Saturday, May 19, 2018

REVIEW: Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Hydration - 3 (average)
Longevity - 3 (average)

So for this product you are supposed to wash your face and then put on a fairly dense layer. You leave it on overnight for intense hydration. I use a lot of these masks so I feel I am a fairly good judge of what works and doesn't. The packaging is clean and sturdy, but it is a little cheap looking. It smells like... water? It's practically scentless. Which to me is fine, as long as it doesn't smell bad.

Onto what really matters you definitely have to use quite a bit of product to cover your face and it hydrates for sure, but it's nothing special. My skin didn't feel softer, but some of my dry spots were less flaky. It's a decent buy, but nothing out of this world.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

REVIEW: Yadah Silky Fit Concealer BB Brightening Power

Packaging - 3 (average)
Coverage - 3 (average)
Texture - 3 (average)
Shade Range - 0 (awful)
Wear - 1 (bad)

This product was true disappointment. I often review things I get in my various subscription boxes (like Ipsy, Birchbox, Boxy Charm and Sephora Play) that I particularly like or don't like. This is one of those. The packaging feels super cheap. Even once I got my hands on a full sized product it was easy to see that it felt cheap and flimsy. The applicator is impractical. 

It has a thick yet still chalky texture and you need multiple layers to get decent coverage which isn't ideal for a concealer. It has only one shade that works for light warm skin tones and it wears off within 2 hours. The worst part? It made me break out SO BAD. At first I wasn't sure that it was the culprit. I thought it was a new face mask I had tried. But my friend who is also a subscriber asked me if I had used this concealer because she was also breaking out and did not try the mask. Once I realized that was it, I threw it away and my breakout got much better. 

I am clearly not a fan of this one and I don't recommend it. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to get my Foundation to last on Oily Skin

People with Oily Skin have some of the hardest times finding foundation that works for their face. Why? Because when your skin produces oil, that oil breaks down the makeup you are wearing. Today I am going to give you  my best tips and tricks for getting makeup that works for your oily skin.

Skin Care 

Good skin care is the bets primer for oily skin. There are SO MANY oily skin regimens out there. I love the Clinique 3-step introduction kit for Oily Skin. It's an amazing value and a great way to see if the product is the right fit for you. If you have acne too the Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Solutions Kit (pictured on the left) is also a great place to start. Just make sure you are using moisturizer. It should be very light weight and oil-free, but your skin still needs moisture even though it's oily. If it's to dry your skin will produce MORE oil to compensate.

Blot It

Before Primer, after skincare, blot your skin. Using a rice paper or even tissue paper (or Klenex without lotion infused in it) to blot excess oil on your skin. I love the NYX Blotting Paper ($4 - $6) and Palladio Rice Papers ($4.50)


This may seem like a no-brainer but your here right? So let me give you my favorite primers for oily skin. If you have big pores the Benefit Porefessional Primer ($32) is amazing. If pore filling isn't a main concern to you, try the BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer SPF 30 ($37) or the Laura Geller Spackle Treatment Mattifying Makeup Primer ($32) (pictured on the left)


This is where things get tricky. A lot of people LOVE their liquid foundation, and I get it. I do. But you should really switch to powder. The myth that powder doesn't cover just isn't true. Their are a lot of full coverage powders available on the market. If you want a medium to fine coverage you have a lot of great options. But one of my favorites is the BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation ($29) and the It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation ($35). If  you need or want a more full coverage look try the BareMinerals Matte Loose Powder Foundation ($29) (pictured on the right) or the DermaBlend Intense Powder Camo Foundation ($34)

Set It Up

The last set is finishing your look. If you didn't listen to me and you used a liquid foundation on your face anyways (at least make sure it's a matte finish one) then you NEED to use a powder and into a pray to set the look. My die-hard favorite powder is the Temptu Invisible Difference Finishing Powder ($35), but some others I like are the Makeup Revolution Baking Powders ($8) and the Pur Minerals Cosmetics Translucent Loose Setting Powder. BUT if you did listen to me then you should use a non-illuminating setting spray. My favorite ever is the Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray ($31) (pictured on the left), but the TooFaced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray ($32) is another option as well. 

Follow these tips and your makeup should last much longer! 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

REVIEW: Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eye Shadow

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 4 (very good)
Pigment - 3 (average)
Wear - 2 (not good)

The Hikari cream shadow was alright. It's about $13 per shadow and has a very average overall performance. I love the sturdy and luxurious feeling packaging for sure. But the texture of the shadows was a little off. It almost had a grit to it that I wasn't loving. It had some pigment but required 3-5 layers to get that really nice and bright shade. It wasn't very pigmented. With that being said it didn't last long and absolutely must be primed if you want any hope of it lasting at all.

Friday, May 11, 2018

REVIEW: BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow

Packaging - 3 (average)
Pigment - 4 (very good)
Value - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 4 (very good)

This is hands down my favorite "cheap" palette. BH Cosmetics isn't the creamiest most pigmented formula out there by any means. But when you compair it to brands with similar pricing (Covergirl, Maybelline, Wet and Wild, ELF, NYX) it's quality is unparalleled. And honestly it's even less expensive than most of those brands. It's not quite professional, but it's close. I actually use the Carli Bybel palette in my pro kit. 

The pigment isn't mind blowing, but it's great. And honestly it's mind blowing for such an inexpensive palette. The shadows aren't crumbly, and have a nice texture. The packaging is very typical. It's not sturdy or fancy looking, but it does the job. They have all kinds of shadow singles and palettes. The one pictured above is the BH Cosmetics 88 color Matte Eyeshadow Palette, which runs at $12.99. They do a lot of collabs with various instagram and youtube artists and celebrities. Some that I love are the aforementioned Carli Bybel 21 color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette, the Shaaanxo 18 Color Shadow Palette, and the Illuminate By Ashley Tisdale 12 Color Eye and Cheek Collection.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

REVIEW: Crunchi Smart Primer

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Pore Filling - 6 (incredible)
Hydrating - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Wear - 5 (excellent)

This is hands down my new favorite primer. The packaging has a sleek and sophisticated and high end look and feel. It's made with heavy duty materials and doesn't feel cheap. The pore smoothing aspect of this product was what really blew me away. Most pore-filling primers have an almost whipped texture and don't keep your makeup on super well. They also tend to make your look cakey but poreless. This one was SUPER natural. It smoother out fine lines and wrinkles as well as my big pores and even where I get dried flaky skin. BUT it did not void my skin of texture! I just went from mega huge pores to natural and soft texture. .I loved how natural and perfecting this looked.

It was hydrating, and certainly didn't dry me out at all. A little goes a long way, but it's not jaw dropping how little you have to use or anything. About a dime sized amount which is a little less than average. As far as wear goes I noticed a HUGE difference between makeup I primed with this and makeup I didn't. Even on the day I used a different primer instead of the Crunchi brand I saw a difference. This is a must try for sure!

Crunchi is a direct sales brand that has cleaner products. As many know the USA doesn't have high standards when it comes to ingredients in beauty brands. Crunchi tries to create cleaner products that are safer, certified-organic, and EcoCert ingredients. They have a "Black List" of over 50 ingredients that they wont use in any of their skin care or cosmetics. You can learn more about Crunchi here. You can see and purchase this primer here.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Travel Beauty Tips

So it's spring! And summer is right around the corner. We all know what this means - vacations! Some of us will fly to a destination, while others may drive a few hours away and spend the night in fancy hotel and a day or two on the beach. For others this sounds like Disney Land and theme parks, while others imagine nothing outside of camping and hiking expeditions. However you vacation, one of the things that can be really difficult is keeping up your beauty regimen. How do you travel to another country and avoid the hotel shampoo and keep your skim healthy without buying a million cheap plastic bottles from Walmart or filling up a second suitcase with your product? Well I have the answers! Here are some beauty product must haves that are travel friendly. I am going to "pack your makeup bag" for you today.

Tartan + Twine's travel makeup organizer is the perfect bag for your get away. The one pictured to the left has a cute cork print with exposed gold leafing, which makes it perfect for being casual and still glam. The thing that makes this bag perfect is that it has two removable makeup bags that snap in and out of it, as well as one pocket inside the bag and brush holders on the other side. It's big enough to hold everything you need it to, but it's not big or bulky like a train case. I actually throw mine in my bag every day, and while traveling I often detach one of the smaller bags to throw in my purse for touch ups. You can get it at Ulta Beauty and learn more about it here.

