April Beauty Empties

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It’s incredulous how fast this year is going. May is here and before we know it, Summer will be in full swing. Lately, I’ve been trying to use up as many beauty products, ranging from 3-6 products a month. This has helped me rediscover some products in my kit, as well as make room for future purchases. In the month of April, I found myself reaching for some of my favorites that I would re-purchase, and others not so much. Below I listed my empties for the month of April.

Feel free to share your April empties!

 

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Bath &Body Works Fragrance Mist in Paris Amour and Carried Away

Nars Duo Concealer in Praline/Toffee

Nars Pressed Powder in Heat

Nars Stick Concealer in Caramel, Amande, & Cacao

Bobbi Brown Face Touch up Stick in Almond

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Honey

Marc Jacobs Fragrance Rollerball in Daisy and Daisy Eau So Fresh

Sonia Kashuk Brush cleaner

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Amande

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Macao

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Kay

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Mini Beauty Haul- ATL Trip

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Hi Dolls!!! I missed you all so much, it feels like I haven’t posted in forever! This post is long over due, since I took my trip to Atlanta, Georgia, the beginning of April, and it’s now May (covers face). I had an amazing time in Atlanta with my family! Not only did I stuff my face with food from some of the best restaurants ATL had to offer, but I visited places like The King Center ,The Aquarium, Lenox Square, and brought back some goodies that I wanted to show you all.

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TooFaced Chocolate Palette– Sephora $49
Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Translucent #3– Macys $45
Essence Effect Nails Glitters in Call Me Galaxy & Miss Blue Eyes– Ulta $3 each

What Are Your Newest Beauty Items?

Kay

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Nars Cream Blush in Enchanted

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Availability & Pricing

 Nars store

Nars.com

Sephora

$29

Amount of Product

0.19 Oz/5.5 g

Shade

Enchanted

(Creamy peachy blush w/ gold sparkle)

Pros

Very creamy, blends well into skin

Great for highlighting, if your a WOC

Cons

Very glittery

Overall Thoughts:

This is one of my very first Nars creme blush purchases. To be quite honest, I  have a love/hate relationship with creme blushes. I purchased this blush on sale for $10 from Sephora.com. I hardly ever wear creme blush, butif I do decide to,  I prefer to wear creme blush in the Winter. Just from swatching the blush, I can’t wear this product as a blush, it’s better used as a highlighter on my complexion.  But, if used as a blush, it works well as a base for a powder blush. In all honesty, I would not re-purchase this product.  There are other creme blushes Nars offers that would compliment my skin-tone, and don’t require much work like this one. I definitely can’t wait to try other creme blushes that are WOC friendly from the Nars brand.

Kay

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Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup

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Spice

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Golden

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Availability & Pricing

Clinique stores

Clinique.com – $23.00

Sephora- $23.00

Amount of Product

1 oz. / 30 ml

Shades

(24) Golden

(25) Spice

Pros

Creamy

Medium- Full coverage

Conceal imperfections

Leaves face matte for over 8hrs

Shine free

Great for every day wear

No breakouts

Light-weight

Cons

N/a

 

Overall Thoughts

I was a bit skeptical of this foundation at first, since I’ve never tried any Clinique products before, and I was afraid I would breakout, due to my sensitive skin. To my surprise my skin reacted well to this foundation. I wore it for 3 consecutive days for 8 hours, and not one pimple appeared. In addition, when wearing this foundation, my skin can still breath, and I didn’t have a tad bit of shine throughout the day. I have 2 shades pictured, because the woman at the Clinique counter didn’t match me correctly. The Spice shade was too red and dark for my complexion. So, I returned it and got the next shade lower from Spice, which is Golden. It’s a PERFECT MATCH! This foundation is suitable for those with oily/combination skin. I believe I’ve found my ultimate favorite foundation for everyday-wear. The best $23 spent!

What is your everyday foundation?

Kay

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Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick

Availability & Pricing
Bobbi Brown
Bobbibrown.com – $26.00
Sephora- $24.00
Amount of Product
.08 OZ. / 2.3 g
Shade
Almond (7)
Pros
Creamy
Medium- Full coverage
Conceal imperfections
Cons
Pricy
Not for under eye area
Overall Thoughts
I really like this concealer for travel use, and for on the go. It glides onto the skin, and is a very good color match. In addition, it last all day with the help of a setting powder, and conceals nicely. However, I won’t repurchase this concealer, for the simple fact of it having a small amount of product, and the price. I’m sure there are some alternatives that many other brands offer. Let my discovery begin!

