Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss 

Urban Decay is an awesome brand. They have quality products for reasonable prices, and everything has such great pigmentation. However, they have a tendency to scrap great products and introduce new things in their place, which makes it hard to get attached. Still, that also means that sometimes you can get great deals on their products! Right now, you can get the Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss from Sephora for only $11.

I went with the shade Scandal (seen above) which is a really dramatic pink. I think it’s really fun and gorgeous. The texture of the gloss is only a little sticky, which I think is a victory for any lipgloss. I will admit that it doesn’t last as long as I’d like it to, and I do find myself having to reapply every few hours. Still, the pigmentation and texture are great, and I’m sad that they’re getting rid of these. Hopefully, something just as awesome will replace them. In the meantime, don’t delay! Get these for half-price before Sephora sells out and they’re gone forever!

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Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder – Iridescent 

I have become so obsessed with shimmery highlighters. I used to be terrified of highlighters because I thought they’d make me look oily, but watching so many YouTube beauty tutorials have made me much braver about trying things, and this is one trend that I have grown to absolutely love! Recently, I splurged a little bit and finally bought the coveted Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $38 and it is worth every single penny.

The texture of this powder is so amazing. It is silky and light. The shimmer itself is also very buildable, so you can layer as much or as little as you’d like. This shade in particular seems so versatile. It’s perfect for my pale skin, but I’ve seen many skin shades and tones pull this off. It’s just a glorious highlighter!

I apply my highlighter with a fan brush. This allows for a lighter touch, which is what I prefer because I would like to build it in layers instead of getting too much on at once. However, I will note that this powder is very light, so I have applied it with a blush brush a few times and it worked just as well that way.

Many of the products that I try and review end up shoved in a drawer somewhere before they either go bad or get given away to a friend. However, this is one product that I fully intend to use until every last speck is completely gone. I can’t say enough good things about this product! I’d heard so many great things about the Hourglass highlighters, but I had always assumed they were overhyped and not worth the price. I was wrong. They are worth more than the price! These can compete with any luxury brand on the market, and I’m so glad I gave them a try.

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Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover 

I love dramatic eye makeup, but sometimes it is just a pain to remove it at the end of the day. Recently, I was able to try the Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover which can be purchased from Sephora for $11.

I use little cotton pads to apply this, and I’ve been pleased by how easily it removes my eye makeup. Even really stubborn mascara and black eyeliner is vanquished with this product. It doesn’t take much rubbing to get everything off, which is ideal. You definitely don’t want to rub your eyes unnecessarily because it can cause premature wrinkles and you run the risk of pulling out precious eyelashes.

My eyes can be kind of sensitive, especially during the summer with seasonal allergies. Still, this product has not caused me any irritation. It’s been very gentle but effective. I would definitely recommend trying it if you’re in the market for a strong eye makeup remover. I will admit, however, that I do typically prefer makeup removers that I can use on my whole face and not just my eyes, such as the delightful Clinique Take the Day Off Balm.

What’s your favorite eye makeup remover? Do you stick to the drugstore ones, or do you find that the high end ones are worth it? Please, let me know in the comments section.

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Wings Cosmetics Eyeliner Stamps 

Disclaimer: I received this product from the company in exchange for an honest review.

Winged eyeliner is difficult for a lot of people. It takes a lot of time and practice to perfect. So, I was really intrigued when I received these eye stamps that are supposed to allow you to easily create a winged eye look in seconds. Wings Cosmetics have created these innovative stamps to help you get an effortless winged look, and I was thrilled to be able to try them out.

You can buy this product from the Wings Cosmetics website, and each set retails for about $10-15. I received both the classic wing and the dramatic wing.

I tried using these stamps utilizing two different methods. First, I tried to cover the entire stamp with eyeliner in order to get the full lined look plus the winged eye. I found this method to be a bit messy and it didn’t work quite right. I then tried to just use the winged tip in the corner of my eye, and this was just easier and allowed me more control with the stamp. So, if you do decide to invest in this product, I would definitely recommend just using the winged part of the stamp.

I found that the dramatic stamp worked a bit better than the classic stamp. Since the classic stamp was smaller, it was hard to get it to line up with the edge of my eye. However, I didn’t have this problem with the dramatic wing. I did find that the point of the wing wasn’t as crisp as I liked with using the stamp alone, but it did provide a nice baseline to help me visualize and fill in the wing afterwards.

Overall, I think this is an interesting product, and I would encourage people who aren’t able to do winged eyeliner by hand to give the dramatic stamp a try. However, I’m pretty comfortable drawing on wings myself, so I didn’t find this to be any faster. These won’t be a permanent staple in my collection, but I think it’s something to consider for people who really need a guide for creating this look.

