Sunday, March 26, 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Review

Happy Spring everyone!

I'm so happy to finally be in spring. It's definitely my favorite season and I've been loving the weather lately. It's definitely been warming up! I've been asked a lot (both through this blog and on my personal Facebook page) to do a review on the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation, so I thought I'd do that today.

Unfortunately, I have very acne prone combination skin. I've gotten it under control lately compared to a few years ago, but it's still not perfect. I still break out and have some blemishes here and there and some acne scarring, so I almost always use a full coverage foundation. I was using the Kat Von D Lock It foundation but it's a little pricey so I don't like to use it everyday. When I saw that L'Oreal came out with a new full coverage foundation, I had to try it. I bought mine at CVS for $11. They have a good range of shades, going from ivory to cocoa. I sometimes have problems in the winter finding a light enough shade for me without pink undertones, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a perfect match (#303). I was also very pleased with the price. It claims: "You can get up to 24 hours of full coverage with a lightweight feel and a natural finish! Blends instantly to cover dark spots, blemishes, scars, and hyperpigmentation for a flawless complexion."

First impressions...

The first thing I noticed when swatching it on my hand, was that it's very thick. You have to squeeze the tube pretty hard to get it out. A little bit goes a long way.  Luckily it didn't feel very heavy on my face. I wouldn't say it's very lightweight, but it doesn't feel like a mask either. It's somewhere in the middle. I would, however, definitely suggest using a good moisturizer and/or primer before applying this because it will stick to dry skin and make it very noticeable. This product has a demi-matte finish. It does do a wonderful job covering imperfections. I barely have to use concealer when I use this. My t-zone and chin can get pretty oily throughout the day, so I did have to touch up my setting powder a couple times, but that happens with any foundation.

Final thoughts...

I'm really impressed with L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover, and have been using it almost daily. It's become a drug store favorite of mine. Unfortunately the tube is only 1 oz., so it runs out pretty quickly. That would probably be my biggest complaint. I would give this product a 9/10 and would recommend it to anyone with oily or combination skin, acne prone skin, and/or skin discoloration that is looking for a full coverage foundation that is long lasting.

Have you ever tried the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 💖

xo, Sarah

Monday, March 13, 2017

Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set Review

Good morning beauties!!

The weather here in Chicago was really beautiful for a while, and then this last week it turned cold again and now we're in the middle of a snowstorm! Yes, in the middle of March. 😏 I decided to stay in the house until I have to go to work tonight, so I thought I might as well write a review of the new Moda oval brush set I got a while back. I've been meaning to do it but have been so busy between my kids, their after school activities, work, etc. that I just haven't had the time to sit down and write it. Seeing as you couldn't pay me enough to go outside in this crap right now though, I finally have time to write my review. So let's get into it! 😉

The Moda brushes are a perfect dupe for the more expensive Artis oval brushes. I've used both and honestly there is no difference between the two, other than a huge price gap. I don't have the extra $200 to spend on a brush set, and I'm not about to sell a kidney to be able to do so. 💁😂 I wasn't expecting the Moda brushes to be an exact dupe, but I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely suggest buying the Moda brushes over the Artis brushes, because they are just as good. You get the same quality and end up saving a ton of money! I purchased my Moda Prismatic Oval Brush Set from Walmart for about $16. I had been on the hunt for these for quite a while, but couldn't find them anywhere but online. Every Walmart within a 50 mile radius was sold out of them (Believe me, I checked!). Finally one day I was in Walmart looking for something else, and came across the last set tucked away behind a face cream display. (I'm sure someone hid it on purpose to come back and buy it later....sorry! Finders keepers! LOL.) They come in a 4-pack of brushes with a beautiful holographic finish. I honestly didn't even want to take them out of the packaging because they are so gorgeous. They have super soft synthetic bristles. I was really surprised how dense they were, but so soft at the same time.

As I mentioned, the set includes 4 brushes. The largest one is a 3 inch oval brush. I use that to buff in and blend my liquid or cream foundations. I've been loving using it with the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation. 👌 The next brush in the set is a 2 inch oval brush. I use it mostly for blending in blush/bronzer. The 1 inch oval brush works flawlessly for contouring/highlighting. It gives such a nice, precise contour. I am obsessed with this brush and WAY more impressed with it than any other contouring brush I've ever used. The smallest brush in the pack is tiny with bristles that make a circle. I use this brush to cover any imperfections I have. It's very small so you can really get in and cover anything you need, especially in harder to reach places that a bigger brush wouldn't be able to get at. The brush necks are also somewhat flexible which is really nice, because it makes them much easier to maneuver around your face.

Overall I'm extremely impressed with this brush set. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it's also amazing quality, and definitely worth the hype. They are very affordable and also 100% vegan for those of you that are looking for that!

Have you tried the Moda Prismatic Oval brushes? What do you think about them? How do you think they compare to the Artis brushes? Let me know below in the comments. Stay warm, beauties! 💖