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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 […]

Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

Huda Beauty Lip Contour (Review)

The Huda Beauty Lip Contours made quite a splash when they hit the market a couple of years ago, but I didn’t pick them up until they had been on a market for a few months. I’ve been putting them to the test for a […]

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray vs. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

Makeup setting sprays are a holy grail product, in terms of making your makeup last all day (or all night). Nothing keeps my makeup on like a setting spray, and I’ve even gotten my mother and sister addicted. There are many different types of sprays on the market: some of them, say Mac Fix+ (which is a great product) are intended to freshen your makeup and reduce the look of powder. Others, like the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray and the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray, are meant to prolong the wear time of your makeup.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray: As far as I can tell, this was the original long-wear makeup setting spray. Or at least Skindinavia was behind the original formula, as Urban Decay’s famous All-Nighter spray was made in collaboration with Skindinavia. The Skindinavia spray bottle distributes a fine mist onto the face. You really only need a few sprays to lock your makeup into place (though I have a tendency to apply much more). The Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray definitely makes a difference in the wear time of your makeup, especially when paired with the Makeup Primer Spray. Skindinavia often runs 20% promotions on their site, so you can pick it up at a discounted rate. This spray does not add any hydration to your look, but it does lock your makeup into place.

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Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray: I haven’t been using this makeup setting spray as long as the Skindinavia formula, but from what I can tell they are very similar. There might be some small differences in formula and scent, but overall the effect is almost the same. Not hydrating, but perfect for making your makeup last. The Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray (made in partnership with Skindinavia) is a little more expensive than the Skindinavia spray, but it can be purchased more easily at Sephora and Ulta.

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Overall, I think these two products are very similar. What are your favorite makeup setting sprays? I want to try the Milani Make It Last setting spray, and I’m interested in some of the “dewy finish” sprays.

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Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It […]

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my […]

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm Review

I’m a huge fan of the lip exfoliating trend. Three years ago, I couldn’t have told you what a lip scrub was. Did they even exist? Who cares: they’re the perfect fix for a chapped lip girl like me. I’ve sampled a few different lip exfoliation products, most recently the Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm.

The Clinique Sweet pots are dual sided: it’s a two-in-one product. There is a scrub side and a lip balm side. The lip balm is slightly tinted, though only slightly (I find that the Black Honey lip balm is not quite as pigmented as the actual Black Honey lipstick, even though it’s similar in texture).

Clinique Sugar Scrub Pots and Lip Balm

I love how moisturizing and thick the balm is, and that it looks pretty and glossy (perfect for daytime wear). The lip scrub has fine particles, which is really nice; I like how fine sugar pieces exfoliate more than thick pieces. However, the formula itself isn’t quite as nice as I would like. I used to use an Arbonne lip scrub that I preferred. Part of the issue is that the Clinique Sweet Pots are slightly pigmented, including the scrub side. I find that they leave a little color around my lips, which can sometimes look messy.

I got my lip scrubs in a sale set, but I probably wouldn’t buy them if they were sold individually; $19.50 is a little steep for a product that is good but not great.

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Battle of the Stick Eyeshadows

Battle of the Stick Eyeshadows

Stick eyeshadows are a like cream eyeshadows, but better. Most cream eyeshadows come in a pot, but instead these stick shadows come in a handy pen-like container. The eyeshadows themselves lie between an eyeliner and a cream shadow: the packaging makes them more like an […]

Summer Fragrance Guide

Summer Fragrance Guide

I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with perfume, but the summer of 2016 has brought me not one but two ideal fragrances. Both fragrances are perfect for summer (but I am looking forward to wearing them year round). Shopping for perfume these past few months has […]