Latest Reviews

Concealers -NARS -Soft Matte Complete Concealer

on 2/23/2018 12:23:00 PM


This is my go to daily under eye concealer. I used Bobbi Brown corrector in peach in the past for years but don't need to use a corrector and concealer no longer. This blends beautifully, rids all of my dark hereditary under eye issues and a PERFECT color that's no too yellow or ashy. Blends well with the setting powders I've been using. NC40 and use the color Macadamia.

What it doesn't do is cake or pill, don't use too much, make sure to blend well and set w/ powder.

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Foundations -Lancome -Skin Feels Good

on 2/23/2018 12:17:00 PM

I saw the advertisement for a new Lancome BB/ Tinted Moisturizer/ Foundation and with a name like Skin Feels Good (with SPF 23) I had to purchase it. I also noticed that Yves Saint Laurent released a similar product called Touche Eclat All in One Glow Tinted Moisturizer also with SPF 23. The ingredient list on this product is very very similar to the new Lancome Skin Feels Good and they both have SPF 23, too. The Lancome Skin Feels Good is priced a little more affordable ($35) than the similar Yves Saint Laurent Glow Tinted Moisturizer, which is $48. The first several ingredients of both products are identical- probably because both are owned by Loreal.

I really wanted to love the Lancome Skin Feels Good but it just didn't make my skin either look or feel good. This is highly fragranced and it takes quite a long time to dissipate. I also thought the finish of this started to look blotchy and uneven when I applied this over my primer (Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer). I'm not a big fan of this having an SPF of 23 because an SPF of at least 30 is the recommended level for daily use. This just didn't look natural or feel natural. This settled into fine lines as well. I wouldn't recommend this for dry skin, but I can't say that I think this would work well for oily skin either. I think this product needs some revisions or perhaps the YSL version is a better product. I'm going to have to check that one out. My more detailed review and swatches can be seen here:

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Blush -NARS -Luster

on 2/23/2018 12:04:00 PM


I purchased this a few years ago but just kept in storage because it wasn't working for me at the time. It didn't show up on my face pretty much and probably using the wrong blush. Maybe my coloring has changed because I love it now! I was using it for a straight 6 months before I finally repurchased. NC40ish here and other blushes turn different colors on me. Swatches of coral or peaches are so pretty but eventually turn reddish during the day, maybe I get flushed and warm, but this stays a true apricot w a nice sheen. Also does not turn orange on me. I wanted to love Madly just to change things up a bit but had to return. It was beautiful swatched but on my face just turned muddy whether I put a little or much more. Luster blends beautifully on my skin, lasts most of the day, finely milled, and the apricot color perks me up my face like no other blush has in a long time. In person or in pictures looks airbrushed so thank you NARS!

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Primer/ Corrector -Dr. Brandt -Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer

on 2/23/2018 11:58:00 AM


This is one of my desert island products, which I have used for years. I use it throughout the day on my oily T zone after blotting with papers. It is very lightweight and blurs large pores on my nose. One tube lasts a long time with daily use.

Mascara -Tarte -Lights Camera Lashes

on 2/23/2018 11:54:00 AM


So many cons about this mascara... let me start: - the formula is on the dry side and it's a bit gritty - the color of the mascara is so matte - it dries out the lashes and i could feel the grittiness of the formula when i remove it - no dramatic effect whatsoever, no lengthening either Conclusion: don't waste money on this one, if you are too curious buy a sample size first

Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand -Wei East Chestnut Extra Firming Cream

on 2/23/2018 11:47:00 AM

Just a "meh" cream for me, ill use it up, because i have it, but has not had any noticeable effects on my skin.

Shampoo -Revlon -Colorsilk Moisturizing Shampoo Gorgeous Brunette

on 2/23/2018 11:46:00 AM

I adore this shampoo, ever since Aveeno discontinued their shampoos years ago and reformulated them I haven't been able to find a mild shampoo that I like. Finding a shampoo for me is not an easy task, I have dry scalp that acts up in the summer (dry high dessert weather and psoriasis) and dry wavy brown colored hair with a balyage, this shampoo doesn't dry out my scalp, doesn't give me flakes, doesn't strip my color and keeps the color super vibrant and shiny, the shampoo is a warm pearly bronzey color, I leave it for one minute and wash it, I barely loose any hair with this gem.

Primer/ Corrector -Peter Thomas Roth -Skin To Die For No-Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector

on 2/23/2018 11:43:00 AM


I'm on the fence about this one a bit. I am not wild about most primers, because some make my face feel hot or uncomfortable for a while. (Still trying to figure out what I might be allergic to.) This one, happily does not irritate my face. It does a nice blurring job and makes a good canvas for applying makeup on top of it. My pores look a bit smaller, too, and I need very little of this. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin either, which is nice. Some primers make me feel "coated," for lack of a better word to describe it.

I notice no scent or anything either. It's ivory/beige colored rather than a clear or milky-looking primer, but it spreads out and leaves no tint on my light neutral skin. It's a tiny bit pricey, but again, you don't need a lot. I can't say whether it will actually make my skin look better over the long haul, like the packaging says, that 28 days of use will make for some kind of improvement. (I'm working from a generous sample here, and haven't purchased.) But I'm putting this on my "when it comes time to buy a new primer this will definitely merit another look, and if I have a Sephora coupon, I may just break down and buy it" list. We'll see, however.

Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees -Honey Lip Balm

on 2/23/2018 11:43:00 AM


I buy Burts bees because am against animal testing and also veggie. I just bought this and it's got carmine in it. That's crushed beetles between you and me.
Not such an ethical, animal friendly company after all. I shall avoid in future.

(Edit, sorry this review was meant for the pomegranate lip balm!)

Skincare - Face -Peter Thomas Roth -Instant FIRMx

on 2/23/2018 11:41:00 AM


First, I was one of those ladies who fell for the high pressure pitch for lioness pearl facelift cream. (See my review) It really did reduce my bags and lines. Other similar products include instantly ageless, and sudden change. All work similarly, by tightening the loose skin around the eye socket thus eliminating the shadow that causes dark circles under the eye. But I didn’t want to order overpriced product online (ranging from just over 100$ to 700$) so off to Ulta I went in search of something reasonably priced that produced similar results. Found this and purchased the small sample for 9$. Wow. I like it better than the 130$ lioness product! First, you need just a pea sized amount. Wet fingertips and apply all over face. Wait about 3 minutes. If you see white residue, you’ve used too much or you didn’t spread it thin enough. Face feels tight and at first a little plasticy (think Donatello Versace shiny). But it softens up quickly and looks natural enough to go sans makeup. It reduced pores, eliminates bags and most wrinkles and reduces the crevices of deep wrinkles to a minimum. Do not add liquid (if needed) should be a mineral powder and powder blush and shadow. You could probably add spot concealer if needed. Lasts all day, I would probably reapply at night if I was going out. I will definitely repurchase the larger tube. But even the small tube is a good value. Worth trying and experimenting, especially if you have been intrigued by all the instant facelift products that are popping up on Facebook. I wear very little makeup but this would be a staple in my everyday routine.

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