Newest Reviews

Cleansers -Nature's Gate - Cleansing Milk - Rice Bran

on 1/14/2017 11:51:00 PM


Really gentle, non-drying and nourishing! I have oily skin but it doesn't leave an oily residue. It has a really strong herbal smell and I used to hate it at first, but you get used to it. However, I won't repurchase this when I run out because I have tried other cleansers that I like more.

Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Colossal Waterproof

on 1/14/2017 11:45:00 PM


This is my HOLY GRAIL mascara, hands down. I have tried so many, including high end (Benefit, Lancome, etc.), and none of them can replace this for me.

I use the shade Glam Black, and it's honestly the blackest shade of mascara I've ever owned. If you have blue eyes like I do, that shade really makes them "pop", and stand out. I love the waterproof version, because it lasts all day through pretty much anything, and holds the curl in my lashes (which I need, since they tend to fall down a lot).

I've been asked so many times what falsies/mascara I'm wearing whenever I wear this; it can look natural or glam, depending on what you're going for.

The only thing I would say is that it can tend to dry out fairly quickly, and, if you're not careful, it can clump up on your lashes. But other than that, I LOVE this formula, and I can't live without this mascara! I highly recommend at least trying it.

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Eye Shadow -MAC - Satin - Grain

on 1/14/2017 11:38:00 PM


This is the dupe for Nars All About Eve that I've been looking for for years. Perfect wash of beige sheen (but not noticeable as an eyeshadow) on my NW10 skin. Will always keep in my collection.

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Polishes -H & M - Nail Polish

on 1/14/2017 11:32:00 PM


I never paid attention to H&M's makeup line until recently. I bought two nail polishes: Witching Hour and True Tyrian for $6.99 each and they are fabulous.
Witching Hour is a deep forest green and True Tyrian is a vampy blood red (similar to Chanel's Rouge Noir/Vamp and Essie's Wicked).
The formula is rich and opaque and the wide brush makes sure my nails are covered properly.
Staying power is about five days before the polish starts chipping and wearing off which is fine with me as I usually change my polish every five days or so.
I don't spend anymore than $10 on nail polish and like everyone else, I want my polish to go on well without streaking or running and last for at least a few days before chipping.
H&M polishes fit the bill in all aspects. If you're a nail polish lover, check out H&M's offerings.

Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - i on beauty, oval makeup brush 21

on 1/14/2017 11:24:00 PM

I was digging around at my local Marshall's looking for bargains, and saw a bunch of knockoffs of the Artis brushes--you know, the ones that look like toothbrushes/hairbrushes? Well, I have a lot of tools, including a BeautyBlender, and didn't really NEED such a thing... So I chose a single one that looked to be a good size, not a lot bigger than a toothbrush. Handle is plastic and seems just a little fragile, I wouldn't put a lot of pressure on it, not that one would need to under normal use. So... what I usually prefer for makeup application is...
I hate all paddle foundation brushes, they turned me off of foundation brushes for years. I use the ones I have to apply facial masks.
I like the Real Techniques Expert face brush, but am more likely to use it for blending cream blush.
I do kinda love the BeautyBlender, though more for setting than application. Same for RT Miracle sponge, though don't like quite as well. LOVE the RT purple mini sponges though!
I have the odd and unusual Sephora Pro Press #66 (and the concealer version #67); see my review of that for details. Suffice to say, for application of cream foundation (Bobbi Brown, Ulta), it's the bomb!

Back to the i on beauty oval brush. It's quite dense and soft; I like this smaller size and cannot see how the huge ones I've seen online can work...and don't understand why, since this small one may be the fastest foundation applicator I have! I was shocked at how quickly this applies and blends foundation, it seems like I use half as much as usual! (Full disclosure: I use my BB to press layers into the skin (a la Wayne Goss), so still did that.) I even used it to blend my cream blush, did a great job there too! Has been washed twice, of course these dense brushes are always fun there, but washed up fine and no shedding. If I can find this again for such a great price--I think I paid about $6?--will get a backup.

Highlighters -Unlisted Brand - Pearlessence Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist

on 1/14/2017 11:21:00 PM

I discovered this by accident- I went to Ulta to buy my favorite Mario Badescu rosewater spray but they were completely out, our next stop was at Marshalls across the street where I happened upon this $6 coconut water in a glass bottle - I was impressed by the beneficial ingredients (coconut water, glycerine, aloe, witchhazel and rose water) so I picked it up and am so glad I did! I love the light coconut scent and it works well to set makeup - taking away the powdery look and to refresh and hydrate as needed during the day. Will definitely repurchase!
(btw- I did not choose the category "highlighter" for this- I left it blank and mua must have defaulted to that category lol.)

