My Favorites This Week

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Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday! I have been spending much needed fun time with my little ones and making Christmas cookies! I have also been trying out a bunch of new products so I will have reviews and posts up soon! Today I wanted to talk about a few if my favorite things this week. I have been really into playing with my current foundations to get the texture and finish I want from them. I love all my foundations but find not all do everything I want. The finish I look for is luminous and glowy and also full coverage. Most luminous make up is not full coverage and it’s frustrating! I started mixing and playing around and this is what I have been loving!
Revlon Color Stay Liquid Foundation, e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation and L’Oreal Magic Lumi Illuminating Primer.. I mix everything together on my hand then smear it all over my face, then take my e.l.f. Powder Brush and blend it all together. It gives me this nice luminous, finish and lasts all day long. I wasn’t loving the way the Revlon sat on my skin anymore and really wanted more of a glow but I really love the coverage this gives. I love the finish of the e.l.f. but it’s a little too dark and it doesn’t last super long on its own. I’m really happy with this combination and hope I inspire you to mix your foundations at home to come up with the perfect finish for you!

P.S. I wrote this on my phone, been having computer difficulties, hopefully it turns out well!

My Favorite’s of 2014

Favorites of 2014

(Starting from top left corner and going clockwise)

These are my most favorite things of 2014!  I use them all regularly and shout from the roof tops there awesomeness.  Shea Moisture Hibiscus and Coconut Body Butter not only smells fruity and great it is a really good moisturizer.  I love it and even use it to make lip balm with.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation is my go to everyday foundation.  It’s so light and covers really well as well as having a nice finish.  Revlon Colorburst is like a crayon and has a nice mintyness to it.  They also come in a ton of colors and types.  I love how convenient and easy they are to carry around, they are just awesome.  Wet n’ Wild Eye Collection in Petal Pusher I love this palette!  It’s soft and goes with everything or it can be sultry and dramatic.  I love most of their palettes but  this is one I reach for most often.  I usually just go for a little color while running errands and this has a variety that I really like.  Their shadows also have a great pigment, finish and blend really nicely on the eye. Laura Geller Balance and Brighten  Baked Powder Foundation is my go to highlighter.  As a foundation I don’t like it and as a powder I don’t like it.  But as a highlighter/illuminator I love!  It really makes you look lit up from within.  The next 2; GlamGlow  and Vince Camuto Amore  I just wrote about so I won’t bore you I will just say: love `em!  Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara is a great mascara.  It lengthens and volumizes your lashes like crazy! And last but not least is Herbal Essences Sleeker than Butter Shampoo and Conditioner.  This is probably my favorite shampoo and conditioner ever to exist.  It leaves my hair so silky and smooth and I never have frizz anymore.  Well folks, those were my fav things of this year!  What were your favorite things of 2014?  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment!

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!

Manic Panic N.Y.C. Dreamtone

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Is there such a thing as too pale? Well, for me probably, but I am still pale. I used to tan, but after second degree sun burns twice, I decided to stay away from the sun. As much as possible at least for living in “the valley of the sun” (Phoenix, Arizona). I could self tan you say? Honestly I am pretty lazy and I am a little too worried I would mess it up and look like a burnt orange. So I take pride in my paleness and call it porcelain and tell myself when I am older I will be wrinkle free. Ha. Going make up shopping on the other hand is really annoying. When you buy the LIGHTEST shade they sell (and they are calling it various forms of 100 and ivory) and it’s WAY too dark. Like, makes you look like you self tanned your face. I would get really frustrated because there wasn’t even a way to mix shades and I would permanently have a line on my neck. Then I discovered Manic Panic Dream Tone. It is WHITE! Like, gothic I want to be a vampire and suck your blood white! You can mix it with your foundation and it will lighten it. It’s so great for mixing and matching your make up. However, I do not recommend using it to go more than 2 shades lighter, as it will start to change the consistency of your makeup. Its really great for when you still have summer make up or you go to the store and they don’t sell make up light enough for you. I usually do 1/2 a pump or a whole pump if I need to. And it’s pretty inexpensive I only paid $12 and that was 6 months ago. Now, if you use higher end makeup like NARS or Chanel I believe they sell their own white to mix. I would use those just because it’s formulated for that foundation and it shouldn’t change the consistency. Especially if you’re spending $60 on foundation, you don’t want to be messing it up. If you want to watch a video on how to mix and apply just click here. Thanks for stopping by! Do you have any tips for lightening or even darkening your foundation?

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!

E.L.F. Birthday Haul! (and a review!) Part 1

Happy Birthday to E.L.F.! E.L.F. had their 10th Birthday about a week ago and to celebrate they had a HUGE sale!  They had picked out a bunch of their bestsellers I think and some favorites and offered them at 50% off.  E.L.F. is already SUPER affordable and with this deal it got kinda crazy!  Plus if you spent $40 everything was shipped free.  So of course I spent $40 and got a really good amount of products.  First let’s start with the face!

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Kabuki Brush…this brush is great!  I used it to apply foundation, powder, concealer, blush and highlighter and worked wonderfully.  If you want to know why I used one brush for everything check out this vlog.

High Definition Powder…I really like the way this set my foundation.  It went on very sheer and didn’t cake up or settle in my face.

Poreless Face Primer…this stuff is awesome!  It smells like tea tree oil and goes on like a cream! Love the way my skin felt and looked after using! Plus it didn’t make me breakout like so many primers do!

Acne Fighting Foundation…Nice very full coverage.  Very buildable and blends well.  Would for sure wear everyday.  Only cons are no SPF and the lightest color is still WAY too dark for my skin.  I just lighten it with a little Dreamtone.

BB Cream…here is the SPF!  I put this on under my foundation one day for an SPF and it was really nice.  This actually has really good coverage by itself and is light enough for my skin! Hurray!

Oil Free Maximum Coverage Concealer…Very buildable and blends very well.  I really like the packaging.  First you get a ton of product in a squeeze tube.  The color is a little pink which is nice to off set my dark circles.  This is just great, I will be buying it again in a year when I will run out because there is so much!!!!

I tried this stuff out for a couple days and I was pleasantly surprised.  It didn’t really settle or cake on my face and lasted all day.  It lasted through 110 degree weather, sweat, cleaning, babies cuddling, and everyday stuff.  I was very impressed and am so glad I gave it a shot.

I am breaking up this review into 3 parts because I got sooo much stuff and I have two little kiddos that can’t handle their mommy at a computer for 2 hours.  I am also sharing a picture below so you can see how the face makeup turned out.  In the pic I used everything listed above except for the BB Cream.  Hope you enjoyed this review!  If you liked it please share and if you have any question or tips please leave a comment!

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Thank You!