Once again I, Beauty Binge, have been duped by the over-enthusiastic media… If you’re an idiot like me and buy a product just because the magazines and beauty blogs rave about it then perhaps you were dumb enough to shell out $24.00 for the Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up Concealer. I violently threw this greasy, no-good concealer into the Beauty Graveyard (AKA the trash bin) out of frustration for spending so much money on a worthless tube of garbage. Think I’m being too harsh? Think again…
This concealer is touted by Sephora as: An ultrahydrating crease-control concealer. Cover-up goes incognito. This moisturizing crease-control concealer with vitamin E and apple seed extract hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultranatural look. Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for six hours and won’t cake, crease, or settle.
Right… the only thing this concealer “covered up” was my good shopping sense. It goes on greasy and shiny which brings more attention to my puffiness. I don’t consider myself someone to have intense dark circles or even medium dark circles but this grease-ball in a tube couldn’t conceal even the slightest darkness. It has way too much moisturizer to do any sort of concealing. To put it bluntly, this product sucks. Spend the extra 5 seconds and put on an eye cream before applying a quality concealer like Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Fair Golden ($42) or Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) which may be pricey but should last you for at least a year (if it doesn’t you’re applying way too much product!).
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Tags AmazingCosmetics, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Cle de Peau, Clean & Clear, Coola Sunscreen, Cover FX, Evian, Melting Makeup, Nars, Primer, Sephora, Sephora Collection, SPF, Tarte, Waterproof makeup
I can’t get over this f’ing heat! Okay, I know I just wrote about a melt-proof eye, but with this ungodly heat you’re going to need more than just a waterproof eyeshadow stick. We’re officially in crisis lock-down mode. When my husband and I traveled to Columbus, Ohio this past week for the 4th, I was genuinely traumatized (and I hate to admit it but visibly sweating, gross!) by the humid 97 degree conditions. We went to my 20th high school reunion (yes, I’m old) at around 7 pm and I was a disaster by 7:07 (and by disaster I mean fellow classmates were picking little pieces of napkin off my sticky face because I was couldn’t stop blotting with taco truck napkins). BUT despite the Vietnam-like conditions, guess what?? MY MAKEUP ENDURED!
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Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) is one of those mythical beauty products — a short list of products that are celebrity staples but cost a ton. I’ve been burned by its kind before (Creme La Mer – I spent a ton and it made me break out). It’s a terrible feeling making that kind of investment and having it sit on your shelf because its too expensive to throw out. Even though Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer has made “best of” lists in Elle and InStyle, I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit $70 to a 3.5
Last weekend, I was wandering around midtown in a daze of disappointment. I had just gotten a facial where the esthetician gave me violent extractions, and I knew it was my own fault. I know better to 1.) Opt out of extractions as much as possible, unless I’m especially clogged 2.) If I do end up getting them, tell the esthetician I have plans that night and she should go especially gentle 3.) If she is too rough, tell her.
I broke all three rules and even told her, “do what you have to do.” She did. And it hurt. And it left marks. I was frozen in the spa locker room staring at the welts all over my face. I looked at my phone and saw I had two hours until dinner uptown. I did the math and guessed I could make it to Bergdorf’s in the next ten minutes and have plenty of time to give the famed concealer a real challenge. Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags AmazingCosmetics, Berfgorf's, Cle de Peau, Concealer, Cover FX
I’ve always been like Goldilocks when it came to concealer. One was too thick, one was too thin, one was too yellow, and one was too pink. The thick ones were dry, and just sat on my skin and didn’t blend. The thin ones absorbed (despite the primer), didn’t cover the blue tinge, and never lasted past my subway trip to work.
Maria and I found Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer on one of our binges at Sephora. I know the name is cheesy, but don’t be deterred. Amazing Concealer is literally the only concealer I’ve ever used that literally flattens my puffy eyes. When Maria initially tested it on my hand, I thought it would be too thick and drying. She disagreed and lightly patted the smallest amount below my eyes and showed me the mirror. Wow.
She shot me an accusatory look, “Did you see how little I used? Janna, if you want this to look good, you MUST use the tiniest amount.” She spoke to me like a little girl about this because I have a reputation for using too much product. (Okay, I tend to use too much product)
Obviously I bought the concealer, but the true challenge was applying it myself. It took me a while to actually absorb Maria’s words of wisdom. The true trick to making this concealer look natural is barely t
ouching your finger to the top of the tube, and then layering if necessary.
Flatten your Louis Vuittons, mask your ugly blue darkness, and cover your blemishes and imperfections. You literally will look “amazing” all day long.
Posted by janna Tags AmazingCosmetics, Concealer, Sephora
I was invited by my CEO to attend a fancy-schmancy awards dinner. This was definitely a first (in fact I thought I had gotten the invitation in error) and I was in panic mode over what to wear. I decided a on a gorgeous little black lace number , matched them with my patent Louboutins, and made an appointment to get my hair blown out.
Maria looked at the dress and said, “So what are you going to do about makeup?” I told her I hadn’t really thought about it. She gave me the look like she just smelled a guy wearing Drakkar. “So let me get this straight… You get invited to a black tie dinner with our CEO and a bunch of senior management and you haven’t given your makeup any thought??” I saw her point.
She generously volunteered her efforts to make me black-tie ready. She used the Amore Pacific Foundation (of course) to make my skin flawless. She literally made my bags disappear with AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in “Fair”, and then used a little By Terry Touch-Expert to touch up and cover redness around my nose. She bronzed me with Benefit Hoola and put Tarte Cheek Stain in Tickled on the apples of my cheeks.
She used Make Up For Ever Matte Flesh 156 all over my eye area, then used Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Champagne, and then used some brown shades from her kit in my crease. She lined my eyes in a cat eye starting with Sephora Collection Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner in Keep Black and then went over it and shaped the tail using Paula Dorf Transformer mixed with MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon with a fine eyelining brush. She then used a highlighter from her own kit to highlight under my brow bone.
Thanks to Maria, my makeup and my confidence lasted all night. I dined with the big boys, held my own, and didn’t bat an eyelash extension all night long.Posted by janna Tags AmazingCosmetics, Amore Pacific, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, By Terry, Clinique, Lipstick Queen, MAC, Makeup For Ever, Tarte
I am plagued with puffy eyes. Yes, sometimes they are kind enough not to swell my entire eye area, but usually if I dare to have merely a glass of Chardonnay or a eat something with even a pinch of salt, the next morning I will be running to the freezer to get my frozen spoons. So I can’t promise miracles here… But I can tell you what at least helps:
1. Pre-shower: Hold frozen spoons, tea bags or chilled cucumber slices to your eyes for 3-5 minutes
3. Post-shower and Face Washing: Apply Yonka Photo Contour Eye Firming Cream (mmm… smells like Rosemary and really works!). Now, if you are as manic as I am about your bags, I advise you make the investment in a Clarisonic Opal. It’s extreme, I admit, but every morning after I apply my Yonka I go over it with my Opal.
Voila! Better, right? Need some coverage? Try one of my favorite concealer in the WORLD AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in Fair. Trust me when I say the smallest amount goes a mile.
Photo via BPM MagazinePosted by janna Tags AmazingCosmetics, Clarisonic, Olay, Puffy Eyes, Yonka