Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stila Perfect Me Tutorial ~ Makeup to Enhance Blue and Green Eyes

Amidst all the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, I like to unwind by watching Hallmark Christmas movies (even though I've seen them all at least 2-3 times ;-) or by watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

In case you are looking for an excuse to take a little break and relax, here's a quick and easy tutorial I did using the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Palette.  This is a great eye and cheek palette that I just love! 
It's great for travel and would make the perfect gift in case any of you still have some shopping to do :-)  Check it out here (affiliate link):  Ulta ~ Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Palette (Medium/Tan) 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  Thanks so much for watching!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tried and True Christmas Recipes

In case you didn't know this about me, I love to bake and I have a major sweet tooth!  In order to keep my weight in check, I usually try only to bake when I know I'll be sharing my baked goods with others.

Several years ago, I decided as part of my Christmas gift to family and friends, I would bake goodies for them.  This has become a yearly tradition now and I've added several more recipients to the list (55 in all!).  When I posted these pictures on Facebook....

....I had some requests to share my recipes.  Now, each year I try a couple new recipes to keep my goodie bag recipients guessing ;-)  However, I always include 6 items because they are tried and true and have become favorites among my recipients.  Pictured below (Wintertime Spice Tea is not pictured) are the goodies that result from the recipes that I'm sharing with you today.  I've created a separate blog post for each recipe to keep this post from being a mile long :-)

As a disclaimer, none of these recipes are original to me.  They have all either been given to me by friends or I've found them in magazines or cook books, as you will see when you click on each recipe.  I have, however, tweaked the original recipes for a few of these goodies and have included those tweaks in the recipes.

Now, without further delay, here are the links to each one of these recipes (Click on the photo of each one to view the recipe):

Happy Baking!!

Spiced Pecans

One of my favorite snacks anytime of year are nuts.  Add a sugary, spiced coating and I'm in heaven!  This recipe was given to me by another good friend, Patsy W.  She is a wonderful cook and baker and loves easy recipes.  When I told her I was looking for an easy nut mix recipe, she gave this one to me, promising it would not let me down.  And she was right!  The amazing thing is there is no oil or butter in this recipe!  And, if you don't like pecans, it works great with other nuts too.
3 1/2 cups raw pecans (or nut of your choice)
3/4 - 1 cup sugar (I use a full cup as I like my nuts on the sweeter side :-)
3 T water
1 egg white
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg

*Combine all ingredients except pecans in a large bowl; mix well.  Add the pecans and stir well to coat. Spread on greased baking sheet.

*Bake at 250 degrees F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool on waxed paper.  Store in airtight container.

Ginger Spice Cookies

There is nothing like a good, spicy, chewy ginger cookie to put me in the mood for Christmas!  This recipe was given to me many years ago by a friend at church, Donna S.  These were an instant hit and have been included in the Christmas goodie bags/boxes ever since!
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger (unsulfured kind is best!)
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (a must if you want puffy, chewy cookies)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/4 cup mild flavored molasses
Sugar for coating cookies (about 1/2-1 cup)

*Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.  Mix in crystallized ginger.  Using electric mixer, beat brown sugar, shortening and butter in a large bowl until fluffy.  Add egg and molasses; beat until blended.  Add flour mixture and mix just until blended.  Cover and chill 1 hour.

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly butter 2 baking sheets.  Spoon sugar in a thick layer onto small plate.  Using 1" cookie scoop or a spoon, form dough into 1 to 1-1/4 inch balls; roll dough balls in sugar to coat completely.  Place balls on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

*Bake cookies until cracked on top but still soft to touch, about 8-12 minutes.  Cool on sheets 1 minute.  Carefully transfer to racks and cool. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Kickin' Cayenne Pretzels

This salty and slightly spicy snack is one of my favorites to throw in my Christmas goodie bags/boxes.  It gives you a little reprieve from the sugar rush :-)

From Taste of Home Magazine....I have no idea which issue but many years ago :-)

1 cup vegetable oil
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix (you can use Hidden Valley or a natural one like Simply without MSG)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-16 oz bag of pretzel sticks

*In a large bowl, combine the oil, dressing mix, garlic salt and cayenne.  Add 1/2 bag of pretzels and stir to coat; then add remaining pretzels and carefully stir to coat.  Divide between 2 ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans.

