Product Review: *NEW* Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation 

Everyone has been raving about this new foundation from Covergirl and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself! Keep reading to see what this product claims to do, as well as my full review. 

(This picture was taken in natural lighting with absolutely no editing done)

Product claims: 

  • Infused with Vitamins E, B3, B5
  • SPF 20
  • Buikdable to full coverage 
  • Gives skin a naturally glowing finish 
  • 14 shades 
  • Lightweight formula 
  • Oil free
  • Luminous finish while also eliminating the appearance of oily shine (?) 

My review: 

After trying this foundation out for about a week, I can truly say that I love it! I was nervous to try it at first because it does have a luminous finish and I have combo skin, but this did not leave me too greasy at the end of an 8-hour wear time. If you are very oily, I do recommend using a mattifying primer underneath and definitely setting the foundation. Since I have combo skin (oily T-Zone), I find that using a more mattifying foundation in the center of my face and the Covergirl one on the perimeter of my face gives my skin a flawless look. 

The coverage is definitely medium to full and no matter how much I build it up, it never looks cakey on my skin. To me, this foundation is comparable to the Too Faced Born This Way foundation because it has a similar finish and coverage. It looks like my skin but better! I was able to find my perfect shade (buff beige, I believe) and it does not oxidize on me. It does have a slightly warmer undertone, but I just blend it down my neck a little and that does the trick. 

On the downside, I still need to set this foundation with a powder because it does dry down kind of tacky, but this isn’t really a huge draw back for me personally. Once again, if you have oily skin and really want to try this foundation, I think it could still work for you as long as you prime and set your face. 

Overall I love the versatility of this foundation. I like how I can wear it on light and fuller coverage makeup days while still benefitting from the added antioxidants and lightweight feel. I have not been able to put this product down since I bought it! 

Mermaid Glam (feat. new products!)

This look was inspired by the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in the shade “Mermaid”. It is a gorgeous metallic seafoam green color and the star of this bold makeup look! 

Keep reading to see pics and a full list of products that I used! 

EYES

  • I mixed together all of the green shades from my Morphe 35b palette for the transition shade. 
  • I used a dark green eyeshadow from the same palette on the inner and outer corners of my eyes to create a halo effect. I deepened up the inner and outer corners with the navy blue from the palette. 
  • In the center of my lid, I applied the NYX shadow “Mermaid” with my finger and blended out the edges slightly: 
  • I replicated the same technique to the bottom lashline. I brought the Mermaid shadow pretty far down for a more dramatic halo effect. 
  • I applied a coat of Maybelline Big Shot mascara to my top and bottom lashes, then applied a pair of Ardell 120 Demi Wispies. 

FACE 

  • I tried out a new foundation for this look- the Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir foundation in shade 725 buff beige (detailed review coming soon)
  • I applied Tarte Shape Tape concealer under my eyes, bridge if my nose, and chin. 
  • I set my concealer with the translucent Coty Airspun powder and the rest of my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder 
  • I bronzed my face with the bronzer shade from the Colourpop x Alexis Ren palette in “Golden Moment” 
  • For contouring I used the Fiona Stiles Bronzing Sun Veil powder in Ahiko
  • For blush I used the LA Girl blushes in Just Natural (matte) and Just Glowing (shimmery)
  • I highlighted above my brows, brow bone, nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow with the same NYX Mermaid eyeshadow. I love how using this shade all over the face tied the look together. 

BROWS

  • I filled in my brows using a mix of the dark green and navy blue shades from the Morphe 35b palette. This step is not necessary, but it went along with the Mermaid theme. 

LIPS 

  • First I applied the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Aquarius. 
  • I dabbed the Essence lipstick in Porcelain Doll in the center of my lips to make them even more nude. 
  • I used the NYX Mermaid shadow once again in the center of my lips to tie the look together. 

May Ipsy Glam Bag! 

My May Ipsy Glam Bag is here! Keep reading to see which products I received as well as a picture of the look I created using these products! 


Manna Kadar Bronzer/Highliter duo- I used the bronzer shade all over my lid and tapped the highlighter shade in the center 

It Cosmetics Superhero mascara- this mascara is really great for lengthening, but I had to use another mascara to give my lashes more volume.

