ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product we’re currently loving. This week: Real Techniques Complexion Sponge and travel case.
It took me a long time to jump on using sponges for applying makeup. After all, I learned to apply makeup using brushes and if it’s not broke why fix it. However, I did give makeup sponges so many chances and have the collection of teardrop shaped sponges to prove it. Thankfully, I never gave up on finding a makeup sponge, which lead me to my favorite makeup tool; Real Techniques Complexion Sponge.
A few weeks ago, I an out of the foundation I was using and used it as a good excuse to try a new foundation. During the same Ultra trip when I bought that detoxifying scrub stick, I purchased this Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. Clinique will always hold a place in my heart, but it was the first “big girl” brand that I used. However, I currently don’t have that many products from Clinique and haven’t used a foundation from them in years.
Since I was in the market for a new foundation and Clinique is a brand that my skin loves, I decided to give this foundation a try. After using it practically everyday for the past few weeks, I think it’s definitely worthy of being this week’s Item Of The Week.
When it comes to my ideal foundation formula, I prefer full coverage foundations. The main reason I prefer full-coverage is to help cover my hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and old acne scars. However, I only apply full coverage to that area and blend out the edges. Another good use of high coverage foundations is to use them as a concealer on days when you need little coverage. Needless to say, this foundation is designed to serve both of those purposes.
The formula of this foundation is full coverage, but blendable. Also, or it to be a full coverage foundation, it’s very easy to use and blend. It doesn’t “settle” to fast to allow you blend it out or not. Also, I can’t not mention the applicator, which is a jumbo doe foot applicator. The doe foot helps you apply the foundation without having to use your hands. Also, you can apply the foundation to target area or to conceal.
The only flaw you might find wit this foundation is the lack of many color selections for deeper tones. Other than that, this foundation is worth trying for under $30.
Have you tried Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer? Thoughts?
Like I mentioned yesterday, I want to start doing weekly decluttering. One area that I’ve grown accustomed to decluttering regularly is my makeup collection. It’s not at big as the one that 20-something me had, but it’s a perfectly curated makeup collection for mid-30s me. FYI, curating makeup and beauty stashes can be hard.
It took me years to get the courage to throw away makeup and beauty products I don’t use. It’s so beneficial to your life by having a curated makeup stash. Keep reading to see some tips to keep in mind the next time you decide to curate your makeup stash.
When it comes to makeup, I spend the least amount of money on lip products. I probably spend more money on lip moisturizers and balms instead of lip colors. However, there is one lip color product that I buy constantly; lip tint pens.
Unfortunately, its’ hard to find brands that make them any more. Fortunately, ELF still makes them and I buy them up every time I run across them. Keep reading to find out why lip tint pens are my jam.
I feel like crap. I’m so sick of food and I have the nausea to prove it. However, I did do some holiday shopping over the weekend and got through with almost everyone on my list. To help soften the blow of seeing my bank account get depleted to swiftly, I picked up a few pieces of new makeup. Fortunate for me and my budget, these pieces weren’t too pricey and I’m loving them so far.
Keep reading to see what makeup products I purchased recently and why I’m loving them.