Rimmel 25HR Breathable Foundation

I, like most makeup enthusiast have a ton of makeup in the vault that I have yet to try, but let me tell you I was sleeping on this Rimmel Foundation! I’m honestly amazed at the quality of the foundation from the drugstore. My all time favorite would have to be the L’Oreal Foundation, but the Rimmel Breathable Foundation is definitely in my top 5.

I love the my skin but better look that it gives and this is definitely a light weight long wearing foundation. It is not full coverage which is perfect for me. It’s probably all in my mind but whenever I wear thick or full coverage foundations and then pack on the rest of my makeup my face itches. I know, dramatic much! That’s another reason I enjoy a light weight feeling and medium coverage foundation. I just like the area around my mouth to be evened out. My skin is also extremely oily in my t-zone but dry around my mouth, so my foundation needs to combat those issues and this foundation does. Your skincare routine and primer will help combat those issues as well but if the makeup isn’t good quality or doesn’t work well with my skin type no amount of prep is going to help it!

Note: This is after 15 hours of wear, also after spending time outside.

The pictures of this foundation speak for themselves. I wore this foundation for a week to work. My job entails office activities and some field work on occasion. No matter where I was or what I was doing this foundation held up. I cut the grass is this foundation in The Florida heat, I fed the cows in this foundations, and I wore it for 15 hours one day and she held up!

Note: This is after 12 hours of wear, also after cutting the grass in FL sunshine ☀️ with a push lawnmower!

The pictures of this foundation after 12 hours plus of wear speak for themselves. I’m not overly oily; even after cutting the grass and sweating the foundation settled back nicely into my skin. This foundation performed better than a lot of the high end foundations I’ve tried. I would definitely recommend that you try this foundation.

Stay tuned for all the post this month as there will be a lot of great content coming.

XOXO 💋

Sephora Favorites

Skincare

The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve paid attention to my skincare routine. When I was younger I struggled with acne and was able to clear it with the help of a dermatologist. Now at the ripe age of 30 I’ve finally learned to listen to my skin and use products that work well with my skin type. First, let me briefly mention that I have combination skin, mostly oily. I’m oily in my t-zone, mostly on and around my nose and I sweat the most on my upper lip (gross, I know). My eyelids get extremely oily throughout the day, but after I shower or wash my face I feel like the area around my eyes is extremely dry. One product that helps combat that issue is First Aid Beauty’s Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I have sensitive skin and my skin loves this face wash. I love that it lathers! Am I the only one who hates when my face wash doesn’t lather? Another one of my favorite skincare products in the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment with charcoal. I love this mask. The charcoal in this face mask isn’t too strong and doesn’t make me breakout. I recommend doing a patch test.

Brands Featured: GlamGlow, Buxom, Laneige, Sephora Collection, & First Aid Beauty

Lip gross is the one product I use daily. I hate having dry chapped lips. My ride or die Gloss is Buxom’s Plumping Lipgloss. My favorite shade is Celeste but they have a ton to choose from. I have to mention Elf’s Plumping Lip Gloss; I tried it a few days ago and was in love. It may take the top stop but I want to use it a few more times. I hate when lip products are suppose to be moisturizing but in the long run dry your lips out. One brand that definitely leaves your lips moisturized is, Laneige. They have presentation, packaging, and product quality down. I love the different scents that their products come in as well. The Lip Glowy Balm & Lip Sleeping Mask are my faves.

Complexion Products

My holy grail complexion Products don’t need much introduction because they speak for themselves. NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in the shade Caramel is a dream. This concealer has a good color range and blends into the skin beautifully. Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation is the only foundation that I’ve purchased multiple times. I’ve purchased the shade Golden Almond, Almond, and Sable multiple times. This foundation is an oily girls dream! She is definitely a rider and doesn’t break down on me in this FL heat!

