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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 48: SACHA BUTTERCUP SETTING POWDER


I forgot how I found out about this. It was likely as a result of researching something else which lead me to YouTube reviews of this product then Amazon and here we are. Description:

Buttercup is a finely-milled, yellow-based setting powder. It is specially recommended for women with medium to deep skin tones. It can be used as an all-over face powder to highlight or set your concealer and foundation. It is a completely flash-friendly finishing powder and does not give off a white cast or turn ashy in bright lighting or photos. It absorbs oil, reduces shine and keeps your face matte for hours. Most women also purchase our flash-friendly Buttercup Compact to keep handy for quick and easy touch ups.

Additional features and details:

  • FLASH FRIENDLY – You never get a white cast or look ashy in bright lighting or photos
  • SPECIALLY RECOMMENDED – with medium to deep skin tones
  • SET – Use as an all-over face powder or to bake/set your highlights and concealer
  • FINELY MILLED – Fills in fine lines and pores for an incredibly smooth finish
  • OIL CONTROL – Absorbs oils, reduces shine and keeps your face matte for hours

Why do you need a setting powder? Setting powder “sets” your makeup to ensure it lasts and reduces shine. Well, that was easy.

So, I’ve been using this to set my BB Cream for a few weeks and have a lovely finish but by the afternoon, I have to reapply pressed powder because I look like a frying pan of grease ready to fry chicken. This could be a result of: (1) being knocked up, (2) sucky primer, (3) sucky finishing spray, (4) sucky skincare routine and or (5) being knocked up.

So do I regret this purchase? No. Should you buy it? I don’t know, why are you asking me? For more, visit Amazon.

Update: In Faux Product Review 47: True Complexion BB Cream, I mentioned that my grandmother was on a search for Fashion Fair and that I was hoping to help her transition but she located ANOTHER Fashion Fair counter at her local mall. My other grandmother fills in her brows with a black pencil *pours out liquor for lost causes*

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 47: TRUE COMPLEXION BB CREAM


Note: White sisters (and brothers), stick this out with me. While this product is not for you, the rant is applicable to everyone. 

While shopping at CVS for beauty products I didn’t need, I came across BB Cream. Eveything around me stopped. A light shined upon all of the BB Creams then I heard a voice say “buy it.” Is that you makeup god?

Makeup god talking to you is awesome but what is BB Cream? 

BB Cream (also known as beauty or blemish balm) hydrates, corrects, protects, conceals, moisturizes, primes and sometimes contains tent or foundation. Basically, it’s all your makeup needs in one. Surprisingly, I didn’t find my color (sarcasm) so I had to go back in time to 1955 to the colored section and came across Black Radiance’s True Complexion BB Cream:

This multi-purpose skin perfector evens and refines darker complexions with 10 skin care benefits for natural looking radiance. Exclusively formulated to enhance ethnic skin tones, the lightweight, oil-free beauty balm moisturizes, conceals, primes, smoothes and minimizes shine with blendable, sheer color and lasting SPF 15 protection. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure, reapply at least every 2 hours and use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.

Oh, I would also like to add that you should consult a doctor for children under 6 months. Babies are so vain these days, what do they need BB Cream for? Anyway, of the 5 colors I selected “Chocolate.” It’s slightly darker than my skin tone but not very noticeable.

There were a host of good reviews, this seems to be one of the most underrated products. I got really good coverage which was shocking to me. To cover dark marks, I layer BB Cream or mix in a little concealer. In contrast, I am more oily than usual as a result of being knocked up. There is no need for me to reapply “every 2 hours” because ain’t nobody got time for that but it requires me to do everything I can to minimize oil and the application of pressed powder and rosewater midday.

Side note: My face produces enough oil to moisturize at least 5 ashy middle school-aged kids. Screw you “pregnancy glow!” 

