stuff from (l’il) steph : maybelline instant age rewind – the perfect powder

October 1, 2013By stephanie

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind The Perfector Powder* claimsPressed powder and smoothing primer resurface and perfect skin, while adding a touch of radiance for a younger looking skin instantly.”

First thing’s first. This packaging was made with the in-the-purse, on-the-go type of girl in mind. The powder is on one side and there’s a mirror and sponge conveniently placed on the other. Also, I tried the “drop test” out to see how if the powder would break, and it didn’t!

When I tried this out on my arm, I saw shimmers and immediately got irked. I don’t quite understand why cosmetics companies think glitters and shimmers are equivalent to “radiance” in products. In general, seeing shimmer in a product bothers me.

Despite the shimmers, they aren’t actually visible on the face (sorry for the false alarm). I tried the colour Fair 10 which you’d think would be much too light for me. However, it turns out this powder is quite sheer, almost translucent. The powder has a mattifying effect that’s not too matte or cakey and makes my skin look super smooth.

Not that I need any “age rewinding” (I’m only 19) but this powder was a hit for me. It’s got great packaging features and the luminous matte finish that this powder offers is perfect for transitioning your makeup from summer to fall.

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea.

quick beauty: powder puff to the rescue

February 21, 2013By stephanie

Here’s a tip for those who love to carry a really small purse or minimal touch up products while attending special events! Instead of carrying your full compact and your powder brush for touch-ups try using a powder puff and only that. The trick is simple, scrape a bit of your pressed powder or shake some loose powder onto a small round powder puff (you can find some at the dollar store!).  Press the puff together so the powder settles in and then wrap in a Ziploc. If done correctly, enough product will sit in the puff and when it comes time to do a touch up, all you need to do is whip out your pre-powdered powder puff and press lightly and gently over your shiny areas. The powder will mattify the t-zone and soak up the oilies and you can ditch the puff when you are done. That leaves more room in your tiny purse to collect some phone numbers!

quick beauty: pure+simple

February 4, 2013By stephanie

Just a quick post to let you know that we have added some great items to our beauty boutique and profile including a selection of pure+simple’s Pure Pressed Powder Foundations in several wearable shades. This smooth, barely there foundation is made with 100% mineral colours and organic oils and butters. With no drying ingredients, you can avoid a cakey, overdone and dry look. One application is enough to last throughout the day! Added bonus: it can also be mixed with a moisturizer to make a cream foundation or mixed with a facial spritz for a liquid foundation. Feel free to pop by the studio to check out the latest from pure+simple available at BlushPretty. We’re located at 313 Queen St. West, Suite 204!

fresh year, fresh start: the skin …

December 29, 2012By stephanie

When a the opportunity arrives to start fresh, I jump on it. The start of a new week, a new month, a new year … it’s always a marker for me to try something new.

Without a doubt, you are probably the exact same way. With the onset of 2013, let’s focus on beauty products that can help you start fresh!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

Available in five shades, this lightweight but longlasting BB cream keeps your skin looking real, dewy and healthy. It’s perfects the skin without masking it so you’ll start your day (and new year) with brighter, smoother skin without the weight. Complete with SPF 30, this BB cream is under $11 CDN and can be found at WalMart, Shoppers DrugMart and Rexall.

Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion

Never forget the skin over the eyelids. Even out the entire face by adding a bit of this nude based primer over the lids to where alone for an flawless look (it will hide the tiny veins and slight coloring on the eyes) or under your eye makeup to prevent creasing and to let eyeshadows show their true colours. Urban Decay does carry tinted/colored versions of this primer, but nude is always best! Under $25 CDN at Sephora and select Shoppers Drug Mart.

MAC Blot Pressed Powder

Sometimes, perfect looking skin requires that you touch up throughout the day. MAC Blot Powder is a makeup artist favourite that can help to reduce shine without adding any extra “cake” to the face. It let’s your skin radiate through without the oiliness. Just $29 CDN at MAC Stores (free-standing and at The Bay).

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

Every girl needs a concealer she can trust to do its job and stay put. This one gives you three useful products in one travel-friendly pot. A yellow toned concealer for marks and blemishes, a creamier peachier-toned concealer to mask dark circles and discoloration; and underneath a yellow based powder to set and brighten. Available at Holt Renfrew and Sephora for approximately $40 CDN.

For more fresh skin inspiration, click on over to our “the fresh skin …” board on Pinterest!

Tomorrow: the cheeks …