My Favorite Setting Powders & Tips For Avoiding Cake Face

Hey Guys,

So today I thought Id talk a little bit about setting powders (in the context of using a liquid base). Setting powders do wonders, they can help set your cream under eye concealer so it doesn’t crease, it can help with oil and shine control, give a radiant look to the skin, and it can help prolong your foundation and make up. The following products are some of my favorite setting powders with rather varying finishes and purposes.

IMG_9514For shine control and longevity look for a transparent powder like the Make Up For Ever HD Powder. This particular translucent powder works on all skin tones, sets the make up for maximum longevity, and does an amazing job at shine control. Not to mention this product looks amazing in pictures and on camera by controlling the white cast that can appear  in photos.

Favorite_longwear_beauty_products_MUFE_HDPowderAnother great powder to get you camera ready is the Urban Decay Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Translucent Setting Powder. The finish on this is a little less matteifying then the MUFE HD powder and has more of a skin like quality. It doesn’t create flash back and makes the skin glow in a natural way. Love this product but definitely don’t care for the packaging. The sponge is super annoying and impracticable, I just take it off when in use and replace when its stored away to avoid a loose powder catastrophe. (side note: I wouldn’t recommend this product to dark skinned guys and gals as it does have a light flesh tone color, which may create an ashy appearance).

UrbanDecay_razorSharpUltraDefintion_finishingPowderThe Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder in Fair is a wonderful setting powder for the under eye area. Its almost translucent but has a slight pale-pink tone to help brighten under the eye area (Its like the Banana Powder for light skinned folks!!). It doesn’t cake up or dry the area and helps my concealer be crease free all day long.

bennye_facepowderIf your not worried about flash back in photos and your going for a more natural look then I highly recommend the Mac Mineralized Skin Finishes. The finish of this product is gorgeous, it makes the skin look so radiant and fresh. It helps my make up last and helps with minimal shine control without completely mattifying the face. Plus the shade range is extensive. I like to use it either to set my foundation and to add a bit more coverage (as its not translucent yet is on the sheer side) or in the summer on its own just to create a fresh and even skin tone. It lasts all day long and never fails.

Mac_MSFAnother similar product is the Mac Select Sheer Loose Powder. It has the same type of light reflecting properties but also does a slightly better job at oil control. There is a small shade range but due to its sheer nature the possibility of finding the right shade is high. The only down side is that its loose and thus prone to making a mess.

mac_selectSheerLossePowderThings To Keep In Mind When Working With Setting Powder:

  1. When applying powder remember to tap the brush to remove excess product. Its better to apply thin layers and easier to correct then applying too much!
  2. Use a light hand and a large fluffy brush to disperse a sheer wash of product (the denser the brush the more product transferred onto the skin!!). This will help avoid and/or minimize the chance of cake face.
  3. When applying powder try to push the brush and product into the skin, rather than swiping, to avoid moving or disturbing the make up underneath. Another option is to use a large fan brush or a powder puff to roll product onto the skin to minimize disturbance.
  4. Use a setting spray, whether for oil control or dewyness, to further set make up and to sheer down powder if you accidentally went over board.
  5. If you lean more towards oily skinned avoid heavy dewy or light reflecting powders whereas my dry skinned girls should go for the opposite.
  6. When choosing setting powder consider what you want it to do as well as your skin type and shade: are you looking to look flawless on camera, control oil, maximize longevity or all of the above?

I love all these powders for different reasons but one thing they have in common is their ability to stand up to their individual claims and their ability to adapt to skin for a flawless long lasting finish. What do you guys think, are any of these your favorites too?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Working The Michael Kors Beauty Launch plus Mini Review & Swatches

Hey Guys,

Im so sorry I havent really been around, Ive been super busy preparing for my masters thesis and my up and coming fieldwork trip  (which I’m leaving for in less then a week eeekkkk!!!!!). Apart from that I also had the amazing opportunity to work at the Michael Kors Beauty launch in Magasin Du Nord located in Copenhagen last weekend. The hours were long but boy oh boy did I have a fab time 😀

MichaelKors_beauty_launch_copenhagenIt was absolutely amazing. Not only did I pick up a few products for myself I got to apply all the gorgeous bronzers, polishes, and lip products to some lovely ladies.  Plus I worked with some fantastic girlies that made the experience that much better.

The beauty line is split up into three themes that each have corresponding makeup and fragrance: Sporty, Sexy, Glam. The concept behind the themes is really cool. Its meant to symbolize the diverse sides of being a woman and how we don’t just encapsulate one side but all interchangeably.

MichaelKors_Beauty_SportyThis is the Sporty display, It consists of gorgeous nude lip and nail products, a beautiful bronzer, and a light citrus-y perfume.

MichaelKors_Beauty_SexyThe Sexy products are full of vibrant reds and pinks with a a shimmery golden bronzer. The fragrance is warm and rich with notes of amber. This is my favorite fragrance out of the three. Its meant to emulate the feeling of wearing cashmere on a cold autumn day…and wow does it sure feel like it 😀

MichaelKors_Beauty_GlamMichaelKors_Beauty_Glam2The Glam products are just as beautiful at the others. This theme is more vampy and risque boasting gorgeous plums and burgundys. The bronzer is also packed with golden shimmer perfect for a bronzed goddess look. The perfume in this range is rather floral with strong notes of jasmine.

