Sunday, November 16, 2014

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation Review + Tutorial

If you have oily and/or problematic skin, stop everything you're doing right now! Seriously. Just stop and read this. Because if you haven't heard about this stuff yet, I'm about to change your life. Dramatic? Yeah, but NOT DRAMATIC ENOUGH! Maybe I should do this whole post in caps? Would you get annoyed and stop reading? FINE. I suppose I would too. But I'll just say it - I will NEVER go back to using another foundation again. If I'm going for a true foundation, this is it right here. I don't need to try any others anymore. The search is over. It's the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation.

Tiffany started talking about how amazing this stuff was and then did a video on it too, which I absolutely recommend. She titled it "The BEST foundation EVER?!" Hey, her caps not mine. =) And I was just like, sure sure. But I'm always willing to try and was looking for something new. See I had planned on doing a foundation routine post with what I had been using, since it was going really well with my crazy skin lately. (I've been having the most absolute worst hormonal acne. It's like I'm a teenager again except worse. Seriously. And my skin has been double oily too. It gets super oily in like an hour or two. So yeah, it's been a fun 6+ months.) I was using the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream as a primer and then Rimmel's Stay Matte Foundation applied with the Sephora Pro-Flawless Airbrush #56, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and finished with Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. It was darn good. I love the coverage of the bb cream, the concealer is amazing, and the Sephora #56 does give you airbrushed quality. The look really was flawless. BUT. Nothing can beat the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous. Here's why...

The second I put this stuff on, I knew it was different. They talk about how makeup shouldn't sit on top of your skin but blend in. I've always been like "uh huh, yeah" but never really experienced that. It always seems like the "good stuff" still slightly sits on top of my skin. I mean, don't get me wrong, I've tried stuff that truly sits on top and doesn't blend in at all too. Ready Set Gorgeous blends INto my skin. When I put it on, it still feel like my skin. At the end of the day, it still feels like it's blended into my skin and not sitting on top with the oil slick that developed at lunch time. Which brings me to my next point: NO OIL. I have NEVER seen my skin behave like this. I wore it all day yesterday and I didn't feel or look oily at all at lunch time. I exposed it to the elements and to situations where I should have been really oily, but wasn't. By dinner, there was a slight dewy-ness to it. Kind of like how other "luminous" foundations make you look right after applying it. I blotted with powder because I kept thinking something was going to happen soon. And the powder barely made any difference to my skin. By the time I got home at the end of the night, my skin was the same. oil. Seriously. It has NEVER been like this. I can't even tell you how shocked I am. They obviously found a magical formula. Oh and did I mention that it still looked flawless? Because it did. Every bit that I applied in the morning was still on my face. Truly insane. It lasts forever.

The other thing that is very different about the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation is its coverage. Now Tiffany talked about how great of coverage it has, but I'm not sure I totally agree with that. I would more-so say it's got great buildable coverage. One layer is not enough for me. And maybe it's because I do have such problematic skin right now. And maybe it's also because this shade is a tad too dark for me. But I need a second layer. Once the second layer was on though, a crazy thought popped into my mind - what if I used this as my concealer. So I did. Now, I'm not totally sure I would recommend this on a daily basis, but it's amazing to try. Think about it - a foundation and concealer in one? A little weird but intriguing. So if you like to experiment with makeup - try it. It's kind of amazing. And that's what I did for this tutorial. I used the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation as my foundation and concealer. Anyways, enough talk...let's just get into it.

Step 1 (above): Take a picture of yourself with no makeup. haha. (Btw, that there is darn good skin for me for the past 6-9 months. Seriously. AND, I'll be totally honest with you guys...I'm not wearing any makeup, BUT blogger totally does alter the photos somehow when I upload them. Skin tends to look slightly airbrushed. I'm not sure why/how the upload does this, but it does. So in all honesty, the above does look better than my skin in real life. I'd dig into why it alters the pictures, but I mean, come on...who couldn't use a little airbrushing. Haha!)

Step 2: Apply 1 layer with your fingers. I'm using shade 210 Medium Beige, and I only applied it to my face, not my neck. (You can see the color is a little too dark for me. It's also a little too orange - not enough yellow base, but then again most drugstore makeup is like that.)

Step 3: Apply layer 2 with your fingers. I concentrated this in the areas that I needed more coverage. So the first layer was just all over evenly, but the second was more "only where I need it," which if I'm honest was most places. I also applied a layer to my neck. If the color of your neck matches your skin, just blend the foundation into your neck. My neck though is way lighter than my face, so I have to apply foundation to it so that it matches no matter what.

Step 4: Use the foundation as a concealer. Basically I used it the same way I would my Nars Creamy Concealer, just applying to red areas with my finger. And since you already applied 2 layers of foundation, it should blend in perfectly. It will be a little "wet" when you first apply it like a concealer, but then will mattify as it sits there. A little weird, but kind of awesome at the same time.

And just finish off your makeup! I did apply a powder after the foundation, but I agree with Tiffany in that I really don't think it's necessary. Have any of you used this and got the same amazing results? I can't imagine that it's a coincidence that both myself and Tiffany had the same results. And btw, I would definitely use the Nars Creamy Concealer with this, and will eventually. I just really wanted to give you guys a different spin on it. So, what did you guys think of this foundation?

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 210 Medium Beige for foundation and concealer; YSL Touche Eclate in #2 Luminous Ivory as under eye concealer; YSL Matte & Radiant Pressed Powder in #2 Light Sand; Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universal; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light; Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Blushing Bride; Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash in Clear as brow gel; Dior 5 Color Palette in Rosy Tan; YSL Babydoll Mascara; YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #6 Pink In Devotion

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Girls Night Out Outfit

It was a GNO on Friday with the girls in my group at Cross Point Church. We went to Zanies in Nashville, which is a comedy club, to see Henry Cho. He was great. And I had never been to a comedy club - just comedy shows on a cruise ship, so it was fun. I sipped on an amazing mango margarita and laughed and laughed and laughed. It was definitely God's little gift to me after a long roller coaster of a week.

Both the headband and the shirt that I'm wearing are from Forever 21. I ordered online and when the shirt came I was absolutely in love. It's probably the prettiest shirt ever. You can find it here. The front is pretty, but the back...oh my gosh. It's going to be so beautiful in the summer when I can wear just a tank top. This one is definitely worth the buy if you're looking for something similar!

Oh and I finally got the new iPhone and am in looove. It's amazing. Just in case you didn't know. =)
Top - Forever 21; Jacket - Collection (I think?) from Marshalls with Victoria's Secret hoodie layered on the inside; Jeans - Kohls; Boots - Two Lips; Headband - Forever 21; Rings on my right hand - Free People; Lip color: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #6 Pink In Devotion

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

I am swimming in makeup amazingness over here! My order from the Sephora VIB Sale came today. I knew I had gotten a little carried away when ordering, but I am SO glad I did. When I opened the box, I looked at it and was like oh boy, should not have ordered these. But after pulling them out and swatching everything, I'm kind of in love. I will absolutely be doing reviews on these even though they're ridiculously expensive. They're just too pretty and amazing not to! Of course I did pick up a few things that I just bought duplicates or re-purchased, like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, Nars Concealer, YSL Babydoll mascara, and YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch. I've been patiently waiting to order some of them because I knew this sale was coming up and let's be honest - it's silly not to purchase during the sale.

Clockwise starting with the red polish: Formula X VIB Rouge exclusive shade, Formula X New Classics VIB point purchase, Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm VIB point purchase, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, YSL Matte & Pressed Radiant Touch Powder in 2 Light Sand, YSL, Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 2 Luminous Ivory, YSL Babydoll mascara in black, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 6 Pink in Devotion, YSL Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain in 9 Rouge Laque, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, BECCA Blotting Powder Perfector Translucent

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Merry Music City Christmas

It's that time of year again! And oh how I love it! I am in full on Christmas mode and yes I'm aware it's not even Thanksgiving yet. It's also going to be almost 70 degrees tomorrow. But it's going to snow 10-18 inches in Wisconsin, so I think that cancels it out and makes it okay that I'm in the holiday spirit. Right? This will be the first time the weather has been infinitely better here in Nashville than in Wisconsin. Infinitely. Actually, it made me a little sad to think that I won't have a white Christmas this year. Sort of. I'll be going home for Christmas, so it'll be white for sure, but from what they tell me, it won't be white here. And that's where the above comes in. A Merry Music City Christmas! It's an annual tradition put on by my church, Cross Point, that's free to the public. AND. They bring in snow. Like serious snow from what it sound like because supposedly there's sledding, building snowman, and snow ball fights! So I will get to see some real snow before Christmas! Whoo! If you're in the Nashville area, you'll definitely have to come check it out!

And get ready, because it's the holiday season whether you like it or not. Red lips, sparkly eyes, red glitter nails, white chocolate peppermint tea, hot chocolate, furry boots, sweaters and scarves! Here we come! =)