Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today is another ‘Worth The Hype’ post, where I talk about a product that has gotten a lot of consumer and media attention and tell you if I really think it’s worth the attention it’s getting.

Today we’ll be talking about the infamous Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder*.

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If you’re new to the beauty community or you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, this powder is used by some of the most prominent beauty influencers and is raved about for being mattifying and setting makeup, as well as being great for use with the baking method.

This is available in two color options (Translucent, Translucent Medium Deep) and retails for a whopping $38. My favorite powder is the Elf Cosmetics Prime & Stay Finishing P0wder, and that’s a $2 powder, so this really has to amaze me in order to actually be considered worth it’s hype and price tag.

For starters, I have very dry skin. I know what you’re saying, “If you have dry skin, why would you review a powder that claims to be mattifying?”. Great question. My answer to it is because I’ve heard people of all skin types raving about this powder, even saying that it works for dry skin. So I’m here to tell you if I find that to be true or not.

As for the packaging, you’re getting 1 oz of product and it comes in your typical sifter jar style packaging. It’s decently convenient and keeps product from getting all over the place. I generally shake some of the powder into the lid of the jar and use from there.

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There is a velour puff available for purchase for $15 that is intended to go with the powder, but I’m really not a fan of it. It packs on way too much product and just makes my skin look very heavy and aged.

A pro to this powder is that it is incredibly finely milled and leaves a very silky feeling on the face. However, I’m gonna say it isn’t worth the hype, at least for my skin type. Every time I apply this as recommended or even lightly with a large powder brush, my skin ends up looking dry and cakey and emphasizing fine lines I never even knew were there to begin with.

I also tried to bake with this (If you’re not familiar, it’s a method of powdering where you heavily pack the powder onto the desired area and leave it to ‘bake’ for 5 or 10 minutes, then brush the excess powder off. The point of this method is to stop creasing and lock your makeup in all day.) and it really looked terrible.

Ultimately I can get use out of this if I use a very small amount, but using it like that really doesn’t make it worth the nearly $40 it goes for, for me.

To sum it all up, if your skin is very oily maybe this will be a good powder for you. But if you’re as dry as I am, I’d steer clear of this.

And on that rather negative note, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and be sure to subscribe to receive email notifications of future ‘Worth The  Hype’ posts.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

*This post is not sponsored. I was sent this product for free via Influenster  for review purposes.

 

 

BARE By Karma Sutton – Review!

Welcome back, or if it’s your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today I’ll be reviewing these natural soaps from BARE by Karma Sutton.

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As we all know, I’m all about natural skincare. But what makes these special is that every bar is customized per skin type. With every bar option, you can choose your skin type and get a custom soap right to your door! Did I mention how affordable these are? Only $5.50, and there are a lot of promotions as well to get a few extra bucks off. I also want to mention how beautifully these were packaged, really love the extra touch.

The idea here is that nothing is one size fits all, especially not skin, and even come with an instructional sheet informing you how often to use each soap. I was sent two bars for my very dry skin to review, so let’s get into them!

First off, the Coffee Ground with Goat Milk Soap.

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The key benefits of this particular bar are as follows: (copied from barebykarmasutton.com) 

  • Goats Milk: Moisturizing, full of essential nutrients, and can treat acne.
  • Coffee Grounds: Exfoliates, soften, brightens and tightens skin, can reduce cellulite, can treat puffy eyes, dark circles and is anti-inflammatory 
  • Ingredients: coffee grounds, coconut oil, palm oil, glycerin, goats milk, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, sorbitan oleate  

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One side of this is very gritty, and the other is a bit more smooth, so you can kind of customize exactly how much exfoliation you get when used, 3-4 times weekly as directed.

This doesn’t have the most intoxicating fragrance, it really just smells like wet coffee grounds. But I’m totally okay with that. I love my fragrant soaps personally, but I know people with very sensitive skin prefer unscented soaps, so it’s good in my book.

This has an incredibly silky lather, very reminiscent of a castile soap if you’re familiar with them. I just lather it in my hands being sure to pick up a lot of the coffee grounds from the gritty side and apply all over my face. It isn’t terribly abrasive, so sensitive skin folks would be fine to use this.

I find that it really does hydrate and initially made my skin feel very smooth. However, something about this formula just doesn’t jive with my face. I have KP, (basically tiny bumps on my face, chest, and upper arms) and this really exacerbated that, which does happen occasionally with certain products.

