What Makeup I’m Currently Using

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FACE PRODUCTS:
PRIMER & SETTING SPRAY: Cargo Activating Face Primer– it’s a clear gel that leaves the skin a little tacky. Overall just an average primer, nothing special.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray– one of my absolute favorite setting spray! Enough said.

FOUNDATIONS: Clinque Even Better Foundation (25 Buff )- very yellow tone, oxidizes, apply unevenly, and there isn’t any difference  with my skin even after 2-3 months of use. I would not recommend this foundation.
In order to make this foundation work, I have to mix it with my Cover Girl 3-in-1 (832 Nude Beige). This one of my go to drugstore foundations. It applies smoothly, lasts all day, doesn’t make me any oilier, and it’s only a few bucks.

POWDER:  Airspun Loose Powder – it’s light weight, finely milled, easy to buff in, and it’s cheap! The only downside is the strong powdery scent.

CONTOUR/BLUSH: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – This product was overly hyped and personally I don’t care for this palette.  Java got hard pan after only 2 uses,  the powders didn’t blend very well/or easily, and can look muddy if not blended properly.
Estee Lauder Blush All Day Natural Cheek Color (in Raspberry) – Great blush for everyday wear.

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EYESHADOW PRIMER: Bearminerals 5in1 BB advanced performance Cream Shadow (in Candelit Peach) – It contains too much glitter for my liking. Also my shadow still creases at the end of the day.

EYESHADOWS: Naked Basics- I’m just trying to finish Foxy up before selling this palette. The other shadows are too cool toned for me.
Tartlette in Bloom – I’m currently working on the last row of this palette. All of the shadows I’ve tried so far are pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend except for Funny Girl. For some reason the shadow is rough/grainy, not very pigmented, and got hard pan very easily. The only way to make the shadow work is if I foiled the shadow or use a cream base.
Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon – Very creamy, goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and you have to set it with a powder shadow.

EYELINER: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner– One of my go to eyeliner. It’s pigmented, goes on smooth, easy to use, and the serum does make my lashes longer.

MASCARAS: My holy grail mascaras for length and volume.
Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant
Clinque High Impact 

BROW PENCIL/GEL: Ck brow pencil & gel duo – Smears easily
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel- I’m not a big fan of this because of the thick wand and the gel tends to flake off throughout the day.

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Review: High End Mascaras Part II

Still on the hunt for the perfect mascara? Hopefully this review will help you out.  If you’ve read my other review, then you’ll know I like a mascara that gives a lot of volume and length. Please remember just because a mascara didn’t work out for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
** I’ve placed a little heart (💜 ) next to my top mascara **

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1. Blinc Mascara
-$26 Full Size @ Sephora
-Claims: This mascara adds volume and length, to give you a radiant natural look that lasts all day.
-Thin wet formulation
-Decent volume and length
-You can build up the volume with a second or third coat
-Very little to no clumping
-Easy to take off, but a little messy (comes off in little bits and pieces)
-Overall: It does what it says and gives you a very natural look.

 

 

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2.Buxom Mascara
-$20 Full size @ Sephora & Ulta
-Claims:Intensely volumizing mascara that separates and defines.
-The wand has lots of tiny little bristles, making it easier to coat every lash
-Thin & light weight formulation
-Takes a lot of work building this mascara up
-Little volume or length
-Doesn’t clump
-Lashes looks more fluffy/plushy
-Easy to take off
-Overall: Gives a  natural look

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3. Joise Maran Black Oil Mascara
-$22
-Claims:A mascara that nourishes, lengthens, voluminzes, lifts, and curls lashes for 24 hours.
-Mediocre length and volume
-Clumpy
-Flakes
-Bottle dries out really fast
-Overall: It was a disappointing mascara.

 

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4. Kat Von D Immortal Lash Mascara
-$20
-Claims: A mascaras that lengthens, curls, and coats every lash for a high-drama look.
-Lightweight formulation
-Good length and decent volume
-Doesn’t clump
-Buildable
-Overall: It’s an okay mascara.
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5. Lorac Cobra Mascara 💜
-Currently Sold out on the Lorac
-Claims: It does it all: it a curling, lengthening, and volumizing mascara with keratin, panthenol, and vitamin E.
-Great volume and length
-I don’t know about the curling part of the claim. I have pretty straight lashes and no matter what mascara I used they just fall flat by the end of the day
-Dries up fast
-Overall: I really like this mascara. It’s even on my list of items to repurchase.

 

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6. Nars Audacious Mascara
-$26
-Claims:All in one mascara with lash-catching brush that separates, lengthens, and amplifies.
-I felt like that mascara did nothing for me
-Clumpy
-Flaky
-Overall: I was greatly disappointed with this mascara. For the price, I thought it would have performed better. Even drugstore mascaras are better than this.

 

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7. Sephora Outrageous Curl Mascara
-$12
-Claims:Gives dramatic volume and curve
-The wand is very short with small bristles
-Thick/heavy Formulation
-Buildable
-Little clumping
-Good amount of volume
-Overall: It’s not a bad mascara. It doesn’t give outrageous curls or volume but I don’t mind using it. My only complaint is how heavy the formulation is.

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8. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 💜
-$22
-Claims: Ulta-creamy, lengthening, volumizing formula coats each lash with triple-black pigments- for bigger, blacker, and badder lashes.
-Light weight formulation
-Buildable
-Great volume and length
-Little to no clumping
-Overall: I really like this mascara.This is my go to for everyday.

Swatches: UD Gwen Stefani Palette

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A  deluxe sampler of the Gwen Stefani Lipsticks was also included.

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Left to right: Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk, Baby, Anaheim, Stark, Zone, & Serious.

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Left to right: Pop, Harajuku, Danger, 1987, & Blackout.

I haven’t tried all of the shadows yet but for the ones I have, they are really  soft, smooth, blendable, buildable, and pigmented. The only two shadows I don’t really care for in this palette is Pop and Harajuku. I felt like those were rougher in texture and weren’t as pigmented. But you can definitely build them up. Overall, I’m really loving this palette.