Review & Swatches: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers

I have to say I’m a firm and strong believer in makeup primers,  they are the start to any great makeup and the key for a long lasting one too. Sure there’s nothing new about primers and color correctors but The New Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers are some next level S**t!!!!! These bad boys are more then just plain old primers but skin equalizers that smooth and refine the skin. They also enhance your final make up for a seamless and long lasting wear.

MakeUpForEver_Step1_SkinEqualizerPrimersThere are 11 different primers in the range. Here’s a little break down of each one:

MATTIFYING PRIMER: Mattefies and oil controls while reducing pore size for a long lasting makeup.

SMOOTHING PRIMER: Fills in and blurs imperfections. Its great for minimizing the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles for a flawless and resurfaced texture. Enhances longevity of makeup wear too.

HYDRATING PRIMER: Formulated with specific H₂O Complex, it provides moisture which transforms dehydrated skin into a supple, healthy, plump surface for a flawless makeup all day long.

NOURISHING PRIMER: Instantly replenishes dry and dehydrated skin. Made with Vegetal Complex that hydrates and revives skin while antioxidants protect from the elements. It also helps to restores elasticity and ensures a more uniform texture for a flawless makeup all day long.

REDNESS CORRECTING PRIMER: Instantly neutralizes and evens out red tones with the use of Green Spectraflex® pigments.

RADIANT PRIMERS:  Instantly color corrects according to skin tone, helps boost radiance levels, and hydrates the skin. Formulated with Spectraflex® pigments to neutralize imperfections and banish dullness, and even skin tone for a flawless makeup all day long.

The radiance primers come in 6 different types:

Nr. 6: Cool Pink is for yellow fair skin
Nr. 7: Blue is for yellow/red fair skin
Nr. 8: Peach is for fair skin
Nr. 9: Yellow is for tanned skin
Nr. 10. Caramel is for dark skin
Nr. 11. Mauve is for yellow dark skin

Review & Swatches:

I was lucky enough to get gifted the Nourishing and Hydrating Primer and decided to also invest in the Redness Corrector and the Smoothing Primer. I thought I’d put them to the test and give you guys a little review of the ones I’ve tried.

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makeupforever_step1_equalizer_swatches(from left to right: Nourishing Primer, Hydrating Primer, Smoothing Primer, Redness Correcting Primer)

Nourishing Primer: The texture of this primer is rather like a moisturizer. Yet it feels more light weight and sinks into the skin quickly. I noticed that the fine lines around my eyes were less apparent when using this. It definitely nourished the areas where I have dry patches in between my eyebrows and on my chin where I suffer from a little eczema. The result was a flawless foundation application and wear.

Hydrating Primer: The texture of this one is lighter than the Nourishing Primer but still delivers on the hydrating properties. Its very smooth and soft and left my skin feeling supple. It doesn’t feel greasy in the slightest and is rather light weight. I really like to wear this one my normal/dry days but I especially like to mix it in with some of the more drying foundation formulas for a more lit from within finish.

Smoothing Primer: I’m really in love with this. Its smoothed out every fine line and pore on my face. Its reminds me a bit of the Benefit Porefessional but I find it more smoothing and less drying. My foundation has never looked so amazing and it really is tripling the wear of it too.

Redness Corrector: The pigment level is so strong, I need the tiniest bit on my bare flushed cheeks and bye bye redness.

The Verdict:

Recently I’ve been experimenting with a little Primer Cocktail-ing haha. I begin with the Nourishing Primer if my dry patches are flaring up otherwise the Hydrating Primer on my good days. I then use the Redness Corrector on my cheeks and chin and then I top it all off with the Smoothing Primer for that ultimately smooth texture. My makeup not only lasts 3 times longer but it looks beautiful and radiant all day long without needing touch-ups!! These guys deserve a 5/5 for sure!!!

Have any of your tried the new primers, what are your thoughts?

Hugs from Beauty Land

2014 Beauty Favorites + Mini Reviews

One of my favorite things about entering a New Year is reflecting back on all my most used and loved products from the previous year. So without further a do, here are my favorite beauty items from 2014.

1. Primers

Make Up For Ever HD Elixer and Eye PrimeMake Up For Ever HD Elixer: Its a beautiful serum that not only hydrtaes the skin before foundation application but also helps to smooth out texture and help with the longevity of my makeup.

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime: The best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used. It does a fabulous job at helping longevity and eliminating creasing without drying out the eye lids. This guys also helps to even out the skin tone on the eye lid. Im also a fan of using this under my eyes to stop my concealer from creasing.

2. Foundations

make Up For Ever HD Foundation + Nars Tinted MoisturizerNars Tinted Moisturizer: This is definitely my HG, I love to use this on my natural days. Not only does it keep my skin looking healthy but the coverage on this stuff is fabulous especially for a sheer type of product.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation: I love this stuff, it looks so natural and provides a great coverage that’s definitely build-able. The semi liquidy consistency of this product allows for a super easy blend and feels so light on the skin.

3. Concealers

Make Up For Ever HD Concealer + Full Cover Make Up For Ever HD Concealer: This is my HG for highlighting the face be it under the eyes, bridge of the nose or cupids bow. Super pigmented yet creamy for easy blending.

Make Up For Ever Full Cover: For those more stubborn areas and problems like dark circles, pigmentation spots or blemishes this stuff will cover almost everything, even tattoos. It has a more dry texture than the HD concealer and the pigmentation is super strong so err on the side of caution when applying this, less is more.

4. Powders

Laura Mercier Secter Camouflage Powder + Make Up For Ever HD Pressed powder and Pro Finsih Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder: The best thing for setting and brightening the under eye area after you’ve applied your concealer and/or highlighter. Its finely milled so it doesn’t get cakey or drying in the slightest.

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish: Ive never really been a powder foundation type of girl because I find they dry out my skin but not this stuff. The formula is so finely milled it feels like silk and butter had a baby. I love the way it really sinks into the skin rather than sitting on top of the skin. It looks so natural with a medium to build-able coverage that never gets cakey. Its basically invisible to the naked eye!!

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder: Best translucent powder ever. Super finely milled, leaves a beautiful airbrushed finish on the skin and helps makeup last all day.

5. Cheeks

benefit rockateur box blushBenefit Rockateur Box Blush: Ugh this stuff is just sooo fricking pretty. It looks good with everything and on everyone. It gives a hint of color and provides a beautiful subtle glow too.

theBalm Mary Lou-ManizerTheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer: This will forever be one of my favorite highlights. Its so darn pigmented so a light hand is suggested. It gives the most gorgeous glow on the cheekbones and is fab as an inner corner highlight to really open up the eyes.

6. Eyes

make Up For Ever Atrist ShadowsMake Up For Ever Artist Shadows: 88% pigment, awesome color selection and finishes, easy blend-ability and the softest smoothest eye shadows you’ll ever encounter point blank.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic + Laura Mercier Caviar StickMakeup For Ever Aqua Matic and Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks: I love this type of product; cream shadows in stick form. They are ultra long wearing, super pigmented, easy to use and double as great eyeliners especially for the waterline.

Make Up For Ever Ink LinerMake Up For Ever Ink Liner: The blackest most matte liquid eyeliner on the market. The tip is perfect for creating a super slim winged liner or something more graphic and bold. The long wearing formula is great for girls who don’t want to go through the hassle of removing a waterproof formula.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter LinersUrban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liners: Ive been a fan of these for years and I’m still in love with them. These are so great for adding a bit of glam to any look. they are packed with glittery goodness and last all day without any fall out, Score!!!

Trate Lights Camera Lashes Mascara Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara: Super black formula that provides the most lushes lashes with volume, length and curling. I love the very traditional wand as it really separates and doesn’t give me spidery or clumpy lashes. Another bonus- it never flakes or transfers to my skin.

7. Brows

Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow + Brow SealMake Up For Ever Aqua Brow and Brow Seal: The aqua brow is the best eyebrow product I’ve ever tried. Its great for a really defined brow but also something super natural and soft. Its super waterproof, easy to apply, the littlest goes a long way, and I love the tube style packaging which keeps the product from drying out. I like to use the Brow Seal just to keep my hairs in place because they have a tendency to be unruly.

8. Lips

Nars Satin Lip Pencil + Benefit Loli Balm, + Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 52Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Descano: I love the whole Satin Lip Pencil line. This is my favorite type of formula for sure. Its soft and creamy yet pigmented.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense shade 52: Again another line I’m really loving. Super pigmented lipsticks with a semi matte finish yet still creamy and smooth on the lips. Love it.

Benefit Lolli Balm: These Balms from benefit or so beautiful. I love how they give a sheer, hydrating, wash of color and the rose scent is absolutely delicious.

Nars Larger Than Life lipgloss, Nyx Butter gloss + Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Nars Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Angelica: Love the who line, but one of my faves is this one. Perfect pink that looks great alone or over lipstick. Great pigmentation and nice smooth formula that doesn’t settle in the lip lines.

NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair: I will forever love these. They taste and smell like vanilla, the pigmentation is insane and they feel sooooo good one the lips. I have a review and swatches of some of the shades here if your interested.

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine in 0s: These glosses aren’t given enough love in my opinion. They have a great color selection, and I love the variety of finishes. These or really glossy and make the lips look wet (which I like).

9. Finishing and Setting Sprays

Urban Decay All Night Setting Spray + Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: Wow this stuff is robust. Its the best setting spray for long lasting makeup without drying out the skin.

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix: I love to use this for re-hydrating and touching up throughout the day. This is also great  if you went a little over board with the powder and want to make everything look seamless.

What were some of your favorite beauty items for 2014, any of the ones I’ve mentioned?

Hugs from Beauty Land

How To Get Beautiful Nails in 3 Easy Steps Using Depend Cosmetic Triple Active Kit

After the holidays I find myself with dry and brittle nails so what better way to start the New Year than a nail pampering session. To get your nails back into tip top condition, looking beautiful and strong, all you need is the Depend Cosmetic Triple Active Kit.

Depend Cosmetic Triple Active Kit For nails The set contains 3 essential products: Cuticle Peeling, Avocado Oil, and Nail Cuticle Cream that help strengthen and hydrate nails and skin. These babies are packed with super power ingredients like vitamin E, sunflower oil, avocado oil, and aloe vera that will ensure beautiful strong nails. It also comes with an orange wood stick, nail file, and nail brush.

IMG_4593Step 1: Use the Cuticle Peeling to soften the cuticles and cleanse the nail. You can then use an orange wood stick to push up the cuticle and/or a cuticle cutter to remove excess skin.

IMG_4599Step 2: After you’ve polished (or on plain nails) add some of the Avacado Oil to provide intensive hydration to the nail and surrounding skin. It will also help to strengthen and repair broken, soft, and brittle nails.

IMG_4600Step 3: Add the Nail Cuticle Cream for extra hydration and to soften any hard skin around the nail area.

IMG_4604And voila you have beautiful healthy hydrated nails. Repeat the steps once a week or as often as needed. I’m absolutely in love with this three step system, my nails have never been stronger and my cuticles are in great condition again. Ive been using it for he last few weeks and have seen an incredible difference in the strength and appearance of my nails :)

You can get your hands on this kit at Matas if your living in Denmark otherwise check out their website right here for more retail availability.

Happy New Year and Hugs from Beauty Land