Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Makeup Faves 2016

It has been forever since I've done a favorites post, so I figured I'd update you all on the products that have been getting me through these, hot, summer months!

The Black Radiance Pressed Face Powder in Ebony has been my number one choice as a bronzer/contour shade. Since my skin has gotten so much darker from being in the sun, I have found it useful to look for pressed powders that are darker than my skintone because right now every bronzer/contour shade that I own is about the same shade as my skin. My go to highlighter is the Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Mauve which I have been loving for it's finely milled powder. The glow and hint of mauve it provides has been adding much more depth to my summer night looks. I've also been loving the Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Matte in Tonic. I've said this many times on this blog, but if you have a deep skin tone, try an orange blush! Seriously, orange on bronze/ebony skin tones looks amazing!

For my daily face powder I've been using the Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in Coconut. This powder has awesome coverage, and I love it for days where I don't want to put on foundation, but want to even out my skin. But on the days I do decide to wear more coverage on my skin, I have been using the Supersize CC Illumination Color Correcting Illuminating Full Coverage Cream SPF 50+ in Deep. This may be classified as a CC Cream, but the coverage is about the same as most of the medium coverage foundations I normally use. The added spf makes it perfect for all the outdoor activities I've been doing lately. 

I haven't been into wearing bold lip colors because the weather is so humid and hot here in Georgia, I feel like I would be sweating them off constantly. But the lip products I have been using are the Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip, which is extremely moisturizing and feels so comfortable on the lips. And for a hint of color I've been adding the 2nd Love Cosmetics Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Coralina, which is a gorgeous coral color for summer.

As I said above, the weather here isn't exactly "makeup friendly" so I have not been reaching for many of my eye products unless I'm going out at night. But on the daily, I do use the Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara which does amazing things for my lashes all-around. It gives me length, volume, and separation. 

What products have been your favorites so far this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss

When I first saw the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in Walmart I was confused. Thinking, "What the heck is a matte...........gloss.........." I selected a the shade Forbidden Kiss (typical Aaliyah move to go for the berry shade) and purchased it immediately.

I got it for around $7.99 and it comes in a clear tube with a doe foot applicator. I like the packaging and applicator- no issues there.

Upon application the product applies very smoothly and evenly. It is very opaque and lasts around 4+ hours on my lips, but I find that it looks better and lasts longer when used with a lip liner.

Now on to the finish: I've found that when applied thinly it dries to a matte finish, but if you apply it in larger amounts for bolder color payoff, it never really gets matte. I honestly don't know how to feel about this product. I want to be mad at it for never becoming truly matte, but it does have the word GLOSS in the title. L'Oreal claims this product dries to a "velvety finish," but again, I usually get a pretty shiny finish unless I really sheer it out.

I think if you are looking for an affordable, comfortable gloss, with lots of color payoff, then you should definitely try these out. BUT if you are into the dry, matte look that has become a craze in the beauty community lately, this product won't do it for you (nor does it really claim to). I will continue to use this product because its a beautiful color, but I don't see myself picking up anymore shades cause my makeup collection could use more true-matte shades.