what's on my face

I'm not a beauty guru or makeup collector, but for the past month and a half I have been experimenting with new makeup (aka looking for excuses to buy a bunch of random stuff.) Makeup isn't something I feel compelled to wear every single day, but when I do, I like something light and natural.

Living in the age of the internet, I like reading reviews of everything if possible. The idea of going into a restaurant without yelp-ing it first induces heart palpitations. Since I love reading/ watching reviews so much, I figured I would write my own mini reviews for a few new products (new to me, not necessarily to the world) that I've tried and enjoyed recently.

Maybelline full n' soft mascara:
I've been a loyal user of the Diorshow iconic waterproof mascara ever since I started wearing mascara. I think I'm particularly picky with mascaras cause I don't like clumpiness in the slightest bit. Spider lashes are the things of my nightmares.

Rite aid was having a 40% off maybelline sale last week so I decided to try this out after seeing a few youtubers mention it. While I wouldn't say it would replace my Dior mascara, I still really like this. It's very light, doesn't flake, and absolutely doesn't clump. It's only downfall in comparison to the Dior mascara is that it doesn't deliver as much volume.

Smashbox primer:
Primer isn't something I used to wear on a daily basis. I have numerous samples which I used for special occasions, but that's about it. As my skin has become dryer as of late, this primer has been a lifesaver to stop my foundation from sticking to the dry patches on my face. I like the feel of it as it's smooth, but not too greasy and not too drying. Just the perfect in between. No wonder it's a cult classic.

L'oreal magic nude in 324 buff beige:
I have so much love for this foundation. Normally I am wary of trying out new foundations, specially those from the drugstore. Most high and low end foundations I have tried have caused me to breakout, or oxidize to a horrible shade of orange on my face. This one is absolutely perfect for the no makeup makeup look. Not to mention, it perfectly matches my skin tone. I feel like many companies produce products heavily concentrated on the light and dark ends of the spectrum, and anything in between near my color has a strong yellow undertone to it.

At first I was going to splurge on the Armani maestro foundation, but after reading numerous reviews on how this was a solid dupe I decided to give it a go. If you read Jane's review, she explains how even the ingredients between the two are almost identical. It's not that big of a surprise considering Armani cosmetics is owned by L'oreal.

There are two things I don't like about it. The bottle suggests forgoing a sponge or brush for this liquid to powder formula, which I understand after trying it out. I just feel unsanitary when I apply face makeup with my fingers. Second, I need to wear it with a primer otherwise the powder can turn flaky on my dry patches.

Rimmel scandaleyes eyeshadow sticks:
The fact that I own 6 of these pencils is a testament to how much I love them. For the price, the quality is absolutely amazing. I prefer using the black one on my tightline more so than using urban decay's 24/7 glide on pencil, which I find transfers onto my bottom lashline. My favorite of the line is definitely bulletproof beige, which I use on my bottom lashline, as a simple wash over my lid, or as a inner eye highlighter.

My only gripe with them is that I can't use the shimmery shades without an eyeshadow base. I know people like to use cream shadows instead of a base, but I don't find that works particularly with these. My eyelids aren't even super oily, but after a few hours the shiny colors just slide off.

The colors from top to bottom are: blackmail, trespassing taupe*, bulletproof beige, gold digger*, naughty navy*, bad bronze. I'm not 100% sure if the ones I indicated with an asterisk are limited edition or not, but if so I've still seen displays around recently.

Revlon matte balm in sultry (pictured + top swatch):
As with the majority of the beauty world, I've been hooked onto the concept of "my lips but better." I have heavily pigmented lips, so I have bought and returned many products over the past month and a half trying to find something that I like that was the proper color and finish, without being drying on my forever chapped lips.

For a neutral lip, I prefer something with a pinky-brown color. I don't support concealer lips so a true brown lipstick is out of question. This balm stain meets all my requirements. A plus? It's so easy to wear I don't even have to put any sort of lip liner on. When swatched on my hand, it looks much more pink than when it's on my lips. It blends into my natural color and gives a very neutral pink that I love. Since I've purchased it a few weeks ago, I wear it at least 4/7 days of the week.

Maybelline matte lipstick in touch of spice (bottom swatch):
This color is very similar to sultry, and there's really no reason for me to own both. But due to their affordable prices, I don't mind. Swatched on my hand, this appears to be a bit lighter than sultry, and when on my lips the difference is more noticeable as it comes off as pinker and lighter.

I'm crazy about the entire maybelline matte line and think they're pretty perfect lipsticks. The color payoff is great, there's no weird smell, they're matte without being drying, and there's a decent range of color options. If you can find them at a local wal-mart or target, they're only $5-$5.50 and definitely a bargain at that price.

Sigma small angled brush e65:

This was an impulse buy, but a successful impulse buy. I'm not sure what the designated purpose of this brush is, but I use it to apply gel liner to my eyelid. It's stiff so it makes drawing a very narrow line so much easier.

