Chronicled Beauty

One girl's journey through the makeup industry

First Impression of Covergirl’s NEW Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation January 31, 2013

I just recently purchased Covergirl’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation from the drugstore and abstained from using it until I could chronicle my First Impression for you all!





This new foundation from Covergirl is $9 to $10 depending on the location and comes in 13 shades.  According to Covergirl’s claims this foundation is a primer, concealer and foundation all rolled into one.  It also provides an SPF of 20 which is always a plus in my book!  This foundation is supposed to leave all-day flawless coverage with lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer and blendability of a foundation in one, all while being shine-free.

I was really looking forward to trying this product with the idea in mind that one foundation has a primer and concealer all built in will take a lot of time off getting ready in the morning.  On a day to day basis I always use moisturizer, eye cream and primer so with this foundation I just started out with clean skin, prepped with my usual moisturizer.

Let’s jump right in!


Freshly cleaned skin with moisturizer and the cheesiest fake smile I’ve ever put on!

I put the foundation on around 10:15 in the morning.


This is the foundation with 1 layer of foundation all over


After 7 1/2 hours.

I ended up using 2 full pumps of the foundation – first placing one layer of foundation all over and then adding a second layer to the necessary places – under my eyes and blemishes.  This picture shows me with JUST foundation covering the skin, no concealer whatsoever.  This is a MAJOR plus for me considering I usually have to put a heavy duty concealer under my eyes to mask my dark circles.  This foundation did amazing covering those bad boys while not looking to heavy or cakey with an extra layer.

By definition, my skin my skin is combination – being dry as can be during the winter, with an oily T-zone and I’m oily as all get out during the summer.  With this foundation my skin was begging for more moisture through the day.  I did not get too oily through my T-zone, which is great, but it felt like my skin was parched.  I also was not too fond of the finish of the foundation.  It sets in about 10 minutes to a powder/matte finish.  I usually like to have a little more glow to my skin in the colder, winter months to mimic that youthful appearance, so I did add highlighter to the high points of my face and a luminizing blush 

Overall, I would have to say that this is a great foundation for oily/combination skin.  I think the coverage was amazing and the idea of only having to use moisturizer beforehand is definitely a plus!  It also has great lasting power, staying pretty much in place for a little over 7 hours for me without any touch-ups.  I will give this foundation a grade of B- because I wasn’t too fond of the powder finish or the feel of my skin underneath the foundation.

I do know I’ll be trying this foundation again in the spring/summer months to see how it combats my oilier skin – I think I’ll be RE-grading this foundation then!

If you have tried this foundation and have had different results please leave a comment below and tell me what you thought of it!



Big City Trends for a Small Town Girl January 28, 2013

Living in a small town in Southwest Virginia, it’s hard to execute runway trends on a day to day basis. I don’t know about you ladies, and gents, but if I were to walk into the grocery store wearing this:


Dior Spring 2013

I would get the most awkward stares from each person who laid eyes on me. Now I’m not saying my confidence wouldn’t allow me to do this, or that I’m afraid of embarrassing myself, but it’s just not practical. It’s fun for a night out but even this exact look is a bit much for anything OTHER than the runway or editorial shoots.

This post is going to give you a small town version of big city runway trends for Spring/Summer 2013. I will break down the hottest trends and show you how I think it’s best to make it as wearable as possible on an everyday basis, or for a fun night out makeup look.

To start this weekly series, lets begin with the BIGGEST trend, and in my opinion the most exciting, for Spring/Summer 2013 on the runways is FRESH, GLOWING SKIN. Who DOESN’T want fresh looking skin that gives a youthful glow??? No one! Designer’s like Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and DKNY had their modeling showing off that ethereal glow that we all long for!


Dolce & Gabbana



These are a few of my favorite highlighting products that I would use to leave your skin aglow!

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Chanel – Soleil Tan de Chanel, Benefit – Watts Up, MAC – Shroom Eyeshadow, Lorac – Luminzer in Perfectly Lit

When wearing products to give your skin that glow, first make sure you’re placing it in the right areas – tops of the cheek bones, Cupid’s bow, directly under your brows and down the bridge of the nose. The whole idea behind highlighting is to place it where the sun would naturally hit! Next, don’t use much shimmer in the rest of your makeup. You don’t want your entire face to be SHINING in the light. Place a setting powder through your T-zone to counteract the shiny look where you naturally get oily through the day.

Another thing I love is on some of the runways the designers had their models with glowing skin, no much on the cheeks or eyes whatsoever, and a bright pink or red lip. This really accentuates that youthful feel and is perfect for the Spring months that we are all longing for!!

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Here is a subtle glow to the skin and a super bright lip!

I hope you all can try to recreate the runway looks I’ve shown and if you do, PLEASE let me know how it turns out!

Are there any new products on the market that you may want a First Impression on?

Leave a comment below with any suggestions!


First Impression of Revlon’s NEW Nearly Naked Foundation January 27, 2013

Today I will be doing a first impression review of Revlon’s new Nearly Naked Foundation.  

So this is how a first impression works:  I’ll show you a picture of myself with prepped skin, moisturizer, eye cream and primer, which I use on a daily basis.  Then I’ll show a picture of the foundation on and describe the texture, fragrance, feel, coverage level, etc.  Lastly, I’ll do a final review at the end of the day, along with a picture, to show the longevity of the product and how it wears through the day.  So, here we go!

The NEW foundation from Revlon runs about $10.00 at most drugstore locations.  The color range has 16 shades to choose from which is great for a drugstore foundation.  Revlon claims this foundation will balance the skin with buildable coverage of flaws, perfect the skin’s tone and texture, and does not leave a heavy or cakey/greasy mess.

First, here is my NO MAKEUP self – darkest dark circles you’ll ever see and all – but you know what, I just do not care!  This is for YOU guys!


The next photo is with JUST the foundation and last is of my full-face makeup.


Here, you can tell that it definitely does even my skin tone. While my monster dark circles are still present, I’ve found that ONLY my heavy duty concealer does the trick of covering those babies.


I’ve finished with the rest of my makeup here. I did not use any powder to set the foundation at all because I think it gives a really NATURAL glow to the skin without looking shiny at all, which I love in a foundation. It did take around 20 minutes for the foundation to set by itself, meaning to fully dry.

As of now, I’m LOVING this foundation.  It feels super light on the skin and I think I did good on the color selection which is ALWAYS hard buying from the drugstore.  It does have a slight scent to it but that doesn’t last long whatsoever. I think it looks really natural and this definitely allows my skin to show through while still giving good coverage.

I put the foundation on at 11:24 and I’m going to give the foundation 8 hours to sit on my skin before reviewing again to see how well it lasts through the day.  I will update with my final thoughts and grade around 7 tonight!

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8 hours later!

Here is a picture of the makeup 8 hours after first application.  I think it lasted great, coverage-wise, throughout the day.  As you can tell from this picture my forehead and nose are GLOWING so I recommend if you have combination/oily skin to add a setting powder on any areas that get oily through the day or purchase the pressed powder that accompanies this foundation.  I didn’t apply any setting powder in order to see how the foundation truly wore through the day.  
Overall, I am super pleased with the Nearly Naked Foundation and I would give it a A-.

If you have any products you want my First Impression review on please leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to try it out!