Wednesday, January 22, 2014

E.l.f Studio Acne Fighting Foundation...Review and Swatches!

I know what you're thinking "A foundation that fights acne not cause it? That's crazy!" I know, I thought the same thing when I came across this on the E.l.f website. It is always a catch 22 with me and foundation. Now I don't have acne all the time but there are certain foundations out there that make my skin acne prone. I wash my face like I am supposed to and usually remember to take my makeup off at night but I have noticed that prolonged wear of certain foundation reeks havoc on my face. Lately my skin has been worse than ever and is becoming rather irritating so I was excited to see this product. Let's look at the claims....

This lightweight acne fighting foundation works to disguise redness, blemishes and uneven skintone. The flawless coverage foundation formula is infused with acne fighting key ingredients Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel, Camphor, Tea Tree and soothing Aloe, to help prevent and treat acne blemishes.

A makeup that covers and treats at the same time seemed too good to be true...and it was! Let's take a look at the product. 

The packaging is decent though nothing to spectacular. It has a black plastic cap and translucent bottle. It lists the acne fighting ingredients on the front of the package. You get 1 oz for $6 which isn't too bad. 
It has a squeeze tube type dispencer. You just have to squeeze the body of the product for it too come out. I like these types of bottles. I feel like they are less messy and more sanitary.
The shade that I purchased was Porclaine which was a pretty good match for me especially during the winter. The texture of the foundation is nice. It is creamy and smooth.
Here is a little before and after. The hand on the left is before foundation and the hand on the right is after the foundation. This foundation actually has quite a bit of coverage. I would say it is a full coverage foundation. It applied a lot thicker than I usually like but as you can see it did cover some of my discoloration and veins on my hand. 

Now here is the part where I talk about what I didn't like...At first when I applied it I was really impressed. It covered smoothly and made my face look flawless. It was when I looked in the mirror a couple hours later that my joy faded. It has started to look very patchy and seemed to almost be flaking off by my mouth and the sides of my nose. It also settled into the fine lines around my eyes which mind you are barely there. I thought maybe it wasn't playing well with my primer or moisturizer so over the course of the week I tried different combinations but all had the same result. It is just not a foundation that is meant to last. 

Another note is that I wouldn't recommend this for anyone with dry skin. The salicylic acid dries out the skin which can make already dry skin even worse.

Overall, this was a dud for me. I would say if you are going to purchase an ance fighting foundation spend the extra money and get the Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation. 

Three Words...AMAZING CHEAP BLUSH! Jordana Powder Blush Review and Swatches.

Well hello there lovelies. I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season. My year thus far has been amazing. Busy and a whirlwind but amazing! It is a whopping -2 degree here in New York so I figured it was a wonderful day to stay inside, bundled up, and blog. Today I have a post that I have been pretty excited about. If you have read my blog for a while then you know that I am always on the hunt for good quality affordable makeup products. I consider affordable to be around $10 so these puppies are dirt cheap.

I am a blush junkie, let me tell you. I have a whole drawer full of just blushes. I can hear my boyfriend in the back of my head saying "Don't you already have a color just like that?" everytime that I buy a new one. Of course the makeup enthusiast in my answer "No. This one is a little brighter with a cooler tone." So, for once in my life when a friend of mine told me about these awesome cheap blushes she found I decided to hold off on buying them. I convinced myself that I had better things to spend my money on and kind of forgot about them. Then about a month ago I was strolling through the lack luster cosmetics section of K-Mart when I stumbled upon the Jodana Powder Blushes and at only $2.99 a piece I really couldn't pass them up. I picked up three shades that I knew I would use during the winter months so I could give them a try.

I have had pretty good luck with Jordana over the years and some of my holy grail makeup products come from that brand. The Jordana Fabuliner is by far my favorite felt tip liner pen and I have been using the same one for 6 months and it hasn't dried out yet. I also love their new 12 HR Eyeshadow Pencils and liners (review coming soon) as well as their lip liners.

 Now the packaging is not the greatest. It is kind of cheap plastic but at $3 a piece what can you do.
 Here are the three shades I picked up. From left to right: Coral Sandy Beach, Redwood, and Tawny Beige. I stuck with deeper tones since that is what I usually where in the winter time but there is quite a variety in this line. These are only 3 of around 15 shades.
 Coral Sandy Beach is a gorgeous peachy mauve.
 Redwood is a deep red.
Tawny Beige is a mauve/beige color.

These swatches are done on bare skin without a primer. Two swipes of the color were done for each swatch. They all have a slight satin finish but are almost matte.

I absolutely love these blushes.

Texture- All of the blushes have a nice silky texture and are finely milled. I experienced little fall out with these as well and they didn't create a mess in the pan.

Blendability- I found these to blend really well. I didn't have any issues with them not blending out. They also didn't apply patchy or too overwhelming.

Pigmentation- The color payoff on these are really nice. They are by no means sheer but they also aren't overly pigmented for a blush either. I don't want to not be able to see a blush but I also don't like when they apply like pink paint either. These are the perfect in between. They are build-able so you can achieve the look you want.

