Beauty, Skincare

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask 

If you’re looking for a more natural skincare brand at Sephora, one of the best is Origins. I’ve tried a lot of their products and  I’ve liked most of them. I’m definitely a sucker for face masks, so I was excited to try the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. A 3.4 oz container of this product costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I find that my acne-prone skin typically responds well to charcoal, but I ended up not really liking this one. It felt fine on the skin and the scent was not overpowering or bad. It smelled faintly like charcoal, but mostly it didn’t smell like anything. It doesn’t dry down completely, but it does dry a little. It’s still pretty easy to wash off afterwards. I left this mask on for about 20 minutes, and I didn’t experience any burning or skin irritation.

Afterwards, my skin felt clean and more pores felt clearer. Unfortunately, the next morning, I woke up with lots of new blemishes. Each time I tried this mask, the same thing happened. I do understand that there is a chance that the mask is pulling out toxins, but there are plenty of masks on the market that don’t make my skin worse before making it better.

I have to give this one a pass because of the after effects on my skin. I was disappointed since I usually respond so well to charcoal.

Have you had any disappointing mask experiences lately? Or have you had a great one? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow

Recently, I’ve been going for a more neutral eye look because I’ve been doing a bolder lip. I’m typically a powder shadow type of person, but recently I was given the opportunity to try the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow which is a cream shadow. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $25.

I really love the shade of this one. The one I have is “I-50 Iridescent Warm Beige.” It has a lightly shimmery finish which is really pretty but subtle. These also come in a satin or a matte finish, but I love the shimmer.

These are pretty easy to apply. I typically just use my finger, although you have to work fast because they dry down pretty quickly. Like most cream shadows, they can crease throughout the day, but they won’t if you just use a primer before application.

I don’t know if I like this well enough to buy the full-size product when my sample runs out, but I’ll definitely be using the rest of the sample. It’s a nice neutral eye for minimal makeup days or when you just want to play up your lips instead of your eyes.

Have you tried any cream shadows that you really love? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil 

Having nice eyebrows is definitely important because brows frame the face. Often, brows need to be filled in. They can get kind of sparse if you pluck a lot (guilty!) Also, as hair greys or goes white, eyebrows seem to disappear, and filling them in can be an easy way to get them back. Recently, I tried the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Mini which can be purchased from Sephora for $12.

This really is “Goof Proof” as the name says. The formula of this product is very light and blends so easily. It’s almost impossible to apply too much of the product, which is fantastic because it’s really distracting when brows are overfilled. I was so impressed with this product, and I ended up giving it to my aunt who wanted to fill in her brows but who didn’t want to have to put too much time into it every day. This is definitely a great product if you’re on the run or don’t have much time in the morning.

What brow products do you love? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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YSL Red Lipstick for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! There’s a lot of emotion behind this day for a lot of people, but I just think it’s a nice day to wear lots of pink or red and let people know that you care about them. This is my first Valentine’s Day in while where I’m single, but I’ve still been looking forward to it. I even baked some red velvet cookies for my coworkers and bought cheesy little cards for everyone. Topping it all off is this great new red lipstick I found: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in – 1 Le Rouge. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $37.

This beautiful blood red shade is so easy to apply. Just one shade will give you a completely opaque look. Sometimes, especially with red lipstick, it can be hard to coat the lips without a liner to hold the color within the lines of your lips, but this one was very easy to use without a liner. It didn’t feel at all messy, even when I was eating. I did reapply after eating a meal, but I think that’s fair. It doesn’t claim to be terribly longwearing, which is probably why it didn’t dry out my lips. Instead, it had this lovely satin sheen throughout the day. As it did fade, I found that it faded evenly until my lips just looked stained slightly red.

Overall, I was really impressed with this lipstick. I always love finding a beautiful red shade! This one does have just a hint of an orange undertone, which I generally do not prefer, but it didn’t clash with my cool, pale skintone. Typically, however, orange undertones work better with warmer complexions than mine. But it was subtle enough that the lipstick still works.

There was just one thing that I didn’t like about the product: it was super floral scented. I’m not really used to lip products smelling like anything, especially high-end lipsticks. But this one was just very floral and a little musky. It’s super distracting when you first apply the lipstick, but the scent does fade pretty quickly which is good.

So what are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Are you going to rock a red lip too?

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Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara 

To be completely honest, I’m not super picky when it comes to mascara. I find that most of them get the job done, although some do stand out more than others. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to try the Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Mascara which can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

The first notable thing about this mascara is that it really coats the lashes well. It only comes in one shade – black – but it’s a really great shade of black. My lashes look instantly darkened with a lot more volume. I have pretty long but thin eyelashes, and I do think this makes them look better.

However, this mascara is also really hard to remove, even with my fave Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. I feel like I kind of have to scrub to get it all off, and I don’t really want to treat my lashes and the delicate skin around my eyes so harshly.

Finally, I don’t love how this wears throughout the day. Even though it’s hard to get off, it also tends to migrate. By the end of the day, I resemble a raccoon more than is ideal. It never feels completely dry and does get kind of messy around the eye.

Overall, even though I adore this brand, I just wouldn’t recommend this mascara. The cons definitely outweigh the pros for this product.

What mascara are you currently loving? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick 

As a disclaimer, I hate when my lips feel dry. Since so many matte liquid lipsticks dry out the lips, I typically dislike them. However, I was recently given a Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick, so I wanted to review it as best as I could. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $20.

So, first, from the manufacturer comes this claim: “The tried and true comfort-wear formula from top beauty expert, Huda Kattan, is infused with antioxidants and an exclusive complex to help maintain the lips’ hydration.” This is just untrue. I applied a very thin layer of this lipstick and within minutes my lips felt so uncomfortably dry that I wiped it off and applied a gloss instead. I don’t know why every liquid lipstick insists on claiming that it’s non-drying. In order for it to be matte and longwearing, it has to have some level of dryness. That’s just the nature of the beast with these products, and this one is no exception.

However, if you don’t mind the dryness that comes with a liquid lipstick, this was a pretty good one. It only took one swipe to maintain an opaque and even look. The second time I wore it and forced myself to wear it for about four hours, I noticed that the color hadn’t faded by the time I took it off. If there was any wear at all, it was very even. Overall, for a liquid lipstick, this one was nice. But I’m still not a convert at all.

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Sunday Riley UFO Acne Treatment Face Oil 

Sunday Riley skincare products are cult favorites with huge followings. Unfortunately, they’re also really expensive so these are the types of products I always secretly hope won’t work with my skin so that I’m not tempted to buy them. That was actually true for the first few products I tried, but I have sadly fallen in love with the Sunday Riley UFO Ultra-Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil. This oil retails at Sephora and similar retailers for $40 for half of an ounce. That’s right. Half of an ounce.

First, I will issue a warning. This product smells BAD. It’s very overpowering and kind of smells like rancid oregano. Whenever I use it, I immediately have to moisturize with my Dr. Jart+ Tiger Grass Cream so that it can cover up the scent. However, this product works so well and has really helped my acne. Thankfully, you can use just a little bit and it will cover your whole face. The applicator is an eyedropper, and you probably only need half of the dropper or less to cover the whole face. It’s very easy to work into the skin, and it’s not a very harsh product so it won’t dry out the skin. In fact, since it’s an oil, it’s pretty moisturizing all on its own.

This serum is jam-packed with amazing skincare ingredients. In this product, the main ingredient for fighting acne is salicylic acid, but it also contains gems such as tea tree oil, black cumin seed oil (both of which fight acne), and licorice (which is good for brightening complexion). To nourish the skin and combat dryness, it also includes cucumber seed oil, chamomile, and neroli. Overall, I’ve been ridiculously impressed with this product, and I’m glad that, at least compared to other Sunday Riley products, it’s not the most expensive.

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Sephora Pearl Mask

It’s time for another mask review! I still adore face masks of all types, so I thought it was time to review another one. This time, I’ll be discussing the Sephora Pearl Mask which is a one-time-use sheet mask that is available from Sephora for only $6.

I thought this was a fun sheet mask that would make a great addition to a casual at-home spa day, but it’s definitely not a skincare miracle by any means. It claims to perfect and brighten complexion, but it doesn’t really do a whole lot besides maybe moisturize a little bit. It also smells really nice. It’s slightly floral but the scent is not at all overpowering. Overall, I would suggest this one if you’re just looking for an inexpensive luxury, but be warned that this will not do much more than moisturize.

What are your favorite sheet masks? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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Laura Mercier Lipstick – Devotion 

I think I may have found the perfect neutral pink lipstick! One of my favorite lip colors is medium, neutral pink because my lips are naturally pretty pink so it looks like my natural lips but with a little extra pop. Recently, I tried the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in the shade Devotion, and I was blown away. This product retails at Sephora and similar retailers for $28.

As I’ve already stated, the biggest factor I love is the color. I feel like I can wear this lipstick with just about any look, and it is very flattering on my skintone. Since it’s rather neutral, though, it should actually flatter most skintones.

However, there are more factors that are very positive when it comes to this product. First, the finish is amazing. It’s almost matte but it has kind of a subtle satiny finish. This lipstick actually is both long-lasting and moisturizing which is incredibly rare. It’s kind of like finding a unicorn honestly. The lipstick contains mango butter, though, which is why it does not dry out the lips. Still, the texture isn’t wet or buttery but has kind of a velvety quality that is quite nice.

The pigment of this lipstick really pops easily. One swipe results in a completely opaque look. It applies evenly and smoothly in just one stroke, which is great if you’re in a hurry or on the go. I really can’t recommend it enough!

Have you tried a Laura Mercier lipstick? If so, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

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