April Favorites

Happy May! April is out of here but here is what I was loving all month long!

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  • Formula No. 45 Coffee Scrub: bought at World Market. Amazing! Exfoliating and leaves you soft and smooth, plus the vanilla makes it smell great!
  • Gucci Guilty Black: rediscovered this month. It’s an oldie but a goodie!
  • Naked Petite Heat: been loving this palette since I bought it! The colors are perfectly pigmented and gorgeous. They blend well and this palette is extremely versatile!
  • The Ordinary the Buffet: I can’t say enough good things about this product. See my post on The Ordinary for deets.
  • Cover FX highlighter drops: these are insane! A little goes a long way! If you are a highlighter person these are for you. High shine!
  • Naked Skin Concealer: lightweight but does the job and has a highlighting effect. Love!
  • Morphe blending brush: the only eye brush I’ve been using! Blends shadows to perfection! Fluffy and feels good, can’t beat the price either.
  • Fenty Beauty matte lipstick in freakle fiesta. Great color, love the finish, goes great with the Naked Petite Heat!

What were your April favs?

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Foundation

Let’s talk about foundation! I get questions all the time about what type of foundation is best for whatever type or skin or skin condition. So let’s dish!

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Typically I use a medium coverage foundation, I always try for a matte finish because I have combination skin, and I always color match for undertones. This is very important!

You have to know your skin in order to truly find the best foundation.

Dry skin needs moisture so try to stay away from matte finishes.

Oily skin produces its own moisture so you want to stay away from dewy finishes.

Skin prone to breakouts or active acne needs a light to medium coverage so your skin can breathe but look put together still.

If you are trying to cover scars, acne marks, or even skin tone a medium to full coverage is what you want.

There are foundations designed specifically for acne or sensitive skin so that is worth a try for those conditions. Some “healthy” skin foundation brands include Physicians Formula, Neutragena, Bare Minerals, Dr. Jart, or Perricone MD. Most of these have SPF too! Which is great and the mark of true healthy skin makeup.

For any skin type, tone, or condition you want to color match to your neck or chest and always remember your undertones.

Undertones can be cool, warm, or neutral. You can have pink undertones, red undertones, yellow undertones,  etc. There are many ways to determine your undertones as well. Like in the sun do you burn or tan? If you burn you’re cool if you tan you’re warm. Do you look better in silver or gold. If silver you’re cool if gold you’re warm. Look at your veins if they appear blue your cool,  if they appear green you’re warm, and if you can’t tell you’re neutral.

Undertones play a big part in the type of cosmetics you should wear not just foundation!

Then you can always choose bb/cc creams or powder foundations. With the beauty industry the choices really are endless!

If you still need help that’s ok! Visit Ulta or Sephora and get color matched but be sure to step outside in the natural light for confirmation and shopping with a trusted friend is always a good idea!

Ready to try some new foundation?

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Mid Week Haul #2

Bringing you a mini haul this hump day. I was shopping for birthday gifts and I stumbled on a few things for me too!

I just received my Ulta catalog and there were a few items I had to check out.

I ended up purchasing the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat (I’m in love with this palette!), a backup Perversion Mascara, Morphe blending brush, and ELF highlighter brush. The Vice lipstick was a freebie for purchasing a certain amount in Urban Decay products.

 

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What have you purchased lately?

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Top 5 Holy Grail Beauty Products

Happy Sunday! Today we’re talking must have, can’t live without, holy grail beauty products.

My top 5:

  1. NYX eyebrow pencil with spooly- I love to keep this on hand for when I want a quick brow that’s still on point! Great dupe for ABH Brow Wiz at half the price.
  2. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara- Hands down the best mascara I have ever used. I have tried and will continue to try other mascaras but I always go back to perversion. It’s length and volume, what more can you ask for?
  3. Chapstick: need I say more?
  4. Real Techniques Foundation Brush- If I’m not using this brush I’m using a beauty blender. This brush blends flawlessly and doesn’t soak up a lot of product.
  5. Rice Brightening makeup remover wipes- My first holy grail makeup remover wipes were discontinued so it took me a while to find another. These wipes are gentle but effective and they are large! Which is great for a full face take off.

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You can find all these products at Ulta.

What are your holy grail products?

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Skincare: Breakdown

Say it with me: skincare is important. Skincare is the only way to healthy good looking skin. If you don’t take away anything but one thing from this post take this: there are no shortcuts to skincare and you have to be committed to a regimen.

Skincare encompasses a myriad a things and not everything is for everybody. There’s cleansers, masks, serums, creams, essences, moisturizers, oils, toners, sprays, gels, exfoliators, lotions, foams, balms, the list can get pretty long.

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Depending on what your skin type is and what skin issues you are trying to combat will tell you what your regimen should consist of.

For me? I have combination skin and I like mattifying products that brighten and even skin tone.

My p.m. regimen consists of a cream cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. In that order. I have a schedule for exfoliating and masking as well. My a.m. regimen is a bit different.

Skincare is no joke and definitely a commitment. Say it with me: skincare is important.

What’s your regimen?

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Products I Regret Buying

Happy March! I’m kicking off the month with products I regret buying. These are all beauty items and in some way shape or form they just didn’t work for me.

Now, don’t get me wrong I have tried a variety of products from these brands and they are all amazing, these particular products just didn’t do it for me.

Everybody takes an L every now and then and these are losers for me:

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  1. Shea Moisture Mattifying Primer: not mattifying, too thick, it’s like face lotion (not good)
  2. Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray: you end of with white specks on your face and if they get on your lashes and eyebrows you can hang it up.
  3. Urban Decay Naked Smoky: I was being bougie and wanted the next installment in the Naked palette series. This palette is fine but the colors are not regulars for me. I don’t reach for this palette often.
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush: Again I was jumping on the bandwagon and this blush is not one I reach for often. The color payoff is a little chalky for my taste.
  5. Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Merlot and Berry Me: these get very drying as you wear them. The color payoff is nice but the product doesn’t last long these broke down relatively quick, however, I think Dose of Colors have reformulated since I bought these.

 

Mini Mascaras

I think mini mascaras are the best thing that ever happened to the world! Ok a little dramatic but they are pretty awesome.

Pros:

  • Try it first! For more expensive mascaras it is really nice to be able to purchase a mini size for less and try it out to see if you want to purchase the full size.
  • Travel– Duh.
  • For those of us who don’t go through a tube of mascara in a month the mini size is perfect so you aren’t tossing half a tube of mascara at the three month mark.
  • If you don’t like it you didn’t waste 20 bucks or more on a full size.
  • Cuteness!!!!

Cons:

  • Really? After those pros how could you have cons?

Makeup chains like Sephora and Ulta are getting really awesome about selling “to go” mini products or offering deluxe samples as a part of a gift with purchase or rewards program.

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Try some today!

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