Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Go-To Beauty Reference Websites

What make the internet good? The accessibility of great information. What makes the internet bad? The accessibility of BAD information. Here are a list of my favorite skincare and cosmetic reference sources when looking for a new product. Of course, I don't limit myself to just these sites but these are ones I often rely on.


Cosdna-  This site doesn't have the sexiest interface but it is absolute gold when it comes to skincare. What you do is type in the product you are interested in buying and what comes up is a list of the product's ingredients in order from highest concentration to lowest. Next to each ingredient is it's function in the product, an acne rating, irritation rating, and the ingredient's safety scale. The basis of most of the ratings are based on reports from the FDA (USA), RTECS (Canada), and other governmental resources. Of course, I am not sure how often this database is updated but it is always helpful especially if you have sensitive and acne-prone skin like I do.

Paula's Choice & Beautypedia- I use this site to look up articles on debunking different skincare myths and explaining a variety of different skin conditions. They also have their "beautypedia" page where they rate hundreds of products, both skincare and makeup, based on the product's claims, performance, pricing and so much more.

MakeupAlley- What beauty junkie hasn't used this trusty site? This website is a resource of anonymous product reviews where the user can find and filter reviews based on skin type, skin color, age, and more. What I really appreciate is that they have their own app available for both Android and iPhone which makes it ideal to research a product while you are in store.

Findation- This is a site where you put in a list of foundations and its shade that you know match you in order to find your perfect match in a different foundation. I always use this whether I am buying a foundation online or in a drugstore with no testers.  I even use this before buying foundations in Sephora or makeup counter to help narrow my search. I often find that some sales associates do a poor job matching me to a foundation often making me look like the Pink Panther or Pikachu once I walk out of the store. This source helps me feel more confident that the shade a sales associate matches me to would actually work for me.

Cosmetic Calculator- Out of all the sources I have mentioned so far, this is the only site that is geared toward the post-purchase rather than the pre-purchase. While most products  have a guideline when to toss them out based on the date it was opened, this website helps you calculate which products of yours may have expired based on its manufacturing date. This is a site I keep open whenever I need to clean out my makeup stash to see what definitely needs to be chucked.


What are your favorite websites to use to find product information?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

All Day, Everyday Lipsticks: MLBB (My Lips But Better)

Two things I can't deny here: the term "MLBB" makes me cringe and I need to restrain myself from buying more MLBBs. As the title suggests, a MLBB (My Lips But Better Shade) is an everyday lipstick that matches your natural lip color but looks, well, better. An MLBB is subjective based on skin color, hair color, and the like but also based on individual preference. Do you think your lips would look better redder (almost rhymes)? Lighter? Berrier? Mauvier? Tawny-er? (I need to stop making up words).

Before showing my picks, I must preface that for my fair complexion (think NC15), I like my MLBBs to be a bit darker, more mauve and more pink. I also am partial to non-glossy finishes like mattes, creams and satins. Now let's get on with it.

From left to right: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna, Bassam Fattouh Lipstick in Rosa Antico, Revlon Balm Stain in Honey, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 45 L'Adoree, and Tom Ford Lip Colour in Indian Rose. 




Friday, March 13, 2015

Doin' Kylie


I think we can all appreciate Kylie Jenner's signature pinky-brown lip color. While most of the beauty community is sick of this topic, this trend is here to stay especially after Pantone made their announcement that the 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Tom Ford Lipstick Stash



Since I posted my Tom Ford Lip Colors in Flamingo and Aphrodisiac in 2013, I have accumulated one too many of these luxury lipsticks so I figured it would be a good time to revisit my collection thus far.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Quick Review: Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer in Shade 4

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Hey everyone! Today I have a quick review on the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Full Cover Concealer, which I've been using for several months now. This is one I tried at Sephora when they told me they ran out of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and I tried this one instead. The makeup artist there was kind enough to give me a generous sample since they ran out of my shade. Half-way through using the sample, I knew I had to buy the full-size. (Fun Fact: When I went back to buy the full-size, I bought the last one in my shade. [I guess this fact isn't as fun as I thought once I typed it out.])


So why did I buy the full-size...?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Intro to KIKO Cosmetics


KIKO Cosmetics is an Italian brand that is beginning to make its way to American shores. I got the chance to try out a few products recently and I thought it would be a good idea to do a review as it becomes more accessible in the U.S. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 035 Miami Fever Review

Here is a product that just recently came out in the drugstore that I decided to pick up. I was a bit skeptical on picking this up since I tried a sample of the YSL Glossy Stain and I was not a fan of the texture and this was supposed to be a dupe of that. So what do I think of this?