I LOVE Purell Naturals!!

I carry hand sanitizer with ne wherever I go. With all the sickness going around, keeping clean hands is a must!

Most hand sanitizers are quick to dry out my hands, but this one doesn’t. A BIG plus! And the pump. OMG. I honestly didn’t think having a pump would be that big of a deal, but after using it, there’s no turning back. It distributes just the right amount and you can easily turn the pump to a locked position to prevent leakage.

It smells amazing and is the perfect size to throw in a diaper bag or purse. 

I highly recommend giving this one a try! 

This product was received complimentary for reviewing purposes. 

What are your favorite sanitizing products?

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder – Review

OMG! This powder is amazing! I use it over my Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation. Listed below are some powder pros and cons.

Loreal Powder

Pros

  • Great coverage with not a lot of product. That’s always a plus! I hate running out of powder, but it doesn’t look like I will anytime soon.
  • Glides on smooth over foundation and blends easily.
  • Great color selection.
  • High quality powder at an affordable price.
  • Lasts all day and all night with no touch-ups!

Cons

  • To be completely honest, there are no cons with this powder. It is an amazing and affordable product!

I recommend this product to anyone. You will not be disappointed!

Have you tried this powder? What are your thoughts about it? Love it or hate it?

Be sure to read my review of the Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation!

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Review

I recently purchased Loreal’s Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation as well as the Infallible Pro-Matte Powder and I absolutely love it. I was definitely pleased from the start and this foundation stands up to the test of time. Listed below are the pros and cons of the foundation.

Loreal Foundation

When this foundation says it lasts…it REALLY lasts!!

Pros

  • It really does last 24 hours with NO touch-ups. Color doesn’t fade or look tired. (Side note…I’m a singer/musician, as well as the choir leader at my church, and had a late gig one Saturday night. I wore this foundation along with the powder and never had to touch it up during the gig. When I got home, I was too tired to do anything but go to bed, (and I know you aren’t supposed to do this, but…) so I slept in my makeup! *gasp* The next morning when I got up for church, my makeup still looked very fresh, so I went with it! No one knew that it was the makeup from the night before. Sorry. Not sorry.)
  • Color selection is excellent. I have fair skin and the Natural Ivory matched perfectly.
  • Goes on smooth and blends very easily.
  • Matte Finish
  • Excellent coverage with not a lot of product. It provides medium coverage that is buildable if desired.

Cons

  • I use shimmery eye shadows. Where this is a matte foundation, it does take away some of the shimmer I am used to getting when I use other foundations as an eye shadow base/primer. I thoroughly enjoy shimmery eyeshadows, so this is a downer for me.
  • Makes dramatic eye shadow colors not true to their color. Shades appear lighter than what they actually are, so you typically have to apply a little more.

* I will more than likely begin using a different primer for my eyelids to rectify this problem.

Overall this foundation is great and I highly recommend it to anyone!

Be sure to check out my review for the Infallible Pro-Matte Powder!

Have you used this foundation? What are your thoughts? Do you love it or hate it? Would you try it?

Lazy Day Tips!

We all have them. Those lazy days where you don’t feel like doing much of anything or are in a hurry to get to work or an appointment. I’ve compiled a short list of tips for those lazy days!

  1. Use a light moisturizer. This will help eliminate dry spots resulting in a brighter and more healthy looking complexion.
  2. Dab on a little concealer under the eyes and on problem areas.
  3. Apply powder alone. I know it’s scary if you’re used to using both liquid foundation and a powder, but be brave! Use a little more powder on your forehead and cheeks.
  4. Apply a peachy colored blush and a bronzer to give a nice glow. This too will help brighten your complexion.
  5. Throw on a coat or two of mascara and some tinted lip balm and you are ready to go!

I know the holidays are busy for everyone! I have been using this lazy day routine quite a bit over the holidays! I hope these tips help you!

I would love to hear from you. What is your lazy day beauty routine?

Thanks! Happy Holidays!

Makeup Review! – Ready Set Gorgeous!

I recently purchased CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous liquid foundation, as well as the powder foundation. I loved it!

Foundation

I love to try new things and I am definitely happy I tried this foundation. Here are a few pros and cons to help you decide if this makeup is right for you!

Pros:

  • Good Coverage! It gives light to medium coverage depending on how you apply it.
  • Lightweight feel. This foundation does not feel heavy on your face or get cakey!
  • Lasts all day. I’m pretty picky about the lasting power of my foundation, and I was pleasantly surprised with this one.
  • You can wear this WITHOUT powder. I do recommend at the very least dusting a powder on your face to help with shine, but this works good enough all by itself!

Cons:

  • I wish there was a shade a little bit closer to my natural skin tone. Don’t get me wrong, this shade matches well, but I have to be careful when I’m applying the foundation and powder together to achieve a medium coverage. It runs just a little bit dark. I bought the creamy natural this time, but will probably go a little lighter the next.

This foundation is great! It’s inexpensive, gives good coverage, and lasts. I recommend it!

Powder Foundation

I love this powder! I use it over my foundation to provide extra coverage, but it gives enough coverage for a ‘natural’ day to use alone!

Pros:

  • Lightweight and Blendable
  • Good Coverage
  • Can Wear Alone. (Apply moisturizer first. It blends more easily if you do!)
  • Lasts a decent amount of time. As long as you don’t touch your face throughout the day, this will last all day with just a few minor touch ups.

Cons:

  • I do wish the powder foundation could last just a little bit longer, but I think I’m living in a dream world!
  • I would love it more if it had a little more coverage. The coverage is really good as is, but it would make it the best if it had slightly more!

