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REVIEW: LAURA MERCIER INTENSE CLAYS EDITORIAL EYE PALETTE

 

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Hi everyone! I’ve been meaning to do this post for quite some time now, and I’m so excited to share this review with you. I was sent a  Laura Mercier Intense Clays Editorial Eye Palette  via Influenster complimentary to try out and review. If you don’t know what Influenster is, it’s a site that sends users free product of all different categories to test out and give honest reviews. The more you participate, the more products you will receive. If you are interested in trying it out, you can sign up here. Anyways, back to the review!

I’m going to make this short and sweet for you guys, so here it goes. As you can see in the photo above, the shadows are pretty pigmented. There are three matte colors, three shimmers and a setting powder. I’m not much of a heavy smokey eye girl, but if you are this would definitely be the perfect palette for you. I like how simple it is, and not intimidating with a ton of colors. The matte shades pick up well on a brush, but I will say the metallic shades applied better with finger tips. I created a really simple look which you can view a mini tutorial and a picture of on my Instagram which is @cecily_mua. I only used three of the shades which is un heard of for me, because I always feel like I have to use multiple shades to create a smokey eye. The dark colors blend sooo easily and gave a really nice gradient look.

The one thing I really like in the palette is actually the setting powder. It’s meant to go on top of a finished eye shadow look to set the colors in place all day. It has a slight shimmer to it as well, but not enough to change the look of the shadows. I struggle with pretty oily eyelids and they are also slightly hooded. This makes it hard to wear smokey eyes because it will end up creasing half way through the day. These shadows stayed in place ALL day with the setting powder. I was so impressed I’m definitely going to use the setting powder with other eye shadows and every look I create.

Overall its a beautiful, simple palette. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a nice, small palette with a BOMB setting powder I would check it out for sure. Laura Mercier is the queen of setting powders for the face, so it was definitely a brilliant idea to create one for the eyes. I hope you guys liked this review, and as always feel free to send me any feedback, or things you would like to see/read about. Thank you for reading!

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MY HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION!

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…

ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR STAY-IN-PLACE MAKEUP– $39.50

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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!

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REVIEW: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS STICK FOUNDATION

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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!

 

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