Makeup Monday

Hey there, lovelies! Happy Monday! I’ve got a few new makeup items I’ve been using that I love and I wanted to tell you all about them.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

I’m kind of really obsessed with this primer. I bought the smaller tube to try it but I think I’ve just found the greatest thing ever. The pores in my t-zone and chin are HUGE (like I could store stuff in there) so by the end of the day, my makeup looks horrid around that area. This has been amazing at smoothing that zone over and making my pores look smaller. It also gives you a matte finish so if that’s what you’re looking for and you have trouble with large pores, I would definitely give this a try. You can get it from Sephora here.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray

Not only do I have large pores but I have an oily face, especially around my t-zone. I’m surprised my makeup doesn’t slide down my face and onto my keyboard. I had been using Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray and it definitely was better at keeping my makeup on than when I don’t use a spray but I felt that it still wasn’t doing the trick.

I decided to try this one instead since it’s directed more towards oily faces and bingo. It’s perfect. I can feel that the formula is different just in the way it sets on my face. I felt like their All Nighter spray was a little sticky in a way, at least on me, but this one is light and amazing. By the end of the workday, my makeup still looks put together and not splotchy because some areas have come off. You can get it from Sephora here.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme!

I am a sucker for anything that will make my lashes look even longer and more voluminous. When I was at Ulta the other day, I saw this little kit and decided to try it. I have to say, it’s not bad at all. It separates my lashes out really well and there are no clumps! You use the gold tube to prime your lashes, the white tube to add lash extension fibers, and then you seal it all with the gold tube again. The white tube is kinda of fun because it’s like you’re swiping on cotton or little fluffballs. Anyway, I really enjoy this one. I especially like to use it without eyeliner because it gives you a great, semi-natural looking lash with no clumps so you look like you have a natural set of bomb eyelashes. You can get this kit from Ulta here.

CoverGirl Easy Breezy Brow Eyebrow Mascara

I’ve been using this for a while now and I realized that when I found out they changed their tube design haha. This stuff is cheap and works amazingly at keeping my eyebrow hairs from moving. The color I use is Rich Brown and matches my Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse so my brows always look great. You can get it at your nearest drugstore or from Ulta by clicking here.

Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation

I’m always looking for a new foundation and new things to try on my face so when one of my friends mentioned this one, I had to get it. First of all, it really does smell like peaches. Well, maybe not exactly, but it does smell fruitier than other foundations! It goes on super smooth and I feel like it does a good job at covering up imperfections. I was pleasantly surprised that it stayed on really well and didn’t leave me with an orange face (dang you, oxidation!) which is always a plus! It helps tremendously for those with oily faces like me AND doesn’t transfer very easily so if you’re also like me and realize you have makeup smudges on all your clothes in random spots, get this lil baby. You can find it at Sephora here. Thanks for the suggestion, Ashley! <3

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

Last week, I was moseying along inside of Ulta with some of my coworkers while we were waiting for a table at a nearby restaurant and I realized they sell MAC now! I clearly hadn’t been to Ulta for a while. I’ve always wanted to try their makeup because I love their lipsticks and lip primer but it was never super readily available to me or I would just forget about it. Anyway, I sat down on the chair and had one of the girls match me and I fell in love. This color is probably the closest match to my skin that I have ever found in my whole life. I didn’t even think it was possible for me. It stays on all day and plays well with my primer and setting spray that I mentioned above. It doesn’t feel heavy and if I touch my face, it doesn’t transfer easily either. Get it from Ulta here.

Sephora’s Birthday Gift

This year, the birthday gifts from Sephora are pretty freaking cool. The first one is a lip & eye mini kit from Kat Von D with her Tattoo Liner, setting powder, and little lipsticks. The second one is a moisturizer and cleanser set from Drunk Elephant. This is the one I got. The girl that worked at Sephora told me that it’s the best set she’s ever had. They’re known to help minimize pores and heal your skin so that’s what I’m about to do. I haven’t used it just yet so stay tuned for a review on this!

What are your new makeup faves?? Please share! I love finding new and awesome products.

New Beauty Faves

Whenever I find new products, I’m always ranting and raving about it to everyone. I found a few that I wanted to talk to you guys about and hope you love them as much as I do!

I am, by no means, a makeup artist but I do love trying out new makeup every once in a while! Recently, I was at Ulta trying to buy a gift for someone else but how can you not shop around for yourself while you’re there? It’s incredibly hard not to.

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I’m a huge fan of Tarte Cosmetics so I thought I’d try their Amazonian Clay foundation. It has been so good! I’m shocked how well of a coverage it gives me with so little. It’s also such a good match to my skin that I was very pleasantly surprised. If you haven’t tried it, you should. My shade is Tan Honey & you can get it from Ulta here.

