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?

Ooh La La Palette by Colourpop

What is it?

9 pressed eyeshadow palette “Ohh La La” by Colourpop

Product Claims

“You’re like really pretty…. So you agree, you think this pink 9-pan palette is really pretty! Includes a mix of matte, metallic, and satin shadows, this palette is your go-to for the trendiest pink looks right now.”

Colors from L to R: moon struck, caddy, trove,sandbar,opulent,big sugar,poodle,soft core,tickled

Pros

Shade Range

Buildable

Pigmented

Price

Cruelty Free

Cons

Fallout

Stains eyelids

Overall Rating: 4.8/5

Ohh La La is the sister palette to “Its My Pleasure” this 9 pressed eyeshadow palette has a good selection of pink tones. This is a eyeshadow palette I would use when I want to play up my eyes with some color and I love the color “Sandbar” it’s a fun neon pink shade.

Now on to the things I didn’t like about the palette, Similarly to the It’s My Pleasure Palette I noticed when washing off my eye makeup (I don’t use any eye pads to remove my makeup) there was a slight stain from the eyeshadow which I was able to remove after re-washing my face and used a oil based makeup remover (read more below) I recommend using a primer on your lid to reduce staining but I still have the same issue of some fallout with these eyeshadows, but if you can get passed that (as I can) this is just another pretty affordable palette from Colourpop.

** I also want to throw out there that I read online and watched through a few YouTube videos and noticed that when trying to keep a product vegan/cruelty free certain dyes such as red30-40 is used to form the desired shade which can cause some staining because it’s a direct dye, while most non-vegan formulas use carmine which is crushed insects. Interesting huh?!

Wednesday Wishlist

Today’s Wednesday Wishlist features current products my heart desires but can’t afford! If you have any of these products feel free to comment below if you recommend them or not!

  1. Cover Fx Power Play Foundation
  2. Cover Fox Perfect Setting Powder
  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
  4. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  5. Stila Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick in “sheer ballerina”
  6. Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner

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!

What’s A Girl To Do…with all her old makeup

At some point in time I was makeup obsessed, I had accumulated tons of makeup but now not so much. Partially since shopping cruelty free,tired of keeping up with the newest product or formulas and also a personal lack of interest for beauty products. Lately I’ve been more concerned with my skincare regimen (how did I age this quickly?!) Don’t get me wrong I have those days when I’m feeling optimistic and would like to reach for a bright colored eyeshadow or bold color lipstick but my current makeup collection is very minimal.Today I went through what I currently own and all the old products I chucked over the years into my makeup bag. I was surprised how much is expired and/or rarely used.

I do want to purchase some new makeup but I want to make sure what I buy follows my three basic shopping guidelines:

Do I already own a product like this? If so, What makes this one different? 

How often will I use it? 

Is it cruelty-free?

Do you buy makeup often? Have you downsized your makeup collection? I’d love to read your comments!! 

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.

Nars Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF30 Review 

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What Is It? 

An oil free medium buildable coverage skin tint to enhance the look of skin and SPF30 with vitamins C&E to protect against free-radical damage caused by environmental stress.

Product Claims

“Introducing Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 Instant gratification. Effortless application. Protects and perfects with a soft-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Oil-free. All-day wear. 12 global shades. Transparent Blurring Powders instantly enhance the look of skin by helping to diffuse imperfections with a powerful optical effect. Rose Fruit Extract visibly minimizes the appearance of pores, while controlling shine.”

Pros

Medium to full coverage

Long wearing

Good for oily skin types

Covers blemishes

Evens skintone

SPF30

Cons

Shade Range

Price

Overall Rating 4.0

I didn’t photograph the product because at the time I thought it was a keeper but the day after I received it in the mail I ended up returning it to Sephora. I truly want to love this foundation for its longevity, buildable coverage and of course SPF30, As a person who loves to take 1,000 #selfies using this foundation made my skin look flawless there was no filter needed. It hid blemishes, evened out the skin-tone and held up quite well on my oily skin. My only despondency with this product is the lack of shade range, St. Mortiz was too tan for my natural skin though it photographed well and Groenland was too light and for $44 each I was not going to dish out $88 to create a in between shade. I think Nars was on to something good with this matte skin tint line however fell short with their lack of color range.

*Please note that Nars Cosmetics is owned by the parent company Shiseido whom is not cruelty free