Nov 27, 2015

Covergirl The Supersizer mascara was a great pleasure to use The wand is very different from anything I have ever used. It is flat on both sides and the other two sides hold spikes that slightly rotate. The spikes vary in length which enables the product to reach all of my eyelashes. If I didn’t love trying out new mascaras so much, I would totally repurchase! Recommend it to any budget-friendly advocates.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed is a staple in my makeup drawer. This one lasted me a whole year until it broke during a business trip. It was such a sad moment. This is the perfect “natural” blush for my medium-olive skin tone. There is no shimmer which I love and it is appropriate for any season! These blushes don’t stay 12 hours on my face, but it does last me up until noon. I have recommended this blush to many friends and love that it is cruelty-free.
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel was my summer brow shade. There is really nothing to say about this product other than that it stays on ALL DAY, and is the best eyebrow product out there. This is one of the products that I repurchase before it empties, so that I am never left without it.
The Batiste Dry Shampoo is the only dry shampoo I like to use. This makes skipping washes easy to do. I’m not a fan of the smell, but the hype is correct as it is the biggest bang for your buck. Will repurchase for life!

Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner in Dark Brown. I already have another one of this… That is all I should have to say when I am talking about empties. This liner is the best eyeliner out there, no competition. Stays on for days, the felt tip makes application easy and precise. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO TO ULTA AND PURCHASE ONE.
The last two products are ones that I haven’t repurchased, and one that I will never repurchase.
The Urban Decay Primer potion is a solid primer. I have used this for multiple years, and this tube lasted me about two years (no joke)! So after I was through with it, I decided to go out and try a new primer. Eyeshadow primers all act the same for me. I love the Urban Decay, Too Faced and NARS and will most likely rotate between them. It is a solid product.

The Shiseido Pureness Mattifying moisturizer was awful. I thought I loved this product but it was just a lie. This didn’t agree with my skin and made my skin more oily. Don’t get me wrong, it was super lightweight and felt amazing on the skin, but the matte marketing claim didn’t hold true with me. I was so disappointed with it. I made myself use it up because it wasn’t cheap. I’m sure this works for other people out there, I just wasn’t one of them L

Nov 10, 2015

2015 November Favorites

A little overdue, but here are my monthly favorites for October.

NARS Velvet Matte in Dragon Girl | October is the start for dark lips, and vampy vibes. I love me a dark lip, but I love me a red lip even more. This lipstick is literally the best lip product out there. It goes on smooth, has a velvety matte finish (a la the name) and stays put through ANYTHING. It even had the Coolcats comment on how this thing never comes off even between a couple of sips during a good time!
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra in 310 Bisque | This stuff hasn't left my face since I got it. See my full review here.
Morphe Brush M439 | This is a holy grail brush from Ms. Jaclyn Hill. So when the queen says this is the best foundation brush, and the price point is so reasonable, you go ahead and get it. This brush is absolutely amazing. It doesn't eat up the foundation like most brushes, and provides a flawless finish. I love this so much that I don't even touch my beauty blender anymore.
Simple Light Moisturizer | For the past couple of months I have been using the FAB Matte Moisturizer. I noticed that my makeup was NOT staying put and I couldn't pinpoint why. Then one day at Target, I saw this moisturizer and decided to give it a go (because I saw it on a vanity of a friend of mine). As soon as I switched over to this moisturizer, my face wasn't an oil slick anymore! I'm not sure how, because everyone who has oily skin raves about the FAB moisturizer, but clearly I can't use it. So basically, I am married up to the Simple Light Moisturizer (it's also way less from a price standpoint).
The Conair Diffuser Attachment from ULTA | I have wanted a diffuser for years. I have wavy hair, and I love it but in the winter months, I get so cold for waiting it to dry. I have been using this diffuser and I love that it doesn't frizz my hair, and it keeps my waves in tact! 
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark | I don't think I have to say much about this polish, as it is a cult favorite for fall! If you don't have it, please do yourself a favor, and purchase it now!
Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium Deep | At the beginning of the month, I got my brows done for the first time ever at the Benefit Brow Bar. Not only was I super impressed with the girl who did my brows, but I was also super impressed with the gimmeBROW product she used after doing my brows. It looked like she used a pencil, but she didn't! I loved this stuff and used it religiously all month long. It also keeps brows in place through everything (even a sweaty workout). 

And that is all for my monthly favorites! Hope you all have an amazing month so far, and are getting excited for the holidays (don't skip Turkey day). 

Nov 1, 2015

Full Report: IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfection Powder

I first heard about this powder from the great Alexandrea Garza. She talked about it in one of her videos and since IT Cosmetics hadn't let me down yet (I love their CC Cream), I decided to give it a whirl. I had just ran out of my MAC MSNF, so I decided it was time to try out a new powder. With it $35 price tag, it seemed pretty similar in price to the MSNF, so I didn't feel as guilty for purchasing. 
Let's start with the packaging; it is a very compact and plastic, making it very easy to throw in your bag and not worrying about it breaking. The holographic coloring is also a plus, and looks beautiful on my vanity. The compact mirror also makes this an amazing throw in your bag product, as you can check your makeup throughout the day without needing another mirror. 

