Review: Milani 2 in 1 Foundation & Concealer!

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Hey and welcome back! I hope you are well! Lately, I’ve really been on top of the types of makeup brands I buy from that are cruelty free. Milani is a brand I don’t use too often but when it came time to buy a new foundation, I wanted to try a cruelty free brand. I have been using the FitMe foundation from Maybelline for several months and while it is an amazing foundation, I cannot keep using it knowing that animals were tested on for this product to be sold. 

That being said I picked up Milani’s 2 in 1 foundation and wanted to talk about how well it works for my normal/oily skin. When I was reading reviews about this they were mostly positive so I was even more excited to give this a try.

I chose the shade Warm Beige 05. I am not very good at picking the right shade for my skintone, but this one, as read in the review, seems to oxidize, so I picked a lighter shade and it fits my skin so well. This foundation/concealer claims the following: Medium to full coverage, lightweight, oil-free formula, longwearing, water resistant and sweatproof.

Claims that this is a medium to full coverage product it pretty spot on. I find that I can build it up to be full coverage if I have areas that need a bit more product.foundationclaim.jpg

At first, I did not agree that this foundation was lightweight, but after a few uses, I noticed that once it settled onto my skin, it felt super lightweight. The oil-free formula still tends to cause my natural oils to come through around my t-zone area especially around my nose and chin. I don’t tend to use powder all over my face with any other foundation, because I hate making my skin look too matte, but if I don’t set my face with powder using this foundation, I will look shiny.foundationfeat (1).jpg

This foundation/concealer seems quite long wearing. I go to class from 8:00- 1:45 then to work 3:30-9:00 so I need something that can last quite a while and never feel like I have to touch up my foundation. It stays put through sweat and possible tears.

The smell of this is a bit fragrant, but once set into the skin, the scent goes away for me. I don’t tend to be picky about scents of products, but I know there are some that are.

Overall, I love this product. It has the stay power and a super nice coverage.The color range seems a bit small in stores, but on their site, they carry many more. I am so happy to have found a cruelty-free foundation that works and is affordable!IMG_0285 (1)

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-Sam

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October Ipsy Bag! 

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Hey! I hope you are well. October has been a busy month so far with school and work so when my ipsy bag comes in the mail, I get to relax a bit and play around with the products! I am finally on fall break so typing up this post is perfect to kick it off.  The bag itself screams all things fall and Halloweeny. I love the lace detail it has and the shade of red it is. This months products are pretty good from just swatching them. I have been eyeing one of these products for years now, so I am excited to see how I like it. ipsyoctproducts.jpg

The product I am talking about is Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide in liner in Perversion. This liner I heard about from a few youtubers and was curious about it. But with it being a liner pencil, I wasn’t expecting it to stay out and not smudge. When I swatched this liner on the back of my hand, It was nice and soft, went on super easy and it had a lot of pigment to it. Now for the smudging and fading I was expecting. There was absolutely no smudging whatsoever. This liner really impressed me and I haven’t even properly used it! ublinerperv.jpglinerswatch.jpg

Next is a shadow from Meech and Mia. It is their loose shadow in purple. The swatch I did is so pretty. It’s more of a silvery purple color with greenish shades. I like that when it catches the light, it looks like three to four different colors.   meech&miasha.jpgmeechsawtch

Next is another highlight from Doucce. It is a pearly pink color that gives off such a pretty shine. doucceshad.jpgdoucceswatch.jpg

Next is an eye cream from the brand Skyn Iceland. Icelandic Relief Eye Cream has Glacial Flower Extract. This has a custard like consistency and it feels so thick and rich. I cannot wait to hopefully give my under eyes some relief. eyeskyn.jpg Last is from It Cosmetics and it’s their Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder. I have used products from this brand before and I have never been disappointed by their products so I am looking forward to how this words for me.itcosmetics powder.jpg itpowder.jpg

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-Sam 

Review: Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette 

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Hey and welcome back! I hope you’re well. Years ago when Kat Von D’s makeup line was released, I had to try her products! The first product I picked up was her contour palette and it upgraded my makeup collection immensely. I found myself using this palette so much and I just picked up my second contour palette after finally getting through my first palette. So let’s talk about it! 

First, Kat Von D is vegan and has made her products free from animal testing, parabens, etc which is always a huge plus for me and many others. contourpalette (1).jpg

The palette comes with 6 shades. 3 light and 3 contour shades. katbackpall (1).jpg

The light colors can be used as a highlight, a base for shadow, and/or brightener. The shades of the light side are from left to right: Levitation (light pink), Lyric(yellow tint) and Lucid (peachy tint)katlight (1).jpgI really love using Lyric the most. It has a yellow tint that really gives my olive beige skin tone a nice  bright look  without any color. 

The shades for the contour side range from Subconscious (muted grayish brown), Shadowplay ( reddish brown)  and Sombre ( dark brown)

I have found myself using  Subconscious the most because it just gives the illusion if shadow without the reddish or dark tone. I contour my face, nose and sometimes my jawline to really define my face. It has no reddish tone that I typically tend to get from brown shadows. This one is perfect for my skin tone. shadekatvond (1).jpg

The mirror in this palette is the perfect size. And I just love palette with a handy mirror in it in case I don’t have one around anywhere else. katvondcontourpalette (1)

The palette design itself is beautiful. It has such a whimsical gothic feel to it and it stunning to have around. 

While the price for this palette isn’t the cheapest, I can say with utmost certainty that it is worth the money. This palette will last you such a long time and you can customize your own shade. 

