And, it has like no staying power at all! Thank God!


FYI: I learned today, buffing means to kinda grind it into your skin. make it a part of you so it wont go anywhere. 





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L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

Product: L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

Shade: Blackest Black

Price: $7.99 at Target.

Description as stated on Website: 
Discover a breakthrough in fiber mascara technology. Voluminous False Fiber Lashes™ features a unique blend of long and short nylon and rayon fibers—the same material used to make false lashes—to deliver lashes that appear fuller, longer, curled and sculpted. No clumps or messy results. Just outrageous volume from every angle.
·         Dual-length fiber formula
·         Exclusive polymer adheres fiber to lashes
·         Botanical waxes prevent hardening, crumbling or flaking
·         Precision brush ensures optimal application
·         Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
My thoughts: This is my HG mascara! I LOVE this thing. It actually does what it states. My lashes are normal (normal length and normal volume). I heard many people say that they love this mascara except if you try to put on more than one coat, it starts looking clumpy and flakes. As Beauty Broadcast puts it, "less is more." I did not experience any such thing. I even ran a comb through my lashes to separate and see if it got worse or flaked. I put on about 3-4 coats on each eye. IF there was a part where it got a little clumpy, then i just ran my eyelash comb through it. No big deal.

Because of its technology of the fibers attaching to your lashes and thereby extending and volumizing them, the formula is very dry. 

DO NOT WAIT IN BETWEEN COATS. COMB YOUR LASHES RIGHT AFTER YOU ARE DONE APPLYING MASCARA TO ONE EYE. THEN GO ON AND APPLY THE MASCARA TO THE OTHER EYE. 

Sorry... I didn't mean to yell, i just wanted to make sure you guys saw that. 

My experience can also be due to the fact on HOW I am applying the mascara. I actually let my eyes do the work. How? I position the wand right up next to my lashes like normal, but instead of moving the wand through my lashes, I move my lashes through the wand...by blinking. I just blink and my lashes are coated with the mascara. Do it a few times and I'm set. In the areas where i was unable to get enough product, I just do it the regular way. 

Bottom line: GO BUY IT! DO not be scared by the dry formula...it works!





Sunday, October 30, 2011

Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter

Sorry Bloggers for the delay! 


Thank you for being patient. I am not that busy anymore, so expect more reviews/swatches to come.

Product: Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner 

Price:
 $1.84 at Target (14.5 oz.)

Comparable to: Salon proven to moisturize as well as Aveda Dry Remedy (6.7 fl oz, $24.00)

Description as stated on website:

Moisturizing shampoo is infused with 100% natural almond and shea butter, which are known for their rich emollients. It replenishes as it cleanses leaving your hair well-nourished and beautiful.

Moisturizing conditioner infused with 100% natural almond and shea butter, which are known for their rich emollients. It replenishes and leaves your hair well-nourished and beautiful.

My thoughts:
  I like this a lot. I have been using Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner for about 2 years now. Its good, but its pricey ($5.00 depending on where you buy it). I also use the Masque ($6.00) and the Intensive Daily Treatment Conditioner ($5.00). That gets pricey, very quickly.

The only reason why I chose that particular Dove was because it says it is good for people who straighten their hair every day and blow dry it...it reduces breakage and split ends. 

However, this Suave shampoo and conditioner is a moisturizing line. If the hair is moisturizes, especially your ends for us hair straightening fanatics, your hair is less likely to break off which means less split ends and therefore, means your hair will grow longer.

For under $2.00 a bottle, this works better than my Dove. My hair feels softer, shiner and silkier. I have less frizz than i did with Dove. I don't think I'm going to go back to Dove. And the best part, i don't have to use all the extra things (mask and daily treatment conditioner).



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SmartLash as featured on The Doctors

SmartLash is the #1 eyelash enhancing product.

Read the article here.

Watch Video of SmartLash on "The Doctor's" below:

FYI: Cruelty Free Companies and those to avoid

I was recently told that Sally Hansen (owned by Coty) tests their products on the eyes of rabbits. I was shocked!

I did some research and found a list of the companies that are cruelty free and those to avoid and thought I would pass it along.

Click Link for full list: PDF Format
Cruelty Free Companies (Do Not Test on Animals): Abercrombie & Fitch, Almay, Aveda, Bare Essentuals, Bath & Body Works, Conair, ELF Cosmetics, Eco Tools, Jane Cosmetics, LA Colors, MAC, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Victoria's Secret, wet n wild to name a few.
Companies to avoid (Do Test on Animals): Avon, Dove, Estee Lauder, Garnier, Herbal Essences, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, Lancome, Mary Kay, Maybelline, Max Factor, Neutrogena, Olay, Pantene, Ponds, Redken, Secret, Shiseido, Suave, Walgreens to name a few.


