Friday, December 27, 2013

Makeup Travel Bag

Hello Everyone!
For Christmas this year I received a few Sephora gift cards! As I was shopping around yesterday I found myself really drawn to the makeup bags. This may be because my amazing boyfriend booked us a trip to New York City and we leave tomorrow morning!!! Can you tell I am so excited?? Anyways, I did not have a good makeup bag to travel with so I decided to invest in one!



I found this gem and decided it would be perfect! This is called "The Excursionist" and it is a quilted pleather bag. I purchased this at Sephora and the price is $48.00.


This bag folds out and it has 3 main compartments. The bottom compartment is a large zip pouch that is permanently attached to the makeup bag.


 I decided to use this pouch as a "single item" bag. This holds my lip products, concealers, eye liners, mascaras, single eye shadows etc. I was really surprised how much this compartment holds! As you can see right above this compartment is a space for makeup brushes. I have not packed those yet because I will want to use them today and tomorrow morning before we go to the airport! You could also use that space for eye liners or lip liners!


The middle compartment is about the same size. It is removable and attaches with velcro to this makeup bag. I decided to use this compartment for foundations, powders, blushes and any other powder product that I use. This also holds quite a lot! Above this pouch there are more spaces for brushes!


Last but not least is the top pouch. It is a large mesh pouch that is PERFECT for palettes. I have the Naked 2 palette, the Marc Jacobs "Lolita" palette, theBalm "Nude Tude" palette, the Naked Basics palette, and the trio from Sigma that they sent me for joining the Pro program. I also threw in some individual lashes to take. I could probably fit at least one more of the naked palettes in this pouch. It is very spacious.

Overall I am super happy with this purchase! It is exactly what I needed and I think it will make traveling a whole lot easier!

If you all would like to know my "must have" travel makeup products let me know and I can do a post on it!!

I hope this was helpful :)

-Hope

Saturday, December 14, 2013

My Foundation Collection

Hello Everyone!
Foundation is a product that I am very passionate about. I probably try more foundations then any other makeup product. I feel like if the skin doesn't look good the rest of the makeup won't look good. This being said, I would like to share with you all the foundations that I currently own.

These are the things I look for in a foundation:
1. Staying Power: If I apply a foundation in the morning I expect a minimum of 6 hours with perfect wear. There is nothing more irritating then a foundation that breaks down within a few hours.
2. Coverage: I prefer a fuller coverage foundation. I think tinted moisturizers are great for the right people but personally, I want a flawless clean complexion most days.
3. Finish: I like a foundation to have a natural finish. Then that gives me the option for a more dewy look or I can powder it for a matte look.

I will rate these foundations according to the three things I look for and you can decide how you feel about them based on what is most important to you when you look for a foundation! 


1. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($44.00) is a sheer to buildable foundation with a natural finish. I purchased this foundation because a lot of you tubers raved about it. I would say if falls somewhere in the middle for me. I think the staying power is okay. I really like the way this looks on my skin although I feel like the "glow" really isn't there. This product does not have a pump which is annoying because it is a pricier foundation. I would rate this product:

Coverage: 7/10
Finish: 8/10
Staying power: 6/10

2. YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation ( $55.00) is a sheer to buildable foundation with a natural finish. Out of all of my foundations this has the sheerest coverage. That being said, I really love the finish and over all feel of this foundation. Yes I do have to do a bit more concealing but it is just so beautiful. The staying power is not great though. It lasts maybe 4 hours which is really terrible. I usually only wear this foundation if we are going out to dinner or doing some sort of activity at night. I would not wear this as my all day foundation. This product does have a pump on it. I would rate this product:

Coverage: 6/10
Finish: 9/10
Staying power: 5/10
3. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation ($55.00) is a sheer to medium with buildable coverage foundation. This has a dewy finish but easily matted out with a powder.  I love this foundation. I think it is so beautiful on the skin, it smells amazing and lasts a pretty good amount of time. Unfortunately at the moment it is slightly too dark for me so I have not been wearing it as much lately but its a lovely foundation. This product does have a pump on it. I would rate this product:

