Newest Reviews


Concealers -Catrice - Liquid Camouflage - High Coverage Concealer

on 6/27/2017 3:49:00 PM

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I've tried this product once, so this is pretty much my first impression. It is good, not the best I have tried, but it covered a good amount. The price was mainly what drew me to it and the packaging also looked promising. As I'm trying to go cruelty free with my makeup, I'm really glad that such an affordable brand like Catrice is cruelty free. Like I said, the product conceals a good amount, but I was really surprised how lightweight it is. It literally feels like second skin, even though I applied it onto my entire face like a foundation. It dries really quickly, so speed is key with this one. I found that is blends easier with fingers, but as long as it doesn't dry up it's blendable with a sponge. The coverage of the product in my opinion is a medium, but as it is lightweight it's easy to build up close to a full coverage. At the end of the day it did crease especially on top of my lids and around my eyes, but not too badly for it to be a major problem. I would buy this again for the sake of the price and the pretty good coverage and feeling of it.


Conditioner -DevaCurl - Delight one condition

on 6/27/2017 3:48:00 PM

I'd like to preface my review by saying that I do not use this as a conditioner as it isn't heavy/strong enough for my overabundant, fine textured, color treated and highlighted, 100% grey, 2C/3A/3B hair. Instead, I like it as part of my second day hair refresh. I first spritz on a watered down (50% product/50%water) refresher spray (like Mister Right) and then take about a quarter sized dollop of this and scrunch it in my damp curls. What this does is smooths and softens my poofy, slightly frizzy bed-head hair into tamed curls and waves even after tossing and turning all night.
It doesn't seem to build up or cause gross, tacky, gooey hair even used as a leave in, and washes out perfectly without any build up the next day.
I have also used a bit of this on my drier spots (like when my hairdresser gets overzealous with the bleach and dries out my hair a bit) as a leave in after my gel (I use Arc Angel) and it helps to soften the feel and look of my hair.
Using this as a conditioner is more a matter of preference than anything as I am a wavy curly and this should work for my hair, but I tend to like to not be as poofy and prefer a bit more softness and weight. My hair is never frizzy with this conditioner, it just gives me very poofy big hair. ;-)
Overall I'm pleased with this "conditioner" and will keep purchasing.


Liquid -L'Oreal - Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation

on 6/27/2017 3:46:00 PM

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For drugstore this is actually a decent foundation for oily skin. I love the squeeze bottle. My pros for this product:
1. Super matte finish for those who love that
2. Blends fairly well
3. Easy availability, you shouldn't have to search hi and lo to find this foundation
4. Affordable compared to department store/luxury brands

Cons
1. Limited color selection, I have to blend 2 shades to get my match
2. This settles in pores like nobody's business. And upon applying the second layer, it creases around my smile lines. I've never had a foundation do that.
3. It transfers quite a bit, even tho it claims to be 24 hour wear and with a setting spray.
4. Not full coverage, I'd say its medium coverage but buildable.
5. Has a strange, chalky look to it as you apply it, almost reminds me of milk of magnesia type texture.

Its an okay foundation but it just doesn't do it for me. I'll finish what I have but I won't repurchase.


Moisturizers -Tarte - Drink H2O Hydrating Boost

on 6/27/2017 3:43:00 PM

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I was disappointed to see that the third ingredient in this moisturizer is dimethicone. It's basically just silicone and water. Although silicones give a smooth feel/appearance to the face, they don't actually nourish the skin. I want my moisturizer to actually moisturize me, not simply give the illusion that it is doing so. Silicones also coat the skin with a barrier, preventing whatever helpful ingredients actually are in this product from being properly absorbed into the skin. This isn't quite as bothersome, but the jar packaging will also hinder any positive effects from this product by overexposing it to air. Overall I don't think this is good as a moisturizer, which is what it's marketed as, hence my low rating. However it works well as a smoothing/hydrating primer underneath my foundation. It helps the foundation apply smoothly and seems to eliminate dry patches. So I bumped it up to 2 stars. I will continue using it for that purpose.


