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Fall / Winter Makeup & Fashion Trends 2014: Style Watch

Time to gear up for fall & winter with new fashion and makeup ideas! Browsing through my latest edition of Stylewatch Magazine, I found some fun fashion suggestions.  Give your closet and makeup collection a mini-overhaul with  top trending products for 2014.

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Top Fall Shoe Trend: Lug Sole Boots Fall & Winter shoe trends for 2014 are flashing back to the 1990’s – when punk style was all the rage. Wish I wouldn’t have sold my platform boots with the jagged lug soles in 1995 for $5 at a yard sale! Remember ladies, every 20 years or so, fashion seems to recycle itself. lug sole boots winter and fall fashion 2014 boots with jagged edge sole and heel brown boots with heel tall The good part about lug sole boots? They allow you to walk on snow or ice without falling & breaking your neck – because women in neck braces haven’t yet been the latest runway hit. Yet.     Here are some shoe & boot styles that will be popular for fall 2014. You’ll be seeing similar ones with jagged lug soles in every shoe department from Nordstrom’s to Payless. These will look absolutely adorable paired with tights and an above-the knee skirt. My personal faves are the Steve Madded Olive Green Boots with buckles & the UGG grey Lace Up Boots with red lining. Finally, UGG has created something besides a shapeless flat soled blob! Fall shoe trends: Inspiration -  Stylewatch Magazine: lug sole boots winter and fall fashion 2014 boots with jagged edge sole and heel 2 lug sole boots winter and fall fashion 2014 boots with jagged edge sole and heel grey lace up uggslug sole boots winter and fall fashion 2014 boots with jagged edge sole and heel boots with furlug sole boots winter and fall fashion 2014 boots with jagged edge sole and heel best motorcycle bootslug sole boots winter and fall fashion 2014 boots with jagged edge sole and heel tall brown boots Top Fall Makeup Trend: Plumb Eyeshadow & Bright Liner After so many years of dark silver & black smoky eye makeup, this fall and winter highlight brighter, more subtle smoky colors. Dark purple and smoky plumb take center stage for the top eye shadow colors of fall 2014.  Paired with curled lashes, dark liner & shimmery white highlight shadow, these colors create the perfect look for day or night.  To dupe the plumb smoky eye looks below, try MAC Eye Shadow in “Beauty Marked” and “White Frost” or Mattify Cosmetics Long Lasting Eye Shadow in “Purple Haze” and “Snow Bunny”. fall winter 2014 makeup trends and colors purple smokey eye makeup long lasting eye shadow mattify cosmeticsfall 2014 makeup colors purple eye shadow and plum smoky eye long lasting eye shadow mattify cosmetics fall 2014 makeup colors purple eye shadow and plum eye liner kiera knightly makeup long lasting eye shadow mattify cosmetics

Top Fall Makeup Trend: Bright Eye Liner

In Stylewatch Magazine, I also saw an ad for Maybelline’s new Master Kajal Eye Liner.  Can’t WAIT to try this liner in the bright blue color, Navy Night. I’m hoping it lives up to the promises of being able to coat the inner water line of eyes &  create a vibrant smudge of color.   Once I get my hands on this from CVS, I’ll post a review.

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As you can see,  2014  fashion & makeup styles are lively & care-free.  Say goodbye to the harsh looks of last year and step into something more fun!

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Back to School Makeup Ideas Fall 2014

It’s that time again…

Rather than approaching the new school year with a gloomy outlook, use it as an excuse to re-vamp your style! Here are 5 simple rules for stellar back to school looks, as fall of 2014 approaches.

1. Create a Glowing Complexion

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A healthy, glowing complexion sets the stage for your entire look, so it’s important to apply a medium coverage foundation – especially if you have dark under eye circles or breakouts. Try Cover Girl’s new Ready Set Gorgeous line of liquid and powder foundation.  Some girls can get away with just blending concealer onto certain areas, but if you go this route, be sure to blend thoroughly and apply a setting powder to even out skin tone while creating a flawless finish.

2. Get Oil Under Control

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3. Simple Eye Makeup

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For special events or school pictures, try a colored liner to give your eyes an extra bit of sparkle.  If you’re not too handy with liquid liner, be sure to at least curl lashes and apply waterproof mascara like Maybelline’s The Falsies, to accentuate eyes and hold curl in place.

4. Healthy Hair

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5. A Subtle Edge for Fashion  

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Rather than pairing a leather jacket with studded denim leggings and chained boots, try putting it with a flirty cami and cute floral skirt.  Leather also looks good over a basic denim shirt. The jacket will give attention getting, bad-girl edge to an otherwise boring look.


