2015: The Shitlist

I realize I’m a bit late on the “posts about 2015” thing, but I really wanted to take some time to think about the products before publicly berating them. I made a post not too long about my hits and shits of the summer, but I’ve had a few flops since then and figured I’d share my thoughts.

If you’re on the fence about a product or trying to talk yourself out of buying it, here are my top disappointing products for 2015. Conversely, if one of your all-time holy grail products has made this list, please do not be offended. Everyone has a different skin tone and type, as well as varying personal preferences! Just because a product didn’t work for me does not automatically make it a bad product overall and it’s not meant to be a personal insult to you if you do enjoy or even love any of the products mentioned below.

 

Tarte PAP bronzerTarte Park Avenue Princess Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer ($30.00) – Okay so there isn’t actually anything wrong with this product, the issue is really with how people use it and advertise it. This is a nice, slightly more neutral-toned, lighter brown matte bronzer from a brand that makes my absolute favorite blush formula. My problem with this product is not with the product itself, but with what people are saying about it and the reasoning behind my purchase. This is NOT the best bronzer for cool toned pale skin, and it is absolutely 100% not the best contour for cool toned pale skin. Bronzer and contour are not the same thing, should not be promoted as such, and this is not a product meant for contouring. I currently run at about NW13 in MAC, so anybody still on the fair side but darker than me will likely find success with this product as a bronzer. However, if you try to contour with this, you’re gonna have a bad time – it left me looking rather dirty and muddy as opposed to warm and sun-kissed. Return!

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Summer Shitlist

So I went into this expecting to come up with my top 10, or rather bottom 10 beauty products of the summer, but rather than fueling the drama and sensationalism of being angry about stuff, I decided to just stick with eight. These are the products that really stood out in my mind as not good or not enjoyable and I didn’t want to start throwing in random products that are “just okay” for the sake of having 10. Sorry to anyone that has a thing for multiples of five like I do, that itch will not be scratched here. Top 15 Summer Hitlist to follow!

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First Impression: Too Faced Sugar Pop

There are few things in the beauty world I love more than a light spring look with a pop of color, so when Too Faced released their spring 2015 lineup, I had to get my hands on the new Sugar Pop palette. It retails for $36, but I picked it up during the Ulta Platinum sale for 20% off. Those sales always get me, but it worked out – I was able to scoop up the new palette and a two pack of the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for just $37.

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Spring Favorites + Peachy MOTD

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I’ll have to get into the full story at a later date, but long story short: if you love makeup and wear glasses, share your pics on any social media platform and tag them with #FOUREYEDMUA. You can also follow the @FourEyedMUA account on Twitter (that’s me). Let’s work together to build a better community for makeup-loving bespectacled beauties!


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I posted my first “spring makeup look” of the season earlier today and had several people ask me for a blog post, and I suppose I should give the people what they want! So here’s a little run down of today’s look and my current spring favorites.

There are a few basic items that are on every “essentials” list I will ever put together as they are my “HG” (Holy Grail) products: Too Faced Hangover RX primer, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, MAC Pro Longwear concealer, and tinted brow gel – right now I’m using Benefit Gimme Brow in medium/deep. You can see these as well as the rest of my face prep routine here.

Now that the sun is shining and a fresh face feels a little nicer, I’ve switched up a few steps in my routine for a lighter, more natural look.

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Product Highlight: Liquid Lipsticks

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Liquid lipsticks are on the up and up these days and just about every major cosmetic company has a line of their own. They’re my newest obsession and I just can’t get enough of these long-lasting matte formulas. I have a handful of different products from drugstore and mid-high end brands, 14 lipsticks in all from five different lines, to swatch and review and see which comes out on top (spoiler: I kind of already know which one is my favorite).

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Okay, so what is a liquid lipstick? Usually these lipsticks come in tubes with a doe foot applicator (like lipgloss) or squeeze tip. While some people have no preference between liquid lipstick and the traditional tube, I personally always have trouble with traditional lipstick fading and in general not being very foodie-friendly. I love that liquid lipsticks can often last all day and through multiple meals, and that they [usually] dry matte so there is no sticky gloss for your hair to get stuck to!

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