Col•lab Makeup line review

So I came across this makeup line at Sally’s the other day and decided to grab a few things to try while they were having a bogo sale. I love trying new affordable products because if they work well then I’ve found new staple products to reach for in my makeup routine. I purchased the skin tint, matte foundation and radiant foundation to give those a try as well as the loose powder, pressed powder, a blush, the smoothing primer, micellar water, concealer and a color corrector.

Something I first noticed is that this line is not very shade inclusive. There’s only 6 shades in the skin tint and 10 shades in the foundations so the most porcelain skin and the darker skin tones are left out completely. I’m the eighth darkest shade (caramel) in the foundation and the fifth shade in the skin tint. So a lot of skin tones are left out. Both the foundation and skin tint are $14.99 each.

The packaging is nice. Sleek black and greys. The jars are glass. Clean fonts and the foundations come with a pump and the skin tints are in a squeeze tube. The concealer has a doe foot applicator and the color corrector comes in a jar. So it makes application for those easy and you save product. I wanted to try the line together because sometimes products work better with their own.

The skin tint

First up I tried the smoothing primer, skin tint, concealer, blush and pressed powder together. I didn’t use anything else aside from my tarts blush in feisty and my wet n wild highlighting gold bar and I set my face with my Morphe Continuous setting mist. The primer went on like a lotion for the most part. It felt kind of moisturizing for a minute. The skin tint was actually thicker than I thought it would be for it to have been a tint but it gave pretty good coverage. The concealer didn’t have as much coverage as I thought it would so it’s not something I would reach for on a daily basis. The pressed powder was ok. It seemed to set the face for the most part. The blush showed up on me more like a highlight than a blush which is why I added my tarte blush to it. I didn’t contour because I wanted a quick face. I noticed it quickly set into any fine lines I had even after setting with powder. I wore it for a full day of errands, etc. within about an hour I was oily so I was already not too happy with that. I blotted my face and went on with the day. About another hour or so I was oily again. A few hours after that I noticed the skin tint had oxidized. So about 5 hours into wearing it, it had oxidized terribly and had a grayish tint now and I was still oily. I couldn’t wait to get home and take it off. My face felt dirty and itchy and I didn’t like the ashy tint it developed.

The matte foundation

The next day I tried a different combo. I used the primer, matte foundation, color corrector, concealer and loose powder. I used my airspun for under my eyes and my tarte blush again, my wet n wild rainbow highlight and contoured with my nyx bronzer. I set my face with my Morphe continuous setting mist. This time the foundation didn’t oxidize as much as the skin tint did but I was oily within an hour. For a matte foundation I expected more oil control than what I got. The foundation never set on my face once applied at all. It never set to a matte finish it was dewy. It only set once I applied powder. I had to blot my face multiple times throughout an 8 hr wear which I don’t have to do until end of day with most of my matte foundations. So I wasn’t impressed with the matte foundation at all.

The radiant foundation

I didn’t try the radiant foundation alone. I figured since the matte foundation by itself was a bust then I wasn’t even going to attempt it. I instead mixed the radiant foundation with my too faced born this way foundation and did my makeup with the different products that I use on the daily. I wore this combo for about 8 hrs or so and when I got home from work my face was oily but not as bad as it was with the matte foundation by itself. It still settled into some of my lines fairly quickly but it wasn’t as terribly noticeable as the skin tint or the matte foundation. So I will say that mixed with another foundation that already works for my skin this foundation is a bit better but it’s still not something I would reach for on the daily. Especially since I have to mix it with another foundation just to get it to set decently on my face for the day. I may try mixing the matte foundation as well to see how I like that and if it will set better on my face but idk yet.

The powders and Blush

The powder both pressed and loose didn’t really do well to keep my makeup set and help keep oiliness down. It goes on fine but the lasting power just isn’t there. The blush I wasn’t too happy with, it was way too shimmery and seemed to be more of a highlight rather than an actual blush unless you’re more fair skinned even though I got one of the darker shades.

The Smoothing Primer

The primer to me didn’t really do anything nor did it blur any imperfections, it just goes on your face like a lotion and then sets but doesn’t keep your pores, imperfections or oiliness at bay for too long. I feel it may possibly work better on someone with dry to normal skin but for oily skin or combination skin it just wasn’t the best.

The undereye concealer

The under eye concealer was one of the most disappointing for me. I got the darkest peach shade and it kind of just spread around on the face and didn’t really cover much. I used both a stippling brush and concealer brush and then I tried a beauty blender but nothing seems to smooth it out any better. I like my under eye concealer to work really well especially on days that I am sick or my under eyes are especially dark but this just missed the mark completely.

