March Favorites

Happy Spring! Or, if you’re like me, you’re still waiting for spring and wondering if it will ever stop snowing.

While I wait for the sun to come out, I’ve taken some time to try out a few new products and go back to an old favorite. Read on to see what I was loving during the month of March!

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  1. Glossier Solution – It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Glossier. However, I was skeptical about Solution when my roommate purchased it and had a bad reaction. She let me try it out and I’m happy to report I’ve been using it for about a month with no issues. I use the toner every night and my skin feels smoother and I haven’t had a single breakout.
  2. Zoya Nail Polish in Kennedy – I discovered this color while treating myself to a manicure months ago. I loved it so much I had to purchase it for at-home manicures and have been using it religiously ever since. This shade is a beautiful nude that always makes me feel a bit more put together.
  3. OLEHENRIKSEN Transforming Walnut Scrub – One of my favorite skin care treatments is scrubs. This particular one was included in a recent Sephora gift-with-purchase and I’ve really enjoyed using it. It contains walnut powder and is gentle enough to be used several times a week.
  4. Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream – I grew up watching my mom apply her Olay products every day so it’s no surprise that I now use them (and occasionally borrow hers when I’m home!). I’ve tried many high end facial creams but continue going back to this affordable option. I use it every night and wake up with soft, hydrated skin.

 

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May Favorites

Is it just me or did the month of May completely fly by? Now that summer is officially here, I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures and soaking up some sun.

If you want to know what products I’ve been loving the past month just keep reading! Don’t forget to tell me what you’ve been loving in the Comments section.

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1.Glossier Boy Brow – If you saw my Glossier review (and this post about my trip to the Glossier showroom) then this favorite is no surprise. Boy Brow is one of those rare products that’s quick and easy to use and actually delivers on its promise of giving you enviable brows. I have the shade Brown but it also comes in Blond, Black and Clear.

2. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation—After hearing rave reviews on this foundation, I finally picked one up and there’s definitely a reason this foundation has amassed so many positive reviews. It gives full coverage but doesn’t look heavy, it has great staying power, and it’s completely affordable.

3. Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk—Are we surprised that another Glossier product made it into my May Favorites? This cream blush is another gem I picked up during my trip to the Glossier showroom and I can’t stop using it. It blends easily into the skin and the color is a beautiful bronzey, mauvey shade that works with any look. Needless to say, I’m completely obsessed with it.

4. Vans Sk8-Hi Slim Cutout DX shoes—Let’s get one thing straight—when it comes to fashion, I’m all about comfort. When I’m running around the city, the last thing I want to be worried about is whether my footwear is comfortable. These high-top Vans are super comfy and they work with any outfit. If you’re looking for a good summer sneaker, I highly recommend picking up a pair of Vans!

 

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August Favorites

Well it’s the first week of September and I finally felt inspired to sit down and write. The month of August was extremely hot down here in the South and I’m so happy cooler weather is on the way. Read on to see what products I was loving during the hot, hot days of August!

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1.Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation: Although I recently wrote about my five favorite drugstore foundations, this one definitely deserves a top spot too. The formula is light enough that it blends into skin flawlessly but also offers buildable coverage for those days when you have a little more to hide.

2. Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Eye Treatment: The last eye cream I purchased turned out to be a dud so I eagerly went on the hunt for a new one. I wanted something affordable and lightweight and this one from Olay fit the bill. I love that it sinks in quickly and has a slight shimmer to wake up tired looking eyes.

3. Coty Airspun Loose Powder: My last post was a full review on this product so I’ll keep this brief. I’m still loving this loose powder to bake with and set my makeup. It leaves my skin looking smooth, doesn’t get cakey, and has a price tag I can’t resist.

4. Vans Perforated Leather Old Skool Zip Sneaker: I’m the kind of girl who won’t wear something if it’s uncomfortable, especially when it comes to shoes. Because of that, I’ve been wearing these bad boys from Vans like crazy and I don’t see my obsession letting up any time soon. They work with everything in my closet and don’t leave my feet yelping in pain at the end of the day.

