review: milani rose powder blush

Happy Thursday, loves! Today is our last day of the feature on Milani Cosmetics. Today we take a look at one of the most aesthetically pleasing makeup products I have ever seen. Milani’s rose blushes are so beautiful they are in almost every flat lay on instagram. I decided to let you all know whether the actual blush is as beautiful as its presentation.

prices range:

$6.97 at walmart.com

$7.99 at target.com

$7.99 at drugstore.com

$8.49 at walgreens.com

$8.99 at milanicosmetics.com

There are 8 shades in the permanent rose blush range and 3 in the limited edition range. I purchased 3 of the permanent rose blush shades.

I find that these blushes are very different from the baked blushes by milani. These are also creamy but have a powdery fall out when you tap your blush in the pan. This often happens with products that are super pigmented, which these blushes are.

I love them, they come in beautiful shades and have great color payoff. But I would suggest that they be applied with a very fluffy blush and you tap off any excess before putting the brush to your skin because it is VERY easy to apply too much and once you put on too much its difficult to blend out to a nice look. I would suggest going in with very light layers to build up to the color you desire.

& that wraps up our feature of Milani Cosmetics! Overall everything Ive tried from the Milani line has been incredible especially for a drugstore line that is very reasonably priced. If you want me to test out any more Milani products let me know what you would like to see or what you love from the range!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you monday, loves.

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review: milani conceal & perfect foundation

Happy Wednesday, loves! We are continuing our feature of Milani Cosmetics with a look at their latest sensation blowing up the beauty world. The new Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation has been all the rave on the beauty blogging circuit as the foundation with perfect coverage that works as concealer as well. So with all the hype, I (the foundation cynic) decided to put it to the test!

prices range:

$8.52 at walmart.com

$9.99 at cvs.com

$9.99 at milanicosmetics.com

$9.99 at walgreens.com

I have owned the shade 02 natural (there are 14 shades in total) for a couple of months and been testing it out for quite a while. I had to get pretty tan for this shade to not look incredibly orange on me. I definitely would be more on the 01 creamy vanilla shade if that had been available. One of my favorite things about this foundation is the undertone. It is more on the neutral side than most¬†other drugstore foundation I’ve used. I always find that the lighter shades are super pink and even though I am pretty fair I am yellow-neutral undertoned.

I really enjoy the coverage of this foundation. Anytime I have redness or imperfections I think this foundation makes my skin look better than most in my unreasonably large collection. I still have to use under eye concealer because I find that my face lacks dimension and feels really flat without highlighting the under eye area. However, I don’t have to add extra concealer to any blemishes or discoloration.

This foundation is one of the longest wear foundations on my skin. I have a really hard time finding a foundation that lasts on me even though my skin produces practically no oil. I love the natural finish it gives because often full coverage foundations have a matte finish which doesn’t suit my dry skin.¬†The foundation is also very easy to layer and build up coverage without looking cakey or bunching up.

This is definitely in the top 5 foundations Ive tried from the drugstore. I love the glass bottle with a pump that keeps everything sanitary and stops you from wasting product. If you are on the hunt for a budget friendly medium-full coverage foundation, check out the Milani Conceal and Perfect!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you tomorrow with the last review of our Milani feature, loves.
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review: milani bella eyes gel powder eyeshadow

Happy Tuesday, loves! Today we continue our look at Milani Cosmetics with their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow. There are 31 shades of the formula ranging from creamy nudes to smoky greys.

prices range:

$3.77 at walmart.com

$3.99 at drugstore.com

$4.19 at walgreens.com

$4.69 at cvs.com

$4.99 at milanicosmetics.com

I purchased the six shades that were available in the walgreens that I found milani products. I was only able to find the neutral shades. I’ve been testing the shadows for a couple of months and actually really enjoy them. They are some of my favorite drugstore shadows.

The shadows feel creamy to the touch and smooth on the lids. Because they have that sort of soft texture, I prefer to apply them with my fingers. You definitely get the best color payoff by packing them on the lid with a finger.

