Setting Sprays For Oily Skin

By now, you know I have oily skin. Finding a setting spray that will check my sebum production at the door is key, but difficult. Trial and error is annoying, time consuming and costly. However, thank me later because I’ve done some of the searching for you. Below are three products I’ve tried and two more that I want to try:

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Left: NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. Middle: Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. Right: M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray

 

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

This doesn’t do a damn thing for me besides keep my makeup in place. It does nothing for controlling shine. In fact, it makes my face oiler, therefore, it doesn’t do much to solidify its claim of achieving a ‘matte finish.’ The only benefit is its cost. It’s the cheapest out of the three products in the photo above.

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

This is very similar to the NYX product. It keeps my makeup in place, but it doesn’t control shine. After spraying, my face is always oiler than normal. I had high hopes for this brand because people rave about it. Thank goodness I bought the travel size.

M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray

It looks like water, so you’d think it wouldn’t be effective, but looks can be deceiving. This product is the truth; it’s my holy grail setting spray. It also does a great job of combating shine and keeping my makeup in place. My makeup stays matte for hours, and I don’t really need to blot my t-zone, but I still do because of habit. Prep + Prime is a multi-use setting spray, too. I also use it to dampen my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge for blending foundation and concealer or add moisture to my contour palette. I used this product in the photo above, and I only had to blot once. This photo was taken when I got home at like three in the morning. Face was still popping!

I still want to try the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer and Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray. I heard these were good, but I won’t be holding my breath.

What are some of your favorite setting sprays? Let me know in the comments section below.

-Genevia 

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Video & Product Review: Swatched Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes

I don’t typically buy drugstore lipsticks, but one day I saw swatches on Instagram of Milani’s fall collection. I fell in love with the dark colors, and I had to have them. They were hella hard to find because they’re only sold at select Duane Reade and Walgreens stores, in my town. I literally went to three Duane Reade stores, one Walgreens store and tried my luck at Rite Aid lol. The only store that had the very small display of lip colors was Walgreens. The only problem was two of the colors I wanted were sold out, so I was only able to get Dearest, Emotion and Glamour.

As I was creating the video for this product review (Sunday), I went to the Milani website to see how the company described the colors and guest what? Won’t He do it! The entire fall collection is now available online! Boop! Be advised that it’s being marketed as ‘limited edition,’ so the colors may not be around for long. I had no clue Milani was going to offer the collection on its site. I figured it was limited edition for in-store only, so I counted my blessings with the three I bought. But God had a plan! #Blessed. I purchased three other colors from the fall collection online (Beautiful, Attraction and Magnetic) and two from the “main?” collection (Devotion and Sugar). I’ll probably update this post with my thoughts on the other colors or maybe just post pics on Instagram. Now for the review:

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Dearest is described as a “deep merlot.” I live for this hue and its color payoff is great. My issue with this particular shade/formula is that it crumbles and starts to flake once it’s been on for about 15-20 minutes. Thank the Lord I noticed it was crusting before I left the house to go out. Basically, it’s not long-lasting or transfer-proof, especially since it started to fall off my lips after a few minutes. This particular shade is also extremely drying compared to the other two shades. The color is beautiful, but it’s not even worth the $8 because you’ll only wear it for two seconds.

Emotion is described as a “reddish brown.” It’s comfortable on the lips and not overly drying. The color payoff is great, and it seemed to last for a few hours. It wasn’t completely transfer-proof, though. I’m not the biggest fan of the actual color, but I like the formula.

Glamour is described as a “pearl bronze.” The formula is pretty much like Emotion. It’s also comfortable on the lips and not overly drying. There’s a luminous sheen to Glamour. It’s not exactly metallic, just more pearly. It reminds me of ColourPop’s Zebra, although – Glamour is much darker and not as shiny. The color payoff is also good, and it lasted for a few hours. Like Emotion, it’s also not transfer-proof.  I would wear this instead of the ColourPop color because it’s not sticky and dries down much faster.

Milani claims its matte lip cremes last “up to 16 hours.” Lies. I’m hoping the other colors/formulas are similar to Emotion and Glamour as far as comfort and texture. I’m already certain they won’t be long-lasting and transfer-proof, but who knows? The Dearest formula is completely different from Emotion and Glamour, so I’ll see.

Are you a fan of Milani’s Amore Matte Lip Cremes? If so, please share your thoughts.

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-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.

laura mercier

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

 

Product Review: ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip With Swatches

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Top: Man Eater; Bottom: Zebra

ColourPop. The social media makeup sensation that broke the internet with its low prices and richly pigmented products, released its latest line of liquid lipsticks with metallic finishes a few weeks ago. I decided to get hip and bought two ultra metallics and three ultra mattes (not pictured). I’ll be reviewing the items in the above picture since they’re currently VIP items in the social media makeup world and VSO (very sold out). Updated: See the ultra metallic and ultra matte lip products on me here.

So, let’s talk about it… I’ve been on a nude-lip diet these days. That’s why I only purchased two items. There are four metallics total. The other two colors didn’t appeal to me as much as Man Eater and Zebra. The others are cute, but I wasn’t hype to get them even if they’re just six dollars.

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Top: Man Eater; Bottom: Zebra

Pros

  1. The color payoff is legit. There’s no need to apply more than one swipe on the bottom and one swipe on the top of your lips, unless you want a more opaque coverage.
  2. The finish is legit. It goes on wet and creamy, but dries down to a metallic finish.
  3. It does have a comfortable feel on the lips and isn’t overly drying.
  4. The formula doesn’t dry down very fast, so if you do decide to apply more than one coat, it won’t look too cakey.

Cons

  1. My lips had a sticky/creamy feeling when I would rub them together, which may have a lot to do with the reason why the brand claims “the formula is not completely transfer resistant.”
  2. The brand also claims the formula is “extremely long wearing” but that claim doesn’t make any sense because you can’t have a product that is not completely transfer resistant be extremely long wearing. The color will wear off after some time, especially if you do things like eat and drink – which means it is not extremely long wearing. Now, if you decide not to eat and drink – your lip color will obviously last longer.
  3. Zebra moved around a bit and started to fade off my upper lip (I smoked hookah that night, had one cocktail with a straw and a little chapstick underneath). When I wore Man Eater bare, the product also started to fade off my upper lip after having breakfast (piece of bread, oatmeal with a spoon and bottled of water). Both products started to fade within four hours of being worn.

Overall, it’s not a bad product for six dollars. Just know it won’t last very long, so take your pictures ASAP! I would buy more colors in this finish, if they appealed to me. My favorite color is Zebra because it’s not too loud even though it has a metallic finish. I love it alone, too. Man Eater would have to be worn ombre style with Zebra, with a dark pencil underneath or something else. I would never wear it alone; it’s not flattering on me.

If you have these colors or the other two colors, what are your thoughts about them? If you have any questions about these two products, please ask in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.

Thanks for reading!

-Genevia