The product inside is as good as its packaging. I haven't used it on its own, but as a setting powder it does a fantastic job. Keeps me matte throughout the day (I do need to pull it out around lunch time) and doesn't cake up on my skin when I use it to blot. It doesn't flashback, even though it has an SPF of 50! I have also noticed that this doesn't break me out. Again, I have not tried this product by itself, but I never use powders alone as they don't give me enough coverage or longevity to last me throughout the day. I wouldn't say this is a groundbreaking powder, but it is definitely my favorite from all of the ones I have tried. If you are in the market for a new powder, I would give this baby a whirl. 

Oct 28, 2015

Judgement: The Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra

It is very difficult to keep foundation on my face throughout a whole work day. The true problem with oily skin is that it lifts makeup off your face immediately. It’s just not fair. Sometimes I do get close and the below mentioned is a foundation that almost made it through all day. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24HR wear is a medium to full coverage foundation that is buildable without looking cakey. The shade range is absolutely phenomenal with 35 shades to choose from, it should be easy to find a shade that matches your skintone. Even though it is medium to full coverage, it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin like the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation did. As I stated before this foundation maybe lasts me seven hours, so the 24HR wear claim is a little bogus for my skin type. Now for my normal, and dry skin girls, this could end up being 24HR wear. The price tag reads $46, which is the norm for high-end foundations. A good thing to talk about is that this didn’t break me out, and I am known to having sensitive skin that reacts to products easily. So if you are in the market for a good foundation that lasts (up to eight hours), I would definitely recommend. However, I am still on the hunt for a foundation that will stay on my face for a full workday. 
 One pump of product

Blended out-one pump is enough for the whole face!

Oct 21, 2015

Fall Nail Favorites

You know how in the summer you are tan, and you get hot pink nails that make you look even more tan...? Well, you can't do that in winter. So my dark soul arises and the vampy polishes get pushed to the front of my nailpolish case. Below are my FAVORITE fall nail colors, as well as their swatches to see how they lay on the nails!

L-R Zoya Maria Luisa, Essie Good as Gold, OPI San Tan-Tonio, Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Bare Hug

L-R Zoya Sooki, Zoya Vanessa, Essie Limited Addiction, Zoya Pepper

L-R Zoya Louise, OPI In the Cable Car-pool Lane, OPI Black Cherry Chutney, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, Zoya Sansa

Oct 11, 2015

September Favorites

I have no recollection of September coming and going… I remember the short time, when PSL was back the time I spent my whole income at Bath and Body Works purchasing fall smells and the time the CoolCats made his infamous chili for the first time. Other than that, as far as I am concerned September never happened. This could be due to the fact that I was never home, as I was travelling for work, and always gone on the weekends.
Due to my memory being erased during the month of September, my favorites are pretty short and sweet.

The Charlotte Tilbury products have not left my lips since they showed up on my doorstep in the beginning of the month. Amelia Liana had got it right, the Charlotte Tilbury LipCheat in Pillow Talk is the bomb. I never, ever, ever use lip liner. But get this, I already had to sharpen this sucker… THAT IS TRUE LOVE.
The lipstick I wore on top of that was always the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace. This shade is very close to my natural lips but gives it an extra boost, making them look fuller.

Laura Mercier hits it out of the park with her Caviar Stick Eye Colour. They are amazing, stay put without primer (even on my super oily lids that are even prone to mascara transfer), and the color payoff is outstanding, where with one swipe you get opaque color that can be blended with fingers. They feel like butter and are a super easy way to have an eye look in two seconds. This is truly game-changing for someone like me who wakes up 20 mins before she has to leave for work. The color I loved this month has to be Amethyst, a mauve with a slight pearlescent finish.

My hair favorite this month, and the month before has been the Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment. This stuff has been raved about for years and blows Moroccan oil, and any other outrageously priced oil I have used out of the water. I am truly dependent on this, and so is my hair. I need to get backups just in case something goes astray and they get rid of it… (P.S. I don’t buy backups…..) 

Oct 5, 2015

Fall Lipstick Favorites: Lux Addition

Since I gave some love to my drugstore lippies, I thought it was only fair to do the same for my high-end lipsticks. These were very hard for me to choose, and I didn't mention any reds, because my holiday reds post sums all my favs, but here is the breakdown!

Left to Right- Mac Diva, Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte, Mac Rebel.
Left to Right- Hourglass Icon, Mac Rebel, Mac Diva, Nars Charlotte.

Hourglass Icon is a perfect deep red shade that offers a little bit of shine through it glossy nature. This particular shade isn't too long wearing on my lips, but is such a tiny tube you can take it anywhere for re-application.
Mac Rebel is cult favorite, and rightfull so. A beautiful berry shade with a plum hue that sits on the lips with a satin finish. This doesn't dry out my lips and looks amazing on any skin tone. 
Mac Diva is a little bit harder to pull off due to its matte finish. It is very drying on the lips but if well-moisturized gives an amazing vampy look.
Nars Charlotte is my favorite of the bunch due to it's not so scary red shade. This is also super easy to apply, and has a slight sheen.