A Day In Wears: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Hello loves! Today I wanted to try a little bit of a different post, and I’m super excited about it. For me, one of the most important qualities in my makeup products is that they last pretty much all day, and don’t require much maintenance. So a Day In Wears is going to be a new series where I check in with you all as the day goes on and see how whichever product I’m testing out that day is wearing. And today’s product is the new Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. This foundation is also Mattifying and oil free. I was given a sample after making a purchase at Sephora and decided to give it a try. (This also explains why this foundation is slightly/incredibly the wrong shade for my skin tone. I just blended it down my neck, like a lot.) I was given the shade Nude, which as mentioned, wasn’t the shade I would choose for myself but I made it work. Upon first application this foundation is incredibly matte. Like you-look-kind-of-dead-until-you-put-the-rest-of-your-makeup-on matte. Which is really great for if you plan on taking any pictures that day, you will only shine where you want to!

8:00am: first application, and looking flawless.   
11:00am: making lunch for the kids I was babysitting, and still looking awesome! 
3:00pm: right after my hair cut, you like? And still feeling good about the makeup! It had settled a little bit along the sides of my nose so I blotted that away, but otherwise looking good! 

 7:00pm: getting ready for a going away party for a friend, and noticing a bit of wear and tear. Definitely emphasizing my dry patches, and needing some touch-ups on blemishes. I applied a little bit of concealer where I needed it.

 10:00pm: after applying a bit of concealer on a few more obvious blemishes. Not looking too bad!  

And yes, I realize I am not wearing the same top in any of these pictures. My first top is my PJ shirt, then I threw a sweat shirt over my navy v-neck for the second shot since it was cold, took off the sweatshirt for my hair cut, then came home and threw on an oversized tshirt to nap in, and then changed for the bonfire. So yeah. It was a crazy day, but all the better to test out this foundation. I was incredibly impressed by how long this product lasted and the flawless finish it gave my skin. I have dry to combination skin, and I did notice that towards the middle and end of the day that you could see the foundation clinging to any dry patches I had. That being said, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with very dry skin. If you have normal, oily, or combination and are looking for a flawless finish, I highly recommend this product. It was very light feeling on the skin, one of my pet peeves is super thick and goopy foundations, and this was not one of them. The only thing that catches me up on this product is the price. It’s $55 for 1oz of product. To me, that’s a little bit much. So if you have the money, this would be a great everyday flawless face for the office, or if you just want to save it for special occasions, that’d work too. I hope you guys have found this helpful! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

 

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BaubleBar Service: Rant

Hello loves! So I recently placed an order on BaubleBar.com. I was super excited to see some lovely jewelry that was highly recommended and supposedly high quality. I ordered a pair of tassel earrings that I was super excited about (and caused me to place the order) and I had planned one of my sorority event night outfits around them. The image online showed a pair of antiqued gold earrings with white gems around the stud and baby pink beaded tassels. I was so excited to receive them! 3 days after I placed the order I received an email from a member of their “SWAT” team, no clue what that means, saying that there had been a mistake with the picture online compared to the actual earrings. I was sent what seemed to be a picture taken on a phone of a pair of earrings with light gray stones and asked by this “SWAT” team member if I would still like the earrings and encouraged to take them as they’d be “perfect for fall.” Here’s a comparison of the two side by side:

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I chose not to get them because I really wasn’t a fan of the lack of contrast and the cloudy coloring on the gray earrings. My account was refunded immediately for the price of the earrings, which I appreciated. But the thing is, I ordered some other things from the site 8 days ago and have just received them. Yet BaubleBar guarantee’s 3-5 day shipping. There is also no apparent way to track where my package was at any time during transit, so for awhile there I assumed it had been lost in the mail. The rest of my order consisted of the Meteorite Stud Trio of earrings, which I thought resembled my favorite Kendra Scott earrings from the photos online. After receiving the actual product, I am very sad to report that they look like rocks someone found and glued to posts with little to no shine unless placed in direct sunlight. Here’s the image online and here is an image of what I actually received:

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Vs. The image on Baublebar

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I’m in my perfect right to say these look slightly less appealing in person, right?

Next up in the line of fire, was an awesome bracelet set where you got to choose your own three bracelets for a set. I was stoked about this. Here are the three I ordered:

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I loved how they looked together, and I was a huge fan of the gold bracelet covered in tassels. (Tassels are my favorite.) BUT the pink threaded cuff is TINY. I mean tiny. And I have average to small wrists, but this cuff is so tight on me that if I move my arm in anyway, it twists and presses against one of the two larger bones in my wrist. Whichever way I move my hand, it digs in on the opposite side into that bone. And since the bracelets are technically a set, I can’t return just one of them, so they all had to go back. I mean “beauty is pain” but not every time you move.

To say the least, I am not pleased with the color mix up, which they STILL have not removed from their site more than 10 days later. So anyone who attempts to order this color in the earrings must be receiving the same issue. Is it that difficult to change the image or take it down once you’re aware there is an issue? I think not. I’m also very upset that $75+ of my purchases where nowhere to be found in the bleak black hole that seems to be their shipping methods for several days. Overall, I am very upset with the way my order has been handled and am less than impressed with the quality of the majority of what I received. I wanted to put this review out there because it took me almost a year to finally order from this site after hearing about it from handfuls of bloggers, whom I’m sure have their needs catered to endlessly to encourage positive reviews. And to be honest, a brand with that much hype should not have a missing package 4 days late or the wrong image on their site. Sorry for the negativity, but MAN did that feel good to get off my chest! I hope you all have a great day and I hope a missing package situation never befalls you!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Rant or Rave: It Cosmetics CC Cream

Hello loves and happy Monday! Today I have a new CC cream to review for you! As you all know, BB and CC creams are a staple in my makeup collection, chaos breaks out if I run out before I repurchase a new one. So when I was too tan for my favorite Too Faced Beauty Balm, I immediately headed over to Sephora to restock, but THEY WERE SOLD OUT OF MY COLOR. I stayed calm and quickly headed over to Ulta to see if they had any in stock, and of course they didn’t. (Has anyone else noticed Ulta is almost low or out of what you need?) Anyway, I couldn’t keep looking like a ghost while the rest of my body was tan, so I decided to try out a new CC cream by It Cosmetics. I’d heard a lot of good things about it and was amazed when I tried it on the back of my hand in the store. It set quickly and left a beautiful glowy finish. I also bought the equivalent setting powder by the brand, their Bye-Bye Pores powder, to really give It a try. At first I absolutely loved it! My skin looked great, the color matched up perfectly, the powder worked great, by as the day wore on my makeup seemed to be disappearing from my face. At the end of the day when I went to remove it, almost no makeup came off on my towelette. I tried it for a few more days to see if it was a fluke, but sadly it did not wear well or stay as nice as it looked when I first applied it. I decided to try it with my Clinique translucent setting powder to see if that made a difference, and it did, a little bit. But I still found that it didn’t stay put or wear well throughout the day, which is something that’s really important to me as I don’t really have time to worry about how my makeup looks or reapplying thoughout the day. So sadly, I think I’ll be returning my It Cosmetics CC and hopefully exchanging it for a re-stocked Too Faced Beauty Balm. I’m a little disappointed to be honest, but I’m glad to have a tried and try favorite to fall back on, if they’d just get a shipment in!!

Here’s a swatch of the product, I have the shade “medium”:

 

   
Here’s the fresh application:

  
Here’s after a day of wearing it with a few touch-ups:

   
   
I’m not a fan of the way it oxidizes under my eyes WITH the it cosmetics concealer, which is should work well with. And I’m even less of a fan of how much it fades and doesn’t conceal minor blemishes by the end of the day. Overall, I am not a fan.

I hope this review was helpful to you all and that you have a wonderful day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Rant or Rave: Glam Glow Masks

