These Are My Impressions: L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and Modern Renaissance Palette Review

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Happy summer loves! There are so so many great products hitting the market and I want them to review them all, but I’m trying to take on a few at a time so you can get the best of the best as soon as possible and skip on the rest. This week I’m reviewing the L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation, which I was ecstatic to try. The L’Oreal Pro Matte is an awesome drugstore, but wasn’t a great fit fit for my drier skin, so when I heard they were releasing a glowy version I jumped on it.

I’m also reviewing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I was a bit hesitant to grab the first permanent eyeshadow palette by them because pinky and red eyeshadows don’t really flatter my fair skin, but I swatched it in Ulta and was very intrigued. Anyway read below for my full thoughts! I’ve simplified my reviews so they’re not so long! Let me know if you like this style ūüôā

Reviews

L’Oreal Pro Glow

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  • Price: $12.99
  • Found mine: Walgreens
  • Available online: Ulta; buy here
  • My shade: 201 Classic Ivory
  • Shade range:¬†12
  • Size: 1 oz
  • Coverage: Buildable and Medium/Full
  • SPF:¬†15
  • Finish: Radiant
  • Favorite way to apply: It Cosmetics Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush #110 or Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
  • Longevity:¬†10 hours
  • Final thoughts:¬†This foundation is my new drugstore favorite. It gives a medium to full coverage and just the right amount of glow without making you a sweaty mess, especially with the warmer weather. The shade range isn’t extensive like L’Oreal’s True Match line which is a bummer, but I love the shade for my skin tone. If I actually get some color this summer (unlikely, but a girl can hope!) I’m not sure how well another shade will work. This foundation is really on par with a high end foundation and wear beautifully between 8-10 hours, the bottle claims “24 hours”, but really L’Oreal who are you kidding! Anyway with that, if you’re dry to normal skin I would definitely pick this up! If not you always have the Pro Matte version which is the same wear and coverage.
  • Grade:¬†9.5/10

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

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  • Price: $42
  • Found mine:¬†Ulta
  • Available online:¬†Yes; buy here
  • Shimmers: 4
  • Mattes: 10
  • Pigment:¬†9/10
  • Longevity:¬†9 hours
  • Brush quality:¬†Super soft, easy to use for blending and blends shadows seamlessly.
  • Final thoughts:¬†This is an eyeshadow palette I was honestly going to skip. I haven’t even watched my favorite beauty guru’s put it to action because I wasn’t that interested. Believe me I thought this palette was stunning and romantic, but not great for my fair skin. Magentas and reds do not pair well with my pinky undertones. Even for tried and true palettes like the Naked 3, I never grab for because I think the colors make me look sickly. But boy was I wrong with this palette. The colors look beautiful on the eyes, and blend like a dream. I used the blending brush that came with this palette to blend out the crease, and it worked amazing. I used the shader side to blend out the lower lashline, and I also really like the brush, which I usually skip on palettes. The only negative for me with this palette is you get a lot of fallout when you dip your brush in, but if you tap it off a little you’re golden. Fallout doesn’t really deter me as it usually means the shadows are buttery and pigmented, which these are. I really think this will be a new favorite! I love that there’s so many vibrant mattes and unique mattes (I’m so over the standard browns) and a few stunning shimmers that I can actually wear day to day or out.
  • Grade:¬†9/10

Makeup Look

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Products

Primer: Smashbox Primer Water

Foundation: L’Oreal Pro Glow in 201 Classic Ivory (link to buy above)

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Powder: Maybelline Loose Powder

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light

Brows: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil 4 with NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set

Eyeshadows: Modern Renaissance Palette

  • Crease: Warm taupe
  • Outcrease: Raw sienna and Red ochre
  • Slightly above the outer crease: Love letter
  • Lid: Primavera
  • Browbone highlight: Tempera
  • Inner corner: Vermeer topped with Champagne Pop highlighter
  • Lower lashline: Raw sienna with Red ochre and Love letter on the outer half, blended out with Burnt orange

Liners: Top: Jordana Cateye Liner in Black leather. Bottom: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black.

Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic

False Lashes: Eylure Vegas Nay Grand Glamour Lashes (cut about a fourth of these off to fit my eye, always cut to your eye shape). House of Lashes lash glue.

Blush: NYX Rose Garden Powder Blush (I think NYX is discontinuing, but it’s on sale now for $2.50!)

Highlighters: Benefit Watt’s Up topped with Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Shimmer Skin Perfector

Lips: Liner- Urban Decay Liar all over the lips. Lip color: Maybelline Color Jolt in Stripped Down

Romper: Express

Necklace and Earrings: Bauble Bar

 

 

The New List: Review of New Summer Makeup + Makeup Look

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Good afternoon lovelies! I’m so so sorry I’ve been MIA, the month of May was crazy busy for me as I started a new position at work and had some big events like my sister’s college graduation which I had to be out of town for. I’m back and ready to be on my more consistent posting schedule, and play with some makeup! ¬†This week I’ve decided to review some new products including the Ofra x Manny MUA liquid lipsticks, Makeup Revolution Highlighters and Urban Decay’s One and Done Foundation. Next week I think I’m going to whip up a bright summer makeup look using the NYX Brights Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette and do a review of that. I used some of the shadows from that palette for this look, but I think it deserves it’s own post! Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and get into the reviews down below!

