My Go-to Under Eye Combo

My Go-to Under Eye Combo

Hi All!

I have recently discovered a new concealer and setting powder combo that I have been LOVING for my under eye area, and both products are by IT Cosmetics.  I don’t know much about this brand as I haven’t used many of their products in the past, but I purchased these items quite some time ago after hearing so many good things about them, and I have nothing but positive things to say about these two products!

I don’t have major under eye issues – I don’t have huge bags nor do I get extreme blue circles, but I have noticed that as I’ve gotten older, I do get a bit of darkness in that area that can make me look more tired than I actually am if it’s not covered up properly.  After I’ve primed my face, my new go-to under eye concealer has been the Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24.00 USD) and I am in the shade light.

Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

This concealer is marketed on Ulta’s website as being full coverage, anti-aging, and supposedly never creases.  I can’t speak much for the anti-aging aspect, but it for sure is full coverage and does not crease on me either!  A little bit (and I mean little) goes a long way with this, so I cannot see myself running out of this tube in a year’s time even if I were to use it every single day!  I was recommended to purchase the lightest shade offered, shade Light, and this concealer does a beautiful job of brightening up my under eye area.

Once I’ve applied the concealer and all other face products, I’ll immediately set the under eye area with IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder ($29.00 USD) in the shade Translucent.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder

I don’t think this is meant specifically for setting the under eye area, but it works great for me so I’m going to continue on with it!  I have not noticed my under eye creasing at all when I use these two products together.  It’s an extremely finely milled pressed powder that is meant for blurring pores and imperfections.  When I use it on other parts of my face where my pores are actually larger, I do notice that it does a pretty decent job at blurring them, but does not make my pores “disappear” completely (I’m still on the hunt for that miracle makeup product)!

Have you tried either of these products?!

xo,

Lauren

 

 

 

Friday Favorites: Highlighters ✨!

Friday Favorites: Highlighters ✨!

Hi All,

When I first got into makeup, I didn’t really know just how amazing adding a highlighter to certain parts of your face really took a makeup look to another level.  I’ve grown a small collection of a few highlighters over the years, and today I’ll be sharing the ones that I absolutely love!

MAC Cosmetics Whisper of Gilt

First up we have MAC Cosmetics’ Whisper of Gilt (unfortunately this is no longer available).  This is the oldest highlighter in my collection, and I’ve kept it around for good reason.  It’s a soft and subtle gold that really makes the high points of my cheeks pop.  I love that it is so fine and there are no chunky bits of glitter in it!

 

NARS Albatross
Next up, we have  NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross ($30.00 USD).  This is another highlighter that is extremely fine with no chunks of glitter, but again, leaves a beautiful glow to the skin.  With this one, I have to be extremely light handed with the application as a little goes a long way!  The color that I would describe this highligther as is more of a light gold with a bit of white/ivory to it.  (Also, I apologize for my descriptions if they don’t quite make sense!)

 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Eclipse
My next favorite is the Jeffree Star Cosmetics x MannyMUA Skinfrost in Eclipse ($29.00 USD).  This is a favorite of mine more so for the color rather than the texture.  The color is a beautiful peachy pink, and its cooler toned than all other highlighters that I own.  If I’m being completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of the texture of the highlighter though.  It’s the most ‘chunky’ of any that I own and it really brings out the bumpy texture of my skin which I don’t like.  If I had perfectly smooth skin, this would be just great.

 

MAYBELLINE  FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter
The next highlighter quickly became a favorite of mine, the MAYBELLINE FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold ($9.99 USD).  I’d say it’s fairly close to Whisper of Gilt, but has a stronger gold color payoff when applied.  In the pan it looked like it’d be chunky, but it’s not at all!

 

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Lastly, and newest to my highlighter collection, is WET N WILD MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals ($4.99 USD).  Oh my goodness is this highlighter beautiful; I wish I had purchased it when it first came out! I would describe this one as a pinky gold, and the texture of this is perfection.  I cannot believe how smoothly it appled to my skin and there is no chunkiness to this at all.  I’d say the smooth texture compares to that of the NARS Albatross which is 6x its price 😱!  I’ve only used this three times, but it was love at first swipe!

