Mascara Recap 2018

If you’ve been following along for a little while, you know that Mascara Monday is a regular thing around here. I reviewed 18 mascaras last year, wow!

You can always see if I’ve reviewed a mascara by typing it in the search bar, but like the foundation post I did, I wanted one, concise place to have as a reference point. Also, I’m going to save them as a highlight on my Instagram, so you can check it out there as well.

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It Cosmetics Superhero
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Lancome Monsieur Big
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here 

Maybelline Total Temptation
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

LOreal Lash Paradise
–Length
–Volume
–No flaking or smudging
–Dries out quickly
–Clumpy
–NOPE
–Full review here

CoverGirl Total Tease
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Revlon Volumazing
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

CoverGirl Flourish
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

CoverGirl Peacock Flare
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

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Catrice Glam & Doll
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

Benefit BADgal Bang
–Length
–Separation
–MAJOR FLAKING
–NOPE
–Full review here

Neutrogena Hydro Boost
–Length
–Volume
–Little clumpy
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

 

 

 

Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating

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Claims
–Long-wearing
–Won’t settle into pores and fine lines
–Won’t oxidize
–Transfer proof
–Buildable coverage
–Hydrates
–Natural matte finish

Price
–$36 for 1.0 oz
Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, smashbox.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 0.1

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E are ingredients which are great for my dry skin
–No parabens, phthalates, or fragrance
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Oil-free
–Shade range
–Buildable, medium to full coverage
–Lightweight
–Packaging–>pump!

Cons
–Tacky finish, doesn’t set
–Not good on my dry skin, looked SO cakey with powder

Final Thoughts
This looked HORRIBLE on my dry skin. I think it might because I used powder to set it, but it felt so tacky so I had to. I can’t stand the feeling of a tacky foundation and I’m not waiting around for a foundation to set. My blush and bronzer would definitely not have blended over top had I not set it with powder. I got full coverage with 2 layers and I prefer full coverage so that was a positive. However, this was a total fail for me. I’m so glad I got a sample at Sephora to try before buying!

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full Face
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AM & PM

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Mixology: Powder Foundation

Finding a powder foundation that matches my very fair skin tone is not an easy task. You may have seen my review on the Mary Kay Mineral Powder and it was just a little bit too dark. I had another powder foundation on hand that was too dark so I decided to use those two and my Makeup Revolution Ghost Powder to make my own perfect shade.

I’m basically a cosmetic chemist now.

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Here’s what I used
–Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation in Fair Cool
Mary Kay Mineral Powder in Ivory 1
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost

Steps
1) Crushed up the Urban Decay powder using a cuticle stick
2) Dumped the MK powder in the plastic container with UD powder and started mixing in the Ghost powder to lighten it up.
3) I added white and swatched till I got it to match my skin tone.
4) Added mixture into MK packaging for convenience and stored the rest.

I now have a lifetime supply of a powder foundation that matches me perfectly!

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My powder foundation routine will be posted next week!

Mask Monday: Aveeno Pretox Antioxidant Peel Off Face Mask

Claims
–Gently exfoliates and helps remove impurities
–Reveals renewed, refreshed skin
–Hypoallergenic
–Non-comedogenic

Price
–$3.29 at Ulta (one time use packet) 0.35 oz
–$10.99 at Ulta for full size 2.0 oz
–$9.99 at Walgreens 

Pros
–Affordable
–Paraben free
–Phthalate free
–Non-comedogenic
–Smells good
–Easy to apply
–Left my skin feeling soft & smooth
–Pretty purple color

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I freaking LOVE this mask. It smells good and is such a pretty purple! I don’t know about the exfoliate and remove impurities part, but it did leave my skin feeling SO soft. I have one peel off mask that I need to finish up, but when it’s gone, I will definitely be buying the full size.

Pro tip when applying peel off masks–Apply Vaseline to your brows. The mask won’t stick to the Vaseline so if you accidentally get some in the brow area, it won’t pull the hair when you peel the mask off. 

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Foundation Friday: Almay Clear Complexion Make Myself Clear

 

Claims
–Help clear & prevent blemishes while it conceals
–Covers, clears, calms, and controls
–Non-cakey
–Non-irritating
–Helps control oil breakthrough

Price
–$14.99 at Ulta
–$12.57 at Wal Mart
–$8.99 at Target
–$15.49 at Walgreens
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–12
–My shade: Porcelain 99

Pros
–Packaging, pump!
–Salicylic acid is an ingredient, my skin reacts well to this
–Medium to full, buildable coverage
–Lightweight
–Lasted all day
–Didn’t cling to dry patches or accentuate dry skin
–Easily accessible
–Fragrance free
–Hypoallergenic
–Non-comedogenic

Cons
–No shade match for me
–Not cruelty free
–Shade range
–Expensive for drugstore

Final Thoughts
I thought with the shade name “Porcelain,” I’d get a shade match. WRONG. I had to use a good amount of white mixer to get this to work. I was really impressed with the coverage and wear time though. I hate the shade range is so bad! If there’s a shade match for you and you have acne prone skin, go for it! I’m not approved because there isn’t a shade match for me and I’m too lazy to be mixing foundation every day.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx
Powder: LOreal Hydra Perfecte

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Before & After
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Bare face :: Just foundation :: Full face
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AM & PM
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Shade swatch comparisons

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LOreal Rouge Signature Matte Colored Lip Ink

I received this products complimentary from Infuenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Claims
–Ultra-lightweight
–High pigmentation
–Lasting matte finish
–Ultra comfortable
–Non-drying
–Satin feel with color impact of a liquid lipstick

Price
–$11.99 at Ulta
–$9.99 at Target
–$9.97 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–12

Pros
–Easily accessible
–Shade range :: staple shades and fun colors
–Precise applicator
–Nice scent
–Very comfortable
–Non-drying
–Thin formula, feels like nothing
–Transfer proof

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
–These remind me of the Colour Pop Ultra Satin liquid lipsticks. This formula is thinner, but they have just as much pigmentation and they’re equally as comfortable. Once they dry down completely, they are transfer proof, but it takes a little while to dry down 100%. I was really starting to move away from matte lipsticks, but these may have sucked me back in. They are super comfortable and long lasting. A great liquid lip option at the drugstore. I LOVE and recommend these!

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Create–Warm nude :: classic, my lips but better shade
Rule–Darker, pinky mauve neutral :: my kind of every day shade
I Am Worth It–GORGEOUS, blue-toned red and my favorite of the 3

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I wore this over 12 hours, ate 2 meals, and it was still on. Clearly, it wore off in the center, but I was still impressed with the longevity.

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Mascara Monday: NYX Worth The Hype

Claims
–Build up fuller, longer-looking lashes with ease

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta
–$4.79 at Target
–$7.99 at Walgreens
–$8 at nyxcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–4
–Waterproof option.

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Waterproof option
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–Shade options
–Cruelty free
–Wand size and shape

Cons
–Not much volume/fullness

Final Thoughts
–This mascara gives a more natural look. I like it for every day wear, but if you’re looking for a false lash look, this isn’t the product for you. It has a natural bristle wand and I really like the shape and the bristles. I will use this, but I wouldn’t repurchase. It’s not wowing, but it’s note bad either. Just meh!

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