Reviews

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Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector $34

This foundation is more or less a hybrid between a beauty balm, concealer and foundation. What this means for us is you get a light to medium coverage, this definitely doesn’t build to full, that is lightweight and provides pretty good coverage. I use the shade light, which is supposed to cover skin tones 0.5-3.25 based on Urban Decay’s other Naked Skin Foundation colors. I was definitely hesitant to commit to this as the color looked darker than what my super light skin could handle, so I first got a sample. The color is a teensy bit dark but if you get any sort of color in the summer this will work fine if you’re fair. I don’t get tan by any means but I do go up usually one to two shades.

I purchased the full size and really think this is a great summer foundation as it is really light on the skin, while still evening out my skintone. The bottle features a pump which is wonderful for bringing this on the go, and this product has SPF 20 which also sold me for summertime wear. For reference there are five shades, which cover a pretty large spectrum and they all have a range like the Light shade. This is a foundation I can see for workdays and outside summer events, but the coverage isn’t great for a special occasion. This wore on me for about 7 hours. I’d give this a product an¬†8/10 overall.

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Shades from left to right: Aries, Charmed, Hypno

MannyxOFRA Lip Set $49.70 (Individually sold for $19.90)

I’ve always been a huge fan of OFRA Cosmetics liquid lipsticks: they’re a whipped formula, not too heavy and they stay like a dream, especially my favorite red named appropriately for me, Atlantic City. So I swoopd in on the Manny shades as the were limited edition, but lucky for you they are permanent now. Manny MUA is a Youtube and Instagram beauty guru, and I’ve actually never watched his videos (I have to get on that), but I saw so many other beauty guru’s wearing these gorgeous shades I knew I had to have them! ¬†These colors did not disappoint (I have arm and lip swatches below) and they wear beautifully.

The first and lightest shade, Aries, is a peachy nude on me unlike any other color I own as far as nude lipsticks go, and I like it so much better on than when I originally saw it. It gives that punch of color without washing me out and it wears for about 6 hours, and is easy to build if you need to touch up a bit. The second shade, Charmed, is my favorite. It’s a mid-tone pink with a hint of berry that is just the perfect everyday color. I also think this shade wears the best of them all longevity wise at about 7 hours. The third shade, Hypno, I did not like on me at first. It was one of those shades I felt wasn’t dark enough to be vampy and was too dark to wear as a mauve shade. The color has grown on me, but this is also the driest formula. Not that it cracks or anything, it’s just not as airy as the other two shades. I think Kathleen Lights Havana Nights shade is a way way better option if you want a vampy and super comfortable shade, but I think that buying Manny’s set is still a great investment for the nude-mauve lip lover. I’m not going to rate the set, as I think they all wear a bit differently, but I do think it’s a good purchase. Also, OFRA is always offering 30% off so check out their social media sites!

Swatches

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Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters in Golden Lights and Radiance Lights $6 each

I’ve been hearing about the brand Makeup Revolution a little bit on Youtube and never really had the desire to try anything until I read an article that Khloe Kardashian loves their Radiance Lights highlighter. Say what you will about the Kardashian’s, but they know their shit when it comes to the glow life. So, while I was in Ulta I picked up two shades, Golden Lights and Radiance Lights, and I will say I don’t love Radiance. It doesn’t kick off enough va-vam factor for me, but Golden Lights is amazing for fair skin. It is one of the most intense highlighters I’ve used especially at a drugstore price. I will say these are on the powdery side, but I think that Golden is a great buy. If you have more olive skin Radiance might show more, but it really didn’t give me an intense highlighted effect. I’d rate Golden at a¬†8/10¬†and Radiance a¬†5/10.¬†

Swatches

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Golden Lights on top and Radiance Lights closer to wrist 

Makeup Look

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  • Primer: Smashbox Primer Water
  • Foundation: Urban Decay One and Done Foundation in Light
  • Concealer: Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral
  • Powder: Maybelline Loose Powder
  • Brows: Colourpop Pencils in Bangin Brunette and Black ‘n’ Brown with NYX Control Freak Clear Brow Mascara
  • Eyeshadow:
    • Crease: Milani Earthy Elements Eye Palette second shade in
    • Outer crease: NYX Brights Ultimate shadow palette burnt orange shade (last shadow top row)
    • Outer V: Same burnt orange shade
    • Lid: Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Radiance
    • Brow Bone and Inner corner: Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights
    • Lower lashline: NYX Bright Ultimate palette periwinkle blue shade (3rd row first shadow) with bright blue shade on the outer half (3rd row second shadow)
  • Eyeliners:
  • Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black telescopic applied before lashes (top only)
  • Lashes: Ardell 120 Demi Wispies
  • Blush: NYX Strictly Chic Ombre Blush
  • Highlighter: Makeup Revolution Golden Lights
  • Lips: Ofra X Manny collab Aries liquid lipstick
  • Top: H&M $5!

Colourpoppin’ Into Spring: Brows and Ultra Satin Lip Review

 

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Happy Spring everyone! Sorry I’ve been a little makeup-post MIA, but my skin was freaking out over the past month and I finally got it to behave. Listen to your Momma when she tells you less is more; I swear with all the skincare obsession you see on Youtube and social media you want to just pile it on. That’s not to say skincare isn’t important, but just remember if a simple routine works for you don’t feel the need to add this oil and that cleanser and a toner to the mix, but do always add a sunscreen for daytime. I’m loving the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel in SPF 15; it’s light, doesn’t smell like sunscreen, hydrating and doesn’t break me out! Anyway, on to this post which is all about my favorite affordable brand, Colourpop. I swear each season they kill it even more. Read on to hear my stance on their new brow and Ultra Satin lip products!

Review and Swatches

 

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Colors from left to right: Petit Four, Marshmallow, Lost, Cozy, Lyin’ King, Tansy, Frick ‘n’ Frack, Echo Park, Magic Wand

Colourpop’s Ultra Satin Lips¬†retail for $6 and¬†hit the market right as many bloggers and makeup lovers started to lose faith they’d get a long-wearing lipstick that didn’t dry the shit out of their lips. Well welcome the best formula I have ever worn, and I mean ever. I purchased nine shades in a variety of colors, and not one color wears any less than the others, which can often happen with darker colors that aren’t a matte. Speaking of, these lipsticks are not transfer-proof, but they do stay put on your lips for about 6 hours with eating and drinking. They are honestly the perfect lipstick. You get that longevity you love from a matte without the crusting and drying of a matte liquid lipstick. Seriously, I would hitch these things if I could. All the shades are great, but particular standouts for me are Frick ‘n’ Frack (I wear this almost daily), Cozy (the perfect spring coral with a hint of spice), Magic Wand and Lyin’ King (best name ever).¬†10/10

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Brow pencils in: Black N’ Brown and Bangin’. Brunette Bangin’ Brunette brow color.

So for the brows, the pencils retail for $5 each and the brow color retails for $6, I still am working with these to see how much I really like them. The pencils are much creamier than say the NYX Microbrow Pencil, and if you’re not careful you can get really heavy-handed. I personally use Bangin’ Brunette (the lighter pencil) in light strokes in the beginning of my brow through the arch. Than I use Black N’ Brown towards the tail, and brush through it all with the spoolie. I like to use the brow color if I’m going out, I think it’s ¬†a bit intense for everyday. The one thing I don’t love about these is how long the handle/twist up is, it makes it really awkward to hold and you can only get a little product out. Overall, for the price I think these are a win, but if you don’t mind spending the extra $5, I still prefer my NYX microbrow pencils.¬†7.5/10

Makeup Look and Products

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Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Foundation: Fiona Stiles Luminous Concrete Foundation in 01 Porcelain 

Concealer: NYX HD Concealer in CW01 Porcelain

Powder: Maybelline Masterfix Powder

Brows:¬†Colourpop Brow Pencils in Bangin’ Brunette and Black N’ Brown with NYX Espresso Brow Mascara

Eyeshadows: 

Mascara:¬†L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic

Liner:¬†Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather and L’Oreal Silkissime in Black

Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies (remember to cut your lashes to fit your eye shape)!

Blush: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush PaletteРHush

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips:¬†NYX lipliner in Ever and Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Frick ‘n’ Frack

Top: Express

Nameplate necklace: Baublebar

 

What’s New at Ulta: Including Fiona Stiles Foundation

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Happy Easter/Passover everyone! I recently ordered some new items from Ulta and wanted to do a look with them/test them out. This post will not feature full reviews, I will let you know my initial thoughts, but if you guys would like those let me know if you’d like an in-depth review of any of these products. I will probably do a post about the Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate which retails for $30 and can only be found at Ulta. Below are the products I picked up and this makeup look. Now dig into that Easter candy and get your makeup on!

New Items from Ulta

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So far I really like this; it isn’t over dewy but it gives a nice luminosity to the skin, and my highlight actually showed up! Believe it or not because I have freckles, I have a hard time getting that glisten from within glow that I so so envy. I also haven’t felt oily at all, I have pretty normal/dry skin but with luminous foundation I can feel a bit oily on my chin after a bit. I also think the shade Porcelain is a great match for my skin; fair foundations have been a bit dark as of late and can look warm on me, but this one is perfect. So, so far so good! I will give a full update after a few days of wear, that’s really the only way to give a solid review. I also may review the Tarte Maracuja Oil if you guys would like. I also picked that up in this haul, but haven’t tested it yet, it is on sale for $25 though!

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I’ve been debating purchasing this palette since I saw its PR on temptalia.com. It’s got every color I love and gravitate towards, but I wasn’t super impressed with the other Too Faced Palette I own, the Stardust Palette. Needless to say, I’m already obsessed with this palette. It has stunning coopers, a show-stopping purple, and a light gold that you don’t see in many palettes. The matte crease shades are also to die over, and it has a great off-white to highlight the browbone. All the colors are pigments and blend like a dream, oh and did I mention it smells like peanut butter!? The only disappointment I have if there isn’t a shade named Fluff, because I love me some PB&F. Definitely pick this up, it’s limited edition! Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Palette $36.

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The NYX Ombre Blush in Strictly Chic was another win for me. I thought this product looked a bit gimmicky, but I saw Nicole Guerriero rave about the pigment in her February Favorites and I decided to test one out. This blush is a beautiful coral that is pigmented but not overly in your face. I just swirl the colors together and it’s a perfect pop of peach that blends easily. NYX Ombre Blush Strictly Chic $9.99.

