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2018 Makeup Inventory – Part 2: Concealers & Setting Sprays

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What’s up and happy Monday!  Today is the next part in my series of my Makeup Inventory, part 1 I will link here for you.  Part 2 is all about my current concealers and setting sprays in my collection.  Now, for the setting spray category, I don’t feel I am overloaded with products, but with concealers, I do.  I use very little product on my face, so concealer takes me a while to use up.  Also, quick side note before we move on, I know there are inconsistencies with the graphics below, bare with me.  I’m getting used to using a picture editing program and getting into a grove where I like what I create.  So, yeah.  Anyway, if you are curious about my collection, then just keep on reading!

 

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Concealers
Total: 5

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1. BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer$6 US
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The BH Cosmetics concealer was a purchase off a recommendation from Taylor from ThaTaylaa on YouTube (link to ThaTaylaa Made Me Buy It).  This is a thicker formula and in my opinion extremely full coverage.  I feel this has the highest coverage out of all the concealers in my collection.  This product also has the most product and the most bang for your buck, $6 for 0.35oz.  Quick side note, they downsized this product, because my original concealer has 0.46oz of product.  Regardless, you need so little to cover your under eyes and it is not super heavy, although it is slightly drying.

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2. Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme$26 US
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I love Kat Von D products, but this one is not a favorite.  It is a really thick formula, feels heavy on my under eyes, and is really drying.  In the future to use this product up, I plan to use it as a mix in to lighten and mattify foundations.  I’m sure it’ll be great that way, but as a concealer, this is a definite pass.

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3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer$9.99 US
NOT CRUELTY-FREEAffiliate Link | Regular Link
Currently, this concealer is in my 13 By Halloween Project Pan because I do want to use it up and not waste product since.  I do enjoy this concealer, it is creamy, not drying on my under eyes, but will not be repurchasing in the future.  It’s also worked as a great all over dewy and hydrating foundation on me.  The only problem, due to the fact it is so creamy and hydrating, is that it does crease fairly easy on me.

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4. Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer$27 US
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I feel the Tarte Shape Tape is dying out, mostly because of new concealer launches.  However, this is still a really good concealer.  It is on the drying side, but not terrible.  This is also pretty full coverage and a little goes a very long way.  For a high-end concealer, you get a considerable amount of product, so you get a lot of bang for your buck I feel, $27 for 0.3381oz of product.  Most high-end concealers stick around the 0.15-0.22oz range I’ve noticed.

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5. Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer Wand$3.99 US
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Out of all my concealers in my collection, I would say this is my favorite.  It has about a medium coverage, not super drying, nice and creamy formula, not too thick.  Love this formula.  I love that I can find it so easily at my grocery store or drugstore and doesn’t break the bank.  This one has 0.26oz of product, but a terrible shade range.  The shade I have is the lightest and it matches my skin tone.  They definitely need an expansion of lighter and deeper shades.

 

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Setting Sprays
Total: 4

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1. FLOWER Beauty Seal the Deal Hydrating Setting Spray$12.99 US
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Now I have yet to try this setting spray, least I don’t remember trying it.  I picked it up because I wanted to try more things from FLOWER Beauty and this setting spray had 4 1/2 stars on the Ulta website.  The older I’ve gotten, the more I like natural and dewier finishes.  Even though this is on the pricier side of drugstore, you are getting 3.4 fl oz of product and better value than the Milani sprays (which I really love).

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2. Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist$26 US
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I love this setting spray/mist.  I will say, you need to make sure you press the top down all the way when spraying your face.  It has a wonderful mister and really does help my makeup last all day, through heat, humidity, dog hair, and water.  If you are not willing to spend money on a higher-end setting spray, I would go with the Milani Make It Last (I have it listed below).  It is also really good, this one just works a bit better for me so I’m willing to pay the higher price tag.

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3. Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray$9.99 US
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If you do not like super dewy finishes, steer clear of this bad boy.  It is fucking POTENT.  You look super dewy after a few sprays, literally 3 sprays and you look super dewy, almost oily.  So if you don’t like that look, do not pick this up.  However, I love how this spray brings back my skin to life.  I feel so glowly and my skin looks so healthy.  I use this on my really heavy, drying, mattifying foundations and it turns them into a beautiful, radiant, skin-like finish.  Love, love, love this spray!

