Foundation Friday: Physicians Formula The Healthy

Claims
–Longwearing
–Buildable
–Lightweight
–Breathable
–Healthy, satin finish
–Medium coverage
–Hyaluronic acid and Vitamins A, C, & E

Price
–$15.99 at Ulta
–$15.99 at Target
–$10.77 at Wal Mart
–$15.99 at Walgreens
–$15.99 at physiciansformula.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: FC1 (Fair Cool 1)

Pros
–SPF 20
–Availability
–Good ingredients
–Vegan
–Fragrance free
–Buildable coverage
–Undetectable on the skin
–Hypoallergenic
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Cruelty free
–Non-comedogenic
–Shade match for me
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive for the drugstore
–Shade range
–Packaging, I had to dip in several times

Final Thoughts
If you like full coverage, you need to pass on this one. One layer is light coverage and you can build up to medium coverage with 2 layers. It builds nicely and doesn’t cake up. You don’t get a lot of product on the wand and I had to dip in several times. I used a green corrector on a few red spots, but nonetheless, it still covered all of my redness. I stippled it on with the Sonia Kashuk foundation brush and then went over it with a sponge to smooth out the finish. It worked well with my other complexion products and didn’t cake when set with powder. I like this and approve it, but it is expensive for the drugstore. There are cheaper drugstore foundations that work just as well. However, if you prefer light to medium coverage, I think this one is worth trying.

Primers: Urban Decay b6, CYO Illuminating Cream + Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating  (I do a pump of each, mix with my fingers, and apply), Revlon Pore Reducing
Powder: LOreal Hydra Perfecte
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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Mask Monday: Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Peel Off

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Claims
–Unclog pores
–Leaves skin clear & soft
–Remove excess oil, dirt, and impurities
–Easily peels off, no rinsing required

Price
–$2.50 at Wal Mart
–$2.99 at Walgreens

Pros
–Affordable
–Oil free
–Smells good
–Pretty color
–Easily accessible
–Easy to peel off
–Cooling sensation when applied
–Non-comedogenic
–Leaves skin soft & smooth
–Ingredients: lactic acid, AHAs, glycolic acid

Cons
–Single use only
–Not cruelty free
–Contains alcohol :: could dry out or irritate your skin
–Very liquid-y & runny, be careful when applying!
–Hard to blend and get an even layer
–Packaging :: hard to get out

Final Thoughts
I can never get sheet masks to peel in one even piece, but this one actually did. Major victory for me. My skin felt soft and smooth, but not as soft as it does after using my GlamGlow peel off mask. I really struggled to get an even layer of application and the packaging made it difficult to get the product out. It’s not the best, but not the worst. I wouldn’t buy it again.

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Foundation Friday: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless

Claims
–Natural skin fit
–Best suited for normal to oily skin
–Pore minimizing
–Blurring micro-powders erase pore
–Naturally matte & poreless looking finish

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta & Walgreens
–$5.94 at Wal Mart
–$5.99 at Target

Shade Range
–38
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Dermatologist and allergy tested
–Shade match for me
–Easy to blend
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Easily accessible
–Oil free
–Not too matte, works for my dry skin

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
This used to be my tried and true favorite foundation, but I haven’t had it in my collection or used it in a long time so I wanted to try it again. I had oily skin when I last used so I was curious to see if it would still work for me now that my skin is dry, The Dewy & Smooth was a HOT MESS and I was hesitant that this would be but it wasn’t. I love the formula, coverage, price, staying power, and you sure can’t beat the price. Even if you have dry skin, I still think is worth trying. It’s one I plan to keep in my collection.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Primer Spray, Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Primer, Revlon Pore Reducing, CYO Illuminating Cream
Powder: Coty Airspun
Setting Spray: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray

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This or That?

