Home » sephora

Tag: sephora

The Best Translucent Powders for Acne-Prone Skin (That I’ve Tried)

Best translucent powders #howdoyoutlsp #contest

After spending a good 30 minutes on your makeup, you want it to last.  You want your makeup to look (almost) as flawless as it did right after application, BUT if you get oily through the day we know that won’t happen (at least without multiple touch-ups and a crap ton of translucent powders).  My secret to flawless skin even four hours after application is a good translucent powder.

Since, I have acne-prone skin my skin is combination.  It’s oily around my T-zone and cheeks but super dry under my eyes and forehead.  This mean my face is a powder nightmare.  Many powder foundations and translucent powders look cakey and get stuck on dry patches.  So after powder application, my face is splotchy and looks like a snake molting its skin.  (NOT a good look.)  But after years of trial and error, I’ve found FIVE (yes five!) of the best translucent powders that are perfect for keeping the shine away and doesn’t get stuck on dry patches. Some of them are even drugstore ones!

The Five Best Translucent Powders

  1. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
  2. Too Faced Primed and Poreless
  3. Tarte Smooth Operator Powder
  4. NYX HD translucent Powder
  5. Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

Best translucent powders Laura Mercier translucent Powder

Review of Laura Mercier Powder

Currently, my favorite is the Laura Mercier Translucent powder.  It’s loose formula is also PERFECT for baking and it gives your skin a subtle glow and who doesn’t love radiant looking skin?  This powder blends beautifully in to the skin and just looks you’re glowing from the inside out. With this powder, I know my makeup looks flawless and stays flawless for most of the day which is a huge achievement.  Without this powder, my foundation tends to break up around my nose and t-zone areas. And when I go to re-powder my face with other powders, it gets cakey and gross looking.  I can honestly say that Laura Mercier is a life-saver and totally worth they hype!

For other reviews, check out my 7 Drugstore Dupes Post.

AND if you’re looking for even more AWESOME drugstore products, check out my US and UK roundups where I tell you the BEST products to pick up!

Top US Drugstore Products

Top UK Drugstore Products

What are YOUR favorite drugstore products? And have you tried Laura Mercier’s Translucent powder yet?

**Disclaimer: I received the Laura Mercier powder free from Influenster for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

7 Drugstore Dupes You Have to Try This Fall

 

drugstore dupes for fall

Fall.  Autumn.  Sweater Weather.  Holiday Season.  How many other words do we associate with fall?  Makeup.  Yes, makeup.  This is the season where brands come up with their new products and limited edition colors.  The limited edition and holiday special gets me every time. I think I have every limited edition, exclusive to Ulta sets from Tarte, Lorac, and Stila.  But before I head to Ulta or Sephora, I’m going to the drugstore and grabbing some of my favorite fall makeup and skincare dupes.

Drugstore dupes are the BEST!  You get so much value for your money.  Plus, you get to stay on trend without breaking the bank.

Drugstore Dupes: Makeup

1. Milani Spice lipliner  (Dupe for the MAC Spice lipliner)
Drugstore dupes Milani and mac Spice
Can you tell the difference between the two?
Left: MAC Spice     Right: Milani Spice
It’s the perfect dupe for MAC’s spice lip liner and it only costs $3!
The color is spot on but…
When you swatch the two lipliners, MAC is definitely smoother and longer lasting.
For the price, Milani is an fabulous option that has pretty good staying power and great color payoff! This might be one of my favorite all-time drugstore dupes.

Drugstore Dupes Foundations Bobbi brown and rimmel london
2, Rimmel London Wake Me Up liquid Foundation
(Dupe for the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation)
Drugstore dupes bobbi brown skin foundation and rimmel london wake me up
This has the same dewey finish as Bobbi Brown’s Skin foundation.  Foundation drugstore dupes help you save on average of $15-$45 per bottle of foundation! That’s like a new pair of shoes every three months.
 Drugstore Dupes Tarte Smooth operator and NYX HDDrugstore dupes Tarte Smooth Operator and NYX HD
3. NYX HD Finishing Powder
(Dupe for the Tarte Smooth Operator powder)
Drugstore dupes finishing powder

This powder is quite finely milled, so it never looks cakey.

Plus, it keeps your face matte just like the Tarte Smooth Operator powder.Left side of my face: NYX HD powder
Right side of my face:  Tarte Smooth Operator

4. Bourjois healthy mix concealer
($14 vs NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $29)

Drugstore dupes NARS and Bourjois

This concealer has great coverage and is half the price of NARS!
Plus, this concealer is moisturizing so it’s perfect for concealing blemishes.

Drugstore Dupes Anastasia clear brow gel and Rimmel London gel
5. Rimmel London Brow Gel
(Dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel)
Both of these products are clear and keep your brows in place!
The Rimmel London Brow Gel is only $4 compared to the Anastasia Gel for $22.

Drugstore Dupes: Skincare

Drugstore dupes skincare AcneFree sulfur and Peter Thomas Roth sulfur masque
6. AcneFree Sulfur mask (Dupe for the Peter Roth sulfur mask)
Drugstore Dupes AcneFree and Peter Thomas Roth

Both contain sulfur, which is an antibacterial ingredient that can treat and prevent blemishes.
These masks have the same thick texture and are great spot treatments!

Drugstore Dupes bobbi brown moisturizer and simple
7. Simple moisturizer
(Dupe for the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream)
Drugstore Dupes Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face cream and Simple Rich moisturizer
 It has the same texture and consistency as the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face cream.
Plus, it also moisturizes and leaves your skin feeling super soft!


What are your favorite drugstore dupes? Comment Down Below!

Drugstore Dupes makeup and skincare
Review-tony-moly-tea-tree

Beauty Product Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Tea Tree Mask

If you haven’t noticed already, I am on a serious skincare and makeup binge.  I don’t know why, but I always thought that my skin would be so much better after college.  I thought that I would be less stressed after college.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  With a new job, new schedule, and just new everything, I am more stressed than ever.  In these passed two months, I have learned so much more than my three years in college.

But in the process of learning this lesson, I got huge planets around my jawline and my chin.  I was worrying and stressing so much that I don’t sleep till 2AM.  One thing that has been saving my skin is definitely my tea tree oil infused sheet masks.  The Tea Tree oil calms the skin and helps the acne to heal faster.  I savor every drop of this tea tree oil infused sheet mask.

When you take the sheet mask out of its packaging, it is dripping in serum.  Instead of just wasting all that serum, I carefully take out the sheet mask and squeeze all the leftover serum from the bag in to a small jar.  (I got my jar from the travel section in Target.)  I use this serum every morning and every night until my acne clears up.  I can usually use this jar of serum for a good week and a half.  And if my skin still has not cleared up by then, I will break open another mask.  Two weeks later, my skin will be completely clear.

The mask definitely smells like tea tree oil.  So, if you don’t like that herbal scent then you might not like this mask.  The serum (at first) feels a little sticky on your skin, but after your skin absorbs all the goodness.  Your skin feels soft and looks absolutely radiant!  I love this stuff!  What’s your go to sheet mask?

Stay tuned for my review of Dr. Jart’s Clearing Solution mask!
Follow on Bloglovin
Tea-Tree-set

3 Reasons Why Tea Tree Oil is AMAZING for Your Skin

My cousin (who loves all things organic and natural) introduced me to tea tree oil when I was in middle school.  I started getting zits and blackheads when I was in 6th grade.  She suggested that I use this Chinese herbal serum infused with tea tree oil.  The serum smelled gross to my Middle School self.  It smelled like the gross herbal supplements my mom always made me drink because “it’s good for me.”  I still wonder how something that tastes that bitter can actually be good for me because all I want to do is gag while I chug the hot herbal tea.

But that’s not what we’re here to discuss.  Let me give you 5 good reasons to why YOU should add tea tree oil to your daily routine.

1. It calms and soothes your skin.
Let’s be real.  We put a whole lot of crap on to our skin (like makeup) and sometimes even food gets on there or that drop of toothpaste that drips out of your mouth as you brush your teeth.  Or when you go outside for long periods of time that much sun can damage your skin and expose it to all the pollution that is floating in the air.  All of that can irritate your skin on a daily basis.  So, why not treat your skin with care and pamper it a little.
Tea tree calms your skin much like green tea.  It also cools your skin, reducing any type of redness on your face.  Once the tea tree oil is absorbed, your skin feels instantly smoother and softer.  Your skin will look like its glowing from within!  And who wouldn’t want that?

2. It reduces acne.
Everybody has experienced the dreaded zit on their face.  We all know that it’s not pleasant.  That little red dot is sore and painful and makes us feel like EVERYONE we meet is ONLY looking at the zit and not us.  Regular use of tea tree oil can help fight and prevent acne.  The anti-bacterial properties in tea tree oil kills acne-causing bacteria, leaving your pores clean and your skin blemish-free.

3. It gently exfoliates your skin.
Exfoliating can be painful sometimes with those rough grains and micro-beads, irritating your skin even more.  But tea tree oil, naturally exfoliates the skin without any beads or sugar.  Tea tree oil gently removes dead skin as you massage the oil or serum on to your face.  This gently process is great for people with sensitive skin!

Some of my favorite tea tree oil products are:
Tony Moly “I’m Real” Tea Tree Soothing Sheet Mask: CLICK TO BUY!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Cream (Honestly, that whole line looks amazing!): CLICK TO BUY!
Leaders Insolution Tea Tree Relaxing Skin Renewal Sheet Mask: CLICK TO BUY!

Tea Tree Oil Set

Korean Skincare products

Guest Post: Why YOU Should Try Korean Beauty Products

Korean products are everywhere now.  I’ve even seen some Tony Moly products in Ulta!  It’s so exciting.  Just a few months ago, I bought a bunch of stuff from Etude House and paid over $30 in shipping costs!  Now, I can save some money in my wallet and still get the awesome Korean Beauty Products I love!

 

Check out my Guest Post on Naturalbabydol for more info on Korean Beauty Products and why YOU need to try it!  I give you a list of the BEST skincare products and what they do for your skin.  Seriously, check it out if you’re curious about this new skincare trend!

 

To see the guest post: Click HERE!