Beauty, Reviews

Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!  In Seattle today, it is absolutely gorgeous!  It’s a beautiful sunny day, there’s a light cool breeze, and not a cloud in the sky.  Some of the trees are already turning colors and I am in love!  However, that’s not what I came to talk about today.  Today is my review on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now and I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the foundation.  So if you are curious as to what I think about it, then let’s get into it!

Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.

FLOWER Beauty, if you don’t know, is actually Drew Barrymore’s brand. It started off in Walmart and is also now carried in Ulta.  The foundation comes in a glass bottle with white and rose gold packaging, has a pump, and comes with 1.01 fl oz of product.  On Ulta’s website, it retails for $13.99 US and they offer 12 shades.  Referencing Ulta’s website, the foundation is supposed to have buildable coverage, a soft luminous finish, and feel weightless on the skin.

With the basics out of the way, let’s get onto the actual review, shall we?  For the application, I prefer using a sponge.  I’m not a fan of brushes, but I did try both with this product.  With a sponge, you definitely get less coverage, but for me, it is not significantly less.  The brush side looks really nice as well but a bit streaky so I just smoothed it over with a sponge. Upon first use, I did not use any primer, I just washed and moisturized my face as normal.  Everything applied evenly and smoothly.  Right away I noticed how dewy it was.  My skin looked so glowy but not greasy.  I have normal to combination oily skin.  I get really oily on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.  I put on a small amount of concealer, just under my eyes then set my entire face with a translucent powder.  I finished the rest of my makeup and went throughout my day.  Within about 3 hours, my oils started really showing through and it was downhill from there.  I didn’t look glowy, I looked greasy.  I kept this foundation on for about 11 hours that initial day and by the end of it, I looked like I sank my face in a tub of oil.  HOWEVER, this foundation did not break down anywhere.  Not my nose, not in between my eyebrows, not my chin, nowhere.  It stayed fully intact.  I was THOROUGHLY impressed.

Fast forward to roughly 2 months later.  I have tried this foundation several ways, with different primers and have tried mixing it with other foundations and here is what I learned.  For one, I do really love and enjoy this foundation but I cannot wear it on its own (but I will try on its own during the winter time to see if I have the same results as in summer).  I like it best with a pore-filling, mattifying primer in my oily spots and mixing it with an extremely matte foundation.  My favorite foundation (holy grail status) is the Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate.  When mixing the Light Illusion foundation with the Fiona Stiles, it did take a little longer for my skin to appear greasy.  However, mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation, my skin had more of a demi-matte finish initially and had a bit better control on keeping my oils at bay.  Also, quick side note, I fucked up and grabbed the wrong shade of both the FLOWER Beauty foundation (L2 which is too dark) and Kat Von D (L42 way too light).  Mixing them together not only gives me an ideal finish but an ideal shade!

So, for this review, I am going to showcase it in my ideal method which is mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation and a little bit of the Milani Pore-Filling + Mattifying Primer.  I did a little over a 10-hour wear test, with no touch-ups, blotting, or powdering throughout the day.  The only thing I changed was my lip color.  Also, these photos are unfiltered, and the only “editing” I did was cropping, adding the borders, and text.  I did not touch up the photos in any way.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

I applied my foundation at about 8:15 in the morning with a beauty sponge.  Overall, it looked really smooth, didn’t look heavy or cakey anywhere, but I did notice it looked a little weird on the top of my nose.  I did set my face with a light translucent powder all over to help set the foundation because it was still a bit tacky and because I do get oily.  As you can see from the pictures above, I feel my skin has a demi-matte finish and looks really smooth, and did not feel heavy on the skin.  Quick side note, don’t mind the crazy hair.  It’s been dyed black and I had a side head shave and am now growing it out to my original color… so I’m going to be having crazy hair pictures for a while.  Plus, I don’t mess with my hair anyway.  It always goes up in a ponytail.  Anyway, all of my products, concealer, powders, etc. blended out and melded onto my skin without any issue.  I also want to note, I always set my face just to meld all the powders together, but for this one, I just used a basic setting spray, that didn’t affect wear time or finish.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

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My first check-in was about 4 and a half hours later around 12:45pm.  I did notice a slight oxidation throughout the day, I’d say about half a shade darker but not super noticeable.  At this time, it did start looking oily on my T-Zone area and was getting slightly cakey looking around my mouth, but nothing excessive and it was wearing off the tip of my nose only because I kept messing with my nose.  Looking really up close, the foundation combination was not breaking apart due to natural wear.  It still, in my opinion, looks really good, I actually like the level of dewiness up to this point.  It also still felt very lightweight on the skin.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

My final check-in was about 6:30pm, which was a little over 10 hours of wear.  I started getting a migraine and wanted to wash everything off and go to bed.  Looking up close at the foundation, it was still a bit cakey looking around my mouth area, but it looked about the same as the first check-in, so it did not seem like it got worse throughout the day.  My oils were definitely poking through at this point and I did look pretty greasy.  It also wore off a little around my mouth because I ate a very messy sandwich, which who can really blame any foundation for wearing off then, right?  However, just like in the first check-in and every time I have worn this foundation, it did not break apart ANYWHERE on me.  My nose was still intact, cheeks, forehead, it didn’t get weird or patchy anywhere.  I could not believe how well this foundation held up.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In - Powdered

I also wanted to show you guys how it looked powdered.  Besides the mouth area, putting just a little bit of powder in my really oily area toned down the oils significantly and least, in my opinion, looks almost as good as when I first applied it.  What do you think?

Overall, I really love this foundation.  I’m excited to try this foundation by itself in the winter time and see if my oils don’t pull through as quickly as during the summer.  I was absolutely blown away by the fact that my oils did not break apart the foundation when wearing it alone or mixing with other foundations, because most of my other foundations do.  I would say this foundation has about a medium coverage, but buildable.  When wearing it alone, when I went to build up certain areas, I was able to get a bit more coverage and the foundation did not bunch up, look cakey, or move around the first layer.  I would recommend this foundation, if you can find your shade and if you like really dewy foundations.  I think this would be great for extremely dry skin up to combo oily skin.  I have a few dry patches around my nose and I did not notice it emphasizing the dry patches or texture on my skin.  If you are straight up oily, I think you might like it, but you would need to be diligent about powdering or blotting every few hours.  I’m not a chick who blots my makeup or powders throughout the day.  The only thing I ever touch-up is my lipstick.  Whenever I run out of this foundation, I will absolutely pick it up again, this time in the right shade.

Well, this was yet another long review.  I tried to be as thorough as possible and I hope I covered all the points.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments and I’ll try and answer you as soon as I can!  If you have tried this foundation already, let me know what you thought of it.  Do you love it?  Hate it?  So, so?  Let me know!  Also, do you have any cruelty-free foundation recommendations?  I also love trying new foundations, although I do need to get through with some in my collection right now, I don’t mind making a list of to-try.  I feel I have blabbered on long enough.  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

Full Face CRUELTY-FREE Drugstore.

LeahERaven.com | Full Face Cruelty-Free Drugstore

Hey guys!!  Hope all is well wherever you are.  Last week, or maybe it was the week before last, I posted my Holy Grail makeup items and I received a comment from Immy.  She asked me if I had any drugstore or inexpensive makeup items that I was surprised by or really liked and it got the wheels turning.  I love drugstore makeup but I think because of YouTube I’ve been sucked into purchasing more high-end products and forget about the wonderful drugstore finds.  So, for today, I thought I would do a full face of drugstore makeup, cruelty-free of course.  If that sounds like something you’re interested in, just keep on reading.  And thank you Immy for the question and inspiration!

