Product of the Month

October Product of the Month

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

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Retails for: $65

Available at: www.shophudabeauty.com

Have you ever had a cosmetic item so beautiful that you didn’t want to use it? I can honestly say that, until I owned this Huda Beauty palette, the answer was no! From the presentation to the actual colors, this Desert Dusk palette is simply gorgeous.

PROS:  The colors in this palette can best be described as exotic and unbelievably dynamic. They range in shades of purples, coppers, pinks, and nudes. There are 18 shades in various formulas–mattes, pearls, duochromes and even a pure glitter. They can all be layered in numerous ways to create a very dramatic look or even a lighter, more day-friendly look. The formulas are very pigmented, easy to blend, and I haven’t gotten much fallout at all. The glitter and duochromes are best applied wet or with a very short, stiff eye shadow brush. Please don’t use Dollar Store brushes with this palette. They will ruin the colors and that would be heartbreaking.

CONS:  At $65 this is a more costly eyeshadow palette. The Huda Beauty line tends to run a bit higher priced, but the quality is unmatched.

This isn’t your everyday palette and I’d go so far as to say if you’re a beauty beginner, it might not be for you. If you appreciate rich, deep colors and exotic formulas then this palette is for you and it will be beauty bucks well spent. Not to mention it will look absolutely stunning on your vanity table! Trust me on this!

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September Product of the Month

YSL ALL HOURS FULL COVERAGE MATTE FOUNDATION ysl

Retails for:  $58 for .84oz

Available at:  www.sephora.com

I’ve been dying to try this luxury foundation, not just because it’s YSL but because I’ve read so many positive reviews.  I have never spent $58 on foundation before, so my hand was literally shaking when I added YSL All Hours to my shopping cart.

PROS:  I chose the lightest shade, BR 10/Cool Porcelain and it is a perfect match. I would say it’s a true porcelain, a fair shade with some pink undertones. It’s a full coverage, matte foundation that in my opinion would be best for normal/combo/oily skin types.  All Hours claims to last for 24 hours, and while I pray I never have to wear it that long, I did get a good 14 hours out of it without having to powder my face. My large pores, fine lines and redness were completely covered. It didn’t oxidize on me, or get funky, cakey or fade.

CONS:  This matte, full coverage foundation is possibly a tad too matte for drier skin types.

YSL All Hours foundation is luxury foundation at its finest!  It honestly looked as good at 10pm as it did at when I applied it at 8am. The All Hours line also includes a primer and concealer that are on my wish list. And I can promise that my hand will not be shaking when I hit “add to cart”.

5 stars give this I do!

August Product of the Month

Dermacol Makeup Cover dermacol

Retails for:  $34.95 for 30g

Available at:  dermacolcosmetics.com

As someone who likes a matte, full-coverage foundation, I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative products. When I saw an internet ad for the “World’s Best Foundation” you bet I clicked on it!  Dermacol Makeup Cover claims to be a waterproof, hypoallergenic, SPF 30, extreme full-cover foundation.  It was in my shopping cart within seconds. I purchased the lightest shade, 207.

PROS:  Dermacol says this foundation will cover tattoos, blemishes, birthmarks, dark spots, etc. I only need it to cover large pores, a few fine lines, and discolorations. And boy did it ever! It applies best for me with a damp beauty blender.  A foundation brush left the coverage streaky and uneven.  I did use a very light second coat on my nose and cheeks, where 99% of my problem areas exist. I then used my usual setting powders and sprays and went on my way.  Nearly 8 hours later, my face hadn’t moved!  No redness or oily spots came through and the product didn’t break up on my face.

CONS:  There are some drawbacks.  There are multiple sites (Facebook, Instagram, Ebay, Wish, and Amazon) selling knockoff versions. If it says $5, $8 and you think it’s too good to be true, it’s because it is.  Read some reviews on “knockoff Dermacol” and if you still want to put that on your face, best wishes. The real product sells for $34.95 for a 30 gram tube.  Yes, it’s costly but this tube will last quite a while as you only need a tiny bit of product.

There are only 13 shades to choose from, so I’m not very confident about how the shades range. I should have gotten shade 208 rather than 207, but it’s tricky ordering foundation online. The deepest color didn’t look that deep to me, but that’s just my honest opinion.

dermacol faceI ordered my authentic Dermacol from the Dermacol Instagram site.  It took me straight to their web page and ordering was very easy.  I do believe that shades 207 and 208 are back ordered right now and have a 10 day wait.  My order arrived in less than 2 weeks.  I have used this as a full-face foundation, mixed in with lighter coverage foundations, and as a concealer and have been very pleased every time.

Amazing product this is and highly recommend it I do!

June Product of the Month

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation and Brush

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Retails for: $35 (brush additional)

Available at:  http://www.itcosmetics.com

A dear friend of mine recently gifted me with IT Cosmetic’s Celebration Foundation. I absolutely love other products I’ve tried from this line, but I’ve never tried this. It’s a powder foundation in a compact that claims to be full coverage, talc free, absorbs oils and lasts all day without settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Plus it has a SPF of 50 and came with the most intriguing looking blending brush. I couldn’t wait to try this out!

PROS – Surprisingly enough, the shade my friend gave me was medium and it worked beautifully with my very fair skin. You couldn’t tell I was wearing a much deeper shade than I normally wear. It blends wonderfully, covered all my redness, imperfections and—most importantly – did not exaggerate my pores. It also stayed fresh for at least 8 hours. I have even worn it over a lighter serum foundation and BB cream as a setting powder and it didn’t look cakey or over powdered.

CONS – none that I can think of.

OMGosh, I LOVE this foundation! I’m most certainly adding the Celebration Foundation to the list of IT Cosmetic goodies that have found a place in this part of my galaxy!

May Product of the Month

Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation

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Retails for:  $10

Available at:  WalMart, Target, Walgreen’s, etc.

I haven’t bought a liquid Cover Girl foundation in decades.  But when I saw their new one advertised and read all the (mostly) positive reviews all over social media, I figured I would give it a try. But now did it work out for me?

PROS     Shade 710 Classic Ivory was the perfect shade for me. The bottle says it’s lightweight, full coverage, oil free with a SPF of 20. Seemed too good to be true for a CG foundation.  However….I absolutely, positively loved this! Perfect for my crazy skin type, which present day can be so oily you can see me shine from the Milky Way, or so dry the Sahara looks comfortable to me.  The coverage is flawless.  It stayed fresh looking all day and did not change color or turn orange on me, as some drug store foundations tend to do. It covered all dark spots and other undesirable things that have no business on my face anymore.  I did use a setting powder afterwards, but that is standard procedure with me.  And it worked well with my Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, so it plays well with others!

CONS    I found it best to apply the product with a beauty sponge, as my foundation brushes left it looking streaky on my skin.  A sponge just gave me more control with the product and gave a full coverage, but not “cake face” look.

Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation will most certainly have a place in my rotation of both high end and drug store foundations.  The Force is strong with this one!   It’s a steal for $10 and has truly made me reconsider my opinion of the Cover Girl line.