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BeneFit “Hello Flawless” Cover up Powder

If I was a face powder kind of girl, then this would be the one. Oh the simplicity, the coverage, the SPF….yes, we could’ve been a great match 🙂

Now before I start sounding anymore like a perv, on with my review 🙂

Packaging: The powder comes in a cute little box within in a box. Although BeneFit products as a whole aren’t necessarily on the top of my favorites list, I must say, their packaging is always cute. 

Included with the powder are a typical brush and sponge applicator. While the brush is okay  if you have absolutely nothing else, most definitely throw out the sponge. Don’t want all your face oils getting caught in it when you use is.

Product: The face powder itself is a  soft consistency. Where I have found other powders to be very chalky and streaky, this powder is soft and blends in very well. As written on the box, with a brush the powder gives a very sheer coverage and with a sponge its a great spot cover-up. Plus the SPF 15 doesn’t hurt either 🙂

Pricing: Here’s where I hesitate. If it was twenty dollars cheaper, I would be all over it, but at $34 USD, it’s definitely a could’ve, would’ve should’ve  kind of product.

Overall: I have never been a powder kind of girl. I have always found them to make my face look chalky and overly done.  Honestly can’t even think of the last time that I used a powder, other than a translucent one to set my foundation once in a while. 

However, after experimenting with this powder, I think maybe I should change my mind. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the effect it gave over my foundation, on its own, over some primer and tinted moisturizer I found this powder to be great. We all have those days, when we just don’t want anything heavy on our face and I think for those days, this powder is great. It helped cover my small imperfections, without going overboard and let my skin breathe.

I would recommend this powder cover up  for girls looking for a major setting powder that just won’t let your foundation budge, as well as girls looking for a light airy look.  Remember the secret is in the application 🙂

🙂 🙂 🙂 3/4

 

Benefit Hello Now, Oxygen WOW Foundation

No. Nope, don’t want to look like a confused Oompa Loompa. Nope, sorry not me, and I’m so darned sad that’s exactly how I feel in this foundation….Sometimes….Confused? Me too.

So here’s this fancy foundation that I originally bought for my mom, because the cakeface lady said its good for mature skin. She even applied it on my sister in the store and it looked great, but when I got it home and tried it, it was another story. Apparently if I’m not standing under fluorescent lights 24/7, then I can’t rock this foundation.

Packaging: The foundation comes in plastic, pump style bottle. Unlike most foundations which come in glass  bottles, the plastic Benefit bottle felt so cheap and flimsy. Inside the box is a sample of the POREfessional Pore minimizing cream, I will have a review up for that shortly.

Pricing: $34 USD

Product:

Pros

  • Very light. Feels almost non-existent on the skin and feels undetectable to the touch
  • Looks great in pictures and at a distance
  • Easy to remove
  • SPF 25!
  • Oil Free

 

Cons

  • Very runny, gets all over if you pump too much

  • OXIDIZES! Within minutes I noticed a color change and the foundation started turning orange
  • Not consistent Applies like a liquid, turns chalky/powdery then wears like a liquid foundation
  • Settles into pores and fine lines
  • Cracks around dry patches/zits
  • Looks cakey
  • 9 colors to choose from

Overall: I am sooooo confused. I had read some raving reviews about this product. Ladies claimed that this was the best thing out there and they had found their holy grail product. I thought none of this.  While the application is flawless and the feel is heavenly because it seriously  feels  like you have nothing on, I didn’t like the way it  looked on  my skin. I wore this while bridal shopping with my cousin for her wedding, and throughout the day she kept commenting on the changing  appearance of my face.

One minute I was shining, the next I looked matte/flat  and then I looked powdery. Then mid-morning it startled settling into my pores and I had a whole another problem on my hands. As  I write this review, I feel so jipped by the sales woman, because her selling point was that its great for  mature skin because its light and moisturing…..yeah, not happening. I tried this foundation on my mom who has near perfect skin, and the poor lady looked like a mature version of Snooki with ten pounds of makeup on with huge crows feet.

I would recommend skipping this foundation for sure. However if you MUST try  it, I would recommend this for people with flawless skin and no wrinkles looking for light to medium coverage. I would not recommend this to individuals with dry skin because it will crust around the dry patches, and for oily skinned individuals, it will sink into their pores een with a primer.