Hello loves! Happy Monday! Today I have a review I have been wanting to do for awhile, and haven’t had the chance to! So today is the day. I have heard so much about the Glam Glow face masks, and how they’re basically a gift from God. Obviously, this prompted me to want to try them so I waited for a trio-sampler to come out so I could try all three at once. The trio includes the Power Mud, Thirst Mud and Tingling Exfoliating Mask. Now again, before I jump into this review, I have dry-combination skin that is somewhat sensitive, so this is how it reacted with my skin. I’d also like to point out that the Glam Glow mud masks are around $70, so you know, I expect them to work pretty darn well. And to be honest, I kind of hate all three of these masks. They do not feel pleasant when they’re on your skin. They feel incredibly drying when you have them on (even the hydrating one!) And they give off a weird tingling sensation that’s border-line painful. I also noticed little to no positive impact on my skin after using them. Immediately after my skin was a bit red and uneven from the intense exfoliators that are also in all the masks, which exfoliate your skin as you wash them off. Having skin that’s on the dryer side, I know my way around exfoliators, and know for a fact that they shouldn’t feel like they’re cutting into or hurting your skin, which these do, especially the mask specific to exfoliating. Overall, for how expensive they are and the excessive hype these masks have received, I am unimpressed and somewhat repulsed by the terrible time I had with them. I will most definitely be taking the trio back to Sephora to get my $75 back. Have you guys tried these masks? Did you have different results? Let me know in the comments below! (Side note: we finally got a rant review in! What did you think!?) Have a fabulous Monday loves and I’ll talk to ya Wednesday!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Challenge Monday: June 15, 2015

Hello loves! As the weather warms up, I find myself more and more drawn to the brighter shades in fashion and beauty. And natural hair and glowing skin. So for this week’s Challenge Monday, I’m challenging you to try a bold lip this week. There’s no limitation on what bold means to you, so if you want to wear a deep purple, you go girl. As for me, I’m coveting the Marc-Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color in Wham, but my Sephora is all out. *sheds a tear* But here is the link to the Kiss Pop Lip Color’s because they have some awesome summery shades and the packaging is amazing. Anyway, let’s jump into some examples of how to pull off a bright lip this summer!

Simplistic: for this look, you really don’t need much! Which is perfect for if you’re running late but want to look like you didn’t throw yourself together in 10 min. Make sure your brows are defined, and focus on getting your mascera so your lashes are defined. A tiny bit of eyeliner just on the upper lash line is fine if you feel you need more definition. And don’t forget to pop on a little blush so the bright color won’t wash you out. (You can use your lip color as a blush too if you want!) {image: harpersbazaar.com}
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Bronze Glowy: I absolutely love a bronze smokey eye and glowing skin paired with a bright lip. This is a bit more formal and perfect for a night out in the summer. Try using an illuminating foundation, or mix and illuminating primer with your foundation. If you skin is more oily and that scares you, use a powder or liquid highlighter on your cheekbones, under your brows, down the bridge of your nose, and Cupid’s bow. For the bronze eye look, just choose some of your favorite golden shades and create an eye look that won’t over power your bold lips.  {image: liptostic.com}
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For hair, my two favorite styles to pair with this are a messy or loose wave, or a top knot. Both look effortlessly chic.

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For outfits, my suggestion would be to keep it relaxed and casual. Try ripped jeans and a blouse or flowy tank with delicate jewelry and a fun bag and shoes. If you do need to dress it up more though, try monochromatic with white or black, or a more lady-like shape to your outfit. (And if you can, matching your lip color to your outfit is never a bad choice.)

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and found some helpful tips and inspiration to give bold lips a shot yourself! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Rant or Rave: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

Hello loves! Today I’m back with another Rant or Rave with you, which is basically my time to tell you if I think a product is amazing, horrible, or somewhere in-between. Today I wanted to share with you, not new to the world, but new to me product that I’ve recently tried. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect royal blue nail polish FOR-EVER. Like years on end. I tried Butler Please by Essie, and it sucked. It royally sucked. It was clumpy, didn’t dry evenly and was seriously just a huge mess. Me and my girlfriends saved that polish for weeks so we could debut it on our spring break, and then ended up smearing it everywhere and making a general mess all over the coffee table of our rented condo. It was real fun. But anyway, I then moved on to try the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish in shade 828, Batbano Blue. And whoa baby is this stuff great. For a somewhat incredibly impatient person like myself, drying time on a nail polish is the key to it’s status in my polish collection, and this stuff has amazing dry time. The other amazing thing about this polish is how many coats it needs: ONE. You just have to take your time applying it to make sure it’s evenly applied. Two coats will give you the flawless “I went to a salon for this” manicure, but you can definitely get away with just one coat. I can’t tell you how this wears by itself, because I am a firm believer in the usage of a topcoat at all times, but with either my OPI or Essie top coat, it lasts about 3-4 days without chips, and then usually a good 5-7 days before it gets to the point where I really need to take it off. The only thing I can’t vogue for is the other colors in this same line, I will be trying some out in the next couple weeks though for sure. I’ll probably do another post on the colors I try out, so be on the lookout for that! But for now here are some pics with the Batbano Blue!

