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REVIEW: Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

REVIEW: Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
REVIEW: Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

I have been trying out the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation (yes, that's an affiliate link. Don't be scared. It just means I get commission if you buy something after clicking that link :) ). the past few weeks. This medium-to-full coverage foundation says it has the "lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer, and blendability of a foundation" and it's "Shine free." But is it really? Well, I've worn it a few times and now I feel comfortable giving a review. Along with a written review, there is also a video review of this foundation below. (Yay for trying something new!) So, does this foundation live up to what it claims? Let's break it down...

1) Lasting power of a primer Yes! This product will stay all day long. I noticed it will rub off if you're blowing your nose a lot (but what foundation can live through that?). BUT! This does not do all of the things that primers can do. I have a problem with pores showing up on drier areas of my cheeks/undereyes, and I have to moisturize and prime there to keep this foundation from sinking into them.

2) Coverage of a concealer Sort of... This definitely covered any redness I had on my face, and minimized the look of my freckles. However, when I tried to cover my under-eye circles they were more visible than when I use only my Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I didn't have a breakout while using this foundation, but I think if you do a second, light coat over the zit it will be covered up.

3) Blendability of a foundation If you moisturize your face (or at least dry spots) first, don't use your hands, and use thin layers, then yes. The first time I used this I tried a lot of product to see if I could blend it out with my hands... Nope! However, if you use thin layers and use a brush or damp sponge instead of your hands, you'll be golden.

I recommend starting with one pump then use a half or another full pump to cover any missed spots or excessive redness. I also use a damp, triangle makeup sponge, but I think a synthetic, duo-fiber foundation brush (probably a stippling or buffing type) you can use to spread and pat the foundation with would make blending a million times easier.

4) Shine free Sure...? This does minimize shine, and it keeps my T-zone from turning into an oil slick. However instead of being a full-on matte finish, it's more of a satin finish. I don't have a problem with this, because it looks more skin-like than a matte finish foundation on me. I believe if you use a mattifying primer and powder with this you can definitely get a true matte finish that you very oily-skinned ladies are looking for.

Watch the video on YouTube here!

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Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation Shades 805 825
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation Shades 805 825

My biggest issue with this product is it's not very true to color.I wouldn't say the color oxides, but when it dries it was darker and had a much warmer undertone. It was very noticeable for me, because I have always been Buff Beige (#825 in this foundation) in Covergirl face products - Clean Oil Control pressed powder and liquid foundation specifically. However, once this foundation dried it was a shade too dark for me. I ended up getting the lightest color they have, which is 805 Ivory and when that dried darker and the undertones warmed up, it match my skin perfectly.

Also, in one store I was shopping at, the four lightest shades in the collection look almost the same. However, another store I went to had daylight lights installed and I could tell that 805 was the lightest and the next three shades (810, 820 & 825) were the same depth of color with different undertones. So, I would suggest that if 810, 820 or 825 are too dark for you, jump all the way down to 805.

I want to meet the person at Covergirl who suggested the pump on this product and give them a high five, because I wish all foundations came with a pump. It's so much easier (and sanitary) to use and you're less likely to waste a bunch of the product. Plus this pump locks, so I think it makes it a little bit easier/less messy to travel with.

Something else I noticed about this product, is it's very lightweight for medium-to-full coverage. When it sets it feels like it has almost a powder finish and feel - similar to my Bare Minerals Matte Foundation - but it's still covers discolorations. It's almost like you have an airbrushed finish.

Interested in buying this product? Buy it on Amazon here

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REVIEW: Jordana Fabuliner

A few weeks ago my Revlon liquid eyeliner dried up. Since the Revlon product wasn't my favorite eyeliner, I decided to try something new. Recently I have heard good things about the Fabuliner liquid eyeliner by Jordana, and price is amazing. So I decided to give it a try.  

As I mentioned the price is great - it's only $3! Plus, I was able to use my Walgreens rewards points and I only paid 11 cents. One major thing to mention is it can be hard to find Jordana products. Sadly they are only sold at 4 retailers nationwide, and not every location actually carries them. Lucky for me the Walgreens on my way home started carrying Jordana products at the beginning of the year. They were also hard to find in the store, because it was in a small display at the beauty section's checkout.

So once I found the product and bought it, how was it? Honestly, pretty great. The formulation of this product is da bomb, and it lasts all day. It's also very pigmented and the felt-tip applicator makes it very easy to apply. You can do a thin line, thick line, winged line, whatever you want very easily.

This is the first time I've used a felt-tipped, pen-style liquid liner, and I noticed it's a lot drier than if you use a felt-tip applicator you dip into the product. Because of this, it can pull on your skin if you're trying to push on you skin. So, I find myself having to hold onto the skin on the side of the eye (not pull though) when I'm drawing a winged liner. However, I had a problem with my old Revlon liner that if the coverage was thin and I went over the semi-dry liner, it would just erase the product that was there (similar to trying to write over a dry whiteboard marker). I never have that problem with this product, and I attribute it to the drier formula.

One other thing I noticed when I first started using this product, it had a very strong smell. It almost smells like a permanent marker when you start using the product. However, once it dries on your eye there's no more smell, and after using it for a week or two the smell dissipates.

Would I recommend this product? Yes! I am so much happier with this product than the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner that is two to three times more expensive. Other than the applicator being dry and the smell at first, the formulation and applicator are great. I believe this is the perfect product for someone who is starting out using liquid liners or trying winged liner. Plus it's a liquid liner that will last all day, that is only $3!

See this product in action in my most recent makeup tutorial!

What's your favorite liquid liner?

My Growing Love of Candles

 

_DSC1418.2A few months back we had a terrible storm in the Lansing area, and power was going out in neighboring towns. In perpetration to lose power I rounded up the handful of candles I owned and lit them as daylight faded. Hours later we decided we should go to bed, and made sure to set alarms on our phones in case we lost power over night. As I went to blow out the candles I realized only 1 remained; the rest I had burned through and had to be thrown in the trash come morning. As I threw them away I was sadden because I loved the warmth our home had while they were lit. 

Since then I have been slowly collecting some candles, and my favorite by far was a house-warming present - Harvest Gathering by White Barn. We have found ourselves leaning toward candles with the warm, spiced food scents (like pumpkin and apple pie). The reason I'm writing this post is because I'm looking for some help... What candles should I get? I've heard great things about Bath and Body Works candles, but I haven't been out there yet and I don't know what scents I should try. Other than that, I don't know where else to look for candles.

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