A Year’s Worth of Beauty Trash

An old blog post of mine that gets hits pretty consistently is one I wrote about product empties. So, this is going to be just like that but on steroids. When we first moved to Okinawa, I wasn’t familiar with the strict rules on recycling and waste disposal, so I kept saving my empty cans of dry shampoo because I didn’t know what to do with them. (P.S., it turns out they’re recyclable) Eventually, I had filled up the bottom shelf of my toiletry closet with empty products and thought, “I’ll blog about it!” (Actually, I think I defensively made up that I was blogging about it to deflect my husband’s questions about why I was accumulating a small landfill of cosmetics in our side closet, but…)

This was actually really fun for me to go through and reflect on some of the products I actually made it through. Oftentimes I get so excited about trying new products that I forget about the ones I already have!

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Rimmel Stay Matte Powder / I’ve probably gone through 7-10 of these powders over the years, and while I no longer use it (I’m currently in love with Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder), it served me well and kept me matte-r than most powders. I probably won’t repurchase since I’ve found better alternatives, but it’s an affordable and readily available option for oily skin.

it Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation / I used to love this powder foundation (see this post about covering acne), but somewhere along the way my skin decided it no longer wanted to be friends, and thus, I had to break up with it. It’s a great powder for touch ups due to the coverage though, so I still keep a spare in my car.

Benefit Hoola and Dallas / I’ve raved about these powders to y’all in probably 1/3 of all cosmetic blogs I’ve written, but just in case you’ve missed all of those somehow: I love these babies. Hoola is the perfect bronzer for contouring (even for pale princesses!) and Dallas is such a gorgeous bronzey-plum blush. They’re worth the price, imo.beautytrash-5

Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer / I HATED THIS. Okay, hate is a strong word. But I really wasn’t impressed for how much hype it gets. First of all, it’s hella expensive. I don’t mind paying a pretty penny for quality high-end products, but $30 for such a teeny wand of concealer is a little over the top for me. The coverage was just meh and it looked cakey under my eyes. I don’t get the hype 🙅🏼 but I will say the color match was on point!

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer / I’ve raved about this concealer in the past as well, but lately it hasn’t been working for me either. I’m wondering if my skin is changing? This concealer has a whipped consistency and a tendency to make my undereye area look crepe-y, and the shade selection is pretty poor.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser / If you’ve been watching YouTube makeup tutorials since back when they weren’t trendy, you know the crazy level of hype this concealer got. It’s good, but for some reason I’m not jumping to repurchase. beautytrash-6

Alba Botanica AcneDote Deep Pore Wash / This cleanser lasted me almost 8 months, so that alone is impressive, but I don’t think it did much for my acne. It’s pretty drying. Won’t repurchase.

Fake Bake Flawless Darker Self Tan Liquid / I’ve made my love for this product abundantly clear on wisconsinwhimsy. It’s a dark, natural tan that smells delish and doesn’t transfer (just do not get wet for 24 hours or else the color guide will make you look super splotchy). Read more about how I tan at home here, but I’m testing a new tanner (only because my beloved Fake Bake can’t be shipped overseas 😭) so expect an update soon.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion + Cleansing Foam / I bought the entire set, but for some reason didn’t finish the third step, which is a treatment lotion. I didn’t get amazing results using these products, and they were pretty drying. Meh. Next.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray / This setting spray sucks. The packaging is super cheap (it’s WnW, I know) and the mist is not fine or even, so it’s basically equivalent to spraying yourself in the face with a Super Soaker. And it won’t even lock your makeup in place. Pass.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray / I love this stuff! It’s not super mattifying, but it does keep my makeup in place all day. It’s pretty refreshing, too. And cheap! #bonuspoints

Daiso Japan Puff Sponge Detergent / Step aside, overpriced brush and sponge cleansers, this cost me ¥100 and it works amazingly. I didn’t realize how much old foundation was lurking behind in my beauty blender until I started using this. If you’re not in Japan (or California, which I believe has a Daiso, though I’m not sure this product is sold there) you can find it on Amazon.beautytrash-8

Biosilk Silk Therapy Lite / If you’ve ever used the regular Biosilk Silk Therapy, you know that it feels like applying syrup to your hair. You have to use a teeny, tiny amount or risk looking like you just wrestled in a pool of baby oil. The Lite version was definitely lighter and made my hair feel smooth, but it’s still a heavyweight product that doesn’t really offer long-term results.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel / The mascara wand makes this product a deal breaker for me. Only one part of it actually has bristles on it, and I poked myself in the eye with the plastic applicator pretty much every time I used it. It didn’t push my lashes up or make them look like falsies, so skip this one unless mascara-induced blindness is on your bucket list.

