LOTD: October 11, 2017

The only new product I’ve used in this look compared to my last post was the Fenty Foundation. I seem to be in the minority with this product…I love the shade range, but the foundation doesn’t really work for me. I’ve tried three different applications – with my fingers, with a beauty blender, and with a brush. The only one that worked remotely well was with a brush. The other two application types looked very patchy, and the rest of my makeup wouldn’t blend into it. Furthermore, no matter how much I set it, it transfers throughout the day if I even touch my face, and I’ve never had that problem before…even having oily skin. I’ve seen that this foundation also doesn’t work for dry skin, so I would really only recommend this foundation if you have normal skin. If you zoom in on my face, you can see it didn’t do a super great job covering my check blemishes, and I had even tried multiple layers as suggested. All in all, definitely not my cup of tea. IMG_1755.JPG

What I used on my face:
e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer 
Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140 – not the correct color for me, but that’s the sample I have)
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller (Light/Medium)
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer (Medium light)
e.l.f. Contouring Bronzing Cream (St. Lucia)
e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder (004 Sandstorm)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Ethereal Light)
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
the Balm Hot Mama! Blush
Too Faced Candlelight Glow (Rosy Glow)

What I used on my eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
Tarte Tartelette in Bloom (Flower Child) 
NYX Happy Birthday Palette (#6, #8, #10)
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
Curled lashes with e.l.f. Eyelash Curler
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara

Other products that I used:
Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (Clear – on the brows)
Burt’s Bees Wild Cherry Moisturizing Lip Balm
Revlon Colorburst Balm (Honey)

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Review: Rimmel London Stay Matte

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder is my absolute favorite powder. I use the color Sandstorm, and it is a perfect match for my skin. I introduced Kristen to this powder, and she is obsessed with it as well. It’s the only powder that we’ve both consistently used for years.

The Stay Matte Pressed Powder sets makeup beautifully, and it keeps my face from getting shiny throughout the day. I NEVER go without setting my liquid foundation with a powder, and this is almost always the one that I reach for, especially when I need it to last all day. It has slim packaging, so it’s perfect to take on the go, though it works so well that I usually leave mine at home.

This Rimmel London powder also provides some coverage for the skin, which is great for those days when I need a boost. I’ve noticed that it looks especially beautiful paired with Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation, another one of my favorites. It looks extremely natural on the skin, and it will never look cakey, no matter how much you apply.

I highly recommend this powder to everyone – don’t be afraid of its “matte” label! It doesn’t make the face look too flat, it looks like natural skin. It’s also a great price for how long each one lasts!

Price: $4.99 at Ulta
$3.99 at Target
$5.49 at Walgreens
$5.69 at CVS

Rating: A+

 

Review: Revlon Colorstay Makeup (Normal/Dry Skin)

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Revlon Colorstay (in Normal/Dry skin – I haven’t tried the Oily skin version yet) is one of my absolute favorite foundations, and I know it’s popular among many others too. It has really great coverage and long staying power, even without primer. This is a huge deal having oily skin (I feel like I say that a lot in these reviews haha), as most foundations seem to simply disappear on me.

This foundation blends really well. It doesn’t dry so fast that you can’t do anything with it, yet it doesn’t take so long that your face feels sticky. Some may not need to use a setting powder with it, but I do just to be safe. I find that with Revlon Colorstay, I have to blot my face fewer times throughout the day.

Revlon Colorstay also has SPF, so it’s great for everyday wear. However, beware when it comes to using it for photography – SPF can make your face appear white on camera.

I highly recommend this foundation to everyone – I honestly have not heard one complaint about it. I know I will definitely be repurchasing it once I use up a few more foundations.

They now sell Revlon Colorstay with a pump, which I have not tried yet. However, I am very excited to because that means less wasted product! Woohoo!

Price: $12.99 at Ulta (linked above)
$8.99 at Target
$8.99 at Walmart

Rating: A+

Review: L’Oreal Excellence Cream Protective Ceramide-Protein Conditioner

L’Oreal Excellence Creme Protective Ceramide-Protein Conditioner is meant to be used when you color-treat your hair. I’ve colored my hair twice in the past year and a half, and I have used this both times.

The directions say to use half the tube all over your hair right after you color treat your hair, then use the rest a week or two later. I used it all over my head right after, but I used the rest a little at a time to keep protecting my hair color.

My mom gave it to me after she did my hair, and it kept my hair nurished, shiny, and soft. I LOVE it; it worked so well and kept my hair from ever looking damaged. It also protected my color from fading, which was great because I didn’t have to get it redone. To top it all off, it has a great scent!

 

I highly recommend this product if you’ve colored your hair, but it would even be great as a regular conditioner because a little goes a LONG way.

