Product Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation 

This foundation has been out for quite some time, but I was on the fence about purchasing it because there were so many mixed reviews.

I was really looking for a foundation with incredible staying power as well as coverage and this one seemed to meet those characteristics based off of its description and name. So, I ignored the reviews completely and decided to try it out for myself! I purchased this foundation about three weeks ago (in the shade 4.0) and have been testing it out since.

Keep reading for my full review on this foundation and to find out whether or not I think it is worth repurchasing!

About the Product

According to Sephora, this foundation claims to…

  • give a full coverage and completely matte finish
  • is waterproof
  • is oil-free
  • will last “all night”
  • comfortable enough for everyday wear
  • contains 25% pigment (about THREE TIMES as much pigment as their Naked Skin foundation)
  • says there is no need to build coverage or apply multiple layers
  •  diffuses light to blur flaws
  • mattifies skin and absorbs oil to reduce shine throughout the day
  • says to allow foundation to set before choosing the right shade for you (oxidizes, they suggest choosing a lighter shade if you are between shades)
  • comes with airless pump which makes it possible to get out every last bit of product
  • comes in 25 shades

 

My Thoughts…

I will start with my preferred method of applying this foundation. I tried applying it with both a kabuki brush and beauty sponge and definitely prefer the brush. I find that it drastically improves the coverage and blends the product out easier and faster. This foundation gives FULL COVERAGE. A little bit goes a long way, so the 1 ounce bottle will last quite a while. You do not need to build this up whatsoever, otherwise it might look a little too cake-y. While the description says this foundation gives a completely matte finish,  I find that it is more of a natural-matte finish on my skin. I do not mind this at all though because I do not like when matte foundations make my skin look flat and dull. One of my favorite things about this foundation is how long it lasts! To me, this foundation lasts twice as long as the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. This was a major element I was looking for in a foundation and this one met that need 100%. The description did not specify in hours how long the foundation was supposed to last, but I did end up sleeping in my makeup one night (I know this is terrible for your skin and I do not recommend sleeping with your makeup on) and when I woke up the next morning my skin still looked flawless. This being said, the claim that it will last “all night” (hence the name) stands to be true in my opinion. The foundation also claims to diffuse light to blur imperfections. I agree with this statement 100%! Right when I apply the foundation, I notice that my skin instantly looks flawless and my pores are blurred. Even though this is a full coverage foundation, when I look into a magnified mirror, my skin still looks like skin and I cannot see the foundation just sitting on top of my skin.

 

I did find a few downsides to this foundation as well. While the shade range is pretty extensive, the undertones of the shades are not. The undertones are either very pink or very yellow. I have neutral-olive undertones and the shade that matched me best was 4.0. This shade, for me, is very yellow though and I do need to blend it down my neck and a little on my chest for everything to match. In Urban Decay’s defense, their description does claim that it will oxidize and that you should wait for it to dry down before choosing a shade. I have noticed that fuller coverage foundations tend to oxidize the most, so this is not a deal-breaker for me. 4.0 is slightly too yellow, but it was the only shade that matched me the best. The description also claims that the foundation is comfortable enough for everyday wear. I do not really agree with this claim for two reasons: 1) I personally do not like to wear full coverage foundation, or foundation at all, everyday and 2) I find that it is slightly too heavy to feel comfortable even if I did wear it everyday. This foundation is no BB Cream, and for that reason I think it is just slightly too heavy and full coverage to be comfortable wearing just on casual days. The claim that this foundation absorbs oils is something else that I do not exactly agree with. I still do get pretty shiny in my t-zone, BUT the foundation does not break up in that area which is a huge plus for me!

Final Thoughts

So… would I repurchase??? The answer is YES! While there were a few cons, I really do like this foundation and will most likely continue to repurchase it. When I go all out with my makeup, this has been my go-to foundation since I purchased it. I love how full coverage it is while not looking like a thick layer of makeup on my skin. The undertone is slightly off, but this is something I can fix by mixing in other foundations/foundation mixers. This being said, I do think that UD should add in shades with more neutral undertones to accommodate many more skin shades.

If you have been on the hunt for a full coverage and long lasting foundation- give this one a try! AND if you have been hesitating to splurge on this foundation specifically like I was, remember you can always get a sample from Sephora or try it out in-store first!

 

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Tarte Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (Review + Makeup Look)

I have seen this palette all over YouTube and Instagram recently and was drawn to it because it seemed like something that could be a new go-to in my makeup collection. 

If you would like to know my thoughts on this new Tarte palette, keep scrolling! 


