Nearly Naked is a dream come true

I bought this foundation shortly after I bought my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in hopes of finding a dupe that is easier on the pockets. Did I succeed? Absolutely.

Revlon nearly naked foundation

In all her glory…

 

Positives

This foundation is nothing short of amazing.  While it does not slide on as smoothly as the Bobbi Brown, it performs just as well in every other aspect and even supersedes its oil-control abilities.  It stays all day, even outside, even in considerable heat!  It is lightweight, buildable coverage at its finest.  Drugstore dupe for my favorite foundation, $9.99.  Being asked about my foundation routine in Sephora by the makeup consultants while wearing a $10 drugstore product? Priceless.  It photographs beautifully with no flashback, and works wonderfully with my milk of magnesia/aquaprime pre-foundation routine.

 

revlon nearly naked foundation

Cappuccino

Negatives

This foundation, being so lightweight, is a bit runnier than average.  Not a problem for me, but the lack of a pump or other more controlled dispenser opens the door for potential mess.

Verdict

This has to be the best foundation I have ever tried when you take both price and performance into account.  It is beautifully light with a buildable coverage that performs well on small breakouts.  Great for combination skin, and those without severe discoloration.

This product can be found at most drugstores for $9.99.  Cappuccino is a bit dark, but I prefer to go dark than lighter, and you can always blend with a lighter shade.

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Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation is worth every penny

bobbi brown skin foundation

Meet my Holy Grail Foundation

 

I have to tell you I am not a foundation girl.  I own only three, all of which I bought this summer, and I certainly don’t use them everyday.  Most often I dust some MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark and keep it moving.  This summer my t-zone has been the oiliest ever and I have had some breakouts, so I decided I needed something that looked like skin but did not make me oilier.  I wanted something light coverage, lightweight, and buildable.  I wanted something that looked like skin! And with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I have definitely finally found it.

bobbi brown skin foundation

Pump dispenser is ideal for portion control

Positives

The biggest plus for me is definitely that actually does look like skin.  It was love at first swatch in Sephora, and I immediate knew I had to have it.  When I say it “looks like skin,” I mean that it absorbs well enough to give coverage without the foundation texture that I hate.

The second most impressive quality is its oil control abilities.  Now I can’t say that this works alone to control oil, but it definitely does not add to the problem which is impressive because its a skin foundation that’s not really meant to mattify.  Incorporated into my foundation routine (which includes Aquaprime, Milk of Magnesia and Finishing powder) This performs beautifully.  It works especially beautifully with my MAC MSF powder to give an amazing, flawless finish.  People literally stop me in Sephora all the time to ask me what I use whenever I wear this holy grail product!

bobbi brown skin foundation

I use the Warm Walnut 6.5 shade

Negatives

The only negative is the price.  On a student’s budget I would never have been able to afford this, but I have recently graduated and thus come into some money (thanks friends and family!) so I was more than excited to splurge.

Verdict

This product is worth every penny and I will definitely be repurchasing.  I highly recommend this in a solid foundation routine for oily girls who don’t want to look cakey.  For dry skin, I imagine this performs like a dream.

Price: $47

Can be bought wherever Bobbi Brown cosmetics are sold.  I purchased mine in-store from Sephora.  With 20 shades, I am sure color matching will not be a problem for most.

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A Dry Hair Mask your tresses will drink right up!

Banana Dry Hair Mask

A Banana Smoothie for Your Hair

 

Dry hair comes with a slew of other problems: dullness, breakage, etc.  With Fall right around the corner, I know this is something a lot of us will be dealing with so I decided to do this post as a quick DIY tutorial for an all natural dry hair mask that will hydrate and moisturize those thirsty locks.

You will need

Banana, 1-2

Essential Oil of choice (I recommend olive oil or coconut oil), 1-2 tbsp

Egg, 1

Alfalfa Honey, 1/4 cup

Milk, 2 tbsp

 

Mix

Depending on the length of your hair mash 1-2 bananas together until you form a paste like consistency.  Add the egg, beaten, to the mix and stir. Then add the honey, oil and milk, mixing together until you get a thick paste consistency.  Do not beat the mixture, just stir.

Now you’re ready!

Apply the mask to your hair, and cover with a shower cap.  Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes, and then wash out using a cleansing conditioner!

 

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NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss

Feels like Butter

I have always loved butter. But, its kinda not-so-good for you as a food.  Imagine my excitement and delight when I stumbled upon yet another makeup “butter” product! These were part of my first ever NYX purchase, and I must say I am now a fan.  One month later and it’s still like the very first time with these bad boys, and so I had to share the love.

These have to be some of my favorite lip glosses EVER. And trust me, when it comes to lip gloss, I am a certified professional. I mean, my lip gloss has been poppin’ ever since grade school.  It all started with Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper, and it’s been true love.

Sidenote: How many of you remember lip smackers? How many of you loved the Dr. Pepper one? I have to admit, I still do.

Positives

These guys are just smooth.  Just. Like. Butter.  They almost melt into your lips stick without being sticky, and slip without being slippery.  I also love the sent which is shea buttery deliciousness in a subtle, but noticeable way.

Tiramisu is a gorgeous warm nude color that goes on really nicely.  It has a creamy coloring to it that adds a great icing on the cake effect to a nude lipstick.  I like to use over a matter lipstick, or use with a skintone lip liner.  It goes on nicely alone too but those are just my preferences.

Vanilla Cream Pie is a super cute pink color, that has a really impressive coloring to it.  It goes on with a translucent wash of color, but it gives a gorgeous flush to a naked lip.  I prefer using this without liner, and rarely use it over a lipstick.  It is a great go-to everyday gloss that’s super quick and easy since it performs so well on its own.

NYX Butter Gloss

Smells like (Shea) Butter

Verdict

These are must haves.  I cannot wait to add more shades to my collection, and I will definitely be looking into more NYX products as well.  Great for everyday, they are a busy girls dream.

 

What are your favorite NYX lip products? I am definitely up for some recommendations.

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Urban Decay YDK Eyeshadow Compact


Urban Decay YDK Eyeshadow Compact

Wow. Isn’t she lovely? Those high school photography classes sure paid off!  You Don’t Know!

Just kidding…half kidding.  While I am proud of this photo I took, the eyeshadow is the star of this post so I will reel it in.  YDK! Looked it up in Urban Dictionary, and apparently it stands for You Don’t Know! And apparently, this is “rudeboy speak” for “I agree with your sentiment and support it.”  A way of giving props. So. You Don’t Know, Urban Decay! You have done it again.

How do I LOVE thee? Let me count the ways.

 

Positives...

Sometimes, you find what you need looking for what you want.  I went to Sephora to buy the Naked 2 palette, and fell head over heels in love with the YDK eyeshadow.  As in, I HAD TO HAVE IT.  It’s a smooth, hyper pigmented, frosty brown taupe color that works beautifully as a tearduct highlight or all-over-the-lid color or under the lower lash line.  It’s just perfect.  PURRFICK. And I usually hate glitter.  Not this time.

It’s beautiful, and pigmeted, and catches the light with such incredible mesmerizing beauty…I just. Wow.

YDK Compact

 

Not-so-Positives…

Glitter=fall out.  And though this is one of the best glitter shadows I have ever worked with, it’s no exception to this all-to unfortunate rule.  That being said, I rarely have a problem unless applying to my tearduct where I tend to want a very precise application.  Otherwise, it’s a dream.

 

Urban Decay YDK

 

 

Verdict

It’s no secret Urban Decay is an eyeshadow authority. You Don’t Know! Now you do.  I would recommend this eyeshadow to my best friend, my mother, my sisters…anybody.  If I had a twin, I’d recommend it to her too.  Its just super versatile.  It can be downplayed for daywear and played up for nighttime.  Now. It’s not all that in swatch photos for some reason.  You gotta see it in person.  She’s just that type of gal.  But trust me. She’s so worth it.

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