Foundation Friday: NARS Soft Matte Complete

Claims–Full coverage–Transfer-proof–16 hour wear–Protects from pollution & blue light damage–Oxidation-resistant–Natural-looking matte finish–Sweat-proof–Smooth, second-skin finish Price–$40 for 1.5 oz at Sephora, narscosmetics.com Shade Range–34–My Shade: Oslo Pros–Shade range–More than standard 1.0 oz–Packaging–Full coverage –Long lasting–Easy to blend–Shade match for me–Agree with all claims Cons–Sephora exclusive –Expensive–Not cruelty free–Looked heavy on my skin Final Thought–Full coverage with one layer–Face looked flawless overall, but up close it looked … Continue reading Foundation Friday: NARS Soft Matte Complete

Dr. Jart + Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30

Claims–Green-to-beige treatment to correct redness and prevent UV damange–Cover blemishes–Neutralize redness–Help heal sensitive skin inflammation, irritation, or discomfort Price–$52 for 1.7 oz–$18 for 0.5 oz—Sephora, drjart.com Pros–Mini size for travel/testing–SPF 30–Free from 10 harmful ingredients known to cause skin irritation–Ingredients to support skin’s moisture barrier, vibrant appearance, and protect from environmental stressors–Covers/cancels redness–Easy to blend/press in–Evens skintone–Not too thick or heavy Cons–Availability–Not cruelty free–Price–Too dark … Continue reading Dr. Jart + Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High

Claims–Full volume–Limitless length–Long, full lashes that won’t get weighed down –Removes easily–Brush bends to volumize and reach every lash from root to tip Price–$11.49 at Ulta–$8.98 at Amazon & Wal Mart Shade Range–2–My shade: Very Black Pros–Affordable–Waterproof option–No flaking–Cute packaging–Availability–Builds without clumping–Length–Volume–Separation–Easy to remove–Held a curl–Didn’t smudge–Agree with all claims Cons–Not cruelty free Final Thoughts–The claims state that the wand/brush bends, but it is quite … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High

Foundation Friday: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

Claims–Hydrating–Buildable, medium coverage–Natural, radiant finish–All day hydration and wear–Minimizes the look of pores–Lightweight–Better bare skin in just 2 weeks Price–$39.50 for 1.0 oz at Ulta, Nordstrom, Sephora, itcosmetics.com Shade Range–40–My shade :: Fair Warm 10 Pros–Packaging, pump!–Availability–Long wearing–Ingredients :: hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, Vitamins E & B5, hepes acid–Cruelty free–Skincare benefits–Shade match for me–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Radiant finish–Shade range–No sulfates or parabens–Hydrating Cons–Expensive Final Thoughts–Love the … Continue reading Foundation Friday: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare

NYX Shine Loud Pro Pigment Lip Shine

Claims–Longwear high shine lip color–Bold color with ultra-glossy finish–Up to 16 hour wear–Non-sticky feel–Zero color transfer–No smudge–No bleed–No fade Price–$11.50 at Ulta, nyxcosmetics.com Shade Range–24–My Shades :: Lead Everything (Hot Pink), On A Mission (Red), Trophy Life (Light Pink) Pros–Vegan–Cruelty free–Not sticky–Doesn’t feel dry–Long lasting–Mask friendly–Shade range–Can reapply without flaking or crumbling Cons–Availability–Pricey for drugstore–Some colors bleed (on me) Final Thoughts–Shade “On A Mission” bleeds … Continue reading NYX Shine Loud Pro Pigment Lip Shine

Mascara Monday: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes

Claims–Instant and long-lasting volume, length, and lift–Load, comb, and lift brush Price–$15 mini–$29 full size—Sephora, Nordstrom, charlottetilbury.com Shade Range–1 Pros–Cruelty free–Mini size for travel/testing–Length–Separation–No smudging–Very black formula–Brush/comb coasts each lash–No flaking–Held a curl–Builds without clumping Cons–Expensive–No waterproof option–Availability–No brown or black brown shade option–Not a lot of volume Final Thoughts–It has a plastic wand so if you prefer natural, skip this one–Plastic wands tend to … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes

Foundation Friday: elf Camo CC Cream

Claims–Medium-to-full coverage–SPF 30–Hydrate and smooth–Skincare benefits–Improve skin texture and tone Price–$14 at elfcosmetics.com, Ulta, Target–1.05 oz Shade Range–20 at elfcosmetics.com, 15 at Ulta, 16 at Target–My shade: Fair 120N Pros–Cruelty free–Vegan–Ingredients :: collagen, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, peptides–Packaging, pump!–Full coverage with one pump–Little product goes a long way–Long lasting–More than standard 1.0 oz Cons–Pricey for elf–Little cakey on the nose–120N is a little more yellow than … Continue reading Foundation Friday: elf Camo CC Cream

Product Review Criteria

I realized the other day that I’ve been reviewing products for 3 years, but I’ve never really shared the criteria that I use to decide whether or not a product is approved. Also, today is also my 500th blog post and my 3 year Blogiversary so there’s no better time! Mascara–Can’t flake or smudge–Provides length, volume, and separation–Builds without clumping–Lashes stay curled–Easy to remove Concealer–Shade … Continue reading Product Review Criteria

Foundation Friday: Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue

Claims–Lightweight –Blurring effect –Medium-to-full coverage –Natural matte finish –Skin-like feel Price–$36 at Ulta, doseofcolors.com (1.0 oz) Shade Range–42 –My shade: 102 Fair Pros–Vegan –Cruelty free –Long lasting –Talc free –Paraben free –Oil free –Fragrance free –Packaging, pump! –Shade range –Shade match for me –Buildable coverage –Lightweight –Full coverage but not heavy Cons–Expensive –Online only Final Thoughts–Loved it upon initial application, but as the day went … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue

Dupe or Duped? Lavender Powders Round II

Soooooo, I definitely took pictures for this post but I have no idea what happened to them. These images from Google will have to do. Sorry. I struggle. Fenty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder Claims—Superfine, weightless, filtered, photoready look :: reduce shine :: blur the look of pores and fine lines :: set, perfect, and brighten without caking or settling :: hyper smooth filter … Continue reading Dupe or Duped? Lavender Powders Round II