Video: Highlighting/Strobing Tutorial Without Using Concealer

In this video, I will show you how to achieve a natural-looking glow without using concealer. Enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by and watching my video! If you have any questions, please ask.:)

-Genevia 

 

Le Struggle: Four Seasons, Three Skin Tones, Two Foundations & Two Tinted Moisturizers

Like many women, my skin tone changes colors depending on the season. During the summer months, usually starting in May, my skin tone starts to get darker. It’s chocolate, yet bronzy with a banging glow! I love it! When October rolls around, my complexion gradually gets lighter. By Christmas, my tan is completely gone. As a result, I have to use two different foundations/tinted moisturizer. Perhaps it should be three different foundations/tinted moisturizers, but I never liked math – so let’s just stick with the number two. It’s hard af to find tinted moisturizer for my skin tone in the summer. This is when the struggle gets real. No brand makes a dark enough color that’s a perfect match, and I am not playing chemist anymore (ahem, Laura Mercier). No time for it. My only option in the summer is foundation, and the selections are extremely limited in color and coverage. Most of the time, I roaming around with a fresh face because I can’t be bothered.

Since June, I’ve been using Clinique Even Better foundation in Pecan. It’s described as a “golden/red shade for deep skin tones with golden undertones.” The color is a perfect match to my warm and red undertones! Whenever summertime hits, my undertones go from warm/golden to red, and Pecan is the perfect color. My only issue with Even Better is that the formula is a bit heavy and more suitable for those looking for moderate-to-full coverage. I prefer light, sheer coverage as I don’t need to cover any scars/blemishes, and I’m not concerned about my little hyperpigmentation issues. The color is perfect, so I’m just managing. Thankfully, I never committed to buying a full size bottle, so I’ve been using a sample. Plus, I only wear makeup on the weekends when I go out, so I don’t wear it everyday. My sample is almost done, but summer is basically over. I’m hoping that by next summer, more brands will have more lightweight foundation options for black women. Still, I think Even Better is a great formula for women looking for medium-to-full coverage. They color range is decent, it’s long-wearing and it even includes broad spectrum SPF 15.

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On the cooler side, I’m really looking forward to fall because I get to start using my Nars Tinted Moisturizers again. I use both the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Polynesia. It’s described as “dark with warm, chocolate undertones.” I’m out of my Pure Radiant, so I need to buy more. I was introduced to the Velvet Matte sometime in May, but once I started tanning, I had to stop using both of them because they no longer matched my skin tone. They’re both lightweight and Polynesia is the perfect color for my complexion in the cooler months. The only difference between the two products is that one has a bit of a luminous finish with lightweight coverage, and the other has a soft, matte finish with medium, buildable coverage. They’re both oil free products with broad spectrum SPF 30. Even though I have oily skin, my favorite of the two is Pure Radiant because it’s lighter and leaves a more natural-looking finish.

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My Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition foundation came through this past May, and I fell in love with it. Too bad I could only use it for about a month. As soon as June hit, it was a rap. It doesn’t help that I use 12.0, the last color in the line. It’s described as a “dark shade with deep, golden undertones.” It has a luminous, demi-matte finish – but it’s not shiny. SO GOOD. It doesn’t feel like I have anything on, it doesn’t break me out and the color is too perfect. I think I may have found my holy-grail foundation for the late fall/winter/spring months. FYI, the coverage is buildable, too.

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An honorable mention is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I use 11.5 which is described as “deep skin with red undertone.” Once again, I used this for a hot second because I bought it in the beginning of May 2015, and then my skin tone started to change. I only used it for a weekend while on vacation. SMH. Honestly, I forgot all about it once the weather cooled down because I started using my Nars tinted moisturizer again. I’ll have to revisit the Luminous Silk this year once my complexion starts changing. What’s interesting is that even though this formula has red undertones, it doesn’t work for me in the summertime. It’s weirdly too light, and I look ashy. This is why I hate trying on foundation in stores. That artificial light never tells the truth. All lies. It’s still a bomb foundation, though lol. I’m going to give this another shot when it gets cooler. This may not be a viable option in the winter, but I’ll see. Anyway, it’s oil-free and lightweight with a silky, airbrushed finish. I remember that much. I know a lot of makeup artists use this foundation for editorial shoots on models because it’s that bomb.

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If you know of lightweight foundations or tinted moisturizers with a plethora of color options for black women, please advise!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post!

-Genevia 

 

 

Video & Product Review: Benefit ka-BROW Cream-Gel Brow Color In #5

Described as a cream-gel formula with buildable, 24-hour waterproof wear, I will say that these claims are mostly true about Benefit’s ka-BROW Cream-Gel Brow Color as I don’t keep my eyebrow makeup or any makeup on for 24 hours. So, I wouldn’t know. However, it does last for my entire workday (nine hours). My eyebrows tend to get extremely oily, so ka-BROW is #goals for combating this situation.