Treatments (Face) -Cosrx - BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

on 6/27/2017 3:30:00 PM

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I'm still fairly new to this product but have used it for a couple weeks fairly regularly.

I am trying it in different ways, sometimes applying a bit with a cotton pad and letting it dry and set for a half hour or an hour before splashing it off with water and going on with my regular makeup and moisturizer application. Sometimes I leave it on longer or I use it under makeup but I'm easing into it as I give my skin a chance to adjust. (I'd read about some people experiencing itchiness or other issues.) I'm not having any problem with this, however.

It's a clear, scentless liquid that feels slightly more watery than aloe vera gel. It feels a touch obvious upon first application but it soon dries and my skin doesn't feel coated. Or dry. Or itchy. Or goopy. Or any other bad/annoying description.

After about two weeks of use I am noticing the pores on my nose are a tiny bit smaller. (That's my trouble zone in terms of pores/blackheads, where if makeup isn't blended, the pores become quite obvious.) I'm going to keep at it and hope they continue to shrink, and I hope in time my skin starts to look a bit more even and smooth.

So far it's off to a good start, though.

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Liquid -Chanel - Perfection Lumiere Velvet

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I love love love this foundation. my friend recommend it to me and I've been using it ever since. This is my first chanel product and it got me hooked to the brand.
I wear make up on daily bases and prefer natural looks. This foundation is lightweight -since it is water based and is what it claim to be with the velvety finish. I have combination/oily skin and this gives me a really healthy dewy look with glows without making me really oily. thou it is not high coverage- light to medium but with some concealer it's alright. Good for all ages me and my mom use it
Wish they'll change the packaging to something more fancy after all it is Chanel. but with the sqaure-ish packaging it is easy for travel light weight plastic bottle.
Highly recommend this

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Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Firebird Saltwater Perfume Oil

on 6/27/2017 3:12:00 PM

Firebird is a store on Etsy that sells oils and other bath and body items. I really love the saltwater perfume oil. It is super light and fresh. Longevity is only a few hours for me, but since it comes in a rollerball bottle, re-application is easy. It doesn't have too much throw in order to offend others, either. And I like that Firebird has sample packs you may order online to try their scents too!

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Bronzers -Marc Jacobs - O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan in Tan-tastic! (white compact)

on 6/27/2017 3:07:00 PM

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After being loyal to Benefit Hoola and NARS Laguna for years, I decided to branch out and try Marc Jacobs after hearing all the rave reviews. Plus I couldn't resist the white packaging and coconut fragrance. I'm pleased to say it did not disappoint, and in fact it's become my favorite bronzer. Compared to Hoola and Laguna, this version of Tantric (as opposed to the one in Marc Jacobs' permanent line) is slightly cooler than those, so it looks a tad more natural on my NC 15-20 skin - nothing remotely muddy or orange here. Texture is nice and soft and the pigmentation is just right. There was no discernible shimmer and while it does have a very faint coconutty scent, as with the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops highlighter, I really can't smell it unless my nose is basically touching the product. I don't even smell it upon application and certainly not throughout the day. So if you're not a fan of scented products don't let the fragrance stop you from buying this. All in all, this is an excellent addition to my summer makeup arsenal and my go-to bronzer.

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Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Alkemia perfume oils - etsy store

on 6/27/2017 3:07:00 PM

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I have sampled some of Alkemia's oils and they are really nice! I didn't necessarily think that every sample vial justified a full bottle purchase, but all 6 samples I tried had the perfect amount of throw and longevity, which is often hit or miss with indie perfumes for me. I sampled Ghost Fire, Sandscape, Smoke & MIrrors, Calliope, Trick or Treat, and Roll in the Hay.

Ghost Fire: "A luminous attraction of ethereal white ambers. Hauntingly beautiful." It was really nice--I was afraid the amber would be too much, but this is actually a really nice and feminine perfume. Not a full bottle purchase for me, but I will definitely revisit my sample in the future.

Sandscape: "Sun warmed beach sand, Atlantic ocean breezes, the saline-aquatic scent of drying sea water on skin, and the faintest hints of tanning oil and seaweed." This perfume oil reminded me A LOT of the natural oil version of Bobbi Brown's beach perfume. However, the dry down of this perfume is WAAAAAY better than Beach perfume. I can't really describe it other than to say that it seems like I can really smell the heat of a beach atmosphere on my skin!! It is amazing! And so little goes a long way, which is true of all of the samples I tried. But with this one, Sandscape comes off as such a light breezy scent, but it lasts 5 hours + on my skin. It is really nice!!! I might be buying a full bottle of this one....

Smoke & MIrrors: "An elusive, smokey blend of burning wood, Madagascar Vanilla, and Tonka. We find this one to be elementally simple, but unusually mercurial and highly responsive to different skin chemistries… the vanilla and the smoke dance with each other almost continuously… sometimes the foreground is smoky, then sweet, then returns with sweetly smoky, then smoky." This one seems to be quite popular from Alkemia. I like it, especially for layering. It is a very true scent of smoke & mirrors! However, I also don't like it as much as I like Firebird's perfume oil called woodsmoke & vanilla. So this wouldn't be a full bottle purchase for me personally.

Calliope: "A beguiling divertissement of piquant clementine, orange blossoms, white orchid, sugared currants, tonka, and vanilla musk whirled with flirtatious teases of billowy cotton candy floss and kisses of saltwater taffy." I am not usually a Pink Sugar or ANYTHING cotton candy fan. But I wanted to try this one since it seems to be another popular pick from Alkemia. It is nice...if you like the sugary, cotton candy scents! Not for me...But clearly, a well-blended perfume! It was exactly as I expected--a quality, cotton candy-ish fragrance!

Trick or Treat: "A grownup confection of black licorice, mandarin orange peel, caramelized brown sugar, bourbon vanilla, candied ginger, tonka bean, blonde patchouli, cedar tips, oakmoss, and sandalwood. Utterly sexy on both men and women..." I really like this one for its uniqueness. I get a lot of orange + smoke from this, and I would definitely say smoke instead of licorice--But others say they smell licorice! It is a nice uni-sex fragrance...I might be ordering a full bottle!!

Roll in the Hay: "A delightful romp through dried hay, fresh green grass, early summer wildflower honey, vanilla grass, vanilla leaf, and wild poppy." I was most excited to sample this one. It is definitely true to scent in my opinion. A little thicker and heavier than I imagined, but you can definitely smell the hay, honey, and vanilla! It borders on being too mature of a scent for me...but I will definitely be trying it several times more and consider a full bottle purchase of this!

Overall, I loved sampling form this Etsy shop. I also love their prices--a little less pricey than other sellers on Etsy I have tried--like Firebird, Scent by the Sea, and Deep Midnight (great scents too....but more expensive as well)...I love that Alkemia sells 3 bottles for $30. That is a great price since I think Alkemia has top quality for a handmade perfume!! I definitely plan to try some more scents and order full bottles in the future from Alkemia!!


Pressed Powders -Kevyn Aucoin - The Neo-Setting Powder

on 6/27/2017 3:02:00 PM

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I bought the Neo-Setting Powder from Beautylish when it was first released a couple months ago. I'm a big fan of Kevyn Aucoin - the man and the makeup line - and wanted to love this. My feelings on this product are extremely mixed so read on for my in depth thoughts:

CONCEPT:
First thing to get out of the way - this is NOT a setting powder. This is not even a finishing powder. This is a straight-up, full-on highlighter - a 21 gram highlighter, too. I seriously doubt I'll ever hit pan on this, even if I gave up on all other highlighters for the rest of my life. Before going on any further, I should clarify what a setting powder actually IS and go over why the official description of the Neo-Setting Powder is ultimately misleading.

A SETTING powder can be loose or pressed, translucent or tinted. Its key purpose, however, is to 'set' foundation, thus extending its longevity, as well as diminishing shine and leaving behind a relatively matte finish.

