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Wet n wild Photo Focus Review

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Today I want to talk about this Wet n Wild photo focus foundation. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this specific foundation. My twin sister recommended this to me and she loves it. I purchased it at Wal-mart for $4.68 and for the price this foundation is so good.

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The formula is very lightweight. It is very easy to blend onto my skin. (I have combination skin by the wayway.) If you want to know how I prep my skin before I apply foundation let me know and I will do a blog post on it.

The foundation claims to be your skin but better. It also claims that when you take a flash photo it won’t leave you a white cast and it was tested under 7 different lights. I tried it with flash photography and I didn’t get a white cast.

This foundation in my opinion is medium to full coverage and it is buildable. On my face it lasts to about 11 to 12 hours and it starts rubbing off my nose but that’s expected from me because my nose tends to get oily.

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I’m so glad I was having a bad skin day for this post because now you can see how good this foundation is. It covered mostly all my redness, dark spots, etc. This was with one layer of foundation and I applied it with my maybelline sponge, damped. Like the claim said, like your skin only better and I believe because look at the picture above, it gave me a flawless, even-toned finish.

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Last picture is when my makeup is all done. I didn’t apply any concealer because I wanted to see if the foundation would crease up, it did. The side I didn’t apply setting powder to, ended up creasing after an hour. Overall I love this foundation. It lasted pretty long with and without setting powder. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

*SHADE: BUFF BEIGE

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Maybelline Face Studio Blender Review.

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This Maybelline sponge is hands down my favorite from the drugstore. It is super affordable (hey $5) and you can purchase it at Wal-mart or Ulta. When you wet the sponge it gets to a pretty good size, I’m sorry I do not have a side by side comparison of the sponge wet and dry. When I apply the foundation onto my damped sponge it doesn’t soak up any product and it gives my face a nice airbrushed look. As seen on the photo above 1) on the curve you can grip for precision and accuracy 2) for blending large areas with your foundation 3) to blend hard to reach areas such as around your nose and under and inner eye area. You will see that in the end this sponge gives you a nice seamless look.

I give this sponge 5 stars. I truly recommend this to you all if you are on the hunt for a affordable beauty sponge.

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These are some of the sponges I have tried, I only dislike one and I will explain why. I love trying new sponges every chance I get. These are all pretty affordable minus one but you do get what you pay for or better.

1. EcoTools total perfecting blender – This is the most affordable sponge. You can use this wet or dry for a nice air brushed look. It doesn’t soak up any product and you can purchase this at Ulta, Wal-Mart and Target.

2. Beauty Blender Pro – This beauty blender is perfect for those darker products that are hard to clean. This product also gets super moist which helps to use your product even more so it doesn’t soak up.

3. Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge – This sponge was not good. When you damp it, it is still hard and not bouncy at all. It soaked up my foundation and it ripped easily. It’s multi use but I really don’t recommend this.

4. Original Beauty Blender – The famous beauty blender. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like this sponge. I love it a lot and I think the price is pretty reasonable. It’s a multi use sponge. I love you use it damped, obviously. You can also use it dry for powders and it gives you a nice natural look.

5. Real Techniques Bold Metals Diamond Sponge –  The only thing I like about this sponge is that it’s latex free and it works good for hard to reach areas. What I hate about this sponge is that is absorbs my foundation so fast. Anyone else had this problem?

6. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – This is the best dupe for the original beauty blender. This doesn’t soak up product and it is nice and bouncy and super affordable. I love purchasing this sponge in the twin pack.

7. L’Oreal Infallible Beauty Blender -This sponge is so soft to the touch and has a smooth surface which makes it easy to hold the product. I think it works really good wet or dry. When damped it gets nice and big. This doesn’t soak up any product. I really love this one.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have any of you tried any sponges not on this list? I would love to know some of your recommendations. This is out of topic but have any of you tried a silicone sponge yet? I really want to try one.

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Covergirl Review.

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Something I have mentioned here over and over again is that I love to try new foundations and mascara. I have seen a lot of beauty youtubers mention this mascara and foundation and for the most part everyone seems to love them. But like always, I’m always late to the bandwagon because I love to see and read reviews on makeup then I test it out for two weeks or a month. Now let’s get started and keep reading to find out my thoughts on these two products.

1. Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation.

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This foundation lives up to it’s title, vitalist healthy elixir. It makes your skin look so healthy and fresh. It is very easy to glide onto the skin and very blendable. Since this foundation is contains antioxidants and vitamins it does smell like a skincare product but ai do not mind. It is full coverage and lightweight on the skin. All I add is two pumps to a damped ecotools sponge. You can pack up as much foundation and your skin wont feel heavy. I have dry skin to oily skin and this foundations lasts all long, at least for me it does. I wear the color Buff Beige.

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This was taken last friday early in the morning in natural lighting. Now you can see that on the left I have no foundation and on the right I have foundation on and it makes your skin really look healthy and glowy. Right?