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I had also heard a lot about Living Proof’s In-Shower Styler and I’m already a fan of their dry shampoo so I thought I’d try it. This stuff is so easy to use and it’s great! I just wash my hair like normal in the shower and then after I rinse out my conditioner, I massage and scrunch in some of the Styler, wait a little bit and then lightly rinse (you don’t want to rinse all of it out). It gives me some great waves and curls without doing much work. Try it out & tell me what you think! You can get it from Ulta here.

For Christmas last year, Steph got me a great oval makeup brush that I just starting using more often. I had never tried using these types of brushes before so at first when I got it, I wasn’t super impressed. But I started using it more often when I had time to spend on doing my makeup and I fell in love with it. It makes my foundation look so smooth and helps me cover up blemishes. You can get it from Amazon here. I definitely recommend having one of these brushes in your arsenal because it’s a game-changer.


Just like I like trying on new foundations, I also love trying out liquid eyeliners. I’m always looking for a long-lasting eyeliner because I swear mine always rubs off. I stopped by Sephora at the mall the other day and found Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line and thought I’d try out her eyeliner. This is quite possibly the greatest eyeliner I’ve found yet. It stays on SO WELL. It has stayed on through naps, the hot Utah summer, and has stayed on during those times when I’ve come home super late and fell asleep without taking my makeup off (I know, bad Michelle). I’m hooked. You guys have to try it for yourselves and tell me what you think! You can get it from Sephora here.

I can’t wait for you guys to try these products out! Let me know what you think!

Michelle’s Top 10 Beauty Products

Since Steph shared her favorite beauty products, I thought you’d like to know what my staples are too! We both love telling each other when we’ve found a super cool new product to try and now we get to share it with you! You can get most of this stuff at Sephora, Amazon, drugstores or the brand’s online store.

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Essie nail polish in Blanc is a must have for me. White nail polish can make any outfit look cleaner and brings out your tan more than any other color. It’s my favorite color in the summer but I wear it all year round. I think I’ve bought more bottles of Essie’s Blanc than any other nail polish ever. Buy it from Target here.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is my go-to. I’ve tried lots of other foundations yet I still keep a bottle of this around because it’s just tried and true. I had great skin in high school but have struggled as an adult with acne and redness. This has helped cover my redness and make my skin look so great. The color I use is Vallauris.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is my favorite way to take off my makeup. I used to use makeup wipes but I switched to this because I don’t have to keep restocking on wipes so often. I use the pink bottle for all skin types but I’ve heard the green bottle mattifies your skin so when this one runs out, I may try that one.

My favorite dry shampoo is hands down Perfect Hair Day by Living Proof. I love the way it smells and it makes my hair feel cleaner after using it. I always keep a bottle around for those ‘scary’ days.

I love matte lip glosses with a passion for fashion and one of my favorite lip glosses is Posie K by Kylie Cosmetics. It’s the perfect color to go with anything so I keep it in my purse for those days when you need to dress up an outfit really quick.

The Coco & Eve Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque is newer on the market but an instant fave. My hair smells DELICIOUS when I use this. I don’t use it every time I wash my hair but maybe every 3 or 4 washes, just to liven things up. If I could eat it, I would. I love the way my hair feels after using it and you’ll get whiffs of it all day long.

Bio-Oil is a godsend. Like I mentioned above, I’ve had acne issues for the last few years and this has helped with the scars on my face. Not only that, I use it for other scars all over my body (including stretch marks) in the morning and before I go to bed and it really helps reduce the appearance of scars.

Living in Utah, my skin gets very dry and bumpy. I started a regimen of exfoliating my skin regularly and using Cerave’s SA Cream for Rough & Bumpy Skin and it has been amazing! It has helped transform my skin entirely.

My favorite mascara ever is the Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara from Thrive Causemetics. It literally makes my lashes look so much longer than they do with regular mascara. If you use a lash primer, EVEN BETTER. Plus, you’re helping them do great things with every purchase. They have a program called Beauty With a Purpose where they deliver products & services to women going through cancer treatments all over the world! So you’re looking fantastic and helping a fellow sister out. Win-win! Read more about their story here.

Last but not least, my self-tanner. I’ve tried a few and one of my favorites is the Sunless Tanning Lotion for Dark Tones by Just Nutritive. It doesn’t leave you smelling like a normal tanning lotion, which is great. I use this after I shower with a tanning mitt so I don’t get it all over my hands. The mitt also makes it easy to spread around evenly. Make sure to wait a while before hopping into bed because it may stain your sheets. But other than that, it’s perfect. They also sell one for light to medium skin tones for my fairer skinned sisters 🙂

Comment below if you like any of these or have more suggestions for Steph and I to try!