Winter in Manhattan Beach 

Hey guys! 

A few months  ago I signed up for Fabfitfun and I got this lotion. 


The lotion is called Winter in Manhattan Beach by Lilley Anderson. I LOVE it! 

It has a very clean and fresh smell and I have tried to make it last as much as possible. I received this full size in the subscription box, but I am definitely going to repurchase. 

These retail for $25 on the Lilley Anderson website. On their website they state that they never test on animals and the products contain all botanical ingredients. 

I absolutely love this lotion. I love using it before bed after I shower, and sometimes randomly throughout the day so that I can smell it. The scent lasts a pretty long time on my skin. 👍🏼 

Let me know if you’ve tried this and whether or not you love it! Also if you’ve tried any of the Lilley Anderson products please recommend them below so that I can give them a try! 

Til next time! 
lesli 

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Favorite Foundation – FIT Me by Maybelline NY

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HEY GUYS!

So for this post I just wanted to share with you my favorite foundation. I have always struggled with foundation because when I buy from drugstores or big department stores like Walmart I can’t find the perfect shade! It became very stressful for me so I decided to shop at places like Sephora, where I would have the opportunity to test the product before I purchased. The only issue with that is that IS EXPENSIVEEEE! *in one of my thousand accents* I went through a phase where I really liked the NARS brand, but it took me some time to realize that some products are simply NOT for me, and that I should move away from only purchasing a brand because I like it to actually purchasing products that are for me (skin tone, skin type, formula, etc).

(I’m not saying NARS is a bad product, it just isn’t for me. I do love their pencil lipsticks A LOT. I will do a review on my favorite lipstick soon!)

I had used Maybelline’s FIT Me foundation once before because I needed something ASAP and the closest Sephora to me is about 40 min away. I stopped by Walmart and I grabbed this because, well it was less than $6! I believe it runs for $5.94 at Walmart and I honestly couldn’t pass on it! I really liked it the first time I used it, but I got the wrong color. This second time around I grabbed the perfect color for my skin and lemme tell ya… I’VE BEEN BLESSED WITH THE PERFECT EVERYDAY FOUNDATION.

I am on the fair skin side with some olive tones (arms, legs, and basically the rest of my body), but I do have some red on my cheeks and on my nose. Because of this I was told that I needed to get something with a more pink undertone for my foundation.

I have found it to be really good on my skin because my skin is usually dry when I come out of the shower. I moisturize after the shower and allow it to set before applying any products on my face. My face tends to get really oily after a few hours of wearing makeup and it is sooooo annoying. I have to constantly tap some of the oil off and it’s really inconvenient. When I apply it I use either a brush or recently I’ve been applying with the EcoTools Blending Sponge and it is AH-MAZINGGGGG! I’ve found that my face doesn’t look as oily since it is a matte foundation.

I also started using the setting powder with the foundation. I used to not use this but I went ahead and tried it since I was told it could help with the oiliness..(is that a word?? it is now! HA!).

Here is a picture of me with the product on!

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“Nude Beige, 125.”

I applied the foundation with a foundation brush this day, but I do prefer using the sponge when applying liquid foundation!

This is a product that I will definitely be repurchasing. It is hard for me to let go of my favorite brands, but ladies & gents, sometimes just because it costs more does not mean it’s better. Everyone has different types of skin and it’s important for you to find something that goes well with your skin type. I had to learn the hard way by purchasing expensive foundations, but I have found that this foundation is for me!

Thanks for reading!

 

xoxo,

lesli

ECOTOOLS – Perfecting Blender Duo

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Hey guys!

Hope you are all doing great!

Today I wanted to talk to you guys about these new EcoTools blending tools. Now, I’m not a makeup artist. I’m not an expert in these but I saw these that many makeup artist that I follow are going crazy about these blending sponges. Some are saying that it’s better than…well, ya know! Because everyone is talking about these, I went ahead and bought some so that I could give them a try.

I have never used the Beauty Blender (cuz das really expensive!!), but I have used the Real Techniques sponge and I loved that one! I didn’t have any issues with the Real Techniques sponge, I actually really like it, but I figured, why not try something new right?

The first thing that I noticed about the EcoTools sponge is the fact that there are TWO sponges! I instantly became excited to see that you can get two in a package. I bought mine at Walmart and the price was $9.98. DAS NOT BAD! Now the RT does have two full size sponges for the same price, but there are a few differences between the two.

Here are some of the details on the EcoTools blending sponges:

It has two flat sides, a flat edge, and a round bottom.

The smaller sponge is perfect for concealing and baking underneath the eyes (more precise coverage). While the larger sponge is idea for the rest of the face.

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dry sponges 

Both of the sponges increase in size when they are wet (similarly to the other sponges). The packages does say that you can use these both wet and dry.

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wet sponges 

My thoughts:

“Wow…these are super soft!”

“Aww a baby sponge! How cute”

“I like the color.”

“Baby sponge is definitely a lot firmer than the mama sponge.”

I really like the sponges. I tend to have very dry skin when I come out of the shower so I really like items that help apply my makeup on smoothly and that cover the cracking that can happen if you have really drive skin and I found that the sponges do a good job of covering my face very well. I thought it applied my foundation beautifully and smoothly. I would definitely recommend you give it a try!

Leave your thoughts on the sponges below if you’ve tried them! I’d love to hear your experience with them or any tips on how you use them! 🙂

 

xoxo,

lesli

Kat Von D-Liquid Lipsticks

Lolita & Berlin

Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I’ll be doing two posts this week.

About a month ago I purchased my very first Kat Von D lipstick, “Lolita.” This color was actually recommended by one of my best friends. She had mentioned how it was one of her favorites so I decided to give it a try!

My first reaction was “oooo how smooth!” I love the way that the product went on my lips. It was smooth, and pigmented, and it didn’t dry my lips drastically. I usually just put one coat on, but I’ve done two a few times and it just makes the color look a little darker.

This chestnut rose mauve (matte finish) color looks great during the fall (and I’ve read a lot of reviews on how this is more of a fall color) but I’ve worn it in the springtime and it still looks great! I think it works well as a nude lipstick that can be dressed up or down. I’ve worn this lipsticks to interviews (professional attire) and to class (causal attire, white t-shirt, and tennis shoes). In my opinion there’s no limits to this lipstick. It’s a great everyday color!

Lolita (left) & Berlin (right)

The second color I purchased is called “Berlin.” I’ve been trying to transition into a coral color, but I’m having a difficult time just purchasing a coral without trying it first. Berlin is a warm rose colored with a matte finish. Similar to Lolita, Berlin is super pigmented, the quality is great, it goes on smooth and it doesn’t dry my lips. The consistency of the lipstick is very thin, I would recommend two coats on this color just to get full coverage. The product dries quickly, which keeps it from transferring.

One thing that I have noticed is that I have to reapply about every two and a half hours (an hour if I’m eating/drinking). I’ve noticed that after I’ve ate something the product begins to wear off faster than before. I am not a very careful person when it comes to food so this could possibly be my own fault! The edges of the lips are the only part that doesn’t come off easily. Sometimes when removing the lipstick I find it difficult to get it all off.

Overall I really love these lipsticks, they are worth the price, and so far have lasted me at least a month (and I wear Lolita a lot)! I’m looking into purchasing “Santa Sangre.” This is a red orange color. Another step closer to that coral!

If you’re looking for a great everyday lipstick, I’d give Lolita a try! If you’re not sure if mauve colors are your thing, try out Lolita 2 (light to medium skin tone). I personally haven’t tried this color, yet but if you have let me know what you think about it!
Thanks for reading! ❤