Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Revlon Colorstay - I Caved And bought It!

Came across another blog that raved about Revlon Colorstay so I ran out and bought it!  Walgreens had a sale so it was buy one get another product 50% off, so I also bought the Colorstay pressed powder compact as well.  

I'm VERY impressed with the smoothness of application, has GREAT coverage especially with concealer and the color matches very well.  And it does what it's long lasting.

How did I find my color?  This time, not by trial and error.  I know my MAC Studio Fix shade (NC42) so I did a search and found this helpful color chart.

I definitely agree with all the bloggers out there, this definitely is one of the best drugstore foundations!  This along with Revlon HD Photoready.  I'm actually not going to repurchase my usual Rimmel foundation - I'm going to stick to Revlon for my drugstore foundation needs!

Drawback is that it doesn't come with a pump!  Such a BIG drawback for me....makes it unfriendly for travel.  Other than that, it's a great foundation.  Something funny I found is that for "normal" skin the color was slightly off, in the same shade name and everything.  I bought the one that looked more golden, which was the combination/oily skin formula.  

So I would definitely recommend this one!  Gives a natural finish and you can't beat the price!

NYX Make Up Haul!

Went to the mall the other day and parked at Sears so I had no choice but to go through it to enter the mall...and I'm glad I did because I came across NYX make up!  Didn't know Sears carried it!  I have no idea if the Sears near me does...anyway I was happy I found it because I have long since been a fan of NYX make up since joining MyGlam/Ipsy make up sample subscription.

I decided to buy two glitter liners, (the blue-green aqua one is actually for a friend), a brown roll on glitter to accentuate when I do a nude or natural eye shadow look and a tinted eye shadow base.  Everything cost me around $20 total.  Love how affordable NYX make up is for the quality!  I now regret not buying the eye shadow base in white...a white base helps make your eye shadow POP.  Always next time!  Oh, and I bought a eyebrow powder set complete with wax and two dark shades.  Usually eyebrow powders come in a dark brown but this one comes with almost a grey smokey black which I believe looks most natural on me since I have black hair.

OH and for brows, I cannot recommend this tool enough.  Buy two of them!  Keep one in your make up kit and one in your travel kit:  Ardell Duo Brow Brush

Well that's my NYX haul.  Tell me which NYX products are your favorite!

Bentonite Clay Mask

So my friend turned me on to this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay which is calcium bentonite clay.  It has many uses!  I mostly use this as a face mask.  For sore aching muscles, you can use it as a mud pack or even in your hair as a clarifying rinse or mask.

If you look on Amazon, it has a BUNCH of 5 star reviews - but if you're like me, you would rather try and see for yourself!  (Even though reviews are very helpful in decision making).  It comes in powder form, so first you mix equal parts of the powder with Bragg's (preferably) raw unfiltered apple cider.  In fact, I believe even Heinz is now making raw, unfiltered ACV.

This has been my experience...first you have to get the consistency you want.  I used to pile it on too thick, and it used to take forever to dry.  So now I use a thin to medium consistency paste.  I use an E.L.F. brush ($1 at Target) to mix and apply a smooth even layer on my face.  You leave it on until it dries and during that time you will feel tingling and a lot of pulling.  When you rinse it off, you will have redness for about 20-30 minutes after.  So don't do this mask before you have to run out of the's better to use at night!

It feels super clarifying and it really deep cleans pores!  It's so cheap, so it will last you a super long time!  I really feel it has helped clear up my skin!  And if I have any blemishes, it helps it heal faster.  This is my favorite mask and will be part of my beauty regimen for years to come!  So if you have problem skin or want a good clarifying mask, you should definitely TRY THIS!