Sunday, September 3, 2017

BareMinerals BarePro

Hey everyone!!
It's officially September and I am so ready for fall, now if only the weather would catch up we'd be all good.
No matter how hard I try I'll just never be a summer-y girl which is funny because I grew up on the coast in a beautiful beach town and according to my mother I would hide from the sun under my blanket instead of playing (lmfao).
I guess I haven't changed much then, so if you see a grown woman hiding from the sun it just might be me hahaha. #PastyBitches

So for the past week I've been trying out a new foundation, the BarePro by BareMinerals ($34).
I absolutely love the packaging and it's super simple.
It's a weighted glass bottle with black text and a black cap, it also has a pump that can be twisted into a locked position (seriously awesome).

I wasn't sure at all what to expect before I tried this foundation because honestly it's new and I hadn't heard anything about it at all.
The foundation was quite liquid-y so I started off with 2 pumps and blended it out with the Infallible Beauty Sponge by L'Oreal, I was able to do my entire face and neck with just that initial 2 pumps and I have a fat head so that's freaking awesome and it also means this bottle will last a while.
I got full coverage with a natural matte finish and best of all because it was so liquid-y I didn't have to use much which not only is good for my bank account but also left me with the thinnest and lightest application and feeling ever when fully set.
No fucking joke it felt as though I didn't have any foundation on at all, which is funny because last week I reviewed a drugstore foundation and I commented how light that one felt on the skin and even that doesn't come close to how light this one is.


Not only did it feel good on my skin, it also looked really good on my skin.
It's just the right amount of matte where it looks natural and being that I have combination skin, it also didn't look gross or dry on the non oily areas of my face.
I do think that since this is matte it would not be good for dry skin or dry combination skin at all, although it's not overly matte, it is still very matte and kept my greasy ass t zone in check all day.
I can't even think of a foundation to compare this to because I've never had a full coverage foundation that felt this comfortable and light.


As always I've been trying it out with different primers and powders with fantastic results, I haven't had any bad combos yet and everything I piled on top of it blended out beautifully.
This is the perfect foundation for a "no makeup" makeup look.
It's also really good for your skin and has SPF 20 and also with prolonged use it's supposed to improve texture, hydration, and even pore visibility.
Although I've only been using it a week so I can't really touch on that.

The only negative thing I have to say is that I found the shade range to run a little light and being that I am pretty light that says a ton lol.
I chose the shade Warm Light which is the 7th lightest shade (7th!!) and this was still light on me, so I would probably suggest to either match yourself in store or order a shade or two darker than your initial instinct.


If I'm being completely honest here then I'd say I probably would not have bought this foundation on my own because BareMinerals just never pops into my head for makeup at all, when I think of BareMinerals I think of skincare products (they make my #HolyGrail serum btw) and of course I know they make powder foundations but it still just doesn't click in my head lol.
It sucks saying that because I think that is probably true for a lot of people when they think of the BareMinerals brand.
Yet this has literally become my favorite high end foundation right now.

Since I'm not a shady biotch I want to be clear and say:
*This product was sent to me complimentary for testing.

Have you tried this foundation? What's your favorite BareMinerals product?
Let me know in the comments or hit me up on social media.
Products Mentioned:
BarePro Liquid Foundation by BareMinerals
Infallible Beauty Sponge by L'Oreal

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All opinions are my own.
Some links are affiliate links.





Saturday, August 26, 2017

Better Skin Foundation

Hey everyone!!

We've all spent a shit ton of money on things that don't work out and foundations in particular can get hella pricey.
So obviously when you find something you love it's exciting but when it's also drugstore
it's like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


A few weeks ago I tried out the SuperStay Better Skin Foundation by Maybelline ($11.99) and holy f**k balls!
I never expected to love it as much as I do, I mean you always hope to but come on it doesn't usually happen that way.
I hadn't planned on making this post but I've been reaching for this foundation so often that I just had to talk about it.
The packaging is pretty bomb because it comes with a pump and also has a nicely weighted glass bottle which isn't always the case for drugstore foundations. I feel like they're just shoving everything in tubes now lol but that's still better than a glass bottle with no pump.
The foundation itself is liquid-y and blends out super quick and easy, I wasn't left with streaks but it does dry down semi fast because it has a more natural matte finish, so I usually do half my face at a time.


