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Review: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

Hi everyone! Last month Hourglass Cosmetics was kind enough to send me their Veil Mineral Primer to review. I asked my friend Jennie from Spontaneous Truth to give me her guest review on the product since i’m allergic to titanium dioxide. Thanks for the great review, Jennie!

Per the description on the Sephora website: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is a clean, satin-finish formula that effortlessly smoothes onto skin to help keep makeup looking fresh and prevent fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin’s imperfections and fine lines. Veil Mineral Primer is formulated with naturally-derived titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical sun-blocking agents. This water-resistant primer is also 100% free of fragrance, oil, and parabens.

Jennie’s review:

I’m admittedly not as much of a makeup junkie as I’d like to be. I don’t always know the hot new items on the shelves in Sephora and while I know how to wear makeup, I could probably benefit from a class in artistic application of the stuff. So consider this a girl-off-the-street review and treat this as a disclaimer that I’m no expert (now, in all things related to grammar and edible desserts I do like to pretend to have expertise…but that’s another matter entirely).
 
Slated for review today? Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer with SPF 15. Now junkie I may not be, but I’m no primer virgin. That cherry got popped years ago and I’ve long been alternating between Smashbox and Bare Minerals primers. But it was time for fresh blood…er, primer. Enter the Hourglass. It looks like sunscreen and kind of felt like it at first application, but it smoothes on nicely and the initial greasiness wore off immediately. The SPF is a nice added bonus (I’m a fair Irish gal and always need any added protection from harsh sunshine rays that I can get).
 
Now some background on my complexion. I’m a combination kind of chick and I tend to get my shine on by noon (sadly). I use pressed powder and blotting sheets throughout the day to combat the shine and keep my makeup looking fresh. But after wearing the Hourglass primer on a daily basis (at least, during the workweek) for about two weeks, I found I wasn’t whipping out my compact or blotters to freshen up nearly as often — if at all. Maybe once during the day but more often than not, I was leaving it untouched in my purse. Color me happy.
 
I found the Hourglass primer to be a good canvas for makeup application, and it held my foundation on nicely. It also worked wonders on my eyelids, as my eye makeup rarely lasts a full workday. I’ve got somewhat sensitive skin and I’m prone to break out easily when I try certain products, but this primer didn’t cause a single blemish or issue that I could find on my skin.

Bottom line: My makeup stayed on longer, stayed fresh and shininess was definitely minimized. I’d definitely add this stuff to my daily makeup regimen. Two thumbs up!


Dispensed


Blended out

Disclosure: I was provided a sample of the product by PR.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palettes, my new love

I gave into the hype and bought a couple Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes the other day from Rite Aid. Yes, the same brand that makes 99 cent nail polish that you loved in your teens. The first words out of my mouth when I swatched my WnW Lust palette were “Holy S*&$!” I didn’t expect them to be so smooth and buttery with a high color payoff! These definitely remind me of the same quality as Dior but with cheap packaging. The colors in the WnW Lust palette are also dupes of MAC Eyeshadows such as Shadowy Lady, Yogurt, Beauty Marked, Fig 1, and Knight Divine.


Colors in the left column are matte, and the right column is shimmer. I found it to be a light shimmer, not too chunky.


Flash, swatched with no base, matte colors on top, shimmer on the bottom


Natural light, swatched with no base, matte colors on top, shimmer on the bottom

These shadows blended out very well on the eye, as well. I’ll post a FOTD using these colors this week.

If you’re looking for budget eyeshadows, look no further, give these a try!

Disclosure- product featured was bought by yours truly.

April Favorites

I’m finally getting around to posting my April Favorites. I’m not that late this time though. Yay me! These are products I couldn’t get enough of in the month of April.

TiGi Bedhead Superstar Shampoo and Conditioner, Sulfate free for thick massive hair– The shampoo smells like strawberry candy and the conditioner smells like Philsophy’s Falling in Love perfume. So yummy! For reference, I have medium but fine hair. It’s a volumizing shampoo but it gives me a boost without weighing down my hair. It leaves my long hair shiny, clean and frizz free.  I’ve been having a slew of perfect hair days this month. Keep this up and it might become a new holy grail. You can find this at your local Ulta, Trade Secret, Target, etc.

Band-Aid Friction Block Stick– A-to-the-mazing!  You can wear your most evil, blister inducing shoes and still be able to walk like a normal person hours later.

MAC 182 Buffer Brush– I don’t have to worry about my foundation looking streaky with this baby. After slapping on some paint with my 189 brush, I buff my foundation in with powder in circular motions using the 182 brush. Flawless every time.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner in Star Black 1L– This is my absolute favorite eyeliner, and I’ve bought it several times. It looks like MAC’s Phone Number but it’s waterproof. It’s a very soft black grey, perfect for everyday, and I pretty much wore it everyday in April. See a swatch below.

That’s it for my April Favorites! What are your favorite products from this past month? Let me know in the comments! Hope you guys are having a great Tuesday!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! It ends in a week.

MAC Pret-a-Papier Quick Review and FOTD

If I buy stuff, I gotta use it right? This is a quick FOTD using the 4 items I bought from the MAC Pret-a-Papier collection. What I love about this collection is the wearability of it. Wearability equals value to moi! Wearability also means a pretty tame FOTD as well 😉

Click on the pics to make them bigger aka scarier.

