Wet N Wild has released a few new products for spring that others have been raving about so I wanted to give them a try! They released a few new things from their Photofocus line such as a foundation, powder and concealer as well as some Liquid Lipsticks. Check out my video below for mini reviews of the products. Under the video I give more in-depth reviews as well as pictures and swatches with direct links to the items. Enjoy!
I will talk about the face products first. My skin is oily and I have large pores on my cheeks. I get the most oil on my nose, cheeks and chin so I look for products that are long lasting, matte, medium-full coverage and just make my skin look smooth and perfect.
The new face products were tested under 7 light situations to help create a smooth flawless matte finish. The products contain light diffusing pigment to be “#selfieready” and aren’t supposed to give off a white cast. Here are the 7 light conditions the products were tested under according to Wetnwild.com:
Clear Blue Sunlit Sky
The first product I tried was the Photo Focus Foundation in the color Shell Ivory and this retails for about $5.99. It has a spatula applicator that helps me put product on the back of my hand. The texture is like a mixture of liquid and cream. It is on the more watery side. I tried applying this with a Beauty Blender and an Artis like brush. Both ways applied about the same. The product gives a light medium coverage and is semi build able. I can still see some discoloration peeking through but not much. This feels a bit heavy on the skin as the day goes on as well. I would also like to point out this smells exactly like wall paint. The smells is very strong and a little off putting. If you are sensitive to smell I wouldn’t recommend picking it up. After applying the foundation and before applying powder or concealer I took a picture with the flash on my camera. As you can see in the pictures below I had MAJOR flashback. This was super disappointing to me as they basically promise no flashback. I wouldn’t mind flash back or white cast since I rarely go anywhere and take flash pictures but the fact that they market it as no white cast made me super disappointed. As for the wear throughout the day I noticed on my cheeks as the day went on it got really ruddy looking and didn’t sit well on my face. Overall I personally wouldn’t recommend this product. I know people that have super oily skin and love it but not me. If you want an inexpensive drugstore foundation I would HIGHLY recommend the Elf Flawless finish foundation for $6.00. Check out the Wet N Wild HERE.
Next I used the PhotoFocus Pressed Powder in the shade Warm Light which retails for $4.99. This is a powder that helps diffuse the light, mattify skin and keeps it shine free all day. I have used this product over the PhotoFocus foundation and my go to Elf foundations and love it! It doesn’t give off much pigmentation when you first run your powder brush over it but after a couple swirls it picks it up. I like to dust this all over my face to set my makeup and pat it into my nose and cheeks where I get oily the quickest. This makes my pores INVISIBLE and leaves my skin with a smooth matte/satin finish. I have also noticed since using this I don’t get oily as quickly. I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try. Plus for the price you can’t beat it! Check it out HERE.
The final face product I tried was the PhotoFocus Concealer in the shade Light Ivory which retails for $3.99. This is supposed to be a high coverage creamy concealer and I heard it is comparable to the NARS creamy concealer which I have never tried. I use this product on my blemishes and redness on my face as well as under my eyes. I wish they had a lighter shade for under my eyes to help brighten them. The lightest color is the perfect match for my skin and doesn’t look bad under my eyes but I would like a little brightness. Besides that this concealer is AMAZING! It is super creamy, high coverage and blends like a dream. It isn’t full coverage as a tiny bit of discoloration can show through but not much! It also doesn’t get cakey as the day goes on as I have found with other high coverage concealers. It is also super pigmented so a little goes a long way. It also works well under my eyes. It blends like a dream and provides the perfect coverage and doesn’t crease throughout the day! If you get 1 thing from this line I recommend the concealer. It is the best drugstore concealer or any concealer I have ever tried and the price is a STEAL. Check it out HERE.
Now on to the lips. I picked up 3 of the Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks in the colors Give Me Mocha, Berry Recognize and Video Vixenwhich retail for $4.99. After filming I also picked up the colors Rebel Rose and Nice to Fuchsia. These promise a lightweight matte formula, that don’t dry out lips. The packaging is almost IDENTICAL to that of the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks which is crazy. The want has a little divot in it that is perfect for getting that crisp line. The formula is very comfortable and long lasting through light eating and drinking. If you eat something that is oil based or super greasy it will take the color off but if you eat things that don’t brush against the lips this will last all day. The colors are super pigmented and comfortable! I did have a patchy problem with Video Vixen though. If you layer it over a lipliner it should help. I can’t wait for them to release more colors in the collection. I HIGHLY recommend you go pick them up. If I had to choose 1 color that I own as my favorite it would be Give Me Mocha. It is the perfect nude that could flatter so many skin tones. Check it out HERE.
