Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation: For Dry Skin

Hey girl, hey! I am finally ready to share my thoughts on the Huda Beauty “#FauxFilter” foundation. I really wanted to wear it more than once before I started spilling all my tea. So every time I sat down at my vanity I used this foundation. Yes this foundation has been out for a little while now and the hype around it has simmered down. But I haven’t seen a single review from a person with dry skin. So I figured my perspective was needed. Without further ado let’s begin!

First things first let’s discuss the price. The #Fauxfilter foundation retails for $40 which pushes this product to the higher end of the spectrum. This should comes as no surprise because many of her items are rather pricey. Each bottle has 1.18 fluid ounces of product therefore, you are receiving a tab bit more than the standard(1oz). The foundation comes in a velvet textured box with “Huda Beauty” engraved on it. Contrary to her standard packaging-with her face or eyes adorned on the box- it’s rather plain but sleek. The foundation itself  is housed in a semi frosted plastic bottle with a pump. Yes, I repeat a plastic bottle. For $40 I definitely expected more-even drugstore foundations have glass bottles. This may be more of a pro rather than a con for you if you have shattered foundation bottles before. But, for me I am unimpressed.

The #FauxFilter foundation comes in 30 shades which is a good start into complexion products. Huda expressed how she has a olive complexion with a golden undertone and constantly struggled finding her perfect shade. Her end result was always mixing two foundation shades together. Therefore it was important to her for the foundation to be inclusive. The shade range is broken down into five categories (fair, light, medium, tan and rich) in which there are six foundation shades to each category. The undertones are labeled as B (beige), N (neutral), G (golden), and R (rich). To assist you with picking your shade Huda created a shade comparison guide–click here to see the guide. I ended up using the guide to guess my shade since it was not being sold at a nearby Sephora for me to swatch in stores. I choose “Chocolate Mousse 450G” because it was suggested by the guide and it’s similar to Fenty Beauty’s 420.

According to the Sephora’s website the #FauxFilter foundation gives both a full and medium coverage. It also claims to be great for all skin types while providing a satin, matte and radiant finish. It’s suppose to give you the ultimate filtered appeal while concealing blemishes. Girl… At this point you may be wondering how is this possible? I wondered the same exact thing.

My experiences with this foundation proved to me that only a few of the claims were true. This foundation has medium coverage that can be built up to full. Although it does cover blemishes it didn’t give me a instant filtered look. Lastly, this foundation is absolutely matte! There is no satin or radiant finish to the Fauxfilter foundation. Since I do have dry skin and this foundation did have a matte claim; I had to prep my skin accordingly. For me I had to make sure I really was moisturizing my skin during my daily routine. Also I had to break out my Smashbox primer oil and leave all setting powders alone. Normally, this would be the answer and all would be good. But, unfortunately it simply was not enough. I even added  another primer by Laura Geller (Spackle Supercharged) on top for extra moisture. while it made things a bit better; my skin still got more dehydrated as the hours went by. After removing this foundation I did experience redness and breakouts. The foundation does have a strong rose smell. I believe the fragrance triggered my sensitivity and assisted with the breakouts.

Honestly, this foundation is just a big no for me. I really wanted love it based off the reviews I seen and the claims on Sephora’s website. I do own matte foundations regardless of me having dry skin. The Fenty Beauty foundation has a matte finish and I haven’t endured any dryness like I did with #Fauxfilter. I am really annoyed with how this foundation was advertised on the Sephora’s website by checking off all the boxes. If you have tried this foundation please comment down below and tell me your experiences! Thank you so much for reading!

XoXo, B

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Sephora VIB SALE: Wish List & Recommendations

Hi Beauties! Should we begin with me addressing the elephant in the room? I have not posted in a very, very long and for that I apologize. Yesterday marks a year for me having a blog! I am definitely nowhere near where I’d like to be with my blog and voice within beauty conversations. I’ve totally lost focus and sight of my goals but, I am here putting my best foot forward to greater things. I appreciate you clicking on this post and I promise there will be more to come!

