After years of circling e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder in the aisles of Target, I finally made a fell swoop decision, tossed the package in my cart and decided to give it a chance.
As a devotee of MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Medium Dark for well over a decade, I have a hard time getting myself to try anything than my usual holy grail product. It works so well for me and truly helps to keep my oily skin in check when applied after a makeup application and throughout the day.
e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder comes in a rectangle shaped container that is reminiscent of NARS packaging without that annoying rubbery effect that always gets messed up. The powder is a fairly small amount and comes with a sponge, which I eschew in favor of a brush. The powder is only available in one shade at Target stores, but at eyeslipsface.com you can find it in Tinted and Corrective versions.
This powder isn’t perfect – it’s a little too pink for my likings and after initial application, left my skin with an ashy after affect. However, after a few minutes it blended into my skin and didn’t look any different than the side of my face that had MAC Blot Powder. A truly translucent powder would be a neutral shade that would work universally, and this one might be too dark on those who have pale skin tones and look more ashy than it did on me for those with darker skin tones.
So, how’d it perform? Actually, I was impressed. My makeup stays intact throughout the day and I have yet to experience an oily skin disaster while wearing e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder. It’s not a dupe for MAC Blot Powder, but it’s a nice alternative and at $3, you can’t beat the price.
This is an end-0f-the-day iPhone selfie when I put both powders to the test. e.l.f. is on the left side and MAC is on the right. They both did a comparable job keeping my makeup on my face and not slip sliding around.
My Final Thoughts: While e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder isn’t quite as refined and prim as MAC Pressed Blot Powder and is not a universal color, I’m very impressed with the long-wearing results of this cheap drugstore treat and will be keeping it handy in my purse to keep my oily skin at bay.
When it comes to beauty must-haves, good looking eyebrows are definitely part of that list. Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows makes having good eyebrows easy, and today I’m going to share an easy guide to grooming your brows.
Since the beginning of my journey as a beauty lover, I’ve known and used the Paula Dorf brand, knowing it to be high quality makeup that delivers. I’ve always liked the Paula Dorf products that transform your makeup and help you multi-task with ease.
What I really like about Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows is that it allows you to completely customize your brow color.
This trio, which comes in four different shades, contains a wax along with two brow shades that you can mix and match as you wish. To use the product, mix the powders as desired, then dip your angled brush in to the wax before applying to your brows.
The slightly OCD side of me dislikes changing the color of the wax, but the beauty lover side of me knows it’s for the good cause of well-groomed eyebrows.
Here’s my easy guide and a video tutorial to creating beautifully groomed brows with Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette and Paula Dorf Perfect Brow Brush.
Step 1: Using a spoolie, brush your brows in an upward direction.
Step 2: Using an angled brush that has the product placed on it, I line the underneath of my brows. Some also line the top of their brows, but in my case I prefer just lining the underneath. Use a light hand with your brush when creating the line.
Step 3: Brush the remainder of the brow product throughout your brows to fill in sparse areas.
Step 4: Run the spoolie through your brows one more time to make sure the product is blended.
And you’re done!
Just 4 easy steps to creating naturally beautiful, filled in eyebrows that will last all day. Thanks, Paula Dorf! Check out my video where I show you how I use Paula Dorf 2 + 1 Brows.
My Final Thoughts: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette is a new favorite and I’m glad to have it in my makeup kit to create natural, filled-in brows that are perfectly groomed.
Price: $26, use code BROWBRUSH at checkout to receive a FREE Paula Dorf Perfect Brow Brush
Although I tend to favor lip colors on the light, bright, and pink shade of the color spectrum, there are times when I crave a dark, rich berry lip. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania is a new, permanent lip product that fits the bill, and then some!
There are two new Soft Matte Lip Creams from NYX that have the online beauty community enthralled: Copenhagen and Transylvania. I wasn’t able to find either in my local Ulta, so I placed an order for Transylvania when I placed a recent Ulta.com order. Copenhagen remains elusive, so I’ll have to hunt it down on a future Ulta trip. The Ulta.com order took way too long to get to me (9 days!), so I’m not sure if I’ll place an Ulta.com order in the future (9 days!!!).
Transylvania is all kinds of gorgeous. It’s a beautiful rich, deep plum and besides looking pretty, it takes me on a major trip down memory’s lane to Nineteen Naughty Three, I mean 1993, my freshman year in high school. That was 21 years ago. Oh my. OH MY! That was right before Friends went on the air. I still remember the buzz the show had when it first came on the scene, along with E.R., and George Clooney’s Caesar hair cut. Between “The Rachel” and George’s cut, hair was revolutionized. It was a big deal back then!
Back to the lipstick … I’m loving this addition to my lip collection.
Like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream I’ve used in the past, the texture is plushy, and it’s not a drying matte at all. It can be a bit tough to control, so I recommend using a lip liner to contain the product and a lip brush to apply the color.
It is certainly long wearing and looks equally lovely layered underneath a lip gloss. My one problem with the Soft Matte Lip Creams is that I feel like I can never get the color perfectly even on my lips. Is it just me?
My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a cheap matte long-wearing lip color treat, look no further than NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania. I noticed that NYX has FINALLY started packaging their products with shrink wrapping, which is a huge plus as far as I’m concerned.
The trick with the L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica is to use a good eyeshadow base. Also, press the lid colors in with the pads of your fingers for ultimate color payoff. A little bit of work, but for a $3 palette, not bad.
For the price of one of those fancy Holiday drinks we all go crazy about, you could take home one of these mega palettes and even a lipstick from Wet n Wild or N.Y.C. Cosmetics.
This fanciful palette (which is one of four available options) is all kinds of pretty, but it begs the question: Is it any good? Should you invest $3 in one of these shadow sets or splurge on a fancy Starbucks coffee?
Personally, I think it’s not worth getting any kind of hopes hung up on, you know what I mean? These shadows carry more pigmentation than the L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes I reviewed earlier this week, but they still require a lot of coaxing for full color payoff. You’ll need a good shadow base and I found I had to press the color on my lids with the pad of my ring finger.
Like I said with the Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes, this is a cheap way to try out brighter colors, but ultimately these are not the be all, end all of cheap drugstore eyeshadow finds. That designation goes to most of the Wet n Wild ColorIcon eyeshadows. I still managed to get a pretty decent eyeshadow look out of these colors, so there’s no griping there.
My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking to try out some bright eyeshadow colors, I’d recommend the L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica, otherwise save your money for higher quality products. Or a fancy Starbucks drink.
Availability: Look for L.A. Colors holiday palettes at Walgreens, CVS, and other retailers. For retail locations visit www.lacolors.com
The L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes I picked up recently are proving to be tons of fun. They do need a good base, so I used the BA Star Eyeshadow Primer I received a while back. It’s sticky and helps the eyeshadow cling to your skin. I also recommend patting in the shadows with the pads of your fingers to get maximum color payoff.
One thing I’ve learned when it comes to skincare is that Vitamin C serums are pretty much the greatest thing to happen to my mid-30′s epidermis. One of my recent favorites is Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum, an antioxidant treatment that contains proprietary blend of skin super oils that compliment a 20% Vitamin C base.
December 2013 to the present was a much needed time of personal renewal. If you take a peek at this tutorial from the past, you’ll see how my skin was suffering the consequences of my “everything goes” lifestyle where I ate everything and anything and even stopped wearing sunscreen for a stretch. Along with better eating, I’ve since gotten a handle on my skin situation and Vitamin C serums were a big part of the healing process. Vitamin C boosts collagen production, and I can definitely say my skin looks and feels so much better since I’ve started incorporating it into my skin routine.
I’ve been using Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum for the past 3 weeks and have noticed my skin looking brighter and feeling more refined. I even use a bit on my eyelids and this has improved the texture on that delicate skin.
What I really like about Valentia is that it smells lovely and it’s not watery, soaking into my skin immediately. The orange tone is from Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, which along with Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, offers hydration to skin. All of the ingredients in this serum were chosen to work along with and boost the effects of Vitamin C, and include Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Stem Cells, and Green Tea Extract.
What I really love about Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum is that the price is right! A 1.18 oz bottle is currently available for $35 at Amazon.com, listed at 59% off it’s regular retail price of $70. It’s definitely worth trying and I think you’ll really enjoy the results of this powerful products.
My Final Thoughts: I will definitely pick up a bottle of Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum when I’m done with my currently supply. Priced right, it provides effective results and will give your skin a great glow along with hydration. This is a great serum to layer underneath moisturizer for those upcoming cold Winter nights!