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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.

Results:

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:

Best mask for oily skin, shills peel off mask, review freeman exfoliating face polishing Mask with Charcoal & Black Sugar scrubSince the exfoliating mask did such a good job of drawing all the Best mask for oily skin, shills peel off mask, review freeman exfoliating face polishing Mask with Charcoal & Black Sugar scrubimpurities to the surface, I want to go one step further next time.  I think this would be great used in combination with a charcoal based peel off mask like Shill’s Deep Cleansing Black Mask (review coming soon)! After I removed the Facial Polishing Mask, I could see pore plugs sticking out of the pores on my nose. I didn’t have time to apply the Shill’s Peel Off Mask next, so I just gave my nose a once-over with the exfoliating glove. Along with a peel off mask, this would be a fantastic once-per-week decongestant pore treatment for anyone who battles with blackheads & oily skin!

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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 www.mattifycosmetics.com

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 www.julep.com

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 ($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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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!

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.

I use the Mattify ULTRA Powder again here (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!

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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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: http://makeupforoilyskins.com/2013/08/23/best-makeup-for-oily-skin-how-to-apply-airbrush-makeup-with-fingers-no-spray-gun/

MAC Blot Powder VS Mattify ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin: http://makeupforoilyskins.com/2013/06/27/mac-blot-powder-review-vs-mattify-ultra-powder-for-oily-skin/

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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

Review of Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo, Conditioner & Shine Oil – Best Silicone Free Hair Products

Looking for silicone free hair products?

I’ve found the ultimate silicone free hair care system!  Redken’s Diamond Oil collection has made a tremendous difference in the look & feel of my hair. The minute I found out that a high-end brand had come out with silicone free hair products, I raced to get my hands on them.

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Redken Diamond Oil Review

My hair history / type:   Shoulder length brunette, thick & wavy with blond highlights. Dry, damaged, chemically processed, somewhat coarse.

During the past year, my hair suffered quite a bit of chemical damage. I made the mistake of attempting my own highlights, but only used a 30 volume developer which did not work on my dark hair. The hair faded to a light red instead of the blond I was hoping for. A month later, I tried again, but with 40 volume and the blond highlights turned out a bit better. By this time, my hair was somewhat fried, so I used the brazilian keratin treatment to straighten it out and increase shine. About 6 months later, I went to a salon to get a trim and have more blond highlights added.

Since I’d spent so much time outside in the sun, and the BKT was pretty much worn away, my hair was looking more straw-like than ever. I began searching for top quality conditioners and leave-in conditioning sprays. It was nearly impossible to find any silicone free hair products that did not contain dimethicone.  Months prior, I learned that silicone coats the hair shaft (which makes hair look shiny & healthy), but prevents actual moisture from absorbing into the strands. Since I did not want any more damage and was trying to preserve moisture, I absolutely did not want to use silicone. Click here to read my post on why silicone is bad for the hair.

After what seemed like endless research, I found this brand new Redken line of silicone free hair products.  Hoepfully other companies will follow suit and create similar items, now that people are aware how damaging silicones can be. Here’s a break-down of each Redken Diamond Oil product:

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Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo

Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo forms a spectacular lather & is great for the removal of styling product build-up. However, it does contain sulfates, which can be very drying, so I’ve decided to use it only 3x per week. On the other days, I use a sulfate-free shampoo such as L’Oreal Everstrong or Biolage Delicate Care to cleanse while preventing further damage.

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Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner is a terrific every day formula.
You can literally feel the natural oils of coriander, camelina, and apricot melting into your damaged strands. I left it on for about 5 minutes, then rinsed. After drying, it leaves hair is soft, flowy and shiny. Costs $22 at salons.

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Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets

Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets Hair Mask     I haven’t been able to figure out a big difference between the regular conditioner and this hair mask, as the same active ingredients are listed on the Redken website. I’m guessing that it just contains even more of these effective oils for super-conditioning. I left it on under a self heating conditioning cap (about $4 at Sally’s) for 15 minutes. After rinsing and drying, my hair felt silkier than ever. I’ve never found a non-silicone conditioner that made my hair this shiny!

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Redken Diamond Oil

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine & Shine Intense

Finally, a shine enhancing leave-in product that doesn’t contain silicone! This comes in two different formulas 1) Shatterproof Shine for regular hair (gold bottle) and 2) Shatterproof Shine Intense for coarse hair (black bottle). Costs $44 at salons, but I found a great deal on Ebay & nabbed it for $24!