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Two Coats:

 
With Top Coat:

  

I hope you enjoyed this week’s review, and let me know if you’ve tried out any other colors in this line! I need some suggestions! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Summer Makeup Routine

Hello loves! As the weather begins to get hotter and insanely humid out, I’m forced to change out a few of my makeup products to insure my makeup doesn’t smear down my face from the heat. So today I’ll be sharing with you my summer makeup routine step by step.

No. 1: Moisturizer. Even though it’s hot and sticky out, it’s still important to keep your skin hydrated. I like to use my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer and my Origins GinZing eye cream. These are both super light weight products, but they’re still amazing moisturizers.  

No. 2: Face Products. I’m still obsessed with my Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm. It stays on all day, evens out my skin tone AND has sunscreen build in. What more could a girl ask for? I apply the Beauty Balm with my fingers, after I’ve washed them of course. I cover any blemishes that still show through with my Laura Mercier Creamy Concealer, which I apply with my beauty blender. I also like to use this to cover any dark circles. I set my T-zone and under-eye area with my Clinique translucent powder to keep everything in place during the day. I apply this with a big powder brush from Eco Tools, my favorite brand of brushes.

  

No. 3: Color. Now that I’m sufficiently pale and colorless, let’s add some bronzer, blush and highlighter. First I apply my Nars Laguna bronzer in a 3 shape on each side of my face. I use a L’Bri brush I’ve had forever for this, probably need to get a new one of those soon. Next I apply my Hourglass Ambient Light blush in Diffused Heat and apply that with my Eco Tools blush brush. Then I apply a subtle highlight to my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. I like using my Too faced Candlelight Glow with a slanted Bare Minerals brush. Between these three products, I look like a living and healthy human being again, which is always a plus.

 

No. 3: Eyes and such. Next it’s time to get my brows looking good. I absolutely love my Anistasia Brow Pencil in Medium Brown. I have no idea why this pencil is so much better than every other brow pencil, but it is. And it lasts forever! (Unlike those tiny thin pencils that last a week.) I’ve switched over to using waterproof mascera now that it’s summer, to avoid the whole smeared look. I’ve been loving the Maybelline Rocket Volume mascera for this. If I have something nicer that day, I’ll add on a little of my Stila crayon eyeliner in Spice, but otherwise I usually just rock some mascera.  

If I really have something nice to do, I also pop on a little bit of the Bare Minerals lip gloss in Marvelous Moxi. I love this color, it’s natural yet still looks like you put in a bit of effort.

And that’s my finished summer look! I hope you guys enjoy this! I also promise this look takes me at the most 10 min to do, I know I talked you through all the specifics so it probably seemed longer. Let me know your go to summer makeup product in the comments below! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

How To: Handle Curly Hair

Hello loves! As the weather transitions from dry to hot and humid here, I am woefully reminded that my naturally curly hair clamors for more attention this time of year. The sticky weather means that my hair is going to do everything in it’s power to fight any sort of smooth hairstyle I try to trick it into keeping. It also means that when I use the right products, my hair is going to do even better in it’s natural state. So today I wanted to share with you my must have styling products to get the most out of my unrully curls.

Shampoo and Conditioner: As any curly haired girl knows, dry hair is your worst enemy. We won’t even talk about the horror that is dry, breaking frizzy hair. I keep my hair moisturized (and clean) with the Matrix Biologe Keratindose shampoo and conditioner. It supposedly strengthens your hair with Keratin and helps lock in moisture, I don’t know how much it strengthens my hair, but it works wonders in the moisturizing and shine department.

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Hair Mask: Since, once again, dryness is the enemy here, I like using a hair mask at least once a month. In the summer, I usually only use it once a month since the air is usually less dry than in the winter. I usually put this on at the beginning of my shower, then wash my face and body and shave if I need to, and wash it out at the end. This is also a great mask to use if you’re going to take a bath. You can use it on wet or dry hair, leave it on for about 10 minutes, and just rinse it out when you’re done.