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Lotions/ Creams -Clarins - Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

on 1/14/2017 11:13:00 PM


My favorite hand cream! Actually from everything I've tried I only liked two, this one and Elemis.

- non sticky, non greasy
- absorbs well and fast
- pleasant smell
- improves skin quality (smooths and evens skin tone, minimize lines)

- won't moisturize enough for those who really need moisture (not for very dry or cracked skin)

Cleansers -Pixi - Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

I am a massive fan of both Pixi and Caroline Hirons, so I was thrilled to hear about this collaboration and dutifully stalked the Pixi website until it became available stateside. For those not in the know, Hirons is a UK skincare guru most known for proselytizing the virtues of properly cleansing one's face as well as using acid toners. She turned me on to Pixi Glow Tonic, for which I will always be grateful. If you don't already read her blog, you should!

For Hirons, properly cleansing one's face means doing a double cleanse at night (and a single cleanse in the morning): The first cleanse removes your makeup and sunscreen, while the second actually cleanses your skin. She recommends a balm or oil for the former and a cream or lotion for the latter. This product is a two-in-one that contains both. The jar it comes in is most attractive--clear with a pale Pixi-green lid. It feels sturdy and expensive. Unscrewing the lid (and removing an inner lid) reveals the two products, side by side in a yin-yang shape.

The first cleanse is a solid cleansing oil that looks like candle wax. I thought it'd be quite hard--that I'd have to really dig my nails into it. I was not looking forward to that. To my surprise, it scooped out very easily. It also emulsified quickly and easily. I melted it in my hands and then went to work massaging it into my face. I then wet a washcloth with warm water and used it to remove the product--and with it my makeup.

The second cleanse is a cleansing cream that looks like cold cream. Once again, I worked it into my face and removed it with a warm wet washcloth. I didn't notice any additional makeup coming off with this cleanse (or with my toner afterward), so the solid cleansing oil definitely did it's job.

Both cleanses felt lovely on my skin--soft and soothing. My skin was a little red afterward, but I attribute that to the washcloth more than anything. (I think I need to get some less scrubby ones for my sensitive skin.) I am not religious about using unscented products, but I do prefer unscented cleansers--and this product fits that bill.

With both cleanses, I needed only a tiny amount, so I expect my jar to last at least a couple of months with regular use. This product costs $24 for 100 ml (50 ml of each the solid cleansing oil and cleansing cream), which is more than I normally like to spend for a cleanser. But this is an effective, great-quality product, and I am all too happy to support this collaboration between Pixi and Hirons. I only hope it leads to more great skincare products down the line!

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Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow

on 1/14/2017 10:57:00 PM


I like this as a base for other eyeshadows, it sets right away and prevents the rest of the look from creasing. The color range is really nice however no matte colors.. These are somewhat hard to work with as they look patchy on their own and blend with difficulty. I had these for a few months only (2-3) and they completely dried out in the pots, I could not use them anymore and threw them out. They worked well while they lasted. I was impressed with their staying power since it is an inexpensive drug store product.
- No creasing
- Interesting color range
- Patchy, solid and hard to blend
- Dried out quickly, did not get much use out of these pots

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Self Tanners -Jergens - Natural Glow Instant Sun (Deep Bronze) Sunless Tanning Mousse

on 1/14/2017 10:53:00 PM


It's extremely hard for me to get a nice tan (I'm very pale, and although I don't "burn" often, it takes FOREVER for me to build up a tan), plus it's unsafe. I wanted to find a nice self-tanner, and was thinking of brands like Loving Tan, St. Tropez, etc., but couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a self tanner, especially if I run out and have to repurchase (I'm on a college budget).

I tried St. Moriz (said to be a drugstore dupe for St. Tropez), and although it has really great reviews, I honestly didn't like it. I honestly thought the green undertone made me look sickly, and the tan didn't look natural on me, or give me a "glow"-- it just made me look kinda dirty.

I wasn't expecting to like this product as much as I do. It only took a couple of minutes to feel dry enough that I could put my clothes back on, and the color was so BEAUTIFUL and looked like a natural tan on me. It made my skin look glowy, and was as if I had just spent a week in the Caribbean. I used the Deep Bronze, and it still looked super natural, even though I'm ridiculously pale. I highly recommend trying this, for $12, it's really not a bad price for what you're getting!

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