Dupe: Armani Luminous Silk Vs L’Oreal Lumi Foundation Review

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Dupe: Armani Luminous Silk Vs L’Oreal Lumi Foundation Review

Hello beauties! I ran out of my favorite foundation a few months ago. This foundation happens to be the holy grail of foundations with the price to match. With a baby on the way I couldn’t bare to spend that amount of money when it could totally go to things like nursery decor or a few boxes diapers. Look at me taking on motherhood so selflessly! Hehe! I remembered that I had seen that my foundation had a “dupe,” so I researched it & ran out to check it out for myself. Dupe: Armani Luminous Silk Vs L’Oreal Lumi Foundation Review, keep reading to see how these two compare & differ. Battle of high end vs drugstore! 

What skin type do they cater to?

These foundations are best for dry to normal skin, and for those who want a light-medium coverage with a dewy finish. Both are totally buildable, meaning you can continue to layer it to provide more coverage.

Left: L’Oreal Right: Armani

 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 

  • $62 (but there is a $42 travel size)
  • Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus/online; high end makeup counters
  • 24 shades
  • 1 oz

 

L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, Creamy Natural, 1 fl. oz.

  • $10-$15
  • 15 shades
  • 1 oz

 

 

The side with the sleeve on is the L’Oreal, and the side with sleeve off is Armani. I tested them side-by-side with primer, using a stippling method. Below I linked some amazing, affordable stippling brushes- trust me, this method leaves your foundation as if it were airbrushed. Try it! The Real Techniques one is my favorite! 


How They Differ:

  • Price
  • Shade range

Can you tell the difference? I sure couldn’t! Both leave an equally flawless finish. I walked out of the house & wore both the entire day. By the end of the day, both were still on flawlessly & oxidized the exact same way. If you’re looking for a luminous, dewy foundation, you can’t go wrong with either. It’s honestly a matter of whether or not you want to be bougie and spend the money on the higher priced item. Personally, I plan to keep using the L’O real one until it runs out! PS: In case you didn’t know, L’Oreal actually owns Giorgio Armani. 

I actually loved doing this post, so I’ve decided to make this some type of a series & doing my research & finding some more awesome dupes! Any item you’re interested in finding a dupe for? Let me know below!

Yours Truly- Yaniris

How To: Blow Dry Hair Like A Pro

 

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How To: Blow Dry Hair Like A Pro

Hello beauties! I get asked often “how do you get your hair that straight?” or told “I wish I knew how to blow dry hair.” Well, here’s your chance to learn how to blow dry hair like a pro! Or as I like to call it, get a fierce blowetazo. I have pretty thick, curly hair & have become a pro at getting this baby super straight, to the point where people forget my real hair texture. Keep reading for some tips & tricks, below you will also find a tutorial I uploaded to my Youtube channel! 

Few tips before I link the tutorial:

    • Air dry your hair for a bit, damp hair is best. Hair that is soaking wet will just take you longer to do.
    • USE HEAT PROTECTANT:

 

    • Invest in a good blow dryer. Lightweight & powerful is what you are looking for! Here’s the one I use in the tutorial:

Below are other great affordable ones.


    • Invest in good ceramic, round brushes. They heat up quickly, & are amazing at smoothing out the hair. Here are the ones I used in the tutorial:

    • Always point the blow dryer down so it keeps the cuticle down; otherwise, it creates more frizz.
    • Start at the nape of your head & work your way up. Use the size of your brush barrel as reference for how big of pieces to dry at a time.
    • For curled ends, flick/wrap the hair off. For super straight hair, dry straight down going in towards your face.
    • For v-v-v-olume, place brush under hair & dry hair upwards.
    • Finish off & eliminate frizz with a bit of oil. If your hair tends to get oilier quicker, avoid your scalp & work mid-ends. Here’s the one I used in the tutorial:

Finally, here’s the tutorial:

Remember, practice makes perfect. If you don’t get it on the first try, try again. If you’re still not getting it after 5-6 times, book an appointment with me & I can hook you up! Hehe! Any questions? Ask away below! Know  of any other great hair products, please share below!

Yours Truly-Yaniris

Surviving The 1st Trimester





 

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Hello beauties! Guess what? I survived the 1st trimester! If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that this is one of the toughest trimesters. Many women aren’t honest with each other about their feelings, experiences, and struggles during the absolute most vulnerable and scary time in their journey through motherhood. I’m am not one of those women, grab some popcorn & enjoy the ride, here’s my 1st trimester story.

Picture a wild night out with your girlfriends, & somehow you end up taking one too many vice bombs. How you wake up the next day, that is exactly how your entire 1st trimester feels. LOL! Hungover for an entire 3 months! But the jokes on you because you didn’t even party. The never ending nausea & vomiting was terrible. I wish I can say it was just in the morning, but nope! All day! They say: make sure you’re always eating, have crackers, something sour works, ginger ale will be your best friend…none of that worked for me. I couldn’t eat because of nausea, & I was nauseas because I couldn’t eat- the irony! What did work for a little was taking my prenatals just before bed with an extra dose of vitamin b. That only alleviated the morning sickness, after a few hours the nausea would strike again for the rest of the day though. One day I was driving to the grocery store & had to stop the car in the middle of the street because I puked in my hand. It sounds terrible, but it meant my baby was growing strong & healthy, so I took it like a champ! S/he will hear all about this!

Why didn’t anyone tell me I wouldn’t ever poop? & when you do it’s as if you were dropping rocks. So very painful! I had to take extra fiber just to use the bathroom at least every 2 days. & I dreaded every moment that I had to. Blame that for all of the bloating! 

Ohhh, the breast tenderness! How I wish my boobs were much smaller. Getting up in the morning & letting gravity take over was hell! I literally would hold them up & slowly release them as they got easier to drop. Showering (if you have as great water pressure as I do), I couldn’t even let the water hit them directly. LOL! I had to splash myself. Bralette’s with a bit of support will be your “breast friend!” Step aside, cute regular bra’s, this is no job for you! As for your nipples, remember looking at the women in National Geographic in horror? Well, welcome to their club! Your nipples have somehow doubled in size, & darkened. They’re also terribly sensitive, & not in a good way. My husband’s not getting anywhere near these for a whiiiiile!

The first trimester also comes with terrible lower back pain & cramping. Get yourself the pregnancy pillow asap, because it makes a world of difference. I would take down the couch cushions & make myself the comfiest bed on the floor. Slept there for weeks! I would also stretch A LOT! It’s an immediate relief to any pain.

I already have an issue with sinus infections; especially in the winter, thankfully I haven’t gotten any this year. A stuffy nose is another annoying pregnancy  symptom. It doesn’t help that it is winter & the air is so dry. I can’t wait to breath normal! The boogers in my nose come out the size of Puerto Rico, who knew my schnoz could hold something that big? Using a humidifier at night makes it a bit easier to sleep & steam showers as well.

Then theres the fatigue. I was always so tired & it was the last thing I could be, nannying two crazy babies. Thankfully, they were still on 2-2hr naps a day, so I got to snooze sometimes. As soon as I got home from work, I would go straight to bed. Forget cooking, I was too nauseas to do that! LOL! It’s amazing how exactly a few days after starting the 2nd trimester, I was hit with a sudden burst of energy! Bam, ready to slay pregnancy!

I neglected my poor husband! I love him sooo much, but I sure didn’t show it. LOL! Sometimes he’d want to cuddle & I was just feeling so blegh, having our arms touch was enough for me. My pregnancy pillow was getting more action than him. He was such a trooper though!

I remember saying “I’m just waiting for the beauty of pregnancy to hit…” It hits every time you get to see your baby on that ultrasound. Every time you hear that heart beating. & now, every time I feel those sweet little flutters in my belly. However tough pregnancy may be, those sweet moments make it all worth it. Mommy will take all the beatings, just to keep her baby growing strong & healthy!

Yours Truly- Yaniris