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My Foundation Stash

My Foundation Stash

I’ve developed a foundation addiction. High end or drugstore, matte or dewy, cream or liquid: I love it all. There’s a certain satisfaction to having a perfect canvas, especially when it lasts all day. I’m also a sucker for foundation packaging, and I am a […]

Wearable Berry Lipstick 

Wearable Berry Lipstick 

I don’t usually go for berry lips, but the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Lover has blown me away. I love this lipstick! It is unbelievably long-wearing (like 12 hours, with eating) and super comfortable. The color itself is a berry toned […]

No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation (Review)

No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation (Review)

No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation has become my summer makeup obsession. No7 (sometimes called Boots) is a UK-based drugstore beauty brand that has recently become available in the USA. If you keep your eyes peeled, sometimes you can find a Target, Ulta, or Walgreens with a No7 section. It’s a little high-end for the drugstore, but significantly more affordable than prestige or luxury brands. At $16, this foundation doesn’t break the bank, even though it delivers the most beautiful finish. I don’t know if it creates “firmer, even skin,” partially because I don’t struggle with wrinkles or an uneven complexion. What I can say is that it is a luminous medium-coverage foundation that makes my skin look naturally supple and dewy. It gives my skin a healthy glow, without seeping into my fine lines. I like applying it with my fingers or a sponge.

No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation (Review)

The No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation is one of my all time favorites, because it feels so good on my skin, and it looks even better! I usually set this foundation with a powder, to ensure that it lasts longer on my skin. I would clock in about 7 solid hours of wear if you are sure to prime, set, and finish the foundation. It looks beautiful on its own, but I find that it wears off after a few hours if I don’t set it. Luckily, if it wears off, it just sort of disappears; that is to say, it never really cakes up or breaks up, so it doesn’t look bad. Ever.

Swatched: No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation in the shade “Cool Vanilla"
No7 Lift and Luminate Foundation in the shade “Cool Vanilla”

I adore this foundation, and I would be willing to pay more than $16 for it! However, since it’s so cheap, I can be sure I will repurchase it. The only con is that it isn’t quite as long-wearing as I would like, but in every other aspect, the No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation is perfect for creating a luminous complexion.

 

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My Lip liner Addiction

My Lip liner Addiction

I love lip liner, and I always have (even before Kylie Jenner made re-popularized it). The secret to my everlasting red lip, the first makeup look I claimed as my own, was layering lip liner beneath my lipstick. I still swear by this technique. Whether […]

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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Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealer is my most-loved makeup staple. I’ve tried so many over the years, and I’ve finally landed on a few favorites. Summer often brings light makeup days, so it is the perfect season for an easy wash of concealer and flip flops. However, I still […]

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Contouring is a makeup trend that it seems won’t disappear any time soon; I admit, I love the look of chiseled cheeks. Though contouring scared me at first, it’s become one of my favorite makeup techniques. I’m not huge on nose contouring, but I contour my […]

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

I love bronzer, because it gives warmth and dimension to my fair skin. I wear bronzer most every day; it’s even more integral to my routine than blush. A matte bronzer can be used for all-over glow or contour and a bronzer with shimmer can add a beautiful glow. Here are some old and new favorite bronzers, which I consider the best bronzers for summer 2017. IMG_5993

Cover FX Bronzer in Sunkissed: A recent addition to my collection, Cover FX has stolen my heart as a day-to-day bronzer. I can pack this bronzer on, and somehow it always looks like a natural tan. That’s not to say it isn’t pigmented: whether I apply a little or a lot, it always seems to look perfect. I use the lightest shade, which is perfect on my fair skin. However, the bronzer formula comes in multiple shades, so select whichever shade is best for you.

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Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer: I adore this bronzer; it is probably my first bronzer obsession. This bronzer gives my skin a luminous, warm glow. I love the slight pink undertone and the subtle shimmer in this bronzer. I often wear it instead of blush or to warm up my complexion.

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: This bronzer, the lightest of Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil line, is perfect for a pair girl like me. This bronzer is a warm neutral: it isn’t too cool toned, but it never looks orange. In addition, the texture, scent, and packaging are divine. This is a versatile bronzer that looks just as good applied as contour or as a bronzer shade. I have also used the Chocolate Soleil, which is beautiful (but a little dark for my skin). I feel confident saying that any of the colors in this bronzer collection would be beautiful, it just depends on your coloring.

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Colourpop Topaz Highlight & Bronzer Duo: Okay, so I admit this bronzer might be a little too orange for my skin (which is still winter-white). This bronzer has quite a warm undertone, so I have to be light-handed when I apply it to my fair skin. But the formula is my beautiful. It is so bendable, pigmented, and smooth. I hope Colourpop comes out with a whole range of bronzers!

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Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce: This bronzer has a powdery formula, but it blends smoothly and looks beautiful on my fair skin. Even though it looks like it might be shimmery in the pan, it looks matte (perhaps satin) on the skin. This bronzer gives me a very natural-looking color, and I love how easy it is to apply. Plus, it’s affordable! This is a great choice whether or not you are on a budget.

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Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: I use this bronzer all the time, because it is basically summer in a compact. This buttery bronzer, which has a warm neutral color similar to that of Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil, smells like summer. More specifically, it smells a little like a Pina Colada. I can wear the Butter Bronzer whether I am tan or fair, and it blends and melts smoothly into my skin. Another great bronzer for any budget.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: This is undoubtedly the best bronzer/contour crossover shade. The Hoola bronzer is a powdery bronzer in a neutral shade. This matte bronzer can be used to add a natural tan (never orange) color to the skin, or it can be used for a natural-looking contour. There is a reason that this bronzer is a cult classic! I prefer Hoola as a contour shade, but I think I would like Hoola Lite as an all-over bronzer.

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Clearly, I’m a bronzer junkie. I love how versatile bronzer can be. In addition to being used as a contour shade, bronzer can also be used in lieu of blush or as eyeshadow.

 

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NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX is one of the trendiest drugstore brands, with some great products. While I can’t advocate for the whole line, there are a few gems (the lip liners are amazing). I tried the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in the shade Sunbeam, which didn’t really impress […]