Gotta Have It or Live Without It: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation Review!

Hey, everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten around to doing a product review and I’ve definitely got some products starting to build up around here that I’ve been meaning to get out to ya’ll! Today, I figured I’d go ahead and start off with a foundation review for ya.

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This is one of my newest additions to my foundation collection (I’m a foundation and skin product hoarder. It’s a problem.) and I’m sure at least some of you are familiar with it. I’m a little late to join this party because this foundation has been out for quite awhile, but I just got around to tryin’ it out. This is the Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation and I have mine in the shade Medium 52. I ordered this foundation online, which is never a smart thing to do, so of course I completely screwed up my color selection. haha I guess the actual shade is alright, but it has waaay too many yellow/beige undertones for my skin! I have roscea and plenty of hyperpigmentation, so my skin has a more pink/red undertone to it. But, it’s not so terrible that I can’t deal with by using bronzers, powders, and blushes to even it out and I’m actually more than half way done with my bottle already!

Anyway, on to the actual review! The claim for this foundation is 24 hour wear and it’s supposed to actually be able to cover up tattoos (which I can’t attest to because I’m not tatted up yet!). It’s also a full-coverage foundation, so this is definitely geared toward us girls with oily, damaged skin. Which is pretty much my skin type exactly haha

The very first thing I noticed when applying this for the first time was exactly how full coverage it is! A little goes a looong way, guys! Trust me. But for how full coverage it is, it’s extremely buildable. I guess if you just kept putting on layer after layer after layer, it would for sure cake up, but I apply one and a half to two layers and I’ve never experienced any caking. This foundation is of a thicker consistency, so it did tend to settle into my pores, but I figured out quickly that if I just pat on a layer of Benefit’s Porefessional (Nyx’s Pore Filler is a dupe) before, it works a lot better. Kat Von D claims that her foundation is 24 hour wear which, maybe for dyer skinned ladies, but for us with oily/combo skin, don’t count on it. On my extremely, ridiculously, out of control oily skin, this foundation lasts for around 4 to 5 hours on me, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but compared to my typical hour to an hour and a half, I’ll take it! After about those 4 to 5 hours, I just blot with blotting papers and powder and I’m all good to go again for the next 4 to 5 hours! So, 24 hours? Nahh, definitely not. But it does last longer than most other foundations I’ve tried! Now let me show ya’ll a picture of it on……

The thing is, my iPhone camera isn’t the greatest thing in the world, so excuse the blurriness, but can ya’ll see just how flawless and smooth my skin is? There’s not one acne scar showing through and my extremely dark circles are completely gone. The redness all over my face (particularly around my nose and cheek area) has disappeared as well. This foundation just gives a really flawless, full coverage, beautiful finish that I just can’t get enough of. Oh, and it holds up to tons of puppy kiss too (: That’s my furbaby, Lacie!

The price range is around $35, but you get a beautiful bottle with a pump and it’s see-through so you can tell when you need to order or go get some more. It comes with a clear cap over the opening that most people throw away, but I kept it for traveling so it wouldn’t squirt out everywhere all over my stuff and that works perfectly!

So, the final verdict: Gotta Have It or Live Without It? Gotta have it! I love this stuff. It does have it’s minor down sides (price, settles into pores without primer), but they can easily be overlooked. Make sure when wearing this foundation, that you go in with a pore filler if pores are a problem for you to help everything even out to the best of it’s ability. If you have dry to combo skin, you shouldn’t have to worry about shine peeking through at all, but if you’re oily skinned, make sure you bring along a blotting sheet and some powder with ya throughout the day. All in all, I love this stuff. I’m for sure gonna be repurchasing in the future!

XOXO, Megan (:

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Benefit Foundation Kit Review!

Hey, everyone! I hope ya’ll had fun and safe Labor Day weekends! I spent mine in Chicago for a Luke Bryan concert and it was awesome! Cole Swindel, Lee Brice, and Dierks Bentley were also performing that night, so it was full of country craziness. I loved it! Before we went to the concert though, we got to get in some good down town Chicago shopping and, of course, I had go stop in at every makeup and beauty store I passed. I used far too much money and bought way too many things, but hey. What’s life without shopping, right? (:

Anyway, I stopped in at a Sephora store, and I had been wanting to try Benefit’s Hello Flawless foundation for quite some time, so I went to go check that out. Over in the Benefit section, I found the cutest little foundation kit that included a sample size of the Hello Flawless foundation, plus some other goodies, for only $32 so I bought that instead just to kinda test-drive everything before going in and purchasing full size. It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a review for ya’ll, so today I’ve got a really in-depth review over the foundation kit for ya! Read on to see if it’s a match for you (: 

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Here’s a picture of the complete set for ya. This set is called the Benefit Flawless Complexion Makeup Kit and I got it in the shade medium (they also had light and dark). The box furthest to the left is the actual box everything came in, the one in the middle is the kit with everything inside, and then to the right is a little instruction manual. Even though everything is pretty self explanatory. haha 

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When you flip the kit top back, this is everything that’s inside it. Up at the top, it has a little booklet on the best ways to apply and wear everything. It was pointless to me, but I think it would come in handy for a beginner or someone looking to really master their makeup skills. When I saw the actual kit part, I went a little girl crazy. The sample sizes are so teeny tiny and ADORABLE that I just can’t even. Yep, I’m speaking in fluent bitch voice right now. I literally cannot even. THEY ARE SO CUTE AND TINY. Cody didn’t understand my obsession, but I know ya’ll feel me. Everything is cuter when it’s in a mini version. Don’t even lie to me. 

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The main reason I purchased this was so I could try out a sample size of the Hello Flawless foundation before committing to a $40 full size bottle. But I’m also actually extremely excited to try out the Porefessional! Pores are a huuuge problem for me, so I’m eager to see if this will work (if any of ya’ll have tried it out, definitely shoot me a comment down below and tell me your thoughts!). Besdies the Porefessional and the foundation, this little kit also comes with Benefit’s Boi-ing concealers and a setting powder, as well as a mini brush to apply it with. The instruction booklet says that you’re supposed to mix both shades of the concealers to get your perfect match, but I actually really love the look of highlighted under eye areas, so I think I’ll test out the lightest one for that for sure. And I doubt if I’ll use the brush on a daily basis, but it’ll defiantly be awesome for travel. 

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This is a quick swatch of the foundation. Keep in mind that iPhone cameras aren’t the best things in the world so the coloring is a bit off! I think this color will go pretty well with my skin tone. It blended in beautifully and didn’t look too yellow or neutral so it will work for me. It has an odd scent to it, so I’m hoping that won’t be a problem when I go to actually apply it to my face. It blended out pretty sheer as well and, for someone like me with rosacea, sheer foundations don’t have enough coverage. I’m a little unsure about this Hello Flawless foundation right now, but we’ll see how it actually works out for me! 

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And last but not least, here’s what the Boi-ing concealers look like up close. I think the colors are gonna be perfect me, so I’m eager to give that a try and I absolutely love love LOVE this little pull-out container they come in! Perfect for traveling and on days when I’m needing to touch up, I can just stick this in my purse and go! The formula is really creamy and rich and seems like it will blend wonderfully. Super excited to give these a try! 

All in all, I’m pretty excited to try everything out in this kit. There’s some products I’ve been wanting to try for awhile as well as some new ones and, if ya’ll know me, you KNOW I’m a sucker for cute packaging. And Benefit definitely got this one on point! When you’re finally done with everything in this kit, you can pull out the middle part and then you just have a cute, little storage box! I’m overly excited about that box. haha Of course, if ya’ll have used this kit or anything in it before, leave me a comment below and tell me all about it, whether it’s good or bad. I wanna know what I’m getting myself into! And once I’ve used everything for awhile, I’ll have an updated review for ya and a picture of what everything looks like on me personally. Keep a look out for that! As always, don’t forget to like this post and give me a follow for more beauty/makeup related posts like this one (: Thanks so much for hanging out with me for a little bit tonight and I’ll talk to ya’ll later! 

XOXO, Megan ❤ 

April Favorites! (:

Hey, everyone! Seriously, where has this month gone?? We’ve officially gotten to the last few days of April and you know what that means… an April Favorites blog post! Yay! I love doing monthly favorites because that’s when I get to gather up the products that I’ve been using almost daily and lovin’ all month long and I get to share them with you. Let’s get started!

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Let me guess: you’re lovin‘ my professional photography, right? I’ve got this really awesome set up with my fluffy pink bath towels in the background. hahah Anyway, the first product I’ve been obsessed with this month is a new Biore face wash that I just recently picked up. This is the Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser. I don’t have combination skin (I have really oily skin actually), but I’ve never found a Biore product that I didn’t absolutely love, so I wanted to give this a shot! And I’m so glad I did. This is just your basic gel/liquid face wash, so you can use it as many times a day as you want since it doesn’t have exfoliating beads or any harsh acne-fighting agents in it. This face wash is sooo moisturizing, it’s insane. After you use this, you’ll notice an instant difference in you skin. It gives you this really refreshing, clean feeling, plus it smells great! You can get this anywhere that sells face washes and it’s for less than $5 (:

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Again with my beautiful photography skills, are we noticing a common theme here? haha This is my Redken Mousse Whip and it’s actually made specifically for people with who have blonde dyed hair or blonde highlights. Shake this well before you use it and then distribute the mousse evenly throughout your damp hair, concentrating on your ends, where it tends to be the most dry and damaged. Brush through and then blow dry and style as usual! It has a really clean smelling citrus sent to it that I really enjoy. What this awesome product does is conditions your hair, prevents damage, and brings out the blonde coloring. My hair is always silky, smooth, and shiny after using this! Be sure that you don’t use too much product though because I did that when I used it for the first time and left this really gross residue in my hair. But once you figure out how much product you need, this is a true hair saver! I got this at my salon for $16.

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This is one of my all-time favorite foundations in the history of ever. This is the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation and I’m head over heels in love (sorry, Cody!). Because of the mousse/whipped consistency, it can’t be put in a pump bottle, so Revlon has it in this little, clear jar instead. A lot of people tend to have a problem with that saying it takes up too much space, is hard to travel with, or whatever, but I actually love the jar! I think it’s cute and looks pretty sitting on my vanity. Plus, it’s really easy to tell when you need more. I have problem skin, I’m not afraid to be the first to admit that (check out my ‘Problem Skin to Flawless Skin’ post that I did back a few weeks ago!) and this foundation covers up all my marks and scars beautifully. It’s so easy to blend out, never looks cakey, and stays on my face all day without getting shinny, which is a big plus for me. This applies best with a beauty blender or brush and gives you this really flawless, perfect finish. I got this at Walmart for $11 and I’m already on my third jar! Forever obsessed.<3

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This is a product that’s somewhat unfamiliar to a lot of people. This is Tea Tree Oil and it’s just the Walgreen’s brand, but they all come in a little, brown jar like this one. You’ll find it in the first-aid section. Tea Tree Oil is used for alotta things, but I’ve been using it as a spot treatment and toner. Now, let me just say something real quick, this stuff stinks. Like, it has a vomit-inducing stench. It’s actually pretty horrendous and almost unbearable. One drop is going to stink up your whole apartment/house and make it smell like you’ve been hiding the dead carcass of little Johnny next door for the past 5 months. It smells. Are we on the same page now? hahah I would never use this stuff again if it didn’t give me such amazing results. Your blemish will be gone (or drastically less noticeable) by morning. I swear it to you. Once I had cleared up all of the little breakouts I had (I can thank my period for that), I began using it as a toner. I pumped some of my Olay moisturizer in my palm, added 3 or 4 drops of the Tea Tree Oil, mixed together, and applied all over my face. I haven’t had a breakout since! I believe it was around $11 and this quickly became one of my holy grail products (:

