NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation Daily Makeup for the Girl on the Go

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NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation Great for Daytime Looks

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat_Glitter and StilettosOver the last few months I have found that my window for “makeup opportunity” has diminished significantly. While I would love nothing more than to spend a good half-hour in front of my vanity applying my makeup to perfection, it just is not possible. My growing list of morning duties include hustling two minis off to school, breakfast, packing lunch, hair, and feverishly tossing outfits all over due to Hampton Roads’ bi-polar weather. But, I cannot start my day without a cup of warm lemon water with honey or a cup of green tea. The life of a working-diva slash business owner extraordinaire can actually be well, not so glamorous. Girl, let me just tell you that the last 6 months have been ANYTHING but glamorous. Despite a growing number of disappointments that have been tossed my way, I find that getting dolled up makes things a little bit better.

I added the NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation to my 2-minute, morning makeup routine. I love this foundation powder because it goes on with light coverage and lasts all day. It has a great yellow undertone that matches my hue, almost to a T.  I like to keep things really simple when heading out the door so daytime makeup is very minimal. Below are my go to staples for Monday-Friday makeup looks.

  1. Moisturizer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Mascara
  5. Lipgloss

That’s it! For daytime makeup, I feel natural is best but a little lipgloss will add just the right amount of glam.

Here are the things I like most about the NYX Stay Matte but Not Flat Powder Foundation

  • lightweight
  • excellent coverage
  • flawless finish
  • lasts all day long
  • great selection for olive/brown/caramel tones
  • great price

The NYX Stay Matte but not Flat Powder Foundation is definitely worth keeping handy.

Follow me on Instagram @MissGlitterBiz to check out my #selfie

Glitter Girl Book Club: Love Lashes and Lipstick by Mally Roncal Inspiring Books for the Glitter Gang

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Love Lashes and Lipstick Mally RoncalReading is an excellent method for keeping you inspired and focused on your goals. It will stimulate your mind and help shift you into high-gear. The latest Glitter Girl Book Club read is ‘Love, Lashes, and Lipstick’ by celebrity makeup artist and beauty guru Mally Roncal. The book is a fun read that incorporates personal stories, anecdotes, makeup tips, and throwback photos from Mally’s journey to success.

This is a great book for makeup lovers, entrepreneurs, or anyone looking for some positive motivation. Mally’s personality really shines through every page and this girl keeps it 100 as she shares candid moments from her life as an MUA and business woman.

 

I just so happened to be in the market for some new foundation powder and eye primer so of course at one of my Ulta pit-stops I had to snag some Mally Beauty for the collection. I picked up the Poreless Perfect Foundation and the Perfect Prep Hydrating Under-eye Brightener. Both of these products are fabulicious. We are talking about a flawless finish and phenomenal pigment. The foundation powder and the under-eye brightener are long-lasting and require little touch up throughout the day. The application is light to medium coverage and virtually weightless. The under-eye brightener is soft and smooth and feels like it is conditioning the skin. It is gentle around the eyes and covers dark circles perfectly.

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e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder Hide Your Dark Circles

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e.l.f. cosmeticsDark circles are such a pain and they are even more of a pain if you are not sure why they have appeared. Some dark circles are caused by lack of sleep, poor diet, illness, and allergies. Other dark circles are tougher to combat and they may also be caused by heredity. The aging process may also cause dark circles to be more noticeable as the skin around the eyes thinks out and the blood vessels beneath become full and causing a blueish tint.

Personally, hereditary dark circles have been the bane of my existence along with many other things since around about puberty and hence my obsession with concealers and subsequent makeup addiction (hey, we all have our vices). The tricky thing about concealers is that in some cases, they may actually make your dark circles look worse. I have found the standard advice to “select a tone 2-3 shades lighter than your own” to be about as useful as two cucumbers placed on my eyes (hint, hint, I’m not impressed by this “home remedy”).

There is far more to selecting the best concealer that will provide a natural look than just choosing one that is “2-3 shades lighter than your own skin”. The skin is full of different undertones, and no two people are alike. There is no one-size fits all solution for concealers and what looks good one one person may look an absolute, certified, hot mess on another.  Here is a quick guide on selecting a concealer color that is best suited for your dark circles:

Red Circles-Go Green.

Dark Purple Circles-Think Pink.

Blue Circles-Hello Yellow.

Thankfully, there are several brands available that offer the above color variations for concealers.

e.l.f. offers the HD Lifting Concealer , a liquid concealer that can be used on dark circles and is also said to “hide imperfections” and give the skin a radiant appearance. Depending on your tone issues, the HD Lifting Concealer is available in 6 different shades.

