Mask Monday: Mario Badescu Rose Hips

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Claims
–Boost radiance in dull, tired skin
–Diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and minor discoloration
–Gently purifies pores
–Leaves the complexion rehydrated and revitalized

Price
–$20 for 2.0 oz
Ultamariobadescu.com

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Works for all skin types
–Thin formula, easy to apply
–Dries down completely
–Easy to remove, almost emulsifies when you rinse it
–Leaves skin smooth and hydrated

Cons
–Scent

Final Thoughts
I really like this mask, but I can’t stand the scent. It’s a great mask, but not a great mask for me.

approved

Foundation Friday: LOreal Infallible 24 HR Fresh Wear

Claims
–Up to 24 hour staying power
–Lightweight, breathable texture
–Transfer-resistant
–Medium to full, buildable coverage
–Long lasting
–Waterproof
–Sweat-resistant
–Natural finish
–Suitable for all skin types

Price
–$14.99 at Ulta
–$11.99 at Target
–$11.97 at Wal Mart
–$14.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Pearl

Pros
–Easily accessible
–Shade range
–Packaging-pump!
–Looks good on my dry skin
–Easy to blend
–SPF 25
–Non-comedogenic
–Buildable coverage
–Natural finish
–Not cakey
–Lightweight
–Long wearing

Cons
–Fragrance
–Lightest shade leans yellow/warm

Final Thoughts
The formula is very thin and liquid-y. I got the lightest shade, Pearl, and it was a little too yellow so I mixed in some blue and white foundation mixers to make it work better for my skin tone. I could still my redness peeking through with just one layer. With two layers, I got high, medium coverage/low, full coverage. I blended it out with my Morphe M439 brush and then went in with my sponge to smooth everything out. I don’t love the fragrance, but it doesn’t linger. It really sits nicely on the skin and I love the finish. It worked well with my usual complexion products too. I’ve seen a few YouTubers just got nuts over this foundation and while I like it, it’s not life changing. I think if there was a better shade match for me, I would really love it.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tools: Morphe M439, Wet n Wild Sponge

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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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elf 16 HR Camo Concealer

There have been SO many new concealer to hit the market and naturally I’ve purchased most of them to test. This post is the first in what I’m calling a “concealer-thon.” I didn’t want to clog up my content with constant concealer reviews so I’m going to review a new concealer each Wednesday and then do a bonus post on either Tuesday or Thursday. 

Claims
–Matte finish
–Full coverage
–Long wear
–Won’t settle into fine lines
–Crease resistant
–Creamy, dreamy formula

Price
–$5
Ulta, Target, elfcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–18
–My shade: Fair Rose

Pros
–Affordable
–Love the large doe foot applicator
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Easy to blend
–Don’t need much product
–Worked with my powder and corrector

Cons
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
The shade Fair Rose is SUCH a perfect shade match for me, it brightens and it’s pinked toned. It’s full coverage and lives up to all of its claims. I have tiny, fine lines under my eyes so most all concealers crease and settle a little, you can’t avoid it, this was no exception, but I was impressed with how little it settled and creased. It’s easy to blend out with a beautyblender and makes the under eye look smooth and flawless. This is an amazing product and you can’t beat the price.

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Mascara Monday: Benefit Roller Lash

Claims
–Grabs, separates, lifts, and curls
–Holds curl for 12 hours
–Water resistant
–Lash conditioning ingredients
–Easy to remove

Price
–$25 full size
–$13 mini
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, benefitcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–2 :: Black and brown

Pros
–Cute packaging
–Holds a curl
–Separates
–Lengthens
–Mini option to testing/travel

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I LOVE this mascara and it one of my favorites. The only downside is that it doesn’t add much volume. However, I usually pair it with a more volumizing mascara like the Too Faced Better Than Sex or the Lancome Monsieur Big anyway. I’ve never paid full price for it, it’s usually part of one of the 21 Days of Beauty sales that Ulta has in the spring and fall. However, this is one prestige mascaras that I would pay full price for though.

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I used the Essence Lash Primer with the Roller Lash

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Foundation Friday: Milani Conceal + Perfect Stick

Claims
–Full coverage
–Blends seamlessly
–Transfer-proof
–Natural matte finish
–Lasts up to 12 hours
–Waterproof

Price
–$9.99 at milanicosmetics.com

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: 200 Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Buildable coverage

Cons
–No shade match for me :: lightest shade too dark and too yellow
–Difficult to blend
–Not very creamy, tugged at the skin going on
–Broke up in certain areas of my face
–Availability

Final Thoughts
The original liquid formula is a great foundation, but not for dry skin. I knew it was likely that this one would have similar result, but I wanted to try it anyway. I didn’t look awful, certainly not the worst foundation I’ve ever used, but it didn’t look good. The shade was too dark and too yellow so I used the Models Own Foundation Stick in White to lighten it. One layer didn’t quite cover all my redness, so it’s not full coverage in one layer, but it is buildable. It worked with my usual concealer, under eye powder, and setting powder products. It was difficult to blend out, you’re definitely going to want a brush for this one. It’s not very creamy and as I was striping it on my skin, it really tugged. The finish is matte, but not a flat matte. I think if you have more normal/combo skin, you might like this. I’m sure it’s coming to drugstores, but right now I can only find it on Milani’s website which is where I purchased mine.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Brush: Morphe M439

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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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You can see, I think, where it broke up and separated between my brows.
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No shade match=no approval

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational Boosting Eyelash Serum

I’m doing a twist on Mascara Monday and featuring a lash serum instead of a standard mascara. Who doesn’t want longer fuller lashes so that your mascara will look amazing?!

Claims
–Lashes will seem thicker and fuller
–Less fallout during makeup remover
*in 4 weeks

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

Pros
–Affordable
–Found no issues or problems when applying while wearing contacts
–Easily accessible
–My lashes definitely grew longer and thicker
–Less shedding while removing my eye makeup
–Can use AM & PM

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I’ve tried a lash serum before and it worked, but oh that price tag! Most lash serums are in the $100 range and clearly this is at the opposite end of the spectrum. I honestly kept my expectations low, but IT WORKS!! My short, stubby lashes grew longer and fuller. I put it on in the mornings and at night most days. I forget and only use once a day every now and then. It didn’t irritate my eyes or contacts. Some serums require you to take your contacts out before applying, but this one didn’t and there was no irritation. I can’t say enough good things about this product. I started using it December 18, 2018 and I’m still using and loving it. I will continue to use and repurchase!

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I don’t know the exact date the picture on the left was taken, but it was sometime before I started using the serum. The picture on the left was taken last week!

approved

Foundation Friday: Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Powder

Claims
–Full coverage
–Creamy texture
–16 hour wear
–Easy to blend
–Matte finish
–Coverage of a liquid with the finish of a powder

Price
–$11.99 at Ulta
–$9.99 at Target
–$9.99 at maybelline.com
–$7.94 at Wal Mart
–$11.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–12
–My shade: Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Easily accessible
–Full coverage
–Creamy, blendable formula

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
There’s a shade light enough for me and you get full coverage in a flash. I can’t ask for much more! I have been looking for a full coverage powder to use on light makeup days or days when I need to get ready in a flash and this is it. I’ve bought a second one to keep in my purse for touch ups. I have perioral dermatitis and dry skin so I knew it would cling in certain areas and it did, but it didn’t bother me. I will definitely continue to use and repurchase this product. It reminds me of a Tarte powder that I loved that was discontinued and I like this price better anyway!

I use it with the sponge it comes with or my Bare Minerals brush.

Primers: Too Faced Hangover RX, elf Blur Stick

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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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