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November 18, 2017

Bare Minerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation Review

I don't do many foundation reviews simply because I rarely stray from my holy grails. About once a year though I give something new in the game a spin. After reading the reviews on SEPHORA I narrowed my choices down to two foundations: barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation and Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation. I wore bareMinerals Rescue Complexion throughout Summer so knowing how well that worked for me I went with barePro. Lets see if this foundation lives up to all the claims!

bareMinerals barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation redefines what long-wear means: a good-for-skin, high-performance formula that blurs pores and imperfections while improving the appearance of skin texture over time*.

With 24-hour wear in a range of natural matte finish shades, it works - and plays - as hard as you do. Just one pump delivers lightweight, oil-free, photo-friendly full-coverage. barePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation is powered by specially-developed Mineral Lock Long-Wear Technology that blends mineral pigments with lipids naturally found in skin to lock in all-day full coverage. Natural Bamboo Stem Extract provides a smooth, soft focus finish, while Papaya Enzymes gently improve skin's texture both immediately and over time. This self-setting foundation is transfer-resistant and color-true. Available from the fairest porcelain to the deepest cocoa for all of our natural beauties.

key benefits:
  • 24 hour full coverage that is heat, humidity, water and sweat-resistant
  • Contains good-for-you skincare ingredients that prevent pre-mature ageing and hydrate the skin
  • Available in 30 true-to-you shades to complement every skin type and tone
  • SPF20
  • And best of all - NO flash back!! #nofilter :)

PLUS it is…
  • Non-acnegenic, Non-comedogenic: will not clog pores or cause breakouts, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist-tested, Oil-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free and fragrance-free
  • Never tested on animals

Fair 01 and Fawn 02 are the two lightest shades in the range. Fair 01 was a near perfect match for my fair cool toned skin. Fawn 02 will work best for those with yellow undertones. barePro has 30 foundations shades! Just the shade selection alone makes it pretty amazing.

The shades run on the lighter side. I am almost always the lightest shade in any foundation line and Fair 01 was verging on too light for me.  After it set, it was perfect though. You might want to try one shade up in your undertone.

I am someone who does not like to wear foundation so I feel like I can be EXTRA critical. My criteria for foundation is that it must look like natural skin and not feel like I am wearing foundation on my face. barePro hits the mark in both of those categories.

The finish is a very natural looking demi-matte which looks great on my combination skin, blurring pores and keeping the oil at bay. Because this is on the matte side I am not sure I would recommend it for dry skin. It works wonderfully on combination to oily skin types though. My skin does feel a little dry after I take it off at the end of the day, but I have not experienced any breakouts or skin issues from it.

The formula is a lightweight liquid that melds in to the skin with out feeling heavy, tight, or dry. I apply this foundation sparingly (1/2 pump) in my daily wear as I prefer light foundation. The coverage is medium to buildable. It's not full-coverage, which I am happy about because I prefer a more natural look. If I can get a natural look with a little extra coverage I am all about it.

The best way to apply this foundation is with The Luxe Performance Brush. It was specifically designed for use with BAREPRO® Liquid Foundation with dense, tapered fibers that mimic the shape of fingertips for fast easy blending of liquid foundation makeup-even around your nose and eyes. I also like how this applies with a damp Beauty Blender and the Perfecting Face Brush is also great with this foundation. Really no matter how you choose to apply it, you'll get smooth, flawless coverage.

Wear time on this is excellent! While I never wear foundation for 24 hours, a good 8 hour day with out any oxidizing, fading, or separating satisfies my expectations. If you are on the oily side barePro is fantastic, it controlled the oil in my t-zone so well I didn't even need a midday touch up. I am pretty impressed by barePro, so much so that I have switched over to it as my everyday foundation. bareMinerals has done this foundation like a PRO! #barepro

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November 01, 2017

Lighten Up your Tresses for Fall with SunIn

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own  

Fall and Winter are synonymous with going darker. Fashion choices, hair color, and makeup all take on richer deeper tones. I always get the itch to change up my hair color once a new season hits. I have run the gamut in the blonde spectrum, from dirty blonde to low lights and you know what? I immediately want to go back to my sunkissed highlights of Summer. This Fall has been bananas! It hit 70 degrees here last weekend. So I thought why not take a cue from Mother Nature and extend my Summer style a little while longer?