*Bake at 200 degrees for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

Almond Bars

One of my all-time FAVORITES, these Almond Bars are moist and chewy and SO DELICIOUS!!
Contributed by Cheryl Newendorp and published in the Taste of Home Fall Baking Cookbook 2010

1 cup butter, softened
1 pkg almond paste (about 1 cup)
2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
Optional:  1/2 cup slivered almonds (I never add these)

*In a large bowl, cream butter, almond paste and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and extract.  Gradually add the flour just until moistened.

*Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.  Sprinkle with the remaining sugar; top with almonds (if using).

*Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out nearly clean.  Don't overbake!!  Cool on a wire rack.  Cut into squares.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Silver Smoke Holiday Glam Makeup Tutorial

If you are looking for a cooler toned smoky look for a special occasion like this one....

....check out my tutorial below.  Thanks for watching :-)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How to Deep Clean Makeup Brushes FAST!

One of the most despised chores in my house was cleaning makeup brushes.....that is until I discovered this method of brush cleaning.  I first learned of this method from a YouTuber named Zabrena (here's the link to her video).  After making a few tweaks to the method, I decided I must share it with you all and have recorded a short video to share the details of how it's done.

Whether you have a few or a plethora of makeup brushes to clean, this is the fastest, most effective method I've found.  And, it uses very little water!  Thanks for watching :-)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Inspired Makeup Tutorial - Modern Renaissance Palette

Here is a  fall-inspired look, using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.

If you'd like to see how I got this look, watch the tutorial here!  All the products I used are listed below.  Enjoy!

*Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette -
*KatVonD Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette -
*NYX Proof It Eye Shadow Primer -
*bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Cream Eyeshadow (Candlelit Peach) -
*UD 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Perversion) -
*Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer (Bronzer) -
*e.l.f Matte Blush Duo (Rosy Flush) -
*Makeup Geek Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette -
*L'Oreal Voluminous Primer Mascara -
*CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara -
*NYX Lip Liner (Nutmeg) -
*Smashbox Always On Liquid Matte Lipstick (Stepping Out) -

*Morphe M208, E27, M433, E18 -
Sedona Lace EB 09, EB21, 904, 919, 850
Bare Escentuals Precision Eyeliner, Light Stroke Fan
Lorac Contour Brush
Sigma E30

MUSIC: Provided by YouTube Audio Library
DISCLAIMER: This video is NOT SPONSORED. All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me. Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Going NATIVE....Deodorant That Is!

A lot of ink has been spilled talking about the benefits of using a natural, aluminum free deodorant.  I embarked on quite a journey, trying various natural deodorants before finding the Crystal Deodorant.  Overall, that has been pretty reliable for me but in the summer, when the weather heats up, I would have to reapply it after about 10-12 hours in order to stay odor free.  Since it is basically a "mineral salt", my underarms would get quite chapped and dry.

Well, one day, while browsing good ol' Pinterest, I came across a pinned article about the Five Best Deodorants for Women.  At the very top of the list, ranking higher than one by Tom Ford, was NATIVE deodorant.  I'd never heard of it so I went to their website, read the list of simple ingredients and then started reading review after review.  I was so impressed, I thought it was worth a try.  Plus, they offered free shipping and free returns so there was truly nothing to lose!

Originally when I ordered, it was only available in 3 scent options:  Eucalyptus/Mint, Lavender/Rose and Unscented.  I chose Unscented because I wasn't crazy about the other offerings.  Since then, however, they have added two more scents: Coconut/Vanilla and Citrus/Herbal Musk.....if you know me, you know I couldn't resist the Coconut/Vanilla one ;-)  And it smells wonderful!  The scent doesn't stick around all day but sure smells good going on!

Since going NATIVE about 2 months ago, I am hooked!  Not only does it offer great odor protection for up to 24 hours (yes, for real!), but it also keeps me much drier than the Crystal deodorant did.  It's not quite like my good old chemical antiperspirant deodorant but it's close.

The deodorant comes with directions on how to use it and a reminder that depending on what type of deodorant you are currently using, it can take up to 10 days for your body to adjust to this natural formula.  Even though I'd been using the Crystal deodorant for a couple of years, it still took me a few days to adjust.  I wouldn't recommend making the switch on a day you'll be at Disneyland all day in the heat ;-) Once you're body is adjusted, however, it will definitely hold up under those conditions.  And, less is definitely more with this deodorant!  They will send you an email to remind you of that fact and it is so true!  Slathering on too much will actually hurt the performance of this deodorant.  Just 3 swipes up and down across the underarm area is the perfect amount for me.

