Gotta Have It or Live Without It: L’Oreal True Match Foundation!

Hey, everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope your weeks are going great so far. Cody and I are finally beginning to settle down into our new apartment, though we still have plenty of decorating to do! (If you want to see a video tour of our new apartment, click here: https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/my-first-video-upload-ever-new-apartment-tour/ ) We’ve been busy, but I did manage to get in one trip to Ulta this week and I finally jumped on the bandwagon and picked up the ever-so talked about L’Oreal True Match foundation. I had purchased one not too long ago, but unfortunately I’m terrible at judging colors and it was a little too dark, but will work well after I get back from Myrtle Beach with a tan. So I needed to get a color that matched me now so I could try it out for ya’ll!

ImageOne of the things that I noticed right off the bat about this product was the bottle. I love it! I think it’s perfect for summer travels, it fits perfectly into any travel makeup bags that I have, which is a huge plus for me. I also love how the bottle itself is clean and professional looking. It doesn’t have pictures, fancy fonts, or crazy colors on it. Packaging like that can be cute, but this is just simple and to the point, which I think we can all appreciate!

Now, on to the foundation talk… I highly recommend this product for anyone who’s having a tough time finding your perfect foundation shade. This line has a broad range of colors to choose from and, since the bottle is completely see through, you’re able to most accurately select the best color for yourself (even though I’m an idiot and still picked out the wrong color haha). This foundation goes on really smoothly and has a medium coverage finish to it. For myself, I went over a few spots with extra redness twice, but the first time around, it actually did really well in covering everything up! I apply this with my foundation brushes and I recommend that you do the same because it’s just gonna be a huuuge mess and not blend out well if you use your fingers!

Let me warn you: after applying this, it’s shiny. It’s absolutely necessary that you go over with a setting powder. If you’re a one-stop-shop kinda girl, this isn’t the foundation for you because it does take some extra care to blend it out well and apply your powder over it. I did notice as well that, throughout the day, there was some extra oil coming through around my T-zone that I needed to touch up with powder. Nothing too bad, but it was a minor inconvenience. I do have extremely, extremely oily skin though, so for those of you with normal to dry skin, this would be fine for you!

Final Verdict? It depends! I’m not gonna say this is the greatest foundation of life because I defiantly have some that I enjoy better, but this was nice! The price point was great, it’s readily available, easy to travel with, great shade range, and gives awesome coverage. My skin got greasy throughout the day, but it was nothing unmanageable. I won’t be pulling this out for everyday use, but it’s definitely going to be a great foundation to have in my arsenal. If you have oily skin like me, just be sure to bring your powder with you for touch ups! I do recommend this as a good drugstore foundation because it does just what it claims: it’s true matches to your skin! It held up well and I really don’t have too much to complain about. I wanted to try it for awhile and I’m glad I did! If you’ve tried this yourself, leave your thoughts down below so I can read ’em! If you have any questions, ask away (: Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan ❤

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I need YOUR opinion! Please read (:

Hi, everyone! I hope ya’ll had a great and refreshing weekend. This was my last weekend before I move into my new apartment! 6 days, so crazy! I’m so excited, but it’s starting to make me anxious too because it’s in a new city and I’m pretty resistant to change, so hopefully everything goes well and I’ll be able to make an easy and comfortable transition for myself. I’m glad to know that I have ya’ll supporting me though it and I can’t wait to show ya pictures of my apartment! I think you’ll love it (:

Anyway, on to the makeup talk! Today’s post isn’t gonna be long, but it’s something that’s important to me and I can’t wait to hear from ya’ll with your opinions! When summer rolls around, I kind of clean out my makeup stash and I looove to bring in some new products that I’ve never tried before. That’s where you come in! Today, I have a list of some new products that I’m wanting to try out, but I wanna get your opinions first! The plan is to just list down some really generic products (foundation, polish, hair product, etc) and then leave the rest up to you! I want ya’ll to list your favorite brands, your favorite colors, etc whether it be high-end or low end! I need your help to clean out and restock my makeup chaos with some fun, new products (:

I thought it would be easiest if I did a numbered list, so then in the comments section, you guys could just write down the number and then tell me whatcha think instead of having to retype the whole question or anything like that. Feel free to give me one or two products, or give me a whole list of your faves! I’m up for anything (:

1) Favorite summer foundation! I have oily skin, but my setting spray is absolutely fantastic and allows me to wear any type of foundation without having to worry about shine. So even if you have dry skin, let me know what keeps your makeup budge-proof this summer!

