I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed and that your tummy was full of comfort food. Mine was well spent. I got a ton of black friday deals. We are gonna have one heck of a haul. It's probably the biggest one yet. However, I really didn't spend that much at all. Like not even a fraction of what it costs. Anyway lets get into this review.
I recently took the plunge and got the Elcie foundation from @makeupbylilit on Instagram. This is her product, her baby. I really thought the story behind this was very interesting too. She's a working MUA and "couldn't find a foundation that fit every client" so she decided to create one. I feel confident in saying that she accomplished that. I heard, of course, Jaclyn Hill rave about it and I think Manny MUA as well, but it was kinda pricey with shipping and I have A LOT of foundation. So I wasn't chomping at the bit to get it really but they made it look so good! I totally got suckered in to buying it. Not that I regret it though.
The first time wearing this, I had just gotten out of the hospital and I looked and felt terrible. So I wasn't in the best frame of mind anyway. This is more medium coverage and very buildable. That day I had to build it up because my skin and dark circles were not having it. So I kinda was annoyed (like I said I wasn't in a good mood) and looking back I should've just went with full coverage that day. When I got it built up though it was really beautiful. It was definitely silky. The color was perfect (Vanilla) and it was "natural skin finish" in my opinion. It held up really well through out the day though and it performed really really well with dinner, being hugged a lot, so on so forth.
The second time wearing this, I was at my vanity and with all my products and in correct lighting so it went way better. I only applied one layer but my skin looked better that day so I didn't need a ton of coverage. I will say that this was really great to the point that my under eye area needed very little concealer after I had corrected and put my foundation on. I wanted to let my concealer sit though, since I was taking pictures of my makeup that day so I really wanted to brighten the under eye area. So I used my normal concealer from Urban Decay and let it sit on the skin. I don't know if I let it sit too long or if it was the foundation but it did not blend well. It blended fine when I applied it and blended straight away. This time it had a hard time, but like I said I could've actually let it sit too long and it may not have anything to do with this foundation. So if you want to "bake or cook" while using this I might would just use powder to do that. None the less it was an easy fix, I just buffed it in and applied a little bit more concealer to smooth it out. It worked really well with my other face products. It's very easy to blend in your contour, blush, and what not with this. I don't find that it creases or anything. I actually hadn't moisturized much before using it and I think that's very needful, as you should be doing with all your foundations. Around my forehead it seemed to cling a little to some dry areas. Not much but some.
So the bottom line is, I think if you're a freelance MUA you'd love it. It will work with every skin type, I would think, and they have a nice shade range. If you are just looking for a foundation and can't find anything that really suits you, I would try this. It's a great foundation for those who have a hard time finding something that is Holy Grail status because it covers such a wide range of skin types and shades from super pale to darker complexions. If you are someone who is easily satisfied, it's certainly worth a try but you may be just as happy with something else that's less expensive or easier to get your hands on (since this does have to be ordered). I will say this got to me SUPER fast though. There are some coupon codes out there as well. I know Jaclyn Hill has one for 10% off and they may still be doing their Black Friday sale which was 20% off. The code was: Blackfriday20 for that. This is Vegan, Gluten Free (Celiac girl right here appreciates that), and Cruelty Free. I believe it's $45 and shipping I think was $7. Don't quote me on that though. It's standard size which is 1 oz. That's about the typical amount of product in foundations I find. All in all, I'm really glad I have it and for the shade and texture alone I absolutely love it.
No time for chit chat. Let's get out our pens and paper and come up with a game plan of what we're gonna buy and when. So here's a list of the sale ads I've seen or emails I've received:
There will be more I'm sure. These are the ones that caught my eye. For those of you who like fashion:
So this guy right here is the Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette. It just released a few days ago and it's gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. The packaging is just so luxurious. This is $45 at Sephora and it's available to VIB Rouge and VIB members only right now, so it shouldn't be much longer before it's available for everyone. The price is higher than the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette ($40) and a dollar less than Kat Von D, it's far less than the Kevyn Aucoin contour kit, it's about the same or exactly the same as the Smashbox step by step, Cover FX cream contour kit, and Smash Box contour sticks.
