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DIY: Rose Water & Aloe Facial Mist.


Hello lovelies!

Summer has officially landed here in Ohio and I’ve already had my first awful sunburn. This brought me to my most recent DIY- rose water. I’m a frequent buyer of the cult favorite Mario Badescu Rose facial mist, but I always wondered about making my own..

Since my rose bushes were on their last legs for this bloom, I snatched up the petals and got crafty! And I loved my results! Want to make your own rose water facial mist at home? Keep reading love!


Natural glycerin is great for moisturizing the skin. Be sure to pick one that is plant based- the chemical based versions are not good for the skin. Don’t worry too much about your rose petals- mine came right off of a bush, but you can use store bought or gifted roses just the same. My bottle is actually a recycled Mario Badescu one. I reuse them all the time- they are great for alcohol and water in a kit or on a vanity at home, and are the perfect size. And the aloe vera gel is good for calming redness and refreshing thirsty skin! You will also need a small saucepan, small strainer, and a measuring cup with a pouring lip for ease. Let’s get started, shall we?



I like to gently press a spoon against the petals before straining, just to remove any last rosey goodness, lol. Look at that beautiful natural color!


You can also add a drop of your favorite essential oil or extract. Just be cautious with essential oils, as some of them can cause sun sensitivity.


(Lol at my homemade funnel)


Don’t be afraid- mist your face whenever you need a pick me up, to settle your makeup, or to cool down on a hot day! It is all natural after all!

Note: The rose scent won’t be as strong as in the MB one- but his is an added fragrance, not from the roses. The less ingredients, the better. The benefits are in the rose oils and essence πŸ™‚

Do you have any favorite beauty DIYs? Do share! I’m always looking for new beauty crafts.

Until next time,

xx&o

Meg

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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

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! Β 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!

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(Matching is the hardest part!)

Would I Repurchase?: Β 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

 

 

 

100 Days of Makeup Challenge: Part two.

Hello lovelies! I’m so excited to have completed my 100 days of makeup challenge on Instagram! I still can’t believe I did it! (As always, my pictures are large so you have to click them to see them in high quality) Here is the second half of looks I created, I hope you enjoy them:

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So what did you think? Did you enjoy this challenge? It was a lot of work- literally three months straight of makeup every. single. day. Some days I didn’t have the ambition, but I stuck it through, even with buying our first home! I’m proud of how far I’ve come, but I’m so happy to be back to my blog! I’ve missed you beauties! Please feel free to like this post if you enjoyed it- I’ll talk to you soon!

xxx&o Meg

Makeup Monsters Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick- Review & Swatches.

Hello lovelies!! I’m super excited to talk to you about an awesome indie brand called Makeup Monsters Cosmetics. I discovered them on Instagram and fell in love with everything about the brand. They offer so many beautiful and unique liquid lipstick shades that are not only vegan, but clearly made with love. The creator recently had a little one and she totally kicked ass at maintaining the business- which is booming by the way. This brand used to be an Etsy shop and now has graduated to a much bigger brand with a beautiful website and adorable packaging. But packaging doesn’t make a product. After stalking many reviews and following the brand for awhile – I decided to pick up two shades I’d been lusting after forever. I grabbed ‘Wipe Out’ ( a gorgeous deep, matte true blue) and ‘Darkness Prevails (a super rich, matte black).

The lipsticks retail for $13.95 each and come in 6 gram tubes with doe foot applicators. There are 32 different shades (from nude and peach to mint green and beyond) Β to choose from! You can get them slash check it out here. My package took about 7 days to arrive from ordering and came neatly in a bubble mailer (all of the product was wrapped in silver tissue paper).

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How cute is this?!

Here’s the back of the card:

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And here are the swatches of the lippies:

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The lipstick formula is light as air and dries down fairly quickly. The colors are SO rich and pigmented, I immediately fell in love. I want the whole collection (no, seriously). The color you see in the tube is the color you get and it doesn’t disappoint! They wear great, but this doesn’t mean to leave the tube at home. You’ll need to touch up here and there, but it’s totally worth it for how fabulous they feel while you wear them. A lot of liquid lipsticks are so ‘long wear’ they shrivel your lips into raisins and feel like cement by the end of the day- not these babes.

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Would I recommend?: Absolutely.

I’m all about supporting brands like these and highly recommend you try them. The price is right and with all the liquid lipstick love going on, I had to give these guys a shout.

Talk to you soon loves.

xxx&o Meg

Let’s Play a Game.

Hello lovelies!! Today I thought it would be fun to do a new type of post where I compare two similar products side by side and see if you can tell the difference between the two. Is it worth it to splurge? Which one looks better? Let’s see if you can guess the products correctly!

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Today we will be comparing Anastasia Beverly Hills and NYX Cosmetics. Here is a shot of my bare brows for comparison.

ABH BROW WIZ VS. NYX MICRO BROW PENCIL:

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ABH BROW POWDER DUO VS. NYX BROW POWDER DUO:

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ABH DIPBROW POMADE VS NYX TAME & FRAME BROW POMADE:

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Did you make your guesses? Think you can tell the difference? Let’s see if you’re right…

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Review Note: These look pretty damn similar, but the ABH is so much smoother!

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So, how’d you do? Could you tell the difference? Do you think the price difference is worth it after viewing these comparisons? Let me know in the comments!

xxx&o Meg