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Compare and Contrast: Too Faced Born This Way vs. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: 

Color: Light Beige

Amount: (2.5 pumps)

Application: Damp beauty blender 

Pros: 

  • Great coverage 
  • Beautiful luminous finish without looking oily 
  • Perfect color match- actually looked undetectable

Cons: 

  • Didn’t last through the day- became oily by noon
  • Slightly oxidized with an orangey tone after 6 hours
  • Took forever to dry

This foundation did not last a full day at work. It bare lasted a half day of work. For that reason, it is absolutely not worth $39. However, as you can see from my last post, I did discover a way to make it last the extra hours, but it involved mixing it with a L’Oréal matte foundation (which also happens to be fine on its own). 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation:

Color: Desert Beige

Amount: Hard to say, ended up pouring out too much
Application: Damp beauty blender 

Pro: 

  • Great coverage

Cons: 

  • Thick, cakey feel – I feared this would cause breakouts if I kept using it
  • Sticky
  • Horrible chemical-like smell 
  • Yellow tinge
  • Application

As you can probably see, I should have gone one shade darker in this one, this foundation had a yellow tinge to it.
It was also extremely thick and sticky and smelled awful. I ended up returning this one after one use.

This foundation also had no pump, so you had to flip it upside down onto your finger or let it drip onto your beauty blender, not very convenient. This also leads to more product waste, something especially painful when spending $39.50 on a foundation.

Conclusion: I didn’t find either of these foundations to be worth the money (I did end up keeping the Born This Way). There are plenty of dupes out there or even just better ones out there for less than half the price of these.

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TIP: Undetectable Full-Coverage Beach Day Foundation 

This week, while testing out my new Born This Way foundation (full review to follow), I discovered this perfect trick to make it last even longer and dry matte (I found that it “dried” very sticky on its own). 

I simply primed my face with Lancôme Bienfait 50+ sunscreen, then MIXED on my beauty blender: Born This Way foundation in Light Beige and L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte in Golden Beige. I started using this trick at work to last through an 8.5 hour shift (I have very oily skin and it’s been HOT and HUMID) and it worked so well! I even got compliments on how good my complexion looked.

So today we’re trying it for the beach! I have no doubts that it will hold up, even just the Born This Way held up well at the beach earlier this week. 

P.S: there will be a post soon about how I got my hair this light ON MY OWN! 

XOXO, 

Hair Crazy on a Budget 

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MAJOR ULTA HAUL!

In a moment of weakness, extreme oiliness, and due to a 20% off coupon, I decided it was time for me to FINALLY try a high end foundation. I did some researching on which ones were best for oily skin and two that kept popping up were Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Estée Lauder Double Wear. I figured I would get both so I could compare and contrast the two. 

This is really an experiment to see if these expensive “high end” foundations are really worth the hype and the money. I will be testing them out all week and then reporting back. FYI it’s supposed to be extremely humid here in NY over the next week so this should be the perfect test for these foundations.

And naturally, I couldn’t just stop there since I was placing an order anyway, so I ended up also with a new bronzer, face mask and facial spray.  The Mascara Melt Off was free with my Too Faced purchase and the Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara was free with the Estée Lauder purchase.

Will be posting follow up “first impressions” and full reviews so keep an eye out!

Products and pricing:

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation : $39

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup  : $39.50

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea : $7

J. Cat Beauty Golden Soleil Baked Bronzer in “Bora Bora Beach” : $7.99

Loreal Pure-Clay Mask: Detox and Brighten : $12.99

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off : $17

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara : 27.50

 

 

 

 

 

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Influenster VoxBox Alert! Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink

So on Friday after a longg day at work, I came home to this pleasant surprise – and Influenster VoxBox with 2 brand new, FREE, full size Maybelline Liquid Lipsticks! Perfect timing too, because I was going out that night (I think for the first time all year so far :O).

Influenster VoxBox - Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink
How cute is this box?!
Influenster VoxBox - Maybelline Matte Ink - Shade Selection
I absolutely NEED that last nude shade and one of those oranges for summer!

 

Influenster VoxBox - Maybelline Matte Ink - Swatch
I was so excited for these that I actually did my first swatch.. like ever.

As you can see, the lippies aren’t completely matte – they were also only applied about 30 seconds before this photo. But they do have more of a “satin” finish- which I actually prefer.

These swatches were also so hard to remove. I tried scrubbing with dishsoap and they barely smudged. I finally had to soak a cotton ball in makeup remover a few times to remove it.

