Product Reviews by noBSbeauty

Masks - Peach & Lily - Pore Proof Perfecting Clay Mask

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1 month ago

The Peach and Lily Pore Proof Perfecting Clay Mask is an oil absorbing mask which does a great job leaving skin with a clean matte finish.  The nice thing is that this absorbs oil without leaving skin looking or feeling dry or flaky.  In terms of how this states it clears out congested pores, other than absorbing surface oil, this doesn't do too much for clearing out pores.  

This formula does contain many beneficial fruit extracts and antioxidants.  I wish this had been packaged in a squeeze tube or an airless jar to protect the great ingredients in this Clay Mask.  I do wish they would have left out one ingredient- the bitter orange flower oil.  Thankfully it is the last ingredient in a rinse off product so it won't be an issue for most people.

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Treatments (Eye) - Sunday Riley - Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream

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1 month ago

I actually found a lot to like about the Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream.  It truly offers a brightness around the eye area- but nothing over the top- it is a more natural brightening of the under eye area.  In terms of depuffing, it doesn't do much, just a slight amount of puffiness reduction.  It does slightly reduce the appearance of dark circles, but it doesn't do miracles in this department.  If you have dark circles you'll still probably need to apply concealer and foundation to hide them.  My video review can be seen here: Read more

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Moisturizers - Sunday Riley - ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream

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1 month ago

The Sunday Riley Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream has many great benefits, especially if you are someone with dry to very dry, non acne-prone skin that is exposed to environmental toxins, pollution and/or blue light damage.  One of the main ingredients is called Chondrus Crispus- this is a type of red algae that really helps protect skin from pollutants in the air, as well as the blue light that is emitted from phones, computers, and TV's.  Chondrus Crispus helps the skin by forming a sort of film over skin.  

The Sunday Riley Ice Ceramide Moisturizing Cream also has many antioxidants and beneficial ingredients such as squalane and three types of ceramides.  These ingredients help promote a healthy skin barrier and also restore plumpness to skin. My video review can be …
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Liquid - Anastasia Beverly Hills - Luminous Foundation

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2 months ago

So far I am really loving the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation.  I find that the Luminous Foundation sets to a natural slightly radiant finish and this is a great long wear foundation.  Even after a full day of wear (12-14 hours) this doesn't set into creases or fine lines nor does it accentuate any flakes or dry areas.  A small amount of the foundation goes a very long way, and I've found applying with a damp Beauty Blender works well.  I would say that this foundation is probably more geared towards dry skin, but oily skin will appreciate that this sets nicely with a small amount of finishing powder.  It definitely is a water resistant foundation and it does take a little bit of effort to remove it at the end of the day.

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Treatments (Face) - Youth To The People - Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist

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2 months ago

I must say that I agree when Youth to the People calls this a serum in a mist form!  The Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist is full of beneficial ingredients which hydrate skin while soothing it at the same time.  The mist is ultra-fine and gives skin hydration without making you a wet, drippy, sopping wet mess!  I do recommend using this after cleansing and toning, morning and evening.  Personally, I wasn't a huge fan of applying the Youth to the People Mist over makeup, but on clean skin it does a great job giving skin some extra care.  

The packaging is decent, although the clear glass bottle is best left in a cabinet when not in use.  The nozzle on this is amazing- gives an ultra fine mist which is how all face mists should be!  If you have dry-normal skin you …
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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - Earth Sourced Power Berry Serum

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2 months ago

I have been wanting to try the new Paula's Choice Power Berry Serum- and once I was able to get it on sale I finally picked it up.  The Power Berry Serum is a 95% natural ingredient lightweight serum.  I find that I like using this in my morning routine before moisturizer and sunscreen.  The Berry Serum is loaded with antioxidants as well as vitamin c in the form of Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate- which is one of the newer and stronger types of vitamin c.  Applying a good serum that contains vitamin c before sunscreen increases the skins ability to fight off sun damage, pollution, and environmental damage.  

The Power Berry Serum is rather lightweight and sets to a non-tacky matte finish.  This Serum also plays well with other products and doesn't cause pilling.  For my …
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Tinted Moisturizer - Kosas - Tinted Face Oil

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3 months ago

***FYI, if you want to try a sample, The Detox Market will sell color deluxe samples for a small amount, you can see this here:  https://www.thedetoxmarket.com/collections/kosas/products/tinted-face-oil

I had been interested in the Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation for quite a while before I finally purchased it.  I wasn't sure if it would end up making my skin look or feel oily, or if it would make my sometimes flaky skin look worse.  I've been trying it out in different ways for the past four months, and to be honest, I still am not totally opinionated on the Kosas Foundation.  Usually I have a strong opinion on pretty much every beauty product I try (and other things in life).  It also seems that most people that try the Tinted Face Oil Foundation either love it or …
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Moisturizers - Volition Beauty - Celery Green Cream with Hyaluronic Acid + Peptides

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3 months ago

I've loved almost every Volition Beauty product I've tried.  The Celery Green Cream is a thick moisturizer, and I have mixed feelings on it.  I will say that after purchasing the Celery Green Cream I did a lot of reading up about Celery and it's role in skincare products.   I would like to link to a few sources I used when I came to my conclusion on celery seed extract:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28701046

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30453564

I had no idea that some people were allergic to Celery- I guess probably anything can be a potential allergen.  Celery Seed Extract does have some good benefits for skin- it can be a good antioxidant and help skin fight free radicals.   Thankfully Volition also included many …
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Toners - Youth To The People - Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner

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3 months ago

There is much that I like about the new Youth to the People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner.  The Youth to the People Power Toner is meant to be used as your daily exfoliant, instead of the traditional exfoliating serum or AHA/BHA Masks or sleeping packs.  This is meant to be used on clean skin immediately after cleansing.  Place several drops on a cotton ball or cotton pad and smooth it over your skin and then do not rinse.  After 30 or so seconds move on to your essence or serum.  

This product makes adding an exfoliant into your routine very easy, and eliminates having to add this in with a separate step.  I believe that adding a toner and/or exfoliant into your routine can be one of the best additions to a skincare routine.  This is especially true for those …
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Toners - Boscia - Resurfacing Treatment Toner with Apple Cider

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3 months ago

Boscia has many products which I love- although they tend to be super hit or miss lately.   The new Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner with Apple Cider has me torn for a couple of reasons.  The amount of sodium hydroxide in this toner seems to be a rather high amount, especially for a daily use product.  It can be irritating, especially for sensitive skin to have this ph adjuster in such a high percentage of a product that is intended to be used daily, and also in a product containing many other acids.  

My other issue is with the amount of acetic acid aka vinegar included in the Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner.  I personally believe a little bit of apple cider vinegar on skin occasionally can help with exfoliation and helps fight bacteria and breakouts.  I am not certain …
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