Mascara Monday: It Cosmetics Hello Lashes + Volumizing

Claims –Smudge proof –Eye opening volume in one stroke Shade Range –1 Price –$25 at Ulta, It Cosmetics Pros –Packaging –Cruelty free –Separation –Lash loving ingredients –Stays in place –Holds a curl –Length Cons –Price –No shade variation –Not much volume Final Thoughts –This is a tubing mascara and I usually love the tubing formula, but this was a nope for me –Good length and … Continue reading Mascara Monday: It Cosmetics Hello Lashes + Volumizing

Mascara Monday: Beautycounter Think Big All-In-One

Claims –Ultimate lift, length, volume –Fullness –Smudge-proof –Infused with lash loving conditioners –Define lashes from root to tip –Bold color –Longwearing Shade Range –1, Carbon Black Price –$27 on beautycounter.com Pros –Vegan –Cruelty free –Sleek packaging –Separation –Lift –Length –No flaking –No smudging –Length –Volume –Builds without clumping –Easy to remove Cons –Availability –No waterproof option –No shade variation –MLM company –Price Final Thoughts –Plastic … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Beautycounter Think Big All-In-One

Best of Beauty 2021

Complexion It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare (review) CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation (review) Buxom Wanderlust Primer Infused Blushes (review) elf Putty Blush (review) RCMA No Color Powder beautyblender Bounce Airbrush Liquid Whip Concealer (review) BareMinerals BarePRO Glow Liquid Bronzer (review) Morphe2 Hint Hint Skin Tint (review) Milani Supercharged Brightening Undereye Tint (review) Seint Makeup (review) MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish Highlighter (review) … Continue reading Best of Beauty 2021

Speed Reviews: Volume X

—Claims: Creates an even & almost poreless complexion; the perfect base for any makeup application; makeup applies more evenly and lasts longer; keeps skin hydrated; minimizes puffiness under the eyes; smoothing —Price: $5.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com—Pros: Cruelty free; affordable; vegan; silicone-free; little goes a long way; creates a smooth base; blurred pores; ingredients—coconut oil & hyaluronic acid—Cons: Availability—Final Verdict: I don’t like traditional putty primers … Continue reading Speed Reviews: Volume X

Mascara Monday: Essence Lash Princess Curl & Volume

Claims–Easy application–Volume & curl Price–$4.99 at Ulta & Amazon Shade Range–1 Pros–Affordable–Vegan–Cruelty free–Paraben free–Separation–Volume–No clumping–Held a curl–Love the wand shape Cons–Shade variation–Availability–Not a lot length, but doesn’t claim to be lengthening Final Thoughts–This is my favorite Lash Princess formula–Excellent volume and separation–Doesn’t claim to be lengthening and it really isn’t. I pair it with Maybelline Sky High to get some added length–Can’t beat the price, … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Essence Lash Princess Curl & Volume

Essence

About–Started in 2001 by female entrepreneur –Came to US in 2008–Cruelty free (some vegan products too)–Available at Ulta, essencemakeup.com Best Product: Micro Precise Eyebrow PencilUnderrated Product: Melted Chrome Eyeshadow Buy: MascarasPass: Complexion products (foundation, concealer) Improve: Foundation and concealer offerings and shades Tried—Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara (review)—Camouflage + Matt Concealer (review)—Lash Princess Mascara & Waterproof—Volume Booster Lash Primer—Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel—Stay 8H Waterproof … Continue reading Essence

Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating

Claims–Natural finish–Medium coverage–Weightless feel–Lightweight Price–$6.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com–1.05 oz Shade Range–16 at Ulta –31 at essencemakeup.com–My Shade: 010 Cool Porcelain Pros–Cruelty free–Vegan–Ingredients :: aloe vera, hyaluronic acid–Oil free–Affordable–Buildable coverage–Lightweight–Hydrating–Shade range–Shade match for me–Easy to blend–Natural finsih Cons–Not all shades available at Ulta–Availability (Ulta or online only) Final Thoughts–One layer=light coverage, two layers=medium coverage–I had several active (RED!) breakouts when I tested and I wanted additional … Continue reading Foundation Friday: Essence Pretty Natural Hydrating

Speed Reviews Volume IV

Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose Setting Powder Highlighters–Perfect, brighten, & set :: lightweight, finely milled :: soft-focus effect :: blurs the look of pores, extends the wear of makeup Price–$19-38 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom (0.21-0.88 oz) Shade Range–5My Shade–Translucent Cruelty Free–Yes & vegan Pros–Mini size for travel and testing :: non-comedogenic :: shade options & universal translucent :: no flashback :: finely milled :: worked on … Continue reading Speed Reviews Volume IV

Mascara Monday: Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes!

Claims–Volume–No smudging or clumping–Defined lashes–Tubular formula Price–$4.99 at Ulta, essencemakeup.com Shade Range–1 (Black) Pros–Affordable–Easy to remove–Length–No flaking–No smudging–Separation Cons–No volume–Accessibility (Ulta or online only)–Shade range (no brown, brown/black option) Final ThoughtsI love tubing mascaras. My favorite is from Thrive, but it’s pricey so I was hoping this would be similar. (Spoiler–it doesn’t) I got good length and separation, but no volume. I need to use … Continue reading Mascara Monday: Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes!