Contour -BH Cosmetics -Blacklight Highlight - 6 Color Palette

on 3/19/2018 11:02:00 PM


I was pleasantly surprised by this. I use the Blacklight palette for highlighters and eye shadows.
The main color I use for highlighting is Electra. It's a light gold/white. I occasionally use Strobe, which is a straight up shimmery white color but it can be a bit stark.
The rest of the colors I mainly use as eye shadow. I've used the pink, purple, and blue to make a pastel look and really liked it. I love shimmery pastels and I've found most pastel shadow palettes to be matte.
I do find the pigmentation to be fairly strong on the face but need to be built up (or applied over a base) on the eyes. I actually have the Moon Child by ABH (that this palette dupes) and I reach for BH more. If you just want to try out the color highlight trend, this is a cheaper option to test the waters.

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Cleansers -Clean & Clear -Acne Triple Clear Cleanser

on 3/19/2018 10:57:00 PM


This cleanser contains fragrance, menthol, and peppermint, all of which are irritants that can exacerbate acne. There are much better cleansers on the market. I will not purchase.

Eye Shadow -Juvia's Place -The Masquerade Palette

on 3/19/2018 10:47:00 PM


I feel like one of the only people not completely in love with Juvia's Place. At this point I own around 5 of their palettes, and I keep trying to love them. But I just don't. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the masquerade palette. I can get a lot of looks out of it. I just think it was over hyped and that got my expectations too high. I do love the mix of colors and the pigmentation overall.
The cons for me are:
- the shimmery shadows tend to crease on me. I rarely get creasing. The best way I've found to combat this is to set my primer with a skin toned shadow. I don't usually set my primer but it's not too big of a deal to do.
-the matte neutral shades are not true to the pan color. For example, the last color on the right, in the third row called Ada. I wanted that deep warm brown color to translate. But it's so more much more orange and lighter than it looks to be.
At this point, I'm not planning on buying anymore Juvia's Place palettes, but using the ones I already own and giving them more love. Out of their palettes I do own, this would be my most used.

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Moisturizers -Clinique -Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

on 3/19/2018 10:43:00 PM


It's jarred moisturizer. I had such great luck with the Moisture Surge mask (used as an overnight moisturizer) that I thought I would try this. I am glad I only bought the $12 travel size because this is awful. Feels cool during application, almost as if there's alcohol evaporating.

Then as soon as it dries, your skin will feel like your mouth does after you slept too hard after a too late and too salty meal. Parched, painfully parched. I’ve never actually used a moisturizer that makes your skin immediately feel less moisturized, but this manages the feat. It is so uncomfortable that within five minutes I race to the bathroom to apply something, anything else to make my skin feel not like Dumbledore after he drank all that cursed water.

No discernible scent is the line upside. Avoid.

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Polishes -Essie -Social-lights

on 3/19/2018 10:31:00 PM


I love this polish. Generally my experience with Essie polishes have been hit or miss as far as formula and ease of application. This one was a definite hit for me.

Social-Lights is a mid tone gray polish loaded with copper shimmer. For me the shimmer was very evident in various lighting. The formula was good. It wasn’t too thick or thin so application was easy with no running or pooling. It applied smoothly and evenly and was opaque with two coats.

Packaging is the standard Eassie polish bottle with their standard thin brush. While I generally am not a fan of their brushes with this formula it wasn’t a problem.

I bought this on EBay for around $7, slightly below retail. I would repurchase this polish at full price as I like it that well.

As unbelievable as it seems I got a full week of wear with no chipping until day 7. Removal was easy and there was not staining.

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Palettes -Too Faced -Life's A Festival Eye Shadow Palette

on 3/19/2018 10:20:00 PM


The first reviewer did a good job describing the actual colors, so I won't go there.

When I saw this palette in the Ulta mailer, I HAD to get it. I'm a major sucker for true duo-chrome (color-shift) eyeshadows, so when I saw the awesome selection in this palette, it was bought already.

I'd say there's 4 true dual-shift colors (as in a true two color shift, not just a Holo/glitter/metallic compliment in the same color); mystic rain, beamin', unicorn tears, & artist pass. Euphoric, Rainbow Life, Sunset Dream, Dusk Teal Dawn, and Fireflies are metallic, Young and Free, Desert Vibes, and Funtasy are heavily pigmented mattes. Fireflies is described as a golden-green, and even shows as green in the glamour guide insert, but I find it to be a yellow-gold, no green tinge.