Makeup Look

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Primer:¬†Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer (sample size). I normally use a hydrating primer but I didn’t want to over-hydrate as I did a mask last night and tested a new foundation. I will try the Fiona Stiles foundation with my BECCA primer though!

Foundation: Fiona Stiles Luminous Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair/Neutral

Powder: Maybelline Master Fix Setting Powder

Brows:¬†Colourpop Pencil and Brow Colour in Bangin’ Brunette.¬†(all their brow products are currently sold out, but they’ve updated on social media they’ll be back soon!) Another affordable option is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette. Used NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso to set.

Eyeshadows (all Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection)

  • Crease:¬†Peanut Butter
  • Lid:¬†Bananas
  • Outer V onto the outer lid:¬†Peanut Brittle
  • Lower lashline:¬†Jelly
  • Browbone:¬†Extra Creamy

Liners:¬†Jordana Cat Eyeliner in Black Leather on top and L’Oreal Silkissime in Black on waterline.

Mascara:¬†L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic on top and bottom

False Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies (Red packaging) with House of Lashes lash glue.

Blush: NYX Ombre Blush in Strictly Chic

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop on the bridge of my nose, cheekbones, above the brows and in the inner corner.

Lips: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Magic Wand (review of these coming next!) topped with NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine.

Setting Spray: Mac Fix+

 

Fresh Faced Spring Makeup: L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation Review

IMG_4663Spring weather seems like it’s finally going to make an appearance in New Jersey this week and I’m itching to wear some of spring’s newest trends (blog post to come on spring trends!) and try out some new looks. I purchased the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, also is it just me or are foundation names getting longer than texts from your Mom? Anyway, I wanted to review this probably 3 weeks ago but I still couldn’t determine how I felt about it. So after week of trying this out I have a verdict! Read on below for the review and as always this drugstore makeup look.

Review

So cushion foundations are all the rage right now, this spring is definitely stepping out of the matte looks we’ve been seeing for the past two years. This cushion foundation is light to medium coverage, as are most cushion foundations. It features a puff applicator that may be useful for touch-ups throughout the day, but I didn’t like the way it applied my foundation. This foundation is on the pricier side for a drugstore foundation at $16.99 and you only get 0.52 oz of product, whereas you normally get 1 oz for most foundations. There’s also 12 shades, but if you are extremely fair you may have a hard time as I did. There isn’t a standard N1 or W1 like the original True Matches which I find to be frustrating. But, N2 works okay for me when I blend it out.

I’ve found that the best way to apply this foundation is with a Real Techniques sponge, rather than a brush or the puff applicator. I can build it easiest this way; this foundation will only build to a medium coverage so keep that in mind. For being a “lumi” foundation this formula dries my skin out like crazy, even with a moisturizer or primer underneath. This is why it took so long for me to test because I wanted to make sure another product wasn’t drying out my skin! I also typically don’t have sensitive skin, but this gave my skin tiny textured bumps (they go away after a day or so, but still not thrilled). I’m not saying this won’t work for your skin type, but I really, really wanted to like this and I just can’t with the way my skin is reacting.

I think I can use it up, but I will not repurchase. I personally think Maybelline’s Dream Matte Hydrating Foundation is ¬†better value and more hydrating, with better coverage. Or if you love L’Oreal’s foundations go with the original True Match Lumi, which is an old favorite of mine. An overall score for me is 5/10. Let me know your favorite cushion foundations because I think they’re great for spring and summer!

Makeup Look

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Moisturizer:¬†Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF15¬†(found mine at Walgreens in-store; can’t find on their website).

Foundation:¬†L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in N2 Classic Ivory

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair 

Powder: Maybelline Master Fix Setting Powder 

Brows: Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo in Deep Brown (just used pencil side) and Maybeline Master Brow Drama Palette in Deep Brown to fill in. Set with NYX Brow Mascara in Espresso

Eyeshadows:

Eyeliner: Top: Jordana Cat Eyeliner in Black Brown. Bottom: Maybelline Gel Pencil Liner in Glazed Toffee.

Mascara:¬†L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black with Maybelline the Rocket on top (an oldie but a goodie)

Blush: Colourpop Supershock Cheek in Bonus (discontinued) similar Holiday.

Highlighter:¬†Colourpop Highlighter in Wisp¬†(on tops of cheeks, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow).

Lips: Lipliner: Jordana Easy Liner in Sedona Red. Lipstick: Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Cozy (review of these coming soon!).

Top:¬†Marshall’s.

Fun Fact:¬†Look created while throwing it back to Fall Out Boy’s Under the Cork Tree

 

 

 

Dreaming in the Drugstore: New Maybelline Product Reviews

 

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Hi loves! Sorry I haven’t gotten a Best of 2015 up yet, I was away last week and had a ton to catch up on, but you will know my must-haves very soon! Today I’m reviewing some new Maybelline drugstore products I’ve been testing for about 3 weeks. January brought a slew of new products, I’m also on the hunt for the new L’Oreal Cushion foundation in my shade, but today I have Maybelline’s new Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation, the Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color, Brow Define and Fill Duo and FaceStudio Master Fix and Setting Powder. Boy, was that a mouthful. I also have a full drugstore glam makeup look below. Read on makeup mavens!

