Mask Monday: Ahava Hydration Cream

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Claims
–Provide an active hydration boost in just 3 minutes
–Instantly restores moisture
–Left with a smooth, plump, and supple complexion

Prices
–$33 for 3.4 oz
Ulta, ahava.com

Pros
–Packed with moisturizing ingredients
–Left skin soft, supple, and smooth
–Super hydrating
–Easy to apply
–Like that you can rinse off or use as a sleeping mask
–Cruelty free
–Vegan

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I love the idea of using it as a sleeping mask, but I don’t sleep in masks. Instead, I leave it on for several hours and then rinse. I still get the benefits of the mask even though I don’t sleep in it. It’s SUPER hydrating, however, there are other, cheaper masks that do the same thing.

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Foundation Friday: Anastasia Beverly Hill Luminous

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Claims
–Water-resistant
–Natural finish
–Longwearing
–Medium coverage
–Blur imperfections without caking
–Easy to blend
–No flashback
–Won’t oxidize

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 100N
–4 shade categories, 3 undertones

Pros
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Paraben and mineral oil free
–Packaging, pump!
–Easy to blend
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this at Sephora and my Sephora inside JC Penney didn’t have the best shade range. I went with 100N as that was the closest match, but I think 110C would be a better match. Regardless of shade, I wanted to test the formula. ABH’s previous foundation, the foundation stick, was a major flop for me so I had high hopes this one would work better. It was very easy to blend out and the coverage built up nicely. I set it to prevent transfer and it didn’t cake up or look too matte. I really love this foundation and would definitely buy the full size.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powders: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Elcie Sponge, Wet n Wild Sponge
Setting Spray: MAC Fix+

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Before & After
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AM & PM

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Mask Monday: Farmacy Bright On

Claims
–Brighten & detox by removing build up and impurities
–Visibly improve the appearance of skin texture and tone

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, beautylish.com, farmacybeauty.com

Pros
–Good for all skin types
–No parabéns, sulfates, phthalates
–Clean beauty product
–Cruelty free
–Made my skin feel soft and supple
–Ingredients :: Vitamin C, kaolin, AHAs, aloe, bentonite
–As you massage it into the skin, it changes color from lavender to green. It’s the Vitamin C capsules bursting so you can actually see the mask working.

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
Prior to using this, my skin felt tight and dehydrated. After, it felt so soft, supple, and hydrated. This is such a cool, innovative product with the color changing formula. A friend gave this to me to try and while I liked it, it is pricey. I don’t know that I’d buy it at full price. I like that you massage it in and get it working before you leave it on to dry which is so simple, but something I had never thought of before.

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You can see how it changed colors after I rubbed it it

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Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour

 

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Claims
–Weightless
–24 hour wear
–Full coverage
–Oil and shine control
–Waterproof
–Sweat resistant
–Won’t look cakey or cause blemishes
–Matte finish

Price
–$36 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, smashbox.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 0.1

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Packaging
–Ingredients :: Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid
–No parabens, phthalates, or sulfates
–Shade match for me

Cons
–Expensive
–Availability :: online or Sephora only

Final Thoughts
I’m always here for the full coverage foundations so I nabbed a sample from Sephora to try out. I’ve only tried one other foundation from Smashbox and I wasn’t a fan so I wasn’t very hopeful with this one. When I read the claims, I figured this wouldn’t work for me, but I wanted to test it anyway. Sadly, I was right this was a total bust. I tried it a few times and took pics from 2 days of my trial. It caked up, separated, and wore off in some spots. It wasn’t very easy to blend and just looked a hot mess on my dry skin. It settled into my smile lines pretty bad too. My upper lip is a problem area for me and Y’ALL it was looking ROUGH. Adding in the elf Hydrating Booster drops definitely helped, but it still wasn’t a good look. I have some matte foundations that work on my dry skin with proper prep, but this one isn’t it. I also don’t know how well it would last on oily skin since it broke up and separate on my dry skin, I would think it would be even worse if you were oily.

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Primers Day 1: Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum, elf Blur Stick
Primers Day 2: CYO Illuminating Cream, elf Blur Stick

**Day 2 I mixed in the elf Hydrating Booster Drops

Powder Day 1: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying
Powders Day 2: Revolution Pro Hydra Matte, Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Glow Illuminating Foundation

Setting Spray: MAC Fix+ (used both days)

Tool: Elcie Sponge (used both days)

Day 1 photos are on the left, Day 2 on the right

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Before & After
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You can see where it broke up and wore off

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Mask Monday: GlamGlow 60 Second Instamud Pore Refining Treatment

Claims
–Refines pores and evens skintone
–Leaves skin soft and smooth in as little as 60 seconds
–Energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion

Price
–$42
Nordstrom, Sephora, glamglow.com

Pros
–No parabéns or phthalates
–Pretty color and packaging
–Works in 60 seconds
–Tickle/tingle feeling
–Left skin soft and smooth
–Really only need to leave it on for a minute
–Ingredients: bentonite, kaolin, aloe vera, niacinamide, witch hazel

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
GlamGlow usually knocks it out of the park with their masks and this one is no exception. I LOVE this and it lives it up to all of its claims. It’s a great product to use weekly to keep pores clean and clear. It is expensive, but since I would only use it in targeted areas, it would last me a while and I would buy the full size.

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Foundation Friday: Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless

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Claims
–Buildable, medium coverage
–Matte finish
–Lasts up to 24 hours
–Waterproof
–Minimize the appearance of pores

Price
–$39 for 1.0 oz
–Ulta, Sephora, urbandecay.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 10NN

Pros
–Vegan
–Shade match for me
–Cruelty free
–Buildable
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade range (9 intensities, 3 master-tones, 7 undertones)
–10NN perfect match for me
–Full coverage with 2 layers
–Easy to blend
–Matte finish but worked on my dry skin

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample at Sephora to try before deciding whether or not to purchase. I was really worried about how this would look since it said it had a matte finish, but I was surprised at how it looked it on my skin. It didn’t cake or cling at all. It was very easy to blend and build up the coverage. I tried it with the Catrice powder first and it broke up so the next day I tried it with the Revolution PRO powder and it look so much better. I really loved that combination and how it sat on my skin. The shade range is impressive and there’s a perfect shade match for me. I have plenty of foundations so I’m not buying the full size right now, but I definitely would purchase this one.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum Primer, elf Blur Stick
Powders: Catrice Prime & Frime Waterproof Mattifying, Revolution PRO Hydra Matte
Setting Sprays: Essence Keep It Perfect!, Catrice Illuminating Setting Spray

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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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