Foundation Friday: Physicians Formula The Healthy

Claims
–Longwearing
–Buildable
–Lightweight
–Breathable
–Healthy, satin finish
–Medium coverage
–Hyaluronic acid and Vitamins A, C, & E

Price
–$15.99 at Ulta
–$15.99 at Target
–$10.77 at Wal Mart
–$15.99 at Walgreens
–$15.99 at physiciansformula.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: FC1 (Fair Cool 1)

Pros
–SPF 20
–Availability
–Good ingredients
–Vegan
–Fragrance free
–Buildable coverage
–Undetectable on the skin
–Hypoallergenic
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Cruelty free
–Non-comedogenic
–Shade match for me
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive for the drugstore
–Shade range
–Packaging, I had to dip in several times

Final Thoughts
If you like full coverage, you need to pass on this one. One layer is light coverage and you can build up to medium coverage with 2 layers. It builds nicely and doesn’t cake up. You don’t get a lot of product on the wand and I had to dip in several times. I used a green corrector on a few red spots, but nonetheless, it still covered all of my redness. I stippled it on with the Sonia Kashuk foundation brush and then went over it with a sponge to smooth out the finish. It worked well with my other complexion products and didn’t cake when set with powder. I like this and approve it, but it is expensive for the drugstore. There are cheaper drugstore foundations that work just as well. However, if you prefer light to medium coverage, I think this one is worth trying.

Primers: Urban Decay b6, CYO Illuminating Cream + Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating  (I do a pump of each, mix with my fingers, and apply), Revlon Pore Reducing
Powder: LOreal Hydra Perfecte
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM

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December Makeup Tray

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Last Month

  • November post HERE
  • Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder in 1
    • I liked this, but it just the slightest bit too dark so I’m going to pass it on to a friend.

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The Rest

Purchase or Pass? Volume II

If you aren’t familiar with the “Purchase or Pass?” concept, you can see my first post here.

Images are from Google, Amazon, or Trendmood


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Beauty Bite: Lash Lift & Tint

A few weeks ago I treated myself to a lash lift and tint and my life was changed. I know that’s dramatic, but it’s true. I really didn’t need another expensive thing to add to my plate, but here we are. I had mine done by Kristy in Goldsboro and she is the best. She explained everything as she did and made sure I was comfortable. She also loves dogs and makeup and we are kindred spirits. She also does hair, brows, and lash extensions. If you’re local, you HAVE to go see her.

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lift

  • What is it?
    • Short version–a perm for your lashes
  • How long does it last?
    • 6-8 weeks
  • How much does it cost?
    • Varies depending on your area, but I paid $35
  • What’s the process?
    • A silicone “rod” is adhered to your lid, then your lashes are combed up and glued to the rod. Then, the perming liquid is brushed on and you let it set for about 10 minutes. After the liquid has set, a setting solution is applied.
  • It didn’t hurt at all. I could easily have fallen asleep and gotten a nap.
  • I have really short lashes, so I wasn’t sure this was going to work for me, but it dang sure did.
  • My lash technician recommended that I take my contacts out, so I did.
  • You can’t get your lashes wet for 24 hours and I removed my eye makeup before we got started.
  • You can read more about the process HERE

tint

  • What is it?
    • Dying your lashes black, just like you would dye your hair
  • How long does it last?
    • 4-6 weeks
  • How much does it cost?
    • Again, this varies but it’s around $20 in my area
  • What’s the process?
    • I got mine done when I had the lift done. My lashes were already adhered to the silicone rod so the dye was just brushed on them after the lift was finished. A patch, similar to a shadow shield, was placed under my lower lashes and then the dye was brushed on those as well. The dye was on for 10 minutes, wiped off, and then I was done.
  • I had white blonde hair as a kid and even though my hair got darker as I got older, my lashes and brows stayed blonde. If I don’t wear mascara and fill in my brows, you can’t even tell I have lashes or brows. Tinting makes a big difference in my appearance.
  • You can read more about the process HERE

notes

  • I mentioned this before, but I removed my contacts to avoid any irritation or sensitivity. I am blind as a bat and had to see how to drive home so I just put on my glasses when we were done.
  • Neither of the aforementioned services irritated my eyes or the skin around them
  • I LOVE how both of these turned out and I am hooked on these services. I will be back every 6-8 weeks to continue getting them done.
  • I’ve been using a lash growth serum (review here) and that, in combination with the lift, makes my lashes look amazing.
  • You can still use mascara and Y’ALL, my lashes look fake when I have mascara on.
  • How are these two things different from lash extensions?
    • These 2 treatments will not make your lashes longer, fuller, or more voluminous like lash extensions do.
    • Lash extensions require a fill every few weeks
    • Lash extensions are hella expensive upfront and then you have the fills that add up
    • Extensions are more upkeep and maintenance and there are rules for what you can and can’t use as far as certain products
    • Kristy does lash extensions so if you want to try those, go see her!
  • If you have any other questions feel free to leave a question or message me on Instagram!

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It’s hard to get good pictures by yourself, but I hope you can get an over all idea.
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These are my lashes with mascara. AMAZING.

Small Business Saturday 2019

Y’all know I love to shop at big stores like Ulta, Target, Wal Mart, etc., but I do try to shop small business and shop local as well. Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, November 30 and I wanted to share some of my favorite small businesses.

Some of these businesses have storefronts and others are online or social media only. I will notate such so you will know how to shop!

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Black Friday 2019

I am not an in-store Black Friday shopping. You can find me at home, on my couch, in pjs shopping on my phone. I don’t do crowds and crazy people so it’s a hard pass for me. There are some great deals going on from various brands and stores so I wanted to share the ones I think are worth it. I’m limiting myself to an Ulta order. My dry shampoo is buy one, get one free and it’s time to stock up. Most people get excited over major electronic deals, but not me. I’m here for the BOGO dry shampoo.

If you live under a rock, Black Friday is November 29 and Cyber Monday is December 2.

If you’re like me and will be shopping online, don’t forget to use Rakuten and earn cash back. Some site will have double cash back! If you don’t have Rakuten, you can sign up here. It’s not an affiliate link and yes, it’s the REAL DEAL. I just got a check from them last week. (this post is not sponsored by Rakuten, but I’m not opposed it if you know someone who knows someone)

I’ll be adding more deals as I find them so check back!

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MAKEUP

  • Dose of Colors 
    • 40% off site wide
  • the Balm
    • 50% off everything
  • NYX
    • 30% off site wide
    • 50% off select items
  • Flower Beauty
    • 30% off entire purchase with code THANKFUL30 & free ground shipping
    • Cyber Monday :: 40% off entire site
  • Stila
    • 35% off site wide wtih code BF35 and free ground shipping on orders $25+
  • Too Faced
    • 30% off side with with code PINK30 and free ground shipping on US orders
  • NARS
    • 20% off entire purchase, 30% off $150+ with code MORENARS
  • GlamGlow
    • 30% off site wide
  • Benefit Cosmetics
    • 25% off everything and free shipping with code FRIYAY
  • Makeup Geek
    • 50% off site wide with code BFCM2019
  • CoverGirl via Amazon
    • 30% off more than 430 products
  • It Cosmetics
    • 20% off with code THANKFUL
    • Cyber Monday :: 20% off with code ITCYBERWEEK
  • Lorac
    • 40% off site wide with code BFLORAC
    • Cyber Monday :: 50% off site wide with code CYBER50
  • Physicians Formula
    • 40% off site wide
    • Cyber Monday :: 50% off side wide
  • Colour Pop
    • 30% off site wide
  • Bare Minerals
    • 25% off everything with code ITSON
  • PUR Cosmetics
    • Buy One, Get One Free site wide with code PURBOGO19

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November Favorites

This is the most pathetic monthly favorites in the history of ever. I almost didn’t post it, but I don’t skip monthly favorites so here we are.

favs

  • NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound
    • This is one of my favorite lip formulas and the perfect go to shade for easy, every day wear.
  • Diff Eyewear Winston Blue Light Blocking Glasses from shopziaboutique.com
    • I wanted a nicer pair of blue light glasses and my friend, Zelle carries Diff at her boutique. She had a flash sale so I picked up a pair in the style Winston. I LOVE THEM. They are very well made make such a difference for me since I work at a computer all day. I want to get another set of frames and have prescription lenses put in them.
  • Lash Lift and Tint
    • If y’all live in eastern NC, you have got to go see Kristy and let her transform your lashes. I’ve had my lashes tinted before, but not lifted. It’s life changing. My lashes are so long, they look fake and they stay curled. I’m going to do a full post on my experience, but just know it’s amazing and I can’t live without it.
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I was feeling my look that day–fun earrings, new shirt, fall lip, and these bomb glasses.