Anastasia Beverly Hills

EOTD: Anatastasia Beverly Hills "Self Made" Pallet and Violet Voss "Chocolate Swirl" Glitter

9:00 AM

The neutral shades in this Self Made pallet are just gorgeous.  Below I used the following, including some new glitter I picked up from Violet Voss, called "Chocolate Swirl".  

For the look I used the following:
Urban Decay Primer Potion - original
ABH Self Made - Hot and Cold - upper crease
ABH Self Made - Spirit Rock - deep crease/outer corner / lower lashline
ABH Self Made - Witchy - lid / lower lashline
ABH Self Made - Treasure - highlight
Violet Voss "Chocolate Swirl" - applied with their Secret Weapon Glitter Adhesive to lid
ELF Precision Liquid Eyeliner - black
Younique 3D Fiber Lash mascara

Can I just say, that Secret Weapon Glitter Adhesive holds ALL DAY LONG?!  Love this, and have reinvigorated my love for glitter because I won't have fall out!

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Anastasia Beverly Hills "Self Made" Pallet - A closeup and FOTD

9:24 AM

I was so excited to get the Anastasia Beverly Hills "Self Made" Pallet for Christmas - this is one of those I have been looking at each and every time I walk into Sephora, only to walk out without it.  

Closeups of each of the colors are below - they are very pigmented and mostly creamy.  Even the mattes glide on with ease and don't tug on your skin.  I will post a few looks with this over the upcoming days.  


Younique Mineral Touch Foundation "Scarlet"

11:05 AM

Liquid foundation and I have a love-hate relationship.  I love the coverage I immediately get with it, but by the end of the day it either ends up cakey, in my pores, or smeared on my phone, clothes, etc.  This is why I tend to always use my good ol' standby, Laura Geller Balance 'n Brighten.  Unfortunately, this time of year being winter, I am extremely pale and finding a powder foundation that doesn't leave me looking chalky is a difficult task.  

Months ago I fell in love with the Younique 3D Moodstruck mascara, and since then have dabbled in the other products they carry.  Over the past few months they have come out with several new offerings: Splurge Cream Shadows (a must try if you haven't already), and the new Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation.  As any good salesperson will do, you will see several reviews from presenters themselves, raving about this product.  I figured I would give it a try and see what all the reviews were about.

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The foundation comes in large frosted bottle, with a dropper style applicator.  Reminds me a lot of the droppers in my argan oils I use on my skin/hair.  As a result, a little goes a long way with this product, which took me a while to figure out.  In fact, the process for using this particular foundation is very different from others I have tried.  I will get to that in a bit.  

Below, this is the foundation blended with my finger on the back of my hand.  As you can see, I chose a very light shade - in fact, Scarlet is the lightest offering in the lot.  

Here is my whole face with the product on.  I did not use concealer, as I didn't need to.  To apply, take a fluffy brush and apply 5 dots on the brush, like a dice.  Blot those dots on the four points of your face - both cheeks, chin and forehead.  Then blend.  I will do a step by step with this, as it does take some getting used to, but this certainly allowed for the easiest application, with unbelievable coverage.  Yes, five dots of foundation covered my entire face!

Now you can either allow this to dry to a matte finish or top it off with your favorite setting powder.  I used a quick once-over of Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil and it worked great.  

The other thing that I loved about this?  I didn't oxidize and turn orange or yellow on me, but instead stayed true to color.  The foundation lasts all day, and didn't settle into lines or pores.  I have to say, I"m sold simply on the color alone, but everything else is an added bonus!

Younique is available online, and the foundation costs $39.  I will say, with as little as you use, this could last you a LONG time!  

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