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.

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.

 

 

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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

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?

melyssa@makeupandcurls82.com