2 Classic Makeup Setting Powders That You Need

May 24, 2019
Originally posted May 31, 2014. Edited and republished 5/24/2019.

Setting, baking or finishing powder, whatever the term is, you want them.

Before I suggest 2 Classic Makeup Setting Powders That You Need, let me quickly explain why I choose one, the other or both. First off, my skin color can be described as light, golden with both yellow and red undertones. Basically similar to peanut butter (not the chunky kind). At times it seems really red which is mostly during the summer but then it tips on the scale of yellow all year round but especially during the winter. Now the purpose of using this type of powder is to primarily set. Set the cream or liquid foundation into place so it doesn't move, to set the creamy concealer so the fine lines and dark circles that were intentionally covered will not lose that cover up thanks to setting it with powder and finally using this powder to bring all the face products into one magical creation.
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Obsessed: Banana Powder by Ben Nye $13.50

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Yellow in color, hence the name Banana, leaves a golden, silky and smooth matte finish. The powder is finely milled which means it feels like a powdery butter in your hands so it sinks into fine lines effortlessly. This product is one that is hard to come across if you reside in a small town, but very easy to buy if you are an online shopper like myself. After watching several makeup tutorials, I found that this product is absolutely gorgeous on people with a darker skin complexion, a yellow undertone or either the darker browned beauties can use this product to highlight and contour. The only thing that I do not like about this powder is the perfume. The perfume in this product is not ideal for sensitive eyes such as me. You will end up rubbing off your eye makeup if you use this powder. Now that it is 2019 (originally wrote this in 2014), there are a lot of selections for banana powders that range in price and ingredients. I have tried a few of them by DERMABLEND, Beauty Bakerie, and Omolewa Cosmetics. Click on the names to see what they have to offer.

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Obsessed: Mineral Effects by Femme Couture $14

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More of an illuminating finishing powder this product will leave the skin matte (no shine) with a hint of pearl-colored shimmer due to the minerals. I found this product at Sally’s Beauty Supply in 2014 but unfortunately, it no longer exists. Tears. Again, I was watching makeup tutorials and I wanted something that would highlight the key areas that the sun hits i.e. upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, above the lips and under the chin and this product did the trick. I really wish this product still existed but it was good while it lasted. A similar product that you can use by this brand is Get Perfect Color Adjust Powder. Granted it comes in a pressed formula but you can scrap the top layer off with a bobby pin, gently swivel around a fluffy powder brush and set your face makeup.

Simple Application Method
  1. On a cleansed face apply a thin layer of face moisturizer like Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  2. Apply a nickel-size amount of BB cream or quarter-size amount of foundation to the entire face blending it down into the neckline. Make sure to coat evenly and quickly. The product dries within seconds.
  3. Apply concealer under eyes with a beauty blending sponge. Do not dampen a sponge with water. It will leave spots.
  4. *You can also apply a concealer 2 shades lighter to other areas that you wish to highlight such as the bridge of the nose, above the top lip, under the bottom lip, and above the highest part of cheekbones closest to the outer corners of the eyes.
  5. Use a fluffy powder brush or an angled powder brush to apply Banana Powder or Mineral Effects to areas you applied concealer to earlier.
  6. Apply a bronzer with a blush brush in a circular motion to the hollows of cheekbones, sides of the nose, and around the hairline.
  7. Proceed with eye makeup application and finish off with a makeup setting spray such as e.l.f. Illumination Mist & Set or Juba Cosmetics setting spray.
I can honestly say that I love both of those powders equally however because one no longer exists and the other is has too much perfume, I am now fully and completely in love with... Well, I will tell you that it is from one of the other brands that I mentioned.

SL Thomas
SL Thomas is a professional cosmetologist, barber and beauty writer for independently-owned cosmetic brands.

5 Reasons Why I Love A French Press Over A Keurig

May 09, 2019

Coffee has become a lifestyle and it shouldn't be so expensive. 

There are many options for getting coffee these days. One includes hitting up the McDonald's drive-through, the second involves going to boujee Starbucks aka Take My Bucks, the fourth includes your classic coffee maker and then there are 2 more. Keurig and French Press. Now, these have been going toe to toe in my budget and my throat for several years now. But I must admit, I love my French Press and here are 5 reasons why I'd choose it over a Keurig.

1. Prices For Every Budget
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Coffee makers are hella expensive. Keurigs are hella expensive but a French Press will cost you about $12 on the low end and about $130 on the higher end. I purchase mine at either T.J. Maxx or IKEA. They both have really great selections that will not give you a run for your money.

2. Multiple Sizes Coffee Presses
Now this one is actually similar to the Keurig because the sizes vary. If you are single with no children like me then you can purchase a French Press that can brew about 3-8ounce size cups of coffee. Or you can purchase a Keurig that is heavy in weight, brews coffee one cup at a time and sucks up electricity which brings me to the third reason.

3. French Uses No Electricity
I love the fact that my French Press doesn't cause me to use constantly plug in the machine into the electrical socket. Wait for the water to heat up thanks to the electricity it uses and then press a button that also uses electricity to actually have the coffee pour into my cup. Sheesh, that is a lot of electricity. Granted I do have to boil water in a pot ONCE, I am still using 2/3 less of electricity.

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4. K-cups Are Expensive
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These cups are so cute but they are a waste not to mention the amount of plastic that is being used to create these cups. These cups are single-serve unlike the 3-4 scoops of coffee that you put in the French Press to brew that again gives you about 3-8ounce cups of coffee. For one 12 count package of k-cups, you are looking to spend about $10-$50. For my favorite brand of pure 100%, Colombian coffee it is only $4 a bag espresso.

5. Glass, Aluminum or Ceramic
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The option to have glass, aluminum or ceramic is so ideal for me considering all the plastic that we have been LEAD TO BELIEVE is ruining our planet. Considering the fact that water is poured into a French Press at a boiling temperature you do not have to worry about the plastic melting or your drinking the toxic chemicals that come from plastic. So hooray this is a win!

Now those are my 5 Reasons Why I Love A French Press Over A Keurig. What's yours?

SL Thomas
SL Thomas is a professional cosmetologist, barber and beauty writer for independently-owned cosmetic brands.
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