Where to Apply Highlighter for a Sexy Glow

Not sure where or how to apply highlighter?

Follow this guide  to brighten up your face & get a gorgeous glow!

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How To Apply Crème Highlighter:

Apply your regular foundation, then sweep highlighter onto face, following the white dotted guidelines in the picture above.  ELF All Over Color Stick provides just the right amount of shimmer. You can apply it using your finger tips or a small cosmetic brush for more precision.

How To Apply Powder Highlighter:

After your makeup is in place, apply an oil absorbent setting powder to your entire face to set makeup.  Dab on the powdered highlighter (try Mattify Cosmetics Mineral Highlighter) using a small, tapered makeup brush.  Follow the white dotted guidelines in the picture above for where to apply.

Highlighter brightens the areas where shadows are normally cast on your face. This gives you an overall youthful appearance and distracts from flaws!


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Review: Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask for Oily Skin

Hello everyone! I know…I know…I’ve been MIA from the world of product reviews for a while. Going to school for Massage Therapy, while still keeping my 40 hour a week office job is quite the task! Last night, I stopped by CVS after class, and picked up a couple of products to try. I got the Freeman Exfoliating Charcoal Mask & the Hask Argan Oil Hair Mask.  So here are the reviews of my new faves!

Freeman Facial Polishing Mask with Charcoal & Black Sugar

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As you can tell from my other reviews, I have insanely oily skin. I’m a big fan of Charcoal face masks, as they are praised for drawing impurities from the pores.  I’m also a fan of exfoliating scrubs, and this Freeman product combines them both! When you have oily skin, your pores are choc-full of gunk, so charcoal is your friend.

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I used the Facial Polishing Mask after showering (to be sure my pores had been steamed open) allowing me to reap the drawing benefits from the charcoal. It did bring a bunch of pore plugs & blackheads to the surface, which I scrubbed away using my trusty exfoliating gloves.

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Swatch: Freeman Facial Polishing Mask

First off, don’t expect this mask to go on smooth as silk!  Looking at the swatch picture, you can see it has a patchy appearance when spread across the skin – but that doesn’t really affect performance. This is due to the exfoliating, grainy texture of the mask.


One thing I was surprised the packaging didn’t mention is that the face mask is self-warming. Ginger is one of the main ingredients, and as you spread the mask onto damp skin, it warms your entire face, which feels amazing. The heat sensation goes away after about 1 minute.

After 10 minutes, I added a little water and used my finger tips to swirl the mask around in circles on my face. This really activated the exfoliating properties and help work excess gunk to the surface. I rinsed with warm water, and then used a gel face wash to get rid of any remaining residue.


My skin felt SO amazingly soft after using this mask! In fact, I want to use it on my entire body. This would be terrific as a scrub to remove dry skin on heels, knees and elbows before a trip to the beach, or the day before tanning. I’ve never actually heard of an exfoliating face mask for oily skin, usually you just see exfoliating scrubs.  Am happy to see that the Freeman Company has combined two awesome properties into one mask.

To Try Next Time:

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The Best Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin? How to Make Your Own Tinted Moisturizer!

Tinted moisturizer for oily skin is very difficult to find. Most formulas are too emollient and transparent for oily, breakout prone skin. They typically don’t cover any flaws, and leave skin looking even oilier than it does without makeup. Most makeup for oily skin on the market feels heavy and thick – not a good texture, especially during hot summer months. Women with oily skin would love to have a tinted moisturizer that covers blemishes and controls oil, since those of us with oily skin have been left behind in this product grouping. The solution? Make your own tinted moisturizer! A customized tinted moisturizer can easily be created using Aloe Gel, combined with your favorite liquid foundation.

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How to Make Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Step 1: Select an Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel has numerous benefits for oily and acne prone skin, or for any skin type in general. It promotes new cell growth, reduces inflammation, assists in fast healing, and adds moisture without any greasy residue. Those with acne prone skin will love its cooling & refreshing properties, and its ability to reduce swelling and clear acne faster than with no treatment at all. People with oily skin will find that it absorbs quickly, without leaving a greasy surface residue.

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Step 2: Choose a Foundation Makeup for Oily Skin

makeup for oily skin, how to make tinted moisturizer, bb cream for oily skin,  foundation, aloe gel moisturizer for oily skinOnce you have selected an Aloe Gel, decide which liquid foundation you are going to mix it with. For oily skin, the best foundations are matte, and are marketed specifically toward oily skin. Drugstore brands typically fade after 3-4 hours when they come in contact with the sebum from your skin, so you’re better off with a high quality foundation from a department store. These range in price from $25 – $30 but are well worth the cost, because they last for 8+ hours even on oily skin, and in high humidity.

