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 (:

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 ❤ 

Life Update, Outfit of the Day, & Look of the Day!

Hey, everyone! After a week or so, I’m finally back! I have some stuff to update ya’ll about today, but first I wanna say something before we get into all of that. I just wanna say thank you to those of you who were so sweet, supportive, and patient last week after I had to put my dog down. It would have been a really tough thing to do anyway, and it just made it harder knowing that I practically grew up with her, so I was really distraught over the whole situation. Even though I haven’t posted anything for a few days, I did get on and check my blog updates and it made me feel so loved seeing all of the kind words you had to say! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: WordPress is the most supportive online community I’ve ever been a part of and I absolutely love that! I couldn’t have gotten through it without your support, so I defiantly just needed to take some time to tell ya’ll how much I appreciated it (:

Anyway, on to everything else that’s been goin’ on! I’ve had the craziest weekend I’ve had in quite some time… I finally got all moved in to my new apartment! We started moving in on Friday and continued to move and clean until Sunday night and now Cody and I are finally settled into our new place! I haven’t taken any pictures yet, but I promise I will! I’m back home from today until Saturday night for my mom’s birthday week, so I’m thinkin’ Sunday once I get back will be a good day to get my apartment post up, be on the lookout for that (:

ImageAmong all of the craziness, I did manage to get one picture! Even though it’s dark and blurry haha This picture was taken in our little living room on our couch. The apartment is teeny tiny, but it’s newly renovated, has gorgeous wood floors, new carpet, and new cabinets. It might not be much to most other people, but it’s ours and we love it. We already feel so at home in it. Can’t wait to share the rest with ya! If I have time, I’ve even been thinking about doing a video post for ya instead! I think that’d probably be the best way anyway to show ya’ll our new place!

Now, with all the new apartment talk outta the way, I have an Outfit of the Day for ya! I haven’t posted anything for about a week, let alone anything actually along the lines of fashion and beauty, so today is a good day to start that up again!

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White Skinny Jeans: Hollister

Jean Jacket: Macy’s

Black Tank Top: Kohl’s (it’s actually a workout tank top!)

Woven Brown Belt: Macy’s

Gold Studded Sandals: Forever 21

I also have on a really gorgeous necklace (I shoulda taken a close up for ya) that mom got me as a going away present. It has two white sapphires in the shape of hearts and around it and it says “A mother’s love has no end.” I cried when she gave it to me haha It’s so pretty, I’ve worn it every day since I got it! I believe she got it at Kohl’s at the jewelry counter. And also, just a side note, if you like those jeans and are planning on getting any from Hollister, make sure you go waaaaay up in size! I’m a size 2 or 3 and these jeans are a size 7 or 8! Big difference!

I also tried a little somethin’ new out today, check it out!

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I’ve always, always, always been a fan of colorful eyeliner, so I just recently purchased this really gorgeous one! This is the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green, it’s this really gorgeous emerald color that has some light shimmer to it. It reflects light beautifully. I also bought a really pretty pale blue color, but I wanted to give this color a go first because I thought it would work best with my eye color. This is the first time I’ve used this product, so I’m not sure if there’s gonna be any smudging or fading that’s gonna go on, so I brought the pencil with me to work for touch-ups throughout the day if need be. I’ll have a product review up on these as soon as I test them out enough (: These eye pencils are available wherever Nyx products are sold and I purchased mine at Ulta for under $5 each! I also finally jumped ship and joined the so many ladies that are tryin’ out the L’Oreal TrueMatch Foundation! Be on the lookout for that makeup review to pop up here soon as well (:

So this post was a little crazy, I had so many different topics to over with ya’ll since it’s been so long! I really hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below with any apartment decor suggestions, comments about the Nyx Jumbo Pencil if you’ve used one yourself, questions, or just to say hey! Don’t forget to like this post and follow my blog for more beauty/fashion/lifestyle related posts like this one (: I’ve also been nominated for another award, so I’ll have that post up here soon! As always, thanks for hanging out with me for a little bit today and it’s so good to be back! I’ve missed you guys!

XOXO, Megan ❤

 

 

 

Summer Look of the Week: Hayden Panettiere!

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope ya’ll are havin’ a great day and have some fun plans this weekend! Wedding season is upon us, so I have another wedding event to go to this weekend. I’m excited, but I’m pretty sure that I’m gonna be all wedding-ed out by the end of this summer haha With the summer heat really starting to pick up, I’ve got summer makeup looks on my mind today, so naturally, I think it’s time for another Look of the Week! This week I’m featuring the lovely and oh so flawless Hayden Panettiere!

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This girl can rock natural makeup like it’s no one’s business. I choose this particular look because I thought it would be perfect for those warm summer nights! It’s nothing too crazy, but she still looks put together and stunning. Read on to see what products I would recommend in order to recreate this same look!

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If you notice in the above picture, Hayden just appears to be glowing from within. She’s got this really radiant, beautiful shimmer to her that I just adore for the warmer months. It looks healthy and natural! If you want this same glow, let me introduce you to your new best friend: L’Oreal Lumi Foundation. It’s almost like this foundation has a highlight in it which just accentuates and brings out the natural glow that you already have. The sun reflects off of this so beautifully that those guys at the beach aren’t gonna be able to keep their eyes off of ya! You’re welcome (;

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For this look, I really wanna emphasize natural, dewy looking skin, rather than a strong, matte face, so you’ll need a highlight for this as well. I 100% recommend using the Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. Just find the shade that matches your skin the closest and then go bout 2 to 3 shades lighter to find your perfect highlight. For me, it’s the lightest color this line has to offer. Yay for being pale! You’ll then apply this underneath your eyes, down the center of your nose, in the middle of your chin, and in the middle of your forehead. Blend the highlight out and you’ll instantly notice a more awake, glowy look on your skin.

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When doing natural makeup, one of the most important things you can do is apply a good, pigmented blush. Applying a pink-y blush right on the apples of your cheeks (then blend it outward, toward your ear) is gonna give you this really beautiful color and wake up your whole face. I recommend Milani’s Baked Blush line. These blushes have color plus shimmer plus bronzing in them to give you the most natural color possible. In the picture for Hayden’s look, the thing I was most drawn to was her blush. Just imagine her look without it: she wouldn’t look nearly as alert, healthy, or radiant. Blush really does make that big of a difference.

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Hayden’s makeup artist just gave her a really soft lip look. Feel free to use a neutral lipstick and gloss, but honestly, all that I would use is a lip balm with a little color and shimmer in it. If you haven’t already tried the Maybelline Baby Lips line, you’re seriously missing out! They moisturize, give you the perfect amount of color and shine, plus, you can’t even tell me the packaging isn’t freaking adorable. Stop it, Maybelline. Just stop it. You’re killin’ me.

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Last but not least: the eyes. If you want something a little more dramatic, then go ahead and go in with liner and neutral colored eye shadow. But for a natural summer look, I typically just go in with some mascara and call it a day. When you’re not doing liner, it’s important that you find a great mascara so your eyes don’t get lost on your face. Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara is a heaven sent for those of you who are like me… lacking those long, voluptuous eye lashes! This mascara really does what it claims it will. It makes you appear like you’re wearing falsies! This doesn’t streak, fade, clump, or fall throughout the day for me and I haven’t heard any complaints from many others either, so this is a safe bet. Plus, Ulta just started carrying Benefit products so this is more readily available now (:

I have oily skin, so I would need to finish this look off with some powder and then go back in with a setting spray to assure that everything will stay during the day. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with, but I do always recommend using something to set everything with. I know Mac has some really gorgeous setting powders, but I’m not too picky with that so I just use some drugstore powder! Use what you love (: Also, this look is pretty versatile… if you want more bronzing, add more! If you want more dramatic eye makeup, add more! If you want more lip color, add more! You get what I’m saying? haha That’s the glory of natural makeup. You can do virtually whatever you want with it!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed reading this summer inspired Look of the Week post and if you have any questions about anything, ask away! Don’t forget to like and then give me a follow for more posts like this! Thanks so much for hanging out with me this morning and I’ll talk to ya’ll later! Enjoy your Friday!

XOXO, Megan ❤