Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Makeup Tag

I was tagged for this challenge by Beauty Blogger Kate from Kate Loves Makeup and I fully accept. I of course watched Jaclyn Hills video because she is my ride or die you-tuber and I absolutely loved her picks! See her video here.

This was a lot harder than one would think. Pick one product from each makeup catagory (foundation, lips, mascara ect) and choose that product to bring with you on a dessert island. Although I am a beauty obsessed individual I still have yet to try multiple products for these categories. To be honest its because when something works for me I typically stop there. Typically being the key word here … hehe.  So lets get into the challenge

RIDE OR DIE MAKEUP PRODUCTS:

Primer: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer I have been using this for 10 years. It just works. Period.

Foundation: MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation This was easy and hard. Easy because this was my first high end foundation I ever bought and have never looked back. It is so easy to apply because its a powder but settles into the face like a liquid foundation with a matte finish. Hard because I am just recently trying to find the perfect liquid foundation and if I am on a desert island will I want more of a hydrated feeling???

Concealer:  NYX Gotcha Covered Creamy, dewy, perfect coverage and does not crease on me. Oh and its only $5.99

Corrector: BECCA Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector I am adding this category because this product is amazing and if you have darkness under your eyes you will fall in love!

Face Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural  I just bought this 3 months ago. Where has this been my whole life????

Under Eye Setting Powder: E.L.F High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder I will admit I am very new to this category and just purchased this a few days ago but I am loving it over the others I have been using.

Bronzer: IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer This bronzer is huge and provides you with the option for shimmer, matte or mixed if you want.

Highlight: BECCA Cosmetics Champagne Pop Bottom line no one does highlighters like BECCA and this color gives the perfect glow every single time.

Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara:  Length and Volume all in one with no clumps

Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Blankey and Mac Cosmetics Lady Danger I have two sorry, not sorry. I have two moods.

Lip Gloss: NARS Turkish Delight The perfect pink gloss

Lashes: Ardell Natural Lash to give that extra pop for a night out, event, ect They never fail!

Eye Shadow Palette: MAC Cosmetics Custom Palette I have been collecting MAC eye shadows for years. I love warm brown colors. Its what I gravitate towards. Some of my favorites are: Espresso – Bronze – Handwritten – Wedge

Setting Spray: MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix + The Travel size is $10 if you are ever interested in trying this. Its a great place to start!

Perfume: Calvin Klein Euphoria: I bought this perfume when my husband and I started dating 12 years ago and wore it on our wedding day. It has so much meaning for me but I truly love the smell and I reach for it over and over again.

Blush: The HARDEST ONE HANDS DOWN. That is why I saved it for last. If you have been following me for a while you know I am a blush /cheek product obsessed person. I seriously can not decide. I have blushes I have hit pan on but would they go with everything? Do I want one with a slight shimmer? Should it be matte? Pink toned? More nude tone? I am going to break the rules and bring three. Again I am sorry, not sorry!

Benefit Cosmetics Box O’ Powder Blush in Rockateur 

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle 

Japonesque Color Velvet Touch Blush in Shade 2 

TAG YOU ARE IT!!! Hope to see you all do this challenge please tag me on Instagram, Facebook or Your Blog so I can see!

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Palladio Beauty Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

I am still pretty new to Liquid lipstick as I have a love affair with lip gloss but as of late I am understanding why these are so popular and loved by so many! The Palladio Beauty Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is no exception. They wear comfortably, are highly pigmented, available in 12 shades, have a doe foot applicator and the best part cost $6.99 at Ulta Beauty.

Per the Ulta Website: “Palladio’s Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is a lush creamy lip color with a soft, rich matte finish. This velvety, full-coverage lip color is lightweight and sure to last. Enriched with vitamin E and aloe, it soothes and softens the lips, making them beautiful for hours. Botanical and vitamin infused. Paraben-free”

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Swatches Top – Bottom: Tapestry – Panne -Damask

The swatch picture above is just one swipe for all colors. I found them to go on smooth and non patchy. They went on the lips just as pigmented and felt so smooth and comfortable. The Vitamin E and Aloe enriched formula allows for immediate hydration. They are non drying, have major staying power and pack a ton of pigment.

I would most certainly recommend these due to the quality and affordable price tag! A perfect product that is $10 or less!  Which colors will you be picking up?

Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color
Colors: Tapestry – Panne -Damask

*These Lip Creams were generously sent to me for reviewing purposes from Palladio Beauty. My opinions are honest and my own. 

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Anti Wrinke + Engergizing Eye Masks

I was very excited when I received these Anti Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks by Grace & Stella. My undereye area has been struggling with dark circles and puffiness since being up many nights with my son. I was not sure what to expect but I was ready to put these to the test!

Product Details: (per the Grace & Stella Website) “Our special Anti-Aging Collagen Eye Masks eliminate dark circles and fine lines, and heal the effects of long-term use of eye makeup or improper use of cosmetics. 100% Collagen and other minerals present within the eye mask speed-up cell & collagen rejuvenation.This increases the elasticity in the eye contour while reducing eye bags and problems such as dark rings & fine lines”

✮ ANTI-AGING: Over time, you will notice a reduction in lines/wrinkles/dark circles

✮ SOOTHING & RELAXING: If you’ve been wearing makeup for a long time, your skin might need the rejuvenation and heeling our Eye Masks provide

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Grace & Stella Anti – Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks

Packaging: They come individually wrapped for 12 uses so they are perfect for travel which comes in very handy. The packaging is gold so they give off a luxurious feeling and get you in a spa state of mind.

Directions: Start by peeling off the wrapper and you will instantly feel the liquid. This can get a bit messy so just make sure you are somewhere you don’t mind if it leaks a bit. Place the eye mask under your eyes for 20 minutes. They can slip off while trying to do other activities so take advantage and relax. Remember spa state of mind!!

Results: When the time is up hydration is felt and seen in the entire undereye area immediately. So have I seen improvement? Yes! When they say “Its like an energy drink for your eyes” They mean it! Over time my dark circles and fine lines have diminished. I am still working on the puffiness which may be a constant battle for a bit these days. I  am hopeful though that continuing these eye masks in my skincare regimen will help.

Price: The eye masks can be purchased on the Grace & Stella website for $32.95 for 12 packs. Here is something fabulous though! They are currently running a sale for $20.00 for 12 packs. They have graciously given my followers a code for 20% off their entire order that can be used multiple times and it never expires!!

*Coupon Code (non affiliate) BPAMC20

What are your favorite eye masks? I would love to hear what other products have been working for you!

 

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Battle of the Foundation Brush: Morphe vs Real Techniques

When Morphe had a sale on their Elite I collection a while back I felt it was time to join in on the Morphe bandwagon and make my first purchase. I have seen so many fellow bloggers rave about the quality and of course many well known Youtubers have always suggested Morphe brushes. I was still not sure what to expect but knew I wanted to find out for myself! After shopping the Elite I Collection Sale I knew I wanted to venture out.  I added the M439 Duluxe Buffer Foundation Brush to my cart even though I have been using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush without complaints. I thought how different can a foundation brush be but just had to try it for myself.

Picture of Foundation Brush - Morphe Brushes  So do I have a preference now that I have used both? Yes!

The hype is 100% real surrounding the M439 Duluxe Buffer. This brush retails $13.99. This foundation brush allows for maximum coverage without using a ton of product. It gives you a flawless finish as it blends the product beautifully. The wider handle makes it easy to hold which is also a bonus.

As you can see the the Real Techniques brush is much smaller in size and retails for $8.99. For me it holds onto my foundation which makes me have to use 3-4 pumps as opposed to 2 pumps with the M439 Duluxe Buffer.  The Real Techniques brush does give a nice finish  however I now prefer the Morphe Brush for 2 reasons and believe its a great investment!

1. To preserve the amount of foundation I use

2. Overall I like the way my foundation looks with the Morphe Foundation Brush.

Does this mean I will never use this brush again? Not at all. I have found the Real Techniques brush due to its size is perfect for contouring, liquid bronzer and blushes. So I will be using this for steps in my makeup routine for smaller areas of my face.

Do you have a favorite foundation brush? Or do you have a preference? I would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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My Current Skin Care Routine – Is it time for a change?

If you follow me on Instagram you know I have been very vocal about my skin care struggles. In the last three years I have had two children and well have gotten older so things are bound to change. Before kids my skin was a true combination (oily and dry spots) but during my pregnancies my skin was very dry, even in the summer.  Living in Chicago I normally am only dry in the winter but now things seem to be all over the place. I have redness, a lot of texture, white bumps, I feel more oily than “normal” and it appears I may be experiencing some hormonal acne. Not to mention a ton of build up in my T-Zone and clogged pores. So I have officially started my skin care journey and I will be documenting it all here on my blog.

First up my face washes and exfoliating scrub. The Olay foaming face wash is a keeper. It is gentle on my skin and does not dry my skin out. The Origins checks and balances I will not be repurchasing for now as it now leaves my skin feeling very dry after where a few months ago it did not. The St. Ives apricot scrub is a staple for me. It has never caused me any issues but I have stopped using it for a few weeks to see but I truly do not think it is causing my skin any trouble.

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Next up my day time moisturizer and eye cream. Ponds Crema S is beyond the most hydrating face cream I have ever used. It leaves your skin so soft and dewy. I will not be eliminating this however its too thick for the summer months as it leaves me greasy. I have placed in an order for a new moisturizer so stay tuned. Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream is on my Holy Grail beauty products list. I have never experienced so much darkness under my eyes before having my son and this stuff is like magic! Its $30.00 but you only need a little bit. I have been using the same jar for 4 months now and not even close to being done. It instantly yes I said instantly brightens your under eye area.

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Possible Culprits: I am not sure if these products are true triggers or maybe mixed with other products but I have eliminated both and my skin in the last week has shown improvement. Olay regenerist serum has been my serum of choice for day and night for 10 years. What I think is happening is mixed with the Ponds its clogging my pores and causing texture. So once I discover a new day cream I will be putting this serum back in my routine. It truly lifts, firms and gives a youthful look so I am hoping for the best.  The Botanics Micellar Water is on hold right now as a repurchase and here is why. After posting Micellar Water on my Instagram page I received a lot of feedback about how my followers use it. Let me tell you one size does not fit all and I LOVED reading all the feedback.  What may be best is for me is to remove my makeup with Micellar Water, Wash, tone, treat and then apply moisturizer. I  have been washing my face and then using the Micellar water to remove traces of dirt. This may have been the problem because even though it’s so gentle it may be causing build up.  Since eliminating both and replacing them with Thayers Rose Water Toner  my skin has improved. Stay tuned for my full review on this product.

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Last up. My nighttime products. I adore facial oil for the winter and for my under eyes all year-long. Oil in general is just amazing for your cuticles and dry skin so I always have oil on hand. Botanics Facial Oil has been working perfect for under my eyes at night to lock in the moisture but that does not mean I am not open to new nighttime eye creams. Which ones do you use? I would love to know! The Botancis Triple Age Renewal Night Cream has been working and I do plan to repurchase because it’s very affordable but the smell is a bit strong. Here is how it is described on Ultas site: “Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid intensely hydrates, while a blend of Vitamins A, C and E with soya protein help improve elasticity, firm and reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles for younger looking skin. Active plant extract Purple Orchid contains anti-oxidents and polysaccharides to help protect and smooth the skin” In the morning my skin feels soft and smooth.

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I really hope to hear your feedback, suggestions and what products you found that work for you! Let the skincare journey begin!!! #bpamcskincarejourney

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Fiona Stiles Full Cover Perfect Finish Concealer and Corrector

When it comes to concealer we all want that perfect one but never seem to find it. Its either too thick, too dry, too thin, creases, or the wrong color match. I am not sure if I will ever find my perfect concealer but I do have some that are must haves and this one has made the list!

Fiona Stiles Full Cover Perfect Finish Concealer claims to do the following: “A buildable, full coverage concealer that flawlessly blends into the skin to hide the most stubborn imperfections with a natural finish.This lightweight, yet concentrated formula, seamlessly covers the darkest spots, blemishes and scars without caking, streaking or settling into fine lines or pores.”

So did it do what is claims to? Yes! Its full coverage and truly blends flawlessly into the skin. The packaging is a pot so I just dipped my finger in and used that to apply. It seemed weird at first because I am use to using my Real Techniques sponge or Beauty Blender but I was so impressed at how easy it applied with just my finger. On my first day testing it out I did not set it with powder and it did crease on me as most do but when I set it the next day it did not move at all!

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Shades from L -R: 04 – 03 – Peach Corrector

I was sent Shades 03 ,04 and the Peach Corrector to review. You can see shade 03 is much lighter and appears more cool toned while shade 04 appears more warm. I tend to have both tones in my skin but I am definitely on the warmer side and 04 was a perfect match. According to the website my foundation shade would be 04 as well so it makes it easy to find your matches which has drawn me in to want to try the foundation. For the corrector it is peach colored and is the same consistency as the concealer. I just used my finger again and dabbed a bit on my darker parts of my under eye and then blended the concealer on top and it did make a difference with the corrector. For those that are new to color correcting peach counteracts the blueness. Orange and Peach are the opposite of blue on the color wheel, therefore the colors balance each other out.

Would I recommend this concealer? Yes! I am very impressed as it is full coverage but blends easily,very light weight and gives you a natural finish. You know how sometimes in the day light your makeup looks very noticeable? Not this concealer, even with the corrector. I have been using it every day since I received them. I am truly loving the formula and coverage.  Would I recommend the Peach Corrector? Yes as long as it works with your skin tone.

What Fiona Stiles Beauty products have you tried? I would love to hear about them.

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1 Loreal Voluminous Primer and 5 Mascaras

When I first heard about Mascara primers I was really not interested but when a fellow Blogger @beauty.maven posted about the Loreal Primer on her Instagram I felt a sudden urge to try it. This primer is sold at most drugstores but I found Target sold it for the cheapest at $5.99.

Per the Target.com website it states: “The perfect pair for your favorite mascara to maximize every lash look. Lightweight primer instantly creates a boosting effect, building dramatic volume and length on each lash. Conditions lashes over time for soft nourished lashes. Use with your favorite mascara to amplify any lash look.  Instantly Thicker, Longer Lashes Mascara Amplifier Lash Conditioner”

Sounds amazing right?!!!? Well let me tell you…. it is!!!! So I decided to experiment and try it with 5 of my favorite mascaras.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara: The primer made this mascara apply much smoother with less clumps and had less fall out. Mascara2Cover Girl Lash Blast: PS this is my HOLY GRAIL mascara. It goes on smooth with the primer however it really did not do anything to change the over all application or staying power. I was a bit surprised but I was also okay with this because I have no complaints to begin with.  Mascara3Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real: WOW this primer just took this mascara to the next level in the length department. If you have not tried this mascara you need to. Mascara1Too Faced Better Than Sex: I was the most excited about this because I love this mascara but I experience so much fall out I can not wear it. Until now! I experienced no fall out with it paired with the primer.Mascara4Benefit Bad Gal Lash: It goes on smooth with the primer however just like the Cover Girl Lash Blast it really did not do anything to the all around application or staying power. I have no complaints about this mascara either so this was not disappointing to me.mascara5Would I recommend this primer? YES!!! For $5.99 its worth a shot because even on the two mascaras where I did not notice a difference it still helped all 5 go on smoother. With the primer helping with clumps, fall out and making your lashes stand out even better you can’t go wrong. I am now on the hunt for more mascara primers to test out. Leave in the comments some I should try. Have you tried this primer? I would love to hear your experience with it!

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New Orly Breathable Treatment & Color

It’s no surprise that I’ve fallen in love with this all in one formula! The Orly Bonder Base has been one of my holy grail nail products for years. So when I received three colors from the Orly Breathable line to review I was beyond excited. So let’s get into the product details. The polish features an advanced oxygen technology that allows oxygen and hydration to penetrate the nails. It’s packed with Argan oil, Pro vitamin B5 and Vitamin C  to promote stronger and healthier nails.
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The brush is very wide and thick which allows for effortless application. With the base, color and top coat all in one your at home mani/pedi just got a whole lot easier and faster! Did I mention cheaper!?! These retail for only $8.99. I did two coats because it’s what I’m use to but it was very shiny and thick with only one coat so that will be personal preference. Staying power? Its there! After a few days my nails still look fresh on both my hands and toes. Would this be something I would recommend? Yes!!! With a three in one formula, treatment feature and affordability you can not go wrong!
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The three colors I received from L-R: The Antidote – Feeling Free – Love My Nails .  They are available at Ulta with 15 shades available and Orlybeauty.com with 18 shades available.
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