Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Believe Beauty Makeup Review Part 2

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, we’re reviewing another round of Believe Beauty products. The first round went so well, I wanted to test out some more products for you guys!

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Blush Duo($4.75): Try

How pretty is this blush duo, right? So pretty! It’s even prettier on! I found the two colors work best mixed together. They are such a beautiful color and work so nicely with your skin tone. I’m one of those girls who wear pink blush with pink lipstick and peach blush with red lipstick. With this blush, though, it doesn’t matter. It looks good with either. The only complaint I have about this blush is the application. I tried several brushes before I found one that didn’t make the blush go on patchy. The brush is this one from Bare Essentials. It’s their Flawless Face brush. As long as I have that brush in hand, this is my new go-to blush!

Eye Shadow Palette ($5): Pass

Plush Purples

This palette is so pretty! I love the purples in here. It swatches beautifully. However, when blended out, the colors blend out to nothing. It was so disappointing! I tried using several application methods with no success.  Pass on this palette.

Lipstick ($4): Must try

I was looking for some nice fall lip colors. This lipstick did not disappoint! How pretty is this color for fall, right? This formula is so comfortable on the lips. It’s not transfer proof but it does have nice staying power. I’ll be picking this up in other colors for sure!

Liquid Lipstick ($4): Must try

I love a liquid lipstick and this one is no exception. Again, this color is so perfect for fall! The formula is a bit tacky but not terrible by any means. This too is not transfer proof but the staying power is stellar. I’ll be picking this up in other colors as well!

Believe Beauty is proving to be a fabulous drugstore option for makeup. They have skincare too, so stay tuned for an upcoming review on those products!

Have you tried anything from Believe Beauty? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

That’s all for today. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

Beauty, Fashion, Makeup

What I’ve Been Loving Lately

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, I want to share the things I’ve been loving lately and why. Perhaps you’ll find some new favorites here or at least something new to try out!

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Color: All Things Purple

Purple is really having a moment this fall! And not the dark, reddish shade of purple that is traditionally associated with fall. We’re talking lilac purple. That’s so strange to me, but I’m not mad about it. I love me some purple, so I’m all in on this trend!

Here are some of my lilac favorites…

Nail Polish

Eyeshadow

Highlighter

Outfit

Books: Girl Wash Your Face

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is the dose of motivation we all need. Even the most motivated of us need some inspiration from time to time. This book is it! Each chapter stands on its own. So you can skip the ones that don’t apply to you or read them in the order that makes the best sense for you. This is one of those books you can read over and over and get something different out of it each time. I’ll have this book on repeat for a long time. Pick it up today!

Find it on Amazon here.

Beverage: Flavored Coffee

I’ve always been a French Roast kind of girl. I never stray much from that…until recently. The other day I picked up a few flavored coffee blends at the store, specifically French Vanilla and Chocolate Caramel Brownie. The Chocolate Caramel Brownie was a stretch, but I can’t resist caramel-flavored things. Much to my surprise, they were actually pretty good. I’ll be trying more flavors this fall. I might even try one of those famous PSLs (Pumpkin Spice Latte). When in Rome, right?

You can find this brand at many retailers including Target.

Activities: Being Outside

Fall is in full force here in Iowa. The weather has been BEAUTIFUL! I’m soaking up all the fall feels by spending as much time outside as possible. From walks to hikes to hanging out on the deck, it’s been all outside all time. Oh did I mention the windows are open too? Let that fall air inside!

Here are a few of my fall faves…

App: Puzzle Page

I’ve always enjoyed puzzle books. Now, I’ve found the joy of puzzle books in an app! It’s called Puzzle Page and is available on Android devices (not sure about IOS). It’s a free-to-play app with optional pay-for-play. The free content is plenty to keep busy. There’s a great variety of puzzles to play including Sudoku, Crosswords, Word Finds, and much much more. If you like puzzle games, you’ll love this app!

What have YOU been loving lately? Let us know in the comments below.

That’s all for today. Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Believe Beauty Makeup Review

Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! It’s been awhile and it’s so good to be back! Let’s jump right in!

Today, let’s look at a Dollar General brand, Believe Beauty. I first heard about this brand on Emily Noel’s YouTube channel. She was doing a video on makeup $5 and under (see the video here). Seeing as how the prices at the drugstore are skyrocketing, I was skeptical that there was anything worth using at that price point. Boy, was I wrong! I ran out to my nearest DG and picked up some makeup to try for myself.

