Seven Days of Nude’tude!!! Day::2

Welcome to Day 2 of looks with theBalm’s Nude’Tude Palette.


As I stated in my last post, I feel that this is a seriously underrated palette and I wanted to share with you all a variety of ways to use it.

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Eyeshadow:: All over lid Selfish; used Sigma E25 Inner corner, inner V and Lower Lashline Sexy; Crease Sultry  used Sigma E35  Eyeliner Tightline:: Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in Suman  Mascara:: L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara in Blackest Black Eyeliner:: e.l.f. Essential Liquid Eyeliner in Black over that is layered Sephora brand Glitter Eyeliner in Gold which is discontinued.

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Foundation:: tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour in  Ivory Blended with Sigma F80 Undereye/Nose Highlight:: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle in Light blended with Sigma F80  Blemish/Redness C concealer:: Revlon ColorStay  Concealer in Fair applied and blended with ring finger Powder::  e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent applied with Sigma F20 Bronzer:: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker  pH Powdered Bronzer in Light/Medium applied with Sigma F25 Blush:: Be a…Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset  applied with Sigma F15

***If you are interested in Sigma brushes the best bang for your buck is the Premium Professional Kit.  The kit is under $200 and includes fifteen brushes of the highest  quality.  Keep a look out for sales and coupon codes I bought mine with a 20% off code***

June Favorites

I cannot believe that we are past the half way point of 2013!!!  It is true that time goes by faster as you get older…. Onward to a few favorites that I discovered or rediscovered in the month of June.

Sigma F80-Flat Kabuki     $18.00


I have been looking for a good foundation brush for a while and I couldn’t seem to find one that worked for all types of foundation so I ended up having multiple brushes for multiple foundations.  Also most brushes seemed to have a lot of fallout and I would end up with random hairs on my face.  Now this fallout could be related to how much I wash my brushes.  Due to my acne I wash my brushes every other use so I don’t spread the nastiness around my face, which means I wash my brush 2-3 times a week.  All of this to say I love this brush!  I was first introduced to this brush by Sam Schuerman via her blog and YouTube videos.  Shout out to Sam, she is amazing if you haven’t already check out her blog and videos.  I have been using this brush for almost three months and I love it!  Save your money and get one of these brushes you will not be disappointed.

Thayer Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner     $9.23 for 11.5oz


I have been off and on about using toner over the years, but in the past year I have been pretty consistent.  I had been using Lush Tea Tree Water which I liked but I like to have variety in my routine.  I remembered reading somewhere that Rose Water was good for acne and skin care in general  so I looked up ‘Rose Water Toner’ on Amazon to see what I could find.  This stuff is amazing, it smells heavenly and makes my skin feel amazing.  Best of all I can smell rose all day long after using it.  I see this as a perk, however if you are not fond of the scent you will probably not be pleased.  Thayer’s has several different types of Witch Hazel Toner including Lavender and Peach.

Stila Custom Color Blush     $20.00 for 0.17oz


Blush that adjusts to the your skin? Yes it exists.  I had Birchbox Points that I needed to use so I bought a need (clarisonic brush head) and a want, this blush.  I have used several products that claim to self-adjust, some have been great and others have been duds. I hoped for $20 that this blush would fall into the great category.  Looking at the picture on the website I thought it looked like a bright pink but I was surprised when I open the package it was really really pink, like almost bordering on neon.  And  a little goes a very long way with this!  First time I used it I looked like a clown and thought that I would have to put this in the dud pile as I used a “normal” amount of blush.  With this product you really only need a very light swipe.  I now put mine on with a fan brush so I am sure to not overdo it.  In the long run this may be a good deal as I can see this lasting forever as I only use a tiny amount for application.

Caroline G. Bubble Necklace:White with Clear Beads     $19.99


I discovered Caroline G. on Facebook and fell in love with their jewelry.  I think I have five piece right now and they are my go to for making a statement with a simple outfit.  Like the page on Facebook because they frequently have deals like only paying shipping on certain items.  I bought this latest purchase during their 50% memorial day sale and I think it is my favorite!

L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm     $5.97 for 8.5oz


Again with the outrageous claims, supposedly this hair mask will repair a years worth of damage in one use.  Will it make your hair super soft and manageable? Yes, but repair your hair? No.  But I give L’Oreal props for trying, a little goes a long way and I use this mask two or three times a month. It is super moisturizing and makes my hair silky soft.

What are your favorites from the month of June?  Do you use any of mine? Let me know via Twitter or comment below! 

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation Review


Next to my quest to find the perfect mascara, foundation is a close second on the holy grail search.  I bought the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation about a month ago and have used it six or seven times in different conditions so I think this will be an honest assessment. First off lets take a look at the advertisement for this foundation:


First off Emma Stone is beautiful with or without makeup. I like to look at “celebrities without makeup” photos to remind myself that everyone has flaws.  Emma without makeup is beautiful, she has gorgeous skin. That could be good genes, a awesome dermatologist or a combination of both. But this photo is totally airbrushed, as are most advertisements selling foundation,      NO ONE IS PORELESS!   But I will say that this foundation did give a ‘nearly naked’ look with a fair amount of coverage.

First Impression: This foundation is quite thin and borders on runny.  I was concerned with a such a thin consistency there would not be great coverage and I would  really have to work with it to cover my redness and acne scars. For a drugstore brand and such a thin formula I was presently surprised at the coverage.  I did need to apply two coats but it layered very well and did not look cakey.

Application: I applied this foundation with my Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush and with a Beauty Blender on separate occasion. Both worked well, I think I prefer the brush a little more, as I didn’t have to work quite as hard to blend.  I did need to apply concealer to a few spots but not as many as I thought I would.  This coverage is pretty good for covering light scaring and redness.

Conclusion: The first time I wore this foundation I was in a hurry and did not apply a powder, which was not smart on my part as I have super oily skin.  Around noon I was shiny and the foundation started to gather around my mouth and nose area. So lesson learned I will make sure to set this foundation with a powder.  Another time I wore this foundation I spent part of the day outside in 87 plus degree weather and Florida humidity.  Even with primer, setting spray and power this foundation did not last long on my oily skin.  Last week I spent all day inside a very cool room attending a class.  The only time I was outside was walking to and from my car.  By late afternoon I noticed the foundation gathering again around my mouth and nose area (this was after about 6 hours).  I touched it up and when I checked in the mirror again before leaving (about 8 hours in) I noticed it was also pulling around my cheeks.

So all in all I think this is great foundation for those with normal or dry skin.  I don’t think it is oily skin friendly for long term wear.  If you are only going to need to look good for a few hours then give it a try.  I will hang on to what I have left and try it again in the winter when my skin is not quite so oily.

Have you tried the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation? What were your results? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!