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.

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Caolion Hot & Cold Pore Pack 

If you know me at all, you know that I am obsessed with face masks. They are just the best way to see instant results for your skincare needs! I recently had the chance to try the Caolion Hot and Cool Pore Pack Duo. This face mask duo can be purchased from Amazon for $28. It is a K-Beauty product that focuses on deep cleansing your pores and removing blackheads.

I was initially concerned that doing two face masks back-to-back would be too much for my skin and would cause rebellious breakouts or redness, but thankfully that did not happen! I started with step one which is the steam pore back. I put it on my skin, and I could definitely feel the heat, but it didn’t sting and did not feel unpleasant. Afterwards, I washed it off my face and proceeded to step two: the original pack which provides a chilling effect. Honestly, the second step felt much less pleasant and the chilling sensation kind of stung. Still, I persevered and left it on my skin the recommended amount of time.

Once I washed step two off of my face, the results were obvious. My skin was so incredibly smooth! Later that day when I put on my makeup, it just glided on so effortlessly. Also, these results lasted for about two or three days. I was really impressed at how clean my skin felt and how smooth everything looked. I would absolutely recommend this product to skincare junkies, especially those who don’t mind the mildly painful feeling of the second mask.

Have you tried this product, or is there a different face mask that you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments section!

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John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Colour 

So, I’m going to be completely honest in this post. My hair started going grey when I was only 19. I guess it’s genetic because my mom also started going grey pretty young. So, for years now, I’ve been religiously dying my hair once a month (or every five weeks). I just don’t want to be 25 with streaks of white in my hair. I’ve experimented with lots of different dyes over the years, but for the past two years, my go-to has been the John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Colour in the shade Dark Cool Espresso Brown.

This product can be purchased from Target or similar stores for about $12. It is truly the easiest hair dye I’ve ever used. It is a foam, which makes it so easy to saturate your hair. The foam can seep into the little nooks and crannies where strands of hair hide, so it really delivers a very even color. It’s almost foolproof! Plus, the foam is thick enough that it does not drip and create a mess everywhere.

The color is very dark and compliments my cool skin tone, but it still has enough dimension to prevent the hair from looking too lifeless or monochromatic. I leave it on a few extra minutes, and it always covers all of my pesky grey hairs. It also comes with a generous amount of conditioner that provides a very deep conditioning treatment, and there’s definitely enough to use it about weekly. By the time you run out, you’re probably ready to dye your hair again anyway.

I will say that this does use a lot of chemicals, so it may leave your hair feeling heavy if you use it too frequently. Still, it is well worth the cost because it really does deliver excellent results and is super easy to use. I would absolutely recommend this product to both beginners as well as hair experts. Finally, the smell isn’t too bad, and it has never caused me to have any skin or eye irritation.

Have you tried this product? What is your go-to hair dye? Please, let me know in the comments section.

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I am so excited to be able to share this product with you! If you have ever had dry or chapped lips, get ready to celebrate. I recently purchased the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask from Sephora, and it is absolutely amazing! For $20, you get 0.7 oz of this product plus an adorable little pink spatula to help you apply it. A little goes a long way, so this is a great price for how long you’re going to be able to use this container.

So, first, you might be confused about the concept of a Lip Sleeping Mask. Here’s the deal: it’s meant to be applied at night and then kept on all night long. It is very thick, so no need to worry about it fading quickly. It’s not messy at all, so don’t worry about getting it on your pillow. Also, you really don’t have to apply it at night only. Feel free to apply a layer whenever you want more moisture for your lips. It is completely clear and does not smell like anything.

I am loving this product! My lips have never felt softer or looked plumper. I typically do just apply this at night, but my lips look so great and smooth in the morning that I’ve noticed my lipsticks apply way better during the day. My lips have no dry skin flaking off, and I can’t wait to use this during the winter. Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against this product. I will be purchasing this over and over and over again.

Have you used this product yet? What’s your favorite lip treatment product? 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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Tresemmé Heat Tamer 

Do you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair? If so, you should really consider using some sort of heat protection spray. The heat from these types of hair tools can seriously damage hair over time, resulting in split ends, breakage, and frizziness. To combat this, you can spritz a heat protection spray right before you use your blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron. My favorite right now is the Tresemmé Heat Tamer, which you can buy at Target or similar stores for only $4 per 8 oz bottle.

I can definitely tell a difference when I use this product versus when I don’t use it. When I use this spray, my hair looks shinier and healthier after I’ve straightened my hair. When I don’t use it, sometimes my hair looks kind of frizzy and not nearly as shiny. I also love how this spray helps to prevent inevitable split ends. Of course, your ends are going to get split eventually whether you use this or not, but I’ve found that using this product can definitely help me avoid needing a haircut too soon. Finally, this product also smells really nice – just like a hair salon! It smells clean but is not overly perfumed.

What types of products do you use to avoid hair damage? 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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Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler

My eyelashes have a lot of natural volume, but they just don’t curl easily. They seem to just jut straight out, and most curlers don’t do much for me. I used to love the Shu Uemura curlers when they were sold at Sephora, but I had to stop using them when they stopped selling in the USA. You can now buy them again in the USA, but something about them is just different. I’ve tried several other eyelash curlers in recent years, and so far the best one I’ve used is the Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler.

This eyelash curler can be purchased from Sephora for $21. It comes with one replacement pad and it will lasts about 8-12 months before it loses grip and needs to be repurchased. (The grip tightness of an eyelash curler determines how well it actually curls).

I do think that this eyelash curler curls my eyelashes really well, and the curl seems to last longer with this product than with the Shiseido or Sephora brand curlers. It’s easy to get this really close to the root line of the eyelashes without pinching your eyelid, and the grip is really tight. I’ve repurchased it a few times now, and I’ve been pretty happy with it.

I am still open to suggestions if anyone has a great recommendation! What is your favorite eyelash curler?

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Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Mask 

I have really grown to love sheet masks! I’ve had so many from Sephora, but there are some great drugstore options too! One of the best from the drugstore is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask which you can get from Target or similar stores for only $2.50.

I have to give a shout out to my friend Katie who first gave me one of these. It’s amazing! This mask really makes my pores look less noticeable and my skin feels much smoother after using this. Now, it does tingle a little bit, but it’s not a painful kind of reaction. I haven’t noticed any skin irritation even with the tingle.

Besides the price point and the skin benefits, I also love how large the eye and mouth holes are. I don’t like putting products too close to my eyes unless they’re meant for eyes, so I appreciate that I don’t have to worry about accidentally getting this product in my eyes or mouth.

I definitely would recommend this to anyone who has acne or large pores. It works really well and can definitely compete with Sephora sheet masks. For under $3, it is definitely worth trying!

Have you tried this product, or do you have another favorite sheet mask? Please, let me know if the comments section.

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