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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This or That? elf Blur Stick or elf Poreless Putty

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elf Blur Stick

  • Claims: Blur imperfections, provides a smooth base for makeup application, minimize appearance of pores
  • Price: $8 at Ulta, Target, Wal Mart, elfcosmetics.com
  • Pros: Affordable, easily accessible, convenient packaging, silicone free, blurs pore, cruelty free, contains witch hazel to absorb excess oil, works on my dry skin
  • Cons: None
  • Final Thoughts: LOVE this thing! I was using my Catrice primer, which is still good, so I gave this one away, but I ended up repurchasing. This blurs my pores in a flash and smooths the skin. I use it every day.

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elf Poreless Putty

  • Claims: Creates smooth skin, poreless effect, helps grip makeup for all day wear, smooths imperfections
  • Price: $8 at Ultaelfcosmetics.com
  • Pros: Affordable, cruelty free, easily accessible, sleek packaging
  • Cons: Did nothing for my pores, made my foundation cake up where I applied it
  • Final Thoughts: Jeffree Star did a video on this comparing it to the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer and the world went crazy. Fortunately, I purchased mine prior to the craze because it stayed sold out after that video was released. This did make my skin feel smooth, but it did not blur or fill my pores. My pores were still huge and visible. My makeup caked and it enhanced my dryness. This was a total fail for me.

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I’m sure you’ve figured out which product I prefer, but if you’re a skimmer, the answer is….

the BLUR STICK!

I’ve tried just about every pore blurring/filling/eraser product on the planet and this is by far my favorite. It’s only $8 and you can’t beat the price and quality.

 

Mascara Monday: Colour Pop BFF

Claims
–Buildable
–Never clumps
–Volumizes
–No flaking
–Lifts lashes
–Lengthens

Price
–$8 at colourpop.com

Shade Range
–7
–My Shade: Black On Black

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Wand allows you to grab and lift each lash
–Lives up to all of its claims
–No flaking
–Volumizes
–Good formula :: not too dry or too wet
–Color options
–Lashes looked full
–No smudging
–Lengthens
–Separates

Cons
–Online only
–No waterproof option
–No brown shade

Final Thoughts
Colour Pop nailed it, again! I love everything about this. It does everything it says it does and for $8, you can’t beat it.

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Morphe Fluidity Full-Coverage Concealer

Claims
–16 hour long wear
–Sweat proof
–Transfer-resistant
–Full coverage
–Soft matte formula
–Conceal & brighten

Price
–$9
Ulta, morphebrushes.com

Shade Range 
–31
–My shade: C1.15
–Bright white option

Pros
–Fragrance free
–Paraben free
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Love the applicator shade, paddle shape
–Easy to blend
–Held up all day
–Worked with my corrector and powder
–Affordable
–Shade range and tones
–Cruelty free
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing and settling
I have a few fine lines under my eyes so all concealers crease and settle the tiniest bit on me

Cons
–Accessibility (Ulta and Morphe stores only or online)

Final Thoughts 
I LOVE this concealer. The shade C1.15 is great, it’s easy to blend, and there’s no major creasing or settling. It worked well with my corrector and powder and other complexion products. The applicator gives the perfect amount of product for both under eyes. I always blend and set my under eye area with a beauty sponge. It’s so good and so cheap. I highly recommend!

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Foundation Friday: LOreal Infallible 24 HR Fresh Wear

Claims
–Up to 24 hour staying power
–Lightweight, breathable texture
–Transfer-resistant
–Medium to full, buildable coverage
–Long lasting
–Waterproof
–Sweat-resistant
–Natural finish
–Suitable for all skin types

Price
–$14.99 at Ulta
–$11.99 at Target
–$11.97 at Wal Mart
–$14.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Pearl

Pros
–Easily accessible
–Shade range
–Packaging-pump!
–Looks good on my dry skin
–Easy to blend
–SPF 25
–Non-comedogenic
–Buildable coverage
–Natural finish
–Not cakey
–Lightweight
–Long wearing

Cons
–Fragrance
–Lightest shade leans yellow/warm

Final Thoughts
The formula is very thin and liquid-y. I got the lightest shade, Pearl, and it was a little too yellow so I mixed in some blue and white foundation mixers to make it work better for my skin tone. I could still my redness peeking through with just one layer. With two layers, I got high, medium coverage/low, full coverage. I blended it out with my Morphe M439 brush and then went in with my sponge to smooth everything out. I don’t love the fragrance, but it doesn’t linger. It really sits nicely on the skin and I love the finish. It worked well with my usual complexion products too. I’ve seen a few YouTubers just got nuts over this foundation and while I like it, it’s not life changing. I think if there was a better shade match for me, I would really love it.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tools: Morphe M439, Wet n Wild Sponge

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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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elf 16 HR Camo Concealer

There have been SO many new concealer to hit the market and naturally I’ve purchased most of them to test. This post is the first in what I’m calling a “concealer-thon.” I didn’t want to clog up my content with constant concealer reviews so I’m going to review a new concealer each Wednesday and then do a bonus post on either Tuesday or Thursday. 

Claims
–Matte finish
–Full coverage
–Long wear
–Won’t settle into fine lines
–Crease resistant
–Creamy, dreamy formula

Price
–$5
Ulta, Target, elfcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–18
–My shade: Fair Rose

Pros
–Affordable
–Love the large doe foot applicator
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Easy to blend
–Don’t need much product
–Worked with my powder and corrector

Cons
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
The shade Fair Rose is SUCH a perfect shade match for me, it brightens and it’s pinked toned. It’s full coverage and lives up to all of its claims. I have tiny, fine lines under my eyes so most all concealers crease and settle a little, you can’t avoid it, this was no exception, but I was impressed with how little it settled and creased. It’s easy to blend out with a beautyblender and makes the under eye look smooth and flawless. This is an amazing product and you can’t beat the price.

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March Makeup Basket

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Y’all know I watch a lot of beauty videos on YouTube and one of my favorite videos are “Everyday Makeup Drawer” videos. This is where YouTubers go through their vast makeup collections and pick products that they want to focus on using for that month. It could be products that are new that they want to try, some that they’re trying to use up, and/or products they’re undecided on so they’re going to focus on using them to form an opinion.

I don’t have quite the collection as some YouTubers, but I have a decent amount of makeup so products often get forgotten or I’ll use them for a while till something new comes along. There are several products in my collection that I want to use up and I’ve bought new things to try so I decided to do my take on an “Everyday Makeup Drawer” and share a monthly makeup basket.

There are some staple products that I will use regardless and the others will rotate in and out each month. I’m not limiting myself to only what’s in this basket, but I’m going to really to try to focus on these products and pull in others in my collection.

My favorite YouTubers that do this video/series are Jessica Braun and Andrea Matillano.

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STAPLES
These are products that I use every day and they will stay in the basket each month.

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TESTING
When I test a primer, I use a foundation that I know I like and that I know how it wears. When I test a foundation, I use a primer that I know works well so I won’t be using these primers, foundations, and the setting spray in conjunction this month.

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COMPLEXION
These are the face products I want to focus on using this month. I’m so close to finishing some of them and the others are just products I haven’t been reaching for recently.

Eyes

EYES
I don’t wear eye shadow or eye liner every day and when I do, I usually use a cream base and add a powder on top. If I decide to get crazy and do a full eye look, I’ll just pull in one of my palettes.

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SETTING SPRAYS


I didn’t include any lip products because my lip color choice varies day to day depending on my mood and what I’m wearing.