NYX STORE OPENING EVENT: WOODFIELD MALL

A NYX free standing store has finally landed in the Chicago area and I could not be happier. NYX Cosmetics offers some of the best quality at the drugstore with affordable price tags (insert my fav $6 concealer here lol). You may be thinking, what makes the free standing store so different from the massive selections available at Ulta?!!?? Trust me I thought the same things until I had the pleasure to attend the NYX Store Opening Preview Event.  It is not a very large store, maybe a bit smaller than your average free standing MAC store. However I will say the amount of products offered by NYX Cosmetics is anything short of amazing along with the features the store offers. We are use to seeing the products offered at Ulta or even Walgreen’s  but once you are inside a NYX Store you are taken back.

The store is located inside the Woodfield Mall right outside MACY’s on the lower level.  The walls are covered from top to bottom with products with NYX colors: black, white and hot pink! Its my dream lol When you walk in you see the Beauty Bar where you can swatch, watch and play! The NYX Makeup Artists are on hand to answer any questions and best part?!!  They offer one on one lessons with a NYX Makeup Artist where you can learn pro tips and artistry tricks!  How fun is that!!?

NYX STORE OPENING

NYX Store Features:

  • Testers, Testers, Testers
  • Create your own eye shadow palettes
  • Take Home Foundation Samples
  • Digital Assistance with Product Scanners

TESTERS: When it comes to makeup we all want to test it before we buy it. Whether you want to see or feel the product or if you want to just see the shade on your lips the amount of testers available are endless.

NYX GOTCHA COVERED CONCEALER

DRUGSTORE BLUSH

SHADOW & LIP BAR: These walls will just take your breath away with the options of lip products and single eye shadows.  The Eye Shadow Bar offers single pans to fill in either a 4 pan palette or a 9 pan palette. With these prices you can not go wrong!

Single Shadows: $4.00

4 Pan Palettes: $12.00

9 Pan Palettes: $28.00

NYX EYESHADOW

Drugstore Eye Shadow

Drugstore Eye shadow

TAKE HOME FOUNDATION SAMPLE: I think I was in such awe of all the beauty around me I totally forgot to do this!!! If you have been with me for a while you know I am not huge on Matte Foundation but for $7.50 I was curious and plus a girl can always just add in some liquid highlighter. This feature is something we only see at High End makeup stores and counters so in my opinion this is a game changer for affordable beauty.

See the foundation HERE at Ulta

Drugstore Foundation

PRODUCT SCANNERS: I absolutely loved this feature and had some much fun. If you follow me on Instagram, I did a full preview of this feature on my stories. You take a product, scan it and all the product details will show up. What the product does, how many shades are offered and customer reviews. You also get to see any social media pictures that have been tagged with that product.

Drugstore Makeup

I would highly recommend a visit to not only this store if you are in the Chicago area but if you have a free standing NYX Store near you!  With endless amounts of affordable products and in-store features you are sure not to leave empty handed, I know I didn’t!

What are some of your must have NYX Products? Have you been to a free standing NYX Store? Would love to hear your thoughts and experience below.

 

 

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MUST HAVE DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS: The 10 Products You Need To Try Now!

It is no secret I love a fab find especially when its under $10 and from the drugstore. Out of this list only two are over $10 but trust me they are worth it! On Tuesdays on my Instagram I like to showcase products that are $10 or less because lets face it, there are some gems at the drugstore. When it comes to must have drugstore products, these 10 products are tried and true,  always in reach and in rotation. To see my other fab finds on Instagram use #10orlesstuesday to see my posts.

Drugstore Product List: (click product to shop)

