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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 […]

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

Wet n Wild Highlighters Review and Swatches

The Wet n Wild highlighters are probably the most sought-after drugstore highlighters. These highlighters, particularly the Precious Petals highlight, put Wet n Wild back on the map for me. A brand that formally represented the super-cheap makeup of my childhood suddenly became one of the the […]

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Many drugstore brands manufacture concealers, but Maybelline seems to dominate the drugstore concealer playing field. The Fit Me and Age Rewind concealers are popular among internet beauty obsessives, and I have to say, I’m on the Maybelline concealer bandwagon. I’ve sampled three of their formulas: Fit Me, Age Rewind, and Better Skin, but which Maybelline concealer is best?

Maybelline Concealer Swatches
left to right: Age Rewind, Better Skin, Fit Me

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This concealer is popular in the beauty community, which means it will probably show up in your Instagram feed or on Youtube if you consume enough makeup media. However, I have to say it isn’t my number one. It is creamy and medium coverage, but it will crease if you don’t set it. My eyes are sensitive, and sometimes if they are irritated from allergies or rubbing, this concealer will irritate them even more. I also don’t love the shade selection. I have the shade “Light,” but it isn’t as brightening as I like my concealer to be. I like that the Fit Me has shades for fair to deep skin tones, but only 7 options seems inadequate to cover the wide range of skin tones that exist in the world.

Maybelline Better Skin Concealer: This was just meh for me: not bad, but not great. I found it to be drying, especially if you didn’t blend it in quickly. It could occasionally get cake on me, and I didn’t notice any skin-improving effects (despite the product’s claims). It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t repurchase this concealer.

And the winner is . . . 

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: As far as drugstore concealers go, this is the best I’ve tried to date. It is creamy, and I like the colors (though I admit the shade selection caters to light skin tones). The product dispenser is a no-fuss twist top, and I appreciate how easy it is to use this concealer. I find the Maybelline Age Rewind to be more comfortable than the other Maybelline concealers. The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer gets a lot of press, and with good reason. It is a medium coverage concealer with a great formula and an affordable price.

 

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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 […]