Brands Featured: Fenty, Hourglass, & Nars

F-E-N-T-Y was one of those brands I was dead set on not purchasing because I haven’t been impressed with almost every celebrity owned makeup brand. I feel like too often it’s a gimmick to just make money, but Sis if you felt like me throw that notion out the window! This brand is absolutely amazing and it caters to all skin types and skin tones. I still need to test out and play with the foundations and concealer; but honey this here Bronzer and Setting Powder is BOMB! Say bye bye to flash back and hello to a smooth flawless finish!

More Makeup

I have to start with Kat Von D Beauty. It is one of the first brands that I splurged on and is one the first brands that made me genuinely fall in love with makeup. The liquid lipsticks from KVD are one of my ride or die products. I know that they are going to perform well and hold up. I’ve also recently fallen in love with their lip liners and lipsticks. I probably own more of KVD than any other brand. My all time favorite palette is currently the Lolita palette by KVD. In my opinion this palette is unmatched when it comes to bendability, color pay off, and comfort, especially for purples.

Brands Featured: Smashbox, Urban Decay, Kat Von D, & Anastasia Beverly Hills

Another brand I’ve been obsessing over is Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH)! The product drops that have recently come from this brand have been phenomenal, well at least they look phenomenal. I purchased the new foundation and I’m working on purchasing all of the Norvina palettes. I will definitely update you guys on that, but the product we’re here for is the Shimmer Body Oil. Let me tell you if you go on vacation this is a must have product. I took this with me to the FL Keys and loved how it had me oiled up, shimmering, and smelling like fresh dessert!

The final product I have to mention is the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick! I love this stuff almost as much as I love my KVD liquid lipsticks. I have multiple of both lipstick brands and I definitely think Smashbox is comparable to KVD. Always On has a good shade range and is a comfortable wear. It can be a little drying so I recommend applying a lip primer or lightly applying a lip gloss.

XOXO 💋

OOTD: Shorts Edit

I enjoy watching haul/styling videos and reading blog post on the subject so I thought I’d do one myself. Hopefully, this will be a first of many. Most of the items in this haul were either thrifted or gifted and none of the items were over $20. I definitely recommend that you check out your local thrift stores and consignment shops because you can truly find some gems for a fraction of the price.

Outfit #1

This outfit is the perfect outfit for a casual night out with bae or the girls. What I love about this is that it would be an easy transition from the office to going out. Just change from your slacks and slip into your shorts and your good to go. The shorts were purchased from JCPenney for $20, while the cami top was thrifted for $1. The red blazer is a five year old Macy’s purchase for $5 (I love a good sale!). The wicker purse was gifted from my sister, but I believe it was purchased on Amazon.

Outfit #2

This outfit is fun and the best part is that it was under $15. Yes, from head to toe! The shorts are Calvin Klein and were thrifted for $1, the shirt is Ralph Lauren and was thrifted as well for $3.49. I love the tie detail at the bottom of the shirt and that it’s not too cropped. The bag is a Goodwill purchase for $9.99. I think this is a fun vacation outfit. You can throw on a wedge or some flats and you’re good to go.

Outfit #2.5

This one is basically the same outfit as above, but I’ve added a blazer and switched up the purse to give it a different vibe. The bag, which was another Goodwill purchase was $4.99 and gives the outfit a more summery vibe. The blazer, which is thrifted as well was a $7 steal and is great to jazz up any outfit.

Outfit #3

This is by far my favorite outfit because of this blazer. I stole this one from sister. Hey hoe (family humor)! As soon as I put this blazer on I feel confident. This blazer does for me what a good hair style does for most of us. I feel confident and beautiful in this blazer and it’s just one of those feel good pieces.

Jacket Closeup

What’s the saying, “The devil is in the detail!” This jacket has a satin finish and is gorgeous! It has a really nice feel and fit. I love when a jacket is tapered at the waist, it creates a slimming illusion.

Outfit#4

This outfit is super simple and cost $2. Yes, you read that right! TWO DOLLARS! This shirt is kind of special to me because I got it at a thrift shop in Georgia when we dropped my brother off for school. It still had the tags on it and was originally $49 from Nordstrom, but I got it for a dollar. (Sis, say it louder for the people in the back!) It was ONE DOLLA! I chose to tuck it in because I just like that look better. Am I the only one who attaches sentimental value to clothing?