 

Reviews

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation:¬†I found this foundation in the drugstore about 3 weeks ago, and as I mentioned in a post in December I’ve been on the hunt for a new drugstore foundation. I used to use Maybelline’s Dream Mousse and Fit Me Dewy and Smooth foundations, but while I loved the coverage, I always got dry patches on my nose. Anyway, I decided to give this a go. At first it was difficult for me to pick a shade: the two lightest are Warm Porcelain and Porcelain Ivory. I went with Warm Porcelain as it didn’t look as pink on the packaging. I will say putting this on my hand it looked way too warm at first, but it blends right into my skin color once it dries down. The consistency of this is thick and very much like a squeezed mousse, and unlike any foundation¬†I’ve ever tried.¬†It truly is what the name says though: it’s a hydrating matte foundation. I’ve had no issues with this drying my skin out and the coverage is medium to full and it last about 8 hours without a primer. I think I’ve found my new favorite drugstore foundation!¬†9.5/10

  • Best tool for this foundation:¬†It Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush #110¬†¬†(I definitely prefer a buffing brush to a Beauty Blender with this product)
  • Price: $10.99
  • Ounces: 1 oz
  • Okay to set with powder: Yes
  • Staying powder: 8-10 hours
  • Coverage:¬†Medium to full
  • Color selection:¬†12 colors (only one truly dark shade though)

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors:¬†So like many other makeup lovers who see this, you probably think these are Maybelline’s versions of liquid lipsticks, like Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks or Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks, they are not a true liquid lipstick. These lipsticks are a creamy consistency hat have a satin-matte finish. They never dry down, so they do transfer. I bought the colors 5 Nude Thrill and 50 Possessed Plum. I have to say I love love love Nude Thrill. I think the color is stunning, and I personally like the creaminess, it’s like a matte lipgloss. The coverage for Nude Thrill is medium-full and it doesn’t feel uncomfortable to build. Possessed Plum on the other hand is a different story. This colors moves on your lips as you swipe so you can never get a full coverage without seeing your lip color come through. It takes about 4-5 swipes to get a mostly opaque color but as this product transfers it’s hard to wear. It may be okay if you wear it over a lipstick.These are also extremely perfumey. I am curious to try another deeper shade, just to see if the Possessed Plum is an exception, but overall I’d give these a 6.5/10.

  • Shades:¬†10
  • Price:¬†$7.99
  • Coverage:¬†Medium
  • Size:¬†.26 oz
  • Perfumey scent
  • Cream consistency

Maybelline Brow and Fill Duo:¬†This product is a hybrid of a brow pencil similar to Anastasia’s Brow Wiz and a powder. This is the only product I’ve ever found like it on the market. At first, I didn’t love the powder, as it seems like it doesn’t really come out, and I also don’t love this doesn’t have a spooley but really they have no where to put one. The pencil end runs out pretty quick and starts out longer than it should meaning it will probably break off. The thing is, I love the actually product. I think the powder gives my brows a natural finish unlike any other powder. It’s probably because of the domed end it comes out of, it’s not as harsh as using a angled brush. I also really like the pencil end, it defines nicely and creates natural strokes. So I’m torn, I really like this product but the pencil end mechanically causes a lot of problems that may make this a product that’s frustrating and you’ll have to replace often.¬†7/10

  • Shades:¬†4
  • Price:¬†$7.99
  • Pencil and domed end which distributes powder

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder:¬†I haven’t used this product too long, and as you have probably realized I’m pretty married to Revlon’s Aqua Ready translucent powder, but this is a close second. I think this powder is very similar to more high-end powders like the Make Up Forever Translucent powder. It’s very finely milled and doesn’t leave a white residue. I think this powder is perfect for all skin types but especially someone with oily/combo skin. If you have been on the hunt for a good drugstore translucent powder, I think this is it!¬†9.5/10

  • Shades:¬†1 (Translucent)
  • Price:¬†$9.99
  • Size:¬†.21 oz

Makeup Look

  • Primer:¬†I ran out of my usual drugstore primer, but would use Loreal Magic Lumi Primer normally
  • Foundation:¬†Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation in 05 Warm Porcelain
  • Concealer:¬†Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair (I also love NYX HD concealer but I ran out of that too)
  • Powder:¬†Maybelline FaceStudio Powder
  • Brows:¬†Maybelline Brow and Fill Duo in Deep Brown with NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette to set
  • Eyeshadows: ¬†
    • Crease- NYX Matte Shadow in Maybe Later.
    • Lid- L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Sunset Seine (this look a lot more orange online, it’s like a golden color in person)
    • Outer Lid- Colourpop Supershock shadow in Lectra, which I also used on the lower lashline and outer crease. (It looks like this is sold out but you can use Porter or Leopard¬†for a similar effect).
    • Browbone and inner corner: Morphe 35O shimmer beige shade. You can use any shimmering highlight shade for the same effect.
  • Eyeliners:
    • Liquid liner: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather (I buy mine at Walgreens)
    • Waterline liner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black
  • Lashes:¬†Ardell Wispies (I believe these are a new style, they’re not the Natural or Glamour, the packaging says Wispies in red. Got at Walgreens)
  • Mascara:¬†L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic
  • Blush:¬†Mixed Milani Baked Blushes in Berry Amore and Dolce Pink
  • Highlighter:¬†BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette second highlight in. I also love Phyiscians Formula highlighters and Maybelline MasterStudio highlighters.
  • Lips:¬†