NOTE: I am not saying whether I approve of animal testing or not. This is just information that I am sharing. Regardless if you buy the products from either category is none of my business.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Upcoming Reviews and/or Swatches!

Hello Beautiful!

Keep your eyes out for the following reviews/swatches, coming soon!
  • Napoleon Perdis NP Set: Pasarella Powder
  • Pixi Flawless Vitamin Veil
  • Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Foundation Mousse
  • Several Hairdryer reviews.
Sorry for the delay guys.

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    I want YOUR opinion

    Hey readers!

    I want to know what YOU want me to review.

    Or...

    Change about my blog.

    Comment away :)

    Thank you, as always :)


    - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Physicians Formula Skin Care: Cosmetceutical Solutions

    Physician's Formula has launched their own Skin Care line!!!
    3 formulas:

    Aging:

    Moisture Balance 
    Sensitivity and Redness

     Find out what products are right for you, here.

    Find out more information, here.

    Price: $9.99 to $19.99
    Can be found at Walmart


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    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Hard Candy Just Face It - One Step Foundation

    Product: Hard Candy Just Face It - One Step Foundation

    Price:
    $7.00

    Shade:

    Fair and Light

    Description as stated on website:

    ·  Flawless skin in a flash

    ·  Your primer, concealer, foundation and powder finish in one

    ·  Leaves skin shine-free and natural looking

    ·  Perfect skin in one step


    My thoughts:
     I heard a lot of great things about his foundation, but it’s very limited in shades. There is no shade that really matches NC25. They are either too light or not yellow and yes, you guessed it, pink aka OUR NEMESIS!

    The Fair shade is yellow toned but its too light (NC15 or NC20). The Light shade would have been a perfect match for NC25, but it has a pink undertone. 






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    Urban Decay's NAKED Pallete DUPE: Forever 21 Natural

    I found a dupe for Urban Decay's NAKED Palette ($48)

    Forever 21's Love and Beauty Natural Palette ($6.50).


    Urban Decay:
    http://foxxyb80.blogspot.com/
    Forever 21 Natural:
    http://foxxyb80.blogspot.com/

    Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Eyeliner

    Product: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Eyeliner 
    Price: $6.50
    Shade: Midnight Master
    Description as stated on website:

    PENCIL'S DELIVERY PLUS CREAM'S INTENSITY.
    Created with the highest concentration of pigments for more intense eye drama.
    The NEW GENERATION of liner. 


    WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT

    Experience the new generation of liner:            
    • Oil-free cream formula holds the highest concentration of pigments for more intense eye drama.
    • Smudgeproof and waterproof for 16 hours.
    • Most intense line for lasting drama.                                                  
    • Safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist-tested.
    • Contact lens safe.
    My thoughts:  The picture on the package is very deceiving; it makes you think this is the perfect eyeliner to line your water line and get that perfect cat-eye, Arabic eye look. Not the case! This eyeliner sucks! Yes, its dark, a beautiful black, but once the sharpened tip goes away, it very hard to get a thin line, unless you are looking for a thicker one. It doesn’t even stay on your waterline at all. As soon as you swipe it across and then do it again to darken it, the previous line you made, goes away and become streaky.

    Not good for water line.

    Good if you just want to line your upper lash line with it, if you don’t mind a thicker line.


    This is one of the darkest black eyeliners I have ever seen. It is very pigmented and goes on smoothly. I have not had a problem twisting up the eyeliner. You just need to keep twisting...it takes a while, but it does come up. However, once it comes up, it will not go back down.

    Still looking for the best waterline eyeliner…





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    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 55

    Product: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 55
    Price: $8.00-$12.00
    Description as stated on website: Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55 is a revolutionary, dermatologist-tested formula that contains Helioplex® technology, the latest breakthrough in UV protection.

    Helioplex delivers unbeatable UVA protection. It works better to help prevent damaging UVA rays from penetrating deep under skin's surface. Dry-Touch technology absorbs excess sunscreen oils, leaving a clean, lightweight, non-shiny finish.

    Serious sun protection never felt this light on your skin.

    This product features Helioplex, a breadth of stabilized sunscreen technologies that delivers superior protection from the sun. Waterproof, Sweatproof, PABA-free and Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores.

    My thoughts: This is supposed to be the best sunscreen to use with makeup. Claimed to act as a primer for your foundation. My verdict? Yes, it’s good, but it oxidizes on me. I thought it could be my makeup, but when I skipped the sunscreen and put
    on my makeup, it was fine. It also doesn’t make my makeup last as long as it does without sunscreen. I was disappointed with this product because Neutrogena is such a trusted brand. I really wanted it to work. I will try it again with my MAC makeup and see how it goes but my ELF Studio Pressed Powder oxidizes so bad when I put this on under it. It also leaves orange-y stains on shirts. Not cool.


    Still gotta find my HG sunscreen. This isn’t it and its pricey, too.

    Any suggestions?


    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Nuance By Salma Hayek Flawless Wear Tinted Moisturizer

    Hello everyone,

    Thank you all for being so patient!

    Here is a swatch of ALL the shades of the TM of the new Salma Hayek Line in CVS.

    Closest Match to NC25: Light/Medium




    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Upcoming Reviews

    Hello everyone,

    How does everyone like the new layout?

    I have some exciting reviews coming up soon.
    • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 55
    • Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Eyeliner 
    • Hard Candy Just Face It - One Step Foundation
    • Prestige My Blackest Lashes Intense Black Volume Mascara
    • Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Cord Reel Hair Dryer (223X)
    • Conair 207P Infinity Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Dryer
    • Conair 259X Infiniti Pro AC Motor Styling Tool, Orange
    • Andis 75370 Tourmaline Ionic/Ceramic 1875 Watt Hair Dryer

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    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool vs Clarisonic

    Product: Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool
    Price: $39.00
    My thoughts: This is similar to the Olay version. It is NOT comparable to Nutrasonic (which i have) or the Clarisonic (i also had). Why? The Olay and the Sigma version have a Rotating brush head...that is NOT the same as the oscillating brush heads of the nutrasonic or the clarisonic. You will not get the same results, b/c they are not the same. 


    See my reviews of the various ones on the market here:

    Bottom line: Do NOT use the Sigma or the Olay, if you want results. These are NOT the same as the Nutra Sonic, Pretika and the Clarisonic, due to their difference in mechanism.

    Remember....

    The key is OSCILLATION...not rotation.


    E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush vs MAC 187

    Hello everyone,

    Sorry for the lack of reviews.
    Feedback has been low, which is why I stopped doing reviews for a while, because I don't know what you guys want me to review! haha.

    Anyway...

    Product: E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush


    Price: $3.00


    Description as stated on Website: This new antibacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this e.l.f. Studio brush! 

    The layered bristles create a soft airbrushed look that's perfect for applying foundation or adding color definition to cheekbones or highlighting with soft layers. Use this brush with any liquid or powder face product such as foundation, blush or bronzer to build your coverage from sheer to heavy.

    My Thoughts: It looks good on the website, but it doesn't really perform well. I used my liquid foundation and tried to apply it using the ELF Stipple brush. It didn't really do the job at all. Not even close. The hairs are longer than the MAC 187. It is also smaller in diameter than the MAC 187; the MAC 187 brush head is bigger than the ELF. The density of the bristles on the ELF are much less dense than those of the MAC 187. Also, the bristles are too soft; they are not rigid or hard enough to actually do a "stipple" application. Therefore, I would NOT recommend this brush for foundation application. I don't know how it will perform for a blush application.

    Compared to MAC 187: Its not even close. Simply put, this brush is NOT a dupe for the MAC 187 ($42.00). 

    Read here for my review on Dupes for MAC 187.

    Instead, I would either use the E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush (read review here). The brush is very dense and rigid enough to do the job of a stippling brush and the job of a flat top kabuki brush, that provides full coverage. I love that brush! 

    LEFT: ELF Stipple Brush
    RIGHT: MAC 187
    Taken from: www.lovelygood.com

    MAC 187 Dupes

    I know the HG is the MAC 187, but who has $42.00 to spend on a brush?!

    Fear not...i have some real dupes for you all.

    Dupe #1: E.L.F. Studio Powder Brush ($3.00) (read review here)
    The brush is very dense and rigid enough to do the job of a stippling brush and the job of a flat top kabuki brush, that provides full coverage. I love that brush! I have had it for a year; no shedding or bleeding. I just use baby shampoo to wash it. Nothing fancy.

    Dupe #2: Professionnel Platinum Stippling Brush #44 ($35.00)
    This brush is probably the closest one to the real thing. It is very soft, gets the job done and gives you the airbrush look, which is why everyone is going crazy over stippling brushes. However, it is only a $7.00 difference...but hey, its still $7.00 :)

    Dupe #3: Sigma Duo Fibre F50 ($16.00)
    I have heard good and bad things about this brush. My overall impression is that it does what the MAC 187 does, at a fraction of the cost, is very soft, dense, not floppy (like the E.L.F Stipple Brush-read review here), BUT..it sheds and has a residual scent. If that doesn't bother you, go for it! I have also noticed that not all brushes are made equal, especially the lower end ones. You might get a brush one time that works amazing and if you go and buy another one, exactly the same, it might not work as well as the first. If it were me, i would buy it and try it out. Has the most potential (other than the Sephora, which is still pretty pricey).