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Top to Bottom: Whisper of Gilt; Albatross; Eclipse; Molten Gold; Precious Petals.

Are any of these your go-to highlighters?!

xo,

Lauren

Ulta Haul

Ulta Haul

Hi All!

I had to stock up on some essentials, and also wanted to try out some new products.  Ulta was having a sale where many of their products were 30 – 40% off last week, so I thought I’d take advantage of it!  Here are some goodies that I got a hold of!

Re-stocked items:

Real Techniques

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Set – I personally don’t see a huge difference between an actual Beauty Blender in comparison to the Real Techniques sponges, and you pretty much get 2 RT sponges for the price of 1 Beauty Blender!

 

Maybelline Eye Studio

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner –  This is my favorite drugstore gel liner.  In my opinion, it compares to MAC Cosmetics’ Blacktrack gel liner which is almost double the price of the Maybelline!

 

Eylure Vegas Nay Lashes

Eylure Vegas Nay Bronze Beauty Lashes – These are my favorite lashes that I use for my more attempted-glam looks.  They were also half off when I ordered them…score!

 

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal

L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer in Green – I tend to get redness around my nose sometimes and I like this concealer to cancel that out.

 

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Batiste Dry Shampoo – It’s my fav.  The end.

 

New-to-me products:

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent – I’ve heard good things about this and I was on the hunt for a new setting powder, so I’ll be giving this a try!

 

Real Techniques

Real Techniques Powder Brush – All of the RT products were 40% off, and I’ve wanted to try this brush out for a while so I added it to my cart!

 

Eylure Vegas Nay Lashes

Eylure Vegas Nay Platinum Princess Lashes – These are fairly similar to the Bronze Beauty lashes, and I just wanted to try something slightly different.

 

Precious Petals MegaGlo Highlighter

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals – This has been around since last year I believe, but Wet N Wild released 2 new shades so it’s been popping up again.  I’m most excited to try this product out!

Hopefully you enjoyed this quick little haul.  Are any of these products in your beauty arsenal?

xo,

Lauren

Unboxing: PMD Personal Microderm Pro

Unboxing: PMD Personal Microderm Pro

Hi All!

Today I wanted to share with you the second skincare device that I received last month, but I want to do it as more of an unboxing via pictures!  I’m going to start by sharing a little bit about my skin history.  I began to have acne problems at a fairly young age; I remember that in 5th grade I had to see a dermatologist as acne was pretty heavily appearing across my forehead, on my cheeks, and chin.  I still am acne prone today but it has gotten better as I’ve aged.  I do have combination-oily skin and I also have larger pores especially on my cheeks.  I have some scarring around my face as a result of the acne that I had in my younger years that I’ve always wanted to at least try to lighten (to completely get rid of would be perfection), but I am not in a position to see an in-office specialist on a regular basis.  I had heard about this device last year and was lucky enough to receive it last month as a gift!

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

When you first open the box, you see a leaflet explaining step-by-step how to use the device from start to finish.  It also provides a link to an online training video!

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

Below the leaflet is the device itself along with additional parts for both face and body use.

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

The main thing that drew me in to the device was that it claims to offer the same results as in-office microdermabrasion treatments, but in the convenience of your own home!  According to Nordstrom’s website (where the device was purchased) “It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes and enlarged pores, allowing makeup to go on smoother and skin care products to penetrate significantly deeper.”  I also have a dark spot on my face that I have to heavily conceal that I’m also hoping that the device can possibly lighten as well.

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

PMD Personal Microderm Pro
Base of device where you plug the charging cord in.

This is the power cord that comes with the device.  You don’t charge it as it’s not battery operated, but you simply plug it in with each use.

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

PMD Personal Microderm Pro
White training disc for the face.

