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Disappointing product: Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Foundation

Saturday, June 14, 2014

 Okay, so I thought it was time that I do a foundation review. Before I begin, I just want to say that I don't hate this product nor love it. I have oily skin so after hearing countless raves about this foundation, I thought it was time to pick it up. Soon as I purchased it, let me tell you I could not wait to love it just like everyone. Me being me, soon as I got home, I opened the product and applied it with my real techniques expert face brush evenly all over my face.

First thoughts: Not bad, looks pretty good, matte, covers really well, nice color and overall I was pretty pleased with the overall finish.

Second try: Huh, the color looks kind of off but I was still content with it.

Third and fourth try: Color is off, my face looks caked, some dry patch's on my face, and I just wasn't reaching for it everyday. Honestly, I started to dread using it because I didn't like the finish it gave.

I'm going to simply say that there are better foundations out there for oily/combo skin. For the price, I didn't feel like it enhanced my face at all. My face looked caked and flat. Every time I would look in the mirror, I wasn't happy with the way it looked. I know many people who love this foundation and I agree,  its not bad. But when it comes to high end foundation, I have to compare and I have better foundations that give me a flawless, natural finish with good coverage, and great lasting power for just the same price. Nars sheer glow foundation is INCREDIBLE. I am so impressed by that foundation and the color selection its great. Sometime this week, I will post a review on that because I just finished my bottle and I will be repurchasing it.

Final thoughts: It wasn't a bad foundation it is just not an incredible one for the price. The Revlon color stay foundation  from the drugstore is kind of better. Below are two pictures of a pea size amount of the foundation on the back of my hand that shows the color(medium), consistency of it,  and how it looks when blended. 

Thanks for reading and I hope this review helped. Also, please let me know in the comments below if you have tried this and your overall thoughts on it.

Thanks for reading! 
xo A

Lets talk Lashes

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lashes, Lashes, and more Lashes. I am all about simple eye makeup and lots of lots of lashes. Although I don't have the longest and thickest lashes out there, I do  have average lashes. I have had people ask me "how do I get my lashes long" or "I thought you were wearing fake lashes" or "how do you get your lashes to hold a curl"....Well, time to let you in on how these four products keep my lashes at its very best. Lets begin....

Shu Uemura eye lash curler:

 Here is the link below... GO BUY IT! I promise that you will not regret it. I swear buy this eye lash curler. There is nothing like it in the market that I have tried. Been hearing a lot of chat around the beauty community that the Japonesque eye lash curler is better. It might be, however, I have tried this and it is the number one best  beauty tool in my collection so far

L'Oreal Waterproof Telescopic Mascara:
Now, all praise goes to Youtuber/blogger for talking about this. In every video  she always talked and used this mascara and it was hard not to jump on the wagon because her lashes were always Ah-Mazing. Also, she uses the Shu Umera in conjunction with the mascara to achieve her long lashes. So, I decided to pick it up and since then, I have gone through 4 tubes and any time I try a different mascara I realize how incredible this product is and I always have back ups. Its sad, but I will shed a tear if they discontinue this product because apparently they don't sell it in England any more(BOOO) heart goes out to you guys ( I know, I am dramatic).

Lumene Waterproof eye makeup remover:
This is where the magic happens. This eye makeup remover is hands down he BEST! Now, many people hate waterproof mascara and with good reason. Removing it is the hardest part and especially if it is a strong formulae. If your lashes can hold a curl without waterproof than this does not apply to you. But for us ladies that have stubborn straight lashes we need a mascara that will hold that curl and usually waterproof is a way to got. A regular mascara has wet formula and weighs down your lashes and that's why waterproof formulae are more drier than the regular and they wont weigh down your lashes. I have gone through ten bottles of this. You have to shake the product to mix the oil and it removes every bit of the mascara within 35 sec. and conditions them at the same time. I am sure this product is doing more good to my lashes than bad because it leaves my lashes stronger and I don't shed as many lashes as I used to. Currently I have 4 back ups and I get them at Ulta, however,  they are always out of stock so pick one up next time if you spot it in Ulta and let me know what you think of it.

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil:

Finally, I apply this all over my lashes avoiding and this just conditions my lashes. Also,  use Vaseline at night and that helps with growth and strengthening your lashes.

There you have it ladies, four products that help keep my lashes at its very best! Please let me know in the comments below if you have any products that work wonders for your lashes or any tips and ticks on keeping lashes there very best all the time.

P.S If you cant tell already,  I am a lash fan  and I can talk about it all day lol

xo A

Summer Polishes

For me, summer polishes are the only time I can get away with wearing bright neon in your face polishes. True, these polishes above are not too daring but for me these are just the perfect bright summery polishes that I can wear on any day with any outfit. They are easy to apply and long wearing polishes. First, is Essie polishes and my favorites are the  lavender, bright red with a hint of orange undertone, and the nudeish pink polishes. Next are Sally Hansen polishes:  mint sorbet and the teal color polishes are my favorite bright wearable colors to wear.

