First of all, let me say thank you to Rihanna for giving us a line of foundation with forty, yes, FORTY, shades to choose from. She’s got all skin tones and undertones covered. I’ve never had a foundation that matches my pale skin as well as Rihanna’s. With so many beautiful colors to pick from, I would highly recommend getting your shade matched by a Sephora beauty advisor.
The application is smooth, and the matte coverage gives your face a flawless look. Many foundations claim to be “mattifying”, but I’ve never had a matte foundation live up to its name quite like this one does. Whether you use a brush or a sponge, your foundation will still look gorgeous. As far as longevity goes, this foundation will last all day, no touch-ups required. Your face won’t feel oily or cakey at all.
Even the bottle is beautiful. When you open the box, you’ll find a frosted glass bottle that’s incredibly sleek and modern. The bottle contains over 1 oz. of foundation and has a convenient pump at the top.
Bottom Line: PLEASE give this foundation a chance; you won’t regret it!
Let me start this post off by saying that this has become one of my favorite lipsticks. I purchased the Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick in $upanova, which is a very pale pink. For those of you looking for a bright pink lipstick, this isn’t the one for you. If you’re looking for a light, fairy-princess pink, this is a good bet.
The lipstick comes in a beautiful, slim tube. The cap stays on in your purse, so you’ll have no smearing in your bag. The only complaint I have is that while applying the lipstick, sometimes the tube cranks itself down a bit, interrupting application.
As far as longevity goes, Rihanna’s new lipstick is wonderful. Without eating or drinking, you can get around five hours of full coverage. Even with food or drink, there isn’t much transfer and you won’t lose much color.
Bottom line: get this lipstick now! You’ll get beautiful, high-quality color that lasts all day!
If it’s Better Than Sex, what could be better than that? Tarte’s Maneater mascara, that’s what. After being stuck on Better Than Sex for some time, I think I’ve actually found a new favorite.
The tube itself is a talking point. With Maneater, Tarte gives us a beautiful gold tube covered in leopard print. As with Better Than Sex, the tube has a sturdy, heavy feel to it. No cheap hardware here!
I was a bit alarmed when I first opened the tube. The brush is thin, so I didn’t think it would give me the same volume that I get from Too Faced’s butterfly brush. I was soooo wrong. This tiny brush exceeded my expectations, and the mascara gave me even more volume than Too Faced could have with no clumps and no second coat needed. This mascara gives me the Barbie-doll lashes I love with a natural feel and hardly any buildup. What more could I ask from a mascara?
Bottom Line: if you’re looking for tons of volume, no clumps, and a lightweight mascara, Tarte has you covered!
Like most beauty enthusiasts, I’ve been incredibly excited to try Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line. The first product I snagged for myself is her gloss bomb lip luminizer. While it’s not my favorite lip product, it’s definitely in my top ten. As soon as you open the tube you’ll get a pleasant whiff of tropical fruit (probably the best part of the gloss). It goes on sheer, so it’ll look good on any skin tone. The lip luminizer provides just enough sparkle to be casual enough to wear to work but formal enough to wear on a date. The one complaint I have is that it doesn’t stay on very long at all. The gloss will dry out completely within an hour, and you’ll have no color at all within two (even without food and drink). Overall I would highly recommend the gloss bomb; even though it doesn’t have great staying power, it looks so pretty that I’ll bear with it and reapply often.
Here’s a shout-out to Rihanna for creating a makeup line that caters to women of all colors! RiRi, you can have all of my money. ♥
Since I’ve fallen in love with Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara, I decided to try the drugstore imitation. All I can say is you get what you pay for. While L’Oréal’s product is half the price, it also comes with half the volume. Even after applying several coats, I can hardly notice the mascara on my lashes. What I do notice is how sticky and heavy Lash Paradise feels all day long. It’s also almost impossible to remove, even with Too Faced’s Mascara Melt-Off. The one good thing I can say about Lash Paradise is that I’ve experienced little to no clumping. If clumping is your main concern, you might like this reasonably-priced imitation. If you’re looking for major volume, look elsewhere.
What do you think of this product? Let me know in the comments!
My latest favorite beauty product is Aurora Glow, a palette of highlighters by Anastasia Beverly Hills. While this palette is designed to be used all over the face, I use mine mostly as an eye shadow palette. Used as eye shadow, Aurora Glow will leave you with celestial sparkle that lasts all night long.
The Aurora Glow palette includes six shades: Eclipse (champagne), Luna (white), Spectra (lavender), Helia (sunshine yellow), Orion (light blue), and Lyra (beige). Used alone, the colors are all fairly light and very shimmery. As with other glitter eye shadows, these can be mixed with white or black eye shadow to lighten or darken the colors. I love mixing Spectra and Orion with black eye shadow to create plum and sapphire hues. No matter how you apply these gorgeous colors, your eyes will look stellar!
Though I normally don’t use the palette for highlighting, I have tried it and can vouch for how beautiful it looks. I prefer a natural look for highlighting, so when I do highlight with Aurora Glow I use Eclipse or Luna. I will say that it was fun using purple and blue to highlight my face for the first time. The other colors work beautifully as highlighters, but they’ll give you more of a sci-fi or fairy-like glow. If that’s your thing, you’ll love Aurora Glow!
However you choose to use this palette, you’ll come to adore it! The colors are highly pigmented and will last all day (or night) long. Aurora Glow is definitely worth the investment; you’ll get six high-quality powders that are incredibly versatile. You can find Aurora Glow at Sephora and Ulta for $40.00.
For years I had an extremely difficult time finding the right foundation. My skin is incredibly pale, so finding a foundation that works with my complexion has never been easy. Thanks to Sephora, I’ve finally discovered a foundation that matches my skin tone and meets all of my needs.
Sephora’s Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation comes in a tall can and is sprayed onto the face. After spraying it on, you’ll have to smooth it out with either a brush or a sponge. In this collection, Sephora offers more than ten shades and a formula that is perfect for year-round wear.
Coverage: This spray-on foundation provides excellent coverage. After blending it in, you’ll have full coverage with a matte finish. Occasionally I have to spray a little extra foundation around my eyes to cover my dark circles, but I’m also working on finding a decent concealer to go with this product, so I’ll let that slide. This foundation is great for concealing blemishes and evening skin tone.
Feel: By feel, I mean the way that this feels on my face. With such full coverage, you’d expect this foundation to have a very caked-on feel. I’ve not had this experience at all; once it’s on I hardly notice it’s there. This foundation doesn’t feel heavy at all, so you can even wear it on hot summer days.
Lasting Power: This foundation easily lasts all day long. If you’ve got a reaaallly long day to get through, you may have to reapply after about 10-12 hours. Even in hot weather, this foundation won’t melt off your face, which makes it perfect for year-round use
The Verdict – if you haven’t found your perfect foundation yet, you need to try this one. It packs everything I want from a foundation into one can. My only complaint is that I run out of it quickly and then have to drive forty minutes to get more, but for the quality of the product this is absolutely worth it.
Have you tried this product before? Let me know what you think in the comments!
With their extensive collection of eyebrow products, Benefit Cosmetics takes care of all of our eyebrow needs. Benefit offers two types of eyebrow pencils – the Goof Proof pencil and Precisely, My Brow. After trying both products, I can honestly say that each pencil is fabulous and deserving of a 5-star rating, but the two pencils cater to different areas. With six different shades available, you’re sure to find the pencil that’s right for you.
Let’s start with the Goof Proof eyebrow pencil.
With its squared tip, the Goof Proof pencil is designed for shaping eyebrows. If your eyebrows are already pretty full but need more definition and shape (like mine), go with this pencil. As the name implies, this pencil is incredibly easy to use. The formula glides right on and the included eyebrow brush makes shaping your brows even easier.
Now on to Precisely, My Brow.
If fullness if more of a concern for you than squaring and shaping, you’ll probably want to try this pencil instead of the Goof Proof pencil. The super-fine tip allows you to draw individual strands throughout your brows, making it the ideal tool for filling in and creating definition. This double-ended pencil also includes an eyebrow brush to clean up your brows even more.
So is one pencil better than the other? Not really – I’d have to say this one is a draw (bad pun definitely intended). Both pencils are incredibly easy to use and will keep your brows looking great all day long. Depending on your needs, one of the two pencils will work better for you than the other. Without a doubt, Benefit’s brow pencils are worthy of your attention.
Okay, so just by looking at the name you can tell that this is an imitation Naked palette. But honestly, it’s a pretty good imitation. The Revealed palette by Coastal Scents comes with 20 eye shadow shades and is available through Birchbox.com. Each of the Revealed palettes comes with a variety of shades, including pinks, browns, purples, and grays. Below is an image of the palette I tried, Revealed 2:
Color Choice: I am a huge fan of the colors included in the Revealed 2 palette. My one complaint with Naked palettes is that there are way too many browns and not enough pinks and purples. Coastal Scents fulfills my need for girly colors with this palette. Plus, I can honestly say that every single color in this palette is gorgeous. Because there are so many color families included, you can create a wide variety of looks with just one palette. If you aren’t a fan of pinks and purples, the other Revealed palettes might be more to your liking.
Longevity: These eye shadows last just as long, if not longer, than Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadows. I can put these on for school at 8am and they’ll still be in place when I get home from work at midnight. Unless you’re in some pretty strenuous conditions, these eye shadows will last all day (or night) long.
Value: The Naked palettes come in with a hefty price tag of $54. Through Birchbox.com, Coastal Scents offers the Revealed palette for $19.95. Less than $20 for a palette of beautiful shades that are just as nice as Naked eye shadows? Hell yeah I’ll take one!
The Verdict: Hands down, 5 out of 5 stars from me. Coastal Scents has really done us a huge favor by offering Revealed, a fabulous palette at a fabulous price. Even if you’re not a Birchbox subscriber, you can still get your hands on one today at Birchbox.com.
As soon as I heard that Too Faced had released a shade of their La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream called Unicorn Tears, I had a feeling that the product would be magical. Too Faced’s aptly-named Unicorn Tears granted my wish for iridescent, sparkling lips.
This lipstick is probably the creamiest one I’ve ever tried (it feels fabulous on the lips) and the color will last for several hours. The color is great on its own or when layered. Below is an image of Unicorn Tears on my lips by itself – without another color underneath, you’ll get a light pink color with blue and purple shimmers.
If you want to mix it up, Unicorn Tears is also great on top of another lipstick. Unicorn Tears will add a beautiful, iridescent shine to whatever shade you decide to wear underneath. This beautiful sparkle is perfect for any occasion, from a shift at work to date night. Grab a tube as soon as you can and take part in the magic! 🌈
Have you tried Unicorn Tears? Share your thoughts below!