PLAY! By SEPHORA Favorites

Hey guys! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start! My days seem to be running together now and I can hardly ever keep track of what day it is except for Sunday because that’s when all of my assignments are due, but during the week the struggle is REAL! Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from my monthly subscription to Sephora. Besides the Walmart beauty box which is seasonal, the only other beauty subscription I’ve kept is the one from Sephora.  You get to try out 5 samples and a bonus fragrance. Included in every box is a pass that adds 50 extra beauty insider points with any purchase….all for only $10 a month! I’ve received a total of 7 boxes and just picked out my absolute favorite products from about 3 of the boxes to share with you.

March 2017 

GLAMGLOW Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer “Nude Glow”-I love GLAMGLOW products so I was so happy to see this moisturizer in this month’s box. First off, it smells great! It provides just enough of an all over glow so that it looks completely natural. It definitely doesn’t give you that “BAM, in your face” highlighting effect, it’s more subtle but definitely noticeable. I highly recommend trying it out if you haven’t already! GLAMGLOW GlowStarter Moisturizer, GLAMGLOW, Sephora

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector-This is another product I was excited to get because I had been wanting to try it but I already have a ton of highlighters so I felt like I needed to use them up before buying anymore. This kinda gives the same effect as the previous product from GLAMGLOW except it’s just a little more noticeable and it can be mixed in with your moisturizer, primer, liquid foundation or you can wear it alone. I’ve mixed it in with my primer and it’s beautiful! Becca Cosmetics, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, Sephora

January 2016

Clinique Almost Lipstick “Black Honey”-I’ve been wearing this on days when I don’t feel like wearing makeup but still want a little color on my lips and on light makeup days which I’ve been having a lot of lately. I just haven’t had time to sit down and do a full face so this product has been perfect for me. It’s lightweight, has a sheer finish and it’s moisturizing. It’s not an actual lipstick though, it’s a cross between lipstick and lip gloss so it’s definitely versatile and easy to apply.Clinique Almost Lipstick, Black Honey, Sephora

Tarte Frxxxtion Stick-This is one of the best exfoliators I’ve used. It’s not too harsh and my skin looked and felt smooth and refreshed after using it. It didn’t dry my face out like some other exfoliators tend to do. I still haven’t bought the full size but it’s on my list of things to get for my next trip to Sephora!Tarte Frxxxtion Stick, Tarte exfoliator, Sephora

December 2016

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara-If you like your lashes blacker than black and “curled up to Jesus” as Patrick Starr would say, then you should try this mascara! I don’t think I’ve ever tried any other product from Bobbi Brown and I’m very skeptical when trying out new mascara now because I’ve had more than a few fails over the past few months but, I really like this one. It darkens and lengthens my lashes making them appear fuller with zero clump! Yes, please!!Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Smokey Eye Mascara, Sephora

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain “Always Red”-I can’t even begin to explain to you how perfect the name of the shade of this lip stain is…it’s the reddest red ever!! It’s soooo gorgeous! I tried it on once and only wore it around the house, but that was enough for me to love it. You can put this stuff on and forget it about it, it’s ridiculously long-lasting and smudge proof. It has a matte finish but it’s moisturizing. Since I haven’t been wearing much makeup lately, I haven’t had a chance to wear it out yet but I’m just dying to!Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Always Red, Sephora

November 2016

Cover FX Illuminating Primer-I mentioned this primer in my January Favorites and it’s so worthy of another mention! It’s the same deal as the GLAMGLOW moisturizer and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. It can be worn alone or used as a base before applying foundation. Either way, the results are beautiful, natural looking glowing skin.Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Sephora

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Melyssa

Email: melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com

 

 

 

February Favorites

Hey guys! I don’t know where the time is going but it’s getting away from me, *sigh. As usual, I’m a few days late with this but here’s the run down on my favorite products from February.

