MASKCARA BEAUTY | IIID Foundation Palette Review

I was recently sent the Maskcara IIID Foundation Palette and 30 Second HAC Brush to try out and it promises to deliver time-friendly makeup application as an all-in-one palette with almost everything you need for a full face. In essence, the highlight and contour (where “HAC” comes from) are your foundation, then the blush and … Continue reading “MASKCARA BEAUTY | IIID Foundation Palette Review”

I was recently sent the Maskcara IIID Foundation Palette and 30 Second HAC Brush to try out and it promises to deliver time-friendly makeup application as an all-in-one palette with almost everything you need for a full face. In essence, the highlight and contour (where “HAC” comes from) are your foundation, then the blush and illuminator pair on top seamlessly. Hmm… let’s test it out shall we!

THAT PRESENTATION THOUGH!
When you first open the box, all of the items are separate and super carefully packaged. I was so pleased with the care that everything arrived in!

You slide off the (adorable) tin lids to each item and place them in the (GORGEOUSSSSSS) magnetic palette (which has a generous sized mirror, super convenient for travel). Can you tell I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the packaging and design of everything?? It all feels luxurious and looks so beautifully on trend, a vanity friendly piece for sure.

WHICH CAME FIRST, THE HIGHLIGHT OR THE CONTOUR?
On to the IIID Foundation itself… ok, I’ll admit, this took me a few times to really get the hang of it. It’s easy to get too muddy of an appearance or to just look imperfect. I’m much more used to the “multiple step, multiple layer” kind of base makeup. Once I got a better hang of it though, this palette made a quick makeup look just that, quick. Fair warning, this is targeted toward those who want a more natural look. If you’re going for full coverage or a contour that could cut glass, this isn’t the product for you.

Again, both the contour and highlight are meant to be your foundation, so they are pretty thick formulas, even though they will blend out (for best results use a small amount of product at first). I found it easiest when I applied the contour first, then the highlight (which was helpful if I needed to clean up the contour at all). I applied both with the 30 Second HAC Brush and then followed with a dampened beauty sponge to blend everything even further into my skin.

I personally like cream blushes and illuminators best when applied with such a sponge, so I went in next with that application method, but you can always use your fingers or the brush, if you want to carry only the palette/brush with you. (Maskcara also sells the ‘IIID Perfector Sponge‘, their own sponge dupe for the more expensive and widely known beautyblender).

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BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PRODUCT?
The products are super natural when blended out, without looking oily or greasy on my skin at all. (I did set a light amount of translucent powder on my T-Zone, but I do that regardless, as I always get shiny there throughout the day.) Maskcara says this can be up to medium coverage, but I’d say it’s more of a light to medium at best, it’s very natural. I’d caution you against applying too much as the formula of the highlight and contour, while they do blend out, can be thick and cakey if you try to layer too much. I honestly wish these were a bit thinner of a formula, with the ability to build up on the face instead, which may lend itself to an easier and more seamless application. I found that if I had any areas which needed spot concealing (hello evil little blemish), or if my dark under eye circles were making themselves particularly well known that day, then this wouldn’t do the trick on its own.

The blush and illuminator are much thinner in consistency, in fact the blush has almost a dewy wet feel. I found that the illuminator shade I tried seemed to have a sheer glow to it, instead of a beaming shine (natural look guys, natural). I’m curious to see what some of the other shades are like or if any have a higher intensity, because you all know I love a good highlight!

The shades below in L-R swatch order:
Contour – ‘Olive’
Blush – ‘Desert Sunset’
Highlight – ‘Moonlit’
Illuminator – ‘Pearl’
Highlight – ‘White Peach’

(Left Photo: Swatched. Right Photo: Slightly Blended Out.)

Here’s a video from Cara, the creator of Maskcara Beauty, explaining a bit more about the IIID Foundation.

BUT IS IT WORTH IT? (LET ME WORK IT)…
Long story short… I think it’s an awesome concept for a minimal makeup lover, someone wanting to dip their toe into easy contouring, or someone needing the most out of their on-the-go lifestyle. If you’re a makeup enthusiast, love the multiple step joy of makeup application or even want to see the products before you buy (Maskcara is online only as of now), then you may want to pass on this. I’m also wondering how well this would work on someone with dry skin?? I predict it wouldn’t blend out as well as on my normal to combo skin.

