Mask Monday: Ahava Hydration Cream

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Claims
–Provide an active hydration boost in just 3 minutes
–Instantly restores moisture
–Left with a smooth, plump, and supple complexion

Prices
–$33 for 3.4 oz
Ulta, ahava.com

Pros
–Packed with moisturizing ingredients
–Left skin soft, supple, and smooth
–Super hydrating
–Easy to apply
–Like that you can rinse off or use as a sleeping mask
–Cruelty free
–Vegan

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I love the idea of using it as a sleeping mask, but I don’t sleep in masks. Instead, I leave it on for several hours and then rinse. I still get the benefits of the mask even though I don’t sleep in it. It’s SUPER hydrating, however, there are other, cheaper masks that do the same thing.

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Foundation Friday: Anastasia Beverly Hill Luminous

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Claims
–Water-resistant
–Natural finish
–Longwearing
–Medium coverage
–Blur imperfections without caking
–Easy to blend
–No flashback
–Won’t oxidize

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 100N
–4 shade categories, 3 undertones

Pros
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Paraben and mineral oil free
–Packaging, pump!
–Easy to blend
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this at Sephora and my Sephora inside JC Penney didn’t have the best shade range. I went with 100N as that was the closest match, but I think 110C would be a better match. Regardless of shade, I wanted to test the formula. ABH’s previous foundation, the foundation stick, was a major flop for me so I had high hopes this one would work better. It was very easy to blend out and the coverage built up nicely. I set it to prevent transfer and it didn’t cake up or look too matte. I really love this foundation and would definitely buy the full size.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powders: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Elcie Sponge, Wet n Wild Sponge
Setting Spray: MAC Fix+

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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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J Cat Beauty Staysurance Water-Sealed Zero Smudge Concealer

 

Claims
–Medium to full coverage
–Won’t creak or cake
–Hydrated, flawless look
–Lightweight
–Combats dark circles, redness, and imperfections
–Waterproof

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta, jcatbeauty.com
–0.83 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Shell

Pros
–Affordable
–Fair skin shades!
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Wand holds enough product for both under eyes, don’t have to keep dipping in
–Covered blemishes and dark circles well
–Lightweight

Cons
–Online only
–Shade range :: need more medium & deep shades

Final Thoughts
It’s very rare that a brand has awesome fair/pale shades, but lacks medium and deep shades. Props to J Cat for thinking of us pale people, but the shade range REALLy needs some work. I hate this online only because this is a really good and affordable concealer. It worked under my eyes and on a pesky blemish.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender
Tool: Wet n Wild Sponge

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Mask Monday: Farmacy Bright On

Claims
–Brighten & detox by removing build up and impurities
–Visibly improve the appearance of skin texture and tone

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, beautylish.com, farmacybeauty.com

Pros
–Good for all skin types
–No parabรฉns, sulfates, phthalates
–Clean beauty product
–Cruelty free
–Made my skin feel soft and supple
–Ingredients :: Vitamin C, kaolin, AHAs, aloe, bentonite
–As you massage it into the skin, it changes color from lavender to green. It’s the Vitamin C capsules bursting so you can actually see the mask working.

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
Prior to using this, my skin felt tight and dehydrated. After, it felt so soft, supple, and hydrated. This is such a cool, innovative product with the color changing formula. A friend gave this to me to try and while I liked it, it is pricey. I don’t know that I’d buy it at full price. I like that you massage it in and get it working before you leave it on to dry which is so simple, but something I had never thought of before.

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You can see how it changed colors after I rubbed it it

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Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour

 

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Claims
–Weightless
–24 hour wear
–Full coverage
–Oil and shine control
–Waterproof
–Sweat resistant
–Won’t look cakey or cause blemishes
–Matte finish

Price
–$36 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, smashbox.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 0.1

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Packaging
–Ingredients :: Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid
–No parabens, phthalates, or sulfates
–Shade match for me

Cons
–Expensive
–Availability :: online or Sephora only

Final Thoughts
I’m always here for the full coverage foundations so I nabbed a sample from Sephora to try out. I’ve only tried one other foundation from Smashbox and I wasn’t a fan so I wasn’t very hopeful with this one. When I read the claims, I figured this wouldn’t work for me, but I wanted to test it anyway. Sadly, I was right this was a total bust. I tried it a few times and took pics from 2 days of my trial. It caked up, separated, and wore off in some spots. It wasn’t very easy to blend and just looked a hot mess on my dry skin. It settled into my smile lines pretty bad too. My upper lip is a problem area for me and Y’ALL it was looking ROUGH. Adding in the elf Hydrating Booster drops definitely helped, but it still wasn’t a good look. I have some matte foundations that work on my dry skin with proper prep, but this one isn’t it. I also don’t know how well it would last on oily skin since it broke up and separate on my dry skin, I would think it would be even worse if you were oily.

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Primers Day 1: Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum, elf Blur Stick
Primers Day 2: CYO Illuminating Cream, elf Blur Stick

**Day 2 I mixed in the elf Hydrating Booster Drops

Powder Day 1: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying
Powders Day 2: Revolution Pro Hydra Matte, Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Glow Illuminating Foundation

Setting Spray: MAC Fix+ (used both days)

Tool: Elcie Sponge (used both days)

Day 1 photos are on the left, Day 2 on the right

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Before & After
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Catrice One Drop Coverage Weightless Concealer

Claims
–Full coverage
–Long-lasting
–Moisturizes while correcting the appearance of dark circles and imperfections
–Sweat-resistant

Price
–$6.99 for 0.23 oz
–Ulta, catricecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–4 at Ulta
–8 at catricecosmetics.com
–My shade: 003 Porcelain

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Didn’t settle/crease
–Affordable
–Little goes a long way

Cons
–Shade range
–Lightest shade too dark for me

Final Thoughts
The shade range is total garbage. I bought the lightest shade and had to use a white concealer to make it work. A concealer in dropper packaging like this is interesting and I had never tried one like this before. Dropper packaging tends to be a little messy and the product very liquid-y and runny, but this one wasn’t. The consistency was perfect and I was really impressed with the formula. It was very easy to blend, full coverage, and didn’t settle or crease (any more so than usual concealers, I have fine lines so everything settles/creases to an extent). Catrice needs to work on the shade range, for most of their products, but if there’s a shade for you or you’re willing to mix, I think you’ll like it.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender

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Mask Monday: GlamGlow 60 Second Instamud Pore Refining Treatment

Claims
–Refines pores and evens skintone
–Leaves skin soft and smooth in as little as 60 seconds
–Energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion

Price
–$42
Nordstrom, Sephora, glamglow.com

Pros
–No parabรฉns or phthalates
–Pretty color and packaging
–Works in 60 seconds
–Tickle/tingle feeling
–Left skin soft and smooth
–Really only need to leave it on for a minute
–Ingredients: bentonite, kaolin, aloe vera, niacinamide, witch hazel

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
GlamGlow usually knocks it out of the park with their masks and this one is no exception. I LOVE this and it lives it up to all of its claims. It’s a great product to use weekly to keep pores clean and clear. It is expensive, but since I would only use it in targeted areas, it would last me a while and I would buy the full size.

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