Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Yay! for new makeup :)

Like I told y'all last week....I took a much needed trip to Sephora this weekend, for some new makeup.  So without further adieu....Here is what I got:

1.  Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation in M40
As you all are well aware, I kind of think Kandee Johnson hung the moon.  If you watch her YouTube videos, you know she talks about this stuff all the time.  Yes, it is a cream foundation, but she uses it as a concealer, which is what I wanted it for.  I love it so far!  I use my concealer brush and put it in all those discolored areas us females get from hormones: around the nose, under the eyes, and around the chin.  Works like a charm!  It is really thick, and I can't imagine using it as foundation, but if you are looking for a very thick, very full coverage foundation, you would love it for that too! 

2.  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eyeliner in Demolition
Again, Kandee Johnson did an eye liner test review just a few days ago, and this one tested the best as far as extended wear and smudge proof-ness.  This is a really dark matte chocolate brown.  I very rarely wear black eyeliner, unless I'm doing a really dark dramatic smokey eye.  I really don't know why.  I don't have anything against black eye liner, this is just what I do.  I like to go back over it and smudge it a little with an angled liner brush and dark brown shadow.  (I do the same thing when I do black liner, with black shadow)  This helps set the liner and it stays a lot better.
3.  Benefit "Tan about town" kit
I love these kits that Benefit does.  It is such a great way to try out their products and I have ended up buying the bigger versions of things I never would have even tried if it hadn't been for these kits.  The big plus to these is that they are also super affordable, and the smaller sizes usually last me for a long time.  This one was $12.  It includes "Some kind-a gorgeous Foundation Faker" in Medium, Hoola Bronzer, and Bad Gal Lash mascara.  The foundation faker is very similar to the Cover FX cream foundation.  I love it because it is the perfect tiny size to fit in my purse makeup bag.  I am that girl who carries an arsenal of anything you could ever possibly need. So,  I love it when I find tiny versions of  products I love.  The Hoola bronzer is what I use for contouring.  It is the perfect shade of brown for this, with no glitter or sparkle like a lot of bronzers have.  The Bad Gal Lash is not necessarily my favorite mascara, but again, it is tiny and a perfect fit for my purse makeup bag.

4.  Sephora shiny lip gloss in #11 Pin-up Pink
Funny story about this gloss….You all know I have been on the search for the perfect hot pink lip.   I came across this gloss on Saturday, and I liked it, but it was a little sheer for the look I was really going for, but I thought whatever, I like it, I'll get it any way.  When I got up to the counter to check out I noticed that it just happened to be one of the free 100 point gifts!  Score!  So I got it for free.  It is a great color and a really good spring/summer shade, but is pretty sheer.  Overall verdict:  Love the color, but still on the search for hot pink lip stick….with more color.

And then there is my drugstore haul:

1.   Loreal Magic Lumi Concealer/Highlighter
This is an under eye concealer/highlighter.  Actually I think you can use it anywhere, but I got it specifically for an under eye concealer/brightener.  Not a huge fan.  It is really thin, so you still need concealer also.  And it has no priming benefits, so you still need a primer too.  And it is not all that "highlighting."  I think my normal concealer (a shade lighter that your skin tone) works much better and conceals, brightens, and primes.  This just added an unnecessary step.

2. Loreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black
I have been tempted to buy this eyeliner for weeks now.  Kandee Johnson has used it in her YouTube videos as well as Sonia Castaneda  (YouTube Channel) and other makeup vloggers.  When I found it at Kroger for 50% off, I decided it was time to try it!

* Yes ladies, you saw that right.  50% off.  Actually the day I bought my drugstore products, Kroger had a lot of really great cosmetics sales and I got all of these products for anywhere from 20-50% off.  I think Kroger is usually more expensive when it comes to cosmetics, but when they have discounts, they have great discounts.  So I have to make a run through the cosmetics every time I'm there just to make sure I'm not missing any great deals.

But back to the eyeliner…. I have to be honest.  I haven't had a chance to try this yet.  Like I said, I rarely wear black eyeliner, but I've heard great things about it, so I'm sure I'll like it.

3. Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing primer
As far as "primer" goes, this isn't all that great.  Meaning it doesn't help your foundation go on any better, or stay on.  However, I do like its "light infusing" properties.  I ended up mixing it with my foundation and I really like it.  It adds a very subtle, healthy looking glow, with no glitter.  Are you seeing the trend here?   I'm not a huge fan of glitter on my face.
4.  Revlon PhotoReady Concealer stick.
This isn't a new product for me.  This is my usual concealer.  I was just out and needed more. I love a concealer stick.  I think they are so much easier to use and go on so much better that ones that use a wand, or come in a pot.  I like my concealer thick.  This is so easy to swipe under the eyes and down the nose and then easily buff out with a sponge.  Sonia Castaneda uses Cover Girl Smoothers, which is also a stick.  I haven't tried that one, but I love when I find out that these makeup artists that I love so much, are faithful to a drugstore brand.

*While we are on "drugstore brands" I will admit that I almost always prefer the drugstore mascaras that I like over the more expensive ones.  And I have tried a LOT of the expensive ones.  Don't get me wrong, I don't hate them, but I've never really noticed anything special about any of them that makes me feel like it's worth paying double (sometimes triple or quadruple).  For the most part, I stick to Loreal when it comes to drugstore makeup, and it’s the same with mascara.  The Double Extend is one of my favorites and I also love the new Voluminous False Fiber and the original Voluminous (both in the gold tubes). 

What are your favorite mascaras?  Any one disagree with me and have a department store brand that they think blows my drugstore brands away??  I would love to hear what you think.  You know I am always ready to try new makeup!!  J

1 comment:

Wendy said...

What a great blog Whitney! I'm glad you posted a link on Painted Ladies ;)