  1. Milani Blushes: I love blush, like really really love blush. Milani Blushes are so affordable, come in multiple shades and have such pretty packaging. Who else is a sucker for classic pretty packaging? Shades I love and use most often are Rosa Romantica and Luminoso (see some Milani swatches HERE. They go on so smoothly and blend like a dream. Its like using a High End Blush.
  2. NYX Butter Glosses: If you are a gloss type of person and have not tried these you must! For under $5 and 34 shades to choose from you are guaranteed to find a shade or two, three or five lol They are very comfortable on the lips, not sticky and provide a nice amount of color. You can wear these glosses alone or over your favorite lipstick for an added pop of shine!
  3. L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation: Want affordable foundation that will give you a beautiful dewy glow with medium coverage that looks like your skin? This is the one to try.  It is so versatile and has become a Holy Grail product.  I mix it with my moisturizer, use it alone or I will mix it with my matte foundations for a boost of hydration and glow. My skin is combination but I still prefer to be hydrated and will blot my T Zone when needed.  If you have dry skin you will love this foundation!
  4. Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: For $2.99 this blush goes on like High End but will give you more money in your pocket for more makeup! Hehe!!! Two nude/peach shades that have stolen my heart are Apricot In The Middle & Rose Champagne
  5. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: This bronzer will warm up your face and sculpt it while smelling like you are in the tropics! The name is true to its formula because its extremely buttery, blends like a dream and I can say this is a pretty darn close dupe for NARS Laguna Bronzer.
  6. Maybelline Baby Skin Primer: Not only does this make my pores look smaller, my makeup lasts all day. I love this one specifically because its clear. Other pore filling primers are a nude color and I have found the others I have tried (Smashbox, Benefit and Dr. Brandt)  have clumped up on my skin. So this one is a winner for me and gets the job done!
  7. Milani Lipsticks: If you have been following me for a while you know MAC Lipsticks are my absolute favorite but when it comes to drugstore lipsticks Milani are the best. They are so close to MAC and I love finding MAC dupes with Milani Lipsticks. There are so many shades and different finishes to choose from. Pigmented, comfortable on the lips and no funky smells and or tastes. One thing I can not handle is a lipstick with a ton of fragrance in it. Who else is like that?
  8. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Smooth & Dewy: Another fabulous drugstore foundation that will leave you looking natural and dewy. I love natural makeup and have found so far these two to give me that at the drugstore. The coverage is medium and will last all day on your face.
  9. NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer:  This concealer is $5.99, full coverage, comes in 20 shades, infused with coconut oil so it gives the most beautiful dewy finish and is a dupe for Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. The ingredients are almost identical, trust me you can not go wrong with this one. It does not crease on me and I usually don’t need to set it (but I know that is a preference – see my Top Dewy Concealers HERE)
  10. L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: One of L’Oreal’s newest products has me jumping for joy! If you are already a L’Oreal Mascara fan this most certainly is one you need to try. If you are new to L’Oreal mascara you wont be disappointed. The amount of length and volume that is achieved will have you putting all your other mascaras to the side. PS if you want to try a mascara primer I highly recommend the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer.

Must Have Drugstore Products

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Complexions & Cocktails: Best Matte Foundation?!!??

I had the pleasure to attend the Complexions & Cocktails event hosted by Bare Minerals to get a first look at their  NEW BarePro Matte Foundation. This event kicked off here in Chicago at the very trendy and stylish Cindy’s Rooftop inside the Chicago Athletic Hotel.   The event will be traveling to other states so stay tuned! While we sipped cocktails and ate delicious food we learned all about the NEW BarePro Performance Liquid Foundation   and got to preview other Bare Minerals products and new releases. This foundation comes with benefits that has me asking myself, can this be the best matte foundation?

Full Coverage Foundation
Bare Minerals Event Chicago

The Bare Minerals Makeup artists were on hand to give all the guests a personal shade match while we sipped on our cocktails.  I was very impressed with how fast the Makeup Artist found my shade. Shade 6 matched perfectly to my neck (the best way to find your match!). Once we were matched we were able to go over to what was my version of a candy store to receive our foundation with brush which was made for the foundation along with other Bare Mineral Goodies to try.

Per the Ulta Website: The bareMinerals Luxe Performance Brush is the perfect partner for the creamy texture of barePro Liquid Foundation. Its dense, tapered fibers mimic the shape of your fingertips to provide smooth, flawless coverage, while the compact head size allows for fast and easy blending around hard to reach areas like the nose and eyes.

