It’s going to be winter soon! This means that moisturizer is going to become extra important in any skincare routine (although, it really should be important year-round). I recently tried a different moisturizer: the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer which can be purchased from Sephora for $30.
One great thing about the Clinique brand is that they have great, quality products for more affordable prices than other Sephora-based brands. I find that this moisturizer is no exception. It does a great job at moisturizing and would work well as a primer. The “blur” effect is noticeable and allows makeup to sit really well on the skin. It fills in all the nooks and crannies that pop up on a face to create a smooth canvas.
I do think that this is a lighter moisturizer. Some people with dry skin might find that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch for them. My skin is pretty normal/combination and does not get extremely dry, so I find that it works well for me. I would think that it would be a good moisturizer for oily skin as well because the “blur” properties also make it look a bit mattified even though it’s moisturizing.
Have you tried this one? What’s your current go-to moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
Sheet masks are a fun way to relax at the end of a hard day. They provide lots of skincare benefits, but they tend to be very gentle on the skin. Recently, I tried this adorable Pokemon-themed sheet mask: the Tonymoly Lotus Hydrating Sheet Mask. You can get this sheet mask for about $5 at Walmart and similar retailers.
First off, I really liked this sheet mask because it actually made my skin feel incredibly moisturized. It had a very soothing quality and left my skin looking more supple and feeling more hydrated. Anyone with dry skin will definitely love this one!
There were two drawbacks though. First, it was kind of hard to unfold this mask and apply it because it was so slippery and wet. Secondly, also in relation to the wetness, I found that this mask dripped a lot which is not something I’m used to with sheet masks. I didn’t mind that it dripped from my chin to my chest, but it was irritating how it dripped in my nose area. I felt like I was inhaling it, and I kept trying to brush it away from this area. I’m not sure why there was so much product saturating this mask. I haven’t noticed this in other Tonymoly masks that I’ve used.
Have you used this one? What’s your favorite sheet mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!
A while ago, I mentioned that I was trying a bunch of drugstore foundations to review. It’s been an interesting experience because I’m just so used to ridiculously expensive foundations from Sephora, but I’ve found a few gems. One such gem is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for only $6.
Now, this foundation is not without its flaws, but I’m just stunned that something can perform so well and cost only $6! I was very impressed by the range of shades in this foundation line. They also have two different formulations. I purchased the Matte + Poreless one because I hate looking oily, but they also have a Dewy + Smooth formula if you’re someone who has drier skin or you just prefer a dewy finish.
There are two drawbacks to this foundation. First, it doesn’t last all day. I do find that about halfway through the work day, I feel like the foundation has pretty much completely faded away. Also, I find that I have to apply quite a bit of this foundation in order to get my desired look. But, still, it is only $6 so I don’t mind having to put on a few extra coats.
Overall, I do like this foundation. It blends very easily with the assistance of my damp beauty blender. It creates a medium-coverage, natural-looking finish. Also, it covers my acne pretty well, so I don’t need to use as much concealer afterwards. If you’re on a budget and you need a great foundation, I think this one is a pretty safe bet!
Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
I love lip products! There’s just something about putting color on the lips that makes a makeup look feel put together. Recently, I obtained the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue in the shade Nude. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $19.
This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite lip products. It glides on so easily and covers the lips with a sheer wash of color. It definitely helps lips to feel more moisturized and nourished. Long after the color has faded, the lips feel softer and healthier. The color doesn’t last a terribly long time, but that’s the trade off of having a nourishing formula. I definitely don’t mind reapplying this one throughout the day because it also has this amazing minty smell that I love.
Overall, I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a moisturizing lipstick with just a touch of color. I would love to purchase more shades of this one, especially the shades Rose and Cherry. Tarte is also one of the more natural brands at Sephora, so I always love when I find one of their products that I love because I know it isn’t filled with tons of chemicals.
Have any of you tried this one or any other Tarte lipsticks? Please, let me know your thoughts in the comment section!
I’m so excited that it’s almost Halloween! Autumn is my favorite season because it contains my birthday, cooler weather, and Halloween. In honor of Halloween, I’m watching a horror movie every day in the month of October. Most of them, so far, have provided me with some fun, campy entertainment! I don’t know why, but I think I love the cheesy B-movies just as much as the “good” horror movies.
Anyway, Halloween also gives me a reason to decorate my tiny apartment, which is something I wanted to share with all of you. Here are three pictures of some of my favorite decorations. The first two were purchased at JoAnn Fabrics and the glittery pumpkins were purchased at At Home.
It’s actually really easy to decorate on a budget. Joann Fabrics and At Home are just two stores with great deals on decorations. One place that also has cute and cheap Holiday decorations is Walgreens. I saw some cute festive plastic pumpkins there yesterday, and lots of my small Christmas decorations are from there.
Where do you like to buy your Holiday Homegoods? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!
Primers are essential to makeup application. They smooth out the canvas and allow the makeup to sit on top of something other than bare skin. Primers fill in little imperfections that would otherwise be magnified by makeup so that your finish can be flawless. Now, not everyone uses a traditional primer but many people use moisturizers or other products that still act like primers. I decided to try a skincare product that could double as a primer, so I chose the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield which can be purchased from Sephora for $65 per 1 oz container.
This product claims to do a whole lot for skin. First, it contains 30 SPF to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. No matter what season it is, SPF is an important ingredient for skin. Just because you’re not getting a sunburn in winter doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays aren’t affecting your skin condition.
It also is supposed to create a blurred effect on the skin by blurring imperfections. This works by smoothing the skin and filling in all the pores and crevices. I will say that this does a good job at creating that canvas. My makeup does look better when I use this under the makeup rather than applying makeup to a bare face. It has a great, velvety texture which may feel heavy to some, but I happen to really like it.
Finally, the formula is supposed to help the overall texture of the skin and prevent aging. Now, I think that these claims are maybe a bit much. I haven’t noticed any change to the actual texture of my skin. Once I wash my face, my skin doesn’t look smoother or less dull. I would say the overall skincare benefits of this product feel a bit exaggerated.
This works really well as a primer, but I don’t think I can justify the $65 price tag. There are lots of other primers that are half the price that do the same thing. I’m glad I splurged on this once just to try it out, but I won’t be repurchasing when I can get the same look for less by using the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer.
What primer do you usually use? Is there one that you can’t live without? Please, let me know in the comment section!
I tend to gravitate more towards lipsticks than lip glosses, but I do love the look of a gloss. I like shiny lips, and I love that lip glosses don’t seem to dry out my lips like long-wear lipsticks can. However, I hate when glosses are too sticky in texture. Recently, I was able to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss. These can be purchased from Sephora for $16.
Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand that rose to fame because of their great eyebrow products, but recently they’ve been putting out more and more other products that are getting rave reviews. I’m so glad that I tried this lip gloss because I’m pretty sure it’s become one of my favorite lip glosses of all time. First, it doesn’t feel very sticky on the lips. My lips just feel a bit slick with moisture after using this gloss, but I don’t find that they feel sticky. Also, the pigmentation is incredible. One little swipe packs a huge punch of color. It totally looks like it has the opacity of a lipstick. Finally, these are incredibly long lasting. After the wet feeling has faded, and even after eating a whole meal, there is still color on my lips – and it still looks even! I’ve been ridiculously impressed by how well this lip gloss works, and I definitely would like to buy more colors.
There are some cons to this product though. For one, the color selection is disappointing and filled only with neutrals and berries. I’d love to see more pink, red, and coral options to round out the line. Also, I don’t care for the smell of the product. It smells like a strange mix of cake batter and chemicals. I can definitely live with the smell, but I just wanted to let everyone know in case you feel very strongly about scents in your makeup products.
Have you tried this gloss? What’s your very favorite lip gloss? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!