If you must go with a drugstore brand, try Maybelline’s Superstay 24 Hour Makeup or Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. These deliver a smooth finish, stay put for about 4 hours, and cost around $8. Although their names imply that they will last 24 hours, they do not. Perhaps they would on dry skin, but certainly not on oily skin!

Two of the best high end brands are Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Max Cover Foundation and Clarin’s Ever Matte Foundation. These both cost around $30, provide complete yet light weight coverage, and a flawless finish. Normally, concealer isn’t necessary, because these two foundations are so packed with pigment. These stay in place for about 8-10 hours on oily skin.

Step 3: Purchase a Primer & Setting Powder for Oily Skin

Those with oily skin will get the best results if they apply an oil absorbing base primer before the tinted moisturizer, and then a setting powder afterwords. One of the best products on the market for oily skin is called Mattify Ultra Powder for Oily Skin from Mattify! Cosmetics.It multi-tasks as both a primer and setting powder to absorb oil, so you don’t have to buy two different products.

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Applying this powder before your tinted moisturizer will protect the pores from the foundation and absorb a large amount of oil, giving you longer lasting makeup that is highly resistant to humid weather. It can also be applied after the tinted moisturizer to create an air-brushed finish and set makeup for longer wear. This powder costs around $14 at the Mattify Cosmetics website, and is a must-have product for oily skin.

INSTRUCTIONS: How to Make Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin

Now that you have purchased Aloe Gel, Foundation, and Primer/Setting Powder you’re read to create your very own customized Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin! For a sheer tinted moisturizer, add a bit more Aloe Gel to the mixture. You can adjust the amount of Aloe Gel you use, until the consistency and coverage are to your liking.

4 Steps to Make Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin & How to Apply

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How to Make Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin






Step 1: Using a spoon or disposable wooden mixing stick, mix 1 part Aloe Gel with 2 parts liquid foundation on a palette. For example: 1 pea-sized drop of Aloe Gel + 2 pea-sized drops of foundation. (You can also mix this in the palm of your hand using your finger tips).

Step 2: Apply the Mattify Ultra powder as a primer to your face, using a powder brush or powder puff.

Step 3: Apply your freshly mixed tinted moisturizer to your face in sections, blending downwards. You can use your finger tips, or a foundation brush or sponge – whatever you are comfortable with.

Step 4: Apply Mattify Ultra Powder as an oil absorbing setting powder to ensure long lasting makeup and a flawless finish

Additional Tip:

*If you already have a favorite oil-free moisturizer, try mixing that with foundation in place of the Aloe Gel. Some people prefer the lightness of the Aloe Gel, while others may like a creamier moisture-based tint. Although, for oily skin, I would highly suggest the Aloe Gel.

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Tinted Moisturizer for Oily Skin

When you make your own tinted moisturizer, YOU Control the Coverage!

The best part about making your own tinted moisturizer is the fact that YOU can adjust the amount of pigment. Most tinted formulas on the market do not contain nearly enough foundation pigment to conceal any type of blemish. Do you know any women with completely flawless skin? Didn’t think so! By creating your own tinted moisturizer, you can add as much or as little pigment as you need. With this process for making your own formula, now even women with oily skin can enjoy the lightness of a tinted moisturizer.

Do you have a special makeup routine for oily skin?   Let us know about it in the comments section below!

Holiday Makeup Ideas – Sparkly Eyes, Lips & Nails for the Holidays!

Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve made quite a few glittery makeup purchases lately! Here are 3 picks that I’m totally in love with – these will make gorgeous holiday makeup colors. It’s always tough to find makeup that will stand out for Christmas or New Years Parties, but I think these are up to the task.

Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Muse (coral red).

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One of the most important things in a lipstick is long wear & no smudging. This lipstick is up the task and wears beautifully for about 4 hours, even after eating and drinking. I have one pet peeve about long lasting lipstick… most of it actually flakes or peels off after a few hours. Because of this track record, I’ve switched to using only lip gloss, and had given up all hope on lipstick. Now that I’ve found the Hourglass brand, I’m back on lipstick! It comes in 10 shades, so you should be able to find a suitable one for any skin tone. While bright red shades normally make my light olive complexion look sallow, this color has enough coral hues to really brighten up my entire face. I paid $28 for it at Sephora – a bit pricey, but totally worth it!

