Monthly Archives: September 2011

A rave about some new faves: MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation and UDPP in Eden

(For those of you that are not familiar with the abbreviation: UDPP = Urban Decay Primer Potion.)

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation
To many of us beauty junkies, there is nothing more heavenly than a foundation that glides onto your skin so smoothly, blends in so effortlessly, camouflages and covers up skin flaws so brilliantly that it leaves you with a finish so flawless and natural that it looks as though you’re not wearing any foundation at all. You know that when you find a foundation that does that for your skin, your search for the ultimate one has come to an end. Nevertheless, no two people will benefit from the same product in exactly the same way so if the one I’m going to rave about in a moment doesn’t work for you, fear not and have faith, because the holy grail of foundations for you is still out there. You just need to keep searching.

I have found my (current) holy grain of foundations and I am reveling in the discovery of it because it is working marvelously for my skin type. The Studio Sculpt Foundation by MAC has been a dear, dear friend to me for quite some time now. I admit that I purchased the product quite a while back but I never came around to using it until a few weeks ago because I am not a big fan on using foundation during the summer heat (and if you live in the UAE, you know what I am talking about.) I am also not a big fan of creamy foundation but this one has such a nice gel-based consistency to it that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling like it’s under an inch of makeup. The product claims to provide medium buildable to high coverage which is, indeed, true. While I don’t suffer from acne or break-outs (thank goodness those years are behind me!), I do sometimes develop patches of slight redness on my cheeks and around my mouth (due to the summer heat or over-using my face wash/face lotion) and this foundation does a reallllly good job of camouflaging them and evening out my skin tone. It also provides a really smooth and soft matte finish (a “natural satin finish”, according to the product’s description.)

I have oily skin and even though this product claims to be “hydrating” – which means it may contain moisturizing ingredients –  it doesn’t leave my skin feeling or looking oily or shiny, whatsoever. As most of you must know, foundations that claim to be hydrating are a big no-no for people with oily skin types because they tend to leave us with that shiny-face look before the end of the day but since MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation is officially oil-free, I give it the thumbs up for people with oily skin (and all other skin types, too.) However, I would recommend that people with dry and sensitive skin use adequate moisturizer before applying the foundation – just to be on the safe side and ensure that it doesn’t dry up or irritate your skin.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
For those of you that suffer from eyelids that tend to get oily and/or crease your eyeshadow almost immediately, this may be the product you need. I actually found this version of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion to be the best for my eyelids due to its uber mattifying effect. It prevents my eyelids from getting oily and keeps my eyeshadow crease-free and intact for a good long time throughout the day (about 6 to 7 hours) without having to do any touch-ups. I find this eyeshadow primer to be especially useful for special evening events or occasions that include a lot of picture-taking and dancing because it really enhances the colors of my eye makeup and provides it with really good staying power.

Don’t take my word for it, though. Consider trying the UDPP in Eden at your local SEPHORA store (or any other beauty stores that sell Urban Decay cosmetics) and let me know what you think 😉

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A few new discovered treasures.

Hello fellow beauty junkies!

Illamasqua Lipsticks:
Not only is the texture and consistency of the lipsticks brilliantly thick and rich, their colors are so pigmented. Good for photoshoots.

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer:
It does conceal undereye darkness to a certain extent and blends in nicely. It didn’t get cakey and had decent staying power. Since the concealer is somewhat thick in consistency, it can also be used on other areas on the face.

Sephora Smoothing & Brightening Concealer:
For those of you that would like to add a little extra glow under your eyes without it seeming too obvious or somewhat fake, using a “brightening” or “color-correcting” concealer can really help. Sephora’s range of Smoothing & Brightening Concealers do a great job of concealing and brightening the under-eye area. According to the general makeup guidelines, light pink or lavender concealers are used for color-correcting or brightening under-eye areas on people of warm skin tones to counteract yellow or sallow skin. Warm pink (or peachy-pink) is more suitable for doing the same job on people of cool skin tones as it would be more effective in counteracting blue-ish or purple-ish under-eye dark circles. After the pink concealer is applied, a yellow one is added on top and blended in accordingly.

Not sure what skin tone you are? This link may help: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/267071/am_i_warm_or_cool_a_guide_to_determining.html?cat=69