Marvelous Micellar Water

As much as I am ashamed to say, the most dreaded part of my day is removing my makeup before bed. Maybe it’s because of the hard work I put into my face, maybe it’s because I’m lazy. Who knows? If we’re being honest here – it’s a little bit of both.

When I have a skin consult, or speak with my ladies that wear makeup about cleansing their skin in the evening, I always encourage a double cleanse. This means: remove your makeup – give your face a good cleanse to break through the residing makeup, surface oils and particles that have settled on it throughout the day and then cleanse again. The second deep clean will actually “clean” your skin and pores – letting the products you apply fully penetrate without having any residue in the way. I guarantee you’ll see results within a few weeks after adding the extra cleaning to your nightly routine. But wait, rewind.

Whats the easiest, quickest and most continent way to remove that makeup? Well, I’m here to tell you that makeup wipes are a thing of the past. Micellar water is going to be your new best friend. For my lovelies who wear waterproof makeup, you’ll want to give this stuff a standing ovation.

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These are two bottles of Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. A completely used bottle of the pink regular makeup remover and a newer bottle of the waterproof – water. LOL. They also have one with a green label that claims to mattify your skin.

While I have tried several different brands of micellar water in the past, I’ll say, I can tell no difference in each formula. No need to waste funds on an expensive name brand. For the price, you can’t beat this one! It can be found at any drugstore, Walmart or even Dollar General! It runs for about $8.00-$9.00 and I only need a new bottle every other month. I am extatic over the longevity and price point for this amazing product.

So what is so special about this $8 bottle of water? Micelles are naturally attracted to dirt and oils, and attack impurities on the skin, without any harsh scrubbing or those evil peel off masks (do not get me started). No rinsing is required!

I can literally rub a palm full of the micellar water on my face each night and my makeup melts off. I LOVE using it on my eyes because I do not feel like I am being harsh on my lashes or the sensitive (super thin) skin around my eyes. The elastin in your skin will thank you for years to come. No crows feet here honey!

To my sensitive people: it contains no alcohol or fragrance and it’s soap free, so no irritating side effects to maintain a clean face!

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One thing I would like to touch on, however, is that micellar water is a good makeup remover and surface debris killer. As a professional, I still recommend an appropriate facial cleanser to not only clean your pores, but to deliver your skin the nutrients and treatment it needs. So while this magically will swipe away makeup, don’t forget to cleanse, treat and moisturize your faces and neck as well! 😊

This product cuts my nightly routine time in HALF and I am so excuted over the results I have seen on my skin. Softer, smoother, more hydrated and that nice “squeaky clean” feeling is an added bonus! Adding micellar water to my routine has been a game changer for me and I hope that you can benefit, as well!

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Fall/Winter 2016 “Must-Haves”

As we approach the colder weather, I have been enthralled with preparing for the fun (and fashion) that this time of the year brings.

This time last year, we were obsessed with warm colors (reds, oranges and golds). Hence the hype over the Morphe 35O palette. It was SO hard to get your hands on. This year, I think that it’s safe to say.. We are still stuck in that warm colored obsession. The only difference I’m starting to see is the emphasis inside the red/burgundy family.

Red isn’t a traditional “go-to” eyeshadow color for most, but those fiery colors have the ability to make almost all eye colors POP. Even just a touch of red on the outer thirds of the eyes can simply create a bold, sassy eye look.

I have chosen 2 amazing eyeshadow palettes that have became a staple in my makeup collection for this year: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance and the Lorac Mega Pro 3.

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A few swatches of my favorites!

The Lorac Mega Pro 3 contains 36 shades ranging from beige, orange, red, brown, mauve, eggplant – with even silver and black. The blendabity is fantastic (as always, thanks, Lorac Cosmetics), the pigmentation is of the highest quality and the packaging is (almost) immaculate. If I had to choose one thing I do not like about this eyeshadow palette – it would be the choice of packaging color. Even though it is beautiful to look at when you first open it, the rose gold on the white background – howecer, once you dip the brush, in the super pigmented colors, it’s all downhill from there. It is impossible to keep the inside of the packaging clean. That may not bother most people but I like for my makeup to stay clean looking, no matter how old/used they are. This is the only downside I have found with this one.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a large collection of these type of colors. There are so many variations of looks that can be created with this – you can keep it light and simple with the left side of the product, or tap into a darker, fiercer side using the right sides colors.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette contains 14 super warm colors ranging from burnt oranges, hot pink, taupe, brown, dark yellow and mauve.

