Mascara Monday: It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing

 

Claims
–Biotin infused formula
–No clumps or flakes
–Blowout lift, volume, and drama that lasts
–Super black pigment
–Specially designed wand with microspheres to catch all lashes to separate, lift, and volumize
–19x volume

Price
–$25
Ulta, itcosmetics.com, qvc.com, Sephora

Shade Range
–1 :: super black

Pros
–Packaging
–Cruelty free
–Ingredients :: biotin, to promote stronger, healthier hair
–Soft grip for easy application and control
–Paraben free
–Buildable, can be more natural or dramatic
–Length
–Brush shape
–Separation
–Volume
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Not too wet or too dry
–Held a curl
–No flaking
–No smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option
–Get a lot of product on the wand, can get a little messy

Final Thoughts
This mascara was developed in collaboration with Drybar to bring the benefit of a salon blowout to your eye lashes. I love the formula and how easily it builds as well as the consistency. The packaging is so FREAKING cute and I think it’s a really innovative collaboration. I love the wand shape and the bristles. You do get a lot of product on wand, so be careful or you can make a mess. I got mine on QVC and got 2 for $30.

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Used with LOreal Mascara Primer

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Foundation Friday: Fenty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear

Images are from Google and are not my own

Claims
–Hydrating
–Longwear
–Comfortable
–Medium-to-full coverage
–Natural finish
–Skin looks like skin

Price
–$35 for 1.08 oz
Sephora, fentybeauty.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 110

Pros
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade range
–Cruelty free
–Little more than standard 1.0 oz
–Shade match for me
–Buildable coverage
–Finish isn’t overly dewy like some hydrating foundations can be

Cons
–Expensive
–Availability (Sephora exclusive)
–Dry and cling-y when set with powder
–Broke apart
–Didn’t last all day

Final Thoughts
The original foundation was way too matte so I was excited that they released a hydrating formula. I got a sample at Sephora to try so I could decide whether or not I wanted to buy the full size. I highly recommend everyone do that! The coverage is light to high medium and builds nicely. You are not going to get full coverage with this formula. You can still see some blemishes peeking through with 2 layers. I used it with my Catrice powder and it was not a good match. I know it’s the foundation though because that powder works with every other foundation just fine. I always set with a powder and the Catrice is my go to. I’m not sure how it will work/hold up if you don’t set it. I could try it with a different powder, but I have other, cheaper foundations that I prefer. It broke apart and wore off on my chin and forehead. This is a pass for me.

Primer: Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum, elf Blur Stick, Urban Decay b6 Spray
Powder: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder
Tool: elf Total Face Sponge 
Setting Spray: Catrice Dewy Glow

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Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer

 

Claims
–Full coverage
–Lightweight
–Waterproof
–Transfer & smudge resistant
–Lasts up to 24 hours
–Smooth, seamless finish

Price
–$9.99 at Target
–$9.98 at Wal Mart
–$11.99 at Ulta
–$11.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–12
–My shade: 05 Ivory

Pros
–Unique applicator and packaging
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Worked with other complexion products
–Minimal creasing
–Lightweight

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Shade range
–Don’t get a lot of product on the applicator, have to dip multiple times

Final Thoughts
I love the other complexion products from the Super Stay line so I was really excited to try this out. The lightest shade matches me perfectly; however, I prefer a lighter shade to brighten up my under eye area. To achieve that brightness, I will have to add in some white concealer or another lighter shade. Not a big deal to me, but worth mentioning. It is a great shade to use to spot conceal with though. The packaging is unique, but I don’t care for it. So many other drugstore concealers have been going for packaging similar to Tarte Shape Tape so props to Maybelline for trying something different. I don’t like that you don’t get much product on the wand and you have to dip multiple times. I have fine lines under my eyes so I’m going to get some settling and some creasing with any concealer I use, this one didn’t accentuate those and wasn’t any worse so calling it a win. I’m rating this was as MEH because I don’t like it alone for it’s intended use. It’s not bad by any means, but it didn’t knock my socks off either.

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Mascara Monday: Smashbox Super Fan Fanned-Out

Claims
–Long-wearing
–Lengthening
–12-hour length, lift, and volume without heaviness or clumping
–No clumping, smudging, or flaking

Price
–$12 mini
–$19-21 full size
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, smashbox.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Black

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–No parabéns, phthalates, oil, silicone, or fragrance
–So much length & separation
–Mini option available for testing and travel
–Full size is affordable for high end

Cons
–Not much volume

Final Thoughts
I LOVE this. I wanted more volume so I added some Lancome Monsieur Big and this combo is perfection. This is another one that pairs perfectly with.a more volumizing mascara.

Used with Essence Lash Primer

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Foundation Friday: Cover Fx Power Play

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Claims
–Longwearing
–Full coverage
–Transfer proof
–Sweatproof
–Matte finish
–Won’t oxidize
–Shine control

Price
–$44 for 1.18 oz
Sephora, coverfx.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: N0

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Gluten free
–Shade match for me
–Building coverage, full coverage with 2 layers
–Shade range
–Didn’t cake or cling to dryness
–No parabéns or phthalates

Cons
–Expensive
–Looks a little powdery when set

Final Thoughts
This is a really good shade match for me and I love that it’s full coverage. It worked well with my other complexion products too. Overall, I liked it, but I would buy the full size. There are cheaper foundations that are just as good.

Primer: Becca First Light Priming Filter
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Japonesque Brush

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Makeup Melters

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I’m a big fan of double cleansing. I HAVE to double cleanse every day and the first step is removing my makeup. I love trying new products and formulas. There are so many options: micellar water, cleansing balm, cleansing oil, cleansing lotion, gel cleansers, wipes, etc.

