Monday, July 29, 2013

UPDATED (2013): Top Foundations

Hello Friends,

It’s been a while since I talked about foundations that I’ve tried.  The last blog post I put up was about 2 years, and things have definitely updated since then from formulas, to finishes, etc.  You all know that I’m obsessed with foundation, and that perfect flawless skin is my forte.  So with that said….here’s what I thought about the following (in no particular favorite order):


Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation
A very long title….YES!  So automatically you wonder how does this foundation sit on the skin because the first thing you see is “15 hour” and “hydrating”.  Two very powerful active ingredients in a foundation - something long lasting is usually suitable for those who have combination to oily skin, and something hydrating is usually suitable for those who have dry to normal skin.  (keyword: usually lol) So the answer to wondering what skin types this foundation suitable for; I’d say normal to combination skin.  The finish sets to a semi-matte look and feels almost powdery.  It’s not sticky or feels like liquid foundation after it dries on the skin.  The coverage is medium.  The foundation really does keep your skin hydrated and it seriously does last about 15 hours.  I have worn this foundation on the hottest days and it held up pretty well.  Definitely you need a primer – I think with mostly all foundations try to wear a primer.  Unless you have very dry skin you may skip it.  The foundation doesn’t oxidize, the color is pretty spot on I didn’t have a problem matching my skin. 


Smashbox Halo Powder Foundation
Years ago I used to be a powder junkie; I loved loved loved powder foundation.  After learning more of different products and understanding my skin thoroughly I branched out.  Then I thought….well let me try a powder foundation again.  Hmm, I didn’t care for it and I think because of the coverage.  For most powder foundations you really have to build in order to get the coverage you want.  I like a medium coverage.  So I have to build about 2 layers.  And that can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how your skin gravitates to the foundation throughout the day.  I’d say use this foundation if you want to even your skin tone and to keep your shine down to a minimum.  The coverage is light to medium, and the finish is natural.



MAC Studiofix Powder Foundation
So as I mentioned above how I was a powder foundation fanatic, well I thought let me give the Studiofix foundation a try again.  Because back when the MAC brand first came out, this was my holy grail….until I realized it was clogging my pores and making me break out.  But since the buzz spread about MAC changing their formulations I figured lets try this again. J  Anddd….not suitable for me.  The coverage is medium to heavy.  Which is okay because you don’t need to build so much and no need to pack on loads of layers.  But one thing I didn’t like is that it sorta oxidized.  So I didn’t feel like buying to 2 foundations and mix to get my shade, especially when I wanted something quick and compact.  So I use this foundation as a touch up when on the go.  And I usually just touch up my t-zone very lightly; I also dust a small swipe of this powder under my eyes.   Suitable for normal to combination/oily skin tones, and last pretty good throughout the day. 



Cover Girl Outlast 3 in 1
You all know I have ranted that when purchasing makeup and mixing high’s and low’s, definitely pick a high end foundation.  Just because the ingridents are “you get what you pay for”, it’s your skin so you don’t want nasty junk sitting on your skin creating build up and nastiness.  And why not splurge on something luxury so your base is flawless and perfect.  However, we all know that drugstore foundations have definitely turned for the best and now are rivaling with some top high end products out there.  So with that said, friends of mine in the industry ranted that they’ve used this foundation personally and love it.  Andd sooo I had to pick up myself a bottle.  It’s really not bad for a drug store foundation.  I definitely would use this when in a pinch. This foundation is okay for everyday wear, but not for a special event. I think this rivals with my other drugstore foundation fav that I like - Neutrogena Healthy Skin (which I talked about 2 years ago).  The color range is a bit drastic, while they have lots of shades available for light to medium tones, but from the medium tones to the warmer tones they don’t offer much.  At least in the stores in my area, although I checked online and saw they have a line just for warmer tones – but I have yet to see that in any drugstore (so not too sure about that, sorry!).  Anyhoo, the color I chose for me was spot on which was a HUGE surprise, because hellooo it’s a drugstore foundation therefore no testers are open so I went on a hunch and found the right color.  This foundation does not oxidize….yes!  It’s suitable for normal skin tones.  The coverage is light to medium but you can build it without looking cakey.  And it last about a good work day.  Though it’s a “3 in 1” that contains the primer and concealer as well; I’d say still put on those products.  Definitely wear a concealer, and as for the primer it’s sorta hit or miss.  Now to have the foundation last almost all day definitely put on a primer, but if you’re running to do errands and just want some coverage, it’s okay to wear as is – I’ve done it myself and I didn’t get that oily. 