What are your favorite Bobbi Brown products?

 Kay
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Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

Availability & Pricing
Nars
Nars.com
Sephora
$28.00
Amount of Product
0.22Oz
Shade
Amande
Pros
Long Wearing
Crease proof
Conceal imperfections and fine lines
Lightweight medium to high buildable coverage
Cons
None
Overall Thoughts:
Ladies and Gents, this concelaer is a Holy Grail staple for me. This concealer goes above and beyond, by concealing under-eye circles, and creating a luminous and flawless finish. The sales associate at Sephora urged me to get it, so I went out on a limb and I’m glad I did. I apply this product: under my eyes, down the center of my nose, and my forehead. I then set it with a setting powder (2 shades lighter than my skin tone) to achieve a highlighted effect. This concealer is great for any skin type, and there are 10 shades to choose from. I will definitely re-purchase this product.

 What NARS products do you currently own?

Kay
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Product Review: Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder

 Availability & Pricing

BobbiBrown.com
Macys
Dillards
Sephora
$36
Amount of Product
.21oz/ 6g
Shade
Basic Brown
Pros
Long-wearing
Oil-free
Oil Absorbing
Yellow Base
Vitamin E
Cons
Can be a tad bit messy, but you can opt for the pressed powder

Overall Thoughts:
As much as I like the Black Opal powder, I noticed it didn’t last throughout the day. I often found myself, reapplying it after lunch. After finishing my Black Opal loose powder, I decided to try a new product. I headed to Sephora, where I purchased my very first Bobbi Brown product. I picked up the Sheer Finish Loose Powder and I’m happy I did! If you have oily skin like me, then this product will work wonders for you. It’s lightweight, absorbs oil, and leaves my face with little to no oil or shine (after 9 hours). During workdays, I prefer concealer and powder for a natural look. This powder sets my concealer in place, and gives me a flawless finish. Bobbi Brown offers a total of 10 shades, including the newer shades: Golden Brown, and Warm Chestnut. I’m excited for my next Bobbi Brown purchase 😉

Any recommendations for my next Bobbi Brown purchase?

Kay
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Product Review: NARS Stick Concealer


Availability & Pricing
Nars Store
Nars.com
Sephora
$23

Amount of Product
0.07Oz/ 2g

Shades
Caramel
(Medium dark natural balance of pink and yellow undertones)
Amande
(Medium dark yellow and golden undertones)
Cacao
(Dark shade with deep gold-brown undertones)

Pros
Glides on smoothly
Long-wearing
Crease-proof
Conceals all imperfections

Cons
Not enough product; I finished my first concealer within 2 months

Overall Thoughts:
Nars states, Brilliantly obscures imperfections and dark spots with a creamy, vitamin-rich formula that nourishes the skin for all-day wear. Crease-proof and easily blendable for a flawless finish”. This concealer does everything mentioned in the statement. I initially purchased the shade Amande, but after achieving an amazing flawless finish, I decided to make my way back to Sephora to purchase 2 more shades: highlightcolor (Caramel), and a contour color (Cacao). I love using all 3 shades, and setting my face with my Nars powder for a completed look. These concealers are a definite staple!

Kay
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Gold Lids/Bold Lips Makeup Look



Face:
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Macao
NARS Reflecting powder
Cheeks:
NARS South Beach for highlighting
NARS Stick concealer in Cacao for contouring
Eyes:
MAC e/s Amber Lights *mobile lid & bottom lash line*
NARS e/s Alhambra *tear duct *
MAC e/s Orange * above crease *
MAC e/s Saddle *crease *
MAC e/s Quarry *brow-bone *
Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof black kohl pencil *waterline *
Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara
ELF eyelashes (2 pairs stacked)
Lips:
MAC lip pencil in BBQ
Rimmel Kate Collection in shade 90

I seem to have fallen in love all over again with Mac’s Amber Lights eyeshadow. It’s so pretty paired with a bold lip or nude lip.

Kay
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