Full Face Of Covergirl Cosmetics

There’s no doubt about it. Quality makeup is expensive! But in the world of beauty, 99.9% of the time you get what you pay for. There are exceptions, however. Occasionally you’ll come across a drug store brand that a) is affordable AF and has AMAZING products. Or b) is affordable and has a few really great products. Either way, it’s always a great day when you can sub in a cheap (or cheap-ish) item for something more expensive.

In that spirit, I decided to try out an entire face-full of Covergirl makeup. I was inspired when I was browsing through the beauty section of the most dangerous store ever Target and I came upon the Covergirl section and saw that they had a new 3-in-1 foundation that looked fairly promising. Let’s dive in, shall we?

I opted for fairly simple products, aiming to purchase items that I would use again and again if they worked out for me. This meant grabbing very basic, daily wear items and steering clear of anything super bright or obnoxious. Thus, I ended up with your basics; primer, foundation, concealer, bronzer/contour/highlight, blush, setting powder, eyeshadow primer, neutral rosy shades of shadow, eyeliner, mascara, a brow pencil and a pinky-nude lip color.

Face

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  • Outlast All-Day 3-in-1 Foundation + Sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 20 (in Creamy Natural)
  • Outlast All-Day Concealer (in fair)
  • Outlast All-Day Prime

Thoughts:

The primer seemed kind of thin in my opinion, though it went on smoothly and didn’t seem to cause any issues with the application or wear time of the rest of the makeup. I’d definitely use it again, though I’ll have to try it with my usual go-to face makeup.

As far as the foundation goes…I can’t say I hate it. I really loved the fact that it came in a glass bottle WITH a pump (isn’t it so annoying when liquid foundation doesn’t?!), and the color seemed to be an ok match for my skin, though I couldn’t tell it oxidized or the loose mineral powder I used to set everything was a little dark. Either way, it didn’t look bad and I’ll definitely use it again. I’ll also have to try to use it sans the primer, because it is supposed to be a 3-in-1, meaning have the power of primer, have the coverage of concealer, and blendability of foundation. I feel like it didn’t have the full coverage that I would expect out of a concealer, but it is definitely buildable without issues so if you need a little extra help in some spots this foundation makes it fairly easy to build up where you need it.

I purchased the concealer in the shade fair specifically to use under my eyes. It comes with a doe-foot applicator in a squeeze tube – which I can’t say I’m a fan of. I feel like these kind of applicators get really messy really fast, but that could just be me. Anyways, the concealer also wasn’t as full coverage as I expected/wanted, and it also didn’t seem to blend or build as nicely as the foundation did.

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  • TruBlend Contour Palette
  • Cheekers Blush (in Natural Rose)
  • TruBlend Loose Mineral Powder (in Light)

Thoughts:

I didn’t realize it when I purchased it, but the contour palette is actually a cream palette, which I don’t usually go for. However, it seemed to apply fairly well with the exception of the highlighter. I feel like I wasn’t able to really get enough product and it was a little too close to my skin tone to really act as a true highlight. So I was able to get a tiny bit of glow out of it, but not as much as I expect from a highlight. The contour and bronzer however, were really nice. I used a brush to slowly build up color for the contour and did the same to bronze the couple of areas I felt needed some love. I made sure to use all of these BEFORE blush or powder, since creams/liquids NEVER blend well on top of powders.

As for the blush…ehhhhh…I wasn’t a fan. And I can’t really tell if it was simply not pigmented enough or the color I chose was just not the right shade, but I couldn’t seem to be able to get enough color to make any sort of a difference. *whomp whomp*

Last of the face items – the loose powder. Again, I’m not sure if this is why everything seemed a little off-colored compared to my neck or not, but I would definitely use it again as a setting powder. It’s light, smooth, and seemed to help smooth things out where my pores are usually a tiny bit enlarged.

 

Eyes + Brows

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  • Lid Lock Up Eyelid Primer
  • TruNaked Roses Shadow Palette

Thoughts:

The Lid Lock Up primer comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, which is a little different for me (I’m used to the UD Primer Potion in a tube) and is a very basic nude color that helps even out any patchy-ness or discoloration on your lids without adding much color. I’ll more than likely use this up once the very last of my UD Primer is finished up.

The shadow palette, on the other hand, I wasn’t quite as pleased with. Firstly, LOTS OF FALLOUT! I barely touched the pan with my brush and *poof* a cloud of shadow rained down. So, make sure to tap the crap out of your brush after picking up color. Secondly, they don’t really seem very pigmented. It took me a little while to build up color in my crease, though the darker colors were a tad bit more cooperative when it came to deepening the outer corner. I personally wouldn’t recommend this palette if you need good color payoff, but it’s definitely a great starter palette for someone just getting into makeup and they don’t want to worry about having too much color on their brush.

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  • So Lashy! Blast Pro Waterproof Mascara
  • Liquid Liner (in Black)
  • Ultrafine Brow Pencil (in Soft Brown)

Thoughts:

Ok. Last of the eye products. I can 100% say I loved the brow pencil. I got the soft brown pencil so it seemed to match my natural color well enough without appearing too dark or too light. There’s also a spoolie on one end to help blend it in, and the formula was fairly long lasting and creamy enough to go on easily and blend well. 10/10 would recommend.

The So Lashy Pro Waterproof mascara was also a great item – absolutely no clumping or flaking, and the applicator definitely separated and coated my lashes evenly. I opted for the waterproof version (though they do have a non-waterproof one).

Unfortunately the liquid eyeliner didn’t quite measure up like the others – it comes in a little pot with an felt (?) applicator wand tip. I usually aim for a felt tip pen or a liquid pot with an actual brush. This eyeliner dries very quickly, which makes it hard to apply and build up color – which you also shouldn’t have to do with a black eyeliner. The applicator tip is not really flexible, making it a bit more difficult to create a winged eye, and the liner itself dries down matte but not as a dark jet black like I prefer.