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MASSIVE $255 MAKEUP HAUL!!!!

Oh dear lord, what have I done!!! Yes, you read right, my dumb butt just bought $255 worth of makeup. WHAT!!! But to save face, I swear it wasn’t ALL my fault. The evil lady at ULTA, distracted me with her caked on makeup and spiderlashes and fooled me into buying stuff I didn’t even need:)

I went in originally to buy some higher end products for my lovely mother. It’s her birthday in a few days, and gosh darnit, the woman deserves some pretty products as well. However, I got selfish. Whoops. If you’ve been to ULTA then you know that they sell higher end products on one side and drugstore products on the other. So jee, hmmm where do you think I ended up? Yup!

I practically skipped to checkout line thinking I had done fairly well, but when the handsome man behind the counter said ” That will be $255″ I literally passed out. Seriously, my evil sister who I only see every other month and had egged me on to buying half the stuff, literally had to grab my hand, cause I was seeing stars before my eyes.

Sighhh……so what does one get with that much money? Not much.

Ladies, ladies, ladies. Luckily ULTA has a really good return policy, because there is no way I could live with myself if I spent 1/3 of my rent money on MAKEUP! I mean I love cosmetics, but I love a roof above my head more 🙂 And, yes some of you may be thinking, why didn’t I just return some products then? Well, soorrry,I got I selfish again. I thought it would make for some reviews, so be prepared 🙂

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller

So if you read my previous post, then you know about the ridiculous amount of money I spent on a recent makeup haul. However, I did find some really nice products, so lets just get into.

Packaging: The Garnier Roller comes in a roll on form (duh 🙂 ).  The container is the size of a mascara tube and feels like a medium-sized maker. The cap  is a screw on top and the roller itself is metallic and feels very nice and cool on the skin. The product  is a beige salmon color (great to counteract the bluishness of dark circles) and is very liquidy in formula.

Product: The product can be directly applied under the skin and then blended in with your fingers or brush. Because it is very light and liquidy, it takes a few seconds for the product to dry and sink in. I purchased the sheer tint roller and like its name it gives a very light and sheer coverage. Like promised on the packaging, the product is very moisturizing and non-greasy.

Pricing: Heres the kicker $7-15 USD depending on where you get it

Overall: I think I really like this product 🙂 Mind you, I don’t have huge dark circles, but because my cheeks are so chubby, I do have a slight shadow, which can give the appearance of dark circles. However, after I put this product on, it gave such a nice effect. It brightened up my under eye area and made me look wide awake and alert. The light formula blended in very nicely, but the only complaint that I have is  I have this lines under my eyes and the product got stuck between the lines. No, they’re not crows feet, but rather deeper lines and although not obvious to others, to me, I could notice the product settling in between the lines. Also, the effect didn’t last me an entire work day, but it looked nice until lunch, but hen again, touch ups are really easy since the product is so easy to travel with.

I would recommend this product if you are looking for some quick under eye brightening that makes you look awake and alert. There is another version of this product that is designed specifically for dark circles, that may be better if you are looking for actual coverage, because this is more of a highlighter and brightener.

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WARNING: This product contains alcohol which has shown to deplete collagen in the skin. So if you have mature skin and are worried about collagen depletion, becareful when using this product. Use it every other day instead of daily.

Boom! Look at my lashes! E.L.F Eyelash Curler

The clock rang 6am, and I crawled into the shower. Still looking busted and sleepy after a nice long shower, I knew what I needed to do….time to  bring out…THE CURLER!

Standing in front of my mirror, I poised my head back, brought my eyelash curler as close as possible to my lashes  and clamped down and OOOOOWWWW!     Snagged an eyelid AGAIN! Let this be a lesson to all you ladies, DO NOT CURL YOUR LASHES WHEN YOU ARE HALF ASLEEP!