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Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor – Swag 

Let me start this post by admitting that I absolutely loathe liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried so many of them over my lifetime, and I hate how they leave my lips so dry and cracked and flaking. The color almost never wears evenly and it is hard to reapply throughout the day. That being said, I was completely blown away when I tried the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor. I received a deluxe sample of the shade “Swag” which is a nice neutral mauve. The full sized version of this product can be purchased from Sephora for $18.

This is definitely the least drying matte liquid lip color I think I’ve ever tried. It felt soft on my lips and had an almost velvety texture. It was, naturally, a little bit drying, but it was definitely more manageable than I expected. The nude mauve color was really pretty, and I was shocked at how evenly and easily this slid on my lips. It was a very natural-looking shade, which I think helped it appear to wear off evenly. I’m curious if a bolder shade would have appeared to wear off so easily since it would be more noticeable if it was not. Still, I was very impressed by this particular product, and I loved the shade.

I would absolutely recommend this product to someone who is looking for a matte long-wearing lip color. Will I purchase the full size of this product? Probably not. I still don’t like liquid lipsticks, but if I had to wear one, I would definitely choose this one.

Have you tried a brand of liquid lipsticks that didn’t dry out your lips too much? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream 

I had been hearing so much about the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, so I just had to get some for myself so I could review it and see what all the fuss is about! You can get the full-sized version of this product for $38 from Sephora, or you can get a travel sized version for $15.

Because this is a CC cream, you can expect it to have more coverage than a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and less coverage than a full-coverage foundation. I definitely found that this provided a solid medium-coverage, which was impressive. I bought the light shade, and it was almost too dark for me. It’s fine for the summer, but I would probably need the fair shade in the winter. Most products like this only come in three shades (light, medium, or dark), but this brand does carry 7 shades, which is awesome!

Now, you may wonder why it’s a CC+ cream instead of just a CC cream. This is because it provides some additional skincare benefits, mainly an anti-aging serum. I definitely haven’t used it long enough to see any anti-aging effects, and I don’t plan on using it for much longer because unfortunately it has been causing me to have some breakouts. I do have pretty sensitive skin, and I suspect it’s probably the anti-aging serum that is causing my breakouts. Because of this, I would suggest that acne prone people try the travel sized version before committing to the full-sized version. I really do like the It Cosmetics brand and their other products have not caused breakouts.

The formulation of this product is thicker than I was expecting. I did like the medium-coverage it provided. I know that it says it is full-coverage, but this did not compare to my actual full-coverage foundation. Still, I was impressed by how it covered most of my flaws. I only had to use a little bit of concealer to cover my pesky zits. It left a semi-matte finish, but I did get oily throughout the day when I used this product, which was another bummer.

Overall, this product wasn’t for me, but I could definitely see how others like it. If you have drier skin and it doesn’t cause you to breakout, you’ll probably like the finish. This might be a better winter product though because it definitely melted in the summer heat and didn’t last very long for me, but the coverage is pretty great.

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Feel free to let me know in the comments section!

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer 

I’m always trying to find the best concealers to use on my skin. I have some redness, some acne, and dark undereye circles, so concealer is absolutely essential in my makeup routine. I recently tried another one from Sephora: the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer.  This is a pretty large bottle of concealer that comes with an equally hefty doefoot applicator, and it can be purchased for $26.

Tarte is a great brand when it comes to acne-prone skin because the products are pretty natural and use a very minimal amount of chemicals. It is definitely a full-coverage liquid concealer, and it seems to blend best with a damp beauty blender instead of a concealer brush. Tarte also sells 12 different shades of this product, which is great versatility for various skin tones!

I’ve been really happy with this concealer, but it’s definitely not perfect. It has a great amount of coverage, but it doesn’t have the lasting power that I want for my most stubborn flaws. Even with a setting powder, it doesn’t seem to last throughout the entire day. Also, the formulation is great for zits and redness, but it definitely doesn’t work underneath my eyes. It’s too thick for that delicate skin area and tends to just sort of sit in the fine lines underneath my eyes, which is not a great look!

While I’ve been liking it, and I’ll definitely use it until I run out, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this one. It’s worked well, but I feel like there has to be better concealers out there.

Do you have a favorite concealer? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection

Full disclosure: I love glitter and I am utterly biased towards products that contain glitter. So, when I saw the Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow Collection at Sephora, I didn’t blink at the $45 price tag and immediately purchased it!

A lot of beauty bloggers have complained about this palette, so I’d just like to start by addressing their two complaints. First, people have been complaining that the colors aren’t pigmented enough. I love these pigments! They are very buildable and you can use water or the black base to intensify the colors. Second, people complain about glitter fallout. There is some fallout (unless you apply with water – more explanation of that later) but I don’t care because I love glitter. If I see flecks of glitter on my cheeks during the afternoon because of this eyeshadow, I am totally okay with that because it’s just the sparkle and not the color that has been migrating.