In just three steps, I transform my sparse eyebrows to literal eye candy. My brows are fuller and the application is a dream. I found the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz formula to be very dry and difficult to apply. The pencil didn’t glide on smoothly and it was hard to achieve feathery strokes, quickly. I even purchased ABH Dipbrow Pomade several weeks ago and hated it. Perhaps I selected the wrong color; it was way too dark and because it’s highly pigmented it made the color more intense. Even when I used soft, light strokes to fill my brows, it was still too dark. Bold, dramatic eyebrows are not my thing, so I returned it.

It helps that this product comes with a built-in angled brush, so it’s perfect for traveling and on-the-go makeup. ka-BROW is highly pigmented, so I would suggest using a very small amount.

How-to

After I brush what is left of my natural eyebrow hairs, I fill/sculpt, clean and blend. For a more detailed description of these steps and the tools I use, click here to read about how I did my eyebrows with ABH Brow Wiz. The same steps apply.

Pros 

  • Long-lasting wear
  • Oil absorbing
  • Great color payoff
  • Buildable coverage (easy to work with)
  • Convenient built-in brush
  • Waterproof
  • Sets quickly
  • Glides on like a dream
  • Light and soft formula

Cons

  • Short applicator
  • Not smudge-proof (although, not much color will transfer)

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Thanks for watching and reading!

-Genevia 

 

 

Prime Time For Oily Skin

When is prime time? Every time you wear tinted moisturizer or foundation.

My 16-year-old cousin inspired today’s post. Hey, Arlyn, hey! She spent a weekend with me last month, and we chatted about makeup. How could we not? I found out she doesn’t use a primer, and I couldn’t believe it. It’s such an essential part of applying makeup. How does one skip it? Come to find out, some people just don’t think it’s necessary, don’t know how or when to apply it, don’t know that it is an actual thing or can’t be bothered with spending money on it.

The truth is primer gives your foundation or tinted moisturizer something to hold onto, so that your makeup stays on longer, even in extreme weather. It also creates a smooth base for makeup application, and in my case, helps control oily areas. Eyeshadow primers do the same thing. The best way to apply primer is with your fingers. This allows for you to really work the product into your skin.

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I have textured, oily skin and I must say, my two holy-grail primers do an amazing job of combating shine and allowing my makeup to go on smoother. I’ve even worn primer alone; it just gives you a more polished, fresh face. I’ve only done this with Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer (LM), though. All the others I have tried leave a white, powdery finish. In fact, I used to use Milk of Magnesia (MoM) as a toner (doubles as a toner and primer for external beauty purposes), and then I would apply Laura Mercier’s primer to cover up the powdery finish. This combination kept my face matte forever, promise. I specifically used these two together when I traveled by airplane. I don’t know about you, but when I board a plane with just a fresh face, I deplane with a grease-bucket face. Not cute. The MoM and LM combination helped so much. The only thing I didn’t like about the combination is that it made my face feel cakey. It was a weird, heavy feeling – and I assume it is because MoM isn’t exactly the most translucent product when applied to the face. It does leave a fairly thick ghost-face finish even if you use a small amount. Adding a creamy, gel product like LM’s primer isn’t going to make everything feel lightweight, either. Still, my skin looked flawless and oil-free. This partnership is the essence of a no-makeup makeup look.

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I’ve tried several primers:

Prestige

  • Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer
  • Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer

Drugstore

  • No. 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base
  • Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio Blur + Smooth Primer
  • Milk of Magnesia

 

Laura Mercier and Milk of Magnesia stopped controlling my oil when I wore them separately with foundation/tinted moisturizer. MoM used to be my holy-grail primer, but then it decided it wasn’t going to come through anymore. Or, maybe my skin is maturing? I don’t know, but it dumped me. I decided to dump Laura Mercier. It just wasn’t working out, so I moved on. No.7 just doesn’t work for me, period. It is not mattifying at all. Maybelline also sucks as a primer for oily skin. The only things I will say it does a great job at are blurring/smoothing fine lines and textured skin. It does not control oil.

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maybelline primer

Now, Becca and Make Up For Ever? Those two queens are my jam! They really help keep my makeup matte for about eight hours. I only have to use blotting tissue once, and not much oil transfers onto the tissue. I should also note that the application process matters. It is critical that these two products aren’t smeared across your face with your fingers, but instead, dabbed or patted. For some reason the formula will ball up and start to look flaky if you rub it on your face – and that’s not going to give you a smooth-looking finish when it’s time to apply foundation. So, just dab. A raisin amount of primer will suffice for your entire face or just focus areas. Also, wait for your primer to dry before applying foundation. Major key. After I moisturize, I apply my primer and then start to do my eyebrows. This way the primer has time to properly dry and be more effective underneath my makeup.

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Holy-grail primer.
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Holy-grail primer.

