beauty, makeup

Beauty Review: Empties!

Today I’m sharing some makeup and hair products that I’ve used up recently. I love empties posts because it gives a good indicator of what did and didn’t work out since you’ve used it all up!

For makeup, I really enjoyed the ELF Flawless Finish Foundation. This gave medium but build-able coverage. I have dry, acne prone skin and this did not cling to dry patches nor did it break me out worse. The finish isn’t as luminous as I usually prefer, but it is not fully matte either, so I really like that aspect. It’s super affordable (only $6 at Ulta) and is an all around great foundation. The Urban Decay Primer Potion is my favorite eyeshadow primer of all time. It helps keep my eyeshadow from creasing and makes shadows seem more vibrant. The Tarte Maracuja Oil is one of my favorite skincare products. I apply it at night and it soaks in beautifully to my dry skin without clogging my pores or leaving me greasy feeling. I didn’t like the Julep Length Matters mascara- I love a dramatic, volumizing mascara and this just didn’t give me enough drama in my lashes like I prefer. The Anastasia Clear Brow had great hold, but left my eyebrows feeling too crunchy. I absolutely LOVED The Browgal Instatint brow gel. This has microfibers that add fullness to your brows plus holds them in place all day. This is definitely my new favorite brow product and I will be buying a new one as soon as I use up another brow product I’m currently using. The Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner is really nice for cleaning your brushes and beauty sponges. It comes with a little rubbery scrubber to really get your brushes clean without leaving a film on the bristles. The Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid treatment is fantastic. It really helps with bumps and texture on my skin. It stinks, but does such a good job I force myself to over look that aspect! It is super expensive so I am currently on the search for a dupe, so let me know if you have any ideas!

As for the hair products, there’s only two standouts, and the rest I would not repurchase. The Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco hairspray is great. It has a smooth, strong hold without being crunchy feeling or leaving you looking like you have helmet hair! It also smells nice and you get a decent sized bottle for under $5! I didn’t like the Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo-it smells too strong and it left the flaky white residue that I couldn’t brush through my hair. The Batiste Dry Shampoo-Brilliant Blonde is my favorite dry shampoo ever. It gives volume and soaks up any oil but blends in with my hair and doesn’t leave a flaky white residue. The Hask dry shampoo was decent but I didn’t love it more than the Batiste. The 12 Benefits spray didn’t do anything noticeable. I did like the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair leave in conditioner but this small bottle didn’t last long and the full size is pricey. It didn’t wow me enough to pay $28 for it.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below!

beauty, Skincare

Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

Today I’m sharing my Nighttime Skincare Routine! The majority of the products stay the same from day to day but occasionally things will change such as eye cream or eye makeup remover, but these products are the ones I’ve been using and loving for the past month!

First I remove my eye makeup with a cotton round and Vaseline. My mom taught me this when I first started wearing makeup and I still do it to this day. It’s gentle on the eye area and removes eyeshadow, liner, and mascara easily. Then I wash my face with the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. There is a soft side and a textured side for exfoliating. They remove all of my face makeup and leave my skin clean, glowing, and not too dried out feeling. These smell really nice too!

My next step is eye cream. I have been enjoying the Farmacy Dew it All eye cream for a few months now. It hydrates my eye area without being greasy. Then, I apply the Sunday Riley Lactic Acid treatment on my neck and any face blemishes. It gets rid of bumps and texture on my neck and jaw and is helping with minimizing breakouts on my face. It smells horrible and the scent does linger for a bit after applying it but it works so well I have to overlook that! The full size is super expensive so I’m trying to get the most out of this sample.

To moisturize my dry skin, especially now that we’re deep in to winter, I’m using Ryor- a Czech brand that claims to be a 24 hour moisturizing cream. It contains aloe vera and hyaluronic acid which work great to hydrate my skin without being heavy or greasy feeling.

Then I use my jade roller to smooth over my face and work all of the products in. I’m not sure this does anything but it feels good and I feel fancy! 😉 The last step is one of my favorites-the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. This smells like fresh cut roses and it just gives my skin a little extra burst of hydration and it feels refreshing.

I’m going to be 30 in a few months so I’m making sure to take care of my skin as I’m getting older. Some nights if I’m just too tired or busy I always make sure to remove my makeup, even if it’s just with a makeup wipe, and apply eye cream and moisturizer!

What are some of your favorite steps in your nighttime skincare routine? Be on the lookout for my morning routine that I’ll be sharing soon!

 

beauty, makeup

Makeup Tutorial: Colourpop Element of Surprise

Hey yall! I finally have another makeup tutorial! For this look I used the Colourpop Element of Surprise Palette.

photo from colourpop.com

 

For this look I used Labyrinth (second row, last shade) as my transition color, then I went in with Silk Street (first row, third shade) in the crease. I added Blank Canvas (last row, first shade) to the outer corner to deepen. Then I applied NYX Glitter Eyeshadow Primer and patted on Rayon (first row, last shade) on the outer portion of my lid, Subdue (second row, second shade) in the center, and Feels (first row, first shade) on the inner portion of my lid. I also applied Feels to my inner corner for highlight. The lower lashline is a combination of Labyrinth and Silk Street. I absolutely love how this look came out. The duochrome shimmers are gorgeous! Also, this is such an affordable palette at only $16!

 

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Full makeup details: 

Primer– Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer all over with Strivectin LINEblurFector Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer only in my t-zone.

Foundation– Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation in the shade Mont Blanc

Undereye Concealer- Tarte Shape Tape in shade Fair Neutral

Bronzer/Contour- Pur Cosmetics Sculptor Palette in the shade Inventor

Highlighter– Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Blush– Too Faced Luminous Peach from the La Belle Carousel holiday collection

Mascara– Stila Huge

Brows– The Brow Gal Instatint Eyebrow Gel in shade Brown Hair 02

Setting Powder– Pretty Vulgar The Powder Room

Lips– Bodyography Lip Liner in the shade Timber topped with Tarte Glitter Lip Paint in the shade Insta-Famous

Lastly, I set all my makeup with the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray.

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Berry eye looks are some of my favorites to do!

 

beauty, Life, makeup

Makeup Look and Palette Review-Pur Cosmetics Midnight Masquerade

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite fall themed makeup looks I’ve done so far this season using the Pur Cosmetics Midnight Masquerade Palette I received in my October Boxycharm Box!

 

Here are the swatches. You get six eyeshadows and four face products that can also double as eyeshadows! All in a small, travel friendly palette with a little mirror. Every shade is smooth and pigmented except for the matte brown eyeshadow; you can see in the swatch I had to work with it a little.

Pur Cosmetics is cruelty free and free of gross things like petroleum and parabens!

Now for the look!

Makeup details:

On the eyes:

Sneak Peek (matte brown) in the crease, Showtime (shimmery dark blue) on the outer portion of the lid, Mask Off (shimmery golden green) on the inner portion of the lid, Exposed (silver) on the inner corner and on the brow bone to highlight.

On the cheeks:

I mixed the two blush shades Hidden Secret and Reveal for my blush and used Twilight to highlight!

On the lips:

Becca Cosmetics and Chrissy Teigen Glow Lip Gloss in Malibu Soleil.

 

If you’re interested in trying Boxycharm, it’s $21 a month, and if you sign up before the end of October using my link and code- Whitn-QPNTHJXU  we’ll both get a Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliator!

Every month you receive 5-6 full sized products and it’s always an amazing value packed with awesome makeup and skin care products!

This palette is also for sale on the Pur Cosmetics website for $38.