However, I tried this on my body and had the opposite effect. The coffee grounds really helped with the texture of my KP and made my skin feel great. This is a miss for using on my face, but a huge hit for my body.

Next, the Oatmeal Milk & Honey.

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Benefits: (copied from website)  

  • Goats Milk: Moisturizing, full of essential nutrients, and treats acne.
  • Oatmeal: Removes dead skin cells. 
  • Honey: Boosts complexion, gives you glowing skin and is soothing!
  • Ingredients: Oats, raw honey, coconut oil, palm oil, goats milk, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol, sorbitan oleate. 

 

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This is similar to the other soap in that the bottom layer is more abrasive specifically for exfoliation purposes.

I’ve been using this one on both my face and body, and I really enjoy it. I haven’t broken out from this, and I like the soft, silky lather of it. This is very soothing and hydrating on my face and my body.

This one has an even richer lather than the previous one, and just makes my skin feel fantastic. So if you’re someone with very dry skin on your face and body, this soap is very nourishing and my skin really likes it!

I like both of these for different reasons. The coffee grounds soap is great for my body, and the oatmeal soap works well for my face and body, but my favorite of the two would have to be the oatmeal milk and honey bar.

I strongly suggest checking out Bare By Karma Sutton and try the bars that are suitable for your skin type. They’re affordable and I love how personalized the experience really is. This is a great concept, and I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to try these out!

With that, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have be sure to sign up to receive email notifications of my future posts.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored, these were sent to my via Bare By Karma Sutton for honest review. No affiliate links were used.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today is a long awaited post, we’ll be talking all about the very hyped up Tarte Shape Tape Concealer*.

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This concealer has absolutely taken the makeup world by storm. Every influencer and beauty guru is talking about and using this product. So naturally, I bought it. And I’m here to tell you if it’s really worth all the hype it’s getting.

This concealer has some huge claims. It claims to be hydrating, longwearing, full coverage (also lists natural and radiant coverage…) works for all skin types and softens the look of fine lines and pores. So basically, this is supposed to be God’s gift to makeup wearers.

Shape Tape retails for $24, which is $4 cheaper than my favorite Too Faced Born This Way concealer. However, this has .33 oz of product, which is .10 oz more than the Too Faced concealer. Shade selection is not terrible with 14 shades, and my shade is “Fair.”

Now, with all of the details out of the way, let’s talk about the concealer.

The applicator is a massive doe foot.

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I honestly don’t really get the appeal of such a large applicator, since it ends up depositing too much product at once and I have to scrape it off anyways. Very unnecessary in my opinion.

For some reason, I thought this would be a thinner formula, but no, it’s very, very thick. By far the thickest concealer I own.

Now, how does it perform on the skin?

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I don’t have absolutely terrible dark circles, but I do have some significant veining through my eyelids and as you can see, this does have pretty good coverage. Not incredible, but good. Keep in mind I am under studio lights so it can be a bit difficult to see those darker tones in my under eye, but I upped the contrast in editing so hopefully it’s visible enough. A plus though, the color matches my skin perfectly.

The biggest thing to note with this concealer is that a little goes a long way. If you over apply this, you will have some really unattractive texture on your under eyes. Less is definitely more. I find that the best method of application is a damp sponge. A brush makes it look way too heavy, and blending it out with your ring finger doesn’t look great either.  It does have decent coverage, but full coverage isn’t possible for me with this product because of how heavy it is.

I have much better luck using this under my foundation as opposed to on top like I would typically do. You really have to have a light hand with this and blend it out well or it looks very heavy and dry, though it does have good staying power and doesn’t fade throughout the day.

With that being said, I’m really not crazy about this concealer. It isn’t terrible, but it does crease and settle into lines even when set (I’m only 20, so fine lines aren’t a big issue for me), and it’s difficult to keep it from looking cakey. At least if you’ve got a skin type that’s dry like mine.

My suggestion is if you’ve got dry or more mature skin, spend the extra $4 and pick up the Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. It doesn’t cling to dry skin and looks naturally beautiful. Maybe if your skin is more oily, the Shape Tape would work better for you.

To answer the question, is it worth the hype? My answer is no. I don’t see great coverage with it, it’s cakey, and just doesn’t look great on my skin. I hate to say it, but I have to give this one a hard pass.

