October Favorites

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  • Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in Fair
    • I had some serious powder woes earlier this month. No powder and foundation combination would work on my skin. Everything looked like a dry, cakey mess. I hadn’t used this powder in a long time so I decided to go back to the basics with this one. It never fails and I plan on keeping it in my collection.
  • CYO Illuminating Mixing Cream
    • Jessica Braun used this in a tutorial and it looked really pretty and I happened to find myself in a Walgreens that carried CYO so I picked it up. OMG where has this been my whole life? It’s the best primer if you have dry skin. You can also mix it in foundation, but I haven’t tried it that way. I ordered 2 backups.
  • Coty Airpsun Powder in Translucent
    • My makeup soul sister swears by this powder and when I was having powder woes, I decided to get it. I don’t know why I ever stopped using this. It’s so good, even on my dry skin and you can’t beat the price!
    • If you’re looking for in stores, it’s always near the nail stuff. I don’t know why.
  • Loopy Case
    • I usually don’t spend more than $10 on phone cases. I like to switch them out often and they are cute ones that are super cheap so why bother? Welllll the Loopy case has changed that.
    • My sister had it and I played with hers and I had to have one. It pained me to spend that much on a phone case, but it is definitely worth every penny. I got an additional “loop” because I needed a little color.
  • Powder Puffs
    • As you read above, I was having a rough time with powder. I had been using a brush or a damp sponge, but I just couldn’t get the finish I wanted without caking. I remembered Tati talking about velour powder puffs so I bought a pack on Amazon and problem solved.
    • I used the pointed tip to set my concealer and then just dab the rest of my face with the bottom.
  • Kopari Coconut Rose Toner
    • First of all, this smells AMAZING. I can’t wait to use this product every day. It feels good on the skin, hydrates, and doesn’t dry out my skin.
  • Air Pods Case (not pictured)
    • I won a pair of Air Pods at a company event and I FREAKING love them. I dont’ know how I ever lived without them. However, the case is really small and easy to lose in my huge purse. Amazon saved the day, as always!

Mask Monday: Tarte Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

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Claims 
–Clay :: tighten pores; treat blemishes and blackheads; polish away dead skin cells to treat flakes and uneven skin tone without over drying
–Gel :: calm redness and inflammation; boosts clarity and circulation; supple, soft, and energized look

Price
–$40 at Sephora, tartecosmetics.com
–$24 mini

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Hypoallergenic
–Dermatologist tested
–No parabéns or phthalates
–Convenient 2-in-1 packaging
–Clay :: exfoliates, skin felt clear and clean and not stripped
–Gel :: left my skin hydrated and supple

Cons
–Expensive
–Sephora exclusive

Final Thoughts
I love the convenience of a 2-in-1 mask as you can really customize and target according to your needs. The clay left my skin feeling soft and clean without feeling dry and stripped. The gel area really hydrated and made my skin SO soft. I would definitely buy the full size of this mask. I got a sample and got several uses out of this packet so I’m thinking the full size would last a long time.

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Foundation Friday: Kat Von D True Portrait

 

Images are from Google

Claims
–Lightweight
–Medium coverage
–Liquid-to-powder formula
–Matte finish
–Longwear
–Won’t clog pores
–Ideal for normal to oily skin

Price
–$36 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, katvondbeauty.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: Light 002

Pros
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Interesting/innovative formula and packaging
–Shade range
–Buildable coverage
–Lasted all day
–Lives up to all claims

Cons
–Expensive
–Availability :: Sephora or online only

Final Thoughts
I’ve never seen a foundation like this so props for originality. The tube is very slim and chic and you have to shake it A LOT before using it. I got a sample from Sephora to test, but I played with it in the store. It’s recommended for normal to oily skin, I have dry skin, but I can usually make more matte products work with proper prep and a good base. Kat Von D is a controversial person, but I’m only here for the makeup, not the drama and what not. She always does a great job with the shade range of her products and doesn’t leave us pale girls out to dry. The lightest shade was too light for me, which never happens, but I made it work. This is definitely medium coverage, it does build nicely, but you’re not going to get full coverage with this one. I added in some Tarte Shape Tape to cover my blemishes and make the color work a little better. It recommended using with a brush so I did one layer with a brush and then built it up with a sponge. It didn’t cake when set with powder except above my lip, but that’s nothing new. I used a glowy base and that helped it not look so matte and dry on my skin. It lasted all day too. I like this, but I prefer a fuller coverage so I won’t be purchasing the full size. If you like light-to-medium coverage, give this one a shot.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powders: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation, Morphe Sponge
Setting Spray: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray

swatches

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

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Dupe or Duped? Lavender Setting Powders

