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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Really Extraordinary? L’Oreal’s New Hair Line: Extraordinary Clay

Hello there! How is everyone’s week going? It’s about 4:30 a.m. here, I haven’t been able to get much sleep. I slept for a couple of hours, then I was wide awake at 2 a.m. Since I’m awake, I thought I would finally get this post written and ready. Today I am going to talk about L’Oreal’s new hair line. I will be talking about the Extraordinary Clay pre-shampoo mask, shampoo, and conditioner. There is a dry shampoo with this hair line as well, but I didn’t pick that one up.

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This specific hair line was made for those of us with oily roots and dry ends. I didn’t always have oily roots. It seemed like after starting a different contraceptive medication months ago, my scalp just got really oily. I had never really had this problem before. The first step in this line, is the pre-shampoo mask. On dry hair before shampooing, you apply this mask to your roots all over. Only the roots need to be done and they suggest sectioning hair to do this, to make sure you have all of your roots covered. This mask is then left on for 5 minutes. I suppose you could be shaving your legs or something while you’re waiting. Though I really don’t see this as something anyone would want to use when they’re in a hurry. I do believe that this mask is an important part of the process. The mask absorbs all of the excess oil and impurities. I do feel that using this pre-shampoo mask makes a difference. I recommend buying this with the shampoo & conditioner. I think it does a better job than if you were to just use the shampoo & conditioner alone.

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The mask comes in a tub with a lid that screws off and on. I would just dip my fingers in it and try to cover my roots the best I could. It would be nice if it came in  a squeeze tube at least, something like that. I’m not a big fan of having to dig into tubs like this to get the product out.

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Before you shampoo, you’re supposed to rinse the mask out thoroughly. Then use the shampoo like you would normally. This hair line claims to be suitable for color-treated hair, is silicone free, and it uses 3 different clays to purify oily roots and hydrate dry ends.

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Then of course the last step is the conditioner. You’re supposed to leave it on for 1-3 minutes, and it’s supposed to purify oily roots and hydrate your dry ends without weighing your hair down. When I applied it, i just put it on from the ends up to the mid-shaft. I’m sure it’s probably okay to just add it all over, but that’s just what I’ve been doing lately. Using this system, your roots are supposed to stay purified for 48 hours and your ends hydrated for 48 hours. I wash my hair at least every other day, so I do find this claim to be true. Though I have gone an extra day longer without washing my hair, and I really couldn’t push it. My roots were already getting oily.

Overall, I do like this set. I think it’s a good price for those of us on a budget, and we can’t always buy what’s new and expensive in the salon. I bought mine from Target for $3.97 each. The shampoo & conditioner are still listed for $3.97 on the Target website, but the pre-shampoo mask is listed for $5.99 right now.  I would definitely compare prices. Some places are selling it for about 7 or 8 dollars each. Buying 3 things for that price, it definitely adds up!

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The only things that I don’t like about this line, is that it’s a bit time consuming having the extra step to use the pre-shampoo mask. I also feel like my hair feels different or a little weird after. I don’t quite know how to explain it. I usually use this set off and on and switch it out with some other shampoo I have for oily hair. It’s always good to switch up your hair products every now and then.

So if you’re suffering from oily roots and dry ends, I think this line is worth a try. If you need your hair to last longer than the 48 hours, maybe the dry shampoo in this line could help too. I will I have to try it sometime after I use up my current dry shampoo.

Well that’s it for this post. I hope that you enjoyed it, even though it probably wasn’t really too exciting. Nothing can be more exciting than makeup right? Thank you for stopping by and reading! I hope you have a beautiful week! xo

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L’ORÉAL Paris Pure-Clay Mask: Exfoliating & Refining Treatment

Hello there! I apologize that it’s been a while since I’ve posted…again. Something you should know about me (if you don’t), is that I have chronic illness/pain. I go through periods where I don’t feel well, and they’re very unpredictable. So, because of that, I don’t have a regular posting schedule set. Also, when I say I say that I’m planning a specific post, it doesn’t always happen right away. So again, I apologize! I have missed reading everyone’s posts, and I’ve meant to get on here to do some reading much sooner/more often.

In this post, I am talking about one of the new L’Oréal pure clay masks. L’Oréal has a new line of Pure Clay masks. There are three different types. The type I will be talking about today, is the exfoliating and refinement one. It contains 3 pure clays and Red Algae. It claims to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog/tighten pores. It also claims that, immediately you will see results. Your skin texture “appears refined and smooth,” as well as minimizing your pores.

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The first time I tried this mask, I tried it from a sample foil packet (pictured above). I received this sample from a Target Beauty box. It’s actually one of 3 samples that were connected. I also have samples of the other two masks, I haven’t used those yet. I chose to use this one first, because I felt that it addressed my current skin care problems/concerns. I’ve been having a bit of a rough time with my skin lately. I don’t know if it’s hormonal or Rosacea. I also thought maybe it could be something related to one of my autoimmune diseases. I inserted a picture below, that shows the back of the foil packet. It lists the ingredients and gives the instructions. It also talks about how you can use each of the three masks on different parts of your face to address different concerns.

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The mask itself, is an orange-red color. It actually contains volcanic rock to exfoliate the skin. When you rinse the mask off, you rinse it off with water using circular motions. Like it says in the picture above, you leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes, and it can be used up to 3 times a week. I do notice a visible difference after using this mask. However, I did use this mask before really figuring out what I think is going on with my skin (I don’t know for sure). I just thought maybe my pores were clogged, because I do tend to sweat a lot from my face. I feel like this mask helped with what it could, and I will continue to use it. I’ve also been adding something else into my skin care regime that is helping my actual problem, but I will talk more about that later in another post. Otherwise, having something like hormonal acne or Rosacea, requires a different fix. I have an appointment with a Dermatologist at the beginning of next month (April), to be further evaluated.

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 I’ve actually been using this mask for about a month now. After using this foil packet, I actually went out and bought the full-size jar. I don’t have a picture of the jar in this post, but it’s a glass jar, which I think is really nice for the price. It costs about $12 or $13, which isn’t too bad at all, especially since it works so well. I bought mine from Rite-Aid when it was 40% off. I think it’s good to check the ads each week for different sales they’re having in the drugstores, you can save quite a bit of money that way. I have an app on my phone, called Shopular. I can quickly access each ad from my local drugstores that way.

In conclusion, I definitely do recommend this face mask. I would like to try the other two soon. If you would like first impression posts on those masks, let me know in the comments down below. The other two masks are the Pure-Clay Mask Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask, and the Pure-Clay Mask Purify & Mattify Treatment Mask. The Detox & Brighten is for “dull and tired-looking skin” which contains charcoal. The Purify & Mattify is for oily and shiny skin, which contains Eucalyptus. My skin is the normal to dry type. I don’t know what “normal” skin really is though. I don’t like that label for skin really because everyone is so different. Though I’m not sure how much of a help I would be, reviewing a product for oily skin. I tend to get a tad oily in my t-zone, only in the hot, humid summer months.

If you have tried any of the L’Oréal Pure Clay masks, please let me know down in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them as well. Also, feel free to just say hello in the comments. I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Until next time!

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