If you have been living under a rock Sephora’s VIB sale kicked off last week. I have finally made it to the land Rouge and I got first dibs to shop this year! Typically, Rouge members only got one weekend of discounted shopping. This year Sephora has blessed us with two chances to shop this amazing sale. Rouge and VIB will shop together beginning tomorrow Friday 11/10! So, if you are Rouge and last week you didn’t make it or forgot a few items you will be able to shop again with 20% off. This leg of the sale will last from 11/10-11/15. You can shop in store or online-use code 20FORROUGE or 20FORVIB. If you are neither Rouge or VIB do not fret Beauty Insiders will have 15% off during this weekend in store and online-use code INSIDER15. Last week I picked up numerous good finds which I will share after my recommendations. Without further ado let’s begin!

First thing I’d recommend you buy is anything that has been too expensive for you pay full price for. There is no better time to grab these items besides now for a discounted price? For example, I’ve always wanted to try Tatcha products but the price tag has always been rather hefty. Once, you’ve gotten the finer things out of the way I suggest get things that you really want and remember the Instagram famous items tend to sell out quick! So if you haven’t gotten the Huda Beauty foundation now would be a time to snag it-a full restock was just done on Tuesday. Really anything Huda Beauty will more than liking sell out fast so be quick! All things Fenty Beauty if you have not already added items to your cart. I really enjoy her matchstix and you can use them for a multiple different purposes from eyeshadow to blush or complexion.

Next up would be skincare because you can never have enough. Also, skincare can get expensive real quick. With holidays right around the corner many brands have come out with gift sets. Most of these sets are comprised of their best sellers. This would be a perfect way to try a new brand before you really invest in a whole new routine. Ole Henriksen has amazing products that cater to an array of different skin types. Murad is another great brand; I currently use the “Essential Cleanser” and I love it.

Sephora also is carrying more mini/travel sized items than ever. I say grab a few to try new brands or just rack up for the upcoming traveling you’ll be doing over the holidays. Maybe you just don’t want to spend money on the full sized grab the mini and save even more money! Lastly, I recommend you buy a new beauty blender. You have to replace them every three months anyway. Save dollars on a new one or try the Fenty Beauty sponge and save even more dollars.

Listed below are the products I bought last week during the sale. I actually think I will buy a few more items this weekend but I’ve bought the bulk of my items already.

  1. TATCHA– Obento Box.                              This box retails for $59 but with 20% off I paid $47.20. Inside is a full size “Luminous Dewy Skin Mist”-which alone retails for $50-, a deluxe sample of “The Water Cream”, a deluxe sample of the “Violet-C Radiance Mask” and a full size “Gold Spun Camellia Lip Balm”-which alone retails for $30. I’d definitely say I got my money worth with this box!
  2. KORRES– Greek Beauty Sleep                 This kit retails for $24 but with 20% off I paid $19.20. Inside a “Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil” (15mL) and “Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial” (20mL). I’ve had my eyes on the brightening oil for some time but never actually picked it. Glad I waited this set is amazing!
  3. BOSCIA– MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil                                                        I picked up a sample size just to try it out. I have used it once and it works pretty good. But, I do not notice any cooling effects. The mini retails for $10 and I paid $8 after 20%.
  4. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS– Blush Kit (Gradient)                                                   These blush kits are limited edition and I recently picked up “Radiant” so I figured why not own both. I think these kits are a better buy than their “Blush Trios” because you get a extra shade for the same price! They retail for $30 and I paid $24!
  5. NATASHA DENONA– Holiday Eyeshadow Palette 5 (Aeris)                                                 So everything eyes by Natasha Denona is all the rave but her eyeshadow palette prices are above and beyond. I cannot afford her shadows on an everyday but for the holidays she released two 5 pan eyeshadow palette than are actually affordable with the %20 off.  When it comes to selecting which one was better it was all a matter of preference. The Aeris palette retails for $48 and I paid $38.40.
  6. SEPHORA– Loose Setting Powder (Universal Transulcent).                                 I own a yellow based setting powder from Sephora already (I do actually like it) but, when I saw this one on sale I figured why not try this one out too? It was discounted already to $7 and I paid $5.60.
  7. LAURA MERCIER– Translucent (Medium Deep)                                                                     I do own Laura’s original translucent powder and I love it for setting under the eye. I decided it was time I tried her newest edition to her translucent line and I added it to my cart. It retails for $38 but, with 20% off I paid $30.40.
  8. JACK BLACK– Intense Therapy Lip Balm   I love this lip balm but I always end up losing them. So needless to say I had to buy another one. it retails for $7.50 and I paid $6.
  9. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS– Liquid Lipstick (Trouble)                                 Recently Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with three new shade of liquid lipstick but you can only get them at certain stores. “Trouble” is the shade made exclusively for Sephora. After having a swatch-fest I added this shade to my cart. Normally retails for $20 and I paid $16.
  10. NARS– Powermatte Lip Pigment (London Calling)                                                                 I own a couple of these already but $26 can add up quickly if you buy multiple at a time. The 20% off put me in a mood to buy more. I love this formula definitely a must try. I paid $20.80.
  11. SEPHORA– Beauty Amplifier.                       is a smoothing base primer. I’ve never used any of Sephora’s primers before and added this to my cart.
  12. HUDA BEAUTY– Obessions (Warm Brown).                                                       These palettes launched last week and I was excited to get my hands on at least one. I actually placed this order online but I definitely could’ve just waited because all the store had them. I love warm shades so that I selected this one. They retail for $27.

