Kat Von D: True Portrait Foundation Review

The new Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation can best be describe as Light as a feather, truly it is! I used to be a die hard full coverage foundation fan but as my skin is maturing I find most full-coverage formulas uncomfortably sit on my face, back then I layered on my foundation like I was putting butter on toast! So the older I get the more breathable and light weight I like my makeup to feel and that’s exactly what I found when I purchased this foundation.

Just the other day after a grocery run I ended up taking a nap and comfortably slept forgetting I had the True Portrait foundation on! so I say it’s cat-nap approved (haha)

The formula is oily upon applying it however it is buildable and dries down to a powder finish, I usually get my desired consistency after two layers without getting caked. While you can let it set on it’s own as is you can also finish it off with a pressed powder (for a fuller finish) or a loose setting powder.

I went for a soft-neutral look with my makeup using the True Portrait Foundation, KVD Tattoo Liner, and Colourpop eyeshadows in ‘wattles’ and ‘wake up call’

It’s My Pleasure Eyeshadow Palette by Colourpop

What Is It?

Pressed eyeshadow palette “It’s My Pleasure” by Colourpop

Product Claims

“Some people like binge watching TV, others like junk food. What’s your guilty pleasure? Ours is, can you guess? Launching new stuff! Say hello to our newest palette, Ooh La La’s purple sis! We asked YOU what you wanted to see next, and purple was on your mind. Rich jewel tones, insane metallic finishes, create all the monochromatic looks. She’s sure to be your newest guilty pleasure.”

Pros

  • Smooth formula
  • Price
  • Pigmented
  • Buildable color
  • Travel size
  • Cruelty free

Cons

Fallout

Overall Rating 4.8/5

This palette is even prettier in person, trust me! The eyeshadows are all beautiful and fun because of the bright ,vivid colors making this is the palette I would reach for. The price is very affordable for the quality which is why Colourpop quickly gained popularity when the company started up in 2014.

Day in and day out I usually opt for neutral eyeshadows but lately I have been wanting to get creative with my eyeshadow and I found this palette which offers 9 pressed eyeshadows for $12! That’s a great deal! They blend well together and all the colors are opaque which I like.

The only downsides is the glitter fallout from the metallic eyeshadows, I noticed specks of glitter around my eyes and cheeks but it could be because I didn’t use a glitter-adhesive eye primer or it could just be the formula it self, I washed my face and noticed I still had glitter residue and some slight staining of eyeshadow left on my eyelids which was gone the second time I washed my face so that was a bit of a bummer but it didn’t put me off from keeping this $12 palette because I still enjoy the colors.

Has anyone else experienced staining from some of the pigments?

Wet N Wild Color Icon Review

I love how affordable Color Icon Eyeshadows are by Wet N Wild. I had the old formula of “Walking On Egg Shells” when it was just a trio. Now reformulated as a quad Wet N Wild added a matte transition shade which blends well, it practically matches my skin tone.

This is my simple everyday eyeshadow quad for daytime looks. With the exception of the nude transition shade the other 3 (browbone, crease and eye lid shadows) are mostly shimmer. I love how they are labeled which adds a helpful guide to the consumer as to where to apply each color although you can use them however you’d like! I personally like to also use the shimmer shades for highlighting the bridge of my nose, and qupids bow.

Pros

Affordable

Multi purpose

Easily blendable

Cruelty Free

Vegan

Cons

none

Overall Rating: 4.9/5

Considering this is my second time purchasing I would say I am quite the fan and for $2.99 it’s got a great price point, the colors are great for creating a everyday look and easy to take when traveling, no need to pack a big eyeshadow palette. Other than being stoked on the price I also like how easy these apply and blend together.

I am not too sure if this specific eyeshadow quad will accommodate all skin tones however they do have 5 other quads with different shades.

Have you tried any Wet n Wild products? I would love to hear your recommendations!

Hourglass Ambient Luminous Bronze Light Review

What Is It?