On first swatch and glance it's insane. The powders are very light weight and silky. It's not like a butter/creamy texture where there's oil in the product to make it almost cream and thicker application, it's definitely powder. That being said, it's not chalky it's very pigmented. One swipe and it was incredibly pigmented. So I really like that aspect of it. Sometimes when they're super pigmented but butter like texture they can get patchy on the skin, this does a very good job at blending. The only shade that didn't do much for me was the center shimmer highlight shade (Glow). It's nearly solid white and it just doesn't show up on my skin, not even as a sheen to the skin. I will say it reminds me a lot of MAC Emphasize which is a pro highlight shade with subtle sheen to it. This is very similar in tone if not exact same color, it just has a bit more shimmer. It swatched alright, so I was surprised that it didn't at least give a soft glow but I believe it's just too light and subtle to even do that. The blush shade is a medium toned matte rosey pink. I actually thought it was going to be darker but it's just a good solid rosey shade that anyone can wear. I can see why they chose that. The yellow shade, which is the "correct" (2) shade, is a little bit darker yellow than say ABH Banana highlight. I say that because once I used it to set my under eye area it seemed to get a little darker, I think it oxidized just a touch. It's still very nice, I mixed it with the 1st shade (highlight) and it still worked well just not as bright as what I normally do. I actually prefer the the 1st shade by itself to set the under eye area. The contour shades 3 and 4 are both very nice. I actually liked 3 a lot. It's very golden, it worked great at contouring but also mimicking a tan as well, 4 worked great for a more dramatic contour. They both blended beautifully. So definitely loved the contour shades the most.
This is the swatches. It's just one swipe. From top to bottom:
Glow (subtle shimmer highlight)
Highlight (matte ivory)
Correct (matte yellow correcting powder)
Contour Soft shade 3 (for light to medium skin tones)
Contour Deep shade 4 (for medium to dark skin tones)
Accentuate (Rosey Blush)
I used the palette on my entire face on this look above. I used every color. The deepest contour shade is at the top of the ear and about an inch down over top of the 1st contour shade that I used to contour like normal. I used the lighter contour also on top of the forehead. I used the blush as well. I will say I didn't use these like they were numbered. If that was supposed to be numbered for steps to go by then I totally did not do that. I used both highlights to set the under eye, then I used the shimmer highlight first thinking it would be a bit more pigmented, then I used the blush, and followed it with Contour Soft and Contour Deep. Tomorrow I will probably use the shimmer highlight last to see if it makes any difference but I don't think it's going to. None the less this is a good palette, I think it's easier to work with than the ABH and honestly Kat Von D. Kat Von D Contour kit is still my favorite because it's the best color selection and pay off. This is great for beginners though, since it has a blush, only 2 contour shades and a very very subtle shimmer highlight as well as just two matte highlights. So if you're intimidated by contour palettes check this out. You can return it if you don't like it, Sephora is very good about that. There is also a double sided brush available to buy separately for this palette. I don't think it's necessary, but their brushes are supposed to be very good so if you don't have brushes for highlight and contouring I might would look into that as well.
So this lovely piece of makeup history, is the Lip Land Cosmetics collaboration with Samantha Ravndahl from Batalash Beauty. It's a satin nude lipstick called Creme Corsett. They recently done a collaboration with Amrezy as well which was 3 liquid lipsticks I think. I feel like this was affordable, it was $14.99 with free shipping AND it also ships the same day. So to me that's really good. I mean a MAC lipstick in the store is $16 so I feel like this is very reasonable. Especially since it's seriously so nice.
So this is what it looks like. It's very cute square packaging with a classic shape to the lipstick itself. This is a little bit bulkier than my other lipsticks but I don't mind that, it just stands out a little bit more. It's plastic matte black packaging and pretty light weight.
Here is the swatch by itself. Now, this is JUST MY OPINION, I feel like on my skin it has kind of a brown neutral undertone. I've seen other people where it looks more pink. On me it just happens to pull more brown. I really like that. I actually prefer that. That doesn't mean it's going to look the same on you. That being said it is a great nude shade. It seriously is almost the color of my bare lips.
