May 6, 2013

Review! NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer.


Pores & Primer oh my!
      I'm still trying to jump on the whole primer bandwagon. I understand the concept of primers and I think their probably an awesome thing if you can find one that actually works with your skin type.
The thing is, I never really needed one before. My skin has always been oily, but I have found foundation that works with that and I don't mind take 20 seconds to use a blotting sheet once a day, it's totally fine with me! But now ever since this whole dumb grad school train-wreck (click here for those details!) my skin has been doing some weird things. I started having awful breakouts; not just an occasional zit, but like awful cystic stuff I used to get in high school, my pores opened up to the size of moon craters & I started noticing these black heads that had not previously been an issue. I have the breakouts tamed, thank goodness! I had horrendous acne in high school and I'm always terrified my face, chest, & back will revert to that of 14-16 year old Emily's skin. And the blackheads are starting to disappear as well. I've been using baking soda masks & scrubs and I'm pretty sure that is helping. Anyway, I digress.
 PORES! I have noticed them starting to shrink back up some, but they are still so so noticeable, so I think primer! That's the whole purpose, right? To smooth out fine lines and mask pores. Well I have yet to find one to help with these things and I am not made of money. But this is supposed to be my review on NYX HD Studio Photogenic Primer, so let me get to that.

This product did nothing for my face rather than turn it white. Which I get that it's supposed to make your face a crisp canvas for your makeup but this primer straight up turned my face white. And my face has less color than the rest of my body anyway because I put so much sunscreen on it. Not cool, primer! Now, maybe I'm too tanned but I'm not going to apologize for something I can't help! For the sake of trying new things I went ahead and went through my makeup application per usual, and everything went on like normal. So I was able to overlook the whole making me ghost-white detail. But there lies my issue, everything looked like normal, huge visible pores and all.
Not to mention it smells really weird, kind of sulfur-like. After I got my make up all finished my face felt really tight, it was pretty uncomfortable, really. And this wasn't just a sensation that lasted a hot minute, it lasted until I took the stuff off. 

The bottle says: "...Light diffusing effect is perfect for studio photos or taking fun pics with pals." Well, the photographer in me said, might as well test out the "light diffusing effect" bit. I set up my studio lights and shot some photos with the lights, without the lights, with flash, & then with natural light using my reflectors. I shot with both my DSLR & my point and shoot. I did not notice a bit of difference than if I were to shoot with the same lighting techniques and no Photogenic Primer.

So all in all I would say this primer is a big ol' fail! It did not minimize my pores& it did not make my face look better in photos. It claims that it will "...keep you make-up fresh until the party is over." I cannot attest to that claim because it made my face feel so weird I could only stand my makeup to be on my face for about 4 or so hours each time I tested it. Yes, I did use it more than once to make sure I really hated it as much as I thought I did. Thank goodness I only spent about $12 on it, which still kind of irks me because that's $12 that could have been spent on something that I will actually use! Normally I try and use up my products even if I don't particularly like them because I really hate being wasteful. One of those principle things, but I cannot stand the way this makes me face feel. And it smells something awful.

It makes me really sad that my first official review is a negative one, but I just had to put out there how I feel about this product!
I went kind of nuts on the E.L.F. website today and ordered a bunch of new eyeshadows, lip sticks, & a bronzer so I hope to review some of those things once I get them. My fingers are crossed for a positive outcome. I've always had good luck with E.L.F. products in the past, but I'm trying some new things. At $1, $2, & $3 you can't hardly beat the price!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

May 1, 2013

April Favorites!!

I'm not entirely sure where April went. It kind of just flew by, especially since March seemed to drag on and on and on and on. But even though the month did seem to fly I found I have been using several products religiously & drinking more coffee than normal, which is a feat in itself. I have 10 favorites this month, a nice little number for my very first favorites post. Let's get started!

For the make-up favorites this month I have been obsessed with pink, clearly!
Pink cheeks, pink eyes, & pink lips.
I've recently rediscovered Wet 'n Wild and learned it is a way awesome line!
I have been using (1)Heather Silk blush from the Color Icon line almost every day. It's SO pigmented, just a little bit goes a long way and I luurrrve it!  I've also been using the (2)Sweet as Candy eye shadow trio from the Color Icon line. It's perfect for running around during the day and I've also been using it for low-key date nights. I've also been really enjoying using (3)Maybelline Color Tattoo Metals Barely Branded as a lid primer! It's one of those two-birds-one-stone things. It preps the lid and is also a really awesome shimmery base shadow.

hmmmm to continue with the pink or to continue with the eyes?!