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Hair Oil and Palmade: Once I’m out of the shower, I brush through my hair with a wide tooth comb. Using a brush or fine tooth comb on wet hair can cause massive breakage, which we definitely want to avoid. Then I use about one pump, or a quarter sized amount of my Argon Oil by Unite and run it through my hair, focusing it mainly towards the ends of my hair. This stuff is amazing at keeping frizz at bay and doesn’t weigh down my hair. I finish everything off with my Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Hair Texturizing Cream. I use a little more than a quarter size of this and scrunch it throughout my hair. This is what helps keep my curls defined and in place as I go throughout my day.

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All in all, this routine works wonders for my curly hair and hopefully gave some of you an idea of what to try to keep frizz at bay. Even if you don’t have curly hair, you could give this routine a go for some added texture and volume to your hair. Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Rant or Rave: Benefit Roller Lash Mascera

Hello loves! Happy Monday! I’m trying to get back on schedule with posts after this week because I finally have a bit of time and a break from craziness to plan! But today I wanted to bring you guys another review. (spoiler alert: this is my new obsession.)

Today I have a review for you of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascera. Now when this first came out it got an insane amount of hype, like major hype. And whenever a product gets that much hype, I kind of assume it’s not going to live up to the claims and the expections I have for it. I don’t know why, that’s just how my brain works. For some reason I especially felt that way about the Benefit Roller Lash, so much so that I bought it to make sure it wasn’t going to work. But it did. It seriously meets all the claims made about it, which never happens. It holds the curl all day and doesn’t wear off, which is a serious problem I tend to have. It’s incredibly pigmented and looks great with either one or two coats. Ever since I bought this mascera I haven’t touched another one, and it’s been around a month, which is crazy for me because I’m a mascera junkie. This mascera is reasonably priced for a higher end mascera at only $24. The only thing I don’t 100% agree with for this mascera is that they say you don’t need to curl your lashes. The whole theory behind why this mascera is so life changing is the hooked brush. It has very unusual brissels tha are supposed to take away the need for an eyelash curler. I’ve tried both with a lash curler and without one, and I definitely see enough of a difference between the two methods that I do still use a curler. This mascera is definitely more of a lengthening mascera, but it does add some volume too. Here are some before and after shots:

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One coat on my right eye:


Two coats on my right eye:

   

 

And the finished look on both eyes:

  
 

I hope you guys enjoyed this review. Have you tried out any new products lately? Let me know in the comments below! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

A Day of Food

Hello loves! I was recently watching a YouTube video about how to create good content for your readers: make it something you would want to see. For some reason this opened my eyes to new horizons. So for today’s post, I decided to try something that has become more popular on YouTube lately, a “What I Ate Today” kind of video. This is not meant to be “that person” that calls to tell you everything they ate that day, it’s more of a “hey, here are some healthy meals I’ve been loving lately that you might wanna try out too.” So hopefully you all like this! On that note, let’s start off the day!

Breakfast: I had a package of McCann’s Irish Oatmeal in the apple cinnamon flavor. It is 130 calories, which isn’t bad for a super filling breakfast. I also had some peach ginger tea from the Republic of Tea with a dash of honey, which is about 60 calories for the honey.

 

Lunch: 4oz of steak, brown rice and sautéed vegetables. Sugar snap peas, red bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and carrots. I absolutely love sautéed vegetables and they reheat really well for meals through out the week. According to my Fitbit, the total calories of this portion is about 380 calories.

  

Afternoon Snack: blueberries and light Babybell cheese. Which is about 85 calories, not bad for a quick and easy snack!

 
Dinner: gluten free bread, toasted, with crunchy peanut butter from Peanut Butter and Co. (their peanut butter is what dreams are made of.) I sliced up a pear and a chunk of watermelon to go with it for a light but filling dinner. According to my Fitbit food log, this meal is about 445 calories.

   

Evening Snack: I am that person who has to have a snack sometime after dinner. I’m never super hungry at dinner, but later I’m starving. I try to keep this snack relatively light, like tonight for example, I’m having some all natural popcorn by Orville Redenbacher. And according to my Fitbit, this is about 110 calories.

  I hope you guys have enjoyed today’s post, I’d love some feedback on if you want to see this again or what to do differently, so let me know in the comments! Have a fabulous day!xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette