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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Beauty When You’re Tired

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The school year is officially back into the full swing of things… we all know what that means; Many, many exhausted days of sleep deprivation and eye bags.  Even though we may feel like zombies on the inside, the 21st century has provided us with the perfect tools to mask our dull, tired faces, tricking our fellow humans into thinking we always get our full 8 hours of sleep, because we have our lives together.

When I don’t get enough sleep, my face definitely shows it.  I get the typical red eyes, dark circles, and lifeless skin.  Since I am often feeling very zombie-like, I put these products to use almost everyday to brighten up my appearance.  I hope that they will be helpful to you as well!

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  1. Urban Decay Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray – This spray is perfect when my skin needs a boost!  It feel so refreshing to apply in the morning and also helps to reduce any redness or irritation from any acne I may have.  I apply this before my moisturizer on those days where my skin needs a little extra help.
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  2. Estee Lauder DayWear Lotion –  When I’m feeling really tired, my skin needs a nice lotion to bring some life back into it.  This cream is perfect for that job!  It smells like cucumber perfection and leaves my skin feeling very refreshed.  I highly recommend it!  IMG_7470
  3. Pixi Nude Combo Eye Pencil – On those days where I am running on 2 hours of sleep and 2 gallons of coffee, my eyes always show it.  To counteract the redness, I use my Pixi eyeliner along my waterline.  I typically use the matte side since it is so pigmented and brightens up my eyes like magic.  I also often use the shimmery side on my inner corners.IMG_7451
  4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop – This highlighter is one of my all-time favorites.  It is the perfect peachy shade that goes well with every skin tone.  When my skin is dull, putting a highlighter on the high points of my face (my cheek bones, tip of my nose, and cupid’s bow) makes all the difference in brightening up my face.  I look 10 x more awake after applying highlighter.  I also use it often as an eyeshadow -it’s the perfect inner corner and brow bone highlight shade!IMG_7456 IMG_7438 (1)
  5. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer – Y’all know how much I love this concealer.  I can’t go a day without using it!  It gives amazing coverage and never creases.  It dramatically brightens up my dark circles and makes me look alive again!  This product is definitely a must have and very worth the $29.
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Thank you so much for reading!  I hope that this post has helped you solve all your zombie problems!  What products help you look awake and refreshed?

XO,

Hanna


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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?

XO,

Hanna


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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?

XO,

Hanna


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Matte Lips 101 | Prevent Creasing and Flaky Skin

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With the Fall season coming up, I’ve been getting very excited about matte, Kylie Jenner-esque lipsticks!  If you have dry, chapped lips like me, you’ll know how much of a struggle it is to have matte lipstick look halfway decent and not settle into all the lines and flaky skin!  I’ve discovered a few things which make applying matte lipsticks SO much easier for me and today, I’d like to share them with you!

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1. Exfoliate

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This may be the most important step!  If your lips are not exfoliated, the lipstick will make your lips look like a chapped mess.  I have a bit of trouble with flaky lips, so I regularly use Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which smells absolutely amazing!  Also, I make my own DIY lip scrub that is super easy to make and happens to smell wonderful as well!

2. Moisturize

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Matte lip products will suck all the moisture out of your lips, so it’s very necessary to use some sort of lip balm before applying your lipstick!  This will prevent your lips from getting dried out underneath the matte lip product.  I absolutely LOVE Lush’s Ultrabalm and highly recommend it for anyone with dry, flaky skin!  This product can be used on the lips or any troubled, dry areas.  It’s very soothing and locks in moisture like no other product I’ve ever used!

3. Prime

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When applying any sort of lip product, it is very helpful to prep your lips with a thin layer of concealer or just plain old face primer.  Lip primers also exist, but I don’t think they are necessary when some of the products you probably already own will do the trick!  This will make the lipstick last longer, show the true color of the product more, and make the application easier.  I like to use Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer or Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer.  You’ll be amazing at how much more smoothly the lipstick will apply with such a great base!

