Product Review January 2014

Barefoot BlondeFor today’s post I am talking about products I have absolutely been loving and some that I have tried and did not like! I always prefer to watch a video when it comes to hair and beauty especially product reviews – I could sit all day long and watch tutorials and product reviews so I am going to try and include more videos for those who prefer to watch them like I do! And make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel (here) to see all my videos as soon as I upload them!

I usually have better quality videos but my camera has not been working so I had to use my computer but hopefully my camera gets fixed in the next little bit :)


1. BECCA ‘The One Perfecting Brush’ – I LOVE THIS BRUSH so stinkin much, its amazing for contouring and blending! It took some getting used to but now that I am used to it I never want to use anything else! PS I am currently using this bronzer to contour and I love it!!

2. YSL Baby Doll Mascara – I did not like this which I was super bummed about.. I had been wanting to try it and really wanted to love it because the packaging is amazing and I heard so many good things about it. It goes on really thick and nice but it transfers onto my eye lids just after a couple hours. If I have it on my lower lashes it also transfers onto my lower lid so unfortunately I will not be buying this again.

3. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara – I have used this for about 3 years and I cant find anything I like better thus far! It never flakes and doesn’t ever transfer onto my lids!

4. Sephora Pro Flawless Bronzer Brush – I use this for foundation but it is by far, hands down, thee best foundation brush you will ever use, ever! I promise! Please go get it and you will forever thank me, like all of my friends have :)

5. Stila Foil Eyeshadow – Holy cow I love this stuff so much! It literally looks like foil flakes on your eye lid.. it is sticky though and with a primer it holds amazing. It is really great for smoky looks like this or a gold liner!

6. Ardell Demi Wispies – These are the best false lashes ever! At first I thought they looked a little too long but when they are actually on they look natural and if you want to make them a bit more bold you can add mascara to the ends. They are so so pretty and just look like you have amazing lashes.

7. Smashbox Hydrating Primer – I always love to have a hydrating layer underneath my make up, #1 for my skins health but also because I feel like it helps my foundation go on smooth and lay on top nice instead of sinking into my pores. This primer is the perfect amount of hydrating and doesn’t make my face oily or anything like that!

8. MAC Mineralize Concealer – I LIKE this but I don’t love it. I am going to finish it but I am excited for it to be done. Previous to this I used Marc Jacobs Concealer (in the color Stand Corrected) and nothing really beats it. I tried to find something a tad cheaper but after trying others I think the Marc Jacobs concealer is worth the splurge, nothing compares.

9. MAC ‘Soft and Gentle’ Highlighter – I lovvvve this highlighter because it is super subtle and can be used as an every day highlighter to brighten your face. For nights I usually add more and add some under my contour as well to make it a bit more dramatic.

That is all the reviews I have for now but I am hoping to do these every month or so and just review the latest products I have purchased and loved or hated so let me know if this is something you guys would want to keep seeing or if you have any products you would like reviewed!!

And don’t forget to watch the video here if you’re into that kinda thing :)

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69 Responses to “Product Review January 2014”

  1. Kaleigh Hughes January 14, 2014 at 8:11 am Permalink

    So helpful!! Thank you Amber. Perfect timing because I need new brushes. Your tutorial was awesome. Please keep Doing these posts:)

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much Kaleigh I am glad you liked it! xx

  2. Supal {chevrons and Γ©clairs} January 14, 2014 at 8:15 am Permalink

    This is VERY helpful! I’ve been looking for a highlighter for a while now and might give this a try. I’ve been grappling with sensitive skin problems and rosacea as of recently because I’ve been doing a lot of international traveling (change of climate and airplanes hate me). So I go for things a bit more subtle. Question for you: do you think you can do a review of your favorite lipsticks by brand? I’m partial to high-end make up, but heard horror stories about Chanel lipsticks…


    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm Permalink

      If you have rosacea I would definitely recommend Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation! I don’t necessarily have rosacea but I have red undertones that I like to cover up and Casey (youtube guru) has rosacea and uses it as well and says it works wonders for her! Anyways that is a fabbbulous idea for a lipstick tutorial by brand, definitely will do that one!

  3. Ash January 14, 2014 at 8:17 am Permalink

    Great post girl! I love the Smashbox primer and I totally agree with you, it definitely makes your makeup go on that much nicer!!

    xo Ash,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm Permalink

      Thanks girl!! And yeah it totally makes it go on so smooth!

  4. Adrienne January 14, 2014 at 8:53 am Permalink

    So awesome!!
    I’ve been on the hunt for some new products and this is wonderful!
    -Adrienne. xo

    Citizen of the World
    Citizen of the World

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm Permalink

      Oh yay glad you like it, thanks so much!

  5. Megan // Style Me Swanky January 14, 2014 at 9:04 am Permalink

    I love the demi whispies. Check out the MAC prep + prime highlighting pen… It’s awesome!

