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Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

I love a good BB, CC, or tinted moisturizer. Especially with the weather getting warmer, the lighter the layers on my face, the better. I’ve spoken already about the It Cosmetics CC Cream and how, though I really like the finish, it doesn’t last a super long time on me. After using this for quite some time, I wanted to try something new.

I’d heard really good things about the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, so I wanted to give it a try. It has an SPF of 42, and many ingredients that I love: collagen, ceramides, Hyaluronic acid, and jojoba. I luckily chose a good shade in No. 23, which is a great match for me (BB creams tend to have a bit more give since they tend to be thinner formulas). This BB had a light to medium, very natural skin-like finish. I’d say it was a demi-matte finish, which is definitely my preference. The finish lasted on me for quite a while, it wasn’t until the 7 or 8 hour mark that I started showing some shine. Even then, the makeup didn’t break up or cake.

I purchased mine on Amazon for $10, which was an absolute bargain for how great this is. Mine was the “Line Friends Edition” packaging which is this adorable bear, and I will purchase it in this packaging whenever I can because it just looks so cute on my table!

Have you tried Missha’s BB cream?

What were your thoughts?

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Bright Manicures

China Glaze in Lemon Fizz

Spring is here, and with the sun being out I’ve been totally inspired to brighten up my nails. Though I don’t usually go for very dark colors because I don’t like removing them or staining my nails, I do usually stick to nudes, neutrals, and soft pinks. But for spring and summer, I like to take the more vivid colors out of my collection.

I’ve always preferred to paint my own nails. First off, I find it very relaxing. Secondly, I get bored quickly with the color of my nails, so it’s easier for me to change them myself as I end up doing them two or three times per week. I also have the exact collection I want, as I’ve chosen all the colors myself 😊.

Here are a few of my favorite bright colors for spring:

China Glaze I Just Can’t-Alope

China Glaze A Walk In the Park

CND Vinulyx Tutti Frutti

Jamberry Sweet Sangria

What is your favorite bright nail polish?

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Toning in Layers

This is kind of a continuation from last week’s Friday I’m in Love, which was about face mists. As I’ve been more focused on hydration, I’ve noticed that my skin has been showing overall improvement. It looks more glow and plump, less textured and red, and amazingly, much less oily. This was very counterintuitive for me, even though I’ve heard this idea before. But it really does work.

Since I’ve discovered this, I’ve jumped head first into the world of toning. I’ve been loving using a few layers of moisturizing toners to add back hydration after cleansing and using acidic toners. I use these after more active toners like Pixi Vitamin C Tonic and Glow Tonic, to soothe my skin and make sure I’m moisturized, then I’ll apply a serum or moisturizer.

I like to apply these in layers so that I get the most benefits. I learned all of this from researching the “seven skins method”, which completely changed my skincare routine. I start with my most acidic toner, and give it a minute or two to sink in. Then I move to Pixi Rose Tonic, which is pure hydration and soothing. Next, I use Pixi Milky Mist it Coxir Ultra Hyaluronic Toner, followed by another layer of Pixi Rose. The purpose of putting the Hyaluronic Acid toners in between the rose tonic is to give the Hyaluronic something to draw moisture from, as it works by binding to water and holding it in (as I understand it).

I then alternate between one of my sprays. I like to apply my toners by pouring a bit into palm and rubbing it between my hands, then patting it onto my face. They can also be applied with a cotton round, but I much prefer the hand method.

What are your favorite hydrating toners? Do you like to layer yours?

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Face Mists

Face mists are one of those skincare products that I never thought were really necessary. I loved the way they felt so I’ve used them for ages, but did they really serve a purpose? I actually didn’t think so. Something happened recently that changed my mind.

When I discovered retinol and glycolic acid, I jumped into both head first. Usually I alternated nights, sometimes I used glycolic in the AM and retinol in the PM. One day, I did a physical scrub, then a mask, then rubbed some retinol on my face. The next morning, my skin actually hurt. I noticed I was breaking out. My face looked pink. Given all of that, I saw no reason to cut down on my beloved toners though.

I was reading up about a brand I hadn’t tried yet, and I saw a post about over exfoliating. I went down the rabbit hole, and started studying my skin. I noticed I had all the symptoms. I didn’t even realize this was a thing. But I had done it.

So I went on an exfoliation purge. I put away my retinol and GA, swearing not to use them until my face stopped hurting and turned back to a normal color. But, what to do in the meantime?

A huge help has been…these face mists. They’re cooling and soothing, they give a tiny added hit of moisture, and you can spray them throughout the day over your makeup if you’re feeling a bit tight or sore. I use all three of these for different purposes and at different times of day:

Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater ($7-$12 at Ulta): I use this mainly at night after double cleansing and before serums. The rosewater is very calming and helps to add a bit of moisture to the skin.

Mario Badescu Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea ($7-$12 at Ulta: I use this mainly in the AM after cleansing and before serums and makeup. I find a great wake up mist, and it’s seems to help keep oil at bay.

