Foundation Friday: Colour Pop No Filter Stick

Y’all know I love some Colour Pop and almost lost my mind when I saw they were releasing a stick foundation. I love a stick foundation because they’re super quick and easy to use.

I did not like the liquid No Filter Foundation, review here, so I was a little hesitant about this, but of course I had to buy it and try it anyway.

Claims
–Conceal, correct, and perfect for a flawless complexion in seconds
–Medium-buildable coverage
–Instantly blurs pores, covers blemishes, and blends effortlessly
–Natural, skin-like finish
–Never cakey or drying

Price
–$10 for 0.34 oz
colourpop.com
Compared to the Ulta Moisturizing Stick Foundation that is $14 for 0.3 oz

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Fair 0.5W

Pros
–Shade match help, can match by brand
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Lasted all day
–Easy to blend
–Creamy
–Shade range

Cons
–No shade match for me
–I set it with powder but it didn’t feel like it actually set down
–Looked a little cakey on my dry skin

Final Thoughts
This foundation wore fine throughout the day, but I didn’t love how my skin looked. This shade was too warm for me, but the fair cool shade would have been too dark. They need a 0.5C. I had to use a white mixer to make it work. The Ulta foundation stick is better and there’s a perfect shade match for me. (review on the Ulta stick here) I think this is better suited for normal, combo, or oily skin. Not good, not bad, just meh..

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Before & After
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Bare face :: Foundation + Mixer :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM
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Ulta swatch on top :: Colour Pop Swatch on the bottom

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Epic Empties Volume II

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I have a lot of beauty trash to sort through and I needed these products out of my way before the end of 2018.

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.

You can see volume I here.

I’m going to do 6 categories: hair, shower products, skincare, makeup, miscellaneous, and samples.


HAIR

  • LOreal Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Perfecting Balm
    • Old, needed to be tossed
    • Didn’t hurt, but don’t know that it helped
    • Not repurchasing
  • Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo
    • I use this once a week to remove product build up i.e. dry shampoo
    • Cleanses really well without stripping or drying out my hair
    • (( Repurchased ))
  • Redken 05 Windblown Hairspray
    • Favorite hairspray
    • It has enough hold and doesn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy
    • (( Repurchased ))
  • LOreal Blow It Dry Spray
    • This definitely helps cut down on dry time, but I don’t like how it makes my hair feel
    • Kenra spray is better and worth the splurge
    • Not repurchasing
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask
    • So many people RAVE about this, but I don’t care for it
    • I prefer my LOreal mask and it’s so much cheaper
    • I do like the spray leave in conditioner version of this though
    • Not purchasing 

SHOWER STUFF


SKINCARE 


MAKEUP


MISC


SAMPLES

Foundation Friday: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

I wore this foundation in high school and college and then they changed the shade range and there was no longer a shade match for me. I wore “Shell” forever, but the “Shell” of today is HELLA dark.

Once I got into makeup and started following blogs and watching YouTube, so many people raved about this foundation. I’m over like, “I KNOW IT’S GOOD. I USED IT BEFORE YOU!” I was salty.

Estee Lauder came to their senses and expanded the shade range and when I saw there was one for me, I couldn’t add to my cart fast enough.

Claims
–24 hour wear
–Oil free
–Non-acnegenic
–Medium-to-full coverage
–Matte finish
–Waterproof
–Transfer resistant
–Dermatologist tested
–Fragrance free
–Cool, neutral, and warm undertones available

Price
–$42 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom 

Shade Range
–56
–My shade: 0N1 Alabaster
*some shades are online only at some retailers

Pros
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Lightweight on the skin
–Full coverage
–Long lasting
–Fragrance free
–Matte finish but can work for dry skin with proper skin prep

Cons
–Packaging :: You can by a pump separately for $10
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive
–Some shades are online only at some retailers

Final Thoughts
There’s a reason this foundation has a cult following and is loved by so many. It is full coverage and will last all.day.long. I definitely need to get the pump, otherwise it pours out and there is potential to waste product and it’s too expensive for that to happen. I have to moisturize, use a glowy/hydrating primer, and use a hydrating spray to make this work for my dry skin, but the end result is worth it. If I don’t hydrate properly, it will look like crap on my dry skin. I also like to mix this with other foundations for a little extra coverage and wear time. I usually wear something lighter for day to day, but I like this for special occasions and long days. I am so glad this foundation is back in my life.