A powder bronzer by Hourglass Cosmetics 

Product Claims

“• The airy, lightweight bronzers fuse the illuminating effects of Ambient® Lighting Powder with bronze pigments to deliver buildable color and a radiant finish.
• While traditional bronzer tends to be flat, Ambient® Lighting Bronzer uses Photoluminescent Technology for seamless blending and color transitions.
• The hand-made powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique – which means “to mix” in Italian – creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike.
• Ambient® Lighting Bronzer can be used alone for subtle warmth and contouring or paired with Ambient® Lighting Powder to create depth and dimension.
• .04 OZ / 1.3 G”

Pros

Easily blendable

Pigmented

Quality

Formula

Not tested on animals

Offers vegan options

Cons

Color range

Price

Overall Rating 5/5

I use bronzer all year round, and this is one brand worth checking out. From the packaging to the esthetically beautiful marbled bronzer this product just screams lux! The Ambient Light Bronzer offers the versatility to contour and bronze and easily play up how much or subtle you want it to be. It offers a healthy glow meaning you won’t look over done. The Hourglass brand also went a step forward beyond the luxury look to also remove common toxic ingredients,So you wont see the use of Talc which is often a concern for consumers as talc can be contaminated and toxic to our health.  I am however little taken back by the price of $50 ( I normally would never buy a $50 bronzer) but Sephora and the Hourglass website offers travel-size with a price point of $25, which I was at first glance disappointed for the amount of product and I thought “is quality better than quantity?” and in this case, I would say so. Overall I am pleased with the product, and Hourglass’s luxury sleek designs are one you want to showcase on your makeup vanity.

Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit First Impressions Review 

Wearing Wet N Wild Liquid Catsuit in the shade “Rebel Rose” 

What Is It?

Matte liquid lipstick by Wet N Wild

Product Claims 

“What glides on like butter, feels like a second skin and wont budge? Our Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick! Made with glammed out superpowers, it goes on glossy yet transforms into a high – pigmented matte finish with some serious staying power. Read our lips This color is going nowhere. 

Glides on glossy and transforms into high – pigmented matte finish

Lightweight formula made with serious staying power

Intense pigmentation without drying the lips”

Pros

Shade range

Easily buildable

Dries quickly

Cons

Sticky texture once dried

Fades unevenly

Overall Rating 2.5/5 

I really love the shade, and how effortlessly buildable it was. It does stay put once its dry but I personally think this formula is very drying and sticky my lips would literally stick together so chances are if you’re going to be smooching your significant other expect them to find it a rather unpleasant makeout session. It took a while to fade but when it did it faded unevenly  leaving blotches of excess pigment on some areas which needed a obvious retouch. The shade and application process was a breeze but it just doesn’t deliver when it comes to performance.

Oh So Pretty 

I recently purchased the Milani Strobe Light Insta Glow Powder in “01” and E.L.F Cosmetics Mineral Infused Face Primer in “Clear” unfortunately I developed stye eye early last week on my right eyelid which left my eye puffy, painful to the touch and as recommended by my doctor I wasn’t able to wear contacts and (eyeshadow) makeup until it cleared up so I decided to not wear any makeup at all (blush, lipstick, foundation) and just give my face a break from all beauty regimens. But my stye eye is finally cleared up and I couldn’t be more happier to be able to wear makeup again.

My Three Favorite Products 

The past two months I have been reaching for these three products time and time again:
Tarte Tarteist Mascara-
I love it, it doesn’t flake or give me raccoon eyes at the end of the day and it adds a good amount of volume to my lashes making them look fuller. 

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light-
A highlight and bronzer in one which gives my skin that supple glow while still giving that bronzed definition to my cheeks.

Milani Prime Shield-
It’s winter time and my face has been flakey so a primer is a must for me and this one has been doing well for me with no breakouts.


      What are your three favorite products?

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Review

 

What is it?

Long wear under eye concealer that can be used also on blemishes and for contouring.

Product Claims

“Lock-It Concealer Crème does everything a traditional concealer does, and then some: it brightens the undereye area, covers blemishes, corrects discoloration, contours, and bakes. This next level formula applies smoothly and blends easily for a locked-down, smooth, even finish. With a wide array of shades, Lock-It Concealer Crème offers one of the most extensive shade ranges in concealer. Select the perfect under eye corrector and exact skintone concealing shade with easy-to-navigate names that feature the undertone. The shade range even includes a pure white, White Out, for dramatic highlighting and mixing into other shades to create custom tones.

Loaded with complexion-brightening pigments and ultra-nourishing Hydra-Boost Complex™, this formula is crease-proof and hydrating—ideal for the delicate under eye area. The artistry applicator was modeled after an artist’s paintbrush, with a tapered tip for precise corners and a wide base to efficiently coat larger areas.”