Influenster VoxBox - Maybelline Matte Ink - Selfie
This shade is called “Lover.” It is a bit darker in person- the lighting in my room is awful. But this shade is perfect for any time of day and any setting. I wore it out Friday night and I’m wearing it again today at work.

This lipstick lasted me from 8PM when I put it on until 3AM (7 hours with NO re-applying) when I had to take it off (with makeup remover) before bed. I was also eating, drinking and dancing the whole night.  I’m pretty sure if I had slept with it it would have still been near perfect in the morning.  I am going to try and test out the 16 hour claim today and I will report back!

P.S: I think they totally smell like a cupcake.

If you guys have not joined Influenster I HIGHLY suggest it! You get free products to test in exchange for an honest review! It’s so simple and I’ve only been disappointed with a couple of products I’ve received!

You can get this lippie at Ulta for $9.49: SuperStay Matte Ink

Xoxo,

Hair Crazy on a Budget

 

Products were received complimentary for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

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Life and Goals Update!

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.”

-Arthur Golden

Sorry all, I’ve been slacking on blogging recently. I’ve been crazy busy – I got a new job as a paralegal! It’s been such an exciting few months for me; I started this blog, started an Etsy shop – ColorfulbyCristina, registered for cosmetology school for October, and I finally found a job as a paralegal! I even started actually selling on Etsy! I’ve even made 4 sales since opening 🙂

These past few months have felt completely surreal. 2.5 out of the 5 goals that I wrote about in 5 Current Goals – I have achieved! And I can’t believe I wrote that post less than a month ago!

I am so grateful for everyone that has supported me, in particular with my Etsy shop! I wouldn’t have been able to make actual sales without my friends buying and reviewing on my shop.

So, back to the job. I’ve been a receptionist at a rather large law firm for the past 2 years, got my Paralegal Certificate while there, and I’ve been desperately wanting to move up. In the beginning of this year, I got rather depressed and really doubted that I would ever be able to find a job I wanted without real experience.  Once I got rid of my boyfriend in April, I immersed myself in finding a hobby (or a distraction), and just became driven. That is why I started blogging, looking into cosmetology, and my Etsy shop, they made me feel like I was really doing something with my life.

Next came the job search.  I applied for countless paralegal jobs, with experience and without, and nothing. Then I applied for a job on Indeed because the job posting was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was more about finding someone that wanted to be there, than finding someone that needed “this, this and that.” My mom actually came across it and sent it to me, and I applied the second after reading it- AND got an email back an hour after applying! I got the job on the interview a few days after applying.  It’s a real estate firm with more paralegals than attorneys (how it should be, in my opinion) and I’ll actually receive the individual training I need. Couldn’t be more perfect honestly.

I’m beyond excited to start this next phase of my life with an actual career!

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.”

-Arthur Golden

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Beach Day Necessities! 

These are my absolute favorite products for a day at the beach!

OGX Coconut Oil Mist to keep my hair from drying out. I also use this before I blowdry my hair to give it shine and a nice silky feel.

Lancôme Bienfait SPF 50 to protect my very sensitive face- without clogging pores! I reapply this once halfway through my day at the beach and I’m covered- absolutely no red marks on my face! 

Lightweight L’Oréal Lumi Cushion Foundation to cover up any blemishes/scars  without any cakey feel. These Cushion foundations are the absolute best for summer. They’re so lightweight and effortless. My perfect shade in L’Oréal is C3- somehow got that on the first try, too! 

OGX Coconut Oil Mist – $7.99 Ulta
Lancôme Bienfait SPF 50 – $39 Ulta
L’Oréal Cushion Foundation – $16.99 Ulta
If you wanted to skip a step (and save a bunch of money) -I also highly recommend Physician’s Formula Cushion Foundation with SPF 50$16.99 Ulta.

I’ve found that L’Oréal’s Cushion foundation contains more product, but going with Physician’s definitely beats also buying a sunscreen! 

Xoxo,
Hair Crazy on a Budget

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Day 20: What Makes you Happy?

“Beauty is power, a smile is its sword”

– John Ray

Honestly, almost nothing makes me happier than when someone asks me for beauty advice. My face completely lights up; it can change my mood from sluggish and depressed to energetic, light and happy. When I’m talking about beauty products or techniques, it seems like nothing else matters, doesn’t matter what’s going on. To be able to help someone if they’re feeling insecure or unsure of what to use or how to do it, is just so rewarding. 

Xoxo, 
Hair Crazy on a Budget 
I know a lot of you beauty bloggers can probably relate, let me know in the comments 💕 💕