4. Line

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Lining your lips with make the application of your lipstick SO much cleaner, easier, and more precise.  It will prevent any bleeding or smudging of product and also increase the lasting power!  I am using my L’oreal Infallible Lip Liner in Rose, but I also recommend Makeup Forever’s Lip Line Perfector, since it is clear and works with any color of lip product.  It’s absolutely amazing at keeping your lipstick in place and preventing any bleeding of product!  It really does perfect the lips!  I think it’s a great investment if you’re into lip products and want something to make them last all day and look amazing!

5. Conceal

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 After applying your matte lipstick of choice (Some of my fave’s are Gerard Cosmetic’s Serenity and Kat Von D’s Lovecraft) using a concealer brush or any small, precise brush you own, sharpen the edges of your lips and clean up any mistakes you may have made with some concealer.  This will really finish off your lips and make them look perfect!  Again, I’m using my trusty ol’ Naked Skin Concealer with a BareMinerals Concealer Brush.

Thanks so much for reading!  What are some of your tips for flawless matte lips? (Yes, that rhyme makes me very happy)

XO,

Hanna


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

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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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The Perfect Base | Natural, Everyday Face Makeup

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Today, I’ll be showing you all the products that are my recipe to a glowing complexion that looks very natural and beautiful!  These products are perfect for an everyday flawless face. 🙂

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Step 1: Prime!

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My ALL-TIME FAVORITE primer is Smashbox’s Photo Finish primer!  This stuff is absolutely amazing at smoothing out my skin and making my makeup last all day!  I don’t ever get oily when I use this primer and it also helps foundation not to cling to my dry, flaky patches!  I am using a sample size of this primer right now and I think it’s so adorable in such a miniature bottle. :3

Step 2: Conceal 🙂

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I am obsessed with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer!  It blends so smoothly and gives me full, but natural-looking coverage!  Also, I really love the bendy applicator!  It is great for precisely applying the product and it just makes me so happy!  It’s the little things, people.

Step 3: Foundation

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For a natural-looking, lightweight product that still gives pretty good coverage, I have been loving Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream.  This stuff is amazing!  It has SPF and fixes any discoloration while still making me feel like my skin can breath.  This is my favorite BB Cream that I’ve ever used since it doesn’t dry out my skin!

Step 4:  Brighten

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To get my #HighlightOnFleek, I’ve been obsessed with Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlight.  This smells SO. GOOD.  I apply this to my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and also a little on my chin and bridge of my nose.  This makes me have such a natural glow and is super easy to blend onto the skin!  I’ve been using this product to really embrace the “strobing” trend recently. It’s also great to apply before -or even mixed with- foundation to give your skin that “glowing from within” look.

Step 5: Set

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I love Revlon’s Translucent Finisher to lock my makeup in place all day!  It has a sort of shimmer to it, which terrified me at first, but I actually really, really love it!  It doesn’t look shimmery on the skin and it won’t make your makeup look cake-y!

Step 6: Add Color and Dimension

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Milani’s Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar is a beautiful powder that can be used as a bronzer, blush, or highlight!  I love to use this as a blush that gives a nice, bronze-y, pinkish glow to my face.  It looks SO natural, but really bring some color and life back into my skin!  I love how hassle-free this product is since I can skip highlighting or bronzing if I want and just go straight for this since it can do everything!  It’s great if you need a multi-use product!

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I hope that you enjoyed seeing all of the products I use to get natural, glowing face makeup!  What are your favorite base makeup products?

XO,

Hanna


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The Best Skincare for Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin

Hello, beauties!

I have extremely sensitive, combination skin and have always had trouble finding products that did not irritate it and cause break outs!  Finally, I have found some amazing items for my skincare arsenal that have healed my skin and keep it almost completely clear of acne! I hope that this helps you if you have had a similar issue!

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1. The Body Shop’s Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser -$17 Finding a face wash that does not dry out my flaky skin is quite the challenge, but I’ve actually found one that does the job! It cleans my face perfectly without sucking out all of the moisture!  This face wash does not lather up like the typical wash -it almost feels like a lotion.  I use my Muslin Cloth to gently exfoliate my skin while using this soap and it never irritates it or leaves me feeling dry.