I still want to try Dr. Brandt Pores No More Refiner, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Smashbox Photo Filter Pore Minimizing Primer and Givenchy Mister Mat Matifying Primer. I heard they’re great. I’ll be the judge, though. There should be travel sizes in the Hourglass and Smashbox primers at Sephora, which helps because they’re prestige products (pricey).

Last repetitive piece of advice: use a primer because you should have something in between your moisturizer and foundation, always. Your good looks will last longer.

Feel free to share your thoughts or questions below. Thanks for reading! 🙂

-Genevia

 

 

 

Video

Video: ColourPop Lip Swatches On Me

Let me preface my first video post with the following comments because after all, this is a blog:

Initially, I decided I was going to stay away from making videos (YouTube) because I know I am not going to be able to commit to posting videos every week. I know for sure that I will write at least one post a week, but videos? Nah. It takes a lot of time. Shooting, editing, music selection, voiceover, etc. God bless those YouTubers that can do it. I had to keep it real with myself. My alternative to YouTube is mini Instagram videos because those are short and fun, and I don’t need to do them that often. Then last week, my friend planted a seed in my head. She gave me some feedback about my blog, and she suggested that I appear on it more often. Makes sense.

Sharing pictures of myself in applicable posts would suffice, but that isn’t as fun because … Instagram. I decided another cool way for me to appear on my blog more is to turn my speedy IG videos into normal videos with a voiceover. Now, I’ll be hosting my own videos on my blog instead of YouTube or Vimeo. It’s the same concept, only I won’t feel guilty if I don’t post a video every week. Win, win!

In this video, you’ll see me wearing the two ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip products I wrote about here. You’ll also hear/see my first impressions/reactions to the Ultra Matte Lip products below.

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Top: Kapow; Middle: Beeper; Bottom: Dr. M

Side note: I didn’t use any lip liners with these products. Also, I realize the quality of my voice isn’t consistent in the video … I’ll figure it out for next time. Bare with we. Lol. Without further ado, please welcome my very first YouTube-inspired video, “ColourPop Lip Swatches!” :D.

What did you all think? Thanks for reading and watching!

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-Genevia

 

Follow BWM Now On BlogLovin’!

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Hi Everyone! I just joined BlogLovin’ and decided to share the good news. I’m a complete newbie to this community, but it seems cool so far. Being the new kid on the block is tough; it always gets better, though :).

For those of you who don’t know, BlogLovin’ is basically a site that showcases lots of blogs, and allows people to discover new content ranging from beauty to travel. You can love, save or share any blog post to your social media accounts.

There’s also an app for iPhone, which makes it even easier to follow your favorite blogs including mine ;), so that you never miss a post. I’m not sure if this app is on other phones, but feel free to check.

Follow BARE WITH ME on BlogLovin’ here!

Thank you in advance!

-Genevia

Spotlight: Sancan Oval-Shaped Brushes | Artis Makeup Brush Dupes

Sancan brushes

I’m currently obsessed with these oval-shaped brushes by Sancan! This modern brush set is literally a dream, yet it’s a dupe of the original Artis Makeup Brushes. I hear Artis brushes are amazing, but I also know they’re pricey. So, Artis will have to go on my never ending wish list because of the way my bank account is set up … Other brands like M.A.C have similar brushes, too.

Oval-shaped brushes have a reputation for being super soft and excellent for seamlessly blending anything wet and anything dry. I typically use them to blend my foundation, concealer and cream contour. You can use these to even apply eyeshadow and blush, although, I wasn’t really a fan of the blush option as it deposited too much color on my cheeks. I tend to only like a flush of color.

These brushes are tapered and dense (more bristles), hence why they will deposit powder products like nobody’s business. Dense brushes tend to give you medium to heavy coverage, but with a smooth, flawless finish whereas brushes with fewer bristles (fluffy brushes) will give you uneven coverage, some streaks and just a sweep of color. In my opinion, fluffy brushes are better for powder products like blush, bronzer, etc. Although, I think eyeshadow is the exception because dense brushes will pack more product on your eyelids (if you’re going for an intense eye look) and create less fallout than fluffy brushes. I haven’t tried applying eyeshadow with one of the smaller brushes. I don’t like how eyeshadow looks on me, so I don’t usually wear it. Maybe it’s because I’m not used to it? I don’t know. I’ll explore that world more one day, though.

If you’re like me, you don’t or won’t need medium to heavy coverage of anything including foundation, so I would recommend applying a dime size of foundation or tinted moisturizer to your face (you may need a bit more for your neck), and then using the brush to spread it evenly. This will ensure light coverage.

Oval-shaped brushes are also easy to work with. Just lightly and gently apply it to your skin in circular motions or you can just glide the brush over your skin. Take a look at how I use one of the brushes to apply my foundation here.

Sancan brushes are made of “high quality synthetic fiber hair” and come in an assorted 10-piece set. It’s available on Amazon, and you can read more about it/purchase it here.

If you decide to get the Sancan set or any other variation, let me know how you like it below!

Thanks for reading. 🙂

-Genevia