New Product Favorites

Hey there! I am back writing a post…finally! I meant to get this post up sooner, but I had a lot going on. It just seems like summer has been really busy with moving and everything. I wanted to get a post up today, because I am going out of town for a couple of days this weekend with my boyfriend. We’re finally doing something fun on his days off. We’re going somewhere neat, and maybe I will post some pictures on here next week. 😉

In this post, I just wanted to share some new favorites of mine that I’ve tried recently. These aren’t products that I’ve been using long-term, I’ve just been using them for a little bit. So my thoughts on these products are sort of like first impressions. I just wanted to disclose that. I thought I would choose 5 things that I’ve been using lately and am really loving!

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First up, is the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. What drew me to wanting to try this foundation, was that it claimed to have a natural finish. I am more into natural finishes and satin finishes. With my skin type, I feel like a matte finish isn’t as flattering on me. Matte foundations are great for oily skin or even for combination skin. I guess my skin is more Normal to Dry. So when I put on a matte foundation, I feel like my face is stiff and and it just looks all wrong. I am getting older now and am in my 30’s, so I have some fine lines beginning to form. I feel like matte foundation just accentuates that on me.

This foundation is a water-based foundation. It is hydrating, and actually leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. It’s very light feeling on the skin, and is buildable for a medium-full coverage. This foundation is meant for Normal to Dry skin types. However, I’m thinking they have other foundation(s) suited for Oily to Combination skin. This foundation contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals. This foundation does NOT contain sunscreen, so definitely apply some sunscreen to your face beforehand. This foundation does NOT Contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, or Talc.

I have the shade N0, which is for fairest porcelain skin with neutral undertones. They have 40 shades, and cater to a full range of skin tones. They have shades for pink, neutral, and golden undertones. You can check them all out here. They have shades for deep skin tones for women of color, and shades for very fair skin like mine. I am really impressed with their shade range. Here is a picture of a swatch of the Cover FX in the shade N0, compared to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in 0.5, and L’Oreal’s True Match in Porcelain W1…

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The Urban Decay foundation has pink undertones, while the Cover Fx is more neutral. Of course, the L’Oreal has more of a yellow undertone. It was hard to get a good picture. I took this picture in natural light. Cover FX is listed online as being cruelty-free and vegan. It’s a great foundation, I think I like it even more than my Urban Decay Naked Skin. I’ve used a blending sponge and a brush to apply this foundation. They both worked really well, I didn’t feel like one worked better than the other. It was easier to achieve a more fuller-coverage using a brush. It just depends on your preference.

 Next up, is the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Invisible Powder. It’s an ultra-fine loose powder that is supposed to look invisible, and it’s supposed to be a universal shade. It claims to blur fine lines, and soften imperfections. I think it definitely lives up to those claims. I like to use this with the Cover FX foundation, I’ve only used this combination together. My foundation does last a long-time, so it could either be the foundation itself and/or the powder helps as well. This powder is hypoallergenic, chemical free, cruelty free & noncomedogenic. It does NOT contain parabens, gluten, GMO’s, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, pheonoxyethanol, dimethicone, PEG, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, lead, mineral oil, or talc. In the photo below, I blended some in on my hand. I didn’t want to blend it in too much, so it would still be somewhat visible, if that makes any sense? I don’t know, maybe I should’ve blended it in more so you can see it being invisible…

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It actually really does blend into the skin very well. I ordered this from the Target website. You can also order it from the W3LL PEOPLE webite as well. On the W3LL PEOPLE website, you can order the full size pictured here, or a mini size. It does cost a couple more dollars ordering from the Target website. W3LL PEOPLE is not only a cruelty-free brand, but also a natural brand.

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This simple little palette is the Bh Cosmetics Matte Warm Eye To Go Palette – 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Unfortunately, this palette is no longer available right now on their website, which saddens me. I’m really sorry about that! I got this as a free gift when I ordered their Solar Flare Baked eyeshadow palette. They have other 6 color eyeshadow palettes here. I’m hoping that they will bring this one back though. Bh Cosmetics makes some great eyeshadow palettes that are budget friendly, and they’re another cruelty-free makeup brand. I do have to say, some of their products can be hit or miss. Just do your research though and read reviews. 😉

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Here are the swatches. All of these shadows are matte, as you can see. They’re nicely pigmented, blend well, and I think this little palette is nice to have when you want to create a simple look, and it would be nice to take along with you when you travel. I like using the cream shade as a base color for all over, and I like using the upper right corner shade in the palette and the lower left corner shade to use as a transition shade and as a crease shade. It’s nice to have something that I got as a free gift work out so well for me.

