Foundation Friday: Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear Perfection

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Claims
–Oil free
–Weightless
–Buildable coverage
–Blurs imperfections and conceals blemishes
–Smooth and natural finish
–Lasts up to 10 hours
–Medium coverage

Price
–$20
Sephora

Shade Range
–60
–My shade: 03 Pearl

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Oil free
–Shade match for me
–Packaging, pump!
–Ingredients :: Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid
–No mineral oil, parabens, fragrance
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake with powder
–Long lasting

Cons
–Cruelty free status is unclear
— Not enough coverage to conceal blemishes

Final Thoughts
This foundation is not full coverage, nor does it claim to be, but medium is all you’re going to get with this is light to medium. It claims to concealer and cover blemishes, but there’s not enough coverage for that. I went in with Tarte Shape Tape to spot conceal. It didn’t cake when set with powder which is a major plus. The shade I got to test was too light, which never happens, but I made it work with bronzer. The cruelty free status is questionable. Some sites say it is cruelty free, but the Sephora Collection is sold in markets where animal testing is required. If you only purchase cruelty free makeup, I’d just skip this one. This is just a MEH for me. I need full coverage or high medium at the lowest. The formula is good, just not a foundation I would buy in the full size.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing, CYO Illuminating Cream, Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic
Powder: Coty Airspun
Setting Sprays: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray, Tarte Shape Tape Stay Spray
Tools: Pretty Fresh Sponge

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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What the Hype?

There are so many high end products that are raved about and have glowing reviews, but do you really need to spend the money? One of my goals for this blog is to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot to look and feel like a million bucks. I’ve chosen 5 high end products that have really amazing dupes that are a fraction of the price but work just as well.

hype

  1. Original beautyblender, $20
    • I love the OG beautyblender and it really is a good product, but there are TONS of others sponges available now that are just a few dollars and do the same thing. I used to be a beautyblender snob and only use the original BB, but now there’s no way I’m paying $20 for a sponge.
    • DUPE :: Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, $5
      • Super soft
      • Gets really big when it’s wet
      • Easy to clean
      • Holds up well
  2. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23
    • This is one of the best-selling mascaras in American and for good reason. I have pitiful lashes, but with this mascara, I get amazing volume, length, and separation. It does not flake on me, but I know that is a common complaint. There are so many drugstore mascaras that are great so I never pay full price for high end mascaras. The only time I purchase them is during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale or some bomb sale.
    • DUPE :: CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara, ~$10
      • The wands and results are very similar
      • This one doesn’t flake and my lashes look long, full, and separated
      • Full review here
  3. Anastasia Brow Wiz & Brow Definer, $23
    • Anastasia BH is the go to for all things brows and I’ve purchased their products and loved them. Most people go through brow pencil fairly quickly and at $23 each, that adds up quickly. Fortunately, the drugstore has some more affordable options that are similar in formula and performance. The ABH and the dupes have spools on the ends which is very important to me.
      • DUPE (Brow Wiz) :: LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil, $5.99 –The price is already affordable, but these go on sale a lot at Ulta so you can often get them cheaper or take advantage of a Buy One, Get One Half Off deal. The small tip allows you to be really precise and easily mimic brow hairs.
      • DUPE (Brow Definer) :: Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable ~$5 — Since the tip of this one is bigger, I can fill my brows in no time.
  4. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $20-45
    • If I’m paying $45 for lotion, it better come with a damn good massage. I got this as a 100 point perk at Sephora so I could try it and see what all the fuss was about. It does smell good, but other than that, I don’t get it. It’s a nice, hydrating lotion, but for the love, there are MUCH cheaper options.
    • DUPE :: Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, $4-15
      • You can find this at Walgreens and Target.
      • It smells DIVINE and the scent has a good staying power
      • It’s hydrating and absorbs quickly
  5. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, $9-36
    • It got this in a subscription box and I forced myself to use it up, but I really didn’t like this at all. Several of the people I watch on YouTube RAVE about this stuff, but I do not understand. I didn’t think it made my hair feel all that soft or hydrated.
    • DUPE :: LOreal Total Reapir 5 Damage Erasing Balm, ~$6
      • This makes my hair so silky, soft, and hydrated without weighing it down. It’s a tried and true favorite of mine that I’ve used for 5+ years. I can’t even count how many I’ve purchased over the years. Every time I try something new, I end up coming back to this.

Mask Monday: Physicians Formula Refreshment Cucumber & Bamboo Clay

Claims
–Cream-to-clay formula
–Never over dries or cracks
–Transforms into a foam when rinsed

Price
–$9.95 at physiciansformula.com
–0.6 oz

Product Range
–3  :: cucumber & bamboo, white halloysite, rose

Pros
–Packaging
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Hypoallergenic
–Healthy ingredients :: cucumber, aloe vera, cooling peppermint, bamboo shoot, glacier water
–Left skin smooth
–Easy to remove
–Didn’t leave skin feeling dry or stripped
–Lived up to all claims

Cons
–Although the packaging is convenient, it’s still a little messy
–Expensive for the amount of product you get

Final Thoughts 
I thought this wasn’t going to be messy, but it was very emollient and slid around and got on the packaging. However, it was still less messy than your typical jar/tube packaging. Clay masks can be very drying, but this one wasn’t. My skin felt very soft and smooth and not dry and stripped. It lived up to all of it’s claims and I really like it.

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Foundation Friday: Juvia’s Place Shade Stick

Claims
–Full coverage
–Creamy
–Long lasting
–Weightless
–Glides on seamlessly
–Covers imperfection
–Provide radiance to the skin

Price
–$16
Ulta, juviasplace.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Aberdeen

Pros
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Paraben, sulfate, phthalate free
–Full coverage with 1 layer
–Affordable
–Easy to blend with brush or sponge
–Weightless on the skin
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lasts all day
–Lives up to all claims

Cons
–Ulta or online only

Final Thoughts
I loved the liquid I Am Magic foundation from Juvia’s Place and I had high hopes for this formula. I like stick foundations because they provide full coverage in a flash. They’re perfect for mornings when you’re running short on time. Swipe, blend, powder, and go. This one is very easy to blend with a brush or sponge. It’s creamy, but not too emollient. It sets nicely with powder and lasts all day. I highly recommend this and I’m glad to have it in my foundation line up.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Mixing Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powder: Coty Airspun
Tool: Morphe Sponge

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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November Makeup Basket

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October Review/Declutter

  • Too Faced Hangover Rx SPF 25
    • I like this, but I have other I prefer and I have a friend who loves it so I’m passing it along to her.
  • Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder
    • I used up most of this and I think it was getting old because it wasn’t working like it usually did. It is a matte powder, but it never made my foundation look cakey and dry, but towards the end of product, it was doing both so it had to go.
  • Makeup Revolution Conceal & Fix Powder in Light Laveneder
    • I did a full review here so I won’t go into detail, but it was a flop.
  • Catrice One Drop Wonder Concealer
    • Again, I did a full review and you can see that here.
    • Short version–I liked the formula, but the shade was too dark and I’m too lazy to mix it with something else every day.
  • CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara
    • Another product I’ve done a full review on. I love this mascara, but this one was just getting old. I’m not repurchasing it right now because I’m working through some others, but I definitely will buy this one again.

Staples


New/Testing


The Rest

This or That? It Cosmetics Eye Creams

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It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream

  • Claims–Brightens eyes to make them appear instantly more awake :: restore the look of firmness :: reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, lines, and wrinkles
  • Price–$38 for 0.5 oz at Ulta, it cosmetics.com
  • Pros–Hydrating :: cruelty free :: works for all skin types :: plumps under eye area :: apricot tint helps correct & brighten :: a little goes a long way :: ingredients (collagen, hyaluronic acid) :: keeps lines and wrinkles away/at bay
  • Cons–Ulta exclusive or online only :: expensive
  • Final Thoughts–I’ve repurchased this several times and it’s my go to eye cream. It’s moisturizing and leaves the under eye area soft, smooth, and plump. I still have some fine lines under my eyes, but they haven’t gotten any worse since using this. I certainly don’t expect this cream to make them go away. I don’t have crows feet though and that is very important to me.

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream

  • Claims–Instantly brighten and reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Price–$48 for 0.5 oz at Sephora, itcosmetics.com
  • Pros–Cruelty free :: hydrating :: blue tint brightens :: ophthalmologist tested :: ingredients (collagen, caffeine, hyaluronic acid) :: works for all skin types :: keeps lines and wrinkles away/at bay :: little goes a long way
  • Cons–Expensive :: Sephora exclusive or online only
  • Final Thoughts–Like the aforementioned, this hydrates, smooths, and feels so good on the skin. I love the blue packaging, it’s my favorite color!
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Confidence In An Eye Cream is on the left, Bye Bye Under Eye on the right 

NOTES

  • Confidence In An Eye Cream can be purchased at Ulta where you can use your reward points for money off.
  • Bye Bye Under Eye is a Sephora exclusive where the sales (10-20% off) only happen a few times a year.
  • I didn’t notice that one worked drastically better than the other.
  • Both hydrate, smooth, and keep lines/wrinkles at bay
  • Neither are cheap, but they aren’t has highly priced as other high end eye creams. I’m scared of crows feet so eye cream is one product I’m willing to splurge on.
  • They are both good and give similar results, just depends on your price/store preference.
  • I’ve gotten the Confidence In An Eye Cream half off at Ulta several times during their 21 Days and Skincare sales and I prefer Ulta’s reward system.

I say all that to say that I prefer…

CONFIDENCE IN AN EYE CREAM!

I find this one to be slightly more emollient and my dry skin needs that. I also prefer the price and that I can usually get it on sale.

Mask Monday: Origins Clear Improvement

Claims
–Purifying mask that deep cleans and visibly reduces pores
–Flush out toxins and dirt & debris that can clog pores and cause skin to look dull

Price
–$26 for full size 2.5 oz
–$13 mini 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, origins.com

Pros
–No parabéns or sulfates
–Mini option available for travel/testing
–Ingredients :: charcoal, kaolin, white China clay, bentonite

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I heard this was a dupe for my beloved GlamGlow SuperMud, but it definitely isn’t a dupe. It isn’t as strong as GlamGlow, but it’s still a good mask. I only use it in my T Zone because I don’t want to dry out the rest of my face. My skin felt clean, but not dry and stripped. I feel like I got a really good, deep clean. I’ll still reach for my GlamGlow over this and I think there are cheaper masks that do the same things. It’s just a “meh” from me.

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