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Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion – $26 This is the absolute PERFECT daytime lotion for my skin!  It is gentle and unscented.  It never irritates my face and it leaves my skin feeling moisturized, but not greasy at all!  It soaks in almost immediately and does not cause makeup to slip and slide on top!

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Kate Somerville’s Eradikate Acne Treatment – $24 Normally I don’t like to touch acne treatments with a ten foot pole since they irritate my skin make my breakouts even worse, but this one is AMAZING and never causes my skin any troubles!  It literally makes pimples vanish.  I cannot describe how well it works!  To use this, I take a q-tip and dip it into the bottom of the bottle, reaching the pink treatment, which I dab all over any trouble areas.  When I wake up in the morning, my zits are usually either completely gone or 1000 times smaller and less red!

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Thanks so much for reading!  What are your favorite skincare items?

XO, Hanna


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The Miracle Product That Cleared My Skin | EradiKate Review

Hello everyone!

Today, I bring to you a review on the most amazing product that has ever been… Kate Somerville’s EradiKate Acne Treatment.  OH. MY. GOODNESS.  This stuff is sent from the heavens to abolish all the face demons.  It’s really, really great.

This product is very similar to the better-known Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu, but I have heard that this product works more effectively by people who have tried both out.

have struggled with acne for quite some time now and NOTHING has ever worked for me as well as this product does, including what was prescribed to me by a dermatologist.  I never could find anything that actually cleared my skin.  I tried so many products claiming to do just that which only ended up making my skin worse. I cannot say enough good things about EradiKate, I mean, even the name is genius.

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My skin type is combination; it is oily with some very, very dry patches.  I call it bipolar because it changes pretty much every day and can’t decide whether it wants to be a grease ball or SO extremely dry that my skin literally cracks.  It really needs to get its stuff together.  I can’t forget to mention that my skin is EXTREMELY sensitive.  It’s basically Kim Kardashian and bursts out sobbing every time I put a product on it. (No hate to the Kim, she is just very in touch with her sensitive side 😉

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On a whim, I decided to try this product even though it claimed to do the same exact thing that practically every. single. other. product. in the entire universe was incapable of accomplishing.  It was a good decision… very good indeed.

After one use, I could see a difference in my pesky pimples.  I thought it was too good to be true, BUT as I continued to use the product, all my acne went away! It was like it just shrunk it right off my face!  ‘Twas a miracle.

I use this product every night and apply it to the spots on my t-zone and jaw (AKA where my pores tend to turn into volcanoes) with a q-tip.  Don’t shake the bottle, just dip the q-tip into the solution, reaching the pink sulfur at the bottom and then dab that onto any areas that are broke out or are probably going to break out sometime within the near future.  Gotta love those lovely little problem areas.  This stuff smells pretty strong, but not in a gross way.  It smells like a chemical, but it gets much less overpowering after it dries.

When it has dried, it becomes a little lighter in color.  I sleep with those attractive tribal-type markings of solution on my face.  I have white pillow cases and don’t usually notice any sulfur on them, but if you do have that problem, it washes out!  I am a tummy sleeper and I don’t see much on my pillows and when I do, it’s barely noticeable.

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When I wake up in the morning, typically, a lot of the solution has rubbed off my face.  I don’t really know where it goes since I never find it on my pillows… It just escapes with my zits, I guess.  I rinse off what is left on my skin and then apply my moisturizer. (Psst, Clinique’s lotion is AMAZING for sensitive -or any type, really- skin). I buy this miracle product at Sephora for $24… definitely worth it to me!

Their website sums up the perfection of this product pretty well:

“Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment heals blemishes and prevents future breakouts quickly. This powerful skincare solution provides the highest level of sulfur allowed in order to calm acne flare-ups and free skin of further bacteria buildup. The result is a clear complexion that lasts.”

Every bit of that has been true for me!  This baby works QUICK, which is exactly what I want when a zit decides to visit my skin at very inopportune times.  Even though I have sensitive skin, this does not bother me (as long as I don’t lather my entire face in it or get it too close to my eyes;)

I strongly recommend this product to anyone with acne!  It WORKS.  If you have been on the lookout for something to clear your pimples, you really need to try this out.  I am so in love with this treatment and think it would work well on pretty much all skin types!

