Wednesday, March 30, 2016
REVIEW & FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Posted at 2:09 PM 0 comments (+)
With the weather getting warmer, my skin slowly tanning, and realizing that I don't want to throw out the coin to purchase all of my favorite foundations in new colors for the season I finally decided to jump on the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops bandwagon. I'll admit, when I first heard about these I had no intentions of even giving them a shot. They simply sounded a little too gimmicky for me. It seemed like the type of thing that your average person really didn't need in their makeup collection (although sounded fantastic for all of the makeup artists out there.) But as I've started to notice the few foundations I currently stick to using are now too light for me, I just decided it was probably time to stop being a hater before even giving the product a chance. So, I took a trip on over to my local Sephora and looked to see what I could make work.

It took me a little while to find the right color for me, as I tend to be "in between" with most lines and have slightly difficult undertones to match. With most foundations, I need to go with warm under tones as I've got yellow/gold/green. But with these drops, I had to go with N30 (neutral.) I found that a lot of the neutral shades were quite yellow and warm, and G20 was too light for me as G30 was too dark.

I'll start with my complaints, as I've only got one. My only problem with this product is the packaging. It comes in a dropper, which makes sense as you only need 1-4 drops depending on your desires coverage. Though I can't help but feel they could've found a less messy way to go about this. Of all dropper products I've tried, this is simply the messiest and is easy to get everywhere. But as I said, that's my only complaint.

This product is truly a life saver and now a staple in my makeup collection. I tested it with two of my favorite foundations that are currently too light (Nars Sheer Glow & Too Faced Born This Way) and compared it to another favorite that happens to match me (Makeup Forever ULTRA HD Stick.) As shown in the picture, with these drops I'm able to transform these two into a near perfect match. Another great thing about this product is that you can mix it with just a moisturizer or primer for a more natural look, but I personally have yet to try that. The drops are pure pigment so I'm very impressed with the fact that I only need 1 or 2 drops to transform the color to match, which means that this little bottle will last me quite some time even though it's only 0.5 FL OZ. It's really exciting to know that I will no longer have to go out and buy a new shade of foundation every time I get a tan or get pale in the winter, I merely need to own a shade or two in these custom cover drops. I'm so ridiculously impressed with this product, especially considering the last Cover FX product I tried was a disappointment. I'll more than likely be heading out in a few weeks to grab one more shade for when I truly get a tan in the summer. Bless this product.

Overall rating: 5/5

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
REVIEW & FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Posted at 10:12 PM 0 comments (+)
I truly never thought there'd come a day where I'd be more disappointed in a foundation than I was with the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel, let alone a foundation by one of my favorite makeup brands.

Ever since I heard about the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation, my hopes have been high. Becca being one of my favorite brands and just look at that name. "Aqua Luminous Perfecting"? It sounds like perfection in a bottle. It sounds like everything I could ever ask for. It sounds like something only found in dreams. Today I realized that something that good really can only happen in a dream, and this foundation was just too good to be true.

This retails for $44 and although a little pricey, it's not much higher than the average cost of high end foundation so I can't be mad at it for that. However, for that price I expect you to do something good. I only picked up some samples on my way out of work, but the bottle for this foundation is really interesting. It's very sleek and has that classic Becca look, it's comparable to the Backlight Primer and their Shimmer Skin Perfector Liquid. It uses this push button top, where you twist once for the button to reveal it's self, press the button to pick up product into the dropper, then twist again to remove the top and use the dropper to dispense product. As I said, interesting bottle, but I'm intrigued by it enough that I wouldn't mind having that method of application on other foundations from other brands. 

I wish I could say I have a list of pros and cons to go through, but truth be told there's very few pros. As a matter of fact it doesn't even take a full hand of fingers for me to list them off. The best thing about this foundation is the finish in general. It's truly luminous and I think that type of finish is so attractive and flattering. It makes you look healthy—it's that "pregnant glow" without the pregnancy. It makes you look like you're full of life. The next good thing I have to say about this product is that I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage. I was expecting this to have a much more sheer coverage to it, but it ended up being a very good light coverage. It's also pretty buildable. I'd say getting a medium coverage out of it is pushing it but you could definitely work your way to light-medium if you so desire.

Now let's go down this hefty list of cons. I have so many complaints that I don't know where to start.
Right off the bat I noticed that it was applying really patchy but it wasn't just that. It appeared to be sticking to "dry spots" or "dry patches" on my face and made it look as though I had a lot more deadskin that I thought, considering I just got done exfoliating and moisturizing. I actually ended up
removing the makeup and exfoliating once more and making sure to moisturize really well before re-applying the foundation. Unfortunately, it didn't help the situation at all. It appeared as though my face was one huge dry patch, and it just so happened to be worse in certain areas such as my nose, around my mouth, my chin, my forehead, etc. I am someone that deals with dry skin, but I'm not sure what this foundation was doing to me. As I said in the beginning, this foundation was worlds worse for me than the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel (and my disappointment towards that product was too real.)

I'm not an oil person by any means. As I've already stated, I do have dry skin. But I noticed my face looking shinier and shinier as the day went by and it started to feel shiny to the touch. It is a very light feeling foundation but once it starts getting that "oily" appearance to it, you can feel it getting heavier. It's a strange sensation. And it's really upsetting to see a beautiful luminous finish transform into full blown oily mess, especially when you've got dry skin and were never expecting that. I can only imagine how this would look on someone with normally oily skin.

The weirdest thing I experienced with this foundation is it rolling off—yes, rolling off. I happened to touch my chin/neck (I touch my face a lot, I know I shouldn't but what's a girl to do?) and it felt like there was a silicone film on my face. Both primers I use are water based, as well as this foundation. All products I use are water based as a matter of fact, or powder, so there was no logical reasoning behind this and I assumed there was something strange on my face so I rubbed lightly. Sure enough, it was the foundation. Not being sure if it was just that weird spot, I tested it out by rubbing lightly on different areas around my jaw and the same thing happened each time. It rolled right off into little pieces. It's the strangest and grossest thing a foundation has done on my face and I still can't think of any reason as to why this might've happened.

Obviously, my final verdict is a big "NO" to this foundation. Becca, I never thought you'd disappoint me like this. I really wish they could go back and reformulate this because the finish is absolutely stunning.

Overall rating: 1/5

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
REVIEW & FIRST IMPRESSIONS: MUFE Ultra HD Foundation Stick Posted at 2:34 PM 0 comments (+)

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
REVIEW & FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation Posted at 4:56 PM 0 comments (+)
I've once again picked up a new product during my hunt for a new "holy grail" foundation for these dry months. This time it's the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free foundation. This foundation is nothing new, it's been around for some time now. I wouldn't say this product is what Cover FX is known for, but considering their most popular product is $40 concentrated pigment meant to mix into other products, I simply felt this foundation would be the better road to take (besides—why spend $40 on pigment drops and spend the time mixing and matching when I can buy an actual foundation for the same price?) 

Although I will say right now this is definitely not that holy grail foundation that I'm looking for, there are a lot of things that can be said about this product both good and bad. My desire to be a more positive person is influencing me to start off with the pros.

The thing I was most impressed with was the staying power and longevity of this foundation. The product page on sephora simply states that it's "long lasting", which, in my experience, can mean as little as 6 hours to as much as 12+. This foundation for me definitely lasted for a full day, which was a big surprise considering how thick the consistency is almost making you worry that it would slide right off your face. Honestly, the price happens to be a pro for me. In my eyes, $40 is pretty standard for a high end foundation and I truly don't mind spending that. The finish it's self appears beautiful, whether you set it with a powder or not (though it is recommended.) It appears quite air-brushed and borderline flawless, without appearing heavy on the face. When you touch your face, it feels absolutely natural and hydrating even if it's a different case for how it actually feels sitting on your face, but I'll get to that momentarily. Besides the longevity of the foundation it's self, it helped the rest of my makeup including my bronzer and blush stay beautiful all day. Unfortunately this review can't just stop here, because there are some definite cons.

As I mentioned how thick the consistency is, it feels as thick as it looks. It feels nice to the couch, but my face certainly didn't enjoy how heavy this product felt. Another problem I had with this foundation is creasing, which I fortunately don't usually have a problem with but I think I want to blame that on the thick consistency as well. The product is actually so thick that any facial expressions I made that causes natural "fine lines" thoroughly showed those lines for a good amount of time throughout the day. The lines eventually fade, as long as I didn't make any faces, but that is definitely an inconvenient issue to have to work around. Besides the thick consistency and heavy feel, my biggest complaint would be how it appeared on my dry patches. The point of me searching for a new foundation is to find one that works well with dry skin, not one that emphasizes it. Unfortunately, throughout the day it made the dry patches around my mouth and nose look awfully cakey. 

All-in-all, I actually wouldn't say it's a bad foundation, I'd just say it's not for me. And maybe as my skin makes it through this terrible dry spell, it's a foundation that I could definitely try using again and maybe enjoy more. But for the condition my skin is currently in, I'm gonna have to wait for another time. Would I recommend this to others? I actually probably would, but I'd say if you've got dry skin to steer away. This is something I think would work very well for someone with normal type skin.


Consistency: 3/5

Finish: 5/5

Longevity/staying power: 5/5

Ability to blend: 4/5

Oil control: 4/5

Appearance on dry skin: 2/4

Overall rating: 3/5

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
REVIEW: Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation Posted at 12:02 PM 0 comments (+)

I've noticed that I tend to really stick to my ways when it comes to foundation. I find one that I see as flattering and don't bother thinking that there could be something even better out there for me. I've recently decided to try to broaden my foundation horizons and step out of my Tarte Amazonian Clay box. There's a good list of foundations that I'd like to try out, but I decided to start with Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation.

I've got normal-dry combination skin, and my skin tends to have dry spots during the colder seasons. Because of this, I really wanted to try out a foundation with a more natural and hydrating finish. One of the very first that came to mind was this Genius Gel. To quote part of the description on the Sephora website—"(Marc Jacobs Genius Gel) awakens your skin to it's ideal radiance and clarity." Some other selling points for this foundation are as follows: natural to full coverage, weightless, natural, minimizes imperfections, doesn't crease, long-wearing, anti-aging, buildable, and hydrating. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Not to mention it's almost a $50 foundation, so it better do fabulous things for your face.

Despite how much I wanted to love this foundation, I experienced extreme disappointment. Although for the first couple of wears I really did enjoy it. It seemed to fit it's description perfectly. My face felt like natural skin no matter how much I may have built up the product, I seemed to have a natural radiant glow, and the finish was simply beautiful. However, after the third wear or so everything went down hill completely.

To start, although slightly buildable, saying that it can be made into a full coverage is a large stretch. I don't think it would matter how much time I spent layering this foundation on, it would never be "full coverage". Which is totally fine, coverage wasn't my reasoning for buying this after all. As much as I'm currently loving a dewy finish, I noticed this foundation beginning to go beyond that dewy point into looking oily. It seemed as if no setting powder or spray could fix that. Although it feels weightless, it most certainly doesn't look weightless. This foundation seemed to make every bit of peach fuzz on my face painfully visible. I guess I could be one of those girls to take the time to shave the peach fuzz off, but let's be honest, why spend the time doing that when I could find another product that doesn't make me look like a furry creature? As for "long-wearing", that is most certainly not the case. Within a few hours I'd notice parts of this just fading away. It also seemed to separate in areas, which isn't something I'm used to in foundations. Not to mention, this Genius Gel transfers like no other. Finally, let's touch on this "minimizes imperfections" claim. I don't have bad skin or anything, but it became quite evident that this foundation wanted to over-exaggerate and emphazise imperfections, and possibly even add some new ones. Pores became more evident, discoloration shined through strong, it stuck to dry patches and to top it off I believe this caused me to have bumps and textures on my face that weren't there in the first place.

In the picture I've taken displaying the side of my face, you can clearly see many of the problems I just addressed. As I said, I don't have bad skin at all, as a matter of fact I have pretty decent or maybe even pretty nice skin. I've never seen my skin and face look as bad as I did with this foundation. Not to mention, it caused my blushes, bronzers, and highlighters to apply patchy and uneven so that's an obvious no-go.
I'm not saying that this foundation couldn't possibly be fantastic for someone, but this one is a "bitch, no" from me.

Where this is sold: Sephora and Marc Jacobs stores

Overall rating: 1/5

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
REVIEW: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter Posted at 8:31 AM 0 comments (+)

I've recently gotten really into having a strong on point highlight lately, and dove head first into the best products for that out there right now—Becca Highlighters! I've been using both the Pearl and Opal highlights absolutely falling in love with the both of them. However, depending on the look I'm going for, Pearl can be a little too white and bright whereas Opal can add a little bit too much color to my cheeks. So I went on a small hunt for Jaclyn Hill's collaboration highlight with Becca as it seems to be sold out most everywhere around me and hit jackpot.

If I had to think up of my perfect highlight, this would most certainly be it. It's good for a natural look, or a full blown glam look. It's slightly golden peach but doesn't add so much color to my face that it's not versatile and wearable for every occasion. The formula is finely milled and creamy and makes for an absolutely perfect application. This highlight gives an absolutely stunning glow to your cheek bones, bridge of your nose, above your brows, your cupid's bow, and any area that you want to pop! When I wear this highlight I receive back to back compliments and it's an amazing feeling.

Becca and Jaclyn Hill did a wonderful job on this product. It truly saddens me that this highlight is limited edition. As soon as I'm able, I plan on going out and buying a couple more just to stock up. I'd hope that one day Becca Cosmetics could make this a permanent product in their line, or maybe come up with a really close color because this is hands down my favorite makeup product right now.

Where this is sold: Sephora (In stores and online)

Formula: 5/5

Appearance: 5/5

Staying power: 4/5

Other points: Highly pigmented, natural appearance or full glam appearance, versatile, good for most skin tones

Overall rating: 5/5

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HOLIDAY HAUL 2015 Posted at 8:20 AM 0 comments (+)
Items mentioned in haul:

Colourpop eyeshadows, Colourpop highlighter, Colourpop liquid to matte lipstick, Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer, Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay pressed finishing powder, Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush foundation, Tarte Opening Act lash primer, Tarte Energy Skintuitive cheek stain, Real Techniques brushes, Aveeno Naturals Smart Essentials night cream, small black heart purse from TOM, clothes from Forever 21, Clothes from Tilly's, Clothes from Zumiez, rose gold & white leather Frends Taylor headphones, Juicy Couture perfume, Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, Burt's Bees Peach & Willow bark deep pore scrub, Smashbox Photo Finish primer, Tarte Maracuja concealer, Becca liquid highlighter in opal, Becca pressed powder highlighter in Opal, Viva La Juicy and Viva La Juicy Noir roll-on perfume, rose gold purse, jewelry, Viva La Juicy Noir, Fire Emblem, PS4, Fallout 4, Daryl Dixon Pop Vinyl figure, original Timberland's, dark brown Timberland's, etc.

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