As much of a makeup hoarder, wearer and lover as I am, I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I just don’t have the time or patience to deal with a full face of product- especially in the warmer months. But even on the most sluggish of days, I like to add the bare minimum to enhance my complexion without going to too much trouble. For those of you who hate a heavy face of makeup, here are my favorite products that will help you achieve a fresh, lightweight and natural look.
I don’t know about you, but the month of April always acts as a sort of re-set button. No longer are we burdened with the need for products that help fight of the Winter chills, nor do we need to shy away from bright and bold colors. While today I am going to be touching upon my favorite lifestyle products from the month of April, rather than beauty products, I feel as if the past month has still acted as a rejuvenating time in my daily routine. If you’re interested in reading about the my April lifestyle loves, just keep on reading.
When it comes to beauty products I, like many others, can get caught up in new releases, trying new products, and pretty much everything new new new. However, sometimes I forget that I’m a hoarder of some pretty great makeup to begin with. Over the past month or two I’ve been making a serious effort to shop my stash and revisit some former favorites. So if you’re interested in seeing the products I have rediscovered recently, just keep on reading…
While many see the Spring season as a time to break out the bold, bright and brazen colors, I see it as the perfect time to rock a classic pink pout. To me, there’s nothing like the subtle yet still eye catching aspects of a pink lip, so today I’m going to be sharing with you my top 5 favorite shades!
From classic barbie pinks, to subtle pink stains, to bold and bright fuchsias I’ve got it all -and if you’re interested then just keep reading…
GUYS. As a self proclaimed foundation hoarder, this is a big statement. But I think I have found my perfect base. *internally screams*
I’ve been hearing about the It Cosmetics CC Cream for years, but for some reason it never really called to me. That being said, it wasn’t until this year I really discovered my love for tinted moisturizers/CC Creams etc. but now that I’ve put it to the test, I just can’t put it down.
For the most part I’ve only heard raves regarding this product, and any complaints that I’ve heard are simply that it’s too dewy for a particular skin type. Now, time to get to the nitty gritty:
Here’s a quick rundown on my ~face~…
- Very Pale (I almost always purchase the fairest foundation shade in a collection)
- Extremely dry in the Winter, but combination in the Summer
- If I ever get oily, it is around my nose
- Hyperpigmentation from previous acne scars
- Occasional pimples, usually on the chin area
Now that you have a general sense of my skin tone/type, let’s get into the claims of this foundation:
- 5 Shades Available
- Provides full, flawless coverage
- It is clinically shown to increase hydration, smooth texture, and enhance brightness
- Never creases or cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots
- Infused with an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants that work in harmony to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and pores to create a more radiant, supple, and flawless-looking complexion
- Formulated without Parabens or Phthalates
As per usual, let’s start off with the shade range. With only 5 shades available, I would argue that the shade range is by far the weakest aspect about this product. That being said, I will acknowledge that most BB/CC Creams are only offered in 2-3 shades from other brands. Speaking as somebody who is the fairest shade in 99% of all foundations, I was quite worried that there wouldn’t be a shade that works for me. When I swatched the lightest shade (Fair) it did look darker than what I usually go for. HOWEVER, I don’t know what magical properties this has, but somehow the shade is absolutely spot on for me. Despite the lackluster shade range, It Cosmetics nailed the undertones. Each shade is very much neutral and I can say with confidence that this foundation will not pull orange or pink whatsoever.
Now, moving onto the actual product, let’s discuss initial application.
The It Cosmetics CC+ Cream is a liquid formula that isn’t necessarily runny nor thick. It will stay in place on your hand without dripping, but is very much a liquid consistency. I personally have found that my favorite way to apply this foundation with a sponge. This is my preferred application because I find it works the CC Cream into the skin beautifully and leaves the foundation looking absolutely seamless and natural. When using a brush, you should be weary of potential streaks. With that being said, both application methods work well, and are up to preference.
In terms of coverage, I wouldn’t quite say that this is a “flawless full coverage” option, but more so a solid medium coverage. I don’t necessarily find that to be an issue however, as the product itself builds well. However, as somebody with hyperpigmentation and the odd breakout, I think that a single layer of this CC+ Cream is perfect for making your skin look naturally flawless. Any desired extra coverage, I would recommend spot concealing with a concealer as to preserve the beautiful finish of the foundation.
And speaking of the finish, It Cosmetics claims this CC+ Cream to be a “radiant” finish, which I would concur with. It definitley does have a dewy, tacky finish if not set down, but if powdered there remains a radiant glow and a flawless natural finish.
Overall, I truly cannot say more good things about this foundation. I have quite a large collection of face products that I love to dabble with everyday, so when I repeatedly reach for the same product, that’s saying something. Never have I been so happy with how a foundation sits and wears on my skin, and gives such a natural glow while still providing a fair amount of coverage. If you can find a shade option that works for you, I would 10/10 recommend.