I hope that this post was helpful to you!  Thank you so much for reading! Until next time:)

XO, Hanna

Must-Haves For Oily Skin! Make Your Makeup Last All Day!

~Hello, Lovelies!~

Today, I am going to be sharing with you some great ways to make your makeup oil-proof!  Even if your skin-type is not oily, these products are still good to have on a hot day where your skin might get a little on the greasy side.  I have pretty oily skin and have come across a few products over time, which have completely upped my makeup makeup game!  It no longer melts off my face!  Yay!  I often still go for more of a dewy look in the summertime, but these products keep the dewiness under control, so I don’t become an oily mess, but instead a controlled dewy goddess. I hope that these products can help you out, too! All of the products mentioned will be linked at the end of the post along with the cost of each one! Enjoy! 🙂


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Starting off, we have the De-Slick Setting Spray, by Urban Decay.  Urban Decay is pretty much my favorite makeup brand of all time, so I decided to try out their setting spray about a year ago after hearing everyone rave about it so much.  Let me just say… It’s worth the rave.  IT IS AMAZING.  This stuff is magic in a bottle!  It will set your makeup and keep it from getting oily ALL. DAY.  Also, it’s not super expensive!  I always buy the smaller bottles, because they last me a long time and I don’t have to pay as much!

A tip I have for using this product is to not only use it when you’ve just finished putting on your makeup, but instead spray it a few times in between layers; Prime your face and spritz a little of the setting spray, then apply foundation and add maybe another spray or two, and lastly, finish with your setting powder and a little more spray.  You don’t have to go crazy and spray half the bottle; just a little will do the job!  Also, if you’re worried that the spray will feel sticky, it doesn’t at all!  You can’t tell anything has been sprayed onto your lovely, oil-free face. 🙂 And if you find that your skin doesn’t get oily easily, you probably won’t even want to spray in between layers, you can just use it to finish off your makeup!  That is just a tip for especially long and hot days or extra oily skin. Spraying between layers has been a life-saver for me!


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Our next item is a setting powder that I recently discovered and immediately fell in love with… Benefit’s The Porefession Agent Zero Shine Powder.  Again… AMAZING.  I honestly do not understand how I ever lived without this product!  When it says zero shine, it really means it!  It makes my makeup still look fresh even after a long day, because it sets everything in place and doesn’t let it budge!  Something I absolutely LOVE about this product is the packaging!! I have always loved Benefit’s cute packaging, but I am especially in love with this bottle!  The bottom unscrews, revealing a cute, little, built-in brush!  This makes the powder perfect to travel with or to just throw in your purse if you know you’ll need some touchhing-up during a long day.  No extra brush necessary; just throw in the little bottle of powder and go!


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Lastly, this product is perfect for those girls out there with oily eyelids!  This might sound weird if you don’t have that problem, but if your skin-type is oily, you’ve probably experienced eyeshadows that seem to just disappear and makeup that never stays on your eyes.  It’s annoying, isn’t it?! Luckily, they’ve found a cure!… *drumroll* Eyeshadow primer!! *jazz hands* Any kind of eyeshadow primer will help with the problem of shadows not staying put, but in my opinion, Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the best!  They have many different formulas, but my favorite is just the good, trusty, ol’ original that comes in the purple bottle.  If you use this, your eyeshadow is going to stay in place ALL. DAY.  Just as with the setting spray, I buy this in the smaller and cheaper size, because it lasts forever and I don’t have to fork out as much moolah all at once! 😉

A tip for using this primer (or any eye primer, really) is to also put a little under your eyes, if you find that your under eye concealer is budging or just not doing a very good job! I guarantee it will work a LOT better, with this as it’s base!


Find all of the products mentioned in this post here:

Urban Decay Oil Control Setting Spray – $14 to $30 at Sephora 

Benefit Agent Zero Shine Powder – $30 at Sephora

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – $12 to $20 at Sephora


I hope that this post has helped you out if you have oily skin or live in a hot area, where makeup acts extra difficult!   I love you all!  Thanks for reading!

Xo,

Hanna