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Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation – Review Time

I’m pretty loyal to foundation. Once I find something I like, I tend to stick to it. However, after going through 3 or 4 bottles of Covergirl Healthy Vitalist formula, I got an itch to switch things up a bit.

During my blog hiatus I tried the Colourpop foundation and that was an epic fail. I should review it, but I disposed of that bottle after a few uses, so don’t think it would be fair to write a review from memory.

However, I did come across Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation while in Walmart one day and I remembered it got really good reviews back when it debuted in the beginning of the year. Yes, I know that I am late to the game, but I actually think my review might actually hold more merit considering that all the hype has died down and other beauty bloggers are reviewing #451 foundation that came out this year.

At least that’s what I am telling myself as I write this. 😉

First things first, I have to cover the packaging of this foundation. It is truly top notch. The bottle is glass and sleek and has a nice weight to it. My first impression is that this costs more than the $12 I paid just by the look and feel of it.

When you twist open the top, out pops a rather large doe foot applicator, similar to what you would find in a concealer. I know that some bloggers thought it was unhygienic to apply the product straight to your face from the tube using the applicator, but honestly, it doesn’t bother me.

I often use my fingers to smooth foundation over my face in a rush, so it would be hypocritical of me to check off points for that. Besides, I’ve been using the foundation for a month now and other than one zit along my jaw line which I attribute to my period, my face has been quite clear.

I have always struggled with color matching, but I picked a winner because LN3 matches my fair complexion perfectly. I am going to be honest and say that I really didn’t see a whole lot of color selection on the display case so that is quite disappointing because I really like this foundation.

It claims to have 20 SPF, which is awesome, and to be full coverage , but I would say it’s medium to full if you build it up. Its definitely not a matte foundation, so if that’s your thing, stay away as I would put this in the glowy category.

Which is fine by me because I HATE matte foundations. This foundation melded right into my skin and with one layer evened out my skin tone while still letting my freckles peek through. It doesn’t sink into any of my fine lines or pores, however, I do usually use a primer before applying.

Also, it’s holds pretty well throughout the day. I have an oily T-zone and although I do blot when necessary, it’s not an oil slick in any way. I would definitely suggest to set your face when using this foundation.

If I had one major complaint, it would be the scent. I have no idea why, but I pick up on a faint syrupy smell. I don’t know if I just got a weird bottle or what, but that throws me off a bit until I get used to the scent.

Anyone else feel like eating pancakes after using Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

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Besame Cosmetics

Besame Infinity Stones Rollerball Lip Gloss – Review Time

I don’t know if you all have picked up on my obsession with Marvel (ahem… Agent Carter, anyone?), but I tend to geek out over anything comic book related. Combine Marvel with makeup and it’s like the stars have aligned in the most magical way possible.

So when I saw that Besame had a discount code on their Infinity Stone Rollerball lip glosses, I was sold.

Truth be told, I don’t recall a whole lot of hype around them when they first came out and at first thought I can see why. They are super cool to look at, but they are all basically a colorless lip gloss. Spending $35 on something you can easily pick up at the drugstore for much less sounds a little more sane.

However, I don’t buy Besame makeup just because I need a new blush or lipstick , I buy it for the story and experience behind the products. So I really didn’t need much of a push to hit submit on my purchase.

The actual lip gloss itself is fine. As I mentioned, they are all clear and each one has a distinctive scent to it although very faint and nothing like the artificial fruit scents those roller balls I used to use in middle school had. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Also, the formula itself is lovely. It’s a thick oil base that nicely coats the lips. It does have a heaviness to it, but I don’t mind it. I also like that the roller ball doesn’t dump a whole lot of shine all at once, so you have the ability to go with a soft natural shine or full out gloss if you want with a few more layers. It’s not super long lasting, so you might want to throw it in your purse on your way out the door to reapply.

Which is fine, because much like all Besame products the packaging is where it’s at and you are going to want to show this one off. Housed in a clear, long glass tube with both Besame and Marvel logos on it, the design is supposed to resemble a lava lamp from the 70’s. If you tilt the tube from one end to the other, you actually do see a bubble slowly make its way up and down.

I could honestly see myself following that little bubble up and down during one of my endless conference calls at work.

There are six colors to choose from and I don’t need all 6 so I will definitely give some out to my girlfriends to enjoy.

This might even be a cute stocking stuffer for Christmas! Just break the set apart and you have 6 gifts!

UPDATE: Besame just released a code on the Infinity Stone Rollerballs!!! Use code Infinity9 at checkout and you can get the entire set for $9. That is a Steal!!!

I am affiliated with Besame Cosmetics, so if you want to purchase the Infinity Stones Rollerballs or any other products, feel free to use my link by clicking here. Keep in mind, I do make make a slight commission if you buy anything.

