My Favorite Foundations

My skin type:

  • Oily to combination
  • I’m more oily in my T-zone area
  • I get cystic acne and blackheads around my jawline to the side of my face.
  • I have acne scars and dark spots on my face, around my jaw area as well.

Wearing: No Makeup

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Foundation Sticks:

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46)- This foundation is my all time favorite foundation stick. It’s on the boarder of being my legit all time favorite foundation; out of any foundation that I have ever used. It’s full and medium coverage, and it’s easy to apply. It’s a two in one, which means it has concealer mixed in with the foundation. The pigmentation is GREAT! For me, it covers everything and I have really bad dark circles under my eyes, and dark spot/acne scars on my face. It works for all skin types, and it says that it has a finish that is: matte, radiant, satin and natural looking. I completely agree and kind of think that it looks almost like a wet/powder, which is probably where the satin finish comes in. I get oily mostly in my T-zone, and this foundation does not make my oily spots more noticeable or shinny. Also, this foundation lasts me all day; then again, all day for me is not 24 hours, and I think this foundation is made for only a 12 hour wear (which could be a con for some people). However, I do like a little of a dewy look; so if you like that as well then you will probably want to add a moisturizer or oil underneath this foundation because the matte/satin finish is very noticeable.

Wearing: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick; Shade Golden

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick  ($46)- This foundation is not a foundation that I would use all over my face. I already have oily skin in my T-zone, and I feel like with this foundation it makes my oily spots look more drastic. It does say it’s for all skin types, but I personally believe that all Bobbi Brown foundations (that I have used) have a little glow in them because this brand wants their foundations to look as natural as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love a dewy look, but with this foundation it’s just too much of an oily glow for my personal preference. However; I do like to use this foundation stick as a contour stick. It does great for that. I’m not oily in the spots that I contour, so the natural oily look with this foundation stick balances everything else out on my face.

(I do not have a picture yet. I’ll make sure to do this in my next video; Shade Warm Walnut) 

Liquid Foundations:

Clinique Beyond Perfecting ($28)- This foundation is at the very top of the list. This foundation is another two in one, so basically when a foundation says it also has concealer in it, I grab it. What I love about this foundation is that it is full coverage, but it’s also lightweight. The color in this foundation stays true throughout the day and it’s oil free. You don’t even have to use this as a full face foundation, and by that I mean, you can use it as a spot foundation in your troublesome areas and then go in with another foundation if you would like. I do that sometimes. Yes, this foundation is a lightweight foundation, but sometimes I like having a more natural lighter look so I choose to use a different foundation over this one (only when I use it as a spot foundation). The majority of the time though, I do apply this foundation with its built in applicator all over my face. It’s my go to liquid foundation, and you can build this foundation. By build, I mean you can layer it to have more coverage; depending on your own personal preference.

Wearing: Clinique Beyond Perfecting; Shade 9 Neutral

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($49)- I’m obsessed with this foundation. It’s true to its name. It’s luminous and weightless. It goes on so smoothly. This is the foundation I choose to use when I want a little something, but nothing that noticeable. It has a natural finish to it; this is my husbands favorite foundation on me. He says it lays on my face so pretty, it looks natural, it doesn’t look caked onto my face and just looks balanced. This is a 16 hour foundation, so it’s considered to be an all day foundation. It says it’s a full coverage foundation, and I mean it does do great with coverage, but the coverage wouldn’t be enough for me when i’m having a bad day with my skin. If my skin is looking great and smooth, and I have no acne to cover, then this is the foundation that I choose to use. This foundation is made for all skin types, and you don’t have to use a lot of the product to get the job done. I have noticed though, that the oil does tend to shine through on my forehead as the hours pass; then again, it’s totally worth dealing with, because this product is so amazing. Just add a little powder on the oily spot and your problem is solved. This foundation is also build able.

Wearing: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation; Shade Vallauris, Medium and pink undertones.

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I have tried a lot of foundations, but these are my top favorites at the moment. I’m currently trying out drug store foundations and will do another blog post about my favorites of those as well.

I hope this helps!

XOXO Hayley

Lip Ombre

Hello everyone:

 

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One of the trends happening right now, is the lip ombre; which is basically when the outer-sides of your lips are dark and the color begins to fade to a lighter shade when approaching the inner-center part of your lips. So, how do you achieve that?

  • First you line your lips with a lip-lining pencil (lipliner) then shade it in. Not too much though, just basically make your lipliner thicker than normal, but color in the corners of your lips.
  • The next step is to use the tool “product” that I use to make my lips a lot lighter in the center; which is a jumbo white eye pencil by NYX, it literally cost like $4.49 (less than $5). It’s really cheap, and works great. However, with this pencil you just want to color in the center part of your lips, so that when you apply your lipstick all over your lips, you will get three total different shades.
  • The darkest shade will be from the lipliner, the middle shade will be from the lipstick itself, and then the lightest shade from the jumbo eye pencil.
  • So, remember, lipliner first then then jumbo eye pencil, but do no let the two touch. Before applying your lipstick over everything, you should see the lipliner, your natural lip color (because there should be no product between the jumbo white pencil and the lip liner), and then the jumbo white pencil (being in the center). Then coat your entire lips with your lipstick. Of course you want your lipliner to resemble your lipstick, but also using a black lipliner works too!

I have found this to be the easiest way to achieve the ombre lip look. Instead of going out and buying many different shades to create an ombre look, you can just use the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil. The actual name for the pencil is “Milk”, and you can use this pencil for many different things; the water line on your eyes (to brighten your eyes up), put it all over your lips as an undercoat (to make your lipstick lighter), a base for your eyeshadow (to make your eyeshadow POP more), and I even use this on my inner tear duct before adding a shimmer because it helps make the shimmer more visible.

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You can buy this Pencil on may different websites and in stores; even drug stores (ones that carry NYX Cosmetics)…

Target – $4.49

NYX Cosmetics – $4.50

Ulta – $4.49

Amazon – $6.99

CVS – $4.49

Macy’s – $4.49

I hope this helps!

XOXO Hayley

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