Keep reading for the details on some new (to me) makeup removers that I’ve been testing.


AVEENO MAXGLOW MICELLAR GEL CLEANSER

Claims–Draw out & wash away makeup, oil, and other skin-dulling impurities :: leave skin hydrated, soft, and dewy

Price–$5.14 at Ulta :: $10.69 at Walgreens :: $7.97 at Wal Mart :: 5.1 oz

Pros–Affordable :: easily accessible :: packaging–pump! :: hypoallergenic :: paraben-free :: phthalate free :: non-comedogenic :: smells amazing :: removes all traces of makeup :: hydrating

Cons–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts–I love the MaxGlow line and this product was a hit too. It’s gentle yet effective and removes all makeup. The MaxGlow line smells so good and I need them to add a body wash and lotion to this line. It leaves skin soft and hydrated.


FIRST AID BEAUTY HELLO FAB COCONUT MICELLAR MAKEUP MELTER

Claims–Gentle, yet effective :: melt away even the most stubborn makeup :: leaves skin hydrated, conditioned, and smoothed :: safe to use around the eyes :: won’t leave skin tight, dry, or greasy

Price–$26 at Sephora :: $20 at firstaidbeauty.com :: for 5.4 oz

Pros–Clean beauty product :: packaging, pump! :: doesn’t feel greasy or leave on a film behind :: no alcohol, parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, or sulfates :: allergy-tested :: gluten free :: vegan :: cruelty free :: ophthalmologist tested :: hydrated :: removes all makeup

Cons–Expensive :: availability

Final Thoughts–I found this at TJ Maxx for $9.99. I love the Hello FAB line and I loved this too. I wouldn’t pay for $20+ for it though. It’s hydrating and has a pump that locks so it’s travel friendly. It removes all traces of makeup and is very gentle.


IT COSMETICS BYE BYE MAKEUP CLEANSING BALM

Claims–3-in-1 cleanser, makeup remover, and anti-aging serum :: completely remove all traces of eye makeup & impurities without drying or irritation :: perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive

Price–$38 at Sephora, itcosmetics.com for 2.82 oz :: $15 travel size 0.99 oz

Pros–Cruelty free :: removes ALL makeup, even waterproof with ease :: hydrating :: good ingredients–hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, and antioxidants :: hydrating :: doesn’t leave a greasy film after rinsing :: no parabens, sulfates, phthalates :: leaves skin soft and smooth :: anti-aging properties :: mini size for travel/testing :: sleek packaging

Cons–Expensive :: Sephora or online only :: some view jars like this unsanitary :: bulky packaging for storing

Final Thoughts–I love It Cosmetics skincare products and this was no exception. A little goes a long way and it is super hydrating. It says it’s a 3-in-1 cleanser, but I still follow up with a cleanser and serum separately. It’s expensive, but all of the anti-aging properties and ingredients attribute to that. I like this, but I won’t pay $38 for the full size when there are other, cheaper products that do the same things.


PHYSICIANS FORMULA THE PERFECT MATCHA 3-IN-1 MELTING CLEANSING BALM

Claims–Ultra gentle :: melts away makeup :: deeply cleans away impurities :: leaves the skin supple and hydrated

Price–$7.79 at Target :: $13.49 at physiciansformula.com & Walgreens :: 1.4 oz

Pros–Comes with a scoop so you don’t have to dip your fingers in it :: vegan :: cruelty free :: non-comedogenic :: gluten free :: paraben free :: dermatologist & ophthalmologist tested :: safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers :: hypoallergenic :: small, compact packaging :: removes all makeup

Cons–Expensive for a small amount of product

Final Thoughts–This has a slight scent, but it’s not overpowering and it doesn’t linger. I like that there is a scoop included and that the packaging is small and compact. It removed all my makeup and is a good product. However, I won’t repurchase it because you get little product for such higher price tag.


POND’S COLD CREAM CLEANSING BALM

Claims–Leaves skin instantly soft & radiant :: easy rinse :: non-greasy :: solid balm transforms into a silky oil, melting away stubborn makeup and removing impurities

Price–$9.99 at Target & Walgreens :: $9.98 at Wal Mart :: 3.38 oz

Pros–Affordable :: easily accessible :: cute packaging design :: won Best of Beauty prize for Allure in 2018 :: little goes a long way :: moisturizing/hydrating :: little goes a long way :: removes ALL makeup with ease, even waterproof mascara :: no harsh rubbing required :: doesn’t leave greasy residue/film behind

Cons–Not cruelty free :: some view jars like this as unsanitary, but you can use a scoop to prevent dipping dirty fingers back in the jar :: bulky packaging for traveling/storing

Final Thoughts–I LOVE this and it is a total dupe for the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm and is a third of the price. It’s affordable, hydrating, and easy to access.  A little goes a long way and you get a lot of product. It removes ALL makeup so easily. There is a slight scent, but it’s not overpowering and doesn’t linger.


 

Mascara Monday: Stila HUGE Extreme Lash

Claims
–Instantly coat every lash
–Lightweight
–Volumizing
–Apply multiple coats without feeling clumpy or crunchy
–Build volume, length, and curl
–Lash conditioning polymers for a glossy look

Price
–$23
–$12 mini at stilacosmetics.com
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, stilacosmetics.com

Shade Range
–1 :: Black

Pros
–Holds a curl
–Volume
–Lengthens
–Separates
–No smudging
–No flaking
–Cruelty free

Cons
–Expensive
–Only 1 shade
–No waterproof option

Final Thoughts
This does everything I want a mascara to do–lengthen, volumize, and separates so no complaints from me. I got this as a gift with purchase, but I would buy the full size.

I used this with the LOreal Lash Primer.

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