Pixi Glow Mist ($15 at Target of pixi beauty.com): I am never without this. I use this after I’ve applied all my makeup and setting spray. It adds a beautiful sheen to the skin and intensifies highlighters and shimmers, while melting any powders into the skin. It has aloe and Argan oil so it’s soothing and moisturizing but still very lightweight.

What are your favorite mists?

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No7 Lift and Luminate Serum Foundation

I’m usually not one to try new foundations. I have the cc cream and foundation from It Cosmetics (see last week’s Friday post) and I usually don’t deviate from those. But, last week something happened that made me try something new.

A friend from work and I went on a day trip together and we were in the car for a few hours I kept noticing not only how luminous and smooth her skin looked, but also how it stayed perfect through the day. We met at 7:30am and finished the day at 5:30pm, and her makeup didn’t move or become the least bit shiny. On the drive home, I had to ask her what she was wearing. She told me it was this serum foundation from No7, and she’d gotten it at Target for around $15.

Guess who went to Target that night.

I ended up purchasing the No7 Lift and Luminate Serum Foundation first in Warm Beige, which did end up being a shade or two too dark for me. Luckily, the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Foundation I’d purchased is a shade too light, so I can mix the two for a good match. I did end up picking up the shade Warm Ivory, which is a perfect match.

The packaging is very nice; it’s a glass bottle with a pump dispenser. The formula feels like a combination of a cream foundation and a face serum; it’s very lightweight and sets down fairly quickly. It sets to a luminous but not shiny finish, and it does control my shine for at least 8 hours. I do use a setting spray because, well, it’s who I am. But I can wear this with or without a setting powder. It feels weightless, and made my skin look smoother and covered my redness without issue.

I also found that when I mixed this foundation with others (It Cosmetics cc cream) it extended the wear.

I’m so glad I tried this. I’ve work it everyday since I bought it. At $15.99, it’s worth every dollar!

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No7 Lift and Luminate Serum Foundation in Warm Ivory

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Smudged Liner

I know this is not a new thing, but after watching a live Instagram video by Harriet Hatfield (@harrymakesitup, she’s so great) I decided to try her method of applying a gel pencil eyeliner and lightly smudging it with a brush. This isn’t super smudged and smokey, but just enough to make the line a bit less precise. I’ve also found an added benefit that since you’re blending the liner already, there’s less chance of it smudging on its own throughout the day. I’ve found this method has helped my eyeliner wear much better through the day, even on my watery eyes and oily lids.

My favorite pencils to use have been the L.A. Girl Gel Glide Liners. These come in a variety of colors; shown here are my most frequently used shades: royal blue, brown, and black magic. These stay quite well and give a precise line when used not blended, but they also blend nicely. Their only $3.99 at Ulta so getting multiples is well worth it, and they perform great for such an affordable price.

To get a soft smudge without getting my liner everywhere, I’ve been using the Real Techniques Bold Metals 102 brush, which I think is intended to be a concealer brush. It has a pointed tip, and is firm but bendable enough to get a good soft smudge but not get all over your eye.

This method really just softens your line, gives a bit more smoke, but still looks clean and finished. I find it to be a perfect balance and great for everyday. I also love how it’s helped the longevity of makeup.

What technique have you tried and loved lately?

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It Cosmetics CC Cream + Confidence in a Foundation

This morning, I accidentally discovered a magical combination. I was never one to mix foundation; in fact, I used to just be one to wear pressed powder all over my face and be done with it. But as aging happened, the need for foundation grew.

I started trying different formulas, and learned quickly that I didn’t love anything too full coverage or too matte. Most in that category made me break out or made my face itch. I loved the look of dewy and radiant foundations, but sadly they didn’t last very long on my oily skin, and inevitably by 4pm everyday my face looked like an oil slick. Then I found It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. It lasted fairly well, wasn’t too matte and had a lovely glow, and it had great coverage but a pump and a half still felt really light on my skin. So I went through a couple of tubes very happily, my only issue being that could’ve used a tad bit more oil control. Setting Powder and spray were very helpful, so I wasn’t majorly concerned.

Then I saw that It Cosmetics had launched a new foundation that was advertised to have great staying power, a velvet matte finish, and an oil free formula. I couldn’t wait to order my Confidence in a Foundation. Originally, only the It website had it, so I ordered what I thought would be my best color match (light natural). I based it a bit on my cc cream shade, which is light, not taking into account that the cc cream comes in 12 shades while the foundation comes in 48 shades. (The Foundation is now carried in Ulta and Sephora stores for much easier color matching). The shade I ordered was a smidge light, and I was coming to the end of my current tube of cc cream (of course I have a back-up!) so I decided to do a half-pump of each to even out the color.

The results were fantastic for me. I ended up with the beautiful glow I get from the cc cream, but the lasting power of the foundation. It did even out the shade, and the texture on my skin was lovely. It definitely controlled my shine better than the cc cream on its own. Since I now have a full cc cream and foundation, I think I’ve found the magic brew that is perfect for my skin. I used to think foundation mixing sounded high maintenance, but now I kind of get it.

In natural light with no setting Powder

With finished makeup