Hopefully, this helps you organize your shopping list for the sale. I imagine the stores will be packed this weekend since everyone will be able to receive some type of discount.  Comment down below what you plan on picking up or if you have a recommendations for me. If you enjoyed this post hit the like button. Happy shopping my Beauties!

XoXo, B

 

 

 

ColourPop: No Filter Concealer

Hello Darlings! Although it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any new content; I’ve never stopped trying new products. I recently bought ColourPop’s new concealer and decided I’d share my thoughts. Honestly, I do not know what has come over me but I’ve been buying a lot of different concealers. I’ve repurchased some because the ones I had were beyond expired. While others were just on sale and seemed like a great buy. Needless to say this purchase was unnecessary but here we are.

ColourPop has been dropping a lot of bangers all summer long and this release was no exception. This concealer was in the works for about two years before it finally released. ColourPop claims it’s formulated with soft blurring pigments which brings it to it’s name “No Filter”. It comes in 15 shades which is a good start but there is still plenty room to expand. I struggled a bit finding the right shades for myself. I bought “Golden 40” and “Tan 50”. I typically only use concealer to highlight therefore, I’d need a lighter shade than my own skin tone. To select my shades I took a color match quiz on ColourPop’s website and I also viewed the pictures of swatches on the site too. Unfortunately, I ended up getting 2 concealers that were way too light- for my liking anyway. Nonetheless I worked with them.


Despite the concealer being extremely too light; I do actually like them. They are super lightweight and have a creamy consistency. I didn’t really notice any blurring effects but, I’ve only used them twice. I really do enjoy the wand because it’s super flexible. Also, it’s flat which comfortably allows me to reach all areas under my eyes unlike Shape Tape. This concealer retails for $6 and there is 4g of product in each container. Seriously I do not know how ColourPop creates phenomenal products at such a low cost. I definitely plan on buying more in deeper shades when they come back in stock- which happens to be today! ColourPop will be restocking these concealers along with the “Yes, Please” palette and several other hyped products at 10am PST. So if you are interested in anything of these products I suggest you exit this review and head over to their website now because I am sure items will sell out fast.  

Thank you so much for reading! Please comment below if you’ve tried these concealers yet and tell me your thoughts.

XoXo, B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ColourPop: Gimme More

Thank you sweet baby Jesus for restocks. I was not in the market for another highlighter palette but after seeing a few swatches I added it to my cart. This palette originally launched with the “Yes Please” eyeshadow palette-which is why I was on the site in the first place. Both palettes sold out in record time but they were restocked once more. Unfortunately, I did not get my hands on the eyeshadow palette. Nonetheless I got this gem and I am ready to share the deets.

I already own a highlighter or two from Colourpop but they are that wet, moussey texture that we know and love from them. This palette introduces six highlighters in a new pressed pan format. The palette is super compact and sleek. The six highlighter shades are housed in a white hard, magnetic cardboard case that reads “I Like Your Face”. The sleeve is a neon coral and honestly I like the packaging a lot! It screams fun which is always the vibe I get from ColourPop. The shade names are listed on the back of the palette versus being listed beneath each shade. It’s kinda a downsize for me but it’s the only con I have with this palette.

The shades selected for this highlighter palette reminds me so much of the ABH (Anastasia Beverly Hills) Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit collaboration. Each pan holds 3.6 grams (0.13oz) of product. These pans are slightly smaller than the pans in Nicole’s Glow Kit; which holds 4.5 grams (0.16oz) of product in each pan. However Colourpop’s “Gimme More” palette retails for $18.00 and ABH’s glow kits retail for $40.


I instantly fell in love with “Full Service” at first glance but, after swatching them all; it’s “Bottomless” that has my heart. These highlighters are seriously pigmented and makes me wonder how ColourPop can achieve such greatness at such a low cost. They are not super glitterly but can come off a bit chunky. Although I only experienced chunkiness when swatching with my fingers. I used my handy dandy A23 brush to apply these to the high points of my face and everything was good. Since they are crazy pigmented I suggest you use a light hand and build it up to your liking.


This palette is still available on ColourPop.com and you should buy it right now. There is definitely a highlighter shade for everyone in this palette. Also if you are interested in the “Yes, Please” eyeshadow palette it will be restocked July 27th at 10am PST for $16- I know I will be on the site trying my luck. Thank you so much for reading. Please comment down below your thoughts if you have this palette!

XoXo, B

SUMMER: Top 3 Highlighters

So you are probably wondering where is my beauty favorites post for June. Well, I do not have one! Honestly for the month of June I did more shopping for makeup rather than wearing it. A close friend of mines attended “The Makeup Show” in Chicago and bought me back over $200 worth of products; that I have yet to really dig into. With that being said I have no real favorites other than the products I shared last month and the products listed in my top summer favorites series.

I actually owe my readers (YOU) one more post to add to my top summer favorites series. I only wrote four and I promised five. So here I am ready to share my top 3 highlighters for summer. Typically in the summer I reach for more gold highlighters. I just think gold looks best on tanned skin. I am a huge fan of the bronzy, dewy looks that everyone craves during the summer. Without further ado; let’s begin!

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder- Jackie Ania: La Bronze

This product was limited edition and since I bought no backups I am forced to use this sporadically. But, since summer has arrived it been something that I’ve reached for more than once. I have actually been layering it-not that I need to- with MAC’s lustre drops in “Bronze Hero”. The combo has literally been life changing! Not only do I place it on the high points of my face but on my shoulders as well. When wearing off the shoulder tops; it adds a beaming glow to my exposed skin. La Bronze is a nice rose gold shade that is perfect for summer. Because it comes in a powder form you can mix it in with a body oil for a radiant glow all over. I am deeply saddened by it being limited edition hopefully Jackie Ania will collaborate with Artist Couture again and we will get another magical product. I did write a full review on this product; feel free to read it next!

Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator- Gilded Honey

I know this illuminator is like a cult favorite and I must admit I slept on it. I was definitely late getting my hands on it. I actually bought it in a set alongside “Balleria” and “Peach Glow”. I had never tried any of Laura’s illuminators before and figured this would be a great way to test more than one at a time. Gilded Honey is an absolute true gold. This highlighter would look great on anyone regardless of their complexion. It’s super pigmented with just one swipe but, for an intense glow it can be built up. Thank god this highlighter is permanent so, I can always go back for more.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit- 143

I love every highlighter shade in this palette but, for summer it’s all about “143”! Of course it is another gold shade but it’s sorta bronzy. Definitely a deeper gold than Laura’s “Glided Honey”. I do not think it’s suitable for all complexions to wear as a highlighter. Fairer complexions may opt to wear it as a eyeshadow or on top of bronzer. Maybe even cocktail it with other highlighters in this palette. But, there are NO real rules in makeup so do you boo! On tan to deeper complexions this shade is a dream. Just like all of the other Glow Kits this highlighter is crazy pigmented. I apply it to all the high points of my face using the ABH (Anastasia Beverly Hills) A23 brush. I absolutely love using this brush for highlights. This palette is still available online at Sephora.com although it is limited edition. I suggest you add it to your cart! I did a full review on this palette as well. Feel free to real it next.