The device came with extra discs, for both face and body, made of aluminum oxide crystals (this is what removes the top layer of skin).  You start with the white training disc as that is the most gentle disc, and then if you choose to, you can make your way through more intense discs in the grey, blue, green, and lastly the red.  The discs are anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.  You are also able to get up to 4 uses out of each disc (which is a month’s worth) as the most frequent that it’s recommended that you use the device is once every seven days.

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

The disc sits slightly below the device’s cap and vacuum suction brings your skin up to the disc to work its magic.

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

The Pro version has 2 speed settings to allow for a low intensity or higher intensity, depending on your preference.

Overall, I’m really excited to get started with this.  With the YouTube videos that I’ve watched so far, users have found results within 60 – 90 days so it is definitely a process and something that I’d imagine will require upkeep as well.  I will do my best to document my progress so that I can do a full review possibly in 3 months or so showing my results!

Have you ever tried the PMD before?  If so, what was your experience with it?

xo,

Lauren

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award (KIMANDMAKEUP)

Sunshine Blogger Award (KIMANDMAKEUP)

Hi All,

I apologize for not having a Friday Favorites post for today, but my schedule got away from me this week.  I was nominated by the gorgeous Kim from KIMANDMAKEUP for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you so much Kim for the nomination!  Definitely check her page out for amazing beauty and style posts.  I recently read her Best of Becca Cosmetics post and now want to buy a bunch of Becca highlighters 😄.

Sunshine Tag Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer their questions.
  • Ask your own questions.
  • Nominate your own bloggers.

Here are the questions from KIMANDMAKEUP:

  1. Which blog post are you most proud of and what are your favorite kind to write about?     I am most proud of Quick and Easy Bronzed Eye In 5 Easy Steps! because that was the first post where I really put myself out there in terms of pictures of myself.  It was very nerve-wracking for me and I’m proud that I actually posted it!  And my favorite kind of posts to write are beauty related!
  2. Name a beauty product you love that no one talks about?     This is a tough one, but a product that I personally haven’t seen talked about a lot is the Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara – it is my all-time favorite mascara.
  3. What is your favorite photo that you have taken for your blog?     This one here, because I am extremely awkward when pictures are taken of me, but SOMEHOW this one turned out alright 😆!IMG_7461
  4.  What makeup products are your currently wearing?     I currently just have on my Estée Lauder skincare with my Neutrogena sunscreen over top.
  5. Favorite coffee drink of the moment?     Iced vanilla latte 😋!
  6. What book are you currently reading or have read most recently?     The book that I am currently reading is The Thieves of Faith by Richard Doetsch.
I nominate the following people:

My questions for these lovely bloggers:

  1. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?
  3. What is your favorite song at the moment?
  4. What is your favorite accessory to dress up an outfit (shoes, handbag, etc.)?
  5. What is your favorite show to binge watch (or just watch in general)?
  6. Do you prefer popcorn or sweets at the movie theater?

 

As always, if you’ve already done this award and/or don’t want to do it, totally understandable!  Thank you again to KIMANDMAKEUP for the nomination!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xo,

Lauren

New Nike Training Shoes!

New Nike Training Shoes!

Hi All!

Confession – I am obsessed with Nike shoes, well all things Nike to be honest, but especially their shoes!  Nike’s world headquarters are in Portland, OR so you can really feel the brand’s presence in the city, so naturally, I felt the urge to purchase a new pair of shoes during my visit last month.

If you saw in my last sneaker post (Friday Favorites: Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit), I shared that I used to work for Nike and during my time as an employee there, I learned that there are shoes specifically designed for just about any activity (i.e. soccer, golf, tennis, training, etc.).  I’m a huge fan of running shoes because I find them to be the most comfortable for day-to-day wear, but I own a pair of old training shoes, so I knew that I wanted to purchase a new training-specific pair while I visited the Nike store in Portland.  Without further ado, I present to you the Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit Women’s Training Shoe.

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
The shoe has a very breathable upper material made of Nike’s Flyknit technology.

I mainly wanted a comfortable, supportive, and lower profile shoe for gym training, and I thought these would be perfect for that!  Here are some of the listed features directly from Nike’s website.

