Winter Skincare Essentials

Winter Skincare Essentials

Klorane eye care
net-a-porter.com

Clinique beauty product
$35 – stockmann.com

Rimmel makeup primer
$8.73 – very.co.uk

Slip Silk eye mask
$41 – net-a-porter.com

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5 Foundations that ACTUALLY cover your acne

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I’ve had my fair share of acne struggles since I was 14 and had a minefield in between my eyebrows. Through many phases of trial and error I have found some really great foundations; high end and drugstore that really do cover those pesky bumps. I feel like any tips I have picked up along the way should be shared because honestly, pimples are just the worst.

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1.Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay‑in‑Place Makeup $38.00

2.Revlon Color Stay Whipped Creme Makeup $12.99

3. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50 $38.00

4. Clinque Even Better Makeup SPF 15 $27.00

5. Kat Von D Lock-it Tatoo Foundation $35.00

My all time favorite is the Estée Lauder Makeup, it does not look caked on and when applied with a wet beauty blender it creates a flawless look, truly covering any redness or acne you may have. It also really does last all day, take it from someone who puts on her makeup at 7 am and doesn’t take it off until at least 7 pm.

Whats great about the It Cosmetics and Clinque foundations is that they have coverage as well as an SPF to help protect your skin. The Even Better foundation I have been wearing for years and has a great build-able coverage look, while still looking very natural. The It Cosmetics is a new discovery for me but a little bit will cover any mark you have on your face, who can complain about that?

Now, lets not forget about the Revlon Color Stay Whipped foundation. This was the first foundation I had ever tried and I’ve been repurchasing it ever since, it gives such a matte full coverage look and its half the price. I’ve had friends ask me why my skin looks so good while wearing this foundation! It’s definitely a staple in my collection. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend wearing it everyday would be that its pretty thick. That’s not to say that it feels heavy on the skin, but for me its more of a night out foundation or if I know I’ll need my makeup to hold up for 24 hours.

The Kat Von D foundation is very similar to the Revlon one in coverage and feel on the skin, however you will need way less, one pump of this pretty much covers my whole face and has great staying power.

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Outfit of the Day

Outfit of the Day

Daily Makeup Routine for the Office!

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Lorac Mega Prop Palette // Sephora Bronzer // Clinique Mineral Powder // NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer // Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm //NYX Powder Blush // Rimmel Fix and Perfect Base //Benefit thePOREfessional // Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfecting Makeup // NYX Eyeshadow Base // Beauty Blender

This makeup routine is pretty much what I’ve been doing everyday for the past year – only really substituting out a few products. When you find products you love, especially ones that can last through the workday and still look great for drinks afterwards, you should stick with it. Some of these products I have been loyal to for even longer than the past year and have lasted me up to 3 years, which sells me on any product because it saves you money!

The mineral powder from Clinique is no longer sold loose (which is what I have – purchased 5 years ago) but it still comes in pressed form! Its a redness solution powder which is what makes me really love it, I don’t necessarily get acne per se, but I do have the occasional spot and when I finish my makeup with this powder it just adds the finishing touch to concealing the spot and keeps you matte all day long. The Sephora bronzer I’ve had for about 4 years and it hasn’t run out, I love it, it does have a little bit of shimmer so I use it sparingly. I love the color and it has a really creamy formulation, I own it in the shade Anguilla.

As far as primers go, I have used the POREfessional from Benefit for the past year and don’t think I can live without it in my makeup routine, it really is worth all the hype! It not only smooths out your skin but it absorbs any oil and leaves your skin baby soft. I pair it with the Rimmel primer to give my skin a little bit more moisture so it has a more dewy look throughout the day.

My foundation, the Pore Refining Instant Perfecting Makeup (I know – it’s quite the name) has been a savior for my skin since I discovered it last summer. I was looking for a foundation to make my pores look smaller and also last all day without settling. I had also recently realized the wrinkles on my forehead and was looking for anything that could smooth out my skin! After researching and trying a bunch of samples I purchased this one, it’s only sold at Clinique counters and they don’t keep a lot in stock at a time. Personally, it seems that people just haven’t tried this out and that’s why they haven’t discovered its magical powers! It just has the ability to give me perfect skin without looking like I’m really wearing makeup, and that its EXACTLY what I want for an everyday foundation. For concealer I use the cult-favorite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade: Custard) , it’s so buttery and covers all my blemishes, I’m on the hunt for a cheaper alternative but as for now nothing compares. The best way I’ve found to blend my concealer and foundation is using a damp beauty blender, it gives you a flawless look!

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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

For my eyes I go natural but still incorporating a little but of shimmer, because well, I just can’t resist. I use the LORAC Mega Pro Palette everyday for all my eye shadow needs. For a day at work I normally do just a little bit of champagne shimmer all over my lid and then a light brown in the crease. Then I use my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper aka Black, which is the ONLY liner I’ve found to last all day and never falter. I finish off my eyes with my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Lastly, I swipe on my Revlon Lacquer balm in Demure, the perfect everyday nude and i’m out the door!

Do you have any suggestions of products that last through the work day? Comment and tell me!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo

Product Spotlight: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balm

When this came out a year ago I was DYING to get my hands on it and try it out, I had used cleansing oils before and really like them but something about this just seemed easier to use and intriguing. However, because it was a little pricey – for a broke college student, I decided to wait to try it.

After purchasing it at the beginning of this summer I can say that it’s honestly as amazing as everyone says it is! Much like a cleansing oil in effectiveness but I have an easier time using it because it’s not slipping through my fingers when I transfer it to my face. The consistency freaked me out a little when I first started using it because its literally an equivalent to Crisco but it actually works beautifully.

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This product is easily an all in one essential that I would recommend to add to anyone’s skincare routine, it eliminates the need for cleaners! I have sensitive skin, that’s acne prone and my skin has never broken out from this product. I also tend to get oil build up and since using this have noticed my face isn’t as oily throughout the day – my skin has just responded so positively to this product I cannot think of using anything else to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin! It’s like every lazy girls dream! You just take a dab in your hand massage it on your eyes and face and bam – you’re done!

Click here to buy this amazing product – the reviews don’t lie!

Happy Reading!

Maura xoxo