All About the Base: New Foundation Favorites

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Perfecting my skin is my favorite step of my everyday makeup routine.  I don’t typically take a lot of time on my makeup in the morning.  I’m usually half asleep and too lazy to really care what I look like.  I can’t function until I’ve had my coffee.  Since I am always running low on energy in the mornings, I like to keep things natural and just focus most my time on my foundation, perfecting any problems that I am currently having. Since I love perfecting my skin so much, I enjoy finding new products that help me out.   As you may have guessed, these new foundation-perfecting discoveries are the reason we gather here today, in my corner of the internet. 🙂  I shall now tell you all about their amazing makeup base perfecting abilities.

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  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – This stuff makes my foundation look flawless. FLAW-LESS.  It is very hydrating, so it’s perfect for those dry skin days.  If you have trouble with flaky, dry skin, I would definitely recommend this.  Not only can you use it before your makeup, but also afterwards to lock everything in and give your skin a nice glow!  If my makeup is every looking cake-y this product saves the day and smoothes everything out.  Not only that, but it increases the wear of my makeup for at least 2-3+ hours more than usual.
  2. 2B Primer Makeup Base – This primer makes my makeup last all day!  I can get a good 8-9  hour use out of it, which is especially amazing considering its price!  Normally all 2B products are half off, so I’ve never seen this primer go above $4.95.  Not only is it affordable, but it also isn’t made with silicone, which means it won’t break you out.  It is lightweight and has a slight fresh scent to it.  It claims to be slightly mattifying.  Overall, it leaves my skin with a satin finish, not too far on the matte side of things.
  3. M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation – I am OBSESSED with this product.  This foundation has a slight glow to the finish, but it never gets to the point of making me look like a disco ball. When I just want a bit of coverage, I can use a tiny amount of this and it gives the perfect sheer finish.  It can also be built up to more of a medium/full coverage depending on how much you put on.  I like to use my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush when applying this.  If you want a natural foundation, I can’t recommend MAC face and body enough!
  4. 2B Waterproof Concealer – This is another one of my new favorites from 2B Cosmetics.  Their concealer correcting waterproof stick in the shade peach is perfect for my under eye area.  Since it has a peach tint, it helps to remove my dark circles.  It’s great on any zits that I have as well.  One tip I would give is to not apply too much under your eyes since it may crease a bit.  With that said, I still think it’s an amazing product and I’ve never seen this go above $3.99, so it’s definitely a steal!
  5. Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder – No other powder has been able to make my pores look as invisible as this one.  I am in love with MUFE’s Pressed Powder since it makes my skin look extremely smooth and never lets my under eye area crease.  Since my T-zone is constantly oily, this powder is constantly saving my life… or at least my makeup from smudging all over the place.

Thank you so much for reading!  Are there any other makeup base essentials out there that I need to discover?

XO,

Hanna

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revlon ultra hd matte lipcolor review

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor: My New Drugstore Obsession

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Hey there, beauties!

Long time no blog! I have missed you so all much, but now that the hectic part of December is over, I am back to posting regularly! *whoop!*  I am so excited, because today, I am reviewing a product that has quickly become  HOLY GRAIL for me. *Drum roll* Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor!

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At first sight, I knew that I needed these babies in my life and I am in love with everything about them from the packaging to the formula… even the scent smells like heaven!  Let’s jump into the review!

First off… THE PACKAGING.  Let’s all just take a moment to stand in awe of all of its beauty.  These tubes are glass with in a matte finish.  They feel like a very durable high end product and I absolutely love the way that they look.  My only complaint is that the shade number and name are not displayed anywhere except for tiny print on the sticker, which has to be removed in order to open the bottle.

The formula is super pigmented and very moisturizing.  I was surprised when I first tried these out by the fact that these are nothing like liquid lipstick.  Instead, they are a gloss that really stays put and has no shine.  I’m not exactly sure that this glorious creation could fit into one category.  If lipgloss and liquid lipstick had a baby, it would be this product.

Since they aren’t as matte as a liquid lipstick, they smudge off a bit when eating or drinking, but they leave behind some color and never completely disappear.  On top of staying put forEVER and never getting stuck on my teeth, these glosses smell like fruity deliciousness and make me wish that I could eat an entire tube of the stuff.  It sounds gross, but smell this gloss and you’ll probably be wishing the same thing!

