From the moment I’ve started this blog, I’ve realized that the beauty industry goes along with the fashion industry at the fastest possible pace and sometimes it is so hard to follow the trend. Thanks to the social media, now we can easily stay in the know.
Here is our short-list of newly announced products we are thrilled about to try this month.
1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Dream Glow Kit
Another addition to the Glow Kit Collection. The Dream Glow Kit consists of 6 pastel highlighters. The configuration of the pallet resembles the iconic limited-edition Nicole Glow Kit, while the shade selection slightly reminds us of Aurora Glow Kit.
Most of the shades are iridescent which makes them even more wearable than they seem to look in the pan. We are especially excited about he Magic shade that has at least three colors in the reflect – lilac, yellow gold and turquoise.
This is the redesigned edition of the original Rose Gold Palette that was launched back in 2016. The Remastered pallet is claimed to have a completely new formula. According to the swatches, they are super pigmented and smooth. It also features a large mirror.
The launch is expected on May 22nd at Huda Beauty official website as well as at Sephora online and in stores on July 20th.
3. PUMA x MAC COSMETICS Collaboration
Not necessarily the beauty launch, but we are so obsessed with the idea of matching your favorite lipstick shade to your shoes! The collaboration of the makeup brand and the sport brand led to the creation of Special Edition Suede sneakers. They were exclusively released in honor of PUMA Suede’s 50th anniversary.
Inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding, Becca has added a new highlighter to its iconic highlighters collection. The center of the Royal Glow pressed powder is stamped with a crown which makes it stand out from the other highlighters in the collection.
This limited-edition bronzed opal shade is infused with shimmering gold pearl which makes it a perfect match for any complexion.
Many years ago, in my childhood, I remember my mom’s friend saying that you can’t go cheap with skin care and makeup, it has to be a high-end product. And this has become my philosophy especially after I stumbled with some drugstore products several times while growing up.
I tried at least a dozen of expensive concealers so far, including Tarte, YSL, Chanel and etc, you name it. However, neither of them can beat this one in many aspects. To name a few, it’s lightweightness, hydrating properties, and crease-free finish.
The formula is infused with goji berry extracts and Haloxyl. Goji Berry is known for its skin benefits, such as improving hydration, brightening, lighting and toning effect – thanks to vitamin C inside – without causing irritation.
Haloxyl is another active ingredient, widely used in the beauty industry today, as it combats the look of dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines. Together, they contribute to a more radiant, youthful eye contour area.
Formula & Coverage
The concealer has a medium coverage and once my skin absorbs it, the color seems to adjust better to my complexion. It has more of a natural matte finish and doesn’t crease or overload my under-eye area. It is very lightweight and covers my dark circles without any dryness because of the ingredients listed above. And it doesn’t melt away during the day!
I would argue the applicator since such applicators are usually impossible to clean and they are in direct contact with skin and the product can easily get contaminated and contribute to bacteria breeding. Fortunately, this one is anti-microbial.
Whenever I’m having a good sleep and my dark circles are not that bad I’m using this product alone. In other cases, I use a peach corrector underneath to cancel the darkness and this concealer on top for more of a awaken effect.
I usually use my fingers to blend out the edges of the product.
The product comes 12 shades, including Neutralizer (works the same as orange/peach concealer) and Brightener, that you can use to add luminosity to the inner corner of your eyes, brow bones, cheek, bridge of the nose. The best matching shade for me is Light.
Overall, indeed it’s a product everyone must have. The beauty of it, that you don’t need to break the bank to own a good product like this. And yes, beauty can be affordable.
Have you ever tried this product? If yes, share your opinion in the comments down below!
Today’s review is the longest and the most detailed compared to what I’ve done before.
Let me know if you like such detailed posts in the comments down below!
I had a very hard time with this foundation. The whole story starts from the moment when they just have been launched at Tarte.com. I used a quiz to find my “perfect match” and I’ve ordered Hydrating Foundation in Light Neutral and some other things the same day. When the package finally arrived I’ve realized that I picked a wrong shade: I also ordered Shape Tape concealer in the same shade and tried it first – appeared to be 1-2 shades lighter than I am. I didn’t even try the foundation – I already new that I was lighter than I needed and didn’t want to waste the product and returned it.
Then I waited till they will be available at Ulta to get the right shade. When it finally happened and I got to the store, the assistant showed me the stand with the foundations and I asked her to pick the right color to me. She picked the Light-Medium Sand. I asked if there were more neutral shades but she said Hydrating line don’t have them only the Matte Foundations. I wanted the hydrating line so I decided to go with this color.
When I came home and applied the product all over my face I saw a round yellow face looking at me in the mirror. It was horrible. I was upset with my purchase, but didn’t take it off as I wanted to test the formula since I’ve already used it.
By the end of the day, it looked horrible as well: patches of foundation were missing on my cheeks around my nose although I was using my regular primer underneath and applied the foundation with the round brush.
I decided to read the reviews on this products to see if other people have the same issues. At that moment (finally!) I realized that there are much more shades for each type of the shape tape foundation. I was even more upset that the assistant in Ulta didn’t tell me that I could get the right shade online if they didn’t have it in store!
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know how upset I was with this service. Nevertheless, I still decided to test-drive the formula one more time. This time with pictures doing my best to disregard the shade.
I’ve looked through the shade names today again and realized that Hydrating and Matte shade names don’t match! This is what caused the confusion to the assistant: there are neutral shades but they are just called differently.
Tarte Cosmetics, but why so?
The foundation comes in a glass bottle. To open it you need to unscrew the lid and it pops with an applicator – the same that comes in their Shape Tape Concealers but in a bigger size. From one side, it is really convenient to apply the foundation straight on your face. From the other side, such applicator can easily breed bacteria inside of the bottle and cause breakouts to your skin.
The Shade Selection
Although there was a dispute about scarce selection for deep completions, I still think they have a really nice range of shades. Moreover, they promised to release 10 more shades for the people who’s complexion shade is missing.
If you plan to buy it online, I would recommend testing the shades in store first. As I was told by Tarte Customer Service, Hydrating Foundation best matched with the Hybrid Gel/Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation. If you have not used this product before you can try it at Sephora. Or go straight to Ulta, but make sure no one convinces you about lack of shades in any of the formulas.
One more tip: don’t try to match the shade name of the concealer that you have to the new foundation, chances are that this idea might mislead you.
Here is the information from the brand about key ingredients:
biopolymer filling spheres: expanding spheres help smooth surface imperfections while promoting water retention & hydration
hyaluronic acid: naturally-occurring ingredient in the human body which delivers moisture, firmness & suppleness to skin
collagen: helps plump the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
barley extract: helps restore the lipid barrier to smooth over fine lines & wrinkles
dermal filler: cross-linked hyaluronic acid that works overtime to help restore skin volume & smoothness
vitamin C: antioxidant free radical fighter that helps prevent premature signs of aging & brightens skin
Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
Above is very promising, so I decided to test it on my skin. My skin is normal both in oil and hydration level and I prepared my skin with scrubs, masks and a stronger primer for the sake of this test.
Here is what I expect from this foundation :
The formula is thicker than I normally use. Despite the thickness, the coverage is light-to-medium. When I tried to build up the coverage, even by using a damp beauty blender to blend out the foundation all over my face I still saw that it is a little patchy. I tried to smooth it out and filled the gaps with the foundation to ensure that all my face is covered.
After that, I set my face with translucent powder – I do not use it that often, but today I’m doing everything to prove that my first impression is wrong. After I completed my regular day makeup, I applied the All-nighter Setting Spray all over my makeup.
When I look at myself in the mirror, I can’t say that I really like it as I don’t see the promised smoother and fresh & healthy-looking complexion. Neither, did I noticed it when I used it for the first time without the setting powder and setting spray. And don’t be fooled by the pictures! Camera eats up the texture of the skin that is revealed by this foundation.
In the next few hours I’ve noticed that on the parts of my cheeks where i didn’t use any bronzer or blush, the skin looked oily and pores look enlarged. Yes, foundation added luminosity to the skin, but huge pores is definitely not something I was aiming for. It also starts to come off slightly.