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4. Milani Make It Last Setting Spray$9.99 US
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This is a great drugstore setting spray just to help extend the wear of your makeup.  It does not mattify your skin, it literally locks everything into place.  I have already gone through one bottle of this and am almost finished with my second.  It is not as good in my opinion as the Kat Von D one, but it is still a really great drugstore option.  If you don’t have to deal with high heat, humidity, water, and dog hair on the daily like I do, this would work great for you!

 

Alright, so that does it for Part 2 of my Makeup Inventory.  Do we share any products?  If so, what do you think of them?  I feel like I’m going to be using my concealers for YEARS before I ever get through them, but setting sprays are so quick for me to use up!  What about you?  Feel the same way about concealers?  What are some of your favorite concealers and setting sprays, let me know in the comments!  Well, I think that does it for me.  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

YouTube Made Me Buy It: ThaTaylaa Edition (Part 1?)

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You may or may not know it, but I am a YouTube addict.  Every day I watch YouTube, mostly beauty related channels although there are a few Vegan YouTubers I watch as well.  I just love makeup and love watching other people talk about and showcase makeup.  One of my favorite beauty YouTubers is Taylor from ThaTaylaa.  I have been watching her for YEARS.  At least four or five years now.  She used to do Periscope and I would watch her live put on makeup while working on homework.  I love her personality, the time and effort she puts into her channel, and how she gives so much back.

With that being said, I have purchased quite a few items off of her recommendations.  How could I not?  To help make this a shorter post and not one that will take five hours to read, I will talk about only 5 items for today.  If you want me to do another post of items Taylor made me buy, let me know in the comments below.  Out of all the YouTubers I watch, her recommendations I trust the most, so with that being said, there are a lot of Taylor influenced items I’ve bought.  Alright, this is starting to get lengthy.  Let’s just get into the products, shall we?

1. CYO Long Lasting Foundation Lifeproof* in 101 ($7 US)
Now I don’t remember if this foundation came up in the last 15 Days of Foundation series, or the previous one, but this foundation took her breath away.  She has been hooked on this one since that episode of 15DoF and man has it been a bitch to get!  When it finally came back in stock at Walgreens, I purchased 2 bottles.  Just in case I loved it, I didn’t want to have to wait to order another bottle if I used it up.  Well, talk about good fucking call!  This foundation is beautiful!  Wearing alone or mixed it, this foundation reminds me a lot of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation, BUT I love the shade of this one.  It seems to have more of a grey undertone which I LOVE!

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2. Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit* in Nudie Patootie ($4.99 US)
Because of Taylor, I was able to find one of my holy grail pale grey-nude liquid lipsticks.  When I watch so many other YouTubers, most have a deeper complexion than me, usually ranging from tan to deep.  When you are fair like I am, it is hard to gauge how a lip color will look when comparing to deeper skin tones.  Thanks to her, when I see a lip color on her that I love, I know it will look good on my fair skin.

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3. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder* in 05 Fair ($7.99 US)
Now, I purchased this before I decided to work towards a cruelty-free collection, let me just get that out of the way now.  However, with that being said, this is a beautiful powder.  I’m not a fan of loose powders in general, but if a loose powder works for Taylor’s skin, it has to be good and this powder is no exception.  It is lovely dusted over the face, it helps give a flawless, airbrushed finish.  If ever I am in the mood to bake my under eyes, it doesn’t look heavy or cakey under there.  It brightens underneath my eyes very well indeed.  Once I use this powder up, I am going to be sad to see it go.  If you have any recommendations for loose cruelty-free powders, please let me know in the comments!

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4. Physicians Formula Eye Booster Lash 2-in-1 Boosting Eyeliner* in Ultra Black ($10.99 US)
Taylor always raves about this product.  Besides the CYO foundation, I swear this is the product she talks about the most and for good reason.  Now, I no longer have this product in my collection because I have come to realize I am not a fan of winged liner.  I don’t care for how it looks on my eyes, I just hate it.  However, when I did use to wear winged liner, this was one of the products I used.  It glided on so effortlessly and stayed put all day.  However, I remember this not working well in Texas.  It transferred a lot on my crease area, so if you live in hotter, more humid climates, I’d watch out for that.

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5. BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer* in 100 Fair ($6 US)
Now, this product she hasn’t talked about in a long while, however, she used to talk about it quite often.  I want to say about 2 years ago is when she really talked about it.  This product was even in one of her best products of the year.  I haven’t used this concealer in a while, but it is going to be in rotation soon as I finish some other concealers.  It is very full coverage but surprisingly thin.  Easy to blend out and I have minimal creasing with this product.  I’m not a fan of the method of application and I am not too fond of the undertone, it is immensely yellow.  But the formula is wonderful!

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Alright, so that does it for round one, episode one, part one, whatever you want to call it of YouTube Made Me Buy It: ThaTaylaa edition.  Like I said, Taylor has influenced me to purchase quite a few products in the past and if you are interested in another post about products she has influenced me to buy, let me know in the comments section!  I plan to do a couple more YouTuber’s that I watch fairly frequently (as in, every time they upload) in upcoming posts, so be on the lookout for that!  If you are an avid Beauty YouTube watcher like myself, has there been any products that you were influenced to buy and what did you think of them?  Let me know!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

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2018 Makeup Inventory – Part 1: Primers & Foundations

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Here starts the beginning of a long, long journey looking into my collection.  This is going to be a long series on my blog, consisting of a total of 9 posts.  Some posts will be longer than others and I think you will see what products I tend to favor.  Today I am going to be sharing my Primers and Foundations.  Like I did with Monday’s post, I am going to have all pertinent links at the end, separating affiliate from regular links.  So, if you are interested in what Primers and Foundations I have in my collection, just keep on reading!

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Primers
Total: 3

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1. Milani Prime Shield Mattifying Face Primer
This is actually my second bottle of this primer.  Obviously, I have liked it enough to repurchase.  It has helped keep my oils at bay during this hot weather up here in Washington but I don’t know how it will do in the Texas heat and humidity.  I would like to find other mattifying primers to try, preferably drugstore, once I use up all my primers in my collection.

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2. Pur Correcting Primer Illuminate & Glow (discontinued)
I bought this in support of Taylor of ThaTaylaa during a season of her 15 Days of Foundation, where her and Project Beauty Share created a shop to help raise money for Project Beauty Share.  I had never heard of it before and it has been discontinued.  It is pretty, very luminous but I don’t care for luminous primers.  I look for mattifying primers and luminous foundations.

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3. Milani Prime Light Face Primer
Yet another luminizing primer.  This is apparently a pore-minimizing and strobing one.  I don’t see any pore-minimizing but it is definitely luminous.  I’ve tried it under several different foundations and it works well but it doesn’t really shine through any of the foundations.

 

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Foundations
Total: 10

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1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
This is my holy grail, ride or die foundation.  I have used up one of these and am almost finished with the second one.  It does not break down on me and lasts all day.  My skin looks so healthy with this foundation, I absolutely love it.  I’m trying to cut down on a lot of my high-end makeup because I truly feel you can find wonderful, cruelty-free products at the drugstore.  However, I will ALWAYS repurchase this product (as long as Urban Decay stays cruelty-free).  This product I personally feel is worth the splurge.

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2. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter High Coverage Cream Foundation
When this foundation first launched, I picked it up because all the YouTubers were RAVING about it, hyping it up.  I can get this product to work pretty well but only by mixing it with more luminous foundations.  However, I have realized I can’t wear this foundation at work, even when I mix it.  It ends up looking really heavy and cakey and also breaks down.  I don’t know if it’s because of dealing with so much water, wind, hair, and humidity, but I’m going to try pulling it back out in the fall and then again in the summer when I’m down in Texas.  If you are interested in a more in-depth review, I will leave a link to my post.

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3. Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate
I ended up getting this foundation by accident.  I ordered 2 back ups of my Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate in my normal shade (01) and ordered one in a shade up (02).  Well, shade 02 was in the matte box, but I was given the luminous version.  Surprise, surprise, I love this one as well!  Now, I’ve only worn it a handful of times so I can’t give my full thoughts on it, but I am not mad about having it in my collection.

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4. Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate (Have 2)
Yet another holy grail product for me.  I have gone through 2 full bottles of this and am currently working on my 3.  This is the best looking matte foundation I’ve used.  It does not look heavy or cakey and doesn’t have a straight up matte finish, but more of a satin finish.  It looks absolutely flawless on my skin and wears all day.  I also love this foundation for mixing with luminous foundations.  It helps increase the longevity and makes combos look more skin-like.  I swear by this stuff!

