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2017 Product Empties

2017 Product Empties // Being LeannaHappy 2018! A few weeks late but better late then never, right?

I don’t know about you guys, but I love reading posts and watching YouTube videos featuring product empties. I love reviews of products and a product empties post is a great way to get a completely comprehensive review. I decided at the end of 2016 that I wanted to save all the products I used up throughout the year and write a post recapping everything. I wanted to share what I loved, what I didn’t love and what, if any I had repurchased. This is gonna be a long one so grab a snack and a nice cup of tea!

2017 Product Empties // Being Leanna

Hair Products

Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray

This was good, but, not my favorite. It’s a hairspray, it holds my flyaways in place and it doesn’t feel crunchy in my hair. I liked this but i’m trying to find something spectacular. Comment below with your recommendations!

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer

I actually went through 2 or 3 of these throughout the year. I blow dry my hair every day so a heat protectant is important to me. I’ve been using this for years. I’m sure there are better options out there but for the price, this drugsore version is amazing.

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product

One of my favorite hair products. I’ve been using oils lately but I used up this little guy on vacation. It’s the perfect leave in conditioner for my fine hair that has a big tendency to tangle. 

Redken Control Addict 28

Another hairspray I tried in 2017. It has amazing hold and is fantastic for all my baby hairs but it is a bit crunchy. I repurchased but am still looking for something “wow“.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Hands down the best dry shampoo I have ever used. This smells amazing and actually makes your hair feel clean, not just look it. I’ll be repurchasing as soon as I finish up the 8 random dry shampoo samples I have. Worth the price.

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil

As I mentioned, i’ve been using hair oils recently. My hair has been so damaged thanks to me constantly using heat on it that i’m doing what I can to keep it nourished. I got this sample in a Birchbox but I love it and will be buying the full size once i’m out of my other samples.

2017 Product Empties // Being Leanna

Skincare

Olay Gentle Clean Cleansing Cloths $4.99/30

Will not be repurchasing. I hated these, they didn’t do a good job removing my makeup and they left a film which just made me want to wash my face. And, the whole reason I use makeup wipes is to not have to cleanse my face at night because I wash it in the shower in the morning and my skin dries out if it gets washed too often. 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes $4.95/25

Loved these. I’ll re-purchase them for travel but not for everyday use. They work well but I have a favorite makeup wipe that I’ll probably continue to use forever. Curious what those favorite makeup wipes are? They’re next on the list!

Various Brands (?) Makeup Cleansing Wipes $3.99

I have been buying these for years from Marshalls and TJMaxx. They are so cushion-y and they get off even the most stubborn eye makeup. They’re insanely inexpensive and they come in packs of 60. If you’ve been here any amount of time you’ve heard me mention them before. The brand always seems to change for some reason but they’re always in the lime green packaging.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner $14.00

Favorite toner. I’ve used this for years and will continue to re-purchase. I’ve been using the Pixi Glow Tonic which is also great, but I prefer the Body Shop’s toner. Something about tea tree just makes my skin happy.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Cleansing Facial Wash $14.00

Even though my skin loves the tea tree toner, it did not love the face wash. This was a great cleanser but it dried out my skin a bit too much for me to use this as a daily cleanser. It was great for breakouts but not good enough to re-purchase. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream $20.00

I always have a backup of this moisturizer. It’s the creamiest, smoothest, most wonderful moisturizer i’ve ever used. I love other moisturizers but nothing compares to this baby. If you haven’t tried it I highly suggest it, if you have oily skin though, maybe just save it for a winter moisturizer. 

Biotin $6.29

Enough said. I’ve taken Biotin every day for years. My nails grow like crazy and I hate to imagine how bad my hair would be without it. 

Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Water $28.00

Before I canceled my Birchbox I had tons of points to spend and this is one of the items I picked up. Holy moly is this great. I’ve been using the Garnier micellar water but the Caudalie blows that one out of the water. I already have re-purchased this in the full size. 

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser $20.00

Another product I’ve used for years. First Aid Beauty has some of my favorite skincare products but this one might be my absolute favorite. I love a milky cleanser, and I really love a cleanser that feels hydrating. Bonus: It’s also great at breaking down mascara. 

