LOOK FRESH WITH FIONA STILES; Pt. 3 – ULTIMATE LASH ICON VOLUMIZING MASCARA

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It is the final part of the Fiona Stile series; the Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara in Carbon Canyon (black).  What I first noticed about this mascara it its brush. It is a double brush designed to feature two different brushes in one – one for enhanced separation and another that provides ultra volume and curl.  This double brush allows for clump free application, separation of lashes and the biggest one of them all; a false eye lash effect.

Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara

Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara Swatch

In addition to being a clump free application, the Fiona Stiles Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara is smudge free and flake free.  I put on two coats of mascara and wore it throughout the day.  It lasted all day without smudging. Now this is quite a big deal to those of us living in the deep south where humidity reigns.  The deep black color of the mascara offered me one of those moments where my eyes were the main focus and shined like a movie star.  It really made my eyes pop! I have only experienced this with a few mascaras that cost under $25.00.  And it was a great feeling knowing that there are cosmetics that make you look fabulous without costing you a small fortune.

I should mention that in addition to the color black, the Fiona Stiles Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara comes in the color Burgundy.  I am more of a traditionalist and went for the color black.  But if you are into colored mascara, I would definitely give this mascara a try.

The Fiona Stiles Ultimate Lash Icon Volumizing Mascara retails for $16.00.  It may be purchased at ULTA or www.ulta.com.

LOOK FRESH WITH FIONA STILES; TWO PART SERIES – Pt.2 LIGHT ILLUSION PERFECTING & BRIGHTENING STYLO

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So what is a light illusion perfecting & brightening stylo? It is a luminizing and brightening concealer which brings radiance to the skin. This awesome little pen erases any signs of exhaustion, has sheer to medium coverage and hides minor flaws while at the same time appearing invisible on your skin. Also, the Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Perfecting & Brightening Stylo creates a soft focus effect by brightening the eye area and reducing the appearance on fine lines.

Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Perfecting Brightening Stylo

I went with one shade lighter than my skintone,  Neutral 01-02.  I applied my foundation and put the concealer under my eyes to bring an illuminating effect to my face.  The product had a light weight feel, blended like a dream and there was absolutely no creasing.  This is the first concealer that does not crease on me and adds a beautiful highlight.  And the brush is perfect for touch ups through out the day.

Fiona-Stiles-Light-Illusion-Perfecting Brightening Stylo Swatch

I would pretty much compare this product to YSL Touche Eclat.  Now I cannot recommend the Fiona Stiles  Light Illusion Perfecting & Brightening Duo for covering acne.  I feel it is more of a color corrector.  The product puts my other corrector to shame. Even as a concealer it does a great job with coverage and it lasts all day.

The Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Perfecting & Brightening Stylo retials for $22.00 and may be purchased at ULTA or www.ulta.com.

LOOK FRESH WITH FIONA STILES; THREE PART SERIES – Pt. 1 LUMINOUS FINISH FOUNDATION CONCENTRATE

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Are you looking for a foundation which has a luminous foundation and one that does not fall into any fine lines? It is blendable, long lasting and has buildable coverage. This buildable coverage allows for perfectly even completion and gets rid of minor flaws, leaving a radiant and silky finish. And if you are a animal lover like me, the Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate is NOT tested on animals!

The Fiona Stiles foundation is a matte foundation that evens out skin tone, never smudges, and is suitable for all skin undertones. It is known for its high-pigmented formula which effortlessly creates a soft-focus effect on your skin. And since it is so pigmented, a little bit of the foundation goes a long way. The foundation was also extremely forgiving on my dry skin in that it did not settle into the fine lines under my eyes. In fact, the Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate is geared towards to people with dry skin. If you have oily skin, I would steer you towards the Matte foundation in the Fiona Stile line. The luminous foundation may give you a skinny appearance.

Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation

My skintone is medium in color, and I purchased the foundation in shade #05. The shade is a fantastic match, and I only need a few dots of foundation to blend in and create a soft, flawless appearance. I could have built upon this foundation, but since I was wearing the foundation in the daytime I wanted a softer look to my face. The foundation lasted nearly all day and kept its matte appearance. I put the foundation on at 9am and noticed that it began to fade around 7pm.

Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Swatch

I liked this foundation because it felt velvety soft and lightweight. The packaging is nice and the fact that it is not tested on animals it a plus for me. So to my dry skinned friends, run out and buy a bottle of the foundation now.

The Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate retails for $30.00. It may be purchased at ULTA or www.fionastilesbeauty.com.

A DUO OF PERFECTION – WET N WILD’S CONTOURING & ILLUMINATING PALETTES

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Normally I don’t pay attention to the Wet n’ Wild brand because of the previous bad experiences I had with the brand.  But when I was at CVS the other day I saw two palettes, their Megaglo Contouring Palette, and the Wet n’ Wild Megaglo Illuminating Palette.  The palettes were beautiful and rich in color, so I gave it another shot and purchased both palettes.

MEGAGLO CONTOUR PALETTE (Dulce De Leche palette) – The palette is large in size, and the colors are very pigmented. However, it is powdery and you get a lot of product on your brush in one swipe.  I did notice on the back of the Megalglo Contour palette, Wet n’ Wild provided a map of how to contour your face with arrows pointing to where the contour shade color is supposed to be placed and arrows where the highlighter shade goes. This is great if you are just learning how to contouring your face. You don’t need a YouTube video playing next to you as you place the contour on your face.  Just flip to the back of the contouring palette as reference.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette

Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette Swatch

MEGAGLO ILLUMINATING PALETTE (Catwalk Pink palette) – This is also a large palette. The colors in this palette are light gold, light pink, medium pink and medium gold.  These colors are luminous, almost glittery, and easy to blend.  Like the contour palette, this palette is also powdery, and it does not come with a face map on the back like the contour palette.  Wet n’ Wild makes the claim that the colors can be worn together or alone. I do not think wearing one of the colors by itself works.  They way the palette is set, it is meant to be blended.  One color by itself does not give you the best payoff.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Illuminating Palette

Wet n Wild Megaglo Illuminating Palette Swatch

Overall, both of the palettes work beautifully, and together you get a lot of bang.  The palettes are complimentary and deliver a flawlessly sculpted face in no time.  They leave you looking your best, no matter what the occasion.

The Megaglo Contour and Illuminating Palettes retail for $4.99.  They may be purchased at your local drugstore and www.wetnwildbeauty.com.

TOP DRUGSTORE MAKEUP WIPES

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Makeup wipes.  We all love them, but who wants to spend $20.00 or more for face wipes when you can spend less than $20.00 for wipes that do the exact same job and sometimes better.  I have researched the best drugstore makeup wipes and which wipes gives you the most for your money. So in no particular order here are the best drugstore makeup remover wipes:

1) Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes – these ultra soft wipes removes your makeup at the end of a long hard day. It efficiently dissolves all traces of dirt, oil and makeup, including waterproof mascara to clean your skin in one easy step and without any residue.  The Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes retails for $6.99 for 25 cleansing cloths.

Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes

2) Burt’s Bees Cucumber and Sage Facial Towelettes – the Burt’s Bees face wipes are 99.1% all natural.  It is fabulous for sensitive skin and for normal to dry skin.  And just like Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes, this handy towelette removes dirt, oil and makeup without rinsing.  The product is formulated with cucumber and sage extracts.  And it does not contain any Parabens or Phthalates.  Burt’s Bees Cucumber and Sage Facial Towelettes retails for $6.00 for 30 pre-moistened towelettes.

Burts Bees Cucumber Sage Facial Towelettes

3) Olay Total Effects 7 Cleansing Cloths – it’s convenient on-the-go cleansing in one very simple step.  These handy all in one wet towelettes comes with seven anti-aging benefits to deeply clean your skin for a younger appearance. Imagine a wet cloth nourishing your skin and reducing fine lines.  It is possible with Olay Total Effect 7 Cleansing Cloths. The product retails for $7.99 for 30 wipes.

