Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: First Impressions, Demo, & Review

The much anticipated Too Faced Born This Way Foundation has arrived... and I have a first impressions review of it for you.

I originally received this foundation when I was at Generation Beauty. While they did color-match me, I did not have the opportunity to wear or try out this foundation in its entirety. I just recently had the chance to try it out. While I did receive this product for free, (through my admission ticket) I am not sponsored/endorsed by Too Faced and all opinions expressed are my own and are completely honest.

Before cutting to the video, here are the specs:

Born This Way Foundation:
  • 12 shades ranging from light to dark, with six more shades being release Fall 2015
  • Medium to Full Coverage
  • Oil-Free
  • Formulated with hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and Alpine Rose
  • 1 fl oz of product (it can travel in your carry-on!)
  • $39
Pros:
  • Easy to blend with sponge or brush (no streaks)
  • Great coverage/pigmentation
  • Buildable
  • Very light wear
  • Long-lasting coverage
  • Sweatproof & water resistant
  • Matte finish with a slightly luminous quality
  • Great for oily/combination skin 
  • Oil-free/non-slick/non-sticky finish
Cons:
  • May not be suitable for dry skin
  • Slightly splotchy on textured blemishes (dry patches)
  • Can wear off around mouth easily
  • Dries quickly, so blend quickly for smoothest application
  • Color-range is limited for darker skin tones (until fall)
  • Slightly more yellow/warm-toned; not quite right for cooler skin tones


I hope that this is helpful for you. Please let me know if there are any other products that you wish for me to review or give a first impressions opinion for - I'd love to try out new goodies!

So much love to you all. Remember to keep your electric energy flowing, sizzling, and spreading.

Love,

Em

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My New Favorites & Shopping Guide (w/ Some Dupes)

Hi everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic day!

I've been enjoying the weather and warmth and my beauty products have slowly been transitioning from the deep winter tones to a softer and lighter feel instead. In this blog, I'll be listing some of my new favorites in makeup, beauty, and haircare with links to where you can buy them if you are interested.


I've compiled a shopping guide and dupes list for some of these products that are higher priced and/or limited edition. I did my best to make sure to find you the cheapest price available, along with other links as to where to find the original products I mentioned:

Haircare

       http://www.unwash.com/#bio-cleansinghttp://www.unwash.com/find 
    
The most recent addition to my shower routine has been this Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner.** It is very similar to how Wen's product works, although I haven't tried that one yet, to be honest. What I love about it is that it takes four hair washing steps and minimizes it to just one. This product replaces shampoo, allowing your built-up oils to emulsify and rinse out with the conditioner. It leaves my fine hair feeling extremely smooth and nourished. The only thing I don't like is the price - it's a steep $36 - and you can only find it through local salons in your area. I recommend buying it on Amazon,* where it could be significantly cheaper.

Skincare 

                http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod12081077http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/whish-body-oil/3704740?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=2375500&fashionColor=&resultback=1379
One of my most favorite products that I've been using lately is this Whish Body Oil.** It comes in various scents and is more natural than your standard baby oil (no petroleum-based products or artificial dyes or preservatives). It's also extremely long-lasting in the moisture department. You can buy it at Nordstrom (although, it looks as though the Lemongrass scent that I have is no longer available there - you can check out my Amazon link to find that one instead*) or you can buy it at Ulta - who has their own exclusive scents and products additionally.

Makeup 

                  http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/159/30735/Products/Face/Powder/Mineralize-Skinfinish/index.tmpl
http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/face/shimmer/baked_highlighter*
MAC created a holy grail of beautiful highlighters with their MSF (Mineralize Skinfinish) in Soft & Gentle. It's perfect for wintertime and it's absolutely divine in the summer. It gives the perfect healthy glow look without adding too much shimmer or sparkle to your face. Leave that to your eyes. However, the MSFs are $32 if you buy it straight from MAC. With it, you get 0.35 oz of product, which will last you forever. However, if you want a cheaper dupe, you can buy ELF's Studio Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems instead at select drugstores or online at the links provided.

Last year, Proenza Schouler and MAC paired up and created a beautiful line of deliciously packaged and eye-pleasing ombre colored products. Since it was all limited edition, it's highly unlikely that you will be able to find it anywhere without paying a big buck, ($50+ on Amazon*) unfortunately. I was one who did not jump the MAC Trend Train when it was chugging along the high-fashion highway last summer. The item I've been loving though is the Ombre Blush in Ocean City, which is the prettiest melon and coral shade. Dupes? Benefit's CORALista is the closest I can find (or can think of at the moment) but it's a bit shimmery, whereas the Ocean City blush is more matte. ELF also has something that is a little more orangy in hue - their Studio Blush in Candid Coral, which you can find linked below.

                            https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/coralista


Of course, if you live in the Seattle area, you can wander on up to Tulalip to visit the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall and see the Cosmetics Store. This is from where I purchased my MAC products for a discounted price. They often have past limited edition items discounted that you cannot find anywhere else. In addition to MAC, they also have Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder, and Clinique, to name a few. Depending on where you live, you may also have outlet malls/stores dedicated to high-end cosmetics in your area.

I hope that this shopping guide and information was helpful for you. Don't forget to check out my video and subscribe to my channel.

Happy shopping and bellezza to you!

Em



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** denotes a product that was sent to me for review. The only compensation I receive for reviewing these products is through my own Amazon Affiliate Links. 
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