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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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.

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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

e.l.f. Cosmetics, Cover FX, essence Cosmetics, Every Day Minerals Cosmetics, PÜR Cosmetics

May Favorites

Hey loves! I’m finally back to wearing makeup on a daily basis. I’ve got a little more time on my hands now and I also have quite a few products that I need to use up before they expire. So here’s everything that made it onto my “Love It” list for the month of May!

  1. PÜR Big Look Mascara with Argan Oil

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    PÜR BIG Look Mascara with Argan Oil

  2. Essence Get BIG! Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara

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    essence Get BIG Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara

  3. Essence Rock “N” Doll Volume+Eye Opening Mascara

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    essence rock ‘n’ doll volume & eye opening mascara

  4. Essence Get BIG Lashes Triple Black Mascara

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    essence Get BIG Lashes triple BLACK mascara

  5. e.l.f. Illuminating Palette
  6. Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray

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    Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray

  7. Everyday Minerals “Peach” PrimerMedium 4N Matte Base“All Smiles” Blush“Pearl” Finishing Dust

    *You can request free samples from EveryDay Minerals Cosmetics to try their products out before buying(just pay for shipping). They will include  detailed information on their products and different skin types to help you decide which products will work best for you.

     

    Contact: melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com

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

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

Holiday Glam

Only 3 more days until Christmas!!! I hope everyone has finished all their shopping. I hate waiting until the last-minute to get gifts, I get overwhelmed so I need plenty of time lol! So, it’s that time of year again when everyone is having parties and get-togethers from now until New Years. There’s quite a few my family and I will be attending so I’ve picked out a few products that I’ll be using to create my holiday glam. Some of these products I’ve used already and some I haven’t. I’ll be doing reviews on a few of them after the holidays.

MAC, MAC Lip Gloss, MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, MAC Rebeleyes Gel Liner

MAC “Vamplify/Black Plum” Lip Gloss MAC “Bespoken For” Pro Longwear Lip Pencil MAC Rebeleyes Gel Liner

Smashbox, Lip Liner, "Crimson"

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner “Crimson”

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Lip Gloss

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss “Potion” “Warm Bronze” “Metallic Rose”

Maybelline, Color Tattoo, Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome “Gunmetal” “Silver Spark”

Those are all the products that I’ve picked out specifically for the holidays.

Happy Holidays everyone!     

melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com