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Black Opal: True Color Stick Foundation SPF 15 Review

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share my review on the Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation with SPF 15. I was really excited to try my first Black Opal product. I really want to start giving money to cosmetic companies who really push diversity, and I thought Black Opal was the perfect place to start. They have the perfect shades for women and men of color. I’m Indian, with a medium-olive complexion and I was able to find my perfect shade, which is Cashew.

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First of all, the packaging of the product is the most convenient packaging I’ve ever witnessed. FYI, this is my first stick foundation ever, so I didn’t realize how nice and easy it was. It’s basically a small cylinder, all black, with the company and foundation information on it. It has a cap that’s clear at the top, and you just have to turn the cylinder to get the product to come up. It’s so easy, hygienic, and not messy at all.

To apply this product to my face, I basically drew lines all over my face with it, since the product is in a nice compact case. It’s a cream type of product, and the description states it gives you a velvety-matte finish.

I applied this product two different ways: one half of my face I did it with a brush, the other half I used a beauty sponge from Real Techniques. I don’t recommend a beauty sponge because for me, it didn’t blend very well at all. I liked how it blended out with a regular face brush, but I did spray my brush with the Mario Badescu rose water and aloe spray.

The coverage is medium to full. I have quite a few dark spots from acne, and I did about two layers and they were all covered up. Also, my redness was perfectly covered as well.

Unfortunately, this product did not work for me. In the pictures below, you can see that it left my skin looking streaky, dry, and very bad overall. Before applying the foundation, I moisturized, applied primer, and I have oily skin, so it doesn’t make any sense as to why my skin looked like that. I’m not sure if it’s because I have textured skin and large pores.

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Black Opal Dry on Cheek/Jaw Area

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Black Opal Dry on Cheek/Jaw Area

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Black Opal Dry on Temple Area

I really wanted this foundation to work out, so I waited a couple days and tried it again, thinking maybe it was something I did wrong, but I still received the same result.

I found the Black Opal brand in a Walmart near me, but this is the only Walmart around me that it’s in. From what I understand, it just varies by area, and it could be found in Walgreens, RiteAid, etc, depending on where you are. You can also check out their website by clicking here. I paid about $10 for it, which I think is good for the amount of product you get and how creamy it is. If it had worked for me, it would be even better.

Just because this product didn’t work out for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. The reason I purchased this one specifically is because of all the great reviews, but because of my bad luck, it didn’t work for me. If I looked at myself from a couple feet away, the foundation looked really good. Like a better version of my skin, but up close, it was obviously streaky and dry looking.

I will definitely continue trying more Black Opal products, because just because one product didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean the others won’t. If you guys have any recommendations for Black Opal or from any cosmetic company similar to them, I would love to hear it.

Thank you for reading!

Clinique: Beyond Perfecting Video Review

Hello everyone!

Here’s my video review of the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation. If you prefer to read about it, click here for my post about it. Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or concerns! Hope you guys enjoy!

 

 

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

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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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Maybelline: Better Skin Powder VoxBox #BetterSkinPowder

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I’m so excited because I received the Maybelline Voxbox with the new Superstay Better Skin Powder complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

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If you prefer to see the video of me using this powder, click here.

The shade I’m in is Rich Tan 80. The compact has the powder, a small sponge applicator, and a mirror. It is very thin and small, which is convenient for purses and traveling.

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So far, I’m loving this powder! Its description states that it is a “skin-transforming powder” and I totally agree. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not full-coverage, but it does really make a difference.

It contains salicylic acid, which helps with acne, and it is also non-comedogenic. The product claims to “eliminate shine and unevenness”. I’m not sure if it was using this or my other products, but I did have some acne around my t-zone, which went down after I started using this.

It does cover up very well, as you can see in the picture below. I only had on moisturizer, no color correctors, primers, or anything else on my face.

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I highly recommend this for people with oily skin! I have very oily skin and large pores, and with this on, my skin didn’t get as oily as it does with other foundations. It has a matte finish. The powder itself is very smooth and the sponge does a great job at applying it. It gives a very good natural look, not dewy at all. After adding finishing powder, it lasts basically all day. The only shine I notice is my t-zone, but not as much as with my other foundations.

It says suitable for all skin types, but if you have really dry skin, I would test out a sample first. The salicylic acid might dry you out more. But normal and oily skin should be fine for this product.

Overall, this product was definitely a hit with me! I’ve been using it everyday since I received it. Hope you guys enjoyed this review and feel free to leave any questions or comments!

GRWM Girl’s Night Out

Hello everyone!

Hope you guys are having a great Valentine’s Day and if you’re not doing anything, hope you’re having a great Sunday! I hope you guys enjoy my GRWM: Girl’s Night Out!

-Thanks so much!

 

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation

I absolutely love this foundation! I’m extremely skeptical about what I use on my face because in middle school,  I looked like a pepperoni pizza. I used to wear foundations that would break me out even more, and eventually I just stopped with makeup. But a couple months ago, I wanted to try some again. I did a lot of research and read/watched tons of reviews. That’s how I heard of the Tarte foundation.

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My skin is oily/combination and this works perfectly with it! I’ve been using it for about five months and it’s been great. It has a great thick texture and makes your face look matte. It’s great for people with oily skin because it’s oil-free! I just use my fingers and dot some of it onto my face, and then I use a brush to blend it out. My color is medium honey, and it completely matches me. The range of colors this foundation has is quite impressive, it features 16 different shades!

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Tarte Amazoniam Clay Foundation Full Coverage in Medium Sand

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation Full Coverage in Medium Honey

The foundation has SPF 15 and is supposed to last 12 hours. I’ve used it without a primer and it’s lasted me about my entire day, which is about 12 hours. I’m pretty lazy, so I never do touch-ups, add a finishing product, or anything like that.

Some ingredients that they used in this are mineral pigments, vitamin E, sodium hyaluronate, and obviously Amazonian clay. The mineral pigments don’t have any oils or chemical ingredients, which make them better for your skin. Vitamin E has many benefits, one being that it protects your skin from UV radicals. The sodium hyaluronate can penetrate your skin  and retain water, which helps skin looks more full or plump. The Amazonian clay is known for giving skin a smooth and even look. Of course there’s more ingredients, but these are the ones that the box shows as “skinvigorating ingredients”.

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Overall, I absolutely love this foundation! Goes on well, stays on for a long time, doesn’t break me out, and the color is perfect. There is only a slight downside. It is a higher end foundation, so it’s expensive. I bought mine at Sephora for $38. It may not seem like a lot to you, but to me, as a college student, I thought it was expensive. But, it does what it says it’s supposed to do, and it’s been about 5 months, and I still have a lot of it. Definitely worth the money and I will be buying again!

If you tried it, let me know if you like it or not! Also, feel free to checkout my video down below on it!

Thanks for reading, bye!