Top 10 Color Correcting Makeup Primers

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You’ve heard of makeup primers. This year in particular you’ve heard all about color correcting. But did you know that they also co-exist? With all of the products we put on our faces to be “photoshop flawless” let’s cut out a few and check out the 2-in-1 Top 10 Color Correcting Makeup Primers!

Stila One Step Correct Triple Swirl Helix Primer($36.00 // Sephora). This multi-tasker works to make fine-lines disappear while the formula hydrates, controls oil and improves skin texture. The green tone neutralizes redness and conceals blemishes, the lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones for an energized look and the peach tone brightens, illuminates and helps to diminish the appearance of sun spots.

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer – Adjust ($39.00 // Sephora). Adjust minimizes redness and also reduces the look of wrinkles and dark spots. There are other shades available, but Adjust proves to be one of the more popular.

NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer in Green ($12.99 // ULTA Beauty). Similar to the Smashbox but in drugstore/more affordable form. The green eliminates redness and the formula works to provide a matte finish.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer ($37.00 // Sephora). SO MANY to choose from. Quite literally a primer for everyone. I’ve been using this and noticed if you look into a magnifying mirror as you apply you can watch your pores disappear instantly. It’s freaky yet wonderful all at the same time. This primer also evens out my skin tone which make my makeup look better overall.

 PÜR Cosmetics Correcting Primer Hydrate & Balance ($12.99 // ULTA Beauty). Breakout prone? Rejoice! This primer is not only mattifying but contains s clarifying blend of salicylic acid, calming lavender extract and Ceretin Complex in a lavender hue to hide the look of blemishes.

Physicians Formula Super CC Color-Correction + Care All-Over Blur Primer Stick SPF 30 ($12.99 // ULTA Beauty). This just looks REALLY cool. It features a “high-tech formula which instantly blurs imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, discoloration and signs of fatigue while evening out skin tone”. It’s basically more than a 2-in-1 in that it’s every.damn.thing.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid ($28.00 // Sephora). Available in five shades you can pick your poison or buy them all to target color correct your face. Paint it all over and get your skin primed for concealer and foundation. A full review on this is coming up next week!

L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primer ($12.99 // ULTA Beauty). There are three of these correctors to combat your skin needs including one for redness, and two others to combat dull skin (two shades, depending on skin tone).

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector ($42.00 // Sephora). Three marbleized mixes combat dullness, redness and/or hyper-pigmentation/dark circles. (Can you tell these stick versions with the fun patterns get me every time?!)

MAC ‘Prep + Prime CC’ Colour Correcting Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($31.00 // Nordstrom). There are four of these shades set to Neutralize (soft yellow that neutralizes red skin); Illuminate (pastel lavender that brightens sallow skin); Adjust (muted peach that brings warmth to dull skin); and Recharge (deep peach that corrects blue and purple shadows).

What are your favorite color correctors to use as a makeup primer? Check out what the other bloggers are loving by clicking the icons below!

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Top 10 Spring Makeup at ULTA Beauty

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Everyone knows that going on right now is the ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty in which you get all these great deals, steals and goodies just for shopping beauty products, which, let’s face it, you’re doing anyway. Each day brings about a new “steal” in which the product(s) of the day are discounted. A lot. This sale is my inspiration for today’s Top 10 Tuesday post which is on Spring Makeup Products. Let’s check out the best spring makeup products of this years ULTA Beauty 21 Days of Beauty sale!

Below are my top picks for Spring Makeup. I kept them condensed down to items that are included in specials such as deals of the day or deals of the sale in which the products are discounted throughout the entire event (which ends April 2, 2016).

Stila Eyes Are The Window Eye Shadow Palettes* ($29.00 // ULTA Beauty). This is today’s deal and it is ONLINE ONLY! As in March 22, 2016 is when you can get this special deal! These palettes retail for $49.00 each for 12 eyeshadows so you’re getting a fabulous buy. My personal favorite for springtime would be Body because of the brighter shades! Shop here!

butterLondon Nail Lacquer ($10.00 // ULTA Beauty). I’m a major fan of butterLondon and on March 23, 2016 you can get their Nail Lacquer (reg. price $15.00) and Patent Shine Nail Lacquers (reg. price $18.00) for only $10.00! This deal is always a BIG ONE during every ULTA Beauty sale and the shades go fast. Shop here!

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon($8.50 // ULTA Beauty). This is another one for March 23, 2016 but it’s ONLINE ONLY. This is normally $17.00 and on the 23rd you can pick it up for only $8.50! Shop here!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara ($10.00// ULTA Beauty). This is one of my FAVORITE mascaras for volume and lift that lasts! It is regularly priced at $21.00 and on March 26, 2016 you can grab it for only $10! Shop here!

IT Cosmetics Airbrush All-Over Shadow Brush #119 ($7.00 // ULTA Beauty). If you’ve been waiting to try out IT Cosmetics brushes NOW IS THE TIME. On March 27, 2016 you can get the Airbrush All-Over Shadow Brush #119 for only $7.00 (reg. price $14.00). Fair warning, this will be your gateway brush and after you try it you’ll need to own them all! Shop here!

PÜR Cosmetics Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque w/ Pascalite Clay($18.00 // ULTA Beauty). The facial mud mask that gets the job done and isn’t harsh hits a major price cut on March 28, 2016! It’s regularly priced at $29.00 – which is a steal in itself for this type of product with these benefits. Shop here!

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($19.50 // ULTA Beauty). If you know me then you know I have a major obsession with the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. They feel amazing and have fantastic results. Normally these would be $30.00 for 8 pairs but on March 29, 2016 they’re on sale for $19.50 – ONLINE ONLY! You can also pick up the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels with Extensin and Peptides also on sale for $22.75 (reg. price $35.00). Shop here!

LORAC Riesling Romance Eye Shadow Palette ($15.00 // ULTA Beauty). LORAC makes some gorgeous shadows and this is your opportunity to either test them out or add to your collection on the cheap! This palette is valued at $70.00 and is available now for only $15.00! Shop here!

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner ($11.00 // ULTA Beauty). You’ve heard of this – that fabulous Stila liner that people love! My cousin keeps backups upon backups of Graphite in her makeup stash. On March 31, 2016 you can snap this up half off for only $11.00 (reg. price $22.00). Shop here!

Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser ($14.00 // ULTA Beauty). My cleanser of all cleansers. Normally this is priced at $28.00 but on April 2, 2016 you can buy it for only $14.00. Pick up two, you’ll like it that much! Perfect to use with the Clarisonic! Shop here!

Most, if not all, of these deals are while supplies last. Meaning, shop now and shop fast. Most also contain a free gift with purchase and most of those are also amazing!

What are your favorite Spring Beauty items? Check out what the other bloggers are loving by clicking the icons below!

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color Review

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One of my biggest beauty fears is having my eye brows look like they’re drawn in. Fierce in a way that isn’t Beyonce. The bad type of fierce. While working at Ulta one day I saw Stila had a new product displayed – the Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color($21.00 // Ulta). A slim, tapered marker for your brows. Intrigued I swatched a few on my hand and liked how pigmented, yet soft looking the color was. It seemed easy to make quick, light strokes to mimic the appearance of brow hair. I didn’t buy it that day, but about a month ago while I was in Sephora I tried it on my brows and was hooked.

In Sephora when I tested the product on my brows (in the shade Light, which is shown in the photographs) it was quick and easy to apply. I let it set and it didn’t budge for anything. The marker itself was leaking a bit and the MUA thought that maybe someone pressed too hard and broke the marker part because the other shades displayed for testing weren’t like that. I ended up buying the marker that day.

When I got it home I found the product wasn’t so easy to apply. The first pass revealed no change to my brows. And I have no eye brows, so this marker didn’t show up at all on my face, yet it did on my hand. I shook it up a bit and pressed it a little harder onto my hand and tried it on my brow area again. It took FIVE passes to get a bit of color to show. You guys I went through this off and on for a month with this product and it was the same every time. I would have to use a brow pencil over-top to make myself look presentable. Did I get a dud? Maybe. The broken one in Sephora seemed to work well, so maybe product just wasn’t coming out fast enough on the marker I got.

At the end of the day the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color isn’t a product I’d personally recommend but it did give me the confidence to try brow markers. To find the perfect brow marker. To be continued!

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Stila TURQUOISE Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Swatches & Review

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Before you even get going on this post, fair warning.. you may not be able to find this eye liner available for purchase.

Why did I bother posting? Well, aside from it being really pretty, maybe they’ll launch it again at some point or perhaps you found it on a swap site or eBay. Did I mention it’s really pretty?

