Friday, 14 December 2012

Quick Review: e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Concealer

Brand: e.l.f.
Product: Maximum Coverage Concealer
Price: $3.00 USD
Would I Re-Buy: Yes
I have very bad dark circles under my eyes, I blame my fathers German heritage. So I’m a big fan of a good concealer. I tried this product because it’s called “maximum coverage” and is a liquid which means it’s good for under the eyes and it’s so cheap that well why not try it?

It comes in a squeeze tube, which I love because it’s so easy to use. The coverage is most certainly heavy, meaning very good, and it stays in place well. It is also very good at covering blemishes. I bought it in sand but I think the lighter shade, porcelain, would work better because it would be a little lighter then my skin tone and I could use it to highlight my face.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone.
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Monday, 10 December 2012

The Looking Pretty Giveaway!

I’ve wanted to do a giveaway for a while now and so I am proud to announce the “Looking Pretty Giveaway”!

This giveaway is all about the eyes and includes:
-The Balm Nude’Tude Palette
-The Balm Schwing Eye Liner in Black
-Benefit Full Glam Ahead mini’s set (includes Bad Gal Lash Mascara, High Beam Highlighter, and Stay don’t Stray Primer)
-e.l.f. Eyelid primer
-e.l.f. Make-up Removing wipes
This prize will have you looking pretty this holiday season so hurry up and enter! How do I enter you ask? Well let me tell you!
First this prize is only available in Canada and the U.S.A. (sorry everyone else, I can only afford so much shipping right now). And you can enter as many times as you like! 
To enter:
1) You must be following my blog on tumblr and you must share this post on tumblr at least once. To see this post on tumblr use this URL:
2) Gain 5 extra entries by liking the Make Up For All facebook page ( ) and gain 1 extra entry for every reblog and like of this post you do!
So get reblogging and liking and this wonderful prize could be all yours!
This Giveaway closes December 18th at midnight (eastern time). With the winner announced soon after! 
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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Fighting the signs of aging, what you can do now

Aging is inevitable for all of us. Even those who buy thousand dollar creams, Botox, hormone pills, and plastic surgery age. But there are things that you can do now to prevent future aging signs. Fighting the signs of aging is something that can and should be done from our teen years. Yes a 15 year old may look young but by the time you hit your thirties your skin will have already suffered damaging rays from sun, harsh weather conditions, and the effects of poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. When we age our skin basically forgets how to do its job and collagen production slows down causing wrinkles (annoyingly men have 25% more collagen then women do, that’s why they age so well). So what can we do now to fight future aging?

First sunscreen, sunburns aren’t the only down side to unprotected fun in the sun. Even if you don’t get burned or tanned the sun is damaging your skin. Wearing sunscreen everyday will protect your skin from those harmful aging rays and prevent wrinkles and dark spots. I use Neutrogena Healthy skin SPF 15 facial lotion.

Routine is my second recommendation. Proper skin care is all about routine. Taking off all of your make up every night before bed, washing your face properly, and moisturizing daily. These are all parts of a proper skin care routine that will help you to fight aging every day. Sleeping with make up can not only cause immediate problems like acne but also cause skin to become more sensitive to the sun and causes premature aging also it’s very drying to your skin. 

Don’t forget your neck! Your neck will show your age as much as if not more then your face. And what’s the point of a youthful face with a wrinkly sagging neck? So apply not only moisturizers to your neck but also sunscreen. 

Moving in the right direction when applying products to your face can affect your future appearance.  Avoid pulling on your skin instead be as gentle as you can. Apply products in an upward motion instead of tugging down on your face.  It may sound a bit silly but imagine that if you wash your face once a day every day for 10 years that’s 3,650 tugs on your skin, that’s a lot of abuse for your skin. 

The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate then the rest of your face. And because it’s so delicate it requires extra care. Using a good eye cream will help care for this delicate skin. You can even get eye creams with SPF for daytime. To apply cream to the delicate eye area pat on product instead of rubbing, again to avoid tugging skin. Also apply eye cream from the eyelid to about an inch away from your eye at night, while you sleep the cream will move so you want to make sure the entire eye area is covered.

