Long-Lasting Makeup 101 – Foundation ♥

If I had a Nickel for every time someone asked me how to make their foundation or makeup in general last longer, I would probably have enough money to own my own private island. No, but seriously. It took me forever to figure out how to make my foundation last all day, and even now I am still learning different techniques to use. The fun thing about makeup is that it is an ever-growing thing. There isn’t just one way of doing things or just one product to use for things. You can play around and make it your own. With that said, I figured I would write this post and try to explain how I make my makeup last, the things that I use, and little tips that I’ve learned along the way. Keep in mind, I am in no way an “expert” I don’t believe any makeup artist is, because like I said before, Makeup is an ever-growing thing. You make it your own with whatever works for you. These are tips and tricks that I use and have worked for myself and some friends and family,  so feel free to try these products, tips, and tricks, and let me know if they worked for you!

Skincare.

First and Foremost, Skincare is the most important part of makeup application. Just like an artist, you want to have an even blank canvas that you can paint on easily. Throughout the years I have noticed that when I wasn’t taking care of my skin, it would become either extremely oily or extremely dry depending on the weather/season. Now, for most of us that is normal, for me on the other hand, it was not. I would have little bumps all over my face, and a lot of the time my foundation would stick to dry patches but then slide off my face in other areas. With that said, I learned along the way that skincare was extremely important for makeup application, it just makes things so much easier and things look so much smoother.

Once you figure out whether you have oily, dry, or a combination of both skin types, your life gets that much easier. Trust me. You want to make sure that the face washes you are using are made for your skin type because many times it can dry out your skin, make it oily, give you acne, rashes, etc. So you definitely want to make sure you are using the proper type of face wash. Same goes for toners and moisturizers. If you have oily skin you still must moisturize just as much as us dry skin folks. If your skin is hydrated it is easier to apply makeup and have it last all day.

*Oils and serums can be your best friend as well, especially if you leave them on overnight. They can help repair the skin and help with hydration, wrinkles, collagen, etc.

I Use:
Murad Essential-C Cleanser
Murad Blackhead Remover
Philosophy Hope In A Jar Night Moisturizer
Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Gel Moisturizer
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil & Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

* My Skincare routine is not a set in stone routine, a lot of times your skin gets accustomed to the same products so I like to switch it up and see what works in the moment.

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Primer.

Before I get into the actual foundation process I want to quickly touch on primers. Some people don’t like primers and that’s fine, but for me I think it works wonders. I have very large pores so when I apply foundation you can pretty much see those pores right through any foundation, even if it is full coverage. When I apply a primer underneath my foundation not only does it help smooth my skin texture, but when using the right primer, it can help fill in pores and also help my foundation last longer. There are so many different primers out in the makeup world so try some out and see what fits best with your skin type. As of now, I can’t say I have any holy grail primers, but I do have a few favorites that I tend to go back to from time to time.

I Use:
Too Faced Primed & Poreless (Perfect for those of you with large pores, it minimizes them)
Sonia Kashuk Mattifying Primer (For those of you with oily skin, this is a must try)
Benefit Porefessional (Great for those with large pores, also helps with long lasting foundation & smooth skin).

*Primer is applied after moisturizer but before foundation.

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Foundation.

There’s this misconception out in the makeup world that says any foundation is supposed to last all day with no touch ups. False. You’re going to have to touch up at least once and not all foundations are long wearing foundations. For those of you who want long-lasting foundation, you have to look for anything “long lasting” or “longwear”. Most foundations that I have personally tried don’t last more than 4-5 hrs without needing a touch up or just fully sliding off my face. When I do need a long lasting foundation I make sure to use the ones that are meant for that purpose.

I Use:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation (My first and forever love of foundations, literally stays on all day)
Makeup Forever HD Foundation (Perfect for photos and video)
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (or any MAC foundation in this case, they’re so great for full coverage long lasting foundations)

* Start with a light coat of foundation and gradually add more as needed to amp up the coverage. (If already full coverage foundation, be careful you can look cakey if you continue to add more to your first coat). Patting your foundation using a damp sponge or Beauty Blender rather than swirling it around with a brush helps the foundation settle into skin and helps get rid of any excess foundation that lays on top of your skin (also helps give you an airbrush finish).

Setting Powder.

Last but definitely not least, you want to finish your foundation application by setting it. Setting your foundation can also help make your foundation last longer, especially if you have oily skin. You can use a powder foundation (loose or pressed) or a translucent powder. If you want that little bit of extra coverage a powder foundation would be the way to go, if you feel you have enough coverage with your foundation alone then a translucent powder will work best.