This is a great and inexpensive powder and/or foundation. I definitely recommend it!

I’d love to hear about your experiences with this foundation! Have you tried it? Did you like it? Hate it? Would you buy it again?

Get This Look!

I like some versatility with my makeup. I want something that will work for the day and through the night!

Here is a list of the products I used to achieve this look…

  • Wet N Wild COVERALL Cover Stick – Light
  • CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation and Powder – Creamy Natural
  • Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush – Pearlescent Pink
  • Sally Girl Eyeshadow – Champagne
  • Mary Kay Mineral Eyeshadow – Sweet Plum
  • Jordana Easyliner Eyeliner – Black
  • CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara – Black
  • E.L.F. Studio Eyebrow Kit
  • E.L.F. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder – Warm Tan

Follow these steps to achieve this look! It’s super simple and is versatile enough to work for all occasions!

1. Start with a light oil-free moisturizer. Apply concealer under eyes and over any problem areas.

2. Apply foundation using fingertips or sponge.

3. Use a powder brush to lightly dust on powder. For more coverage, use a sponge applicator for powder.

4. Apply blush. Use more or less depending on your preference.

5. Apply your highlighter shade of eyeshadow all over the eye and brow bone. Don’t forget to apply in the inner corners of the eyes so that it brightens your eyes!

6. Next, apply your darker shade(s) of eyeshadow in the crease!

7. For the eyeliner, a thin line on the upper lashline works great to add a dramatic or natural effect. It works great for either. If you prefer a more dramatic look, you may wish to apply a thicker line of eyeliner.

8. Now, Apply your bronzer. I choose to do apply my bronzer at this time because I don’t like having a brush close to my eyes after I apply mascara. Sweep a little on your forehead, cheeks, and nose for a glowing effect.

9. Apply mascara. It only takes two coats for me to be satisfied with my lashes for a normal outing, but for a larger occasion I use about three coats. Apply to upper and lower lash lines.

10. Throw on some lip gloss and you are ready to go!

NOTE: I use the E.L.F studio eyebrow kit. If you are one of the lucky ones who have beautiful and thick eyebrows, you can of course skip this step. If you have thin, light eyebrows, this product works great and is inexpensive!

I hope these tips help and I would love to hear what you tried! Did this work for you?

Be Fabulous!

Top 10 Skin Care and Make-up Tips For Winter

Winter is here! I absolutely love watching the snow and sipping my coffee…and by sipping, I mean chugging the whole pot. Yes, I love my coffee. And winter. When winter arrives, it’s also a great reminder to change-up your skin care and make-up routine and products to protect your skin as much as possible. I have comprised a list of what I believe to be the best make-up tips for winter.

1.  MOISTURIZE. Your skin will naturally become dry during this time of year, so use a light moisturizer (or heavy depending on your level of dryness) at night and under your make-up in the morning. Your make-up will go on smoothly and you won’t get those flakes around your dryer areas, which can make the process of applying foundation a nightmare.

2. I have normal/combination skin. If you have oily skin or dry patches, don’t be afraid to exfoliate (follow with a moisturizer). It will help to get the dry skin off of your face. I personally recommend St. Ives Blemish Control face wash. It helps my occasional breakouts and isn’t too harsh on my skin. If you are sensitive to an exfoliant, I would recommend using a cream cleanser like Noxema.

3.  Even though winter is here, using less foundation is still ok! A light layer of a good foundation will go a long way. Loreal’s True Match is amazing and it has an SPF. Coverage is light to medium, but buildable, and the only foundation I’ve found that matches my skin perfectly. Also, it doesn’t cause breakouts…so that’s great!

4.  A good powder is a must. I use Loreal’s True Match powder as well. It blends very well and helps with the coverage. Typically, if I use a light layer of foundation, I use a little more powder to achieve the amount of coverage I need. Plus, it helps to set your foundation and gives a good base for color.

5.  Don’t be afraid of COLOR!!! Now is the perfect time to try out those reds that have been sitting in your cosmetics case! Red lips never hurt anyone! Deep browns/blues for the eyes. I do recommend if you are going for a bold look on the lips, go neutral on the eyes. Gold, silver, white, etc. You don’t want to overdo it!

6.  Take care of those chapped lips. Chapstick works great, but it’s important to exfoliate and moisturize your lips too! Mary Kay has an awesome satin lips set that I’m sure anyone would fall in love with.

7.  Be bold with the eyes. I love the sultry look on eyes. Deep browns and navy blues, and sparkling charcoal add a little extra oomph for the eyes! Just like I recommended with the lips…if you are going with a bold eye, do a nude-ish lip color.

8.  Stay hydrated. Your skin (and your body) will thank you for it. Plain ‘ol water does the body good.

9.  Take your make-up off EVERY night. Use a good eye makeup remover first. I actually found an inexpensive one that I adore. It is the family dollar version of Neutrogena’s eye makeup remover. It is amazing and takes off every last stitch of mascara…AND is super gentle. Use your face wash of choice and follow it up with a moisturizer. Have I emphasized enough how important a moisturizer is this time of year?

10.  Eat healthy foods. Just do it. What we eat can affect how our skin looks, which ultimately is the base for our makeup altogether. I know with Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners coming up, it will be hard; but try out some healthy options. You won’t be sorry!

I hope these tips help you make it through winter! I’d love to hear from you…things you’ve tried and what worked or didn’t! Stay warm and keep you and your skin healthy!