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5. CYO Long Lasting Foundation Lifeproof (Have 2)
I picked up this foundation off of a recommendation of Taylor of ThaTaylaa on YouTube.  The reason I picked up 2 was that I truly felt I was going to love this foundation and it constantly goes out of stock.  So, to be safe I decided to grab 2.  I am not mad that I did.  I absolutely love this foundation, it wears all day, has a beautiful skin like finish, doesn’t get heavy or cakey, doesn’t break down, and the undertone is absolutely PERFECT for me.  So excited about this find!  I might do a side by side comparison with the Urban Decay and the CYO foundation, let me know if you’d like to see that!

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6. Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation
Here is another foundation that I have used up one bottle in the past and repurchased.  Although I did not get the right shade.  I picked up Light 42 Neutral and for one, it is not neutral, it pulls crazy pink and two, it is extremely light.  Next time I will grab Light 45 Neutral (or maybe try it in store like a normal person lol).  However, this has been a great mix in product to help lighten foundations, extend wear time, and help with transfer.  I love this foundation, just not on its own.  On its own, it is way to heavy, dry, and cakey.  However, I love my Fiona Stiles one more so in the future I do not intend to repurchase.

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7. FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup
I picked up this foundation in my last Ulta Haul but have yet to try it.  I have it in my current makeup basket for this month, link here if you are interested, but haven’t played with it yet.  I’ll keep you updated!

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8. Wet N Wild MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15
Here is another product I picked up during my last Ulta Haul and just like the FLOWER Beauty foundation, I have yet to try it.  Once I do, I will definitely update!

So that does it for Part 1 of my Makeup Inventory.  I originally had 11 foundations, but I gave my Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation to my friend who is lighter than me, is really pink toned, and is extremely dry.  I really think she will enjoy it.  But yeah, that is all the primers and foundations I currently have in my collection.  What do you think?  Too many, just enough?  How many primers and foundations do you currently own?  What are some of your favorites?  Let me know in the comments!  Well, that does it for me!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!

Products Mentioned:
– Milani Prime Shield Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Milani Prime Light Face Primer ($9.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($40 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Huda Beauty #FauxFilter High Coverage Cream Foundation ($40 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Fiona Stiles Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate ($30 US) Regular Link
– Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate ($30 US) Regular Link
– CYO Long Lasting Foundation Lifeproof  ($7 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation ($35 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup ($13.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Wet N Wild MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15 ($8.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 ($12.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link

Beauty, Makeup Baskets

Go-To Look Using August 2018 Makeup Basket

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Wednesday last week, I posted my makeup basket for August.  If you haven’t checked that post out yet, I will link it here for you.  Today I thought I would share how I utilize those products and showcase the main look I go for with these products.  As I’ve said in previous posts, I am an avid YouTube watcher and one thing I enjoy watching are makeup baskets and get ready with me videos using those items.  So if you are interested in my Go-To Look for August, just keep on reading!  Also, I’m doing something different this post, let me know how you like it; all links will be added at the end offering my affiliate link and the regular link.  Affiliate links don’t cost you anything but do help my site.  However, I know not everyone is comfortable using them so I wanted to start offering the regular link as well.  Anyway, on to the post!

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First off, I start with my base.  Before I even start the makeup process, my skin is cleaned and moisturized, ready for the first layer.  The Milani Prime Shield Mattifying Primer goes on first.  It’s been quite hot here in Washington and my oils have been pushing through more than normal up here.  I just apply this primer where I get oily, which is my T-Zone and chin.  For my skin, this has helped me stay more matte throughout the day then without.  This is currently my second bottle and I am almost finished with this one.  Then on the outer perimeter of my face, I apply the Pur Correcting Primer: Illuminate & Glow (discontinued).  I enjoy this, it does give my face a wonderful glow.  However, even if it wasn’t discontinued, I would not repurchase because I don’t tend to reach for glowy primers.

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On to foundation and concealing.  My preferred method of application for both is my beauty sponge.  Currently, I am using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  The one downfall of the sponge, not just this sponge but any sponge, is that it tends to soak up a bit of product; it usually takes around 4 pumps of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup to cover my entire face and down my next a little and it gives me about high-medium coverage.  Next is concealer which is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer.  I swipe a little on my under eyes, the sides of my nose where it tends to get red, and a little on top of my eyes as a primer.