I certainly don't consider it a one-done palette, I use it in conjunction with my ABH Prism palette, amongst others. I do use it often though. It's perfect for that highlight/pop color element to your eyeshadow look, certain to get compliments all day.

I was disappointed in the packaging. It could've been really cute, but ended up looking cheap.

Size is fine, although I'll update when I see the actual bottom of the pans. Was super excited about the size of the Unicorn Tears dual-shift highlighter, will get a lot of mileage out of that.

Would replace immediately, has several colors you can't get outside of indie brands (fyrinnae arcane magic comes to mind, but it's loose and harder to deal with).

Wore really well, but you have to use the right primer, or it'll go on patchy. Need something that is tacky but doesn't roll or crease. UD Shadow Insurance or Hard Candy primer won't cut it. I actually use Clinique concealer, because it's super tacky until you set it with powder (shadow) then it doesn't move. The dry primers will roll it around your eye, and you'll get a muddy look.



Lipstick -New York Color -Get It All Lip Color

on 3/19/2018 10:16:00 PM


This is really dry and it drags on the lips. But it can be used over a gloss or a creamy lipstick, and I used it as a liner for a pale nude. This shade, 102 Take the Nude, is more of a mauve than a nude. It's kind of like a balm and not very pigmented. It looks great with a NYC lip gloss over it. I'm just trying to find ways to use it up rather than waste it, so I'll use it along with my pale shades as a liner mostly.

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Polishes -Unlisted Brand -Pahlish - Eternity

on 3/19/2018 10:16:00 PM

Eternity is a pretty bright purple jelly formula polish with bright copper shimmer. The color is very intense and rich. I did deduct a lippie because the shimmer wasn’t as evident as I hoped it would be even in brighter lights.

The formula was very good. There was no running or pooling and polish did not drip off the brush. It applied smoothly and evenly. As with jelly formula polish it was sheer on the first. With two coats it was fully opaque on my short nails. If you have longer nails you might need an additional coat for opacity.

Eternity comes packaged in a standard nail polish bottle. The brush is wider than average, somewhat like OPI’s Pro Wide Brush. The wand is on the short side but it works well for application. Sometimes I think that the shorter brushes make ease of application easier.

Though I like the intense, rich color of Eternity the fact that the shimmer really didn’t show up in any lighting was disappointing. As such, I would not repurchase this one. However it is a high quality polish and worth the $10 price tag is you love a rich violet colored polish.

I got good wear from this polish, 5 days and no chips. Removal was easy and there was no staining.

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Polishes -Unlisted Brand -LynBDesigns - It’s Hard For A Good Man To Be A King

on 3/19/2018 10:02:00 PM

It’s Hard For A Good Man To Be A King is LynBDesigns contribution to the Black Panther Box done with Bee’s Knees Polish. It is a pretty blue/purple base loaded with various colors of holo glitter in various sizes. The holo glitter colors are pink, green, blue and purple.

The formula was nice, not too thick or too thin. There was no running or pooling and it applied smoothly and evenly. The holo glitter spread evenly across the nail bed with no extra effort on my part. The first coat was sheer but even. With the 2nd coat it was fully opaque.

Packaging is a standard nail polish bottle with a standard polish brush. It isn’t innovative but it works well.

I really like the color of this polish and the ease of application. This bottle retails for $10 and IMO is well worth the cost. I would definitely repurchase this one but since it is LE it’s doubtful it will be available again.

I will update in a few days on wear, removal and staining.