New Bare Minerals Foundation
Photo Credit: Alexa Cardelli
Matte Foundation For Oily Skin
Photo Credit: Alexa Cardelli

Full Coverage Matte Foundation

Lets talk about the claims of this magical matte foundation:

  • Good For Your Skin
  • 24 Hour Wear
  • Breathable
  • Full Coverage
  • Naturally Matte Finish
  • Non Chemical SPF 20
  • Available in 30 Shades

Sounds amazing right? The way they are able to have a naturally matte finish is from the bamboo stem plant extract along with papaya enzymes that improve skins texture over time.  The foundation is “powered by Mineral Lock™ Long-Wear Technology that blends mineral pigments with lipids naturally found in skin to lock in transfer-resistant, color-true coverage” Aside from all of this its heat, water, humidity and sweat resistant which is something we need for Chicago Summers lol

In the next couple weeks I will be testing out the foundation so please stay tuned! I did play around with it the other day and to my surprise when I pumped it on my hand (yes it has a pump!! winner right there!) it was very thin and creamy and it covered my redness immediately. Needless to say I am very excited and intrigued by this foundation.

Matte Foundation

I received a ton of questions on Instagram about my makeup for the event so I wanted to give you a breakdown of the products I used. I kept my makeup minimal with a bold red lip. I knew I did not want to do a full coverage foundation as I wanted to be matched as accurate as possible. I was actually very pleased with the outcome and it lasted despite the fact that I forgot to put on primer. Oops! Best Matte FoundationFoundation Routine

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN: Makeup Of The Night (Click to Shop)

I hope you enjoyed this post! Is this foundation on your radar? What is your go to Matte Foundation?  Stay tuned for my full review on this foundation!

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TOP DEWY CONCEALERS: Drugstore & High End

With most beauty products we are always on the hunt for that perfect product that will work like magic. Concealer is probably one that is high on the list if you ask most women. Just like foundation, concealer can be very personal. Whether you like dewy concealers, matte concealers, full coverage or just enough to get you through the day it’s a preference. My preference is a dewy concealer that has medium to full coverage but some days I prefer light coverage.  I also want the concealer shade to be pretty similar to my skin color. Don’t get me wrong I like a brightening look but not for everyday. Many concealers that will give you a more dewy look will also be listed as a natural or satin finish.

In the past year I have tried so so so many concealers including Tarte Shape Tape that has a cult following however it was too matte and too thick for me. It has fantastic coverage so I can see the appeal 100%, it just was not for me. My go to concealer use to be MAC Pro Longwear however it has becoming too drying under my eyes and I blame my kids and good ole aging lol. I have been wanting to give that a whirl again I am not going to lie. Maybe mixing a more matte concealer with a dewy concealer since mixing is my new go to lol but for now here are my Top Dewy Concealers that I recommend from drugstore to high end!

I have included the shade names below for your reference as well.  I do want to say there is no particular order here. I use ALL of these on the regular. I would say for a more pulled together look and or event the Bye Bye Under Eye, NYX Gotcha Covered and Marc Jacobs are a go to.  The others are lighter weight and I will mix them with a more full coverage concealer or use for everyday no makeup, makeup looks.

Dewy Concealers

Swatches from Top To Bottom: (Click Names to Shop)

NYX Gotcha Covered: $5.99 and available in 20 shades

  • Full Coverage
  • Waterproof
  • Infused with Coconut Oil

Bye Bye Under Eye Anti – Aging Concealer: $24.00 available in 6 shades

  • Full Coverage
  • Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants

Amazing Concealer Hydrate: $32.00 available in 10 shades

  • Light to Medium coverage (I prefer to mix this one with others especially if others seem to light since this shade is a bit dark for me – but I love the way it looks under my eyes)
  • contains sodium hyaluronate to help plump skin while smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles

MAC Mineralize: $23.00 available in 13 shades

  • Medium Coverage
  • Provides instant hydration
  • Enriched with minerals and botanicals

L’Oreal Pro Glow: $9.99 available in 8 shades

  • Light Coverage (I have noticed a funny smell with some. I had 4 to choose my shade but it does go away and it was not in all of mine. I prefer this for no makeup makeup days. I think this is also great for a younger person looking to have a little coverage and who is just starting with makeup)
  • Very Blendable and can be used for highlighting as well

Re(MARC)able Full Cover Concealer: $32.00 available in 7 shades

  • Full Coverage
  • Ingredients include Shea Butter and Coconut Extract

Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer: $7.99 available in 6 shades

  • Light Coverage
  • Formulated with light reflecting pearls
Dewy Concealers
Concealer Wands from MAC Mineralize Concealer and L’Oreal Pro Glow Concealer
Dewy Concealers
Top Dewy Concealers

What concealers are you loving at the moment? Do you prefer full coverage and matte? Light and Dewy? Let me know because no matter what I am always looking for more to try!

A few that are on my list to try … ok ok more than a few lol!!!

If you have tried any of these I would love to hear your thoughts!

NEW MAC Girls Eye Shadow Palettes: Fashion Fanatic

The Girls Are Coming! The most anticipated MAC Girls Eye shadow Palettes  are finally arriving on August 3rd!! Get ready because it is a guarantee you will want to own at least one of these palettes.   The “Basic Bitch” palette nearly broke the internet when pictures of the neutral palette were released back in February and I must say I have swatches of the Fashion Fanatic for you but it really should not be a surprise to anyone who has been following me for a while now that “Basic Bitch” is really the palette I need LOL!  There are 6 MAC Girls Eye Shadow Palettes total all with the best names out there in my opinion. Each palette contains 8 eye shadows and one highlighter with a variety of colors to best suit who you are!

MAC Girls Eye Shadow Palettes

Product Information:

Price: $39.50 USD / $47.50

Available: Online and In – Store August 3rd

Palette Info: 

  • BASIC BITCH: (see it here) A neutral lovers dream with black and white packaging to be as basic as you can get. Again I need this palette lol
  • POWER HUNGRY: (see it here) Beautiful gold packaging with all the warm gold eye shadows you need to run the world!
  • ROCKIN’ REBEL: (see it here) Pops of vibrant blues and greens with a camo style packaging
  • MISCHIEF MINX: (see it here) Bronze tones to soothe your soul with stylish leopard packaging (ok who are we kidding I need this one too LOL!)
  • PRISSY PRINCESS: (see it here) The palette that will make pink lovers dreams come true with adorable polka dot packaging
  • FASHION FANATIC: (Shown Below) Vibrant pops of colors that are indeed wearable with art inspired packaging

MAC Girls Eye Shadow Palettes

Fashion Fanatic Swatches:

Top To Bottom:

  • Totally Fierce: Peachy Pink (satin shine)
  • Outfitted: Light Peach with Silver Pearl (foil)
  • On The Hip Side: Light Cool Beige (smooth pearl)
  • Style & Influence: Creamy Lilac Purple (smooth pearl)
  • Shop Shop Shop: Berry Pink (satin shine)
  • Fashion Fanatic: Bright Red Fuchsia (satin shine)
  • Mad Mod: Rose Pink with Silver Pearl (foil)
  • Wild Card: Dark Purple (creamy matte)
  • Must Have It Highlighter: Rose Gold (opalescent)

MAC Girls Eye Shadow Palettes

MAC Girls Eye Shadow Palettes

MAC Girls Eye Shadow Palettes

What do you guys think? Are you excited for this MAC Cosmetics lauch? Which palettes do you have your eye on?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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IT Cosmetics Best Sellers: Product Guide & Why you need to try them!

I had the pleasure recently to test out 5 of IT Cosmetics Best Sellers and I can say is there is a definite reason these are best sellers. I am not really sure what took me so long to try any of these products as I love their Ombre Bronzer and blush. I had heard  so many good things from family and friends and fellow bloggers on Instagram over and over so as soon as these arrived I put them to the test. In case you are new to IT Cosmetics they are sold at Ulta Beauty, which makes the brand accessible which I love!!! Here is a little background on the brand “IT Cosmetics™ works with plastic surgeons to develop clinically proven, innovative, problem-solving products that harness cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies and skin-loving ingredients to truly give you the power to be Your Most Beautiful You™.”

Product Guide & Breakdown

1. Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+: This CC Cream has a serious fan base, has an award winning formula, number 1 seller and after trying it I get it 100%!!!! This product has impressed me the most out of the 5. It literally covers everything including my redness which is hard to come by yet doesn’t feel like a foundation. It can be a little too matte for me some days but all I do is squeeze in my MAC Strobe Cream (see swatches here) and it gives the perfect dewy effect.  The best shade for me is Medium and in the winter if it seems to dark all I need to do is mix it in my moisturizer and it will lighten up a bit. This product also has an luminous option which I will be buying to try! If you are looking for an easy all in one product this is it! This delivers 7 products in 1, ummmm yes please!!!! 

  • Full-coverage foundation
  • SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen
  • Brightening color corrector
  • Hydrating anti-aging serum
  • Poreless finish primer
  • Dark spot concealer
  • Moisturizing day cream

2. Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer: If you have been following me for a while you know I prefer a dewy concealer that gives great coverage that does not look too thick or matte. This concealer covers the dark circles, gives the most dewy fresh look under your eyes and blends out beautifully.  The best shade for me is Medium and there are 7 shades available. Some skin benefits this concealer has to offer:

  • Anti-aging peptides
  • vitamins
  • antioxidants
  • hydrolyzed collagen
  • hyaluronic acid

3. Super Hero Elastic Strength Volumizing Mascara: One swipe and I was in shock. I normally do not spend money on high end mascara because there are too many fabulous options at the drugstore. However this mascara has given me faith again in High End Mascara. All I can say is they don’t call this a Super Hero for nothing!

4. Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil: I am not sure how these brands made shades that are Universal but its happening and I LOVE IT! Developed with surgeons it made to adhere to the skin and look like real hair. It literally melts into my brows for a natural look which you all know I prefer. Some Ingrediants in this product include:

  • saw palmetto
  • green tea
  • vitamins A, C, E,
  • grapeseed

5. Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder: Powders are not our friend as we age (insert dewy makeup here lol). This powder however was specifically designed for aging women who want to set their makeup. Per the Ulta Website ” delivers a face-perfecting airbrush effect. It absorbs oil and shine, and blurs away the look of pores, without settling into lines and wrinkles. It sets makeup and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles and pores instantly” I will say it does what it claims. I prefer the loose powder over the pressed powder as I feel it just works better with my skin and shows better results for me.

I know we have dicussed the 5 IT Cosmetics Best Sellers but there are two I need to add in here. The Ombre Bronzer and Blushes are just stunning and some of my favs in my personal makeup collection.IT Cosmetics Best Sellers

CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush: This blush for obvious reasons is stunning to look at but it gives a natural flush of color and glow! It is available in 3 shades and guaranteed to finish off any of your looks beautifully! Shade shown is Sugar Plum.

CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer: I do not even know where to begin with this bronzer other than you need it! It has a glowy side and a matte side so you can pick and choose or swirl your brush around to get all the goodness this bronzer has to offer, which is what I do. It gives you the most perfedt warm glow for your face and body. I always bronze up my skin especially when I am going out at night or to an event. I take a huge powder brush and go to town and this bronzer has been a staple in my routine for 3 years now.

What IT Cosmetics best sellers do you use? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Waterproof Makeup: Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Stick

If you are anything like me its hard to keep my eye shadow in place all day. Sometimes even the best primer and eye shadow just doesn’t cut it, especially in the summer. I have never tried waterproof makeup before but I will say these Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks have me wanting to try more.  These do NOT, I repeat do NOT budge. I have been testing these for a a few weeks now but 4th of July was the real test. I was up and out of the house at 930am and back home at 1030pm.  My eye shadow was still in place and looked untouched. When they say these are waterproof they are 100%. Now I did not go swimming but it was very humid that day here in Chicago and I was outside all day with family and chasing after my kids which works up a sweat as is lol

waterproof makeup - cargo swimmables eyeshadow stick

Per the Ulta Website:  “Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Stick is a lightweight, crease-proof water-resistant cream eye shadow! High coverage formula glides on. Once applied the formula has a 20 second play time to be blended out before it sets. Color stays true and lasts as long as you do – it only comes off when you take it off!” The pigment is insane on these and they do blend beautifully but you do have to be quick because after that 20 seconds they dry and do not move. I found using my Bioderma and then my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil combined removed the product well but it took a lot to remove so these are the real deal.

