Palettes -Viseart -Eyeshadow Palette - Neutral Matte

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Ugh. I have mixed feelings about this palette, and not only because I wanted it for a long time and it was possibly my biggest makeup splurge to date. If the ratings were based purely on the quality of the eyeshadows, I would probably give it 4 or 5 stars. The shadows are beautiful, well pigmented, blend well, and last on my eyelids a long, long time without using a primer. But we have to judge a product on its performance and value to get the whole story.

PROS:
-Good quality, long wearing eyeshadows
-Decent range of light to dark, mix of warm and cool shades (but definitely leans warm)

...aaaannnnnd that's kind of where the pros end.

CONS:
-The price. The colors are not unique, this palette is very dupeable, and the formula is not exceptional enough to justify this being twice the price of comparable products.
-HORRENDOUS packaging. I remember hearing somewhere that the packaging was designed this way to show appreciation for art and color, and so makeup artists could see exactly which colors were in the palette before opening it. But as a consumer, it just reads cheap af, and the plastic lid literally broke within the first month or so of me owning it. I have to remove the lid completely every time I open it, and carefully snap it back on to close it.
-Similar colors. One of the light cream shades could definitely have been replaced with something else, as they show up nearly the same on the eye.

All things considered, I wouldn't repurchase this product. I think I would have been just as happy or happier with something like the Kat Von D Shade + Light or any number or neutral palettes out there for half the price.


Moisturizers -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Extra Virgin Olive Oil

on 9/18/2018 2:31:00 PM

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AMAZING for when you don't feel like wasting cotton pads and micellar water to remove makeup. Literally take a teaspoon of it, rub onto damp face and even on your eyes, rub very well, but gently for a minute. Let it sit while you shower/do other stuff etc, then wash your face twice with a good cleanser. All of your makeup DISAPPEARS. Yayyy.


Lotions/ Creams -NIVEA -Skin Firming Lotion

on 9/18/2018 2:18:00 PM

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I usually love Nivea products, but this one....not so much. It is a very lightweight lotion and really doesn’t do too much in the cooler/dry months. One thing I was really disappointed with is that it has a very heavy rose scent. I should have looked on the label better, as I wouldn’t have purchased had I known. Not a fan of fragrance in my skin care products. Will go back to their “regular” body lotion...that sent I don’t mind too much.


Lips -MILANI -Amore Matte Lip Creme

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Great shade selection, amazing pigmentation and durability on the lips throughout the day. The major flaw with the product lies in it's dry down and texture. This is SO dry. But I mean SO SO DRY, continuous usage will be the death of my lips. And for almost $10... I can't justify it.
I even much prefer the $2 NiceFace liquid lipsticks from Wish, I love those.


Brows -wet n wild -Ultimate Brow Retractable Brow Pencil

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I've repurchased 3 times. Opaque color, not too waxy texture, ease of use, surprisingly simple but useful packaging with a spooly brush in the other end. Doesn't really fade during the day... Great affordable price...
Just, amazing product.


Lips -NYX Professional Makeup -Soft Matte Lip Cream (All)

on 9/18/2018 1:48:00 PM

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- I'm reviewing the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shades "Zurich", "Stockholm" and "Antwerp".
- I'm NC15 with light brown/dark golden blonde ombre hair and light blue eyes.

- I think warmer tones in makeup are more flattering on me than cooler tones, even though I have "cool" undertones in my skin.

Scent: Like buttercream frosting (with a hint of lipstick-y smell).

Texture: It has a kind of mousse/cream like texture, with a very slight sheen that dries down slightly and is very lightweight. It's very, very smooth and soft going on. You can barely tell you are wearing anything on your lips. It is slightly drying, since it is matte, so wear a light layer of lip balm underneath.