Overall I think Wet N Wild are really stepping up their game. They have been releasing a ton of products lately at a low price point but are high quality! Did I mention they are vegan and cruelty free? I can’t wait to see everything that is coming out in the spring/summer months. Good thing their products don’t break the bank! Check out the full collection HERE.
Check out my November Boxycharm Unboxing Video below. I also have mini reviews under the videos as well as links to products.
BoxyCharm is $21 a month and promises 5 FULL SIZED products and is always worth over $100! I HIGHLY recommend it for any beauty lover who wants to try out new products, get full sized products, and get the most bang for your buck!
This month's theme was Groovy Town and I got 5 products. BoxyCharm sends everyone most of the same products with a couple variations depending on your profile.
The first product I received was the Vintage Illuminating Face Highlighter and this retails for $32.00. This comes in a beautiful white case that feels heavy and luxurious. This is a coral gold highlighter that could work as a highlighter or a blush topper. Since I have oily skin I never use highlighter. It always scares me and I don't ever want to look overly shiny and greasy.. Since I have gotten a couple highlighters in my latest subscription boxes I have slowly started to use them. I love this one because it has a slight sheen and is not in your face sparkle. It is very natural and gives a slight flushed coral look too. Check it out HERE.
The next item I received was a Studio Makeup Eyeshadow Palette and this retails for $49.95. This is a palette with 9 shadows and is similar in shape and pan size to the Kylie palettes. The colors in this palette range from creme to maroon. These shadows have good pigmentation but can be a little chalky. I wore this on my eyes for Thanksgiving and they lasted all day but needed a couple layers to blend out evenly. It's the perfect palette to travel with as you can make looks ranging from daytime to nighttime smokey! Check it out HERE.
The next item was the Patchology FlashMasque Trip worth $20.00. I like that BoxyCharm sent out 3 different ones to try. One is hydrating, one is illuminating, and the other is exfoliating. These are paper sheet masks and the paper actually feels thick and sturdy and not flimsy. They form to the face well and don't slip off. I used the hydrating one and it left my skin feeling super silky and soft. I was glowing the next day! Check them out HERE.
Next I got The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel retailing for $20.00. I received this in a Beautycon box but have yet to try it. This is a waterproof clear brow gel that holds brows in place all day without being overly sticky or harsh looking. I can't wait to try this out once I am done with my Anastasia brow gel. Check it out HERE.
The final product is a Studio Makeup Soft Blend Blush that retails for $17.00. This is a soft orange peach color that looks super natural. It doesn't give off a ton of pigment but is build able. I don't really like this color on me as it leaves me a bit ruddy looking but the formula is super soft. It is supposed to be long lasting and naturally brightens the face. I think it would look better on deeper skin tones. Check it out HERE.
You just can't beat the value of a BoxyCharm box! For $21 you get 5 full sized products that are always super fun to try out! I saw sneak peeks of the December box and we are getting another eye shadow pallete and a full sized Ofra liquid lipstick! I HIGHLY recommend signing up HERE asap!
Today I am unboxing my first every Boxycharm box! This is a beauty subscription service that sends you 5 full sized products for $21 a month! I always watch these unboxings on Youtube and get jealous because it seems like the sizes are always full sized and the value is always high! Boxycharm seems to send out the same products to everyone with at least 1 product variation.
The first item I received was a full sized Ofra Beverly Hills Highlighter valued at $39.95. At first I wasn’t excited about this since I never use highlighter but it has turned into my favorite of the box! This product has 5 different colors in the pan ranging from gold, to champagne, to lavender. They are all super pigmented individually and super shiny when mixed together. I won’t be using this on my face to highlight but I think these would make great eye shadow toppers and inner corner highlighters. They are super beautiful and I highly recommend trying it out. Check it out HERE.
Next I received a full sized Temptu Shimmer Bronzer valued at $29.50. This can be used with their airbrush system or on its own using a stippling brush. You can stipple this on the places on your face where you naturally contour or you can do what I do and drop a few drops into your lotion and make a slightly tinted bronzer lotion. I also love the subtle shimmer inside. Check it out HERE.
Next I received the Luxie Beauty Eye Blender Brush Pack. I would have been happy with 1 since I like their brushes but we got 3! This pack retails for $36. I love having 3 different sized blender brushes to really help detail the eye and blend everything together! Luxie brushes are super nice and I love the pink color. Check them out HERE.