Waterproof Makeup

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • $20.00
  • 8 shades available
  • available at Ulta.com, Kohl’s & CargoCosmetics.com
  • HOW TO USE: Per Ulta’s Website: “Glide the eye shadow stick onto eye lid, crease, brow bone or outer corner. Blend outer edges with fingertips or Magic Eye Brush within the 20 seconds of application before the product sets. Eye shadow stick can be layered underneath and over powder shadows, as well on its own”

Shades from Top To Bottom:

  • Hudson Bay – shimmer gunmetal
  • Paradise Bay – shimmer aqua
  • Morro Bay – shimmer deep brown with purple undertones
  • Island Bay – shimmer bronze
  • Sandy Bay – matte taupe
  • Palm Bay – shimmer deep olive with gold undertones
  • Botany Bay – matte light pink/nude
  • Glacier Bay – shimmer light champagne

waterproof makeup

waterproof makeup

My favorite shades are Morro, Island and Glacier. These colors are perfect for that bronze eye makeup look with a nude lip or pop of red for a more glamorous look. I would recommend these if you are looking for makeup to travel with if you will be swimming etc or just in general for a really good eye shadow for summer that will not budge while you are out and about all day!

What is your go to waterproof makeup? Have you tried these before? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Summer Bold Lip Approved: MAC Lipstick Swatches

Summer is here and it is no secret my go to makeup look is bronzed skin with a neutral bronze eye and a bold MAC Lipstick of course! MAC Lipsticks are my go to and I just can not quit them. This look is so effortless and easy yet looks extremely polished for a night out. If you want to glam it up more you can add false lashes and layer on highlighter! MAC Lady Danger is my all time favorite shade of red lipstick but as of late I have branched out for different seasons as orange toned is usually not a winter color but I still wear it LOL!  Get ready to see 4 gorgeous MAC Lipstick swatches that will surely be summer bold lip approved. If you are newer to bold lips, these 4 colors in my opinion are tame. Not too orange and not too red.

MAC Lipstick
MAC Lipstick for the perfect bold summer lip!

Shades Top – Bottom:

Habanero: Vibrant Orange Red 

Tropic Tonic: Full Power Coral (Matte)

Lady Danger: Vivid Bright Coral Red (Matte) 

Lobster: Burnt Orange 

 

MAC Lipstick

As you can see they are all pretty similar but different. When it comes to finding the perfect red lip you have to try them on and see what works with your skin tone. I prefer a more orange/coral Red and that is why Lady Danger has stolen my heart.  Whenever I am getting ready and fall in the love with the look I created I will take a picture. I was headed to a MAC event and just loved how my lips popped but the rest of my face was softer. I hope in the future to start showcasing more looks on my blog so stay tuned!!!!

What is your go to bold lip for summer? I would love to know!

WANT MORE MAC? OR MORE MAC SWATCHES:

* Swatches of the entire Liptensity line here
* Top MAC at Ulta Beauty here 
* Swatches of NEW Metallic Lipstick line here
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
* MAC Shadescents Line Information here
* My Custom MAC Eyeshadow Palette here 
* Three Must Have MAC Redlipsticks here
* Review on MAC Prep & Prime Oil / LipScrubs here
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NEW L’Oreal Pro Glow Collection: How Do You Glow?

First I would like to say I am so sorry for being MIA on my blog the last few weeks. I was out sick but I am doing good now and Thank You all for your patience. Being active on Social Media is so much fun but I truly love sitting down and writing because I feel like I am talking to all my friends about our love for makeup. So Thank You for being here!! Ok I wont make this a sappy post lol Lets move on to the makeup! I am a newbie to the L’Oreal Pro Glow Foundation and I am obsessed! It was literally a week after having it that I heard the Pro Glow family was expanding to a concealer and a powder. I just knew I had to try them both. PS not sure what took me so long to try this foundation.

Product Details: Now available at Ulta Beauty

Pro Glow Concealer:

$9.99 with 8 shades available. I am shade Creamy Natural. I prefer my concealer not to be super lighter than my skin because I enjoy a more natural makeup look.

Per Ulta’s Site: Discover L’Oreal’s pro inspired Infallible Pro Glow Concealer that provides glowing coverage for up to 16 hours. Sculpt and highlight features while you correct and conceal imperfections. The lightweight, ultra-blendable formula allows you to customize your glow with luminous, buildable coverage.

Pro Glow Powder: 

$12.99 with 8 shades. I prefer the shade Creamy Natural but could probably use the others I purchased as well but it depends how you are going to use the powder

Per Ulta’s Site: Discover a pro-inspired powder that provides a lasting, glowing finish with L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro Glow Powder. Skin is left feeling smooth, soft and even; never cakey, never shiny. Buff onto skin for a subtle glow or build highlight onto key features.

