Beauty, Makeup

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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Beauty, Makeup

W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation 

Recently, I decided I wanted to try a few more natural beauty products. It’s so hard to find a good natural foundation and concealer so  I decided to focus on that first. I went to Target and I found I brand I didn’t know much about: W3ll People, and I picked up a few of their products. Today’s product that I’ll be reviewing is the W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation which retails for between $28 – $33 depending on the retailer.

First, let’s go over some of the “natural” qualities. This product is 70% organic, vegan, hypoallergenic, chemical-free, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). It’s also made without gluten, parabens, GMOs, phthalates, sulfates, dimethicone, propylene glycol, mineral oil, talc, and more! So, I was super pleased with all of that. However, beeswax is listed as an ingredient, so that would seem to negate its claims of being vegan unless its synthetic beeswax. Some of it’s other natural ingredients are aloe vera, vitamin e, and green tea which makes it great for sensitive skin.

So, now on to the actual performance of the product. I’ll admit that I was immediately a little concerned. There was something about the texture that felt kind of dry, so I was afraid that I would have a difficult time blending the product. Thankfully, the product seems to melt with the warmth of your skin, so it was actually pretty easy to blend. It’s a very medium-coverage foundation that can be built up even more. The thickness of the product also makes it a great concealer, which is how I’ve been using it mostly. I was impressed by its lasting power. Not only does is cover a lot of flaws, it has a great finish (somewhere between a satin and a matte, leaning more towards matte) and it lasts pretty much all day. I really like this product, and I’m happy to recommend it to others who are looking for a natural foundation!

Have you become enamored with an all-natural foundation product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

The Top 10 Products I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this time of the year is a time for us to be thankful for all the things and people that we’re blessed to have in our lives. Of course, I’m so incredibly grateful for my friends, family, Josh, a job that I love, and so much more! I’m also so very thankful for my readers (that’s you!) because you make blogging so much fun as we share our favorite products and navigate the worlds of beauty and fashion together. So, I thought I’d share with you the top 10 products that I’m thankful for:

Product #1: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint

This tinted moisturizer is the best tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used. It blurs and conceals my imperfections and makes my skin look so much better after each use. This is the perfect blend of makeup and skincare.

Product #2: Dior Addict Lipsticks

This is the one lipstick range that I return to over and over again. I’ve purchased so many of them because they’re just the best – longwearing without being at all drying. The colors are so pretty and the buttery formula is divine.

Product #3: Tangle Teezer Brush

After I shower, my long hair is always tangled, and this is the best brush in the world to easily (and painlessly!) remove all the tangles.

Product #4: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation

This medium-coverage foundation blends so well and covers all my imperfections. It lasts all day long and is my go-to foundation whenever I need that extra boost of skin confidence.

Product #5: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

My acne responds so well to this product. Every time I use this product, my zits look noticeably reduced the next morning.

Product #6: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Removing waterproof eye makeup has never been easier than with this product. It’s so gentle but effective and never leaves a weird residue.

Product #7: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

The harshest of winters is no match to this lip mask. This thick mask can be used overnight or at any time of day for an instant dose of moisture. Chapped lips won’t stand a chance.

Product #8: BareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener 

This concealer is my favorite for covering my dark under eye circles. It makes me look more awake and never settles into fine lines or looks caked on or unnatural.

Product #9: Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powder

This subtle but beautiful glow is amazing! This product highlights like a dream and is perfect for contouring.

Product #10: Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme

Whenever my hair looks dry, frizzy, or is just rebelling, I know this creme will tame it in an instant and make it look smooth and shiny without looking at all greasy.

So, what products are you most thankful for? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 

Recently, I’ve been trying more drugstore makeup. A lot has changed at the drugstore since I was in high school. My many years of splurging at Sephora made me think that all drugstore makeup had to be inferior, but this is definitely not true. I’ve found many gems in the drugstore, and that’s been very exciting to share with you! Recently, I tried the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. This concealer can be purchased from Target and similar retailers for only $5.50.

I was very impressed with this concealer! Now, it wasn’t as amazing as the Maybelline Instant Rewind Concealer, but it still worked really well for a product that only cost $5.50. This product comes in 15 shades, which an impressive range for a concealer. The texture is a bit dry, although I tend to like that because while dryer concealers can be harder to blend, I find that they stay in place better. This concealer is a liquid and comes with a doe foot applicator that is a pretty average size. I find that this is easiest to blend with a damp beauty blender, although the coverage is very much medium instead of full. This does a good job on redness or zits that are small or healing, but it didn’t quite cover very large zits all the way.

Overall, I was impressed by this concealer. It did not rival my favorites from Sephora, but it was still good and I would still recommend it to people on a budget.

What are some of your favorite budget-friendly concealers? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer 

I’ve been paranoid about my under eye circles ever since an aunt of mine pointed them out when I was sixteen and told me, “They’ll never go away. They’ll just get darker the older you get.” This was kind of her to point out since every sixteen year old needs more insecurity in her life. Anyway, this started me on a quest to prove her wrong and I’ve invested in countless eye creams and concealers ever since. Recently, I was encouraged to try the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. I picked up the shade “Fair” from Target for $7 which is an awesome price.

This is by far one of the best under eye concealers I’ve ever used. It’s creamy and kind of dry which helps it to cover well and stay in place. It doesn’t sink into any lines underneath my eyes, and I don’t even need to use a setting powder with it (although, to be fair, I rarely need a setting powder under my eye). The coverage of this concealer is phenomenal and it is so incredibly easy to blend. You can blend it just as easily with your fingers as you can a beauty blender because of its texture.

My friend Katie mentioned that she uses this concealer on acne and other parts of her face as well, so I tried to give it a shot there too. It was still great! It covered even my peskiest zits and lasted for a fairly long time. I did find that applying it on parts of my face other than under my eye worked better with the beauty blender. I did need a setting powder over my acne bits, but that’s pretty normal for me.

Overall, I was blown away by this concealer. Not to sound like a snob, but I don’t try drugstore makeup on my face very often. This has definitely inspired me to try more though because I was just so impressed. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this over and over again, and I recommend this to anyone who wants something inexpensive but high coverage for their under eyes.

So, since I’m going to try more drugstore makeup, what do you think I should try? Please, leave your suggestions in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer 

I’m always trying to find the best concealers to use on my skin. I have some redness, some acne, and dark undereye circles, so concealer is absolutely essential in my makeup routine. I recently tried another one from Sephora: the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer.  This is a pretty large bottle of concealer that comes with an equally hefty doefoot applicator, and it can be purchased for $26.

Tarte is a great brand when it comes to acne-prone skin because the products are pretty natural and use a very minimal amount of chemicals. It is definitely a full-coverage liquid concealer, and it seems to blend best with a damp beauty blender instead of a concealer brush. Tarte also sells 12 different shades of this product, which is great versatility for various skin tones!

I’ve been really happy with this concealer, but it’s definitely not perfect. It has a great amount of coverage, but it doesn’t have the lasting power that I want for my most stubborn flaws. Even with a setting powder, it doesn’t seem to last throughout the entire day. Also, the formulation is great for zits and redness, but it definitely doesn’t work underneath my eyes. It’s too thick for that delicate skin area and tends to just sort of sit in the fine lines underneath my eyes, which is not a great look!

While I’ve been liking it, and I’ll definitely use it until I run out, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this one. It’s worked well, but I feel like there has to be better concealers out there.

Do you have a favorite concealer? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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