Should You Buy The New Aspyn Ovard Tarte Palette? | Review

Aspyn Ovard is one of the most successful YouTubers out there. Her channel is mostly  about lifestyle related topics, with the inclusion of occasional beauty related topics.

Tarte and Aspyn recently collaborated together to create a beautiful palette and I thought we should talk about it and review it.

I know this has been an overly hyped about palette and, although, I am not a big Aspyn follower, this palette grabbed my attention and I had to see what it was all about myself.

The Good:

The packaging is really what got to me as most products do. If a product has beautiful packaging, the brand has already convinced me 75% of  the way in buying their product.

This one has flowers all over it with beautiful rose gold interior. The mirror is huge and amazing to use. Most palette’s have smaller mirrors, which sometimes are not that useful and shouldn’t even be included. The shadows are beautiful colors and the gold one really stands out in my eyes.

I love that there is a blush and a highlighter in this palette, which makes this palette versatile and unlike any others.

Aspyn Ovard Tarte Palette Review

The quality of this is what you would expect from Tarte. It resembles the same quality as most of their eye shadow palettes, but some shades are harder to work with. Such as the “Heart of Gold” shade (the gold one) is beautiful, but has so much fall out. I couldn’t even use it with just a brush and had to wet my brush. Usually, I attempt to use glitter shadows first with a brush just to see the quality and this one was probably the worst one I’ve ever used. But once you do use it with a wet brush, it is a beautiful color.

These shadows blend pretty easily and beginner friendly as they are not too pigmented.

The Bad:

This palette is a neutral palette, so any gal that loves a natural, simple look will love the colors….. but they are too hard to work with because they are not pigmented enough. Don’t get me wrong, I love a neutral look, but I had to reach for other palettes to create a look that I wanted it. The shadows are too light that I don’t think many skin tones could use this.

I think a very light skin tone would be fine with this, but other than that, it’s too light for other skin tones. Furthermore, keep in mind, I am considered a light skin tone (when I am not tan), and I struggled big time!

The only colors that I loved from this is the “heart of gold” shade and the blush. Tarte always kills it with their blush, so that wasn’t a surprise.

Aspyn Ovard Tarte Palette Review

The darkest color in this is the brown shade, which wasn’t even dark enough. You couldn’t create a soft glam look with it, if that was something that you wanted, which I think is needed in a versatile palette.

As you can see from the swatches, I had a really hard time trying to make sure you could see them in picture. I had to apply a few coats to make sure it was visible.

Aspyn Ovard Tarte Palette Review

Is It Worth It?:

Overall, although the packaging is beautiful and I love the gold shade, I don’t think this is worth your money, especially priced at $39. I think you would be better off with a Naked palette, if you wanted a neutral palette with amazing quality. I know that’s so old school, but if you’re only looking to ad a few stable pieces to your makeup collection, urban decay is a must!

I understand if you are a follower of Aspyn and want to support her, then by all means, you should do that. But if you are in it for the makeup, then I think you can definitely save your money.

Side note: I went into Ulta to return this and the cashier lady was like “Girl, this palette sucks!”, and I keep hearing the same thing from other people as well!

What do you guys think? Did you try this palette yet? Let me know!

xx,

Ozzy

“A good life is not one without problems.

A good life is one with good problems.” – Mark Manson

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3 mac lipsticks every girl needs

3 Classic MAC Lipsticks Every Girl Needs

M·A·C lipsticks are some of the best lipsticks out there.

They are known as the classic, the holy-grail and the most raved about lipsticks — all for good reasons too!

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You really can’t go wrong with M·A·C. Not only have they built a reputable brand, but they have also been around for so many years now that has, time after time, built amazing products that don’t disappoint.

Growing up, M·A·C was the first makeup product that I’ve ever used, so it definitely holds some meaning to my heart.

My older sister was the one using M·A·C, hence why I had access to their products, and I would always go through her makeup bag and try all of it out.

Honestly, I think I loved her makeup more than she did. I say this because now I’m more knowledgeable than her with makeup and have a bigger collection.

3 best mac lipsticks

If you are new to M·A·C lipsticks or just wondering what are the top 3 shades that I think every girl needs to have in their collection, then you’ve come to the right place. 🙂

These three shades are well known by many, and are even up on M·A·C’s wall of most talked about shades. They have much more colors to pick from, but not to overwhelm you and keep your wallet happy, I only wanted to include three.

These are three that I use the most and are really timeless shades that I know you will get a lot of use from.

Faux:

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This is probably my favorite lipstick of all time. Yep, I went there. If I had to choose one lipstick to wear for the rest of my life (which would be a sad life, but trying to make a point here….), then I would choose this one. Thankfully, I don’t have to make a tough choice like that! This is a mauve tone, nude shade and I think would go great with any skin tone. This is one that I wear even if I’m not wearing any makeup. It’s a classic shade, absolutely beautiful and easy to wear. You could wear this for prom, for your wedding day, for work, simple everyday – you get it, this is an any occasion type of lipstick!

Whirl:

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This is the color that got popular from Kylie Jenner. I’m  not usually one to follow what that family is doing, but we are talking about makeup here, so we can put those two things behind. The lip liner for this was so raved about and loved that they made it into a lipstick. I’m so glad it did because this is such a unique color. I love it.

Whirl is a warm brown with a matte finish. It’s an everyday shade and I believe would go with any skin tone. It’s priced at $18.50, which is what most M·A·C lipsticks are priced at. This works for any setting and gives your face such a nice flush of color. If you want a more interesting nude shade, this is for you.

Ruby-Woo:

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This is the most talked about, most classic red lipstick out there. I’m sure you guys probably already know about this one, but as this is the holy-grail’s of M·A·C lipsticks, I thought it needed to be mentioned. This is again, influenced by a celebrity. A lot of people know this shade from Rihanna wearing it and is the reason I bought it because I thought it looked beautiful on her. As I was taking the pictures for this, I remembered why I didn’t buy Rihanna’s red lipstick from Fenty line because the shades are so similar! I remember thinking “Oh, I have a shade like this, I don’t think it’s worth the money”, well Rihanna, I see what you did there. She wanted to create a shade she loves for her own brand.

This is the perfect red lipsticks for anyone who is hesitant about wearing red. It works great with light skin tones along with darker skin tones. It’s versatile and timeless. I’ve had this lipstick for many years now, which I should probably buy a new one, since it’s so old. This is a pretty drying lipstick as it is a matte formula, which sometimes can get a little annoying, but other than that, it’s not too hard to work with. It’s bright, flirty and so cute! My boyfriend even loved it. 🙂 I’m so thankful to have a boyfriend that appreciates good makeup, of course he tells me I look beautiful with or without it, but I’m happy he understand the beauty of makeup! 🙂

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That’s it, guys! Do you guys own any of these lipsticks? These are so popular that I am thinking most beauty fanatics would have them. 🙂

XX,

Ozzy

“Your HEART knows the way.

Run in that DIRECTION.” – R. Queen

Juvias Place Makeup Look

Juvias Place Look Using the Zulu Palette

Juvias Place is a brand I recently started getting into and have quickly become obsessed.

Not only are they affordable, but their products are also great quality.

I wanted to share a look I created for you guys with the Zulu palette, which is a go-to look for me.

When you first look at the palette, you might be taken back or not willing to try it since it has some crazy shades, but trust me they are totally easy to work with!

Juvias place makeup look

I’ve created two looks with this palette so far, but I’m excited to try even more looks. That’s the beauty of this palette, its versatile and although, the colors may not be what you’re used to working with, it is still an easy palette to create everyday looks with!

Here’s a swatch of all the colors to show you what they look like on the skin:

Juvias place looks

They are so pigmented, yet so easy to blend! I had no trouble working with them. What I love is that it’s not crazy pigmented to a point where it’s too hard to work with. Of course, as it is bright colors, do be careful to make sure you are applying a little at a time. But even if you are not too careful, I still think it’s easy to not mess up.

Looking at the swatches now, I’m excited to create a look with the bright green color. It is catching my eye!

My best friend initially bought this palette after I introduced her to Juvias Place, which we then ended up trying it out at the same time! Being both makeup fanatics, we both quickly fell in love with this palette and the brand. I am excited to try their other palettes, such as their masquerade one.

What’s exciting about this brand is that they are affordable and they tend to have sales somewhat frequently.

The Zulu palette is on sale for $17.50, which is so affordable. The Masquerade palette is a little more, priced at $25, but it looks like it’s worth it. I love that the Masquerade palette has more browns and more shades with it. I’m definitely eyeing that one for my next purchase.

Make Up Look Using The Zulu Palette:

The first look I created with this palate kind of resembles a sunset (at least, I think so).

I used the orange shade as my transition shade and then used the purple shade for the eyelid space. The purple wasn’t exactly the purple I wanted, so I used a darker purple from a different palette.

Juvias Place Makeup Look

This look is so simple that I think anyone can do it. 🙂 If you’re feeling up to it, I think it looks beautiful with a winged eyeliner as well!

I realized I didn’t take a picture of the second look I created with this, but that one was also simple. I used the orange again for transition, then put the pink shimmery on my lid space and the bright pink on my lower lash line. It might sound crazy, but it looked so girly and cute! 🙂

I don’t know about you guys, but I love building up my “Make up” board on Pinterest, so if you’re like me, then pin this for later below!

Juvias Place Make Up Look

Anyways, that’s all. Have you guys tried Juvias Place? What do you guys think of them?

Until next time.

XX,

Ozzy

 

 

 

Flower Beauty Foundation Review

Did Flower Beauty Change The Game for Affordable Brands?

Flower beauty officially launched at Ulta a few months back and it’s been all the hype in the beauty world.

If you did not know already, Flower Beauty was created by the lovely Drew Barrymore, which only makes us, makeup junkies that more intrigued. Drew Barrymore’s hit movie “50 First Dates” were the epitome of relationship goals. If you haven’t watched it yet, girl what are you doing, you’re missing out!

Apparently, Flower Beauty has been around since 2012, and just recently launched at Ulta. 

To be honest, I only tried this makeup line because of my love for Drew Barrymore. She is such a kind-hearted soul and I had to see how her creation measured up to her success in the media business.

I didn’t really have high hopes for it as I haven’t yet found an affordable brand that I’ve been wildly impressed with. At least definitely not for foundations. But to my surprise, Flower Beauty is absolutely something to talk about….

Review:

Flower Beauty Review

Flower Beauty is sold at Ulta, like I’ve mentioned above, and has variety of products to achieve a full face look. I only picked up her foundation, concealer and blush, which were all products that were the most hyped about. I’ve been wearing these products for the past month, almost everyday. For me personally, I know if I will like a face product within a few tries, if not the first try. But, for a full in depth review, I wanted to make sure I knew everything about these products before I mentioned it to you guys, which is why I tried it for a month before writing this.

Foundation:

Flower Beauty Foundation Review

This foundation promises to be luminous and have a nude-skin feel. I can attest that it definitely does have both of those feels to it. The foundation also has spf of 18, which I don’t really get the number, but hey, it’s still something!

