Foundation Friday: 2018 Recap

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Wet n Wild Photo Focus
–Full review here
LOVE

elf Flawless Finish
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable
–Full review here
LOVE

Paula’s Choice Anti-Aging Serum Foundation
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

LA Girl Pro Matte
–Full review here
LOVE

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

BH Cosmetics Naturally Flawless
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

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CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

CoverGirl Matte Made
–Full review here
LOVE

Revlon Full Cover
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

NYX Mineral Stick
–Full review here
LOVE

Colour Pop No Filter Stix
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Colour Pop No Filter Natural Matte
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define
–Full review here
LOVE

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Milani Conceal + Perfect
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Ulta Moisturizing Stick
–Full review here
LOVE

Mary Kay Mineral
–Full review here
LOVE

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Benefit Hello Happy
–Full review here
NOPE 

Fenty Pro Filt’R
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

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LimeLife Botancial 
–Full review here
LOVE

Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin
–Full review here
LOVE

Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Too Faced Born This Way
–Full review here
LOVE

Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating
–Full review here
NOPE

Estee Lauder Double Wear 
–Full review here
LOVE

Becca Ultimate Coverage 
–Full review
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Beauty Bite: New + Review

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There are some new products I’ve purchased in the last few months that I wanted to share, but didn’t want to do a separate post on.

Colour Pop Jelly Much Shadow
–Shade: We Jammin
–Price: $8
–Cruelty free
–Love the shade. It’s a bright, white gold that’s very metallic and vibrant
–I usually layer a powder shadow over a cream like this, but you’ve got to wait for it to dry if you want to do that. I don’t have to patience to wait because it does take a little while so I recommend using this alone.
–I like to use it to brighten up the inner corner.
LIKE but don’t love

Colour Pop Creme Gel Colour
–Shade: Call Me
–Price: $6
–Cruelty free
–Creamy, easy to apply, and stays in place
LOVE

Essence Volume Booster Lash Primer
–Price: $4.99
–Cruelty free
–Smells good
–Works just as well as my beloved LOreal and it’s cheaper
–Added volume
LOVE

Colour Pop Brow Boss Pencil
–Shade: Taupe
–Price: $5
–Cruelty free
–Has a spoolie on the end which is a major plus
–Small tip allows for easy control and precision
LOVE

Wet n Wild Liquid Matte Creme Eyeshadow 
–Shade: Camel Back
–Price: $5
–Cruelty free
–Reminded me of the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
–Can wear alone or use as a primer, I used it as a primer
–Dried down matte and shadow blended easily on top of it with no creasing!
LOVE

Colour Pop Supernova Shadow
–Shade: Constellation
–Price: $7
–Cruelty free
–Patchy AF when worn alone
–Dries down
–Would work better as a base or topper. I don’t recommend wearing alone.
LIKE but don’t love

Becca Mineral Blush
–Shade: Flowerchild
–Price: $32 (got mine half price!)
–Cruelty free
–Pigmented AF! Use a light hand
–Love the color and the luminous finish
LOVE

Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer
–Price: $5.99
–Cruelty free
–The consistency is too thick to me.
–Works fine, but I prefer a more thin, lightweight primer.
–Glow, yes :: pore minimizing, no
NOPE (for me, but not a bad product)

NYX Foil Play Cream Eye Shadow
–Shade: Beauty Buzz
–Price: $5.99
–Cruelty free
–You HAVE to apply this with your finger and I hate using my fingers to apply makeup
–Very foiled and metallic
–Work best alone, powder shadows don’t blend or sit well on top
NOPE (for me, but not a bad product)

Essence Color Correcting Liquid Concealer
–Shade: Pastel Pink
–Price: $3.99
–Cruelty free
–Not much coverage or pigmentation, very thin
–My dark circles need more coverage than what this gives
NOPE

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter
–Price: $28
–Cruelty free
–Works for fair skin
–Pretty packaging and presentation
–Not as blinding as I thought, but it’s still really pretty
LOVE

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette
–Price: $19 (I got it for $10)
–Cruelty free
–SO pigmented so use a light hand
–Perfect size for travel, but the pans are big enough to get your brush in
LOVE

Dec Manis & Favorites

With all of the end of year posts, I ran out of days to post my monthly manicures and my monthly favorites separately. I like to post monthly things within the month and I didn’t want to spill over into January so a combo post it is.

