Beauty, Skincare

Blogmas Day 15: Lotus Sleeping Mask 

It’s Day 15 of Blogmas! Thanks for sticking with me for over two weeks now. I was expecting these blogs to be a bit more exciting, but unfortunately a lot of the little goodies have been pretty underwhelming. Today, however, I got a really good one! It’s the Sephora Lotus Sleeping Mask which can be purchased in a single-use pod for $4.

I love overnight masks because they are gentle but powerful. With this mask, you place a large layer on your face. After a while, it dries down, but you’ll want to still avoid washing your face again until the next morning so that it can continue working. This one works really well, and $4 is a lot cheaper than many sheet masks, so I think that the price is pretty good too. There is enough in this container to probably last two nights, but there’s no way to seal the package up again. Apply a thick layer. It feels really slimy at first because it has a gel texture, but it definitely dries down within 20 minutes or so. The next morning, my skin felt really smooth, soft, and moisturized. Also, I don’t see any new breakouts which is good. Overall, I really like this mask and I think I’ll pick up some more in the future.

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Blogmas Day 12: The Christmas Caper 

Welcome to Day 12 of Blogmas! We have a bit of a mystery today. I opened today’s advent calendar panel and discovered that it was…empty!

That’s right! Day 12 was just an empty hole where it appears a full sized eyeshadow could have fit. I feel a bit cheated, but it is also kind of funny as I imagine a makeup-loving grinch absconding with my little gift. Oh well! I do think that this advent calendar is a great idea, but it has been a bit underwhelming. Maybe next year I’ll get the one from L’Occitane.

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-XO Tiffy

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Milk Makeup Cooling Water 

I love trying new, innovative products and recently received a sample for the Milk Makeup Cooling Water which can be purchased from Sephora for $24.

So, first I’ll just admit that even after reading the description and using this product, I just don’t get it! Sephora’s website describes this as, “A soothing seawater, caffeine-infused gel stick to de-puff eyes and energize the look of skin.” I tried using this on various parts of my face, and it is kind of neat that this product always feels cool to the touch, but it just didn’t do anything for me. It felt oddly sticky and tacky and just felt weird no matter where I tried to put it (under my eyes, on the dry skin of my cheeks, on the oily skin of my forehead, etc). It’s really hard to put makeup on top of this product and it ruins the makeup if you put this on top of makeup. This did not de-puff under my eyes or energize me in any way. The only thing it really seems to do is cool the skin (but you don’t need to spend $24 to cool down your skin when you can just open the freezer door or sit close to an air conditioner).

So, this one was definitely a bust for me! Did any of you have a good experience with this product? Please, let me know in the comments section. Maybe you’ll be able to convince me to give it another try before I throw it away.

Before I go, I did want to let you know about an exciting series I’m about to start on this blog: Blogmas! For those of you who don’t know, Blogmas is where bloggers blog every day in December leading up to Christmas. I recently purchased the Sephora Advent Calendar (already sold out for the season), which comes with 24 small beauty-themed gifts from Sephora! So, for the first 24 days in December, I’m going to reveal and review the fun little gifts that come in the advent calendar.

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-XO Tiffy

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Almay Smart Shade Makeup 

Sometimes I get sucked in and buy drugstore products in the hope that they’ll be just as good as higher end options. I’ve found some gems and had many more disappointments. Recently, I decided to try the Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup which can be purchased from Target for about $10.

I’ve got to admit that this one ended up being a HUGE disappointment for me. It blended well into my skin – too well, in fact. I couldn’t see any difference wearing this product versus wearing no makeup at all. I guess it’s claims are really true then because it matched to my skintone perfectly, but it also didn’t cover ANY of my flaws. My skintone still looked a bit uneven and my acne was not even a little bit covered. I think this foundation would really only work for those blessed few who already have perfect skin and are only after the SPF factor.

What are some foundations that disappointed you? Are there any I should definitely avoid? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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-XO Tiffy

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GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask 

My obsession with face masks continues as I try to find the perfect one to clear up my skin without causing dryness. Recently, I decided to try the cult favorite GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask which can be purchased from Sephora for $69 per 1.7 oz container.

I definitely like this mask, but I just don’t think that the payoff ends up justifying the price. I bought the trial sized version which is $25 for a small 0.5 oz container, and I’m so glad I got the small version instead of the full-priced $69 container. I do think that this mask helped my skin a little bit – my skin seemed a little clearer the next morning. However, my skin also felt pretty dry afterwards. I liked that there were some exfoliating properties, which did leave parts my skin looking and feeling smoother, but I also ended up getting some dry patches of skin on my cheeks after using this product.

Overall, this is a pretty good mask for acne-prone skin, but it’s not the best (which is Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask in my opinion). It’s also just ridiculously expensive for the amount of product you receive. This might be a fun one-time splurge, but I don’t think it’s really a staple that I’ll ever need to repurchase.