Mattify Cosmetics Woodland Fairy Eye Makeup (brown with gold sparkles).

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Another holiday makeup must for me is long lasting eye shadow. Nothing is worse than attending a holiday party & dancing the night away, only to discover your eye makeup has migrated to your brow line or even worse, underneath your eyes! The Mattify Cosmetics brand is one I’ve loved for quite a while, because they make products for oily skin. Their Mattify Ultra Powder is my #1 HG beauty product because it stops the oiliness for hours. Well, I discovered a few months ago that their eye makeup is also oil absorbent and has a built in primer. Sweeeet! This particular color is so gorgeous and light reflective. It will definitely make my eyes stand out during any holiday festivity. Nabbed this for only $4.99 at

Julep’s Lacey (Navy & Bronze Glitter) and Engraved Invitation (Teal & Gold) Nail Polish Sets.

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These dark polish / sparkly glitter overlays are awesome holiday colors! The Teal + Gold combo is pretty beyond words. I really want to try the ombre effect with these. I’ve seen a few tutorials on Pinterest, using a makeup sponge to apply glitter on the tips. I’ve used a couple of other Julep colors before, and they are very high-shine and long lasting. Got these for a seal at Julep’s black Friday sale for only $ 7.99 (per set of 2) at

These holiday makeup products will make your look stand apart from the rest at your next party!

Happy Holidays everyone. Keep on sparklin’ on!


Long Lasting Makeup & Tips for Glowing Winter Skin

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Skin can look dull and drab during the winter months.  Weather conditions can cause skin to develop breakouts, while also becoming flaky and dehydrated.  The products you use and the way you apply your makeup can make a drastic difference in your complexion. Here are some long lasting makeup tips to keep your face looking fresh and vibrant!

1)     Use an appropriate moisturizer to combat winter dryness.

The cold winter weather, combined with brisk wind and indoor heating can do a number on your skin’s moisture level – even if you normally suffer from oily skin.

Products to try:

Astrida Naturals Tea Tree & Clary Sage Green Tea Moisturizer ($24).    A balanced light weight moisturizer that’s great for combination or slightly oily skin. It has soothing properties, won’t irritate acne prone skin, feels light weight, and smells absolutely amazing.

Makeup Artist’s Choice Aloe & Lavender Gel ($9). This is your best bet for those with very oily skin. It absorbs almost immediately and leaves no greasy residue to disrupt the application of makeup. Unlike most other moisturizers, it doesn’t encourage the skin to produce even more oil, AND it doesn’t smother pores.

Nivea Crème ($10). This is an excellent moisturizer for areas with incredibly dry flaky skin, such as elbows, knees, feet, edges of nose, and even lips. It feels absolutely luxurious and provides instant moisture. Its perfect to use on the side of nostrils after you’ve been sick – totally relieves the dryness caused by using a few too many rough tissues! Unless you have exceedingly dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend using for a whole face application.

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2)     Strategically use highlighter to create a glowing, vibrant look. 

Place a shimmery highlighter on the bridge of nose, at inner & outer corner of eyes, and above the cupid’s bow of your lips.

Products to try:

Benefit Watts Up Cream Highlighter ($30). This one provides a minimal shimmer effect, and is good to use on dry skin, on top of liquid foundation. Apply with finger tips, or using a small concealer brush. DO NOT use it on top of powder foundation. It turns into an odd paste-like consistency…I had to learn this one the hard way ladies!

Mattify Cosmetics Body Shimmer ($7): This is a powder shimmer, which is a pick better if you have oily skin. The product blends very well on top of either liquid or powder foundation. Apply with a small concealer brush & blend.

Benefit High Beam Highlighter ($26). This is a more shimmery version of the Benefit Cream Highlighter, and can be applied over any type of makeup. It provides a beautiful glow, but might be a bit too moisturizing for super oily skin types.

3)     Don’t be afraid of bronzer.

Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t have a summer glow!

Plenty of women fake & bake at tanning salons all winter. For those of us who would like to avoid dying of skin cancer by age 30, you can fake it with bronzer. This item is also good for slimming a round face or wide nose.

Products to try:

Cargo Bronzer ($29). This is a matte pressed powder bronzer, perfect if you don’t like much shimmer. It that works well on any skin type and is super blendable. They offer a Medium and Dark shade. Apply with a small powder puff or angled powder brush.

