Beauty, DIY, Makeup

DIY Setting Spray

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

photogrid_15329059296496031749996494713706.jpgA few years ago, setting spray could only be found from high-end brands. Since then, though, the drugstore has fully embraced the setting spray. I’m not going to lie, I always have one in my makeup stash and I use it almost every day. It’s more for mentality sake. I’m not really sure it’s actually doing anything. I’ve tried the setting sprays from Wet n Wild, e.l.f., and Physicians Formula. I liked all these but went through them so fast. I decided to hit Pinterest to see if I could find a DIY option.

c120e8aa3facee9198cede3d5cb723832039698630905358447.jpgLo and behold, there were some DIY recipes for setting spray. After a reading a few, I settled on this one.

20180729_1802313689808457693594463.jpgFor my version, I used 1 part glycerin, 2 parts witch hazel, 3 parts distilled water (spoiler alert, I just microwaved some water to sterilize it), and a few drops of rosehip oil. I mixed all the ingredients into my empty Physicians Formula setting spray bottle. The sprayer on that bottle is awesome! It dispenses a perfectly fine mist, which is essential for a flawless application.

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My DIY version was accidentally put to the test a couple weeks ago.  My makeup routine goes something like this: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, eyeshadow, setting spray, brows, and mascara.  I tend to get pretty messy when applying eyeshadow, so the need to brush off the fallout is almost always necessary.  Welp, this fateful day I forgot to do that and sprayed the setting spray.  Oops!  Let me tell you what, that eyeshadow fallout Would.Not.Budge.  No joke.  It wasn’t going anywhere.  That’s when I decided, this DIY setting spray IS doing something good for my makeup look.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you use setting sprays? What’s your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

 

 

Beauty, Makeup

Comfort Zone

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today let’s talk makeup, specifically the eyeshadow palette. There are dozens upon dozens of eyeshadow palettes out there. How’s a person to know what’s good and what’s bad?

I’m here to tell you that generally, Wet n Wild eyeshadow is good quality and their Comfort Zone palette is no exception. The colors are gorgeous and can be mixed and matched to create countless looks. The thing I adore about this palette is that they give you a dark and light transition shade in extra large pans since those are probably the colors you’d use most. Genius!  Even better, you get 10 shades for $5!!!

They also provide a day and night look on the back, which is so helpful. It’s easy to follow and looks great!

They have several other palettes similar to this in the shades Nude Awakening, Rose in the Air, and Not a Basic Peach (find them here).

If you’re in the market for some new eyeshadow or just want to try out something new, I’d highly recommend this one. It’s so good!

What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup

How to Wear Concealer the Right Way

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Color correct, color correct, color correct! When it comes to hiding those dark under eye circles, it seems that’s all you hear about. While that may help some people, it’s not the end all be all cure. Color correcting doesn’t really help me, which was so frustrating until I found out why.

photogrid_15292680745022751713625143180299.jpgA couple of months ago, I was perusing through beauty videos on YouTube when I stumbled across a Sephora video called How to: Cover Under Eye Circles. Instantly, I was intrigued and hit the play button. Here I learned some people have shadows under their eyes and no amount of color correcting is going to fix that. Cool, so it’s not just me. That’s a relief!  Now, how do I fix the shadows?  The video goes on to explain how to do just that.  While I’ll do my best to explain the techniques described in the video here, I would encourage you to go watch said video.  There’s just no substitiute for seeing how to do something.  Afterall, we are a monkey see, monkey do people, amiright?

photogrid_15292681046204070196965043020950.jpgBascially, you start the concealing process by applying a concealer under your eyes in a triangle shape.  For this part, I use the Maybelliene Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer + Treatment concealer.  It’s one of my all-time favorite concealers!  Be sure to blend, blend, blend!  I usually use my finger but you could use a small brush or sponge just as easily.

photogrid_15292682360842502123274538254062.jpgThe second step is where we conceal the shadow.  For this I use the Maybelliene Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Light.  It’s important to use a color that’s a shade lighter than your skin tone.  This will help bounce the light off your under eye in a way that will give the illusion of smoothness.  No shadows here!  You want to apply the concealer just along the outside of the shadow.  For my eye shape, this follows along just above my eye socket bone, if that makes sense.  I start at the inner corner and follow that line to the outer corner.  Next, I take a small concealer brush and blend in place and slightly downward.  Never blend up as you will lose the illusion we’re trying so hard to create.  I promise this will make more sense in the video.  Even after watching the video, this technique takes some practice.  If you’re a natural born artist, this might come easier for you.  For me, though, I can barely draw stick people so creating this illusion on my eye was more challenging.  After practicing, it becomes easier and easier.