Maybelline The Magnum Barbie / This mascara has built-in fibers to make lashes look longer and thicker. It’s also only available in certain Asian countries, so if you’re in the States you’ll have to admire the cute Barbie packaging from afar. It made my lashes look super fab, but unfortunately the fibers would flake off into my eyes throughout the day and really irritate them.

Maybelline The Falsies / I just really love Maybelline mascaras, apparently. This is a classic drugstore staple for long and full lashes, and I always keep a spare tube in my gym bag for on-the-go glam.

Too Faced Better Than Sex / I swore I would never repurchase this mascara, and then I did. 😂 I got it 40% off during a flash sale on Too Faced’s website, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have bought it. I did like it better this time around, but my same complaints of flakiness, smudges and crusty lashes still prevailed. I won’t repurchase (and I swear I really mean it this time!)

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The struggle of having nonexistent eyebrows is real.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz / I used Soft Brown for years, but I’ve realized Caramel is actually a better color match for me. I love, love, LOVE this brow pencil and will always come back to it.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil / I think this is a pretty good dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz, and as you can see, I’ve repurchased it a zillion times. I actually think there are more empty tubes lurking in my car somewhere. My only complaint is that I go through them quickly, but other than that it’s a faithful option for people who need precise brow help.

Milani EasyBrow Automatic Pencil / Skip this. The pencil is way too soft so it gives a really harsh payoff that looks a little “Crayola-to-the-face-ish.”

K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner / This eyeliner really does last all day, but the tip isn’t precise enough for a clean cat eye and eyeshadow transfers onto it really easily. It’s also only available in Southeast Asia, but if you are interested in trying it, you might be able to find it on Amazon???

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner / This is the closest I’ve found to a drugstore dupe for Stila Stay All Day liquid liner. It’s precise and very black. I’d definitely buy it again, and I’m actually wondering why I haven’t done so already 🤔

BareMinerals Lasting Line Eyeliner / I like this for the most part, but it does smudge and I also don’t really wear black pencil liner…so I probably won’t repurchase.

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L’Oreal Lumi Cushion / So, I have mixed feelings on this. I actually liked it because it made my skin look really fresh and healthy, but there’s also not much product and the cushion sponge it comes with sucks. I applied it with my beauty blender instead because of how terrible the cushion was. It also only has light coverage and definitely doesn’t hold up to the intense (aka 100%) humidity and heat in Okinawa, so it’s not on my list of items to repurchase. It does have a nice shade range though!

Estee Lauder Double Wear / Y’all I drank the Kool Aid and was obsessed with this foundation for a long time. I even wore it on my wedding day. I’ve seen the light though…and I will not be repurchasing. It’s heavy, doesn’t control my oil, and is not pale-skin friendly.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin / I loooooove the Better Skin concealer, but this foundation doesn’t live up to the same hype. The foundation is hard to color match and oxidizes, so if your skin isn’t naturally orange, I don’t recommend it. It also made me a hot, oily mess. Kind of like a McDonald’s fryer.

Revlon ColorStay / I swore by this foundation in college so I did one of those things where you look back on the past and reminisce on things you thought were great but really weren’t. I thought to myself, “Remember when your face looked super cakey and broken out all the time? Let’s relive that.” And I bought this foundation. And then remembered why I stopped using it.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte / I think this foundation is a good, affordable drugstore foundation. It’s not something I reach for often, but I do usually have a tube of it somewhere in my makeup closet. It has medium coverage is surprisingly paraben-free.

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So…we need to talk about something. It’s about how lazy I am with my hair. I have never, and I seriously mean never, taken an interest in hairstyling. If I wouldn’t look like a naked mole rat, I’d probably shave it all off my head. (Props to all the people who rock the hairless look, I envy you) As you can imagine, I have a super strict hair routine. It goes something like: brush every 3 days, shampoo, occasionally condition, messy bun, dry shampoo, repeat. 😬 I used Batiste religiously when I lived in the States, but unfortunately it’s not available here (apparently Japanese people aren’t lazy bums like me) and aerosols can’t be shipped overseas. Recently the PX has gotten more dry shampoo options, but over the past year it was super limited.

Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder / This stuff was life changing when my hair was red/brown. It actually might be the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used, but unfortunately it’s $30 and I can’t justify that kind of investment into a product that will only last a couple of weeks.

got 2b Rockin It Dry Shampoo / If you like chunks of whatever dry shampoo is made of floating in your hair like extra-large flakes of dandruff, buy this. If not, avoid it like the plague.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak / This dry shampoo is just okay. It smells non-offensive and works decently, but I’d say it’s only good for the day after washing and not anymore after that. It only helps with minor shine, so definitely skip it if you want to extend your style further than that.

Dove Dry Shampoo / As you can see, I repurchased this a lot, lol. It smells good and actually works decently, although I still wouldn’t really give it more than four stars. It just happened to be the best product available to me. One day I’ll return to my precious Batiste.


That’s all, folks! This isn’t a complete list of products, since I know I slipped up and threw stuff away every now and then, but I hope you enjoyed being nosy and reading all about my trash. What products are you trashing?

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Product Empties!

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Hi Lovelies!

I’ve been busy the past couple of weeks as I had a dear friend from Wisconsin visiting me here in North Carolina! Our departure for Japan has been delayed, so I have a few more weeks to prepare for the emotional chaos that is moving internationally (lol)!

I blog a lot about products as I test them out, but it’s not often that I mention products I’ve actually finished…which is probably because I don’t finish a lot of products. I think I have successfully finished a single tube of chapstick in my lifetime. Things either get lost, forgotten, or purposely ignored. So today, I’m going to share with you the graveyard of products I’ve emptied within the last few weeks! Moving has actually been a great motivator to spring clean and use up old products, especially since we can’t send most of our personal care items with our household goods overseas. Find out which products I loved and which ones I was happy to dump below!

FACE //

Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 Stay Fabulous Foundation in 810 // This is the 5th or 6th time that I’ve killed a bottle of this foundation. I love it! It’s matte, long-lasting, and has great coverage. And the pump is a huge plus! I frequently reach for this in favor of my high-end foundations.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation // This is another product I’ve repurchased 4 or 5 times and I use it interchangeably with the foundation above. It’s more of a demi-matte, but it’s still long-lasting with medium-full coverage.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer // If this wasn’t so expensive I’d have stockpiles of it! This is truly my favorite bronzer ever. It’s versatile in that it is great for both bronzing and for contouring. The box o’ powders from Benefit never disappoint, but Hoola is definitely my favorite. If you’re still searching for “the one,” look no further. (Unless “the one” you’re looking for is an actual human being, in which case I suggest you look further)

SKIN //

Arbonne Clear Future Corrective Acne Treatment Pads // This was another one of the products that Arbonne sent to me in a PR kit. These are seriously pricey ($46 for 60 pads!) but I did feel like they definitely reduced some of the acne and redness I was experiencing, especially on my cheeks. Even my husband tried them and got results!

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel // My all. time. favorite. moisturizer. ever! This bottle has lasted me close to a whole year with regular use. It keeps my skin hydrated and healthy without exacerbating any oil or causing breakouts.

Nature’s Bounty Tea Tree Oil // I honestly can’t remember where or when I got this, but I’m assuming I picked it up in the natural section of the grocery store, since I know this brand is sold there. Tea Tree has been a lifesaver for my acne. Diluted, it makes a great toner, and on its own makes for a great spot treatment. This is one oil that I’ll always keep on hand, and I love that Nature’s Bounty offers quality oils at affordable prices. 

