Deodorant Review!

Hello everyone, and happy holidays! 

Recently I recorded the Dove Dry Spray from Influenster for testing purposes, so I just wanted to post a quick review of this awesome product! 

   My honest opinion of this is that it was wonderful. I have tried so many different deodorants, but never a spray one before this. It smells amazing, and it actually helps control sweat. I was very pleasantly surprised by this product, just because it goes on so lightly. It doesn’t apply wet or anything like that; it basically feels like a dry spray. I also have extremely sensitive skin in the arm-pit area, which of course I was worried about with this product as well. However, I had no issues whatsoever with this irritating my skin. I am so thankful to have recieved this to review because I now feel like I don’t want to use regular deodorant ever again. Thank you Influenster! 

November Favorites! (Maybelline and Loreal)

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share 3 of my current favorite products that I have been using every single day. As of late, I’ve been pretty simplistic with my daily makeup, focusing mainly on the skin and brows, and little else. We all go through makeup moods, right?

First off, the Maybelline Brow Drama has been a game-changer. I had been using a clear brow gel for awhile, and it worked decently. However, this is tinted (comes in several shades, I have blonde), and I had never used a tinted brow gel before.

I change up my brow product fairly often, just because I like to try new things (and also because my ride or die ELF Essential Eyebrow pencil has been sold out in my color for WAY too long. It’s back, don’t worry). I’ve been using a Wet n Wild pencil in the color Taupe (it’s supposed to be eyeliner, but it’s actually a perfect color for blonde hair) to fill in my brows, and then I set them with the Brow Drama. The results are ideal, and the staying power of the gel is quite impressive. Your brows literally will not budge. This is exactly what I have been looking for in a brow gel, and luckily, it’s only about $6.

Next up is the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer.

  I had heard positive reviews about this concealer, and so I decided to try it out when I ran out of concealer. It has a yellowish undertone, and so it is perfect for the undereye area. I apply it with my Real Techniques Beauty Blending Sponge, strictly in my undereye area. I’ve been setting it with the yellow-toned powder in the ELF contour kit, and the result is lovely. My eyes look wide awake (though they rarely are) and it does not crease. I’ve been very impressed by this, especially since it’s only about $7 🙂

Finally, I had been interested in trying out a new foundation for awhile. I’ve used the Covergirl 3 in 1 for about 2 years, and so I figured it was time to switch it up. I went with a classic, after doing research on YouTube. The Loreal True Match is absolutely wonderful!

 First of all, I love the color range. There are so many different shades, and they are even divided up into Cool, Warm, and Neutral undertones. I went with neutral, since I can never decide what I am, and the Neutral Soft Ivory N1 ended up being perfect. I also apply this with my Real Techniques sponge, and a little goes a long way for me. I would say that this is a medium coverage foundation, but can definitely be built up. The reason that I say that a little goes a long way is because it this foundation is quite thin, and when applied with a sponge, it spreads very easily and evenly on the skin. It’s very thin and light, and so it feels and looks very natural on the skin. On that note, I would also suggest applying it with a damp sponge, to get a really smooth finish. I am planning on purchasing the matching powder to go with it, next time I have the chance.

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful holiday season, and thank you for still reading, even though I was non-existent for several months.

Looking forward to getting back into the blog-life, and reading all of your amazing posts! 🙂

 

 

Back to School Favorites from City Color and Maybelline!

First week of classes and I’m already stressed, which means getting very little sleep. That’s college for ya. For all the ladies out there who have super dark under-eye circles, trust me when I say that I feel your pain. I’ve also been getting up earlier than normal, due to having early classes this semester, and at 7:30 AM, I have a hard time putting on a full face of makeup. So, I thought I would share my 2 back-to-school favorites that I have been using on a daily basis in my very quick makeup looks, where my main goal is to look awake and fresh-faced.

The Maybelline Age-Rewind Concealer has been my absolute savior for under-eye circles.

I had heard many good things about it online,  but was always reluctant to buy it because it’s about $8 in stores (I know, that’s pretty cheap, but for a drugstore product it was a little steep in my mind). However,  now that I’ve used it daily for about a month, I can say with confidence that it was completely worth every penny. This is probably the best concealer I’ve ever used. It’s supposed to be for the under-eye area, but I’ve also been using it on some problem areas around the nose and on the chin. It’s incredibly brightening, and the sponge applicator is really nice because you don’t apply a truckload of product. The concealer has a very thin consistency, yet has the coverage of many very thick concealers. It conceals and brightens, and I think this might become a holy grail product for me. I’ve always had trouble finding concealers that don’t crease and become oily after a few hours, and I haven’t had that problem AT ALL with this. Granted, I’ve been setting it with the ELF Eye Brightening Powder, but the combo has been stellar for the under-eye area. This is a product that if I had no time to do anything else, this would be the one product that I would use. Having a bright under-eye area just looks so healthy and can lift your entire face.

The City Color Cosmetics HD Powder has been my go-to choice for an all-over dusting to set my foundation. I received it in an Ipsy bag, but you can find it online for $5.99 here: http://citycolorcosmetics.com/face/hd-powder/#.VfTBIhFViko

(I received a sample size  version of this product, which is why the packaging looks completely different on the website)

This is a loose, white powder that is translucent on the skin. I have combination skin, but in general, my skin gets very oily throughout the day. This has made my makeup last longer on my skin and has reduced shininess like no other! I have used so many powders in my makeup days, and even one that is called “oil control” doesn’t have this impact on my skin. It has a very soft texture and makes my face feel like baby skin. The downside for me is that since it is loose, the jar gets very messy and I often sneeze while putting it on. Also, it really needs to be blended in well, otherwise you’ll end up with white spots on your face. I’ve been applying it in a thin layer with the ELF Complexion Brush, and it’s been working great.

Let me know if you’ve tried out these products and what you thought!

Here’s the link for Ipsy if you’re interested! It’s $10/month for 5 higher-end products (usually sample size, but they are big enough to use for quite awhile). You also get a super cute makeup bag every month!

https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=uqrhh

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Be sure to follow my Instagram @flannelbeauty for blog updates!

Sunshine VoxBox!

About a month ago, I received the Sunshine VoxBox from Influenster. For those of you who may not know, Influenster is this great website (and app) where you can review products ranging from makeup to pet supplies, and if you are active enough on social media and keep up with your short reviews on the website, you can get a box sent to you, full of products to review! If you are as obsessed with the internet and social media as I am, this website may be a great new way to procrastinate responsibilities!

I just wanted to do a quick overview of the beauty products that were included in the Sunshine Voxbox!

*Influenster sent me all of these products for testing purposes*

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I have to say, I loved everything in this box!

My favorites were the Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer and and Infusium 23 Leave-In Smoothing Cream. The Vaseline lotion is so moisturizing, and the spray-on formula is not greasy at all, and is incredibly soothing to the skin (especially after just shaving your legs!) It also smells AMAZING. The Infusium 23 hair cream also has an amazing scent to it. I don’t typically use hair creams because my hair is a bit on the greasy-side (especially in the summer) but this one did not make my hair feel gross or heavy at all. I only applied it about half way down my hair (avoiding the roots), and it did not weigh my hair down at all. I also tend to have a lot of split ends, and this helps to strengthen the ends and prevent them from splitting. I was SO impressed by these products.

I also loved the Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths. The package claimed that it was not necessary to rinse off your face after use, so I put that to the test, and was definitely impressed. They have a very, very strong witch hazel scent (if you don’t like how that smells, you may not be a fan of these) but they left my face feeling so incredibly clean and refreshed. Plus, they help remove makeup! These were amazing for traveling, because you can just toss them in you bag, and since they are not drying to the skin, you don’t necessarily need a moisturizer on afterwards.

Last, there was a nail polish by Sinful Colors in a shimmery light pink color (I don’t have the nail polish with me at school, and therefore don’t know the exact shade). I was not very impressed by this nail polish. I used two coats and a top coat with it, and still had chipping 2 days in. The color was pretty but sheer, and so 2 coats were definitely necessary. I probably would not buy this brand of nail polish because it chipped so quickly (with average activity; nothing that would have made it chip faster).

Sign up for Influenster if you are interested in reviewing some great new products! There were also some yummy snacks in my box 🙂

Sign-up link for Influenster: http://www.influenster.com/r/1185811

Battle of the Brows-Reviews on 3 Brow Products! (Lorac, ELF, City Color)

Happy hump day! It’s been quite awhile since my last post, simply due to moving back to school and getting in the groove of classes, etc. However, though my blog posts stopped, my obsessive makeup-shopping did not. I have been very obsessed with brows lately, probably because I got mine threaded for the first time ever (and that was the first time ever getting my brows done, EVER) and I am now hooked. Brows are ALWAYS a part of my makeup routine, and so I like to try new brow products all the time to experiment with what turns out the best.

First off is the Lorac Creamy Pencil (I have the shade Blonde). I know this isn’t necessarily a budget beauty item (retails for around $20), but I found it on Hautelook for $7 (PSA: Lorac will be on Hautelook this Friday, 9/4, so GET ON THAT).

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(There will be a swatch of all 3 products at the end of the post)

I love how natural this makes my brows look. The color is spot on for my brows, and I have definitely had some trouble with finding an appropriate color for mine. This comes in several shades, including auburn (which I have never seen before, but probably because I generally stick with drugstore finds). It has a very creamy texture, and it’s easy to apply if you keep it sharpened. It is just a pencil with a brush on the end, and the pencil definitely needs to me maintained in order to get the maximum amount of color and precision. I also really like the brush on the end because it’s very durable, and it works great to brush out the color a bit to make sure it’s evenly applied. I honestly don’t think that it’s worth the full price, but if you can get a good deal on it like I did, I think it’s a great option. I will say that a definite con for me is the fact that it needs to be sharpened regularly, simply because I am lazy, and also because the pencil doesn’t last quite as long as I would like. I have stopped using it every day because I don’t want to have to buy a  new one just yet! All in all this is a great option for very natural but full-looking brows, but in my opinion, the full price of $20 is not worth it. Keep your eye out for it on Hautelook-there are always amazing deals!