KL Polish Celia :: OPI March In Uniform

KL Polish Matanzas :: KL Polish Mindy

KL Polish Gum Would Be Perfection :: KL Polish Virgo

KL Polish Ace & Das Esspensive XXV, OPI Envy the Adventure & Tinker, Thinker, Winker :: Glisten & Glow Little Black Dress 


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  • Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops Serum
    • I bought the mini version to try this and fell in love
    • I like to use this mixed in with my moisturizer for added glow and hydration.
    • It smells amazing and makes my skin so soft and plump.
  • Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints in Uncuffed and Uncensored
    • I got Uncuffed during one of the Sephora sales and fell in love with the formula so I immediately picked up Uncensored during the next sale.
    • Uncuffed is the perfect, every day neutral and Uncensored is a gorgeous, blue-toned red.
    • These are very longwearing and comfortable without being overly drying.
    • I also love the applicator shape. It’s very precise.
  • MAC Dazzle Shadow in Every Day Is Sunshine
    • I saw these on Christine‘s instastory and knew I had to have it.
    • I’ve been into liquid eye shadows recently because they look like you tried and you really did the least.
    • This is so pretty on it’s own or with a powder shadow on top.
  • MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Lasting Passion
    • OBSESSED with this formula
    • Super comfortable, super matte, longwearing gorgeousness
    • Anytime I’ve wanted a red lip over the holidays, I’ve reached for this one
  • LOreal Hydra Perfecte Powder in Translucent
    • First of all, I love the scent.
    • Secondly, it’s a good product. It’s a great loose powder for dry skin. It doesn’t look cakey or cling to dry patches.
    • It’s my new favorite, go-to loose setting powder.
    • Downfall, you can only get it at Wal Mart. I haven’t found it in any other stores or online.
  • Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer
    • LRT made me do it. I love her. We could so be besties. If she says it’s good and to buy it, I listen. Life goal is to have her to my makeup.
    • I usually gravitate towards more matte bronzers, but I like the little bit of radiance this one gives.
  • Budha Girl Bangles
    • I’ve worn these nearly every single day since I got them.
    • These are weightless, soundless, and waterproof. The fact that they don’t make noise is a major thing. I work at a computer all day and I can’t stand hearing my bracelets bang and clang.
    • I got this set of 3 for $40 from Monkee’s of Virginia Beach. If you’re interested, shoot them a message on Instagram and they will hook you up. The girls are super nice and helpful and they ship for free and it’s fast.
  • All She Wrote Notes Life Motto Pen Set
    • I took one of Meghon’s hand lettering classes a few years and I just fell in love with her infectious, happy spirit.
    • Work hard. Stay sweet. Trust God. Love Deep –is her life motto and these pens were too cute to pass up!

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Can’t stop, won’t stop wearing these bracelets

I think I found both of these on Facebook, regardless, they both made me think, reflect, and be extra grateful.

No better way to end the year than with the most beautiful, perfect lady on the planet that I love and adore.

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Thank you so much for reading and following along in 2018. I’m already prepping and planning for 2019 and I can’t wait to keep posting and sharing my love of all things beauty with y’all.

Cheers!

2018 Wrap Up

At the beginning of the year, I posted a list of books I wanted to read and started a “Project Pan” with products I wanted to use up.

Here’s an update on how I did throughout the year…


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^this is what I started with. You can see the original post here.

  1. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Creamy Powder Foundation :: Used this up!
  2. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronze :: This got hella old so I had to toss it. I did repurchase though. This is one of my favorite bronzers.
  3. Colour Pop No Filter Concealer in Fair 04 :: This shade was too dark so I gave it away. I did repurchase it in my correct shade (Fair 02) and I love it!
  4. MAC Studio Fix Powder :: Used this up
  5. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer :: This was a good shade match, but it didn’t look very good on my dry skin. I gave this away. (Review here)
  6. Colour Pop Super Shock Highlighter in Lunch Money :: This got old and dried out, so I tossed it.
  7. LimeLight by Alcone Botanical Foundation :: Used this up (review here)
  8. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty :: I’ve used this SO much and I just can’t seem to hit pan. I can see it dwindling down on the sides of the pan though. You can see what I mean here.

I started with 8 products–I used up 3, tossed 2, still working on 1, and gave away 2.

I like the idea of a “Project Pan,” I just think I need to pick better products next time.


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My goals for this was to read 18 books and I came so close! I ended up with only 15. I read some from the list I shared earlier this year and some that weren’t on there. You can see my original list here.

These are the books I read…

  1. And Still She Laughs by Kate Merrick
  2. Skin Deep by Bee Shapiro
  3. The Wizartd of Lies by Diana B. Henriques
  4. Sisters First by Barbara Pierce Bush & Jenna Bush Hager
  5. Until I say Good-Bye by Susan Spencer-Wendel
  6. The Southern Education of Jersey Girl by Jaime Primak Sullivan
  7. Triumph by Carolyn Jessop
  8. My Story by Elizabeth Smart
  9. I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends by Courtney Robertson
  10. Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz
  11. Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
  12. Seamless by Angie Smith
  13. Love Life Again by Tracie Miles
  14. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
  15. Sandcastle Kings by Rich Wilkerson Jr

Think I can do 19 books in 2019?!


2018 By the Numbers

  • Reviews :: 77
  • Foundation Fridays :: 28
  • Mascara Mondays :: 18
  • Mask Mondays :: 5
  • Manis :: 72
  • Total Posts :: 147

I love to do these posts at the end of the year so I can see all that I accomplished and how my hard work paid off. It’s motivation for next year!

Favorite Nail Polishes of 2018

OPI Alpaca
OPI Alpaca My Bags
OPI Aurora
OPI Aurora Berry-Alis
OPI Bossa Nova
OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around
OPI Chills
OPI Chills Are Multiplying
OPI Dreams
OPI Dreams Need Clara-fication
OPI Frenchie
OPI Frenchie Likes to Kiss
OPI Gaucho
OPI Grandma Kissed A Gaucho
OPI Less Is Norse
OPI Less is Norse
OPI Lima
OPI Lima Tell You About This Color
OPI March
OPI March in Uniform
OPI No Strings
OPI No Strings Attached
OPI Pink Street
OPI No Turning Back From Pink Street
OPI Seafood
OPI We Seafood We Eat It
Essie Dye
Essie Dye Mentions
Essie Studs
Essie Surrounded by Studs
Essie West Village
Essie It Takes A West Village
GG Smores
Glisten & Glow Smores & Sing Alongs
GG Snowman
Glisten & Glow OG Snowman
GG V Violet
Glisten & Glow Valiant Violet
GG YWP
Glisten & Glow Young, Wild, & Pink
DD Cam Fam
Different Dimensions Cam Fam
DD Topaz
Different Dimensions Topaz In A Bottle
CG Barre
China Glaze Barre Hopping
CH Athleisure
China Glaze At Your Athleisure
MT West
Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool
JG
Julie G Spring Fling
KL Celia
KL Polish Celia
KL Matanzas
KL Polish Matanzas
KL Mindy
KL Polish Mindy
KL Virgo
KL Polish Virgo

Beauty Busts 2018

Because not every product is a winner

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MAKEUP
Tarte Shape Tape Foundation (Hydrating) :: I wasn’t impressed with the coverage or the shade. You can read my full review here.
Urban Decay Velvetizer :: Andrea Matilliano recommened this and said it made her skin look flawless and blurred. Umm sign me up! I believe her, but it was just too cakey on my dry skin. It looked horrible.
Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder in Pink Haze :: Can you tell I’m all about the blur? The powder was really nice and finely milled and didn’t look bad on my dry skin, but the shade just didn’t work on my fair skin.
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Powder :: CAKEY MESS. I bought the mini for $15 and returned it.
—-CoverGirl Peach Punch Highlighter :: This looked so promising and is a pretty shade, but it’s straight glitter. Review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Foundation Stick :: No shade match, not good on dry skin. See a theme here? You’d think I’d learn, but I must try it all. Review here.
—-LOreal Lash Paradise Primer :: I liked this at first, but it got thick and clumpy really quickly. I’m sticking with the LOreal Voluminous Mascara Primer. Review here.
CoverGirl Mascara Primer :: This may be the worst product I tried all year. It did nothing and I don’t even know if I even got the product on my lashes. It gets caught and clumped in the bristles on the wand. Major fail. Full review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Foundation :: No shade match and way too matte for my dry skin. Review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Loose Setting Powder :: Again, CAKEY MESS. Too matte for my dry skin. Review here.
Morphe Highlight & Contour Sponge :: So hard and rough.