SunIn is my magic trick to lightening my hair and has been since my teens. There is just something nostalgic about that bright little bottle of sunshine that has been around since the 70's. It may have gotten me grounded at 15, but it also made me feel like Courtney Love in the process.

SunIn gives you the same natural highlights you get from the sun - only faster! SunIn's advanced conditioning system includes botanical extracts and special illuminators that give hair an extra dose of shine, conditioning while it lightens. Being alcohol-free it won't damage or dry out your hair as much as bleach will. There are two scents in the line, Lemon Fresh and Tropical Breeze, both smell amazing!

To bring out my natural highlights, I spritz SunIn on to 1/2 to 1 inch sections of damp hair. Placing light shades around the face mimics where the sun would hit to lighten your hair color naturally. Adding a little bit of brightness to the hair can perk up a dull Winter complexion and contrasts beautifully with a deep Merlot Fall lipstick shade.

I also like to use SunIn on the ends and under side of my hair. I have partial highlights done most of the time so the bottom portion of my hair has a lot more of my natural color through it. SunIn blends my faux blonde in to my natural hair color easily and I can skip the expensive full foils. SunIn is under $5 at Walmart! Yay for saving money!

Using my hair dryer on low heat I heat up the section until dry. That's right, you don't need to do sit out in the sun for SunIn to work. It's heat activated, not just SUN-activated. It works so fast too! Right before your eyes you will see your hair becoming lighter and brighter.

Need a root touch-up? Spray SunIn on to your roots to lighten up the contrast between dark roots and light hair color. It will allow you to stretch out those salon visits longer and it looks incredibly natural.

SunIn isn't JUST for blondes! It brightens blonde to medium-brown hair too. I have medium blonde hair and it brings out the brightness of my natural highlights that become dull over the Winter months. My friends with dark hair can achieve beautiful coppery red highlights. DIY ombre anyone?

I love how quick and easy it is to lighten my hair color this way. Being able to give my color a boost year-round with out having to schedule in expensive highlights or jet off to a sunny destination is fabulous, and so easy! You can find SunIn right in the haircare aisle of your local Walmart or

Have you tried SunIn? Would you buck the trend and go light for Fall?

October 29, 2017

Maybelline Matte Metallic Lipstick Collection Review & Swatches

Long time no blog, I apologize for my lack of posts over the past couple months. I had to take a  hiatus due to some unexpected personal issues, but I hope to get back in to the swing of things now. After pretty much not wearing makeup for the last 6 weeks I am excited to finally get in to Fall makeup! Metallic was huge over the Summer months and this trend has carried over in to Fall with the newest finish in the Maybelline Color Sensational line, Maybelline Matte Metallic. A collection of ten sophisticated brushed metallic shades for a wearable, refined matte metallic look.

The Color Sensational Lipstick's are some of my most loved from the drugstore. Divine Wine and Touch of Spice are two of my most loved lipstick colors for Fall. I am not the biggest fan of matte's and metallic is notorious for going on patchy, so I was curious to see how these would fair. Also if they would be dupes for the MAC Metallic's or Tom Ford Soleil Lip Foil.
Hot Lava, Copper Spark, Gunmetal, Copper Rose, Molten Bronze
Pure Gold, Serpentine, Silk Stone, Smoked Silver, White Gold

Mattes go metallic. Sophisticated brushed metal texture in lavish metallic hues for your most sensationally gilt-y lip look. Available in 10 shades from hot lava and copper spark to gunmetal and silk stone.

