Saturday, January 3, 2015

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation | First Impression and Demo

Happy New Year my Charmers! Hope you had a fantastic start to the new year. I recently picked up the new L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour foundation in the shade 101 Classic Ivory. It was at my local CVS for $13. Some stores have them out already, but official launch of the new line is set for sometime in January.

It claims to provide a light weight, medium coverage with a demi-matte finish for 24 hours. After experimentation, I did find the foundation to be light weight, have medium-full coverage and was mostly matte on me. It began to become demi-matte after 6 hours of wear. I had the foundation on for a total of 12 hours and only blotted once, after 6 hours. The foundation held up really well in my opinion. I personally don't think it will last 24 hours, but for 12 hours, it did wonderful.

I think this foundation is a great option for normal to oily skin. Dry skin may find it a bit uncomfortable as it does cling to dry patches, but if you moisturize prior to application, I think it would look great.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup | Red Lip and Cat Eye

Hey all! Here is my last post of 2014! And it goes to a Taylor Swift Inspired Makeup look featuring her signature red lip and cat eyes. To see how I created this look, watch the video down below!
I used Ardell's Demi Wispie false lashes, and L'Oreal Infallible Gel liner. For the lips, I used my favorite red lippie, Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate. 
Dress: Dillard's
Shoes: Steinmart

Hope and pray you have a wonderful New Year's Eve. Love you all!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Touch of Glitter | New Year's Eve Makeup and Nails

New Year's Eve is coming and I'm going to be rocking some glitter that night! I did this neutral smokey eye with a touch of glitter using the new Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette and NYX Crystal Liner in Crystal Silk.

For lips, I mixed together Too Faced Melted Nude with NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée and slightly added some Too Faced Melted Berry on top of that so that it didn't look too nude.
For my nails, I applied one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers, two coats of L'Oreal Wishful Pinking and one light coat of Julep Bonnie, which adds the perfect glittery touch.
Hope you have a wonderful Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Maybelline Spring 2015 Launches

Maybelline has new products coming soon for spring 2015 and I saw these at Bed, Bath, & Beyond and wanted to test them out! 
The new Fit Me Matte + Poreless line is for normal to oily skin types. I got the shade 110 Porcelain and it is the perfect match for my skin.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation
As I mentioned above, I bought the shade 110 Porcelain. I find that this foundation has light-medium coverage. I am still having issues finding the best way to apply this foundation. I've tried a brush, which results in streakyness and you have to really work it in. A Real Techniques sponge gives a very light coverage, almost as if nothing was on my face. I think the best way to apply is with fingertips, but I personally don't like doing that. I noticed that when I applied with the brush, it didn't fully blend into my skin. For instance, my cheeks are on the red side, and the brush just kept "removing" the foundation, so to speak, from the redness. 

At first, the foundation does have a matte finish and does set quickly. As far as longevity, the foundation lasts a good while, but I didn't notice my pores any smaller then they were before. My face did get oily after 5 hours.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Powder
I purchased the shade 110 Porcelain and this powder has light coverage. It does mattify my face, but my face will begin to look greasy after a few hours. I wouldn't say this is a holy grail item for controlling oil. 

Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Smooth Primer
Maybelline has three new primers, but I purchased the Blur + Smooth primer. It applies like a lotion and keeps my face smooth. Not sure if it really blurs imperfections, but I like this primer. It keeps my makeup in place throughout the day.

Maybelline Master Conceal Concealer
I bought this in the shade Fair. This concealer is on the thick/drier side, but for that reason, it does a good job at concealing under eye circles and some redness. However, it doesn't fully conceal blemishes. Although it does good, I don't think I will be running to the store to buy this when it runs out.

L-R: 110 Porcelain Foundation, 110 Porcelain Powder, Fair Concealer

Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Smooth Primer

All in all, I wasn't too impressed with the new Spring 2015 collection launch. I had tried other drugstore foundations that did better at controlling my oil and keeping me matte throughout the day then this. So unfortunately, most of these products are a pass from me.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Nail Routine | Julep

 Hello Charmers! I was invited by Julep to share with you my "winterized" nail routine. I have all the steps written out below, but if you are more of a visual learner, I have a video for you to check out as well! Just keep scrolling down!

If you are unsure of what polishes to wear for the winter season, Julep has some very pretty trending nail polish options!

My Routine

Step 1: File or clip your nails to desired shape and length. I prefer having shorter nails during the winter months because I like to use darker nail polish. Darker polish looks best on shorter nails.

Step 2: Take care of your cuticles. To soften and remove excess cuticle, I like to use the Julep Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover. It really does soften it up and make it easier to remove unwanted cuticles. I just apply a few drops on each nail bed, then take a cuticle pusher/orange stick to gently push them back.

Step 3: If needed, slightly trim any cuticles and hang nails. Then wash your hands thoroughly with soap.

Step 4: Use a base coat of your choice. I alternate between Orly Bonder and OPI Nail Envy, depending on the condition of my nails. If my nails are very frail and flimsy, I will use OPI Nail Envy, but if my nails are in normal shape, I use Orly Bonder.

Step 5: Paint nails with your choice of color. As I mentioned earlier, I enjoy wearing darker colors during winter months. Below I am wearing Julep Nic, which is a gorgeous black crimson creme polish.

Step 6: Finish your manicure with a top coat to seal in the color. I use Sally Hansen's Mega Shine top coat.

Step 7: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! It is so important to love on your hands during these drier months. Find a good hand creme and use a cuticle oil to keep your hands and nail tips nourished and hydrated. I alternate between hand cremes, but I love using a cuticle oil as well. I bought my cuticle oil at Sally Beauty Supply.
Hope you enjoyed some of these tips! 
*This post was not sponsored. Everything was bought with my own money. All opinions are my own.*
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