Hey doll hey!!! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. I woke up in a world of pain and with very little energy. I couldn’t sleep last night due to pain so I didn’t end up finally falling asleep until around 2 and I was up at 9 …good news is I got 7 hours of sleep, bad news is I feel like crap today.
Today I wanted to test out all the makeup I purchased as the Dollar General by their in house makeup brand called Believe Beauty. Everything in this line retails for $5 or less. I’ll give my review on each product in my Final Thoughts…. So let’s jump into the Face of the Day ….. as a side note… I left the bake on my jaw line on too long today so it’s causing my face to look extremely sharp on the jaw line in pictures, however in person it doesn’t look as sharp as it’s coming off in picture.
Base: I primed my face today using Believe Beauty Pretty and Primed Hydrating Primer ($5 for 1 fluid ounce in store and on the Dollar General website). I color corrected using the Believe Beauty Brighten Up Color Correcting Concealer ($4 for .07 ounces in store and on the Dollar General website) in the shade Light/Medium. For foundation I used the Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation ($5 for .85 fluid ounces in store and on the Dollar General website…. NOTE: there are some shades of this foundation not available online, they are only available in store.) I concealed my under eyes using Believe Beauty You’re Covered Liquid Concealer ($4 for .15 fluid ounces in store and on the Dollar General website… NOTE: there are some shades of this concealer not available online they are only available in store.) in the shade Light Beige. I set my full face, including under eyes, using Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder ($5 in store only) in the shade translucent. I warmed up my face using the bronzer shade in the Believe Beauty Get Glowing Highlight and Contour Palette ($5 for .2 ounces in store and on the Dollar General website) in the color way Light/Medium. I baked my jaw line and the center of my forehead using RCMA No Color Powder ($15 at the Beautylish website)
Eyes: I primed my lids using NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Medium 1 Custard and set that using some more of the Matte Blur Loose Powder from Believe Beauty. To create this eye look I used the Believe Beauty Eyeshadow Palette ($5 for .14 ounces in store only) in the color way Nearly Nude. This palette didn’t have a transition shade so I used more of the Bronzer from the Get Glowing Highlight and Contour Palette as my transition shade. I then took the 2nd shade of the 2nd row (a deep burgundy brown matte) and used that in my crease. I blew this crease shade out pretty far by using the dry brush technique to get a gradient effect to this color. I then took more of this shade and used it on the outer 1/3 of the mobile lid. I moved to the mobile lid and took the 3rd shade of the 2nd row (a pale rose gold metallic) all over the inner 2/3 of the lid and then I took the 3rd shade of the 1st row (a taupe with slight green shift metallic) and placed that on the outer 1/3. I then took the 1st shade of the 2nd row (a copper metallic) and placed that on the middle 1/3 of the lid to blend the inner and outer 1/3 together. On the lower lash line I took whatever was left of the 2nd shade of the 2nd row on the brush and ran that along the lash line. I then took the brush I used for the bronzer for my transition shade and ran that along the lash line. I then took the 2nd shade of the 1st row (a deep chocolate brown with copper reflect metallic) and placed that as close to the lash line as I could. I then took more of that 2nd shade of the 2nd row on a clean flat shader brush and pressed that along the lash line too. I lined my upper lash line using Believe Beauty Long Lasting Eyeliner ($3.50 in store only) in the shade Mystic (a taupey brown with a slight copper sheen) and then I lined my lower waterline using BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Beige… NOTE: It was my intent to use the Mystic liner on my waterlines but it would not set down so I opted for a nude shade instead. To highlight my inner corners I first put down Loreal 24-HR Infallible Eyeshadow ($5.94 at Walmart) in the shade Endless Pearl (a cream satin) and then I layered Hakari Cream Pigment ($9.98 at Amazon and $10 on their website) in the shade Fairytail (an icy white pigment). I set my brows using Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel ($4 for .02 ounces in store only) in clear and then filled in my brows using Believe Beauty Brow Defining Pencil ($4 for .02 ounce in store only) in the shade Dark Brown. I carved out my brow line using BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on their website)on the matte side (again they did not have a brow highlighter pencil by Believe Beauty so I opted to use the one I always use.) and set that using the 1st shade of the 1st row (a vanilla matte). I used the Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara ($4.50 for .22 in store only). I then decided that my under eyes weren’t bright enough (and since I don’t bake the under eye area of my face) so i used a little bit of the shade called Lucid (a pale peachy vanilla matte) from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette ($49.50 at Sephora).