I Use:
Urban Decay Ultra definition Loose Setting Powder (This stuff is amazing, I have a whole blogpost about it here)
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder (Translucent, great consistency, blurs pores and fine lines!)
Urban Decay All Nighter Long -Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Best setting spray ever).

* lightly sweep the powder over your face with a large powder brush. A little goes a long way, you do not want to look powdery or cakey. Spritz a little setting spray to get rid of that powdery look and to also help set everything in place.

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These are basically all of my little tips and tricks and some of the products I’ve been using to keep my foundation lasting all day. I hope this was helpful and if you want to see a video of my foundation routine click here. (I have switched up a few products here and there but hopefully this helps).

xo, Jess♥

 

 

California OOTD – Day 3 ♥

The third day in California was one of my favorite days, ever. We got to go to one of the happiest places on earth. Most people get to experience this place when they are younger and it’s usually with their families. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. I can say, that I am fortunate enough to even have had the experience at all, but a part of me wishes I was able to go when I was younger with my family, like most people. You guys are probably wondering what I’m talking about…right? Two words. DisneyLand.

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Now, most of you may be saying to yourselves, “Isn’t she Twenty-Three years old?” yes, I am. I am indeed Twenty-Three and a hopeless romantic who still enjoys Disney for what it is. I was never able to experience this with my parents like so many children have. One thing I always told myself I would do before I had children of my own, was to go to Disney. Now although I don’t plan on having children any time soon, I wanted to take the opportunity to experience the joy that so many people my age have already experienced.

It was everything I imagined and more. Magical. Refreshing. Inspiring. I just keep thinking, if this is what DisneyLand is like then I can only imagine what DisneyWorld will be like (I do plan on going to Disney World sometime in the near future).

Disney to me is more than just Mickey and Minnie. It is more. So much more. Let me first start off by saying that the simple fact that Walt Disney himself was able to create this whole world of magic, as he would like to call it, is just crazy to me. How can someone’s imagination run so free and so wild? Besides that, I have always been a hopeless romantic and true believer of true love and happy endings. I truly believe that everyone can have it all, just like the Disney Princesses. We can all have our own happy endings as long as we believe. Everyone is meant to have a happy ending, but it all come downs to knowing what truly makes you happy and what you consider to be your happy ending.

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The outfit.

Haha. I can honestly say this outfit was not thought about before actually wearing it. I did not mean to wear a  shirt that had a mouth with its tongue sticking out on it, to Disney. Going back and looking at the pictures I thought it was hilarious that in some pictures it looked like my shirt was licking the Disney characters. Other than that. I loved this outfit. It was so comfortable and free, perfect for the weather too. Throughout the day I had to put on a cardigan because it got chilly after the sun went down.

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After Disney, we decided to head to downtown Long Beach. We had been staying in that area but only got to explore a little on our first day there. We sat by the pier and just enjoyed the view. Like everywhere and everything in California, it was beautiful and breathtaking.

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Outfit Details:

Shirt (Cotton On – here)
Leggings (Cotton On – here)
Cardigan (Forever 21 – old)
Sandals (mom gave them to me, not sure from where)
Sunglasses (Ray-ban – here)

Hoodie (Purchased at the Santa Monica Pier the night before)

xo, Jess ♥

Foundation Routine ♥ Application, Contour, & Highlight

Hey Loves!

My foundation routine is something that has been asked about continuously even before I had a youtube channel or a blog. Now it is asked about even more because my friends and family know I am constantly trying out new foundations and products.

For a while I was set on the Revlon Colorstay Foundation and was loving every single bit of it! It was for sure my holy grail foundation, especially during the hot summer days! Once the summer was over, my skin did a major 180 change and went from being super oily to super dry. I still get oily from time to time on my T-Zone but for the most part if I don’t moisturize you will deff. know! Since my skin had changed so drastically the foundations that I was using were not working well. They looked extremely matte and cakey. No one likes cake face so something had to change.

I ended up picking up the Neutrogena Healthy Skin and for a while that was working perfectly! I was using this everyday in combination with my Bare Minerals Matte Foundation and it was the perfect combo.

Once I began interning for Sonia Kashuk I was able to try a few of her products. One of those products was her Perfecting Luminous Foundation. Let me tell you… This has legitimately been my obsession ever since! It leaves my skin glowing! It’s the perfect amount of coverage, full coverage of course, but my skin still peeks through for a sort of natural finish. I honestly have been recommending this foundation to every one I know because I cannot get enough of it!

I decided to film my Foundation Routine so you guys are able to see how the foundation applies and also so you can all see how I contour and highlight as well. I get a ton of questions always asking me what products I use for my face, not including eyeshadows and lipsticks.

