Drugstore Pale Skin Foundation Collection + Swatches

    Hey all! So today I’m bringing you my foundation collection including swatches.  First, just a little background on my skin. I am approximately an NC/NW10 with dry to combo skin. I tend to get moderately oily on my forehead throughout the day but nothing crazy.  Dry patches around my nose/upper lip and occasionally around my jawline.  I am very pale with slight yellow undertones. My foundation journey has been a struggle to say the least. I find that the palest shades in almost all foundations are either too orange or too pink on my skin. Out of this batch, the fourth swatch, Fit Me Matte+Poreless in 110 Porcelain is the best match that I have. It is every so slightly too pink, like so slight, but I make it work.  
    The last two foundations here are not really “pale skin” foundation but I did include them because I was tan for a brief while and it gives you something to kind of gauge the light foundations against.  These swatches are kind of thick, so in the images you can see that they are mostly dried with some wet spots so keep that in mind it might change the color somewhat.  The oxidation is also apparent.  
    These swatches are also helpful if you’re looking into the Fit Me line by Maybelline.  Its so important to keep in mind that all of their formulas are different, even if it says the same shade. For example, the fourth and fifth swatches are both 110 but you can see the dewy+smooth foundation is really a full shade darker. Also, both six and seven are both 120 but the stick foundation is much much more pink undertoned.  I know this logic applies to a lot of foundation brands with different formulations so make sure to test things out first when you can or keep your receipts so you can return what doesn’t work for you.
    The next post will be a haul of all my asian foundations and bb creams that I’ve purchased recently and some impressions. I’m so excited to get my shipment so stay tuned for that!
    Foundations from left to right.
    • NYX HD Concealer in 01
    • Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation in Ivory
    • Wet N Wild BB Cream in Light
    • Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless in 110 Porcelain
    • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy+Smooth in 110 Porcelain
    • Maybelline Fit Me Stick in 120 Classic Ivory
    • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy+Smooth in 120 Classic Ivory
    • Rimmel Lasting Finish in 200 Soft Beige
    • Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless in 228 Soft Tan
    In natural lighting, late day.

    In front of ring light.

    ShopMissA $1 haul + new blog!

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    [I have a new blog! All posts not makeup related will be posted at http://blatantdisregardx.wordpress.com please check it out and give me a follow!]

    If you’re internet savvy, love accessories, and strive to spend the absolute cheapest amount you can on literally everything, then you’ve maybe heard of ShopMissA.  ShopMissA is a site that sells various jewelry, accessories, and beauty products for $1.  I first heard about it while browsing YouTube and finally decided to give it a try a couple of weeks ago.  For today’s post, I’ll discuss what I purchased and my thoughts on the items I’ve tried out so far.  Spoiler Alert: I’m mildly addicted to this site and already planning my next order. My Order (Click to see it on the site) and Quick Review:

    • Face and Body Bronzer – 3 Bronze Radiance
      • ☆☆ – The little hearts actually rub off so that they are all the same basic bronze color.  It’s not very blendable, not plush, and the shimmer isn’t very fine so it looks very unflattering on my face.
    • Kleancolor Madly Matte Lipstick #6 Raven
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      • ☆☆☆ – The formula on these lipsticks is very waxy therefore to get the color to payoff like it looks on the tub you need to put on several layers, you can acheive a dark bold color though, so that’s a plus.  I almost don’t mind the waxy base, I feel like it lasts longer this way.  I wouldn’t wear these on a date but they would be super fun to play with for Halloween for sure.  Pictured above is catalina.
    • Kleancolor Madly Matte Lipstick #3 Catalina
      • ☆☆☆ – See above.
    • Kleancolor Metalic Nail Foil Stickers A15
      • I haven’t gotten to try these yet! So excited though! I love nail stickers because I’m too lazy to do my own nails all fancy like.
    • Kleancolor Eyelashes NLS028
      • Haven’t tried these yet.  They look gorgeous though!
    • Kleancolor Angled Brow Brush
      • I’ll be using this for gel liner. I’ll let you know how I like it!
    • Stainless Steel Eyebrow Scissors
      • I haven’t used these yet, but they feel very sturdy and not cheap or flimsy like sewing scissors.
    • Santee Sexy Colors 6 Eyeshadow 6 #2
      • ☆☆☆ – I love eye palettes for my lazy days when I don’t feel like mixing and matching with 5 different pigment pots.  These are lovely colors that go great together. My favorite is the bronzey shade.  Unfortunately they don’t swatch very well on the skin.  Pigmentation could be better but for a $1 palette I’m super satisfied.
    • Eyelashes 047
      • Haven’t tried these yet.  They look gorgeous though!
    • AOA Wonder Blender Purple Teardrop
      • I have only used this once with foundation that wasn’t great and I haven’t tried it wet yet.  Some people reviewed that they thought there’s was too firm but from my initial use I didn’t have a problem with firmness.
    • Metallic Sword Pen
      • ☆☆☆☆☆ – This is such a random purchase but it look awesome and I wanted it. Not disappointed haha.  The pen part is actually really nice.  Smooth gel ink from a very fine point.  It’s not a bic pen.  I really like this!
    • 12 Pair Glitter Rose Stud Earring Set
      • ☆☆☆ – These are okay, I actually didn’t realize at the time that there were so many repeated pairs.  You actually only get 7 unique pairs, the other 5 pairs are repeats.   Currently wearing these:
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    • Perfect Wear Eyeshadow Stick – Golden Bronze
      • ☆☆☆☆☆- I love this.  It’s so pigmented and smooth and the color payout is gorgeous.  I want to buy all of these. All. of. them.

