AFFORDABLE MAKEUP | JOAH Truly Yours Foundation + Concealer

Who in their right mind wouldn’t be obsessed with a bomb ass drugstore makeup brand with products under $10??? There was a major hit and a major miss in this video – watch and find out 🙂

Thank you, as always, for spending some of your time with me XOXO

PRODUCTS:
Soap & Glory one heck of a blot primer
JOAH Truly Yours foundation in natural ivory
JOAH Truly Yours full coverage concealer in porcelain
IT Cosmetics bye bye pores pressed powder in translucent
Benefit hoola bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills blush trio in pool party
BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel eyeshadow palette
Trestique eyebrow pencil in espresso
Pretty Vulgar ink blacklist gel eyeliner
Essence lash princess mascara
Ofra long lasting liquid lip in verona

MAKEUP TOOLS:
Sonia Kashuk blending sponge
Elf total face brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Elf small tapered brush
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending
Tweezerman lash curler
small Elf pencil brush
small Aesthetica eyeliner brush

MY RECENT CONTENT:
EMPTIES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlTlAjS9b5k&t=32s
FAB FIT FUN – SPRING 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cXgJ…
DRIVE W/ ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqcPo…

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*MOSTLY* COLOURPOP MAKEUP | Disney collection, No filter foundation & concealer, & MORE | Katrina S

HEYYYYYY – this is a highly anticipated video (mostly from me lol) as I am a huge Colourpop super fan – no surprise there. I test out some face products, Disney collection, and a couple other randoms in this.

ENJOY – and thank you for spending some time with me today xo

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Neutrogena Hydroboost water gel
Benefit POREfessional primer
Colourpop no filter foundation
Colourpop no filter concealer
Covergirl clean matte pressed powder
Physician’s Formula butter bronzer
RealHer be fearless, be limitless blush kit
Colourpop Disney ‘It’s a Princess Thing’ eyeshadow
Colourpop lux lipstick in ‘Ariel’

BRUSHES (in order mentioned):
Sonia Kashuk blending sponge
Elf total face brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Elf small tapered brush
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending
Vintage Cosmetics company – step 2 for the shadow
Luxie 207T
small Elf brush for inner corner highlight

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
KOREAN SKINCARE | DEWYCEL https://youtu.be/kWcOEUQetTQ
MILK MAKEUP SUNSHINE SKIN TINT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9wcEndSumQ&t=220s
FAB FIT FUN WINTER BOX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzZpO1AUwlU

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DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS | Try this instead of that… | Katrina S

New series?! Maybe? Lmk your thoughts and we’ll roll with it. I wanted to make a “disappointing products” video with a spin where I recommend something to take its place. Because complaining without a solution GETS. YOU. NOWHERE. So here we are with a few overhyped products and I’m here to tell you like it is.

As always, thanks for stopping by xoxo

DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS:
Makeup Revolution banana loose setting powder
Palladio matte lipstick in ‘refined chianti’
Essence lash princess mascara Crown pro large powder brush (can’t find this on their website anymore – only Boxycharm’s website)
Makeup Revolution conceal and define concealer

TRY INSTEAD:
Coty airspun loose setting powder
Elf moisturizing lipsticks
Essence volume stylist 18 hr lash extension mascara
Aesthetica p12 face brush Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Tarte shape tape concealer
Maybelline fit me concealer

FACE Dior
Backstage Face & Body Foundation
Makeup Revolution Define and Conceal Concealer
Covergirl Matte pressed powder
Physician’s Formula butter bronzer
Pretty Vulgar Cosmetics ‘hush blush’

EYES
Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe vol. 1 eyeshadow palette

LIPS
Ofra Cosmetics long lasting liquid lipstick in ‘verona’

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
CHRISTMAS DECOR VLOG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJHjo…
FIRST IMPRESSION – DIOR BACKSTAGE FOUNDATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3st…
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…