A FINISHING powder, on the other hand, is typically used as the final step after all other makeup has been applied. Like setting powders, finishing powder can be loose (eg the Guerlain Météorites Pearls) or pressed (eg Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Powders). They are usually subtly luminous and are intended to impart a flatteringly blurred, soft focus finish to the complexion.

PRODUCT CLAIMS
Here's the official description of the KA Neo-Setting Powder, courtesy of Beautylish:

"Dial your makeup up or down with this innovative, three-in-one setting powder. The exclusive neo-gradient technology takes any look from matte to satin to radiant with just one swipe.
* Set your makeup with a matte, satin, or radiant finish—all in one sleek palette
* The silky, triple-milled powder formula glides on to even skin tone and blur imperfections without looking powdery or cakey."

DOES IT FULFILL THE CLAIMS?
Short answer: No. Ideally, a product would always deliver on its claims but in reality, I'm willing to be more lenient. That said, I believe it was a huge mistake to call this product a "Setting Powder" as nothing could be more misleading. Onto the claims:

3-IN-ONE CHOICE OF FINISH: Conceptually, the Neo-Setting Powder is similar to the KA Neo-Limelight and Neo-Bronzing Powders. Each palette is supposed to compose a gradient of three different shades/finishes. The Neo-Setting Powder does not. I have included pictures and a swatch of the product and you can see that it is shimmery across the board. If there is a variety of finishes, it completely eludes me: there is NO WAY I would call any part of this palette matte. Satin? That's a major stretch too. Radiant? Sure!

I've tried to discern whether any parts of the palette are less 'radiant' than others and I think the left side is the most low-key (let's call it 'strobe-worthy radiant'.) We're already in the highlighter category. Moving on, the middle portion is what I'd call 'duo-chrome radiant' - there's an opalescent finish that you may be able to see in some of the pictures. I find it VERY pretty but, as someone who is not comfortable with highlighter in general, I'm afraid this may be lost on me. Last of all, the right hand side of the palette: this part overlaps with the middle portion to be honest, but takes the duo-chrome a step up. If you want highlighter that is so blinding, it's visible from outer space - this is for you.

*SIDE NOTE: I have tried using the middle to right portions for nights out and can confirm that, for those occasions, the Neo-Setting Powder rocks. The opalescent/luminescent/phosphorescent (that's the word - finally) finish is reeeealllly transfixing. I guarantee that your megawatt glow will be unmatched by anyone else in the club/same full moon party in Koh Samui/same underground rave in Berlin/fellow attendee of Ultra music festival/etc.)

BLURS IMPERFECTIONS: Usually, I'd say that anything as full on shimmery as the Neo-Setting Powder would draw attention to imperfections and pores but honestly, I don't even know. This stuff is so blinding it could well make your imperfections invisible.

APPLICATION: I highly advice using the most airy, precise highlighter brush you own when applying this. No, a tapered candle highlight brush is not going to cut it. You want a fan at the very least. My personal favourite is the G6070 Kebo from Hakuhodo. It's blue squirrel so it picks up only the finest amount of powder and the smaller size allows for more precision. It's a fantastic brush in general.

FINAL THOUGHTS: I really do have mixed feelings about this palette because on the one hand, nope, it is not a setting powder. This is pure highlighter. On the other hand, this is one hell of a highlighter. It's not terribly subtle granted (the left side of the palette paired with the Hakuhodo G6070 does dial the glow down somewhat.) If this was called the Neo-Highlighter palette or offered in the Neo-Limelight range, I'd give it a 5 star score. (Still: does anyone really need 21g of highlighter??)

But this is being marketed as a setting powder and in that regard, it fails and is also pretty misleading. I do think people are savvy enough to look at the official photos and discern that this is not a true setting powder (I personally thought it was a finishing powder at first). So that's why I've been slightly lenient in scoring. I took off two stars for the failure to deliver on its claims, which leaves it with three stars (because it truly is the ultimate highlighter for any highlighter fiends out there.)

I would not rebuy this again if I lost it because I sincerely believe that no one needs 21g of highlighter. YMMV, of course.

GRADE: As a setting powder: F. As a highlighter (on steroids): A+

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