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hahahah Okay, you guys. I’m aware this isn’t a beauty product. But, world, meet Rixton. I’m HUGE when it comes to pop culture and music and I know a good band when I hear ’em. These guys are new on the music scene, but you’ve probably heard their first single ‘Me and My Broken Heart.’ They’re an awesome band, plus, I’m not even gonna lie to you, I find them quite attractive. haha Go check ’em out!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed my April Favorites and I hope you’ll go out and purchase some of these products for yourself! Then maybe you’ll become as obsessed with some of these as me! It was awesome talkin’ to ya for a little bit today and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!

XOXO, Megan (:

 

 

Gotta Have It or Live Without It: Ben Nye Final Seal

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Hey, Everyone! Happy Friday! I’ve got a busy weekend coming up. I’ve got a bridal shower out of town to go to tomorrow and then on Sunday, I’ve got some prom makeup trials to run through with a couple girls. I’m excited, but I’m defiantly gonna be worn out come Sunday night. I hope you guys have some fun and exciting things planned for yourself this weekend as well!

Today is another Gotta Have It or Live Without It product review! This is over the Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray… you know, the one that I’ve been talking about for a little over a week now and am just finally getting to haha But I promise you won’t be disappointed, it’s worth the wait! I wanted to upload a picture of it for you guys and I think I’ve successfully done that, but I really don’t know. I just tried to pull one off of Google, but it wouldn’t paste on here for some reason, so I had to download a picture and do it that way. Last time I did that, the picture didn’t show, so hopefully this time, it works! If it doesn’t, the review is really all that matters anyway. You can go ahead and Google a picture of this product since apparently I’m not smart enough to figure it out. haha So let’s get to it!

You know how every now and then you stumble upon a product that is just so unexpectedly amazing? That’s what this product was to me. It’s now one of my (very few) holy grail products. Let me just start off by saying that most products don’t do what they say. This one, however, does. It keeps my skin matte and sealed allllll day long! My oily skin is very hard to control sometimes… typically, I can only get a good one or two hours out of foundations before shine starts to break through. My oily skin beauties will be able to sympathize with me on that one! But with this uh-maze-ing setting spray, I can easily pull off upwards of 8 hours or more of wear and, even then, I only need just a little bit of powder around my nose and I’m good to go again! This is the most amazing shine control product I have ever used and I just wanna shout that from the rooftops!

While I do have acne-prone skin, this spray has never once broke me out. It’s also never dried me out, which gave me the security I needed to use this on my clients as well. Since I started using it on them, about 9 or 10 of my clients went out and ordered it and I’ve heard nothing but awesome feedback from the rest. It keeps them matte for dances, weddings, parties, pictures, anything! I’m able to safely use this on anyone, no matter their skin type. It truly is a miracle in a bottle!

The only downfall is that the spray bottle it comes in kind of struggles sometimes. Not a big deal, just go buy a $1 spritzer bottle from Walmart and call it a day! Another thing is that this spray has a minty smell to it, which again, is not too big of a deal since the smell goes away about 10 to 15 seconds after you spray it on.

Final verdict? GOTTA HAVE IT! You guys, the Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray is amazing! I can’t stress that to you enough. You can find this at any store that sells theater makeup and, of course, online as well. The price varies depending on the size, but I got the huge bottle for around $20. It’ll last me awhile! If anyone has trouble controlling their shine or has a special event coming up where their makeup needs to be spot on and not budge the whole time, this is the product for you! Well, what are you waiting for? Go buy it!

XOXO, Megan (: