- Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strip in Nude – I love PF cheek products so I thought I’d give this a shot but it is definitely a let down. The shades look beautiful in the palette but most of them aren’t even pigmented enough to be worth swatching. I’m going to try using them wet and I’ll let you know if it makes any difference.
- Rimmel Glam Eyes eyeshadow quad in #028 English Breakfast – Another let down of pretty but not very pigmented shadows. Again, I’m going to try them wet.
- Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl eyeliner in Taupe
- Wet ‘n Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in #E130 Pixie
- Jordana Fabuliner liquid eyeliner in Black
- Jordana Easyliner For Eyes retractable pencil in Mint
- Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes mascara
- ELF Wet Gloss Lash & Brow clear mascara
- Benefit Stay Don’t Stray (part of The Pretty Committee set)
- Benefit Eye Bright (part of The Pretty Committee set)
L to R: Rimmel Scandaleyes in taupe, Jordana Easyliner in mint, Wet ‘n Wild IdolEyes in Pixie, Benefit Eye Bright, Eye Bright blended out
- Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last lipsticks in #901B Think Pink, #968 Pinkerbell, and #966 Don’t Blink Pink
- NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stains in #490 Persistent Pink and #493 Champagne Stain
- ELF Matte Lip Color in Natural
- Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in #210 Blush Twist
L to R: Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks in Think Pink, Pinkerbell, and Don’t Blink Pink
L to R: Elf matte lip color in natural, NYC Smooch Proof lip stain in Persistent Pink and Champagne Stain, Covergirl Lip Perfection jumbo gloss balm in Blush Twist
- Benefit Hello Flawless foundation in Ivory
- Benefit The POREfessional (needed a refill)
- Benefit High Beam mini (part of The Pretty Committee set) – forgot to include in the group picture…woops!
- Benefit Bella Bamba blush (part of The Pretty Committee set)
- ELF blush in Tickled Pink
- ELF High Definition powder (trying to find a dupe for the MUFE one)
- Physician’s Formula Natural Pearl blush
- Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Airbrushing Blush in Natural
- ELF Mist & Set spray (needed a refill – this is a great dupe for the Urban Decay/Skindinavia setting sprays)
L to R: Elf blush in Tickled Pink, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear blush in natural, Physician’s Formula Natural Pearl blush, Benefit Bella Bamba
Benefit High Beam, blended out on the right
- Covergirl Outlast in Silver Lining and Bronze Beauty
- China Glaze Devotion, Flyin’ High, and For Audrey
- Essie Vested Interest
- Sinful Colors Sinful Shine With Gel Tech Alfresco and Shine Divine
- OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook
L to R: OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook, China Glaze Flyin’ High, Devotion, and For Audrey, Sinful Colors Sinful Shine in Shine Divine and Alfresco, Essie Vested Interest
- Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfector serum (highly recommended by Nicole Guerriero)
- It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
Loreal Youth Code Texture Perfector and It’s a 10 Miracle leave-in plus keratin
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Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to buy a lot of new products this month – but the products I did buy I have really loved!
- Benefit Boi-ing concealer: I like this so much I’ve already hit pan! I have big bags under my eyes which are also pretty dark, so a good concealer is a necessity for me. In the past I’ve used Benefit’s Erase Paste under my eyes. While the salmon color really provided a nice contrast to my dark circles, I felt that Erase Paste moved around too much. I definitely couldn’t use it without a setting powder, and when I tried to set it, it didn’t really stay in the places where I needed it most. I decided to try out something that felt more solid on my face. Boi-ing has a thicker consistency. I apply it with my finger by using a patting motion where I need it. It blends out very nicely this way and also STAYS PUT. It doesn’t need to be set as badly as Erase Paste, but I still set it because I tend to rub around my eyes a lot throughout the day. I use Makeup Forever’s HD Microfinish powder on a Real Techniques multi-task brush or an Elf kabuki. The concealer doesn’t crease and I can also use it on blemishes (unlike Erase Paste, Boi-ing isn’t a salmon color so it’s more versatile). I’ve found that I can go all day without needing to reapply as well. I definitely recommend Boi-ing if you’re looking for a good concealer.
- Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bikini-Tini: I was looking for a cream eyeshadow in a pretty lid color that I could use alone or as a base. I swatched every cream eyeshadow in Sephora that came in a beige/cream/champagne type of color. Almost every one I tried had a LOT of glitter fallout and not enough color. This one really stood out because it didn’t have as much glitter in the formula and had a nice metallic frosty finish. There wasn’t enough glitter to even have any fallout. I apply it with my finger and it glides nicely onto the lid and doesn’t crease (just like the name says!). With this product I found exactly what I was looking for in a cream eyeshadow and it looks great on its own. When used under a powder shadow, it adds a nice sheen to the color.
- L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte: I absolutely love this eyeshadow over Bikini-Tini. The combination gives my lids a fantastic metallic pop – great on the inner corner as well. On it’s own, Iced Latte is still just as awesome. It’s a beautiful champagne frost. I really like it for summer but I would definitely wear it any day of the year. The formula is very interesting too. The powder is sort of loose but the packaging includes a plastic stopper that presses the powder down and packs it together. It’s extremely soft and smooth. It can be applied with a brush but I find I get better color payoff by using my finger.
left: Bikini-Tini, right: Iced Latte
Iced Latte layered over Bikini-Tini on lid
- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine: Okay, one thing you should know about me is that I rarely wear anything on my lips besides lip balms – I definitely don’t wear colors on a regular basis. Unlike my face and eyes, I use my mouth to talk/eat/drink throughout the day so I just don’t like putting makeup on it. I don’t like having to worry about smearing the color or getting lipstick on my teeth or getting food around it. And I NEVER wear lip gloss because I can’t stand wearing something that sticky. That being said, I am trying to get used to certain lip products so I can branch out and wear more color on my lips. I found a steal on Amazon where I got a full sized NARS blush, lip pencil, and gloss (which I will probably give to someone) for $40. You can buy the set here. The pencil is very smooth and doesn’t bother me too much. I really like the color because it’s not too dark or bright and is only slightly darker than my actual lips are. It’s very wearable and doesn’t smear too much, but it doesn’t dry completely either.
- Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI: Despite the name, I find this color is more blue than green. It doesn’t look anything like the picture online unless they changed the color. It’s a very light blue color and a nice mint shade for spring and summer. If you’re interested in a drugstore dupe, it’s pretty close to Sally Hansen’s Breezy Blue from the Hard As Nails line. OPI’s formula is great, of course. Even though the color is pretty light, it’s not streaky like a lot of Essie polishes are. I only have to apply two coats and three if I want it really opaque.
- Zoya Pixiedust in Godiva: This is the first Zoya nail polish I’ve tried and it definitely won’t be the last. I bought this after watching Rachel Whitehurst talk about how awesome it was and she wasn’t exaggerating. The formula is FANTASTIC. It’s not gritty like a lot of glitter polishes and with a thick top coat it feels smooth. It paints very evenly and dries quickly. Two coats is sufficient but I usually do three for full opacity. The color is very pretty and wearable. It’s a nice beige and the champagne sparkle really makes it a fun color to wear.
- Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps: This is a great base coat. It’s pretty thin, doesn’t get sticky, and dries very quickly.
- Sally Hansen Dries Instantly: When I use this, my nail polish doesn’t chip nearly as soon as it used to. I like to apply a thick coat of this to really make my nails nice and smooth. If your polish chips after a day, try this top coat.
Godiva and Gargantuan Green Grape
- One ‘n Only Argan Oil Spray: This stuff is GREAT for frizz. The roots of my bangs tend to get frizzy after I wash my hair so I started spraying this all up on the roots and now they just get wavy when my hair dries. I also spray it on the ends of my hair and I find it leaves them feeling pretty soft. This product can also be used on dry hair for smoothing if used sparingly.
- One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hydrating Mask: After accidentally doing a permanent dip dye on the ends of my hair with Kool-aid (long story…the moral of it is don’t boil the water if you’re dying your hair with Kool-aid), I ended up bleaching them twice and dying over the bleach to try and get my natural color back. My ends are pretty dry and damaged, so I use this every week and leave it in for 10 minutes. I’ve found that it’s kept the damage to a minimum and you wouldn’t be able to tell I bleached my ends twice just from the texture or appearance of them.
That’s all my favorites for this month 🙂 I know this was pretty long, but I like to go into detail! Thanks for reading!
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