Mascara Monday: Buxom Lash Volumizing

Claims –Intensely volumizing –Separates and defines –Clump-resistant –Wand coats lashes from root to tip –Darkens and thickens lashes Price –$22 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, buxomcosmetics.com Pros –Availability –Waterproof option –Cruelty free –No flaking –Length –Separation –Easy to remove –No smudging Cons –Mousse-y, messy formula –Clumped –Expensive –No shade variations Final –Get a ton of product on the wand. It’s very mousse-y and messy –Claims to … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Buxom Lash Volumizing

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Full Cover Concealer

Claims –Weightless –Blends seamlessly –Subtle radiance –Conceals discolorations –Diminish appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and signs of fatigue –Fake your 8 hours in a flash –High coverage Price –$10 at flowerbeauty.com, Amazon–$10.49 at Wal Mart –$9.99 at Ulta Shade Range –12 –My Shade: L0 Porcelain Pros –Affordable –Sleek packaging –Blends easily –Full coverage –Cruelty free –Shade match for me –Worked well with other complexion products … Continue reading Flower Beauty Light Illusion Full Cover Concealer

Foundation Friday: The Ordinary Coverage

Claims –Smooth finish –Evens the look of complexion and texture –Won’t cake or settle into fine lines –Avoid heavy makeup look Price: –$6.90 at Ulta, theordinary.com for 1.0 oz Shade Range –21 –My Shade: 1.0N Pros –Affordable –Didn’t cake with powder –Flawless base –Packaging, pump! –Cruelty free –Agree with all claims –Buildable coverage –Lightweight –Natural finish Cons –Lightest shade too dark for me –Availability –Shade … Continue reading Foundation Friday: The Ordinary Coverage

Foundation Friday: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Claims–Lightweight–Moisturizing–A little goes a long way!–Foundation-and-concealer in one–Won’t clog pores–Full coverage–Natural matte finish–Sweat- and humidity-resistant Price–$34 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, clinique.com for 1.0 oz Shade Range–35 at Ulta :: 40 at Sephora, clinique.com :: 20 at Nordstrom–My Shade :: CN0.5 Shell Pros–Oil free–Non-comedogenic–Fragrance free–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Shade match for me Cons–Shades don’t go deep enough–Not cruelty free–Not all shades available at all locations–Caked around my mouth–Hate the … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer

Claims–Full coverage–Natural matte finish–Formulated with built in eye cream for 24 hour moisturization–Smooth and reduce look of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores–Skin looks smoother, plumper, and more youthful–Doesn’t cake or settle into lines–Skin looks hydrated and never dry–12-hour crease proof and waterproof wear–For all skin types Price–$27 at Ulta, tartecosmetics.com–$10 mini at Ulta, tartecosmetics.com Shade Range–35–My Shade :: 8B Porcelain Beige Pros–Ingredients :: hyaluronic acid, … Continue reading Tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer

Mascara Monday: Wet n Wild Big Poppa

Claims–Outrageously volumizing –Dramatically lengthening–Intensely black–Formulated with Castor oil and omega-6 fatty acids to nourish and strengthen lashes Price–$5.99 at Ulta, Target–$4.98 at Wal Mart–$4.99 on Amazon Shade Range–1, Black Pros–Affordable–Vegan–Cruelty free–No smudging–Easily accessible–Easy to remove–Packaging, love the crown–Length–Separation–Builds easily–No flaking–Super black formula Cons–No waterproof option (yet)–No shade variation–Not much volume–Drier formula Final Thoughts–Drier formula which can be a little harder to work with (in my … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Wet n Wild Big Poppa

Foundation Friday: Ulta Velvet Matte Longwear

Claims–Full coverage–Creamy, velvet texture–Natural matte finish–Moisture loving ingredients Price–$16 at Ulta for 1.0 oz Shade Range–26–My Shade: Fair Cool Pros–Fragrance free–Oil free–Ingredients :: Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, Glyeryl Glucoside –Sleek packaging–Cruelty free–Full coverage–Easy to blend–Flawless finish–Didn’t cake with powder–Not overly matte/drying–Agree with all claims–Lightweight–Shade match for me Cons–Shade range (need more deep shades) Final Verdict–I really thought this would be a flop because it’s matte … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Ulta Velvet Matte Longwear

Speed Reviews: Volume VII

Morphe The Big Lash Primer–Claims—Ingredients known to condition :: preps lashes for larger than life volume :: amplifies the effects and color intensity of mascara–Price–$10 at Ulta, morphe.com–Pros—Affordable :: cruelty free :: agree with all claims :: can see a visible difference in lashes with this :: separates and elongates lashes for mascara application–Cons—Availability–Final—LOVE :: LOreal Mascara Primer is the primer that I measure against … Continue reading Speed Reviews: Volume VII

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Lash Freak

Claims–Intensely volumizing–Lengthens–Lifts–Dramatic, wide-eyed look–Lasts up to 20 hours–Smudge-and sweat-proof–Ultra-pigmented Price–$13 mini–$25 full size—Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom Shade Range–1 :: Black Pros–Mini size for travel/testing–Innovative wand design–Cruelty free–Love the green packaging, very eye catching–Lifts–Lengthens–Separates–Pigmented–Wand grabs each lash, like I was painting each individual lash–Ball at the tip of the wand allows you to get right to the root–No smudging–Easy to remove–No flaking–Held a curl Cons–Expensive–No other shade … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Lash Freak

Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating

Claims–Natural finish–Medium coverage–Weightless feel–Lightweight Price–$6.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com–1.05 oz Shade Range–16 at Ulta –31 at essencemakeup.com–My Shade: 010 Cool Porcelain Pros–Cruelty free–Vegan–Ingredients :: aloe vera, hyaluronic acid–Oil free–Affordable–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Hydrating–Shade range–Shade match for me–Easy to blend–Natural finsih Cons–Not all shades available at Ulta–Availability (Ulta or online only) Final Thoughts–One layer=light coverage, two layers=medium coverage–I had several active (RED!) breakouts when I tested and I wanted additional … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating