Makeup

Shopping My Makeup Collection #1

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Welcome back to the blog. During this time of social distancing, I haven’t left the house in 6 weeks. I haven’t been working either, so I’ve been using the makeup I already own instead of buying more.

Tried for the first time:

  • Covergirl Lid Lock Up Eyeshadow Primer

Trying to use up:

  • Wet ‘n Wild Water Drop Primer in Cucumber
  • L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer
  • Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Setting Powder
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama Matte Eyeliner

All time favorites:

  • L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation
  • Milani Silky Matte Bronzer
  • Maybelline Fit Me! Blush
  • Covergirl TruBlend Super Stunner Highlighter
  • L’oreal Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain

Still trying out:

  • L’oreal Micro Ink Pen by Brow Stylist
  • Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush
Makeup, Review

Review-L’oreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation

Hi guys! Hope you’re doing good. Don’t forget to follow me on social media:

Today I’m going to be reviewing and sharing a wear test on the Infallible Fresh Wear foundation from L’oreal. It retails for $14.99 and has a range of 30 shades. The brand’s website describes this product as a “long lasting foundation with our most lightweight, breathable texture. Waterproof, transfer-resistant and sweat-resistant.” Provides medium to full buildable coverage and it’s suitable for all skin types.

But is it really suitable for extremely oily skin and Puerto Rico’s tropical weather? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

This foundation looks quite natural with medium to full coverage (using a makeup sponge to apply). It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin but it’s not me I’ll use for all-day wear. Finished applying my makeup by 8:40am and started my day of running around doing stuff.

At 2:20pm, the foundation was rubbing off my nose/cheek area; which is quite normal because of my eyeglasses. Also, my forehead was looking oily.

By 5pm, the foundation was breaking down on my forehead/chin area. And by 8pm, it was completely rubbed off my cheeks and had build-up on my nose where my eyeglasses are.

I could wear it to work an 8-hour shift and that’s by blotting and applying powder on oily areas. But if I need my makeup to last all day, this definitely isn’t my go-to choice.

In my opinion, it would work better for normal to dry skin people, less warm weather and maybe non-glasses wearers.

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Current Makeup Favorites-January 2020

Hi guys! Hope the holidays treated you well. I’m not going to tell excuses of why I was gone. I just needed some time to think and to find the motivation to continue writing. Now that I’m back, let’s talk about some makeup and don’t forget to follow me on all social media.

Let’s start this 2020 with my current makeup favorites (as the title says). These are products that I discovered or rediscovered in 2019. For most of the makeup categories, I have two or more products. The foundations I’ve been using lately are L’oreal Infallible Fresh Wear and Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made. The L’oreal foundation has a more “natural” finish, but the Covergirl is more matte. Both work quite nice with my oily skin and Puerto Rico’s tropical weather.

Rediscovered my love for Maybelline Fit Me concealer, for days where I don’t want too much makeup as it’s a lightweight formula. But when I need to cover my dark circles, I use the TruBlend Undercover concealer from Covergirl. It’s a somewhat thicker formula and you only need a tiny amount. To set my face, I’ve gone back to my trusty Stay Matte powder from Rimmel. I put all my bronzers in a drawer for the late half of 2019, because I discovered the Milani Silky Matte bronzer. The last face category is highlight and for this I have a few, three to be exact. An IBY BEAUTY Radiant Glow highlighter sample in 24k magic (received in a Ipsy bag), the megaglo highlighting bar from Wet ‘n Wild in 684 Earth, and Covergirl TruBlend Super Stunner Hyper-Glow in Pearl Crush.

For my brows, I’ve been using the Ultrafine Brow Pencil from Covergirl. Basically, every eyeshadow palette I’ve used in the past months are from Colourpop. My mascara combo is formed by Maybelline Snapscara and Covergirl Exhibitionist, they make my lashes look amazing. Don’t get me wrong, each mascara works wonders individually but since the Snapscara has dried a but, I find its better when used with another mascara. Still loving the lip liners from Jordana, they’re so soft and pigmented. Fallen in love with two lip products from NYX, the Butter Gloss which I’m starting to think that has been discontinued because I can’t seem to find it anywhere. The other one is the Lingerie Push-Up long-lasting lipstick, which is a pigmented matte formula. Lastly for lips, the L’oreal Rouge Signature liquid lipstick has a lightweight-matte formula with incredible pigmentation.