My hair is super thick, wavy, chemically damaged and somewhat coarse, so I purchased the Shine Intense. I applied 4 drops after towel-drying my hair and then let it air dry. Holy WOW! I thought the shampoo & conditioner alone gave good results. The Shine Intense was a complete game-changer for my hair. Normally, after it dries, the ends of my hair look straw-like and fried. After using this, the ends were soft and had natural movement, rather than looking like a dry clump of straw.

My only complaint is the container it comes in. The packaging is a very heavy glass bottle, with an eye-drop style dispenser. The bottle gets SO darn slippery, I have nightmares of dropping it and spilling this crazy expensive oil all over my bathroom floor. Many essential oils do need to be packaged in a dark colored glass bottle to preserve quality, but I do wish it came with a squirt top dispenser instead this clumsy top that you have to unscrew for every use.

How does the Diamond Oil Shine work?

The Shatterproof Shine Oil contains an impressive blend of natural humectants including coriander, camelina, apricot, olive, jojoba, coconut & sunflower seed oils. It can be used in many various ways to improve hair health, depending on the level of conditioning needed:

Slightly Damaged / Frizzy Hair

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How Diamond Oil Works

Leave In Shine Treatment. Apply 2-3 drops concentrating on mid-lengths and ends.

Coarse / Damaged/ Frizzy Hair
Addition to Conditioner. Mix 3 drops into conditioner for added damage repair.

Chemically Processed / Dry Hair
Pre-Shampoo Treatment. Apply 4-5 drops before shampooing. Leave on for 20 minutes & then shampoo/condition as usual.

Severely Damaged / Broken Hair
Overnight Treatment. Leave on overnight & then shampoo/condition as usual.

Other Uses
This oil can even be used on the scalp and skin to alleviate dryness! Apply a few drops to rough areas and massage into skin.

Before & After

I didn’t think to take a picture before I started using the Diamond Oil product line, because I honestly didn’t expect it to make THIS big of a difference. I found 2 images online, which are very accurate as to how my hair looked before and after. Since I started using these silicone free hair products over a week ago, I haven’t been able to stop touching my hair. It’s incredible that I can run my fingers through it, without them getting tangled up half way through.

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Who should use Redken Diamond Oil Products?
People with at least one of these hair types:

  • Coarse & Frizzy Hair
  • Severely Dry, Brittle Hair
  • Damaged from Heat Styling
  • Damaged from Sun Exposure
  • Damaged from Over Styling
  • Damaged from Chemical Processing
  • Damaged from Coloring / Bleaching

Who should NOT use Redken Diamond Oil Shine & Shine Intense?
(Using Shine Oil on these hair types could cause hair to look overly oily.
However, the Shampoo & Conditioner are suitable for any hair type)

  • Oily Scalp and Greasy Hair
  • Thin, Limp Hair without Volume
  • Virgin Hair in Perfect Condition (Never Colored/Processed)

This Diamond Oil line is just an awesome hair care line! It has been a true savior for my uber dry hair. I’m really hoping that more companies follow suit & start using natural oils, instead of sticky glue-like silicones.

How do you feel about silicone free hair products? Love Em? Hate Em?  Application Tips? Let us know in the comments!

Best Silicone Free Hair Products: Conditioner, Styling Products & Shampoo

The Best Silicone Free Hair Products: Conditioner,  Styling Products & Shampoo without Silicone

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Get Healthy Hair with Silicone Free Products

Everyone wants perfect hair. According to recent polls, the average amount a woman spends on hair care in her lifetime is over $45,000. With beauty magazines and billboards promoting perfection, average women struggle to keep up appearances – and mass marketers couldn’t be happier!

 

 

However,  far too many beauty products are geared toward masking problems instead of fixing the root issue. That makes as much sense as putting a Bandaid over an unclean wound & expecting it to heal. Cute as the Bandaid is, it won’t cure the problem! Silicone is the beauty equal to Hello Kitty Bandaids.

So why is silicone bad for your hair and skin?

You would think that silicone is the ultimate ingredient to have in cosmetics and hair products. Afterall, it fills in pores and fine lines on your face for a flawless complexion, and it fills in porous areas of the hair for sleek & glossy locks. So why in the world would silicone be bad?

