color correcting

Hit or Miss: City Color Cosmetics Perfecting Palette

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Hey, babes! I’m going to give you guys a little break from hair product reviews. Let’s get back to makeup!

Color correcting has been all the rave lately. It’s being showcased everywhere -YouTube, Instagram, Sephora, etc. Usually, I only use peach and orange to color correct because my main issue is dark circles and dark spots. However, I realize that I have some red veins on my nose area which calls for a green corrector. I was looking for a decent palette that had the shades I need and then I came across this gem. City Color Cosmetics sells a few color correcting palettes at super affordable prices. I decided to pick up this one because of the color selection. The 2 concealers are perfect for my skin tone and the color correcting shades meet my needs.

 I’ve been using this palette for about a month now and I have no complaints. The consistency is creamy and the pigmentation is great. A little goes a long way. If you put too much, it’ll be a pain to blend your foundation over it. I use the green for my red veins and he peach for my dark spots and circles. I haven’t used the yellow yet but yellow is very versatile for correcting – it’s great for brightening. I use the other 2 concealers for cleaning up the brow area. Overall, this palette is great for someone who’s just beginning to color correct and/or doesn’t have much color correcting to do. You can get it at the City Color Cosmetics website for $6!

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Yearly Favorites of 2015

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Happy New Year! I know I have been going in and out of blogging, but the holidays and work had me on a new type of busy. However, this year I promise to be more consistent :). This is the first time I’m doing a yearly favorites post and I’m sure they’ll be more to come. I tried to add a product from every part of beauty and this is what I came out with. I honestly had to be realistic and think about things that I used constantly. Let’s just jump in, shall we?

Face

  • Murad’s Skin Smoothing Polish is holy grail when it comes to exfoliating. The texture is so finely milled and gives you the squeaky clean feeling you’re dying for when you’ve been wearing makeup all day, every day.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is top 3 in my high-end foundation collection. This baby lasts! It makes your skin look flawless. I’ve actual people compliment me on my complexion when I wear this. The finish is flawless. It doesn’t look cakey at all and just makes me feel simply godly. They also have a wide shade range.
  • KVD Lock-It Foundation is my second favorite when it comes to high-end foundation. The formula is on the thicker side, but the coverage is insane. I put this on and sometimes skip concealer and a little goes a long way.
  • Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless is the best drugstore foundation I’ve come across since Revlon Colorstay. I haven’t found any drugstore foundation that I’ve loved just as much as Revlon’s Colorstay and this baby comes quite close. The coverage is medium and buildable. It feels great on my skin and I basically used every week since I bought it. I have probably 2 more uses out of it until I buy a new one.
  • LA Girl Pro Conceal is the best concealer out there for frugalistas. The coverage is amazing and so is the texture. The shade range is great as well.
  • NYX’s Dark Circle Concealer is amazing for color correcting. I use this on dark spots and dark circles and it makes a super huge difference.

Eyes

  • Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara is one of my holy grail mascaras from the drugstore. At first, I didn’t enjoy it but I found out how to work with it. Since then, I use it almost every day.
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is my favorite high-end mascara. The amount of volume this baby gives you is insane. I use it basically every day.
  • Billion Dollar Brows Brow Powder is the best powder I’ve used for brows. I just started using it a month ago but I had to include it. It definitely was a favorite.

Lips

  • Rosebud Salve has been around forever and for good reason. This is the only thing that moisturizes my lips instantly and keeps them moisturized for a long while.
  • Maybelline Touch of Spice is my favorite pinkish lip shade and I would use it every week for like half the year. It’s super soft yet matte.
  • Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom will always be my favorite red shade. This has been my go-to red shade since I bought it.
  • KVD Lolita was another one of my go-to’s this year. I mean I don’t think this shade needs much explanation. Everyone and their mother loved this shade in 2015.

Body

  • Marc Jacobs Daisy was my go-to fragrance this year. That’s saying a lot since I own 10 different fragrances. It’s just delicious.

Color Correcting Concealers 101

Hey, dolls! Not all of us are blessed with the ability to use basic concealers. Some of us have to put some extra effort to conceal problem areas. That is where color correcting comes in handy! The real question is: what color do you need to correct your problem areas? It all really depends on what skin issues you have, as well as your skin tone. So, let’s take a trip back to art class.

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If you remember anything from art class, you’d know that colors across each other cancel each other out. For example, green cancels out red. This is what color correcting is based on. However, some correctors can’t be explained by just using the color wheel. Now, let’s talk about the different shades of color correcting concealers.

Green concealers are perfect for redness in the skin. If you have an inflamed pimple, this is the way to go. If your skin is full of redness due to sunburn, a rash, or rosacea, green based primers are perfect for that.

Salmon concealers may look pink, but they aren’t really because they have a mixture of orange, red, and yellow hues. These are best with people who are fair skinned and need to brighten their face. If you look tired or suffer from dull skin, this is for you. It’s great for dark circles on fair skin.

As you can see from the color wheel, yellow cancels out purple. So you can safely assume, yellow concealers are great for hiding bruises, veins, and under eye circles. Yellow is also a great brightening color for olive and tan skin tones. It gives an all over brightening effect. Yellow is usually a go-to color when it comes to color correction, but I wouldn’t recommend it for fair toned skin.

Orange concealer are my jam! These concealers are perfect for tan to deep skin tones. They hide dark spots, dark circles, acne scars, and freckles really well. If your skin is on the tanner/darker side, definitely go for an orange concealer. Orange is across light blue on the color wheel, which I know doesn’t make sense. However, it does when you think about dark circles. They still have a blue tinge but doesn’t appear as blue on deeper skin tones.

Lavender concealers aren’t the most popular. I don’t see them used very often, but they are great for eliminating yellow undertones. You can use a lavender based primer on your face for an overall brightening effect.

I hope this helped you guys gain more insight on how to fully correct and conceal skin issues to your best ability :)!

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