    Hope that helped.


    Thank you!

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    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    MAC Brushes vs Loew Cornell (Artist) Brushes List

    UPDATE 7/19/11: I went to all the arts and crafts stores in my area (Michaels, Beverly's, Joann's, Artell and Aaron Brothers) and NONE of them carry Loew Cornell Brushes. The lady at Aaron Brother's said that its not a brand that artists ask for, which is why I couldnt find it anywhere.

    She said to use synthetics brushes, because they will be the ones that will pick up the most product. And of course, to make sure they are soft.

    Thought you would all like to know that bit of  detail.
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    Hello Readers!

    I came across something very interesting and thought I would share it to you all.

    Everyone wants every single MAC brush, however they are very pricey. I have a solution!

    You can use artist brushes as makeup brushes.

    Here is a comparison that I found here of MAC Brushes to Loew Cornell Brushes. EnKore also does a video of some of these brushes here.

    Loew Cornell Brushes are good quality Artist brushes...one of the best actually.

    Still finding a cheaper artist brush for the MAC 187.

    If you have anything to add to the list, please comment.

    Thank you!

    Powder
    MAC 150 - $42 / LC xxL Round - $10.79

    Blush
    MAC 129 - $34 / LC L Round - $8.79

    Skin Finishing and Bronzing
    MAC 136 - $62 / LC Maxinne's Mop - $8.79

    Eyes
    MAC 239 - $24.50 / LC Maxinne's Mop 3/8" - $3.79

    Angled Brushes
    MAC 208 - $19 / LC 1/8" - $3.29
    MAC 266 - $19 / LC 1/4" - $3.79
    MAC 269 - $21 / LC 3/8" - $4.79

    Concealer
    MAC 194 - $18.50 / LC Fillbert #8 - $4.29

    Mini Shading or Lip
    MAC 228 - $19 / LC Maxinne's Mop 1/4" - $2.79

    Total Cost
    MAC 7 brushes $259 / Loew Cornell 7 brushes - $51.11

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    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Angry

    A comment was made by an Anonymous poster, which stated, "It's kind of hard to believe your review when I have no idea of your credentials. You live with your mother? This gives me the indication that you are young and probably have no idea what the hell you are talking about. I was hoping to read about differences that actually mattered and might hold up this essentially evident lack of a review you have written. How long did you use each of these before you came to the conclusion of the Clarisonic to be better? Figure out how to do decent research and give some actual proper evidence as to why the Clarisonic (that your mother probably bought you) is better other than.. 'I can feel a difference.' "


    I didn’t know that living your parents devalued one's opinions.


    Also, what credentials do I have??? The fact that I test out every product long enough to get a real feeling of it and how it performs so my readers don’t have to waste their time and find out later on that it doesn’t work are in of its self enough to post a review about it.


    This makes me believe that you are a new follower yourself. I do encourage constructive criticism and am always asking my readers to make comments on how my blog could be better and what do they want me to review. I am never judgmental, biased in my reviews. I am straightforward and tell it like it is. I hate sugar coating. I also do not get compensation for the products I review. I buy them with my own money and review them at my own discretion and stated in my Disclosure. 


    What I do not like and will not tolerate is for people like the aforementioned "anonymous" who have no clue what they are talking about and mouthing of about my "credentials" and de-valuing my reviews because I live with my parents?! Your words just said a whole lot about yourself! I didn’t know I had to have a PhD in cosmetics to review stuff. 


    There will be no more anonymous posts allowed and all comments will be moderated from henceforth, because of an immature and irrational person. Say thank you to him or her for not allowing anonymous posts.


    To my other readers who know what I am all about...I am sorry and I thank you for your support.


    -NC25MakeupHQ

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Anonymous Comments Enabled!

    Hello friends!

    I thought I had anonymous comments enabled, but I didnt.

    You can now post comments anonymously.

    Thank you and keep commenting.

    PLEASE NOTE: Harsh comments, especially that have nothing to do with the blog and a comment where someone has clearly misunderstood what I wrote, will be deleted.

    I will not tolerate HATE on my blog.


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    Urban Decay Naked Pallette

    UD Naked Palette is now back in stock at Ulta.com.

    Enjoy!

    Saturday, July 2, 2011

    Come on You guys!

    Where is everyone???

    I need your comments so i can make this work.

    please dont forget to comment.

    Thank you!
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