Mask Monday: Cosmedix Detox Activated Charcoal Mask

Claims
–Draw out pore-clogging dirt, oil, and daily impurities
–Does the dirty work with gentle, effective ingredients
–Not over drying
–Exfoliates to help smooth skin texture
–Cleanse away pollutants
–Ideal for even the most sensitive skin

Price
–$54 at cosmedix.com

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Gentle enough for sensitive skin
–Leaves skin soft and plump

Cons
–Full size is expensive
–Not readily available :: online or select spas

Final Thoughts
I got this in a Boxycharm and it is a good mask. It’s not overly powerful for drawing out impurities like my beloved GlamGlow, but it’s more gentle than GG. I will use this one up, but I wouldn’t buy the full size.

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Foundation Friday: It Cosmetics Confidence In A Foundation

Claims
–Oil free
–Velvet matte finish
–24 hours of coverage and hydration
–Full coverage
–Humidity proof
–Weightless on the skin
–Perfect for all skin types
–Flawless finish

Price
–$32 for 1.0 oz
Ulta, Sephora, itcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–48
–My Shade: 100 Light Ivory

Pros
–Skin loving ingredients i.e. hyaluronic acid, ceramides, collagen
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Packaging :: pump!
–Cruelty free
–Not a flat matte finish
–Didn’t cake or cling to dry patches
–Long lasting
–Weightless on the skin
–Lives up its claims

Cons
–Expensive

Thoughts
I love this foundation! Thank Heavens there is finally an It Cosmetics complexion product that works for me. The CC Cream and their powder foundations are too dark for me. I got full coverage with one layer, but I added a little extra to my chin because my foundation tends to rub off there. My only concern with this foundation was the matte finish, but it’s not a flat matte and it works on my dry skin. It got a little cakey between my brows, but everything cakes there. It lives up to all of its claims and love all of the skin loving ingredients.

Primers: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tools: It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation No. 22 & Wet n Wild Sponge

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L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer

Claims
–Waterproof
–Transfer-resistant
–Matte finish
–Fade-resistant
–Full coverage
–Little goes a long way
–Cover under eye circles, acne, discoloration, minimize redness

Price
–$12.99 at Ulta
–$10.99 at Target
–$12.99 at Walgreens
–$10.97 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–25
–My shade: Porcelain

Pros
–Easily accessible
–Shade range
–Large doe foot applicator
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing
–Easy to blend
–Worked with my every day corrector and under eye setting powder

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
Praise be that there is a shade match for me! It lives up to all of its claims so there’s another bonus. It is pricey for the drugstore, but drugstore prices are on the rise. It’s full coverage, worked with my go to under eye products, and didn’t settle into my fine lines too badly. The wand, formula, and coverage are very Shape Tape-esque so if you’re a Shape Tape fan, give this a go! I love this and will continue to use it.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Dose of Colors Friendcation Palette

I reviewed this palette last week and today I’m sharing two different looks. The first is a daytime, neutral, perfect for the office, look and then how to take it up a notch for nighttime.

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Products Used
Essence Intensifying Eyeshadow Base
Wet n Wild Brulee
MAC Fix+
Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette
Colour Pop Jelly Shadow in We Jammin
Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner in Hooked On Espresso
Physicians Formula Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Brown
Essence Lash Primer
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

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Brushes
Morphe M441 (Blender)
Luxie 121 (Tapered Blender)
elf Eye Shadow (Lid Shade)
Merle Norman Eyes #4 (Brown Bone)
Morphe M213 (Inner Corner)
elf 202 Smudge (Buff out lower lash line)
Luxie 141 (Blend/smoke lower lash line)
Wet n Wild Smokey Liner (Blend blue shadow on lower lash line)

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Directions :: AM Look

  1. Primer–Apply Essence Eye Base and set with Wet n Wild Brulee
  2. Transition Shade–Blend Necessary into and slightly above the crease using the M441 and windshield wiper motions.
  3. Crease & Outer V–Pack Cheens and blend using the Luxie 121 until you get the intensity you desire.
  4. Blend–Use M441 to blend Necessary and Cheens to make sure there are no harsh lines.
  5. Lid–Apply Just A Kiss with the elf eyeshadow brush. I applied dry first, then I sprayed my brush with MAC Fix+ to intensify the color payoff.
  6. Brow Bone–There is now brow bone shade in this palette so I used Enlight from the Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette with the Merle Norman Eyes #4 brush.
  7. Inner Corner–Colour Pop Jelly Shadow with M213.
  8. Mascara–1) Lash Primer 2) Lancome Monsieur Big 3) Benefit Roller Lash

