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Liquid -Bobbi Brown -Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

on 6/20/2018 3:36:00 PM


After my Sephora Makeover/Nars sheer glow disaster experience (it literally melts and settles into my pores all over after a few hours - I don't even have huge pores!) I was looking for a better foundation option - mind you I'm not a foundation expert by any means, I usually use a BB cream or tinted moisturizer but as I'm aging I want a bit more coverage and a brightening effect.
My basic AM skincare routine is an acid toner followed by a serum, moisturizer and sunscreen (Missha Essence SPF45).

This foundation pumps out with a nice creamy texture but when you start applying you realize it's pretty thick - I get better results using my Urban Decay Optical Blurring foundation brush rather than my traditional foundation brush. Also I absolutely need a primer underneath to improve the application; a combination of a blur primer and this foundation gives me even-toned and pretty flawless skin. My skin looks like skin, it's not 'flat' looking even if it's full coverage. I like the finish so much that I don't need to use powder over it, it's a perfect satiny finish without being shiny or dewy. I just powder a little under my eyes, over my concealer. The foundation looks nice all day, without oxidizing or melting.

For the cons, I guess I would say the thickness/ease of application as well as the fact that it's only SPF15 - better than nothing but it would be a 5-star in my book if it had SPF30.

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Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Amuse Bouche Hot Harissa


I can safely say that this might be one of my dream-come-true lipsticks. Bite's formula is one of my absolute favorites, and they always seem to make interesting, somewhat novel colors that are still flattering and appealing. Hot Harissa is kinda like MAC Chili, but more pigmented and maybe a touch lighter. I'd call it a burnt orange-red; Bite calls it brick-red (which is sorta apt but definitely glosses over the orangeyness) while Temptalia calls it a warm copper. Anyway, it is warm, vibrant, bold, yet not overwhelming and completely flattering. I am super fair, but I think this would look lovely on many skin tones, especially if you favor warmer lippies, reds, oranges, warm browns, and colors in that vein. The formula is the same Bite goodness that I know and love: smooth, comfortable, and pigmented. When I saw Bite's Spice Things Up collection (summer '18) I got super excited, because these are the exact kinds of colors that I like--redheads, take note, because these lipsticks are amazing.

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Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Lipstick in Pepper


If you like Amuse Bouche shades like Chai and Fig you should definitely check out Pepper. Chai is pretty brown and Fig is completely pink, but Pepper is a lovely mauve that's kinda right in the middle. It is a staple daytime lipstick for me, as it is neutral, flattering, and work-appropriate without being nude/MLBB or pink. I tend to prefer mauvey shades or peachy shades for the daytime to actually alter the color of my lips, and Pepper does this without going over the top. It wears nicely, and fades gracefully so that it isn't fussy with constantly needing touchups. Bite's Amuse Bouche formula is amazing, and I will definitely keep Pepper on hand as a go-to for easy daytime looks.

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Lips -Bite Beauty -Amuse Bouche Lipstick

on 6/20/2018 3:08:00 PM


Argh, Bite Beauty! I love the colour range of this line. I love the smell and the taste and even the slightly pasty texture. Pink Salt was an agreeable limited-edition colour--a warmish MLBB mauve--but, like the Agave Lip Mask, caused my lips to swell up with lesions. Don't fall for the "it's-natural-it-can't-hurt-you" schtick. These things are packed with castor and nut oils and have the potential to do some serious damage. Interestingly enough, the Matte Lip Crayon (Glace--SO nice) is just fine.

Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Amuse Bouche Chai


Like many of the other reviewers, I got this in the Sephora birthday kit. I think it's awesome that they're including lip colors that work on a variety of skin tones since some of the items in birthday kits of years past have been questionable. On my fair skin it is a lovely medium-toned rosy neutral, but I do not doubt that it looks gorgeous on deeper skin tones as well. The formula is BOMB just like every other Amuse Bouche I have tried, and it lasts well while feeling comfortable considering that it is not matte. I am not sure I'd buy a full size of this because I probably won't ever even finish the mini, but I am glad that I have it in my collection as a deeper everyday neutral for work.

Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Lipstick in Cava


Cava was glorious on me in spite of my yellow-leaning undertones when I had darker hair, but now that my hair is a bright orangey-blonde-red shade Cava requires a little work because it is VERY cool-toned. If I blot it down I can still wear it with cool-toned makeup looks, but full-on straight out of the tube it looks like corpse lips. If you're fair to light and cool toned, or if you have lighter skin and darker (neutral or cool-toned) hair then Cava is a must.

Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena -Norwegian Formula Hand Cream - Fragrance Free

on 6/20/2018 2:59:00 PM

Glad I read the MUA reviews and took the advice to buy this hand cream. It's pretty much perfect for me. It's hydrating but not greasy or sticky. It doesn't seem to be super moisturizing on its own, but it does a great job locking in residual moisture if you apply it just after washing your hands. It comes in a small, "purse-sized" tube that only cost me about $4/2 oz. It's easy to find in several local drugstores and grocery stores. And it is truly fragrance free.

Sunscreen -Australian Gold -Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotion SPF 50


OMG... amazing sunscreen and now my HG! I will never buy another body sunscreen again! A few years ago I started trying to phase out chemical laden products, particularly chemical based sunscreens (I.e. avobenzone). While I have found a few decent mineral based sunscreens for the face I hadn’t found any great ones for the body. Everything for the body that I tried was too thick, too pasty white, or too ridiculously expensive. Or still contained some form of chemical sunscreen. Therefore for the last few years I have been reluctantly using Palmer’s cocoa butter moisturizing sunscreen and Hawaiian Tropic sheer sunscreens which are laden with chemicals. Not only are these sunscreens not safe, but like most sunscreens you can feel them on the skin and smell them all day, so I have dreaded putting them on. I ran across Australian Gold Botanicals at Ulta and was stoked to see that these sunscreens contain only zinc and titanium, and also include no other unhealthy ingredients like parabens. At 16 bucks a pop these are definitely at a higher price point than most sunscreens but pretty low for mineral based sunscreens which I have seen run 30.00! The very first thing I noted about the sunscreen was the amazing smell. It does not smell like sunscreen in the slightest. It does have a quite noticeable, tropical fruit type scent that I don’t mind - it is unusual for me to not be bothered by the smell of sunscreen because every single sunscreen I’ve ever used smells like, well, sunscreen. Except for this one. The consistency is light and almost whipped, and spreads on very easily. The cool thing is that within seconds, it dries to a powdery finish. There’s nothing heavy, greasy, or FILMY about this sunscreen (I emphasize filmy because I hate products that make you feel like you’re wearing a mask on the skin - some La Roche Posay sunscreens have made me feel this way and ugh!). It absorbs quickly. The only con is that is does leave the skin feeling a bit dry. However, in my very hot climate, having sticky skin doesn’t feel good either. In short this sunscreen has the trifecta - feels nice, smells nice, and is safe - and I am a customer for life!

Candles -Bath and Body Works -Pistachio Ice Cream

on 6/20/2018 2:50:00 PM

This three-wick candle is a winner! Listed fragrance notes include roasted pistachio, frozen almond cream, & vanilla bean. It is strong on the almond and also has a floral note. Some reviewers on the B&BW site believe it smells like B&BW's Almond candle. I bought both and can verify that they are different. The container is adorable and is decorated with a; bright & cheery floral design.

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Conditioner -Aquage -SeaExtend Strengthening Conditioner

on 6/20/2018 2:39:00 PM

This conditioner did everything it's advertised to do. But it didn't do it any better than other professional conditioners that cost a lot less. Additionally, the fragrance was meh. I cannot describe it, but it certainly wasn't Aquage's signature fresh scent. At $26/5 oz., I could and will do better. I won't repurchase.

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