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The Best Translucent Powders for Acne-Prone Skin (That I’ve Tried)

Best translucent powders #howdoyoutlsp #contest

After spending a good 30 minutes on your makeup, you want it to last.  You want your makeup to look (almost) as flawless as it did right after application, BUT if you get oily through the day we know that won’t happen (at least without multiple touch-ups and a crap ton of translucent powders).  My secret to flawless skin even four hours after application is a good translucent powder.

Since, I have acne-prone skin my skin is combination.  It’s oily around my T-zone and cheeks but super dry under my eyes and forehead.  This mean my face is a powder nightmare.  Many powder foundations and translucent powders look cakey and get stuck on dry patches.  So after powder application, my face is splotchy and looks like a snake molting its skin.  (NOT a good look.)  But after years of trial and error, I’ve found FIVE (yes five!) of the best translucent powders that are perfect for keeping the shine away and doesn’t get stuck on dry patches. Some of them are even drugstore ones!

The Five Best Translucent Powders

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  2. Too Faced Primed and Poreless
  3. Tarte Smooth Operator Powder
  4. NYX HD translucent Powder
  5. Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

Best translucent powders Laura Mercier translucent Powder

Review of Laura Mercier Powder

Currently, my favorite is the Laura Mercier Translucent powder.  It’s loose formula is also PERFECT for baking and it gives your skin a subtle glow and who doesn’t love radiant looking skin?  This powder blends beautifully in to the skin and just looks you’re glowing from the inside out. With this powder, I know my makeup looks flawless and stays flawless for most of the day which is a huge achievement.  Without this powder, my foundation tends to break up around my nose and t-zone areas. And when I go to re-powder my face with other powders, it gets cakey and gross looking.  I can honestly say that Laura Mercier is a life-saver and totally worth they hype!

For other reviews, check out my 7 Drugstore Dupes Post.

AND if you’re looking for even more AWESOME drugstore products, check out my US and UK roundups where I tell you the BEST products to pick up!

Top US Drugstore Products

Top UK Drugstore Products

What are YOUR favorite drugstore products? And have you tried Laura Mercier’s Translucent powder yet?

**Disclaimer: I received the Laura Mercier powder free from Influenster for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Primer from Studio Gear l First Impressions

Primer Studio Gear Skin Objective Face Perfecting

Acne. Hyper-pigmentation. Redness. I have it all.  So I love trying out new products that have “skin perfecting” features.  The Studio Gear Prime Objective Skin Perfecting Face Primer definitely fit this description.

This primer is very similar to Smashbox Photofinish.  Both products have a gel-like texture, no scent, and blends beautifully in to the skin.  My skin feels noticeably softer and smoother after applying this product.  I’ve been using the Rimmel London Wake Me Up foundation and this foundation is quite dewey on my combination skin, but this primer really helps this foundation stay on my face and not break-up throughout the day.  Trust me, patchy looking cake-face is never going to be a trend.  With foundation, you want your skin to look even toned and smooth.

Plus, whenever I apply this product on my face, my concealer stays put.  It does not crease or get patchy throughout the day.  I mean seriously, it is stuck like glue and that is one thing I’ll be happy to have stuck on me.  Because the gum stuck on the bottom of my new shoes does not make me happy and it also NEVER comes out.  You’ll always have that small little patch that you couldn’t pick off.  Anyway…let’s get back to the primer shall we?

So, I love how this product keeps my face looking fresh longer without having to apply ridiculous amounts of setting power throughout the day.  Plus with setting powder, you’ll easily become cake face by the time 5 O’clock rolls around.  Not to mention, who has time for touch-ups anyway?  Even with dewey foundations, I know I won’t look like an oil slick if I applied my prime objective primer that morning.

The Prime Objective also doesn’t break me out.  During that special time of the month, my skin had huge breakouts and this primer layered beautifully under my concealer.  My breakouts healed relatively fast and I don’t know if it was the new toner I tried or this new primer but I’m not changing anything in my skin routine.  If it isn’t broken, why fix it?

What’s your favorite primer?

**Disclaimer: I received this product free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

Get a Smokey eye and Full Lashes with Studio Gear Cosmetics l First Impressions


Smokey Eye and Full lashes with Studio Gear Gel cream eye color

Anything that claims to be invincible or give me full lashes is a must-try product in my book.  Let’s be real, I’m Asian.  I’m stuck with short and straight lashes. So, I really could use any help I can get.  For this smokey eye look, I’ll be featuring my first impressions of the Studio gear eye color and mascara.

Invincible Gel Cream Eye Color

First, let’s start with the invincible gel cream eye color.  The color is invincible earth.  This stuff is super pigmented and has the same texture as the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade.  So, I actually used this eye color on my brows and found that it was pretty easy to blend out.

**TIP: If you’re using this cream as your brow pencil, a little bit goes a long way.

After I filled in my sparse brows with the gel cream, I also used the invincible brush and applied the eye color over my top and bottom lash line to give my eyes some definition.  I love that the dark brown color is cool-toned so it can work as liner, brow color, and shadow. And any type of multi-use makeup is my best friend (especially for traveling!!!).

