J Cat Beauty Staysurance Water-Sealed Zero Smudge Concealer

 

Claims
–Medium to full coverage
–Won’t creak or cake
–Hydrated, flawless look
–Lightweight
–Combats dark circles, redness, and imperfections
–Waterproof

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta, jcatbeauty.com
–0.83 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Shell

Pros
–Affordable
–Fair skin shades!
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Wand holds enough product for both under eyes, don’t have to keep dipping in
–Covered blemishes and dark circles well
–Lightweight

Cons
–Online only
–Shade range :: need more medium & deep shades

Final Thoughts
It’s very rare that a brand has awesome fair/pale shades, but lacks medium and deep shades. Props to J Cat for thinking of us pale people, but the shade range REALLy needs some work. I hate this online only because this is a really good and affordable concealer. It worked under my eyes and on a pesky blemish.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender
Tool: Wet n Wild Sponge

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Catrice One Drop Coverage Weightless Concealer

Claims
–Full coverage
–Long-lasting
–Moisturizes while correcting the appearance of dark circles and imperfections
–Sweat-resistant

Price
–$6.99 for 0.23 oz
–Ulta, catricecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–4 at Ulta
–8 at catricecosmetics.com
–My shade: 003 Porcelain

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Didn’t settle/crease
–Affordable
–Little goes a long way

Cons
–Shade range
–Lightest shade too dark for me

Final Thoughts
The shade range is total garbage. I bought the lightest shade and had to use a white concealer to make it work. A concealer in dropper packaging like this is interesting and I had never tried one like this before. Dropper packaging tends to be a little messy and the product very liquid-y and runny, but this one wasn’t. The consistency was perfect and I was really impressed with the formula. It was very easy to blend, full coverage, and didn’t settle or crease (any more so than usual concealers, I have fine lines so everything settles/creases to an extent). Catrice needs to work on the shade range, for most of their products, but if there’s a shade for you or you’re willing to mix, I think you’ll like it.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender

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Hot New Shit Volume I

Katy, one of my favorite YouTubers, does Hot New Shit videos so she is the inspo behind this post. These are new products I’m interesting buying and trying. I get samples of what I can at Sephora to try before buying, purchase some, and skip others. I would be perfectly happy to buy and try and review new products all day every day, but that is not my reality. Maybe one day!


SKINCARE

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Y’all know I love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost line so when I saw they released a new line, I got super excited. I’m going to finish up the skincare I’m using now, but I will definitely be purchasing this line.


FOUNDATIONS

Y’all know I test foundations every Friday and there are so many new releases out that I am dying to try. I’ve gotten samples of a few at Sephora so stay tuned.

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THE REST

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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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Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Concealer

 

Claims
–Full coverage
–Blendable
–Evens and blurs out skin imperfections
–No heavy feel, weightless, coverage
–Formulated for all skin types and tones

Price
–$14
Ulta, juviasplace.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: J24

Pros
–Affordable
–Large doe foot applicator
–Simple, sleek packaging
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Full coverage
–Under eye area looked blurred and smooth
–Lives up all claims

Cons
–Availability :: Ulta or online only

Final Thoughts
I loved the foundation and was hoping the concealer would be just as good and it is! The shade range is impressive and there is a shade light enough for me as a skin tone match and to use as a brightening shade. I prefer a brighter under eye so I went with J24. If I wanted to use this for spot concealing, I would go up a shade. Like the foundation, it gives a blurred, smoothed finished. It was very easy to blend and sets so nicely with powder. You can’t beat the coverage or the price. This is definitely worth checking out and a product I am glad to have in my collection.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Hydrate Concealer

Claims
–Lightweight finish
–Boost of moisture
–All day hydration
–Hyaluronic acid
–Covers blemishes, evens skintone, counteracts dark circles
–Sheer, satin finish
–Won’t settle into lines
–Smooth, delicate application

Price
–$10
Ulta, revolutionbeauty.com
–0.45 oz

Shade Range
–50 at revolutionbeauty.com
–16 at Ulta
–My shade: C0.2

Pros
–Affordable
–Hyaluronic acid
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Lightweight
–Don’t have to dip in multiple times
–Full coverage
–Under eye area looked soft, smooth, and blurred

Cons
–Availability :: Ulta or online, not all shades available at Ulta

Final Thoughts
My perfect shade in the Makeup Revolution line is 0.5, but Ulta didn’t have this shade available so I went with C0.2. This shade was a little more yellow, but it worked and brightened up the under eye area. It was super easy to blend and I loved that I didn’t have to dip in multiple times. My under eye area looked like it had a filter on it, it was so smooth and blurred. If I wanted a shade to spot conceal, I would definitely need C0.5, but C0.2 works for a bright under eye which I prefer. I love and recommend this 100%. A foundation was released with this concealer and I’ve been testing it as well. That review will be up Friday so be sure to come back!

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

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August Favorites

August was a slow month for manicures (yesterday’s post) and favorites so I don’t have much to share. However, I REALLY love these few things and I’ve been using the crap out of them all month long.

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  • Secret Treasures PJs from Wal Mart
    • There are few things in life that bring me as much joy as pajamas, especially soft and cheap pjs. These from Wal Mart fit the bill. The set was around $12 and sadly I can’t find them online. All I know is the brand is Secret Treasures.
    • I got the short sleeve, v-neck shirt in a larger size and the ankle length pants in my usual size. I like to my pjs to be loose and flowy. The material is so lightweight and soft which is perfect for me because I’m hot natured AF.
    • Another good thing about this brand is you could mix and match. You get ankle length pants, long pants, shorts, bermuda shorts, a short sleeve top, a tank top, etc. Each piece was sold separately so you could mix and match. GENIUS.
  • Colour Pop Just A Tint Lip Tint in Chimichanga
    • I’ve been looking for a sheer red lip for what seems like ages. I love a bold, red lip, but sometimes I want the red look without having to worry about lip liner and reapplying.
    • These provides just enough color, is hydrating, and comfortable.
    • If you want a red lip, but aren’t ready to jump in with both feet, give this one a go!
  • CoverGirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer
    • I did a full review on this here so I won’t go into detail, but it’s good.
    • It’s full coverage, has a good shade range, and won’t break the bank.
  • elf Total Face Sponge
    • A few of the YouTubers I watch have been raving about this sponge so I picked it up to give it a try. I don’t know what it is that makes it so good or extra special, there are definitely comparable sponges at the drugstore already, but I haven’t stopped using this.
    • I usually do my foundation with a brush, but I’ve hardly touched my foundation brush this month. I’ve been using this for foundation, concealer, and powder.
    • If you want a cheaper alternative to the beautyblender, I highly recommend this one.

FavLipCombo

I can’t quit with this lip combo. I usually don’t even like nude lips, but since I discovered this combo, I can’t stop wearing it. I use the Jordana Lip Liner in Tawny, then Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick, and top it off with Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. The lipstick and gloss are great on their own, but wearing them together is just pure perfection. The sunnies are Karen Walker Super Lunar sunnies in Crazy Tort & Gold if you care.