LA Girl Pro HD Concealer Review

Hey Guys!!

So I have been wanting to get these from long since I saw so many people raving about it so finally I purchased and gave it a try and I don’t regret at all !! Here is my full review on this product,

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Maybelline FIT-Me Foundation Dewy+Smooth Review

Hey guys,

How are you all doing? I am here today to review one my favorite drugstore foundation. So lets get started,

Product Description:

Maybelline’s Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation is face makeup that fits you. No oils, no waxes, no nonsense. Natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be: fresh, breathing, natural. Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin’s natural highs and lows to show through. Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and dermatologist tested.

Benefits:

  • Protects with SPF 18 (for all shades except Toffee and Mocha)
  • Shade-true gel foundation merges with your natural tone
  • Darker shades specifically formulated for women of color, with no ashiness

 

My Verdict:

This is one of my favorite drugstore foundations. I saw people raving about it all over social media and just couple of months back I got this foundation and since then I love it. I got in the shade 315 (Soft Honey). It gives you a nice dewy finish and its lightweight. The consistency of this foundation is liquid which I love. This is so light that you don’t really even see or feel it but still gives good coverage. This is not a full coverage foundation but for everyday use or to even out your skin tone it’s a great product. I have dry skin and I love the way my skin looks when I apply this foundation ( Dewy+Smooth). Also, it has SPF 18 which is great but still I prefer to apply my sunscreen before applying any foundation to protect my skin from heat.

It does apply well and blends out very easily. If your day involves you being exposed to the elements like heat and humidity, this probably isn’t for you. The foundation kinda melts which makes your face looks patchy.

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Now, about the packaging, it comes in a glass bottle with a plastic cap which looks good but I would have preferred a cap with a pump. That way it makes easier to use the product without wasting much.

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Overall, considering the price and the coverage which it gives, it’s a very good product for daily use.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Blends well
  • Goes on smoothly
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Good pigmentation
  • Good coverage

 

Cons:

  • Doesn’t stay too long
  • Packaging could have been better

Price: $5.99

Rating: 4/5

 

 

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

One of the major beauty problem are Dark circles. I have used many concealers of different brands and recently I came across NYX dark circle concealer and thought of giving it a try and I am glad I did.

Description:

A serious solution for one of beauty’s most challenging problems! No fancy names just a product that can be counted on to do the job. The product glides on without looking thick or obvious. Coconut oil provides intensive moisture and ensures no caking. The subtle hint of orange counteracts the appearance of dark circles while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage.

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My Verdict:

The product comes in a mini compact jar which is good for travel and also not much of product is wasted but it can be unhygienic to directly take from jar so I make sure my hands are clean before using it.

I got this NYX Dark Circle concealer in the shade Medium. It has a slight peachy orangey color which counteracts blue and purple in the under eye area.  In my opinion, it’s more of a dark circle corrector, rather than concealer because it cover ups my dark circles which is amazing but doesn’t brighten my under eye so I apply a shade lighter of any concealer to highlight my under eyes. When I want to go minimal look I apply this product which hides my dark circles like a dream and apply a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer.

I have been using this product for a month now and I must say a little product goes a long way. I take my ring finger and just tap firmly under my eye to blow the product out and the darkness disappears. The most important part is always set you’re under eye with a powder when using a concealer to avoid creases.It lasts all day long with no smudging or creeping into fine lines.

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I love the texture. It contains coconut oil which makes it smooth and creamy so it gets very easy to blend. There are only 4 shades available so not too many options. I’m dead chuffed with this product for correcting my dark circles and it’s so inexpensive.

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Blends well
  • Covers well
  • Goes on smoothly
  • Travel friendly
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Unhygienic packaging
  • Not  many shade options

Price: $6

Rating: 4.5/5

 

 

ELF BB Cream SPF 20 Review

Details:

Prime, protect, moisturize, and perfect your skin with this multitasking cream. Infused with key anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin E, Jojoba, Aloe, and Cucumber to hydrate and nourish the skin. The smoothing formula minimizes fine lines and provides a natural tint of color for seamless coverage.

Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 4%, Octisalate 5% Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sorbitan Olivate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Chloride, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mica, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum) May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

My Verdict:

About packaging, it comes in a very pretty convenient pump that disperses just enough product and is easily controlled. I really like the packaging but the first time you use it, it might take a few pumps for the product to come out.

I got this in the shade NUDE.The consistency of this BB cream is little thick. Always use a moisturizer prior to this for blending easily. I use my Real techniques miracle sponge to apply. The product is nicely pigmented so you will notice some coverage. In my case, it does tone down the discoloration. The downside of this product is that it can wear off during the day. I managed to control that by setting the BB cream with setting powder but it last long. Also, since the product is too thick. I like to mix with little of my face serum.(because I have dry skin). This gives me a dewy look.

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This BB cream is so heavily fragranced. It smells like a sunscreen with a floral hint of fragrance and the fragrance stays for quite some time.