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Fenty Pro Filt’R Insant Retouch Setting Powder
vs.
Makeup Revoltuion Conceal & Fix Setting Powder


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FENTY PRO FILT’R INSTANT RETOUCH SETTING POWDER

Claims–Superfine, weightless, filtered, photo-ready look :: reduce shine :: blur the look of pores and fine lines :: set, perfect, and brighten without caking or settling :: hypder smooth filter that won’t flash back

Price–$32 at Sephora, fentybeauty.com for 0.98 oz

Shade Range–8
My Shade–Lavender

Pros–Cruelty free :: finely milled :: smooths and blurs :: under eye area looks PERFECT :: doesn’t cake or settle :: lavender is the perfect brightening shade for my my fair skin :: mess free packaging with cap :: shade range

Cons–Expensive :: Sephora exclusive

Final Thoughts–This the under eye powder that I measure all other powders against. There is nothing I don’t like about this product, except the price. It’s expensive, but I am more than willing to pay the full price because it’s THAT good. My under eye area looks FLAWLESS no matter what concealer I use. This is the perfect tone for my fair skin and I can’t say enough good things about it. I take the sifters out of my loose powders because I like to be able to dunk my sponge in. Even though the sifter is out, it still doesn’t make a mess and I’ve traveled it like this as well.


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MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONCEAL & FIX SETTING POWDER

Claims–Ultra finely milled :: melts into the skin to set makeup in place :: water resistant :: flashback free :: talc free :: serious staying power

Price–$11 at Ulta, revolutionbeauty.com for 0.45 oz

Shade Range–10
My Shade–Light Lavender

Pros–Talc free :: affordable :: vegan :: cruelty free :: brightens :: shade range :: unique packaging

Cons–Availability (Ulta online only for this shade) :: Packaging is a little bulky and messy if you take the sifter out

Final Thoughts–I was so STOKED when I saw this on Ulta’s website because I just knew it was going to replace my beloved Fenty powder. Wrong. The packaging is unique in the fact that you can use it like a compact or a loose powder, but it’s a little bulky. As I mentioned above, I take the sifter out of every loose powder and I shouldn’t have done that to this one. It makes SUCH a mess and powder falls out every time you pick it up and move it. It feels a little heavy on the skin, the shade is more white than lavender, and it doesn’t give the same blurring effect. The Fenty powder has a very smooth texture and though this one is formulated without talc, it has a very heavy, talc feel. Mine made such a mess that I ended up tossing it.


So, dupe or duped?!

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Images are from Google. I wanted y’all to see what they look like with the sifters in place.

duped

These are not dupes formula wise, but the MUR is not a bad option if you don’t want to pay $32 for setting powder. I totally get it.

P.S. Fenty has smaller sizes of some shades for $18 so you could grab the smaller size to test!

 

Mask Monday: Ahava Hydration Cream

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Claims
–Provide an active hydration boost in just 3 minutes
–Instantly restores moisture
–Left with a smooth, plump, and supple complexion

Prices
–$33 for 3.4 oz
Ulta, ahava.com

Pros
–Packed with moisturizing ingredients
–Left skin soft, supple, and smooth
–Super hydrating
–Easy to apply
–Like that you can rinse off or use as a sleeping mask
–Cruelty free
–Vegan

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I love the idea of using it as a sleeping mask, but I don’t sleep in masks. Instead, I leave it on for several hours and then rinse. I still get the benefits of the mask even though I don’t sleep in it. It’s SUPER hydrating, however, there are other, cheaper masks that do the same thing.

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Foundation Friday: Anastasia Beverly Hill Luminous

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Claims
–Water-resistant
–Natural finish
–Longwearing
–Medium coverage
–Blur imperfections without caking
–Easy to blend
–No flashback
–Won’t oxidize

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 100N
–4 shade categories, 3 undertones

Pros
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Paraben and mineral oil free
–Packaging, pump!
–Easy to blend
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this at Sephora and my Sephora inside JC Penney didn’t have the best shade range. I went with 100N as that was the closest match, but I think 110C would be a better match. Regardless of shade, I wanted to test the formula. ABH’s previous foundation, the foundation stick, was a major flop for me so I had high hopes this one would work better. It was very easy to blend out and the coverage built up nicely. I set it to prevent transfer and it didn’t cake up or look too matte. I really love this foundation and would definitely buy the full size.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powders: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Elcie Sponge, Wet n Wild Sponge
Setting Spray: MAC Fix+

swatches

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

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