I am absolutely so impressed with the foundation. I cannot believe how amazing it is, especially for the price point. It is full coverage and leaves your skin looking like skin. Honestly, if there is any drug-store or affordable brand foundation you want to get, this has to be it. This feels luxurious and works just as well as some of my high-end foundations. It has a dewy finish, but it doesn’t feel oily or heavy. I don’t think any of my oily skin people will have a problem with it. It really feels universal to me as far as having it work for anyone. It’s super creamy and applies smoothly without any patches. I’ve always had a problem with drug-store brands being patchy on my skin, but not with this one! The shade I have been using is warm beige L4.

Concealer:

Flower Beauty Review

This one is also creamy and the tip of it reminds me of the Nars concealer. It works just as beautifully. It may not be as good as Tarte Tape Shape, but it gets pretty darn close. If you are trying to save money and are in need of a good concealer, I would highly recommend you this one. I mean it’s all I’ve been wearing all month long, which to me says a lot. The shade I am using is L3-4 Light.

Blush:

Flower Beauty Review

This blush is everything you need. It gives you the most beautiful finish and color to your face. I always get scared with drug-store brands having too much pigment in their blush, but not this one, it’s the perfect amount. It’s your classic blush. The shade I have is Sweet Pea and it works really well with my skin tone. This is currently the most highly-rated product from her line at Ulta. The foundation comes in second and concealer is fourth.

Packaging:

Her packaging definitely has a hippie vibe as expected. The foundation has a pump, the concealer feels luxurious and resembles a Nars concealer and the blush is packaged simple, but beautifully, with a flower embedded on it.

For me, I think Flower Beauty gets 10/10 for packaging. The fact that the foundation has a pump is always a positive and the concealer being easy to use and resembling a high-end brand is something that most drug-store brands don’t do. The blush is equally beautiful to look at and use.

Durability:

I’ve used it with a primer and without one and it didn’t make a difference! You can’t say that with most foundations. Typically, with most foundations, you need to use a primer for best results and durability, but not with this one! Of course, definitely use one still if you have a primer, but if you don’t have one you are good to go! 

I like that it doesn’t promise you certain number of hours of wear because honestly, I feel like that’s always crazy. Like no foundation should last you 24 hours because you need to let your skin be free at night. This foundation says it’s an all-day wear, which is reasonable. I can also attest that it does last all day. It looks equally as beautiful as when you first applied it. I’m not one to repurchase a drug-store or affordable brand foundations, but this one definitely wins my heart for me to want to do that. The concealer is equally great, but you know my love for Tarte, that it’s hard to confess all my love for this concealer. It’s beautiful nonetheless, it just won’t ever have my full heart – I’m sure you get it…

Price:

This is a wallet-friendly brand – with most products being under $15. The foundation is priced at $13.99, blush and concealer are both $9.99. It’s such a steal; seriously, I cannot wait to try out her other products. Currently, her liquid matte color is the third most popular from her brand and I’m already thinking I need those as well! You really cannot beat the price point and the quality of this brand.

Overall…

I’d say, don’t look anywhere else for affordable makeup, you’ve hit the jackpot with Flower Beauty. I can imagine now that this is at Ulta, other affordable brands will have to step up their game because this brand truly feels luxurious and resembles high-end products. It makes me happy because you can actually get makeup that’s both affordable and fabulous. I wouldn’t rave about it this much if it weren’t true.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of her other products and what you think about them!

Until next time…

XX,

Ozzy

“EMBRACE uncertainty. Some of the most BEAUTIFUL chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later. – Unknown

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April Beauty Favorites

April Beauty Favorites

This month’s favorites are a long one! I tried so many amazing products and I know I will be using them for many months ahead.

I wanted to also give the three products that I think are not worth the money in here as well in case you were thinking of buying them. Let me know if that is something you guys like and I can keep doing the things I didn’t like either!

Here Are My April Beauty Favorites:

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer

Okay, I was super hesitant to buy this because it’s expensive. Like $42 for a bronzer…What?! But, I’ve heard amazing things about this product, so I had to know what all the hype was about. And thankfully, it did not disappoint! Guys, seriously this is the BEST bronzer I have ever used. It knocked my Benefit Hoola bronzer out of first place, which is crazy to me. This gives you the most beautiful finish. It seriously looks like a natural bronze you would get from the sun. I feel like I am not even wearing makeup, but that I just came from a vacation. 🙂 The little brush it comes with is also useful and it’s what I’ve been using at the gym to get ready with. It’s made nicely where you can really contour your face with it. The palette is huge, so I’m thinking this will last me a while (hopefully!).

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter Review

Here’s another product that’s been highly hyped about in the beauty community and I highly think it’s worth it, too. It’s a gold highlighter, but it leaves your skin looking so beautiful and natural. I can definitely see this will be a hit for the summer as it will look great with a tan! If you haven’t gotten into highlighters yet, I would definitely recommend this one or any of Becca’s products.

Makeup Revolution Sophx Highlighter Palette

makeup revolution london sophx palette

Okay, now I know why my list for April is so long, it’s because I tried all the highly hyped up products! Here’s another one….The great thing about this highlighter is that it’s affordable! I purchased this one from Ulta and have been loving it. There’s so many different shades that you can use for different looks, which I love. If you are a makeup artist, then you will love this as there’s a shade for almost anyone. I love that there’s also a white shade, which you can use as a crease highlight in your eyes. I’ve been using this palette with the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter above and it’s been a pretty blinding (but beautiful) highlight on my face! 🙂

makeup revolution london sophx palette

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Review

Believe it or not, this is my first time trying out this primer. This is a oldie, but a goodie product. I think it’s nice to mention this now for anyone that is getting ready for prom or their wedding, this is the primer for you! It photographs beautifully without any flashbacks. I used to be scared to try this because I used to have oily skin and I thought this would work terribly on my oily skin and feel gross, but it definitely doesn’t! It’s not heavy at all and feels your skin feeling moisturized and silky, but all in good ways! It definitely allows for a beautiful foundation application as well. Since this is a silicone base primer, it will tend to do that where the silicone acts as a slate for your face!

