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Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

Centennial Ball 2017- Black Tie Makeup

I work in an art museum, and we recently had a huge anniversary event. Because the event was black tie, I broke out a floor length gown, curled my hair, and (of course) went full glam. I was so wrapped up in the excitement of […]

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 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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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 […]

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 long-wearing, medium coverage, and just all around gorgeous. To date, they are the best foundations I have tried, which is amazing because they are so affordable.

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

L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation: This foundation makes my skin look beautiful. It almost has a powdered finish. I still often add a pressed powder on top just to make it last extra-long, but it never looks cakey. This foundation is very matte, with medium to full coverage, but it doesn’t seep into my fine lines or cake up, and it lasts for such a long time. This is definitely a go-to for me. The first time I wore this foundation, my mom looked at me and said “your skin looks amazing!” I wear the color 101, the lightest shade, and it matches my skin perfectly. This foundation is so reliable; I know if I apply it, it will stay fresh all day.

L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation: The whole “glow” thing frightened me a little, because my skin tends to lean towards the oily side. However, this foundation is perfect for me because it is glowy, but it dries down. So it doesn’t slide around my face all day long; in fact, unless I apply too much around my smile lines, it doesn’t even sink into my lines. This foundation has a much thinner texture than the Pro Matte, but it is just as good. I think the Pro Matte might be a tiny bit longer lasting, but unless you’re planning to wear your foundation overnight (which I don’t recommend) the Pro Glow will last through your day! I wear the shade 201, and it’s a perfect match for my fair skin. I think if you are looking for a glowy foundation with moisture, you might have to look elsewhere, but if you have normal or oily skin, or you live in a humid climate, you’ll love the L’Oreal Pro Glow.

These foundations are amazing, even though they are totally different. They don’t break out my acne prone skin, and they can also be mixed for a finish that is somewhere between matte and luminous. The textures are different, but the packages and price (both of which are very convenient) are quite similar. I picked mine up at Ulta, because I always have a coupon, and I haven’t found any foundation I like more than these.

 

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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 […]

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

I’m still on the hunt for my favorite everyday foundation, so I’m playing the field and trying to find my match. I know my favorite tinted moisturizer is the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, but foundation? I have lots that I like, but not an absolute favorite.

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One of my current foundations is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation. I wear the lightest shade, 10, and I have fair skin (but this shade would definitely be too dark for anybody paler than me). I bought this foundation because I heard it was similar to the Nars All Day Luminous Foundation (which I also purchased) and becuase I love Neutrogena. They’ve made some of the best products for my acne-prone skin, and I have been a longtime lover of the brand.

I really like this foundation. My skin has been breaking out lately, and I think that this foundation provides a nice medium coverage. It doesn’t look cakey, but it does conceal most of my skin’s imperfections. It also doesn’t seem to be making my skin issues even worse, so I like it. It does have SPF, but not too much (for those worried about flashback).

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The Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation doesn’t have a very wide shade selection. The shade is a tiny bit darker and cooler than I would like for my skin. It still matches my skin nicely, but I think that the line’s biggest downfall is the limited skintones it will match. I like the formula (it’s thin, but not runny) and it lasts pretty well on my skin. Overall, I think it is an excellent drugstore product and I would repurchase it if I was looking for an affordable product. I think that foundations are worth an investment, in part becuase I usually purchase high-end sheer formulas that last longer than their drugstore counterparts. I think I will use up this Neutrogena Foundation pretty quickly (in part becuase I like it) and also in part because, in my experience, drugstore foundations have a thicker consistency and therefore get used up more quickly.

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If you aren’t makeup crazed, and you want a medium coverage (appropriate for day or night) as well as something that won’t break the bank, I would recommend the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation.

What are your favorite foundations? Favorite Neutrogena products?

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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 […]