Dark Romance: Carli Bybel Palette Look and Review

Dark Lip Romantic Eye Carli Bybel Palette

Good morning all my fellow makeup mavens! Or at least it’s morning while I’m writing this; now that I’m out of my Halloween makeup looks (so sad, you can view my C3PO look on my Instagram) I’m really excited to delve into all the products I’d bought in October. The first product I needed to get my hands dirty with and my face pretty with is the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette. Carli Bybel is probably my favorite Beauty Youtuber, she’s a fellow New Jerseyian, and absolutely stunning with a big heart. About 4 million other people must envy her beautiful makeup because this palette sold out at lightning speeds. At only $12.50, with 14 gorgeous plum, mauve, gold, and coppery eyeshadows, and 4 stunning highlighters, why wouldn’t this baby be a hit? I had never tried anything from BH before this palette, and I will say their process for getting the items to the consumer was a bit half hazard. Anyway, enough about processes! Look below for a review, swatches, and a full makeup look using this palette. Order your’s here, it’s out of stock for now, but hopefully it’ll come back soon.

Review

inside the carli bybel palette

So as I had mentioned above, I’ve never used BH Cosmetics products. But this palette was just too beautiful not to buy, and really inexpensive, which had me a bit skeptical because even drugstore brands like Maybelline and L’Oreal who have their own palettes can be a bit pricey. The packaging is a crisp white, which I’m sure I’ll get dirty, and it’s nothing super sturdy. The product inside is all I really care about, and I have to say these are pretty darn good. Some shades are a bit powdery, but nothing that has me freaking out over fallout, and they’re all pretty pigmented, especially the satiny/glitter shades. I really love that Carli choose shades that can be used for day or night, and have enough variety you’re not buying¬†another¬†knockoff Naked Palette. The shades to the left are perfect for highlighting and a softer look for school or work, the middle 6 are knockouts for everyday, and the last two will definitely vamp up your look. They lasted about 7 hours. I think the eyeshadows are a solid¬†9/10.¬†

Now for the highlighters, there are 4 highlighters that range from a pale pale pink, to a fierce bronze. I will say I love that there are quality highlighters in this palette. It’s rare to ever find highlighters in a palette especially ones as good as these. The first two work best on my ghostly skin tone, but I can also get away with the third gold if I use a light hand or mix it; it’s very pigmented. The last shade doesn’t work as a highlight for me, but it’s well-suited for darker skin tones, and I can definitely use it as an eyeshadow because that shade is fierce. I don’t think I’ve ever found better drugstore priced highlighters. They get a 9.5/10.

I think this palette is an absolute¬†steal.¬†I really hope BH can stock this up before the holidays, because it would make a great gift for Secret Santa parties, your best friend, even yourself, if you’re so inclined. Carli did an amazing job, I may have to check out more BH after buying this palette.

Swatches

Carli Bybel Eyeshadow Swatches
Eyeshadows start from wrist up, beginning with top row of palette then going to bottom row of palette.

Carli Bybel Highlight Swatches

Makeup Look

Colourpop LAX lip Carli Bybel Eyeshadow look

Primer: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer (got as a sample)

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Powder: Revlon Photoready Aqua Powder in Translucent

Brows: NYX Microbrow in Brunette, with Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette in Deep Brown, and NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette.

Eyeshadows: All BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette

  • Crease:¬†Light brown (top row, 3rd shadow in) and deep purple mauve on outer crease (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Lid:¬†Copper gold (bottom row, 4th shadow in) deeper copper on outer lid (bottom row, 3rd shadow)
  • Outer V:¬†Deep purple mauve (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Inner corner highlight:¬†Champagne gold (bottom row, 1st shadow)
  • Lower lashline:¬†Deep copper (bottom row, 3rd shadow) with deep purple mauve on outer lashline (top row, 5th shadow)
  • Browbone:¬†Matte beige nude (top row, 1st shadow)

Eyeliners: Jordana Cat Eyes Liquid Liner in Black Leather. Bottom waterline Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES liner in Purple Garnet (LE) similar: Almay Raisin Quartz Eyeliner 

Mascara:¬†L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black

Lashes: Ardell 105 Glamour Lashes

Blush: Milani Berry Amore Baked Blush

Highlight: Carli Bybel highlighters #3 mixed with #2.

Lips:¬†Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick in LAX, currently out of stock ūüė¶ but this shade is STUNNING.¬†Similar:¬†Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks in Heathers and Vamp.¬†

 Extras: Top Zara

Vegas Nay for Too Faced Star Dust Palette Review

Vegas Nay Too Faced Makeup Look

Hello fellow makeup nerds of the world, let the Force be with you today, even if it only is the makeup force ūüôā So as I was scrolling through Instagram the MOST beautiful palette I had ever seen waltzed across my screen, I bet you can guess which palette I’m talking about? Yes, no? Well it’s the Vegas Nay Too Faced Cosmetics Star Dust Palette. This palette is everything I had dreamed about, it features deep burgundys, a matte camel color, vibrant purples and stunning coppers and browns. I immediately knew I wanted to do a look with the purpley colors because everyone uses brown and gold, and I love purple on green eyes. So I did a glam smokey eye with this 12-shadow, $45 palette which is an Ulta Exclusive and will be in stores September 6th. The palette also included a sample of the Too Face Shadow Insurance Primer, Better Than Sex Mascara and their Loose Glitter Pigment in Nude Bean. Below is everything you need to know including swatches, product photos, a review and makeup look.