Let me know if you guys would like me to film a video tutorial using these. Also be sure to subscribe and follow all of my fun social links around here, and please share if you loved this post!

Xoxo, Meeghan 

Disclaimer: Maskcara Beauty and Stacy King were lovely enough to send me these items, but all opinions are my own. I wasn’t compensated in any way to write this review nor under any obligation to do so.

DRUGSTORE MUST HAVES | THE TOP 10 {CHEAP BUT BRILLIANT} ITEMS YOU NEED

It’s no secret I love a killer beauty deal, even more so when it’s cheap AND amazing. Beauty doesn’t have to break the bank, and while I do have splurge items I can’t live without, there are brilliant beauty items in the world for any budget. Speaking of… all of the items I’ll discuss below are … Continue reading “DRUGSTORE MUST HAVES | THE TOP 10 {CHEAP BUT BRILLIANT} ITEMS YOU NEED”

It’s no secret I love a killer beauty deal, even more so when it’s cheap AND amazing. Beauty doesn’t have to break the bank, and while I do have splurge items I can’t live without, there are brilliant beauty items in the world for any budget. Speaking of… all of the items I’ll discuss below are under $10 and from the drugstore. Yes, you read that correctly… UNDER $10. I’m not kidding. Stop hyperventilating.

Without further ado, when it comes to must have drugstore products, these 10 products are always in my daily rotation.

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FABULOUS DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS: (click product name to shop)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation: A fabulous drugstore foundation that will leave you looking natural and smooth all day. (If the matte look isn’t your thing, they have a dewy formula also.) This is versatile enough to wear with minimal other makeup, or as a great base for a more dramatic look. The coverage is medium, slightly buildable, and will last all day on your face.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: This concealer gives a very natural finish, and is best suited to even out the complexion vs hardcore blemish coverage (it’s not very buildable or suited to that). It doesn’t crease on me and doesn’t disappear from my face as the day goes on. (FYI: my personal preference is to set any concealer with either the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder or the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder).

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder: This is a gorgeous powder for setting down your foundation and/or concealer without adding too much coverage. Again, perfect for my more natural days, when I just want to fight shine and cover minor imperfections. I use a light dusting of this daily!

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer: Ok, to be fair this is over $10 but buy it on sale! I bought mine for about $8. This bronzer is seriously like summer in a compact, it warms up your face with a very slight sheen, and is perfect to bronze or sculpt with. It also smells like a summer tropical vacation! A very buttery smooth formula which is easy to blend, and (for good reason) took the beauty community by storm.

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: I love blush. REALLY, REALLY LOVE IT. I own far too may to be honest, but the Wet n Wild blushes are so affordable (seriously, $2.99), come in multiple shades and have huge pans of product, how do you say no to that?! These blushes go on, and stay on, like a more expensive high end product, but will save you so much money. The two shades which are my fair skin favorites are: ‘Apri-Cot in the Middle’ and ‘Rosé Champagne’.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder: These highlighters broke the internet, literally… they crashed the Wet n Wild website and sold out everywhere! Lucky for us, they’re back and with more shades than before. These highlighters are extremely smooth, creamy and give off a crazy amazing glow for only $5. If you’re looking for a blinding highlight, these are by far one of the most amazing you can find, regardless of price.

NYX Butter Gloss: If you wear glosses and haven’t discovered these yet… GO NOW! These are about $5 and the shade range is so vast, everyone is guaranteed to find a few they love. I find these to be super comfortable on the lips, not sticky or gloopy. They also provide a nice wash of pigment. My favorites are ‘Crème Brulee’ and ‘Apple Strudel’, worn over a pinky nude lipliner or lipstick.

Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner: I prefer twist up lip liners, as I never seem to have traditional pencil liners sharpened when I want them (I’m all about convenience here) and the Rimmel ones are some of my favorites. They’re pigmented, creamy and don’t skip on the lips when I’m going for a precise application. My favorite shade is ‘Addiction’, which is more of a “my lips but deeper” shade. Top that with a NYX Butter Gloss and I’m good to go!

elf Eyeshadow Palette: These palettes seem to be overlooked by many, but they shouldn’t be! If you’re looking for an every day, wearable palette then look no further than the ‘Need it Nude’ or multiple ‘Mad for Matte’ palettes! I haven’t tried it yet, but the ‘Nude Rose Gold’ palette reminds me of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and the ‘Mad for Matte Summer Breeze’ is a great dupe for the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette… but all for a much lower price. These are middle ground when it comes to pigmentation, but you can build up the colors.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: This has quickly become my every day mascara. Seriously, I haven’t used anything else since ripping open the package in delight! If you’re obsessed with high end favorites like the Too Faced Better Than Sex, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, and more… try this L’Oreal mascara. You won’t be disappointed. It doesn’t transfer or flake on me and my lashes look bombdotcom.