Formula wise these apply smoothly and glide across the lips with a comfortable creamy feel. They do not feel like a dry matte at all. Nor do they look that way, the tonal shifts and metallic sparkle give them tons of dimension. It took about two coats to build the color up to a full coverage level for most of these. Oddly enough, the last 5 "weird" shades applied much more evenly. The first four were drier and took more coats. There is a faint sweet scent to these that is a little more subdued than the regular line. Lasting power is as expected, just a few hours. For being mostly special occasion wear shades the staying power is pretty good. Matte Metallic is impressive not just as a drugstore lipsick, it can hold it's own against higher end ones thanks to the formula and color range.

Take a bow Maybelline for being bold enough to put out these colors. It is so awesome to see this type of out of the box color range in the drugstore. When I first started doing makeup I had to mix loose eyeshadow pigments and gloss to come up with similar shades. To see such accessible, outlandish colors in an inexpensive price range fills me with cosmetic joy. I know there is a kid out there just like me throwing on a dark blue lip and becoming inspired to create with makeup.

Because I am beyond my days of wearing blue and green lipstick I appreciate the more wearable earth tones in this collection. Copper Spark and Hot Lava are made for the Fall season, they just scream Pumpkin Spice and everything nice.
Maybelline Matte Metallic surprised me both in formula and in the depth and range of colors. Not a fan of of a metallic finish? Pop some clear gloss over them and they look even more brilliant. If you are looking to do a funky bold lip color for Halloween many of these shades will be right up your alley! #MNYItLook #mattemetallics #babelline

*sample provided by Maybelline for review consideration
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October 14, 2017

BOXYCHARM SpellBound October Box Review

BOXYCHARM's theme for October is Spellbound and it's filled with treats! Every month I get so excited when my Boxy arrives because it has been so dang good lately. I am continuously impressed by the value and quality of the products they put in their boxes for such a low price. Lets see what October has to offer!

For $21mo. BOXYCHARM gives you 4 to 5 Full Size Products with a retail value of over $100. Free Shipping.

Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion ($58)
Pore-perfecting technology at your fingertips, with a professional-grade micro crystal solution, that instantly deep-cleans and refines pores. This isn't the first time Boxycharm has put this in one of their boxes and I am happy to see the repeat. I love this scrub! It leaves your skin so smooth and soft with a slightly blurred effect to the pores. Great, for oily skin.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid highlighter Prosecco Pop ($41)
I was amazed to see this product in here! A full size BECCA product? Who are they BECCA's Opal is one of my favorite highlights ever. The dewy liquid luminizer helps you achieve a natural, effortless glow. Prosecco Pop is a stunning golden highlight. It was a little too dark for my pale skin, but I plan on gifting this to one of my medium/dark toned friends because it will look so gorge.

TARTE Tarteist Quick Dy Matte Lip Paint ($20)
Seeing a third well known brand in here just sealed the deal that BoxyCharm is freaking amazing. I'm a little tired of these matte lip paints and wish they would add more variety. What's wrong with a nice creamy lipstick ya know? I'm not a fan of these matte liquid lip's, but XOX is a gorgeous deep browny red. I don't think I've tried Tarte's yet, so maybe it won't feel like a desert on the lips.

JONTEBLU Lip Liner Pencil ($5)
For 5 bucks this is a really nice lip pencil! It's very creamy, highly pigmented that glides across the lips easily. This shade works perfectly with the Tarte XOXO Lip Paint.

Dirty Little Secrets Eyeshadow Chubby ($14)
Dirty Little Secrets shows up in boxes quite often usually in lip pencils. This eyeliner pencil is quite nice. It's a creamy consistency and pigmented. The color I got was Illusion, a gorgeous rose gold champagne. A perfect lid color.

Wow! Talk about an amazing Box! Last month we got a full size PUR palette, Bare Minerals Face Brush, and MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil and this month was even better! Well worth the $21. Can't wait to see what they have in store for the Holiday Boxes!