The oilier it became, the more I would feel it on my skin. And honestly, I don’t remember the last time my skin was this oily.
If you can see the darker line around my nostril then you see how the foundation disappeared around my nose. The more I was keeping it on, the less foundation was on my nose. I used a blotting paper on my cheek at it removed the “healthy” shine. As I understand from this, the ingredients in foundation increased the oil production in my skin that from one side adds luminosity but it also melts the foundation from the other side.
The skin became patchy in that area and no longer lightweight – you can also see it on the photo above. By the way, the photo was taken before I used the blotting papers. I removed the whole makeup by the end of the 6th hour of wearing it.
Although my first and second impressions were not so good, I still wanted to give this foundation a chance. It somewhat performed better when I used tons of other products to keep it in place longer, but it definitely not what I was looking for.
Yes, it adds luminosity but it makes my skin produce more oil. I felt oily even on the next day and this doesn’t add points to this foundation.
The formula is thick and quite hard to blend, even with a smooth primer underneath and a damp sponge. It also reveals the texture.
The coverage is too light and uneven for the thickness that we get and the shine that appears on my cheeks eats up the makeup and makes my pores look even larger.
It definitely won’t stay for the 12h: only maybe if you keep reapplying the setting spray.
But really, why so much hassle for $40?
Yes, I agree that the formula and ingredients sounds very good, but feels like it didn’t work for me that well. For this price I expected something better.
My experiment showed me that I need to search more for my perfect foundation and it’s definitely not Shape Tape.
Have you tried this foundation? Let me know if you liked it or not!
This post is not sponsored. My disclaimer policy is here.
If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.
While everyone is talking about all stars following #WhyWeWearBlack theme (and indeed wearing all black outfits) at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards to support the #TimesUp movement, we cannot get distracted from their flawless beauty looks this year.
In today’s post, I’d like to share with you top 5 makeup tips from these looks everyone should add to their makeup routine this year.
Do not overload your face with highlighters. Pay attention to your skin and foundation instead
Interestingly, but despite tons of astral high shine highlighters that we see on Instagram, the majority of stars were not wearing highlighters at all. At some, there is only a subtle glow, but still, not as much as we are used to see. Instead, the focus is on their flawless foundation and skin. We can see Zoe Kravitz’s cute freckles as she rocked the red carpet with her beautiful bare healthy skin.
Embrace your perfect nude lips
Regardless, of how their eyes were done, most of the stars arrived to red carpet with nude lips. There is a trick how to find your perfect nude color, you can find it here in our blog.
Open up your gaze by swiping beige pencil on your lower waterline
According to Pat McGrath, influential Makeup Artist, it also works as a concealer for your eyeballs as it reduces the redness in your eyes*. It is not as harsh as white color and will it works perfectly on everyone even with a minimum color on your face! Just as seen on Saoirse Ronan.
Do not forget to wear blush
In the times of harsh contouring and bronzing blush is sometimes neglected. However, as we see on the pictures, it freshens up the look by making it more healthy and youthful. Just make sure it matches your lipstick: if you plan to wear cooler shades for lipstick, wear same pallet on your cheeks.
Make a Statement
While most of the guests kept their eye makeup to minimum, some stars such as Zuri Hall opted for adding a pop of color to her eyes. I love her blue sparkling eyeshadows!
Since Pantone, the Global Color Authority, announced Ultra Violet as a Color of 2018, this color is gaining more popularity in fashion and beauty.
Violet is one of my favorite colors and I’m really excited that this is the color of 2018!
If you go through pretty much every beauty brand today, you can find lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows and etc all in this shade. However, you may feel uncomfortable wearing such a bold experimental color to work or to school, but still want to catch up to the trend. If so, then this post is definitely for you.
Here are some tips of how to add twists of violet to you everyday look, and yet, keep up with your personal style.
Although there might be a little deviation from exact Ulta Violet color, all shades of purple and violet are still considered trending.
P.S. You can scroll down to the video where I do my makeup and then get back to the text to read all the steps in details!
For me, eyes are the most comfortable area to experiment with color. Violet is a shade that goes well together with all eye colors.
If you don’t feel comfortable covering your full eyelid with this bold color, consider pairing it with the trending mauve shades. Create a transition of shades from a light mauve color adding a tiny amount of violet to the edges and to your crease.
I like violet shades from Too Faced Chocolates and Peaches pallets, they blend in very naturally to the skin. I use Livin Lavish shade from Gold Chocolate pallet.
Add violet color to your lower lash line. My favorite shade for this is Osiris from Prism Pallet by Anastasia Beverly Hills.
Here are single eyeshadows for more matching color:
As an option, you can also apply an eye pencil to the lower lash line and blend it.
If you are a big fan of cat eyes and can’t live without lined eyes, consider using violet liner instead of black.
Interesting fact: Butter London has partnered with Pantone this year and released a collection in Ultra Violet once the color has been announced.
Today, the only place where you can find the complete collection is only butterlondon.com. Interestingly, Ulta.com also has their products displayed on their website, but almost all of them remain “sold out”. But don’t despare: Ulta as well as Nordstrom has same shades of same product in stock. They just don’t have a Pantone sticker on the packaging.
Butter London features the Glazen Lustrous eyeliner in Ultra Violet.
If this color is too bright for you, consider its sister Magnetic. It’s a deeper shade and still looks more violet than blue on the skin.
Today’s post is inspired by Mariia Cano‘s post where she shared her experience about some of the products that appeared to be not what was expected.
I’m going to start with the same intention sharing my list of not-impressed-me-at-all products as well as sharing what really works instead. So keep on reading!
1. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
Although this CC cream is one of the Top Selling Products in Sephora this year according to Allure Magazine, I didn’t like it. Yes, it has SPF 50+ and yes it doesn’t dry out my skin, but the color selection is terrible, at least the Light shade that is closer to my complexion made me look grayish. On the days, when your face doesn’t really look healthy you turn to good foundation to add some color to your face, and this CC cream made me look even worse.
Alternatively, there is another DIY mask that stimulates growth and make your hair silky. I learnt it from my cousin. Here is the family recipe:
2 table spoons castor oil
1 tea spoon honey
Mix all the ingredients and apply the mixture to the roots. Add coconut butter on the length of your hair. Put a plastic cap on and wrap it with a towel. You would need to keep it for 2 hours, but the final result is really worth it. One more hack: use egg’s whites as a face mask to minimize pores: just whip the egg white and apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes.
3. SwissCo Soft Touch Oval Brush Polypin
I got this Shower Brush from Marshall’s for $4 and honestly, it doesn’t work at all! It gets stuck somewhere in the middle of the length and I hear tearing sounds (my hair screaming) as i’m trying to brush through my wet hair. Interestingly, that I neither liked using it on my dry hair. I remember my hair artist using Wet brush on my hair at the salon and it was gliding through so easily, definitely not like the one that I bought from SwissCo. So please please please, don’t even think of buying dupes, it isn’t really worth your time and your damaged hair.
Instead, get the Original Wet Brush. They come in different colors and designs so that you have a variety of handles to choose and the quality won’t be compromised.
4. PÜR – HydraGel Lift
Dark under eye circles is one of my biggest skin issues so I’m open to experiments searching for products to improve the skin in that area and to cover it with make up. If you are just like me, you have probably noticed that when you apply makeup in that area it starts to crease really fast. So I decided to get an under eye primer to smooth the natural lines under my eye and prevent the concealer from creasing.
I tried the HydraGel Lift under eye primer after reading some good reviews online. Honestly, it neither smoothes my lines, nor hydrates the skin to prepare it for concealer. All I was feeling is some cooling effect which was even bothering me a little bit during cold season.
I got a sample at Sephora and little goes a long way! Will definitely get myself a full size next year.
5. JUICE BEAUTY – SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen
Despite the natural formula with organic ingredients, I didn’t like the smell and the thickness of the formula that doesn’t really moisturize the skin, but make it very sticky. My husband didn’t like the smell either saying “it’s disgusting” every time I was applying it.
Luckily, here in US, stores like Sephora and Ulta have a customer-friendly return policy which actually keeps me less disappointed when the products does not work for me and doesn’t stop me from experimenting with new products.
