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So Much Love for Roses

So Much Love for Roses

 Eyes:  Colourpop Lo Key Palette and Cloud Nine eyeshadow Mac Cosmetics Carbon eyeshadow Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner  Buxom mascara topped with Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel, Pixi Contour Powder  Face:  MAC Studio […]

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it […]

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

The LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation makes a lot of claims, even just in the name. At just $9.00, the LA Girl foundation comes at a price everybody can afford. The LA Girl Pro Concealers, from the same line, were very popular a few years ago. I’ve never been able to find those concealers in my shade, but I really like the LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation, especially for a drugstore formula.

I definitely consider this foundation full coverage; maybe a medium to full coverage, but it definitely gives you a full coverage finish. The product claims to be “illuminating,” and I do set it with a pressed powder. I would say it is a natural finish that falls on the side of illuminating. It isn’t too dewy, but it isn’t matte either. I think this is great because it makes it suitable for multiple skin types.

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

The only downside of this foundation for me is that the color I bought (Fair) was way too dark for me. I think Porcelain might work, and of course I could purchase the white foundation mixer available in the line to lighten the shade Fair to fit my skin tone. I usually just mix it with my NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation, which is a little light for me. If I repurchase this foundation, and I probably will, I would get it in Porcelain.

Overall, I was very impressed with this foundation. Super affordable for the price, long-wearing (I mean, not like 24 hour wear, but pretty long-wearing), with nice coverage. It doesn’t break up or cake up, and I think that it would be suitable for a lot of different skin types.

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation (Review)

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Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Makeup setting sprays are a holy grail product, in terms of making your makeup last all day (or all night). Nothing keeps my makeup on like a setting spray, and I’ve even gotten my mother and sister addicted. There are many different types of sprays […]

Warm & Smokey 

Warm & Smokey 

A summery makeup look with products from MAC, Colourpop, Dior, and more

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I have enjoyed using this product regularly, so here is my NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review.

The NARS All Day Luminous foundation has a very thin consistency: it isn’t exactly a serum foundation, but it is thin like a serum. One or two pumps is enough for sheer coverage, but I can usually get a medium coverage with 4-5 pumps. I like how lightweight this foundation is: it feels like nothing, and it’s definitely a “your skin but better” product, so I’m sure that I will like it even more in the summer. The only problem is that it can get cakey with my BareMinerals pressed powder (for some reason, that foundation/powder combo doesn’t work) and it does seep into my fine lines and crease if I apply too much.

In my opinion, the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is a less-is-more product. I like it best when I apply 2-3 pumps and no powder on top, on more natural makeup days. I also use it to mix with other foundations: for some reason the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation makes full coverage foundation more natural looking on the skin.

My favorite aspects of this NARS foundation are its lightweight feel, its beautiful packaging, and the fact that one bottle lasts forever. Because it is difficult to build the coverage without creasing, it isn’t my holy grail foundation. I also had some trouble finding a perfect shade match. I have the shade “Goji” but it is a little bit too light on me. Nonetheless, this foundation is a beautiful luxury item that I will definitely continue to use (even if I don’t repurchase).

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters: Ice Cold and Princess Cut (Review & Swatches)

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost Highlighters are incredible. There’s no way about it: they are the best highlighters for that super metallic glow, at least of the highlighters I have tried (and let me tell you, I’ve tried a lot). These highlighters are so […]

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Red Lip Colors for the Holiday Season

Christmas is upon us, which means I can break out some of my favorite deep-red lips. Cherry red is lovely, but I leave that to the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Taylor Swift. I’m all about the deeper, darker, berry reds. I talked about two […]

Makeup Geek Highlighter Review & Swatches

Makeup Geek Highlighter Review & Swatches

Highlighters are my favorite part of any makeup look, and I actually feel a little bit naked if I forget to wear a highlighter. I don’t know how I ever lived without highlight! I think that the super-glowy cheekbones will be something my children see in photos and say “what were you thinking?” But to be honest, I don’t really care. I love highlight.

Makeup Geek Highlighter

Makeup Geek eyeshadows have practically taken over the internet. The eyeshadows come in a huge range of colors and sell at $6 per shadow. You have to put them in your own Z-Palette (so it isn’t that much of a bargain) but they’re moderately priced and high quality. I ordered my first shadows a couple months ago, but what really thrills me is the highlighter.

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I have the Makeup Geek Highlighter in “Glitz,” which appealed to me the most out of the color range. It is a frosty pink, which is one of my favorite shades of my favorite color. You can apply a little for a soft glow, or layer it for a more intense glow. This particular highlight doesn’t layer very well over a cream highlight, but it is so stellar on its own you don’t really need a base.

Makeup Geek Glitz Highlighter Swatch

The highlighter is $20 plus shipping, but the shipping didn’t cost me much. For the pan size, the product quality, and even the packaging quality, I think this is a great price. The highlighter is smooth and buttery, shimmery and luminescent but not chunky or glittery.

Makeup Geek Highlighter Review & Swatches

The Makeup Geek Highlighter in Glitz made all of my frosted pink dreams come true. I wear this highlight all the time! What are your favorite highlighters?

NYX Liquid Liners Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid Liners Review & Swatches

The NYX  Liquid Liners are my absolute favorite way to create winged liner (or any liner look for that matter).They stay put, they are easy to use, and they are inexpensive. I love the way that I can create wings easily with these liners. The […]