Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Search Continues, Revlon 24 Hour Colorstay Foundation Review

This is what I'm looking for in a foundation. I want a foundation that looks like skin without being too sheer. I want it to cover everything while looking like I'm wearing nothing. I want it to give me that slightly dewy radiance of youth. I don't want it to have crappy ingredients. I want it to be sanitary, preferably packaged with a pump dispenser. I do not want to have to take a mortgage out in order to purchase it. 

I have said it before and I will say it again, I have never been one for drugstore cosmetics and if there is one item everyone should spend money on, it is a good foundation. With that being said, I am a girl with an insatiable appetite for foundations and sometimes you just have to go with your budget. Drugstore foundations have been, in my experience, heavy and cheap looking. I do like L'Oreal True Match (and I hear their Lumi is good too) but other than that I have steered clear of them. Over the holidays, when my foundation whore ways kicked in and that monkey was on my back, I wandered over to Revlon after reading a bunch of rave reviews about their 24 Hour Colorstay foundation. I'm so easily led. 

I liked that it was a full coverage foundation and decided to give it a try. My first impression was good, it had reminded me of my MUFE HD Foundation but I have since gotten over that feeling. They have completely different finishes. Honeybuns did think I had my airbrush makeup on and commented on how smooth my skin looked.

The good, it covers everything pretty well. It is a full coverage makeup and will cover most skin blemishes and discolorations,  without looking heavy. Depending on the night's sleep that I've had, I sometimes don't even need under eye concealer. It does last and has a nice matte finish and I don't usually like a matte finish. Matte for me equals dried up and old looking. Ladies, be careful with matte makeup-it can age you. This doesn't look either, it just looks matte, not shiny, not dry-just perfectly, naturally matte. I don't use powder with this because that might be too much matte for me to handle.

The bad, it comes in a bottle without a pump so you have to pour this somewhere-on your sponge, the back of your hand, on a palette? Somewhere and there is no control so don't pour out too much. The ingredients are not great, there are parabans for those of you concerned with them. Lastly, if you have dry skin you may want to skip this product. I noticed that where I had a little dryness on my chin, the foundation magnified it and clung to it and made it look noticeably dry. 

I've applied this with a brush and with a Beauty Blender and it looked good with both. A little more natural with the Beauty Blender. Can we discuss my Beauty Blender for a minute? I was never on the Beauty Blender bandwagon. I purchased it when it first came out and I just didn't get it. I did not get what the big deal was. It was tossed aside and very rarely used. I find myself reaching for it more and more lately and I think I may be falling in love with it. This may change my foundation game, hopefully for the better. Maybe this tool will help me finally settle down with one foundation. 

So final thoughts, do I love it? It's good. Am I sticking with it? Probably not-Are you surprised? Maybe I'll revisit it in the summer when my skin is in need of mattifying. Is it worth the cost? ($10-$13 depending on where you buy it) If you are looking for a full coverage, matte foundation for not a lot of money, it is definitely worth it. If you are not, I would save my $$ and purchase something you really want. I mean really, anything in the $10 range is worth it if you want to try it. 

As for the 24 hour staying claim. I have no idea. I have never worn makeup for 24 hours in my life and I really do not know why anyone would need their makeup to last 24 hours. That is just gross. It did last through my work day and a short cat nap on the couch.

You can purchase Revlon products in all major drugstores and supermarkets. 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Odds, Ends and Random Pretty Things

Oh hellllooo there my Little Goddesses! 

This post is just a mash up of random stuff I've been meaning to share with you.

Some pretty things I received for Christmas/Birthday from my parents, my honeybuns and my bestie :-)

Everyone seemed to be in a gold and green/blue kind of mood which is awesome because it all goes and I love those ocean tones!

Everything is sooo sparkly! Oh and you can ignore the lint on my bedspread. I should find a better place to photograph but my bed is right in front of a big window. 
How does everyone make their photos look like they're straight from a professional photo shoot? 

This bracelet is not made of gold, it is weaved French lace! It is delicate and gorgeous and you can see more beautiful pieces like it here:

 Next I wanted to show you my very cool makeup organizer from Muji. I am trying to be a little more organized in life. My professional makeup kit is very organized and everything has it's place. My personal makeup collection, not so much. That has all changed thanks to Muji and also a crafts organizer from Michaels. The Muji case is acrylic, has 5 drawers and can be purchased here: 

Lastly, I wanted to follow up on the L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner. 
I still love it, however I am almost certain this will transfer to your contact lens, if you are a wearer. 
I am not sure if it is transferring or I am accidentally hitting my contact lens when I am applying it, either way it's causing me issues. 
This pencil does not budge from your waterline. You know where else it doesn't budge from? Your contact lens, so keep those two away from each other. 

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Caroline Hirons and Prrty Peashun

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I did a Prtty Peaushun giveaway a few years ago for my followers on here and on Facebook. I had been eyeballing PP from afar and thought it would be a nice thing to do for my peeps. I had wrote about PP and recommended it a few times. Although I had only tried a small (small) sample that I was sent, I really liked the idea of this product. The ladies at PP were super cool and let me give away 2 of their gorgeous peaushuns (I still hate the name). For anyone that doesn't know what Prtty Peaushun is, it is a "skin tight body lotion" that pretty much hides your flaws, makes your skin look radiant and dare I say photoshopped. Also, it has the best ingredients, such as avocado oil , rosemary and green tea extract. 
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After the giveaway, I vowed I was going to purchase one of my own but never did, you know how sometimes these things get away from you. Every now and then I think "I need to purchase a Prtty Peaushun lotion" and then put it on the backburner. 

So imagine my excitement when one of my favorite bloggers ever, Caroline Hirons, decided to do a PP giveaway for her followers! All you had to do was leave a comment. I told Caroline that I was dying to try this product and to please not let me die and guess what? She didn't because I won the PP giveaway! Yay for me! Although I almost died when I read her blog post this morning and I saw my name on her blog.

*Burst with excitement*

Here's my winning announcement:
Little Goddess (who is going to die if she doesn't win - we can't have that)

Sorry if I'm being dramatic but I honestly love Caroline's blog and I hate to sound cliche but I NEVER win anything. I once received a laptop from The Martha Stewart Show, which was pretty damn cool but I've never won anything.

So now I will be patiently waiting for my package in the mail. I can't find the original email so I can't remember if I am to receive 1 shade or all 5 which would be flipping awesome. It also comes packaged in this cool silver squishy sac. If you can't tell, I am happy about this win. 

On a side note, Tracy Anderson, who is the "legs" of Prtty Peaushun and looks fantastic (of course why wouldn't she, she's Tracy Anderson for goodness sake) is only 5 FEET TALL! I am so surprised by this! She is a petite one like myself. 

This is Tracey wearing Prtty Peaushun, I am going to live in this stuff. 

Prtty Peaushun Legs
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Spoiler Alert! January BirchBox

Oh hello there! 
It's my favorite time of the month again! Birchbox time!
So my reaction opening this month's box is eeeeehhhhh. Yawn.
This month's box is less than exciting for me, which makes me not excited to write about it but here goes. 

First item, Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner. So dry shampoos have been all the rage as of late. Dry shampoos beef up your roots and soak up the oils at your scalp on days that you don't wash your hair. Dry conditioners add softness and shine to hair on days you do not wash. Consider it a conditioning refresh when your hair gets that dry at the ends look when you don't wash it. This is usually not an issue for me so I am not jumping for joy about it.

Next up,  Coastal Scents Revealed Eye Shadow Palette, funny since I've written about Coastal Scents twice in the past 2 weeks. I swear I have no affiliation with Coastal Scents. This looks like a nice palette and is pretty pigmented. A matte black, two neutral mid tone colors and a light shimmery highlighter color. I've received a lot of eyeshadows lately and I have not been wearing much makeup (!) so I have no idea when I am going to get to try all of them but I will let you know how it turns out.

Nail Rock Caviar, which is basically a silver nail polish with these tini tiny pearls (caviar) that will create a 3d effect on your nails. It looks cool as f!ck but if anyone knows me they know I do not enjoy manicures. I very rarely get them and I certainly cannot give myself one to save my life. I am waaaayyyy too impatient to wait for them to dry. Not too mention how sloppy my nail painting skills are. I will try this just because I now have it but again, not hearing fairies sing over this. 

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy. Another beauty product I am not a fan of, perfume. I am of the oil wearing kind. Amber oil, $10 at Whole Foods, that's my magic potion. Plus, I believe I have the full size bottle of this and it's barely been touched. 

Lastly, Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage. Long ass name. I have not been a huge Burt's Bees fan in the past but this was the product I was looking forward to trying until I read fragrance in the ingredients list. People-STOP PUTTING FRAGRANCE IN FACE PRODUCTS! They don't belong there and fragrance can be damn irritating making your skin work that much harder to heal itself. Maybe I'll use it on my feet. 

Ok that's it, I give this one a solid 5. The boring boxes are where I sometimes find the best products because it forces me to try items I would have otherwise never purchased on my own. So maybe I will find a winner in here or at least a fancy new foot cream.

I know, I have to step up my photo game on this blog.

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