Foundation Friday: Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15

Claims
–Evens skintone
–Sweat, humidity, and water resistant
–Hydrates and smoothes
–Creamy formula
–Natural finish
–Moderate coverage

Price
–$29 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, clinique.com
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–56
–My shade: CN 0.5 Shell

Pros
–SPF
–Buildable coverage
–Non-acnegenic
–Shade range
–Worked with other complexion products
–Packaging
–Long lasting
–Allergy tested
–Fragrance free
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Shade match for me
–Worked on my dry skin
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lightweight on the skin

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got this free from Ulta, it was a Platinum Perk, so I had nothing to lose in testing this one. There’s a shade match for me and it has built in SPF. The coverage is buildable and I was able to build it to high medium coverage, but you’re not going to get full coverage from this one. Clinique products are gentle and great for sensitive skin. I don’t think this would work for oily skin. I liked it, but it’s not my ultimate favorite. I’m a full coverage gal, but if you like medium coverage, I think you’d like this.

Primers: elf Blur Stick, Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum
Powder: Jeffree Star Rose
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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73 Questions

I saw this post on Lindsay’s blog and I didn’t have another post ready to go live so I decided to give this one a go. I also love Vogue’s 73 Question videos so here’s my version.

  1. What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
    • I finally started my YouTube channel after years of letting fear stand in my way.
  2. What’s your favorite game?
    • I play a lot of Yahtzee on my phone.
  3. When are you most inspired?
    • I usually get all my good ideas when I’m trying to go sleep and don’t want to find my phone to put it in the Notes app or when I have nothing to write on or with.
  4. If you could teach one subject in school, what would it be?
    • This might not be an actual class, but a class that teaches life skills like how to balance a checkbook, information on taxes, how to write a resume, how to negotiate your salary, credit cards, interest rates, etc.
  5. What’s your favorite beverage?
    • Pepsi Max/Diet Pepsi
  6. What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
    • That I am a class act, act like a lady, and I remind someone of my grandma. My grandma was the epitome of a true Southern lady so that is a great compliment for me to receive.
    • (Minus the cuss words. Sorry, grandma)
  7. What is your favorite birthday cake?
    • Yellow layers with chocolate icing.
  8. what is one thing you still have from your childhood?
    • My blankie and my Carolina cheerleader outfit.
  9. What is your favorite movie?
  10. what is something you can’t do?
    • Sing (I still do, but I’m not good at it.)
  11. Window or aisle seat?
    • Window
  12. What is something that makes you laugh no matter what?
    • I live for a good meme.
  13. What does creativity mean to you?
    • Putting your ideas into action
  14. what are your favorite lyrics of all time?
    • There will be an answer, let it be -The Beatles
  15. What is your favorite holiday?
    • Thanksgiving. Minimal decorations and food. Winning combo.
  16. What’s heavily played on your playlist right now?
    • The Greatest Showman sound track. I’ve never seen the movie, but I’m BOMB at singing the songs.
  17. If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?
    • KATE MIDDLETON. DUH.
  18. Must have purse item?
    • Lip balm
  19. What did you want to be when you were 12?
    • A buyer for a department store
  20. What is something you won’t be doing in 10 years?
    • Paying off debt
  21. What is an important life lesson for someone to learn?
    • Money doesn’t buy happiness
    • When I was really depressed, I bought a lot of things I didn’t need or want because I was longing for a just a few minutes of happiness. See #20
  22. How do you start your day?
    • By pressing snooze 24902349 times
  23. Would you ever live anywhere besides where you do now?
    • Yep
  24. What is your favorite dessert?
    • Chocolate cake–yellow cake with chocolate icing (see #7)
  25. Is there a dessert you don’t like?
    • Anything with fruit
  26. It’s brunch! What do you eat?
    • Eggs Benedict
  27. Where was the best vacation you’ve taken?
    • Last year, my girls and I took a weekend trip to the beach. We live in different cities and don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like and we spent the weekend eating, drinking, and just enjoying being together.
    • My weekend trip to London during my study abroad trip was pretty awesome too.
  28. Favorite Disney animal?
    • Does Mushu from Mulan count?
  29. What is a book you are planning on reading?
  30. What did you read most recently?
  31. Favorite solo artist?
    • Thomas Rhett Akins. I love him and his family and how he uses his influence and platform.
  32. What is something you’re tired of?
    • Materialism, racism, hatred. I could go on for days.
  33. What’s a city you wish to visit?
    • Boston
  34. Heels or flats?
    • Flats
  35. Where does one go on a perfect road trip?
    • Blowing Rock, NC or Charleston, SC
  36. What do you do on a rainy day?
    • Nap
  37. What’s your favorite exercise?
    • Running late
  38. What was your worst subject in school?
    • Math
  39. What is your spirit animal?
    • My friends white lab, Monroe, is my spirit animal.
    • If you don’t know Monroe, a koala. I can sleep for HOURS. I should be studied.
  40. What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  41. What do you usually eat for dinner?
    • Whatever my mom or dad cooks. I’m spoiled.
  42. Cooking or baking?
    • Baking
  43. Favorite baked good?
    • Cupcake
  44. What is something you wish you could be good at?
    • Eating healthy/meal prepping. I’m picky AF and lazy. #honest
  45. Skiing or surfing?
    • Neither
  46. First celebrity crush?
  47. Most recent celebrity crush?
    • Eric Decker. Forever and ever. He/Him (it’s late and I don’t feel like thinking) and Jessie are so together and their kids are precious.
  48. What color was your prom dress?
    • Black. Duh.
  49. How do you manage stress?
    • Long bath
  50. What do you do to relax?
    • Bath or snuggles with Windsor
  51. Age you were first kissed?
    • 13 or 14
  52. Favorite fashion trend of all time?
    • This is a hard one, but the first thing that comes to mind is pattern mixing. I love wearing stripes and leopard prints together.
  53. Best fashion advice you’ve ever received?
    • Don’t try to stuff 10 pounds of sugar in a 5 pound bag.
  54. What is your current favorite piece of clothing that you own?
    • I inherited my grandmother’s fur stole and it is so special to me.
  55. Shoes or bags?
  56. How do you know when you’re in love?
    • Wouldn’t know
  57. Television show you’ve binged on recently?
    • Will & Grace
  58. Who do you turn to when you’re sad?
    • Jesus
  59. Leather or lace?
    • Lace
  60. Vintage or new?
    • Vintage
  61. What is your Kryptonite?
    • Shopping
  62. What are you most enchanted by?
  63. What is your biggest strength?
    • Time management/prioritizing
  64. What is your biggest weakness?
    • I’m a perfectionist
  65. What are 3 words to describe living in your city?
  66. Cutest thing on planet earth?
  67. Favorite color?
    • Turquoise
  68. Best first date idea?
    • Dinner/drinks/coffee, somewhere you can talk
  69. Favorite time of day?
    • Sunset
  70. What do you notice about someone when you first meet them?
    • Their brows
  71. What’s your guilty pleasure?
    • Naming one is quite difficult, but energy drinks. Don’t @ me, I know the risk. I live life on the edge, let me be.
  72. Favorite band?
    • The Beatles
  73. Plans for the weekend?
    • Dog sitting

Mascara Monday: Buxom Big Tease

Claims
–Instantly plumps lashes
–Maximum volume
–Longer lashes
–Smooth & creamy application
–Conicle-shaped brush works to build base-to-tip intensity
–Smudge & flake resistant

Price
–$22 (full size) Ulta, Sephora
–$12 (mini)

Shade Range
–1 :: Blackest Black

Pros
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Cruelty free
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking
–No smudging
–Love the wand shape
–Good formula, not too wet or dry

Cons
–Availability (online or Ulta/Sephora stores)
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I found the mini at TJ Maxx for $5 so check your local store. I’ve only used and heard about Buxom lip products. I’ve never heard much about their other products so I didn’t have high expectations for this, but I was pleasantly surprised. It lives up to all of its claims and I like it. I wouldn’t pay full price because there are cheaper mascaras I like better, but this is good.

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Foundation Friday: Maybelline SuperStay Multi-Use Stick

Claims
–Cream-to-matte finish
–Conceal, contour,  highlight, and cover
–Up to 24 hour wear

Price
–$11.99 at Ulta
–$11.99 at Walgreens
–$8.49 at Target
–$11.99 at maybelline.com
–$9.98 at Wal Mart
–0.25 oz :: comparison Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation stick is $20 for 0.32 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Creamy
–Full coverage
–Doesn’t look too matte or cakey on my dry skin
–Lightweight
–Shade match for me
–Buildable coverage
–Works with my other complexion products
–Easy to blend

Cons
–Pricey for the drugstore and the amount of product you get
–Not cruelty free
–Sponge on the other end isn’t necessary or useful
–Not all shades available everywhere (my shade was online only)
–Not a lot of product

Final Thoughts
I thought this was going to be a cakey mess on my dry skin, but it didn’t. It’s very creamy and easy to blend with a brush. I prefer a brush to a sponge when I use stick foundations. It’s full coverage in a flash which I appreciate because I stay running late. I hate that you get so little product for such a high price tag. If I used this daily, it would not last long at all. I really like this though. You can’t beat the ease and convenience.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Catrice Aqua Fresh, Becca Skin Love Blur
Powders: Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage, Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof 
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush

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Most Loved Nude Lips

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Up until the last few months, I NEVER wore nude lips. I love and live for bright lipstick. I thought I was too pale for nude lipstick so I always opted for something bright to add some color to my look. I still love my bright shades, but I’ve become obsessed with nudes of every shade and formula.

lipliners

Liners
NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in Whipped Caviar
Jordana Easy Liner for Lips in Tawny
NYX Lip Liner in Natural
It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better in Blushing Nudes

lipsticks

Lipsticks
NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #44 Nude Lavalliere
Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipstick in Taupe Seduction
–Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Kate* (limited edition)
Colour Pop Creme Lux Lipstick in Scorpio Moon
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in The Duchess*
MAC Lustre Lipstick in Syrup
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue in Nude
*These are both Kate Middleton inspired shades so obviously I had to get them and I will never get rid of them.

LiquidLips

Liquid Lipsticks
Milani Amore Satin Matte Lip Creme in Fancy
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncuffed
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme in Truth or Bare
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipstick in Swag
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 05 Infinite Rose
NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Night Together

glosses

Lip Glosses
Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish in Dolly
Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer in 202 Nuit & Jour
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Vintage

Mascara Monday: Too Faced Better Than Sex

Claims
–Thickens, lengthens, and curls after 1 coat
–Most luscious, dramatic, and volumized lashes
–#1-selling prestige mascara in America

Price
–$24 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, toofaced.com (full size)
–$12 (mini size)

Shade Range
–1
Waterproof option available

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Paraben free
–Waterproof option
–Wand shape
–Crazy good length and volume
–Get a false lash look
–Vegan
–Gluten free
–Mini/travel size option
–No flaking or smudging
–Doesn’t clump

Cons
–Expensive
–Only available at specialty retailers
–Full size dries out quickly

Final Thoughts
I’ve been a long time fan of this mascara, but I’ve never reviewed it on the blog. This mascara has everything I want–length, volume, separation, and no flaking or smudging. I got the full size in my February Boxycharm, but I prefer and recommend the mini. The full size tends to dry out before I can use it up. If you’ve never tried it, get the mini, and give it a go.

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Foundation Friday: Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating & Repairing Makeup

Claims
–Full-coverage
–24-hour wear
–Hydrating
–Natural finish
–Smooths & plumps fro younger-looking skin
–Virtually poreless look

Price
–$32 for 1 oz
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, clinique.com

Shade Range
–27
–My shade: CN 0.75 Custard

Pros
–Ingredients :: hyaluronic acid, peptides, salicylic acid
–No parabens or phthalates
–No fragrance
–Oil-free
–Non-acnegenic
–Buildable coverage, medium to full
–Packaging
–Allergy tested
–Non-streaking
–Won’t clog pores
–Shade match for me
–Worked with other complexion products

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive
–Deeper shade ranges needs to be expanded

Final Thoughts
I liked this and I approve it, but it didn’t LOVE it. I didn’t blow me away, but there’s also nothing I can say that I didn’t like in regards to formula and wear. With one layer, you get medium coverage, but it does build to full coverage. The primer and powder I used in combination with this foundation did give a poreless look. I like the ingredients and the benefits of this as well. The fair and medium shade range is good, but there are not a loot of deep shades.

Primer: elf Blur Stick, Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum
Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder in Rose
Tools: Morphe M439, Real Techniques Sponge

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