The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Turquoise is worthy of a little show, because it was “the” color this Summer… for me at least.

What Sephora says about the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner:

What it is:
A color-rich, vibrant, easy-to-use liner with staying power.

What it does:
Obsessed with Smudge Pots? You’ll go crazy for Smudge Sticks! This highly pigmented, waterproof eyeliner glides on to deliver intense, vibrant color with staying power. Soft, smooth, and easy on the eyes, Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner creates a high metallic, sultry, inky intensity that lasts.

Turquoise is really more of a mint shade. When I think turquoise I think more blue toned. But this is such a stunner either way. It’s a great shade for opening up the eyes and doesn’t budge from the lid. It doesn’t stay well on the waterline, but works nicely underneath. The formula is smooth and creamy with a nice pigment.

Even though this shade is gone, if you’re a fan of the formula there are still plenty more colors to choose from! Which is your fave?

The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner retails for $20.00 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’s and stilacosmetics.com.

Stila BLACK Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Swatches & Review

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While in recent months I’ve had excellent luck with every Stila product that I’ve tried, that wasn’t always so. However, even back in the day their Liquid Eye Liners always performed well for me. When in New York, a fabulous makeup artist at Sephora insisted I needed Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black on my eyes and in my life (for the cat eye that won’t smudge).

What Sephora says about Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner:

What it is:
An easy-application, waterproof liquid liner that stays on all day and night.

What it does:
This easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look (from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke). It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day!

This liner has an amazing applicator that is just firm enough, yet just pliable enough to give you a seamless line. Even a novice will have an easy time with this style. The pigment of the Black shade is dark and saturated enough to be perfect with one swipe. You can use the point for a thinner line or the side of the tapered applicator for a thicker one. These liners from Stila are definitely long-lasting and waterproof. They will not come off until you use your makeup remover and tell them too.

For applying liner I like to hold my eye taut and dot right up against the lash line, then trace it. Also, you must shake these tubes up before you use them so that the color remains true and not patchy.

You can also check out this liner in action at these posts – NARS Barrow Street Eyeliner, NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple, MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara and RocksBox.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner retails for $20.00 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, beauty.com and stilacosmetics.com.

Stila SKYLINE Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Review & EOTD

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For Spring 2013 Stila has released a new sort of eye shadow palette, available in six shades – the Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio. I purchased three of them (I couldn’t decide!) but this post will be focusing on Skyline. Be sure to check out my previous review of Desert Sunset.

What Ulta says about the Stila Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio:

This high performance, velvety shadow creates unique, luxe finishes on your lid when combined with the water on your brush. A first of its kind, this revolutionary formula delivers excellent payoff that is ultra-long wearing and stays all day.

Skyline is a cool trio of an ivory peach, a luxe mauve and a satin indigo. They are swatched above dry with no primer, so imagine the pigment when wet! The texture is uber velvety and so blendable. This is a fabulous combo for a deep purple smokey eye.

The packaging is small, just a little square, but made of durable plastic. Each strip of color is big enough for you to get your brush into and the compact shape makes it easy to store.

The only con I can speak of is that after a full day of wear I did have some slight creasing, but I was running hard the other day while wearing this and it was 80 degrees out.

For the EOTD look below I began by using UDPP as a base. Taking the Skyline trio I applied the mauve shade all over the lid, the indigo to the crease and outer V and used the shimmery ivory peach shade for the inner corners and to highlight. The eye liner is Urban Decay Uzi 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and the mascara is Neutrogena Healthy Volume.

The Stila Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio retails for $24.00 and it’s sold exclusively at Ulta and stilacosmetics.com.

Stila DESERT SUNSET Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Review & EOTD

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For Spring 2013 Stila has released a new sort of eye shadow palette, available in six shades – the Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio. I purchased three of them (I couldn’t decide!) but this post will be focusing on Desert Sunset.

Normally I’m not much of a purchaser of Stila, but lately the products have just wowed me! There are some new liners too that I spotted in mint and periwinkle and all sorts of fun shades that I also need to get my hands on!

Enough babble! On to the goods!

What Ulta says about the Stila Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio:

This high performance, velvety shadow creates unique, luxe finishes on your lid when combined with the water on your brush. A first of its kind, this revolutionary formula delivers excellent payoff that is ultra-long wearing and stays all day.

Desert Sunset is a warm trio of peach, a coppery tan and a reddened brown. They are swatched above dry with no primer, so imagine the pigment when wet! The texture is uber velvety and so blendable. This palette feels and looks dream like.

The packaging is small, just a little square, but made of durable plastic. Each strip of color is big enough for you to get your brush into and the compact shape makes it easy to store.

The only con I can speak of is that after a full day of wear I did have some slight creasing, but I was running hard the other day while wearing this and it was 80 degrees out.

For the EOTD look below I began by using UDPP as a base. Taking the Desert Sunset trio I applied the coppery tan shade all over the lid, the reddened brown shade to the crease and outer V and used the shimmery peach shade for the inner corners and to highlight. The eye liner is MAC Teddy Eye Kohl and the mascara is Neutrogena Healthy Volume.

I’m also wearing this eye look in this FOTD.

The Stila Stay All Day 3D Wet-To-Set Eyeshadow Trio retails for $24.00 and it’s sold exclusively at Ulta and stilacosmetics.com.

IMATS 2013 – Show Photos, Haul & NYC Trip (pic heavy)

You guys….. New York City is amazing. The trip to the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) was quick, but jam packed with good times. My step-sister Dinessa and I left Friday morning and arrived in NYC just in time to drop off our bags and go to IMATS Pro Night to shop. (Which ended up being the best idea possible because when the event opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday shopping is stressful and near impossible. We were glad to be able to spend time on those days speaking with people doing demonstrations, watching and learning.)

FYI: Maybe I got a little out of hand with pics, but this was my first trip to IMATS and my first event as “Press” so it’s a milestone!

Of all of the exhibitors I was especially excited to check out Inglot, since I’ve never been able to before, and am definitely ordering more online ASAP. It’s slightly addicting.

I also have a new found love in Jesse’s Girl and bought a few products to swatch:

As well as an intense interest in the brand Cailyn who do amazing things with gel liners and the inovative Vibrating Foundation Applicator. We watched the woman below transform before our eyes and become instantly 10 years younger with their BB Cream. Stunning!

We also spent some time checking out the products from OCC and the fun Hydrocolors from WolfeFX.

This is what I hauled from IMATS. Not nearly enough! I did got back with the intent to buy more from Inglot and Cailyn but it was just so busy at that point I felt like ordering online was a better idea.

Make Up For Ever Academy was doing some amazing thing with the nicest model ever for their exhibition:

And a few other artists (representing schools or brands) also showed off their skill:

We also got the chance to check out a few demonstrations from Vargas and Roshar.

Vargas has a ridiculous amount of skill and creativity. I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed we were with his technique and how he worked the products he was using. Vargas demonstrated Fantasy and Faces: Beyond Color, Shimmer and Glitter Applications. The way he so beautifully and easily applied glitter seriously made me think that this is just something I could do for every day. Which would clearly not be appropriate, but he’s just THAT GOOD.

I got some before pictures of his characters, as well as some during the demo and after photos of the demon sea creature 😉

Before the demo:

During the demo:

Vargas used special brushes from Royal & Langnickel to create the hair brush strokes and flame effect.

At the end of the day:

Roshar is quite literally the most entertaining person I’ve ever seen. He’s completely self-taught, which is so impressive because all of his talent is within and truly his own. The demo we were able to sit in on featured him doing up a Fantasy Editorial. The end result was CRAZY amazing!

The only panel we caught was on Gaining Representation: Exploring the Artist/Agent Relationship. It was basically just a Do’s and Don’ts as well as what you can expect from your Agent and what your Agent expects from you. Which is basically be professional, know your place, don’t be a pain in the butt.

This panel was supposed to be moderated by Roshar, but at the last minute Kevin James Bennett swept in to cover. You could say I had a fan-girl moment because he pops up sometimes in the BBC and he’s gloriously entertaining and refreshingly blunt. I’m sad he had to run off right after or I’d have photo-opped him 😉

But by far, our favorite thing to see was the Character/Prosthetic Student Competition. The talent was just unbelievable. The theme was OZ and the competitors had only 3 hours to work on their creations before the intense judging took place. First a few of the competitors working their magic…

… and the amazing end results (and, you’re welcome, because I took SO MANY photos of this I could have really spammed the heck out of you with pics… especially of the blue-haired guy and the ballerina):

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely seen a few of these next pics. In case you don’t here are some of my faves and also shout-outs to the lovely bloggers I met this past weekend!