 

LeahERaven.com | Base Products

For the base, I started out with the Milani Prime Shield Pore Filling + Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It’s a good, basic primer.  Does help me stay more matte throughout the day.  I must like it somewhat because I’m about to finish off my second tube of it.  It is not very pore filling though, just a good basic mattifying primer.  For foundation, I’m still getting a feel of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  A full review will be coming in the future, but I’m trying to get a feel for wear time, how it mixes with other products, how it works with a primer/without, etc.  Concealer, I pulled out my Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer Wand ($3.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I love this concealer, it works very well for me.  Although not brightening because it does match my skin tone, but does help cover the darkness around my eyes.  To set my under eyes, I’ve been using the Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  For my skin tone, it works beautifully.  To set the rest of the face, I use my much loved, ride or die, Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I won’t stay too long on this part if you want to know more check out my Ride or Die post, but just know I fucking LOVE it.

 

LeahERaven.com | Face Products

Now let’s move on to the rest of the face.  For bronzer, the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronzer ($12.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is the way to go.  The Light Bronzer shade pulls too orange but Bronzer I can get to work beautifully on my skin.  It blends like a dream, gives enough bronze to the face, and smells divine!  For contour, I’ve been trying out the L.A. Girl Just Blushing Powder in Just Because ($5.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It works well for my fair skin but on any deeper than me skin tones, I feel it would pull too grey and ashy.  Blush, well, you can’t go wrong with the Wet N Wild ColorIcon Blush in Mellow Wine ($2.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Blends great, long lasting, and is $3 PEOPLE!  For highlight, I pulled out a blinding but goodie haha.  The Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Natural ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It is blinding, but oh so gorgeous.  You can blend any shades you want in this to create any type of highlight you need.  To set, I did about 3 to 4 sprays of my Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  This stuff is potent stuff, spray too much and you will look super greasy, 3 to 4 sprays are all you need!

 

LeahERaven.com | The Eyes

LeahERaven.com | Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Onto the eyes!  I’m using the Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette ($14.97 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  To start, I take the shade “Bare It All” all over the lid with a fluffy brush.  Then in the crease with a smaller fluffy brush, I take “Smokin’ Hot” and sweep that back and forth from the outer part of my eye to the inner part.  On the outer corner, aka outer v, I take “Untamed” and concentrate that more on the outer part of my eye, then lightly bring the leftover product into the crease.  On my lower lash line, I take the deeper shade “Untamed” and run that close to my lash line, then blend it out with a bit of “Smokin’ Hot.”  For my inner corner highlight, I tap in a little bit of “Diamonds & Pearls.”  To finish off the eyes, I take the Physicians Formula Killer Curves Mascara in Black/Brown ($10.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and line my waterline with the NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Pencil ($4.49 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

 

LeahERaven.com | Brows Baby!

Moving onto brows.  Now, if you have been reading a few of my posts, you know how much I love the Kat Von D Signature Precision Brow Pencil ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), however, that is definitely not drugstore.  However, the ELF Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil ($2 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is most definitely drugstore, one hell of a deal & value, and fucking amazing!  If you can find a shade that works for you (they only have 3, I know, I know) it is a pretty great brow pencil.  The pencil itself is thicker than most other pencils I have tried, so if you have super thin brows you might have difficulty with it, but I have thinner brows and it works great for me.  It is a little waxier than the Kat Von D product, so if you are a beginner you might enjoy this a lot more because I feel it would be easier to work with.  To set those bad boys I used the NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eye Brow Gel in Clear ($5.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

 

LeahERaven.com | Luscious Lips

Last, but certainly not least are the lips.  For this look since I went more cool-toned, I decided I wanted to do a regular lipstick instead of my usual liquid lip so I grabbed out the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner ($3.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and the matching Suede Matte Lipstick in Moonwalk ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It is described as a greige, but it is a deep purple greige shade.  Reminds me a lot of MAC Stone.  And that’s it!