Although this is a natural matte, it's not drying at all, I have combo skin (oily t-zone / normal) and this looked just as good on the rest of my face as the oily center.
This foundation has a medium coverage and literally felt so comfortable on the skin, no caking, no heaviness, it really did feel as though I wasn't wearing anything.
I'm also a night owl, so I sometimes don't wash my makeup off 'til well after midnight and this foundation still looked so good by the end of the day.
Up close you could see that there was a bit of skin peeking through (fading) around my mouth and nose from touching my face and eating or whatever but it was only visible up close but still looked fine from a normal distance, which is pretty damn good because this is super affordable.
I did find that this does slightly oxidize but I knew that going in so I ordered the lightest shade available and I made it work for me, although I will say that as a pasty bitch I think this line runs dark and also slightly orange so I could see it being hard to match yourself especially for lighter complexions because I'm pretty damn light but I'm not quite fair.

(can you believe this is the lightest shade? it's crazy)

When I purchased this I also purchased the SuperStay Better Skin Powder but even though I ordered the lightest shade, it was way too dark and orange for me so I've been using it as bronzer.
The powder is very smooth and a little goes a long way, since it's a face powder it does blend out really well and layers over everything without getting patchy.
It didn't feel heavy but I honestly can't comment too much on using it on the entire face because like I said it was way too dark to use as face powder for me which kinda bummed me out.

This is the drugstore foundation that I find myself grabbing for most often right now, it keeps me matte in this heat without being dry and it looks very natural and felt insanely light on the skin.
If you can find a shade to work with then I'd highly recommend this for combo and oily girls.

Were you able to find your shade?
Let me know in the comments or hit me up on social media.
Products Mentioned:
SuperStay Better Skin Foundation by Maybelline
SuperStay Better Skin Powder by Maybelline

FTC:
Not sponsored.
All opinions are my own.
Some links are affiliate links.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

August BoxyCharm

Hey everyone!!

Seriously, I get so excited and impatient when I know my BoxyCharm has shipped (lol) and of course mine always takes forever to come because I'm on the opposite side of the states.
BoxyCharm has been freaking amazeballs these last few months, I've probably said that before but they just keep on bringing it hard.
(did anyone else think of the movie Bring It On? okay so just me haha)

Check out my latest GRWM & Reverse Cut Crease I created with the August BoxyCharm.


So the theme this month is Beach Please.
Freaking love it, also fitting since it's the last summer month.
Maybe I just like it because I have a potty mouth lol.

On to the products!!



(swatches below from lightest shade Pearl continuing clockwise)


1) Rainforest of the Sea Vol. 2 by Tarte ($36)
I had to start with this because it's probably the one thing that everyone was excited for and also the controversial item in the box this month.
I was excited for this even more so because I don't really have many (if any) cool toned eyeshadow palettes which is kinda weird considering I'm fairly light and love cool toned lipsticks and contours.
The formula is definitely different than my other Tarte palettes as this is not one of their amazonian clay palettes, so I obviously didn't expect it to be the same.
These shadows are more of a classic pressed shadow but are still soft and creamy to touch yet more firm than their clay shadows and I honestly didn't see any fall out what so ever and even when I tapped off the excess there was just a little dust .
I had absolutely no problems picking up, applying, or blending any of the shades I've used (which was almost all of them) and it also lasted all day with primer of course.
They were more of a medium opacity pigmentation which made them easy to work with and built up freaking perfectly.
The colors all worked well together and this would be a good palette for everyday use, if you're into all cool toned palettes.
I would have never bought this palette myself because it was all cool tones but I ended up really loving this palette which surprised me.




2) Pro Eyelashes by PUR ($14)
I received the style Bombshell.
These were absolutely stunning!
They are super long, wispy, and have a tapered effect which I love.
The band wasn't super thick or stiff either so they applied really easy and didn't feel uncomfortable at all.
After seeing some posts online I was also relieved I didn't get the other style they sent out because it was a lot more natural and tame.



3) Moda Pro 3 Pc. Brush Set by Royal & Langnickel ($26)
Omg these brushes are beautiful, I tend to prefer simple designs so I loved the sleek black look of these, plus the textured matte black handle (holy f**k).
I used the powder brush and the crease brush so far.
The bristles are super soft and tapered, they blended out my powders quick and easy with little effort and I definitely plan to keep using these.
The third brush isn't really calling out to me as I'm not really into that style of contour brush.
I thought it might be good for baking under my eyes but turns out it's a little too curved in the center and just doesn't fit as well as I hoped but I plan to try it a few more ways before I give up on it.



