Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation Rant

I wasn’t going to do a blog post on this product.

Enough, I thought. There are so many blog post reviews, youtube videos , and the like about this foundation.

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Ugh. That is disgusting! As much as I love this foundation for it’s ability to cover my flaws, it’s beautifully polished-natural finish, and the color match, this is by far the most aggravating packaging for foundation I have ever encountered.

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Seriously, Maybelline?!

This is gross. And such a waste of an otherwise good product.

And it makes me mad because it stained a shirt I like from the drippage.

Anyone else run into this problem with the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Foundation? Have any tricks for getting a foundation stain out of a shirt?

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2014 Makeup Haul

I’m back! With a haul 🙂

With Christmas money burning a little hole in my pocket, I placed an order from ELF (eyeslipsface.com) and made a quick stop by my local Ulta store. None of these products are new, but they are all new to me!

I love ELF products and have been buying their stuff for years, maybe since 2005/2006, way back when they only had the Essentials line and everything was $1. I’ve never had a problem with ordering from them – until now. My order was missing 5 items out of 13, and I was charged for all of them. I was not happy, so I immediately emailed their customer service with my order number and a list of all of the missing items. Two days later, I received an email saying they were sending me the items immediately. So I’m still waiting on those, but for now I’ll show you what I’ve got!

Maybelline Baby Skin, $5.99+tax at ULTA

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This stuff is AMAZING. I don’t have enormous pores, but my boyfriend’s are on the bigger side (sorry!) so I tried it on him. They really really reduced the size. It has a slippery/silicon-y feel to it that reminds me of Smashbox’s primer. I haven’t tried it with foundation over top yet, so I don’t know about pilling or peeling, but I have high hopes for this bad boy.

ULTA Extreme Wear matte finish mousse blush, nude glow $8.00+tax at ULTA

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okay, as you can see this isn’t a matte finish – it clearly has shimmers in it. It isn’t bad, but I was expecting matte, so I’m a little disappointed. I was expecting more along the lines of a Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee. Instead these remind me of a Maybelline Dream Whipped Mousse blush. Not a bad thing – just not what I expected from the description.

NYX Butter Gloss, Tiramisu, $4.99+Tax at ULTA

 

 

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I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about these, but I totally bought into the hype. I bought the shade Tiramisu, which is a gorgeous nude-pink shade. The consistency of this is beautiful – totally a lip product I can see myself wearing everyday due to the color and texture. LOVE. 

NYX Glossy Black Liner $5.99+Tax at ULTA

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This liner has a beautiful consistency – it’s smooth and shiny like a liquid liner, but sets like a pencil liner. It is perfect for tightlining and getting in close to the lash line with its small tip and silky formula. 

NYX Round Case Lipstick, Strawberry Milk, $3.99+tax at ULTA

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I think this shade is going to be pretty hit-or-miss, and it will depend a lot on whether I wear a gloss over the top or not. However, in the tube it really attracted me. The formula seems really creamy and nice, so I think it will be ok for occasions that I choose to wear lipstick for. 

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Now for ELF products… I haven’t totally reviewed these yet because I have been waiting patiently for the rest of my package to arrive. Any day now.

ELF Studio Fluffy Concealer Brush, $3

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Blends really well, hasn’t shed yet, quite soft which is ideal for use around the eyes.

 

ELF Studio HD Lifting Concealer, $3 each, in Balancing and Brightening.

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Balancing appeared to be a lavender color, but it is actually white with a slight lavender undertone. Regardless, it is quite flattering as a highlight color for under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose. I love it. The brightening shade shade is similar in that it is quite pale with a yellow undertone. I like it for covering these little red spots I’ve been getting, or scars on my face which are red. The formula is very creamy and I enjoy this product a lot.

ELF Studio Contouring and Blush and Bronzer Powder, Turks and Caicos, $3

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I really like these colors – but they are SO shimmery. You really need a light touch and fluffy brush to not end up looking like a disco ball. The bronzer is darker than the shade in the original colors (St. Lucia?? I think) and comes off as very dark, so a light touch is best. The blush is a nice warm golden-taupe color. I like using it on my cheekbones as it is so shimmery. The bronzer works well on the high points of the face, like the cheekbones, temples, and forehead, as it is so shimmery. I wouldn’t recommend this product for contouring, but it is nice when used sparingly. I really like that ELF is expanding on this product, I just wish they would make these colors in the cream formula, as those are matte, which I prefer.

ELF pigment eyeshadow, naturally nude, $3

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Okkkkkkkay, HUGE difference between the color of the product and the color online. I was expecting this to be a light champagne color, which it isn’t. It is a golden bronze color. Ah well, I will adapt. But I haven’t had an occasion to wear it yet.

ELF Studio Single Eyeshadow, Raspberry Truffle and Pebble, $3

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So far, so good on these. I like the colors, they are a little powdery (meaning lots of fallout) but for the price, it’s not bad. They are a good size and nice texture.

NYC Applelicious Big Apple Red – Review

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Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster in a VoxBox for review purposes.

 

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I was really excited when I saw this lip product in my VoxBox. I tend to like NYC products because they are cheap, and more accessible to me than brands such as ELF. They are good for a nice little “pick me up” or as a way to experiment with colors you might not normally try without a big financial risk. I’m glad to see that they have upgraded their products somewhat.

First Impressions: This product looked to me like all of those lipsticks that were in a few years ago with the “hydrating inner core”. It is labeled as a “glossy lip balm”.

Be forewarned: this thing smells. Maybe I got a bad product, but it smells like melted plastic with a hint of artificial fruit- not very pleasant.

It is also more pigmented than I was expecting. It is definitely a sheer red. I wouldn’t say it is a lipstick but it is definitely more than a balm – more a tinted balm or a stain. This was a little bit shocking for me because I wasn’t expecting it to turn out so bright – but it is definitely red. I am not really a fan of bright colors on my own lips, so it was a little startling, although the color itself is nice.

Overall: Retailing for just $2.79 a pop, I think they’re a worthwhile treat for yourself or a way to get comfortable wearing light color, granted that you don’t have an overly sensitive nose (or hopefully that I just got a particularly smelly product). I wish I had been sent a different color that is a little bit more to my taste, something more neutral, but perhaps I will have to go pick one up the next time I am at the drugstore!

How To: White Eyeshadow

White eyeshadow is so pretty and clean, makes your eyes look bigger and makes you look more awake instantaneously.

It is also one of the infamous makeup looks that screams “MIDDLE SCHOOL” when done wrong, right up there with black eyeliner and frosty lipstick. All of which can be rocked with the right tweaks. Here are my tips to look more posh then frosh (ha ha ha.. get it?)

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1) Use Primer. I don’t care what brand, use SOMETHING to prevent creasing, crumbling, and general nastiness.

2) Stick to the lashline and inner corner. Using a shimmery white shadow here is what really makes the eye-enhancing qualities of white shadow come to life.

3) Try a cream formula. For easy gliding over the lashline and preciseness, I really like pen formulas, such as this one by ELF.

4) And then go over it with a powder. This helps prevent creasing, and also gives the look staying power. Use an angled eyeliner brush or even a q-tip to really push the shadow into the lashline and/or inner corner

5) Use mascara to give your eyes definition. Since white eyeshadow is a pretty soft look, using mascara helps give your eyes subtle, soft definition. Maybe not as much as Kim K., but a healthy coating should do the trick.

 

 

Penetraitt

Is 15 weeks long enough to review a hair product? 🙂
Because I am totally in love with the Penetraitt system by Sebastian. The shampoo and conditioner combo have completely changed my hair, even in the dry Colorado climate.

Before, my hair was frizzy, dry, and dead. Since I get highlights, the effect was dramatized.

Look at those raggedy ends! Yikes!!

I clearly needed a trim in this picture. But my hair was also just not in a good place. After using the Penetraitt system for 15 weeks, it’s more to the tune of this:

That’s me on the right. HOW MUCH BETTER IS THAT?!

My hair is so soft, doesn’t tangle, and is much shinier. And I haven’t changed my heat styling habits at all. It’s amazing.

 

Do you have a hair care system that you swear by? If so, which one?

I’ve Got it All Figured Out

…. with regards to my face, anyway.

It’s been awhile since I’ve b*tched about my face on here, so let’s go! I discovered what causes those horrible blind pimples I seem to know all too well. You’d never believe the confession.

Ready for it?

That’s right, folks. That guy up there. All this time I thought I was “investing” in my face, “taking care of” my sensitive skin by using the gentle giant in terms of skin care. And all this time, it was my problem.

BS!, you say?

 

I don’t want to believe it either.

If you remember, I used the skin tone correcting moisturizer. I attributed the nasty skin to stress from school, the gross dorm food, blah blah blah. I finished the jar around the time I finished school, and never refilled it

Summer has been great, my skins been clear as could be. I think, okay let’s get some more moisturizer, I haven’t bought a nice one since I was at school.

GUESS WHAT FOLKS. I bought the plain old classic Clinique in the big yellow pump. Now I’ve got 2 blind pimples. Thanks a lot, Clinique! Thank god for Sephora’s return policy, is all I can say.

I can’t wait until my skin clears up again so I can buy a new moisturizer just to guarantee that Clinique is the problem. When I was debating returning Big Yellow, I looked online and found other people saying that this lotion broke them out too, so I don’t think I’m alone in this.

Have you ever had a problem with Clinique lotions breaking you out?

 

Makeup from Tutorials

Hi!

I had a random thought last night as I was getting ready to go out – what was the first time you ever were reading/watching a tutorial and realized ‘Hey! I already own that product!”

For all the makeup I own, I feel like it should happen to me a lot more often than it does. So my collection grows. Le sigh.