Mattify Cosmetics Loose Powder Bronzer ($7). This bronzer has some shimmer to it, but the more you blend, the less visible the shimmer becomes. It only comes in one shade, which is great for medium or olive skin tones. Apply with an angled powder brush.

Benefit Sun Beam Liquid Bronzer ($26). This one has about as much shimmer as the Mattify Powder, but in liquid form. As for me personally, I prefer powder because it helps tame my oily skin. But this one would probably be good for combo or dry skin. Apply with fingers, makeup sponge, or a concealer brush.

4)    Keep your long lasting makeup in place with setting powder.

After all this hard work, you want to make sure your makeup will last for hours! Always use a setting powder to blur pores & fine lines, and give a nice soft-focus finish to your makeup. People with dry skin probably only need to do this once, but those with oily skin might need to reapply the powder every few hours. The good part is, as long as you go with a translucent powder, you won’t need to be worried about caking. Just make sure to blend well!

Products to try:

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder ($34). This is a clear pressed powder that will set makeup, while also diffusing light – which helps deflect the focus off of flaws. Since this product contains a few moisturizing elements, it is best for dry to combination skin.

Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin   ($14). This is also a clear powder, but in loose powder form. It is a super oil absorber that double tasks, because you can use it as primer before your foundation, and also after your makeup to set everything in place. If you have oily skin, you need this product! It will keep the oiliness at bay for several hours, while giving you a long lasting makeup finish.

With these few simple steps, you can have long lasting makeup – whether you’re hitting the town for a holiday party, or hitting the slopes for a day of play in the snow!

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Makeup for Oily Skin – Mattifying Products for your Oily Skin

Say goodbye to  the dewy foundations of yesteryear! As a girl with oily skin, I couldn’t be happier. Dewy makeup is a complete nightmare for us oily girls. It feels sticky to the touch all day long, now matter how many oil absorbent products you have in your arsenal! The newest makeup craze  is matte makeup. Yes, I said it. MATTE MAKEUP!  Truly, an oily skinned girl’s dream.

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Natural Matte Makeup for Oily Skin

Here is a list of some matte makeup for oily skin that I currently use, or would like to try:

Make Up For Ever Mattifying Foundation 36.00 at Sephora

NYX Cosmetics Matte Makeup Finishing Spray 7.99 at Ulta

Mattify! Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin 12.99 at Mattify Cosmetics Website

Stila Stay All Day Foundation 44.00 at Stila Cosmetics Website

Dinair Matte Waterproof Airbrush Foundation 12.99 – 24.99 at Dinair Website

MAC Matte Mattifying Cream 21.00 at MAC Website

I’ve never heard of the NYX or MAC mattifying products – these look like must try items. I see a review in my future. Am wondering if the NYX spray will turn any makeup matte. That would be amazing!

So how do you apply matte makeup?
Here’s how in 3 easy steps:

1) The secret to long lasting makeup is a good base!

If you have super oily skin like myself, it’s important to apply a good base primer first.
My standby is the Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder, because I’ve hardly suffered any breakouts since I started using it under my foundation. It also absorbs loads of oil, so my makeup stays matte for hours. I steer clear of most gel or cream primers because every single one seems to contain silicone. That stuff is the equivalent of putting glue on your skin.

I really want to try using the MAC Matte Mattifying Cream first, then the Mattify ULTRA Powder so I can see if super-crazy-oil-absorption takes place. Once I purchase the MAC product and test it out, I’ll post results!

2) After applying your base primer, select a good matte foundation.

These are notoriously difficult to find. I don’t think most companies realize just how many women struggle with oily skin! Some expensive name-brands like the ones listed above to have matte makeup, but finding a drugstore brand is almost impossible. The Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Oily Skin and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse are the only two that stayed even semi-matte on my skin. I’m a sucker for liquid foundation, because it provides good coverage and stays on longer than mineral powder or heavy pressed powder. So, I’m forced to stay with expensive name brands.

My latest discovery is the Dinair Airbrush Foundation, which I apply with my finger tips instead of the complicated spray gun. This by far gives me the longest lasting results of any liquid foundation I’ve used, plus it feels light as air. You can check out my review of the Dinair Foundation here.

3) After applying foundation, use a setting powder for a flawless matte finish.

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I use the Mattify ULTRA Powder again in this step (same one I use for a primer) because it’s a completely clear powder that gives me a freshly applied makeup look for hours. I’m not a big fan of colored powder because it feels so heavy. If you have oily skin, you already know that the oil can feel like a 10 lb weight on your face by day’s end. The Mattify ULTRA keeps everything set into place while feeling light, and nobody can even tell you’re wearing it. It’s like a ghost oil absorber! Apply it with a fluffy brush after your foundation is in place. Alternately it can be applied with a puff.