What are some of the most expensive masks you’ve tried? Were they worth the price tag or just overhyped? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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The Top 10 Products I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this time of the year is a time for us to be thankful for all the things and people that we’re blessed to have in our lives. Of course, I’m so incredibly grateful for my friends, family, Josh, a job that I love, and so much more! I’m also so very thankful for my readers (that’s you!) because you make blogging so much fun as we share our favorite products and navigate the worlds of beauty and fashion together. So, I thought I’d share with you the top 10 products that I’m thankful for:

Product #1: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint

This tinted moisturizer is the best tinted moisturizer I’ve ever used. It blurs and conceals my imperfections and makes my skin look so much better after each use. This is the perfect blend of makeup and skincare.

Product #2: Dior Addict Lipsticks

This is the one lipstick range that I return to over and over again. I’ve purchased so many of them because they’re just the best – longwearing without being at all drying. The colors are so pretty and the buttery formula is divine.

Product #3: Tangle Teezer Brush

After I shower, my long hair is always tangled, and this is the best brush in the world to easily (and painlessly!) remove all the tangles.

Product #4: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation

This medium-coverage foundation blends so well and covers all my imperfections. It lasts all day long and is my go-to foundation whenever I need that extra boost of skin confidence.

Product #5: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

My acne responds so well to this product. Every time I use this product, my zits look noticeably reduced the next morning.

Product #6: Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

Removing waterproof eye makeup has never been easier than with this product. It’s so gentle but effective and never leaves a weird residue.

Product #7: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

The harshest of winters is no match to this lip mask. This thick mask can be used overnight or at any time of day for an instant dose of moisture. Chapped lips won’t stand a chance.

Product #8: BareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener 

This concealer is my favorite for covering my dark under eye circles. It makes me look more awake and never settles into fine lines or looks caked on or unnatural.

Product #9: Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powder

This subtle but beautiful glow is amazing! This product highlights like a dream and is perfect for contouring.

Product #10: Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme

Whenever my hair looks dry, frizzy, or is just rebelling, I know this creme will tame it in an instant and make it look smooth and shiny without looking at all greasy.

So, what products are you most thankful for? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet 

‘Tis the season for dry skin! I don’t know about where you live, but in Cincinnati we unfortunately skipped autumn this year and went straight to winter. The cold air is already causing dry skin, so I wanted to use this opportunity to talk about one of my very favorite moisturizers: the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (available from Sephora for $39 for a 1.3 oz container).

I love this moisturizer so much, that I’ve purchased the full-sized version several times, and I also use my Sephora Beauty Insider points to score sample-sized bottles, and I get excited when I see this appear in my Sephora Play beauty box as well! I’m definitely devoted to this one! One of the great things about this moisturizer is that a little bit goes a long way, so the price tag isn’t that scary when I consider how much use I get out of one bottle. Also, this product never breaks out my skin! It’s super natural and smells of grapeseed oil (one of its main ingredients).

I find that this moisturizer works well year-round. You can use a small amount in the summer and a larger amount in the winter for a great year-round glow. It sinks in so easily and doesn’t leave a weird oily residue like some moisturizers tend to do. Overall, I’ve just found that this is one of the very best moisturizers for my particular skin (which is combination that tends toward oilness sometimes). Now, I will admit that if you have very dry skin, this might not be the best product for you because it’s a lighter moisturizer, but I think you’ll like this one if you have skin like mine!

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-XO Tiffy

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Oil Gloss

Glosses that are oil-based are some of my favorites because oil makes glosses a lot less sticky! Recently, I received a sample of the Too Faced Sweet Peach Oil Gloss which can be purchased in full size from Sephora for $13.

This is definitely a great lipgloss, especially if you’re looking for a moisturizing neutral. All of the colors in this range are pretty neutral because the shades are so sheer. So, if you’re looking for a deep colored gloss, this isn’t the range for you. However, this is a great neutral range.

One great thing about this product is that, like most oil-based glosses, this one is not sticky! I don’t know about you, but I hate when lip gloss is sticky. It makes me distracted all day long when my lips are sticky, and I also feel like stickier consistencies make glosses look worse. Sticky glosses somehow make lips look flakier (even when they’re not particularly dry) because they don’t wear evenly. However, this gloss looks great and fades evenly because of it’s oiliness.

Also, like the rest of Too Faced’s Sweet Peach product series, this gloss smells like peach! Now, I can’t say that it smells entirely natural. It smells more like synthetic peach candy, but overall it’s still a really nice scent.

I definitely recommend this one!

What are some glosses you’ve been loving recently? Let me know in the comments section!

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Skincare

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield 

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!

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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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