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Thursday, July 17, 2014

1st Impression: Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation

Hello guys! Today I have here a 1st Impression review of the Mac Studio Fix Powder Foundation. I had a Macy's Gift Card and I decided to pick up this foundation as well as Rebel lipstick (which I am wearing in the video) so I didn't necessarily break my Project 10 Pan... but I did kinda cheat a bit! I've been on the hunt for a good powder foundation for my oily skin! I've heard plenty of great things about this product so I wanted to go test this out! Needless to say I'm not sure if this has made the cut yet, but after a day of wear in below average heat and humidity (peaking at 85 degrees Fahrenheit in Florida), this did wear somewhat alright. I will definitely trial this on for a bit longer before I make my final option, but nevertheless, here is my first impression review where I check in throughout the day and give you my thoughts!

Please let me know if there is a powder foundation for oily skin that you could recommend! 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Transitional and Blending Eyeshadows

Hello lovelies! Today I am featuring my transitional and blending eyeshadows! While I do not have a lot of mid-tone brown eyeshadows in my collections, the ones I do have pack a nice punch and work wonderfully when I want to blend out eyeshadows and ensure that I do not have any harsh lines. The ones I have here are my favorites and the eyeshadows I gravitate towards the most!

For those of you who have no idea what language I'm talking in (don't worry, we've all been there before!), mid-tone brown eyeshadows are an essential in my makeup collection. They serve can serve a couple purposes. First and foremost, they can make eye makeup a lot easier to blend! Using my ever so trusty Mac 217 Blending Brush, I pop one of these colors into my lids and within seconds my muddy smokey eye looks perfect! Secondly, placing this into the crease as your first step in your eye makeup routine (after priming your eyelids) allows any eyeshadow you place on top to transition effortlessly. Basically, there is no harsh lines and the colors don't come out of nowhere and look misplaced! Lastly, these colors can help define your eyes and makes them stand out more! While they may look boring in the pan, I have found them to be essential in my makeup routine! I don't use these shadows everyday, but when I do there I notice a big difference in my eye makeup!

Mac Matte Eyeshadow in Saddle is a warm toned brown! These are sold $15 in pot form and $10 in pan form (although I have seen this in the outlets for $11 in pot form!). I have never regretted any Mac eyeshadow purchase I have made, and this eyeshadow is one of the eyeshadows I pick up the most when I want to make my eye makeup a bit warmer. Like all of the other Mac eyeshadows I have encountered, this is pigmented, smooth, and extremely blendable. I do like the convenience of it being in a pot (even if I did spend a little more), mainly because I currently haven't found the "perfect" travel eyeshadow palette to own, so I always tend to bring this along with me!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tease is a cool tone taupe. I use this eyeshadow when I am not wanting to create any warmth in my eye makeup, making it a great alternative to Mac Saddle. While I have it in the Naked 2 Palette, the single does sell for $18 at Sephora, Ulta, and online. I also like using this color to contour my nose. Due to Tease being cool toned and matte, I can use the eyeshadow to create a believable (or insane like my Cindy Sherman Transformation) contour on my nose.

Lastly, the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells has a fantastic warm toned brown that I use constantly as an alternative to Mac Saddle. This is one of the best bargains out on the market! Priced at $3, you get a three fantastic eyeshadows that can create a very natural look. Like the higher end options I have featured here, these are pigmented, smooth, and extremely blendable! However, unlike the other options I have here, this is satin eyeshadow. There is also a hint of shimmer in this shadow, but it is not too overpowering and not that noticeable on the eyelids!

Swatches from left to right: Urban Decay Tease, Mac Saddle, and Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshell (Crease)

What are mid-tone browns do you use when you want to blending out your eyemakeup? Let me know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#Makeupless Monday Review: Boots Botanics Mattifying Day Cream Shine Away SPF 15

I'm a little late posting this on my blog, but here was yesterday's Makeupless Monday Review, featuring Boots Botanics Mattifying Day Cream Shine Away SPF 15. For those of you who are new to my blog & channel, I have started a new series on my youtube channel that is inspired by the hashtag #MakeuplessMonday! This video serves two purposes, first and most importantly I am working on improving my skin by changing my lifestyle and skincare habits! Secondly, I will be doing a review on beauty related items and giving you my opinions sans makeup! I don't do a lot of reviews on my youtube channel, so I am working on changing that! For some reason, I have a big tendency to do reviews on my blog! As such, I am working to switch things up and get things done! I'm currently filming in batches so my skin here is the same as it was last week (trying to get a good schedule settled for when I go to Canada for vacation!)

Cutting to the chase, this moisturizer that I recently hauled has now become my latest favorite moisturizer! I definitely recommend it to you if you have oily skin! Watch the video to see my thoughts on the product!

What is your favorite moisturizer right now? Let me know in the comment section below!

May & June 2014 Empties

Sometimes I wonder if the amount of makeup and skincare items I go through is unhealthy. During the month of May and June, I have used up 26 products! Some of the products would be very familiar to you if you have been following me for some time, others are new mentions! I am extremely happy with the amount of products I have gone through because that means that these products aren't sitting there and collecting dust in my cabinets! There is of course a lot of products I still have to go through before I can be happy with the amount of products I own, but I'm making lots and lots of progress!

Products Mentioned:
Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Moisture Plus Sunscreen SPF 15
Biotera Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner - Review
Clinique Pore Refining Solution
Colgate Total Advanced Whitening Toothpaste
Colgate Total Gel Whitening Toothpaste
Complete Multi-Purpose Contact Solution
CVS Age Refine Eye Cream
Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
Elf Makeup Remover Pen - Review
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF 50 - Review
Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture Cream
Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Foot Scrub with Tea Tree Oil
L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer 24Hr Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Noxema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads
Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin
Olay Oil Minimizing Toner with Witch Hazel for Normal Skin
Puristics Totally Ageless Daily Anti-Aging SPF 15
Scarzone Scar Diminish Cream SPF 15
Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in Dinner for Two
Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Eye Contour Cream
StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
Suave Natural Daily Clarifying Shampoo

In other news, I am currently destashing my samples collection during the whole month of July! All updates will be on Instagram, but last week I killed seven samples... definitely working on stepping up my game this week! All I have left are foundation samples though...and I'm not sure if I will go through them that quickly!

What products have you used up lately? Let me know in the comment section below!

Monday, July 7, 2014

#Makeupless Monday Reviews: Boots Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream Age Defense

Hey guys! Today is the start of a new series on my channel! Every Monday starting from today, I will be doing Makeupless Monday reviews! While I have definitely have not been shy about not wearing makeup in my videos, but now I have made a point to commit to not wear any makeup on Mondays! This series does two things for me, one it commits me to posting a review every week on my Youtube channel (which is something my channel has definitely be lacking) and two I can get a visual indicator on how my skin is doing! I'm hoping that by doing this series, I will be motivated to work on keeping my skin as clear as possible and I will be able to check on how my skin is doing as a result!

Today I will be doing a review on the Boots Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream Age Defense that I purchased in my last Skincare Haul. Mia from MakeMeUpMia requested to hear my thoughts on it, and after giving it a good two weeks I have finally decided to do a review on it! Unfortunately, I do not have a good review on this product. While it is initially hydrating, it dries up quickly and sucks up all the hydration with it! Be sure to check out the review to hear my thoughts!

Friday, July 4, 2014

June 2014 Favorites

Hello guys! So today I have a video where I show you what my favorites for the month of June! Lots of old., rediscovered favorites here but are some new favorites as well! I didn't have as much makeup favorites like in previous months, mainly because I have been focusing on clearing up my skin and have been wearing almost no makeup for the majority of the month! Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this video and let me know what your favorites of the month was!

Products Mentioned:
Benefit Rockateur
Boots Botanics Mattifying Day Cream Shine Away Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Hawaiian Tropic Ultra Radiance Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscren SPF 15
Inglot AMC Pigments in 30 and 69
Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond - Review
Mac Eyeshadow in Amber Lights
Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light
the Balm Hot Mama

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People Mentioned: 
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Hope your Fourth of July weekend is going great! I'm definitely taking advantage of the nice sales that are going on! Let me know what your weekend plans are in the comment section below!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FOTD: Fourth of July Inspired Makeup Look!

Hello guys! So today I am creating a Fourth of July Inspired Makeup Look! I definitely think that this is an extremely fun look, its a bit different then the other looks I see beauty bloggers sporting.... probably because I didn't use the proper red, white, and blue    I just worked with what I had in my collection! I hope you enjoy my creation and keep reading to see how I created it!

For my face, I mixed CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Medium Beige (Review) and L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in Nude Beige to create a long lasting but glowing skin! To conceal my undereye bags, I used Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Highlighting Concealer in Radiant underneath my eyes in a triangular shape. For any spot concealing on my face I used the CoverGirl and Olay Concealer Balm in Light. To add some color back to my face, I applied Physician's Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose on my cheeks. As always, I used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent to set my face makeup.

For my eyebrows I am using my go to eyebrow product, the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Dark Brown (Review) and to set my eyebrows I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel (Review). I then primed my eyes using the Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond (Review). For my eyeshadow look, I first placed Mac Matte Eyeshadow in Saddle into my crease as a transition color and to help make blending a lot easier. I then used Inglot Matte Eyeshadow in 353 (Review) as a highlight on my browbone and on the inner half of the eyes. Then, I applied Elf Essential Eyeshadow in Teal in the middle of my lids. After that, I placed Inglot Pearl Eyeshadow in 428 on my outer third and into the crease. To finish up my eyeshadow look, I placed Inglot AMC Pigment in 30 to my inner third for some extra dimension. To line my upper last line, I used Wet n Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner in Black and I brightened my waterline using thw Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude. I finished off my eye makeup by applying Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara in Strauss Black, a glittery black mascara, on my lashes.

Prior to putting on my makeup, I prepped my lips using the Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch. Because I will be wearing a red lip, I will be using the Jordana Easy Liner for Lips Retractable Pencil in Sedona Red to ensure the longevity of my lipstick and to help fight against feathering! The lipstick I would be using is Victoria's Secret Color Drama Lipstick in Ignite. I found that the lips were slightly overpowering for the look, so I used NYX Megashine Lipgloss in Beige to help tone it down.

Of course, you need to set your face to make sure that the makeup sliding off! Today I used Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray to help make my makeup last as long as possible.

I hope you guys enjoyed this makeup look and let me know what you think!

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