Osmosis Colour Mineral Cosmetics Age-Defying Treatment Concealer in Fair | Swatches + Review

"Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know - but now they knowwww-" that I am dead ass tired and need a good concealer lately to cover these circles, y'all. I am e-to-the-x-hausted but with this new treatment concealer from Osmosis, at least I don't have to look like it!

The Osmosis Colour Mineral Age-Defying Treatment Concealer ($38) is actually a built-in duo - with the concealing treatment on one side and a super-hydrating balm that twists up on the other. The concealer is pretty pigmented but it's really the balm that makes this - well, the bomb! I apply the balm first under my eyes (and actually around my nose as well since it's super dry there) and then dot it in until it's blended out. Then I apply the concealer over it and blend out with a damp BeautyBlender (or honestly, your fingers would work fine too).

The balm is chock full of Argan Oil, Apricot Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to really bring that hydration to where ever you apply this. The concealer has a non-comedogenic formula which means that this won't clog your pores or break you out.

The biggest "issue" I have with this concealer (and I say that lightly) is that the shade "fair", which is the lightest shade they offer out of four, pulls a little yellow which you can see above. For me, when I apply this over foundation and set with powder, it works fine and brightens the area but just thought it was something worth noting for my paler babes.

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*Product sent for review.

Makeup Revolution The One Sculpt Contour, Blush & Highlighter Sticks | Review + Swatches

As a beauty blogger, I'm almost ashamed to admit that this is actually my first real go with contouring, highlighting and blush sticks! I'm not really sure why I never ventured out to cream sticks as they seem like they'd be easy enough to use, right? So, here we go! What better time than now with the Makeup Revolution The One Sculpt Contour, Highlighter and Blush Sticks!

The Makeup Revolution The One Contour, Blush and Highlighter Sticks ($9) are super pigmented sticks of cream for contouring, highlighting or applying blush. They can be applied straight out of the tube for an intense look or applied with water for a more natural look. As of right now, they only have one universal shade for contouring, two for blush and one for highlighting.

  • The One Sculpt Contour - a matte dark brown with yellow undertones.
  • The One Blush in Matte Malibu - a matte brown with reddish undertones.
  • The One Blush in Matte Rush - a gorgeous matte coral.
  • The One Highlighter - a shimmery light golden champagne.
So here is my dilemma with these: I love Makeup Revolution and I really like the idea, consistency and pay-off from these cream sticks but I'm not loving the shade range and I feel like that's a deal breaker right now. 

The contour shade is way too dark for my pale babes, even diffused to the high heavens with a damp BeautyBlender which is a bummer since it's the only contouring shade available right now. Both blushes, in my opinion, aren't flattering for any skintone. Rush is a bright coral but even diffused with water, it's just too bright. I couldn't even try Malibu as a blush as it's just too brown to work for a blush for me. BUT! The highlighter stick, on the other hand, is killer! It's very reminiscent of the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Illuminator as far as consistency. It's almost a balm consistency which I love for a more natural, glow-y highlighter look. I'm so in love with it. For a more "pow!", you can apply a powder highlighter over this.

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* Products sent for review.

GLOSSYBOX | August 2016 Box

Hi guys! It's officially two days past my due date and still super pregnant over here! Honestly, it feels like nothing is going to happen any time soon. So frustrating so I'm distracting myself by going through my drafts and finishing up loose ends to get some reviews and posts out! 

Anywho, can I just say I love summer-themed subscription boxes? They're the best ones. Actually, those and the fall ones, for sure. This month's GLOSSYBOX theme is Sun Kissed with a curated box that compliments all of our weekend getaways (wait - is a getaway in the box too? I kid, I kid!). Make sure to read until the end to learn more about how to enter GLOSSYBOX's sunset selfie contest!

What's in the box?

  • Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothing Oil ($20) - While I've never heard of Wella Professionals, this light-reflecting oil hair sprays must be all the rage right now because I think this is the second or third one I've received in a box! I love the idea behind them - that they make your hair seem brighter and glistening-y and appreciate that it's lightweight enough for thin hair. This one contains macadamia seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin e to keep your hair soft.
  • De Bruyere After Sun Lotion Monoi ($12) - Everyone needs something like this in their life! It's a calming, nourishing and protecting milky lotion that helps hydrate your skin after a day in the sun. Did you know that Monoi is Tiare flower petals that have been soaked in coconut oil? I had no clue!
  • Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil Waterproof Mascara Dissolver ($17) - Probably the most intriguing product in the box! Basically, it's a cleansing oil for waterproof and regular mascara, conveniently in a mascara tube to be used like you're applying your mascara. It contains both rice lipids and green tea extract for a gentle removal. Apply like you're applying mascara and then wait about a minute (maybe a teeny bit longer if it's a waterproof mascara). Then wipe away for mascara-free lashes! I actually really like this and will probably by a full-size when I run out!
  • Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring ($8) - I have yet to try this thing out because it kind of freaks me out. Like, HOW does this not get tangled in your hair? Somehow it doesn't, ladies and gents. One day, I promise, I'll try it out and get back to you.
  • Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait Buttery Lip Cream ($19) - I don't even want to use this; that's how cute this is! The packaging is A+! The lipstick is a great shade of dusty mauve-y pink but doesn't have the color payoff I like. So if you're in a more sheer look, this is perfect for you!
  • Borghese Active Body Mud ($37) - Borghese is a brand I'm already familiar with but I've never tried their body mud before. It's enriched with Acqua di Vita Complex (a formula mixed with Tuscany water - ooooh la la!) to polish your bod and make it feel nice and soft.
So what do you think of this month's GLOSSYBOX? I can honestly say I've yet to be disappointed by them. Almost every box has something I've wanted to always try or something super fun in it. My faves from this box are the De Bruyere After Sun Lotion Monoi and the Too Faced Cleansing Oil Mascara Dissolver. Which ones are your faves?

