Lots of colorful palettes are dropping for Summer 2018 and I'm really excited about the new BH Cosmetics Aurora Lights Palette ($18). Their baked formula is my favorite and I've been collecting their other baked palettes such as Galaxy Chic, Solar Flare, and Supernova. They're so pigmented, smooth, and blend like a dream, plus you can use them wet for that super shiny look.
CoverGirl has just launched the new TruBlend Matte Made Foundation ($8.44) in drugstores, and they sent me all 40 shades to swatch for you guys (I'm also doing a giveaway on my YouTube channel since I can't use all of the shades they sent me...link to that video will be at the end of this post).
I think 40 shades at the drugstore is a really huge step toward brands being more inclusive with shade ranges and I think more brands will follow CoverGirl's lead in the future. The Matte Made foundation is broken up into 4 categories...Light, Medium, Tan, and Deep with 10 shades in each. They also have Warm, Cool, and Neutral undertones, but I do wish they would have printed the undertone somewhere on the bottle. As of now, you have to guess the undertone just by looking at it, and while there are some that are very obviously pink or yellow, some are a little harder to distinguish.
Matte Made claims to minimize pores, control shine, feel comfortable on the skin, and last for 12 hours without fading. I've been testing it for the past 3 weeks or so and I definitely have some thoughts on the formula!
For the most part, I think the claims are true...I found that this foundation:
Dries down very quickly to a matte finish and I didn't even feel the need to set it with a powder or setting balm (at least on my dry skin).
While I don't know if it minimized my pores, it certainly didn't draw attention to them!
It has a nice medium coverage that can be built up.
It's long-lasting and didn't wear off (even on my nose) for the majority of the day.
Even though my skin is dry, it didn't look cakey or cling to dry patches.
But there were a few negatives:
My skin had a dehydrated look (my cheeks looked like they had fine lines when I smiled), so even though it doesn't cake up on dry skin, it still had a dry appearance to it.
This foundation oxidizes like crazy...the photo below is the same shade. The swatch on the left is one that I let dry first, while the swatch on the right is a fresh swatch. So make sure to go lighter than your normal shade.
Now let's take a look at some swatches! These are all fresh, non-oxidized swatches and what each shade looks like right out of the bottle (I did these before I knew that the foundation oxidized).
Overall, I like the new CoverGirl Matte Made Foundation for many reasons...it's long-lasting, has nice coverage, and doesn't need to be set (at least on my dry skin). But I also don't like that it oxidizes and also makes my skin look dry (maybe it won't be quite as bad in the summer when my skin leans more toward normal).
To see more (or to enter my giveaway) check out my video below...I also do an application demo so you can see how it covers.
CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation Review & GIVEAWAY - YouTube
What do you guys think? Will you be trying the new CoverGirl Matte Made foundation? Available now at drugstores and online at Amazon.
CoverGirl is on fire lately with all new packaging/branding of older products and lots of brand new releases! I've been getting tagged in photos on Instagram from people who have spotted the new collection at their local Walmart and it includes scented products! Let's take a look...
TruNaked Palettes: There are two more TruNaked Palettes in addition to the Peach and Chocolate versions (these are unscented)...Sunsets ($9.98) and Dazed ($9.98).
TruBlend Contour & Highlight Palettes: There are also two new contour palettes...Bloom Babe ($9.98) and Rose Nights ($9.98), and two new Super Stunner Highlight Palettes...It's Lit ($9.98) and Glowing Up ($9.98).
Have you spotted any of these new palettes in-store yet? Which ones are you excited to try?
Lime Crime has just released their new Wet Cherry Lip Glosses ($18 each at Ulta) and they are definitely some of the most unique glosses I've tried in a while! They claim to create that super reflective glossy finish of a maraschino cherry in a lightweight, non-sticky formula and I would agree with that, as they are thinner and way more glossy than just about anything I have in my collection. They actually remind me a lot of the old Maybelline Kissing Potion from the '80's (the ones that were in a roll-on tube).
They come in two different finishes...Juicy Sheer and Sparkly Sheer and have a yummy cherry scent.
I love how they're sheer but still pack a color punch, particularly the deeper shades. My favorites are Bitter Cherry and Sweet Cherry (pictured on me, below).
Overall, these are such a fun summer lip product and I'm really glad to see glossy lips coming back, as I never fully embraced the matte lipstick trend!
What about you? What's your favorite shade pictured in the swatches? Available now at Ulta.com
Colleen Rothschild is having a flash sale until tonight and I wanted to share it with you because it includes my favorite facial oil...the Retinol Supreme Night Oil. It's $21 off (and you can save another 20% if you sign up for emails on her website).
I've been using this oil since last summer and it makes such a difference in my skin. When I wake up in the morning my skin is glowing and I can definitely tell when I use it and when I don't. Most skincare doesn't give such a visible result, which is why I was truly wowed by this. It does include retinol for anti-aging, but since I use so many other anti-aging products, I can't say for sure if this has reduced fine lines or anything like that.
My main reasons for using it are: 1. because it seals in my moisturizer and hydrates my dry skin so well, and 2. because of the way my skin looks the next morning...it starts the day off right and my skin looks bright, smooth, plumped, and healthy). Anti-aging is just an added benefit for me!
Also, her new Retinol Supreme Eye Serum is part of the sale as well, and I went ahead and ordered it because my eyes have been needing a little bit of help lately. I'll have to let you guys know my thoughts on it once I've tried it for a while. :)
This sale is only on for today, so if you're interested, head on over to ColleenRothschild.com and check it out (don't forget to sign up for emails to save another 20% off!).
Hello all! I'm baaaack...well sort of! I've been trying to figure out a way to do Instagram, YouTube, and blog and it's been so hard, mainly because YouTube was a huge learning curve for me and took up so much time. But now that I have my groove, I find myself missing this blog and writing about makeup. So I'm going to try to pop in as often as I can (it may not be everyday) but I don't want to completely abandon this platform because I really love doing it.
So anyway, this is a quick review of the new Morphe Blushing Babes Pop of Peach palette ($12 at Ulta). It comes in seven shades and I chose this one because I'm a sucker for peachy blushes, but when it arrived in the mail I was surprised at how dark it was because the colors looked much lighter on the Ulta website.
But they do sheer out quite beautifully, so I can still use them on my fair skin tone as long as I use a lighter hand (especially for the deepest shade, Influencer). The formula feels soft but not too powdery, which is really nice. To me, they kind of feel like The Balm's blushes which I really enjoy.
Maker is described as a matte baked apricot...I would say it has more of a satin finish.
Creator is a matte papaya shade and my favorite in the palette
Influencer is a shimmering nutmeg shade, but the shimmer is very soft and not chunky or glittery.
Overall, this is a really cute blush palette with a nice formula and I think it would be great to take on vacation with me this summer because it's so portable. I would like to try some more shades, but I'm a little bit wary of choosing shades based on the website since this one looked completely different so I may look for them in-store (Pop of Peach is the only shade that's listed as "online only").
What do you think of the shades in here? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Available now at Ulta.com
It's time for an updated skincare routine video! This one includes a lot of more affordable products and Korean brands, as well as a couple of high-end products. I feel like my skin looks even better at 40 than it did at 30 and it's definitely thanks to carefully following the steps in the Korean skincare routine and a lot of these awesome products (plus being careful about sunscreen).
I hope you enjoy it!
My FAVORITE Skincare Routine Ever! | DRY SKIN Affordable + High End - YouTube
Hey Guys! If you follow me over on Instagram or on YouTube, you may have seen some of my recent hauls from stores like Target and Ulta. Over the past month or two, I've gotten a mix of hair products, skincare, and makeup, and I thought it would be fun to do a follow-up video now that I've tried everything and let you know my thoughts on the products. :)
Here's the video...there are more products included than in the photo above!
Haul Updates | Do I Still Like These Products? - YouTube
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