I hate ending on such a negative note, but I gotta keep it real.

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-Samantha

*This post is NOT sponsored, I purchased this myself.

Easy, Affordable, and a DIY Makeup Brush Cleansers (3 Options) + How To

Welcome back, or if your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today we’ll be tackling every makeup lovers least favorite thing – brush cleaning. The vast majority of us absolutely detest doing this, but it must be done. Makeup brushes harbor all of the bacteria and general ick that’s on our faces and eyes, so they need to be cleaned very often to reduce the chance of said bacteria and ick causing infections. Without further ado, let’s talk about some methods and products that you can use to clean those brushes!

Spot Cleaning  

If you’re anything like me, you let your brushes get shamefully filthy before washing them. Spot cleaning is what you can do to keep them from getting totally disgusting between deep cleans. I also use this method to clean my brushes between colors I’m using during makeup application, since it dries quickly due to the alcohol in most formulas.

My personal favorite spot cleanser is the Elf Cosmetics Daily Brush Cleanser.

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Simply spray a bit onto the bristles of the dirty brush and rub into a washcloth, paper towel, etc. It’s that easy! Highly recommend doing this after each use of your brushes to prolong need to deep clean.

Deep Cleaning 

I would recommend doing a full on deep clean of your brushes once a week, but do it whenever you deem appropriate. There are so many different ways to clean your brushes, but I’ll share three of my favorite methods and products.

Biggest tip about this, no matter what method you’re using, do not get water into the ferrule (the metal part that attaches the bristles to the  handle). That is where the glue that holds everything together is, and if you get it wet and get product into it, the glue will weaken and the brush will fall apart.

#1 – Swirl + Sparkle Natural Solid Brush Cleanser 

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This is a solid, all natural soap that has little plastic ‘diamonds’ and other little odds and ends that help cleanse and scrub your brushes.

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Basically, you get your brush wet and swirl it in the soap. There are tons of different beautiful designs and scents to choose from, and it’s a really simple and effective way to clean your brushes.

#2 – DIY Brush Shampoo.  

There are tons of different recipes online to make your own brush shampoo, but I’ll share the one I personally use.

I use only water, olive oil, and dish soap.

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As for measurements, I just eyeball it, but I keep it to around 1 part olive oil, 1 part dish soap, and 2 parts water.

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I transfer all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake it up, and you’re good to go.

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Spray generously onto the bristles of the brush and clean under running water. You can get fancy and use a brush cleaning glove with grooves, but I’m lazy so I just rub it against my hand, and it works like a dream. Super affordable and super effective.

#3 – Bar Soap  

Yep, your standard bar of soap. I like to use Ivory, because it’s incredibly pure.

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This is the same idea as the Swirl + Sparkle cleanser, where you just swirl your brush all over the bar in running water and continue doing so until the water runs clear. This is my preferred method of cleaning my beauty sponges as well.

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This is by far my favorite method of cleaning my brushes. It’s super easy, smells amazing and cleans my brushes and sponges flawlessly. Use whatever bar soap you like, but I do prefer Ivory, and it’s super affordable.  I have a demo using this method HERE on my Instagram.

After the brushes are clean, I just gently pinch out the extra water.

Once your brushes are actually their original color, they’re ready to dry. There are plenty of brush drying trees you can buy that will hang them upside to dry, but I personally just lay them all out on a towel in a safe place overnight and that typically does the trick.

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And that’s it, the secret to clean brushes. I hope this has been helpful for you, and if you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive email notifications of future posts.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. All products purchased myself. No affiliate links used.

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today will be a “Worth The Hype” post, where we talk about a seriously hyped up product and find out if it’s really worth buying or not. And today, we’re tackling the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette.*

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If you’re not familiar with this palette, this was a limited edition release in the spring or summer of 2016 and it totally blew up. Everyone wanted this, no one could get it. A few months pass and the majority of us stopped caring about this palette.In December of 2016, they announced a relaunch and decided to make the palette permanent, so I picked it up.

As with other Too Faced palettes in this format, it does in fact smell like peaches. Many people say it smells like the peach ring candies, I think it’s more like a fresh peach scent.

This palette retails for $49 and is available anywhere Too Faced is sold. (Ulta, Sephora, etc).

With the details out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the palette and swatches.

