Fall Favorites & Flops

Happy Thursday loves! The weekend is almost here and with it, the beginning of December! Am I the only one excited?!! I’m doing a little Christmas shopping today and some more decorating but the time really has slipped away from me because I wanted to do this post on my Fall favs/flops like 2 weeks ago. I’ve accumulated a ton of products since way back in September so today, finally I’m going to share the best and the worst of them. Luckily I’ve been obsessing over a lot of them so the “flop” list is kind of short.

So let’s start with the flops.

Sigma Beauty “After Glow” Liquid Highlighter. Back in September I was on a highlighting spree and I don’t remember ever purchasing anything from Sigma so I decided to give them a shot. I thought this highlighter was going to be gold in color but when I put it on it was actually more of a  light pink. It’s not very highlighting but I’m thinking it could be used as a blush, a very light and subtle blush. It also comes with a brush applicator which I just didn’t like at all. I can’t remember what I paid for it because it was so long ago and it was on sale but it’s a fairly small tube so I feel like it’s not worth purchasing at all. Sigma Beauty Highlighter, Afterglow, Sigm Beauty Cosmetics

Also from Sigma, I bought the “Sultry” Shimmer Cream Highlighter. This particular shade can be used for contour and bronzing as well as highlighting. The reason it was a fail for me is because of the fact that it is absolutely NOT a highlighter. It’s really creamy and dries down very quickly so it’s great for bronzing which is what I’ve been using it for. But there’s no highlighting affect whatsoever. Again, it was on sale back in September so I’m not sure what I paid for it but it’s currently on sale again on Sigma’s website if you’re interested. Although I won’t be repurchasing. Sigma Beauty, Sultry Shimmer Cream Highlighter, Sigma Beauty Cosmetics

The last and final disappointing product I bought was the Milk Holographic Stick. I bought the shade “Mars” because the other one, “Supernova” is purple looking and I already knew that wasn’t going to work out for my life. Again, I thought I was getting a golden, peachy, pearly type of situation with this highlighter. I knew it had pink hues in it from the description but it also says that it adjusts to every skin tone. It literally just stayed pink on my skin and it has all these extra flecks of shimmer which I don’t like. It has a nice sheen to it which I would probably love if not for the pink. It was $28 and such a waste because I’m definitely not going to use it.

On to my favorites!! I’ll start with a highlighter that is actually worth the hype and the money…Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter. I love this highlighter!! It’s lightweight and has a really light, dewy sheen finish. You can wear it by itself, over, under or mixed in your foundation. And it smells amazing!! I also like the fact that it has a pump applicator. It’s my go-to highlighter right now. $44 well spent!

Another great product by Marc Jacobs that I came across was the Marvelous Mousse Foundation. I actually found it at T.J. Maxx. If y’all didn’t know, you can find really good high-end makeup for a fraction of the price at T.J. Maxx. I paid around $12 for this and it’s $55 at Sephora. I picked up two, “Beige Deep” and “Beige Light” because I wasn’t sure which shade was going to match the best. They both actually work but since we’re into cold weather now and my complexion is a little lighter I’ve being wearing “Beige Light”. This foundation blends in seamlessly and looks like your natural skin. It’s buildable but it’s not heavy on the skin at all. It has a soft matte finish and it lasts ALL day long. This has made it to the top of my list of all time favorite foundations!

Moving on but staying on foundations, number two on my all time favorites list is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. It took me forever to get my hands on this because the shade I needed(290) was sold out for the longest time. But I finally got it and I’m obsessed! First of all, they’re not lying when they say it’s longwear. It does not move….at all. I’ve worn it from around 9am til around 10 or 11pm several times and it didn’t break up, I didn’t get oily and never once had to touch it up. The way it looks when I put it on is the way it looks when I take it off. It’s light weight but still full coverage. It just looks like your natural skin but better. I like the fact that the price isn’t outrageous, it’s only $34. For it to be such a good product and by a celebrity, you’d think it would cost more. I’m so impressed with this foundation. Rihanna seriously did her thing!Fenty Beauty, Pro Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty Foundation