Price: $33.24 for 3 on eBay

Overall rating: A+

Review: Boots Extracts Mango Body Butter 

I LOVE Boots Extracts Mango Body Butter. It’s one of the best smelling and moisturizing lotions I’ve ever had. This body butter has a really unique scent even compared to other mango lotions I’ve tried. The tub lasted a very long time because you need much less product per use compared to other body butters. It makes your skin feel amazingly soft after a shower and shave.

The texture of this product is so wonderful. It’s really thick and feels luxurious, which I love in a body butter. It still soaks into the skin really quickly and is SO moisturizing. I like it as much if not better than Bath & Body Works and Body Shop, and Boot Extracts Mango Body Butter is much cheaper. I highly recommend this body butter; I know I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Price: $9.99 at Target

Rating: A+

Covergirl Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black Ink


I really enjoyed using Covergirl Ink It! Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Black Ink. It’s a very soft eyeliner, so it goes on very easily. I love this because when I’m holding a mirror to apply my eyeliner, I need to be able to do it with one hand, and this eyeliner made that possible.

It has good staying power but can be smudged initially to look smokey. You don’t have to sharpen it, which I love because I don’t always carry my sharpener around. I usually go over my waterline twice to get the most opaque line possible.

This eyeliner lasts a long time because you barely need to apply pressure to get color. I highly suggest it if you want a no maintenance eyeliner. My mom also really likes it, and we will both likely repurchase it at some point.

Price: $7.49 at Ulta

Rating: A

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Review: Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask

I bought the Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask thinking it would be a dupe of the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Mask. The easiest way to say it? I was very, very wrong. It honestly did absolutely nothing for my hair. Just using my Pantene conditioner makes my hair feel more healthy than this did.

The only plus I can really think of is that is smelled pretty good, but that’s not something special when it comes to hair products for me because I’ve tried so many with delicious scents. I used it all up, but I will not repurchase this mask. Not only was the mask ineffective, but I was not a fan of the packaging. While scooping a hair mask does make sense, the shape of the container did not. The tub was much wider than the opening, and it made it very difficult to get the last of the mask out. I can’t see hands bigger than mine being able to fit in an opening of that size.

 

While I really like this brand’s shampoos, I would not recommend this specific hair mask. The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Mask works amazingly and is definitely worth the extra money compared to this product.

Price: $11.65 on Amazon

Overall rating: D

 

Review: L’Oréal Voluminous Manga Mascara in Purple Pop 

This L’Oréal Voluminous Manga Mascara in Purple Pop was a surprise to me – a pleasant one! I found it on sale for $2, so I immediately snatched it up. I didn’t notice that it was purple mascara when I bought it, however, I ended up really loving it!

Out of all the mascaras I’ve ever owned or tried, this is the one that has gotten me the most compliments. The purple was very subtle – you could only really notice it in natural lighting and from certain angles, but that’s what I liked about it. I could wear it without looking too “out there,” but it still added interest to my makeup looks.

Not only was the color beautiful, the mascara made my eyelashes look amazing. The picture above is from when Voluminous Manga started getting old, so my lashes looked even better during the mascara’s prime.

I honestly have nothing bad to say about this mascara. You can get the look advertised (not my favorite, to be honest), but you can also get a normal look that still makes your lashes pop and look great. I never had a problem with the mascara flaking or with it transferring, which is a huge feat when you have oily skin. I really liked the brush, and the mascara was easy to build up without it getting clumpy.

I highly recommend giving this mascara a try, especially if you can find it on sale at TJ Maxx like I did!

Price: $4.95 on Amazon

Rating: A

Review: Bath & Body Works “A Thousand Wishes” Body Lotion and Wash

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion and Wash in A Thousand Wishes has an amazing scent! They have notes of champagne, peonies, and almond. I will definitely purchase it again because it has become of my favorites from there.

I used them both at the same time, and they left my skin smelling great after every use. My skin also always feels soft and hydrated.

The soap suds up nicely, and the lotion soaks in almost immediately. I never have to wait a really long time before getting dressed in fear of it getting all over my clothes. It also doesn’t feel greasy or sticky, which I love.

The only complaint I have is that the lotion ran out about a month before the soap, but that could just be an error on my part. Overall I definitely recommend these products!

Price: $12.50 each at Bath & Body Works

Overall rating: A+

Review: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub


I love the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub. It’s exfoliating without being too abrasive, which I love in a face wash. This scrub is great for sensitive skin because it is gentle and moisturizing. It leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.

The face wash claims to be for daily use, and it definitely succeeds at that. Some scrubs are way too harsh to be used more than once or twice a week, but this one is very gentle and effective.

I highly recommend this face wash, and I will repurchase it in the future. My sister and I have both gone through several of them already. It works for all skin types (oily, dry, acne-prone, sensitive, etc.), and it’s very inexpensive and available in any drugstore.

Price: $4.80 at Wal-mart

Rating: A+