Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer 

It’s going to be winter soon! This means that moisturizer is going to become extra important in any skincare routine (although, it really should be important year-round). I recently tried a different moisturizer: the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer which can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

One great thing about the Clinique brand is that they have great, quality products for more affordable prices than other Sephora-based brands. I find that this moisturizer is no exception. It does a great job at moisturizing and would work well as a primer. The “blur” effect is noticeable and allows makeup to sit really well on the skin. It fills in all the nooks and crannies that pop up on a face to create a smooth canvas.

I do think that this is a lighter moisturizer. Some people with dry skin might find that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch for them. My skin is pretty normal/combination and does not get extremely dry, so I find that it works well for me. I would think that it would be a good moisturizer for oily skin as well because the “blur” properties also make it look a bit mattified even though it’s moisturizing.

Have you tried this one? What’s your current go-to moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation 

A while ago, I mentioned that I was trying a bunch of drugstore foundations to review. It’s been an interesting experience because I’m just so used to ridiculously expensive foundations from Sephora, but I’ve found a few gems. One such gem is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for only $6.

Now, this foundation is not without its flaws, but I’m just stunned that something can perform so well and cost only $6! I was very impressed by the range of shades in this foundation line. They also have two different formulations. I purchased the Matte + Poreless one because I hate looking oily, but they also have a Dewy + Smooth formula if you’re someone who has drier skin or you just prefer a dewy finish.

There are two drawbacks to this foundation. First, it doesn’t last all day. I do find that about halfway through the work day, I feel like the foundation has pretty much completely faded away. Also, I find that I have to apply quite a bit of this foundation in order to get my desired look. But, still, it is only $6 so I don’t mind having to put on a few extra coats.

Overall, I do like this foundation. It blends very easily with the assistance of my damp beauty blender. It creates a medium-coverage, natural-looking finish. Also, it covers my acne pretty well, so I don’t need to use as much concealer afterwards. If you’re on a budget and you need a great foundation, I think this one is a pretty safe bet!

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue 

I love lip products! There’s just something about putting color on the lips that makes a makeup look feel put together. Recently, I obtained the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue in the shade Nude. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $19.

This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite lip products. It glides on so easily and covers the lips with a  sheer wash of color. It definitely helps lips to feel more moisturized and nourished. Long after the color has faded, the lips feel softer and healthier. The color doesn’t last a terribly long time, but that’s the trade off of having a nourishing formula. I definitely don’t mind reapplying this one throughout the day because it also has this amazing minty smell that I love.

Overall, I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a moisturizing lipstick with just a touch of color. I would love to purchase more shades of this one, especially the shades Rose and Cherry. Tarte is also one of the more natural brands at Sephora, so I always love when I find one of their products that I love because I know it isn’t filled with tons of chemicals.

Have any of you tried this one or any other Tarte lipsticks? Please, let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss 

I tend to gravitate more towards lipsticks than lip glosses, but I do love the look of a gloss. I like shiny lips, and I love that lip glosses don’t seem to dry out my lips like long-wear lipsticks can. However, I hate when glosses are too sticky in texture. Recently, I was able to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss. These can be purchased from Sephora for $16.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand that rose to fame because of their great eyebrow products, but recently they’ve been putting out more and more other products that are getting rave reviews. I’m so glad that I tried this lip gloss because I’m pretty sure it’s become one of my favorite lip glosses of all time. First, it doesn’t feel very sticky on the lips. My lips just feel a bit slick with moisture after using this gloss, but I don’t find that they feel sticky. Also, the pigmentation is incredible. One little swipe packs a huge punch of color. It totally looks like it has the opacity of a lipstick. Finally, these are incredibly long lasting. After the wet feeling has faded, and even after eating a whole meal, there is still color on my lips – and it still looks even! I’ve been ridiculously impressed by how well this lip gloss works, and I definitely would like to buy more colors.

There are some cons to this product though. For one, the color selection is disappointing and filled only with neutrals and berries. I’d love to see more pink, red, and coral options to round out the line. Also, I don’t care for the smell of the product. It smells like a strange mix of cake batter and chemicals. I can definitely live with the smell, but I just wanted to let everyone know in case you feel very strongly about scents in your makeup products.

Have you tried this gloss? What’s your very favorite lip gloss? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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The Porefessional Primer

Benefit is one of my favorite brands at Sephora. I think they have some really fun, innovative products, and I appreciate that they’re less expensive than some other brands at Sephora. Recently, I tried Benefit’s The POREfessional Face Primer, which seems to be a very polarizing product among beauty bloggers. This primer can be purchased at Sephora for $31.

This primer is supposed to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores. It also contains Vitamin E which is great for skin. Now, I don’t really have overly large pores, so it’s hard for me to judge that, but I do love primers that smooth since I have some acne scars. I thought that this worked really well. It feels quite silky and definitely smoothed my skin. It also is oil-free which is great for acne-prone skin. I’ve used it under several different foundations, and it seems to perform well for me no matter if the foundation is dry in formulation or luminous. The reason I test primers with different types of foundations is because some primers that have a silky texture (like this one) don’t always work well with foundations that have similar textures. So, adding two silky products might cause skin to look overly oily and they may melt off during the day which would make them less long-lasting. However, that did not seem to be the case with this product. It performed well with several different foundation formulas.

Will I purchase the full size when my two deluxe samples are used up? Probably not. There are just so many primers out there and this one isn’t amazing. However, I did like it and it’s not terribly expensive for a primer, especially since a little goes a long way. So, I definitely recommend it for people who are in the market for a smoothing primer.

Have you tried this one? What’s your favorite primer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

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YSL Volupté Tint-in-Balm 

Tinted balms are one of my favorite beauty products. They apply quickly and look natural even when they’re a darker color. They really pull together a minimal makeup day. Recently, I decided to splurge on a more high-end balm and purchased the Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-in-Balm in the shade Dare Me Plum. This can be purchased from Sephora for $34.

So, in retrospect, $34 is super pricey for a lip balm, but I ended up really really liking this one! It glides on so easily, and it has this amazing pomegranate scent that I love. This shade is a dark berry, but since it’s a balm, the pigmentation is very sheer so it looks like a very natural berry as if you just ate a berry-flavored Popsicle. It doesn’t last very long, but I don’t think I can fault it too much for that since balms are naturally not very long lasting. I don’t mind having to reapply so often since it’s so easy and glides on evenly and smells amazing. Overall, I’m glad I splurged on this one, although I suspect I won’t repurchase this one when it runs out since the tint lasts for such a short time compared to the Dior Addict balms, which I also love. The Dior balms are less moisturizing but the color does last longer, so I’ll probably stick to them in the future.

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite tinted lip balm? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation 

Recently, I haven’t been super happy with my skin. I’ve been breaking out more than usual, and I don’t know if it’s hormones or stress or eating too much junk food or what. While I pinpoint the issue, I’ve been struggling to conceal my acne. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $43.

The timing of this sample was perfect since I like to judge foundation against flawed skin instead of when my skin is at its best. This way, I can see if it can handle me at my worst. Thankfully, I received the shade Ivory which ended up being perfect for my skin tone. I applied this with a wet beauty blender and watched it work its magic. This sank into my skin so effortlessly and required very little blending. The results were absolutely fantastic! So many of my flaws seemed completely erased (some acne, redness, dullness, etc) but it didn’t at all look like I was wearing foundation. The finish looked so nice that some days I didn’t even apply a finishing powder on top because it already looked so perfect. Now, this is definitely a medium-coverage foundation so I did still need a bit of concealer on my worst zits, but this is definitely a contender for becoming my favorite foundation! Also, I had enough in the sample bottle to wear it for about two weeks, and it didn’t seem to cause any additional acne. Between their great primers and this product, Make Up For Ever if quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. I highly recommend this one. I would say the results are even better than my previous top picks of Lancome Ideal Teint Foundation and the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

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Bobbi Brown Eyes 

I love eye makeup. There’s something that is so mesmerizing about eyes. It’s the feature I stare at most in others, so it makes sense that most of my makeup routine revolves around creating different eye looks. I recently received two eye makeup samples from Bobbi Brown: the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick and the Eye Opening Mascara. These can both be purchased from Sephora for $30 each.

First, let’s talk about the cream shadow stick. I loved the texture of this product – it’s very creamy  (as its name suggests). It’s easy to apply and does dry down. Unfortunately, without an eye shadow primer, it does tend to settle into the eye crease. Also, I was pleased with the staying power of this product. It definitely did last all day and still looked vivid and sparkly when I got home from work. I would definitely recommend this shadow, especially for people who prefer creams to powders for eye shadow. If you’ve never considered a cream shadow, I would recommend one if your eyelids seem to lack natural oils. If lids are too dry, it can make powder shadows look a bit patchy. If this frequently happens to you, maybe you should try a cream shadow which has a bit of natural moisture and might glide on well with a drier eyelid. People with oilier lids can use cream shadows too, although they might not last as long on an oily lid.

As for the mascara, it was definitely just okay. For $30, I expected a much better finish. It had a bold brush and deposited a nice amount of product, but while my eyelashes did seem to have more volume and were appropriately darkened, they remained very straight and would not hold a curl at all. My overall lash look seemed very lackluster with this particular mascara, so I will probably be giving this sample to a friend. I will not be purchasing the full size.

Have you tried anything from this brand? I’d love to know your thoughts on some of their other products!

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Wander Beauty Lipstick 

Lipstick just pulls a look together! It adds a pop of color to your appearance, even if it’s a neutral – it still adds color to your lips to make you look more alive. Recently I received a sample of Wander Beauty Lipstick. These are purchasable from Sephora for $30 but they come in duos so you’ll be getting a neutral and a brighter/darker shade too. The one I have is a mauve neutral called “Barely There.”

I really love this product! This lipstick is light and easy to apply. One little swoosh will apply it easily and evenly to your lips. It has a nice opacity for a neutral shade. The finish is definitely matte but it doesn’t appear dry at all nor does it physically dry out the lips. The lasting power is pretty average, so you’ll definitely have to reapply after eating, but I think the pros far outweigh the cons in this particular lipstick.

I’m the type of person who tends to stick with very bold colors: bright pinks, reds, and berries. So, I’m stunned by how much I like this neutral shade. I think that using this lipstick has taught me that my ideal neutral is a mauve shade instead the other variations of neutrals: true nudes, very light pinks, browns, etc. So, I also appreciate this lipstick for helping me learn that.

I definitely plan to buy the full size of this product when my sample runs out, and I’m excited to try the burgundy shade that this one comes with in its duo. I can’t say that I wear burgundy lips often, but I think it will be perfect for fall. Since it’s paired with my ideal neutral, I have high hopes that it will be perfect for me too.

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Cargo Water Resistant Blush – Bali 

I used to be terrified of wearing blush, because I get embarrassed for people who have super noticeable blush that isn’t well blended. I was so afraid that this would be me if I tried blush, but I’ve found that applying it in light layers and blending a lot and just putting a little on the apples of the cheek really enhances a look. Recently I tried the Cargo Water Resistant Blush in the shade Bali. This can be purchased from Ulta’s website for $26.

At first, when I received this blush, I was afraid it would be too dark for my fair skin, but I was pleasantly surprised! The texture is very silky which means it’s naturally pretty easy to apply light layers. I was able to use a little at a time and build it into my ideal amount. The texture also made it very easy to blend! I was very pleased with the shade and finish of this blush. Also, the water resistance made it hold up really well, even under hot and humid conditions. I am extremely happy with this blush! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a pretty shade of pink.

What are some of your favorite blush products? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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