These Lipcolors are $8.50 a piece, which makes them a bit on the pricier side for a drugstore product… but they are so high quality that I think they are worth every penny!  In my opinion, these glosses are better quality and look much more flattering on me than most high end lipsticks.  I tend to shy away from bright lips, but with THESE, my lips actually don’t look dry or cracked for once in my life.  Also, the applicator makes them extremely easy to have a nice, clean edge.

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Now for the swatching! *squeel*

Firstly, 610 HD Addiction is a gorgeous deep plum shade.  I love how it has a whitening effect on my teeth instead of making them look yellow as some brighter colors can.  Even though this shade is pigmented, it is not in your face and you don’t have to worry about it ever getting on your teeth or smudging!

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625 HD Love is even more vibrant than the previous shade.  Somehow, I am absolutely obsessed with this color even though I usually am terrified or orange-y reds.  This color doesn’t make my teeth look yellow and it actually doesn’t seem too overpowering.  I highly recommend this for the season of red lips and Christmas vibes!

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615 HD Temptation is your perfect everyday pink shade.  It seems to me like it would be a very universally flattering tone for everyone.  I think this shade is a great pick if you want a natural pink lip product for every day wear that won’t rub off and is super moisturizing!

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Lastly, we have 630 HD Seduction.  I had to try out a nude shade since they’re my favorite!  I have never before bought a product that matched the natural color of my lips SO perfectly!  It enhances the look of my lips but doesn’t even look like I’m wearing anything.  I’ve been dreaming about finding a product like this for my entire life up to this moment.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I am extremely excited about my discovery!  I now wear this product every day. I recommend it so highly!

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Thanks so much for reading!  I hope that this post had been helpful to you!  Have you tried out this product?  What are your thoughts?

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5 affordable blushes

Blush on a Budget: 5 Drugstore Faves

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It’s a fact that buying new makeup goodies is one of the most fun things on the entire planet.  However, if I bought Estée Lauder products every time I went on a beauty spree, I would be very, very broke.  Thankfully, the drugstore is the perfect solution to that problem and I’ve discovered 5 great blushes that will save your wallet!  These affordable products especially come in handy during this season of gift buying and money spending!  I hope that this post might help you find a new drugstore treasure to try out in this bunch of blushes!

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  1. NYX Powder Blush– I’m a huge fan of NYX since they are super affordable and I am always impressed by the quality!  You really can’t beat the price of their amazing pressed powder blushes at only $4.99!    This shade is s gorgeous matte pink.  It is long-lasting and very pigmented.  You have to have a light hand with this one, but the shade is super gorgeous as long as you don’t go too ham on it! NYX Powder Blush Dusty RoseNYX Powder Blush Dusty Rose
  2. Mivagirl Blush #05** – Unlike the previous blush, this one is baked and has a beautiful shimmer to it.  I’m obsessed with this lighter pink shade!  Even though it may seem like too bright of a pink, it actually adds a really natural looking glow.  I use a light wash of this over my cheeks so it’s not too overpowering.  The best part about the slight shimmer of this product is that it has a built in highlight!  For just $3.99, this blush is a TOTAL steal!  With Black Friday deals this weekend, this blush is practically going to be free!  If you’d like to, you can even use my code: HANNH10 for 10% off.   I can’t wait to try out more shades!

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3.  Maybelline Fit Me Blush 306 Deep Coral – Although I’ve heard a multitude of mixed feelings from others about Maybelline’s Fit Me blushes, I really like the formula.  They are described as natural and sheer on the website, which they very much are.  However, I really like natural cheek products since I’m not huge on super bright blushes.  With this blush, I don’t have to worry about going overboard.  It gives me a slight glow and coral tint to my cheeks, which I absolutely love!  If you are into natural blushes, I strongly recommend giving this one a go!

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4. Milani Baked Blush 02 Rose D’oro – This gorgeous rose gold blush is one of my favorites… even over high end products!  It has the most beautiful gold shimmer and is the perfect rose/coral shade.  Make sure you use a light hand with this one though, because let me tell you girl, it is PIG-MENT-ED.  I can’t get over how much I love this shade and I recommend it to all you glowy rose blush lovers out there!

