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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Mask Monday: Mario Badescu Rose Hips

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Claims
–Boost radiance in dull, tired skin
–Diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and minor discoloration
–Gently purifies pores
–Leaves the complexion rehydrated and revitalized

Price
–$20 for 2.0 oz
Ultamariobadescu.com

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Works for all skin types
–Thin formula, easy to apply
–Dries down completely
–Easy to remove, almost emulsifies when you rinse it
–Leaves skin smooth and hydrated

Cons
–Scent

Final Thoughts
I really like this mask, but I can’t stand the scent. It’s a great mask, but not a great mask for me.

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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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Foundation Friday: Milani Conceal + Perfect Stick

Claims
–Full coverage
–Blends seamlessly
–Transfer-proof
–Natural matte finish
–Lasts up to 12 hours
–Waterproof

Price
–$9.99 at milanicosmetics.com

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: 200 Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Buildable coverage

Cons
–No shade match for me :: lightest shade too dark and too yellow
–Difficult to blend
–Not very creamy, tugged at the skin going on
–Broke up in certain areas of my face
–Availability

Final Thoughts
The original liquid formula is a great foundation, but not for dry skin. I knew it was likely that this one would have similar result, but I wanted to try it anyway. I didn’t look awful, certainly not the worst foundation I’ve ever used, but it didn’t look good. The shade was too dark and too yellow so I used the Models Own Foundation Stick in White to lighten it. One layer didn’t quite cover all my redness, so it’s not full coverage in one layer, but it is buildable. It worked with my usual concealer, under eye powder, and setting powder products. It was difficult to blend out, you’re definitely going to want a brush for this one. It’s not very creamy and as I was striping it on my skin, it really tugged. The finish is matte, but not a flat matte. I think if you have more normal/combo skin, you might like this. I’m sure it’s coming to drugstores, but right now I can only find it on Milani’s website which is where I purchased mine.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Brush: Morphe M439

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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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You can see, I think, where it broke up and separated between my brows.
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No shade match=no approval

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational Boosting Eyelash Serum

I’m doing a twist on Mascara Monday and featuring a lash serum instead of a standard mascara. Who doesn’t want longer fuller lashes so that your mascara will look amazing?!

Claims
–Lashes will seem thicker and fuller
–Less fallout during makeup remover
*in 4 weeks

Price
–$11.99 at Ulta
–$9.99 at Target
–$9.98 at Wal Mart
–$11.99 at Walgreens

Pros
–Affordable
–Found no issues or problems when applying while wearing contacts
–Easily accessible
–My lashes definitely grew longer and thicker
–Less shedding while removing my eye makeup
–Can use AM & PM

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I’ve tried a lash serum before and it worked, but oh that price tag! Most lash serums are in the $100 range and clearly this is at the opposite end of the spectrum. I honestly kept my expectations low, but IT WORKS!! My short, stubby lashes grew longer and fuller. I put it on in the mornings and at night most days. I forget and only use once a day every now and then. It didn’t irritate my eyes or contacts. Some serums require you to take your contacts out before applying, but this one didn’t and there was no irritation. I can’t say enough good things about this product. I started using it December 18, 2018 and I’m still using and loving it. I will continue to use and repurchase!

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I don’t know the exact date the picture on the left was taken, but it was sometime before I started using the serum. The picture on the left was taken last week!

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Milani Prep+Set+Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder

Claims
–Natural, healthy glow
–Blurs imperfections
–Sets makeup
–Adds all over radiance
–Lit-from-within finish

Price
–$9.99 at milanicosmetics.com, Walgreens, Target
–$8.97 at Wal Mart

Pros
–Affordable
–Perfect for dry skin
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Sets makeup but doesn’t cake
–Lives up to all of its claims
–Easily accessible

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I am OBSESSED with this powder. I have dry skin, but I’m not into the super dewy, glowy look. Most setting powders are mattifying and don’t look the best on dry skin, but they set your makeup well. I was looking for a product that would set, but not necessarily mattify and accentuate my dryness and I finally found it. This one sets, but doesn’t mattify or cake. It just gives a beautiful, subtle glow. I use this product every single day and it is a dry skin dream. I can’t be without it!

P.S. I use it with this brush. I swirl the brush in and then go in and set. I use a light hand and a light amount of product.

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It’s really hard to get a swatch of a transparent powder, but I tried.
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AM & PM :: My makeup was set and was still in place at the end of the day. You can see the subtle glow it gives a little better in the picture on the right.

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