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This is the Glossier Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk, this is a blush with a gel-cream formula. If you don’t normally like cream blushes, you might actually even like this! It’s not greasy at all, it’s lasting, and blends into your skin so nicely and seamlessly. You can just use your fingers to blend it in. There are a total of 4 shades you can choose from. I also have the shade Beam, but I would love to get Puff eventually. You can check out the shades here.

In the pictures above, is the cloud paint in the shade Dusk. I have it blended out on my hand, so you can see kind of what it looks like blended out. You really don’t need to use very much and you can keep building it up to how you want it to look. The cloud paints were inspired by the NYC gradient sunsets. Glossier is another cruelty-free brand as well.

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Last but not least, is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bare With Me. Bare With Me is a peachy pink nude shade. I am normally wary of matte lipstick because of how drying it can be. I didn’t think this one was too drying. It was also long-lasting, though it did wear off toward the center of my lips, but that usually happens with most lipsticks. It felt light on my lips, I did notice slight transfer when I kissed my boyfriend on the cheek. It held up nicely though through eating and drinking.

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This is such a beautiful shade! I highly recommend it! I purchased this shade along with the shade Stone, from the Ulta Beauty website. Dose of Colors is only available online. You can also purchase from the Dose of Colors website. Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand as well!

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In this picture, I am wearing all of the products I talked about in this post. You may recognize this photo if you follow me on social media. My cheeks look extra rosy in this picture because of my flushing from Rosacea…I just wanted to mention that real quick. Every product mentioned in this post is cruelty-free. I don’t buy all cruelty-free, but I am trying to be more aware of my purchases. Well that’s it for this post. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section down below. I will do my best to answer any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! ❤

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My Perfect Find: J.cat Beauty Cushion Compact Foundation

Hello there! How is everyone doing? I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! Have you gotten your shopping done? I pretty much have mine done, but I have a couple of loose ends to tie up. In today’s post, I am going to be talking about a new favorite of mine from J.cat Beauty. J.cat Beauty is an indie brand, though they’re becoming more popular. You can find J.cat products on their website or some select items on the Ulta website. I first discovered J.cat through Ipsy, which is a monthly beauty subscription. J.cat Beauty has grown and added more products since I’ve been ordering from them. They’re a cruelty-free brand as well, and their products are reasonably priced.

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“ALL IN ONE ONE-STEP [SKINCARE + MAKEUP]” – J.cat Beauty website

This foundation is currently only available on the J.cat Beauty website. I had been wanting to order this foundation for quite a while, but my shade was out of stock. The shade I have is “CCC101 Porcelain,” which is the lightest shade. I usually wear the lightest shade in most  foundations. This foundation also comes in 7 other shades. They have swatches of all the shades on their website, and very detailed information, I’m pretty impressed!

“What it does?

Daily Sun Exposure 45+ Protector
*Flawless Natural Coverage
*Boost&Lock In Hydration
*Weightless Texture & Easy To Touch Up Makeup”

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The packaging is a black compact that reminds me of a hockey puck. It has a silver design and lettering on the front, and other detailed information on the back. When you open it up, it has a pretty nice mirror, and it comes with a flat black sponge-like puff for application…

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When you lift up the sponge, underneath there is a cap that opens up containing a cushion with the good stuff…

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It is important to keep the top securely closed when not in use, so that it doesn’t dry out…I’m assuming. It’s really easy to use. All you do it press your puff down on the cushion and it picks up the foundation. Then you use your puff to apply it to your face using a tapping motion. It blends evenly and easily, and I love the coverage! The coverage is anywhere from medium to high. You can layer it and it builds up very nicely. I usually do about 2 layers, and it really is weightless on the skin. It has a natural finish; which I really like, and it seems like it has a subtle, dewy type of finish. I have a ‘normal’ type of skin, with a couple of dry patches. This foundation is supposed to be good for all skin types. I feel like the Porcelain shade is a prefect match for my skin tone. I find that this foundation is lasting on my skin, and if you do need to do a quick touch-up throughout the day; the compact fits nicely in your purse. I think this would be great for those of you that are always on the go.

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The picture above, is a picture of the ingredients and information on the box it comes in. On the other sides of the box, there are also instructions and details about the compact as well. They also give you a great tip, you can fold the puff in half to apply in smaller areas; such as the corner of your eyes or around the nose. I purchased this compact for $17.99, which is not bad at all for the quality. When you run out, you can simply order a refill for $12.99. I will definitely be repurchasing a refill when the time comes. At this time, J.cat Beauty only ships within the U.S and Canada.

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In the picture above, I am wearing this foundation. If you follow me on Instagram, you will recognize this photo from there…

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Makeup Details…

FaceFoundation is J.cat Beauty Compact Cushion Porcelain.    
Concealer is Tarte Shape Tape in Fair.                           
Powder is Maybelline Superstay Better Skin in Porcelain. 
Bronzer is Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronzer.
Highlight is Becca Glow on the Go in Moonstone.

BrowsAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Taupe, Nyx Cosmetics Micro Brow in Taupe, and Essence Make Me Brow in Blondy Brows.

EyesEyeshadow is from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. 
Eyeliner is Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Black.
Water line eyeliner is Rimmel Kohl Kajal in Nude.
Mascara is IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Mascara.

LipsMac Lipstick in Faux.

Well that concludes this post. I hope you enjoyed reading! I try to post at least once a week, preferably on Mondays. I don’t have a set schedule, but that’s what I am aiming for. Occasionally, I might post on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead. I try to get on WordPress to read your posts/answer comments at least every other day or every couple of days. Have you tried anything from J.cat Beauty? If so, what are your thoughts? What is your current favorite foundation? Let me know in the comments below! I look forward to hearing from you, even if it’s just to say hello!

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Epic Win or Epic Fail – The New e.l.f. Aqua Beauty Mousse Foundation

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“Infused with Purified Water, Coconut Oil, and Vitamin E, the silky formula glides on and provides sheer-to-medium coverage.” – The e.l.f. cosmetics website

Today’s post is on the new e.l.f. foundation that is part of their Aqua Beauty line. This is the 2nd foundation of theirs that I’ve tried. The first one was the Acne Fighting Foundation. I meant to have this post up sooner, but I was feeling under the weather this past weekend. I am doing much better now though. Did anyone else get hit with snow this weekend? We sure did here in Michigan. I think we got at least 7 or 8 inches. I have a feeling it’s going to be quite a snowy winter! Anyhow, Let’s get onto the review…

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The packaging is a blue-green squeeze tube with a cap that screws on and off. I’m thinking the stripe around it is transparent so that you can see the exact shade. It’s 0.96 fl oz. and can be purchased on the e.l.f cosmetics website for $6.

e.l.f claims this foundation is hydrating, and it’s supposed to give your complexion a radiant and dewy looking finish. I have to disagree with that claim. I felt like it had more of a matte finish, and it really clung to my dry patches. I find it really funny that on their website in the how to use section, their beauty tip for this foundation suggests that you mix in a few of of their dewy drops. You really shouldn’t have to if this foundation is supposed to give you a dewy finish. Am I right?

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I have the shade Fair/Light, and it seems like it might be just a tad bit too dark for my complexion. It also appears to have more of a yellow-tone. Though when I add my setting powder and some bronzer, the shade seems to work all right. If you’re lighter than me though, then I don’t think this foundation will work for you shade-wise. They also have the shades: Light/Medium, Medium/Dark, and Dark/Deep. That is not very much to choose from. I feel like e.l.f. really needs to work on shades for those that have a really light skin tone as well as those that have darker skin tones. On Instagram, there seems to be a lot of complaints about their shade selection, and I don’t blame them.

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This foundation is supposed to be a sheer to medium coverage. You’re supposed to be able to build it up to a medium coverage. If I hadn’t been so impulsive in ordering this foundation and read more about it, I probably wouldn’t have ordered it. I didn’t realize the coverage would be so light. The first time I put it on, I was like “where did it go?” I really couldn’t build up the coverage. I used my Real Techniques sponge to apply it to my face. I did try to use a brush and my fingers as well. I felt like the RT sponge worked best for me because it seemed to blend out better that way. This foundation does dry and set pretty fast. 

Even though I don’t really care for it much right now, I will come back to it in the summer when there is more humidity in the air. If you have dry skin or any dry patches, I don’t think you will like this. If you have oily skin, then you might like it. This foundation also caked up in the creases underneath my eyes. It didn’t seem to work too well with my Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. For me, this foundation was an “Epic Fail.” Keep in mind though that different products work differently for different people. I really love the e.l.f. brand and there are a lot of products of theirs that I do love.

Well that about wraps it up! Has anyone tried this foundation? What are some of your favorite e.l.f. products? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you, even if it’s just to say hello. I hope you’re having a great week!

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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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 Brow Definer swatch

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Triangle tip

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The Brow Definer also has a spoolie at the end. 

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 Spell 

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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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