Review: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

I decided to try Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder because I have a major shine problem that starts in the middle of the day.  I don’t look glowy or youthful; I just look greasy.  The shine sadly plagues me throughout the year, but gets worse during the summer.  Before using this powder, my face would become an oil slick by noon.  Every day.  Without fail.  There is an oil spill joke in there somewhere, but yawn.

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Overall, this powder is absolutely worth the hefty price tag ($34 for the full-size version).  A little goes a long way, so you’ll be able to make the product last for awhile.

Pros:

– Natural and Matte: If you’re looking for dewy, glowy skin, then this is probably not the product for you.  If you are like me and need help controlling oil, then go for it!

– Conservative: Using a little goes a LONG way.  Don’t overdo application or your skin may start to look chalky.

– Long-wearing: This powder helps to control oil throughout the day.  I used to have to retouch my makeup every few hours.  Now, I can retouch once mid-day and I’m good to go.

– Invisible: Don’t be daunted by the ghost white, baby powder look.  This powder is invisible even on my olive skin.

Cons:

– Drying: I’d recommend using a heavier moisturizer once you start using this powder.  I love the Body Shop’s Wise Woman Regenerating Day Cream, which my cousin Jen gave to me to try a couple of months ago.  It’s packed with nutrients and makes your skin smooth and soft without being greasy

– Fineness: Since the powder is so fine, it goes all over the place unless you are super careful to contain it.  I recommend using a Kabuki brush, like this one from Sephora, and tapping off the excess into the lid of the container.

To combat the drying nature of this powder, I’ve been using it in combination with Smashbox BB Cream, which helps my skin to stay soft without being too oily or dry.

Overall, applying this powder is now a part of my daily makeup routine.  It’s the perfect spring and summer 2013 beauty product to add to your repertoire!

What products help you stay oil and shine-free?  Share in the comments!


Inspired by: Princess Jasmine

I’m almost positive that every olive-skinned girl born in the VHS-era says this, but I love Princess Jasmine.  Not only does she live in a palace, (which, granted, she tries to escape), but she has a pet tiger!  Cinderella?  Keep your glass slippers, girl.  Sleeping Beauty?  Drink a 5 Hour Energy, whatever.

When I was growing up, Jasmine was the only Disney Princess who looked a bit liked me.  I was sold from the minute I saw her sashaying across the palace courtyard in her harem pants (also known as the bottom half of a salvar kameez) and crop top (aka sari blouse).

The eyebrows, you guys!  Perfection.

Regardless of your preferred princess, it is undeniable that Jasmine has great style.  Here’s my take on a modern-day rendition of the Jaz’s outfit, with a few on-trend spring pieces that you can remix into your wardrobe.

A structured pleather skirt, like this one from Asos, is the basis of this look, which channels Jasmine’s signature blue.

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Add a tiger tee, like this one from Mango, to keep the look young and casual while channeling Raja the tiger.

Add gold cuffs like these from Etsy shop PointNoPointStudio as an homage to the genie.

Jasmine would go barefoot, but I’d add gold cap-toed flats like these Jeffrey Campbells on Free People to avoid running sans shoes around the streets of Chicago, (especially in March, brr).

Pair with wavy hair curled in uneven sections around a clipless curling iron, like this one from Remington that I love.  Flip hair over (whee!), tousle with fingers, and lightly mist with hairspray for good-Jaz-gone-wrong look.

Finish the look with BB Cream for dewy, glowy skin.  I’m currently loving Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream.  To top it off, add some thick, winged eyeliner, Lakme brand kajal, and black mascara for a Middle-Eastern feel.  Just keep the lip color to a natural, nude finish to avoid going too literal.

Who is your favorite Disney Princess?  What look should I cover next?  Tell me in the comments!