So that complete’s my full face using all cruelty-free drugstore products.  As you can see, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on makeup to look good.  I know on here I have talked a lot about higher-end makeup, but that’s because most I have already had in my collection.  Plus, my goal is to use most of my higher-end makeup up and stick to mostly drugstore products because I truly feel you don’t need to spend that much money on makeup.  Are there any cruelty-free drugstore makeup items that you love and swear by? Let me know in the comments!  I’m always looking to try and find some great drugstore products!  Well, that does it for me.  I hope you found this interesting or helpful.  Also, let me know, do you want me to show my face with the products on the skin, or is how I made this post okay?  I was trying something different, still trying to figure things out, so please, if you don’t mind, let me know what you’d prefer.  Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

If My ENTIRE Makeup Collection Disappeared…

LeahERaven.com | If My Entire Makeup Collection Disappeared, These Are The First 10 Makeup Items I'd Repurchase

Hey all and welcome!  Happy Friday!  Today I thought we would do a fun little YouTube inspired post.  This idea originally came from Emily Noel and Jessica on YouTube, which they got the idea from a subscriber (how cool right?).  Emily’s video I will link here and Jessica’s video I will link here.  So, the title leaves out the second part of this post.  If my entire makeup collection disappeared, what 10 makeup items would I repurchase first.  Isn’t that a cool idea?  It was so different and even though the videos were posted a while ago, I thought this would be a fun post idea!  I’d really love to see more people do this video idea as a post, so if you have done it or plan to do it, leave your link in the comment section so I can check it out!  But, if you are curious as to what my 10 makeup items would be, just keep on reading!  Just want to quickly throw this out there, I plan to go in order of which I would apply my makeup, this is not including any tools, and everything can be purchased from one location.  Because in my mind, if my entire collection disappeared and I needed things to put together a look, I don’t want to have to be running around finding everything.  I’d want a one-stop shop, you know what I mean?  Anyway, onto the makeup!

 

LeahERaven.com | Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup in 1.5 $40 US

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup ($40 US)
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Now, if you have been reading my blog for a bit, you know how much I love this foundation.  This foundation works so beautifully on my skin, I don’t even need a primer.  It looks so natural and has all day staying power on my skin.  This isn’t even a question on purchasing!

 

LeahERaven.com | Wet N Wild PhotoFocus Concealer Wand in Light Ivory $3.99 US

2. Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer in Light Ivory ($3.99 US)
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Next up would be the Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer.  It is hands down my favorite concealer that I have tried, it is inexpensive, and you get a great bang for your buck.  I not only use it as a concealer for under my eyes and any spots I need to conceal, but it also works great as an eye primer.

 

LeahERaven.com | Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Translucent Powder $9.99 US

3. Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Translucent Powder ($9.99 US)
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Yet another product that is Holy Grail status for me, so you know I am not skipping out on this one.  It sets my makeup beautifully and keeps me radiant without looking greasy.  It also works incredibly under the eyes to set my concealer.

 

LeahERaven.com | L.A. Girl Just Blushing Blush in Just Because $5.99 US

4. L.A. Girl Just Blushing Blush in Just Because ($5.99 US)
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A great multitasking product for me.  I use this as a contour as well as an eyeshadow.  It is a great tone for my skin tone and I love throwing this into the crease for a quick swipe of color on my eyes.

 

LeahERaven.com | Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Natural $13.99 US

5. Physicians Formula Shimmer Bricks in Natural Nude ($14.99 US)
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Another type of multitasking product.  If I focus more of my brush on top, I can use as a wonderful, bright highlight, I can use different shades as a pop on my eyes for shadow, and if I focus more at the bottom, I can obtain a very glowy bronze, or if I focus on the pinks, a glowy blush.  I love single products that can multitask.

 

LeahERaven.com | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $21 US

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21 US)
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I love the Anastasia Brow Wiz, I have gone through so many.  It has never failed me or let me down.  I’m also very particular when it comes to my brows, so I would definitely want to pick up something tried and true!

 

LeahERaven.com | NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel $5.99 US

7. NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Clear Eyebrow Gel ($5.99 US)
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Because of working in such a humid environment, I need a brow gel to make sure my brows don’t melt off or go anywhere.  This NYX one hasn’t let me down and for $5.99 I feel it is such a great buy!  I’ve had my current one for a while now and it has yet to dry up on me.

 

LeahERaven.com | Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara $4.99 US

8. Essence I Love Extreme Waterproof Mascara ($4.99 US)
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Because I work with dogs for a living, I need a mascara that is waterproof but still makes my lashes look great.  This mascara does that for me and it is so inexpensive!  It gives me volume, length, and holds my curl.  Great, great product.

