Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 2012 Favorites

Hey All,
So I'm here to do my first monthly favorites/regrets. This month I used a lot of products fairly constantly so I will be picking my favorites from 15 categories. Each category will only have one favorite though I reserve the right to change that if I feel I have more than 1 per category at a later time.

1. Primer - Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer; This primer goes on so smooth and sheer, doesn't add any shimmer to your face and definitely helps your foundation last longer.  It is such a great deal for 8 dollars. 

2. Eye Shadow - M.A.C. Paintpot in Rubenesque; This is my one and only M.A.C. makeup and I use it constantly both alone and on it's own.  It is so beautifully shimmery and stays put so well without any primer. 

3. Eye Liner - E.L.F. Waterproof Eye Liner Pen in Black; O.M.G. the most dramatic, beautiful line ever! 

4. Foundation -  This is the most difficult category to give only one answer to.  I have been trying a lot of different foundations and I seem to have had one consistent go to and it has been Rimmel Clean Face.  It is a beautiful finish and a great creamy foundation. It goes on great with a beauty sponge application.   It's just so nice. 

5. Concealer - I don't even know which concealer I really liked this month because nothing was satisfying me.  E.L.F. Concealer and Illuminator has been my real favorite this month but it is very sheer and does not provide a ton of coverage undereye.  I set this concealer with a yellow pressed powder and love it.  

6. Blush - Milani Baked Blush in the color Luminoso. Without very much shimmer this color provides a nice corally pink color with great payoff. 

7. Palette - This month I have been all about nude eyes and browns.  I have fallen in love with the E.L.F. 32 color eyeshadow palette in Cool.  It has great creamy colors, about half matte and half shimmer and pearlized colors.  They last all day and has great color payoff and the range is amazing! Best thing about this is that it's good for both day and night. 

8. Face Applicator - SoHo Beauty Sponge, using it wet is amazing because it gives you great coverage but seems like you put on a ton of lotion.  It's so hydrating.

9. Eye Applicator - E.L.F. Mineral All-Over Eye Shadow Brush, use it for EVERYTHING!

10. Hair Product - HerCut Ponytail Styling Cream. a-MAZ-ing!! This stuff makes any ponytail look professional and sleek.

11. Perfume - Taylor Swift Wonderfall; such a great scent with so many different undertones and so long lasting. It's a beautiful light citrus scent mixed with florals and almost a nutty aftertone. 

12. Mascara - Lash Stilettos in the color Black Sequins.  Awesome mascara for lengthening and volumizing lashes. This was the best mascara I have ever had and I have used eye makeup since I was fourteen. 

13. Moisturiser - This month I have been using Bio Oil on my face and neck and have really seen a change in my skin the last two weeks or so. 

14. Nail Care Product - Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream

15. Book - The Hunger Games; dont judge me!  I know this is a young adult novel but OMG it is amazing.  I highly suggest this to anyone who wants a good easy book to read. 

So those are my favorites and most used products of February. Have a great night!

Hard Candy Review

Last week I went to Walmart for the first time in ages with the intention of picking up a trash bucket for my bedroom and a few shirts for my younger brother. I came out with 80 dollars worth of trash bucket, boys clothes, toys and of course... makeup.  I seriously have a problem.  Anyways, I noticed HardCandy and loved the amount of products and colors in their eyeshadow collection.  I tore myself away from eye makeup because I have WAY too much eye makeup and looked more towards their foundations, primers and concealers. I have been in the market for a new primer and that was my excuse for being in the cosmetic section in the first place, much to the annoyance of my 7 year old shopping partner.  I have used HardCandy Sheer Envy primer before, in their "illuminating" style and decided to purchase the normal finish primer.  I also bought their Just Face It One Step Foundation in the color light as well as their Nobody's Perfect Concealer Palette.

Lets Start With the Good:
Sheer Envy Primer-Original
-This primer is AMAZING.  I purchased it because I recently ran out of my ELF Mineral Infused Primer after only 2 weeks of use.  I wanted something that I didn't have to wait for shipping and that came in a bigger portion so as to not run out so fast.  For only $8 I am more than pleasantly surprised.  Adorable packaging, smooth moisturising finish and all day coverage make this product a 5 out of 5 for me.  One dime sized dollop is enough to cover your whole face and it buffs right into your face, diminishing the small lines and large pores that cover my face.  I don't think it changed the coverage of the makeup but I am sure that it helped my very sheer coverage foundation last all day.

And Onto the Not So Good:
Face It One Step Foundation- Light
-I have tried a lot of foundations in the past month or so. I've tried some for combination skin, some for dry skin, some heavy coverage and some light. This was the WORST foundation I have ever used.  It was think, oily and shiny.  It looked so cakey and no matter what I applied it with, under or over it just did not change its consistency and was returned 2 days later.

NoBody's Perfect Concealer Pallette- Fair
-I wont say I hated this palette, but it was not the quality that I had hoped for.  All of the concealers were too thin and none of the colours seemed to match my face well enough to conceal any imperfections.  I just overall did not enjoy this product at all.  Considering this was practically a 10 dollar product I could not bring myself to keep it while knowing that I could have found something of equal or greater quality from ELF.  So I returned it also.

Overall I found this shopping trip disappointing, especially considering I had been looking forward to trying HardCandy cosmetics so much for so long.   So I will be thankful for the Primer and sad about the rest but I will move on.

Have a great day and thanks for reading.  Feel free to comment below.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Introductions and My Top Five Products of Today

Okay so here goes my first blog post and today I want to talk about dupes, yes I said it, DUPES.  Until about 2 months ago my makeup collection was so limited because of how expensive everything was.  I would plan out when to buy things and everything I bough t was from Sephora. It wasn't until I really had to tighten my belt and start living on a budget that I realized how much makeup was costing me.  At that point I only really used eye makeup and makeup products anyways but I was starting to become more interested in cosmetics and doing everything; face, lips, skincare and of course continued doing eyes! And that's where the journey towards makeup obsession began.

So here is my top five products of today:
1 NYC City Duet 2in1 Lip Color in the color The Cherry Blossoms- CVS $3.99
2.SoHo Beauty Sponge- Walgreens $6.99
3. Elf Powder Brush- $3.00

4. Loreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup in the color Natural Ivory C2
5. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in the color Silky Beige 005