March 31, 2015

My Top 10 Favorite Beauty Products For March

March brought us some really great products and my total number of reviews for the month was 35! So I wanted to round up my 10 favorites (although it's really hard to choose because there were a lot of great things on the list)!

It Cosmetics CC+ Illumination, EvoDerma Noome, Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2, Colourpop Super Shock Cheeks

First, It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination was an improvement on a formula I was already obsessed with (and I didn't think it could get any better).  I love the new glowy finish!

Next, the EvoDerma Noome  is an anti-aging device that's non-invasive and feels amazing.  I look forward to my facial massage each night, while I smooth wrinkles and firm my skin at the same time!

The Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 palette proved to be an exact dupe for Lorac's Pro 2 palette at a fraction of the price!

This month, I tried a lot of Colourpop products and loved them all! But my favorite had to be these three Super Shock Cheek blushes...they're just gorgeous.  I also reviewed the BB Blush Sticks from NYC and the Ombre Baked Blush from Hard Candy which I also loved, so it was hard to choose. But these edged those out just a little bit.

L'oreal La Palette Nude 2, Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Palette, Hard Candy Glamoflauge Foundation, Hard Candy Fierce Effects Argan Lip Gloss
I was so excited that the L'oreal La Palette Nudes finally came out.  I reviewed both La Palette Nude 1 and La Palette Nude 2, but I liked 2 a little bit more due to the matte finishes and cooler toned shades. 

Makeup Revolution's Radiant Lights palette was an almost spot-on dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lights palette at a way more affordable price.  I use this every day...I'm in love! 

Hard Candy's Glamoflauge Foundation was a surprise for me...I expected it to be heavy like the concealer but it's super lightweight yet delivers amazing coverage. 

Hard Candy's Fierce Effects Argan Lip Glosses were beautiful and had an amazingly hydrating formula.  I fell in love with both the intense shades and the sheers, especially the sheer Black Rose which looked black in the tube but surprised me by being a beautiful dark raspberry shade. 


Elf Elsa Snow and Ice Eyeshadow Palette, Skinfood Black Sugar Mask.
Another surprise this month was the Elf Elsa Snow and Ice Eyeshadow palette.  I saw this at Walgreens and didn't think too much of it at first...until I swatched it.  It had incredible pigmentation and was buttery soft.  Plus there are some unique and beautiful shades in there.

Last, but definitely not least is Skinfood's Black Sugar Wash Mask.  This is literally the best face scrub I've ever used and is a dupe for Fresh's brown sugar face scrub! My skin has improved so much since using this.

So those are my top picks for this month! I can't wait to see what products I'll discover in April. Did you end up purchasing any of these products, and if so what did you think of them?

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain Metallic Review & Swatches

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain ($5, Walmart) has been around a while, but they introduced four metallic shades this past fall and somehow I missed them! Metallic lips are definitely a trend this Spring with Too Faced releasing the new Melted Metal Lipsticks and Milani coming out with their Fierce Foils so I really wanted to try this one to see if it could be a good budget option for you guys. Let's take a look...
These look extremely similar to the original All Glossed Up pencils except this one has a cap that's the same color as the rest of the packaging and the original has a clear cap.  Also, these have a shiny chromed finish to them...they're really very pretty and eye-catching.  They come in four shades and I chose Zappy to try first, although I was torn between that, Mystic and Perky!

March 30, 2015

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Bronzing Cream for Summer 2015

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Bronzing Cream ($38, Ulta) is brand new for Summer 2015 and I can't wait to get my hands on it.  As a huge fan of the original CC+ Cream, I was super excited to try the new CC+ Illumination last week (see my post here) and now there's a bronzing version! Can you tell I'm just a little bit excited? 

This gives full, flawless bronzing coverage, protects the skin with a physical only SPF 50+ sunblock, and is clinically proven to improve the skin's texture and hydration.  It's packed with anti-aging ingredients: peptides, niacin, Vitamins A, C, B, and E, Hyaluronic Acid, and hydrolyzed collagen.

I think I'll definitely switch over to this version when the warmer weather hits...I love the idea of a bronzer/foundation combo because powder bronzers tend to look muddy on me and I try to stay away from powders in general because I have dry skin.

What about you? Do you want to try the new CC+ Bronzing? You can purchase it at Ulta.com


Beauty Bargain: Essence Lip Liners Review and Swatches

I rarely get to go to Ulta since the closest store is a 45 minute drive for me, but the other day I decided to make the trip. I needed some lip liners and spotted these Essence ones for only $1.49, so I picked up a few. I admit I wasn't expecting too much from such an inexpensive lip liner, but these are actually quite awesome...take a look!
essence lip liner swatches
These liners are the wooden pencil kind that have to be sharpened. I usually stay away from this type because they're usually dry and tug on my lips when I go to apply them. But these are surprisingly creamy and soft! I lined and filled in my lips and just wore these as lipstick with a dab of lip balm on top. If your lips aren't super dry like mine, you may not even need the lip balm.
The colors I got are Cute Pink and Satin Mauve. I like them both but Satin Mauve is my favorite. Lately I've been really drawn to mauve-y type shades...I find that they're still natural looking but don't wash me out like nudes do.
Cute Pink, Satin Mauve
Here they are on my lips.  They have great wear time since they're liners, but I did have to reapply my lip balm once during the day.
essence lip liner satin mauve

essence lip liner cute pink

Overall, these are a great budget find!  I really want to pick up some more shades now...but I'll have to wait until my next Ulta trip (or online haul).

You can purchase these for $1.49 at Ulta.com


Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Review and Swatches

I was so happy with my last Colourpop Super Shock Shadows ($5), I decided to order more! I originally ordered four matte shades and posted a review and swatches (see them here) so this time, I ordered some shimmery metallic shades (and a few mattes), while still sticking to neutral colors that I would wear. 

One of the really nice things about Colourpop (and there are many) is that they always include a handwritten note with your order.  This one was particularly cute so I had to share it.  It's a little hard to read the handwriting, but it says, "How to speak Irish: Whale, Oil, Bee, Look, Hay (say it fast)" Well I'll be lucky!  Haha.  So cute.

March 28, 2015

Create Your Perfect Foundation With Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Have you ever wished you could create your own foundation that had the perfect texture, finish, and amount of coverage?  I think about it all the time! I have really dry skin and foundations tend to cling to dry patches, settle into lines, and make my skin look older.  I used to wish that my primers could act as foundation because they fill in my pores and lines and give my skin an airbrushed look, but they don't have coverage.  Well, that wish is now a reality!
                                        
Cover FX has just introduced Custom Cover Drops ($44, Sephora). This is pure pigment in a bottle that can be mixed with absolutely any face product! You can mix it with your favorite moisturizer, primer, face serum, tinted moisturizer, beauty oils, or foundation. You can even mix it with body lotion (hello, perfect legs!). It's totally genius and easy to use. Use 1 drop for sheer coverage, 2 drops for medium coverage, and 3 drops for full coverage.  It comes in 24 shades for all undertones so there's a really broad range.  I'm ready to go down to Sephora and pick this up today!

Here's a short 2 minute video that talks about how it works: 


         
To purchase, or see reviews, please visit Sephora.

March 27, 2015

NEW BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Aqua Gloss

BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Aqua Gloss ($9.95, Currently $4.95) is a brand new nude gloss collection that naturally hydrates and nourishes your lips.  Let's take a look!

 Forever Nude Aqua Gloss comes in 8 shades and Kalperiane (brown algae), jojoba, and Vitamin E, and is supposed to be high shine, pigment-rich, non-sticky and long wearing.  It's also supposed to flatter all skin tones.