Revlon Photo Ready Foundation, Worth the Hype?

First off, thank you all for the support on the impersonator drama. Also, dear impersonator, you're still not me.

Secondly, I have been testing out Revlon Photo Ready for a while and I'm ambivalent on it. So here's my review after a long trial period.

When the rumour about the advent of this foundation spread I worked myself into a frenzy where I dreamt I could finally show the finger to Make-up Forever HD foundation. The latter is gorgeous on everyone and I've used it on so many women. The only thing is it makes me break out uncontrollably. So when Revlon came up with their dupe of the HD foundation, I was, I'm going to make an understatement here, interested.

After hunting down the foundation (it was the make-up equivalent of landing the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and deliberating much on the right shade, I took it home as one would take home a lottery ticket that could possibly win a $678 million dollar jackpot. The only thing I pretty much didn't do was stroke it and whisper "My precious..." like Smiegle did in Lord of the Rings (nerd alert).

 The first thing that popped to mind in the store was that while it is supposed to be a great foundation, the range is fairly limited. I also found that the shade I got was not a perfect match as it was slightly darker and a tad more orange that I would have liked. I needed some form of powder to balance out the colour.

The packaging is actually very nice and it comes with a convenient pump. The consistency of the foundation is not as gel-like as Make-up Forever's HD foundation but it does apply very well. It blends in beautifully and it's easy to sheer out. The finish is a lovely, believable satin that screamed sophistication. It looked great initially.

The problem with the foundation is that as the day progressed, it emphasized dry spots. These dry spots were imaginary before I applied the foundation, mind you. Even with a good primer I was not able to get rid of flaky looking skin even if it was reduced.

The glitter that everyone seems to complain about doesn't really bother me. In the sunlight, I can see some of the particles sparkle. However, for the non-Twilight fans, I was able to tone this down with some powder. 

This foundation, had it stayed the way it looked when I first applied it, would have been perfect. It blends beautifully, provides buildable coverage, gives a satin finish, and doesn't break me out. However, even with the sparkle toned down, my skin looks so incredibly dry at the end of the day.

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Dear Facebook Impersonator, You Are Not Me

Someone on facebook called Anu Artist has been impersonating me and taking my pics. PLEASE take down the profile. I am going to contact facebook etc if you do not do so immediately.

Everyone else, sorry for the drama :).

Home-Made Hand Scub

This is one of my all-time favourite hand scrubs. It keeps for about two weeks depending on the expiry date of the milk. This also makes a great body scrub in general.

Products Needed:

  • A bowl to mix everything in
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 4 Tsp honey
  • 4 Tsp rosewater
  • 2-4 Drops of your favourite essential oil (mine would be lavender). This is optional
  • Nature's Gate Vitamin E Oil. This has so many uses. It's incredible really.
  • Sugar

Step 1:
Mix the honey, milk, rosewater, vitamin e oil, and essential oil if you're using any in the bowl.

Step 2:
Add sugar and keep mixing the concoction int he bowl. Keep adding sugar until you get to a fairly thick consistency that's still spreadable.

Store in the container of your choice. This also makes a great body scrub in general.

Tutorial: DIY Manicure Part 2

So without further ado, let's continue to the next part: applying the polish.

Products Used:

  • Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II as base coat
  • Nail Tek Quicken Top Coat. I know a lot of people prefer Seche Vite, but this is my all-time holy grail of top coats
  • OPI Grand Central Carnation
  • An ear bud/q-tip with most of the cotton pulled off. This leaves you with very little cotton on the staff so you can get rid of stray polish during clean up. Alternatively, you can use a paintbrush made for acrylic paints for clean up.
  • Sephora by OPI Nail Colour Drying Drops
  • Cotton
  • Non-Acetone Polish Remover

Step 1:

Dip your cotton ball lightly with nail polish remover and clean your nails, even if you cleaned them already at the beginning of the manicure.

Step 2:

Apply Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II as the base coat. I always start by painting the nails with my non-dominant hand first. I find that this way, I don't have to be scared of smudging any nail polish when I need to concentrate on application.

