Foundation Friday: Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Full Coverage SPF 50

–Anti-oxidants to protect against pollution
–Natural finish
–Full coverage
–SPF 50 protects against UVA and UVB
–Even skin tone and cover imperfections

–$12.99 at Ulta
–$10.98 at Wal Mart
–$10.99 at Target
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

–SPF 50
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage
–Worked well with other complexion products
–Lasted all day
–Weightless on the skin
–Easy to blend with brush or sponge
–Dewy finish
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lives up to all its claims

–Shade range
–Price :: This is expensive compared to the Matte & Poreless which you can get for ~$6

Final Thoughts
I think this is a total dupe for the It Cosmetics CC Cream. It’s a thin formula and has full coverage. It covered all my redness and you can’t feel it on the skin. It has a dewy, tacky finish so you’re definitely going to need to set this one. The shade range needs work, but there is a shade match for me. The shade Fair Porcelain in Maybelline products is a perfect match for me. This is the perfect summer foundation for the pool or beach, You get coverage and SPF. (Tip: If you want lighter coverage, mix it with your moisturizer.) In the PM picture, you can see where it’s rubbed off on my nose and chin. Thanks to allergies, I blew my nose 89239 times that day and I tend to rest my chin in my hand and rub off foundation. I love and recommend this and will be reaching for it all summer.

Primer: Urban Decay b6 Primer Spray, Catrice Aqua Fresh Hydro 
Powders: Maybelline Super Stay, Catrice Waterproof Mattifying
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge


Before & After
No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face


June Favorites


You know, using this pretty tray for this photo seemed like a really good idea at the time.  Now it looks like a few tiny products on a big AF tray. I’m too lazy to take another picture so this is what you get. Enjoy.

  • Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions
    • I did a review on this earlier this week and I love it.
    • I love the tubing formula and I know when I wear this mascara I don’t have to worry about flaking or smudging. It’s humid AF and I sweat and I don’t have time to be chasing my mascara down my face.
  • Becca Skin Love Brighten & Blur Primer
    • I got this as a 100 point perk at Sephora, damn them and their tiny AF samples for $100. I digress.
    • This smells AMAZING and it makes the skin super smooth and blurred. I use it only in the areas where I have larger pores. I would buy the full size of this.
  • Too Faced Peach Blur Finishing Powder
    • I always set my makeup with a powder which mattifies whatever foundation I have on. I can’t not set my makeup though. I need it to last and stay in place, but I don’t necessarily want that flat matte look.
    • Enter this powder. I use it with a fluffy brush to add some radiance back to my skin. It’s the perfect finishing step for your makeup.
    • I found mine at TJ Maxx for $12.99 so check your store.
  • Sonia Kashuk Marble Makeup Blender Sponge
    • I fell in love with this sponge a while ago, but then I became a beautyblender snob and would only use the actual beautyblender.
    • I’m back to this though. I love how huge it gets and how fast it blends out my foundation.
    • You can 2 for $7 and I highly recommend. It’s just as soft as the beautyblender in my humble opinion.
  • Makeup Geek Healing Lip Glaze in Pink Bubbly
    • I’ve been feeling more glossy lips here lately and this is one product I can’t stop reaching for.
    • It looks amazing on its own or paired on top of another lipstick. It adds shine and moisture, but it’s not tacky or sticky.
    • It’s $4.99 so get you one and thank me later.
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude+ CoverGirl Exhibitionist 
    • I reviewed both of these this month (here and here). I like the Maybelline, but I like it better paired with a more volumizing mascara like the CoverGirl.
    • The CoverGirl is my new favorite drugstore mascara. I was blown away by this one. It’s so good on its own.

Fun Fact: I collect cups and water bottles like I collect makeup. I just love them and when I see a cute one, I can’t not buy it. I got the pink one at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and the glitter one at TJ Maxx. They’re so cute and I’m obsessed.

I also got an upgrade for the Monthly Makeup Basket. The basket was overflowing so I needed something that would hold more, but not take up a ton of space. I found this tray at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It’s the Caboodles Acrylic Cosmetic Counter Tray. It’s PERFECT. It holds everything.