So, if you have struggled to find a good, all natural, aluminum free deodorant that WORKS, I'd encourage you to give this one a try!
Cost: $12
Where To Buy:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Browse My Stash: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Today you get to browse my stash of:
*Traditional pencil that needs to be sharpened
*Smooth, pigmented formula
*Stays on all day and is waterproof
*Retail Price - $20 each (full size - 1.2g/0.04 oz)
*HUGE array of colors available - 40+
*Favorite and Most Worn Colors:  1999, Bourbon, Demolition, Perversion, Rockstar, Smog, Stash (see swatches with * below) 

*Where to Buy:  Ulta, Sephora, or  

*Summary: I highly recommend these eyeliners.  Their smooth and creamy formula glides easily on the skin without tugging....a necessity in my book when it comes to eye liners! These also work great as a base for eye shadow.  Just be sure to blend them out quickly because once they set, they do not budge! They are pricey so I usually buy these in sets (watch for them around Christmas time).  Also, many times Urban Decay includes a deluxe size with their palettes so that's another way that I've been able to enlarge my collection without breaking the bank.
Just in case you're shopping online, here are swatches and descriptions of the colors I own to help give you a better idea of what the colors look like.  These photos were taken in natural daylight and swatched on my hand.  Scroll to the end to see swatches grouped by shade.

Individual Swatches (In Alphabetical Order)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - 1999*
Description:  Plum with burgundy sparkle
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Asphyxia
Description:  Vibrant pink/purple duochrome with tiny bits of blue sparkle
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Baked
Description:  Metallic bronze-gold
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Binge
Description:  Metallic denim blue
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Bourbon*
Description:  Warm brown with tiny flecks of gold glitter
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil -Corrupt
Description:  Cool-tone dark brown with tiny flecks of silver glitter
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Demolition*
Description:  Dark matte brown
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Dime
Description:  Metallic silver
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Electric
Description:  Bright turquoise with tiny flecks of silver glitter
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Empire
Description:  Deep dark matte eggplant
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Mainline
Description:  Deep green/blue in matte finish
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Midnight Cowboy
Description:  Metallic golden champagne
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Mildew
Description:  Mid-tone cool, metallic green
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Oil Slick
Description:  Dark charcoal with silver specks of glitter
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Perversion*
Description:  Blackest black in matte finish
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Ransom
Description:  Metallic bright purple with a blue shift
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Rockstar*
Description:  Metallic eggplant
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Smog*
Description:  Metallic coppery brown
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Stag
Description:  Cool-tone blackish-brown (slightly darker than Demolition)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Stash*
Description:  Metallic olive green
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Stray Dog*
Description:  Medium metallic warm gray
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Uzi
Description:  Gunmetal with silver sparkle
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Voodoo
Description:  Vibrant grape with tiny flecks of red glitter
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Whiskey
Description:  Medium warm matte saddle brown
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Zero
Description:  Matte black
Swatches Grouped By Shade

Monday, August 1, 2016

Styling My Hair: Tips, Products and Video Tutorial

Almost every time I'm out in public, someone comments or asks a question about my hair.  Many people think it looks hard to fix and are surprised when I tell them I style it myself!  I can't tell you how many times I've been in the aisle at the grocery store explaining how I fix it and what products I use.  Several people have suggested I do a hair tutorial so that is just what I've done!

Linked below is the video I posted on YouTube where I show you all the products and tools I use and exactly how I style my hair.   Since posting the video, I've had a few questions that I thought I'd answer here:

1. How often do you get your hair cut?
**Every 4-5 weeks
2. How often do you highlight your hair?
**Every 3 months (due to the way I style my hair, it disguises root growth very well)
3. How often do you wash your hair?
**Pretty much everyday.  It's so easy to fix that it's just easier for me to start from scratch rather than trying to fluff up my "bed head" hair :-)
4. What blow dryer do you use?
**It's a Conair 209NP.  I've had mine for over 1.5 years but you can find the latest version of this cord-keeper model on Amazon here.

So now, without further a-do, let's get to the tutorial.  Click on the pictures below to view the video on YouTube.  If you enjoy this video, please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.  I'm planning to do some makeup tutorials next....stay tuned!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Shout Color Catchers: Save Time and Water!

My wonderful friend, Debbie, introduced me to Shout Color Catchers a little over a year ago.  With six children, these became a life-saver for her in helping her stay on top of laundry.  How is that possible?  The color catchers allow you to mix a bunch of different colors in one load....yes, I said MIX colors!  As a result, you can do fewer full loads, saving time, water and money!

I'll admit I was very skeptical that these would work. I said a little prayer and tossed in a color catcher along with my white capris, my husbands red polo shirt and many other colored items.  Just take a look at the assorted colors that I washed together and the color catcher showing the excess dye that it absorbed...

And here is a recent color catcher after the wash cycle was completed....

Yep, without the color catcher that pink would have been all over my white pants!  I'm telling you, these WORK!  Just toss 1-2 in the machine then add your soap, scent booster, etc. and let the color catchers do their magic (see back of the box for full instructions).

A few tips to ensure success:
*Always use cold water to wash those mixed color loads
*Don't allow the wash to sit and soak in the water before starting the cycle.  The color catcher has to be moving through the wash to catch the dye before it soaks into the fabric.  If the wash is sitting still, it doesn't allow this to happen.  How would I know?  I learned the hard way, of course!  If you have an item that needs to be soaked, do that before tossing into the machine.

You can find these in the laundry section of the store, usually with the other Shout stain removing products.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Food Fridays: Dogs and Cheese

Ok, let's be honest...there are few comfort foods more popular than hot dogs and good ol' mac 'n' cheese.  For years, both of these foods were typically chock-full of preservatives and artificial ingredients so these foods were never on anyone's "healthy foods" list.  I always felt like eating these were a "guilty pleasure", until now!

A few months ago, I stumbled onto these Oscar Mayer Angus Beef Franks and was immediately intrigued when I read all of the things that are NOT in these dogs.
Plus, they come in two separate packs of 4 (between me, my husband and the dog, that's enough for one meal ;-) so we aren't pressured to eat all 8 dogs once the package is opened.

I pondered what would go well with hot dogs and a craving for good ol' mac 'n' cheese hit.  The box of Annie's Macaroni and Cheese caught my eye so after a careful study of the ingredients list, I thought it'd be worth a try.
Folks, I'm telling you, these are both delicioso!! My husband and I enjoy this meal now almost every week and he's affectionately named it "Dogs and Cheese".  It's the perfect dinner on those nights when I get home at 6:30, have been playing piano and teaching all day and am ravished with hunger.  That's when I need a dinner like this that can be on the table in 10-12 minutes and fills our tummies with yummy goodness.

Of course, you can always add a salad or some other vegetable on the side.  And, if you are trying to cut some calories, skip the buns on the hotdogs.  You might be surprised how satisfying it can be!

All in all, I think this is a great meal for adults and kids alike....the four-legged kind included :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Browse My Stash: Concealers

Normally when I do a blog in the "Browse My Stash" series, it pertains to items from one brand.  However, when I saw the plethora of concealers I have accumulated (holy cow!)...
...I thought I should do a "stash blog" to give you an idea of which one might work best for your particular area of concern, skin type, etc.  So here we go...

Grouped by brand, here are all of the concealers, color correcters and brighteners I've tried (at least in the past 2-3 years) and a brief snapshot of each one.  Stay tuned to the end for swatches and to find out which ones are my favorites!
bareMinerals BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer - Light
Formula:  Liquid/Serum
Coverage:  Medium
Packaging Notes:  Doe-foot applicator
Best Uses:  Undereye concealing.  Be sure to set with a lightweight powder (e.l.f. HD loose powder is my favorite) 

bareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener SPF 20 Broad Spectrum
Formula:  Loose Powder
Coverage:  None....just adds a brightening effect 
Best Uses:  Under the eye as a setting powder over cream concealers.
Cons:  Can emphasize fine lines....use a very light hand when applying!

bareMinerals Multi-tasking Minerals SPF 20 - Bisque and Summer Bisque
Formula:   Loose Powder
Coverage:  Light to Medium
Best Uses: Covering redness dark spots and blemishes; best paired with powder foundations. Can also use to set under eye cream concealers but for me it emphasized my fine lines too much.
bareMinerals  Correcting Concealer SPF 20 - Light 2
Formula:  Cream
Coverage:  Light to Medium
Packaging Notes:  Compact with mirror
Best Uses:   Covering blemishes and dark spots

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer - Light
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Full
Packaging Notes:  Squeeze Tub
Best Uses:  Covering blemishes, redness and dark spots.  Can also work under the eye but use only the tiniest bit and set it with powder or it will crease!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer - Neutral Medium
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Medium to Full (seems to be different than the aforementioned one in the squeeze tube)

Packaging Notes:  Doe-foot applicator (comes in a dual-ended tube with Hello Light)
Best Uses:   Covering blemishes, redness and dark spots.  Can also work under the eye but use only the tiniest bit and set it or it will crease!

IT Cosmetics Hello Light Brightener - Light Radiance
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  None...just adds a highlighted effect
Packaging Notes:  Doe-foot applicator (comes in a dual-ended tube with Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer)
Best Uses:  Highlighting the high points of the face; adding brightness to inner corner of the eye

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Concealer - 03 Medium
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Medium
Packaging Notes:  Doe-foot applicator
Best Uses:  Under eye concealing; recommend setting with a powder

L.A. Girl PRO Conceal HD High Definition Concealer - Natural (GC972) and Creamy Beige (GC973)
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Light to Medium
Packaging Notes:  Squeeze Tube with Brush Applicator - HATE this dispensing method as it always spurts out...not good when applying near the eyes!
Best Uses:  Under eye concealing or highlighting the face

Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer (not sure of the shade as it came in my ipsy bag)
Formula:  Liquid 
Coverage:  Medium to Full
Packaging Notes:  Squeeze Tube
Best Uses:  Covering blemishes and dark spots

MAC PRO Longwear Concealer - NW20 and NW25
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Medium to Full
Packaging Notes:  Pump - Always love pumps on foundations but for concealers, it dispenses WAY too much product!
Best Uses:  Under eye or eyelid concealing, blemishes, redness and dark spots

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser - Neutralizer
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Medium (even though it's meant to be a "corrector" I feel like it gives coverage too)
Packaging Notes:  Twist Up with Sponge Applicator
Best Uses:  Color correcting under the eye or patches of redness

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser - Brightener
Formula:  Liquid
Packaging Notes:  Twist Up with Sponge Applicator
Best Uses:  Color correcting under the eye before applying concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer - 30 Light/Medium
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Light to Medium
Packaging Notes:  Squeeze Tube
Best Uses:  Blemishes and redness

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - 10 Light
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Medium
Packaging Notes:  Doe-foot applicator
Best Uses:  Under eye concealing, blemishes, dark spots and redness

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer - Radiant
Formula:  Liquid
Packaging Notes:  Twist Up with Brush Applicator
Best Uses: Brightening under eye area before or after concealing
NYX HD Photogenic Concealer - CW05 Medium
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Medium to Full
Packaging Notes:  Doe-foot applicator
Best Uses:  Under eye concealing, blemishes, redness, dark spots 

NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour - 3CP02 Medium
Formula:  Cream
Coverage:  Medium
Packaging Notes:  6-pan Palette
Best Uses:  Color correcting and concealing blemishes, redness and dark spots

NYX Dark Circle Concealer - DCC03 Medium
Formula:  Cream
Packaging Notes:  Round Pot with screw-on lid
Best Uses:  Color correcting under the eye before concealer

NYX Color Correcting Concealer - 3CP04
Formula:  Cream
Packaging Notes:  6-pan Palette
Best Uses:  Color correcting dark circles under the eye and redness on the face

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer - Light (Warm) and Med-Light (Neutral)
Formula:  Liquid
Coverage:  Medium to Full
Packaging Notes:  Doe-foot applicator
Best Uses:  Under eye concealing, blemishes and redness

Now for the swatches......
(Click to enlarge)
...and FAVORITES...
#1 - Urban Decay Naked Skin - great coverage to tackle any concealing concern and doesn't crease if lightly set with powder
#2 - bareMinerals bareSkin Serum Concealer - great coverage; provides a little moisture to the under eye area and is pretty crease resistant if set with a powder
#3 - MAC PRO Longwear Concealer - super lightweight look and feel but gives great coverage to tackle any concealing concern and does not budge once it sets!
#4 - Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - very inexpensive, gives good, medium coverage and stays pretty well if set with a powder.  This is my favorite to throw in my purse for touch-ups throughout the day.
#5 - IT Cosmetics Hello Light Brightener - does not look heavy or cakey when applied over foundation; has no shimmer or glitter particles.
#6 - NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette - love having one palette with all of the color correcting shades; lightweight formula that doesn't look cakey under concealer.

And now, I think it's time for me to do a bit of de-cluttering, starting with my concealer stash!