PS. For a chance to win a year long subscription, send GLOSSYBOX a photo of your fave sunset spot with a GLOSSYBOX using the tags #GLOSSYSunkiss and #GLOSSYBOX!

BITE Beauty MultiSticks in Macaroon, Cocoa + Blondie | Swatches + Review

Who doesn't love an e-mail from Influenster letting them know they're getting the BITE Beauty VoxBox!? Actually, any e-mails from Influenster are pretty awesome. If you don't know what Influenster is, it's a free program where you can sign up and take little surveys and earn badges in order to qualify to receive a themed VoxBox of FREE samples (sometimes they're even full size!). I actually wrote a whole post about Influenster a few years ago here if you wanted more information. 

I was lucky enough to get sent three of the new BITE Beauty Multsticks in the shades Macaroon, Cocoa and Blondie! The Multistick is an all-purpose cream-to-powder stick that you can use on your lips, cheeks, eyes, etc. basically wherever you want to use them. They can be used with a BeautyBlender, a brush - heck, even your fingers!

  • Cocoa - a deep chocolate brown with a satin finish.
  • Blondie - a nude beige with a satin finish.
  • Macaroon - a cool pink with a satin finish.

  • The consistency of these sticks are very creamy. They're also super pigmented so beware when applying if you only want a light flush of a color. They do blend out nicely though but I like to start light and then work up the opacity, if need be.

    For use on the face, I like to use Blondie as a light bronzer by dabbing the stick onto a damp BeautyBlender. I find this diffuses it and applies the product evenly onto my face. Cocoa is too dark for contouring on my pale babes BUT it's a stunning lipstick (I love brown lips!) and lid color. The issue I have with using any of these as eyeshadows is that they never really set. I'm not sure if it's because the eyelid is naturally oilier but they constantly crease no matter if there's primer underneath or set with a shadow. That's kind of a bummer as they're gorgeous colors. Lastly, I love using Blondie as a lipstick or blush. Again, I like to apply these on the face with a damp BeautyBlender.

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    *Products sent from qualifying for an Influenster VoxBox but all opinions are my own!

    #FOTD | Summer Sunrise

    Today I'm throwin' it back to this little look I did and then just had sit in my drafts for forever. This look in particular is just a fun wash of color on the lids mixed with the world's worst messy bun.

    I also tried out a few products back from my Sephora sale haul - the tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner, the tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara, Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin (!!!!) and the Urban Decay Summer Bronzer in Bronzed.

    • FACE: I started off with the Smashbox Primer Oil which I have been lovinnnnnnn'! It leaves my skin so, so soft afterwards. Then I applied the tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (in light neutral). I completely forgot concealer and went straight to bronzing with the UD Summer Bronzer in Bronzed and then highlighted with the UD Afterglow Highlighter in Sin which is amazing! No blush.
    • BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown. I'm still kind of "meh" about this because I feel like it's not the same as "Ash Brown" if though they say it is. Haha.
    • EYES: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base. Kat Von D Esperanza Palette on the eyes - Dog Roses in the crease, Galore on the inner lid and Placebo on the outer corner. Dog Roses on the lower lid. I'm pretty sure the lashes are just cheapy ones from Wish.
    • LIPS: Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Requiem

    Play! by Sephora | July 2016: Effortless

    Helllllllllllllllo everyone! I swear, I meant to have this review out before the end of July but #fail. Fail so hard. I actually just found out my subscription to this was cancelled for next month because my credit card expired and I never put the new number in. I'm seriously on a roll, guys. So unfortunately, this will be my last review of the Play! by Sephora box as who knows how long it'll take to get back through the waitlist.

    July's theme was Effortless - "Calling all warm weather essentials and sunny standouts: this month we're taking on the long days and haute nights with a sultry selection that will keep you chic all summer long."

    What's in the box?

    • Blotterazzi by BeautyBlender ($20) - I'm a huge fan of the original BeautyBlender (who isn't?) so this was really cool to see in the bag.  I've read that this is supposed to blot without disturbing your makeup underneath. Unfortunately, I'm not really an oily person so I'm not sure how much usage I'll get out of it but hey, it's summer time, so there's always sweat!
    • Ouai Wave Spray ($26) - I've heard great things about Ouai before - especially this spray - so I was excited to see this as well. It's a super lightweight texturizing spray scented with the Ouai No. 2 fragrance of Italian lemon, amber and white musk. It's also infused with rice protein which is super moisturizing!
    • Nest Fragrances Citrine ($25-$68) - I love that there's always a new fragrance every month because that's pretty much how often I change mine lately. This scent is so on-trend for summer as it has notes of fresh lotus flower and freesia with citrus and precious woods (what is that?).
    • Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer ($16-$39) - This is such a cult-classic primer in the beauty blogger world. This silicone-based primer mattifies your skin, minimizes the sizes of your pores and keeps your makeup looking fresh for up to 8 hours.
    • First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay ($24) - I have quite a few FAB products already but not this one. It's a foaming gel cleanser that uses botanicals and red clay to cleanse your skin. I love clay cleansers and will probably buy this in full size!
    • Benefit Dew The Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer ($27) - Not quite sure why I had this in my bag as it doesn't show on the site that it's supposed to be but I'm assuming maybe it was a Too Faced Soleil Chocolate Bronzer substitution? Who knows. I already tried this and wasn't too thrilled with the results. This goes on very sheer, and granted I'm as pale as they come, and it just didn't seem to bronze my face the way it should. It gave a very, very light wash of a bronzer. Maybe this is meant for people more pale than I?
    What are your thoughts on the Play! by Sephora box?


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