I've been walking on the treadmill faithfully every day this past month. If you know me, you know I hate to exercise, so this is A Big Deal. One of the things I do to keep it from being so boring is to watch YouTube videos on the TV while I'm walking. It helps so much to pass the time.
I sometimes watch makeup videos, and pick up different product tips. Here are a few recent good finds, and a couple of duds, inspired in part by watching several favorite YouTube channels.
This Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation was described by one You-Tuber as being velvet-y soft, and perfect as a primer under foundation, or as foundation alone. At around $8.99 at the drugstore, it seemed worth a try.
This goes on very nicely, and has a soft, velvet-y feel, but ended up looking blotchy. Not a smooth finish at all. I noticed especially around my nose very uneven coverage.
This NYX Tinted Brow Mascara seemed like the perfect product to fill in brows, cover a few stray grays, and keep the errant hairs in place. At around $6.99, another (potentially) good deal.
This was just awful. There was way too much product on the brush, even after wiping a little off on a tissue. It ended up on the skin around my eyebrows, and it was sticky and obvious. It gets good reviews, but I thought it looked very unnatural, besides being messy. I'll stick with my Anastasia of Beverly Hills eyebrow powder.
A little pricier at $23, but it has been in daily use for a year, and still shows no signs of running out.
(One nice thing about CVS is that they will refund the full price of opened makeup. Not sure about the policies at other drugstores. I've even returned opened perfume.)
One drugstore find that I do love is this Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner.
This is a softer pencil, with a slightly wider tip, so that you can line your lips, and then fill them in, as a base for lipstick or to wear as is. I love how easily it goes on. My favorite shade is East End Snob. I forget what I paid for it, but it's on Amazon for $8.
My daughter went in for a hair and makeup trial for her wedding, and of course I went in and did a trial, too. I loved the foundation that the makeup artist used. It has no SPF in it, so it doesn't cause any of that white flashback you can get when your picture is taken.
(The SPF in foundation is so minimal anyway, you still need to apply sunscreen separately. But for a special occasion indoors, you could skip the sunscreen and use a foundation like this for better pictures.)
This is the MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation. I haven't tried it as body foundation, but I guess it could be used to cover spider veins, etc. This is $36. It goes on very nicely. It's not too heavy, but still provides good coverage.
I got a free sample of this Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner from Sephora. I got it in black, but it comes in all kinds of beautiful colors. It glides on so easily; I love it.
I'm tempted to buy a full-size one after my sample runs out.
I also discovered a great eyelid primer from Sephora. I have oily eyelids, and eyeliner and shadow always crease and smudge. I've tried other products, but this one really works.
This is the Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray 360 Degree Stay Put Eyeshadow Primer. It can also be patted under the eyes to keep concealer in place. I don't use concealer, but I pat it all around anyway for a little brightening. Pricey at $26, but I can't wear eyeliner or shadow without it.
So, there you go . . . do you have any new favorites, or duds? . . . and do you have any favorite YouTube channels? I'm thinking of watching some TED talks, but don't know where to start. There's gazillions of channels out there.
Hope you're staying cool, and enjoying your week. xo