Monday, April 1, 2013

What's New?

So I've been getting lots of new cosmetics lately since I've started my wild foray into crazy couponing! But before my coupon craze, I was drawn to a few products that I just HAD to have, and paid full price for! They have since become a staple in my daily beauty routine! Here's a look at what I've been using every day!

                                       COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
While I'm usually not a big fan of Covergirl products, I decided to try this one out after hearing a few good things whispered about on the web. I ran out to CVS and tried to pick the closest shade I could, and went right home to try it out!

First off, I was lucky to have picked a shade almost perfect for my skin which is 810 Classic Ivory. I have very pale skin, so I usually just start at the lightest shade and tweak it from there. It matches almost perfectly! It has a bit of a liquidy-texture, but the pump makes it quite easy to apply onto your skin or sponge. I use my fingertips to put this on, and then blend it out with a brush. You HAVE to work quickly, mind you, as this product dries very quickly!

Now the claim on this particular foundation is that it's a 3 in 1: Foundation, Concealer and Primer. I can tell you that I NEVER go without my primer, but for testing purposes, I decided to go without on this product. the results? It works! It really does stay on all day, and for me, that's about 10 hours. As for the "concealing" part of it, I'd say this is a medium-full coverage foundation, in the sense that just apply it doesn't conceal acne or dark circles, but it once you apply it, if you go back with a bit more of the foundation and dot-apply it where you need it and use a concealer brush to blend, it really will work well as a concealer!

My only concern with this foundation is that I absolutely would not recommend it for dry skin. I have combination skin that tends to get more dry in the winter and unless I keep my face perfectly moisturized, this stuff will grab onto every single fleck of dryness and magnify it x100. But I think it's the perfect foundation for summer as it won't sweat off and will help with excess oil. Not to mention it has SPF 20, always a benefit!


                                                     Coastal Scents 22 pc Brush Set



THIS PRODUCT!! If I could scream from the mountain tops about this brush set, I would do it! For about 1/3 of the price of the high end brand brush sets, this Coastal Scents set works just as well, if not better than my more expensive brushes!

Not only does it come in a very nice faux-leather brush roll, but the larger brushes also have protectors on them to keep from getting frayed or bent when the roll is closed. There's also a zipper pocket in the roll to hold sponges, tissues etc.

The larger brushes have a good "weight" to them and the bristles are very compact and dense. There are so many shadow brushes that you won't know what to do with them all! There are quite a few angled brushes, concealer brushes, smudge brushes...and even a big, glorious fan brush. If you're on a tight budget, but want quality, easy cleaning, powerhouse brushes for the cost of what one or two high-end brushes would cost, THIS is your set.


  Schwarzkopf Bonacure Hair Oil Potion


While I did not spend full price on these, I did win them in a contest on influenster.com and I was eager to try them after such a good experience with the Schwarzkopf Shampoo and Conditioner. This set was 2 full sized hair oils. One for normal hair and one for thick hair. I passed the thick hair bottle off to my roommate, as he has very thick, frizzy hair and is always looking for something to protect it during heat styling as well as keeping it smooth. The other bottle, I kept for myself to test out.

While I won't say that is is the best hair oil in the World when it comes to restoring your hair, it's an excellent finishing product. I do put some in my hair while it's wet, mostly at the ends as I'm still trying to repair my hair from a bad bleaching incident, and this stuff works excellent on split/dead/frizzy ends! I also like to put a little bit of this oil into my palms and smooth it over my hair once I am finished styling. It keeps fly-aways at bay, and gives a very nice scent and shine to the hair. I think this is going to be a great product for summer when my hair ets more dry and frizzy. I would definitely suggest grabbing a bottle of this if you're looking for something to help tame your hair without weighing it down. It's very lightweight and doesn't make your hair look greasy!

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