Saturday, June 14, 2014

NC30 Foundation Matches for Estee Lauder Double Wear, NARS Sheer Glow, and Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

I've done a previous post on this before but I wanted to do an update with more shades that I have been using from different brands. I compare these to a MAC NC30 for reference. I don't really wear MAC's Studio Fix Fluid anymore because I found so many foundations that work better with my skin and has what I want in a foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear in 2W2 Rattan. I originally purchased this in the shade 3W1 Tawny. I really liked it at first but I felt like it oxidized, which made me look to have a deeper skin tone than I truly have. Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is everything I wanted MAC Studio Fix Fluid to be. It's long wearing, matches my skin well, and gives me a flawless finish. I like make up to be fuss free throughout the day. This foundation can withstand heat, humidity, and I feel like it's waterproof. I live on the east coast now and it's super hot and humid. This foundation can easily last all day. I can easily wear this for over 10 hours on a work day and it still looks great by the end of the day. Another plus to this foundation is that my boyfriend complimented my skin when I wore this. He even asked me what I was wearing on my face because it looked really good. Compliments like that makes me love it even more! It retails for $37. This could be my new favorite :)

NARS Sheer Glow in Stromboli has always been my go to shade in Sheer Glow. Works well. Always looks great. Read my review on it [here].

NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab. Since my beloved shade in Stromboli was sold out for a couple of months, I really needed to get another one ASAP. I decided to try another shade that has also been recommended for NC30 skin tones. Punjab may now be my absolute favorite shade for NARS Sheer Glow. I still love Stromboli (don't get me wrong) but this is just a tad bit lighter and blends well with my skin. I thought it was super light on me at first but it actually blends in nicely. Either Stromboli or Punjab work well for me. I still wear both shades and don't notice a difference. I tried Punjab in Sheer Matte and hated it. The matte formula is definitely NOT for anyone with DRY skin. The sales associate at Sephora said that I can use Sheer Matte in Punjab and it would well with my skin. Unfortunately, it did not work out for me. I should have known better.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in 842 Medium Beige. I have gone through two full bottles of this foundation this year alone. I originally got one in January and then another one a couple of months later. Now I have purchased my third one and it's been 6 months since I purchased my original one. Just yesterday, I bought another one as a back up. I think I go through this foundation quicker is because I use it most often. I use it for work, school, every day life, etc. I seriously love this foundation. It is the best foundation in the drugstore I have ever tried. It is hands down one of the best foundations I have ever used of all time. It's affordable, lasts ALL day, and looks flawless on the skin. This foundation applies well with the beauty blender or your fingers. I cannot use this with a brush because it just doesn't look right. I wouldn't wear this to special events only because I'm afraid of the flashback from the SPF that's in it but even with flash photography, it isn't too bad. For special events, I still prefer to wear my NARS Sheer Glow. It has a more natural finish that I appreciate more in photography. Read my original review on this foundation [here]. I can trust this foundation to last me all day.

I love to keep trying new foundations so if you have any suggestions for me let me know! I'm a MAC NC30 for reference.

Read my original MAC NC30 foundation matches [here].


Tory Burch Caroline Flat in Camellia Pink Size 6

Retails for $225. I got mine from Neiman Marcus online.

It looks wrinkled but once it is worn, it looks more even. The elastic shape and the patent leather creates the wrinkle.

Runs true to size. I normally wear a size 6 and got a size 6.

It has been well over a year since I purchased last my Tory Burch flats. The one I purchased previously was the Tory Burch Revas in Black. This year my boyfriend and I celebrated our three year anniversary and he got me the shoes I've been wanting for so so long. I've always wanted a nude shade of Tory Burch flats and was really attached to the color and design of this shoe.

The Caroline Flat has an elastic trim around the shoe, which makes it very comfortable to wear. The color I got it in is Camellia Pink. This shoe isn't really pink but rather a nude/bone shade.

I have not worn these out yet but I have been breaking them around the house. These shoes are so comfortable.

I normally wear a size 6 in shoes. I got a size 6 in the Revas and also a size 6 in the Caroline flats. These shoes run true to size and I'm very pleased.

