The Ordinary Serum Foundation

March 22, 2018 | Beauty, The Ordinary | No Comments »

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

The Ordinary Serum Foundation


I feel like every time I review a foundation I mention how I don’t have many in rotation. It’s true though. I usually find what works and stick with it. Sometimes I’ll hear about a new and exciting foundation and will run out to get it only to be left disappointed. Due to my very sensitive and very picky skin, foundation is more miss than hit for me. So when I find a good one I just stick with it. However, sometimes I just can’t help myself. So when everyone started talking about The Ordinary Serum Foundation I just had to try it for myself.

It took me a while to get my hands on this foundation. Actually, it took me a while to get my hands on any of The Ordinary products. They always seem to be out of stock on the very few websites that carry the products. Probably due to the super low price. I finally got lucky and saw that my shade was in stock. I hate buying new foundation online because I never know what shade I’m going to need. I ended up using Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix and got a fairly decent match.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation is a medium coverage foundation with the lightweight feel of a serum. It offers buildable, natural looking coverage with a semi-matte finish. It’s oil free and cruelty free. It comes in a nice looking plastic bottle with a pump. The pump can be a bit tricky to operate. It doesn’t always dispense the right amount. Most of my other pumps can easily pump out a bit without making a mess. It’s very difficult getting just a bit to pump out. And sometimes it’ll just spurt out making a bit of a mess. Not sure if it’s a thing or maybe I just got a faulty pump. But I figured it was worth mentioning.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

I went with the shade 1.2P which is suitable for light skin with pink undertones. I’d like to note that Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix suggested 2.0P, but after looking at swatches I felt that might be a tad too dark for me since it’s Winter and I haven’t seen the sun in months. I posted swatches of The Ordinary Serum Foundation in the shade 1.2P alongside a few of the other foundations I use in rotation. This isn’t all of them, but it’s the few I reach for the most.

As you can tell it’s a little watery, but not overly so. I did my usual routine of moisturizer, primer, etc. I applied it with my BeautyBlender. It applied and blended nicely. It did a great job at covering up all of my redness. Aside from the redness I don’t have much that needs to be covered up so I can’t comment on how well it does at covering imperfections. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it evened out my redness though. It built up nicely. I didn’t detect a scent. And it truly does feel lightweight! It held up pretty good throughout the day. After about 4-5 hours I could see it start to break up around my nose a bit. But none of the redness was poking through and my cheeks can get very rosy. By the time I went to wash it off it was still looking pretty good. You can see The Ordinary Serum Foundation in action below.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Overall, I’d have to say that this is a great foundation. It did a great job at evening out my redness and it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It’s not the most lasting foundation, but it holds up surprisingly well. I’d say this is a great going out foundation. Not so sure I’d say it was a great 9-5 foundation. I’d definitely opt for something more long lasting for those of you who work or have oily skin. But seeing as how I wear makeup to run a few errands, daily coffee runs and the occasional shopping trip, it’s perfect for me. I’ll definitely be adding this to the rotation.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What foundation are you loving right now?


Product: The Ordinary Serum Foundation
Price: $6.70

Empties: 1

March 19, 2018 | Empties | 4 Comments »


Today I’m starting a new series on the blog. The concept itself isn’t new as I’m probably one of the only bloggers who doesn’t participate. But it’s new for my blog. I’m going to start sharing my empties, but with a bit of a twist. Part of the reason I never did my own empties posts in the past is because aside from my essentials I don’t really use up a lot of products. It would be boring to keep seeing the same old empty bottles of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturizer. Then I thought about all of the empty sample containers I’ve tossed. Right now the only subscription box I’m subscribed to is Play! by Sephora. I actually do use my samples, but I never really follow up. So that’s my twist. I’m going to include empty samples and give my final thoughts along with whether or not I’d be purchasing a full size. I’m also going to talk about some of the bath bombs from my monthly Sky Organics Bubble Boxes. And of course if I ever do finish a full sized product I’ll share that here too. Aside from my essentials of course.

For this first post I’ll be listing a few items I have previously reviewed. I won’t go too far into detail. I’d only be repeating myself. However, I will link back to the review in case you missed it. I’m doing this because while I do take the time to thoroughly test products, sometimes I change my mind. Or maybe I did like the product, but just not enough to repurchase it after all.

I won’t have a certain day set up for these posts. I have a small basket set beside my vanity. Once it contains 5 empties I’ll write up my post. I have so many tiny samples so I’m hoping I can try and get in at least 1 post per month. But no promises. Ok let’s get started!

Blaq Dual Sided Wipes

Blaq Dual Sided Wipes $12.95
I reviewed these wipes in the beginning of the year. I didn’t realize just how much I relied on them until I went to reach for one and the package was empty! I love how quickly I can remove my makeup (all of it even the most stubborn mascara) AND gently exfoliate within minutes. I never experienced any irritation and that’s a huge plus for someone with such sensitive skin.