Pros

Long-Lasting

Medium-Full coverage

Easy application

Doesn’t smudge

Works well on my sensitive skin

Cons

Creases around deep wrinkles

Overall Rating 4.2/5

I tried holding off on writing a final review of the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer because while I wanted to like this product I did have a few quarrels, maybe I purchased the wrong color but here is my first impression review. I used L15 which is slightly lighter than I’d hope although it seems to be the closest match to my skintone. Because I had chosen the “L15” I noticed my dark circles weren’t fully concealed I still think it’s full coverage in the sense that it buildable but I try not to apply to many coats especially under my eyes when I am going to be outdoors, had I slapped on a few extra layers and even baked with a powder it might’ve concealed to perfection. I also think the reason the concealer didn’t do much for my dark circles is possibly error on my part from mismatching (perhaps I could’ve went with a darker shade)  I noticed fairly quickly the concealer started to crease in my under eye wrinkles making them more visible or prominent. The product wear is pretty long lasting which I do like, it’s very easy to blend with my finger, makeup brush or beauty blender and it doesn’t smudge but I wonder if I had chosen a different shade if I would’ve had better coverage. I don’t think this is the worst concealer I do like it I just have to try different layering methods, maybe use a powder to set under the eyes. I used it to highlight my face and conceal a few blemishes which really did a great job.

UPDATE:

So I exchanged the “L15” to “M17” and I still could not get it to cover my dark circles and it still creased in my fine lines. I think it works great for concealing blemishes, and even on the lid as a smooth base for the eyelids but for someone with dark circles and under eye vitiligo it did not deliver for me, I have used it as a spot treatment for pimples and blemishes and found that it worked well for that, but as a concealer the search continues…

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade Product Review

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What Is It?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade is a smudge free waterproof pomade formula for eyebrows.

Product Claims

This creamy, multitasking product glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The standout formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading. It is ideal for oily skin and in humid climates.

Pros

Creamy texture

Very pigmented

Long-lasting

Can be used as eyeliner

Cons

Can be difficult to work with (beginners)

Dries quickly

Waterproof/smudge-free?

Overall Rating 4.7/5

I like this Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade, but it took me a few tries in the begining to learn how to use it, Allow me to further explain…

I brought the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade due to the hype of the product. The first time I purchased it the shade was too light, so I exchanged it for a darker shade and not having much experience using it my goodness it can be intimidating! My eyebrows were so dark and bold they literally look like I used a paint brush dipped in black, they were horrendous I remember looking in the mirror and thinking “Eww why do people swear this is the next best thing for brows, and why would Anastasia even put out a product like this” so I closed it up and set it aside to return to the store. At the time I just couldn’t wrap my mind around why this product got such praise so then I went to YouTube and browsed numerous youtubers using the dip brow pomade and a handful also had similar first impressions of the product, so if they could learn to work with it and end up likeing it, whats the harm in trying one more time.

Although I already develop an opinion on the product I gave it one more chance this time using less product and it turned out pretty good!!! I took my time using it learning what techniques worked and didn’t and lets just say I ended up not returning it AND I even use it as eyeliner from time to time. The texture is very creamy and glides on the eyebrows effortlessly but I did notice after 2-3 times of use it tends to dry out however its still useable, I also want to mention that though it states the product is smudge proof, I personally don’t think it is but as I mentioned before I tend to get oily around my forehead/brows. If you use the pomade I recommend being light handed with it, alittle does go a long way.

So if you are a first time buyer, Beware that it will take some time to develop a technique thats suited for your brows but if you have thin eyebrows I personally suggest the Anastasia Brow Wiz, you can read my review here.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Product Review

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Before & After:


What Is It?

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is an ultraslim cosmetic mechanical pencil to help shape, and fill in your brows for a polished look.

Product Claims

Sometimes brows need a little magic. This must-have pencil features an ultrafine, retractable tip to fill in gaps easily and mimic brow hair. Perfect for spot checking areas that may be sparse or over-tweezed, the smear-proof formula wears all day for a natural, fresh look.

Pros

Easy to use

Natural

Percise

Long-lasting

Duo pencil/grooming brush

Good shade selection

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

You know the “If You were stranded on an island what’s one thing you would take” scenario? Well obviously my Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil, my eyebrows need to be on “*fleek” when I am rescued! OK maybe thats excessive but seriously time and time again this is my eyebrow product of choice, It just works for me. I have oily skin and the oiliness tends to transfer to my brows which made them look super shiny, but the brow wiz does a great job of holding up, I mean they do get alittle oily (can’t help it)but its definetly not as noticeable as before when I used other pencils and powders. I have thin, sparse eyebrows and this ultraslim mechanical pencil allows me to have precision of shading in and shapeing my brows for any desired look whether its natural, bold, hi or low arch brows.

*note this is probably the first and last time using the word “fleek” being that I refuse to use it as a legitimate term, only in a joking matter because I personally have a strong dislike for the word 😂