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Younique 3D Lashes Review [and a Giveaway!]

When my friend Kate reached out to me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in trying the Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, I didn’t hesistate to say yes!

I have been hearing about this mascara [I use the term "mascara" lightly because it really isn't a mascara at all] but I thought it wouldn’t be that much different from my Benefit They’re Real! mascara. I mean, that stuff is pretty awesome, there’s no way anything else could beat it.

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Or so I thought!

The Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes was incredible! They made my lashes look so long and full. I’ve even been asked if I had false lashes on!

However, I had one qualm with the 3D Lashes: the price. If I’m going to invest the $29 on the 3D Lashes, I’m not going to continue spending $23 on my Benefit mascara. That’s just reality of my bank account haha!

But, that’s the great thing about the Moonstruck 3D Lashes. It is designed to be used with whatever mascara you like.

First, you apply a coat of whatever mascara you choose. Then you apply a layer of the Moonstruck Transplanting Gel, followed immediately by a layer of Moonstruck Natural Fibers, and then another layer of the Transplanting Gel to “set” the fibers. You can repeat the coats of gel and fibers as much as you want to get your desired length and thickness.

So knowing I could use it with with whatever mascara I wanted, I picked up a tube of Maybelline Great Lash mascara so I could compare how the Moonstruck 3D Lashes did with both a prestige-brand mascara [the Benefit mascara] and a drugstore mascara.

I was excited to discover that the Moonstruck 3D Lashes did BETTER with the Maybelline mascara than the Benefit one!

For some reason, they wanted to clump more when used with the Benefit mascara.  But lthat was fine with me, because I like I said, I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on mascara on top of the price of the Younique 3D Lashes.

But if you’re like me, you need more than words on a screen.  You need physical proof.  So here ya go!

With Benefit They’re Real! mascara:

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 With Maybelline Great Lash mascara:

with drugstore mascara_2 And just for kicks, I threw this shot in…

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And now you have a chance to win one for yourself! Kate is graciously giving away a Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to one lucky follower!

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***I received a free Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes in exchange for a review of the product.  However, all opinions are my own.  I would never promote something I didn’t end up liking, I promise!

A Firm Foundation

Yesterday, my best friend texted me and said she needed help finding a good foundation and asked if I would be up for a trip to Ulta this weekend while she is in town.

First of all, you never need to ask if I would be up for a trip to Ulta [really, the question should be whether Jeff will be ok with me going hahaha]!

Second, I always find it funny when people ask me for makeup advice because I really don’t feel like I am an expert at all.  I am just a marketer’s dream because any time I see an ad for something new, I am usually pretty willing to try it, especially when it comes to foundation.

I have such much red in my skin that foundation is pretty much a requirement for me on a daily basis.  Even if I am going to the beach or running to the grocery store, I will usually throw on a little foundation to even out my skin tone.

So since I had foundation on my brain after that, I thought I’d go ahead and share my favorites on here.  I’m more of a liquid foundation fan, so I’m including the two I like the best currently, but I am throwing in one powder foundation for those that prefer that option

 

ONE // bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

This is the one I am currently wearing every day.  I seriously love this stuff! It is SO incredibly light on your skin, it really does not feel like you are wearing any foundation.  And it only takes a couple of drops to cover my entire face and get rid of the redness, so I think one bottle will last a long time.  It also doesn’t have any oil, parabens, or fragrance, is hypo-allergenic, and has SPF 20!

They really recommend you get the bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush to apply the foundation with.  I was a little skeptical about this as I didn’t really understand why my normal foundation brush wouldn’t work just as well with it, but I asked the associate at Ulta about it. She actually applied the foundation to half of my face with a normal brush, and the other half with the Perfecting Face Brush, and the difference it made on how the foundation set on my skin was huge!  So I decided to go ahead and get the brush along with the foundation [it helped that I had a coupon for $10 off a $50 bareMinerals purchase too--- gotta love that!].

 

TWO // Philosophy Hope in a Jar Foundation

Up until I tried the bareMinerals foundation, I had been using this Philosophy foundation, but was running out of it and figured I would try that one out.  Otherwise I had no intentions of switching foundation.  I use Philosophy’s skincare line and love it, so when they came out with a foundation, I had to try this.

The Philosophy Hope in a Jar Foundation is a light-to-medium foundation and I found that I needed 2 full coats of it to cover the redness in my face. However, it feels great on my skin and if you really just want a subtle tint versus full-coverage, I would suggest this one.  Plus you don’t need a fancy brush for it!

THREE // Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

If you are looking for a powder foundation that actually provides some coverage, I would highly recommend this one.  I was very skeptical about it as I have not been able to find a powder foundation that really does cover up my redness, but I decided to give it a try anyway.  It did not disappoint! This is another one that they have a recommended brush for [the Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush], but I feel like an kabuki brush could work for this one.

The other great thing about the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation is that it is free of parabens, oil, and gluten.  That was the main reason I originally picked this one up, but I really missed my liquid foundation.

When choosing any of these foundations, I would recommend you ask one of the associates to help you pick out the right color.  I know at Ulta, they will test any of their foundations out on your face so that you can make sure it is the right color and that it blends right on your skin. I’m sure they would do the same thing at Sephora or any other similar store, I just primarily shop at Ulta since we don’t have a Sephora in town yet [and Ulta always has coupons!].

Have you tried any of these foundations or do you have another one that you prefer?

Five on Friday

Happy Friday the 13th!  If you are superstitious… well… don’t be!

And Happy 28th Birthday to the Olsen twins!

Don’t judge me for knowing this! It’s easy for me to remember because they are exactly 6 months older than I am [my birthday is Dec. 13].  Oh geez, this means there is only 6 months until I turn 28… not cool…  

Anywho, it’s been a fun week, so let’s recap!

<< ONE >> I saw this on Instagram this week and of course had to re-post! It describes me perfectly! If only I could get paid to shop..

photo1 << TWO >> My friend, Hayley, is getting married next month.  My sister and I went to a bridal shower in her honor.  The guy she is marrying was like a little brother to us growing up [he and my actual brother seemed inseparable for a while].  It doesn’t seem possible that they are old enough to get married, but I am so excited for them!  Oh, and I totally took the pictures for this post then went to her shower in the same outfit… ain’t nobody got time to change!

photo2 << THREE >> I have a couple of new favorite products which I will be sharing about next week!  A sample of the They’re Real! Push-up Liner came in the mail and I cannot wait to get my hands on a full-size tube! This stuff is a game changer for me!

photo3 << FOUR >> I spent some time working at my mother-in-law’s florist taking some pictures of bouquets and other products, as well as helping her with some social media-related things.  This was really fun and I hoping I can possibly work with some other local businesses in the future.

photo4 << FIVE >> My phone was hacked… by three crazy boys {the one on the right is my hubby}…

photo5  What have you been up to this week? Do you have any fun plans for Father’s Day this weekend?

P.S.  I’m kind of obsessed with Instagram, so you should totally follow me! And if you do, leave me a comment with your username and I will follow you back!

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