Silicone is a sticky substance that traps things. This is not good. Let me explain…

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Silicone Smothers          Skin and Hair!

Why silicone is bad for your complexion:  On your face, this Silicone is bad because it locks IN any oils or dirt to the pores pores, leading to breakout city. On your hair, this is a bad thing because it locks OUT all moisture.

If you use a face primer that contains silicone, then apply your foundation, your skin is unable to release any dirt or oil stuck under the primer. Also, pores are smothered and cannot get oxygen, leading to a breeding ground for bacteria.

Why silicone is bad for your hair:

 

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Silicone Damages Healthy Hair

When you cover your hair in silicone-based conditioners & shine boosters, they stay coated on the hair shaft until you use one of those ultra-clarifying shampoos, which strip everything (including moisture) from your hair. This means that silicone just keeps building up, eventually leaving you with limp, lifeless, very dry hair, until you use a super-powered shampoo to get rid of it. While the silicone sits on your strands, they are unable to absorb any moisture from the air, or from any moisturizing hair conditioners you might use.

This moisture blocking technology is why silicone-based products are popular with those who live in high humidity. If moisture cannot get into the hair strand, fly – aways and frizz won’t occur. BUT think of what this moisture depletion can do to your hair over time. It will completely deprive your hair of moisture, and it will eventually become a dry, brittle mess. Luckily, quite a few companies are starting to see that people are wising up on the over-use of silicone. Hair products infused with a blend of naturally hydrating ingredients can benefit your hair while also making it look fabulous.

Find some good quality silicone free hair products:

If your hair is dry and frizzy, look for silicone free hair products that contain botanicals and essential oils as moisturizers. These smooth and align the hair shaft without causing long-term damage. I’ve listed some of my favorites below – but there are many more on the market. Just make sure to do your research on ingredients before buying.

Sidlab Hair
Product: Mend

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Sidlab Mend Conditioner

Mend is a restorative treatment for soft, shiny, healthy hair. Along with essential oils and wheat and silk proteins, mend uses jojoba seed oil, a non-greasy, yet moisturizing humectant to seal in moisture and restore hair to its natural pH balance. Mega moisture complex leaves hair soft and more manageable without weighing it down. Can be used as rinse-out conditioner, or in small amounts on damp hair as a leave-in conditioner. About $20 per bottle.

Naturelle Biotera Color Care
Product: 3-Minute Treatment & Ultra Color Care Conditioner

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Biotera Silicone Free Conditioner

Biotera Ultra Color Care Intense 3-Minute Treatment is an anti-fade silicone-free & paraben-free intense treatment that promotes long-lasting color retention. Fortified with scientifically-advanced Tri-Soy Complex , Silicone & Paraben-free, Intensely hydrates hair. About $10 per bottle.

Redken Diamond Effects
Products: Shampoo, Conditioner & Diamond Oil

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Redken Diamond Oil

Redken Diamond Oil Products are silicone-free with natural oils that penetrate each level of the hair fiber to nourish strengthen and reinforce strands from the inside out. Instantly detangles and improves manageability, Protects hair from breakage, Restores sparkling, multi-faceted shine. About $20 per bottle.

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Tips:

Don’t stop using all silicone based products a few weeks before a big event.
Your hair will be dry & frizzy while recovering from the effects of silicone. While I would suggest going cold turkey if you intend to stop using silicone based products, I definitely would NOT advise doing so right before a special event. Give yourself about 3-4 weeks of recovery. During this time you will need to deep-condition at least twice a week & get a trim. Be gentle to your hair & don’t over-use heat styling appliances.

Always check ingredients.
Silicone (or scientific name dimethicone) lurks in thousands of skin care & hair care products.
Labels are sneaky, and Silicone can have many other names such as: Amino bispropyl dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Behenoxy dimethicone, Cyclomethicone-Mimethicone, Cyclopentasilaxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconal, Phenyl Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenylpropyl Dimethicone

Don’t be duped into thinking the “active ingredient” list is a list of ALL ingredients.
Some websites are especially sneaky with hiding silicone on their ingredient list! Last week on the Bumble & Bumble site, I purchased their Quenching Complex because silicone was not listed in the “key ingredients” section. After going to the Sephora website and checking, I discovered there is in fact silicone in the product! The same is true of many macadamia oil hair conditioners.

