Hello ladies!! <3 I am SO excited to be doing this post today because August was such a crazy month for me, I haven’t actually done a Saturday Standouts in a few weeks! I HAD to make this happen today though because I have such beautiful products I want to show and share with you. <3
I hope everyone has had a great start to their September and that those of us with kids have had a smooth transition back into school, and of course those of you who are in school yourselves! September is the beginning of my favorite season–fall–as well as my birthday month, so it always makes for a great month for me every year. :-) OKAY, enough chit-chat, let’s dive in!
Product <3 #1: EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (in shade F200) $17.85
Hoooooly mother of foundation Gods, this is definitely my #1 favorite not only for this week but for the entire month of August! I first heard about this British makeup line on You Tube from Amanda Ensing and then Casey Holmes, both of who I love to watch and very much trust their taste.
You can’t buy this in the states right now (Hopefully this changes!!) However you CAN get it on a website called LookFantastic.com and your shipping is even free–completely free. This sells for less than $18, and I can tell you RIGHT now I would HAPPILY pay way more to have this foundation (shhh!).
“This lightweight foundation is specially formulated for Asian, Middle/Far-Eastern or Mediterranean complexions, and is enriched with light diffusers to cleverly detract light away from lines, wrinkles and blemishes. Formulated with ‘true colour’ pigments, it blends perfectly with your skin tone, creating a natural, skin-on-skin effect.” (from the website)
I could not agree more! This does not settle into ANY fine lines or sink into my large pores, it does not cling to dry spots, it helps control oil like a mother trucker and LASTS FOR-EVER… I can put this foundation on at 7am and not touch it up till around 4pm, and even then I’m just blotting or touching up with a translucent powder.
This is a medium-full coverage foundation and you can build it easily and smoothly without cakey-ness. It has a thicker, very velvety texture and I like to apply it best with a buffing brush. It does come with a pump and I think the packaging is very lovely. It is a plastic bottle, but I like and appreciate that as it travels very well.
I picked up the shade F200, there are 5 shades in all, and this shade fits me perfectly when I am moderately self-tanned. I’m going to be picking up a shade darker as well for when I’m more self-tanned, and I would also like to try out their powder and blusher! <3
Can’t rave enough about this foundation, it has a STUNNING natural finish on me, and I recommend especially if you have neutral/yellow/olive undertones. If you have pink undertones only, I wouldn’t recommend as it was formulated specifically for Asian/Middle Eastern skin tones. :-)
Product <3 #2: Makeup Forever Invisible Cover HD Foundation $42 (125 Sand)
Now when I’m not reaching for my EX1 foundation, this is what I grab for. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation so much. I love the formula, the color-range, the blendability, the long wear time, the finish, the coverage, EVERYTHING. I have this in two shades–the one I’m showing here is in 125 Sand and I wear this when I’m not as self tanned. I wear 128 Almond when I am fully self-tanned. Both are beige and slightly yellow under-toned.
This is full coverage for me, and gives me a gorgeous natural/satin finish. If you are oily this will be more dewy on you, and if you are very dry you can still wear it you will just have more of a matte effect. I am normal/combo skin so it just looks very natural/satin on me personally.
I love to use this foundation with either my flat top kabuki or my beauty blender, and it never disappoints. It will last many hours with minor touching up, and doesn’t settle into my pores too badly, and when I use my porefessional first it doesn’t at all.
I think this is one of those foundations everyone should have in their makeup arsenal, and with as many shade choices as there are, anyone and everyone is sure to find their exact match so I recommend going in and getting color matched or picking up a couple of samples in the shades you think might best suit your skin.
It also comes with a pump which is amazeballs and the packaging is very sleek and lovely.
Product <3 #3: Becca Cosmetics Mineral Blush in “Wild Honey” $32
Thankkkkkkk you miss Jaclyn Hill. <3 Many moons ago (or months) the famed Jaclyn Hill had mention this exact shade of blush from Becca in her all time favorite blushes, and pretty much since then it has been completely out of stock no matter where you look.
It was restocked (and still is) recently and of course the moment I got the product notification from Sephora I swooped up this baby.
This blush is described as a nude peach, and is a very accurate description. On me it pulls as a very warm terracotta with a light peachy tint to it. It is more of a matte formula than the other two Becca blushes I have, and seems to not blend out QUITE as “easily” as them, however still that amazing, velvety, finely milled Becca formula.
I will say being a lover of these blushes, this ISN’T my FAVORITE shade of the 3 I have, but it is definitely one of my favorite blushes that I own.
I will ALSO say that I do think you could find an exact dupe for this in a MAC blush, which would be half the cost, however if you are a lover and collector as I am of this blush line, I promise you WILL be happy you bought it, and I have reached for it many, many times this month, and this week. <3
Product <3 #4: MAC blush in “Melba” & “Margin” $17-$21
I mean c’mon, would it BE a Saturday Standouts for me without including at least one MAC blush!?? ;-) But really–these are the two newest to my collection of MAC blushes, and at first when I opened them up I was puzzled–because they looked EXACTLY the same. However, one is a satin/shimmer finish and the other is matte.
So basically what I’ve discovered is that alone as individuals they are gorgeous, but also layered TOGETHER they make a stunning pair–somewhat like laying the same color lip gloss over top of a lipstick to make it more “shiny”. :-)
Melba is described as a soft coral-peach.
Margin is described as a peach with golden shimmer.
So yes, they are definitely not identical twins, but fraternal twins I’d say heck yes!
Product <3 #5: MAC Lipstick in “Diva” $16
YAY FALL!!!! I just had to say that–this lipstick has been hiding away from me all summer and I MISSED HIM SO MUCH! <3 This is the most STUNNING, vampy reddish-burgundy lipstick EVER. It is a matte formula so it can be a tad drying, so I like to top it off with Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in “Seduction” and line my lips with NYX Lip Liner in “Plum.
The combo is SO spot on–so sexy and feminine, it looks fantastic paired with a neutral eye, or even a very smokey eye if you feel the urge. :-) I have worn this lipstick twice this past week and I absolutely can’t get enough of it! <3
Product <3 #6: BareMineral’s Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara $18
I’ve mentioned this product before, quite a few months ago when I had a sample of it. I fell in love with it from that sample and have been meaning to pick up the full-size ever since. Well I finally did, and I’m definitely not regretting it. I will say that this is a wetter formula mascara, and I have found that the longer you have it (and it thickens up a bit) the better it wears–I don’t know why–it just does! Ha ha.
This really makes my lashes sky-high, it volumizes AND lengthens them which is why I love it so much. The wand is very unique, I think the name suits it well ha ha. :-)
This is really inexpensive for high-end mascaras and I like to use it alongside my Miss Manga mascara (I really never use just one mascara, I always layer them) and the look and effect is gorgeousness. <3
Product <3 #7: Essie Nail Polish in “Bordeaux” $8.50
If anything screams fall for me personally in the makeup world, it’s the color “bordeaux”. When everyone went crazy for the color last fall, I was in HEAVEN because I have always loved and integrated this color into my makeup and fashion every fall. This is the epitome of the color genre, it is a great formula as I find all Essie polishes to be (Sans maybe a couple) and I feel so…. so fashionable when I wear it–don’t ask me why–lol! :-)
It’s just stunning and if you’re into this shade at all, I’d pick up this and of course MAC’s Diva lipstick as well as I mentioned a moment ago ;-).
Alright my sweet friends, that’s about it for this week, I hope you’ve all enjoyed, and as always leave me comments below of the products YOU’VE been loving, or your opinions on these that I’ve mentioned if you have tried them yourselves. :-)