Tuesday, July 4, 2017

June Favorites

Hello again readers! Happy Independence Day!

It has been a hot minute since I've posted any new content. I was just living life and decided to drop this off to the side. 

June is my second favorite month, only because it's Pride Month, and my birthday is June 14. We're starting off fresh with a new top 10 list of a random assortment of items that I have been loving.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette:
I've been reaching for this palette like crazy. Most days – since I work every day during the week – I aim for a really easy makeup look. I'm still in love with the Naked 2 shade in this palette, since it's my favorite subtle crease shade. It adds just the right amount of definition without being noticeable. I've already hit pan on this staple shade, and I will be crushed when I run out.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation – Fair Honey:
I was wary about this product, if I'm being honest with you. I didn't expect a powder foundation to deliver a high enough coverage for me to be comfortable with it. I was horribly, horribly wrong. This foundation is a medium-coverage dream. Applies beautifully with a buffing brush, lasts all day, and the color match is really nice. I use it after applying concealer to my problem areas, and then I have a flawless base for other makeup. I've been using this on my work days and it's incredibly low-maintenance.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer – Chantilly:
I was never a fan of the Radiant Creamy Concealer. I didn't think it covered up my problem areas well enough to warrant the price tag. When NARS released this new concealer, and after I watched quite a few review videos, I had to jump on it. I'm so glad that I did. This concealer is so creamy, easy to blend, and has amazing medium coverage. I can build it up, but it's usually perfect as it is. I didn't notice it creasing or fading throughout the day. It's a winner!

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Iced Latte:
I have had this eyeshadow for years. It's survived multiple makeup declutters, because it can be used as a face highlighter as well. I had a day that I used the Urban Decay Naked 2 shade, and felt that my look was lacking a nice pop of... something. This eyeshadow was the answer to that dilemma. It's such a beautiful champagne eyeshadow that catches the light in the most beautiful way. It made my eyes look so big and wide awake, that I caught myself more often than is acceptable staring into a mirror at how good my makeup looked that day. I can never go back.

Maybelline Color Tattoo – Tough as Taupe:
I have tried so many different products that are designed for the eyebrows, and I still always circle back around to this particular product. The Color Tattoo formula is drier, but it lasts just as long as the Anastasia Dip Brow. I love this shade, the incredibly ashy, cool-toned taupe is perfect for my eyebrows. Every time I use it I love how my brows look, and I prefer this over all of my other brow products in my collection. Plus, it's so cheap!

Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack:
This quad had quickly secured a place in my favorites. The warm tones of the shadows are right up my alley, and although there are only four shades, there are so many different looks I could accomplish with it. It was worth the money, and really makes me want to get the Rust stack next.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15:
I bought a large tube of this for my fiance when he was at his military training, and I've acquired many bottles of this for me to use myself. We both love it. It hydrates the skin a little bit, but also keeps the oil at bay. I use it as a makeup primer, and my foundation and concealers just glide over the skin with no issues. I've noticed my skin looking better at the end of the day when I use this product, and I'm sort of kicking myself because it has a higher price tag than I prefer. Well, then again, Nathan uses it too, so it's not so bad.

Tea Tea Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution:
My skin and tea tree oil are best friends. An acne solution that doesn't cause chaos if I stop using it cold-turkey? Call me smitten. This solution is a product that I like to use after my face is clean and toned, and before I apply any primers or makeup. It gives my skin a little boost to fight acne, and it isn't harsh at all. I really love it, because it keeps those little buggers at bay.

Tony Moly Pikachu Hand Cream – Vanilla:
I have been attempting to keep on a moisturizing regimen for my hands, and I've been failing at it. This hand cream is the right level of hydration for me, and leaves my hands feeling so soft. Like most hand creams that I've used, I feel like I have an oily residue until it is fully absorbed into the skin. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to fully absorb, and until then I've taken to just relaxing and watching some television. It has a beautiful subtle vanilla scent that's dreamy.

Poo-Pouri – Tropical Hibiscus:
Alright, this is a little TMI perhaps, and definitely not makeup related. I debated creating a standalone post, but I couldn't bring myself to do so. When I picked up my first bottle, I thought it was a complete gimmick, and I could laugh about it with my fiance. We were completely taken by surprise. This product is a blessing from the heavens for anyone. Never before have I felt so comfortable to do my business in the bathroom. It erases the smells, and leaves the bathroom smelling incredibly fresh.

