Hello Lovelies and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and that 2017 is off to a great start. I wanted to share with you guys a few of the drugstore purchases I made over the Holiday season and kind of give you a quick first impressions on the products.
I went to Ulta in early December and grabbed a few much, ahem, “much needed” items. In one of my previous blogs I had mentioned how impressed I was with the Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation. The first shade I purchased, #209 was getting a bit too dark for my Winter face so I grabbed 208 hoping it would not be too different. Well, I am happy to report that it works great. It’s just a tad light but once I have bronzer and blush on things seem to even out. I don’t find that these foundations really oxidize much and I like that about them. There’s nothing more frustrating that putting on a foundation that matches you, only to look at yourself in the rearview mirror on your way to work and find out you look like an Oompa Loompa. If you can’t tell I still really like the foundation.
The most expensive product in this bunch was the Murad Renewing Eye Cream. I had ran out of my beloved Bobbi Brown and was curious to try this guy again. My first try with this product was good, but nothing overwhelming and I feel the same way about it this go around. It is a good eye cream but I don’t really see any benefit to reducing the fine lines or improving my dark circles. The cream is moisturizing but, unlike the Bobbi Brown one, I don’t feel the hydration at the end of the day.
I purchased a few things from Essence. I had already tried the ash Princess mascara. I really like this mascara for it’s lengthening effect. Given that their products are so inexpensive I decided to give the All Eyes on Me mascara a try. I was very underwhelmed by this one. This seemed to barely coat my eyelashes with product and there was no volume effect whatsoever. The eyeshadows that I purchased were more of a last minutes decision. The colors looked pretty, everyday neutrals. Sadly the color pay off was not good. This makes it less attractive for me to use in the mornings.Again, the price point for these products is very inexpensive so I don’t feel terrible for trying them out. I’ve heard good reviews on the Essence pallets so I may try those in the near future.
Last but not least is the Essence Highlighter. This IS AWESOME! This is hands down the best purchase of the bunch. If you are looking for a very subtle, every day wearable highlighter, this is your guy! I find the peachy/pink color to be very complimentary to my skin tone. It adds the perfect glow from within look!
I was very excited about my most recent drugstore purchase.
By now, I’m sure you’ve all head about Loreal’s latest foundation, the Infallible Total Cover. I picked up the shade #308- Sun Beige, as this was the same color as my Winter Pro-Glow shade. I can’t say that I love it but I’ve only tried it once and the shade is not a good match. I have all three of Loreal’s Infallible foundations so be on the lookout for a review/comparison between these soon.
Maybelline also recently released a new mascara, Colossal Big Shot. This mascara has been all over social media and everyone claims that it is awesome for giving you big lashes. I have not used this one long enough to form a real opinion but, so far, I like it.
Last but not least is the Elf Cream Eyeliner. I am completely obsessed with Elf’s liquid eyeliner so I figured I would give the cream version a try. I have to say that I am not a huge fan. The formula was a bit dry and the color pay off was not good. I had to layer a few coat to get it to be truly black. It’s been a while since I used cream eyeliner so I am not giving up on it yet. I have a few other brushes that I want to try with the cream to see if that makes for quicker application.
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this quick preview of my latest hauls. Please let me know if you have tried any of these. I would love to hear your thoughts or if you have any other recommendations of things I should try or things you would like to see me talk about on the blog.