YSL Touché Éclat Foundation
Loved this product….the finish is just AMAZING!  However it’s not suitable for my skin type. L Finally something for the dry to normal skin tones….yayy! J  As I mentioned the finish is amazing, you look so flawless like airbrush flawless with a touch of matte but illuminating at the same time.  The coverage is light to medium but definitely buildable without the foundation feeling heavy on the skin.  However, after a few hours you do become shiny.  That’s why it’s better for the dry to normal skin.  Now my skin has been funny lately where it wants to be dry and then it wants to be oily, so that’s why I picked this up.  But it didn’t gel with my skin after a while.  (Although I think I will be trying this again in the winter to see how it works on my skin in that climate lol)  Even with after touching up the skin mid-day, the skin has gotten so illuminating (for a combo-oily skin type) it’s unbearable to have the finish go back to semi matte just because your skin has adjust to the foundation.



Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation
This foundation is very similar to the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation (it even has a long title haha lol).  The difference I notice is the undertones are a little more yellow based.  But the finish is the same, coverage is the same, and it’s long lasting as well.



Clinique Stay-Matte Foundation
This has been my go to foundation for the past few weeks and I love it.  Definitely is a MATTE foundation!  And it lasts for a very long time throughout the day.  However, I noticed it oxidizes just a tad.  So definitely go a shade lighter if you can and are comfortable with that.  When applying the foundation it sets pretty fast, so you’ll have to blend pretty quick.  And it sets to a powdery finish.  The coverage is heavy light to medium.  You can for sure build this to a heavy coverage if necessary.  What I love is that you can still see your skin come through the foundation, but it stays matte flawless and long lasting for almost the entire day. I find myself rarely having to powder my t-zone or touch up. 



I hope this helps you all in finding a good foundation suitable for your skin.  I know there are tons of systems to use in finding a foundation, for example; Sephora came out with a tool to use in-store called Sephora Pantone Color IQ – which basically helps you find any foundation out there (usually all brands Sephora carries) that’s suitable for your skin.  But often times, we all like to hear from someone’s personal review because we can relate to one another’s skin types or experiences.  So I really hope this helps you all, definitely comment or inbox me if you have any questions.  There are tons more foundations I will continue to try, so look out for my next update! J

xo,

Tiffany 

Monday, July 8, 2013

MAKEUP MONDAY: It's JUNE Favorites!!! :)

Hi Friends!

It’s my monthly favorites again!! :)  And this monthly I truly have loved these products strictly because of the season and the weather.  So here’s a list of what I’ve loved in June:

NARS Blush in Gilda
I believe I mentioned this before in a quick post – but I thought I’d speak on it again and give a full reason of why I love it sooo much! LOL
This blush is definitely going to be my holy grail.  You all know how much I love my corals – well this color is obviously coral, but it’s more of an orangey coral color that I’ve been searching for some time.  And it’s also MATTE!!! YESS. :)  Since it’s been hot lately and the skin just loves to get shiny or oily – I stay away from using a lot of shimmery products.  And this is perfect to apply to the cheeks because it gives you a natural sun kissed look on the cheeks with a tiny pop of color minus any extra added shimmers {Quick Tip: If you still want that illuminating shimmer look, focus on using a subtle highlighter to the areas you want to glow extra (above cheek bones, down the center of your nose, etc.), or put 1-2 drops in your foundation to get the full face affect looking very illuminating.}

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation
I alternate this foundation with the Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ because they both work so good, but I can’t figure which one is better. Haha!
I find that this foundation keeps my skin hydrated for sure, it definitely stays put no melting or smudging, it has really good coverage, and I notice my skin doesn’t get too oily at all – yet it doesn’t look too matte or dry.  So it’s that in between natural look which I love

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Plus Foundation
Again this works just as good as the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour; I find that my skin starts to get a bit oilier sooner than the Smashbox foundation.  But that could be that this is not a 15 hour + foundation or at least it wasn’t design to be.  But it’s matte, water resistant, and stays put for at least a good 8+ hours

Beauty Blender
Holy Grail hands down!!  I know I’ve ranted about this before – but I will give it some love again.  I was so against it in the beginning, but after reading so many reviews and of course they were all positive, I gave in and bought the little pink sponge.  I’m sooooo glad I did.  Ever since taking this little gem out of its package I have used it ever since nonstop.  I have not used my (what used to be) favorite buffing brush to apply my foundation for a while now.  I love the Beauty Blender so much I picked up a few for my kit.  Seriously the finish is just out of this world, and I noticed that I use less product on my face because the sponge just blends so well into the skin

Lorac Pro Mascara
I don’t think this mascara gets as much love as it should.  It seriously takes my lashes to the next level.  It doesn’t clump or flake, and can easily build.  Although you really don’t need too extremely layer your mascara because with one good coat it really amps up your lashes (length + volume)

L ‘Oreal Ever Crème Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner
I love all the Ever Crème by L ‘Oreal products, but this one I think will be my absolute favorite.  It definitely is very nourishing for my hair but the smell – ahhhh, in love!  It’s like coconut in a bottle:)

Gelish Shellac Nail Colors
During these warm days, I have been in love with bright colors on my nails.  Lately, of course I’ve been wearing a coral color (Tiki Tiki Laranga) but I also got a bit daring and tried a yellow color (Coco Cabana Banana) which I loved too.  And they are shellac which is even more amazing because they will not chip (up to 2 weeks) like a traditional manicure
 

Victorias Secret Body Spray & Lotion in Coconut Passion
Yes coconut again, if you don’t know by now – I just looveeeee the smell of coconut, but it has to be the true coconut scent and not the fake overly masked with vanilla smell…I mean the true tropical coconut smell.  And that is what you get using these products.  It reminds me of being in a tropical area by the beach.  The lotion and spray last on your body so long even while your natural oils are coming out – you still will smell the same :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Makeup Monday: Come check out my recent work...

Hi Friends!!!  I'm so happy to share with you some of my recent work that just got published in Plus Model Magazine's July Issue.  This is over a 5 page editorial spread that took place in Venice, CA.  The model is Natalie Alvarado from Natural Model Management, the photographer is Michelle Alexandra, and I did the hair/makeup.  Click here (http://www.plus-model-mag.com/) to take a full look of the editorial....enjoy! J



Monday, June 17, 2013

Makeup Monday!: My 3 Favorite Products used this weekend....

Hi Peeps!  It’s Makeup Monday!! J

Today I will share my most favorite products I used over the weekend – that I for sure will be using heavenly within the next coming summer weeks. 

Nars Blush in Gilda
It’s the perfect blush for summer.  The shade is coral (orange/red based no pink) and it’s a matte finish.  I love it because it gives off this natural summery flush color on your cheeks without looking too powerful – it’s the perfect pop of color.  I also love that it’s matte with no shimmers or anything because in the summer time our skin will tend to get dewier faster just off the weather. So if adding shimmer to that, it’ll make you look more oily than you actually are.


Lorac Pro Mascara
The mascara wand on this works pretty well.  It’s shaped like a cone almost, which is something I wasn’t used too.  But after using it a few times, I get why the wand is shaped the way it is – and it’s fantastic.  It makes sure you get all corners of your lashes and easily lengthens and adds volume to the lashes without applying too many coats.


Make Up For Ever – Mat Velvet +
I’ve talked about this before in my favorite foundations (which I’ll need to update soon) – and it’s amazing.  I don’t normally use this foundation during the fall/winter season because it makes my skin too matte or my skin is dry.  So I usually change to using the HD version.  But during the summer Mat Velvet + works wonders.  Your skin will look flawless in the hottest of the hot hot sun! J

Monday, June 10, 2013

Makeup Monday!! (A review, product rave, makeup related product mention all in one) :)

Hi Peeps…..it’s Makeup Monday! J

This one is a little different, I’m raving about one of my ultimate favorite products (it will be in this months fav posts for sure), it’s sort of a review, anddd of course it’s related to makeup. Let me just warn you and say….it’s no secret to the beauty community.  It’s theeeeee BEAUTY BLENDER!!!

Okay okay I know, why am I just now talking about this! LOL.  I ask myself the same question too.  Lets just say…better late than never, right?! J

Anyway on to the beauty blender for those who don’t know about it.

The beauty blender is this small pink egged shaped sponge.  It is odor free, latex free, and non allergenic. YES!  It has a very soft silky suede-like texture, so it feels like a soft little pillow on your face. 

To use it, first wet the sponge entirely and squeeze out all the excess water.  Let it sit while you prep your skin.  The sponge will expand yet will still remain damp and ready to use.  Dab a few drops of foundation on your face, or you can use the sponge dip into your foundation and then apply to face.  Using a patting rocking back and forth motion by pushing the foundation into the skin with the beauty blender.  You will see right away how the finish looks so professional and flawless leaving your complexion looking airbrushed and amazing.  It’s effortless!!  The pointy side of the blender is good to get into the smaller areas; such as under your eyes and around your nose.  The rounder part of the blender is perfect to help blend out those harsh lines and edges.

How to care for it – I would say after every use wash it right away.  Just me personally I like to have it cleaned after every use – just because it’s more delicate than a traditional makeup brush.  The beauty blender offers their cleanser, but I just use what I do for my brushes – a soft cleanser such as baby shampoo or a delicate face wash.

Now I know there’s a lot of people who are opposed to sponges – I was one of those people, I still am, but not when it comes to the beauty blender.  It doesn’t do what typical sponges do, the beauty blender is built very uniquely, in fact it’s catered to makeup artists (hence the owner is a makeup artist) to have in their kit for professional use.  And speaking of kit’s and professional use – if you’re a makeup artist looking to introduce these in your kit, I would get about 2-3 beauty blenders.  Just because it would be hard to clean a sponge in between clients without it truly being sanitary and it makes it easier to switch out sponges as well. 

And last but not least, do not purchase any of the dupes that tried to be like the Beauty Blender.  It’s just not the same!  I’ve tried them, been there done that – just get the pink egg! J

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed my version of my experience with the beauty blender.  Definitely pick one up for yourself (and for your kit if you’re a makeup artist).


Til next time…. J xo



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

May Favorites

Hi Peeps!!

Here’s a few of my May favorites, although I feel I don’t have much to share.  But don’t worry…..this summer should be packed with new things I’ll be trying that I have been eyeing for some time. J  Anyway enjoy the read… J xo

Cozzette Vessels by Roque Cozzette

First off let me just say anything executed or thought of by a professional makeup artist is genius and worth investing.  Roque Cozzette world renowned professional artist /  celebrity artist / beauty expert – just everything under the sun and moon when it comes to beauty and has been painting faces since the 80’s.  Like other mua’s out there with their beauty product lines, Roque created these vessels that are perfect for any makeup artists professional kit.  These vessels have been a life saver; not only do they cut down on packing space in the kit, but they keep your items sanitary and you look super professional and organized.  I use these vessels to hold all of my disposables.  They sit nicely at your makeup station, very convenient to get to you while not in the way of other things.  These vessels can be purchased at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium or www.roquecozzette.com


Makeup Forever Dany Pouch

Another world renowned professional artist who created her line – and this beauty product line is AMAZING!!!!  Anything MUFE is AMAZING!!!  With that said, the Dany Pouch is another life saver.  Similar concept like the Cozzette Vessels, but this holds my makeup brushes.  The pouch itself is very durable, spacious, easy to clean, and packs nicely in the kit saving space.  Also, when opening the pouch, one side can be used to hold clean brushes and the other for the dirty.  It keeps from having so many containers on your makeup station.


MAC Lipstick – Girl About Town

The perfect color to add that pop to your face, especially when you’re not in the mood for anything coral or red.  This color is suitable for any skin tone when applied right.  Start off minimal by staining your lips with the color, then build up to the boldness of your discretion.



Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protectant

I love Tresemme products especially when you can’t go out and get your salon favorites.  In my opinion Tresemme is perfect for a lot of dupe products, easily affordable and easy to find.  Also Tresemme is often used at major fashion shows such as Mercedes Benz Fashion week – so you know Tresemme is that GOOD!  Anyway I’ve always been a fan of their original heat protectant spray – but recently I notice they came out with their Keratin Smooth line so I had to try this versions protectant.  And I do have to say – I find it to be a tad better! J  It still does the main job which is protecting your hair while using hot tools; however, I notice that my hair is a little shinier it feels more conditioned and very soft.



Sunbum Lotion

This is like vacation in a bottle.  I only love this just off the smell….hahaha!!  It does contain SPF which is good of course - and the main reason why you should get this, but I seriously only cared about the smell LOL!!  It’s the typical beachy coconut tropical smell….but not cheap or faking smelling. LMAO!  It seriously smells like you’re sniffing real coconut and the beach.



Tory Burch Flip Flops

These are my holy grail flip flops…and why – because they are durable!  I walk the rough streets of…. – haha jk! Seriously I do a lot of walking and strutting that you need durable flip flops – and these are the life saver.  J They are so comfortable you can wear for hours, and the cushion is just perfect.  It’s not too thin and not to thick (I hate paper thin or extra chunky flip flops)….and the soles do not wear down – I Promise!!!  Another reason why they are the best to slip on for anything.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Makeup Monday: NYC....I'm coming back!!!

This is not really an official Makeup Monday.....but.....NYC...we're coming back!!! And I'm ready to paint faces in the fashion capital. J

Agency Approved and Fashion Photographer Michelle Alexandra and I are coming to New York shooting in Manhattan September 4-9.  Contact us as soon as possible to get your session booked - we have new customized packages to offer. Also...we'll be there during Fashion Week so it'll definitely be worth the visit. J

Email for further details: michellealexphoto.nyc@gmail.com



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bridal Makeup Special!!!


You or anyone you know have an Engagement Shoot, Bridal/Bachelorette Party, or a Wedding coming up and need Makeup Services; contact me today to book your appointment.  Like my FB page (www.facebook.com/purdyfaces.mua) and mention this post to receive 25% off your package.  Also, if you confirm your appointment for 6+ ladies – the Bride (only) will receive a complementary makeup session the day of the wedding only.  This is open to everyone within the US as I’m open to travel.  Offer ends 10/31/13.

Please contact me directly here: purdyfaces@gmail.com

Monday, May 13, 2013

Makeup Monday: Favorite (secret) makeup item I use personally!


It’s Makeup Monday!

I share with you today one of my favorite kept secret (well not no more - haa!) makeup items I use on myself.  
(A little disclaimer – it’s permanent home is my makeup bag, it does not belong in my kit nor would I advise anyone to use this item as a reoccurring item in their kit – unless you have one for every client you work on.)

I have been using lately the Hashmi Kajal eyeliner.  This has been my holy grail for the past few weeks and I continue to love it.  The pigmentation is out of this world, literally one swipe is all I need – and of course the boldest of the bold black color ever.  Also, the way it’s packaged is different compared to a traditional pencil or mechanical eyeliner.  It’s like a small stick tube of goodness that doesn’t require sharpening, twisting, or anything.  This is a kajal so of course, you’ll definitely want to set the eyeliner with a shadow so it doesn’t leak.  This product I would say is comparable to an Urban Decay or Stila eyeliner because of its creaminess, but the black is a little more bolder and deep.  Lastly I hear this only costs $2 or so.  I got this has a gift from a friend so I couldn’t tell you the exact price but she says its dirt cheap.

Anyway…check this out it’s definitely worth the try. Happy Shopping! J

Friday, May 10, 2013

It's Mother's Day Weekend.....and I have a special announcement!! :)


Hi Peeps!

Mother’s day weekend is here!!  Have you found your gift to show appreciation to your mom, baby’s momma, a pet momma, or anyone in general playing the momma role?! J  If you haven’t and are scrambling to find something last minute – I May have the perfect gift offer for you. Contact me today to schedule a makeover session for your loved one and receive 30% off. Offer ends 5/12/13 at 6pm PT.

(FYI….just for fun I have a theme going on – 3’s and M’s….can you see it?!  Since we are in the month of May, celebrating Mother’s day, and I’m offering my Makeup services | (Mo.) 5 + (Day) 12 + (Yr) 13 = 30)

Happy Friday peeps! J xo

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

5 (Five!) Essential Makeup Products


Hi Beauties!

I thought I’d share five essential makeup products that anyone should have who enjoys wearing makeup.  Now, I know there are a lot of you out there that say “I love wearing makeup, but I have no time” or “I love wearing makeup, I just don’t want to wear so much”, or “I love wearing makeup but I don’t know what to get”.  Well hopefully this post will help answer all those “I love wearing makeup…but…” scenarios. 

I’ve listed below 5 products that can be used for a dual purpose, yet can help create a full makeup look (maybe semi J).  This is decent enough to wear casually, something light while running errands, or just because you don’t want to wear a lot – and that’s okay!  So because some fear having to buy way too many products, I chose only 5 and broke it down to explain what and where they can be used for.

Lipstick or Lipstain: The best part of using this product is it can be for a dual purpose.  Lips and Cheeks.  Choose a color that’s suitable for both.  Dab 2-3 dots of the product onto your cheeks, use your fingers to help warm the product and blend beautifully into your skin.

Eyeliner: Try finding a color that can be used not just on your eyes but the BROWS! (Can’t forget about the brows J).  In my opinion I think a nice cool brown would be suitable for almost everyone.  To start off with the eyes – line the top or bottom (or both whichever is best for you).  To eliminate the harshness, take a q-tip and lightly smudge the line so if gives you a softer affect.  For the Brows – lightly, I mean very lightly brush the liner onto the brows starting from your arch and going down.  Build your color as needed.  You can fill in the beginning of your brow if necessary but I would barely touch the product onto your brows so it’s not so harsh/dark looking.

Powder/Tinted Moisturizer/BB Cream: This all depends on your skin type, but the purpose is to give you an even canvas.  If you feel you tend to get very oily, use a powder.  If you tend to be a little dry in some areas of the skin, try the BB creams.  The coverage all depends on your liking, so build as needed or strictly buy a foundation.

Mascara: Definitely a must to help bring out your eyes

Concealer: A MUST MUST MUST hands down!  No one wants to see how late you’ve stayed up last night from whatever you were doing. Haha!  Concealer is a definitely must have in any woman’s makeup bag.  Dark circles or not, this just gives you the instance boost to your face.  You look refreshed, awake, your eyes are lifted, - it’s like you’ve slept in for 12 hrs on the most comfortable bed you can think of. 

xo J Tiffany

Monday, May 6, 2013

Makeup Monday: Random Beauty Haul


Hi Friends!

I thought I’d share a few beauty products I picked up for the professional kit and some for my own personal makeup stash.  Some of these products I initially got for the warm summer days we have coming up.  Primers to keep the skin matte and oil free, some summery shades for the cheeks and eyes, as well as waterproof stuff to keep the makeup from just oozing in the hot sun. LOL J

Enjoy!! J xo



Friday, May 3, 2013

My April Favorites


Helloooo Beauties!! 

I haven’t done a monthly favorites in a longggg time….so I thought I’d bring it back. J  Take a look at what I’ve been loving in April….


Skin Care
Estee Lauder Purifying Sparkling Clean Foam Cleanser: Perfect for really removing makeup residue, dirt and oils

Clinique All About Eyes – Eye Cream: This cream has been very useful with reducing the puffiness around the eyes.  The product is very cooling and calming.  Although I’d have to say it didn’t really reduce the dark circle and the fine lines, well they sorta diminished.  My dark circles are mainly hereditary so I didn’t’ expect much of a reduction – I mainly used this to control the puffiness, and it did just that.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre: My ultimate holy grail!!!  I use this in my professional kit as well as my personal skin care regimen.  This moisturizer is so moisturizing you can feel it just soak in your skin feeding it all the yummy benefiting ingredients that keep your skin feeling nourished.   


Makeup
Dermablend Concealer: This concealer has medium to heavy coverage – which I love.  I really dislike that heavy mask look so I stay away from the full coverage concealers.  And the light coverage ones are just too sheer for me and my dark circles.  So this one works perfect!  A little definitely goes a long way.  And the best way to apply is with a synthetic brush.


Model in a Bottle: Since it’s been very warm around my neck of the woods, I’ve been using Model in a Bottle to help with setting my foundation and keeping it in tact for the long warm days.  However, I don’t spray it on my face because I still like a little bit of the natural dewiness and I don’t need everything fully protected.  So instead I would spray 2 pumps on my brush to help moisten it while I buff in my foundation.

Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in Deep Purple 6L: Since we are well into our Spring to Summer days, I’ve been jazzing up my eyes with a little pop of color.  Especially during the days I don’t feel like wearing any eye shadow.  So to add that pop I would apply purple eyeliner to my waterline – this helps bring out my brown eyes as well.


Hair Care
Wen Haircare by Chaz Dean: A MUST HAVE PRODUCT!!!  This product has brought life back to my hair – no joke!!!  I am mixed Filipino and Black, therefore my hair is a bit curly.  Although I like to straighten it or curl it all the time…..so it has seen its worse days all dried and shriveled up.  I resorted to trying the Wen Cleansers and oh gosh did I fall in love immediately after the first try.  My hair is super shiny - more than it’s ever been, I can feel my hair has gained a lot of strength it no longer feels week limp and brittle, and it actually has help it grow quickly as well.  A helpful tip that I’ve done is leaving the product in all day in a bun, it’s like a 24hr deep condition.

Macadamia Oil: After straightening my hair or curling it, I add just a bit to the tips of my hair.  Not only does it help tame the frizz but it’s also giving my hair nutrients and helps cure those split ends. J


Fragrance
J’ adore by Christian Dior: This is my all-time favorite scent feeling sexy and grown yet still girly and sweet. J



I hope you enjoyed all what I’ve been obsessed with for the entire month of April…comment and tell me what have been some of your favorites last month – I’d love to hear so I can maybe pick up some of your recommending products.

Take care…and Happy Friday! J xo Tiffany

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My website got a facelift!!!



Hi Friends!

I’m happy to announce…..my website has a complete new look.  Go check it out!! 

Thank you for your support :)


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Product Review: COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation


I recently discovered this product by hearing the buzz in the makeup community.  So I thought why not, give it a try.  Let me just say…..the drugstore brands have really changed their formulas and are now truly competing with the higher brands out there.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a high end quality type foundation, but picking up a drugstore brand for just a quick every day look is not a shabby idea (plus.  And that’s what I’ve been using the Covergirl foundation for, is just during the week when I’m on the go and wearing a simple look.

The in’s and out’s
·         It says 3-1, but it’s truly not that – I’d say 2-1.  Yes you don’t need a primer really, and yes it does cover.  But does it cover enough where you need no concealer – WRONG!  You do need a concealer if you really want those dark circles concealed. 
·         It doesn’t oxidize and the color is about spot on to match my skin tone
·         I find using a buffing brush gives you a better finish
·         I have normal/oily skin and I set the foundation using minimal translucent powder
·         It lasts roughly 10-12 hours
·         It comes in a PUMP!! J
·         The color range isn’t that wide for the warmer/darker skin tones (although I recently heard there’s a new range called the Queen collection that offers more colors for dark skin, however it’s not available in my local drugstore so I can’t give my opinion on those particular shades)
·         Consistency is a bit on the thicker side (but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin)
·         For sensitive skin, I hear it can tend to lead to a few breakouts, so use accordingly.  (I haven’t broken out, but my friend has – she said after 2 weeks of using the foundation she noticed tiny bumps surfacing)



I hope that you enjoyed reading my review…..I’ll have more products to share that I either been loving, hating, or newly discovered – so stay tuned!

Have a great day. J xo


(Note: Photo on the left is taken indoors under hot lights; the center photo is taken outdoors)