Repurchase: Yes. I have already ordered a few packages and am anxiously awaiting them.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum $85.00
I was really impressed with this serum. It was nice and lightweight. It took a little while before I noticed any changes, but I did notice them. I love how it helped with my redness. While a little on the pricey side I must say that it is worth every penny.

Repurchase: Yes, but not immediately. I’m testing another serum at the moment and I’d like to see how it goes before I go ahead and purchase another.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater $7.00
I purchased this on a whim one day while wandering around Ulta. I purchased the smaller bottle just to test it out. That small bottle lasted months! I’ve actually been using it as a setting spray and prefer it over all of my other setting sprays. I love Mario Badescu’s products and this beauty is at the top of that list! Plus it smells like roses!

Repurchase: Yes. I have already purchased the larger bottle. I hear that you can now purchase all 3 varieties in a nifty little 3-pack. I’ll have to pick that up next time I’m at Ulta.

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer $29.50
I actually received this sample in my February 2017 Play! by Sephora box. I finished it up some time toward the end of the year. The sample was very tiny, but a little goes a long way so I got quite a few uses out of it. I really liked it. But not as a moisturizer. It felt more like a balm than a traditional moisturizer, but it worked beautifully under my makeup. I didn’t experience any irritation and didn’t detect any scent. I wouldn’t say that it felt lightweight, but it didn’t feel heavy either.

Repurchase: Probably not. While I did like it as a primer, I didn’t think that it was moisturizing enough to be used as a moisturizer. I used it when I ran out of my go-to moisturizer and while it did the job, I was left wanting and needing more.

Sky Organics February 2018 Bubble Box

Sky Organics February 2018 Bubble Box (Love Is In The Air) $19.25
Have I mentioned how much I love Sky Organics? Because I do! Their products never let me down! They’re simple yet make such a statement. I’m always left wondering how they do it. Their monthly Bubble Box subscription is a must have for anyone who enjoys bath bombs and bubbles. It even contains a shower steamer which I usually pop in the shower for my son. He loves them!

Let me break down the February Bubble Box (Love Is In The Air).

Roses Are Red Heart Bath Bomb

Roses Are Red Heart Bath Bomb – I never knew I could love a bath bomb so much! It was almost too pretty to use. But use I did. It left the water a vibrant red/pink. I couldn’t decide if it was more romantic or more horror scene-like. Either way I was digging it. It smelled like roses, but it wasn’t overly perfumey. It was really really nice. And despite the vibrant color it didn’t stain one bit.

Also, I really wish Sky Organics allowed you to purchase single bath bombs. Because I would LOVE a box full of these wonderful rose bath bombs. I need more of these in my life!

Madly In Love Bath Bomb

Madly In Love Bath Bomb – I was equally excited to use this one. This left the water a nice vibrant color as well. I felt it gave off some fairy vibes the way the blue and pink swirled together. There was even a bit of shimmer in the water. It smelled wonderful and looked all kinds of magical. Then it was time to get out of the tub and my fingernails and toenails were dyed pink! And the last thing I want to do after a nice relaxing soak in the tub is scrub it down afterward. But that’s what I had to do because boy was this one messy bath bomb. I’ve used many of their bath bombs and never experienced anything like this. It’s such a shame because if it hadn’t dyed everything pink I would have loved a box full of these as well.

Cupid’s Kiss Mini Bath Cake – I loved the bath cake! It smelled wonderful! It creates a nice amount of bubbles. Not too little and not too much. What I like about the bath cakes is that you don’t have to use the whole thing immediately. I used half for one bath and used the other half later on. Obviously this leaves you with fewer bubbles, but it was just as nice.

Repurchase: Yes. While Sky Organics kindly sends me a Bubble Box every month, I’m planning to buy a box of some of their other bath bombs. I’m curious about the Charcoal Bath Bomb Gift Set. The Aromatherapy Spa Bath Bombs Gift Set also looks pretty nice. Maybe I’ll just get both? You can never have too many bath goodies.

A little side note: I almost always post videos of the bath bombs in action on my Instagram stories as well as Snapchat. So make sure you’re following me so that you can see them in action.

Now that I have reached the end I’m wondering if 5 is too much. Maybe I’ll cut it back to 3 empties per post. I feel like this post took me weeks to write up.

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

March 5, 2018 | Beauty, Wet n Wild | 10 Comments »

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

A few weeks back I was thinking that Wet n Wild should be coming out with their Spring Collection soon. Then I saw the promo photos for the Goth-O-Graphic Collection and excitement set in. It looked even cooler than their other collections! But maybe I’m just a sucker for skulls and metallics? Once the collection was released online I purchased the entire set. I really only had my eyes on both of the MegaGlo Highlighting Powders, the MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder, 1 MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Eyeshadow, and 1 MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick. But I figured another $10 and I could just have the whole set. I mean even if only half of the products worked out for me it would be worth the money. Well, I’m sad to say that none of these products worked out for me. And since Wet n Wild doesn’t offer refunds, I’m stuck with a box of useless products.

I’m so bummed. I honestly don’t think this Spring Season in a Box is worth $39.99. The quality just isn’t the same as their previous collections. I’ll break it down by product.

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Purple Ashes

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

Swatches: White Raven, Purple Ashes

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder $4.99

  • Purple Ashes
  • White Raven

These two beauties are what I was most excited to get my hands on. The skull packaging is too cute! However, I found them to be very sheer. My swatches are heavily built up. They’re not all that bad, but they’re nothing like the other MegaGlo Highlighting Powders I’ve tried in the past. I know a lot of their products can be very hit or miss, but I’ve always felt their MegaGlo Highlighting Powders were pretty solid. These are just ok.

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Moon Tears

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

Swatch: Moon Tears

MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder $6.99

  • Moon Tears

In my opinion the MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder is the only winner from the entire collection. I still don’t think this one product alone is worth paying the $39.99 for the box so I’m still a little bitter about that. If you spot this in the store I’d definitely scoop it up if I were you. It offers a really nice glow. A little more subtle, but it can easily be built up. You also get quite a bit of product for the price. It’s a really great buy.

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaGlo Highlighting Stick in Hell-O Darkness

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

Swatch: Hell-O Darkness

MegaGlo Highlighting Stick $6.99

  • Hell-O Darkness

The MegaGlo Highlighting Stick is a beautiful shade! It’s fairly creamy, but it doesn’t really apply evenly. It’s not too big of a deal because you can always use your finger tips to blend it out.

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Eyeshadow in Goth Tears, Mystic Dreamer, Nyctophilia, Pure Intension

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

Swatches: Goth Tears, Mystic Dreamer, Nyctophilia, Pure Intension

MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Eyeshadow $4.99

  • Goth Tears
  • Mystic Dreamer
  • Nyctophilia
  • Pure Intension

The MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Eyeshadows really bummed me out. I had my eye on Mystic Dreamer so that’s the one I tried first. It’s a gorgeous shade, but it doesn’t apply evenly at all. I tried to quickly blend it out with my finger tips as I usually do when working with liquid eyeshadows. But no matter how much blending I did it was super glittery in some areas and super sheer in others. I suppose these would work ok if you were applying a bit to the center of your lid for a halo type effect. But if you’re going for an all over lid shade you might be disappointed. And don’t even waste your time with Nyctophilia. The other shades at least swatched nicely. This one didn’t.

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaLiner Metallic Liquid Eyeliner in Black Butterfly, Pink Coffin, Skull Prayer

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaLiner Metallic Liquid Eyeliner

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

Swatches: Black Butterfly, Pink Coffin, Skull Prayer

MegaLiner Metallic Liquid Eyeliner $3.99

  • Black Butterfly
  • Pink Coffin
  • Skull Prayer

The MegaLiner Metallic Liquid Eyeliners are super pretty! I bet these could make for some cute little accents or look nice layered on top of your traditional liner. My problem? It would be nice if the brush didn’t look like this. Seriously, what am I supposed to do with that? What kind of a line am I going to make with that? Not a precise one I can tell you that!

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick in Death To Unicorns, Gunmetal Heart, Pastel Grunge, Wicked Pink

Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection

Swatches: Death To Unicorns, Gunmetal Heart, Pastel Grunge, Wicked Pink

MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipstick $4.99

  • Death To Unicorns
  • Gunmetal Heart
  • Pastel Grunge
  • Wicked Pink

Finally we have the MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Metallic Lipsticks. I’ve tried some of their metallic lipsticks in the past and they were pretty awesome! They were nicely pigmented and they applied nice and evenly. These? They did this weird thing when I tried to swatch and apply them. It would bead up and the beads wouldn’t spread out. In my swatches I had to run the wand back and forth trying to break up the beads and maybe get a decent enough swatch. It wasn’t happening. I don’t think I’ve ever had this happen before. I also detected a bit of a scent. It wasn’t vanilla or floral. It was rather funky. It wasn’t strong, but it was definitely noticeable.

The look I created with these products was awful. I ended up removing everything and did a quick face before leaving the house. I will definitely use the MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder in a look later on this week. For now I’ll just leave you with these photos, swatches, and my thoughts.

Overall, the Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection was a huge miss for me. The packaging is all kinds of cute and I’m even digging the product names. However, the quality isn’t what I’ve come to expect from Wet n Wild. Their previous collections have been huge hits for me. I may end up with a dud here and there, but I’ve never ended up with a box full of duds. Well, the MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder isn’t a dud. I do recommend that. And maybe the MegaGlo Highlighting Stick if those types of highlighters are your thing.

Have you tried anything from the Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection? What are your thoughts?


Product: Wet n Wild Goth-O-Graphic Collection
Price: $39.99


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