Outfit #5

Here’s another simple outfit that was mostly thrifted. The crossbody bag from the image in the middle is a elephant leather bag that was $10. I feel guilty saying that, but it was thrifted. The white tee is from the brand Zara and was $3.49 from Goodwill. The jacket is an American Eagle jacket that I picked up from Plato’s closet for $9.99. This is a cute basic outfit that is perfect for a day out with bae and the kids.

Outfit #6

The top for this look was another Goodwill purchase, I snagged this one for $3.49 as well. This purse was the only expensive item in this haul. The bag is by the brand Luana Italy. The structure, texture and make of the bag is definitely high quality. This was my first “designer” purchase and I absolutely love it. The bag was originally over $300 at Dillard’s, but I paid around $100 for it once it went on sale. Sadly I’ve had this purse for quite some time (I’m embarrassed to say how long), but I’ve yet to wear it out the house.

I hope you guys enjoyed this first edition of OOTD (Outfit of the Day) and remember I (You) can do all things through Christ!

Best Drugstore Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

I know, I know! This is not my first post about this foundation, but this is for the people who have asked me about my favorite foundation or asked me to recommend an affordable foundation. I honestly cannot rant and rave about this foundation enough. I mean look at it.

Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

First, let me tell you about my skin and my major concerns. My skin is very oily. I secrete most of my oils in my t-zone (chin, nose, forehead). My major problem is my nose and the area around it. My eyelids are also extremely oily but I’m dry under my eyes. I have larger pores on my cheeks and get the occasional acne blemish. I have hyperpigmentation around my mouth and get chin hairs that cause dark spots from the plucking. For me, personally I do not expect my foundation to work miracles and I’m not a full coverage kind of girl. I go for a my skin but better look, and that’s exactly what this foundation does.

Swatched shades from left to right: 545, 540, 535, 530, 525, 520, 515, 510.

L’Oreal truly outdid themselves with this one. There is zero flashback. Let me say it louder for the people in the back. There is ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH flashback! All the pictures above are with flash, the picture below is without flash.

Infallible foundation in natural lighting!

For the look featured in these photos I used 510 as a concealer, 525 as an all over shade, and 540 to contour with. I also have to shout out AC Cosmetics because their setting Powder is the truth! Below I compare how the foundation looks with and without flash.

Natural lighting vs. Flash

This is my number one drugstore foundation and I would recommend giving it a try. I think it works great for all skin types and skin concerns.

Checkout some of my other post and remember, All things are possible with Christ!

Ipsy Made Me Buy It

I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for around two years. Overall I’d have to give the company a 7 out of 10 rating. Some of the low rating may be because I haven’t been the best at updating my preferences and taking the quizzes to customize each months bag to my preferences. With that being said I have to say that each month I find at least one product that I love.

Who is Ipsy geared toward you ask? I’d have to say it’s geared towards people who are newer in the makeup game. People who want to try products before they spend a ton of money on them and people who are looking to save some coins. Ipsy always has savings for products offered in their bags and even products you may not have received in that months bag.

Here are a few of the items I’ve received in my Ipsy Glambag throughout the year that I’ve had to purchase.

Brushes

Luxie Beauty & F.A.R.A.H Brushes

Luxie Beauty! Man I could go on and on about this brand. I was so impressed with Luxie Beauty when I received my first brush that I had to buy more immediately. I currently have a nice collection of Luxie Brushes that I reach for often. I’m sure I’m not the only one who buys makeup products like they’re collectibles and never uses them. I’m happy to say that that is not the case with these brushes. Their brushes blend out creams, liquids, and powders like a dream. I notice a visible difference when I use these brushes. They don’t leave brush hairs all over your face, nor do they leave streaks. Your making a good investment if you invest in Luxie Brushes. I also have received quite a few Luxie Beauty Brushes in my Glambag after my purchase, which I’m not mad at. Brands are smart to partner with a brand like Ipsy to get their product out. I’d honestly never heard of this brand or seen beauty influencers talk about it and I don’t know why! An honorable mention goes to F.A.R.A.H Brushes. I like these brushes, not quite as much as Luxie but I’d recommend them. Here are some brands that I have not received in my Ipsy Glambag but I do recommend their brushes; MAC, Real Techniques, Morphe, Elf, and Eco Tools.