What have you been loving lately? Tell me in the Comments section!

 

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Product Review: Coty Airspun Loose Powder

If you saw my last post, you know I recently picked up a new loose powder. However, since I am trying very hard to save money, I thought I’d check out a less expensive alternative, Coty’s Airspun Loose Powder.

I found the powder at Walgreens and it was about $7.00. The only shade available was Translucent Extra Coverage.

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My first impression of this powder was that it was very finely milled but also pretty strongly scented. Although the perfume-y smells fades away, if you’re sensitive to fragrance you may want to steer clear of this product.

I used the powder first to bake under my eyes, on my nose and on my forehead using a cosmetic sponge. Then I used the powder all over to set my foundation and concealer. Although this product comes with a powder puff, I used a brush. My skin looked smooth and not cakey at all.

This powder wore very well throughout the day. My nose got slightly shiny but the rest of my face stayed pretty matte which is always an amazing feat.

Overall, I am very impressed with this powder and am so excited to have found an affordable loose powder that makes my skin look great and lasts all day.

If you have tried this powder, tell me in the Comments section!

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My Five Favorite Drugstore Foundations

Like any true makeup junkie, I love trying different products on the market. One product I’m always on the hunt for is the perfect foundation. My skin can get pretty oily so it’s important for me to find a foundation that feels lightweight and doesn’t make my skin look shiny throughout the day.

As much as I love high end, luxurious foundations, sometimes it’s nice to find affordable options. Below are five of my current favorite drugstore foundations. Tell me yours in the Comments section!

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1. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation: As the name implies, this foundation keeps my skin looking matte and pretty dang poreless throughout the day. There is also a wide range of colors in this line so you’re sure to find the perfect shade for you.

2. Boots No7 Airbrush Away Foundation: I picked up this foundation at Target recently and I can’t get enough of it. It looks and feels so light but offers great coverage. If you’re looking for a foundation with light to medium coverage foundation that wears well you need to check this one out.

3. Revlon ColorStay Makeup: If you saw this blog post, you know I didn’t always love this foundation. However it’s quickly become a favorite of mine and always makes my skin look flawless. It also has amazing lasting power and never looks cakey.

4. Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Foundation: This is a new addition to my foundation collection and I’m loving it so far. The shade range isn’t great but the liquid formula dries to a powder finish making it ideal for oily girls like me.

5. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream: This BB cream is a summer staple for me and I continue to re-purchase it. While this BB cream is very lightweight it stilll manages to even out my skin tone on days when I don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup.

 

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New Year’s Eve Polish Picks

Am I the only one who can’t believe 2015 is almost over? As much as I love staying up late and enjoying a cold glass of champagne, I’m not sure how i feel about 2016’s rapid approach.

However, as with most things in life, all I can do is power through and apply a fresh coat of nail polish.

Below are a few of my picks for a sparkly New Year’s Eve mani. What will you be rocking to ring in the New Year?

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Product Review: Givenchy Translucent Finish Loose Powder

s1589126-main-hero-300If you saw my last post, you know I recently splurged on a very high end loose powder from Givenchy. After hearing lots of amazing things about this product, I was very excited to try it.

The packaging of this powder is absolutely amazing. It feels so luxurious and fancy and looks gorgeous sitting on a vanity. Inside is a small powder puff that works well to apply the powder to your face.

While this powder made me feel good while I was applying it, it didn’t necessarily live up to my expectations. And with a powder this expensive, my expectations were pretty high!

Although my skin looked beautiful just after applying this powder, I found myself getting shiny only a few hours later. I don’t have super oily skin so this was a tad disappointing and made me question the powder’s high price tag.

After wearing the powder for the next couple of days, I will still unimpressed with its lasting power. I even compared it to another favorite powder, Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder, and found the Rimmel powder left my skin looking matter longer.

So what’s my final verdict? While this Givenchy powder is pretty fancy, that wasn’t enough to convince me it was worth its price. Unless you’re really feeling like treating yourself, I’d say pass on this pricey powder and head to the drugstore instead.

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…

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!