2.28.2016

Second Time's a Charm: RMS Beauty Master Mixer

I had a sample of the cult-favorite RMS Beauty Living Luminizer a few years ago and remember not being incredibly impressed with it, despite all the raves. The pearly white highlight just wasn't the best match for my warm complexion. Fast forward a few years, and RMS has just released their newest highlight, Master Mixer, and it is a MUST. HAVE.
Master Mixer ($38) is a beigey, rose-gold cream highlighter. It's housed in the standard RMS Beauty glass pot that is tiny and perfect for throwing in your makeup bag. I use my ring finger to dab this goodness onto the tops of my cheekbones and anywhere else I feel like could use a boost of luminescence, and the effect is beautiful.

The texture is creamy, but not greasy, and it wears well on the skin throughout the day, while still maintaining its dewy finish. It makes the skin look so incredibly healthy and luminous without being dramatic or over-the-top, and the shade is so much more complementary on my skin tone than Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Master Mixer
I mean...seriously, right? Gorgeous.
Wearing RMS Beauty Master Mixer
Master Mixer is actually marketed as a multi-purpose product that can be mixed with other products and used on the lips and eyes too, although I have yet to use it for any other purpose besides highlighting the skin. I'm planning on putting it to the test on my lids soon, though. Glossy lids, come to mama.


2.22.2016

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Does Matte Skin the Right Way

Despite some of their base products having a cult following, I've never fallen in love with any of NARS' foundation offerings in the past. My skin got very shiny with Sheer Glow (although this was years back when my skin was much oilier than it is now) and All Day Luminous clung to dry patches I didn't even know I had. I'd been meaning to try their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, but when I saw NARS' newest release, Velvet Matte Skin Tint, it had my name written all over it.
After studying swatches online, I was afraid I might not be able to find the perfect match for me within the shade range, however, Alaska turned out to be a great match, in both depth of shade and undertone. 

Although marketed as more of a tinted moisturizer type of product than a true foundation, Velvet Matte Skin Tint has a thicker consistency with solid, medium coverage that is more reminiscent of a foundation. Because of this, I don't prefer to apply it with fingers, as you often can with tinted moisturizers, because I think the product really benefits from, and almost requires, a brush and/or damp beauty blender to thoroughly buff the product into the skin.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Alaska
Below, I'm wearing just one layer of product. You can gauge the coverage of it by the redness around my nose and the monstrosity on my chin. I really don't need much concealer when I wear this base. Despite the higher pigmentation, Velvet Matte Skin Tint doesn't look heavy or cakey on the skin, and the finish is more of a soft matte than a powdery, true matte. It has excellent oil-controlling properties that allow me to get away with being able to blot less often than usual, and at the end of the day, I notice the product doesn't break down in my oilier areas like most foundations do.

Bare skin (left) and with NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Alaska
On this particular day, I skipped the powder altogether and I applied a touch of highlighter on my cheekbones. The shine on my nose is all me (that has always been my oiliest area). I think you can really appreciate the true finish of the Velvet Matte Skin Tint here. It's a soft, natural looking matte that doesn't make the skin look flat or weighed down. It's a pretty fantastic base, and I've been using it exclusively since it came home with me.

I have to say, my love for the Velvet Matte Skin Tint more than makes up for my disappointment following the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. For those who have normal to oily skin types and favor products with a respectable amount of coverage, this will be right up your alley. Prepare to be impressed by how well this wears throughout the day. I know I was.

2.01.2016

A Couple of First Aid Beauty Treats

I've tried a handful of products from the First Aid Beauty line, including their Facial Radiance Pads and Ultra Repair Lotion, and I've had great experiences with them all. I decided to pick up a couple things that I'd had my eye on for quite some time, and they've quickly become staples in my beauty routine.
The Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm ($20) is the reason I made a pitstop at Sephora. A lot of people rave about the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm, but unfortunately, it made my lips peel, so I had to stop using it. This FAB balm has the same thicker texture and ability to lock in my lips' hydration for hours on end as the Nuxe, except my lips remain smooth and supple when I use them. One of the things I think drew people to the Nuxe balm, as well, was that it has a matte finish, unlike a lot of other balms on the market, and this FAB balm also maintains that quality. It's great on its own, during the daytime or overnight, and it works brilliantly under lipstick because it doesn't have much slip to it.

The other product I picked up was the Eye Duty Triple Remedy ($36). It's an eye treatment that I've incorporated into my morning routine, applying it before under eye concealer. I tap the product on with my finger and take my time smoothing it in using the metal applicator before buffing it all in with a concealer brush. It's a product that aims to brighten, depuff and smooth, and I can honestly say it does all three. 

The salmon tint counteracts dark circles to an extent where additional concealer likely wouldn't even be necessary for those with just a bit of darkness under their eyes. For me, I appreciate that it gives an extra, much needed dose of brightness and coverage under my usual concealer. It immediately reminded me of a lighter, more subtle version of the salmon Armani Master Corrector. The metal applicator is responsible for a lot of why I love the product so much, too. It feels incredibly cooling and soothing against the skin (reminiscent of the  old cold-spoon-on-your-eyes-after-a-good-cry trick), and it helps to increase circulation and depuff the area. It instantly makes me look more revitalized and awake than I often feel when I'm applying my makeup at the wee hours of the morning.
I love the no-fuss simplicity behind First Aid Beauty's range, and I couldn't be more impressed with this pair of products. It kind of makes me wonder what other gems must be lurking on the FAB shelves at Sephora...

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