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I whip my foundation back and forth! Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

Yup, I just referenced a ten year old’s hit single…so sad. But what ev’s let’s get to the review ūüôā

 Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation.

Packaging : The foundation comes in a cool sleek glass jar. Very similar to Chanel packaging. When you open it, there is a plastic cover to keep the foundation in place.

Product: Advertised as a light-weight formula that lasts 24 hours, this foundation is a wet mousse type of consistency. No, it is not the same as the dream mousse line by Maybelline or the spray foam foundation. Rather when you first look at it, it looks like the regular Colorstay that has been dumped in the jar

but when you touch it with a brush, you can see the wet foamy bubbles.

Pricing: $12-$16 depending on location and availability

Pros:

  • feel light weight
  • wear flawlessly throughout the day
  • long-lasting
  • need very little to get full coverage

Cons:

  • Very¬†expensive¬†for a drugstore foundation
  • sinks into pores/ cakes around blemishes
  • limited color selection

Overall: I really like this foundation. At first I wasn’t too sure about what to make of this product. Is is liquid, is it mousse? I couldn’t decide, but it felt great on my skin, not the same thickness as the regular Colorstay. My only problem however is that I felt I needed a primer because although it looked gorgeous on ¬†my skin as the hours passed, it also sank into my pores and caked around dry patches and blemishes.

Would I buy it again? I think so, I mean I wouldn’t wear on the days I have a breakout our problem skin, but I for long work days or a night out, it is great.

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WTH!!! Sara is alive??? + project 10 product

Hello? Heelllloooooo? Is anyone there, does ¬†anyone still read this blog? LOL, hi my lovely readers, long time no communicate. Who would have thunk that a new job would mean 16 hour work days? NOT ME!¬†But,¬†I’m¬†here,¬†I’m¬†rearing to ¬†share my thoughts so lets get started!

So this summer, I decided to go on a shopping hiatus. This meant NO new makeup, NO new bath products, NO new nothing! I wanted to force myself to use up all that I had stock piled. So how did I do? Take a look ūüôā

 

  1. generic baby wipes to remove makeup
  2. 2 tubes of Milani lipgloss
  3. Benefit Lip Plump
  4. Dove deodorant
  5. Clarisonic cleaning brush
  6. Kiels eyecream
  7. Revlon Colorstay Foundation
  8. Neutrogena Acne Face Wash
  9. Maybelline clear mascara
  10. Maybelline Stiletto liner
  11. Maybelline Lash Stilletto mascara
  12. Smashbox Hyperlash mascara
  13. Loreal Collagen Mascara
  14. Maybelline One-by-One Mascara
  15. Elf  Clear gel
  16. Revlon Lash grow Mascara
  17. Maybelline Falsies Mascara
  18. Essence Gel Liner Black an d Purple
  19. Acuve Oasis contact lenses
  20. FAB shaing cream
  21. Bigelow lotion
  22. Perricone MD moisturizer

 

Considering I’m addicted to cosmetics, I think I did fairly well. I¬†knocked¬†out most of my mascara collection, cut out all my skin care¬†samples, ¬†finally finished my foundation¬†and¬†even used my Clarisonic so much that now I need a new brush.

Phewww Im exhausted, just¬†looking at¬†this huge pile in front of me is making me nervous, its like there is a huge void on my vanity…must…replenish…NOW!

Meet my homegirl Mia….she’s a Clarisonic :)

About a month back I purchased a Clarisonic and after using it about three times per week and then reducing it to¬†once¬† or twice ¬†a week, I can honestly say I love it ūüôā

So if your interested in an in-depth ¬†review keep reading ūüôā

Product: Included in the kit were:

  • Clarisonic¬ģ Mia¬†with one speed (Waterproof), international pLink‚ĄĘ Charger for worldwide use, sensitive Brush Head and trial Size Cleanser
  • Nutritive Cleanser-with Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE¬†($14 Value)- It is formulated to reveal a brighter and smoother skin surface and helps to minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. It leaves skin looking radiant and perfectly prepared for treatment.
  • Neuropeptide Firming Moisturizer¬†($37 Value)- This superior hydrating cream delivers advanced proprietary Neuropeptide technology to help firm sagging skin while correcting the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Developed for skin that is dehydrated and has lost elasticity.

Pricing: $119 USD, but with coupons and online rebates, I paid $90.

