Foundation Friday: Colour Pop No Filter Stick

Y’all know I love some Colour Pop and almost lost my mind when I saw they were releasing a stick foundation. I love a stick foundation because they’re super quick and easy to use.

I did not like the liquid No Filter Foundation, review here, so I was a little hesitant about this, but of course I had to buy it and try it anyway.

Claims
–Conceal, correct, and perfect for a flawless complexion in seconds
–Medium-buildable coverage
–Instantly blurs pores, covers blemishes, and blends effortlessly
–Natural, skin-like finish
–Never cakey or drying

Price
–$10 for 0.34 oz
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Compared to the Ulta Moisturizing Stick Foundation that is $14 for 0.3 oz

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Fair 0.5W

Pros
–Shade match help, can match by brand
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Lasted all day
–Easy to blend
–Creamy
–Shade range

Cons
–No shade match for me
–I set it with powder but it didn’t feel like it actually set down
–Looked a little cakey on my dry skin

Final Thoughts
This foundation wore fine throughout the day, but I didn’t love how my skin looked. This shade was too warm for me, but the fair cool shade would have been too dark. They need a 0.5C. I had to use a white mixer to make it work. The Ulta foundation stick is better and there’s a perfect shade match for me. (review on the Ulta stick here) I think this is better suited for normal, combo, or oily skin. Not good, not bad, just meh..

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Before & After
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Bare face :: Foundation + Mixer :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM
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Ulta swatch on top :: Colour Pop Swatch on the bottom

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Epic Empties Volume II

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I have a lot of beauty trash to sort through and I needed these products out of my way before the end of 2018.

If you’re new to empties, here’s the skinny–these are products that I completely used up. I give mini reviews and tell whether or not I would repurchase. It’s a good way to sort the good from the bad and see what’s worth buying and what you can skip.

You can see volume I here.

I’m going to do 6 categories: hair, shower products, skincare, makeup, miscellaneous, and samples.


HAIR

  • LOreal Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Perfecting Balm
    • Old, needed to be tossed
    • Didn’t hurt, but don’t know that it helped
    • Not repurchasing
  • Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo
    • I use this once a week to remove product build up i.e. dry shampoo
    • Cleanses really well without stripping or drying out my hair
    • (( Repurchased ))
  • Redken 05 Windblown Hairspray
    • Favorite hairspray
    • It has enough hold and doesn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy
    • (( Repurchased ))
  • LOreal Blow It Dry Spray
    • This definitely helps cut down on dry time, but I don’t like how it makes my hair feel
    • Kenra spray is better and worth the splurge
    • Not repurchasing
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask
    • So many people RAVE about this, but I don’t care for it
    • I prefer my LOreal mask and it’s so much cheaper
    • I do like the spray leave in conditioner version of this though
    • Not purchasing 

SHOWER STUFF


SKINCARE 


MAKEUP


MISC


SAMPLES

High End Beauty Guide 2018

Copy and pasted straight from Monday’s post because #lazy

Y’all know I am always trying new products so I know what’s good and what to recommend and because I have a makeup addiction.

I decided to put together two beauty guides for the end of the year, affordable and high end, to highlight my favorite products in each category. These are the products I would recommend if asked.

I wanted to put them all in once place so you and I can both reference them easily. I thought long and hard spent a lot of time thinking about each category and product. I sure hope I didn’t miss anything, but if I did, let me know in the comments.

These beauty guides will be your ultimate tool kit.

You can see the affordable guide here and now onto the high end products!

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PRIMER
Blur: Tarte Timeless Smoothing
Mattify (Oily skin): Murad Oil Control Mattifier
General (Normal skin): Becca First Light Priming Filter
Hydrate (Dry skin): Too Faced Hangover Rx.