Concealer

Smashbox & IT Cosmetics

Concealer is one of those products it’s hard to sell me on. A lot of times the undertones aren’t right, the formulas not right, or they don’t come in a dark enough shade. I’ve recieved quite a few concealers in my Glambag but these are the only two that stood out and made me want to purchase them. I have combination/oily skin, I’m extremely oily in my T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry around my mouth and the sides of my jaw. I generally stay with matte products becaus that’s what I feel works best with my skin. The Smashbox Studi Skin Concealor worked wonders and has a good shade range. It didn’t dry me out under my eyes and stayed put once it was set. The amount that was applied in my T-zone didn’t have me looking like a grease ball so I was definitely impressed.

IT cosmetics is not one of those brands that I feel are geared towards deep and deep dark complexions so I have generally stayed away from it. When I received Bye Bye Undereye Concealer I was impressed that there was a shade for me. Not only did I find one shade but I found a few shades that work for me and I was impressed with the formula. If you need full coverage this concealer will definitely give it to you. This concealer also made me explore this brand a bit more. They have some beauty brushes, and mat tidying products but I’m still waiting for them to expand their shade ranges before I really get into the brand.

Primer

MAC & Elizabeth Mott

Generally when it comes to primers I’m not looking for a product to full in my pores or fine lines because frankly those aren’t issues I deal with. I like a primer that mattifies and moisturizes. I know some of you may be thinking, “How can one product mattify and moisturize?” I cant tell you that but I can tell you it’s possible. My absolute favorite primer is MAC Cosmetics Prep N Prime. This stuff is a dream, not only does it moisturize my dry areas but it mattifies my T-zone and allows my makeup to stay fresh all day. I’ve gone through a few bottles of the full size product. For primers an honorable mention goes to the Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Primer. I like this primer and if I’m trying to switch it up I will grab this one. I pretty much will only apply this primer in my T-zone as I feel it is not as moisturizing as my MAC primer.

Face Masks

BioRepublic, Fresh Garden, and Saem

Skin care is one of those things that is extremely important to me. With that being said I typically like to apply all natural skincare products to my face, especially since I know there is a whole lot of gunk in some makeup products. The face masks listed above by Fresh Garden, BioRepublic and Saem are amazing. Each one serves a different purpose but the ones I have tried have left my skin really supple and rejuvenated. Out of all of these I’d recommend BioRepublic the most.

Perfume

Born Lovely & Juliette has a gun

I think we all love to smell fresh but I generally stay away from perfume because of the chemicals in them. If I do wear perfume I prefer to apply it to my clothes and not my skin. These two perfumes are once I’ve had to purchase and are in my top three favorite scents. My favorite is Vera Wang Princess ❤️ If you love fresh clean scents you will like these. I generally go for fruity, fresh and clean scents.

Lip Products

NYX, Aurora, Hempz, & More

Lip products are probably the item I hoard the most and will impulse buy the most. I know I’m also not the only person that impulse buys and then regrets it; I’m a recovering shopaholic and working on saving more. I’d say that Ipsy helps me do that. I get to try out lip products for a while before I actually go out and buy them or purchase them on a website. Out of the products featured above I’m impressed with NYX Liquid Lingerie the most. I love the shade ranges and feel like they cater and complement a variety of skin tones.

So is Ipsy worth the momey? I’d have to say yes. It’s worth it for the variety of products you recieved and for the full size products you receive. I’ve recieved full size brushes, and full size items for brands like Smashbox, NYX, and IT Cosmetics. Just be sure to review your Glambag monthly and keep your preferences up to date.

XOXO 💋