YouTube Made Me Buy It – Part 1

Oh my goodness, y’all, I am SO excited for this post and to be back to the mrs. and the misc.!  I have a lot to catch you up on, and it will all come in time, but I’ve been dying to post a beauty review forever and today while getting ready I realized that I FINALLY have enough products to do a review of “YouTube Made Me Buy It” stuff.  So let’s get into it!

In order to keep this post reasonable in length, today is all about face products.  There’s lots more to come!  Look for those posts this Tuesday and Thursday!

Primers:

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becca first light priming filter, too faced hangoverx, smashbox photo finish oil free foundation primer


Becca First Light Priming Filter
This primer is actually the newest to my {small} collection of primers.  It took me a long time to jump on the primer train, but this one, in my opinion, is worth EVERY PENNY.  It comes at a pretty hefty price tag of $38, but it gives my skin such a healthy “glow from within” look, doesn’t feel heavy and is so hydrating to the skin.  This one is a WIN.  Thank you YouTube for getting me hooked on a $38 primer.

Too Faced HangoveRx
Ah the infamous Too Faced HangoveRx.  {is it just me, or does the name of the product look really weird typed out…}.  This primer got a lot of hype!  I get it…it is incredibly hydrating and my makeup always looks good when I use it.  It basically does what it says it will and it smells like a tropical vacation, which is heavenly in my opinion.  If you don’t like the smell of coconut, you won’t like this primer.  Even at a price point of $32, I say this is a WIN.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Okay, so I got this primer a LONG, and I do mean, LONG time ago, so my packaging is old. It claims to give a flawless finish, fill in lines and pores and prolong the wear of your make up.  At $36, I was expecting A LOT from this primer.  I’ve tried SO hard to love it, but I just don’t.  To me, it feels like straight-up silicone going on your face, and while it does a good job at blurring pores, I almost always break out after a day of wearing this one.  For me, this is a bust.

Foundations and Concealers:

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estee lauder double wear foundation, tarte shape tape, urban decan naked skin perfecter

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
At almost $40, I’m gonna be honest, I was worried about this purchase.  No offense to Estee Lauder, but I kind of equated the brand to one that a more mature skinned woman would want {eh hem…Grandma}.  Well let me just say, Grandma got it right!  This foundation has quickly become a ride or die for me.  It gives a beautiful matte finish, but doesn’t make me look flat.  It doesn’t transfer, lasts forever and I can customize coverage depending on what kind of look I want to do.  I just honestly haven’t found many foundations that can double as a pretty light-makeup day foundation AND super-glam-fully-done makeup day.  Run, don’t walk.  It won’t disappoint and is worth the $$.

Tarte Shape Tape
Let’s not waste time here, okay.  This is the most full coverage, perfect finish, won’t crease, stays put concealer I have ever used.  It is not for days that I want a no-makeup makeup look because the coverage is no joke, but it is worth every bit of the hype and each one of your $25 buckaroos.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
Longest. Name. Ever.  I heard about this $29 product on so many YouTube channels that when I ran out of whatever I had in my bag at the time, I went out and grabbed this one.  I feel like I loved it for hot minute, but then set it aside.  Don’t get me wrong, it does a good job at concealing, provides good coverage and feels really light weight, but I think I  finally succumb to the fact that it doesn’t last all day.  Maybe I’m not using it right and I’m definitely not going to let it go to waste, but it probably won’t be a repurchase for me.

Powders:

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rcma no color powder, tarte smooth operator amazonian clay finishing powder

RCMA No-Color Powder
At $12, I completely understand why this powder is a cult favorite.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a filler-free, pigment-less powder that is so finely milled it becomes almost invisible after application.  Another perk, it doesn’t give you that ghostly white look in photos like some other setting powders can.  I use this to set my makeup almost every day and recently when I had my makeup professionally done for an event, they used it to bake my under eye area and it turned out flawless.  It comes in a weird container that I feel causes there to be some waste of product due to how you have to get it out, but I will absolutely be repurchasing it in the future.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Thirty-three dollars.  THIRTY. THREE!  Buying a translucent powder that cost that much gave me immediate heartburn, but it had really good reviews, so hey, ya only live once right?  I’m not sure if I used it wrong, but I thought this was going to be a favorite of mine until I was photographed while wearing it.  Hello, Casper!  It goes on like a dream and looks beautiful in person, but after spending what seemed like an hour trying to filter and edit what would have been a great picture except for my ghost-face, I don’t use this one anymore.  Bust.

Alright ladies, that is all I have for this post!  I apologize that a lot of the products I mentioned were high-end, but I promise I have a lot of SUPER affordable products coming up in the next couple of categories.  And just in case anyone is wondering, I get no kick back from purchases made using the links above.  I just included them to be helpful.

As always, I wish you blessings!

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