Pros: 

  • After the first use my skin felt smoother and cleaner
  • After three uses, my skin saw a decrease in redness, and smaller pores started to disappear
  • Removed makeup even after I thought I had removed everything with traditional cleansers
  • After 2 weeks saw a reduction in oiliness of face
  • Price motivated me to maintain a cleansing routine
  • Very portable and compact
  • Built in timer assures proper time is taken to cleanse

Cons:

  • Price ¬†for both machine and replacement heads that you need every three months ($40 USD)
  • One brush head regardless ¬†of ¬†skin type or need
  • Brush head was a lot rougher then I thought, took ¬†some breaking into.

OVERALL:

I love it! Honestly I didn’t have any expectations for this product. Yes,¬†I read reviews, watched videos and was enticed to buy it, but I really thought it was just gonna be something that I used¬†sometimes, maybe if I remembered.¬†

However, this little sucker has changed my life , for reals. My skin looks fresh, hydrated, and dirt free. My pores are shrinking and my blemishes are gone. Plus as an unexpected bonus, I use less foundation! My skin is looking so healthy that I no longer feel the need to wear much makeup ūüôā

So if you have been thinking of getting one, I say do it! It is well worth the investment : )

My sister tried the Clarisonic for two weeks and this is what happened!!

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

Woke up Monday, looked outside, nice sunny dress wearing weather. Looked down at nice white legs…..yeah not happening.

I’m not a fake tan kind of girl. I always found them to look so orange and fake on others that I never wanted to try it out myself. However, I’m a curious kind of¬†spirit¬†and I love trying new things and this month it just so happens I’m into dresses and dresses require a nice pair of legs.

Now while I’m willing to expose my thick hammy calves to the world, I refuse to subject the world to their blinding whiteness ūüôā

So off I went to Target and picked up this little bad boy for $7 USD.

Packaging: Metallic aerosol container, product squirts out like thick hairspray

Product: As I said above the product is like a thick hairspray that kinda bubbles and foams, depending on how close you aim it. Basically you spray it into your ¬†hands and rub ¬†onto desired area. You can apply a light layer or thick, depending on the affect you are going for. The product does dry quickly so work in small patches and work fast. Also it says its water ¬†proof, which it is to some extent. Just don’t wear white or go swimming and you will be fine ūüôā Oh, ¬†use a hand soap and it comes off your hands easily when done applying.

Overall: I can honestly when I first tried this “tan in a can” I hated it! It made me look like I was wearing orange nylons and made my legs look like I had purposely rubbed foundation on them. ¬†But then something wonderful happened. After about ten minutes, after the product had settled, my legs looked great ūüôā The tan looked “natural” ¬†and all the little discoloration I had from¬†sports¬†scars were covered.¬†

Whats more, I even got comlimented…..BY A BOY! ¬†(it was a good friend of mine who I adore)

So should you buy it….yeah why not. You have to work with it a little, but remember to use a light hand and pick the right color for the affect you are going for and you’ll be fine.

SIDE NOTE: This is just a cosmetic fix product so with gentle exfoliation it washes off easily so if you are looking for a long term tan then this is not for you, but if you just want a quick tan for the day then go for it ūüôā

I wore my tan all week but forgot to take pics, so here’s a borrowed picture from online showing how the tan works.

 

DRUGSTORE FOUNDATION SMACKDOWN!

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the showdown of the year!!!! In this corner we have Revlon and her partner L’Oreal, and in that corner we have Rimmel and her¬†partner¬†Maybelline. Who will win? ¬†It just might be Almay, Covergirl or Nuetrogena….LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!

ūüôā I’m on the never-ending search for prefect skin. While a good skin care¬†routine¬†is a must, a good foundation is also a bonus, so here’s my mass review of most of the drugstore foundations I have tried.

Revlon Colorstay:

Pros: Covers like a Mo Fo! I have a more in-depth review, but this the foundation everyday because it stays on my oily skin all day and it doesn’t budge until I take it off. I love that they have two versions of this foundation, 1 for oily/combo skin and one for dry/normal

Cons: Its thick. I mix mine with a moisturizer to thin it a bit and if you read my previous posts you know I hate that it does not have a pump  so it can really messy.

L’Oreal True Match

Pros: Third times the charm for me and this foundation. I hated it at first but now I really like it. It can give a very sheer effect but it also can be built up. It gives off a nice dewy finish because it is more liquidy than most drugstore foundations. Oh and they have a HUGE shade selection, which is great if you have lighter or darker skin

Cons: For me it’s not very long-lasting. Towards the end of my workday I can see it fading from oiler areas on my face. Also it doesn’t have a pump so yup it can get messy.