*sample provided
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September 04, 2017

Sex-proof Mascara? Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara Review

Urban Decay has done us good in the makeup department in so many ways. So it was about time they come at us with a game-changer mascara. Troublemaker Mascara holds some pretty lofty claims of SUPER-FAT, SUPER LONG, and...SEX-PROOF lashes. Yessssssss please.

This is the first Summer where I actually had mascara transferring under my eyes. My regular mascara that had worked wonderfully the rest of the year (PUR Full Volume) suddenly was ending up under my eyes nearly every day. This mascara couldn't have come out at a better time!

Troublemaker's totally-tech formula combines two different types of black pigments give our formula an intensity that's blacker than your darkest thoughts (OMG UD, I freakin love you!). They infused troublemaker Mascara with a combination of hollow silica and ultralight fibers to volumize without weighing down your lashes. Vitamin E and pantenol nourish and condition, and a combination of polymers helps the mascara adhere to your lashes for lasting wear - no flaking, smearing, or smudging.

Troublemaker Mascara delivers 13.7x the lash volume and a sexy, fluttery, intensely black fringe. This fail safe formula gives you perfect lashes every time. It volumizes and lengthens as it separates.
The custom brush grabs onto lashes, curling as it coats.

Can we talk about this packaging? How freaking stunning is this mascara tube! The multi-faceted tube has a prismatic finish -it's like nothing you've ever seen before. Prettiest mascara tube ever.

The custom brush has tiny precision-hooks that grab lashes to pull the product through - for an instant lash-multiplying effect. I normally go for really full, dense brushes so I am curious if this brush style can volumize as well.

Now, I'm a little over the whole mascara and sex correlation. Too Faced did Better Than Sex and while that is one of my favorite mascara's ever, most of us just want out mascara to hold up throughout the day and makes our lashes look long and voluminous. We're not taking it to bed.

Maybe UD really is just inspiring us to love more through makeup? Is it wrong that you only went for that mid-day quickie just to check in the mirror after to see if your mascara still looked good? Sorry, babe. Whatever the scenario, I think what they really mean is that this mascara will hold up to hot and heavy heated, activities and still look HOT as F***! 

After testing this out the last few weeks I can confidently say TroubleMaker is for sure going to be my new go-to mascara for the rest of the Summer and likely beyond. It is super black, doesn't clump, and both volumized and lengthened my lashes. I normally only apply one coat of mascara, but to achieve the desired look with this you will need more than one coat. My lashes didn't become spider lashes after two coats, just thick, dark, and lovley. The formula layers beautifully so pile on as many coats as you want. Removal took more time than usual and I had residue left over after using a makeup wipe. I attribute this to it's staying power. It performs a lot like a waterproof mascara.

Is TroubleMaker the most voumizing mascara I have ever used? No. However, it is the best at staying put. The mascara application above is worn on a 90 degrees day after 10 hours. The rest of my eye makeup has almost all but worn off but my mascara is still on my lashes and not my face.

Personally, I think sexy smudged mascara eyes goes along with the passion, but when you want your mascara to stay on your face with the look of thicker, impossibly long, come-hither perfectly fanned out lashes you will have no trouble making that happen with TroubleMaker. #HereComesTrouble

Urban Decay TroubleMaker Mascara ($24) also available in a trouble-on-the-go size ($11) is available September 5th. at, SEPHORA, Ulta, and Macys.

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August 31, 2017

Colleen Rothschild Best Sellers Skincare Routine

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

When the seasons change so does my skincare routine. While the steps in my routine stay the same, I love doing a full revamp and overhaul of my products. I have always been extremely dilligent and consistent with my skincare routine, but I have never been faithful to only one brand. My products have always been made up of a hodge podge of drugstore to high end. When I was given the chance to try out some of the best sellers from Colleen Rothschild I knew this was my opportunity to delve in to a brand exclusive skincare routine.