So the next four products I’m just going to group together because they’re part of the Peaches & Cream Collection from Too Faced. The Primed & Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer($32) is one of the best mattifying primers hands down. If you have oily skin or you just like the matte look then you need this in your life! If you don’t have a foundation that’s going to stay in place until you remove it, this stuff will do the trick. It has a slight cooling effect which is nice and it really smooths your skin out for perfect makeup application. Then we have the Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation($36). I have the shade “Warm Beige”. This is now my third all time favorite foundation. It’s oil-free, oil controlling and long-lasting. It’s pretty much the same as the Marc Jacobs and Fenty Beauty foundation in that it blends right into your skin for a very natural look, it’s lightweight but still full coverage, and it has a soft matte finish. It’s just a really great product at an affordable price. I also had to grab the Peach Mist Mattifying Spray($32). This setting spray will lock your makeup into place like nobody’s business! It’s super mattifying so there will be no oil and absolutely no shine. It’s really refreshing and I like that it doesn’t leave that sticky feeling like some setting sprays, especially mattifying ones. The last product I got from this collection is the Peach Perfect Mattifying Loose Setting Powder($32). I’ve only used this a few times because I’ve been using the setting spray and I feel like I don’t need to use both, that’s a lot of matte going on lol! But I have used it to set under my eyes and I usually have a problem with doing that no matter what powder I use, it just causes creasing and makes the wrinkles under my eyes more noticeable. But that didn’t happen at all with this powder. It’s so light and smooth and has a bright silky finish. It’s also very mattifying so I’m just going to alternate between that and the setting spray. Setting powders don’t impress me much but I really like this one. And let me just say, the bonus to all four of these products….they smell amazing!! Typical for Too Faced Cosmetics. Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection, Too Faced Cosmetics, Primed & Peachy Mattifying Primer, Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation, Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder, Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray

Finally to the end, the last two things that made it on my Fall Favorites list are two satin lipsticks from Dose of Colors. I bought the shade “Butterscotch” and “Toast” for $17 each. I’m still heavy into nude lipsticks even for fall and winter. Nudes have just become my go-to thing for lipstick. Dose of Colors has really good quality lipsticks and products in general. I just thought these two were the perfect nudes for any look. They’re really all I’ve been wearing for the past few months other than my Too Faced Peach Oil lip Gloss, sometimes I’ll layer that over the shade “Toast”. These are definitely my favorite lipsticks right now. They go on smooth with a semi-matte finish. I definitely plan on purchasing a few more.

So there you have it, my somewhat long list of Favorites/Flops for Fall. I hope you enjoyed. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Melyssa

 

 

 

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Maple Holistics, Argan Oil Shampoo, Natural Haircare Products

Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo Review

Happy Sunday everyone!! It’s been a long week. I’m winding down today and we’re going to put up our Christmas decorations a little later, but first I wanted to do a quick review for you guys. Maple Holistics was kind enough to send me another one their shampoos to try. This one is the Argan Oil Shampoo. Maple Holistics, ArganOil Shampoo, Natural Haircare ProductsIt’s sulfate free and contains argan, jojoba, almond, peach kernel, camellia seed, avocado, and botanical keratin. I really liked this shampoo because I could tell it right away how moisturizing it is. My hair felt so much softer and it was easier to detangle. I also felt like it actually removed all the buildup from my scalp as well. It smells good too.  I’m big on smells, doesn’t matter what it is…shampoo, skincare products or makeup, I LOVE when products smell good! Another thing I love about this brand is that their products are all natural and affordable. They have a wide range of products from bath & body, haircare, health & food to skin & personal care. I did a review on their Tee Tree Oil Shampoo, you can check that out here. Also, if you’d like a free sample of one of their products, click here. Just fill out the form and receive your free sample!

That’s it for now, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week!!

Melyssa

 

*This product was sent to me for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

e.l.f. Cosmetics

e.l.f. Mini Haul+Review

Hey beautiful people! Are you all ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow? I definitely am but I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I’m exited for 2018 just the same.

