Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation | Review

I've heard amazing things about this foundation, absolutely glowing (no pun intended) reviews. It was time to try it for myself.  Given the fact that my skin is dryer than the sand in the desert, I was very excited.

This foundation is an Allure Magazine 2016 Best of Beauty Winner. It is primarily sold on Sephora.com. I tried going into a store in Philadelphia and they said they didn't carry the Josie Maran makeup in-store. The bottle is 1fl oz for $45. Pretty steep, however, I found you don't need to use a lot.

Sephora was perpetually out of stock so the moment I saw a couple shades come back, I jumped on picking one. Normally I would probably be around a G35 in this foundation but went with the G15 that they had in stock. It's a bit pale but I make it work with bronzer.

I pumped once on the back of my hand and applied this with a Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki brush. I love the argan oil feel to the foundation because I desperately need the hydration. It didn't seem to sink in as well around the more oily parts of my face (chin, jaw) but I would only feel that if I happened to touch those areas.

This is also one of those products you have to give a couple chances. And depending on your skin condition or time of year, it could sit differently on the face. At first I thought it clung to my dry patches. As I used it a couple more times I knew how much to use and how to apply it to get the results I was looking for. Definitely great for the cold months ahead.

Let me know how you feel about this foundation and if there are any other foundations you've tried and loved!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Last Minute Skull Makeup On A Budget

Full list of products used:
- All purchased from my local Halloween store
Black eyeshadow
Gray eyeshadow
Black kohl eyeliner 
ColourPop Exit liner $5 (Any will do for last minute)
de Prettilicious lashes (first pair shown)

This is a look to impress a party full of people without needing an actual costume. There is nothing worse than searching stores and clothes racks at the last minute for a costume. Begging for something to speak to you within the chaos. With this, wear anything black and call it a day. You get to actually be comfortable on Halloween! Imagine that...

It took around an hour & a half to complete all of the makeup and requires a limited amount of products involved. 

This look is also completely customizable so feel free to add blood around the mouth or add more color around the face. You can replace a lot of the grays with browns to add more dimension. There are so many ways you can go with it.

Happy Halloween ya'll!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Girlactik Beauty | First Purchase & Review

Girlactik Beauty is one of those companies you hear about and are ready to try if you see them but that's the problem... you don't see their products... anywhere. So when I stumbled upon a wall display in the super Walgreens in Boston, unexpectedly, I spent some time picking out the products to try!

I'm in love.

I don't often have bad reviews but this review is exceptionally good. Let me start with the Face Glow.  It's very bronze so can be worn in the summer with a tan but still such a good range of color that you could pull it off in the winter. I think it would be good for my darker skin gals as well.

There is a pinkish hue to it that you see once on the face. That pink reflection is what makes this highlighter absolutely beautiful. It also packs one hell of a punch. It is $25 which is a fairly well priced highlighter on the market. For the quality & versatility, I think it's worth it.

Lustre is applied on the top of my cheek bones in the picture below. The pink hues show up more as a reflection in person.

Next we have the amazing Matte Lip Paint in Iconic. It sure is iconic. I don't have such a beautiful red in my entire lip collection. If you have Girlactik Beauty products near you, go out and run to buy it! It's a liquid lipstick but creamy enough to not dry out your lips. 

The Matte Lip Paints run at $23 which is on the pricey side. I do think these are better than Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks and is comparable if not better than the Jeffree Starr Velour Liquid Lipstick formula.

The staying power is ridiculous on this and what makes it worth those few extra bucks over mainstream competitors. I took the picture below after hours of having the lipstick on my lips.

The other colors look gorgeous as well, especially Flirtatious but Iconic is a color that just jumps out at you. In and outside of the package.

I hope you enjoyed the review and let me know if you have tried Girlactik Beauty for yourself!

Monday, September 26, 2016

My Favorite Face Cream On The Market

While I know it's been a hot minute since I've written (which is terribly unfortunate) I wanted to start again with a product near and dear to my heart: the IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream.

With the cold seasons approaching, this will be any dry skin gal or guys godsend. Thick, creamy & full of hydration, I apply this at least once a day in the morning or at night as a night cream (depending on how dry I feel that day). A little can go a very long way so use sparingly.

I've been using this for a couple of months now and feel the fine lines around my mouth have visibly reduced as well which is an added bonus! I was in a face cream funk when I found this and I'm hooked.

If you have oily skin, I would still try this out but use it as a night cream and only use a very small amount.

If you're looking for a hydrating face cream that will change your world, look no further! Try IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream out and let me know how you love it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Silver Halo Eye

When I received some of the new Coloured Raine metallic eyeshadows, I knew I wanted to create a halo eye to make them pop in the center.

Products I used include:

The goal of the halo eye is to blend the ouster & inner corners inward with the same color and then put a different color just on the center. A typical halo eye has dark edges and a bright center. Which is why this eyeshadow Flashing Lights was perfect for the occasion. 

My palette is a bit dirty which is always a good sign. It means I use it and love it! Shadows are extremely pigmented and there is a really good range of cool and warm matte neutrals.

Try this technique at home and let me know what you think! Tag me in those photos.