About Colleen Rothschild: What sets our brand apart from others is Colleen. Colleen spend 20+ years behind the scenes in skincare manufacturing, creating products for other well-known brands, before stepping out and launching this line. So she had decades of expertise on ingredients that stand the test of time, and she knows when something is just a passing trend. Our products are a blend of potent plant botanicals and advanced scientific ingredients from around the world.

Colleen Rothschild Skincare is formulated with Level E3, an exclusive technology that helps key ingredients work harder and smarter.

The DISCOVERY COLLECTION is the perfect way to become acquainted with the brand. It’s a 7-piece kit filled with must-have skincare products all conveniently tucked into a travel ready bag. It’s everything you need for life on the go.

CONTAINS TRAVEL SIZES OF: Radiant Cleansing Balm, 30 ml (1 fl oz) 1 Muslin Cleansing Cloth Dual Enzyme Polish, 15 ml (0.5 fl oz) Clarifying Detox Mask, 15 ml (0.5 fl oz) Sheer Renewal Cream, 30 ml (1 fl oz) Extreme Recovery Cream, 30 ml (1 fl oz) Face Oil N°9, 4 ml (0.14 fl oz) Exclusive CR Travel Bag

I love when brands do "minis" of their full size products. I think it says a lot about the confidence they have in their products. This set covered all of the bases for my Combination Skin needs. What's great about Colleen's skincare though is that it's made for every skin type.

The comprehensive Radiant Cleansing Balm clears congested pores and removes impurities while dissolving all traces of makeup, leaving skin balanced, soft, and radiant.

A unique blend of Loofah Seed and Moringa Oil improve the skin's integrity by renewing the outer-layer of cells while restoring the skin's flexibility and equilibrium. With continued daily use, skin becomes velvety smooth and more luminous.

The Radiant Cleansing Balm is one of the most buzzed about products in the line so I couldn't wait to try it out. The balm has a thick buttery texture and smells amazing! Like cinnamon with a fresh herbal finish. The solid balm transforms in to a silky liquid when applied.

Normally I take my makeup off with a makeup remover wipe but I am hooked on this balm now. It completely removes all traces my my makeup, including stubborn mascara, and feels luxurious while doing so. The hot muslin cloth application makes cleansing feel like a spa experience instead of a daily chore. I will absolutely be purchasing the full size!

For exfoliators, the Dual Enzyme Polish gently but efficiently sloughs dull skin cells, leaving your skin feeling softy and refreshed. Microspheres blended with a fruit enzyme and AHA cocktail provide deep exfoliation. Comfrey extract and Argan oil regulate and rebalance overly stressed skin. Fruit enzyme exfoliators are my preferred polishers. This scrub leaves my skin feeling super soft and radiant after after I use it. It smells wonderful too, I can only compare the scent to that fresh mango tropical breeze scent that Island hotels use in their samples. I love that scent!

For mosturizers this kit gives you three sample sizes of the Sheer Renewal Cream, Extreme Recovery Cream, and Face Oil N°9.

Sheer Renewal Cream is wonderful as a daily moisturizer for my combination skin. It feels weightless under makeup and dries to a powder finish. It's almost like an oil-control primer and powder in one. I notice when I use this moisturizer my skin becomes less oily throughout the day.

The Extreme Recovery Cream provides maximum levels of continuous moisture while strengthening the hydro-lipid barrier. Next-generation ingredients fight signs of fine lines and wrinkles while evening out skin tone and texture.

Extreme Recovery Cream is a night cream that I would reccomend for dry or mature skin. Anti-aging is my main skincare focus these days so I appreciate the anti-aging ingredients like Matrixyl® synthe'6® to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and Hyalauronic Acid for hydration. I know this moisturizer will keep my dry skin at bay once there's a chill in the air.

The ultimate in skin luxury, Face Oil N°9 combines nine transformative oils that provide an intense moisture boost, deeply nourish thirsty skin, and leave your complexion radiant after the first application. The active combination of precious oils and vitamins offers protection from oxidative stress that results in the appearance of spots and wrinkles. This formula also improves the skin's moisture barrier for enhanced cellular function and hydration, leaving no greasy residue.