So today I wanted to share my thoughts on a couple of products from e.l.f. Cosmetics. They’ve come out with a lot of great products lately and as you know their stuff is very budget friendly. Lets get into it…

The first two things out of the four I picked up are the Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadows. I’ve been really into nude and natural everyday looks for a while now so I grabbed the shades “Blushing Rose” and “Soft Beige”. There are four shades total and they sell for $4 on the e.l.f. website. I really like these shadows because they’re lightweight, very pigmented, easy to apply and long-lasting. For $4 what more can you ask for, right?  If you haven’t given these try I highly recommend that you do!

The next thing I decided to try was the Oil Control Primer. I just cannot resist buying anything that says “oil control” even though I have a ton of such primers, setting sprays and foundations. This particular product was a total fail and waste of $8. It’s a water based priming mist that is supposed to prep and hydrate your skin leaving a matte finish. It definitely hydrated my skin to the point where it was extra oily, even with me using a matte foundation and matte setting spray. I even used it without makeup just to see and still ended up with THE MOST shine. Another thing I didn’t like about it was the amount of force the spray comes out with. It’s so harsh so you definitely need to hold it way back from your face when spraying. If any of you have tried it I’d love to know how it worked out for you.

e.l.f. cosmetics, e.l.f. oil control primer mist, oil control primer

e.l.f. Oil Control Primer Mist

And finally, I picked up their “California” Baked Eyeshadow Palette for $10. Another fail. The shadows are extremely dry and not pigmented at all, not even wetting them helped. I had to swatch them 3-4 times in order for them to show up. The colors would be so pretty if they were more pigmented. There’s absolutely nothing I could do with this palette which was kind of disappointing.

It’s not like I spend a huge amount of money, so overall I’m not terribly upset. I do love the eyeshadows though!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!!

Melyssa

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo Review

Hey guys! I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted and it’s because…well, life. Lol! Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well and I’m back with a review of a product that was sent to me by Maple Holistics. They specialize in natural and holistic products for bath and body, hair and skin care, personal care and even food. I received a bottle of their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo to try.

Maple Holistics, Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

It’s sulfate, parabens, gluten, GMO and cruelty-free. It’s supposed to clear away dead skin and sooth the scalp. I’m very picky with what I put in my hair but I’m all about natural products so I was very interested in testing this out to see how my hair responded to it. While I was shampooing I kind of felt like it was drying my hair out. But it felt really nice on my scalp and it smells like tea tree oil so no problem there. After I dried my hair I waited before adding any other product just to see the full effect it had, and my hair actually wasn’t dried out. It felt really smooth and lightweight like all the build up from the hair products I use regularly had been washed away. I was impressed. I personally would use this specifically as a clarifying shampoo. It’s not going to add any moisture to your hair so I’d follow up with a good moisturizing  leave-in product or conditioner. Overall, I think it’s a pretty decent shampoo. Anything that actually does what it claims to do is a win in my book! If you’d like to try this or one of their other products for free, go to their free sample page and choose which product you’d like to receive. Too easy!

That’s it for now. Until next time…XoXo

 

*This product was sent to me for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

Technic Cosmetics Brush Cleaner Review

Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend. I spent most of the weekend catching up on homework but yesterday I was able to take some time to  thoroughly clean all of my makeup brushes which, brings me to the point of this review.

Technic Cosmetics sent over their brush cleaner in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been following them on SnapChat and Instagram and as far as their makeup products go, my interest has been piqued. So, I was excited when I got the opportunity to try this brush cleaner, especially since I just recently ran out of the one that I usually use. Right on time! Technic Cosmetics is a brand based in the UK. They are cruelty free and have a huge selection of makeup and nail polishes.Technic Cosmetics Brush Cleaner

Now, let’s get into the review. The brush cleaner is sort of like a balm but really solid. It comes in a jar(120 grams) and has three simple steps on the back for washing your brushes. The label says it has a fresh cucumber scent, I didn’t notice any cucumber but it does have a very light, fresh scent. I found this to be really simple to use, I’m talking minimal effort. You wet your brush, give it a swirl in the jar than swirl it around in your hand or on your cleaning mat until you get a good lather going and then rinse.

