Beauty MP (Makeup Pump) Review

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So, for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a high end foundation. I went with the Estee Lauder Double Stay (Cool Bone) because it seems to be a favorite for many, and I love heavy coverage foundations in the fall and winter. I can’t wear full coverage in the spring and summer in Tennessee. The humidity is awful and will cause makeup to melt even with setting sprays.
I was so excited to get this foundation the mail, and then the first day I used it I found myself feeling guilty because I felt like I was pouring money out onto the back of my hand. I normally despise foundations without pumps, but I made an exception for this one. I realize now that I will always hate foundations without pumps, but have no fear! I found a solution!
After a bit of research, I saw a blogger post about a company that makes and sells pumps that fit popular brands of foundations.
I had to check it out. The site is beautymp.com. The “MP” stands for makeup pump, and they do indeed sell quite a few pumps fit for different foundations that typically don’t come with pumps. Most of the pumps they sell are for very popular foundations such as the Revlon Colorstay, Mac foundations, Maybelline etc.
Pumps are great for foundations for several reasons.
1. You waste less product
2. When you waste less product, you waste less money. Hell yeah.
3. Pouring foundation out can turn your foundation into a home for icky bacteria, and that can cause breakouts.
4. No one likes a breakout. Hella uncool.

From what I saw, most of the pumps retail for about $6.99 or a bit more and shipping is around $4, but there is a 20% off code that I found that worked like a year ago, and still works now. The code I used was beautybuzzhub, but there’s also one of the site as well for 10% off.
I figured that investing in a pump would help me actually use this amazing foundation without feeling so guilty, and if I repurchase I can probably clean and sanitize the pump and use it again.

Does this pump make my foundation look as high end as the gold cap they normally come with? No. It does make my foundation more practical and easier to use, and I don’t buy makeup to not be used.
I would go into a review on the foundation itself, but there are SO MANY reviews on this foundation already, that I feel like there’s not anything I can say that hasn’t already been said. It’s wonderful, full coverage, and actually matches my very fair skin very well once it settles.

I hope you all like this mini and quick review. Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate!

First Impression: Mini Elf Haul

Elf (EyesLipsFace) has to be one of my all time favorite makeup brands. They are cruelty free and super affordable. They are so affordable that sometimes I look at their site and say, “I want to try that,” about things completely out of my comfort zone, and that’s fine because usually it’s $3.

Anyway, they’ve had some things on their website that I have wanted to try for a bit so I bought somethings with a $5 off coupon code that was active. Many of the things in this blog I have only tried once, with the exception of the foundation. I tend to try foundation a bit longer before I want to formerly review on it because they tend to change on the skin in some cases.

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Matte blush and bronzer duo in “Fiji”- I was so excited when this came out. I love the blush and bronzer duos, but I am not a shimmer kind of girl. I like a mostly matte look, especially in the fall and winter. This duo is BEAUTIFUL to say the least. They work perfectly together, and even look great on my pale skin. I will say that using a light hand is essential if you have a pale complexion though.

Powder brush- I have heard several beauty bloggers rave about this brush so I needed to try it for myself. Now I understand why they rave about it. I use this brush to set my under eye concealer, and it makes it so easy. Just a quick swirl into my powder and this brush lightly sets my under eyes flawlessly. For $3 you can’t beat it. Ah-mazing.

Baked Highlighter in “Moonlight Pearls”- While browsing on elf’s website, I came across these (new to me) highlighters and thought, “Hello pretties, come live with me.” There are 3 colors, but I decided to try one for now to see how I like them since highlighters can be so hit or miss with my skin tone. I went with moonlight pearls since it seemed like the most subtle highlight on the website. It is truly a beautiful hightlighter. I have used it almost everyday since it came in the mail. I lightly tap my Sonia Kashuk fan brush in it and dust the tops of my cheeks and I always have the glow I want. I think I may end up getting the pink color as well.

Mascara Primer- I have been all about the primers lately? It seems like there are so many things to prime nowadays! Prime your face, prime your lips, prime your eyes, prime your brows, prime your hair. Okay, maybe not prime your hair, but you see my point. This was definitely a “I just wanna try this” purchase. Still not sure about how I feel about this exactly. I didn’t see much of a difference in my eyelashes. I curled my lashes before “priming” them, so I don’t know if I am even doing it right. I may give an update on my thoughts about this product in my next first impression post.

Under Eye Primer- Another primer! Surprise! This one was not so much of a random purchase. I have HORRIBLE under eye circles due to asthma. They are permanent. They make me look dead most days if I don’t cover them up. This primer promised to hydrate the under eyes and prevent concealer from creasing (a huge problem for me) and help concealer to stay all day. I put this primer on at about 9 am the morning I tried it and did my normal housework and kid-friendly activities, and when I checked my makeup at about 1 pm my concealer was still intact! I was fairly blown away and extremely excited! Probably my favorite purchase from them in awhile. Apparently, this is the dupe for a Smashbox under eye concealer, but I don’t own the Smashbox one so I wouldn’t know.

Acne Fighting Foundation in Ivory- Oh man, I love this foundation. I truly love it. Does it actually fight my acne? I have no idea, but based on coverage and quality alone this is the best affordable foundation I have ever tried. I even like it more than some of my higher end foundations. The coverage is flawless and full. It covers up all of my blemishes and leaves a very satin matte finish. It’s not tacky. Elf nailed this foundation. This will now be a staple in my makeup routine, especially since the weather is cooling down and I can wear fuller coverage foundation on an everyday basis.

Blending Brush- I had seen a couple of bloggers talk about this brush and compared to the Mac blending brush, so I decided that for $3 I would give it a try. It’s pretty nice. My only complaint is that it is not “fluffy” and if I blend for a bit it can feel a bit scratchy. It’s a nice affordable blending blush to add to your collection though if you’re in the market for a new one.