Coverage: 8/10
Finish: 8/10
Staying power: 7/10
4. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ( $43.00) is a medium with buildable coverage foundation. This product has a natural finish and lasts pretty well on the skin! It photographs beautifully and is great for special events. I think the packaging of this product is wonderful. It is great for traveling or for pro makeup artists to keep in there kit. This product is also a tad bit too dark for me at the moment but come summer time I will be wearing this foundation a ton! I would rate this product:

Coverage: 9/10
Finish: 8/10
Staying power: 8/10
5. Makeup Forever HD Foundation ($42.00) is a sheer to medium foundation. It leaves a semi-matte finish on the skin. I have about 10 shades of this foundation because I use it in my professional kit as well. I think this is a great product. It looks really natural on the skin, it lasts a good amount of time and it looks great on camera. That being said, I would not use this on someone with dry skin or on someone with a lot of imperfections. It will even out the skin tone and cover minor imperfections but it is not by any means a full coverage foundation. I love using using this foundation on men for film/tv work. I also enjoy wearing this foundation and I have found myself using it a lot lately. I would rate this product:

Coverage: 7/10
Finish: 7/10
Staying power: 8/10
6. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation ($4.97) is a medium to full coverage foundation. It has a semi matte finish. This is one of my favorite foundations. It literally lasts 8-10 hours easy on my skin. I reach for this product a lot when I know I will be on set for a long time. It evens out my skin tone and covers most of my imperfections. I think this foundation is such a steal and if you do not have it in your collection already you should go out and get it! I would rate this product:

Coverage: 9/10
Finish: 8/10
Staying power: 9/10

7. Revlon Colorstay Foundation ( $10.00) is a medium to full coverage foundation. It has a natural finish and the staying power is incredible. If I had to chose a favorite foundation this would probably be it. It covers flawlessly and it seriously lasts 10+ hours. I can not speak highly enough of this product. If this product had a pump it would be the worlds most perfect foundation. I would rate this product:

Coverage: 9/10
Finish: 8/10
Staying power: 10/10


8. Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation ( $4.97) is a medium coverage foundation. It is truly a totally matte finish. I could only imagine this would be a great product for oily skin. The staying power could be better and could be worse. It probably lasts 6-8 hours depending on your skin type. This foundation seems to be hard to find. I purchased this at Walmart and I have not seen it anywhere else. I would rate this product:

Coverage: 7/10
Finish: 7/10
Staying power: 6/10
9. Covergirl Trublend Foundation ($9.00) is a sheer to buildable coverage foundation. This is my newest addition to my foundation collection. I purchased this at CVS when it was half off because I read that it was a dupe for the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. I do not think this is a dupe for NARS and I honestly don't find that I like much about this foundation. The coverage is okay (kinda splotchy), the staying power is maybe 4-5 hours, and the finish is just bleh. I felt like it did not blend in to my skin that well and instead sat on top of my skin. I am going to keep trying this one out and see if I can find a good way to use it. As of right now I would rate this product:

Coverage: 4/10
Finish: 4/10
Staying power: 3/10
10. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation ($7.00) is a sheer to buildable foundation. I have had this foundation for ever it seems. This has a natural finish and lasts an okay amount of time maybe 5-6 hours. I honestly do not reach for this foundation that much. I tend to wear it if I am just hanging out around the house and I feel like wearing makeup. I would never choose this foundation over any of the ones mentioned above (except trublend). I would not repurchase this product but I would also not throw it away.. I would rate this product:

Coverage: 5/10
Finish: 6/10
Staying power: 5/10

REMEMBER these are MY opinions only. You may love a foundation I dislike or vice versa. These foundations are my personal foundations that I use on a day to day basis. I carry Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Makeup Forever, MUD and Graftobian Cream foundations in my PRO kit. If you would like me to do a review on those comment below and let me know! I am waiting to use up some of these before I go out and purchase new ones. I have been checking out Urban Decay Naked, Chanel Matte Lumiere, Revlon Nearly Naked, and Smashbox HD.

It may seem like I only buy sheer to medium foundations even though I prefer full coverage. I do use Makeup Forevers Pro Finish powder foundation to top of most of these foundations. This adds that little bit of extra coverage that I want.

I also ALWAYS use a primer and a setting powder when I wear foundation (unless I am shooting for a dewy finish which is hardly ever). When you use a primer and a setting powder this sets your makeup which helps it last longer.


I know this was a long post but I hope it was helpful :)

-Hope




Friday, December 13, 2013

Chanel Cream Eye Shadow in " Epatant"

Hello Everyone!

I recently discovered Chanel's cream eye shadows on black Friday. I don't really know why I have not looked at these shadows before but I am very excited to have discovered them. I chose the shade "Epatant" because I do not have anything like this in my collection.


It is a greenish taupe with lots of shimmer. I do not usually gravitate towards shimmery eye shadow but since it is the holiday season I decided to give it a shot! I must say, this product is pretty incredible. It is highly pigmented and lasted well over 8 hours on my eyes. I love this unigue shade and I would highly recommend it to anyone! It does have A LOT of shimmer so if you are one that does not like shimmer I would probably stay away from this product.


I paired this product with a deeper matte brown eye shadow in the crease and a brown liner. It is such an easy way to glam up your eyes this holiday season!! I have a feeling I will be purchasing a few more of these in the near future.

Price: $36.00 and can be purchased here. 

I hope this was helpful :) 

-Hope 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Lip Balm Collection

Hello Everyone! 
I don't know about you but these colder days have definitely taken a toll on my lips! I find myself reaching for my lip balms every morning and every night! I wanted to share with you some of my favs! 


1. EOS Lip Balm
I really like these lip balms! They are so easy to apply and I find myself reaching for this one a lot. I tend to use this one in the morning before I apply my makeup. These come in tons of different "flavors" and colors. I believe this one is lemon yum :)  ($2.99)

2. Nivea Lip Butter in Rasberry Rose Kiss 
This is the newest addition to my lip balm collection. I really like the way this one smells and feels on my lips. I find that it lasts a good while as well. I will probably keep this one in my purse from now so I can have access to it all day! ($2.99)

3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Sugar and Sugar Rose 
I received these as a gift with purchase and I must say they are quite nice! "Sugar" is a clear balm and "Sugar Rose" is a pinkish red tinted lip balm. I have been reaching for "Sugar Rose" when I am not in the mood to wear any other lip products. It adds a light red tint to my lips. They are both really moisturizing and smell great! That being said, these are quite pricey and I am not sure that I would repurchase them when I run out. They are lovely but so are a lot of other drugstore lip balms. ($22.50)

4. Carmex 
This is definitely the least glamorous of the bunch but my go to lip product when I have super chapped lips. I have been using this for years and I love it! I always apply this one at night after applying my night cream. It works, its cheap and it lasts forever. What more could you want? ($1.39) 


Wishlist: 

1. Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

I know this is a crazy thing to want because I have so many great lip balms already but I have heard such great things about this product! The packaging is adorable and I am sure it smells delicious. Maybe when I run out of one I will splurge and try this :)  ($27.00) 


Dior - Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm 

I am almost done with my holiday shopping! It is exciting and sad at the same time. Christmas shopping is most definitely one of my favorite things to do!! We also completed decorating our tree on Tuesday. Its so cute :) 

I hope this was helpful! 

-Hope

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas GIft Ideas


Hello Everyone!
Are you wondering what to get that special lady in your life? Maybe a sister or even your mom? Beauty related gifts are always great gifts! Below I have listed some of my favorites products that I think would make super great gifts! 

1. Any Urban Decay Palette!

There are so many amazing palettes to chose from when it comes to Urban Decay. If you are looking for neutral colors I would recommend any of the four Naked palettes. They are incredibly pigmented and so versatile! If that person you are shopping for is a bit more on the edgy side, the Smoked palette will definitely be the way to go! Such beautiful bold colors!! ($52.00 for Naked and $49.00 for Smoked)
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 2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mini Lip Tar Set
If you are shopping for someone who loves to experiment with bold lips, this mini lip tar set is the bomb! If you have never used this product, you should! It is the longest wearing lip product I have ever found. You only use a tiny tiny amount so these minis will last you forever!! A great gift or stocking stuffer :)   ($20.00)


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3. Sigma Mr. Bunny Collection
The Mr. Bunny collection is a great gift for any beauty lover! It comes with 12 brushes with a range from eye to face brushes. This is a great brush set with pretty much everything you would need to complete a makeup look! These are great brushes that will last you forever. ( $155.00)
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4. Glam Glow Face Mask
If you are shopping for someone that enjoys facials or loves discovering new skin care products, the Glam Glow masks are incredible!! After using this once my skin was noticeably clearer and my skin was glowing! Pricey for a face mask? Yes pretty pricey, but it would make a great gift!! ($69.00)

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5. Laura Mercier Souffle Body Cream Sampler Set
I went to the Laura Mercier counter the other day to check out some of the holiday collections and I saw this sampler set. These lotions smelled incredible and felt so amazing when I applied them to my hands. This would be such an amazing gift for any woman in your life! So luxurious :)  ($60.00)


6. Capri Blue Mercury Glass Jar Candle from Anthropologie
I just recently purchased this candle from Anthropologie (mostly because of how beautiful the packaging is) and I am obsessed with it! I keep it next to my bed and love how incredible it smells. When it burns, it fills the entire apartment with the most amazing scent. It is definitely one of my new favorite candles and I think it would be an incredible gift. ($28.00)


 


I know holiday shopping can be fairly stressful so I hope this has helped. I know that if I received any of the above I would be sooo happy! If you have any other great gift ideas comment below and let me know! I hope you all have had a wonderful December so far :) 

I hope this was helpful!

-Hope


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NAKED BASICS PALETTE GIVEAWAY!!

Hello Everyone!
I am excited to announce Hopefully Helpful's very first giveaway! I wanted to do something for you guys to thank you for your support. I will be giving away a Naked Basics Palette!! This will be a great gift for a loved one or a special treat for yourself! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!
How to enter:

1. Follow me on Instagram! @hopeferguson

2. Comment on my instagram post about this giveaway! Tell me what your favorite product of 2013 is!!

3. (Optional) Follow me on Bloglovin! ( I have a link on the right side of my blog)


This contest starts 12/5/2013 at 12am and ends 12/23/2013 at 12am. You can comment as many times as you would like.


PLEASE NOTE:
IF YOU DO NOT FILL OUT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENTRY,
 ie, links or other information,
YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. ALL ENTRIES ARE VERIFIED.

THE WINNER WILL BE PICKED DECEMBER 23. THE WINNER WILL HAVE 48 HOURS TO CLAIM THE PRIZE FAILURE TO RESPOND WITHIN THE ALLOTTED TIME WILL RESULT IN FORFEITING THE PRIZE AND A NEW WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN!

Again this is my first giveaway! If there are any issues please let me know ASAP and I will fix it as soon as I can!

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November Favorites

Hello Everyone!
I can not believe how fast November flew by! I had a wonderful month and a great thanksgiving. Anyways, I have a few new favorites this month and I wanted to share them with you guys!

1. Make-Up Forever HD Foundation in shade 117. I go through phases of loving this foundation and this month was one of those phases. I was using this foundation like crazy! I was really enjoying pairing this medium coverage foundation with the Pro Finish powder foundation from Make-Up Forever. It was a perfect combo!


2. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in shade NW20. I have been using this concealer a bunch over the past few months and I really like the way it brightens my under eye area. It is a warm toned concealer which helps conceal the darkness in the inner corners. I only use this product with a fine milled setting powder. It creases really bad otherwise.


3. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair. I have been using this as a concealer/highlight duo. I place this under my eye all the way out to the end of my cheek bone. I also place it down the center of my nose, my cupids bow, and on my chin. This creates dimension in my face. It is also a great brightening concealer for the inner corner of the eye.


4. Dior Lipstick in shade 578. I received this lipstick as a 500 point perk at sephora. I am in love with this pink shade from Dior. It is described as a sheer dark pink. The smooth texture lasts on the lips for about 4 hours but then it leaves a stain on the lips for hours after. I love this color and I love this packaging! I will definitely need to try more Dior lipsticks from this line! LOVE



I know there weren't tons of new favorites this month but I hope this was helpful!! I have purchased a few new products recently so I am sure my December Favorites will be much longer :)

Let me know what some of your favorites have been this month!

I hope this was helpful :)

-Hope