Laura Mercier Loose Powder: Is It Worth It?

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to talk about a big-ticket item that a lot of beauty gurus rely on as a staple product in their collection. It feels like I can’t go on YouTube without someone mentioning the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder ($38). During the Sephora VIB Sale last November I picked up a jar of this powder along with the Laura Mercier Velour Puff ($15). After trying it for several months I think I’m finally ready to give my verdict on this product.

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Glossier: Product Reviews

If you’ve been part of the internet beauty world, you’ve probably heard of the brand Glossier. The first time I heard about it was on one of emilynoel83’s favorite videos. I’ve admired the products from afar for a long time, and on cyber Monday I took advantage of their 20% off deal and picked up a few products! This is my first experience with this brand, so keep reading if you’re curious!

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Anastasia Moonchild Glow Kit: Review

If there’s one thing my friends know about me it’s that I love the moon. If there’s another thing people know it’s that I love makeup. So when I found out Anastasia had come out with a funky highlight palette called the Moonchild Glow Kit I knew I had to have it. But I also love a good deal, so I held out until cyber Monday to pick it up. Now that I’ve got it in my hands, I can review it for all of you!

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Reviews: Beauty Blender & Revlon Colorstay Foundation

Hey everyone! Today is a two-for-one post: I’ll be reviewing two products at the same time, since in my mind these two are kind of connected! I’ll be talking about the Beauty Blender and Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Normal skin! Click through to read more!

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Quick Tips: Oil Control Routine

This is just a quick post to help out the gals with oily T-Zones out there! If you’re tired of waking up with super oily skin or you have an event where you’d like to be a little less oily for, check out this one small step to add to your skin care routine!

I talked about the Sephora Sleeping Mask in a recent haul post and said that I was generally enjoying it, but I needed more time to make a decision. Well, I’ve made a decision. I LOVE the Sephora Sleeping Masks. My favorite is still pearl, but I picked up rose and green tea just for kicks. I wasn’t expecting much out of them beyond being good moisturizers, but the green tea mask blew me away.

The green tea mask claims to be a mattifying and purifying mask. I’m not sure about purifying, but it sure does mattify like nobody’s business. The first time I used it, I slathered in all over my face and went to sleep. I woke up with super matte skin everywhere, which is a weird feeling for a generally oily human. It really really worked, and I wasn’t expecting it at all. While it sounds like a good thing, I’m not a huge fan of having matte-feeling skin all over my face. My T-Zone is always in need of oil control, but the rest of my face dries out super easily, so I try to keep it moisturized and don’t overuse mattifying products on it.

So, here’s my routine for days when I want to keep my oiliness in control and make my makeup last a little longer!

The night before I do a little multi-masking. If you’ve never heard of multi-masking, don’t worry. Up until a year ago neither had I. Then Sephora sent me an email and my immediate thought was, “This is bullshit. You’re just trying to make me buy more masks.” And while I think I was right about trying to sell me stuff, multi-masking is not as much bullshit as I previously thought. I like to put the green tea sleeping mask just on my nose, between my brows, and chin; just the areas where I get super oily. On the rest of my face I’ll put something super moisturizing, either just my regular moisturizer or another hydrating sleeping mask (I like the pearl and rose Sephora ones and I’ve also been experimenting with Peter Thomas Roth cucumber and rose masks). Then I’ll wait for the masks to set a little before I go to bed.

In the morning I start by wiping off the excess mask using some micellar water on a cotton pad. Then I’ll go in with primers. Yes, plural. Just like multi-masking, I’m now into multi-priming. I’ll use Nivea Men’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm all over my face to plump up my skin and make my foundation stick a little better. Then I’ll go in with Monistat Anti-Chaffing gel just on the same areas where I put the green tea mask the night before. Then I’ll put on my favorite long-wearing foundation, usually the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, but recently I’ve been experimenting with the Revlon Colorstay (more to come on this after I’ve tested it out some more). Once I’ve done all my base makeup, I set my T-Zone with Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder.

I find that this routine give me the absolute best wear time on my base makeup and keeps me looking less oily and feeling better all day long.

What are your favorite oil-control products? Let me know in the comments below!

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My Favorite Beauty Gurus

Whether you’re new to makeup or you’re an old pro, it’s always fun to watch videos or read articles by fellow makeup lovers. Here’s a list of my favorite gurus and a little blurb about them! All blogs/channel names are links to the websites themselves.