Retinol Vitamin Enhanced Day Cream $19.99

Meh. This was okay. I accidentally purchased the day instead of the night cream. The night cream is far superior. That I’ve repurchased for years (from Marshalls/TJMaxx). It’s the perfect neck cream if you can get over the temporary old lady scent :]

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask $19.00

If you’re looking for a super hydrating mask, this is it. I originally purchased this to wear on a long flight and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I use this about once a week, sometimes more in the winter and it has done wonders for my skin’s hydration/radiance levels. Re-purchase for sure – if it’s still available. It’s on FAB’s website right now as Final Sale so we’ll see. 

Embryolisse Nourishing Moisturizer $16.00

This was another purchase with my points from Birchbox. It had amazing reviews but i’m not a fan. It worked okay but the packaging was so annoying to me that it’s not worth the re-purchase. I hate metal/aluminum packaging because it is too difficult to get the product out when you start to run out. 

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum $88.00

Unfortunately this sample was too small to be able to tell if it made a difference but, I love how this felt on my skin. This serum sunk in so well that I didn’t have to wait to put my moisturizer over the top and it felt like my makeup went on smoother when I had this on. I’ll be getting at least another sample of this before committing to a full size. What are your favorite serums?

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream $34.00

This was a great size for travel but that’s about it. I’ve tried a lot of eye creams and this one was nothing to write home about. Not going to re-purchase.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment $85.00

Love. Love. Love everything Sunday Riley does, except the prices. I’ve used this before so I was really thrilled to have a sample of this again. I wrote a full review of this and Luna that they sell together. Check out that post here

Clinique Repair Wear Laser Focus $49.50

Another product that wasn’t my favorite. It was also a sample size so there was no way for me to know if this was effective or not. Will not be purchasing but it wasn’t bad.

 2017 Product Empties // Being Leanna

Makeup

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion $16.99

I loved this foundation so much, it even made its way into at least 2 of my other posts. I put this foundation versus the It Cosmetics version in my This or That series (should I bring that back?) and in a post all about how to find the right foundation for you! The only reason I haven’t re-purchased this is because I have so many other foundations I want to try.

it Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid $38.00

Loved this as well, and it’s also featured in the two posts I linked above. Overall, I preferred the L’Oreal version but I’m absolutely loving the CC cream from it Cosmetics and will be repurchasing that once it’s empty.

Benefit Roller Lash $24.00

This was my absolute favorite mascara until recently. It stays on forever and the brush is magnificent. The short bristles get even the tiniest lashes and the longer bristles really comb out the lashes to make them super defined. I’ll re-purchase this because it lasts longer than its dupe so it’s perfect for days when I need that extra staying power.

Maybelline Lash Sensational $8.99

The aforementioned dupe for the Roller Lash! If you love Roller Lash, you’ll love this. The brush is similar, the formula is almost exactly the same, and the price is so much nicer. I’ve already got a new one that I’ve been using. Love. 

Max Factor Masterpiece Max

This was good, but nowhere near as good as the Benefit or Maybelline mascaras. No need to repurchase.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes $23.00

I wanted to love this because I’ve heard so many amazing things. But, I just didn’t. The formula was lovely but I prefer the silicone brushes, they’re more effective in my opinion. I won’t be re-purchasing this, or any bristle brush mascaras for a long time.

It’s So Big by Elizabeth Mott $20.00

Another Birchbox product. Another meh product. I did not like the brush at all, even if I was a fan of bristle brushes this one is shaped strangely, small in the middle and big on the ends, makes no sense to me. It did hold a curl well so that’s something. Definitely will not be purchasing. 

Benefit The Porefessional $31.00

If you know me or have followed this blog for long you know that this is a product I’ve sworn by for years. I have gone through endless tubes of this and I have yet to find something better. I’ve got another one going right now but I really want to find something else to try out so please, let me know some dupes for this!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $6.99

I’ve been using the Instant Age Rewind concealer for years and I wanted to try this out. I love it. I’ll be repurchasing it for sure. This is perfect for dark circles and red spots but not so good for acne spots. If you don’t need a spot concealer this baby is perfect. Will re-purchase.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer $8.99

I’m using a brand new one of these currently and I will probably always repurchase this. The formula is great and it’s perfect for dark spots. It’s better at covering an acne spot than the Fit Me concealer but I don’t have that issue often so I love them both. 

Benefit Gimme Brow

Never thought that I’d be the kind of person who does their eyebrows – and i’ll admit I don’t do them every day. But wow, this product is amazing. I actually just went to find the link and found out that its been recalled. hmmm. Not sure if it’ll be back so please let me know your favorite brow products for us blondes!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster $10.99

My favorite liquid liner. This has an actual brush applicator which makes application really neat and precise and the added lash serum inside is a great bonus. I only tossed the one I had because it had been months and was probably nearing expiration. This lasts forever and I’ve already re-purchased. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $20.00

I will probably never buy another liner for my water line. This is the only eye liner out of dozens (really) that doesn’t irritate my eyes when I tightline which is every day. I’m obsessed with how easily this glides on and how long it stays even on the moistest (SORRY!) part of the eye. If you’ve never tired this you’re severely missing out. It’s so good, that if the price doubled i’d still buy it. 

Juliette Has a Gun – MMMM 7.5ml $28.00

I have no idea how to describe perfumes but this is phenomenal. It’s on my list to buy as soon as I run out of another perfume because I have way too many as it is. Go to Sephora right now and smell it. 

Marc Jacobs Daisy 10ml $27.00

I thought i’d love this but I don’t. I love a floral perfume but I think I was turned off because everyone owns this. I’d gladly take another sample but I don’t feel the need to own this one. 

Random brand makeup sponges

Very descriptive, right? I got these for Christmas, tried them out and immediately hated them. They are not as good as more expensive sponges nor do they act very much like sponges. When dampened they just soaked up product instead of helping to blot it into my skin. Save yourself and just buy the more expensive version. You’ll notice a huge difference. In this case you get what you paid for. 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $10.99 (for 2)

I prefer these to the Beauty Blender. It works perfectly for applying makeup and the flat end makes getting the under eye area so much easier! I love my Beauty Blender but the size and shape of this sponge makes it worth my repurchase again and again. Plus, the price is better than a Beauty Blender. 

is anyone still there?

If so, CONGRATULATIONS! You made it to the end. This was a doozy so thanks for sticking around! I thought this post was a fantastic idea until I realized just how much i’d have to write up. Perhaps i’ll break this down into 3 posts when I do this again next year. Yes, it’s happening again whether you like it or not because I love it. It’s a great way to see what I loved and hated throughout the year so I don’t buy anything that wasn’t awesome. Hopefully it’ll serve that purpose for you too! As always, pin and share this post if you found it helpful and let me know your favorite products in the comments below!

 

 

 

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This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2 // Being Leanna

This or That: Battle of the Mascaras V2!

I hope you guys like this little series I’ve been doing called This or That. I really enjoy comparing products to see what’s the best of the best. Today, i’m bringing you two new (to me) mascaras that I’ve been wearing for a month now.

 

Maybelline Lash Sensational $8.99

We all know and love Maybelline. In fact, my all time favorite drugstore mascara was Maybelline’s the Rocket for the longest time. Lash Sensational promises a “full fan” effect.

 

Pacifica Dream Big Volumizing mascara $16.00

Pacifica is a natural beauty brand that’s 100% vegan and pretty affordable. I’d say they’re right smack in between drugstore and high end prices. This was my first ever Pacifica product and I can tell you right now I’ve got a “must try” list about a mile long now.

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Packaging/Wand

Maybelline: Perfectly sized, curved, plastic applicator with 10 layers of bristles in various lengths. Some short and some long. Really looks like it’ll get onto every lash. The rest of the packaging is pretty normal. Pointed on both ends, nothing spectacular.

Pacifica: Has a straight, boring tube except for the sweet unicorn design on the lid! The Pacifica applicator has uniform, plastic bristles and, with the twist of the top of the wand, the bristles contract and become more tightly lined up.

Winner: Maybelline – even though the Pacifica packaging has a unicorn. Sorry!

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Application

Maybelline: Glides on like a dream. Only takes a few swipes. Grabs every teeny tiny lash. A bit of a wet formula. Can be messy on the eyelids (or am I the only one who still gets mascara everywhere?) Only one coat needed.

Pacifica: Glides on like a dream, gets every single lash in a few passes. Works great with just the regular wand but looks even better with the second coat. Drier formula but stickier to help coat lashes.

