September 25, 2016

Naked 3 Palette | Perfect Palette for Fall

I own quite a few of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and out of them all, Naked 3 usually gets the least amount of love. However, this Fall, I have been maximizing this palette and exploring all of the different shades. It adds the perfect amount of warmth to my daily Fall makeup looks. 

The palette has the same metal, hard case packaging as the Naked 2 palette. However, it has a rose gold finish suitable to the shade range inside. It comes with a super handy, double-sided brush. The brush has a flat shader on one end and a fluffy blending brush, but in the shape of a shader at the other end (similar to a much more dense and shorter Mac 217). 

Most of the shades have a common theme: rosey glow. 
Strange is an almost-matte, creamy white.
Dust is a light pink champagne.
Burnout is an almost matte, light mauve.
Limit is a medium matte, brownish mauve. 
Buzz is a medium, pink shimmer.
Trick is a bronze gold. 
Nooner is a matte purple-brown.
Liar is a purple-brown shimmer.
Factory is a mauve, dark brown shimmer. 
Mugshot is a darker taupe shimmer.
Darkside is an almost matte, dark grey. 
Blackheart is a very dark grey with purple shimmer. 

Overall, mostly all of the shadows are smooth, soft, and pigmented. I recommend pairing these shadows with a nice eye primer. I would say that Blackheart is the biggest disappointment, judging by how it looks in the pan. All of these shadows compliment each other well and really make a complete look. Sometimes I do use other matte neutrals in conjunction with this palette. If you would have asked me a month ago whether you should purchase this palette I would have suggested to do so wisely, but now I highly recommend it to mostly everyone. 

September 21, 2016

Current Foundation Collection

I have owned many different foundations, but right now I feel like I have a pretty good mix. There are still a few on my to buy list, but for now, I review the ones I have.

Nars Sheer Glow (Sante Fe)
Being my all time favorite foundation, I have repurchased this once before. It gives the perfect amount of light to medium coverage and blends into my skin really well. It also has a nice finish, not that dewy, but not matte.

September 18, 2016

Yesto Cucumber Sheet Mask

I absolutely love sheet masks. They're definitely one of my favorite parts of my skin care/pampering routine. I first saw them on and then later at Sephora, but now I am thrilled to see drugstore versions coming out. After trying a cheaper mask at Target and still liking it, I decided to give this one a try. 

At Ulta, I found the Yesto Cucumbers Calming Paper Mask. It was a little under $4, so a little bit more than half the price of one from a higher end store. 

At first I was bombarded by a fresh, noticeably cucumber scent. It made my eyes water at first, but then the longer I had the mask on, the more I got used to it. It was the ordinary fiber, sheet masks and it conformed to my face nicely. The eye holes were kind of weird, but I figured them out, making it not the easiest to put on. 

I left the mask on for 15 minutes and it truly did leave my skin feeling softer, smoother, and nourished. I like the way it made my skin feel and using it in general was relaxing and pampering. Other than the few minor inconveniences, the mask was overall nice and I will probably pick up another one or try out one of the other Yes to masks. 

September 15, 2016

Top Picks-- Lip Balms

Lip Balm, something we all use, but rarely talk about. I've collected quite a few; here are some favorites.

September 13, 2016

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Foundation is such a specific thing and I like to try it before I buy it. That being said, I don't purchase many drugstore foundations, but this one has always intrigued me, so I decided to give it a try.

It comes in two formulas. One is for drier skin and one is for more oily skin. This and the wide array of shades makes it stand out against other drugstore foundations. The shade I have, Buff Beige, matches pretty well and the formula for drier skin works well with my skin. On the other hand, it does sit on top of my skin more than most of my other higher end foundations.

September 10, 2016

Too Faced Melted Lipstick Review

I haven't tried much from Too Faced, but with a cult following, I thought I should try out their Melted Lipsticks. I mentioned wanting it in my Beauty Wishlist and went through with purchasing it. 

I decided on Melted Peony, a light, matte pink that has some cooler tones. The packaging itself is a tube, similar to that of a concealer, with a doe foot applicator on the end. It's definitely not the most sanitary, but the packaging does make it easy to apply. 

The product itself is the formula of a lip cream, slightly creamy, yet still thin. It applies monthly and evenly. The formula is very matte and can sometimes drag on dry, chapped lips. In the picture above, I applied a little touch of lip balm over it because it was quite uncomfortable. However, if you moisturize your lips properly ahead of time, it's a really nice formula. 

I can't say that it lasts all day, but it does last much longer than your standard lipstick. The matte formula dries almost fully and allows it to last longer. 

Overall, these are a great liquid lipstick with a great formula; however, I'm not sure if it's better than some other liquid lipsticks that I want to try/ have already tried. 

September 7, 2016

Cleaning my Brushes...

I'm never happy when that dreaded time comes around... when my brushes need a nice cleaning. It's inevitable but terribly unwanted. I've discovered two methods to make the process a little more bearable.

The first method, using Dawn Dishsoap, is for extraordinarily dirty brushes. It is a miracle worker for brushes caked with foundation, moisturizer, and primer. Like it does with dishes, Dawn cuts through tlc.

My other solution works for all levels of dirty and offers more convenience. The Lush Shampoo Bars are easy to use and less wasteful than liquid soap. They work like the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser, but offers a better scent and the bar itself lasts longer. I have Montalbano, which is clarifying yet not too drying, so it's perfect for brushes.

I have found that both of these cleansers help to cleanse my brushes more thoroughly and help to keep them clean for longer. They're two better and cheaper methods than traditional brush cleanser.

September 4, 2016

Sheet Masks~Face and Eyes

Birchbox originally got me hooked on sheet masks, but now I have been picking them up from everywhere. I recently picked some up from Target, as mentioned in a previous post. It is the process of using one and the after effect that keeps me a loyal customer. From this, I have branched out and tried under eye masks and have fallen in love with those as well.

September 2, 2016

College Packing | What Makeup I am Bringing

It's that time to decide which makeup I'm taking with me to college and which will reside at home, at least for the time being (I'm not going too far from home, so I can always bring up more makeup later on). I chose the three small drawer method for the makeup I'm bringing, but I may change the organization once I get there. I am also bringing one small makeup bag for gathering things and just overall need for more storage. 
In the three drawers is the majority of my makeup, but in my makeup bag is all of my foundation, primer, and brow products along with one random highlighter. I was sure to pack medium coverage foundation and a lighter one, actually a tinted moisturizer. 
In the first drawer, I packed a few cheek products and am trusting the Becca Shimmering Skin perfecto as my only highlight. I also packed two cream shadows, one matte and one shimmering, a few eyeliners, and a mascara. I didn't feel the need to pack any powder shadows because I'm bringing four palettes and probably won't do any more than a simple makeup look very often. 
In the second drawer, I took the liberty to pack a variety of lip products. From liquid lipsticks, to glosses, and lipsticks to reds, pinks, berry, and nudes, I have quite the variety for a little stash. I also stowed away the Mac Fix +, which is my favorite finishing spray.
In the bottom drawer, I packed the three palettes that would fit, a few small skin care products and my face and eye brushes. I definitely had to narrow the brushes down, but surprisingly it wasn't too hard; I simply picked my favorites.

Although this may not be enough for how much makeup I left at home, I can always bring more up later. For now, I am simply getting organized and adjusting to college life.

August 30, 2016

Current Favorites | August

This month has been eventful, between a trip and a wedding and move in to college, I've certainly experienced a handful.

For skincare, I've been loving the Glossier Rose Balm Dotcom. It's the perfect strength in scent and the perfect amount of moisture without being greasy. I've also been getting a lot of use out of my Mac Fix +. It's the perfect addition to my makeup routine and really just perfects the look. I find it takes away any cakyness without messing up my just set in foundation. To help apply my makeup, I've been using this Face It mirror. I find it's the perfect size for on the go makeup application. 

Moving onto makeup, I've been loving my Mac Studio Fix Fluid. It's my perfect Summertime shade and has the perfect amount of coverage. Pairing with my foundation, I've been loving the Glossier Stretch Concealer. It blends in seamlessly while still providing coverage. I've also been getting a lot of use out of Benefit's Goof Proof Brow Pencil. It's kind of a confusing product and can be difficult to apply, but I have been winging it and loving the way it looks. It's very natural looking. 

As far as non-beauty products go, I've been wearing one pair of sunglasses almost everyday. These sunglasses, from Urban Outfitters, have a nice shape and gold detailing on the side for interest. I've also been getting a lot of use out of this long necklace from Maurices. I've been pairing it with skirts, dresses, and plain shirts with shorts. It's been pretty universal recently.