MAC Full Coverage Foundation Review

I really enjoy this foundation for several different reasons but there are still a few things about it that keep it at arms length. Its just a few traits away from being one of my holy grail products. But I feel if you  maybe had slightly oilier skin then you’d be able to make this work a little better for you. It sounds weird but I’ll tell you why.

I personally, LOVE and truly favor cream based foundations over liquids. I find that they work with all skin types. And with a concentrated pigment and less filler I find it creates a result that looks like skin. I decided to give this one a go when I saw it on a Wayne Goss video. I really didn’t even think it existed until he spoke about it as it’s a pro product and not available in stores. I believe Mac Full Coverage has got less color range than the regular mineralize cream based line Mac has in store but the colors are more sophisticated. The olives and the yellows are really pretty in this line.

What I love about it:

  • SUPER Full coverage. Probably the best for covering acne scarring, bright red blemishes – ever. And it covers even without a color corrector. LOVE this about it. I feel like it is wonderful especially for my brides.
  • It looks like skin, and if you apply it with a damp beauty blender or with a bit of oil you’ll get a really dewy beautiful finish. With this application you can place it on sparingly for a daytime look or for a dramatic flawless evening look.
  • As previously mentioned, I really like the the color range. The NC is great for olive and yellow toned and the NW is not overly pink. Its great, someone can pick up a few and blend and create beautiful high end colors for anyone.
  • A little goes a long way. You can use them as a concealer as well (which I do) as I also have the MAC Full Coverage Palette in “Light” for my clients.

Reasons I don’t reach for it everyday:

  • TRANSFER. This foundation is prone to smearing. I’ve also added oil to it and its created such a GORGEOUS glowy strobing look. Great for photos but not for daily life. Either you wear a doggy cone around your neck or you’re going to get finger prints on the face. If you’re a makeup artist and you have a air brush machine, you could reap all the fabulous coverage from this foundation then seal it in with a final airbrush layer.
  • For Normal to dry skin. It doesn’t do the best job in flattering the skin texture. It does tend to go in the creases of the skin texture, dry foreheads, sides of the nose, pores. You could combat this with Benefit’s Porefessional and by adding a bit of oil.

***And this is where the oil is a double edged sword because it just becomes that much more prone to smearing. But if you had very moist and oilier skin, the foundation wouldn’t catch and you could afford to powder those spots.

So I love having this foundation around for my clients, for a badass concealer, but for me, I have to really play with it. And if I don’t have time to kind of feel out the climate of my face with this foundation, I usually just grab my reliable foundations.

Let me know your experiences with the MAC Full Coverage!

Leslie Cole

New ALL TIME FAVOURITE Gel Liner: NARS Eye Paint

Okay, so for the first time in my life, I feel like I can chill about my eyeliner. I’ve used every primer on the market, and I constantly have the most chopped up faded eyeliner of all time. I have slightly hooded, oily, asian eyes. Eyeliner tends to flake right off or just have holes of missing product from my eyes opening and creasing the makeup. Nothing ever lasted. TILL the Nars Eye Paint in Black Valley “angel choir singing.”

Why I love, love, L♡VE it:

  • LONG LASTING. Most especially with Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eye Primer or just layering a Mac Paint Pot with a nude eyeshadow as a base.
  • Creamy. It glides really smoothly when I apply it with my angled brush. It doesn’t catch the skin and make really dotty lines.
  • Its SUPER black. Blackest I’ve ever used. Enough said.
  • I’ve heard people saying its wetter than other gel liners but I feel like this is how all gel liners should be. Its really not any wetter than the Maybelline Gel liner but it stays that creamy THE WHOLE TIME you own it. Versus it being all perfect for the first week, and dried out and harder to glide as you go along. I’ve had that problem with Mac Black track liner. I found it dried out to a texture that I didn’t enjoy using way too quickly.
  • Clearly waterproof as I usually end up a drippy mess in my under eye with every other eyeliner. But for some reason its not hard to wash off at the end of the night. It kind of just blows me away.

Why I don’t like it:

  • I got nothing I’m in love

If I remember correctly its something like $30 ish CAD but its 110% worth it. Its summer. I can do my cat eye and sweat and not feel self conscious. Anyone with oily lids, or hooded eyes, this is where it’s at.

Till Next time!!

Leslie Cole

MAC Studio Sculpt Review

So I’ve been using this foundation on and off for about a few months now. At first I loved it…then I hated it…continued to hate it…put it away…and now I love it!