Staying Power- These stayed on my cheeks really well. I would apply them in the morning while getting ready for the day and could still see them hours later. Left a nice flush on my cheeks all day long. \

Final Verdict:

They are sooooooo worth the money. I don't think a penny is wasted with these. With such a wide color variety and affordable price I am really surprised that I don't hear more about these.


If you are in the market to purchase some of these blushes now is the time. I usually purchase my Jordana products at K-Mart or Walgreens but I wanted to give you guys an online buying option since I know not all of you have access to those stores. One of my favorite online cosmetics sites carries the brand and when I went over to get the link I saw that all Jordana was on CLEARANCE! Which means these blushes are only $1.50 right now. click here to go get you some. While you are there you should also check out the other products I mentioned above and pick up some of those as well. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Poll...Oh The Weather Outside is Weather.

Well hello there my lovelies. I hope everyone is doing well today. Well jeez am I glad that the holidays are over. Don't get me wrong I love the time with my family and the decorations but I do not enjoy the anxieties and the rushing about so I am always glad to see the holidays come to an end. I was sooo busy during the holidays I barely got time to do anything. I will putting up a bunch of new blog posts this upcoming week since I have been playing with a bunch of new products over the last couple weeks. To tide you ladies over I am doing to do another Monday poll.

  1. What’s one lipstick you never get tired of?
    I was never a real big lip junkie until the last year or so. I was a simple balm and gloss type of girl but I have recently come to appreciate the wonderful world on lipsticks. I really like the NYX Matte Lipsticks, Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks, and I really love the new E.l.f Moisturizing Lipstick. 
  2. A fear you’d like to conquer?
    I would really love to conquer my fear of the ocean. I know it is irrational and completely ridiculous but the ocean freaks me the eff out. I don't like not knowing whats under or around me. 
  3. How often do you curl your lashes?
    Every. Single. Day.
  4. What’s one thing you’ve been putting off doing?
    Getting the brakes done on my car and going to the dentist. 
  5. Best celebrity to be trapped on a desert island with?
    I would love to spend some quality time with Jennifer Lawerence. She seems like someone that would be a lot of fun and also insightful. 
  6. Something beautiful (anything at all)?
    Fresh roses
  7. Would you rather wear a dress or pants?
    I guess it depends on the day. Right now I am in comfort mode so I would say pants. Who doesn't love a cute dress though?
  8. Your favorite comfort food?
    Garlic Mashed Potatoes. I can't get enough of those things. They are my emotional answer to everything. 
  9. What’s a fragrance/scent that reminds you of high school?
    Adidas for women. I loved that growing up. I also really liked Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea body splash. I surprisingly don't like either anymore. Ha my tastes have improves...J'adore is my current fav. 
  10. What’s one thing you did last weekend?
    Worked a lot. Went to the gym. Had dinner with my bf.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Getting Festive!

I know I should be blogging about beauty since I am a little due for that but I am just feeling in the Christmas mood today. While reading another blog this morning (a non beauty blog...woah!) I came along a little set of Christmas questions that I thought were cute. Before I get started with those I will say that I am going to be doing some catch up this week on posts. I have a lot of fun products I have been using lately that I want to share with you. I just started working for Clinique a couple weeks ago so life has been a little hectic lately but I am falling back into the balance.

I got the idea for this post from a lovely blogger called Crafty Healthy Mommy. If you want to check out her post click here!

  1. Favorite Christmas song. Baby It's Cold Outside...though it took me until my 20's to realize that it is a rather provocative song!
  2. Christmas song you can't stand. Little Drummer Boy
  3. Favorite holiday movie. Elf by far. It used to be Home Alone but once Elf came out it was over. I have already watched it 3 times since my bf got me a new copy this week. 
  4. Real or artificial tree? my family always got a real tree growing up but with my little apartment I have been forced to get an artificial one.
  5. White or colored lights? white
  6. All matching ornaments or more random personal ornaments? I like the ones with sentimental value. My mother and grandmother have bought each of us children an ornament every year since we were born with the idea that when we got old enough to have our own tree we would have all these ornaments. They hold a very special place in my heart.
  7. Favorite ornament. I love the little homemade ones that we made as children. My mom still has almost all of them. Besides the weird cookie ones we made that rotted....ew!
  8. Angel or star tree-topper? star
  9. Does Santa wrap presents or leave them unwrapped? It depends on how busy Santa is. Usually they are all wrapped but this year Santa makes no guarantees. 
  10. Favorite childhood memory. Every Christmas when we were little on Christmas eve we got new pajamas. One year I got this pair of beauty and the beast pajamas with a matching set for my doll. I remember being so excited about them. Well wouldn't you know that was the year I got super sick and threw up all over them. 
  11. Coffee, hot chocolate, or eggnog? Eggnog...with hot cocoa or coffee?
  12. Christmas morning at home or do you travel? Now that my bf and I have our own place away from the families we are going to be traveling. 
  13. Traditional holiday meal or something unconventional? Traditional. I love a good roast or ham...and potatoes :0
  14. Personalized photo Christmas cards, store bought cards, e-cards, or "ain't nobody got time for that"?  "ain't nobody got time for that."

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol.1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches!

For quite sometime I have wanted a good all matte eyeshadow palette. Finding a matte palette that is good quality is almost impossible. Yes there are a few like the Naked Basics Palette but that doesn't give you a lot of variety. Well It Cosmetics has answered my prayers with their new Matt Luxe palette.

It Cosmetics is a fairly new name to me. I had heard of their Bye Bye Under Eye a couple years ago but it seems lately It Cosmetics is everywhere. They are now carrying the brand at Ulta and often have specials for them on QVC. I saw that the brand was having a 25% off sale on their website and figured it was a time to try some things. While surfing through the products I found this gorgeous palette. What originally caught my eye was the fact that it is an entirely matte palette. There is also a good variety of colors in this palette. There are plenty of neutral shades as well as a few colored shades. I also like that their are cool tones and warm tones.

 The palette has anti-aging components. The box says it has hydrating age reverse and prevent complex infused with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, silk, anti-oxidants, and drops of light technology. Now I am not sure exactly what all of this means but anti-aging is never a bad thing.
 The packaging is very similar to the first Naked Palette. It is a soft faux suede like material with gold writing. It has a magnetic clamp to keep the palette from braking open during travel. Now though the packaging is gorgeous it seems like something that would easily get dirty.

I am going to warn you already that the inside is a very metallic gold and is hard to photograph. You will see my reflection in the pictures. Sorry!!
 There are 14 all matte shades in this palette. There is also the "Transforming Pearl," shade which is meant to make the matte shades into shimmering pearl shades.
They all have lovely names that make you think of happiness and warming thoughts.

 From left to right: Sheer Joy, Soft Light, Love, and Sunrise.
 From left to right: Warmth, Soulful, Sunset, and All Heart.
 From left to right: Mocha, Violet, Java, and Iconic.

From left to right: Midnight, Noir, and the Transforming Pearl. 

These eyeshadows are awesome. They are smooth, pigmented, and so soft. They apply like a dream and a little goes a long way. I found it was easy to blend them out and they lasted a long time. 
This is a before and after of Java with the Transforming Pearl over it. I personally don't like the Transforming shade and probably won't use it. I found that it dulled down the color. I will just use the eyeshadows on their own since they are gorgeous without the Pearl over it. 

I think this is well worth the money and is so versatile. I see myself getting a lot of use out of it. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lazy Monday Poll!

Hey there lovelies. I am going to keep with the recent trend and do another poll. I happen to really like these little guys. Off we go...

1. Plaid shirts: yea or nay?
Yay! I love plaid shirts both on guys and girls...pair it with a nice pair of leggings and riding boots and you're good to go. 2. What’s one thing you hate sharing?
food...ha well sweets mostly. 3. What do you try hard to avoid?
There are a million things I try to avoid everyday...spiders, burning myself, falling off the edge of the earth.4. Can you draw?
Yes actually I am pretty good at it. I loved art growing up. 5. Would you ever date someone 10 years younger?
Right now no because that would make them 146. If you could invent a beauty product that would make your life easier, what would it be?
A machine that puts your makeup on perfectly while you sleep.7. What were you like as a child?
Talkative. I was always getting notes on my report card about it. 8. When was the last time you braided your hair?
today ha. I french braided it at work. 9. What are your favorite colors to wear on your eyes?
Purples and bronze tones. 10. What book are you reading at the moment?
This computer screen...just kidding...right now I am actually not into a book. I have been trying to catch up on some health magazines I have laying around.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lazy Monday Poll #2

Hey hey there beautiful people. Yet again I am here with another Lazy Monday Poll...or Insomnia Solution as I should call them. It is way too late and I am wide awake so I figured I would find something to pass the time. I stumbled onto Makeup and Beauty blog and she has another Monday poll. Did you read last weeks? If not click here! It has been a while since I had taken a pole about myself. It brings me back to my early chain email days with my friends in high school. So here we go...

1. Do you wear mascara on your bottom lashes? 
Occasionally I do. It isn't an everyday thing for me but if I want to add extra drama to a smokey eye or something I will use it. I only put waterproof mascara on the bottom though. 2. Watching figure skating on TV: yes or no?
Yes, I love it3. What’s your favorite kind of pie?
Pumpkin all the way. With a big dallop of Cool Whip4. Is there someone in your life who’s always encouraged you to chase after your dreams?
Yes my boyfriend. He is the one who encouraged me to start this blog from the beginning. He also pushed me to pursue my professional makeup career. I couldn't thank him enough for giving me the kick in the butt that I needed. 
5. Besides laughter, what’s the best medicine?
Exercise. Anything that gets you up and moving. 6. Have you ever dedicated a song on the radio to someone?
In my mind yes7. Where do you feel the safest?
In my cozy little apartment with my boyfriend or at my parents house8. Who makes the best drugstore nail polish?
I have always been a fan of Revlon polishes. I will say that I also really like the new Covergirl polishes. 9. What shoes are you wearing today?
My black boots with a woven top that is like a mixture of a sweater and a sock. 10. Hello, would you like whipped cream with your hot cocoa?

Yes of course and extra marshmallows...what can I say I have a huge sweet tooth's your turn! Tag your it ha!