NEW | Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer REVIEW

Maybelline recently came out with a new concealer that is supposed to be a concealer and corrector in one!  This is the Superstay Better Skin Concealer.   

I picked this up from Walmart for around $7.50, and there are 6 shades to choose from.  I chose the lightest shade, Ivory, because I planned to use it underneath my eyes.

So first off, the packaging is pretty standard, a tube with a doe foot applicator.  I like the color of the cap, I think it’s really pretty and spring-y! 🙂
  

So, this concealer is also supposed to be a corrector to target dark circles, spots, and imperfections in the skin.  It is formulated with something called Actyl C, which is an antioxidant ingredient.  This concealer is said to last all day, and improve the appearance of dark circles, spots, and imperfections in just 3 weeks.

It says to apply the applicator to the skin directly, and then pat to blend out.
  

The only place I used this concealer is underneath my eyes, and I have been using it for about a month now.  I have not noticed any change in my dark circles (which I expected), but I am still very happy with this concealer! 

 It does a great job of concealing my circles, it doesn’t crease, and it looks fresh all day.  It also isn’t drying on the skin at all; it’s very creamy, but not heavy.  This concealer reminds me a lot of my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but it’s not as full-coverage.  I like this more than the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer because it has more coverage and isn’t as thin.

  

I’m happy with this and I’ll continue using it!

Have you tried this?

More Empties | Products I’ve Used Up

 I have been on a mission to use up the half empty products in my cabinets before buying more, especially when it comes to haircare and skincare products!  My family and I are building a house and are going to be moving in soon, so I need to get some of this junk outta here! 

 I try to use up makeup, but it’s just so hard to stick to one thing before moving onto another product!  BUT, I did use up TWO foundations…and for that, I am proud 🙂

HAIRCARE
 

 

Living Proof Primer Style Extender Spray – I got this little sample and I used it up, but I much prefer the cream version of this product.  This is a hair primer that you use before styling, and it helps your style to last longer.  This spray version doesn’t make my hair soft like the cream version.  I wouldn’t purchase this.

Paul Mitchell Straight Works – this is a gel you apply before styling that is supposed to smooth out hair and prevent frizz.  I didn’t like this as much as the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, which has a lighter consistency, and smells better.  I wouldn’t repurchase this.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque – finally I have used up this huge tub!  This is a hair masque that I really liked.  It really made my hair soft and it smelled good.  I would repurchase this!

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner – I love the fruity scent of this conditioner and I switched off between using this and the Macadamia Masque.  I have used this product for years and I always go back to it when I’m looking for  good deep conditioner.  It makes my hair soft and detangled.  I would repurchase this.

Macadamia Control Hairspray – this was recently in my Products I Regret Buying post, and I used this up, but I’m glad it’s gone.  It just didn’t do much to hold my curls, and I didn’t like the smell.  I won’t repurchase this.


SKINCARE
  

Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter – I love this, and will not attempt to remove glitter polish without it!  We all know what a pain it is to take off a sparkly mani, and this makes it a piece of cake!  You dip your finger into the jar and you can scrape your nail against the sides to rub the polish off.  I will repurchase!

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Fresh and Foamy Body Wash – I love this body wash!  It smells like a sweet lime margarita, it foams up good, and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry.  Oh, and it has a pump!  I will repurchase.

LUSH Rockstar and Godmother Soap Stack – this is a bar soap duo, Rockstar is pink and bubblegum scented, and Godmother is  purple soap that smells like candy.  I like Godmother best, but both are good!  They lather up good and oh, they smell so good.  They both left my skin soft and clean!  I would repurchase.

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment – this is a thick, citrus scented eye cream that I used at night.  It did a great job at hydrating, and I liked the scent.  I wouldn’t use this during the day because it is thick.  I would repurchase it for nighttime.

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum – I really like this!  I used it at nighttime and I love the consistency, it’s kind of like a gel, and I thought it really hydrated my skin.  It didn’t make it feel greasy and I felt like it kind of helped to even out my skintone!  I would repurchase.

Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer – this is a lightweight daytime moisturizer with SPF 30. It has a really nice fresh scent (better than the Positively Radiant scent) and doesn’t feel greasy on the skin. I like the pump on this, and it was easy to get every last bit of product out.  This moisturizer didn’t clog my pores or make me break out either.  I love Aveeeno products, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing this! 

St. Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub – I love anything that smells like grapefruit and this smells just like grapefruit to me.  This is a gentler scrub with small beads to help exfoliate.  My skin feels so clean and bright after I use this!  I will definitely repurchase this.

Makeup
  

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair – this is a nice concealer for spot treating, but I find that it is just too sheer for underneath my eyes.  It has a light consistency and doesn’t cake up.  I will repurchase.

