Becca Primer Triples Makeup Wear & Yurbuds Are Awesome for Workouts

July 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Beauty Must-Haves, Fitness, Makeup | Leave a comment
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Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer

Two new favorite discoveries joined my daily routine this summer. And one trumped a long-time product love.

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

What I Love About It:

  • Applied under makeup, it extends wear by 3x. Normally my face makeup will be an oil slick after a couple of hours. Now, it feels fresh after a few hours and still shows signs of life at 6-8hrs.
  • Smoother skin. It helps fill-in pores for a smoother, more flawless appearance.
  • No breakouts. It has just 9 ingredients and zero silicones. This formula is near impossible to find in primers, BB, CC creams (trust me, I’ve searched obsessively).
  • I picked up a free sample to try at Sephora. I tested it alongside CoverFX and Nars. Hands-down, Becca performed the best at controlling oil.
Becca Swatch and Underneath Nars Tinted Moisturizer

Becca Ever-Matte Primer Swatch and Wearing Underneath Nars Tinted Moisturizer

A Few Learnings:

  • Application works best before makeup. You can dab it on top during the day for touch-ups, but feels a bit heavy. It also has a hint of a whitish cast, so isn’t great on its own.
  • Consistency is very dry. I apply closely after sunscreen, so my skin has some slip for blending. I apply and blend one section of my face at a time. If your skin is on the normal to dry side, you’ll prefer a more moisturizing primer.
  • It’s on the pricey side, though average for department store brands ($34 for 1.7 ounces). Try a sample first.

I have been using Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper for a couple of years. It’s good, but for me Becca Ever-Matte Primer is stellar!

Yurbuds Inspire Pro Earbud Headphones



If you walk, jog, hike, bike, snowboard, etc., you NEED Yurbuds Headphones ($59.99)! It is the only pair I’ve ever used that stay put in my ears. The earbuds feel comfortable, music sounds great and it controls your iPod/iPhone for hands-free operation. Plus they are water-resistant. I learned the hard way when I snowboarded with my old headphones, which got wet and then only played half a song in one ear.

Snowboarding in May at Alpental near Seattle

Snowboarding in May at Alpental Ski Resort near Seattle


Special Occasion Lashes from a Mascara

May 25, 2013 at 1:05 am | Posted in Makeup | 2 Comments
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Deluxe Sample from Nordstrom Chanel Counter

Deluxe Sample from Nordstrom Chanel Counter

“Special Occasion Lashes” from a mascara!? At the recommendation of my hair stylist, I tried Chanel LeVolume Mascara. It’s my new holy grail mascara…even beating out Mally’s (which I’ve used for years). Chanel LeVolume Mascara is pricey ($30), but it won’t disappoint. I was skeptical (after all, the “special” claim came from the counter rep), so started with a deluxe sample from Nordstrom. From the first swipe, I was hooked…lashes were long, voluminous and lasted all day.

With just one coat of Chanel LeVolume Mascara Before (l), After (r)

With just one coat of Chanel LeVolume Mascara. With eye makeup, it’s even more dramatic! Before (l), After (r)

On Saturday, May 25 (only this day), Nordstrom is hosting Mascara Madness: Buy 2 Get One Free. Go in with a friend and it brings the cost down to $20 per tube. You can even mix and match colors, or other brands, if you wish. The special price is online and in-stores.

Mini Reviews: Skin Peel, At Home Gel Manicure, 12-Hr Blush, Lip Butters

March 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Makeup, Nail Polish, Skincare | Leave a comment
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A few of the beauty products I've tried recently

It has been awhile since I posted to My Ray of Beauty, but it isn’t because I don’t love you and want to share all my beauty adventures and finds! So, to try to make up for lost time, here are a few beauty products that I’ve tried recently with mini reviews. Stay tuned for full-length posts on each. In the meantime, please ask me in the comments or email if you must need to know more scoop immediately. Trust me, I get the urgency when it comes to beauty, haha :-).

  • Melanage Peel: The next level of the Vi Peel performed at a medical office followed by a two-week home care system (I recently completed this newer peel developed to attack dark skin blotches, especially Melasma)
  • Nutra Nail Gel Perfect: At home version of the shellac-style gel manicure, however no UV light is needed (polish dries completely within 5 minutes, looks glossy and stays on, but it started cracking at Day 4)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: New shimmer colors were added to this best-selling line (this blush has amazing staying power; I have super oily skin and there is still noticeable color at the 12 hour mark…a definite must-buy if you have oily skin)
  • Tarte Smolder Eyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner: Line, smudge and smoke with this multi-tasking pencil (I was so impressed with the blush that I had to try the liner; it stays on well for a few hours but starts to wear off by the afternoon)
  • Maybelline Baby Lips: New SPF 20 Lip Balm (this softens lips nicely, offering some relief for my dry, cracked lips; they are still dry but better)
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter: A lipstick and lip balm in one (I LOVE the Cotton Candy color; it’s a pretty shade of shimmer pink and offers some moisturizing properties)
  • L’Oreal Balm: A lip balm with a hint of color (I prefer the Revlon, it delivers more color and moisture)
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