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Compared to the Lorac, these colors do have a little more fallout – but with all Anastasia shadows, the pigment is TO DIE for! One small amount of shadow will blend for days and it will easily create a beautiful, bold masterpiece on your eyes! The brush included in the palette sucks but, we can also look past that. Both the mattes and shimmers deliver such high pigment attain, it makes it almost impossible for the colors to be patchy or sheer. The Anastasia shadow formula is always fabulous if you can look past the measily fallout.

A lot of people I’ve met are scared or cautious when using such loud colors like hot pink, BUT, with careful planning and coordinating with transition shades, it is beautiful, different and stunning when used correctly! It is a color I, myself have been playing around with a lot here lately and I’ve became slightly obsesses with it. For my fellow green eyed beauties, it’s a color that is SURE to make your eyes pop!

I LOVE both of these palette and I am thrilled that I could add both of them to my collection this year!

Getting SKINny in your Twenties

.. bummer. This post isn’t a magical weight loss article. 

Instead, I wanted to bring light to a certain topic that I feel is SUPER important for my generation: the power of a good skincare regimen/routine in your twenties. At my age, we are trying to juggle work, school, an active social life (except me lol), a healthy lifestyle, and all of the other baggage that comes with being a young adult (I still chuckle when I call myself an “adult”). It’s one of the most stressful points in our lives as we are entering the real world, full force and giving it all we have to offer.

Before I go on about my topic, I just thought I should throw in right here that God tells us not to worry, or to be anxious. He’s got tomorrow all figured out. Just check out Matthew 6:34 if you don’t believe me.

Anyways, as the skincare freak that I am comes out, I feel like it’s time to cast a light on the importance of taking care of your skin now, being proactive, rather than being reactive and trying to turn back time on your skin condition.

Have you ever heard the quote: “Do something today that your future self would thank you for.”? • I’m sure you catch my drift here.

The ages from 19-33 is when your skin experiences the most cellular trauma. This is caused by many different factors a few of the most popular ones are UVA/UVB damage, not removing makeup (nightly), hormonal peaks and improper skincare product use – or lack there of.

Your twenties are a time to start embracing your healthfulness as a whole; taking care and appreciating what God has given you. Treat your body like the temple it is. Clean it, decorate it how you like, but get it inspected & allow some maintenance here and there. Taking preventative measures in your early years are so much easier (and cheaper) than trying to smooth out wrinkles and diminish brown spots later on down the road.

More often than not, many of my older clients nostalgically talk about their “younger skin” and what they wish they would have done in earlier years to preserve it.

With that being said, invest in an eye cream to help improve the dark circles and baggies from those long nights of studying for that huge exam or from those super long days at work. Cleanse your face every day and night – no matter how late that night may be. Get yourself an exfoliant to refresh yourself once or twice a week to give your complexion a glowy “boost” even when you feel like absolute crap on the inside. PLEASE wear your sunscreen. Skin cancer rates are rapidly rising. Wear it inside, outside, in the sun, on a rainy day, in the car, in the office and in the classroom. It’s not just tanning beds and sun bathing anymore. And please, seek some professional help to give your skin the help it deserves. Professionals have the tools to give a deeper exfoliation, gently unclog pores without causing damage to the skins surface, and give you expert tips and tricks on caring for yours at home.

An esthetician’s goal is to identify, improve, and prevent your skin’s needs and discrepancies. It’s not just treating yourself anymore (even though it is quite a treat) – it’s about taking control of your future. It’s about getting a handle on your face now rather than later. It’s an investment. ❤️

Brow Power

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2013, you’ve probably noticed the importance and evolution of supercillium – or more commonly recognized by their other name: eyebrows.

According to WebMD, the function of the eyebrows is to prevent sweat, water and other debris from entering the eye socket.

But lets get real here. Those brows, are the most important feature on your face so it’s important that you get them right the first time. Not just any Tom, Dick or Harry should be allowed to handle the gems that frame your entire existance.

So, my first tip: invest.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You get what you pay for.

One more time for the people in the back: YOU PAY $5, YOU GET a $5 eyebrow wax.

Also, I would like to enlighten a few of you who may not know on something that I truly feel is important information for everyone to hear. (*Disclaimer* I am in no way, shape or form bashing a salon/nail salon. I just feel like you all should at least be aware of the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts guidelines.) A nail technician is legally not supposed to preform any waxing service. Only a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician is certified, trained and taught in school to wax. Not a nail technician. It is different for each state, but as a license holder in North Carolina, I do know that it holds true to my state guidelines.