Hourglass Vanish Foundation in Shell

Hourglass Vanish Foundation Review

This was my first product I tried from Hourglass and it did not disappoint! Wait, I think I tried their primer too, but that was given to me as a gift with my points from Sephora, so that doesn’t count!! 🙂 Anyways, again I understand the hype about this product. This is one of the best foundations I have ever tried. It leaves your skin looking like….skin! It covers everything you want it to and makes you look like you have no makeup on. I’m a seriously full coverage type of gal, so when I am going out, I’ve been mixing this with my Giorgio Armani foundation (which I restocked during the Sephora sale :)!). I think this is a great everyday foundation on its own, but if you want night time glam, you can definitely benefit from mixing it with another foundation! It will give you the most beautiful finish, trust me!

Benefit Gimme Brow Fiber Gel

Benefit Gimme Brow Review

I’ve been using this product for a while now and wasn’t sure if I ever mentioned it. This has quickly become my ride or die product. What I love about it is, if you are running late and want your eyebrows to look presentable or just a little better, you can just apply this without fully doing your eyebrows, and you are good to go! I’ve been wearing this a lot by itself because it’s easy and quick. If you use the hourglass foundation, this gel and mascara, then you got yourself an easy 5 minute makeup look!

Lipsticks:

April Beauty Favorites
Picture originally from Female Thoughts

Guys, the struggle is real. I picked up amazing nude shades this past month and fell in love with them all, which then thought they deserved their own little category! I know that I will be using all of these all throughout the summer, spring, fall, winter… you catch my drift – all the time!

Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss in Sugar Sugar

Memoallure.com Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss

This one I recently purchased and have been dying to buy months before. This one reminds me of the good ol’ days when lip glosses were much more popular and that’s what almost everyone wore. I love how girly this color makes me feel and that it has a slight minty feel to it. It’s not overpowering and very subtle. The thing that does stink about lip glosses is that they don’t last as long as lip sticks, but that’s ok this one’s worth it. I know this will look absolutely beautiful with a tan in the summer! If you are not willing to spend $28 (which I totally get), then I believe BareMinerals has a similar product here, that you can get for about $9 less.

Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss in Sugar Sugar

Lime Crime in Marshmallow

Lime Crime Marshmallow Lipstick

This lipstick is my first product I’ve tried from Lime Crime and I am so impressed. I’ve heard great things about this brand and I couldn’t wait to try this shade. I think this is probably my favorite nude of all time. Watch out, makeup-for-ever-nude-lipstick-that-I’ve-loved-for-over-a-year-now, this is my new jam! Seriously, the most beautiful nude. It’s a very neutral nude and I think would look amazing with smoky eyes!

Lime Crime Marshmallow Lipstick

Stilla Lipstick in Carmello

Stilla Carmello Lipstick

Okay, so the Lime Crime lipstick above and this one really were fighting for first place in my crazy-makeup-obsessed brain. And it was tough to choose, and although Lime Crime won, this is another absolutely amazing lip shade. All I’m wondering is where has this shade been all my life?! I am so in love with this, too and I’ve been wearing the two back and forth. I am finally thinking I don’t think I need any other lip stick in my life (we’ll see how long this lasts). This nude has a little bit more of a pink undertone so could be a better pair if you have more colorful look in your eyes!

Stilla Carmello Lipstick

L’Oréal Colour Rich Shine in 908 Sprakling Rose

Ulta Haul

Lastly, this has been something I’ve been wearing all month long as well. This is one of those lipsticks that you can just apply without even looking in a mirror. It’s more like a tint, but you can definitely notice the color. I love this color in particular and think it gives my face the most beautiful flush of color. I know it will also look amazing with a tan. I’ve been using this lipstick as more like a chapstick, although it doesn’t even have the properties to be a chapstick, but you know the struggles of wanting to look glam!

L'Oreal Colour Rich Shine

Hair Products:

I have two hair products this month, which I know have officially become my ride-or-die and I have been using them almost everyday! All I’ve been wondering is how did I go through life without these two products! Was that a bit dramatic?…. Well, you can’t stay calm when your hair is on point because of these two products!

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Detox Dry Shampoo Review

You guys know Livingproof dry shampoo has been my jam for quite a while now. But then this came into my life and it has changed my life for the better. The thing that was bothering me with Livingproof is that I would run out of it so quickly, it felt so hollow. I feel that I won’t have the same issue with this one. Also, I definitely notice that this one works better than the Livingproof one! I also love the scent to this. It’s a win-win situation. 🙂

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Invisible Oil

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I’ve been using this a lot at the gym and have been loving it. It’s great for anyone that travels but also great for anyone who wants to have hair goals! I love this one because it leaves my hair feeling so silky and smooth and I love that it is protecting my hair against heat. I can’t remember if I wrote this in another favorites post, but regardless, you need to hear it again. I love this! It’s 100x better than the “It’s a Ten” junk we all grew up using. Trust me, you gotta upgrade, girlie and you will thank me! 🙂

Lastly….

Okay this is the last one from my favorites list. We are (finally) coming to an end.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover review

I’m not sure if I ever mentioned how much I love the Neutrogena wipes, but I sure do. I use them almost everyday, but it doesn’t quite get all of my mascara. I knew I needed to do something about it instead of waking up with raccoon eyes. This product has been a life saver, also age saver since it allows me to take off all my makeup (wrinkles, go away!). I dip my q-tip in this and take off all of my mascara and residue makeup left on my eyes. I honestly finally feel good about having all my makeup off! I used to use this one before I bought this one and I think it is great to bring with you on the go!

