April 1, 2015

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (These Days)

Heyyyyyyy-O! I wanted to do a quickie post for you guys on a few things that have really been rocking my socks off these past couple of weeks! You'll have to excuse the lame, cell phone shot above, I was drinking my afternoon coffee in the front room, slouching on the sofa like a bum and realized the lighting was pretty dang good! I'm also wearing all 3 of these products in this photo. This shot is 100% unfiltered and un-retouched (you can tell by the bumps on my chin and the scar on my chest that I acquired a few years ago from a bad P90x accident...damn you, Tony Horton!!) I noticed the "flaws" a bit better when I was viewing the pic from my iPhone so maybe if you're reading this review from your phone as opposed to a desktop, you'll see my gigantic pores a bit better (you've been warned).

But I digress. This foundation is L E G I T. For me, anyway. I know that foundation is subjective and can be a bit of a tricky ho depending on what skin type you have. Personally, mine is combination with a pretty oily T-zone (especially my nose and inner cheek area where my pores are the largest). I wanted to give it about a week or so to tell if I realllllllly liked it or not and the jury is in: I reallllllllly like it. I just applied it with my fingers directly to my face, no brushes, no Beauty Blender (gasp!) just my clean digits. The consistency is a bit thicker than a traditional liquid, but not quite as thick as a cream or souffle, it would fall somewhere in between. I was worried it would be too thick to distribute evenly on my skin but it really did a lovely job. Very even and smooth. I noticed as I was working it in that I could feel the oil absorbers in there. Definitely not "gritty" but if you've ever used a facial primer that controls oil (kind of like the discontinued Smashbox oil controlling primer....which I miss terribly by the way) that's kind of what it felt like, which gave me comfort that it would in fact last longer than a couple hours. The other main thing I like about this foundation is that I barely have to use ANY setting powder! I typically always use a high def powder of some sort and I just don't have to with this foundation. Not immediately anyway. I find that a very light dusting on my schnozz in the afternoon is all I need! It has great medium to full coverage and seriously does last all day. I just wish there was more product in the package...however, since a smaller amount goes a long way, I'll be interested to see how long one tube lasts me. If you are a gal who needs a bit more coverage and likes a satin matte finish, go give this a shot!

In the same product line as the foundation, L'Oreal came out with a setting spray which is supposed to be similar to the Urban Decay "All Nighter" Makeup Setting Spray (4oz) which I love BTW. I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with this one! For the price, it's a really great way to experiment with setting sprays to see if you even really like them or not (since this one is about half the price as the UD one). Sometimes you can find the trial size (1oz) of the Urban Decay sprays for anywhere from $10-$14 but you're only getting a very small amount as opposed to the L'Oreal one (3.4oz) which is only a couple bucks more. This spray isn't something I use every day, but for days I want my makeup to last allllll day or I have to apply my makeup in the morning and need it to look just as good in the evening, this spray is wonderful. I also really like it if I need to "refresh" my makeup halfway through the day as it gives somwhat of a healthy finish to the skin which is great especially if you've just applied a fresh layer of powder. Don't be afraid of spraying yourself; it's a very fine mist and it comes out extremely evenly. There are no globs or areas that get more wet than others.

Lastly, but certainly not least, is one of my all time favorite mascaras that has just been remastered and reformulated. I received this mascara complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes and I was so jazzed to see if I noticed any real differences in formula. Here are the claims from YSL:

"The most emblematic "false lash effect" volume mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes."

My take: basically the addition of this new "Lash Care formula" is supposed to do all the above aforementioned stuff, PLUS keep the mascara from drying out in the tube so quickly (which in my opinion was the only turn off from the original formula). This mascara doesn't mess around. With one swipe, it gives really incredible super dark black pigment which I LOVE. The brush bristles on the wand are the same as the original which I am so glad they didn't mess with. It's not a silicone brush, but rather a traditional brush head but with each bristle going in a different direction. They did this on purpose to make sure each lash is completely coated in product from the first swipe. This mascara not only has incredible pigment, but it gave me those big, fluffy, doe eyes that I'm always after. I always hate having to choose between length or volume when shopping for mascara because I WANT BOTH, DAMMIT! This gives it to me. I am wearing it in the above photo and you can see how long and fluffy and dark my lashes are. Every time I use this mascara I am reminded why some beauty products are worth the extra pennies. It is just a very high quality and consistent product. Period. Also note that this mascara comes in waterproof as well as a few other colors. I have black, but my other favorite is 05 Burgundy which is kind of a cross between plum and brown. LOVE it on brown eyed girls!

Well, ladies and germs, that's all I have for you right now! I've been a little lazy in trying/reviewing products lately because as it turns out, when you're growing a human while also chasing a 2-year old human around, you just don't have the energy to slap on your makeup as often as before! I promise to make a better effort as Spring/Summer is here and all the fun and exciting new products start rolling our way!

~ Colleen

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