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SKINCARE
Tatcha Water Cream :: I got a small size as a 100 point perk and was so disappointed. I feel like this a hyped product and Tatcha is a hyped brand, but this did not give enough hydration for me. Hydro Boost for life.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base :: Another hyped up product that is a good base for dry skin. I got sample and could not get past the scent. It might be amazing, but the smell is awful. This is a moisturizing primer so perhaps it should have gone with the makeup, but I’m too lazy to move it. Whatever. It still stinks.

Best of Beauty 2018

I thought about making this a week long thing but I’m too lazy for that and I prefer a one stop shop so here goes!

Also, if it’s a product I’ve reviewed, I’ll link to the review.


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PRIMERS
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
elf Prep & Blur Stick
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (review)

CONCEALERS
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (review)

FOUNDATION
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (review)
LA Girl Pro Matte (review)
NYX Mineral Stick (review)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable (review)
Revlon ColorStay Full Cover (review)
Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define (review)
Too Faced Born This Way (review)
Ulta Moisturizing Stick (review)
Estee Lauder Double Wear (review)
Mary Kay Mineral (review)


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POWDERS
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pore Pressed 
Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (review)
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost
J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder

HIGHLIGHTERS
elf x Heart Defensor Coffee ‘n Cream
Physicians Formula Butter in Pearl
Ofra Pillow Talk
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome
Colour Pop Luster Dust in Strobe Globe

BLUSHES
LOreal Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush
Milani Rose Blush Trio

BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer in Fair to Light

CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

SETTING SPRAYS
Too Faced Hangover Rx
Colour Pop All Star
Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray


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EYES & BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hill Single Shadows
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner in Deep Brown
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retract
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel
LOreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
MAC Dazzle Shadow Liquid in Every Day Is Sunshine

TOOLS
ecotools Perfecting Cushion Sponge
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
Japonesque High Density Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Brush Crush Volume I Brushes
Morphe M439
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MASCARA
Catrice Glam & Doll (review)
–Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara (review)
Revlon Volumazing (review)
Maybelline Total Temptation (review)
Lancome Monsieur Big (review)
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash (review coming soon!)
CoverGirl Total Tease (review)
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer (review)


lips

–Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Color in Melon Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
Victoria Secret Velvet Matte
–Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Sheer
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Lipstick #44
Kopari Lip Love
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 91 Seduisante
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Posie K
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Posie K
LOreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick


skin

CLEANSERS
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains (major game changing product for me. I found them at TJ Maxx for $5.99 and I will never be without this.)
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water (not available in the US yet, but I bought from this website. It’s sold out right now)
Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser (not available in the US yet)

EYE CREAM, TONERS, & SERUMS 
It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
BareMinerals Age Defense & Renew Serum (found at TJ Maxx for $12!)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray (this is too thick to use as a spray, so I put a little on a cotton pad and use it as a toner)
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops (another game changer)

MOISTURIZERS, MASKS, & TOOLS
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Origins Ginzing Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
elf Pore Refining Peel Off Mask
elf Massaging Facial Cleanser
–Jade Roller (I got mine at TJ Maxx for less than $10)


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HAIR
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
LOreal Hair Sheet Mask

BODY
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream
Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil
Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter


354635347 hours later, we’re at the end.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far and in general.

I’d love to know your stand out products so leave them in the comments!

P.S. I’ve already been buying and trying and testing products to report on in 2019.