The Waterproof Makeup Challenge Part 1

Boyfriend and I are going with a large group to a waterpark next weekend. Hopefully my Book of the Month box comes by then as I am in need of something to read by the pool. I love the site, but the tracking they use in incredibly inefficient. It does not give me an estimated delivery date, just states where it’s been. And there hasn’t been any updated tracking information since THURSDAY! Come on. I really don’t believe that there hasn’t been an update. And I really don’t give a rats ass where my product has been – I just want to know when I am going to get it.

Anyways, so waterpark. Since I am that girl who always wants a full face (I like makeup, ok) I have been on the hunt for products that won’t make me look like a villain from Supernatural after getting dunked by a waterslide.

So of course I went to Sephora the other day and spent way too much money. I might as well have a direct deposit type situation with the store, as it gets most of my spending money anyway. I picked up a few products that advertised their waterproofness – foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, setting spray. I figured my usual powder highlighter didn’t matter that much if it wore off, and since there were no face primers specially labeled as waterproof, I just went with a full size of the Smashbox one I’ve gone through so many samples of.

I definitely needed to test these products before the main event. The last thing I want is to be super confident in my look then end up with mascara everywhere. I’ve worn the look a few days this week just to see if it was long lasting in general (news flash – it was) and tomorrow I plan on doing a splash test to see what happens when my face gets covered in water.

The waterproof foundation I chose was the Urban Decay All Nighter. Guys, this is probably the best foundation I have ever used in my entire life.

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The coverage is AMAZING. The packaging states that there is no need to apply multiple coats or build your coverage, and they’re right. With only a thin layer everything on my face is so smooth, even hiding the breakout I had going on the first day I wore this. The only place where it isn’t perfect is the scar I have next to my lip, and nothing covers that right. Also, there is next to no fading, even after I was out in the sun most of the day at my friend’s cookout last weekend. Towards the end of the day there is some slight show through of the redness of my nose (thank you allergies), but you can really only see this if you’re up close. If I stand far enough away from the mirror as I would from the average person it still looks as good when I’m getting ready to take it off as it did when I put it on. No other foundation has ever lasted this long on my face without some serious fading. I don’t know if I just now have the perfect combination of primer, foundation, and setting spray or if it’s the foundation all by itself, but this product is almost definitely going to be a regular in my rotation.

The only thing I will say is that there is some oxidation. I recommend testing the product and leaving it on for several minutes before you determine which is the best shade for you. This is probably not a good buy it online foundation.

I’ll reveal the rest of the products I got when I share the results of my splash test, and I’ll be sure to post before and after pictures of whether or not it makes it through the waterpark.

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July Sephora Play! Box

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Of course my first post back would be the monthly Sephora Play! This box was not as exciting as past ones. And mine has been coming late the last couple of months. That makes me sad. And I saw online that others got a Boscia mask that I wanted to try and it did not come in my box. Grr. Oh well. So here’s what I ended up with.

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara – win. I’m always looking for new mascara samples and it’s a product that I really don’t like spending money on.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask – Promises to soothe and hydrate skin. I was looking at this at Sephora a few weeks ago so I’m definitely interested in this.

Madame C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque – wow that is a long name. And I have never heard of this brand before. So we’ll see how this goes.

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Woppin Watermelon – I got a few chubby sticks a couple months ago and was not impressed with the color payoff. But this is an interesting color and the formula is good for summer.

Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream – what even is this product?

Guerlain Mon Guerlain – not sure how I feel about this

The theme of this box is supposed to all be summer products. It lives up to the goal, I’m just not excited about any of the products. Have you used any of them before? What do you think?

I’m Baaaccckkk!!

I just really needed to take time off of this for a little while. I started a new job a few months ago that is super demanding, and I needed time to get a routine going. Between work, hobbies, and my blog I was drained all the time. Plus Boyfriend and I have been trying to eat healthier, so cooking and researching new foods and recipes has been a lot as well. 

But I have lots of great stuff planned. I have lots of fun things to review, books to discuss, recipes to share, and all that jazz. Plus I thought of another series. I’m going to check out a bunch of subscription boxes and see which are worth it. I’ll sign up for a few months, get and review a few boxes, then decide if I want to keep going to cancel the box. I’m hopefully moving in a few months, and don’t want to sign up for too many more till after the move so I don’t have to worry about updating addresses. So for now we’ll just have to stick with the few I already subscribe to. But in the meantime I’m researching which ones I should check out first. So let me know if you have any great ideas! I’m looking into makeup, clothes, books, food, just about anything. 

Until next time! Hopefully soon!

Follower Milestone!

