July is over and I have finally gathered up my summer 2017 favorites that I have been using constantly since I have changed up my makeup for the weather. If you have oily, acne-prone, or otherwise totally uncooperative skin when it comes to heat and humidity these will likely work for you. It’s always good to take into account the changing seasons when it comes to your makeup and skincare.
What You Get: This palette is a cream and powder set in one palette. Included is 4 powders and 5 cream colors to contour, highlight, and color correct.
Packaging: This set comes in a sturdy plastic container with two mirrors that separate the cream and powder.
Where to Buy: Sephora
Important Notes: Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand
– This palette has everything that you need if you contour and highlight your face everyday. It also has a pink-peach based concealer for color correcting darkness.
– The shade range of this is excellent and there is a darker set for darker skin tones. There is a cooler-toned contour powder and a warmer contour powder as well to suit different undertones.
– The highlight shade is good for everyday use and it is not too much, but is still very pigmented and wears well.
– The packaging of this is 10/10. It is sturdy and could travel easily.
– Pigmentation. This is not really a “bad” thing most of the time. The cream shades in this very pigmented and if you go into this like all of the contour videos and tutorials that you see everywhere, you’re going to have a hard time blending this out. Less is totally more with this one.
– The concealer shades are on the drier side and might not work for every skin type especially for under-eye areas.
– I have not found myself using this a ton since I got it even though the product itself is good. You get a ton of product but unless you’re cream and powder contouring and highlighting all the time, you might not get a ton of use out of this.
The first contour shade is pretty dark and works more like a bronzer on lighter skin. It is on the warmer side and is highly pigmented so it takes a while to blend out if you use too much product.
Having acne is the absolute worst. And what’s even worse than having acne is having acne as a 14 year old? Having acne as a 20 (side-eyeing, you, 30) year old woman. I started color-correcting my skin when I was in middle school after reading a magazine article in my mom’s Cosmo magazine that said green corrected redness. So I remember buying some nonsense from Walmart and smearing it all over my face. Fast forwarding to high school where I had full range to wear whatever makeup (and I SURE did) I wanted. Anyway this is all working towards the idea that I started caking my face as what I would consider a toddler all in an effort to cover up the fact that I didn’t have great skin.
After I started really getting serious about makeup skills, I felt like I could never really do what all of these other gals are doing because my skin was so shitty. I decided I was over all of the skin issues that I had and I went to a doctor. Things went badly and I ended up not getting the results I wanted. I had really bad side effects from antibiotics that I was prescribed. I used them for about 5 days before I just stopped using all of it.
I really immersed myself into figuring out a skincare routine and after trying out about a million products I feel like I finally found some products that fixed most of my issue. I started using a routine and really getting serious about my skincare about a year ago so the first picture that I included would be from about a year ago.
I buy a lot of things that I do not actually think that I will get a lot of use out of because I like to review to them. It kind of comes with the territory of blogging. I feel like many of the things in this post are typical over hyped beauty products that have gained a lot of popularity from social media. With so much hype, it is easy to be let down when things are not life altering. There are a lot of products that get a ton of hype that I get so excited about the idea of and end up being duds. For this post I looked through my vanity to find things that I think have gained a lot of popularity via social media that have not worked out for me for whatever reason.
When I first saw this I must admit that I bought it immediately because I knew that it would be one of those things that would either be totally fantastic or it would be a complete dud. The Sephora Play! Iconic Edition was limited to VIB Rouge Sephora shoppers and cost $20. Immediately after launching there was some black lash from customers about why this would be considered a perk of being VIB Rouge. There was also some hoopla about Sephora deleting 1-star reviews on their site. Honestly there were a lot of 1-star reviews from people that couldn’t possibly have received their boxes, but I did notice that many comments and reviews that where there the first time that I checked were gone later when I went back to look into it.
Moving on, I purchased my box for $20 and I received it two days later with the use of Flash Shipping. To be totally fair, I really do not gravitate towards the “luxury” brands that I knew would be in this box. They generally are not geared towards people my age or skin type and I have other brands that I prefer. I did; however, take into account that there are a lot of people that are careful about what they spend their money on and would be interested to know what was inside. I figured that spending $20 would be worth seeing what some of these brands would have to offer and here is what I got.
Cost: $48 for 1 matte and 4 metallic shadows. This makes each shadow about $9.60 each. Each pan contains 2.5 grams.
Where to buy: Sephora
Important Notes: These shadows are made in Italy, not tested on animals, and paraben free. They expire 6 months after being opened.
Packaging: The packaging on this one is pretty basic but easy to use because of the clear lid. The snap on the closure is pretty secure, but the packaging is very light. There is small area to store a brush but no brush is included. This packaging also does not include a mirror.
I really, really very much wanted to hate this product. In fact, I did not even want to try Natasha Denona eyeshadows because they are absolutely beautiful. They literally look like the most amazing things I have ever laid my eyes on. The trouble is that they are so expensive. Like really expensive. I wanted nothing to do with it because I knew I would either hate them, and find myself out a couple hundred dollars on something I would barely use. Or, more likely, I would fall in love with them and I wouldn’t want to use anything else. Here’s what happened: after having a really bad day, I walked into Sephora and I saw this little version with 5 eyeshadows. I tried to ignore it. I milled around the store and I ended up coming back to it and I ended up walking out with it. I figured what could possibly be the harm in spending 50 dollars at least it’s not the 240 dollars that the big palettes cost. That was my process.
Maroon, Light Coral, Shell, Lavender Gray, Rosewood
These are the best eyeshadows that I have ever used. I am legitimately mad that I now need every one of them. First, they are super soft. Some people aren’t into that because they can be messy. I personally think they are a lot easier to use if you are careful and do your eye makeup first. There can be a lot of kickup and you can get a lot of fall out on your face if you’re not careful. Since they’re so soft, they are so easy to blend together. It is also important to note that since I purchased this, I haven’t used anything else. This is wild considering there are some palettes that I think are good that I only end up using them a few times. I haven’t tried any of the metallic shades with a setting spray on my brush because they have worked so well without it that I haven’t seen the need. This is all pretty bad news for the people like me that didn’t want to love something that is so expensive, but that’s the truth.
I am so smitten with this palette that I cannot think of one bad thing to say. The packaging is plain, but nothing important enough to complain about. I can’t wait to build up my eyeshadow collection with these pretties.
Sephora Play is a subscription box service that costs about $10 a month and is delivered mid-month. This is the only subscription box service that I currently receive and I am typically not disappointed. When I signed up for this service I was able to avoid being placed on waitlist because of having VIB Rouge status; however, I believe that the waitlist for Play is relatively short.
Benefit Cheek Parade is a limited edition value set that contains full-size pans of some of the brand’s favorite box bronzers and blushes. Each boxed bronzer or blush that is purchased individually is around $30 but this set is $59 making it an excellent bargain for those that want to try out these products without shelling out $30 a piece for the individual versions. Each of the 5 pans in this palette contain between 5-8 grams of product. Hoola Lite and Galifornia are included in this set both of which are new to Benefit. The six pan in this set contains the normal brush that you would find in the individual sets.
You can find this set at Sephora.com and I was able to pick it up in-store.
(From left to right)
Hoola: Matte powder bronzer
Hoola Lite: Light powder bronzer
Galifornia: Sunny golden-pink blush
Dandelion: Baby-pink brightening powder
Rockateur: Shimmer cheek powder
I am in love with the idea of this set and it is perfect for spring and summer. The value of this set versus how much cost makes it absolutely worth purchasing. The addition of the new products makes this excellent for someone who is already familiar with Benefit’s products; but this would also be the perfect set for a beginner because it truly has everything you could need to get a full bronzed, highlighted and complete look.
Too Faced recently launched their new Natural Love palette which is a total lifesaver for everyone that loves natural looks. This palette is filled with every shade that you could possibly need to pull off an easy daytime look to a dark smokey eye. A palette similar to this one was produced in 2009 and the new release has an updated version of everything that you need. The packaging, the size and the arrangement of the shadows in this palette makes it so perfect and girly. It is very reminiscent of classic Too Faced which I am extremely grateful for considering I have been disappointed by some of their newer products. I would also like to point out that I did not purchase this palette myself, I borrowed it from a friend, but after using this a few times I will definitely be adding it to my collection.
March was a hard month for me to pick out my favorite products because I really liked everything that I purchased and didn’t have many complaints about anything I picked up. March and April is the perfect time to start transistioning into more spring oriented makeup trends, so I took into account the changing weather when I was picking things out. I find myself getting stuck doing my makeup the same way everyday, but I like using light bronzers and bright blushes when it starts to get warmer outside.