Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Trading Faces - 2 Makeup Artists Swap Favorites

I am incredibly lucky to have a cousin who is not only family,  but also a friend. She is also an extremely talented makeup artist. Although we live states apart, we frequently text one another and share new makeup products that we are loving. My cousin, Sandra, came up with a fun idea. Instead of just telling one another about our current favorites,  she proposed that we actually send each other some. 

We set a budget, and a time frame. We texted back and forth to make sure we didn't send products the other had already tried, and confirmed appropriate shades to buy. It didn't take long for us to compile a list of items we love.  

I chose items to send her that I have repurchased and use religiously.  While makeup can be incredibly personal, and one person's love may be hated by another, I really hope that she enjoys what I sent her as much as I am enjoying the items she sent me.  

Full reviews of each product will be posted after I have had more time to fully test everything out. 

Here is a look at what Sandra sent me:

Makeup Revolution's Conceal & Define (C2)- If you love makeup, I am sure you are familiar with Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer.  Sandra loves it just as much as every other makeup lover. When she found this dupe at a fraction of the price, it was too good not to share. This full-coverage concealer feels light and creamy. It comes with a wand style applicator making it easy to apply to the under eye area. 

Next up is this Total Face Sponge from E.L.F. which is perfect to apply the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream & Becca Hyra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder she sent with. 

While Sandra loves the Beauty Blender, she finds this more affordable version works just as well. Plus, she likes the flatter end of the sponge for applying powder to the face. 

I have been hearing nothing but rave reviews about this color correcting cream from IT Cosmetics. Sandra is a big fan of the high SPF (50) and full coverage it provides. The shade Fair is a perfect match for my complexion. 

While Sandra hasn't tried the Match Stix from Fenty Beauty herself, she knew it was something I have been dying to try and has heard a lot of good reviews from her clients. This trio includes a concealer, contour and highlight color. The contour color is very natural looking and the product seems very creamy and easy to blend. The set she sent me includes Linen, Amber and Starstruck

For something fun and colorful, she included Kat Von D's 10 Year Anniversary Palette.

If you think the artwork on the cover of this eyeshadow palette is stunning, look inside! 

Smooth mattes and shimmery metallics fill the inside inspiring me to go bolder and add pops of color to my looks. 

No makeup look is complete without painting your pout. This Plumpline Lip Liner from Buxom in the color Confidential glides on with precision, and even has a brush with cap on the other end for easy blending.

Sadly, the pharmacy near my apartment doesn't carry Physician's Formula, so I end up missing out on a lot of their offerings. Their Butter Bronzers have gained a lot of attention,  and their Butter Highlighter in Iridescence feels equally as soft and smooth to the touch. You really can't beat the pigmentation for the price, making it another one of Sandra's favorites.

I have been wearing and using these products pretty much every day since I opened the box Sandra sent. I have been testing everything in a variety of ways, trying different application techniques so that I can provide you with a thorough review.

Here are a couple of fun looks I did while playing with my new goodies:

Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette - Leafar (sparkling emerald green) was used on the eyelids with a little Egypt (metallic gold) along the lower lash line.  Buxom's Confidential Lip Pencil is on the lips, and all of the face products mentioned in this post were used in this look.

Above: The same look, but with flash

Above: Look #2

As the title mentions, we did "trade faces." I sent Sandra the following favorites of mine: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Charlotte Tilbury Film star bronze and glow face sculpt & highlight, Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-powder in #2 Medium, one of my favorite eyeshadow blending brushes from Hourglass, and some Embryolisse.

Make sure you are subscribed so you don't miss out on my full in-depth review on all of these new goodies!

We are also considering sending some of our favorite brushes to each other in the future, so comment below if you would like to see that! 

Sandra- Thank you so much for trading faces with me. You came up with such a fun idea, and you always inspire me! ❤ & ๐Ÿ’„


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