    SWATCHES:  Pictured are the Perfect  Wear Eyeshadow stick in Golden Bronze and the Kleancolor Madly Matte Lipsticks in Raven and Catalina.
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      $1 x 13 + $3.95 shipping = $16.95 So I didn’t love every single item from this haul, I’m A-okay with that.  I have a bunch of items in my cart that I’m even more excited to try.  They offer some $1 foundations that I think would be fun to review and I’m in love with their boho-style jewelry so I can’t wait to get my hands on some of that.   Pin this post!

    Review + Swatches: City Colors Eyeshadow Trio Falling Leaves

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    eyeshadow trio in Falling Leaves

    Hey everyone! Today is a review on the City Colors Cosmetics eyeshadow trio in Falling Leaves.  I received this is my January ipsy bag and have fun trying it out.  I’m actually kind of phasing out of eyeshadows for the most part.  I tend to go for a lot more neutral colors these days and don’t put much variation in my everyday looks.  I liked the oranges of the Falling Leaves trio because they were still on the “neutral” side kind of with just a bit of warmth.  This is a perfect palette for fall obviously but I think they’re great winter shades too.

    Swatches

    This trio contains a matt pumpkin base shade, a light peachy orange, and a dark bronze brown shade.  Overall, I thought these were nicely pigmented, especially the darker color, which also happens to be my favorite of the three.

    Application:

    These pigments apply pretty smoothly.  The matte orange isn’t quite as pigmented as the other two so it does take at least two layers to get the rich orange.  I didn’t find a difference in color payoff between using primer and not using it.  At least the few times I’ve used them so far, I haven’t had an issue with much fallout which is definitely a plus for me.

    Longevity:
     When I wore these colors on Friday, I used Thank Me Later eye primer. After 4 hours, I found these colors still looked the same with no creasing.  After 8 hours, there was a bit of creasing.  This may have been the fault of the primer. Today, I have applied the colors without primer and at three hours, color still looks good.  I’ll update at the end of the the night if it showed creasing without using a shadow primer.

    Price:
    City Cosmetics lists this trio on their website as $5.99 which I think is a great price and is pretty accurate as to what I would say its worth. Its better than some of the cheapo brands but not quite as pigmented as higher end eyeshadows like Too Faced. For $6, this little trio is a pretty good deal and a great compromise if you’re looking for a convenient eyeshadow palette.

    VERDICT:

    3.5/5

    I thought this was a nice little eyeshadow compact with three shades that compliment each other very nicely.  I have red hair, green eyes, and fair skin and the colors worked very well on me.  They blended fairly nicely although the matte shade was a little bit harder to work with and not as smooth.  Pigmentation was midrange, I’ve seen worse but I’ve definitely seen better.  Would I buy this again? Maybe. If I found a good deal on the price then sure.  I have a couple other products from City Colors Cosmetics so I feel like I’d try other eyeshadows based on this review.

    UP NEXT: e.l.f bb cream review for pale skin and NYX HD concealer.   Also thinking about a weekly Indie “try out” post, but I’m to ideas! Tell me what you want to see. 🙂