Now, once you have someone trustworthy to handle your brows, decide what your desired “brow look” is. With a little help and a lot of patience (aka growing out aka test of your endurance) – you can change your entire look. Now, I say this with caution because there is always an exception. However, for the most part – you are in control of your eyebrow destiny. If you aren’t sure what would look on you, talk to a professional!

It’s always  best to take your natural brow shape and bring them to their fullest potential. Also, face shape plays a major part in how they should be shaped, arched and curved. They have the ability to elongate, shorten and widen/narrow the face to create the perfect look for you!

Long face shape

Opt for a flatter brow to try to shorten the face. Keep your arch as lower if possible.

Round face shape

You should aim to make your face appear less round by creating a high arch to elongate the face, Stay away from rounded eyebrows simply because it will make your face appear rounder.

Square face shape

Your jaw line will be most prominent so you need to balance this out with a higher angled line and a sharp arch.

Heart face shape

Your lower part of your face will appear pointy, to soften this go for a more of a rounded brow and softer arch.

Diamond face shape

Your cheek bones will be very prominent – to balance this out opt for soft brow to soften your striking features.

Oval face shape

The ideal face shape,You will pretty much suit anything. Lucky YOU!

 

If you’re unsure about your face shape, this may help! ^

 

Lastly, there are many other things that can be done to enhance the eyebrows.

Simply filling them in can pull together every look!

Threading, plucking (leave it to the professionals, please) and waxing are only a few things that can clean up and define the brows.

Tinting is also an option. It can temporarily color the brows to create a fuller, more noticeable look to light or thin brows! Talk to a cosmetologist or esthetician about ths simple trick.

Eyebrows are such an important treasure! Please protect, love and be kind to them. You only get one pair!

 

XOXOXOXO

Abbee

What Do You Want to be When You “Grow Up”?

So, this post is not about makeup, beauty or anything glamorous. This is more of a personal post that I feel like is relocatable, valuable and potentially helpful to girls my age – or younger, maybe even older than me.

When we are little, people ask you, “What would you like to be when you grow up?”. Popular answers (at least for me) were a Disney princess character at Disney World, a doctor, lawyer, a principal, speech therapist and a first grade teacher. My senior year of high school, I applied to colleges, got accepted to my top two, then reconsidered my decisions. I graduated early and attended my community college to begin my college career. The following semester, I decided to go full-time to obtain my Esthetics Certification (skincare, waxing, makeup, etc.). Totally opposite from any of the jobs listed above. I will soon complete my esthetics classes and I am thrilled to be out, working and making money while improving the healthfulness and appearance of other’s skin.

The skincare and beauty industry is something that I am very passionate about. I certainly do believe that God gave me this talent/passion to bring honor and glory to Him through bringing confidence to others and being  light for him while in interaction to all I have met and will meet throughout this journey. I just wanted to clarify that before I moved on.

With that being said, I have a personal goal that is not necessary for my career as an Esthetician. That personal goal is a Bachelor’s degree. After obtaining my Associates Degree at Cleveland Community College, I plan on transferring to a nearby university to fulfill this goal. I am absolutely thrilled and extremely nervous all at the same time.

Unfortunately, an issue that I have dealt with this past year is disappointment. Relatives, friends, family-friends, even strangers fail to hide the dismay on their face when I tell them that I am at Cleveland Community College working on my Aesthetics Certification.This was extremely difficult for me to take in. I used to feel “less” than my friends that were attending four-year universities straight from high school. Even now, every once in a while, I do feel like I may be “missing out” on something. <Luckily, I have great friends that I know would welcome me into their dorm rooms without a second thought.> And that is okay. I struggle with fully letting go, and having 100% faith in God’s plan for me. It is difficult to not want to plan, revise, worry and plan some more. But, I do know that He has it all under control.

The whole point of me dishing out to you my recent struggles is to let you know that it is okay to not be sure. It is okay to go to a community college. It is okay to change your mind.

It is never okay to settle. If you have a goal, go get it. Do not spend the remainder of your life with regret. “What if” is not a good feeling.

It is never okay to feel “less” because your path or career choice differs from others. Maybe you are just getting a two-year degree. Maybe college is not for you, at all. It does not matter. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made by a God that gave us our each individual callings in life. How dare someone degrade what He chose for you?

For example, some of the smartest girls I have met have came from the beauty industry. Just because they chose a certain profession does not make them dumb, lazy or not smart enough for “real” college.

ANY education is GOOD education.

It is definitely okay to not have it all figured out. Lucky for us, He has already done that for us.