Milani Keep it Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub I always have to keep some kind of lip scrub handy so when I saw that Milani had one out I didn’t even think about it, I just grabbed it. It works really well and my lips feel nice and smooth afterwards. I love the way it smells. I use it every other day/night and especially before I wear any matte lipsticks. It’s $10 on the Milani website but I got it at Target for $8.99Milani, Sugar Lip Scrub, February Favorites

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Powder So everybody has this or has tried it. I’ve seen so many good reviews and Youtube videos with this powder and from what I could tell, everyone loves it so I decided to finally try it. I got it from Target for $5.99. I’ve been wearing it alone to control oil and shine and I feel like I should’ve been using it a long time ago. It’s great. It doesn’t really do much for my pores but it does control the oil really well. I like the fact that it’s long lasting and I don’t have to reapply throughout the day. I haven’t tried it on top of foundation yet but I bought a few new liquid foundations that can’t wait to try it with.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer I picked this up for around $5 at Target, just because I bought the Fit Me powder and for other reason. It’s almost comparable to the Too Faced “Born This Way” concealer as far as the coverage, texture and consistency. It has good coverage, it’s really creamy and easy to blend into the skin. As with the Fit Me Powder…I should’ve picked this concealer up a long time ago. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Medium, February Favorites

Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Oil I bought this last month when I did my huge Ulta/Sephora haul. It was $19. I got it in the shade “Papa Don’t Peach”. First of all, let me just tell you that it smells AMAZING!! Like, I want to eat it! In the description on Ulta’s website it does say that it tastes like peach, but I’m not suggesting that anyone eat it. I’ve been using this in the place of chapstick. It’s super creamy and moisturizing. This particular shade is subtle, yet noticeable so it’s perfect for everyday wear.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick I was so excited to get my hands on these because I love the Vice Lipsticks  and I love liquid lipsticks so I had to have these! I’ve been wearing “Conspiracy”(Metallized) which is a plum-bronze color. It looks like a deep dark purple and brown at the same time. It has little specs of gold that are just beautiful on the lips. The other shade I’ve been wearing is “Amulet”(Comfort Matte) which is a brick rose color. What I love the most is the lasting power. They seriously last all day, from morning to night. They don’t budge at all. I don’t even carry them with me when I go out because there’s no need to touch up or reapply throughout the day. They’re $18 and definitely worth it!

BareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip Color & BareMinerals Gen Nude Over Under Lip Liner So this isn’t just one of my February favorites, this is currently my all time favorite liquid lipstick! I LOVE it! It’s matte but it goes on super creamy and feels really nice on the lips. It’s moisturizing so it doesn’t dry out at any point and it’s long lasting. I’ve worn this all day without having to reapply. Also, it smells good and y’all know how I feel about good smelling lipsticks! It’s only $18 and trust me I’m not complaining but I feel like it’s worth more. I’m just saying, it’s that good! As for the liner,  for $16 it’s one of the best ones I’ve come across. I love the finish and how pigmented it is. It applies easily and very creamy. I hate when a lip liner is so dry that it skips and doesn’t apply smoothly. This one is perfect!

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray  Ok, so I initially thought that this was just a regular setting spray and since I had run out of my All Nighter setting spray I just grabbed this. But, it’s not a setting spray, it’s a prep and priming/refresher spray that controls oil, balances the complexion and evens out the skin tone. You use it in the morning after washing your face but before applying moisturizer, then again at night in the same order. You can also use it during the day as a refresher and it won’t mess up your makeup. I’ve been using it daily and I’ve noticed that my skin looks brighter and healthier. My face doesn’t get quite as oily throughout the day as it used to. I use it morning and night, even when I don’t wear any makeup at all. Overtime it’s supposed to continue to reduce oil and shine, and improve the appearance of fine lines. Overall my skin does look and feel better, so I love it and I’m going to continue using it. For those of you who use any of Urban Decay’s setting sprays, this is the exact same price at $31.Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray, Ulta

That’s everything that I’ve been obsessed with over the past month. I hope you enjoyed and maybe even saw something that you want to try! -Melyssa

