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I’ll go ahead and admit it; I’m a foundation hoarder. I’m constantly searching for my new favourite and have tried tons of different variations. A few new options have landed on my desk recently (including one that I’m obsessed with – more on this to come) and I’ve been spending some time diving in and testing them to find out what works. One of the newest additions to my collection is the NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation, NARS’ first foray into stick foundation.

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This new foundation, available in a range of 20 shades, promises “instantly smooth, soft-matte perfection” allowing for full control of its use. It’s a double ended product, with the stick foundation on one end and a removable Touch-Up Blender on the other.

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Application is really easy with this foundation. I actually haven’t used very many stick foundations in the past, maybe 1 or 2, so this is still relatively new territory for me. I suggest starting off a bit light with this foundation, applying a few swipes over the face (try the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose) before blending in and building up from there. I found that applying less of this foundation was better, as it seemed to sit on the skin and didn’t blend in very well when I added a bit more for extra coverage. The blending tool included is great for quick touch ups on the go but I prefer to use a brush to really blend this foundation in properly. It has a nice velvety texture once it’s been applied and blended in to the skin.

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In terms of coverage, I find that this has a medium finish. It helps to even out my skin tone, cover redness and hide imperfections though I needed to use a bit of concealer afterwards to really cover the spots. It’s nice for daytime wear since it isn’t very heavy and blends in nicely. The finish for me isn’t completely matte; it leaves a little bit of a sheen, but I like to finish off with setting powder anyways so this isn’t a big issue for me.

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Before and after NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation application – wearing Mont Blanc with a bit of Barcelona

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I have to start this post off with a bit of exciting news for my Canadian pals – it Cosmetics has made its way in store at Sephora across the country. Seriously, this is such an exciting development for me. I fell in love with the brand (and their Bye Bye Under Eye concealer) a few years ago and I’m looking forward to trying out more of the products now that I can actually see them in store!

Anyway, enough about that – let’s get to the goods. Today I want to talk about the it Cosmetics CC+ cream, a new favourite of mine. The CC cream boasts that you’ll have “Your Skin But Better” with use and I knew that I had to put it to the test – my pal Jess from Beautezine has always raved about this, and I really trust her opinion on cosmetics.

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First, I love the fact that this cc cream actually takes care of your skin while you wear it – it also acts as an anti-aging serum with a combination of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E. Products that multitask and do double duty are so amazing in my book, especially when it comes to makeup. I feel a lot better about wearing something on the daily when I know that it’s providing added benefits for my skin. It also contains SPF 50+, which means it protects from the sun while wearing – throw it on before you head out for the day & you’ll feel better knowing that you’re going one step further. I love products with high levels of SPF so you don’t even have to think about sun protection!

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The it Cosmetics CC+ cream claims to be full coverage, but I see it as more of a medium coverage foundation. It does provide nice coverage and helps to hide imperfections, but I find that you need to spot conceal or add a second layer to really get full coverage. It does a really nice job of evening out the skintone and hiding redness; my skin is left with a really glowy look and a dewy finish. I’ve also noticed that my pores appear smaller and my skin feels hydrated while wearing it. Make sure you blend in to avoid a cakey finish. I like to start off by applying with the Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush before blending with a Beauty Blender.

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it Cosmetics CC+ Cream swatches in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich & Deep

The CC cream is available in 7 shades as of right now, ranging from fair to deep. I’m currently wearing shade Light, but will probably need to switch up to Fair as we move later in the year; the lighter shades do tend to wear a bit darker. If needed, you can totally blend a couple of shades together for a custom match.

Before/after wearing it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

Have you ever tried it Cosmetics CC+ Cream? Let me know what your favourite CC is in the comments below!

 


Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples sent for editorial consideration but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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If there’s one thing I know about Kat Von D beauty, especially after chatting with makeup artist Erik de Soto, it’s that every single product has been developed and tested to be of quality that Kat herself can be proud of. Vegan/cruelty-free makeup has come a long way – there was a time when payoff, shades & options available weren’t what you would hope for, but with lines like this the products are easily on par, if not better, to other non-vegan options.

For fall 2016, KVD has decided to expand on her Lock-It offerings, making it easier than ever to find the perfect components to create your most flawless complexion. So, what does Kat Von D have in store for us?

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1. An expansion on the best-selling Lock-It Foundation ($47 CAD) lineup. With new packaging and the addition of 13 new shades (for a total of 30), KVD is making it easy to find your match – when you’re at either end of the skin tone spectrum, it can be a bit of a task to find the shade that accurately matches. The addition of these new shades, with various undertones, provides more options. Mo options, no problems.

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2. Complexion perfection is just one step closer with the new Lock-It Concealer Creme ($34 CAD). Super pigmented, high coverage and nice & creamy, these cover imperfections in a flash and hide dark circles. They’re also perfect for highlighting & contouring – Erik suggests picking up 3 shades (one that matches your complexion, one darker & one lighter) and using these to shape your face

3. KVD is also adding in one more essential product with the new Lock-It Setting Powder ($39 CAD, not pictured). Completely translucent, and perfect for any skin tone, this loose powder is unbelievably lightweight with a matte finish that helps to blur the skin for an even smoother look.

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The new Artistry Brush Collection is stunning and amazing – you’re going to want to get your hands on these gorgeous brushes. They’re soft and lush, with 100% cruelty-free bristles and stiletto-shaped handles that are not only super chic, but functional as well – Erik mentioned that these can be used as spatulas for blending products together.

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4. The Lock-It Foundation Brush ($43) has been sculpted to fit into the contours of the face, ensuring even, all-over application that gets into every corner. Blending is also easy with the thick, full bristles.

5. The perfect companion to the new concealer creme, the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush has a sculpted head to make precise, concentrated application easy. The brush is also perfect for contouring with its smooth edge – apply a deeper concealer in use the edge to blend up and into the skin.

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6. Finish off your face by applying powder with the full, soft Lock-It Setting Powder Brush. The long, rounded brush picks up just the right amount of powder and evenly distributes it over the skin.

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7. Fans of baking will definitely fall hard for the Lock-It Precision Powder Brush. An arched edge with dense bristles allows for precise application – apply a layer of setting powder over concealer, allow it to bake for a few minutes, then brush it off to lock the makeup in.

The new Lock-It offerings (aside from the foundation addition, available October 2016) will be available in July 2016 at Sephora.

 

 


Disclaimer: This post contains products sent for editorial consideration, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Although it may seem simple, matching your foundation and concealer to your skin tone, and each other, isn’t always an easy task. With so many different shades available, undertones coming into play, and different lighting playing tricks on your eyes, finding your perfect shades can be a bit of a challenge, but with the right products and a couple of tips, you can find a seamless match!

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When looking for the perfect foundation and concealer, don’t be afraid to look around and try a few shades – the ones that work might surprise you!  Compact foundations typically appear darker in the packaging than they do on your skin, so keep that in mind. It also helps to bring someone else along to take a look from a different perspective, and I strongly advise take a look at the shade that you’ve tried in natural light, not just in the store lighting, as you’ll most likely see a difference. Once you’ve found a shade or two that you think closely matches your skin tone, swipe them along your jawline on the side of your face. If it blends in and you don’t see a colour difference, you’ve met your match – make sure it blends in well and doesn’t sit on the skin. You’ll definitely see a change in colour if it doesn’t work for you. When you’ve found the concealer and foundation shades you love, try layering them on top of each other to ensure they work well together and blend in nicely.

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The Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup and Concealer helps to take the guesswork out of matching your concealer and foundation, which is a pretty good place to start. They’ve found combinations of these two products that blend together perfectly, meaning you’ll never find yourself with mismatched shades. The complementary foundation and concealer shades are housed in the same compact, making application (and reapplication throughout the day) easy. The perfectly matched foundation and concealer provides buildable coverage so you can find the exact level that you need, and has a demi-matte finish so you have a hint of a glowing, dewy look.

I’ve found that having both the concealer and foundation matched beforehand has been a great help when it comes to my daily application. I never have to worry about my concealer showing up (there’s nothing worse than orange or super pale spots – I’m not a cheetah), and the creamy formula of both products ensures that blending is never an issue. They both feel great on my skin, never greasy, and I’m left with a glowing, flawless look that lasts all day long.

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I love that it comes with an applicator and mirror built in – between this and the combination of foundation and concealer, this is the perfect product to take on the go! To make things even easier for application, the concealer and foundation are kept on two separate layers. To start, apply concealer to any problem areas that need a little more attention, and then flip the concealer up to easily access the cream foundation. A tear-shaped sponge applicator is housed underneath the foundation layer (flip this up to access it) and is a great tool for applying and blending in both the concealer and foundation.

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Without makeup on left, concealer applied in center, foundation + concealer applied on right

All in all, I’m definitely a fan of how easy it is to find the perfect colour combo (they always blend seamlessly together) and the convenience of having both products in one simple compact, so you know your concealer and foundation are always going to blend perfectly together. How do you find your perfect match?

 


 

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I love foundation.  I really, really do.  I’ve tried different brands, formulas and levels of coverage and honestly find that there’s nothing better than finding your perfect match.  You know what I mean – the perfect shade with a formula that just makes your skin glow.  Well, I’ve found a new foundation that I can’t wait to try out once it hits stores – MAC Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation.

M∙A∙C Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation now provides the same incredible ten-hour wear of Pro Longwear Foundation, in a lightweight cream compact perfectly suited for touch-ups on the go. Available in 17 shades, from light to medium to dark, Pro Longwear SPF 20 Compact Foundation glides on comfortably, with a natural matte finish and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Provides sheer to medium coverage while keeping skin fresh, flawless and leaving it free to breathe.

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Price: $37.50 CAD

Availability: April 17, 2014 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.com

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