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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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation was a major release for the brand that grew out of a monopoly on the perfect eyebrow. While bigger brands, such as Bobbi Brown, Tarte, or M.A.C. offer multiple foundation options, ABH just has one stick foundation. Stick foundations have been trending in past months, and Anastasia Beverly Hills never fails to keep up with the latest.

When the ABH stick foundation first came out, it received mixed reviews. I heard more negative reviews than positive about this foundation, but I wouldn’t say it is a bad foundation. It’s moderately priced, and there’s a large shade selection. It’s a medium coverage foundation: I apply a lot of foundation, right from the stick to my face. I’ve tried applying just a few stripes then blending it in, but I think it looks better if I apply it all over my face then blend with either a brush or a beauty blender. It never becomes full coverage, but it is a nice soft matte finish.

Right after I apply this foundation, I like it. I don’t love it, it doesn’t give me flawless doll skin, but it gives me a nice base. My biggest problem is that it isn’t as long lasting as I like. It wears for approximately 4-6 hours, and then it starts to disappear. If I put it on right before dinner, it still looks good after dinner. But if I put it on at the beginning of the day, by the end of the day it has totally disappeared.

If I were to give this foundation a letter grade, I would say it’s a C. It looks good, and it doesn’t irritate my skin, the price is decent, and there are many shades. Still, it doesn’t give me that “wow factor” that I hope for with my makeup.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

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Maybelline Better Skin Review

Maybelline Better Skin Review

“Better Skin” is something we all want, right? “Better Skin” makeup seems like a gimmick and, let’s be real, it probably is. I doubt that any makeup will perfect your skin, but this one fights my acne and keeps my oily skin nice and matte. The […]

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review & Impressions

One of my current foundations is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation. It doesn’t look cakey, but it does conceal most of my skin’s imperfections.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

I was introduced to Bare Minerals a little over a year ago, when I started using the bareSkin Serum foundation. That foundation was my first foundation-love, and I’m thinking about returning to it sometime soon. Because I loved that foundation, I also tried out the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer.

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First of all, the Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer is the best tinted moisturizer I have ever used. It is so lightweight and moisturizing. It feels light on my skin, but it soaks up beautifully and looks natural, healthy, and bright. I wear it all the time with more natural looks, but if you use a full-coverage concealer and a setting powder it can be dressed up for a more dramatic look. I’m on my second tube, and I don’t plan on stopping!

The bareSkin concealer is a good product, but I probably won’t repurchase it. It’s a nice concealer, about medium coverage and lightweight. But for my blemishes and dark circles, I want something more intense. I prefer a sheer or medium base with a full coverage concealer. If I’m going for a lightweight concealer, I want it to be something I can slap on without worrying if it will crease (which might be a little bit of a fairytale, but I’m still holding out for one). This concealer does wear better if it is set. I would say this concealer is a B+ product- it does everything it’s supposed to do, but it doesn’t wow me. FullSizeRender (58).jpgIMG_8401.JPG

 

What are your favorite BareMinerals Products? Favorite concealers and tinted moisturizers?

 

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August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before […]