Budget Beauty: L’Oreal Infallible Matte-Pro Foundation

I’m forever looking for new foundations, & I’m pretty much willing to pay any price for a great foundation that’ll cover imperfections and give me a natural look.  So, with that being said, I cannot even remember the last time I used a drugstore foundation before this one.  I had heard such great things about the L’Oreal InfallibleMatte- Pro Foundation since it came out, and I thought I’d at least give it a try, I color matched to 102 Shell Beige, and give it a whirl.


This foundation seriously delivers, & I mean it delivers all day long, and doesn’t take a break.  Labeled as a 24 hour foundation I was skeptical of L’Oreal, and while thankfully I’ve never quite made it to the 24 hour mark, I have made it to the 16 hour mark (a Friday for a teacher can be a pretty long day), and it still looked good!


Clearly, as you can tell from the name, this foundation is going to give you a matte finish, an easily blendable matte-pro finish to be exact.  It gives flawless coverage without looking cake-y or dry, and it creates the perfect canvas for a highlight, blush, and bronzer.

I’ve used both a Beauty Blender and foundation brush to apply the  L’Oreal Infallible Matte- Pro Foundation and both work great.  As I said, it’s blends well and you can slowly build coverage and not worry about it looking like too much.  It also has a wide variety of color choices, so you’re almost guaranteed to find a perfect match.

This foundation truly has all the makings of a high end beauty product, but with the budget beauty price point.  I highly advise you give it a try next time you’re in your local drugstore or Target!

XO.
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Vapour Organic Beauty Luminous Instant Skin Perfector

Some mornings, if I’m in a rush, I need to be able to apply something quickly over my moisturizer that gives me a little bit of oomph, without a real “makeup routine”.  You know, #teacherlife.
One of my favorite YouTuber’s, Esteé Lalonde, aka Essie Button, featured organic beauty brand Vapour in one of her haul videos, and I instantly checked out the brand.  Esteé had featured their Stratus Luminous Instant Skin Perfector– essentially a primer, blur-er, & brightener in stick form.  SO convenient, am I right?



I had a Stratus Luminous Instant Skin Perfector at my doorstep a few weeks later, &  I was so psyched to give it a try as I’ve been trying to incorporate more organic products into my daily routine. 
 Vapour products are 70%+ organic, and the remaining ingredients are “mineral pigments and essential oils”.  I really enjoyed learning about the company’s commitment to sustainable beauty, I encourage you to take a look at the Vapour Organic Beauty Philosophy, here.  Anyway, after using the Instant Skin Perfector for two weeks straight, I was beyond hooked.  Here’s why…
After going through my morning routine I swipe the stick all over my face & blend it with my fingers a bit, concentrating on areas that need a little more coverage than others.  My skin looks refreshed, bright, and some trouble spots, most often my chin area, look more even and less bothered.  I simply apply some concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and again, on those troubling spots…and I’m done.  That’s it.

Can you tell it’s been well loved?

All of this happens in under 3 minutes.  I swipe some mascara on my lashes, & we’re good to go.

As a primer this product really does create a nice canvas for whatever makeup you want to apply.  The use of the stick was interesting at first, I was worried about pulling on my skin, but after a few tries I was able to apply the Instant Skin Perfector easily.  The blending with my fingertips, especially around those problem areas I mentioned, was a nice alternative to how I typically apply primer.

As more and more women make the switch to organic beauty products it’s important we have brands we can trust.  After my continual use of the Stratus Luminous Instant Skin Perfector I’m looking forward to adding some more Vapour Organic Beauty products to my routines.

Have you started adding more organic products to your beauty routine? 

[Disclaimer: Vapour Organic Beauty provided me with this product.  All opinions are my own.]

XO.
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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I love a good BB Cream…or CC Cream…or tinted moisturizer.  They are the easiest products to apply, delivering coverage but still leaving you to feel light and not like you’re wearing a face full of makeup.
When bareMinerals debuted the Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, I bought it instantly.  I didn’t have any products resembling a gel cream and I found it intriguing, so of course, I ran to Sephora and picked up my color match, Vanilla 02.

This is my typical weekend base, it’s so easy to apply whether you use a beauty sponge, foundation brush, or just your fingertips.  Personally, I find applying with my fingers works the best.  The lightweight coverage is perfect for when you’re running errands, and I can build it just a tiny bit on areas of my face that need more coverage.  It’s especially been my favorite this winter, as it works to hydrate skin with coconut ingredients and marine botanicals, and give a dewy look after applied.

If you’re looking for real coverage, this product might not be for you- it’s pretty sheer and can be built up a little bit, but not enough as if it were a real foundation.

As an Allure Best of Beauty winner, I have to say hats off to bareMinerals with this product, it’s definitely made it’s way to my favorite products and is now a staple in my makeup bag.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream | $29.50

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Budget Beauty: e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

e.l.f. cosmetics, a ridiculously affordable makeup brand that stands for eyes, lips, face, started their #playbeautifully campaign back in October.  I was so excited to have had the opportunity to be a part of the #elfbeautysquad for the past few months and I can’t wait to start sharing all of the goodies I’ve been consistently testing out.  If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (elizabethmayce) you’ve seen me post product pictures and some unboxings on Snap.  Now that my blogging life is finally back in order I’m excited to share my e.l.f. favorites with you all!

By now I think we all know the largest trend in makeup involves contouring, illuminating,  highlighting, and strobing.  There are so many palettes and products out there that help achieve the look, but to be honest it can be difficult to find an illuminating product that doesn’t cost a pretty penny.  I was shocked when I learned the e.l.f. Illuminating Palette was only $6…yes, six dollars.  Right now this palette is out of stock on the e.l.f. website, but I did find it on Amazon for about $15, which is a still a steal when you think about the price higher end brands sell these types of palettes for in stores like Sephora.
There are four illuminating powders in this palette, all of them are soft and give that perfect filtered look.  Seeing that I’m a teacher, using an illuminator in my daily routine is way more appropriate than a highlight.  I have a glow, but nothing too bright and bold.  The e.l.f. Illuminating Palette delivers a soft look, with great pigmentation on all four colors, which is exactly what I’d been looking for.

You can use these colors all over your face, which sounds a bit different, but really it makes sense.  After all, this is not a highlighter, it’s simply meant to brighten up your skin.  I’ve taken a large fluffy brush and mixed up all four colors and applied all over, rather than in certain light hitting spots.  I mentioned earlier, and it’s so true, it’s the perfect way to filter your face, sans Instagram.

My favorite two colors are the top ones.  I sometimes use the first one as a brow highlight- it brightens up my eyes a bit without looking like I have anything on.  The second color is perfect to illuminate the tops of my cheek bones.  It has a pinkish color, no shimmer, and this color really gives that soft glow I mentioned earlier.

Perfect for highlighting the brow.

My favorite for applying right on top of the cheek bones for a glow.

The bottom two colors are more bronzy, so using as an eyeshadow or for a little sculpt around the face have been their major uses for me.

Of course, I nicked this one right when I opened the palette, oops!

Try your local drugstore or Target to see if this palette is still available- it has to be somewhere!  & for the price, it’s totally worth it as an everyday quickie product.

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What I Got for Christmas: Beauty Edition

Last week I promised the What I Got for Christmas: Beauty Edition as my Thursday’s Fab Five, but I was having Polyvore issues and needed to reschedule it to this morning.  Sorry!!

If you missed my post last Tuesday, I featured everything I got for Christmas that wasn’t beauty/ makeup/ skincare related.  Check it out here if you missed it!

Christmas Gifts: Beauty

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette 
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Light 
Sephora Collection Express Cleansing Wipes
I also got this lovely Hand in Hand Soap & Lotion set in Noble Fir, it’s from Anthropologie, but I literally cannot find it anywhere online!