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5.  Covergirl  185 True Plum – Last, but definitely not least, we have Covergirl’s gorgeous plum blush.  This blush is another natural option, but slightly more pigmented that Maybelline’s. It has the most natural and amazing glow. I constantly find myself reaching for this shade in the cooler months since I am drawn to plum shades this time of the year!  This product adds just the right amount of color and I can’t get enough of it!

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Thanks so much for reading!  I hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!   >>Keep your eyes peeled for my giveaway starting this Black Friday!<<  What are some of your favorite affordable blushes?

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The Comparison: Duochrome Eyeshadows | MAC, Makeup Geek, and Urban Decay

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Recently, I have been seeing eyeshadows all over the place that somehow have the magical power of being two shades at once.  THIS IS THE FUTURE, PEOPLE.  One shade (or should I say combination of shades) in particular caught my eye: warm brown mixed with teal shimmer.  I was so intrigued by this wondrous mix of colors that I quickly gathered myself a little collection.

I did not understand how a combination of such opposites could exist and somehow look flattering on my eyelids.  I had to test it out, and test it, I did.  I now have a plethora of eyeshadows in my collection with varying shades of rusty brown hues and teal sparkles.  I shall now do what obviously has to be done and tell you about my discoveries.IMG_8172

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duochrome eyeshadow swatches

Top: Urban Decay ‘Lounge’ Middle: MAC Blue Brown Bottom: Makeup Geek Havoc

MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment is something that I’ve heard quite a bit about.  I have never tried any of their pigments before, so I was extremely excited to bring this baby home.  It is super pigmented (as pigments tend to be 😉 and has a gorgeous shimmer to it.  At some angles, it is more of a rusty, brick red and, at others, a blue/purple sparkle.  I can’t get over how amazing it is.  The price for the full-sized bottle is $22, but for the smaller size that I picked up is just $10.  There is a ton of product in this little container, so it will last me forever!  Just a heads up: I suggest that if you are using this (or any) pigment, apply your eye makeup before doing the rest of your face so that you don’t have a ton of fallout getting all up in your foundation’s business.

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Makeup Geek’s Duo Chrome Eyeshadow in Havoc is a similar color to MAC’s pigment, but is more on the warm side.  I can definitely see some more brick red/brown coming through with this one. It can be built up to have a teal shimmer, but is farther on the brown side of things than both of the other shadows here. For just $6, this product is such a steal!  It lasts all day and looks so stunning and shimmery!  Depending on how much of the product you apply, the color will look completely different, varying from a warm brown to sparkling teal.

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Urban Decay’s eyeshadows always impress me with their high quality and this one is no exception.  You get what you pay for since they are on the pricier side of things, coming in at $19.  The shade ‘Lounge’ is extremely pigmented and bright.  It has more of a teal hue than both of the other eyeshadows, with a slight warm brown undertone.  It has a gorgeous shimmer that reminds me of mermaids.  I am in love with it.

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Overall, I love each of these eyeshadows for different reasons and think that they all are amazing.  Urban Decay’s Lounge is a bit more teal than the others, MAC’s Brown Blue is more on the blue/purple side of things, and Makeup Geek is the warmest of them all, with the brick red/brown undertone being pretty visible.  Which is your favorite?

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Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried any duo chrome eyeshadows?  What do you think of them? These shades might be a little much for everyday wear, but they are super fun to own and play around with on special occasions!

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All ‘Bout Them Neutrals | Clinique Wear Everywhere 8-Pan Palette

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I don’t know about you, but I can never have too many neutral eyeshadows.  They’re beautiful, go with every look, and never go out of style. Clinique’s Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette is my new baby (whew, that name is a mouthful).  During the fall, I gravitate towards warmer neutrals and that is exactly what this palette includes, along with some cool-toned browns and a range of highlight shades… basically, it has every neutral you’ll ever need and includes “soft” and “super shimmer” shades along with a matte shadow as well!  This palette is all kinds of gorgeous and I can’t wait to show you!