The Clay Play Face Sculpting Palette (retails for $46, but I used a 20% off coupon at Ulta) is one of Tarte’s latest launches this summer. After seeing it pop up so many times on YouTube and hearing all the wonderful reviews on it, I decided to pick it up and try it out for myself. 

I hesitated purchasing this palette at first because the shades really aren’t anything special, however I love the fact that this all-matte palette can be so versitile and all the neutral shades you could ever need are all in one place. I like how I could do my eyes, contour, bronzer, and even brows all with just this one palette. The versatility also makes this great for traveling or just on-the-go touch ups throughout the day. The palette isn’t too bulky and comes with a good sized mirror as well. 

The formula of the shades is absolutely amazing. I am a huge fan of the Tarte Tarteist Pro eyeshadow palette because the shadows have a very creamy texture and are also extremely pigmented. In my opinion, the formula of the Clay Play palette is no different, if not better. The shadows are very buttery to the touch and do not produce a lot of powder fall out. In addition to their amazing pigmentation, I find that the shadows and contour shades are very easy to blend.

Overall, do I think this palette is worth the money? Well, that depends. There are already tons of palettes that have these same neutral shades and at this point, almost very makeup lover probably has their own favorite contour palette. What makes this palette worth it to me is the amazing quality of the product, as well as the convenience and versatility the palette offers. I definitely see this as being the one palette I bring with me when I do not have access to my entire makeup collection because everything I need is in one palette. 

I hope this review was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions about what I think of this product!

My Foundation Collection + Mini Reviews

One of my favorite aspects of makeup is testing new foundations, so as you can see by the picture below, I have accumulated quite a few!

Keep reading for a brief review of each foundation, which ones are my favorites, and which ones I would not repurchase.

From left to right:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (light medium sand)- This is a great foundation if you are looking for something lightweight that provides a good medium coverage. Even though it is a “water foundation”, it does not make me skin look too dewy.

Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate (07)- This shade is way too dark for me, however is dries down to a beautiful demi-matte finish. It is unfortunate that Ulta no longer has Fiona Stiles products because I would love to try this foundation in a lighter shade. If you are looking for a super matte foundation though, I would not recommend this one.

Elf Flawless Finish Foundation (porcelain)- I bought this shade because out of the two available at my drugstore, this one looked like it would be the closest match. It is pretty light on me, but I just mix in a little bit of a darker foundation that I have and bronze my skin a little bit more. For $6, this foundation is really good and has a gorgeous natural finish. I just wish that Elf would extend the shade range.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (128 warm beige)- This foundation is a favorite amongst the beauty community and it really is amazing! I have repurchased this foundation a couple of times already and it is definitely a must-have for me! This foundation does not have a super matte finish, and I feel that it would be great for all skin types. If you are an aspiring makeup artist, I think this would be a great foundation to have in your kit! Also, the shade range is amazing!

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation (220 natural beige)- This is another great foundation from the Fit Me line! This has more of a dewy finish (hence the name) but it does not make me look too greasy. I definitely prefer the Matte + Poreless version, but this is still a great drugstore foundation if you want a more glowy look. I also find that this foundation has slightly less coverage than the Matte + Poreless version.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (bronze beige)- This has been raved about by beauty influencers since it launched and in my opinion it definitely deserves the hype. This is another great foundation to have in your makeup kit because it photographs beautifully and works with all skin types. Every time I wear it I have a great makeup day! Definitely cannot live without this product!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (nude)- Yet another great foundation that I cannot live without and will continue to repurchase. This is a great everyday foundation that has medium-full coverage and works with all skin types. When people ask what foundation I recommend, it is definitely this one!

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation (30 warm nude)- This is a great drugstore foundation! The finish reminds me a lot of the Born This Way, but it does have a thicker consistency. Overall, it is a great foundation!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation (W3 nude beige)- This shade is labeled as being warm toned, however I find that once it dries down it looks slightly too pink on my skin. Other than the shade being a little off, it gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin. I definitely would not recommend this to people who have oily skin though and I prefer the Maybelline Dewy + Smooth foundation over this one. I probably would not repurchase this foundation.

L’Oreal True Match foundation (W4 natural beige)- This has been a staple foundation for many people, however it is not my favorite. There are so many other foundations that I prefer to this one, so I would probably not repurchase.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation (203 true beige)- This shade is a little too pink for my skin tone, but the finish is really nice. It reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation, but if I had to recommend one, it would be the Maybelline one for sure.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Complexion Perfector (medium light)- This is my all-time favorite BB Cream hands down! I love the finish and it has great coverage for something so lightweight! I absolutely recommend this product and I love wearing it on natural and full glam days. I will definitely continue to repurchase this product.

Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte foundation (cream)- I bought this foundation because beauty influencer Casey Holmes kept raving about this product and unfortunately it is not my favorite. The shade range is lacking (the shade CREAM is too orange for me) and I overall I was just not as impressed with it as I thought I would be.

EX1 Invisiwear Liquid foundation (F200)- This is a shade too dark for me, but it still matches my undertone perfectly. If you have olive skin, I definitely recommend this product! It dries down to a gorgeous skin-like finish and has medium coverage. I really like this foundation and will be repurchasing it in a lighter shade.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage foundation (light medium sand)- This is one of my all time favorite foundations! It lasts all day and has great coverage. The shade I have also matches me almost perfectly and the shade range is great. I love this foundation for spot concealing as well as all over wear. I will continue to repurchase this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation (natural buff)- This is a great drugstore foundation if you want a dewy finish. I can only wear this foundation in cooler weather because it will make me look too shiny, but is is pretty long-wearing. I find that the shades do run a little on the pink side, but I can make it work with concealer.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (buttercream)- This is not my favorite BB Cream. It has light coverage, but it sits on top of my skin and makes my face look kind of cake-y. I really do not like the way this product dries down and will not be repurchasing it.

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream (light/medium)- This is a great drugstore BB Cream and lasts for a pretty long time on my skin. I find that is has more of a natural skin-like finish rather than a matte finish but I still really like the way this product looks once it sets. It has a good medium coverage and feels lightweight. In my opinion, this is a good drugstore dupe for my favorite Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done bb cream.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (creamwhip)- I absolutely love the coverage and finish this foundation has, but the shades run very pink. It is such a shame because I love everything about this foundation except the shades. I wish Clinique would come out with more shades suited for neutral/olive undertones. If you do have pink or peach undertones, I definitely recommend this product and think it would work for all skin types.

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (desert beige)- This is a cult favorite foundation amongst the beauty community and it definitely stands up to the hype it receives. Eery time I wear this foundation my makeup looks amazing and lasts ALL DAY. It does contain SPF, but I have not noticed any bad flashback. This has become a favorite product and I will definitely repurchase.

Garnier BB Cream (light/medium)- This used to be my favorite BB Cream, but the Urban Decay one has taken its place. This is still a great product if you are looking for a drugstore option, but I no longer reach for this one because I have others that I prefer.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir (buff beige)- This is one of my all-time favorite drugstore foundations. It has really good coverage and looks like a better version of my own skin once it sets. It has a natural finish and I think this would work with most skin types. I will continue to purchase this foundation for sure!

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation (sandy beige)- This is another great foundation from Maybelline. This is a recent addition to my collection and has become one of my favorites. The shade is slightly too dark, but once I apply concealer it becomes a perfect match. I think this foundation would also work really well with all skin types.

NYX Foundation Mixer (white)- I love using this product to lighten foundations that are too dark for me. I find that it is so much easier and cheaper to use this product rather than having to purchase a lighter shade or return foundations. I love having this on hand and I do not find that it changes the finish or consistency of the foundations I mix it with.

 

 

 

 

MOTD feat. Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition Palette 

Today I created a beautiful halo eye look using the Carli Bybel & BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition eyeshadow and highlighting palette. For those of you who don’t know, Carli Bybel is a popular beauty blogger and influencer on YouTube and this is her second collaboration with BH Cosmetics. The shades are extremely pigmented and buttery and will flatter every skin tone!

Keep scrolling to see more pictures of the look I created as well as a full list of products that I used.


EYES

  • Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics eyeshadow and highlighting palette
  • Ardell lashes- Demi Wispies
  • Maybelline Colossal volumizing mascara

FACE

  • Moisturized/ primed using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
  • Fiona Stiles Matte Finish foundation concentrate in shade 7 mixed with the NYX Pro Foundation Mixer shade white
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer shade sand
  • Cream contoured using “shade” from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this with the “sculpt” shade from the same palette.
  • Bronzed using the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer in warm tan
  • Milani baked blush in Luminoso
  • Highlighted using the gold shade from the Carli Bybel palette. I also applied the white highlighter shade to the very tops of my cheekbones for a more intense glow.
  • Set my concealer with the Coty Airspun loose powder

BROWS & LIPS

  • Filled in my brows using the Skone Cosmetics Brow pencil
  • Maybelline lipstick in Rum Riche

Hot Product of the Week: Palladio Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks 

Welcome back to another Hot Product of the Week! This week, I have been loving the Palladio Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks in the shades Tapestry (left- deep purple) and Boucle (right-dark brown toned nude). I got these at Ulta and they were around $5 each. 