For hair care you should only bring the essentials. The big kicker is to avoid the cheap and drying shampoo and conditioner from the hotel. My saving grace for this is to pick up a trial kit. My favorites are the Sexy Hair kits To-Go from Ulta. They include a shampoo and conditioner and one styling product too. The kits come in Big Sexy Hair (for volume), Strong Sexy Hair (light weight reconstruction), Healthy Sexy Hair (major hydration), and Vibrant Sexy Hair (for color protection). They are only $10-12 per set! You can pick them up here.

My Holy Grail travel hair product though is the TIGI Bed Head Beach Bound Protection Spray. This spray smells incredible, and comes in a 3.4 ounce bottle, which is TSA approved for a carry on. This is really a great product for everyone (vacation or not) in the summer. It protects your color and hair from UVA/UVB rays. It has natural ingredients in it to block the suns rays which can help prevent your scalp from getting burned and it protects your color from fading. It also protects your hair from getting to dry in the sun. Remember though, this is not SPF and is not to be used to replace sunscreen. You can learn more about it here or you can pick it up here.

Your next essential is skin care. It's tempting to bring everything under the sun on your vacay, but you don't need a full months worth of masks and creams when you'll likely struggle to even wipe your makeup off before hitting the sheets. Keep it simple.  There are a ton of trial and intro skin care kits out there. I mean a million! But my favorite for travel is the Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Cleanser (pick it up here) which comes individually wrapped into single use packets. This means no bulky bottles or accident prone liquids. All you do is pour the powder on your hands, add water and emulsify and then rub it on your face! It's gentle and effective. Throw in a good moisturizer too. The Philosophy Purity Made Simple comes in a travel size for only $5 and is a great light weight hydration for humid climates and oily skin. You can pick that up here. Or if you need more heavy weight and nourishing moisture (for dry skin peeps like me) try the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. You can snag a travel size here.

For foundation you wont need much. We are planning on something low maintenance, so multitasking products are a must. My go-to on vacation is the CoTZ Tinted Face SPF 40. CoTZ stands for Contains only Titanium and Zinc, which are natural sun blocking minerals. Pair it with a tinted moisturizer and you have the perfect 2-in-1 product for your beach weekend. CoTz products are hydrating, long lasting and they work. They also have body options, non-tinted options, a foundation primer and more. You can learn more about this item and purchase it here.

They last item is of course a makeup palette. There are a lot of options, but I like the BH Cosmetics Illuminate because it has some solid eye colors, as well as some blush and highlight options. It is small enough to fit in the makeup bag and it's all you need. For only $15 this is a no-brainer. Pick it up here. Of course there are other options like the Stila Perfect Me Palette ($39 - CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR $19!) or the Tarte Double Duty Shape Your Money Maker Palette ($32) or the Laura Geller Southampton Classic or Laura Geller Montauk Escape palettes ($32 each).

Now of course you will have to supplement these items with some of your own. On this list are things I didn't mention because we all already have some of these things and you don't need travel sized items for it all. But this is how I pack my makeup bag and I seriously love it every single time.

Here are some things that ALMOST made the list, but didn't quite make it. You can check these items out and pic them up to simplify travel.

Travel Mascara
If you click here you will see that there are huge variety of travel mascaras to choose from. Likely your favorite is available. But I personally favor the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

Makeup Brushes
I didn't add this to the list because we all have a lot of brushes. The bag has multiple openings for you to throw in your favorite face brushes, eye brushes and a few extras. But if you want some for travel I love the It Brushes for Ulta Multi-Tasker Deluxe Dual-Ended Travel Brush Set ($48) or if you want something more affordable I like the EcoTools Stay Matte and Beautiful Kit ($14.99)

Lip Tint
I like products that multi-task. So something that adds color to my lips while hydrating and protecting is a win-win-win! Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($5) is the perfect addition to your kit and eliminates the need for multiple lip products.

Facial Spray
This spray is perfect for hydrating on the go, setting your makeup and keeping you cool. The Mario Bedescu Facial Spray is a must have and is affordable too! I love the Facial Setting Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea but they also have the Facial Setting Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater and for $12-$7 this is a steal!