A Tale of Two Highlighters

Once upon a time, there was a young maiden who thought her skin looked dull and drab. She craved a golden glow so off to the market she went. After scouring the shelves she came across two bargain products, one a liquid highlighter and the other a powder.

What were these two products you ask? L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator and True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator.

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When the time came to test these two highlighters, the young maiden tried the liquid product first. She was pleased to find that it was easy to apply, blendable, and offered the natural, golden glow she craved. The subtle sheen lasted all day and into the night without any trouble.

Next came the powder product. Just like the liquid version, it applied very easily but did not impart the same golden sheen. The young maiden also noticed a few flecks of glitter which wasn’t terrible but not the look she wanted.

Layered together, the maiden found a winning combination for a night out as the liquid highlight stayed put and the powder added an extra pop of shimmer.

Overall, the liquid highlighter was much preferred to the powder due to the beautiful golden sheen and staying power it offered.

Now that the young maiden has found herself a beautiful highlighter, she is sure to live happily ever after…

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Product Review: Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation

unnamedAs someone who reads beauty blogs and product reviews like they’re going out of style, I put a lot of stock in what other people say about certain products. One of the products I’ve heard a lot about lately is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation.

As the name says, this makeup claims to keep your skin looking matte, natural and
even. Who doesn’t want that? I knew this was a foundation I wanted to try and picked it up on my last trip to Target.

First, let’s start with the price—it’s amazingly affordable, even for a drugstore item. No buyer’s remorse here!

Now, about the actual product. This is a liquid makeup and the bottle does not come with a pump so proceed carefully. The makeup blends very well into the skin and offers light medium coverage while still looking natural.

This foundation wore great throughout the day and the coverage lasted from morning to evening. I barely had any oiliness peek through so I’d say this product lives up to its claim of being “matte and poreless.”

Overall, I give this Maybelline makeup a big, big thumbs up! I look forward to wearing it again and definitely recommend it.

Have you tried this product? Tell me your thoughts in the Comments section!

Bioderma Dupe?

FullSizeRender-3As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Bioderma is one of my favorite makeup removal methods. I picked up my first (and only) bottle on a trip to Paris. Unfortunately I didn’t fully comprehend its magical powers before I flew back so once I used up my precious bottle, I found myself looking for a replacement.

I decided to try out the Simple Micellar Facial Cleanser Water as it was budget-friendly and readily available at my local Target.

At first glance the two products seem pretty similar. They are both unscented and feature micellar water as the main ingredient. When put to the test, I enjoyed using the Simple micellar water version. And then I got it in my eyes—oh, the burning! Maybe I put too much product on my little cotton round or maybe I’m just too sensitive but my poor little eyes did not like the Simple water.

I’ve lately been much more careful about keeping my eyes tightly shut when removing my eye makeup and I haven’t really had a problem.

Overall, I’d pick Bioderma over Simple. However now that I’m in the midst of “No Spending” July and August, I’ll have to wait a little while if I decide to pick up some more Bioderma. But if I find myself in a pinch and without a good makeup remover, I’ll definitely pick up the Simple makeup remover. I just have to remember to keep my eyes completely closed!

“No Spending” July + August

57983859Happy Sunday everyone! Sunday is definitely my favorite day of the week (followed closely by Friday, obviously). It’s a great day to take some time to reflect, recharge and focus on what’s important in the upcoming week.

One thing that is a constant focus for me is saving money. Whether it’s for an unexpected expense or spontaneous trip, I always want to make sure I have plenty of money in the bank.

With that thought in mind, I’ve decided to put a hold on any spending on makeup for the rest of July. I was inspired to do this by Ravishing Roses and I even decided to take the challenge up a notch by extending it through August. AHHHH!

With an overflowing collection of makeup products, I’m hoping this little experiment will help me rediscover a few products in my collection while saving some pennies along the way.

Do you think you could manage a challenge like this? Let me know in the Comments section!

Mini Ulta Haul

Happy Sunday!

I recently went to Ulta to exchange a concealer and obviously I couldn’t leave without picking up a couple other items. Apparently I’ve got something to hide because all I bought on this particular trip was concealers.

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I’m obsessed with both the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer and the NYX HD Photo Concealer so those were easy picks. I’ve been wanting to try the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and I figured, no time like the present, right?

Have you tried any of these products? Tell me your thoughts in the Comments section!

Splurge vs Steal: Rebecca Minkoff

I don’t know if it’s the pollen going to my head or the fact that festival season is upon us, but lately I’ve been allllll about finding a fringe crossbody bag.

I’ve been eyeing the Finn crossbody from Rebecca Minkoff for a while now and while it’s gorgeous, I can’t quite bring myself to drop the cash on such a trendy item.

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As I was cruising Target’s website looking for a fringey alternative, I stumbled across a great dupe of my coveted bag.

Available in black and cognac, the Target version is strikingly similar to the more expensive Minkoff. While the strap isn’t removable and, okay, maybe the fringe isn’t as awesomely fringey as the Finn, I think it’s a great alternative for those of us wanting to experiment a little bit.

Which one do you prefer?

Product Review: Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

71748982105So in my last post I mentioned how busy I’ve been and I definitely intended to blog more regularly.

And then Orange is the New Black happened…

Needless to say, I’ve been hunkered down watching that as much as possible and haven’t had much time for anything else. However, I finally made it though the whole season and I  thought I would finally sit down and write a short review about a new product I’ve been using.

I’ve been wanting to try Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso for a while, and when I spotted it in CVS a couple weeks ago I finally decided to take the plunge. This blush is a gorgeous peach shade with just a hint of shimmer in it.