2) Favorite nail polish! Obviously, since it’s summer, if you know of a good chip-proof polish, you better not hold out on me! I paint my nails a new color about every week and I still have yet to find that perfect anti-chip polish. Don’t forget to tell me your favorite colors either!

3) Favorite lip product! Whether it be a moisturizing lip balm, a bold lipstick, or a creamy nude, I wanna know! Not that I need anymore lip products in my life, but that never stopped me before haha

4) Favorite heatless hair styling product! I just recently found a really nice sea salt spray that I use to add heatless waves into my hair, but I’m not 100% sold on it yet. So if you have a heatless hair styling product that you’ve been using and love, leave the brand and product below! I have naturally curly, frizzy hair, but it’s surprisingly easy to tame. If it’s a straitening balm, curling cream, or anything else, let me know!

5) Favorite face wash/scrub! This is a pretty vague one because face wash/scrub covers sooo much ground. There’s so many products that fall into this. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then you know that I’m the biggest face product hoarder! Foundations, concealers, scrubs, washes, etc, I wanna try them all! Feel free to leave multiple suggestions (;

6) Favorite candle scent! This is a pretty weird one, but with me moving into my new apartment, I’ve been wanting to try some new scents out! I have a cinnamon one and a pumpkin spice one right now, but I love me some candles, so I defiantly wanna get a few more! I will be living with Cody though, so I’ve been trying to find some scents that aren’t as girlie, which has proven to be rather difficult!

7) Favorite colored eye liner! Summer is 100% the time to experiment with colored eye liners, so I’m lookin’ to add to my collection! Shadows also fall into this this category! If you know of any that are smudge-proof, comment below!

That’s all that I’ve been thinking of off the top of my head, but of course, leave me any other product suggestions below that you think I should be trying out! I can’t wait to read what some of your favorite products are and I’m so excited to go out and purchase some! My makeup collection needs a good restocking (not really, but what can ya do? haha) Thank you so much for reading and thank you in advance for any suggestions you give me! I love tryin’ some new products and I’m so excited to try some of your faves (:

XOXO, Megan ❤

Gotta Have It or Live Without It: Nyx Natural Eyeshadow Palette

Hey, everyone! Happy Friday! Before I start my post today, I just wanna apologize that I haven’t posted as much this week as I would have liked to! I’ve been sooo busy. My mom just left and is going to be outta town for the weekend, so I’ve been helping her get packed and get things ready for her trip, among other things I had goin’ on this week. I’m hoping this weekend, or into next week at least, that I’ll get back to posting on a more regular basis! Anyway, today I’ve got a Gotta Have It or Live Without It makeup review for ya!

ImageThis is the newest eye shadow palette that I’ve purchase and it’s the Nyx Natural Palette! And I would like to take this moment to point out just how not centered it is in this picture… I had no idea it was that bad when I uploaded it. Embarrassing. hahah Anyway, you can get this eye shadow palette anywhere Nyx cosmetics are sold and I purchased mine at Ulta. Up in the top right corner is actually the price tag which did not come into focus, but I bought mine for $7.49. Kind of a weird price, but I didn’t feel that it was expensive at all since this palette comes with six different shadows.

