Foundation Friday: Ulta Velvet Matte Longwear

Claims–Full coverage–Creamy, velvet texture–Natural matte finish–Moisture loving ingredients Price–$16 at Ulta for 1.0 oz Shade Range–26–My Shade: Fair Cool Pros–Fragrance free–Oil free–Ingredients :: Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, Glyeryl Glucoside –Sleek packaging–Cruelty free–Full coverage–Easy to blend–Flawless finish–Didn’t cake with powder–Not overly matte/drying–Agree with all claims–Lightweight–Shade match for me Cons–Shade range (need more deep shades) Final Verdict–I really thought this would be a flop because it’s matte … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Ulta Velvet Matte Longwear

Speed Reviews: Volume VII

Morphe The Big Lash Primer–Claims—Ingredients known to condition :: preps lashes for larger than life volume :: amplifies the effects and color intensity of mascara–Price–$10 at Ulta, morphe.com–Pros—Affordable :: cruelty free :: agree with all claims :: can see a visible difference in lashes with this :: separates and elongates lashes for mascara application–Cons—Availability–Final—LOVE :: LOreal Mascara Primer is the primer that I measure against … Continue reading Speed Reviews: Volume VII

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Lash Freak

Claims–Intensely volumizing–Lengthens–Lifts–Dramatic, wide-eyed look–Lasts up to 20 hours–Smudge-and sweat-proof–Ultra-pigmented Price–$13 mini–$25 full size—Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom Shade Range–1 :: Black Pros–Mini size for travel/testing–Innovative wand design–Cruelty free–Love the green packaging, very eye catching–Lifts–Lengthens–Separates–Pigmented–Wand grabs each lash, like I was painting each individual lash–Ball at the tip of the wand allows you to get right to the root–No smudging–Easy to remove–No flaking–Held a curl Cons–Expensive–No other shade … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Lash Freak

Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating

Claims–Natural finish–Medium coverage–Weightless feel–Lightweight Price–$6.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com–1.05 oz Shade Range–16 at Ulta –31 at essencemakeup.com–My Shade: 010 Cool Porcelain Pros–Cruelty free–Vegan–Ingredients :: aloe vera, hyaluronic acid–Oil free–Affordable–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Hydrating–Shade range–Shade match for me–Easy to blend–Natural finsih Cons–Not all shades available at Ulta–Availability (Ulta or online only) Final Thoughts–One layer=light coverage, two layers=medium coverage–I had several active (RED!) breakouts when I tested and I wanted additional … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating

Wet n Wild Incognito All-Day Full Coverage Concealer

Claims–All-day wear–Matte–Buildable, medium-to-full coverage–Richly pigmented–Seamlessly blendable–Hydrating ingredients Price–$4.99 at Ulta, Amazon, wetnwildbeauty.com–$3.99 at Target–$3.98 at Wal Mart Shade Range–8 at Target, Ulta, & Amazon–21 on wetnwildbeauty.com & Wal Mart–My Shade: Fair Beige Pros–Affordable–Cruelty free–Easily accessible–Vegan–Ingredients :: shea butter, licorice root extract, mango seed butter–Easy to blend–No creasing–Minimal settling–Worked with other under eye products–Applicator Cons–Not all shades available at all retailers Final Thoughts–Fair Beige was the … Continue reading Wet n Wild Incognito All-Day Full Coverage Concealer

Foundation Friday: Wet n Wild Bare Focus Tinted Hydrator Tinted Skin Veil

Claims–Buildable, sheer-to-medium coverage–Semi-matte finish–For all skin types–Flawless, nourished glow Price–$5.99 at Ulta–$4.99 at Target–$4.98 at Wal Mart, Amazon Shade Range–7 at Ulta, 8 at Target & Wal Mart–My Shade: Porcelain Pros–Ingredients: squalane, hyaluronic acid–Oil free–Affordable–Cruelty free–Vegan–Cute packaging–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Natural finish–Hydrating Cons–Shade range–No shade match for me Final Thoughts–Shade range is garbage–Porcelain is the lightest shade and it is too dark for me. I used my LA … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Wet n Wild Bare Focus Tinted Hydrator Tinted Skin Veil

Speed Reviews: Volume VI

NYX The Marshmallow Primer–Claims—10-in-1 smooths, softens, extends makeup wear for 16 hours, soothes, evens tone, minimize texture, blurs lines, soft focus finish, keeps makeup fresh–Price–$8-17 at Ulta, Target, nyxcosmetics.com :: $16.97 at Wal Mart–Pros—Cruelty free :: vegan :: mini options for travel/testing :: smoothing :: nice canvas for makeup application–Cons—Strong scent :: pricey for drugstore/affordable brand–Final—Similar feel/texture to NYX Angel Veil and Hourglass Mineral Veil … Continue reading Speed Reviews: Volume VI

Mascara Monday: LOreal Bambi Eye

Claims –Lasting volume–Elongated lashes –Brush fits every eye shape to coat every lash –Separation & definition –Lifts & curls Price–$10.99 at Ulta –$9.99 at Target –$9.97 at Wal Mart, Amazon Shade Range –3 –My Shade: Blackest Black Pros –Affordable –Easily accessible –Shade options –Waterproof option –Length –Volume–Separation –Builds without clumping –Easy to remove –Lashes held a curl –No flaking –Didn’t smudge Cons –Not cruelty free … Continue reading Mascara Monday: LOreal Bambi Eye

Foundation Friday: Catrice True Skin Hydrating

Claims–Longwearing–Hydrating–Lightweight–Medium, buildable coveraeg–Melts into the skin Price–$11 at Ulta, catricecosmetics.com (1.0 fl oz) Shade Range–17 at Ulta–20 at catricecosmetics.com–My Shade: 002 Neutral Ivory Pros–Packaging, pump!–Cruelty free–Vegan–Affordable–Hydrating–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Didn’t cake with powder–Radiant, healthy glow–Flawless effect–Long lasting–Lives up to all claims Cons–Shade range–Availability Final Thoughts–If the HD Liquid Coverage was too matte and heavy for your skin, you will love this. I love the coverage of the HD, … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Catrice True Skin Hydrating

MAC Patent Paint Lip Lacquer

Claims –Non-sticky –Weightless –Vibrant color of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss –Non-bleeding for hours –High shine –Long-term hydration (8 hours) –Stay-true color, lasts 4 hours Price –$22 at Ulta, Nordstrom, maccosmetics.com Shade Range –10 at MAC :: 11 at Ulta :: 15 at Nordstrom  –My Shades: Major Glazer, Eternal Sunshine, Let’s Get Glossed Pros –Innovative formula –Shade range –Comfortable –Long lasting –Not … Continue reading MAC Patent Paint Lip Lacquer