Lately I’ve been wearing rosier blush shades, but this one is great for the summer time. It gives your cheeks a natural, sun-kissed flush that pairs well with a tan. I’d say it’s pretty pigmented so start out with just a light dusting of color–you can always build it up! Plus the fact that it’s a natural-looking blush means it works well with lots of different makeup looks.

All in all, if you’re looking to try a new blush for summertime, I highly suggest Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso! I’m definitely a fan and can’t wait to try out more colors from this line.

If you’ve tried this or any of the other Baked Blushes by Milani, let me know in the Comments section!

 

 

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All About Brushes

As I was trying to decide what to write about next on my little blog, I realized that I talk and talk and talk about different beauty products, but I’ve never really talked about the brushes that I use to apply them. So, today’s post will be all about my most-used brushes and how I like to use them!

s1393628-main-hero1. Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush–I’m not kidding when I say that this brush (pictured at left) changed my life. I used to use a synthetic foundation brush to apply my foundation (and even a gross latex sponge back in middle school and high school) but it was not cutting it. I ordered this brush when I ordered the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation and it’s just a dream. It evenly applies my foundation and makes blending out makeup a breeze. It’s by far the most expensive brush I’ve ever owned, but it’s been totally worth it to me! For a little more info on it, check out this post.

2. Powder Brush–I use two. The first one is the Powder Brush by Mark. I’ve had it for years and I love it, but sometimes it drives me crazy. I’ve “replaced” it with the Powder Brush by Real Techniques but I still find myself reaching for it to apply loose and pressed powders and for applying bronzer when I’m not doing a lot of contouring.

3. Mark Blush + Bronzer Brush–I occasionally use this for blush or bronzer, but only when I want to concentrate color onto my cheeks. Otherwise, I use it as a blending brush to make sure my bronzer and blush are all nice and blended together and I have no harsh lines. The Mark brush is no longer available, but any flat top brush would do the trick.

4. Mark All Over Eye shadow Brush–If I could only use one eye shadow brush, this would be the one. Its shape lets me pack plenty of color onto my lid, but the rounded top lets me blend and even apply color to my crease.

5. Mark Eye Shadow Blending Brush–This brush (see below, left) is mostly used for–you guessed it–blending eye shadow. Whenever I have harsh lines from my eye shadow, I go back in with this brush and smooth everything out. It also works well for lightly applying shadow to the outer V of my eye and applying setting powder to my under eyes. This particular brush is no longer available but the Deluxe Crease Brush in this Starter Kit from Real Techniques looks pretty similar.

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6. Mark Eyeliner Brush–As the name suggests, I use this brush when I want to use a dark shadow as eye liner on either my upper or lower lashes. The precise tip of the brush (see above, right) is great because I can easily control where the color goes.  Again, this particular brush is no longer available (I hope that doesn’t mean my brushes are gross and I need to get rid of them?!?) but this one by Mark is a great substitute that I also use.

7. Sponge Tip Brush–I love using this brush when I want to apply a highlight shade to the inner corners of my eye. It fits perfectly with the shape of my eye and I’m not worried that I’ll poke myself in the eye! I also use it to smoke out shadow on my lower lash line. I have NO idea where mine is from, but you can find them at Sephora (and probably even cheaper at Target).

While this is a list of my most-used brushes, it’s definetely not all of them. I like to play around with my brushes and try out new ways to use them.

Which brushes are your must-haves?

 

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Beauty and Fashion Haul!

If you saw this post, then you know I picked up a few things recently from Old Navy. And of course I couldn’t stop there. I also got a few skincare items from Sephora and a major necklace from BaubleBar.

Here’s a quick roundup of the beauty and fashion items I’ve gotten lately:

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Let’s start with the fashion–

I purchased this grey and white striped oxford shirt to wear to work. However, it also looks great dressed down with jeans and a blazer. Plus, the quality of this shirt is really nice–I was impressed!

I’m absolutely obsessed with this tan bucket bag! It holds all my stuff and the strap is long enough to wear as a cross body (which I love).

These ankle boots were such a great clearance find! I wore them all weekend with jeans, but they would also work with dresses or shorts for summer. I like them so much, I picked up a second pair!

This bib necklace from BaubleBar pretty much speaks for itself. It’s such a statement piece, and I’m so excited to pair it with different outfits! Plus I had a BaubleBar coupon to use, and ended up getting a really good deal on it!

And if you saw this “What I’m Loving” post, you know I’ve been dying for a pair of mirrored sunglasses. I didn’t want to drop the cash on mirrored Ray-Bans, so when I saw this pair of sunnies in a local boutique, I knew I had to grab ’em.

Now let’s get on to the beauty–

Sephora offered a VIB discount recently, so I decided to pick up a couple of skincare items. First, I got the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. It’s a great cleanser for removing makeup and doesn’t dry out my skin. I have also heard great things about the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream and decided I might as well get that too. I haven’t tried it yet but am very excited to use it!

I’m a sucker for neutral eye shadows, so when I saw this palette from Maybelline, I had to get it. The colors are pretty and subtle and all go together beautifully!

 

 

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Spring Picks from Old Navy

I’ll be the first to admit, Old Navy used to be my jam. Back in my middle school and high school days, it was easy to find whatever I needed there. Lately, though, I haven’t found too much that’s struck my fancy.

I popped in the store today on a shopping trip but (no surprise) left empty-handed. Then, on a whim, I checked out their website and ended up finding quite a few things! Plus they’re offering an additional online-only discount right now.

Here are a few things that caught my eye:

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This navy and white dress would like great with a lightweight jacket thrown on top

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These polka shorts are just way too fun!

cn7590004These cut-out booties would be great now and in the fall

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I’ve been dying to get a bucket bag and I couldn’t pass this one up!

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