He got these at Neiman Marcus. It retails for $225.


Friday, June 13, 2014

BECCA COSMETICS Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation in Nude (NC30 Match)

I purchased this powder a couple of months ago because I was running out of my NARS powder in Beach. I heard really good things about Becca Cosmetics so I wanted to try something from the brand. I originally purchased this with their beloved highlighter in Opal. Read my review about it [here].

This powder retails for $40 and you can purchase it at SEPHORA. This foundation is a pure mineral powder. I chose the shade nude because I felt like it would go well with my MAC NC30 skin tone. I was deciding to get this between Nude or Sand. I ended up with Nude because it wasn't as light as Sand. I'm sure both would work but I preferred Nude. Nude is a light to medium beige shade with neutral to yellow/golden undertones. This is a great setting powder. I rarely wear powder foundation on its own and if I do I use MAC's Studio Fix Powder in NC30. I have worn this on its own over concealer and it looks flawless. I use this powder to set every one of my foundations and it works great. It keeps my foundation looking fresh all day without it breaking it up.

I use my MAC kabuki brush to apply it. It is a mineral powder so it does get a tad bit messy. Powder gets everywhere.

I keep this foundation powder in my purse if I need a quick touch up (especially on those really really hot days).

I absolutely love the packaging. It feels so luxurious and has a nice weight to it. The zipper pouch is nice so the powder doesn't get everywhere since it is a mineral powder. I do recommend keeping it in the pouch just in case you drop it. This powder can easily break because of how finely milled the powder is.

I would definitely give this a try if you're in the market for a new powder! So far so good.


L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Review (& Photos)

The packaging is so cute! I couldn't resist.

I love the hot pink and black mascara. Definitely something I'm attracted to.

I got it in the shade Blackest Black.

Interesting brush that definitely hugs my lashes and applies mascara evenly.

Even more interesting wand. I definitely like how it feels when I apply my mascara. It gives it an extra bounce.
I was at Target the other day and I found this mascara. So glad I did because now it is one of my new favorites. I got it for $7.99.

This mascara gives me the fullest doll eye lashes without looking TOO clumpy. The brush itself clings on to my lashes and allows me to get all of my mascara on my lashes. I find it very similar to my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. The Too Faced mascara is still my favorite but this one definitely comes close.

I highly recommend putting two-three coats. One coat is good but when I apply two to three coats, I like the way it looks better. I also HIGHLY recommend not to wait too long before applying another coat because it will flake! Throughout the day, this mascara stays put. I don't think it's waterproof but there is a waterproof version of this mascara. I personally don't like waterproof mascaras because it is difficult to remove.

I would definitely say to try this out. It worked well for me and I plan on buying this again after I run out. It's just so cute :)


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick - Melted Nude

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Nude


I got this lipstick for two reasons. It's a nude lipstick (the only type of lipstick I really like) and it's in a squeeze tube (lol, idk I thought it was a cool concept).

The color isn't a nude shade that I typically go for. My nudes need to have a little more pink in it but this one is straight up brown. At first I didn't like it because it wasn't something I was used to seeing on my lips. I typically wear shades like MAC's Blankety and Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked2. Naked2 from Urban Decay is similar to this except it is more pink.

The formula of this lipstick is really nice and smooth. It dries matte but doesn't keep my lips dry. I do feel like it is long wearing but it won't last all day (3-4 hours tops if I don't eat or drink). The smell of the lipstick is very fruity. Reminds me of Lancome's Juicy Tubes scent. It isn't overwhelming and I don't mind it.

Once this lipstick dries, I do apply a tiny bit of lipgloss. I use MAC's Lipglass in C-thru or Underage. It tones down the brown a little bit, making it more wearable for me.

This retails for $21 at Sephora and you can find it [here]. I really like this lipstick but it isn't my favorite. My favorite lipstick at the moment is Urban Decay's Revolution Lipstick in Naked2. I'll definitely use this up but I'm not sure if I'd repurchase again. If it had a slight pink tone to it, I would definitely like it more. I might have to try the other pink shade in Pink Peony.


Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara Review

Hello everyone!

I got this mascara a few months ago from Sephora (100 point perk). I've heard a lot of great things about this mascara and with all of my Sephora points, I knew I wanted to try it. This mascara is hands down the best mascara I have ever used from Sephora (I still have some drugstore favorites from L'Oreal) but it is starting to become my favorite mascara of all time.

This mascara gives me so much volume and so much length. It is really black and makes my lashes look super long. I think the brush is the main factor. I feel like the brush clings on to my lashes making it easy to apply the mascara. Also, this mascara lasts all day. It does not flake or smudge at all. I overall am having a great experience with this mascara!

I am still using this sample size but once it's done, I am definitely going to get the full size. I haven't purchased an expensive mascara in so long because I think the drugstore mascaras are pretty good and more affordable. The full size retails for $23, which is super expensive but I think it's worth the money.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

*NEW* Benefit's They're Real Push-Up Liner First Impression Review

Benefit's They're Real Push-Up Liner Retails for $24.

The packaging of the product is nice and not too bulky. Feels just like a pen.

Comes with this orange stopper but the directions say to discard it.

Rubbery angled tip. 

Twist bottom of the pen to dispense the product. It literally took me nearly 20 twists just to get this little bit out for the first time.

Horrible swatches. It bleeds on bare skin! I tried it over foundation and eye primer and it didn't bleed..JUST FYI.
After all of the hype this eyeliner got, I wanted to try it. It essentially is everything I ever wanted in an eyeliner. It's simple and easy to use. There isn't a brush that I constantly have to clean after every use. I knew I had to try this product.

After signing up on a list, I received an email from Benefit saying I could order it early. It retails for $24. I ordered it on Tuesday and got it Thursday (today). I immediately opened it up, took pictures and tried it. I was so excited!

First Impression: When I swatched it, I initially hated it. It looked really patchy and didn't look promising. When I first tried it (with no other makeup), I hated it. The formula looked horrible and it bled all over my skin. I was really worried.  It didn't look right and was not even. I felt like the line was jagged and it definitely did not appear smooth. So I figured I was just because I wasn't wearing foundation or anything. So in the next couple of days, I tried it with my full make up routine and I must say, I like it.

This eyeliner is nice and somewhat easy to use. I have to admit, it did take A LOT of practice. I have been wearing potted gel eyeliner for years and trying something new was hard for me. Now after a few uses, I have gotten used to it and really enjoy this eyeliner. It took me about 10 attempts to finally get the hang of it and I'm still practicing.

The swatches suck BUT it isn't meant to be swatched, it's meant to be worn. On the eye, it looks like my normal gel eyeliner.

When I first twisted up the pen, nothing came out. I did it slowly and I swear I twisted it up over 20+ times LOL. I thought mine was broken. When you finally get the initial twists out of the way, you only need to twist up one time to get a little product out, which is all you need! Seriously, don't twist more than once at a time or else it's going to get messy.

It is very long wearing! It doesn't budge once it dries. It lasts all day but I find that when I wear it, it flakes off. Not exactly sure why it flakes off because it doesn't consistently do it.  I do notice when I apply it, it can bunch up and the excess crumbles off.

When I tried to remove the eyeliner at the end of the day, it was such a challenge! I tried make up wipes (which I usually do) and it didn't do anything. What I used to remove it was my Sonia Kashuk eye makeup remover ($10 at Target) and it removed it completely.

All in all, I like this eyeliner but it's definitely not my favorite. There are other great gel eyeliners out there that work much better. I find that it is overpriced, but that's how Benefit goes. It's a pretty cool product that I've never seen before. It makes putting on eyeliner simpler by taking one step out of my routine but I can't consistently get a nice precise line.

I would say try it if you can get a sample before you go out and buy it. Is it my favorite? I'm not sure. I don't think so. I like how black and matte it is but I'm not sure if it's easier to use than my potted gel eyeliner and a brush. I don't think I'll repurchase it after I complete it (if I finish it).


p.s. I bought this with my own money.