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How to Save Money at Sephora

How to Save Money at Sephora

It’s that time of year again– if you’re a makeup addict like me, I don’t have to tell you. It’s the annual VIB/ Beauty Insider sale, so if you’re signed up for Sephora’s rewards program you either get 15% or 20% off (depending on your […]

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Review)

Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (Review)

This highlighter is a mini-miracle. Admittedly, at nearly $40 the price tag is hefty. $40 can buy you a lot in the highlighter world (basically a lifetime supply of e.l.f. baked highlights, or an Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit). And while I wouldn’t say I […]

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 reason) and the classic Benetint. However, there are other products in the line that nobody seems to talk about, but that’s not to say they aren’t great.

The greatest unsung hero of all, in my opinion, is the Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anybody talk about it online, ever. But I have talked about it with a fellow makeup-lover, who concurred: Dallas is beyond beautiful.

I admit, I was totally sucked in by the Cowgirl on the packaging. As a Nevada native, I’m a sucker for anything Rodeo-esque. I bought this blush a while back, when I was first getting really into makeup. I fell in love with it immediately, and I’ve been using it all the time as of late. I love the dusty rose hue. It’s actually marketed as a blush/bronzer, which is very accurate. It gives my skin a natural rosy glow, like a real tan or flush. It’s ever so slightly shimmery, but only enough to make me look luminous (not glittery or highlighted).

Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush (Review)

This blush has a lovely scent. I don’t normally like perfumed products, but the smell of this one is quite nice. The blush formula itself seems to blend right into whatever makeup is underneath it, and I think the color would flatter many different skin tones. You can use it to warm up the complexion all over the face, or just on the cheeks. You can even wear it as eyeshadow (I wear blush/bronzer as eyeshadow all the time, especially when I’m in a rush). Benefit’s Dallas blush is great for any type of look: something soft and natural, something warm and bronzer, something bold and glam…. I just love it!

 

What are your favorite Benefit products? Do you have any favorite products that nobody seems to talk about? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram, and drop by again soon.

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 […]

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: […]

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 see a favorite go in the trash). Without further ado, here are the products I recently finished and cleared out of my collection.

NARS All Day Luminous Foundation: At $49, this is one of the most expensive foundations I’ve ever purchased, but I have to say it outlasted many less-expensive counterparts. The ultra-thin, lightweight formula goes a long way. Just a couple of drops and you have a medium-coverage foundation. It does wear all day, particularly when paired with powder. I think this is a good foundation, and I could easily see it being somebody’s absolute favorite. However, I probably won’t repurchase it just because it sept into my smile lines a little too much. You can read my full review here.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: This is my second bottle of the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. A drugstore classic, this concealer is creamy, blendable, and easy-to-use. It’s pretty mistake proof and provides a nice medium coverage. I could see myself repurchasing this one, but I think that the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Concealer has replaced the Age Rewind as my drugstore favorite.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray: What can I say? This might be as good as it gets. There’s a reason that this cult-classic setting spray seems to make it into every beauty lover’s drawer. It just does the job. I already have a backup, and I could see myself repurchasing this or the Skindinavia spray, which is basically the same thing.

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation: As far as drugstore foundations go, this is one of the best. It’s medium-full coverage, even fuller coverage than my beloved L’Oreal Pro Glow and Pro Matte Foundations. The shade Fair was a little too dark for me, but I might purchase the shade Porcelain. I mixed this foundation with other formulas a lot, to make it fuller coverage or a nice, natural finish. This foundation has a nice, satin finish that isn’t too matte or too dewy. Especially given the price tag, I would say this one is worth a shot for any makeup lover. I reviewed it in full here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation: This foundation isn’t pictured here, because I took a photo of all my empty bottles, and the ABH foundation wasn’t exactly empty. I used this one down to the nub, but I didn’t quite finish it, because it just wasn’t my favorite. It worked well enough, but it sometimes got a little patchy and oily, broken up at the end of the day. The price tag wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t worth it overall. And I would say definitely avoid it if you have dry skin.

 

 

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Kit (Review)

It took me a while to get into powder contouring. I stand by the statement that cream contouring is a little easier, because there’s something about a cream contour that blends into a natural-looking finish more easily. However, cream products can feel heavy on the […]