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clinique neutral eyeshadow palette

From left to right:

  • NEW Alabaster (Soft Shimmer)
  • Daybreak (Super Shimmer)
  • NEW Moroccan Brown (Soft Shimmer)
  • At Dusk (Super Shimmer)
  • NEW Sahara Sun (Super Shimmer)
  • NEW Jute Brown (Soft Shimmer)
  • Seashell (Soft Shimmer)
  • NEW Chocolate Bark (Matte)

Price: $36

Packaging:  The packaging of this palette is my favorite of any palette I’ve ever owned!  It is incredibly compact and the perfect size for travel.  The mirror inside is large, which is a huge plus.  I cannot get over how sleek and gorgeous it is!

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Formula: These eyeshadows are extremely pigmented.  They are super creamy and blend really well.  Every single color in this palette is stunning.  I love the range of “soft” to “super” shimmers as I love that kind of eyeshadow.  The soft shimmers are very similar to a satin finish with more of a glow, which I love.  Even though this palette includes very shimmery shades, they do not have chunks of glitter in them, which I always despise.  There is no sparkly fallout when using them.  (Yay!)  I am very glad that Clinique included at least one matte shade, since it is always nice to have a darker matte shadow to use as liner or to deepen up the crease.

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Recommendation:  I recommend this palette to absolutely everyone.  If you don’t have any eyeshadow palettes, I think this one is the way to go since you will get a little bit of everything!  Everyone can use a few more neutrals in their life, so I recommend this to all you makeup junkies out there -you’ll get tons of use out of it, you can travel with it, and it is super high quality.  I honestly believe I could live off of this palette and this palette alone.  I am an eyeshadow junkie, so that is saying something! 😉

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that you enjoyed this post!  Do you have any neutral eyeshadow palettes?

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A Product That Changed My Makeup Game | Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer

Hello, beautiful people!

I’ve discovered a product that has completely amped up my makeup game and I decided that it was too amazing not to show you all!  Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More never ceases to impress me.  It’s my holy grail primer; my true love; the peanut butter to my jelly.  Okay, maybe that’s taking it a bit far, but I love it.  A lot. Let’s jump into this review and I’ll give you all the details!

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Price: $15 (.5 oz) – $45 (1 oz)

Where you can buy it: I buy this lovely product at Sephora.  Often times, you can use your points at Sephora to get this primer, which I highly suggest!  You won’t regret spending them on this!

Formula:  This primer has an extremely smooth consistency, very similar to Benefit’s Professional… except better in my opinion.  Even though it is thick, a little goes a long ways, so the tube will last you a long time.  The product itself is a light tan color, which scared me at first, but it actually looks invisible on the skin.

According to Sephora: “It acts as an invisible barrier to prevent makeup from clogging pores. This velvety primer absorbs excess oil, blurs fine lines and imperfections, and is resistant to sweat and humidity—improving the longevity of your makeup. Your skin will look and feel smoother, more uniform, and perfectly shine-free.”

Recommendation:  I would recommend this primer to people of all skin types.  It works great on my combination skin.  I never get oily while using this, but it also smoothes over all of my dry, flaky patches, making them unnoticable!  It’s the best of both worlds and works with my skin no matter how it happens to be acting that day.

Overall, this primer (while it is on the more expensive side) is very worth the money.  It makes my skin look completely pore-less… Even my trouble area on the sides of my nose!  I never thought that was possible!  I recommend buying the smaller bottle since it is more affordable and you’re getting more product for your money.  You definitely need this primer in your life if your looking for something to make your foundation go on super smoothly, look amazing, and last all day!

Thanks so much for reading!  Have you ever tried any Dr. Brandt products?   Do they have any others I need to try?

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Review + Swatches

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Since Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip collection has been extremely popular this fall, I decided it was about time I got in on the action!  These liquid lipsticks cost $6.00, which makes them a bargain compared to most!  I bought 5 colors that range from pale pinks to vampy shades.  Today, I’ll be sharing with you all of my thoughts about these lip products as well as showing you what they look like!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Price: $6

Packaging: I think that the packaging of these liquid lipsticks is super chic and beautiful!  I like how they are glass and feel very sturdy and high quality.

Formula:  Holy pigmentation!  These things are vibrant.  The color is so THERE that people will see your perfect lips coming from miles away.  Upon application, this liquid lipstick feels super smooth and is easy to apply accurately, with a really sharp, clean edge. Just make sure not to reapply the product over itself or else it can begin to peel off a bit.  When these dry, they definitely live up to their title of “ultra-matte”ness!  They will not budge without makeup remover, so you don’t have to worry about eating or drinking -your lipstick won’t go anywhere all day!  If you are into over-lining your lips, these will be your best friend since they are very easy to use when drawing on a new lip shape!  Since they are so matte, overlooking won’t be obvious or noticeable at all.


This light, nude pink is a very natural color that isn’t too overpowering.  However, I did find that the lightness of the color made the wrinkles in my lips appear a bit more noticeable. Overall, it’s a beautiful color and I can see why everyone raves about this shade!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

This red, fuchsia color is also extremely pigmented.  This may be the most vibrant lip product I have ever worn!  Even though the color is a bit too bright for me, personally, to wear very often, it’s fun to play with bright colors sometimes and this one is easy to apply!  Since the application is so smooth, you don’t have to worry about smudging the product around or having it look messy.
Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

I was expecting this shade to be a bit more on the pink side, but once applied, I saw that it is mostly purple.  I’m not complaining since the shade is so beautiful!  This color is gorgeous and (of course) extremely pigmented.  I found this color easier to apply than any of the others for some reason.

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

I was again a little surprised by the true color of these liquid lipsticks… I expected this shade to be much lighter.  It is still a beautiful shade, but on the website, I thought it appeared a bit different.  I think this shade would look absolutely gorgeous on someone with a deeper skin tone than mine!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch

This shade is described as a vampy, blackened red on the website… It definitely lives up to its description.  Again, the shade is too dark for me to ever be able to pull off very well, but it is fun to play around with for different makeup looks!  Since it is so dark, I had a little bit of trouble with making sure the color was even everywhere on my lips and did not look patchy.  I tried to clean this shade up with concealer around the edges, which ended up turning the edges of my lipstick bright red, so I don’t recommend trying to fix these up once they’re in place!  I had a bit of difficulty trying to apply such a dark color without messing up, so be patient and take your time with these dark shades!

Colourpop Lip Swatch

Colourpop Lip Swatch


Recommendation:  I would recommend the Ultra Matte Lipsticks to people who love really bold and pigmented lip products.  If you like matte lipsticks that stay in place all day, you’ll love these!  However, if you are afraid of wearing super bright lip colors or if you have extremely dry lips, you may want to stay away from these or just try out a lighter, nude shade.  I highly recommend Solow!

Final Thoughts:  These liquid lipsticks are very high quality and super affordable!  The pigmentation is incredible and the dry time is quick.  They stay in place all day and don’t budge!  I think it would be easier to have a clean edge by using a lip liner, however I managed without one for all of these swatches, so it’s not necessary.  Since my lips are very dry, the product did tend to settle into the lines a bit even though I exfoliated my lips beforehand and used chapstick.  However, I think that is to be expected with matte lip products and overall, these things are amazing!

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that this has been helpful to you!  Let me know if you have tried this liquid lipsticks and what your opinion of them is!

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Concealer Showdown | Nars Creamy Radiant vs. Urban Decay Naked Skin

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If you watch beauty videos on YouTube or read any blogs about makeup, chances are you’ve seen many, many people talk about NARS Creamy Radiant and Urban Decay Naked Skin concealers.  I know I have!  So much so, that I (obviously) had to go out and buy them myself.  If you haven’t heard of these concealers yet, it’s you’re lucky day, because this post is all about ’em. 🙂  Both the Creamy Radiant and Naked Skin concealers are raved about constantly -and for good reason!  But which is better?  Since I have used up an entire tube of each product, I thoroughly know how they work for me, so I am going to review and compare them both!  May the best concealer win!

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NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer

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Price: $29

Formula: I love the formula of this concealer!  It is creamy and moisturizing (as the name would suggest).  It blends out smoothly and looks very natural.

Coverage:  I would definitely say this concealer has full coverage!  It can cover the darkest of under eye circles and makes blemishes completely disappear.

