The Ordinary – Serum Foundation – Review

The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a budget friendly light/medium coverage, dewy foundation with a skin-like finish.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a budget friendly light/medium coverage, dewy foundation with a skin-like finish.

I really enjoy this foundation – it’s a beautifully natural looking product. I think that you would like this foundation if enjoy cushion foundations or water based foundation like the Smashbox BB water. I like wearing this for short periods of time like to run errands because it is not long lasting (but fades evenly throughout the day).

This foundation has a crazy big array of shades – 21 total with cool, neutral, and warm undertones. I have mine in 1.2N and it matches me pretty well, The Ordinary states that every person will match two to three shades so it should be easy to find a shade that matches you. They also have two unique shades 1.0NS and 1.2 YG – a light foundation with silver highlights and a medium shade with golden highlights. I know there was a lot of chaos when the foundations were first release (I waited 3-4 weeks for mine). Now that the hype has calmed down, I haven’t read any more about issue of keeping up with demand.

I do plan on repurchasing this foundation and I will probably buy two shades – 1.0NS, pale shade with silver highlight and a foundation in my shade – I might try their coverage formula, but maybe I’ll just stick with the serum foundation because if it’s not broken, why fix it?

Current Stash – Concealers Fall 2017

The other day I was reorganizing my makeup and I realized “holy cow, I have way too many concealers!” But, as I sifted though them, I realized that each one is very different from the others and I use them all for different reasons. I will admit, that there are a few I wouldn’t repurchase, but that’s mostly because I have some replacements on my wishlist!

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Tarte Shape Tape in Light – I enjoy everything about this concealer except the fact that it is so, so drying. I am pretty dehydrated and it really takes a toll on my eye area if I wear this concealer more than a few days in a row without properly prepping my eyes (Pur Cosmetics HydraGel Lift). I love this because nt only is this a true, full coverage concealer, it doesn’t need to be set with powder, it lasts all day, it is a great primer for eye shadow, and it comes in a giant tube (0.33 oz to the average 0.11 oz).

L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer in Fair – I love this concealer for days when I am wearing no other base products. It is thin and watery consistency and has light coverage with a natural finish and a short wear time. Because the coverage is so light, I don’t like wearing this concealer with foundation. But, if all I want is a minimal look with mascara and cream blush, I will put this concealer under the eyes just to brighten them a little bit. This is one of the concealers I will not repurchase – I’d like to try the Glossier Stretch Concealer instead.

BareMinerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Light  –  I was so blown away by this concealer, it is hydrating, brightening, and just healthy looking. It’s not full coverage and doesn’t completely take care of my dark circles – it falls into the category of “your-face-but-better” products. In order to get this concealer to last all day, I do need to set this with a powder, but then I find that you loose a little of the healthy, natural radiance.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in Porcelain  –  I bought this concealer in a shade or two lighter than my natural skin tone for highlighting. On the average day, I don’t put on my concealer in the “triangle of light” under the eyes, but I wanted to have that option so I decided to buy a great, full coverage inexpensive concealer just for those full face special occasions. Honestly, I like this concealer better than Shape Tape and I probably will repurchase this one in a shade that matches my skin after my Shape Tape runs out… 3 years from now.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla –  This NARS concealer is honestly the one of the makeup products I have repurchased the most because it is my one-stop-shop on an average day. I works well under the eye, it works well to spot conceal, and it works well for days when I use concealer as foundation. Its not a super long wearing concealer, but it does fade nicely throughout the day. I;m not sure if I will buy a replacement when this runs out – I’m getting a little bored and I’d like to try the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer instead.

Best Of: Brow Mascara

Benefit Cosmestics’ Gimme Brow and Glossier Boy Brow are the darlings of the makeup community on the interwebs. I have used and loved the both, but I have found something that is better and half the price!

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I have pretty substantial brows but I look for a brow product that offers a strong hold, a darker tint, and the ability to fill in a few sparse holes. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara delivers on all fronts! On top of all those functional benefits, it is dirt cheap and lasts forever! Not only do you get more product (NYX – 0.22oz, Glossier-0.11oz, and Benefit-0.1oz), but by some stroke of magic, it doesn’t dry out until the 6-7 month mark. I am on to my third tube of this brow mascara, I keep trying other products and yet still come back to NYX. I’ll be honest, it’s not an exact dupe for Gimme Brow or Boy Brow because it doesn’t have fibers in it, but it is more pigmented than those two. Because it is so highly pigmented,  I use the very tip of the wand to draw on the brow and lay down a little extra product to sparse areas. For my brow needs, the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is a one-and-done product! I do think that if you have very sparse brows, you might want to use a pencil in conjunction with this brow mascara.

Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Review

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

I’ve been playing around with this palette for a few weeks and it defiantly wasn’t love at first sight, but I have grown to like it! It is the perfect neutral palette for me – there’s a matte highlight, both warm and cool midtone shades, a deep black and brown, and fantastic glittery shimmer shades.

The mattes are stiffer and drier than I would normally like but that makes it’s easier to get washes of color and build up the intensity. The very lightest shade is almost nonexistent on my skin and I think it’s partially because of my skin tone and partially because of the dry formula.

The shimmers are very glittery and are best applied with your fingers. Sometimes the glitter can go flying while you are applying the shadow, but I don’t get fallout throughout the day.

I think this is good everyday palette. I really appreciate the mix of finishes and I love that the shimmer shades are very glittery. I am disappointed that the packaging is plastic and feels a little cheap. (I was expecting it to be metal like the Filmstar Bronze and Glow.)

Honestly, if anyone else had released this palette, I would have never even considered buying it. But I’m a sucker for Charlotte Tilbury – I like the luxury of he line and I love her personality and makeup philosophy.

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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Day Eye
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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Desk Eye
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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Date Eye
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Charlotte Tilbury – Instant Eye Palette – Disco Eye

 

Indie Cosmetics Spotlight #2 – Breaking Beauty – Review

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For this series, I am spending about $25.00 – 30.00 on an indie cosmetics brand and exploring their products! I found Breaking Beauty on Etsy and ordered a matte quad in Natural Beauty ($18.00) and a single pressed mineral eye shadow in Ballerina ($6.50). I ordered from the shop on 9/17/2017, my order shipped 9/20/2017, and received the package 9/23/17 via USPS. I paid a flat shipping fee of $4.10. I have been trying out the shadows for the past week and have really liked the looks I’ve been able to create!

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Breaking Beauty – Natural Beauty

The matte quad is a good selection of colors, you could get anything from a natural, soft look to a deep and mauve smokey eye. The shadows are dry, difficult to blend, and don’t have great pigmentation, but they are buildable. I found that it took quite a bit of work to get them completely blended in with each other. The first shade that I apply blend out really easily, but when I apply the second shade, it takes quite a bit of time to to blend the two colors together. Even though the shadows take a little extra effort, I really like the looks that I am able to get with the quad.

I love the single shadow Ballerina – it’s a metallic pink/gold like Makeup Geek’s Cosmopolitan  or MAC’s Expensive Pink. It is a beautiful, smooth, pigmented golden pink. It didn’t have any fall out, and lasted all day without fading.

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Breaking Beauty – Natural Beauty, Ballerina

I don’t know that I would buy matte shades again from Breaking Beauty (just because there are other matte shadows that are easier to work with), but I will keep using the quad I have. I would definitely recommend their pressed mineral eyeshadows! The shop also has lip products and really unique pressed mineral highlighters – I’m thinking that I might have to try these because I liked Ballerina so much!