Airbrush Routine

Hey, this went up last night, but I forgot to post the link… Here ya go!



Review: Tarte Cheekstain (Blissful)

Blushes are one of those products that are nearly as personal as foundation.  A good blush should exactly mimic the flush of color your get after jogging a few blocks, coming inside from a quick jaunt in the snow, or holding your head upside down for a few seconds (but, now, why would you be doing that?).  Many blushes also tend to fade and lose certain pigments throughout the day, leaving you with either a blotchy cheek, or a wash of some horridly unnatural color that was previously mixed in with the various other shades that have now disappeared.

As many of you know, my skin is trés oily.  Like, extremely.  So finding a good blush that won’t oxidize or fade quickly (let alone look natural on my terribly pale skin) is a chore.  In general, powder blushes tend to last longer on oily skin, while cream blushes work better for those with normal to dry skin (kind of like foundations).  However, for some reason, with my skin, many powder blushes tend to cake or cling unevenly, making it look like I’m wearing blush rather than just having a natural rosy glow.

(This isn't Blissful, but a stock image from Sephora. Actual product pics and swatches will be up by this weekend.)

(This isn't Blissful, but a stock image from Sephora. Actual product pics and swatches will be up by this weekend.)

And in comes the Tarte Cheekstain ($30 for 1 oz).  I first stumbled across these last summer.  I was up in Boston, studying at Harvard, and the weather was absolutely dreadful.  Like, ninety degrees and humid one day, and pouring rain the next.  Not good climate conditions for makeup.  My skin was relatively under control, and I wanted to try wearing a bit less foundation (which tended to melt under the heat or moisture) while still looking “alive”, but I knew I’d need something to perk up my skin otherwise.  So, naturally, I turned to blush.  I’d already worked my way through a multitude of powder and cream blushes, from drugstore to department store, and although I’d found a few I liked, none of them were natural enough (either containing a hefty amount of shimmer or just being an odd color for my pale, yellow-toned skin).

I’d heard quite a bit about these Cheekstains, and finally decided to check them out for myself.  I dragged a few friends into the city and trekked to the closest Sephora, quickly weaving my way to the Tarte display.  A row of these short, chubby sticks were lined up right in front.  Presentation-wise, they kind of remind me of those really old-school push pops from when I was a kid.  You unscrew the top, remove a plastic protector, and push on the bottom of the tube to get the product to come up.  After looking at a few shades, I finally decided that “Blissful”, a light, rosy peach, would most suit me, and swatched it on the back of my wrist.  Boy, was I underwhelmed.  It looked weak, sheer, and a tad unnaturally pink.  But it was my only option, as I’d already worked my way from NARS to Urban Decay in the blush department.  I snagged one of the last tubes, paid, and headed back to campus.

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I Lied

Hey guys, I KNOW I said that I’d post that Tarte Cheekstain review today, but it’s gonna have to be pushed to tomorrow.  I was called into rehearsal to learn a whole bunch of new choreography (a period of time when I was planning to write the review) and then rehearsal ran extra late… I’d try to write it now, but I did something to my neck while attempting to do a backward somersault from a seated position, and I can barely move it without severe pain.  So I’ve pumped myself full of painkillers and can already feel them setting in… Off all day tomorrow, though, so I promise!!!


The Coming Week

I know that I’m awful with actually producing what I promise you guys, so I figure if I write out a schedule and let you all see it that I’ll actually stick to it(?).  So, here’s what you can expect in the next week:

  • Monday: Written review on Tarte Cheekstains (pics/swatches to follow later in the week)
  • Tuesday: ?
  • Wednesday: Airbrush Foundation Routine video
  • Thursday: Non-Airbrush Foundation Routine Video (may need to be moved due to exams and some appointments)
  • Friday: Video Review: Temptu air Compressor and Sp-35 Gun
  • Saturday: How to Apply Blush (powder and cream) video
Sound good?  Let me know if there’s anything you really want instead of one of these.  I don’t have my cam until Wednesday night, so anything up til that point can’t be a video or won’t include swatches, so… Let me know!


Random Musings

Hey everyone.  It has been a super long week for me… Shall we go through it?

  • Monday: First day back to school from a week-long vacation (always a bummer); semi-pointless rehearsal for H2$ at night (really didn’t get anything accomplished.)
  • Tuesday: Had to wake up early to run to the mall to grab some products  for my (then) upcoming haircut and then review; haircut and color (which is always lovely); trooped halfway across the state to meet a friend, ran errands with her, and went out to dinner with her, her boyfriend, and her brother (with little pieces of hair stuck to my face the entire time).  Also tested out some new face products that didn’t really react so well with my skin…
  • Wednesday: Half day at school; went out to lunch with two friends and turned in some resumes to a few restaurants; another H2$ rehearsal where I got yelled at more than once for doing what the director had previously told me to do.
  • Thursday: I have the flu.
So, some good and some bad this week, but overall just exhausting.  I think I just need to sleep.  If I’m home again tomorrow I’ll try to film some of those videos.  As of right now, the requested ones are for:
  1. Tarte Cheekstains
  2. Non-Airbrush Foundation Routine
  3. Temptu air Compressor and Sp-35 Gun
  4. Temptu AIRpod System Tutorial
  5. CeraVe Foaming Face Wash
I think that’s it… If I’m missing anything, or you want something else, then let me know in the comments!  Hope y’all are having a much more invigorating week than I am!


Judgement Day

Alright guys, I’m off in about an hour to get my hair cut… Wish me luck!  I’m going to take pictures throughout (on my phone, unfortunately…) to chronicle my “transformation”, so stay tuned for those.

Oh, also, remember how I asked y’all to help me pick out the actual cut?  And almost everyone said they loved the first choice and hated the second?  Well, I was searching through some portfolios a second time for inspiration last night, and went through this guy’s one again.  The first and the second photo are the same guy.  With the same cut.  The second one is just unstyled.  See the big difference a bit of product can make?

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Review: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

As promised… (sorry it’s a little late)


Review: OCC Skin Foundation

Please be kind; this is my first video review (I definitely think I’m more eloquent in writing).  I probably skipped some stuff, so if you still have questions, let me know in the comments!


Help Me Choose My New Haircut!

So, I’m getting my haircut tomorrow, and I need help!  I’ve narrowed it down to three (they’re all quite similar, but with subtle differences), but now I need you all to pick which one I’m going to get.  Check em out, and let me know in the comments!!





Temptu AIRbrush Makeup System Unboxing

Yes, it’s different than my last one.

Temptu sent me their consumer airbrush makeup system, along with some foundations, a blush, and a highlighter to review. Let’s see what they look like!

Also, please don’t judge my appearance in this video… I had just woken up from a five hour nap, and really could have used a shave and some powder.  I wanted to do the unboxing tonight, though, because I plan on testing this out starting tomorrow, and I like opening up everything fresh with you guys!

You can enter the sweepstakes I mention in the video by visiting this link (April 29th is the last day to enter):

DISCLAIMER: These products were sent to me by Temptu as samples for consideration. My priority is to the readers and viewers, and all reviews, editorials, etc. are completely honest. Any opinions expressed in this video are my own, and do not reflect those of the parent company or any other bodies. I am not being paid to do this review, nor do I guarantee the company any sort of result, feedback, or portrayal either positively or negatively. I do not gain anything if a viewer chooses to click the link associated with the sweepstakes, nor if they enter.