Estee Lauder recently came out with Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup and I want to try it, but there isn’t a shade for me. I need them to expand that line and help a sister out.

Warning my fair looks fabulous like crap in these photos. I’m lazy. Sorry not sorry.

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Before & After

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Bare face :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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AM& PM
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Shade comparisons

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Round 2: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

I originally reviewed this product in February. You can read that here. I couldn’t properly review it because the lightest shade, at the time, was HELLA dark.

Thankfully, the good folks at Makeup Revolution, got their life together and expanded the shade range. PALE PEOPLE NEED CONCEALER TOO. Ok, I’m done. On to the review…

Claims
–Lightweight
–Full coverage
–Cover blemishes, even skin tone, and counteract dark circles
–Matte finish
–Won’t settle or accentuate fine lines and pores

Price
–$7 for 0.11 oz
–$10 for 0.45 oz
Ulta and revolutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–24
–4 color correctors
–My shade: C0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Minimal creasing
–Full coverage

Cons
–Ulta exclusive
–Some shades are online only (my shade, of course!)

Final Thoughts 
I LOVE this concealer. It’s really affordable and has great coverage. I hate that my shade is online only though. I think it’s just as good, maybe even better for me, than the Tarte Shape Tape. Tarte’s products are all very yellow toned and the shade C0.5 is more pink which is perfect for me.

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Before & After

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer

I mean, is the name of the product long enough?

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Claims
–Brush catches all lashes
–Quick-drying & buildable
–Leaves lashes feeling soft & supples
–Preps eyelashes for mascara

Price
–$7.99 @ Ulta
–$5.39 @ Target
–$8.49 @ Walgreens
–$6.94 @ Wal Mart

Shade Range
–1: Black

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Only tinted primer at the drugstore (that I know of)
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Made a difference in length and volume of my lashes

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
I could definitely tell a difference in my lashes with and without this primer. It’s also great to have for light makeup days, you can use it alone and not worry with primer and mascara. I still think the LOreal Voluinous is the best mascara primer, but this one is good and I will definitely reach for it and use it.

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Only the primer on my lashes

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Primer + Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

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Foundation Friday: Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour

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Claims
–Full coverage
–Weightless
–24 hour wear
–Water resistant

Price
–$44 for 1.0 fl oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, beccacosmetics.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: Linen

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Oil free
–Packaging, pump!
–No parabens, sulfates, phthalates
–Full coverage with 2 layers

Cons
–Thick consistency
–No shade match for me
–Looked awful on my dry skin
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I DO NOT like this foundation. I got a sample from Sephora and I am so glad I didn’t buy this. This just looked horrible from the start, I really didn’t want to wear it all day, but I powered through. I had to use A LOT of white mixer to get the shade to work for me and it just looked cakey and bad on my dry skin. There are better, cheaper options.

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Before & After
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Bare face :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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AM & PM

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Mascara Monday: It Cosmetics Superhero

Claims
–Maximum reach, life, separation, and curl
–Super black pigment
–Elastic Stretch technology for volume and length
–Collagen to condition as you coat
–Buildable formula

Price
–$24 for full size
–$12 for mini
Sephora, Ulta, itcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–1, black

Pros
–Lengthens
–Lots of volume
–Love the brush
–Mini option for travel/testing
–Cruelty free
–No clumping
–No flaking or smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option

Final Thoughts
I LOVE this mascara. I get SO MUCH LENGTH. Yes, I’m yelling. I don’t often buy high end mascaras, unless they’re on sale, because there  are so many good ones at the drugstore, but this one is worth it! However, if you don’t want to splurge, the Essence Lash Princess mascara is a dupe and it’s $5.

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