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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November Favorites

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Starbuck Unicorn Cup
EverythingEmilyAnn posted this cup and I immediately knew that I had to have it. I went to 3 Starbucks trying to find it and none of them had it. I put a plea on Instastories and one of my MC sisters came through. She found it and mailed it to me. I LOVE IT. I wash and use it every day. I wish I could find it online to link for you because you need it. Also, you should follow Emily, but you will want everything she posts so it’s an expensive follow ๐Ÿ˜‰

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define + Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable
I love both of these alone and they’re even better together. The Rimmel is a tad too yellow and the MUR is more pink so together they make my perfect shade with the perfect coverage. I’ve been wearing this combo almost every day. I reviewed the Rimmel here and the MUR here.

Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara
Y’all know Mascara Monday is a thing around so I test TONS of mascaras, but this is a major stand out. I got this free with an Ulta order and I love it. Review coming soon!

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
I got this in my November Boxycharm and I was ready to toss it in my giveaway bin. The color did not appeal to me and I thought it would look awful on me. I’m so glad I tried it on because I ended up loving it. It’s described as “fawn nude” and I don’t normally go for nude shades, but this one made the cut. The KVD liquid lipstick formula is one of my favorites.

Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains
I picked these up on a whim at TJ Maxx and now I don’t know that I can ever be without them. You mix them in with your cleanser for an extra good exfoliation. The granules are a little rigid so you don’t need much. I use this twice a week and I get a really good, but not stripped, scrub with this. My skin feels SO smooth after. I can see this bottle lasting me a really long time.

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I am in LOVE with my new life palette. I got this palette from Amazon for $20 and it is worth every cent. I don’t like having lots of palettes around, I prefer to get magnetic palettes and keep things together. I like that this one has a huge mirror and two magnetic compartments so I can keep my eye shadows and face products separate. I don’t travel much, but when I do, all I need is this palette. It’s got every shadow I need to create any look as well as a bronzer, setting powder, under eye powder, blush, contour powder, and highlighters. It fits perfectly in my palette holder and I reach for it every time I do my makeup.

And of course, my favorite Instagram pics of the month. How fabulous are my friends?! Squad goals for sure.

What have you been loving this month?

Mask Monday: GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment

Claims
–Instantly leaves skin feeling firmer and more lifted

Price
–$25 for 0.5 oz
–$59 for 1.7 oz
–$79 for 3.4 oz
Nordstrom, Sephora, glamglow.com

Options
–3 limited edition colors with the My Little Pony collection
–Glitter
–Standard silver/chrome
–Pink shade shown above is limited edition Becca collab
–2 limited edition colors with the Power Rangers collection
–See them all here

Pros
–Pretty color
–Easy to peel off
–Left my skin feeling really soft and clean, but not stripped

Cons
–Expensive
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
First, how pretty is this pink mask?! I love how my skin felt after I peeled this off. It felt so smooth and soft. This is the perfect mask to use before applying makeup. I didn’t notice or feel any lifting or firming though. GlamGlow has great products and if you want to treat yourself, go for it. I like it and I recommend it, but I won’t repurchase the full size because of the price.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holidays are here and stores are packed with people and gifts. I’m WAY too lazy to make 2394239 gift guides like other bloggers, so I’m going to stick to what I know–beauty.ย 

I’m going to share the sets and gifts that I think the beauty lover in your life would love and the ones that are worth the money. Also, it’s Christmas, treat yo self if you see something you love ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 


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A few tips for holiday shopping…

  • Use eBates! I thought it was a scam too, but it’s 100% real. You legit get money back for shopping.ย 
    • You can use my referral link (not sponsored)ย 
    • I’ve saved $89 since signing up!
  • Google a coupon code–usually you can find one somewhere
  • A lot of website have pop ups that offer 10-20% your purchase if you sign up for their emails. Sign up, get your coupon, and unsubscribe. BINGO.
  • Put the item in your cart, but don’t check out. Sometimes sites will email you a coupon code if they noticed you left something in your cart.
  • I linked as many products as I could to Nordstrom and I highly recommend shopping for what you can there. They have free shipping on everything and super easy returns.ย 

Happy Shopping!ย 

 

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 thereย  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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Foundation Friday: Ulta Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Claims
–Blurring effect
–Smooth & silky texture
–Medium coverage
–Natural finish
–Applies & blends seamlessly

Price
–$14 at Ulta for 0.3 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Very fair with cool undertones

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Blends out easily
–(my) Skin friendly ingredients: hyaluronic acid, Vitamins C & E, titanium dioxide
–No parabens
–Oil free
–Convenient and quick
–Buildable coverage: medium to full
–Weightless on the skin
–Sets nicely with powder on my dry skin i.e. no cake face!
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive for a small amount
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I FREAKING LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It looks good on my dry skin and gives me full coverage in a flash. It is so quick and easy. You will want to set this because it does feel tacky and doesn’t dry down. I have several foundations so I don’t use this every day, but if I did, I think I would run out quickly. The only things I don’t like are the price and the amount. The shade I got is a perfect shade match for me and y’all know that is RARE. If you have oily skin, this will be way too emollient for you, but if you have dry skin, you’ll love it. I also love to use this to spot conceal when I don’t want to wear makeup, but need a little coverage in certain areas.

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Before & After

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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face

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AM & PM

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