Foundation

Worth the Hype?

I’ve been intrigued with LA Girl ever since I started seeing YT vloggers use the cult favorite Pro Conceal HD Concealer. When I walked into my local CVS and saw a huge LA Girl display I was overjoyed! I purchased the following items to review:

Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation in Fair $10

Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Ivory $5

Just Blushing Blush in Just Playful $7

Lip liner in Natural Cream $7

Eyeliner in Paradise Purple $7

Glazed Lip Paints in Whimsical and Elude $5 each

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The foundation is a huge FAIL for me. The Fair shade is the lightest and it’s easily two shades too dark for me. They do have a white foundation mixer but I’m not into mixing white into anything. The product did provide full coverage, but it’s a heavy, greasy coverage that’s not for me. My face was a shiny mess in just a few hours.

The Pro Conceal, however, is everything it’s hyped up to be. The Ivory shade was perfect! It covered my dark circles completely and didn’t crease or cake up. I love how the brush applicator applies the product and will definitely repurchase this when it’s gone.

The blush is a very pretty, wearable mauve/nude shade that is extremely pigmented and slightly powdery. Go in with a very light hand and a good blush brush. Don’t be surprised that if the first time you use this you have to blend it out some.

The lip and eye liners are basically good drug store products, nothing special or terrible about them. The Natural Cream lip liner is beautiful under the Elude Lip Paint.

The lip paints can best be described as a lipstick that looks and applies like a lip gloss. If I put too much on they bleed, so I’ve been applying a light coat on top of other colors.

Overall, I have to admit to being slightly underwhelmed with this line. I’m disappointed to say that, except for the concealer, these aren’t products that I’d grab for on a regular basis.

You can search the entire line at www.lagirlusa.com and find out if your local CVS stores carry their products.

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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!

June Product of the Month

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation and Brush

IT products real

 

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!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Can three budget-friendly products that claim to make your face “selfie-ready” really work?  This Dark Side Diva decided to put the new Photo Focus line from Wet n Wild to the test.

The products, which are now a permanent fixture in the WnW line, consist of a foundation, concealer, and pressed powder.  They are made with a matte, light-diffusing complex which prevents that horrible white cast in our photos.

The foundation comes in 20 shades and retails for $6. I chose the second lightest shade, Shell Ivory, because I cannot find the lightest shade, Porcelain, anywhere.  I do really need the lightest shade, as the Shell Ivory is a tad too pink for my skin tone. I can work with it, but would be a better summer color for me.  The foundation offers medium coverage, but you are able to build on it.  It comes with a paddle applicator, which I loved.  But it worked best for me when I applied a primer first and then used a beauty blender to buff it onto my face.   This foundation made my skin look radiant and shine-free and was very comfortable to wear.

The Photo Focus concealer comes in 6 shades and retails for $4.  I was able to find and use the lightest shade, Light Ivory. This concealer is nearly as good as my Nars product, it’s just a little thicker and needs more blending.  It provides fantastic coverage under my eyes and any other problem areas that need a little extra coverage.  It can also be used to highlight and contour your face if you use the correct colors.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus pressed powder comes in 8 shades and retails for $5.  I used the lightest shade, Warm Light.  It set my face perfectly, isn’t cakey, reduces shine and provides a silky looking finish.

I am very impressed with these three products!  With all the high end goodies out there, it would be easy to ignore this line.  But a very big mistake you would make.  There are plenty of shades to choose from and they can be found at major retailers like WalMart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc. for a whopping $15 for all three products (or less with in-store coupons and buy one get one 50% off promos).  So whether you want to up your selfie game or just look better for work, Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus line is definitely worth a try.