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Once my liquids are blended in, it is time to set my face.  Right now I am multitasking the Wet N Wild Brulee Shadow, using it to set my concealer on my under eyes and face, as well as setting the concealer on my eyes.  Then I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder to set my entire face.

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Moving onto the rest of the face, I take the No7 Bronzer in Golden Sands and lightly bronze the perimeter of my face, using the “3” method to lightly graze my temples, the hollows of my cheeks, and my jawline.  I have to use a light hand with this product because it tends to pull orange on my pale skin.  I feel it is better suited for light to tan complexions.  Following that, I use the Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in Ashy Radiance and dust that in the hollow of my cheeks and the sides of my nose.  For blush, I am multitasking another product, my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette, using the shade Ludwin as a peachy blush.  It is very light, so if you are deeper than me, I don’t think that shade will show up on you.  Highlight I am currently using an eyeshadow, which is the Essence Single Shadow in The Grammy Goes Glammy.  For my fair skin, this gives a very wet look to my skin and I have been loving it!  Unfortunately, they no longer make this shade anymore, but Apricotta and Snowflake are also very beautiful as highlights for fair to light skin.  I buff the product into the high points of my cheekbones, sweeping it up and around to the tops of my eyebrows, a little on the tip of my nose, and my cupids bow.

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For eyes, I pulled my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette and I am focusing on the “Warm-Toned” section of this palette, which includes the shades Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry, and Latinus.  My eye look that I’m going for is super simple, has probably been showcased a million times, and honestly, I think it is the eye look that came with the palette.  Anywho, I have been taking Latinus, the very light cream shade and putting it all over my lid up to the brow bone.  Since I am fair, this shade does match my skin tone.  With a large, fluffy brush, I pick up the light peachy shade called Ludwin and run that through my crease, being very careless with it.  I don’t go for perfect.  After I feel enough pigmentation has been built up (these are older shadows mind you, this is my oldest palette), I pick up on a smaller crease brush the rust shade called Succubus.  I focus that on the outer “V” of my eye and lightly bring it into the crease.  Focusing the majority of the product on the outer “V”.  Lastly, it’s time to bring in that warm, deep brown called Sytry.  Using the same brush that I used for Succubus, I solely focus this on the outer “V’.  For my lower lash line, using the same brush that I used for both Succubus and Sytry, I dip it lightly into those two shades, tap off the majority of the excess, and run it along the lower lash line, but avoiding going all the way towards the inner corner.  To highlight the inner corner, I just used the Essence shadow.  Here is an up-close look at my eyes.  Like I said, simple, nothing crazy.

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At this point, all of my powder products are done so I set my face with the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray, then move on to the rest.  This is also my second bottle of this setting spray and I think it is wonderful, works just as well as the Urban Decay setting spray in my opinion.  You only get 2.03oz of product though, but still ends up being cheaper than the Urban Decay setting sprays.  I then curl my lashes and apply a coat or two of the NYX Professional Makeup Worth The Hype Mascara.  This is an okay mascara, it looks pretty but does not hold a curl.  I have 2 in my back stock, but after those two, I would not repurchase.  On my inner rim, I glide on the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude.  I enjoy this eyeliner, it stays incredibly well on my waterline, but unfortunately, I will not repurchase because Rimmel is not cruelty-free.

For my eyebrows, I actually pulled in my Kat Von D Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Graphite instead of using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Granite.  I did this because it was taking me between 5 and 10 minutes to do my brows with the pomade.  Now, it is a great product and you get killer bang for your buck but I need something less finicky in the morning when I am getting ready for work.  This product I have been loving!  I’ve been able to achieve more natural like brows and it takes me no time at all.  I love the shape of the applicator, at first I was a bit apprehensive, but it works great.  Plus, doesn’t fade and looks great all day.  I will definitely be repurchasing this product.  To set those bad boys, I’ve been using the NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel.  I have no idea how long I have had this product, but it hasn’t dried out and still works great.  You definitely don’t need to spend an arm and a leg for a great eyebrow gel.