(you can see above just how thick the product consistency is, it holds its shape completely when squeezed out)

4) Face Paint Lip & Cheek Tint by Aloette ($35)
I received the shade Blossoming Berry.
This was super thick, pigmented, creamy, and completely opaque.
The tiniest bit went a long way and if you use it how I did with just a tiny dab patted onto the lips, you can get a more natural stained look that lasted hours.
The tube did say it was more of a dewy finish but since I applied it super sheer and with my finger, I found that it dried down to more of a stained tint which was beautiful and more up my alley.
The product itself is really good and I also think this tube would probably last forever.
The only downside was that I'm not fond of the shade at all and don't see myself using it again.



5) Gel Effect Nail Polish by Adesse ($18)
I received the shade Suzannemi.
This shade is a very bright almost neon red with a slight pink undertone.
I'm not the biggest fan of getting nail polishes in my box even though I do my own nail at home.
My nails are probably the most neglected thing in my beauty routine, I just don't always have the time and I can't particularly see myself wearing this shade.
I also didn't try this yet, so I can't comment on the actual formula at all.

I loved almost everything in the August BoxyCharm with the only disappointment being the nail polish but that had nothing to do with the quality of that product at all, it's just nail polishes in general.

Obsessed with BoxyCharm?
Catch up on my May BoxyCharm Unboxing

Need inspo?
Watch my August BoxyCharm Reverse Cut Crease Tutorial using the Rainforest of the Sea Palette Vol. 2 by Tarte

What was your favorite item this month?
Let me know in the comments or hit me up on social media.
Products Mentioned:
BoxyCharm
Rainforest of the Sea Palette Volume 2 by Tarte
Pro Eyelashes by PUR
Moda Pro 3 Pc. Brush Set by Royal & Langnickel
Face Paint by Aloette
Gel Effect Nail Polish by Adesse





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mascara Fail

Hey everyone!!

Let's just get right to the point because this shit was disastrous.
So Maybelline came out with a new mascara and I honestly haven't heard anything about it at all, not before or after I bought it.
I discovered the Lash Sensational Curvitude Mascara by Maybelline ($8.99) while scrolling Ulta's new arrivals.
I love, love, love! The original Lash Sensational Mascara by Maybelline ($8.99) and I was looking to purchase a few mascaras anyways because all mine were getting kinda low and dry.
Could this be any more perfect? I needed it and there it was staring me down during my weakest hour (scrolling online at 3am on my phone).
The only noticeable difference and their selling point was that the end was a little more curved as you can see below.
The original mascara is amazeballs what could possibly go wrong right?


So just as you see it above that's how it came packaged (side by side with a cardboard backing and clear front) proudly displaying this wondrous new brush and obviously the tube came sealed with a separate cap. 
I ripped open my package like a Christmas present, ooh'ed and aah'ed for a quick minute and also noticed that the wand head was a lot more flexible or flimsy than the original.
I put the wand into the mascara for tomorrow's play date since it was like 2am when this happened (I'm a night owl if you haven't noticed).

So the next day when I'm doing my makeup, that exciting time comes when I get to use my new mascara.
As soon as I opened it, it was instant disappointment.
WTF Maybelline.




Well that flimsy plastic head got all warped and hard from being in the mascara, maybe from the moisture that's the only thing I can think of.
The wand is now literally trash and I never even got to try it.
So once again, WTF Maybelline.
The only good thing is that I still had the separate mascara cap that came with the packaging and I ended up just screwing that on and I will just use it with my original Lash Sensational Mascara when I finish it.
I'm guessing it's the same formula as the original Lash Sensational Mascara because the only thing advertised about this product was the dumb ass brush but I guess I'll have to wait and find out.

If you were eye balling this I'd say pass on this and just go for the original.

I have to know who's tried the Lash Sensational Curvitude Mascara and if it happened to you as well.
Let me know in the comments or hit me up on social media.
Products Mentioned:

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bright Summer Eye

Hey everyone!!

