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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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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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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation 

On my quest to find the perfect drugstore foundation that truly can compare to high end products, I picked up a bunch on my way home from work. This first one is a product that I remember using in high school and loving. Of course, a lot of things have changed since them. I’ve been spoiled on Sephora products and my skin has changed significantly. In high school, my skin was much oilier than it is now and I had more acne. Still, I wanted to give it a try to see what my impression would be after years of trying other makeup. This is the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for $8.

The texture, true to its name, is a mousse. This is a much different texture than most foundations – it’s very light but kind of dry and it dries down into a kind of powdery finish. I’ve found that this doesn’t apply well with a brush or beauty blender sponge. It’s much easier to blend with your fingers, and I suspect this is because of the way fingers warm the foundation. This may sound odd, but skin is much warmer than room temperature and the contact seems to almost melt this makeup a little (which provides a better finish). Similarly, after I apply this foundation, it almost always looks weirdly cakey, but after a few minutes, my skin has warmed it up and it suddenly has a very pretty demi-matte finish. So, if you’re trying this one, don’t judge it too much until you’ve worn it for about 15 minutes.

I will say that this is a very medium coverage foundation. It covers redness and dullness and has a lovely finish, but it does not do a good job at covering acne, which makes it hard for me to wear it during certain times of the month. Also, because of the strange texture, I’ve found that it’s hard to layer concealer over the foundation. So, this is a better foundation if you have small flaws to cover that aren’t textural like zits or scars. I’m happy to wear it on “good” skin days, but I need something with fuller coverage and a different texture for “bad” skin days.

As for lasting power, this one does fade surprisingly fast. By lunchtime, I can tell that it’s faded quite a bit. I don’t want to reapply all my face makeup at work. I’ve tried setting powders and finishing sprays with it, and that helps a little but it’s still noticeably faded. Overall, I was disappointed with the lasting power and I wouldn’t suggest this one if you’re going to be in a humid or warm environment for long because it will definitely be gone quickly under those conditions.

I was impressed by this foundation, but I don’t think I’ll repurchase it. I’ve already found at least two better drugstore foundations that I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

What is your favorite drugstore foundation? I’d love to know, so please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section so I can check them out.

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Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick 

I love luxury lipsticks! Lipstick is one of my favorite beauty products, and I was so excited when I recently received a deluxe sample of the Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick. A full-size version of this product can be purchased from Sephora for $34.

The color was a beautiful and it was so satiny and easy to glide on the lips. It created a very pretty lip look, but I was very disappointed with its lasting power. It did not hold up even a tiny bit when I drank a bottle of water. It seemed to smear a bit. Then, when I ate my lunch, I was left with a weird ring of lipstick around my lips. The inner part of my lips was completely devoid of lipstick after eating, but I had a lot of lipstick still on the outer edges of my lips. So, I reapplied after lunch, but by the end of the workday, my lips looked like this again. I really hate when lipsticks don’t fade evenly. For $34, this is definitely not worth the price. It was beautiful for such a short amount of time. In the end, this was a big disappointment.

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Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm 

One of my favorite types of lip products are the tinted balms that make your lips look like they have a healthy natural pink glow. It’s kind of a “your lips but better” kind of look, and it works really well for minimum makeup days. One of the best ones I’ve found so far is the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm. These can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

It’s no secret that Dior lip products are my absolute favorite! I’ve amassed quite the collection. These lip glow balms are just gorgeous. They provide a sheer, satin finish and just look so pretty. I wear them on both minimal makeup days and days where I have very dramatic eye makeup and don’t want my lips to also be dramatic. I own two: Berry and Lilac. The Berry shade is definitely darker but still very sheer. The Lilac shade is the perfect natural lip color for me.

I really can’t say enough good about these products. I don’t see any downside to them (except that $30 is a lot to spend on a lip product). They have lasted for a very long time but I will definitely repurchase them when I run out. These are definitely a staple in my collection.

Are there any tinted lip balms that you love? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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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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Almay Pen Eyeliner 

Almay makes some of my very favorite eyeliners. I was really excited to try one of their newer ones: the Almay Pen Eyeliner in Brown. This can be purchased from Target or similar stores for $6.

The Almay eyeliners I love are pencils, but I still had high hopes for this liquid eyeliner. I really wanted to find a great drugstore liquid eyeliner option. Unfortunately, this was not it! The formulation was okay and pigmented, but the applicator itself was atrocious. The tip has no give and is just too stiff. It’s almost painful to pull it across the eyelid, and it was so hard to get it to the edge of the lash line. To make matters worse, the “innovative ballpoint tip” makes it pretty much impossible to make the sharp lines necessary for a winged eye look. After struggling for an unfortunate amount of time to apply this eyeliner, I was also disappointed by it’s staying power. It faded quickly and one eye did get smudged after only an hour or so. Overall, I recommend passing on this product!

Are there any great drugstore liquid eyeliners that you’ve tried? Please, let me know because I’d very much like to try something else!

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