Tuesday, January 17

Love You Like A Love Song Inspired Look

This look was inspired by Selena Gomez's music video for Love You Like A Love Song.  The song came out last summer but I recently saw it again recently & thought I'd try it out.  It's the makeup look she wears singing at the karaoke bar.  It's a purple smokey eye with a touch of silver in the tear duct area with a bright red/pink lip. I thought it was a fun look for going out and this is my interpretation of that look.

MUFE HD Primer
Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Roller
Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear in Bisque 4W
Maybelline  Dream Mousse Concealer in Beige Medium
MAC Beauty Powder in Summer Rose
NARS Bronzer in Love Joy
LORAC Perfectly Lit in Spotslight
MUFE HD Powder

MAC Lip Primer
MAC/Hello Kitty L/S in So Popular
MAC/Hello Kitty L/G in Sweet Strawberry

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Eggplant on the lid up to the crease
and on the lower lash line
Urban Decay E/S in Ransom all over lid & pass the crease
MAC E/S in Shady Lady on the lids up to the crease
and on the outer 2/3 of lower lash line
MAC E/S in Vanilla on the brow bone
Urban Decay E/L in Zero on upper lash line, waterline, & tightline
L.A. Splash E/L in Silver on the tear duct
and  inner 1/3 of lower lash line
NYX Silver Eyeshadow
Fairdrops Scandal Queen Mascara

Wednesday, January 11

Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear Foundation

Product:  Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear Foundation is a makeup that is suppose to provide 18 hours of shine free coverage.  It's a sheer to medium coverage foundation that come in 10 shades for light to medium skin tones.   It has a natural, almost satin, finish that keep the skin from looking  too flat.  According to Lancome this foundation is non-acnegenic, non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested, and safe on all skin types with no oils or fragrances.

Claim:  According to Lancome from the Sephora website, it claims to be a breakthrough makeup formula that provides 18-hours of shine-free wear. This fresh formula in a convenient tube delivers weightless-yet-moderate coverage that instantly minimizes the look of pores and imperfections. The complexion remains flawless and shine-free from morning until night—for a full 18 hours—even under humidity and perspiration. The weightless, ultra-resistant formulation contains the breakthrough ColorKeeper™ Refining Complex, which has highly resistant pigments that visibly erase pores and imperfections for flawless, fade-resistant perfection. The exclusive shine-control technology keeps skin looking fresh and matte all day so there's no need for retouching. The formula  is non-irritating and protects skin from UV damage with SPF 15 sunscreen.

Price: $ $ $ $
I bought this foundation at Sephora.com for $32.  Though it's a bit pricey, it's actually on the lowered end for Lancome foundations and around average for high end/ department store foundations.

Packaging: ♦ ♦ 
The packaging for this foundation could have been better.  Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear Foundation comes in a 0.8 fl oz. white squeeze tube with a black screw-on cap.  Upright, it stands on it's cap.  I wish they had done the packaging differently for this product.  The actually foundation is liquidy and if I store this foundation standing, the foundation tends to run out of the tube once I open it.  I have to store this foundation upside down so I don't end up wasting product when I open it to use.

Pros: +  +  +
Light Weight
Nautral Finish
Easy to Blend
Long Lasting

Cons: -  -  -
Does Not Provide 18-hrs of Shine Free Wear
Packaging Could Be Better
Limited Shade Range

Final Verdict:  ♥ ♥ ♥ 
I actually bought this product in the beginning of the summer.  I needed a foundation that was light weight, shine free foundation that would last through out a summers day.  When I came across Lancome's Teint Idole, base on the discription, I thought I had found my foundation.
After using this foundation a few times ( and through out the summer), I thought this foundation was very "middle of the road".  There were things I liked about it but with an equal number of dislikes as well.  I liked that it was light weight with a natural finish.   It contains SPF 15, which was perfect for the summer.  The foundation doesn't dry very quickly, allowing me time to blend it out with ease.  I also felt that it lasted well.  It still looked good 6-8 hrs. later without looking like it was melting off me face.
With all that being said, there were things that I thought could have been better.  Even though it lasted well, it wasn't 18 hrs of flawless, shine-free coverage.  After, two hours I already started to get shiny.  That was the main reason why I bought this foundation, because it was suppose to have shine-control.  The packaging could have been better.  Though I don't mind a squeeze tube container, because this foundation is so runny, I think it would have been better to package it in a regular foundation bottle.
Now that it's winter time, I still wear this found often. My skin doesn't get as oily in the winter so it's not something I have to worry about this time.  It has worked better for me this fall/ winter since my skin is drier.  I really wanted to love this foundation but once I finish with it, I wouldn't spend another $32 to buy it again.  If this foundation wasn't Lancome and so expensive, it might have been forgivable that it didn't fully live up to it's claim.  I wouldn't recommend this for those with oily skin, but this might work better on those with a dry skin type.  If you do have oily skin this might work better during the colder months when our skin isn't as oily as it is during the summer.
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