Used Up: Foundation and Concealer

I think foundation is one of the harder things for me to get through because I am such a foundation hoarder. I definitely one of my weaknesses. In this post I am talking about the Covergirl Outlast foundation in Soft Honey. This is honestly the closest I have ever come to finding my “Holy Grail” foundation. I am currently on my third bottle, but I won’t be repurchasing because Covergirl tests on animals. This formula goes on so smoothly and never looked cakey or too obvious on me. It really did last a long time and managed my oils. The coverage was medium to full and is build able.  My biggest complaint was the color. I could never find the right shade and the closest shade to me (soft honey) had looked a bit pink on me. Besides that its a great foundation.

Next is the L’OREAL true match roller foundation in W4. This product is so old and a huge gimmick. I actually used this solely as concealer. I only used this as foundation twice and it just didn’t last very long on me. If you have used the liquid true match foundation it is really similar but I found this cream version a bit more buildable. L’OREAL is not cruelty free.

Last is the Revlon photoready stick concealer. This product reminds me of high school because I used it a lot my last years of High School (roughly 4 years ago). The formula was creamy and had some solid medium almost full coverage. I didn’t love it for blemishes because it some some specks of glitter/sparkle in it. It wasn’t super obvious unless you looked at it closely in sunlight. It did a good job of covering my dark circles. Revlon  is not cruelty free.

Current products I am using: Tarte Shape Tape(medium) and Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (medium light).

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

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Used Up: Lip Balms

Here we with a lot of used up products. Finishing a product brings me so much satisfaction, especially if I’ve had a product in my collection for way way too long. I will be breaking up all my empty products so it’s not too overwhelming. First up is lip balms! I use these every morning and day so I’m not surprised I have gone through so many.

First is the Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss. This gave a nice sheen and slightest of color to the lips. I really like the baby lips formula but unfortunately they do test on animals  .

Next is the Fresh sugar lip treatment in the original and Rose. These have SPF 15 and are quite moisturizing. However, they have an odd slip to them and don’t really sink into the lips. They are still good and the Rose one gives a nice rosy/red tint to the lips. These are pretty pricey at $24 and can break or melt pretty easily. You can purchase them here. Also the ones pictured are deluxe sizes not the full size.

Last is the EOS lip balm and I 100% do not recommend this. I couldn’t even finish it because it irritated my lips so much. This was the first product I ever just gave up on because it was so bad and just didn’t work as a lip balm.

In case you’re curious, I am currently using a lip balm by Hard Candy and Jack Black (my favorite).

Thanks for reading!

 

Boxycharm: September 2016

My last subscription box review for awhile. I promise. This was a good box though.

Lets start with the most exciting part! A set of three luxie eye brushes. I love these brushes. I use them every single day I apply eyeshadow. So soft and well made. I highly recommend them. They are shaped so nicely and blend shadows out effortlessly. Included were the #205, #237, and #229. I think this set was exclusively made for boxycharm but you can find similar brushes on the luxie website. This set retails for $36 but individually they retail for $12.

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My second favorite product was a blow dry perfection heat protectant by Briogeo. This product is a cream used on damp hair to protect against heat damage and it also smooths hair. I liked this a lot but I needed to add something extra for hydration. I have really dry hair so this wasn’t hydrating enough. I do really enjoy it as a heat protectant and would recommend it. This retails for $24.

Next is an eyeshadow trio by IBY. The shades are nice and basic. Included is a matte brown shade, light champagne color with a sheen, and a deep shimmery bronze. Really pretty, however, the gold shade is best applied with a finger. If you’re into warm shades, which I 100% always am, you would like this. This can be purchased for $19.

I was not excited to receive the Temptu shimmer bronzer but it grew on me. This is a thin liquid bronzer that appears really dark but blends really nicely into the skin. The simmer isn’t super noticeable but does a nice job of warming up the skin without looking heavy or obvious. This retails for $29.50.

Last is the ultra matte lip paint by starlooks. I thought this product was okay but after some time I realized its pretty bad. You have to use a VERY thin layer or else it’ll crumble off. Also, it doesn’t apply true to color unless you use two layers. There are way better products out there in this category. This retails for $19.

The value of this box is $127.50 and you only pay $21. Really great value.

Petit Vour is a Gem! September 2016

I’m back at it with the subscription box reviews. I just find it a fun way to try out new products that I otherwise wouldn’t come across. This time it is petit vour so you know everything is non toxic and cruelty free. Whoooo!

The first item is full size and retails for $14. It is the meow meow tweet baking soda free deodorant cream. This works really well and doesn’t irritate the underarms. I scoop some out with my fingers and rub it in and it lasts all day. I find the price point to be pretty nice and would definitely recommend this one.

The second product is by OSEA and is called ocean cleanser. The value is $16 and the full size is $44. I found this worked best as a morning cleanser or a second cleanser. It is really gently and smells like candied fruit. This wasn’t effective enough to remove makeup but I enjoyed it in the mornings.

Next is a sample from ADORN and it is the mineral and organic hydrating cream foundation. The value of the sample is $4 and the full size is $50. I didn’t try this because the color was too light and the “hydrating” part made me wary. I really don’t enjoy getting tiny samples like these in subscription boxes.