 

Face
Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation #02 Sand
MAC MSF Natural Light Medium
YSL Touche Eclat #2
MAC Instant Chic Blush
MAC Shell Pearl Beauty Powder

Eyes (All MAC unless noted)
Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20 (waterline)
Vanilla (highlight)
Tissue Weight (lid)
Gazette Grey (crease and outer V)
Mulch (outer V)
Charcoal Brown (brows)
Urban Decay PP Eden
Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Make Up For Ever Star Black 1L Eyeliner

Lips
MAC Nude Rose


Tissue Weight is a pinker version of Naked Lunch. It really just blends in with my skin tone. If you have Naked Lunch, I’d go ahead and skip this eyeshadow. Gazette Grey is also not a must have but it’s a nice neutral color to put in the crease. I read that this shadow didn’t blend easily but that’s not the case. Using a MAC 224 brush you can get this sucker blended. I can see this being used to compliment or blend out a purple eyeshadow such as Memorabilia.


This picture shows the chromagraphic pencil on the waterline. I love how less harsh it looks than if I’d used white on the waterline. It also lasts the entire day! This is my favorite product in this collection. You can also use this pencil to conceal and define. I’m definitely getting a backup of this since I’ve been using this pencil everyday since I bought it.


Instant Chic blush is pretty in the pan and pretty on the face. It’s not a must have blush but if you need a corally blush then get it. It’s a sheertone but definitely well pigmented.

I think I need to go back and get Memorabilia. It’s so pigmented and pretty but I have a zillion purple eyeshadows. What did you get from this collection? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure- products featured were bought by yours truly.
Products available at MAC

Review: DiorShow Iconic Mascara

I must start off saying, I love this mascara. I picked up my first tube of it not really thinking i’d find something better than my fav YSL Faux Cils but I did. Dare I say this is my holy grail mascara? Heck yeah it is!

Quick take: Dark, long, defined lashes. With everyday use, a tube will last you over 2 months. A+

DiorShow Iconic promises- A mascara with an innovative oblique brush that curls and defines lashes.With its long, skinny teeth, the plastic comb brush allows you to precisely coat each lash one-by-one-creating a long, separated fan of lashes that usually takes the skill of a makeup artist. The extra-hold formula provides a 24-hour-curl with 100% smudge-proof results.

What I liked: Not only did it perform like the package said it would, my lashes looked noticeably longer. I occasionally get asked if I’m wearing false lashes when I use this mascara! I love that this mascara never flakes or smudges, and even looks the same hours after you applied it. I don’t need to curl my lashes, the formula and brush do the curling for me. Best of all, I don’t feel like I’m wasting my money since a tube lasts for months with everyday use.

No likey: To hold the curl, the mascara gets a little stiff. Taking it off takes a little effort but it’s nothing a good makeup remover can’t remove.

No Mascara

2 coats of DiorShow Iconic, I did not curl my lashes

I’d buy this mascara over and over again. One coat of mascara looks nice and natural but two or more and you’ve got some drama! Although it costs $27, you get your moneys worth since it doesn’t dry out in a week like some other brands do.

Product available at Sephora

Disclosure- product featured was bought by yours truly.

Review: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara (Update)

Since I’m such a mascara junkie I picked up Maybelline’s Full N Soft mascara after reading glowing reviews on MakeupAlley. Everyone seemed to like this mascara but since MUA has disappointed me before, I decided to test it out myself.

Quick take: Does as promised on the packaging and cheap. Wish it lengthened better and was slightly darker since it’s called ‘very black’. B+

Maybelline promises on their packaging: 

This mascara builds full, soft thick lashes without the brittle feel.

  • Prevents loss of lashes with patented Quick Dissolve System that allows easy mascara removal
  • No clumps, no globs
  • Contact lens safe and hypoallergenic
  • Washable; also available in waterproof formula

What I liked: It performed like the package said it would. It gave me tons of volume (it grabbed every lash!), applied cleanly and defined my lashes. This mascara was very layerable without looking spidery, and I experienced no flakes. My lashes stayed soft and curled all day. Taking it off was cake since it dissolved easily with eye makeup remover.

No likey: The package said it was ‘very black’ but it wasn’t all that dark on my lashes. It gave me tons of volume but that took several coats to achieve. It did nothing to lengthen my lashes.

No mascara

3 coats of Full ‘N Soft

The brush was pretty big but not gigantic.

I probably wouldn’t buy this mascara again since I’m more into dramatic mascaras. I’d recommend this to someone who wants natural and full looking lashes. The price easy to swallow at $6.49 (I think I got it for $5.49 at Target).

Product available at Drugstore.com

Disclosure- product featured was bought by yours truly.

Review: Milani Liquif’Eye Eye Liner Pencil

I got the opportunity to try out Milani’s Liquif’Eye eyeliner for the past couple of days. You know you must like something when you drive back to Target the next day to pick it up in every dang color they make.  Apparently, it was a hot item since the only color available the next day was gold.

Quick take– cheap and wonderful, A+ product!

Milani promises: Extremely smooth eye pencil with the application and feel of a liquid liner that delivers true color payoff, in a metallic finish with a long-lasting wear.

Directions on the package indicate that the liner sets in 15 seconds. I applied two lines on my hand, one I smudged, and after 15 seconds I tried to smudge both lines but neither were having any of that.

The liner went on extremely creamy, allowing me to smudge it as I liked. After 15 seconds, that stuff was unbudgeable. I wore it all day long and by nighttime it still looked as if I’d just applied it, except for in the inner part of the eyelid where I’d been rubbing my eyes (allergies). I would as far to say it outperforms Urban Decays 24/7 liners (my favorite). It also performed extremely well in the waterline but I don’t have a picture of that.

Here’s what my liner looked like 8 hours after applying it in the morning. (Blah neutral eye day, I only lined the  under eye halfway.)

Milani Liquif’Eye Eye Liner Pencil comes in black, brown, gold, aqua, and silver. The package says these liners are metallic but  just found the brown pencil to have a slight sheen to it, nothing metallic. I found this item at Target for $4.99 but they sell it at CVS as well.

Disclosure- product featured was bought by yours truly.


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