So these are the only lipsticks I had that I felt were the most similar or that you might would want it swatched next to for comparison. I only swatched lipsticks not anything else because at the end of the day this is a lipstick and it performs as one, it's not going to be like liquid lipsticks or gloss.
I feel it's most similar to Urban Decay Naked lipstick but more pigmented. Naked is very pretty it's just a little more sheer. Buttercup from Gerard Cosmetics is more pink and more drying. It's also more matte where this is satin. MAC Creme D Nude is just here for comparison because it's such a cult favorite. As you can see it's much lighter in tone, it's more flesh nude. Creme Corsett is more of the "nude lip".
So many people think a nude lip means flesh toned lip. That's cool if that's what you like but also a nude lip can mean "your natural lip color but better", which is what I think this is.
So here it is on my lips. I have nothing on underneath. My liner is NYX Nude Pink lip liner. This is a different day from the one below. I wanted to show it just on the lips so you get the true tone of the color, without seeing an eye look with it and possibly get distracted. This is so creamy. It smells a lot like MAC lipsticks and to me its formula kinda acts like a thicker YSL formula. YSL seems a little thinner. For a lipstick it also lasts a pretty good while I wore it yesterday and today I used a lip primer which dried out my lips slightly but not terribly bad.
Here is today's look. My lips were kinda stained pink from a tinted oil I'd used so I put my foundation over my lips some to blur that out. Then I used Creme Corsett over top with no lip liner or anything. So this makes it much more nude this way.
So my final thought is that if all their lipsticks are as good as this collaboration then I need to invest in more. I'm very impressed and I really think this is a fantastic nude shade. This had sold out, I don't know if they're back in stock yet or not. They do have a coupon code which is "lip20" for 20% off MOST of their products, not all of them and I'm not sure if it works on this one. It does not work on the Amrezy collection I know that. So if you try this, I hope you like it as much as I do.
As you can probably tell by the title, this is going to be all about Morphe Brushes. In particular the ones that are my favorite.
Now some of these are well loved so don't mind it if they are a little stained or discolored from constant use. They're clean, trust me. I have quite a few but these 9 are in my daily routine. I can basically do my entire face with these, if I use my finger to pat out my concealer. I am going to get a tapered buffing brush specifically for concealer though, soon. Mostly, they are from the Flawless and Elite lines. Those two are my favorite lines that they have.
This brush right here is what made me fall in love with Morphe Brushes. Its the M439 brush. The reason I love it is because it's huge. So I can use it for foundation and also I like to use it with self tanning mousse on the face. I picked that trick up from Jaclyn Hill. It's synthetic and very dense so it's going to pick up and deposit a lot of color and also buff that into the skin while keeping the coverage. I don't stipple with this, which if you don't know what that is it's like patting. You do that with a flat top kabuki. I quite literally buff this in circular motions on the face whether I'm applying foundation or tanner.
These three brushes are all I need for contour, highlight, and blush. Now some of these brushes have names and are designed for different functions, I'm only telling you what I use them for. So don't get confused when you see on the site that it says Pointed Contour and I used it for highlight.
E4 - This, I think, is marketed as a contour brush. I use it as a blush brush. It's from there Elite collection. Which most of my brushes are from the Elite or Flawless collections. I like this for blush because it picks up a lot of product, it's dense, and it's larger, so it blends out easier and smoother than a smaller blush brush would.
M405 - This brush is marketed as a blush brush. I use it for contour. I'm not sure which line it's from. I bought it to use as a blush brush and when it got here I just thought it was too small, so I never used it. Then one day I decided to try it for contour since it was a little fluffier than my angled contour brush and I've been using it that way ever since. It's a little frayed, it's seen better days but I love it. I use it every single time I do my makeup. It's not going to give you a harsh line of contour like some brushes but it will deposit a lot of color while keeping it smooth and blending it out.
M529 - This brush is marketed as a contour brush I think, I use it for highlight. Its dense and its tapered so it really applies a heavy amount of product. So if you like really intense highlight then look no further.
These five brushes are all I use for eyes basically.
From left to right:
E27 - This is a fluffy blending brush much like the Sigma E40. It's from there Elite collection. It deposits color just as much as it blends. When I got this I used it with Peach Smoothie which I could barely see in the crease before, I used this and had to blend a little extra because it had deposited quite a bit of color. So I use less product with it and use it mainly for it's blending.
M515 - This is a tapered blending brush and I think it's from the Flawless line. I use this so much when I want to deepen up my crease. Because it's tapered it gets right in there, but it also blends it so that it's not harsh at all. I spend much less time building and blending my crease because of this brush.
M425 - This is actually a concealer brush. I got it because it was flat, synthetic and I thought it was stiff. It's not as stiff as I originally thought but that's ok, because I use it for laying down heavy lid color. I was going to use it for pigments and glitter but it's not as thin as I'd like it to be. It's great though for really packing on color and also cutting that lid shape out. I was using such a thicker packing/shader brush before and it was causing so much fall out, this really helps with that.
E24 - This is basically a pencil brush. It's from the Elite collection. I had been searching for a year for a pencil brush similar to my Sigma one (I think its a Sigma E30) but I couldn't find one that was dense enough, small enough, or pointed enough. They were either too big, too small, too flimsy, too much of everything I didn't need them to be. So this was my 5th attempt at trying to find one and it worked! It's just a little longer than my pencil brush and it's also a bit bigger but it works the same. I use this for the outer and inner corners of the lid and to deposit color in the crease sometimes.
E36 - This brush I almost didn't include since I had the E24 but I actually do use this a lot. It's from the Elite collection as well. I use this for inner corner highlight and also the lower lash line because it doesn't apply too much product to the lower lash line just the right amount. I use this a lot with pigments that I want in the inner corner and on the lower lash line too. I spray the brush with a facial spray and then pick up what pigment I want and it's the perfect size to get into those small spaces. It's not as dense as the E24 and it's certainly smaller, but like I said it's got it's own uses if the occasion calls for it.
So there you have it. Those are my favorite Morphe brushes and with the help of a couple other brushes from different brands they're used nearly every day to do my makeup. I really do recommend the Flawless and the Elite collections above all. I hear the Gunmetal collection is nice as well but I haven't tried it. Some of the older lines, I don't love as much as the Flawless and Elite lines. Morphe Brushes are very very affordable for the most part. I think the most expensive brush on here is the M439 but it's huge. I want to think it's around $20. Usually their eye brushes range from $5-$7 and the face brushes range from $7-$14 or maybe more just depending on what you're getting. They put some brushes on sale too so they could always be marked down even more. There are discount codes out there. I don't personally have one but I know you can use "JACATTACK" or "MANNYMUA" and get 10% off your order. Shipping is reasonable, but right now it's taking around 7 business days to get orders shipped out.
** I'm not affiliated with them so this post is not sponsored. These are my genuine thoughts.
I've never done one of these posts, but I really enjoy watching videos about people's "empties". So I thought what the heck?
So here's the list of products I've used up or are on their last legs and whether or not I would repurchase them.
Sephora Honey Eye Mask: This is supposed to Nourish and Balance I can't say as it done that. It was a very nice eye mask but I really prefer the Rose and Pearl eye masks so I probably won't repurchase this specific one.
Too Faced Glitter Glue: This lasts a super long time like I've had mine well over a year, maybe even two. I think I want to try something different. I'm very curious about the Lit glitter glue or the Violet Voss glitter glue. This was rather expensive. I'm not sure what Lit will be price wise but Violet Voss is less than half of this one. So I don't think I'll repurchase this one.
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk: This I've already repurchased. I can't live without this as a base. I even have Black Bean as a black base and love it too. So definitely yes, I need a stash of these so I never run out.
Benefit Eye Bright: I've had this quite a while. It's a very dry pencil and it didn't really work for me. I tried even using it as a brown highlight and that was a better option than for under the eyes, so no this won't be repurchased.
Caudalie Grape Water: I LOVE this. It will be repurchased over and over as well. It's a spray toner and it's sooooo good when my skin is irritated.
Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press thermal protection hairspray. I love this as well. It will be repurchased. It protects your hair from heat damage and it's just enough "hold" for me because I don't need a lot.
Amika Nourishing Mask: This is a hair mask/conditioner. It can be used everyday as a mask or as plain conditioner. I will repurchase this. It's the only conditioner that doesn't weigh my hair down or make it oily.
Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation: I don't even know if they make this anymore. It's so thick and cakey that I just don't see myself using it. I can get full coverage from products that aren't as heavy and this was pretty expensive.
MAC Fix Plus: I like this for patting on dry areas or spraying on a brush but it's a little too oily for me. I kinda want to repurchase it but I'm not sure. I think I might go with Urban Decay Chill setting spray instead. I have the All Nighter spray and I like it a lot for actually setting makeup to not move but I think I'd like Urban Decay Chill setting spray to help when my skin is dry.
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 (toner): I love this. It's just witch hazel, alcohol, and menthol for the most part I think. It does a great job and maybe on down the road I would get it again but I have other harsher toners that I like as well. Plus the Grape Water from Caudalie is a toner as well.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: I liked this at first but toward the end it just got thicker and thicker and made me look older. I love the color. (Vanilla) I just think a thinner product like the next one is better, so no I won't repurchase it.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer: I love this, used every bit of it, and have already repurchased it. This is literally weightless. It's full coverage and doesn't settle into my fine lines or make me look older.
So there ya go, some I would and have bought again. Others, not so much.
It's November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Which means there's going to be functions, dinners and get together's for you to go to. I put together 9 looks that I would wear to any one of those. Some have glitter, some are more colorful, others are simple and natural. It's all in what you're comfortable with.
So instead of telling you how to do each one and what I used I'm just going to give you good option for Thanksgiving/fall inspired looks. All these looks are on my Instagram page with details of products used. (@lovemascara)
So here's some tips:
Neutral liquid lipstick. If this comes off it won't be as noticeable as a dark color or a bright color. So think Lolita from Kat Von D, Lovely or Pure Hollywood from ABH.
For dark lips or if you don't like liquid lipstick, use lip liners and fill in your entire lip with them. They last longer than a lipstick and certainly last longer than gloss. I love Colour Pop Cosmetics lip pencils. They have a ton of colors and they're $5. They are also a bit drier so they really stay on for a long time.
Colors I love:
For berry lips I really like Dose of Colors Berry Me. It's dupe is Rebel from LA Girl Cosmetics. I think Dose of Colors will look better throughout the day and fade prettier.
For a neutral eye and a pop on the lips I recommend Ofra Cosmetics Miami Fever. It's like a pumpkin color. Like a burnt brown orange.
For eyes that pop, try using a pigment. They're easier than you think. Buff in a crease color and then lay down a pigment either with your finger or a flat stiff brush. It makes your eye makeup look so much more complicated than it is.
Some pigments I recommend are:
MUG Vegas Lights
MAC Rose Gold
MAC Heritage Rouge
Also try applying a foiled shadow or a duo chrome shadow to the lid with your finger. I like In The Spotlight foiled shadow, Amber Rush from Loreal, or Mai Tai duo chrome from MUG.
Also don't be afraid to try glitter. Using a glitter glue and your finger to apply it with. Tap a small amount out into the lid and go slowly so that you don't pack on too much glitter. I love Violet Voss glitters like Rosalind and Copperella, and I also love Beauty Bar Baby glitter stacks that are sample stacks where you can try a bunch of glitters for a fraction of the price. I use Fantasy and Send Me and Angel glitter from them the most.
Lashes are the final touch. If nothing else I will put on Lolita lipstick and a great pair of lashes and some Benefit Gimme Brow and call it a day. I LOVE House of Lashes "Siren" and also Violet Voss "Vamptress". Of course my tried and true are still the Bianca lashes from Lena Lashes but mink lashes can get on my nerves after a few hours so I tend to go for lashes that are lighter and fit better on my lash line if I'm gonna wear them all day.