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First things first, the box and the outer packaging is just crazy adorable. I love the peachy/orange ombre, and the little peaches on the palette.

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As you can see, these swatch beautifully, with the exception of “Tempting”, “Talk Derby To Me”, and “Delectable”. These were built up to show the color. All of the colors with the exception of those three are very smooth and pigmented, very on par with the quality of the Chocolate Bar Palettes.

I know what you’re thinking, for a peach palette, shouldn’t it have more peach shades? Yes, but according to Jerrod Blandino, the co-founder of Too Faced, this palette was inspired by all of the colors you may see on a peach. From the stem, to the leaves, to a bruise.

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So there are the shades. I really love the color selection in here. I know a lot of people weren’t crazy about it, but I find it very wearable for everyday, with the ability to add a little color with the peach shades.

I find that you can really get a large variety of looks out of this palette, from very dark and smokey to light and fresh.

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I really love this nice, natural, yet colorful look and I think I’ll be wearing it a lot in the Spring!

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So, for the big question, is it worth the hype? Absolutely. I love everything about this palette from the scent to the versatility. If you love neutrals but want to add something a little special, this is definitely the palette for that. With that being said, Emilynoel83 did a wonderful video on drugstore alternatives to this palette if this is either not your cup of tea, or out of your price range.

And with that, we end today’s post! I hope this has been helpful in your decision to either purchase or avoid this palette. If you want more ‘Worth The Hype’ posts, subscribe!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. I purchased this myself.

 

 

Coastal Scents Hot Pots – Review + Swatches!

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Welcome back, or if it’s your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today we’ll be talking about some of the most affordable eyeshadows I’ve ever come across, the Coastal Scents Hot Pots*.

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If you’re not familiar, hot pots are Coastal Scents single eyeshadows. These are magnetic and fit into Coastal Scents’ empty palettes or your standard Z Palette. There are over 300 shades to choose from, so making an order can be incredibly overwhelming. I have 40 shades to share with you today, and hopefully this can give you a little guidance on your next Coastal Scents order.

First things first, pricing. These retail for $1.99 on an every day basis. However, a few times a year these are on sale for only $0.99 each! They’re a great price either way, but saving a dollar a shadow can go a long way. If you want updates on when these are $.99, follow my Instagram, that’s where I’ll post about it.

For my order, I bought a 28 pan empty palette*, a 12 pan empty palette*, and 40 different hot pot shades.

Here’s an overview of all of my hot pots, with names.

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12 Pan Palette

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As you can see, I have very specific color preferences, apparently. Now, let’s check out the swatches and talk about each of these shadows.

As always, these are swatched on bare skin with no primer with my finger, starting with my 28 pan palette.

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The two shades out of this group that really disappointed me were Wild Raisin and Deep Cider. There’s barely any pigmentation and they’re just really lackluster. However, I’m happy to report and every other shade is really impressive. They’re very pigmented, they blend effortlessly and look absolutely stunning on the eyes.

cs berry eye.jpg (For this look I used Pumpkin Pie, Paprika, Pomegranate Red, Maroon Berry, and Peachy Copper.)

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Moving on to my 12 pan palette.

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All of these shades perform beautifully on the eyes with the exception of Opal Black. It is much like Wild Raisin and Deep Cider, not pigmented and dry. Deep Viridian swatches badly, but applies beautifully to the eyes.

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Overall, I absolutely adore these shadows. There is an endless amount of shades to choose from, and the vast majority of them are fantastic quality. I recommend these over and over to everyone!

And with that, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, be sure to subscribe to see future posts!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored.

 

Best In Beauty 2016 – Top 5 Best Skincare!

Welcome back to the final installment of my Best In  Beauty 2016 miniseries. We’ve already done top 5 best makeup products,5 worst makeup products, and today will be my top 5 skincare products. as I’ve mentioned in the previous two posts, I am limiting myself to either new releases of 2016, or products I’ve discovered in 2016, so let’s dive right in to number five.

#5 – Little Pea Soaps Tunnel Vision Coffee Body Frosting.  

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This is a really unique body moisturizer. It actually has the texture of cake frosting, which I think is really cool. The scented version smells like maple bar donuts, and this makes my skin feel absolutely amazing.  It’s so incredibly hydrating without being greasy at all. If you can’t tell by my blog name, I live in Montana. And it’s cold out here. Like super cold. It was -26 F when I took this photo, not including wind chill.

