Foundation Friday: Ulta Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Claims
–Blurring effect
–Smooth & silky texture
–Medium coverage
–Natural finish
–Applies & blends seamlessly

Price
–$14 at Ulta for 0.3 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Very fair with cool undertones

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Blends out easily
–(my) Skin friendly ingredients: hyaluronic acid, Vitamins C & E, titanium dioxide
–No parabens
–Oil free
–Convenient and quick
–Buildable coverage: medium to full
–Weightless on the skin
–Sets nicely with powder on my dry skin i.e. no cake face!
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive for a small amount
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I FREAKING LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It looks good on my dry skin and gives me full coverage in a flash. It is so quick and easy. You will want to set this because it does feel tacky and doesn’t dry down. I have several foundations so I don’t use this every day, but if I did, I think I would run out quickly. The only things I don’t like are the price and the amount. The shade I got is a perfect shade match for me and y’all know that is RARE. If you have oily skin, this will be way too emollient for you, but if you have dry skin, you’ll love it. I also love to use this to spot conceal when I don’t want to wear makeup, but need a little coverage in certain areas.

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Splurge or Save? Volume II

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**I’m not saying these products are dupes as I have not tested all of them. These are such similar products at a cheaper price point. I love finding these similar products! **

  1. Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette, $42
    CoverGirl Peach Punch Highlighter Palette, $9.98
  2. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, $32
    Wet n Wild Photo Focus Primer Water Spray, $4.99
  3. Lorac Pro Hi-Res Lip & Cheek Powder, $19
    NYX Powder Puff Lippie, $8.49
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio, $30
    Morphe Blushing Babes, $12
  5. Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer, $39
    Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner, $6.99
  6. MAC Strobe Cream, $33
    NYX Away We Glow Strobing Cream, $15.99
  7. Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24
    Milani Hypnotic Lights Eye Topper, $11
  8. Farsali Jelly Highlighter, $40
    Makeup Revolution Jelly Highlighter, $9
  9. Urban Decay The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium, $34
    elf Make Me Matte! Foundation Adjuster, $8
  10. Guerlain L’Or Radiance Primer, $74
    Physicians Formula 24 Karat Gold Collagen Serum, $14.95
  11. Milk Makeup Eye Pigment, $24
    Almay Velvet Foil Cream Shadow, $7.99
  12. Ciate London Glitter Flip, $19
    Hard Candy Glitteratzi Press + Play Lip, $6

Total Splurge: $410
Total Save: $115.38
Difference: $294.62


Volume I

Mask Monday: GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Hydrating

 

Claims
–Non-drying hydration mask that delivers instant, extreme moisture
–Moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin
–Dewy, glowing complexion
–Leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel

Price
–$25 for 0.5 oz (what is shown above)
–$59 for 1.7 oz
–$79 for 3.5 oz
Sephora & Nordstrom

Pros
–No parabens, sulfates, phthalates
–Contains hyaluronic acid which my skin loves
–Leaves my skin feeling soft and supple

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I think this is a good mask and I like how it makes my skin feel, but I don’t think it’s worth the price. The Neutrogena sheet masks have the same effect and are so much cheaper. I’m glad I got the small jar and I enjoyed using it, but I wouldn’t buy it again or buy a bigger size. If you want to treat yourself or have been wanting to try it, give it a go!

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Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define Full Coverage

Claims
–Lightweight, buildable coverage
–Suits every skin type and tone
–Long lasting
–Demi-matte finish
–Won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches

Price
–$12
–Ulta, ulta.com, revloutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: F0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Oil free
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Paraben free
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage with 1 layer
–Applicator
–Glass bottle, solid packaging
–Weightless
–Didn’t cake when I set with powder
–Blends easily

Cons
–Ulta exclusive
–Select shades, including mine, are online only
–Had to dip in several times throughout application

Final Thoughts
Full coverage in a flash is the first thought that comes to mind with this product. One layer is full coverage, but I did 2 on my chin because I always need extra coverage there. I was hesitant to try this because I was scared it would be too matte for my dry skin, but the finish is perfect and worked well on my dry skin. I used a brush and a sponge and it blended easily with both. I love this and have reached for it daily since I bought it.