Pictures speak a thousand words…
So here are some samples of matte makeup for oily skin.

I’m always amazed at how flawless the skin looks when matte makeup is used!  The current Rockabilly / Pinup-Girl Trend requires perfect matte makeup.

I’ve been seeing this picture around Pinterest a lot lately, but can never seem to find its source other than an Instrigram pic. Don’t know who she is, but this girl knows how to rock a matte makeup look.      SO. DARN. CUTE.

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Pinup Girl / Rockabilly – Matte Makeup

Another cute Rockabilly look:

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Rockabilly Matte Makeup

Here’s a great matte makeup look for a night out. I’m lovin’ the sparkly eye makeup paired with nude lip and matte complexion.

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Matte Makeup with Sparkly Smoky Eye

And this one is a good daytime look. Purple eye liner breaks up the monotony of the matte makeup and nude lip.

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Natural Looking Matte Makeup


How to Get Healthy Glowing Skin? Use Exfoliating Body Gloves! (How to Exfoliate Your Face)

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How to Get Glowing Skin

One of the best things you can do for your oily skin is exfoliate! Since oily skin normally has large pores, the exfoliation process is vital in order to remove dead layers of skin which can harbor dirt, oil, bacteria & makeup. This will provide a healthy glow & flawless makeup application.

Many people are afraid of exfoliation or don’t know how to exfoliate their face. They’ve been told not to exfoliate more than a few times a week, because it will trigger acne breakouts and cause dry skin, which will in turn produce more oil. With the exception of people who have hyper-sensitive skin, this couldn’t be more untrue!

The danger of over-drying the skin lies in which face wash product you select. If you use a harsh exfoliating scrub and a cleanser that contains alcohol – yes, you could severely irritate your skin. This is where exfoliating body gloves come to the rescue! These gloves can be used with just plain water, OR with your favorite face wash. Either way, they will slough away dry skin and clear out dirty pores.

How to Exfoliate Your Face Using Exfoliating Gloves?

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How to Scrub with Exfoliating Gloves

• First, remove any makeup using your regular face wash.
• Place the glove under warm water until thoroughly saturated & wring out excess water.
• You can use the gloves just with plain water, OR
• You can apply your favorite face wash to the gloves & lather up
• Scrub in circular motions, paying special attention to flaky and congested areas.
• Rinse well & dry with a fluffy towel.

Exfoliating gloves can be used on your entire body to create silky soft skin and improve circulation.

When should I use exfoliating gloves?

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The Best Time to Exfoliate

Exfoliation is most beneficial after a shower, and at night before your regular skin care routine.  The gloves will clear away all the oils, makeup & dead skin that have accumulated and opens pores to ready them for skin care treatments. Your acne products and toner will be more easily absorbed after exfoliation – so rather than just sitting on top of the skin, the treatments will sink deep into your pores for maximum healing.

If you have thin skin where tiny capillaries are evident, start out using the gloves every other day, once a day. Those with thicker skin can probably tolerate using the gloves 1-2 times daily. I personally use the gloves both morning and evening.

These gloves also work especially well to prep skin for a face mask. My favorite type of mask to use is the peel-off variety, such as Shills Deep Cleansing Black Mask, because it acts like a magnet to draw impurities out of pores. Since exfoliation removes the old dead layer of skin, they prime your face to get the most out of any mask.

Who will like exfoliating gloves?

  • Anyone with acne prone skin
  • Anyone with flaky patches of skin
  • Anyone with oily, congested skin
  • Anyone with clogged pores & blackheads

Who will NOT like exfoliating gloves?

  • Those with super sensitive skin that turns red very easily
  • Those with a skin condition like rosacea

I highly recommend exfoliating your face using these gloves, especially if you have oily skin or acne! They make a tremendous difference in skin smoothness & decongestion.  Ever use exfoliating gloves? Share your story in the comments!

To read other articles & reviews on top quality products for oily skin, check out these links:

Best Makeup for Oily Skin:

MAC Blot Powder VS Mattify ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin:


Best Makeup for Oily Skin – How to Apply Airbrush Makeup With Fingers & No Spray Gun

Until now, I never knew how to apply airbrush makeup without the expensive spray gun! Just when I thought the task of hunting down makeup for oily skin was over, I discovered the wonder that is Airbrush Makeup. So many drugstore and high end makeup products feel heavy, oily, and waxy. They are designed for dry or combination skin, and don’t wear well on us oily girls.

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Use Airbrush Makeup for a Flawless Look

To date, the best makeup I’d found to accommodate my oily skin was Estee Lauder Max Cover. I read about this foundation on a blog from the makeup company to which I’m rather obsessed, called Mattify Cosmetics. As far as regular liquid foundations go (non air-brush variety), this is by far the longest lasting one. I’ve used it for 2 years now, and the amount of coverage & staying power is amazing. My only complaint is that it feels a bit heavy.  This is why I’m so darn happy about the light-weight miracle that is Airbrush Foundation! Sometimes, when I need added coverage, I mix a bit of the Estee makeup with the Airbrush foundation & it works wonderfully.

You may be wondering… do I NEED to have an Airbrush Sprayer to use Airbrush makeup? The answer is: Absolutely Not!

During a lazy day of browsing You Tube videos, I came across Makeup Guru Kandee Johnson’s channel where she shows how to apply Airbrush Makeup using a foundation brush. Color me amazed! I’m not sure why, but I always thought this type of foundation was impossible to apply without the spray gun, so never bothered checking into it. Until this point, I’d avoided Airbrush makeup because I don’t have $200 lying around to buy the gun, and certainly don’t have time to deal with all the spray gun clean-up in the morning before work. Discovering that you can apply this makeup with a brush or your fingertips was like Plato confirming that the earth is round. It was true all along!

So what do you need to do differently to apply Airbrush Foundation as opposed to regular makeup? Not much. For a tutorial, watch Kandee’s instructions below by clicking the picture or link below. The before & after is amazing!!

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Kandee Johnson How to Apply Airbrush Foundation Video Tutorial

Kandee Johnson Youtube Video – How to Apply Airbrush Makeup without a Spray Gun

So, the question is, how to apply airbrush makeup without using the spray gun?

During my experimentation with Airbrush application, I picked up a few useful tips. Here are some  tricks that helped me get the perfect finish & a brief review of a few different brands.

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Ultra Powder for Oily Skin

Tip #1
Women with oily skin should use an oil absorbent powder.
Although it’s noted on most Airbrush Makeup websites that you do not need to use a finishing powder, my oily skin will cause a break-down of any foundation within hours.

On a daily basis I have been using my trusty Mattify Ultra Powder both before and after application of the Airbrush Foundation. My pores are easily clogged, so I’m paranoid about using ANY type of foundation without having a protective barrier.  Since my skin gets acne when gel silicone primers are used, I use the Mattify Ultra Powder, which acts as a primer when applied before makeup – so your pores don’t get clogged. It also absorbs any oil your skin might produce, and prevents the oil from destroying your fresh application of foundation. You can also use the Ultra Powder over the Airbrush foundation as double insurance that your face won’t get greasy. In my descriptions of the Kett & Dinair Foundations below, I’ll explain how the Airbrush Makeup lasted with & without the Ultra Powder.

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Makeup Brush & Sponge

Tip #2
You can use a foundation brush, beauty blender sponge, or your finger tips to apply.
Keep in mind that a beauty blender sponge & natural hair foundation brush will absorb a lot of product, leading to product waste. You waste the least amount of makeup by using a synthetic hair foundation brush or your fingers. Using a stippling brush is not recommended, because the Airbrush Foundation dries almost upon contact with skin, so there is not enough time to blend. Everyone has their favorite application method; the one that works best for me is my finger tips. It allows for the most precise and quickly blended application. It is very important to work in sections, because the airbrush makeup dries very quickly.

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Mixing Foundation

Tip #3
You can mix it with other products to get the right color / consistency / coverage.
On days when my skin looks a complete mess…we’ve all had these days…where stress or lack of sleep causes tons of breakouts, redness, blotchiness, dark circles… I use a tiny dab of the Estee Lauder Max Cover mixed with the Dinair Airbrush. It provides that extra boost of coverage while still feeling light weight.  You can also mix the airbrush foundation with a regular makeup to achieve the correct color balance. The only time you do NOT want to mix the Airbrush foundation with other products is if you are using the spray gun. Mixing with other items could plug the spray nozzle.

