Budget Beauty: CoverGirl TruBlend

I’m all about Budget Beauty when it comes to skincare. There are some awesome wallet friendly skincare brands and products on the market! Recently, I’m slowly coming around to introducing more budget friendly makeup options, a couple of which are the CoverGirl TruBlend products. I often partner with Influenster when new products come out- so I was super excited when I got a nice little CoverGirl package in the mail! I received four products, I’ll feature two of them today, and two next week.

The first product I tried out was the new TruBlend Base Business Primer. I love a good primer, especially because I have oily skin. & I need a primer to set my makeup up for success through the day. I typically reach for high end primers, thinking that the quality is better than your average drug store brand. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the TruBlend Base Business Primer! I’ve been using it daily before work, after applying my current moisturizer, & I’m loving how my makeup looks after a long day of teaching!

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Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

Ladies, ladies, ladies. I have almost no words for how much I love this Too Faced Born this Way Concealer. If you’re unfamiliar with the Born this Way line, it came out last summer and has been wildly popular ever since. Part of its popularity is because YouTube Queen Jackie Aina, yes I call her a Queen, was heavily involved in making sure the Born this Way line was inclusive of all skin tones. The beauty industry has been attempting to add more color shades to foundations and concealers, & in my opinion, Too Faced has done an excellent job being skin tone inclusive with 35 shades for this line.

The Too Faced Born this Way Concealer has been my one and only face makeup product this summer. I typically try to wear less makeup during the summer months, but I always find I reach for a tad of foundation, and of course concealer, just to make myself look even and reduce redness. Well, this concealer is so amazing, all I need is the tiniest bit to look even, less red, and glowy.

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bareMinerals Invisible Glow Highlight Powder

My daytime makeup look is soft and natural because well, I’m a teacher, so it kinda has to be. Since I love makeup so much I want to incorporate all of my favorite elements, but I realize it has to be toned down during the day. When I think about highlight, I love to think about a strong bright look along the top of my cheek bones. I think we all know that’s a tad too dramatic for any daytime makeup look, so instead of something bold and shiny, I introduce you to a soft and natural highlighter, the bareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder.

First of all, it’s a baked highlighter, which I love. & it’s bareMinerals, which automatically means great quality, in my opinion. If you’re unfamiliar with baked makeup, it basically means it was once a cream, and was baked to become a solid. I love how baked makeup applies and always find it to be more vibrant and higher pigmented. This highlight has such a natural look to it, and when applied makes me look appropriately sun-kissed.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Tokyo Milk Makeup

Last week, I featured a few of Tokyo Milk’s moisturizers- they smell luxurious and I love them, read more about it all here.  All of this Tokyo Milk goodness came from my Mom who bought it all for me from Good Morning America’s Deals and Steals one fine morning.  Isn’t she the best???

Today I’m featuring two Tokyo Milk makeup products that would be a perfect gift this holiday season.  The first one up is the Tokyo Milk Lip Gloss in Sheer, a super moisturizing gloss that gives a great shine and shimmer to your lips.  It doesn’t have color, which to me is the best part.  Why, you ask?  Well, sometimes when wearing lip stick or gloss, especially if it’s matte, we can feel dry and our lips don’t feel their best.  A couple swipes of this sheer lip gloss and you’ll feel back to life- hydrated without being too much, if you know what I mean.

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Budget Beauty: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Concealer

It’s Monday, and I’m actually not bothered by it!  I had such a relaxing weekend at home with Rob- we visited The Cheesecake Factory and watched both our football teams lose so…super productive.  Okay okay, I also totally cleaned the house too so that was pretty productive.

Anyway, I’m here today to share one of my favorite concealers, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow.  I switch between this and two not so budget friendly concealers (that I’ll share in the upcoming weeks) for my every day look.  I use a few different concealers because I enjoy trying different brands and different formulas.  I usually tend to spend a bit more $$ on my makeup, but between this concealer and the Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, I’ve really been enjoying L’Oreal makeup.

