Buying Lately: Makeup Edition

I have been on such a beauty buying kick lately. I think this happens every year right before my birthday - ahh the joys of aging. I got some splurges and some cheapies and I will share them all right here.

Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect (Target, $12)
I purchased this out of laziness when my normal Makeup Forever HD foundation ran out. I was at Target and googling what a dupe would be since I didn't know the next time I would be at Sephora. Well I purchased natural beige and it was way too dark for my skin. So I can't be too fair in it's review since I did make sure to stop at Sephora the next day! That being said the consistency seemed a bit thinner than the MFHD but the way lower price point will have me giving it another try.
Verdict: Buy correct shade and reassess.
NARS Albatross Blush (Sephora, $30)
I had watched a YouTube video where the girl used this like a highlighter after contouring her face. She sprayed a fan brush with water and then lightly swept this blush onto her cheekbones and forehead. It leaves a really nice dewy golden sheen.
Verdict: Love
Anastasia Contour Cream Kit (Light) (Sephora, $40)
I really wanted to start using a kit to highlight and contour my face. I purchased the cream kit as opposed to powder because my skin runs on the dry side. While I do like this kit I have to admit (and my husband would roll his eyes in agreement) it takes me a lot longer to put on my makeup. With cream a little goes a long way so it's a lot of applying and blending. I think it is probably a little advanced for a beginner HAC but I am starting to get the hang of it.
Verdict: Liking but definite learning curve
This was my first ever e.l.f purchase and I have to say for $3 I really like this brush. It's too small for the highlighting and contouring portion but it's perfect for the nose.
Verdict: It's $3 - love!


I actually bought the pressed version of this but can't find a link to it. I bought this because the girl at Sephora told me I should get the Laura Mercier version but I was feeling cheap. haha Honestly I have no idea if this really does anything but since I am using a cream I thought it would help my makeup stay put.
Verdict: Ehh I don't know if it actually works
My sister works for bareMinerals corporate and I strong armed her into buying me my birthday gift early. :) Ahh the power of sisters! What's nice about this brush is it's super compact and easy to blend my makeup. I use it for contouring my cheekbones and really love it!
Verdict: Love

I wanted this to be amazing and transforming but really it's a lot of bark and not a lot of bite. Womp, womp.
Verdict: Skip it


Basically what this tells me is that I have been buying way too much makeup! Tell me what is your favorite can't live without it product?


9 comments

  1. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is my absolute favorite! Highly recommend if you haven’t tried it yet! :)

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  2. Love how we both did makeup posts the same day! Haha. But NARS highlighters are seriously the best!

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  3. If I had to pick one makeup item to keep for the rest of my life it would be MAC select cover up. It comes in a teeny tube and is like a concealer-foundation combo miracle. It also actually comes in a shade pale enough for me so that's a big deal. I don't like all over foundation, I'm a concealer only type of girl and it's the perfect just-where-you-need-it product because it looks just like skin.

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  4. I love these posts and finding new beauty items to try! I've been curious about the Revlon Photoready. I've been seeing it on blogs lately!

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  5. I love that ELF powder to set my concealer. It definitely works for me!

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  6. Yes to elf brushes! I just bought my first ones and I think I need more!

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  7. Some must haves of mine are Real Techniques brushes, Sonia Kashuk perfecting luminous foundation, and the Urban Decay Naked palettes! I've been wanting to get my hands on a contour kit from Anastasia! Maybe I'll make a quick trip to Ulta this weekend... ;)

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  8. I love hate these posts. I feel the need to run out and buy everything, and I just don't wear makeup all that often because I'm lazy. I just have a ton. oops.

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  9. I use the Laura Mercier translucent powder & love it but I feel like I run through it too quickly. I pulled the Elf powder (loose version) out & LOVE the way it makes my skin look throughout the day. I do have oily/combo skin so I think that helps make it not look powdery. If your skin is dry, try a make-up spray before foundation & after you use the powder. I always love loose powders versus compacts.

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