Drugstore • Simple + Quick

   

 Happy Saturday! I hope everyone has a great weekend planned and the weather is beautiful wherever you are. The weather here is gorgeous and we have NO plans today, which are the best plans to have. We might head to a local art festival today, but we will see! 

I know that when you’re in a hurry and only have between 5-10 minutes to do your makeup, you’re not going to want to use your good high-end makeup to just slap on some look. More than likely, you’ll use your cheaper finds to accomplish a fast face. Here are MY go-to products that I use to accomplish a fast and simple daytime look that gets me out the door when I need to be.

  
 

1. Primer now if you’re an oily girl like me you know you can’t skip this step! My favorite primer from the drugstore is Rimmel Stay Matte. It’s perfect for laying down a matte base and filling in some large pores!

2. BB Cream I have been loving a lightweight makeup look, especially for work. I don’t want to look like I have 100lbs of makeup on, but I’m not exactly blessed enough to roll out of bed and show up either. I have some small post acne scaring that needs a little love. I’ve been using the Garnier BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin. This is one of the best options for BB creams that I’ve found for oily skin. I know that Garnier has a Skin Perfector for those with dry to normal skin as well. I’m interested in trying the It Cosmetics CC Cream – any thoughts?

3. Conceal my dark undereyes with my holy grail drugstore concealer, the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser! I have done a full review on my favorite concealers (drugstore and high-end) that can be read here. This was my first concealer I ever purchased and I’m so happy I did.

4. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder to set my BB cream once it’s dry. I’ve done a full review on this powder plus the liquid foundation that you can read here if you’d like a more in-depth review. I will say in my original post I wasn’t too impressed with this powder, but I do think my opinion has changed a bit! It’s really growing on me, but I’m still not 100% sure if I would repurchase it.

5. Blush up my cheeks by sweeping on the extremely pigmented Milani Baked Blush in the shade Bella Rosa. These little blushes are such a great buy, and I haven’t even made a dent in mine yet because I need such little product. This pink shade gives me the perfect flushed look!

6. Mascara of course I reach for my Loreal Voluminous in Carbon Black. The formula is so perfect and buildable if necessary and the brush is so full of bristles. If you’re in the market for a new mascara and have never tried this one, definitely give it a go!

7. Brow Game I did purchase a new product that I kept hearing great things about! I picked up the Loreal Brow Stylist Plumper in medium to dark. I love the little brush that this comes with, it’s perfect for getting in between sparse hairs and very natural looking. 

There you have it! My simple and quick drugstore makeup look. Have you tried any of these products? If so, what are your thoughts? What are some of your favorite drugstore items?

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XOXO, Bee

Make Up Forever Step 1 • Mattifying Primer

  Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your Memorial Day weekend! I was trolling through my newsfeed and saw a review by Always,Bree for the CoverFX Matiffying primer which is a primer I was interested in, and at the end she asked if anyone tried the Make Up Forever Step 1 before. It reminded me that I had this review that I’ve been meaning to post for some time and what better time than now? So thank you for the reminder Bree!

Let’s get into the review shall we? 

 
Pictured here is the Make Up Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer. This product has been extremely hyped up by beauty bloggers and bloggers everywhere. I have extremely oily skin, so I was looking forward to this becoming my new holy grail!

The product comes in a beautiful matte black squeeze tube with a precision point tip. The amount of product you receive is the standard 1 fl oz. I purchased mine from Sephora for $36.

Sephora’s website states that it “assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. Mattifying primer reduces shine.”

The smell of this primer was subtle and pleasant, it had a slight citrus scent in my opinion. The texture was thicker, but not as thick as the Rimmel Stay Matte or as fluid as the Hourglass Mineral Veil. It was a happy medium. I do feel this primer helped to fill in my larger pores. 

I have no other positives to say about this primer. It gave my face a strange texture and prevented my foundation from looking smooth over top. 

I did two tests to see if it was my mind playing tricks on me or if this raved about primer was really just a dud. Test 1: I layered this on top of my Rimmel Stay Matte to see if it worked better with another product. Result: NO NO NO, CAKE CITY. Just no. Test 2: I used Rimmel Stay Matte on one half of my face and the MUFE Mattifying Primer on the other. Result: I did not notice any difference in the longevity of my foundation. I still needed to blot around 3-4 hours. Honestly my Rimmel side held up better! The fact that my drugstore $6 primer held up better than this $36 high-end one, you better believe this was returned to Sephora. Sorry to those that love this product but it wasn’t for me and did not do anything phenomenal for my skin.

Have you tried the MUFE Step 1 primer line? If so, what were your thoughts? What are you holy grail foundation primers?

Thanks for reading!

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XOXO, Bee

 

Elf Cosmetics Blush Palette

  

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend. It’s raining like crazy here in the Midwest so I thought it was the perfect time to sit down and write about this amazing blush palette from Elf Cosmetics that has completely taken me by surprise! One of my new Instagram followers photographed this beautiful quad on her page and had nothing but great things to say about it. I have been really needing to pick up some more blushes for spring because to be honest, blush is something I just started wearing within the last few years. I always thought that with my darker skin tone blush would be stupid or it wouldn’t show up, etc. Little did I know I was very wrong and blush can look beautiful on any skin tone!

  
This palette can be purchased online or can be found at a majority of drugstores – I purchased mine from Target for only $6! Only $6 for four shades is such a steal! The packaging is a sleek and matte black hard case that is perfect for travel and it goes nicely with all of my other products. It does look high-end because it has a large high quality mirror that fills up the entire lid. If you’re traveling and it happens to break, it’s very cheap to replace! The palette comes in two color choices: light & dark. I chose to pick mine up dark because I love the look of deep rose/mauve shades on my tan skin.

  
Shade Descriptions: 

•Top Left – deep burgundy matte

•Top Right – raspberry shimmer

Bottom Right – coral pink matte

•Bottom Left – baby pink plum matte

 
This is the reason why I’m in love with this little palette. Just LOOK at that pigmentation!  It blends effortlessly into the skin and has buildable coverage. I barely tap my blush brush into the palette and that little motion is literally all that I need for each cheek. This is probably my favorite purchase so far in 2015, because it’s affordable, highly pigmented, butterygreat packaging, easily accessiblehasn’t broke me out, etc! I don’t think I can say enough great things about it other than to thank Elf Cosmetics for making such a wonderful drugstore product!

Have you tried either of these Elf blush palettes or any other blush from them – if so, what are your thoughts? Are there any other Elf products that you love?

Thank you reading!

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XOXO, Bee