Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation Review

Let me start by saying that I know I’m a little late on my review of this foundation, but I really wanted to test this it for a good amount of time before sharing my thoughts. About a month ago, I picked up the new Peach Perfect foundation from Too Faced. I almost bought the foundation online but I wasn’t sure what shade I needed, so I decided to check out the shades in person. The Too Faced website says this product is medium coverage, oil free, photo friendly, wears for 14 hours, and controls oil. It retails for $36.00 USD and contains 1.6 ounces of product. Most bottles of foundation contain 1 ounce, so yay for getting additional product! It comes in a plastic squeeze bottle with a pump, which is nice. This means you won’t have to worry about a glass bottle breaking, yet you can still control the amount of product that comes out.

For reference, I have fair skin with neutral-to-yellow undertones. My skin type is oily. I am about an NC20 in MAC products. This foundation comes in 12 shades. I decided to pick up the shade Snow, which is described as fair with rosy undertones. I was surprised at this shade description, because the foundation actually seems to be pretty yellow-toned. What really drew me to this foundation was it’s oil control claim. Plenty of foundations have a matte finish, but few claim to actually control oil production while wearing it.

Application: I applied this foundation with my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush. I almost always apply my foundation with this brush, since it seems to provide the most coverage. The very first time I applied this foundation, it went on streaky, but I didn’t have that issue any other time. I use about 2 pumps to cover my whole face. It evened out my skin tone and covered the redness on my chin well. I had to spot conceal some blemishes and scars afterward, but I didn’t expect the foundation to cover those. The foundation and concealer played well together and did not cake up. Too Faced is on par when they say this foundation is medium coverage. I point this out because many makeup companies claim that their foundations are full coverage when they’re actually not, which is frustrating. I had no problems blending blush or bronzer on top. 

Wear: The top photo was taken right after application, and the bottom photo is after 7 hours of wear. I did not blot or powder my face at all in that time. As you can see, I did get a little oily, but it is pretty minimal. None of my other foundations control oil this well. The foundation didn’t get patchy or cakey either. I am very impressed! 


Bottom Line: I am extremely happy with this product. It applies nicely and wears INCREDIBLY. This is a no-fuss foundation. You don’t have to worry about it looking cakey, transferring, or sliding around your face. I can get away with not blotting my face throughout the day, which never happens for me! It’s awesome. This is my new go-to foundation. 

Have you tried this foundation? Are you planning on pickin it up? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading 😊

iitse – an awesome brand of eyeshadows no one talks about! 

So my all time favorite YouTuber was Michelle from ReadySetGlamour. She deleted her YouTube channel not long ago, and I really miss watching her videos. While she was still on YouTube, she announced that she created a quad of eyeshadows in collaboration with a makeup company called iitse. I had never heard of it before. They sell eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and foundations all in single pans, along with magnetic palettes you can purchase separately. This brand is centered around customizing a makeup palette to suit your individual needs.

I have never purchased any type of collaboration makeup products with the exception of Michelle’s eyeshadow quad. I loved the colors she came up with and was more than happy to support her. She named it the Squad Quad, after her followers, which she calls her “squad”. They are all warm shades, with a mix of shimmers and mattes.

After I used Michelle’s quad a few times, I decided I really liked iitse’s formula. I purchased some more mattes from this brand later on. I found that there is a little bit of kick-up when you dip your brush into the matte formula, but nothing crazy. All of the shimmers have great pigmentation with one swipe.

Each shade mentioned is available on iitse.com, along with a bunch of fun colors. The individual eyeshadows retail for $9.00 USD, and the Squad Quad set retails for $30 USD. I know that might sound a little steep, but I promise they’re worth it. If you sign up to receive their emails, they will send coupon codes periodically. The next time you need some single eyeshadows, I would highly recommend this brand! Below are finger swatches of my ittse shadows.

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Squad Quad Left to Right: Hashbrown (matte warm tan), Fifteen (matte warm red-brown), Chill Zone (pearlized bronze), Squad (metallic yellow gold)

Both finishes are very soft and pigmented, but the metallic shades are especially buttery. Side note: I know Hashbrown and Fifteen look a little shimmery in this photo, but I promise they’re matte!

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Left to Right: French Pressed (matte milk chocolate), Cloak & Dagger (matte sable), Cabin in the Woods (matte chestnut), Changing to Flats (matte bordeaux)

The shades French Pressed and Cloak & Dagger are both smooth and pigmented. Cabin in the Woods is a little patchy when swatched, but I don’t seem to have that problem when I’m blending it on my eyes. Changing to Flats is especially soft and rich.

Trying new beauty sponges…BeautyBlender dupes? 

I have been a beautyblender user for a while now, and recently I was due for a new sponge. I didn’t want to pay the $20 for a new beautyblender pro again, so I decided to research some other sponges. I had previously tried the Real Techniques sponge and thought it was just okay, so I wanted to find another alternative. I went on Sephora.com and saw a Sephora brand sponge that got really high reviews and was cheaper than the beautyblender, so I purchased it. I also read that Maybelline came out with a new sponge and it was really inexpensive. I decided to try both.

