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

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

 

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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

Urban Decay, Meltdown Makeup Remover Review

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Review

Hi guys! It feels like I haven’t posted in forever! Actually it’s been about two months because…well, life. But I’m back now and I wanted to do this review before I head off to Florida Friday then I’ll have tomorrow and Thursday to finish up the rest of my homework for the week. Let’s get into it…

What it is: Oil free dissolving spray containing Vitamin E

What it does: Dissolves waterproof makeup instantly 

Cost: $26.00

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover, Dissolving Spray, Review

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

I purchased this last month because I was actually in need of more makeup remover and I had seen this all over Instagram and Snapchat so I decided to give it ago. First off, I hate the smell. It has a strong chemical smell and it just doesn’t smell like something you’d want to put on your face. Another thing I don’t like about it is that it’s super greasy/oily. I feel like I have to wash my face two or three times to get it completely off and some scrubbing is needed which kind of defeats the purpose, because the whole point is that this product removes waterproof and hard to remove makeup without having to scrub and tug on your skin. With all that said, it does an excellent job of removing ALL makeup. I have some pretty hardcore mascaras that are a pain to wash off and even those wipe right off with this spray. So it absolutely does what it claims. Would I buy it again? I don’t think so. I really can’t get past the smell. I’m going to finish using what I have left because it works really well, but I literally hold my breath while I wipe it off my face. In my opinion there are other makeup removers that work just as well, without the horrible smell and oily residue left behind.

Feel free to comment your thoughts about this product and tell me your favorite makeup remover. Thanks for stopping by!

Melyssa

Email: 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