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Sunday Vlog: November Favorites!

Today’s Sunday Vlog is all about the things I’m loving in November:

These are the products mentioned in today’s video:

NARS Orgasm Infatuation Palette ($42)

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation ($8)

Pacifica Himalayan Patchouli Berry Perfumed Hair & Body Mist ($8.50)

Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara ($29)

Anne Klein Ellery Embellished Suede Wedge Heels ($90)

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty ($15 – or free at your local library!)

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Burt’s Bees BB Cream

There are days when I just don’t want to wear a heavy, full-coverage foundation. On these days, I try to use a BB Cream which has more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. BB Creams typically have some skincare benefits in addition to their color, and they almost always have some SPF too. Recently, I was able to try the Burt’s Bees BB Cream, which costs about $15 at Target and similar retailers.

Now, this one only comes in three shades, which is a bummer: light, light/medium, and medium. At first, I went for the light one because I’m pretty pale and typically can’t use anything that remotely resembles a medium shade. When I used the light version of this product, I thought the product was awful. It appeared to be the appropriate shade for a ghost and just wouldn’t blend in! However, after I’d given up on this product, I read several posts from other bloggers about how the light/medium shade just seems like a completely different product and is perfect for even very pale gals like me. So, I gave it another shot and bought the light/medium, and I’m so glad I did!

The light/medium version looks seamless once blended into my skin. Coverage-wise, it’s a light coverage that’s buildable to almost a medium coverage. It does a fantastic job at evening out my skintone, but it won’t cover my blemishes (I still need a concealer for that!) It also has some sun protection at 15 SPF and a bit of moisturizer worked in there.

The finish of this product is pretty great too. It’s hydrating enough that my skin doesn’t look dry, but it’s not so hydrating that I look oily or excessively dewy. I love that it’s a semi-matte finish. Honestly, I often don’t even need a finishing powder with it.

Overall, I’m so glad I gave this one another try. This BB cream is nourishing, has great coverage for this type of product, is affordable, and is 98.9% natural. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this shade!

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La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation

Foundation makes or breaks the overall look of your makeup. It is the base for everything else. A good foundation will smooth everything and cover minor (or major) flaws. A bad foundation will separate and pill and leave you looking splotchy the later into the day that you get. Recently, I was sent a deluxe sample of the La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation. This product is sold at Nordstrom and similar retailers for $195 (not a typo – just insanely expensive!) for just one ounce of product.

At such a staggering price, I would have expected this product to perform actual miracles on my skin. But the results were literally worse than an $8 bottle of something from Maybelline. I think the best way to describe this foundation is that it was extremely wet. I had a sample that was big enough for maybe 3 or 4 days of wear, but I definitely tried to extend it at first by just using a little bit of the foundation. Still, even with just a thin layer, my skin felt immediately really wet and it never dried down. It just kept getting worse throughout the day and I felt so oily. After maybe three hours, the foundation had separated so much that I looked extremely blotchy. Every single day, I had the same experience. The first day, I wore the foundation on its own, but the subsequent days, I used a variety of finishing powders to combat the oiliness (and none of them helped). To add insult to injury, I was starting to break out pretty bad by the third day too (and it cleared up after a few days of not wearing this foundation).

Now, my skin can get occasionally oily depending on the season, but it’s typically very combination. Because of this, I feel like maybe this foundation would only be appropriate for those with exceptionally dry skin. It’s advertised as being for all skin types though, which I just don’t think is true. I hate to bash a product so completely, but this is one of the worst foundations I’ve tried and I’m just astounded by how a product can be so expensive and so terrible at the same time. Still, it looks like it’s getting great reviews from other people, so maybe my sample was bad or it just performs better on skin that is super parched.

Have you tried this foundation or anything else from La Prairie? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale!

Surprise! You won’t have to wait until November to get up to 20% off at Sephora – the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale begins today for Rouge members!

Rouge members need to use the code “YESROUGE” to get 20% off from 8/24-9/3.

VIB members need to use the code “YESVIB” to get 15% off from 8/30-9/3.

Beauty Insiders need to use the code “YESINSIDER” to get 10% off from 8/30-9/3.