What product was your biggest disappointment this year? Let me know in the comments down below!
This post is not sponsored. You can find my disclaimer policy here.
If any of the products cause irritation discontinue use immediately.
Our eyes are intrinsically trained to spot divine proportion and immediately associate it with beauty and harmony – Anastasia Soare
Anastasia Soare the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills is an amazing woman with strong personality and an inspiring story about her fulfilled “American dream”.
I was really lucky to get the last spot at her yesterday’s “Holiday Glow” event at Westin Galleria in Houston.
Pre-party at Sephora
It all started from 3 pm at Sephora where ABH Artists and Sephora Artists have been helping their customers with selecting the right color and right formula, because each case, as Anastasia herself explained later on during the class, is unique.
To attend the master-class, each guest needed to purchase 100$ voucher on Anastasia products. The artist that was helping me yesterday took her time to find the right product for me and showed me several different techniques and looks that I can create with my “real estate”. The color match that she did is amazing.
After a makeover, I got my wrist band for an entry to the giveaway of the Brow Book – a huge collection of all eyebrow products in all colors that ABH has created for their 20 years anniversary (fingers crossed) and got in the line to be seated for the class. And guess who got in the first row!
Front Row Ladies
I’ve met so many nice people there, just like me, waiting for the Queen of Brows to show her magical skills that can change the way you look by just doing your brows!
When Beauty Meets Science
Once she appeared here is where the true magic started.
She briefly shared her story with us, about how she came to US and how she started and how people at first resisted her vision on eyebrows back in 90s. Frankly, she is the person we should be thankful to for returning the sanity to beauty as well as the trend for real brows replacing those skinny lines that our moms used to have in 80s.
With her education in architecture, she took work of aestheticians to the next level! The patented method that Anastasia created for measurements of brows and the stencils that she invented for beginners are based on mathematical equations and principles in architecture. She applies Golden Ratio rule that she learned in art school and encourage everyone to keep the proportions in mind when shaping their eyebrow and contouring their face. All because “our eyes are intrinsically trained to spot divine proportion and immediately associate it with beauty and harmony”.
This woman takes her products really serious. Anastasia herself checks each batch on color and texture to ensure the quality of the products that she makes. She also highlighted that each brush that she designs is made with a specific product in mind for precise application. Have I mentioned that ABH has a widest selection of colors for eyebrow products on the market?
Another thing that I was really amazed to learn is that she considers PH level of different skin types and therefore has a special recommendations on what formula, product and color is best for each skin type.
During the masterclass, she had two models with opposite complexions – one with super fair skin and blond hair and another one with beautiful chocolate skin showing the right way of using her products and techniques for different skin types.
Here are the highlights of how to get your eyebrows to the Instagram level:
to match the right product you need to consider the color of your hair, natural brows and the skin tone as well as your skin type
start from the roots, and consider that the beginning (quarter of an inch) of the eyebrows are generally lighter than the ends
consider at least 2 shades for eyebrows
start with small amount of product and build it up
draw hair strokes, not a straight outline
do not draw thick dark line on the upper side of your brow
use Dipbrow pomade jar as a pallet
add a drop of oil to Dipbrow pomade once you finish to keep the product from drying out
balance ash colors with red undertones and vice versa (important for pictures)
use a concealer above the eyebrows in same shade as your foundation and then brush your eyebrows with spooli
the color in Houston is not the same as LA – colors change as they oxidize – balance the color by adding more ashy shades
when applying highlighting duo pencil use shimmer color first to create the base for the matte color smooth application
make spooli your best friend. Anastasia has different spooli for different products
Anastasia encourages to play with makeup as “practice makes perfect” calling the makeup an “art form” and the best thing that ever happened to her. “Stay at home, experiment, you don’t have to do it in public”.
“Don’t be scared to try. It’s just a makeup, if you fail, take it off and try again”.
It was a very exciting, informative and encouraging event. Anastasia is indeed a wonderful example of a woman who could make her “American Dream” come true.
What are your favorite products from Anastasia Beverly Hills? Let me know in the comments below!
This post is not sponsored. You can find my disclaimer policy here.
If the product causes irritation discontinue use immediately.