 

LeahERaven.com | Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede $18 US

9. Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Desert Suede ($18 US)
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Oh, look at that, another holy grail product.  I can wear this lip shade every day and not get sick of it.  For me, this is my everyday nude that I can dress up and dress down and it looks good on me no matter what.

 

LeahERaven.com | Milani Make It Last Setting Spray $9.99 US

10. Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99 US)
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Setting spray, for my line of work anyway, is a must.  This Milani one is great, does the job and does it well.  It sets and blends all the powders together, but doesn’t make me look matte or like the life has been sucked out of my face.

 

So that does it for the 10 makeup items I’d repurchase if my entire collection disappeared.  If you have done this idea, drop your link in the comments so I can check it out!  If you haven’t done a post, I’d love to know what 10 items you’d repurchase!  Are there any items that I would pick up that you also would pick up?  Let me know in the comments!  Well, I think I’ve rambled on enough for one evening.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a great weekend and until next time!

Beauty, Lifestyle

What I’ve Been Into.

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Hey guys and welcome back!  I don’t know about you, but I’m not the biggest fan of monthly favorites posts or videos.  Most of the time, people have been trying products out for a month if that, then talking about their favorites and then do it again for the next month, never hearing about the previous products again.  Now, that’s not a terrible thing and if you love those types of posts, power to you!  For me, however, I enjoy favorites posts about products people have been using for a while and continue to use, do you know what I mean?  Today, I thought I would share some products that I have really been enjoying for a while now and this isn’t just going to be about makeup.  I thought I would share movies I’ve been enjoying, music, fragrances, and makeup.  So if you are interested, just keep on reading!

 

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Should I start with makeup?  Yeah, let’s start with makeup.  Now, I don’t try a shit ton of makeup or buy a shit ton of makeup to test out, but I have been shopping my stash and rediscovering products.  One of those products is the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Sin ($26 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  On Ulta’s website, it is described as a pale nude with a gold shift.  I forgot how much I enjoy this highlighter.  I don’t get it to the point where it is super blinding, I’m more into a natural, lit-from-within type of glow, but it reminds me so much of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator that’s been discontinued.  I’ve pulled it out recently again to use with my August Makeup Basket but forgot to add it to my post.

 

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The second makeup item is my EM Cosmetics True Gloss in Truffle Haze ($17 US Regular Link).  This gloss is absolutely beautiful, feels hydrating and comfortable on the lips.  It is also not sticky, which I love.  Now, I don’t wear this to work, because that is asking for a disaster to happen (dog hair stuck to my lip the entire day, um no thank you).  However, I have been wearing this almost every day that I’m off of work on top of whatever lip product I am wearing (although, not on top of my black lipsticks lol).  Such a beautiful, beautiful gloss.

 

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Last makeup item I’m going to talk about is my Kat Von D Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Graphite ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Spoiler alert for my 13 by Halloween Project Pan, I finished off my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony ($21 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), so I have been using this nonstop all month.  I’ve used it a little bit before but stopped in order to finish my brow wiz.  I didn’t think I would love this so much, but I really do.  The shape is perfect for getting hair like strokes and the formula is creamy enough to easily get pigment on your brow, but not too creamy to wear I think I am going to add too much product to my brows.  I would definitely agree that I can achieve the micro-bladed look with this product!

That’s it for the makeup portion.  Like I said previously, I really want to hone in on products that I have been enjoying, not just throwing something on here for the sake of throwing something on here.  Now onto everything else.

For music, what’s been on repeat on my phone has been Love Lies by Khalid & Normani, Apeshit by The Carters, Natural by Imagine Dragons, Cry Little Sister by Marilyn Manson, Go to War by Nothing More, Sin Pijama by Becky G & Natti Natasha, and Love is Madness by Thirty Seconds to Mars ft. Halsey.  As you can see, I tend to listen to a wide range of music.  These have all been played on repeat so many times, it’s almost ridiculous.

