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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 […]

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 […]

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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Kiko Cosmetics Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter

Kiko Cosmetics Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter

Kiko Cosmetics is an Italian makeup brand that has taken over Europe and is making its way to America. According to the Kiko Cosmetics site, the brand has “600 points of sale in 8 countries in Europe (Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria […]

bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation Review

bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation Review

bareMinerals bareSkin foundation was my go-to for just shy of a year. When I first used this foundation, I loved it, though over time I didn’t like it quite as much. It has pretty sheer coverage, medium coverage if you apply more and light coverage […]

e.l.f. cosmetics : more than a one hit wonder?

e.l.f. cosmetics : more than a one hit wonder?

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e.l.f. cosmetics offers a variety of makeup products at a suspiciously low price. However, the brand has a decent reputation among beauty vloggers. I had given it a change in the past and was really unimpressed (their Matte Lip Color had a drying formula, which felt uncomfortable and cheap). However, after hearing good things about their undereye setting powder from both Kathleen Lights and Tati on Youtube, I decided to give it a try. So I picked up the High Definition Undereye Setting Powder at Target, along with the Prism Eyeshadow Palette (also recommended by Kathleen Lights). After my experience with the matte lip color, I had low expectations and high hopes.

And guess what? I was pleasantly surprised. The palette was conveniently on sale for $7 that day. And at $7, what could I lose? (Well, I could lose $7, but I was hoping I wouldn’t). I was impressed by the palette. I sometimes have allergic reactions to eye shadow (including the Urban Decay Naked Palettes), but the e.l.f. palette is comfortable on my eyes. I purchased the color “Naked,” which is filled with neutral, metallic shades from white to copper and brown. The colors can be used dry, but wetting them adds a little extra pop. The formula is smooth and blendable, and the palette can be used for a number of different looks, though I recommend combining the colors with a few neutral shades just to tone down on the shimmer. The undereye setting powder was just as surprising and effective. e.l.f. does not test on animals, and while Good Guide explains that they are not the best for social/environmental practices, the e.l.f. packaging notes that they participate in some form of social responsibility.

I can’t make any promises about other e.l.f. products, because, like most brands, it is hit-and-miss. However, the products listed above are great, and certainly worth a try.

What do you think of e.l.f. cosmetics? Are there any other e.l.f. products you would like me to review?

 

Pictured: Prism Eyeshadow Palette & my look using the palette