So lets start with what I love about the Studio Sculpt:

  • Great for normal to dry skin
  • Gives a luminous, dewy glow while still setting
  • No annoying transfer
  • Super full coverage without a cakey look at all
  • The NC line is actually warm enough and not too pink (unlike the prolongwear)
  • Long wearing

Why I stopped using it:

  • It oxidized bright orange…

Basically this was my everything foundation until I looked into my vehicle mirror 30 min out the door. This is why I set it aside for a while. I kept playing around with different primers and things like that. I finally discovered that because this is such a nourishing, moisturizing foundation, that ANY EVEN SLIGHT excess oil from a moisturizer will oxidize it in a flash. If I moisturize I have to make sure it was hours before I applied makeup. What I use now as a primer/ moisturizer, is the Men’s Nivea Shaving Balm. Its super fast drying. I’ve been in love with it ever since I’ve seen Nikki Tutorials use it in her vids. Amaze. I haven’t even tried pairing it with a liquid luminizer, I’m quite scared to to be honest because I just don’t have time to turn orange. So I stick with powder luminzers. So if you are even SLIGHTLY oily, or combination. Don’t even bother. But if you are super dry to normal this is for you. I absolutely love it. I tend to like to use full coverage cream foundations and this one is a beautiful breath of fresh air.

Makeup Artist Initiate Series: Do’s & Don’t

For the month of June, I’m going to dedicate my weekly blog posts to all my budding makeup artists out there. I remember being on my laptop night and day trying to prepare and educate myself for the next step in my Makeup Artistry business. But I think we can all agree that in this business, almost all of your wisdom is received by doing makeup. I find that that’s the funnest thing about it. It’s immediately rewarding. I work hard, dream, create – and the results are right in front me.

If this is the career for you, I have good news for you…

You’ll have a hard time being stagnant. I learn so much while being in the process even if it’s the thousandth time I’ve done it. My attention to detail and perfectionism (which I guarantee you have too) focuses in on my work and shows me where I need to improve and where I am on point.

Should I do something I don’t like, I’ll keep note and stay clear of repeating it in the future. Likewise during the process, I find a lot of shortcuts and different ways to make my work more efficient and flawless. And this is where my series comes in.

I know what it’s like to start from ground zero. Not too long ago I was dreaming of my would be career, watching Wayne Goss on YouTube. Not only did I come from a blank slate for professional Makeup Artistry but I carried with me such a deep respect for the industry that my self esteem crumbled under the weight of it. I had a deep need to bust out of my shell and do something I felt in my bones.

But alas there is always someone guarding the bridge you’re about to cross. I like to think of that fear-based voice in my head like a… mystical midget version of myself guarding the bridge. She means well, she stands in front of my road to happiness and she’s kind of an a-hole. My midget would list out my limiting beliefs in order to jab me back:

  •  I’m not knowledgeable or know cool tricks. I won’t be able to pull it off.
  •  I’m not in the inner circle of the beauty industry, I’ll never get the know how of what the best brands are and I’ll always be one step behind. (I decided to go get certified before officially launching my Makeup Artistry business, though I now like to think my career officially started at age 13).
  • It wasn’t my first career. Will anyone take me seriously? (I was an accounting major before I took Makeup Artistry)

Well I have news for you, though that little voice may share some truth – but I say “So what – now what brah?” What next? None of these are reasons to really off set my happiness. And yes career choice is a huge source of happiness – WHY? Because next to sleeping it’s what you spend most of your time doing so it better damn  well wet your whistle.

So when you hear these verbal walls going up in your head, ask yourself:

  • Are these even my truths? (They could be your parents, siblings, husband, ex-boyfriend, previous employer)
  • Is this the only truth? There are so many other angles to focus on.
  • Do you still want this to be your truth? Beliefs are very transparent in a person despite your poker face.
  • How have you already or will prove this belief wrong?

If you’re mystical midget also seems to be chiming in on the same song mine once was, I’m here to comfort you. I will be your loop into the beauty industry. I’m going to share useful knowledge to help you with your everyday routine. And the second you do Makeup Artistry, you are a Makeup Artist. What level you take it to is totally up to you.

So I hope my “Makeup Artist Initiate Series” inspires you to try new things and bust some mystical midgets! It’s your time to find your place in this wonderful industry. During each post, I will outline an important “Do” and “Don’t.” Feel free to comment or message to get your topics addressed during the series.

Stay tuned for more to come!

Next week’s “Do’s & Don’t” is on the topic of foundation products for your kit.

Are You Too Busy?

So are you? Are you obsessed with finishing projects? Are you even more obsessed with starting them? I sure am.

But then I remember, I don’t actually have to do anything. Technically, I could crawl into a ball, and let my life burn to the ground while my kids wander aimlessly in plastic bag diapers. I won’t do it… but I have the option!

So keep in mind, you’re never trapped. You always have options. You can put the painting away till you feel more inspired. You can say no to watching that extra child. Place a marker and put the book away half read. Let it go. Even delegate! What do you have to prove and/or lose?

There are many things that an everyday person “has” to do (so you don’t lose everything and live in a box) like going to work, taxes, feeding your family, and putting winter tires on. But when you’re life is becoming complicated, and you’ve got too many personal projects cluttering your home, put them away. These extra things, aren’t they supposed to bring you joy? Make you feel more connected? Are you feeling overwhelmed by your sense of commitment that it takes the sweetness from your day? Is your schedule keeping you from being present?