Product Review:

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This product claims to be a $192 palette for only $45 dollars. Realistically this palette is priced in the ball park of most other palettes with this amount of shadows, except for the LORAC Pro Palettes which have 4 more shadows and retail for the same price. Compared to many of Too Faces’ other palettes these shadows are significantly larger and do include the samples. This palette also features colors that can go in quads so you know which shadows work best together.

The palette features four matte shades while the rest have shimmer or extreme sparkle. Surprisingly, the sparkle shades had better color pay off than the shimmer shades, which I thought were very meh. For me Jackpot and Showgirl, the bronze shades, were beautiful but I have similar colors in my Naked palette. Unfortunately, the colors I was lusting over, Follow me (vibrant purple), Double Tap (deep red-brown with violet shimmer) and The Strip (silver mauve) all took a bit to build up and The Strip had fallout. Millennial (matte warm brown) was really nice and so was #selfie (cream-white with silver shimmer). Sin City (matte black) wasn’t even close to the best black I have, LORAC’s reigns supreme, and took a while to build up, but blended nicely.

Overall for me this palette was a let down, I will definitely use it because I love the colors but the quality just wasn’t great. No shadow was buttery, they did apply nice with the primer, but I had to build up every shade I used up. I say if you have Urban Decay’s Naked 1 palette and the LORAC Pro Palette you really don’t¬†need¬†this unless you’re lusting over this color combo all in one palette. I don’t regret this purchase it’s just let me down a bit, but on the plus the Loose Glitter that came with is amazeballs. Overall I’d give this palette a¬†7/10.

Swatches:

Too Faced Star Dust Swatches
From elbow to wrist (sorry you can only faintly see the first three shades, pale girl problems) Chandelier, Selfie, Pink Pearl, Double Tap, Millennial, Showgirl, The Strip, Golden Nugget
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From wrist up: Girls Night, Jackpot, Follow Me, Sin City

Makeup Look and Details:

Too Faced Makeup Look IMG_0282

Product details:

Primer: Smashbox Photoready Primer

Foundation:¬†Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Porcelain (get this, get this, get this, it’s amazing) applied today with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Concealer: Naked Skin Concealer in Fair/Neutral

Brows:¬†NYX Brow Pencil in Brunette, NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Brunette¬†and L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark.

Eye Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer

Eyeshadows:

  • Crease: Millennial and Double tap (outer crease)
  • Lid: The Strip, Pink Pearl with Too Faced Loose Glitter in Nude Bean applied on top with Fix + (I loved this glitter it applied easily without fallout and looked spellbinding) Sadly, it looks like Too Faced no longer sells the loose glitter alone.
  • Outer V: Sin City
  • Brow Bone: #selfie
  • Lower lashline: Follow Me and a bit of Double Tap on the outer lashline
  • Inner corner: Nude bean loose glitter

Lashes:¬†L’Oreal Telescopic and Ardell Double Up Wispies

Powder and contour: Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette, used Sombre to contour my cheeks and nose, and Lyric to set.

Blush: Colourpop Cosmetics Supershock Cheeks in Mochi.

Highlight: Colourpop Highlighter in Teasecake with Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop on top.

Lips:¬†This was a bit of a fiasco, I couldn’t find a shade I liked so I mixed 3, sorry!! Anyway the lips were Jordana Rose Crush lipliner, Colourpop Lippie Stix in Skimpy, then Maybelline Creamy Matte Lust for Blush with Maybelline Color Blur in Berry Misbehaved.

 

Bold Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz vs NYX Micro Brow

Bold brows

Bold brows have taken over for good, which for some blessed specimens (Care Delevingne I’m looking at you!) they are fortunate to have hairs that need no fillers; for the rest of us we need products to get that beautiful and bold brow look. Over the past few years I’ve used everything from the Maybelline Quad Natural Smokes darkest shadow, not one of my best makeup moments, to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyebrow Mousse, which I still love. But like most brow lovers, I’ve relied heavily on brow pencils. At first, we had the infamous and lovely Anastasia Brow Wiz, but at $21 it’s not always the most affordable tool. But once you go all bold brow gal there isn’t any going back. So like many others every three months I’d suck it up and buy my Brow Wiz for $21. But recently more affordable brands have stepped-up their brow game. The drugstore brand that intrigued me most was NYX. I love their products and think their quality is great, so I was super happy to find their Micro Brow Pencils featured similar shades to Anastasia’s Brow Wiz’s. But did NYX’s pencil give me those bold, shapely brows I was used to? Read below for my Brow Showdown.