Because the Extreme Recovery Cream is more of a Winter moisturizer for me, I have been using the Face Oil N°9 as my nightly moisturizer. I love oils, sometimes I will for-go regular moisturizers and just use a serum or oil. I apply 3-4 drops nightly, it sinks in to the skin and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and glowy not greasy. It contains Black Seed Oil for antioxidant protection, Moringa Oil to restore luminosity, Marula Oil  to balance the complexion, and Omega 3, 6 &9 for intense moisturization. It also has that same warm enticing scent as the Cleansing Balm.

Over the past few months I have been trying to fade some dark spots and freckles from sun exposure on my cheeks. I have tried so many products with very little success. Instead of looking for another hydroquinoine product, which I really don't like the idea of using, I decided to give Colleen's Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum a go.

Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum is formulated to gently exfoliate, dissolve and breakdown the tiny bonds between dull dead skin cells that sit on the skin’s surface. Over time, a brighter and more radiant complexion is unveiled. I have been rotating this with the Face Oil no.9. Within one week I noticed my skin looking brighter with slight fading of my sun spots. I am excited about this product and hopeful that it will fade those stubborn darks spots over time.

I had completely given up on using eye creams because they were alwys too heavy and broke me out or irritated my sensitive eyes. Needless to say I am always on the hunt for a new one. The Complete Eye Cream addresses the signs of fine lines, reduces the appearance of under-eye darkness and restores elasticity.

So far so good with this eye cream! It's lightweight, hydrates beautifully, and doesn't irritate my eyes. I am crossing my fingers that this will be the one and only eye cream to stay in my skincare routine. I also love Colleen's tip of taking the extra and appyling to your smile lines.

Being the skin mask junkie that I am I bought the full size of the Clarifying Detox Mask with out even trying the sample!

Skin will breathe a sigh of relief as the Clarifying Detox Mask removes trapped dirt and debris. Activated charcoal and French Kaolin clay go straight to work detoxing pores and leaving behind a more balanced complexion, while pure micronized silver helps keep bacteria at bay. A blend of Vitamin C and Willowherb extract brighten and soothe inflamed skin.

I do not regret blindly buying the full size of this mask because it has become a weekly appearance on my face. It detoxes the skin, pulling out all of the yuck from deep inside your pores while soothing and balancing the skin. This mask feels so refreshing, it has a cooling effect that lasts until after you wash it off. It's so refreshing.

The final step in my skincare routine is a beauty water. I have been buying the Evian Water for years so I was excited to have a new option. The Multi-purpose Beauty Water from Colleen Rothschild delivers immediate and long-term hydration by preserving optimal H20 balance, eliminating trans-epidermal water loss and boosting hydration under moisturizers. This pick-me-up for dehydrated, tight, uncomfortable skin cools and calms, sets and refreshes makeup and leaves your complexion with a healthy glow.

I spritz this misting water on throughout the day for a pick me up or when I have over powdered my face. Frivolous? Yes, but I don't care it just feels wonderful! Beauty Water isn't just spray water in a bottle though. It contains Coconut Water for hydration, Hyaluronic Acid to plump the skin, Cucumber Extract to tone and soften, andAcquaCellTM to give you an extra moisture boost. If you have dry skin, definitely give this a try! It gives your skin the prettiest dewy glow.

Having my skincare Fall "wardrobe" complete makes me less sad to say goodbye to Summer and ready for Fall. It also makes me feel like a grownup having a one brand for all skincare routine. Even though that might not be feasable forever, I know I will be keeping many of Colleen Rothchild's products in my skincare routine for the long run. My two must-haves: The Cleansing Balm & Detox Mask.

 Check out how my fellow bloggers beyondbeautylounge and katelovesmakeup are getting on with Colleen Rothschild skincare!

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Have you tried Colleen Rothschild skincare? Which items are your favorite?