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Primers: Becca First Light, Catrice Smooth & Refine
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Japonesque Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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Colour Pop All Star Primer & Setting Spray Review

CLAIMS
–Primer: Preps & smooths skin for better looking makeup, minimizes pores, optical blurring powers, creates a smooth surface for makeup to glide on & stay on
–Spray: Extends wear of makeup, fights oil, blurs pores, micro-fine mist, smooths texture, creates an invisible barrier to defend against melting, creasing, cracking, & fading

PRICE
–Primer: $10 for 0.88 oz
–Spray: $10 for 4.0 oz
–Both are available at colourpop.com

PROS
–Primer: Affordable, vegan, cruelty free, smells good, smoothed, not overly mattifying which I liked since I have dry skin
–Spray: Affordable, alcohol free, lots of product for a good price, cruelty free, oil free, vegan

CONS
–Primer: Online only, thicker consistency, little difficult to blend
–Spray: Online only

FINAL THOUGHTS
–Primer: This was a meh product for me. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. It definitely didn’t blur my pores as well as my Catrice primer. It didn’t dry out or make my foundation look bad even though I have dry skin. It created a smooth canvas before makeup application. If you have really oily skin, I don’t know that this will work at keeping oil at bay all day.
–Spray: LOVE this. It lives up to all of its claims, except the pore blurring part. I still used a pore filling primer. It definitely extends the wear time of your makeup. I wore my makeup for 12+ hours, took a nap, and my makeup still looked good. The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is $32 for 4.0 oz and this is just as good so save your monies and get this one instead.

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Mascara Monday: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

I got a special edition packaging when I purchased.

Claims
–Curls and separates every lash
–Naturally defined and voluminous look
–No clumping or flaking

Price
–$23 for full size
–$12 mini
Ulta, Sephora, tartecosmetics.com

Shade Selection
–1
Waterproof option available

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–No parabens, mineral oil, pthalates, triclosan, or gluten
–Separates
–No flaking or smugding
–Wand size works for top and bottom lashes

Cons
–Expensive
—Not much volume

Final Thoughts
Note, this is a natural bristle wand so if that’s not your thing, this isn’t for you.
I like this mascara, but it gives a very natural look. If you want the false lash look, you’re not going to get it with this. I like to wear this on lighter makeup days. It doesn’t give crazy volume or length, but does a great job at separating. This is usually included in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale so I always wait then and get it half off. I don’t know if I love it enough to purchase at the full price, but for half off, I’ll take it. I like to pair it with a more voluminous mascara like the Lancome Monsieur Big or Maybelline Total Temptation.

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Foundation Friday: Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear

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Claims
–Instantly smooth, pore diffusing, shine free finish
–Buildable medium to full coverage
–Resistant to sweat and humidity
–Won’t clog pores
–Undetectable on the skin

Price
–$34 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, fentybeauty.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 100

Pros
–Shade range
–Price
–Packaging, pump!
–Cruelty free
–No parabens
–No phthalates
–Oil free
–Longwearing
–Shade match
–Medium, buildable coverage

Cons
–Sephora exclusive

Final Thoughts
–This looked a little cakey on my dry skin, but I tend to go crazy with powder, so I think that was my fault.
–The redness on my chin was still visible with 2 layers. It built up nicely, but I don’t think you can get full coverage with this without it caking up.
–I did the first layer with my Artis brush dupe and then did the second with a beautyblender.
–It wore off on my chin, but every foundation does.
–I got a sample of this at Sephora so I could try before I buy and I’m glad I did. I like it and I think it’s good, but I wouldn’t buy the full size.
–It didn’t look horrible on my dry skin, but I think this is better suited for normal, oily, and combo skin types.

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