Beauty, Makeup

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!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

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!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Powder 

For some reason, my skin has started getting a bit oilier over the past few weeks after months of feeling really dry. I decided it might be time to try a powder with my makeup routine, and I wanted to see what was available at the drugstore. I ended up trying the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder. This product is available at Target and similar retailers for about $11.

First, I’ll just admit that this product did not live up to its claims. I feel like I’ve been disappointed with every makeup product I’ve used that was made specifically for people with acne-prone skin. They never really make my skin better but they do tend to dry the skin a bit and get rid of oil. Maybe there’s something about salicylic acid that impacts the texture of makeup.

I found that this makeup didn’t blend well and just kind of sat on top of the skin. The texture was awfully chalky which didn’t help when it came to blending. I have found that the best way to use this product is to just absorb a little oil by gently dabbing the product on to skin with a sponge. Applying a very small amount of product definitely works better in this case.

Have you used a drugstore powder that you loved? Be sure to let me know in the comments section! (Bonus points if you have acne-prone skin and it didn’t break you out!)

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I have been in the market for a new translucent setting powder for a while now. I’ve tried powders that looked white, tinted nude, and even lavender. I’ve tried loose powders and pressed powders. I’ve tried skipping powder and using setting sprays. Finally, after years of searching, I have found the perfect powder!!! I have finally tried this new (to me) holy grail product: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

This is the travel-sized container!

 

The travel-sized container that I bought was $23.00 for 0.33 oz. The full-sized version is $38 for a full ounce, which is a much better deal. Either way, though, it’s pretty expensive for a powder. However, it is well worth it! This powder is lightly tinted, so it doesn’t leave you looking pasty or ghostly like some white translucent  powders (although, keep in mind, I’m pretty pale – still, I haven’t had the best of luck with the MUFE version).

So, should you buy it?

Pros: The color blends well into the skin. The finish is flawless and does not look powdery at all! It blurs imperfections really well and sets the makeup in order to prevent it from migrating or melting throughout the day. This is absolutely what I’ve been looking for: a product that will enhance my makeup’s appearance and lasting power.

Cons: It’s pretty expensive. However, you don’t need to use much powder at once. In fact, the coverage is pretty surprising for a translucent powder. It really mutes the look of highlighter, blush, and bronzer, so I’ve found that I’ve been applying those with a heavier hand so that they still show up underneath this finishing powder.

The bottom line is…if you use powder, you need this in your life.

Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Huge Sephora Haul!

The Sephora semi-annual sale began yesterday (for VIB Rouge members – VIBs can shop today and everyone else can shop the sale Saturday through Wednesday). I decided to use this 15% off opportunity to stock up on skincare and other essentials rather than indulging in things with color like another pink lipstick or shimmery eyeshadow (I, for sure, have enough of those to last several lifetimes). So, I wanted to post a list of the things I bought since I hope to be reviewing them soon and I know other people are still finalizing their sale wish lists.

1. GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream from Origins

I got a sample of this product a while back. It really made me look more awake as it helped my dark undereye circles. It also moisturized well, and I love that it contains caffeine.

2. Detoxifying Black Cleanser from Boscia

I used to use this cleanser regularly. It heats up and contains charcoal, which is great for acne-prone skin. It helped my skin so much, but I stopped using it because the pump would get clogged and I’d have to unscrew the pump to get to the product. I’ve decided that the benefits to my skin outweigh that inconvenience.

3. AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel from Peter Thomas Roth

I’m excited to try this product. I hope it helps my hormonal acne since it contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinyl palmitate.

4. Mask-a-Holic Kit from Peter Thomas Roth

I am a sucker for a good face mask. I love them so much. They’re such an easy thing to do to feel pampered, and you can often see great skin results after just one use. I opted for this sampler pack because I’ve heard great things about all five of these masks but I’ve never tried any of them before.

5. Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie 

The old formulation of this moisturizer used to be my go-to moisturizer. It was perfect for my acne-prone combination skin because it moisturizes enough without me feeling greasy or oily and it did not cause breakouts. I hope little to nothing has changed with this new formulation. Fingers crossed!

6. Translucent Loose Setting Powder from Laura Mercier

I’ve been on a quest for a great setting powder, and I’ve heard great things about this one. So, I decided to give it a try.

7. Lash Building Primer from Clinique 

I have long lashes, but they are very thin and lackluster. I’ve been hoping that trying a primer before my mascara would help them look fuller and keep their curl better.

8. Maracuja Lip Exfoliant from Tarte

The key to perfect lipstick is having lips that are moisturized with no excess dry or dead skin. Using an exfoliant alongside lip balm every evening is a great way to prep your lips for the next day’s lip color.

9. All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray from Urban Decay

My bestie let me use her bottle of this setting spray for several days last week so that I could see if it worked for me before I made this purchase. I loved it! It really did make my makeup look better and last all day.

10. De-Slick Mattifying Powder from Urban Decay

I’ve been getting a bit oily in my t-zone recently, especially about half-way through my work day. I wanted to try this powder for touch-ups.

So, that was my huge Sephora haul! I’m looking forward to receiving and trying these products. They should be here by Monday or Tuesday (I prefer to shop online at Sephora because the online store has better freebies with each purchase than the physical stores). Also, I am now on a “no buy” phase for quite a while. I have so many products I already own that I’d like to review, so I am going to try to only buy new products when I have completely run out of the old products. I may actually have enough to last me until Sephora’s next semi-annual sale in November!