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Weekend Manis! ~ Sephora by OPI & A special guest!

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This weekends mani’s (yep two!) feature me and my 90 year old grandma who we all fondly refer to as “Granny” – when I go to my mom’s house for the weekend (every few weeks since she lives a couple hours away) I get to do my Granny’s nails.  Its something that started several years ago and we’ve kept it up.  It doesn’t seem to matter how old you are – getting your nails done in a pretty color – can make you feel better!

I experimented this week and tried a super light color for a change and used,  Sephora by OPI’s Violet’s Just Get Married.  Granny had other choices but she decided we should be twins! 🙂  Its not my normal choice of bright or bold but I do like it for a change.  However, I’m not sure how long I’ll last before I cave and go back to the bright & bold side!  In sunlight its a silvery violet but sephora describes it as sheer metallic smoky amethyst.  Its really pretty in the sunlight but for my picture with Granny we were in the shade so it looks more brown with the flash!

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck today!  Have a wonderful day!

First Impressions ~ Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation

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First the deets from Clinique.com

Perfectly Real Makeup $26.00

  • Benefits: Controls Oil
  • Skin Types: 2 – Dry Combination, 3 – Combination Oily
  • My Shade: 08
  • Formula Liquid
  • Coverage Moderate
  • Feels like nothing at all. Yet creates your skin’s most perfected, natural look. Patent-pending* micro-mirrored technology optically resurfaces skin. Ultra-lightweight liquid formula is oil-free, non-acnegenic. *US and International Patents Pending

My Thoughts~

  • Super light weight (I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup!)
  • Great buildable coverage
  • After 3.5 hours – I was getting oily in my t-zone 😦 But a blotting paper took care of it!
  • After 8 hours – I had to re-blog with some papers 😦

Confession: I’m sort of a foundation snob!  I bounce between drugstore and department store foundations.  Yet I’m always drawn back to department stores or Sephora because I can be color matched.  That is one thing that’s pretty hard to do in a drugstore.  I went to my local department store this a couple weeks ago and was browsing one of my favorite brands – Clinique when I stumbled upon their foundations.   I’ve never tried any of their foundations but use & LOVE their skincare products and few makeup products like blush, eye shadows, and mascara.

The lady at the counter did my entire face – she explained and demonstrated how it can be built up and in the store it looked amazing!!  I got outside, looked in my mirror and was shocked at how it had settled into my pores (strike 1!) and fine lines (strike 2!) – I couldn’t wrap my head around it since it looked so nice in the store.  Despite settling and oxidizing a tiny bit, I think the big turn off for me was that she applied a much darker bronzer than I ever wear.  Granted, I am pretty light handed with bronzers and blushes – but this pushed me too far outside of my comfort zone.  I prefer a pretty natural look.

I decide to give it a shot at home.  I started with a smashbox primer since I had a meeting that night and don’t have  much time to retouch my makeup between work and the meeting.  I used my real techniques expert face brush and buffed it in.  It applied like a dream.  Its very light and easily built up without getting “cakeface.” I realized in application my lady at the counter might be too new to the job.  She used a flat or paddle style foundation brush and literally painted it on my face for what felt like ten or fifteen minutes.

I did set it with a tiny bit of powder before I left work work.

End of the day report. – It held up pretty well over time.  I only blotted my face with blotting papers to absorb any oil that I typically get in my t-zone.  Obviously my eyeshadow primer didn’t hold up {see pics} but I have oily eyelids and its a miracle for eye shadow to last longer than 6hrs.  It did wear off of my nose since I have crazy allergies that cause me to sneeze and blow my nose a lot.  Otherwise I’m quite pleased with it.  *note* part of its magic is that there is some super fine shimmer/glitter in the foundation.  I didn’t mind this and honestly didn’t even notice until I was reading a couple reviews on clinique’s website.  It is there in sunlight but didn’t show up with the flash from my camera.

Since buying it I’ve worn this foundation for about a week and a half.  I’ve put it through the paces of an outdoor wine tasting and humid night of bar hopping.  Despite sweat – it stayed pretty well.  I didn’t “wipe” my face but did blot randomly because I hate the feeling of sweat on my face!  lol (As if any of us like that feeling?!)

I’d definitely recommend this if you like a lighter foundation that can be built up and feels as if you aren’t wearing anything.  Caution to my oily skin friends – prepare the carry some blotting tissues with you but for the most part it did a great job and I’m happy with the purchase.  If you are true “oily skined” instead of combo – I might shy away from this since I did get some oil in my t-zone throughout the day.

Have you tried this?  What’s your favorite foundation?

Thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck and have a wonderful day!

DIY – Fix Shattered Makeup!

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Sunday afternoon my cat was playing in the bathroom and knocked one of my blushes onto the floor.  Well it hit just right and broke into several pieces.  What to do?!  Fix it! Don’t throw it out…yet!  I have tried this previously and thought I’d share with you how I fix it.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Blunt ended item to crush powder
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Toothpick
  • small makeup brushes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Break up the remaining pieces/chunks into a powder.  There are two ways to do this – pick your favorite.  Option 1-Put the compact into a plastic bag and then break up pieces with something.  (I used the bottom of a real techniques expert face brush because its flat.)  Option 2- Wrap plastic around the end of what you’re using to break it up in the compact.  *Both are messy but I liked option 2 better and felt like I did a better job of breaking it up.
  2. Use a small brush or q-tip to brush any product that got out of the pan back into it.
  3. Slowly pour in rubbing alcohol, it will start to absorb and then once its saturated I took a toothpick and mixed it into a thick paste in the pan.
  4. Spread it the best you can into an even layer in the pan.
  5. Start with paper towel (folded a couple times to absorb the excess alcohol) and begin pressing the paste to get out liquid.  This will take several attempts.  (I started with my fingers a few times and then worked up to using the end of my brush to apply more pressure at the end.)  Be patient and go with it!  Keep pressing until your paper towel or napkin comes off with out any makeup and only slightly damp.
  6. Let it dry uncovered for 24 hours before using.

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A few parting thoughts I’ve learned through trial and error.  

  • This may not work on all compacts or formulas of pressed products but in a desperate attempt to save product it could work on any pressed powder (blush, bronzer, highlighter, eye shadow, etc.).  I have had about 50% luck with this – I tried to salvage a clinique blush that shattered and it broke again a few weeks later.  It may be more apt to breaking since I didn’t set it as hard as it was in production.  This time I tried applying more pressure – I’ll post an update if these two blushes break on me.
  • For this post I fixed a clinique blush deluxe sample and a wet n wild full size blush.

Good Luck with fixing your own shattered compacts!  If its try this or toss it out…its definitely worth trying!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!