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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Thank You Hippy Lip!

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’ll admit, that mine has had a bit of a rough start. I was meaning to get this post published much sooner, but it’s better late than never right? I won this amazing giveaway in December from Kristy from her blog Hippy Lip. She sent me the Sephora Favorites – Give Me Some Bold Lip set, along with a full-size Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stepping Out. She also included a Colourpop highlighter in the shade Churro, which is extremely generous! Thank you so much Kristy! ❀

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First, I’m going to talk about the Give Me Some Bold Lip set. I will go over each shade and tell you my thoughts…

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[There will be swatches at the end of the descriptions. I am going in the order of most favorite to least favorite…I can’t tell you how long they wear for, these are just my initial impressions.]

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in R49 Belly-Dancing – This one was my favorite out of the bunch, and has become my perfect shade of red ❀ The formula is very creamy and very hydrating. I loved it so much, that I ordered the full-size. I also really want to check out the other shades in this collection. I highly recommend that you do too.

Ciate London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Head Over Heels – This shade can be described as a “fuchsia berry” shade. I really liked this one as well. It felt really comfortable on the lips for being a liquid lipstick. I was really surprised with how smooth my lips looked after applying it. If you have a problem with liquid lipstick because it’s too drying, definitely give this one a chance!

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Yaassss -This was definitely an interesting shade of purple to try. It is described as being Lavender. This one was lightweight, but a bit more on the drier side. Good exfoliation and some lip balm can help out a lot when wearing this lippy.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Aubergine – Aubergine is a nice deep eggplant shade. The formula is matte yet hydrating. It doesn’t seem too over drying. I feel like Sephora picked some great options for bold lips with this set. This crayon is supposed to be waterproof, and I am looking forward to testing that out later.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in An Affair -This shade is very similar to the Bite Beauty Aubergine crayon. You will see that when we get to the swatches down below. This shade is described as being a deep plum. The Bite Beauty is perhaps a little bit deeper of a shade. This lipstick is very moisturizing and has a satin-matte finish. I absolutely love the color of this one! The only reason that I put this lower on the list, is because it does bleed a lot. I didn’t use a lip liner, so obviously, you will need to use a lip liner with this lipstick.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned – This is one made it to the bottom of the list, not for it’s super dark color, but because it’s very patchy when you’re trying to apply it. That can happen with darker shades though, and this shade is described as black cherry. Does this put me off from trying other shades of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick? No. I really want to try one of the lighter shades and see how well that performs. I heard the lighter ones work much better.

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Finally! The swatches! Going from left to right: Tarte’s Yaassss, Ciate London’s Head Over Heels, Sephora’s Belly-dancing, Bite Beauty’s Aubergine, Laura Mercier’s An Affair, and Kat Von D’s Damned. All of these shades were pretty hard to remove from my arm, especially Damned. That one did not want to budge!

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Next, I’m going to be talking about the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out. I have the other Sephora Favorites Lip set that has the mini of this lipstick. So it will be nice to have a full-size to keep at home, and a mini one to throw into my purse. This shade is described as being a deep nude. To me it is a very brown-toned nude, but it’s a gorgeous shade! This lipstick has a matte finish, and claims to be long-wearing as well as waterproof.

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Such a gorgeous creamy formula! It’s very lightweight too! I also love the wand, which I have pictured down below…

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Now I’m going to finish up this post by talking about the gorgeous Colourpop highlighter in Churro…

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Churro has a pearlized finish and is a coppery peach shade, with gold shimmer and silver glitter. Colourpop’s highlighters are so smooth and have buildable pigment. Down below is a picture of what it looks like as a swatch and blended out.

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I have a couple of other Colourpop highlighters as well, let me know if you would be interested in seeing those. I could do a post, or even just some swatches on social media. OR I could even share with you all of my collection, which would have to be done on Insta-stories, or it would be a really long post to write! Anyhow, what are some of your favorite bold lip products? Or Colourpop products? Let me know in the comments down below. Thank you again to Kristy from Hippy Lip, I really appreciate everything you sent me! ❀ Definitely check out Kristy’s blog and give her a follow. She is an amazing blogger! πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

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