Cheeks and Lips: My blush today is the blush shade from the Believe Beauty Get Glowing Highlight and Contour Palette ($5 for .2 ounces in store and on the Dollar General website) it’s this super pretty coral satin blush. I also used the highlight shade from the same palette it’s this rose gold highlighter. I tried the Believe Beauty Lustrous Shine Lip Gloss ($4 on at Dollar General website and in store) in the shade Georgia Peach, however this lip gloss was so thick and so tacky that I just couldn’t keep it on, it felt very uncomfortable on the lips. I couldn’t find a lip liner in this line, they only had red lip liner left and there was no red lipstick so I swapped in my ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website) in the shade Bumble (a warm rose) and filled in the lips using Believe Beauty Satin Crush Lipstick ($4 for .13 ounces in store only.) in the shade Moroccan Spice (a slight coral tan nude).
Believe Beauty Pretty and Primed Hydrating Primer: A- This primer is so hydrating and so emollient that it felt like I applied a second moisturizer. This is a completely scent free primer that is silicone and paraben free. It didn’t do much to blur my pores, but it doesn’t claim to either. This primer felt so good on the face and with as moisturizing as it is it didn’t feel heavy or greasy on the face. I will definitely be keeping this one in my makeup rotation.
Believe Beauty Brighten Up Color Correcting Concealer: A- When I swatched this one last night I though it felt a bit waxy, but I dispensed and applied it with my finger. Today I used my concealer brush to dispense and apply it and it in fact is very creamy. It’s a bit too creamy as it slipped around the eyes and my lip area, but once I applied the concealer and powder it was good. This one is a pink toned peach corrector that really does mute out the darkness. I really did like it. The only reason I gave it the grade A- is because it does have too much slip to it.
Believe Beauty Skin Finish Foundation: A+++!!! Holy sweet baby pickles!!! This foundation is LIFE!!! First off, the shade I picked was a spot on perfect match for me…. that never happens, normally my spot on matches have a slight under tone issue… this one was so spot on it’s like the company created it just for me. I used 2 pumps and that was enough to completely cover my entire face and my neck. This foundation is so beautiful on the skin. It’s just dewy enough to give you a glow without it looking greasy. This is a full medium to buildable full coverage foundation that feels like skin. It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything on the skin at all. I might dare say that this may turn out to be my favorite foundation for the year. I’m thinking of picking up a back up of this foundation …. just in case they discontinue it before I finish the foundation up.
Believe Beauty You’re Covered Liquid Concealer: A+ This is a light weight medium coverage concealer. It’s just creamy enough to blend in seamlessly without being too creamy that it seeps into the fine lines. I chose a shade that is my skin tone so I think I want to go back and get the shade Fair to give a bit of highlight to the under eyes. Now the reason I graded this one only an A+ is because after setting it lightly it did crease a very tiny bit. I had to pat out the creases and then go back in with more face powder to set it in place. However, after doing that it stayed in place perfectly all day. Again, it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything on the skin.
Believe Beauty Matte Blur Loose Powder: A+++!!!! Holy sweet baby pickles again!!! This loose powder really does blur the texture of the skin. It mattifies the skin slightly but doesn’t look cakey or heavy on the skin. In fact, this powder doesn’t feel like I am wearing anything on the skin at all. It set my foundation perfectly with just a light dusting of powder. This does such a darn good job that I think I’m going to pick up a few more tubs because I can see myself going through it fast. Now, this isn’t the type of loose powder you can bake with because it isn’t a brightening type of powder, but it does set the skin so nicely that I don’t even mind having to use a different powder to bake with. I’m going to test this powder out with other foundations but so far I dare say that this one has dethroned my beloved Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora).
