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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Awesome Beauty Finds! (dupes)

This is a new type of post that I hope to do more of in the future, I will be talking about neat beauty items I have found that you may not know about. These products will be dupes or close to dupes.

First is something I found and purchased on ebay. Now I'm sure most of you have heard of or may even own a sigma spa glove for washing makeup brushes. I was dying to have one when they first came out, what a neat idea but $40!! No way I was spending that so I got on ebay and was searching textured gloves to see if I could find something similar and I found a silicone oven mitt seen Here. I thought it was similar so I purchased it for around $12. There were other brands beside Norpro so it's just whatever your preference is. I have been very pleased with this glove, before when I used my hand to wash my makeup brushes wax and oil based products wouldn't come completely out of the brushes. Now I have no problem at all and I use it every time I wash my brushes, the textures really do make a difference. It may not have all the neat textures the sigma glove has but you can't beat the price and it works great!



Next up is the Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System Brush. I absolutely love this thing! I definitely wanted a Clarisonic but didn't want to pay $200 for one so I went in search of a dupe and found this at Wal Mart for about $30. This came with a small tube of face cleanser, I wasn't crazy about it but I used it up. This brush has 2 speeds and uses 2 double AA batteries. Now the brush head on this one spins a complete 360 all the way around unlike the Claisonic which moves from side to side or so I've read. There are also replacement heads available for this brush. If you haven't spent the money on a Clarisonic, give this brush a try. I think you will really like it!


Next is a dupe for Victoria's Secret body mist in fresh and clean. I received a Victoria's secret gift set for Christmas last year and it had four mini body mists in it. The fresh and clean was my favorite out of them all, I just knew I'd have to buy the full size once I ran out. I went to Wal Mart a few months ago and noticed Calgon had some new body sprays out and I always have to smell them lol. I noticed the Heart Calgon Fresh Start Body Spray smelled familiar and I had to have it. I got home and found out that it was an almost exact dupe for the Victoria's Secret fresh and clean which is $18 vs Calgon fresh start which is $4. Found my new favorite body spray!


Next is not exactly a dupe but similar. I have been wanting to try the Beauty Blender sponge since I first saw it on a YouTube video. I just couldn't see spending $20 on one makeup sponge so I started looking around on ebay and found one that looked a lot like it. When it finally arrived I was disappointed in the size, it was much smaller than the Beauty Blender and even wet it didn't expand but is still very usable. I have seen Essence Cosmetics has a very close dupe for the Beauty Blender and plan to purchase one when I can find it.


Next is a dupe for eos lip balm, not that eos lip balms are expensive but Walgreens has put out a similar shaped lip balm and so far I have only seen one flavor, watermelon. The shape on the inside is a little different but the flavor is nice and it goes on very smooth. Also recently I have seen that rite-aid has a strawberry lip balm that is the same brand as the walgreens dupe for eos. The packaging is the same and the brand is Revo.



Last but not least is a brush set from Royal Care Cosmetics called premium 4 piece synthetic kabuki makeup brush set. I have read these are great dupes for the Sigma F80 flat kabuki, F82 round kabuki, F84 angled kabuki, and F86 tapered kabuki. Now I do not own any of the sigma brushes but from what I have seen and read these are great dupes. The set from royal care cosmetics is $20 for 4 brushes and the sigma brushes are $21 for just one brush. I love these brushes, they are wonderful! I have put them through rigorous cleaning with my brush glove and had no color bleed, maybe 2 bristles came out, nothing out of the ordinary. I think these are a great investment and I plan to purchase more brush sets from this company in the future.
What are your favorite dupes?

Monday, October 21, 2013

e.l.f Studio Eyebrow Kits

Today I am bringing you another post about a brow product from e.l.f. The studio eyebrow kit from e.l.f comes in 4 shades Ash, Light, Medium, and Dark at $3 each. The packaging is e.l.f's signature sleek black snap shut case with a small plastic window so you can see the colors inside and also includes a small mirror, great for on the go! The applicator that comes with this is fantastic, I love it! I usually don't find applicators that come with e.l.f products that great but this one is very usable.

e.l.f says: Create brows that are fuller, thicker, and more defined! The pigmented wax defines and shapes brows and the color complementing setting powder keeps them looking arched and perfected. The doubled sided taklon brush has one side to help arch your brows while the other side aids in filling them in. This duo provides lasting color definition for a naturally beautiful look.

I have to say out of everything I have tried on my brows this is my favorite. My shade is dark and I go through my brows and brush them out first with a brow brush/comb, then I use the angled end of the brush that comes with the kit and apply the tinted wax in my sparse areas using light strokes. Next I go over that with the powder to set the wax and finally I will apply the essential brow gel from e.l.f. This stays put all day and doesn't budge even on my super oily skin. It's definitely my go to brow product!

