Makeup I am Still Loving….Even Months Later!

Long time no write!  Sorry I have been MIA lately, but life got kinda hectic.

Since it has been awhile, I thought I would let you know from the makeup products that I have raved about which ones I am still loving and using….some on a daily basis!

The e.l.f. liquid eyeliner is still my go to whenever I am in the mood for a wing look.

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Although not really makeup, I am still loving this product this spring!  St. Tropez is by far the absolute best self tanner product out there in my opinion.  A natural tan that smells great, I didn’t think it was possible!

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The Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour is one of my favorite lipsticks!  A great everyday color for me, I always keep it in my bag.

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The Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are beautiful and so pigmented!

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The Too Faced and Rimmel match up is close and I actually use them both.  I admit I reach for the Too Faced more often since I have it, but either is a good choice.  Once I run out of this tube of Better Than Sex, I will be a Rimmel user for awhile as I consider the other to be a treat given the higher price tag.

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Smashbox 24 hour photo finish shadow primer, the best eye shadow primer I have ever used!

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Finally, an under eye concealer that doesn’t crease!  Rimmel Match Perfection, you have became my holy grail!

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Hope you have enjoyed this list of my favorites.  I will definitely be purchasing all of these products again!

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer

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I have been on the hunt for “the one” concealer for awhile now, and I finally have found it!

Several weeks ago I decided to take a stroll through the makeup aisle in search of a new concealer.  I had been out for weeks and needed some for underneath my eyes.  I decided to pick up the Rimmel Match Perfection concealer.  This was a risky move since I hadn’t read or watched any reviews on this particular product.  But at $4.97, I thought it was worth a try!

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I love the formula of this concealer!  It is by far better than the Revlon ColorStay I was using.  It is thick, but not too thick.  This concealer covers any darkness underneath my eyes without being too heavy or creasing throughout the day.  The packaging claims it lasts for up to 13 hours and I would agree.  And y’all know I am not good at reapplying anything, so I only set it with powder when first applied and it looks good all day!

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The only con I can say about his product is the small brush applicator tip.  If you read my review on the Maybelline Instant Rewind concealer, you know I am not a fan of built in applicators.  I feel like they are a great place for bacteria.  However, if I had to choose a built in applicator I would choose a brush over a sponge.  I can use a makeup remover wipe to help clean the brush.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a affordable drugstore option. You won’t be disappointed!

If you have tried this concealer, I would love to know your thoughts.  What is your favorite drugstore concealer?

Silicone Foundation Applicator

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In theory you would think this applicator would be the best option.  It is made of silicone so it is very easy to wash before each use.  However, I have found myself going back to my brush and beauty blender.  Why?  Although this applicator is flexible, it is difficult to apply foundation around my nose and underneath my eyes.  Especially around my nose piercing.  If you are curious about my nose piercing experience, click here!

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Using a patting motion, it applies my foundation well all over my face except for these hard to reach areas.  But I also feel like it takes longer to buff in my foundation using this applicator compared to the beauty blender or brush.

I am a little disappointed with this tool.  I was really hoping this would be my new go-to applicator since I could wash it before each use.

Has anyone else tried a silicone applicator?

 

 

Mini Sephora Haul!

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I finally decided to use some of a gift card I had been hanging onto.  Here is what I decided to buy:

  • Urban Decay single eye shadow in YDK
  • Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
  • Benefit They’re Real! mascara

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I have had the YDK eye shadow by Urban Decay in my hand to buy so many times!  This is my favorite color from the Naked 2 palette and the only color that I completely used up!  However, at $19 for one shadow I have always put it back since I couldn’t justify the price.  Especially considering I do not have a shortage when it comes to eye shadows to use.  But since I had a gift card and this was always something I went back to time and time again, I decided to splurge on it.

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A long time ago, I asked a friend that works at Sephora what was her favorite eye shadow primer.  She gave me a sample of the 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer from Smashbox.  At first I didn’t like it because I felt like it made it too difficult to blend out my shadow.  However, when I started letting it set for a few minutes before applying shadow I began to love it.  The sample she gave me lasted me months!  It has a thick consistency so it only takes a small amount to cover each eye.  My shadow literally does not move until I take it off!  This tube is a little pricey at $21.00, however this tube should last me at least 6 months or more.

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Recently, one of my favorite products to try out has been mascaras.  Lately I have tried the Too Faced Better than Sex, which I love, and the Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam that is supposed to be it’s dupe.  I did a test not long ago to see if people could tell the difference between the two, you can check that out here.  I have also been trying the samples that have come in my Play! Sephora box.  At $24 a tube, Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara has great reviews so I decided to give it a try next.  I haven’t opened it yet because I am still using both the Better than Sex and Rimmel.  I didn’t want to have too many open at once so they don’t dry out too fast.  I can’t wait to give this a try though.  Keep an eye out for my thoughts in a review post coming soon.

Hope you enjoyed my little haul!  I still have a little left on my gift card and haven’t quite decided what my next splurge will be, but I will be sure to let you know.

 

Too Faced I Dream in Chocolate Box

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I saw on Instagram last week that the “deal of the day” on HSN was the Too Faced I Dream in Chocolate box.  The products included are:

  • Better Than Sex mascara
  • La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Sugar Daddy
  • Chocolate Bon Bons palette
  • Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black

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These products retail for a total of $112.  On Thursday you could purchase this box for a special price of $52.  They were also offering a $20 off a $40 purchase if you signed up and used Visa Checkout to pay.  So in the end I only paid $32 plus tax for this entire box!!

I can’t wait to use these products.  Of course, you already know how I feel about the mascara.  If not, click here.

I was so excited when I got this I just couldn’t wait to share it.  I love getting a great deal!

 

Essence Longlasting Lipliner

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Several months ago Essence sent me a bag of goodies to try out.  One of these goodies was the Longlasting Lipliner in the color Plum Cake.

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I have been wearing this lip liner a lot on it’s own as a lipstick.  The color is beautiful and is a color I would buy for myself.  Even though it is a lip liner, when applied all over the lip it is not too drying and comfortable.  It looks like a matte lipstick.  It is also long lasting, which is great for me!

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I have been carrying this in my purse for the past few weeks.  Whether own its own or sometimes paired with the NARS Velvet Lip Glide (the color matches it perfectly), it has been a regular go to for me lately.  And at only $2.49, it is definitely a steal!

 

I was sent this product for free by Essence.  However, I did not receive any type of monetary payment for this review.  All my opinions above are of my own and are my honest thoughts on this product.  

NARS Velvet Lip Glide

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I love lip products.  In February I received TWO lip products samples in my Sephora Play! box.  One was a Too Faced lip plumper gloss in the shade Milkshake, you can click here to read about this one.

The other was the NARS Velvet Lip Glide in the shade Bound.  I was excited when I saw that this was a mauve shade….my favorite!

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The lip color glides on easily and is more of a semi-matte finish.  The color is beautiful and very comfortable.  Although it says it is long lasting, it isn’t as long lasting as some other lips products I own.  I need to reapply after eating or at least by lunch.  I am not the best at reapplying, so more matte finishes work better for me.

I am really happy with this sample and enjoy wearing it.  However, I don’t think I would purchase it for myself.  At $26.00 for a full size tube, I think I will stick with my longer lasting options.

If you have tried this product, what are you thoughts?  What shade do you have?