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To take this look to the next level…

  1. Tightline–Milani Pencil
  2. Line Upper Lash Line–Physicians Formula Liquid Liner
  3. Smudge–Apply Milani Pencil on lower lash line and smudge out using the elf 202
  4. Blend–Take Luxie 141 and use Necessary to blend out harshness/diffuse the pencil liner.
  5. Color–Use the Wet n Wild Smokey brush to add A Moment to lower lash line. I packed it on and then blended it and repeated this step till I was satisfied with how the color looked.

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Other Products

Mascara Monday: Hourglass Caution Extreme

Claims
–Buildable
–Ultra-black
–Weightless
–No smudging or flaking
–Volume, length, lift, and defintion

Price
–$29 full size
–$14 minis
Sephora, Nordstrom, hourglasscosmetics.com

Pros
–Separation
–Length
–No smudging or flaking
–Held a curl
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Wand shape :: the point allows you to get close in the inner corners

Cons
–Not a lot of volume
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
This mascara was super hyped up, but it was just ok to me. I didn’t get the most dramatic lashes and was definitely expecting more. I liked how it lengthened and it’s a good mascara, but not my favorite. There are definitely better, cheaper options. I would not buy the full size.

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Foundation Friday: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Stick

Claims
–Medium, buildable coverage
–Easy to blend
–All day wear
–Lightweight, not cakey
–Radiant finish
–Water-based
–Use as a foundation, contour, and concealer

Price
–$32
Ulta, Sephora, bareminerals.com

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: Opal

Pros
–SPF 25
–Convenient, nice heavy packaging
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil
–Non-comedogenic
–Protects against pollution, environmental aggressors, heavy metals, and blue light
–Made with over 30% enhanced mineral water (give me all the hydration)
–Creamy, glides on easily and doesn’t tug
–Buildable coverage

Cons
–No shade match for me
–Shade range
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
As it says in the name, it’s super hydrating and looks great on dry skin. However, there is no shade match for me and I had to use a white mixer to make it work. The shade range isn’t very vast and the lightest shade is more warm/orange and at least 2 shades too dark for me. It claims to be a medium, buildable coverage and I agree with that. I would even say I got full coverage, all my redness was covered, but I think that’s due to the white mixer. It worked well with my other complexion products and I love the ingredients and benefits. I think is a great product, just wish there was a shade match for me.

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

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Spring 2019

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Y’all I live for 21 Days of Beauty and I make a plan for shopping because it’s necessary. This is a great time to try new things and stock up on some favorites at HALF OFF.

The sale starts March 17 and ends April 6. I’m going to post and link each day’s deals, the Hot Buys, what I’m buying, and what I recommend. This post is going to be a long one so brace yourself.

All beauty steals ship free for Platinum and Diamond members.


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March 17
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara $23 :: $11
Lancome Cils Booster Mascara Primer, $26 :: $13
Exuviance Performance Peel AP 25, $77 :: $38.50

March 18
Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Palette, $55 :: $27.50
Teami Detox Mask, $30 :: $15

March 19
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub, $26 :: $13
BareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, $24 :: $12
BareMinerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil, $27 :: $13.50

March 20
Proactiv Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, $48 :: $20
MAC Paint Pot, $22 :: $11

March 21
Becca Primers, $39 :: $19
Clarisonic Heads, $59 :: $19.50-29.50

March 22
Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette, $49 :: $24.50
Urban Decay Original Primer Potion, $24 :: $12
Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Mask & Moisturizer, $58 :: $29

March 23
Anastasia BH Brow Wiz, $21 :: $10.50
Philosophy Time In A Bottle Serum & Eye Serum, $65-76 :: $37.50-38
Clinique Hi Impact Eye Favorites Kit, $25:: $12.50

March 24
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder Pressed & Loose, $29 :: $14.50
It Brushes for Ulta #202 & #225, $36 :: $18
Murad Clarifying Cleanser & Oil Control Mattifier, $30-40 :: $15-20

March 25
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $15-30 :: $7.50-15
Lancome La Base Pro Oil-Free Primer, $42 :: $21