That completes my top 3 highlighters for summer. Please share down below in the comments your top highlighters for this season. Thank you so much for reading!

XoXo, B

 

 

SUMMER: Top 3 Prep and Set

I am back again to share another top 3. It is the fourth day of summer and today I’ll share my top prep and set products. By prep I mean primers and by set I mean setting sprays. During the summer months everyone sweats; whether you have oily or dry skin. So to ensure the longevity of your makeup you must prep and set. I personally have dry skin but after a day of running errands while being in and out of the sun these products save me!

BECCA: Backlight Priming Filter

I have been using this primer for months! I like having a subtle glow and this primer gives just that. It is simply amazing underneath BB Creams and makes your skin appear to be glowing from within. I reach for it when I want a more dewier look. It claims to blur imperfections but I haven’t noticed any of that. After hours of wear my makeup still looks amazing. I never produce enough oil to blot so that’s not something I am accustomed to doing. It retails for $38 which to me is quite pricey but, it’ll take forever to go through a full sized bottle.

Milani Prime Shield: Mattifying + Pore-Minimizing

Yes I have dry skin and yes I am use this mattifying primer! During the hotter days I do not set my overall face with powder because I feel like it’s too heavy. So having a mattifying primer pretty much sets my face for the day. I also have a Tarte foundation that is makes my skin uber dewy and this helps reduce the shine. If you are and oily girl I’d definitely say give this primer a go. It retails for $9.99.

MIlani: Make It Last Setting Spray

I searched high and low for this setting spray. It was always in and out of stock before I could get my hands on it. The bottle is also smaller than I thought it would be-it has 2.03oz of product. Which I guess the positive is it’s perfect size for traveling. This setting spray is absolutely amazing! It sets your makeup for life! It has a 16 hour claim which I have never tested out. But I worn it for 10 hours and my face didn’t budge one bit. It still looked the same as it did when I first applied it. It also claims to prime and correct. Not sure how true that is either. Alcohol is the second ingredient listed therefore, it took a lot of it to produce this spray. So I am hesitant to use this on my bare face as a primer. It retailed for 9.99 when I purchased it from CVS but, the price has increased a bit to $10.49.

This concludes my top 3 prep and set products for summer. Please comment down below some of your favorites.

XoXo, B

 

SUMMER: Top 3 Blushes

Hi there! It’s the 3rd day of summer and today I want to share my top 3 blushes for this season. Surprisingly many ladies may opt not wear blush period. I personally think it is important and completes the face. Call me crazy but, I’d trade in winged liner for blush any day-mainly because I cannot wing liner to save my life. This list was actually harder for me to create than I thought it would be. I had swatches up to me elbow but let’s begin.

Milani Powder Blush- Coral Cove (05)

Coral blush should be a staple in every girl’s makeup bag for summer. Coral is a color that everyone can wear; you just have to find the right shade of coral for you- like red lipstick. A coral could be best worn during the day for a subtle pop of color. This blush by Milani is totally affordable and would be a great way to try out a coral blush without breaking the bank.

MAC Cosmetics Sheertone Shimmer Blush- Peachtwist

This was the first blush I ever bought from MAC! I literally asked the sales girl which blush would be the perfect for me during the summer. She pull out several options and both agreed on this one after swatches. I think of this shade as being a neutral. Yes it’s a peachy shade but because ad shimmery you barely notice the peachiness once applied. I’d reach for this blush if I have a colorful eye look going on. Or if I have a bold lip that may contrast if I opted for a more pigmented blush.

BECCA Mineral Blush- Hyacinth

I ended up buy this blush in a split pan from a BECCA x Jaclyn Hill collaboration. It was the only duo that stuck out to me. I am not sure if this blush is sold on it’s own or if it was limited edition like the split pans. But recently QVC has started selling these split pans again so if you’re interested I’d suggest you head over there ASAP! This blush is the hottest pink ever! Normally, I’d stray away from these shades because I can end up looking like a clown really quick. But with a light hand this blush can give you a nice flushed cheek.

This completes my top 3 blushes for summer! Please like this post and leave a comment below of your favorite summer blushes.

XoXo, B