Jergen’s Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse // If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I am an avid self-tanner. Although my tanner of choice is usually Fake Bake Flawless Darker, I picked up this Jergens mousse at the drugstore to try, after not being able to find my usual drugstore fave (L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Mousse). It was okay and I used it all, but I’m not sure the shade was right for my skin tone. 

HAIR //

Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo // If you have hard water or use a lot of hair products, I highly recommend this shampoo! I used it every other time that I shampooed my hair, and found that it was really effective at removing buildup without drying out my hair. It was a great product, but I don’t have hard water anymore and rarely use styling products, so I won’t repurchase.

Redken All Soft Conditioner // I loved this conditioner! It had the ideal consistency – not too thin or thick, and left my hair feeling soft, smooth, and detangled without feeling heavy or greasy. I usually go through conditioner very quickly, but I found that I only needed a small amount of this product to achieve results, so it lasted several months. Definitely try to pick this up during one of Ulta’s BOGO 50% off Redken sales!

What products have you finished up lately? Let me know in the comments below!

| Shelbie

Battle of the Brush Cleaner: Blue Dawn vs. Dr. Bronner’s

If you’re anything like me and struggle to keep your makeup brushes clean, (read: lazy) this post might be useful to you. I’ve been really slacking on cleaning them lately, which is gross for several reasons.

1. Brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and you’re using them to smear old bacteria all over your face every day. (You’re welcome for the mental picture)

2. They don’t perform as well when there’s weeks – and I know some of you are really grody and have months – worth of foundation, blush, concealer and powder all caked up inside the bristles.

3. Brushes are expensive, and if you take really bad care of them, they will become sad, unusable, bacteria sticks and you’ll have to throw them away. And wasting money is gross.

Of the brushes I own, my least favorite to clean are the ones that get the most use – flat top kabuki brushes. I use them to apply both powder and liquid products every day.  Pictured below are my three flat buki brushes: e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush // $3 at e.l.f. | Lamora Flat Kabuki T01 // price flexible, currently $7.90 at Amazon | Sigma F80 // $24 at Sigma

 

The Lamora & Sigma brushes are especially dirty, and here’s a nice close-up of my Sigma F80 to really drive home the point that brushes get 50 shades of grotesque after a week or two of regular use:


I typically use Dawn dish soap to clean my brushes because it’s super effective at breaking down the oiliness and waxiness of the gunk in my brushes, but recently I ran out of it and started using Suave shampoo because I had it laying around. The Suave worked well enough on other brushes that didn’t develop a lot of buildup, such as my blush and bronzer brushes, but it didn’t work as well for my foundation brushes. I’ve heard that many people use olive and coconut oil to break down the buildup in their brushes and more gently cleanse, but both cause my acne to flare up, so I avoid using them near my face. I should note that I have been using Dawn to clean my brushes for two years and have never had any issues with shedding or damage as a result of using it.

I paid a little visit to my beloved Target to pick up some Dawn, and happened to see some of Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap (wow, that is quite the name). I’ve actually used the soap before, many years ago, and have heard many bloggers recommend it for brush cleaning. I found a smaller bottle of it in the travel section for $3 and decided to compare it to my trusty Dawn.

I clean my brushes by squirting about a teaspoon of soap into my palm and swirling the brush – dry- into the soap in my palm. I then turn on the faucet and continue to swirl the brush in my palm as the water suds the soap, continually rinsing my palm and the brush until all of the soap and makeup are rinsed.

My Lamora brush was the clear winner of griminess, and I was able to get all of the gunk out with one go with the Dawn original blue dish soap. I used the Dr. Bronner’s soap on my Sigma brush, and while it did remove a considerable amount of makeup, there was still quite a bit left. I repeated the process twice with the Dr. Bronner’s soap, and ended up giving it a third wash with Dawn before the bristles looked white again (both of the pictured brushes have pre-existing staining). In the following photo, the top row shows my Sigma F80 after two rinses with Dr. Bronner’s and my Lamora buki after one rinse with Dawn. The bottom row shows both brushes after being fully cleaned, the Sigma F80 with 2 rinses of Dr. Bronner’s and 1 with Dawn, and the Lamora with 1 rinse of Dawn.


