Monday, May 21, 2018

Multitasking Beauty Products

Time is precious, and so is money. I love my morning routine, and I love taking care of myself, but sometime the simple amount of products I have is overwhelming, especially to a makeup novice. Plus when you travel, packing all those products adds time to your prep, weight to your suitcase and take up space too. Enter multitasking products!Today I am going to throw out some of my top products that do more than one things. Some I've mentioned before, others I haven't. Let me know in the comments what your favorite multitaskers are.

Color Street Nail Strips

I love color street nail polish strips. They are about $15 for a pack, and you can do 3-5 sets of nails with each. How are they a multitasking product? Well they are a serious time and space saver for sure! But this one strip also has a base coat, polish and top coat in one! So that's three bottles of product now in one convenient pack. Plus you can seriously do them anywhere. I've done my nails with Color Street on a bus before! And they slide right into my makeup bag for convenient and hassle-free travel. Read my full review on Color Street here and pick up your own here.

Strong Sexy Hair Core Flex

Strong Sexy Hair's Core Flex does several things for the hair. First of all it's weightless, so it is suitable for fine hair. It has Mango Butter and Aloe Vera in it. It hydrates the hair, adds a subtle amount of shine, smooths fly always AND it strengthens the hair. It's anti-breakage formula will make your hair healthy and strong. It also doesn't hurt that it smells absolutely divine. With this product you can trade in your leave in conditioner, hair oil and strengthening treatment for this all in one.
You can pick yours up here.

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

Most of us already know about the multitasking power of a Beauty Balm (also known as a BB Cream). But this one has got me hooked as my new favorite for this summer. You've got in this one product moisturizer, SPF, foundation and primer. I DO like to set this with some powder, but otherwise it's great. A little goes a long way and it's smooth. I can not say enough good things about this one. You can snag your own here.





Saturday, May 19, 2018

REVIEW: Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

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



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)
Overall:

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)



Priming 

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)



Foundation 

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)
Overall:



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)
Overall: 

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)
Overall:


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.