Color: "Antwerp" is a medium muted coral on me. It's very wearable and I wear it to work with warmer shades of eye shadow and blush. It would be beautiful with some bronzer, but you could wear it year round. It's medium coverage. "Zurich" is a light to medium warm pink nude that is very flattering. It's medium coverage. (I'm wearing it in the picture I posted, not sure why it's sideways. Sorry) "Stockholm" is similar to "Zurich" but has more peach in it, so a medium peachy nude. It's medium coverage.
How long it lasted: It lasts about the same as any other bullet matte lipstick/non-long wear liquid lipstick. It is matte so it does wear longer than a satin/cream lipstick. It's not kiss-proof, but it's not sticky/gloopy either.

I really love these lip creams! They are perfect for adding a pop of color even if you don't normally wear lipstick, since they are so lightweight.

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Moisturizers -ELEMIS -PEPTIDE4 NIGHT RECOVERY CREAM-OIL

on 9/18/2018 1:37:00 PM

I've tried a few Elemis products and I usually either love them or really really dislike them.  The Elemis Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil was a big dislike.  It seems like this cream-oil gel ingredient list really focus on fragrance instead of beneficial ingredients.  When you apply this the scent is light and dissipates over the course of the wear, but I was suprised just how many fragrance ingredients this contains as opposed to good for skin, beneficial ingredients.  This is rather light on ingredients that will help skin repair, recover, renew, and rehydrate.  I would skip this product and look for something from Elemis that is heavier on beneficial ingredients and lighter on fragrance ingredients. My review video can be seen here:



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Lips -NYX Professional Makeup -Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp

on 9/18/2018 12:53:00 PM

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- I'm reviewing the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade "Antwerp" which I would say is a medium coral in the tube.

- I'm NC15 with light brown/dark golden blonde ombre hair and light blue eyes.

- I think warmer tones in makeup are more flattering on me than cooler tones, even though I have "cool" undertones in my skin.

Scent: Like buttercream frosting (with a hint of lipstick-y smell).

Texture: It has a kind of mousse/cream like texture, with a very slight sheen that dries down slightly and is very lightweight. It's very, very smooth and soft going on. You can barely tell you are wearing anything on your lips. It is slightly drying, since it is matte, so wear a light layer of lip balm underneath.

Color: It is a medium muted coral on me. It's very wearable and I wear it to work with warmer shades of eye shadow and blush. It would be beautiful with some bronzer, but you could wear it year round.

How long it lasted: It lasts about the same as any other bullet matte lipstick/non-long wear liquid lipstick. It is matte so it does wear longer than a satin/cream lipstick. It's not kiss-proof, but it's not sticky/gloopy either.

I really love these lip creams! They are perfect for adding a pop of color even if you don't normally wear lipstick, since they are so lightweight.

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Moisturizers -sisley -Botanical moisturizer w/ cucumber

on 9/18/2018 12:37:00 PM

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This excellent and previously lightweight moisturizer has been reformulated into a heavier more substantial emulsion.
Propylene glycol that also lent lightness to the product, has been replaced by a much heavier glycerin, while mineral oil was replaced by some emollient oils blend to mimic the feel of mineral oil.
There is not much cucumber extract in either versions though.

It is still a very pleasant product, but if you were expecting the original Moisturizer with Cucumber, this is different.

I have used the original version 20 years ago and have tried this new "improved" (or rather updated) version. I liked the lighter older formula then with a younger more moisturized skin, and I do like this new version that also be more suitable for my skin today.

The fragrance is also milder now.

2018 Ingredients: Water/Eau (Aqua), Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Myristate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Limonene, Coumarin, Isoeugenol. Il#3a

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Treatments (Eye) -Este Lauder -Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Eye Cream

on 9/18/2018 12:28:00 PM

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This eye cream is sufficiently moisturizing for my dry skin and works very well to lift the slight droop I have at the corner of my eyes. The cream is thick and lasts me two months, using it twice a day over Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. The first two ingredients are water and Shea butter.

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Lipstick -REVLON -Colorburst balm stain

on 9/18/2018 12:18:00 PM

I'm reviewing the new 5 limited edition shades of this--all with light shimmer, feels moisturising, have slight mint taste. I got Prismatic Purple (dark purple), Twilight (light grayish lavender) and Moonlit Pink (light brown nude pink). I like Moonlit Pink best--it has pink shimmer that makes it a MLBB on my lips. There is also a black shade, maybe good for Halloween!


Liquid -La Roche-Posay -Toleriane-Corrective Fluid Foundation

on 9/18/2018 12:18:00 PM

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There are two positive things about this foundation: it does have a high-ish coverage and it doesn't irritate skin at all. On the negative side it has an abysmal shade range of just 4 colors that are more neutral leaning than anything, for people with warm undertones or more pigmented skin there are no options. The foundation also doesn't look natural on skin, there are enough full coverage foundations that don't allow for the flat contour-less look, it tends to break up quickly and creases instantly, and clings to every dry bit of skin, primers don't help much.

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Foundations -wet n wild -Photo Focus Foundation

on 9/18/2018 12:03:00 PM

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Bought this on a whim to test out - I picked up shade 366C Buff Bisque, I'm normally NC20-25-ish during the summer/spray tan months. In a nutshell, this looks GREAT in photos, smells horrible, packaging is a little bulky, and the spatula probably has a lot of bacteria lingering on it. It's cheap (like $5 or so at ULTA?) This isn't as long lasting as my go to matte formulas, but for flawless foundation in photographs I'm willing to keep it around. I'd repurchase!

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Sunscreen -Mad Hippie -Facial SPF 30+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum

on 9/18/2018 11:55:00 AM

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After starting to use a few of Mad Hippie's other products (the Vitamin C and Exfoliating serums), I decided to take a chance on their facial sunscreen. I tend to enjoy more mineral-based formulas, which this definitely is! I'd been using Farmacy's Green Screen, and picked this up after finishing my last tube of Green Screen. It was also less expensive and didn't involve a trip to the mall to pick up; one of the things I really enjoy about Mad Hippie is that in my area, it's sold in multiple chains of supermarkets and I don't have to go out of my way to get it.

Because the main active ingredient is Zinc Oxide (16%), I expected some degree of white cast on application (despite claims otherwise). On me, the white cast never faded completely. On one hand, it cancelled out a little bit of redness, but on the other, it made me look pretty ghastly and washed out. On days when I applied makeup on top, it wasn't a big deal, but with the sunscreen alone, I looked a little dead (for reference, I'm NC 20-25-ish in summer).

The feel of the formula was fine, you should definitely shake the bottle before applying. It didn't feel too "lotiony" which a lot of sunscreens do, and wasn't heavy or greasy on my face, even the oily areas. The coverage was effective, so the product did its job.

The smell is strong. If you don't like wearing florals or enjoy the smell of rose, this is not for you. In my experience, the smell did not fade over time, and people around me could instantly pick up on it. It's not necessarily a bad smell, but it's definitely a smell.

All in all, not a bad product. I'll be finishing my tube but more likely on my chest and hands, not my face. I enjoy Mad Hippie as a brand, but this product didn't work as well for me as I'd hoped.

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Liquid -Este Lauder -Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

on 9/18/2018 11:34:00 AM

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I really like this one. For a gal with very oily skin with acne scars, I struggle when it comes to finding a good foundation that won't break down on my T-zones during the day. This one is beautiful when I want a nice coverage and flawless skin. I barely need to spot conceal when I wear this foundation. I also like that it's long wearing, Stay-In-Place for real! Sometimes I don't even powder, and it helps not to look too cakey, but I see the oil comes through after a few hours, but it looks more dewy than fried-chicken-oily.
It doesn't break me out at all, but it does accentuate my pores near my nose a little, and although that doesn't bother me much (because every foundation does that on me), siliconated primer helped with the problem. I would like very much if this foundation came with a pump, but I can survive, lol.

TL;DR:
Pros: long-wearing, good coverage, beautiful finish, doesn't accentuate texture
Cons: no pump, doesn't blur larger pores


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