Winner: Pacifica, even though it does require a second coat I prefer the more dry formula.  

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Appearance

Maybelline: Eyelashes for days. Every single lash is coated and fanned out perfectly. The head of the wand really helps to fan out the lashes and the formula holds a curl. Lengthens just a tad but the volume is really dramatic.

Pacifica: Really lengthens and volumizes without looking spidery. Holds a curl well but doesn’t curl the lashes itself. Because of the two coat process i’d say it’s definitely more voluminous than the Maybelline. Very dramatic without being crazy.

Winner: Maybelline – The perfect fanned out lashes just can’t be topped in my opinion.

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Length of wear

Maybelline: Great all day, no issues with this flaking. I attribute that to the wetter formula. It does wear off at the ends by the end of the day. On days I work out right after work i’ll have some smudges under my eyes.

Pacifica: Doesn’t move all day. No flaking, no fading, no smudges under the eyes. I do find that i’ll get a bit of flaking on my glasses lenses but nothing on my face.

Winner: Pacifica

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Removability

Maybelline: Easy peasy but causes a mess while you take it off. Raccoon eyes for sure. I use a micellar water on a cotton pad and this comes right off.

Pacifica: Easy peasy again to remove. Micellar water on a cotton pad and it’s gone in a few seconds. The drier formula seems to help it to make less of a mess all over my face. It sort of comes off in pieces instead of completely dissolving.

Winner: Tie!

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Overall winner?

Maybelline! But, I equally reach for both of these. On days when I just need to quickly apply and go i’ll use the Maybelline. I can usually even get away without having to curl my lashes. Every other day I grab the Pacifica. I do prefer the formula of the Pacifica mascara but the Maybelline one will dry down a bit and I know i’ll be reaching for it more and more. Plus, it’s almost half the cost! What’s not to love?

 

If you’re in the market for a new drugstore mascara, I highly suggest both but for $8.99 Maybelline is your best option!

If you liked this battle of the mascaras post you might also want to check out my other This or That posts:

Battle of the Blushes // Battle of the Cushion Foundations // Battle of the Bronzers // Battle of the Mascaras V1

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Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

Happy Friday everyone! 

This has been in the works for quite some time now. I am obsessed with seeing what people pack on vacations so I thought it was about time that I updated my last travel makeup essentials post! I’ve included all of the travel makeup and skincare I take with me on trips. Some of it always stays the same while others are just whatever sample size I’ve got lying around. The makeup that stays the same is really my tried and true favorites so read on! Remember, traveling is the perfect time to use up those dozens of samples you’ve got lying around!

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel

Love to do a skin treatment while i’m away. It’s nice to pamper yourself on a trip. This one is quick, easy and effective. If you’ve ever gotten a Birchbox i’m sure you have about a dozen of these samples lying around.

Supergoop CC Cream, Supergoop Eye Cream

You basically need this whole kit from Sephora. I love Supergoop. As a pale person the amount of SPF in their products was enough to sell me but the quality keeps me going back.

Supergoop Lip Screen

This goes perfectly over any lip color or just your lips alone. This is water resistant which is perfect if you’ll be swimming. Glossy and not stick. Perfect for a lip balm plus, it’s got SPF 50.

Dove Cool Essentials deodorant

Use the spray version normally, use the stick version for travel. Lasts all day, even when sweaty. Has a  nice, fresh scent. Also perfect for the car of gym bag. Not travel makeup but essential none the less. 

Pixi Glow Tonic

Another product everyone and their mother raves about. I like it so far, but I haven’t used it enough to form a solid opinion yet. Are you guys a fan?

Harvey Prince Sea Salt Mist

The first sea salt spray that smelled good and not like coconuts. Plus, it gives my second day hair some beach-y vibes. A must have when traveling.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

I’ve talked about this dozens of times. It’s my go to fall/winter moisturizer. It’s perfect for drier skin and doesn’t go on too thick. Sinks into the skin beautifully

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Possibly the best dry shampoo i’ve ever used. It smells amazing and makes my hair look even better. Perfect for when you’re on a trip and can’t be bothered to wash your hair. For real though, just go to your nearest Sephora and smell it. I need it as a perfume.

