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Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin liquid Candlelight

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Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight liquid

I bought the Celestial Skin Liquid in Candlelight when I bought the powder at the Makeup Show in March. I actually prefer liquid highlighters to powders, despite my oily skin because liquid highlighters give a more natural glow to the skin and Isn’t usually overly glittery or harsh. Powders have a tendency to be too harsh and it’s easy to overdo it with the powders. Also, liquid highlighters can be used a variety of ways. I personally like to mix it with my foundation or I will use it as a primer before foundation.

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Kevyn Aucoin candlelight liquid

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Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight liquid

This product is really nice and lightweight. It has a thin consistency so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It’s not glittery or too shinny or oily. The color is a light, subtle gold so it will look natural on it’s own, mixed with moisturizer, so when the light hits it right, the skin will look radiant and healthy.

My only complaint; I really dislike the pump because too much product shoots out and you really only need a little, even when using it all over the face. Half a pump is more than enough but I sometimes forget the pump issue and I end up wasting half of what comes out. I hate wasting product!

However, overall I happy with the product. Personally I love the powder so much more but using the two together the skin looks radiant and beautiful!

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Using both the liquid and the powder

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Colorpop Ultra Mattes Tulle, Chilly Chili, Zipper

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Colourpop Ultra Mattes Tulle, Zipper, Chilly Chili

I love these liquid lipsticks. They are cheap but work well and they last about 4 – 5 hours before it starts to completely rub away. They are not a gloss, they are completely matte so the lips might feel a bit dry but my lips aren’t cracking. Just exfoliate the lips and they will look amazing. Of course if you want it to be more moisturizing or want it to look glossy, you can always add some clear gloss on top and/or apply lip balm before the lipstick. At 6 bucks a pop, these are a steal and they have a nice variety of shades to suit everyone.

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Zipper, Chilly Chili, Tulle


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Tulle

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Tulle

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Zipper


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Zipper

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Chilly Chili

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Chilly Chili

Armani Maestro Foundation 10

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“Get a no makeup feel while achieving foundation coverage that locks into place. Inspired by the thinnest fabric in the world, super organza, Maestro Fusion makeup is a waterless suspension of volatile oils and pigments to allow ultimate comfort and weightless coverage. Featuring an ultra-thin texture and oil-pigment suspension that supports perfecting the complexion, this makeup hydrates the skin while adapting to the skin’s texture and tone.”

I’m not one to give into the hype of beauty products. I’m usually loyal to a brand or product that I love. But I’ve been on the hunt for a really good foundation that gives good coverage, looks natural and feels good on the skin. I got a sample of this at Nordstrom and I instantly fell in love. It goes on like a dream!
The foundation is so light and silky, I forget I’m wearing anything and the coverage is buildable from sheer to medium. It dries semi- matte and i don’t need to use powder for a nice natural, look.
I applied this with my fingers because i wanted it to melt into my skin. I find when using a brush for a lot of foundations either moves the product around too much, not giving an even coverage and I waste product because the brush or sponge sucks up some of the foundation.
I wore this for 6-7 hours without any fading or oxidizing. And within that time, my skin wasn’t oily and still looked fresh.
And i couldn’t believe the shade was perfect, 10; not too red or orange. A lot of these prestigious foundations can’t get the colors right for dark skinned beauties but it works for me.

I can’t say enough good stuffabout this foundation. It’s expensive, @ $62 but i only plan on using this when i go out, not everyday wear, so it should last a while.

Bottomline, go try this!

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Armani Maestro 10

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Wearing Maestro 10

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Powder Candlelight

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I’ve been wanting(more like obsessing over) this highlight powder for at least a year now. Every year, I go to a makeup show I intend on buying it but leave without it in my bag. Not this year! This year at the makeup show, I made it my life’s purpose to hit the Kevyn Aucoin booth for this and I’m so glad I did! I can’t believe I have waited this long to buy this.

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I wore this the next day and O.M.G….I could’ve died right there and my life would’ve been complete. I immediately fell in love with this the moment I swept this over my cheeks. The powder is so silky and smooth it blends flawlessly and effortlessly. I have quite a few highlight powders(cause I am a highlight junkie) and this by far was the most impressive powder I have ever tried; No chunky glitter or harsh, noticeable shimmer on the cheekbones. It’s very light and subtle for a natural look. I got a lot of compliments on my glowing skin that day! The color is perfect, it’s a champagne with golden undertones. I find that champagne highlight powders can look too cool and make darker skin look a bit on the ashy side. I didn’t find this one to be too cool, It was just right.

The packaging is small, fits in my hand but great for travel. I feel like it’s a small amount of product however I’m not using this baby every day and I don’t have to load this product on my brush so it will more than likely last me forever. I do use this a lot though for it has become my new favorite highlight powder.

My suggestion: Go get it!

Face Atelier Foundation and Ultra Sheer Reviews

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations and Ultra Sheer

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations and Ultra Sheer

 

I got some samples of Face Atelier foundations recently and I wore it for about a week.  I wanted to test these more so because I wanted to update and add some foundations to my makeup kit. First off, the samples are enough to wear 3-6 days, depending on how much you use. I used mine for a week because the coverage is really good and you don’t need a lot of product.

The foundation is really lightweight and it feels nice on the skin. It is silicone based  so it acts as a 2 in 1, face primer and foundation, however I liked it best when I wore my Laura Mercier Primer underneath. This is great for a makeup artist, or makeup addict, because of the build-able coverage. There is also no SPF which is perfect for photos and because it is silicone based it’s mature skin friendly because it helps fill in fine lines.