Not to mention that although the SPF 20 is awesome but if you spend time in the sun you should be wearing another sunscreen under your makeup anyway. Also, the heavy fragrance can be sensitive for certain skin types.

I Love ELF but sadly this is not a product that I’d want to repurchase.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Packaging is really good
  • Travel friendly

Cons:

  • Heavy fragrance
  • Cannot blend easily with just the product
  • Thick consistency
  • Not hydrating

Price: $6

Rating: 3.5/5

Top 10 Concealer Hacks

Concealers are a life-changing product. It’s a must in each vanity. Concealers are mainly know for hiding dark circles but there are various uses of this product. I jotted down my favorite ways to use concealers. Hope you guys enjoy it! So, lets go !!

  1. Apply concealer on the edge of the winged liner to correct or sharpen it.
  2. It can be used on eyelid as an eye-shadow primer.
  3. Apply little concealer on your lips to get your nude lipstick to show its true color and also any lipstick will stay longer.
  4. To sharpen the lip lines, apply concealer on edge of the lip line.
  5. Apply color correcting concealer to cancel out any redness and hide those pesky pimples.
  6. When concealing a pimple, first use a green concealer and then cover with a concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly.
  7. Apply concealer to different areas of face for highlighting and contouring.
  8. After applying concealer, blot the area with a tissue to prevent any creases around your eyes.
  9. Apply concealer underneath and above your eyebrow to clean up and give your eyebrow a natural look.
  10. To get an intensified and sexy looking collarbone, shrug your shoulders up and trace the natural contours with a concealer two shades darker than your skin tone, and then highlighting them with two shades lighter.

 

Let me know your opinions about these hacks. :)!

Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color-Coral Support

Description:

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Wonder Gel! The first gel formula that doesn’t require a top coat and cures without a lamp, this nail color breakthrough is about to become your nail superhero. Provides up to 2 weeks of color and shine in 1 easy step.

Claims:

  • Up to 2 weeks of color & shine based on consumer grading
  • No UV Light Required
  • No Harsh Removal
  • 3-Free! No Formaldehyde, Toluene, or Phthalates!

My Verdict:

I got this Wet n Wild 1 step wonder gel nail polish in the shade CORAL SUPPORT. I really like this nail paint. It applies nicely and I absolutely love the brush that comes with these. It’s flat and rounded and applies easily.

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The website claims that color will stay up to 2 weeks without chipping. I will say, while it’s possible but I would definitely recommend top coat. It gave my  nails gel like finish which I really liked because no UV required.My manicure lasted much longer with it and I also noticed a pretty big difference in the overall look of the polish on my nail with the top coat vs without (I liked it with top coat more).

This is how it looks after 5 days,

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Overall, I really enjoyed this polish. The color and finish is great. They’re priced nicely and the formula was easy to work with.I want more colors! I’ve fallen in love with this formula because there’s no fuss with it. It dries quickly and lasts very well so that’s all I need in a nail polish.

Price: $4.99

Rating: 4.5/5

What do you think of these? Have you tried them before? Have an opinion on their wear time? I’d love to hear!

Happy Polishing 🙂

Ipsy Bag May 2016

For those of you who are not familiar with Ipsy it’s a beauty box subscription for US$10.00 a month. It’s like a little piece of heaven for any makeup lovers. It is such a fun surprise to look forward to each month. I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now but this will be the first time I am doing a beauty box review. So let’s get started.

First of all, I loved the bag for this month. The theme for this month was DESTINATION CHIC. The bag is designed as an envelope. I guess this was the first time ipsy changed their bag pattern. So I totally loved how the bag looked.

Here are the goodies which I got,

Hikari Palette:

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I got this mini palette in the shade Shimmer Bronze RADIATE. I am yet to try these out but the shade looks amazing. The packaging is simple and its travel friendly. Perfect for summer and beach essentials.

Vasanti Cleanser:

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This is a exfoliating cleanser which contains papaya and aloe. Its just a travel size and it contains 20g of product. Again easy and travel friendly for a beach vacation.

Jersey Shoe Spa Hydrating Balm:

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I love lip balm and was so happy to see this one in my bag. It’s a lavender moisture rich hydrating balm. It contains coconut oil lavender oil vitamin E oil which all are good for skin. I used this product couple of times and just love the way it feels on my lips and lipstick glide so easily. I really have dry chapped lips and this was something I needed. I highly recommend this product.

Melow Cosmetic Lipstick:

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I love the packaging. I got in the shade ELECTRO which is a red orange color. It’s a matte lipstick and this color suits on all skin tones. I love the shade. Detailed review coming soon.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara:

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It’s a mini mascara which is good for travel. To be honest I wasn’t excited about this product as I have got Smashbox mascar earlier in my ipsy bag and I dint like it all. There is lot of hype about this X-Rated mascara in the social media so I will give a try and let you all know my thoughts on about it.

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Overall, I loved this month’s bag and very excited to try these products. Already in love with the Jersey Shoe lip balm. Detailed Review on each product coming soon.

Let me know which is your favorite beauty box! Hope you enjoyed it!