Of course, I recommend this! First and foremost, it’s super affordable and can be found everywhere including the year of 1955. I even suggested it to my mom, friends and the grandmother who still uses Fashion Fair. Like, where is she even buying it? She probably has to buy it on AARP’s black market. Anyway, read and share what has grown to be this year’s most popular post: Hell Has Frozen Over, Pigs Are Flying & I’m Pregnant

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 25: NYX BUTTER LIPSTICK


While at Ulta minding my own business, I decided to pass by the NYX section to inquire about nude lip colors similar to Bite’s Marizipan (but cheaper, obviously).

NYX Butter Lipstick’s unique texture seems to melt onto the lips, giving full, yet lightweight coverage with a luxurious satin finish.

I picked two lip colors but the Ulta consultant selected Vacation Spot (pictured above). As described, this product feels super light. Like a feather. Like is this even on? Like can the wind blow this off? Also, the shade is a bit too dark which means I should’ve bought the one the Ulta consultant didn’t select. On the bright side, it’s only $5.99 and I’ve been wearing it everyday so I think it’s a sufficient purchase.

Well wasn’t that short and sweet?

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 22: TOTAL COVER CREAM FOUNDATION

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Last Sunday, I returned to Sephora because my spirit told me to. While chatting with one of their beauty consultants, I noticed her makeup was flawless. She told me she was wearing Cover FX. And per her recommendation, I should switch to it. So, I did what any logical person would do, I returned NARS.

Note: I also returned Veil Mineral Primer for Ever-Matte because she said it works great with Cover FX. 

Although the Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation is what was recommended, they were sold out. Can someone inform Sephora about inventory? Another beauty consultant recommended the Total Cover Cream Foundation which should provide me with maximum coverage. I bought it in 100.

An antioxidant-rich, two-in-one foundation and concealer that delivers medium-to-full, buildable coverage. This foundation provides an all-day radiant finish that nourishes and protects with antiaging benefits. The buildable formula can provide medium-to-full coverage and offers all-day wear.

I know I say this all of the time (which is why I named it Faux Reviews) but I really love this foundation. And the color matches me to perfection. Better than all the foundations I’ve blogged about to date.

However, oil has been breaking through. I may have to up the ante on a setting spray. I’ve been applying pressed powder mid day and again at the end of the day if I need to freshen up for an after hour event I don’t want to attend.

Side note: I almost applied for a part-time job at Sephora, I wanted to work for a discount or be paid in beauty products.

For more on Total Cover Cream Foundation, visit Sephora.

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 21: ALL DAY LUMINOUS WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION

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I knew I was low on foundation but because I’m a total badass and like to live my life on the edge, I was like whatever. I’ll make a trip to Sephora for another Mat Velvet when necessary. And lucky me, I had just enough to apply for the day and went to Sephora after work.

Upon arrival, there seemed to be fog covering the floor of the store with everyone moving in slow motion. I saw my favorite beauty consultant who was too busy to talk to me but it was OK. So, I arrive at the Make Up For Ever section and search for my number (color). Don’t see it. I get another consultant (who has rainbow hair) to check the drawer, right below the display and it’s sold out. SOLD OUT!

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“Do you want us to order it for you?” NO, THIS IS A DIRE SITUATION, I AM OUT OF FOUNDATION! But I don’t panic, actually I am panicking but am able to ask for an alternative. Rainbow-head beauty consultant recommended some brands I wasn’t too fond of but eventually suggested NARS’s All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.

Achieve full-coverage, lightweight foundation that leaves a natural finish. Highly pigmented and perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Its Even Tone Technology instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.

I have tried and like NARS products (Read: Faux Product Review 10: Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder) but errr, it’s a little more than I want to pay for foundation. For 48 bucks, I expect it to apply itself. So what do I do? I begrudgingly buy the foundation with the intent of hating it and returning it; although, I did like the name of the color: New Orleans.

While applying, I made faces. This is too light. “Husband, is this too light?” “Yeah, it’s too light.” Although I knew that it would darken since makeup oxidizes shortly after its applied to the skin. Then, I started to like it. The foundation does provide full coverage which results in a smooth, even and matte finish. I dare say this color blends better than the one I had in Matt Velvet. For All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (the same price as a down payment on a Kia), shop Sephora

I should rename this post expensive a** makeup review…

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