AUGUST FAVORITES 2017

Hello frenz and welcome back! It's the end of August and that means it's time for a favorites list! I can't tell if this month flew by or if it took forever. Seriously, this month felt never ending but I'm still a little shocked that tomorrow is September. Anyways, I've had a lot of favorites this month, but I narrowed it down to some holy grail products I've this month. Let's jump right into this, shall we?!

First up is Benefit's POREfessional Primer. I actually just found out that this is considered a primer hahaha, well good, because that's what I've been using it as. My sample size is pretty much empty, I'm having to curl the tube and squeeze out product lol, but this primer is AAAA-MAZINGGG. I have huge pores on my nose and the tops of my cheeks, and this seriously fills them in and blurs them better than any other pore blurring product I've tried (and I've tried a ton). You can actually see it fill in your pores as soon as it's rubbed into the skin. It has a smell that I would call "cheap chocolate" haha, like those cheap chocolate quarters or something — but it's not a scent that turns me away. I actually quite like it! This is a little pricey, at a whopping (according to Sephora's website) $12.00 US (sample size) to $49.00 US (full size). I'm OBSESSED with this stuff, and plan on repurchasing this weekend! Maybe I can talk my boyfriend into buying me the full size lol…MAYBE.

Next up on the chopping block is Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer. Please excuse my veiny wrist and hand. They're gross, I know lol. I bought this product off of Wish (before they priced high end makeup accordingly lol). I can't remember the exact price I purchased this for, but I believe it was under $10! Looking at Sephora's website, it looks like the packaging on this product has changed, which I can believe because I purchased this like two years ago. I honestly can't tell differences between eye shadow primers other than their consistency. I don't buy nor test out too many eye primers, but I really love this primer for dark, smokey looks and for working with bright colors. It holds color incredibly well without creasing. I try not to use this on a daily basis because I know I'll have to repurchase at full price lol, which is a total of $20.00 US. I guess that's not too bad!

Onto one of the greatest drugstore finds, ELF High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder. It might be one of the best drugstore setting powders.It's very finely milled and you don't need too much, which is good because the pot it comes in is rather tiny. The old formula used to have a bit of sparkle in it, which is what I think turned a lot of people off to it, but the formula now is INCREDIBLE. I don't know how it does it, but it has this ability to blur your under eyes. I use a powder puff and just pat it into my skin (sometimes my whole face, lol). It sets your concealer so friggin' well, it doesn't budge AT ALL. Seriously, it takes a lot of rubbing to get my concealer off at the end of the day. I heard from a beauty YouTuber (I can't think of who), that it can be used as a dupe for the Laura Mercier Setting Powder. At $6.00 US, you can't get a better and more affordable under eye setting powder!

Speaking of concealer, I rediscovered Maybelline's Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer and OH MY GOD GUYS, why did I ever stop using this?! The shade I have is in Radiant and holy crap, does it live up to its name. It's rather apricot-y when you first put it on the skin, but when you blend it out, it leaves your under eyes so bright and concealed (haha duh). I would say that this is a high coverage concealer. It covered up a huge zit on my cheek once so that's good enough for me. The only thing I wish was different is the tube it comes in. I always feel like these type of packages jip you out of product because it comes out through the brush, but it gives out more product than anyone would ever need. I dunno, am I the only one that thinks that? Anyways, this is a whopping $6.44 US at Wal-Mart (which is where I purchase 95% of my drugstore makeup, btw). You can't go wrong with trying this stuff out!

You didn't think I forgot about eye shadow, right? Good, because I didn't. Please excuse my wonky shaped arm lol I broke it when I was a kid and it didn't heal correctly. Anyways, Maybelline's The Nudes palette is literally my holy grail. I use this palette every single day. I live and breathe for this palette. I bought this a little after it dropped a few years ago, and to be honest, I didn't like it at first.

It's definitely one of those palettes that needs to be broken in. The top layer, for some reason, doesn't have a lot of pigment, but once you get past that, HOLY COW. They are so pigmented and blend like a breeze. There's also no fallout, even with the darkest shades! I actually use the medium brown shade to fill in my brows! If I have wear any brown or neutral eye look, there's a 100% chance I used this palette. For being a $10.00 US drugstore palette, I would say it's pretty damn good and it's one of my holy grail products.

Okay, let's talk about foundation. Having fair, oily skin with huge pores and dry patches makes it really hard for me to find a good foundation. I'm super picky —they need to be demi-matte, medium to full coverage and not be too light or too dark (duh). You'd be surprised how hard it is for me to find the correct shade lol, but again, ELF has outdone themselves with their Flawless Finish Foundation (with SPF 15). This foundation has everything I could ever want, including being only $6.00 US! This foundation has the ability to be full coverage, but still look like your skin! It looks a little wonky in the swatch, but once it's blended well and dries, it lives up to the adjective "flawless."