A verse I often turn to, especially at this crucial time in my life is Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have made for you. Plans to prosper you. Bot plans to harm you, but to give you hope and a future.”

 

When I grow up, whatever I do, it will be to glorify Him.

And no matter what you end up doing, that is all that matter in the end.

I’m in love with the coco(nut) :: Coconut Oil and its Uses.

imageSo here lately the cool or shall i say “in” thing is the organic, all natural products. Coconut oil is an age old beauty remedy that dates all the way back to the early Egyptian ages. They discovered the wonders that coconuts can do for your skin, hair and body.

Here are a few that I have found interesting:

  • A natural moisturizer and makeup remover.
    • The coconut oil is able to break down makeup particles and alleviate them frm the skin/eyes, making it easier to remove!
    • Coconut oil is loaded with moisturizing properties. The good thing is, it’s safe for even the most sensitive skin! I often recommend coconut oil to those with rosacea or other skin irritations. Vitamin E and anti-inflammatory agents is also found in it, so it has healing properties that help manage the symptoms, even though there is no cure.
  • While it moisturizes the skin, there are also antibacterial/anti-fungal agents that help fight blemishes on the skin, while providing it with the necessary moisture. That makes coconut oil perfect for ALL skin types. Remember oil fights oil so it is important to keep your skin hydrated (you’ll thank me later).
  • A lip balm, hand and body creme.
    • Because of the moisture it provides, it will also do the job for chapped lips, dry and cracked hands or anywhere else on the body. Because it is 100% natural, it’s safe to use anywhere.
  • Oil Pulling
    • Now, this is not something that I have personally tried, but I can not wait to start. Before you do this, you need to be positive that you have purchased 100% Virgin Coconut Oil. That will ensure that it is safe to ingest.
    • How it works: Every morning and night before brushing your teeth, you need to take 1 or 2 teaspoon fulls of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Oil pulling is seen to naturally whiten teeth, freshen breath, strengthen the gums and enamel on teeth and remove toxins from the body.
  • Hair Mask/Treatment
    • The oil must be melted (at 76 degrees) then can be applied generously to the hair root to tip. After applying, you can wrap your hair up in a bun and let it penetrate and work its magic on the hair for about 20 minutes. Shampoo out as normal. You will end up with soft, luscious, healthy-looking hair! With an amazing scent I might add. 🙂
    • On a day when your ends just can not compete with the humidity, rub a small amount between your fingers, then smooth the hair between your fingers, sealing down your fly-aways. This will also add some shine to your hair. Can’t beat that!
    • It can also be used a detangler and a dandruff treatment!
  • Cuticle softener
    • Got dry, cracked or “overgrown” cuticles? Rub a small amount of this onto them and soften those babies up!
  • Highlighter/Cheek Blush
    • The soft glowy look is totally in right now. Put a little coconut oil on you cheeks or cheekbones for a light reflecting highlight that not only looks good, but feels good. You can also add this to your nose, cupid’s bow, etc.
    • If you want to go the extra mile, rub a little coconut oil on your cheeks, dab a small amount of pink, red or a berry colored lipstick and create your own cream blush for your cheeks. Both of these techniques are sure to get you that gorgeous “dewy” appearance.
  • Body Scrub/Exfoliant
    • You can mix a half cup of sea salt (more abrasive) or sugar (less abrasive) with an equal amount of melted coconut oil, then use your hands to rub it over any dry/rough patches of skin. The scrub moisturizes while removing dead skin cells. The result: fresh, baby soft skin. You can a little more salt or sugar for the extra tough skin on your feet and elbows.
  • Shaving Cream
    • Out of shaving cream? No worries! Coconut oil offers a nice, moisturizing alternative. Careful though, coconut oil is super slippery!

I hope that you enjoyed this blog or found it helpful in some way! Go out there and get you some coconut oil. 🙂

 

Sleeping in Makeup: STOP. (SINcare)

Hey y’all! I am back with a blog regarding your skin, which is the foundation of all things that involve makeup.

I am almost finished with my first semester of Esthetics and let me just say: I. LOVE. IT. I have never looked forward to school as much as I have in the past several months. Getting an education about something you are truly passionate about has to be the most fun thing, ever! I love school but I can not wait to get out in the field and be able to educate and help others about their skincare needs.

With that being said, I feel like it is my duty to share my knowledge with others. Now, before I begin, in NO way am I an expert and the beauty/skincare field; it is always evolving and there are always new products, treatments and discoveries being made. BUT, I can tell you one thing that personally irks my nerves: sleeping in makeup.

