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Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

Benefit Cosmetics is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to the online makeup world. The brand has a large variety of products, but it seems like only a few are really hyped. There’s the iconic Hoola bronzer (which is iconic for a […]

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 […]

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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Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

Save or Splurge? Which Makeup Products are Worth Your Money

There are two types of people in the world: those who are willing to spend their entire paycheck on makeup, and those who are not. Just kidding… kind of. I know that not everybody is makeup-obsessed like me, and that for some, it’s just not […]

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 […]

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

I love a luminous, hydrating primer, despite the fact that I don’t have dry skin. There’s something beautiful about a hydrating, glowy base, especially if the primer has some blurring properties. Even though a silicone primer will give fill in your pores more, you can definitely get a more naturally perfected look from a lotion-like primer, such as the Milani Prime Light and MAC Strobe Cream.

Milani Prime Light versus MAC Strobe Cream

First of all, I really like both of these primers. The MAC Strobe Cream is a classic primer that packs in the hydration while providing a glowing finish. The product itself feels thick and moisturizing. There is a bit of a sheen to the lotion itself, but when you apply it to your skin you don’t end up looking like Edward Cullen. It pretty much rubs in and just looks like you’re very hydrated and luminous. I don’t think it does much in terms of making your makeup last way longer, but it is a beautiful base for any foundation because it makes your skin look healthy. You can also wear it alone to brighten and lift your natural skin.

The Milani Prime Light is a little less expensive than the MAC Strobe Cream (but only a little bit per ounce). This product feels more like a primer and less like a lotion. The formula is thinner, though it has a similar color and luminescence. I find that this one is less hydrating, but more pore perfecting. I wouldn’t wear it without lotion underneath, because it just isn’t hydrating enough. However, I use it all the time. I find that it adds a blurring and glowing affect that works under any foundation.

What is your preference between these two products? I think they’re both great, even though they are definitely different. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram and come back soon!

 

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 […]

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall Beauty Favorites

Fall is cozy and wonderful, a time of muted neutrals and warm coffee. I love the scents and colors of fall, from the outdoors to the indoors. And, of course, I love the scents and colors of fall makeup. Here are my fall beauty favorites: […]

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation (Review)

Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands (in case you haven’t noticed). I picked up the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation over a year ago, and I’ve been using it consistently ever since. At first, I was just so-so on this foundation. I’m not much of a powder foundation person; even though I like the mattifying finish, and that there’s just less makeup in general, I prefer the even-ness in my skin that it seems only a liquid or cream formula can provide. However, I really fell in love with this foundation when I started to use it as a setting powder. 

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation

When I’m wearing a luxury foundation, I find it hard to reach for a drugstore powder, even though I tend to use basic setting powders most of the time. I’ve been pairing the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation with the likes of Dior’s Diorskin Forever Foundation. I like that the Tarte powder is somehow both hydrating and mattifying, which makes sense because it is supposedly formulated with skincare benefits. I’m getting more and more into skincare with each passing day (I won’t be 22 forever, you know) and I love when makeup actually benefits your skin.

The Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation claims to be medium-to-full coverage. I don’t think this is true, because there’s no way I could build this powder up to a full-coverage finish without looking like I was totally covered with cake. That being said, as a setting powder it is totally creamy and not cakey. It just melts into my foundation, adding a little extra coverage and plenty of staying powder. I recently hit pan on this powder, and while I’m usually feel accomplished when I finish a product, I know I’m going to be sad when I’m done with this one!

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation

The Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation could easily be my holy grail setting powder to date. Of course, there are more affordable formulas that I like, but this one is just oh-so-creamy. Plus, it’s gentle on my skin, because Tarte’s products are formulated with top-notch natural ingredients. I know I really sound like I’m selling this one, but I can’t help it! I love it.

 

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Recent Makeup Empties

Recent Makeup Empties

While I don’t go through makeup at quite the rate I purchase it, I come pretty close. There’s a bittersweet satisfaction in going through an entire bottle of foundation (I feel like I’ve really gotten the bang for my buck, even if I’m sad to […]