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I also received a full sized Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème valued at $24.00. This stuff smells so good! I put it on my damp hair before blow drying and it leaves my strands super soft, shiny, and smelling great! I love that it has build in heat protection as well so I don’t have to worry about forgetting to add it into my routine. Check it out HERE.
The final item is the IBY Beauty Three’s Company Eyeshadow Trio valued at $19.00. The pan sizes for these shadows is pretty big and the colors are super soft and pigmented. It comes with a matte cream, a matte brown and shimmery gold. Perfect for day or night looks on the go. I love this but also have similar things to it in my collection. I am still on the fence on whether I will keep it or pass it along. Check it out HERE.
I went to another FREE Sephora class over the weekend and wanted to give you all the details and tips I learned. If you didn’t know, Sephora has free makeup classes a couple times a month (Check them out HERE) that are either before or after the store opens. You get one on one time with the makeup artists, get personalized tips and get to request what products you want to use. The first one I went to was the foundation class (Check out my post HERE). This current one was the Bold Smokey eyes class and I have already signed up for my next one which is Winged Eyeliner! I HIGHLY recommend these classes whether you are a beginner or an expert. They are an hour long and you learn so much!
The Bold Smokey eye class starts out by color matching you to a concealer. You then sit down at your station which consists of a mirror, multiple eye brushes, and other tools. The instructors then ask what your main under eye concerns are so they can give you an eye cream that is right for you. It is very important to put on eye cream at night and during the day. My main concern is dark circles so they gave me this one. It felt nice and lightweight and not sticky or heavy. You can also use it on your lips! Do you ever get little white bumps under your eyes or on top of the lid? Well I learned that this is a clogged pore that is caused by heavy eye cream or an irritating concealer. Try switching products and see if they clear up.
After we put our eye cream on we primed our eyes. I used the Two Faced Shadow Insurance which is one of my favorites. The instructors then ask what color smokey eye you want to create. Half of the class chose black and the other brown. I chose brown. They then handed out pallets to each person to use. Mine was the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad. It had an orange in it which scared me at first but turned out to be beautiful. It did have a ton of fall out and powder when everywhere when I dipped my brushes into it though so be warned.
To start our smokey eye we took a fluffy blending brush (HERE) and took a shade slightly darker then our natural lid color. I mixed a light beige with a tiny bit of brown (all mattes) and put it into my crease using a windshield wiper motion and tiny circles on the outside corner. This really darkens up the crease and adds some soft dimension. You can do this for an everyday look if you just want to add some shadows to your eye. My instructor told me I have smaller eye lid space so to create the illusion of a larger eye to go slightly above my natural crease when filling in. I tried it and it worked! It didn’t look over done or over drawn but it naturally opened up my eye.
We then went in with eyeliner. The instructors emphasized that for this step we use a non waterproof coal based eyeliner. These will blend out the best and not dry down quickly like a waterproof one would. They gave us all the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil which are waterproof so we had to work quickly. They also gave use a smudge brush (HERE) to blend it out. They told us a smokey eye is like smoke from a fire, it is thicker at the bottom and gradually gets dispersed as it gets higher. I thought this was a really great visual to give. We took the eye liner and really darkened the lash line since this is at the bottom of the look. We then colored our eye about halfway up with the liner and looked a bit crazy! Then taking your smudge brush you want to work the upper part out and up toward the crease by used tiny upwards strokes. You don’t want to blend out the lash line since it needs to stay dark but focus on blending to the crease. Try to work one eye at a time so you can really focus on blending the liner out. This can take some time so be patient. Once it is all blended out you will look like a raccoon but it’s OK! It will be fixed soon. After liner you want to set it with eye shadow in the same color as the liner. This is important because it will take any shine away from the liner and also make the liner last longer. It’s like setting your foundation with powder.
Once you are done doing that you want to take that first color you used in your crease and go into the crease again using those same windshield wiper motions and tiny circles. This will help to blend out the harsh eyeliner lines into the crease and create that smokey effect. Blend really well, the more the better! After that is blended take a medium shade with a flat shadow brush (HERE) and pat it along the center of the eye and into the outer corner. This will create dimension and more color. I chose a mix of a burnt orange and dark brown. Once this is on take your blender brush and blend it all out. The key to a great smokey eye is no harsh lines and a smooth transition between colors. You want each color to blend perfectly into the next.
If your smokey eye is black the instructor recommend using eyeliner and shadow on the lower lashes. If it is brown or another lighter color she recommended to just used shadow. Using your smudge brush take your dark color and push it right into your lash liner. You don’t want to put it too far away from the line as this can weigh the look down. It is important to push that color right into the lashes. After that you can apply your favorite mascara! I tried out the Diorshow Mascara and loved it!. I do recommend using false lashes with a look this bold though since your lashes can get a bit lost against the heavy background.
