Foundation Friday: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear

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Claims
–Buildable, full-coverage
–16 hour wear
–Transfer proof
–Lightweight
–Fade-resistant
–Sweat proof

Price
–$49 for 1.0 oz
Nordstrom, Sephora, narscosmetics.com

Shade Range
–33
–My shade: Oslo

Pros
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Fragrance free
–Full coverage
–Longwearing
–Lightweight
–Alcohol free
–Oil free
–Dermatologist tested
–Non-comedogenic
–Packaging, pump!

Cons
–Expensive
–Doesn’t work well with just any concealer or powder

Final Thoughts
The first time I tried this, I used my Hourglass powder and it was a hot mess. It looked heavy, cakey, and just bad. I tried it again with my Milani powder and it was a much better match. It set the foundation, but left my skin glowy and not cakey. I used my Catrice concealer and it was a nope,  but it worked well with my Kylie concealer. I love the radiant finish and got full coverage with one layer. I really like this, but there are cheaper foundations that I like just as much that play well with any and all powders and concealers. I do think it’s a great foundation and if it were cheaper, I would definitely buy it.


NARS + Hourglass

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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face

NARS + Milani

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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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Mascara Recap 2018

If you’ve been following along for a little while, you know that Mascara Monday is a regular thing around here. I reviewed 18 mascaras last year, wow!

You can always see if I’ve reviewed a mascara by typing it in the search bar, but like the foundation post I did, I wanted one, concise place to have as a reference point. Also, I’m going to save them as a highlight on my Instagram, so you can check it out there as well.

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It Cosmetics Superhero
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Lancome Monsieur Big
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here 

Maybelline Total Temptation
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

LOreal Lash Paradise
–Length
–Volume
–No flaking or smudging
–Dries out quickly
–Clumpy
–NOPE
–Full review here

CoverGirl Total Tease
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

Revlon Volumazing
–Length
–Volume
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–LOVE
–Full review here

CoverGirl Flourish
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

CoverGirl Peacock Flare
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

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Catrice Glam & Doll
–Length
–Separation
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

Benefit BADgal Bang
–Length
–Separation
–MAJOR FLAKING
–NOPE
–Full review here

Neutrogena Hydro Boost
–Length
–Volume
–Little clumpy
–No flaking or smudging
–MEH
–Full review here

 

 

 

Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating

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Claims
–Long-wearing
–Won’t settle into pores and fine lines
–Won’t oxidize
–Transfer proof
–Buildable coverage
–Hydrates
–Natural matte finish

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

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 0.1

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E are ingredients which are great for my dry skin
–No parabens, phthalates, or fragrance
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Oil-free
–Shade range
–Buildable, medium to full coverage
–Lightweight
–Packaging–>pump!

Cons
–Tacky finish, doesn’t set
–Not good on my dry skin, looked SO cakey with powder

Final Thoughts
This looked HORRIBLE on my dry skin. I think it might because I used powder to set it, but it felt so tacky so I had to. I can’t stand the feeling of a tacky foundation and I’m not waiting around for a foundation to set. My blush and bronzer would definitely not have blended over top had I not set it with powder. I got full coverage with 2 layers and I prefer full coverage so that was a positive. However, this was a total fail for me. I’m so glad I got a sample at Sephora to try before buying!

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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full Face
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Foundation Friday: 2018 Recap

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Wet n Wild Photo Focus
–Full review here
LOVE

elf Flawless Finish
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable
–Full review here
LOVE

Paula’s Choice Anti-Aging Serum Foundation
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

LA Girl Pro Matte
–Full review here
LOVE

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

BH Cosmetics Naturally Flawless
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

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CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

CoverGirl Matte Made
–Full review here
LOVE

Revlon Full Cover
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

NYX Mineral Stick
–Full review here
LOVE

Colour Pop No Filter Stix
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Colour Pop No Filter Natural Matte
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define
–Full review here
LOVE

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Milani Conceal + Perfect
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Ulta Moisturizing Stick
–Full review here
LOVE

Mary Kay Mineral
–Full review here
LOVE

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Benefit Hello Happy
–Full review here
NOPE 

Fenty Pro Filt’R
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

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LimeLife Botancial 
–Full review here
LOVE

Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin
–Full review here
LOVE

Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Too Faced Born This Way
–Full review here
LOVE

Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating
–Full review here
NOPE

Estee Lauder Double Wear 
–Full review here
LOVE

Becca Ultimate Coverage 
–Full review
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Beauty Busts 2018

Because not every product is a winner

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MAKEUP
Tarte Shape Tape Foundation (Hydrating) :: I wasn’t impressed with the coverage or the shade. You can read my full review here.
Urban Decay Velvetizer :: Andrea Matilliano recommened this and said it made her skin look flawless and blurred. Umm sign me up! I believe her, but it was just too cakey on my dry skin. It looked horrible.
Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder in Pink Haze :: Can you tell I’m all about the blur? The powder was really nice and finely milled and didn’t look bad on my dry skin, but the shade just didn’t work on my fair skin.
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Powder :: CAKEY MESS. I bought the mini for $15 and returned it.
—-CoverGirl Peach Punch Highlighter :: This looked so promising and is a pretty shade, but it’s straight glitter. Review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Foundation Stick :: No shade match, not good on dry skin. See a theme here? You’d think I’d learn, but I must try it all. Review here.
—-LOreal Lash Paradise Primer :: I liked this at first, but it got thick and clumpy really quickly. I’m sticking with the LOreal Voluminous Mascara Primer. Review here.
CoverGirl Mascara Primer :: This may be the worst product I tried all year. It did nothing and I don’t even know if I even got the product on my lashes. It gets caught and clumped in the bristles on the wand. Major fail. Full review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Foundation :: No shade match and way too matte for my dry skin. Review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Loose Setting Powder :: Again, CAKEY MESS. Too matte for my dry skin. Review here.
Morphe Highlight & Contour Sponge :: So hard and rough.

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SKINCARE
Tatcha Water Cream :: I got a small size as a 100 point perk and was so disappointed. I feel like this a hyped product and Tatcha is a hyped brand, but this did not give enough hydration for me. Hydro Boost for life.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base :: Another hyped up product that is a good base for dry skin. I got sample and could not get past the scent. It might be amazing, but the smell is awful. This is a moisturizing primer so perhaps it should have gone with the makeup, but I’m too lazy to move it. Whatever. It still stinks.

High End Beauty Guide 2018

Copy and pasted straight from Monday’s post because #lazy

Y’all know I am always trying new products so I know what’s good and what to recommend and because I have a makeup addiction.

I decided to put together two beauty guides for the end of the year, affordable and high end, to highlight my favorite products in each category. These are the products I would recommend if asked.

I wanted to put them all in once place so you and I can both reference them easily. I thought long and hard spent a lot of time thinking about each category and product. I sure hope I didn’t miss anything, but if I did, let me know in the comments.

These beauty guides will be your ultimate tool kit.

You can see the affordable guide here and now onto the high end products!

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PRIMER
Blur: Tarte Timeless Smoothing
Mattify (Oily skin): Murad Oil Control Mattifier
General (Normal skin): Becca First Light Priming Filter
Hydrate (Dry skin): Too Faced Hangover Rx.

FOUNDATION
Full Coverage: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Medium/Buildable: Too Faced Born This Way
Sheer: Benefit Hello Happy 

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CORRECTOR
Bobbi Brown Corrector

CONCEALER
Tarte Shape Tape

UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING POWDER
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening

SETTING POWDER
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

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BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze

BLUSH
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

LIQUID HIGHLIGHTER
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid

CREAM CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

CONTOUR POWDER
Kat Von D Shade + Light Single in Sombre

POWDER HIGHLIGHTER
Ofra Pillow Talk

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BROW PENCIL
Anastasia Beverly Hill Brow Wiz

BROW GEL
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

SINGLE SHADOWS
Anastasia Beverly Hills

EYE SHADOW PRIMER
Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour

PALETTE
Urban Decay Naked2

CREAM SHADOW
MAC Paint Pot

LASH PRIMER
Lancome Cils Booster

MASCARA
Lancome Monsieur Big

GEL LINER
MAC Fluidline

PENCIL LINER
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On

LIQUID LINER
Stila Stay All Day

lips

SHINE
MAC Satin

SHEER
Urban Decay Vice Sheer

MATTE
MAC Matte

LIQUID LIPSTICK
Anastasia Beverly Hills

GLOSS
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

LINER
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On

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SET
MAC Fix+

EXTEND
Urban Decay All Nighter 


I really don’t have any high end brush and tool recommendations. I love the Original beautyblender, but I don’t use high end brushes. I have one brush from Sigma and I like it, but it’s not any better than any of my drugstore recommendations. So save some money on your tools and reference my recommendations from Monday!

Foundation Friday: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

I wore this foundation in high school and college and then they changed the shade range and there was no longer a shade match for me. I wore “Shell” forever, but the “Shell” of today is HELLA dark.

Once I got into makeup and started following blogs and watching YouTube, so many people raved about this foundation. I’m over like, “I KNOW IT’S GOOD. I USED IT BEFORE YOU!” I was salty.

Estee Lauder came to their senses and expanded the shade range and when I saw there was one for me, I couldn’t add to my cart fast enough.

Claims
–24 hour wear
–Oil free
–Non-acnegenic
–Medium-to-full coverage
–Matte finish
–Waterproof
–Transfer resistant
–Dermatologist tested
–Fragrance free
–Cool, neutral, and warm undertones available

Price
–$42 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom 

Shade Range
–56
–My shade: 0N1 Alabaster
*some shades are online only at some retailers

Pros
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Lightweight on the skin
–Full coverage
–Long lasting
–Fragrance free
–Matte finish but can work for dry skin with proper skin prep

Cons
–Packaging :: You can by a pump separately for $10
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive
–Some shades are online only at some retailers

Final Thoughts
There’s a reason this foundation has a cult following and is loved by so many. It is full coverage and will last all.day.long. I definitely need to get the pump, otherwise it pours out and there is potential to waste product and it’s too expensive for that to happen. I have to moisturize, use a glowy/hydrating primer, and use a hydrating spray to make this work for my dry skin, but the end result is worth it. If I don’t hydrate properly, it will look like crap on my dry skin. I also like to mix this with other foundations for a little extra coverage and wear time. I usually wear something lighter for day to day, but I like this for special occasions and long days. I am so glad this foundation is back in my life.

Estee Lauder recently came out with Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup and I want to try it, but there isn’t a shade for me. I need them to expand that line and help a sister out.

Warning my fair looks fabulous like crap in these photos. I’m lazy. Sorry not sorry.

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Before & After

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Bare face :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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Shade comparisons

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