On with the review 🙂

Packaging: The E.L.F eyelash curler  usually comes in a clear plastic box. Back when I bought mine, they never did this, but recently I have seen the curlers come with at least one extra replacement pad to use when your  pad gets all goopy and cakey, eww 🙂

Product: The curler is a typical scissors like design. Open the tongs, place lashes in between mechanism and push down. I recommend using the curler in a pumping motion, one or two pumps at the base of the lashes and one or two pumps towards the middle. Since the tips of the lashes are the most fragile part, avoid them.

Pricing: $1 USD!

Overall: Love it! I do not use this  curler on a regular basis because I am too lazy,  but when I do, it gives my lashes that extra VaVA Voom! No, not over the top Victoria’s Secret sexy eyes, but definitely that extra lift to make  my eyes look more open, awake, and flattering. My only  issue with this curler is that it is harder to use on individuals with flatter eyelids because the curler top  is curved.

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E.L.F Eyelid Primer

I put some eyeshadow on, eyeshadow comes off. So, I put more eyeshadow on, even more comes off. WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON!….My darn oily eyelids is what is going on 🙂

I just recently got into makeup, and one of the first products I bought was cheap eyeshadow, because I thought that would make the biggest difference in my attempted dramatic change. But instead of these epically awesome eyeshodow colors sparkling on my eyes, hence captivating all the boys attention, I managed to create clumpy, chalky  messes all over my eyelids.

What  I figured out eventually was my  greaseball butt needed to use some eyelid primer to help my eyeshadows stick and last all day. Therefore, I began my journey on finding the perfect  eyelid primer.

What I discovered however, was that primers work almost the same, and while I do own higher end primers, I can’t afford to use them eveyday, so I found this E.L.F eyelid  primer, which in my opinion is a great substitute 🙂

Packaging: The primer comes in a typical tube type of style. with a doe foot applicator. The color comes off very beige-ish and the consistency is comparable to that of a liquid foundation.

Product: After applying the primer, I usually wait about 20 seconds to let it dry just a bit, and then I apply my shadow however I wish. For a typical 8 hour work/school day, this primer fairs pretty well. I have some creasing and color lose by the end of the day, but you  have to remember I have greasy eyelids. On the other hand, my sister also uses this product and has normal/dry eyelids and this primer helps her eyeshadow stay on all day perfectly fine.

Overall: If you are looking for a cheap eyelid primer, that has no gimic and does the job, then this is the product to try. It stays on for a long time and even with the eventual creasing at the end of day, its well-worth the $1-$3 USD!

🙂 🙂 🙂 1/2

Massive E.L.F Lip Product Review!!!!

When I first started experimenting with makeup, E.L.F is the first place I went, and ladies let me tell you, this company was NOOOOO WAAAY  and as nice as  it is today. They had like 10 products, all just low quality and gross.

I tried to be the shiz nits and wear their pressed powder to school one day, and instead of the “oooooooo’s” and “aaahhhhh” that I wanted, I got “ewwwwwwwww’s” and ” “Are you ok, you look really sick.” (Later realized the powder had formed ghostly patches and made me look like I was peeling)

However, in the past few years, they have really listened to their customers and have created some really nice products 🙂 Here is my mass review of lip products that I have tried.

Lip Primer/Plumper

For some this is their go-to product, for others this is trash. For me personally, I  noticed  nothing too different. Yes, it helped prime lips, but it came off in a waxy consistency, and I saw no plumping.

Lip stain:

These are part of the E.L.F  ’12 spring line. Typical lip stain design, you color you  lips and you are done. I felt these stains had a nice color pay off but they were very drying . Not a lot of color selection.

Hypershine Gloss:

To me these are very similar to the  Stilla Lipglazes. For $1 USD these are great. They come in a variety of  colors, supper glossy and the color payoff is just enough. Yes, they don’t last as long as you would like, but come on, what gloss stays on for that long anyways? Most definitely give these a try.

Plumping Lipglaze:

Don’t fall for the name, there is nothing plumping about these lipglazes. They are dual sided, one for the color, one for the glaze. I found the colors to be cute  but gloopy and the glaze nothing more then a shiny gloss.  There is a pepperminty taste to the product and the methanol does help give the illusion of slightly plumper lips for like 10 minutes.

Mineral Gloss:

Part of ELF’s mineral line, these  glosses are great. They come in a nice range of colors, and they go very smoothly. The lasting power is like that of any gloss, but I think they are well worth the price. My only complaint is that some have shimmer in them so when you apply them you can sometimes feel the particles on your lips. These are a staple in my purse.

