Sparkle TV: Non-Touring With Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation & Concealer

Have you heard of this trend yet? Non-touring is a more natural and subtle way to sculpt your face (because apparently, people are sooo over contouring now). Basically, it’s like a no makeup look that’s spiked with some major highlighting. Here’s my take on it:

 
I super love this trend, and apparently, it’s a fave look of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid! I really like how it adds more dimension to my face in photos and that it’s pretty glam without being too cray, you know? If you like this look and what to see more tutorials or reviews, show me some love by leaving me a thumbs-up and clicking here to subscribe! ♥

Sparkle TV: My US Beauty Haul!

When you see makeup or skincare products that aren’t available locally, what do you do? Do you purchase from resellers, order online and risk having them shipped, or ask someone who’s traveling to oh-so-kindly buy it for you? Me? I prefer to do the latter. Watch and see what I shopped for!

 

If you guys see anything you like or want me to review any of these goodies on the blog, leave me a comment! And don’t forget to subscribe (www.bit.ly/SparkleSubscribe) to send me some love!

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Did you see me panic at the 1:13 mark when I thought they sent me the wrong product? LOL! ♥

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation & Concealer

I was thrilled when Urban Decay emailed me and said that they wanted to send me a few items for review. I thought I was dreaming! Urban Decay?? It’s like one of the coolest makeup brands out there and I’m on their beauty radar! Yay!

Getting a kit from a US brand was so different. Locally, they usually send a printed write-up about the product and brand (with a CD or USB filled with photos). UD sent a short note and a little info card that mentioned all the highlights about the Naked Skin line. It was short and sweet and straight to the point—I likey!

Wearable contour? That sounds like a good challenge!

Wearable contour? That sounds like a good challenge!

If you watch my YouTube videos, you know that contouring isn’t part of my makeup routine. But wearable contour? I can get on board with that. I was beginning to notice that my face was looking a tad long and flat lately in photos, so maybe adding more natural shadows might help (more about that on my YouTube channel soon!).

For now, let’s do a thorough review of these makeup goodies!

Let's start with the foundation! Isn't the rose gold box and sleek packaging pretty?

Let’s start with the foundation! Isn’t the rose gold box and sleek packaging pretty? I can’t get myself to throw them out just yet!

Okay so here’s the scoop on the foundation: It’s gives you major coverage without feeling heavy, there’s also a blurring effect that’s supposed to happen, and it has light-reflecting spheres (and peptides!) to help lessen the appearance of fine lines. Sounds good so far, right?

More swatches, my take on the “wearable contour” technique, and see what the foundation looks like on me after the jump! Continue reading

#FOTD

My skin’s been a bit lackluster lately—probably due to all the sugary snacks I’ve been munching on and lack of sleep. But I discovered an awesome beauty hack to fix that problem!

Can you tell I'm running on four hours of sleep?

Can you tell I’m running on four hours of sleep?

I was surprised that so many people said I looked fresh the day I took the photo (if they only knew—hehe!). But the kind compliments confirmed that my foundation trick worked, so natch, I had to share the makeup hack with you guys! More about it after the jump! Continue reading

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

I still have a bit of a Golden Globes hangover. Well, actually, I just really love stalking Hollywood celebs and checking out what products they’re using. One thing I’m keeping an eye out for is the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.

Look at that glow! NARS worked with celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow to create the red carpet makeup look for Taylor Schilling.

Look at that glow! Celebrity makeup artist, Tina Turnbow, created this red carpet makeup look for Taylor Schilling using the Nars foundation I’m lusting for.

According to my sources, this oil-free foundation is going to be new for the Spring 2015 collection—and I can’t wait to try get my hands on it! Based on the photos, I like that it gives your skin natural-looking coverage (nothing cakey or obvious—ick!) and it looks pretty lightweight, too.

Since I can’t use BB creams (read why here), I love trying out new fondas. Nars also claims that you only need one pump for your entire face because it’s that pigmented. That means you’ll save a lot of product and money in the long run if it’s true!

Since I can’t use BB creams (read why here), I love trying out new fondas. Nars also claims that you only need one pump for your entire face because it’s that pigmented. That means you’ll save a lot of product and money in the long run if it’s true!

The best part is, the formula is long-lasting (it’s clinically-proven to provide 16-hour wear) and it even passed an anti-humidity test! Hmm, let’s see if it’ll hold in our hot, summer weather—that’ll be the true test!

Look! Claire Danes used it, too! Celebrity makeup artist, Matin, used the same foundation to give the actress radiant skin.

Oooh…Claire Danes used it, too! Celebrity makeup artist, Matin, used the same foundation to give the actress youthful, glowing skin.

What’s your go-to foundation? Think you’ll give this one a try? ♥

Beauty Directory
Nars Available at Rustan’s Department Stores.

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