Last is a serum concentrate from odacite. The one I got specifically was for blemishes. The value is $3 and full size is $32. I used this for blemishes that were dried and enjoyed it. I think this would be a great product for those with acne prone and combination skin.

The overall value is $37 and the box costs $15.

 

Boxycharm: September 2016

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In case you don’t know, Boxycharm is a beauty subscription service that monthly sends 4-5 full size products for $21/month. You get makeup, hair, nails, and skincare products. For the most part everyone gets the same box except for one or two product variations. I would suggest checking out mid month what the boxes include then subscribing before the end of the month if the box interests you. Now, lets talk about this box!

1. Project Beauty Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Hair Masque $11

I really like this! It smells exactly like a strawberry and banana smoothie. You don’t need a ton of product and it leaves your hair really soft. If you are looking for a good hair mask, this would be a good one to check out. It won’t repair super damaged cream but it will smooth out your hair and add softness.

2. butterLONDON Trend Nail Lacquer $15

This might be my favorite nail polish formula ever. It went on really smoothly and did not chip for a good three days which is really impressive for me. The color is really pretty and a great option for Fall.

3. PUR Cosmetics Lip Lure in Mystic $22.00

This is wonderful!The formula is so comfortable and the color is a beautiful deep berry. I highly recommend these if you like creamy lip products and want something that won’t dry out your lips. There is transfer but I found it minimal.

4. Studio Makeup “On-The-Go” Palette $49.95

This is the product that convinced me to but the box. The colors are so warm and beautiful. I really enjoy the formula and appreciate all the lovely matte shades. I find myself reaching for this on a daily basis. The shadows are powdery but they are smooth and blend nicely.

5. Hikari Cosmetics Eye Liner $13

This product didn’t impress me very much. I have a problem with most pencil liners where the product transfers to my lower eyelid throughout the day. Unfortunately, this product did this to me but it did apply nicely and was quite creamy.

The total value was $110.05. Such a great value! Especially because I loved almost all of the products. You can subscribe to boxycharm here.

 

Petit Vour: August 2016

Today I bring you my review of the August subscription box of Peiti Vour. They focus on cruelty free products and are ingredient conscious. The August box included two full size items and two samples for $15.

Products:

Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo, $26 (full size)

Formulary 55 Body Polish, $7 (full size)

True Moringa Lavender Facial Oil, $3 (full size, $26)

Box Naturals Luxe Towelettes, $1.50 for 2 ($10 for box of 12)

The overall of this box is $37.50 which I think is pretty good. The lily lolo palette offers buildable colors and the highlighter is not at all glittery or unflattering. I think those with lighter skin would enjoy the products most. I have medium skin and it takes some building up to get the desired affect. The true moringa lavender oil is very nice and sinks into the skin quickly while still moisturizing. The scent isn’t overpowering so I think a lot of people would enjoy this product. I haven’t tested the other two products but I’ll mention that the towelettes claim to be safe to use anywhere on the body, to remove make up, and clean any surfaces. I plan to keep this in my purse for emergencies.

Thank you for reading and I hope you all look into Petit Vour. They offer a great selection of products on their website. fullsizerender

 

Summer Favorites

I would like to say goodbye to summer by mentioning a few products I really enjoyed the last few months. All of the mentioned products are cruelty free.

Lets start with base makeup. The fist one is a primer I fell in love with almost immediately. Its the One heck of a blot by Soap and Glory. I purchased mine at Ulta for $14. This does a beautiful job of helping my makeup last while smoothing over some pores. I highly recommend for those with oily skin. Also, this has a silicone feel but no where near traditional silicone primers. Next up is two foundations. The first by Becca I talked about here. The second is by CoverFx and its the Custom Cover Drops (in shade G50) and can be purchased here for $44. I love the lightweight feel of this and it blends into the skin beautifully. However, its not very long lasting and doesn’t have any oil control. I pair this with either the one heck of a blot primer or the becca ever matte foundation to increase its longevity.

Next up is color makeup. I only have one in this category and its from TheBalm. I present to you the Instain blush in the beautiful shade of Swiss Dot. I bought mine on Hautelook for $11 during a flash sale but they can also be purchased here for $22. This blush is a perfect peachy pink for summer and brightens up the cheeks beautifully. The longevity is ridiculous so it can last all day long. It also blends nicely and is very pigmented.

Last is eye products. I love liquid eyeliner and this summer I found my favorite, which is the Kat Von D ink liner in trooper. This can be purchased here for $20. It is very black and is easy to use. One thing I really love is that it doesn’t transfer onto my lower lid. For some reason this happens to me with so many eyeliners, pencil and liquid, so I love this one for not doing that. It also lasts all day without smudging or fading. The next product is the nstant lift brow pencil by elf in the shade deep brown. You can purchase it here for the exceptionally low price of $2. I love the shade of this, it is perfect for my black hair. I also love how easy it is to use since its in pencil form. I use this to fill in sparse areas and it last all day without smudging or fading. I wouldn’t recommend if you require exact precision in your brow pencil, but otherwise its a great product.

Alright, those are my top favorites of the summer. Stay tuned for more product reviews.

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The $5 Eyeshadow Wonder

I don’t think there’s anyone out there that hasn’t heard of colourpop by now. They took the world by storm using social media marketing. Today, I want to talk about their famous Super Shock Eyeshadows which can be purchased here for five dollars a piece.

The instructions say they perform best with fingers and they’re certainly right  about that. The best way I can describe them is a cream to powder formula. They are nicely pigmented and go on the lids smoothly. I have a matte side that I like to apply with my fingers into the crease, then blend out with a fluffy synthetic brush. They are not the easiest to blend, however. I also found that the darker shades can be a bit patchy, but since they are easy to layer this isn’t a big problem. I didn’t notice any creasing with them, but I don’t have particularly oily eyelids. The lasting power on these is pretty impressive, especially the darker shades. Overall, I like them and I’m glad I have a few in my collection.

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Left to Right: Drift, Weenie, Porter, Bandit, On the Rocks
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Left to Right: On the Rocks, Bandit, Porter, Weenie, Drift

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On the rocks: bronze with gold and violet glitter

Bandit: matte, rusty brown

Porter: burgundy with gold glitter

Weenie: Rose gold

Drift: pearlized cranberry

 

 

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, trimethylsiloxysilicate, isododecane, boron nitride, c30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer, synthetic fluorphlogopite, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, dimethicone/vinyl trimethylisiloxy silicate crosspolymer, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, tin oxide, glycine soja (soybean) oil. [ +/- aluminum powder (ci 77000), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), black 2 (ci 77266), blue 1 (ci 42090), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), bronze powder (ci 77400), carmine (ci 75470), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), copper powder (ci 77400), ferric ammonium ferrocyanide (ci 77510), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510), green 5 (ci 61570), iron oxides (ci 77491), iron oxides (ci 77492), iron oxides (ci 77499), manganese violet (ci 77742), mica (ci 77019), red 40 lake (ci 16035), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), ultramarines (ci 77007), yellow 5 (ci 19140), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140)]

P.S. In case you are wondering what happens when one of these is dropped, take a look at Weenie. It didn’t crumble, but it did move in the pot.

Thanks for reading,

 

Melissa Bee

Matte Skin For Days

Hey, Everyone! Let’s talk about the Becca Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation. I purchased mine from  sephora for $42 in the shade Nude. As a reference I am a Mac NC35-40, Coverfx G50, and Marc Jacobs Beige Golden. My skin type is oily/combination with acne scars and hyperpigmentation.

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Foundation is one of my favorite things to shop for. There is something about creating the perfect canvas that I really love. There are a couple things that I want in a foundation:

  1. Must be long wearing
  2. Must have Oil control
  3. Must look like skin

I almost always tend to mix foundations to get the perfect finish and color I want that day because I can be a little high maintenance with foundation. The search for the perfect foundation is not easy, my friends, but I’ll keep trying.

Lets talk about this matte foundation. This lasts a solid six hours on me for a regular, busy day before I start to see oil breaking through. This could last longer depending on how humid is it or your activity level. The consistency is on the “liquidy” side but it is not too thin. The best part of this foundation is the comfortable matte finish. If you have normal/combination skin you wouldn’t need to set with powder. However, my skin is very oily so I always set with powder.  This also has a very natural look on the skin and blends right into skin when applied. I love that it is not “cakey” even when layered. I always add a second layer to problematic areas for extra coverage. You won’t be able to get full coverage out of this, unless you have really good skin, but I don’t mind the medium coverage.

The only negative thing I have to say about this foundation is that when I first started using it I did notice it dried out parts of my skin. If I moisturize my skin well this isn’t a problem. I would definitely not recommend this to anyone prone to dry or dehydrated skin. If you have combination skin and are diligent with your skincare I think this is a beautiful foundation.

All things considered, I give this foundation a thumbs up. This is a yes for anyone with oily or combination skin, a maybe for normal skin, and a no for dry skin. If you’re shopping around for a summer foundation definitely give this one a look.

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The Good:

  • Long wearing
  • Oil control
  • Buildable medium coverage
  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan

The Bad:

  • May dry out your skin after frequent use
  • Will emphasize dry patches

The Ugly:

For those of you that are ingredient conscious, this is not paraben free and it does contain some concerning preservatives.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide, Hydrogenated Didecene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Methicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide).

 

Let me know if you have tried this and what your thoughts are. I hope this was helpful.

The First

Hello, World!

Welcome to the blog of a girl who buys way too much makeup and wants an excuse to slightly justify the many purchases. I hope you weren’t expecting any informative posts on bees because that won’t be the focus here. Well, who knows, maybe one day I will have a lot to say about bees. For now, I’ll stick to beauty reviews and things like that. I hope these posts will be useful in some way to some one. If not, this could just be a fun little writing exercise. As an environmental engineering student I don’t get a whole lot of opportunities to write so this could be quite useful for flexing the writing skills. Please enjoy and don’t be too upset with me if I miss place a couple commas here and there.

Thanks,

Melissa