Let me know in the comments below of any suggestions of summer polishes that your loving. Ill be making a trip to Target this weekend to check out some of the new summer nail polish releases. .

xo A

Face of the day

I rotate my makeup products weekly just because I want to make sure that  am using all the products I have. Also, sometimes you can forget that you have some great products in your makeup collection but you just forgot about them. However, days where I am running late like today, these are the products that are easy and quick to apply with no brushes needed. I don't like to complicate my makeup routine when I am in a rush and I am always in a rush. Like today, I had to get ready in less than ten minutes so my number one goal was to even out my skin and that's where the Dermablend smooth indulgence foundation in Wheat comes in. This foundation is medium coverage and is buildable, doesn't cake up, and leaves a matte finish. My favorite thing about this foundation is I get to skip the powder because it gives a natural matte finish and its  super lightweight.

Next, Benefit erase paste in medium. I am gong to be honest I neglected this product for a long time but for some reason I tried it one day and I fell in love. The pink/peachy undertones of the paste does a great job at cancelling my dark circles. Also, its hydrating which is something a lot of under eye concealer with great coverage doesn't give. However, this is really a paste, like a super thick but super hydrating and creamy paste and I love it.

 I than go straight to doing my eyebrows. The NYX eyebrow pencil is just simple to use. On an everyday basis I prefer to use a powder just because I feel like it gives more of a natural look. However, this pencil is quick and gives a natural finish. I just finish the brows with the Anastasia Beverly hills clear brow gel.   Next, I apply the Stila smudge crayon in kitten. Its your everyday champagne color that just instantly brightens yours eyes. I love that this product is a waterproof eye primer so its really pigmented and lasts all day. I finish the eye look with my all time holy grail L'Oreal telescopic waterproof mascara. Lastly, I apply a nudeish creamy pink Estee Lauder lipstick in Crystal crème 01 and that's it, I'm DONE! Yay, no brushes needed just a super simple everyday running late makeup look.

There you have it, my Friday summer face of the day. Thanks for reading ladies!

xo A

May Favorites!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I am back... and what better way than to share some of my may faves! True, were two weeks into June  but hey, I am still using these products so I get a pass! Okay, its summer and the weather is beautiful but kinda eh as well. The "eh" refers to me living in the south, which equals to thunderstorms and humidity! For that, I have been  trying to use minimal makeup and skincare products but "try" is the key word here. Although my attempt is less than successful, I have some pretty golden products to share with you guys so lets begin.

1. Origins Clear improvement Active charcoal mask: This mask should be every ladies best friend. For those days where your skin isn't at its best and its feeling congested and lack luster, I whisk this out of my drawer and slap it all over my face or problem areas and ta-da good skin. This mask helps to clarify the skin and brings out all those icky stuff that's clogging up your pores. If you have been going back and forth on whether you want buy this mask, than you got my extra push in the direction of Sephora..... GO GET IT! Totally worth the price.

2.Boots Botanics Facial oil 100% Organic:

This is a great facial oil that's nourishing since it contains rosehip and rosehip has countless of benefits that's great for your skin. I use this oil as a night treatment once a week since its rich and it gives my skin extra moisture. Although this oil is rich, it doesn't feel greasy or heavy on the skin and little goes a longa away.  This oil retails for $8 and you cant beat that price for a facial oil that's great.

3. Cargo blush/highlighter:

 I love this product! I always forget how amazing it is until I apply it and am in awe. It's beautiful on light/medium skin tones because it gives a bronzy/rose shimmery NOT glittery ( I hate large chunks of glitter in products) sheen to the cheek bone. Love using this on days where I am achieving the natural bronzy summery look. I am really loving cargo products lately I picked up a bronzer from them as well so look out for a post on that soon.

3. Grainer  skin renew dark spot overnight peel:

You cant tell from the above picture but I actually finished this product. There is mixed reviews about this product but honestly it worked for me. I applied it ever night and sometimes if I'm not leaving the house I applied during the day. It is a gradual peel and within one week my skin was brighter. It is not an actual peel its just ingredients that speeds up the process of exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin and you avoid physical exfoliation this would be a great product to try. I didn't break out from this product nor did I experience any irritation.

4. Korres Lip butter in Pomegranate:

This is an all around great everyday lip product. It's moisturizing and leaves a natural peachy/pink tint on the lips. I used this all of may and I am still loving this lip product.

5. LA splash Illuminating highlighting eye shadow:

This is your traditional shimmery white eye shadow. I use this under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye to awaken my always tired looking eyes. You can get this eye shadow at Ulta and its called wedding bells and the texture of the product is not chalky which is always a plus.

6. Essie nail polish in under where?

Its a spring/summer color that doesn't clash and goes with anything your wearing. Its a lavender color that's long wearing.

xo A