Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friend or Foe?: Setting Powders | 2011

Have you guys heard about the HD powder curse that's going around? If not.. keep reading! If so.... still keep reading ")

Let's address the problem, find out what the cause is... & of course find a solution!

Addressing the Problem:
Obviously celebrities are scrutinized far more harshly than us common folk, so when a celebrity has a make-up meltdown, mishap, or what have you it's a big deal!

Makeup Forever's HD Powder has continuously been blamed and scrutinized as being the culprit behind this unbecoming "trend"

My take on the whole thing is this:
It doesn't necessarily have to be the product- it could be the application that's causing this hideous trend! Also, MUFE is not the only brand that carries a translucent HD setting powder! So lets just give Makeup Forever the benefit of the doubt here..

When ANY setting powder is overused/abused it will give you these results in high definition photographs (which is not visible to the naked eye!)

***Concealer should be placed under eyes like a triangle***

Finding the cause:
Let's first talk about the different types of loose setting powders and what they are commonly used for:

a) Most make-up Artist use a loose powder under the eyes of their clients in order to easily sweep away any fall out eye shadow.

b) Setting powder is also used to set concealer in order for it not to crease or cake up into any fine lines & wrinkles under the eyes. (with a smaller fluffy brush) it also adds to the longevity of your makeup.

c) Setting powder is used for just that, setting your foundation! That final step in the makeup process, locking in all the goods, keep oiler areas under control & in some cases give a tad more coverage

Let's get into some of the most popular setting powders:

HD Microfinish Powder $30

Made of only micronized Silca (100% mineral), has absolutely no pigment and absorbs only excess oil shine. When activated by contact with oil or surface moisture, it becomes completely invisible (clear) so it can be used on any skin color ...yes, I said ANY skin color!
**Do Not use this powder on dry skin**

Cover FX
Setting FX $32

Talc-free, contains minerals and micronized mica that acts as an optical diffuser, softening the appearance of fine lines, flaws and blemishes. It sets any foundation or concealer beautifully without ever leaving a dry or cakey looking finish.
**Even though it contains mineral ingredients (mica, silica)this powder is "photo safe" and won't strobe in flash photography**

High Definition Powder $6

Very similar to MUFE HD Microfinish Powder. For those that are on a budget this powder is very affordable but you must keep in mind a little goes a long way!
E.L.F's powder unlike the MUFE has an additional ingredient, silicone, which does not change the effectiveness or total transparency of this product at all.
**Do Not use the big fluffy puff that comes with the E,L.F powder (especially for beginners) It applies far to much to the skin and will leave a white residue.** I do not recommend this powder for baking under eye area.

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder
Hands down, one of my favs and should be in every makeup artists kit! Great for baking under eye area. Melts down into skin beautifully when applied with a damp sponge.

Ben Nye Banana Powder
Another one of my favs, this powder made famous by Kim Kardashian's Makeup Artist has a yellow tint and always gives off a soft airbrushed finish that helps to brighten the skin and smooth pores- another mua must have! Great finale to complete color correction. Another amazing powder for baking.

a) If you notice an ashy or greyish hue over your skin, this is an indication that you've used too much!

b) Before going out take a couple of pictures of yourself to be on the safe side!

c) Use a big fluffy brush! (put a small amount in the cap, swirl brush around, tap off excess) then buff (slightly dust) onto skin working on t-zones first! Works like a charm ♥ This buffing method is the easiest and fastest way to set your makeup in my opinion.

d) Stay away from anything with talc in it, will make you appear grey in photographs. Instead look for powders with silica or cornstarch.

“Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry”

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Update On Giveaway!

If you follow me on twitter... I've been saying that I'm going to post the winner to my giveaway (which was supposed to end on the 20th btw) but out of the qualified voters (those that followed the rules) I have a tie between Betzy & Emily! I've been waiting for at least one more entry to break the tie! I really thought that there would've been more entries as well! I did this giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers... since then I've reached 140 followers yet only 11 people entered the giveaway lol!

I really appreciate each and every follower that I have & it's a really great feeling to know that people actually care about what I have to say! hehe

As posted, I did promise to add more gifts BUT I want the rest of gifts to be a surprise for when I announce the winners!♥

Here is where we stand (blogger/qualified votes):

Kat 2 votes
Betzy 3 votes
Barbie 1 vote
Emily 3 votes
Eugenia 1 vote
Mele 1 vote
Precious 0 votes

Enter & Vote guys! Thank you & Good night ")

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blogger Awards!

I've accepted these awards before but never followed the rules completely... I did list 7 random facts about myself for one but never nominated anyone else for the award like I was supposed to...

1. I used to be a party girl... partying just about every single might of the week

2. Can memorize all of the words to any movie (& act them out too)

3. I'm a true Scorpio (yea, whatever that means right)

4. I suffer with migraines

5. I like writing everything down (I'm one of those people)

6. I used to dance tap, ballet, african, jazz, & modern.. even danced at Carnegie Hall

7. I only told a handful of my friends about my blog.. & only about 3 of my friends that I have twitter! (Am I weird or what?)

The Rules:

To accept the award you must mention the person that gave you the award as well as nominate others & list 7 random facts about yourself.

I am nominating a few of my new followers because I'd like to know more about them <3

Pepe ~ Make Up Like Graffiti

Samantha ~ Samantha's Makeup Room

Adthenshesmiled ~ Someone, Somewhere, Blogging

Ellis ~ EllyBellyBaybee

p.s. sorry if you've already been nominated & accepted these awards! just do it again, i did! ")

Thank you Mei Mei for these awards! Check out her blog guys! ♥

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