Sidenote: check out Emily Noel’s YouTube channel (here) and her Instagram (here). She is awesome!

Let’s jump into the reviews!

Radiantly Primed Face Primer ($5): Must Try

This primer is beautiful! It smooths nicely onto the skin and gives your face a beautifully, healthy glow. Use on its own or under foundation. You won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait to try out their other primer options!

Skin Finish Foundation ($5): Must Try

Another beautiful product! This foundation is gorgeous on the face. It provides great coverage without feeling or looking cakey on the skin. In my experience, this works best applied with a sponge in conjunction with the primer. Using this combination the foundation adheres to the skin and becomes one with it. The staying power is great. It’s not transfer resistant by any means but it does last through the day. For a $5 price tag, this is a fabulous find! Also, did I mention how beautiful this packaging is?!?! Love it!

Concealer($4): Take it or leave it

The Believe Beauty concealer was just meh for me. The coverage is fine, although the product offers no brightening effect. I do like a concealer that offers some brightening. However, if that’s not as important to you, this concealer might be for you! At $4 it’s worth a shot!

Matte Blur Loose Transluscent Powder ($5): Must try

This powder is beautiful on the skin! It’s incredibly fine yet it doesn’t fly everywhere like some loose powders do. The ‘matte’ part of the name is questionable as it does let the glow from the primer shine through. If you are looking for a mattifying powder, this isn’t it. However, it does blur without looking cakey. It’s light enough that it can be used as an under eye setting powder too. It’s gorgous and I will be repurchasing this product!

Eye Brow Mascara ($4): Must try

I love a good eye brow mascara and this one doesn’t disappoint! The brush is the perfect size and picks up just the right amount of product. It lasts all day and is a great color match. It’s all turning up roses here, so try it out today!

High Drama Fiber Mascara ($4.50): Hard pass

I so wanted to love this mascara. It gives the lashes a beautiful, lengthening effect that’s just so pretty. By mid-day, though, I’m left looking like a mama raccoon. That is not a cute look on anyone! Leave this one on the shelf!

Makeup Perfecting Setting Spray ($4.50): Must try

This setting spray has the finest mister of any setting spray I’ve ever tried. It is SUPER fine. No big droplets here! The scent is also quite lovely like a clean/tropical vibe. It doesn’t seem like the setting spray helps the longevity of the makeup, however, it does give the skin a nice perfected look. Pick this up today!

I’d say that was a pretty good haul! 1 meh, 1 hard pass and 5 must trys! It’s safe to say that Believe Beauty is a brand to check out! I will be trying more of what they have to offer soon, so stay tuned!

What new makeup have you been trying out lately? Let us know down in the comments!

That’s all for today! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Everyday Style, Makeup

How to Look Your Best in Video Chats

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

These days, everyday is a rollercoaster ride. The ups and downs of our current situation are taxing on our minds, bodies, and souls. *sigh

Luckily, technology has our back and is allowing us to remain connected while we’re physically apart. For many of us this means many a video chat. Need to “walk” over to a co-worker’s desk…call them on Zoom. Want to say hi to the family…Google Hangouts to the rescue.

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These video chat sessions can come at any moment and without warning. Looking presentable is a must (at least from the top up, pants are totally optional at this point). Let’s explore 5 easy ways to always look your best when your chatting it up via webcam.

Tip 1: Wear Mascara

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It’s important, whether in person or online, to make your eyes the focal point of your face. The first step to achieving this is to apply mascara. Mascara has a great power to really help make your eyes pop. It’s like magic in a tube. So, before any video chat, make sure to layer on some mascara. I’m still loving the Lash Paradise mascara from L’Oreal. See my review here.

Tip 2: Fill in those brows

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Remember that we want to make our eyes the focal point of our face? Another great and easy way to do this is by filling in the brows. This is a quick and easy step that can make all the difference. Check out this post for my favorite brow product.

Tip 3: Add some blush

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Nothing gives the skin a healthier glow like blush. It gives the skin that naturally flushed looked that instantly adds life and depth to the skin. No need to overdo it here. Just add a quick swipe of your favorite blush and you’re good to go. I’ve been loving the Milani baked blushes (see the post here). The color is spot on and a little goes a long way.

