Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 Christmas Tag!

Hey all! I was in the mood to do a tag today, and I haven't done one in a really long time, so I thought that I would just hop on google and look for a fun one. Then I found the 2013 Christmas Tag, and I thought that that would be a festive one to post right after Thanksgiving so here we go!

1.  Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
I personally love the look of real trees, so that's definitely what I'm partial to, but in my house we've only used a small synthetic one.  I kind of hate the smell of evergreen trees, though.  I still really wish that we used one.
2.  You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
I don't actually like coffee, but I still buy fun coffee drinks at Starbucks and the local coffee shop anyway. I try to get different things every time, I go, though.
3.  Whats your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
I like have a few things that I like. I'm probably most partial to have red and gold, but silver and midnight blue are gorgeous. I just love sparkly things, too. We always go with our old things that we've collected throughout the years, so we always do random things.
4.  Giving or receiving?
I don't have any money, so I can't really get extravagant gifts, but I love putting them together. Getting the wrapping paper, doing the card, making the packaging special, because my mom always treats it like a chore. I always give my parents presents and write that they're from Santa.  It's fun. Of course, I love getting things, but you just feel so much more festive when you're making presents.
5.  To mince pie or not to?
My dad loves mince meat pie, but I've never layed a finger on it. In all honesty, I don't really like pie...I guess I just like really desert-y pies like chocolate. Mmm, chocolate.
6.  What's your traditional sunday lunch?
Er, we don't have one. My family actually isn't Christian, so we don't do anything like that. Not to say that we just do Christmas for the gifts, because my mom was raised Christian, but it's more just a family thing for the day than making anything out of Sunday.
7.  Christmas day fashion
I always wear my pajamas at home, but then when all the family gets together, I wear something nice but with all Christmas colors.
8.  What's your favourite Christmas song?
Well, I'm in choir, and we have a long Christmas set that we sing a million times throughout the year and our collective favorite song is White Christmas.  I really like that one. Other than that, I don't really know. Of course, I love the emotional ones like Christmas Shoes and Santa Bring my Soldier Home. (don't actually know if that's the real name, but I love that one.)
9.  What's your favourite Christmas film?
I actually haven't watched hardly any Christmas films! I don't have one! Tell me your favorite one and I'll watch it.
10.  Open presents before or after lunch?
Before. I'm the one that carries the holiday tradition in my house, so I wake up early and make breakfast for everyone and after breakfast we open all the presents.  Then we go to someone's house and all the family exchanges the last of the gifts. 
I tag everyone, since I wasn't officially tagged anyway...Enjoy and get festive! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Face Up To It: Revlon Age Defying Foundation

I don't know about you, but my most important makeup items are my face products. I have pretty bad skin with a lot of acne scarring and discoloration so it's important to me that I cover it up.  My skin is also really oily, so I go through about a powder a month. Today, though, we're going to talk about Revlon's Age Defying liquid foundation.

Color is 20 Soft Beige

 I was trying to get a picture where you can see the shimmer 
in this foundation, and this was the best I could get.

 I have to admit, this foundation is very different from all the ones that I have used in the past. First of all, let's talk about the packaging. It has a pump that I'm sorry I didn't take a picture of, but you can sort of see it through the cap in the picture. This pump is very easy to control, right up until the very end where you have to open up the foundation to get the last little bit out of. I haven't always heard the best things about pumps, so this was a nice surprise. And it's easy to unscrew and dip into when it's time to finish it up.

I can't vouch for it's age defying qualities, because I'm young, but I didn't notice it having any particular benefit for my skin or scarring.  I can see it being good for people with drier skin, though, because of the hydrating qualities I noticed. It also has SPF 20!
The biggest problem I can see people having with this foundation is it's consistency. This is the thickest foundation I have ever touched. Now, I personally don't mind being able to feel my foundation on my face, but I know that's a big issue for other people. I suppose that it must have some hydrating factor in it, since it's for older skin, so that must be why.  Basically, don't buy this foundation if you hate really thick ones. However, because of this, it has pretty fantastic coverage.  I still have to use concealer, but not nearly as much with other foundations.

Let's talk about the finish now.  This is not the shiniest foundation I've ever used by any means, but it definitely needs to be set. That being said, this obviously takes an extraordinary amount of powder to set.  I was not a big fan of that. If you don't use a lot of powder, this foundation is definitely very tacky and feels even heavier. As I tried to show in the picture of the foundation on the tissue, this foundation has an odd shimmer to it. When I first noticed it, I thought that it was my blush, but then I remembered that my blush is matte.  So, clearly it's not noticeable unless you are looking pretty closely, but it's definitely there.  

I like this foundation. It retails for about $12 I believe, but it definitely goes on sales.  I think you'll like this foundation if you're just looking for something with a ton of coverage and you perhaps have a little bit drier skin. If you hate being able to feel foundation thickly on your face, stay away.

Do you like foundations with pumps? I found myself actually being swayed to say yes!