Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review and Rave: Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation (Found at Target)

Hi friends!
This is a review/rave on the Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation.  I am in the shade almond 30.  The price is $13.99 and you can purchase it from Target,, Boots and  This is a mousse foundation, but unlike the Dream Matte Mouse (aka DMM) from Maybelline, it is very easy to work with and blend.  I feel like DMM would clump up into little balls and it made it difficult to use.  This No7 foundation is also a creamier and denser mousse.  It gives full coverage, but can easily be used for a very light application of coverage for your “no makeup” makeup days.  It also feels very light on the skin as if I am not wearing anything at all.  This would be a great foundation for people with oily skin, but I recommend it for all skin types.  It did not leave me overly matte like I thought DMM did.  It is a matte foundation so it does not have a single shimmer in it.  It leaves my face free from shine, but also glowing in a way.  I can’t really describe that part in a way that would make total sense.  It just makes my skin look really beautiful and glowing.  It lasts 12 hours plus for me.  I used this when I was on a cleaning rampage and I was sweating like no other.  It lasted through this and my face was still as matte as I wanted it to be.  I have been setting this with Laura Geller Balance and Brighten, but it is also good to go on its own because it sets to a velvet finish.  I am just a slave to habit so I throw on powder over top of it.  One thing I do notice is that I have had really dry patches because I am using benzoyl peroxide on my face at night to help my acne.  If I have a flaky dry patch it can exasperate it when first applied and it looks a bit icky, but once it settles that goes away.  I use this foundation with Philosophy’s The Present Primer (link below).  Together these are long lasting and beautiful.  To me this is a high end foundation at a drug store cost.  I own Makeup Forever HD, MUFE Mat Velvet, Laura Mercier Silk Cream, Nars Sheer Glow, etc. and yet I have still been reaching for this!  I could not be happier about this foundation and I highly recommend you checking it out.  Target has a great return policy so you can’t really go wrong.  Please see a list of pros and cons below and check out my video review on my Youtube channel.  I hope this helped!  Have a great day! Xo

  • Long lasting
  • Matte finish
  • Leaves skin looking bright and glowing
  • Flawless full coverage, but can be sheered out
  • Feels light
  • Does not need to be set with powder (sets to velvet finish)
  • Inexpensive
  • High quality packaging
  • A little goes a long way
  • Easy to blend
  • Does not settle into fine lines
  • Minimizes pores
  • Great for all skin types especially oily

  • Not a large shade range
  • Can exasperate flaky dry skin at first
  • Not easily accessible for people outside of the U.S. (but definitely available)

My Video Review on the No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation

Review and Information on Philosophy's The Present Primer

More reviews on

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tutorial: Rihanna on the Cover of Glamour (How to use Red Eye Shadow)

Hello everyone!

This is a really wearable look using red eye shadow.  I find this is the best way for me to wear it without looking sick. ;)  I got my inspiration from Rihanna on the cover of the September Issue of Glamour Magazine.  She looked so sexy and sophisticated.  All of the products used are listed below.  Love you guys!  XOXO

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Primer- Philosophy The Present
Foundation- Boots No7 Intelligent Balance in 30 Almond
Concealer- Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Medium
Powder- Makeup Forever HD
Contour- Rock and Republic Pressed Powder in Velvet
Blush- La Femme in Red
Highlight- The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer


Primer- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Base- NYX Jumbo Pencil Yogurt
All over the lid- Wet n Wild Vanity Palette in top left color (nude)
Lid/Crease- Sigma Dare Palette in Reveal
Liner- Wet n Wild Cream liner in 886
Brows-560 powder and 573 gel


Nude Lip- NYX Lip Gloss Pots in Carmel Fudge and Rainbow
Red Lip- Rimmel lip pencil in Ravish and Inglot Lipstick in 09



Crown Brush-

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tutorial: Makeup for an Interview or Work (Using Matte Makeup)

Hello friends!

This is a sophisticated look for work.  It will work for all ages and its timeless because we aren't doing anything crazy and there is no shimmer.  Below are pictures and the video tutorial along with a list of products.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  XOXO


Primer- Clear FX Prep by Cover FX
Foundation- Makeup Forever HD in 153
Color Corrector- Eve Pearl Salmon Trio in "B"
Concealer- Glamoflauge in Tan
Powder- Young Blood Mineral Rice Powder in Medium
Blush- Inglot #29
Contour- Inglot Pressed Powder #31
Highlight- Glamoflauge in Medium


Primer- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
All Over Color- Le Femme in Nude
Crease- Le Femme in Brown
Liner- Inglot AMC Gel #90
Lashes- Maybelline One By One in Black
Brow Powder- Inglot #560
Brow Gel- Inglot #573


Liner- NYX Peekaboo Neutral
Lip gloss- NYX LLP02 Caramel Fudge

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Top 15 Most Used Brushes (Affordable Dupes for MAC)

Hi All!

These are my current favorite brushes to use.  I use all of them on a daily basis as well as professionally when I am working with a client.  They really help me take my makeup application to the next level.  Below are pictures of each brush and description of use along with the links of where you can purchase them.  You can also check out my video review of all of these brushes. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!  XO





Very Pigmented Blush

Concealer/Cream Based Product

Setting Powder Under Eye


Large Shader



Lower Lash Shader





Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kate Moss Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Hello All!

So I got my September issue of Vogue and I loved the cover shot of Kate Moss.  She looked so youthful and pretty.  I also love that the theme for Fall this year is PLUM!  This makeup look was fast and easy.  You can do this look with drugstore products.  I used things I have in my professional makeup kit.  If I have a good dupe for something I will link it below.  Thanks for stopping by!



Primer- Inglot Under Makeup Base Inglot
Foundation- Makeup Forever Mat Velvet in #33 and #40
Concealer- Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Tan
Setting Powder- Ben Nye Neutral Set
Blush-Le Femme in Soft Beige


Primer- Tarte Lifted
Base- Makeup Forever Aqua Cream in 14 (DUPE ALERT!  NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust)
Crease- Inglot Pearl 452
Mid Tone- Le Femme in Brown
Brow Bone- Le Femme in Nude
Eyebrows- Coastal Scents Hotpot in M16
Mascara- Lorac Lotsa Lash in Brown
Liner- Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Rockstar


Liner- NYX lip Pencil in Mauve
Lipstick- Inglot 39



BH Cosmetics Round Stippling Brush
Crown Brush Stippling Brush C406 for powder
Crown Brush Blending Brush for setting concealer C412
Borghese Angled Contour Brush in 101


Flat Shader from Urban Decay (came in my Naked Palette)
Sigma E25 for crease
Angled Borghese 204


Inglot Lip Pencil

Fall Makeup