Next up is the ELF Instant Brow Lift Pencil (I have the shade Taupe).

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This is a very cool-toned shade that is also perfect for my brow color (online it says that Taupe is good for blonde-light brown hair, and I would have to agree). There are 3 shades of this product. This also has a very creamy texture, but it’s in the form of a twistable crayon. I prefer the crayon to a pencil because I don’t need to sharpen it, and it lasts longer. There is also a brush on the opposite end of the crayon, which again, is great to brush the color through to ensure an even distribution. This is my favorite product of the three that I am reviewing because of the crayon-form, and also because this is one of the first brow products that I’ve tried that hasn’t given my brows a faint tint of red. I don’t know why, but many products end up making my brows look also auburn, even if I only use a little bit (I had this problem with the ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit). The skinny tip is ideal for precision, especially at the end of the brows, where they are often more skinnier than the rest. This has become my new everyday staple, and it’s only $2 on http://www.eyeslipsface.com

Last up is the City Color Bold Brow Eyebrow Powder (Shade: Light to Medium).

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I found this at 5 Below for $3, and it includes 2 powders that are only slightly different in color (although I’m glad that for a product that says “Light to Medium,” there are 2 color options). I apply this with an angled brush (the kit comes with 2 mini angled brushes). I feel sort of “meh” about this product. The color did pull a bit red on my brows, but that’s not to say that it would do that on all brow colors. I’m sure that if you had darker brows, this would be fine, but for my blonde hair, I wasn’t very impressed. You do get a lot of product for such a cheap price, so that is definitely a pro. The color just didn’t quite do it for, but in general, the texture is nice and easy to apply with the right brush. I would be interested to know if darker brows had the same issue with this product and pulling a red tint.

Also, for every one of these products, I used a clear brow gel on top to set the product, and so the staying power for all of them was roughly equivalent with the use of that gel.

Here are the swatches of all three products:

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Starting on the left (it’s very very faint) is the City Color Brow Powder, and then the Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil, and the ELF pencil is on the right.

All in all, I would give the ELF product the best grade, and it just so happens to be the best price of the three 🙂

Thank you so much for reading! Comment your favorite brow product below-I’m always looking for suggestions, especially for blonde hair! 🙂

Review! City Color Contour Stick/Hightlight

The best part about going to 5 Below is that you never quite know what you are going to find. It seems to me that there is a pretty decent turnover of products there, or at least somewhat of a variation between stores. I went to a different 5 Below than usual recently, and stumbled upon this great new find: City Color Contour Stick/Highlight.

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I chose the shade “Deep” even though I have  very fair skin, but the “Light” and “Medium” options did not seem like a contour at all. The “Light” was just about the color of my concealer. I definitely took a chance on this product and the color, and I had never tried a cream contour product before, either. Below are the swatches of both the contour and the highlight shades:

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The contour is in a twistable stick-form, and the highlight is a creamy product that you apply with a sponge tip-applicator. The highlight has a champagne-color, but blends out beautifully into your skin to provide a very subtle glow. I was pleasantly surprised with the pigmentation of both of the shades, and they are both very creamy. I applied the contour shade in my usual locations: under the cheek bones, extending upwards towards my temples, on the jaw line, and just under my lower-lip (contouring this spot can create the illusion of fuller lips). I used a damp makeup sponge to buff the color out, creating a seamless unity with the rest of my makeup. I applied the highlight shade on tops of my cheek bones, and in the cupid’s bow.

Here is the finished look:

This product provides for a fairly subtle contour and highlight, but on a day to day basis, that’s all I am really looking for. I adore this product, and best of all, it was $3.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @flannelbeauty for blog updates! Thanks for reading 🙂

Quick Makeup Look-Video!

Hi everyone! Today I decided to take a stab at making a makeup video. Excuse the poor iPhone quality filming 🙂 Products will be listed below the video! Please take a quick look–it’s a super short video, and there’s a cool song in the background (need I say more?)

Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation

Maybelline Master Conceal Camoflaging Concealer

Covergirl Clean Oil Control Pressed Powder

ELF Contour Kit

ELF Mineral Eye Primer

ELF Mad for Matte Palette

ELF Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette

ELF Cream Eyeliner (Black)

Covergirl Super Sizer mascara

Maybelline Great Lash

Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil (Blonde)

City Color Be Matte Blush (Blackberry)

ELF Icicle Face Palette

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Colour Rush-  Not an Illusion

Thanks for watching!