These were my favorite shadows when I was going to class because they are effortless to apply. I think they are some of the most hassle free shadows I own. These shadows (at least in the colors I own) are perfect for a light airy look. One of my favorite ways to wear it was a really bronzy look on the face with bella champagne kind of messily smeared on the lids. My least favorite of the bunch is bella chiffon because it is a little more chalky than the others and just looks powdery.

I think these shadows are incredibly creamy and beautiful on the lids. I still find that I like them mostly for my lighter looks and reach more for Makeup Geek shadows on my daily glam basis. But for the bargain you can’t find another shadow at this quality in the drugstore!!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you tomorrow with another new milani review, loves.
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review: milani baked blush

Hey loves! Happy Monday! This week I will be doing a review monday-thursday featuring Milani Cosmetics products. Milani was one of the first brands (especially drugstore) that catered to women of color. The fact that Milani provides for women of all ethnicities and shades was a huge attraction to me because working in the industry made me realize how few options there really are for any woman of color. Now Milani has expanded and become a beloved drugstore brand.

Today we start by taking a look at maybe the most hyped up Milani product over the years, the milani baked blush. The baked blush comes in 9 shades and I was able to pick up 3 of them. I purchased rose d’oro, berry amore, and luminoso.

prices range:

$6.97 at walmart.com

$7.29 at target.com

$7.49 at drugstore.com

$8.29 at walgreens.com

$8.49 at milanicosmetics.com

When I first went searching for the milani products, I had my sights set on luminoso. Luminoso is one of the most famous drugstore products on the market because it is said to be a nearly perfect dupe for the cult favorite Nars Orgasm blush.

Ive been on a crazy cheek kick lately where all I want to buy is cheek products. Ive been trying these blushes for a couple of months and I absolutely love them. The blushes are creamy and have the perfect amount of microshimmer to create a nice glow without looking glittery. One of my favorite things about the blush is that it isnt crazy pigmented. It is the perfect blush for every level of makeup user. With a light swipe you have a perfect natural flush but people who prefer a more dramatic look can get a more pigmented look.

My favorite color by far is luminoso. I think it is the perfect shade for a ton of different skintones especially during summer. I like to keep my blushes on the orangy/coral side during summer and more rosy/berry during the fall and winter months. So I will definitely get more use out of the other colors later in the year.

I definitely think these  blushes are incredible and similar to most high end blushes for a much more reasonable price. If you are looking for a new blush and were wondering which to give a shot, I suggest considering the milani baked blushes!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Ill be back tomorrow with another milani review, loves!

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review: makeup forever ultra hd stick foundation 

Happy Monday loves! As I think I’ve mentioned before I am forever on the quest for the perfect foundation. My foundation collection grows at an alarming rate because I can never find a ride or die foundation. One of my most recent additions is the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Stick. 

prices:

$43.00 at makeupforever.com

$43.00 at sephora.com

The original MUF HD foundation may be one of the most well know foundations of all time. I could never use it because it oxidized to be incredibly orange in all of the more fair shades. When the MUF ultra line came out, all of the beauty bloggers suddenly raved about the foundation stick. I was skeptical because I have incredibly dry skin and stick foundations tend to not be the best for dry skin. 

I have been using it for a few months and finally feel like I have my thoughts together. For a few weeks in summer my skin was so dry it was flaking. I thoroughly exfoliate before I apply makeup but once I put on this foundation I still saw it clinging to dry patches. 

Recently I’ve been back in a better place with my skin and the foundation looks a lot better. The foundation gives good coverage and you can layer it up to your desired coverage. It has one of the best wear times of any foundation I’ve used. Foundation never lasts on my chin but this one still held coverage even after 10 hours. 

This foundation lasted beautifully on my skin for over 13 hours. I like using this for my Instagram photos because of the high coverage it gives. Unfortunately I would never be able to wear this foundation in the winter because of how it clings to the dry areas on my skin. I think it would be perfect for people with normal to oily skin especially. Stick foundations tend to be really great for holding back oil production. 

I like this foundation but I still don’t love it. I would recommend it to people who like medium to full coverage but don’t suffer from dry areas. If any of you have recommendations of foundations you would like to see reviews of or that you are currently loving please comment below! 