Now, the three products I did not like:

I wanted to mention these products to save you from spending your money. Of course, you may have a different opinion than me and this is just what did not work for me and everyone is different, so please keep that in mind.

Marc Jacobs Noir Mascara

Sephora Spring Sale

So, I don’t hate or love this product. I like it, but don’t love it. I think for its price point it could be better. I know so many people rave about this and love it, but for me I thought it was hard to use. It does kind of resemble the “Better Than Sex” mascara, in my opinion, but it doesn’t leave any residue at the end of the day like “Better Than Sex” does. Which for that reason, I think some people will love this. I just think it doesn’t give me the results I want quickly. I’m a very on-the-go type of gal and need things to be efficient. With this mascara, I feel like I have to apply so many layers until I reach a point where I am content. Don’t get me wrong, once I reach it, it truly is beautiful! Overall, if you love your “Better Than Sex” mascara, then I would say stick with that one. And if you did not like “Better Than Sex” because it has some residue at the end of the day, then try this one out!

Essence I Love Extreme Mascara

Memoallure.com essence

I was disappointed to find out this was not as great as the one that comes in the pink package. I just feel like it didn’t give me the volume I wanted and was hard to work with. This one is more on the affordable side, so if you absolutely want to try for yourself, you can, but I don’t think it’s worth it.

Essence Super Last Eyeliner

Okay, now this is a product that I think no one needs. It’s super hard to work with. It’s very watery and you can mess up your look so quickly. The tip is too long and flimsy. It’s really not good at all. Once the product is on, it does look nice, but again, if you have the time to really work through it and the patience, then you do you, but for those reasons I’m out! (#SharkTankReference).

Okay guys, that is all! This was a long one for sure, but I hope you learned something new and let me know if there is any products that you guys are excited to try!

Until next time….

xx,

Ozzy

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Sephora VIB Sale Haul

Sephora VIB Haul | Spring 2018

Hey guys,

This past weekend was the VIB sale at Sephora and of course I had to take advantage of that! For those of you that don’t know about the sale, it happens twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring time. For fall, the sale is 20% and in the spring it is 15% (unfortunately). Nonetheless, it’s a great time for anyone to pick up their favorite makeup products at a discounted price as Sephora tends to not have sales outside of those two times.

I believe today is the last day of the spring sale, so if you are still looking to purchase, you still have a chance!

I’m excited to share with you guys what I’ve purchased because I purchased all the holy-grail items that different beauty guru’s on YouTube have recommended along with mine. I wanted to make sure I was spending my money (somewhat) wisely on products that I would get a good use out of and know that they are the best of the best. Some of the items are ones I am repurchasing and absolutely love. So, if you are still looking to purchase something, this list might be a good place to get some ideas!

Sephora VIB Sale Haul, Spring 2018:

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Sephora Spring Sale

This mascara has been raved about so many times and I kept putting off buying it because I wanted to exhaust all my drug-store options first. I was so curious about it yesterday and ended up trying it on my way back from Sephora. From first impressions, I’m honestly kind of shocked at how it works. It looks so natural, but yet gives you crazy volume. It almost looks like they are your natural lashes and that you just wake up with beautiful long lashes! (Insert: I woke up like this comment.) I’m excited to keep trying this on to see how I really like it. If you are a gal or guy that doesn’t like clumping, then you will like this mascara.

Marc Jacobs Eyeliner

Marc Jacobs Eyeliner

This, apparently, is supposed to be one of the best eyeliners out there and I had to give it a try. It’s meant to be really good for the water line, where most liners tend to wipe away after a few hours, while this one lasts longer. Let’s see how this one holds up and as always, a full review will be on my monthly favorites if it ends up working out for me.

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer

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This lip gloss has been around for a while now and is highly liked by the beauty community on YouTube. This is one of those holy-grail products that beauty gurus love. Especially the shade Sugar Sugar, which is the one I’ve purchased.

Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss in Sugar Sugar

I feel like it’s such a perfect color for the spring/summer and brings me back to the days of wearing lip glosses all the time. I think this is such a cute, girly color and I know I will get a good use out of it. The scent is a bit minty and feels refreshing on your lips. It has a little stopper at the top so you never get excessive amount of product that you don’t need. It is on the pricier side of things, but I think every girl needs one go-to gloss that they can count on!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Foundation

If you’ve been around my little community here at Memoallure, then you know this is my holy-grail foundation. This is the quickest foundation I’ve ever ran out of from. Usually, foundations last me a while, but I love this one so much that it didn’t even last me 6 months! You will love this if you love a natural, but dewy finish. It’s not matte nor a complete full coverage as matte foundations can be. But, don’t give up on it just because I said it’s not full coverage, it absolutely covers everything you need it to, it’s just not as intense as some foundations are. Trust me, I’m a full coverage type of gal and I love this.  Give it a try and I am sure you will love it!

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Powder

This is not new to me and I am just restocking. Again, another holy-grail product. This is a great setting powder that leaves your skin feeling soft, flawless and allows your foundation/concealer to last much longer. If you are getting ready for prom or wedding season, this is a must! It photographs so beautifully and doesn’t have any flashback! If you are looking to save some money, here’s my little “trick” on affording it; buy the travel size! That’s what I did before I bought this one and its lasted me such a while.

Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Stila Liquid Liner

This is probably my 3rd or 4th one of these, so you could say I like this quite a bit. I just ran out of mine and desperately needed this in my life again. I think this is great for around this season as it is getting warmer around here and we all need something that’ll last us through the sweaty days! If you like to wear makeup in the pool or ocean, then again this is a great pick. You really can’t go wrong with this, it’s pretty amazing and super easy to use.

