Empties/Throw-A-Ways Part #2

“Wow I use a ton of makeup, didn’t I just do a post like this?!”

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BACK at it again, folks 😉

It’s time for another segment of “Will I repurchase?” or “Why did I toss it?” I think these posts are super helpful to others! It shows you actually put time and effort into a product and for some reason or another loved it (considering you finished it) or hated it (enough to throw it away).

This is different than a first impression, this is a bonafide REVIEW, ladies.

First up!

  1. it Cosmetics Superhero mascara retails for $24.00
    THIS. MASCARA. IS. AMAZING. Admittedly, it’s one of the first high-end mascaras I’ve ever used! And it did not disappoint. This is, hands down, a holy grail. It gives volume, length, and adds “ba da BAM!” to your lashes.
    Would I repurchase? Absolutely.
  2. Model Co Power Lash mascara retails for $9.00 (travel size)
    I was not a fan of this mascara. I used it up on weekdays for work because it added something to my eyes to wake me up. On weekends? Forget about it – never reached for it.
    Would I repurchase? No.
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  3. CVS Calming Cleansing towelettes retail for $6.59
    These were dry, which I suppose is to be expected from a store brand makeup wipe. I’d rather use Neutrogena or the Simple micellar water wipes (which Kathleen Lights raves about). Anyways, since they weren’t wet enough, they tugged a lot at my skin, which caused an opposite sensation than “calming.” Instead, I was left with a red face and had to work twice as hard to remove all traces of makeup.
    Would I repurchase? No, but maybe in a pinch.
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  4. Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed powder in sandstorm retails for $5.49
    I LOVE this pressed powder! Since they have a *semi-pathetic* shade range, you can at least get a small amount of coverage from this powder if used with a sponge. I typically swirl my brush into it to set my face, especially the areas where I get the oiliest *cough, t-zone, cough*. But it does a phenomenal job at keeping me matte for longer than usual. I like that it’s small enough to take on the road too.
    BE FOREWARNED: it breaks easily! Don’t be throwing it around in your bag.
    Would I repurchase? Yes! And I already have!
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  5. American Eagle rollerball fragrance retails for $14.95
    I don’t remember which scent this is in, but I loved this! Rollerballs are so convenient to carry in your purse for touch-ups on the go. I remember being pleasantly surprised with this scent and would 100% buy another AEO rollerball. Sometimes they’re on sale for just $10, which is completely worth it.
    Would I repurchase? Yes.
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  6. Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream retails for $39.00
    This moisturizer was good, I’ll give it that. It has a “cream-to-gel” formula that instantly melts into your skin. It left my face slightly tacky for a good foundation application, and the scent wasn’t bad either. However. However. I would never spend $40 on this. I will continue you buy my Garnier gel moisturizer for a fraction of the price. It provides the same moisture my skin needs while maintaining a lightweight feel that doesn’t add any extra shine to my t-zone.
    Would I repurchase? No.
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So that’s everything! What are your thoughts? Have you emptied any of the same or similar products? Did you feel the same, or nah? Let me know – I’d love to discuss them some more.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

“This was my first high end foundation purchase!”

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OKAY. I am ready to fully review the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. You can pick this up in Sephora, online, or at any Clinique counter inside Macy’s. I didn’t even let Sephora not having my shade stop me from purchasing this – and ran to the nearest Macy’s in center city.

So I bought this in the shade alabaster, after being shade matched in Sephora (which I highly recommend). If you’re going to be spending a pretty penny on your first high end foundation, bish you better get it matched to your skin tone. This is v important, considering you want to look good and make your $$ well spent.

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I’m going to lay it all out as far as the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly.

GOOD:

  • very full coverage without feeling too heavy/cakey
  • nice scent, if you can even smell it (I’ve heard from a friend it’s not noticeable)
  • application is smooth and blends evenly when using a brush
  • decent price for a high end foundation (retails for $28.00)
  • buildable coverage
  • incredible shade range

BAD:

  • does not stay matte after 4-5 hours (at least not for someone shiny like me)
  • dries rather quickly on the skin, so I would recommend doing one half of your face at a time
  • can look a little dry on my nose (but that could be my skin type), so I usually finish with a damp sponge to perfect the look

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So that wraps up this review! I really like this foundation – the coverage is there, and it lasts me all day long. In the future, I will look for a more mattifying formula, but I can guarantee I’ll repurchase this down the line. It is a staple item to keep in your collection!

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts? Do you agree/disagree? Are there any other foundations I should be seeking out suitable for my skin type?!

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Ride or Die $5 Liquid Lipsticks + SWATCHES

“I’m lookin’ at you, Wet n Wild.”

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Ooookay. I’ve been meaning to dive into these magnificent lippie products for awhile now. Let me just start by saying…

THESE ARE FIVE DOLLARS.

Do I need to say anymore? No, probably not. The Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks are sweeping the drugstore shelves. The color payoff is outstanding, the lasting effects are all day, and the formula is very comfortable. I do not consider these liquid lipsticks tacky to the touch, and they glide on beautifully after one or two coats. It feels like I’m wearing nothing. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they dupe the Too Faced melted matte lipsticks, but they come pretty damn close.

The shades I have: Rebel Rose, Nice to Fuchsia, and Berry Recognize.

First up we have Rebel Rose, a deep pinky nude perfectly paired with any makeup look.

Second, we have Nice to Fuchsia, a brighter/bold fuchsia color that adds a pop of color to any neutral eye look.

Lastly, the third color is Berry Recognize, a deeper berry (almost vampy) lip color that adds a bold look.

PROS:

  • incredibly long-wearing
  • intense color to make as bold of a statement as you desire
  • decent shade selection ranging from nude to bold/vampy (13 colors)
  • comfortable formula that lasts through eating, drinking, and a day of errands
    – Can I just say Nice to Fuchsia lasted me through an entire all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch full of mimosas, pancakes, chips and guacamole, and more drinking
  • $5

CONS:

  • I have none, except that I don’t own every color by now!

I think everyone could benefit from buying at least one shade in this range. I hope Wet n Wild keeps these forever and expands the range so we can be blessed with more options to #slay our nights out.

Did you like these? Did you hate them? Are there other drugstore products similar to these for a similar price? Please let me know so I’m not missing out!IMG_20170402_151816

 

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