If you insist on using hair products with silicone, limit their use to 2-3 times per week.
Then, once every 2 weeks, use a deep-cleansing shampoo (such as Ion’s Clarifying Shampoo) to remove the build-up they leave behind. The ultimate disaster occurs when you use shampoo + conditioner + styling products that ALL have silicone. The products just keep building up, and your hair never gets the chance to absorb moisture. You’re left with brittle, dry strands that will take months of hair cuts and deep conditioning to restore. So if you feel the need to use a product with silicone, select either a conditioner or styling product and don’t use it every day. You can’t rely on constant use of deep-cleaning shampoo to remove the build up of silicones, because the sulfates in them are very drying.

If you insist on using silicone based face primers, limit their use to special occasions.
This is especially important if you have large pores or acne prone skin. The build-up of silicone can stretch pores over time, leaving you with even larger ones than you had to begin with! Silicone also plugs pores, and is difficult to remove. To thoroughly remove silicones from your face, be sure to exfoliate then use a salicylic acid based face wash to dissolve the silicone and oil trapped in your pores. Using a peel-off mask the day after you used silicone primer can also help. To see my review of a face powder to use as alternative to silicone based gel primers, click here.

Thanks for reading! If anyone has suggestions for any other good silicone free hair products, or silicone free makeup, please list in the comments below!

Best Powder for Oily Skin – MAC Blot Powder VS Mattify ULTRA Powder

Two years ago, I discovered that Mattify ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin was my Holy Grail product. Yet, ever the beauty junkie, I’m always trying every type of makeup I can get my hands on. A friend of mine swears by Mac Blot Powder, so I decided to give it a try because I was looking for a portable pressed face powder, to supplement my loose powder. Well, here is my experience with MAC Blot Powder vs Mattify Ultra Powder:

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MAC Blot VS Mattify ULTRA Powder

First, let me tell you that my friend who adores MAC Blot Powder for Oily Skin has near perfect skin, a slightly oily T-Zone, and almost invisible pores. She thinks that getting a zit the size of a pin head is the end of the world.  I, on the other hand, am cursed with extremely oily, acne prone skin & occasionally develop cystic acne. Keeping my pores free of oil & makeup is a must.

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Six Flags White Water

We were headed to an amusement park, so my makeup had to withstand a 3 hour drive, heat, sweat, and several dousings on the Water Coaster ride. I used my regular foundation routine (Mattify ULTRA Powder first, then Clarins Ever Matte Makeup). Instead of using the Mattify ULTRA again over the Clarins foundation, I used the MAC Blot Powder in Medium. At first, my face looked nice and fresh, and it did a good job of concealing pores.

When our drive to the park was almost done, I looked in the mirror.

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Oil Blotting Sheets

**Gasp** my face was crazy shiny.

I grabbed some oil blotting sheets and went to town.  Automatically, I reached for my Mattify ULTRA powder, since it’s my go-to item for shine control. After a few minutes of frantically searching, I’d realized it had been left on the counter at home. This was a true disaster, because you can’t just buy the stuff anywhere, it has to be ordered online. When you have skin as oily as mine, yes this WAS a disaster!  The only powder I did have was the MAC Blot.

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MAC Blot Powder

I patted the MAC Blot over my foundation, being careful not to streak my makeup. The finish looked nice and fresh again, so figured I was good to go. After a few hours of roller coaster fun, we took a break to get some food. I caught a glimpse of myself in a metal napkin holder, and my face was reflective with oil. I did a quick touch up with the MAC Blot, but was disappointed – it was starting to feel  heavy and thick. On the White Water Safari Coaster, my face got pretty wet, but the water just kind of beaded up & dried by itself.  So, at least I was impressed that it was somewhat water resistant.

After a while I was oily again, so I re-powdered. With no time to worry about makeup, we hopped back in line for the coasters and finished our day around 7pm. By this time my face felt like it was caked in powder. I couldn’t wait to wash it off. One look in the mirror confirmed my fears – I was greasy, blotchy & the powder had settled into my pores.

After I re-did my makeup, I used the MAC Blot Powder to set it. I saw that skin oils had transferred from the puff to the compact, giving the powder an oily sheen. I scraped off the top layer to reveal the fresh powder underneath. During the time I used the compact, this happened repeatedly, so I started storing the puff upside down to prevent oil transfer.

Fast forward to 3 days later…

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Zits Everywhere!

My skin was a mess – had at least 10 breakouts. I checked the ingredients in MAC Blot & found that it has Dimethicone (silicone) which always causes breakouts on me. I thought that only liquid products like primers & foundation contained this, so didn’t even think to check before using the powder. That’s probably what causes this powder to feel heavy and waxy. If only it didn’t clog my pores, I would love the stuff, because it helps my foundation to be more water & sweat resistant. But combine a hot sunny day + dimethicone + sweat and for the next few days you’ll be cursing yourself for ever applying this stuff to your face. It will be breakout city if you are acne prone.

**Why is Dimethicone (silicone) bad for your skin? Click here to find out**

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My experience with the Mattify ULTRA Powder for oily skin turned Powder for oily skin, mattifying powder for oily skin, best makeup for oily skin, how to stop oily skin, review of mattify ultra, mattify powder, review of mac blot powder, products for oily skin out much better.  Don’t let the white color of the powder in the picture fool you into thinking it will make you look like a ghost. It is completely transparent, even when my skin has a dark golden tan. I love this powder because it doesn’t look like layers of caked on makeup, even after reapplying it.  Since I use it every day, I’m quite accustomed to its effectiveness. I guess that’s why every face powder I’ve tried since I bought it has just paled in comparison.  But, on one hot summer day, I put it to the ultimate test.

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Hiking Break to Touch Up Makeup

It was to be a day of hiking  & inner tubing, plus an overnight camp. I applied my foundation & Mattify ULTRA early in the morning. As usual, I used the Ultra Powder as a primer before my liquid Clarins makeup, and again as a setting powder over the foundation.  Since we were busy hiking, I didn’t have time to look in a mirror until around 11am (4 hours after application). I was just starting to get oily on & around my nose. I used a blotter sheet, and did a quick pat-down with the Ultra Powder & freshened up my other makeup.

We headed to the lake for a few hours of inner tubing & swimming, after which I patted my face dry. To my amazement, it was still completely matte! I kind of forgot about makeup after that, as it was getting late & we needed to set up camp.  I did one more blot & re-powder before it got dark.  Here’s the great part…I fell asleep with my makeup on and when I woke up the next morning, my face barely had any shine!

I know, it’s horrible to fall asleep wearing makeup. I was mad at myself for not remembering to use remover wipes. In the morning, I did a quick face clean & reapplied my foundation, fully expecting to be bombarded with acne breakouts within the next few days. Guess what? It never happened!! I fully credit the use of my Mattify Ultra Powder underneath my foundation. Ever since I started using that routine, I’ve barely gotten any breakouts. It has a way of protecting my skin from all the pore clogging gunk in liquid foundation. In fact, on days when I forget to use the Ultra Powder first, it seems like I can feel the makeup sinking down into every pore.

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Final Decision: MAC Blot   VS   Mattify ULTRA

Mattify ULTRA is the face powder I use every day & it never fails. I wear it year round, both under and over my liquid makeup. Although it doesn’t wick away water like the MAC Blot did, it absorbs way more oil, requires fewer touchups, and doesn’t feel heavy at all. After years of searching for the perfect regimen to keep my skin free of acne, I really value the fact that the ULTRA doesn’t make me break out. Ever since I started using it as a primer, I’ve hardly gotten any acne at all.

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Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin

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Out of this contest between two brands of face powder for oily skin, I’d have to say that Mattify ULTRA wins, hands down. It’s a little less expensive than the MAC Blot too, which is always a plus. The purse size container of Mattify ULTRA is $14.49 including shipping on their website at http://www.mattifycosmetics.com and the MAC Blot was $24 at Macy’s.

Here’s a list of pros/cons for these 2 versions of powder for oily skin:

Mattify ULTRA 

Pros:

Super oil absorbent

Feels very light weight on skin

Prevents clogged pores & breakouts

Doubles as primer & setting powder

All natural, no parabens or chemicals

Does not contain Mica or Dimethicone

Cons:

Loose powder, tricky to apply on the go

MAC Blot Powder

Pros:

Sets makeup for water resistant wear

Pressed Powder, transportable & easy to use

Cons:

Not so great at absorbing oil

Contains Dimethicone, which clogs pores

Looks heavy & waxy after a few applications

Not 100% Natural Ingredients & contains parabens

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