And lastly lifestyle will affect the way you age. Of course smoking can increase wrinkling (and yellow your teeth and cause cancer and all of that) but also heavy drinking and drug use can cause premature aging. But even if your not leading an 80’s rock star life by doing things like not drinking enough water, missing sleep, and not eating a balanced diet you can increase the signs of aging. 

Lastly, serums are the big trend in skin care right now for a good reason. They are vitamin packed which helps repair and nourish skin. If you choose to use a serum use it nightly before applying your night cream. For layering products the rule of thumb is to go from thinnest to thickest, meaning your heavy night cream comes last. 

And lastly, don’t stress about aging because annoyingly enough stress can cause premature aging. Just stick to your routine and try and lead a healthy life and remember, everyone ages the goal is to age gracefully. 

Friday, 7 December 2012

Todays Tip:

Instead of foundation try using concealor under your eyes, on top of your cheekbones, sides of your nose, and between your brows and blend. Now your skin looks toned and you look awake and glowing without foundation. For more beauty tips and tricks plus reviews and so much more check out my blog (Mufa for short)

Eye Make Up Special

Most of us do our make up focusing on our eyes, so today’s post is all about them peepers.
Lets start at the base do you need a primer? No you don’t NEED an eyelid primer. If you have trouble with eye shadow fading and creasing a primer can help keep your eye make up in place for much longer then eye make up on its own. 
So now that your eyes are primed (or not) what colours will you use? Look at the colour wheel above. The colours opposite each other contrast, meaning they’ll bring attention to each other if worn together. So imagine if you had lets say blue eyes and wore a contrasting orange or pink eye shadow, your eyes would pop! Green eyes look great with purple eye shadow and colours with warm red undertones. Brown eyes actually have an advantage when it comes to eye make-up colours though. Blues and purples will give brown eyes great contrast and draw attention to them creating a head turning look but brown also goes great with gold’s, oranges and almost any other colour.
So what goes where? Like contouring and highlighting eye make up can be used to change the shape and appearance of your eyes. Highlighted areas become brighter and more prominent whereas contoured (or shaded) areas appear to recede. That’s why highlighting the brow bone and shading the crease of the eyelid is so popular. The highlighted brow bone improves the appearance of bone structure and lifts brows while the shaded crease recedes making eyes seem bigger.  But don’t get hung up on the idea that a shading colour needs to be dark, I love using gold in the crease to bring out my beautiful chocolate coloured eyes. Also using an orangey bronze shade in the crease is amazing on blue-eyed beauties.
Okay so your eyes are primed, highlighted, shaded, and covered in colour. To complete your eye looks comes eyeliner. Pencil, powder, or liquid eyeliner takes a pretty eye look and adds intensity. Pencil is the easiest option providing a subtle yet defined eye. Powder is the most subtle/natural looking, simply pick an eye shadow you want to use and a liner brush and your set. Powder tends to smudge and wear away fastest. Liquid is long lasting and dramatic but applying it can be hard and has a bit of a learning curve. If you have narrow eyes you can use liner to elongate them by only lining the outer lid. Using black liner against your lash line will make your lashes appear thicker. And of course Mascara makes your eyes appear bigger and more feminine and is a quick way to finish any look. 
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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Quick Review: Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Mask

Brand: Clean & Clear
Product: Advantage Blackhead Eraser Cleansing Mask
Price: $10.00 CDN
Would I Re-Buy: Maybe
I have to be honest; I bought this after a night in which I slept with make up on (I know it’s awful but I fell asleep and common nobody’s perfect). So I went to the store looking for an acne fighting mask to deep clean my skin and hopefully start combating the breakout I knew I had just caused myself. It’s made for oilier skin and I tend to be on the dry to normal side but I figured I’d be fine. It’s made to fight blackheads and contains salicylic acid.
It goes on blue without any offensive smells on sensations. It hardens as it dries and turns white; this mask is worn for only 5 minutes. I use it once or twice a week and have been for the past month or two. I still have blackheads and breakouts so even though I feel like this mask does a good job of cleaning my skin it’s not a miracle product.
So I’ll keep using it until the tube is empty but I’ll likely try another mask instead of re-buying this one. I may recommend trying this is you have oily and/or acne-prone skin as part of an anti-acne skin care regimen if you’re looking for something to add.
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Today's tip

Let conditioner sit in your hair for a few minutes to allow your hair the time it needs to absorb its moisture.