Velvetizer, What’s That?


I feel very overwhelmed with all the new products that are available now. Back when I first started wearing makeup, in the dinosaur days, it was simple, foundation, blush, powder, eyeshadow, mascara, and I applied it in that order. Today, you must cleanse, tone, serum, moisturize, prime, foundation, under eye concealer, set the under-eye concealer, bake, contour, blush, prime the eyes, eyeshadow, set the face, powder the face, highlight, mascara, and apply setting spray. I don’t even know if I typed them in the correct order much less apply them in the correct order. There’s just so much to remember today!

So, last week, I talked about my search for the right foundation. I have continued to play around with the Bye-Bye Foundation from It Cosmetics, but I find that I like to mix it with their CC+ Cream, both are in the shade light. I find that this combination is lovely, not too thick, and not too cakey, but… dun dun dun, there is always a but, am I right? I have been using the Urban Decay Velvetizer Translucent Mix-in Medium to set the foundation, and this stuff has changed the game of long wear foundation for me! I guess I’ve been living under a rock because I’ve never used a setting powder so finely milled to set my foundation before. HELLO! This stuff is amazing!

Now, let me back up here a bit, this product is marketed for mixing it in with your foundation, but the packaging says it can be used as a setting powder. I did try mixing it in, and it did do a beautiful job making my foundation look like velvet! It really does provide a gorgeous finish to all the foundations I’ve used it with and seemed to boost the coverage that the foundation offered. But… let’s be real I don’t have time to mix it in my foundation every morning! I usually wake up at the very last minute and rush to get out the door. Plus, it’s a little messy. I felt like there was wasted product everywhere, and at $34.00, I don’t want to waste any product! I want to use every bit of it. Once, I started using it as a setting powder; I LOVE it! My foundation seems to hold up better throughout the day, and not break down. It seems to bind the product together and make it stick to my face!
I’m not a professional makeup artist, I just know what works for me, and this stuff does! If you’ve not tried it, you should run out and buy it! My Ulta did not carry it, so I had to order it online, but it came in quick. If you order it from, you can use the Shoprunner Free 2-day shipping & free returns.

photo credit Urban Decay Cosmetics

Thank you, Urban Decay Cosmetics, for creating such a game-changing product! Uban Decay’s Velvetizer is a Holy Grail product for me from now on!









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Tuesdays Need Foundation!

Well I’ve already told you that Monday’s need Mascara. Today, I’m going to tell you that Tuesday’s need a LOT of foundation!  I must admit that as a younger woman, I didn’t take care of my skin like I should have.  I was an avid sun worshiper, using iodine and baby oil heaven forbid we do anything to prevent that dark tan!  I have several sun spots all over my body to show it, too, and that includes my face!  Young ladies, please wear sun screen!! You won’t regret it in your old age.

I haven’t been pleased with very many of my choices in foundation lately.  They all seem to break apart by the end of the day.  I don’t know if that is because on my personal summers (hot flashes) or because I tend to touch my face through out the day.  Either way, I can see through my foundation by the end of the day.  My texture, pores, wrinkles, sun spots, and texture bother me.  I wear foundation to cover that stuff up, not let it shine for all the world to see. I’m on the hunt for a foundation that has staying power.

Image used from Tarte Cosmetics
Tarte Shape Tape Foundation

This week I’ve tried the new Shape Tape Foundation by Tarte Cosmetics.  I purchased the color Light Sand. The color matched my complexion pretty well, in case you didn’t know Tarte failed to create a wide variety of colors for this much anticipated foundation, which caused quite a stir in the beauty community.  That being said they have made an apology and plan to release more colors as soon as they can. I chose the matte foundation, because at my age, I want to cover my imperfections.  Tarte’s website says that this foundation “smooths over pores & imperfections with rich, airbrushed full coverage that dries to a flawless matte finish using a unique, concealer-inspired wand. The formula absorbs oil & shine while leaving skin creaseless, hydrated, free of flakiness or cakiness & helping to improve skin health with every application.”

I found it to be too thick, too full coverage, if that is such a thing, and I felt that my imperfections were noticeable with it’s coverage.  I didn’t like it at all.  Now, maybe I should have chosen the Hydrating sister foundation, and I may just order that one next. If you’re looking for a FULL Coverage foundation, then this one may be just the one for you.

Tarte Cosmetics
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation

I have used Tarte Clay Stick Foundation and enjoyed it very much.  I like that it’s a stick and I can apply it directly to my face.  It blends easily, and the coverage is nice.  The color seemed to match my skin tone very nice, and it was comfortable through out the day.   I would buy this foundation again, and I would recommend it whole-heartedly.






I have also worn their Amazonian Clay 12 hour Foundation . I also enjoyed this foundation, however it did not have the long wear that I was looking for.  It was comfortable on the skin as well, and it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I would purchase this foundation again as well.

Alas, my search for the perfect foundation continues.  I will find it one day, until then the search continues.