L’Oreal Visible Lift

Pros: This is my new favorite. It has awesome coverage and longevity! A little goes a long way which is great because this on the more expensive end of drugstore foundations. As far as “visible lift” ¬†I think it works slightly because it fills in small pores and wrinkles giving a smooth look, ¬†and oh did I mention, it has a pump!

Cons: Because it is very bendable  a small amount is all you need but it can be hard to control how much comes out of the pump sometimes.

Maybelline Superstay:

Pros: This is the prefect combo of the Revlon Colorstay and L’Oreal True Match. Its ¬†thick but not too thick and gives really nice coverage. Lasts a normal 8 hour work day once set with a good face powder.

Cons: Doesn’t do too well under temperature change. I live in¬†California¬†and this foundation tends to oxidize when it gets too hot.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse

Pros: It has a pump and is very thick giving a full coverage airbrushed effect.

Cons: Do not like this one. Its thick and gloopy and doesn’t blend all that well. Also I noticed after I put it in it kind of separated around certain areas on my face, ewww

Rimmel Stay Matte

Pros: Aww my first foundation ever ūüôā Don’t know if they sell this anymore but it came in a squeeze tube and gave very nice coverage. Because it was do dense a little went a long way and it really helped control oil.

Cons: It hard to blend. I normally used just my fingers with this foundation

Nuetrogena Healthy Skin

Pros: Often compared to the NARS Sheerglow, this foundation gives the nicest sheer dewy coverage. This is perfect for the days you don’t want to wear any foundation but still want to look out together. At one point this was my everyday foundation and I would just to my fingers to blend it in.

Cons:I fell ¬†out of love with it ūüė¶ Don’t know what happened but I just kinda lost interest in this foundation half way through the bottle. Oh, no pump and very expensive

Covergirl Clean Foundation

Pros: Cheap and different types depending on your skins needs

Cons: It’s just weird! At first I thought ¬†I found the perfect $4 foundation but that was a short-lived thought. It smells weird, turns blotchy and doesn’t stay on

Almay Smart Shade

 

Pros: Interesting concept, comes out white, changes color while you blend into skin.

Cons: It turned powdery on my skin and didn’t give much coverage¬†and¬†there are only three “colors” to ¬†choose from light, medium or dark.

 

So there you are my fellow bloggers, the drugstore foundation smackdown!!! Who won??? No ¬†one ūüė¶ Although I love my Colorstay and Visible Lift I’m still on the search for the illusive “perfect” foundation ūüôā

 

If you have any suggestions ¬†for a new foundation please leave a comment or if you want a more in-depth review of any of the foundations I mentioned just let me know ūüôā

Benefit POREfessional Review

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who has the biggest pores of them all?….Me! Aww shucks! Thanks ūüôā

If you read my intro¬†and¬†said you have the biggest pores, then no ¬†no no, my dear, you ain’t got nothing on me! I swear you can see my pores from space, but I think I ¬†might have found a product that can finally make the little suckers disappear (well temporarily at least) ūüôā

This is the Benefit POREfessinal

Packaging: The product comes in a squeeze tube making the use of this product very easy. 

Product: The formulation of this product is a little like a balm.

A little definitely goes a long way. When you first squeeze some out, it feels like its going to be thick, but once you start blending it into the skin, it feels almost non-existent, which is a big plus because I hate the feel of pore clogging products. The product promises to reduce the appearance of pores as well control oil, so I usually apply this to my t-zone (forehead, cheeks, around nose). The product comes out in a beige color but the color disappears after applying, so it works on all skin tones and shades.

Pricing: $29 USD

Overall: I like this product. Is it my holy grail, everyday go to product? No, but I like the fact that when I do use it, it works. The product fills in your pores and fine lines therefore giving a more refined and finished effect. However, since I do have crater sized pores, it doesn’t make them disappear, but it does help them appear smaller.

As far as promising to help with oil control, it does do that but not all day. I usually still have to blot my face and apply my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

One suggestion I do have if you use this product, pat the product on instead of rubbing it in. The trick to this product is definitely in the application. When you pat/dab/stipple/ it on the product is better able to fill all the pores and fine lines. Whereas if you rub it on, the product just sits on the skin and ¬†doesn’t do much of anything.

I would recommend this product to girls looking for a pore minimizer  that also helps with some oil control.

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Sidenote: this is ¬†my last Benefit product review for a while. I miss talking about my drugstore products so bye-bye high end ūüôā

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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