A few days ago I awoke to the notification that I had hit 100 followers on this blog! I know this doesn’t seem like many, especially in comparison with all of those bloggers who have thousands. But this is a big deal to me. I started this blog as a hobby, a way to get my ya-yas out because most of those I encounter in my daily life don’t care nearly as much about makeup and fashion as I do. And because I have a full time job, part time job, two dogs to take care of, a boyfriend, and a social life, I don’t get to spend as much time on here as I originally planned. So the fact that there are actually 100 people who care enough about what I have to say to hit the follow button….that’s amazing.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is…..thanks!

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New Product Alert – Too Faced Natural Love Palette

I’m just going to preface this by saying that I will not be buying this palette, but only because I have put myself on a palette spending freeze. I just have too many.

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But if you either don’t have a natural palette, are looking for another natural palette, or just don’t care how many palettes you have, this one is for you. The Too Faced Natural Love palette releases this Thursday on TooFaced.com, and brings you 30 “naturally gorgeous eyeshadows”. The colors look amazing, and give a good variety. I’m going to assume you can create natural and bold looks with this one. Too Faced also always delivers great quality (with the exception of the Chocolate Chip palettes, which I heard were just bad).

Also, look at that packaging. Damn that is gorgeous.

So run out and pick this one up on Thursday, ladies. If I didn’t already have so many, you know I would!

February Sephora Play Box

Since it’s the last day of February, I figured I should finally drop what I got in my Sephora Play! box, just in case you all haven’t seen it on a hundred other bloggers’ pages. Sorry it took me so long; I’ve been super busy and then last week I had other stuff I thought was more important.

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Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer: I’m always looking for another moisturizer.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake: I’ve been using lip gloss more the past few weeks than I have been over the last couple of years, so this is cool. The idea that it’s supposed to visibly plump lips is a little weird to me, as I have never used a product that did that. I don’t know if it will work on my though – they say you should use it consistently for 30 days for best results, and I don’t use anything that often.

Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew: I love love love love love Bite Beauty products, so I will always welcome another one from them. The only downside is that for me this is pretty much just another lipstick. I no longer use product on my cheeks and I don’t like cream on my eyes. Plus the idea of using a product on my eyes or cheeks and then turning around and putting it on my lips grosses me out. One body part per product please. The color is pretty though.

Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara: I love the fact that every month or two you get another mascara in your Play box. Since I don’t wear that much of it, I haven’t actually had to buy mascara since I started subscribing. And I get to try different ones!

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: My new 5:30 am wake up time has me trying eye creams lately. I got a sample of this recently from Sephora and I really liked it. Glad to have a deluxe one now.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino – I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but whatever.

What products have you tried yet? What are your favorites?

 

Breaking the Shopaholic

I have mentioned in a few of my posts lately my desire to pare down my makeup collection a bit. Or at least focus on more important things. I get up around 5:30 every morning and am in a rush to get out of the house as quickly as possible, so I am not spending nearly as much time on my routine as I am used to. I have too many eyeshadow palettes, and I have thrown out the majority of my face makeup. Now I really want to focus on skincare. If I could get to the point where I wear no face makeup, or at least very minimal, and just worry about my eyes and lips every morning that would be perfect. So I need to up my skincare game.

I also have more clothes than I need. WAY more. A couple years ago I did this project where I didn’t buy clothes for a year. I could probably easily do that again. Not easily emotionally, but easily as in I need nothing.

And with boyfriend and I buying a house here very soon, I think I need to focus on paying down debt, not buying new things.

So I am saying here now that I, Echo, and reforming my shopaholic ways. I am going to start shopping less and spending more wisely. I’m keeping my Sephora play subscription though, so I will still have lots of products to talk about.

Wish me luck guys!

P.S. The picture all the way at the top is not mine. I got it from Google images, and I believe it belongs to the people who make Gossip Girl. 

5 Days 5 Looks – Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

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When I got this palette I was super excited. I am obsessed with just about everything Urban Decay comes out with for the Naked line (excluding the Flushed blushes, as I have up cheek makeup except highlighter), and I thought the idea of doing a pretty much exclusively matte (just the one highlight color has a semi-shimmer, the rest are matte) palette was brilliant. I ordered it the day it was released and took pics the second it came out of the box. And that’s where the excitement ended. And that’s where the excitement ended. Most of the shades are sheer and very nude. I know that buying a palette called Naked and being disappointed in it being mostly nude shades seems like a dumb thing, but none of the other Naked palettes are like this; they’re all neutral shades that can give a massive impact.

I used it for about a week and have barely touched it since. So when my mom and I were at Sephora a couple weekends ago and she expressed interest in the palette, I told her she could just have mine next time I see her. Since I have an excessive amount of palettes and was just thinking recently how I need to go on a spending freeze until I use up pretty much all of them, this just helps me out as well.