Lorac mega pro palette:
Let me preface this by saying there was absolutely no reason for me to purchase this palette. But the fact that it was limited edition and technically sold out made it oh so desirable. At first I was wary that the left half of the palette kinda looked repetitive, but soon I realized that the subtle differences in color are perfect for a muted, nude eye look. The shadows are so creamy and soft and the palette is so freakin pretty, I could just sit there and admire it all day long. I'm pretty sure it's 100% sold out on amazon and the lorac website, but you could always purchase it marked up on ebay.


  1. wow you got the new Lorac palette it soooo pretty!

  2. I always love seeing what products other people use! So fun!

  3. Just found your blog, you write such informative posts. I love it. I am totally going to get that eye shadow palette.

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  4. Sounds like we're in the same boat when it comes to makeup - I've only recently started experimenting more with it, and getting to buy pretty new little things is a definite perk ;)

    Agreed on the Maybelline matte lipsticks! I've got two, and they're perfect.

    Oooh, and that eyeshadow palette is just so pretty...

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  5. Girl I feel you, I'm not a makeup person either. Although I really do love your Lorac palette, the colors are great for a natural look. You look beautiful with or without makeup <3

  6. Obsessed with the Lorac palette and loving this post too :)

    Loving the blog vibes

    Much Love, Karen

  7. oh my, that's a lot of makeup!!! :O at least for me it is! and all those things look unfamiliar to me also :D especially because my makeup routine goes like that: eye cream, concealer, mascara and that's it. when my lips feel try I also add a lip balm or a lipstick. oh and when I'm having an extra big makeup mood I try using an eye liner (I suck at it though :D).

    Part of me

  8. Ahh this was an AMAZING post! Just like you I dont like buying things at the drugstore without reading a bunch of reviews because it's *always* such a gamble. And every time I buy a foundation on a whim it always turns out to be total crap. Which is exactly why I'm super pumped to hear that tat L'Oreal one is basically an Armani knock off. Do you feel like it makes your skin look amazing, or is it just good at covering things up? Because I'm trying to find one that'll make me look like I glow...which I know is a tall order ;P

    xo marlen
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  9. I hear so many great things about the Lorac palette and it's making me regret not getting one! Oh well I I just have to wait for the next latest and greatest. Have you ever thought about trying an eyeshadow primer? I have incredibly oily skin so I have to use one daily otherwise my eyeliner creases and is halfway up my eyelid within a few hours. I absolutely love Urban Decays's- it might be helpful with those slippery, shiny shadows.


  10. i think you carry off bold lipsticks particularly well! love this review post and drooling over all those nude shades in the lorac palette... limited eds always get me but i'm on an eyeshadow ban after i bought the naked palettes and haven't really used them much! so pretty tho :)

  11. The coverage is light so it isn't great at covering breakouts, but it definitely smooths over large pores, uneven skin tone, and some redness. But I think it makes skin glow cause it looks like you just have awesome skin, not that you're wearing makeup :)

  12. Thanks for the rec :) I actually do use that urban decay primer! It's the best! I was just bummed that the shinier scandaleyes shadows required a primer since some other cream shadows work great without bases

  13. Yes! The maybelline matte lipsticks are like my dream drugstore lipsticks. They recently released some new velvet lip pencils that are supposed to be a dupe for the nars velvet lip pencils. Unfortunately they aren't out in the US :(

  14. I've heard great things about the smashbox primer!! Thanks for sharing your favorites-- I love reading about products that people have loved :)

    Simplicity Relished

  15. I don't know why, but I totally love the title of your post, haha. Ah, I'm so jealous of that palette. The colors look so nice!

  16. I'm lusting after that Lorac palette even though I hardly EVER wear eye shadow. Well, sometimes I do, but not enough to warrant buying a mega palette and now you made me want it. Bad girl. :P

  17. That Revlon balm is such a pretty color!

  18. hehe I'm glad someone else has the same sense of humor as me :)

  19. I'm such a makeup hound- even though I don't necessarily wear a ton of it every day. I just love playing around with different looks, and having a ton of products at my disposal.

    That palette is gorrrrrgeous! LORAC is such a great brand.


  20. The maybelline lipsticks look gorgeous! I was looking for a cheap dark lipstick because I'm not really accustumed to dark colors and they seem to be a perfect choice. :)

    Thank you also for the comment on my blog!

    Have a nice day. xx

  21. You have got me seriously wanting that giant palette now!


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  22. Lovely colors and palette! Your post title definitely caught my attention :P

  23. love the photo of you in the hat and sunglasses! and thank you for the swatches.

  24. Thanks for sharing your experiences! Love how you look with the hat so beautiful, cool and stylish!

    Lovely greetings from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  25. What a great review lovely. I have to admit I don't use primer like I should and I actually own them all too so I don't know what is sadder. The fact that I let me decay unused or that I could be stepping out with "immaculate" skin that should, theoretically last all day lol. I've never used those Rimmel pencils but I am a massive fan of their kohl pencils. Have been using them since I was 15!



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