THE ONE THAT EVERYONE LOVES.

porefessional reviewYou know that trove of products hailed by the entire beauty community as the Holy Grail of put-on-your-face items? The ones everybody and their mother is obsessed with, can’t live without, etc. etc. You get my drift. And then there’s the particular problem that arises when you give a member of said Holy Grail of products a go and just can’t seem to make it work, and you spend months and months wondering what you’re doing wrong; is it the way you’re applying it, your uneven skin… And finally you’re resigned to think that there has to be some sort of issue on your end if the rest of the world is in love with it. *Cue sad violin melody.* Alas, Benefit’s POREfessional presents such an enigma in my beauty stash. I’ve been trying to get into this for a few months now since picking it up, and I’ve finally decided: it doesn’t work for me. I know, I know, all this sounds blasphemous at best, but before you throw me in blogosphere prison for treason, allow me to explain. While I do wholeheartedly agree that it does an excellent job at filling in pores and reducing their appearance (its main claim to fame), I just can’t get over how this leaves my skin; chalky, powdery, and a little dry on application. While it does smooth over everything before foundation, it leaves dry patches significantly more visible and doesn’t do much for a longer-lasting base. If you have more combination skin, I’d say you’d enjoy this more simply to keep shine at bay as you shouldn’t have much of a problem with it feeling particularly drying if you’ve got an oilier complexion, but dry skins, beware. I realize it’s only meant to do the job of blurring pores (which it does remarkably well), but if I’m going to go the extra mile to slap on a primer in the morning, it needs to do some extra work to keep my face happy throughout the day.

Have you ever tried Benefit’s POREfessional primer?

URBAN DECAY OCHO LOCO 2.

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ud 82I’m sure we’ve all heard our share about how incredible Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliners are, since the beauty world has hyped them up to the point of no return. I’ve tried sample sizes of the pencils before, and even then was completely blown away by how amazingly they get the job of defining them eyeballs (and lashes, of course) all too well. Even on my beyond-oily eyelids, once these set, they don’t budge ever. So naturally when I heard there was a set out for the holidays including not one, but eight full-sized pencils, I was a woman obsessed with getting my mitts on this year’s version of the “Ocho Loco.” The set includes three shades from the permanent collection (Perversion, Roach, and Deep End), and five that are new and exclusive (Mars, Ultraviolet, Tornado, Crave, Twice Baked).

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Roach is a shimmering reddish copper.

Twice Baked is a medium bronze. It’s lighter than Roach, and less warm-toned.

Crave is a dark mate chocolate brown.

Perversion is UD’s classic matte jet-black shade.

Mars is a bold, shimmering green.

Deep End is a stunning aquamarine/teal.

Ultraviolet is a deep blue with noticeable shimmer. This one has quite a purple tone to it.

Tornado is a blackened, shimmery purple. It’s quite dark, and looks like a glistening black in some lighting.

Overall, I’m completely in love with this set. I was skeptical about a few of the brights, but I think they’ll be great for simple statement looks worn alone with mascara for summer. Ultraviolet in particular is beyond gorgeous on its own as a bold take on a cat eye, and Deep End is stunning on the waterline to thrown in a pop of color. While there are a few bright shades, I think the set is totally wearable on the whole with all the neutrals and a great way to get your hands on a lot of shades for a great price. It retails for just $59; if each pencil was bought alone, it would set you back a whopping $160, so it really is an amazing value. It also includes their Grindhouse pencil sharpener which is amazing, and worth $10 alone. Plus, you get the lime green exclusive one, which kind of makes the whole thing totally worth it. It is limited edition but still available at Ulta.com here and the Urban Decay website here. All the eyeliner you could ever need (for the next two months), simples.

 

 

 

 

THE NEW THING VOL. 4: MAC ECLAIR PAINT POT

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I’ve always had a thing for cream eyeshadows. One quick swipe, buffed out lightly with a finger, and you’re good to go. Smudgey perfection in five seconds. They tend to give a more natural, effortless look that just seems to say, I woke up looking this good. Out of all the shades to choose from, I think bronze is the faultless and perfect way to go. Of course, we’ve all heard of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, a slightly cool-toned, metallic hue that lasts and lasts and lasts, no primer necessary. I’ve even worn this to the beach and out for the rest of the day in the middle of hot Florida July and still come home with my shadow lookin’ prety damn good. However, being that my skin is very warm-toned, I’ve always thought that it can look a little strange on me, having almost a silver-y sheen. Enter a little rust-colored pot of goodness.

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MAC’s paint pots are some of the bet crème shadows on the entire planet, if not the best. They have an incredibly silky texture that glides on the skin but gives you just enough time to blend before setting completely and staying put all day long. I have a few of these in my collection, namely Vintage Selection, a glittering champagne-pink, and Soft Ochre, a nice matte yellow-toned base, but this one beats them all out of the water. Eclair is a warm-toned, rusty brown shade that is just an absolute joy to apply; it’s practically butter in a pot. Smudged out and blended all the way under the lower lashline and just past the crease? This is Mary-Kate and Ashley rock-chic perfection. I managed to grab one of these before they went out, since they were part of the MAC Baking Beauties collection, so unfortunately, they’re not sold anymore, but if you can find one at a CCO store, grab it. I’m thinking about doing a massive giveaway and including this product once I reach 150 followers, so help me get there for a chance to win this bad boy.