Temptalia

So I don’t read Temptalia religiously, but she still belongs on this list. I pretty much use this blog as a go-to for products I’m considering buying or new products I’m curious about. She seems to have all the latest products and does the most thorough reviews I’ve ever seen. She includes dupes and rates products on a wide variety of characteristics. I can’t recommend her enough. Keep her in mind next time you want a thorough review of a product.

Tati (GlamLifeGuru)

Tati is a controversial beauty guru to love, but I don’t care. While I don’t buy into a lot of her “firming” products and she definitely loves some gimmicky products, I still love watching her channel. She’s also gotten some flack for her “WTF” series where she tests out obscenely expensive beauty products from the likes of La Mer and La Prairie; people think she’s flaunting her money and success. I see it another way though! Those are products that I would never ever buy on my own, but I have a kind of morbid curiosity about whether or not these products are worth the money. Tati gives me the satisfaction of a good review without spending any of my own money. She also posts every weekday, which means I always have something new to watch by her.

Jaclyn Hill

Another controversial figure. Jaclyn got a lot of heat for the quality of the eye shadows in her Becca collaboration palette, though I personally don’t blame her for that; she doesn’t really make the formulation decisions, that’s on Becca. But anyway, I don’t watch all of her videos, because all of them are like 25 minutes long and a lot of them are tutorial type things and honestly, ain’t nobody got time for that. She’s definitely an all over the place kind of person and she tends to ramble a lot, but when I have the time and I’m in the right mood, she can be fun to watch.

Grav3yardgirl

In the same vein of super hyper, easily distracted vloggers is Bunny Meyer aka Grav3yardgirl. Again, I have to be in a certain mood to watch Bunny, but I don’t find her as grating as I can find Jaclyn. I don’t really watch Bunny for serious reviews; she’s more for when I just want to have fun and feel happy about makeup. She’s not exclusively makeup either; she does hair, pinterest hack tests, unboxings of various kinds, and “tea vlogs” where she just talks to the camera while drinking sweet tea. I watch a lot of her videos because even though she’s kind of scatterbrained and hyper, I find her weirdly relaxing.

Jackie Aina

Wow. Jackie is an absolute queen. Her reviews are great because she really tells it like it is. She kicked off this awesome campaign to get black owned makeup brands on the map and she calls out companies for their poor shade ranges. She’s a great resource if you’re a person of color and you’re looking for makeup that caters to your needs. I love that she’s not afraid to call out the brands she loves for their poor choices (looking at your, Marc Jacobs). Really she’s just an all around good time and I really appreciate everything she does.

Kathleenlights

I love Kathleen so much. She has such a warm, bubbly personality and she’s one of the most down to earth people on YouTube. She manages to be very happy and bubbly and also talk about real issues like her struggles with anxiety and depression. She has a ton of different tutorials that are super easy to follow and I swear she has a look for every occasion. She also does some great videos about both products she loves and products she doesn’t love and she’s always honest, no matter what. She’s one of my very favorite people to watch, not just in terms of beauty but YouTubers in general.

Jessica Braun (JAMbeauty89)

She is an absolute gem. Honest to a fault, she’s one of the YouTubers I trust most when it comes to making decisions about what to purchase. She’s super clear when it comes to sponsored videos, and has gone in depth about how she chooses whom to collaborate with. She’s just such a sweet person and she’s so genuine; it doesn’t feel like she’s a stranger on the internet, it feels like she’s someone who’s genuinely just an old friend talking to you about makeup.

EmilyNoel83

Ok, Emily is probably my favorite person of all to watch. The thing I appreciate the most is that she’s totally honest about every product. She has products she loves, but she’s willing to acknowledge their weaknesses, and she also has products she dislikes but acknowledges what’s great about them. I’ve heard some people call her boring, but I actually appreciate her calm demeanor and straightforward approach to makeup reviews. She tests products thoroughly and tries them in different situations and she’s just all around wonderful. I strive to be like her in my reviews and she inspires me to be a better beauty blogger.

Leighannsays

I think Leigh Ann is a great balance of excellent reviews, tutorials, and whimsical attitude. She can wander off and make silly jokes, but her videos never seem to run longer than they need to. She loves a bargain and has tons of great videos about drugstore makeup she loves. Her dog is absolutely adorable and a staple in all of her videos without being too distracting. I never miss a video from Leigh Ann and I can definitely say that she’s my favorite YouTuber to watch at the moment.