I’m just curious, what foundation do you like, and why?  Please leave a comment, I would love to hear your experiences with make up and what products I should try next.

Until Next Time!



Just Another Mascara Monday


Mondays require a little extra mascara! Ha!  I need something to make my eyes look like they’re ready to head back to work.  No, really I love my job, I’m just kidding!  It’s the getting up at 6:00 a.m. that I don’t like.  I do enjoy sleeping in on the weekends, and it seems that Monday always comes around too quick.

I was able to stop by Ulta this weekend, and I picked up a few new makeup items and hair products that I am currently trying.  Now, I must be honest, I’m not loyal to any one brand.  I really enjoy trying new products!  I tried selling Mary Kay and BeautiControl, but I just didn’t like being married to a brand.  I like to see what’s new and try it!  How will I ever know if I like it or not if I don’t give new products a try?

When it comes to mascara, there a two things that I am looking for… it must not irritate my eyes and it must be water resistant or water proof,  because my eyes water all the time!  I am constantly worried wheather or not I have mascara all down my face!  I have been buying Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced, for several months, but I am always willing to try something new.  I have been seeing some of the Vloggers that I follow talk about the new Badgal Bang mascara from Benefit Cosmetics.  So I wanted to try it.


Top 5 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without


Along time ago, I heard someone say that if the barn needs painting then paint it.  That has been my Moto ever since.  My barn needs painting, the barn I call my face.  It is very rare that I leave the house without makeup.  Maybe if I’m going swimming, I will, but I must have mascara! LOL! Although, I don’t like a face full of heavy makeup, I do prefer that the spots on my face are covered.  You see, I was a child of the 80’s, baby oil and iodine were mixed was my favorite suntan oil.  Sunscreen was a terrible thing; the darker the tan the better!  I’m paying for that now; oh boy, am I ever paying for that! Today, I have brown spots and broken capillaries on my cheeks and my nose.  I prefer those are covered, and I also am seeing my pores more than ever.  I struggle every day with keeping them cleaned out.  I never really had acne as a teenager, I had it bad during my pregnancies, and on into my 30’s.  Even today, I will have the occasional pimple.  So, great makeup begins with great skin care, which is another blog all together.


As I said earlier, I prefer that all my sun spots are covered, but I don’t want my face to feel like I have make up on.  (I know, I’m weird) Recently, I’ve been using It Cosmetics, CC Cream in Light.  I really like this,  it does a great job at covering my redness and doesn’t make my face feel too cakey. (made up word, I know LOL!)


Right now, I’m really enjoying the blush palette that Anastasia of Beverly Hills pexels-photo-354962.jpegreleased this past Christmas.  It has four colors in it, a warm pink, a bubble gum pink, a coral pink, and a terra-cotta color.  I sometimes swirl my brush through all of the colors and lightly apply the color to the apple’s of my cheeks.


Now, I have to admit that I really love eyeshadow.  I own a LOT of eyeshadow.  I have several palettes from Urban Decay, but right now I am LIVING for Morphe eyeshadow.  I am in love with the last three palettes they released.  First, the Jaclyn Hill palette is to DIE for.  It has everything that you could ever possibly need.  I must say she did a great job of choosing the colors and the consistency is perfect.  All of the colors I have used have blended like a dream.  Second, have the 39A  Dare to Create palette, and it is just gorgeous!  The third one I have is the 24G, Grand Slam palette.  It is equally as beautiful!  There are some mattes and shimmers in these and they blend like a dream as well.  I must say they have really stepped up their game with the release of these last three palettes.  I’m very impressed and want to point out that they are also a great value.  I have paid $55.00 for my Urban Decay palettes, and these run between $23 and $38 dollars.


I own more lipstick than I want to admit.  I have a real problem when it comes to lipstick-lips-mirror-girl.jpglipstick.  I keep looking for the perfect shade of pinky-brown.  I haven’t found it yet.  Sigh… I will just have to keep looking.  I am the girl who likes to put my lipstick on and not touch it up every 5 minutes, or worry that it’s all over my teeth and face.  So I stir clear of items like that.  When I ordered the 24G palette from Morphe, I also ordered a matte liquid lipstick.  It’s called Vanity.  Now, when you first apply it, it is a little light, but once it dries down, it’s very nice.  Still not my perfect shade, but I have reached for it a good bit in the last few weeks.  It seems to stay in place, and not feel too dry like most liquid lipsticks.  I’m impressed to say the least with Morphe!


Ok, I guess I should have put mascara at the top of the list since I won’t leave the house without it.  LOL! Too late now!  I love Too Faced, Better Than Sex, waterproof mascara.  I have tried to wear many others, but they always seem to slide off my eyelashes.  Working on a computer, I look down most of the time, this mascara does a great job staying in place, and it applies really nice.  I don’t have to work so hard to build up my lashes.  I would say maybe two coats is all it takes to make my lashes look full and long.


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