Believe Beauty Get Glowing Highlight and Contour Palette: A+ This trio is very pretty. However I graded it a lower grade because for this palette to be a light/medium trio the highlighter is just too deep for light skin tones. It’s a rose gold type highlighter that does in fact pull rose in color, so a very light hand is needed to keep you look from going off. With that said, this trio performed wonderfully. The bronzer is the perfect under tone and blends in seamlessly without skipping or going patchy, the blush is super pigmented and so a light hand is needed but even though it’s a satin blush, there wasn’t a ton of shimmer to it. It just has this healthy glow to it. It’s a great little palette.
Believe Beauty Eyeshadow Palette In The Color Way Nearly Nude A+++!!!! OK… now this was the star of the show dolls!! These shadows are buttery and pigmented and perform just as good as high-end shadows. Now there isn’t really a transition shade in these palettes and it could do with a sparkly white for inner corner highlights, but the shadows performed so well that I couldn’t grade it lower based on that. It’s OK that I had to pull in 2 more shades to complete the look…. now with the dark burgundy brown shade …. if you blend it out farther it does sheer the color out some creating this beautiful gradient effect to the shadow, so if you go in with a slight tap of the color and a light hand while blending, you could perhaps get a nice transition shade, or if you mix it with the cream shade you could get a lighter tone of the shadow for a sort of mono-chromatic look. I loved working with this palette so much that I am going to pick up the other 3 palettes. Definitely worth the trip to the Dollar General to pick this baby up.
Believe Beauty Long Lasting Eyeliner: B- This pencil is a muted wash of color. It’s not super pigmented and it doesn’t set down on the water lines. It is a really creamy pencil that didn’t skip and didn’t tug at the delicate eye area, but I had to run the pencil over the lash line several times to get it to deposit enough color to show up. It’s not a terrible pencil, it’s just not very pigmented.
Believe Beauty Eyebrow Styling Gel: A+++!!!!! Oh my gosh!!!! This brow gel really holds the brows in place and it doesn’t go crunchy at all. I mean I ran the brow pencil over the brow area and my brow hairs did not move. I can’t get over just how well this brow gel worked!
Believe Beauty Brow Defining Pencil: A+ This is a brow pencil that acts like a pomade. It’s one of those pencils you have to sharpen so I thought this was going to be a disaster but it wasn’t, not at all. Now, because it’s so super concentrated with creamy pigment it is a bit high maintenance, meaning that you have to go slowly and you may even have to use a q-tip to clean up the area around the brow as you go, but once you have finished your brows they come out looking perfect. There is definitely a learning curve with this pencil, especially if you aren’t familiar with working with brow pomades, but once you figure it out the look, like I said, is just perfection.
Believe Beauty Hi-Definition Skinny Mascara: B- This mascara just did not wow me. It didn’t give length or volume on the upper lashes at all. I have 3 coats of it on the upper lashes and all that did was make my lashes clump up. Now, with that said, it is a beautiful lower lash mascara. The wand is similar to the MAC Extended Play Gigablack where it’s a skinny and long brush. I will keep it in rotation for my lower lashes…. I may even repurchase it for my lower lashes, it’s just a crappy mascara for the upper lash line.
Believe Beauty Satin Crush Lipstick: A+ This is a pretty good lipstick. It is creamy and has just the right amount of pigment to it. It doesn’t feather into the fine lines or travel outside the lip line. It’s very comfortable and has just the right amount of slip to it. It’s long wearing, I drank a full cup of coffee out of a disposable coffee cup today and didn’t have to reapply my lipstick at all. It also wears down evenly. I think this is a pretty good lipstick that I wouldn’t mind having other shades in, that is if I didn’t have a fresh new box of ColourPop Lippie Pencils that I have in my collection. But I can definitely see myself wearing this lipstick a bunch.
Believe Beauty Lustrous Shine Lip Gloss: F This was a definite hard pass for me. It’s so darn thick and so darn tacky that it felt like I had slathered honey on my lips. It was so uncomfortable that I applied it to my lower lip and promptly removed it. It felt like one of those kid’s toy makeup lipsticks. I say steer clear of this lip gloss.
Well, that’s all for now dolls. I hope you are having a great day/night. See ya in my next post. Remember, Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.