Let's go with pink!
A lippie I have been crazy over this month is Maybelline Baby Lips - (4)Pink Punch. It's so amazingly pigmented for a lip balm. Baby Lips claim to last 8 hours, that's not so much true, but I don't really even care. It has SPF 20 and gives just the right amount of pink for a casual day running errands. Another lippie I have been using like nuts is (5)Revlon Just Bitten Kissbale Balm Stain - Honey. I'm not entirely sure why I'm obsessed with Honey, because it's basically my lip color, but hey, I love the stuff.
Back to the eyes!
I have a new found love for (6)Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I had been wanting to try this stuff out for a while but never really had the money to spend $19 on a mascara however badly I wanted it. Then low & behold one of Ulta's 21 days of beauty steals was Lights, Camera, Lashes on sale for $10... FOR A FULL SIZE TUBE! What?!? Was that real life? Yes, yes it was. 
Anyways, that was back in March and I hoarded it until I got home from Georgia because I wanted to use it when people would actually notice me & the effort I put into my face. 
I love love love the way this makes me lashes look: black, full, & oh so long. I want nothing more than to use it every day, but I'm back to hoarding it for weekends and days when see clients.
Another eye obsession this month is black (7)Jordana Fabuliner. It glides on my eyes really smoothly and the pointed felt tip is awesome for winging & tapering the liner to blend into my lash line. Plus it stays put & doesn't fade much at all throughout the day/night.
Toward the beginning of the month I purchased Real Techniques starter set, because my brushes all seemed to start to fall apart at the same time, cool story.  
The set is an awesome eyeshadow brush set & I really love all the brushes that it came with and it was only $18 ish from Ulta & I didn't pay that much for it, I used my points so I had a wee bit of a discount. While I really enjoy using all the brushes the Deluxe Crease brush is my favorite, it's huge, fluffy, & blends eyeshadows together beautifully so my eyeshadow flows and doesn't have awkward harsh lines, those aren't cute.
Last but not least in beauty:
(8)Black Raspberry Vanilla body mist from Bath & Body Works has made a reappearance in my life. I bought this a year or so ago and used it for a while and then got tired of it like I do with some many things. But I was cleaning out my room when I moved home and found it, spritzed it, & fell in love all over again. I use it mostly every day, I've been loving the scent of all things vanilla-y lately. And that's a nice segue into my next favorite for April. I'm thinking this is on it's way to an all-time-favorite.
Folger's Gourmet (9)Vanilla Biscotti k-cups. I'm a huge coffee drinker and caffeine addict in general, I would like to say I want to join a support group or something to stop, but honestly I don't give a damn and will likely continue my bad bad habit.  Anyways, I drink 2 -3 of these bad boys a day. Black with 2 sugars. And by sugar I do mean Splenda, also a bad bad habit. Again, I don't really care, I luurrve it! It's so fantastic.  
Go out and purchase a Keurig and some Folgers, you won't regret it. Blame me for your newfound coffee addiction. You won't be the first I've corrupted.

And for my final favorite:
I leave you with a song.
I Want Crazy - Hunter Hayes
It's perfect for rolling all the windows down, playing loudly, & singing at the top of my lungs. Everyone already knows I'm loud & obnoxious, might as well, right?
Plus it's pretty much how I've been feeling this month. Things are starting to look up for this girl!

Things I've learned this month:
Moving back in with your parents after 3.5 years on your own in your own apartment is quite difficult.
Moving from an apartment to yourself to your childhood room is challenging;
Where do you put everything?
Free gym membership through college is the best thing ever, take full advantage of it.
Starting a business is hard freaking work. 
Okay, so I already knew this. I just thought I would have a few more years to build a client base. Ha funny plan, chickie.
Man plans. God laughs.
I do not now, nor will I ever, want to be an investment banker, I wish those people would stop calling me to interview for their open positions.
Blogging is fun.

Thanks so much for reading about my April favorites! 
What are your favorites for this month? Let me know in the comments! 

**These views are my own & honest opinions. 
I purchased these products with my own money and am in no way affiliated with any company mentioned.**