bareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

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OK SO OBESSED. I’ve been meaning to review this product for ages… well since I got it back in September, little did I know when I went back to pick one up for my friend about a month later, it was totally sold out in Swank (the color I bought, also in the picture). But do not worry my friends, it’s back in stock now!

Let’s talk application, it goes on so nicely, and dries relatively quickly. You’re not going to have wet lips for 20 minutes where you have to worry about hair getting stuck, pulling it out… ruining your makeup…. or if a fly somehow ends up on your lips. NOPE. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Pigmentation and color; very pigmented, rich in color, and it doesn’t feel heavy at all.

How long does it last? Well, for me I have a hard time finding lip stains/ long lasting lip products…but with this one, I found it stayed on decently for a couple of hours. Even when it fades, it’s not that awkward fade.

Overall, it’s one of my go-to products, and I’m still pretty obsessed with it. Even though Swank is sold out, go try out some of their other colors!

Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow

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Oh Guerlain. I have slowly fallen in love with their products. At first when I tried the Météorites Illuminating Powder Pearls, I wasn’t a huge fan and ended up returning it. I decided to give the powder pearls a second chance since everyone seemed to love it, despite it costing a pretty penny, and I fell in love.

Recently while on one of my Sephora runs I decided to pick up the Baby Glow since I had read some great reviews on it. I was a little hesitant because it was a sheer to medium coverage, but I was in the mood to give it a try. (The beauty of Sephora is that you can always return it hehe).

I have to say, I’m really loving this product. I love how my face has this healthy glow which is wonderful since it’s winter, and everything seems to be a little duller. It’s not heavy, doesn’t go on cakey, and it’s surprisingly long lasting. There definitely is build-able coverage, not to full coverage but enough where I for some reason didn’t feel the need for concealer. On top of it all, it has SPF 25! The only possible downside of this product is that it only comes in 3 shades, luckily the 2 Clair/ Light worked for me.

I think I’m slowly converting to a Guerlain makeup kind of gal… Since I’m currently looking like a goddess with this Baby Glow on my face.

Fall Favorites

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Let me start with my FAVORITE dry shampoo/texturizing/heavenly smelling/just amazing Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I’ve tried every dry shampoo under the sun, and while there are a few that I do really like, I just keep coming back to Oribe. Initially I bought it in travel size because I was hesitant to spend $40 somewhat bucks on a dry shampoo (which honestly I still think is a little excessive) but it works with my hair, and I just love it. It’s my little splurge.

Moving on to BB creams and foundation…

I picked up Dr. Jart’s Shimmering BB at TJ maxx actually, and because of that, I now realize it has changed to the Radiance Beauty Balm. I usually hesitate to buy anything shimmery, because who wants to look glitter faced?! But I found this BB cream to give a nice little pick me up when my skin looked dull. I either use it alone with a bit of concealer, or under foundation when I’m going out, and want a fuller coverage.

I had been reading about Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation and decided to give it a try. I’m a huge fan because I’m all about that buildable, full coverage, which what this does. I found that I didn’t even need concealer!

Sephora points are great because of samples! (duh) That’s how I discovered my new favorite bronzer, the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. I had been using Nars’s and did like it, until I tried the Too Faced one. I just found the shade to work better with my skin tone, and that it just smells like chocolate (obviously sold).

I probably have a million variations of red lipstick, but I really loved Dolce & Gabbana‘s The Lipstick Classic Cream Lipstick in Ultra 650, which is a dark cool red. It’s just a sexy red. 

Why You Need Armani’s New Lip Stain In Your Life Right Now 

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I have to admit, I have a beauty problem. Every time I walk into Sephora, I’m like a child walking into a candy store without parental supervision. I’ve been waiting for Armani’s new lip stain to come out for a while now, so when I saw it, of course I grabbed it in shade 504! I have to say that I am a fan. It goes on like a wet gloss, and dries with a shine- which wasn’t that bad coming from a girl who hates shine or gloss. It’s a little sticky, but after blotting, it is definitely manageable (unlike the Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes… Throwback right? ).

In terms of it being long wearing, I felt that it held true. After I put it on, I was hungry so I bit into an apple, and my lips were still very stained, and continued its wear for hours after. On top of that it wasn’t drying on my lips.

The packaging is beautiful, so I definitely recommend picking it up if you’re looking for a long wear lip stain!

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My Favorite Nudes

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I use to be one of those girls who painted her nails with deep reds, dark blues, and blacks. I hated wearing nude polish until I had an event to attend and nothing else would have matched what I was wearing. So I reluctantly got a nude manicure, after a week I slowly adjusted and it didn’t seem so bad. Since then I actually prefer nude/ light pink polishes. Not only are they neutral and go with most outfits but they also last longer because when they chip no one notices! Witchcraft!

These are my favorite nudes:

  • Dior’s Vernis Gel Shine & Long wear Nail Lacquer
    •  Incognito 257 (which I actually have three bottles of)
    • Beige Safari 219
  • NAILS INC in Montpelier Walk.

My New Obsession: Erborian CC Creme

When I travel, I like to check out other makeup/beauty stores (especially Sephora).  I’m always curious to see if they have different products and how the prices differ from those in the U.S.
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That’s how I discovered this wonderful product. It’s from the brand Erobian (Korean Skin Therapy) on the packaging, it describes it as a high definition radiance face cream skin perfecter with broad spectrum SPF 25 sunscreen. I feel like all beauty products advertise this same “all in one” solution so I though, “yeah yeah, let me give this a try”. Even if it didn’t live up to its name, I figured it I’d find a use for it somehow.

Well I have to say, this CC cream does not lie! After I washed my face and applied toner, I opened the tube of CC cream and noted it was a white/cream color (unlike other CC creams I’ve tried) with the consistency of moisturizer. It’s not tinted like most CC and BB creams out there.

Once I applied a thin layer of the cream to my face followed by foundation, I truly noticed the “radiance” and “high definition” in my face. My foundation really seemed to stay on all day and it looked natural. I would describe it as an extremely lightweight primer, even though it’s a CC cream. In my opinion it’s a 2 in 1! What’s nice is that since it’s a CC cream you don’t have to put moisturizer on before applying the cream. Since it does not provide any coverage, I would suggest using it before foundation or even BB cream.

What’s also great about their CC cream is that it’s made without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. Since this product works so well, I’m curious to check out some of their other products now!

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a CC cream. You can find it at Sephora.

My Foundations & BB’s for Italy

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It’s summer time and very hot in Italy, so I chose to go for a lighter feel for my skin.  There is nothing worse than sweating through a heavy layer of foundation. For me BB is the way to go.

Dr. Jart’s ++ Black Label Detox is my favorite of the BB Creams, since it gives me that light to medium coverage. What’s nice about it is you can build it up to a medium coverage. On top of that it’s got SPF 25 and if I’m in a rush it makes my getting ready process much quicker. I just put some toner on, BB cream, blush and then I’m out the door.

Laneige’s BB Cushion is amazing. It has become my go to product this summer because it not only makes my skin feel wonderful, it also gives me this healthy glow (cheesy I know… but it’s true!) However it’s a pretty light coverage, so I go back with my concealer and cover up any blemishes.

For when I want to wear actual foundation and have more coverage I use Armani’s Luminessence CC Color Control Bright Moisturizer as a base (it also has SPF 35 and really gives you dewy skin…) and then the Luminous Silk Foundation. I’m a fan of both but the Luminous silk foundation can be a bit heavy (for the summer) so I only wear it if I’m going out to dinner and I know there’s going to be AC (or in any other situation where I know I will be in AC). For you sweat-ers out there… I’d stick to the BB’s or just use the Armani CC if you prefer a light coverage!

Honestly, all these products are wonderful and I tend to use them all year round, as a moisturizer and when I feel like I need either more coverage or to have a base that gives more of that glow/dewiness.

What do you use during the summers?