The other day, I was at the drugstore walking through the skincare aisle. Of all the expensive and inexpensive cleansers I’ve used over the years, I’ve never found one that I feel particularly loyal to. I have never used a cleanser that seemed to be solely responsible for helping my skin. In fact, most of the time, nothing changes about my skin when I change cleansers. Because of that, I’ve become a bit disillusioned when it comes to cleansers. As long as my skin feels clean at the end of the day, I’m pretty happy. Because of that, I decided to take a chance on a $5 cleanser from the drugstore: the Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser.
This cleanser promises a tingling sensation which I thought was odd. Usually, you don’t want your skincare to burn you or cause tingling sensations. However, this just kind of makes your skin feel cold and minty. I don’t know if it is cleansing my pores more deeply, but I do love the scent. It’s kind of minty mixed with something else (maybe eucalyptus?)
The main attraction of this cleanser is that it is oil-free. I know that lots of people with acne-prone skin find that certain oils can help their acne, but I find that almost anything with oil breaks me out further. I’m happy to report that this cleanser has not caused my acne to get worse at all. I don’t think it’s making it any better though either.
Overall, I like this cleanser. My skin feels clean after I use it, it smells great, and it’s only $5. Will I repurchase it? Probably not. As I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t yet have any loyalty towards one specific cleanser.
What about you? Do you have a holy grail cleanser that you absolutely swear by? I’d love to know!
I feel like I take pretty good care of the skin underneath my eyes. I’ve been using undereye cream since I was 16, and I try to be very gentle with the skin around that area. Still, I was excited when I received the Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask which comes with two fiber patches to place underneath the eyes in order to relax and refresh the skin. This one-time use mask can be purchased from Sephora for $5.
I was surprised at how easy this product was to use. I was afraid that the small fiber patches would slide around or fall off, but they really stayed in place. I was able to move about and sit up and watch TV with these patches underneath my eyes. After about 20 minutes, I decided to remove them. I rubbed the excess product into the skin. I can’t say that anything dramatic seemed to happen for my skin. It maybe seemed a bit more moisturized but no brighter than before. I don’t tend to have puffy undereyes, but I could see how this formula would be able to help with that.
Overall, this was a fun little product because it felt luxurious to have a specific mask for under the eyes. Still, I don’t think it really did anything, so I’m not sure I can recommend it as anything other than a novelty.
Have you tried an undereye mask? What did you think?
Paris fashion week is wrapping up. I’ve enjoyed monitoring social media this past month to see what the major fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) have in store for their spring collections. It’s weird to me that the runway shows are always so many months ahead, but it does make sense since they’re influencing what trends and colors are going to appear in our stores and other designers need time to take that inspiration and make it an actual product.
Still, I can’t help but wonder what “couture” really means for the rest of us. The above picture is literally something that went down the runway last week. Would you wear it? No one would. That’s not really the point – which is what confuses me. How did fashion get to the point where the top designers are most interested in showing something that they know no one wants to wear?
There isn’t a clue in the definition of the word. “Couture,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, just means “fashionable dressmaking or design” or “high fashion.” By that meaning, one would think couture fashion would be something that the masses want to actually wear.
I do have a theory, though. I think that the absurd couture fashions are all about status symbols. If someone dares to buy a $8000 dress that they know looks terrible, it’s like they’re saying, “I’m so rich that I can do what I want. I’m too rich to feel foolish. You wish you were rich enough to waste this much money.”
Another theory I have is that couture designers are creating pieces of abstract art that are made to be seen rather than worn. Modern Art is all about geometry and color and texture. Just as other art forms have moved away from general aesthetics that please the senses and have become more about experimentation and being unsettlingly avant garde, perhaps fashion is following suit and becoming more about concept than function.
I’m curious about the trickle-down effect that couture runway shows play on everyday fashion though. Do they truly inspire the colors or textures we’re all going to see in stores in a few months? I mean, the above picture does exemplify ruching as a technique. Should we expect to see more of that in the spring?
I know this post probably seems overly rambly, and I apologize for that, but I just wanted to know if anyone else has thoughts on this. What do you make of couture fashion? How do you think it impacts our society? Do you feel inspired when you watch runway shows or do you find them comical? I’d love to see any and all types of opinions in the comment section.