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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Mini Sephora Haul

You know when you’re trying to save money so you cut back on buying makeup you don’t really need but then you run out of a product you actually do need so you use that as an excuse to visit Sephora’s website only to realize you only need to spend a few more dollars to get free shipping, plus the exclusive free gift with purchase and obligatory free samples and by the time you’re done it feels like Sephora is actually paying YOU?

Yeah, that’s what happened here.

Although it could have been much worse, I only ended up with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer plus the aforementioned free gift and samples, of course.

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Even though it’s a cult product, I’m still on the fence about the setting powder. However, the Smashbox primer is a keeper. It smooths, softens and evens out my skin and is the perfect product to prep my face before applying makeup.

Have you tried either of these products?

 

 

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April Favorites

Well it seems that April has flown by and here we are at the beginning of another month (yikes!). April was very busy for me and I’m so glad to finally have some time to write a new blog post. Read on to see what beauty products I was loving throughout April.

Tell me what you’ve been obsessed with lately in the Comments section!

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder – I’m always on the hunt for a nice setting powder. This one from It Cosmetics is translucent and makes my skin feel silky smooth as the name implies. It keeps me matte for quite a while and also works well for baking.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer – I used to use this primer all the time and I recently went back to it. It smooths everything out and reduces the look of pores on my face. Plus it’s available in a cute travel friendly mini size…perfect for my busy lifestyle!

AcneFree Terminator 10 – While the packaging of this acne product may be a little cheesy, I think it works really well. Applied to blemishes at night or in the morning, this benzoyl peroxide knocks out breakouts quickly.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop – I picked this beautiful highlighter up during my recent trip to LA and I’ve worn it nonstop. It’s a lovely golden hued highlighter that looks beautiful with any makeup look. Mine has unfortunately broken but you know I’m not going to let that stop me from using it!

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.

February Favorites

Well we’re not quite done with February yet, but there are a few products I was loving this month that I want to share with all of you!

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e.l.f. Studio High Definition Translucent Powder: I was recently on the hunt for a new powder and picked this one up after hearing good reviews about it. It’s very finely milled and it controls shine for most of the day. The only thing I don’t like about this powder is the packaging–it’s extremely messy and frustrating! I’m willing to put up with it though because the product is so great!

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer: I used to think I was a cream concealer kinda gal but this liquid concealer from NYX may have converted me. It has great coverage, lasts all day, and is so affordable!

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser: I’ve used this face wash for a couple months and I really like it. It’s not meant for everyday use so if you have sensitive skin, be careful at first.  I use it every other day and I think it has really helped my skin stay clear.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Dust of Bronze: Nail polish is one of my favorite things and this color is awesome. It’s a neutral that’s been kicked up a notch and I can’t get enough of it. I might even be wearing it as I type this sentence.

Secret Agent Beauty Lip Gloss in Foreign Intelligence Flirt: This little gloss was in my Birchbox a while ago and I have been using the heck out of it this month. It’s a great “your lips but better” shade and the shine and color last for quite a while.

Tell me what products you’ve been loving lately so I can try them too!

 

 

 

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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September Favorites (& One UnFavorite!)

Well here we are, another month is coming to an end! Although I love the summer months, I have to say, I’m actually looking forward to the upcoming cooler weather. This month, I tried out lots of new products and found several winners. Read on to find out what products were hits, and which product was a total miss!

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1. L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Makeup: I recently purchased this foundation at Target after reading some good reviews about it. After trying the product, I wrote my own review on it. Obviously, I really like it since it is in my Favorites this month. It offers just enough coverage for my skin, and if I need a little more coverage, it is very buildable. Since this foundation is a liquid to powder formula, it dries to a nice matte finish, but I still look like I have fresh, healthy skin.

IMG_34622. L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush: This product was a total impulse purchase. After picking out the Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation, I was browsing the other L’Oreal makeup and this one caught my eye. It’s a bronzey, rose gold color (check out my attempt at a swatch on the left–I promise it looks better in person!) that is shimmery and looks so beautiful on the skin. I’ve been wearing it constantly as an eye shadow or liner. However, my favorite way to wear this shadow is on my lower lashline and smudging it out to create a smoky effect. It’s creaseless and lasts all day without budging! Buy it!

3. Maybelline Volum’ Express One by One Mascara: This is another product I’ve previously reviewed, and I couldn’t resist adding it to my Favorites list this month. I’ve tried so many different drugstore and high-end mascaras, but I keep going back to this one. It volumizes my lashes and doesn’t clump at all. Also, if you’re into layering your mascaras, this one works great as a base coat.

IMG_34684. Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea: I’ve been getting into drinking tea recently, and picked this up on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. I normally drink green teas, so this white tea was new for me. I don’t add any sugar or honey to my tea and this particular flavor is delicious. And it’s pink, so what’s not to like?

5. Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner: Although I like being nice and bronzed, I try to limit my sun exposure. For that reason, I’ve tried out many different sunless tanners in the hopes of achieving that perfect summer glow. I’m a big fan of gradual tanners because they’re pretty much foolproof. However, they don’t always smell the best. What I love about this gradual tanner from Nivea is its fresh, citrus scent. I can put it on in the morning, do my thing all day, and not even catch a whiff of that telltale sunless tanner scent. It’s a miracle!

6. NYC Smooth Skin Loose Translucent Face Powder: I used to use loose powder all the time, and when I decided I wanted a translucent powder, I decided to try this one out. It was only a few dollars and I absolutely love it! Since it’s translucent, I don’t have to worry about it matching my skin tone exactly. I also feel like it keeps my skin looking matte longer than a regular pressed powder. Plus, did I mention it’s only a few dollars? It’s a little messy so I wouldn’t recommend it for travel, but it’s perfect to use at home to keep your makeup in place.

My September UnFavorite:

Sally Hansen Wax Kit: I picked this kit up after reading good reviews on it. I’ve never tried waxing because it really hurts (obviously) but this one claimed to be pain-free because of a pre-wax treatment that numbs the skin. I decided to try it out and, after reading and following all the directions to a tee, it still hurt like a mother. I didn’t expect it to be completely pain-free, but man, did it hurt! And on top of that, it left my skin red and irritated for several days. I tried it again a couple days later and had the same outcome. Do yourself a favor and don’t get this product. Unless you like having painfully irritated, red skin. Ouch.

Do you have any favorite products from the past month? Let me know if the comments section so I can check them out!