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Tinted Moisturizer -Pixi -H2O Skin Tint

on 3/19/2018 10:02:00 PM


YAAAAASSSS! I’m writing this review as a person who has literally said that I want to wear foundation so thick that I want to look plastic. Yes. You read that correctly. Yikes. I began to realize that the thick ass foundation was actually accentuating all of my skin flaws; rather than covering them. I began easing into a lighter coverage, and nothing was really floating my boat. The tinted moisturizers were either making my t-zone like an oil slick, doing nothing at all, or they had this weird grey consistency. I have dry acne prone skin, and at 31, I’m probably also dancing with a couple of fine lines here and there. My skin type makes it extremely difficult to find good makeup for my face. That is, until, I discovered this witchcraft. It’s gel consistency is different from anything I’ve ever used, and is extremely easy to build upon. It gives my skin a nice dewy glow; without putting all my flaws on surround sound. I’m thoroughly pleased with this tinted moisturizer, and for the first time in YEARS I think I finally found a foundation-like product that I would actually care if I ran out of.

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Hair Treatments -Living Proof -No Frizz Nourishing Oil

on 3/19/2018 9:59:00 PM

I guess I'm in the minority that really had luck with this. It softens without being greasy or weighing down my strands, has a pleasant scent that isn't cloying, and leaves great shine to my hair that is noticeable. I felt it did a great job of controlling the frizz and making my hair look presentable on its own. Very pricey which might deter me from repurchasing unless on sale.

Sunscreen -Pixi -Sun Mist

on 3/19/2018 9:44:00 PM

I’m surprised that this got such disappointing reviews. I was looking for something in the line of glossier’s invisible shield as their reviews are so inconsistent, I couldn’t bare to spend money on a product I am unable to “play” with. I stumbled upon this, and already loving a lot of the pixi products; I decided to buy it. I’m wondering if the ladies on here were maybe over applying the product, or spraying too close to their face? I do a very light mist all over before my main moisturizer and it leaves me with a nice silky feeling, and a nice glow. None of that thick, greasy, gross film that you get with regular sun screen or a moisturizer with spf. I would absolutely repurchase this bad boy.

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Lipstick -Essence -Longlasting Lipstick - All Shades

on 3/19/2018 9:42:00 PM


Love love love. I bought one on a whim and went back the next day and got all the shades. This stuff is well priced, feels great on, has good lasting power and is very pigmented. Another plus is that it is unscented.

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Toners -Caudalie -Beauty Elixir

on 3/19/2018 9:33:00 PM


Very nice luxury product. Feels incredibly refreshing on skin - mostly due to the menthol/peppermint oil included in the formula. The claims for this product are extravagant, and I don't believe that it can do much for you in the long term. It's just fancy overpriced water with essential oils, alcohol and glycerin. No studies back up the claims that this brand makes about this "elixir". I mainly purchased this due to the fine mister/atomizer in hopes to reuse the bottle for my own "setting spray" formulation.. however I was disappointed to learn that it can not be opened or refilled, presumably to prevent customers from returning the product with just refilled water. Overall I'd say that this is not worth the price. It's lovely to have, but 100% unnecessary. You can make your own setting spray with glycerin and distilled or rose water for a few dollars.

Scrubs -Trader Joe's -Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub

on 3/19/2018 9:00:00 PM





This is AMAZING!! I honestly didn't believe it just from reviews alone (I've been mislead before....) but I figured I'd grab it, it's really affordable. It does smell nice but you have to dip into the jar. I use a plastic cosmetic spatula for all of my jars anyway. When I first tried it, I was shocked at how 'unscrubby' it was. There's a few larger seeds and then there are some finer bits but not a lot of them. I actually tend to prefer liquid AHA's anyway, but I do occasionally use rice powder when I want a gentle micro exfoliant, and tend to avoid large particle scrubs. So at first, I was like pssshhh wth is this? BUUUUTTT.. then I noticed how smooth and nice my face looked and felt and re read the ingredients. There's a lot of good acids in there and none of them are ones I have issues with. I knew they were in there, but I didn't know how strong it was before I tried it. So basically, this is like a chemical exfoliant to me more than a manual "scrub" although there is a little of that too.

Honestly it's smart the scrub particles are few and farther between, since it already has the acid. I think that's why they call it a scrub, aside from the particles, because technically it exfoliates on both levels. I would normally say to avoid heavy scrubbing on the same day as acids but this is fairly mild. Word of warning though, although it's obvious to avoid your eyes, when your face is wet, this easily runs down and drips into your eyes and even just a teeny bit will burn a lot because of said acids. So be more careful than normal with that.

I will definitely buy this over and over. It's a great addition a few times a week! TJ's is really nailing affordable beauty lately.

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