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Hello everyone, and happy 2018! I thought I’d start this year off with an honest, in-depth review of a brand new foundation from NARS. To start, I truly love NARS’ complexion products. Their Sheer Glow Foundation is one of my all time favorites, so I was super excited when I first heard a couple of months ago that this new foundation was launching.

I’m going to start this review first by telling you a little bit about my skin and what I look for in a foundation. Typically, I’m more on the oily side- but since its been a little drier here in Phoenix, my skin has been more of a dry-combination type. I love full coverage, so I like foundations that are a true full or a medium buildable. Currently, I prefer more of a natural-radiant finish-something that isn’t going to enhance my dry areas or my areas with fine lines. However, I still tend to get a shiny t-zone at the end of the day and that’s where foundations tend to separate a little on my skin. I also typically have longer work days, and I work in the cosmetic industry- SO, I need something that is truly going to last all day.

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Here is the full description on Sephora.com on the foundation:

NARS’ first 16-hour foundation has a lightweight, breathable, fade-resistant formula and features medium-to-full, buildable coverage in 33 skin-matching shades to fit all skin tones and undertones. The transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant formula stays color-true all day, and continues to look fresh and vibrant, as if it was just applied. This formula features superior blendability for an imperceptible effect that looks natural, like skin. It doesn’t look or feel cakey, heavy, drying, or masking. A unique combination of translucent base with micronized amino acid-coated pigments and mineral tone-balancing powders mimic skin’s tone, fusing with it for the closest match. NARS’ Skin Optimizing Complex—a blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts—helps support skin’s elastic fibers to smooth and improve skin’s appearance over time for optimal radiance.

Other important things to know:

  • paraben-free
  • oil-free
  • fragrance-free
  • non-drying
  • dermatologist-tested
  • non-comedeogenic

That description literally sounds like a foundation-junkie’s dream come true. I purchased a bottle in the shade Punjab, the same shade I wear in Sheer Glow.

How I applied it: So I know NARS has always suggested fingers when applying his complexion products, but its just so hard for me to get used to that. So what I did was I took the advice of warming it up with my fingers first, applied it to my skin- then blended it out with a damp beauty sponge. (I’ve been obsessed with the Morphe one lately)

Now I must warn you, a little goes a very long way! So over applying will not make the foundation last as long and I learned that the first time I wore it. The way it applies and blends out though really reminds me of a “second-skin” like formula. It doesn’t feel like you’re applying a heavy mask-like foundation at all. That’s one of the things I love the most about it.

So I applied my concealer, the foundation and then I set as always with my favorite translucent powder, the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder.

Hours 1-3: Foundation looks absolutely flawless. Since I do like a lot of setting powder, I definitely look more on the semi-matte side, but only because I know throughout the day- my natural oils will start to produce and will make me not look as matte.

Hours 4-6: Now that it has truly set on my skin, I actually love the way it looks even more. It has a beautiful natural finish to where it just looks like my skin but enhanced.

Hours 7-9: Foundation still looks great, I do have to touch up my t-zone with a little bit of powder and it looks pretty much back to how it looked when I first applied it. No matter what, my chin and nose area starts to break up foundation, but it definitely isn’t as bad as other ones I’ve tried.


Overall, I would definitely recommend this foundation to everyone- except those who are extremely oily, or if you prefer a matte finish all day. If you do decide to try this foundation, just remember to warm it up with your fingers first, and that less is more. One of the things I also really like about this foundation, is that it is a skincare based product so it will actually nourish your skin at the same time which is always a plus. Here is an un-edited selfie from when I first applied it too- you can see how natural and full coverage it is:

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You can purchase the foundation at Ulta or Sephora and it retails for $49. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful! I also finally purchased a MacBook for myself, so I plan on blogging much more, as it will be much easier with a faster computer 🙂

Thanks for reading,




Hi everyone! In this post, I’m going to talk about some of my go-to products that I will be using all summer. Besides work, I don’t really plan on doing a full glam look every day this summer. However, if I’m going to the pool or doing something casual, these are the products I have already been using/ plan on using this season. I live in Arizona, and it gets hot as HELL here so these products will protect your skin/be sweat-proof and waterproof to last all day. Without further ado, here they are!


