Kat Von D Lock-it Powder Foundation Review

Kat Von D Lock-it Powder Foundation

I bought this foundation because I was tired of how messy my mineral foundation was and the fact that I couldn't easily carry it for touch ups during the day. I was looking for something in a compact with great coverage. I had heard great things from reviews of this foundation, so I decided to splurge (anything over $20 is a splurge for me) and give it a try. I did test it in Sephora, mostly to figure out what shade to get. This is a good, build-able powder. I have found that it sits better on my skin when my skin is hydrated. When my skin is too dry this foundation feels a little cakey. I like the coverage, even when its not built to full it can cover a lot of red. I also really love the packaging.

Downsides: It takes a little patience to get desired coverage by building it up, this is mostly because I usually want/need full coverage. The sponge that comes with the powder is fine for touch ups, but is not the best for initial application. I am not really surprised by this and I just use one of my powder brushes instead of the sponge.

Link to Sephora Product Page for Kat Von D Foundation.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments...

Makeup Brush Buying Guide

Makeup Brushes

If you've been reading you will notice that I like to save money, but sometimes you have to pay a little more for quality, right?! This was my problem with makeup brushes for the longest while and honestly I have boughten some duds trying to find cheaper brushes. There is hope though, I have found a few brands and a few deals that will not break the bank.

First, let's talk general buying tips:

  1. Don't buy a brush that you can't touch first. If there is no demo out, sometimes they are in snap packs that can be opened and closed, don't be shy. The reason you need to touch a brush before you buy it is because touch is the easiest way to distinguish a quality brush. Poor quality brushes are coarse and have bristles the will fall out when you touch the top. 
  2. Know what you want! Are you looking for an eyeshadow brush? Powder? Foundation? Do you have no brushes at all? 
  3. Check the materials used! Natural hair brushes are made from animal hair, this can obviously present many concerns. That being said natural and synthetic brushes each have different pros and cons. 
  4. Read reviews! This is pretty self explanatory, but I would like to add that reviews on retail sites like Ulta or Sephora are going to be more honest and helpful than those on a brand site. The brand is more likely to monitor their reviews and I would imagine that brand-lovers make up the bulk of the persons reviewing on the brand sites.

Next, let's talk about value:

Single brush values: 

  • Up&Up: These single brushes tend to be an okay quality and are usually under $3 per brush. Con: Only found in store at Target.
  • E.L.F.: The Studio line from E.L.F. are $3 a piece except the Kabuki which is $6, these are a great quality and value synthetic line. The essentials line is a mixed bag, they are $1 each, but the quality is not great. Some of the eye brushes are ok, but I would not recommend any of the face brushes. The Gem line is not worth the pretty handle.

E.L.F. Essentials Makeup Brushes

Multiple brush/ brush set values:

  • Real Techniques: The brush sets from real techniques are fantastic, they have created a great buzz in the beauty community. The reason the value is in the set is that for $17.99-$19.99 you get 3 to 5 brushes and three of the sets have a case with them. Single brushes range from $5.99 to $12.99 each, this is still a good value for the quality but you can get more for the money with the set. 
Real Techniques Duo Fiber

  • Eco Tools: These are great brushes, they are synthetic fiber and eco friendly. They have beautiful bamboo handles. Single brushes range in price from $4 to $13 and sets range from $6 to $18. Much like the real techniques brushes the breakdown per brush in a set is a great value.
  • Essence of Beauty (CVS): These are pretty good brushes, I have some from the bamboo collection and the regular ones. The sets however are about the same price $10-$12 as a single brush.

essence of beauty makeup brushes
  • Victoria's Secret: First of all the VS brushes are surprisingly awesome! Now this is something to catch on sale, but during the semi-annual I got a travel set of 5 brushes in a cute case that would normally be $28 for $14. I talked about these in my Rimmel Stay Matte Review.
Victoria's Secret Makeup Brushes

Other brush values:

  • Smashbox: Ulta has a three piece Smashbox travel set for $19 that I got on sale for $10 around christmas. I really love the shadow and crease brush but have barely used the fan brush. Also I found of that these are a natural hair. I would expect that the set will go on sale again sometime.

Smashbox Brushes
  • Claire's: Some of the brushes from Claire's are good and well priced but be careful. For instance my mom bought this set, it costs $8.50 and the sponge brush and powder brush are awful; however the eye brushes are fantastic. Also as you can see below, the design can wear off.
Claire's Makeup Brushes

  • If you read my DIY Magnetic Palette post, you will know my mom gets way too many Lancôme samples and sometimes this includes brushes. All this to say, sometimes friends or family won't love something in a sample pack that you would, so keep an eye out for that.
    Lancome and Essence of Beauty Brushes

Essential brushes for newbies:

  • A powder brush: multi-purpose for foundation and buffing.
  • A contour brush: to keep from crossing colors with powder brush.
  • One or two eyeshadow brushes: I think brushes work better than the spongy-things or fingers
  • An eyeshadow smudged/ blender: smudging will make a huge difference in dynamic looks

Final Notes:

Sometimes you will find travel sets for a better price than full size brushes, travel brushes work the same as the full size, need I say more.

I just want to say I am not an expert in any way, I'm only sharing my opinions from my personal experience. I would love to here your experience!

I hope you enjoyed, please let me know what brushes you love or if you have any questions!

Disclaimer: if you have not realized, I am prejudiced against any type of sponge applicator!

DIY Magnetic Makeup Palette (Z-palette substitute)


*update: I have a new tutorial that I think turns out better using a CD case.*
I have a ton of Lancôme sample eye shadow palettes from my mom buying her Lancôme foundation (she doesn't wear eye products). If you have never seen a Lancôme sample palette, they generally have four colors and each pan is about a half inch wide. Anyhow I hate having to open each palette to find the colors I want so I wanted a way to keep them all together and I found Z-Palettes. However I didn't not want to spend $20 on a Z-Palette so I decided to make one.

Note: I did not come up with this project, I googled "z-palette DIY". I found this video tutorial, however I have modified her version to include a magnetic board, and a place for my shadow brushes. Also my palette is not entirely covered in Duct-tape.

Video Version of this Tutorial

Supplies Needed:
  • A piece of scrapbook paper (wrapping paper could substitute)
  • Matching Duct-Tape 3/4" thickness
  • Old DVD or Game case
  • Self-Adhering Magnet sheets
  • Scissors
  • Box-cutter or x-acto knife

In total this cost me $6.50 but I did not use all of the tape or magnets on this project.

1. The first step is to put cardboard between the clear plastic and the black case. Next outline the area you need to cut out on the side that the disc would have clipped to.

Top picture shows my outline; Bottom shows the cut out.

Result after cutting out.

2. Next use the insert from the DVD or Game to draw an outline on your paper. Then cut it out.
I love this pretty pink chevron!

3. Put the paper in the case where the insert used to be. Then lay the case flat and outline the area of the opening you cut in the case.

4. Cut the above outline out and insert the paper back into the case.

5. Tape the edges of the case. Then trim around the handle to open the case.

6. Take your magnetic sheet and measure it to fit the case. I used a 5"x7" magnetic sheet. I placed one edge of the sheet on the edge the clips for an insert and drew a line a little within the bend of the case. I did this because if I went all the way to the bend it would not close properly.

7. Peel the sheet off the back of your magnet and place it in the case.

Ta Daaaaaa! Easy magnetic palette.

Tips and Tricks:
  1. Save your magnetic scrap. Some pans that you depot may not be a metal that will stick to a magnet, if you save the magnet scraps you can put a little piece on the bottom of the pan. 
  2. Leave the clips inside the box that would be used to hold an insert, they are great for holding your brushes. 
  3. Find a way to keep track of color names. I wrote a number with permanent marker on the bottom of each pan and wrote a corresponding list that I will type up and keep on my computer.  
  4. Save the palette you de-potted your makeup from if they aren't damaged, you can add a magnet bottom and have a small travel tray from the things in your big palette.
  5. If you don't like the DVD case you can use some of this tutorial and apply it to other casing.
Let me know how your projects go!

Bests, Cittie

January Favorites

January Favorites

I thought I would share some of the beauty things that I loved in January and I am still loving. 

The first this is the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation which I have review in a prior post here.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse

The next thing is my Etude House Dear My Blooming Eyes in Beige Brown. This is a great neutral palette that will be in my review of several Etude House products this week.

Etude House Eyeshadow

The next thing is the Ulta Lipstick #217 Plum Crazy. This lipstick is a great winter dark red and it lasts almost all day. I also like that it has a little sparkle in it.

Ulta Lipstick: Plum Crazy

I usually only use black eyeliner (except on halloween) but this month I have been branching out and I am loving this MAC eye liner pencil in Teddy. It goes on smooth and is great for smudging.

M.A.C. Eye Kohl Teddy

The winter means dry skin and even though I have combination to oily skin, I have had some dry spots on my face. I picked up this Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Gel Moisturizer to help hydrate my face without breaking me out. This product is great it makes my skin feel fresh and light. Also I tried it on my fiancé's face the other night (he was complaining of dry skin) and he loved it too.

Olay Fresh Effects: Dew Over

I also grab a new Victoria Secret perfume from their semi-annual sale. This bottle is normally $55 and I got it for $20. I am awful at describing smells, but I can say this is a very fresh and sexy smell with floral notes. Unfortunately I think this was a limited edition and is no longer available on their website. So glad I bought it when I did.

Victoria's Secret London Perfume

This last item isn't really beauty related, but I love this phone case I bought on amazon. It was $2 with free shipping and handling and it is so cute. The only problem is the wear on the lace (as you can see), but for $2 this was a steal.

Mint Green iPhone Case

Hope you enjoyed! What were your January favorites!?