Lasting Power:  This concealer is very long-wearing.  It lasts all day -even in hot weather!

Creasing: As you may see in the picture, it does slightly crease since the formula is more moisturizing.  I don’t find that it is noticeable at all from afar, but with such an up-close picture, you can see a few lines appearing.  This picture was taken about 30 minutes after application, but I find that it doesn’t ever crease much farther than it has in this photo. Overall, I’d say it does a good job of staying in place!

Packaging:  NARS always has such chic packaging for there products and this one is no different.  I love how it is square!  It never leaks any product, so it does its job! 🙂

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

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Price: $28

Formula:  I love this formula and think it is moisturizing, much like the last concealer.  It blends even more smoothly than NARS’ creamy radiant.

Coverage: I would say that this concealer is medium to full coverage.  It looks very natural and covers dark circles and acne pretty well.

Lasting Power:  Urban Decay’s concealer lasts a long while, as did NARS’.  I find that it does not slip and slide or rub off of my face very easily.

Creasing: This concealer almost never creases on me, which I love!  It is very smooth-looking and never settles into any fine lines around my eye area.

Packaging: I love the bottle that this comes in and think it looks very high quality.  My favorite part is the applicator!  It is super bendy and makes concealer really easy to apply!


THE COMPARISON

Price: Urban Decay wins, coming in just $1 under NARS.  The prices pretty much tie.

Formula:  It’s a tie!  They each are creamy and blend smoothly, looking super natural on the skin!

Coverage:  NARS definitely wins on this one.  I thought that they were equal until I used a different concealer under each eye to really examine the differences.  NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer does a much better job than Urban Decay in covering both acne and under eyes.  It’s pretty amazing just how much this concealer can hide!

Lasting Power: I find that NARS’ concealer lasts slightly longer than Urban Decay, although both do an amazing job.  Urban Decay’s seems so wipe off a bit easier and disappear more throughout the day.

Creasing:  At first, NARS’ creamy concealer creases slightly more than Urban Decay’s, although after a few hours have gone by, I think that they are a pretty close tie.

Packaging:  Each of these bottles are amazing.  I love the look of NARS, however the feel of Urban Decay’s is my favorite, especially since the applicator is so cool and different than most.


So, who won?  In my opinion, NARS Creamy Radiant concealer beats Urban Decay’s Naked Skin!  Although each concealers are amazing and almost equal, the coverage of NARS is phenomenal!  It lasts all day, blends easily, and does not look cake-y on the skin.

Would I recommend these concealers? DEFINITELY.  These concealers are amazing and no matter which you pick, you won’t be disappointed.  I have combination skin, so these concealers have been put to the test through my oily T-zone and dry patches.  I think that either concealer is a great option and both would work well for any skin type.  I have heard that some people with extremely oily skin do not love NARS creamy radiant concealer, in which case I would recommend Urban Decay’s instead.

Thank you so much for reading!  Have you tried these concealers?  What have your thoughts been?  Which won in your opinion?

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Worth the Splurge? | My GlamGlow Mask Collection Review / Comparison

Hello, lovelies!

You have probably heard the rave about GlamGlow’s masks from beauty enthusiasts everywhere.  I have, too, so I obviously had to try them out!  Today, I’ll be telling you what I think of those I have in my collection!  Are they worth the splurge?  Let’s see, shall we?

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Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

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Price: $69

What it is formulated to do:
THIRSTYMUD™ uses the newest, most advanced, and extreme hydration active technologies. It moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Dewdration™ boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result while HydraPack™ leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. GreenEnergy™ smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion

Suggested Usage:
-Use two to three times per week or when needed.
-Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin.
-Can be used on the face, neck, and chest.
-Daytime use: Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, allowing product to absorb into the skin. Wipe off with tissue and massage remaining product into skin or rinse with water.
-Nighttime use: Leave on to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin.
-In-flight use: Apply at beginning of the flight and leave on for flight duration.

My opinion: I love the sleek packaging -It’s so beautiful!  As for the product itself, I think it is great for people with dry skin that is not too sensitive.  When my skin is  on the normal to oily side, this mask doesn’t really do much for me besides cause breakouts.  Keep in mind that my skin is extremely sensitive, so it can break out very easily.  It has a delicious coconut scent and leaves the skin feeling refreshed.  It feels almost tingly to my skin upon application and I love how amazing my skin feels when I rinse it off!  When my skin is dry, this is a great mask to use!