For my shadow, I layered this eye color on the outer corners to create a smokey eye look.  Over eye shadow, I found that the eye color is a little hard to blend.  But with a dense eye shadow brush, I eventually blended it out and my smokey eye look stayed all day!  I have pretty oily eyelids so any makeup that lasts all day with no creasing is a WIN in my book.

ImpactFULL Pro TLS Mascara

To finish off my eye look, I used the IMPACTFULL PRO TLS Mascara. The mascara formula is quite wet and separates your lashes quite well.  I applied three coats of mascara and it didn’t clump up my lashes.  The large mascara brush is great for separating lashes and giving you a fuller look.

After a full day of wear, I found that my brows still looked awesome and my top lash line still looked fabulous. However, my bottom lash line smudged a tiny bit but it wasn’t too bad. Even after a full eight hours of wear, the mascara didn’t smudge a bit!  It’s awesome.

For a long-wearing eye look, I would definitely recommend Studio Gear‘s new Invincible Earth gel cream eye color and IMPACTFULL mascara.  If you want try these products out, you can get 10% off with discount code: “SGEYES”

What are your favorite long-wearing makeup products?

**Disclaimer: I received these products free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

September Book Review: Eleanor By Jason Gurley

Eleanor by Jason Gurley Book Review

Guys, I love a good book.  Especially since it’s fall and I can light my candles, curl up under a fuzzy blanket and read a great book without sweating my makeup off.  Anyway, I’ve been concentrating so hard on work that I honestly forgot how much I loved to read.  Now, my goal is to read a book a month.

Recently, I just finished Eleanor by Jason Gurley and it was one of those books that really took me by surprise. And before I get all English Major on you, don’t worry.  I won’t spoil the book for you. I’m just going to highlight a few scenes.

Character Development: Eleanor

In Eleanor, Jason Gurley brings the book to life with character development and imagery.  From the very first words, Eleanor comes alive.  Eleanor’s analysis of the rain falling outside tells readers so much about her outlook on life and the state of her mental health.  Gurley’s writing focuses on the subtle details.  And his attention to detail is what makes Eleanor a dream to read.

For example, Gurley describes the way Hob’s slurps his hot tea.  This point let’s the reader learn that he was a soldier in the Korean War.  From this fact, we learn that he spent enough time in Korea to actually learn some of their customs and use them in everyday life.

Imagery

In addition to character development, Gurley also uses imagery. An example would be the dust on the piano.  This small details tells readers about the critical relationship of Eleanor and her mother.  These small bits of imagery place the readers into the character’s shoes.  Gurley teaches readers that imagery doesn’t have to be graphic to be powerful.

As you read, the story unfolds and time gets lost.  But keep reading.  My advice to you is don’t stop.  Once you get to the end, it’ll all make sense and you’ll want to read it again to catch all the small details.

Stay Tuned for next month’s book review!

Disclaimer: I received this book free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.

What You Need for Glowing Skin This Summer! + Bonus Review of Marc Jacobs Glow Stick

glowing skin marc jacobs glow skin

Who doesn’t want glowing skin? I want to be so bright that I knock a satellite out of space. (JK) But really, though.  Glowing skin = healthy skin.  Even when my skin isn’t at its best, I have a secret tool that helps me fake it even when my skin is dull and far from radiant.

First Step: Exfoliate

To make your secret tool super effective (Are they any Pokemon fans here? “Pikachu’s spark was super effective” anyway…), the first thing you need is a good exfoliant.  Dead skin makes skin look dull and lifeless so brush all of it off with a gentle exfoliant that won’t irritate your skin.  I love making facial scrubs at home.  They are the best and they’re super affordable.  Here’s my favorite recipe: Tea Bag Face Scrub (Bubz is the best!)

Exfoliation is the key to glowing skin.

Then, prepare your skin with a nice moisturizer.  Now, you’re ready to GLOW!

Second Step: Glowing Skin Makeup

Apply foundation down the center of your face and spread outward.  This will even out the skin while still giving you a natural look.  After your foundation is blended in. Grab your favorite highlighter.  I’m using the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick in Spotlight.  It’s a beautiful pearlescent highlighter that makes the skin glow without making my makeup look heavy.

For me, summer makeup should be light cause you want to feel comfortable and have fun outside without worrying about your whole face melting off.  Am I right?

I apply the glowstick to the tops of my cheek, the area between my eyebrows, the top of my nose, above my cupid’s bow, and on my chin.  Applying highlighter to the highest points of your face, help create dimension, giving you a glowy natural contour.

Bonus REVIEW: The Marc Jacobs Glow Stick is super creamy and blends easily in to the skin.  Plus, it gives your skin a natural radiance.  This highlighter stays on your face all day and never looks cakey.  Even though I have acne-prone skin, this stuff never irritates it and never breaks me out.

Check out how I use the glow stick in this Smokey Bronze Summer Makeup Look!

What are your favorite highlighters?

Comment Down below!

**Disclaimer: I received the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**