Olay Total Effects 7 Cleansing Cloths

4) Simple Cleansing Wipes – the Simple corporation is expert on sensitive skin.  The face wipes remove your makeup including waterproof mascara, without alcohol or oil and without greasy residue.  There are no artificial dyes, perfumes or harsh chemicals that may upset your skin.  And since it is made with Pro-Vitamin B5, it will help restore, soften and smooth your skin.  The Simple Cleansing Wipes retail for $5.99 for 25 facial cloths.

Simple Cleansing Wipes

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5) ELF Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths – ELF Studio is always up to date with what is happening in the market.  Their makeup cleansing cloths are soft and soothing.  The cloths contain a silicone and emollient blend which effectively and gently remove dirt, oil and makeup in a single swipe.  The ELF cleansing cloths are even infused with aloe vera extract for deep hydration and moisture.  The ELF facial wipes retail for $2.99 for 20 makeup remover wipes.

ELF Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

Those are the top five drugstore makeup removal wipes on the market.  A lot of women think that if a skin care product doesn’t come from a department store or makeup store. then it is not a good quality product.  The fact is, a lot of drugstore products are indeed worthy of your time.  So the next time you are in the market for makeup removal wipes, save some dollars and purchase it from your local pharmacy.

ENHANCE YOUR FACE’S NATURAL SHAPE WITH DIORBLUSH SCULPT IN BEIGE

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There are plenty of contour and highlight duos on the market. A lot are not pigmented or the beige portion of the compact is too red or orange. The Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Powder Blush comes in pink, coral, beige and brown.  The product is enclosed in a navy, slim case with a large brush. I chose the Beige color as I wanted to use it for contouring and it has an ivory slab of powder to be used as a highlighter. The beige is a a cool colored beige with a slight pink hue. The ivory powder is a true ivory color. The beige color is meant to be applied to the hollows of your cheekbones, along the bridge of your nose and to the jawline the face for a refining effect. You are more or less making a number three along your face.

Diorblush Sculpt Professional Contouring Powder Blush

The Diorsculpt Professional Contouring Powder Blush in Beige came out very light. It took a couple of swipes before I saw the color beige on my face. As for the ivory, it took the same amount of swipes. Now I have read where customers have tried other colors and had no problems with pigment. It could be that the beige color is too pale of a color for my medium complexion.

On a more positive note, the blush is very soft and silky when you put it on. The compact is small enough for travel or for putting in your cosmetics case. And the color portion is blendable while the ivory portion is pale enough to be a highlighter, if it had it not be for the problem of pigmentation.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a Dior fan. I am willing to try the brown shade and see how that works. But for now I cannot recommend the beige.

LOCK DOWN YOUR EYESHADOW WITH BENEFIT AIR PATROL

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Let’s face it, the biggest problem with eyeshadow is that it can fade and smear.  To correct this problem we use a primer on our lids, and even then our eyeshadow gives us problems.  Benefit has come up with a way to helps us combat the smears and fading.  It is Benefit Air Patrol.  It is a BB cream eyelid primer which has SPF 20 along with EnviroDefend complex which is known to help guard your eyelids against sun, smoke and other pollutants.

BENEFIT AIR PATROL

Benefit’s Air Patrol has a rubbery, cushion tip which Benefit calls a “CushionCalm” tip making for a comfortable application.  To use, just turn the bottom until the product appears at the tip of the applicator.  You then simply apply to your eyelids.  It does take a few clicks to get the product to the tip, but once you do, all you will need is one click per eye.

Air Patrol comes in a pale yellow hue.  This is great for correcting the pinkish blue tint that some people have on their eyelids. However, if your eyelids are more discolored I would suggest applying concealer then the primer.

I tired this product three of four times.  The first time, my eyeshadow creased a little.  The last two times I did not have a problem.  The primer helped my eyeshadow really pop and it helped the eyeshadow last throughout the day, approximately 10 hours.  If you have oily skin, your experience with the product may differ from mine, but you should see that your eyeshadow lasting a little longer with the Air Patrol.

I did like the Benefit Air Patrol BB cream eyelid primer.  I thought it helped my eyeshadow from creasing and smearing, it was easy to blend and I liked the application tip.  And the fact that it has SPF 20 really helps sell the product.

Benefit’s Air Patrol retails for $29.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta and www.benefitcosmetics.com.