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Primer is really important, I think, because it sets up the skin for a really smooth, even appearance and keeps any natural oils more subdued. A natural foundation that’s not too heavy but not too sheer is next. I’d opt for a highlighter with more of a sheen than heavy on the shimmer just patted along the cheek bones and high points of the face. Lightly set face with loose powder, then spritz face with water to take down any powderiness.

— Christine

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Beautiful Beginnings with L’Oreal

Beautiful Beginnings with L’Oreal

What was the first L’Oreal product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: Now, L’Oreal and I did not get off to a good start when I started reviewing products on the blog. I was sooo not a fan – just too many misses in a row. However, I stuck with ’em, and then I discovered their Chrome Eyeliners, which are phenomenal! I’m also digging some of their glosses for their color/shimmer.

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I think a lot of the rules in general or that you have to follow rules, period. Makeup should be fun, which should include breaking rules from time to time – and at the very least, bending them! It’s also important to realize that what might be a must-follow rule for one person may not work on all eye shapes, face shapes, or complexions.

— Christine

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Rant & Rave: High-End Makeup

This Week’s Topic: High-End Makeup!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about high-end makeup. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: Relatively cheap way to indulge (hey, have you seen the price of a Chanel or Dior bag?), sometimes they do have really extraordinary textures or nuanced colors. Of course, when they bomb, it’s an even bigger disappointment than if you had paid half as much. High-end used to have better return policies than more budget-friendly brands, but it seems most brands have a good return policy these days.