There is a wide range of foundation shades so it’s a pretty good chance you can find your shade and they mix easily to customize shades. What I LOVE about Face Atelier is that they have foundation adjusters; Zero- is a white color to lighten a shade if it is too dark, Zero+ is used to darken a shade that’s too light and Zero++ is if you need a shade for beautiful, chocolate skin. There is also Heat, a reddish orange color, to add warmth to foundation or can be used to color correct medium-darker skin(IE. discoloration, dark spots, acne scarring, dark circles). I actually used the foundation with and with Heat and I really liked the foundation with the adjuster in Heat. My skin looked a lot less flat.

Face Atelier Heat Swatch

Face Atelier Heat Swatch

 

This foundation gave great coverage and covered my dark spots without a problem. The finish was smooth and dewy but not oily or greasy. It really did look like skin. I wore the foundation all day. After about 5 hours I noticed my skin was a bit oily but my skin still had good amount of coverage. Not a lot of fading at the end of the day.  I was really impressed with this foundation.

I used shade 10, Cocoa, which was a little too light for me initially so I also added a bit of Zero+ to darken it a bit and it matched Nicely. Also I found that Zero+ could possible be a match for someone with a darker skin tone, like NC 45-50. I am definitely more of Zero+.

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 10 and 0+

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 10 and 0+

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 0+ and 10 and Ultra Sheer 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Foundations 0+ and 10 and Ultra Sheer 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer 4 and 2

I also got samples of Face Atelier’s Ultra Sheer. It’s a liquid highlighter to mix with foundation or moisturizer to make the skin look more lively and glowy. I am a fanatic for highlighters. I’ve tried some great ones and some that were just glitter for the face-not so great in my opinion especially if you’re trying for a natural look. I really liked these highlighters because it wasn’t glittery at all and it gave a nice subtle sheen to the skin. It’s very subtle and natural. 2 is a champagne color, 4 is a peach color. Both are great for all skin tones.  Again the formula wasn’t greasy. It was super lightweight

Face Atelier  Ultra Sheer swatches 2 and 4

Face Atelier Ultra Sheer swatches 2 and 4

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation 10 and 0+ mixed.

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation 10 and 0+ mixed with Ultra Sheer 2 on cheeks.

Wearing 10 and 0+ mixed with Ultra Sheer 2 on the cheeks.

Wearing 10 and 0+ mixed with Ultra Sheer 2 on the cheeks.

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation Zero+ mixed with a bit of Heat with Ultra Sheer 4 On the cheek bones.

Wearing Face Atelier Foundation Zero+ mixed with a bit of Heat with Ultra Sheer 4 On the cheek bones.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

I have been wanting to try these for a few years now but I have never committed myself to them until now. I have heard and read that a lot of makeup artists rave about these but honestly they have been outside my price range.

I am super impressed and happy I added these to my kit. The sensual skin enhancers may be used as a concealer, foundation, contour or highlight. It’s a cream formula. It’s really pigmented which makes it good to use as a spot concealer and/or to brighten up under the eyes but because the texture is light it can be sheered out to use as a foundation. The formula is super smooth and creamy. It’s not thick, not oily and it gives a beautiful finish. I added the shades 5, 8, 11, 13, 16. I was supposed to get shade 1 so I could have the lightest shade and the darker shade and a couple in between shades so I may mix and customize but the associate gave me 11 instead. It’s all good though. I’m sure I could use 11 on someone.

L-R= 5, 8, 11, 13, 16

L-R= 5, 8, 11, 13, 16

5, 8, 11, 13, 16

5, 8, 11, 13, 16

I used this on a client who had some pretty bad discoloration and scarring and I used #13 to color correct because it has a bit of a salmon undertone and it covered her dark areas really well. I was super impressed. And I only used a little at a time to build the coverage.

They can be easily mixed to customize foundation shades. I was initially annoyed with how small the pots are for the price however I found that you don’t need a lot of product to cover the face. The coverage is good enough for a less is more application. I found this really easy to work with. The only thing I don’t particularly like about these is that they do have a scent to them. And it lingers for a bit after application. But other than the scent I’ve had no issues with these.

Wearing #13

Wearing #13

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers

Skin Authority Super C Serum

51103-SuperCSerum

With a high, natural Vitamin C content, this serum is used to tighten, tone and brighten the skin. It can be used on the face, neck and eye areas. The vitamin c works to stimulate collagen production to help firm the skin and even out the skin tone. This also claims to boost UV defense when used with a broad spectrum sunscreen. It helps fight hyper-pigmentation, dark circles, crows feel and dull or sagging skin.
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I have been using this for a few months, since October or November, and I haven’t looked back. I absolutely love this product. My skin looks and feel very smooth and firm. I haven’t been wearing foundation a lot lately, with the exception of going out, because I don’t feel it necessary. I primarily wear foundation to help even out my skin tone because I can look really pale or blotchy. But now my skin is that smooth and I don’t doubt it. I can’t remember the last time my skin was so smooth and clear! I’m super impressed!

The serum is not oily or sticky and absorbs well into the skin. It’s not oily or greasy, it doesn’t break me out, irritate or burn my skin(not even a little tingle). It comes with a dropper and I only need 2 dots to cover my face. I use another dot of serum for my neck area. Keep the neck nice and firm, you know?
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I use it in the day mostly; after I wash my face I apply the super c serum then I apply my Spf or tinted moisturizer  when I wear it. I notice whenever I wear the serum under my tinted moisturizer my skin looks dewy and really healthy.  I have received many compliments on my skin since putting this in rotation. The super c serum with the Skin Authority Accelerating gel is magical!

A+ because it works!

What’s your favorite serum for the skin?