Keep reading to see a full review! ​

I have never bought anything from this brand before, but when I saw that these were a velvet matte finish rather than a full matte finish, I wanted to give them a try to see if they would be less drying. 

Overall, I am LOVING the formula and color of lipsticks and really want to go back to get more shades! The darker shade was a little streaky, but not hard to work with at all and can be corrected really easily with another layer. I find that these did not dry out my lips at all since they are not meant to be a flat matte finish, but they dry down really well and did not transfer. 

The only thing I do not like about this product is the fact that the color you see on the outside is kind of deceiving as to what the actual color is. Just looking at outside of the packaging, Tapestry (the dark purple shade) looked like a rich chocolate brown and when I got home and opened it, I was really surprised to see that it was not brown at all! Same thing with the shade Boucle. It looked like it was going to be a pretty pinky Nude color and actually turned out to be a dark brown nude. Even though the colors fonnot really match what they look on the outside, I still am obsessed with the shades and would have still bought them anyway. 

Overall, I think these liquid lippies are amazing and for such an inexpensive price, you can’t beat it! 

Hot Product of the Week: tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hr Blush (Exposed)

This is going to be a new series on my blog where every Friday, I will post about a product that I have been loving each week (drugstore or high end)! 

This week, I have been loving the tarte Amazonian Clay blush in the shade Exposed. It is the perfect neutral toned blush that will go with ANY makeup look! 


It has a stiff texture and is not the most pigmented blush, but I actually really like the formula because it is nearly impossible to apply too much. It is very buildable and never looks patchy on me. 

This has been the only blush I’ve been using all week and I definitely need to pick up some more shades! 

Hot or Not!? L.A. Girl Matte Liquid Lipsticks

I have been using these L.A. Girl matte liquid lipsticks for a while now and thought I would go ahead and post a product review all about them! I am not a huge liquid lipstick fanatic (I prefer regular lipstick), but these are so inexpensive and the colors are so pretty!

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I have three shades (bottom to top): Dreamy (pink toned nude), Backstage (deep berry), and Fleur (terracotta toned).

General info about the product:

  • They retail for $4 each (can be found for cheaper depending on what store you purchase them at).
  • Each tube has .17 oz. of product.
  • They have a standard doe-foot applicator.
  • They dry down to a completely matte finish
  • Comes in 16 shades

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Left to right: Fleur, Dreamy, Backstage

I will start off by saying that for the $4 price tag, these liquid lipsticks are pretty awesome and worth it (in my opinion), but I would not spend $20 on them.

They are very pigmented and I did not have any issues with streakiness with the two lighter shades (Dreamy and Fleur). Darkside on the other hand, applies very streaky and I definitely have to wear a lipliner underneath because it is nearly impossible to get it to look right (the color is beautiful though so I work with it, but it is kind of annoying).

The applicator is a flat doe-foot applicator, which is typical with liquid lipsticks. The applicator makes it really easy to apply the product and is pretty much fool-proof. So far, this product hits all the checks for me- pigmented and easy to apply, but the main reason why I typically do not go for liquid lipsticks is because they make my lips feel really dry. I was afraid that with these being so inexpensive, the formula would be really drying and chalky, but that was not the case. It is not the most moisturizing formula (this is hard for matte lipsticks in general), but it is comfortable and does not accentuate the lines in my lips too badly.

Something else about this product that I like is the wear time. Let me tell you, THESE WILL STAY PUT FOR DAYS. Once they dry, they dry completely and will not transfer. I have worn these for 8 hours straight during work and they look exactly the same as when I first apply them. I like this, because I do not have to reapply throughout the day, but you will need some kind of oil or heavy duty makeup remover to get them off. Once you get them off though, they won’t stain your lips (at least they don’t for me).

So again, would I spend $20 a piece on these- no. But for $4 each, I would definitely go back and purchase more shades because the wear time amazing and overall, it is a really great product!

Product Review: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

 

I have heard nothing but good things about this foundation, so I really wanted to try it out for myself! Keep reading to see my initial first thoughts when applying the foundation, as well as my final review.

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This foundation claims to…

  • $27 for 1 fluid ounce of product (standard amount).
  • Moisturizing, lightweight formula that is suited for ALL skin types.
  • Will not oxidize.
  • Will not clog pores.
  • All-day wear that lasts through sweat and humidity.
  • Very pigmented and might appear darker when first applied, but will adjust to skin tone when blended it.
  • Full/ moderate to full coverage with a natural- matte finish.
  • Comes in 20 different shades ranging from cool to neutral to warm undertones.