First up, the bloggers! I first ran into Eugenia from Geniabeme and Casey from Beauty101 and they are awesome and hilarious!

Next I ran into Judy from BeautyJudy and she’s all sorts of adorable that I almost tried to bring her home with me =P

Finally, I met Xiao from Messy Wands! MY MESSY! Finally! Just as fabulous in person, BTW.

And finally just a few pics of Dinessa and I running around the city taking selfies 😉

At IMATS Afterglow (some of my fave pics)

Times Square

Canal Street #Swag (we are seriously still laughing over that one)

Nomming in Little Italy:

And some shots of our hotel room view & Dinessa checking out the view from Dream where Afterglow was held….

Also, while in NYC we had to seek out and visit MAC PRO, since we’ve never been to one.

And also hauled!

This is the haul from Sephora in Times Square:

Each haul will have separate review posts for each item as I go through them 😉 Anything you’re wanting to see first?

Did you hit up IMATS? Did you get anything good or meet any of your favorite people?

If you’ll be in the area for The Makeup Show be sure to enter to win a 2-day pass 😉

Stila All You Need is Love Cheek Palette Swatches & Review

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Are you shocked? I rarely blog about Stila products (I don’t know why, I love their liners and shadows!), but here is a stunner for you! The All You Need is Love Cheek Palette was released to honor Valentine’s Day 2013.

All You Need is Love provides a beautiful pink flush to the cheeks. Use sparingly, because that final deep pink cube is very dominant within this palette. When I’ve been using it (I’m NW20-25) I’ve just been using the other three squares, but in evening dabbing the brush lightly in the fourth shade to add a bit more color.

Unfortunately, as you may have guessed, the gold is just an overspray and disappears after the first use. If you concentrate your brush in the center of the palette you might be able to salvage it, but I tend to not focus so well when I’m using blush lol

The palette of cheek colors all blend nicely and once the overspray is gone there isn’t an over-sheen and it’s not too glittery. I did the swatches above without the gold so that you could see the true colors beneath.

The Stila All You Need is Love Cheek Palette retails for $14.00. I’m not seeing this anywhere online for purchase, but I was able to get mine recently in store and still saw them at my local Sephora and also be sure to check Ulta.

Stila PEACOCK Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner VS. Urban Decay COVET 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Swatches and Review

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Peacock was included with this months Birchbox as a full sized item. Full sized items only very randomly appear in Birchbox, but when they are there it’s always a good one.

What the Sephora website has to say about Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner:

What it is:
A color-rich, vibrant, easy-to-use liner with staying power.

What it does:
Obsessed with Smudge Pots? You’ll go crazy for Smudge Sticks! This highly pigmented, waterproof eye liner glides on to deliver intense, vibrant color with staying power. Soft, smooth, and easy on the eyes, Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner creates a high metallic, sultry, inky intensity that lasts.
Size: 0.01 oz

Peacock(vibrant teal sheen) is not only a gorgeous shade, but actually DOES stay on! This liner is incredibly soft and easy to use. It doesn’t last particularly well on the waterline, but it’s perfect for those occasions when you just don’t have a chance to make sure your liner isn’t migrating down your face. Based off of the description from Sephora, if you like the Smudge Pots this is basically the same thing, but in stick form.

While testing Peacock, it got me thinking about my fave Urban Decay liner – Covet. I use Covet for a lot of looks but have never swatched it to refer back to. Peacock reminded me of Covet, but once they were swatched side by side I saw they were completely different. Peacock is more of a blue, and Covet is more teal. What they DO have in common is that they’re both beautiful shades!

(Stila Peacock, Urban Decay Covet)

Urban Decay Covet 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the stuff dreams are made of. Ever since I learned of my sensitivity to MAC Pearlglide liners I was in search of a dupe for Undercurrent. The closest I’ve found was Urban Decay Covet. I use it quite a bit for a color liner if you read through my FOTD or EOTD posts. If you adore shades such as this, it’s imperative that you check it out!

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner retails for $20.00 and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil retails for $18.00. Both are available at Sephora and Ulta. You will get much more product from the Urban Decay (0.04) vs the Stila (0.01), but they are both excellent products.