Femme Fetch: Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Concealer

Picked up a new concealer. I am going to commit to a foundation free summer, well mostly foundation free. With that in mind, I have been on the lookout for the ultimate concealer for the glamorous ethnic femme. I think I may have found it. 

The Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Concealer is amazing for these reasons:

  • 3 custom shades designed for ethnic skin- you can pick between 2 palettes and I get use out of all three shades. Highlight, contour, whatever, it’s so femme. 
  • matte finish- cuts down on oil, enough said. 
  • fragrance free- lessens the chance of breakouts

The concealer retails for $18 USD and is worth every penny when you essentially are getting 3 concealers in one. In the world of the ethnic femme custom mixing can get very pricey when going with other brands. I say love and support the brands that love and support you. 

http://www.fashionfair.com

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Femme Fetch: Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick

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According to Maybelline.com: “Our first gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core, fresh gel foundation blends to a natural matte finish, lightweight powders in the anti-shine core instantly dissolve excess oil”

All in all, the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick holds up with a few minor things that I would have changed. The product definitely delivers a shine-free finish, feels light weight, and is extremely easy to apply. 

Dimethicone is second on the ingredient list for the inner core “anti-shine” portion of the stick, so it definitely is going to go on the skin smoothly and help mattify. Their are also dimethicone cross polymers included further down the line on the list, which suggest there is a good amount but not too much to cause worry. Also the use of this product is for topical purposes, which is the best way to utilize this ingredient. The foundation will create a barrier around the skin making it not the best option for my femmes with acne issues.

I like Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free as an “on-the-go” foundation. It’s easy to apply and may need to be touched up throughout the day. The stuff instantly mattifies and takes away shine. But if there ever was a foundation that has to be washed off before bed, it is this one, no exceptions!!!!

Maybelline offers good shade selection(12 shades) for the foundation and is quite affordable(under $10 usd). Definitely worth adding to the collection, you could always use more makeup, girlie!!!!

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Check out my post on matte foundations in general on my blog, FEMME BOY.

Buy Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Here. or at your nearest convience store.

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Femininely Flawless: Matte Foundations

Mattifying foundations work to achieve coverage on the face(sometimes body) while providing an “oil free” finish to the skin in varying degrees. Typically, these specific foundations include silica, talc, and dimethicone for their mattifying properties, and are safe for consistent use on the skin. The key word when shopping for mattifying products is going to be "non-comedigenic" or "oil-free" meaning won’t clog pores. Oily/combination skin is usually best suited for matte foundations, but normal skin types can experiment when going for a certain look. 

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When wearing matte foundation starting off with a slightly moisturized face works best. The foundation has something to adhere to and blending is always easier on moisturized skin. Let the mattifying element come from your foundation, not your moisturizer. 

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I favor a matte foundation specifically when going out and especially when I am sure I will be photographed. Nothing worse than a super oily face showing up all over Instagram and Facebook. :-( Less is always more with matte foundations , blend in quick light strokes pressing in with the warmth of your fingers after. Use the setting powder sparingly, very light hand here. Matte Foundation and tons of powder is a less than desirable look. 

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Femme Tip: Does your skin look flaky and super dry when you wear matte foundations? Try exfoliating the skin first, this removes any dead skin cells that may be on the skin preventing a smooth finish. 

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Visit my beauty blog, Femme Boy for a detailed review of one of my current favorite matte foundations.

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Femme Fetch: CK ONE Skin Illuminator

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My approach to makeup has always been about releasing the glow within or at least looking as much like J.lo as possible. In steps the CK One Skin Illuminator from Calvin Klein to give you that undeniable glow. I am loving the big push from fashion to cosmetics taking place with a lot of the big design houses, e.g. Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein,etc. The entire CK One line is pretty solid and with some minor tweaking in the next few years, I think it could be a solid all around beauty resource for us all. 

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So let’s talk the CK One Skin Illuminator:

So Femme:

  • 3 universally flattering shades (VERY FEMME!!!!)
  • great on bare or made-up skin
  • iridescent pearlescence (no shimmer/glitter overload)
  • lightweight and long-wearing

So NOT:

  • the packaging ( loose top makes it horrible for travel and squeezing it out sometimes gives way to much product.)

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Apply the Illuminator right along the highs of the cheekbone and blend lightly with fingers or sponge. It really works wonders. The positive about this set of illuminators is that they truly work for everyone, I mean EVERYONE. What is even more great is the entire line has a good base of makeup to select from for most people. Rome was not built in a day, so I look forward to the expansion of the line. 

Available at  all Ulta locations and online!!!! 

ULTA.COM

CK One Color Cosmetics Online

Femme Tip: Try the CK One Cream to Powder Bronzing or Blush Duo under the illuminator and get a super intense glow. Go from J.lo to Goddess Aphrodite on the beaches of Brazil!!! Trust Me.

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Femme Fetch: Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream SPF30 -Dark Spot Correcting

I’m already a huge fan of tinted moisturizers, correcting creams, beauty balms, and any cosmetic aids assisting in fooling the world;Smashbox definitely feeds into this obsession. So let’s get to it.

So Femme-

  • light, buildable coverage great for everyday
  • great as primer under foundation
  • a little goes a long way
  • SPF!!!!! WE LOVE SPF!!!!
  • dark spot correcting.
  • matte/semi-matte finish

So NOT-

  • 5 shades-the blend ability and light formula make the shades work for many, but us dark girls once again don’t get the benefit of this. Would love maybe a warmer,”Deep Dark”  shade not just “Dark”.

Multi-taskers are the future of makeup and I believe Smashbox understands that more than most cosmetic brands. The Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream appears to fade discoloration slightly, but be sure to keep up a good skincare regimen also. Think of this product as an aid, NOT a solution. 

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