Step 3:

Take enough polish on your brush to coat your nail in a thin layer. Then, place the brush in the middle as close to the middle of the cuticle rim as possible while leaving a small gap between the cuticle rim and the polish. Apply slight pressure to the brush; this will cause the brush to fan out a bit more. Pull the brush all the way forward. I like this technique because I get more control over the polish.
Step 4:

Place the brush back near the middle of the cuticle rim and this time follow the sides of your nail. Finish one coat of polish on all your nails. I find that I don't need to wait to recoat my nails because by the time I'm done with the first coat, I can start at the first finger I polished again.
Step 5:

Apply a second coat to your nails. This time I do wait around 30 seconds.
Step 6:

Apply the Nail Tek Quicken top coat to your nails.

Step 7:

Apply a drop or two of the Sephora by OPI Nail Drying Drops on each nail. Wait around 5 minutes before you touch it.

Step 8:

Dip the poor semi-bald q-tip in some nail polish remover and erase the extra polish or nail drying drops around your nails.

Tutorial: DIY Manicure Part 1

Here's something I haven't revealed to the world yet. I love nail polish. At one time, I would change the colour every day. After a tragic accident in September last year, I lost an entire nail (I have photos for all who have a strong stomach) and the bare nail bed on my left index finger (completely bare mind you; and might I remind you that I can post that pic if you'd like).

So now that my nail has almost healed, it still looks 'slightly vomitous' to quote my husband, here's a quick tutorial on a DIY manicure.

Tools Used:

  • Nail File according to the level of coarseness that you need
  • Lacrosse Cuticle Pusher. I like this infinitely more than cutting my cuticles
  • Finger Bowl. That's what I call it at least for soaking your fingers.
  • Cotton wads for removing nail polish

     Products Used:

    • Sally Hanssen Gel Cuticle Remover
    • Softsoap hand soap
    • Non-Acetone Polish Remover from CVS. I prefer non-acetone but most people don't. 
    • Yes to Carrots Feel the C Pampering Hand & Nail Spa
    • Essie Lemon-Guava Smoothie
    • Lavender essential oil (optional)
    • Nature's Gate Vitamin E oil
    Pardon my horrific nail if you chance to see it.

    Before Starting:

    • Squirt some hands soap into the finger bowl and fill with warm water. You can add a few drops of essential oils to this if you'd like.

      Step 1:

      Start off by drenching a cotton ball with nail polish remover and getting rid of all the old polish on your nails.

      Step 2:

      Soak your fingers in the finger bowl for five minutes or so.
      Step 3:

      Scrape some of the Yes to Carrots scrub out of the pot, mix with a little water, and exfoliate your hands.

      Be sure to exfoliate around your nail as well. I like to do this as it keeps my cuticles soft and more pliable. This way I can just push them back and no need for cutting.

      Step 4:

      Dab your hands dry with a towlette or tissue.
      Step 5:

      Apply Sally Hanssen Gel Cuticle Remover to your cuticles and massage it in.
      Step 6:

      Push your cuticles back gently. I find that I get to 'shape' my cuticles a bit and they look neat and, well, manicured if I push along the sides and the cuticle rim.
      Step 7:

      Remove dirt from under the nail. I used the other side of the cuticle pusher as it has a blunt knife on the other side which can't even cut through butter. Feel free to use a nail brush or whatever you prefer for this task.

      Step 8:

      Shape your nails by filing them. If you need to cut them down a bit before filing them, you should do so and then proceed to shape them. I find that filing my nails doesn't work out as well if i use a left-to-right motion to shape them. Instead, I shape by filing in one direction.
      Step 9:

      Shape the edges of your nails by filing from the outside-in. This allows you to shape the edges properly.

      Step 10:

      Massage in some Smoothie goodness by Essie.
      Step 11:

      Massage some cuticle oil. I absolutely adore Nature's Gate Vitamin E oil for this.