Before I handed it over, I decided that I should do a 5 Days 5 Looks with it, just to make sure I was alright with giving it up. Most of the looks are pretty boring, as I was just uninspired by the palette. Also my hair is awful in multiple pictures because it was a rough week of unloading boxes in a warehouse.

Day 1

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This day I purposely did wear something very nude, as there was a lip shade from the Vice lip palette I hadn’t tried yet calling my name, and I always wear nude shadow when trying a new lipstick in case the color ends up being super bright. I don’t want to go to work feeling like a clown. There is a slightly different nude shade in the crease for definition, and a gold eyeliner on my lower lash line for shimmer. I also used the same color as a highlight all week as it’s the only shade in the palette that’s any good for a highlight.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Nudie
Crease – Commando

Day 2

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For this the eyeshadow got a little heavy, and the smudge under my eye got a little crazy and gave me a bit of raccoon eye. Thankfully this pic makes it look a little better, but I was really not loving this throughout the day. I had been running late to work that morning and just did not have the proper time to fix it. I basically just blended a lighter shade into the crease to soften the edges a bit.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Magnet
Crease – Faith

Day 3

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This time I went with nude because I wanted to focus on a trick with eyeliner I was trying. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as planned. I did a blue on the inner half of my eye and a navy on the outer half. It ended up so that it was impossible to tell there were two different colors unless you were right up on it. Next time I will have to try colors that are not so like each other.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid –  Pre-Game
Outer Corner – Lookout

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This time I went with a color that was just not nude enough to be interesting. I liked it, but not enough to make it worth the palette. There’s the gold on my lower lid again. I’m kind of disappointed in that eyeliner so I’m trying to use it up. You will probably be seeing it a lot.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Tempted
Crease – Instinct

Day 5

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This is the only color from the palette that I really love. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I was just in a hurry to take pictures before a lunch plan that I had, and then forgot until after I took my makeup off for the night that I had wanted to try and take more. Oh well. Also this liner color is worthless compared to Blackout, which comes in several other UD sets.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Lethal
Liner – Blackjack

See what I mean? Uninspired. Momma can definitely have this one.

Who else has this palette. What do you think of it?

Favorite Designer Spotlight – Christian Siriano

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I have been a fan of his since I was in high school and he was on one of the earlier seasons on Project Runway. Even though editing made him into a character (it happens to the best contestants on everything) his talent really showed through.

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Also, I was inspired by how young he was – 21 at the season finale. Considering that I was only 16 at the time, it made me think that I could be an awesome fashion designer by the time I was fully an adult.

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We all know how that worked out though. After three years of design school I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided the business of fashion was better for me and switched majors. Now I’m an Assistant Buyer and I’m in love with my job. So it all worked out in the end.

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But just look at how great this stuff is!

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The thing I love about him is the fact that his clothing is actually that dreaded word, which I don’t understand why is an insult in the fashion industry, wearable. I’d rather have fashion I could actually wear rather than just pretty stuff to look at.

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He also has a line for Payless Shoes. Which means that there are actually things of his I could afford.

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Do you see why he’s my favorite?

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All photos from Vogue Runway.

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My Clean Face Movement

I LOVE makeup and all things beauty. I love skincare, doing my makeup, buying beauty products, checking out reviews, reading blogs, and researching new looks on Instagram. But some of those looks, while gorgeous, to me just look fake. I don’t see how someone can go about their daily life with that much crap on their face. I’m talking the people who have matte foundation, powder, color corrector and concealer, full contour, blush, bronzer, and highlight. All this on top of an eye look and lipstick. Yeah those pics look insanely gorgeousand that skin appears flawless, but I always feel that they would look a little weird off camera. 

Even my toned down version seemed like a lot to me. I would do foundation, conceal problem areas, light blush, bronzer, and highlighter. And when I would look at myself in the mirror with my face, eyes, and lips done, it started to look like I was wearing a lot of makeup. The last thing I wanted to look was like my face was suffocating. 

Now, I am a huge fan of doing your makeup how you want to do it and not like someone else tells you to. If you want to wear every product in Sephora on your face, go for it. But I got tired of the over abundance. So this morning I chucked all my blushes and bronzers straight into the trash. Blush was a product I took a while to figure out anyway, and it never fully felt like me. I even tossed my color corrector and concealer. If I can’t cover it with foundation then too bad. People have flaws; big deal. 

My new routine is just foundation with a little highlighter for a slightly dewy glow. This feels so much lighter and looks way more real for work. When I have less products on my skin, I feel like I can put more boldness into my eye and lip looks for work. Maybe one day I’ll think about bringing bronzer back into the game. But as for blush, pretty sure that’s gone forever.