Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup in Light Review

Almay Smart Shade Foundation SPF 15 100 Light Pale Review

Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup in Light

I have fond memories of Almay Smart Shade Makeup. In high school, I remember being a drugstore makeup junkie and would always try to find the best foundation products, since I had really bad acne. I remember being amazed at the smart shade technology that Almay offered, so naturally, I bought it. Years later, I don’t really remember what my first impressions were, so I was excited to get to try it again, thanks to Almay, who sent it to me!

almay smart shade™ makeup makes it easy to find “the one” with just three skintone-adjusting shades to choose from, not hundreds! it adjusts to the natural tones and nuances of your skin with breakthrough new almay tonemimic™ shade-sensing bead technology which intuitively transforms to your skintone for all day natural looking coverage in your perfect shade.

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Almay Smart Shade Makeup in Light

I’ve been wearing this as the perfect light foundation for my light “no makeup makeup” looks, like the above picture. I like to apply it with my fingers, as the rubbing sensation is what makes the white liquid turn skin-toned. It has a pretty light coverage, so since I have acne I need to use concealer on top. I love that it has SPF 15 for days where I forget to apply a sun screen. I was mostly impressed with the staying power of this baby. I wore it for a good 10 hours one day (and it’s HOT in L.A.), with minimal oiliness around the nose. That was with a primer, but nonetheless, I’m happy! I think the light shade is pretty much a perfect shade for my skin, as you can see it blends really well. The only bummer is that smart shade is only available in 3 colors, so it doesn’t cater to every woman out there.

The Almay Smart Shade Makeup is a cheap trick at only $10.99…try it out!

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Daytime Taupe Smokey Eye Tutorial (Maybelline, L’Oreal, Inglot) | Video

Daytime Taupe Smokey Eye Tutorial Video Drugstore L'Oreal Maybelline Inglot Lancome NYX

Daytime Taupe Smokey Eye Tutorial

Today I’m showing you one of my most recent eye looks that I’ve liked doing. I normally stick to the same matte neutral eye every day, but I decided to go a bit smokey. I love taupe eyeshadow, so I decided to make this a taupe smokey eye that works in the daytime as well…just darken up the liner and crease and you are perfectly done up for a night on the town!

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Daytime Taupe Smokey Eye Tutorial- close up

As you can see, this eye look is extremely simple and looks great as well! It’s not too dramatic, making it perfect for day or night. What’s your favorite eyeshadow look to wear every day?

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LUSH Cosmetics New Innovations: Granny Takes A Dip, Zeste, African Paradise, D’Fluff, Mangnificent, & Parsley Porridge Review | Fragrance Friday

6 New LUSH Cosmetics Products July 2014 African Paradise Body Conditioner Zeste Hair Gelly Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb Mangnificient Soap Parsley Porridge Soap D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap Review

New Lush products: Mangnificent & Parsley Porridge Soap, Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb, D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap, Zeste Hair Gelly, African Paradise Body Conditioner

Earlier this month, LUSH unveiled 6 fresh innovations to add to their fabulous line. It includes 2 soaps, a hair gel, a bath bomb, a body conditioner, and a shave soap. I received all of these earlier in the month and have been putting them to the test to share with you all today! Let’s take a peek into the products and see my thoughts:

LUSH Cosmetics Mangnificent Soap Review

Mangnificent Soap

The first of the 2 soaps, Mangnificent ($6.95), is a blend mango (fresh and dried), Sicilian lemon, mandarin, and neroli oils to make a tropical cocktail for your body! I honestly don’t love bar soaps, but this is the nicest one I’ve tried. I love the citrusy smell and it lathers nicely!

LUSH Cosmetics Parsley Porridge Soap Review

Parsley Porridge Soap

The other soap, Parsley Porridge ($6.95), looks scary, but works just the same. This soap features parsley, thyme, and tea tree oil to act as a dirt-buster for your skin. If you can’t handle herbal scents, I wouldn’t recommend it, because it’s a bit potent. But, this one does a better job at exfoliating the skin because it has ground oatmeal. I didn’t love the scent, but since it doesn’t linger on my skin, I can handle it for 5 minutes in the shower!

LUSH Cosmetics Zeste Hair Gelly Review

Zeste Hair Gelly

The Zeste Hair Gelly ($12.95) is the first gel LUSH has come out with. I don’t use hair gel, so I handed it over to my dad, who has gelled his hair since I was probably in diapers. It has orange juice, petitgrain, and neroli oils to give this a very strong citrus scent. My dad didn’t like this gel because of the scent, but his hair looked the same as usual, so I’d say if you don’t mind the scent, go for it!

LUSH Cosmetics African Paradise Body Conditioner Review

African Paradise Body Conditioner

Just like conditioner for your hair, African Paradise Shower Smoothie ($39.95) does the same for your skin. I haven’t tried any product like this, so I was intrigued! You use the body conditioner in the shower, massaging over damp skin. Then, once you’re out of the shower- simply pat dry! You can still feel the product on your skin, it’s very hydrating and leaves legs soft and smooth with no need to apply a lotion after showering. This scent is a combination of carnation, clove, and sandalwood for a spicy floral scent. I honestly didn’t love the scent, but I like the product. LUSH has a few other scents online, so you can pick and choose to your tastes!

LUSH Cosmetics D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap Review

D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap

And here we have, in my honest opinion, the crown jewel of this launch! D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap ($16.95) is a little piece of shaving heaven, disguised as strawberry marshmallow fluff. First off, IT’S PINK. Who doesn’t love pink? This whipped soap has fresh strawberries, egg whites, coconut oil, and maple syrup to create a scent that smells sweet and does a great job for shaving. I grab a handful the size of a nail polish bottle for each leg, and massage it to create a creamy and milky lather to shave my legs smoothly. Even without applying lotion or a African Paradise Shower Smoothie afterwards, my skin is left touchably smooth. I ran out of this too fast, and I miss it already! You NEED this one. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest store, because it’s sold out online as I type this!

LUSH Cosmetics Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb Review

Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb

And last but not least, we have the Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb ($6.95), is a psychadelic looking bath fizz that smells just like the scent of a LUSH store. It includes lemon, ginger, and black pepper and turns bath water a dark purple. It looks so neat whenever you dissolve it. I used it in one bath, although I normally break them up into 2-4 pieces- I just had to see what this one looked like! The outer ring has bits of bubble bar, so you can crumble it to get some foamy suds in your tub. If you’re a bath girl, you must try this for a relaxing bath. It’s been so long since I had used a bath bomb, it was pure bliss!

Overall I was very impressed with these new LUSH additions. I mostly recommend D’Fluff, because it’s my personal favorite and works for everyone. If you’re a bath gal, you can’t go wrong with Granny Takes A Dip. If you prefer to shower, try the African Paradise Shower Smoothie. And you can’t go wrong with either soap if you love LUSH soaps, I’m just not much of a soap girl. The only item I’d say to pass on is Zeste, as my dad was really off-put by the scent. But, I give him props for doing some blog testing for me!

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso Review

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Review

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

I recently snagged a sample size of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso for free with a Sephora order. I was super excited to try this formula because I’ve heard such great things about it’s staying power. This shade, Beso, a true red, is also raved about a lot on YouTube and blogs. Although I’m not a huge red lip wearer, this product impressed me by the moment I tried it on!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Review Swatch

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso Swatch

The lipstick goes on very creamy at first, and within a minute or so, becomes completely dry and matte. I find the doe foot applicator a bit difficult to make the lines of my lips precise, so I like to use a lip brush for the majority of it. Still not a perfect application, but I’m still getting the hang of it. In the above photo I have one layer, but I find that a 2nd layer makes it completely opaque. Put it on dry lips so it dries and lasts longest.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Review Swatch (2)

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

I’ve only worn this a few times but I really like how it looks on me. I can see myself wearing red a lot more with this lip color! I love the look of truly matte lips, but there aren’t a ton of products out there that do a good job. This is probably the best matte lip product I’ve tried. it stays put for hours, but be wary when eating. I was impressed that my lips stayed mostly intact, but you still need to reapply after eating. Greasy food can definitely wear this product down. But, when drinking something with a straw or in a cup, there isn’t a mess of lipstick left behind.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Review Swatch Kiss Test

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso- kiss test

I took the above photo after letting the product dry completely, and that was how little of a mark it left! Pretty impressive for such a bold, red, lip. I think the outside of my lips left a mark because I probably had remnants of lip balm on my lips, but regardless, I’m smitten with Stila right now! Hope they create more shades in the future. I’ve got my eye on Carina, a coral shade that looks to die for.

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My Current Skin Care Routine (Oily & Acne Prone Skin) | Video

Skin Care Routine Oily Acne Prone Skin Simple Skincare Medicell Labs Pixi Dermalogica Ren Radical X Out Proactiv Plus


I couldn’t live without skincare. Although I find it a bit boring, my super oily and acne prone skin needs taming with the right products. I’m always getting new skin products to try and I’m always pretty hesitant to take the leap of faith in fear that I’ll break out from it. I also break out a lot due to hormones, so I need additional products to help blemishes go away quickly. Here’s a peek at what products I’m currently enjoying and use on a nightly basis:

  • Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes: The best wipes to remove makeup without stinging eyes.
  • Medicell Labs Brightening Foaming Face Wash: This face wash is great for exfoliating and has a tingly foaming sensation and great citrus scent!
  • Pixi Glow Tonic Beauty Elixir: An exfoliating toner with glycolic acid to gently slough off dead skin cells and brighten skin.
  • Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex: Almost done with this eye cream- it’s good at moisturizing but it isn’t a miracle worker. I wish it would have got rid of my milia!
  • REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum: This gel cream is a great moisturizer that helps combat acne.
  • Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum: I like to use this in combination with the REN serum to add a bit of extra moisture so my skin doesn’t dry out from all of the acne treatments and exfoliating. I don’t think it’s worth the price tag, though.
  • X Out Spot Corrector: I spot treat my acne with this sulfur treatment and find that it helps, but can be drying. I love sulfur to get rid of acne!
  • Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask: Another product with sulfur! This mask is similar to Proactiv Refining Mask (which I actually prefer), but works essentially the same as a great overnight spot treating mask.

I’m always getting new products to try out, so my routine changes pretty often. But, this one has stuck around since June, so I thought it was time to show it! Let me know in the comments what skincare products you love, I’d love to hear!

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