The Verdict:

Dawn is a better brush cleanser. That being said, I used the Dr. Bronner’s on my e.l.f. brush, and was able to clean it completely with one wash. It had about 3 days’ worth of makeup built up in it. I think the Dr. Bronner’s is a great multi-purpose product, and can definitely be effective as a brush cleanser if used regularly. For tough jobs, I would skip it. It does smell great, though, and is an option for those of you who want to stick to more natural products: it’s fair trade and made with organic oils, has no artificial preservatives, detergents, or foaming agents, and can be used for – you guessed it – 18 different things!

Dawn, which can be purchased nearly anywhere – grocery stores, Target, Walmart, even Kwik Trip! – is relatively cheap. I picked up a 9oz bottle of Dawn Ultra original blue at Target for $1.02. Dr. Bronner’s is significantly more expensive (for obvious reasons), running $17 at Target for 32oz. Dr. Bronner’s magic soaps can also be purchased at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, if those retailers float your boat more than Target.

What do YOU use to wash your brushes, and how often do you clean them? Let me know in the comments!

Fall Look + Full Acne Coverage

  It is finally starting to feel like fall outside, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve officially packed away my short and sandals and brought out my tights, boots, and jewel colored tops and dresses. This is my favorite time of year for three reasons: weather, holidays, and fashion. Mid to low 50s, a crisp breeze, and swirling leaves + family and friends gathered together for a meal to share their thankfulness and culinary skills + sweaters and boots = everything I love about fall!

One thing I don’t love is having acne. I’ve struggled with it since I was around 12 years old, and I’m now 22. I saw a dermatologist for almost 6 years and have taken more antibiotics than I can count on two hands. Creams, lotions, cleansers galore and not one thing made it go away! My derm had always suggested two possible solutions: hormonal birth control and Accutane. My parents and I were not keen on the risks and side effects of Accutane, some of which I was more at risk for than others, so I never tried it. I have been using hormonal birth control for 5 years now and have seen such an amazing difference in the condition of my skin – which is saying something, considering I obviously still have acne in the photos above. For the most part, my birth control helps to keep the cystic acne along my jawline at bay, but I still get inflammatory acne mostly everywhere except for my forehead. I am strict about skincare routine and never, ever, ever go to sleep without taking my makeup off and cleansing my skin. I used to use many more products to cover up my acne than I do now, but I find that the two products I use for coverage provide exactly what I need without a heavy layer.

The very first thing I do is cleanse, moisturize, and prime my skin.

  1. LUSH Herbalism // $15-ish
  2. Clinique Dramatically Different Gel // $26
  3. Arbonne Makeup Primer // $40

Once I’ve prepped my skin, I move on to concealer and foundation.

  1. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer // $24 / in the shade Light
  2. It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination // $35 / in the shade Light

I apply the concealer with my fingers (after I’ve washed my hands, of course!) because I find that I get the best coverage while using the least amount of product. I have applied this product with both a sponge and brush before and still prefer my trusty old phalanges. It’s extremely pigmented, so I use a pinhead-sized drop under each of my eyes in a triangle shape – #KimKwannabe – and then continue to use other teensy pinhead drops on my blemishes and redness on the rest of my face. It’s a thick, creamy, consistency and blends flawlessly into my skin’s natural texture. I have quite a few (who am I kidding, I have a lot) of freckles, so I use the concealer extremely sparingly on my forehead to let them show through.

Once my concealer is nicely blended, I move on to foundation. The It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination, as contrasted to the original Celebration Foundation, which comes in a black compact and is matte, is an illuminating pressed powder foundation. The concealer is matte, and I like that the foundation has illuminating qualities to give off a lit-from-within glow. I buff the foundation into my skin with a Sigma F80 brush in circular motions. It offers medium-buildable coverage, and despite the fact that I have extremely oily skin, I do not experience any shininess for several hours, and no separation all day. It’s a great foundation for all skin types that I think works very well in conjunction with the concealer. In the following four photos, the one in the top left shows how my skin looks with the foundation + concealer combo.
Those two products conclude the acne coverage portion of this blog, and I highly encourage you to give them a try! They are quite pricey, but I anticipate the concealer lasting me at least a year, and I’ve used the foundation daily for two months and have yet to notice any obvious usage in the pan.