Hikari Cream Pigment in Honey Dew- this is called a “cream pigment” but it is actually a pressed powder pigment. It is still a gorgeous rose gold shade and I used it as a highlighter! 

Benefit Gimme Brow brow mascara- I love this stuff! It is the only brow product I am wearing and it’s really good for natural makeup days. 

Natural Makeup On My Mom! 

Today I did my beautiful mom’s makeup! I kept the look pretty natural while also accentuating her features. For a full list of products I used, keep reading! 

FACE 

  • L’Oreal bluring primer with SPF 30
  • Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Sand 
  • Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in medium 
  • Coty Airspun powder to set the face 
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette to contour 
  • Bare Minerals blush (sorry I can’t remember the shade name!)
  • Lightest highlighting shades from the Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics palette 

EYES

  • Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics palette 
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara 

BROWS

  • L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer 

LIPS 

  • Maybelline matte lipstick in Raw Chocolate 

Trendy “Instagram Makeup” (Using Instagram-Hyped Products) 

“Instagram Makeup” has become quite popular recently and I wanted to create my own version. If you are unfamiliar with this trend, it basically takes makeup application to the extreme (bold brows, bold lips, cut-crease eye shadow, dramatic fake lashes, fake freckles, contour, highlight, the list goes on and on…). I also created this makeup look using products that are very popular amongst the beauty community just to go along with the theme. 

For this look, I did a half cut-crease eye, bold brows, faux freckles, and warm pinky brown lip color. This makeup is full coverage and would also be great for prom! 

For a full list of products used, keep on reading! 


FACE 

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay full coverage foundation 
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer 
  • RCMA no color powder to set the concealer 
  • Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette 
  • Benefit Hoola bronzer 
  • Benefit Dandelion blush
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill highlighter in Champagne Pop 
  • For the faux freckles I used the Eyeko Fat Brow liquid liner (it’s meant for your brows but it was the perfect freckle shade lol)

EYES 

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. I layered shades Golden Ochre, Burnt Orange, Raw Sienna as transition shades. Applied Red Ochre and Venetian Red in the crease. Used Cyprus Umber to deepen the outer corner. 
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer to trace out the half cut crease then patted the shade Primavera from the palette on top. 
  • Used the same crease shades on the bottom lashline and smoked this out heavily. 
  • Ardell Demi Whispies lashes 
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon black eyeliner pencil 

BROWS 

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade in medium brown 

LIPS 

  • MAC Spice lip liner 
  • BH Cosmetics liquid lipstick in Clara 
  • Applied MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick in the center 

How To: Creating the Perfect Smokey Eye 

Achieving a perfect smokey eye seems simple enough, but if you aren’t using the right technique it can leave your eye makeup lookin patchy and unblended. 

Keep scrolling for the smokey eye tip that will save your look! 

So, here’s my tip: a cream base! For maximum pigmentation and staying power, the best way to make your smokey eye pop is to apply a cream base all over your lids before patting on the shadow. In the picture above, I applied the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in black bean all over my lid and blended it out into the crease. Then, I patted on the matte black shade “punk” from the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette (any matte black will do) to intensify the color and set the cream base. The powder shadow will adhere to the cream base so much better than your bare eyelid or primer. If you try to just go in with a shadow and smoke it out, you will have to keep layering and layering the color because you’ll keep blending out the pigmentation and it might start to get patchy as well. By patting a shadow overtop of a cream, you are getting the most out of the shadow by not buffing it out too much. 

Hopefully this post was helpful and will make your makeup application much easier! 

🌅 Sunset Makeup 🌅

I wanted this look to be very bright and bronzy, but also wearable. I love pairing orange and red together, especially for a Spring/Summer makeup look.