The micellar water

I never actually tried the micellar water so it may have worked fine with removing makeup but once I had tried pretty much all the products (except the radiant foundation) I had purchased and wasn’t happy with any of those I just decided to take everything back. It’s $9.99 but for that price I can just stick with my ganier micellar water for $7.

The final review

All in all I just feel like this line is kind of a starter line for younger people who are just starting out in makeup. Something to practice with or if they don’t really have any skin issues this line may work for them. I have more mature skin (I’m 32), I have naturally darker undereye circles and a few acne scars. I like a good full coverage foundation unless I’m using a BB cream for a quick face. I have combination/oily skin so a matte foundation is usually what I reach for. I took most of the line back with the exception of the 2 foundations because I couldn’t find the receipt and just replaced those with things I actually use and like. Hopefully in the future they do better with formulas and especially the shade ranges. A successful makeup line needs to be shade and skin inclusive to reach a broader audience.

Did you try any of the products in this line? What did you like? What didn’t you like? What do you feel the company can do better with in the future? Be sure to follow me on Snapchat @lolanicolemua for more makeup reviews and mini tutorial videos as well. I hope you beauties have a blessed day.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

Lola

My Top 6 Favorite Drugstore Highlights

Hi loves. So I've been obsessed with highlighting lately. It's been the highlight (pun intended, lol) of my everyday makeup routine. Whether I'm just running errands, going to work or for a night out I always have some highlight. It just depends on how bright I wanna shine that day, lol. I feel like it just gives such a beautiful and effortless glow to the skin and face. It really brightens everything up and even if you aren't feeling the day or feeling well, a good highlight can really bring life to your face. So I've picked these 6 (7 if you count both of the wet n wild highlights) as my top favs so far for the summer.

Here I am wearing Maybelline Strobing stick and Master Chrome.

Here's a picture of me wearing Maybelline Master Chrome in 100 Molten Gold

Here are swatches of all of them

Swatches from left to right:
Colourpop, Maybelline Strobing stick, Maybelline Strobing liquid, Wet n Wild Crown of my canopy and precious petals, Maybelline Master Chrome in 100 Molten Gold, Makeup Revolution skin kiss in peach kiss

I love the fact that these are perfect for any skin tone but I love them because they're great on tan and darker skin tones especially. They really give a beautiful glow to the skin and you can layer them to be as subtle or as bright as you want. Best of all it's all drugstore or affordable highlights so you aren't breaking the bank. Every one of them is under $10! I hope you loves give these a try, I'm sure you will love them just as much as I do.

Here's a list of the highlights and colors and the prices per my area:

Colourpop amethyst crystal liquid highlighter $8
Maybelline Master Strobing stick $8

Maybelline Master Strobing liquid $8

Maybelline Master Chrome in 100 Molten Gold $8

Wet n wild highlighting powder in precious petals and crown of my canopy $5 each

Makeup revolution skin kiss highlighter in peach kiss $6

What are your favorite summer highlighters? Have a beautiful day!

Always remember you're beautiful!

-Lola

My Current Skincare Routine

Hi loves! So I've been exploring some new face oils, masks and cleansers. These are the ones that I have been loving the most so far. I rotate some of them for morning and night but I use my face oils both day and night for moisture and it also helps with my foundation as well because I notice I am less oily throughout the day when my face is more hydrated and moisturized. My skin is combination/oily with lots of oiliness in the t-zone area so don't be afraid to use oils on the skin because you're oily. It just lets your skin know that it doesn't need to produce as much because you're already moisturized.

My Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser (mouth full, lol) face wash is what I use once or twice a week. Mainly when I don't wear makeup that day. Because I feel I get a nice deep exfoliating clean and it helps keep my skin clear of debris and the daily sun and weather exposure. It has a nice fresh scent which is still not chemically strong which I love. It's an exfoliating face wash but gentle on the skin and doesn't leave my face feeling raw or itchy just clean and refreshed.

These new L'Oréal face washes and masks have been amazing. I'm going to get the rest of them because I want to try them all out now. The two I've been using about 2 to 3 times a week are the charcoal and mattifying masks. You can feel the mattifying mask tightening on your skin as it dries. Really working to minimize those pores and mattify the skin. The charcoal mask works to brighten and detox the skin so it is a little less restricting as it dries. I love the pure clay cleanser. It's an exfoliating and refining mask. I have the 3 pure clay and red algae mask and I love it. It's not too rough on the skin so I am able to use it every day. I love the fact that these masks and cleansers have an earthy smell to them. That way it feels like you're actually cleansing and doing your skin some good rather than just rubbing chemicals into it.