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter: (I threw this in as a #11 bonus, because while ColourPop is super affordable, it’s currently an online-only brand.) I’ve been vocal before at not loving the Super Shock Blushes, but the Highlighters… WHERE WERE YOU MY PRECIOUS!? I love ‘Glazed’ for a more subtle glow, or if I’m feeling daring I turn to ‘Flexitarian’ and crank up the wattage. For me, these are best applied with a damp beauty sponge, to make the highlight effortlessly melt into my skin. All Super Shock formula products were designed to be applied with your fingers, but I find sponges an easier way to diffuse and blend the highlighters.

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What are some of your must have drugstore products? Do tell, I’m always on the hunt for a good deal! Also, let me know if you want more drugstore favorites, or even a list of best drugstore tools/application items. Be sure to subscribe and follow all of my fun social links around here, and please share if you loved this post!

Xoxo, Meeghan 

FREE MAC MAKEUP!? | FAQs about the Back-to-M·A·C Program

Want to know how to get free makeup from MAC?! It’s true!! I mentioned this program in another one of my YouTube videos and the questions rolled in, so here are the FAQs I encountered about the Back-to-M·A·C Program. Xoxo, Meeghan 

Want to know how to get free makeup from MAC?! It’s true!! I mentioned this program in another one of my YouTube videos and the questions rolled in, so here are the FAQs I encountered about the Back-to-M·A·C Program.

Xoxo, Meeghan 

ULTA 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY | Recommendations

One of my amazingly wonderful friends was inquiring about any sales at Ulta, Sephora, etc… and if I’d post when there are sales are worth mentioning. Well heck, I’d love to! A little delayed (because I didn’t think about it honestly), but we’re smack dab in the middle of Ulta’s Spring 2017 “21 Days of … Continue reading “ULTA 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY | Recommendations”

One of my amazingly wonderful friends was inquiring about any sales at Ulta, Sephora, etc… and if I’d post when there are sales are worth mentioning. Well heck, I’d love to! A little delayed (because I didn’t think about it honestly), but we’re smack dab in the middle of Ulta’s Spring 2017 “21 Days of Beauty” so let’s discuss.

The sales started March 19th (my bad…) but continues on through April 8th! So let’s hop in the middle and look at the daily “Beauty Steals” (available for one day only, both in-store and online; FYI Platinum Members receive free shipping on all orders with a Beauty Steal item, no minimum purchase required). I’ll give you my suggestions as we go! I’ve also linked the items for your convenience (because, I too am an impatient online shopper LOL).

Note, there are also “Hot Buys” and “Weekly Beauty Deals” going on during the sale as well, neither are as steep of discounts as the Daily “Beauty Steals” but are worth looking into.

(Keep in mind… YOU CAN RETURN THINGS TO ULTA. If you don’t love it? Take it back! People don’t take advantage of this and are often stuck with a high priced beauty item that doesn’t work for them.)

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TUESDAY, MARCH 28
Tarte Maneater Eyeliner – $10 (reg $20)
Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara – $11.50 (reg $23)
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – $11 (reg $22)

My recommendation: The Tarte eyeliner, IF you want a smudgy kind of eye kohl. If not, skip it! 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten – $14 (reg $28)
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer – $22.50 (reg $45)
IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Eyeshadow Palette – $21 (reg $42)

My recommendation: Top of the list is the Dr. Brandt primer, THIS IS THE SHIZ! It’s usually ridiculously expensive, so if you’ve wanted to try it, now is the time. Also, the Laura Geller baked blushes are super pretty. Keep in mind they’re baked blushes though so they’ll be a soft wash of color vs a POP of bright on the cheeks. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 30
Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer – $12 (reg $24)
Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser – $19 (reg $38)
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion – $12.50 (reg $25)

My recommendation: I adore the Benefit lash primer. Think of it as a flexible, thin brown mascara… it’s my favorite to wear on a “no makeup, but please still see my pale lashes” day.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – $16 (reg $32)
SeroVital & UniLastin supplements – $55.30-$63.30 (reg $79-$99)
Japonesque Velvet Touch Blushes – $11 each (reg $22)

My recommendation: While I do love the Smashbox Primer Water, I have to admit it’s a bit gimmicky and isn’t as multipurpose as something like Mac Fix+, so if you’re looking for more versatility, skip it. The Japonesque blushes are pretty, their packaging also! Personal favorites are Shade 2 and Shade 3. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1
IT Cosmetics CC Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50+ – $17.50 (reg $35)
Mario Badescu – 25% off entire brand
Too Faced Mascara Melt Off – $10 (reg $17)

My recommendation: Buy all of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion you can! But seriously, that is an amazing overnight pimple treatment. Also the Mario Badescu Facial Spray is amazing and on my repurchase list (both the Rosewater and Cucumber/Green Tea scents).

SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – $11 (reg $22)
Shiseido Eyelash Curler – $10 (reg $20)
LORAC Unzipped Palette or Unzipped Gold Palette – $21 each (reg $42)

My recommendation: All of these items are bombdotcom. The Urban Decay mascara is a great one for volumizing your lashes and I don’t find it flaking on me during the day. The Shiseido eyelash curler may be a cult favorite, but rather this is just a great deal for a high quality eyelash curler. In particular, the LORAC Unzipped Gold Palette is on my radar. Those gold tones are gorgeous for summer and the pigments are so creamy.

MONDAY, APRIL 3
Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlight Set – $17.50 (reg $35)
Per-Fekt Skin Perfection Gel and Liquid Gold – $14.25-$24 (reg $28.50-$48)
Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm – $39 (reg $78)

My recommendation: I have to say none of these excite me. Sorry but just keeping it real!

TUESDAY, APRIL 4
Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15 – $18 (reg $29.50)
bareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara & Lash Domination Petite Precision Mascara – $9.50 (reg $19)
Clarins Restorative Total Eye Concentrate – $42.50 (reg $85)

My recommendation: The Clarins eye concentrate is one heck of a deal, but I can’t vouch for this exact item, only my enjoyment of Clarins other products.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
Butter LONDON Plush Rush Lip Glosses, Lipsticks, and Lip Liners – $10 each (reg $18-$22)
Cargo Swimmables Collection – $9-$14.50 (reg $18-$29)
Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream – $47.50 (reg $95)

My recommendation: Another day that doesn’t wow me. I do like Butter LONDON nail products, but their cosmetics are not really up my alley.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6
Stila One Step Correct Color Correcting Primer – $18 (reg $36)
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum – $39 (reg $78)
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizer Cleanser Foam – $14 (reg $28)

My recommendation: Juice Beauty is a killer brand, IF it works for your skin type. This serum shows promise!

FRIDAY, APRIL 7
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush or Highlighter – $14 (reg $28)
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Kit – $44 (reg $88)
Proactiv Emergency Blemish Relief – $10 (reg $20)

My recommendation: The Tarte blushes and highlighter, specifically in Exposed, are AMAZING. The blushes are insanely pigmented and long wearing, I own all of the shades which will be on sale and recommend them all. The highlighters are a bit more hit and miss. Exposed is my favorite because it works best with my skin tone. The other two highlighters which seem to suit deeper shades are also just a different texture. I don’t feel as if they are as smooth and creamy as Exposed, which was their first single pan highlighter. Also, Peter Thomas Roth is amazing, I’ve wanted to try the items in this kit myself!

SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – $10.50 (reg $21)
Clinique 3-Step Intro Kit for Oilier Skin and Drier Skin – $9.75 each (reg $19.50)

My recommendation: Brow Wiz. ALL OF THE BROW WIZ(es)!!!!!!!! But seriously, I’ll be stocking up on Taupe.

I hope that list helps, and from now on, I’ll get this out BEFORE large sales… :)

Xoxo, Meeghan

RUNWAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL | For Bridal Runway Modeling

I recently had a runway booking for bridal and thought I’d share our go-to look with you! Any fellow models or brides-to-be out there? Say hi! :) One of my final looks, backstage later that day… https://www.instagram.com/p/BPQ2xnfDeiA/ Xoxo, Meeghan

I recently had a runway booking for bridal and thought I’d share our go-to look with you! Any fellow models or brides-to-be out there? Say hi! :)

One of my final looks, backstage later that day…

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPQ2xnfDeiA/

Xoxo, Meeghan