Favorites of the Week

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Welcome to the first installment of My Favorites of the Week.  I have been trying a lot of new products lately, some hits some misses and instead of reviewing every single last one I thought I would tell you what I have been loving each week!  I will do reviews of products that I think are really great or not so really great, just thought this would be fun, especially since I change up my beauty routine often.  To start things off:

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1. Wet n Wild Vicious Varnish Highshine Lip Stain in Global Fierceness– This product is from the Fergie line and I picked it up at Walgreens on clearance for $1.50 and thought I would give it a try.  I don’t really own any red shades so I thought this would be fun to try, especially for Christmas.  This color is a deep, cranberry color which I really like because it’s not too red, it’s more of a deeper wine color.  I had no idea this was a lip stain, I really didn’t read the label until after I bought it.  When I see clearance it’s as if everything else is blocked out, I just know I need it because it’s super cheap (consumerism at its finest).  It definitely stained my lips, and they didn’t really feel tacky at all after about 5 minutes, but they still looked glossy.  But beware, if you do not reapply, your lips will be stained bright pink for a little while after.  They had a bunch of colors, so I am sure there is something for everyone!

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(left to right:e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Concealer  and Hard Candy Lite Bright)

2. Concealer– This is one I am excited about because I am  mixing 2 different products!  I bought this Hard Candy Lite Bright Whipped Brightening Concealer in Fair (504) a few weeks ago and I REALLY didn’t like it.  When I applied it went on thick and hard to blend, like paint as well as settling in my little lines and pores on my cheeks.   I was so bummed because it cost $8 at Walmart and I needed to now justify my purchase.  That’s when I had the bright idea to mix it with my e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Concealer in Porcelain!  The e.l.f. concealer is a little yellow so this brightened and thickened it up!  Now, I get a full coverage concealer that also highlight and blends really well.

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3. Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream in Light Pale– I have tried a couple of BB Creams in the past and I really didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, I am usually a full coverage foundation kind of girl or no makeup at all.  I had coupons and CVS had a sale so I bought it!  I have been really impressed with this!  It says on the bottle skin perfector but I didn’t think much of it until I noticed it totally covers up the pores on my nose.  As in gone, no more, adios amigo.  It also really evens out my skin tone and gives a nice matte finish.  I top with concealer, powder and blush but would be just as comfortable by itself while I am out running my errands.

Those were my favorites this week!  Check back every Monday if you want to see what I am loving!  Thanks for reading, comments are welcome and appreciated!

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New Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless

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I popped in to CVS the other day and much to my surprise they had the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation and powder.  I haven’t seen it anywhere else yet so I bought it!  I purchased the foundation in 110 Porcelain and the powder in 100 translucent.  I was excited to try this because I have been looking to try another foundation.  I wore it for about 8 hours today and the claim on the packages says 12 hour wear for both.

So this is how I feel about it:

  • Nice, thick consistency
  • Great finish, wasn’t sticky or dry
  • Very broad range of shades
  • Blush stayed on with no fading
  • Minimal touch ups needed (only 1 about 6 hours in)

All in all it was totally worth my $8 and I will most definitely keep wearing it.  Have you tried it yet?  Is there another foundation I should try?  Thanks so much for stopping by!

First Impression-Physician’s Formula and So Susan

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I decided to do something a little different and post what I did on my face today. I don’t wear make up every single day, but probably at least 3-4 times a week. I am gaining enough new products from my shopping adventures that I can try something new every day for a little while at least! So today I tried 3 new products: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Mineral Powder in Creamy Natural (a little too dark for me, it makes me look tan and I am so not tan), Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Warm Nude, and So Susan Universal Blush.

After I applied my foundation and concealer I set it with the Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Powder.  I don’t know why I didn’t get Translucent or Translucent Fair but I thought it would be like a clear setting powder. Well, the Creamy Natural is just a little too tan for me. I am not sure what I am going to do: get a tan or buy another powder. Anyways, I then went ahead and highlighted my cheek bones, nose and forehead with the Shimmer Strips  which I was really happy with. It just gives you soft shimmery glow, not anything too glittery or sparkly.  And it’s great to bronze with or just highlight or you can use them as eye shadows. Then I tried my So Susan Universal Blush that I received in my GlossyBox this month. Do any of you get a GlossyBox or other beauty subscription service? I am in LOVE with this blush! I am not sure how much it retails for, it’s probably expensive, but I say SPLURGE if you can. It’s so very pretty and makes you have such a lovely glow. It’s THE PERFECT shade for me. It’s not too dark and not too pink. I love it, it’s great. I had never even heard of this brand before so I am really happy to have found it. I am pretty pleased with the new products I tried beside the fact the powder was too dark, it set my makeup really nicely and it isn’t cakey..or cake like. Have you tried any new products that I should check out? Comments are always appreciated!

Favorite Makeup Products (Right Now)

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I am consistently changing up my beauty routine and always trying new products. I just wanted to share a few of my favorites right now!

I am really loving Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation right now.  I use 15 Ivory but it’s becoming too dark on my skin I think.  It feels really greasy and oily as you apply it but it sets into a really nice powder finish. You don’t need any powder to set and it glides on really smooth. I use my fingers but you can use a brush/beauty sponge if you’d rather.

e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Oil Free Concealer Porcelain- If you go back a few posts I wrote a blog post about this concealer. I love it! I use it all the time and love how it’s creamy and doesn’t crease. It makes me look more awake and really brightens my under eye area.

I love blush! On that note I am in love with e.l.f. Mellow Mauve. It’s a neutral color which I haven’t ever used before and I can’t stop using it. I apply it as if I were contouring with it and pop a highlighter on top of my cheek bones.  And you can see in that picture I have hit pan! Yay, another excuse to buy makeup!

Lipstick has never really been my thing, I was always a lip gloss gal. But, Revlon’s Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick changed all that. I bought Pink Pout from CVS a couple of weeks ago and I am so glad I did. I love how it applies and it’s a perfect neutral pink for my skin tone. I usually apply Revlon Colorburst lip gloss in Pink Ice over the top. That gloss is my all time favorite gloss and if they ever discontinue it I think it will be the end of me. It’s almost a perfect match to this M.A.C. Lipglass I had over ten years ago that was limited edition. Don’t you just hate limited edition or discontinued items? I wish they were there forever! Or in a warehouse for people like me who don’t like change and wear the same shade lip gloss forever. Anyways, those are my fav things right now, that I can’t go out of the house without. I keep changing up my mascara and eye shadows, nothing really consistent enough for me to write about. As always, hope you enjoyed and comments are welcome and appreciated!

My make-up bag

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Yes that horrendous mess is my make-up bag currently.  I just bought some new goodies that I will be reviewing soon so I decided to clean out my make-up bag!  What is in here? Lots of old stuff! Some drugstore and some department.  First let’s go over what I have been using from the drugstore:

 

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Almay Smart Shade!  I have been using this for almost 6 months now.  It has SPF 15 and I use Light 100.   It’s pretty good.  I bought this after I finished my bottle of Chanel Perfection Lumiere in Beige Rose.  I absolutely love that foundation.  Truth be told I love EVERYTHING by Chanel especially their makeup.  Anyways,  I decided to try this makeup because it was skin matching and I am very pale.  I have a hard time finding any makeup in my skin tone.  I like that this is very light weight it really doesn’t feel like makeup.  I don’t think it looks like a lot of makeup either.  What I don’t like is that if you use too much it gets orangey on my skin.  Bleh! But I keep using it because I didn’t feel like trying tons of different makeup to find one that I liked.   Last year I tried the Revlon Age Defying foundation and concealer.  I feel like those aged my skin way faster than anything I have used.  It settled into my fine lines around my eyes and it just sat weird on my face.  I may have been using it incorrectly so I will give it the benefit of the doubt, I just don’t think I will use it again.  On to the next one!

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Almay Wake Up Undereye Concealer in 010 light. I have been using this for about 3 months.  I believe they have discontinued this whole Wake Up line, but I might be wrong.  I liked this because it really brightened my face, but I did have to use a lot to actually conceal my dark circles.  I do have darker than average circles under my eyes, but I usually don’t use quite as much as I have been.  It comes with a brush attached to it which I really liked, but the squeeze tube squeezes out a lot of product at one time so you do have to watch it.  It’s pretty good as far as concealers go, way better than Almay’s Smart Shade concealer which in my opinion is just a horrible product.  But more about my Beauty Fails later!

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Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow.  I love this!  I used to use the Bobbie Brown Shimmer Brick and this was a great exchange.  I bought it way more than 6 months ago and will probably replace it soon because I dropped it the other day and what was left crumbled! The only difference is this is not a shimmer its more of a glitter but its great alone or with makeup.  I honestly love glitter so it doesn’t bother me at all, but I know some people really like a matte face.  That is not me!  I love glitter, shimmer, sparkles, and pink!  I don’t think I will ever grow out of it, I just have the challenge of making them age appropriate for me!  Last but not least!!!!

 

 

 

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Rimmel Scandeleyes Retro Glam mascara.  I really liked this!  The only con was that it ran under my eyes during work.  But I live in Phoenix and the high today is supposed to be 115! Also I worked in a restaurant and you run around and get all sweaty!  They make a waterproof version I just really don’t like waterproof mascara.

There is a bunch of eye shadows and lipsticks in here but nothing I wore regularly.  I kept it pretty minimal most of the time.  Mainly because I had a brand new baby and homeschooled a kindergartner, so I just didn’t have a lot of time for makeup!  These were my staples everyday but I am wearing some new stuff to see how I like it and I will write up a review tonight about it!  Please feel free to comment and share!

What is this?

Hi everyone!  My name is Alissa and am a mom to 2 beautiful babies.  Before I became a Mommy I was an aspiring make-up artist and a licensed esthetician.  I love skin care, make-up, and hair dye!  I love Chanel, MAC and Bobbie Brown, but with my 2 kiddos money is a little bit tight.  I can no longer justify $65-70 on foundation every 2-3 months.  Right now that money could be better spent on clothes and food.  So here I am starting a blog about makeup and skin care but more importantly drug store makeup and skin care!  I used to cringe at Oil of Olay and Neutrogena!  Now I will be blogging about my fav items at the drug store as well as new seasonal items as they roll through!  I have also subscribed to 2 beauty boxes this month so I will write about those as they come in.  Please come and check back often!  I will be linking to my Facebook and Twitter as well as linking my fav YouTube vlogs! Comments and feedback are welcome and appreciated!

 

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