Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation – First Impressions

If you read my post about the Sunday Riley Pop Up event last week, you know how much I love this brand! But how did I get on with their newest launch? Here’s a video capturing my first impressions on The Influencer Clean, Long-wear Foundation and an update several hours later.

Are you excited to test this out? What’s your favorite foundation at the moment?


Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara Review

Testing Benefit’s newest launch

The Benefit mascaras are pretty hit or miss for me – Rollerlash is one of my all time favorite mascaras, but I hate They’re Real, so I decided to try a mini from Birchbox to test out Bad Gal Bang ($24 for the full size). I prefer a mix between length and volume that looks fluttery, not clumpy or spidery.

Here’s a close up of the brush – the bristles are very short and only slightly increase in length at the end of the brush to create a cone shape. It’s also a very wet formula that coats your lashes immediately. I think I would prefer longer bristles to brush through and separate the lashes because the amount of product can create clumps quickly.

I have to be very careful applying this, but I do like the overall effect. It’s best when brushed through with a clean wand, but I can make it work without that step too. You can also build Bad Gal Bang up very quickly to get dramatic, voluminous lashes.

This is one light coat of the mascara – I think it looks defined yet still natural. I wanted to mention that it’s a bit harder to remove, which I find true for all of the Benefit formulas. Personally, I still prefer Rollerlash, but I’m happy to have this for more dramatic nights.

Have you tried the new Benefit Bad Gal Bang? What’s your favorite mascara??

March Birchbox Review

Monthly unboxing and review

Here are the five samples I received. I had actually requested the Winky Lux Glazed Donut Lip Gloss as my sample choice for the month, but it was not in my box. This is the first time I haven’t received the item I had chosen. Thankfully the Birchbox customer service team is great and sent over a mini of the new Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara as an apology since my original choice was out of stock.

I was most excited to try the Ouai Leave in Conditioner because this line gets so many glowing reviews and I liked their hair and body oil. The scent of this is rather strong and I can smell it throughout the day. However, it made my waves a bit more defined which I loved. It’s also a great size for travel and has a nice spray to evenly distribute the product through my hair. I definitely want to try more from the line.

My favorite item ended up being the Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer. What a useful and innovative product! It basically doubles your lipstick collection because it really does transform creamy or glossy formulas into a matte finish. Check out these swatches with some of my favorite lip products: the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal, Pur Cosmetics Chateau De Vine in Showoff, and the Buxom Full-on Lip Cream in Rose Julep.

You can see that the transformer really takes away the shine. It made the colors slightly less pigmented as well, but the effect wasn’t as bad on my actual lips. The texture basically feels like a very silcone-y primer; it’s a clear gel that feels slightly thicker on the lips, but it’s not dry at all which is my main gripe with matte lipsticks. I love this discovery!

I received a few new skincare items too – the GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer and MAC Cleanse Off Oil. I don’t understand the whole glittery moisturizer trend… This one in Nude Glow is not as intense as some of the others I’ve received, but you can still see some golden particles on the skin. I don’t think it looks natural and personally avoid all of the fake glowy products – skincare should provide that glow with the ingredients in my opinion. Besides that, this moisturizer has a pleasant (but strong) creamsicle scent and sinks in very quickly.

The MAC oil cleanser wasn’t for me either, but it’s not a bad product. You apply it to your dry skin to break down makeup and then rinse. I felt that I had to use more product than a traditional gel cleanser and it took a bit longer in my experience. However, if you’re used to balm or oil cleansers, you probably would like this.

Lastly, I received the ModelCo Luxecreme Long Wear Lipstick in Sienna. It’s a pretty burnt orange-red, but it’s not a shade that I would really reach for. I love the ModelCo Lip Laquers though and the formula sounds amazing, so it will be going in my next giveaway!

Box breakdown:

  • Ouai Leave In (.84 oz): $5
  • MAC Cleanser (.20 oz): $1
  • Smashbox Transformer (.16 oz): $11
  • GlamGlow Moisturizer (.24 oz): $7
  • ModelCo Lipstick (1 of 3): $7

For $10, I received $31 worth of product. This isn’t the highest value for a box I’ve received and I didn’t love most of the products, but it’s worth it to me for the Smashbox lip product alone. Plus I got to try another Ouai Haircare item! If you’re interested in trying out Birchbox, you can use my link to subscribe.

What did you receive in your box this month? Did I totally miss out on the Winky Lux Glazed Donut Lip Gloss?


Demo: Maybelline Master Bronze and City Mini Palettes

I’ve really been loving the Maybellines palettes that I reviewed in a new series last week. The Master Bronze Color + Highlight Kit has been perfect for warming up my complexion and adding a glow, while the City Mini Palette in Downtown Sunset can create so many different looks! I’ll use the cream and peach shades for an everyday eye or add any of the shimmers to jazz things up.

Here’s a first impression and demo featuring both of these palettes:

Have you tried either of these palettes? I’ve heard the Bronze City Mini Palette is also great. What drugstore items should I test out next?

5 Drugstore First Impressions

Here is the video I had mentioned in my drugstore post featuring some new makeup and a couple items that are EWG approved. If you’d like to see me swatch and test everything for the first time, just press play!

What are your favorite EWG approved products or new finds from the drugstore?