For an added bonus the instructors pulled out the new Urban Decay Moondust cream eyeshadows to put on top of our eyes. I gasped out loud! The colors are so beautiful and pigmented. I chose the color Recharged which is a peach duochrome and bought it after! It is a beautiful sunset duo chrome that is super metallic and beautiful with a bronze eye. If you don’t want to use a cream they suggest either keeping the look matte or going in with a tiny shimmer shade right in the center of the eye and blend. I highly recommend the Urban Decay liquids if you are into metallic eyes.
After we were done they recommend going in with concealer to clean up any fall out from all the eye shadows. And then your look is complete! I didn’t realize how easy a smokey eye is!
Again I really recommend checking out your local classes. They are super personal, let you try out the latest products and are FREE!
Let me know down below what class you would attend? XOX Chan
I recently attended a Free makeup class at my local Sephora. Check out and schedule a class HERE. They have different ones all the time but the one I tried out was the Flawless Foundation Class with ColorIQ matching. I didn't know what to expect so before I went I did my morning skincare routine and went to the store without any makeup.
Since the class was on a Sunday we got to go into the store 2 hours before it was open which was amazing. This helps the staff focus only on you and it is also nice and quiet. When I went in they took me over to their ColorIQ station to color match me to a foundation. The ColorIQ is a little gadget that scans certain parts of your face and then tells you what shade you match with in every brand of the store. It's amazing! The associate also asked what my skin concerns are and what kind of foundations I like to wear. I told her I have oily skin and I like a medium to full coverage foundation.
My associate then told me to try the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation. It is a Long wearing photo ready matte foundation and retails for $48. Check it out HERE. She then took me over to our set up. We each had our own station that included a mirror, foundation brush, concealer brush, Beauty Blender and other makeup tools. I was really impressed. Everything was clean and the staff was super friendly.
While we waited for everyone else she brought me over the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Moisturizer which retails for $38. Check it out HERE. This moisturizer is good for all skin types and is a lightweight gel cream texture. She then brought over the Kate Somerville Goat Milk De- Puffing Eye Balm which retails for $38. Check it out HERE . This Eye cream is cool because it comes in a balm like stick. It is super cooling and felt amazing! Next she brought me the Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti Acne Treatment which retails for $38. Check it out HERE. This went on super creamy and is long lasting. She then got me the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer which retails for $29. Check it out HERE. The final product she got for me was the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder which retails fro $38. Check it out HERE. This powder is silky and lightweight with a matte finish.
Once I sat down we got to work. They first showed us how to apply our moisturizer. They said to work it from the center moving hands in a butterfly wings motion and then working it into our forehead. The moisturizer I tried was super lightweight and hydrating. I wish it had SPF in it though since I only like to use day moisturizers with SPF. They told us to make sure that we not put the moisturizer too close to the eye area because it will interfere with our eye cream. Next we put on our eye cream. I usually only put eye cream on at night but they said it is important to put on during the day to help with under eye concealers. They said to not apply it too close to the lash line because this can cause irritation. You want to use a half pea sized and your ring fingers to apply. Ring fingers have the lightest touch so this is perfect for your delicate eye area. The Eye Balm I used was amazing and felt so cooling and refreshing. It also sank in super fast and didn't feel heavy under my eyes.
After skincare we moved on to priming. They told us to focus the primer on the center of the face and move outwards. I liked this primer because it didn't feel super slippery. I also learned that you can use more than one primer depending on your skin concerns. So if you have an oily T zone and large pores on your cheeks you can use a mattifying primer on the T zone and a pore smoothing one on the cheeks. You want to make sure that your foundation and primer both have the same base as well. This meaning if you use an oil based primer you must use an oil based foundation or a water based primer with a water based foundation. Water and Oil repel each other so if you mix them the foundation separates and melts off. I never knew this and I thought this was a great tip!
We then moved on to the foundation application. They dampened our BeautyBlenders and taught us how to apply foundation with it. I have never used my BeautyBlender for foundation or damp so I was super excited to learn. They told us to apply a small amount of foundation on the backs of our hands and dip the blender into it with the wide side and work from the center outwards. This will help you get coverage where you need it most and avoid the harsh neckline we sometimes get. She said to dot and roll the blender. Since it is wet it sheers out the coverage a bit giving a more natural finish and helps the sponge not soak up excess product so you don't waste it. I tried this and loved it! It did take a bit longer than using a brush but the results were so natural and not cakey at all! I would have preferred a little more coverage but I just used concealer and that helped alot. The damp BeautyBlender also felt really cool and refreshing on the face.
After foundation we took our concealer and dotted it under the eyes and around the nose. When applying the concealer you don't want to apply it too close to the lash line because it will cake and crease up. Application of concealer depends on the formula. I was told the NARS one can be applied with a blender, a brush or the fingers. I chose to use the blender. It did crease a tiny bit but it might be because I didn't set it right away. It was super creamy and blended out great.
We then learned to set our face. They taught us there are 2 types of powders, Setting and Finishing. Finishing powders contain an ingredient that has silica so nothing moves. So if you try to add any product over top it won't work. It also can have a white cast in pictures. Setting powder is what we used because it can be used at any time and doesn't cause a white cast. They told us to use a big fluffy brush and instead of brushing it all over the face we should pat it. This gives more coverage, helps diminish pores and smooths out any uneven foundation lines.
Since our class size was smaller they let us try out the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits Shimmering Perfecter Mineral Blush Duo which retails for $38. Check it out HERE. One side had a blush and the other was a highlighter. I don't normally wear blush or highlighter because I never really learned how to apply them. They told us to use our powder brush for the blush and only take a small amount and tap off the excess. They told us to smile and apply to the apples of our cheeks and up our temples for a more natural blush. They said a good rule is to put 2 fingers between your nose and mouth and don't apply blush this close. If you apply too much blush or get a harsh line use your blender to smooth it out and sheer it out. Next for highlighter they told us to use a smaller fluffy brush to apply on top of the cheekbones. Mine was a bit streaky and looked like a straight line so I am not sure what happened.
After the class we received a bag of samples and were aloud to shop in the store till it opened. This was great because I had a chance to ask the employees about other classes and other products. I want to go to the brow class next month.
Overall I LOVED the class! I learned so much and can't wait to use the tricks I learned with my own makeup. I didn't purchase any of the things I used because I wanted to try the techniques that I learned on the foundations that I already own to see if it worked.
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Have you ever attended a Sephora Class? Which one?
Today I have an exciting post to share with you. Recently Abby from Perfectly Posh reached out to me to try some products from the brand. I had never heard of it before so she also passed along some information about the company.
She was kind enough to send me a couple full sized products as well as a ton of samples! I was blown away by her generosity. She also gave me a beauty bundle to share with one of you so stay tuned to find out how you can win!
Perfectly Posh is a beauty company that uses the best natural ingredients in their products and nothing is over $25! The products are also free of fillers, sulfates, parabens, and parrafins. You guys know I love bargains so when I heard this I had to let you know! Also everything is made in the USA.
There are a wide range of items from skin care to bath products. The 2 full sized products I wanted to try out were the Under Wonder Matte Pore Primer ($20) and Daily Grind Coffee Scrub ($17). As summer approaches and my oily skin gets even oilier I wanted to find something that would control it under my makeup while giving me a smooth canvas. Bonus points for being inexpensive! It also smells like yummy watermelon!
I also chose to try the Coffee Scrub because I have been seeing them EVERYWHERE and wanted to try one for myself. Other coffee scrubs seem to come in bags and are expensive but this one is $17 and comes in the cutest Starbuckequese container! To see my full reviews of these prodcuts and more check out my video.
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Once you are done please leave a comment below this post telling me what type of product you would like to try out. Each comment equals 1 entry.
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Check out my video below where I show you my Holy Grail favorite makeup/ beauty products!
Check out links below to purchase:
The Wet Brush: http://amzn.to/1N3RHcL
Bath and Body Works Spray: http://goo.gl/WnQglf
Self Tanner: http://amzn.to/25DnbSF
Nyx Matte Spray: http://amzn.to/1ZUJij9
Elf Lip Exfoliator: http://goo.gl/ZOJ3gc
Elf Eyebrow Pencil: http://goo.gl/XLOm1e
Elf Undereye Concealer: http://goo.gl/VWk0qZ
Elf Lip Lock Pencil: http://goo.gl/BLNZYQ
Elf Liquid Eyeliner: http://goo.gl/0LFY9Y
Loreal Blow Dry Spray: http://amzn.to/1V1vyUe
Wet n Wild Foundation: http://goo.gl/hbsk5W
Overnight Lip Balm: http://goo.gl/ZKzcQj
Nyx Butter Lipstick: http://goo.gl/O4beVg
Rimmel Bronzer: http://goo.gl/n53u5G
Let me know if you guys have/will try out some of the items above!
What is your #1 Holy Grail beauty item??? XOX Chan