There you have it!   Now you know all the secrets of flawless undereyes!  Go share them with your besties!

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Blushing Blush

Milani Baked Blush

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk blushing. Not the embarrassing kind but the makeup kind. Blushes are a dime a dozen these days. Chances are if you pick up a blush at the drugstore it’s not going to be a complete dud. Good blushes are harder to find and even harder to identify in the sea of blushes. Don’t despair, though, I’ve got you covered.

These baked blushes from Milani were on sale at my mom’s local Wal-Mart. Being the sweet lady she is, she picked up a couple for me too (thanks, Mom!). I’m so glad she did! These blushes are amazing and so pretty! They are crazy pigmented and blend out flawlessly. I’m not normally a fan of baked products as I think they are challenging to use, but these are fabulous! If you’re looking for a new blush in your life, I highly recommend this one!

What’s your favorite blush?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Budget Shopping, Makeup, Product Review

The Best BB Cream

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Summer is in full swing! I don’t know about you, but I’m not super fussy with my makeup in the summer. Quick and easy application is key because I want to go outside and play! BB Creams are the answer to all my foundation needs in the summer (and on any rushed morning for that matter!).

Last summer, I reviewed 5 of my favorite BB Creams (see that post here) and asked you all what your favorites were. I got the best recommendation from my lovely friend Sue over at Wine Wows! from Sue (if you need a wine rec or dinner idea, do yourself a favor and go read her blog right now!). She told me about Maybelline Dream BB Fresh.

Guys, this stuff is amazing! The coverage of this product is stellar for a BB Cream. It glides on easily using your fingers making application a breeze. As far as the color range goes they have 3 options: Light/Medium (that’s what I have), Medium, and Medium/Deep.  I find that most BB creams just blend so well into the skin that they just end up enhancing the skin’s tone, so an exact color match is not required.  Plus, since it has SPF already, you don’t need to apply an additional sunscreen!  Score!

This has quickly become my favorite BB Cream and one I’m sure to be rocking all summer long! I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t tried it yet. It’s so good!

What’s the best product recommendation that you’ve ever received?

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by! See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Fabulous Finds Friday, Product Review, Summer

Fab Fit Fun

Summer Box 2018

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

photogrid_15277665697273889156636926348826.jpgphotogrid_15277420874633549445860718129736.jpgIt’s FabFitFun time again!  Let’s unbox the summer box!  Buckle up, because it’s FABULOUS!!!

Summer & Rose Beach Towel: $55

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Guys!  This is the softest towel I’ve ever touched!!!  It’s so cozy and cute!  I’ve been using this non-stop since it showed up on my doorstep.  Jasmine and I love it!

ORLANDO PITA PLAY Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray: $34

photogrid_15277667694057026271338680976470.jpgThis is another item I’ve been using non-stop since the box arrived.  It’s a weightless spray that protects hair from UV damage and heat styling.  My hair is very oily and this doesn’t weigh it down AT ALL.  It’s a great product.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: $29

photogrid_15277666230403514103139531907339.jpgThis is a fabulous gentle exfoliator!  I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks or so now.  I’m not sure about the brightening effects, but it certainly leaves my skin feeling smooth!

Jaboneria Marianella Hawaiian Black Lava Body Caviar: $48

photogrid_15277669543937796154563952106568.jpgThis is one luxurious body treatment!  It has all natural ingredients that exfoliate and hydrate the skin.  I love using it but it does have a scent to it.  Think of any gift store that has all the candles and that’s what it smells like.  It’s not terrible, by any means, though.  This is a lovely product that feels so great on the skin!

tarte tarteist PRO glow highlight & contour palette: $45

photogrid_15277672026328996711796098840177.jpgThis is GORGEOUS!!!  We all know I’m overly frugal and don’t often (or ever) spring for a high-end makeup product.  Having the chance to try this out was awesome!  Let me tell you, this is a beautiful highlighting palette.  This would work well for any skin tone and any look you may want to achieve.  Could this be my gateway to higher-end makeup?  We’ll see.

tarte tarteist PRO to go palette & sex kitten liquid liner: $43

photogrid_152776713028797619841928160721.jpgYou were supposed to pick between this product and the highlighting palette above OR you could add the second palette for $10.  Only $10?  Yes, please!  This eyeshadow palette is gorgeous!  The formula is so creamy and blends out really well.  I wish there was a lighter shade for a highlight, but I just use one of the colors from the highlight palette.  This is a great palette to travel with as it’s so small and compact.  I took both these palettes on a recent trip and was very happy with the number of looks I could create with such a small, travel-friendly palette!  Also included was a liquid liner.  I’ve never used a liquid liner before, so I need some more practice with this product.  Overall, these palettes are fabulous!

COOLA Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea Moisturizer: $32

photogrid_15277667334361728794698166259043.jpgWho doesn’t need a sunscreen in the summer?  I love they included this product in the box.  I’m lazy and don’t always buy a sunscreen just for my face.  When I don’t use an SPF made for the face, though, I end up breaking out.  Luckily, FabFitFun to the rescue!  I haven’t used this yet, but I’m excited to try it out!

Pier 1 Imports Marble Ring Dish: $14.99

photogrid_15277668053164292124497967186167.jpgThis is the product I didn’t know I needed.  At first, I thought it was silly, but I set it next to the sink anyway.  I’ve been using it non-stop, though.  Need to wash some dishes and don’t want to get your jewelry wet?  Cool, just put it in the tray!  Genius!

FOREO LUNA fofo: $89

photogrid_15277670032414441090077879124440.jpgGet excited about this exclusive launch product!  According to the FabFitFun insert, it’s a “revolutionary device…powered by Bluetook technology and advanced skin sensors to create a totally personalized profile, which is sent straight to the newly launched FOREO LUNA app.”  Now, that’s a high-tech beauty product!  Check out this video from Jen Luvs Reviews to get an idea of how to use it.  So far, I really like it.  Once you download the app, it guides you through how to use it.  Basically, it analyzes your skin condition and moisture level and then you can use the device to cleanse your face.  It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and clean.  It’s fabulous, maybe not $90 fabulous, but if you got this in your box, do yourself a favor and use it right now!

Total Value: $389.99 for $50!!!

This just might be my favorite box yet!  I’m using everything in this box.  If you haven’t tried out FabFitFun yet use my code to get $10 off your first box!  You’ll LOVE it!

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

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Beauty, Fashion, Makeup, Product Review, Spring

Things I’m Loving

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re talking favorites!  I love sharing my favorite things with you and, even better, I love hearing about your favorites!  Make sure to share your top notch products with us below!  Okay, let’s get into it!

Bar Soap

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Bar soap?  Yes, bar soap.  About 4-5 years ago I made the switch from body wash to bar soap.  The original intention was to use the bar soap to make my own body wash.  Turns out, that’s pretty time intensive, so that plan never came to be.  Such is life.  But I had the bar soap, so I decided to use it up.  Lo and behold, a discovery was made!  You know how you can get those little bumps on your arms?  I constantly had those bumps on the back of my triceps.  When I switched to using the bar soap, though, those bumps went away!  Sweet!  Bar soap all the way!  My favorite brand is Dial as they have so many scents and it rinses clean.  Some other great options are Zest and Dove.

Weekend Indulgence

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Since moving back into town, the hubby and I accidentally started a fun Saturday morning ritual.  It all started when a co-worker brought in some bagels from a local bakery.  Turns out, said bakery is only a mile from our place and is oh so delicious!  It was necessary that I immediately shared this new found treasure with the hubby.  And voila!  A new weekend tradition was born.  Now, no Saturday morning is complete without a trip to our favorite bakery!  This is such a special weekend tradition and gives us something to look forward to during the week.  Do you have a weekend ritual?

Children’s Xyzal Allergy Medicine

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The warm weather is certainly refreshing, but that comes with a price for us allergy sufferers.  My allergies have been in full swing, complete with a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and the like.  Bummer, but a small price to pay for the fabulous spring weather.  Allergy medicine is very tricky for me.  After years of use, Claritin and Allegra don’t work for me anymore.  Benedryl and Zyrtec Knock.Me.Out.  No joke.  I’m down for the count!  Xyzal will make me drowsy as well if I take a full dose.  After some experiments, I found that I only need half a dose.  Instead of breaking all the pills in half (which never works to split them exactly in half), I opt for the Children’s Xyzal Liquid Allergy Relief.  It makes taking half a dose so easy.  If you have allergies that aren’t terribly severe or you’re sensitive to medication like me, I would highly recommend trying this out.  Have allergies?  What are your remedies?

Activewear

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With the abundance of warmer weather, the puppy and I have taken to the hiking trails.  I was in need of some new activewear.  Turns out, activewear is expensive!  Even looking on thredUP was not fruitful.  Seriously, I just need something to sweat into, it doesn’t need to be fancy.  Slightly begrudgingly, I turned to Wal-Mart.  I was pleasantly surprised by my finds.  First off was this sports bra from Fruit of the Loom.  It’s oh so comfy and keeps everything in place even with the most intense workouts.  I also found this fabulous Danskin Now tank top.  This tank is so flowy, flattering, and will keep you cool.  What’s not to love about that?

e.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick

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Seriously, I cannot stop wearing this lipstick!  I threw this in my shopping cart on a whim and I’m so glad I did!  The formula is matte without feeling uncomfortable or looking overly dry.  Plus, it has great staying power!  I have the color Mauvelous (see what they did there).  The pun fits perfectly because this color is absolutely marvelous!  It’s the perfect neutral lip color that’s just right for work or for any daytime look.  You need this in your life!

What things have you been loving lately?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you in my next post!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Product Review

Konjac Sponge

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today’s Fabulous Finds Friday was recommended to me by my friend, Abby (hey, girl!).  I love getting recommendations, so feel free to leave me ideas here or on my Facebook page.  She recommended a product called a Konjac sponge (find it here).  What’s a konjac sponge?  Well, it’s a Korean beauty product made with konjac root fibers from the konjac plant found in eastern Asia.  These roots contain many minerals and vitamins.  These sponges are ideal for all skin types as well as sensitive skin.  They are intended to gently exfoliate the skin to make it feel soft and smooth.  It’s gentle enough to use every day, which is so nice. There are several different varieties of this sponge depending on what skin issues you may have, but I just went with the original.  
The sponge is hard when it’s dry.  It becomes soft and pliable as it absorbs water.  So, first, you want to wet the sponge.  You can use this sponge with cleanser or on its own.  I tried it both alone and with cleanser.  I prefer using it alone.  The key is to NOT wet your face first.  Simply lightly rub your face in circular motions and you’ll absolutely love the results.  This isn’t great at removing eye makeup, but it doesn’t do a bad job of removing face makeup.  I just love how my skin feels after using this.  In fact, it works so well that I get excited to wash my face!  That’s a win!
Do you have any skincare recommendations?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Budget Shopping

Bottom Shelf Beauty

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, let’s talk marketing.  I’m a geneticist, so I know nothing about marketing, but I do know stores want us to spend money (duh!).  They position their products on their shelves accordingly.  Just because a product is inexpensive and has a home on the bottom shelf of the store, doesn’t mean it’s bad.  Here are a few of my favorite bottom shelf beauty products!

St. Ives Face Scrub
I love St. Ives face scrubs (find the brightening one here).  One of my first Fabulous Finds Friday was about this face scrub (see the post here).  It’s gentle enough to use every day and does what it claims.  With a price tag of around $3.50, that’s quite a deal!  St. Ives lotion is also quite nice.  In fact, I would try about anything from the St. Ives brand.  Even though you usually find it on the bottom shelf, it’s a quality brand with good products.


Ponds Dry Skin Cream
This was a new find for me.  I’m an oily skin girl, but in the depths of winter, my skin needs a little extra hydration.  I saw this on the bottom shelf and thought I’d give it a try (find it here).  I’m so glad I did!  It’s a great moisturizer and looks great under makeup.  Even better, it only costs about $5!  Another great deal!  As the weather gets warmer (thank goodness!), my oily skin doesn’t need as much moisture, so I’ll be switching back to a lightweight moisturizer.  However, my dry skinned girls out there would love, love, love this product! 
Suave
I love all things Suave.  From their dry shampoo to their shampoo/conditioner to their lotion to their hairspray to their deodorant, it’s all fabulous.  For some reason, these products are often found on the bottom shelf (oh right, because they’re inexpensive).  As far as I’m concerned, though, they should be front and center! 
What are your favorite inexpensive beauty products?
That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk YouTube.  I love me some YouTube!  I can get lost for hours tangled in a sea of make-up, music, and more.  My favorite videos, though, are the make-up ones.  I especially enjoy Emily Noel’s videos (check out her channel here).  Her recommendations are always informed and honest.  You can tell when she truly loves a product and when she doesn’t care for it.  I appreciate that in a beauty reviewer.  She is always talking about (and using) the Milani Eyeshadow Primer (find it here).  I never thought eyeshadow primers were necessary.  However, after hearing her talk about how fabulous the Milani one was over and over and over again, I finally gave in and tried it.  Oh boy, am I glad I did!  I can’t believe how good this stuff is!  For starters, it’s only about $6 for a tube.  I’m guessing a tube will last a good year as I’ve been using mine for about 3 months and barely made a dent.  It goes on smooth and leaves a nice, even, blank slate for eyeshadow.  Not only that, but it extends the wear of the eyeshadow as well.  It’s the product you didn’t know you needed.  It really is fabulous.  I would highly recommend checking it out! 

Beauty makeup product review
Do you use an eyeshadow primer?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn