Base Guide: L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup in N8 Cappucino

After many months, I’ve finally decided to dive in and try L’Oreal True Match. Other than Black Opal Stick Foundations and Revlon ColorStay (which I can never find my shade in), this is the foundation I hear about the most.

L'Oreal Truematch N8 Cappucino Review and Swatches

L'Oreal Truematch N8 Cappucino Review and SwatchesThis is a foundation that’s basically available at all drugstores and convenience stores. It’s under $10, and there are enough shades that lots of us can take advantage.

L'Oreal Truematch N8 Cappucino Review and Swatches and comparison

I purchased N8, Cappucino, because it looked like most of the other shades of foundation that I own.  I swatched the foundation next to a couple of my old faithfuls, Urban Decay Naked Skin and Becca Ultimate Coverage. It’s got a good mix of warm and cool (hence neutral), so I was optimistic from the start. [Read more…]

My First Week as a Business Owner. WHOA.

The Haute Blogger Media Kit ThemesLast Monday, I finally started my new business. The Haute Blogger Design Co. is my blog design and web development company that I’ve been dreaming about for a couple years now. I can’t believe how many hours I’ve put into it! So many hours, in fact, that I haven’t been doing much with Scandalous Beauty. I can’t tell you how much I miss beauty blogging!

At the moment, I sell media kit themes that help advertisers, sponsors and collaborators learn more about your blog or small business. The traditional, more well known method is a PDF or other paper document that you can submit via email or in person. But what if you really want to stand out and do something different than the hundreds of others competing with you? You share a web media kit, of course! It’s loaded with links, photos, videos, etc. I’ve got several of those templates (along with a crash course media kit guide, and some media kit PDFs available here.

I’m thinking ahead and I have some exciting things to share, but I just wanted to let you know what it’s like over here. Since it’s my first week as a Etsy shop owner, I thought I’d share some of that experience. There have been a lot of highs, and not so many lows. I’ve only had one sale. I’m not upset about that, because in all honesty, I didn’t know what to expect. I get a lot of questions about the media kits, because a lot of people don’t realize how powerful they are.

So here’s what I do all day, every day. I check my shop stats to see if anyone has looked at or favorited any items. I analyze the keywords. I continue working on templates that I plan to debut in March. I pin a few more items to my blogging board on Pinterest. I jump in the Etsy groups I’m part of on Facebook and see what they’re talking about. I check my social media accounts and email to see if anyone has made inquiries. And then I do it all over again the next day.

Overall, it’s a very different experience than blogging. I put tons of time into creating themes, making installation documents, writing descriptions and the 30 other tasks to list products. It’s exciting to be able share that product with the world! Next up, I’m working on some WordPress themes that should be out before the second week in March. It’s a really exciting time for me, and I am anxious to show you what’s next!!

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The Sephora Cleanser Set is WAY Better Than I Expected

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Remember this picture that I shared on Instagram the other day? Well, it’s a huge set of cleansers that Sephora curated, and it has loads of winners inside. I’m used to getting samples that are less than an ounce. But let me tell you, most of these products are 2-3 ounces. This set will last me months.

Sephora says:

What it is formulated to do:
Grab ahold of the first step in beauty—cleasning. The Great Cleanse was created to let you try all the newness and innovation in cleansing by offering some of the very best products. Featuring makeup removing cleansers, cleansing water formulas, cleansing oils and powders, and an exfoliating Konjac Cleansing Sponge, this set includes all your essentials to perfectly clean, refreshed, and hydrated skin.

This set contains:
– 1.69 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
– 3.38 oz Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water
– 0.5 oz Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil
– 1.7 oz Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
– 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
– 1 oz Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
– 2 oz Philosophy Purity Made Simple
– Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™
– 0.5 oz GLAMGLOW POWERMU™ Dualcleanse Treatment
– 1.5 oz Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser
– 0.36 oz Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder
– Boscia Mini Konjac Cleansing Sponge

So now, I have to figure out which cleansers I like the most. I’m too excited to use one product at a time, so I use several different products all the time. Today I used Philosophy Purity, yesterday it was Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, and the say before it was Ole Henricksen. It’s going to be tough to use one at a time!

I also scored samples of the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and  Glamglow Thirstymud. I’m telling you now, I’m purchasing full sizes of both! Full review to come.

 

 

Stop Comparing Yourself to Everyone Else

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I have to admit that I can be a jealous person. It’s happened on too many occasions to count. There were times where I’d see my blogging peers on a trip and wonder why I wasn’t invited. I’d often see people receiving samples and wonder why I wasn’t sent the items too. When I saw the LinkedIn profile of the woman who got the dream gig I thought I deserved, I was upset.

But I had to put things into perspective. Maybe they’re working on their blogs while I’m doing more frivolous things. The person that scored my dream job was way more qualified, with awards and diverse work experience to boot.

And then I realized what everyone else is doing has nothing to do with me. What’s the point of wasting energy on something that’s all in your head? Everything I have to say is in the video. I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.

Inside My Makeup Bag – February 2015 Edition

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It’s been a hectic week preparing for the launch of The Haute Blogger, but my good friend Amy came to town and I had to go and see her! We ended up going to dinner after work and I looked terrible. You know that point where your hair is unruly and you’re makeup-less and you can’t bear to look in the mirror? I was worse than that. I had no time to get dolled up before I saw her, but when I got home that night, I decided that I wouldn’t be in that kind of predicament again.

I popped out the makeup bag that I scored from A Fine Find. Here’s what I put inside.

MAC Studio Fix – As you might already know, my MUFE Powder Foundation is my number one go to. But I’m slightly nervous to carry it around because I really don’t want to break it. I’ll put it on in the morning, and use Studio Fix (my old fave) on the go.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – This is a new holiday purchase for me. I’ve used it here and there, and I’m thinking it will be great for touch ups.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel – Just in case my brows start to fly all over the place.

MAC Studio Sculpt Lash – I’m not crazy about this mascara, but it hasn’t expired yet, so I’m going to make use of it. The brush is really, really cool.

Nars Larger Than Life Eye Pencil – Okay, this eyeliner is BOMB. I used it on my lower lashline and it was creamy, slightly waxy and stayed put all day! It gave my eyes the vampy effect, exactly what I was going for!

Maybelline Eye Studio – This is my liquid liner backup. It’s basically a marker with a sharp edge, perfect for beginners and masters.

Nars Scarlet Empress & Honolulu Honey lipsticks – Old faithful lipsticks. See the swatches here.

MAC Vino and Chestnut Lipliners – Just in case. More old faithfuls.