I can still remember the first time it happened to me. I’m pretty sure it was a tutorial in Seventeen magazine. It was how to get Angelina Jolie matte lips, and the lipliner they used was Simply Spice from Avon. I really wanted that lip look, and rummaging through my mom’s makeup drawer (I think I was maybe 11 when this happened – lipliner was foreign!) I found Simply Spice.

…I still own and use it. 🙂 Even though it is a little too brown for my lips everyday. I think it might just be a sentimental thing.

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What was the first product you realized you had?

 

 

Review: Sephora by OPI TrendTips in Feathers

Hey guys!

So this weekend I picked up these nail stickers at Sephora for some birthday nail excitement! I have used the Sally Hanson ones before, but I thought these ones were slightly less tacky looking, so I decided to give them a shot.

I love this print. I think it’s so cute  but not over-the-top. These were easy enough to apply! I didn’t have a problem with them wrinkling. I do have two gripes, though: there is not a file included to remove the excess, and they are not very sticky so it’s hard to get them to stick to the nail without a lot of pressure, which I found annoying. I found using my normal-size file to be awkward and not abrasive enough to cleanly remove the excess.

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This photo is my left hand. Not too bad! There’s a little bit of chipping on the pinky, but I think it’s because the strips were not cleanly filed off.

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This is the right hand. As you can see, it’s much, much worse. Look at that chunk that fell off on my middle finger! And all of the chipping on the tips of the nails! Seriously, for $12 plus tax, I expected much, much better. I’m going to stick to Sally Hanson’s.  I put these on Saturday night, and there’s already this much chipping on Monday… that’s not okay with me. These need some improvement.

Makeup Story

 How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I started wearing mascara and eyeliner in 7th grade, so probably around 12 or 13.

2. How did you get into makeup?
I always loved art and crafty stuff as a kid. My mom has the most amazing vanity with a drawer just full of makeup. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I started playing with it, but I remember when I would be home sick or just on the weekends, she would let me just play with it. I’d come up with obscene look using eight lipsticks, wash it all off, and then do it again – for hours.

3. What are some of your favorite brands?
I love MAC, Maybelline, Sephora brand, Clinique, and ELF; among many, many others!

4. What does makeup mean to you?
I think it’s just something to boost self-esteem and confidence. But at times makeup definitely feels like an art form. It’s also a pretty good way to bond with people – by enhancing what other people have, and making them feel more attractive, you can create a good relationship. Also, it’s just fun!

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be?
Maybelline Fit Me foundation, any mascara, MAC naked lunch eyeshadow, and Tarte Emphaseyes Gel liner. That’s pretty much my routine anyway!

6. What is your favorite thing about makeup?
Its so versatile: you can go from a very natural look, to a very ‘done’ look in a matter of minutes and products.

7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?
There’s good in each one! I love both, though I do see a benefit in splurging on things that I use often, and won’t have to get rid of quickly, like eyeshadow, gel liner, and brushes. The drugstore always has gems though. I always get foundation, mascara, and more trendy colors there.

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner?
Get yourself a good brush set, and practice! Figure out what looks best, and don’t be afraid to play around until you find looks and colors you like.

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Lipliner that is significantly darker than your lips/lipcolor. Why does one want to look like they have a dirty ring around their mouth?

10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?
There are some really talented people on there! I can waste hours and hours watching their videos. It’s a great place to get inspirations, get reviews before you purchase something, and find looks to wear!

Making the Switch

Hi everyone!!! 

Although it’s not completely beauty-related, I want to talk to you all about one of the best things I’ve done for myself in the last month – going off of dairy. I know this may not work for everyone, but so far, so good for me! 

I feel that I should note that I did not cut dairy products out of my life to be “trendy”. When I was about 12 years old, I was diagnosed with a bunch of food “sensitivities”, including dairy. As a result, I really didn’t eat a whole lot of it, because it made my stomach hurt. I always kept milk in my fridge for my coffee, though, and ate cheese and cheese snacks, and pizza. Finally, I decided “what’s the point? I know this isn’t good for me anyway” and decided to see if I could survive with next-to-no dairy in my life. I picked up a small container of coconut milk to put in my coffee, and stopped eating cheese, pizza, and other things with dairy. 

And guess what? Aside from a non-related medical problem I’ve been having recently, I feel great. I had a stubborn patch of pimples on my forehead, between my eyes, for over a month that would not respond to ANYTHING, and guess what? They’re gone. Poof. I don’t feel bloated, either. 

Mind you, I still eat butter, and occasional cheese, but no more milk in my coffee or tea (which i would have up to 4 or 5 times a day). I honestly don’t notice a difference with the coconut milk – it doesn’t impart a coconut taste to my coffee. (Although that is what I get when I’m home at Dunkin Donuts! Yumzo), so if you don’t like coconut, don’t let that scare you. It honestly doesn’t taste different to me.

Overall, I’m SO happy I made the switch, especially when I see the benefit it has had on my skin. I plan to keep this up! 

Just thought I’d share the latest I’d found in beauty news in my life! Have you made a diet switch that’s made a big difference, whether outwardly physical or not?

XOXO