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Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall is cozy and wonderful, a time of muted neutrals and warm coffee. I love the scents and colors of fall, from the outdoors to the indoors. And, of course, I love the scents and colors of fall makeup. Here are my fall beauty favorites: […]

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

Best Hot Pink Eyeshadows

I love pink. Call me extra, but there’s nothing that speaks to my soul like fuchsia (well, except for maybe millennial pink or a white furry throw). I don’t wear a lot of color (I tend to go for the all- black look whenever possible) […]

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands (in case you haven’t noticed). I picked up the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation over a year ago, and I’ve been using it consistently ever since. At first, I was just so-so on this foundation. I’m not much of a powder foundation person; even though I like the mattifying finish, and that there’s just less makeup in general, I prefer the even-ness in my skin that it seems only a liquid or cream formula can provide. However, I really fell in love with this foundation when I started to use it as a setting powder. 

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation

When I’m wearing a luxury foundation, I find it hard to reach for a drugstore powder, even though I tend to use basic setting powders most of the time. I’ve been pairing the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation with the likes of Dior’s Diorskin Forever Foundation. I like that the Tarte powder is somehow both hydrating and mattifying, which makes sense because it is supposedly formulated with skincare benefits. I’m getting more and more into skincare with each passing day (I won’t be 22 forever, you know) and I love when makeup actually benefits your skin.

The Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation claims to be medium-to-full coverage. I don’t think this is true, because there’s no way I could build this powder up to a full-coverage finish without looking like I was totally covered with cake. That being said, as a setting powder it is totally creamy and not cakey. It just melts into my foundation, adding a little extra coverage and plenty of staying powder. I recently hit pan on this powder, and while I’m usually feel accomplished when I finish a product, I know I’m going to be sad when I’m done with this one!

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation

The Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation could easily be my holy grail setting powder to date. Of course, there are more affordable formulas that I like, but this one is just oh-so-creamy. Plus, it’s gentle on my skin, because Tarte’s products are formulated with top-notch natural ingredients. I know I really sound like I’m selling this one, but I can’t help it! I love it.

 

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Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer (Review)

Concealer has many different uses: covering up dark circles, concealing blemishes, highlighting features, priming eyelids… the list goes on. Of course, you can use one concealer to do all of these things. However, because I’m a little high-maintenence when it comes to makeup, I tend […]

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. By and large, I read work that can’t easily be categorized in one genre, but historical novels have a special place in my heart. Daisy Goodwin is one of the foremost historical novelists of recent years. Her […]

Recent Makeup Empties

Recent Makeup Empties

While I don’t go through makeup at quite the rate I purchase it, I come pretty close. There’s a bittersweet satisfaction in going through an entire bottle of foundation (I feel like I’ve really gotten the bang for my buck, even if I’m sad to see a favorite go in the trash). Without further ado, here are the products I recently finished and cleared out of my collection.

NARS All Day Luminous Foundation: At $49, this is one of the most expensive foundations I’ve ever purchased, but I have to say it outlasted many less-expensive counterparts. The ultra-thin, lightweight formula goes a long way. Just a couple of drops and you have a medium-coverage foundation. It does wear all day, particularly when paired with powder. I think this is a good foundation, and I could easily see it being somebody’s absolute favorite. However, I probably won’t repurchase it just because it sept into my smile lines a little too much. You can read my full review here.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: This is my second bottle of the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. A drugstore classic, this concealer is creamy, blendable, and easy-to-use. It’s pretty mistake proof and provides a nice medium coverage. I could see myself repurchasing this one, but I think that the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Concealer has replaced the Age Rewind as my drugstore favorite.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray: What can I say? This might be as good as it gets. There’s a reason that this cult-classic setting spray seems to make it into every beauty lover’s drawer. It just does the job. I already have a backup, and I could see myself repurchasing this or the Skindinavia spray, which is basically the same thing.

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation: As far as drugstore foundations go, this is one of the best. It’s medium-full coverage, even fuller coverage than my beloved L’Oreal Pro Glow and Pro Matte Foundations. The shade Fair was a little too dark for me, but I might purchase the shade Porcelain. I mixed this foundation with other formulas a lot, to make it fuller coverage or a nice, natural finish. This foundation has a nice, satin finish that isn’t too matte or too dewy. Especially given the price tag, I would say this one is worth a shot for any makeup lover. I reviewed it in full here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: This foundation isn’t pictured here, because I took a photo of all my empty bottles, and the ABH foundation wasn’t exactly empty. I used this one down to the nub, but I didn’t quite finish it, because it just wasn’t my favorite. It worked well enough, but it sometimes got a little patchy and oily, broken up at the end of the day. The price tag wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t worth it overall. And I would say definitely avoid it if you have dry skin.

 

 

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

It took me a while to get into powder contouring. I stand by the statement that cream contouring is a little easier, because there’s something about a cream contour that blends into a natural-looking finish more easily. However, cream products can feel heavy on the […]

Classic Vibes 

Classic Vibes 

The stars of this look are Kiko 706 lip liner paired with MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick and the NYX Vinyl Liquid eyeliner. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks have been in the liquid lipstick game since the very beginning. Almost every brand has a liquid lipstick formula now, but a few years ago Still was one of the only liquid lipsticks I can remember seeing on the shelves. It took me a long time to get on the liquid lipstick bandwagon, though, so I didn’t try the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks until this year.

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks helped me fall in love with matte, transfer-proof liquid lipsticks. Other ultra-matte formulas crumbled on my lips, or made my mouth feel dry. The Stila lipsticks are very matte, and very long-lasting. Of course, they do feel a little dry (most transfer-proof liquid lipsticks too). However, they’re lightweight, and they never crumble on my lips. These lipsticks are very pigmented, so you only need one swipe. The formula itself feels lightweight and liquid but dries down in seconds. With some liquid lipstick formulas, touch-ups make the lipstick crumble, but these Stila lipsticks can be re-applied throughout the day with no problems. Part of what appeals to me about the Stila liquid lipsticks is that the formula contains vitamin E and avocado oil, which I think helps to counteract the drying effects of such a matte finish.

Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)

I have the colors Caramello (which is a beautiful nude, that I think would work on multiple skin tones because it has neutral undertones) and Patina (Stila’s iconic mauve shade). They’re both beautiful and unique colors, unlike any others in my collection. I usually wear Patina alone, but I occasionally wear a gloss with Caramello. The shade range includes swoon-worthy nudes and fiery reds. If I had an unlimited budget, I would buy them all for sure!

The Stila liquid lipsticks aren’t cheap, but there’s a reason that the formula is so iconic. It’s easy to wear, the colors are beautiful, and the packaging is luxurious. I think I bought my Stila lipsticks at Sephora, but you can also purchase them at Ulta. Stila also recently became cruelty free, which makes the brand more appealing to a wide variety of consumers.

Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (Review)
Caramello, Patina

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Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye Setting Powder (Review)

Ben Nye sets the industry standard for stage makeup. It was one of the first makeup brands I was introduced to (beside MAC of course) when I started doing my own makeup for the theater products I participated in as a child. Most Ben Nye […]