Latest Reviews


Highlighters -Maybelline -Face Studio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter - 100 Light Iridescent

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I always have one of these in my stock since I first discovered it. I'm very fair skinned send the light shade looks amazing on my skin. Unlike other stick highlighters, you can apply this directly to face from the tube without disturbing your foundation. I'll usually wear a powder highlight then apply this at the highest points of my cheekbones and just blend with fingers our beauty blender and the end result is a whole lot of Pop! It is very eye-catching...especially in the sun. I've received compliments on many occasions while wearing this and the best news...they came out with this in liquid form which is even MORE beautiful if that's possible


Eye Shadow -Maybelline -New York The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

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When these came out, I swatches one and left the store with 3 different palettes! The formula of these shadows are very buttery and they blend well. The pigmentation was so much better than I expectedand the shimmers/metallics are very eye catching and i live the compact size...BUT I cannot to a whole eye look with these palettes because there is either no mattes our just 1 matte and the finish of these shadows would be to overwhelming put all together but I have found they play nicely with other shadows so I can use one if these gorgeous blinding shades with shadows from a different palette which I often do. And the highlighting shade under my brow bone usually comes from one of these.


Styling Products -Living Proof -T. B.D. Multi-Tasking Styler

on 6/25/2018 2:44:00 PM

I was not expecting to like this as I haven't had good luck with Living Proof products in the past and am generally not a styling product junkie, but this has really grown on me. I typically use Phyto 7 as a finishing cream, but I find myself using T.B.D. for the performance as well as the scent. I'm not crazy about the fact that this contains petroleum though (so I can't give it the full 5/5/ rating) so I doubt this will replace Phyto 7 (which is more natural), but T.B.D. is definitely in my haircare product rotation.


Loose Powders -Laura Mercier -Translucent Loose Setting Powder

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I have tried countless setting powders from drugstore to h high end. I have a whole collection that are still all full...Coty Air Spun, NYX HD Setting Powder, Cover FX, etc. I've heard hype about this for years but refused to spend that kind of money on yet another powder that would disappoint. But then I received a sample in my Sephora Play and the angels sang! This translucent powder goes on so smoothly, is completely invisible, doesn't take the dewiness out of my foundation and makes my skin look absolutely flawless. I use a big soft fluffy brush to apply and blend really well, then I'll spray the flat part of my beauty blender with my setting spray and push the powder into my face with it...this trick is one of the best I've learned...it makes the powder sink right into your skin so you literally cannot detect a trace if powder without diminishing any of the benefits of it. It also increases the longevity. I never have to touch up my concealer or foundation during the day nor do I have to reapply powder. I cannot stress how good this is..it gives me an airbrushed look. And it's worth the extra money because one jar lasts a LONG time!

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Hair Styling Tools -Unlisted Brand -Sultra - Bombshell Curling Iron

on 6/25/2018 2:32:00 PM

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The one in the picture here is the 1-1/2" version. I have the 1" version and I wish they offered a 1-1/4" version. Since they don't, I am about to buy the 1-1/2" one. The 1" is fantastic - I have had it for three years and I use it almost everyday, still going strong. I have every brand of curling iron and wand that has ever been made and this is my favorite. My hairdresser gets great results with a Hot Tools clip iron so I bought one for home use. For some reason when I use the Hot Tools one, the curls fall out after a few hours even when I load up on extreme hold hairspray. The Bombshell has produced the longest lasting waves for me - with hairspray, they last for days. Because this wand has such a high temp, it really smoothes out my frizzies and gives me the bouncy shiny waves I love. The only drawback for me is that I burn myself with it - a lot! This baby runs HOT (probably why I get such great lasting power with it in spite of my slippery fine hair) and I don't bother wearing the included glove (and my hands have the scars prove it). If you care about having pretty hands, wear the glove! I would definitely buy this again and highly recommend it for those with fine hair.


Lip Gloss -Marc Jacobs -Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick

on 6/25/2018 1:49:00 PM

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This product is similar to Chantecaille Lip Chics - it looks and applies like a lipstick but has the sheen, texture and zero staying power of a gloss.
The pros:
- The shade I have is GORGEOUS - One Mauve Time is a cool mauved MLBB with teeny tiny gold micro glitter that provides enough glow and dimension to keep this from being too purple/flat/corpse-like.
- The gloss aspect offers both moisture and a perfect glow - not thick/gloppy/sticky like a liquid gloss.
- For a gloss, these are really well pigmented.

Cons:
- This product is not cheap - US $28.
- Staying power, as mentioned above, is minimal. On me this is gone after an hour, even without eating/drinking/smooching.
- Packaging: Outer gloss case is cheap plastic and overly bulky (I guess to make it seem like there's product inside), click mechanism is not necessary and breaks easily.
- Shade selection is limited.

All in all, I am so in love with the shade and texture that I would buy this again. But I wouldn't be happy about the price and the poor durability so I am now on a hunt for a cheaper dupe....


Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand -Rohto - Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Moist)

on 6/25/2018 1:47:00 PM

On my second bottle of this. My skin is on the dryer side and this has helped so much to keep the flakes away on my hormonal acne prone skin. In the morning, I usually just pat this on my face after I get out of the shower (so that there is enough moisture in the air for the lotion to absorb), then I follow-up with facial oil and makeup. This does not leave my skin greasy.

What was a true game changer with this is to use it as a lotion mask (search on YouTube for "lotion mask Chizu Saeki" and you will find how to do this). Every evening, I make a DIY lotion mask with Selena Multi Layer Cotton Puff: You wet the puff with water, drop 5 drops of the lotion on it, fold the cotton puff over a few times to distribute the lotion over the puff. Split the puff into 5 sheets and place on freshly cleansed face for 3 minutes. I like the concept of masks but don't like to have to sit around for so long. Three minutes is perfect, and it is so much cheaper than having to buy sheet masks.

My face is so happy after I do this every night. It's been a couple months since I have been regularly doing the lotion mask. My cheeks are far less flaky and my skins looks so much more plump than before. Highly recommend for the dry skinned ladies.


Blush -BeneFit Cosmetics -GALifornia

on 6/25/2018 12:50:00 PM

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Finally! I've finally found my perfect everyday blush. I'm a Nc30 with a very yellow undertone, so peach shades look very good on my skin tone. This is the perfect peach, not too orange or pink, no shimmer. It looks like a nice healthy flush like I just finished running. I highly suggest!!


Foundations -Makeup Revolution -Fast Base Stick Foundation

on 6/25/2018 12:30:00 PM

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Dry skinned girl here. This fdtn is emollient, blends and sets well. I wore it for almost 15 hours yesterday with zero touch ups as a test. Still looked darn near fresh! Normally I would be a cakey mess by then. Worn over TF Hangover Primer, this is amazing. Bought shade F11 for summer as I fake bake, but will definitely be buying lighter for winter. $9 at Ulta, and since they have coupons so often it can’t be beat.

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Brows -L'Oreal -Paradise Extatic Brow Pomade

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This product was reviewed online as a 'drugstore must have' and possible dupe for Benefit Ka Brow. It's supposed to glide on, be buildable and matte for a natural or bold look. The packaging (pretty pink color and clearly inspired by Benefit) includes a slanted brush that you can use to outline and fill the brows.

After reading many good reviews online I bought this in 104 Brunette. I like the packaging and the color looks natural on me, but on the first application I noticed that the formula is so clumpy! I have tried multiple times, but every time I get ridiculous looking clumps in my brows and I end up having to thoroughly brush them out, ruining the outline of my brows in the process.

I give up. My brows do not like this brow pomade :(

I don't own the Benefit version, so I can't say anything about the product really being a dupe or not.



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