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm Permalink

      Ohhh sounds amazing I will have to try that!! xx

  6. Kelly January 14, 2014 at 9:16 am Permalink

    I would love to know what foundation you use with the brush?

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm Permalink

      I use Estee Lauder Double Wear! It is my absolute favorite foundation!

  7. Taylor January 14, 2014 at 9:24 am Permalink

    I love this post! Keep them coming! I take recommendations by bloggers and youtube stars very seriously. :) I also love watching Casey on youtube like you mentioned in your video!

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm Permalink

      Oh yay glad you love Casey too! She is so cute! And Thanks so much!

  8. Madison Martine January 14, 2014 at 9:37 am Permalink

    Love that MAC highlighter! It’s amazing!!

    Madison Martine

  9. Megan Q January 14, 2014 at 9:47 am Permalink

    Yessss, ardell demi’s are the BEST!


    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm Permalink

      They totally are!!

  10. abigail sterling January 14, 2014 at 10:04 am Permalink

    Love these beauty posts from you – you always look flawless! I will definitely be picking up the Sephora foundation brush :)

    x abigail, the fabulous life of a natural disaster

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm Permalink

      Thanks so much! And yay I am glad you are gonna get it, you will LOVE it!

  11. Eye Like Fashion January 14, 2014 at 10:06 am Permalink

    I love that you have drugstore products in your routine as well!




    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm Permalink

      Yesss there are so many amazing drugstore products out there!

  12. Randee January 14, 2014 at 10:26 am Permalink

    I love that you are doing posts like this and videos again!

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm Permalink

      Thanks girl! I am too! xx

  13. Amanda January 14, 2014 at 10:33 am Permalink

    Loved this! Your makeup is always flawless, so I love hearing about what you use! I was wondering what you’ve been using for eyeliner and eyeshadows lately…I especially loved your eye makeup in the watermelon beanie shoot!!! I’m looking forward to more posts like this one :)

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:54 am Permalink

      Aw thank you!!! I will definitely start sharing more of my make up and I have had a lot of people ask me what my make up was for the watermelon beanie post so I will probably just make a post out of that! xoxo

  14. Erica January 14, 2014 at 10:49 am Permalink

    I would try the Nars radiant creamy concealer. It’s a little less expensive then the Marc Jacobs but does an amazing job for both under eye and blemishes!

    P.s. I really enjoy reading your blog!

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:53 am Permalink

      Oh good call I will have to try that one!! Thanks so much!! xx

  15. Steph January 14, 2014 at 10:52 am Permalink

    Love your beauty posts :)

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:52 am Permalink

      Thanks so much Steph!

  16. Adri January 14, 2014 at 11:15 am Permalink

    I think these posts are really great! I’m pretty clueless about new makeup products and every now and then I’ll venture out to try something mentioned in a post like this.

    xo Adri

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:49 am Permalink

      Thanks Adri!! I am glad you like them and I will definitely keep doing them :)

  17. Katelyn January 14, 2014 at 11:16 am Permalink

    Love this post! Also wondring exactly what kind of foundation you use with the bronzes brush:) thanks so much!

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:49 am Permalink

      Thanks!! I use Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and it is my FAVORITE!!!!

  18. stephanie January 14, 2014 at 11:22 am Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this review with us :)
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.com)

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:48 am Permalink

      You’re so welcome thanks for reading! xx

  19. Catie January 14, 2014 at 11:25 am Permalink

    I love this ! so happy you are including some reviews on your blog. Ive been reading your blog for over a year and I’ve missed your videos and reviews. one thing i would love to hear about is you morning and nightly skincare routines. Love your blog thanks !

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:47 am Permalink

      Catie! Thanks so much! I am definitely changing my blog to more hair and beauty and less fashion from now on, I think I realized its what I am better at haha :) but that is a good idea I wrote that down for next time I film I will do some videos on my morning and nightly routine! xx

  20. Kirsten January 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm Permalink

    I love these kind of video’s and posts! I discovered your blog via your hair tutorials from the past in the first place (most of them I tried on lazy sunday afternoons) I’m always looking for new beauty tools and tricks, it can make a look or give just the much needed finishing touch. So again: I loooove this post :). Can’t wait for the chunky braid tutorial too, it’s been all over pinterest these past few days, so I’m anxious to find out ‘how to’. :)

    xo, Kirsten

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:46 am Permalink

      Aw thank you so much Kristen!!! Glad you like it!! I will be posting that on Friday! So stay tuned! xx

  21. Heather January 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm Permalink

    I love the video! I am going to need to make a trip to Sephora to pick up some of these products! I love Double Wear foundation thanks to you!

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:45 am Permalink

      Isn’t it the best foundation ever?! I am really glad to hear you like it!! xx

  22. Nina January 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm Permalink

    you definitely make me want to try those brushes

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:41 am Permalink

      They will not let you down! :)

  23. Ashley January 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm Permalink

    For some reason, NO ONE can find a better mascara than Covergirl. Weird.

    xo Ashley

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:36 am Permalink

      Yeah it is good stuff!!

