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Birthday and Update

Black Make Up Palette and Brush Set

Hi Everyone!

Thank you all for the amazing support over the past few months. I can’t believe this blog is almost at 500 followers. I’m so appreciative to have engaged readers to make this little space of the internet feel like a community.

 

Tomorrow is my 26th birthday and I have a week-long break from grad school next week, so there won’t be any new blog posts until the start of October. I just need a little bit of time to relax and recharge, but I’ll be back on October 2nd with more reviews.

I also wanted to share some exciting news too: I’m officially working on my makeup artist certification. I’m maybe a fifth of the way through the program, and I’m taking it slowly since I’m also in grad school and have a full time job, but it’s been a really great experience so far. I’m excited to be able to share more makeup tips and tricks with you!

I hope everyone has a great week!

XOXO

Tiffy

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Beauty, Skincare

Herbivore Blue Tansy  Resurfacing Clarity Mask 

I’ve been wanting to try Herbivore products ever since they appeared at Sephora. They are made with really natural ingredients and have amassed quite the cult following. However, they are also pretty expensive, so I waited to buy one until I had something to celebrate. Recently, I allowed myself a celebratory splurge after getting a raise at work, so I decided to indulge in the Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, which is supposed to be great for acne-prone skin. This mask can be purchased from Sephora for $48.

My first impressions were kind of unpleasant because I realized the moment I opened the container that the stench was overwhelming. It smells really bad. I’ve been struggling with how to describe the scent, but I think it kind of smells like something sour mixed with menthol and sulfur. It’s bad, but I can honestly say that after using this mask several days in a row, I kind of got used to the scent. The first few times, the scent was so powerful it made me angry, but the next few times, I didn’t really notice it after I applied the mask. So, at least it’s something you can get used to, and you don’t smell it after you wash the mask off.

As for the results of the mask, I was very pleased! This contains natural AHA and BHA acids, which promote cell turnover. After using the product every day for a week, my skin seemed clearer and smoother. It definitely helped my acne over time. Still, though you don’t get instant results, I like that this mask is gentle enough to use every day, although they suggest using it three times a week or once a week. This mask reminded me a lot of the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, which smells better and is possibly more potent. So, if you can’t handle the smell of this mask, I would recommend trying that one instead.

Overall, I like this product because of the results. AHA and BHA acids are really important parts of my skincare routine since they help reduce the appearance of acne scars over time. I do like the results of this mask since my skin feels smoother, and I like that it is gentle so I can use it daily if I want to. I think I’ll repurchase this when it runs out, especially since I know now that I can handle the smell. I swear it doesn’t last after the mask is washed off!

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite high-end mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

The Porefessional Primer

Benefit is one of my favorite brands at Sephora. I think they have some really fun, innovative products, and I appreciate that they’re less expensive than some other brands at Sephora. Recently, I tried Benefit’s The POREfessional Face Primer, which seems to be a very polarizing product among beauty bloggers. This primer can be purchased at Sephora for $31.

This primer is supposed to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores. It also contains Vitamin E which is great for skin. Now, I don’t really have overly large pores, so it’s hard for me to judge that, but I do love primers that smooth since I have some acne scars. I thought that this worked really well. It feels quite silky and definitely smoothed my skin. It also is oil-free which is great for acne-prone skin. I’ve used it under several different foundations, and it seems to perform well for me no matter if the foundation is dry in formulation or luminous. The reason I test primers with different types of foundations is because some primers that have a silky texture (like this one) don’t always work well with foundations that have similar textures. So, adding two silky products might cause skin to look overly oily and they may melt off during the day which would make them less long-lasting. However, that did not seem to be the case with this product. It performed well with several different foundation formulas.

Will I purchase the full size when my two deluxe samples are used up? Probably not. There are just so many primers out there and this one isn’t amazing. However, I did like it and it’s not terribly expensive for a primer, especially since a little goes a long way. So, I definitely recommend it for people who are in the market for a smoothing primer.

Have you tried this one? What’s your favorite primer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

YSL Volupté Tint-in-Balm 

Tinted balms are one of my favorite beauty products. They apply quickly and look natural even when they’re a darker color. They really pull together a minimal makeup day. Recently, I decided to splurge on a more high-end balm and purchased the Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-in-Balm in the shade Dare Me Plum. This can be purchased from Sephora for $34.

So, in retrospect, $34 is super pricey for a lip balm, but I ended up really really liking this one! It glides on so easily, and it has this amazing pomegranate scent that I love. This shade is a dark berry, but since it’s a balm, the pigmentation is very sheer so it looks like a very natural berry as if you just ate a berry-flavored Popsicle. It doesn’t last very long, but I don’t think I can fault it too much for that since balms are naturally not very long lasting. I don’t mind having to reapply so often since it’s so easy and glides on evenly and smells amazing. Overall, I’m glad I splurged on this one, although I suspect I won’t repurchase this one when it runs out since the tint lasts for such a short time compared to the Dior Addict balms, which I also love. The Dior balms are less moisturizing but the color does last longer, so I’ll probably stick to them in the future.

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite tinted lip balm? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation 

Recently, I haven’t been super happy with my skin. I’ve been breaking out more than usual, and I don’t know if it’s hormones or stress or eating too much junk food or what. While I pinpoint the issue, I’ve been struggling to conceal my acne. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $43.

The timing of this sample was perfect since I like to judge foundation against flawed skin instead of when my skin is at its best. This way, I can see if it can handle me at my worst. Thankfully, I received the shade Ivory which ended up being perfect for my skin tone. I applied this with a wet beauty blender and watched it work its magic. This sank into my skin so effortlessly and required very little blending. The results were absolutely fantastic! So many of my flaws seemed completely erased (some acne, redness, dullness, etc) but it didn’t at all look like I was wearing foundation. The finish looked so nice that some days I didn’t even apply a finishing powder on top because it already looked so perfect. Now, this is definitely a medium-coverage foundation so I did still need a bit of concealer on my worst zits, but this is definitely a contender for becoming my favorite foundation! Also, I had enough in the sample bottle to wear it for about two weeks, and it didn’t seem to cause any additional acne. Between their great primers and this product, Make Up For Ever if quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. I highly recommend this one. I would say the results are even better than my previous top picks of Lancome Ideal Teint Foundation and the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Skincare

Simple Truth Lavender Eucalyptus Body Lotion 

I am very picky when it comes to body lotion. I want it to dry extremely fast and leave my skin feeling immediately softer. I’ve found some great ones over the years, and I was excited to find another great, inexpensive pick recently: the Simple Truth Lavender Eucalyptus Body Lotion. This product can be purchased from Kroger supermarkets for only $6.

It’s odd thinking about getting body lotion from a grocery store, especially since this is a Kroger exclusive, but as I was browsing, I saw this and thought I’d give it a try. First, the scent is amazing. You can really smell the lavender and eucalyptus and they do not smell overly artificial, which is impressive for such an inexpensive lotion. The scent does fade throughout the day, but it will last for a few hours. Honestly, I’ve been using this one mostly at night though because the scent is so relaxing that it seems perfect for an evening routine.

As I mentioned earlier, I need lotions to dry quickly. I hate when I feel sticky or if I have streaks of white lotion that refuses to absorb. This one has a very thin formula that dries clear and immediately. This is definitely a plus in my book! Now, I will admit that the formula isn’t super moisturizing, so it’s best for people who do not have super dry skin. It moisturizes a bit but is better for maintaining average skin than fixing damaged or cracked skin. It does make my skin feel softer since I’m not currently experiencing very dry skin, but I’m not sure if I’ll use it in the winter.

Overall, I’ve been really impressed by this product. It smells great, dries quickly, and provides a thin layer of moisture that is nice for a daily evening lotion.

Do you have an inexpensive lotion you can’t live without? Please, let me know in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Bobbi Brown Eyes 

I love eye makeup. There’s something that is so mesmerizing about eyes. It’s the feature I stare at most in others, so it makes sense that most of my makeup routine revolves around creating different eye looks. I recently received two eye makeup samples from Bobbi Brown: the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick and the Eye Opening Mascara. These can both be purchased from Sephora for $30 each.

First, let’s talk about the cream shadow stick. I loved the texture of this product – it’s very creamy  (as its name suggests). It’s easy to apply and does dry down. Unfortunately, without an eye shadow primer, it does tend to settle into the eye crease. Also, I was pleased with the staying power of this product. It definitely did last all day and still looked vivid and sparkly when I got home from work. I would definitely recommend this shadow, especially for people who prefer creams to powders for eye shadow. If you’ve never considered a cream shadow, I would recommend one if your eyelids seem to lack natural oils. If lids are too dry, it can make powder shadows look a bit patchy. If this frequently happens to you, maybe you should try a cream shadow which has a bit of natural moisture and might glide on well with a drier eyelid. People with oilier lids can use cream shadows too, although they might not last as long on an oily lid.

As for the mascara, it was definitely just okay. For $30, I expected a much better finish. It had a bold brush and deposited a nice amount of product, but while my eyelashes did seem to have more volume and were appropriately darkened, they remained very straight and would not hold a curl at all. My overall lash look seemed very lackluster with this particular mascara, so I will probably be giving this sample to a friend. I will not be purchasing the full size.

Have you tried anything from this brand? I’d love to know your thoughts on some of their other products!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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hair

Verb Sea Spray 

I’ll admit that I still feel like a fledgling when it comes to hair styling. I think mostly I’m just lazy when it comes to my hair. I don’t know why I’m so willing to spend lots of time and energy on makeup but then I don’t put a lot of effort in my hair. I think part of this is because some of my friends made fun of my hair when I was in junior high and high school. They said it always looked messy and unkempt. This hurt my feelings and spurned me into obsessively straightening it every single day throughout school (which, as expected, eventually left it fried and frizzy). Since high school, I’ve just given up on it. I don’t want it to be fried and frizzy but everything else I try seems to still make it look boring and messy. Anyway, that was a long introduction, but I just wanted to be honest about my insecurities when it comes to hair. Recently, I was given a sample of the Verb Sea Spray, which is a texturizing spray that can be purchased from Sephora for $16.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m no expert when it comes to hair, but I just couldn’t get this to work for me. It did not give me beachy waves at all. In fact, I couldn’t notice any difference in texture at all with this one. I tried applying it on both wet hair and dry hair. I’ve tried scrunching the hair with my fingers after application too, and nothing happened. To make matters worse, I thought this product smelled awful. It smells overly salty but also kind of like musky old lady perfume. The smell does fade after an hour or so, but I just hated it.

Overall, I would not recommend this product because it didn’t do anything for me besides leaving an unpleasant odor.

Have you tried a texturizing spray that really worked? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Wander Beauty Lipstick 

Lipstick just pulls a look together! It adds a pop of color to your appearance, even if it’s a neutral – it still adds color to your lips to make you look more alive. Recently I received a sample of Wander Beauty Lipstick. These are purchasable from Sephora for $30 but they come in duos so you’ll be getting a neutral and a brighter/darker shade too. The one I have is a mauve neutral called “Barely There.”

I really love this product! This lipstick is light and easy to apply. One little swoosh will apply it easily and evenly to your lips. It has a nice opacity for a neutral shade. The finish is definitely matte but it doesn’t appear dry at all nor does it physically dry out the lips. The lasting power is pretty average, so you’ll definitely have to reapply after eating, but I think the pros far outweigh the cons in this particular lipstick.

I’m the type of person who tends to stick with very bold colors: bright pinks, reds, and berries. So, I’m stunned by how much I like this neutral shade. I think that using this lipstick has taught me that my ideal neutral is a mauve shade instead the other variations of neutrals: true nudes, very light pinks, browns, etc. So, I also appreciate this lipstick for helping me learn that.

I definitely plan to buy the full size of this product when my sample runs out, and I’m excited to try the burgundy shade that this one comes with in its duo. I can’t say that I wear burgundy lips often, but I think it will be perfect for fall. Since it’s paired with my ideal neutral, I have high hopes that it will be perfect for me too.

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Makeup

Cargo Water Resistant Blush – Bali 

I used to be terrified of wearing blush, because I get embarrassed for people who have super noticeable blush that isn’t well blended. I was so afraid that this would be me if I tried blush, but I’ve found that applying it in light layers and blending a lot and just putting a little on the apples of the cheek really enhances a look. Recently I tried the Cargo Water Resistant Blush in the shade Bali. This can be purchased from Ulta’s website for $26.

At first, when I received this blush, I was afraid it would be too dark for my fair skin, but I was pleasantly surprised! The texture is very silky which means it’s naturally pretty easy to apply light layers. I was able to use a little at a time and build it into my ideal amount. The texture also made it very easy to blend! I was very pleased with the shade and finish of this blush. Also, the water resistance made it hold up really well, even under hot and humid conditions. I am extremely happy with this blush! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a pretty shade of pink.

What are some of your favorite blush products? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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