Confessions of a Makeup Addict

Spring Clean Your Pores with Bioré!

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Spring is coming, which means the time for spring cleaning is on it's way. Although spring cleaning your home is something you probably do every year, have you ever considered spring the time to really clean your face? Maybe you should be focusing on deep cleaning your skin as well! Pores get clogged, and sometimes we just don't know what to do about it, I suggest checking out Bioré.

The Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser can be your spring cleaning BFF's! These Bioré cleansers are pH balanced to help you reach your goal of smoother, clearer skin! 

The New Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub gently exfoliates the dry, flaky patches away, while penetrating your pores to dissolve dirt and oil. 

This is super simple to use!
  • First, you want to wet your face and prepare yourself to have clean pores!
  • Then, press the button on the front of the bottle to pop open the top, and pour a quarter size amount into your palm.

  • It's activated with H2O, so add water, then apply to face. How much fun is that fizz?

  • Massage over your face and then rinse.

You'll feel it fizzing on your face, which is pretty awesome because you can feel it working!

The New Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser purifies your pores in two days. It's a daily cleanser and by the way, it smells pretty good.

This has been added to my current night routine.
Every night before bed, I sadly remove my makeup, haha. It's funny how much of a relief it is and how sad at the same time, You spend all that time putting it on & getting it how you want, only to have to take it back off.
Next, I use my Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub or Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser to really get my face clean and my pores clean, as well.
Lastly, I'll moisturize and apply my under eye cream.

Such a simple routine, but I'm currently loving it! Something about the fizziness of the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub is relaxing!

I'm always looking for a great product to clean my pores because they are a huge problem area for me. They always seem to be enlarged and clogged and the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and Pore Cleanser are targeted for my problem area, so I was super excited to try them. These are perfect for combination skin types. For you oily girls, I recommend the Bioré Charcoal products as they're targeted more for your skin type.

I purchased these at Walmart in the Cosmetics section, in the aisle with the skin care. 

Do you plan to spring clean your face with the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and the Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser?

Valentine's Day Blog Hop Giveaway

It's giveaway time for my lovely readers! This time it's in a blog hop style, and all of the details will be listed below. First, here's what I'm giving away:
One Borghese Eyeshadow Palette and Two Borghese Lip glosses.

All terms and conditions will be in the widget below, and all of the blog hop info will be there as well. 
For this super-awesome Valentine's-themed blog hop, 38 fabulous bloggers have teamed up to give away some epic prizes, all beauty-related, of course! If you've been wanting to splurge on some fun items for're in the right place! 

Here’s How it Works: 
Each of the blogs participating are giving away their own prize on their blog. Yes, you heard that right — this blog hop has 38 separate giveaways that you have a chance to win! So after you’ve entered my giveaway, make sure you hop to all the other blogs (linked below) for more beauty products that you could win! 
Because we like to spice it up a bit, we didn't stop at 38 giveaways...we wanted to make it a nice, round 40 with an epic grand prize that you could win! So, if you go around the blog hop and enter all the giveaways, you’re eligible to enter to win a $400 eGiftcard to Sephora or Ulta (winners choice!). If you live in a country that Sephora or Ulta doesn’t ship to, no worries! You’ll be given the money via PayPal to use at whatever beauty store you have nearby! 
International Readers: 
There are some blogs who do not have their giveaway open worldwide, but you can still enter to win the grand prize giveaway! Here's how that will work -- for all the blogs in this hop that do not have their giveaway open worldwide, all you have to do is check out their giveaway, complete the ONE required entry, and leave them a comment on their giveaway post letting them know you’re international but still did the required entry so that you can have a chance to win the grand prize! Then click the link below that will take you directly to where you can fill out the form to enter the grand prize giveaway.
You got all that? Any questions, just ask below! Let’s get into this hop!

In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!

Good luck!

Cushion Foundation | It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation

*Products mentioned in this post were sent free of charge. All opinions are my own and 100% honest as always.*
Review and swatches cushion foundation

I'm not going to lie, this was my first time ever trying a cushion foundation. To be honest, they confused me and I didn't really understand the logic behind them.

So, from what I've gathered, foundation in the cushion compacts is very thin, light and weightless. The idea is for it be be light, build-able and able to hold a high SPF. 

The first and only I've tried so far is the It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50+. This is meant to be hydrating, anti-aging, pore minimizing and color correcting. This is also infused with Peptides, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Algae, Vitamins A, B, C, E and Drops of Light®.
Cushion Foundation
The packaging is a compact, obviously. Inside, there is a sponge, and then you flip the little plastic piece up and a sponge soaked with foundation is underneath. The packaging is cute and looks nice sitting on my vanity.
Cushion Foundation It Cosmetics
Let's talk about my issue with this foundation as well as other cushion foundations. There is 0.34 oz of foundation in this compact. Most foundation are a minimum of 1 oz. I understand that there's only so much you can soak into a sponge and that too much will just result in it drying out so I'm not mad about it. I just think the amount of foundation sounds off-putting. 

Now that that's out of the way, I've worn this foundation about 5 or 6 times now. I've used it with primer and without and found that I prefer it with no primer or a hydrating primer, but it didn't like the pore filling primer. 

Swatch is of my the lightest shade.
Cushion Foundation Swatch
The way I apply this is I start in the middle of my face and blend it outwards toward my hairline. This seems to look the most natural. I have a lot of redness on my face, so I'll layer it there and it doesn't get cake-y or crack on me like other foundations will. 

I find this to be light - medium coverage, depending on whether you build it up or not. It lasts well on my skin and looks nice all day. It does transfer a bit, but most foundations do, honestly. This doesn't totally hide my pores, but it blurs them pretty well and doesn't sink into them or any fine lines.

Overall, I really like this foundation. It's a nice, dewy finish and I think I'll buy a refill when it runs out because it'll be the perfect foundation for spring.

Also, it's cruelty free and paraben free.

If you're interested, you can find it here.
Thanks for reading!

My First Attempt at a Halo Smokey Eye

There are so many different techniques you can use when doing any kind of makeup look, but smokey eyes have always been my personal favorites.
Jaclyn Hill recently posted a Halo Smokey Eye tutorial on Youtube, and since I've never tried this before, I decided to give it a shot. Here are the results:
Smoky Eye Look

Halo Smokey Eye

Smokey Eyes Makeup
Doing this look is actually a pretty simple concept. Dark matte shade on the inner & outer corners, blended lightly across the crease, light shade in the middle. This gives a more round appearance to your eyes, rather than what I'd normally do with the dark shade only on the outer corner.
I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something completely different for me and I wanted to share the outcome with you in hopes that you'll do the same. It's good to try something new and different every once in a while.
Here is the full list of products I used:
Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Palette. Fudge on the inner & outer corners as well as the lower ash line, Morocco blended through the crease & lower lash line, Pink Champagne on the center of the lid.
UD Perversion Mascara
Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara
UD Primer Potion
Laura Geller Hydrating Primer
Kat Von D Tattoo Foundation
IT Cosmetics Vitality Face Disk--Bronzer only
Becca Champagne Pop Highlight
Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip Stingraye
All products used are Cruelty Free!
Let me know what you think about this look & thanks for reading!

Naturally Flawless Skin | Pur Minerals Hydra Fluid Foundation

*Products mentioned in this post were sent for review purposes. All opinions are my own & 100% honest*
There have been a lot of water serum foundation released recently, and today I want to talk about the first one I've tried, Pur Minerals Hydra Fluid Foundation. 
Pur minerals foundation review & swatches
I honestly had no idea what to expect from this foundation. I was super excited to try it because I have extremely dry skin and this sounded like just what I need. 
Pur minerals review
I've been wearing this foundation pretty frequently and I feel like I can give it a true review now.
First off, the packaging is a squeeze tube with a pointed tip. This makes it very easy to dispense the amount you need, which is a super small amount.
Foundation Review
As far as application, before dispensing the foundation make sure you shake it up really well because it does separate slightly. I've applied this with a brush, beauty blender and my fingers and the brush works the best. The beauty blender soaks a lot of it up. 
The coverage on this varies, depending on how much you apply. One layer will get you light-medium coverage. Enough to even out your skin tone and make you look really healthy. A second layer bumps up the coverage to a strong medium coverage.
 It doesn't cake up or look like you're wearing makeup. It sits well on the skin and looks super natural, even on my dry skin. I have very large pores and it doesn't seem to sink into them either, which is a common issue for me. I don't know how much someone with oily skin would like it as it's dewy, but for dry skin this is perfect.
Whether you set it or not is up to you, I find that I don't need to and it sets on its own.
This also lasts all day on me, but as I've mentioned, I have dry skin.
Oh, and it does oxidize a little.
There are 5 shades in this range, which covers light skin tones to deeper skin tones, but it's not all encompassing by any means. The lightest shade is almost too dark for me to use, so that's something to consider.
Swatches are:
Light, Medium, Tan, Dark, Deep.
Foundation Swatches

Water Serum Foundation Swatches
Overall, I really like this foundation. If you have dry-normal-combo skin, I definitely recommend trying it out. I really think it would work for oily skin as well, as long as you set it.
Here's what it looks like on my skin:
A photo posted by Nikki Ash (@nikmakeupjunkie) on
You can find it on Pur Minerals website.
Thanks for reading!
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