MAC Lipglass in Pink Lemonade – I have had this forever and finally used it up.  It is a really pretty shimmery, pinky coral color.  MAC lipglosses are a bit sticky, but I think that makes them last longer.  I probably won’t repurchase this since they are pricey and I like other glosses (ahem, NYX) better.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – I am obsessed with this stuff and I use it everyday.  I apply my moisturizer, and then spray this all over my face.  While my face is still damp, I apply my foundation.  I think it really hydrates my skin and preps it for makeup.  I will repurchase!

itCosmetics CC Cream – I love this foundation.  It has really good coverage, it feels light on the skin, it has SPF 50, and I love the menthol-y scent of it.  I also really love the packaging, because it is easy to get every last drop!  I have already repurchased 🙂

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in B10 – I have already repurchased this one too.  This is probably my all time favorite foundation.  It is super watery, so I apply it with my fingers, and it just looks like skin. I love the perfume-y scent, and the color matches me perfect.  Love this!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – I talk about this magic sponge all the time, and I really feel like I like it more than the Beauty Blender because it has a flat side.  I don’t even use brushes anymore, only this sponge!  It just makes my foundation look SO MUCH BETTER!

Loreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer – I really liked this concealer for spot correcting on my face.  It’s a drier formula, so I wouldn’t try this underneath the eyes.  It blends out fast and is perfect to keep in my purse for touch-ups.  I would repurchase.

Maybelline Volum Express The Rocket Mascara – this is my favorite drugstore mascara.  It lengthens, volumizes, it’s very black, and it keeps the curl.  I’ll definitely repurchase.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready – I got this mini lipstick in an IPSY bag I think, and I really liked it!  It was a nice rosy pink, really creamy, and it lasted!  I would purchase this.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW15 – this is a full coverage concealer that is really nice.  It comes with a little pump to dispense, and I really like using this either underneath my eyes, or mixed in with my face lotion to make a tinted moisturizer.  I will repurchase.

Whew!  That’s all for my empties!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Spring Makeup | Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons 

It is officially Spring!  Time for fresh faced dewy skin, golden shadows, and pink lips!  I have been using my Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette nonstop lately, and I thought I would share a pretty everyday makeup look with you using this beautiful palette.I always like to start off with eyes, in case of any fallout.  I love this palette so much, and I have a full review here for it.  

 
First, I like to use a light shadow all over my lid and up into the crease.  I find that doing this helps the other eyeshadows to blend better on top.  I used a light tan called Cashew Chew, and blended it all over the lid with a fluffy blending brush.  

Next, I like to do my transition color, so I took Almond Truffle, which is a darker tan color and applied that to my crease and outer v.  This will give the look more depth.  

I then took the color Mocha, a deep matte brown, and deepened up my crease with that shade and a small crease brush.  

On the lid, I used Molasses Chew, which is a bronze-y gold shimmery color.  I packed that color all over the lid with a flat shader brush.  

To make the outer v of my eye even darker, I used the shade Dark Truffle, which is a deep shimmery chocolate brown.  I concentrated this color only on the outside and blended, blended, blended.

For the inner corner of my eye, I used a shimmery light pink called Cotton Candy and focused that right on the inner corner of each eye.  I really like how this color really brightens up my eyes.

Under my lower lashline, I like to drag a shimmery color, so I used Dark Truffle and packed it underneath my lower lashes.

   I started off with moisturized skin,  sprayed myself with a little MAC Fix +, and then applied the Loreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer.  This primer adds a glowy look to the skin and helps foundation to apply smoother.

For foundation, I used the Dior Star Foundation and applied that to my face with a damp Beauty Blender.  This is a lightweight foundation that brightens and gives a dewy finish.  I’m not looking for matte skin today, so I didn’t set this with a powder. 

For concealer, I used the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer in Brighten for my undereyes, and followed that with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.  

I used the UD Naked Flushed Palette in Native, and took the bronzer shade with a fluffy brush to warm up the perimeter of my face, applied the baby doll pink blush to my cheeks, and a little (ok, a lot) of the highlight shade on the tops of my cheekbones.  Gotta get that glow.

  
For my brows, I used the Loreal Brow Stylist Definer Pencil to fill in my brows lightly, and used the spoolie on the other end to comb the color through.

I then curled my lashes, applied one coat of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, and popped on my favorite daytime lashes, Red Cherry 213’s.

To help conceal the lashband, I always like to apply a liquid liner.  Today I used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (matte black), and then I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes pencil in brown on my lower waterline.

For my lips, I used one of my favorite pink colors, Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Make Me Pink, and topped that color off with my Dior Lip Maximizer.

Here is the finished look!  Fresh, glowy, and perfect for spring!
  

  

  
Thanks for reading! xx

Play! By Sephora | March 2016

 Hello!  Today I have my March Play By Sephora unboxing for you!  I really look forward to getting this box every month, and I am always impressed with what they send out.  

This box is $10 a month, and they will send you around 6 deluxe size samples from prestige brands. You don’t take a quiz or anything, and you can’t select what products to receive. There is currently a wait list for this box, so sign up here to get on the list ASAP!

You’ll get the same lipstick printed box each time, and inside is a neat little book that tells you all about the products. It also gives tips and tricks for using each thing, which I love!  Let’s get in to March’s box!
 
