Makeup of the Day & Reviews on Recent Products Sent to Me by Influenster

Hey there! Long time no write! I said I was going to start writing blog posts again, and finally here I am. For my first blog post back, I am going to be reviewing some products that were sent to me complimentary from Influenster for reviewing purposes. For those of you that don’t know, Influenster sends products out to influencers based on your interests from surveys you take, reviews you write, and they also take into account your social media impact score aka number followers on each platform.

For this post I am going to be talking about a couple of products from Hourglass and a few products from Laura Mercier. First I will write my reviews for each of these products, and then I will post photos of my makeup of the day along with details of all of the products I used.

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Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

The most recent products sent to me from Influenster are from Hourglass. I was sent the Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, along with their Veil Translucent Setting Powder (which I will get to next). I was sent the shade Blanc, which is their lightest shade available. They have a total of 32 shades available ranging from very fair to deep, including cool, neutral, and warm undertones. This foundation is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. It claims to be weightless, water-proof, and full-coverage.

With this foundation, a little goes a long way. The directions state for you to dot a few times in different areas of your face. I buffed it out using my It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush #6, which worked really well for me. This foundation has very buildable coverage and can be built up to full-coverage. I built mine up to about a high medium coverage, and it felt very light-weight. It looked like skin, and felt like my skin which I loved. Whenever I’m getting ready, I tend to have an issue with sweating. I have heat intolerance. With this foundation being water-proof, it held up great with my sweaty face. I sweat a lot on my head and on my face. So I was very impressed!

My skin type is normal to dry, sensitive, and I have Rosacea. It didn’t break my skin out or cause any irritation. I wore this foundation for up to about 8 hours, I think it held up really well considering my sweaty face, and wanting to blot the sweat off of my face constantly. I’m pretty sure this will be my foundation that I will be using all summer. I will be continuing to use this shade, since I am photosensitive and cannot be out in the sun very long. My skin tone will stay the same. Since using a little bit goes a long way, I think it will last me for quite sometime.

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

This is a very finely milled powder formulated with light-reflecting particles to blur any imperfections. It claims to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles all while giving you an airbrushed finish. The packaging of this powder is very interesting because it contains a gold sifter with a custom cap to allow for just the right amount of powder to be dispensed. The formula is infused with diamond powder for light refraction without having any flashback. This translucent powder is supposed to work for all skin tones and is formulated without any talc.

I felt this powder worked very well at blurring any imperfections. It has a beautiful invisible finish. It didn’t make my skin look powdery at all. I felt like it blended seamlessly with my skin, and I will continue to use this as my setting powder. This powder is very luxurious as well as being luxuriously priced. They do sell a smaller version if it’s something you just want to try, but not spend the full amount. The standard size is .36 oz, while the mini size is .07 oz.

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A couple of month’s ago, Influenster sent me a few complimentary products to try from Laura Mercier. I was sent the Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick in the shade Nu Prefere, Longwear Lip Liner in the shade Baby Lips, and their Blush Colour Infusion in the shade Rose.

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Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick

This lipstick delivers high-impact color while feeling light-weight. The claims are that this lipstick is long-wearing for up to six hours without any bleeding, feathering, fading, or settling into lines. It’s infused with Mediterranean Sea algae extract, which makes this lipstick very hydrating, while giving a smooth appearance. I found these claims to be mostly true. It was very hydrating, and the color was very pigmented and beautiful. It wore very well, though after eating and drinking it did wear off a bit (which is to be expected with a hydrating lipstick). I did still see a flush of color on my lips though, it faded quite nicely if you know what I mean. This lipstick has a satin finish which I really like and prefer over a matte finish. In the picture below on the right, is a swatch of the Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick in the shade Nu Prefere.

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Laura Mercier Longwear Lip Liner

In the photo above to the left, is a swatch of the Longwear Lip Liner in the shade Baby Lips. I will also have photos of myself at the end of this post to show what everything looks like on. Baby Lips paired very well with Nu Prefere, and was very close to my natural lip color. I can see myself using it with other lipstick as well. It glided on easily, yet it was firm enough to make a more defined line. The lip liner itself has a matte finish, and can be worn all over the lips. It kept my lipstick in place and was easy to use. Normally, I’m not a fan of pencil liners like this one, but it didn’t drag or tug at my lips at all.

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Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion

I was sent the shade Rose, which is a perfect rose shade with a matte finish. This blush is a sheer but buildable blush that give your cheeks a natural flush of color. It goes on very smooth and blends very well into the skin. I started with a light hand, because I wasn’t sure exactly how pigmented this blush would turn out. It actually went on very light, and I liked that I could build up the color to my liking. This blush is long-lasting as it claims, it claims to last up to 10 hours. It lasted on me for about 8 hours, which is how long I had my makeup on. This shade complimented the lipstick and lip liner very well that was sent with it. Down below is a picture of a swatch of the shade Rose.

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Here is a photo of my Makeup of the day, which was actually taken a few days ago. So you can see how the Hourglass and Laura Mercier products look applied. I also listed product details of everything else I used on my face.

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Products used…

Face : Primer – Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer

Foundation – Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick in the shade Blanc

Concealer – L’Oreal Infalliable Full Wear Waterproof Concealer in the shade Porcelain

Setting Powder – Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

Bronzer – Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Sunlight

Blush – Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion in Rose

Highlighter – Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter in Star Island

Setting Spray – Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Eyes: Eyebrows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in 01 Light & Essence make me brow gel in Blondy Brows 01

Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eyeshadow – Colourpop Fame Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara – L’Oreal Length and Lift Mascara in Blackest Black

(I skipped using any eyeliner)

Lips: Lipstick & Lip Liner – Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick in Nu Prefere & Longwear Lip Liner in Baby Lips

*As with all products, different products work differently for different people.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments. Also feel free to ask any questions! I hope to hear from you! Thank you for reading!

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Makeup Favorites

Happy December! I hope all is well with you. I can’t believe Christmas is almost here and 2016 will be over. Who is ready for a new year? I know I am! Today, I am going to be talking about my Makeup Favorites. I am not going to go too much into these products because this isn’t a review. These are products that I’ve been using for a while. I know everyone is posting their monthly favorites right now, but I just wanted to share with you my favorites that I’ve been loving lately…

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
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I’ve been using this foundation for quite a while and it’s been the best foundation I’ve ever tried! At least for me that is. I was hesitant to spend $40 on a foundation since I had never bought a “high-end” foundation. I can tell you though, that it was totally worth it! I love it so much because it truly does feel “weightless” on the skin. Matte foundations seem to be a popular choice, but a lot of them felt really heavy on my skin. This demi-matte foundation makes your skin still look like skin, yet it has great buildable coverage. I wear the shade 0.5 which is a pretty fair shade with pink undertones. This line offers a wide variety of shades, which a lot of makeup brands are lacking. I really like the packaging and I love that it has a pump as well.

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Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder
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Up next, is the ever popular Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder. Say that 5 times fast! What I love about this powder is how light-weight it is and it doesn’t settle into my creases. It has a very silky finish and I feel like it can be used with any skin type. I guess my skin type is “normal,” whatever normal is. I wear the shade 10 Porcelain and this comes in 7 other shades as well. I purchased this from Ulta for $10.99. I have a picture of what it looks like down below. No, my sponge isn’t really that clean. I just turned it over to the clean side for this picture.

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
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I’m pretty sure everyone in the makeup world has heard of this crazy popular concealer, and I’m sure it doesn’t need much of an introduction either. This sought after concealer is always going out of stock. Luckily, I happened to find mine one day in an Ulta store. I bought it not long after it came out. This concealer is full coverage, creamy, and doesn’t settle into fine lines. A little bit goes a long way! My favorite method of applying this, is to use my Real Techniques blending sponge. I have this concealer in the shade fair, which is described to be for “fair skin with pink undertones.” You get a lot of product with this and it has a huge wand. Definitely worth the $24!

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Essence Contouring Powder
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This budget friendly contouring powder by Essence has been a long time favorite. I specifically only use the bronzer part, since I’m not too keen on the highlighter. This is in the shade Light 01, and they also have the shade Medium 02. I feel like this shade of bronzer is a great option for fair skin. It blends really well and doesn’t look too overdone. You can pick this up for $3.99 at Ulta, or on the Essence website and Target’s website/select stores.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone
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My favorite highlighter lately, Moonstone is a pale gold shade that leaves a nice natural finish. No glitter chunks with this highlighter, Becca knows their highlighters! I actually purchased this in a set, The Glow On The Go Moonstone set for $20. I think that’s a great way to go if you don’t want to drop $38 on the full size version of this pressed powder. I purchased mine online from Ulta. The set also includes the Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Moonstone. Which is the liquid version you apply with a wand. I haven’t used it yet, so I can’t really tell you how I feel about it. I’m definitely going to be pulling it out to use soon though.

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Moonstone swatch

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Moonstone blended

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Pencil
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Anastasia knows brows, that’s a fact! I have never tried the Brow Wiz, I just went straight for the Brow Definer. Some people might prefer the Brow Wiz because it has a fine tip, while the Brow Definer has a thicker triangle-shaped tip. I feel like this tip covers more area and it doesn’t take as long to do my brows. I picked this up from Ulta for $23 in the shade Taupe, which is a nice light ash brown. I have also been using this along with the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe. The Nyx one seems to be a tad bit lighter and has the finer tip like the Brow Wiz. I like to use the Nyx pencil to get those inner small hairs, while I focus the Brow Definer on the tail ends. The difference in shades gives a nice effect.

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ย Brow Definer swatch

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Triangle tip

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Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Mascara
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Another bargain treat from Essence, the Make Me Brow gel mascara is said to be a dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow. I wouldn’t know for sure because I have never used the Gimme Brow. I had my hands on it once, but passed it on to my Mom. I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, I wasn’t really into using a product like this and never tried it. Anyhow, This brow gel has a nice little brush that makes it easy to get to those little fine hairs. It’s tinted and contains little fibers to help fill in your brows. I really love it and it gives the perfect finish to my brows. I have the shade Blondy Brows 01. There are two other shades: Browny Brows 02 and Soft Browny Brows 03. I bought this for $2.99 at Ulta, what a deal!

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Mac Lipstick in Magic Spell & Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In control
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These two aren’t something that I have been using for a long time exactly, but they’re already a favorite! I have received a lot of compliments wearing this combination. These two belong in a set that also came with the Vamplify Lipgloss in Tuned In. I assume you use all 3 of these together. I haven’t used the lip gloss yet. The lipstick on it’s own already has a nice shine. The set is called the Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Kit. The lipstick in Magic spell is a mid tone mauve nude with a cremesheen finish and the Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control is a brown mauve. The Vamplify Lip Gloss in Tuned In is a mid tone rosy nude. I ordered this set online from Nordstrom for $39.50. Right now, it’s 20% off and you can get for $29.63. I will link it here. This set also comes with a cute pink and burgundy cosmetic bag.

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Mac Lipstick in Magic Spellย 

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Mac Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Control

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Mac Vamplify Lip Gloss in Tuned In

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Mac Lip Gloss in Tuned In contains a doe foot applicator.

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Top-Bottom: Tuned In, Magic Spell, In Control

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Mac Nutcracker Cosmetic Case

Sorry this post was a bit longer! I hope that you enjoyed reading it though. What are some of your favorites lately? Let me know in the comments. I hope you all have a great week!

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