I guess for a little over a month I've been trying out this new night balm that I got from a company called Farmacy. I'll be honest the first thing that perked my interest was the packaging. The lid is wooden and the container feels porcelain to me. I thought that was really neat. Inside the product, is a firming night balm that is a green gel to oil. It's like a salve. Like the consistency of Rose Bud Salve for your lips, it's like that. It doesn't have that much of a smell either. I think if anything it smells faintly like menthol possibly. I can't pin point it really.
So this company is based on "farm grown products" the ingredients are "hand picked" for natural skincare and beauty products. I was really just intrigued by the whole company. I really liked that this was basically home grown from start to finish and their "lab" was basically their "farm" which it's not, their lab is two hours away. They use Echinacea Purpurea, GreenEnvy™ which is patent- protected and has the highest concentration of "phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen." So basically it not only firms, it brightens and improves skins pigmentation over all.
This certain product helps to prevent early wrinkles, brighten and improve texture issues along with helping the look of deep wrinkles you may already have. The Sunflower oil, Blackcurrent seed, and balloon vine extract are the ingredients that protect your skin from damage. Also Vitamin C is used to replenish the skin.
So that's a lot of stuff jammed into one little thing. So the question is: Does it work?
Well I'm 27, I don't have wrinkles really. However, I was starting to notice fine lines under my eyes that my concealer would settle in. I have texture issues, I have dull skin that's not completely even in tone as well. So I had reasons to try it. The first few weeks I wasn't noticing a difference. I was applying it at night, obviously, I was applying it pretty heavy around my eyes. I wasn't really noticing much other than it felt very hydrating. Then I started with a more simple cleanser and exfoliator and kept using this. I was still thinking that, I hadn't noticed much else other than hydration. Then one day I was doing my makeup and my dark circles didn't seem to be as dark, as the day went on my concealer stayed smooth, then my texture issues seemed to be better after a while.
I'm not saying this done ALL those things. Maybe it did though. The one thing I can for sure say that I think it done was helped with the fine lines under my eyes. I do think it also has helped brighten my dark circles. The texture issues could've gotten better from the exfoliator I was using, I'm not sure but I do think that this helped in at least two areas, fine lines and brightening the skin.
So would I get this? It's $48 for 1.7 oz. I don't think that's horrible for skin care but it all depends in how much you want to spend. The good thing is if you buy it from Sephora and hate it, you can return it. If it's in a store near you then maybe see if they'll give you a sample, also they did a promotion of these that were deluxe samples with a purchase from Sephora, maybe you could get your hands on one of those. It's really up to you. It's not gonna be thick and creamy and luxurious. It's going to be like I said earlier "a salve" type ointment that you put on your skin that can feel heavy and a little greasy while it soaks in. That doesn't bother me, but if it does bother you I might would go a different way. None the less, I think this is a very cool company to check out and they offer a lot more products than just this. I really want to try their lip products and some other things actually.
So I hope this was helpful, I'm pleased with the results thus far and I'm glad that I have this in my arsenal of skin care to help combat these circles and fine lines.
Here in the last year I've found several good concealers. Not all are included in my top favorites, but I have really found some gems. These 4 are my tried and true though. They work when nothing else will. So let's just jump right into this.
Maybelline Master Conceal: This is a very liquid-ish type formula but SO full coverage. I love that this is a drugstore product. There are others that I really like (Maybelline Fit Me, Lumi Pen, NYX High Coverage concealer and NYX HD Concealer.) This one though is the best coverage and it's very thin as well. The others are either less pigmented or more creamy which can settle into fine lines and age you. I got the shade Light but I wish I had gotten Fair. Fair seems more yellow in tone and Light seems more neutral which can turn a little pink on me. I can only find 5 shades in it so it doesn't have the best shade range. It's are $7-$8. I recommend getting it at Ulta right now they're doing buy one get one 50% off for qualifying products.
MAC Pro Longwear: This comes in 16 shades. It's completely liquid and is packaged as a pump. The pump actually causes me to waste too much product if I'm not super careful. The shade I have right now is NC20. I usually get NW20 and accidentally got this one. I like both shades really well though. I may like NW20 a little better because it does a really good job at brightening the under eye area. It's also very thin and full coverage. NC20 is a bit more yellow and a touch darker it seems, but it's great in the summer when I'm tan. This is "anti crease" technology so it doesn't settle into the fine lines and can also be used as eye lid primer. It's $21 and you get 9 ml. Which is quite a bit, this usually lasts me for a very long time.