  24. Ashley January 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm Permalink

    Loved your video! What facial cleansing masks do you use when pregnant? I’ve wanted to try the glamglow super-mud clearing treatment mask but do you know if it’s safe to use when pregnant?

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:35 am Permalink

      Thanks!! Well right now my skin is freaking out! Pregnancy has not been good for my skin at all.. I also have dry patches, have you heard of ‘pregnancy mask’? Anyways, I have that so I have been using Cetephil since it is so mild, but I need to try something else because its not clearing my skin up! Maybe I will try that super mud treatment! I am not sure if it is safe for pregnancy but I will look into it and try it if it is and let you know!

      • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:36 am Permalink

        oops Cetaphil**

        • Ashley January 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm Permalink

          Awesome! I’d love to hear if it works for you!

  25. Sara January 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm Permalink

    I am so happy you posted this! Every time I watch your videos I just Love you more and I haven’t even met you!

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:34 am Permalink

      Ahhh that made me so happy because I always feel so awkward doing videos, I feel so silly doing them so I am glad you like them :) Thanks girlie!

  26. Liz {What Dress Code?} January 14, 2014 at 7:25 pm Permalink

    Love these suggestions! I’ve been meaning to try out a few Mac products because I just keep hearing how consistently reliable they are — love your quickie reviews :)

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:32 am Permalink

      Thanks Liz!! Yeah I love MAC they are very reliable!

  27. Mel January 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm Permalink

    Love that Smashbox primer. I use the same one and love it! Totally need to try that Sephora brush! Thanks for your amazing recommendations!

    xo Mel
    turquoise blonde

    • amber January 15, 2014 at 11:31 am Permalink

      Yes please try it, you will honestly love it I promise!!! xx

  28. Adara January 14, 2014 at 11:23 pm Permalink

    Very interesting! Thanks for posting!

  29. Paulina January 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm Permalink

    Loved this post! I was so excited to hear about the Sephora brush because my foundation brush leaves weird lines around my face and takes forever to disperse! I tried to find that #46 one on Sephora’s website but they are all out now :( but if you have any other recommendations please let me know! I desperately need to upgrade my beauty routine so this was perfect timing!

    Also if you need a good mask that is inexpensive and good for rehydrating your skin try using the Ponds Cold Cream and just leave it on for a while or use a hot face towel to steam it in before wiping it off! It’s really been working for me lately and I read that a lot of makeup pros swear by it because it removes makeup as well. Love your blog and excited to hear about your recent baby news! Congrats Amber

    Xoxo Paulina

  30. Erica January 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm Permalink

    Love this post and the video! I am definitely looking forward to more posts like this :) Can’t wait to try the Sephora Bronzer brush for foundation. It is sold out online in Canada at the moment but hopefully I can get a hold of it soon! How do you think the MAC highlighter would be on fair skin?

    • amber January 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm Permalink

      Thanks Erica!! And yeah definitely snag that brush when it comes back in stock it will change your life :) and I think it would be beautiful on fair skin! You could always go into the MAC store and have them try it out on you first and see how you like it! xx

  31. Jessica January 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm Permalink

    I love it! I use the same mascara and too haven’t found anything I like better. MAC, Kat Von D, Sephora, Too Faced and Smashbox are all great products!! Thank you for sharing!

    • amber January 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm Permalink

      Thanks Jessica!! And yeah covergirl mascara is the bomb! xx

  32. Kelsey February 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm Permalink

    Hey Amber, did you have a link for the bronzer you are currently using to contour with? The chocolate something…, or did I miss that link?

    • Kelsey February 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm Permalink

      Oops! Found it! Thanks!

  33. Catherine Smith March 25, 2014 at 10:00 am Permalink

    Amber – can you please, please give us a tutorial from start to finish on how you apply your makeup. Your makeup always looks flawless. I’ve watched several videos on youtube on makeup tutorials and contouring but I think yours looks absolutely amazing and would love to see how you do it. Please, please!!

  34. Mary Kathryn May 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm Permalink

    Love your blog!! What do you use as a powder/foundation? Having a hard time finding something that covers but doesn’t look too cakey… Yet one that works well for combination skin. Having a hard time finding that balance! Thank you!!

  35. Susie May 31, 2014 at 2:28 am Permalink

    Hi amber! Have you tried prolong wear concealer from MAC? It’s the jam. 15 hour wear and super liquidy texture too, which is great to smooth around our delicate eyes. Also sweet and sour is now perm :) thought you’d be pleased to hear!

  36. Hailey LaRusch September 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm Permalink

    I love this review! I had just recently went on a much needed makeup haul, and I had probably half of these products! I wasn’t sure I would like them, but now that I read this, I know what to rebuy/re-review for myself!
    SOOO helpful. Thanks a bunch.
    x Hailey