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Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Favorites

This is my first montly favorite post. Always wanted to do one, but I get caught up I can barely even post on it. I will try though. I love sharing w others & also like it when bloggers do this too. I'm always open to try new stuff out there or want to know what I could probably be missing out on. Sorry for my long ramblings. I like to be honest & try to describe as much besides the color or whatever.

1.Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer (Tinted Moisturizer)- I got mine in Medium to Olive. I am NC40 w yellow undertones. I freaking love this thing. Good thing I found this before getting the MAC Studio Moisture Tint. I don't have perfect skin,but I don't have many blemishes also. This is something I like to also use when I don't feel like whipping on my foundation and all of that. Lazy day kind of thing. If you're in a rush, you can just take this in the car & just apply it all over with your hand. It blends in very easily. It's one of those things where I can use when in a hurry & don't feel like going out FULLY without any makeup on you know? =). My bf couldn't tell I was even wearing it & he is alwaysss checking out my makeup or have something to say. By the way, I've read some reviews where some people don't think it gives much coverage. Well it is a tinted moisturizer. It does cover some blemishes & such a little. Better than nothing. Just apply concealer in the area you need extra coverage on. Then, I also like to use this with my Studio Fix plus powder for more coverage. I was in the MAC store checking out the MAC Studio Moisture Tint, and the MA recommended me to try it with the Studio Fix Plus Powder. I liked how the finish looked. Smooth matte look. Only thing that sucks about this is that the darkest shade is Tan to Medium or something like that. It's actually a lil like. So if you are darker than NC40, you won't be able to find it in your shade =(. I love the packaging too. The pump works well and dispenses a good amount. Got mine 2 for $16 at Ulta. It is usually $11.99 for one.

2.ELF's Studio Line Eyeshadow in Wild Wheat- I use this as an all over the lid color. It's not very pigmented, BUT it matches my skintone a bit *NC40*. I like to use this whenever I don't feel like wearing too much eye makeup. I just pair it up w a very matte brow highlight & a lil eyeliner & I'm done. Very natural looking. For only $3?? why nott? =). I also recommeded this to my younger girl cousins who are starting to use makeup. They wanted something natural looking and inexpensive. I hate seeing girls wearing JUST eyeliner and their eyelids are all oily or just plain BLAH.This gives is a nice natural finish. I should do a before & after picture.

3.MAC Frost Blush in Margin- Since I've been very lazy with makeup lately. I wanted something to give my cheeks a pretty much almost natural glow. It was either this or Peachykeen. Peachykeen has more a warmer tone to it so I aimed for this instead. Why not use bronzer? My bronzers are either Matte or w shimmer in it. It would be too much shimmer on my cheeks. I get oily sometimes & definitely don't like the feel with anything shimmery on my face. It is a peachy color w a hint of gold. Has a nice sheen to it. Blends in nicely with my NC40 skintone. Not too bronzey like for Summer...this is suitable for the Fall season. Well for me, not sure how it would look on lighter skintones.

4.essence's eyeshadow in Blockbuster #22 *Matte Effect*-  I just got this because I ran out of my MAC Blanc Type eyshadow & needed a new matte highlight. Ulta has a lil sections for essence's makeup & their packaging caught my eyes. It's a lil lighter than Blanc Type but it works for me. It blends in pretty well and it's not so obvious that I'm wearing a brow highlighter. Only $1.99. I think I found my HG matte highlighter. Going to stock up on it. For more pigmentation, I would probably use it w/ one of MAC's paint pot in Painterly or Soft Orche.

5.Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in 070 Soft Nude- I've been lemming for this for awhile. Everytime I went to Target, it was always sold out. My cousin gave this to me. I lovee lovee this. Pefect daytime nude that doesn't wash me out. It's pretty sheer on me. It kind of goes w my natural lip color or gives it a pretty nude tint.

6.Ulta Smoky Eye Automatic Eye Liner in Black Plum- I wanted to try any purple shade eye liner to bring out my brown eyes *or sometimes I wear Grey contacts.* I had UD 24/7 Ransom on my wishlist. I just wanted to buy a cheaper brand to test out what purple/plum shade looks like on me. I fell in love with how purple liner looks on Meya's eyes. Here & here. She used Eyeko's liner in Fierce Purple & the other she used a purple eyeshadow & lined it with a pencil liner brush. As quoted by her "I just love how it gives me a pop of color and how it changes my whole mood from wearing pretty much nothing to feeling fab!" I have to agree, less is more =).I think any purple or plum shade brings out dark hair & eyes. I got this for $2. I still wanna try something a lil lighter or more bold. If I don't wanna wear eyeshadow but want a lil color, I like to use this and just simply apply false lashes.

7.Sonia Kashuk's travel size flat top brush- I stole this from my sister LOL. It came with the Sonia Kashuk Bamboo set. I've always wanted the full size flat top brush that everyone has. I used it one day & O M GEE, I freaking loved it. Like no kidding man. It gets in the smaller area like around my nose & under my eyes. The bamboo set @ Target is $12.99. I guess I don't need the full size anymore which is $17.99 ish? I still wanna try it. Loving this for now though. I think I wanna get a few for X-mas gifts. I love sharing beauty finds w my girls & family & to you guys of course =).

8.OPI Rumple's Wiggin' from the Shrek Collection- I wear color year round. Some of the Fall nail colors are too boring for me. This is a pretty creamy lilac color w a tint of blue/gray. Kind of reminds me of Easter. I need 2 thick coats to get a great opaque coverage.


kali said...

Ooh I want to try the TM! I didn't know they had one. =O Love all your favorites -gosh I miss Cosmo. I don't buy it anymore because $4 for something that I end up reading in a day and throwing out really adds up every month. I should get the subscription but I've been so lazy. =( It's a great read for long train/car rides.

Miss ♥ Nikka said...

Yay! You're back and posting again! Woo Hoo! :D Ive always wanted to pick up that tinted moisturizer and I dont know why I never did. Im NC40 too so Im definitely going to pick up the same shade. I also, love Soft Nude lippie, my fave of all time nude! Nice faves hun!

Kirsty said...

hey Melissa! I love you blog girl! You look so pretty in this pic!! :) new follower btw! x