TooFaced Born This Way Foundation

PROS :
glass bottle with a pump
blends well
dries to semi-matte finish
no scent
good color range

CONS :
emphasizes dry patches
separates and looks cakey
not for dry skin
oxidizes
does not last long
expensive

OVERALL :
I wanted to love this foundation because it seemed like it’s on the top of everyone’s must have/holy grail lists. Sadly, it just did not work for me.

While it looked great after applying with a damp beauty sponge, over the course of the day (about 8 hours) I noticed a lot of patchy areas around my cheeks, cakey-ness and oiliness on my forehead and overall oxidation. I felt it made the oily areas I do have worse as the day wore on. It was not cute! I couldn’t believe how bad it performed and looked considering the high ratings and price point.

Once I washed it off with my usual cleanser (Philosophy Purity) I could tell my skin did not care for it. My skin is normal to dry (cheeks and forehead) and I noticed this foundation made my skin feel and look drier. Perhaps it’s the hyaluronic acid or coconut water in the formula? I’m not sure. I thought maybe it was a fluke and used it again the next day but, nope it still sucked.

I’m a fan of the TooFaced line but, I’m sad to say this was a fail. I do not recommend it.

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KVD Everlasting Lip Liners

I was lucky enough to be selected by Influenster to test out the new Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Lip Liner in LOLITA! Since I already own this shade in their Everlasting Liquid Lipstick I knew it would work well with my skintone. There’s a reason why it’s a cult favorite, it’s a universally flattering shade.

PROS :

opaque color payoff
available in 30 shades
glides on smooth
not sticky or tacky
smudge proof
long lasting
retractable
precise application
vegan and cruelty free

CONS :

can feel dry when applied w/out lip balm
price point may be high for some
only 0.03g of product compared to other brands

OVERALL :

Not only does this lip liner apply like a dream – no tugging – it stays on and doesn’t dry out my lips like other brands. I swatched it on my arm and had a difficult time trying to take it off. I ended up using two baby wipes and even then it left a stain on my skin – impressive!

However, on my lips, is another story. If you line and fill in your lips and then eat a meal, it will eventually wear away in the middle and you’ll be left with an outline of color. That’s pretty normal and I find it happens with most lip products that claim to be long-lasting.

Shade range is excellent! There are 30 (THIRTY!) shades altogether, so you’re bound to find one to suit any mood and skin tone. I do hope they’ll release other colors to match their Studded Kiss line, like my other favorite ‘Mother’.

As with all KVD products the packaging and attention to design is great. I appreciate the retractable pencil and not having to fiddle with sharpening it. As for the amount of product in the tube, there’s only about 0.01oz (or 0.3g). Unfortunately, that’s much less than other brands at this price point. If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t?) it’s something to keep in mind. The Everlasting Lip Liners are available on the KVD website and at Sephora for 18$ a pop.

** I received this complimentary from Influenster for testing but as always, my opinions are my own. **

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KVD Vox Box

Thank you Influenster.com for the chance to try out the new Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting lip liner!

AND it just so happens to be ‘Lolita’ which is my favorite KVD lipstick shade.

More pix and my review soon!

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Maison Margiela Fragrances

I recently picked up Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ for the Husband after getting a sample of the scent. He’s partial toward vanilla based scents so I knew he’d like this one.

‘Jazz Club’ reminds me a little of E&J’s Nirvana Bourbon and Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. It’s deep and heady. The vanilla and tobacco stand out at first while the dry down is quite powder-y – at least when I tried it on. While I appreciate masculine and androgynous scents on myself, this one was too powdery for my liking but it’s great on the Husband!

‘Lazy Sunday Morning’ is a staple scent of mine. Anyone who knows me personally knows I love the scent of patchouli, so I gravitate toward perfumes with it as a main note.

Like with most of the Maison Margiela scents they’re similar to existing perfumes on the market. This one in particular is a lighter version of Fresh ‘Cannabis Santal’. Honestly, if I had to choose I’d pick Cannabis Santal because of the longevity. Unfortunately though, Fresh doesn’t make a travel size version of their popular scent so I like to keep LSM in my bag for the days I forget to put on perfume (this happens often #mombrain) or need a mid-day running after the little monsters pick me up.

As a rule we tend to only buy the travel or small versions of fragrances because we like to try new scents all the time. I can’t tell you how many little samples we have between us! Also, it’s fun to experiment with new scents and even layer them together.

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DV by Dolce Vita Sneakers

Normally, I’m not a sneakers kind of girl. After working in “corporate America” for several years I was used to getting dressed up and slipping into heels every day. Once I became a SAHM I realized I didn’t have as many casual options in my wardrobe. Sure, living in SoCal, I can get away with throwing on jeans, a tee and flip flops (and I have and it’s totally cool if that’s your MO) but I want to at least make some “self-care” effort.

I went from only owning one pair of (15+ years old, beat up) black Converse Chucks to having my choice of silver metallic Vans slip ons, Adidas Superstars (red/white) and now these pretties…

The DV by Dolce Vita Ruth high top sneakers! Shipping took a while but that’s the norm for all Target orders (at least in my experience).

I’m so in love with the dark charcoal grey color and happy I chose it instead of the black version. They fit true to size (I’m an 8 for reference) and the zipper closure make these super easy to put on/take off. Plus, the perforated cutouts are on trend (and will keep your feet cool). Highly recommend these!

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