I am aware that in this day in time (especially my generation) we are all living fast-paced lives. We are always on the go, super busy and super stressed. (Trust me, I’m a college student.) I know it is insane to some, BUT cleansing my skin is a “top of the list” priority when it comes to my nightly routine. Sleeping in makeup not only ages your skin, it is also extremely damaging (or even threatening) to your skin!

Everyone knows that the oil that your skin produces can mix with makeup and potentially clog your pores.. BUT, did you know that those clogged pores could lead to a bacterial infection? Did you know that leftover eye shadow can clog oil glands and hair follicles on your eyes creating bacterial infections, like a sty? Also, if your like me and already have short brittle eyelashes this one will really get you: Sleeping in mascara will not only clog hair follicles and create infections, it will also roughly pull and break off your lashes. Last but not least: wrinkles. I know, you’re young, you don’t even bat an eye when someone discusses fine lines and wrinkles. Give it a few years. Environmental stress is withheld by your makeup, specifically foundation.

Don’t believe me? Listen to these skin experts.

“During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress,” says Dr. Gilbert. “When you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging.” Schweiger concurs, noting that “free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/18/sleep-in-makeup_n_2289084.html)

Big news/side note: Cleansing your face in the morning is not exactly necessary, if you do not want to cleanse. Your face has remained cleansed all night, it just needs a splash of water to remove the oils/ remaining product the night before,

 

Ways to prevent yourself from committing this crime?

  • Create a nightly routine. Just as you would brush your teeth (or let’s all hope) make a point to cleanse your skin.
  • Just think of how much time you will save yourself in the morning if you go ahead and get rid of the makeup before bed! (and how much better your skin will look the following morning).
  • Want better for your skin. You see something you don’t like? Research how to fix it or ask a professional for help. That’s what they (we) are here for! Let that goal of beautiful skin be motivation for you!

I would like to thank you all for reading my post (or rant, if that’s what you’d like to call it) of the night! Please feel free to like, comment or ask me any questions regarding makeup or skin care. I would be thrilled to help you to the best of my ability!

Do yourself a favor and cleanse that skin before bed! ❤

 

 

 

Brush Washing

Hello beautiful people! Last week, I uploaded my FIRST YouTube video to my channel – which, by the way, if you haven’t checked out – you should. (There will be more to come sometime tomorrow). Anyways, it was all about this new brand of brushes that I have fallen in love with. While filming, I happened to notice something that was odd (and slightly embarrassing) – my brushes were DIRTY! There were assortments of browns and blacks and simmers galore caked in the brissels of my tools! With that being said, that night I decided it was time to give them a bath.

While there are several brush cleaners out there on the market, I choose to be old fashioned and use my own brush cleaning concauction. It’s and Abbee original. It consists of 2 ingredients: Dawn dish soap and olive oil. Dawn kills any bacteria on the brush. It helps keep not only the brush itself clean, but it helps out your skin as well! It stops the spread of acne and can ultimately play a part in clearing up your skin. Unfortunately, even though Dawn is fabulous, it is also very drying and harsh on your brushes. That’s when the olive oil steps in. Olive oil conditions the brissels of the brushes and keeps them feeling soft and new!

Brushes should be cleaned after every single use, but let’s be real. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So at least once or twice a week will suffice. 🙂

  1. Rinse your brush with warm water.
  2. Massage your Dawn/olive oil mixture into the brush.
  3. Rinse and squeeze trapped makeup out of the brush until the water runs clear.
  4. Rub the brush brissels on a towel to gently remove excess water.
  5. Shape the brush into its original shape and leave on a towel to dry overnight.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for my video tomorrow!

Just Wingin’ It.

First off, there are SEVERAL types of eyeliner. The 3 most common are: pencil, liquid and gel. Pencil eyeliners are probably the easiest and quickest way to apply eyeliner. They’re pretty great if you’re looking for a less sharp (dramatic) look. But, if you’re longing for the clean, sharp look with wings that can cut someone you need to turn to the liquid or gel formula. Liquid is the most versatile formula. It comes in several colors, it can be matte or shiny – and there are so many different styles of applicators. The easiest, in my opinion – looks like a fine, felt tip pen. I will have one in the picture listed below. It glides on, is super precise and easy to fill-in and keep straight. I recommend this for everyone. Lastly, gel. I will be honest and say gel is typically NOT easy. The product comes in a separate container and must be applied with a brush. Gel gives the most dramatic look – but takes a TON of practice. I’ve been messing with makeup for years and I have just recently gotten comfortable with gel liner.

The infamous pencil liner.
The infamous pencil liner.
Liquid liner. Featuring my favorite "pen tip". This is the Eye Booster by Pysicians Formula.
Liquid liner. Featuring my favorite “pen tip”. This is the Eye Booster by Pysicians Formula.
Gel liner. Aka, the tough guy.
Gel liner. Aka, the tough guy.

I will soon me uploading a tutorial (video) on my way of applying winged eyeliner but, in the meantime I took step-by-step pictures that you could hopefully find useful!

1. Create the "base" of the wing. The stripe should follow the contour of your natural bottom lash line. That way, if you always follow your lash line, they'll always be even!
1. Create the “base” of the wing. The stripe should follow the contour of your natural bottom lash line. That way, if you always follow your lash line, they’ll always be even!
2. Next, draw a straight line, as close to the lash line as possible, about 2/3 of the top of your upper lash line to the outer corner.
2. Next, draw a straight line, as close to the lash line as possible, about 2/3 of the top of your upper lash line to the outer corner.
Draw a diagonal line that connects the tip of the first line, that is out to the side, down to the line you just created on your upper lash line, creating the outline of a triangle.
3. Draw a diagonal line that connects the tip of the first line, that is out to the side, down to the line you just created on your upper lash line, creating the outline of a triangle.
4. Fill in the "triangle" with your liner.
4. Fill in the “triangle” with your liner.
5. Connect the line to your inner corner and "smooth out" the line by drawing one solid line from inner corner to outer corner. This will create a sleek, thicker look.
5. Connect the line to your inner corner and “smooth out” the line by drawing one solid line from inner corner to outer corner. This will create a sleek, thicker look.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you all found this useful! Let me know what you think and stay tuned for a tutorial! 😉

DRUGSTORE PRODUCT REVIEW: Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Foundation and Concealer

My Maybelline 'Fit Me' Foundation and Concealer!
My Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Foundation and Concealer!

Hey guys! I just have a (good) rant about a product! Well, two actually. And it just so happens that these can be found in a DRUGSTORE and for less than $10 you can have both! In this post, I will be giving you a review about the Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Foundation and the ‘Fit Me’ Concealer.

I have used these foundations and concealer for about 3 months now. (I know, that’s been a while to just now be posting) But, I have had several people ask about my foundation, especially here recently and I always get a “really?!” or some other type of shocked comment when I answer with such a cheap product. Because I blog, and have a passion for makeup, I move around and try different products quite frequently. I have tired just about anything and everything in and out of the drugstore. I like to try things so I can share with others my opinion on them and if I think it’s worth the buy!

Back to the foundation.

Maybelline has several products that I love and use all the time, but this foundation y’all – is something else. The ‘Fit Me’ foundation collection comes in two different options: the ‘Matte and Poreless’ (for normal to oily skin) option or the ‘Dewy and Smooth’ (for normal to dry skin). There are 16 shades that cover all undertones, both warm and cool. I often use these foundation on clients because it gives a natural finish and is perfect for anyone and everyone! They can be as natural or thin as desired, or if you’re looking for fuller coverage, the can be built upon and/or set with the matching powder to create a sleeker look!

There are SOOOO many reasons why I have been so impressed with these foundations and concealers. The blendability is probably one of the biggest a reasons. The formula is not the least bit thick and doesn’t just sit on the skin like many foundations do. This actually gives the appearance that it is your skin (but better). It also gives a nice glow to your face! Who doesn’t love luminous skin? I have found that even the Matte & Poreless isn’t completely matte on the skin unless it is set with powder after application. The “dewy” look is really trending right now – even for fall! I wouldn’t recommend the “dewy” line if you have oily skin, because it can make you look greasy. If you desire a luminous look and have oily skin, I would recommend using the Matte and Poreless option – but not setting it with a powder and maybe using a shimmery blush or hilighter on your cheeks/cheekbones.

The ‘Fit Me’ concealers are just as fabulous as the foundations if you’re on the market for a concealer. The concealers seem to have a similar formula to the foundations because they blend right in with the skin (if blended) but has the ability to do its official job and “conceal” problem areas on the face. I use the lightest shade to give myself and others gorgeous, noticeable under eye hi-light! It always looks seamless, no matter how big of a hurry I’m in!

Put together, these two products are fool proof! I hope that after reading this, I hope that y’all give these a chance! And if you do, please let me know what you think! If you have used the products, I would love to hear your opinions as well!