Friday, June 12, 2015

MAKEUP FOREVER STEP 1 SKIN EQUALIZER







Hello all my wonderful peeps

I am little behind to review these primers even though I got them the month they were released.  Sorry guys for such delayed review. It’s challenging to juggle between work, home and kids. I love doing what I do! Blogging, Makeup, photography and technology. I feel caught up sometimes to do things on time but I never feel tired or bored. 

So back to the topic on these equalizer primers. I will be honest I know every one is different so something might work for me might not work for you, and that’s why I always tell my clients and readers to get a sample of everything and try it out first before committing to full size. I love Makeup Forever; this was one of the first 4 brands I started out as a MUA. This brand is trustworthy and I love using their HD line, from foundations to blushes. But for some reason I wasn’t very excited to use their new formulated Step 1 primers. I look for 3 things in products as a MUA
Cost effective
Long lasting
Photo friendly.

They pretty much fall in all three categories. Pricing at 36 US dollars weighing 1.0oz they come in 11 shades with 6 just for radiance for different skin tones. I liked how they came with 6 different radiance shades for accompanying different skin tones and the best part is you can even mix it to customize. 

I tested all 4 of them under different foundations and just powder foundation since its summer. It held up to good 8 to 10 hours.  I even tried mixing 2 primers and used it to see how it goes and it went pretty decent.
These primers also claim to have some skin care benefits as well. According to Makeup Forever it features Acti Tensor 3D Hyaluronic Acid and regeactive, which helps to hydrate, firm and smooth skin to create the perfect makeup canvas. 

I did see in their ingredients that they do have some skin care added to it, so it’s a plus thus you can use it alone and just top it with your favorite powder foundation in summer.
Among all of their primers I love the radiance much better than the other ones. The nourishing one is ok it’s not that promising but I like the Mattifying, Smoothing and Radiance primers the most. Smoothing primer, which is said to be used for mature skin to blur any wrinkles, pores and other imperfections. All 6 radiance primers have some tint added to them for evening out skin tone adding radiance and to wipe out any skin imperfections. 

SEPHORA DESCRIPTION:
Step 1 Skin Equalizer is available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern: 
Texture: 
Mattifying Primer reduces shine for oily skin. 
Smoothing Primer evens the skin's texture. 
Hydrating Primer preps normal skin and restores balance. 
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts. 
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes. 

Tone: 
Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin. 
Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin. 
Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin. 
Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin. 
Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin. 

My ratings on these primers are 7 out of 10. Since all of them are not meeting their description except for the Radiance Smoothing and Mattifying one. Like I said everything works different depending on their skin condition and requirement, its always good rule of thumb to try out before you come to a conclusion. 

I hope you liked my post and I will be coming with more.  Until you read again,

Take care & Good Luck 

XOXO




Thursday, June 4, 2015

SEPHORA FAVORITES SUN SAFETY KIT 2015 REVIEW










Hello Folks!

With sun shining right at your head and summer at its peak, are you prepared? For the beach party for the tea parties and of course the theme parks and all cruises and vacations and what not!!!

I like summer but I love winter more, I do enjoy summer but sometimes heat bothers me a lot. I did talk about sunscreen and its benefits in my previous post briefly (click here) It’s a must have accessory for your summer just as important as pair of sunglasses. You take it everywhere you go.

Sephora recently released its summer favorites. By the way I always look forward to Sephora favorites, they offer great things with amazing prices in one bundle so that you get to try a little bit of everything. If you have not yet tried any of their favorites go on Sephora.com and explore! You will love it!

The sun safety Kit from Sephora is by far my favorite. It offers you a wide range of SPF for face eyes and lips to try and it only cost 32 US Dollars. Yes! You heard me darlings! Its 32! And what’s more amazing is they donate 20 dollar from every kit sold to Skin Cancer Foundation, they have raised more than 3.7 million so far just alone with this kit. I felt so good when I found out that every 20 dollars are going for a good cause. Its like you are only paying 12 dollars technically. I want to purchase more of these and do a summer give away upon reaching 1k on my INSTAGRAM followers In Sha Allah.

Beside the price tag and the amazing donation part this set contains many amazing products. From all in one BB to CC creams, to the cult favorite fresh sugar lip balm not to forget sunless self tanners for the bronzy glowy summer skin. I have tried few of them in the past like Amore Pacific SPF, Josie Maran moisturizer, and some of them are decent full size. This set is valued up to 155 dollars. What better way to safe your skin from harmful sun rays along saving some money need I say more!


This set contains:

- 0.2 oz AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF 30 

- 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50 

- 0.5 oz Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Light Medium 

- 0.25 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen 

- 0.17 oz Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 
- 0.08 oz Fresh® Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 
- 0.5 oz Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 
- 0.34 oz Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 30 
- 0.17 oz Murad® Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 
- 0.1 oz Ole Henriksen total truth™ eye crème SPF 15 
- 0.5 oz Origins VitaZing™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer with Mangosteen 
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion SPF 30 
- 0.6 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce Broad Spectrum Water Resistant (80 Minutes) 
- 1.69 oz St. Tropez One Night Only in Light-Medium 
- 0.34 oz Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 
- 0.34 oz Vita Liberata Passion Flower & Argan Dry Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 
- Travel bag 

The travel bag is so cute and it’s huge! You can put your makeup skincare and more. Its clear sturdy vinyl bag very travel friendly and the hot pink detailing just stole my heart <3 I am sure you will love all the 16 products the set has to offer. They are all best sellers from top selling brands and of course Sephora’s favorite.

Definitely try this set and I am sure it’s available worldwide. You can click HERE to order it, and click HERE to read the article related to this set. I hope you enjoyed my post as much I enjoyed putting it together for you all.

Until you read again take care and Good Luck
XOXO