So, now I’m going to explain the three different ways that you can apply these:

  1. Apply the glitter eyeshadows by themselves with a brush – this results in a sheer wash of color with lots of sparkle. This is perfect for daytime looks. Yes, there will be some fallout of glitter, but you can just imagine that it’s some extra highlight on your cheeks.
  2. Apply the glitter eyeshadows on top of the white or black bases – this will intensify the colors. The white will brighten up the color and enhance the glitter while the black will intensify the color and make it much darker and more dramatic. I was terrified to do this at first because black is such a harsh color, but it worked so well. First, I applied the white base on my lid from the crease to the brow bone and then covered it with the shade “Fairy Dust.” Then I applied the black on every part of the eyelid below the crease and then put the shade “Glitter Goals” on top. It was so vivid! Yes, there was still some fallout, but I loved my super dramatic evening look.
  3. Apply the glitter eyeshadows with a wet brush – this really intensifies the glitter and color without making it darker. The water (or you can use makeup setting spray instead) fuses with the glitter like a glue and can help to prevent fallout. It also leaves a more crystalline look for maximum glitter impact!

I have absolutely zero regrets about buying this palette! Will I use it every day? No. But I love it for when I want to experiment with more dramatic colors. I highly recommend it for glitter enthusiasts like myself.

Are you interested in trying this palette? If not, what palette are you currently obsessed with? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.

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Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint 

Get ready to learn about my absolute favorite beauty product: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint! That’s right – of the hundreds of makeup and skincare products that I have used, this is my very favorite one!

This product can be purchased from Sephora. You’ll get 1.7 oz for $48, which is quite expensive for a tinted moisturizer. However, this product has been a complete game changer for me. Not only does it look great, but it also seems to be transforming my skin.

This is a very neutral tinted moisturizer with SPF 15. Now, one unfortunate thing is that it only comes in one shade. I’m very pale, and this works for me, but I think it would also work for people slightly darker than me. However, if you have much darker or tanner skin, this would probably wash you out and make you look ghostly.

I find that this product just really sinks into the skin beautifully. It provides a very light amount of coverage, but it looks so natural and great. Here’s a story to explain: my love Josh was hungry one day and wanted me to hurry up a bit so we could get some takeout, but I wanted to put something with SPF on my face first. I went into the bathroom to apply some makeup, and he followed me in. After I put this on, he remarked, “Wow. It doesn’t look like you put any makeup on at all, but your skin looks so much better.” He then paused and asked if that had been insulting. I laughed and replied, “Nope. That’s what great makeup does.”

Side note: On blemish-heavy days, I typically pick up a product with more coverage because this does not cover large imperfections.

So, besides the natural finish of this product, what I love even more is that this product makes my skin look better over time. A few times, I have applied this at night and left it on overnight (something you’re really not supposed to do with makeup), but each time, my skin has looked so much better the next morning! That’s because this is some serious skincare. It contains ceramides that help moisturize the skin. Ceramides are lipids that actually make up part of your skin – they literally bind skin cells together. Whoever decided to include this in skincare products was a genius! Using this product has really helped my skin over the time I’ve been using it. My skin feels more moisturized but does not appear oily, and I can tell that the ceramides have been helping to smooth my skin long after this product has been washed off.

Now, if you want to experience the joy of ceramides without the tinted compenent, Dr.Jart+ does also make a Ceramidin Cream that is not tinted and contains no SPF. I absolutely plan to buy this once I use up my current moisturizer. I’m hoping that using it at night and using the Day Tint in the day will really make a difference in my skin.

Have you used anything by this great Korean skincare brand? What did you think?

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It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara 

I’ve tried a lot of mascaras in my day, but they still fascinate me. It’s amazing how much of a difference the shape of a brush or the formulation of the mascara can transform lashes. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara from Sephora. The full-sized version of this product can be purchased for $24, which is pretty average for a mascara at Sephora.

I had high hopes for this mascara because I have really enjoyed other products I’ve tried from It Cosmetics, but this one was a disappointment. While I did like how the brush was stiff and seemed to separate my lashes while brushing through them, I just hated the formulation of this product! It took so long to dry and I felt like it smudged a lot both initially and throughout the day. It also did not make my eyelashes look longer or more voluminous – the two primary claims that it says it will do. Overall, this was just a bust for me, although I know that mascara is very personal, so I’m sure this is just fantastic for some people. Personally, I care more about curl than length, and I just can’t deal with mascaras that take too long to dry!

In summary, here’s the pros and cons for this product:

Pros:

  • I liked the brush.
  • My eyelashes did not clump.
  • The color is very dark, which I found flattering.

Cons: 

  • Very wet formulation that took too long to dry.
  • Smudged like crazy!

 

Have you tried this mascara? If so, did it work better for you than it did me? What’s your favorite mascara?

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