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.