Foundation Friday: Juvia’s Place I Am Magic

Claims
–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

Price
–$20 at Ulta and juviasplace.com 
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–42
–My shade: 740 Marisol

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

Cons
–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

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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

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  • 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

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Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Exhibitionist

Claims
–No flaking or smudging
–Lashes are full and defined with one coat
–Volumizing

Price
–$10.99 at Ulta
–$7.99 at Target
–$7.94 at Wal Mart
–$9.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–3
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Wand shape
–Affordable
–Pretty packaging
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–Easily accessible
–Cruelty free
–Volume
–My lashes looked bomb

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
Y’all my lashes looked BOMB with this mascara. It is definitely one of the best mascaras I’ve tried this year. I got length, volume, and separation without flaking or smudging, what more do you need from a mascara? The wand shape is similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex, but this is even better and even cheaper.

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Foundation Friday: Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte

It’s Foundation Friday on Saturday. I wanted to get this post up on Friday, but time got away from me. Better late than never!

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Claims
–Oil-free
–Transfer-resistant
–Smooth, flawless, and comfortable
–Never cakey or mask-like
–Photo friendly
–Medium-coverage
–Up to 14 hours of wear
–Soft-focus, velvety finish

Price
–$36 at Sephora, toofaced.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Cloud

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Oil-free
–Shade match for me
–Smells good
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade range
–Buildable coverage, medium to full

Cons
–Tacky, have to set
–Not good on my dry skin
–Looked cakey
–Too Faced foundations tend to lean yellow/warm
–Didn’t hold up well on me, started to separate

Final Thoughts
This did not look good on my dry skin. It was a cakey mess and I know it wasn’t the powder causing the cake because it doesn’t do that will other matte foundations that I use. If you zoom in on the pictures below, you can see how bad it looks on my skin. I can usually make matte foundations work with proper prep, but not with this one. This product is scented and while it didn’t bother me, keep that in mind if you are sensitive to smells. I got a sample at Sephora to test out and I am so glad I didn’t buy the full size. The coverage is medium, but it builds up to full and it covered all my redness. If you have combo to oily skin, I think you’d like this.

Primers: Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum, elf Blur Stick
Tools: Morphe M439, Real Techniques Sponge

Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Powder in Rose

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Concealer Wrap Up

At the beginning of March, I started what I called, “concealer-thon,” and reviewed a new concealer every Wednesday. I wanted to create a post so there was one place to come get quick, concise info on these concealers, similar to this post I did on foundations.

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Essence Camouflage+Matt
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $3.99
–Amount:
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 3
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match for Me: No
–MEH

LA Girl Pro HD
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $4.99
–Amount: 0.28 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 30 concealers, 10 correctors, 3 highlighters
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match for Me: Yes
–APPROVED

Jeffree Star Magic
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $32
–Amount: 0.115 oz
–Where to Buy: jeffreestarcosmetics.com, morphebrushes.com
–Shade Range: 31
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match for Me: Yes
–APPROVED

Catrice Liquid Camouflage 
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $5.99
–Amount: 0.17 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 17
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes (at the time of the review, no. Shade range has since expanded)
–APPROVED

Rimmel Stay Matte
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $5.49
–Amount: 0.23 oz
–Where to Buy: Walgreens
–Shade Range: 20
–Cruelty Free: No
–Shade Match: Yes
–MEH

Huda Beauty The Overachiever
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $30
–Amount: 0.34 oz
–Where to Buy: Sephora
–Shade Range: 20
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED

NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $8.50
–Amount: 0.11 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 24
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED

Milani Conceal + Perfect Longwear
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $7.97
–Amount: 0.17 oz
–Where to Buy: Wal Mart
–Shade Range: 18
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: No
–APPROVED

LOreal Infallible Full Wear Waterproof
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $12.99
–Amount: 0.33 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 25
–Cruelty Free: No
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED

Morphe Fluidity Full-Coverage
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $9
–Amount: 0.15 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 31
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED

elf 16 HR Camo
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $5
–Amount: 0.2 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 18
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED

Makeup Revolution Conceal+Define 
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $7/$10
–Amount: 0.11 oz/0.33 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 24
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED

BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Total Cover 
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $5
–Amount: 0.35 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 12
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: No
–APPROVED

Colour Pop No Filter
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $6
–Amount: 0.14 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 30
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED

Kylie Cosmetics Concealer
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $20
–Amount: 0.22 oz
–Where to Buy: Kylie Cosmetics
–Shade Range: 30
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match for Me: Yes
–APPROVED

Tarte Shape Tape
–Coverage: Full
–Price: $27
–Amount: 0.33 oz
–Where to Buy: Ulta
–Shade Range: 30
–Cruelty Free: Yes
–Shade Match: Yes
–APPROVED
I haven’t done a dedicated review on this, but it’s good. 

 

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude

Claims
–Curved brush and stem fit closer to the lash line
–Arch brush grabs each lash from the root
–Curvy full fan effect

Price
–$9.99 at Ulta
–$9.99 at Walgreens
–$7.99 at Target
–$6.94 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–2
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Allergy tested
–Dermatologist tested
–Wand grabs and lifts each lash
–No flaking or smudging
–Length
–Lives up to all of its claims
–Separation
–Lashes stay lifted and curled

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Not much volume (doesn’t claim this though)

Final Thoughts
I got this because the wand shape is similar to my beloved Benefit Roller Lash that I have yet to find a dupe for. The wand grabbed, coated, and lifted each lash. As I mentioned above, this doesn’t give much volume, but it doesn’t claim to. This is the closest dupe I’ve found for Benefit Roller Lash and I much prefer this price point. I think this plus a volumizing mascara like Too Faced Better Than Sex would a be a dream combination. If you like long, separated, curled lashes, you will love this.

I primed with the Loreal Mascara Primer like I always do.

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Foundation Friday: Hard Candy Glamoflauge 16 HR Wear Full Coverage

Claims
–Oil free
–Hydrating, contains Vitamin E
–Won’t settle into lines or wrinkles
–Full coverage
–Super smooth
–Lasts up to 16 hours
–Skin looks naturally flawless without caking, creasing, or fading
–Transfer proof
–Water resistant
–Matte
–Long wearing
–Weightless
–Comfortable

Price
–$6 at Wal Mart, hardcandy.com

Shade Range
–18
–My shade: 1500 Ivory

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Packaging
–Affordable
–Buildable coverage
–Weightless
–Worked with other complexion products
–Looks good on my dry skin
–Not cakey
–Held up all day
–Agree with all the claims

Cons
–Availability–Wal Mart or online only
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I definitely didn’t think this was going to work on my dry skin because of the matte finish, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a great shade match for me, full coverage with 2 layers, and it didn’t cake up when I set it with powder. My skin looked so smooth and poreless. I love this and for $6, you can’t beat it!

Primers: elf Blur Stick, Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum
Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder in Rose

Tools: Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge

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