What I Tried In June.

Beauty Products Tested June

Some months, I don’t get to blog as much as I want to. Even if I’m not writing blog posts or posting on social media, my brain is always in blogger mode. I’m constantly looking for new things to try and review. There were a bunch of products I didn’t get to review this month (But I did review drugstore highlighters under $5 and lip glosses for people who hate lip gloss!) that  I still wanted to give some love and attention to, so I thought I’d give you a break down of what worked, what didn’t, and what was just okay.

The Good

I wasn’t sure I was going to like the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise considering what a love/hate relationship I have with the high end product it’s supposedly a dupe for, the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (review here). But can I just say, this stuff is good. I have it in the waterproof formula and it is so damn good. It does have an hour glass wand, which when combined with it’s amazing formula, creates lasting curl and volume. It has a pretty wet formula right off the bat, but I expect it to dry down in the next couple weeks (and possibly become even better!).

Matte blushes have my heart. They don’t emphasize my pores the way shimmery one sdo and they look more natural to me. My love for the Fiona Stiles Soft Cheek Veil in Imperial rivals my love for the Too Faced Love Flush Blushes (mini review). The formula is smooth, long-lasting, and pigmented. The soft peachy rust shade blends well with other products  and looks great with warm or cool-toned looks.

Beauty Products Tested June

I’m a matte lip lover. I’ve been obsessed with the Fiona Stiles Color Impact Matte Lip Crayons in Love Lane and Heliotrope. The formula is a comfortable matte with full, one-swipe opacity that lasts and lasts. They’re seriously the most long-wearing traditional matte lipsticks I own. They remind me of the MAC Retro Matte formula (My favorite is the classic Ruby Woo, of course.), but without being extremely drying. Heliotrope is described as a red plum and Love Lane is the most summery, bright magenta. PS They smell like milk chocolate. Yum.

The Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Brimming Berry is the opposite of the Fiona Stiles lipsticks I just mentioned. It’s slightly more sheer, but buildable and incredibly hydrating. It’s my go-to for very light makeup days. Brimming Berry is a true berry shade that leaves a soft pink stain when it wears away. It does wear away, but it does so gracefully.

The Meh

I thought the NYX Shine Killer was going to be my answer to a mattifying primer. I hate the feeling of slippy, slidey primer and this is the slippiest and slidiest. It fills in pores and smooths over texture, but it doesn’t mattify and that smooth feeling doesn’t last either. My quest for a matte primer continues.

The Garbage

When I picked up the bareMinerals Translucent Powder Duo after running out of my beloved bareMinerals Mineral Veil loos setting powder. It doesn’t even come close. I thought it would be nice to use the matte powder on my T-zone and cheeks and the glow powder on my more normal spots. The powders are smooth and apply nicely, but the matte, natural finish doesn’t last. Not one bit. I’m shiny 10 minutes later. The glow powder is nice, but it looks like it leaves a very obvious white cast on my face. As if I needed another reason to dislike this guy, I bought it right after it came out and 2 weeks later I found it in TJMaxx for $15. I guess they know how much it sucks too.

What Needs More Testing

Remember that search for the best mattifying primer I mentioned? Well, the Revlon Photoready Pore Reducing Primer is one I’m testing during my search. I don’t have full thoughts on it yet, but I will soon!

I already know I like the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, but I want to try it in combination with a couple different products before I do a full review.

-Tara Joy

11 thoughts on “What I Tried In June.

  1. KimandMakeup

    Becca Evermatte primer is INTENSELY mattifying but a bit hard to work with. Worth it though! Another mattifier I’ve recently discovered is the Urban Decay Velvetizer- must have for oily skin imo.

    1. Tara Joy

      I’ve used a sample of it before and experienced how hard it can be to make it work. I felt like the finish on my skin wasn’t the best though. I have to try that out!

      -Tara Joy

  2. mandibelle16

    I want to try your Bareminerals highlighter looks fantastic! And I agree awesome new L’Oreal Mascara even bought it’s a dupe. Honestly, L’Oreal has some if the best mascara whatever version you buy (I usually get a Waterproof one) and I have tried many other mascara’s at twice or three times the cost and rarely found a comparable mascara 🙂

    1. Tara Joy

      The BareMinerals highlighter in the powder duo was actually one of my least favorite products from last month ): It’s honestly not flattering on the skin if there are any visible pores or texture. Plus, it just doesn’t last. I always use waterproof mascara as well! I do enjoy L’Oreal, but really love CoverGirl mascaras as well.

      -Tara Joy

      1. mandibelle16

        Thanks, yeah I ended up going with a Becca one. There’s a Too Faced Candle highlighter that’s awesome too that I usually use 🙂 both around $40.00. Too Faced one lasts quite long.

      2. Tara Joy

        I love the Becca highlighters! They’re so multi-dimensional and creamy! I’ve never tried the Too Faced one before. Might have to give it a look.

        -Tara Joy

      3. mandibelle16

        It’s very good. Comes into two shades with a light goldfish/white highlighter and a pinkish highlighter in each of the two shades. I can see the second one that’s more your skin coloring looking fantastic on you and good to know about the Becca highlighters! I wanted a change for now 🙂 I spent about 30 min in Sephora testing all these highlighters out, my arms and hands were covers 🙂

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