Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Discoveries with Blushing Wit

Today I've teamed up with the gawgeous Morgan from Blushing Wit to bring you our favorite beauty discoveries of the year! We're already one season down, people! So lets share a little love for the best of 2015 so far.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Top Meditation Apps to Soothe Anxious Minds

Here we are on one of those Crunchy-Hippie-Allison days. Lets forgo the usual beauty banter, sit down pretzel style, sing a little Kumbaya, and chat about meditation. We're getting deep today, people! Get ready for it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beauty BFFs

So in my never ending Scrubs marathon re-watch I finally got to the musical episode. Its THE best. Which got me thinking, as beauty bloggers do, about what in my stash would be friends forever (I'm totally not crazy). So, who is holding hands and singing to celebrate their beauty product pairing love?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Try This : Powder Primer

For years I've been on a quest. A long winding quest with many too many books written about my twists and turns along the way to find the best primer to use with my favorite, bareMinerals foundation. I would love to say this is the glorious final chapter where the good guy wins and the Holy Grail primer is safely brought home but this just isn't it. But it is a darn good idea so I'm sharing it anyway.

Ages ago I watched this video by GossMakeupArtist bestowing upon us the perfection that is powdering your primer before foundation. I gave it quite a few tries all ending in cake-face, tears, and too many panicked face washings to count. I gave it up, moved on, and never stopped searching for that perfect primer.

Somehow I got to thinking, what if, I went ahead and skipped the primer all together and just tried powdering my face before foundation. Crazy talk, I told myself. But it was a Saturday and I had nothing better to do so I tried it anyway. Wild times over here.

Of all the powders in my collection (notably the Coty Airspun, Rimmel Stay Matte, and the Coastal Scents Silica Powder) the Silica Powder (that got it's own write up here) is by far the best choice. I decanted it from the gigantic (way more than you will ever use in a lifetime) container to make it a little more portable. Skipping the daily dose of my Benefit The Porefessional, I gave a generous dusting of the Silica powder to my T zone.

Buffing in the bareMinerals was noticeably more slippy where powdered and it sat nicely above my pores. Sans a second powdering when the foundation was done, this crazy little pre-powdering move did make my foundation last longer. Not all day mind you, but better than nothing.

So I took it a step further.

Well two steps further if we are going to be sticklers about it. Trying it again I went : powder, bareMinerals, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, and powder again. BAM. I should note that there was no caked on makeup look, thanks to not adding a silicone-y primer. Has science gone too far? Nope, I was still oily at the end of the day and I really should have had a good blot down around 1 pm (three-ish hours later than usual) but I was impressed.

Even better was when I kept this trial run going by using liquid foundations instead. This is where the staying power was truly amazing. With a little pre-powder to my T zone before and after my liquid foundation I was shine free and poreless all-day-long.

So here we are, quest almost finished. Would you ever try powdering your face before putting on foundation?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lipstick Lookbook Spring 2015

I had myself a little fun this weekend and tried on my old and new favorite spring lipsticks. Its like one of those dress shopping montages from a Mary Kate and Ashley movie. Those were the best. I want to get back into doing YouTube videos so if you have anything you want to see from me, let me know! It will be fun regardless (at least it will be for me). Anyhoo enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Blog Time Management

As Run DMC has taught us: it's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time, its tricky. And it really is all about time and timing. As a super successful post grad (please read that with heavy sarcasm) I know a thing or two about balancing working full time (or a full time student with a part time job) and blogging simultaneously.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sculpting Sherlock's Cheekbones with Shiro Cosmetics

Contouring. Its so hot right now. Contour palettes are popping up left, right, and center by any brand who feels bold enough to slap a few bronzers in with a highlight or two and call it a day. No me gusta. If I'm going to contour I want it nice and cool toned. I'm nowhere near tan enough to pull off a warm contour. Luckily Shiro Cosmetics made a whole line of contour and highlight powders inspired by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones of glory.