Chubby In The Nude?–Me too!

My summer foundation journey has been rough. The climate I live in is hot, and make-up melts when you’re glistening heavily because it is 110 degrees in the shade. The last few years I have simply stuck with my same ol foundation for summer and winter. Reason being, I was not able to find the so-called sheer coverage foundations. When I let my family know charming guru was my new thing, and what charming guru was all about, I got some great tips and points in the best directions.  In one of the suggested directions, I found an awesome article on the current top 8 foundations. As you can imagine I read it, expecting to hear what I was already well aware of. And suddenly, I saw exactly what I needed to see. Chubby in the Nude, a foundation stick, made by my childhood go-to counter cosmetics brand, Clinique. After reading the article, I simply went on about my business, and began dreaming. What would my life be like if the sticks claims to fame were true? Later that evening, I was shopping online, and saw a free gift with purchase. Needing less to say,- by sunset the following evening, I had my new chubby in the nude foundation stick.  Allow me to fill you in on all the, best and worst points of this product. I will also share some secrets to making this foundation stick stretch a little further, in case you love it as much as I did. This time around, we will discuss packaging, the product, and some application tips I recommend to stretch out your purchase.

Chubby In The Nude is the new stick foundation line.  Chubby sticks come in a variety of products and are made by Clinique.  The packaging is a plastic type of acrylic tube with a chrome/sliver click turn dispenser.  The tube has the signature lid and;  accessing the portion, is as simple as doodling with a giant crayon, on the area of your face you would like to have some coverage. I was a little shocked that my chubby stick had a chrome sticker on the bottom vs, the traditional shade name and number, but not a deal breaker. The shade name is actually printed right on the side of the chubby stick and seems more rich in appearance. Now I did notice there seems to be a hair sized space running the circumference of the actual foundation. Which made me feel a little uncomfortable, but again not a deal breaker.

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Now let’s talk about the foundation. The following findings may slightly blur with application tips, but I will try to keep it as clear as possible.

The Chubby in the Nude Foundation stick has .21 oz of stick foundation, which seem like not a very generous amount. I did apply the foundation using 2 separate techniques. I first applied the foundation to clean skin no moisturizer, and found that the coverage was very sheer, and consistency of the product seemed hardly able to blend with my fingers. The product seemed so thick that my fingers could hardly blend it. I was worried I was using more of a contour product than a foundation. You should keep in mind the article that inspired me to buy this, told me, the foundation was sheer, and moisturizing. In conclusion to my first attempt, if you were to simply just grabbed this product off the shelf, and are going for the summer time hardly need all-over coverage kind of woman. Meaning, just need foundation on my cheeks, maybe to even out my skin tones, or just to cover a few places on your face. I can confidently say right out of the box this stuff is definitely for you, not only did it cover but it felt and looked SHEER.  My first application is not to far from the brand’s message of application or their application gif.  I would like to side track for a quick fact, to make an important point. Estee Lauder the founder of Estee Lauder, has a daughter who(m) Clinique was founded.  Clinique is ment to be for  young women, who have sensitive skin or like very gentle make-up. The finished look a Clinique customer would want to achieve is polished, lady like, and the occasional more intense look.  MAC the sister company of Clinique is the most dramatic of the 3.  So I would say that the Chubby In The Nude foundation stick, is true to brand and,if you used this product with minimal make-up knowledge you would have exactly what was advertised.

My second application technique was much more of a professional touch. I had a really big day and needed a subtle yet glamorous effect. This time I applied moisturizer before using the chubby stick.   It was like chubby in the nude came to life. I did reach out to Clinique and asked the beauty consultants the best way to put this stuff on.  The consultant suggested 3 swipes (lines) on each cheek, a swipe across my forehead, nose and chin. I had all the product on I needed. I also asked if they recommended using a foundation brush or fingers.  The Clinique consultant suggested fingers were best. Taking her advise into thought, I tried both, applications techniques, brush and finger. When applying the foundation with a professional foundation flat BRUSH, not a sponge or blender thing; the foundation did spread across my face and was very very sheer. I did apply another coat with my fingers, as I was used to heavy coverage, and wanted to have on noticeable make-up, but shame on me because; I had the sheer as advertised. The looking I was searching for! In my defense I did want a more glamours look, and I did discover the product was very easy to layer for more coverage if needed.  I did use light pressure when apply the stick, so a little did go along way. One last mention, on brush vs. finger, I do think that finger blending was the best method of application for this product.

 

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Moving on to the STRETCH MY PRODUCT tips.  As you have read, I really felt worried, that I did not have a lot of product.  The following tips will really help you to get this product to blend out or spread out across your face better.

Tip 1)  Start off with clean skin, and be sure your skin has been pat dry or towel dried.

Tip 2) Apply your favorite moisturizer, and ALLOW IT TO DRY before adding any other products to the face.

Tip 3) Use an all in one Primer.  As you read above I tried a few methods to get my perfect look, but when I used the primer on top of moisturizer, It was like I had the foundation of my dreams!

Side Note: If you usually notice by the end of the day, you foundation as been absorbed into your skin or has “vanished”, or you get those dry patches exposed.  Primer is definitely for you. Primer is even for oily skin ladies as well. Try it and you will really see the life of your foundation.  My foundation stayed on my face and when I arrived home later I still had on foundation!

Tip 4) Realize this is not the same coverage type as your liquid, it will look sheer because it is.

Tip 5) It is summer! You do not need tons of coverage, Dare to let parts of your face be NUDE. Apply this to the T-Zone and maybe the chin or just in the spots where you need to be evened out, and you will have a flawless, natural look.

Tip 6) If you have dry skin or use this product all over, DO NOT set it with Loose powder all over! It will cake up and you will not have the look you expected.  I used powder to set just under my eyes.  If you have to set use a pressed powder or the liquid spray type of set.

These tips will really help you stretch this product. Charming Guru loves this product. I was told my make-up looked better on chubby stick trial day than my own wedding day! So that was a huge plus and totally made me fall in love with this foundation, at least for spring/summer! Chubby In the Nude Foundation Stick, will definitely be in my make-up bag this summer!

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Less Make-up More You

Just Last week, I was tipped off about a new make-up kit that I should try. So without further delay, here are my review results on #BYBB make-up kit!

Summer is here; and I am definitely in search of the: barely there, born with it, that is not bronzer! I really have tan, kind of look that most people who are off the runway want to have!!! So in regards to #BYBB let’s talk: Brand message, packaging, and how the make-up behaves on skin.

The Brand Be Yourself Be Beautiful(#BYBB) seems to be in the right place. Sharing through its packaging and Study Guide, that your inner beauty does much more for you than make-up ever could. Which is very beautiful thing to say to our youth. (and should be intensely share to today’s modern woman as well!) I do feel this product is aimed at girls who have just come to an age, and permitted to wear make-up by parents, however; the quality of the product…( if its safe for baby, it should be safe for me too!)made me an offer I could not refuse . #BYBB really educates the buyer, on more than just how to apply make-up. That made me feel impressed, and confident about my purchase. #BYBB let me know I am beautiful, and make up would only enhance how great I do look! I really love the message and education this brand aims towards the “girl” generation. It truly is beautiful.
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Next let’s talk packaging! You will find this kit packaged in a card stock box with a trendy punchy print. The tray that holds all of the goodies inside, has that velvet feel to it, which was a pleasant surprise too me; however, it was a bit tough to pry my brushes and the make-up palate, out of the tray. The kit did have one silica package inside, and mine was busted, but not a big deal. The back of the box is full of information about the product and is very helpful when trying to make an informed decision. The eye shadows, bronzer, highlighter, and glosses come in a sweet book like paper based package.The graphics on the palate are sweet and pretty. Did I mention there are brushes and a cute storage pouch? How about a Study Guide?