Tatcha Luminous Spray

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

This has been raved about by Jaclyn Hill for so long now, along with so many other YouTubers. It really is so amazing for anyone that has dry/normal skin. I am not sure how it works for oily skin, but if you’re into dewy skin, then you will probably like this! I bought this before and repurchasing because I need it back in my life. Jaclyn shows you exactly how to use it in this video, if you’d like to check it out. She also suggests some AMAZING products in this video, so definitely a good one to check out. I purchased the travel size for this. As I mentioned above, great way to try out products, but also save some money for the moment. I’m sure looking at how much product is in each size, you’d save money buying the full size, but if you don’t want to blow all your money at once, then travel size is the way to go!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate

This is my third bottle I have purchased of this. It’s one of the easiest exfoliators and leaves your skin feeling so smooth. All you have to do is put it on your skin in the shower, which works great with the steam, and leave it on for about 2 minutes (less if you have sensitive skin) and wipe it off. If you are a busy gal like me, then you will be all for this!

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Cake by the Ocean

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

This is my second one from her collection. I was so shocked at how beautiful this is. It says it is a great alternative for a gel manicure and I really think so, too. It, of course, doesn’t last as long as a gel manicure, but it sure does get pretty close. It also does have almost the same appearance as if you got one. I love this because in the long run you can save so much money. This is more expensive than most nail polishes, but trust me, it’s worth it!

That is all from my haul! Did you guys purchase anything from this sale? Is there anything you would like me to try out? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading. 🙂

xx, Ozzy

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Ulta Haul

Spring Ulta Haul | 2018

I gave up buying makeup for lent, so when I was finally allowed in Ulta again, I felt like a kid in a candy store, unsupervised. But really I’m happy to have gone so many days without buying makeup, knowing that I can do that again, and not go overboard buying things I really don’t need.

I’m excited to share the products I’ve bought because I know some of them are amazing, and some I’m excited to try out. As always, if I end up loving any of these, you guys will know in my April Favorites post coming at the end of the month!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion & Facial Spray

Ulta Haul

Both of these products are the holy-grail from this skin care line and I think if you’ve never tried this brand, these two products should be the first ones to try out. The drying lotion is for any big pimples that may pop up. You would usually wear it at night as it leaves a pink mark on your skin. It really reduces the pimple a lot faster than it would’ve otherwise. The facial spray is one that I tried a few months ago and quickly fell in love. I had to restock because I went through it so fast! It is made with aloe, herbs and rosewater which to me smell amazing and so refreshing. This is to hydrate and refresh. It’s great for people who travel often as traveling can leave your skin dehydrated. I love this little set I got because you can also bring it to the airport with no problem.

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

Ulta Haul

A few months ago, I tried St. Tropez for the first time and quickly fell in love. I tried the same product as this one, but the lotion version. I love how naturally tan it makes you look without any streaks and it’s super easy to use! I have the glove, which is the game-changer and highly recommend you use it with the glove. So many people asked me if I went on vacation after using it because my tan looked so natural. I wanted to try the mousse version as well and since this is travel size, I thought it’d be great to bring to the gym. I know many people choose the mousse version vs lotion, but I had no problem with the lotion and plus you get more product out of it!

Essence essence I Love Extreme Volume MascaraMascara & essence Superlast Eyeliner Matte BlackEyeliner

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A couple of months ago, I purchased an essence mascara for the first time and I was super excited about how much I loved it because they are as affordable as drug store can get! I know the mascara will be great, but we’ll see how the eye liner will work. It was buy one get 50% off, so I decided to get this as well. I needed a new liquid eyeliner and if this beats the Stila one I use, then I rather save my money!

L’Oréal Colour Riche Shine in Sparkling Rose 908

Ulta Haul

I am sooo excited for this one! I’ve already tried it and I’m in love! This is fairly new, a few weeks to be exact, and I was so excited to get my hands on these because the packaging really got to me, but also I was excited that it is something you can wear everyday. This color especially is a wearable color as it is a neutral pinkish/peach color. It feels hydrating and it gives you such a nice color to your face. These lipsticks feel you can wear any shade you want everyday without it looking harsh or too intense!

It Cosmetics Conceal and All-Over Foundation Brush

Ulta Haul

I’ve been seeing this all over YouTube and thought it was a great brush! It’s two in one, which I think would be great for travelling. One side is for foundation and the other is for concealer. This is great for me because I know I will be getting a good use out of it bringing it to the gym. This brand has some of the most amazing brushes, so I know I won’t be disappointed.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

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I’ve heard so many great things about this and know that this is a great brand. I recently colored my hair and need protection for my hair, especially since I wash my hair at the gym and need to blow dry it. This product promises to de-frizz, detangle, soften, silken and protects against heat/UV damage.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

Ulta Haul

This is a ride-or-die product to so many people and I thought it was time for me to find out why. I bought a travel size just to try out, and if it’s as magical as everyone says it is then I will definitely repurchase and let you guys know. This product promises to significantly reduce major signs of visible aging. I noticed in the ingredients list that there are some peptide ingredients, which is a good sign as peptides are great for anti-aging.

EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleaning Cloths

Ulta Haul

Who else hates cleaning their makeup brushes? It is one of my least favorite things to do. I have never tried this, but thought it was a great idea. You can quickly clean your brushes right after you use it. It’s the same thing as a makeup remover cloth but for your brushes. I will keep you guys updated to let you know if actually works in my April favorites.

We have come to an end with my haul! I’m excited to try all of these products, which are mostly all new to me. And as always, anything I love will be fully reviewed at the end of the month!

All the best,

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March Beauty Favorites

March Beauty Favorites

Believe it or not, March is coming to an end! How interesting is time. Some days, it can feel like it’s dragging, but when looking at the big picture, it always seems like it flies by!