The only thing I would say is you shouldn't over apply with this because it will turn cakey…fast. It also has a floral-ish scent. I don't know why I want to say it smells like peonies because I don't know what the fluff those smell like, but it's the first thing to come to mind when I smell this. For someone who can't stand floral smells, I can handle this scent. It's not too strong and it's rather refreshing! If your skin is sensitive to scents, I wouldn't recommend you use this, but if not, go out and buy it. You won't be disappointed!

Two more products left, guys, and both being my favorite part of doing makeup. I recently rediscovered Anastasia Beverly Hills' Powder Contour Kit. I forgot how fabulous this kit was! This is another product I bought off of Wish, most likely under $20 (can't be sure). It came broken (so sad), but it's still very usable. I love how easy these are to blend. They're smooth and not patchy at all. For being the medium to light kit, I would say that these are still way too dark and warm for me, so it definitely helps to go in with less product and a light hand. I'm not sure why I stopped using this but it's definitely back in my good graces. I can't believe I got this so cheap when it's $40.00 US at Sephora. I definitely think it is worth the money anyhow and chances are, I'll repurchase the refill pans.

Last, but certainly not least, is my holy grail highlighter – L'Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator. I have a few highlighters that I think are gorgeous, but I can't help but always reach for this one. I'm one that LOVES a blinding highlight, and that's exactly what this one does. I use the whitest shade the most, but they're all so gorgeous. They're incredibly pigmented (more in person than through camera) and they don't accentuate skin texture. It has some sparkle in it, but not enough to bother me. I bought this at CVS for $12.99 US and it was so worth it. I've had it for over a year now and not even close to hitting pan. 10/10 for L'Oreal on this highlighter!

It was hard not to add more products to this list, but we would be here all night. What were some of your favorites this month? I'd love to hear about 'em! Until next time, XO.

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

Hello frenz and happy Monday! First, off let me say how sorry I am about the absence of posts last week. I could lie and say I had a lot going on, but the truth is that I wasn't in the mood to blog. I've been feeling a little down about my blog recently and that's why I've shied away. But good news! I'm back with some awesome products to talk about! I went shopping sometime last week and picked up some new makeup and today, I want to talk about the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Are you excited? I'm excited! Let's get right into this, shall we?!

It seems like every makeup brand now has their own liquid lipstick, whether it be matte or not so much. I found Rimmel's Stay Matte liquid lipstick at Wal-Mart and it was priced at $4.97. I've honestly never tried any liquid lipstick (I'm a noob to new things), and I figured this one was inexpensive enough that I might give it a go, and if I didn't like it, then it would only be $5 down the drain. You get .21 fluid ounces per tube and it is good for two years.

Unfortunately, this product is not cruelty-free…

This liquid lipstick line has 14 shades, ranging from brown nudes, pink nudes and some darker and fun colors. I picked up the shade Mocha, which is a medium brown nude shade. I always get nervous when purchasing nude lip colors because it could go one of two ways; either I look like a walking corpse or I look insane. My skin tone is pretty fair with a pink undertone, so it's very difficult to find any brown nude that flatters my skin. I hoped for a miracle when picking up this shade.

Rimmel claims that this product will give you bold color with just one stroke, that it is kiss proof, transfer proof, water proof, and that it is lightweight with a velvety matte finish. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the initial swatch of this product last week on my story.

It's very pigmented and not streaky, even with one quick swipe. It comes with a pointed sponge applicator, which is great because it ensure that you get a decent amount of product, instead of having to dip into the tube often.

It has a faint sweet smell, reminiscent of the scent from the Rimmel Long Lasting Lipstick line. It dries completely matte and is completely budge and transfer proof (at least upon swatching). It doesn't take long to dry, maybe a minute and a half tops.

When applying to the lips, it is very soft and creamy. You don't need to constantly dip into the product and it doesn't dry instantly, so you're able to layer without it getting cakey or patchy. It's not extremely lightweight, but it's not so heavy that you feel like you can't move your lips. It doesn't get too sticky and there's no pulling on your lips as it dries to a matte finish.

The initial swipe of the lips with my finger after drying proved this lipstick to be smudge and transfer proof. I also kissed my dog to test the claim of this product being kiss proof, and indeed, it is. Also, the color is gorgeous. It was surprisingly the perfect brown nude for me! (peep the selfie for some lipstick action)

I wore this product for over eight hours. It does become a little drying on your lips as the day goes on. I'm one of those people that constantly licks their lips and the corner of their mouths, so I was able to notice the drying feeling almost instantly. However, I was able to lick my lips without this product moving or fading whatsoever.

I decided halfway through the day to apply a lip gloss on top of it. I wanted to see how it worked with other products laying on top. It stayed well with the gloss and even stayed put when the gloss was removed. I was able to tell a bit of fading after the gloss was removed, but nothing that called for reapplication. Even throughout eating and drinking, this product didn't move a bit nor did the color fade.

By the end of the day, you could tell that the color faded just a smidge and that the corners of my mouth were completely without product (which I expected to be the case anyways). There wasn't noticeable cracking or patchiness. It stayed put suprisngly well throughout daily activities.