#BYBB really informs the consumer they have formulated this make-up to accentuate your features, not to provide you with a look that is avant-garde or very intense. The pictures in the brochures and packaging are mostly young girls. The bit about “asking my mom if I can wear make up”, really let me know the target audience of this kit. I felt a bit sheepish testing out this kit on myself. But Talc free make-up..okay I was game! We really must discuss; the way, this brand choose to educate consumers. The guides are so very detailed, and after reading the study guide; I felt a young person reading this for the first time would have gained a lot of skill with make-up application. The Study Guide has tips for taking care of your health, skin, suggests get your mom involved, and has cosmetology diagrams of the designated places the make should be placed, their common names and where make should be placed. This kit even talks about using a light touch for a desired effect!
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On to another must make point about this brands make-up formula.

When I talk about make-up, especially with chemist and hard-core naturalists, the first thing I usually get from them is a question about “is this make up actually good for your skin?” #BYBB packaging would imply their make-up is free from a lot of potentially hazardous chemicals and additives found in most make-up. Here is a list of all the stuff #BYBB is free of: Paraben, Phthalate, and the current big one TALC. A make-up that is talc free has got to be a good thing. Again if its safe for young girls, it should be safe for me too? The box does have a printed claim “Mom Approved”.

Now on to our last topic for this review, how does the make behave.

The kit has included make-up brushes and a pouch to store them. The brush handles are super. The handles really feel ergonomic, and have been labeled as well. The brush bristles on the other hand, are soft and white, and could be much better. The brushes really do not do justice to the quality of the shadows (pressed powder), and shades. The powder brush was not stiff at all and really held all the pigment. When I applied the bronzer and cheek color, my powder brush soaked up the pigment and left me with but a mere shimmer, rather than the barely there look. Since this product is not geared towards women, I could talk myself into saying “why the brushes are that way.” But poor brush quality seems a contradiction to the all education the guide gave me. The storage pouch however was a nice touch. I would have liked them to include tips on how to keep my brushes clean.
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I was actually very surprised at the quality of the shadows and pressed powder bronzer and cheek color. When I used my pro-brushes, the pressed powder shades did awesome. I applied these goodies, with moisturizer only, ( like a young lady might) and with a nice foundation,and my brushes. I really loved the results I got with my brushes. The pigment in the nude/neutral palate really came through. The powders are not to heavy, but I did feel like I had make-up on, but it was not itchy or cakie when photographed. If you just need to hear about the flaws, the pressed powders, are very high shimmer, which is not totally a bad thing for a young girls day time look, and not to far from On Trend in ladies make-up up.
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Let me give the lip gloss a nice mention, they were fun to wear and they also felt very natural. And it was awesome having the dedicated brush to apply it. The longer I think about this experience I definitely enjoyed wearing this make-up. With the study guide this kit has, you will want to call your self a guru too, and even if you’re not ready for guru you’ll have a very shimmering light glow.

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A PERFECT SHIRT

 

Recently I purchased a beautiful shirt online, and wanted to share this purchase in the form of a product review/fashion inspiration post for CHARMING GURU .  I recently had the wonder of an awesome life event just happpen.  This life event in its after glow, along with the natural change of seasons, and the catchy product offering title that hooked me with “Slimming”: beckoned me to a Spring treat. What first attracted me to this shirt was ; the way this top made the model look beautiful in a perfect,polished, and lady like appearance. The next detail to catch my eye was the shirt’s demure color. When shopping online the color we see in the product offering tends to be slightly off when we receive it. Fortunately this shirt color was equally pleasing in person as it was in the online offering. Almost spot on. Finally I loved, the way the pearls were secured to the fabric ( which is a light cotten) and the elegant applique Rather than drone on about the purchasing experience I have decided to share an inspiration board.  On the DAY TIME DEMURE, inspiration board, i have added the basics.  Some Jewelry would be a great way to add a personal touch, or a swap of any of the basic pieces would dramatically change the presentation style.  How would u wear this or, what would you add to this board to really bring out your personal style?

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