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Concealer + Airbrushing

Tip #4

You can use concealer under or over the Airbrush Foundation.Although it’s water based and very liquidous, Airbrush Makeup does a stupendous job at covering flaws. The only place I occasionally use concealer is under my eyes, to brighten that area & help me look more awake. I would recommend applying under eye conecealer before the Airbrush makeup. But, if you have blemishes to hide, dab a small amount of concealer on them after you’ve applied the Airbrush. (If you apply concealer on acne spots before the Airbrush makeup, you will only wipe away the concealer as you apply the foundation.) My skin is freckled and occasionally has a few bright red acne breakouts – and even so, the coverage of the Airbrush is so good that I rarely use concealer anywhere except under my eyes.

Here is a list of some popular Airbrush Foundations & my experiences with how to apply airbrush makeup from these various brands: 

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Kett Hydro Proof

Kett Hydro Proof / NO Silicone
Color Used: Olive 5
** Make sure you buy the one that says “Hydro Proof” if you want long lasting, waterproof results. Do NOT buy the Kett Hydro Foundation unless you want sheer coverage that is not water resistant.

How to Apply Airbrush Makeup by Kett:

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How to Apply Airbrush Makeup Without Spray Gun

Their website says not to use the Kett Hydro Proof without the spray gun (probably because they are trying to sell this uber-expensive tool). I used it without, and it turned out just fine. It also says to not mix with anything silicone or water based – but it doesn’t explain why. My guess is that it will plug the spray gun if you are using one. I tried mixing it with a silicone based foundation, and a water based foundation – just to see if anything terribly odd would happen – and it turned out fine. It didn’t morph into any strange consistency and still looked flawless on my skin.

As with any other Airbrush Foundation, it is thin and watery, but dries quickly – so you must apply it in sections & work fast. I tried it with my finger tips and a synthetic hair brush. I liked the results better with my finger tips, because I was more able to control the coverage. The brush was a bit clumsy to work with and resulted in a slightly streaky application that didn’t cover flaws as well. I applied to my chin, cheeks & forehead, then filled in my T-Zone, blending everything together.

Lasting Time:
When I applied the Mattify Ultra Powder before and after, it lasted a full 5 hours before any oil surfaced & I needed to retouch with the Ultra Powder. It was 8 hours before any areas started to fade, and it was indeed water resistant. I splashed my face with water and blotted dry (no rubbing) with a towel. It still looked flawless!

When I applied it onto bare skin (with nothing underneath or over the top) it lasted about 5 hours. I started getting super oily at the 3 hour mark and used a blotting paper. Some of the foundation transferred off my face & onto the blotter, which left a few patchy areas that I had to re-blend with my fingers. Finally, after the 5th hour, I had so much oil breakthrough that it started to dissolve the Airbrush Foundation.

For girls with dry skin, this will probably last 8+ hours without using setting powder. But for combo very oily girls such as myself, using an oil absorbent powder will greatly add to its longevity.

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Dinair Airbrush

Dinair – NO Silicone / NO Parabens / Water Based

How to Apply Airbrush Makeup by Dinair. Color Used: Olive Beige


The Dinair Airbrush Foundation is my favorite so far. It’s faster and easier to apply than the Kett, because it doesn’t dry quite as quickly. It provides amazing coverage and is very water resistant.

I used the exact same application techniques as with the Kett Foundation. Although, I also tried using a Beauty Blender Sponge with the Dinair. I really liked the result, but the sponge does absorb quite a bit of product & leads to waste. I found it better to dab the Dinair Foundation directly onto my skin, and then blend with the damp Beauty Blender. Still, my favorite application method is with my fingers. The results with & without the Mattify Ultra Powder were the same as with the Kett Foundation.


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OCC Airbrush

OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) – Water Based
I’m going to try this one next. It looks comparable to Dinair & promises to be matte & water resistant while providing good coverage.



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Temptu Airbrush

Temptu – Silicone Based
Haven’t tried this one, and don’t plan to. My skin reacts horribly to Silicone if I use it on a daily basis. Also, Silicone makes oily skin look even greasier, so this is a no-go for me. Click here to read my blog post about why silicone is bad for your skin and hair.

Eventually, I would love to buy an air-brush gun and learn how to apply airbrush makeup using the spray gun. You can do everything from eyebrows to blush to eyeliner & eye shadow – and you can even cover unwanted tattoos and birth marks. Someday when I have the extra 200 bucks, I’ll give it a try, as it seems like a very worthwhile investment!  But for everyday use, when you are limited on time to get ready for work or school, I would highly recommend applying airbrush makeup without the spray gun.  I would also highly recommend Airbrush Makeup to anyone with oily skin, since it stays put all day long!

Before & After Airbrush  Sample

Since Airbrush makeup is so long lasting, it’s perfect to use for weddings or special events!

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Before & After Airbrush

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