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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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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Monday, June 29, 2015

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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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shop My Stash Tutorial: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette + #VoteITGirl Entry

Hey, guys! This Shop My Stash tutorial was created as an entry into the IT Girl® Contest sponsored by IT Cosmetics and is eligible to win prizes. I really hope you enjoyed it and #VoteITGirl when the competition starts!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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?

See more pictures after the jump!