FOTD: Temporary Lighting Situation

I’ve lost access to my Diva Light and shooting space for a few days, so I’m making do with the vanity in my bathroom. No flash, and an extra light bulb, and it appears that the result might IMG_3407not be too bad. Plus the stark white background gives my skin a boost of warmth that was honestly lost using the Diva Light. No, that does not mean that I’m abandoning it. Yes, that does mean that I’m making some adjustments.

So… about this foundation routine. Since I got them, I’ve been using Cover FX Oil Drops (calming) and Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. I use 3 drops of oil and 1-2 drops of the Enhancer Drops. Doesn’t matter the foundation… this has become the new norm. The result is less actual foundation on my face. I apply in extremely thin layers until I get the finish that I want. I have three of the Custom Enhancer Drops: Moonlight, Sunlight and Candlelight. All of them work beautifully on my skin. I have NOT used them for highlighting purposes because I consider that an extreme waste of this product’s potential. You can use any highlighter on the planet, but to blend or prime (with an moisturizer) with these drops is truly taking them to the next level. You skin literally looks lit from within. I love them, and I’m not sure I’m ever giving them up. Now, all my foundation looks flat to me without them. 🙂

This particular FOTD is Koh Gen Doh Aqua Foundation mixed with Enhancer Drops in Candlelight. Blush is NARS Orgasm. Shadows are from the LORAC PRO Palette (Purple, Garnet and Light Bronze) all kind of mashed together. Lips are Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II and Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins gloss in Avarice.

Product Review: Cover FX Large Foundation Brush

File this under… “who knew?” This brush has a lot going for it, both literally and figuratively. It’s like the Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush… on steroids. Observe…

The brush head 100% goat hair. It’s soft and dense, and surprisingly doesn’t eat up a lot of product. I’ve used it a few times, and I think it works best if you dot the foundation on your face and then use the brush to spread the product. It gives an ‘airbrushed’ finish to the foundation, just like the Tom Ford version.

Cover FX also makes a version of this brush with a much smaller head, that is almost identical to the Tom Ford version.

Cover FX Foundation Brush: $38
Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush: $70

Big difference.

Now, I know that you’re paying for the name and the luxurious packaging (the Tom Ford brush handles are like precious things), but in terms of performance… the brushes are identical.

I love this big foundation brush. It has quickly shot to the top of my list. I had no idea Cover FX made such excellent brushes! I’m definitely giving them a closer look in the future.

You can find most Cover FX products at Sephora.

FOTD: Black Karat

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done an FOTD… I was giving my skin a vacation. lol Plus, I really wanted to see if the Clarisonic made a difference in my skin’s clarity, without having to deal with the daily toil of makeup.

But today, I went back to work so I used the new Laura Mercier Black Karat Eyeshadow (with a little help from Armani):

Guerlain Parure Aqua (Dore 24)
Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)
Cover FX Bronzer as blush (Golden Peach)
Armani Silk Eyeshadow in #6 (lids)
Laura Mercier Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Black Karat (lashline to brow)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero (waterline)
By Terry Terrybly Mascara
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Happy Days