ImageHere’s what all the shadows look like in the open package! I wish I would have gotten the time to swatch all of these shadows for ya, but I honestly didn’t even think about it. I would have preferred these shadows be a bit more pigmented than they actually are, but you don’t typically get too much color pay off with powder shadows. They’re not sheer by any means and still show up beautifully once you apply them, but for some you have to layer once or twice to get your desired color. Not too big of a deal, but I just wanted to warn any of ya in case that would be a problem.

Anyway, on to the shadow talk! As you can see, these shadows are nice and natural and the last two are perfect for a daytime smokey eye! I bought this palette about two weeks ago and I’ve been wearing some variation of a natural smokey eye almost every day! So this palette has already gotten a lot of wear time with me! I know my iPhone camera kind of distorted the coloring of these shadows, but that first shadow there on the far left is just a snow white color. It makes sucha pretty eyebrow highlight! And when you’re doing an eye look with these shadows, that white color just blends everything together perfectly. Love it. This palette also has the perfect mix of shimmer and more matte looking shadows, so depending on what you’re feeling that day or what look you’re going for, there’s defiantly going to be a shadow in here for ya to use.

Final Verdict? It depends! I wouldn’t say this is a product you need to drop everything and go out and buy right now at this exact second, but I do recommend it! These aren’t the best shadows that I’ve used, but they’re definitely 100% not the worst! For their price, you can’t go wrong. This is the perfect palette for beginners and those who are wanting to ease into learning how to do a smokey eye. Plus, this is going to make a great travel palette for me this summer! It’s small and compact and not expensive, so I can leave my more high-end shadows at home when traveling and bring this instead and still get a really pretty, fun look. If you’re someone who is more into more glammed out and sexy eye looks, I defiantly wouldn’t suggest you get this. I would hate for you to be disappointed. I just really love neutral colors with natural looks, so this was defiantly something I felt I needed to purchase! So, if you’re like me, this is something you’ll like! Basically, I’m really enjoying this palette and I’m happy I bought it!

Thanks so much for reading and be on the look out for my next few posts because I’m hoping to get back on a more daily posting schedule now that things have chilled down a bit! I’ll talk to ya’ll later! Have an awesome weekend!

XOXO, Megan ❤

My Traumatizing Morning & Outfit of the Day!

 

Good morning, everyone! I’ve got a quick Outfit of the Day post for ya right now, but before I get into that, I have the funniest/scariest story to tell ya’ll. Well, it wasn’t funny earlier, and it actually still makes me feel kinda nauseous, but I’m telling you anyway. haha So, this morning on my way to work, which is about 15 minutes away from my home, I was just havin’ a grand old time. I was blasting some Beyonce, singing at the top of my lungs, and may have even been car dancing a little bit. I was in my car for, like, 10 minutes before I noticed a giant freaking tarantula sitting shot gun in the passenger seat (not really a tarantula, but in all honestly, it was gigantic). He was starring at me the whole time. Just looking at me. Just waiting for his moment to pounce on me like a mountain lion and eat my leg off. I practically climbed outta the window sobbing and screaming and sat on the side of the road bawling my eyes out until some nice lady pulled over and killed it for me. When I got to work, I looked like sucha hot mess that they sent me back home due to “emotional distress.” So now I’m sitting at home, on my couch, in my pajamas, still crying and shaking a little bit. I’m so pathetic. I hope ya’ll still like me after reading this. hahah

Anyway, on to my Outfit of the Day! Which, obviously, I’m no longer in because I couldn’t get my shit together at work and got sent home. haha

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Jean Jacket: Macy’s

Tribal Tank Top: K2 Avenue (my cousin’s online boutique with suuuper cute clothes and accessories, check ’em out here: http://www.k2avenue.com/ )

Black Lace Body-Con Mini Skirt: American Eagle

Teal Sandals: Charlotte Russe

This was a perfectly cute outfit wasted on a horrible circumstance this morning, I’ll have to wear it again! But thank ya’ll for hanging out with me this morning and I really hope you don’t think I’m psychotic after my story hahah Oh, and don’t forget to check out K2 Avenue’s website in the link I added for ya! Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, check it out anyway and browse or suggest something to one of your friends or family members (: Tons of cute stuff there. I get something pretty much every week! Thanks again for reading, I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan ❤

 

 

 

 

Poolside Makeup Routine!