Lip Shines:

Once again, some girls love them, others hate them. I’m divided between the two. I think the color selection is great, very moisturizing and easy to travel with. However, I find them to be thick and a bit messy. I recommend these more for girls in high school or college who need something cheap that gives quick color. Nothing special.

Essential Lipstick:

Love these! For just $1 USD each, these lipsticks are awesome. A little difficult to work with when first applying, these lipsticks not only have great color payoff, by lasting power as well. For me at the end of the day, they leave a really nice stain like effect. Plus with the huge color selection, there is something for everyone 🙂

Mineral Lipstick:

My favorite E.L.F lip product :). These lipsticks are smooth, moisturizing and long lasting-ish. Rosy Raisin is my go to lipstick and I absolutely love it!. The color payoff is great and once again with the huge color selection, there is something for everyone.

ELF Studio Line Blushes with Swatches

Okie dokie, so the last couple of nights, I have been up till almost 1am reading beauty blogs. Why? I don’t know, I’m just weird like that, but because of my sudden fascination with reading blogs, I have gotten a good feel about what products people are blogging about. One surprisingly controversial product I have  read about are the E.L.F Studio Line Blushes. While some girls swear by them, others loathe them. So here’s my review, hope it helps y’all out 🙂 (Yup, a Cali girl just said y’all)

Okay so I own three of the Studio Line blushes:

s:

Tickled Pink: A gorgeous baby pink, that can be built up to a true cotton candy color (this is my current favorite)

Candid Coral: A beautiful coral/peachy color. It is VERY similar to NARS Orgasm. It has small shimmer particles making it a really nice highlight on darker toned women. I usually layer this over other colors for a nice glow.

Blushing Rose: This is really nice berry colored blush. I use mostly around the holidays, but it’s still a great buildable color. This one has small gold flecks which look really nice when they catch the light, yes even on oily skin 🙂 Don’t worry they are so small, you won’t look like a disco ball.

Packaging: The blushes come in a rectangular black case. In my opinion the packaging is a knock off of the NARS, packaging, but then again, most of E.L.F’s packaging is a knock off of a higher brand. Becareful when handling these blushes they break very easily. As you can see from my pictures, I’ve done some damage 🙂

Product: Here’s where the trouble begins. While some girls complain that the blushes are to rough and chalky, others rave that they are so pigmented and soft. In my opinion, it depends on the color. While some colors are chalky and others are soft, I feel they are all very wearable and workable. For example, on of favorite blushes is Tickled Pink. It’s a light baby pink, gorgeous color, but it is very chalky. I have to swipe with my brush a few times to get some color, but the color that I do get is really really nice.

Price: $3 USD

Overall: It’s a luck of the draw. I personally love theses blushes because they are so cheap, blendable and versatile. Yes, some of the blushes are chalky and maybe a little difficult to work with, overall, E.L.F offers a beautiful range of colors, that you really can’t hate on. So, in my opinion, I would say give these blushes a try, all you gotta loose is $3, and when you compare it to some of the $25 USD that the blushes are dupes are for, these are a real steal. Plus, they are surprising very long lasting. For a girl, whose face looks greasy within and hour, these blushes last me all day without fail 🙂

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

PS: Sorry for the low quality pictures, bad lighting + cheap camera = bad pictures

Minnie Mouse Inspired Nails

Okay, so yesterday I confessed I’m a huge Disney whore. I love all things Disney, so here’s my Minnie Mouse inspired nails.Hope you enjoy 🙂

1) Paint a diagonal black strip

2) Fill in remainder of nail with  red polish

3) Add a silver glitter strip to cover the seam

4) Add the polka dots 🙂

5) All done 🙂

TAG! Ur it! Beauty Secrets Tag

Okay so she doesn’t know it yet, but Fancieland is my new BFF 🙂 Without sounding too stalkerish, I love this girls posts and I think she’s the more calmer version of myself. A few minutes ago she posted a beauty tag, and duhhh, I had to respond!

1. What is one product that makes your feel like a million dollars?

Pshhh, right off the back I’m conflicted. If we are talking about makeup, then it HAS to be my Maybelline Falsies mascara. In my mind I always think that people will be so distracted by my fabulous lashes, that they won’t notice my dark circles and giant zit 🙂

If it’s clothing, then it’s gotta be my heels! Mind you I couldn’t walk in heels if my life depended on it, but I love them and own waaaay to many pairs 🙂

2. What is your skin care secret?

For YEARS I have been using St.Ives Apricot Scrub. Products have come and gone, but this has been a staple item. I have ridiculously oily skin that is prone to blemishes. So when I wear makeup, it is very important that I remove my makeup every night. Then about three times a week I exfoliate to clean off the dead skin cells and clean out my pores.

3. Share your hair care secret.

Like my awesomely slick face, I have oily hair….yuck! However, because I have naturally oily hair, I also have long hair. The oil provides natural nutrients for my scalp to grow healthy hair. So given this, I always thought any extra oil was my enemy, buuttt, recently I discovered the power of Almond Oil. About once every two weeks, I give my scalp a nice massage with the oil, leave it in for a few hours and I’m set for the rest of the month with gorgeous, soft, healthy hair.

4. What is your biggest diet rule?

Arghhh… this is where my  friendship with Fancieland ends 🙂  While she’s naturally too skinny, I’m naturally overweight and have always been so. But I made a commitment this year to put my health first and have actually been successful at loosing some weight and gaining some muscles. What’s been my motivation is I actually took “Before” pictures of myself. So on the days I feel down and frustrated, I look at the pictures and in a weird sadistic way, the pictures motivate me to keep going.

As far as actual diet, snacking has made the biggest difference. I read an article a few months ago that  said something about how is your body going to burn anything if there is nothing to burn. That really stuck with me, SO instead of  2 or 3 big meals, I eat about 5 small meals, this way my body is constantly working to burn the calories, instead of storing.

5. Any workout tips?

Do what you like! I hate running, so I avoid the treadmill. However, I love weight training and cycling, so those are the things that I do regularly at the gym. I mean come on, if you hate someone, I doubt you would want to hang out with them, same thing applies when working out.

6. Which perfume is your secret weapon?

I’m not much of a perfume person. No, I don’t stink, I do use deodorant, but I’m a lotions kind of girl, especially Bath & Body lotions, yumm!

7. Show us a clothing item that always turns heads.

My 7 forallmankind Jeans. Love them! Finally found a brand that fits my curves the way they were meant to  be  shown off. SECRET TIP: NOOOO way will I pay more than $40 for a pair of jeans. That’s just me, I’m cheap like that. I get these high-end jeans at TJ Maxx, for $5-$25 a pair!!!

8. What is your most treasured piece of jewelry?

I love the bling!!!!!! My current obsession is hoop earrings with small hanging  diamond balls   (eww…get ur mind out of the gutter 🙂

9. Who is your style crush?

I’m a mentally promiscuous person. Now, before you get all judgmental let me explain. I have a very undefined sense of style. Some days I’m a jeans, t-shirt and converse kinda girl, others I am a hippie chic, and yet others I’m a glamazon. So I don’t really have a style crush but I do like a bunch of different celebrity styles, but this is also always changing.

However, I’m obsessed with Marc Jacobs!!! More so for the person versus the brand, because I mean come on who else can rock neon blue hair with a pink dress. Yup.

10. Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I loooooove Disney. If I wasn’t a graduate student, I swear I would be a pretty princess at Disneyland! Seriously! Now without sounding like a Match.com ad, here are some others things about me: I’m scared of birds, I love chocolate, I’m obsessed with all things beauty, I love shoes, my eyes change colors depending on my mood, I live in California (totally just sang the Katy Perry song in my head, and now you will too!), my sister is my best friend, I played soccer in high school, I love reality tv shows (shhhhhh!), I have like 10 celebrity crushes, my ethnicity is Indian and my dog Lucky is the LOVE OF MY LIFE! Big boy turns 10 this year 🙂

 

Ok………..too much information 🙂 Now its your turn, I would love to read about who you all are!!! SO go on, stop thinking “naaahh not me.” Just push new post and start typing 🙂

 

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