2. Covergirl Total Tease Mascara.

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I really love this mascara this leaves your lashes nice and defined. The brush brushes your lashes evenly and makes them look nice and flirty. I love the brush has a tease comb at the end for some instant fun lift on the edges of your lashes. I really recommend this.

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I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. Have any of you tried these two?

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Ecotools review. (Brush set & Sponge)

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I have really been loving this eco tools brush set. The new look has a pale looking handle, softer bristles and a much more aesthetically pleasing look. The brushes pick up a lot of product which is a plus and for the price they are really good quality. My old set is still in good condition the bristles dont come off when you clean them.

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The sponge doesnt soak up my foundation. This sponge is super easy to clean. It gets really big when damped.

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The new and old brush so you can see the difference. I had the yellow (old) for about 4 years I believe.

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Lush, Oatifix review.

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Lush Cosmetics Oatifix Fresh Face Mask – This mask has been on my (must purchase) list for a while now. While stocking up on my two favorite products from Lush, which you can read about here, I took my 5 empty pots to get a free mask. When the employee asked me what mask I wanted for free, I had told him which mask will help my skin stay hydrated and moisturized and he said, “Oatifix, for sure” and I immediately said, “great, I will take that one because it has been on my list to try.” This mask smells so delicious, you will want to eat it.

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This mask is really good for dry and irritated skin. Lately here in San Francisco it has been so cold and when it’s cold my skin gets really dry and irritated. Since this is for my dry skin, I intend to use it on the days I work because once I get home, I can feel my dry skin and we always have the A.C. on at work and that makes my skin worse and when I get home all I want to do is nurture my skin back to life after taking off my makeup.

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I love to leave my mask on for 15-30 minutes, that’s what I do with all of my masks not just the Lush one’s. I really want all the ingredients to do it’s magic when I put any skin care product. When rinsing the mask off, I love to gently massage it and get the blood flowing, plus after a long day I can use a nice facial massage. After I rinse the mask, it leaves a nice moist finish but not a greasy feeling, just a nice hydrated feel. I really recommend this to all my fellow dry skin people. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. I would also love to know what you recommend I try and what you love from Lush.

The only thing I dislike about this mask is, you have to keep it in the fridge. I always forget about them and eventually they get hard. But it does feel nice when you put on a cold mask.

Remember to love yourself and be confident. 💜

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Review: Benefit They’re real tinted primer.

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I was gifted this Benefit They’re real tinted primer mascara as a secret santa gift. I was super happy when I opened my Sephora gift box because I have been wanting to try this product out. So whoever gifted me this, Thank you. I have been testing this product out since I received it to see if it is worth reviewing for the blog. Guess what? It is. I have been using this almost every single day since Christmas eve.

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Before without product – I wanted to show you all a picture of my lashes without anything on them. My lashes are short and thin. Sadly I was not gifted with long eye lashes.

With tinted primer only – I love using the tinted primer by itself on my no make-up, make-up days. This primer adds enough length and color to my lashes where it makes them look natural. On the photo, I only applied one coat.

Mascara over primer – I applied my Kiko Milano mascara over the tinted primer and I love the combo makes my eye lashes look.

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Now let’s talk about why I love this product.

1. You can wear it by itself for some nice, natural looking lashes without anything else on.

2. The color is in Mink brown and it is the perfect shade for girls who have thin lashes like me.

3. The brush brushes out the lashes out evenly and adds just about the right amount of length.

4. You can add as many layers as you want and it will not clump your lashes.

5. It dries fast after applying but the good thing is, you can apply your favorite mascara over it with no hassle because it leaves your lashes soft and moisturized.

Overall this is a very good product and I truly recommend this to all of you.

*This post is not sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Benefit Hoola zero tan lines REVIEW.

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I’m so sorry for the delay on this post. But I wanted to do a dedicated post on the Benefit tanning lotion with before and after pictures. I thought the pictures would be helpful to some of you, just in case you’ve been thinking about buying this product. Like I said before, I love this, I think it works really great. But this blog is about honesty and the only thing I hate about this is that it doesn’t last as long as my trusty Jergens lotion. The Benefit one is good for a day and the following day when you shower it will be right off. That’s the only down fall about this product. But that is something to think about before purchasing it. I say this is a perfect product for those last minute date nights or daytime activities you have to go to. I hope you enjoy this post. I really love how when I apply this, it gives you a instant tan, unlike my Jergens one where you have to wait about a hour or two. If you have any questions about this product please let me know.

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I used one coat to get my desired color. This tanning lotion is very buildable. As you can see my legs are very white. As I’ve said, it doesn’t make you look orange, at least I dont think so.

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Have a great weekend. Sorry for not posting links again. Don’t know when I will be purchasing a keyboard for my tablet. I tried fixing my keyboard but no luck.

Remember to be confident and love yourself.

 

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