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Here are my top picks for things to purchase in the sale:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette – $42

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick – $28

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara – $24

Dior Backstage Foundation – $40

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – $46

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – $38

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – $54

Sephora Collection Ready to Roll Brush Set – $70

So, are you participating in this sale? What are you excited to buy? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dior Backstage Foundation

The holy grail of foundations is both lightweight and high-coverage. I would love to someday find a foundation that just makes my skin look perfect without being super obvious that I’m wearing foundation. While that’s still not something that I’ve found, I have found something pretty darn close: the Dior Backstage Foundation. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for just $40. I recently received the cutest little sample, and I’m very impressed!

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Compared to other luxury foundations, this one is practically a bargain! It also comes in 40 shades, which is a great variety. I’m so glad that foundations are becoming more and more inclusive. Also, fun fact: this is the foundation that Meghan Markle wore to the royal wedding!!

This foundation is so lightweight and blendable, but it is also very medium coverage. I was impressed by the opacity for something so weightless. It won’t cover a ginormous breakout, but it will even out the skintone and hide minor imperfections.

Regarding the finish, it is matte without being dull. I like this because it seems to work well when my skin is feeling dry and when it’s feeling oily. Like most people, my skin changes with the seasons, so I appreciate how versatile this foundation appears to be.

Also, I love that I need so little of this foundation to cover up. My teeny tiny sample is still going strong after more than two weeks of applications. I can’t imagine how long a full-sized bottle will last, but I suspect I will not be disappointed after this experience. I definitely plan on purchasing this one in the next Sephora Rouge sale (starting August 24th!).

Have you tried this one? What did you think? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation 

Summer is in full swing, and with this extreme heat has come a change in my skin texture. Every year, it seems like my skin gets very dry in the winter and very oily in the summer, and this year has been no different. As I’ve worked to keep the oil at bay, I’ve found a new favorite powder foundation: the Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $40.

I don’t always love powder foundations – they often look cakey and the powder can settle into pores and fine lines. Some also tend to wash me out, which sucks since I’m already so pale. Thankfully, this powder performs like a dream. The texture is very fine, which makes it feel very lightweight. It also applies very smoothly and seems to instantly blur my imperfections. The shade range includes the shade “light” which matches my skin tone perfectly.

This is actually a relatively hydrating powder, which is one of the reasons that I think it balances my skin out so well. The powder absorbs the oil, but the hydrating quality (caused by the aloe ingredient) prevents the product from settling too much and looking overly noticeable.

The coverage of this product is also fantastic. I can’t believe how much one swipe can cover. Occasionally, I use this over a lightweight foundation, but it also works really well by itself. I find that most powder foundations really can’t stand on their own, but this one truly does what it’s supposed to do.

I have no regrets about this purchase, and I definitely plan to repurchase when I’ve used this one up!

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite powder foundation? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil 

For my skin texture, a finishing powder is pretty much always needed to complete my makeup looks. At times, when my skin is a bit dry, I reach for a light translucent powder. But when my skin is a bit oilier (during spring and summer), I’ve noticed that a pressed powder locks things in place better. Since it’s that time of year, I decided to find a new pressed powder to try, and I ended up getting the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil. This powder costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I’ve always had good luck with the Bare Minerals brand, which is why I wanted to try another of their products. However, I was a bit concerned that the shade range is limited for this product. There are only four shades, and the lightest one offered is called, “Light/Medium.” My skin tone is closer to Fair/Light and I’ve never been close to Medium in my whole life, so I wasn’t sure if this one would even work for me. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that it is the perfect shade and blends in so well with my existing foundations.

I’ve been so impressed by how well this powder works. It keeps oil at bay for the entire day. I very rarely feel the need to touch up my makeup in the bathroom at work because this powder definitely helps extend the wear of my foundation and concealer too. In fact, I’ll often go a whole 8+ hour work day without touching up anything but my lipstick. I love how this powder locks everything in place without looking heavy or cakey. It doesn’t seem to settle into any lines or pores, and it creates this great, smooth skin surface.