Redken Control Addict 28 

Not crunchy at all.  One of my favorite hairsprays because it is so flexible plus it lasts all day and keeps the fly-aways at bay. I have this in a full sized version for at home use.

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Arrow Endure Water-Resistant Mascara

Any mascara sample will do, I generally use trips to grab whatever baby mascara I have lying around to try out. I generally don’t like a bristle brush but the water resistance is super nice when you’re going to a hot climate where you’ll sweat. Love.

The Balm Fratboy blush

The perfect powder concealer. Not too pink, not too coral and it’s matte. I bring it because of the tiny size but I rarely use this at home. I should really pick it up more often.

Benefit That Gal Primer

I only use this on trips. Generally i’m always tired and this brightening primer really gives that extra needed oomph to my skin. Love how well a foundation layers on top of this.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil – Demolition

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you know this is my holy grail eyeliner. It goes everywhere with me. Doesn’t smudge in my water line and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk & French Fries

I’ve loved these for years. They’re so inexpensive and they are so easy for the lazy girl like me. I use milk as a highlighter and french fries all over my lid. Done and done!

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Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

Not the best eyeshadow primer i’ve ever used but it definitely does the job and you need an eyeshadow primer if you’ll be using those NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils.

Benefit Posietint

There isn’t much I haven’t tried at Benefit and I love almost everything I try, especially the Posietint blush. It’s the perfect light, pink stain that lasts all day. It’s almost a gel formula so it really sinks into the skin beautifully.

Hey Honey Trick and Treat Concealer

I got this as a sample forever ago and I really adore it. This really conceals any dark circles I have plus it’s a good consistency for any redness on my skin so you don’t need to bring 2 concealers on your trip. It’s got Vitamin E which my skin adores.

Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm

I’ve talked about this before too. I prefer a BB or CC cream generally and this is one of my favorites. It comes with me because i’ve got a sample size but any BB or CC cream will do.

Benefit The Porefessional 

My favorite primer ever. I don’t go anywhere without this. Minimizes my pores and keeps me shine free.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Everyone went crazy over this last summer and i’m still obsessed. Hence why it’s one of the only full sized products in my travel bag. Love the color, love that it has the right amount of sheen. Hate the scent but I think i’m the only one.

Perfume samples

You know you have about a million of them. Traveling is the perfect way to use them up. My favorite perfumes are from Fragonard and I just keep randomly getting samples in the mail. Not mad about it.

Not pictured: Makeup wipes! Those babies are my best friend when i’m on vacation. I always take a pack of whatever I have lying around to take off all my makeup. 

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PHEW is anybody still around? If so, a huge congratulations to you. I hope you had a snack or something.

I was really excited to write up this post because I love to see what people take in their travel makeup bags when they go away on vacation. It gives me all sorts of ideas! I wrote a travel makeup post years ago, feel free to check it out and giggle along with me at how bad it was. Ps- Although some of those products are the same, I promise the ones I have now are all new. I wrote a whole post about how long to keep makeup and skincare products for if you need a handy guide of when to toss your old stuff!

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This or That? Battle of the Blushes 19

This or That? Battle of the Blushes // Being Leanna

This or That: Battle of the Blushes

I’m trying to bring this back as a series. If you’ve been here any length of time you may remember my other This or That posts: Bronzers, Foundations and mascara! Today, i’m bringing you blushes! And not just 2, this is a comparison of 4 of my favorite blushes. So, before we start this battle, let’s introduce the contenders.

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Cargo Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos $26.00 for .11oz

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NARS Blush in Deep Throat $30.00 for .16oz

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Benefit Rockateur Blush $29.00 for .17oz

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NYX Cosmetics Ombre Blush in Soft Flush $9.99 for .28oz

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Packaging:

Each of these 4 blushes have vastly different packaging which makes this pretty difficult to chose the best.

Cargo- Metal, compact tin. Easy for travel.

NARS- Using their signature rubberized packaging that is amazing and easily recognizable but also gets insanely dirty. I definitely used some makeup remover for this picture.

Benefit – Again in the signature box packaging. Very fancy, but also very clunky in terms of size.

NYX – Thin and sleek packaging but it’s as large as the palm of my hand.

Winner: Cargo

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Application/Blendability:

Cargo- The silky texture of this blush is easily picked up by a blending brush and can be applied effortlessly with a light hand. This blends in beautifully if you don’t have too much product on your brush. You definitely do not need to swirl your brush around in this as it is very pigmented.

NARS- This blush has an incredibly silky feel and is definitely the most finely milled powder of the bunch. It’s fine texture easily melts into the skin and applies sheer but can easily be built up to a rosey hue without looking like you’ve got too much blush on.

Benefit- Almost a creamy texture if you can believe it. The packaging creates a nice barrier in which to swirl your brush in to get as much product as possible. The creamy texture blends into the skin flawlessly and almost acts as a cream blush. Are the other Benefit blushes like this? Let me know your favorite Benefit blush below!

NYX Cosmetics- You might have assumed that because of the lower price point this wouldn’t blend or apply as well as it does. I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of this blush, especially with how well it applies. Definitely use a light hand and be sure to tap off any excess as this is a very pigmented blush that is super powdery.

Winner: Tie between Cargo and NARS

 This or That? Battle of the Blushes // Being Leanna

Pigmentation/Appearance:

Cargo – Depends on the shade but this coral/tangerine shade is incredibly pigmented and it’s perfect for spring/summer. You definitely do not need to swirl your brush around in this as it is highly pigmented, a few taps in the product and you’re good to go. Lasts all day but is definitely not “swimmable” as it claims.

NARS – Very sheer but easy to build up without looking cakey on the skin. Orgasm is the usual favorite shade but I prefer the more blush pink of Deep Throat. It’s a beautiful natural looking flush with a hint of shimmer. Flatters all skin tones.

Benefit- The very sheer coverage does require some more swishing than all the other brands but the color payoff is fantastic. Because this acts as almost a cream blush I find it lasts longer than all the other brands. Plus, who doesn’t love rose gold?

NYX- Huge color payoff and pigmentation with little product needed. Because this is so pigmented you need to be careful to not apply too much. This lasts moderately well throughout the day but if I don’t touch it up it’ll be gone by dinner time. Have ya’ll tried this ombre blush? 

Winner: NARS

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Removability:

Cargo: Easily removed with soap and water or a makeup wipe.

NARS: Needs a little coaxing with a makeup wipe.

Benefit: Slides right off with some makeup remover

NYX: Usually removes itself but also easily removed with a makeup wipe. 

Winner: NARS- lasts all day and doesn’t fall off your face unless you want it to.

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Overall Thoughts?

Honestly, I love all 4 of these for different reasons. The Cargo is my absolute favorite in the summer because of its coral shade. It’s not waterproof but I do find this works the best when i’m working up a sweat out in the sun. The NARS I’ve been using for years and feel that this is the most flattering blush shade I’ve ever used. This works on any skin tone at any time of the year. Benefit and I have a very strong relationship and I love me my Rockateur blush but i’m falling out of love with it as it gets older. The product is getting flaky and strange, has this happened to anyone else? NYX is good, but not what I grab for on a daily basis. I love this when i’m in desperate need for a bit more color on my cheeks. The NYX blush definitely is the most bang for your buck but I think the Cargo blush is the most value for your money.  

Overall Winner – Cargo!

Question of the Day: Have you guys ever used this blush or any of the other shades? I’d love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment or tweet me!

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Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites // Being Leanna

In January I put myself on a three month long spending ban (Month 1 & Month 2) and I told myself i’d start to de-clutter before I bought a house. One of my goals in de-cluttering was to go through all of my makeup and toss what was old or i’d never use. I also wanted to use up as many of the sample sized products as I could. In doing those, I got rid of a ton of stuff! But, I also rediscovered a bunch of favorites that had been hidden away. 

Today I wanted to share with you guys the products i’m loving again to remind you to shop your own collection! You never know what’s hiding in those drawers. I also wanted to share these rediscoveries with you because if I was this excited about rediscovering them than you definitely need them in your own collection!

Seeing as it’s spring now lots of us are doing some spring cleaning so I highly encourage you to go through your makeup stash and take a peek at what’s in there. You never know what you could rediscover! 

Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites:

E.l.f. High Definition Powder in Sheer

This lovely powder covers up any oil, looks matte, stays all day. It is a loose powder so it will get everywhere if you’re not careful. Shocked I let this fall by the wayside. For the price, it’s definitely the best powder I’ve used. $6.00

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel

So good I wrote a post about it before and, it’s my most viewed post! Love this two step process, first you apply the scrub and then come in with the lactic acid gel. It heats up and feels amazing on the skin. Wash it clean and it literally gives you the smoothest skin ever. My winter skin could have really used this. $72.00

Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Foundation

Seems to not be available anymore but they have it in a BB cream. Then again I bought this in England so maybe it was never available here? You can find it on Amazon or the BB cream at Ulta. This foundation has a dewy finish without being too shiny. I have fairly oily skin so it’s saying a lot if I don’t think this is greasy looking. Love the finish and staying power. $6.99

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream

I’m starting to wonder just how old my makeup is? I did a huge cleanout not too long ago and tossed anything I didn’t think was good anymore. This isn’t sold either, can be found on Amazon though. Honestly, any peach/coral blush is a favorite of mine. Why I ever stopped using this is beyond me but i’m so happy it’s back. 

Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites // Being Leanna

Elizabeth and James Nirvana in Black and White

Mini rollerballs are the best for traveling or keeping in your purse. Or your car which is where I found mine recently. #oops These two scents are amazing. They’re a bit musky which I love. The white is more of a day time scent while the black is more for night time. The best part is that they can be layered for an even more amazing scent. $25.00 

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

Best eye brightener around. I’ve mentioned before that I get super dark circles if I haven’t been sleeping well and this really counteracts that. It can be easily layered under any concealer without creasing which is obviously really important. If you need an under eye brightener, this is it. The stainless steel tip is also insanely cooling and refreshing on tired eyes and puffiness. Win win. $36.00 

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

If you’re looking for a balm (bomb, get it?) tinted lip balm this is the one you need. Best lip balm/moisturizer ever. It’s one of the few tinted lip balms that I actually enjoy, most tinted balms tend to not be moisturizing. And it smells amazing. Pretty pricey at $24.00 (I have a mini) but I only break this out on days where my lips really need help. The color is gorgeous and there are 12 shades!

Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites // Being Leanna

Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express in black

My favorite drugstore mascara. I always have a backup on me ready to go but i’ve been trying to use up the 5 other open mascaras I have *no shame*. The formula is amazing, really adds volume without clumping. I’m blessed to have super long lashes but they don’t curl or look very thick and this mascara really helps. If you’re looking for an amazing, inexpensive mascara, this is for you. $6.99

Makeup Eraser

Bought it, loved it, went on a micellar water and makeup wipe binge and now i’m back to it. Love it, works well, easy to clean, does stain pretty easily with mascara though. If you haven’t tried it, it’s pretty great. Promise. $20.00 

 

Bhcosmetics Contour and Blush palette

This is really inexpensive for the amount of product you get. I highly suggest it for anyone who wants some color variety but doesn’t want to break the bank. Not the best quality but it does last well on top of foundation. Very pigmented so you’ll only need a small amount. $10.99

Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites // Being Leanna

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original

Love the original formulation, works well, does what it says and it’s super cheap at $7.99 a bottle. I got a dozen different dry shampoos in my Birchboxes and I had been trying to use those up. Now that they’re all gone I went and grabbed my Batiste instead of buying one of the samples I had. That’s saying a lot!

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Fairest Glow

I’m very fair and you can always see my veins so, in the summer, if I haven’t gotten a little tan I always spray this on before heading out. It’s perfect for work so I can get away without stockings and it’s perfect for those short shorts that show off a lot of leg. I haven’t had any issues with this coming of which is a huge bonus. If you aren’t great with fake tanner (me) you need this in your life. It’s 300x easier. $12.99

Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm

$39.00 This is the first BB cream I bought and i’m still in love with it. I always forget how great it is on my skin and how well it holds up throughout the day. The spf 45 is the biggest winner for me, it’s the perfect summer foundation when you’re looking for light/medium coverage.

Rediscover Your Old Makeup Favorites // Being Leanna

Two of the lip products you see in the pictures above got tossed a few days after I took these pictures. When looking up links for you guys I noticed that neither product had been sold in quite some time so I trashed them. Don’t want to be using old products on my face!

Question of the day: Have you ever done a search through your collection and discovered some new favorites? If not, now’s the time! 

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