  

Sephora Collection The Perfectionist : Airbrush Sponge – this is a double ended blending sponge that allows you to get into curves and contours on the face for a more even application.  Basically, it’s like the Beauty Blender, you soak it under water, give it a good squeeze, and stipple it (beat it) on your face till it’s all blended.  So obviously, this is a full size product, and it retails for $12.  I am really curious to try this out.  I love to try out new beauty tools, and I love sponges, so I’m sure I’ll like this!  It feels a little harder than the BB does, but if it doesn’t work for foundation, it will probably work for concealer!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – this is one of the best liquid liners out there.  It’s got a super fine brush tip, it is jet black, matte, and stays put.  I’m really glad I got this.  It’s always nice to have backups of products you love.  This liner is almost the size of my full size, too!

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – this is a multitasking sunscreen, moisturizer, and primer that is supposed to visibly blur imperfections.  This product sounds awesome, and I really like Murad skincare.  I’m excited to try this.  This is a really good size bottle too, considering you will only need just a tiny bit.

  

Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ Beachwalk Fragrance – this is a very beachy scent.  It incorporates bergamot, coconut milk, and lemon.  Something about it smells just like the ocean to me.  If you have ever smelled Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray for your hair, it smells EXACTLY like that.  I love this scent.  I am a floral scent type of gal, but I will use this because it smells so good.

Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer Oil – I absolutely love Smashbox’s PhotoFinish Primer Water, and use it everyday, so I was excited to see this in here.  It’s supposed to absorb quickly with just a tiny bit and add some radiance to the skin.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – this is a gel cleanser with soy proteins, rose water and cucumber extract.  It’s supposed to be great and soothing for sensitive skin.  I have tried this before, and it is the only Fresh product I don’t like.  I love their masks, their scrubs, their lip treatments… but I do not like this cleanser, and everyone else that I know loves it!  I am not usually sensitive to smells, but this smells so bad to me.  It smells like cucumbers (which I do not like) but it’s like cucumbers mixed with nature.  Haha I don’t know but I don’t like it.  Really bad.  It also didn’t do much in the way of a cleanser, so I’ll just pass this along!  It is a really good size.

They also sent a little empty plastic sample jar.  It says in the booklet to bring it into store and they will color match me using their Color IQ, to show me what my best shades are for foundation and concealer, and give me a sample of my choosing.  Pretty cool!
  

Love this month’s box!

Are you subscribed yet?  Whatcha waiting for?

xx amy

Blush/Bronzer Face Palettes | Are They Worth It?

  

Hello!  Today I am going to talk about blush/bronzer duos.  Bronzer and blush are products I use every day, so it only makes sense to buy them together in one compact!  I also think face palettes are really convenient and easy for travel.  Here are some of my faves.

ELF Blush Palette in Light 

 
  

This palette is so good.  It has a baby doll pink, a bronzer, a medium pink, and a coral pink with shimmer.  This palette has everything you need.  ELF covered all the bases with this one, and I love the nice big mirror.  Did I mention the price?  $6.  Go.

Here are the swatches:
  
Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Native
  
  

I love these Urban Decay palettes.  The packaging is perfect with the gold letters and magnetic closure.  This one has a warm toned bronzer, a pink champagne colored highlight, and a cool toned Barbie pink.  I like how the products aren’t equal size, because obviously you use more bronzer and blush than highlight.  Good thinking, UD.  The bronzer and blush are matte, and the highlight is so so pretty.
  
Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak

  

  

  

This one has a lighter bronzer (still matte, still warm toned), a champagne gold highlight, and a beautiful matte coral blush.  This is my favorite of the two because of the blush color.  I think this color is so pretty and perfect for spring.

These UD palettes give you three products for not much more than one full size product on its own.  Yeah, they are smaller than the individual full sizes, but how often do you get through a full size blush or bronzer?  Me, hardly ever.

  

NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna
  
 

Lemme tell ya, this thing is well loved, and I haven’t even had it that long!  As you can tell, I love this shimmery, peachy pink blush (as does the rest of the world), and I love the bronzer too.  The bronzer is a tad shimmery, but it is just such a great color to give you a bronzey look to your skin.

NARS is pricey, a blush is $30, and bronzer is $39.  If you like both of these products and use them, you’re much better off buying the palette at $42.
  
Too Faced Soulmates Blush Bronzer Duo in Carrie and Big

  
  

Ok, so this one wins on packaging alone!  Too Faced always has the best packaging and names!  I love how they give you a ton of bronzer in here, and it is such a good color!  It’s warm toned, but doesn’t come off orangey at all!  And the blush is  a peachy coral.  This product costs the same as one of their bronzers, and you get a blush too.  Not to mention, this compact is huge!
  

I think buying blush and bronzer together like this is such a great way to get to try out two products! Also, it takes the guess work out of wondering what will go together.  Perfect for travel and perfect to throw in your bag for touch ups!  It will also save you some money.  I am a fan 🙂

Thanks for reading! xx