Overall, I’ve been so pleased with this product. It performs well, looks great on the skin, and seems to blur my imperfections. The moment I start hitting pan on this product, I’m for sure going to buy a backup. This is one of the best pressed powders I’ve ever tried, and I highly recommend it!

Have you tried this product or do you have a different favorite pressed powder? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick 

I’m not a huge fan of stick foundations, but they really seem to be trending right now. Because of this, I wanted to try another one and I picked up the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. This product retails for only $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

One issue I have with most stick foundations is that they feel kind of dry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this product. This was a very nice cream consistency. It covered things really well, even my icky acne, so that was also pretty impressive. I will admit that pairing it with a finishing powder will definitely help the lasting power, but that it usually true of most foundations.

Because of the thick consistency, I’ve found that I mostly prefer to use this product as a concealer. It works so well to cover flaws without looking cakey or overly obvious. Also, I have the shade “Intense Ivory” and it seems to blend really well with all of my other foundations when I use it as a concealer. In fact, the blendability is a huge plus in general for this product! Whether you’re using it as a concealer or foundation, it seems to just melt into the skin and instantly improve a complexion.

For the price, this is a huge bargain, especially if you use it as a concealer. It will last for soooo long! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when I run out because it’s become quite the staple in my makeup routine. This is another fantastic Clinique product!

Do you have a stick foundation that you like? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation  

I ran out of my beloved Make Up For Ever foundation recently, so I decided to purchase a new medium-to-full coverage foundation. As I was browsing Sephora’s website, I saw that Sunday Riley has actually released their first foundation. Sunday Riley is a skincare company that has definitely achieved cult status for their amazing products. I was so intrigued that I got the new Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation in the Sephora sale. This foundation retails for $42 at Sephora.

Recently, my skin has been a bit oilier than usual, and this foundation has been amazing at combating that. This foundation has a pump that administers the foundation as a liquid. The consistency of the liquid is very medium – it’s neither thick (which can be difficult to blend) or watery (which rarely provides decent coverage). Like most foundations, a beauty blender or sponge will help with the application. However, I was amazed that one pump of this product could cover my entire face so well. There’s no need to layer with this one. It covers all redness and most acne and leaves a gorgeous satin-matte finish, which I love because it keeps my oiliness at bay without looking too matte or cakey.

The coverage is fantastic. It can be built up easily to a full-coverage, and even with only one layer, I don’t have to use nearly as much concealer as I used to. The lasting power is also fantastic, and I don’t have to touch up at work as long as I’ve used a finishing powder with it. I definitely think I’ve found my new favorite foundation! Yes, $42 is kind of high for 1.08 oz of product, but this one is worth every penny to me.

The range of shades for this product is also pretty expansive. There are 20 shades to choose from in their color spectrum. I’m very fair and I use the second lightest shade – 110 (for very fair skin with pink undertones).

This product works so well for my combination/oily skin, but I imagine that it wouldn’t perform as well with dry skin. The matte finish does feel a bit drying, which has worked well for me, but I would proceed with extreme caution if you already have dry skin. If you do decide to still try it because you like the finish and coverage, you might have to pair it with a very moisturizing primer if you already have dry skin.

Since Sunday Riley is a skincare company, of course they’ve packed this product with good-for-you ingredients too. This includes Canadian willow herb, northern truffle extract, and bisabolo. It’s also cruelty free!

I’m so impressed with this product! Have you had a chance to try it? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 

Beauty Blenders have a cult following, and for good reason, but the $20 price tag can feel steep, especially when you have to repurchase every few months. I thought I would try a less expensive sponge to see how the results compare, so I picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $5. I spent about $8 for one that came with a case.

This product claims that you can use it both wet and dry, but like a beauty blender, it really does work better when it’s slightly damp. I will say that it does a good job, although it’s not as good as a beauty blender. Even when damp, the sponge feels a bit more stiff than I’d like, but I do like that it isn’t completely egg-shaped. It has several different edges to choose from that can fit in any contour of the face.

Overall, I really liked this sponge. While it doesn’t work as well as a beauty blender, I was still impressed. It’s about a fourth of the cost but works almost as well, and I think I’m going to be buying these from now on instead.

Have you tried a sponge other than the beauty blender? What are your thoughts? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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