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Point being, my skin is already naturally very dry, and the unending winter doesn’t exactly help the situation. This has really helped my skin stay nice and smooth during the winter, and I highly recommend it to any and everyone. The only reason it’s in my number 5 spot is because I didn’t buy it until December, but it’s a winner nonetheless.

Funny story with this, turns out it’s edible. Our dogs ate a sample of it and I messaged the Little Pea Soaps owner somewhat frantically to make sure we weren’t going to have to induce vomiting or anything for the dogs, and she informed me that she actually makes her products edible because her child and pets have both gotten into them before. Can’t blame them, if I didn’t know better I would eat them too. They look delicious.

#4- Tarte Maracuja Oil  

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(Sample size is $15, full size $48)

If you’ve been here for any length of time, you know that I have very dry skin, so I live for face oils. This one is very expensive, but really makes a big difference with the hydration and texture of my skin. I am die hard for my jojoba oil, but this just does something more for my skin that that can’t. If you want a splurge-y skincare product, try this out. I am so dreading when I run out of my current sample because I know I’m going to have to buy more.

#3- L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Charcoal Pure Clay Mask.  

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When I initially did my review of these, this one was by far my favorite, and that hasn’t changed. This mask really helps draw impurities from my skin and leave me with smoother, healthier looking skin. Totally worth the $13!

#2- Replenish Soap Co. Lip Balms.

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These are by far my favorite lip balms I’ve ever used. I’ve gone through 3 tubes since March, and I’m working on my fourth.

They are super hydrating, and really save my lips from the dry weather in Montana. If you’re a lip balm junkie myself, you NEED to try these. Peppermint is my favorite!

And finally, my #1 skincare product is probably something you’ve all seen coming if you’ve been a reader for awhile.

#1 – Little Pea Soaps Breast Milk Rose Clay Charcoal Facial Soap.  

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I’ve talked about this ad nauseum, and that’s because it’s truly the best skincare product I have ever encountered. If you’re interested in learning about the very different ingredients in this product, read THIS review.

To sum it up, this does for my skin what no other product can. It hydrates, softens, gets rid of texture, it’s basically magic. When I stop using this, I can see a huge difference in the overall integrity of my skin. If you have dry or mature or if you have skin at all, you need this. It’s currently out of stock, but I’m hoping it’ll be back soon!

And with that, we end today’s post and this miniseries. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my favorite (and least favorite) products of this year. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for the beauty world.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post, and if you’ve liked it, be sure to subscribe to make sure you never miss a post.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy 2017!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Some links are affiliates.

Best In Beauty 2016 – 5 WORST Products!

Welcome back to my Best In Beauty 2016 miniseries!

Last time, we covered my Top 5 Best Products of 2016, and today we’ll be talking about the 5 worst products I discovered this past year. I’m limiting myself to products that were new releases in 2016, or were new to me. We’ll count down from 5 to my  number one worst product, so let’s get started!

#5 – Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

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(Sample size; $30 for full size)

I feel like I may be one of the few people with this opinion in the beauty community.

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The meme says it all. They go on super creamy and pigmented, but for a cream lipstick, dry my lips out so badly. I wore this for about 4 hours one day and had to take it off because of how incredibly uncomfortable it was.

Now you’d think that since it’s so dry, it would have good lasting power. Wrong. It lasted maybe two hours with no eating or drinking. I had to reapply, which just made my lips feel even worse.

For $30, I expect so much more out of a lipstick. I have affordable lip products that perform better than this does.

Maybe it’s just the shade I have, but I’m not in a hurry to try any other shades, that’s for sure.

#4 – TheBalm Mad Lash Mascara

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This mascara really doesn’t look that bad on my lashes, my issue with it is how it makes my lashes feel. This makes my lashes feel so crunchy and stiff. And it smudges and flakes horribly. If you read my last post, you’ll know that my favorite mascara is the Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers, and it’s much better than this one. Save your money!

#3 – Covergirl TruNaked Palette (Goldens)

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These received really good reviews, but this one in particular really left me unimpressed.

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It’s not that the colors are necessarily bad, but once you start blending it really just becomes a muddy mess. And for $12 for a drugstore palette, nope. Hard pass on this one.