FOUNDATION
Full Coverage: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Medium/Buildable: Too Faced Born This Way
Sheer: Benefit Hello Happy 

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CORRECTOR
Bobbi Brown Corrector

CONCEALER
Tarte Shape Tape

UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING POWDER
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening

SETTING POWDER
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

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BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze

BLUSH
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

LIQUID HIGHLIGHTER
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid

CREAM CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

CONTOUR POWDER
Kat Von D Shade + Light Single in Sombre

POWDER HIGHLIGHTER
Ofra Pillow Talk

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BROW PENCIL
Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Wiz

BROW GEL
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

SINGLE SHADOWS
Anastasia Beverly Hills

EYE SHADOW PRIMER
Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour

PALETTE
Urban Decay Naked2

CREAM SHADOW
MAC Paint Pot

LASH PRIMER
Lancome Cils Booster

MASCARA
Lancome Monsieur Big

GEL LINER
MAC Fluidline

PENCIL LINER
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On

LIQUID LINER
Stila Stay All Day

lips

SHINE
MAC Satin

SHEER
Urban Decay Vice Sheer

MATTE
MAC Matte

LIQUID LIPSTICK
Anastasia Beverly Hills

GLOSS
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

LINER
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On

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SET
MAC Fix+

EXTEND
Urban Decay All Nighter 


I really don’t have any high end brush and tool recommendations. I love the Original beautyblender, but I don’t use high end brushes. I have one brush from Sigma and I like it, but it’s not any better than any of my drugstore recommendations. So save some money on your tools and reference my recommendations from Monday!

Affordable Beauty Guide 2018

Y’all know I am always trying new products so I know what’s good and what to recommend and because I have a makeup addiction.

I decided to put together two beauty guides for the end of the year, affordable and high end, to highlight my favorite products in each category. These are the products I would recommend if asked.

I wanted to put them all in once place so you and I can both reference them easily. I thought long and hard spent a lot of time thinking about each category and product. I sure hope I didn’t miss anything, but if I did, let me know in the comments.

These beauty guides will be your ultimate tool kit.

Up first, affordable/drugstore products.

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PRIMER
Blur: Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner
Mattify (Oily skin): Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm for Sensitive Skin (sounds cray, but trust me)
Hydrate (Dry Skin): NYX Hydra Touch
General (Normal Skin): elf Mineral Infused

FOUNDATION
Stick (Dry Skin): Ulta Moisturizing
Full Coverage (All skin types): Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define
Sheer/Medium (All skin types): Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable
Medium/Full (All skin types): Wet n Wild Photo Focus 
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CONCEALER
Colour Pop No Filter

CORRECTOR
Maybelline Age Rewind in Neutralizer or Brightener

SETTING POWDER
Maybelline Fit Me Loose

UNDER EYE SETTING POWDER
J Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain

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Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Blush
Colour Pop Powder Blush in Noodle

Contour
Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contouring Palette in Ashy Radiance

Highlighter
Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek in Flexitarian

Powder Highlighter
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome Metallic

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BROWS
Pencil: Almay Brow Pencil
Gel: NYX Control Freak

EYE SHADOW
Primer: Milani Eye Shadow Primer
Cream: Revlon ColorStay Creme
Singles: LOreal Infallible
Palettes: Wet n Wild

EYE LINER
Liquid: Physicians Formula Eye Booster
Pencil: Milani Stay Put Waterproof
Gel: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel

MASCARA
Primer: LOreal Voluminous
Mascara: Revlon Volumazing

lips

LINER
Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Gel

MATTE
Maybelline Creamy Matte

SHEER
NYX Butter Lipstick

GLOSS
NYX Butter Gloss

LIQUID LIPSTICK
Physicians Formula Healthy Lip

SHINE
Revlon HD Gel 

sprays

SET
Essence Keep It Perfect! Make-Up Fixing Spray

EXTENDER
Colour Pop All Star Face Setting Spray

brushtools.jpgI didn’t want to list each individual brush or sponge so I’m grouping by brand. I have tried multiple brushes from each of these lines and I have been impressed with the quality, performance, and how well they hold up after washing.

BRANDS
Real Techniques Brushes
LOreal Foundation Blender Sponge
EcoTools Sponges
EcoTools Brushes
Morphe Brushes (I do not like the Morphe sponges)
Real Techniques Sponges

Shew! We made it. If you want a more in depth review, type in the product name or type in the search box and if I’ve reviewed it, it will pop up! If you have specific questions, leave them in the comments or message me on Instagram.

I have tried and stand by every one of the products I mentioned above, except one. I have not tried the Milani Eye Shadow Primer, but I intend to pick it up and give it a shot. I know lots of people love and recommend it, so I went with it. You can definitely use the Revlon Creme Shadow in the same way and it will work just fine.

Foundation Friday: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

I wore this foundation in high school and college and then they changed the shade range and there was no longer a shade match for me. I wore “Shell” forever, but the “Shell” of today is HELLA dark.

Once I got into makeup and started following blogs and watching YouTube, so many people raved about this foundation. I’m over like, “I KNOW IT’S GOOD. I USED IT BEFORE YOU!” I was salty.

Estee Lauder came to their senses and expanded the shade range and when I saw there was one for me, I couldn’t add to my cart fast enough.

Claims
–24 hour wear
–Oil free
–Non-acnegenic
–Medium-to-full coverage
–Matte finish
–Waterproof
–Transfer resistant
–Dermatologist tested
–Fragrance free
–Cool, neutral, and warm undertones available

Price
–$42 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom 

Shade Range
–56
–My shade: 0N1 Alabaster
*some shades are online only at some retailers

Pros
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Lightweight on the skin
–Full coverage
–Long lasting
–Fragrance free
–Matte finish but can work for dry skin with proper skin prep

Cons
–Packaging :: You can by a pump separately for $10
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive
–Some shades are online only at some retailers

Final Thoughts
There’s a reason this foundation has a cult following and is loved by so many. It is full coverage and will last all.day.long. I definitely need to get the pump, otherwise it pours out and there is potential to waste product and it’s too expensive for that to happen. I have to moisturize, use a glowy/hydrating primer, and use a hydrating spray to make this work for my dry skin, but the end result is worth it. If I don’t hydrate properly, it will look like crap on my dry skin. I also like to mix this with other foundations for a little extra coverage and wear time. I usually wear something lighter for day to day, but I like this for special occasions and long days. I am so glad this foundation is back in my life.

Estee Lauder recently came out with Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup and I want to try it, but there isn’t a shade for me. I need them to expand that line and help a sister out.

Warning my fair looks fabulous like crap in these photos. I’m lazy. Sorry not sorry.

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Before & After

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Bare face :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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AM& PM
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Shade comparisons

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Round 2: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

I originally reviewed this product in February. You can read that here. I couldn’t properly review it because the lightest shade, at the time, was HELLA dark.

Thankfully, the good folks at Makeup Revolution, got their life together and expanded the shade range. PALE PEOPLE NEED CONCEALER TOO. Ok, I’m done. On to the review…

Claims
–Lightweight
–Full coverage
–Cover blemishes, even skin tone, and counteract dark circles
–Matte finish
–Won’t settle or accentuate fine lines and pores

Price
–$7 for 0.11 oz
–$10 for 0.45 oz
Ulta and revolutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–24
–4 color correctors
–My shade: C0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Minimal creasing
–Full coverage

Cons
–Ulta exclusive
–Some shades are online only (my shade, of course!)

Final Thoughts 
I LOVE this concealer. It’s really affordable and has great coverage. I hate that my shade is online only though. I think it’s just as good, maybe even better for me, than the Tarte Shape Tape. Tarte’s products are all very yellow toned and the shade C0.5 is more pink which is perfect for me.

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Before & After

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer

I mean, is the name of the product long enough?

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Claims
–Brush catches all lashes
–Quick-drying & buildable
–Leaves lashes feeling soft & supples
–Preps eyelashes for mascara

Price
–$7.99 @ Ulta
–$5.39 @ Target
–$8.49 @ Walgreens
–$6.94 @ Wal Mart

Shade Range
–1: Black

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Only tinted primer at the drugstore (that I know of)
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Made a difference in length and volume of my lashes

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
I could definitely tell a difference in my lashes with and without this primer. It’s also great to have for light makeup days, you can use it alone and not worry with primer and mascara. I still think the LOreal Voluinous is the best mascara primer, but this one is good and I will definitely reach for it and use it.

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Only the primer on my lashes

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Primer + Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

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