Mask Monday: GlamGlow 60 Second Instamud Pore Refining Treatment

Claims
–Refines pores and evens skintone
–Leaves skin soft and smooth in as little as 60 seconds
–Energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion

Price
–$42
Nordstrom, Sephora, glamglow.com

Pros
–No parabéns or phthalates
–Pretty color and packaging
–Works in 60 seconds
–Tickle/tingle feeling
–Left skin soft and smooth
–Really only need to leave it on for a minute
–Ingredients: bentonite, kaolin, aloe vera, niacinamide, witch hazel

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
GlamGlow usually knocks it out of the park with their masks and this one is no exception. I LOVE this and it lives it up to all of its claims. It’s a great product to use weekly to keep pores clean and clear. It is expensive, but since I would only use it in targeted areas, it would last me a while and I would buy the full size.

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Foundation Friday: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth

Claims
–Moisturizing
–Flawlessly smooth, hydrated, and more even skin tone
–Smoothes skin’s texture
–Naturally luminous and radiant finish
–Ideal for normal to dry skin

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta & Walgreens
–$5.34 at Wal Mart
–$5.99 at Target

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Fragrance free
–Non-comedogenic
–SPF
–Dermatologist and allergy tested
–Shade match for me

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Shade range
–Broke up when set with powder
–Not long lasting

Final Thoughts
This claims to have a “naturally luminous and radiant finish” and it dang sure does. This is HELLA dewy. You can get high medium coverage, but you’re not going to get full coverage with this one. I always set with powder and this foundation broke up and looked a mess when set. I did 2 layers and you could still my redness peaking through. It wore off on my chin, nose, and cheeks. This is cheap, but not worth it.

Primers: Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum, Catrice 1 Minute Face Perfector
Powders: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder, Maybelline Fit Me Loose
Tools: elf Sponge, Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush

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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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October Makeup Tray

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September Review/Declutter


Staples


New/Testing


The Rest


Notes

When I test a new product, I try to keep the other variables the same and use products that I already know how they work.

September Favorites

Y’all are getting the lazy version of September Favorites because I was sick all weekend and this is the best I can do. TYSM.

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  • Morphe Filter Effect Finishing Powder in #Filter1
    • I got this to use to set my under eye concealer for a more brightening effect and I love it. I want to get another shade to use to set all over.
    • It’s very finely milled and made my under eye area looked blurred and flawless.
  • Lush Cookie Dough Lip Scrub
    • Lush makes my favorite lip scrubs and this flavor/scent/whatever is to die for.
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener 
    • I use this shade as a color corrector and then go in with concealer.
    • The shade is perfect for my fair skin, it’s cheap, and it works well.
  • Jeffree Star Velour Lip Liner in Redrum 
    • I couldn’t resist this packaging and I can always use a red lip liner.
    • It’s very cream and the packaging makes me feel regal.
  • Revlon PhotoReady Pore Reducing Primer
    • Thataylaa RAVES about this and I finally picked it up and man oh man is it good.
    • It blurs better than any other pore filling primer I’ve ever tried. It’s a little pricey for the drugstore, but it’s worth it. A little goes a long way so it will last a while.
  • Elcie Cosmetics The Velvet Sponge
    • I’ve seen Alaha use this multiple times and I love the shape. The tip is perfect for concealer and the bottom blends out foundation fast. It’s very soft and bouncy too.
  • Milani The Violet One Lash Primer
    • My LOreal Lash Primer is hard to beat and I’ve only ever found one other one that I liked so I was skeptical about this. However, I FREAKING love it and it is my new favorite lash primer.
  • Colour Pop BFF Mascara in Brownie Points
    • I was so excited when they released a brown mascara. I prefer brown or black/brown because I’m pale AF.
    • I did a full review here.
  • Me Too Arena Wedges
    • An end of summer find, but these are the shoes I’ve been searching for for work. They’re dressier than a normal sandal, but super comfortable. I love the Me Too brand.
    • I bought nude and black. They velcro and I kinda feel like a kid, but I am too old and blind for buckles and tiny holes.
  • Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant-Antiperspirant 
    • My BFF raves about this, but I just could not bring myself to spend $29 on deodorant. I was in Nordstrom and saw it and I guess I was feeling boujee because it came home with me and now I love it. As if I needed one more expensive habit.
    • It smells SO GOOD and the scent lasts ALL DAY. TMI, but I’m a sweater and was worried about how this would work for me, but it worked really well.
    • Now I’m committed to a $29 deodorant like I’m a damn Kardashian or something.
  • Apple Airpods
    • I’ve been wanting these SO bad and I actually won a pair. Even better!
    • They are worth the hype and the price. I love them.
  • Phillip Lim 3.1 for Target Large Tote
    • I missed this collab the first time around and was not going to miss it when it came back.
    • I love this color, style, and size. It’s perfect for fall.
  • LOreal Magic Root Cover Up
    • I reallllllyy need to get my roots done because the white hairs are out of control, but until I can make time to do that, this is my friend.
    • It is magic in a can FOR REAL.
  • Crayola Gel Pens
    • Crayola can do no wrong in my book and I love PENS. I’m all about new pens, markers, school supplies, etc. When I saw they had pens, I immediately ordered.
    • I love all the colors, they write really well, and they’re cheap.

PicMonkey Collage

I wanted something new to go over my desk because the big calendar I had there just wasn’t working. It was hard to write on and get to and it just needed to go. I found these open, gold and white shelves at TJ Maxx for $20 and knew they would be perfect. I love how it turned out and that I can display some of my pretty makeup and collectibles. I got a smaller calendar to go on the opposite wall to keep up with my posts and what not. I love this little corner and it brings me joy.

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I went to a Morphe store for the first time and I’m pretty sure this is what heaven looks like. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I could live there and if I lived closer, I would so work there. It’s a dream!

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The last favorite of the month is a lifetime favorite. I got the chance to see Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak thanks to my alma mater, Meredith College. I can’t put into words how awesome this experience was. The Notorious RBG is quite the force to be reckoned with and an inspiring woman. The moderator spoke of the impact her mother had on her life and asked her what some advice or wisdom her mother gave her that stuck with her and her response has stuck with me. Her mother’s advice was to, “Be independent and be a lady.” Those are two thing that my own mother has instilled in my and two characteristics I am proud to have. Several years ago, after meeting me, my friend’s boyfriend said I was a lady and it’s one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. I am a lady who cusses like a sailor, a little bit ironic, but I make it work on the daily.

Foundation Friday: Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless

Images from Google

Claims
–Buildable, medium coverage
–Matte finish
–Lasts up to 24 hours
–Waterproof
–Minimize the appearance of pores

Price
–$39 for 1.0 oz
–Ulta, Sephora, urbandecay.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 10NN

Pros
–Vegan
–Shade match for me
–Cruelty free
–Buildable
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade range (9 intensities, 3 master-tones, 7 undertones)
–10NN perfect match for me
–Full coverage with 2 layers
–Easy to blend
–Matte finish but worked on my dry skin

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample at Sephora to try before deciding whether or not to purchase. I was really worried about how this would look since it said it had a matte finish, but I was surprised at how it looked it on my skin. It didn’t cake or cling at all. It was very easy to blend and build up the coverage. I tried it with the Catrice powder first and it broke up so the next day I tried it with the Revolution PRO powder and it look so much better. I really loved that combination and how it sat on my skin. The shade range is impressive and there’s a perfect shade match for me. I have plenty of foundations so I’m not buying the full size right now, but I definitely would purchase this one.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum Primer, elf Blur Stick
Powders: Catrice Prime & Frime Waterproof Mattifying, Revolution PRO Hydra Matte
Setting Sprays: Essence Keep It Perfect!, Catrice Illuminating Setting Spray

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Claims
–Hydrates, firms, helps skin to retain moisture
–Lasts up to 16 hours
–Creamy, medium-to-full buildable coverage
–Natural, radiant finish
–Ideal for all skin types
–Masks imperfections
–Blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles
–Hide dark circles

Price
–Full size :: $30 for 0.22 oz
–Mini size :: $13 for 0.05
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, narscosmetics.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Chantilly

Pros
–No sulfates, parabéns, phthalates
–Shade match for me
–Mini size for travel and/or testing
–Easy to blend
–Buildable
–Under eye area looked blurred and smooth

Cons
–Expensive
–Not cruelty free
–Wish there was a lighter shade to give a more brightening effect

Final Thoughts
I’ve been wanting to try this concealer forever, but they didn’t a mini size that matched me and I didn’t want to jump right in and get the full size. NARS recently expanded their shade range and you can now get all the shades in the mini. YAY NARS!! The mini size is perfect for travel/testing and it takes forever to go through an entire concealer. Chantilly matches, but I usually go a shade lighter because I prefer a brighter under eye so I mixed in a little Jeffree Star Concealer in C1. I get why this is such a raved about product. My under eye area looked blurred, flawless, and smooth. I do have to add in a lighter concealer to get the desired effect, but I don’t mind doing that.

Corrector: Maybelline Age Rewind in Brightener
Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder in Translucent
Tool: elf Total Face Sponge

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