Here are some close up pictures of each color, the packaging, the applicator and some swatches!






What do you think, will you try the e.l.f studio eyebrow kit? If you have please share your thoughts on them!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

e.l.f Studio Mineral Infused Face Primers

Every girl who wears makeup should have a good face primer! There are different primers for different needs and different skin types. Most primers out there are silicone based and blend in easily on the skin they leave a nice smooth canvas for your foundation. Primers help make your foundation last longer and also can help with discoloration and help hide pores. They can create a sort of barrier between the skin and your foundation. I have learned this can be good and bad, good because it helps the foundation from sinking in your pores and bad because it can keep bacteria and oil from escaping thus causing a break out.

In this post I will be talking about e.l.f Studio Mineral Infused Face Primers.There are 4 different primers Clear, Tone Adjusting Green, Brightening Lavender, and Radiant Glow available at $6.00 each. e.l.f says: Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish.

I have mixed feelings about these primers. e.l.f clear face primer was the first primer I ever tried and I really liked how it blended into my skin, it felt so smooth. The pump was faulty and would only dispense the product until it got about half full and I would have to unscrew it and dig some out. The green didn't do anything tone adjusting for my redness, the purple didn't brighten my face, but the radiant glow IS radiant!! The green, purple, and clear are all a matte finish and the radiant glow has shimmer in it. The texture of the clear and green are the same I would describe them as a mousse type texture. The purple is more of a lotion type texture and the radiant glow has a whip cream like texture.

All of these primers have a matte finish after they have been rubbed into the skin, except radiant glow it has a little more moisture than the other 3 and the golden shimmer flecks.




I do like the way these primers feel on my skin, so smooth and silky. One small pump is all you need, a little goes a long way! I know radiant glow might look a little intimidating but after you put your foundation over it, it balances out nicely.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

e.l.f Cosmetics Studio Eyebrow Lifter & Filler Pencils

If you are one of those girls who has sparse eyebrows like myself then maybe you have heard of the e.l.f Cosmetics Studio Eyebrow Lifter & Filler Pencils. I wanted to give these a try since I have yet to find an eyebrow pencil I am crazy about. These retail for $3.00 each on the e.l.f website, currently there are 3 shades to chose from Dark, Medium, and Light. There was a Ash color available as you will see in this post but I guess e.l.f has discontinued that color, you may still be able to find that shade on ebay or amazon though.

e.l.f says:
Create polished and defined brows for a flawless fuller look! The 'lift' pencil's sheer light-reflecting pigments act as an arch support under the brows to enhance and outline the shape for a more youthful and awakened look. While the 'fill' pencil shades in the eyebrow to blend in the natural shape, fill in any sparse areas and define the lines.
 
I have had these eyebrow pencils for about 6 months, when I first got them I hated them because they applied to heavy and were too creamy. They went on  to dark and there would be chunks in my brows even though I used a light hand. After they sat in my drawer for awhile I decided to see if there was a way to make them work for me before I tossed them out. Much to my surprise they had gotten a little harder over time and were much easier to use, I still wish these were skinner and that could give them a sharper point then they would be easier to work with.  
 

Each eyebrow lifter & filler come with two sides the fill side which is the shade you fill your eyebrows in with and a lift side which is made to highlight under the brow to give more definition. You could also go around your whole brow with this like you would using a concealer. Every lift shade on each pencil is the same, ivory which is a pinky beige color. The cap on the fill end has a built in sharpener which comes in handy if you don't have a jumbo pencil sharpener.



                                    Here are pictures of the shades and some swatches



 Dark is for dark brown hair, Medium could be used for light brown hair but seems to have more of a reddish tone, Light is for light brown to dark blonde hair and Ash is for light blond to grey hair.
I would suggest having a light hand with these as they are very pigmented and creamy and possibly putting them in the refrigerator prior to application. If you get too much in your eyebrows you can always brush them out with a spoolie. What are your thoughts on these?
                                                                      

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hard Candy Fox in a Box Blush Quads and Bronzer Duos

This post will be about Hard Candy Fox in a Box blushing quads and bronzer duos. I want to apologize in advance for the lighting. I tried all weekend to get good lighting but it just wasn't happening, it was cloudy or raining most of the weekend. I was finally able to get a little sun to take these pictures but unfortunately most of them have a shadow cast. Ok so these retail for $6.00 each at Walmart, as far as I know Hard Candy is sold exclusively at Walmart. There are 5 different boxes available and they contain 5.7 grams of product, the packaging is so cute, a cardboard box with a magnetic flip top lid.  They do come with a brush but I really haven't found it useful although I do like the idea of the convenient black elastic strap you can store it in inside the box. I have been hearing that these may be getting discontinued so if you are wanting them you may want to go to Walmart and pick them up.
First up is Truth or Dare which is a bronzer duo. Both of the shades contain shimmer and are a golden tan and baby pink. The third picture is both of the colors swatched and then a swatch of both colors blended together.


Next is Sweet & Spicy, a blushing quad that has 4 colors. A shimmer coral, shimmer tan, shimmer light pink and a matte deep pink.


Next is Skinny Dipping a bronzer duo that has a shimmer light tan and a matte bright orange.


Next up is Smooth Talker a blushing quad that has 4 colors and all contain shimmer. A golden peach, a light tan, light pink and a coral color. I have read that this is a dupe for Benefit's Sugar Bomb.


Last is Hot Flash a blushing quad that has a shimmer peach, a shimmer light neutral brown color, a satin carnation pink and a matte deep pink color.


Overall I like these, the pigmentation is nice and of course the color can be built up. They go on pretty smooth and who can resist such cute packaging? :) On a side note when I first got these the lids would not close all the way so I set a heavy bottle of body spray on top of them for a day and that did the trick.




Wednesday, October 2, 2013

FOTD

I thought I would share my FOTD with you! I have never done this before so I thought why not give it a try :) I love doing an eye look with a pop of color on the lower lash line and that's what I did today. The majority of products I used are e.l.f but there are a few more brands thrown in as well. I will picture and list all products used and explain how I achieved this look in this post.
1.) I used a combination of two face primers, e.l.f's studio mineral infused primer in Radiant glow and NYX pore filler. Sometimes I will use two primers mixed together if I want to achieve a certain look or if I feel like I need some extra coverage. The e.l.f radiant glow primer has a very luminous glow with tiny flecks of shimmer in it, when you apply it it looks like it may be a little much but after you apply your foundation it looks very nice. The NYX pore filler doesn't really fill my pores but I like the texture and it does give a matte finish.

2.) Next I put on my foundation and concealer, I used two foundations Maybelline Dream smooth mousse which is actually a cream foundation and e.l.f acne fighting foundation. I focused the maybelline foundation on the outer parts of my face and the e.l.f foundation on the inner parts. Then I used e.l.f studio HD lifting concealer in brightening a yellow color under my eyes in a triangular shape.
3.) Next I used the e.l.f contouring blush and bronzing cream. I used the blush just on the apples of my cheeks and I used the bronzer to contour a little in the hollows of my cheeks.

4.) To set everything I used NYX stay matte but not flat powder in nude on the outer parts of my face and e.l.f HD powder in corrective yellow on the inner parts of my face. The combination of the yellow concealer and the yellow hd powder REALLY brightens the face so I recommend only using it in the center parts of the face and under the eyes.

5.) My next step is my eyebrows, I still haven't found a good pencil I'm crazy about but I really like the e.l.f eyebrow kit in dark and the e.l.f clear eyebrow gel. First I use the slanted tip of the double ended brush and use the tinted wax to fill in my brows then go over it with the powder using the other side of the brush. The powder seems to make it look more natural and then I finish with the brow gel.
6.) Now it's time for eye primer, I love e.l.f eye primers if you haven't guessed already I am a e.l.f fanatic :) This one is the mineral eye primer in sheer I just blend it in all over my lids with my finger and let it dry for a minute and then I go over it with e.l.f matte eyeshadow in nude. I really like doing this because it just seems to lay a nice bright base for your eyeshadow.
7.) Yay eyeshadow time! First I used e.l.f cream eyeshadow in Teal Party as a base and patted that onto my lids with my finger, then I went over it with e.l.f mineral eyeshadow in Beachy and took it up above my crease and blended it out a little. Next I used e.l.f long lasting lustrous eyeshadow in confetti and put that on the inner corner of my eye and my tear duct area and also a little on my lid. I used e.l.f liquid eyeliner in black and did a winged eyeliner and on my bottom waterline I used e.l.f shimmer eyeliner pencil in twinkle teal and set it with e.l.f mineral eyeshadow in dreamy.

8.) To finish up the eye I used e.l.f mascaras in volume plumping and mineral infused followed by salon perfect demi wispies and revlon precision lash glue.

9.) Last but not least the lips! I always use a lip balm before I apply any other lip products and I have been loving the nivea lip tin in vanilla & macadamia kiss. First I went over my lips with e.l.f matte lip color in natural, then I went over that with maybelline color sensational lipstick in sparkling sand (smells SO good!) Next just in the center of the lips I used a little of the e.l.f pout perfecter and for the cupids bow I used the e.l.f lip definer and shaper pencil, the shaper side is great highlighting the cupids bow!
I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for checking it out! :)