I hate wearing lip color for the main reason that it never stays put and I constantly have to reapply, but this product was not like that at all. I was able to apply it once and forget about it. I even checked on it at random parts of the day to see if there was any fading or cracking, but it looked just as perfect as it did after the initial application!

All in all, I give this product a 10/10. For being $5 from the drugstore, this product is really one of the best. I've always liked Rimmel, especially their Stay Matte line. Their products keep getting better and better. I can't wait to pick up more shades to try! What are your favorite liquid lipstick brands? I'd love to hear about 'em!

FIRST IMPRESSION FRIDAY: e.l.f. Duo Eyebrow Kit

Hello, frenz and happy FriYAY!!! If you read my last post, you would know that I am changing up my blog. What I've come to decide is that I like makeup and that's what I want to write about. I apologize for all the confusion that has come with the change up, but makeup is something I love and it's something I want to pursue. I hope you all stick around to read my new content! As you can tell by the title, today is First Impression Friday, so let's jump right into this, shall we?

Let's talk about brows. Brows shape your face and they can either make or break your look. I've been fussing with my brows for YEARS and have just recently learned what works well for me and what doesn't. Now for the record, I don't have one set brow product. I use Maybelline's Nude eye shadow palette for my brows. Go ahead and judge me. The only brow product I've found that I truly love is the Anasatasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, but I went through it super quick and I lack the bread to repurchase. So since then, I've been experimenting with different brow products, as well as shadows, to give me the perfect brow.

So today, I'm going to talk about a very popular brow product, E.LF.'s Duo Eyebrow Kit.image3
This product has been in my collection since about this time last year. I've wanted to try it forever, but could never find the blonde shade that I needed. I once tried the dark shades and I immediately regretted that decision and it turned me off to the product for some time. But alas, my local Wal-Mart had the blonde shade in stock and I purchased it for a measly $3…only to let it sit in my collection. Yesterday, I stumbled upon it and thought to give it a go.

This product is a duo, with a pigmented wax and a powder. The wax is a darker shade than the powder. It has more of a red undertone, whereas the powder is more ashy, with a cooler undertone. It comes in a tiny compact with a mirror attached to the inside top of the lid. Also included is a mini double-ended applicator; one side being an angled brush and the other being a small blending brush.image2
I chose not to use the applicator that came with it and, instead, reached for my E.L.F. angled brush, mainly because it has a longer handle and it's what I always use to fill in my brows.

By just looking at the pigmented wax, you wouldn't think it would be any different from their darker shades, but upon swatching, you can see that it is a much lighter brown, almost like a dirty natural blonde.image1 (2)

When applying the wax, it goes on very smooth and was more pigmented than I had anticipated. It worked well and filled in the part of my brows that were fuller, but the formula's consistency made it hard to fill in the sparse parts of my brows. It has a rather oily consistency and smudged easily. Wiping away the edges of my brow with my finger smudged the ends entirely. I couldn't really reach the product into the arch of my brow where I needed more coverage. I tried going in with the powder portion and it did a decent job at mattfying the wax, but was no good at giving my arch coverage.

Once I got the outer part of my brows filled in as much as I could, I started working on the inner part. My brows have been over-plucked for years (currently trying to grow them back), so I hardly have any hair on the inner brow, and the hair that I do have is a very light blonde. Again, the consistency gave me trouble on giving the illusion that I had full brows in the front. Even when applying the wax and blending it out, you could see the distinct space between where my eyebrow started and the "illusion" begins. It was nearly impossible to make hairlike strokes with the wax, leaving my brows blocky and thick. Again, going in with the powder only helped to mattify the wax, but didn't give me the coverage and illusion I desired. I ended up just coating my brows in the wax the best that I could, and then put the powder over it to try to make them appear less oily.

I wore this product for a good eight to ten hours before taking it off. It did a fairly good job at keeping my brows in place where I had hair, but as the day went on, you could see the sparseness of product in the inner part of my brow. It seemed like the mattifying effect that the powder gave completely wore off as the day went on and as my skin became more oily. If you would've seen me, you wouldn't have thought that I was a beauty blogger or that I had any clue what I was doing with a brow product. Looking in the mirror at the end of the day, my brows looked sparse, discolored and oily.

I really wanted this product to work out. E.L.F. is one of my favorite drugstore lines. They're inexpensive, cruelty-free and most of their products work fantastically for me. This duo eyebrow kit, however, was a complete bust…but I'm not giving up hope.

I want to try it again with the powder I currently use to fill in my brows and see if that makes much of a difference. I really want to like this product and find a way to make it work. Perhaps if you have fuller brows, this would work better for you. Like I said previously, the consistency didn't allow me to create the illusion of thick and full brows where my hair was more sparse. I wanted to take pictures of the inconsistency in color, but unfortunately, it wasn't showing up on camera…but it was a disaster in person.

Let me know in the comments if this product works for you and if you have any recommendations of how to make it work — I would LOVE to hear them. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!rl