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Wet N’ Wild Photofocus Foundation: Worth the Hype?


Hello beauties! I’m sure you’re aware of all the hype around the new Wet N’ Wild Photofocus Foundation. I’m normally not one to buy into that, but for $5, I felt I could indulge and not be annoyed if it completely bombed. There’s nothing worse than makeup heartbreak, friends. So let’s get down to business!


I’m pretty impressed with a 20 shade range from a drugstore brand- especially one that’s so incredibly affordable. I also love the spatula applicator! I’ve heard quite a few gripes about how it seems unsanitary- yet we use doe foot applicators allll the time lol. Anyway- I swipe it on the back of my clean hand and apply it with a beauty blender. 

I guess matched myself with Shade ‘363C Nude Ivory’ and I purchased mine at my local Walmart. I did a pretty good job as the foundation doesn’t oxidize a whole lot and they lean toward the lighter side. Here are swatches:


And here, on my face:

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I have combination skin and I absolutely love this foundation. It had a medium coverage that was buildable and made my skin look smooth. I also had no oil buildup after 6 hours of wear- which is insane for my T Zone. I loved the way it applied with a beauty blender and would recommend that method of application. The finish is Demi matte to matte in my opinion. I don’t think it’s 100% flashback proof- but that can be varied depending on the powders you’re using too. I’m not a flash photo kind of gal, so that’s not a deal breaker for me. One con- it literally smells like house paint. I don’t notice the smell after it’s applied- but if you are sensitive to smells, I would pass on this.

I’m definitely a fan of this!!

Have you tried this foundation yet? What’s your drugstore holy grail foundation? Let me know in the comments!

xx&o,

Meg

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NYX Pro Foundation Mixers: Review & Swatches.

Hey beauties!

I know I’ve been gone awhile- and quite a bit has happened since we’ve spoken last. But that’s a whole different post, haha. Today I want to tell you about the NYX Pro Foundation Mixers. What is a foundation mixer you ask? Keep reading!

Building a kit for a makeup artistry career is not a cheap thing to do- especially when you want the best for your clients. I had been struggling with how to handle purchasing enough foundations to span the skin tones, without breaking the bank. I have eight shades of UD Naked Skin (my preferred foundation) and clearly that’s not enough to do the job. I had heard about foundation mixers, but had never really needed them until this point in my career. Enter the NYX Pro Foundation Mixers!

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I purchased five of the six available shades- Luminous, Warmth, Olive, Deep, and White. The other shade is a white based luminizer, and I felt that the ‘Luminous’ one I purchased would do the trick for any skin tone. They retail for $10 each (1.01 fl.oz.) on the NYX website and in Ulta Beauty stores.

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Here is what the tip looks like:

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I love that it’s very precise- it makes for less waste, as with these, a little goes a long way! Think of it like paint- you can completely customize your foundation by darkening, lightening, or adjusting the undertones! I took the liberty or doing some sample mixes for you to see the mixers in action.

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And now:

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The mixers do not change the consistency of the original foundation! I recently used them for a wedding and they went off without a hitch! They even photographed well! I am beyond happy with these- not only for the price, but how well they get the job done. I highly recommend them! They have also been saving me on getting a new foundation because I’m no longer paper white, yay summer!  I just mix my too-light Born This Way with a little ‘Deep’ and ‘Warmth’, to make a custom shade that matches perfectly all summer long!

RATING:

Price: ★★★★★

Quality: ★★★★

Effectiveness: ★★★★★

Ease of Use: ★★★

(Matching is the hardest part!)

Would I Repurchase?:  Definite Yes!

Have you tried these mixers? Would you be willing to give your color theory a test? Let me know in the comments!

 

xxx&o,

Meg

 

 

 

Urban Decay Vice 3 Review, Part One: Swatches.

So, I’ve decided to break up the Vice 3 palette review into two separate posts. The first one will cover swatches, first impressions, etc. Part two will focus purely on looks you can create using this palette- I really want to show the extreme amount of versatility a palette of this grandeur can provide.

This palette comes with 20 never before released, full sized shades. UD shadows retail for $18 each, so investing in a palette of 20 at $60 is a pretty decent deal. They also do not release palette shades as singles unless there is an overwhelming demand to do so:

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There’s a double ended brush and a case included in the buy:

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Personally, the brush is not my favorite from Urban Decay. I actually really like the Naked Basics double ended brush a lot better ( it has a full shadow and crease smudger brush instead), but seeing as I already own that and a million other various eye brushes, I guess having this one is a nice travel option. Also the bag, which can be used as a tablet case, is super cute but I’d have preferred a deluxe sample of their Eye Primer Potion instead like they did with the Naked Palettes. I also have an iPad which won’t fit in this case and I need another makeup bag like I need a hole in my head. Haha. Anywho, let’s get to the good part- the swatches! (As always, please click to view larger):

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Once again, these shadows did not disappoint! The colors are rich and velvety and there’s a good mix of matte and shimmer shades. The color combinations are endless and there’s a good mix of brights and neutrals for versatility in the looks you can create. My favorite shades are Dragon, Sonic, DTF, Undone, Last Sin, Reign and Alien. Alien is such a unique shade and I can’t wait to make a look that focuses on it. It’s a rosy pink that looks gold depending on the light. Such a surprise as it looks baby pink and shimmery in the pan.

These are typical Urban Decay shadows, so primer is a must as it will cut down on fallout. The pigment payoff is unbeatable. The palette itself is heavy and well made and the case is thick and sturdy.

Can’t wait to show you all looks! Are there any specific color combinations you’d like to see? What colors are your favorite? Give me some inspiration below! I’d love to hear from you- xx

xxx&o Megan

J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint Review & Swatches.

I mentioned in my last post that I was excited to grab these little lovelies at work recently. It was such a happy surprise and I couldn’t wait to try them out. I got ‘Pishlaver’, ‘Much Mucher’, and ‘Ches Desire Cat’.

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These retail for $4.99 and I got mine at ULTA. Here are the swatches:

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And what did I think?

I absolutely love these colors. The pigment is so beautiful! Creamy orange, lavender, and mint! They feel moisturizing too, but maybe a little too much so. Probably because they are so thin- like a super light lipgloss with crazy pigment. So the colors transfer, smear, etc. They also take so skill to apply and are very messy. I applied them too with the NYX Jumbo eye pencil in ‘Milk’ (not in the swatches, that’s the pigment alone) just to see if it would help give them some grip and it helped slightly. Consistency is a killer for me.

Would I repurchase?

I probably wouldn’t buy anymore of these- the other colors are more ‘normal’. I feel like I would want to monitor any crazy colored lip I would wear and could probably make these ones work, but only because I am so in love with the colors. All of that maintenance for a nude or red lip though? No thank you, there’s better options. Haha.

Have you tried these? What did you think? Oi, I’ve never been so on the fence before.

xxx&o Megan