Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Facial/Microdermabrasion Brushes Comparison Chart

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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.


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.


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 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!). 
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.