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About Lauren J. Hudson

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  • About Me
    I am currently working to launch an online beauty consulting business! I will be offering face-to-face beauty consultations (where we can talk about literally anything you want!) via Skype, and also offer personal shopping services.
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    I know how overwhelming it can be to walk into a beauty store and be bombarded by TONS of products and not even know where to begin. Less than helpful sales girls, or worse, sales girls pushing their own brand's agenda, don't make it any easier. I will venture to drugstores, high end beauty stores and multiple websites to get you the products you need! You'll save on shipping costs, gas and sanity!
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    For a limited time, I will be offering complimentary services in exchange for testimonials. Message me if you're interested! :)
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    I was born in Scotland :)
  1. You definitely want to make sure you have your skin care routine down pat before you try to fix any makeup issues you have. This is what I usually recommend to my oily skin clients: 1. At night, wash your face really well with a gentle cleanser, making sure to exfoliate at least 3 times a week to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. Follow with either a mattifying or PH balancing toner, one that won't strip the skin of it's natural oils. Over stripping the skin will only cause your glands to go into oil producing hyperdrive, making your skin even more oily, as @@Reija said. Follow with an oil-free moisturizer to replace any lost hydration. 2. In the morning, wash face with water only, and then instead of a cleanser, use a cotton pad soaked in a 3-in-1 micellar water/cleanser/toner and run over the face. This will remove any residual bacteria from your pillow that may have gotten on your face while you slept, or any oil built up throughout the night. There is nothing you are doing during the 8 hrs you're asleep that should warrant you scrubbing the crap out of your skin with a cleanser all over again after you just did it the night before lol. During the day, you wear makeup, you touch your face, you come into contact with food, oils, pollution, dirt, wind, etc. What are you doing at night? None of that. Trust me! This is what we do in Europe. I spent half my life there and the 3-in-1 is all you need. Over stripping your skin is over rated. Squeaky clean isn't always a good thing! Be gentle to your skin and it will love you back lol. Follow with an oil-free moisturizer with an SPF and begin your makeup routine for the day. Disclaimer: This does not go into serums, eye creams, face masks, etc. This is a very basic skin care routine for oily skin, Makeup for oily skin: 1. Begin with a mattifying primer. There are a few drugstore ones out there, but many more high end ones that are good. I personally don't like silicone based primers, bc they tend to clog your pores, but as long as you are cleansing really well each night and exfoliating on a regular basis, you should be fine. Silicone based primers, like the Smashbox Foundation Primer, give you a very smooth, velvety feel to the skin, but make a lot of people break out. They do help with keeping the shine at bay, though. I really like a non-silicone version, like the Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Mattifying Primer, or the Murad Oil Control Mattifier, which also has SPF 15, which is nice. Those are non-comedogenic and won't clog your pores and I think they work really well. They feel lighter on the skin to me. 2. Go with a foundation to match your primer. If you do choose to wear a liquid foundation, choose a silicone based foundation with your silicone primer, or a cream based foundation with your cream based primer, etc. Personally, I like using a full coverage loose powder foundation on clients with oily skin, bc the loose powder soaks up the most excess oil. I really love Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. It really does give you a flawless, airbrushed look to the skin, and as long as you don't use too much, and are blending it out well, it's not going to cake on you. I think women shy away from using powder foundations bc they use too much and apply it with sponges, when they really should try using a buffing brush. The Buffing Brush from Morphe Brushes, the M439, I believe, is around $14 and is one of my favorites. This powder has a really long wear too, so there is very little need for touch-ups. 3. If you do need to touch up throughout the day, I would suggest using something that won't wipe away any product from your face, but won't add much either, like the Mally Poreless Face Defender, which is a clear balm that simply mattifies your skin without messing up any color placement. Genius! 4. Blotting papers are always a good thing to have on hand, just remember to always blot, never wipe, or you'll displace the makeup on your face and wipe it away, causing it to break down and remove color. 5. Just as a rule, I always put all my liquids on the face, and then set them with powders. When I try to put liquids on top of powders, it will start to get cakey. Others may have had different experiences, but that has been mine. 6. Always end your routine with a good setting spray. I like Urban Decay's All Nighter or De-Slick. I hope some of these tips help [email protected]@Sarah Potter!!!
