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.

 

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Hauled it…how was it?

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A few weeks ago, I shared a HAUL. I actually purchased these products and started using them before that post went up, so I’ve had plenty of time to test all these products out and form opinions on them.

Keep reading to see which products I liked and which ones were a bust!

Side Note: I love watching Haul videos on YouTube, but hate when there is no follow up. I’m over here wondering if those products worked out. Were they good? Do I need it? Should I avoid it? HELP A GIRL OUT. LET ME KNOW.

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  • Prep & Blur Stick, $8
    • Repurchase
    • Blurs pores really well
    • LOVE
  • Jelly Highlighter in Bubbly, $6
    • This WILL NOT blend over powder. Most creams don’t, but I forgot to use it and wanted to try it anyway, major mistake.
    • I put on my foundation, tap this on my cheekbones, and set with translucent powder. You can still the highlight peeking through.
    • I apply a powder highlighter on top and you get BLINDED. You can certainly skip adding the powder highlight if you want something more natural.
    • LOVE
  • Color Correcting Stick in Correct Dark Circles Light, $4
    • Creamy
    • A little too dark for me, but I can make it work
    • VERY pigmented, just need a little
    • Easy to blend
    • LOVE
  • Brow Gel, $5
    • Note as good as my beloved Tarte gel
    • Will use on days where I don’t want to take the time to use a pencil, but want some color
    • When I do my brows, I start with a tinted brow gel and then fill in with a pencil. You can’t do that with this one. This gel and a pencil just don’t work well together.
  • Poreless Putty, $8
    • Everyone is LOSING THEIR MINDS over this primer because it’s supposed to be a dupe for the Tatcha primer.
    • This provides a good, smooth canvas for foundation, but it didn’t do much for my pores.
    • It also wasn’t cute on my dry skin. I used it all over and only around my nose where my pores are larger and it just wasn’t a good look for me.
  • Eye Makeup Remover Balm, $4
    • Perfect for removing stubborn liner and mascara
    • Run over my lash line and wipe all the makeup my initial remover missed
    • LOVE this
  • Solid Brush & Sponge Cleanser, $4
    • This is just as good as more expensive solid cleansers
    • Will be buying several of these next time I order
    • LOVE
  • Smoothing Eye Serum, $8
    • I keep it in my mini fridge so metal rollers stay cool which helps depuff
    • Hydrates and smooths
    • LOVE

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My friend Owen delivered her sweet, identical twin girls at 24 weeks. She and I have several mutual friends, but got to know each other through blogging. She is so sweet and has the cutest little family. Her sweet girls, Molly & Lucy, are in the NICU and have a long road ahead before they can join their parents and older sister, Vivian, at home.

A PayPal was started to help with expenses and if you have it in your heart to donate, you can use this link. If you aren’t able to donate, prayers are always welcomed and completely free. I know God has a special plan for these girls!

Foundation Friday: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Stick

Claims
–Long-lasting coverage
–Semi-matte finish
–Infused with Argan and Sunflower Seed oils for intense moisture and seamless blendability

Price
–$5.99 at Target, Walgreens, wetnwildbeauty.com

Shade Range
–21
–My shade: Alabaster

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade match for me
–Gluten free
–Talc free
–Fragrance free
–Buildable coverage
–Cruelty free
–Vegan

Cons
–SUPER tacky so you have to set it
–Cakey
–Clung to dry patches
–Not very creamy, tugged going on

Final Thoughts
You get medium coverage with one layer and full with two. I could not get this to stay on my nose. This happens sometimes, but usually between a brush and a sponge, I can make something work. Not with this one! It looked SO cakey with and without being set with powder. It did have good coverage though, it covered all my redness with 2 layers. The first day I tried it, it made me SO oily. I looked in the mirror and my forehead was shining. I rummaged in my purse and found an oil blotting sheet and was shocked. My skin has not needed an oil blotting sheet or even gotten oily in YEARS. It was just AWFUL on my dry skin. The next time I tried it, I thought extra prep and moisturizing would help. NOPE. I love the original Photo Focus Foundation that is liquid, but this was a major FAIL.


Day 1
Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer
elf Blur Stick
Milani Prep+Set+Glow Powder
*This is my usual primer/powder combo that works well with almost every foundation I use and try*

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face
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Sorry if this is gross, but look how oily this foundation made me. I was SO shiny. My skin is dry AF and I never get oily.

Day 2
Origins GinZing Moisturizer & eye cream
Physicians Formula Rose All day Serum Primer
–Becca Hydra Mist Powder

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face
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AM & PM
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You can see how it’s not clinging to my nose and how it just looks cakey and bad. My skin just looked like it was begging for moisture.

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Haul

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elf and Wet n Wild released new products and had sales going on so I did a little shopping. I placed these orders after Christmas when they were having mega sales on top of their already affordable prices so I got a lot of bang for my buck! I placed my orders on the actual website, but you can find them at drugstores, Target, Wal Mart, etc.

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Stay tuned for a follow up post to see if I liked these products!

Beauty Bite: New + Review

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There are some new products I’ve purchased in the last few months that I wanted to share, but didn’t want to do a separate post on.

Colour Pop Jelly Much Shadow
–Shade: We Jammin
–Price: $8
–Cruelty free
–Love the shade. It’s a bright, white gold that’s very metallic and vibrant
–I usually layer a powder shadow over a cream like this, but you’ve got to wait for it to dry if you want to do that. I don’t have to patience to wait because it does take a little while so I recommend using this alone.
–I like to use it to brighten up the inner corner.
LIKE but don’t love

Colour Pop Creme Gel Colour
–Shade: Call Me
–Price: $6
–Cruelty free
–Creamy, easy to apply, and stays in place
LOVE

Essence Volume Booster Lash Primer
–Price: $4.99
–Cruelty free
–Smells good
–Works just as well as my beloved LOreal and it’s cheaper
–Added volume
LOVE

Colour Pop Brow Boss Pencil
–Shade: Taupe
–Price: $5
–Cruelty free
–Has a spoolie on the end which is a major plus
–Small tip allows for easy control and precision
LOVE

Wet n Wild Liquid Matte Creme Eyeshadow 
–Shade: Camel Back
–Price: $5
–Cruelty free
–Reminded me of the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
–Can wear alone or use as a primer, I used it as a primer
–Dried down matte and shadow blended easily on top of it with no creasing!
LOVE

Colour Pop Supernova Shadow
–Shade: Constellation
–Price: $7
–Cruelty free
–Patchy AF when worn alone
–Dries down
–Would work better as a base or topper. I don’t recommend wearing alone.
LIKE but don’t love

Becca Mineral Blush
–Shade: Flowerchild
–Price: $32 (got mine half price!)
–Cruelty free
–Pigmented AF! Use a light hand
–Love the color and the luminous finish
LOVE

Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer
–Price: $5.99
–Cruelty free
–The consistency is too thick to me.
–Works fine, but I prefer a more thin, lightweight primer.
–Glow, yes :: pore minimizing, no
NOPE (for me, but not a bad product)

NYX Foil Play Cream Eye Shadow
–Shade: Beauty Buzz
–Price: $5.99
–Cruelty free
–You HAVE to apply this with your finger and I hate using my fingers to apply makeup
–Very foiled and metallic
–Work best alone, powder shadows don’t blend or sit well on top
NOPE (for me, but not a bad product)

Essence Color Correcting Liquid Concealer
–Shade: Pastel Pink
–Price: $3.99
–Cruelty free
–Not much coverage or pigmentation, very thin
–My dark circles need more coverage than what this gives
NOPE

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter
–Price: $28
–Cruelty free
–Works for fair skin
–Pretty packaging and presentation
–Not as blinding as I thought, but it’s still really pretty
LOVE

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette
–Price: $19 (I got it for $10)
–Cruelty free
–SO pigmented so use a light hand
–Perfect size for travel, but the pans are big enough to get your brush in
LOVE

Foundation Friday: Wet n Wild Photo Focus

Primer: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie
Tool: Sigma F80
Powder: RCMA No Color Powder with Real Techniques Body Complexion Sponge

Description (wetnwildbeauty.com)
Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection.

Price
–$5.99 @ Ulta
–$4.68 @ Wal Mart
–$4.69 @ Target
–$5.99 @ Walgreens
–$5.99 @ wetnwildbeauty.com

Shade Range
–22 shades
–My shade: Porcelain

Pros
–Shade range
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Buildable coverage (medium to full)
–Love the natural finish; not too matte for my dry skin

Cons
–Packaging:: I don’t love the spatula. I wish it had a pump!

Final Verdict
I LOVE this foundation. It is definitely one of the best I’ve ever tried and is my favorite in my current collection. IT’S ONLY $5ish DOLLARS!! I love the flawless finish and it looks great in photographs hence the name. It holds up really well throughout the day and I can get full coverage with 2 layers. I use it with the RCMA No Color Powder and it doesn’t cake up. You have GOT to try this foundation.

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