I have the shade Creamwhip and I dabbed the product onto my skin using my finger because I did not want to use the applicator straight on my skin for sanitary purposes. I blended it out with a Real Techniques beauty sponge (this is how I have been blending out my foundations lately) and it blended out beautifully. The first time I used the foundation, I definitely underestimated the coverage and applied a little too much, but the sponge soaked up any extra product and gave a beautiful finish. The second time I applied the foundation, I used way less and it looked even better. I 100% agree with the claim of it being full coverage and having a natural matte finish. When I read that this was a moisturizing formula, I was a little concerned because I do have oily skin. However, I did not have any issues with my skin being super greasy and having to blot/powder throughout the day. In fact, I feel like this foundation does a great job of controlling my oily skin and staying put. No, it does not keep me looking really matte, but the slight shine was nothing that bothered me. This being said, I definitely agree with the claim that this is suited for all skin types. It is matte enough for oilier skin types, yet moisturizing enough for dryer skin. It gives moderate to full coverage, but does not look cakey at all and makes your skin look really healthy.

The only thing that I do not like about this foundation is not with the formula or anything, but with the shades. I was matched at the Clinique counter and the shade Creamwhip is a PERFECT match for me and stays true to color. The only thing that confuses me is that Creamwhip is considered to be a “fair” shade in the range. I have olive toned skin and am not fair by any means, so I feel like if you have very fair skin, the lighter shades might not be light enough. This is nothing huge, it just makes it difficult to find your shade if you were to purchase this online. If I had not have gone to a counter to get color matched, I probably would have gotten a shade that was way too dark for me.

Overall, I am OBSESSED with this foundation (it might even beat my #1 Too Faced Born This Way)! It has great coverage (and I actually do not need to use extra concealer to cover up any blemishes) and feels so lightweight that I could easily wear it everyday. The fact that this is also only $27 is great because most foundations from department store/ Sephora brands are in the $40 range. Bottom line- I can see why everyone raves about this product and I definitely recommend trying it out!

Product Review: Mario Badescu Whitening Mask 

I love trying out different skincare products, but I am really picky about masks specifically. The only mask that I have tried that actually makes a difference in my skin is the Aztec Secreat Healing clay mask. I saw that this mask had really good reviews and I just love Mario Badescu products in general because they are not too expensive and I haven’t been disappointed by their performance yet…. and this mask is no exception! 


Product discriptions and claims: 

  • 2 oz. (56 g) of product per jar for $24
  • Suited for ALL skin types 
  • Supposed to give a brighter complexion with Kojoc Acid and licorice, mulberry, and grapeseed extracts. 
  • Designed to help reduce the appearance of dark spots.
  • Contains beeswax to help seal vitamins and nutrients into your skin. 
  • The consistency is very thick and a little bit goes a long way so this jar will last a while. It also smells amazing! 

When I read all this info on the jar I was like YES YES YES YES! But of course, you never know if a product works until you try it out. 

I have used this mask four times since I bought it and I have actually noticed results! This mask has definitely evened out my skin tone AND drastically faded my acne scars. They are not completely gone, but I feel so much more confident leaving my house without makeup or even concealer to hide them. 

The directions say to apply a thin layer of the mask to clean skin, wait 5-10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Use 2-3 times a week. 

The mask is really gentle and doesn’t sting or burn like the Aztec mask, but this is also not meant for reducing blemished and cleaning out your pores. It does dry down quickly and makes your skin feel firm, but it is not uncomfortable at all. Even though it says to use 2-3 times a week, I have been using this every night since I got it after I cleanse my skin. It doesn’t dry out my skin or irritate it, so I just use it every night for faster results (plus it just feels really good). 

Bottom line: If you struggle with acne scars, dark spots, uneven complexion etc., I really think you should try out this mask! I have noticed a big difference and this is definitely something I will continue to repurchase! 

Hidden Gem At the Drugstore: Essence “Say No To Dark Circles”

Essence can be hit or miss for the most part, but I wanted to find a cheaper alternative to the Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector ($30) and saw that Essence had this!

Say No To Dark Circles ($3)



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This pencil is creamy, easy to blend, AND helps cover up any darkness before applying concealer overtop. Sometimes I even just like to use this by itself if I’m just running a quick errand but want to look more awake. As you can see in the picture it does a pretty good job of brightening the area and masking most of the darkness.

The only downside to this product is that it is very light. If you have a deeper complexion, this is probably going to be too light for you and won’t really cover anything up, but it is great if you have  a light- medium skin tone.

This has become a product that I use everyday, whether or not I am wearing an actual concealer! Hopefully this was helpful, I definitely recommend giving it a try!