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Review: Maskcara Beauty HAC

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Today let’s talk about Maskcara Beauty HAC (highlight and contour). I have terrible undereye circles. I would love to blame having children, but I think it’s genetic (thanks Dad!). I’ve found the only way to truly cover them is by using a lot of product. I hate heavy concealer, so I usually go for a brightening concealer.  Baking and setting my undereye concealer almost always leaves creases, no matter how I do it, or which products I use. BUT the Maskcara Beauty HAC set is surprisingly amazing, and doesn’t need setting.

I’ll link for you guys here Britta’s Maskcara Beauties 

I say surprisingly because the first set I got was a gift-just the highlight and contour shades.

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They come in these cute little tins, you slide the lid off, and the trays stick right into the palette. I have one in Sea Glass, and as you see, it fits in my makeup bag, so it definitely fits in my purse.

These shades are Walnut for the contour shade, and Aura for the highlight shade (quick note-in this brand, highlight is not the same as your typical highlighter. This is your concealer and foundation in one).

Having a thick foundation, or a heavy foundation doesn’t work for me. My skin is so sensitive that even some BB creams will make me break out. So here I am, in my thirties, wishing that having wrinkles and pimples at the same time would be illegal. This brings me to the Maskcara Beauty compact.

This product can be used as full coverage, or as a sheer coverage (it’s super buildable). I use it where I need it, rather than all over my face, because that’s what works for me.

This is the set I bought, since my summer skin is a shade darker than my winter shade, next to my original set. The blush can be used as a lip color as well, and the far right shade is a shimmery and beautiful illuminator.

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FullSizeRender (2) Palette 1:  Walnut, Aura  Palette 2: Amber, Stone, Pink Grapefruit, Honey

 

And here, you can see my bare face, vs. Maskcara Beauty. The difference is subtle enough that I still feel like myself, but it evens out my skin tone without needing a color corrector, concealer, or heavy foundation. Everything blends easily, and looks natural. I’ve used the highlighter under my browbone, on my eyelids, above my cheekbones, my cupid’s bow, and the tip of my nose. Each of these shades really is a multi-tasker.

 

 

I bought my palette from Britta’s Maskcara Beauties  and there are several new types of palettes and even eyeshadows that fit right in next to your highlighter and contour shades as well.

My final verdict is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how nice my skin looks without looking like I caked on a ton of concealer and foundation. It’s even a more natural look that the last BB cream I used. I have yet to break out from it, and that’s huge for me!

I wind up doing my makeup in the car a lot since my kids need to be everywhere at once it seems. I use this palette only and my normal mascara and I’m done in less than 10 minutes.

I’ve already repurchased the highlight shade, and I think that this is the easiest and most natural looking highlight and contour I’ve seen yet.

Let me know what you think, if you wind up trying it out, or if you’ve already tried it. I do believe that you get the palette for free if you purchase all 4 products.

 

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Review: Lipsense Plus Discount!

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I don’t know if any of you guys have seen this, but several of my friends on Facebook sell Lipsense. It’s a long-wearing lip color and gloss combo. My sister swears by it, but  I wasn’t sold on it yet.

Well, she bought me the shade Aussie Rose, a beautiful golden pink. And for some reason, the center of my lips kept wearing off! I was so disappointed! Then I realized I needed the gloss. Talk about a duh moment! It really does make a difference.

I bought the Glossy Gloss, and it feels so amazing on your lips!

I’ve watched some videos and have some new tips up my sleeve, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys!

1: Exfoliate your lips beforehand. I use this recipe for a lip scrub, but if you aren’t in the mood to make one, there are plenty of other options. Heck, you can just brush your lips with your toothbrush if you want (do it gently!).

2: Shake it!

3: Stretch your lips wide while you apply. You’ll look silly, but your lips will look so much better!

4: They suggest 3 coats. You’d better believe I was loaded up that lip wand with product! BUT the thinner the coat, the better they layer. And trust me, if you get a couple colors, you can layer these babies into different colors! So 2 shades can give you a couple different color mixing options!

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Here’s who I bought my Lipsense from. Her name is Sonya and she’s super friendly and very helpful. If you buy anything from her, mention this blog post and she’ll give you 10% off your order!!

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I’m ordering a peach shade next as my birthday present to myself: shade Luv It. I’m in the pool a lot, and I want a lip color I don’t ever have to worry about. I hate being at the beach, or the waterpark with my lipstick wearing off and looking crazy.

Here are some pictures from the same day. The first two are right after I applied my makeup and I have 2 slightly different angles so you can see the sheen the gloss gives it. This color is called Beige Champagne. It’s a perfect nude for me. Pink Champagne is a similar color, but you guessed it! A pinky nude instead.

 

And this is 8 hours or so later. You can  see that it still looks fabulous. I ate with it on, had way too much coffee, ran errands, you name it, I did it! I applied more gloss twice. I never reapplied the color.

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*Disclaimer: I bought my own products. Links are for your convenience only, I have no affiliates and get no money.

First Impressions: Native Deoderant

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My sister has been trying to get me to go with a natural deodorant for years, but I really like my Secret Clinical Strength. I live in the desert, and with temps soaring above 115 regularly, I need something strong.

A few beauty blogger friends of mine have told me about Lavanila, which I do like, and the scent is amazing! But, it really can’t handle the sweat of someone who lives in the heat. I spent 2 hours at the DMV with no air conditioning! That’s right, it broke that day. I was sweaty, and honestly didn’t smell, but it did not last the rest of the day. By the end of my Costco trip, I was stinky, like maybe it had worn off.

I reapplied twice.

So next up is Native. A friend suggested this, and in a weird twist of fate, my sister texted me she’d just ordered a new deodorant she’d found called Native. I was like OMG I just bought it too!

If you use this link you can get a free travel size deodorant too!

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So here we are, a week into it, and so far so good. It doesn’t smell as good as the Lavanila, but it holds up to my sweat. Now just a huge reminder, this is NOT an antiperspirant. You will sweat.

But I don’t smell, so there’s that! I don’t know if I’ll be able to stick with it, I really hate feeling sweaty, but I guess as long as no one else knows, and I don’t smell, that I can deal with it.

Their customer service is awesome, the price is cheaper than Secret Clinical Strength, and it smells better too. I’m on a subscription plan, so I’ll keep you guys posted.

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Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

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I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara, and on first swipe, I was unimpressed. But for $29 you bet I was going to use it! And something happened…

It’s been two months of using this product and I’ve realized what the draw is. That brush!! It catches every single lash and brings it front and center! While the mascara itself is nice, it offers a lovely fanned out natural look, I prefer something bolder and thicker like Benefit’s Roller Lash or Urban Decay’s Perversion.

However, that being said, I think anyone who likes a natural look but wants each individual lash to show, this one is for you! I think I might try the legendary lashes to see if I can get a thicker mascara but with Charlotte’s amazing brush!

Here is a photo of one eye with Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, and the other eye has nothing.

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Okay, wow that’s a close up isn’t it? Well, you can see the difference in lashes, and  just ignore that I haven’t done my brows yet. But seriously, look at all of the lashes! I didn’t know I had so many!

So, TL;DR This mascara grew on me, and I would repurchase it.

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My New Skin Care Routine

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I’ve fought dry skin all my life, and while I never had acne, I did get eczema and random reddish patches.

I’ve spent the past few years working on my skin care regime, and with help from the other Bookish Beauties here, I’ve discovered a few really cool products.

Face Oil. Holy cow, why did I never use you in my twenties?! Nourish Organics Argan Face Serum is my current fave, but if you prefer a dry oil, the Nuxe brand has a fantastic one.

Masks. Sheet masks, peels, overnight masks, so many masks, and so much fun! Pictured is my Pacifica overnight mask. It’s thick without being sticky or clogging my pores. I used it on a long flight and my skin never felt gross or dehydrated.

In my quest to dupe Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, I’ve discovered a few really neat products:

Pixi Day Dew Glowtion not a dupe for Magic Cream, but absolutely a dupe for MAC Strobing Lotion, and Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting lotion.

Pixi Primer which is extra sparkly, just FYI, but adds a fun shimmer underneath bb cream or foundation.

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream. I bought this in travel size for a trip and have never looked back!

Boots No. 7 Botanics Night Cream (which I’d actually consider more of a dupe for Clark Botanicals).

Boots Botanics Toner feels so refreshing. I hate Clinique’s toners, so I figured that mean I just hated toner. I was so wrong.

elf setting spray which smells like cucumbers, holds your makeup and feels really nice on.

Acure clay mask smells amazing! It’s like aromatherapy while you mask! And the best part? It doesn’t get hard on your face! I hate dry clay masks. This reminds me a lot of Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Clay mask. It isn’t the same color or texture, but they feel similar on, and the results are also very similar.

I’m looking for a new BB Cream, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment and let me know!

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Curly Hair Don’t Care

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I have curly hair. My daughter has curly hair. Our curls are nothing alike. Her hair is super thick and her curls are tighter and well, curlier. These products work on both of our hair. I think the Don’t Despair Repair is good for any hair type, but the Curl Charisma line is pure magic for my curls. Mine are looser than my daughter’s curls are, and these products hold the shape so well for me! With my daughter’s hair, it keeps the frizz and tangles down. Amazing what the same product will do for different types of hair!

I highly recommend the brand, and if you have curls, grab at the very least, the curl cream. It’s so moisturizing and still holds your curls together. We curly girlies need to stick together LOL

Allure Christmas Surprise

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I was really surprised when Allure sent me an email saying they were sending me one of their beauty boxes for Christmas! Holy cow!

I’ve been a subscription box junkie for years now, but I hadn’t joined the Allure one. For one, I thought it was more expensive than it is-it’s a super affordable $15 per month, but if you order now, you get the first 4 months for only $10 a month* and for another I didn’t realize how awesome everything you get really is!

*Disclaimer: I get no kickbacks or money or points if you join. I just really want you all to enjoy the beauty and makeup:)

img_3570My box came with a Doucce Freematic eyeshadow single in Kristi-a brown shimmery shadow. Gorgeous and fab for all skin tones.

A can of Klorane dry shampoo, a must have for every person out there with hair. Seriously it’s awesome.

A full-size tube of Mally Beauty mascara that has perfect timing as I’d just thrown out my last tube of mascara. (I go through mascara a lot. Like every 6 weeks, so this is great for me!)

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter which is amazing and delicious and luxurious.

Some Briogeo Curl Charisma gel that trust me, my curls love! I love this brand, but I’d only ever used their Don’t Despair Repair hair conditioner, so this was a treat indeed.

And last but not least, my favorite find in this beauty box, a Spongelle Body Wash Infused Buffer in Freesia Pear. The lather smells amazing, it’s thick and luxurious, and I have to keep stealing it back from my kids’ shower since they keep taking it!

Enjoy, guys, and Happy Holidays!

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