Pro Glow Foundation: 

$12.99 with12 shades available. I am shade 205 Natural Beige which I thought may be a tad too dark however 204 seemed too pink so I went with 205 especially since its summer.

Per Ulta’s Site: L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation is a pro foundation with an all day glow!

L'Oreal Pro Glow
L’Oreal Pro Glow Collection

Lets talk Concealer first since I cant get over this concealer kick that I am on. I think its just a forever addiction I will have lol.  At my first application I noticed a paint smell. This is not super uncommon with some products but it went away quickly and was not in all the shades I purchased. The coverage is buildable but if you are looking for full coverage this may not be for you. I prefer this type of concealer so I am enjoying it however I didn’t notice a real glow or very dewy effect and for some reason I was expecting it to be realllllly dewy.  It was just the right amount of dew as most of you know if you follow me on Instagram I do not like a matte concealer. The applicator is a doe foot application which makes it very easy to apply and I love that. If you are into lighter weight makeup that is dewy you most certainly need to check this concealer out. I think its perfect for summer or those no makeup, makeup days (which is usually my go to)

L'Oreal Pro Glow

L'Oreal Pro Glow
Shades Top to Bottom: 02 Creamy Natural, 03 Nude Beige, 03 Natural Beige

The powder can be used three different ways: Set your foundation with the non shimmer side of powder, Highlight your face with the shimmer side of powder or for an all over glow.  As you can see below its split into two different products per say. The top part has a shimmer in it and the bottom does not.  I know I wanted the all over glow so I went in by swirling my powder brush into it and applied it directly to a fresh moisturized face. It gives a bit of coverage and does give you a subtle all over glow but I do use a ton of skin care that makes my skin glow already. When I need those quicker makeup days I reach for my MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder Foundation and I wanted to see how this would compare and it just did not provide the coverage I would like.  However I think this is a fabulous affordable setting powder by using both sides to set your foundation for a subtle all over glow or even to set your under eyes it works.

L'Oreal Pro Glow

L’Oreal Pro Glow Powder
Shades L to R: Creamy Natural, Nude Beige, Natural Beige

When it comes to the Pro Glow Foundation it gives me the most natural looking base with a beautiful glow that does not make me look too shiny. I went to breakfast with some family while I was trying it out and they said my makeup looked fresh and like it was my own skin. That is exactly what I look for in a foundation so I can not recommend it enough!!!!

Who else is in love with the Pro Glow Foundation and who has tried these new editions to the collection? I would love to hear your thoughts and what products you are using these days to get your glow on!!!

 

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Meet Your New Nudes: Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

When it comes to Nude Lips its so personal. Why? Because not everyone’s lip color is the same. We all want to achieve and have that perfect nude lip and sometimes that is not easy to find especially at an affordable price.  I love to rock a red lip but there is something so classic about a nude lip especially with a smokey eye.

For my skin tone I love a nude lip that is lighter brown/pinky toned but I also love to wear a darker brown shade especially in the fall. When I posted my most loved MAC nudes a reader said to me that the colors I posted were not “nude”. I was taken back by this comment a bit because I had an array of shades.  What is nude for my lip color may not work on someone with a darker skin tone than me and vice versa. Nudes are not one size fits all and thanks to Maybelline, everyone can get a perfect nude for under $10. With their new Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes they “are warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone. Pucker up to radiant, confident color that highlights one’s natural beauty”

Product Information:

  • Infused with sumptuous honey nectar
  • Creamy & pigmented
  • $7.99 at Ulta Beauty
  • 10 Shades available (Brown Blush & Beige Babe not pictured)

Swatches Top To Bottom: Click Shade Names to Shop!

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Left to Right: Naked Coral, Almond Rose, Raw Chocolate, Toasted Truffle

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes
Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Left to Right: Hot Sand, Purely Nude, Peach Buff, Honey Pink 

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes
Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes

These lipsticks are most certainly BPAMC approved. You know I love a fabulous drugstore find and these fit the bill! Even though these are matte they are indeed super creamy and pigmented so they are super comfortable on the lips! They do not feel dry or heavy. It almost feels like you have a lip balm on. Just like all lipsticks they do need to be reapplied but I am okay with that. Just toss it in your purse for touch ups and you are good to go!

What is your go to Nude Lip Color? I love playing with so many different shades and textures.

 

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