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Last, but certainly not least are the lips!  Lip products are my downfall, I swear to God.  I love lip products!  For my go to, when I’m not at work, I have really been loving the combination of the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lip Creme in Bow N Arrow topped with a little bit of the EM Cosmetics True Gloss in Truffle Haze.  Both of these, if ever I manage to use up these products, are definite repurchases!  The lipstick is very comfortable but matte and it also smells like fucking COOKIE BUTTER!  The gloss is the best gloss I have ever tried.  It was a recommendation from Emily Noel and I’m glad I picked it up.  It is very comfortable, pretty decent wear time considering it is a gloss, great pigmentation, awesome applicator and the best part… IT’S NOT STICKY.  Let me repeat that… IT IS NOT STICKY!

So that’s it!  That is my go-to look using products out of my August Makeup Basket.  This post was a lot more in-depth than I realized it was going to be.  How did you like it?  Was it helpful to throw in mini reviews about the products?  Let me know in the comments!  What has been your go-to look lately?  Also, do you have any recommendations on really good cruelty-free mattifying primers?  Once I use up all of my primers, I’m definitely going to need a good mattifying primer for Texas.  That does it for me today, I hope you found this interesting or helpful!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

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Products Mentioned:
– Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Milani Prime Shield Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless High Definition Liquid Makeup ($40 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer ($9.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Wet N Wild Brulee Single Eyeshadow ($0.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Powder ($5.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– No7 Bronzer ($12.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette ($7.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Essence Single Eyeshadow ($1.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette ($48 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– NYX Professional Makeup Worth The Hype Mascara ($7.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal ($5.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Kat Von D Signature Brow Precision Pencil ($20 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eyebrow Gel ($7.99 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lip Creme ($19 US) Affiliate Link | Regular Link
– EM Cosmetics True Gloss ($19 US) Regular Link

Beauty, Makeup Baskets

August 2018 Makeup Basket

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Hey all!  Hope you are having a good Wednesday.  Today I am going to be sharing my monthly makeup basket for August.  I may have done one or two of these in the past, but I thought it would be a great way to help refresh my collection and make sure I am actually using my products.

As you may, or may not know, I am currently participating in a project pan, 13 By Halloween to be precise.  I will link it for you, but all of those products are in my makeup basket, however, I wanted to throw in some other products.  Those are what I am going to be discussing today!  So if you are interested in what else I threw in my makeup basket, then just keep on reading!

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Let’s first discuss eyeshadow.  This month I’m going to be working on my Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette*.  I love this thing, probably my holy grail eyeshadow palette.  I tend to lean towards more matte, pretty neutral looks and this palette covers that.  For the month of August, I am really focusing on the last quadrant of shadows, the more “warm-toned” side.  Luckily, I don’t feel it pulls super warm on me, I am very comfortable using it.  The large light peach shade I’m also going to multitask and use as a blush for this month.

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Now, if you have checked out my 13 By Halloween Project Pan, you know I have a foundation in that project.  The reason I threw the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Foundation* in the mix is that, for one, I just bought it.  Two, I want to thoroughly test it out before I review it.  I don’t want to rely on first impressions with this foundation.  So, while working on the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation*, I will also be working on this one.

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Moving on to the rest of my eyes, I have pulled in a few products that I think will work well together.  For mascaras, I have the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof* and the NYX Professional Makeup Worth the Hype*.  For eyeliner, I wanted to play with the NYX Professional Makeup Faux Blacks Eyeliner* in Oxblood and the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal* in 005 Nude.  The L’Oreal and Rimmel products are not cruelty-free, but I am currently trying to use up both and move them out of my collection.

For eyebrows, after I finish up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz* in Ebony, I am going to be working on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade* in Granite.  I have had this pomade for ages and before I move on to the Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil* in Graphite, I want to have this finished off.  It is a wonderful product and you definitely get an amazing bang for your buck, for me, it just takes longer to do my brows with this instead of a pencil.  To set the brows, I’m using the NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Clear Brow Gel*.  I only have 2  brow gels in my collection, this is just my oldest.

For highlight, I decided to pull my Essence Eyeshadow* in The Grammy Goes Glammy (they no longer make this shade, however, Apricotta & Snowflake are amazing fair skin highlighter shades).  I was working on the highlight that went with the contour shade I am trying to use up in my panning project, but it is way too chalky on my skin.  So, I decided to pull this eyeshadow.  Taylor from ThaTaylaa on YouTube introduced me to these single eyeshadows as highlights and they are stunning and literally one or two dollars!

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Last, but certainly not least, lip products.  I wanted to pull in some lip products that I knew were going to work well with the warm-toned look I was going for this month, something that would also work well at work, and pull in some of my newer products.  So, I pulled in the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick* in 844 Sweet Tooth, EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in Rose Nude, EM Cosmetics True Gloss in Truffle Haze, and Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick* in Bow N Arrow.  Hopefully switching between these products I can get a better feel for them and let you know what I think.

Well, I think that does it here from me.  What products are you planning on working through this month?  Any new products?  Or are you pulling in some old favorites?  Let me know in the comment section!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!

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Beauty, Project Pans

Makeup Detox: August – December 2018

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A few posts ago, I briefly mentioned about going on a No-Buy.  Honestly, this year has been one of my best years on makeup purchases.  Last year I was a VIB Rouge member, this year I’m just a VIB member, next year I might just be a Beauty Insider.  That is huge.  The more involved I’ve gotten with the beauty community, the more I have taken a step back and realized I have been purchasing way too much makeup.  With more releases happening, all I can see is how repetitive the products have become.  From different brands releasing liquid lipsticks, to warm eyeshadow palettes, to warm eyeshadow palettes with a pop of blue or teal.  It is honestly the same shit, different packaging.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have purchased the same shit in a different package.  For example, I have the same color of lipstick in at least five different brands, they are just slightly different from each other.  I’m just becoming a tad bit more cognizant of it.  For fuck’s sake, I own a total of ten foundations.  Why do I need ten foundations?  Two of which were just recently purchased!  Granted, there is only so much you can do with makeup and makeup releases.  Everything is going to overlap at one point or another.  Think about it, you can do warm-toned, cool-toned, and neutrals.  You can switch it up with different finishes, pops of colors, but ultimately they are all going to overlap.

Where I am going with this, is that I know I have plenty in my collection to suffice from new releases.  I have different finishes in foundations, different setting sprays to help differentiate finishes and lasting capabilities as well, light to dark lipsticks including nudes, reds, and darks, even blacks.  I have matte lipsticks, cremes, satins, and glosses.  I have plenty of mascara to last me a year, several eyeshadow palettes to get me through the seasons, several bronzers, and enough highlighters to last me to my grave.  I have plenty of makeup for me.  I need to utilize my collection, save my money, and appreciate what I have.

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to my makeup detox of 2018.  I decided to call it a Makeup Detox because Amber F from YouTube was talking in her Pan That Palette Update about going on a no-buy and possibly calling it a Makeup Detox.  I love the idea of it being a makeup detox.  Not only is the market oversaturated with products, but I feel as if myself included is oversaturated with products.  There are men and women out there who do not have the means or opportunity to have makeup and here I am collecting products that I’m not even using.  Plus, I am moving in April cross country and I don’t need to be taking this plethora of makeup.  It is unnecessary.

With the number of products I have in my back stock (my makeup inventory posts will be coming in a few weeks), there should be no need for any makeup purchases.  Makeup remover wipes, micellar waters, all of those are fine for purchasing, I am just talking about makeup.  Primers, mascaras, foundations, etc. are what I am talking about.  I want to see what I can use up in the five months left in the year and maybe, just maybe, I can roll some of this into the new year as well.  Wish me luck!  I will also try and utilize my collection and dupe upcoming releases.  If there is a new palette that is launching, seeing what shades are similar in my collection and recreate the palette.  I will definitely share those with you all!  Have you ever done a no-buy or low-buy?  How did it go for you?  If you haven’t, have you ever thought about doing one?  Let me know in the comments!  I’d love to hear from you!  Well, I think that does it here from me!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty, Reviews

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation

On November 3, 2017, I picked up the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation* in the shade 110N Angel Food for $40 US on the Sephora* website.  Needless to say, I have had plenty of time to try it out and determine if I like it or not.  Let me say, I have yet to use it up.

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With it now being July, I feel I have truly tested out this foundation and have found a decent amount of pros and cons with this foundation.  But the biggest question for this post is would I repurchase?  Long story short, no.  Let me explain.