Sometimes it doesn't work to it's fullest capacity, but I can't fault it for that. I've loved this so much, I converted my fiance, my sister, her boyfriend, and I've been recommending it to so many others. It's been a complete game-changer, and I can't see myself going back.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Top 20 of 2016

Hello again readers!

It's been a while (since July, making this LONG overdue). Starting a full-time job was good for my wallet, not so great for my free time. It takes me just two hours just to drive to and from work every day, which is a drain on the time I need to do things like shower, eat, clean, etc. Not much time left for blogging.

2016 was admittedly awful. To combat this, I'm showing off products that were diamonds in the rough during this terrible year.


Makeup Remover Towels:
It's been over a year since I picked up my first pack of makeup removing towels from WalMart, and I'm still in love with them. I've expanded my collection, and even added some from Sephora! They're so easy to use, fool proof, and they remove (almost all) of my most stubborn makeup like waterproof mascara and matte liquid lipsticks. They're absolutely perfect when I really don't have the energy to use a cleansing oil or a makeup remover, and I can rest easy knowing I don't have any lingering foundation on my face.

Makeup Revolution Palettes:
I fell in love with these palettes, and I will continue to do so. Makeup Revolution makes really amazing dupes for more expensive palettes, and the packaging is sleek and easy to store. I think the quality is really good, and I feel so much better spending less than ten dollars on a palette that I might not reach for very often. They're worth picking up.

Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette:
When I swatched this palette, I hated it. It didn't perform very well for the retail price, and I was just a little disappointed. However, the shadows perform beautifully on the eyes, and the way the shadows wore through the day blew me away. I also have Meet Matt(e) Trimony, and while the color selection isn't as extensive, I have the same feelings towards it on staying power. Pleasant surprise this past year.

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette:
I wasn't sure about these palettes, since they're ten dollars a pop for only six shades. Let me tell you - they're worth it. They're worth every penny. They're smooth, pigmented, and they blend beautifully on the lids. Pictured is Must Have Neutrals, which I was expecting to dislike since I have so many neutral shadows already, but the performance of the shadows locks them into my collection.

Maybelline Better Skin Powder Foundation:
I didn't think I'd fall in love with this as much as I did. I have a cheaper foundation that performs well, but this performs better. It doesn't last all day on my oily skin, but it gets me through most of the work day. It creates an even skin tone, and it makes me look healthier, because it doesn't cake up on the face. To me, it's worth the price point, since I've been using it for months now and I haven't made a dent in the powder.

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo On The Go:
This is a new addition to my collection (bought in December) but it has become an instant favorite. The sculpt shade is so easy to apply, and is almost blended out upon initial application. With minimal effort, you get a flawless sculpt to the face. The Celestial highlighter is a little too dark, but when it's blended out on the cheeks it's not too noticeable. It's a nice, subtle highlight. The sculpt shade makes me confident to invest in more Kevyn Aucoin face products.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes:
I have fallen in love with Tarte blushes in this past year. The color selection is good (there are a LOT of neutral blushes!) and the powders are so smooth and have just the right amount of pigment. The blushes last all day, and they are practically fool-proof. Pictured is the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Seduce.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops - N10:
I was trying not to jump on the hype, and I failed anyway. This is such a fantastic product, with a brilliant idea backing it up. I've used it on it's own, with moisturizer, with a primer, and to lighten foundations, and I love it each way. It matches my skin perfectly, and adds coverage to products that (while awesome in their own right) have coverage that's not heavy enough for my preferences. It's a multi-tasking product that I'm in love with, and worth the hefty price tag.

Catrice Liquid Camoflauge Concealer - Light Natural:
This is such a great, no-fuss concealer. It applies well, blends out with no issues, and I've loved using it underneath powder foundation to get a quick, flawless base. The color is a beautiful match, and I love it so much, that I have a second tube at my fiances place. It has a perfume smell, and the color selection is completely awful, but if you can find a match, it's worth it.

Dermacol Makeup Cover Foundation - 208:
This is a new find (thanks to Tati!) and I've been impressed with it each and every time I've used it. The color selection is strange (208 is lighter, and more yellow-toned than 207) so researching swatches is a must with this foundation. A little bit of this product (pea-sized) will give a full-coverage finish to the face. This is a one-step, no-nonsense product that gives me a flawless look every time.

Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme - Light 5:
This is my new favorite concealer, and I'm mad about it because it's not cheap. The good news, is that the smallest amount of product goes a long way, since the concealer has amazing coverage. I love it on top of foundation, and I love it when I'm doing spot-concealing and then using a powder foundation. It lasts all day, it doesn't crease on me, and the color is a perfect match. I also have White Out, which has been a game changer when it comes to concealers that I enjoy, but are too dark to wear on their own.

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer - White:
This isn't my first rodeo with foundation mixers. For me, they're a necessity to have in my collection so I have a larger variety of foundations to use. However, this is the first foundation mixer that I found, that is well-loved by me, and readily available. The mixer lightens foundations with ease, and doesn't affect the coverage of the formula. For ten dollars at Ulta? You bet your bottom dollar I'll be repurchasing when I need a new mixer.

Kat Von D Lock It Hydrating Primer:
This has been something I've been reaching over my Too Faced Hangover RX Primer (and I really enjoy that primer), because it provides the hydration to the skin that I sometimes desperately need, it keeps my foundation on longer, and it doesn't have a coconut fragrance to it. It's about the same price, and I just love this primer more, I found it to extend the longevity of my foundation and it gives me a good foundation day every time I wear it. Instant love.

It Cosmetics CC Cream - Fair:
I love this CC Cream. It's everything I wanted American BB and CC creams to be, with wonderful benefits. It delivers medium to full coverage, sun protection, and it was light enough for my complexion. It applies beautifully, wears all day, and keeps my skin feeling hydrated and flawless all day. Takes no time at all to apply.

Lifes Entropy Brow Theory - Light Brown:
I am so upset that this product has been discontinued by the company, but I absolutely adore it. The shades are cool-toned, so they look good in my brows. The product is soft and creamy, and I've gotten both really natural brow looks, as well as my preferred deep, defined looking brows. The best part of this product, is that my brows last all day long with no fading or smearing. Beautiful product, and shame that I won't be able to purchase it again in the future. Time to find an alternative.

Jack Black Lip Balms:
These aren't new. These aren't even new to my collection, but I have a new-found appreciation for these lip balms. I've been really dehydrated and sick lately, and no matter how gross I might feel, or how dry and chapped my lips get, these balms restore them to a hydrated, soft feel. The Jack Black lip balms aren't cheap at $7.50 a pop, but I have been constantly impressed with them.

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipsticks:
I finally got my hands on the Dose of Colors liquid lipsticks, and they are my new favorite matte liquid lipsticks. They're matte, dry quickly, and to make the deal sweeter? They're soft to the touch and don't dry out my lips. The feel of these lipsticks is very lightweight, and it feels like soft skin. They're expensive, but worth every penny in my opinion.

Sephora Cream Lip Stains:
I loved this formula for a while. It's not too drying, lasts for a long time, and when it fades (or when you remove the product) it leaves a subtle stain behind that looks beautiful. I was always disappointed because the color selection wasn't very accommodating. They have gone over the top with releasing a large amount of new colors (including teal, forest green, and new greige shades). There's a shade for everyone in the expanded collection, and I'm so excited to sink my teeth into even more of them.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips:
I love the Colourpop Ultra Matte lips. They're long lasting, and there is a HUGE color selection. A huge complaint, is that they are really drying (which is true). The Colourpop Ultra Satin lips deliver a matte look, while maintaining a soft, hydrating feel to the lips. The color selection is large, and growing larger, and it's a great middle-point to achieving long-lasting color, without sacrificing the moisture of your lips.

Tarte Gifted Mascara:
I'm not really one for mascaras that cost more than $10 since they have to be thrown out every 3-6 months. Tarte Gifted Mascara is everything I like in a mascara. It makes my lashes look fluffy, it lasts all day, and I don't have to worry about it fading. The only times I notice any significant wear, is if I rub my eyes, or if my excessively waters throughout the day. I bought this tube on sale for $14, and I'd definitely go forward and buy a full-priced tube after I run out of my backup mascaras. Although, I'm still searching for perfect drugstore mascaras.


Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful year in 2017!