Review & Swatches: L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation in 105 Natural Beige

The L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is a relatively new foundation release and it's been so highly raved about. It is supposed to give a demi-matte finish that feels air-light on the skin. It's also supposed to last up to 24 hours as well. My shade is 105 Natural Beige and it fits pretty well on my medium yellow toned skin. It retails for around $12 and contains 1.0 fluid ounces / 30 mL. 

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Tag: Addicted To Blush!

I might have put this off for weeks... or maybe months. Before now, I wouldn't have thought I was a blush person but things have started to change once I stopped wearing lipstick as much. I was craving color and I found it through blush because it's more acceptable and not as messy to wear during work. I started off slow, then bam! Bought 4 blushes just in 3 days. 

I believe I've tagged three times from Vanessa, Sharlynn, and Ling.

Now - I've put this off enough and now I'll start!

1. What color blush suits you the most?

The above colors are the shades I've been wearing a lot lately, but I think rosey nudes are the colors that fit me the most. If you've seen this post where I compared NARS Douceur, Tarte Exposed, and Milani Romantic Rose, I love that kind of color family. 

2. Pressed/cream/loose blush?

I've never tried loose blushes and have only tried 2-3 brands of cream blushes, soooo you can say that I prefer pressed blushes? I also can't seem to figure out how to work cream blushes no matter what I do. 

3. Favorite shimmery / satin blush?

Nars Deep Throat, Clinique Cola, Benefit Rockateur and theBalm Cabana Boy.

I prefer satiny blushes because that glow I get from them is such perfection. I do pair up my blushes with a highlighter anyway though.

Side note - holy moly. I just bought Milani Baked Blush in Red Vino and it's the most intense blush I've ever tried. It's a deep red shimmery shade and it is super pretty, but a novice like me does not know how to handle that pigmentation right now!

4. Favorite matte blush?

Milani Romantic Rose, NARS Douceur, and Hourglass Mood Exposure

5. Favorite cream blush?

I only have one cream blush in my collection now and it's Kiko Icy Watermelon. My friend got me this when she came back from Germany and it's such a perfect pinky color. This shade is actually got me to wear pink on my cheeks more often. 

The Stila Cream Convertibles are also great cream blush options!

6. Favorite drugstore blush?

Milani Romantic Rose all the way!!!! I do have a limited amount of drugstore blushes though. I like to swatch blushes in stores to make sure they'll fit my skin tone since I had a bad experience with a drugstore blush before. 

7. Favorite high end blush?

I can't decide between NARS Deep Throat, Hourglass Mood Exposure, and Clinique Color Pop Blushes! Hourglass and Clinique blushes have amaaaazing formulas. I might like the Clinique Color Pop formula a bit more though because they feel creamy and pigmented, without the kick of powder Mood Exposure sometimes gives me.

8. Favorite bright blush?

The Etude House Dreaming Swam Collection Blush in #3 Arabesque Rosy is the perfect strawberry red blush, and it just happens to be the brightest color I own. I got it recently and it adds such a nice brightness to my face especially during spring/summer. 

I also have NARS Mistinguette from the Guy Bourdain Palette, but I never use it because it's way too cool toned for me. I used it once and never touched it again. 

9. Biggest blush disappointment/regret?

I used to have a CoverGirl Cheekers blush and it was horrible. It was soooo hard to get any pigment out of it. The color I got was so pretty though and it made me so sad that it didn't work at all.

I also got a Pony x Memebox Blush in Galaxy Pink and I had such high hopes for it. It looked like the perfect pink, especially on Pony on the promo pictures. Unfortunatley, the color was way too light and chalky on me. I have to remember that blush colors on paler people will not look the same way on me :( 

10. Best blush packaging?

I am beyond in love with the flower patterns Clinique Color Pop Blushes and Milani Rose Powder Blushes have. It's such a nice touch to already beautiful formulas. 

I love the packaging for Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, but I'm not a fan of the formula. I love how I could leave them in the original packaging and pop the pans right out so that I could put them into magnetic palettes.  

11. What's on your blush wishlist?

I kind of want all of the Clinique Color Pop blushes (super obvious answer).

I've heard great things about NARS Sin and might get that during winter when I usually gravitate towards to plum blushes. Even though I don't like Tarte blushes, I want to try True Love due to the lovely Vanessa from Citron And Guavaberry (link to her Blush Addict Tag here).

12. Number 1 holy grail blush?

A few weeks ago, it would've been Benefit Rockateur hands down! Now I gravitate towards Milani Romantic Rose as an every day color. Even though Clinique Cola is dark and kind of unexpected, I love to wear a sheer wash of that on my cheeks.

I feel like most people have either been tagged or have already done this tag, and so my list of tagged people will be very short.

I tag -
Cindy from CindyHYue & J from JustJ

What blush do you recommend for me to get next?
I'm all set with lipsticks, eyeshadows, and eyeliners and now I want to round out my blush collection!
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Review & Swatches: Milani Rose Powder Blush in American Beauty Rose (Limited Edition)

If my follow my Instagram, you would've seen a not white-balanced glimpse of this blush. I went a bit blush crazy when I found out that Milani was going to release 3 more blushes from their Rose Powder Blush range. It also didn't help that Milani products were buy one get one half off at CVS. The particular shade I will be reviewing today will be American Beauty Rose and it is a muted brick red shade with some shimmer. It contains 0.60 ounces / 17 grams of product and retails for about $9.

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Review & Swatches: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick

Frog Prince Lipstick by Lipstick Queen is described as a "magical shade that turns each pair of lips into their perfect pink." I have been interested in Lipstick Queen in awhile and was always eyeing Hello Sailor, but decided to go with Frog Prince mostly because I was intrigued by the green turning into pink. It's not a new concept, but the presentation of the product was instantly convinced me to get it. Frog Prince contains 0.07 ounces of product and retails for $25.

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Review & Swatches: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G40

One of my "TREAT YO SELF YOU GOT A JOB" purchases was the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G40! I wanted to experiment with full coverage foundations, but then this product came out and thought it was perfect. You can use any kind of "base product" like primer, moisturizers, and liquid highlighters and combine it with the Custom Cover Drops to customize what kind of coverage you need. It contains 15 mL / 0.50 fl. oz. and retails for $44.

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Hao Are You? #11 // The Big Life Changes & My Bad

Hello! It's been a long time since I've really sat down to think of a post. I've mentioned in some past posts and comments to other people, but I've been really busy with life. I had to take a step back from blogging and focus on work and my personal life. 

For the past year, I've held two research assistant positions (one paid and the other unpaid) along with being a full time student with two majors. I also had a job at Ulta for a few months, but had to quit to focus on school. I did not get latin honors like I wanted, but I did end up getting an overall GPA of 3.5 and joined the Anthropology Honor Society! Honestly, I am going to brag and say I'm proud of myself! I worked hard and even graduated a quarter early (but walking the stage on June 12!!!!!). 

After finishing in March, I went back to my hometown for 2 weeks and then San Diego for a week to visit my sister and be with my family. It was nice to not worry about school and take a much needed break. Right after getting back to my apartment, I started to seriously job hunt. During February and March, I did look for jobs but most places wanted me to be graduated already so that I could work full time.

In early May, I went back to Northern California for my boyfriend's sister's wedding! It was really small and everything was so beautiful. I loved how intimate and low-key everything was and it gave me a lot of inspirations on what I would want my wedding to be like in the faaaaar future.

I am wearing heels in the above picture and the dress was still too long...

A day before I went back to NorCal, I did have a phone interview AND THEN AN IN PERSON FOLLOW UP INTERVIEW A WEEK LATER. I was so surprised because I feel like I'm horrible at interviews. I ended up getting that job and I couldn't be happier!

Since I've started working, I also started to spend my weekends in San Diego to visit my boyfriend and sister. I'm so nervous during the week since I'm still new at my job and so going away is like a nice mini-vacation for me.

My normal days go from 7:30am - 5:30 pm and so I don't come back until the sun is almost down. I've been trying to take pictures in the few minutes I have before it gets dark, but it's been really hard to take decent shots. I also don't like taking full face shots when I come back because I look so sweaty and tired. 

I kind of have some post ideas and I would love to get some feedback on what you would want to read about first!

- Work / Interview Makeup aka Updated No-Makeup Makeup Look
- Cover FX Custom Coverage Drops
- Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes in Cola Pop and Fig Pop
- Dior Addict Lip Glow
- Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
- Memebox Orange Bloom Palette
- The Blush Addict Tag [I'm waiting on a blush from Etude House before I actually do this, but I can get started on the other blush stuff while I wait]
- Urban Decay Nail Color in Gash
- Miscellaneous posts including skin care routine, favorite shoes, food/restaurant features, recently watched shows / movie talks, etc.

I hope you're all doing well and sorry for the lack of posts! I can't promise that I'll stick to my normal schedule since of lighting and work, but I do really want to keep up with my blog and the friends I've made here. Talking to you all is really so much fun since a lot of my friends in real life don't really understand my love for makeup.

By the way, most of these pictures are on my Instagram. You can follow me by clicking here, or just going to the top of my blog and clicking on any of the pictures.

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