brow wiz vs microbrow

Showdown

A little comparison: NYX and Anastasia Beverly Hills Pencils feature the same amount of product, each has 0.003 oz. Both are cruelty free, side note: if you want to save the fur babies use the app Cruelty Cutter, you can scan products and see if they test on animals. ¬†Another similarity, both feature spoolies, or those little brushes to put those brows in place. So really the only major difference is price and performance. As I mentioned above, Anastasia’s Brow Wiz is $21, whereas NYX’s Micro Brow is $9.99. Also Anastasia offers 9 shades, where NYX offers 8. But I believe that all the core shades are in both collections. An in-depth review is below.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz:¬†The shade I wear is Medium Brown, and I’ve also used Brunette which is now called Dark Brown. I love this pencil to really shape the brows and carve them out, but I don’t love this to fill in my brows. The product is a bit hard, which is great for shaping, not so much filling in. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve filled in my brows with this, but usually just to get a defined tail. Also, the last Brow Wiz I received the product would not twist up right and would fall out. I’ve had about three Brow Wiz’s so I think my last one was just a bad egg. Overall this is a great brow product with many colors and is definitely a staple.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil: Similarly to Anastasia’s shade, I wear Ash Brown in the NYX pencil. For NYX this product is a little pricey at almost $10, but considering the alternatives all hit the $20 mark range, this is a steal. Micro Brow is much creamier than the Brow Wiz. That’s not to say it’s so creamy you’ve got product everywhere, it’s just easier to use. I love this pencil for both carving out my brows and filling in. The spoolie is a bit rougher than the Brow Wiz, but it’s not a huge deal to me.

Verdict

You can’t go wrong with either the Brow Wiz or the Micro Brow pencil. But personally I like the NYX Micro Brow a bit better. Even if the price was the same, I’d go with Micro Brow. I find it to be easier to use and I can use it to fill in my brows, and I’m also able to blend without tugging like with the Brow Wiz. Whichever weapon you choose though bold brows never lose.

Extras:

Bold brow and red lips

Makeup: 

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation in Porcelain

Concealer: NYX HD Photoready Concealer in Porcelain

Powder: Makeup Forever Transluscent Powder

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown, Brow Bar to Go to fill in, NYX Brow Mascara in Brunette. Carved out with lightest shade in NYX Correct and Conceal palette.

Eyeshadows: NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in Maybe Later and Espresso for the LORAC 1 palette in the crease, LORAC 1 Palette White and Cream on the lid. White on the brow bone.  Espresso on the lower lashine. Nude on the inner corner.

Eyeliner:¬†Top liquid liner is Jordana Cat Eye liner in Black Leather. Bottom liner is L’Oreal Silkissime in Charcoal.

Lashes:¬†Ardell Glamour Demi’s.

Contour: Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette, mixed Sombre and Shadowplay

Blush: Milani Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

Highlight: Colourpop Cosmetics Butterfly Beach

Lips: Colourpop Lippie Stix in Fighter with Fighter lipliner

Top: Missguided Jersey Wrap Over Bralette in Black  (from first photo) Missguided Halle Crepe Dress (second photo)

Maybelline The Smokes Review and Makeup Look

Maybelline The Smokes Makeup Look The Smokes Palette I’ve¬†been on a drugstore hunt for Maybelline’s Blushing Nudes Palette, but sadly my Walgreens was sold out. But instead I found Maybelline’s The Smokes. I don’t do a smokey eye often, and I know it’s difficult¬†to get smokey shadows from the drugstore that blend well and have great pigment, so I picked up this 12 shadow palette. Below is a product info, review, swatches and a makeup look. Also I’ll have a surprise for you guys in the next week or so!

Review

Maybelline The Smokes

 

This palette retails between $9.99 and $12, the cheapest place to find is Ulta. The palette features 12-smokey eyeshadows, they’re all shimmering, but the shimmer comes off the brown and navy for a more matte look. It also comes with a sponge applicator but I’d use a brush. Verdict? Honestly, I’d skip this palette, yes the price is good, but the quality is pretty bad. You’ll be able to see in th swatches below, but these eyeshadows lacked pigment and were difficult to blend. I was able to get a nice look with a primer base, but I really had to build up on the lid. I’d give this palette a 4/10. If you want a smokey look for an affordable price, I’d look into L’Oreal’s La Nude Palettes. I have a review here.

Swatches

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Makeup Look

Smokey Eye

Afforable Smokey Eye

Products:

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair/Neutral

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown, filled in with original Brow Bar to Go (can use any brown brow powder), set with Milani Clear Brow Gel

Eyeshadows: All Shadows Maybelline The Smokes Palette

  1. Base: NYX Eye Base in Skintone
  2. Crease: Maybelline The Smokes, Brown (1st shadow on bottom row)
  3. Lid: Lighter Teal (1st shadow on top row)
  4. Outer V and Lower lashline: Navy (5th shadow on bottom row)
  5. Inner lid and tearduct: Granite (3rd shadow on bottom row)
  6. Browbone: Light Bronze (4th shadow top row)

Mascara:¬†L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic and Miss Manga mixed.

Eyeliner:¬†L’Oreal Silkissime in Black on outer waterline and Gold on inner.

Face Highlight: Colourpop Cosmetics Butterfly Beach 

Blush:¬†Milani Rose D’Oro

Bronzer: Physicians Formula Argan Wear Bronzer in Light 

Powder: Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder (this stuff has been a lifesaver for sweat and oil)

Lips: Jordana Tawny Lipliner with Maybelline Creamy Matte Daringly Nude Lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie.