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Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

Eyeshadow primer is a must if you want to keep your eyeshadow from creasing. It also allows eye makeup to last longer before starting to fade away. There are so many great primers on the market, but I recently had the chance to try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $20.

I’ve been really loving this product! It’s a bit cheaper than the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and it works just as well. When I wear this, my makeup lasts all day and I never experience any creasing, even with cream shadows. I also love how quickly this dries down on the lids. It creates a great, smooth canvas. The only thing I might like to see would be if this could moisturize a bit like UD’s anti-aging primer. Overall, though, this product seems fantastic, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing. I love that I only need a teeny tiny amount for this to work all day, so the tube is definitely going to last for a very long time. It’s absolutely worth the $20!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite eyeshadow primer? If so, be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Ciaté Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner 

I love a dramatic cat eye, and this requires a fantastic liquid eyeliner if it’s going to last all day long and look even. My favorite is still Stila, but I’m always willing to try other brands to see how they compare. Recently, I had the chance to try the Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner. This product is $19 at Sephora and similar retailers.

Basically, the only thing I liked about this eyeliner was the name. “Fierce Flicks” is an adorable name. Everything else was a big disappointment.

First, the claim of a “precision tip” was sadly lacking. I found the tip to be too wide and not pointed enough to get a clean winged look. This might be fine if you’re just lining the rim of the upper eye, but it’s not precise enough for anything fancy.

The texture of the product was also strangely patchy. I had to go over the line so many time to try to get the shade even, and that’s something I don’t usually struggle with even when using drugstore eyeliners. Very disappointing!

Finally, this product never really dried down. It smeared a bit and parts of it flaked off and I needed to reapply throughout the work day. I hate being so overwhelmingly negative in a review, but I felt the need to be honest. I would avoid this eyeliner at all costs! Even if someone offers it to you for free, it’s just not worth the hassle.

Have you been disappointed by an eyeliner recently? Please, share your experience in the comment section!

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Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump

It’s no secret that I love Dior lip products. Their Dior Addict lipsticks are my absolute favorite, so I always have to try their new lip products. In the recent Sephora sale, I picked up the Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump which retails for $37.

I’m actually not wowed by this product, which is kind of disappointing. I bought the shade Glitterati, which is a glittery nude shade, and I was disappointed by how minimal it looked. The glitter is not very noticeable and doesn’t last for very long. The nude shade is also pretty sheer, although that is kind of expected when you buy a “nude” shade. I guess I expected it to be more of a pink-nude, but it’s a real true nude. Overall, I would be okay with the shade if the glitter just popped a bit more.

Now, in terms of the plumping results, I do think that these claims are met. My lips do look instantly fuller with this product. It’s also nice that it’s semi-matte but doesn’t dry out the lips at all. It feels pretty light on the lips and doesn’t seem to settle into any lines.

However, I have also been disappointed in how quickly the product fades. For $37, I shouldn’t have to reapply 4-5 times throughout my workday. I’m always okay with 1-2 touch-ups per day, but 4-5 is something I’d only expect from a drugstore product – not Dior.

Overall, I’m really disappointed with this new product. It’s definitely not worth the hype or the money. I still love Dior lip products, but this one was a bust!

Have you tried this lipstick? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil 

For my skin texture, a finishing powder is pretty much always needed to complete my makeup looks. At times, when my skin is a bit dry, I reach for a light translucent powder. But when my skin is a bit oilier (during spring and summer), I’ve noticed that a pressed powder locks things in place better. Since it’s that time of year, I decided to find a new pressed powder to try, and I ended up getting the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil. This powder costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I’ve always had good luck with the Bare Minerals brand, which is why I wanted to try another of their products. However, I was a bit concerned that the shade range is limited for this product. There are only four shades, and the lightest one offered is called, “Light/Medium.” My skin tone is closer to Fair/Light and I’ve never been close to Medium in my whole life, so I wasn’t sure if this one would even work for me. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that it is the perfect shade and blends in so well with my existing foundations.

I’ve been so impressed by how well this powder works. It keeps oil at bay for the entire day. I very rarely feel the need to touch up my makeup in the bathroom at work because this powder definitely helps extend the wear of my foundation and concealer too. In fact, I’ll often go a whole 8+ hour work day without touching up anything but my lipstick. I love how this powder locks everything in place without looking heavy or cakey. It doesn’t seem to settle into any lines or pores, and it creates this great, smooth skin surface.

Overall, I’ve been so pleased with this product. It performs well, looks great on the skin, and seems to blur my imperfections. The moment I start hitting pan on this product, I’m for sure going to buy a backup. This is one of the best pressed powders I’ve ever tried, and I highly recommend it!

Have you tried this product or do you have a different favorite pressed powder? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick 

I’m not a huge fan of stick foundations, but they really seem to be trending right now. Because of this, I wanted to try another one and I picked up the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. This product retails for only $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

One issue I have with most stick foundations is that they feel kind of dry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this product. This was a very nice cream consistency. It covered things really well, even my icky acne, so that was also pretty impressive. I will admit that pairing it with a finishing powder will definitely help the lasting power, but that it usually true of most foundations.

Because of the thick consistency, I’ve found that I mostly prefer to use this product as a concealer. It works so well to cover flaws without looking cakey or overly obvious. Also, I have the shade “Intense Ivory” and it seems to blend really well with all of my other foundations when I use it as a concealer. In fact, the blendability is a huge plus in general for this product! Whether you’re using it as a concealer or foundation, it seems to just melt into the skin and instantly improve a complexion.

For the price, this is a huge bargain, especially if you use it as a concealer. It will last for soooo long! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when I run out because it’s become quite the staple in my makeup routine. This is another fantastic Clinique product!

Do you have a stick foundation that you like? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water 

It’s important to make sure you remove all traces of your makeup at the end of the day. Depending on my chosen makeup look, sometimes I really struggle to remove all of my eye makeup at the end of the day. I’ve tried lots of makeup removers over the years, but I recently wanted to try a more natural option, so I decided to get the Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $10.

The bottle is pretty big for the price (it’s 12 fl oz) so it will last quite a while. I typically use a cotton pad and apply some micellar water before applying to my eye and removing my eye makeup. I will say that this seems to be great for sensitive eyes. It’s very gentle and never burns my eyes. It also doesn’t leave any residue at all like some oil-based makeup removers do. However, it also requires more effort to remove the makeup. I feel like I have to scrub, which is not good. You don’t want to be too abrasive with the delicate skin around your eyes, and tugging too much could also damage your eyelashes.

Overall, I think this product is okay. It gets the job done eventually, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing. I think I need to go back to my Clinique Take the Day Off Balm, which removes everything really efficiently and without any scrubbing.

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Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation  

I ran out of my beloved Make Up For Ever foundation recently, so I decided to purchase a new medium-to-full coverage foundation. As I was browsing Sephora’s website, I saw that Sunday Riley has actually released their first foundation. Sunday Riley is a skincare company that has definitely achieved cult status for their amazing products. I was so intrigued that I got the new Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation in the Sephora sale. This foundation retails for $42 at Sephora.

Recently, my skin has been a bit oilier than usual, and this foundation has been amazing at combating that. This foundation has a pump that administers the foundation as a liquid. The consistency of the liquid is very medium – it’s neither thick (which can be difficult to blend) or watery (which rarely provides decent coverage). Like most foundations, a beauty blender or sponge will help with the application. However, I was amazed that one pump of this product could cover my entire face so well. There’s no need to layer with this one. It covers all redness and most acne and leaves a gorgeous satin-matte finish, which I love because it keeps my oiliness at bay without looking too matte or cakey.

The coverage is fantastic. It can be built up easily to a full-coverage, and even with only one layer, I don’t have to use nearly as much concealer as I used to. The lasting power is also fantastic, and I don’t have to touch up at work as long as I’ve used a finishing powder with it. I definitely think I’ve found my new favorite foundation! Yes, $42 is kind of high for 1.08 oz of product, but this one is worth every penny to me.

The range of shades for this product is also pretty expansive. There are 20 shades to choose from in their color spectrum. I’m very fair and I use the second lightest shade – 110 (for very fair skin with pink undertones).

This product works so well for my combination/oily skin, but I imagine that it wouldn’t perform as well with dry skin. The matte finish does feel a bit drying, which has worked well for me, but I would proceed with extreme caution if you already have dry skin. If you do decide to still try it because you like the finish and coverage, you might have to pair it with a very moisturizing primer if you already have dry skin.

Since Sunday Riley is a skincare company, of course they’ve packed this product with good-for-you ingredients too. This includes Canadian willow herb, northern truffle extract, and bisabolo. It’s also cruelty free!

I’m so impressed with this product! Have you had a chance to try it? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 

Beauty Blenders have a cult following, and for good reason, but the $20 price tag can feel steep, especially when you have to repurchase every few months. I thought I would try a less expensive sponge to see how the results compare, so I picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $5. I spent about $8 for one that came with a case.

This product claims that you can use it both wet and dry, but like a beauty blender, it really does work better when it’s slightly damp. I will say that it does a good job, although it’s not as good as a beauty blender. Even when damp, the sponge feels a bit more stiff than I’d like, but I do like that it isn’t completely egg-shaped. It has several different edges to choose from that can fit in any contour of the face.

Overall, I really liked this sponge. While it doesn’t work as well as a beauty blender, I was still impressed. It’s about a fourth of the cost but works almost as well, and I think I’m going to be buying these from now on instead.

Have you tried a sponge other than the beauty blender? What are your thoughts? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Sephora Spring Sale! 10% or 15% OFF!

Do you love shopping at Sephora? I know I do! Right now, their spring sale is happening, so act quick to get 10% or 15% off your favorite items.

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Sephora has sales twice a year – in April and November. As a Rouge member, I get 15% off in April and 20% off in November, so those are the months that I stock up on skincare and more.

Rouge members use the code “yayrouge” for 15% off during April 13-16 and April 20-23.

VIB members use the code “yayvib” for 15% off during April 20-23.

Beauty Insider members (anyone can sign up to be a Beauty Insider member – this tier is completely free to join and is not based on past purchases) use the code “yayinsider” for 10% off during April 20-23.

When making online purchases, be sure to use the codes at checkout.

I’ve already made my purchases, since Rouge members get a few early dates, and here’s what I purchased:

The Bare Minerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil Finishing Powder – I’ve been a bit oilier lately and my acne’s been worse, so I needed a pressed powder which I feel is easier to layer over problem skin than loose powder.

Make Up Forever Full Coverage Concealer – Again, with the acne I need something heavy-duty to help cover up.

Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Long Wear Foundation – This brand has a major cult following and I’ve been so excited to try this new foundation!

Dior Addict Lip Lacquer – I’m obsessed with Dior lip products, so I have to try all their new ones! And this one has major glitter…

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask – This is an amazing, gentle mask that can be used every day and is fantastic for acne. You can read my full review here.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask – This mask is also amazing for acne. I initially didn’t love it because of the smell, but I was won over by how it helped my skin. You can read my full review here.

Are you participating in this sale? What are you buying? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Mini Beauty Blender 

Beauty blenders are a cult favorite for blending foundation, and for good reason. They allow for a perfect makeup application. Now, beauty blender is capitalizing on their fame and issuing some new products. Recently, I had a chance to try one of the mini beauty blenders which cost $18 for a set of 2 from Sephora and similar retailers.

I’m going to have to be completely honest about this one. While I love the original beauty blender, I did not love these. They are really about the size of your finger tip, which makes them a little hard to hold. They’re okay for dabbing on concealer, but I find that I can do just as good a job using my full-size beauty blender that I use for foundation. When it comes to contouring, I use both powder and cream products, and obviously this blender is just for the cream products. Still, I didn’t find that the precise application promised really came through. For the price, I definitely don’t think this product is worth it.

Have you tried these tiny beauty blenders? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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