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, 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

Makeup, Product Review

Brow Wow

And where I’ve been…

Hey, guys! I’m back and oh how I’ve missed you! This never, ending winter seriously extracted all my creative juices. Then, when spring finally arrived a couple weeks ago, the puppy and I headed for the hiking trails.  We spent every possible minute outside.  Additionally, I’ve recently taken on a fun new project at work that required what little creativity I had left. Thanks to those of you who reached out. I truly appreciate your support! I’m recharged and ready to get back to it!  Now, let’s get into the good stuff!


Essence Make Me Brow

For anyone who has blonde hair, you know the love/hate relationship that goes along with having light brows. In my younger years, I loved it! Having barely there brows meant I didn’t really need to take care of them. No waxing or plucking, which all sounded terribly painful and so not worth it. My grandma always told me I should fill in and darken my brows, though. A strong brow game would accentuate my features and tie my makeup look together.  She was so right!  Too bad I didn’t listen right away.  Better late than never, though, right?

20180216_FFF_Main3Now that I’ve realized the importance of brows, I was off to find the perfect brow product.  Oh boy, was I in for a surprise!  I was quickly bombarded with thousands of product choices.  Seriously, so many choices!  Who knew there were that many options for brows?!?!   The store aisles were lined with pencils, gels, waxes, powders, oh my!  I’ve tried my fair share of each type.  The winner so far is Essence Make Me Brow.    This is an eyebrow gel mascara.  It’s listed for $3 at Ulta and comes in 3 shades.  I’m in the shade Blondy Brows 01.  To use the product, simply run it through your brows like a mascara and that’s it!  If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to up your brow game, I highly recommend this product!


What’s your favorite brow product?

That’s all for today.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you all 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! 

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Do you use an eyeshadow primer?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Sephora Bold Lip Kit Review

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk lips.  Bright, bold lips to be exact.  For Christmas, my bro and sis-in-law gave me the Sephora Favorites-Give Me Some Bold Lip kit.  Spoiler alert, it’s fabulous!  The kit contains 6 bold lip colors, 2 of which are full size!  Gift sets are such a great way to sample different products you may not have otherwise purchased.  Next holiday season, I’ll certainly be checking into Sephora more frequently! Unfortunately, the bold lip gift set is no longer available, but we can still review the products, right? Let’s get into it!
First of all, let’s establish criteria for a good lippy.  To be a good lip product the formula needs to be comfortable on the lips, it needs to be long-lasting, it needs to fade well, and be transfer-proof.  Now, that’s a tall order, but let’s see what we come up with, shall we?  

Kat Von D: Everlasting Liquid Lipstick: $20
Shade: K-Dub

This was my favorite of the bunch.  There’s just no getting around it.  The formula is fabulous, it’s comfortable, lasts for hours, fades nicely, and is transfer-proof.  That’s an A+ for all the criteria of a good lipstick!  It comes in 40+ shades and although this bright pink may not be everyone’s jam, I would highly recommend picking this up in your favorite shade.  $20 is on the high side of lipstick. However, if you purchase a color that you wear every day, it’ll be worth it.  The formula is that good!  

Too Faced: Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long-Wear Lipstick: $21
Shade: Drunk Dial
This is my second favorite of the six and luckily it’s full-size!  I’m not sure I would call this a matte lipstick, though, maybe I just didn’t let it dry down long enough.  Nonetheless, this is a fabulous lipstick.  It is indeed hydrating and so comfortable on the lips.  It’s also long-lasting and it fades nicely and evenly.  The only downfall is that it’s not transfer-proof.  However, that’s not a deal-breaker for me.   It comes in 20 shades, so again, if you can find one in a shade you wear every day I would recommend this product.  Just a heads up, it is part of the Peaches and Cream collection so it does have a scent to it.  If you’re sensitive to smells, you might want to pass on this one.

bareMinerals: Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor: $19
Shade: VIP
This one just barely comes in at #3.  I really like the formula and it gets a big thumbs up on all 4 criteria, especially comfort.  This stuff glides on and you can’t even tell you have product on your lips!  The longevity isn’t quite as good as the Too Faced, so this one is third on my list.  This comes in 10 shades.  There are a few neutrals, but most of the shades are on the bolder side.  They look wearable, though.  Even this bright red isn’t over-the-top by any means. Check them out if you’re interested!  I’d recommend them for sure!