So I am going to in order on how you would apply these products starting with primer:

heartToo Faced Hangover Face Primer– $32. This primer is B O M B. It is coconut water infused- so it is SUPER hydrating for the skin, but it’s not greasy-hydrating like some primers can be. I’m oily, and I actually love and can use this primer. It has a lovely scent to it too and it just feels so refreshing to pat it into the skin. This primer also has probiotics and skin revivers to help wake up and refresh your skin- especially if you are feeling dull and tired. This can actually double as a moisturizer too- so if you’re someone who doesn’t like to layer too many products on your skin before makeup, this would be perfect for you. Plus, glycerin as an ingredient also helps to really adhere makeup to your skin and keep it on all day.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream with SPF 50+– $38. So this product has been popular for quite some time now and I’ve always heard great things about it. A few months ago when Sephora finally got IT Cosmetics in, I purchased one to see what the hype was about. Honestly it’s amazing… this product is so versatile. You can use a pump with your fingertips and get a nice even coverage if you’re going to the pool, or going to run some errands. OR you can use a sponge or a brush to get a super FULL coverage for a night out. The best part about this foundation is that its soo good for your skin. It is full of hydration, its anti-aging, and it has vitamins A, B, C, and E that address many skin concerns. And the SPF is amazing! Its rare to find a product with SPF 50! The hype is real and worth it on this one for sure.



heartBenefit Cosmetics GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush– $29. Soooo ever since I got this blush, at the end of April, I haven’t used anything else. It’s honestly the perfect summer shade! It goes with every kind of look too and I think that’s why I’m constantly picking it up. It is described as a “bright pink with shimmering gold”, which gives overall a peachy appearance. What’s nice about peachy tones, is that they look good on literally every skin tone. Also what’s lovely about this blush is that it has a pink grapefruit and vanilla scent! It smells like you’re on vacation! Perfect summer blush if you have been looking for one.

heartToo Faced – Dark Chocolate Soleil Deep/Tan Matte Bronzer– $30. I’ve been a fan of the Too Faced bronzers for years now, they will always be my go-to. In the Chocolate Soleil franchise, it comes in three shades, basically a light, medium, and dark. All of them are matte (no shimmer) and with a very neutral undertone. I’m currently using the Dark Chocolate one for my contour and I love how buttery it glides on the skin, and how natural it looks. You can use these to contour, or you can dust it all over to warm up your skin and give a natural faux-tan kind of look! Perfect if you self-tan or have a natural tan and you need your face to match your body. It is infused with cocoa powder, so it is very hydrating for the skin. Also, yes, it has a heavenly chocolate scent (and technically taste too if you happen to get some flecks on your lips/tongue) 🙂


heartHourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner– $34. Ahhhh. Last month I mentioned a liquid liner that I loved, because I am a liquid liner girl. I recently started using this one and I fell in love! Felt tips are awesome and super easy to use, and Hourglass recently launched this one. It makes creating wings so easy and seamless, the brush just glides on. What I love about this one too is how long-wearing and waterproof it is. My left eye is constantly watering, and I usually have to re-apply my liner in the corner because it will come off from the watering. I was with a friend recently out and of course my eye was watering. I kept asking him, “is my wing messed up?!” and he kept saying yes but I thought for sure he was lying because I had kept wiping it. I looked in my phone front-camera- and sure enough it was still there! That’s when I knew this liner was the real deal.

heartToo Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara– $23. Let me start off by saying in the past, I never liked the Better Than Sex Mascara. I don’t know why really, but I also don’t really remember the last time I tried it. I gave the waterproof version a try recently and I forgot why I hated it! The hourglass shaped brush gives the most insane volume with only a couple of strokes. It gives that awesome false lash look we all want in a mascara. I did give it the true test too, I went swimming with it on and it did not budge. I even rubbed my eyes and no smearing! It’s perfect for the summer and water activities if you still want to wear mascara. And yes, as long as you have a good eye makeup remover (I recommend an oil based)- it will come off easily.

heartTarte Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist– $25. Last but not least, setting spray! Any kind is really a must have for the summer to set and refresh your skin, but I like this one because it really has a ton of skincare benefits. The four things it can do is act as a primer, setting spray, hydrating mist, and a skin refresher. I’ve been using it before applying my skin care as almost a booster for the products that I apply after. I also use it as a setting spray, and a refresher if I’m out at the pool and I need a pick me up. It has soooo many ingredients that are great for your skin to help soothe, hydrate and refresh the skin. The scent is beautiful as well, I could bathe in this stuff!


Well that’s it for my summer go-tos, I hope you guys enjoyed reading this! I would love to hear what you think of these if you already have them, or if you go and purchase them! What are YOUR summer go-to products?! I wanna know!



I’m going to start this post off by saying I definitely LOVE the original Beauty Blender brand. Their sponges are so soft and blend out foundation and concealer perfectly. I honestly don’t prefer to use brushes for foundation/concealer anymore since I started using them. But let’s be real, they are $20 a sponge- not the most affordable option since they only last a few months. Since Beauty Blender’s have gotten big in the makeup industry, there has been many dupes that have come out. I’ve seen, felt, and used some dupes and they are definitely not the same. Not as soft, or apply product the same as an original Beauty Blender. I had given up on trying to find a cheaper, but as good alternative. That is until I found these sponges pictured below!


So the first one I took a chance and purchased off of Amazon. It is from the brand Aesthetica and it is their beauty sponge. You can purchase it here for $9.99 A lot of the dupes out there range from 99 cents-$6.99 which is pretty inexpensive. I saw this one had great reviews and the price was $9.99 which is half the price of a Beauty Blender, so I decided to take a chance and try it out. Sooo…. I’m. In. Love. Honesty don’t think I will buy another Beauty Blender again. This sponge is best used wet- like the Beauty Blender. You just run it under a faucet, then squeeze out the excess water until it is damp. I always squeeze mine in a towel as well- to make sure there isn’t water still coming out of it. I start by brushing my foundation on with a flat foundation brush, and then I blend it out with the Aesthetica sponge. I do a pouncing motion on my skin until the foundation is blended out. You will notice by using a beauty sponge that your foundation is blended flawlessly with no streaks, and with almost a skin-like finish. It’s amazing!! So if you’ve been looking for a great way to apply your foundation and don’t want to spend $20 on a Beauty Blender, please try this sponge!!

The next one is a sponge that Sephora collection recently came out with, and as sold in a pack of two. They are called the Pointer sponge. And like the name says, they actually have a little space for your pointer finger to go into and it makes the sponge super easy to use! I do like getting these wet as well, and ringing out the excess water to make sure it is damp. I use this sponge to blend out my concealer, as well as apply my under eye setting powder (yes you can apply powders with damp beauty sponges and it works AMAZINGLY.) I start by applying my concealer to the areas where I want to concealer and highlight, and then I take the sponge and use pouncing motions back and forth until the concealer is blended. It seriously blends like a DREAM. I then pick up with the sponge, my all time favorite under-eye setting powder (which can technically be used as a concealer by itself, but I like it on top of my under-eye concealer to really brighten that area) the Bareminerals Well Rested Spf 20 powder, and do the same patting motion back and forth until the powder is set and there are no creases. These sponges make your under eye concealer apply seamlessly, and if you have an issue with your concealer creasing, try these sponges out and the powder! Oh, and best part is that these sponges are $12 for the two.

To clean these, I actually love to use the original Beauty Blender cleansers. I have the solid bar soap kind, and the liquid kind and nothing cleans them better. I actually prefer the liquid cleanser which I’ll link below. I try to clean them after every use, if not every other use. It’s best to clean these often to ensure they last as long as they can, and they don’t hold in bacteria from your skin. You just get the sponge full of the cleanser and just rinse out until the sponge is its original color.

Break down of product links and prices:
Aestheitca Sponge– $9.99
Sephora The Pointer– $12
Bareminerals Well Rested Spf 20 powder-$20
Beautyblender ‘Liquid Blendercleanser’ Makeup Sponge Cleanser-$18

I hope you guys found this post helpful, and I hope you can try these out! Let me know what you think 🙂




I can’t believe it’s already almost the end of the year. I would say for the most part, I had a pretty great year! I got to spend it with amazing people, went on some vacations and had nothing but great times. I am looking forward to the holiday season though, and to spend it with my family. I’m hoping next year will start off positive and I can create even more fun memories. Anyway, I’m just going to talk about a few of my favorite products I’ve really been enjoying throughout the month of November.

Huda Beauty Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition $65- Let me first apologize for how dirty my palette looks in the picture, my makeup doesn’t stay clean and pretty for too long (oops.) I am SOO glad I got my hands on one of these palettes. I saw pictures of it floating around on Instagram for awhile and was droooooling over it. It finally launched on sephora.com after what seemed like forever I was wanting it and I placed my order instantly! I’m obsessed with the glitter shades, they are almost foiled in a sense. They are sooo creamy that they almost feel wet to the touch. I will say, the best way to apply the glitter shades is with your fingers, they will not pick up on a brush. The matte shades are also super creamy and blendable! I think it’s an awesome fall/winter palette and is definitely a must have in your collection. It’s been sold out with Sephora for awhile, but I believe is still in stock on their website, which is linked in the title. I hope you can snag one, it’s worth it! Below are swatches of the glitter shades left to right in order as seen in the palette:


heartKate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift $95- Okay, so I’ve used this stuff on and off throughout the years, but never really knew exactly what it did and usually would give the bottles I acquired away. I got my hands on one recently, and started incorporating it into my night time skincare routine as my serum- so the step before moisturizer. What it does is it helps to combat uneven skin tone, sagging in the skin, and dryness. I’m not super worried about the anti-aging aspect, although it is good for prevention. I like it more for evening my skin tone due to acne scarring, and adding hydration. Because I do use some products to help with breakouts, sometimes those products can get drying. I feel like this really helps to replenish that hydration at night time and is very light-weight. You basically spray that funky nozzle thing directly on the face- I do my forehead, across my cheeks and nose, and chin. It feels refreshing and I just massage it into my skin and follow with my nighttime hydration oil or creme. I love this product!

Diorskin Airflash $62- Sooo I’ve been wanting this foundation for 3+ years now. Ever since I started working for Sephora and discovered it- I’ve been dying for it! I don’t know why I never just splurged and purchased it, probably because the price is a little higher. Anyways, I finally caved and purchased it. I’ve come into work early and have used it before and I knew I already loved it and it lasted awesomely on my skin throughout the day as well- which is hard for me to find in a foundation. I also purchased this brush to apply it with, which I feel is the best kind of brush for this foundation. The best way to apply it is to spray on the brush, then stipple on the face. I’ve been loving it as a medium coverage topper on top of another liquid foundation such as my Double Wear. This is such a beautiful foundation. In store I use it on almost every one of my special event clients who are going out, or when I freelance it’s amazing on brides. Really anyone getting pictures taken. It just looks so flawless and airbbrushed!

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Candy Cane $21- First of all, the formula on these liquid lipsticks are BOMB. They don’t get all flaky and dry throughout the day and feel like nothing is on your lips, but they stay on all day even through eating and drinking. This shade is a limited edition color for the holidays, and it’s like a super deep almost red pink. It’s adorable. I feel like it’s one of those shades that look good on every skin tone. Click here to see a picture on my Instagram of me wearing it. And guess what. It also smells AND tastes like peppermint mocha! I’m allll about it this holiday season.

heartYves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume $68 (1 oz)- Oh my gosh. This has been one of my favorite scents since it launched. It’s so warm and sweet, but slightly floral. I get compliments on it every time I wear it out. I have a all time favorite “night out” perfume, and this one is kind of one of my other night time fragrances I like to wear. But I feel like this one worn during the day is still appropriate, because it has those floral notes still. It’s just so yummy, you HAVE to smell it!

MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Show Gold $33- Holy shit. This might be one of the most beautiful highlighters I’ve ever seen. All the new ones in this collection are unreal. I’ve been into a super chunky/glittery highlighter lately and these are just stunning. It’s a beautiful peach tone that breaks pink in the right light. I want to collect all of the other highlighters in the collection now! I apply it first dry, then wet for a maximum glow. Here’s a swatch of it below: the left swatch is dry, right is wet.



I hope you guys liked this post! It was fun to do for sure, and I’m going to try from now on to do monthly favorites and more fun posts 🙂 Thanks for reading.



SO. After my last review on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation, I hinted that I would be doing a post on my favorite foundation. Well, here it is! I’m so excited to be talking about this product, and I hope if you haven’t already fallen in love with it, you would want to try it after reading this! Without further ado.. my holy grail, favorite current foundation is…




YASSSS. So here’s a little back story on how I RE-discovered it in the last 6 months or so. Back when I first started working for Sephora I received a bottle of it in gratis to try and I don’t really remember absolutely dying over it. But Double Wear has been a top seller in Sephora for YEARS and everyone always wanted color matches in it. But I was never super intrigued. My skin is pretty oily, and most foundations do not last long on me and when I start to get oily, foundation just starts to “separate” and look gross. I recently found my old bottle and decided to wear it, and I can’t believe what I have been missing all these years!! It is SOOO full coverage, and it sets kind of to a powder finish (I still add setting powder to mattify my skin even more) and it does not move on my skin all day. I’m so in love with it. But of course, when I fell in love with it- it was around the time when my (and most Sephoras) stopped carrying Estee Lauder 😦 So I do have to order it now, which is hard color wise to pick one. I’m on my 3rd color now cause I can’t get it perfect. This foundation is just so amazing, ESPECIALLY if you’re oily. I look the same at 10pm as I did at 10am when I first applied it. It’s truly amazing. I keep trying things in hope to find something better but, honestly, this is the best foundation I’ve ever used and I will continue to re-purchase until something better comes out. I love to apply it with a brush first, then blend out with a damp Beauty Blender.

If you guys want to try it, I would suggest going to a department store where it is carried and have some one color match you there. Maybe even take a sample to see if it works for your skin. I hope you all found this post helpful and let me know what you think, or what your holy grail foundation is!




OK, so I know a lot of people like to read reviews before they invest in beauty products- especially foundations. Foundation can be SO hard to find the perfect one for your skin tone and type. I’m personally combination/oily and can be breakout prone. I get pretty oily in my t-zone throughout the day, so I love anything that is long wear and matte. I also love an extremely full coverage. In the last year or so, “stick” foundations have become popular and a lot of the brands have come out with one, and when I heard this Anastasia Beverly Hills one was better for oilier skin- I knew I had to try it. One of my clients who likes the same coverage and has oily skin like me, told me that she LOVED it and it lasted all day. So that day, I purchased it and tried it the next day for work. This is how I wore it:

primer: Cover FX Mattifying Primer 

application: drew directly on my skin and blended out with the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush

set: with the Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder in “Ethereal Light” all over and baked with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in my t-zone.


Overall: The coverage was AMAZING. It was the perfect full and flawless coverage, and the shade I picked (Warm Natural) was a perfect match. Unfortunately, after a few hours of wearing it at work, my oil started coming through and caused the foundation to break up on me and start to wear off. I also did try it on a client of mine who was very dry and it did not look good and stuck to any of her dry patches. I think if you have pretty normal skin and like a matte finish, this foundation would be perfect for you. I also think for just highlighting and contouring it would be great for. It’s also only $25 which is awesome for a high end foundation.

Sadly, I ended up returning the foundation today and will just use the money I spent towards my holy grail foundation at the moment. (Which I’ll make a separate post about soon ;)) It was worth a try, and I’m definitely not hating on it- it did look beautiful on me for a little bit. It just wasn’t for my oily t-zone skin. I hope some of you found this helpful!