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L’Oreal Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist

  • ClaimsPrime, set, & refresh your makeup :: hydrating, soothing formula :: brighten & nourish :: natural, healthy glow in a bottle
  • Price–$14.99 at Ulta :: $11.49 at Target :: $14.99 at Walgreens for 3.0 oz (travel size $7.99 at Ulta for 1.0 oz)
  • Pros–Packaging :: good mister :: nice scent :: easily accessible :: sets makeup nicely :: ingredients (Vitamin C & coconut water)
  • Cons–Expensive for drugstore :: not cruelty free
  • Final Thoughts–This is not an overly dewy spray which I prefer but if you looking for extreme dew, this is not for you. It sets makeup well and have a really nice mister, but I didn’t knock my socks off. I purchased the travel size and used it up, but I am glad I didn’t purchase the full size.

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Catrice Prime & Fine Illuminating Dewy Glow Fixing Spray

  • Claims–Prime, set, refresh :: lightweight :: fresh, dewy glow :: improves makeup wear :: fast-drying
  • Price–$7.99 at Ulta and catricecosmetics.com for 1.69 oz
  • Pros–Affordable :: good mister :: vegan :: cruelty free :: sets makeup :: compact packaging
  • Cons–Availability, Ulta or online only
  • Final Thoughts–I don’t know what kind of magic is in this, but it just transforms makeup and makes your skin look amazing. I have one in use and a back up. It’s my go to setting spray. If you have dry skin, you have got to try this. It’s a game changer for sure.

I’m sure you can guess, but I prefer the

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This tends to go out of stock on Ulta’s website so whenever I’m shopping in store or online and it’s available, I grab one. I know I will use it!

Mask Monday: Sleeping Masks

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What are they?
A sleeping mask is used as the last step of your skincare routine to provide added moisture, brighten & purify, and help seal in your serum, oil, and moisturizer. Different masks have different ingredients so depending on that, you can use more of less frequently. You can use over a moisturizer or in place of, up to you.

I, personally, don’t like to sleep in these masks. I don’t like the feeling of something heavier on my skin when I sleep. After I remove my makeup and cleanse, I apply the mask, and leave it on all night. Right before I go to bed, I rinse it off and then finish up with my serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. I also like to keep mine in my skincare refrigerator for an added calming effect.


LANEIGE LAVENDER SLEEPING MASK

Claims– Delivers intense hydration while you sleep :: helps dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness and uneven texture :: brighten and purify

Price– $25 at Sephora, laneige.com :: ~$20 on Amazon for 2.3 oz

Product Range– Lavender and Original

Pros– Smells SO good :: ingredients–hyaluronic acid :: affordable :: no paragons, phthalates, or mineral oil :: like the lightweight, gel texture :: leaves skin soft, smooth, and plump :: cooling effect

Cons– Cruelty free :: availability–online or Sephora stores only

Final Thoughts– I really love the lightweight formula as lots oh hydrating masks can be very thick. I love the smell and it’s so calming. Even though I don’t sleep in the mask, I can still keep the benefits of it. LOVE this mask!

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BELIF AQUA BOMB SLEEPING MASK

Claims– Replenishes and revives dull, dry skin for a dewy, radiant glow :: pillow proof formula that absorbs quickly.

Price– $34 for 2.53 oz at Sephora, belifusa.com

Pros– No parabéns, sulfates, fragrance, dyes, synthetic preservatives :: dermatologist tested :: lightweight, gel formula :: leaves skin soft, smooth, and hydrated :: cooling effect

Cons– Not cruelty free :: expensive :: availability–Sephora or online only

Final Thoughts– I got a sample of this, but I got several uses out of this so the full size would last a while. The cooling effect feels so good and makes me feel like the mask is really working. Again, I don’t sleep in this, but I can still feel a difference in my skin after a few hours of wear.

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Conclusion
–I like both, but the Lineage is cheaper ad works the exact same, so I’d go with that one.
–Neither one of these products are cruelty free so keep that in mind if you only purchase cruelty free products.
–Drugstore option 1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Overnight Mask Pod :: very similar to the belief mask
–Drugstore option 2) Aveeno MaxGlow No Mess Sleep Mask :: smells amazing, no mess application

 

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

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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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