The black sponge pictured above is the Maybelline New York FaceStudio Blender. It retails for $5.94 and is available at online and in store at Walmart and on Maybelline’s website. If you choose to buy this sponge, I would recommend going in store because the edges of the sponge are cut roughly (see photo) and some sponges were much worse than others. It is an hourglass shape with a flat bottom and an angled top that curves inward. It is fairly dense and the texture is somewhat rough. It did not expand a whole lot after I ran it under water. I used it to conceal my undereyes and felt that it was kind of hard against my skin when I was blending. The curved shape also felt like it wasn’t really touching the surface of the skin unless I pressed harder. However, the shape of the sponge hugs the cheekbone perfectly, so I think it would better lend itself to applying cream highlight.

The pink sponge pictured above is the Sephora Total Coverage Sponge. It retails for $12.00 and can be purchased online and in store at Sephora. It has an hourglass shape as well, but has a rounded bottom and a pointed top. It is super squishy and has a soft texture. It expands quite a bit after it is wet. The fact that it is bouncy makes it very comfortable to use and blends product in nicely and with minimal effort. The pointed top made it easy to get into the inner corners of my eyes when I applied concealer. When it came to washing this sponge, the makeup came out really quickly and didn’t require harsh scrubbing. This sponge seems somewhat delicate, so I would advise being gentle during washing. Some of the pink dye did bleed out when I washed it, but the color of the sponge itself doesn’t fade. I think it’s definitely worth paying the extra few dollars to buy the Sephora sponge over the Real Techniques one. You’re still saving $8 compared to the beautyblender and the quality is just as great!

Overall, if you’re looking for a sponge for concealer and foundation, I would recommend the Sephora sponge. If you use your sponge for cream highlighting, I’d go with Maybelline. I hope this post was helpful and that you can find a beautyblender alternative that you like!

Becca Lilac Geode Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca recently added a new shimmering skin perfector highlight to their range called Lilac Geode. The shade is described as a cool pink with a golden pearl finish. This item is limited edition and exclusive to Ulta. It retails for $38 USD and contains 0.28 ounces of product.

Everything about this highlight is beautiful, from the packaging to the product itself. It comes in a reflective purple compact, unlike the usual brown Becca packaging. There is a cool geometric design etched into the powder. It makes me not want to swatch it! The highlighter itself looks pink in the pan, but it shifts to gold when you tilt it towards the light. It is so pretty. There is no chunky glitter in this highlight, just a beautiful pearly sheen. The powder is very soft to the touch.

I applied the highlighter at about 12:30 pm with my Real Techniques setting brush. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t really see much of the pink color. I mostly noticed the light golden shift. I’m guessing that’s because you can only really see your own highlight when your face is tilted toward the light (which is when this highlight looks golden). It was pretty nonetheless. The highlight was still noticeable on my skin prior to removing my makeup at 7:30 pm.

The first and only other Becca item I have tried was the shimmering skin perfector in the shade Rose Quartz (it was limited edition). I was really underwhelmed by that product. The shade was not very intense or noticeable on my skin, so I ended up returning it. Since Rose Quartz was the only other Becca item I had used, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought Lilac Geode.

Overall, I am happy with my purchase! The product was smooth, pigmented, and long lasting. The next time I use it, I might try spraying my brush with water or setting spray to see if that makes the pink color more noticeable on my skin. See the photos below for swatches!

 

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale – Fall 2017!

It’s that time of year…Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty! Twice a year, Ulta cuts prices by up to 50% on various makeup and skin care items. Each day, three to four products are featured items that are on sale for the day. These are known as “daily steals”. Once the day is over, those products will no longer be on sale and new items will be marked down the following day. The sale starts on September 3rd and runs through September 23rd. The picture above is a snippet of some of the items available. To see the full list of daily steals, go to ulta.com/21days/

Along with the daily steals, Ulta also has what they call “hot buys”. Unlike the daily steals, the hot buys will remain on sale every day from September 3rd until 23rd. These items do tend to sell out, so scoop them up when you can! You can find the list of hot buys here: ulta.com/hot-buys

Most of the daily steals and hot buys are available both online and in-store. However, there are some deals that are only offered online, so make sure to check Ulta.com or call your local store. Also keep in mind, some products are only available for Platinum members. If you are shopping online and purchase a daily steal, your entire order will ship for free.

This is a great time to stock up on your favorite items or try something new! I like to plan ahead and set alerts on my phone so that I remember to stop by an Ulta or place an order online. Below is a list of items I am planning on purchasing.

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in peach (regularly $29, on sale for $14.50)
  • Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (regularly $30, on sale for $15)
  • Urban Decay Razor Sharp Longwear Liquid Eyeliner *Platinum exclusive item* (regularly $22, on sale for $11)
  • Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum (regularly $45, on sale for $22.50)

Are you planning on picking anything up during the sale? Let me know in the comments!

Welcome to my makeup blog!

If you are reading this, I want to say thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog! So, first thing’s first: I’m a makeup junkie. My interest in makeup started while I was in college. I was an avid BareMinerals user and that was really the only brand of makeup I was familiar with. One of my roommates was also a makeup lover and I noticed that she had products from all these different brands that I had never heard of before. So we started to go to drugstores together periodically to check out new products. Then I started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube to learn how to best use the items I bought. And my love of makeup just escalated from there.

Looking at the photo above of my vanity, you can see my collection has expanded quite a bit haha. Some may call it excessive, but it’s what I love to do. Through my blog, I want to test and review products, talk about new releases, and pass along tips and tricks I have learned that take the intimidation factor out of makeup. Anyone can learn any technique with patience and practice. Makeup is supposed to be a form of self expression, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. It’s just makeup!