For alternatives, I recommend

  1. Dermablend Cover Creme // $38 / this product is very expensive, and I don’t think it offers as good of coverage as the Bye Bye Undereye. If you have the time to really work with this product (which I think is best applied with sponge or fingers) it might be worth it, but I think there are better alternatives. It is a cream texture in a pot, rather than a tube, which I also do not like for sanitary reasons. Everyone has different preferences, so it may work for you! 
  2. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer // $6 / the consistency is similar to that of the Bye Bye Undereye and gives full coverage, but it appears more oily and the shades can edge into Oompa Loompa territory. I will not repurchase this, but it is a great product if your budget only allows you to stick with drugstore products.
  3. Aveda Inner Light Dual Foundation // $25 / very similar in coverage + concept to the Celebration Foundation, but does not come in a compact. You must purchase the compact separately, which I consider a huge disadvantage and just plain annoying, so I don’t use this anymore in protest. The product itself is wonderful though, and if the compact isn’t important to you, you can keep it in the plastic packaging and use it that way.

To complete the rest of the look, I used Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer, Clinique blush in New Clover, Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow pomade in Blonde, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, and Lancome L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in Creme de Marron.

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Ulta/Sephora/Estée Lauder Haul!

 
Hey yall! I picked up quite a few goodies today. I exchanged something in return for the Naked 3 at Ulta, a palette that I swore up and down I would never buy. Something about the pretty rose-gold tones really drew me in to this palette for summer though and I’m super excited! Here are some swatches, with and without flash. 

  

I also got the acne cleansing Clarisonic head from Ulta, which I redeemed with some of my rewards points. You’re supposed to replace the brush head every three months, and it’s taken me six 😳 Definitely time for a new one!

My next purchases were from Estée Lauder. I’ve been wanting Double Wear for a long time now, and seeing how I’ve been going through drugstore foundations like crazy lately, I decided to invest my money in a quality product. I went in only wanting the liquid, but of course I fell victim to the sales associate and got the powder as well, haha! I have a feeling they will both last me several months. I got the foundation in the shade 2W1 Dawn and the powder in 3W1 Tawny! Estée Lauder was having an amazing free gift with purchase promotion going on, so I got the rest of the stuff + a cute tote bag for free!

Love any of these products? Let me know in the comments! I will review these once I’ve had the chance to test them out thoroughly. Xx

Try It Tuesday: NEW Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Liquid Foundation

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Just foundation –> full face –> 8 hours later

Hey you! Yes, you. Have you been to Target recently? No? Well, considering I go on regular 48-hour intervals to buy things I don’t need and try on heaps of clothes I won’t buy, I’ve gotten to know the store pretty well. So, when I was perusing the makeup aisle the other day, I happened to notice a new addition to the Maybelline display in the makeup aisle! I’m always on the hunt for a good drugstore foundation, so when I saw that Maybelline had revamped it’s SuperStay makeup and released the SuperStay Better Skin foundation ($10.99 at Target.com, I paid $9.99 at my local store), obviously I had to try it out. I’m running low on my ever-loved Covergirl 3-in1, so it was perfect timing. Without further ado….

About:

Per Ulta,

Maybelline’s SuperStay Better Skin Foundation gives an all-day flawless coverage and better-looking skin in 3 weeks. The foundation reduces the appearance of spots, bumps, dullness and redness and gives you a brighter, more even and smoother skin.

Benefits:

  • All-day, flawless coverage and a better-looking skin in 3 weeks
  • Longwear that improves skin every minute you’re in it
  • With the antioxidant power of Actyl-C, a more durable form of Vitamin C
  • For all skin types
  • Medium to full coverage

That’s a pretty impressive list of claims. Better skin is on most of our wishlists, and it’s definitely on mine! I really only break out on my chin anymore, but I have years of acne scarring, redness, and freckles that I prefer to keep hidden, so this really appealed to me.