For movies, I haven’t gone out and seen anything new.  Although, I did see Deadpool 2 in theaters when it first came out (funnier than hell mind you), but at home, I’ve been watching Jaws 3 and Maximum Overdrive on Amazon Prime Video nonstop, and on Netflix watching Blackway and Se7en (my all time favorite movie).  For shows, I’m not a huge show watcher, unless of course we are talking about Hannibal, but I have been rewatching season 1 and 2 of Queer Eye quite often on Netflix.  Damn, if you ever need a good cry, Queer Eye delivers!

 

So that does it for things I’ve been into lately.  I would really love to hear about some things that you’ve really been into lately, what songs have you been playing on repeat?  Or what makeup have you really been gravitating to?  Let me know in the comments!  I don’t plan to do this kind of post often because like I’ve said, I don’t buy a shit ton of makeup and I’m also a creature of habit when it comes to movies and music.  But every few months or so is what I’m thinking.  Anyway, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read this and until next time!

Beauty

My Makeup Wishlist…🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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Hey everyone!  I hope you are doing well and you are having a great Friday!  Got any plans for the weekend?  I’m not going to be doing much here, just scheduling a few posts for next week and playing with my girls.  For today’s post, however, I thought I would share some makeup items that are on my wishlist.  Now, I really don’t want my blog to turn into, “You need this, buy this product, you should totally get this product,” even though I have posted a few hauls.  What I want my blog to focus on is using makeup, repurposing makeup, and truly finding the outstanding products in my collection.  So, when I say these products are on my makeup wishlist, they are for one all drugstore prices and two, products I will purchase AFTER I have used up what’s in my collection.  If you are curious as to what those products are, well, then keep on reading!  Side note, I do not own any of these products, all pictures were taken from Ulta.com Just so we are clear!

 

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1. Ardell Matte Whipped Lipstick in Upscale Flavor ($9.99 US)
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I don’t know about you, but I am a definite sucker for lip products.  Obsession is real, especially when it comes to liquid lipsticks.  I want to try every brand on the market and find the absolute best liquid lipstick.  Now, I don’t know if I will ever get around to purchasing this product just due to the fact of my large liquid lipstick collection and the fact I have yet to fully use up a lip product.  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I have never panned any form of lip product.  So, for now, I am doing everything in my power NOT to pick up ANOTHER lip product.  I do NOT need it.  Also, knowing my luck, it would be a dupe for something in my collection anyway.

 

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2. Burt’s Bees Blush with Vitamin E in the shade Toasted Cinnamon ($9.99 US)
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This blush literally screams at me.  Personally, I am a fan of a more neutral, brown toned blush.  I don’t like pink nor peach blushes.  One shade that I have always adored as a blush was in the Limited Edition Champagne Pop Collection called Amaretto.  It is more of a brown-toned blush.  This reminds me of it.  I know Kathleen loves this blush shade a lot and it looks beautiful on her, even though she has a bit deeper skin tone than myself.  Once I use up my blushes, which God knows how long that will take, I will definitely purchase this bad boy.

 

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3. Catrice Prime and Fine Dewy Glow Fixing Spray ($5.99 US)
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I don’t quite remember what post I mentioned my love of dewy setting sprays, but I love dewy setting sprays haha.  I happened to see Taylor use this in a video and she’s been hooked on it since and I am totally sucked into this bad boy.  This looks like it gives the skin a very luminous, almost wet appearance even after it dries, but it didn’t look oily on her.  She also said it dried pretty quickly and didn’t feel tacky.  I definitely look for that in a dewy setting spray.  So, again, once I use up my current sprays, this will be purchased!

 

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4. FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer ($9.99 US)
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Yet another Taylor recommendation.  The reason I’m interested in this concealer is that it looks more hydrating than most other concealers.  Also, the YouTubers that I have watched who love this said it wasn’t very heavy on the under eyes and they didn’t feel it dried them out.  As I’m getting older, I’ve noticed I’m not a fan of dryer formulas for concealers.  So, I definitely would like to give this concealer a try in the future.

 

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5. Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’oro ($7.99 US) & Milani Baked Bronzer in Glow ($8.99 US)
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Both the Baked Blush and Bronzer from Milani have been in the back of my mind for years, but I never picked them up.  Don’t ask me why because truly I have no idea.  However, the tones of both of these look absolutely beautiful.  I have tried the Romantic Rose blush from Milani but ended up passing that along to a friend because unfortunately it never showed up on my skin, no matter how much I tried to build it up.  But these, these look beautiful.  The bronzer shade doesn’t appear (least online) too orange.  That’s the problem I have with most bronzers for my skin tone is they run immensely orange on my skin.  Do any of my fair skin folks have that problem?  Do any of you with deeper skin tones ever have that problem with bronzers appearing orange?  If you have any suggestions for a bronzer that doesn’t pull orange, please leave them in the comments!  I’d love to check them out in the future!

 

So that does it for my current makeup wishlist.  I don’t have any palette’s on this list because most palettes are the same thing, just switched up a bit and in different packaging.  I feel I can dupe pretty much any palette that holds some interest in my mind with what is in my collection.  Is there any makeup that is currently on your makeup wishlist?  Or, have you tried any of the products that I mentioned above?  What do/did you think of them?  Or do you have some recommendations?  Please let me know in the comments!  The more help, the better!  Well, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my post and until next time!

Beauty

Black Moon Cosmetics Haul: Vegan & Cruelty-Free

Black Moon Cosmetics is a brand that I first heard of through Tori of Biohazardous Beauty on YouTube.  Since then, I have been following their feed on Instagram, completely enamoured by their makeup brand.  The overall aesthetic of the brand is beautiful, but let’s be real.  If you are a creature of the night, you are obsessed with moons, am I right?  Black Moon Cosmetics started in early 2015 and they are cruelty-free, vegan, paraben free, and gluten free.

So for about a year now, I have been back and forth debating if I wanted to order a few products from the brand or not.  Well, clearly I bit the bullet and picked up a few items.  Now, I am not reviewing anything today, I’m going to play around with everything for about a month and give my thoughts then.  This is just the haul part.  However, let me say, their customer service is EXCELLENT.  Unfortunately, the first purchase I made from them, the package was incorrectly delievered and I never received it.  The customer service team from Black Moon answered my email promptly, were incredibly sweet, and sent out another package to replace the lost/stolen one.   Now enough blabber, let’s get onto the goodies!

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Real quick, can we just take a moment to admire the packinging?  Even the detail they put into the actual cardboard box that is sent out is beautiful!  When I originally opened the package, everything was extremely secure, the Moonlighters were bubble wrapped and the lipsticks were wrapped in tissue paper with a cute little Black Moon sticker.

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The Moonlighters are a recent release.  I’m not sure if they are still doing this little perk, but if you ordered 2 or more the Moonlighters, they sent out a free face brush.

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Of the Moonlighters, I decided to grab Squid ($22 US) and Centipede ($22 US).  I don’t have an actual white highlighter, so I thought why not pick up one now?  Centipede is more of a gold tone highlighter, but it looks like it fits for fair skin.

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I also picked up a pair of lashes in the style Sagitarrius, because well, Sagittarius here.  I thought it would be a crime for me not to pick up a pair.

Lastly, the liquid lipsticks.  I picked up the Dearly Departed duo (currently on sale for $32 US) which contained Grim ($18 US) which is described as a “deathly delicious cool brown,” and Grave ($18 US), a brown with brick red undertones.  I also decided to throw in Hazel, 1) it was on sale and 2) I don’t have anything like it.  I thought it would be a fun way to step out of my grey, red, black, brown comfort zone lol.  Hazel is a mix up of an army green and olive green.  It was a limited edition shade and is sold out.

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I’m beyond excited to play around with these items!  Like I said earlier, I’m going to play around with these for about a month before I give my overall thoughts.  Have you tried Black Moon Cosmetics before?  What are some of your favorite products from the brand or least favorite?  What other Indie brands do you think I should try next?  Let me know in the comment section!  Well, I think that does it for now!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!