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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Email: melyssa@makeupancurls82.com

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

 

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

Fall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box

Finally, Fall is here! It’s my favorite time of the year. I just feel like everything is better in Fall…weather, clothes, Starbucks and makeup!  My Walmart beauty box came at the beginning of October and I like this one better than the one that I got over the summer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, when you subscribe you’ll receive a box every three months that contains products that are relevant to the season and your needs. You’ll only pay $5 every three months! So here’s what was inside the Fall 2016 box….

  1. Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies Nature's Bounty, Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies, Nature's Bounty Gummies, Vitamins, Health & Beauty, Fall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box
  2. Biore’ Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore StripsFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Biore' Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips, Walmart Beauty
  3. Clean & Clear Deep Action 60 Second Shower MaskClean & Clear Deep Action 60 Second Shower Mask, Fall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Walmart Beauty, Clean & Clear
  4. Vaseline Intensive Care, Advanced Repair LotionFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Walmart Beauty, Vaseline Intensive Care, Advanced Repair Body Lotion, Vaseline Body Lotion
  5. Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream and Peony Body WashFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Walmart Beauty, Dove, Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash, Dove Body Wash
  6. Village Naturals Therapy Aches & Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath SoakFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Village Naturals Therapy, Mineral Bath Soak
  7. Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body LotionFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
  8. Simple Micellar Cleansing WaterFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, Walmart

I’m really happy with this box, the summer box had a lot of stuff that I didn’t use. I actually like and will use every one of these products. I’ve love Dove, Burt’s Bees, and Clean & Clear. I’m such a beauty box/subscription addict, lol! If you’re interested in the Walmart Beauty Box, click here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Melyssa        makeupandcurls82@gmail.com