Beauty, Skincare

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution 

Sephora now carries The Ordinary, a cult-favorite brand of minimalist skincare that has been getting rave reviews. Recently, when I ran out of acne treatment, I decided to try this brand instead, so I picked up The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution. This product retails for $5.30 from Sephora and similar retailers. That was not a typo and the price is not missing a digit! I actually found skincare from Sephora for under $6!

I’ve been really enjoying this product. I just had my period and I didn’t have any hormonal breakouts when using this product. Like most products for acne-prone skin, it does dry me out a bit, but it’s very manageable and easily reversible with moisturizer.

This product comes with a little dropper, which I dislike in skincare. Typically, I just use the dropper to deposit the liquid onto my hands and then I rub it into my skin. Since the liquid is not super thick, this works more easily as an all-over treatment than a spot-treatment.

Overall, I’ve been really pleased with this product and I’d love to try more from this brand. The price is excellent for the quality of the product.

Have you tried anything from this brand? Please, share your experience with me in the comments section!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette 

I am a sucker for pretty eyeshadow palettes even though I seem to always gravitate towards just 3 or 4 shades even in a big palette. However, I still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. This palette can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $42.

First, this palette is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a blend of neutral and more dramatic shades, and it also has several cool toned and warm toned shades. I feel like this palette allows you to explore so many different types of looks. You can probably tell from the picture that I use the two neutral shimmery cool toned shades the most, but I do enjoy shaking it up and making my eyes look more dramatic too, especially with that beautiful purple shade near the middle that really brings out my green eyes.

The bolder shades are very pigmented, so it’s hard to build them up gradually like I’d prefer. Instead, you have to just be careful when applying since it’s going to be an immediate high-pigment amount that you’re putting on your lids. I will also admit that the texture of these shadows are not all the same. Some seemed more buttery and others seemed drier. The drier ones tended to be the bolder ones unfortunately, and this made them a bit harder to blend.

Overall, this is a beautiful palette. I was a bit disappointed that the bold shades weren’t as easy to use as I hoped, but they’re still very workable. I’m glad I made this purchase and I look forward to my continued experimentation with it.

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Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Powder 

For some reason, my skin has started getting a bit oilier over the past few weeks after months of feeling really dry. I decided it might be time to try a powder with my makeup routine, and I wanted to see what was available at the drugstore. I ended up trying the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder. This product is available at Target and similar retailers for about $11.

First, I’ll just admit that this product did not live up to its claims. I feel like I’ve been disappointed with every makeup product I’ve used that was made specifically for people with acne-prone skin. They never really make my skin better but they do tend to dry the skin a bit and get rid of oil. Maybe there’s something about salicylic acid that impacts the texture of makeup.

I found that this makeup didn’t blend well and just kind of sat on top of the skin. The texture was awfully chalky which didn’t help when it came to blending. I have found that the best way to use this product is to just absorb a little oil by gently dabbing the product on to skin with a sponge. Applying a very small amount of product definitely works better in this case.

Have you used a drugstore powder that you loved? Be sure to let me know in the comments section! (Bonus points if you have acne-prone skin and it didn’t break you out!)

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-XO Tiffy

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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.

What skincare products have you been loving lately? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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