My Guest Post for Chantal: How to Wear Neon When You're Afraid of Neon

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick is a vibrant magenta—and a great way to introduce some neon into your look.

This month, as part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers' guest post series, I shared a post over on Chantal's Corner. It covers some tips on how to wear neon when you find it a little intimidating—baby steps! 

Have a read and leave a comment! See you soon.

Guest Post: An Eye Look Featuring NEON!

A neon face of the day courtesy of Sarah from Workaday Ramblings.

Hello, I'm Sarah from Workaday Ramblings. Amy was kind enough to let me take over today and share a neon look today as part of the Canadian Beauty Blogger guest post series. 

I was looking to do a neon nail art look, since I've been really into those lately, but with eyeshadow in Amy's blog name, I obviously had to change my plan and do a neon eye look instead.

Neon eyeshadow isn't something you'll find on most drugstore shelves, so I went with an indie brand: Sarah's Naturals. I used two shadows, Lemon Lime and Lime.

I started with a white base using Essence Stays No Matter What Jumbo Eye Pencil & Shadow in Whipped White Frosting, which is my standard white primer. I then dabbed on Lemon Lime on the inner half, and Lime on the outer half, blending into my crease and beyond.

added some Marcelle Ultimate Volume mascara, which does exactly what you'd expect, adding lots of volume. I finished with some light blush and lip gloss so my eyes kept all the attention.

Neon eyeshadow isn't something I'd wear every day, but it's definitely fun to play with, especially on hot summer days. Have you ever tried a super bright eye look?

Thanks so much to Amy for letting me share my neon look today!

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Beautiful work, Sarah! Thanks for sharing!

—Amy

Micro-Review of Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix: Some Products Just Don't Have That Thing

Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix

I get the concept of Make Up For Ever's Mist & Fix ($35 for 4.22 oz, Sephora), and I love it. A spray that protects and moisturizes my skin while prolonging the wear of my makeup? Sign me up! The problem is that even after testing it (on and off, to be fair) for the last three months, I'm just not sure it delivers. 

Here's some of what Make Up For Ever says about Mist & Fix:

Mist & Fix is a setting spray that sets your makeup and creates a long-lasting hold. On top of that, the formula contains an O2 skin complex that provides oxygenation to the skin while making it more radiant (without shine). Suited for every skin tone, Mist & Fix also provides an invisible shield against environmental stress factors such as pollution and extreme temperature changes.

A few things jump out at me here:

  • The science does sound appealing. As a city dweller, I'm especially aware that the environment has an impact on my skin. Does Mist & Fix help? Hard to say. Any kind of barrier could, in theory, help protect the skin, so I'll give Mix & Fix the point on this one. 
  • The idea of creating "hold" for my makeup is also appealing. Makeup that looks as fresh by day's end as it did that morning seems like an impossible dream—like winning the lottery or petting a unicorn. Does Mist & Fix help? It might. On days when I've used this, I often think I notice that my skin looks slightly fresher at 5 p.m. Of course, this may be wishful thinking. Additionally, if I unintentionally stand too close to the mist or apply a tad more than I should, it has the effect of "rinsing" away spots of foundation on my nose and chin. This potential for error kills the appeal of a setting spray for me.
  • Finally, the idea of a "finishing spray" is appealing. It's especially helpful if you use powder foundation, or you're a little too exuberant with your setting powder application. Can Mist & Fix work to make your skin look a bit dewier? Absolutely, but so can MAC Fix+, and it's slightly cheaper and has a lovely scent (Note: Mist & Fix has no discernible scent). 

The verdict? The desire for a product that delivers on promises like these really made me want to love Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix. But I just can't commit. There's no spark!

Have you tried Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix (or another finishing spray)? Did it work for you? Share your recommendations in the comments!

Disclosure: This product was provided by MUFE PR for my consideration.