This month, I don’t necessarily have anything new that I’ve bought to make it in my favorites list because I gave up buying makeup for lent (I know, crazy!!). Only one more week, and I can buy makeup again! But honestly, it’s been refreshing to not buy into my addiction. I can really rationalize it better now that I haven’t bought anything.

All of the items are things I’ve gravitated towards this month and have been loving. Some of them have become my holy-grail products and I know I will keep wearing them more in the coming months.

I’m pretty excited for April, I’m hoping for warmer days in Boston, which means more outdoor activities. 🙂 What are you guys excited for April?

Here are my March Beauty Favorites:

CoverFx Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight

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I’ve been using this under my foundations and it gives the most subtle, but beautiful glow. You may not like this if you have oily skin, but it gives you the most dewey skin. I love it because no matter what my skin always ends up looking dry after a few hours, and this one held up on me and made my skin look amazing. I haven’t tried it as a highlighter, but I’m sure it would work for that too. This was my first CoverFX product I’ve ever tried, and so far so good. I’m curious to try their other products. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them, so I’m sure they’ll be good purchses.

Collagen Eye Patch

march beauty favorites

I bought these on Amazon and I’ve been loving them. They seem to really work well on me, and I believe they were only $11 for a big package of them. They are made in Korea, so I can’t quite understand the ingredients, but I’ve had such good results with Korean skin-care that I was able to trust this one as well. Anything with Colagen will be helpful in preventive aging, if that’s your jam.

Hourglass Veil Primer

march beauty favorites

This was love at first application. I love how this makes my skin feel. I was initially scared because I’ve heard that it’s to control oily skin, which I don’t really have, so I thought this would work terribly on me. Quite the opposite, this works beautifully and I can’t wait to purchase more from this brand. This is actually also the first product I’ve tried form this brand, and again I am impressed. I love how this makes your skin feel and it’s not greasy or heavy. This will for sure become my go-to for many more months.

Dominique Cosmetics Latte Palette

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I’ve already written a detailed review on this palette, which you can check out here. I won’t repeat the same things, but I’ve been using this a lot and you can create such beautiful, easy looks with this. Bonus: it’s easy to travel with!

Deborah Lippman gel lab pro in Sweet Emotion

march beauty favorites

This was the first time I tried this brand (again!), and I am so impressed. This is the only nail polish you need in your life. This is meant to replicate a gel manicure, except you can take it off easily. It really does look like you got a gel manicure and lasts a little longer than a regular manicure. I love this because it saves you money in the long run, although this is a little more pricey than regular nail polish.

Tarte Fake Awake Eye Liner

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I love wearing this day-to-day for any look. It opens up your eyes and if you have small eyes, this is a perfect way to make them look bigger! Just apply it to your lower lash line, and you are good to go! This isn’t a new product, but it’s one of my ride-or-die products.

That’s all for my March favorites. I’m sure April will be a little more exciting after being able to purchase things I’ve been eyeing for the past few weeks. I can’t wait to share them with you all. 🙂

Until next time,

Ozzy

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The Best Foundations

Highly Rated Foundations | High-End vs. Drug Store

Today we’re talking about the two most hyped up foundations; both from the high end and the drug store side. I thought it would be interesting to know what the holy-grail of foundations from both ends are.

We will talk about durability, ease of use, coverage, packaging and price point.

The two that I mention are quite similar in their formula and is a good comparison if you are money conscious to be able to decide what makes most sense for your budget.

We’ll start with High-End:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

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This foundation has been a holy-grail to beauty gurus for many, many years. This was the ride-or-die foundation for a lot of people for many years, until the makeup industry blew up and now a new product seems to come out each week.

Packaging:

It’s packaging is old school, in that it doesn’t have a pump, and in my opinion, they seem to keep that to remind people that it’s been around for a long time. The brand itself has been around forever and it only makes sense that they perfected their foundation. I don’t love that it doesn’t have a pump, but at the same time, it doesn’t bother me too much. I know a lot of people are bothered by it since it can be hard to get the right amount out for use, but I tend to just gently get it out. I do know that if you want a pump for it, I believe MAC sells some that fits perfectly.

Durability:

It promises to have a 15-hour durability and is supposed to be lightweight. As far as the 15-hours, I do think it is long-wear without it looking cakey and gross at the end of the day. I tend to wear it from 7AM to 7PM, and by the end of the 12-hour day, it still looks as beautiful as when I first applied it. It certainly is lightweight and doesn’t feel like you are wearing too much makeup on your skin; it’s super comfortable. It wins a 10 out of 10 for me as far as durability.

Formula:

It’s more on the matte side of things, but my dry-skin people need not to worry, because that’s my skin type and I love this! I don’t think it’s drying at all and allows you to look like you have no makeup with it being lightweight. As far as what it feels like, it’s more liquid compared to other foundations, which seems like it wouldn’t be full coverage, but it sure is (whew, thank goodness!).

Price Point:

This is retailed at $37, which isn’t terrible for a high-end product. These days, foundations tend to be priced higher. I think you get a good use out of it and lasts a very long time, especially if you don’t wear foundation every day.

Overall, I love this foundation and it has been hyped up for many years for many good reasons. Honestly, I truly think this could be worn every day without any discomfort. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling gross after and I don’t break out either. Whenever I have an important event, I can trust to wear this with no problem and have my skin look flawless. It also looks absolutely gorgeous in pictures – double win!

Highly Rated Foundations

Drug-Store Highly Rated Foundation:

Maybelline Superstay 24-hour Wear

Best Foundations

This foundation is not even one year old yet. It came out last year and quickly became a favorite to many beauty YouTubers (gurus). When it first came out, you couldn’t even order it on Ulta’s website because it was sold out for so long. It didn’t come in the stores until much later. I ended up getting mine on Amazon and it took two months to come to me!! That’s how much it was hyped up. Everyone was trying to get their hands on this foundation.