Tarte: Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint: $20
Shade: Wannabe
They are not kidding about the lip paint in the name!  It goes on thick and dries almost immediately.  This color is so intense it looked like I was spreading dark chocolate on my lips.  No joke!  Again, this is a comfortable formula, lasts a long time, fades okay, and is transfer-proof.  Although the formula hits most of the criteria for a good lipstick, I just wasn’t wowed by this product for some reason.  It comes in 20+ shades, most on the brown/pink side of things.  This isn’t a bad product by any means, but I’m not sure about the $20 price tag.  If you can find it on sale, then I’d say go for it, otherwise, it’s a pass.

Bite Beauty: Amuse Bouche Lipstick: $26
Shade: Liquorice
First off, this is a beautiful color.  It goes on the lips as a deep, deep red with some hints of gold.  It’s gorgeous and fades absolutely beautifully.  The longevity isn’t bad either.  However, it is not a comfortable formula nor is it transfer-proof.  It comes in 38 shades with some pretty bold choices including a blue and a teal.  $26 is a lot for a lipstick, though.  Again, unless you can find this on sale, it’s a pass.

Nudestix: Magnetic Matte Lip Color: $24
Shade: Vino
This was my least favorite of the bunch.  Unfortunately, this was the other full-size product.  It is long-lasting and is transfer-proof.  That’s where the good things end, though.  It is not comfortable on the lips and fades terribly.  After eating, half of it was gone and the other half I basically had to peel off.  That’s not a cute look, especially when you’re wearing a dark color.  If you were going out for the night and wouldn’t be eating anything, it would probably last until morning. For $24, though, there are better options out there.
There you have it; the complete review of Sephora’s Favorites Bold Lip Kit!  Just to be clear, these all wore off after eating.  Some just faded better than others.  To recap, my top recommendations are the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, the Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long-Wear Lipstick, and the bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor.  Those are all excellent formulas and well worth the higher price tag.  I’d highly recommend them!  
Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite lipstick?
Another big thanks to Russ & Erin!  You guys always give such thoughtful (and bloggable) gifts!
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Product Review

2017 Talk Fabulous Awards

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Can you believe 2017 is over?!?!  I certainly can’t. I thought it might be fun to start off this year by reflecting on my favorite things from last year.  Most of these I’ve talked about in a previous Fabulous Finds Fridays.  Hopefully, this will help you make easier decisions when purchasing beauty products.  These are listed in no particular order.  Let’s get into it!

Jazzy Jasmine will be helping us out today!

This is my favorite dry shampoo!  It works great without leaving that annoying white cast.  Plus, it’s inexpensive.  This girl is living on dry shampoo these days, so having a cheap option that works great is the best of both worlds!  Check out my full Dry Shampoo Review here.

This moisturizer is amazing for my oily skin!  It’s hydrating without being overly oily.  The pump is awesome and allows for some serious control over how much product you’re applying.  One pump is perfect for me during the summer.  Two pumps are just the right amount during the spring and fall.  In the depths of winter, I use three pumps.  It looks flawless under makeup and it’s just fabulous! Check out my full review here.

Every time I try a new concealer, I always find my way back to this one. It’s just so good.  The applicator is pretty much foolproof as it’s just a puff that you slide over your face.  Easy and fabulous!  Check out my full review here.

This mascara is on point!  The formula is so easy to work with and leaves your lashes looking full and voluminous.  If you haven’t tried this yet, get in your car, drive to your nearest drugstore, and pick this up!  Check out my full review here.

Don’t be fooled by the low price tag on this stuff.  I avoided this for a long time thinking “Can a foundation that’s $6 really be good?”  The answer is yes, yes it can.  The finish is truly flawless and leaves your face looking bright and healthy.  I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear this product.  When you’re at your local drugstore picking up the Lash Paradise, pick this up too!  I talked about this foundation in my Beauty Favorites post here

These lipsticks are simply beautiful!  The formula is matte, but not drying.  They’re comfortable to wear and don’t budge (unless you’re eating some oily food).  Some of my favorite colors are Rebel Rose, Berry Recognize, and Missy and Fierce.  Check out my full review here.

Just like the Wet n Wild MegaLast lipstick above, this nail polish has some serious staying power.  Want your nail polish to last for days on end without paying an arm and a leg?  Cool, me too!  This is the nail polish for us!  Check out my full review here.

That’s it for the 2017 Talk Fabulous Awards!  What are your favorite products from 2017?

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

lylas,
MissyAnn

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