Friday, June 14, 2013

Rachel's Favorite and Not-So Favorite Concealers!!

Cover Girl Queen Natural Hue Liquid concealer - Light
ELF Tone Correcting concealer - Spice
Mac Select cover-up concealer - NC 45
Graftobian HD Glamour Creme Palette - Warm #2
Sleek Cosmetics Luminaire concealer - L03

*Swatches at the end*

The Favorites:

ELF Tone Correcting concealer - Spice: This is one of my favorite concealers for concealing and highlighting a the same time. It works perfectly under my eyes to highlight in a 'V' and is even amazing under my eyebrows down my nose and any other area I want to add brightness to! ELF has definitely changed the formula from when I bought this a while ago. The formula is much more long wearing and thicker which makes for better coverage. That said, this is still a very light coverage concealer, not something you could fully cover a blemish. This is a good product for a concealer and highlighter look where you still want dimension in your face. It also works well with other liquid face products.
Updated review coming soon. Older review Here!

MAC Select cover-up concealer - NC 45: My favorite concealer during the summer for covering blemishes must be this MAC concealer. The reason I say summer is because this concealer only matches me in the summer. When I travel, this is the concealer of choice because it works well on blemishes but also is not too heavy for under the eyes. Come winter, I'm going to try NC 42 for a match but I have the feeling it might be too light. The only thing I might say about this concealer is that it can lean orange.
Full review Here!

Graftobian HD Glamour Creme Palette - Warm #2: I found this concealer while looking for an alternative for the Makeup Forever concealer palate and I am very glad I decided to buy it! I love that it has multiple shades that i can go between and mix and match to find my perfect shade. I use the third color for under my eyes and to cover blemishes and I use the second color to highlight around my brows. The last 2 darkest shades I use as a cream contour and the lightest shade I use as an eye shadow base. Basically, i have a use for every shade! I will make a full review for this soon because there is really so much to say!

The Not-So Favorites:

Cover Girl Queen Natural Hue Liquid concealer - Light: This concealer has been in my collection for a long time and I haven't thrown it away because I honestly have been trying to like it. When you first put this concealer on it goes on very liquidy and patchy. It actually evens out and turns matte as it dries but it also gets darker as it dries. As you go throughout your day it seems to convert directly into oil and wherever you put the concealer you have a shiny spot. The brings me to the other thing about this concealer, that it has no staying power whatsoever! Thumbs down for me.

Sleek Cosmetics Luminaire concealer - L03: My mom bought me this concealer on a trip to London! Thanks Mom! Too bad it doesn't work for me :(. This concealer is the type of concealer that you would think would be good for under your eyes as it is a highlighting concealer, but that is not the case! This concealer is too thick and unblendable to be anything useful to your eyes. The consistency needs to be thinner. I haven't tried this on blemishes but its too light for the rest of my face and why would I want to highlight a blemish??
UPDATE: I really like the peach undertone this concealer has as it helps a lot with my dark circles however, the thick nature of the products causes me to pull on my eyes and I  still have a problem with that.

Swatches and Shade Description:

1. Sleek Cosmetics Luminaire concealer - L03 - medium yellowy salmon
2. Cover Girl Queen Natural Hue Liquid concealer - Light - neutral tan leaning yellow
3. ELF Tone Correcting concealer - Spice: brightening yellowy salmon
4. MAC Select cover-up concealer - NC 45: tan yellow
5. Graftobian Buttermilk(lightest shade in palate): light yellow tone 
6. Graftobian Desert Sand: medium yellow tone
7. Graftobian Golden Sunset: Almost identical to MAC NC 45
8. Graftobian Deep Xanthe: Rich yellowy brown
9. Graftobian Mid. Marygold: Dark yellow tone

Hope this was helpful and hope this gave you some ideas of concealers that might work for you!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Old NOTD: Lana Del Rey Inspired Red Tips

So, if you have seen the music video for Born To Die by Lana Del Rey, then maybe you noticed her red and silver tipped nails! I love Lana Del Ray and her music so this manicure was inspired by her... except I skipped the silver.

Reactions to this manicure were, needless to say, all over the map. My mom was like, "Whaaaa?" and I think my dad may have gagged. I got compliments from a girl at school who was wearing hot pink tipped nails and from some of my friends (who could have been lying). Some people I caught taking a double take at my hands...whatever that means, lol.

I used a Sephora polish that I got in a set and the Revlon Base Coat.

Overall, I'm not sure that I'd do this style manicure again, mostly because of my dads reaction. Dad has never lead me wrong. I personally think Lana Del Ray pulled off WAY better than I did.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

NOTD: Rimmel Satin Black

I've been loving Rimmel's Satin Black nail polish! Two coats gives good results as you can see in the picture. Inexpensive and it lasted a good amount of time on my nails.

What polish are you wearing?