Thursday, September 29, 2016

Current Favorites. September 2016

Hello lovelies!

Today I am bringing you my current favorites of products I feel like I just can't live without right now.
Top to bottom, left to right: elf HD correctors and concealers, Make Up For Ever Aqua XL liners, elf Baked highlighters, Bare Minerals Invisible Light powder duo, Urban Decay One & Done, Neutrogena Nourishing long wear foundation, Benefit Ka Brow, Bobbi Brown bronzers, Tatcha Luminizing dewy skin mist.

Starting with the elf HD correctors and concealers: These are amazing you guys! They are a thin consistency but give great  coverage that looks very skin like once blended. They do run very dark though so even the shade Fair on me is almost too dark for my NC15-NC20 skin. If I'm looking for under eye brightening and/or to highlight the face I'll usually go for the yellow corrector which is beautiful banana shade and is slightly less pigmented than the concealers, so it can be used on a wider range of skin tones. 

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL liners: I have nothing but good things to say about these liners. They came out not that long ago to Sephora and ever since I got my hands on the matte black (M-10), it has replaced all my other dark liners for the waterline. They also have a rich brown, and deep mauve color that I am obsessed with and will be added to my wish list. If you want your liner to stay in place all day, or if you are prone to raccoon eyes with other liners, then I highly recommend you try their new Aqua XL liners.

elf Baked highlighters: I am pretty fair so I use the Moonlight Pearls shade most of the time, which is similar to Becca's' Moonstone or TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, but the Blush Gems shade is a really good dupe for MAC's Soft and Gentle or Becca's Opal. I find myself reaching for this more than any other highlighter and at $4 it can't be beat.

bareMinerals invisible light duo: Although it's not marketed as an HD powder, this is one of my favorite setting, HD, touch up powders! My only complaint is that they don't make these (especially the matte) seperate.

 Urban Decay One and Done: I am always on the hunt for the perfect moisturizer with spf, bonus if it has coverage! This is beautiful under makeup. For me, it stays out of fine lines and tones down redness.

Neutrogena nourishing longwear foundation: I actually bought this a while ago but it got pushed to the side while all the new, fun, fancy foundations got used instead. Now, I do not have great skin (at all)  but when I wear this I have actually gotten those "you have really nice  skin" comments. Definitely one of the best drugstore foundations and certainly beats out many highend foundations too!

Benefit Kabrow: Oh Kabrow, how I love you. This is like the love child of a brow powder and pomade and it is oh so wonderful! I even like brush included in the cap.

Bobbi Brown matte bronzer: Mine is in Medium which has the most perfect warm undertone, never orange though. I love these because no matter how much you put on, it always just give the most gorgeous and natural sun kissed glow... definitely worth the $45!

Tatcha luminizing dewy skin mist: I (like everybody else) love this! Although I didn't love the price tag, so thank goodness I came across the perfect dupe which I blogged about here. Hurray for budget friendly, right!

What are you favorites?! I would love to hear about them.

Until next time,

Pretties and Pastries

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist DUPE

Hello loves!

So, this post is way overdue but I figured better late than never. 

I'm sure by now that many of you have either tried the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist or have at least heard about how amazing it is. I'm completely in love with it too, however what I am not a fan of it is the high price tag ($48 for just 1.35oz). I understand that is a very luxury product and that there is a reason behind the cost, but for most people it's just not practical to use everyday. So while I do love it, I will save it mainly just for special occasions or on days when I'm feeling extra.

Now onto the dupe. A while ago I happened to stumble upon the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Hydrating Primer Mist while looking for Salon Perfect lashes at Walmart. There was a few things about it that drew me in, namely that it said "hydrating", "12hr radiance", and "alcohol free". I mean, sign me up!! With those claims I wanted to douse myself in it, and at $8 for 2.2oz I wouldn't feel even remotely guilty about it. 
If you can get your hands on this dupe I highly recommend that you try it. I have tried them both for months now and the only thing that I can really tell the difference between the two is that the Hard Candy doesn't have the greatest smell (though it dissipates quickly), but the end result between them is always the same for me. Save $40 and get almost double the product... yes please!!

Until next time,

Pretties and Pastries

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Colourpop Flutes and Kaepop Crenshaw swatches

Hello lovelies!

On the Colourpop website it seemed to me like these two looked a bit similar. I'm glad I got them both though because they are quite different and so pretty! 
(Colourpop Flutes from the Alchemy launch, and Colourpop Kaepop Crenshaw swatches on NC15 skin)

Flutes remind me a bit of MAC Soba but in a matte finish or a lighter version of MAC Uninterrupted, and Crenshaw I would say is similar to MAC Saddle but a bit deeper and more neutral. 

Until next time,

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, March 4, 2016

Face Chart Friday #5


I just picked up Kat Von D's Ayesha liquid lipstick this week and I bought it was the perfect inspiration for my face chart this week. 
It's not my favorite overall chart, but I am still completely in love with this lipstick though. 

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, February 26, 2016

Face Chart Friday #4

Hello lovelies,

This week I was inspired by MAC blue brown and Makeup Geek Insomnia pigment. Although when I used insomnia on it, it didn't read very well so I went over it with some shimmery green shadows. I smoked out the crease with gray and paired it with a peachy-nude cheeks and lip. 

p.s. I think her little nose ring is super cute! 

See you next Friday for sure, but hopefully before that!

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, February 19, 2016

Face Chart Friday #3

Hello lovelies!

I am in LOVE with this weeks face chart! The main reason why... is the glitter. I absolutely adore glitter for makeup looks  and so it was only fitting that I would make that the focus this week. 

Bonus: I got to do a glittery makeup look without the agony of spend hours scrubbing every inch of my face trying remove those glorious little specks of light (You feel me on this one, right?! I can't be the only one that hates removing glitter). Total win!

Until next time,

-Pretties and Pastries

Friday, February 12, 2016

Face Chart Friday #2

Hello lovelies,

It's Friday again and that means the weekend is finally here, and it's time for my second face chart Friday! 

I tried to do a gray winged liner, with a cut crease, and glossy red lips but the liner was a bit overshadowed by the lashes. I'm still trying to learn all the tips and tricks for making these dynamic. It's hard to make things appear how you invision them to look, especially when it comes to doing a glossy/glittery/dewy look.

Until next time,

-Pretties and Pastries