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Spring Makeup Must Haves

I’ve been dying to add some new items to my makeup collection, so I was perusing the Sephora & Ulta websites this weekend checking out what new goodies they have for the season.  I picked out 6 products I’m seriously considering purchasing over the next couple of months.  
Have you added any new makeup products to your collection lately?!  Tweet me (@elizabethmayce) any recommendations you may have! 
Spring Makeup Must Haves

This truly is the ultimate palette, omg these colors are incredible.  You can create equally soft and dramatic looks with these shadows.  I love Too Faced shadows so I know the quality will be great!
Benefit makes great blush, not to mention their packaging is always incredibly adorable.  The GALifornia blush is the newest addition to the Benefit family, the pinks and gold shimmer scream beach day and boardwalk night out to me.  It apparently also smells of vanilla & grapefruit, which sounds amazing. 
Creamy oil really caught my eye with this Too Faced product, and the Peach-sicle color looks gorgeous.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t used a Too Faced lip product before, and I don’t even own any of their Peach line yet, so I thought this would be the perfect product to start with.
Smashbox collaborated with beauty guru Casey Holmes for this highlight palette and I am obsessed with all three colors.  There are two different palettes, Gold and Pearl, I’m really liking the Pearl palette it goes better with my skin tone.  These highlights apparently look great as an all over lid look as well!
I have the Marc Jacobs Beauty Glowstick and I love it so I have high hopes for this liquid highlight.  In addition to just applying it on the tops of my cheeks, the way I would with any highlight, I like that I could also mix it in with my foundation.  Or, if you’re going with a no makeup look, mixing it with your AM moisturizer would give a great glow for the day. 
This color is right up my ally for a spring/ summer lip.  The product itself looks like it deposits a lot of color, and I love the overall packaging and crayon style of the product.  I’ve never tried an Hourglass lip product, so I’m really excited to give it a try!
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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème & Setting Powder

Wearing a great concealer is probably one of the most important parts of my makeup routine.  I need it to polish a barely there makeup routine just as much as I need it to help perfect a full glam look.  I have a small list of go to concealers, but I’m always looking to try new ones.   I was super excited when I was sent the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer, with the Edge Concealer Brush.  & I am so happy I was able to give this, and the Setting Powder with Precision Powder Brush, a try!
To be honest, I’m not sure I would’ve picked up the concealer in Sephora on my own, but using this product, along with the Setting Powder, for a few months now, has really gotten me more interested in the Kat Von D brand.  I love the packaging of both these products, the brushes have a rock and roll look to them, and the black packaging of the concealer and setting powder have a very Kat Von D vibe to them.

I was sent two colors which is perfect because I really do go back and forth between them, Warm and Neutral.  This is the perfect concealer for my everyday work makeup.  It’s creamy and stays put all day, which is important for me since I have absolutely no time for touchups during my work day!

Each morning I use just a little under my eyes, down the sides of my nose and on any blemishes I might have.  Luckily, because my skincare routine has been so strict lately I haven’t had any blemishes, but when I do, this works great to cover anything up.  It’s full coverage without being heavy or cake-y, and the creamy, light-weight, texture makes it easy to blend with the Kat Von D Lock- It Edge Concealer Brush or just your fingers.  I’ve been trying to use the Concealer Brush more often, it’s quite different than some other concealer brushes I’ve used in the past, and while I’ve had no problem using it, I do prefer just using my fingertips instead.

The Lock-It Concealer contains a patented HydraBoost Complex that aims to both hydrate and create a crease-proof finish, which is especially necessary for underneath the eyes.  I love how it brightens up my under eye area, as well as the area down the sides of my nose.  I can also dab just a little of this on any redness I am experiencing and it covers it right up.

When I finish my entire makeup look for the day, or night, I use my Kat Von D Lock- It Precision Powder Brush, to apply Kat Von D’s Lock- It Setting Powder all over my face.  This light powder helps to set my makeup and give me a bright finished look.  It has a natural finish so you don’t need to worry about it affecting your makeup, and its matte finish is just enough where you look natural and polished.

I’ve used quite a few setting powders that have looked a bit white and chalk-y after applying, and I always freak out.  The soft hue of this finishing power allows it to blend perfectly with my skin tone, keeping texture and color exactly how it should be.  Similar to the concealer brush, I enjoy using this brush as well, but I do think that there are other less expensive options out there.  I love the fact that I  have this brush, but I must admit I probably would not purchase on my own.

Kat Von D Lock- It Concealer Creme | $26
Kat Von D Lock- It Edge Concealer Brush | $24
Kat Von D Lock- It Setting Powder | $30
Kat Von D Lock- It Precision Powder Brush | $32

[Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review.  All opinions are my own.]


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Fall Beauty Wish List

As the season changes, so does the makeup.  I’m stashing some extra $$$ so I can purchase some of fall’s newest palettes, and let me tell you, it’s gorgeous stuff.  This is my ultimate wish list, I know I won’t get everything but I’ll be sure to pick up 2 or 3 things…

Fall Sephora Wish List

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel, $44 
I have a weird obsession with blush, I have 0 idea why, but I literally want every color blush in this whole world.  I can do without eyeshadow, but not blush.  Ever.  Tarte’s new color wheel palette looks INCREDIBLE, and I will for sure be purchasing this.  Drool.

bareMinerals The Wish List Eyeshadow Palette, $45
The colors in this palette look perfect for the holidays, both soft and smokey colors.  & I’m loving the pinks, browns, and shimmer feel to this palette.

Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette, $39
Because I just really need another highlighter….said no girl in 2016 ever.
…but this one is just so pretty!!

Benefit’s They’re Real! Big Sexy Eye Kit, $36 
I’m a Benefit junkie for sure, and this neutral kit is right up my alley.  I’m loving the design of the palette, the two colors are layered & ready to be swept across your lids.  Add in some blending and you have a perfect look in a snap.

Laura Mercier Fall in Love Face Illuminator Collection, $58 
The packaging of this collection…die.  & yes, I know, another highlighting product.  I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

Sephora & Ulta have tons of new makeup palettes and sets for the fall & holiday season, go check them out and treat yo’self!!

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Givenchy Acti’me Color Correcting Primer

If you’ve been reading LLB for a while now, you’ll notice I talk quite a bit about which products I use to calm, combat, and hide, my rosacea.  Even though my skincare game is on point in keeping it at bay, it’s still sometimes visible, depending on the weather some days worse than others.  When I do my makeup I don’t want to have to wear a ton of concealer (ps: see my review of my favorite, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, hereto hide the redness, so on days that aren’t so great I reach for my Givenchy Acti’me Color Correcting Primer in Acti Kiwi.
I used to be a huge fan of the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer (ps: read my review, here), which is still one of my faves, but when I saw this Givenchy Color Correcting Primer, I was really interested in giving it a try.

The color of this redness corrector is a bit more minty looking compared to every other I’ve seen, which means it looks a bit more milky on the skin, which of course, looks sort of weird when applying.  I try not to pat it in as much as I would a moisturizer, but more so intentionally target it around my red areas, and just gently press it into the skin.
I look like I’ve used mint green blush after I apply, but as soon as I get started with my makeup it evens out and all redness disappears.  It also helps my skin brighten up, sometimes the redness can make me look tired and dull, but the coloring of this primer helps to brighten up those dull spots.

I’ve been really enjoying this primer, and I appreciate how well it covers my rosacea.  This is my first Givenchy product and, not surprisingly, I’m impressed!  The price tag is a little high, but I purchased this during the Sephora V.I.B. Rogue sale, so that justified it to me!  There are a few other Acti’me Color Correcting Primers that target different skin concerns, as well as a universal brightening primer, so check those out too!
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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

This summer my skincare game has been on point, which has allowed me to seriously cut back on my makeup usage- it’s been great to say the least.  However, one product I have been consistently using this summer is NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, and it’s now a favorite.  I just ordered two from Sephora so I can have it whenever I might need it…I’m keeping one in my makeup drawer and one in my bag.

Since I’m tan right now I’ve been using Honey, which is a warm peach tone for light/ medium complexions.  This concealer blends so well into my skin, the formula in my opinion is lightweight and the level of hydration it delivers is excellent.  I’m able to use this concealer everywhere, around my nose, on any blemish, & over my rosacea.  It handles it all and I find I don’t even need to use too much product to get the job done.
I know the price may deter some buyers, but this truly is one of the top concealers out there, and if you have dry skin the creaminess of this NARS Concealer will save your life.  I tend to have more oily skin, but to be honest that hasn’t affected anything for me when using this product.  I use a setting powder to lock everything in place, which I think helps a lot.  Lastly, I think NARS delivers a great color range for this product, 16 different colors to be exact, so you’re hopefully guaranteed to match up with one of them!
Next time you’re in Sephora try out the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, the texture is different than other concealers I typically use, but I think that is what puts this products ahead of others!

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