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This to That: Setting Powder and Powder Foundations.

Hello, friends! I hope that your day is going well today! This was supposed to be posted on Wednesday, but, alas, time got away from me. I hope that you enjoy it all the same, as we dive back into our makeup journey! Today’s post I wanted to go through all of my setting powders and my powder foundations, share my thoughts about them, and then discuss what I plan on replacing them with. ❤

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, mini size, translucent. $23.99. I’ve heard so many people rant and rave about this product, and I admittedly bought into the hype and purchased it. However, I cannot say that I think it lives up to the hype. It works okay, but I find that my skin is still oily after using it. I also feel as though you must use a lot of product in order for it to work. Their website says that they are cruelty free, but not vegan. Also, the design of it is such that unless you’re willing to cut open the top (like I was), you will likely waste a lot of product. This product is quite expensive, I didn’t care for how it worked with my skin, and it is not vegan, so no, I do not plan on buying it again. Additionally, I am trying to buy products with less plastic, and this product is pretty much all plastic. I scanned this one on the Think Dirty App and it was given a score of 8, which is considered dirty. I tried to scan each of these products on the Think Dirty app, and this was the only one that I found. So, unfortunately, this is the only one with a score!

Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder Foundation, Shade Olive 2. $32.99. I really adore this foundation. It gives medium to heavy coverage, which I appreciate. It is also vegan and cruelty-free. I currently have the shade Olive 2, which is a bit dark for my skin currently, I would probably do better with Olive 1. This product is also mostly plastic, so I would maybe buy it again, if I couldn’t find an alternative with less waste. I would definitely recommend the product itself, as it has served me well, and it lasts a very long time.

Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder. The one that I have is a sample size, so I don’t have a price on it. It was given to me when I went to Ulta for my birthday, a couple of years ago. According to Sephora’s website, the full size one would be $28.50. This blotting powder is okay, I don’t think that it’s life-changing, but it does the trick. It definitely gives a more natural, no-makeup makeup look. However, Clinique is not a cruelty-free brand, so I do not plan on purchasing this item again.

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder, in Shade Neutral Buff. $5.49. This powder works okay. I love that it is cruelty-free AND vegan, however, I feel like I need to put so much powder on to make my face a consistent shade. I think that’s amplified by the fact that this shade doesn’t quite work for me, which is, of course, no fault of the company. That being said, this powder doesn’t quite work for me. If I was ever in a pinch, I would buy it again, but this product is not one of my favorites.

Besame Cosmetics Violet Brightening Powder. $22.00. This product works SO well for lightening up your under eye circles, which, if you’re anything like me, is near impossible. I really like this powder, I just wish that the container was a bit bigger! From my research, this powder is vegan, but if you’re buying from Besame, just a heads up, not all of their products are vegan! I would definitely buy this product again, the only drawback being that is quite small, and is all plastic.

What do I plan on replacing these with?

I plan on buying Elate Cosmetics’ pressed foundation. What interests me about this powder is that you’re able to buy the compact and the powder insert, and when you go to repurchase it, you’re able to buy just the insert, and you can pop it into your compact. The compact is made of bamboo, and I enjoy that this product doesn’t contain plastic, as I’m trying purchase less plastic when possible. The foundation and the compact together is priced at $42.00, and when purchasing just the powder insert, it will run you $32.00. It is certainly pricy, but since I’ve stopped recklessly spending money on makeup, I feel okay about spending a little bit more, as my purchases are few and far between. It’s totally understandable that not everyone wants to spend so much on makeup, and I don’t want anyone to feel bad about not purchasing any of the products I talk about. I never want my blog to feel as though I’m trying to push products on you, I just want to share my life with all of you! Never feel pressured to buy what I mention! And the other way, too! If you LOVE any of these products, please don’t feel as though I’m judging you. Nothing is one size fits all, especially makeup, so some of these powders may be PERFECT for you! It’s all just my experience!!! I’d love to hear from y’all!!!

As I’m writing this, I’ve recently used up all of these, except for the Wet N Wild one. I hope to be purchasing the Elate Cosmetics pressed foundation soon, and I will be sure to create a blog post reviewing it.

I know this may sound silly, but the more beauty products I use up, and the smaller my collection grows, the happier I feel. I have such bad buyer’s remorse, and I feel guilty for buying things that I don’t have great use for. I used to be such an impulsive shopper, and I feel like I’m still paying for it! It’s so great feeling like I’m creating a collection of makeup compiled with products that I can feel good about, and that I genuinely enjoy! It’s so wonderful to have just the products that you LOVE. Every time I use something up, I can’t help but think that when we end up moving, it’s one less thing we’ll have to pack up. This of course extends to other areas, like skincare products, clothing, and shoes, to name a few.

Thank you so much for reading, my dear friends!

And as always, if I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae

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Scanning my Lip Products on the Think Dirty App.

Hello, friends! A happy Monday to you all. I hope that this week is treating you well so far, and I am so excited to be writing this post today! Today’s post is a continuation of my makeup journey!

So, today I scanned all my lip products on the Think Dirty App. I attempted to scan a total of 66 lip products, and the app ended up recognizing 12 of the products. Some of the products themselves came up, but they didn’t have the shade that I owned, and I wanted to make sure that it was as accurate as possible, so I did not count them.

A little bit about the Think Dirty app: this is an app that was made to help people figure out what exactly is in their beauty products, and if they’re deemed “clean” or “dirty”. It gives you a list of the ingredients found, and if those ingredients are clean or dirty. Other users of the app are also able to leave reviews of the products, and you’re able to scroll through the app to find similar products that are better for you. And no, this post is not sponsored! Even if I wish it was…

Lip Products Found

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme, in shade Kiss Me Coral, 750. This app gave it a score of 6, which is considered “half n’ half”. Revlon is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme, in shade Ravish Me Red, 654. This app gave it a score of 3, which is considered “clean”. Revlon is not a cruelty-free brand, so, again, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again. It’s a real shame, because I really like this shade of red.
  • L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick, in shade True Red, 315. This app gave it a score of 8, which is considered “dirty”. L’Oreal is not a cruelty-free brand, so regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again. This lipstick is so nostalgic to me though, as it was my first red lipstick! I will miss it dearly once it is all used up.
  • EOS Lip Balm, Sweet Mint. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered clean. EOS is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • EOS Lip Balm, Blueberry Acai. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered clean. EOS is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • EOS Smooth Stick Lip Balm, Vanilla Bean. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered clean. EOS is not a cruelty-free brand, so, regardless of the score, I won’t buy it again.
  • Burt’s Bee’s Satin Lipstick, in shade Doused Rose, 513. The app gave it a score of 0, which is considered “clean”. Burt’s Bees is a cruelty-free brand, but as their brand name would imply, the majority of them contain beeswax. Beeswax is generally considered okay for vegetarians, but since it’s a animal by-product, it would not be considered vegan. I’m working on creating a makeup collection that is cruelty-free AND vegan, so I don’t plan on purchasing this again.
  • Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss, in shade Summer Twilight, 245. This app gave it a score of 0, which is considered “clean”. Burt’s Bees is a cruelty-free brand, but as their brand name would imply, the majority of them contain beeswax. Beeswax is generally considered okay for vegetarians, but since it’s a animal by-product, it would not be considered vegan. I’m working on creating a makeup collection that is cruelty-free AND vegan, so I don’t plan on purchasing this again.
  • Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner, in shade Passion, 215. This app gave it a score of 8, which is considered “dirty”. Covergirl is a cruelty-free brand, but this lipstick contains carmine, so it is not vegan. And as such, I do not plan on purchasing this again.
  • Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast Chapstick. This app gave it a score of 9, which is considered “dirty”. Blistex is not cruelty-free, nor is it vegan, so I do not plan on purchasing this again.
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil, in shade Madeira. This app gave it a score of 5, which is considered “half n’ half”. Bite Beauty is cruelty-free, but this product is not vegan, so I do not plan on purchasing it again.
  • Buxum Big & Healthy Lipstick, in shade Amsterdam. This app gave it a score of 3, which is considered “clean”. Buxum is a cruelty-free brand, but this product contains carmine, so, alas, it is not vegan. Which is a big shame, because I looooooove this lipstick. When I was doing research on it, it was hard to find information on it, so I think it’s not even available anymore.

And that’s that, my friends! The app recognized 12/66 of my lip products, and of those 12, none of them I plan on buying again! This app updates quite often, so if it ends up recognizing some of my other lip products, I can do an updated version of this! Does anyone else get super overwhelmed when doing research about makeup brands? There are so many different things to consider, it can feel near impossible to find products that you feel okay with buying. And the thing is, I don’t know if I’ll ever feel 100% about any given product. All I can do is my best!

I averaged out my score for the lip products that registered, and I got a 3.5, which isn’t too bad, but regardless, I don’t plan on buying these again! I definitely wish that I could find more of my products on the app, but this is a start! I may even make another post after doing my own research on all my other lip products, and the ones that I find, if any, that are worthy of purchasing again. Creating a cleaner bathroom, one product at a time!

I hope that y’all enjoyed this post, and if I made a mistake on any of this, please let me know, and I will fix it!

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO,

Mattie Mae