I use Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush with both face cleansers but sometimes I will just use my hands if I don't want too deep of a cleanse so to not irritate my skin when I've just waxed it or done another deep treatment. But I've been using this brush for almost 2 years now and I love it. I even bought my daughter one. It has a body brush for body exfoliation, a face brush, an exfoliating face brush and a pumice brush for more rough areas like elbows, knees and feet. It's an amazing brush that is so much more affordable than some other face brushes that can run you well into the $100-$400 range. I believe I had a coupon and only paid $20 plus shipping for mine. 🤗

My face exfoliating gel from European Wax Center is another favorite. I like to use this twice a week especially when I've been wearing a full face of makeup multiple times during the week. I just wash my face, dab it dry and then apply the gel and rub my hands in circular motions until I feel all the dead skin start to come off. Once I've done my whole face I go over it lightly with my spin for Perfect skin brush and rinse. My skin feels so smooth and clean after and I notice my makeup application is a lot smoother as well. It also has a nice scent which by now you should know I don't like over powering chemical smells. Especially if it's supposed to be a facial cleanser or mask for my face.

Once I'm done cleansing my face and I've done my mask, I will apply my facial moisturizers and oils. During the day I apply a light application of everything so it has time to soak into the skin and then I can apply my makeup and at night I like to use a more healthy application of product so my skin is relaxed and hydrated during the night. I first apply the Puretem moisturizer and then some of the Caudalie moisturizing sorbet. I use about 4 drops of Julep Rose Hip oil that I received in my voxbox and then I apply Vitamin E oil on top. I've noticed that my skin is much softer and more radiant now rather than waking up with a dull, dry appearance to the skin.

I apply pure castor oil to my eyebrows and lashes at night to help with growth. I've been using this for about 3 months and I've noticed some change in my brow and lash growth it's just a slow process with this method.

Towel pictured is Aquis Hair Towel (influenster sent it to me in a posh voxbox for testing purposes and I love it)

Overall I definitely recommend trying these products. They have all worked together to make my skin look more radiant and fresh. I haven't had any breakouts either since switching to this face routine. Check out these new face goodies. The L'Oréal, Olay, vitamin E and Castor oil I purchased all of those from Walmart. I hope if you try them you love them just as much as I do.

Products mentioned:

L'Oréal Pure Clay Cleanser $6
L'Oréal Pure Clay Masks $10 each
Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regenerating Cream Cleanser $10
Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin brush $20
European Wax Center face exfoliating gel $20
Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparitive Rose Hip Seed Oil (sent for testing purposes) $36 (currently out of stock on their site)
Ipsy bag moisturizers:
Puretem Purevera Emulsion $24 for full size
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet $39 for full size
Vitamin E oil $5
Castor oil $4

What does your morning face routine look like? Do you have face favorites you love?

Always Remember You're Beautiful!

-Lola

Review: AcneFree Advanced Cleansing Brush

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I was looking for a cleansing brush that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I have seen the Clarisonic all over the place with the popular bloggers and all over youtube but I just was not trying to spend $200 for a face brush. That just seems crazy to me lol.

So I was in Target looking for some new face wash and something to help with the acne I started to develop once I got pregnant. I came across the AcneFree Advanced Cleansing Brush and happened to have a coupon as well as it being on sale so I only paid about $14 for it. I thought it would be a great alternative to the pricier brushes and would help me figure out if I even liked using a face brush.

So I went home and got online and started looking up the brush and seeing others reviews on it before I tried it out. To my surprise a lot of people were comparing it to the CLarisonic and the Olay cleansing brushes. Which was funny because I hadn’t heard of any other brush besides the Clarisonic (one of the most expensive ones) go figure lol.

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It’s actually the perfect size for everyday and travel because its the size of your hand and it will fit in a small travel bag. It’s great for carry on bags as well. I’m not sure what size the others are but I can’t imagine they would be that much bigger. At least I hope not, lmao.

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So I started using the brush and honestly you never really realize how dirty your face is until you have scrubbed it clean with a spinning brush lol. Before I started using the brush I was just using my Neutrogena Makeup Remover Face Wipes, my Clearasil Fast Fix Acne Kit and at least once a week a cleansing mask. But still my face was dirty even after all that. The brush really deep cleans your face and gets all the dirt and oil out of your pores.

All in all the brush has really helped my skin. Within 2 weeks my acne was really clearing up and my face was looking brighter and feeling a lot better and less heavy (if that makes sense, lol). You can see what your makeup wipes and just washing your face leaves behind when you use the brush and at first I thought I just didn’t wash my face well that night but no morning or night your face is dirty whether you wore makeup or not and even if you didn’t go out that day at all.

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Over all I give this cleansing brush a 10/10 for me. It cleanses great and my skin has really gotten a lot better since using it for the last 3 months. You should definitely give it a try before buying one of those really expensive brushes just because others are getting it and raving about how awesome it is. Because honestly spending more doesn’t always mean your getting the best bang for your buck.

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So thats my review of the AcneFree Advanced Cleansing Brush. Stop by a Target or a store near you and grab one to try. You’ll be glad you did.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Health and Fitness: Jillian Michael’s 7 day Detox and Cleanse

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I figured I would do a new post segment since I have started biking daily. I want to get healthier but I don’t want to lose weight I actually want to gain it lol. So I thought I would start posting what I’m doing to stay healthy, fit and get to my goal weight of 150lbs. Yes you read that correct, lol. I’m currently at 136lbs.

So let’s begin with an experience I had with a cleanse pill I tried to rid my body of toxins and start clean when I started to quit smoking. I’m currently at 60 days plus a non smoker :0).

Day one

Morning (9:30 am)

I took two of the pills this morning. I started after my morning coffee. I added a bit less sugar to that as well. I had fruit this morning for breakfast and also took my biotin vitamin. I drank a full 23 oz bottle of Smart water.

Let me also note that while starting this detox and cleanse I was still a smoker. I started quitting the day I started the detox. Less cigs everyday to start quitting completely. Was the end goal for me.

I used the bathroom about 10 minutes after starting. Nothing crazy just the norm. Went on about my day. I was also doing 2 sets of 20 sit ups in the am and 2 sets at night.

80 sit ups a day may not sound like a lot. But I don’t believe in rushing to do a full football workout when your just starting to get back in the groove of working out. It will just discourage and overwhelm you and you ultimately end up quitting your routine shortly afterward.

Evening (6:30pm)

Took my last two pills of the day. Ate dinner. Chicken, corn and homemade mashed potatoes. Did my 40 sit-ups for the night. Felt more energized before bed. Nothing crazy like bouncing off the walls lol but not sluggish or heavy in away.

Day 2

Morning (9:00am)

Took two of the pills and my biotin vitamin and then did my regular sit-up routine. Everything is the same as yesterday. Had more fruit, coffee and water for breakfast.

I don’t feel as sluggish as I normally do. That could be because my system is getting cleaned out. That’s always a good thing.

Evening (6:30pm)

Took my two pills. Ate dinner and relaxed. Boneless seasoned ribs, rice and broccoli. Trying to make sure there is vegetables and starch in the meal. Peed a few times before bed. Did my sit-up routine right before bed. Noticing that I am feeling more energized especially at night time.

Day 3

Morning (8:37)

Took 2 pills and biotin. Ate breakfast. Did my sit up routine. Had a cup of coffee and used the restroom as normal this morning. My core area is very sore today but I’m assuming that is from my body getting use to the exercise. Which is good right? No pain no gain lol.

In the afternoon around 1:30-2pm instead of eating candy or something unhealthy for a snack/lunch I had a Clif Bar in crunchy peanut butter and some Yogi kava stress relief tea. I used 2 bags for a stronger flavor.

Evening (7:00pm)

Took my two pills for the night. Are dinner and had some hot tea. Did my last 40 sit-ups for the night and I feel more energized still. Not sluggish and tired. Didn’t feel super sluggish all day. Took a 10 minute nap on accident lol but other than that the day went by smoothly.

Day 4

Morning (8:00am)

Took my pills as normal. Kinda busy morning so I skipped breakfast (bad I know). Ran my errands and then ate lunch at around 12 noon.

Evening (11:00am)

Took pills waayyy later than usual. Nothing different changed.

Now I missed like 1 morning and 1 evening but other than that I took them as directed.

Day 5-7

Pretty much the same routine. In the end result I lost 10 pounds on accident. I was told that this was not a weight loss pill so I took it thinking that I would just get rid of some excess water weight and possibly some bloating and that I would be a bit more regular and used to drinking more water.

Needless to say I didn’t even finish the entire thing. I stopped once I realized I lost so much weight and that it was doing the complete opposite of what I thought it would be doing. This may not be the case for everyone but for me it was and I hated it lol. So I say use this pill at your own risk. You may or may not lose weight and if it’s what you want great, if not don’t do it lol.

Well that’s it for my review, until next time have a great week.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

eBay Synthetic Makeup Brush Set

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Hello lovers, I know I’ve been Mia but for good reason I promise lol. I will explain soon.

Anyway, I found this set online while browsing eBay one day looking for a new camera light. I was just looking up makeup brushes on some different sites but didn’t want to shell out another load of cash on new ones so I looked on eBay and wanted to see what I found. Once I got past all the MAC fakes and cheap thin brands I found these.

I watched a few YouTube reviews on different brush sets off eBay and saw that some were dupes for Sigma and one of my personal favorite brands Real Techniques brushes.

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I came across this set and loved the way they looked. They look almost exactly like sigma brushes. They had 3 different looks to choose from white and silver, black and silver and the set I choose black and gold. I’m a sucker for a bargain and when I saw they were only $15.88 with free shipping for a set of 8 (4 face and 4 eye brushes) I thought hmm why not try them out. If they suck no large amount lost and if they are great I found a new makeup brush source lol.

So I bought them and the shipping was pretty quick since they were coming from China. I ordered on the 5th and got them on the 16th of the month. So just shy of 2 weeks. Not bad China lol.

Packaging:

The packaging was great. Nice and snug so nothing could break or get damaged. Each brush was in its own wrapping and then all of them were in another package. Then covered with foam sheets and placed in bubble wrapped packaging.

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Quality:

Right out of the package they were shiny and nice. The brushes were so soft on my skin both my face and hands. They are light and not heavy so they don’t weigh your hands down. No initial shedding. I spot cleaned them to prep them for use and 4 individual strands out of 8 brushes came out. So no heavy shedding or anything crazy like that.

Use:

After using them and doing an entire full face of makeup. There was no shedding, the bristles were soft and my makeup application was smooth. Everything was buffed and blended in well and my face had an airbrushed finish.

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All in all I give these brushes 2 thumbs up. Great quality and a great price. They look great in your brush kit both for personal and professional use. So if your looking for a bargain on a great set of brushes. Check these out. I hope your having a great week.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Review: E.L.F. Jumbo Eye Pencils

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Hi all,

So I have another review for you, well sort of review/first impression and this time it’s for the E.L.F Jumbo eye pencils. I’m going to assume that these are suppose to be like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils only these are retractable and they are a bit fatter than the NYX pencils.

Now pigmentation is good. Some are better than others. They glide on smooth. The ones I picked up were a dark blue color called Like A Boss and a black color called Midnight Rendezvous.

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Target was having a sale and these are originally $2 but I picked them up for $1.40 each.

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The color payoff of the pencils is pretty nice. The only thing I would say is the black has sparkles in it and I’m not a sparkle fan like that, I was looking for more of a plain black but oh well I guess I can use it as a base. The blue has no sparkle which I like.

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They don’t really have staying power, like I put them on and let them sit and wiped my finger across them and they come off extremely easy so I would suggest setting it with possibly an eye primer and then a powder shadow on top of it. I’m going to try it out that way and see how that works and then do a full review but this is just kind of a first impression sort of thing lol. All in all for the price they seem pretty nice and should work well especially for beginners.

Have any of you tried these out? How do you like them? Until next time :0)

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola

Review: Zote Soap Brush Cleaning

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Happy 4th doll! :0)

So I’ve been hearing about this Zote soap for awhile now and just never tried it. I usually wash my makeup brushes with either baby shampoo or a designated makeup brush cleaner. But I was out of those so I decided to give this soap a try. Oh boy was I surprised. :0)

It’s a large pink bar of soap and it’s used for a little bit of everything actually. Laundry soap, brush cleaner, etc.

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You only need a small piece to clean your brushes. What I do is take the soap in one hand and wet my brush, then just run the brush in my hand across the soap until it’s soaps up and then rinse and repeat until the brush is clean.

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The different in the brush and how quickly the soap cleans them is amazing. Out of everything I have used this is by far the best. The makeup just comes running out of the brush and is clean in minutes depending on how dirty the brush is and what product you used with it.

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Over all I can say I will definitely be using this soap for my brushes from now on. It works amazing and my brushes come out clean and soft.

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What do you use to clean your makeup brushes?

Always Remember Your Beautiful!

-Lola