Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude

Claims
–Curved brush and stem fit closer to the lash line
–Arch brush grabs each lash from the root
–Curvy full fan effect

Price
–$9.99 at Ulta
–$9.99 at Walgreens
–$7.99 at Target
–$6.94 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–2
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Allergy tested
–Dermatologist tested
–Wand grabs and lifts each lash
–No flaking or smudging
–Length
–Lives up to all of its claims
–Separation
–Lashes stay lifted and curled

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Not much volume (doesn’t claim this though)

Final Thoughts
I got this because the wand shape is similar to my beloved Benefit Roller Lash that I have yet to find a dupe for. The wand grabbed, coated, and lifted each lash. As I mentioned above, this doesn’t give much volume, but it doesn’t claim to. This is the closest dupe I’ve found for Benefit Roller Lash and I much prefer this price point. I think this plus a volumizing mascara like Too Faced Better Than Sex would a be a dream combination. If you like long, separated, curled lashes, you will love this.

I primed with the Loreal Mascara Primer like I always do.

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Foundation Friday: Hard Candy Glamoflauge 16 HR Wear Full Coverage

Claims
–Oil free
–Hydrating, contains Vitamin E
–Won’t settle into lines or wrinkles
–Full coverage
–Super smooth
–Lasts up to 16 hours
–Skin looks naturally flawless without caking, creasing, or fading
–Transfer proof
–Water resistant
–Matte
–Long wearing
–Weightless
–Comfortable

Price
–$6 at Wal Mart, hardcandy.com

Shade Range
–18
–My shade: 1500 Ivory

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Packaging
–Affordable
–Buildable coverage
–Weightless
–Worked with other complexion products
–Looks good on my dry skin
–Not cakey
–Held up all day
–Agree with all the claims

Cons
–Availability–Wal Mart or online only
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I definitely didn’t think this was going to work on my dry skin because of the matte finish, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a great shade match for me, full coverage with 2 layers, and it didn’t cake up when I set it with powder. My skin looked so smooth and poreless. I love this and for $6, you can’t beat it!

Primers: elf Blur Stick, Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum
Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder in Rose

Tools: Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge

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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM

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LA Girl HD Pro Concealer

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Claims
–Crease-resistant
–Opaque coverage
–Creamy, lightweight texture
–Longwearing
–Camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness, and skin imperfections

Price
–$4.99 at Ulta
–$5.99 at lagirlusa.com

Shade Range
–30 concealers
–10 correctors
–3 highlighters
–My shade: Fairest

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Worked with my corrector and powder
–Minimal creasing and settling (I have fine lines under my eyes so everything creases and settles a little bit)
–Shade match for me

Cons
–Packaging
–Availability

Final Thoughts
This is has been a hyped up, raved about concealer for years, but I was never able to test it because there wasn’t a shade light enough for me. Fortunately, LA Girl fixed the problem and there is an amazing shade range. The packaging freaking sucks, but I can look past it because this product is so good. I’ve been reaching for it every day, over my Shape Tape and Jeffree Star which I both love. If you haven’t tried this, give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!

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Essence Camouflage + Matt Concealer

Claims
–Waterproof
–Matte
–Won’t crease or settle into lines
–Conceal under eye circles and darkness
–Cover up tattoos

Price
–$3.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com

Shade Range
–3
–My shade: 10 Light Rose

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Paraben free
–Smells good
–Works with corrector and powder
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing

Cons
–Availability
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I love the price and the coverage, but the shade range is total CRAP. The lightest shade is a little too dark for me. I mixed a little Magic Star concealer in to brighten and make it work. It does not cover tattoos so if that’s important to you, keep looking. There’s no shade match for me, but I do like the formula so it’s not a total flop.

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Foundation Friday: Flower Beauty Light Illusion

Claims
–Buildable coverage
–Soft luminosity
–Weightless
–Wears endlessly

Price
–$14 at flowerbeauty.com
–$12.98 at Wal Mart
–$13.99 at Ulta

Shade Range
–15
–My shade: L0 Shell

Pros
–SPF
–Long lasting
–Packaging, it’s very heavy & lux feeling and it has a pump
–Cruelty free
–Weightless
–Buildable, medium to full coverage
–Lives up to all of its claims
–Worked with other complexion products
–Luminous, but not overly dewy, finish

Cons
–Shade range
–Not all shades at all retailers

Final Thoughts
I feel like the shades all lean very warm and yellow, but L0 did work for me. The coverage is buildable and builds to full which I prefer. The finish gives a healthy glow which I prefer to a very wet, dewy look. The shade range was recently expanded, but it still needs improving. The first day I tested this, I used a moisturizing, luminous primer and it was a fail. I don’t have oily skin, but I got very oily/dewy and had to use a blotting sheet. Once I used the blotting sheet, everything was fine, but it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had to blot. The second day, I used a more mattifying primer and it held up and looked much better. I do like this, I just had to figure out the best way to use it for my skin.

Primer: elf Blur Stick
Tools: Morphe M439, Wet n Wild Sponge

Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Star Powder in Rose

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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AM & PM (it’s worn off my nose because allergies)

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Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer

Claims
–Waterproof
–Transfer proof
–High coverage
–Non-drying
–Lasts 12 hours
–Conceals dark circles, redness, and imperfections

Price
–$5.99 at Ulta
–$5.69 on Amazon
–$5.99 at catricecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–17
–My shade: 005 Light Natural

Pros
–Affordable
–Works with my corrector and powder
–Easy to blend
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing
–Paraben free

Cons
–Shade range
–No shade match for me
–Shades lean yellow/warm
–Availability (Ulta stores or online only)

Final Thoughts
I love the coverage and the formula of this concealer. They recently expanded the shade range, but prior to that change, the shade range was garbage. It blended easily and worked with my corrector and under eye setting powder. I mixed in Colour Pop No Filter Concealer in Fair 02 to make it work so I could wear it. I really like this, just can’t use this shade alone. I need to pick up shade 001 Fair Ivory.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Concealer

Claims
–Creamy
–Long-wearing
–Humidity-proof
–Feels comfortable all day
–Hide imperfections and dark circles
–Sweat-proof
–Heat-proof
–24 hour shine control
–Skin looks less fatigued

Price
–$4.97 at Wal Mart
–$5.49 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Easy to blend
–Worked with powder & corrector
–Minimal creasing
–Full coverage
–Easily accessible

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Shades lean yellow
–Applicator is small, had to dip in several times

Final Thoughts
This concealer is really affordable and has really good coverage. I didn’t love that I had to keep dipping back in to get more product and I don’t go crazy with concealer like some people do. The shade is more of a perfect match, rather than a lighter shade for brightening and I have the lightest shade. I used a little bit of the white Colour Pop concealer to give a more brightening effect. There was minimal creasing and settling. This isn’t anything to rave about, but it’s not bad either. Just meh!

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