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EMPTIES | Products I’ve used up & would I repurchase? | Katrina S

THIS WEEK we are comin’ in hot with an empties segment featuring drugstore and high end beauty products (but mainly drugstore). I think it speaks volumes to a product review when you use an entire tube of it. What are your thoughts on the aforementioned? Agreed? Disagreed? LMK below!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in ‘made it’
Nature Love Aromatherapy body wash – https://www.amazon.com/Nature-Love-Mo…
Ren Pure Coconut Argan dry shampoo
Batiste dry shampoo
Olive Oil hair conditioner – https://www.amazon.com/Olive-Oil-Cond…
Kirkland brand makeup remover wipes
Maybelline Fit Me loose setting powder in ‘fair/light’
Herbal Essences bio-renew dry shampoo in ‘revitalize’
Maybelline Fit Me matte and poreless foundation in 110 and 115
Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation in ‘nude ivory’
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in light neutral
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in the shade 15
Maybelline Superstay Better Skin concealer in ‘ivory 10’

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
Honeymoon / Jamaica VLOG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9keV0…
Easy Fall Makeup – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jca1…
Beauty Haul Update – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5KBw…

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BEAUTY HAUL UPDATE | What’s good and what’s gone | Katrina S

Hey there! We have a HAUL UPDATE – sound the alarm. Time to bring y’all back in and let you know the tea on these makeup/skincare products. I’ve been testing for a month now and the results are in. Lmk if you like these types of videos and want to see more; I aim to please.

Thank you VERY much for being here – I recognize you took time from your day to hang with me. xoxo

PRODUCTS:
Soph x Revolution Ultra 24 eyeshadow palette
Benefit Hoola bronzer
Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer
Smashbox Pore Minimizer primer
Mario Badescu whitening mask
Alba Botanica Hawaiian oil-free moisturizer
Neutrogena HydroBoost hydrating serum
Mario Badescu Aloe Vera toner
Purity Pore Extractor clay mask
Farmacy Bright On clay mask

LIPSTICK: ColourPop lippie stix in ‘Don’t Trust Me…’ and lip liner in ‘Bossy’

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WEAR TEST | CYO Long Lasting Lifeproof Foundation + foundation routine | Katrina S

HEY THERE – welcome back. This is my very first foundation routine and wear test video – lmk what y’all think! I loved filming it and I think it’ll help out some oily skin gals looking for a few affordable options 😉

WHO LOVES DRUGSTORE MAKEUP?!

FACE: CYO Long Lasting Lifeproof Foundation in 101 – $7.00 found at Walgreen’s
Makeup Revolution Full Coverage Concealer in C1- $7.00 found at Ulta
Coty Airspun Loose Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Essence Cosmetics Satin Blush in Satin Love

BRUSHES (in order mentioned):
Sonia Kashuk makeup blender sponge for foundation/concealer
Aesthetica P12 for loose setting powder
*bronzer brush I found randomly at TJ Maxx – sorry I wish I knew*
Luxie tapered highlighter brush for blush

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Skincare/Makeup Declutter (products I’m tossing)

“Time for a good ‘ole DECLUTTER.. I don’t need this, this, or that anymore.”

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Today’s post is a little bit old-school. A good, old-fashioned makeup declutter. You know, “I have upgraded to this,” or “I never use that.” That’s the vibe we’re going for here. In case you have any of these products and they work tremendously for you, please let me know! Maybe I’ll reconsider. It’s just that I haven’t touched these in months and need to move on.

Don’t hold onto anything that doesn’t serve you a purpose any longer!
*Ladies, this same concept applies to relationships too* 😉

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First up, my hardest product to let go of: Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub – $7.99

I love, love, love the scent of this exfoliator. I cannot tell you how much I love it. There is something so calming and soothing to the scent of this product. It also did a great job; my skin felt v soft after applying, and it didn’t strip my skin. It also did not irritate my skin.
My reason for tossing: I splurged and purchased the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion, and ya girl does not need two exfoliators. HOWEVER, this was a great drugstore option while I used it.

Second, I have my CVS brand Daily Calming Moisturizer.
*Heads up, I couldn’t find the CVS brand of this online so I linked the Aveeno form of this. CVS’s is just a knock-off version for less money.*

I loved this moisturizer. It was recommended to me by a friend. I would agree that yes, it was soothing. I used it all throughout the summer and it felt quenching on dry, sunburnt skin. I have no complaints about this product at all. In fact, I’ll probably repurchase it.
My reason for tossing: it expired. And I don’t need to be clogging my pores with old products!

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Next is the Soap & Glory Clean on Me shower gel – $10 for a full-size bottle
My reason for tossing: it irritated my skin. I’m not sure what did it, could’ve been the scent (it’s good, but rather strong). My skin doesn’t like harsh perfumes, so I need to just get rid of this and continue to use a milder shower cleanser.

Then there’s the Body Shop Skin-Clearing Tea Tree Toner – $14
My reason for tossing: I didn’t notice a difference in my skin using this, though I must be honest, I used my Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion much more than I committed to the tea tree toner. It’s also expired. Time to toss!

Onto my e.l.f. Mattifying Blotting Papers – $5
My reason for tossing: these blotting sheets have been sitting in my vanity for months and I never touch them. Here’s why: you can blot with tissue/toilet paper. Sure, it’s not fancy, but it soaks up just as much oil as a blotting sheet. I firmly believe these are only created to make more money. Girl, just blot while you going potty.

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Skyn Iceland Relief Eye Cream – $45 for full-size
My reason for tossing: mainly, if I like this product, it will cost way too much to repurchase a full-size container. I haven’t touched this product since the day I got it. I’m not a huge undereye moisturizing person, and I have a Vitamin C one from the Body Shop I need to use first.

LA Girl HD Pro Concealer – $4.99
My reason for tossing: I didn’t get the right shade to match me, so I can’t shit on this product. While I can’t discuss the quality, I didn’t like the applicator. The wrong shade along with the dislike of applicator, I need to toss this. It’s just taking up space.

So that’s my little declutter! Have you experienced any of the same product disappointments? Or should I save one and keep testing it out?!

Anyways, this has been some fun girl time. Thank you for reading! Let me know your thoughts below.

Xoxo,
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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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First Impressions: Sephora Mini Haul

“That was a v successful trip to Sephora.”

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Today’s mini haul was brought to you by a gift card I’ve kept for the sole purpose of, well.. a “mini haul.” Because let’s be real – this isn’t large enough to be considered a haul.

ANWAYS.

I got a little bit of face, eye primer, lips, and cleaning product to talk about today fam! Time to dive on in.

First up on the list (also my most anticipated item), the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. This retails for $28.00 at Sephora. I went in, got shade matched, was feeling on top of the world, then found out “Alabaster” was sold out in Sephora. FEAR NOT my friends because you bet your ass I was running to the Clinique counter at the nearest Macy’s for a quick purchase. And so I got my hands on it.

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My thoughts:

  • definitely lives up to the full-coverage claim
  • blends very easily, at least with a brush
    – does dry down a little quickly, so I do half my face at a time
  • lasts all day – though I still get shiny in my t-zone, nothing new there
  • if you’re not careful, can appear the slightest bit “cakey,” but it’s nothing a spritz of setting spray can’t fix!

Next was another highly anticipated item for me, the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. This costs $26.00. Casey Holmes often raves about this on YouTube, and since we share the trend of oily eyelids, I figured I’d spend a little extra $$ and give it a shot.

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My thoughts:

  • AWESOME
  • easy to apply, easy to set
  • controls the oil-production on your eyelids
  • eyeshadow lasted really well the first time I used this

Then we have our ever so highly recommended brush cleaner from Laura Lee! The Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner is available in a travel size for $8.00 (for all my peeps out there wanting to stick your toe in and not dive head first).

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My thoughts:

  • cleans brushes INSTANTLY
  • easiest product to use
  • for the ease at which you can clean your brushes, I’m willing to say it’s worth the price tag, and I plan to buy the value size next (which I’m sure will last a long time)
  • I actually did a full review of this brush cleaner here!

Lastly, and certainly not least, the new Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick! I saw Rachhloves rave about this in a recent video and recommend the shade Salt Lyfe, and when I heard it once more in another YouTube video, I didn’t need to be told a third time. This costs $21.00 in Sephora.

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My thoughts:

  • I am in love with this shade, formula, everything
  • This is one of my first “higher end” lipstick purchases, and I’d be more than happy to buy a second shade
  • I wore this out during a night of drinking and dancing Image result for dancing girl emoji, and it held up fairly well, but you should definitely keep it in your purse to re-apply
  • For those looking to save some dolla bills – I think a solid dupe for these are the
    e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipsticks for $3.00

So that’s that! Have you tried any of these products? Know of any dupes for less cash money? Please let me know if you do.

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Magical Makeup Monday: January IPSY Bag Review

“Let’s talk girl stuff.”

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So let’s jump right into this. My Ipsy bag this month contained some things I liked, but was also rather underwhelming.

Here’s what I received:
1. Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub which retails for $19.00/.35 fl. oz.
2. Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer which retails for $35.00.
3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer which retails for $24.00/.28 fl. oz.
4. Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow which retails for $19.00.
5. Pacifica BLUSHIOUS in Wildrose which retails for $12.00.

Definitely a great bag as far as bang for your buck. There are a lot of products included that retail at a pretty pricey rate, however, Ipsy sends sample-sized items.

I’m going to start with my favorite items first:

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub was img_20170124_192516phenomenal. Lately, I’ve been into sugar lip scrubs in general, so I was v pleased to find this in my bag! I think it’s extremely important to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before bed as well as before applying that sexy lipstick for a night out on the town. I find that products apply and soak up so much more effectively after using a lip scrub, and it’s an easy step to incorporate into your nightly routine! For those of you who may not be a fan of lip scrubs, maybe give this one a try, as it is not as “stiff” or “rough” as others can be (not that I mind that). This scrub has more of a jelly consistency that I think certain beauty fans might like better.

 
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Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer
is a lot better than I expected! Now, it’s not like… life changing. But it is certainly worth re-purchasing in my opinion. The application is a dream and it feels buttery smooth once it’s on the skin. Final verdict: it keeps me 50% more matte than if I don’t wear primer at all. Could I find a cheaper option that achieves the same results? Probably.

 

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow proved its pigment and color in one swatch, and I am very excited to wear this out on the inner corner of my eye as a nice brightening technique. This is a stunning shimmery pink that would pair well with a light brown in the crease and medium/dark brown on the outer-v.


Now the remaining items I was “meh” about:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer was the wrong shade for me. Case closed. Seemed like a thick, full-coverage consistency and I tried using it to cover up blemishes (they gave me medium when I definitely needed light), but even then it was the wrong shade. Therefore, I cannot accurately review this product.

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I thought my sample was so cute and tiny sitting in my elephant’s trunk.

Pacifica BLUSHIOUS in Wildrose was my least favorite product. The product did not hold much pigment, I could barely swatch it on my arm, and when I applied it to the apples of my cheeks I couldn’t even tell I was wearing blush. This was not a win for me, and I will probably give this away to a friend.

Don’t forget to review and rate your Ipsy products as a way to earn points towards choosing a FREE BONUS item in your next bag!

In related news: I’m thinking about giving Boxycharm a go around. Any thoughts or recommendations? I’ve seen KathleenLights reveal her boxes for a few months now, and the intrigue is beginning to overwhelm me. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried Boxycharm or any other beauty subscription you think I should try!

Xoxo,
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