Pros:

It has a pump!!!! (Revlon…put a pump on ColorStay and I might start using it again) Having a pump is SO important to me for convenience and sanitation. It’s definitely medium-full coverage (except for on my nose – you can still see my freckles), and I was able to blend it flawlessly with my RT miracle complexion sponge. I was also able to find a perfect color match (25 Nude), which is a huge plus for my light, yellow-undertoned skin and it has a demi-matte finish.

Cons:

This list will be much longer. When I first applied this foundation, it looked beautiful. My skin was flawless, and the finish was gorgeous!….for a few hours. I have combo skin, and this really accentuated both my dry patches and my big pores, as well as turning my face into the inside of a frying pan. Within 4 hours almost all of the foundation had broken up on my skin and I looked like I had rubbed tinted Crisco on my cheeks. Seriously unattractive. It’s also very thick, and I didn’t like that I could feel it sitting on top of my skin. It looks very cakey with even translucent powder, and it oxidized to at least one full shade darker and much pinker than the original shade. Honestly, it was pretty bad.

Overall opinion:

I will be returning this. I wanted to love it, and I think it may actually be a really good foundation for someone who already has smooth-textured, normal skin without big pores. The coverage is great, and I like the packaging, but it just does not work for my skin type. If you have combination or oily skin, I highly recommend skipping this foundation. If you have dry skin, beware. For those of you with normal skin: you’re lucky and I hate you. (jk) I can’t judge this foundation’s abilities to improve skin, since I think it would take continued use to make any determinations and I’ll be returning it, but I can definitely say that this does not last “all day” as advertised.

Below is a photo of me wearing the foundation with concealer, powder, bronzer & blush in natural lighting. You can see how it accentuates the uneven texture of my skin and didn’t cover the freckles on my nose and forehead.

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Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

xx

What’s In My Travel Bag? (A lot)

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Happy Wednesday, beautiful creatures! As you know, I am finally taking a trip to see Alex in TWO FREAKIN’ DAYS! I’m actually checking a bag for once, so I have a little more room to pack things. For reference, I am not including any of the skincare products that I’m taking, because this blog would probably be pages and pages long so I figured I would spare you. This is the bare minimum of things that I’m bringing with me, but I might add a few more lippies in because I’m indecisive! 😊


Tools:

  • Elf Complexion brush (I use this for setting powder)
  • Elf Studio Stipple brush (I use this for blush)
  • Sigma F80
  • RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
  • EcoTools Domed Bronzer Brush
  • Random, super old brush from Clinique (I use this for contouring my nose and cheekbones)
  • Elf Studio Flawless Concealer brush (I use this to blend out eyeshadow)
  • Sonia Kashuk No 116 (Crease brush)
  • Elf Studio Small Angled Brush (I use this with ABH Dip Brow)
  • Small jewelry pliers (weird, but I use these to pluck my stray eyebrow hairs)

Makeup

  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink
  • Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in 25 Buff Beige
  • L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara in Black
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20 Sand
  • Elf Matte Lip Color in Rich Red (can’t travel without a red lippie. can’t.)
  • Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation in 855 Soft Honey
  • Maybelline Dream Pure BB in Light/Medium
  • Benefit Porefessional
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
  • Nyx Wonder Pencil in Light
  • Elf Brightening Eyeliner in Coffee
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kajal Eyeliner in Black
  • Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Natural
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Blonde
  • Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color in Mauve Outta Here
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black
  • Baby Lips Dr. Rescue lip balm in Coral Crave

Soooo, it’s definitely kind of a lot for travel, but let’s be real. I want to be #flawless when I get to see my man after five months. (Even though he’s all, “You look gorgeous” when I’m rocking some 7am rooster tails, dragon breath, and smudged mascara that I was too lazy to remove the night before.) Let me know in the comments below what you keep in your travel bag! Also, safe to say I’m going to spend at least two hours shopping for makeup at the PX, so if you have any suggestions, share them! I’m sincerely considering the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette.

xx

Shelbie