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Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi Natural Contour Powder (Review)

Pixi is one of the higher end makeup brands I’ve stumbled across. I noticed the pistachio-colored packaging appear in Target a few years ago, but I didn’t try anything until the last year. To be honest, this was mostly because of the price. Dropping $20 […]

Current Skincare Favorites

Current Skincare Favorites

I may only be 22, but with every passing year I care a little more about my skin. Granted, I don’t have the high school acne situation I once did (thank God), nor do I have wrinkles, but I’d be hard pressed to find a […]

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

Colourpop was initially known for a few things: affordable prices, a huge color selection, and a signature pillowy-soft pigment formula. While Colourpop still manufactures these cushy pigments, they have also transitioned into making traditional pressed powders. And man, are these powders good.

I love Colourpop as a brand. While there have been a few misses, I’ve been consistently impressed with the most recent product releases. The pressed powder shadows are basically mind-blowing. I have also been a little in love with the Alexis Red x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo. This sturdy little cardboard compact contains two shades, a true gold highlight and a warm matte bronzer. Even though warm bronzers sometimes look orange on my skin, this one just blends in like a nice tan.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

The formula is so creamy and smooth, bendable and buttery, etc. etc. It feels very luxurious (even though the price is very affordable, especially now that the duo is on sale). I love using it on my eyes, too. The warm bronzer shade is perfect as an easy crease transition, and I use the gold on my eyelids. It’s a little too dark as a highlight shade on my face, but the formula is great nonetheless.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

I just wanted to mention this A+ product before it disappears. I think that you could use this bronzer, which feels very high-end, on a variety of skin tones from fair to medium. I love Colourpop and can’t wait to see their new releases, and maybe purchase some new products in the future. Colourpop is going to be in Sephora this holiday season, which is an exciting step for the brand.

Alexis Ren x Colourpop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo (Review)

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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (Review)

The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer isn’t new on the scene. In fact, it’s a bit of a drugstore classic. The entire Rimmel Stay Matte line is generally respected (the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, which I have never tried, is a staple for many people). I […]

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer (Review)

An avowed concealer junkie (and L’Oreal fan) I had to try the Pro Glow concealer. I liked the Pro Glow foundation when I first tried it, but over time I realized that it was breaking me out a little bit. I sometimes have this problem […]

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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How to Get a Smooth, Luxurious Shave on a Budget (Harry’s Razor & Shave Cream Review)

How to Get a Smooth, Luxurious Shave on a Budget (Harry’s Razor & Shave Cream Review)

Usually my blog posts are makeup-oriented (though I occasionally delve into skincare). But today I wanted to talk about my current bath & body obsession, which is a Harry’s razor and shave cream. In the past few weeks, I’ve used these products and a few […]

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation (Review and Swatches)

The L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation caught my eye a few months ago, and since I have fallen in love. It didn’t take much to win me over; both of these foundations do exactly what they say they will. They are […]

March Favorites: Beauty and Literature

March Favorites: Beauty and Literature

March was a great month (Spring Break, warm weather, Easter, what’s not to like?)  Over the past month, there are a few products that have stood out as exceptional and unique.

First of all, I’ve been loving the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. This concealer gets a lot of good press, and for good reason! It is creamy and pigmented. Because it has a lightweight texture, it doesn’t crease much, and I find that it both brightens my under eye circles and conceals them better than any concealer I have ever tried. I use the lightest shade, “Fair.”

I’ve been reaching for my Tarte Blushing Bride Cheek Stain almost every day. I love adding it on top of a bronzer, dabbing a little on the cheek right from the bottle, or applying a heavier layer of the stain from the apple of my cheek towards my temples and blending with a damp sponge. It’s a bright pink that blends into a soft, natural pink on my cheeks. The applicator tube makes it very easy to apply, which is part of why I use it so often. It doesn’t last as long as I would like, but it’s easy to bring along with you.

The Naked Flushed Palette by Urban Decay was perfect for my spring break trip to Arizona. You can mix all three colors together for a nice natural blush, or use the bronzer, blush, and highlighter separately. I love the highlighter, which is a natural looking, pearly color, and I’ve been swirling my blush brush over the whole palette before applying the mix to my cheeks. The pink color is a little too bright in my palette if it isn’t blended, but I got this on sale for $15 so no complaints. I have the color “Native.”

The Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly is my favorite lip gloss — probably even my favorite lip gloss ever. It has a tingly, minty feel to the plumper, but it doesn’t burn my lips. The formula is thick without being to sticky, and glossy without being to glittery. The mauve hue of Dolly adds a pop of color and shine to my natural lip, and I think it would be flattering on all skin tones. It is my second Buxom Lip Polish, and I have loved both of them. I wear it all the time, and if you love or want a natural but finished lip, look for Buxom next time you are at Sephora or Ulta.

My key to summer skin is the Mary Lou-Manizer by the Balm, a bold champagne highlight with a silky texture. I like this highlighter because it does not have any chunky glitter, and it applies evenly and smoothly to the skin. The formula is gentle and comfortable, but highly pigmented. This highlighter is affordable and high quality. As a bonus, it is actually a highlighter and an eyeshadow, so swipe it on your eyes and cheekbones to tie things together and look luminous for the summer.

The Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Sugar is the perfect pinky-nude shade. I like that it doesn’t dry out my lips or fill in all the little cracks on my lips. It is a beautiful color for spring and summer, and the applicator is easy to use. This might just be my favorite lipstick right now.

I like to try to set my concealer to make it long lasting, but my concealer doesn’t usually crease. however, I always found that adding a setting powder on top of my undereye concealer always made it crease more. I finally found the perfect under eye setting powder, the e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder. This product is very affordable, and it helps make my undereye concealer bright and keep it in place on my face all day!

 

 

I’ve been reading The Last Days of California by Mary Miller, and I’ve been loving it so much that I don’t want it to end! This book tells the story of a family’s exodus, in the form of a road trip, across the country to California. Jess is a young teenager who is on the road with her evangelical parents. Jess’s father is convinced the rapture is about occur, and wants his daughters to see California before the world ends. The Last Days of California is reminiscent of YA fiction hits like John Green’s novels, but it is more sophisticated in its portrayal of family life and in its language. Miller’s novel is both touching and humourous, and I love reading about the relationship between Jess and her sister, Elise. Stay tuned, a review will be posted soon!