Lips

Covergirl full face - lips

  • Outlast All-Day Lip Color (in Nude)

Thoughts:

I probably should have grabbed a slightly darker lip color, but again I wanted to get items that I would use fairly regularly if I liked them. This is a two-step set, the first being the actual liquid color that you apply and let sit for about a minute before applying the gloss top coat that helps seal in the color and moisturize your lips. Nude is a very pretty pinky-nude slightly shimmery color which makes it perfect for day-to-day wear. It also held up very well after a sushi lunch date. Another pro is that it never felt heavy, sticky, or gooey – all things I hate in lip products.

Final Look + Thoughts

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Overall, I ended up with a decent look. Again, I’ll have to do a retest on the foundation and loose powder separately to tell which one made my face look darker, and there are a couple of things I wouldn’t really reach for again.

I would say, at the end of the day, these are all pretty decent and fairly affordable products. They’re great for people new to makeup or those that are on a budget.

What I’d Use Again

  • Outlast All-Day Foundation
  • TruBlend Mineral Loose Powder
  • TruBlend Contour Palette
  • Lid Lock Up Primer
  • So Lashy Pro Waterproof Mascara
  • Ultrafine Brow Pencil
  • Outlast All-Day Lipcolor

What I’ll Probably Toss/Rehome

  • Outlast All-Day Primer
  • Outlast All-Day Concealer
  • Cheeky Blush
  • TruBlend Roses Palette
  • Liquid Eyeliner

 

till till next time,

~katie

Fight For Your Dreams

Hello again loves, I hope your St. Paddy’s day weekend was a fun (and SAFE) one! Mine was fairly laid back, spend mostly indoors nursing a chest/head cold in an attempt to speed the healing process before this coming weekend. Zach and I have fun travel plans and I DO NOT want to be sick during the festivities. This week’s QOTW is some inspiration to fight for your dreams, no matter how crazy some people may say they are, or how impossible it feels to reach them at times. Fight. It’ll be worth it.

2018 fight for your dreams

People will tell you all the time how impossible or unrealistic your dreams are. They’ll tell you that you’ll never be able to make a living if you pursue it. It’s too expensive, risky, dangerous even. You’ll never be successful. Play it safe and be a doctor, a nurse, or something similar and “safe”.

But what those people don’t know is that if you have the passion and the drive to achieve your goals and dreams, you will be so much happier and satisfied with your life. If you manage to make a career out of it you’ll never complain about working for the rest of your life. If your dream is to climb a mountain, then start training and make a plan to reach that.

Turn your dreams into goals and make a plan to reach them. Because once you do, they’re no longer seemingly out of reach.

till next time,

~katie

QOTW | Be Better Than Yourself

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was relaxing and restful!

This week I want to talk about striving to be a better version of yourself, and how you are the only person in this world you should try to be better than.

2018 better than yourself

You can spend your entire life trying to be better than other people, or even just trying to be like other people. But comparing yourself to others is never healthy. It’s like comparing a fish to a dog. They are extremely different, and if one were to try to be like the other, it would only result in failure.

By trying to be be like others, you are setting yourself up for failure. And while there is no harm in striving to be a better person than the majority of humanity, to be kind, thoughtful, generous, empathetic; but this should be seen as improving yourself and not an attempt to be better than others.

Self improvement is an inside job, as is happiness. If you want to be kinder, do so because you want to make yourself a better person. Because at the end of the day, there will always be someone out there that is better than you in some aspect. They may be smarter, faster, stronger, more generous, and that’s 100% okay. If you are constantly trying to race to be better than everyone else you are going to get burned out. But if you do just one thing a day that makes you a better person than you were yesterday, you’re already moving in the right direction, and you can only keep moving forward.

till next time,

~katie

Hello + Welcome!

Hi there. If you couldn’t tell from the sidebar or the About page, my name is Katie. This is my blog. And you, my friend, are reading the first post ever to be made live here.

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I’ve been blogging for years…my first blog, and the one that I have since grown out of, was started in June of 2012. Yup. Long time ago. I had just turned 18, so obviously I knew everything there was about life and how this thing called “being an adult” should work. HA. Anyways, that blog started out as just a place to share nail art that I did. Soon after that it blossomed into a full on blog, covering all the topics I loved – nail art, makeup, games, and more.

It’s been 5 years since starting that last blog, and over the last year or so, I’ve come to realize that I had outgrown it and the presence I had built. Don’t get me wrong, I still love nail art, makeup, video games and the like. But I’ve developed as a person to the point where I felt like trying to change my old blog to be everything I NOW need it to be was kind of pointless. So rather than essentially gutting my online 5 year old baby, I’ve decided to let it grow old, I will let it go back to the free-given webname that comes with the WordPress.com sites, let the CSS customization come down, and essentially saying goodbye to my past. Because I had realized why I was clinging so hard to something that I no longer was enjoying. It was the last piece of my younger self, when I thought that so many things would be different from how they are now.

But people change and grow, and just like flowers we sometimes need to be uprooted and replanted elsewhere if we are to continue to grow.

With that all out of the way, I give you a big through-the-computer hug to welcome you to the next chapter in my life online. Live Love Sunshine is going to be where I come to chat about life and things that I enjoy, including games, movies, DIY projects, self care, and my journey to start living healthier (because let’s face it, at 23 – 24 in June! O.O ) I need to stop eating pizza and takeout 4 out of 7 days in the week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overall, I want this to be my de-stressing zone. My chill and fun area where I can share all of the things that I love and figure out this thing called “adulting”.

I hope you enjoy the ride with me.

till next time,

~katie