Hey, everyone! I hope ya’ll had an awesome weekend! I had sucha fun and relaxing one spent outside enjoying the beautiful central Illinois weather swimming all weekend! While I would love to be one of those girls that can just go swimming completely natural without a drop of makeup on, that’s just not possible for me (check out my problem skin post here: https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/problem-skin-to-flawless-skin/ ). My skin is so damaged and scarred that I just feel so much more comfortable with a little bit of coverage on when hitting the pool. So my post today is for you ladies who feel the same way I do. Check out my poolside makeup routine below!  

Photo: this dude. 😎

Obviously, I had to get a selfie for ya. haha This is my guy, Cody, and I! I wish I would have taken a picture more close up of my swim suit to share with ya’ll. I got it from Target for under $15 (really!) and I almost always get all of my swim suites from there! They have such an awesome selection full of different types of swim suites so everyone is sure to find something they love and feel comfortable in.

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Now on to the fun stuff: the makeup! First things first, you need to get yourself a good base, a good foundation. Obviously, for days when you’ll be outside sweating or swimming, a primer is necessary, but there’s so many out there for all different kinds of skin tones and problems, it’s hard for me to recommend just a generic one for everybody. I use Bare Minerals Oil Control primer, but that’s just me. Foundation, on the other hand, I swear by this Revelon ColorStay Whipped Foundation! I talk about this with you guys all the time and I’ll say it again: this stuff is amazing. I’m on my third jar and probably won’t be switching up my foundations any time soon! This stuff is perfect for pool days outside because it does just what it says it will: it stays! This is available at any drugstore for around $11.

 

 

 

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I defiantly don’t want any bold lip color if I’m gonna be splashin’ around and sweating all day. The last thing I wanna worry about is fading and smearing lip color. For warm days mixed with chlorine which can be extra drying, you need something that’s going to be moisturizing so I defiantly recommend (and use myself!) these Maybelline Baby Lips! They give you sheer color with tons of moisture. Plus the color and the packaging just screams summer time! You can find these at any drugstore as well as Ulta for under $5.  

 

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Obviously, sweat-proofing your makeup is a must! To do that, you need to use a setting powder of some sort. This Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is awesome because it sets everything so beautifully without any of the cakiness that can sometimes come with other powders. This powder never fades, smudges, cakes, or creases and it keeps the shine at bay all day. You can buy this at any drugstore for under $5. 

 

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And the best for last? A setting spray! This Ben Nye Final Seal Setting Spray is my holy grail setting spray and it’s one of my holy grail beauty products in general. I do not know how I lived without this magical stuff before and I don’t plan on ever giving it up! I’m not going to get too much into it because I’ve done a whole blog post on it before (https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/gotta-have-it-or-live-without-it-ben-nye-final-seal/ ) and I rave about it constantly, but just know that you NEED this in your life. Especially for summer! Even through sweating and swimming, my makeup stayed right in place and never faded, even on my oily skin! You need to check this stuff out. I promise!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this kinda quick post and I hope it helped some of ya’ll out! If you have any questions about anything I talked about or anything else, just ask me in the comments below! I get all my notifications sent right to my phone so I answer right away (: If you loved this post, don’t forget to like it and then give me a follow if you aren’t already for more posts like this! Thanks so much for hanging out with me today and I’ll talk to ya’ll later!

XOXO, Megan ❤ 

May Favorites! (:

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Happy Friday, everyone! It’s officially gettin’ down to the last couple days in May, so ya’ll know what that means… it’s time for another monthly favorites blog post! Before I get into everything, I just wanna say something really quick. When I do my monthly favorites (actually when I do pretty much all of my blog posts) I like to use drugstore or relatively available and non-expensive products. I do this because I wanna include everyone, no matter their money situation. A few years ago when money wasn’t easy to come by for me, I would watch makeup tutorials on YouTube and I would always get so disappointed because they never used any drugstore products, making all of the looks they created difficult for me to figure out. I never want anyone else to feel like that, so I just prefer to use products that I love, can be found almost anywhere, and I know ya’ll will love too! Of course, if you ever have any questions about any high end products, don’t be afraid to ask! I just won’t typically do a blog post including them. So, with that outta the way, let’s get to my May favorites!

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This Olay moisturizer has been a staple of mine for years! I’m actually not for sure if I’ve included this in a previous monthly favorites before, but I love it, so why not include it again, right? haha The thing that’s most important to me in a moisturizer is the SPF factor. You should be wearing SPF everyday, but it’s especially vital during summer. I don’t have sensitive skin, but I have acne-prone skin so I can’t usually wear sunscreen on my face because it breaks me out. So I have to use a moisturizer with SPF in year round. I first tried this out in high school and haven’t switched since! I’ve tried others, but I always, always, always come back to my good ol’ Olay. It’s available at any drugstore as well as Ulta and it’s for around $5 (:

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While we’re on the topic of moisturizing, let’s talk about Maybelline Baby Lips! I’m obsessed with this line. Baby Lips and EOS lip balm are my favorites and I especially love this line because these Baby Lips lip balms have some sheer color to them that are just gorgeous for the summer months! This pretty pink color is Pink Punch and it tastes and smells like strawberry lemonade. Uhmm, yes please! If you guys haven’t tried Baby Lips before, I really have no idea what you’re waiting for! They’re widely available, cheap, and really keep your lips soft! Plus the adorable packaging is to die for.

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Ya know what I just realized? I believe I’ve included these Nyx Butter Glosses before in another one of my monthly favorites. Apparently, I’m just full of repeats today. haha But this color is one that I just recently purchased, so I know I haven’t done this specific one yet. This is a gorgeous berry colored gloss called Strawberry Parfait.

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Here’s what Strawberry Parfait looks like on! I tried to pucker my lips a little bit so you could see it better, but I ended up looking like I had a partial face paralysis hahah Excuse my extreme lack of photogenic skills. Anyway, what I love most about this Nyx Butter Gloss line is that these glosses never dry my lips out and they never feel heavy. They’re just light and give you the perfect amount of shine and color! These can be found wherever Nyx products (I always get mine at Ulta) and they’re for under $5.

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I don’t know what it is with me and my little mascara obsession, but I go through mascara like it’s no one’s business. Once my mascara even dries up just the slightest little bit, I throw it away just so I can go try a new one. haha I can honestly say that I’ve never once bought the same mascara twice. I’ve never found one that just blows me away (if ya’ll have any recommendations, let me know!). This is the Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara in black and, while it doesn’t blow me away, I have enjoyed using it. It takes some time to get used it because you can’t just go in like you would with other mascaras. This clumps and gets that spidery look really easily, so you need to go in with a really light hand and build gently from there. I don’t remember how much this one costs (I usually just grab drugstore mascaras without even looking at the cost haha) but I got mine at Walmart and I can assure you it was under $5. Would I ever purchase this again? Nahh, probably not. But I included it in my May favorites because it’s been my favorite mascara to use this month!

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You guys, I am sucha freak when it comes to Biore products. I know I am and I know it’s bad haha I’m pretty sure I include another one of their washes and scrubs every single month. I even did a whole post about Biore a few months ago, so check that out here: https://psmeganelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/my-tried-and-true-skincare-line/. This is their new facial cleanser that I picked up at the beginning of this month and I’ve been absolutely loving ever since! This is their Charcoal Pore Unclogging Face Cleanser and I believe it was a little over $5 available at any drugstore. In this picture, I pumped some out on my hand for ya so you could see that it really is charcoal! (Charcoal is proven to be a really amazing skin cleanser.) One of the things I love most about this is that you can use this all over your body, not just your face. If body breakouts are a problem for you, this is a wash you need to try out! Especially during the summer time when you have extra sweat, oil, dirt, and chlorine stickin’ to ya. After you use this, you’ll instantly notice a difference in your skin. You’ll be able to tell how deep down it cleaned and you’ll be left with a really fresh, clean feeling. The only thing is make sure that you follow up with a moisturizer because this can sometimes tighten your skin.

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I hate the Kardashians. I’ll be the first to happily admit that. I think they’re annoying, spoiled, selfish people and I genuinely can’t stand any of them. But Kim’s wedding dress? I’m pretty sure we can all agree how elegant, classy, and gorgeous it is on her. I was 100% expecting her to come prancing down that isle in a tight, low-cut dress with a slit up to her lady muffin in 8 inch heels. Obviously, I was pleasantly surprised! I still hate the girl, but her dress deserved a spot on my May favorites list!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this monthly favorites post! Remember, if ya’ll have any mascara recommendations (or any other products you think I should try out!), please let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’re favorites are. As always, don’t forget to like this post and then give me a follow if you aren’t already for more beauty and lifestyle related posts like this one (: Thanks so much for hangin’ out with me for a little bit today and I’ll talk to ya’ll later! Enjoy your weekends!

XOXO, Megan ❤

 

 

Gotta Have It or Live Without It: Nyx Matte Lipstick

Hi, everyone! I’ve got a Gotta Have It or Live Without makeup review for ya tonight! It’s over the Nyx Matte Lipstick line (:

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When summer finally rolls around, that’s when bright, colorful makeup comes into play! I especially love experimenting with bold lip colors during the warmer months. But between the summer heat and humidity, drinking and eating, talking and laughing, swimming and sweating… it’s almost impossible to find a lip color that last through all of that. I had pretty much given up all hope on finding a lipstick that lasts and settled on just wearing basic lip balm all summer. Don’t get me wrong, lip balm is fantastic and I still do wear it everyday when I’m doing a lot less makeup. But for parties, nights out, and special events, I still need myself a great lip color that won’t fade, smear, or smudge! That’s where this Nyx Matte Lipstick line comes in (:

I had just recently used this lipstick line for the first time only about two weeks ago. I wore this gorgeous deep red color to my cousin’s wedding. I applied it before I left and tucked it away in my clutch ready to constantly reapply like I’d done with every other lipstick in the history of ever. But through pictures, eating dinner, chowing down on dessert, drinking, talking, and laughing, it never faded. That’s absolutely incredible, so let me say that again in case you didn’t quite catch that… THIS LIPSTICK NEVER FADED. Like, never. It never faded. Through out the whoooole night, it still looked as perfect as when I first put it on! Can we all just take a second and fan-girl together? I only reapplied ONCE the whole entire day. ONCE. JUST ONCE! And that time wasn’t really even that bad, I just wanted a little bit more color intensity for pictures. Other than that, I was free to forget about my lips for the rest of the night because I had no doubt it wouldn’t fail me! It was pretty magical. haha

Nyx Matte Lipsticks come in a cute, little black tube like you see above with a clear part so you can tell your colors apart. The thing I love most about this lipstick is that gorgeous matte finish it has. I love shine just like the next girl and the fun thing about this line is that, with the matte finish, you can build your lip gloss on top if you so please. But I didn’t use any gloss at the wedding and still got tons of compliments.

Final verdict? GOTTA HAVE IT! This isn’t even a “ehhh. it’s alright.” This is a 100%, head over heels in love, I completely, totally, and wholeheartedly NEED this product in my life! I have no idea how I survived without this being in my beauty routine before. haha Nyx Matte Lipsticks are available wherever Nyx products are sold and I picked mine up at Ulta for less than $5! I’ve only used it a few times, so maybe it’s too soon to claim this, but I’m pretty positive I’ve found my holy grail lipstick. Please, trust me on this, you NEED this in your life! Promise!

XOXO, Megan ❤