All of my brushes were completely cleaned with one wash. It took me about 10 minutes where it usually takes about 25-30 because I have to wash my brushes at least twice for them to be clean with no traces of makeup and sometimes it’s really hard to get all of the cleaning product out of the bristles. This one rinses right out with no problem. I’m really impressed with this cleaner. I usually use spray cleaners but honestly, I like the idea behind this product better. When using spray cleaners it’s easy to waste a lot of the product but with it being in a solid state in a jar you’re not going to use more than you need so it’ll last longer. Overall, I think this is a really good product. It’s super easy to use and it gets the job done quick, fast and in a hurry. Click here to check out Technic Cosmetics for yourself.

Have a great week guys!

XoXo, Melyssa

 

This product was sent to me for review purposes but the opinions stated in this review are honest and completely my own.

 

 

Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick/Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Review

I’m back with another review today, sharing my thoughts on the Master Strobing Illuminating Highlighter Stick & Liquid by Maybelline. I picked these products up at CVS for $9.99 each. I love liquid and cream highlighters so when I saw these I couldn’t resist.

Both of these products can be worn alone or together. Let’s talk about the liquid highlighter. If I’m not mistaken, there are only 3 shades. I looked in other stores as well as online and only found these 3, “Light Iridescent”, “Medium Nude Glow” and the one I grabbed “Deep Gold”. I tried this first by itself with my beauty blender and it completely disappeared as if I hadn’t put anything on at all. The next time I tried to blend it in with my finger and it still didn’t work for me. It looked like I had been wearing it all day and it had worn off. In order for it to show up and pop the way a highlighter should, you have to apply a ton of it which ends up making a mess. You’re supposed to be able to mix this in with your primer or foundation the same as most other liquid highlighters, but I really don’t see it working that way either. Worn by itself, this highlighter is a fail in my opinion.

 

Moving on to the highlighting stick. I picked up the shade “Nude Glow” and the other shade they have is “Light Iridescent”. I hated the way this looked. It dried almost instantly which made it hard to blend in with a beauty blender or my finger, and when I used a brush some of the product came off and what was left looked patchy and awful . It has a nice little sheen to it(before blending) but I would never choose it over any other highlighter that I have.

 

When worn together they provide a slight highlighting effect that is somewhat workable if you’re not big on highlight. Still not something I’d ever reach for. Another negative is that neither of them last long at all, they wear off very easily. Overall, I’m just not impressed with either of these products.

Have you tried either of these? Comment your thoughts!

Melyssa

Milani Contour/Highlight Cream & Liquid Duo Review

I know that over the past few weeks the only highlight and contour product that anyone has been talking about is the KKW Beauty Cream Contour and Highlight Kits but, I haven’t quite made up my mind on whether or not I want to spend that much money for such a small amount of product. While debating, I decided to shop around and see if I could find something comparable a.k.a cheaper. So I found myself in Target, no surprise there…and I came across Milani’s new Contour & Highlight Cream & Liquid Duo for only $9.99. Let me just tell you guys that I am living for this product! I didn’t expect it to be such a big deal but it really is! The countour cream is so creamy and blends out effortlessly to a matte finish. It’s really easy to use so you can contour as much or as little of your face as you want. The highlighter is lightweight, and blends into the skin nicely instead of just sitting on top of it for a seriously flawless finish. It reminds me of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter which is one of my favorites. Milani has five shades to choose from: Fair/Light, Light/Natural, Natural/Medium, Medium/Dark and Deep/Dark. I have Medium/Dark.

Milani Contour & Highlight Cream &Liquid Duo, Medium/Dark

 

I’m not knocking the KKW Beauty Contouring Kits. I love Kim K. and there’s a chance I might still purchase one of her kits but if you’re like me and you actually want to get your money’s worth and not just pay for a name when buying makeup, then I highly recommend giving Milani’s contour and highlight duo a try. Comment and share your favorite contour/highlight products.

Until next time, Melyssa

Contact: melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com