For pictures and a full list of the products I used to create this look, keep on reading. As always, be sure to follow me on Instagram @marinaleebeauty! 😘


FACE

  • Too Faced Born This Way foundation in warm beige (This shade is a little too dark for me, but I used it anyway for a more bronzer look. I typically wear the shade nude).
  • Tarte Shape Tape concealer
  • RCMA No Color powder to set concealer
  • Rimmel Stay Matte powder to set my face
  • MAC Give Me Sun! Mineralize Skinfinish to bronze up my face
  • Kay Von D Shade + Light contour kit to contour my nose and cheekbones
  • Colourpop Between The Sheets blush
  • Colourpop Wisp highlighter

EYES

  • Used the orange shades from the Morphe 35B palette in my crease
  • Created a halo-eye effect using Elixir Super Shock Shadow from Colourpop on the inner and outer corners of my eyes
  • Applied a metallic yellow/gold shade from the 35B palette to the center of my eyelids.
  • Smoked out the bottom lashline with the same orange shades.
  • Applied a coat of the L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of the Andrea 110 lashes

BROWS

  • Filled in my brows using a dark brown shadow from the Morphe 35O palette

LIPS

  • Lined my lips with the Elf Matte Lip Color in Riach Red
  • Applied the NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard overtop

MOTD: Green Smokey Eye (Featuring New Colourpop Products)

I recently ordered a few things from Colourpop and decided to incorporate them into this makeup look! These products aren’t new to the brand, but they are new to me.

Keep scrolling to see swatches of the products and pictures of the makeup look I created! As always, a full list of the rest of the products I used will be at the bottom of this post.

Bottom to top:

Super Shock Shadow in Bill

Super Shock Shadow in Elixir

Super Shock Shadow in High Rise

Super Shock Cheek in Between The Sheets

Super Shock Cheek (pearlized/highlighter) in Wisp

Lippie Stix in Grunge


EYES

  • Elixir in the crease
  • High Rise all over the lid
  • NYC black liquid eyeliner (no wing)
  • Andrea Ritzy lashes

FACE

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation in light-medium sand
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer in sand
  • Milani Dulce baked bronzer
  • Between The Sheets blush
  • Wisp highlighter

BROWS

  • ABH Brow Wiz in dark brown

LIPS

  • Lippie Stix in Grunge

Colorful Coachella/Festival Makeup Look

I haven’t done a makeup look in a while, but I saw a picture that Shay Mitchell posted on her Instagram the other day and was totally inspired to recreate it!

I hope y’all enjoy this colorful and fun Coachella-inspired makeup look and fit product details keep on reading!


FACE

  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation
  • Smashbox Studio Skin concealer
  • RCMA No Color powder
  • Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Light
  • Benefit Coralista blush
  • Iridescent purple shade from the NYX Strobe of Genius highlighting palette to highlight cheekbones, inner corners of eyes, Brow bone

EYES

  • Mainly used the bright pink and bright blue shades from the Morphe 35B palette.
  • Ardell “Demi Whispies” lashes

BROWS & LIPS

  • Anastasia BH Brow Wiz
  • Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon in Toasted Taupe
  • Essence XXXL Shine lipgloss in Nude Candy overtop
  • For the white dots on my face, I used the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

My March Ipsy Glam Bag! 

I’m loving all the products in my March Ipsy Glam Bag + the bag this month is my favorite so far! Keep reading to see what I got and my review on the products. 

Ofra Cosmetics Peach blush: this is a gorgeous shade! It is a little too shimmery to use solely as a blush for me, but I love it as a highlight or shimmer shade for the center of the eyelid. 

City Color Photo Chic Dark Spot Corrector: I love the dark circle Corrector from Nyx and this one works just as well for me! It has a little bit more of a peachy tint so it corrects my dark circles really well. It does not crease on me and concealer still applies well on top of it. I can also wear this by itself if I don’t feel like putting on any heavy makeup. 

Chella Tweezers: First, I think the design of these tweezers is so cute! Aside from that, they are really good for getting out tiny stubborn hairs that grow outside the shape of my brows. Love them! 

Eyeko Fat Brow Liquid Liner: I was kind of thrown off by this product because I’ve never seen or used anything like it. Basically it is a felt tip eyeliner pen- for your brows! It is not super pigmented which is a good thing because it does not make my brows look like they are drawn on. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the shade because it has a slight greenish tint to it. But if I only use a little bit you cannot really tell. Overall, I like how unique and easy to use this product is! 

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream moisturizer: Snail secretion in facial moisturizers is a Japanese beauty trend that is making its way to America. Snail secretion sounds gross to be putting on your skin, but it has amazing moisturizing and anti-aging benefits. I was super excited to receive this product in my Glam Bag this month because I have wanted to try this trend out for myself. I love how quickly this product absorbs into my skin without leaving a greasy residue. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth. It also smells really good, which I was not expecting.