Review: Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush

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Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blush in “Fetish”

You want to know what impressed me most about this new blush from Urban Decay? It actually makes a reasonable claim about wear-time! After seeing so many products make meaningless and ridiculous claims to wear for 24 or even 48 hours, it’s nice to see a product make a realistic claim. (If I ever go 48 hours without washing my face, then I’m either dead or camping.)

I picked this up in the shade “Fetish” which is a matte dusty rose with a hint of warmth. It’s the kind of shade I like to wear when I want a blush that’s not going to compete with whatever I’ve got going on my eyes.

Although the colour is nice, the formula of this blush doesn’t thrill me. It’s on the dry side and kicks up quite a bit of powder when you dip your brush in. I also expected more in the way of pigmentation, but it’s pretty sheer. (I really had to build to get the swatch you see below.) I’d say it does make good on its promise to wear for 8 hours, but it doesn’t last much beyond that.

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Review: Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener

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I love a good peachy correcter for the under-eye area. I find they cancel out some of the darkness and help hydrate the delicate under-eye skin so my concealer goes on smoother and has better coverage. Lately, I’ve been using this one from Revlon:

revlonbrightenerThis one is touted as a primer and brightener. I can’t see this working as a primer, and I haven’t even bothered trying it for that. Unless you have really dry lids and don’t find that your eye makeup creases, then this is strictly a brightening correcter for dark circles.
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Sick-Day Beauty (When Taking a Sick Day Seriously Isn’t an Option)

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The 2014-2015 cold and flu season has been a doozy for me. It started with a cold the week before Christmas. Then in February I had a nasty flu that morphed into a cold. (That sickness lasted about two weeks). Now, I’m just getting over yet another cold. Hopefully this will be my last bout of sickness this year. When I’m really feeling ill, I do try to stay home and spare everyone else my germs, but, as I’m sure all of you hard working people out there know, sometimes taking a sick day just isn’t an option. Duty calls! Besides, colds tend to drag on forever, and you have to go back to work and face the world eventually. Below are a few of the products that helped me get back to work looking more or less like myself in spite of the sniffles. Read on for my sick-day beauty tips.

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Review: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (Matte and Poreless)

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Shade 112 Natural Ivory

I’ve been a long-time powder foundation devotee, but the other day I got a hankering to go back to liquid. It’s been several years since the last time I purchased a liquid foundation, but I think I got bit by the foundation testing bug because my sister’s been testing different foundations in search of the perfect wedding day makeup. She had nothing but good things to say about the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, so I figured that was a good place to start. I went with the Matte and Poreless version for normal to oily skin in shade 112 Natural Ivory. I’ve been using this for a little over a week now, and so far I’m impressed. This is a really good quality foundation for the price.
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Review: NARS Dual Intensity Blush in “Panic”

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NarsPanicThese new Dual Intensity Blushes from NARS have major pan appeal, am I right? The unique shades, the glowy finish, the geometric embossing…I could go on. Needless to say, I was desperate to get my mitts on one of these from the moment I first saw them in the “What’s New” section on Sephora.com. Since they come with a fairly hefty price tag, I’m glad I had the opportunity to check them out in store before buying. I went to Vancouver last weekend and made a beeline for the NARS display as soon as I got there. And then…I almost didn’t buy one! I took a look at the testers, did some swatching and then walked away thinking that these just weren’t for me. I thought the shades were too bright and the finish was too shiny. I like my blushes subtle and matte, and these were just too much for me. What looked gorgeous and wearable on my computer screen, looked garish and glittery under the intense lights in the store.

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