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Seriously I want to know! This is a VERY creamy and a bit heavy pencil. It's blends great. I actually was worried that it was going to be dry because it was a crayon, I was wrong. It's very very full coverage and it can look cakey if you over do it. It has to be sharpened and that's my problem with it. I feel like because it's so creamy that it never sharpens correctly and it gets wasteful trying to sharpen this thing. Also it goes down so quickly again because it's so creamy. So I don't feel like it's going to last very long. It's $20 though and I don't feel like that's the worst deal. If you have a pro discount with them you can use it on this. It's .12 oz, and the shade I got was CIA. It's the lightest shade and more yellow toned. There are 6 shades. I use this under the eye as well as for blemishes.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. Why the long name people? Honestly. This is my Holy Grail. This is it. It's my ride or die. It's the peas to my carrots. There are 6 shades I get Light Warm because it's more yellow in tone. It's very pale which I like. This is completely weightless and full coverage. Which is why I love it. You don't feel it but it works so well on the under eye area to brighten that up. You can bake/cook with it if you want. It's liquid to cream I guess but it's very thin. Its a wand applicator, I thoroughly love it. I'm on my 2nd tube. I just can't say enough good things about it. It's $28 which is kinda pricey. If you were thinking about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or this I would choose this one. The NARS concealer is thicker and more of a cream and personally I feel like the NARS concealer makes me look older.
If you're curious as to what I use to set these with, I use either Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, Kat Von D highlight powders, ABH Banana Powder, or Besame Violet Brightening Powder. Lots of people like the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder but it oxidizes my concealer for some reason. I've tried using less, more, setting it immediately, waiting a while to set it, and it just never amazed me. I wish it would work for me though cause I have an entire jar of it. I prefer thinner powders to set my concealer and I use a thinner duo fiber tapered brush to apply this so that it doesn't pack on too much powder or shift the concealer.
So that's it. These are my faves. This doesn't include correctors or anything. Just my favorite skin toned concealers.
I recently got the Sephora face and eye mask value set. I ordered mine online it was $25. I was ordering because now is the time that they do "sample bags" with $25 purchases that offer 8 (I think) deluxe size samples of various things. I always get one every year because they include really good products. There are 4 bags to choose from and it's available to VIB and Rouge I think. The code is "VIBFAVORS".
Anyway, I got this set because I really do like the eye masks. I don't like the sleeping masks that are gel, but I'd never tried the face sheets. So I thought I would give this a shot. My skin is still uncomfortable and dry from the Halloween makeup so I really wanted these but didn't have any on hand.
What you get are 3 face mask sheets and 3 eye mask sheets.
Lotus is Moisturizing and Soothing
Rose is Ultra Moisturizing and Brightening
Honey is Nourishing and Balancing
I've heard a lot of people say they cant tell the difference between each one because there is like 8 or more of these to choose from individually. They are single use and the eye masks are $5, the face masks are $6. So you get one free basically in this set. I can say these are incredibly moisturizing and I do feel like the eye masks work. I've tried the Rose and Pearl in the eye masks. I tried the Lotus face mask and it was very soothing. You leave these on for 15 minutes and then massage the residue into the skin. They are very very wet and the face mask is a little difficult to get used to. I don't necessarily feel like you need an eye mask once you've used a face mask. So you can use them when you feel like your eye area needs some help but your face doesn't necessarily need it.
My skin is really hydrated right now and at first it feels kinda slimy but now it feels very comfortable. I think this set is awesome if you like things like this or if you have tried these and like them. Of course $5 a pop isn't a bad deal either and I kinda like a sheet instead of clay or a paste that has to be scrubbed off. You rub this in and your good to go. It's very relaxing for me. Even the eye masks alone are very relaxing. They're cold against the skin and should you have irritated or burning skin perhaps you should try one.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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