Recommendation: I would recommend this to anyone with drier skin that is not sensitive.

Worth the Splurge?: Depending on your skin type, it can be… but it is pretty pricey and I think there are probably better options out there than something so expensive! Again, my skin is so sensitive that I don’t get very positive results from masks often, so keep in mind that while this may not be worth the money to me, it might be a miracle worker for you!


Tinglexfoliate Mud Mask

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Price: $69

It claims:
– Noticeable three-day glow from skin collagen synthesis.
-Helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
– Leaves skin brighter, smoother and softer.
– Offers multilevel resurfacing exfoliation and evens out skin tone.
– Helps tighten skin and minimizes pores.
– Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.
– Helps protect against free-radical damage.

How to use:
– Apply a thin layer to clean face.
– Stir before use to liquefy.
– Expect a tingle-tactic tightening effect in 10 minutes or less.
– Remove mask with water in circular motions to exfoliate.
– Use twice a week or as often as desired.

My opinion: It dries out quickly, so I recommend buying the smaller, cheaper size that you will be able to use up before it hardens.  It has a tingling sensation on the face that slowly dies down.  It smells slightly like green tea to me and leaves the skin feeling a little tight.  This mask will bring all the imperfections to the surface.  Since my skin is so sensitive, I don’t love this one as it can be a bit harsh.  It’s great if you need something to draw out any pimples and clear up your skin.

Recommendation:  I would recommend this to anyone with normal to oily skin that isn’t too sensitive.

Worth the splurge?: In my opinion, and for my skin type, definitely not.  However, as I said, if your skin is not sensitive, then give the smaller size of this baby a go!


Supermud Clearing Treatment

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Price: $69

What it is formulated to do:
“This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW® dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking.”

Suggested Usage:
-Apply a thin layer to clean skin.
-Leave on for five, 10, 15, or 20 minutes.
-Pore-Matrix™ will reveal dots of vacuum extractions.
-Remove with water.
-Use as often as needed.
-Use as a full mask or spot treatment.

My Opinion: This mask does everything that it claims!  Although the smell is a bit wonky, it clears out my pores and tightens them up.  It leaves my skin feeling super soft!  It really reduces the size of my breakouts and clears my skin!  Overall, I think it’s a great mask!  Again, it will dry out on you if you don’t use it quickly enough, so I really recommend getting the smaller size.  It’s also less cash that you have to spend, so even better!  I think this is great as a mask or spot treatment.

Recommendation: I would recommend it to all skin types that need help with reducing their acne and tightening pores.  If your skin is extremely sensitive, this may be a no-go for you, but other than that, it’s a pretty great product!

Worth the splurge?: This mask is pretty amazing, however the price is very high!  I think the smaller and cheaper ($19) version of this mask is the way to go since you won’t have to spend as much and it won’t all dry up before you can use the product!


Brightmud Eye Treatment

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What it is formulated to do:
Non-Dry Tapwipe™ Bioactive Mud consists of powerful actives that help minimize puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines while brightening and hydrating the eyes. Natural high bioactivity materials and bentonites absorb toxins delivering high nutrients and minerals essential for ultrabright, amazing eyes. Simply tap-on to deliver the range of advanced active ingredients into the skin then wipe-off, leaving a micro layer of actives for extended results.

Suggested Usage:
-Use one dual ChromeCell™ per use, two to three times per week or when needed.
-Close eye and tap on an even layer using the entire product under eye or orbital eye.
-Leave on for three minutes.
-Close eye and slowly wipe off with a soft, dry tissue, using a clean part for each wipe.

My Opinion:  This mask is absolutely amazing!  I get pretty dark circles under my eyes since I definitely don’t get enough sleep.  It brightens up my under eyes and decreases the puffiness SO. MUCH.  It’s insane how well it works!  I didn’t think this product would live up to its claims, but it has proved me wrong and I’m in love with it!  It feels really refreshing when you apply it and doesn’t have much of a smell.  It almost tingles on the skin and the sensitive edges next to my eyes do begin to sting a little after this has been sitting there for a few minutes, but it’s nothing extreme.  After rinsing, I’m always so impressed with the results!  It makes my face look like I got a full 8 hours of sleep!  The best part is that you can actually get two uses out of one pod since there is so much product there, which will give you 24 uses instead of only 12!

Recommendation:  If you have dark undereyes and never get enough sleep, I think that this product will work great for you!   However, if your eyes are super sensitive, they may be irritated by this product.

Worth the splurge?: The price is pretty insane for an undereye mask, I know… However, I found mine at Marshalls for $40 cheaper than the usual price!  I was hooked by the deal and decided to try it out!  I’m so glad that I did!  I don’t think I would repurchase this since it was so expensive, but if I ever find it at such a cheap price again, I will definitely be picking it up!  If you’re interested in buying this, make sure to check the Marshall’s beauty aisle as they have GlamGlow products pretty often!


Overall, I’d say that GlamGlow does have some amazing masks, BUT they are extremely expensive and, in most cases, I would recommend buying the smaller size to save money and be able to use up the product before it dries out.  Also, as I said before, be sure to check Marshall’s beauty aisle to see if they have any Glamglow masks at cheaper prices!  Their packaging is to die for and most of these masks smell absolutely amazing!  I recommend getting samples at Sephora and testing them out of your skin before committing to a whole bottle! I recently tried out PowerMud, which worked wonders on my acne, so I really recommend checking that one out!  It smells like heaven!

Thanks so much for reading!  Do you have any GlamGlow masks?  If so, which do you recommend and which aren’t so great?

XO,

Hanna


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My Holy-Grail Foundation | Worth The Splurge

Hello, lovelies!!

I hope that all of you are having an amazing day!  Today, I wanted to share with you the product that I have used consistently for YEARS; Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation.  I love this foundation to death and have never used another that performed nearly as well on my skin!  I don’t think this product gets raved about enough, so it definitely deserves this post! 🙂

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Price: This foundation costs $40, but it lasts me forever since the consistency is very liquid and a little goes a long way!

Packaging: The packaging is beautiful and I love that it has a pump!  The glass bottle feels sturdy and looks super sleek.

Shades:  Urban Decay has a very wide variety of shades.  The shades ending in .0 are warm and those ending in .5 are cool toned.

Coverage:  It gives medium to full coverage that is definitely build-able.  It has a satin finish that looks like natural skin.  It covers any hyper pigmentation on my face and I can blend it out to a more sheer finish on the places that I don’t want as much coverage.  It’s extremely light-weight.  I can’t even tell I have foundation on when I wear this!

Consistency:  This is a very liquidy foundation.  It’s extremely light-weight.  I can’t even tell I have foundation on when I wear this!  I only use about a pump of this on my entire face since it’s extremely easy to blend out and I like sheer to medium coverage.

Recommended Skin Type:  It does not cling to any flaky patches on my skin and it doesn’t get super oily throughout the day in my T-zone.  I think this foundation would work well on any skin type!

Naked Skin Foundation According to Urban Decay:

“A weightless and virtually invisible liquid foundation that creates a luminous, demi-matte finish.

This formula helps skin achieve a natural, illuminated and bright finish— like the beautiful skin you were born with. Naked Skin is formulated with light-diffusing spheres, transforming you to look professionally retouched.

The finish is matte, never flat, and luminous, but not shiny.

This makeup loads skin with a list of nourishing ingredients including: Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm, antioxidant Green Tea and Sodium Hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption.”

Naked Skin Foundation is Formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

Where You Can Buy It:  I purchase my Naked Skin Foundation from Sephora.  They make it very easy to return if the shade does not match or you aren’t pleased with the product.  I have exchanged shades several times! 🙂

Rating and Recommendation: Overall, I’d give this foundation a 10/10!  I would definitely recommend it to everyone!  It’s very customizable to the amount of coverage you would like and will have a nice finish on all skin types.  You need this in your life!  I don’t know how I’d live without it in mine!  I’ve used this foundation for about 3 years now and it has never failed me. 🙂

Thanks for reading!  What’s your favorite foundation?

XO,

Hanna


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