A few months back I did an Ulta haul and purchased the Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette by Nyx Cosmetics.
(see the Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette swatches)
Since then I've used it maybe twice but usually just one shade here and there for a pop of color on the lower lash line.
I decided it was time to do a complete eye look using the Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette and really try out multiple colors.
I created a bright and fun summer half cut crease, which a friend informed me reminds her of sprite lol.


See what products I used and the steps below to create this bright summer-y half cut crease look below.



Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette by NYX ($9.99)
(see swatches of this palette)

I took the lightest shade (shade 1) all over my already primed and set eyelid.



Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette by NYX ($17.99)
(see swatches of this palette)

I took the matte bright yellow (shade 1) lightly in my crease and blew it out.
I built this up in light layers until I achieved the pigmentation I was looking for, which btw is how I applied all the shades.
I took the matte turquoise (shade 2) in my actual crease and a little above but making sure I didn't cover the yellow, as well as in my outer corner.
I took the matte blue (shade 3) directly in my crease and outer corner, keeping it tight and slightly above where I'm going to make my cut crease.



Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($40)

After using concealer to carve out my half cut crease,
I patted Orion (shade 1) dry on a shader brush completely covering all of the concealer.
I then went over all the edges with the brush I used to apply the matte blue (Brights shade 3).
I patted Orion (shade 1) this time wet with the same shader brush over just the center of lid.
(TIP: finish this eye look with the Lid Lingerie Palette for an all drugstore, all matte eye look by patting on the lightest shade (shade 1) all over the concealer instead of the Aurora Glow Kit)


I finished my look with the Matte Liquid Liner by NYX
and some falsies but this would also look bomb with no liner and a super bold lash.

Overall the colors I used worked really well, they blended out so easily and the color built up better than I expected, leaving me with a bright and opaque color payoff.
I've been loving the NYX palettes I have tried more recently, I tried one of their shadow palettes a little over a year ago and I have to say I hated it, I found it chalky with poor pigmentation and blend-ability so they're clearly stepping up their game and formula with these newer eye shadow palettes they've released.
Have you tried these palettes? Love them, hate them?
Let me know in the comments or hit me up on social media.
Products Mentioned:
Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette by NYX
Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette by NYX
Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills


Saturday, July 29, 2017

July BoxyCharm Unboxing

Hey everyone!!

I can't even believe it's almost August which pretty much means it's Fall already right (lol)?
I'm so damn ready for it too, I was getting dressed the other day and it was all overcast-y outside and I had on black leggings and was about to put on a sweater until my husband pointed out that it was cloudy but still 108 outside and I looked crazy hahaha.
So I guess we're not actually quite there yet.
Ooooooooh by the way, I noticed that Bath & Body Works has some of their Fall Candles out already, I'm all over it.
The Fall & Winter collections are my favorite from Bath & Body Works a lot of the other collections are just so underwhelming.
Okay, okay this isn't about Bath & Body Works I swear once I start rambling hahaha.


It's the end of the month and that means it's BoxyCharm Time!!
This month's theme is Cutie Pie which is super cute and fitting for the season, it kinda just makes me want pie though.

I created the look below using all the products from my July Boxycharm.




So let's move on to this month's products (eeek).
You can also watch July's BoxyCharm Unboxing.





1) Electric Eyes Palette by Blinc ($45)
Sadly mine came shattered and every time I tell myself, "Fuck it, I'm just gonna play with it anyway" I end up making a huge mess that's not fun to clean up.
I've since cleaned up and re-pressed my pans but they seem super fragile and still messy because they keep breaking.
At least I was able to get all my blog and vlog things done still though.
Although I don't wanna comment too much on the actual formula because mine was a mess, I will say that the look I created with this came out beautiful, they were very easy to use and layer, and I got amazing pigmentation and finish without foiling.
I even used the lightest shade (champagne) as my highlight and it was fucking poppin'.
As you can see in the above photos.



2) Ultra Matte Lip by ColourPop ($6)
I received the shade Notion.
When I first saw the ColourPop packaging, it had slightly neon red/orange ends and I was like dammit I'm gonna have to give this one away.
After my drama queen moment I finally opened it to find that it was actually a plummy berry shade which is beautiful and I don't currently have anything similar to this right now, probably because I can't stop buying nudes, although in the tube it appears to be more of a raspberry it far more vamp-y than that as you can see.
I didn't find this to be patchy at all for a deeper shade and was able to get a fully opaque lip with one coat, I also gotta say this appears to have a slight metallic shift that is beautiful in the light.
It's super matte but that's what I prefer, so it doesn't bother me at all.




