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

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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

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My Skincare Routine+Favorite Skincare Products

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Hey guys! Today I thought I’d share my morning/night skin care routine and some of my favorite skincare products. For the most part, my routine is the same but occasionally I’ll alter it a little depending on things like what makeup products I’m going to use, how much makeup I’m going to wear, or the weather. I start off by washing my face with the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser I’ve been using this for years. It’s oil free, works really well for my oily skin and it’s inexpensive($4.29). I use this morning and night.Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser, Neutrogena Oil Free Face Cleanser

I follow up with the Confidence in a Cream by it Cosmetics. Since my face wash is oil free I don’t usually like to use an oil free moisturizer. When you have oily skin you don’t want everything to be oil free…that’s going to cause your skin to produce MORE oil. The confidence in a cream is one of my absolute favorite moisturizers. It absorbs into the skin quickly, wears great under makeup and it’s an anti-aging moisturizer. It’s a little pricey and I don’t feel like there’s a decent amount in the jar for the price($48) but, it’s a great moisturizer and it does make my skin look brighter. I saw a difference in the look and texture of my skin after just a few days of using it. I use this moisturizer every night as well.it Cosmetics, Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer

Another moisturizer that I like is the OLEHENRIKSEN Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator I use this one when I need to switch up my routine because of the heat. This is a mattifying and pore minimizing moisturizer. It’s lightweight and I don’t like to wear thick, heavy moisturizers when it’s too hot out, especially under makeup. So if it’s a super hot day, I’ll use this one even if I’m not wearing makeup. It has green tea and eucalyptus in it so it feels really refreshing and somewhat tingly on the skin. This one is a little cheaper at $34.Olehenriksen oil control moisturizer

For my eye moisturizer I use the Confidence in an Eye Cream by it Cosmetics. This works pretty much the same as the face moisturizer. It’s thick and moisturizes really well. It’s a very tiny jar…like ridiculously small and only ten dollars less than the Confidence in a Cream but honestly a little goes a long way with this stuff so I’m not even mad. I use this morning and night, that never changes.it Cosmetics, Confidence in an Eye Cream

At night if I have on makeup, my favorite product to use is the Biossance Sqaulane+Antioxidant Cleansing Oil I received this a long time ago in one of my Glossy Boxes and loved it! This is one of my favorites! They’ve changed it a little since I first started using it but it still works the same. It doesn’t matter how much makeup you have on, even waterproof makeup comes off with zero effort. Surprisingly, it’s not that expensive($30).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I wash my face I follow up with the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner I only use this at night because it tends to dry my skin out a little even though it says that it won’t over dry. Being that I have oily skin, I don’t mind it too much. It’s affordable($8.49) and available pretty much everywhere.Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

Moving on to face masks, there’s only two that I alternate between right now. First is my favorite, the GLAMGLOW Gravitymud Firming Treatment This stuff works wonders! The overall appearance of my skin is so much better since I’ve been using this. As with all of the GLAMGOW products….it’s expensive as hell but I feel like it’s worth it. You don’t get a lot in the jar but it’s a face mask, you’re not going to use it everyday so it’s not like you’re going to go through it too quickly. It also comes with a little brush to apply it with…so cute!GLAMGLOW GravityMud Firming Treatment, GLAMGLOW

The next face mask that I like to use is the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask w/Red Clay This mask is good for oily skin. It removes excess oil and mattifies the skin. It also reduces the appearance of pores and draws out impurities. I’ve been using it in my nighttime routine for a while and I’ve noticed that my skin isn’t as oily in the morning. I love First Aid Beauty. They have products for different skin care needs at affordable prices. This particular face mask is $30.First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask, First Aid Beauty

That’s it for my face, the next two products are a body butter and a body yogurt…basically body lotion lol! The first one I’ve been using for about two weeks. It’s the Cantu Softening Body Butter I found this in WalMart for around $5.00. I’ve used Cantu products on my hair before but I didn’t know they had skin care products as well. This body butter has Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Vitamin E, it’s also free of mineral oil, parabens and sulfates. It’s super thick but it absorbs quickly and provides long-lasting moisture. Last but not least, I found what I think is the best thing ever from Aveeno! It’s their Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt The one I have is Apricot & Honey which smells amazing but they also have Vanilla & Oats. I found this in Target back in May and I’ve been obsessed with it since! I love it when I find a body lotion/butter that actually provides long-lasting results. This one is pretty lightweight if you prefer something that’s not as heavy as a body butter and it only costs around $6.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, until next time….

Melyssa xoxo

 

Contact: melyssa@makeup&curls82.com