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!

Benefit Watts up!

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As I was digging through my makeup bag the other day, I found a little sample size of Benefit’s Watts Up!  It comes in a stick and is cream to powder and it just has this really pretty luminosity to it.  I had tried it once before but I was not impressed with it. I felt that it was too shimmery and made my face look greasy. But I thought I saw somewhere you could apply the highlighter under your foundation and that it would work just as well if not better. So, I thought, why not?  I applied it over my primer under my eyes in a triangle to my cheek bones, then down my nose, across my forehead, and above my cupids bow. I then went ahead and blended it with my fingers. Don’t get discouraged, I too looked greasy and thought bummer it didn’t work! But then I applied my foundation (Revlon Colorstay liquid) and it was a whole new ball game. My face looked dewy and fresh. It didn’t really look like I was wearing a heavy foundation at all! I finished up my face with concealer, powder, blush and all that jazz. My face didn’t look greasy or cakey and I am a happy camper!   Now I might have to actually buy it! Have you tried Benefit Watts Up!? What’s your favorite or go to highlighter? Thank you for reading! Feedback is always welcome and appreciated! [I feel like there are alot of exclamation points, I will tone it down 🙂 ]

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!

What is Beauty?

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This is a beauty blog, and I love makeup and review,  but tonight I felt like getting a little deep.  Tomorrow we will be back to reviews but I felt it necessary for some reason tonight to talk candidly about what I think beauty is.

What is Beauty?  For everyone it is different.  Growing up, like many teenage girls, I was very insecure.  I thought I needed to be perfect. If I bought the right makeup or colored my hair the right color I thought people would like me better.  And I am ashamed to admit that even at the ripe old age of 30 I still get lost in my head sometimes feeling this way.  I have two children, so I have stretch marks, scars from both C-sections and a lot of times my face is broken out in some kind of zit.  Some days I need makeup to make me feel good about myself and that shouldn’t be the case.

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I look at the Kim Kardashians of the world and wonder what happened to society? We covet youth like never before.  What’s wrong with aging gracefully?  Our laugh lines define us in our lifetime.  How often did we smile and squint at the camera to get those crows feet?  To me, beauty is in the way we love our children/husbands/families.  It’s in the boo boos we have had to kiss better, in the dinners we cook every night, and all the diapers we change.  It’s in the kindness we show complete strangers and the care we show our good friends.  It’s the way you love yourself and love others that makes you beautiful.  I will still wear my makeup and still color my hair but most days I will be confident I do not need those things to be beautiful.  What is beauty to you? As always comments are welcome and appreciated.

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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!