First off, there is a pretty well-done shade range, but there is always room for improvement.  This I feel is a broken record, but with the variation of fair to medium, there should be the same variation for deep to dark.  I know I am not alone in that.  The shade I picked up was 110N Angel Food described as “Ultra fair skin tones with neutral undertones.”  Working through and owning so many different foundations, I have learned that I like foundations with a more grey undertone.  They don’t tend to pull warm or pink on me.  Any typical cool-toned foundation looks straight up pink on my skin, then pulls crazy orange.  Any warmed-toned foundation looks straight up yellow on my skin.  Before I went cruelty-free, my ideal foundation was the L’Oreal Pro-Glow Foundation* in shade 202 Creamy Natural, because it was more grey-based and I fucking loved it.  Anyway, back to this foundation.

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For me, this foundation doesn’t pull neutral, it pulls yellow.  Granted, I’d take a yellow-based foundation over a pink-based foundation any day, but that is beside the point.  The packaging is fine, no complaints from me.  It comes in a pump and is in plastic packaging, which I have heard complaints about, but honestly, as long as the packaging works (ex. the pump) I don’t care.  I care about the product.

The consistency is very thick and I feel one pump is sufficient to cover my entire face.  However, the fragrance is a bit much.  I like the scent, don’t get me wrong, hell, I would even own a fragrance that smelled like this, but for my foundation, no thank you.  That is screaming for an allergic reaction.  It is a strong, floral scent.  Almost rosy, it is a very sexy scent in my opinion.  Personally, I don’t put fragrance on my face.

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Using this foundation over time, I have learned a few things about it.  I can make this foundation work and work quite well, but there are some stipulations.  For one, I cannot wear it by itself.  On my skin, it looks extremely heavy and cakey.  I have used both a brush and a dampened sponge.  I have not set it with powder and set it with powder.  This foundation alone is too heavy for me.  One hour in, regardless of application and whether or not I set it, it looks even more heavy and cakey.  I get build up along the sides of my nose.  On my forehead and around my mouth it looks like it is sitting on top of my skin.  I have worn this on hot days, cool days, dry days, and wet days.  This foundation just looks awful no matter what, by itself.  HOWEVER, as I have said previously, I have been able to get this foundation to work and work really well, by mixing it.

If ever I can’t get a foundation to work for me, I try mixing it in with other foundations.  Because if I have already bought it, I want to do what I can to work with it.  If I mix this foundation with a more luminous, dewy, or skin-like foundation, it works beautifully.  I have mixed it with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation* ($40 US), the Fiona Stiles Beauty Luminous Foundation Concentrate ($30 US), the CYO Long Lasting Foundation Lifeproof* ($7 US), and the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation* ($12.99 US).  All with spectacular results.  By mixing, it has great staying power, a skin-like finish, no build up of product, and no cakiness.

Here’s the drawback to even that.  It is difficult to wear to work and difficult to wear consistently.  As a dog groomer, I deal with high heat and humidity, along with wind, dog hair, and dander.  Even with it mixed, in that environment, the foundation combination, regardless of whatever combination, starts breaking down, looking heavy and cakey and just looks like makeup.  I have worn the foundations I mix it with alone at work and don’t have that problem.

The other problem is if I wear it consistently, I get breakouts and it dries out my skin.  Now, I am immensely lucky to where my breakouts consist of one or two tiny pimples.  I don’t tend to get pimples ever, only when aunt flow is in town.  So when I wear this foundation and it causes me to break out when I NEVER break out, it is a slight problem.  The other part is that it dries out my skin and I don’t have dry skin!  I start noticing flaking along my nose and around my mouth.  Again, I know for a fact it is not the foundations I mix it with.

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All in all, I can work with this foundation and I plan to use it up.  However, I do not recommend.  The amount of work it takes to get this foundation to work, dealing with the breakouts, the heavy fragrance, it is not worth it.  Once I moved back down to Texas I’m going to try and use it mixed during the summer time and see if I have better results, but besides that, this foundation is not worth the time and effort it takes to make this work.  If you have purchased it and love it, that is awesome and I am happy for you!  Another beautiful reason of how our bodies and skin work differently.

I hope you found this review(?) somewhat helpful.  If you have used the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation before, let me know what you thought of it.  Or, if you didn’t pick it up, what your reasons why were!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!

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