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you monday, loves.
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review: artis brushes 

Happy Monday loves! For a couple of months I’ve been testing out Artis brushes to see what all the hype is about. I purchased the oval 6 and oval 4. 

If you haven’t heard about the Artis brushes, they are supposed to be one of the best makeup tools on the market. They are super densely packed and incredibly soft. Every artist in the world seems to be raving that these brushes blend all makeup perfectly into the skin without any effort. 

prices range:

oval 6

$55.00 at beautybar.com

$55.00 at saks.com

$55.00 at dillards.com

oval 4 

$45.00 at beautybar.com

$45.00 at saks.com

$45.00 at dillards.com

I’ve been using the Oval 6 to apply foundation for over two months and I actually really enjoy it. I use a lot less of my foundation because the brush doesn’t soak in any of the product. It feels very different on the skin than any other brush I’ve ever owned. 

It easily blends in my foundation and I like how simple it is to just smooth over your face without worrying about thorough blending because it does most of the work for you. I have had some brush strokes left on my face which bothers me for how much I paid for the brush. Another annoyance I have with the brush is that the handle doesn’t feel stable. I’m always worried that the spot where the brush head meets the handle is going to snap. I wish the quality of the structure was better for how expensive the brush is. 

I bought two of the oval 4 brushes because I thought it would be perfect for cream contouring. I am extremely disappointed with the oval 4 brushes. I don’t know why this size is so different from the 6 but it is.

 Every time I have used it to apply product I have had to use the 6 to go back in a reblend everything. The 4 is horrible at blending in product and just leaves it sitting on top of the skin unable to move. I will still use it to apply the cream contour but I would never recommend for someone to spend this much money on this brush. 

I think the oval 6 brush is worth considering and that the price could be made up in the amount of foundation you save everyday you use the brush. I would strongly recommend staying away from the oval 4 and saving your money. 

Although I am liking my oval 6, the My Makeup Brush Set that is supposed to be a dupe for artis brushes is on its way and I will have a blog post soon on whether the set of 10 brushes that retails for $40 is comparable to the brushes that are almost all over $40 individually. 

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you monday, loves.

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review: nivea men’s post shave balm

Hey loves! Happy 4th of July to all my US readers! Today we are gonna take a look at the primer that Nikkie Tutorials made completely viral. To be honest, when I saw everyone talking about using a men’s after shave as a foundation primer I was entirely skeptical. But I decided to give it a shot anyways, especially since it didn’t eat a hole in my pocket to test it out! 

price range: 

$5.54 at walmart.com

$5.59 at target.com

$6.79 at walgreens.com

I purchased the sensitive version of the post shave balm per Nikkie’s recommendation so I can’t speak on behalf of the other versions (cooling, etc.) but I imagine they would be very similar if not the same as a primer. 

I think calling this product a “balm” is misleading because it is completely liquid. It is the normal texture of any after shave men may use & it certainly smells like after shave too. I don’t mind the scent but it could be off putting to people who don’t like that manly smell, luckily it goes away very quickly. 

I’ve been trying this as a primer for over a month and I didn’t really think it was doing much until a few days ago when I did a half face test against the Make Up Forever Step 1 Smoothing Primer ($37). 

I applied the post shave balm to one half of my face, and the MUF smoothing primer to the other half of my face. I then applied the Loreal Pro Glow foundation on top (review to come soon!) and finished the rest of my face. 

At first look I didn’t think one looked significantly better than the other but as the day went on there was a clear winner. I had applied my makeup around 9am and by 5pm or so the Nivea side looked much better than the MUF side. The foundation hadn’t broken up at all and my blush and highlight looked as thought I had just applied them. On the MUF side my highlight was nearly gone and the imperfections I had been covering up were beginning to peak through. 

The Nivea side held up for twelve hours while still looking really nice and holding my cheek products. I would definitely recommend giving the post shave balm a try as a foundation primer especially at such a great price!!

As always please recommend any other products you would like to see me test out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page, so you receive updates when I post. Thanks for all the love & support. Talk to you monday, loves.
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