Packaging:

The packaging is one of the easiest and sleek one’s I’ve encountered for foundations. This one does have a pump, which allows for a better ease of use. It’s light weight and you can bring it with you anywhere. I bring this one to the gym with me as it is the easiest to carry and can do my makeup with the least amount of time. For those of us who love cute packaging, this one is the most eye-catching in the drug-store.

Durability:

This promises to be a 24-hour wear, full-coverage, seamless matte finish breathless and comfortable to wear. I don’t understand why brands promise 24-hours, I get that it’s a marketing technique, but really who wears foundation for that long? Well… I guess maybe if you sleep with it… but you should never, ever do that to your beautiful skin! As much as foundation these days tend to be better for our skin, the best way to prevent breaking out is to let your skin be free.

I do notice that it does last a long time and is durable for my 12-hour wear. It looks as good as it did when I first apply it. As far as durability it wins a 9/10 for me.

Formula:

This one is also targeted towards a matte finish and it sure is what it promises to be! The first few times I wore it, I thought it was the most perfect matte, but recently I’ve found that it can be too drying, especially for someone who has dry/combination skin. I make sure to put on my Smashbox primer before applying this, and I would highly suggest you do the same or put any other moisturizing primer before you apply this. Also, another important suggestion is that you work this on your skin in sections. Since it is quite drying, it can end up looking patchy if you try to do your whole face at once. This foundation is a bit tricky to use at first, but once you follow all those steps, it’s bulletproof. The finish is amazing. I think many beauty gurus love it due to the finish which looks flawless.

Price Point:

Since this is from the drug store, as expected, this one is more on the affordable side. This one is retailed at $11. For the price point, I think it’s worth it. It’s currently my favorite foundation from the drug store.

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Comparison:

Comparing the two, I would choose the Estee Lauder one as its one that I don’t have to think too much about and know that it will have an amazing finish each time. If you have to budget and need something less expensive, the Maybelline Superstay is a great dupe for it, although having its differences. I think both are highly hyped up for good reasons and I will be using them for many months to come.

Comparting the two pictures, you can see that the drug-store one is a little more patchy and not as seamless as the first picture. But of course, that’s a bit expected with the price point.

Last important fact, both foundations do not offer SPF so make sure to apply some beforehand.

Until next time,

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February Beauty Favorites

February Beauty Favorites

Does anyone else feel like January was about 5 years long and February happened in the blink of an eye?!

It’s crazy to think it’ll be March this week. For me, I’m quite excited, because that means spring is close by for Boston!

I’m so ready for spring fashion and longer days (which has been making an appearance in Boston recently!).

In February, I discovered some great products and great inexpensive makeups and tools that I’m very excited to share with you guys!

Some of them, you may notice were from my Instagram stories, but I wanted to write an in depth review, so that you guys who don’t follow me there can get a better idea for the products.

FEBRUARY BEAUTY FAVORITES:

Revolution Concealer:

February Beauty Favorites

I feel that many beauty guru’s have been raving about this all over social media, and for good reasons too. This product is so creamy – I would imagine if I were to put butter under my eyes, this is what it would feel like – it’s that smooth. It does resemble the tarte shape concealer, but is only $7! This is all I’ve been using all month and I’m loving it. I didn’t notice any creasing and the coverage is great. For a drug-store/affordable brand this is for sure my favorite out of all of them.

Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette:

February Beauty Favorites

This was a love at first sight type of palette. I had no intentions to buy anything, and then this came into my sight and I had to have it. I mean can anyone go into Sephora without buying something? I tried the shade velvet and I knew I had to get it. I do think it’s a bit more on the pricey side of the spectrum, because you don’t get as many shades and it’s not a palette that’s versatile in that you can just use only that one for a full look. Regardless of all those facts, I love this because the pigmentation is sooooo DARN good. It is very bright, but the shades are at the same time, very wearable. If you wet your brush before dipping into the shimmer shades, it’s even more pigmented. I used this basically everyday this month and I can’t wait to create more looks with it.

Elf Heart Defensor Highlighter:

I believe this was a collab with a beauty guru, but I don’t remember who (if you remember, comment below!). This was $8 at Ulta, but for some reason it’s no longer available. I’m not really sure why they don’t have it, but this highlighter is gorgeous. I found it on Amazon, but it’s over-priced at $23.  The packaging makes it seem like it would be high end and expensive and it’s not. The mirror on it is great and usable. The pigmentation is amazing and probably the best highlighter for a drug-store brands.

Keune Gloss Spray:

February Beauty Favorites

I’m not sure about you guys, but whenever I use dry shampoo my hair gets too dry and doesn’t look nice. It tends to get clumpy and too dry. I’ve been using this gloss spray to add some shine into my hair to fix that problem. It’s made the biggest difference. I get to have my hair look like the first day after having it washed. It makes it look healthy and bouncy. It’s a game changer for me.

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Roller:

February Beauty Favorites

I wake up with puffy face and eyes almost each morning. I naturally have chubby cheeks and under eye bags, so it’s usually due to this, but I do notice if I drink too much coffee this also happens. This little tool has been a life saver. Jade is naturally cooling and apparently is a good tool to use before applying your makeup, which I haven’t tried yet. It doesn’t make the biggest difference, but like I’ve said I naturally wake up puffy, so this does help. I have yet to try this by putting it in the freezer, I think that will intensify the effect. Before this, I did the frozen spoon trick where I put two spoons in the freezer and put them under my eyes to lessen the puffiness (which works wonders!). Overall, I am happy with it, for it’s price point of $25, it works well.

Thanks for reading. 🙂 Let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comments!

xxoo,

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