  2. I have fallen in deep, deep love with all the ABH palettes so far. This one is no different. The formulation is flawless, so rich and pigmented and a dream to blend. The fallout is a bit ridiculous but I don't mind for what I end up with! The colors here are so rich and fall is calling my name! Ugh they came out with this right when people are desperate to delve into something rich with coppery gold fall goodness. Well played, ABH PR. lol
  3. Hi! You are a very thoughtful boyfriend and I know exactly where you're coming from. You're very lucky to have such a natural beauty for a girlfriend. Why spoil it by caking on a bunch on unneeded product? Nothing wrong with a few light hints of color to enhance her natural beauty though. I would suggest a Laura Geller Makeup Kit. The brand features great products that look natural but can be glammed up if you want, and best of all, she bakes her makeup, which means the product starts out as a liquid, instead of being milled and pressed into a compact. This promises denser and truer pigmentation, longer wear and easier blending. It also just produces a more natural finish, in my opinion. I've never seen it cake up on anyone or look heavy. You can, of course, buy her makeup on it's own, but I love her makeup kits. For $30-40, you can usually get a primer, powder foundation, a blush, an eyeshadow duo, a makeup brush, a mascara, a lipstick, and a bronzer or highlighter, or any combination of those products. She's got about 4-5 different kits out at any time, to suit different tastes, price ranges and needs. And keep in mind, just one of her products is usually anywhere from $20-30, so since you're getting full size products in these kits, they are such a steal! I would HIGHLY recommend them! She can create a whole natural beauty look from one of these kits, neatly wrapped up as the perfect gift, or just use the lipstick and mascara on the go. It's up to her, and you get the brownie points! @@jwhitts P.S. Her Spackle Primers that come in the kits are my holy grail favorite primers and I also love her lipsticks!
  4. Anyone with skin discoloration, hyper pigmentation or scarring, I always use Dermablend. Most makeup uses about 5-20% pigment at the most, whereas Dermablend uses about 40% pigment in their formulation, and also boasts a 16 hour wear, Now, being that you would apply it around your mouth area, eating and drinking would cause it to break down a little quicker than usual, but there are a few things you can do to help that, such as setting their cream or liquid products with their translucent powder to make it last longer. Any time you put a cream or liquid product on your face, setting it with a powder locks it into place, as a general rule of thumb. This will help especially when you sweat or eat/drink. I would also use a sponge applicator to apply any Dermablend concealer or foundation that you choose, bc a sponge is porous, and mimics the skin, and thus, will look the most natural. You simply dab a small amount of product on the skin with your finger (a little goes a LONG way with this stuff) and then take the sponge and dab it onto your face with a bouncing motion. Do not rub or drag. This will blend it seamlessly into the skin and give you the most natural finish. I really like Dermablend products, I've used them on clients with severe burn scars all over their face and Vitiligo covering 90% of their bodies. It covers tattoos, birth marks, you name it. It's all in how you apply it though, so watch the tutorials on their website for tips on how to use it to make it work the best for you, and understand that finding an accurate shade match is also key, so use their shade match tool as well. Dermablend Official Website: http://www.dermablend.com/makeup?cm_mmc=cpc-_-googleSearchBrand-_-Search%20-%20Dermablend%20Brand%20-%20Ex_Brand%20Short-_-kw:%20dermablend&gclid=Cj0KEQjw1ee_BRD3hK6x993YzeoBEiQA5RH_BM47c9CVaVIK5h6pT-KlRXLYDSfyuTzlj2Iw59JEuZkaAvFX8P8HAQ Dermablend Products on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dermablend
  5. Ohh pretty! I'm a huge fan of all the Becca highlighters. I have 3 of them now, in Opal, Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. I have a light skin tone, so the Bronzed Amber, although a gorgeous shade, would probably be too dark on me as a highlight, although I would love to try it as an eyeshadow! Maybe smoked out along the lower lash line?! Sooo pretty! That Rose Quartz reminds me of Ballerina from the Laura Gellar Gelato Swirl Highlighters, which I have and love. That one is described as a warm, rose gold shade, so I think it would be fairly similar. The spectrum of highlighters has vastly expanded lately. People are starting to really get into wearing the multi colored ones like rainbow and the ethereal blues and purples. I'm loving it! I'm so glad everyone is branching out with all these fun colors!
