I am not sure how many of you are like me but I LOVE watching YouTube videos. We have the Google chrome deal so when I am getting ready, I often put a YT video on my iPad and send it to the TV in our bedroom so I can watch/listen while I get ready. The upside to this is that I've definitely learned SO much about make-up and beauty products, but the downside is that I have purchased WAYYYYY too many products that I didn't love. I've discovered that my skin type is not like a lot of these YouTubers - some that I watch have beautiful, naturally flawless skin & that is totally not what I have... (but I still love their videos!).
Also, I fall into marketing traps SO much where I believe what the packaging says like "leaves flawless finish"... ha!!
So, I have HUNDREDS of products... and I wanted to share a few HITS & MISSES. I tried to narrow it down between 8-10 of each.
Before I jump in, let me get this out there - my skin is normally very oily. (Much drier now that I finished accutane.) I still have scarring, hyper pigmentation, etc. so I still prefer full coverage. My skin's texture is much better after accutane, however, it is not flawless. (insert crying emoji.) And my pores have improved quite a bit, but they are still present so I'm all about trying to hide those.
I'll start of with the MISSES:
What I expected? I thought it would reallly 'minimize the appearance of pores'. I thought I'd give it a try now that accutane is done and my pores are smaller - but no, it does not help hide pores!! It didn't make any different in the texture of my skin either.
What I recommend for hiding pores: Smashbox Primer (I don't use the pore targeted primer they have though, just the basic!)
What I expected? I thought this product would seriously make my eyelashes look like fake lashes. Truthfully, my L'Oreal Double Extend makes them look 50% bigger & longer than this product. (Double Extend is the one I use in all of my makeup tutorials.)
What I expected? I was thinking that it really would wear for 16-24 hours & be medium coverage-- and be matte. It didn't cover much at all - it was super runny (even after shaking it) and just looked terrible on my skin. Also, it was not matte.
What I recommend: Revlon Color Stay Foundation (it's a drug store foundation for oily skin that is long wear w/full coverage!)
4. NYX Wonderstick (for contouring & highlighting)
What I expected? I thought it would be a neat, clean way to contour my face. I thought it would show up and blend easily. Sadly, it didn't really even show up- and when I did blend it, it went away completely.
What I recommend for contouring: a contouring brush (I use THIS one) & a contour kit (I use this one.)
What I expected? Well, accutane drains you of oil & you have to drink SO much water. Unforatuntly, while on the medication, I got dark circles around my eyes & bags. :( I have been trying EVERY under-eye concealer that has great reviews and this one seemed popular. However, the formula was SUPER thick. Even my damp beauty blender could not make it look natural. If I used my damp BB on it too much - it was not full coverage anymore.
What I recommend for dark circles? I just sampled THIS concealer and prefer it (I'll be purchasing it when I finish the sample!) The formula is not as thick but is full coverage and definitely helps SO much. (I also swear by THIS stick for under the eye - I re-purchase it every time it runs out.. I think it is what brightens my under eye area!)
What I expected? It claims to hydrate skin throughout the day (like a lasting look of hydration). TBH, it did nada. Nothing. I had high expectations - however, I prefer my MAC Fix+ -- I even have the travel size of this because I use it in 3 different steps during my makeup application. (My latest Makeup routine video is HERE.)
What I expected? Ulta says this will "blend effortlessly for a flawless, fade proof finish." Again, I was not impressed. It made me look dirty - it was far from fade proof for me! I think contouring is such a tricky thing that you need to invest into products that work with your skin.
What I expected? It says you can build this blush without having heavy coverage - but it never shows up on my skin! I've noticed that many of the products from the Mineralize line are not effective for my skin though. I love the colors available in this blush - I have "Petal Powder" & "Warm Soul" - both are beautiful but they just are not pigmented enough for my skin.
What blush I recommend: I love Bobbi Brown blush - they show up with a quick swipe and are build-able if necessary. They blend easily too. If you like a blush that REALLY shows up - THIS one is so good (pricy tho!)
What I expected? It claims to erase appearance of dark circles and minimize bags... it didn't do either for me! It also did not make the under eye area radiant. I was so disappointed bc SO many YouTuber's rave ab it - and it is inexpensive - I was not impressed.
(Read #5 for what works for under my eyes.)
Woohoo, times for HITS!
I think this one is SO good for the money - I keep it in my purse at all times. Soemtimes eyeshade gets on my eyelashes and they don't look black so I put this one on!
I mainly love the brush on this mascara. Its really good if your eyelashes get clumped together - this brush is good for brushing them back out. :) (When I use my high end mascara - I use this one after to break up clumps of lashes.)
I love the primer end of this one. If you build it up- your eyelashes will be SOOO long and so beautiful.
Okay, this color is SO pretty! This blush shows up beautifully and can be layered for more color.
Ahh... I feel like I need to hide after recommending this one because... it is $80. I just wanted to try it.. the price point had me curious but honestly - it is gorgeous. It's build-able coverage - but it looks like your skin. (i.e. it does not look cake or make-up-y.) If I had a better skin texture - I think this foundation would really make my skin look flawless.
Okay, first of all, I love this brush for cleaning my contour up.. I dip it in my Laura Mercier Powder after I've contours to clean it up! I don't like it w/a contour shade though because that makes it harder to blend. Personally, I love this brush - but it's one that you don't absolutely have to have- does that make sense?!?! If you love brushes though - you will like this one!
If you love Kim K's eyebrows.. or Olivia Culpo.. or okay most celebs right now - if you like their eyebrows you need these stencils! I bought them 2 years ago and I still use them! You start off w/one that fits your brows (like maybe the petite size) and then you learn to let them grow into larger stencils. I have a feeling this may sound confusing but I promise - these are so good. It helps you fill your eyebrows in appropriately - so that they aren't too thin or too thick in the wrong places- and it also helps you find the correct spot for your arch.
I own SOOO many brushes - from all different price points. However, this one is around $10 - and is a favorite of mine. I think its good for blending under the eyes or for cream contour! It doesn't eat up your product, but blends it in beautifully.
I'm not convinced that any primer can really blur anything or make you flawless, but I really, really love this one! I remember almost 2 years ago when I met Caitlin (@cmcoving) she had sampled it and said it was good. So I got a sample and loved it -- but it is kind of pricy so I avoided it! Recently, I decided to try it again and I can't help but like it! However, for the money - I think you could just use THIS one.
That is it! Would love to hear some products that you really love or really dislike! I'm all about trying new things -- also if you have one you'd like to see a review on - let me know!!
My latest Makeup Routine is HERE.