Those are the current products I’m using, let’s hope for a year full of more amazing products. Any recommendations? Let me know in the comment section 😉

Clothing, Haul, Makeup

Haul (Clothes & Makeup)-Walmart, JCPenney, Old Navy

Hi guys! Today I’m going to share with you everything I’ve bought the past days. It includes makeup and clothing items, not that I needed more of either. On my first trip to Walmart, I got the Wet ‘n Wild photofocus pressed powder (natural beige) and another coloricon eyeshadow palette in Cosmic Collision. The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Mattifying Primer and the Glamoflauge full coverage foundation (warm beige), Emily Noel (YouTube) talked about the foundation. I got a lighter shade of my long-time favorite L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation (103 neutral buff). Two Rimmel Magnif’eyes eyeshadow palettes in the editions Spice and Electric Violet. Lastly, I grab the equate beauty Classic Blender sponge with Vitamin E.

On my next trip to Walmart, all Covergirl products were 50% off (only in Puerto Rico). So I took advantage and stock up on favorite products. My go-to foundation for work is the TruBlend Matte Made in L30 golden ivory. Then I got the Clean Matte pressed powder (525 buff beige) and the Flourish by Lash Blast mascara in black brown (I’m kicking myself for not checking the color). Then I got some products for my mother, the Clean invisible concealer (115 fair) and The Super Sizer Fibers mascara (800 very black).

That’s all the makeup for this haul, as I’m writing this I made a Colourpop order (someone take away my card).

Now, let’s talk about all the unnecessary clothes I bought. First I went to JCPenney, but let me say that everything was from the clearance section, so it wasn’t that bad (that’s what I keep telling myself everytime I see the receipt). Anyway, the four items I bought are the following:

As for Old Navy, nothing was on clearance but they weren’t full price either. Here’s what I got:

Well, that’s everything for today. Now I’m supposed to stop buying stuff and actually use what I have. So, I expect to have lots of reviews here and on my YouTube channel (spanish).

Let’s keep connected!

Makeup, Review

Review-NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation

Hi guys! Today I have a review+wear test for you on NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation. Got this foundation a few weeks back at Walgreens for $15. It comes in 45 shades and it’s “lighweight, waterproof and pigmented”. Hence why the “full coverage” and it also “controls shine and mattifies”. Now, let me tell you if it performed as it’s supposed to.

Didn’t used a primer, just applied the L’oreal Hydra Genius Moisturizer (for oily skin) and Colourpop All Star Setting Spray. Used a Real Techniques sponge to apply the foundation (shade Medium Buff). For concealer I used L’oreal Infallible Pro-Glow (02 Creamy Natural) and to set, Maybelline Master Fix Loose Setting powder (Translucent).

At 9am my foundation was applied, concealed and set. As you can see in the photo above, the foundation looked matte with a medium-almost full coverage, and it didn’t feel heavy.

Now, I don’t have any more pictures because it couldn’t be appreciated how the foundation wore. I had this foundation on for 13 hours and did four check-ins.

So, at 1pm the foundation had rubbed off from my nose where my glasses rest (normal for all foundations). It also emphasizes the dryness around my nostrils but overall, it looked good. By 5pm it had started to break up on my chin and forehead. Though it started to get shiny, in general it looked okay. But by 7pm it was looking a bit cakey and it had also broken up on my cheeks. And by 10pm, my makeup was a hot mess: all broken up, cakey and quite shiny (even though I’ve been more shiny before).

In general, I liked the foundation and I’m going to be trying it with different primers and setting sprays. Will keep you updated on that.

What long-wearing foundation do you recommend? Leave it in the comments below.

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Makeup, Review

Worked or Not?-Colourpop No Filter Foundation Stick

Hi guys! Welcome to “Worked or Not?”, this is how I’m calling the reviews from now on. I got sick and tired of just saying review, it started sounding plain to me so I decided to change it up a bit. Enough of that, let’s get to the point of this post: my thoughts on Colourpop’s foundation stick. First, you need to know that this foundation comes in 30 shades and retails for $10. Colourpop’s website says “Create a flawless face in seconds with this weightless, medium-buildable coverage stick foundation. Blends seamlessly for a natural skin-like finish.” Is all that true? I’ll let you know right now.

I bought mine in the shade Light 70 W, which I think is a little too dark for me at this moment but I make it work every now and then. This foundation does have a “medium-buildable coverage” as it’s stated in the website and it’s also a lightweight formula. But I’m not quite down with the seamless blend or the flawless finish. I’ve seen amazing reviews for this product but my experience was total opposite. Starting at application, the formula was dry which made it really difficult to blend. Using a sponge didn’t work, so I went with a brush instead and after a while I could get it to blend. It’s lightweight as I’ve already said but you can tell I’m wearing foundation, it emphasizes every little pore and dry patch on my face (which I don’t have many because I have oily skin). Talking about skin types, it only took like four hours for this foundation to fall apart on my face. It starting breaking up on my T-zone and just kept getting worse from there.

So, as you can see this foundation was definitely a miss for me, it didn’t work in any way. I’ve been trying it for months now with different primers/setting powders/setting sprays, and there’s no good variation in the performance of Colourpop’s No Filter foundation stick.

Have you tried it? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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Ipsy, Makeup, Skincare

Ipsy Glam Bag-January 2019

Hi guys! Welcome back to another very late Ipsy Glam Bag review, this time for the month of January. Ipsy is a $10 monthly subscription of 5 beauty samples (makeup, hair & skin care) inside a cute makeup bag. January’s bag was a striped white & baby blue fabric with bright pink zipper detailing. Now let me tell you what products I got for this month and what I think of them.

*FYI my February bag arrived yesterday, so go to my YouTube channel to see what I got.*

The first product was the Skin Balancing Mask from Goldfaden MD. It’s a clear, gel-like mask that leaves the face feeling soft. But I’ve only used it once because of the weird scent it has. To me, it stinks quite strongly even though it doesn’t linger after removing it.

Next, there was a flat foundation brush from Billion Dollars Brows. This brush is soft and quite nice. As most flat brushes do, it leaves bristle marks on my face. So I’m thinking of using it for mask application instead.

To go with the flat brush, I got the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 in the shade medium sand. I’m still not sure whether I like it or not. It sits kind of weird on my skin, it has clumped around my nostrils and broke down as the day goes on. Maybe it had something to do with the products under the foundation, haven’t figured that out. So I’m going to say it’s a miss but I’m willing to keep trying it out.

Another month, another blush…This time I got the Alternative Rock Vol. 2 Blush/Shadow from TheBalm Cosmetics in the shade Bare Minium. The colors is kind of pink, as every blush I’ve received from Ipsy lately. But it has a nice sheen, it’s extremely pigmented (a little goes a long way) and it stays on all day long.

The last product is a lipgloss from the brand Fluide in the shade Elsewhere. It’s basically a transparent gloss with a blue hue. It has a nice consistency, it’s not sticky and the durability is like any other gloss.

Well, that’s everything I got in January’s Ipsy Glam Bag and I’m excited for February’s bag (it’s finally here!).

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Makeup, Skincare

Recent Purchases

Hi guys! I’m back with a post about the purchases I’ve made in the past weeks.  First, I want to share with you my new adventure (if it can be called that way).  I’m now having a YouTube channel (which is in Spanish but I put English subtitles) where I will be sharing makeup, beading and life-related stuff.  So if you can’t wait for me to try the products in this post, go to YouTube on Friday and watch me try a few of these products on my face.  Now back to the post!

I bought makeup and a few makeup tools. Here I’ll just tell you what I bought, my thoughts on the products will come later (when I give them a fair shot).  So let’s get started.

For the Charlotte Russe makeup, I bought a Lid Love Eyeshadow Stick in Violet Smoke and a Velvet Lip Dip Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fearless (both are a purple shade).

Then I made a Colourpop order to try a few things.  Got a Creme Gel Liner in the shade Show Me, a Brow Boss pencil in Dark Brown, and a Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian.  The whole idea of the order was to get the new BFF Mascaras, so I got two: Black on Black and Blue Ya Mind.  Because I purchased two mascaras, I got a deluxe sample of Fourth Ray’s Come Clean Cleansing Duo.

I went to a beauty supply and bought three products for which I couldn’t find links for these products (sorry).  The sponge is from the brand Lukasi, and it already ripped in the middle when I was washing it.  An eye brush (kind of pencil brush) from the brand FakeFace Cosmetics, and a s.f.r. color eyeshadow palette with 6 shimmer shades.

Sorry for the dirty brush and stained sponge

Then I went to Walgreens to get a moisturizer because I’m running low on my current one.  But as everytime I go there, I got out with a lot more stuff.  From Garnier SkinActive, I got the Moisture Bomb Antioxidant Moisturizer.  Bought some face masks from Neutrogena, Hydro Boost Hydrating Hydrogel mask (sheet mask) and the Deep Clean Purifying wash-off clay mask.  Got the NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop foundation in the shade Medium Buff and a Walgreens Beauty Charcoal Infused sponge.  Finally got my hands on the new Maybelline Snapscara in Pitch Black, but also got two Wet ‘n Wild mascaras: Mega Volume waterproof in Very Black and MegaSlim Skinny waterproof in Black.

So that was everything I have bought in the past weeks, will definitely keep you updated on my thoughts in next posts.  Don’t forget to comment and share with your frineds, support is appreciated.

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Tried 2, Liked 1-Wet ‘n Wild

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Hello!  Welcome back to another episode of this series.  Today I’m going to tell you my experience with two Wet ‘n Wild products.

Wet n Wild foundation

The first one is the Photo Focus foundation.  I use mine in the shade 365C Soft Beige.  It retails for $5.99, quite affordable for a drugstore product.  Before even applying it to my face, I already disliked it a bit.  All because of the chemical-like smell it has, is quite strong and lingers a little after application.  But what can be worse than the strong scent?  The wear and look of the foundation on my skin.  After only 4 or 5 hours, my oils start to break through the foundation and it starts to break down basically all over my face.  For obvious reasons, I don’t like this foundation.  I only use it if I need to look presentable a few hours, for long days I use my favorite foundation.

The next product is the megaglo highlighting powder in the shade 319B Blossom Glow.  Retails for only $4.99, it has some fallout, but I don’t care about it because the application is beautiful.  The glow it leaves is out of this world and it looks like a high-end highlighter (without the high price).

What affordable products are your favorites?

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Probé 2, me gustó 1-Wet ‘n Wild

¡Hola!  Bienvenidos nuevamente a otro episodio de esta serie.  Hoy les estaré contando sobre mi experiencia con dos productos de Wet ‘n Wild.

Wet n Wild foundation

El primer producto es la base Photo Focus, la cual utilizo en el tono 365C Soft Beige.  Tiene un costo de $5.99, lo que es bastante económico tomando en cuenta los precios de hoy día.  Incluso antes de aplicar la base, no estaba encantada con este producto.  Esto porque tiene un fuerte olor que no es agradable y luego de la aplicación se puede percibir por algún tiempo.  ¿Pero qué podría ser peor que un fuerte olor?  La duración y la manera en que luce la base en mi piel.  Luego de solamente 4 o 5 horas, mi piel comienza a ponerse grasosa y hace que la base se “rompa” por lo que desaparece de mi piel.  Así que por obvias razones no me gusta este producto.  Solamente lo utilizo cuando necesito lucir presentable por algunas horas, para días más largos utilizo mi base favorita.

El próximo producto es el megaglo highlighter powder en el tono 319B Blossom Glow.  Tiene un costo de solo $4.99 y aunque se desmorona algo, no le presto mucha atención ya que la aplicación es hermosa.  El brillo que deja está fuera de este mundo y luce como si fuera un highlighter de marcas más caras (pero sin el precio tan alto).