  6. I second the Burts Bees. They just came out with a full coverage lipstick line that is really moisturizing and lasts a pretty long time. The colors are gorgeous too. It's a satin finish, which looks like the look you're going for. I'm sure they have a color like the one above. They've got about 12-15 colors in the range I think. Maybe Fuchsia Flood? Check out the swatch! I think it's a pretty close match!
  7. @@Wildishy I love the Murad Mattifying Primer, and the Laura Gellar Spackle Primer for Oily Skin. Those are both great suggestions. Definitely stay away from any silicone based primers, like the Smashbox Foundation Primer, as the humidity will cause your makeup to slip and slide all over the place, not to mention a silicone based primer will clog your pores and give you breakouts, if you're not careful. Another good tip, is to make sure you're not over-stripping your skin in the morning, before you put your makeup on. If you're exfoliating and cleansing really well at night, and then applying an oil-free moisturizer, then you don't need to scrub and strip your face again 8 hrs later. I always tell my clients with extremely oily skin to use a cleansing toner in the morning to wipe off excess oil, residue, or residual bacteria from your pillow/sheets, and then proceed with your routine as usual. Over stripping your skin of it's natural oils can sometimes make the skin dehydrated, which causes your glands to go into oil-producing hyper drive in an attempt to balance it's own PH. I really like the 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Toners from Ren (organic vegan skin care company) and Boots Botanicals (Available at Target). They cleanse, tone and remove residue/makeup without stripping your skin. As for makeup, make sure you're not using too much foundation, and that it's the right type of foundation for your skin. I would also highly recommend a setting spray, to keep your makeup locked in place. Urban Decay De-Slick is an excellent one! I also suggest a loose, translucent setting powder, as loose powder will soak up more oil than pressed. And make sure you're not applying your face makeup with your fingers, as your fingers produce oil and can cause your foundation to break down faster. I'm not saying any one of these tips is the culprit, but they are some common causes of why girls with oily skin have issues, in my experience. Good luck!
  8. @@cassilee23 - I also have to say, I know you don't "trust" cream to powder or cream highlights, but may I ask if that may just be bc you're not sure of the best way to apply it? My favorite purple highlight of all time is Colourpop Hippo, which is a cool-toned, icy lavender and it's more of a mousse-like texture, with more opalescence than shimmer. It's almost immediately powder on the face, and I simply use a mini buffing brush to apply it, by tapping it into the product and then lightly tapping it onto my cheekbones. You don't need to buff it in or wipe the brush across your skin. Just tap. Also, Hippo is gorgeous, gives that ethereal glow you're looking for, and is only $8. Plus, if you've never bought anything from Colourpop before, sign up for their emails and they'll send you a coupon for $5 off your first purchase, making it a whopping $3. How can you beat that? I'm a die hard Colourpop fan, so check out all their products and I guarantee you, you won't be disappointed. Here are some photos to demonstrate:
  9. If you don't want shimmer, then you may need to try a matte blush that is very fair. Since it's a blush, it will be easy to sheer it out and give you that ethereal lilac glow to boost your radiance without putting a purple stripe across your face. Try Mac Powder Blush in Full of Joy. If you find that it's not highlighting the way you want it to, use a nude, pearl or white highlighter underneath and it will boost the highlight factor. Otherwise, why not try an eyeshadow? I've used lots of eyeshadows as highlights and they are essentially the same product. They're a shimmery powder, but you may try searching for one that has "pearlescent" in the title.
  10. @@Anju go to any local beauty store and they can give you a brief rundown, or just go to YouTube and watch some tutorials. YouTube is the best for self-teaching all these trends that are constantly coming up lol. You'll do great, and remember, practice makes perfect! Do some trial runs before you take your makeup off at night. After all, it washes off!
  11. Omg I saw this the other day lol. I really liked Star Trek Voyager when I was younger so I thought this was such a cool idea. I love the lipsticks and the eye shadows are pretty wearable and I've always loved Mac's formula for eye shadow. Never been that big a fan of their lip glosses, but I really just like the Star Trek logo on everything haha. I would probably buy the powders for the logo too, lol. I've always liked their powder formula as well, so why not? I've been loving all the different directions Mac has been going in lately!
  12. I agree with @Reija. Blending will be key. I would opt for a foundation maybe one or two shades darker than your face, tops, and then use bronzer & highlighter to add dimension and blend down onto the neck. When I used to tan in a tanning bed (gasp! I know, so bad. I was young and naive lol), I would always put a towel over my face so that it wouldn't cause wrinkles. So, of course, my body was a lot more tan than my face. People get that you're not going to be the same color all over. It happens. Sometimes you fall asleep in the sun and your front is more tan than your back, or you've been walking around all day and your shoulders are tan, but your chest? Not so much. Skin can be "ombre" in the summer, fading from tan to porcelain in various areas. So don't worry too much about being the exact same color all over. The center of your face should be lighter anyway, if you're contouring at all. Lots of people get darker foundations for the summer when they're tan, so just ease into it with less concealer or highlight as the days go on, and no one will notice the more tan complexion, other than, "Hey, @@Anju got a tan! She looks like J-Lo!!" lol
  13. Brands I always know will never do me wrong: Julep Boots No7 Makeup Geek Colourpop Origins
  14. Hi @! I just want to make sure I read that right. You're wearing moisturizer, then a transulcent powder over the moisturizer, and then adding liquid foundation on top of your powder, and then setting it with a different powder? If that's the case, your foundation is caking up most likely bc a liquid over a powder will not work. As a general rule, apply all liquids to your face before you use any powder products. Use a moisturizer that is made for your skin. I definitely would suggest an oil-free moisturizer for your oily/acne prone skin. Neutrogena makes a good oil-free moisturizer that won't clog your pores. Wait 2-3 mins for it to dry before applying your primer. I definitely suggest a mattifying primer, or possibly a silicone based primer, although a lot of silicone based primers will clog your pores, so if you do choose one, then make sure you are cleansing and exfoliating really well each night. Next, choose a foundation that is mattyifing or a satin finish. The Clinique Acne Solutions foundation will probably work just fine, as it is non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn't clog pores) and is a sheer to medium coverage. Then, set it with either a translucent powder, or a tinted powder that specifically says "setting" or "finishing" powder. Alternatively, there are a few light powders at the drugstore that can set your foundation, but won't cake up on the skin. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder are both good choices. You can use the sponge to blot the powder on any shiny/oily areas, but use a brush to lightly dust a small amount of powder over the rest of your face. You don't need very much powder, since your foundation should be carrying the majority of the weight here, The powder should set your foundation, essentially drying it on your face, so it doesn't transfer. You might also try a mattifying setting spray, to increase the longevity of your makeup, and to keep you matte as well. I like Nyx Cosmetics Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray. I will let you know that a loose powder is generally suggested for oily skin, bc loose powder soaks up oil more, but you can use a pressed powder if you like and it will get the job done, if maybe not quite as well as a loose powder would have. I would just use your translucent powder to set your foundation, but since you mentioned having some acne issues, you may want a little extra coverage to cover any redness or scarring, since the Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a sheer to medium finish. The powders above will give you that. And of course, make sure you are cleansing and removing every bit of makeup each night, and exfoliating at least 3 times a week, to unclog your pores and give your skin a deep clean. I might also suggest a clay or mud mask, to help purify the skin and unclog your pores. Let me know if you'd like me to give more info on that!

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