Just tell yourself, “DUDE, there a lot of things I “have” to do that keep me from living in a box, but this just isn’t one of them.”

Give yourself permission to be the master of your own schedule. Forgive yourself for what you feel like you need to be. Do you even know who you’re trying to be? If so, why? What are you getting out of being so attached?

Exercise healthy detachment. Be mindful of why we do things. Because after all, chasing temporary things in life is a hunger that can never be satisfied. Be kind and don’t judge yourself. Remember, you don’t live more life by accomplishing more things, you live it by experiencing them. Give yourself space to fully experience what you want to do and declutter your schedule.

So be real with yourself. And do us all a favor – go to sleep.

Definition: Multi – pas•sion•ate

The multi-passionate, in short, to be passionate about many things. Fabulous right? To be good at and/or creatively connect with more than one hobby, skill or trade.

But when it comes to finding a niche for your business or career, this trait tends to be a double edged sword. I’ve been there, tried that, and I will continue try till new things till I die. Here are some pros to being multi-passionate.

Yes – you are good at many things, therefore you need to delegate less.

Yes – you can provide your clientele with a large, diverse menu of services.

Yes – you tend to be quite well-rounded

Yes – if one avenue falls through, you have many other talents and services to rely on

But, I wouldn’t doubt that you also face these challenges:

Yes – you are good at many things so you have a hard time delegating, and focusing where your energy needs you the most. You work till you burn out and with no help.

Yes – Okay, so you offer a large diverse menu of services. But you may in turn end up offering:

  1. too many services
  2. many random services which have nothing to do with one another
  3. you have so many services that you lack in a specialty therefore the customer experience is confusing and unmemorable.
  4. lack enough direction be able pick areas to improve your skills (taking workshops, product knowledge classes)

The fact is, whether people realize it or not, I believe we are all multi-passionate. How can we not be? Our inner needs can be met in so many ways.

When I get into something new, which I do all the time, sometimes I need to tell myself to calm my storm and just enjoy it. I think that it comes from a place of lack. Maybe I feel like this happy or this feeling of deep connection will only come around once in a while so I need coin it. But that’s just not the case.

Just because I am reading about meditation doesn’t mean that I now need to quit my life and be part of a Buddhist Monastery. Just because I like to crochet doesn’t mean I need to open up an Etsy store. Just because I attend a weekly yoga class doesn’t mean I have to teach it. I don’t need to have a conventional career but nor do I need to overcompensate by doing something completely impractical. And when you follow your passion you cannot forget to be practical because it is after all – a money making business. Success looks good on everyone, but it shows up in different ways.

And most of all, when it comes to your passion driven business, you owe it your commitment. It can be looked at quite like a marriage actually. Its all well and good when its new, but keeping the passion takes work. Work in the form of gratitude. Business can get stagnant too. You need to sit back, see where you can improve, and love where you are at. Thank the universe for abundance you have received thus far. Being aware of your abundance will only attract more.

So in short, list your talents, pick one that you love the most and makes you money. Others might need to be left for an evening with wine or a personal blog and that is okay. If someone is paying you well for your talents, you can tailor your business to cater to your strengths and inner needs. Your strengths make your business individual. And most importantly, be grateful and the fire will never die.

WEEKLY QUOTE: Our Deepest Fear

This is a quote from Marianne Williamson’s poem called, “Our Deepest Fear.” Shine bright this week. You’re doing everyone a favor by doing so.

As we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates

others.

 – Marianne Williamson

Weekly Quote: Love Without Judgement

I heard this during Robert Holden’s “Shift Happens” audio course. It has changed the way I view my “bad” feelings…that with a little mindfulness, I can find love. I  plan on keeping this one close to me at all times…

Fear, without judgement, is love.

Anger, without judgement, is love.

Guilt, without judgement, is love.

Depression, without judgement, is love.

Jealousy, without judgement, is love.

Hate, without judgement, is love.

Anxiety, without judgement, is love.

Sadness, without judgement, is love.

Pain, without judgement, is love.

Love, without judgement, is love.

– Robert Holden, P.h.D.

 

Jamaican Destination Wedding (February 1, 2015)

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This is just a sneak peak of the shots taken at my last wedding. I flew to beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica and did the makeup for my bride Amy, her 2 bridesmaids and her mother. For the most part of our stay it was rather cloudy, and some windy days but on the big day, the clouds separated and BOY did that Jamaican sun beat through. It was a stunning ceremony at the Iberostar Resort. It was such an honor to be a part of Amy and Ryan’s special day and I wish them well in their years to come.

Photos: Stolen Moments Photography by Jadie (http://stolenmomentsbyjadie.com/)