Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation + Concealer Review



Better skin in a bottle? That's exactly what Mayblline's latest and greatest foundation and concealer duo promise. Naturally, I had to give them a try!

To start, the Better Skin Foundation (about $10) offers up buildable medium/full coverage that will pretty thoroughly even out your complexion. It has the consistency of a moisturizer, spreads smoothly and evenly across the skin, and feels almost undetectable when worn - a definite plus! I was really impressed with how this looked when first applied. It gave really flawless coverage with a satin finish. Unfortunately, it wasn't built to last. 

With a name like "Superstay", you might expect perfect wear until you're ready to remove it. Unfortunately, this turned into a greasy mess about 6 hours into the day. I have combination skin, so I'm used to some excess shine. But this foundation developed shine everywhere - even in areas that are typically dry for me! Even when wearing it over a primer, and set with powder, the shine is real. 

Overall, this could be a really great foundation for very dry/dry skin types, but combo and oily skin should beware. 

Fortunately, the story for the Better Skin Concealer + Corrector has a happier ending. This somewhat full coverage concealer has a yellow tint to help not only conceal, but neutralize discoloration. I'm really happy with the coverage, and despite having a thicker texture, I didn't experience it sinking into fine lines or caking up throughout the day. This was a winner for me!

Have you tried Maybelline's newest foundation and concealer?







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7 steps to beachy waves that last


Special thanks to Lunchbox for sponsoring this post!

Every change of season puts me in the mood for a hair switch-up. My gut instinct is always to chop it into the latest short 'do. But then I remember that one time I gave into the urge, and I ended up with a bob that resembled Little Lord Fauntleroy's. Don't act like you haven't been there. 

This Summer, TRESemmé is taking the guess work out of switching up your hair with their Perfectly (Un)Done Collection. Easily found at your nearest Walmart, this line consists of 6 products that ensure your new style makes waves - literally. They've put together 3 versions of wavy hairstyles that look polished - but not too put-together, and have even created a quiz to help you choose which one is right for you (for now, that is). I took the quiz and landed on beachy waves! Learn how I adapted the technique using the tools I have and love using at home down below!





Beachy waves in 7 steps:

  1. Prep your hair with TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Shampoo and Conditioner.
  2. Dispense 2-5 pumps of TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Wave Creation Sea Foam into the palm of your hand.
  3. Distribute it through slightly damp hair, scrunching as you go. I prefer to let my hair air dry before this. Make the most of your time, and do your makeup, grab a cup of coffee, or fix breakfast!
  4. Dry your hair using a diffuser to encourage more defined curls - instead of frizz.
  5. Reach for a curling iron of your choice - mine happens to be a tri-barrel crimper. I love this particular tool because it creates true waves, as opposed to curls. 
  6. Start curling (or waving) your hair. I vary the size of hair sections I crimp at one time to create more natural-looking shape and dimension.
  7.  This last step is crucial for getting your waves to last. Hairspray! Typically I avoid it when I want my hair to look and feel soft and touchable, but the TRESemmé Perfectly (Un)Done Natural Movement Hairspray allows even the most unruly hair to hold its shape without feeling "crunchy" - like so many beachy curls can.
And that's it! Super simple, but perfect for undone waves that last all day. Take TRESemmé's quiz to see which style best fits you - or learn how to create all of them! 

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Dupe or Dud: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light vs. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer




The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have found their way onto many Holy Grail beauty lists (including mine), but I just may have found a dupe for the powder in Radiant Light. 

In general, each of the Ambient Lighting Powders is ultra smooth, finely milled, and produce a lit-from-within glow. Radiant Light in particular offers a beautiful bronze finish that makes it perfect for lightly adding depth and definition to the contours of the face. What specifically set it apart from any bronzer I had tried in the past was the texture - it contains just enough ultra-fine shimmer to illuminate and give the skin a satin finish without completely looking like a disco ball. Up until now, I hadn't been able to find another bronzing powder that could come close. That is until I was taking a walk down the beauty aisle at Walmart. 

Hard Candy's So Baked Bronzer in Hula Hula comes dangerously close to providing the same finely-milled finish as Hourglass. So good, I can't tell the difference when wearing them. At least not $36 worth of a difference. Watch the video above to see how each wears, then check out the tutorial below to see Hard Candy's put to use in a tutorial! 

The main difference between the two comes down to pigmentation. Hard Candy's kicks up a lot of powder during application, so you have to use a lighter hand. But besides that, this $9 powder performs almost identically to its $45 high end counterpart.

What do you think - is it a dupe or dud?

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ELF Beautifully Bare Collection Reviews



ELF's Beautifully Bare Collection is out and selling like crazy. Because it looks like all of these products are limited edition, I wanted to get my review out there ASAP! Formulated to help you achieve that "no makeup" makeup look so many are after - especially as the weather warms up, most of these product will stand up to the heat and humidity of Summer. Find out what I think of them below:

Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum- This super-light and slightly watery foundation takes quite a bit of buffing to completely blend into the skin. But once it does, the result is an even complexion that still manages to retain natural features - like freckles and discoloration. The texture is so feather-light that it's easy to forget you're wearing anything at all! Given how watery this formula was, I was convinced it would melt right off my face. I'm pleased to say that it stood up to my combination skin! By the end of the day, the foundation was relatively in tact, and had only developed a slight dewiness that I actually like! If you're a fan of a natural-looking, lightweight foundation, this is one you'll want to check out. 

Beautifully Bare Blending Brush - ELF has a solid history of producing great brushes, so I was eager to try this one. The unique fan shape and dense bristles make this brush a multi-tasker at its best - I love it for applying foundation, under-eye concealer, powder, bronzer, blush (in fact, I used it to apply the cream blushes within the Beautifully Bare collection), and highlight. After giving it a few washings, I was pleased with how little it shed (which was actually not at all - yay!). This is the hands-down must-have in this collection, so get it while you can!

Beautifully Bare Cream Blush - Unlike so many cream blushes, these truly dry down to a powder finish. Cream blushes will often claim to set completely, only to leave you with a dewy, or "sticky" finish that transfers to everything. I'm happy to say that's not the case with these, however the pigmentation and wear time left a little to be desired. Medium to deep skin tones might find that these aren't buildable enough to make the cut, and I found it hard to get them to last more than 6 hours. Of all the products in this collection, these aren't bad, but they're not my favorite. 

Beautifully Bare Lash Tint - Those that love IT Cosmetics Tightline mascara are going to love this one! The ultra-thin wand makes it easy for applying mascara close to the lash line, and mimic the appearance of liner along your waterline (a technique known as "tightlining"). But ELF's brush is slightly different in that the longer bristles can hold enough product to achieve a full application from root to tip. The result is lashes that are lengthened and defined, yet very natural looking. The wear time of this mascara is stellar. I didn't experience any flaking or smudging - even through the crazy rain and humidity we've been having here in Austin!

Beautifully Bare Defining Mascara - This mascara has a more traditional wand with a slightly tapered, and angled tip to help get smaller lashes in the inner corner, or along the lower lash line. Despite promising definition, I found that mascara added more volume to my lashes, making them seem extra light an fluttery. It made my lashes look slightly different than (although just as natural as) the Bare Lash Tint did, and it has a similar wear quality to boot. Ultimately, both provide very natural-looking lashes, so which one you choose will all depend on the look you're trying to achieve. 

Will you be picking up anything from ELF's Beautifully Bare Collection?



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