Milani Prep+Set+Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder

Claims
–Natural, healthy glow
–Blurs imperfections
–Sets makeup
–Adds all over radiance
–Lit-from-within finish

Price
–$9.99 at milanicosmetics.com, Walgreens, Target
–$8.97 at Wal Mart

Pros
–Affordable
–Perfect for dry skin
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Sets makeup but doesn’t cake
–Lives up to all of its claims
–Easily accessible

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I am OBSESSED with this powder. I have dry skin, but I’m not into the super dewy, glowy look. Most setting powders are mattifying and don’t look the best on dry skin, but they set your makeup well. I was looking for a product that would set, but not necessarily mattify and accentuate my dryness and I finally found it. This one sets, but doesn’t mattify or cake. It just gives a beautiful, subtle glow. I use this product every single day and it is a dry skin dream. I can’t be without it!

P.S. I use it with this brush. I swirl the brush in and then go in and set. I use a light hand and a light amount of product.

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It’s really hard to get a swatch of a transparent powder, but I tried.
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AM & PM :: My makeup was set and was still in place at the end of the day. You can see the subtle glow it gives a little better in the picture on the right.

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L’Oreal Hydra Perfecte Perfecting Loose Powder

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Claims
–Light-diffusing
–Minimizes pores
–Special moisturizers to nourish and protect your skin

Price
–$9.99 at Wal Mart
–$11.95 at lorealparis.com

Shade Range
–3
–My shade: Translucent

Pros
–Affordable
–Not overly mattifying like most powders are
–Finely milled
–Looks good on my dry skin
–Soft focus effect

Cons
–Scent, very strong fragrance
–Hard to find :: I only find it in store at Wal Mart
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
All powders will slightly mattify, some more than others, and that can look bad on dry skin. This powder is perfect for us dry skinned gals. It has a very airbrushed, soft focus effect and doesn’t look cakey or accentuate dryness. The scent is strong, like it is in most L’Oreal products, but it doesn’t linger and I can deal with it. I hate that it’s hard to find in stores. I only find it at Wal Mart which sucks. I don’t know how well this would work for keeping oils at bay so keep that in mind if you have oily skin. It’s my new favorite, go to loose setting powder.

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January Favorites

This month’s favorites are SUPER random, but this is what I’ve been loving so I wanted to share anyway!

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Erin Condren Planner Folio
–I didn’t get an EC planner this year, but I love this planner folio aka planner holder.
–Of course, I went with the custom option because I wanted to put my dogs and other favorite things on it instead of a design, but there are lots of options.
–I don’t do the full own scrapbook planner with tons of stickers and fancy layouts, but I do use some stickers and this folio is great way to keep all of my stuff together.

J Crew Factory Suede Tassel Stretch Flats
–I got these on super sale and I am obsessed! I love the tassel and the pointed toe. The leopard is calf hair which I love and the tan is suede.
–I ordered the tan first and they were so comfy that I immediately ordered the leopard and black. I accidentally ordered the wrong size in the black and my correct size was sold out so I ended up giving those to my sister. ‘Twas a sad day.
–They are completely sold out, but there are a few sizes available in the leopard. Size up a half size!

Sephora Collection Dynamic Duo On The Go Face Brush
–My elf Massaging Facial Cleanser died and I’ve been too lazy/forgetful to get a battery. I saw this in Sephora and it was cute and travel friendly so I picked it up to try.
–The brush side isn’t too harsh and I love using the silicone side to really cleanse my pores.

Milani Prep+Set+Glow Powder
–This product is so good that it’s getting it’s own post here shortly, BUT in the meantime, just know this is a dry skin dream.

Colour Pop Constellation + Bare Minerals Nude Chiffon
–I always use some kind of primer or cream base when I wear eye shadow. It helps the powder stick and extend wear and it also intensifies the color.
–I don’t love Constellation on its own, but it’s GORG paired with this BM shade.
–It’s been my go to look for eye shadow this month. It’s easy, takes no time, and packs a punch.
–I got the BM shadow at TJ Maxx for $4 or $5 and I can’t find it online to link, but if you see it, get it. It’s so pretty!

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
–When I first tried this, I didn’t like it. It pulled very orange/red toned on me.
–I got it in a gift set recently and gave it another try and now I really like it. The shade is a good match and I like the formula too.
–I have cheaper favorites so I’m not going to repurchase when I use this up, but it is a really good product.

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Colour Pop Constellation + Bare Minerals Nude Chiffon=GORGEOUSNESS 
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I finally got a diploma frame, 5 years after graduating, and then I couldn’t find my diploma. Most of my stuff is in storage and I went through every box in my storage unit and couldn’t find it. I ordered a replacement and finally got it hung up in my office. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.
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My sister gave me these scripture cards for Christmas and it was one of my favorite gifts. I have them on my desk and flip to a new verse every day. I look forward to doing this every morning and starting my day with God’s word. I share them on Instastories and I’ve gotten several questions as to where to purchase them. You can get them on Amazon!
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I got these Adidas sneaks half off at Belk a few weeks ago and they’re cute and comfortable. I’ve been meeting a friend to walk at the park after we get off work and these don’t hurt my feet no matter how many miles we walk. Image via.

What have you been loving this month?

Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder

 

 

Claims
–Silky, lightweight
–Natural/luminous finish
–Smoother, more youthful appearance

Price
–$15 for 0.05 oz
–$33 for 0.56 oz
Sephora, Nordstrom, Ulta, toofaced.com

Shade Selection
–3 in the full size :: universal, medium, deep
–1 in the mini :: universal

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Hyaluroinc acid is an ingredient
–No parabens, sulfates, phthalates
–Mini option to try before committing to full size

Cons
–Little dark and yellow toned to be “translucent”
–Looked awful on my dry skin
–Had to use a blotting sheet for my forehead shine and I NEVER get shiny

Final Thoughts 
I HATED this. It looked SO cakey on my dry skin and clung to every dry patch and pore. It aged me and was just not a good look. Thank goodness I bought the mini and didn’t commit to the full size. I returned this.

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They mean it when they say mini
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Colour Pop No Filter Loose Setting Powder

Claims
–Weightless
–Soft focus, matte finish
–No flashback
–Not heavy or cakey

Price
–$9 for 0.30 oz
Compared to Laura Mercier Translucent Powder $38 for 1 oz
–Available at colourpop.com

Shade Range
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Silky smooth & finely milled

Cons

–Contains talc
–Online only
–Didn’t work with certain foundations, the Colour Pop foundation being one of them
–Showed every fine line under my eyes

Final Thoughts
–I wore this with my beloved Rimmel foundation and it didn’t cake up at all. Then, I tested it with the Colour Pop foundation which was a disaster. It was too much matte for my dry skin.
–I think you have normal or normal/oily skin, you would like this. If you have dry skin, you can make it work, but you have to use the right combination of primer, foundation, and setting spray to make it work.
–It’s not a bad product, it’s just not a good product for me.

Colour Pop Conealer + Colour Pop Powder :: Kylie/Tarte Concealer + Colour Pop Powder

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Colour Pop Powder size compared to Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
CP Found + CP Powder
Colour Pop Powder + Colour Pop Foundation

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Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder Review

Last month, I reviewed several concealers and this month I’m reviewing a few different setting powders. First up, Becca!

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Claims
–Wearable beauty filter
–Does not cake or settle into lines and pores
–Sets makeup, prolongs wear, and refreshes any look
–Subtle luminosity that adds dimension
–Eliminates shine for a natural, perfected finish

Price
–$38 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, and beccacosmetics.com

Shade Range
–2: Golden Hour, Pink Haze
–My shade: Pink Haze

Pros
–Finely milled
–Cruelty free
–Paraben, sulfate, phthalate free
–Lives up to all of its claims

Cons
–Both shades are too dark for me

Final Thoughts
I really LOVE this formula. It really is a wearable filter. My skin and undereye area looked FLAWLESS. However, the color just didn’t work. I mixed it with the Makeup Revolution Ghost powder and that looked and worked fine, but I don’t want to have to do that every day because #lazy. I wish they would come out with this same formula in a translucent or lighter version. If you have a non-ghost skin tone, you should definitely try this!

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My huge pores basically disappeared and my undereyes were so smooth!

 

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No shade match=no approval

 

 

Fair Skin Friday: Contour

Why contour?
Contouring creates a shadow to define or reshape different parts of the face i.e. cheek bones, forehead, nose.

How do you pick a contour shade?
Contour shades should always be MATTE and more cool toned. You should pick a contour shade that is a few shades darker than your skin tone.

Can I just use bronzer?
This is a toss up. It really depends on the tones of your bronzer. A contour that is too warm will tend to look muddy. Bronzer is used to warm up the face and like I said earlier, you want your contour to be more cool toned. However, when I’m in a rush, but still want to define my check bones and nose a little bit, I will grab my Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronze, but I use a light hand.

Do I need to buy a kit?
I personally think contour kits are a waste of money. The kits usually have 6 or so different shades and usually you just need 2 shades, a highlight & a contour. It’s cheaper to just buy 2 singles that you will actually use than buy a kit with extra shades you don’t need and won’t use.

Now, onto the best contour shades & products for us fair skinned gals.

 

–Makeup Geek Contour Powder Single in Breakup, $10 {why can I not find this online?}
Kat Von D Singles in Shadowplay, $16
NYX Powder Contour Single in Sienna, $4.99
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Contour in Light, $44

Physicians Formula Bronze Boost Contour Palette in Sculpting (Matte), $7.99
NYX 3 Steps to Sculpt in Fair, $11.99
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette in Dulce de Leche, $4.99
Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contouring Palette in Ashy Radiance, $7.99

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Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, $28
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn, $25
Ofra Skin Sculpting Wand in Dust, $11
Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Amber, $25
Kat Von D Creme Single in Spice, $16
NYX Cream Highlight & Contour Palette in Light, $14.99

To me, powder is the product to start with. It’s easier to blend and work with and more natural. I only do cream contouring for a night out or special occasion. Ain’t no body got time for that every day! If you’re new to contouring, the Urban Decay Shape Shifter Palette ($42) in Light to Medium has creams and powders so you can play around and figure out which works best for you.

My favorite brushes for powder contouring are the Black Radiance Sculpting Brush ($4.99) and the Real Techniques Contour Brush ($10.79 on SALE!). I got the Black Radiance brush at Walgreens and unfortunately, the Real Techniques brush only comes in a kit, but you can find it at Ulta or Target. If I’m using a cream contour, I use the Colour Pop Flat Angled Contour Brush or a damp beauty sponge.

Any other contour questions? Leave them for me in the comments!