3) Uni Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil by WinkyLux ($12)
I've never had good luck with "universal shades" and actually don't purchase brow products that come this way anymore, they're always too warm or too light for my liking as this one proved to have that problem as well.
The shade was lighter than my natural brow hairs which looked hideous and was noticeably too warm for my complexion and black hair.
I also am not a fan of the triangular/tear shape that this features and with an overly creamy formula it dulled quickly and was impossible to make use of the one pointed edge.



4) Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo by BareMinerals ($32)
I've had this in my shopping cart and have almost purchased it multiple times but it always lost out to something I wanted more at the time, so I guess it's a good thing that I waited because now I can take it off my list.
This duo is fucking perfect!!
The matte side sets your under eyes flawlessy but is very matte and wouldn't be great for someone with dry undereyes.
The glow side finishes the rest of your face with a slightly subtle luminosity that makes your skin look naturally radiant.



5) Spray. Set. Go. Makeup Setting Spray by Project Beauty ($32)
This stuff is fucking bomb, It's like literal hairspray for your face.
A little goes a long way with this product and pump combo, each spray pumps out a lot of product in a nice big cloud and I found that I only needed 2 sprays instead of my normal 50.
Even though my face was soaked it dried down withing 10 seconds and my face felt set but not tight or dry and it took down all the powder.
I really do think that this made my makeup look beautiful all day and I also feel like it helped keep me matte.
I do however still think that this is very overpriced for 2 ounces and wouldn't repurchase it for that price.

Obsessed with BoxyCharm?
Catch up on May's BoxyCharm
or watch June's BoxyCharm GRWM

What was your favorite item this month?
Let me know in the comments or hit me up on social media.
Products Mentioned:
BoxyCharm
Bath & Body Works Candles
Ultra Matte Lip by ColourPop
Electric Eyes Palette by Blinc
Uni Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil by WinkyLux
Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo by BareMinerals
Spray. Set. Go. Makeup Setting Spray by Project Beauty


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sheet Masks Part Two

Hey everyone!!

So if you've been following me on any platform you probably already know that in June I used a sheet mask every single day for my Month of Sheet Masks.
In case you're catching up, I did do one check in before this.
Catch up with all that in my Month of Sheet Masks Part One too if you'd like.

I'm kinda shocked that I didn't even miss one day, most of the time I did my sheet masks at night because I tend to have more time for lounging around with a mask on, usually while watching Netflix or Hulu.


Since my last check in there hasn't been much change, I still have super hydrated, plump, and smooth skin but it's kind of balanced out and stayed this way the whole month which is fine with me because if you read part one then you'd know that's where most of the changes were noticeable.
So I can say that using the sheet masks everyday really did work but after hitting the point of maximum hydration, it was only maintaining the perfect balance.

In short I would suggest that if you're having issues with dry skin, sheet masks could definitely help you out.
You could start with a sheet mask everyday for a week to bring your skin's moisture levels up, then you can maintain it with a sheet mask every 2 days or so depending on your skin type.
That would give you super hydrated skin while also being more budget friendly than everyday.

*Fun Fact*
Sheet masks are essentially just an essence/serum soaked sheet and you could get the same results from just adding a hydrating essence/serum to your routine which might actually be cheaper than going this route but the sheet mask option is more fun and relaxing.

Onto the sheet masks used:

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Day 23: Soothing Mask Sheet by Urban Dollkiss
Day 24: Tomato Everyday Mask Sheet by Skinfood




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Extra Mask: Aloe Essence Joyful Time Mask Sheet by Mizon
This was from a day that I used two sheet masks in one day lol.



I love sheet masks, so I hope you guys enjoyed this experiment.
Leave some comments below and let me know your thoughts on sheet masks or just hi.
Oh and by the way the products that I linked are the actual products I purchased.

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Hyaluronic Acid Essence Joyful Time Mask Sheet by Mizon
#StayGorgeous Sheet Mask by Biobelle
#BeautyScoop Sheet Mask by Biobelle
Aloe Essence Joyful Time Mask Sheet by Mizon