Wednesday, April 15, 2015

REVIEW: NYX Anti Redness Photo-Loving Primer

As part of OPERATION: MINIMALIST, I have been using the make up that I have, similar to a Project 10 Pan. (Not buying any make up until you completely use up 10 products you already own). Except instead of 10 pan, I'm trying to do like 100 pan. Seriously, though! It's been a while since I've wrote a legit review, so bear with me.

NYX Anti Redness Photo-Loving Primer

Prepare your canvas with our silky primer. The Studio Perfect Primer formula is easily absorbed, creates a smooth surface for foundation, and ensures the longevity of your makeup. Available in 3 shades: Clear (to cover fine lines and large pores); Lavender (to brighten and illuminate yellow undertones); and Green (to conceal redness).

+ Affordable ($13 ea)
+ Smooth, silky texture
+ A lot of product

- Not really anti-redness
- Doesn't help foundation last longer

I've tried a lot of primers, and this one is actually pretty good. It's lightweight, smooth as buttah, and does what a primer should do. My biggest gripe? It's not anti redness. If it didn't say 'anti redness' I probably would've liked it a lot more. I have a few random pimples on my face at any given moment in time and when they sprout, they are red. In makeup world, or even on the color wheel, green is supposed to cancel out red, but this green primer does not. It softens it, at best, but even with this primer I have to do a ton of concealer cover up PLUS foundation to fully hide the redness.

I did especially love using this for under my eyes. Most days I don't even feel like I need primer over my entire face, but I always need concealer under my eyes and this was perfect to apply before the concealer. It left the area I applied it to completely smooth! It's one of my makeup pet peeves when you're applying product to your face and it just starts tugging. [insert whining emoji face here]

As a primer itself, I loved the way it applied and felt on my face - the texture really reminded me of Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer - but it didn't last very long. If I used the primer and applied my concealer and liquid foundation, it looked great for a few hours, but by the end of the work day my blemishes/redness were visible. It would start fading maybe halfway through the day and I would get this "flushed" look that wasn't very cute at all. I didn't like the way my makeup looked when I used it with powder (I use MAC MSF powder) so I would only bother to put it on for concealer. It's decent for the price ($13), but I really didn't see that big of a difference when I didn't use it. If anything, my concealer would end up doing most of the work!

There is a good amount of product for 1.01 fl oz. I really didn't need a lot to cover my entire face and the squeeze tube makes it easy to get all the product out of the tube (as you can see from my picture). I wish I had gotten pictures of the texture, but I was really trying to use everything! I couldn't squeeze those last few remnants out! I would say this little tube lasted me 7 - 9 months? But I would only use the primer for under eyes or when I would use liquid foundation (maybe half the week or less).

Would I buy this again?
Probably not.

Overall, I think it's a great product for the price, but it was just really nothing special to me.

Monday, April 6, 2015

OPERATION: Minimalist

So my last post on Melt Cosmetics was wayy overdue. To be honest, I even forgot it was a draft. I get so perfectionist-ish with my posts that I end up not posting them - part of the reason I've been MIA from my makeup blog. As of late, though, I've been feeling particularly inspired. It's true what they say about busy people getting more work done. I have been doing a lot and it's keeping me motivated to do more.

The other reason I've been MIA is honestly, having a makeup blog makes me want more stuff and I've come to realize that I really don't need that much stuff. I started 'collecting' and playing with makeup in college as a hobby to keep me busy and distracted from other things, but now that I don't need that, I still have a ton of unused make up and I literally think I have enough eyeshadow to last me a life time. The sad thing is, I always end up reaching for my favorites! In an effort to hopefully use more of my stash and also to *cringe* get rid of a lot of it, I am starting:


I am no longer buying new make up - unless it falls under a "necessity" (foundation, mascara, eyeliner). It's hard because I'm so attached to my favorites, like MAC's Bamboo eyeshadow, which I haven't refilled in months(!) or MAC's Painterly paint pot (I know right?!), but life has gone on and I still have a ton of unused makeup. I am also getting rid of a ton of clothes and other stuff that I really don't use, but I'll figure out how to include that in this.

In an effort to keep me accountable, and because frankly, I really appreciate real, unsponsored and unbiased reviews, I will review items as I "rediscover" them. Don't worry I have taken into account that some of my makeup has probably gone bad - in fact I threw out a lot of it :( but my personal rules are as follows:

  • Powdered eyeshadow/blush/etc pretty much last forever - especially if it's just been sitting there and hasn't been touched.
  • If it smells bad - lipstick/lipgloss/cream products - it's probably bad
  • If it's in a bottle/container that can't be contaminated (aka pump dispensers, spray bottles, etc) it could be hit or miss.
  • If it starts breaking you out, dump it.

Some OCD, germaphobes are probably wincing reading this post, but my skin is fine and I have really been the only person touching (or not touching) my makeup. Stay tuned for my next post, a review on my NYX Face Primer (which I finished a month ago).

Cheers, to minimizing my crap.

Melt Cosmetics | Dark Room & 6six6

This post was originally written in November
(I know WAY late)
and I thought about revising it,
but what the hell. It's still true.
I still love 6six6, but kind of regret purchasing two Dark Rooms.
Live and learn, right?


Lately I've been obsessed with matte lips and vampy (dark) lip colors so when I heard Melt Cosmetics was releasing a new lip color, I had to jump on the bandwagon! The latest color is Dark Room and their website describes it:

Espresso stained wood.

Beet colored crushed velvet curtains.

Moody candlelight.

Their love story began in this dark room.

I had never heard of Melt Cosmetics until recently, but they're a company started by two women (Lora & Dana) and though I'm sure they have plans of expanded their line, they only have 13 matte lipsticks for sale on their website. Each lipstick is $19 with $7 shipping per order so it's a little pricey for me, considering MAC lipsticks are only $16 (I remember when they were only $14!), but I was totally sold off all the swatches I found on Instagram. Their colors are so intense and vivid I just had to try it out. I ended up ordering 6six6 and 2 Dark Room lipsticks the day that Dark Room launched. The website was down for about 5 minutes before I could order and it took a few days for my package actually shipped but I got it 2 days after USPS posted they received it. The package came with a little postcard and some lip/lipstick cards.

3 lipsticks
open lipsticks

Dark Room | 6six6

Dark Room | 6six6 | MAC Sin | MAC Diva

Dark Room



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