Foundation Friday: CYO Lifeproof Long Lasting

Claims
–Not cakey
–Long lasting
–Lightweight
–Smudge and transfer free
–Comfortable
–Medium, buildable coverage
–Natural finish

Price
–$7 for 1.0 oz
Walgreens, cyocosmetics.com

Shade Range
–15
–My shade: 101

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Dewy finish
–Buildable
–High medium, low full coverage
–Packaging, pump!

Cons
–Shade range
–Availability
–Color tone is off for me
–Wore off on my chin even when set with powder
–Didn’t look or sit right on my skin

Final Thoughts
I ordered mine online because my Walgreens doesn’t carry it. The color is very gray and off for my complexion. It’s a super dewy and I like the healthy look, but I had to set it with powder. The Maybelline powder foundation didn’t help it stay on my chin and it does with other foundations. I can’t pinpoint one thing that makes me like or dislike it, it just didn’t sit well on my skin.

Primers: elf Blur Stick, Tarte Base Tape
Powders: Jeffree Star Magic Powder
Setting Spray: MAC Fix+
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Brush, Sonia Brush Sponge

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Mascara Monday: Wet n Wild Mega Volume

Claims
–High-volume and high impact
–Spiral fiber brush for quick loading of formula and maximizes volume effect
–Vitamin E to soften, moisturize, and protect lashes

Price
–$2.99 at TargetWalgreens,
–$3.29 at wetnwildbeauty.com
–$2.93 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–1
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Pigmented
–Gluten free
–Like the wand
–Volume

Cons
–Not much length or separation
–Took time and layers to get volume built up

Final Thoughts
You really have to work to get anything out of this mascara. I had to do several layers to get even some volume and even then, I still wasn’t impressed. It’s not the worst mascara I’ve tried, but it’s not even worth the $3 it costs. Skip this one!

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Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer

 

Claims
–Full coverage
–Lightweight
–Waterproof
–Transfer & smudge resistant
–Lasts up to 24 hours
–Smooth, seamless finish

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

Shade Range
–12
–My shade: 05 Ivory

Pros
–Unique applicator and packaging
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Worked with other complexion products
–Minimal creasing
–Lightweight

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Shade range
–Don’t get a lot of product on the applicator, have to dip multiple times

Final Thoughts
I love the other complexion products from the Super Stay line so I was really excited to try this out. The lightest shade matches me perfectly; however, I prefer a lighter shade to brighten up my under eye area. To achieve that brightness, I will have to add in some white concealer or another lighter shade. Not a big deal to me, but worth mentioning. It is a great shade to use to spot conceal with though. The packaging is unique, but I don’t care for it. So many other drugstore concealers have been going for packaging similar to Tarte Shape Tape so props to Maybelline for trying something different. I don’t like that you don’t get much product on the wand and you have to dip multiple times. I have fine lines under my eyes so I’m going to get some settling and some creasing with any concealer I use, this one didn’t accentuate those and wasn’t any worse so calling it a win. I’m rating this was as MEH because I don’t like it alone for it’s intended use. It’s not bad by any means, but it didn’t knock my socks off either.

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CoverGirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer

Claims
–Full coverage
–Matte finish
–Easy to blend
–No caking or creasing
–Lasts all day
–Lightweight

Price
–$10.99 at Ulta
–$7.94 at Wal Mart
–$10.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: L100 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Shade match for me
–Vegan
–Full coverage
–No caking or creasing
–Easy to blend
–Worked with correctors and setting powders
–Cute packaging, love the stripes

Cons
–Not all shades available at all stores i.e. Ulta only has 14 shades online

Final Thoughts
The packaging is super sleek and cute and gives me Shape Tape vibes. It works great under the eyes and for spot concealing. It’s full coverage, there’s minimal creasing, and it’s super easy to blend. L100 Fair Porcelain perfect shade and tone for me. If you’ve been looking for a full coverage drugstore concealer, this is it!

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Foundation Friday: NYX Born To Glow Naturally Radiant

 

Claims
–Buildable, medium overage that lasts all day
–Naturally radiant finish
–Smooth, even-toned look
–Blends like a dream

Price
–$10 at Ulta and nyxcosmetics.com
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–45
–My shade: Light Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Longwearing
–Packaging
–Buildable coverage
–Worked with other complexion products
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Shade match for me
–Easy to blend with brush and sponge
–Works on my dry skin
–Lightweight
–Great to mix in other foundation to add radiance and glow

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I FREAKING love this foundation and I can’t believe it’s only $10. It reminds me of the NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation, just a hell of a lot cheaper. I got full coverage with 2 layers and all my redness was covered. It worked great with a brush and sponge which is important to me because I go back and forth with which tool I prefer. The shade and undertone match me perfectly which is RARE. It’s cheap and good and I can’t say enough good things.

Primer: Kaja Blur Drop Weightless Water Primer
Powder: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying 
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge

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Dupe or Duped? Liquid Liner Edition

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner
vs.
Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boostering Eyeliner + Serum


STILA STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF LINER

Claims–Waterproof :: glides smoothing, no skipping :: lasts all day :: dries quickly :: no smudging or running

Price–$22 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, stilacosmetics.com

Shade Range–10

ProsFine tip :: glides on easily :: cruelty free :: dries quickly :: pigmented :: long lasting :: doesn’t smudge or transfer onto lid :: shade range

ConsExpensive :: can dry up quickly if not stored upright

Final Thoughts–I’m very picky with liquid liners. They have to be easy to use, not bleed, and not transfer. This checks all of those boxes and is perfect for summer when it’s so hot and humid. You don’t have to worry about this one running or budging. Expensive, but good. Ulta usually has this half during their 21 Days of Beauty and that’s when I’ve bought it.


PHYSICIANS FORMULA EYE BOOSTER 2-IN-1 LASH BOOSTING EYELINER + SERUM

Claims–Longwearing :: water resistant :: smudge resistant :: enhances appearance of lashes

Price–$11.49 at Ulta :: $10.95 at Walgreens :: $8.74 at Wal Mart :: $6.59 at Target ;; $11.49 at physicansformula.com

Shade Range–3

Pros–Affordable :: easily accessible :: fine tip :: cruelty free :: pigmented :: stays in place :: doesn’t transfer or smudge

Cons–Pricier drugstore option :: shade range

Final Thoughts–I LOVE this liquid liner and it the one I will continue to use and repurchase. It’s really easy to use and glides on like a dream. I love that there’s a brown option. Most drugstore liners only come in black and that’s just too harsh for my fair skin. It is pricier for a drugstore product, but depending on where you buy, you can get it for a decent price.


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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Lash Sensational

Claims
–10 layers of bristles for a full flourish of lashes
–Captures lashes from root to tip for full-fan effect

Price
–$8.99 at Ulta
–$8.99 at Walgreens
–$6.99 at Target
–$6.94 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–3
–Waterproof option

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Waterproof option
–Length
–Can feel the bristles grabbing and coating each lash
–Love the wand shape and application
–No flaking or smudging
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Love the fanned out effect
–Separation

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Minimal volume

Final Thoughts
I tried this years ago and liked it, but I had forgotten just how good it is. This is one of the best options at the drugstore. The formula is perfect, it’s not too wet or too dry. There’s no flaking or smudging which is a major plus. The length and separation is really good, but I don’t think you get tons of volume with this one, but I don’t mind that.

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