Email: melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com

I Cut & Straightened My Hair+New Hair Care Products

For the past 3 1/2 years I’ve been wearing my hair in its natural state which is curly. I made that choice after noticing that using a flat iron everyday had caused my hair to start breaking off. That was it, no more heat. But, over the past few months I noticed that my curls weren’t as curly and my hair was more poofy and frizzy. I literally couldn’t do anything with it other than wear it in a bun…everyday. So after going back and forth with myself for a while, I decided to cut it and wear it straight for a while before transitioning back to curls. The damage has been cut off and I know how to properly care for my hair now so I’m confident that I’ll be able to pull this look off without damaging my hair again. Curly hair is so hard to care for and it’s time consuming, not to mention the expensive curly hair products that will just about cause you to go bankrupt! I’ve never cut my hair before other than a trim here and there for split ends and I thought I was going to miss having long hair but honestly I’m loving it! It’s so much easier to deal with. wp-1487868384271.jpg

Of course with having my hair straight again that meant I had to switch up on the hair products that I had been using. My hair curls back up when I wash it but I don’t want to use products that are specifically for curly hair or anything that’s going to define my curls. So, here are the products I’m currently using…

Proclaim Jamaican Black Castor Oil ShampooProclaim Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Shampoo, Sally Beauty Supply

Proclaim Jamaican Black Castor Oil ConditionerProclaim Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Conditioner, Sally Beauty Supply

Proclaim Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in ConditionerProclaim Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Leave-in Conditioner, Sally Beauty Supply

Proclaim Coconut Oil Anti Breakage Deep ConditionerProclaim Coconut Oil Anti-Breakage Deep Conditioner, Sally Beauty

These products seem to be working well for my hair and the best part is that they’re all under $10 and available at Sally Beauty Supply. I’m still going to experiment with different products to see what works best but for now I’m satisfied with these products and I love my new hairstyle!

Melyssa

Email: melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Review

I’m back with another not so good review of a product that I was sure I would love. As I mentioned in my last post, I bought a bunch of stuff from Ulta and Sephora a few weeks ago and this particular product was at the top of my “Must Have” list. Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops are available in 6 shades, I bought the shade “Sunlight”. These drops are supposed to add a highlighting or bronzing effect to your look. The drops can be used alone, mixed in with any liquid like your foundation, primer or moisturizer, or added on top of powder foundation.

I tried using this with no makeup, mixed in with my primers and liquid foundations but the result was always the same. It just caked up and looked flaky. It literally just sat on top of my skin and made my face look as if it were extremely dry and peeling, which wasn’t the case. It looked awful! Every time I used it I had to immediately wash my face because it completely ruined my makeup. When I used the drops without makeup, it seemed as if it was going to have a smooth application but after a few minutes I noticed that it wasn’t blending in or being absorbed into my skin, it just created a flaky layer of crust on my face. It’s a pretty lightweight liquid that looks thicker than it actually is.

This stuff is $42 which I didn’t mind at all because I had such high expectations but, that is sort of a high price for a sun-kissed glow, especially when there are less expensive products that do the same thing.  I thought this was going to end up being one of my favorite products. I really wanted to love it, especially since I do love the Cover FX Illuminating Primer. I was extremely disappointed, just another product that I have to return. Oh well,  hit or miss….that’s how it goes when trying new products. If you’ve tried these custom enhancer drops, let me know what you think! Did they work for you?

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Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme Review

Recently I went shopping and I did a huge Ulta/Sephora haul. So many new products are out and there were several things I had been wanting to try so I just ended up buying a ton of stuff. Lately I’ve been trying out new mascaras to see which ones I like and how they compare to my favorites. So, being a huge fan of Too Faced and the fact that their Better Than Sex mascara is one of my all time favorites, I was excited to try the Better Than False Lashes Extreme mascara. I was sure that it was going to be a great product because Too Faced could do no wrong as far as I was concerned. Well, I was sadly mistaken and utterly disappointed. This mascara has got to be THE WORST product they have EVER come out with!! Here’s the break down:

  • Step 1-Prime lashes with the mascara
  • Step 2-Build with the fibers
  • Step 3-Seal with the mascara

First of all, the fibers are super messy. I would assume that they would adhere to the lashes a little better, maybe sticking to the mascara applied in step 1. But no, they fell all over my face and into my eyes. I even tried not blinking until I reapplied the mascara in the last step to seal. The fall out from those fibers was awful and they burn when they get into your eyes. Secondly, after putting the mascara on again over the fibers it was clumpy, flaked off and made my lashes ridiculously hard. After only a few minutes of having this stuff on, my top and bottom waterline started itching. It was so bad. Even after I washed it off my eyes were still bothering me. This mascara is supposed to make your lashes longer and thicker. It did add length, I’ll give it that but it looked awful. My lashes were hard and sticking out in every direction. As far as making them thicker…yeah if you consider clumpy thicker. For $35 I expect so much better, no matter what brand it is. Now, it could be that I’m just allergic to this particular mascara and that’s why it bothered my eyes so much but even so, it still looked absolutely horrible. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried it one more time because maybe the first time went wrong due to user error(not that there are too many ways to completely mess up putting on mascara). But again, it was a total disaster. Needless to say, I returned this product.

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My Favorite Products from City Color Cosmetics

  • Two of a Kind Dual-Ended Lipstick “Dream Catcher” $3.00

City Color Cosmetics Matte Setting Spray, Matte Setting Spray

 

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January Favorites

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette, Rose Gold Edition This is one of my absolute favorite palettes!! I passed up on the Modern Renaissance palette because I felt like this was the better choice. They’re similar but this one has more shadows and I just couldn’t resist those textured shadows. It’s $65 but I promise it’s well worth it. The shadows are highly pigmented and buildable. You can create everyday looks or full on glam looks with this palette. The textured shadows need to be applied with your finger for best results. Although the packaging could’ve been better, especially for the price, this palette is absolutely stunning. I love it and highly recommend it!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Palette Ok, so these shadows aren’t the most pigmented but this is still a great palette. It’s good for subtle, everyday looks and the currently trending “No makeup” look. You can also do some pretty basic night-time looks as well. I’ve just been using it for quick and easy, simple looks. It really has all you need to create a full look without having to dip into another palette. It has your transition colors, crease color, outer corner and lid shades. You can even use “Free Spirit” & “Super Mom” to highlight the brow bone. The packaging is nice and I love the big mirror. It’s a nice palette for $46.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator This is my favorite highlighter next to the Anastasia Glow Kit. I have it in “Gilded Honey” and it is just gorgeous! I apply it with my beauty blender and I spray a little setting spray on it just to give it a little extra pop but, it’s beautiful on its own. It gives the most perfect, natural glow and it’s easily buildable. It’s also travel friendly. I wish that it was slightly bigger and contained a little more product for $26 but overall it’s one of the best highlighters hands down!

Laura Geller Primer, Spackle Mattifying, oil control primer review

Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Primer This is my new favorite primer! It provides a mattifying effect that lasts all day, keeps the shine away and makes my skin smooth. It has Shea butter in it so it’s moisturizing. It has a silky feel to it and goes on very smoothly. The price is $32. There is nothing that I dislike about this primer.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer Review, Cover FX Illuminating Primer

I received this in one of my subscription boxes a couple of months ago and decided to test it out recently. The illuminating effect of this primer is beautiful. I’ve used it under every foundation that I own, powder and liquid. A little goes a long way with this one. It’s not greasy and doesn’t make my face shine, which I was worried about since I have oily skin. It just provides a natural looking glow. I plan on buying it once I’ve used up some of my other primers. The cost is $38.

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks I love Milani lipsticks! They’re affordable, you can find them anywhere and they’re only $6! The packaging is really pretty and all of the Milani lipsticks smell amazing, even the liquid lipsticks. I cannot get enough of these two shades. I’ve been stuck on nude shades lately and “Bahama Breeze” is the best. It goes on creamy and stays that way. I’m obsessed with “Bronze Beauty”! I thought it was going to be drying for some reason but it’s just as smooth and creamy as the rest of their lipsticks. I love the shimmer it has, so pretty! These lipsticks, like the rest, are very pigmented and long-lasting.

MDM flow Lipstick I received this in one of my Glossy Boxes before I cancelled my subscription. I had never heard of this brand before but I instantly loved this lipstick! “Bossy” is the perfect nude! It’s semi-matte, long-lasting and not drying. I love the sleek packaging. The price is around $19. You can check out the rest of their lipsticks here.

That wraps up my favorites from January. Thanks for stopping by!

melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com