As you can see the display and stands are spot on, super classy and very stylish. I’m loving the metallic gold detailing. Oh and we cant forget how pretty the packaging is. Its so sleek and looks/feels super expensive!! Now you might be wondering how do these products actually preform? Well keep reading and you’ll find out 😀

Michael_Kors_BeautyI picked up a a bronzer, two lip glosses, a nail polish and a perfume from different themes.

Michael_Kors_BeautyMichael_Kors_Beauty_Glowbronzer2I picked up the Sporty Bronzed Powder in Glow ($50). This was the least shimmery of the three. It has a hint of fine shimmer in it but doesn’t translate on the skin as such. It gives a nice satin/demi-matte finish. The texture is really soft and smooth and its super easy to blend. The pigmentation isn’t insane but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes its good to have less pigmented cheek products as its easier to build then it is to erase!! I’m really loving this guy, its not orange or muddy on the skin and it just gives a natural glow. The packaging is a bit big and bulky but its so beautiful that I don’t really care!!!

Michael_Kors_Beauty_GlamPolishMichael_Kors_Beauty_glampolish_desireI knew I wanted a nail polish so I went with this super rich and dark chocolate brown. Its the Glam Nail Lacquer in Desire ($18). This is such a unique shade, its almost black but not as harsh. It applies beautifully and opaquely in 2 coats. It also has really good longevity lasting about 4 days before chipping (which is pretty long for me!!). The brush is a tad on the thin side but I made it work by loading on the product to the brush.

Michael_Kors_Beauty_sexy_museOf course I picked up some lip products. I went for the Sporty Lip Luster in Muse ($24). Its a really light peach with gold shimmer and glitter. Its more on the sheer side and isn’t super pigmented  but that just makes it an easy to use every day shade. The texture isn’t sticky but you can slightly feel the glitter but it isn’t uncomfortable. Unfortunately the picture doesn’t pick up on the amazing way it reflects light.

Michael_Kors_Beauty_sexy_sirenAnd it would have been straight blasphemy had I not picked up this powerful pink. Its the Sexy Lip Luster in Siren ($24). Its a pinky red packed with red and gold glitters. I wish you could see all its amaizngness, the glitter is wow in your face sparkly. The texture is sticky free and again there is a very slight grit due to the glitter but nothing horrible at all. The pigmentation is pretty insane on this one, opaque in one stroke. When you use the corresponding lipstick you really get a pow in the face statement lip.

Michael_Kors_Beauty_SExy+PerfumeI haven’t purchased a perfume in a while so I thought it was time to treat myself to a new fall fragrance. I went for the Sexy Amber Eau De Parfum ($50). Its a very warm and musky scent with notes of amber. I absolutely love this type of rich and heavy fragrance for fall and winter.

THE VERDICT:

4/5 for this beautiful beauty line. The nail polishes are great and easy to use. The lip products are wearable yet some also pack a punch, there’s definitely something for everybody. The bronzer in Glow is perfect for contouring while the others are pretty cheek and highlight shades. I would have to say that over all I’m pretty impressed. The packaging and quality of the products are great, not surprisingly as Estee Lauder is the company behind the brand so it’s expected 😀

Have any of you tried any of the products from the Michael Kors Beauty range..what are your thoughts? Would you try them?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Review & Swatches: Sugarpill Addicted to Pretty Palette in Sweetheart

Hey guys,

So I’ve been a bit MIA the last week or so…I’ve been trying to kick a bad stomach flu. I’m finally feeling a bit better, at least to the point that I’m able to type and look at a computer screen again 😀 One thing that always makes me feel better is wonderfully colorful makeup. So whats better then Sugarpill Cosmetics for that!!!

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_PaletteToday I’d like to share the Addicted to Pretty Palette in Sweetheart ($34). This palette is available here through sugarpillshop.com unfortunately its currently out of stock. But it can also be purchased here through nigelbeauty.com. For my Europeans you can get your hands on the palette and other Sugarpill products here at love-makeup.co.uk.

First off, lets talk about the packaging. Its absloutly adorable. The palette comes with a super cute sleeve with the typical Sugarpill logo and kitty 😀

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_CrueltyFreeThe back of the sleeve is just as adorable 😀 I love that they have put in so much effort into making really beautiful, unique and colorful packaging…a total representation of the brand!!

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_1The actually packaging of the palette is just as cute as the sleeve.

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_2The back of the palette has the Sugarpill kitty and the shades included. Enough about the packaging. Here’s what the palette actually looks like on the inside

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_insideThe palette boasts four insanely rich and pigmented matte shades.

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_DollipopDollipop: Hot pink.

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_AfterparyAfterparty: Bright blue

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_MidoriMidori: Medium toned green

Sugarpill_Sweetheart_Palette_TakoTako: Pure white.

THE VERDICT:

5/5 for this amazingly rich, pigmented, and buttery smooth palette. The longevity, blendability, and color pay off is out of this world. I have to say that Tako is the best white shade I’ve ever tried. If I had to nit pick then Tako could be considered slightly chalky…but for a matte its totally fine and barley noticeable. There is the tiniest bit of fall out when applying but really nothing for such bright and pigmented matte shades. In addition to the amazing product the packaging is absolutely spot on adorable 😀 I love how girly, fun and unique it is. It really stands out. They have three other palettes in this range…I’d really love to collect them all.

I only have a few products from Sugarpill but I have to say I’m super impressed and this product is totally worth the hype. I bought some pigments from them too that I cant wait to try and review for you guys!!!

Have any of your tried the Addicted to Pretty Palettes…which ones your favorite?

Hugs from Beauty Land.