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30 Second Review: Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation

 

Foundations promise so much – poreless skin, no wrinkles, and the radiance of an angel brought to earth with a few swipes. Most are pretty good, some are great, some are utter crap. This? This stuff is just beyond.

 Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Foundation is made with fancy oils and science-y things that I don’t quite understand but it’s weightless and incredibly light. It’s basically bottled Photoshop/airbrushing. It’s very sheer, so you’ll need a little concealer to cover any blemishes or dark circles. But redness, dullness, pores? All magically gone. I find myself reaching for it even on days when I’m just running a few errands nearby and I don’t really need any makeup – because I look 1000% better with it on.

 So yeah, it’s Armani which means it’s expensive. It’s worth it. Not just because you only need a few drops to cover your entire face but because it’s so freaking awesome. Go to the Armani counter, get a sample (I wear shade 7, for reference), fall in love with it, and then email me with effusive proclamations that I’ve drastically improved your quality of life. I’ll take gifts in the form of kittens.

 

To sum up…

When I brought home a sample and got ready to try it on:

 

After putting it on for the first time:

 

And now, whenever I catch my reflection in a mirror and I have it on:

 

 

What I’m Loving Now

My fake nails

Girls, let’s have some real talk. My nails are a mess. Not because they can’t grow (OPI Nail Envy is a great strengthener) but because the second they do grow in, I rip them off. Apparently, it’s a thing called skin picking and it likely means I’m minutes away from a nervous breakdown. It definitely means my hands are awful to look at. Thanks to pinterest, I’m obsessed with pretty manicures. So I got my nails did. These are full-on acrylic nails and since I got them relatively short, they look pretty good. If you’re in Boston, head to Treasured Hands for your fakies. These are without a doubt, the most realistic fake nails I’ve ever gotten. They even fooled my mom!

 

Sephora Hot Hues Neon Lipbalm

So. Freaking. Cool. It’s a lip stain in a lipstick form. Now, it’s marketed as a sheer lipstick, but it has no shine (yay!) leaves a strong tint on my lips, and isn’t moisturizing, although it’s not at all drying. It’s the perfect product for making my lips look healthy and polished without loads of heavy lipstick. One or two coats gives a nice tint, and if you slather it on, it becomes a full-on lip stain akin to drinking red wine. My only beef is that it supposedly comes in 4 different shades, but they all turn the same coral-y red shade on me. Maybe lighter-skinned ladies will have better luck in terms of color?

 

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

I’m almost sad about the end of winter and my eventual tan from the warmer weather. Why? Because this stuff is awesome and at my absolute palest, I just match the darkest shade (#31). In commercial speak, this is a primer, foundation/tinted moisturizer, and sunscreen in one. In reality, it’s a very thin foundation that covers beautifully, leaves a satin (not matte but not dewy) finish, feels like nothing on, and has 42SPF. It’s not available in stores yet, but they seem to offer pretty good deals on the website, so I highly recommend giving it a try.

 

HANA Titanium Flat Iron

This is the only product that was sent to me for review, and I’m loving it! My first flat iron, a Chi, lasted more than 7 years and my current flat iron, a GHD, is fantastic. So I have high expectations for flat irons, and this one didn’t disappoint. First of all, it came with all sorts of goodies in the box, including a special hair towel, brush, eyelash curler, and nail files. I first thought Misikko was trying to woo me, but apparently they put that shit in every package they send out. Very cool! The flat iron itself is smooth, easy to handle and (my favorite part) comes with a temperature control. Considering how hot they can get, I really like being able to adjust the heat to a level that straightens my hair without frying it. It takes a little longer to heat up than my GHD, but it also cools down quickly for easy storage. I would definitely recommend it!

Pastels and Hardware

This is one of my weirder outfits. It’s baby blue eyeshadow and giant spike earrings. Pastel jeans tucked into combat boots. I don’t even think it’s a case of opposing styles coming together, like leather and lace. No, it’s just a mismatch of my favorite things right now. Some women crave babies, or chocolate, or coffee. Lately I’ve been craving super bright baby blue eyeshadow. I can’t even begin to explain that craving!

 

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This could not be a post of my favorite things without a cat somewhere, right?

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As for the crazy spike earrings? A gift from the ever-creative Holly. Check out her blog soon for DIY instructions- apparently they’re easy to make!

sweater- Aiko
jeans- Forever21
boots- Steve Madden

 

 

What I’m Loving Now… November Edition

It’s been over a year since I’ve done one of the posts! Whoops. And it’s certainly not because I stopped trying out new makeup, skincare, and hair products. I’m going to get back to doing these mini reviews since I have plenty of great products to share with you.

 

Nars sheer glow liquid foundation
Did you take advantage of Sephora’s recent friends and family discount? I sure did! I heard great things about Nars Sheer Glow foundation so I got a sample of it before committing to a huge bottle. I really, really love this. I use Sephora’s foundation brush to put it on (a previous What I’m Loving Now winner) and it covers all the little bumps that have popped up recently but still looks like skin. Despite being recommended for dry skin, this doesn’t look shiny on my oily skin even after hours of wear.

 

Smashbox limitless eye liner long wear
I also got Smashbox’s Limitless eye liner and I’m super impressed. I’ve tried plenty of so-called long lasting eyeliners to use on my waterline and every single one has faded, slid down my face, or sucked in some other way. This eyeliner goes on and stays on, yes, even on my waterline. All day. There is some migration, especially in the outer corners, but it’s much less than I experience with other liners and it’s easily cleaned up with a tissue or q-tip.

 

Bobbi Brown pale pink powder blush
I am a devotee of Nars powder blush. On the rare occasion I want a new blush I usually just turn to Nars. So I was surprised when I fell in love with Bobbi Brown’s powder brush in pale pink. Even though it looks very bright, it goes on sheerly and brightens my skin and looks natural and just plain pretty. I’ve heard that it’s great on all skintones, so my pigmently-challenged friends should check it out too.

 

Sephora Collection creme lipstick
You’ve probably noticed I’ve been wearing a red lipstick pretty often in my outfit pictures. I probably mentioned Sephora’s lipstick in It Girl before, but it has to be included here because it’s such a great color. It’s the most intense red-orange shade with a finish between matte and shine (not gloss). It veers to red on my skin, but I imagine it’d be a punchy, fun tangerine on someone with paler skin. It’s so pigmented that it tends to stain my lips but I love that quality. On the days I just want a hint of color, I put it on, then wipe off most of it and I’m left with a pretty red tint to my lips. Oh and FYI, the color in the picture is not It Girl.

 

Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday nail polish
Lastly, I have a nailpolish for you. Despite having pathetic little nubbins for nails I have a serious nailpolish collection and switch colors like, 4 or 5 times a week. I finally ponied up for Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday polish, because… well, look at it! It’s like prozac in a bottle! I like to wear just one coat over a robin egg’s blue (China Glaze For Audrey), so my nails look like they’ve been lightly sequined. I showed this manicure to a coworker who said “My five year old daughter would love that.” I consider that the highest compliment.