Tip 4: Do your hair

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Stay with me here, I’m not talking about going all out with a fancy updo or anything like that. We do need to put a little effort into this area, though. Nothing can make you look more unprofessional, tired, or even age you as much as not running a comb through your locks. As you know, I’ve never been one to do much with my hair. I’m way more into makeup. I think that’s because I can control the makeup better. I feel like my hair just has a life of its own. With video chatting, though, your hair only has to look good from the front! Even I can handle that! Also, I’ve discovered these updo hair pieces on Amazon (check them out here). These babies deserve a post all their own, so stayed tuned for that. They really are a hair game changer!

Tip 5: Wear Lipstick

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If you do nothing else, do this one. Putting on lipstick not only makes you look instantly put together but it’s a big confidence booster too. How can you not feel fabulous when wearing a rocking lip color? Trust me, it’s impossible. Now is the time to experiment. Those neutral colors you’re used to wearing may not transfer well on screen. Try something slightly darker or brighter, just don’t go too crazy if it’s for work.

There you have it! 5 quick and easy ways to look fabulous for your next video chat!

We want to hear from you! What suggestions do you have for looking your best in video chats?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn

Beauty, Makeup

7 Tips for Wearing Make-Up with Glasses

Hey, lovelies! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Today, let’s talk make-up tips with glasses. Recently, I switched back to wearing glasses full-time. My contacts were getting annoying and they were drying out my eyes. Plus, putting them in and taking them out was getting old. It’s just so much easier to throw on my glasses and continue with my day.

The thing is, though, putting on make-up with glasses can be challenging. Have no fear! I’ve put together 7 tips to take all the guesswork out of wearing make-up with glasses. Let’s get into it!

Tip 1: Use a color corrector

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Glasses magnify your eye area. Piling on the concealer can make your under eyes look extra cakey. That’s not a look we’re going for. Instead, use a color corrector to neutralize the color under your eyes. Peach is a great choice for masking those pesky dark circles. Some color corrector followed by a small amount of concealer will have your under eyes looking bright and beautiful in no time! Check out my color corrector review here.

Tip 2: Minimal eye-shadow

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Again, remember the glasses magnify the eye area. So, eye-shadow that is not blended just perfectly will stand out like a sore thumb. I’m blind as a bat without my glasses. Putting on eye-shadow and flawlessly blending it out is nearly impossible. No worries, though, there’s an easy solution. Either use a base colored eye-shadow or none at all. How easy is that?!? Plus, the make-up trend this year is light eye-shadow and bright lips. Win, win!

Tip 3: Match eyeliner thickness to frame thickness

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Eyeliner is a must do step when wearing glasses. As always, eyeliner makes your eyes pop and become the focal point of your face. We all want that, right? The key when wearing eyeliner with glasses is easy. Simply mach the eyeliner thickness to the thickness of the frame. This will balance the eye-wear and your eyes and create a fabulously perfect look.

Tip 4: Use volumizing mascara

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Mascara can be tricky when wearing glasses. Lengthening mascaras can create too much length and brush against the lenses. That gets annoying as it becomes constantly necessary to clean the lenses. Use a volumizing formula for best results. The magnification from the glasses coupled with the volumizing effect on your lashes will make them look fierce! Additionally, no need for bottom lash mascara when wearing glasses. That’s great news as far as I’m concerned! Check out my favorite volumizing mascara here.

Tip 5: Do your brows

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Brows are often overlooked. The impact they have when done, though, is undeniable. This is even truer when wearing glasses. Make sure you do your brows! Check out my favorite brow product and the full scoop on the importance of doing your brows here.

Tip 6: Don’t forget your skin

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So far, we’ve been talking about make-up around our eyes. We don’t want to forget the rest of our face, though. When wearing glasses, don’t skip the foundation. Again, I’m mega blind without my glasses. I’ve found using powder foundation is the easiest to apply and blend without being able to see much. Check out my favorite powder foundation here.

Tip 7: Layer on the lipstick

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Last, but not least, layer on the lipstick. The eye-shadow is kept minimal, so to balance out the look add a bold lip color. The minimal eye look coupled with a bold lip is so on-trend this year. It’s the perfect time to rock out this look! I’m still loving the MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick from Wet n Wild. Find it here.

That’s it! 7 easy tips to look great in glasses. I’d love to hear which eye-wear you prefer? Glasses, contacts, or none of the above (lucky!)?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day, lovelies!

lylas,

MissyAnn 😘

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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