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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer Review

Hello everyone!

Today, I wanted to share a review on the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer Foundation. I’ve been using it for about two months and I really like it!

What it claims: Lightweight, moisturizing, does not clog pores, skin breathes, color is true (through sweat and humidity), one dip of the wand is enough for your entire face, and 12 hours of full-coverage.


At first, the foundation seemed a little darker than what I had swatched at the stoere, but it eventually adjusted and with some blending, it became the right color. They state that on the directions too, the first time you use it it might look darker because the pigment is so rich, but just blend it out.


I have acne prone skin and so far, this foundation has not broken me out. I have one or two zits here and there, but not enough to be from the foundation, especially since I use it everyday.

I have oily skin, so I was nervous when the foundation said it was moisturizing, but there was nothing to fear. The foundation on my forehead, chin, temple, and outer cheek area stay put throughout the day. I typically where makeup for about eight to ten hours, so I think that’s a decent amount of time. The foundation around my lips and nose/pore area tends to settle into a couple lines. I figure it’s because I’m oily and when I talk and drink, of course it’s going to settle into those fine lines. Recently, I started using the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, and it has helped reduce that effect, but of course, it’s not totally gone. The method that helped me is instead of pressing it in with a damp beauty blender, I used a powder puff and really pressed the powder into my pores. I haven’t broken out or anything, and my oiliness has reduced quite a bit.

With oily skin, primers are a necessity. Recently, I’ve been using the NYX Photoready Primer all over my face and the NYX Pore Primer on the larger pores around my nose. these primers have really helped the foundation stay in place.

The coverage is perfect. It’s full-coverage and you don’t need that much product. Usually one dip is enough for me. It takes care of my dark spots and hyper-pigmentation very well!

I love that it’s also good for concealing at the same time. Perfect 2 in 1 product. I would recommend using the tip end of the brush to conceal blemishes. I like how it covers up dark spots and blemishes, but I hate how it makes my under-eyes look. Definitely use an actual under-eye concealer for dark circles. I think that since my under-eyes are so dark and different from the color of my face, it gives it a weird shade compared to the rest of the foundation on my face.

The price is not that bad for a brand like Clinique. I purchased mine from Belk for $28, which is actually very inexpensive for the amount you get, which is 1 oz. There are some foundations that are more expensive and you get less product, so the price doesn’t bother me at all.

I really like the packaging as well! It’s in a long, glass bottle, which usually I wouldn’t like, but it’s thick enough to where it has a smaller chance of breaking if I drop it, (which I have done, multiple times).

Also, the applicator is interesting. It’s not my favorite, but I don’t hate it. It’s a neutral feeling. I do like that the brush picks up a lot of product, and the claim that one dose of the brush is enough is totally true! I just dot it all around my face and that’s enough.

Overall, I think this is a great foundation. It’s not mattifying by any means, but with some primer and setting powder, people with oily skin can definitely use this. The coverage is amazing and you can use it for targeting blemishes at the same time. The price is not crazy and you get a decent amount. FOUNDATION APPROVED.

Thanks so much for reading! I would love to hear your comments or questions!

L’Oreal True Match Foundation Video Demo

Hello everyone!

I wrote a review for the L’Oreal True Match Foundation earlier this week, which you can click here to view. But, I thought it would be more helpful if you guys could really see it in action, so here’s a video of how I apply it.

I hope you guys enjoy and feel free to comment any questions or concerns!

L’Oreal Foundation

Hello there!

Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on the L’Oreal True Match Foundation. Just so you guys know, I have oily/combination skin. My cheeks, areas around my nose, and t-zone get really oily. But, my under eyes and chin are very dry. It’s seriously the worst combination ever.

I’m in the color Buff Beige N4 (neutral). I really like this color because I have a lot of redness and it neutralizes it. I usually used a green corrector, but not in any of these pictures, so you guys can see the actual coverage it gives.

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I don’t know why I look so mad…lol

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Also, it blends extremely well! I used the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer under my eyes, and I am able to seamlessly blend the two without much effort. A lot of my regular foundations are matte, so I have to work extra hard to blend them because they dry so fast. But not with this one.

I do have super large pores and even though I use a primer, the foundation still settles into them after only a couple hours. That’s the main downside I have.

A smaller issue I have with it, is that it has that “makeup smell”. I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about. It’s that smell that when people add a lot of powder to their face or something, and it’s super strong but doesn’t have any recognizable scent, besides makeup. I only smell it when I first apply it, and then it tends to fade away.

I bought mine from Ulta for about $10, which may be pricey for a drugstore foundation, but the price doesn’t bother me because I like it. Though I don’t like that the bottle is glass, because I’m a super clutz, I do like that you just need to pour it out. Some people may not, but I like pouring small amounts onto my blending sponge and adding as I go. And as long as you’re careful, your bottle shouldn’t look messy at all, like if you had a pump.

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I really like this foundation for when I want a natural look. But, if you have oily skin, just be sure you set it very well. It made me oilier on my cheeks, but didn’t do much with my other oily areas, like my t-zone or forehead.

Overall, I would give this foundation a 7/10. Positives: Great texture, easy to blend, packaging is simple, medium coverage, and there are a lot of shades available. Downsides: Not the best for oily skin, settles into pores and lines, and doesn’t last all day.

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Dark Spot Treatment Update

Hello everyone!

I recently had success with treating my dark spots that I received from pimples I have popped. I know…gross, but that’s real life. Lesson: Try not to pop your zits. If you’re like me, sometimes you just can’t help it. But, because I have a dark and olive complexion, popping pimples almost always leaves a dark spot. I decided to find a treatment a couple months ago and it actually works! I wanted to share what helped my dark spots and hopefully it can help any of you guys who are facing the same problem.

Around the end of October, I had shared my first few experiences with the Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightnening Jelly Mask. I had seen results the first couple times, which encouraged me to continue using it.

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I’ve used the mask about eight times and these are the results. About two months and a couple weeks is the time span. Ignoring my super large pores, you can see that the top mark is gone! I was so happy seeing these pictures! The bottom one is still there, but has faded drastically! I used the mask usually every week and a half, sometimes every two weeks. I used it as a spot treatment on those marks too. Overall, I’m really happy with the outcome of the mask! I got it for $19.50 from Beauteque. I’m sure if you look for it on Amazon or something like that, you’ll be able to find it! Click here for my full review on the mask!

I hope this helps some of you! Feel free to comment or ask questions!

Thanks so much for reading!

Annie’s Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Annie’s Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask. I had mentioned this in my Beauteque Mini-Haul. It says, “whitening, moisturizing, minimizes fine lines, leaves skin radiantly bright. Suitable for dark and dry skin”. It comes with a little spatula, which you’re supposed to use to put the product on your face.

Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly

The directions first want you to cleanse your face as you normally would. Then, use the spatula to put on the product, about .3 to .5 cm thick. Then, after 30 minutes, use the spatula to scoop the mask off.

The first thing I noticed about this mask, is that it stinks. I absolutely hate the smell, and I’m usually very tolerant with the smells of certain masks. This was definitely one of the worst I’ve smelled. So if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, maybe this is not the right mask for you. It is very cooling to the skin, which is a nice feeling. I felt that “tightening” feeling, which is always good. I did have to use a lot of the product though. You get 250 ml of product, but it’s supposed to be layered to be about .3 cm- .5 cm thick, so I had to use a lot of it.

Annie's Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid

As you can see in the picture, the spatula is a good applicator, but you can’t really smooth the mask down. When I took the mask off though, I could see a difference! I didn’t put it all the way up to my hairline, and the part I missed was darker than the rest of my face. I’ve used the mask only a couple of times too, and to see a difference that fast is amazing. I’m using this to help my dark spots, and it’s been helping a lot. I’ll show you guys when they are as faded as they can get.

The only complaints I have about this mask are it’s smell and after you take it off. After I took it off, my skin was so dry! Around my lips, I had very obvious dry patches and my forehead had some too! I find it interesting the packaging says it’s suitable for dry skin, I feel like it would make it much worse. If you want to try this mask out, definitely keep a good moisturizer readily available to apply, as soon as you take it off. I paid $19.50 for this, from Beauteque.

Overall, I am going to continue using this mask. Even though it has a couple downsides, it does do the main thing it claims. I’ve been looking for something to help my dark spots for a long time, and this worked in a couple uses. If you want to check it out, you can find it on the Beauteque website here, or try Amazon.

Thanks so much for reading!

Beauteque Mini-Haul

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I’m so excited! My package from Beauteque came and I wanted to share it with you guys! For those of you who don’t know, Beauteque is a company that sells makeup and skincare items. The majority of them are Asian products, most of the ones I received are from Korea. Let’s face it guys, Korean products are probably the best. Have you seen their flawless, plump, skin?

I’ve been having some trouble with dark spots lately, and I know that treating them early is vital to getting rid of them. So, I browsed through Beauteque and found some products I thought would help.

First off, is the Cosrx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser, which costs $12.00.

Cosrx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser

It’s supposed to reduce breakouts and promote clearer skin. According to its description, it cleans thoroughly, pores and all.

Next, is the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, which cost $16.00.

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel

I bought this one because I wanted a moisturizer that would really help my skin, not just moisturize it. It not only moisturizes, but is supposed to prevent bacteria, stopping acne.

The one I’m most excited about is the Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask, which was $19.50.

Annie's Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly

It’s so beautiful guys! It even comes with a spatula! I’ve been obsessed with this mask, because I’ve seen it a lot on Bubzbeauty’s youtube channel. When I saw it, I just had to get it. I’m hoping that this will help out a lot with my hyper-pigmentation. I’ll definitely let you guys know if it works!

Beauteque also sent me four skincare sample products, with my order.

Banana Hand Milk

Cosrx

Aloe BHA: Skin Toner

Overall guys, I’m so happy with my purchase! I also love their shipping time. I ordered this Monday and received it Friday, which is pretty good. I didn’t even pay for shipping because my order was over $50.00. Let me know down below if you’ve tried any of these products!

Thanks so much for reading!