March 26
Ofra Nikki Tutorials Highlighter Trio, $29 :: $14.50
SeroVital hgh Dietary Supplement, $99 :: $49.50

March 27
Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer, $42 :: $21
Pur 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15, $29.50 :: $14.75

March 28
Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Cream, $21 :: $10.50
Dermadoctor Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pad, $78 :: $39

March 29
Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, $39 :: $19.50
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum, $80 :: $40

March 30
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, $22 :: $11
Mario Badescu Glass Bottle Drying Lotion, $17 :: $8.50
Dermablend Loose Setting Powder, $29 :: $14.50

March 31
Urban Decay Single Shadows, $20 :: $10
Tarte Sugar Rush Preppy Precision Liner, $15 :: $7
Origins Best Sellers Best Skin Set, $29 :: $12.50

April 1
Laura Geller Spackle Primers, $32 :: $16
Laura Geller Supreme Lip Spackle, $23 :: $11.50
Pericone MD Cold Plasma Products, $85-159 :: $42.50-79.50

April 2
Lime Crime Venus Palettes, $38 :: $19
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, $16-32 :: $8-16

April 3
CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder, $35 :: $17.50
Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker SPF 30, $75 :: $37.50

April 4
Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, $20 :: $10
Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour, $79 :: $39.50

April 5
Too Faced Bronzers, $30 :: $15
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, $45 :: $22.50
MAC Prep+Prime Skin, $31 :: $15.50

April 6
It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, $24 :: $12
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50, $73 :: $36.50
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow, $24 :: $12


hot buys

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purchasing

March 17
Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Collection, $38-99 :: $19-49.50
**–Benefit Porefessional & Porefessional Pearl Primers, $32 :: $16

March 18
Smashbox The Cali Contour Palette, $39 :: $19.50
–Murad Anti-Aging Acne Time Release Acne Cleanser, $39 :: $19.50

March 19
Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, $45 :: $22.50
Dermablend Liquid Foundation Drops, $40 :: $20

March 20
Sugarpill Lipsticks, $18 :: $9
Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Gloss Clear, $20 :: $10
Flesh All Lip, $18-24 :: $9-12
Eyeko Liners, $22 :: $11

March 21
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Overnight Cream, $75 :: $37.50
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Water Face Mist, $30 :: $15

March 22
Dr. Brandt Needles No More Expression Line Smoother, $89 :: $49.50

March 23
Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask, $21 :: $10.50

March 24
–Tarte Tarteiest PRO Glow & Blush Palette and PRO REMIX Amazonian Clay Palette, $45-49 :: $22.50-24.50

March 25
**–MAC Fix+, $27 :: $13.50
BareMinerals Statement Lux Shine or Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick, $20 :: $10

March 26
Butter London All Lips, $18-22 :: $9-11
Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior 2-in-1 Plumping Moisturizer + Serum, $95 :: $47.50

March 27
Nudestix All Lips, $26 :: $13
Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder, $24 :: $12
Kopari Coconut Rose Toner, $24 :: $12
Persona Cali Glow Highlighter, $24 :: $12

March 28
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar, $39 :: $19.50
Clinique Quick Liner for Eyes Intense, $18 :: $9

March 29
Cover Fx Shimmer Veil, $28 :: $14
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder, $33 :: $16
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam, $40 :: $20
Velour Lashes (select pairs), $26 :: $13

March 30
Lipstick Queen Select Shade Shifters, $25 :: $12.50

March 31
Exuviance Age Reverse Introductory Kit, $80 :: $40

April 1
**–Clinique Moisture Surge 72-HR Hydrator, $39 :: $19.50
Too Cool for School, Touch In Sol, or IPKN Products, $12-29 :: $6-14.50

April 2
Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Creme SPF 15, $34 :: $17
Dermadoctor Kakadu C High Potency Evening Oil, $74 :: $37

April 3
Boscia Botanical Besties, $45 :: $22.50
Better Skin Miracle Cream & Lava Magik, $32-34 :: $16-17
Mamonde Rose Water Toner, $23 :: $11.50
Meaningful Beauty Creme de Serum, $65 :: $32.50
Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream, $52 :: $26

April 4
Buxom Palettes, $40 :: $20

April 5
Strivectin Wrinkle Recode Line Transforming Melting Serum, $89 :: $49.50

April 6
Lorac PRO Palette 3, $44 :: $22

**Diamond/Platinum Exclusive


oohot buys

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