#2 – Elf Cosmetics Acne Fighting Foundation 

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A lot of people really love this for a good affordable, full coverage foundation. Not only was this not even remotely full coverage, it was so cakey. It made my skin just look and feel gross. Elf makes much better foundations than this one (Moisturizing stick, Flawless Finish). Unless you want a light medium coverage and you have very oily skin, this will probably not look great on you. And the shade range is awful, to top it all off.

And now, my number one fail of 2016.

#1 – Coty Airspun Extra Coverage Translucent Powder.

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This is an old, cult classic powder. I bought this specifically for baking the smile lines of my mouth and what a huge mistake. Not only does this smell absolutely disgusting (there is an unscented version, but it isn’t easy to find) it’s super cakey and breaks me out. If you’ve got very oily skin, maybe this would be okay for you. But for me, this was by far the biggest loser of 2016.

 

And with that, we end today’s post! Stay tuned, because the last installment of this miniseries will be my top 5 favorite skincare products of the year.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Some links are affiliates

Best In Beauty 2016 – Top 5 Best Products!

Welcome back!

Since 2016 has (finally) come and gone, let’s talk about my top 5 favorite products of this year. Narrowing it down to only 5 products was a huge challenge to me, but that’s how you find what products are truly your favorites, by what pops into your head first.

This is totally inspired by Emilynoel83‘s annual  Emily Awards. If you’ve never watched those, you’re so missing out!

There will be 3 posts in this “Best In Beauty 2016” miniseries; this one, 5 worst products, and top 5 skincare products. I’m only including products that were either new releases in 2016, or products I discovered in 2016. We will count down from #5 all the way to my #1 recommendation, so let’s get started!

 

#5 – Manic Panic Dreamtone Foundation (Vampire White) 

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The only reason this takes the bottom place in my top 5 is because it snuck in at the very end of the year. This is a pure white foundation that I use to lighten foundations that are too dark for me. If you’re very fair skinned like myself, 9 times out of 10 the lightest foundation in a range is not light enough. This product has helped me get so much more use out of my foundations, and I no longer have to limit myself to the brands that do cater to my skintone.

before and after mixer.jpg (Before and after using 1 pump of Dreamtone in the LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation in “Porcelain”…don’t mind the cat scratches.)

I don’t find that this alters the formula of my foundations, it only changes the color. If you’re a pale girl, this is an essential product that you need to have in your arsenal.

 

#4- Too Faced Lip Injections Extreme Gloss 

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This is not a product I would ever have seen myself loving. I personally think my lips are fine and don’t really feel the need for a plumping gloss. However, I received this in an Ipsy bag and cannot stop using it. I put it on while I’m doing my makeup and it does plump a bit, but it leaves my lips feeling hydrated, and helps reduce the appearance of lines in my lips. If you’re someone who wears a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, you know that any little line in your lips is greatly exaggerated by them.  Putting this product on beforehand just really helps solve the issue of lip products sinking into lines. I have to say, I think after using this continually for several months now, I’m seeing actual permanent results. My lips are just more plump and smoother than they were before.

As for the pain level of this product, I would rate it at a zero. I feel no pain at all, and actually really enjoy the tingling sensation I get from it. If you’ve got very sensitive lips, this may not be for you, but otherwise, I think you’d be fine. If you’re in the market for a product like this, definitely go try this one!

 

#3- Too Faced Born This Way Concealer.  

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I’ve already done a full, in depth review of this product, so I won’t rattle on about it. To sum it up, this has excellent coverage,is very hydrating, and lasts all day on my under eyes.

btw before and after (Before and after using Born This Way Concealer) 

This does retail for $28, but I absolutely think it’s worth it. If you’ve got very dry or mature skin, I think this would be an excellent concealer for you. My only gripe is that the shade range is seriously lacking. I have the shade “Very Fair” and its not light enough to highlight on me, and come dead of winter it’s a little dark. But I love it nonetheless!

#2 – Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara.   

super sizer ($8) 

Again, this is another product I have reviewed, so if you want more information about this product, check that out.  This has become my absolute favorite mascara. Nothing gives me more length and volume than this one can.

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As you can see from this before and after, this mascara is no joke. It stays all day without smudging or flaking, and I honestly can’t say I’ve ever used another mascara that even compares to this one.

And finally, my number one product of 2016.

 

#1 – Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.  

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I have raved endlessly about this palette (review here), just like many others have. And that is because this is by far the best palette I own. The quality is phenomenal, every single shade performs just like it looks in the pan, and I find myself wanting to use this and only this every day. Palettes are my weakness when it comes to makeup, and I haven’t even felt the urge to buy a new one since I bought this.

If there was only one product I could recommend to you, it would be this. Go pick it up, you will NOT regret it.

And those are my top 5  best products of 2016. I cannot wait to see what kind of releases 2017 will hold for us!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for my 5 WORST products coming next!

Happy New Year, and thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored, some links are affiliates.

 

City Color Cosmetics Metallic Shadow Pots – Review!

Welcome back!

Today I’ll be sharing a review of the City Color Cosmetics Metallic Shadow Pots with you.

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These are unlike your typical cream shadows. These have a very thick, mousse consistency, while somehow remaining very lightweight.

There are 6 shades in the line, each retailing for $4.99, or you can buy all 6 for a special bundle price of $12 (Use the code MAKEUPINMONTANA to receive 10% off of your purchase!) and they all have a nice rubber stopper in them, to keep them from drying out.

As for the formula, they’re all very pigmented, and have some seriously intense lasting power. These aren’t going to come off unless they’re removed.

We’ll go through each of the shades individually, starting with the lightest in the line, “Shooting Star”.

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This is a very yellow gold shade, and is probably my least favorite of the line.

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It’s very pigmented, but the texture is thinner than the others,almost feels a little greasy,and just doesn’t translate to my eyes as well as I’d like. The color just really isn’t my favorite either. I prefer true golds to yellow golds. With that being said, it makes a great base for other shadows to stick to. This definitely isn’t a bad cream shadow at all, it just isn’t my favorite from this particular line.

Moving on, the next shade I have to share with you is “Solar”.

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This one is a ridiculously stunning rose gold copper shade with a slight silver microglitter running through it.

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I really love this one. It’s very unique, and it look gorgeous by itself, or layered under a rose gold shade. I used this as a base for my Manna Kadar Eyeshadow in “Fantasy” and it was unreal. Completely recommend this!

Next shade is “Cosmo”

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This is kind of a bronzey taupe shade. In the packaging it looks similar to Solar, but swatched they are completely different. Cosmo is more cool toned, so if you prefer cool to warm, this is the one for you.

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This one is really beautiful, and I don’t see any difference in the quality or formula of this compared to Solar at all. They’re both excellent, and  I will definitely get a lot of use out of this guy.

The last “neutral” shade in this line is “Nebula”.

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This one is by far my favorite from the whole line. The base color is a deep brown plum shade, but the best part is the intense silver glitter that takes over.

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This one is almost a duochrome. In indirect lighting, it just looks like a shimmery brown plum, but once the light hits it, you get that vibrant silver sparkle. I haven’t been able to top this one with another shadow, specifically because I don’t want to cover up this gorgeous glitter. If you’re a fan of glitter but hate the mess, definitely get this shade. I don’t own anything like this, and if you’re going to only get one of these, I strongly suggest it be Nebula.

The first of the more colorful shades is “Meteor Shower”.

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This teal color really reminds me of a cream version of Urban Decay’s “Shattered” from the original Ammo Palette. It’s a beautiful teal blue.

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However, I’m really not crazy about the formula of this one. It’s very reminiscent of the formula of Shooting Star. It is pigmented, but the texture is much thinner and just feels a little greasy. I prefer to use this one as a base as opposed to using it by itself, and it’s nice, but this one isn’t a must have.

And the last color in the line is “Galaxy”.

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This one is a hard color to describe. It’s kind of a dark steel blue with very strong gray undertones.

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Unfortunately, this one was a lot like Shooting Star and Meteor Shower. Again, it’s not a bad cream shadow, but it just isn’t as remarkable as the other shades. It’s just kind of thin, greasy, and patchy. Unless you’re really crazy about this shade, I wouldn’t say it’s worth grabbing.

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Ultimately, I really do like these, but I overall recommend the shades “Solar”, “Cosmo”, and “Nebula”. They’re beautiful as bases and stand alone shadows, but the others really just function as bases for me. Whichever shades you choose are very dependent on your needs and preferences, but those are my suggestions.

And that’ll do it for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have,  please subscribe to receive email notifications of future posts like this!

And as always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. All products were purchased myself, Some links are affiliates. I am affiliated with City Color Cosmetics.