  • “Flexible stability – Ultralight, flexible Flywire cables integrate with the laces to deliver midfoot support and stability during side-to-side movements.”
  • “Responsive Cushioning – Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the heel is lightweight, low-profile and responsive, and full-length Cushlon foam provides a soft, supportive feel.”
  • “Durable Traction – The durable rubber sole features a hexagonal pattern with densely placed traction pods in the toe area for excellent grip during activities like planks, burpees and sled pushes.”

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
Close-up of the bottom details.

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
Flyknit upper – it’s so lightweight while still feeling supportive.
Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit
Pull-tab in the back.

Nike Zoom Fearless Flyknit

I also noticed that on Nike’s website, the shoe comes in 15 different color options, so there’s a color way for just about everyone’s preference!  When I was younger and in my tomboy swag days, I genuinely did not care about shoes matching whatever soccer shorts and baggy tees that I was wearing, but now there are times that I do find a bit of fun in putting together an outfit, even out of workout gear!

Do you have any shoes that you like for gym workouts?

xo,

Lauren

First Impressions: FOREO Luna Mini 2

First Impressions: FOREO Luna Mini 2

Hi All!

Last month I received a couple of new skincare tools as birthday gifts from my Mama Bear and today I’m sharing the first of the two items!  I had never heard of this device until I opened up the present, so it is completely new to me and I don’t know much about it at this point (other than what I’ve learned in my quick research), but I received the FOREO Luna Mini 2 in the color Fuchsia!

FOREO Luna Mini 2

FOREO Luna Mini 2

In a nutshell, this is a silicone facial cleansing brush that uses T-Sonic pulsation technology to cleanse the skin.

FOREO Luna Mini 2

The biggest feature that got me excited about this product is that the device is made out of non-porous material therefore it is bacteria resistant!  I’ve been using a Clarisonic (a holy grail skincare item of mine) for the past 5 years and I love it, but I dislike that you have to switch out the brush heads because they are quite pricey.

FOREO Luna Mini 2

The packaging was minimalistic, and the main components were the device itself plus the charging cable (which you can connect to any USB brick).  I saw somewhere (I can’t remember exactly where) that one 1-hour charge is supposed to last up to 5 months.  If that’s the case I will be pleasantly surprised!  Here are some close up images of the silicone bristles.

FOREO Luna Mini 2
Front.

The front of the brush is called the “general-cleansing zone” and the bristles are the smallest here.  At the very top of the front there is a smaller section of bristles to be used for precision cleansing.

FOREO Luna Mini 2
Back – waterproof charging port.

The back of the device has larger bristles and is called the “deep-cleansing zone”.

FEATURES:

  • Available in 6 different color options.
  • 1 power button; (- / +) buttons allow for 8 different intensity settings.
  • Recommended for all skin types.

CLAIMS ON FOREO’S WEBSITE:

  • T-Sonic pulsations can remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil.
  • Will exfoliate without irritating the skin.
  • Overall you can experience a deeper cleanse while still being gentle, to reveal healthier looking skin.

I’ve only used the device a handful of times at this point and my thoughts on it so far are that first off, it is much less intense of a cleanse than when I compare it to my Clarisonic, so right off the bat I knew that I would not be using it at night if I had worn any makeup during the day.  HOWEVER, my Clarisonic is too intense for twice-a-day use, so I am finding that the FOREO is perfect for my morning skincare routine!  It is very comfortable in the hand, and to be quite honest it feels like a gentle massage on the skin!  It also doesn’t create suds the way that my Clarisonic does, so if you like to see soapiness as you wash your face, I would not recommend this to you.  If you have sensitive skin, I definitely would recommend you giving this a try because it is very gentle on the skin and again, it feels somewhat like a mini massage!  I have fairly sensitive skin and I haven’t turned pinky-red after any uses so far which I love!  As with any first impressions, I’d like to try this out a bit more before I do a full in-depth review, so I’ll be back with that at a later point.

Have you tried any FOREO skincare devices?!

xo,

Lauren