I hope you’ve enjoyed! Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts down below 🙂
Aaaand my obsession with products continues. This month I decided to split my February Favorites into two parts- Beauty (which you can read here) and Lifestyle.
As per usual, I have gathered a slew of some of my favorite things and compiled them onto this list to make your shopping (addiction) a little bit easier! All of these products are tried and tested, and have my ultimate seal of approval. I hope you enjoy 🙂
Anne Klein Gold Tone and Red Leather Watch: This month my watch of choice has been the Anne Klein Gold Tone and Red Leather Watch. This round, simple faced watch is very clean, wearable, and fashionable. With its red leather band, this watch is incredible classy, and not as flamboyant as many other watches that are “in style” at the moment. And while I do love my gold Citizens Quartz Gold watch, I love the simplicity and subtlety of this bad boy.
Uniqlo Military Jacket: I genuinely don’t think I have ever been so in love with a jacket as I am with my Green Uniqlo Military Jacket. This is a perfect option for fall and spring, but is also loose enough to layer up the sweaters and wear during the cooler winter months as well. With it’s two tone color scheme, the jacket is very versatile when it comes to styling, and can be worn in a variety of ways. What I also love is that this particular coat comes with a built in vest that can be taken out and worn separately. Overall, I am SO in love with this jacket and highly recommend everyone check it out.
Champion Dot Lace Keds: When it comes to sneakers, most people think of dirty, clunky white shoes that don’t really look cute on anybody. Well, you can get rid of that mindset because the Champion Dot Lace Keds exist and will prove you wrong. These super cute, super comfortable shoes are perfect for an everyday basis when I am walking to and from class and don’t want to suffer the pain of “cute” shoes, but also don’t want to give up my style. My favorite way to rock these shoes are with a pair of classic skinny jeans, a neutral top, and of course my Uniqlo Military Jacket.
FitBit Charge HR: Because I’m a student and walk at least 4 miles a day going to and from classes, I decided to invest in a FitBit Charge HR. This fitness tracker has a slew of features that will make your life easier but also more active. I personally suffer from severe anxiety and decided to get the HR version so that I could track my heart rate in the hope of being able to calm myself down- and it really has worked! Whenever I start to get stressed, I just look at my heart rate and lower my breathing until I start to see the numbers go down. I also love this for keeping track of my sleep. The FitBit sets a goal of 8 hours of sleep a night, and it’s oddly satisfying and encouraging to wake up and see you’ve reached that goal in the morning. Overall, I love the way that this product helps me keep track of both my physical and mental health, and encourages me to make healthy changes.
Cambridge Satchel Company: I’ve actually had this next product for years, but haven’t got much use out of it until as of late. This Cambridge Satchel Company bag is perfect when I only have one or two classes, and only need to bring my computer with me. Rather than lugging around a backpack, this bag is far more convenient and WAY cuter than my trusty Jansport. I also love that this bag makes my life easy by only having one large pocket and on small front pocket rather than a million zippers and compartments that confuse the crap out of me. Whenever I see this bag, the Joey Tribiani comes out in me and all I can say is “How YOU Doin’?”
Pinterest: VERY random considering this is by no means a new phenomenon and is already incredibly popular, but lately I have been getting back into Pinterest and I realized how much I really love this site. While I doubt I’ll actually buy/make/succeed in the content I am pinning, it really serves as such a great source of inspiration and personal expression. On my account I have boards on everything from my dream house, to makeup inspiration, to how to make homemade soap! Definitely don’t forget to check out my page if you’re looking for something new to follow 😉😏
Dove Nourishing Body Wash: I have found it. My favorite and best smelling body wash of all time. I have always been a big fan of Dove, but the Dove Hibiscus and Almond Moisturizing body wash makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.This wash smells like the epitome of warmth. I truly don’t know how else to explain it. It is incredibly moisturizing as well and doesn’t leave any kind of film or residue on my skin, while still providing a ton of noticeable hydration. If there is one thing you buy from this month’s list, I suggest it be this.
Tocca Nourishing Body Scrub: Another body wash I’ve been liking a whole lot is the Tocca Green Tea and Lemon Body Scrub. Tocca isn’t exactly an affordable brand, but this scrub is really an amazing exfoliant. Rather than feeling scratchy and stiff on the skin, the exfoliants in this product almost feel like sugar and melt away rather than fall off and stick to the skin. After use, this doesn’t only leave you feeling exfoliated and smooth, but also incredibly hydrated. If you’re looking for a new scrub, I definitely suggest checking this out.
The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter: This month I’ve been sursly diggin’ the Body Shop “Honeymania” Body Butter. The Body Shop has some of my favorite body butters of all time since they aren’t overtly fragrant, and don’t leave a film of oil after application. Instead these body butters melt into the skin and leave you feeling silky smooth. The Honey scent is by far my favorite, and leaves a sweet, yet airy and unique scent that actually lasts. Love love love.
Aaaaaaand that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed reading about my current lifestyle loves, and I hope you have a wonderful day! Don’t forget to let me know what lifestyle products you’ve been loving down below 🙂
In my day to day life, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for all things convenient and quick.
Especially when getting ready for work or school early in the mornings, I always gravitate towards makeup that will minimize the amount of spent time, without having to sacrifice a full and put together face of makeup.
One of my favorite time-saving techniques is to use stick foundations in place of traditional liquid. That being said, most Foundation Sticks that are highly rated have about half the amount of normal foundations, and are even more expensive. I feel like I’ve been on a perpetual hunt for an affordable foundation stick that can truly compete with the options sold at Sephora.
Today, I’m going to be sharing with you my thoughts on the $10 NYX Mineral Foundation Stick- so if you’re wondering how it holds up, just keep on reading.
As much as I love a strong highlight for a night out or a special event, I’ll be the first to admit that in reality and on a day to day basis, I’m much more drawn to a lit from within, natural glow. Today I’m going to be sharing with you my favorite wearable highlighter, so if you’re looking for a barely there beam, just keep on reading.
NYX Born to Glow Primer: With it’s lightweight consistency and pearlescent glow, I have been absolutely loving this primer for the summertime. The NYX Born to Glow Primer is perfect for giving a lit from within look, and makes you radiate without looking greasy. As much as I love this for the summer for that extra boost of dew, I know this is going to be an even bigger lifesaver in the Winter months when my skin is looking lackluster and dry.
LA Girl White Mixer: Considering I’m Casper, it can be really hard to find foundations that actually match my skintone. More often than not, the lightest shade in a range will still look too dark or orange on my complexion– that’s where this bad boy comes in. Essentially a pure white foundation, the LA Girl White Mixer is a perfect consistency for mixing and packs enough pigment to easily alter any foundation to my liking. For anybody struggling to find their perfect shade, I definitely recommend checking this out.
NYX Mineral Foundation Stick: By far one of the most natural foundations I’ve tried, I have been loving the NYX Mineral Foundation Sticks for days when I don’t want to wear makeup, but could use a tiny bit of coverage. A few swipes and a bit of blending is all it takes for this foundation to help even out your skintone. I don’t find this to look heavy in the slightest and I find that it genuinely looks like skin. Trust me when I say that this is undetectable.
NYX No Filter Powder: Can you tell I did a bit of a NYX haul recently? As a gal with dry skin, I typically try to shy away from powders as they often leave me feeling cakey. But in these warm months, powder is pretty essential in order to ensure your makeup will stay in place all day. And this bad boy is the perfect compromise. With a velvety soft texture and a finish that gives a polished yet slightly radiant look, the NYX No Filter Powder has been a saving grace.
Sephora Collection Los Cabos Contour: I will totally admit that I have a long, deep relationship with the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder that I’m not sure can ever be broken. But the Sephora Los Cabos Contour Powder is certainly managing to get between us. A fantastic option for fair skin, this neutral toned contour powder gives the illusion of a shadow without looking muddy. Watch out Kevyn!
Laura Mercier Matte Baked Radiance: UGH. I have been working up the courage to purchase a full sized Baked Radiance Powder for so long and I finally took the plunge. The Laura Mercier Matte Baked Radiance Powder in 01 has quickly and easily become my favorite highlight of all time. This is a unique option in the realm of highlighters due to the fact that it teeters between being intense and being natural. It isn’t metallic by any means, but gives you a glow that would make the sun jealous. I love how versatile this powder is, and recommend you pick it up in the shade that would work best for you.
Time to break out the bold and beautiful nail shades! With warmer weather comes hot reads, bright pinks, and so much more…
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a holy grail makeup product that costs next to nothing. While I definitely enjoy the occasional splurge, I’m still a lover of a good steal, so today I thought I would compile a list of a few of my favorite goodies that can be found at the drugstore. With grade A quality and a price tag that won’t leave your paycheck crying, here are some products that have a whole lotta bang for your buck:
With a 25,000 person waiting list, it has been years since I’ve seen such mass excitement for a beauty product. The Ordinary, which is owned by Deciem, is a company that has built its brand around the idea of no frills and getting straight to the point. Basically, The Ordinary markets itself as a company that offers high quality products at an incomparably low price. That combination is achieved by using extremely basic packaging, and putting little money into price—which allows them the opportunity to use high grade ingredients. With it’s recent release of “The Colours” – which includes a Serum Foundation and a High Coverage Foundation—the hype surrounding The Ordinary products has boomed. But is it worth it? That’s the real question. To find out, just keep reading…
Out of all the wonderful makeup goodies out there in the world today, I find concealer to be one of the more difficult products for brands to get perfect. Now, to be fair, this is usually due to the various skin tones and types that we expect concealer to cater to, so when the whole world starts talking about one particular product, you know it’s something to check out.
Like the oh so famous Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, the launch of the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer came with a wave of rave reviews. But when put to the test does the product exceed expectations, or fall flat? To know the answer, keep on reading…
With this new wave of minimalism hitting the scene (which I am not claiming to be a part of) I have been inspired to take a look at my beauty collection and really examine what I’m using, what I’m not using, what I like, and what I don’t like. I saw this whole “project pan” thing going around and thought I would do my best to reduce, reuse and recycle my current beauty stash. You can also check out my last post, “Shopping My Stash”, here if interested.
So, if you’re interested in checking out the products I’m going to try and use up over the next month or two (and why) then just keep on reading…
- Glossier Priming Moisturizer: Glossier is definitely one of the more innovative and refreshing brands of the moment, but when I was looking at my vanity, I realized that I just tend to stick to my go-to moisturizers (like the Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer or the Neutrogena Hydro Boost) more so than the Glossier Primer. I decided to work on the Priming Moisturizer because I find that for some reason, my dry skin doesn’t absorb it as well as I would hope. I’m sure this is the intention, but the Priming Moisturizer gives an EXTREME amount of dew, which under makeup just isn’t really my thing. That being said, I do not hate this product—hence why I am choosing to use it up rather than give it away. I find that this is quite beautiful on bare skin, but seeing as how I wear makeup every day, I just haven’t been getting the use out of it that I would wish. Oh well!
- L’Oreal True Match Lumi: While I think this is a beautiful foundation, especially for dry skin, there’s just something about the shade that I don’t love. As fair as I am, I tend to always need to be the lightest shade of a foundation. Unfortunately, fair foundations can be hard to find at the drugstore (let me know if you would like a list of my favorites that I’ve found). The True Match Lumi isn’t necessarily too dark, which is why I can still get away with wearing it, but there is something about the undertone that I’m not totally on board with—I’m the shade W1/2 FYI. It seems to me that it has a weird mixture of orange and grey undertones—making it look off on me. So there yah go, if you can find your perfect shade, this foundation is pretty spectacular. However, for me, the odd undertone means I’m working to finish it up.
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind: Just a heads up, the next two products are going to be shade issues for me. The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind has its cult following for a reason—it’s a fabulous freakin’ concealer. However, the lightest shade is about a quarter of a shade darker than my skin tone. This makes it ok for when I’m being lazy and want to just quickly cover up a spot, but seeing as how this is a concealer that I prefer under the eyes, I just want to use it up so I can solely rely on my beloved Tarte Shape Tape or NARS Soft Matte Complete Coverage.
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: Come on Maybelline, fix your shade selection. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is probably number 2 when it comes to hyped up drugstore concealers. While it’s stunningly dewy and fresh looking on the skin, I just can’t use this the way I would like to. Ideally, this is a concealer I would like to under the eyes on no makeup-makeup days, but the lightest shade, 15 Fair, is really a shade I can only use on blemishes. Oh well.
- Glossier Stretch Concealer: Finally, a concealer I’m trying to use up that isn’t for shade reasons! The Glossier Stretch Concealer is a beautiful formula with a fresh and dewy finish, but just isn’t for somebody who actually wants to cover up pigmentation. If you already have fabulous skin, I would definitely recommend this, as it would enhance your natural skin beyond compare. However, as somebody who used to have acne and still struggles with a bit of pigmentation, I find that the excessively dewy finish can sometimes actually draw attention to scarring. And seeing as how it is a very light and natural coverage, I personally have to do a bit of building to get the coverage I like.
- Coty Airspun Extra Coverage Translucent Loose Powder: Because this product has a TON of product, I’m giving myself a few months to use this up. I really genuinely do like this powder, and find it perfect for giving a natural finish to the face. Unfortunately, I can’t exactly back the “Translucent” claim. While it isn’t excessively noticeable, it definitely does have a bit of color to it which can alter my foundation in a way that I don’t love. However, I’m looking forward to using this up over the Spring/Summer months when the tan and bronzing trend is back. To have it year round, though, is just kind of pointless for me.
There you have it, 6 products I’m trying to finish up! While it’s a bit of a bummer that I feel the need to use up and get rid of these products, it’s important to note that I don’t think ANY of these products are “bad”. There was just something about each of them that made it pointless for me to keep them around for much longer.
Don’t forget to tell me all about products that you’re loving, hating, or just trying to use up! I’d love to hear 🙂
Hope you’re having a fantastic day,