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-Sam

Review: Wet N’ Wild Megaliner

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Hey and welcome back! I hope you are well. I have been using this product for a few months now and mentioned it in my August favorites. Eyeliner is such a staple in my makeup bag. Wet N’ Wild is such an affordable brand yet their products have barely ever disappointed me.

Yes this liner has been out for quite some time, but I have yet to use it until now! I love how dark it is and how quickly it dries. The brush is like a rubber tip which isn’t super thin and makes it a bit difficult to apply how I’d like but If i give myself enough time to work with it, the brush isn’t so bad.  The handle to the brush itself does make up for it as it tapers to have a better grip.wetliner222.jpg

I got the non waterproof version to this liner because I love the simplicity of taking this off at the end of the day without feeling like I rubbed my eye off. However, there is also a waterproof version for those who prefer it. I believe it was under $5 which is amazing. I’ve had mine for about a month and a half and have not even gotten close to reaching the bottom of this liner! Did I also mention that this product is vegan? linerww

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-Sam       

September Ipsy bag!

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Hey welcome back! I hope you are well! My September Ipsy bag has arrived so let’s talk about it!

The first product is from Smashbox Cosmetics. This Photo Finish Radiance Foundation Primer seems quite interesting It looks as if it has some slight glimmery color with tiny title bits of glitter in it.smahboxprime.jpg

The next is from Hanalei and it’s their Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser. This is a water activated cleanser and while I have used a powder cleanser before, this one seems so nice and freshing for my skin! It comes with 5 single use packets which I love. It keeps this hygenic and I can’t wait to use this!hanapowder.jpg

This eyeshadow from Elizabeth Mott, Pop Goes the Shadow in Toasted is quite pretty. It is a muted almost sheer light brownish color. While I don’t like shimmery shadows, this one seems just right for me.pop.jpgpopshadow.jpg

Another brush to add to my collection! This one from Luxie is their 207 Medium Angled Shading Brush. I can never hate receiving new brushed so I’m happy to start incorporating this one into my routine!DSC_3251.jpgluxbrush.jpg

The last product is actually two from the brand Manefit. These Mugwort Astringent + Pore Care and Lily Whitening + Brightening Sheet Masks seem like the perfect mask after a long day of classes and work. If you have read my blog about face masks, you’ll know I am all about a good face mask!DSC_3258.jpg

To the bag:

This bag has to be at the top of my Ipsy glam bags. It is a faux leather bag with a studded detail all over. I am loving it!bag.png

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-Sam  

What’s in my bag?

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Hey! Welcome back! I hope you are well.  I have been trying to schedule time for my page since school has started along with working as well, so it has been a bit difficult. However, I am planning out ways to still take photos and plan out posts. So, as the title says my bag contains things that are practical  and that are always in my bag so let’s get to it!

I pretty much always have a lip balm around since my lips are almost always dry. This one from Carmex is one I have been able to get through it without losing it and I really like it! It is medicated which helps greatly!lipcar.jpg

Pen’s are always sitting in my bag. I always tons of pens in my bag, for class, work, etc. penbag.jpg

This EOS hand cream is a product that smells so light, sweet and floraly while keeping my hands nice and moisturized.eoshang.jpg

This Mario Badescue facial spray has seen better days but I always have a facial spray in my bag to freshen up my skin or if I overdid it on the setting spray. I love the rose smell of this stuff ! badescuspray.jpg

Hand sanitizer is essential for me if I’ve been out all day. This sanitizer from the Body Shop smells like creamy coconut and I just love that I don’t smell the alcohol in this. handsan.jpg

A bag of Mint tea goes around with me all the time. I just love the fresh taste of it and if I’ve had coffee already I grab some decaf mint tea! teabag.jpg

This lipstick knife was gifted to me by my boyfriend and I always have it! I love that it’s in the classic black tube with gold. lipknife.jpg

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-Sam

August Ipsy Glam Bag!

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Hello! I hope you are well. A new month means a new glam bag form Ipsy! I also wanted to start including whether or not products in my ipsy bag are vegan and/or cruelty free.I have been really starting to notice that there are many brands that don’t test on animals and I want to support those brands. So let’s jump into it!

The first thing I received is a liner from Serephine Bontanicals. This liquid coal waterproof liner has a rubberflex tip to acheive a perfect cat eye and it is vegan/celiac friendly! I cannot wait to try it out. linerswatch.jpglinerseraphiine.jpg

I love getting new brushed from Ipsy. This one from SLMissGlam is their T35 Precise Blending Brush. The first thing that caught my eye about this brush was the color. My brushes tend to favor the dark side, but this one is super bright and will definitely stand out among my other brushes. Also it is cruelty-free!brushmint.jpgbrushipsy.jpg

I personally love clear brow gel. It helps me put my brow hairs in place and get them ready for some filling in. I just don’t work well with a tinted brow gel. This one from Chella is their Eyebrow Defining Gel. I tried researching to see if this brand is cruelty free, but I have not found a definte answer.chellagel.jpgchellabrow.jpg

This Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay from First Aid Beauty is something I am particularly excited to try this month. I love a good cleanser and am always looking forward to what it does to my skin. As read on the brand’s site: Do you test on animals? At First Aid Beauty, we love animals. That’s why we are committed to being a 100% cruelty free company. We have not, do not and will not conduct any testing of ingredients or finished products on animals. Furthermore, we only work with business partners who certify compliance with our policy.cleanserirstaid

The last product I recevied is from TheBalm. I have not been too excited to try any of the products I have received from this brand, so I will be removing this brand from my makeup preferences. TheBalm is not certified but they claim they do not test on animals. They aren’t vegan however, as some of their products do contain animal by-products.balmwillkommen.jpgbalmpack.jpg

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-SAM