Sometimes, concealer and foundation powder is just not enough to mask severe dark circles. I picked up the e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder which is supposed to balance out skin discoloration to see if it would help to improve the appearance of dark circles. The Tone Correcting Powder is supposed to help balance the complexion brightening and neutralizing tones where necessary. The powder is available in a small palette that consists of yellow, blue, green, and pink colors. They are meant to be blended together and applied at the same time. The powder goes on with a lightweight dusting and matte finish. It may not be effective for darker skin tones as it may cause a ashy veil to appear over the skin.

What do you think about e.l.f. HD Lifting Concealer and the Studio Tone Correcting Powder? Share your tips and suggestions in the comments below.

Best Makeup for Selfies: Revlon PhotoReady and AirBrush Effect Airbrush and Blur Imperfections

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Revlon_Photo_Ready_Glitter_and_StilettosI am still a little bit weird about #seflies and kind of think they are a huge waste of time and somewhat narcissistic. TBH I really don’t get the point of filling up an entire feed on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with selfie pics, they get kind of boring after a while and make people appear really conceited but, I digress. It seems that selfies are just not going to go away, especially if there are even songs written about them. Anywho, all this selfie stuff got me wondering…how do celebrities and makeup gurus get their Instagram photos looking so darn perfect? They seem to have the perfect glow, flawless skin, and perfect complexion. It is fascinating because when you are walking into Starbucks, riding on the bus, or shopping in the mall, most girls do not look like the picture of  perfection. So what’s the deal? Besides the many filters available to blur out imperfections, I wondered what makeup girls are using to ensure that their selfies are always on #fleek?

I scooped up some Revlon PhotoReady Powder and PhotoReady AirBrush Effect to put these two products to the test. The Revlon PhotoReady Powder is supposed to make your skin look #perfect by removing shine and smoothing the skin tone for an even appearance. There are three different shades available: Fair/Light, Light/Medium, and Medium/Deep. I am not sure if these are enough options to cover the diverse assortment of hues that women across the world have but hey! who knows?

I also grabbed some Revlon PhotoReady AirBrush Effect Liquid Makeup. This product is supposed to offer light-filtering capabilities while blurring imperfections for a luminous and flawless finish. AirBrush Effect is available in 12 different shades. Check back for our full review with pics on both of these products as we put them to the #Selfie Test!

Must Have Makeup Maybelline FITme! Matte Good Price, Great Finish

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Maybelline_FitME_Glitter_and_StilettosI have been using Maybelline FITme! from time to time, experimenting with different colors and I enjoy using the product. I am definitely a fan of the liquid foundation but recently got hooked on Japonesque Luminous Foundation which I used during the summer. Since my summer hue is starting to fade a bit, I need something a bit lighter and decided switch back over to Maybelline  FITme! liquid foundation and powder for the new season. One of the toughest challenges for a #browngirl is finding just the right shade of powder with the correct undertones so that the skin does not look too light, too dark, too ashy, or too hot messy.

This time around I picked up the Maybelline FITme! Matte+ Poreless #230 Natural Buff to get my week started. This is a really great powder if you prefer a flat, matte finish. I think a matte finish works great for the fall and there is no harm in warming it up with a little bronzer when necessary. FITme! retails for just around $8 bucks and is a good powder to keep in your stash. I am not too sure about the poreless part of the product because I cannot really see my pores just yet but I do have some fine smile lines and I do not think that this product works very good to mask those so I would definitely not apply this product without using a BB cream or good moisturizer underneath to soften the skin.

The powder does not feel heavy when applied with a brush. I do not use the applicator sponge that is included with it because it goes on much heavier. The product is formulated for normal to oily skin and claims to last for up to 12 hours.

Check me out on Instagram to see what look I create with this product. #glamgirl out!

 

 

L.A. Colors Bold Color Lash Mascara Plus Eyeliner Double the Fun

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LA_Colors_Mascara_Glitter_and_StilettosDon’t get me wrong, I am a total makeup fanatic who loves to splurge but let’s keep it real, this girl is definitely on a budget. Launching your own business isn’t cheap and sadly neither is keeping up the high maintenance activities of nail manicures, extensions, and trendy shopping. With my busy schedule, and juggling a handful of wonderful clients, girl, ain’t nobody got time for all that, seriously.