For some reason my best friend & family seem to think I like Lush or something…I have no idea why they’d think that…weird.

What I Got for Christmas: Lush

Lush ‘Joy to the World’ Gift Set
featuring Love & Light Hand Cream and Snowflake soap 

Lush ‘It’s Christmas Deer’ Gift Set
featuring Golden Wonder, Golden Slumbers, Lord of Misrule, Frozen, Luxury Lush Pud, & Butterbear Bath Bombs 

Lush ‘Christmas Party‘ Gift
featuring Baked Alaska soap, Celebrate body lotion, and Yuzu & Cocoa Shower Cream

Lush Spa Gift Set 
featuring Therapy Massage Bar, Dreamtime Temple Balm, Golden Slumbers Bath Bomb, Energized Bubble Stone, Comforter Chocolate Body Scrub, Stepping Stone Foot Scrub 

Did you get any favorite beauty products during the holidays?!

PS: Looking for some more current blogger favorites?  Check out Stylelixir’s Fab Favorites Blog LinkUp!

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NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection

I may be a little late in writing about this collection, but it’s fabulousness is still in full force.  I had my eye on the NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection for a while, and I bought the One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette during the Sephora VIB sale.  The blush colors are awesome and the palette itself, packaging and all, is just gorgeous.  I took a look at some of the other Steven Klein items, and I have a nice little Christmas list going of more products I want to add to my collection!

NARS Steven Klein Collaboration Favorites

These colors just scream fall and winter to me, the Dead of Summer Eye Palette is out of control gorgeous, and paired with the Provoke Killer Shine Lip Gloss…incredible.  I’m a nail polish collector, so I know I’ll without a doubt be purchasing the Black Fire Nail Polish to add to my collection!!

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Sephora VIB Rouge Haul

As a Sephora junkie I’m proud of my VIB Rouge status.  This week the 20% off VIB sale launched for members and of course I had a list of items I absolutely needed to buy.  I haven’t shopped in a little while, and all I do is work, so this was really a little treat for me.  I was pleasantly surprised to see this purchase was able to extend my Rouge status another year…#thrills.

Sephora VIB Sale Haul

This has been on my list since they came out, but I purposely waited for this sale to purchase them.  This unique foundation like formula made the Allure Best of Beauty list for this year.  Basically you add a few drops to whatever moisturizer or foundation you use, which will ramp up your coverage.  You can literally mix it with any part of your skincare routine.  I’ve heard amazing things about the Custom Cover Drops and I cannot wait until it arrives!!
I know this is pricey, but this was a great collaboration and seriously, these colors just made me so happy.  I don’t wear eye makeup to work, duh, I’m a teacher…but I love experimenting with blush during the week.  So, naturally I felt I needed this.
My skin has been great recently, so I was looking for a lighter concealer for everyday use.  After reading some great reviews of this concealer I figured I should give it a try.
I’m super obsessed with the Sephora sheet face masks.  I’ve tried them all and have repurchased several times.  They’re so convenient, target specific needs, and the price point is fantastic.  When I saw that they made these same masks into a gel overnight form, I freaked out.  I can’t wait to use them immediately!
Have you purchased anything from the Sephora sale yet?  Join the cash back program Ebates, Sephora is currently at 6% cash back, so you can save even more!!
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Perfector

My first thought when receiving this product was, what is a blur perfector?  My second thought when receiving this product was, yay I love YSL!
The purpose of the Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Blur Perfector is to create a perfectly smooth, fine line free, pore minimized canvas for makeup.  I would describe its texture as balm-ly like, it applies the way a balm feels, yet kind of turns to powder as the after effect and feeling.  I hope that made sense!
Yves Saint Laurent's Touché Éclat Blur Perfector
Photo: Sephora.com

I look at this product as a primer, and a good one at that.  For the past three weeks I’ve subbed in Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Blur Perfector for my typical primer, and I’ve had great results.  The best part of this product for me, is the fact that it’s mattifying…my ultimate test.  As far as the color goes, it has a nice rose color in the palette that blends in easily to any skin tone color. 
Not only can you use this product as a primer, but you can use it as a touch up throughout the day.  & let me tell you something, having this in my makeup bag on these hot and muggy D.C. summer days, has been amazing.  I use the applicator that came with the Blur Perfector and just blot on the oily parts of my face…it instantly creates a more matte look and evens out my foundation.  I wish there was a bit more substance to the applicator, especially since the formula and texture of the product changes, but we all know the applicators products come with aren’t the best.
I know looking at the price tag of the Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Blur Perfector might cause people to think twice before purchasing, but the truth is this is such a multifunctional product, that I feel as though its many uses allow the cost to make sense.  Also, it’s YSL.
Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Blur Perfector | $55

Disclaimer: I received this product through Influenster.  All opinions are my own. 

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bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

I’m always trying new foundations, especially when it comes to liquid foundation.  I’m a diehard Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 fan, but I still like to have a trusty liquid option at hand.
I just recently finished a bottle of the fan favorite bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Ivory 04.  When I purchased this product I also purchased the accompanying bareSkin Perfecting Face Brush.  
bareMinerals bareSkin

Photo from Sephora.com
At first I had mixed feelings on the bareSkin foundation, I thought it made me just a little too dewy.  My mom & my best friend also have this product, and they kind of felt the same way.  I remedied this problem by making sure I used my MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, once I did that I looked nice & matte.  I really liked how easy it was to blend and apply the foundation, the color matched me well, and it’s super lightweight.
One downside I found was that the bareSkin foundation didn’t offer a whole lot of coverage, so I really only used this as a foundation on days when I had no blemishes or extra redness.  If you’re looking for a heavier coverage I’d try looking for something different.  If you’re looking for a more lightweight formula that will deliver a super glow-y and dewy finish (especially if you have dry skin) then bareSkin is definitely for you.
As far as the bareSkin Perfecting Brush goes, I really like it, but I don’t think it’s necessary at all for the use of the foundation.  The foundation is released like a dropper, and you’re supposed to drop two droplets into the top of the brush.  bareMinerals says that’s the only amount of foundation you’ll need, but I found I always needed just a tiny bit more.  I guess it’s more of a personal preference choice for amount of coverage, but just keep in mind that the foundation is thin, and coverage may be minimal.

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Mascara 101: Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara

Looking for your mascara to deliver unbelievable curl and length?? Well then, the Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara is certainly for you…and here’s why…
Not a day goes by where I don’t wear mascara- it’s just one of my things.  I just cannot not wear mascara.  
I’ve been blessed with super long lashes, so my #1 necessity in a great mascara is its curling ability, and hey, if it’s also great at lengthening, so be it.
Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara

Marcelle is a great brand, I’m a fan of their BB cream, bronzer, and gloss, so when I got a hold of the Xtension Plus Mascara I naturally had high hopes.  Now, as I said, length really isn’t an issue for me, so I can’t speak to whether or not it’ll really help lashes that need that length factor.  I can however speak to its amazing curl ability.  My lashes look bold and voluminous when I use this mascara…and seeing that I’ve never had issues with clumping, it’s been absolutely perfect for me since I started using it.

The formula is so light looking and feeling, which I love.  I hate when the mascara wand looks clumpy or as if it as too much product on it- the Xtension Plus wand doesn’t allow for that.  In fact the Marcelle wand is super simple and thin, I cannot stand ridiculously fancy mascara wands, I always find the wand is what’s causing the clumping, not always the formula of the mascara.

If you’re looking for a new brand of Mascara to try that isn’t too expensive, join the waitlist over at Birchbox for the Marcelle Xtension Plus
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Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara | $13
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