Is this not the most gorgeous palette?! It makes my heart happy. I bought the empty palette from Makeup Geek and went through my single shadows to make my perfect, neutral palette. I can get any kind of look that I would want from these shades.

Top Row
–Makeup Geek Beaches & Cream (I just saw that is discontinued and I’m feeling some type of way about it)
Makeup Geek Mocha
Makeup Geek Starry Eyed

Middle Row
Anastasia Beverly Hills Warm Taupe
Anastasia Beverly Hills Vermeer
MAC Nylon

Bottom Row
Colour Pop Snake Eyes
Urban Decay Tease (I depotted mine)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Bone

June Manis

Jillian’s Saloon :: Urban Outfitters Staycation

Morgan Taylor Sir Teal To You :: OPI Getting Nadi On My Honeymoon


Yes, I’m 27 years old and I wore a different color nail polish on every finger. How can you look at that mani and not feel happy? It was so fun and would instantly make me smile. I need to do them more often.
Thumb–Morgan Taylor Tokyo A Go Go
Pointer–OPI Fearlessly Alice
Middle–China Glaze Treble Maker
Ring–Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
Pinky–Orly Beach Cruiser

Boxycharm Review :: April, May, & June

Boxycharm is a monthly subscription box that’s $21. You get 5 products and most of them are full size or deluxe size samples. The value of the box is usually at least $100 and you are only paying $21. I’ve been getting the box since November 2018 and I’ve gotten some pretty good stuff. I’ve tried a bunch of different subscriptions and this is one of the best.

April 2019


Total Value :: $127

May 2019


  • GlamGlow Gentlebubble Cleanser, $28
    • Very gentle cleanser which my sensitive skin appreciates
    • Leaves skin soft and smooth
    • Vegan
    • Keep
  • Alamar Colorete Blush Trio, $22
    • Cute packaging
    • Cruelty free, vegan
    • Shade Fair/Light
    • Not pigmented at all, hardly showed up on my skin
    • Pass
  • Ciate London Eye Luster Creme Eyeshadow, $22
    • Can be used alone, as a base, or a topper
    • Cruelty free
    • Love this as an inner corner highlight
    • Shade: Cupid
    • Keep
  • Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick, $18
    • Already a fan of this formula and brand
    • Cruelty free, vegan
    • Gorgeous shade (Strawberry Pop)
    • Keep
  • Mellow Brow Definer, $18
    • Love the formula. It’s very creamy and easy to blend
    • Shade chocolate is just a tad too dark, but I set it with a lighter brow gel and worked perfectly
    • Keep

Total Value :: $108

June 2019


Total Value :: $117


  • The boxes from this quarter were just meh.
  • The May box was by far the best one
  • The products either didn’t excite me or the products didn’t work for my skintone
  • Eye palettes are a staple to Boxycharm and you usually get one every month, but I think that’s overkill. They are so many other hair/makeup/skincare products they could send instead of a dang palette every month.
  • The Tarte palette I got in the June box is basically the same as the one I got in the January box.
  • I’ve decided to cancel my subscription for now. I’ve gotten 9 boxes and up until recently, I’ve been pleased. This last box was just a total dud. I’ve tried several different subscriptions and they all eventually fizzle out and get repetitive.
  • You can find sneak peeks online, so if I see a product I really want, I’ll sign back up, but for now I’m good without it. It’s $21 I can save or use to buy other products that I actually want to try out.
  • If you’re new to makeup or looking to build your collection, this service is a great one to start with.

Mascara Monday: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions

–Flake free
–Dramatic length & curl
–Ingredients to moisturize and strengthen lashes and stimulate and encourage growth
–High impact length and lift from root to tip
–Instantly creates the look of lash extensions
–Won’t clump or smear
–Easy to remove
–Buildable formula

–$24 at

Shade Range

–Cruelty free
–Packaging :: lux and heavy
–Easy to remove
–Crazy length
–Lives up to/fulfills all claims
–No parabens or sulfates
–Good ingredients
Company values :: buy one, give one
–Tubing formula which I like
–Bristles grab every lash
–No flaking or smudging

–Online only
–More length than volume

Final Thoughts
A friend raved and recommended this to me and now I totally get it. I understand all the hype because this mascara is so good. My lashes looked AMAZING and so long. I got more length than volume, but it did give some volume. I definitely got a false lash look. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on mascara because there are good ones at the drugstore and I can usually get my high end mascaras half off, however, this one is worth the money. It didn’t flake or smudge so this is perfect for this humid summer we’re having in NC. It’s a tubing formula so it was easy to remove. I also love the mission behind the brand and I want to try more products from their line.


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I used my LOreal Mascara Primer like I always do.


Foundation Friday: Juvia’s Place I Am Magic

–Long lasting
–Designed for ALL skin tones
–Refine texture
–Flawless coverage
–Even out complexion
–Smooth application
–Suitable for all skin types
–Erases blemishes
–Soft matte finish
–Full coverage

–$20 at Ulta and 
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–My shade: 740 Marisol

–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Lives up to claims
–Worked well with my other complexion products
–Easy to blend with brush or sponge
–Full coverage
–Shade match for me

–Online or Ulta stores only
–Shade matching with the descriptions was a little difficult
–Felt a little heavy on the skin, but to a point where I wouldn’t wear it

Final Thoughts
I could not wait to try this foundation. I am all about full coverage so as soon as it was on the Ulta site, I purchased it. I originally purchased 730 Isla, the next to lightest shade because the description sounded like the best match. Wrong. I’m always the lightest shade so I don’t know why I thought this would be different. Of course, I wore it anyway. The first day I wore it mixed with the LA Girl White Mixer. It was a hot mess. The color was off, it was cakey, it broke up, just overall not cute. I went to Ulta and exchanged 730 for 740 and tried again. The second day, I mixed in the elf Hydrating Booster Drops and those few drops made a world of difference. My face looked flawless and filtered. The formula is thick, but it’s easy to blend with a brush or sponge. With my dry skin, I can only wear this if I use the hydrating drops, it does not work for me on its own, and that’s fine. With this foundation, you can tell you’re wearing makeup, but it doesn’t look heavy or sit odd on the skin.

The only other Juvia’s Place product that I’ve tried is this highlighter and I am OBSESSED. It is so pretty and so affordable. I want to try this eye shadow palette and the concealer that was released with this foundation next.

Primer: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Catrice Aqua Fresh + Physicians Formula Rose All Day (mixed), Becca Skin Love Blur
Powders: Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (nose & chin), Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder, Too Faced Peach Blur
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Sponge
Setting Sprays: Essence Keep It Perfect, LOreal Shake & Glow Dew Mist


Before & After
No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face


Trash Talk III

I’ve shared empties posts before, but 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




  • Cucumber Makeup Remover Wipes
    • I buy whatever cheap ones I find at TJ Maxx
    • I don’t use these on my face, only for swatches or to remove liquid lipsticks
    • Repurchased
  • It Cosmetics Miracle Water
    • Liked this, but there are similar/cheaper products that do the same job
    • Would not repurchase, prefer others
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Eye Serum
    • Perfect, lightweight eye serum/cream to use in the AM
    • Hydrating
    • Would repurchase
  • LOreal Pure Sugar Scrub Smooth & Glow
    • Good, affordable drugstore exfoliator
    • A little more intense of a scrub than the Neutrogena scrub I mentioned before
    • Would only use a few times a week
    • Would not repurchase, prefer others
  • Bliss Rose Gold Rescue Gentle Foaming Cleanser
    • Packaging and product are pretty
    • Gentle and effective
    • Great for sensitive skin
    • Would purchase the full size
  • Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
    • This was just SO old
    • Obsessed with my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which is better than the Smith’s, in my opinion
    • Would not repurchase
  • Catrice Lip Treatment
    • Too thick
    • Could barely get the product out of the jar
    • Would not repurchase
  • Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
    • Lives up to the hype
    • The BEST lip balm/treatment ever
    • Got this as a 100 point perk and bought the full size
    • Purchased
  • Lush Santa Baby Lip Scrub
    • Lush lip scrubs are the BEST
    • This was a limited edition holiday scent and I loved it
    • Will repurchase
  • elf Lip Exfoliator
    • Cheaper, more easily accessible lip scrub
    • Repurchased
  • Cotton Rounds
    • Necessity
    • Repurchased