Now, I’m not going to say that coppin’makeup from the Dollar Store is at the top of my to do list but, if they do happen to have some of the good stuff, and they often do, I will snag what I can just to keep up stock. On a recent trip to pick up some art supplies I swung by the cosmetics aisle and was enamored with the collection of nail polish and mascara available. L.A. Colors, I must say has some pretty good polish but I had never tried any of their makeup items. I found a couple double-packs of Bold Lash Mascara and Eyeliner in Jet Black and Ultra Violet that I could not pass up. For about $2 for each pack, the price could not be beat. I figured if the nail polish works decent, the mascara should too. Usually, I do not deviate from my Maybelline XXL but hey, why not live dangerously (hoping I do not get a dreaded pink-eye). In all honesty, these things can happen.

So far I have tried both the Jet Black and Ultra Violet Mascara and coordinating eyeliners, and I am pretty happy with the results. The Mascara went on smooth without irritating my eyes. It did not clump and enhanced my lengthy lashes well. I have worn both Mascara products with and without the liner and I must say without the liner is great for a simple daytime look. The eyeliner, gives a nice edge. I also blended the Jet Black Liner and Ultra Violet Liner to create a contrasting cat-eye which looked pretty cool (look for pics on Instagram).

The products are relatively small, compact and perfect for tossing in your purse for a quick fix or taking on a weekend trip in which you prefer not to lug your entire kit. The pigment in the Jet Black Liner and Mascara is great as well as the pigment on the Ultra Violet Liner. As far as the Ultra Violet Mascara goes, I would like to have seen a brighter hue to make the lashes really pop with that purplelicious goodness but, otherwise not a bad find for 2 bucks.

 

Check back to find out what makeup products I discover next!

NYX HD Finishing Powder High Definition Makeup

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Hiding dark circles is a project all by itself. For all the girls out there who have dark circles for one reason or another, know that you are not alone. In an effort to avoid the caked-on appearance of heavy concealers, I decided it might be time to try out a lighter powder. I found the NYX HD Finishing Powder at ULTA and decided to give it a whirl. The price was great so I figured if it didn’t work well, no biggie. The trend seems to be High Definition and translucent which almost seems like a juxtaposition however, I have found some success in using some other defining products in the past such as the Revlon Photo Ready Powder. I opted for the NYX HD Finishing Powder to focus specifically around my under-eye area where my circles tend to be the most pronounced.

The NYX HD Finishing Powder is a light, translucent powder that effectively reduces the appearance of lines and pores on the skin. The powder is available in three shades including: Banana, Mint Green, and Translucent. I selected Banana as my powder of choice and immediately got to work on my dark circles.

The powder really is lightweight but it does have a matte finish. In order for dark circles to appear less noticeable, I have found that there needs to be some illumination happening. Though the finishing powder did have a flat, dull appearance, it went on smooth and did not weigh down my skin or clog up my pores. I would compare the product to dusting a light layer of baby powder on your face. If the matte look is not something you are going for you, you can always brighten it up with some shimmer powder. The matte finish however, does reduce the appearance of fine lines around on the face to give a softer appearance.

I would definitely recommend this finishing powder for anyone looking to soften those tiny smile lines around the mouth but, for combating dark circles, definitely go for some added glitter, shimmer, and shine.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Gorgeous Glow-Flawless Finish

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On my latest trip to ULTA, I picked up a few goodies to get my skin ready for fall. One of the sweetest finds that I came across was the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder. I knew instantly that I needed to try this powder because I had been wanting to illuminate some areas on my face that had fallen victim to summer breakouts and subsequent scarring. I have no problem using bronzer year-round. In fact, I encourage it. The problem with most bronzers however is that they are poorly made. All too often I find myself disappointed in how pasty or overly pigmented bronzers seem to appear. The Illuminated Shimmering Powder by Urban Decay is lightweight and made for use on the face or body.

There are 3 options available for Illuminated and they are: Aura, Lit, and Luminous. I selected Lit because it was closest to my complexion. With so many different undertones, it can be hard to locate the right powder throughout the year. The product is packaged in a shimmery box with rose-gold design, metallic lettering, and includes a mirror and applicator brush. There is plenty of powdered packed into the 0.2 oz box so I imagine that it will last for quite some time unless you are like me and use it every single day.

Illuminated goes on smooth without leaving a caked on residue. After a light application, I noticed that my skin took on a healthy, natural-looking glow. I use the powder on top of my blush to give it a nice sun-kissed look. This is hands down the best illuminating powder I have used and I would highly recommend it as a must have makeup staple. I may be tossing out several bum-bronzers that I have picked up along the way if not re-purposing them for other color-combo projects.

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