So who is your favorite Marvel character? I’m a total Cap Girl and it breaks my heart that Chris Evans will be stepping down from the role after the next Infinity War movie, but my love will go on.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Burt's Bees Beauty · Uncategorized

Beauty Steals and Deals – Burt’s Bees Beauty on Ibotta

So I am perusing the Ibotta app today to see if I can save some money on groceries, when I come across some rebates for Burt’s Bees Beauty.

Hello Savings!!

If you don’t know what Ibotta is, it’s a savings app that lets you select rebates at certain stores and all you have to do is scan your receipt when you finished shopping and, usually, a few hours later, the money you saved gets banked.

Once you have $20, you can request to have the funds transferred to your PayPal account. It’s really easy and since I started, I have saved $147 to date.

As I was saying, I was checking the rebates at Walmart and I come across some really nice money savers for Burt’s Bees Beauty products.

I am definitely going to check out some fall berry colored lipstick shades. I find that this formula is creamy, pigmented and really comfortable to wear. If you sometimes struggle with the drying effects of liquid lipsticks, this is a nice change.

Will also stock up on their Nourshing Mascara. I really liked this formula. It lifted and curled my lashes without any clumping. I will say the wand has rubber bristles, which can be a little pokey, so you have to be careful, however, seeing that you have to change up your mascara every few months, saving some cash helps.

I never tried their blush, but I remember Kathleen Lights raved about them for a while, so now might be a good time to see if they are any good.

Same goes for this Cheek and Lio stick, which I always going into with raised eyebrows, but I’m still intrigued. Might not be such a blow knowing that I didn’t pay full price.

If you want to check out Ibotta, feel free to use my referral code below when you signup.

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Anyone else have any other deals and steals to share? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Colourpop · Uncategorized

Colourpop x Kathleen Lights The Zodiac Palette – Review Time

So yeah… it’s been 5 months!

Where have I been, you ask?

Basically, things got crazy at work and life got interrupted and I wasn’t able to post for about a month. Nothing dramatic, but for a while I was like, if I return will anyone even read my blog? And I kind of felt a little scared about that, but then I was like, “Maritza, you love this! Don’t give up! Even if the only one reading this is your mother.”

So I’m back.

See… nothing dramatic.

Anyways, I think that for my first post since my hiatus, I wanted to review something that I really LOVE. Yeah, this may be a little old news considering that these days new products are being rolled out by the hour. However, if you are like me, sometimes you sit on a purchase for a while because you either don’t have the money at the time or you are kind of waiting for the hype to die down to see if it’s something you really want because you are actually going to use it or something that you are buying just because it’s new and everyone and their mother is buying it.

Know what I mean?

The good news, I didn’t actually buy the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac palette. It was birthday gift from my dear friend Janet, but I was planning to buy it once the hype died down.

Funny enough, one of the reasons I kind of hesitated initially was that I didn’t get the color story. I know that the color choices are driven by the zodiac, but for that reason I felt it was kind of all over the place. Also, it didn’t help that it follows the zodiac signs chronologically from left to right and sometimes the color lineup made it difficult for me to create a look.

I need a palette that almost lets me paint by numbers. Know what I mean?

However, when I put brush to hand, my eyes were immediately driven to the upper right quadrant. I love pinky, mauve tones and I knew that I could create a simple, yet smoky look, by using those four colors.

Sure enough, when I started breaking down the palette, I realized that this was easier than I thought. Maybe I’m getting better at this whole eyeshadow thing or maybe there is a weird connection between all the signs, but I suddenly started creating looks that work!

Not only was the right upper quadrant speaking to me, but I dove right in to the left upper quadrant and it’s fiery tones. Then I headed to the lower left quad and was like, “Yeah… date night!

I’m not really a fan of blue shadows overall so other than swatching them, I really haven’t played with them, but I imagine that you can create a nice, sexy look by using the last row.

For that matter, you can go left to right on any of the rows and achieve a beautiful look.

Seriously the possibilities are endless.

So color stories aside, do the shadows perform well? Yes, but not all are built the same.

The shimmers are all good and I generally don’t have any complaints, other than they can all benefit from some setting spray, which I do about 99% of the time with any shimmer.

The mattes can be hit or miss though and will require a little build up on some. The Libra and The Virgo performed beautifully. However, The Sagittarius and The Aquarius are a little patchy. Not too upset about the The Aquarius being that way, but as a purple lover, a little disappointed that The Sagittarius fell through in pigment. Don’t be deceived by the swatch above, it falls apart when you start blending.

Other than those performance issues, for $16, I feel like this is a great addition to any collection. The color selection can carry you from season to season quite nicely, which makes it a great investment.

So tell me… what’s your sign and did you like the palette?

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza