Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Expensive doesn't mean better...except when it does...

Here's a list of a few new products that I've started using in the last couple weeks. I'm especially in love with the foundations and though they are pricey they are so worth it
In the last few years I've really changed my opinions about high-end makeup and really
believe that you can find great drugstore makeup for a fraction of the price. 
BUT  that doesn't mean that it's not still worth coughing up the dough to buy a higher end product from time to time...you (usually) get what you pay for..

I'm really in love with this Chanel foundation. It's apparently replaced the now discontinued Pro Lumiere Foundation and I don't mind the newer formula. It offers full, long lasting, natural coverage that's buildable...but around $52.00 it's not the sort of product I'll use everyday. Perfect for special occasions, photographs and times when I want flawless coverage.

BB creams (beauty balm) are the latest rage, though I don't really see how they differ from a tinted moisturizer??.. they claim to conceal, perfect and moisturize.  Still, I'm liking Garnier's BB cream as it comes in a light/medium and medium/dark option- which seems to "generally" cover most skin tones. It's easy to apply with your fingers and blends well, though it's definitely not foundation-like coverage (not that it claims to be.)  Overall I think it will be a great lighter product for the summer months and around $19.99 per tube, its great for everyday use. 
I heard about this product first from Beauty Broadcast, Emilynoel 83's YouTube channel. She highly recommended this Tarte Mascara. I find that it provides decent lash volume, length and isn't clumpy.  It lasts all day and it's not too wet, or too dry of a formula. It also contains clay from the Amazon River (as in dirt...sounds exotic right?!)  So river dirt must equal longer lashes!
As wonderful as that may be, with an almost $20.00 price, I don't know that it's a must-have product?

I won this foundation last fall in a foundation giveaway from Beauty Crazed In Canada. And though I can honestly say that Clinique makeup has never been on my radar, I'm so glad I tried this foundation.  I have a super oily t-zone and am prone to the occasional acne breakout (when will I outgrow zits already!?) 
While I can't promise that this product will help prevent breakouts, I will say that it's a great long lasting foundation. At around $36.00, it offers a light feel and amazing flawless coverage without looking caky or heavy. I am in love!

So what are your new fave spring products?  Any must haves or are you sticking with your old stand-by favorites...?? 


Alicia xoxxo said...

Love Chanel make-up!!! It IS the best!!!! And I have always loved Clinique! Sometimes the extra $ is totally worth it! :)

Mrs. Blanton said...

I agree regarding the foundation. this one is on my purchase list. i purchased the Lippy product today and am in love

Sara Louise said...

The Chanel foundation is definitely worth the price! And I have only discovered BB creams literally a few minutes ago when I read about them on another blog and I was thinking the same thing... what's the difference between them and tinted moisturizer (which I already use everyday). Going to have to do a little research xo

Anonymous said...

I've never tried Chanel foundation, ..someday!
River dirt equals longer lashes LOL!
Thanks for the tip about Clinique's acne solutions!
I do a lot of mixing foundations to make the exact color and consistency I want, which also works great to use up wrong color shades.

Blushingloves Irene Greece said...

Love my new Diorforever skin make up and Garnier BB cream..I don't think I can take Spring without these!!You put me in the mood for the Chanel though!!


Chicago Mom (Heather) said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I love to hear what people use.

Marie a la Mode said...

ha ha I love the title of this post! Thanks for sharing your faves with us. I'd love to try the Chanel foundation.

Tracy D said...

I have never owned anything Chanel if you can believe. That Clinique one is interesting to me as well :)

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

Love me some Clinique!!

You're Lucky I Don't Have a Gun... said...

Have you tried, or heard anything about, the Clinique Dark Spot Corrector?

I'm about thiiiiis close to getting some for my melasma-moustache. Charlie Chaplin is not a good look for me.

lasophia said...

I just heard of this BB cream today. First review I've read. I recently switched to MAke up Forever foundation, a smashbox primer that reduces redness, and benefit hello flawless powder. It's not an inexpensive routine, but I feel it hides all my flaws and doesn't make me look like I have a mask on!


Dress Me Dearly said...

I've heard so many rave reviews about the Chanel foundation... that's it! I'm buying it!!


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