Makeup Monday : Foundation

My current favorite foundation is (surprisingly) a drugstore brand. I use the Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth foundation ($8) in the shades 210 Sandy Beige and 220 Natural Beige.

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Pros :
– medium coverage but buildable
– does not oxidize
– light weight and blends easily
– lasts all day
– dries to a powder-like finish; no need to set w/ powder
– affordable
– oil free
– does not irritate my sensitive skin

Cons :
– no pump!
– glass bottle
– shade range could be better
– can highlight dry patches

Overall :

I find that it does minimize my pores, even when used without a primer. It dries to a powder-like finish and I usually leave it at that most days. When the weather is warmer I powder my t-zone just in case and it lasts all day. I would definitely recommend this foundation if you’re looking for a good drugstore product.

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

After missing out on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette earlier this year, I’d forgotten all about it. That is, until Jerrod Blandino teased about the restock this Summer. BUT! It wasn’t just a restock, it was a full on peach infused collection! One that would include a blush, a highlight/blush/bronzer palette and lipglosses. That pretty much rekindled the flames for everyone that missed out the first round. Including myself.

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On December 1st, during the Sweet Peach launch party, the palette was pre-released on the Too Faced website. I happened to catch the IG post earlier that evening so I knew around 9:45p PST they were going to have a limited amount available for early access.

9ish is usually bedtime for my little monsters and that’s when I’m laying next to L and nursing him to sleep. It was a great time for a pre-sale launch, ha. I logged into the Too Faced website and made sure to have my info ready as it would be the first purchase I’d make via their site (I usually get everything on Sephora for VIB credits).

Once 944p hit, I reloaded the direct link to the palette and was able to add it to my cart. I started to check out but the website refused to load after I’d selected to pay via PayPal. After witnessing the site lag and then ultimately crash I figured I would just have to wait until 12/14 to order/try again. The queue was over 8000 (and climbing) at that point and I was ready to give up and go to bed.

On a whim, I opened a new browser window and the site loaded! The palette was still in my cart so I went ahead and checked out via Paypal. I was surprised others were still waiting in a queue at that point as I was able to check out without an issue. It must’ve been some kind of technical glitch. However, I’m surprised the company wasn’t fully prepared for influx of traffic for such a coveted palette.

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In any case, my order went through and I received an email confirmation right away. Now we’ll see how long it will take for this much hyped, long awaited, peach scented palette to arrive.

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Makeup Monday : Ulta Beauty Haul

Today’s Makeup Monday features a small haul from Ulta. I was doing a bit of holiday gift shopping for our niece last week and ended up picking out a few things for myself. It’s so hard to not find things I want when I shop for others, ha.

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil (ash brown)
NYX Eyebrow Pencil (taupe)
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation (210 & 220)
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
Clinique Moisture Surge gel
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Extensions mascara (very black)
Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes (flat contour, tapered blush, tapered shadow, oval shadow and arched powder)

The brushes were 30% off and I read good things about them so I figured why not? I’ll definitely post a review when I’ve had a chance to use them.

As samples I received Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss (fudge) and Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity eye cream – Can’t wait to try these out!

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Makeup Monday : Concealer

I’m all about concealers! For about 3 years it was pretty much all I used because I couldn’t be bothered with foundation (let alone a full face of makeup). Below are my current favorites.

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Although quite pricey at $42 a pop, I will forever be a fan of the Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (Medium Beige).

PROS :
light weight
full coverage
no scent
doesn’t clog pores
doesn’t crease
doesn’t settle into fine lines
large shade range
a little goes a long way
lasts all day once set with powder
available in travel size

CONS :
price

OVERALL :
If you haven’t already tried this concealer (or brand), I highly recommend heading to Sephora to test it out. It has been my go-to for nearly 10 years! I remember buying my first tube when it was their only product, now the brand had expanded to primers, include color-correctors and powders.

At first I was hesitant about dropping $42 on concealer, but after trying it out I’m a believer. The coverage is well, amazing, ha. A pea sized amount is more than enough to cover my undereyes and spot treat problem areas. I sometimes just use this and go without foundation. Should you need another layer to cover a stubborn blemish, acne spots or discoloration, it is build-able and doesn’t look at all cake-y once set.

Additionally, Amazing Cosmetics is sometimes featured on Haute Look for a steal. That’s definitely the time I like to stock up. You can also pick up the “to go” (travel sized) version for $28.

 

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If you’re looking for a drugstore alternative to the high end concealers (like the one I mentioned above), these Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer (Light, Medium and Brightener) are your best bet at $9 each.

PROS :
affordable
widely available
light weight
build-able
no scent
doesn’t clog pores

CONS :
applicator can get grimy
doesn’t last all day
cap is prone to cracking/not staying on
limited shade range
needs to be set with powder

OVERALL :
I’ve only used these for a little over a year and I’m quite impressed! For the price you’re getting a quality product.

It’s smooth, blends wonderfully with your fingers or a damp beauty blender. While it’s not a full coverage concealer, it can be layered to achieve that. I do find it’s longevity to be an issue especially during warmer weather.

The medium shade is the perfect match for my skin tone and sometimes I use it alone as foundation for days I don’t need a full face of makeup. I use the Brightener on days when I haven’t gotten much sleep and I find it does help to make me look less like a zombie.

My only real gripe would be the flimsy cap and sponge applicator. While it claims it’s resistant to dirt, germs and such (and I haven’t had an issue with smell or breakouts), I do understand why some would rather take it off entirely. Also, I only use the sponge to apply product not blend it out. Normally, I just use my fingers or a beauty blender.

In regards to claims of diminishing fine lines and puffiness, I feel that all depends on your skin/complexion. I’ll be 38 soon and after using it for a year I haven’t noticed much difference with my fine lines or puffiness so I wouldn’t put too much stock in these claims.

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Kat Von D Beauty

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to the folks behind @katvondbeauty, @katvond and @sephora for making good on their word regarding the (missing) signed inserts in the Shade and Light Obsession Collector’s set (see my previous post).

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Not only did I receive the signed artwork insert, included was a note from the brand PLUS a full size Everlasting Liquid lipstick (in Lolita) and Tattoo Liner (in Trooper). That’s quite generous and it is very much appreciated!

So, if you ordered the set back in October, don’t fret! They’ll make it up to you!

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Long Hair Don’t Care

When it comes to my hair I’m very low maintenance. I keep it long enough to throw up in a bun when I’m at home tending to the little monsters.  Basically, I just shampoo my roots, condition the ends, comb, part (location depends on my mood) and let it air dry. I hardly use any product unless it’s the Husband’s hair gel to tame stray hairs and leave-in conditioner for my ends.  I haven’t colored it in about 4 years which means I’ve quite a few grey strands here and there, which I don’t mind at all.

I also cut my own hair. Yep, I do!  Last night, I tried out the ‘pony tail method’ (this one) and I’m happy to say it gave me the long face framing layers I wanted to achieve.

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From the back it essentially looks like a v-cut shape. Since my hair is straight and fine, I need the layers for movement and volume when I do style/curl it.

Overall, I cut about 3″ off all around. My longest layer is still just above my waist and the shortest is just below my shoulders (not including my grown out bangs).

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Sure, it’s risky to give yourself a haircut but I figured since mine is long enough that if I did end up with a disaster, it could still be salvaged with a trim to a salon. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that but if you were trying this method for the first time I’d definitely start off with cutting a minimal amount to make sure you like the results.

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