I’ve officially launched my personal style and beauty blog this past week and I am so excited to have made it to this point! I have an obsession for clothes and makeup, but was too afraid to put myself out there to ever start my own blog. Well, I eventually learned to suck it up because this is something that I really wanted to do for so long. I realized that I was holding myself back from so many possibilities and experiences because of my fear, so, here I am!
This past month has been stressful with the setup of my blog and attempting to troubleshoot all of the technical errors. When people say that starting a blog takes a lot of work, they aren’t kidding! But, I’ve enjoyed the process thus far because I have the opportunity to learn so many new skills, and I am truly excited to put my creative side to good use.
This blog will mostly consist of beauty and fashion related topics. You can expect to find reviews, hauls, style boards, and outfit of the days among other things. My goal is to give insight into makeup products that maybe you were researching or were curious about, or inspire you into figuring out what to wear ( I know we all have that “what do I wear” panic from time to time!).
I hope that if any of you are inadvertently holding yourself back from your passion or your goals, that you seize the moment and take the first step towards your dream! #sappyrantover
Many of you may already be familiar with the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. It’s been raved about on YouTube and blogs as a revolutionary and versatile product —a real game changer. I gave in to the hype and had to see for myself how amazing these drops really were.
I was originally intrigued by customizable coverage and finish. Based on the chosen base (any serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, BB cream, sunscreen, etc), you can opt for a dewy, natural, or even matte finish. The coverage can also be customized to your liking based on how many drops are used. According to the Cover FX website, 1 drop gives you sheer coverage and it can be built up to complete coverage with just 4 drops.
In my experience 1 drop was way too sheer to even be called sheer coverage. 2 drops gives slight coverage but still remains very natural as it doesn’t hide your skin and imperfections. Anything above 2 drops is medium-to-full coverage.
One of my favorite ways to use the drops is to mix it with current foundations that are now too dark for me. I only need to mix 1 or 2 drops to get the perfect shade or neutralize foundations that are too pink.
*For reference I am an NC 20-25 and the G20 is too light. (The swatches look very dark but I promise it matches my face!)
There are endless mix and match possibilities and I’ve experimented… A LOT. I’ve found that gel-based lotions or primers don’t work as well with the drops because it tends to sheer out the coverage.
Using cream-based moisturizers and primers did help with the overall finish, but I noticed a lot of separation on my T-Zone after only a couple of hours of wear. Granted, I have combination to oily skin, but I did expect for it to hold up better.
The Custom Cover Drops comes with a dropper, which makes it easy to control the amount of product being used, but it creates a huge mess around the rim of bottle. The product builds up around the rim and oozes out every time you twist the lid back on. Looking at the pictures, you can see the product build-up and what happens after twisting the cap back on. It gets all over the bottle, your hands, and frankly, it’s a big waste of product.
The price point is steep for .5 oz of product, as opposed to the typical 1 oz in foundations. The justification in this, however, is that it’s concentrated pigment and is meant to be used sparingly (literally 1-4 drops at a time). I’ve used this almost daily for several months now and I don’t see myself running out any time soon.
Here’s a quick overview:
Can be used to adjust shade of current foundations
Can skip the foundation step in your routine
Lightweight — Doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any makeup
Customizable coverage and finish
Wide shade range
Extremely messy packaging
Custom Cover Drops Final Thoughts
Overall, I don’t regret my purchase but I’m also not impressed with the product. I’ve read reviews from people who had better experiences (and it looked absolutely gorgeous on them), but for me, it just didn’t live up to the hype. While I do enjoy the convenience and potential of the Cover Drops, the wear and finish just don’t compare to my favorite foundations! Let me know how you use the Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops!
Summer is among us and many of us take this time to get away from our everyday lives to sight-see and lounge by the beach. The idea of vacationing is exciting, except when the only thing between you and the beach is the daunting task of packing. I especially have a hard time condensing my makeup down to the essentials (I once ended up taking three different foundations!). Throughout the years, I’ve learned to hone down my travel makeup essentials to a few must-haves. Some of which I will be sharing with you today.
Urban Decay Naked Basics
The Naked Basics palette is perfect for travel because of its slim and compact size. Smaller than an iPhone 6, it requires minimal space in your makeup bag, but still provides you with a mirror and 6 eyeshadows that are great for both daytime and nighttime looks. Some of these shadows can also serve dual purposes, which means you can pack fewer things! Pop some Venus on the tops of your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose for a fresh glow. Fill in sparse brows with Naked 2 and Faint, as they are great brow powder substitutes. For a softer and more natural look, line your eyes with Crave, a matte black!
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Radiant Creamy Concealeris one of my all-time favorite concealers. I love taking this with me when I travel because of its multi-functionality. It’s creamy and blendable with medium-to-high coverage that works well on blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, under the eyes, and it also doubles as an eyeshadow primer. On days when I don’t feel like wearing a full face of makeup, I cover my blemishes with this concealer and lightly powder to set. That way, I still get the coverage I need without the heavy feeling of wearing a foundation!
Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil
Brow Wiz makes eyebrow maintenance very minimal and ridiculously easy. This is great for when you’re on the go because you don’t need any other tools or brushes for application. Brow Wiz has a mechanical pencil on one side and a spooley on the other!
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
The Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed is a beautiful matte, nude pink that looks very natural on the skin and is versatile with several makeup looks and skin tones. The star ingredient, Amazonian Clay, is great for minimizing oil, improving the longevity of wear, and keeping the skin hydrated.
Diorskin Forever Compact
Diorskin Forever is a silky smooth and luxurious powder that blends seamlessly into the skin for a satin matte finish. Because it is so finely milled, it gives a naturally flawless look that isn’t cakey. The compact conveniently comes with a large mirror and a sponge applicator, perfect for travel or carrying in your purse for quick touch ups.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
The matte Hoola bronzer gives a natural warmth that is perfect for an all-over bronze or contouring. Its soft texture makes it easily blendable and the light brown color leans a bit cool-toned which means, no orange fake tan look!
Just Bitten balm stain is hands down one of my favorite drugstore products. It’s a long-lasting lip balm that moisturizes your lips and leaves a soft stain (available in 12 different colors). The color “Honey” is especially a favorite of mine because it’s suitable for everyday use and leaves a beautiful rosy-pink tint after the balm has worn off. I find this ideal for travel because it’s one of those products you can apply and forget about, but still looks fantastic.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation
When you’re out and about, the last thing anyone wants to worry about are touch ups. Hourglass Immaculateis my go-to foundation for travel. I have a very oily t-zone and this is the only thing that will last through the heat, humidity, and a long day of exploring. This seriously weightless foundation has buildable medium-to-full coverage and uniquely dries to a powder, so you can expect minimal oil and long wear time. The velvet matte finish does accentuate dry patches, so make sure you are well moisturized and exfoliated before applying!
Avoid packing bulky foundation bottles by pumping the amount you will need into a contact case!
Save your sample-sized eyeliners, mascaras, lipsticks, bronzers, and primers for travel! It’s a great way to bring some of your favorite products without the extra bulk!
Share with me some of your travel makeup essentials and tips!
“What do I wear to the beach?” Summer time = beach season and every year, I scramble to find something to wear. Here are three cute beach outfit ideas that will hopefully inspire you during your search for the perfect outfit! All three outfits were put together with the notion that it is HOT outside, so the outfits were kept light and minimal.
The first outfit is a very simple girl-next-door look, but the woven detail on the cover up spices it up and keeps it from being too plain. The fabric itself is light and airy, perfect for those hot summer days when you can’t be bothered to wear anything heavier. I love handkerchief dresses and that was the inspiration for the second outfit. It’s more reserved than the first outfit yet it has a flirty feel to it because of the unique cut. The swimsuit is also a little bit more reserved, but I absolutely love the scalloped detailing! Lastly, I wanted to put together a casual outfit. It’s your typical jean shorts and graphic tee combo, but the accessories really pull this look together for a chic feel (and I’m loving the Beyonce reference!).
Whether your looking for a cute outfit for the beach or the pool, I hope these style board helped spark some inspiration. Leave me a comment and share your beach/pool day must-haves!