So alas, here is my foundation routine! I hope you guys enjoy it & if you find this helpful please like, comment, subscribe to my channel, and of course share with your friends! love you ♥

PRODUCTS USED:

♥ Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Vitamin-Rich Primer
♥ Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation { 06 Camel }
♥ Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer { Neutralizer }
♥ MAC Prolongwear Concealer { NW 35 }
♥ Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder { Medium Deep }
♥ Anastasia Beverly Hills Countour Kit { Havana, Fawn, Banana }
♥ Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush { Pink }
♥ Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Highlighting Powder

xo, Jess ♥

A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette: Review ♥

Hey everyone!

Too Faced Cosmetics recently released a new palette called “A Few Of My Favorite Things”. I saw a few youtubers talking about the palette and once I saw the eyeshadows that came with it, I instantly decided that it had to be mine. Being that I love sparkly eyeshadow rather than matte, I felt that this palette was appropriate for me, especially for outings. The colors are beautiful and the pigmentation is incredible. The set comes with 20 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers, 1 mascara, 1 lip product, and a cute cosmetic pouch that everything fits right in.

The Packaging!
Anyone who knows me, can tell you that I am a total sucker for packaging and this, my friends, is a prime example of how marketing wins again. First of all, I don’t know any girl who is not obsessed with Chevron anything. I mean, I’m a girl and I have a whole Chevron wall in my living room. Does that make me crazy? let’s hope not. Anyway, on top of the beautiful Chevron Print, they chose the perfect color packaging. The mixture between gold and pink is just so beautiful and girly. I truly love it. 

The Eyeshadows!

The eyeshadow colors are just incredible! Honestly, The pictures I show you do not do them justice what so ever. They are creamy and pigmented. I love that most of the shades have a shimmer to them because I find that shimmer looks great with my skin tone, so I tend to reach for those types of eyeshadows rather than matte ones. I do have to say that the matte colors were a bit chalky and a little difficulty to blend out but that isn’t a deal breaker for me due to the fact that there aren’t many matte colors. I deff. think my favorite colors are Tinsel, Bluff, and Party Time. They look like they’re one color but in the light it reflects into a different color. Tinsel turns greenish, Bluff turns purplish-blue, and Party Time has this blue silver reflection. SO beautiful. Coquet is also one of those types of shades but I found that when applied it just looked gold, there was no pink at all so it’s sort of misleading. Here is a closer look at the eyeshadows:

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Third Row
Fourth Row
This Palette not only comes with these gorgeous shades of eyeshadows, but it also comes with 2 blushes and 2 bronzers. I’ve tried the bronzers on their own before this palette and they were basically my skin color so unfortunately, it doesn’t really do anything for me. The blushes on the other hand are visible on my skin tone but I deff.  think they would look better on lighter skin tones just because they show up more vividly. Here are some swatches of both blushes and bronzers:
As I mentioned before, the palette also came with a mascara and a lip product. The mascara is so good! I have been eyeing this mascara for a while but hadn’t heard anyone really rave about it so decided to wait on it. I’m so glad that it came with this palette because I’ve honestly fallen in love with it. It makes my eyelashes look long and curled without me having to use an eyelash curler. Usually I apply two coats of three different mascara’s but lately I have only been using this one and that for me is a HUGE deal. so, yay! for less of an eyelash struggle in the morning!
The lip product on the other hand, I am not really a fan of. It is supposed to be a lip plumper type of product and I do think it works but, for one, the color is terrible for my skin tone, so I couldn’t pull it off even if I wanted to. And two, my lips tend to always get extremely chapped and dry during the fall and winter months, so I struggle with lipsticks because they tend to bring out the flakiness and dry skin, unfortunately, this lipstick is no different. You will see in the picture that my lips not only look pale, but they look so chapped and flakey. I tried using a lip scrub and moisturizing before application and that did not work either, I honestly think it made it worse. Gross! I deff. will not be using this product on my own lips at all. 
 Here is a close up picture of the mascara and the lip product: 

And last but not least, There is also this cute little makeup pouch that comes with the palette. The palette, mascara, and lip product all fit into this pouch perfectly so you can carry everything with you if you have to travel. How cute is it?

Price: $56.00 USD (Valued at $436.00 USD)
Where can you purchase? Sephora.com, Toofaced.com
Overall Thoughts: I am obsessed! I think it’s an awesome deal and totally worth it. I will be doing a few YouTube videos featuring this palette so you guys can see how the colors look on the eye! I would deff.  recommend this palette for any season because of the variety of shades!
hope you enjoyed!
xo
   Jess