Foundation Friday: Flower Beauty Light Illusion

Claims
–Buildable coverage
–Soft luminosity
–Weightless
–Wears endlessly

Price
–$14 at flowerbeauty.com
–$12.98 at Wal Mart
–$13.99 at Ulta

Shade Range
–15
–My shade: L0 Shell

Pros
–SPF
–Long lasting
–Packaging, it’s very heavy & lux feeling and it has a pump
–Cruelty free
–Weightless
–Buildable, medium to full coverage
–Lives up to all of its claims
–Worked with other complexion products
–Luminous, but not overly dewy, finish

Cons
–Shade range
–Not all shades at all retailers

Final Thoughts
I feel like the shades all lean very warm and yellow, but L0 did work for me. The coverage is buildable and builds to full which I prefer. The finish gives a healthy glow which I prefer to a very wet, dewy look. The shade range was recently expanded, but it still needs improving. The first day I tested this, I used a moisturizing, luminous primer and it was a fail. I don’t have oily skin, but I got very oily/dewy and had to use a blotting sheet. Once I used the blotting sheet, everything was fine, but it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had to blot. The second day, I used a more mattifying primer and it held up and looked much better. I do like this, I just had to figure out the best way to use it for my skin.

Primer: elf Blur Stick
Tools: Morphe M439, Wet n Wild Sponge

Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Star Powder in Rose

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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AM & PM (it’s worn off my nose because allergies)

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April Favorites

This is the semi-lazy version of April favorites because I’m too lazy to gather all of my favorites and take an actual photo. You’re getting a product collage today, friends.

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  1. NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound–I got this a 100 point perk and used up the mini so quickly. I LOVE this formula and this shade lives in my purse. It’s the perfect every day neutral.
  2. Equate Beauty Flat Kabuki Brush–I’ve been trying different techniques with my all over setting powder. Even though I have dry skin, I always set with powder. I have to. Since my skin is dry, finding the right tool & powder combo can be difficult. I’ve been loving using this brush to really press the powder into my skin/foundation for a flawless look. I’m really impressed with quality for the price.
  3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder in Lavender–If you have fair skin and have trouble finding an under eye setting powder that brightens, look no further. Other than the price, I have nothing negative to say about this powder. I will gladly pay full price for this product though because it’s THAT good. It’s so finely milled, brightens, sets, and makes my under eye area looked blurred and flawless. Love, love, love this.
  4. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Melancholia + NARS Orgasm Lip Balm–I can’t stop wearing this lip combo. The shades pair really well and I love the hint of added shimmer that the balm adds.
  5. Morphe M443 Pointed Liner Brush–I go through phases with eyeliner and which kind I prefer. I’m back onto gel liner and this brush gives a perfect line effortlessly.
  6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Moisturizer–This was a surprise half off deal during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty so I decided to give it a go. I have a lot of redness in my skin and had wondered about this product, but didn’t want to splurge since I hadn’t heard many reviews on it. I’m so glad I decided to get it. It really works! I can tell my skin isn’t as red and it’s super moisturizing which my dry skin needs. I hate to say goodbye to my beloved Hydro Boost, but I’m really seeing a difference with this product.
  7. Wet n Wild Gel Pout Lip Liners–I’ve never been one to splurge on high end lip liners and if you do, give these a try. I love this formula. It’s creamy, but not slippery and they are SO affordable. I have almost every shade.
  8. Kiss Salon Dip Kit–I picked this up because it was cheap and if it didn’t work out, I wasn’t out a whole lot. I ended up LOVING it. The powder is really fine so it doesn’t get really thick and impossible to file down. The other powder colors, base coat, activator, and top coat are all super affordable as well. If you’ve been interested in an at home dip kit, I highly recommend this one!
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The boys and I have been LOVING the warmer weather and have been spending lots of time outside. Y’all know I’m definitely more indoorsy, but I’ll do anything for those babies.
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I love these photo hanger thingys. I have one on my mantle in my room and recently added one to my cubicle at work. It’s a cute way to display photos and prints and it’s super easy to switch pictures in and out.

Other highlights from April
–I became an aunt to the sweetest little boy, Ethan James.
–I got a new tattoo.
–I survived a CrAzY, busy month at work.
–I celebrated my baby cousin’s first birthday.

 

Foundation Friday: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter

Images are from Google

Claims
–Full coverage
–Conceal blemishes and imperfections
–Flawless, airbrushed finish
–Matte finish that looks luminous
–Fade proof

Price
–$40 for 1.18 oz
Sephora and shophudabeauty.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Milkshake 100B

Pros
–Contains Argan Oil for hydration
–Shade range
–Fair price for high end foundation and you get a little more than the standard 1.0 oz
–Cruelty free
–No parabens or sulfates
–Packaging, pump!
–Full coverage with 2 layers
–Works on my dry skin
–Good shade match
–Lightweight
–Long lasting

Cons
–Sephora exclusive and not in all Sephora stores
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I definitely thought this was going to be way too heavy and way too mate for my dry skin, but I was pleasantly surprised. I love a full coverage foundation so I had to try this one. It didn’t cake up or feel heavy. I prepped my skin and moisturized well and didn’t have any issues. I did what to mention that this has a scent, but it doesn’t linger and it didn’t bother me.

Primer: Wet n Wild Primer Water, Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tool: 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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L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer

Claims
–Waterproof
–Transfer-resistant
–Matte finish
–Fade-resistant
–Full coverage
–Little goes a long way
–Cover under eye circles, acne, discoloration, minimize redness

Price
–$12.99 at Ulta
–$10.99 at Target
–$12.99 at Walgreens
–$10.97 at Wal Mart

Shade Range
–25
–My shade: Porcelain

Pros
–Easily accessible
–Shade range
–Large doe foot applicator
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage
–Minimal creasing
–Easy to blend
–Worked with my every day corrector and under eye setting powder

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
Praise be that there is a shade match for me! It lives up to all of its claims so there’s another bonus. It is pricey for the drugstore, but drugstore prices are on the rise. It’s full coverage, worked with my go to under eye products, and didn’t settle into my fine lines too badly. The wand, formula, and coverage are very Shape Tape-esque so if you’re a Shape Tape fan, give this a go! I love this and will continue to use it.

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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: Morphe Fluidity Full-Coverage

Claims
–Long-wearing
–Sweat proof
–Water-resistant
–Full-coverage
–Transfer resistant
–Great for all skin types

Price
–$18 for 1.0 oz at Ulta & morphebrushes.com

Shade Range
–60
–My shade: F1.10 Fairest with Neutral Undertones

Pros
–Affordable
–Oil free
–Paraben free
–Full coverage
–Long lasting
–Wasn’t too matte for my dry skin
–Didn’t cake on my dry skin
–Fragrance free
–Shade range and tones
–Cruelty free
–Shade match for me
–Easy to blend
–Worked well with my concealer/powder combo

Cons
–Availability :: can only get online, Morphe stores, and select Ulta stores

Final Thoughts
I got full coverage with one layer and I didn’t have to use much product. I got full coverage in one layer using a brush and a sponge. It covered ALL of my redness. At first, it didn’t want to stick to my nose, but that’s not unusual. I got it to stick using a sponge. I was worried that it would be too matte and drying on my VERY dry skin (thanks, cold weather), but it wasn’t. I do think it would dry down/set and not be tacky, but I always set with a powder regardless. Since my skin is dry, I use a fluffy brush and do a very light dusting. I almost bought shade F1.3 (fairest with pink undertones) because I have VERY pink undertones, but I think it would have been too dark. F1.10 was definitely the shade I needed. I think this is a great, full coverage foundation that is affordable.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover RX, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tools: Morphe M439 and Real Techniques Sponge

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM (after the gym, but I don’t sweat a lot there)
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Shade comparisons

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Mixology: Under Eye Brightening Powder

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Finding a brightening powder that is actually brightening on my very pale skin is no easy task. When highlighting and contouring really became a thing and everyone was buying  banana powder to set and brighten, there was nothing that worked for my fair skin.

There are several white, HD powders that will work, but oh the flashback! Most banana powders are too dark for me and work better on people with more warm toned skin.

My skin is more pink and cool toned so the warm, yellow powders are just a no. J. Cat Beauty is one of the only brands (that I know of) that makes a soft, pink powder. Becca also makes a pink powder, but it was too dark to be used alone. The Makeup Revolution powder is stark white so using it alone was very harsh.

I decided to make a mixture that would work for me and I made my perfect shade. I use this mixture to set my concealer every single day. I get minimal creasing, it brightens, and there isn’t flashback. I love a bright under eye to make me look alive and lifted.

Since I took these pictures, I discovered the Makeup Revolution Banana Light Powder and I added some of it in as well.

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Products Used
Makeup Revolution Ghost Baking Powder
Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder in Pink Haze
J. Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Makeup Revolution Loose Baking Powder in Banana Light

These products all come with a large amount of powder so I don’t have to remix it very often. I’ve only done it once in the year that I’ve been using this combination. I mix and store it in an empty Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Jar.