Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July Favorites!

I'm super late to the party, but I just discovered Grav3yardgirl on Youtube and I'm in love with her! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF HER NONSENSE! I also ADORE the idea of posting your favorite products and what-have-you every month. Now especially, since I'm getting back into doing makeup and I'm building up a massive kit for a wedding I'm doing next month! I've come across a ton of amazing products in my quest, and I wanted to share some of them with you!

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer available at Walmart ($8.00)

So, I'd never used a primer before, nor had I ever even thought one may be necessary. But after my bestie Sarah recommended it, I had to give it a shot to determine whether or not I'd like to keep it in my traincase. I HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED. Seriously, after wearing this under my makeup a few times, I can't imagine NOT using it. Upon first opening it, I was horrified to find that it had separated in the tube and some liquid squirted out. This was quickly resolved by closing it up and giving it a good shake. It still felt a bit weird, I can't say 'gritty', but definitely more textured than I would have imagined it to be. I rubbed a small amount into my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and was astonished to find that this stuff made my skin feel SO AMAZING. My concealer and mineral foundation glided onto my face like a goddamn dream; perfectly even and flawless. I'm totally sold! I'll be getting this for my own use AND to keep in my kit as long as I can find it! (FIVE STARS)
Youngblood Natural Mineral Foundation available at Beauty Bridge ($42)

I have always been intrigued by mineral foundations since those Bare Minerals infomercials started making their rounds. While I'm normally skeptical of anything that has to be sold via television ad, I had also heard from a few people that it was actually amazing. I never did get a chance to try it, but I ended up with a bunch of this stuff from a dear old friend who had a bunch of it left over (unused!) from beauty school. I had never heard of this particular brand, so I looked it up on Beautylish and saw that people LOVED the stuff, but it was super pricey. I tried out the color "Neutral" with the included little foundation brush (which I also love!) and was freaking blown away. I have a ton of discoloration in my skin from old acne scars, dry patches that tend to get red, etc. This provided a total full coverage. Couldn't believe it. It got a tad cakey on my cheeks near my nose where my skin is dry, but I think that's just because I need to get used to applying this particular kind of makeup. Nothing that a little spritz of the next stuff couldn't fix, though... (FOUR STARS)

e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set available at Target ($3.00)

I really needed a setting spray for my traincase. I was planning on (and still am, just in case) getting a more expensive spray like Model In A Bottle or Urban Decay's All Nighter, but I had read a couple nice things about e.l.f.'s version and figured for $3, you really can't lose. I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't have a scent like some people claimed. But it does spray out a bit weird, more like a shot than a nice mist, which I unfortunately have to dock some points for. But I'd say 3-5 sprays of this in sections on your face will do great. I used this on a ridiculously busy day when I had a bachelorette party to attend (on a boat on Lake Union!) and a wedding almost immediately afterward. Makeup looked good throughout the boat trip in the blazing sun. At one point I had to change quickly in my blazing hot car on the side of Nickerson in Seattle. I was pouring buckets of sweat, needless to say. My makeup somehow stayed put. I was pretty shocked! My eye makeup didn't even start to crease until WAY later that night, around 9ish. (FOUR STARS)

I hope you guys found this helpful! Have you ever used any of these products? Lemme know what you thought!

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